Master Trainers (MT's) are Hope Squad experts who provide training, advocacy, and Hope Squad support on a state and regional level. They sustain and preserve the integrity of the Hope Squad program and champion Hope Squad in their area.
Dr. Gregory Hudnall
Founder / CEO
Dr. Hudnall is a former high school principal, student service director, and associate superintendent with the Provo City School District. In 1999 he created the Hope Community Task Force, focusing on community wide suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. In 2004, Dr. Hudnall and his team created the K-12 school based “peer-to-peer” suicide prevention program now known as Hope Squad. Learn more about Dr. Hudnall at: GregHudnall.com.
Master Training Director
Mr. Stewart Hudnall is a generational bilingual high school administrator who believes he has the greatest job in the world because he gets to work with students and teachers to change the world. Striving to be #relentless. When he isn’t at work, he enjoys spending time with his trio of boys and his wife. Personal hobbies include boxing, DIY projects, and woodworking.
Stewart received a Masters of Education in Instructional Leadership from Utah State University and a Bachelors of Science in Business/Marketing Education from Utah Valley University.
For 27 years, Mr. Tam Larnerd served as a Health Educator, varsity coach, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and finally, Principal of Spring Valley High School with the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2020, Mr. Larnerd was appointed by Governor Sisolak to serve on his Statewide School Safety Committee. Additionally, in 2020, Mr. Larnerd was named the Professional Language Association of Nevada’s Administrator of the Year. • In August 2021, Mr. Larnerd accepted the position of Hope Squad’s Training Facilitator. In this capacity, he serves as a Master Trainer, onboards new schools, presents at state and national conferences, and supports Hope Squads throughout the country.
We want you to meet each one of our Master Trainer champions.
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Aimee Schneidewent • Nashotah, WI
Aimee has been a school psychologist since 2003. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master’s of Science in Education, Education Specialist Degree, and Director of Special Education License from UW-Eau Claire. Aimee currently works full-time at Brookfield East High School, and is an advisor for both Brookfield East’s Hope Squad and REDgen student groups. She is also a Hope Squad Master Trainer for Wisconsin. Prior to working in Elmbrook Schools, Aimee worked for Watertown Unified School District for ten years at the elementary and middle school levels. Aimee is an adjunct professor at Carroll University where she shares her passion for leveraging inclusive practices while creating an authentic sense of belonging in schools. She lives in Nashotah, WI with her husband Corey and two children, Will (14) and Michelle (11).
Amy Pool • Dallas, TX
Amy Pool is a Thrive Strategy Manager at Grant Halliburton Foundation in Dallas, Texas. Amy works with schools to infuse mental health into the culture of academics. She has over 30 years of experience working in school systems as a special education teacher, elementary classroom teacher, reading interventionist, campus principal and educational consultant. Because she believes the mental and emotional well-being of students and their teachers is paramount to educational success, Amy works collaboratively with schools and community-based agencies and organizations to provide education and resources for mental health awareness and social emotional learning.
Becky graduated from Weber State University with her bachelor’s in social work. For the next 15 years, she worked at Intermountain Health Care as a social worker and in 2010 became a part of their NUHOPE Suicide Prevention Task Force and has been involved in the Hope Squad program since 2011, serving as an advisor, coach, Master Trainer and assisting with curriculum development. Following her IHC career, she received her master’s degree in school counseling from the University of Phoenix and currently serves as a school counselor at the Northern Utah Academy for Math, Engineering, and Science (NUAMES). Becky has helped implement and support several Hope Squads across Northern Utah. She is certified in QPR, Signs of Suicide, Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid, and Everyday Strong. She has been involved in creating many community events. Becky loves reaching the one and helping others see that there is always hope.
Cathy Bledsoe • Provo, UT
Cathy Bledsoe graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She worked as a prevention specialist with Provo City School District for seventeen years and was instrumental in implementing district prevention programs, which addressed suicide, school safety, and bullying. While working at Provo City School District she created bully prevention training for students and teachers, assisted in organizing a county-wide suicide prevention task force, facilitated annual suicide prevention conferences, and assisted in the creation of the school-based program, Hope Squad. She is currently the assistant director for Hope4Utah, a nonprofit suicide prevention organization, and is responsible for training and supporting Hope Squads throughout Utah.
