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PTSD Conference Speakers

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Care for Rural Veterans and Their Families



Glenn Steele Jr. MD, PhD
President & Chief Executive Officer
Geisinger Health System
Danville, PA
“Combat Stress Injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Care for Rural Veterans and Their Families”

Dr. Steele previously served as the dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine ans as vice president for medical affairs at the Univeristy of Chicago, as well as the Richard T. Crane Professor in the Department of Surgery. Prior to that, he was the William V. McDermott Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, president and chief executive officer of Deaconess Professional Practice Group, Boston, MA, and chairman of the department of surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital. He is presently a member of the Healthcare Executives Network, the Alliance for Advancing Non-profit Health Care, the Commonwealth Fund’s newly created Commission ona  High Performance Health System, and most recently, he serves as a member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Committee on Performance Measurement. In addition, Dr. Steele was Chair for the American Hospital Association Systems Governing Council and member of their Hospital/Medical Staff Committee.

Joseph Boscarino PhD, MPH
Senior Investigator
Center for Health Research
Danville, PA

Dr. Boscarino is a Senior Investigator in the Geisinger Center for Health Research. He also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Prior to GCHR, he was a senior scientist at the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Boscarino has 30 years of experience conducting health services, psychiatric and epidemiologic studies and is a leading expert in the field of PTSD and disaster psychiatry. His current research at Geisinger is focused on assessing the genetics of opioid dependence and chronic pain among patients. In addition, he is involved with assessing the health impact and genetics of PTSD and traumatic brain injury and is also investigating the role of PTSD in the onset of inflammatory diseases.

Charles Figley BS, MS, PhD
Professor and Director Traumatology Institute
Florida State University
Tulane University’s Paul Henry Kerzweg MD
Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health
“Scope of Problem: Returning Veterans and the Rural Setting”

Dr. Figley directs the award-winning Florida State University FSU Traumatology Institute and Psychosocial Stress Research and Development Program. The Institute was recognized in 2000 as the best program of its kind by the University Continuing Education Association. He is a Fulbright Fellow and Professor, College of Social Work at FSU. He is also a psychologist and family therapist. Professor Figley received both graduate degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii, all in the interdisciplinary field of human development. He has been editor of a number of journals (e.g., the Founding editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress) and book series (e.g., the Innovations in Psychology Book Series with Taylor & Francis. His current editorships include Editor (founder), Traumatology, the International Journal, 1995-present and Editor (founder), Routledge ( formerly Brunner/Mazel ) Psychosocial Stress Book Series, 1983-present. He has written more than 200 scholarly works including 19 books mostly on stress.

William Nash MD
Researcher and Senior Consultant, Combat Stress and Resilience
Captain, Medical Corps – United States Navy (Ret.)
“Marine Corps Combat Stress Control Tools for Rural Healthcare Settings”

William P. Nash, M.D., is a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, with thirty years of active military service. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, in Chicago, and of psychiatry residency training at Naval Medical Center, San Diego. In addition to leading two Navy SPRINT crisis response teams, he has directed two Navy psychiatry residency training programs, and has served as the Director of Clinical Services of the hospital ship USNS MERCY. Capt. Nash was stationed with the Marine Corps from 2000-2008, including deploying to Iraq in 2004 with the 1st Marine Division as a psychiatrist embedded with ground combat forces. He was awarded a bronze star medal for his service in Iraq in support of combat operations there. From October, 2005- May 2008, Capt. Nash was stationed at Headquarters, Marine Corps, in Quantico, Virginia, where he directed and coordinated combat/operational stress control policies and programs for the United States Marine Corps. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, and has co-edited a book on combat stress injuries released in late 2006.

Diane Godorov DO
Geisinger Medical Group
Pottsville, PA
“Challenges: Locating and Assisting Rural Veterans and Families”

Dr. Godorov is a board-certified pediatrician with the Geisinger Medical Group in Pottsville, PA. From July 2003 through October 2007, she served in the United States Army at Carl R. Darnell Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas. She was deployed with the 4th Infantry Division to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from September 2003 through March 2004. She served as a general pediatrician and subsequently as the Chief of the Department of Pediatrics at Fort Hood from October 2006 through October 2007.

