Meet our Speakers
The following is where we say nice things about this group of fantastic people.
In September 2000, Kevin Hines leapt off the Golden Gate Bridge, a method of suicide attempt that has resulted in death for most of the 2000 people who have made that jump since the bridge was erected in 1937.
But Kevin survived. He survived, and in the 16 years since his nearly fatal try, Kevin has become the bridge between the many mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, spouses, friends, and loved ones who made a similar acts. Even further, Hines, in sharing his story, is fostering a critical bridge of hope between life and death for people caught in the pain of living with serious mental illness, difficult life circumstances, and more.
Dr. Greg Hudnall
Dr. Greg Hudnall is the founder and Executive Director of HOPE4UTAH. He has championed suicide prevention in Utah schools and communities for over 20 years. He received his Associate Degree from Ricks College, his Bachelors from Brigham Young University, two masters, one from University of Utah, one from Brigham Young University, and a Doctorate from University of Utah. Greg has serves as a past Provo City Council member and is past president of the Provo Rotary club. His expertise is not only sought after locally, but also nationally at the highest levels of government.
Dr. Ursula Whiteside
Dr. Ursula Whiteside is a licensed clinical psychologist, CEO of NowMattersNow.org and Clinical Faculty at the University of Washington. As a researcher, she has been awarded grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Whiteside is co-principal investigator on a study involving 18,000 high-risk suicidal patients in three major health systems. Dr. Whiteside is national faculty for the Zero Suicide initiative, a practical approach to suicide prevention in health care and behavioral healthcare systems.
Dr. Whiteside serves on the faculty of the National Action Alliance Zero Suicide Academy. She is also a founding board member of United Suicide Survivors International and a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Standards Trainings and Practices Committee.
David Rudd, Ph.D. is an expert in the field of suicidology. He is Dean of the College of social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Utah, where he also serves as Scientific Director for the National Center for Veterans Studies. Dr. Rudd has served as President of the American Association of Suicidology and the Texas Psychological Association. His books, including Treating Suicidal Behavior and Managing Suicide Risk in Primary Care, have received much acclaim. Dr. Rudd has also served as a consultant to organizations worldwide, including the United States Air Force and Army, the Department of Defense, and the Beijing Suicide Prevention and Research Center.
Megan McCarthy, PhD.
Deputy Executive Director for Suicide Prevention at VA and Lethal Means Safety Coordinator for SFVAHCS. She has her PhD from the University of California - Berkley and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Rep. Steve Eliason
Rep. Steve Eliason earned his Bachelors of Science in accounting and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Utah. He currently works as a Finance Director at the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics and lives in Sandy, Utah. He is the President of the Board of Trustees for The Road Home and Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America, he is also a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives representing District 45 since January 1, 2011.