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) and Combat-related PTSD. 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. She holds a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Center in Boston, Mass, is Certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), has completed Certificate-level training with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI) of Boulder, CO and currently assists in SPI trainings in NYC and Brattleboro, VT. She is Certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association), since 2007 and conducts psychotherapy sessions and demonstrations of equine assisted psychotherapy, especially highlighting its application to the treatment of combat trauma. She is Certified in Critical Incident Stress Management and is also trained in Structural Family Therapy, yoga, and mindfulness meditation. In 2007-2008 Ms. Usadi spent 7 months treating traumatized soldiers and their families at Ft. Drum, home of the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army, and in 2010 provided weekly equine assisted psychotherapy sessions for warriors enrolled in a DoD funded Military Wellness Program, located at an inpatient psychiatric facility in New York City. She is an approved provider for Military OneSource and Tricare, a Military Family Life Consultant, a POPPA clinician (Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance) for members of NYPD, and a contract therapist with the FDNY. Ms. Usadi has taught courses and presented at numerous public conferences in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as providing advanced clinical trainings on the topics of PTSD, Complex PTSD and Combat Trauma. She is the author of many of the articles and pages on TRR’s website and the Producer of TRR's film, Warrior Camp. She is also the daughter of a World War II Veteran.
Bob Raphael served in the United States Marine Corps in both an active and inactive duty status from 1964 -1972. Bob saw combat duty in Vietnam while serving with two Battalion Landing Teams: First Battalion Fifth Regiment and Second Battalion Seventh Regiment. In both instances Bob was assigned various positions with 81mm Mortar Platoons and Line Companies as a Forward Observer. In civilian life Bob has a long history of working with Veterans. He is currently the Veterans Project Manager at The Confide Counseling and Consultation Center on Long Island. Over the years Bob has held managerial positions in the Social Services field with specialties in Substance Abuse, HIV/AIDS, and Homelessness. In the recent past Bob has developed and managed Federal Grants that specifically target Veterans: Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program at Services for the UnderServed,Inc., and, Supportive Service for Veterans Families at Samaritan Village,Inc. Bob is a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America and believes firmly in it’s founding motto, “ Never Again Will One Generation of Veterans Abandon Another.” Bob works with groups of OIF/OEF/New Dawn Veterans as well as intergenerational groups of Veterans. Bob has a major interest in seeing that his generation of Veterans, now in their senior years, are not abandoned a second time. Bob is a graduate of Pace University.
Hana van der Kolk
Hana van der Kolk is a choreographer, performer, and movement educator. Her work in each of these areas in primarily focused around interrogating the mind/body split and examining the affects of thought/consciousness on the body/movement. Hana was based in New York (2001-2005), Los Angeles (2005-2010), and currently works throughout the U.S. and in Amsterdam. Her choreographic projects combine elements of conceptual practice with postmodern choreography, foreground humor and collective celebration, and take place in a wide range of sites, including the stage, studios and galleries, in writing, on film, and in outdoor, public spaces. She is highly influenced by legendary post-modern choreographer Deborah Hay who imagines the body to be "not just the site where movement and shape are produced, but a threshold where energies shift, multiply, and become visible. She learned Hay's work and adapted it for stage, film, and city parks from 2000-2006. Hana has taught dance, yoga, and choreography to diverse populations throughout the U.S. as well as in the Netherlands and Estonia. She is the 2011-12 Arthur Levitt Fellow/Artist-in-Residence at Williams College and holds an MFA in choreography from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. More at www.hanavanderkolk.com and www.vimeo.com/channels/hanavanderkolk.
Mary Melyssa Hall
Administrative Assistant to the Board
Mary Melyssa Hall (Missy) comes to TRR as an NYU Masters Candidate in Music Therapy. Her interest in trauma arose from her experiences in the military community as an Air Force Brat. She is most interested in using her many years as a professional artist to create expressive arts therapy programs which offer service men, women and families opportunities to address and treat PTSD. Her hope is to blend music therapy techniques with EMDR to create a multimodal approach for families to play and process together. Of her many skills, Missy is very well organized, attentive to detail, and thinks strategically. She also knows military culture from the inside. TRR welcomes her as our Board’s Administrative Assistant.
Kourtney Ketterhagen is a creative consultant specializing in branding, strategic planning and events. She has worked in the natural health, arts, fashion and media industries. She has consulted several non-profits and considers herself a “volunteer-a-holic.”
Kourtney has travelled around the US and abroad on USO tours visiting soldiers in Korea, the Phillipines, Guantanamo Bay, Diego Garcia, Japan, Spain, Greece, Italy and Peru. As a civilian on these tours, she was provided access to the inner workings of aircraft carriers, military bases and DMZs which opened her eyes to the daily stress and trauma incurred by active duty personnel. In addition to visits to VA hospitals, Kourtney toured the Lackland Air Force base hospital in 1990, visiting troops and their families immediately after Operation Just Cause.
In 2005 she attended a screening of The Cost of War, a documentary which examines the human, personal, social and psychological costs of war through the perspective of soldiers, veterans and military families. These combined experiences fueled her innate passion to serve those in need. Kourtney is the great-niece of a WW II veteran and the step-daughter of a Vietnam veteran.