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A consultant, educator, executive mentor, international retreat leader, and author,
Barbara Benjamin is currently the Director of the Center for Christ Conscious Leadership.
Previously, from 1990 until 2010, she was the Director of Intuitive Discovery.
In that capacity, she designed and facilitated programs in leadership, human resources,
innovation, and creative and spiritual development for Fortune 500 companies, non-
Ms. Benjamin has also designed, directed, and instructed graduate distance learning
programs in leadership for the School of Business at Mercy College. In 2005, she
won the annual, national Sloan-
In 1998, Ms. Benjamin codirected The Third Millennium Leadership Assembly in Campobello, New Brunswick, Canada.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Benjamin served as a Director of Pupil Personnel Services and Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Connecticut and was an active member of local, state and federal committees for education and mental health reform.
Ms. Benjamin’s publications include Christ Conscious Leadership, Leadership in the Interactive Age: A Skills Development Workbook and the accompanying CDs, The Leadership Lecture Series, The Joshua Priest: A Biography of Faith, and A Prayer Guide to St. Teresa of Avila’s “Interior Castle.” Her most recent volume of poetry, Face to Face, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Ms. Benjamin holds an undergraduate degree in English and Education, a Master of Arts degree in English, and has pursued doctoral studies in Education and Psychology at New York University.
Hollace L. Bristol is currently a senior evaluation specialist for Professional Evaluation
and Assessment Consultants in Flagstaff, Arizona, serving as external evaluator on federally-
Her previous positions include Associate Superintendent of Schools for Coconino County,
Arizona, professor of mathematics at the community college level, and an adjunct faculty
member at the university level teaching education, experiential education, and organizational
leadership. She has designed and facilitated numerous adventure-
Miguel Carvalho, currently the Press and Public Relations Manager in New York for the Portuguese National Tourist Office, has extensive experience in creating and executing integrated marketing communication plans, including social networking and online reputation management, public relations, building collaborative teams, and training and mentoring team members.
Mr. Carvalho also provides consulting services to various small businesses, developing strategic marketing plans for expanding their exposure through traditional and online channels, including Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, where he assisted the Vice President of Marketing in planning the launch of a new drug into the marketplace.
Previously, Mr. Carvalho was the Area Sales Manager for TAP Air Portugal in Newark, New Jersey, where he was responsible for selling and promoting airline services to major existing and potential clients within Manhattan and Northern New Jersey.
Before moving to the United States, Mr. Carvalho was the International Cargo Sales Manager for TAP, responsible for international cargo sales and daily administrative operations, including managing and supervising the TAP cargo sales force in over fifteen countries. He worked closely with the Cargo Director, CEO, and business managers to develop and implement a variety of corporate strategies for growth, cost reduction, and business analysis.
Mr. Carvalho holds both a graduate and undergraduate degree in Management and Business Administration from Universidade Catolica Portuguesa’s Business School in Lisbon, Portugal, and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College, in Dobbs Ferry, New York. He is fluent in English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish and has traveled widely across the world, especially in Europe where he maintains strong ties.
Panaiota Vali Constantine is currently an independent education consultant, working with school districts to enhance their teacher training and student performance. She also tutors reluctant learners, supporting their educational needs and self-esteem.
Previously, Ms. Constantine has held positions as an Elementary School Teacher, School Administrator; and Coordinator of Special Programs. She has also been an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at Mercy College. A pinnacle member of the NSDAC America 2000 team, Ms. Constantine was integral in the City School District of New Rochelle becoming an America 2000 School District. During this endeavor, she worked with the Department of Education in Washington, DC, as well as the Rand Corporation.
Ms. Constantine has also trained teachers and implemented the Responsive Classroom methodology for classroom management in many New York schools. A trained Administrator and facilitator in the International Bachelorette Programme, she trained and supported staff in the IB methodology of the writing and delivery of curriculum which met the needs of individual students and allowed them to view their learning on an international platform. Through the use of data and its interpretation as it pertained to the learning styles and individual student needs, Ms. Constantine also directed facilitators of learning in the interpretation and application of alternative lesson designs and blended learning to ensure that all students succeed and sustained endured learning.
