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Candlelighting Ceremony and Welcome Remarks | VOICES 21st Annual Symposium

 
Welcome & Candle Lighting Service
 
The September 10 Symposium began with VOICES traditional Candlelighting Ceremony. 9/11 Community members, Mark O’Grady and Dominique Joseph simultaneously lit candles as passages were read by family members, survivors, and responders. VOICES Board Chair, Bonnie McNamara and Frank Fetchet welcomed attendees and provided poignant opening remarks.
 
Frank Fetchet - Vice President, VOICES
Bonnie McEneaney McNamara - Board Chair, VOICES
 
 

A New Performing Arts Center | VOICES 21st Annual Symposium

 
Bill Rauch and Jenna Chrisphonte present the new venue and artistic plans of the new performing arts center located near the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The Symposium concluded with special performances from artists from Grammy Award winner Ty Defoe, followed by an operatic duet sung by Yi Li and Karen Vuong, accompanied by Stephen Buck.
 
Jenna Chrisphonte – Director of Civic Alliances, PAC
Bill Rauch – Artistic Director, PAC
 
 

Looking Beyond the 20th Anniversary | VOICES 21st Annual Symposium

 
The Anniversary is a time for reflecting on the past and looking ahead to the future with hope. The conversation highlights the work of Alice Greenwald and Dr. Barbara Sampson, who dedicated their careers in their respective fields to serving the 9/11 community. Looking ahead we introduce Dr. Graham, the newly appointed Chief Medical Examiner.
 
Elizabeth Hillman – Incoming President & 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
Mary Fetchet – Founding Director, VOICES
 
 

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, IAGP
Leo Leiderman – Seasoned Clinical Psychologist
 
 

Progress Report on September 11 Litigation | VOICES 21st Annual Symposium

 
The legal counsel representing 9/11 families 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, discussed 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
 
 

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
 
 

World Trade Center Health Program Update | VOICES 21st Annual Symposium

 
Representatives from the CDC/World Trade Center Health Program provide information about the WTC Health Program’s 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
Elio Megaro – WTC Health Program
Anthony Gardner – Public Affairs Specialist, WTC Health Program
Dr. Jacqueline Moline – Clinical Director, Northwell WTC
 
 

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and Compensation Programs | VOICES 21st Annual Symposium

 
The panel began with an introduction to the newly appointed interim Special Master, August Flentje. Stefanie Langsam provided an update on the VCF case status, followed by a panel discussion by the dedicated attorneys 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
 
 

Mental Health Considerations During Unpredictable Times | VOICES 21st Annual Symposium

 
The panel of experienced clinicians discusses mental health considerations – including loss and grief, the experience of trauma, PTSD, and suicide ideation- 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, IAGP
Leo Leiderman – Seasoned Clinical Psychologist