Meet The Headstrong Management Team

Headstrong is comprised of some of the most forward thinking medical, clinical, and non-profit leaders in the military veteran community.

Colonel (U.S. Army, Retired) James D. McDonough, Jr. recently joined Headstrong as Executive Director following key assignments in the public, private and nonprofit sectors serving military connected families. Colonel (U.S. Army, Retired) James D. McDonough, Jr. was appointed Director of the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services on April 4th, 2019.

Colonel (USA, Ret.) Jim McDonough

Executive Director
U.S. Army Veteran

Colonel (U.S. Army, Retired) James D. McDonough, Jr. was appointed Director of the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services on April 4th, 2019..

Dustin D. Shryock joined Headstrong in 2014, after exiting from a hedge fund, and is currently the Deputy Director of Field Operations.

Dustin Shryock, MPA & MBA

Deputy Director, Field Operations
U.S. Army Veteran

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Miguel Ocegueda served honorably for over 13 years in the United States Army and NJ Army National Guard across a broad range of assignments and combat tours. He has been actively involved with Headstrong since October 2016.

Miguel Ocegueda

Deputy Director, Business Development & Programs
U.S. Army Veteran

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Lois Slubowski joined the Headstrong team at the end of 2016. In her role as the Deputy Director, Business Operations she has oversight of the day-to-day administrative operations and provides infrastructure support to the organization.

Lois Slubowski

Deputy Director, Business Operations

Lois Slubowski joined the Headstrong team at the end of 2016. In her role as the Business Manager / HR Operations she has oversight of the day-to-day administrative operations and provides infrastructure support to the organization.

Lora Dircz joined the Headstrong team in October of 2020. In her role as Deputy Director, Marketing and Communications she leads all strategic marketing initiatives and tactical execution for Headstrong.

Lora Dircz

Deputy Director, Marketing & Communications

Evelyn Polcari is a Director at Kayne Anderson Real Estate (KA Real Estate), a boutique private equity firm and the Director of Development at Headstrong since 2012.

Evelyn Polcari

Director of Development

Evelyn Polcari is a Director at Kayne Anderson Real Estate (KA Real Estate), a boutique private equity firm and the Director of Development & Events at the Headstrong Project.

Tatjana Richardson joined the Headstrong team at the start of 2020 and is working principally on advancement and development efforts through institutional and individual donor management.

Tatjana Richardson, MPA

Senior Development Manager & Grant Writer

Tatjana Richardson joined the Headstrong team at the start of 2020 and is working principally on advancement and development efforts through institutional and individual donor management.

Parshva Bavishi joined Headstrong in early 2020 as a Program Manager, Business Intelligence. His work involves program impact and evaluation, strategy development, and partnership management.

Parshva Bavishi, MBA

Program Manager, Business Intelligence

Parshva Bavishi is a Program Manager at The Headstrong Project. His work involves program impact and evaluation, strategy development, and partnership management.

Matthew McCoy joined Headstrong in 2017 after working for seven years with Creative Edge PR where he focused on social media and events for A-list celebrities and athletes.

Matt McCoy

Digital Content Manager
U.S. Air Force Veteran

Matthew McCoy joined Headstrong in 2017 after working for seven years with Creative Edge PR where he focused on social media and events for A-list celebrities and athletes.

Kelsey Custer joined the Headstrong Project as Salesforce Database Administrator in 2020. She is responsible for standardizing Headstrong reporting, database management, and is the point of contact for all integrations, expansion, and visualization projects.

Kelsey Custer

Program Manager, Salesforce and Data Analytics

Kelsey Custer joined the Headstrong Project as Salesforce Database Administrator in 2020. She is responsible for standardizing Headstrong reporting, database management, and is the point of contact for all integrations, expansion, and visualization projects.

Suji Choi joined Headstrong as Clinical Program Coordinator in 2017, where she collects and manages the clinical data.

Suji Choi

Program Coordinator, Clinical Operations
U.S. Navy Veteran

Suji Choi joined the Headstrong Project as Clinical Program Coordinator in 2017, where she collects and manages the clinical data.

Meet The Headstrong Clinical Team

Our Partnership with Weill Cornell Medicine was formed in 2012 at the inception of Headstrong. Our team is comprised of the most talented Medical Doctors, Clinicians, and Researchers in the industry.

Dr. Ann B. Beeder is Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Ann Beeder, MD

Headstrong Board Member & Medical Director

Dr. Ann B. Beeder is Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Gerard Ilaria has dedicated his life to the provision of mental health and health care to stigmatized and underserved populations.

Gerard Ilaria, LCSW

Headstrong Clinical Director

Gerard Ilaria has dedicated his life to the provision of mental health and health care to stigmatized and underserved populations.

