Daniel M. Forbes completed his undergraduate studies in theology at Southern Adventist University in 1977. He completed a Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling and an Education Specialist Degree in Counselor Education with a cognate in Special Education at the University of South Florida in 1988 and 1992 respectively. He went on to earn his Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University in 2003. He also did post-graduate course work through Liberty University and completed specialized training in Clinical Pastoral Education at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Fla. In additon to being a husband to his dear wife and father of his two beautiful children, Dr. Forbes is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the State of Florida since 1999. He is a National Board Certified Counselor and holds additional certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Life Education. He is a Florida Supreme Court certified Family Mediator and County Court Mediator. Dr. Forbes is a licensed, ordained minister with the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He has a special research interest in grief and the grief recovery process, particularly as it relates to parents of children born with a disability. He has an interest in serving the Lord through the media of radio outreach ministry along with a special interest in secular campus ministry to students on college campuses. To date, Dr. Forbes has also authored a number of published articles.

Kevin Pokorney

Kevin Pokorney is a self-employed IT and Website Development Consultant offering his services to several non-profit organizations as well as a few small businesses and medical practices. Kevin also serves as the Associate Director for The Connection Helpline, a telephone ministry he co-founded with his wife Dawn in September 2003. Prior to his work as an independent consultant, Kevin worked as a senior engineer with IBM, Fujistu LTD, and Ampex Corporation. He also spent 10 years with the Air National Guard playing clarinet in two Air Force Band organizations.

Throughout Kevin's technical and military careers he studied and applied communication skills in leadership roles that would eventually be used again when he and his wife co-founded The Connection Helpline. The Connection Helpline is a non-profit telephone helpline offering free help for individuals to develop plans and achieve resolution for a wide variety of stressful problems through active listening, and referral to community resources when appropriate. Kevin has also received training as a Stephen Ministry leader (through Stephen Ministries), Listening and Caring Skills leader (studying under Dr. John Savage with LEADplus Consultants), and he and his wife have also volunteered for several years in the past as a lay counselors in the People Helper Ministry program of the First Baptist Church of Leesburg, Florida.

The following article was printed on page 17 of the December 2008 issue of Southern Tidings magazine.


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