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Leadership Ambassadors provide programs on Soul Injury® at a modest fee. Some may live in your geographic area. CEs are provided by HFA for Soul Injury and PTSD presentations.
New Port Richey, Florida
Ralph is a featured speaker on
, Forgiveness, and Fallen Comrade ceremonies. He provided the keynote address at the Canadian conference on PTSD. His previous experience includes being the Director of Volunteers at Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice. "Hurting people hurt other people. The Soul Injury movement is addressing not only the hurt that people feel, but also the fear of feeling that hurt."
, Director of Clinical Excellence and Education at BAYADA Home Health Care
Angela is the President of Opus Peace. She is a featured speaker on
and Unmourned Loss. She also provides Fallen Comrade and Soul Restoration Caregiver ceremonies.
MA, BSN, RN, CHPCA
Executive Director, WesleyLife Home Health and Hospice.
West Des Moines, Iowa
Leann is the Vice-President of Opus Peace. She speaks on
and Forgiveness, providing a featured presentation at the Arizona Geriatrics Society annual conference. She also provides Fallen Comrade and Caregiver ceremonies. Leann is INELDA trained End of Life Doula, "We Honor Veterans" event facilitator and is a Reiki Master.
MJ, CHPCA, Executive Director, Opus Peace
St. Louis, Missouri
Angela is the Executive Director for Opus Peace. She is a featured speaker for
Unmourned Loss, Forgiveness and other topics. She has provided presentations for all sizes of groups from Key Notes to small work groups. Angela brings a wide variety of healthcare experiences including experience at end of life as a hospice executive as well as military family experience and loss. "I am so honored to help people at all stages of life redeem their suffering in order to fulfill their destiny."
, Director of Bereavement Support for Veterans Funeral Care
St. Petersburg, Florida
Nancy is a national speaker on therapeutic laughter, stress reduction and grief. As the Director of Bereavement Support for Veterans Funeral Care, she leads grief support groups in the community and provides programs on
. “The message of Soul Injury is that there is a path to wholeness and to loving yourself and your life in ways you never thought was possible. As I work with people in recognizing their own Soul Injuries or a Soul Injury in a family member, they begin to realize that what they’ve been experiencing has a name and that they are not alone in their suffering.”
, Chaplain, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice
Great Meadows, New Jersey
John is an Interfaith Minister and a Vietnam Veteran who provides
presentations and workshops on Loss and Forgiveness throughout the New Jersey area, including the New Jersey Hospice Veterans Partnership. "The Soul Injury practice of grieving my losses has restored my aliveness – my vitality. It enabled me to open my broken heart, reclaim my power, regulate my emotions, and set boundaries with others."
RN, MSN, CHPN
A former Army nurse, Kathy returned to her roots and began working at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in 2005. Kathy is a Reiki Master with training in iRest Yoga Nidra and certification as a HeartMath Trainer. Most recently, she completed her Caritas Coaching Certificate through the Watson Caring Science Institute. She provides presentations on
at professional conferences.
Lyons, New Jersey
Kathi is a retired Navy Nurse and Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner in the VA. “Hearing Deborah Grassman speak on the phenomenon of
opened a whole new world for me. I was thirsty to learn more about soul injury and how I could use the experiences of 5 hospice nurses who tended to over 10,000 dying Veterans with the living Veterans I was caring for in the VA.” Kathi has now taken the message back to her VA facility, her Nurse Practitioner professional organizations, and religious organizations.
, Founder, Vanguard Veteran
Kathy is a Consultant, Speaker, Trainer and Coach. Her organization equips civilians to become Veteran Champions to improve quality of life, workforce and community through connections with Veterans. She provides leadership development training, using John Maxwell's principles, to build leader capacity and further civilian-military understandings. A retired career USAF Lt. Colonel, Kathy provides presentations on
®, as well as Fallen Comrade ceremonies.