Ms. Constantine is an active member of Philoptochos, a philanthropic association of the Greek Orthodox Church. She is currently and has been a teacher of Religious Education at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Danbury, Connecticut.
As a Captain and member of Emergency Medical Services for the State of New York, Ms. Constantine organized and ran the first Emergency Mass Casualty Simulation Drill in Westchester County. She served as Captain of Emergency Medical Services from 1998-2006.
Ms. Constantine graduated from Mills College of Education with a Bachelor of Science in English and Elementary Education. She continued her studies at the College of New Rochelle, where she received a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Master of Science in School District Administration.
Reverend Troy P. DeCohen is currently the Senior Pastor of the Mount Vernon Heights Congregational Church (UCC), where he has served since September of 2000. He has also served in the United Church of Christ since 1998, where he received privilege by the Rev. Dr. John Blackwell, Regional Conference Minister for the Metro Conference.
Reverend DeCohen was called to the ministry in 1988. He was the founder of Life Changing Outreach Ministry, Jersey City, New Jersey, and the Assistant Pastor of St. Michaels Methodist Church under the leadership of The Reverend Dr. Ralph E. Brower.
Reverend DeCohen is also the President and CEO of the Visiting Development Care Group LLC, servicing the community with qualified companions and caregivers for short or long term goals. Specializing in dementia care, the Visiting Development Care Group staff is responding to the growing need for caregiver respite services and private care in homes, hospitals, and rehabilitaton facilities.
Reverend DeCohen has also worked as a Director of organizations in the fields of mental health, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and homelessness since 1992. Previously the Chief Officer of Operations for Help USA, Inc., he was the executive manager of all Transitional Housing Programs for the organization, including their Las Vegas, New York City, Buffalo, Philadelphia, and New Jersey operations. Under Reverend DeCohen’s leadership in 2008, HELP ONE was recognized by the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) as one of the highest performing Tier II Family Shelters in The City of New York. HELP ONE received an award from New York City Commissioner Robert V. Hess for its achievement in placing more homeless families into permanent housing under the Work Advantage Program.
Among his many accomplishments. he worked with the Urban League of Hudson County Inc., for quality of life improvements, Elnora Watson President and CEO, and with The Reverend Dr. Calvin Butts on the Jubilee Project and on the national project, Plantation to Prisons. Reverend DeCohen is a member of the United Black Clergy of Westchester, and a member of the Mount Vernon Hospital Board of Trustees and the Mount Vernon Heights Community Development Corporation. He is also one of the Co-founders of the Southside Heights Stop the Violence Campaign in the City of Mount Vernon, and the Co-chair for Parents against Violence, with the current Mayor of Mount Vernon, the Honorable Clinton I. Young. In addition, Reverend DeCohen co-sponsored The PEACE KEEPERS movement with the Rev. Dr. W Franklyn Richardson, Rev. Dr. W Darin Moore, United Black Clergy, and community leadership. He has served as a member of Leader-to-Leader Institute, (formerly, the Peter F. Drucker Foundation) as well as on the nominating committee for the United Church of Christ.
Reverend DeCohen received a Master of Arts in Religion and Religious Education from Fordham University where he is currently a doctoral candidate in Ministry. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from the College of New Rochelle; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Jameson Christian College. He has also studied at Regent University, School of Leadership Studies.
Reverend DeCohen has also completed studies at Morristown Community College in Alcohol and Substance Abuse, at the State of New Jersey Division of Alcohol Abuse, and at Hunter College School of Social Work, Center for Healthy Aging.
In 2009, Reverend DeCohen received a Proclamation by the Westchester County Legislator Lyndon Williams for Community Service, as well as awards of Achievement from the City of Mount Vernon, City Council, and from the Mayor’s office under Mayor Ernest Davis, 2005-2008. He also received a Proclamation issued by the Westchester County Legislator, the Honorable Clinton Young, in 2002.
