Advisory Council

The Advisory Council serves as a critical community champion of the Trauma Resource Institute. Members of the Advisory Council share their gifts in service to our mission by providing our organization with their professional expertise; their diverse knowledge of constituent perspectives; their connections to local, national or international resources, colleagues or peers; their philanthropic support or other forms of needed assistance. The Advisory Council has no governing function within the organization but provides an important role to its Executive Director and organization by sharing perspectives.

TRI’s Reasons for creating an Advisory Council:

• Provides a means for involving people who are willing to give critical assistance but have limited time
• Provides a way to keep critical supporters connected to the organization
• Creates a direct link to important professional and technical expertise
• Energizes Advisors as ambassadors for the organization in the community
• Recognizes individuals for their distinguished service
• Allow the organization to publicize their name and participation on the Council, list name on letterhead and other communications
• Attend events such as the annual meeting and special gatherings as they are able
• Keep informed about plans, activities and needs of the organization through communications with the Executive Director.

Walt Johnson, MD

Walt Johnson, M.D., is a board certified Neurological Surgeon and member of the faculty at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, his alma mater. He serves as Vice-Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery residency training program as well as its third and fourth year medical student education curriculum. Dr. Johnson’s chief clinical concentrations include cerebrovascular surgery and the surgical and radiation treatment of skull-based tumors. Recently Dr. Johnson completed an Executive MBA at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Johnson was born and raised primarily in the Far East and continues to serve internationally as a physician and educator. His primary interests include international health and healthcare delivery, along with medical education. His work as a clinical neuroscientist and his international experience bring unique qualities to the TRI board. He also serves on the boards of the nonprofit groups Uncommon Good and the Association of International Medical Services.

Bryan E. Robinson, Ph.D

Bryan E. Robinson, Ph.D., is author, psychotherapist, Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress. He has authored thirty nonfiction books including The Smart Guide to Managing Stress (Smart Guide Publications, 2012), The Art of Confident Living (HCI Books, 2009), Chained to the Desk: A Guidebook for Workaholics, their Partners and Children, and the Clinicians who Treat Them (New York University Press, 2007), Don’t Let Your Mind Stunt Your Growth (New Harbinger Press, 2000), Overdoing It: How to Slow Down and Take Care of Yourself (HCI Books, 1992), and Heal Your Self-Esteem (HCI Books, 1991). His first novel, Way DEAD Upon the Suwannee River, has been submitted for publication.

Mark Dust

Mark is a combat veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who has worked with TRI since 2009, adapting and presenting TRI’s Trauma Resiliency and Community Resiliency Models for the veteran and active duty military population.  He has appeared on national television with the John Stossel show and featured or quoted in magazine and newspaper articles as a subject matter expert on combat induced PTSD.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Missouri St. Louis, an Executive MBA from the Drucker School of Management, and is currently working on a PhD in neurocognitive sciences from the School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University.

Seth Bove

"My name is Seth Bove,  I have a bachelors degree in psychology and a masters degree in Grief, Loss, and Trauma counseling. I use these degrees often in the work that I do.

I am also a 30 year-old paraplegic, injured in a car accident when I was 7 years old. Trauma has been an integral part of my life since I was a child, and it gives me great pleasure to help with the healing and re-processing of trauma for other people. I am able to provide a very unique role within the mental health system as a peer-support counselor and trauma specialist with a spinal cord injury. I've worked at the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) facilitating program management and clinical integration services - using trauma counseling, peer support, and music education as primary tools in assisting rehabilitation for those returning from active military service duty.

When I'm not working or volunteering mental health services, I enjoy audio engineering in my recording studio and playing guitar. Music is so important!

Being a part of the TRI family allows me to participate in, and help further develop, what I believe to be the cutting edge of trauma-healing modalities. These are very exciting times!

Amanda Wirtz

Amanda Wirtz, a Chicago native and two time combat veteran, served for six years as a Cryptologic Analyst for Naval Intelligence supporting military, counternarcotics and search and rescue operations in Florida, Spain, Canada, and Washington D.C.  Amanda won the Ms. Veteran USA contact in Washington DC in October of 2014.   Her platform is to help women veterans who are homeless.

She completed her B.S. in Community Health at the University of Illinois in Urbana‐Champaign earning the highest University honor: the Bronze Tablet. She received a Masters in Public Health in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science from San Diego State University and was recognized as the ‘Top Graduate Student’ in both her program and college, by her work as an researcher, educator, advocate and consultant in global health, PTSD, and chronic pain.

Her passion for the military and veteran population has translated into her service as a public health researcher and consultant for the Veterans Administration Medical Center in La Jolla, CA. In addition, Amanda conceptualized an innovative mechanism to fully partner social media and humanitarian service and now serves as the President of United Services Rotary - the first online Rotary club in the world serving the international armed forces community.

Her volunteer service in the local and global community has earned her numerous awards. Most notably, Amanda was honored as the 2011 California State Assembly Veteran of the Year (76th District).

Jeremy Hunter, PhD

Jeremy Hunter, PhD is Assistant Professor of Practice at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management. He created and teaches The Executive Mind, a decade-old series of challenging and transformative executive education courses dedicated to Drucker’s assertion that “You cannot manage other people unless you manage yourself first.” Hunter’s courses seek to redefine and enhance productivity by cultivating quality of mind. His work is informed by the experience of living day-to-day for 17 years with a potentially terminal illness, and when faced with the need for life-saving surgery having more than a dozen former students come forward as organ donors. He has been voted Professor of the Year three times. Dr. Hunter received his Ph.D. from University of Chicago under the direction of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Wittenberg University,
He is the great-grandson of a sumo wrestler, relishes extraordinary Chinese dumplings, and obsesses about modern architecture.