Kansas City, Missouri
Stephanie is a Nurse with Kansas City Hospice where she implements educational programs on
. She also provides Intern Leadership at the Opus Peace Institute and offers The Hero Within book communities at her faith community. "I am thrilled to be part of the Soul Injury movement. Soul Injuries are everywhere and now I have the tools to respond."
RN, CHPN, President, Indiana Hospice Veterans Partnership; Clinical Liaison of Veteran Affairs for SouthernCare
Sue Gipson is the Business Development Sales Manager for SouthernCare/Avalon for the states of Indiana and Illinois. She is a CHPN certified nurse with 30 years experience. She is married to a Vietnam Veteran and is an advocate for promoting well-being with families of Veterans. She is President of the Hospice Veteran Partnership of Indiana.
Catherine is an Occupational Health (OH) Advisor, Safety Consultant & trainer in the United Kingdom. She provides OH management referral, health screening & surveillance including substantial remote telephone-based and face to face case management for complex sickness absence (including post-operative, mental health and MSD-related) and on-employment screening issues. She now includes
as an employment issue that needs addressing in the workplace.
, Certified Veteran Specialist for Dignity Memorial Network
Janet has worked for 30+ years designing, promoting, producing, and teaching personal, professional and organizational development strategies. She has committed her life to inspiring and teaching herself and others to make powerful, conscious choices. As the daughter and spouse of veterans, she is especially devoted to serving those who have served. Janet presents VA Burial Benefits Seminars, supports the Homeless Veteran Burial Program, and facilitates the, “We Honor Veteran” events.
is a physician functioning in the role of Medical Director of Advanced Illness Management at Premier Healthcare System of Ohio. She has been responsible for developing a clinical and operational model for managing high-risk, high cost populations for the hospital network and community. She has been part of the team for developing the concept of Soul Injury, including the development of a Soul Injury Awareness tool for self-assessment.
is the co-founder and COO of
a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education and training programs that respond to
She is an ADEC-certified bereavement counselor specializing in grief and traumatic loss. Her career at the Department of Veterans Affairs lasted for nearly 20 years, where she was the Bereavement Coordinator. In this capacity, she provided 1:1 grief counseling, bereavement interventions for Veterans with PTSD, group counseling, Memorial services, and bereavement programs. Bereavement interventions that she has developed have been used extensively throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs nationwide.
is Director of Social Services for 18 branches of Comfort Care Hospice in Alabama that includes: Directing overall operations, Monitoring delivery of care. Employee morale & team building, Utilization Review, Quality performance improvement, Marketing & Public Relations. She has extensive experience in: Bereavement Care, Medical Social Work, Outpatient Substance Abuse.
Becky Joseph RN CHPN
is the transitional coordinator at Interim Healthcare Hospice in Zanesville, Ohio. She is on the Board of Directors at: Zanesville Daybreak Rotary, the Oaks Senior Living Community, and Veterans Appreciation Foundation of Zanesville. She received the 2018 YWCA Woman of Achievement Award in Healthcare.
has a Master of Divinity degree with ministerial license. He is an experienced board member, serving in leadership capacities in religious, social, business, and volunteer organizations. He is knowledgeable and experienced in construction service sales, real estate sales, financial services sales, and other selling opportunities.
is a Licensed Social Worker with an M.A. in Counseling and a B.A in Psychology. Additionally, she is a Court Investigator with the Richland County Court of Common Pleas. She is also a Continuing Education Provider and Consultant.
is an Air Force Veteran, working as a flight nurse in the military. She is a retired Nurse Anesthetist, and an ordained Episcopal deacon.
Carol Swim is a Transpersonal Counselor, Certified Quantum Coach, and a certified Public Mediator for the Orange County California Human Relations Commissions. Her career has included Business and Sales Management where she has won multiple awards.
is a Transpersonal Counselor, Certified Quantum Coach, and a certified Public Mediator for the Orange County California Human Relations Commissions. Her career has included Business and Sales Management where she has won multiple awards.