Chip Evans is the President and Founder of The Evans Group (TEG) LLC, a multi-talented and multi-faceted team of 52 licensed management consultants and business advisors worldwide, with broad-based experience in various industries. With 37 years experience, TEG consultants have served an extensive array of publicly-owned and privately-held companies in over 85 countries.
Rated highly as a top boutique consulting and business advisory company, TEG bases their work on industrial business psychology, utilizing strategic planning modules, team training, and creating strategy analysis for business development, and Dr. Evans’ methodologies are utilized by all TEG licensed and trained consultants. Breaking things down to the means and the cause and effect, Dr. Evans works out of the box to create new boxes, or eliminate boxes. Facilitating innovation with all types of companies is one of his specialities.
TEG has specialized experience in the following industries: food service, hospitality, financial services, global, organizational and new product development, manufacturing industries, mergers/acquisitions, IT and Engineering, Digital Media, and they are also certified bankruptcy trustees working in restructuring financially distressed businesses. Strong relationships with venture capital and banking partners also allows TEG introduction of new companies and products for developing new products and companies, including creating the presentations and review for gaining funding.
Classically trained in the stock market by his father, Dr. Evans is also the President of OEX Options.com, an educational weekly option and stock signal service, by written and private phone consultation, providing private mentoring with a very personalized approach.
OEX Options won seven years in a row (2008-2013) as one of the Top Ten Option Advisory Services in the U.S. by Stocks and Commodities Magazine.
Dr. Evans is the author of two E-books on the stock market: Projecting the Dow: Using Fibonacci, Cycles and Historical Data to Effectively Use the DJIA to Trade Stocks and Options (Kindle and iBooks editions).
In addition, Dr. Evans has received full Honors in Adizes Life Cycle Certification, and TEG utilizes Corporate Life Cycle training along with Myers Briggs Psychological Testing/Profiling, all for use with development of their core business methodologies. He also achieved full certification to train, teach, and provide seminars in The Sedona Method-Effective Releasing, as well as being certified to teach, train and administer group training in Steven Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Leadership and “First Things First,” Dr.Covey’s time management training. Dr. Evans also holds a CFSP Certification-Foodservice.
Dr. Evans received his PhD in Industrial Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Delia M. Farquharson is a coach, teacher, and licensed clinical social worker who presently works as a community mental health provider at a clinic in Mount Vernon, New York. In that capacity, she provides services to individuals and families, working to identify goals and learning strategies to resolve conflict, with the object of improving their lives.
Ms. Farquharson has worked in various capacities as a social worker, including in the field of foster care with children removed from their homes, and with seniors in a geriatric care facility. She is also a Certified Trauma Specialist and is experienced in helping individuals manage trauma, grief, and loss.
Ms. Farquharson also hosts her own online radio talk show, Discussions with Delia, on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/discussionswithdelia. On her program, she encourages listeners to discover the connections between their thoughts, feelings, and actions, and identify strategies for becoming their better selves.
Ms. Farquharson holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University.
Susan Freedland is a licensed psychologist who has been in practice for more than thirty years in New York and Connecticut. In addition, Dr. Freedland has extensive experience in executive coaching, leadership development, and organizational consulting, nationally and internationally, in a wide variety of industries, including finance, pharmaceuticals, health care, professional services, telecommunications, technology, media, and consumer and luxury goods.
For the past ten years, Dr. Freedland has studied Qigong, Medical Qigong, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Taoism with Master Nan Lu in the United States and with Grandmaster Xi Hua Xu from Yunan province in China. She has also been to Sri Narayani Peedam and Sri Puram in Thiramalaikodi, Tamil Nadu, India, to learn from Sri Shakti Narayani Amma. She has integrated the principles, theories, teachings, experiences, and wisdom from these Eastern traditions along with Western approaches into her psychotherapy and executive coaching work. Some of her work with individuals and organizations focuses on mindfulness and awareness, insight and intuition, energy and energy movements, oneness, service, and the relationship and balance of body, mind, and spirit.
