September 2021 Convening

Posted on: September 3, 2021  |  Posted in: Community Blog

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Welcome to the resource page for the San Diego Military Family Collaborative (SDMFC) Monthly Convening using Zoom for Friday, September 24th, 2021! This convening was dedicated to the topic of ¨Mental Health & Family Wellness¨

Please sign in via our Attendance Sheet by clicking HERE! 

Convening Featured Guests Include: 

Lora Cayanan, MPH  

Program Manager 

Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) and the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council (SPC) 

 Lora Cayanan, MPH is the Program Manager for Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) and the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council (SPC). Lora has spent the past 6 years working in at CHIP previously serving as a Program Coordinator, Program Assistant, and Intern. She became a Certified Question Persuade and Refer or QPR Trainer in 2015 and oversees the training program for San Diego County with over 22,000 individuals trained since 2011. She is also an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training or ASIST instructor. Lora received her Bachelors in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine and her Master’s of Public Health from National University. 

Lori Van Orden 

Be SMART for Kids San Diego 

Lori Van Orden is a retired teacher and was a Navy wife for 20 years. Since 2017, she has been volunteering to prevent gun violence and is the San Diego lead for Be SMART for Kids, as well as a board member of San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention and the co-chair of the San Diego Suicide Prevention Council’s Means Reduction Subcommittee. 

Kimberly Beckstead 

LCSW and Suicide Prevention Coordinator 

Veterans’ Health Administration 

Kimberly Beckstead is an LCSW and Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Veterans Health Administration. Her clinical experience is diverse. Over the past 14 years, Kimberly has worked with a wide range of populations. Starting out as a DBT Coach working with pervasive personality disorders, adults with chronic pervasive mental illness as a case manager, then served as the Older Adult Lead Clinician at a county contracted mental health clinic, to a Clinical Supervisor at the Substance Abuse Counseling Program on base at MCAS Miramar, to a Program Manager of the Marine Intercept Program at Marine Corps Community Services where she provided comprehensive care coordination and safety assessment of active duty service members at high risk for suicide. At present, Kimberly is working as a Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Veterans Health Administration at the VA hospital in La Jolla. 

In addition to her full-time work in mental health, Kimberly started concurrently training professionals, agencies, and systems throughout San Diego about 10 years ago. She was one of five co-founders of the San Diego Trauma-Informed Guide Team (TGIT) and the Chair of the Training Committee for approximately 5 years. As the TIGT grew, Kimberly volunteered her time to provide well over 100 pieces of training throughout San Diego County and Riverside County. Kimberly has since continued to train throughout the county as a private consultant. Kimberly has found her niche in the world of pervasive mental illness, complex childhood trauma, and suicidology. Her training aims to integrate the complicated relationship between adverse childhood experiences, mental health, and human behavior; unpacking how this translates into the clinician’s experience providing direct care, in their respective work settings. As a trainer, Kimberly has been described as animated and passionate, with a quick wit and robust sense of humor. Kimberly encourages outside-the-box thinking, lively discussions and strives to incorporate using the trauma-informed lens in all that she does. 


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For your convenience, below you will find resources and relevant links that will be referred to in the February Convening. 

SDMFC Materials

COMMUNITY RESOURCES on ¨Mental Health & Family Wellness¨:



  • Feel Good Fridays: October 1st, 15th & 29th at 1:00 pm  
  • MTSE Action Team Meeting: October 14th at 10:00 am – 11:00 am  
  • MTSE Virtual Workshop: October 19th at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Registration required, visit: 
  • WIWMPK Action Team Meeting: October 28th at 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm (confirm with Stacy Chiles- 
  • WIWMPK Virtual Event: November 16th at 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, visit:   
  • SDMFC Annual Summit: October 22nd at 10:00 am – 11:30 am  
  • SDMFC Members-Only Trainings: TBD; email coming to member POC’s 

*SDMFC will be using Zoom to convene these virtual meetings for the time being, where you can join us through the comfort of your webcam or phone. In order to fully participate in these virtual meetings, SDMFC recommends using a smartphone or computer to access Zoom. You are also able to participate by calling in, but will not be able to access the online materials and activities that will be presented. To utilize Zoom, you will need to do the following:

  • Call in using your phone or join using a Zoom Account on your smartphone or computer(to be able to fully participate in activities we recommend using a computer) Sign-Up for a free account using your work email: Tune in to SDMFC’s Facebook page for the Zoom link or copy from below!


If you require assistance please do not hesitate to contact us! To stay most updated on SDMFC news, please review the SDMFC Facebook page We will continue to share resources for the community at large including information on resources individuals can access online as well as fun family activities you may consider enjoying together.