Screen Shot 2019-02-12 at 3.12.24 PM.png
genius breaks project logo (1).png
Armor Down Logo.png
semper k9.png



The Hero’s Journey Symposium will be comprised of facilitated panel discussions and a closing synthesis session.  The panel discussions will bring together wide array of stakeholders, including brain health researchers, physicians, military leaders, public policy experts, and community advocates.  Our outcomes include shaping a “call to action” for a public information campaign; provide a collective sharing of best practices; identify policy and research gaps; provide a white paper summarizing the current state of affairs and offer solutions to create

better pathways to recovery, from wounds to wellness”.

Panel Discussions

Our Military Families

Looking at the impacts of military life on our children and how to better identify risk factors and interventions for children and families.

Science & Research - we need more

Identifying gaps in research and knowledge, showcasing emerging and new research, and developing platforms to share new research.

beyond the military - our unsung heroes

When our nation responds to natural disasters or traumatic events, we must understand how the effects of intense stress and traumatic situations impacts our journalists, first responders, and volunteers.

Resilient Communities - building stepping stones

Discuss the opportunities for governments, the healthcare industry, academia and the non-profit sector to collaborate and support initiatives in our communities.


CBC 002.png
district dental.png
Where Banner (1).png



Tuesday, March 26, 2019

8:30 aM - 4:30 pM

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Congressional Auditorium and Atrium

First St. SE, Washington, D.C. 20515

capitol 001.jpg


5:00 pM - 7:00 pM

Capitol Hill Club

Rooms: Speakers, California, New York

300 First St. SE, Washington DC 20003

chc 002.jpeg
Itinerary Banner.png



Ms. Susan Wranik & Col. (Ret) Mary Lowe Mayhugh

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - our military families

Facilitator: Ms. Kelly Hruska - National Association of Military Families

Dr. Patricia Lester

Dr. Stephen Cozza

Dr. Jess Calohan

Colonel Kevin and Mrs. Berry

10:15 AM-11:15 AM - science, technology, research - “we need more"

Facilitator: Mr. Gregg Pane, Principal, MITRE

Dr. Brian L. Meyer,  Ph.D., LCP, PTSD-SUD Specialist Interim Workplace Violence Prevention Coordinator, Veterans Administration

Dr. Joshua C. Morganstein, M.D., CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service, Associate Professor of Psychiatry Assistant Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Assistant Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Uniformed Services University

11:15 am - 11:40am - Hero Defender award

Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1)

11:40 am - 12:00 pm - Mini Panel - The art of healing

Facilitator: Mr. Ben King, Founder Armor Down

Nicolette H. Rubin, MT-BC, NMT, Board Certified Neurologic Music Therapist, Capital View Community Living Center

Christopher Baity, Executive Director, Semper K9 Assistance Dogs

12:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM - Special Remarks

Dr. Richard McKeon, SAMHSA

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM - Health Defender Award

Congressman David Trone (MD-6)

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Beyond our military - “Our Unsung heroes”

Facilitator: Ms. Kathleen Koch, Founder and President LeadersLink

Mr. Mark DiBona, PIO, Blue H.E.L.P.; Retired Police Officer

Dr. Elana Newman, Co-Director of the University of Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Adversity and Injustice, Research Director, Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma

Dr. Tim Dietz, Licensed Professional Counselor & Owner/CEO, Behavioral Wellness Resources; Retired Fire Captain & Paramedic

Valerie Cole, Manager of Disaster Health and Mental Health Services, American Red Cross

3:10 PM - 4:10 PM - resilient communities - “Developing better stepping stones"

Facilitator: Dr. Suzie Carmack

Dr. Bradley D. Stein, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Opioid Policies, Tools, and Information , Center of Research Excellence (OPTIC)

Dr. Bill Hazel, George Mason University

Carrie Ann Alford


Ms. Susan Wranik & Col. (Ret) Mary Lowe Mayhugh

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - RECEPTION: Capitol Hill club