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The Center for Family Resilience’s 9th annual Chautauqua is Friday, February 23, 2018.

Resilience and the Community: How to Build Resilient Communities and How Communities Build Resilient Families

Friday, February 23, 2108
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Oklahoma State University - Tulsa Campus, Tulsa, OK

Conference Meeting Room:
North Hall, Room 150
Lunch will be in the BS Roberts Room in North Hall

Click Here for the Conference Schedule!

This year’s theme is “Resilience and the Community: How to Build Resilient Communities and How Communities Build Resilient Families.” Scholars and practitioners will present information on the micro-, meso-, and macro-level factors that contribute to family resilience. Additionally, moderated panel discussions will focus on how community-level policies and programs facilitate the distribution of resources, assets, and opportunities that provide valuable assistance to families who are struggling or in crisis due to economic hardship, mental illness, and the effects of natural and human-made disasters. Representatives of local government and community agencies who are on the “front lines” of developing policies and programs to assist families will provide valuable context for understanding the science on the ways communities provide an environment that encourages and nurtures family resilience, as well as factors that foster resilience at the community level.

2018 Invited Speakers

Ron Beer

Ron Beer, Ph.D.

Board of Directors, Our Daily Bread Food and Resource Center

Beer was the executive assistant to the president at Kent State University during the National Guard shootings in 1970 that left four students killed and nine others wounded. Beer has written and spoken extensively about these experiences and his involvement in the student demonstrations and the tragic aftermath. Beer has been actively involved at both the regional and national levels with associations for student affairs administration in higher education, and he is involved in a variety of community organizations at leadership levels. He serves on the board of directors for the United Church Board for World Ministries and is vice president of the board of directors for Mozambique Development in Motion, having participated for the past eight years in mission projects in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.

Karabi Bezboruah

Karabi Bezboruah, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, University of Texas - Arlington

Bezboruah's research interests are in organizational behavior, cross-sector collaborations, public and nonprofit sector resource development and capacity building, microfinance, and international non-governmental organizational impact. Her expertise is in studying organizational sustainability through capacity building, collaborations, and networks. She applies both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in her research and academic publications. She has published articles on the behavior of nonprofit organizations, state-NGO relations, and impact of NGO offered microcredit on women in developing countries. Further, she has authored a book on corporate giving, and a book chapter on leadership in nonprofit organizations.

Mike Brose

Mike Brose, MSW

Executive Director, Mental Health Association of Oklahoma

Growing up in Kansas near the Oklahoma Panhandle, Brose saw firsthand the struggles of rural residents to find quality health care. Later, in two decades as executive director of the Mental Health Association in Tulsa, Brose observed similar problems with urban residents’ access to affordable care for mental illness and substance abuse.

DeVon Douglass

DeVon Douglass, J.D.

Chief Resilience Officer, City of Tulsa

Prior to her appointment with the City of Tulsa, Douglass served as the Economic Opportunity and Poverty Policy Analyst for the Oklahoma Policy Institute. She was also the lead organizer for a series of community forums named, Tulsa Talks, which addressed racial disparities and safety in Tulsa.

John Harms

John Harms, Ph.D.

Professor, Missouri State University

For the past 10 years Harms has been using social capital theory and methodology to examine community engagement and civic health. He has served on the executive committee of the Ozark Regional Food Policy Council that is working to develop a local organic and sustainable food system. His current research examines how Springfield Community Gardens generate social capital and community.

Reggie Ivey

Reggie Ivey

Chief of Operations, Tulsa Health Department

Ivey began his career in public health as a field epidemiologist in the HIV/STD Division of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. He has worked as a health educator and manager of the Tulsa Healthy Start Initiative, a program to reduce infant mortality in Tulsa County. He was the Executive Director of the Margaret Hudson Program, a school for pregnant teens, until he returned to the Tulsa Health Department in 2004.

Gail Lapidus

Gail Lapidus, ACSW, LCSW, LMFT

Chief Executive Officer, Family and Children’s Services

Lapidus has been with Family & Children’s Services for 40 years, serving as its director since 1986. During that time the human services agency has grown to a staff of more than 500.

Deborah Norris

Deborah Norris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Kansas State University

Norris’ research focuses on human development at the intersection of early childhood policy, programming, and classroom practice. Her research and teaching are informed by her years as a classroom teacher and child care center director. She has examined the influence of early childhood policies such as Quality Rating and Improvement Systems and early childhood educator scholarship programs on the quality of child care as well as the experiences of children, families, and staff. She is particularly interested in the cognitive and language development of toddlers and twos in early care and education settings. She has published several articles and was co-author of Developmental Foundations for School Readiness of Infants and Toddlers for the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation with the Administration for Children and Families. She has served as guest co-editor of two special issues of the journal Early Education and Development.

Michelle Schaecher

Michelle Schaecher, MSW

Counselor, Stillwater Public Schools

Schaecher has been a school counselor for 20 years. Before that she had a private counseling practice; she has also had multiple positions working in in-patient psychiatric facilities and children’s homes.

Tim Slack

Tim Slack, Ph.D.

Professor, Louisiana State University

Slack's scholarly interests are in the areas of social stratification and social demography, with emphasis on forms of economic and spatial inequality. His resesarch has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, and he has received funding to support his research program from a range of sources, including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Department of the Interior. Recent and ongoing research projects include studies of working poverty and other forms of underemployment; household livelihood strategies, including participation in the informal economy (i.e., unrecorded work for cash, barter, and self-provisioning); and various aspects of regional inequality (e.g., place-based poverty dynamics, food stamp program participation, disaster vulnerability and resilience, etc.). Slack believes in the importance of extending scholarly knowledge beyond the academy, and thus have contributed to research briefs aimed at lay and policy audiences as well as stories produced by popular media outlets, including The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor.

Mimi Tarrasch

Mimi Tarrasch, M.A.

Executive Senior Director, Family and Children's Services

Tarrasch is the Executive Senior Director of Women in Recovery (WIR), an innovative program operated by Family and Children's Services which provides an alternative to incarceration for female offenders. Tarrasch has 35 years of experience working in the non-profit sector and has been part of the senior management team at Family and Children’s Services for over 20 years. In 2009, Tarrasch developed WIR in partnership with the George Kaiser Family Foundation. WIR’s model is based on a suite of evidence-based practices including substance abuse and mental health treatment, housing, employment and vocational training, wellness, recovery support and long-term continuing care. Parent education and child reunification services are key components addressing intergenerational incarceration.  Tarrasch actively works with the criminal justice community, multiple social service agencies and the business community to create better solutions for women entangled in the legal system.


Historically, a Chautauqua was an educational gathering held on the prairies of the U.S. heartland during the turn of the century. The annual all-day OSU Chautauqua retains this spirit by gathering researchers, service providers, and policy makers around a series of research presentations centered on a common theme. The ultimate goal of the Chautauqua conference is to foster a translational approach within the study of resilience, such that practical applications for family health and well-being can be developed from basic resilience research.


CEUs will be available for LPC, LMFT, LSW, and LADC.  


Questions may be directed to Dr. Amanda Harrist. We hope to see you there!

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