Event: Resilience & Hope: In Times of Disaster and Crisis
Join us for this informative and important presentation that can benefit not only organizations working in disaster areas, but any organizations that serve populations facing trauma and crisis recovery. Register by June 6th as seats are limited!
Join us for this informative and important presentation that can benefit not only organizations working in disaster areas, but any organizations that serve populations facing trauma and crisis recovery.
Register here by June 6th: https://NashvilleVOADResilience.eventbrite.com
April Naturale, PhD
Assistant Vice President of National Programs
April Naturale, PhD, is a traumatic stress specialist with 30 years of experience as a health/mental health care administrator, and a clinician specializing in response to traumatic events. Dr. Naturale directed the New York State mental health response to 9/11, served as project director for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Technical Assistance Center (SAMHSA DTAC), helped launch the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the BP Oil Spill Distress Helpline and the National Disaster Distress Helpline. She was the architect of the Boston Marathon Bombing Behavioral Health response has been the program consultant for the San Bernardino terror attack and the TN Christmas Day bombing as well as the Las Vegas Harvest Festival, Pulse Nightclub, Parkland, Thousand Oaks, Pittsburgh Tree of Life, Virginia Beach, El Paso and Highland Ranch shooting incidents. For the past five years she has trained Psychologists in the Ukraine Military Service, Humanitarian Aid workers for the European Union and recently helped launch the new European Centre of Expertise for Victims of Terrorism. Dr. Naturale has returned to Vibrant Emotional Health as the AVP of National Crisis and Wellness Services
Amy Carol Dominguez, MPA
As the Program Director for Vibrant’s Crisis Emotional Care Team, Amy provides strategic oversight for responses, engagements and advocacy in and around disaster behavioral health. She has been working in disaster behavioral health since 2007 as a program director and volunteer lead. Amy’s 15-year career in the field includes building teams for internationals responses, execution of comprehensive subject matter expert training, private and public sector collaborations, and strategic communication and team management. Most recently, she has led behavioral health volunteers in responding to current refugee crises in a private-public partnership in the United States, a Just in Time training responding to the Ukrainian war and providing training and support for staff managing unaccompanied minors in the United States.
Amy’s international development career has taken her around the world to countries like Ethiopia, Liberia, Colombia, Argentina, Canada, and Mexico and she has coordinated international disaster mental health responses in Haiti, Nepal, Puerto Rico and across the United States. She is a trainer, writer and speaker, focusing on best practices in volunteer engagement and leadership. Amy is actively involved in strategic program development for youth in Latin American countries and leads the Board of Directors for Hands Offering Hope Foundation. She holds her Master's in Public Affairs from Indiana University and splits her time between Mexico and Connecticut.