Joanne Steen, MS, NCC
Joanne is an author, instructor, and speaker on line-of-duty loss, and the founder of Grief Solutions, a training company on grief and loss.
She is the author of We Regret to Inform You: A Survival Guide for Gold Star Parents and Those Who Support Them (Central Recovery Press, 2019). With Regina Asaro, Joanne co-authored Military Widow: A Survival Guide (Naval Institute Press, 2006), earning them the Distinguished Authors of the Year Award from the United States Naval Institute.
A gifted speaker on military loss and grief, Joanne’s clients have included the U.S. Department of Defense, the Canadian Military Forces and a host of federal, state and corporate organizations.
Joanne possesses an insider’s understanding of the military. She has twenty years of experience as a military instructor, the latter ten in the area of casualty assistance. Joanne is also the Gold Star widow of LT Ken Steen, USN, a naval aviator who was killed in the live of duty. At the time of his death, she was a senior instructor with the Department of the Navy, teaching military leaders of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, and NATO allies. Joanne also spent ten years in engineering with General Motors and Johnson & Johnson.
Joanne holds a BS in engineering from Rutgers University and a MS in counseling from Old Dominion University. For her contributions to the counseling field on military grief and loss, Joanne was also named an Alumni Fellow by Old Dominion University. She was the widow of LT Ken Steen, USN, a naval aviator who was killed in the line of duty.
Joanne currently lives in Virginia with her husband, Tom, and a couple of rescued dogs and cats.
Regina Asaro, MS, RN, CT, FCN
Regina Asaro is a psychiatric nurse, certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement. When her late husband was active duty Coast Guard, they made ten career moves, including four outside of the United States.
Regina supplemented her nursing experience by volunteering with local crime victim assistance programs. The National Organization for Victim Assistance named her the “Volunteer of the Year” in 1986, for her work with them. After retiring to Virginia, Regina served as President of the Virginia Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
Regina has given over 150 workshops on life skills development, criminal victimization, grief and traumatic loss. She has taken advanced training in Community Crisis Response, War Trauma and Critical Incident Stress Management and participated on local, national and international crisis response teams in the wake of violence, air disasters and war.
In addition to “Military Widow: A Survival Guide,” co-authored with Joanne Steen, Regina has published more than a dozen articles in professional mental health journals and newsletters. Currently, she volunteers as a Parish Nurse and provides community bereavement education through the Bon Secours Center for Hope and Healing in Newport News, VA. Regina is also writing her first novel, exploring issues of loss and hope.