Mary Tendall

 Mary's Resume

Mary Tendall is a licensed psychotherapist who has treated and worked with hundreds of combat veterans and their families for over 20 years. For 17 years she was sub-contracted with a Vet Center. She continues to treat the impact of combat trauma as well as serves as a consultant for NPR, leads workshops and retreats and speaks at professional conferences nationally and internationally and publishes articles about combat trauma. She is in the process of finishing a film entitled, Stand Down which shows how and why combat-related ptsd occurs, normalizes the symptoms and offers hope through the healing stories of combat veterans and their spouses.



Preeti Sharan

 Preeti's Resume

Preeti Sharan, MS, is a registered Clinical Dietitian who brings a cutting edge biochemical treatment perspective to Ashlar and PTS. Working cooperatively with you and your doctor, using prescribed blood work, she will identify the biochemical imbalances that contribute to your PTS symptoms.Prescribing supplements and diet, she will help to move you along the continuum from heavily symptomatic toward a state of balance and well-being.

In this context, she looks at addictive behaviors as attempts to self medicate traumatic stress t symptoms. This protocol for treating addiction has been highly successful (see:Resources). Preeti is available by phone consultations. She has a sliding hourly fee which is in keeping with Ashlar’s commitment to provide services as inexpensively as we can so that those who could not afford our services in another context, can here and now.


Jim Famolaro


My name's Famo; I was in Kandahar for OEF IV from August 2003 - May 2004. While I was out there, a nearby mortar splash knocked me on my ass and soon after, I started having behavior problems. Other shocking things happened that added to my traumatic stress load. After I got home I had a shit-ton of problems and was diagnosed with PTSD and TBI. It was a year and a half ago when I completely turned my life around with the help of some highly successful methods Ashlar staff developed and fused to resolve or dramatically reduce traumatic stress symptoms.


Jim Burns


Jim Burns is an Assistant Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership at South Dakota State University. His teaching, research, and service interests include the experience and understanding of masculinity, critical pedagogy, curriculum theory, qualitative research methods, and transformative inquiry-based teaching for building inclusive communities and social justice.


Steve Kinne

Steve's Resume

Steve Kinne is a retired doctor and Air-force Colonel.

Personal statement:  After nearly three decades away from family, most of it traveling while in the USAF, I returned with my family to be near our grown children and extended families. Part of my goal in returning was to “catch up” with my dad, a WWII veteran, since he was in failing health. Before I did that however, I took five months off to hike the Appalachian Trail as my transition from military to civilian life. As fate would have it, my dad died two weeks after my return and so we never did have that opportunity to talk. And he was buried at a family cemetery about two hours drive away. I often “talked” to my Dad when I was out walking and exploring the woods  ( one ridge in particular since I felt like it was a very spiritual place. One day while sitting on the rocks an idea about building a “house” for my Dad came to me… a place that his spirit could visit and where I could talk to him.


Selvije Izeti


Silvije Izeti is and amazing dedicated women and Ashlar people are so honored to have her with.  She is a  clinical psychologist, presently working in Kosovo Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture in Prishtina, Kosovo. She provides group, family and individual therapies focusing on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder using counseling and cognitive behavior therapy techniques.  She is a trainer for stress management with health care professionals (we call this Self-Care). She studied clinical psychology at University of Prishtina, Kosovo (2006) Three year studying Cognitive behavioral therapy at Kosovo Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (2009) and holds a Certificate in Harvard's Global Mental Health: trauma and recovery. (2011)


Jennifer Nolan


Jennifer Nolan is the Chief Diversity Officer for South Dakota State University. She has been working in the areas of diversity and intercultural advancement for 20 years and is very passionate about what she calls “the work” of our time. Jaime is available for Peace Making workshops and retreats. She also uses arts and writing to deepen communication, first in the individual and then in the group and is trained in trauma resolution methods.. 


Ngotho Grace Wangechi


Professional Goal:To enable people develop respect for God’s creation through the systematic use of my graduate education, vis-à-vis, knowledge of gender and domestic violence as they relate with everyday life situations Education:I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Divinity with St. Paul’s University, Kenya. Post Graduate Diploma in Ecclesiastical tribunal and matrimonial cases, Catholic university graduating May, 2014.