Keynote Speakers

Friday Morning Speaker - 9:00 AM -Ashlee Martlage, MA LMFT CCTP

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Ashlee will be Addressing the hidden messages in help seeking 


 

Ashlee N. Martlage is from California and is currently a Counseling Psychology PhD student at University of Texas, Austin where she is studying the impact of traumatic experiences on attachment in military and law enforcement families. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in behavior and neuroscience. She completed her clinical training and obtained her master’s degree at Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis 

in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional by the IATP.  

Friday Afternoon Speaker - 1:00 PM - Glenn Lanham. Executive Director of Utah Brain Injury Alliance

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Tramautic Brain injury and DV


Glenn is a Virginia native who has been a part of the Utah non-profit community since 1993. He

received both his BA and MBA from The College of William and Mary, and began serving as

Executive Director for the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah in December 2015. Prior organizations

served include the University of Utah, Special Olympics Utah, the Huntsman Cancer Institute

and Utah Symphony/Utah Opera.

Glenn is a caregiver for one of his sons who suffered a stroke at age 5 and a subsequent acquired

brain injury, and who later received a full heart transplant at age 17. Glenn brings to his work a

keen sense of the day-to-day reality of the impact of brain injury on a family, and the vital

importance and challenges of such daily care.

Glenn’s personal interests include music, songwriting, cooking, and all things sports

Friday Afternoon - 4:00 PM - Yolanda Francisco-Nez Executive Director of Restoring Ancestral Winds

Executive Director of Restoring Ancestral Winds.

  Yolanda has an MBA in Business Administration and Management. As Executive Director she provides leadership and direction for overall operations to provide quality service in accordance with all laws, regulations, and advocacy standards. Provides oversight of key areas including financial operations, human resources, customer service, business development, and education. Implements policies pertaining to victim-centered care, support staff, financial control, public relations, and oversees management of all activities among the Great Basin region. Manages budget to meet the needs of Indigenous communities addressing issues of stalking, domestic, sexual, dating, and family violence. The executive director is an at-will employee and reports directly to the RAW Board of Directors. The executive director works under the direction of the board to ensure that programs, activities, service meet the mission, goals, values, and work plan of the organization. 

Saturday Morning Speaker 9:00 AM - Stacee Harris

Stacee Harris

Stacee is a communications and Sales Technology Scholar, Weber State University Woman of the Year, A Body Language Expert, Charity Founder for Single Moms, Corporate Community Servant and Devoted Single Mother of three amazing children. Sought out speaker, trainer and mentor Stacie Harris creates an intimate relationship

with her audience. She is a master presenter by spreading positivity from the front row to your bottom line. She educates groups, equipping them with life changing tools to create a positive-productive work environment.  Audiences say Stacie leaves them

seeing obstacles as opportunities, inspiring and empowering them with skills to succeed in business and personal lives. Let’s welcome a woman who inspires you to "Get comfortable with the uncomfortable and having fun doing it."

Saturday Afternoon Speaker 1:00 PM - Susi Feltch- Malohifo'ou

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Susi is the founder of PIK2AR. She will be speaking on "Working with Marginalized Communities"

 

Susi Feltch-Malohifo’ou is the Executive Director of PIK2AR, Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources a strength-based ecosystem as one impacts another. PIK2AR focuses on anti violence, economic impact preserving and perpetuating all Pacific Island cultures with dignity, help and self empowerment.  We create alliances and bridge communities education, resources, support, opportunities and connections to improve the whole health of communities, one person at a time from the inside out.

Ms Susi is a transracial adoptee that was born in the Kingdom of Tonga and moved to New Zealand when she was 5 years old, graduated High School from Vernal, Utah and introduced to her ethnic community when attending college playing volleyball in Northern California. She is an ex felon and a survivor of domestic & sexual violence.

Susi is an avid learner and active in the community.  Serves on the Salt Lake County Mayor's Human Rights Committee, Governors ASCENT Community Engagement Committee to reduce recidivism, Utah County Zoo, Arts, & Parks Ambassador and serves as Mentor and Thought Leader.  She has received many awards and accolades for her work.   Last month she received the 2018 FBI Directors Community Leadership award for the state of Utah in DC was recognized as an AAPI Progressive Champion and received the Alignable.com’s Salt Lake City’s 2018 Small Businessperson of the Year in March 2019. 

Susi moved back to Salt Lake City, Utah when she married her husband 9 years ago

And has a 4 legged German Shorthair Pointer son named “Preacher”. She spends several months a year living in her home country of Tonga where she swims with humpback whales and operates a yacht travel business.   www.pik2ar.org


Saturday Evening - 4:00 Pm Stan Pate

Stan Pate is a three-time World Champion as part of the U.S, Rifle Team.