Jonathan D. Flier, M.A., M.F.T.

Jonathan D. Flier is the President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and has been a guiding force within this community. He has a private psychotherapy practice in Beverly Hills, California. Mr. Flier provides supervision at the Southern California Counseling Center, supervising MFT and PsyD interns. He is Adjunct Faculty at CSPP Alliant University. Mr. Flier has been instrumental in bringing TRM to the Southern California Counseling Center.

Satsuki Ina, Ph.D., LMFT

Satsuki Ina, Ph.D., MFT
Dr. Ina is the founder of the Family Study Center, a community agency dedicated to providing community counseling services and post-graduate clinical training for marriage, family and child therapists. Dr Ina has been in private practice for over 25 years, specializing in cross-cultural counseling, interracial marriages, transracial adoptions and diversity training for agencies and corporations. She is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Counselor Education, School of Education, California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Ina is a founding member of the Nichi Bei Care Network, an association of Japanese and Japanese American therapists primarily focusing on mental health disaster relief effort in Japan. She is a therapist/facilitator for community trauma projects regarding Japanese American WWII concentration camp victims and the San Francisco Chinatown Clergy Abuse Healing Project. Dr. Ina has directed two documentaries, Children of the Camps and From a Silk Cocoon. Go to to learn more about Dr. Ina's collaborative film work.

J. Scott Scherer, M.A.

Scott is an entrepreneurial business owner, coach, and consultant who applies TRM principles and practices to his work in all three disciplines. A graduate in Economics from Duke University, he received his Masters in Management from the Executive Program at The Drucker School in Claremont, CA. Scott received his coaching certification at New Venture’s West in San Francisco, CA and is a graduate of the Art of Leadership Mastery program at the Institute for Embodied Wisdom, a novel, somatic approach to leadership development pioneered by Scott Coady. He has a lifelong contemplative practice and is an avid devotee of Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing, which he has studied and practiced for over twenty years.

Patricia Giggans

Patricia Giggans (aka Patti) has been the Executive Director of Peace Over Violence, a sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and youth violence prevention center dedicated to “Building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence” since 1985. A black belt in karate and a master self-defense trainer, Giggans founded the first women’s martial arts school in Southern California in 1978. Giggans has held numerous statewide and national leadership positions in the violence against women’s movement, including President of The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) and founding Board member of the California Partnership To End Domestic Violence (CPEDV). She has spearheaded the creation of several violence prevention curricula and programs including In Touch With Teens and Women’s Self Defense and Safety: An Empowerment and Resiliency Model. She has co-authored What Parents Need To Know About Teen Dating Violence, 50 Ways To A Safer World, and the soon to be published, When Dating Becomes Dangerous. (Hazeldon, Fall 2013) She has received numerous awards including The California Peace Prize, The Lifetime Achievement Award from The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, and is currently a Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow, a 2-year grant to study the intractable problem of violence against women and girls: After 40 years of an organized movement---WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Gloria Simoneaux

Gloria Simoneaux is founding director of Harambee Arts (, an expressive arts organization and training program based in sub-Saharan Africa and Nepal. Harambee Arts is designed to serve children globally who have been traumatized by illness, poverty, violence, trafficking, autistic spectrum disorder and other crises. Gloria taught Expressive Arts to counselors in Nairobi as a Fulbright scholar, affiliated with the Kenya Association of Professional Counselors. She is the Founder of DrawBridge: An Arts Program for Homeless Children, has worked with pediatric oncology patients in San Francisco hospitals and is currently a consultant with Save the Children and other NGOs.


Reena Patel earned her Masters in Social Work in 2009 from Tata Institute of Social Scienes in Mumbai, India as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar from the USA to India. Reena is of Indian descent, and is interested in understanding the impact and systems surrounding gender-based violence in the South Asian community. Her MA research, Children No More: Exploring Healing Processes of Youth Survivors of Gujarat 2002 Violence focuses on Muslim youth affected by the 2002 pogrom in Gujarat, India. After earning her MSW, Reena worked on the San Carlos Apache Reservation as a mental health therapist with children and families in a community based program focusing on wraparound model of services. Reena was also trained in providing trauma-informed care for formerly homeless and foster care youth in transitional housing at San Diego Youth Services. Both of these settings led Reena to deepen her interest in the multigenerational effects of trauma and post-traumatic growth in marginalized communities. Reena currently works as a clinician for active duty military and their families in Naples, Italy, including active duty affected by Military Sexual Trauma. Reena's beliefs regarding mental health service delivery is summarized by Aboriginal activist Lilla Watson's words "If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."

Gwen Morse, MA

Gwen Morse, MA, has served as the Disaster Coordinator for the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) for the largest county in the contiguous United States for 23 years and is a retired Major serving in the United States Air Force with 33 years of military service. Gwen has responded to federally declared disasters in California and the United States, chaired the State of California Disaster Mental Health Coordinator’s Committee for 8 years, has worked collaboratively with federal, state, and county agencies to develop cutting-edge protocols for mass-casualty care and sheltering, disease outbreak management, and emergency communications. She has been a FEMA consultant and trainer sharing her breadth of disaster response experience while training responders in the Crisis Counseling Program (CCP), Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) and Trauma and Community Resiliency Models (TRM/CRM). She holds a B.A. in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University, and an M.A. in Military Arts and Organizational Science from the Air Command and Staff College, Air University.

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