Cindy Beck • Grays Harbor County, WA
Cindy works for Hospital District 1 in Grays Harbor County located in Western Washington State where she is the Community Programs Coordinator. Her work takes her into the community where she interacts with all ages. She teaches QPR and suicide prevention to all new hires at all medical facilities. Her work as a Hope Squad Master Trainer has allowed her to promote suicide prevention and mental health resilience for both providers and laypeople; with an emphasis on the youth.
Cindy Richard • York, PA
Cindy is a retired social worker and co-founded York County Suicide Prevention Coalition in 2007. After retirement, the coalition became a non-profit, Suicide Prevention of York, due to the increase of suicide in York County and the need for education and prevention. Cindy is certified as a suicide intervention and assessment specialist and suicide survivor support group facilitator. She provides individual assessments and counseling. In addition, she has provided workshops and has spoken locally, state wide, and nationally.
Cindy has a pilot Hope Squad in a local school district and has recently helped develop and organize the first Hope Squad for older adults.
David Umanzor • Fort Worth, TX
David Umanzor, a second generation Honduran–American grew up in a bicultural household, which allowed him to appreciate the diversity of culture and ethnicity. He is currently the Bilingual Program Coordinator at The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation, a non-profit that does suicide prevention training and education in and around Tarrant County, TX. As Hope Squad Master Trainer in Fort Worth, TX, David works with schools and brings to light the need for suicide prevention in our communities of color and works to create diversity, equity, and inclusion in suicide prevention.
Jennie Katrichis • Brookfield, WI
Jennie Katrichis is a graduate of the UW-Whitewater School Psychology Program, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master’s of Science in Education, and Education Specialist Degree. This is her 25th year working as a school psychologist. Jennie currently works full-time at Brookfield Central High School, and is an advisor for both Brookfield Central’s Hope Squad and REDgen student groups. She is also a Hope Squad Master Trainer for Wisconsin. Prior to working in Elmbrook, Jennie worked for Milwaukee Public Schools for 16 years. Jennie lives in Brookfield, WI, and has two children, Michael (21) and Matthew (19).
Jennifer Wright-Berryman • Cincinnati, OH
Dr. Jennifer Wright-Berryman is a tenure-track research professor of Social Work at the University of Cincinnati. She has an extensive background in mental health, serving both adults and children with mental disorders for fifteen years prior to completing her PhD at Indiana University School of Social Work. As part of the Hope Squad team, Jennifer will oversee both research applications and studies. Currently, the Hope Squad research team is developing studies focused on program effectiveness and fidelity measures. If you have questions or ideas regarding Hope Squad research, feel free to contact Jennifer at email@example.com.
Julie Rickard • North Central, WA
Dr. Julie Rickard, is CEO of Moment by Moment Suicide Prevention and founded the Suicide Prevention Coalition of North Central Washington which spans four counties. Dr. Rickard received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Washington State University. She is best known for her work integrating mental health into medical settings as well as suicide prevention. She has been featured on PBS and NPR related to seniors and suicide. She has been a Master Trainer for the QPR Institute since 2014. Dr. Rickard serves on multiple committees and boards regionally and at the State level.
Keith Kline • Cincinnati, OH
Dr. Keith Kline serves as the Executive Director of Grant Us Hope, the provider of Hope Squad in Ohio. After 34 years as a teacher, elementary and high school principal, and school superintendent, he has grown the Hope Squad program in Ohio from three pilot schools to over 200 today. A strong advocate for youth, Dr. Kline serves as a Hope Squad Master Trainer, QPR Master Trainer and a Lead Instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid. Focusing on young people, he has long been committed to providing all students the opportunity to grow up safe, healthy and strong.