Dr. Freedland is sought after as a guest lecturer on a variety of topics for community groups and professional organizations, as well as a consultant to the media. Some of the areas she addresses include stress management and transformation, creative problem solving, communication and listening, handling emotions during change, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities and ADD, and prejudice. She has presented programs based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qigong, and Medical Qigong for groups and organizations in the areas of weight loss, stress management, menopause, breast health, team building, and relationships.
Dr. Freedland holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science and PhD from Yeshiva University in psychology. She is also certified as a Medical Qigong and Life Force Practitioner. In addition, she has received training in executive coaching and assessment, and she has served on the board of the Penn State Executive and Professional Women’s Network. In conjunction with the Connecticut and American Psychological Associations, she worked on the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award to help organizations create a better work environment for their employees. She is currently a member of the New York Human Resources People and Strategy organization and is an active member of the Medical Staff of Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Susan Gannon has over 20 years of business experience in individual and organizational development including executive and professional coaching, facilitation, and transition management. She has provided consulting services to clients in trading, consumer products, telecommunications, human resources and film.
As an organizational development consultant, she has provided executive coaching and worked with senior management to integrate two distinct cultures into a new joint venture. She re-engaged to design communication and development initiatives.
As a coach, she has helped clients to awaken their true self and define their identity as separate and unique from others by articulating how they perceive themselves and their life's work, identifying choices that align with that work, and discovering and expressing new perceptions and behaviors.
As a facilitator and trainer, Susan has facilitated strategic planning meetings with different divisions of the world's largest photographic and imaging company ensuring each division had a voice in the company vision. She has also designed and delivered numerous individual and group career coaching programs.
At Kraft General Foods, Susan has provided leadership in college recruiting, succession planning, and staffing as part of a large-scale organizational transformation.
Susan has also worked in academic settings including Wheaton College, Pace University, and Harvard University, where she was a career services intern. In addition, she has been an adjunct faculty member at Mercy College teaching "Motivation Theory and Practice" as part of a Master in Science in Organizational Leadership.
Susan holds a Master of Education from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Denver in Education/Psychology. She also completed a Management Studies Certificate Program at Cornell-Pace University. She has completed the Identity Mapping Program for coaches. She is also certified in "Managing Organization Transition" by Bill Bridges and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Among her publications is "The Mentor Link: Bridging Education and Employment," Journal Of College.
John Lanczycki is currently the Managing Director of Value Engineering, providing management consulting, coaching, mentoring, and training to business and industrial clients who seek to reduce failure costs, error rates, and cycle times to ensure sustainability and profitability. He is also a member of the MBA adjunct faculty at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he teaches a course in Operations Management, covering topics of organizational development, organizational behavior, purchasing, logistics, statistics/quantitative methods, production management, and quality management.
Mr. Lanczycki began his career as an Organic Chemist, managing organic chemical reactions to synthesize amino acid derivatives for cancer research. Subsequently, he held positions as a member of the Technical Staff at GTE Laboratories, Waltham, Massachusetts, and as a Senior Industrial/Quality Engineer at Union Carbide, advancing into senior management levels as the Director of Quality Control at Display Technologies, College Point, New York, with leadership responsibilities over multiple U.S. plants, plus operations in Mexico, England, and Canada.
For the past twenty-
In addition, he has customized training for clients and established a curriculum for quality certification at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Trained to perform audits in compliance with the Connecticut Award for Excellence
and Baldridge Assessments, Mr. Lanczycki is a Senior Member of the American Quality
Society (ASQ) and has been chairman of the Danbury, Connecticut, chapter of ASQ.
He has also presented at the national conference and at regional dinner meetings.
He currently serves the ASQ by reviewing technical books and other publications
and performing business quality audits in compliance with ISO-
Mr. Lanczycki holds an undergraduate degree from St. Anselm College, where he majored in Biology and Chemistry, and a graduate degree in Business Administration from Rivier College. He has also done doctoral studies in management systems at the University of New Haven.
