Get to Know the Team at the Road Home Program

You’ve served your country, now it’s our turn to serve you.

Our Road Home Program team is dedicated to supporting you and your loved ones as you face the challenges of life after deployment. We will provide you with the support and care you deserve without judgment and without an agenda. Collectively, we have helped hundreds of veterans cope with and heal from the invisible wounds of war.

We also know that when you come home from war changed and haunted, your families, friends and significant others are suffering too. Our family programs provide your loved ones with the support and help they need to thrive. We look forward to working with you and your family on your road home.



Leadership


Rebecca Van Horn, MD

Rebecca Van Horn, MD

Medical Director

“Our veterans have placed the protection of our collective freedom and values above their own needs. Road Home offers veterans and their families trauma-informed care to help them navigate the challenges of returning home.”

Niranjan Karnik, MD, PhD

Niranjan Karnik, MD, PhD

Vice Chair of Innovation

“When a veteran returns home, they are not the only ones who have sacrificed. The children and families of veterans are also facing many challenges and need special care. The Road Home Program is unique because we will work with the entire family to support them through the process of recovery and reintegration.”

William Beiersdorf, MPA

Will Beiersdorf, MPA

Executive Director of the Road Home Program

“Having served in the Navy and Army, I realize the important role people play when they put on that Navy, Army, Marine, Air Force or Coast Guard uniform. They place themselves on the frontline for our freedoms. That sense of sacrifice and service has driven me to be a part of the community that supports our heroes if they get injured or suffer other challenges from their service to our country. They’ve stepped up for us, now it’s time to step up for them.”

Michael B. Brennan, PsyD, ABPP

Michael B. Brennan, PsyD, ABPP

Clinical Director

“I have chosen to dedicate my career to helping those who have proudly served our country and helped protect our country’s values. I served on active duty, and I will continue to be part of programs that support military personnel, such as the Road Home, until I retire. One of my favorite quotes is from John F. Kennedy who said, ‘As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.’ His words help explain my commitment to our veterans.”

Sheila Dugan, MD

Sheila Dugan, MD

Director of Rush Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health

“As a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor, also known as a physiatrist, I am an expert in diagnosing musculoskeletal and neurological problems, seen through the lens of functional problems. As the daughter of a Navy veteran and through my training at the Chicagoland VA hospitals, I have seen firsthand the acute and chronic impact to the mind, body and spirit resulting from military service for our country. My particular area of focus on pelvic wellness, including the important functioning of the pelvic floor muscles related to bowel, bladder and sexual health, provides our veterans with a comprehensive assessment that can have a profound impact on pain, pelvic floor dysfunctions and quality of life. It is my privilege to work with each and every veteran I meet.”

Jonathan Goldner, PhD

Jonathan Goldner, PhD

Director of Family Services

“I am proud to have joined a program committed to helping serve the men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving us and our country. The Road Home program understands the impact that veterans’ experiences have had on them and their loved ones. I appreciate the opportunity to help veterans and their families reconnect and reintegrate into civilian life.”

Philip Held

Philip Held, PhD

Research Director

“I both admire and am extremely grateful for our veterans’ service. Joining the Road Home Program is my attempt at giving back to the men and women who have given their all. I feel honored to continue to closely work with our veterans and to assist them with getting back on track after they have mustered the courage to ask for help.”

Neeral Sheth, DO, FAPA

Neeral Sheth, DO, FAPA

Associate Medical Director

“It truly is an honor to serve veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms. At Road Home we strive to provide holistic and individualized care based on the individual’s personal preferences and needs. My role is to provide treatment that improves quality of life and helps clients fulfill their goals. Sometimes that is with the help of medications and sometimes not. I’m here to help our veterans and their families find out what is right for them.”

Lynne Bergero, MHSA

Lynne Bergero, MHSA

Practice Administrator

“Being from a family with five veterans over four generations (my grandfather and father, brothers and nephew served in the Army, Marines and Navy), I’m inspired to help veterans and their families move forward on their journey of healing and wholeness.”