Stan will be speaking on "Following your Dreams" 


Stan Pate is a member of the U.S.F-T/R rifle team as well as a sponsored competitor for several major companies. He is a three-time World Champion as part of the U.S, Rifle Team. While participating in three World Championships he is a five-time individual medal winner at 800 thru 1,000 yards.   He has competed in matches around the world and is a match-and-medal winner as he competed on behalf of the U.S. in other countries.  He is the first person to be recognized as Internationally Distinguished in the world in F-T/R Class competitions (scoped target rifle. Having set numerous national records as a long-range shooter he has created a boyhood dream into a reality. Dream making is the topic he will be discussing at the Southern Utah Domestic Violence Conference, as he is a survivor of domestic violence and U.S Marine Veteran. He has brought his dreams to fruition, and wants to share how he integrated his abilities to follow his dreams despite his domestic violence experience.  Stan is an inspiring motivational speaker, where he travels the world sharing his experiences of life and funneling those experiences through service as a marine and ultimately a world champion in long-range rifles.  

Breakout Speakers

Friday 10:00 AM - Canyon Club Room- Bernadette McClafferty Cultural Violence

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Bernadette is from Ireland she will talk about her experiences growing up in an country where they are taught to abuse.

Friday Morning 10:00 AM - Room 218 #Inspire Up - Healing and Exercise

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Friday 11:00 AM - Canyon Club Room - Becky Taylor - The Occult in Public Education in Utah

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Becky is the Executive Director and president of Domestic Violence Alliance (DVA) (pronounced diva)  She will be discussing The occult in public education in Utah and its inherent relationship to DV, Child Trafficking and Abuse.  She has a Bachelors degree in Health education. She is the recipient of a presidential award from the University of Utah on research,  which one of her research topics is on  domestic violence. Her non profit organization DVA started in 2000 and is based in Coalfville, Utah.  She has been working as an advanced EMT over 30 years.

Friday 11:00 AM - Room 218 Karalyn Johnson - Wise as a Serpent, gentle as a Dove

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Karalyn is a Vice President of SAVVE and she will be discussing the spiritual aspect of what to look for in a companion. (See About SAVVE for Bio)

Friday 2:00 PM - Canyon Club Room- Allison Smith Human Trafficking

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Allison will be discussing what human trafficking looks like and what others can do to help. Allison has a long history in teaching and advocacy for children and families.  She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Human Development and Social Policy from the University of Utah, where she also taught for several years.  

She continued to teach in higher education throughout Nevada and developed a Life Coaching practice.  She then became the Statewide Coordinator for the Office of Drug Endangered Children for the Nevada Attorney General.  

Through the course of her work in Nevada, she saw and worked with many individuals who had experienced human trafficking.  She is passionate about helping those at risk for being victimized.  She is now the Education and Outreach Specialist for the Trafficking in Person’s Program at the Refugee & Immigrant Center, Asian Association of Utah.


Friday 2:00 PM - Room 218 Renee Casati -

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Renee represents BIA (Brain Injury Alliance.  She will be talking about TBI/PTSD...the physiological and psychological and the delineation between the two. 

  

Renee Casati, born in Boston and raised in New England, has over 20 years of film and media experience -- both in front of and behind the camera. Her credits are national and international in scope. Renee is especially honored and proud of her 2016 Associate Producer role, in conjunction with Sharlene Wells Hawks, for the national Vietnam 50thCommemoration documentary, “Long Journey Home.” Her continued close bond with these veterans has fueled her passion for building bridges with organizations including the Rape Recovery Center, the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, and all those with PTSD, connecting them to free available resources at the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah (BIAU).

Renee is currently raising funds and awareness for her latest in-progress documentary “Born With a Chance,” which addresses ACEs and Youth Homelessness linking to childhood trauma.

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Renee currently serves as the Marketing, Public Relations & Outreach Specialist for the BIAU. 

Breakout Speakers

Friday 3:00 - #Inspire Up - Canyon Club Room - Healing and Exercise

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Friday 3:00 - Sam Lutui - Room 118 - Healing and Music

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Sam is a representative of PIK2AR, he will be discussing How music helps in the healing journey. 

Sam Lutui is a singer/songwriter with over 20 years of experience as a creative writer and performer in the music industry. His unique way of blending different backgrounds of music and his distinctive gift for arrangements has won him the adoration of fans from all walks of life. In addition to his music career, Sam has worked as a mentor/counselor for youth and adults for a majority of his adult life. Coaching football in high school, as well as the collegiate level, has also been a great tool in his endeavors in human services. Sam’s own experiences of great tragedy in his personal life, and his experience in overcoming grief and sorrow through therapeutic musical methods, have been instrumental in developing his perspective and his counseling processes. He credits his discoveries in music, as well as the football field, for overcoming this dark period in his life. Through his journey, Sam has combined his discoveries in music, with his passion for the betterment of the human condition ,to bring forth a sense of peace and love to the wounded soul. “I fought for Love with Melodies as my Sword”--these lyrics from his album, “A Thousand Moons,” gives you a sense of his journey and understanding that “Music is The Food of Love".

