Thank You for Attending our
2022 Pathways to Wellness Conference

We hope you enjoyed this year’s educational wellness conference held virtually over two half-days.

Despite not being able to be together in person, we were still able to gather virtually with peers, advocates, family members, mental health professionals. We heard lived experience stories of recovery and hope, learned about the latest research in mental health and helped raise awareness to break down barriers in our communities!

Thank You To Our Speakers

We are so grateful to our amazing lineup of locally and nationally-known speakers for providing us with engaging and passionate presentations throughout the two-day event.

May 4, 2022

Bessel van der Kolk, MD – A clinician, researcher, author, and teacher who has spent his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences.


Mitzi Bockmann – NAMI Vermont In Our Own Voice Coordinator



Catherine Burns, PhD  – Licensed Psychologist Doctorate, and Quality Consultant for Vermont Care Partners, will talk about Compassion Fatigue.


May 18, 2022

Kevin Hines – Activist, public speaker and author/filmmaker of the documentary “Suicide: the Ripple Effect” will share his personal story about surviving a suicide attempt off the Golden Gate Bridge. (This presentation will be offered live only).


Kristy Hommel – NAMI Vermont Ending the Silence Coordinator



Panel Discussion on Reimagining Crisis Intervention – This panel will be led by moderator Paul Capcara, NAMI Vermont Program Director and panelists will include Mourning Fox, Vermont Department of Public Safety Director of Mental Health, Terri Lavely, Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Training, Development and Advancement, and Gloria van den Berg, Executive Director of Alyssum.

We also send a special thanks to those who spoke during our welcome remarks each day, Executive Director Laurie Emerson, NAMI Vermont Board President Sara Moran, Vermont Dept. of Mental Health Commissioner Emily Hawes, NAMI CEO Daniel Gillison, Jr, NAMI Vermont Board Member Patti Bauerle and NAMI Vermont Volunteer Alex Wonnell.

Conference Materials and Information Shared

A lot of great information was shared during our conference, including videos and handouts. Check them out on our Day of Conference webpage at:


We are so grateful for the support of our 2022 sponsors. Their sponsorship helps us bring these important discussions to Vermont every year while making the event more accessible to our community by helping us provide scholarships to individuals with limited income:




If you are interested in being a 2022 sponsor, please click here.