Fred Lawlor is currently President of Sliced Apple Hospitality Group, a hotel advisory group, located in Canada. Sliced Apple is a North American Hotel Consulting Company. A seasoned hotel industry professional, Fred has over thirty years of experience in progressive leadership roles in the hospitality industry, as well active in active academic and community board memberships.
Fred has held senior portfolios with Fairmont Raffles Hotels and Resorts, which have included managing hotels from as small as 185 rooms to the largest hotel (1430 rooms) in Canada, Director of Acquisitions and Development, and Corporate Director of Training. In his career with Fairmont, he was seconded to Avendra as VP and GM, to manage and develop operations in Canada. Avendra is the largest hotel purchasing company in North America. The company was founded jointly by Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Intercontinental Hotels and Club Corp. Under Fred’s management, a number of hotel/contract food service operations were added to Avendra Canada’s structure including HMS Host, Accor Hotels, Four Seasons, Centennial Hotels, and Silver Seas Cruise Lines.
Fred was promoted by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International to Vice President of Procurement worldwide. He set up a procurement/purchasing structure for Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel in Europe, Asia, Middle East and North America.
In the past, Fred has also been an Instructor of the Revenue Management Program and Hotel Facility Management and Design Program at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, and was Global Director of Training for Canadian Pacific Hotels, now Fairmont Raffles Swissotels Inc.
Fred received the Hotel Industry Award from Ryerson University in 2013.
A board member and past executive on the board of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association, Canada’s largest provincial industry association, Fred currently sits on the advisory committee for Ryerson University Hospitality and Tourism Program. He is also a past member of the innovation committee for George Brown College’s hospitality management Chef’s school.
In addition, Fred presently holds board memberships on Spiritual Heritage Education Network, Compass Outreach Centre, and Rotary Honouring Indigenous People, and he is a member of the Christian Life Community.
A graduate of Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, with a B.Comm and BAA in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Fred has undertaken specialized skills development throughout his career at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and an Advanced Management Program at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and he was the first corporate management trainee in a two-year program for Canadian Pacific Hotels, now Hotels, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.
Bill Williams currently teaches and mentors students in the art of jujutsu. Certified as a Defensive Tactics Instructor by the F.B.I. and a graduate from their Officer’s Survival School, Mr. Willams also provides instruction in defensive tactics for law enforcement officers and teaches classes in self-defense and awareness in his community, Camano Island, Washington.
A retired Detective Sergeant from the New York City Police Department, with twenty years of service, Mr. Williams was assigned to the Intelligence Division, supervising counter terrorism investigations. He was a first responder on 9/11 and, subsequently, supervised a joint FBI/NYPD task force that investigated the attacks on the World Trade Center. He has received several hundred departmental and community awards during his career with the NYPD, including the Medal for Valor, when he was injured in a gun battle with four armed adversaries.
Mr. Williams began his training in the martial arts of Karate and Jujutsu in 1982. He currently holds the grade of 4th Degree Black Belt in Sosuishi-ryu Jujutsu, and a 5th Degree Black Belt, and the title of Renshi, in Okinawan Isshin-ryu Karate-do. He has traveled to Okinawa and Fukuoka, Japan, to train in both disciplines.
In 2005, Mr. Williams completed the senbondori (test of 1000 points) after a six-hour test of physical stamina, will power, and spirit. A challenger must face a group of opponents called “yoseko,” throwing down one another 1,000 times, a very strenuous task. Only black belts are permitted to attempt this test of sheer endurance. There is no concept of winning or losing in senbondori. The only goal is to complete the test. Since its beginning in 1868, only 354 people in Japan have achieved this goal.
Mr Williams has appeared regularly as a featured guest on local and nationally syndicated talk shows. He has earned an undergraduate degree in Humanities/Police Science from SUNY Empire State and holds a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College.
Mohanlal Gupta currently practices as a family physician in the ancient town of Maheshwar in central India, after having previously lived and practiced for twenty-eight years in Manawar, a municipality in the Dhar district in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
Deeply interested in spiritual wisdom based on scientific knowledge since his college years, Dr. Gupta moved from Manawar in order to find a more suitable place to establish an institute where studies based on spiritual sciences could be offered to the general public. To this end, he organized a trust and established the Harihar Trik Aashram in Maheshwar, where it has flourished since January 2010.
