David Flink is a social movement leader on the front lines of the learning rights movement. David was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD at a young age. In 1998 as a student at Brown University, David founded Eye to Eye. It has since become known as the only national organization run for and by people with learning and attention issues. David holds a master’s degree in dis/ability studies in education from Columbia University. His first book, Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities, was published by HarperCollins. He has served on national nonprofit boards including Swanee Hunt Alternatives Foundation, Generation Citizen, CAST, and the New Profit Reimagine Learning Advisory Board. In 2015 David found himself celebrated in the pages of GQ as Man of the Year alongside fellow dyslexic, Mark Ruffalo. Most recently, David was named a Top 10 2021 CNN Hero.
Horacio Sanchez is the President and CEO of Resiliency Inc., an agency leader in helping schools improve school climate, instruction, and discipline. Horacio is recognized as one of the nation’s prominent experts on promoting student resiliency and applying brain science to improve school outcomes. The Maladaptive Council (Academy of Science) recognizes him as a leading authority on emotional disorders and resiliency. He is a highly sought-after speaker and has keynoted many national conferences. Horacio has been a teacher, administrator, clinician, mental health director, and consultant to the Department of Education in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and other states. His diverse education and background have helped him to merge research, science, and practice. Horacio sits on the True Health Initiative Council of Directors, a coalition of more than 250 world-renowned health experts, committed to educating on proven principles of lifestyle as medicine. He has authored several articles and books on the topics of resiliency, closing the achievement gap, and applying neuroscience to improve educational practices and outcomes. He is the author of the best-selling book, The Education Revolution published by Corwin Press, which applies brain science to improve instruction, behaviors, and school climate.
Kim Johancen, M.A., LPC is a Colorado-based author, therapist, and speaker with specialties including sexual trauma, relational trauma and betrayal, suicide, and self-injury. She has worked extensively with kids, families, and adults throughout her 25 year career and works to help clients alleviate post trauma symptoms while also building resilience and strength. Kim is well versed in multiple evidence-based therapeutic modalities including Internal Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She is a certified EMDR therapist and is nearing completion of a second certification in Brain Spotting Therapy. In addition to her clinical practice, she is also a clinical supervisor and consultant for a variety of professionals and multidisciplinary teams. She has served as Assistant Training Director at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and has been an active board member for the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado and the Sexual Assault Services Organization in Durango. She is currently developing a comprehensive training program in Denver for graduate level students and counselors. In regards to public speaking, she has presented her clinical work throughout her career. She received an invitation to present her team's work on self-injury at Harvard and her work on suicide intervention efforts at Stony Brook University in New York. She is a contributing author to Matthew Selekman's Young Adult and Adolescent Self-Harming Treatment Manual and is a co-author of Traumatized Students: School-Based Interventions for Reaching Under the Surface. She has published numerous articles with the American Counseling Association (including having her own column with ACA) and has published a coping card deck for children and middle schoolers to help build resilience.
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