Psychiatrist
Associate Medical Director

Carol J. Weiss, MD

Psychiatrist
Associate Medical Director

Internal Medicine
U.S. Army

Brandon Aden, MD, MPH

Internal Medicine
U.S. Army

Jacqueline “Jack” Todaro is a senior administrative assistant at Weill Cornell Medicine, providing executive support throughout the division

Jacqueline Todaro

Administrative Coordinator

Jacqueline “Jack” Todaro is a senior administrative assistant at Weill Cornell Medicine, providing executive support throughout the division

Counselor

Holly Dando, LCSW

Counselor

Counselor

Jill Stolbach-Hans, LCSW

Counselor

Meet The Headstrong Board of Directors

Headstrong has amassed corporate leaders, medical professionals, and mental health advocates to help guide us.

A combat decorated former Marine Corps officer, Zach served two tours in Iraq and on other assignments throughout Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia in the infantry and special operations.

Zach Iscol

Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus

Albert Rabil, III, is the Managing Partner and CEO of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors’ real estate private equity business, where he oversees the origination, execution and management of private investments in specialized niche real estate sectors, principally off-campus student housing.

Albert Rabil, III

Co-Founder, Board Member
Co-founder, Managing Partner and CEO of Kayne Anderson Real Estate

Albert Rabil, III, is the Managing Partner and CEO of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors’ real estate private equity business, where he oversees the origination, execution and management of private investments in specialized niche real estate sectors, principally off-campus student housing.

David Petrucco is a Co-Founder of Backcast Partners, a financial advisory, consulting and investment business located in Millburn NJ, and was formerly a Partner at Kayne Anderson, a Managing Director at Blackstone, and also worked at RBS Securities and UBS Securities.

David Petrucco

Co-Founder, Vice Chairman of the Board
Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Backcast Partners

David Petrucco is a Co-Founder of Backcast Partners, a financial advisory, consulting and investment business located in Millburn NJ, and was formerly a Partner at Kayne Anderson, a Managing Director at Blackstone, and also worked at RBS Securities and UBS Securities.

Paul Casey is a Managing Director and leads the dedicated Private Wealth Management branch in Morgan Stanley’s Global Headquarters in New York City.

Paul Casey

Chairman of the Board
Managing Director at Morgan Stanley

Paul Casey is a Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, a division of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management comprised of 400 private wealth advisors who collectively manage over $250 billion in Ultra High Net Worth private client assets.

Ryan Sparks is a Managing Director and the Head of Transformation and International Expansion at JP Morgan Chase & Co’s Merchant Services business, the leading integrated bank-acquirer of payment services with more than $1.6 trillion in annual processing volume.

Ryan Sparks

Board Member, Treasurer
Managing Director at JP Morgan
Chase & Co.
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Ryan Sparks is a Managing Director and the Head of Transformation and International Expansion at JP Morgan Chase & Co’s Merchant Services business, the leading integrated bank-acquirer of payment services with more than $1.6 trillion in annual processing volume.

Dr. Ann B. Beeder is Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Dr. Ann Beeder, MD

Board Member
Chief of the Division of Public Health Programs in the Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr. Ann B. Beeder is Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

D. Christian (Chris) Koch is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Carlisle Companies Incorporated.

D. Christian (Chris) Koch

Board Member
CEO of Carlisle Companies Inc.

D. Christian (Chris) Koch is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Carlisle Companies Incorporated.

Libby Leist has been the executive producer of TODAY for the 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. hours since January 2018. Leist is responsible for the first two hours of TODAY program content and leads the broadcast’s management team and program staff.

Libby Leist

Board Member
Executive Producer, TODAY

Libby Leist has been the executive producer of TODAY for the 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. hours since January 2018. Leist is responsible for the first two hours of TODAY program content and leads the broadcast’s management team and program staff.

Darlàn Monterisi serves as senior vice president of Corporate Communications at CA Technologies.

Darlan Monterisi

Board Member
Head of Global Corporate Communications at CA Technologies
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Darlàn Monterisi serves as senior vice president of Corporate Communications at CA Technologies.

Linda is a CEO, interim CEO, Fractional C-Suite executive, Independent Director, Strategic Advisory, experienced I&D executive and Executive Coach with a unique background that spans the private sector, federal, defense, state, and local governments military industry.