Clinicians


Thad Rydberg, MA, LCPC

Thad Rydberg, MA, LCPC

Social Work Services Manager

“Our country’s service members and families are one of the most valued groups in our society. Their committed duty to our country to keep us safe is immeasurable. I am honored to be part of the community to serve veterans and their families as they transition back to their lives as civilians.”

Stephanie Clark, MA, LCPC, ATR-BC

Stephanie Clark, MA, LCPC, ATR-BC

Art Therapist

“Generations of veterans have returned from conflict and had difficulties adjusting to civilian life.  They remained silent about the experiences of war and repressed the memories of death, violence, and moral injury. We now know the dangers of repressing these memories and leaving PTSD untreated. The Road Home Program envelops veterans and their families with a multi-disciplinary treatment team so they can confront their traumatic memories using evidenced-based treatment and adjunct therapies in a supportive environment. Healing begins here and continues when veterans return home.”
Jennifer Coleman, PhD

Jennifer Coleman, PhD

Psychologist

“The sacrifice given by service members and veterans may never be truly repaid, but we can start by providing them with the best mental health care psychology has to offer. As a psychologist who has worked with veterans and their family members at various VA Hospitals, at a Veteran’s Benefit Clinic and now at the Road Home Program, I have felt honored to serve this community.”
Tom Cothran, PhD

Tom Cothran, PhD

Neuropsychology Fellow

“It is a special honor and privilege to work with veterans and to have the opportunity to provide a quality service to an unquestionably deserving community. I am passionate about the functioning of the human brain and understanding how challenges faced by our veterans related to PTSD, mild traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, and other issues can interfere with cognitive effectiveness. My goal is to understand how someone’s thinking and memory abilities function in the context of their life and to provide practical recommendations and strategies for success.”
Rebecca Durkin, MD

Rebecca Durkin, MD

Psychiatrist

“The challenges that face veterans and their families are unique from the general population.  It is important that they have a program dedicated specifically to meeting their needs.  I am honored to work at the Road Home Program and see it as one way that I can give back to those who have served.”
Jennifer Edidin, PhD

Jennifer Edidin, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

“The Road Home Program serves the whole family, because the children and families of veterans may also experience challenges and benefit from support. I appreciate the opportunity to help parents better understand their child’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as to help them develop a plan to meet their child’s unique needs.”

John Gaffney, PhD

John Gaffney, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

“There are millions of veterans living in the US, many of whom struggle not only with the physical consequences of their service, but emotional and mental health concerns as well. These ‘invisible’ wounds of war are often some of the most difficult issues they and their loved ones can face. Road Home provides a unique place where our warriors can start the process of healing while simultaneously advancing the frontiers of innovative care. American veterans have made incredible sacrifices on behalf of their country.  I feel privileged to assist them on the journey towards reclaiming the full lives they richly deserve.”

Oluwatoyin Hines, MA, MS, LPC, AMFT, NCC

Oluwatoyin O. Hines, MA, MS, MEd, PhD, LCPC, NCC

Clinical Professional Counselor

“I am passionate about assisting veterans, veterans’ families and veteran communities in their processes of transition, growth, resiliency and wellness. Being a member of the team at the Road Home Program enables me to continually support and engage the community of veterans and their families.”

Raushanah Jackson, MS, LMFT

Raushanah Jackson, MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

“As the daughter, sister and spouse of veterans, I feel passionate about serving veterans and their families to address the struggles that occur in the individual, family and couple context. Given the sacrifices veterans and their families have made, each person deserves the very best that we can give them at the Road Home Program. I am honored to be a part of the team that serves this community.”

Ebony Robinson, BSN, MPH

Ebony Jones, BSN, MPH

RN Clinical Coordinator

“I am truly honored to be working with our veterans and their families who have put their lives at stake for us. For those reasons, they deserve the upmost care and support during their transition to civilian life.”

