Brian Davis, MA serves as projects coordinator for the Center for Community and Urban Health at Hunter College. He is pursuing a PhD in social-personality psychology at the City University of New York (CUNY), where his dissertation research investigates the impact of perceived social norms around gender and sexuality on social identity and self-concept development. He is Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow for the CUNY Online Baccalaureate program. Brian has over a decade of teaching experience in English as a Second Language (ESL) as well as research methods and statistics. At the United Nations, New York headquarters, Brian has served multiple terms as Secretary for the non-governmental organization (NGO) Committee on HIV/AIDS and interned with the American Psychological Association (APA). He has also volunteered with the LGBT division of the APA, and previously with the Japan Association for the Gay and Lesbian Movement (OCCUR) and the Tokyo English Life Line as a crisis counselor.
Fran Geteles, PhD worked at CUNY until 1992 as a counselor for underprepared African-American, Latino and immigrant students. For ten years, she also served as the Coordinator of services for students with disabilities. Since her retirement in 1992, Fran has been a member of the Asylum Network of Physicians for Human Rights. She has performed about a hundred asylum evaluations to date, and has testified in Immigration Court. She served as the expert psychological witness in a lawsuit against the Immigration and Naturalization Service and a private prison corporation that housed asylum seekers under abusive conditions. She is working with the NY Campaign Against Torture. She is also part of a coalition of human rights organizations working for the closure of Guantanamo and Bagram prisons.
Lina Joshi received asylum in the U.S. in 2009. She is from India. Her professional goal is to become a film-maker.
Kelsey LeBrun Keswani, MA is Co-founder of Refugee Assistance and Information Network (RAIN) International. She is former Western U.S. Regional Director for BCFS International Children’s Services, a program serving unaccompanied, undocumented children once released from immigration detention. She was formerly the Program Director for Refugee Adjustment Program at Catholic Charities in Phoenix, AZ, a program that received national and international recognition under her leadership as providing model services to refugees with significant medical and mental health needs. Kelsey has 12 years of experience working with vulnerable sub sects of refugee and immigrant populations and served in the Peace Corps in Ukraine. She completed her Mastery of Global Mental Health from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, and received her MA in Counseling from Michigan State University. She speaks Russian and a little French
Hossam Mahmoud, MD, MPH is a psychiatrist with a practice in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois. He works in community mental health at Howard Brown Health Center, which serves LGBT communities. Dr. Mahmoud is affiliated with the Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Mahmoud earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology, a Masters of Public Health and a Medical Diploma from the American University of Beirut. He completed his residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. From 2007 to 2010 Dr. Mahmoud served on the Board of Directors of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights. In 2012 he has served on the Illinois Psychiatric Society (IPS) Council and is the editor of the IPS newsletter, Mind Matters. Clinically, Dr. Mahmoud is interested in LGBTQ mental health and in working with refugee populations.
Francine O’Meara Cade, MA is psychologist at the Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) in Australia. Before that she led a project on domestic violence in Solomon Islands. She has a Certificate in Global Mental Health from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma.