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"This family went from tragedy to triumph 

and the story needs to be heard by everyone." 

- Jean Gaede

Interlochen Center for the Art Academy Faculty, Interlochen, Michigan

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“The presentation on Compassionate 

Listening is incredible! 

Diana's extensive communication skills go beyond anything I've ever experienced or learned. She is deeply knowledgable, caring and an excellent coach."

-Co Lab Presentation Participant

Fairfield, IA 2016

Compassionate Listening Workshop

Participants will experience the profound feeling of 

being listened to and really understood.

Resentment, fear, anger and unmet needs prevent us from feeling compassion. Instead, they create conflict, which makes effective communication impossible.

People who learn and practice Compassionate Listening have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection, and conflict resolution.

This dynamic, hands-on workshop dramatically demonstrates how effective communication can be when we listen and respond with intention and compassion.

Diana will include real-life situations, demonstrate role-playing and engage in open discussion. 


I was very moved by Diana's keynote address 

and the worthy goals of her company

The personal story of her son's situation and the 

family's response was really gripping." 

-Stuart R, M. D.

Art Creates Hope Benefit Concert, 2017

Anti-Bullying Proven Solutions  |  Create Safety

Inspiring and informative talk - a must for parents, students, 

and schools or anyone caring for school-age children.

In this presentation, Diana shares the story of her son's years of being bullied and how it escalated into a tragic incident that caused the onset of a severe mental illness. She teaches what she learned as a parent to help her child and family survive this tragedy and ultimately recover and regain balance.

Two short videos will be shown, one from her son sharing his journey to recovery and inspires others to get help and support. The second video is a family friend and her observations about Diana's 10-year passage with her son and the strategies she learned and used to help him.

See What People Are Saying

"The Anti-Bullying Presentation was very valuable for all participants.

I felt the content was very applicable and easy to understand.

It's a hard topic to discuss, but one that is absolutely crucial. Diana did a wonderful job setting the tone for the topic and creating a safe atmosphere for all participants to fully engage."

- Rachel Wonderlich | Youth Coordinator

 Iowa State University Extension Outreach Jefferson County, IA 

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231-709-2263  |  [email protected]

"Diana, thank you for coming to R-Place and sharing your story.

You made an impact. 

Many people will be able to start healing from hearing your message."

-Mary Issah, Executive Director

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), Johnson County, Iowa

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“Diana's moving and heartfelt story about her son's sudden onset of mental illness captivates the audience.

Diana describes why mental health and suicide prevention education is necessary for everyone.”

"Highly recommended!

Diana's story and difficult journey as a parent gives a realistic view of mental health challenges, and what to do. Her presentation was informative

and moving."

-Human Resource Director

Traverse City, MI 

Essentials of Mental Health  |  Know the Signs

The Essentials of Mental Health presentation is fundamental 

to understanding mental health disorders, 

warning signs and signals, and how to get help.

People facing these issues often face discrimination due to stigma and experience shame. Mental health challenges can be experienced by anyone. In the workplace, attitudes toward mental health make a big difference for all employees, but especially for those experiencing these types of challenges.

Diana will present how to tell the difference between what expected behaviors are and what might be the signs of a mental illness and common mental health disorders.

She will share her story about her son’s 10-year journey to recover and how he continues to manage his mental health challenges and will also show a 5-minute video.

Diana and Demitri share 

the personal story about their trauma 

and recovery in two book anthologies.

Interviews with Experts including 

James Malinchak and Viki Winterton.

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