David J. Roberts, LMSW, became a parent who experienced the death of a child, when his daughter Jeannine died of cancer on March 1, 2013, at the age of 18. He is a retired addiction professional and an adjunct professor in the psychology and psychology child-life departments at Utica College in Utica, New York. He also teaches a General Psychology course at Pratt School of Art.
Dave has been a past HuffPost contributor and has also published articles with the Open to Hope Foundation, Recovering the Self Journal, Mindfulness and Grief, and Thrive Global. He is currently a regular contributor to Medium. Dave has also done numerous grief workshops at the national, local and regional levels . He has also been a guest on several podcasts discussing many aspects of grief and transformation after tragedy.
In his 66th year of life, Dave realizes that there is a privilege in growing older, and that life itself is a voyage with equal parts of shadow and light, which defines the totality of who we are.
Dave is a certified cat person. He lives in Upstate New York with his wife of 38 years Cheri and their cat Zoey. He is the proud father of two wonderful sons Dan and Matt who walk their life paths with honor and integrity. Dave is also a proud grandfather.
Rev. Patty Furino has chosen to walk a sacred path following the example of Wise Teachers from many disciplines. From as far back as she can remember she has always had conversations with her “wise friends on the other side.” It was the private relationship she had with those wise Spirits that helped her stay positive and optimistic amidst the drama in her childhood home. She would sit on swings in her backyard for hours mentally conversing with Jesus, Native Elders and “ bald headed men wearing robes” learning about compassion, kindness and embracing the highest level of thought. When she was 16 years old she had a near-death experience which shifted her perspective offering her an expanded level of thought.
In 1998, after attending a two year program at the New Seminary in New York City, Patty was ordained an Interfaith Minister at St. John the Divine Cathedral. She made a vow to walk the path with honor and integrity choosing to follow the motto of St. Francis, “Make me an Instrument of Peace.” She is committed to empower others to discover and develop their own unique life path and find peace on this earth. Patty believes it takes many lifetimes to learn all there is about Our Divine Source, so she walks her life simply, using her connection to find clarity
Patty met her husband Marco in 1981 and you only hear her speak of him with great love and admiration. They moved from that corner house on Long Island in January 2020, choosing to create new adventures in South Carolina. Her daughter Kim, and son in law Mike, along with their dog Buckley, live on Long Island. Patty and Marco love spending time with them, creating special memories together.
Now in her 60th year of life, she realizes that she feels she showed up in people’s lives “for a reason and a season.” Patty feels her life has been a great adventure because of her faith and devotion to her calling. She feels that is the greatest honor to be told someone experienced a shift in their perspective because she crossed their path.