Board of Directors
Lee is a recently retired Union Ironworker. He has worked on five overseas contracts including work In Antarctica and New Zealand. He was also a volunteer on a multitude of disaster projects including the World Trade Center after 9/11.
Eva J. Usadi, MA, BCD founded Trauma and Resiliency Resources, Inc. after having been intricately involved with the mental health response to the events of September 11, 2001. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of PTSD, Complex PTSD (attachment and developmental trauma), Combat Trauma and Moral Injury. In her private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan she treats New York City firefighters, police officers, warriors and all their family members, as well as civilians.
Board Vice President
Originally from Waycross, Georgia, Barron Wester is a combat veteran, Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Texas, and a military chaplain. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Education from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, Master of Divinity from Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Cleveland, TN, and Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas A&M University-Central Texas, Killeen, TX.
Robert W. Freiman
Robert W. Freiman has practiced law in the field of estates and trusts since his admission to the bar in 1970. A graduate of the University of Rochester, he earned his JD at New York University School of Law, and is a partner of Freiman Franco, P.C. Until his election to the Board of TRR, he was a member of the Advisory Board and had worked with Eva on various TRR related matters for approximately ten years.
Lorrie B. Franco
Lorrie B. Franco is an attorney practicing in the field of estates and trusts, with a focus on estate and tax planning, drafting of wills and drafting and implementation of trusts. A summa cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she earned her BA in 1982 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, she obtained her JD in 1985 from Fordham University Law School. She is a partner of Freiman Franco, P.C.
Bessel van der Kolk, MD..
Has spent his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic expericnces, and has translated emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of potentially effective treatments for traumatic stress in children and adults.
Janina Fisher, Ph.D.
Is an Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as clinician and presenter, she is Assistant Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Consultant, and former Instructor, Harvard Medical School.
Has been a practicing attorney in the State of New York since 2002. He is the founding partner of Jason Foscolo PLLC where he has provided legal services to farmers and food entrepreneurs since 2011. Jason is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. His time abroad gave him new insight and appreciation for the many different ways food can be produced and prepared. Separating honorably as a Captain in 2010, after five years of service, Jason pursued his passion for all things edible by attending the University of Arkansas School of Law LL.M. Program, receiving an advanced degree in agricultural and food law
Roger Solomon, Ph.D.
Is a clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma and grief. He is the director of Critical Incident Recovery Resources and co-director of Buffalo Center of Trauma and Loss. Dr. Solomon is on the Senior Faculty of the EMDR Institute and teaches EMDR internationally.
Retired from the FDNY after 23 years of service, from February 1988 through March 2011. He served as the Manhattan Trustee for the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater NY from August 1999 through August 2005. On September 11, 2001 he responded to the World Trade Center from the time of the first tower collapse until the Ground Zero closing ceremony on May 30, 2002.
Is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon's latest book is the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, published by Workman Publishing.
Is a retired Lieutenant from the Port Authority Police Department. He is a graduate of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Police Command College at the US Military Academy at West Point, the Homicide Fellows Program at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the NYPD Hostage Negotiation Training Program.