At the Harihar Trik Aashram, Dr. Gupta offers seminars every Thursday evening combining the ancient wisdom of non-dual Kashmir Shaivism and modern science. He is currently completing work on a book exploring scientific wisdom in the ancient scripture of Shiv Sutras. In addition to the weekly seminars, the Harihar Trik Aashram now includes an extensive library of spiritual literature and hosts several annual functions open to the public.
Dr. Gupta also applies spiritual science in his medical practice, implementing this wisdom for healing his patients and observing significant results from this approach. His approach to healing begins in the professional interview, which he sees “as a means to touch and be one with the soul of my patients.”
Dr. Gupta is sought after as a guest speaker, and he has made presentations at several symposia on universal citizenship and spiritual life. He strongly believes that the science of consciousness, when combined with the wisdom of quantum mechanics, results in a universal religion, and his goal is to help “make each person a responsible citizen.”
Dr. Gupta holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Holkar Science College, Indore University, and, in 1979, he graduaged with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, also at Indore, now renamed Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya.
Based in Singapore, Dr. P. J. John, an ordained senior minister and pastoral counselor, is the past President of the Crossways Life Centre, as well as a Senior Partner in global training and consulting with Andraglobal Training and Consulting.
As a consultant, Dr. P. J. John has conducted advanced leadership and management seminars and conferences for clients throughout Southeast Asia and beyond. He also has extensive experience in consulting and training organizations in the areas of self-development and productivity and has trained executives in civic, business, and sales organizations, as well as in universities and colleges.
His clients include both global and local organizations, such as AIA Group Management, General Electric, Prudential Management, Philips APAC, Nordic Valve, Singapore Press, Financial Planners Associates, the Lions Club, and The National Achievers Congress in Asia. Also a member of the International Faculty for the Haggai Institute, Dr. P. J. John has trained over fifteen thousand leaders from Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America in certificate programs in Advanced Leadership. He has also conducted certificate and diploma courses in Emotional Intelligence Leadership, Stress Management, and Counseling for corporate executives and the general public.
Dr. P. J. John is widely traveled and is in demand as one of the most inspiring motivational speakers in the Indonesia–Malaysia–Singapore Growth Triangle (IMS-GT). He has appeared as a speaker in motivational seminars in cities throughout the IMS-GT, including Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and Batam, often sharing the same platform with internationally recognized speakers, such as Denis Waitley, Alan Patching, and Michael Podilinsky. As a public speaker and Master Trainer, he also has spoken to audiences in nations across the world and has reached radio and TV broadcast audiences of over 10 million listeners and viewers on 93.8FM, HOPE 107FM, Pacific TV, TVRI, and Maluku TV, among others.
Dr. P. J. John is the co-author, with Daniel Choo, of SQ: SAKAL Quotient. The book, which teaches readers how to unleash their potential for success, has circulated in over forty countries and is part of the collection in the National Library Board Headquarters Reference Library in Singapore. Dr. P. J. John has also won the Editor’s Choice Award, June 2002, from The International Library of Poetry and the Poet of Merit Award from the International Society of Poets. His poetry, “Fill My Cup with Joy,” is published in the compilation entitled The Song of the Heart, in hardcover and CD formats.
Dr. P. J. John also offers his consulting services to social welfare and civic groups and donates his time, money, and resources for programs that increase educational and employment opportunities and reduce the poverty trap for the poor in Asia. He also supports orphanages and sits on the Rural Community Development Centre USA board as Vice President, with operations is the United States, Latin America, and Asia. He is an active life member of YMCA-Singapore, a past President of the Y’s Men’s International Alpha Chapter, and an advisor for the Family Life Centre, as well as a past President and Board Member.
