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Date: Saturday, April 10th, 2021

Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Conference Sessions: (click link for session description and registration)


  • Josh Wolf​; Coach J Wolf Speaking (

Josh Wolf is a current Life & Tri Coach, Ultra Athlete and Speaker. A suicide survivor and mental wellness advocate his purpose is to spread hope and joy that comes in knowing your purpose. He holds a B.S. Kinesiology as well as an NCSA CPT, NASM CES, PN Level 1 Coach & has held USAT Tri and Ironman U certs. Josh has 20+ years coaching and behavior modification experience in working with individuals, businesses and athletes. He’s a 6 Time Ironman World Championship Qualifier, 9 time All American Triathlete and Multiple IM event Age Group Champion. With a huge heart, incredible energy, you can’t help but be inspired when you’re around Josh Wolf! He resides in a suburb of Kansas City, with his lovely wife, 2 step sons and is a proud dog dad.

  • Katherine Melton; Rediscovering You

Katherine is the executive director of the Rediscovering You mental health nonprofit.  She earned her Bachelor of Education in Community Health degree and later completed her Master in Public Health, Health Policy and Administration degree. 


Katherine is passionate for and dedicated to her work in mental health promotion, suicide prevention, substance use/misuse, and recovery.

  • Kiersten Adkins; Pathway to Hope

Kiersten has served the Kansas City's nonprofit community for almost 30 years and has been the Executive Director for Pathway to Hope since January of 2014.  

She is married to John and together they have a bountiful family that includes eleven children (including spouses) and twelve delightful grandkids.  Kiersten holds a Bachelor's Degree in Leadership & Ethics and Bible Theology from the Nazarene Bible College and a Master's Degree in Counseling at MidAmerica Nazarene University.  She operates a private practice specializing in trauma recovery, severe & persistent mental illness and family dynamics.

Mental illness came home for the Adkins when their daughter faced a mental health crisis at twelve years old.  Her young daughter spent much of her adolescence in and out of residential treatment facilities, finding the right medications and learning to cope with a new reality.  The experience has allowed the family to develop a compassion that can only come from personal experience.

  • Ashley Grill; Johnson County Mental Health Center

Ashley Grill, MPH, RDH, author of All in Her Head, a mental health advocacy story published by a feminist press in 2015. Ashley has had a dynamic career including research, teaching, dental benefits, and clinical practice. She works full time at Johnson County as the Peer Engagement Specialist in addition to maintaining her dental hygiene licensure and practicing part-time. When Ashley isn't working, she's mothering her daughter, taking care of the family pets, and writing.

  • Emily Sterk; Healing Towards Wellness

I grew up in the southern Johnson County area of Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelors in Family Studies and Human Services. Directly following I attended Friend’s University in the Kansas City area and graduated with my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Directly following graduation I moved to Boston, MA. I worked with an array of populations ranging from kids and youth within the foster system to people struggling with family separation, suicide, drug abuse, prostitution, poverty, and homelessness. I worked with a wide range of communities including homeless communities, spiritual communities, transitional living programs, and communities with severe mental illness living in either a group home or psychiatric facility. I have worked within the school system, church settings, mental health agencies, hospitals, foster care system and within the homes of families. My specialties range within transitional living to adulthood, eating disorders, self injury/suicide, premarital and couples work and overall family therapy. Since being back in my hometown of Kansas City I learned quickly there was a disconnect in accessible and affordable mental health care and the mental health crisis rising. Healing Towards Wellness opened October of 2019 with this goal and mission in mind. Since opening and through the pandemic, HTW continues to change the way we look at mental health and how to serve our Kansas City community so everyone can have support no matter their financial situation.

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