On Wednesday, November 14th, the Red Cross Club invited John Weaver, LCSW, a Volunteer Relief Worker and Instructor with the American Red Cross (ARC) Disaster Mental Health Team, to come to campus to speak with students.
Mr. Weaver is a professional acquaintance and founding partner of EYE OF THE STORM, Inc., a private company that specializes in disaster mental health, crisis interventionMaster’sand risk management related training and support. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Moravian College and his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout his career, he has written many articles, several chapters, and three books.
Mr. Weaver frequently is invited to present seminars and papers at national conferences in social work, psychology, counseling, and nursing. He has been an active volunteer with several organizations including the Mental Health Association and the American Red Cross (ARC). He served as Coordinator of the ARC AIR Team’s Family Assistance Center following the 9/11/01 terrorist incident that led to the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA and then served as an Assistant Officer helping manage the larger World Trade Center relief operation in NY City. In recognition of his service to the organization, ARC has presented him a Clara Barton Honor Award for Meritorious Volunteer Leadership.
Most recently, Mr. Weaver was in Pittsburgh, PA immediately after and for a week following the Tree of Life Synagogue shootings, helping manage and provide disaster mental health support at the Family Assistance Center and various community events (vigils, memorial services and many of the funerals).
Student club members, faculty and staff in attendance of Mr. Weaver’s talk benefited from his words of wisdom and takeaways from his multiple volunteer experiences. Thank you, Mr. Weaver, for taking the time to share your experiences with our students!