Dr. P. J. John has earned a Ph.D. in International Relations at Vision International University, US, and a Ph.D. in Education at Kennedy Western University, US. In addition, he has done post-doctoral work at Tübingen University, in Germany, where he studied and wrote about Pietists and their influence on global intelligence. His interests are in the fields of Theology, Behavioral Psychology. Education, International Relations, and Humanities.
Carol Lambert has been a member of the Board of Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council in California since 2012. The Mission Statement of the Council reads: “We seek to provide religious, moral and ethical leadership by bringing together religious communities for the common good.”
Ms. Lambert began her career as a Speech Therapist in Baltimore, Maryland, and, after moving to Los Angeles in 1967, she became a teacher of the deaf. In 1987, she spent a sabbatical year in Europe studying schools for the deaf in France, England, Denmark, and Israel. She continued working with deaf children until 2007.
During her years as a teacher, she had the opportunity to work with a diverse, multicultural group of parents and students which expanded her appreciation and understanding of different cultures and their spiritual beliefs.
Ms. Lambert earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Michigan in 1964. She received her Master of Science in Special Education from California State University Los Angeles in 1976.
Dr Clancy McKenzie is a widely acclaimed authority on the understanding of origins, mechanisms, and treatment of schizophrenia, and since 1966, he has dedicated himself to the evaluation, analysis, and treatment of trauma and its immediate and long-range effects on behavior and mental health.
Professor and Department Chair Emeritus of Integrative Psychiatry at Capital University of Integrative Medicine in Washington, DC, with a teaching focus on developmental aspects of neurobiological disorders, and the integration of psychological and biological factors as they pertain to serious mental and emotional disorders, Dr. McKenzie has identified unsuspected separation traumas in the first two years of life, which correlate with the later development of schizophrenia, and has discovered that the identical traumas in the next year of life correlate with the later development of non-psychotic major depression. He has confirmed his findings through statistical analysis of hard data on 6,000 patients in a Finnish database and 2,700 in a Danish cohort on schizophrenia, plus hundreds more in smaller surveys.
Based on his findings, Dr. McKenzie has developed the Unification Theory of Mental Illness, identifying the mechanism by which emotional trauma produces change in brain chemistry and structure. The Unification Theory brings together all disciplines and demonstrates how each participates in the cause of serious disorders. His articles regarding Unification Theory were published in two peer-reviewed journals in 1998: “Delayed Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Model for Schizophrenia and Depression,” which appeared in the Summer issue of Trauma Response; and “The Unification Theory of Mental Illness,” which appeared in the Fall issue of Frontier Perspectives.
Dr. McKenzie has also reviewed all neurobiological schizophrenia research studies presented at the San Diego American Psychiatric Association Meetings, plus the 1998 Davos Schizophrenia Conference, and he has published explanations of why each biological change more likely was the result and not the cause of the disease process. He has also identified prevention of mental illness at three levels: 1) prevention of origin, very early in life; 2) prevention of a first breakdown later in life; and 3) prevention of a recurrence, based on new understanding of origin and mechanism.
Subsequently, Dr. McKenzie has also developed breakthrough approaches to treatment, including a Programmed Dream technique for arriving at enlightened answers during sleep. His published works on his new approaches include a set of audio-cassette tapes, Schizophrenia and the McKenzie Method, which describes his radically different understanding and treatment methods. In 1981, he also published a set of audio recordings, Programmed Dreams: A Breakthrough in Medical and Psychiatric Diagnosis and Treatment, followed in 2001 by a DVD recording, Programmed Dreams. In 1999, he published Self-Help Master Therapy Sessions for Schizophrenia, Depression and other serious disorders.
In addition to his breakthrough work on the diagnosis and treatment of emotional disorders, Dr. McKenzie has held positions as Medical Director at the Biofeedback Resource Center in Philadephia, Pennsylvania, Psychiatric Consultant to the Silva Method International, and Chief Neuropsychiatrist for the Pennsylvania Dental Society’s Impaired Dentist Program. Since 1990, he has been a Level IV Psychiatric Consultant to the Veterans Administration for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and since 1992, he has also been a consultant to Speiser, Krauss & Madole, to conduct medical, psychiatric, and neuropsychiatric evaluations of airline disaster victims in Europe, North America, South America, and Central America.
