Veteran’s Summit Symposium

The Southern Illinois University System is hosting its first Veteran’s Summit Symposium which will have speakers, discussion groups and presenters with the intent to train and engage attendees on issues related to veteran’s health, education, benefits and legal issues. Together we will begin to develop a blue print to improve service delivery to the veteran community.

Thursday, September 12, 2019




8:00am - 8:30am Check-in Main Gym or Foyer
8:30am - 8:40am Welcome: John Charles – Governmental Affairs & Public Affair and Mary Carroll Veterans Summit Coordinator Main Gym
8:40am - 8:55am Welcome by Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Director Linda Chapa LaVia Main Gym
8:55am - 9:15am Overview of Illinois Rural Veterans: Brian Clauss-
Clauss Alternative Dispute Resolution,Inc, John Erbes-SIU Law
Main Gym or Foyer

9:15am - 9:45am

Health Assessment Data Collection Study: Chris Reiter-SIUE
Breakthroughs in Pain Management: Chris Herndon-SIUE School of Pharmacy

Main Gym

9:45am - 10:00am

Wheel Facilitation Training: T.J. Albers

Main Gym

10:00am - 12:00pm

Working Groups  

Healthcare: Heather Whetsell/Facilitator Panelists: Tracey Smith -SIUSOM, Jodie Robison -Centerstone, Bobby McKinney-SIUSOM, Kelly Crooks-Memorial Behavioral Health, Joann Ginsberg-Marion VA, Chris Herndon-SIUE School of Pharmacy, Jessica Kerr-SIUE School of Pharmacy

Room 2000

Justice: T.J. Albers - Facilitator Panelists: Zach Zarnow-Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, Brad Lavite-Veterans Assistance Commission Madison County, John Erbes-SIU Law, Sarah Bulia-SIUC, Melissa Mooney-SIUSOM, Judge Sara Smith,Rocky Peppers- Marion VA, Martin Parsons-SIU Law

Room 2002/2003

Education: Nick Weshinskey/Kitty Juul-Facilitators Panelists: Paul Copeland-SIUC, Kevin Wathen-SIUE, Mandara Savage-SIUC Extended Campus, Stephen Curda-Illinois Joining Forces, Jaimee Ray-IBHE, Dan Wellman-IL Department of Veterans Affairs, Amy Morys-CAEL, Kim Eck-ISAC

Room 1309

12:00pm - 1:15pm

Lunch: Key Note: Judge Carey Gill -Veteran Courts -implementation in So. Illinois

Main Gym

1:15pm - 3:00pm

Working Groups


Mental Health: Heather Whetsell- Facilitator Panelists: Jodie Robison-Centerstone, Sarah Bulia-SIUC, Kelly Crooks-Memorial Behavioral Health, Melissa Mooney-SIUSOM, Tracey Smith-SIUSOM, Elizabeth Wilde-VA St. Louis, Chris Figura-Vet Center

Room 2000


Veteran Treatment Courts: T.J. Albers - Facilitator Panelists: Judge Carey Gill, Circuit Judge, First Judicial Circuit Court,Tracey Smith-SIUSOM, Rocky Pepper-Marion VA, Martin Parson-SIU Law, Meghan Golden-SIUSOM, Bobby McKinney-SIUSOM

Room 2002/2003

3:00pm - 3:15pm

Closing Remarks: President Dorsey

Beginning a Blue Print – Next Steps: Mary Carroll, Veterans Summit Coordinator

Main Gym



Whole Armory

Continental breakfast and lunch will be included in the cost as well as the opportunity to receive Continuing Education Units and Professional Development Hours for the following fields:

  • Lawyers - CLEs
  • Teachers – PDH

Event information

By Invitation Only
Date: September 12, 2019
Location: Mt. Vernon Armory
600 Shiloh Dr.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Time: 8:30am – 3:15pm (check-in will begin at 8:00am)
Cost: $25 (by 8/29)/$40 (after 8/29)

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