Co-Founder of the International End of Life Doula Association
Henry Fersko-Weiss has been working with the dying and their families for nearly 25 years. While working as a hospice social worker in New York City, he created the very first end-of-life doula program in the U.S. In 2007, he began teaching people in the public how to become end of life doulas. He left full-time employment as a hospice manager to more actively teach people how to do doula work and co-founded the International End of Life Doula Association, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching and certifying end of life doulas and expanding the awareness of this new approach to end of life.
Jamie M. Hasty
Senior Vice President, SESCO Management Consultants
Jamie M. Hasty, Senior Vice President with SESCO Management Consultants, Richmond, Virginia, graduated from East Tennessee State University with a B.B.A. in Human Resource Management. Jamie is a Generalist consultant in all areas of human resource management with specialties in affirmative action, policy development, wage and hour accounting, employment regulation compliance, training and development, compensation and performance management systems, employee satisfaction assessments, executive screening and placement, and general human resources consulting. She regularly conducts management training for clients and speaks for state and national associations. Jamie is a certified trainer for Vital Learning Corporation, John Maxwell, and SESCO Leadership Institute.
Colonel Dawn C. Lancaster
Commanding Officer, Dover Airforce Base Mortuary Affairs
Col. Lancaster is the Commander, Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, Dover Air Force Base, Del.
She received her commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy. She began her career as an administrative officer serving as a section commander, protocol and executive officer. Col. Lancaster cross-trained into Services and has served in various assignments as a Combat Support Flight Commander, Headquarters Readiness Officer and Deputy Services Director. She has commanded multiple Services squadrons both deployed and stateside. Colonel Lancaster also served as the Deputy Division Chief, Air Force Senate Liaison Division. Prior to assuming her current position, she was Vice Commander of the 78th Air Base Wing, Robins AFB, Ga. Col. Lancaster’s major awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Sara E. Murphy, PhD, CT
Lecturer of Thanatology, University of Rhode Island
Sara E. Murphy, PhD, CT, Lecturer of Thanatology at the University of Rhode Island, is a certified thanatologist (Association for Death Education and Counseling). Her work focuses on the loss and grieving experiences of disenfranchised persons and populations and she has presented at numerous conferences on disenfranchised grief, suicidality and suicide death, and postmodern grief experiences. Dr. Murphy offers workshops on responding to grief in community settings, suicide prevention and postvention, and disenfranchised loss for educators, community groups, and professional organizations.
Sales Representative, Dodge Company Canada
Adam Rogalsky is the Southwestern Ontario sales representative for the Dodge Company Canada. After completing the Funeral Service Education Program at Humber College in 2005, Adam worked as service director at one of the largest independently owned funeral homes in Toronto for three years, the same funeral home at which he also apprenticed. Before starting with Dodge, Adam embalmed at a central care preparation facility and, following that, managed a high-volume prep room in East Toronto. Since becoming a Dodge Representative, Adam has done programs for the Atlantic Provinces of Canada and for regional Associations throughout his territory.
Sponsored by the Dodge Company Canada.
Linda Stuart is a Life-Cycle Celebrant who creates and performs authentic, meaningful experiences to mark life’s moments of joy, sorrow and transition through the power of ceremony. Her longtime connection with the bereaved, coupled with her passion for Celebrancy, led her to spearhead the creation of Toronto Death Café, a space where people gather to discuss death in order to better understand how to make the most of their finite lives. It’s her belief that we as humans can’t come close to understanding the meaning of life if we’re not willing to explore the reality of death.
Patti Wood, MA
International speaker and trainer
Patti Wood, MA is an international speaker and trainer. Since 1982, she has designed and conducted keynote speeches, workshops and convention seminars for hundreds of companies and national associations, including many Fortune 500 firms. She delivers as many as 100 presentations or training courses a year. Clients describe her programs as dynamic, high-energy, powerful, insightful, interactive and very funny.