About

CEO and Founder - George S. Everly, Jr., PhD, CISSM

george_everly

George S. Everly, Jr., PhD, CCISM is an award-winning author and researcher.  For 2000-2018, he was ranked the #1 published author in the world by PubMed PubReMiner in the field of crisis intervention.  He holds appointments as Professor in the Department of International Health (affiliated) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Associate Professor (part-time) in Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and formerly Professor of Psychology at Loyola University in Maryland (core faculty).

Dr. Everly is considered by many as one of the founding fathers in the field of disaster mental health.  He was a co-founder of the Department of Psychiatry at Union Memorial Hospital and served on the management committee for 12 years.  In addition, he has served on the adjunct faculty of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the FBI’s National Academy at Quantico, Virginia, and ATF’s Peer Support Team.  He was an advisor to the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong.  Dr. Everly is co-founder of, and serves as a non-governmental representative to the United Nations for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, a non-profit United Nations-affiliated public health and safety organization.  He was Senior Advisor on Research in the Office of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait.

Prior to these appointments, Dr. Everly was a Harvard Scholar, visiting in psychology, Harvard University; a Visiting Lecturer in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; and Chief Psychologist and Director of Behavioral Medicine for the Johns Hopkins Homewood Hospital Center.

Wellness Director - Jo Gustafson, M.S., M.Ed., CHC

Joanna Gustafson

Jo is a researcher, wellness consultant, health writer, and health and fitness program creator with over 30 years’ experience in the field.

With an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering (magna cum laude) from the University of Pittsburgh, she worked as an earth scientist and engineer early in her career.  She then earned an M.Ed. in Health Promotion (summa cum laude) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as numerous health and fitness certifications including certified personal trainer and certified health coach.  She was the wellness director for a large division of the Westinghouse Electric Corp., AOL’s first online health and fitness instructor, an instructor and course developer for Aiken Technical College, and a meditation and fitness instructor.  She is the author/co-author/illustrator of a number of health books and publications, and founded/co-founded several health-related companies including PEAK Programs and Health Motivators.

Her specialties include corporate wellness, weight loss, mind/body and stress reduction techniques, sound health, sleep hygiene, shiftworker health, office ergonomics, work-at-home health, chronic disease and immune system health, green living, and plant-based nutrition.

Learning Solution Architect - Ron Labez Gandiza

Ron Gandiza

Ron has developed and implemented learning solutions in more than 10,000 academic institutions, non-profits and enterprise organizations around the world including Microsoft, the US Air Force, and NASA.  In addition, he has helped to build online and local support communities with millions of members in over 400 cities around the world in the fields of information technology, business, and health and wellness.

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Ronnie started his career in Information Technology serving in the US Air Force, as well as Lead Network Engineer for the Secretary of Defense, and Director of Information Services for the Congressional Commission on Veterans Affairs.  He then served as CIO for a nationwide training company partnered with 150 colleges and universities in the US.  Most recently he helped to build a global health initiative and launched a streaming TV network with shows promoting better health and a more sustainable planet.

In addition to attaining multiple certifications in IT and project management, Ronnie earned a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University.