Our Leadership

Board Chair

Executive Director

Marketing & Donor Relations Director

COL (RET), US Army,
Dayton SWAT
Editor, Combat Stress Magazine

Editor, Contentment Magazine

Board of Directors

Tracey B. Kirsch


Daniel L. Kirsch, PhD


Holger Wrede, Esq


Robert Bisaccia


Science & Education Board

Lewis S. Coleman, MD, FACA, FAIS, Anesthesiologist and author of the seminal book 50 Years Lost in Medical Advance, the discovery of Hans Selye’s stress mechanism.

David C. Mason, DO, MBA, CPPS, FACOFP, FAIS, Assistant Dean of Osteopathic Clinical Education, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, UNTHSC, Ft Worth, Texas

John Kuhn, EdD, FAIS, Superintendent of Schools, Mineral Wells, Texas ISD

Jeff Jernigan, PhD, BCPPC, LPC, FAIS; Life Science and Healthcare Practice Leader, Stanton Chase International; CEO and Medical Programs Director, Hidden Value Group

Louise Gaston, PhD, FAIS, Director, TRAUMATYS, Previous Associate Professor, Psychiatry, McGill University, Quebec

Daniel L. Kirsch, PhD, DAAPM, FAIS, Pain and Stress Specialist, President, The American Institute of Stress

Combat Stress Board

Kathy Platoni, PsyD, DAIPM, FAIS, COL (Ret), US Army, COL, Ohio Military Reserve/State Defense Forces, Dayton SWAT, Editor, Combat Stress magazine

Stephen Barchet, MD, FACOG, CPE, FACPE, FAIS, Rear Admiral, Medical Corps US Navy, Retired

Richard S. Biehl, MA, FAIS, Police Chief (Retired), Dayton, Ohio

Brian S. Earthman MD, FAIS, Psychiatrist, MAJ (Ret), US Army Reserves, Medical Director, EPI, Inc.

Charlie Bass, MD, PhD, FAIS, LTC., U.S. Army, (Ret)

Daniel L. Kirsch, PhD, DAAPM, FAIS, Pain and Stress Specialist, US Navy Contractor (Ret), President, The American Institute of Stress

Supporting Our Vital Mission

The American Institute of Stress is the only organization in the world solely created and dedicated to study the science of stress and the advancement of innovative and scientifically based stress management techniques. AIS provides the latest evidence-based knowledge, research, and management techniques for stress and stress-related disorders.

You can make a difference in a world increasingly impacted by the effects of stress. Your generous support aids critical outreach that leverages the latest research, tools, and best practices for managing stress.

The more we learn about stress, the more vital our mission becomes.