Leadership

The Institute is comprised of several boards and committees that drive the institute forward. Committee Member nominations are now being accepted. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please send us an email.

Leadership Team

Daniel L. Kirsch PhD, President
Tracey B. Kirsch, Chairman of the Board
COL (Ret) Kathy T. Platoni, PsyD, FAIS, Editor, Combat Stress Magazine
Kathy Schoop, Managing Editor of AIS Magazines and Accounting Manager
William C. Heckman, M.S, DAIS, Executive Director
Donnalyn Brown, General Manager
Danielle Boyd, Webmaster and Marketing Manager

Board of Directors

Daniel L. Kirsch PhD, President
Tracey B. Kirsch, Chairman of the Board
Holger Wrede, Esq.
Robert Bisaccia

Science and Education Board

Chair: Daniel L. Kirsch, PhD,

Members: Nicholas Gonzales, M.D., Charles Kaiser, Ph.D., Rick Landis, PhD
The role of this board is to expand the Institute’s position as leaders in science-based stress management.  The board will offer guidance to the Congress Continuing Education Committee and Educational Module Committee in their roles. The board will offer final approval of all educational modules and continuing education programming on basis of scientific merit and relevance to the AIS mission. Board members will also be asked to contribute in a pre-determined fashion to the quarterly AIS Journal of Stress.

Science and Education Board (S&E Board) members are invited to serve the board in increments of three-year terms.  The Board of Directors has the authority to remove an S&E Board member due to inactivity, conduct unbecoming the Institute, or at the S&E Board members request. The Board of Director’s removal vote must be unanimous. At the conclusion of each three-year term, the Board of Directors along with each S&E Board member, will evaluate the mutual desire for another term.

Combat Stress Board

Chair: COL Kathy Platoni, PsyD

Members: Admiral Stephen Barchet, MD, FACOG, CPE, FACPE,  Melanie Berry, MS,BCB, BCBS,FAIS, COL Richard P. Petri, Jr., MD, FAIS, Christiane C. O’Hara, Ph.D., FAIS, Daniel L. Kirsch, Ph.D., DAAPM, FAIS

Chaired by COL Platoni, the role of this board is to develop initiatives and communications to serve the stress management needs of service members and veterans.

Responsibilities include:

  • Contributing in a pre-determined fashion to a weekly Combat Stress Blog
  • Contributing in a pre-determined fashion to a monthly Combat Stress Newsletter
  • Developing educational modules  and other programs for service members, veterans and their families
  • Contribute in a pre-determined fashion to the quarterly AIS Journal of Stress

Combat Stress Board members are invited to serve the board in increments of three-year terms.  The Board of Directors have the authority to remove a Combat Stress Board member due to inactivity, conduct unbecoming the Institute or at the Combat Stress Board members request. The Board of Director’s removal vote must be unanimous. At the conclusion of each three year term, the Board of Directors along with each Combat Stress Board member, will evaluate the mutual desire for another term.

Daily Life Stress Board

Members: Heidi Hanna, Ph.D.David Sollars M.Ac, L.ac, William C. Heckman, M.S, DAIS  Sandra Thebaud, Ph.D.,

The role of this board is to develop initiatives and communications to serve the stress management needs of the community at large.

Responsibilities include:

  • Contributing in a pre-determined fashion to a weekly Daily Life Stress Blog
  • Contributing in a pre-determined fashion to a monthly Contentment Newsletter
  • Developing programming and events to educate and empower the community at large on stress management topics.
  • Contribute in a pre-determined fashion to the quarterly AIS Journal of Stress

Daily Life Stress (DLS) Board members are invited to serve the board in increments of three-year terms.  The Board of Directors has the authority to remove a DLS Board member due to inactivity, conduct unbecoming the Institute or at the DLS Board members request. The Board of Director’s removal vote must be unanimous. At the conclusion of each three-year term, the Board of Directors along with each DLS Board member will evaluate the mutual desire for another term.

Workplace Stress Board

Chair: Cynthia Ackrill, MD 

Members: Sandra Thebaud, Ph.D. Heidi Hanna, Ph.D.David Sollars, M.Ac, L.ac

Chaired by Dr. Ackrill, the role of this board is to develop initiatives, communications and programs to serve the stress management needs found in workplace settings.

Responsibilities include:

  • Contributing in a pre-determined fashion to a monthly Contentment Newsletter
  • Developing programming and events to educate and empower the corporate community on stress management topics.
  • Contribute in a pre-determined fashion to the quarterly AIS Journal of Stress

Workplace Stress (WS) Board members are invited to serve the board in increments of three year terms.  The Board of Directors have the authority to remove a WS Board member due to inactivity, conduct unbecoming the Institute or at the WS Board members request. The Board of Directors removal vote must be unanimous. At the conclusion of each three year term, the Board of Directors along with each WS Board member, will evaluate the mutual desire for another term.

The Founding Board of Trustees

Robert Ader, PhD, Rochester, NY-  Herbert Benson, MD, Boston MA-  Paul A Brown, MD, Upper Saddle River, NJ-  Dennis L. Colacino, PhD, Purchae, NY-  Cary L. Cooper, PhD, Manchester, U.K.-  Norman Cousins, Los Angels, CA-  Micheal E. DeBakey, MD, Houston, TX-  Theodore M. Dembroski, PhD, St. Petersburg, FL-  Edward C. Donovan, Mattapan, MA-  Joel Elkes, MD, Louisville, KY-  Carlton Fredericks, PhD New York, NY-  James Goddard, MD, Stamford, CT-  Senator Barry M. Goldwater, Washington D.C.-  Kenneth Greenspan, MD, New York, NY-  James Goddard, MD, Stamford, CT-  Senator S.I. Hayakawa (Ret.), Mill Valley, CA-  Nelson Hendler, MD, Baltimor, MD-  Thomas H. Holmes, MD, Seattle, WA-  Bob Hope, Palm Springs, CA-  John Laragh, MD, New York, NY-  James L. Lynch, PhD, Baltimore, MD-  James S.J. Manuso, PhD New York, NY-  Lorenz K.Y. Ng, MD, Washington D.C.-  Peter Nixon, FRCP, London, UK-  Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, Berkeley, CA-  Paul J. Rosch, MD, Yonkers, NY-  Ray H. Rosenman, MD, Menio Park, CA-  Henry Russek, MD, Boca Raton, FL-  Sidney Scherlis, MD, Towson, MD- Marcy J.T. Smith, MS, RN, Barnstable, MA- Robert H. Spencer, New York, NY-  Marvin Stein, MD, New York, NY-  Charles F. Stroebel, PhD, MD, Hartford, CT-  Charles Swencionis, PhD, New York, NY-  Alvin Toffler, New York, NY