Course Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography
Greg Adams Greg Adams, LCSW, ACSW, FT is Program Coordinator for the Center for Good Mourning and Staff Bereavement Support at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). Greg has worked at ACH in a variety of roles and areas, including pediatric oncology and palliative care, since 1991. He is an adjunct professor with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and has been an active volunteer with community and professional organizations. He is also author of Adam Gets Back in the Game, a children’s storybook about coping with grief and loss. He is married with two young adult children.
Paul Blanchard
Brant Cates Brant Cates, MS, LPC, graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BS in Psychology and Sociology and an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling. Cates has worked within the Division of Children and Family Services and the Division of County Operations. He worked and supervised services for various partial-day hospitalization facilities providing services to preschoolers through adults with severe mental illness and developmental disabilities. Cates has been a therapist in Therapeutic Foster Care, and he currently has a private practice in Lowell, AR. He still has lots of involvement with children served by the child welfare system.
Lester Cupp Lester Cupp is a certified peer trainer and supervisor
Jacob Grummer Jacob Grummer, LCSW, is an Arkansas native who lives in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock with his wife and 3 children. After graduating from the University of Arkansas in 2009, Jacob moved to Boulder, CO, for a short time, where he received his Master's of Social Work from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013. Jacob moved back to AR that same year and began working as a school based therapist until 2018, when he was hired by Arkansas Children's Hospital. At Children's, Jacob has worked primarily with children who have had to be admitted after a suicide attempt that required medical attention, and also with children who have had to be admitted for eating disorders. In his personal life, Jacob enjoys spending time with family and friends, along with watching the Razorbacks.
Shawn McCown Shawn McCown is a certified peer trainer and supervisor.
Marianna Reid Marianna Reid worked as the program coordinator for the Pennsylvania statewide Recovery Community Organization (RCO), Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance, for more than 5 years. She is a person in long-term recovery who is passionate about expanding how substance use disorder care is defined and provided across a long-term continuum that is inclusive of peer services and recovery community organizations. Since 2012, Marianna has taken a leadership role through volunteerism, mentorship, advocacy, and public speaking. She is a skilled training facilitator, an energetic public speaker, and an agent of social change for transforming public views and systemic practices to encourage and elevate recovery.
Susie Reynolds Reece Susie [??] Reynolds Reece is a recognized national leader in the spaces of suicide prevention and lived experience. In her professional role, Reece leads the development of multi-organizational inclusion practices, acts as a liaison and authority for national lived experience experts, and builds national guidance to center lived experience across any field. Reece also bolsters lived experience engagement by elevating experts from diverse experiential backgrounds and perspectives. She holds the first and currently only role of this kind across the field of suicide prevention within the United States. Reece began her prevention career as a grassroots organizer in Arkansas. She worked in substance use prevention for several years before becoming the first and only violence prevention specialist for CHI St. Vincent-Arkansas. Reece has championed and led multiple county- and state-level activism efforts revolving around suicide prevention, mental health, social justice, equity, and systemic improvement. Reece has championed and led an array of suicide prevention strategies for nearly a decade. She centers her work around her lived experience of being a child survivor of suicide loss. At age 10, Reece lost her beloved father, a decorated army veteran. Her father’s traumatic death drastically altered the course of her life and pushed her down a path of having open and candid conversations about suicide. Reece’s lived experience of suicide loss and her struggles with suicide ideation, suicide attempts, and stigma ensure she continually centers the needs of those most affected by suicide. Reece serves as a member on several boards throughout Arkansas and nationally. Reece’s highest-priority volunteer role is as the committee lead for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Corrections Implementation project, which falls under the AFSP Project 2025 strategy. She is one of two AFSP Project 2025 Champions for Arkansas.
Philip Rutherford Philip Rutherford is the Chief Operating Officer at Faces & Voices of Recovery. He is a recovery coach, a passionate member of the Recovery Community and possesses a self-described Doctorate from the school of Hard Knocks. As COO, he is responsible for multiple lines of business within the Faces & Voices ecosystem. Phil is credited with a significant role in conception, design, launch and facilitation of the Recovery Data Platform (RDP). This cloud-based platform is the first of its kind and has quickly become an asset in longitudinal data collection for Peer-Based Services.
Lorraine Stigar Lorraine is a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Public Health Leadership program at UAMS, where their research focuses on health education, equity and inclusion, and access to gender affirming care. After receiving an MPH from UAMS, they worked several years in both volunteer and professional capacities to address LGBTQIA+ health and political inequities and sex education in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Since returning to Arkansas in 2019 to pursue a DrPH, Lorraine has continued their work in educating community members, health care providers, and faculty and staff at UAMS in the areas of gender affirming care, LGBTQIA+ health, and sex education. Recently, through their practicum experience, they have developed and evaluated LGBTQIA+ affirming practices for community members and organizations to improve access to affirming care for LGBTQIA+ Arkansans. Lorraine was recently awarded the Marshall Scholarship for Sexual Health and Gender Equity, the Dr. Edith Irby Jones Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award, and previously received the TRI Outstanding Community Partner award for their work with TransForm Health Arkansas Research Working Group.