Brian Klassen, PhD

Brian Klassen, PhD

Psychologist

“Many veterans have witnessed moments of real human connection and camaraderie alongside moments of abject terror –literally, the best and worst of the human experience. Often, veterans who want to talk about these experiences with others find that they are judged, misunderstood or simply ignored. It is for this reason that I strive to listen carefully and understand each veteran’s individual experience. For more than a decade, conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Global War on Terror have placed heavy burdens on service members and their families, and they have responded with honor and integrity. Now, it is time we respond to their challenges with the best we have.”

Lynne Lieberman, PhD

Lynne Lieberman, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to provide high quality, evidence-based care to veterans.”

Ashton Lofgreen, PhD

Ashton Lofgreen, PhD

Psychologist

“The veterans I’ve worked with have taught me the value of community, the meaning of sacrifice, and the resilience of the human spirit. It has been an honor to bear witness to each veteran’s unique journey of recovery. I am grateful to continue working with and learning from veterans and their families as part of the team at Road Home.”

Lindsey Matt, PhD

Lindsey Matt, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

“Fred Rogers said ‘Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable.’ I am grateful to work at the Road Home Program, and am privileged to have the opportunity to listen nonjudgmentally to veterans as they share their ‘mentionable’ events as part of their journey home.”

Patricia McDaniel, MSW, LCSW

Patricia McDaniel, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker

“Before I retired from the Army, I knew that my next career would be helping others who have served in uniform and who suffer from PTSD. Now, I am honored to be a member of the passionate and dedicated helping community of the Road Home Program as I compassionately assist my fellow veterans and service members along their path to wellness and reintegration.”

Tim Murakami, MSW, LSW

Tim Murakami, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker

“I consider it an immense privilege to accompany veterans here at the Road Home Program along their path of recovery and growth. In my work with clients, I strive to embody a spirit of humility and respect for the uniqueness of each veteran’s story, and a confidence in each individual’s capacity to live a meaningful life in line with their deepest values. Working with clients who have experienced trauma requires a holistic, team-based approach, and I am grateful for the opportunity to support veterans as part of the committed, passionate and skillful team here at the Road Home Program.”

Megan O’Rourke, LCSW

Megan O’Rourke, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker

“Over time, we may find that the patterns we’ve developed to survive our most painful experiences are now getting in the way of the life we want to live. It takes immense strength to survive traumatic experiences, and immense courage to invite someone to join you as you consider the way forward. It’s a great honor to bear witness to the courage of the men, women and children whose lives have been impacted by service to our country.”

Heidi Rathbun, LCSW

Heidi Rathbun, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker

“I am truly honored to be working with our veterans and their families as we support their path to a journey home. As a military spouse of twenty plus years and a mother of three I am passionate about what I do. While serving on the Home Front from Bosnia and Kosovo to multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan I hope my experiences, lessons learned, and reflection contribute to the amazing team here at Road Home Program.”

Mark Schimmelpfennig

Mark Schimmelpfennig, MDiv

Chaplain, Spiritual Care

“As a veteran who has also traveled on my own road home, I am truly blessed and privileged to be able to provide spiritual care to our veterans and families towards the goals of trauma recovery and moral injury repair.”

Blake Schroedter, MD

Blake Schroedter, PsyD

Psychologist

“As a fellow veteran, I am honored to continue serving my country by assisting our brave men and women returning home from the battlefield and military service.”

Benjamin Shulman, MA, LPC

Benjamin Shulman, MA, LPC

Counselor

“I believe in taking a holistic approach to mental health care. Seeing a patient as a whole allows clinicians to understand the patient and how to help. I am very excited to be a part of the Road Home Program and to help support veterans and their families. Military service men and women have given so much to our country, and I am honored to be part of a team that can give back.”

Christine Szewczyk, MSW, LCSW

Christine Szewczyk, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker

“It takes incredible courage and integrity to make the sacrifices our veterans make. I am grateful for the opportunity to devote my service to them in the Road Home Program.”

