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Kay Warren

Kay Warren, co-founder of Saddleback Church with her husband, Rick, is an international speaker, best-selling author, and Bible teacher who has a passion for inspiring and motivating others to make a difference with their lives.

She is best known for more than 10 years as a tireless advocate for those living with mental illness, HIV&AIDS, and the orphaned and vulnerable children left behind. As an advocate, she has traveled to 19 countries, calling the faith community as well as the public and private sectors to respond with prevention, care, treatment and support. Kay is also a board member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

When her youngest son, Matthew, took his life in April 2013, her life was dramatically altered by the catastrophic loss.  As she and her family continue to grieve the loss of Matthew, she has determined to be a voice for those living with mental illness.  Her message to the faith community is to eliminate stigma, shame, and fear and to create warm and accepting places of refuge for those who suffer. 

Kay has authored numerous books throughout her 40 years in ministry. She attended California Baptist College and earned her B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles. Her children are Amy and Josh, and Matthew who is in Heaven, and she has five grandchildren: Kaylie, Cassidy, Caleb, Cole, and Claire.

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Dr. Nick Yphantides, MD, MPH

Dr. Nick Yphantides is a disciple of Jesus Christ and an advocate for those in his community who need it the most. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for San Diego County and its 3.3 million residents (1% of America's population).  He is the Founding Co-Chair of San Diego's Chilhood Obesity Initiative, was the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of one the largest network of Community Clinics in San Diego County, the CMO of the Council of Community Clinics and was the publicly elected Chairman of the Board for Palomar Health, the largest Public Hospital District in California.  He serves on multiple community and ministry boards including Azusa Pacific University, Shepherd's Staff, San Diego Health Connect, San Diego County Medical Society along with several others.

He is thankful for the fact that he has never seen a patient with private insurance in his life.  As a result of his personal health transformation he now advocates for population health transformation.  Dr. Nick is a cancer survivor and has been to as many countries as he is old.  His daughters Veronique and Zoe are the joy of his life and they make their home in Escondido, California. 


Joyce Bruggeman

Joyce Bruggeman serves as the Executive Director of Survivors of Suicide Loss in San Diego. She was employed at CSU San Marcos for eleven years, lastly as the Executive Assistant to the President. Losing her husband to suicide in 2008 set her life on a new course.  Within a few years of his death, Joyce left the university to pursue more opportunities to work towards suicide prevention and mental health awareness, especially in the Christian community. Joyce speaks throughout Southern California to educate, enlighten, and reduce the stigma attached to mental health issues and suicide.

Joyce and a colleague had the privilege of planting the first Grace Alliance Living Hope and Family Grace Groups in San Diego in 2012.  She has been instrumental in developing and presenting the curriculum for the Faith Based Academy – a county initiative to bridge the gap between faith communities and mental health professionals.  Joyce developed curriculum for the long-term survivor of suicide loss –Beyond Surviving – to help survivors experience Post-traumatic Growth and create a good “new normal” after suicide.  Additionally, she teaches QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for suicide prevention, facilitates support groups, and is a Certified Mental Health Coach.  Joyce also sits on the board of the Community Alliance for Healthy Minds. She has authored two books under the pseudonym Joyce Turner: Reflections from the Everlasting Bridge and From God’s Heart to Yours.


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