Board of Directors
|Wendy J. Freitag, Ph.D. | President
Wendy J. Freitag, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Wauwatosa, WI. She has a general practice, serving adults with trauma, anger, and grief issues as well as specializes in performance enhancement and coaching. She also conducts both group and individual consultation for EMDR clinicians at all levels of credentialing. Dr. Freitag served on the EMDRIA Board for 8 years in the positions of President, Secretary and as a Director. She is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Credit Provider and Regional Coordinator, and EMDR Institute Facilitator and Logistician. During her tenure on the Board she served on several EMDRIA committees and chaired the task group dealing with EMDR educational programs and the professional development of EMDR clinicians. After leaving Board service, she continued to chair the administrative task group responsible for the development of the new Basic Training Curriculum requirements. Dr. Freitag was the Francine Shapiro Award recipient in 2004.
|Scott Blech, CAE | Secretary
Scott has led local, state and international associations during his 35-year career in association management. He retired in 2012 after leading EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) as Executive Director for 8 years; during his tenure EMDRIA started its professional journal and the EMDR Research Foundation. Scott has served in leadership positions with several professional, civic and charitable organizations.
Scott has a B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan and a M.A. with honors from the University of Missouri. He received his Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives.
|Karen Forte, LCSW, DCSW
Karen Forte graduated from the University Of Illinois in 1977. For the past 37 years she has been employed in various settings including the following: community mental health (child and family), residential treatment programs, clinical program for children and adults with Intellectual disabilities, inpatient and outpatient medical social work, Home Health, Hospice and currently in private practice specializing in grief/loss, trauma, mood disorders, and health issues with a special interest in providing EMDR consultation for agency staff. In 1992, Karen was trained in EMDR and became an EMDR Institute Facilitator in 1994. With the creation of EMDR HAP, she became a HAP facilitator/consultant and responded to disasters in locations including Bangladesh, Turkey, Sri Lanka and after Katrina in the US. She is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant who served on the EMDRIA Standards and Training committee and continues to serve on the Regional Coordinating Committee of which she was the past Chair. In 2009, she created a Trauma Recovery Network in her region and has been an EMDRIA Regional Coordinator in Central Oregon since the program’s inception, receiving the EMDRIA Outstanding Regional Coordinator Award in 2008.
|Zona Scheiner, Ph.D.
Zona Scheiner, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in the Combined Program of Education and Psychology. Since that time, her career has been varied, starting as a Professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York, working as a School Psychologist for the Ann Arbor Public Schools, developing and coordinating programs in Child and Family Therapy for various Community Mental Health Organizations and for the last 30 years in full time private practice with Family Therapy Associates of Ann Arbor. In 2004, she co-founded the EMDR Resource Center of Michigan. The EMDR Resource Center has been an active provider of specialty presentations and EMDR Basic Trainings in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area since its inception. Dr. Scheiner’s professional time is organized around teaching, practicing and consulting in EMDR. Her enthusiasm led her to 7 years on the EMDRIA Board of Directors, ending in her Presidency. Her belief that the practice of EMDR is based on solid research led her to the Board of the EMDR Research Foundation where she has served since 2009.
|David Sherwood, Ph.D.
David Sherwood, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University in 1969. He has worked in various clinical and administrative capacities in the Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene in Poughkeepsie, NY. He retired in 2013 from a 30 year clinical practice, and now resides in Massachusetts. He has been active in the EMDR community, having served as Board member and Secretary of the EMDR International Association. Prior to that he served on the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee and as a Regional Coordinator and Chair of the Regional Coordinating committee. An EMDRIA Certified Clinician and Approved Consultant, he is currently training as a Facilitator for the Trauma Recovery--EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program. He received EMDRIA’s Outstanding Regional Coordinator Award in 2001, and the Outstanding Contribution and Service Award in 2004.