Viewing and Discussion of “Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope”
The National Resilience Institute (NRI), in conjunction with the Children’s Bureau of the US Department of Health and Human Services, is hosted a special viewing and interactive discussion on the film Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. The event was held at the Paramount Theater in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM on April 26, 2017.
The community dialogue was be led by a panel of experts and leaders discussing useful tools and practical skills for trauma-informed resilience building.
Learn more about our panelists:
Mollie Marti, J.D., Ph.D., President of the National Resilience Institute.
Mollie Marti is a resilience researcher and expert in community crisis recovery and resilience building. Through her advocacy and development of the evidence-based THRIVE Model of Community Resilience™, she has innovated community-based crisis response, intervention, and positive human development. A former adjunct professor at the University of Iowa Department of Psychology, Mollie now educates through her Resiliency Matters TV show, lectures to educational, health, and leadership organizations, and community consultations. She has written extensively in the areas of leadership development, success mindset, and decision making, including three books that have been translated into eight languages. Prior to her nonprofit executive work, Mollie practiced law, held a federal judicial clerkship, directed a mediation practice, and served as Associate Director of the Iowa Social Science Institute.
Melissa Reeves, Ph.D., President of the National Association of School Psychologists
Melissa A. Reeves is the president of the National Association of School Psychologists (2016–2017). She is also a nationally certified school psychologist, licensed professional counselor, and licensed special education teacher. She is an adjunct instructor at Winthrop University and a school psychologist at a pre-K–12 grade school. She previously worked in public schools and day and residential treatment programs. Dr. Reeves is a co-author of the PREPaRE Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum and travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in crisis prevention and intervention, threat and suicide assessment, trauma and PTSD, and cognitive–behavioral interventions. She has coauthored multiple books and publications.
Stacey Walker, County Supervisor and Safe, Equitable, and Thriving Communities Task Force
Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Stacey Walker feels a personal commitment to make Linn County a safe, healthy, and prosperous place for all its families. At age four, Stacey lost his mother in an unsolved homicide case, and Stacey’s grandmother took in him and his sister. She left her job to raise them as a single parent on the southeast side of Cedar Rapids, an experience that instilled grit and a strong sense of perseverance in Stacey. In 2010, Stacey helped launch the LBA Foundation, a Cedar Rapids nonprofit that helps middle and high school students stay on track to graduate. Stacey also assisted J. Douglas Holladay, Special Ambassador to South Africa, in teaching master’s level students at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Most recently — as Chief of Staff for Hawkeye Hotels and Patel Endeavors — Stacey directed growth strategy and managed the development of dozens of investments in Iowa-based start-ups. Currently, Stacey serves as Co-Chair of the Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional coalition formed to reduce poverty and gun violence across Linn County. Stacey earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Iowa in 2010. Read his full bio here.
Ana M. Clymer, Community Building Manager (Health), United Way of East Central Iowa
Adopted at the age of eight from El Salvador by her loving rural family in Benton County, IA, Ana has experienced many adversities alongside nurturing relationships and opportunities that have impacted her resiliency, as well as her own children and family.
For the past 17 years, she has worked directly with child welfare involved families, prevention and community engagement efforts, and equity building initiatives. This wealth of experience combined with her position at United Way build upon current work with ACEs, resiliency building, and trauma-informed responses with a multidisciplinary community stakeholders group. The group continues to align strategies with community priorities including increasing parent support through family resiliency; building resilient and compassionate communities; and creating more responsive, healing environments and practices. United Way welcomes others that want to be part of building out our healing community efforts.
Liz Cox, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
Liz’s career includes more than1 7 years working in the fields of community betterment, leading initiatives addressing health, education, and financial issues facing Iowans. Liz led the start-up and management of a number of non-profit agencies including serving as the director of operations at the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative where she developed sustainable system-wide health and wellness engagement platforms, moving Iowa’s well-being ranking from 19th to top-10 within three years.
Liz is an elected member of the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education and the proud mother of three children. She and her husband, Tom, live in West Des Moines.