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New York Marriott Downtown | 85 West Street | NYC

21st Annual Symposium | September 10

 
 
 
VOICES 21st Annual
Remembrance Symposium
 
September 10, 2022
 
New York Marriott Downtown
 
85 West Street, New York City
 
VOICES was proud to host its 21st Annual Remembrance Symposium, Pathways to Resilience on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10 at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in New York City.
 
Support Beyond the 20th Anniversary addresses the many outstanding issues that continue to impact the 9/11 community more than 20 years later. Dedicated professionals who have committed their careers to serving the 9/11 community will share their expertise and provide important updates. Sessions highlight mental health considerations, commemoration, compensation, pending litigation and an introduction to new agency leadership. The program features lessons learned for professionals and agencies providing victims’ services and responding to other acts of mass violence.
 
 

September 10 Presentations

 
8:00am - 9:00am
 
Registration
 
 
9:00am - 9:15am
 
Welcome & Candle Lighting Service
 
 
9:15am - 10:15am
 
VOICES: Stories of Resilience
Victims’ family members, responders and survivors will share their stories – demonstrating the challenges they have faced and the strength and resilience that led to personal growth.
 
Philippe Vansteenkiste - Director, V-Europe Association
Anne-Marie Principe - 9/11 Survivor
Fred Starr - 9/11 Family Member
Deborah Garcia - 9/11 Family Member
FDNY Family Assistance Representative
 
 
10:15am - 11:15am
 
Mental Health Considerations During Unpredictable Times
 
The panel of experienced clinicians will discuss mental health considerations – including loss and grief, the experience of trauma, PTSD, and suicide ideation, as well as addressing stigma related to mental health conditions and establishing effective coping skills.
 
Virginia Dwyer-Aoyama (Moderator) – Voices Center for Resilience
Jane Webber – Doctoral Program Committee Chair, Kean University
Richard Beck – President, International Association for Group Psychotherapy & Group Processes
Leo Leiderman – Seasoned Clinical Psychologist
 
 
10:15am - 11:15am
 
World Trade Center Health Program Update
 
Representatives from the CDC/World Trade Center Health Program will provide information for those who wish to learn more about the WTC Health Program’s distinct mission, eligibility criteria, enrollment process, the new Health Effects of 9/11 online exhibition, and updates on the Nationwide Provider Network (NPN) and Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) transitions. VOICES staff will share insights into the challenges responders and survivors are experiencing.
 
Stephanie Landau (Moderator) – Voices Center for Resilience
Lauren Cimineri – Deputy Director for Health Plan Operations, WTC Health Program
Anthony Gardner – Public Affairs Specialist, WTC Health Program
 
 
11:15am - 11:30am
 
Break
 
 
11:30am - 12:45pm
 
9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and Compensation Programs
 
The panel will begin with an introduction to the newly appointed interim Special Master, August Flentje. Stefanie Langsam will provide an update on the VCF case status, followed by a panel discussion by the dedicated attorneys who are addressing client needs.
 
Matt McCauley (Moderator) – Partner, Turken, Heath & McCauley
August Flentje – Special Master, September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
Michael Barasch – Partner, Barasch, McGarry, Salzman & Penson
Joseph Cavalcante – NYS Workers’ Compensation Board
John Dearie – Managing Attorney, The Dearie Law Firm
John Feal – Founder, The FealGood Foundation
Noah Kushlefsky – Managing Partner, Kreindler & Kreindler
Stefanie Langsam – VCF Deputy Special Master
 
 
11:30am - 12:45pm
 
Private Meeting for 9/11 Families with the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
 
Dr. Jason Graham, the newly appointed Chief Medical Examiner of NYC and his staff will meet privately with 9/11 family members to update them on the OCME’s continued efforts to identify 9/11 victims.
 
Jason Graham – Chief Medical Examiner of New York City
Mark Desire – Assistant Director, NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner
Carl Gajewski – Criminalist, NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner
Jennifer Odien – Lead WTC Anthropologist
 
 
12:45pm - 2:00pm
 
Lunch/Networking
 
 
2:00pm - 3:15pm
 
Progress Report on September 11 Litigation
 
The legal counsel representing 9/11 families will provide an update on the progress of the September 11 litigation, including the Saudi and Iran lawsuits, and the catch up payment on the US Victim of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund. 9/11 family member, Terry Strada, will discuss her advocacy efforts.
 
Robert Haefele – Senior Counsel, Motley Rice
Jim Kreindler – Partner, Kreindler & Kreindler
John M. Eubanks – Member Attorney, Motley Rice
Terry Strada – National Chair, 9/11 Families United
 
 
2:00pm - 3:15pm
 
Roundtable Discussion for Service Providers
 
This session will provide an opportunity for victims’ advocates, mental health professionals, and others providing support to the 9/11 Community and other communities impacted by mass violence, to gather and share experiences and resources.
 
Virginia Dwyer-Aoyama (Moderator) – Voices Center for Resilience
Jane Webber – Doctoral Program Committee Chair, Kean University
Richard Beck – President, International Association for Group Psychotherapy & Group Processes
Leo Leiderman – Seasoned Clinical Psychologist
 
 
3:15pm - 4:15pm
 
Looking Beyond the 20th Anniversary
 
The Anniversary is a time for reflecting on the past and looking ahead to the future with hope. The conversation will highlight the work of Alice Greenwald and Dr. Barbara Sampson, who dedicated their careers in their respective fields to serving the 9/11 community. We will look ahead by introducing Dr. Graham, the newly appointed Chief Medical Examiner and representatives from the soon-to-open Ronald O. Perelman Performing Art Center.
 
Elizabeth L. Hillman – Incoming President and CEO, 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Alice Greenwald – President & CEO, 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Barbara Sampson – Former Chief Medical Examiner of New York City
Jason Graham – Chief Medical Examiner of New York City
Jenna Chrisphonte – Director of Civic Alliances, The Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts
Bill Rauch – Artistic Director, The Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts
 
 
4:15pm - 4:30pm
 
Closing
 
 
 

Our Presenters

Partner, Barasch, McGarry, Salzman & Penson
 
President, IAGP
 
NYS Workers’ Compensation Board
 
Director of Civic Alliances, The Ronald O. Perelman PAC
 
Deputy Director, WTC Health Program
 
Managing Attorney, The Dearie Law Firm, P.C.
 
Assistant Director, NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner
 
Voices Center for Resilience
 
Member Attorney, Motley Rice LLC
 
Founder, The FealGood Foundation
 
Founding Director, Voices Center for Resilience
 
Special Master, September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
 

Carl Gajewski
Criminalist, NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner
 
9/11 Family Member
 
Public Affairs Specialist, WTC Health Program
 
Chief Medical Examiner of New York City
 
President & CEO, 9/11 Memorial & Museum
 
Senior Counsel, Motley Rice LLC
 
Incoming President and CEO, 9/11 Memorial & Museum
 
Partner, Kreindler & Kreindler
 
Managing Partner, Kreindler & Kreindler LLP
 
Voices Center for Resilience
 
VCF Deputy Special Master
 
Seasoned Clinical Psychologist
 
Partner, Turken, Heath & McCauley
 
Lead WTC Anthropologist
 
9/11 Survivor
 
Artistic Director, The Ronald O. Perelman PAC
 
Former Chief Medical Examiner of New York City
 
9/11 Family Member
 
National Chair, 9/11 Families United
 
Director, V-Europe Association
 
Doctoral Program Committee Chair, Kean University
 
 
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