BOARD OF DIRECTORS
REBECCA STAHL JD, LLM, SEP
Rebecca M. Stahl is the Staff Director of the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Rebecca previously represented children in child welfare cases in Los Angeles, County California and in Tucson, Arizona. Rebecca was a Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand and earned a Master of Law degree from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand and studied the role of lawyers for children in family court cases. Rebecca has presented at a variety of international conferences focused on children’s rights and family law on topics ranging from the role of lawyers for children to trauma. Rebecca coauthored, Representing Children in Dependency and Family Law: Beyond the Law, a book focused on the psychological issues lawyers for children need to understand to represent their child clients and has published articles on the role of children’s representation, including a recent one on trauma, published in October 2020 in Family Court Review. Rebecca is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and came to Somatic Experiencing from a background in yoga and seeing trauma manifestations every day in court. Rebecca melds SE and law and teaches trainings around the world to help lawyers navigate trauma manifestations in themselves and in their clients. Rebecca is a non-cishet Jew who believes in the power of community as the focal point for growth and healing.
MICHELE SOLLOWAY, PHD, MPA, SEP, LMT/BCMBT
Michele Solloway, PhD, MPA, SEP, LMT/BCMBT, is from Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Solloway is senior scientist and consultant for the SUNY Downstate College of Nursing in Brooklyn, NY. She is also president of Renew Your C.O.R.E(Creativity, Opportunities, Resilience and Effectiveness), a private practice in Baltimore specializing in trauma healing at the individual, group and organizational levels. As a healing arts practitioner for over 15 years, she is certified/licensed in Somatic Experiencing®, polarity therapy, craniosacral therapy, massage, and energy healing. Dr. Solloway has a particular interest in working with professional service providers (healthcare, social services, education, and justice) who are at high risk for secondary or vicarious trauma. She also has over 25 years’ experience as a health services researcher with a focus on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), child and family health, vulnerable populations, federal and state health policy, and most recently integrative medicine. Dr. Solloway recently coauthored a national agenda on ACEs for research, policy and practice and consults with organizations to provide training and technical assistance to promote trauma-informed organizations and systems of care. She also has experience in researching evidence-based practices and hopes to bring this background to developing and promoting the evidence for SE. Her work in both the healing arts and research is driven by her core values of being in service and living her passion. As a newly minted SE practitioner, she looks forward to opportunities to serve as an assistant in upcoming SE trainings.
MICHAEL CHANGARIS, PSYD
Past Board Chair
Dr. Changaris is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in the biological bases of behavior, stress physiology, and the neuroanatomy of PTSD. Dr. Changaris has a passionate commitment to the development of a research agenda that allows SETI to become a leader in the affect based treatments which address a wide range of health and mental health challenges. Dr. Changaris is the training coordinator for an integrated health psychology program. He trains and supervises post-doctoral, pre-doctoral and practicum level students on a biopsychosocial approach to team based care. Dr. Changaris completed his post-doctoral fellowship with the child, family and adolescent intensive outpatient program with Kaiser Permanente in Antioch. He obtained a doctorate in psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Dr. Changaris completed his dissertation research on the efficacy of Somatic Experiencing in treating adults who were homeless. He also has worked extensively with elders with and without neurodegenerative disorders and developed treatments and trainings to address the unique needs of this population. Dr. Changaris has training in multiple body-based modalities and has a specialty in neuroscience of touch. He has presented several papers with the USABP on Somatic Experiencing with elders, family, and the neurobiology of touch.
MONICA SIMIONATO, MA, SEP
Monica is a consultant, professor and writer about leadership through emotional intelligence. As an Italian anthropologist and master journalist, Monica lives in Brazil where she works primarily for international companies with the aim to develop leadership programs and human awareness. She is trained in NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming), anger management, emotional intelligence, and andragogy. She has taught in Italian, French, and Swedish universities and she is currently professor of leadership in the prestigious FVG (Fundação Getúlio Vargas) and UNESP (Sao Paulo State University) in São Paulo, Brazil. Monica is curious and willing learner. She has traveled all over the world, living in Italy, India, France, and Belgium and has studied various civilizations dating back to the Stone Age in order to understand teachings applicable to our world. A polyglot, Monica is the author of several books published in Italy and Brazil about leadership and emotions and about the emotional factors in negotiations. Monica encountered SE years ago during a path of self-exploration and she was astonished by how this simple practice works immediately to bring more peace and awareness. She considers SE to be a gift to humanity, a blissful tool that everyone can access. She hopes SE may benefit many people and organizations to create a better world starting from our inner body-soul. Monica completed the SE Professional Training and earned her SEP certificate in São Paulo. She loves nature and practices yoga and dynamic meditations.
SANGEETA FERNANDES, PHD
Sangeeta Fernandes, PhD, is the director of the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives, serving a specialized group of 4,000 practice executives and physicians within the San Francisco-based international association of 30,000 ophthalmologists. In her previous work, Dr. Fernandes specifically studied mental health and sexual trauma among marginalized populations, including at risk for HIV. Her work focused on finding pathways to provide risk education and inspire health efficacy in populations challenged by socio-cultural and economic inequity. She has over 15 years of experience working in and with academic and research institutions in international public health. Sangeeta has begun Somatic Experiencing® training. She holds deep respect for the mission of the Foundation for Human Enrichment and the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute and hopes to apply her experience in association management in service of furthering this mission.
SERGIO OCAMPO, BEng., MA, LMFT, SEP
Sergio Ocampo, BEng., MA, LMFT, SEP, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Los Angeles, CA. He has served as an SE Assistant since 2017.
Prior to his involvement and completion of Somatic Experiencing training, Sergio worked and studied internationally for nearly 10 years. He received a scholarship to study and restore Renaissance art in Florence, Italy, and later moved into employment opportunities in the petroleum and automation industries, enabling him to travel and work in other parts of Europe as well as Africa. Sergio is fluent in Italian, Dutch, Spanish and English. Upon returning to America, Sergio joined the financial services industry in roles as a stockbroker and financial advisor. Later, he created his own business enterprise specializing in media and electronics for the sports and film industries.
CARMEN CASADO, JD, RYT, P-SEP
Carmen is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, wellness coach, and yoga therapist. She offers private integrative somatic therapy and wellness coaching sessions for stress disorders and trauma resolution, co-facilitates wellness retreats, and teaches group yoga classes. In addition to the SEI Board, Carmen has served on the Board of the Reciprocity Foundation, an organization that offers holistic support to marginalized communities, since 2012. She practiced law for more than 16 years and is a member of the California and New York State Bars. Carmen is an eco-enthusiast and is passionate about equitable and sustainable nutrition and lifestyle. She is fluent in Spanish, conversant in French, and has lived in four countries.