Saturday - 10:00 - Diana Blakley- Zu - Room 113- Art therapy

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 Mrs Zu has an extensive background in Art and has learned through research, observation, and considerable personal experience, how powerful its healing effects can be on the observer and creator. Mother of 4 children, she uses art to help them work through problems big and small. She is working on a degree in psychology with a focus in Art therapy.  She is also the daughter of Glen Blakley who has taught Art at Dixie State for over 40 years. 

Saturday - 10:00 - Sam Latui Room 118 - Healing and Music

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  Sam is a representative of PIK2AR, he will be discussing How music helps in the healing journey. 

 

Sam Lutui is a singer/songwriter with over 20 years of experience as a creative writer and performer in the music industry. His unique way of blending different backgrounds of music and his distinctive gift for arrangements has won him the adoration of fans from all walks of life. In addition to his music career, Sam has worked as a mentor/counselor for youth and adults for a majority of his adult life. Coaching football in high school, as well as the collegiate level, has also been a great tool in his endeavors in human services. Sam’s own experiences of great tragedy in his personal life, and his experience in overcoming grief and sorrow through therapeutic musical methods, have been instrumental in developing his perspective and his counseling processes. He credits his discoveries in music, as well as the football field, for overcoming this dark period in his life. Through his journey, Sam has combined his discoveries in music, with his passion for the betterment of the human condition ,to bring forth a sense of peace and love to the wounded soul. “I fought for Love with Melodies as my Sword”--these lyrics from his album, “A Thousand Moons,” gives you a sense of his journey and understanding that “Music is The Food of Love".


Saturday - 11:00 - Nale Fakahua - Canyon Club Room - How the brain works due to trauma

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 Nale is a representative of PIK2AR, he will be helping those in attendance to be trauma informed. 

Saturday - 11:00 - Shareene Rice - Room 218 - PhD dissertation research Healing and Empowerment

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Shareene is the Executive Director of SAVVE, She will be discussing her research on Healing and Empowerment, and how DV victims perceive Law Enforcement (See ABout SAVVE for Bio)

Breakout Speakers

Saturday - 2:00 - Bernadette McClafferty - Room -218 Cultural Violence

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 Bernadette is from Ireland she will talk about her experiences growing up in an country where they are taught to abuse. 

Saturday - 2:00 - Allison Smith - Canyon Club Room - Human Trafficking

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Allison will be discussing what human trafficking looks like and what others can do to help. Allison has a long history in teaching and advocacy for children and families.  She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Human Development and Social Policy from the University of Utah, where she also taught for several years.  

She continued to teach in higher education throughout Nevada and developed a Life Coaching practice.  She then became the Statewide Coordinator for the Office of Drug Endangered Children for the Nevada Attorney General.  

Through the course of her work in Nevada, she saw and worked with many individuals who had experienced human trafficking.  She is passionate about helping those at risk for being victimized.  She is now the Education and Outreach Specialist for the Trafficking in Person’s Program at the Refugee & Immigrant Center, Asian Association of Utah.

Saturday 3:00 Pm - Stacie Harris - Canyon Club Room - Don't Worry, Be Happy

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Stacee is a communications and Sales Technology Scholar, Weber State University Woman of the Year, A Body Language Expert, Charity Founder for Single Moms, Corporate Community Servant and Devoted Single Mother of three amazing children. Sought out speaker, trainer and mentor Stacie Harris creates an intimate relationship

with her audience. She is a master presenter by spreading positivity from the front row to your bottom line. She educates groups, equipping them with life changing tools to create a positive-productive work environment.  Audiences say Stacie leaves them

seeing obstacles as opportunities, inspiring and empowering them with skills to succeed in business and personal lives. Let’s welcome a woman who inspires you to "Get comfortable with the uncomfortable and having fun doing it."

Saturday - 3:00 - Room 218 - Renee Casati - Brain injury and Domestic Violence

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Renee represents BIA (Brain Injury Alliance.  She will be talking about TBI/PTSD...the physiological and psychological and the delineation between the two. 

Renee Casati, born in Boston and raised in New England, has over 20 years of film and media experience -- both in front of and behind the camera. Her credits are national and international in scope. Renee is especially honored and proud of her 2016 Associate Producer role, in conjunction with Sharlene Wells Hawks, for the national Vietnam 50thCommemoration documentary, “Long Journey Home.” Her continued close bond with these veterans has fueled her passion for building bridges with organizations including the Rape Recovery Center, the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, and all those with PTSD, connecting them to free available resources at the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah (BIAU).

Renee is currently raising funds and awareness for her latest in-progress documentary “Born With a Chance,” which addresses ACEs and Youth Homelessness linking to childhood trauma.

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Renee currently serves as the Marketing, Public Relations & Outreach Specialist for the BIAU.

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All day both days - Room 113 - Diana Blakley Zu - Art therapy Trigger room

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Mrs Zu has an extensive background in Art and has learned through research, observation, and considerable personal experience, how powerful its healing effects can be on the observer and creator. Mother of 4 children, she uses art to help them work through problems big and small. She is working on a degree in psychology with a focus in Art therapy.  She is also the daughter of Glen Blakley who has taught Art at Dixie State for over 40 years.