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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MICHAEL CHANGARIS, PSYD

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

VICE CHAIR

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.

REBECCA STAHL, JD, LLM, SEP

TREASURER

Rebecca M. Stahl is a lawyer for children currently working at the Children’s Law Center of California in Los Angeles county, representing children in child welfare cases. She previously represented children in both family and child welfare cases in Tucson, Arizona at the Pima County Office of Children’s Counsel. Rebecca was a Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand and during her Fulbright year earned a Master of Law degree from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she 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 yoga and stress management to the role of lawyers for children in both family and juvenile court. She also has taught presentations on being more trauma informed in legal practices, particularly in representing children, and she recently published a book regarding the psychological issues lawyers for children need to understand to better represent their child clients and has published articles on the role of children’s representation. Rebecca is an advanced Somatic Experiencing student and plans to fulfill all the requirements to be a Somatic Experiencing practitioner by the end of 2018. Rebecca found SE through her own personal need for it to navigate working in such a trauma-laden field and has utilized the training to help her in her own life, with SE clients, and also with her child legal clients. SE has been an invaluable addition to her practice in a variety of ways.

SANGEETA FERNANDES, PHD

DIRECTOR

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.

MICHELE SOLLOWAY, PHD, MPA, SEP, RPP, LMT/BCMBT

DIRECTOR

Michele Solloway, PhD, MPA, SEP, RPP, LMT/BCMBTis 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.

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