Kevin Rohlfs • Bellevue, WA
Greetings to Hope Squads around the world from Bellevue Nebraska, home to Offutt Air Force Base and Bellevue West High School! I am Kevin Rohlfs, Principal at West since 1997. I am proud to be an advisor of one of the first Nebraska Hope Squads, established in 2017. I am part of a Hope Squad family; my wife Amy is an advisor at Lewis & Clark Middle School in Bellevue and my daughter Hazel is one of the original members at Lewis & Clark and now is a junior serving on our High School team. While we have a lot of great things going on at Bellevue West, Hope Squad will always be at the top of the list. We are saving lives and bringing understanding, compassion and support to those struggling with mental health issues.
Kristi Wiley • Forth Worth, TX
Kristi Wiley, MFA is the Program Director for The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation in Fort Worth, TX. Kristi is QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) certified and has trained more than 5,500 people to be gatekeepers and recognize the warning signs for suicide. She is also a Hope Squad Master Trainer, training under Dr. Greg Hudnall, Founder of Hope Squad. In Tarrant County, she currently provides program and implementation support for 90 Hope Squad campuses across 11 districts. Kristi graduated from the University of Alabama with an M.F.A. in Theatre Management. After graduating from UA, she co-founded and was the Managing Director of Duke City Repertory Theatre in Albuquerque, NM. Before receiving her graduate degree, she was a teacher at the Texan’s Can Academy, a school for at-risk youth, lived and worked in NYC, and even enjoyed a stint studying with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK. When she isn’t working, Kristi enjoys going to the theater, reading and Taco Tuesday. Her coolest title, however, is Mommy to her beautiful daughter, Layla Jan.
Lisa Carter • Cincinnati, OH
Lisa Carter serves as a school liaison for Grant Us Hope, the provider of Hope Squad in Ohio. Lisa spent 33 years in education serving in the roles of teacher, instructional coach, and curriculum developer. In addition to being a Hope Squad Master Trainer, Lisa is also a Lead Instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid and a Gatekeeper trainer for QPR. She is also trained in disaster mental health counseling. Lisa is amazed and humbled by the Hope Squad students who are making a difference in their schools and communities every day. It is an honor to be a part of this important and life changing work.
Lori Baldwin • Idaho Falls, ID
Lori is a 21-year veteran school teacher in the state of Idaho. She has taught everything from elementary physical education to high school science, influencing children at every stage of their education. She has earned the title of being a Highly Effect teacher for all her years of teaching and has also received the Idaho Master Teacher Premium award the last 3 years. She was fortunate enough to be involved with implementing the first Hope Squad program in the state of Idaho and continues to implement Hope Squad programs around the state. Hope Squad has made a vast difference within Idaho schools, school districts and statewide. Lori is a Master QPR trainer and was on the developmental and writing team for the new Hope Squad curriculum. Lori says, “I love being involved in the Hope Squad program; it is saving lives in our great state of Idaho! Together we can all make a difference.”
Maureen Hoenigman is a mental health professional and wellness warrior with 20 years experience. Maureen has a Masters in Social Psychology. She is President and a Certified Phone Support Counselor for Warmline, providing supportive listening and community resources to those living with mental health challenges. She is QPR instructor with Prevent Suicide of Greater Milwaukee and a national QPR presenter for the Federal Probation Services National Wellness Conference in Minnesota. For a time, she served as Co-facilitator for the Beyond Abuse Program at Sojourner Family Peace Center. Her professional training consists of leadership development, critical incident stress (psychological first aid), personality training, administering psychological assessments, conflict resolution/de-escalation, motivational interviewing, social & emotional intelligence, mental health first aid training for youth, wellness circles facilitator training, trauma informed care, adverse childhood experiences, grief & bereavement support, and self-compassion resiliency.
Dr. Woods is a Professor and Interim Dean of Workforce Education at Grays Harbor College. He has PhD in Strategic Leadership from Southeastern University and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. Nate’s latest book, “Developing Others Through Service: Starting with ME!” was released in August 2020. He is the Managing Partner and co-founder of DOT Service LLC, a leadership development firm with multiple clients. Nate is also an avid sports fan, reader, and humanitarian. He and his wife of over 15 years, Dr. Page Carol Woods, have two sons, Nate III and Angelo.
