Who are the TRUST Speakers?
Gabriela B. Delgado
Gabriela B. Delgado has worked with the San Diego County Office of Education since 1999. As a member of the Student Support Services Department, she is responsible for coordinating and implementing violence prevention/intervention services to various school districts. Gabriela provides professional development training in the areas of group implementation, adolescent and teen female development, including topics such as girls’ risk and protective factors, teen relationship violence, aggression, self-esteem, body image, and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. She also coordinates professional development training and develops resources focused on the specific needs of boys and young men. Gabriela provides direct service to youth by delivering self-esteem/empowerment groups, lessons on violence prevention topics, as well as leadership conferences. Gabriela lends her expertise and professional skills on a State and National level as well as through her private consulting business. Gabriela has a Master of Arts in Education/Counseling and Guidance with a PPS Credential from Point Loma Nazarene University and a Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Criminology from San Diego State University. Gabriela is passionate about working with youth. As a role model to many girls and young women, her authenticity is among one of her strongest assets. She is blessed to have had many women role models in her life (four of which are her mom and three older sisters). Gabriela believes ALL youth have amazing potential- it’s up to us to help them realize it.
Kelly Cavanaugh is the Program and Youth Coordinator for the San Diego Chapter of the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program. She received a MA in behavioral neuroscience from UCLA and is completing an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant International University. She has worked with Yellow Ribbon off and on for over 8 years, since she was a senior at Rancho Bernardo High School.
Veronica May is a 32-year-old, folk-singing, tie-wearin, empathic Music Therapist with Bipolar 1 disorder. She was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 at age 25 and diagnosed with being awesome her whole life. Through music, drawing like a 6 year old, humor, a touch of sarcasm and an overwhelming amount of support from friends and family, Veronica has been able to weather the storm that Bipolar 1 can be.
Healthy Within, Inc.
Healthy Within is an Integrative Brain Health Institute and Psychological Wellness Center that utilizes comprehensive psychotherapy and neurofeedback treatment options to ensure optimal results. Healthy Within’s treatment methodology is focused on restoring hope and a healthy lifestyle rather than a concentration on the illness.
Fernando Lopez has been a voice for the LGBT community for over a decade. Through his public education work he has been a consistent advocate ensuring the lives of the LGBT community are ever visible.
Shawnee Thornton Hardy
Shawnee is a 500-RYT, E-RYT and an RCYT (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher) through Yoga Alliance. She specializes in Yoga Therapy and is a member of the IAYT – International Association of Yoga Therapists. Shawnee has a Master’s in Special Education and is the Founder of Asanas for Autism and Special Needs. She is the author of a published book – Asanas for Autism and Special Needs – Yoga to Help Children with their Emotions, Self-Regulation and Body Awareness. Shawnee is dedicated to helping support youth in developing strategies to cope with stress in order to live happier, healthier, more peaceful lives.
Terri Fong, LCSW, supervises graduate social work interns at Health Science High and Middle College and at the High Tech Charter Schools. She is an adjunct faculty member at USC School of Social Work and also maintains a small private practice at Learning Development Services. Terri will be facilitating the panel discussion.
Claire Ellison is a social worker at HSHMC. After graduating from UCSD with a B.S. in Child Development Psychology, Claire attended USC where she earned her MSW. In her spare time, Claire enjoys volunteering, and spending time with her dogs and family.
Dominique Smith is the Director of Student Support at HSHMC and has been a part of the organization for seven years. He has a strong passion for creating school culture with the implementation of restorative practices. Dominique is a certified trainer through the IIRP and does continuous professional development throughout the country. He received his MSW from the University of Southern California.
NAMI San Diego
The National Alliance on Mental Illness in San Diego is the city’s voice on mental illness. We are part of the grass-roots, non-profit, national NAMI organization founded in 1979 by family members of people with mental illness. We are also an affiliate of NAMI California. At the heart of NAMI San Diego’s mission is the sharing of information and striving to end the stigma associated with mental illness. To this end, we offer a Helpline, support groups, educational meetings, newsletters, a lending library and a number of classes on mental illness held at various locations throughout San Diego County.
Lisa Garcia is San Diego County’s project manager for Recovery International. Lisa also volunteers to lend a group meeting held each Wednesday in Rancho San Diego. Lisa lives the RI method to keep her mental health.