David Hall
Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce
Commander, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
Shamokin Dam, PA
“A Commander’s Experience: Impact of War Zone Stress”

From 1970 through 1986, Col. Hall held jobs in the operations and aircraft and munitions career fields at several different bases, progressing through the pilot ranks to become the youngest bomber aircraft commander in the Air Force and was accelerated to an instructor position. He served four combat tours in Southeast Asia – three years with a traveling inspection team, a year with the Turkish Air Force, and also commanded an aircraft maintenance unit of 300 people. More recently, Mr. Hall has held position as AFROTC, Chief, Junior Program Expansion Project, Maxwell AFB AL, serving as project officer for expansion of Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp high school units. In 1999, he was Commander of the 16th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group and Director of NATO Air Operations Coordination Center, HQ Stabilization Force, Bosnia in Herzegovina and armed forces aviation training and scheduling. He has also served as Vice Commandant, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB) in Alabama as primary advisor to the Commandant. In 1996 and 1997 he was Dean of Students and Support, air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB. Col. Hall served on active duty for 30 years before retiring as Colonel in 2000.

Steven Silver PhD
PA Army National Guard
Former Director, PTSD Treatment Program
VA Medical Center, Coatesville, PA
“Post-Combat Resiliency and Well-Being”

Dr. Steve Silver has worked with trauma survivors and their families since 1972, including 26 years as director of the inpatient PTSD program at the Coatesville, V.A. Medical Center. Now retired from the V.A., Silver continues to serve in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as a psychologist. He was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in combat in Vietnam. Siver has worked with veterans of WWII, through Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He has trained mental health professionals and clinicians as far away as Zagreb, Croatia; Sarajevo; Belfast, and Bangladesh, and as close as Oklahoma City (the 1995 bombing) and New York City (9/11). He also has provided training in trauma treatment to V.A. medical centers and U.S. military units in the United States and overseas. He is coauthor with Dr. Susan Rogers of Light in the Heart of Darkness: EMDR and the Treatment of War and Terrorism Survivors.

Evelyn Llewellyn Psy.D
Executive Director
Director of Family and Youth Programs
Life Matters
New York, NY

Dr. Llewellyn is co-founder and Executive Director of Life Matters, Inc. Dr. Llewellyn facilitates education, group support, interventions and referrals for the families of uniformed and civilian first responders, teachers, medical professionals, and staff who have direct care responsibilities for chronically/terminally ill patients, geriatric populations, and those impacted by trauma, grief, and stress.

Dr. Llewellyn earned her doctorate at New York University’s School of Education, Health and Nursing Professions. She is a licensed psychologist in New York State with postdoctoral certifications in adult psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with a subspecialty in eating disorders and advanced training in critical incident stress management, she has worked closely with the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and other deeply traumatic events.

Michael Lonski PhD
Chief of Mental Health Clinical Services
244th Medical Services
New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs
Captain, New York State Guard
New York, NY

Dr. Lonski, a co-founder of Life Matters, is a clinical psychologist licensed in the states of New York and Connecticut. He holds a post-doctoral certification from New York University in adult psychotherapy and psychoanalysis and from the Post-Graduate Center for Mental Health in child and adolescent therapy and analysis. For more than 20 years he was an organizational consultant/facilitator in hospital, day treatment, private school and geriatric settings and counselor, coach and assessment consultant to the Fortune 500 Employee Assistance Programs.

Following the events of September 11, 2001 Dr. Lonski volunteered for six months as a psychologist and clergy crisis responder at he World Trade Center site. Dr. Lonski currently serves as a Captain in the New York State (NYS) Guard, 244th Medical Services assigned Chief of Mental Health Clinical Services under the auspices of the NYS Division of Military and naval Affairs providing psychological services, education and training, and delivering proactive community educational awareness programs to mitigate the impact of deployment of military personnel and their families.

Douglas Etter Executive Director
Bureau of Veterans Affairs
Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs
Fort Indiantown Gap, PA
“The Transition Home”

Lt. Col. Etter serves as Executive Officer for Veterans’ Affairs for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, functioning as Chief of Staff for the Deputy Adjutant General for Veteran’s Affairs, Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs. He is responsible for oversight of the state’s six veterans’ homes, all of the state’s veterans’ programs and the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children. He is also a Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army National Guard (Harrisburg, PA). As a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (’05-’07), he is the recipient of the Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star Medal.