Faculty & Administration

Sue Lynch, Executive Director, JD, E-RYT, Gulf War Veteran

Sue began her yoga practice in 2001 in her efforts to manage symptoms of PTSD. As an attorney and an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corp (JAG) in the U.S. Army Reserves, Sue has experienced the effects of PTSD after returning home from the Gulf War in 1991 where she served as an enlisted soldier. After struggling for a decade, Sue discovered yoga. Yoga has been instrumental in her recovery from PTSD and her ability to handle a second deployment to Kosovo in 2004. In addition to relieving symptoms, Sue discovered spirituality, a vigorous physical workout and a clear and balanced mind. Sue also discovered the healing effect of other holistic practices such as acupuncture and Reiki.

Based on her personal experience, Sue is passionate about offering a comprehensive approach to healing to her fellow veterans now, not 10 years from now, so that they too can find relief. Sue works with the Veterans Administration, Vet Centers, Yellow Ribbon Program, Warrior Transition Program and Department of Veteran Services to educate and train staff and veterans on techniques to facilitate self-care. Being in charge of our own healing paves our journey back to ourselves.

Prior to her commission, Sue held the rank of Staff Sergeant. She enlisted in the Army Reserves and completed Basic Training in 1987. Sue graduated from Suffolk University, Suffolk Law School, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Officer Basic and Advanced Course. She received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Finding Inner Peace Yoga School and is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Sue is a certified Reiki 2 practitioner and Level 1 iRest and Integrative Yoga Therapy. She serves on the Massachusetts Women Veterans’ Network, Operation Homefront, Black Lotus Yoga Project and is the owner of Charlestown Yoga located in Charlestown, Massachusetts where she offers There & Back Again’s Train the Trainer program, a yoga certification program for veterans.

Silke Denker, MBA, MA in International Peace Studies

Silke has practiced the method of active support listening in a peer-counseling format since 2000. In Europe, she has used this tool to work on the emotional recovery from WW2 with international groups since 2002. Through a six-month experience in the Middle East, during which she worked with Israeli soldiers and veterans as well as with Palestinians, she realized the importance of the emotional and psychological effects of war for combatants in particular. She studied these academically and has since been working with veterans in the US, leading support groups for individuals diagnosed with combat PTSD and their families.

Silke has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Muenster, Germany, and a Master’s degree in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, IN, USA.

William J. Donoghue, Vietnam Veteran

Bill retired from 27 years of full time parish ministry in 2006, enabling him to devote more time to the work of helping men and women re-enter their lives upon returning from war. The beginning of this work is rooted in Bill’s experience as a Navy Corpsman from 1967-1971, spending two years working with wounded Marines before being assigned to Marine infantry. After serving with the 27th Marines at Camp Pendleton, CA, Bill spent a full year in the field with two Marine Combined Action Platoons in Vietnam.

Bill’s work helping people re-inhabit their lives after traumatic life events has always is the foundation of his work.  His work with the project, There and Back Again, has brought his life’s work full circle. With Scott Wakefield, Bill has worked with over 1300 men and women of the NH Army National Guard upon their return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

When Bill graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in 1980 he began 26 years work as a local church pastor for two congregations in southern New Hampshire. He is known recently for this work at the Mason Congregational Church, 1980-1990, and at Brookside Congregational Church, U.C.C., 1990-2006. A strong priority of his ministry in both locations was to make strong connections between the local congregation and wider community needs.

David Emerson, E-RYT, Yoga Director, Trauma Center

As the Director of the Yoga Services Program of the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA http://www.traumacenter.org. Dave is an accomplished yoga instructor. He was responsible for the implementation, supervision and oversight of the yoga intervention component of the two recent pilot studies conducted by the center’s director, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, to assess the utility and feasibility of support through yoga for traumatized adults with PTSD. In addition, Dave gained his extensive experience in the instruction of yoga with PTSD and mental illness populations by developing and conducting yoga groups for several rape crisis, domestic violence, mental health and veterans administration centers and clinics throughout Greater Boston. Dave is the owner and director of Black Lotus Yoga Inc., a yoga studio in Cambridge Massachusetts. He founded the Black Lotus Project, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the teaching of yoga to individuals with PTSD.

G. Scott Wakefield, Ph.D., Lieutenant Colonel (Ret)

Scott served with the military for 35 years. His most recent assignment was to develop and conduct programs involving re-integration of soldiers returning from war. Scott was recognized by the NH Pastoral Counseling Center for the work with veterans. For the past 15 years Scott has been training in areas such as leader development, change, and human interaction. In addition to the training, he is a professor at Southern New Hampshire University, teaching in the Organizational Leadership Program. He consults primarily with military organizations, most recently the Air Force. His focus is helping people understand the link between interpersonal and organizational dynamics, to include awareness of how the structures and cultures can be understood in a way that increases performance. Scott also teaches on-line for Fielding Graduate University, Touro University and New England College.

Scott has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychotherapy from Notre Dame College and received his Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development from the Fielding Graduate University. He is a member of the National Training Labs Institute of Applied Behavioral Sciences, facilitating human interaction labs at their Bethel, Maine campus.

Andrea Lucie, MA

Andrea has worked for the Marine Corps as a Recreation Specialist for the past 14 years. Her experience includes Trauma Sensitive Yoga, tai chi, meditation, and martial arts. She has been featured in several publications including the National Journal, the U.S. Medicine – The Voice of Federal Medicine and FIGHT magazine for her work on PTSD and TBI. While at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, she developed the first of its kind program for the Marine Corps Life Enhancing Activities Program (LEAP). This comprehensive program provided fitness, recreation, and other complementary and alternative modalities to Marines and sailors diagnosed with PTSD and/or TBI. Andrea also developed a partnership with Camp Lejeune Deployment Health to provide support activities to hundreds of Combat Stress and TBI patients including yoga, relaxation and breathing techniques, meditation and martial arts. She also provided fitness, recreational and leisure activities support to the Back on Track Program; a two-week program from the Naval Hospital that focuses on patients with PTSD, the Outpatient Crisis Prevention Program and the Warrior Recovery After Concussion Program.

Andrea has been a guest speaker to numerous conferences around the country on behalf of these programs including the 19th Annual Conference on Trauma presented by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and The Justice Resource Institute (JRI); the Marine Corps Combat Operational Stress Control (COSC) Conference 2008; the Semper Fit, Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) meeting for the Athletic Business Conference 2008; the University of North Carolina Social Workers Alumni Symposium on Complex Trauma in Adults and Children; the Yoga Training/Seminar conducted by The Trauma Center at JRI; the Marine Corps Meeting at the National Institute on Recreation Inclusion, San Antonio, TX; the Yoga Training/Seminar at the Kripalu Center, MA, November, 2009.

She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work including being named the Marine Corps recipient of the 2007 International Military Community Executives Association (IMCEA) Irvin Rubinstein Award as the top manager for MCCS in their first two years in their position. She received her B.A. from Western Illinois University while graduating magna cum laude, and was recognized as the top scholar for her college, her MA in Liberal Studies/Sociology from University of North Carolina – Wilmington and a Recreational Therapy certificate from Wisconsin University Milwaukee.

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