Kaitlin Thompson, LCSW, CADC

Kaitlin Thompson, LCSW, CADC

Clinical Social Worker

“Veterans bravely sacrifice so much for the greater good and deserve all the support they need while serving and when coming home. Every veteran’s experience is unique and complex and the journey rarely ends at the completion of service. I am proud to become part of that journey by working with veterans in a collaborative, compassionate style to help navigate through any residual turmoil and conflict from their service and uncover new strategies for coping, taking control, and moving forward.“

Vanessa Tirone, PhD

Vanessa Tirone, PhD

Clinician

“Too many veterans feel alone in their efforts to cope with difficult situations and emotions. I am proud to be part of Road Home’s mission to provide cutting edge treatment to every veteran.”

Brianna Werner, PhD

Brianna Werner, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

“I am honored to facilitate growth and recovery by drawing from the strength and experience veterans bring with them.”


Wellness and Integrative Health


Rachel Cohen, MPH, CPT

Rachel Cohen, MPH, CPT

Certified Personal Trainer & Nutritionist

“I am extremely honored to give my time to those who devoted their lives and made countless sacrifices to protect our country. It is a privilege to be working with the Road Home Program and to be a resource for veterans looking for assistance with their diet and exercise goals. I am grateful to be able to give back in this way.”

Susan Gray

Susan Gray

Mindfulness Training Instructor

“It is a privilege to be a part of The Road Home Program and serve our country’s bravest men and women. I believe healing happens when individuals get the opportunity to reunite the mind, body and spirit. Mindfulness is a tool that helps create a deeper sense of self-awareness and empowerment. This increased awareness allows one to deal with life’s challenges with greater ease and resiliency.”

Rebekah Marcano

Rebekah Marcano

Yoga Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer

“Being a part of such a caring, collaborative team at the Road Home Program is both humbling and inspiring. I am grateful for the privilege to teach yoga to the men and women who have served our country with sacrifice and bravery. Each person I meet has a unique story of accomplishment, honor and sometimes obstacles. Wellness for the body begins in the mind; they are deeply connected and rely on each other for balance. During yoga class, I encourage each person to listen to their own body and simply focus their attention there. This allows a quieting of the mind and a self-awareness, which many do not experience in everyday life. This can be an incredibly challenging, yet powerful and rewarding journey.”

Margaret McGann, MA, LCPC, E-RYT 500+, MSN, RN

Margaret McGann, MA, LCPC, E-RYT 500+, MSN, RN

Mindfulness Instructor

“I feel a sense of gratitude to be a part of The Road Home Program Team, a privilege to work with veterans navigating the healing process after serving in the military. Introducing Mindfulness as a facet of the healing process teaches veterans a variety of mindful practices to cultivate a sense of awareness in navigating their healing process at Road Home, as well as the challenges of everyday life upon returning home. In my role as a Mindfulness Instructor, I strive to be present to learn from each veteran as I teach.”

Kristie Miller, RD, LDN

Kristie Miller, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Physical Activity Instructor

“I feel honored and inspired to be able to be a part of the Road Home Team. The veterans have sacrificed immensely for our country. They, as well as their families, deserve the help they need to improve their everyday lives. Assisting with the Road Home Program is my way of saying “thank you” and giving back to the veterans for all they have done for our country.”

Barbara Schmidt, L.Ac.

Barbara Schmidt, L.Ac.

Acupuncturist

“I feel honored to work in a collaborative environment with skilled and passionate professionals who share a singular focus: to bring our expertise to bear in the healing process of the veterans who seek our help. I am excited to have the opportunity to show our veterans some of the power of acupuncture and how it can facilitate their healing.”

Jennifer Ventrelle

Jennifer Ventrelle, MS, RD, CPT

Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer

“This country is a better, safer place thanks to our veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made. I feel grateful to be able to help improve the lifestyles of these veterans and their families, and give back in thanks for their honorable service.”