Nicole Berosek • Bridgeport, NE
Nicole Berosek holds a Master of Science in Organizational Management from Wayne State College, is a National Board-Certified Health Coach, ACE Personal Trainer, and American College of Lifestyle Medicine Coach. She worked in corporate wellness for 12 years helping companies improve the health and wellness of their employees before taking a position at Panhandle Public Health District as an Organizational Wellness Coordinator and Community Health Educator. Berosek also works with Highway Safety, National Diabetes Prevention Program, Tobacco Free Nebraska, and Opioid programs. Nicole is passionate about helping individuals thrive and goes the extra mile to provide assistance and education for all individuals.
Dr. Rick Gilson has been a middle school and high school teacher, High School Vice-Principal, High School Principal and School Division Assistant Superintendent over a 30-plus year career and currently is the Executive Director of the Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium. In addition to teaching Social Studies and English Rick has been a volunteer coach (Canada doesn’t pay their high school coaches) of over 60 football teams at various levels and over 80 teams when you include volleyball and basketball. Supporting the wellness of all students, their families and the staff at school has been, and remains a strong focus in Rick’s life. Happy to support the training on line or in person wherever there is an interest in Hope Squads as together we work to create safe and supportive learning environments.
Ruth Stanton McAtee • St. George, UT
Ruth has been a high school educator for 38 years. She taught English, Creative Writing, Journalism, and Psychology in Glendale, CA, Orem, UT and Pleasant Grove, UT. While teaching in California, she was a national trainer for AVID, helping underrepresented students complete four-year college entrance requirements. She has been a Hope Squad Advisor since 2011 and now works as the advisor of the Hope Squad National Council.
Sandy Kauffman • Cincinnati, OH
Sandy Kauffman is a School Liaison and Master Trainer at Grant Us Hope, the provider of Hope Squad in Ohio. Sandy helps to onboard new schools, provides direct support to over 70 schools throughout the state of Ohio, is a Master QPR Trainer and an Instructor of Youth Mental Health First Aid. After losing her brother to suicide in 1999, Sandy’s passion lies in bringing awareness to and educating others about suicide prevention.
Sara Colson • Idaho Falls, ID
“Hope Squad is amazing!” Sara Colson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a National Board Certified Counselor. She graduated from high school in Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee Martin. Sara continued her education at Idaho State and received her Master’s of Counseling. She has worked with youth in Eastern Idaho for several years, in both school and private practice settings. Sara is passionate about suicide prevention.
Shannon Decker • Truckee, CA
Shannon Decker, executive director and co-founder of The Speedy Foundation, received her BA from Loyola Marymount University and holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Idaho. She has nearly twenty years of private and public teaching and administrative experience in Idaho, Nevada, and California. She is a Mental Health First Aid, QPR, and a safeTALK facilitator. Shannon is a mental health advisor for the USOPC and currently works as the Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator in the Office of Suicide Prevention for the state of Nevada.
Teri Effle has spent more than twenty years working in ministry and community organizing, she has a passion for helping communities grow and have healthy conversations. She also loves nothing more than to see individuals and families develop and thrive. Teri is currently a Prevention Specialist with Region V Systems in Lincoln, Nebraska and serves as a technical assistance provider for the sixteen counties that make up southeast Nebraska for issues involving substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion. She is a certified trainer for Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid, Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) and Hope Squads. Teri and her husband Derek live in Lincoln and have one son, Dawson and are the Nebraska parents to Anthony, who came to live with them his senior year of high school. Laughter and shenanigans are common occurrences in their home.
Wendi Christensen, LCSW, has over 26 years of experience in the social work field doing things such as school social work, individual & marriage counseling, crisis work, grief & loss groups, divorce groups, and suicide prevention and survivor groups. One of her highlights as a school social worker was starting, writing the manual, and piloting the very first “Hope Squad.” She remembers fondly the day she and the students named the program “Hope Squad” to bring HOPE to struggling suicidal students. She currently is a parent advisor for her children’s elementary Jr Hope Squad, a Hope Squad Master trainer, QPR Gatekeeper trainer, and a liaison to Jr. Hope Squads throughout Davis & Weber Counties in Utah. She has a passion for suicide prevention and helping others find peace and healing.