Meet the TRF Team

We are pleased to take this space to share about one of the things that makes TRF so special – the TRF Team.  We come from different places – experientially and geographically- but share a common passion and desire to see the TRF vision and mission realized in our global community.  We bring our hearts and skills to our work and take pleasure and pride in bringing the best we can offer to each of you.  So, without further ado, please meet the TRF Team!

Licia Sky – Co-founder and CEO

Licia is an Embodied Awareness Facilitator, artist, singer-songwriter, and bodyworker who works with traumatized individuals and trains mental health professionals to use mindful meditation in movement, theater exercises, writing and voice as tools for attunement, healing and connection. She is a regular instructor in trauma healing workshops at Kripalu, and Esalen. She has been teaching workshops on these subjects around the US, UK, Italy, Netherlands, China, the Middle East and New Zealand.

In the course of over 25 years of bodywork practice, she developed her methods of vocalizing for embodiment in physical and emotional healing when she began using her voice with her bodywork clients by vocalizing and toning – to help them release the constriction from repressed vocal expression. She found that breathing, toning and vocalizing led to profound beneficial changes of physical and emotional state. Liciasky.com

Alexandra Van Derlyke—Program Manager

Alex brings an interesting array of experience to her role as TRF Program Manager.  Alex graduated from Cedar Crest College with a BS in Environmental Science. After working for several years as a field scientist analyzing soil and groundwater in contaminated sites, she went back to school and earned a teaching certificate in Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Science. She taught high school Chemistry and Forensic Science for a decade and then switched to teaching middle school science for the last three years of her teaching career, where she and the students spent many days looking through microscopes and learning about the natural world.  After spending most of her life in Pennsylvania, her husband recently took a job in Alabama, and they moved their two children, three dogs, a cat, and several hermit crabs to the southern United States. She decided not to pursue teaching in Alabama, and now serves as the Program Manager for Trauma Research Foundation. Her interests include watching her children play soccer, jogging, gardening, and walking her dogs. Her interests do not include cooking. She recently finished reading the book Tales From the Ant World by esteemed myrmecologist, Edward O. Wilson.

Pat Murray—Media Manager

Pat’s expertise includes anything video related: editing,shooting, color correcting, broadcasting. ~ Which makes him a perfect fit as TRF’s Media Manager.  In his free time he likes to read, garden and play board games.  (Fun Fact:  Pat’s son, Danny, likes to zoom with daddy at the weekly TRF team meetings!). Some of his favorites: Movie – Magnolia or Dr. Strangelove; Book – The Road; Quote: Stanley Kubrick  “The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.”

Laura Walsh—Communications Manager

Laura brings her love of people, helping others and organizational abilities to her role at TRF.  With a degree in office administration, her skills and interests have been useful in various office settings from computer companies, churches, medical facilities and at home where she home educated her sons.  She enjoys bringing friends together and has a reputation for being the family event and party planner.  Some of her favorite things are sunshine and light, a hot cup of tea in the morning, summer, nature walks with her dog, connecting with friends, backyard bird watching, dinner with her husband and retail therapy with her mom. It’s on her bucket list to become a therapy dog team with her chocolate lab, Piper.

Araminta Jonson—Marketing Director

Araminta is from the UK and has an Undergraduate degree from UCL in French and Spanish and, after living in Barcelona for 5 years and Colombia for 1, is fluent in Spanish and can muster passable French when needed. She has a Masters in Creative Writing and Journalism from the Universitat de Pompeu Fabra, and began a PhD in Psychology from London’s South Bank University, however her son Rory decided to surprise her before her first year was out so she still has the PhD to conquer.  

With her love for psychology, sociology and anthropology, Araminta has always wanted to know what makes people tick. What copy will convince people to buy something? What are the colours that make people happy, etc.? Combining her life experience and academic skills has been her mission for the past 8 years and, after working as a marketing consultant in a large European mental health and addiction events company, she set up her own digital marketing company working predominantly in the mental healthcare space. She strives to learn as much as she can about the audience she is marketing to, believing that listening to people and offering them what they really want and need in life, is the best way to ensure that the relationship between marketer and client is always a good one.

Her favorite pastimes are hiking up the Malvern Hills, adventuring with her son Rory and connecting with herself and nature.  Her most recent favorite read is A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.

Susan Lagos—  CFO and Treasurer

Susan has a BA in sociology and a minor in psychology from Hartwick College.  She has extensive experience in non-profit finance and human resources.  Her skills in leadership, communication, discernment and problem solving are a valuable combination for her role at TRF. A top item on Susan’s Bucket List is to attend the NCAA Final Four March Madness Basketball Tournament.  Two of her favorite books are Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption and an Unlikely Family by Lisa Fenn;  and The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Tammy Cassidy—Financial Manager

Tammy is gifted with skills in problem-solving, attention to detail and organization.  She values getting the job done with efficiency and expediency.  Her talents shine not only in the TRF business office, but also in her personal life where she home educated her three sons and presently is the office administrator of her family’s kitchen cabinet business.   She helps coordinate and participates in weekly food distribution to the needy with her husband and church. She enjoys spending her weekends with family and friends, and her first choice of where to spend a summer’s day is on the beach in Chatham, MA on Cape Cod. 

Raquel Yzaguirre – Customer Service/Administration Specialist

Raquel comes to TRF with a diverse set of experiences, working most recently in education and healthcare. She earned her BS in Elementary Education and Human Development from Lesley University and her Master of Education from Umass Boston. Her career has centered on service, and highlighted a passion for helping others. She is also a nationally certified massage therapist.  Her interests include cooking, traveling, and spending time outdoors with her four children: hiking, paddle boarding, and beach time are the favorites.

Courtney Battistelli – MAPS Study Coordinator

Courtney currently holds the role of Study Coordinator in Boston for the phase 3 clinical trial sponsored by MAPS researching MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy as a treatment for PTSD. Her education includes a Bachelors of Science in Public Health with a minor in Anthropology, a Masters of Arts in Expressive Therapies with 700 hours of clinically supervised EAT work and more than 300 hours of training as a Registered Yoga Teacher. She loves facilitating immersive multimodal experiences for groups and individuals, especially ones that invite playfulness and collaboration. One of her favorite quotes comes from a mountain dweller she met in the Rockies: “You’re never missing out, you’re simply being missed.”

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