David Schonfeld, MD, FAAP

Center Director

Dr. Schonfeld is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and Director of the NCSCB.


MaryEllen Salamone, JD, PT

Board President

MaryEllen is president/director of Families of September 11, Inc. She is a dedicated advocate for family and children’s issues related to crisis events.

Thomas Demaria, PhD

Board Member

Tom is an expert in psychological trauma response and an adjunct professor in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Long Island University, specializing in behavioral medicine, child, adolescent and family psychology, cross-cultural psychology, religion, stress management, and trauma and disaster. He is Director of Long Island University Post’s public clinic, the Psychological Services Center.

Vincent Giordano, MS

Board Member

Vinny is a partner at Denizen Consulting working with schools on policy development for student support services. He is former Executive Director at the New York City Department of Education’s Division of Student Support Services, where he served pre- and post-September 11, 2001, overseeing citywide services for student discipline, physical/mental health and crisis management.

Richard Gilman, PhD

Board Member

Rich is a professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). His research focuses on risk and resiliency factors in youth.

Burton McGillivray

Board Member

Burt is President of Cloquet Capital Partners and a 30-year venture-capital investor with specialties in communications software, strategic planning and leveraged deal-structuring.

Daniel Nelson, MD

Board Member

Dan is an associate professor of psychiatry and director of the child and adolescent psychiatric units at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). He is a recognized authority in counseling children and families who have experienced trauma related to a disaster or act of terrorism, or from interpersonal violence or abuse.

Scott Newgass, MSW

Board Member

Scott is an educational consultant for the Connecticut State Department of Education, overseeing initiatives addressing mental health and discipline. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University, focused on social work in educational settings.

Dominick Nigro, MEd

Board Member

Dom is a partner at Denizen Consulting, working with schools on crisis preparedness and policy development for student support services. He is former Director of the Office of Student Services for the Staten Island Public Schools, New York City Department of Education, pre- and post-September 11, directing crisis intervention initiatives, student discipline, and physical/mental health services.

Marleen Wong, PhD, MSW

Board Member

Marleen is an internationally recognized mental health expert who has developed recovery programs, crisis and disaster training for school districts and law enforcement in the United States, Canada, Israel, and in Asia. She frequently consults with the U.S. Department of Education to assist schools impacted by violence, shootings, terrorism, and natural disasters, lending her expertise to the recovery from a multitude of major national crises.


Eric Reese

Center Coordinator

Eric has worked in higher education research administration for over 10 years, having coordinated centers for the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics, University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), and USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Past Board Members

Barbara W. Boat, PhD
Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center and Director of the Childhood Trust at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Trena Goodwin, RN, MSN
Ms. Goodwin specialized in School Mental Health Consultation and Disaster Mental Health and served as the Director of Prevention and Education Division at the Central Psychiatric Clinic and the Chairperson of the Division of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing for the Department of Psychiatry in the University Cincinnati.

Robin Gurwitch, PhD
Since the bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995, she has contributed to our understanding of the impact of trauma and disaster on children and ways to increase resilience.

Christine Park
Past President of the New York Life Foundation. In that role, she dramatically grew the Foundation’s programs in childhood bereavement and helped to initiate and lead many important initiatives to address the needs of grieving children and to enhance the field of childhood bereavement. She is a member of the National Alliance of Grieving Children and serves on nonprofit boards and advisory committees.

Frank Putnam, MD
Child and adolescent psychiatrist known internationally for his research involving large-scale dissemination of evidence-based trauma treatment and prevention programs in community settings, among other areas. He was director of the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at CCHMC, before relocating to the University of North Carolina.

Sarah Strizzi (former ex-officio Board member)
Formerly with the US Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools where she served for eleven years as a Program Manager for various grant programs and projects related to school safety, emergency management, and drug and violence prevention.

Gregory A. Thomas, MS
Former director of the Program for School Preparedness and planning in the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; co-author of three books on school safety.