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Tammy Hurst

Grief Recovery Specialist

About Me

My name is Tammy Hurst. I am a certified grief recovery specialist and hypnotherapist. I have recently transitioned from a military career of 21 years with the Kentucky National Guard, where I served as the Deputy Director of Human Resources.

My skills and areas of expertise include overseeing and administering personnel programs relating to federal technician employees and Active Guard Reserve (AGR) members, as well as those related to my functions as a Labor Management Member, responsible for negotiations with the union.

I served with Recruiting and Retention for 12 years, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2006-2007), in Tikrit. In fact, I was an active-duty military officer (Lieutenant Colonel, retired) since 1998. Prior to this, I earned the rank of Sergeant, after having served as an enlisted member for 6 years.

My latest professional titles are Therapist, Child & Family at Seven Counties Services, LLC. I am also a member of the Board of Directors with the Hope & Haven Initiative, which is a 501(c)3 (pending) organization that seeks to provide healing services for veterans, trauma survivors, their families and caregivers. I earned my Master of Science degree in mental health counseling at the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science at Capella University. Prior to this, I had earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Most recently, I completed the Global Change Agents course at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

I am also involved with the American Red Cross, People to People International, the Chi Epsilon Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota International (a counseling, academic and professional honor society) and the American Counseling Association (ACA). I have traveled to China and Brazil as a Citizen Ambassador for Multicultural Counseling. I am also a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. I am currently the Vice President-elect of the Kentucky Counseling Association (KCA) and I am an active member of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) whose national conference I recently attended, in Hawaii.

My hobbies and interests include running, reading, meditation and spirituality. I am drawn to and passionate about charitable organizations such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Grief and Recovery Counseling (I am a statewide volunteer), Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (I Chair the Community Advisory Committee for the Frankfort Group Home) and local homeless shelters.

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