Our Board


 Michael Hollifield, M.D.

Long Beach, CA: Founder, President and CEO

Dr. Hollifield founded WSI in 2016, with the goal to help war survivors heal, to develop projects that will promote mutuality and decrease violent conflicts and to train a new generation of students in the practices of WSI. Dr. Hollifield developed The Path to Whole Health© seminar series for war survivors, which is the core program for survivors and for students’ learning. Dr Hollifield has established programs stateside and abroad for warriors and civilians, and has conducted unique research for illness detection and for intervention.



Valerie Wada, R.N.

Long Beach, CA: Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer

Valerie is a nurse, an artist, and the sole proprietor of VWada enterprises. She has provided administrative and clinical services in many contexts, including for Veterans. She provides critical leadership support providing programmatic options for Veteran and Refugee services, and will lead outreach efforts.




Rothmony Laura Som

Long Beach, CA: Secretary, Director MAYE, Self-Healing Specialist

Laura is the founder and director of the MAYE Center, dedicated to self-healing of Cambodian people living in the greater Long Beach area. MAYE stands for “Meditation, Agriculture, Yoga, and Education,” which are the primary self-healing modalities employed by the Center. Even with her traumatic memories as a Khmer Rouge survivor, Laura is strong and shares her story, tools for healing, and encouraging spirit from her home country of Cambodia to the Long Beach community.



David Nolan Frizzelle

Southern California: Veteran War Survivor, Writer and Producer

Mr. Frizzelle is an accomplished Musician, Producer and Director. He is a strong advocate for peace through the power of love. He remains passionately committed to the manifestation of the understanding of “Living Seven Generations Forward,” and the daily responsibility of stewardship this awareness requires. David has two projects currently in production, which is sure to inspire us all.  He is a champion for the all of the world’s innocent children, and for the care and protection of our precious Mother Earth.



James L. Griffith M.D.

Washington, DC: Chairperson, George Washington University Psychiatry

Dr. Griffith is the Leon M. Yochelson Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  As a psychiatric educator, Dr. Griffith developed psychiatry residency training at George Washington University distinguished for its excellence in cultural psychiatry, global mental health, mental health policy, and psychosocial care for medically-ill patients.

James Hansen

Long Beach, CA: Veteran War Survivor, Writer, Self-Healing Specialist

James Hansen served as executive director of U.S. VETS-Long Beach, a nationwide nonprofit providing daily shelter and critical services to 550 homeless veterans from 2012 to 2014.  He published “Kissing The Tarmac”, a Vietnam War memoir focused on the development and resolution of PTSD symptoms in 2016, followed by a companion Workbook intended for PTSD group therapy use.