Michael Hollifield, M.D.
Founder, President & CEO
Dr. Hollifield founded WSI in 2016, with the goal to help war survivors heal, to develop projects that will promote healing connections to foster peace and understanding 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 in the U.S. and abroad for warriors and civilians, and has conducted research about the effects of was and unique interventions, such as imagery, acupuncture, and aspirational healing.
Location: Long Beach, CA and Albuquerque, NM
Valerie Wada, R.N.
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.
Location: Long Beach, CA
Kala Carrick, B.A.
Secretary & Volunteer Therapist
Kala is receiving her Masters degree in Psychology from Cal State University, and plans to continue her work treating trauma survivors with psychotherapy and movement therapy such as dance and yoga. Kala helped with the establishment of WSI and became Board Secretary in late 2017
Location: Long Beach, CA
David Nolan Frizzelle
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.
Location: Southern California
James L. Griffith, M.D.
Professor and Chair, GWU 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.
Location: Washington, DC
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.