Major General (USA, Ret.) Linda Singh

Board Member
CEO, Kaleidoscope Affect LLC

Linda is a CEO, interim CEO, Fractional C-Suite executive, Independent Director, Strategic Advisory, experienced I&D executive and Executive Coach with a unique background that spans the private sector, federal, defense, state, and local governments military industry. Linda accelerates team growth by focusing at the intersection of people, technology and innovation. She has served Interim CEO, State level Cabinet Secretary, Director of Operations, and Major General leading the Maryland National Guard adding to her ability to operate across an organization. Exceptionally skilled in Motivational Speaking, Innovation, IT Transformation, Program Management, Executive Coaching, Government Contracting, Leadership, and Crisis Management. Strong military and government services. She is willing to jump into any challenge and work side by side to achieve results bringing a steady and focused leadership perspective serving as the stabilizer and connector to move things forward. She holds a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology as well as 2 master’s degrees. She is a Program Management Professional (PMP), Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and a John Maxwell coach/trainer.

Peter Westmeyer is President and Managing Principal of MBRE Healthcare.

Peter Westmeyer

Board Member
CEO at Remedy Medical Properties, Inc.

Peter Westmeyer is CEO at Remedy Medical Properties, Inc.

William J. Wolfe is the co-founder and Chairman of First Washington Realty, Inc.

William J. Wolfe

Board Member
Co-founder and Chairman of First Washington Realty, Inc.

William J. Wolfe is the co-founder and Chairman of First Washington Realty, Inc.

Meet The Headstrong Advisory Board

Jeff Douglass was commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin on 18 May 1975.

Jeffrey Douglass

Booz Allen Hamilton
United States Marine Corps Retired

Jeff Douglass was commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin on 18 May 1975.

Michelle DiFebo Freeman is the owner and CEO of the Carl M. Freeman Companies, a Real Estate company established in 1947, that specializes in land acquisition, land planning, development and redevelopment, and the management of award-winning, amenity-rich residential communities, neighborhood shopping centers and commercial properties.

Michelle Freeman

Owner & CEO
Carl M. Freeman Companies

Michelle DiFebo Freeman is the owner and CEO of the Carl M. Freeman Companies, a Real Estate company established in 1947, that specializes in land acquisition, land planning, development and redevelopment, and the management of award-winning, amenity-rich residential communities, neighborhood shopping centers and commercial properties.

Kenny is Managing Partner of Kace Capital Advisors , Chief Market Strategist at SlateStone Wealth, and a Managing Director at Campfire Capital a boutique investment bank.

Kenny Polcari

Senior Market Strategist & Consultant
Slatestone Wealth

Kenny is Managing Partner of Kace Capital Advisors , Chief Market Strategist at SlateStone Wealth, and a Managing Director at Campfire Capital a boutique investment bank.

Entrepreneur, best-selling author, and former Navy SEAL, David Silverman is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CrossLead, Inc. CrossLead is a technology company whose product suite is being used by top leaders and companies around the globe.

David Silverman

Founder & CEO
CrossLead, Inc

Entrepreneur, best-selling author, and former Navy SEAL, David Silverman is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CrossLead, Inc. CrossLead is a technology company whose product suite is being used by top leaders and companies around the globe.

David W. Smith is the Director of Sustainability for Carlisle Companies Incorporated Carlisle Companies Incorporated is a diversified, global portfolio of niche brands that manufacture highly engineered products.

Dave Smith

Carlisle Companies Inc.
Director of Sustainability

David W. Smith is the Director of Sustainability for Carlisle Companies Incorporated Carlisle Companies Incorporated is a diversified, global portfolio of niche brands that manufacture highly engineered products.

Our Treatment Plan

Intake and Stabilization

After an initial phone intake with a Headstrong clinician, the client obtains a one-time, in-person, psychiatric evaluation in their home city. The client then begins therapy with a best-in-class trauma informed clinician in the client’s home city.  

Reprocess

Utilizing individually  tailored treatment modalities (see 2, How We Treat), the client and clinician begin to process the trauma.

Reintegrate

The client begins to become asymptomatic and is able to get back to a better version of themselves.  

What we treat

  • PTSD/Anxiety Disorder/Depression
  • Non-Combat/Complex Trauma
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
  • Family Impact
  • Substance Abuse
  • Moral Injury
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

How we treat

  • PTSD: Group Therapy, CPT, EMDR, DBT, Neurofeedback, CBT, PE, SE, Psychotropic Medication Consultation, MBI
  • Complex Trauma: IFS, Attached Focused EMDR, Gestalt Therapy, AEDP, SE, MBI
  • MST: DBT, EMDR, Supportive Psychotherapy, MBI
  • Family Impact: Couples Counseling, Caregiver Support Group, Spouse Group, Individual Caregiver/Spouse Psychotherapy
  • Substance Abuse: MI, CBT, ACT, 12-Step, Group Therapy, EMDR
  • Moral Injury: Individual & Group Psychotherapy, EMDR
  • TBI: DBT, Neurofeedback, Individual Counseling, CBT
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