BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Father Michael Lapsley, Founder Michael Lapsley, born in New Zealand, joined the Society of the Sacred Mission and was sent to South Africa in 1973. There he became active in the anti-apartheid movement, ultimately joining the African National Congress. After surviving an assassination attempt, he returned from exile to found the Institute for Healing of Memories in Cape Town.
Linda L. Rich, Chairperson Linda Rich, DCSW, LSW, CSAC makes her home in Honolulu, has been on the board for four years, is a HOM facilitator, and coordinates IHOM-NA’s work in Hawaii. Her social work career of 35 years has included clinical and administrative roles in mental health and substance abuse treatment. Linda is a member of a Just Peace, Open and Affirming United Church of Christ congregation, Church of the Crossroads.
Jan McCray, Vice Chair, Jan McCray is an educator and counselor with over 30 years of experience working at the junior high school, high school and college levels. Tirelessly working for student success, she served as guidance counselor at New York’s premier Stuyvesant High School and retired as an Assistant Principal of Guidance and Special Education from the High School for Art and Design. Jan received her Doctor of Ministry Degree from the New York Theological Seminary where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees. She became a facilitator for IHOM in 2012. Jan is a member of the First Corinthian Baptist Church in New York.
Paul Feuerstein, Treasurer is the President/CEO of Barrier Free Living. Paul was instrumental not only in creating a partnership between Healing of Memories and Barrier Free Living. He was also the founding chair of the board of the Institute for Healing of Memories-NA.
Laci Beckett presently serves as the board’s recording secretary. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 17 years experience in Healthcare Management, Mental Health, HIV/AIDS, Emergency Disaster Relief, and Education. Laci has collaborated with advocacy groups to improve healthcare, increase affordable housing throughout New York City, remove the stigma of HIV/AIDS, and improve awareness that Black Lives Matter.
Jerry V. Diller is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology at The Wright Institute, Berkeley, California where he has taught courses on cultural diversity, cross-cultural service delivery, and the history of psychology. He has lectured and written extensively including Ancient Roots and Modern Meanings, Freud’s Jewish Identity about Freud, Jews, and psychology, and Cultural Diversity: A Primer for the Human Services.
Mary Lanning is a founding member of our Board of Directors. She is President of ML&G Associates, a lobbying and government relations firm, and is a regulatory consultant and compliance advisor in the U.S. commercial insurance and financial sectors. She is Vice-Chair of Boys Hope Girls Hope New York and President of YES!Solutions, Inc., a grassroots community-building charity based in Harlem.
James Lewis is a fund and grant development professional for non-profit organizations and higher education institutions. He served as the first Executive Director of the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.
After her son, Greg, died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, Phyllis Rodriguez and her husband wrote an open letter, “Not In Our Son’s Name,” opposing military retaliation. They became founders of September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. A documentary about the Rodríguezes, “In Our Son’s Name,” has screened nationally. After attending a workshop in 2006, Phyllis became a Healing of Memories coordinator.
Ethan Vesely-Flad is director of national organizing for the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), the oldest interfaith peace and justice organization in North America. Ethan networks and mobilizes national coalitions and grassroots FOR members for human rights advocacy and social change campaigns. He lives in Asheville NC.
Gloria Hage, Executive Director