Track:

  • Organizational Excellence
  • Health and Well-Being

The Peace of Mind Project is a unique collaboration between 14 News (WFIE) and Lampion Center. This partnership utilizes neuro-science research to illuminate issues and inform our community of the latest scientific understanding of what can lead the community to greater mental health.

During this workshop we will provide an overview of Lampion Center and WFIE’s special partnership, discuss how to make connections and manage expectations, and highlight the communication and clarity of purpose that is necessary for success. Descriptions and video footage will be shared of the Peace of Mind Project interviews, prime time specials, and “Taking a Stand.” We will explore how a partnership between the mental health community and a local broadcaster can inform the community and bring about positive change. Questions and discussion will be interspersed throughout the presentation. Audience participants will be engaged in discussion on how to move from transactional relationships to full media partnerships that move the community forward.   

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the goals and values that media and mental health partners bring to the table 
  • Explore how to move beyond a transactional relationship to a mutually beneficial partnership
  • Outline steps and tools for moving forward in your media market 

Presenters:

  • Lynn D. Kyle, executive director, Lampion Center, Inc. 
  • Beth Sweeney, anchor/reporter, WFIE 14 News 
  • Joe Schlaerth, news director, WFIE 14 News

Lynn D. Kyle, LCSW 
Executive Director 
Lampion Center, Inc.
 

Lynn D. Kyle is the executive director of Lampion Center – a small community counseling agency that empowers children and families, helping them move beyond life’s challenges, traumas, and transitions to thrive and reach their full potential.  

Kyle received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Evansville. She has led and inspired the work of Lampion Center for over 20 years and is well known for establishing and promoting collaborative efforts to meet community needs. She is sought after for her expertise in non-profit management and Board/CEO development. 

Kyle holds Indiana licensure in social work, marriage and family therapy, and addiction counseling. She has been highly involved in promoting the community’s understanding and integration of trauma-informed practices. In addition to her work at Lampion Center and leadership positions at a state and local level, Kyle is an experienced crisis responder. She provides local and national crisis response, which in the past has included 9/11, aviation accidents, and natural disasters. Kyle is called upon as a consultant for local and national response teams including FEI. 

Beth Sweeney 
Anchor/Reporter
WFIE 14 News 
@beth14News 

Beth Sweeney is an Anchor/Reporter at WFIE-TV 14 News in Evansville, IN. In the fall of 2005, Sweeney joined the 14 News team anchoring mornings, and now currently co-anchoring at 4 and 5 p.m. Before coming to Evansville, Sweeney worked as a morning reporter at KTLA in Los Angeles, and later as a morning reporter for a station in Lexington, KY. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky, and then went on to attend Northeastern University's Graduate School of Journalism in Boston, MA.  

Sweeney is the lead reporter on the 14 News Peace of Mind Project, a mental health awareness project launched by the station in mid-2017. Through this project WFIE shares stories, prime time specials, brings together experts, and provides resources regarding mental health. WFIE was recently named “Station of the Year” by the Indiana Broadcasters Association. 

Sweeney has a strong commitment to helping others, as evidenced by her service on the board of a local non-profit crisis child care center, volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, and the “American Reads” national child literacy campaign.  

Joe Schlaerth 
News Director 
WFIE 14 News 

Joe Schlaerth is an award-winning producer and news director, currently at WFIE-TV, 14 News, in Evansville, Indiana. He spent much of his career at WIVB-TV in Buffalo, working up from intern to news director. Schlaerth then moved to Indiana for his current role.  

Schlaerth has won several national and regional awards for his producing and reporting. Among his national awards, is the prestigious SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists) and the Sigma Delta Chi award for a series of stories called The Bully Project. Those stories centered around school bullying and included coverage of the suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer, bullied for being gay, and Lady Gaga’s support of Jamey’s family following his death.