In 1986, Bob Rodale of Prevention Magazine nominated Dr. McKenzie for the Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health, and in 1996, Dr. McKenzie’s textbook, Delayed Posttraumatic Stress Disorders From Infancy: The Two Trauma Mechanism, co-authored with Dr. Lance Wright, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by Gordon and Breach Publishers. His other published works include the 2010 edition of Babies Need Mothers – How Mothers Can Prevent Mental Illness In Their Children.
Dr. McKenzie’s deep commitment to serving people was recognized when he was awarded Temple University’s Nelson and Winnie Mandela’s Humanitarian Award for his outstanding devotion to patients suffering from the effects of schizophrenia. He also received a City of Philadelphia Citation from the City Council for his “groundbreaking work in treatments for schizophrenia and depression,” and his work is noted in both the US Senatorial and US Congressional Records.
Dr. McKenzie graduated from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in 1962. For the next several years, he focused his attention on studies of the human mind and the complex realm of mental illness, including five years of training in adult psychoanalysis and two years in child psychoanalysis at the Menninger School of Psychiatry and the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute. His dedication to study and scholarship in psychiatry and neurology, and special training in trauma desensitization, led to his receiving the AMA Physician's Recognition Award with Special Commendation for Self-directed Training.
Dr. McKenzie is Board Certifed in Traumatic Stress, Bereavement Trauma, Emergency Crisis Response, Forensic Traumatology, and School Crisis Response. He is a member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Forensic Examiners, the American Board of Forensic Medical Examiners, the American Psychotherapy Association, and the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.
In his professional life, Tom Milton has three passions: teaching, writing, and serving the community. As a teacher for twenty-nine years at Mercy College, he promotes interaction not only between himself and his students but also among his students. He mentors students individually to help them develop professional goals, and he has helped a large number of students start their own businesses. He applies his twenty years of experience as an international banker to connect the subject matter of his courses to the real world. With colleagues, he created the first master’s program in organizational leadership. He also pioneered flipping the classroom at the college level, which essentially means having students do activities in the classroom that can only be done in that environment (face-to-face interaction) and activities online that enable students to learn and apply knowledge at their own pace (videos, slideshows, and practice quizzes). He has won awards for excellence in classroom teaching and for online teaching, and he is currently pursuing a Quality Matters certification.
As a writer, Dr. Milton has published nine novels that address issues of peace and justice, including the civil rights conflict in the early 1960s, the antiwar movement in the late 1960s, the war of terror in Argentina in the mid-1970s, the struggle for independence in Poland in the early 1980s, the right-to-life issue in the mid-1990s, the war on terror in the early 2000s, the plight of undocumented immigrants, the victims of human trafficking and sex slavery, and the invisible wounds of veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. His novels have won a variety of awards, and they reach a global audience through online bookstores and the e-book format. The nine published novels are No Way to Peace, The Admiral’s Daughter, All the Flowers, Infamy, A Shower of Roses, Sara’s Laughter, The Golden Door, Outside the Gate, and Leave of Absence. His next novel, Invisible Wounds, will published in October 2014.
Dr. Milton serves the community as an active member of Pax Christi Metro New York, which promotes peace in the world. He is also a member of Network for Peace through Dialogue, which is committed to end human trafficking. He served as treasurer of Riverarts, which sponsors education for children in music and the graphic arts in the river villages of Westchester County, NewYork, and he serves as a board member of the Friends of Philipse Manor, which promotes education for children in the history of Yonkers. He is a frequent speaker at events that address the issues he writes about as well as on subjects of local history. Among other things, he wrote and presented a two-part play about the conflict between Adriaen van der Donck (the founder of Yonkers) and Peter Stuyvesant over their different visions for New Netherland, a liberal democracy versus a corporate autocracy.
Dr. Milton holds a Ph.D. in Management from Walden University, an M.A. in English from Iowa University (Writers Workshop), and a B.A. in English from Princeton University.
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