September Speakers 2017
Steve Bass, Speaker Chair
September 11 – Judie Jones, Community Relations Advisor, A Place for Mom
APFM’s service is offered at no charge to families, as providers pay a referral fee to APFM. APFM does not own or operate any of the providers to which it refers. APFM does not broker, sell or lease space directly and is not a party to any transaction between the provider and the family. APFM does not endorse or recommend any provider - it is the consumer’s sole responsibility to select the appropriate care for a loved one or for oneself. The providers which are referred to families are options to assist in finding the right care or housing. Families are encouraged to tour and ask questions of each community or agency to ensure that they select the one that best meets their need.
September 18 – Jade Richardson Bock, Executive Director of Children's Grief Center of NM.
Ms. Bock began volunteering for the program as a bereavement facilitator in 2003. In 2005 she was hired as Program Coordinator for The Children’s Grief Center, and in 2007 was promoted to her current position. In her time with the Center, she has grown the program from serving 50 individuals annually to serving over 500, and expanded programs in response to community need.
Jade was named one of Albuquerque’s top “Forty under 40” Executives by Albuquerque Business First, and in 2013 the Grief Center was awarded Non Profit of the Year in the Crisis Resources Category by the same institution. In 2008 she accepted the “Distinguished Contribution to New Mexico Families Award” from the New Mexico Association for Marriage and Family Therapy on behalf of the Children’s Grief Center. Ms. Bock participated in The Dougy Center’s 2007 Summer Institute, multiple National Symposiums on Children’s Grief Support, and has spent hundreds of hours facilitating grief support groups with children, teens, young adults, and their adult caregivers.
In 2014 She co-authored Parenting Through Grief: The Attunetion Approach with psychologist Craig Pierce. However, her most meaningful and poignant education in childhood bereavement and grieving families began at age 17 when her father was killed in a plane crash.
September 25 -- Sandra Duckert, PhD; Retired teacher of advocacy skills
Sandy is a retired educator with her doctorate in educational leadership and is a volunteer with RESULTS working to end domestic and global poverty. She teaches advocacy skills, lobbies members of Congress both locally and in Washington, D.C., and has helped to start two RESULTS groups in New Mexico. She is currently volunteering with Indivisible groups and others in the Albuquerque area offering advocacy training skills for speaking, writing, and meeting with legislators and policy makers. She lives in Corrales near her lively 3 year- old grand twins for whom she hopes to help make the world a safer and more just place.
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