Building Community Resilience

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Building Community Resilience

Join an essential conversation about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Wednesday, September 25th, the public is invited to attend a free event that will explore the health impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences. Doors open at 5 p.m. for attendees to connect with local organizations, businesses and agencies who are dedicated to supporting our community, followed by a showing of the documentary film Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. A panel question and answer with the audience follows.


Dr. Megan Stilwill will close the evening with a short education session titled “the way we treat children matters”, which will provide concrete things we can do in our everyday lives to build resilience in our communities.


Meet the Panelists


Mary King Gruman, MS, LPC, NBCC, Birchbark Counseling (Moderator). A licensed professional counselor with Birchbark Counseling in Traverse City, Michigan, Mary is active in the Traverse City based Licensed Professional Counselors of Northern Michigan group and currently serves as a Master Trainer for the Michigan ACEs Initiative which led her to speak at the 2019 TEDx Traverse City. She is on the board of the local National Alliance for Mental Illness chapter and the advisory board of the Generations Ahead teen parenting program. Her practice serves people aged 13 and up and she specializes in helping. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Mary received her MS at the University of the Southwest.

Kristen Ryder, Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District. Kristen Ryder is a School Psychologist, mindfulness instructor, and a trauma-informed yoga instructor. Within the scope of her yoga practice, she has completed certifications with the Yoga 4 Survivors oncology program, Mindful Schools, Yoga 4 Classrooms, Connection Coalition, and the Street Yoga program out of Seattle, WA, which focuses on assisting homeless and traumatized youth. Kristen is also a yoga instructor at Cowell Family Cancer Center. Within the scope of education, she currently serves TBAISD's New Campus center-based program, which provides educational services for students with severe emotional and behavioral disabilities. She is an ACEs Champion Trainer, trained through Michigan DHHS, and a Certified Family Trauma Professional.'

Robert Sprunk, MD., Grand Traverse Children's Clinic. Dr. Robert Sprunk studied medicine at the University of Michigan, did both his medical internship and residency at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, and extended his studies with a fellowship at Wayne County General Hospital. Sprunk's special medical interests include ADD/ADHD in children, adolescent/teen medicine, asthma, immunizations and neonatology.

Megan Stilwill, DO., Traverse Area Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic. Her pediatric internship and residency were both at PBCGME Palms West Hospital. She also attended Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, MI and Denison University in Granville, OH. Her background is in behavioral therapy and has worked extensively with children with various developmental disabilities in the classroom, home and medical setting. She has two daughters, Madeline and Emmy. Dr. Stilwill enjoyed the last two years in Florida, but her family roots are in Michigan. She enjoys running, snowboarding, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.


Cost for the Screening

The event is free, but registration is encouraged to save your seat.


Registration open through 9/25/2019 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Benzie Central High School

Benzie County Central High School - Auditorium

9222 Homestead Rd, Benzonia, MI 49616

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