NAMI Maine 4th Annual Conference Keynotes
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Morning Keynote: Eva Dech



Eva Dech is a human rights advocate, community organizer, international trainer, and public speaker. A pioneer of the youth movement twenty-five years ago, she continues to be a leader of human rights activism in the United States, with a strong interest in developing and improving peer supports.

Since the early 1990s, Eva has provided support and advocacy for children, youth and families involved with mental health, juvenile justice, education, health, and foster care systems. Her long-practiced intersectional, social justice, and cross-disability approach to advocacy are shaped by her lived experience from childhood trauma and institutional re-traumatization.

Eva has a rich understanding of systemic and individual violence, and alternatives for healing. Eva focuses on infusing trauma-informed holistic practices and mutual supports to transform services and communities.

Eva Dech is an international trainer with Intentional Peer Support, LLC. She is also the Founder and CEO of Holistic Visions, LLC, where she offers trauma informed holistic healing trainings and supports to individuals, organizations, and communities.


Afternoon Keynote: Tamra Oman


Tamra Oman is the 2015 recipient of the State of Wisconsin’s Virginia Hart award and is currently a human services program coordinator Recovery Support Specialist at the Wisconsin Resource Center; a mental health treatment facility classified as a prison. She was the first “peer/consumer” to be hired in the state of Wisconsin to work in a correctional facility in the past 30 years.

Her focus over the last 10 years has been working with individuals in the criminal justice system with a history of trauma, addiction, and mental health challenges. She has been an AODA Counselor for the past 8 years and during that time has also been a contracted agent facilitating anger management and domestic violence groups within DOC facilities as well as reentry programming.  She provides training for various different DOC staff audiences & county agencies from administrators to new employees. She has also been a part of helping to develop a Peer Support Program that has an interest in creating an environment that is also mindful of the potential for vicarious trauma and its affects on the individuals who work serving others. She has created programming being used in correctional facilities and continues to seek ways to be of service. She has been on many committees and boards in the Madison community and is a co-founder of Voices Beyond Bars and the non-profit SISTER HOUSE.

Ms. Oman uses humor and compassion to connect with her audience and is often asked to present at conferences, trainings, community events in Wisconsin and beyond. She brings a unique perspective based on her own personal and professional experiences. Ms. Oman is a proponent of systems creating a recovery “culture” that includes Trauma Informed Care, Person Centered Planning, Strength Based Approach, Motivational Interviewing, and Evidence Based Practices.