Breakout Session Presenters with a link to their abstracts *


Jim Lemon, MS, LCDC, LMFT, “RESPECT – Stories of Recovery”

Wilma Cordova, MSW, LISW, LCSW, SFASU Associate Professor & LaKeshia Harris, LMSW, LCDC-I, CHW, SFASU Adjunct, Listening with Empathetic Ears to the Voices of Women of Color Living with HIV/AIDS”

Jose Carbajal, Ph.D., LCSW, SFASU Associate Professor, Women & Leadership: The Lack of Empathy for Women Ascending to Leadership Positions”

Sharon M. Scifres, MSW, Counselor in Private Practice,  “Modern Day Lepers – Working with Registered Sex Offenders”

Grant Howarth, MT-BC & Sharon King-Roberts, LBSW, MSW, Heart to Heart Hospice, Music Therapy in End of Life Care”


Audrey Young, Ed.S., SFASU doctoral student, “Our Miracle: Exploring One Parent’s Path to Access and Equality Through Faith for a Child with Special Needs; a Case Study”

Jim Towns, Ph.D., SFASU Regents Professor, “The Heart of Empathy: Emotional Intelligence”

Stephanie Knott, MA, LPC intern, LCDC, Burke Center, “Poverty & Mental Health”

Verdis Daniels, Jr. TX Workforce Commission, My Story: Experiencing the Racial Environment of the ‘60s & ‘70s in Nacogdoches, TX”

Shannon Deitz, author, international speaker, & founder of Hopeful Hearts Ministry, Heart of a Survivor – The Role of Empathy Plays in Healing the Trauma of Abuse”


Katherine Whitbeck, MA; NISD teacher, SFASU doctoral student, Creating Space for Students of All Faiths in the Public Schools”

Robert Pondant, OSB, Benedictine monk, B.S., Charity & Justice: Walking Tall with Two Feet of Love in Action

Charlotte Jackson, LPC, SFASU Counselor with Counseling Services, Making a Friendly Place for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community”

Jill Milem, MEd., LPC, SFASU Director of Counseling Center, “Suicidality and the Question of Empathy”

*A speaker’s time may change.