Research


Jenna Bagley

Jenna Bagley

Clinical Research Assistant

“The women and men who have served in our armed forces have made incredible sacrifices for our nation, and I feel honored to work with them and their family members here at the Road Home Program. It is truly a privilege to be part of a team that affords high-quality care and uses research as a tool to help constantly improve care for veterans here and across the country.”

Randy Boley

Randy Boley

Research Coordinator

“It is an honor to contribute to research that helps ensure that veterans are receiving the best care possible. Having been in the Army myself, and having known several veterans in my personal life who have struggled with returning to civilian life, it is clear that there is a need to help provide support for those that have sacrificed so much for our country. I am proud to be part of an organization that has risen to this challenge.”

Karyna Bravo

Karyna Bravo

Clinical Research Assistant

“When I learned of the research being conducted at the Road Home Program I was amazed at what they are doing for our troops. As a Marine Corps veteran, I know the importance of their mission and want to be a part of it. It is an honor to contribute to research that is helping those who have made a great sacrifice for our freedom.”

Imran Desai, MBA

Imran Desai, MBA

Systems Analyst

“It is an honor to work for our veterans, who sacrifice their lives so that we could have a safer life. I am committed to improve our data quality and enhance data visualization to improve the lives of our veterans.”

Kelsey Petrey

Kelsey Petrey

Clinical Research Assistant

“I couldn’t think of a better way to support veterans than to work alongside this passionate team of dedicated individuals at The Road Home Program. I’m humbled to be able to help the people that have taken care of us and our country.”

Victoria Steigerwald

Victoria Steigerwald

Clinical Research Assistant

“My window into the world of the military came from books written by war correspondents and service members. The experiences were secondhand, confined to the page for me, but they left an impression. Over and over, I read about service members being misunderstood or wrongly treated as damaged goods upon returning home. I was drawn to the Road Home Program for the respect it shows veterans and for its commitment to understanding and supporting their lives after the military, and I am appreciative of the opportunity to work with and learn from the veterans who surround me each day.”


Outreach Services


Michael Kerley, USN (Ret.)

Michael Kerley, USN (Ret.)

Manager, Outreach & Networking

“Once I left the military I needed to find my new life’s mission. That new mission is outreach for the Road Home Program. Who we are, what we do and why we do it. During my service, I was honored and privileged to work alongside all branches of our armed forces. There are common threads that connect all of us – dedication to the defense of freedom, to service and shared sacrifice. Each of us have served but some are now suffering from the invisible wounds of war and life. My new mission is helping to inform our veterans and their families about this amazing program and how it can change their lives.”

Sheri Gross, M.S.Ed

Sheri Gross, M.S.Ed

Senior Family Outreach Coordinator

“As the spouse of an Army veteran, I know firsthand how difficult coming home can be — and, even more so, how much family and community support is critical to making a successful transition into civilian life. While each person’s needs are unique, I have found that most veterans yearn for the sense of belonging and community they found in the military. Helping them find this feeling of ‘family’ in civilian life is essential. I am honored and humbled to be a part of an organization dedicated to connecting service members and their families to the help they need — and to each other.“

Ashton Kroner

Ashton Kroner

Veteran Outreach Coordinator

“As a Marine Corps veteran I have seen and experienced firsthand the challenges of coming back home. I struggled with finding my purpose outside of the Marines. Since coming to the Road Home I have seen the veterans that come through our program leave in a better place than when they first walked through our doors. I have heard the testimonies from the veteran’s family and friends of how they have hope again. The Road Home Program has given me the opportunity to help the veteran community, it has given me a purpose.”

Modie Lavin

Modie Lavin, USMC Gold Star Mother

Senior Family Outreach Coordinator

“As a Gold Star mother, I understand the challenges parents and families face in moving on with their lives. In the steps of Gold Star Mothers founder Grace Darling Siebold, I feel that I am honoring my son and his sacrifice for our country by helping our returning veterans and families adjust to civilian life.”

