BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MICHELE SOLLOWAY, SEP, LMT/BCMBT, MPA, PHD
Michele Solloway, PhD, MPA, SEP, DBC, LMT/BCMBT, is a national expert in understanding how trauma impacts our lives, with a focus on how to prevent trauma and heal from it. She has integrated various areas of her research, practice, and community work to focus on child and family health, health care for marginal and vulnerable populations, and trauma reduction/resilience building She has over 30 years’ experience in neuroscience, health services, and policy research with a more recent focus on childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Dr. Solloway is also a nationally certified transformational life coach and healing arts practitioner with training in Somatic Experiencing™, polarity, craniosacral, and massage therapies, and energy medicine. In this capacity she maintains a private practice. She is also Chair of the SEI Board of Directors, an ACEs master trainer for the state of Maryland, a member of the Maryland State Trauma-Informed Care Commission, and a member of the Maryland Essentials for Childhood & State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Michele's mission: My mission is to expand the reach of SE and SEI, improve knowledge about and accessibility to SE services around the world, build the scientific evidence for SE, and be an ambassador for SE and SEI to the public through leadership, research, education, direct services, and participation in public, non-profit, and governmental activities to create trauma-informed and responsive systems of care. I seek to continually grow and enhance my capacity for self-reflection, self-regulation, compassion, presence, and gratitude.
SANGEETA FERNANDES, PHD
Board Chair Elect
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.
Sangeeta's mission: To use my skills and experience in association management, membership growth and strategic planning to support the mission of SEI in service of a global and diverse community.
SERGIO OCAMPO, SEP, BEng., MA, LMFT
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, P-SEP, RYT, JD
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.
Carmen's mission: My mission is to show up with authenticity, curiosity, and kindness, to zealously support and strengthen this organization and all who are a part of it in moving forward and evolving in its invaluable mission to share SE globally.
R. SCOTT PALMER, SEP, PHD
Scott Palmer is a licensed psychologist practicing in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Scott has a doctorate in human services, for which he examined consensus decision-making in groups, and a doctorate in clinical psychology, for which he examined using transpersonal psychology to explore both spiritual experiences cross-culturally in schizophrenia, as well as the differences between psychotic experiences and spiritual emergent experiences. Scott previously spent more than 15 years managing county-wide mental health programs that served economically disadvantaged and culturally diverse youth and families. In this role, he provided program evaluation, grant writing and administration, grant application review; led a culture-based wraparound program; and served as clinical director a for a pre- and post-doctoral psychology internship program. Scott has also performed more than 600 court-ordered forensic psychological evaluations while serving as an expert witness in child dependency, juvenile justice, family, and conservatorship court matters. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Scott was a classical cellist and a massage therapist.
Scott's mission: As a Somatic Experiencing® International Board Member, my role is to help facilitate SEI and all its stakeholders flow together in a smooth and healing manner that brings SE to communities most in need. My path towards bringing this to fruition is by helping myself and all I come in contact with inquisitively discover, lovingly accept, and joyfully express our essences.
AIDA MYSAN, SEP, RYT, MPS
Aida Mysan is an integrative somatic and psychedelic practitioner. She brings into service a holistic, trauma-informed approach that functions as a bridge between the somatic, psychedelic, psychological, and spiritual. In this approach non-ordinary states of consciousness are evoked, in combination with legal psychedelic substances, to support access both to innate somatic intelligence and subconscious core programming with the aim of integration and healing.
Her background includes doctoral studies in East-West Psychology (current), a master’s in Interactive Media, along with ongoing training in Somatic Experiencing, Psychedelic Somatic Interactional Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment, and other modalities to process trauma. She also received formal training in kundalini yoga, mindfulness, meditation, and female mystical-tantric lineages. She brings 25+ years of personal spiritual practice into her work.
Aida was previously a tenured Assistant Professor at the City University of New York where she created a curriculum and taught Interactive Media courses and expanded digital learning to improve academic success for 1,800+ students. Inspired by the idea that user-centered design can improve people’s lives, she further established her own consulting practice and was solving usability, business, brand, and technology problems for corporate clients and start-ups, with a focus on media publishing, consumer products, Fintech, telerobotics, biotech, and healthcare.
Aida’s mission: To help establish Somatic Experiencing as a widely used modality to treat trauma, institute SE as an evidence-based practice, expand SEI’s digital footprint and digital infrastructure, empower and connect the SEI community and its constituents through the use of innovative learning and communication tools, and accelerate the impact of SEI and SE as global brands.
KARIN RITCHIE, SEP
Karin Ritchie is a lover of life, and a gentle warrior. Drawing on her journey of transformation from a traumatic life to one of grace, Karin is passionate about serving life to bring about well-being and meaningful connection in every environment she finds herself in.
As a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, she has been in private practice since 2008. Karin has assisted in SE trainings in New York (with Dr. Peter Levine), Hong Kong, Nepal, Belgium, Greece, and South Africa. She facilitates workshops in person and online locally and internationally. Additionally, she has served as a committee member on the Global Culture Committee – Somatic Experiencing International for the past three years. Karin’s 15-year immersion in SE has influenced her life at a soul level.
In her own words: “I am honoured to be on the board of SEI and am grateful to serve this modality that has changed my life and the lives of so many that I've encountered. SE is one of my places of belonging in this life, my mission is to support the bringing about of this safe belonging to as many humans as possible.”
Karin serves on the Board of the Industrial Supply Company (www.hdi-group.com), which she founded in 1982. She is also an Indian-trained Kundalini yoga teacher. In 1998, she adventured across Africa on her 1150cc GS BMW motorcycle and enjoys adventures on her Vespa, bicycle, and in her hiking boots.
She lives in a village on the Garden Route in South Africa and is a mother to three and grandmother to a grandson.
Karin's mission: To support SEI through her passion, curious mind, embodied ear, and business acumen. This includes discovering and catalyzing newness where needed and challenging aspects of the organization ripe for meaningful and effective change.