Instructors

Robert Macy, Ph. D.

President, ITC

Dr. Robert Macy was trained as a theatre artist, Taoist martial artist, dance movement therapist, clinical developmental psychologist, traumatologist, and neuroscience researcher with over 30 years practice in the field of body-based psychological trauma interventions, disaster medicine and the design, development, dissemination and implementation of trauma informed care assessment and intervention service delivery systems in the United States and overseas focusing on youth and families. Dr. Macy is the Founder and President of the International Trauma Center-Boston, and Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Boston Children’s Foundation, also in Boston.

Dr. Macy is a founding member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), where he is a primary content provider for the development of Psychological First Aid, and primary content provider for Skills for Psychological Recovery. He has co-chaired the NCTSN Terrorism and Disaster Network Committee and continues as a senior consultant to the NCTSN Terrorism and Disaster Center and has led numerous response and behavioral health recovery teams during national and international disasters. Dr. Macy is senior response member for the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC). He is activated by DTAC for major terrorist attacks and natural disasters in the US providing specialized trauma focused interventions for youth, family and community.

Dr. Macy was one of only 12 experts in the nation to be selected to membership for the Barack Obama commissioned Attorney General’s Federal Advisory Commission on Children Exposed to Violence as part of Attorney General Eric Holder’s broader Defending Childhood Initiative.

Dr. Macy designs, implements and evaluates trauma focused psychosocial resiliency initiatives, violence prevention programs, and Trauma Informed Care initiatives in the United States, Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa.

Frank Grijalva, MSPH, MSCC

Senior Vice President, ITC

As co-director of the Midwest Trauma Services network Frank Grijalva is involved in consultation and education for more than a dozen agencies in Iowa and Nebraska as well as several agencies nationally and internationally. Frank Grijalva has a BS in psychology with an emphasis on disaster mental health and a Master’s of Science degree in Public Health with a focus on child mental health.

As a clinical programming consultant for these agencies he has spent the last several years introducing and training selected trauma informed evidence based practices as well as designing innovations specific to at risk children in Iowa, Florida, Illinois, South Dakota, Nebraska and Alaska.

As a senior consultant and senior trainer for the International Trauma Center, Frank has trained clinicians from Nepal, Jordan, Turkey, Afghanistan and Sudan, in addition Frank responds to United States disasters such as Hurricane Katrina as part of a core emergency response team to stabilize child populations in the aftermath of traumatic events. 

Frank managed safety and logistics for clinicians and federal employees working at ground zero in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

Dicki Johnson Macy, M.Ed., LMHC, BC-DMT

Senior Vice President, ITC

Dicki J. Macy is the cofounder of the Boston Children’s Foundation, and the Founder and Director of Rainbowdance©, an evidence-based early intervention program of the Boston Children’s Foundation. Dicki remains a tireless and dedicated pioneer in the field of trauma focused stabilization and resiliency programs for young children and their communities exposed to traumatic events including large-scale disasters, terrorist events, and political, community, armed conflict violence and transgenerational impoverishment. During the last 25 years, Dicki designed, and now implements and evaluates early intervention traumatic stress reduction and resiliency building programs in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Nick Dalton

Assistant Director, Hanna Institute; Co-chair, Sonoma County ACEs Connection

Besides being a performer on TV and in the Broadway community for 15 years, Nick has spent the majority of his career involved in leadership development, community organizing and using the creative and healing arts to empower the self. Nick was an International Ambassador and Teaching Artist for the non-profit Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) for almost a decade. During his tenure, he focused primarily on Refugee, low-income, and oppressed communities which included teacher training at colleges and businesses all over the U.S. and India. Before launching the Education program at Transcendence Theatre Company here in Sonoma, he spent two years in India as director of The Maya Project, a collaboration with Teach For India. 

Mary Kelly Persyn, Ph.D., J.D.

Director, Hanna Institute

Mary Kelly specializes in continuing legal education and seminars for college and university faculty. She earned a Ph.D. in English and taught literature and writing for ten years to college and high school students. She then earned a J.D. and practiced law for nine years, including service as a federal appellate law clerk and participation in cases at every level of the state and federal courts. Mary Kelly serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Youth Wellness and the steering committee of the California Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity, or 4CA. She has delivered CLE on behalf of the SF Bar Association, the Sonoma County Bar Association, and the Kansas Judicial Circuit, and she has been an invited speaker at the American Constitution Society National Convention. Her CLE topics have included:

  • Self-care and mindfulness for lawyers, including information on relationship between secondary traumatic stress and substance abuse
  • How to communicate with a traumatized minor client
  • How to present a traumatized minor’s case to the court
  • Impact of ACEs and child traumatic stress on juveniles and adults

Nina Saraceno, B.A.

BCF Endorsed Rainbowdance Practitioner

Nina Saraceno began her early childhood training at the Ana Roje School of Ballet also dancing as 4th generation Isadora Duncan dancer. She holds bachelors degrees in Dance and Psychology from Skidmore College and has danced professionally with the Boston Dance Company, Anna Myer and Dancers of Boston and Ariel Rivka Dance among others. Nina has worked in early childhood education for over 14 years, beginning with the Rainbowdance intervention in preschools and head-start programs around the greater Boston area, also working closely with Project Joy and the Boston Children’s Foundation. Nina currently resides in San Francisco teaching Movement and mindfulness at the Cow Hollow School, implementing Rainbow Dance in Sonoma County in conjunction with the Hanna Institute, and studying towards a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.