Ramon Prieto

Ramon Prieto

Outreach Coordinator

“My family served alongside me during a 26 year Army career and we experienced the post-service transition together. We know the availability of reintegration and social services during transition is extremely important. Similar to other military families, we struggled during our transition and understood the importance of seeking assistance. I’m honored to serve with the Road Home program team and be a part of this important mission that is changing lives. This program provides evidenced-based treatment which allows veterans and their families to heal and become contributing members of society.”


Administrative


Mary Ossowski, MA

Mary Ossowski, MA

Manager, Administrative Support

“I grew up listening to my dad’s stories of his WWII Navy days. He was profoundly affected by it and never got over some experiences. I am so glad the Road Home Program exists to help today’s Veterans cope with and heal from their experiences. What an honor to be a part of it!”

Catherine Cordell

Catherine Cordell

Administrative Assistant

“I was a freshman in High School when 9/11 occurred and I watched my best friends enlist in different branches of our military. While they were serving our country, I was learning how to advocate for them and their families. I feel very honored to be working with our veterans and their families. It takes a lot of courage to trust a complete stranger to advocate for you. We not only have a dedicated staff but also an innovative program designed to provide a safe environment while helping our veterans and their families heal. Thank you for your service.”

Tremecca Daniel

Tremecca Daniel

Clinic Coordinator

I am ecstatic to work alongside other professionals to assist with the mental, physical and emotional rehabilitation of our nation’s veterans. As a granddaughter of an Army veteran and daughter-in-law of an Air Force vet, I’ve been bequeathed with first-hand knowledge of the Vietnam War and recognize that the horrors and fears are tremendous for soldiers to endure. The stories awakened an empathic emotional connection to the traumatic suffering of vets, also their physical suffering as a result of surviving the horrors of war. So, it would be awesome to give back, not only to the military legacy of my loved ones, but to help in the road back home from war to normality for countless veterans and their families.”

Molly Knapp, LSW

Molly Knapp, LSW

Operations Manager

“I am excited to be a part of the Road Home Program team because I have the opportunity to work alongside so many dedicated individuals who care deeply for veterans and their families.”

Liz Michalski

Liz Michalski

Clinic Coordinator

“The price each veteran pays for our freedom is a high one — and one that lasts for the duration of his or her life. It is critical that we recognize each veteran’s sacrifices for us, not only on national holidays, but every day. This recognition includes responding to veterans’ emotional and physical pains and helping them with all of their needs. I am honored to be part of the Road Home Program, which provides a welcoming and safe environment for veterans and their families to heal, as well as resources to help them transition home.”

LaNyah Newton

LaNyah Newton

Administrative Assistant

“I have always been quick to lend a helping hand, so working with the Road Home Program allows me to do just that. You never know what a veteran or their family member is feeling when they walk through the doors, so I am excited to know that my role can help them have an excellent experience.”

Rebecca Risley

Rebecca Risley

Administrative Assistant

“Being a Navy Veteran myself, I am very thankful to be a part of this program. It feels so rewarding to be helping out my fellow veterans and their families with getting the care and treatment that they need.”

LeNora Rodriguez

LeNora Rodriguez

Administrative Assistant

“Joining the Road Home Program family has been very near and dear to my heart as I have a plethora of close family members who have served in the military.  Many of my family has served in the Navy, Army and Marine Corps.  Growing up witnessing my uncle suffer from PTSD as a result of his combat in the Vietnam War affected me because he was my favorite; seeing him in pain was especially hard at my tender age. Though many of my veterans have since passed on, their indelible memories will forever be etched in my heart!  I look forward to being a beacon of hope for all of our veterans.”

Maria Van Steenwyk

Marie Van Steenwyk

Administrative Assistant

“I was 19 when I joined the US Navy. I wanted to see the world, serve my country and make a difference. Being a part of the Road Home Program allows me to help other service members who have returned home yet face many difficulties. I feel my experiences in the Navy and those as a veteran have prepared me to provide quality service and to all the veterans that need our assistance.”

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