Prevention Panel Discussion- Village of New Lenox

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Date(s) - Tuesday, September 26, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Spencer Crossing Intermediate School
1721 S. Spencer Road, New Lenox, IL, 60451

Contact: Daniel Martin, Safe Community Coordinator, Village of New Lenox, via email or by phone (815)462-6493.

“Pathway to Hope and Healing” – Linda Pacha of Nick’s Network of Hope will be a panelist for a discussion about finding hope and healing after loss. This discussion is brought to you by the Village of New Lenox and its Safe Community Coalition, and with the support of New Lenox School District #122.

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Event Timeline

5:00pm to 5:30pm       Resource Tables and Memorial Tables

5:30pm to 6:30pm       Panel Discussion (15-20 minutes for each speaker)

6:30pm to 7:00pm       Keynote Speaker

7:00pm to 7:30pm       Q & A and Informational Tables


Keynote Speaker

Michelle Jackson“Preventing Suicide: Stopping the Thought from Becoming an Act”

Michelle is a mother, grandmother, Christian, Certified Life and Transformational Healing Speaker and Coach, Voice Over Artist, Author, Poet, NAMI Chicago Ambassador and Speaker, and a Volunteer Community educator for Saprea.  As the author of When She FLPT and with a history of severe clinical depression, four suicide attempts, molestation, incest and sexual abuse, Michelle helps individuals overcome past trauma and thoughts of suicide while focusing on harnessing positive mental wellness. Currently, Michelle speaks on NAMI Chicago’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) panel and Bridges of Hope and has been a keynote speaker for several conferences, workshops, webinars, panels and seminars.  She offers a variety of speaking packages with a focus on Women’s Empowerment, Childhood Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention, Mental Health and Wellness, and Suicide Awareness and prevention.



Marie Goulet is currently Assistant Director of Special Education at New Lenox School District #122.  Prior to coming to #122, Marie was the Principal of the Mackay Education Center and a social worker with Lincoln Way Area Special Education District #843.  Marie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked with children, adolescents, and their families in both clinical and school settings for over 18 years.  Marie graduated from University of Illinois Chicago with her Bachelor Degree in Theater Performance, her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from University of Chicago, and her Masters in Educational Administration from Governors State University.


Dr. Michael Mecozzi is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, author, and speaker.  He and his wife own a private psychology practice, Hope with ME, in New Lenox.  His areas of specialty include treating adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety and stress.          Dr. Mecozzi graduated from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2008 with his Doctorate in clinical psychology.  His book, “The Other Side of Pain: Discovering Meaning When Life Hurts,” teaches readers how to use life’s painful moments to discover what matters most to them.  It is Dr. Mecozzi’s mission to help people master anxiety so that they can live lives of purpose and vitality.


Linda Pacha lost her teen son to suicide in 2013. She is the founder and president of Nick’s Network of Hope, a suicide prevention and grief support nonprofit organization.  Linda‘s book, Saving Ourselves from SuicideBefore and After: How to Ask for Help, Recognize Warning Signs, and Navigate Grief, is an Amazon best sellerLinda practiced law before raising her family.  Prior to receiving her law degree, she received her undergraduate degree in psychology and completed postgraduate studies in clinical psychology.