Our Speakers

Our professional young adult speakers provide educational programs built around lived experiences. These dynamic young adults who have struggled with mental health issues share their personal stories and recovery. 

Young Adult Speakers

Andrew Onimus

Andrew

Andrew’s goal is to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issue, and help others who may be suffering to know that they are not alone and that it gets better.

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Brooke Bridges

Brooke

Brooke hopes to impart knowledge around letting go of self-doubt and negative coping mechanisms by replacing them with positive skills and attitudes.

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth shares her experience to help others recognize that they are not alone, that hope and healing are worth more than perfection, and that they, too, have an important purpose in this world.

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Evan

By sharing his story, Evan hopes to spark the “ah-hah” moment for others who are suffering, inspiring them to speak up and ask for help.

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Jenna

Jenna is a mental health advocate, enlightening others and ending the stigma about mental health issues.

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Jordan

Jordan has been speaking on his story and mental health all over the country for the last 8 years. His presentation is meant to inspire, educate and allow others to know they’re not alone.

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Katya

Katya speaks on the stigma surrounding mental health issues and healthy relationships, and helps them understand empathy, consent, self-care, and positive coping skills.

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Kelly

Kelly

Kelly hopes to help other young people cope positively with their internal thoughts, making sure they reflect the unconditional love that is in the world.

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Kristen

Kristen proves it’s never too late or too early to get the help you need. She helps educate others in an effective manner to break the stigma around mental health and substance use disorder.

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Lucas

Inspired to help other teens having the same experience, Lucas chose to go and share his story with his high school in order to raise awareness and normalize the conversation.

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Morgan Hannaleck

Morgan

Morgan wishes to pass along her story to give hope to others who may experience mental health challenges. She wants them to know that they are not alone, and recovery is possible.

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Sarika

Sarika hopes to inspire others to accept themselves for who they are and to appreciate each and every quality they possess, regardless of social norms.

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Scott

Scott works to inspire others to climb out of the darkness and find the light in their lives.

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Wes

Wes always wanted to be perfect and accepted by others, even if it meant hiding his true emotions under the surface. Wes now lives a life where he accepts, understands, and manages his anxiety instead of suppressing it. He is able to show his humor, warmth, and his authentic self. Most importantly, he hopes to inspire others to feel less ashamed of their own mental health challenges and find a way to validate themselves.

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Clinicians

Jenna DiLossi, Psy.D., LPC

Dr. DiLossi is a specialist in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) and currently serves as the co-founder and clinical director of the Center for Hope & Health, LLC., an outpatient treatment center that delivers specialized evidence-based treatment and training for eating disorders, body image, OCD, PTSD, phobias, and other anxiety-related concerns

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Patricia Ehret, M.Ed.

Patty Ehret has a Master’s in Education with a certification in Positive Education.  She began her 30-year Health and Physical Education career in the elementary level, then moved to middle school and spent the last 25 years at the high school level.  Her passion for the mental health of her students developed as many of her students began to open up about their depression and anxiety. 

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Sara Eldridge, LCSW

Sara Eldridge, LCSW, is a trauma therapist. Sara received a master’s degree in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in 2015. In 2021, she completed a two-year integrated trauma studies program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. For the last several years, Sara has served as a domestic violence counselor and assistant director at Barrier Free Living.

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Sheila Gillin, LCSW

Sheila is a licensed social worker and a certified child and adolescent psychotherapist with over fifteen years of experience in the mental health field.

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Melissa Harrison, MA, LPC

Melissa is a licensed clinician with extensive experience with anxiety and eating disorders. In addition to speaking with Minding Your Mind since 2015, she co-founded the Center for Hope and Health in 2014 where she is a specialist in evidence-based treatment, primarily Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

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Guy J. Iacono, LCSW

Guy Iacono is a licensed psychotherapist. After overcoming adversity in his younger years, Guy decided to use his life experience to help others. He attended Saint Joseph’s University where he studied sociology and philosophy and eventually went on to earn a Master’s in social work from Monmouth University.

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Carol Labor, MSEd, DrPH

Utilizing her lived experience of depression and trauma, Dr. Carol Labor specializes in psychoeducation on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in vulnerable communities.

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Alona Leviner-Sommer, MA, MS, LMFT

Alona is a Florida Licensed Marriage and Family psychotherapist. Alona’s passion in all her undertakings is the focus on children’s and teens’ well-being. Her clinical and psychoeducational approach is based on effective, non-judgmental, positive reinforcement and strength-based modalities.

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Suzelle Marques, MA, LPC

Suzelle is a licensed professional counselor and a certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapist. She formerly worked at various outpatient mental health centers, and in a variety of school settings, providing individual counseling and additional support services to various age groups.

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Marissa Marschall, MS, LPC

Marissa received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Delaware where she developed a passion for helping youth cope with life’s challenges. She attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she earned a Master’s in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology.

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Jon Mattleman, MS Counseling

Across all of his work, Jon brings warmth, understanding, and patience…plus a healthy dose of humor! In his over 35 years of experience as a therapist and presenter, clients have felt comforted by his ability to acknowledge that the challenges they face are complex – and often downright exhausting!

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Dulce Orozco, LMHC, CAGS

Dulce Orozco is a licensed mental health counselor in Massachusetts. She holds a master’s degree (MS) and a Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Mental Health Counseling from Suffolk University. She began her career at McLean Hospital in 2005.

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Linda Price, M.Ed., CAGS, LEP, E-RYT, YACEP

Linda has has combined 25 years of experience working with schools with her mindfulness training to create opportunities for teaching schools, organizations, and parent groups how to create a personal Mindfulness practice for self-care, as well as how to bring Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness into schools and individual classrooms.

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Mollye Readinger-Scott, MA

Mollye has been facilitating retreats and workshops for over 20 years. She holds a B.A in Communications from Temple University and an M.S. in Pastoral Counseling from Neumann University. Mollye is also a certified co-active coach and a Facilitator of the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator.

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Emma Roderick, LICSW

When Emma was in middle school, she promised herself that no matter how old she got, she would never forget what it felt like to be a teenager. Now she gets to live her dream: as the Site Coordinator for River Valley Counseling Center’s School-Based Therapy program in Chicopee, MA, Emma listens to teens (and those who love them) all day long, and supports other clinicians to do the same.

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Mindfulness Instructors

Deb Cyb, MA

Deborah has been practicing mindfulness for 15 years. When she first started practicing she was moved by how mindfulness simultaneously reduced stress and increased mental well-being.

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Guy J. Iacono, LCSW

Guy Iacono is a licensed psychotherapist. After overcoming adversity in his younger years, Guy decided to use his life experience to help others.

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Kristin Page, M.S. Ed., E-RYT

Kristin Page was introduced to meditation and the cultivation of stillness when she was a child. After a lifetime of employing these skills through her everyday life, she formalized her practice of Mindfulness Meditation.

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