Hope Squad Team

Hope Squad Team

Dr. Greg Hudnall

CEO and Founder

Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall is the founder and Executive Director of HOPE4UTAH. He has championed suicide prevention in Utah schools and communities for over 20 years. His expertise is not only sought after locally, but also nationally, at the highest levels of government.

Dr. Hudnall is a former high school principal, student service director, and associate superintendent with the Provo City School District. He has spent the last fifteen years as the executive director of a community crisis team and has personally been involved with over twenty-five suicides as a first responder or consultant. He is in his 16th year as chairman of the Utah Suicide Prevention Conference in partnership with Brigham Young University. 

Dr. Hudnall was invited to testify before the United States Surgeon General on suicide in Utah and in 2013 was invited by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to present in Washington D.C. on the Circles4HOPE community mental health model at the “Dialogue on Behavior Health and Community Resilience in LDS Communities.”

In 2015, Dr. Hudnall was invited by the Whitehouse to participate in a webinar entitled, “Strengthening the Mental Health of African American Youth.” 

Read more about Dr. Hudnall and his impact for mental health on his site Greg Hudnall.

Hope Squad Team

Dr. Greg Hudnall

Founder / CEO
greg4hope@gmail.com

Tam Larnerd

Training Facilitator
tam@hopesquad.com

Jennifer Dees

curriculum specilist
jennifer@hopesquad.com

Aisha Gray

School and Community Partner
aisha@hopesquad.com

Hailey Holland

Marketing Coordinator
Hailey@hopesquad.com

Abigail Allard

Communications Coordinator
abigail@hopesquad.com

Master Trainers

Master Trainers are Hope Squad experts that provide training and support on a state and regional level, as well as promote and advocate for the program.

Master Training, Provo, Utah, 2021 (some not pictured)

Aimee Schneidewent
Amy Pool
Austin Nunn
Becky Austad-Layne
Cass Pook
Cathy Bledsoe
Cindy Beck
David Umanzor
Donna Layer
Jennie Katrichis
Jennifer Taylor
Jennifer Wright-Berryman
Joshua Gorham
Julie Rickard
Katryna Joubert
Keith Kline
Kevin Rohlfs
Kris Luchman
Kristi Wiley
Lisa Carter

Lori Baldwin
Maureen Hoenigman
Michael Tragakis
Nate Woods
Nicole Berosek
Peggy Brockman
Q Adolpho
Rick Gilson
Ruth Stanton McAtee
Sandy Kauffman
Sara Colson
Sarah Miller
Shannon Decker
Sherri Miller
Stephen Sheppard
Tam Larnerd
Teri Effle
Todd Powers
Vaynesia Kendrick
Wendi Christensen

Director of Master Training:
Stewart Hudnall

Mental Health Advisors

Hope Squad Mental Health Advisors are volunteers from the mental health community.
They advise on how to expand and improve the Hope Squad program and curriculum.

Dr. Douglas D. Gray, MD

University of Utah
Child Psychiatrist

Juergen Korbanka, Ph.D

CEO
Wasatch Mental Health

Elizabeth Feil, LCSW

Therapist Supervisor
Wasatch Mental Health

Researchers

Hope Squad Researchers are volunteers from University of Cincinnati, Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah.

They collect and analyze data to inform decisions to expand and improve the Hope Squad program and curriculum.

Dr. Jennifer Wright-Berryman, PhD

Lead Researcher
University of Cincinnati

Dr. Jennifer Wright-Berryman, PhD

Lead Researcher
University of Cincinnati

Dr. David Wood, PhD

Brigham Young University
Psychologist

Dr. Douglas D. Gray, MD

University of Utah
Child Psychiatrist

National Educational Advisory Board

Dr. Tanya Fredrich

Director Student Services
Elmbrook Schools Wisconsin

Dr. Tobin Novasio

Superintendent Lockwood School District Montana

Dr. Keith Kline

Former Superintendent West Clermont School District Ohio

Dr. Holly Ferguson

Associate Superintendent Prosper ISD
Texas

The Board of Directors

The Hope Squad Board is made up of the Hudnall Family.

As the founder, Dr. Hudnall has worked hard to involve the family in a variety of opportunities to serve others.

Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall
and MiLinda Hudnall

Gregory and Allyson Hudnall

Mindy Jo Hudnall

Sherri K and Josh Gunn

Stewart and Melinda Hudnall

Dr. Douglas D. Gray, MD

University of Utah | Child Psychiatrist

As a suicidologist, Dr. Gray studies suicide completers in an attempt to better understand suicide risk factors, and to help develop future suicide prevention programs across the age span. He uses psychological autopsies, genetics and toxicology methods to make inroads to get a better understanding of suicide risk factors. His clinical focus is primarily outpatient and consult-liaison for bipolar disorders.

Juergen Korbanka, Ph.D

CEO | Wasatch Mental Health

Dr. Korbanka is a Licensed Psychologist who is an Approved Clinical Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, Designated Examiner, and is a member of the Utah State Crisis Team. He enjoys working with adults with a range of issues, such as: depression and mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, and more severe psychopathologies. He has worked with domestic violence perpetrators and individuals with personality disorders. His research interests include: evidence-based and outcome oriented, time-limited treatment programs, program effectiveness, and treatment efficiency. He has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences.

Elizabeth Feil, LCSW

Therapist Supervisor | Wasatch Mental Health

Elizabeth Feil, LCSW, is the Therapist Supervisor at the Provo Family Clinic She has been working as a therapist at Wasatch Mental Health since 2002. She is trained in EMDR, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, Crisis Intervention, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-focused CBT, and the Strengthening Families Program. Elizabeth is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner.  Elizabeth works primarily with youth ages 11-17 and their families but also has a lot of experience with elementary school aged children, PLUS she speaks Spanish. Elizabeth was very involved in implementing a grant-funded interdisciplinary approach involving Provo School District, Intermountain Health Clinics, and Wasatch Mental Health.

Dr. Jennifer Wright-Berryman, PhD

Lead Researcher | Universtity of Cincinnati

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 wrigh2jb@ucmail.uc.edu.

Dr. David Wood, PhD

Brigham Young University | Psychologist

Dr. David Wood is a licensed psychologist with interest in motivational interviewing, psychological assessment, military psychology and suicide prevention and intervention. He is currently a uniformed service member for the Army National Guard. He supports the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) as the Group Clinical Psychologist with the rank of CPT (O3). He is also an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer (ASIST) who conducts suicide intervention skills workshops for non-behavioral health clinicians. Currently, Dr. Wood has research interests in resilience and behavioral health among military service members including those belonging to the National Guard and Reserve components. His primary civilian position is assistant professor (visiting) at the School of Social Work at Brigham Young University where he currently teaches motivational interviewing, psychopathology and program evaluation in the masters of social work (MSW) program. He maintains a small independent practice with emphasis on motivational interviewing and therapeutic assessment. Dr. Wood completed a pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center and the University New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Arizona State University and an M.S. in counseling psychology from Central Washington University. In his free time he loves spending time with his family, reading, hiking, cycling and motorcycling.

Dr. Douglas D. Gray, MD

University of Utah | Child Psychiatrist

As a suicidologist, Dr. Gray studies suicide completers in an attempt to better understand suicide risk factors, and to help develop future suicide prevention programs across the age span. He uses psychological autopsies, genetics and toxicology methods to make inroads to get a better understanding of suicide risk factors. His clinical focus is primarily outpatient and consult-liaison for bipolar disorders.