Advisory Board

IDMH is guided by an advisory board of experienced and committed professionals and community leaders active in fields directly related to the work of the Institute. The board assists in identifying community and professional needs for disaster mental health training, identifying funding sources and disseminating the work of the IDMH to the public.


Board Chair

  • Gregory T. Brunelle, MS, MA - Director, Global Engagement for North America, One Concern


SUNY New Paltz

  • Gerald Benjamin, Ph.D. - Director, Benjamin Center, and Associate Vice President for Regional Engagement
  • James Halpern, Ph.D. - Founding Director, Institute for Disaster Mental Health, and Professor Emeritus
  • Glenn Geher, Ph.D. - Professor of Psychology
  • Gweneth Lloyd, D.S.W. - Director, Psychological Counseling Center
  • Amy Nitza, Ph.D. - Director, Institute for Disaster Mental Health



  • Congressman Antonio R. Delgado - Representitive, New York's 19th Congressional District
  • Jacki Brownstein, M.P.S. - Retired Executive Director, Mental Health America of Dutchess County
  • Francoise Dunefsky, RN, NEA-BC - Retired Mental Hygiene Executive 
  • Monica Indart, Psy.D. - Psychologist/Consultant, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University
  • Judith LeComb, M.S. - Retired Office of Health Emergency Preparedness, NYS Office of Mental Health
  • Steven Moskowitz, L.M.S.W. - Director, Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness, NYS Office of Mental Health
  • Diane Ryan, L.C.S.W. - Department of Justice, Office for Victim Assistance. Retired Director, Mental Health and Service Programs, Disaster Planning and Response, American Red Cross in Greater New York
  • Howard Sachar, Ph.D. - Retired Director of Innovation, IBM
  • Mary Tramontin, Psy.D. - Clinical Psychologist, Department of Defense
  • Christie Rogers - Senior Associate, Disaster Mental Health, Program Development American Red Cross National Headquarters


Please direct any questions or inquiries for trainings & interviews to the IDMH Graduate Student 
Assistant at or (845)-257-3477