Capt. Paul Anthony Halladay is the United States Army Deputy Command Chaplain for the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan. A former United States Peace Corps volunteer, he has been a United States Army Chaplain since 2004.
E.C. Hurley, PhD, LMFT,, is the founder and executive director of Soldier Center in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he and his staff treat active duty military, veterans, and family members. A retired Army Colonel with more than 33 years of military service in United States Army and Reserve, Hurley also serves as the EMDR trainer for the Army Medical Department. soldier-center.com
Susan Lynch, JD, E-RYT,, serves as a Major in the United States Army Reserve in the Judge Advocate General Corps and is executive director of There & Back Again, a nonprofit reintegration support services program for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, she also serves the Massachusetts Women Veterans’ Network, Operation Homefront, and Black Lotus Yoga Project, and is the owner of Charlestown Yoga in Charlestown, Massachusetts. thereandback-again.org
Gabor Maté, MD, is a renowned physician and best-selling author whose books have been published in 20 languages internationally. His most recent book is In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. Maté is an authority on mind-body approaches to treatment of addiction. His interests also include child development and mind-body unity in health and illness. drgabormate.com
Elizabeth A. Stanley, PhD, an associate professor of security studies at Georgetown University, served in the United States Army as a military intelligence officer, leaving service with the rank of captain. She is creator of Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)® and founder of the Mind Fitness Training Institute. mind-fitness-training.org
Loree K. Sutton, MD, former brigadier general in the United States Army, was the highest ranking psychiatrist in the United States Army and is the former director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. She has also served as special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.
Captain (Ret.) Richard Welton, MD, MHA, PhD, is senior director of Military Medical Programs at the Samueli Institute. With more than 30 years of military service in the United States Army and Navy, he is also an experienced medical doctor and senior health-care administrator in both civilian and military health-care systems.
Concurrent Workshop Presenters
Claude AnShin Thomas received numerous awards, including the Purple Heart, for his service in the Vietnam War. After struggling with reentry into society, Thomas studied mindfulness meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh. He was ordained as a Zen Buddhist monk in the Japanese Soto Zen Tradition by Baisen Tetsugen Roshi. He is author of At Hell’s Gate: A Soldier’s Journey from War to Peace, and is founder of the Zaltho Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes nonviolence and change. zaltho.org
Beryl Bender Birch, a dedicated student of yoga and the study of consciousness since 1971, has been training yoga teachers as “spiritual revolutionaries” for nearly 30 years. Author of Power Yoga, Beyond Power Yoga, and Boomer Yoga, she is the director-founder of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and a founder of the Give Back Yoga Foundation. power-yoga.com
Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is the founder and medical director of the Trauma Center, which provides comprehensive services to traumatized children and adults and their families at the main office in Brookline, Massachusetts. An internationally recognized leader in the field of psychological trauma, van der Kolk has been active as a clinician, researcher, and teacher in the area of post-traumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. traumacenter.org
Laurie Leitch, PhD, psychologist and cofounder of the Trauma Resource Institute, has worked with victims of trauma and natural disaster in Thailand, China, Rwanda, and post-9/11 New York City.