2020 North State Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Virtual Summit

September 17, 2020

Building a Trauma Informed Community - Closing Remarks, Evaluation & Drawing

Building a Trauma Informed Community - Closing Keynote and Q&A
Becky Hass, National Speaker and Author
Moderator: Karen Clemmer, MN, RN, PHN, Northern California and Northwest Regional Community Facilitator, ACEs Connection
2:15pm - 3:30pm

Closing Remarks, Evaluation & Drawing
Christine Zoppi, Glenn County Health and Human Services Director and NAC Chair
3:30pm - 3:45pm

Karen Clemmer, MN, RN, PHN

Northern California and Northwest Regional Community Facilitator, ACEs Connection

Karen Clemmer is a Public Health Nurse with over 20 years of experience in Maternal Child Adolescent Health, most of that time with the County of Sonoma in California.

Karen completed her undergraduate nursing degree at San Jose State University in 1994 and later earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Washington in 2005.
As a Public Health Nurse at the County of Sonoma, Karen leveraged her roles within the Maternal, Child, Adolescent, Health Program, to influence health care systems resulting in improved health outcomes for women, children and families through collaborations with community partners including more than a dozen health centers, three WIC agencies, various parenting and early infant organizations, and public health home visiting programs.
In 2014 Karen co founded Sonoma County ACEs Connection which rapidly grew from a grassroots organization to a structured coalition with 75+ members representing a wide variety of sectors including juvenile justice, public policy, child advocates, physicians, behavioral health professionals and others. Recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sonoma County ACEs Connection was invited to apply for funding and was one of 14 communities nationwide selected to receive the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities grant.

Karen’s vision as a public health nurse - to fully capitalize on the power of prevention - transformed her career trajectory. Since 2017 Karen has served as the Regional Community Facilitator for ACEs Connection where she works at a regional level to heal, prevent, and treat Adverse Childhood Experiences while promoting resiliency.

Becky Haas

National Speaker and Author

Known for her contagious enthusiasm, Becky Haas is a seasoned presenter on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study and is nationally recognized for her pioneering work in developing a trauma informed region throughout Northeast Tennessee.  Her experience includes presenting to Delaware state leadership at the invitation of their First Lady and multiple Juvenile Justice Systems in Tennessee and Virginia.  She has developed training content for a variety of professional sectors including Trauma Informed Policing training which is certified in two states for officer in-service credit and she has delivered it to the Oklahoma City Police Department, as well as precincts within Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.  Currently she is working with the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police to implement a plan to make this training available to all members of law enforcement in Tennessee.  Becky is a highly sought-out trainer for educators often working directly with school Superintendents to impact entire school districts in beginning their journey to create trauma sensitive schools.  Since 2016, she has authored numerous articles in the global online publication ACEs Connection.  In 2019 Becky co-authored the Building a Trauma Informed Community toolkit for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Service which is also featured in the global online publication, ACEs Connection Growing Resilient Communities 2.1.  Her work has also been published in John’s Hopkins, Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action; and the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
  Becky served as the Trauma Informed Administrator for a regional healthcare system providing training development and delivery to healthcare staff in multiple hospitals as well as was instrumental in raising awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as a social determinant to poor health and addiction within rural Appalachia.  Prior to working in healthcare, she was the Director of a crime prevention program for the Johnson City Police Department which under her leadership was awarded the Outstanding Crime Prevention Program of the Year for the southern region by the National Criminal Justice Association in 2014 and is listed by the U.S. Department of Justice as a success story.  She has been certified as a trauma informed care trainer by the SAMHSA Gains Center and the Tennessee Building Strong Brains Program.  She has been an active member of the Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) since 2017 and is a member of the strategy team for the National Trauma Campaign. Becky is married to Jonathan and their greatest joys in life are their two sons and their growing families.

Christine Zoppi

Glenn County Health and Human Services Director and NAC Chair

Christine Zoppi has over 20 years of experience in a broad array of health and human services programs. Her passion is in the development of all human beings so that they can realize their potential and dreams. Christine has managed over 60 human service programs and 40 Federal, State, and local funding sources. She has extensive experience with fiscal management and budget development, strategic planning, agency and community assessment, program development and evaluation, and human resource management. She is a Clifton Strengthsfinder champion and considers strengths-based leadership, that is trauma-informed as the key to agency, community and employee success. She believes the powerful research and knowledge we are gaining about the impacts of childhood adversity can and will change lives for the better.

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