Terry Taplin


 Seventy four years ago this month I was a refugee. 

I was evacuated from the London hospital where I was born to escape the very first bombs of the London Blitz which Adolf Hitler launched when he learned of my birth on August  25th 1940.

Along with my trusty gasmask and thousands of my fellow Londoners, I was shipped off to a safe haven on the south coast of England. Soon adopted by a local farmer, my safe house turned out to be anything but safe. Close to the major shipping port of Southampton which was obliterated later in the war, and directly under the bombers' homeward route, we spent every night huddled in our air-raid shelter. It's all that I really remember until the surrounding country lanes and hedge rows began to fill up with tanks, trucks and amphibious vehicles preparing for the invasion of France.


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 I remember having seen Spirit Houses while deployed to Thailand (dedicated to guardian spirits of land, buildings, etc.) and also pictures of spirit houses in Alaska (where the dead were placed to give their spirit adequate time to journey to the afterworld).


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.



Selvije Izeti


Silvije Izeti is a clinical psychologist, presently working in the 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 ( Self-Care). She studied clinical psychology at University of Prishtina, Kosovo (2006), Three years 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)


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.


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.. 


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.

Personal Statement: Prior to my life in higher education, I was a high school teacher in the Washington, DC area, where I taught social studies and English for speakers of other languages. I also served in the Marine Corps for eight years, primarily in Asia.


Ngotho Grace Wangechi

 In May of 2014, Grace was awarded bachelor’s degree from St Paul’s University in Nairobi, Kenya. Because of her strong management and organizational skills she was responsible for organizing all conferences during her attendance.  She added post graduate diplomas to her resume that include Public Health (living with HIV/Aids) and Development; Environmental Studies; Tribunal and Matrimonial Conflict involving Conflict Management and Resolution. She was also trained to work with women caught in cycles of domestic violence. As a result of her work in a women’s prison, she had the opportunity to see how resources are assigned or not according to gender. Her university awards include Global Entrepreneurial Leadership.  Grace's passion is teaching and advocating for women and girls.