BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Judith Landau, MD, DPM, CFLE, LMFT(NY), CIP, CAI
Judith Landau, MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI is a child, family and community neuropsychiatrist and former professor of psychiatry and family medicine, who has spent many years studying resilience and overcoming adversity. Dr. Landau is also an isangoma or traditional African healer.
Former professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Rochester, and Senior Consultant to the Trauma Studies Program at NYU and Columbia, Dr. Landau is Co-developer of the Evidence-Based, Best Practice ARISE Continuum of Care. Dr. Landau draws upon 40+ years of research and experience aimed at facilitating long-term healing for addicted individuals and their families.
Author of over 200 publications, she has taught in 100+ countries, trained more than 2000 Certified ARISE Interventionists, been principle investigator on research conducted through WHO, NIDA and NIAAA, SAMHSA and has consulted to UN, WHO, NIMH, NIDA, NIAAA, SAMHSA, and several international governments.
A Senior Fulbright Visiting Fellow, and Fellow of Orthopsychiatry, Association, AAMFT and NCFR, she is the recipient of awards for AAMFT’s Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy and AFTA’s Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy.
Currently recognized as a global addiction and trauma pioneer, Dr. Landau continues to change the future of addiction and its interface with mental health by identifying trauma that spans generations. Her recent TEDX talk, Family Stories, Secrets and Survival, has become legendary and is one of the most sought-after presentations on the subjects of family resilience, trauma, and addiction. Steadily working on her long awaited personal memoir, Dr. Landau continues to be used by the national media as an expert on all stories relating to human behavior.
Pamela R. L. Lessing, MSinLS
VICE PRESIDENT, Director of Creative Media and Travel
Pamela R. L. Lessing is currently the Director of Creative Media and Travel of Linking Human Systems. She is a director of the LINC Foundation and President and CEO of Chilin Resources, a company involved in financial and business consultation to individuals, educational and cultural non-profit organizations, and museums. Ms Lessing is a director of The Colorado Film Institute and on the Advisory Board of Game Creek Club, Vail Colorado.
Ms. Lessing is the Official photographer of the International Family Therapy Association and administers the organization’s photographic web site. She is also author of the series: The First Week …; A Basic Guide for… (Washington, D.C.: Capital Books, Inc.) and other technical and educational manuals and books.
Ms. Lessing is a graduate of the University of Rochester (BA) and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (MSinLS). As Deputy Librarian at the American Society of International Law in Washington, D.C., she administered the second largest international law library in the United States. She then worked for the education department of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. During this period, she served for four years as NASM’s representative to the Smithsonian Education Volunteer Advisory Board.
In 1983, Ms. Lessing moved to Colorado where she continued her financial consultation business working primarily with individuals and small businesses. Since this time, Ms. Lessing has been appointed an executive officer of two foundations and named to Leadership Boulder of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. She also was asked to serve on numerous advisory boards and their executive committees, including the Women’s Incentive Fund, University of Colorado; the Colorado Music Festival (including two years as treasurer), and the Interfaith Council of Boulder.
In 1991, Ms. Lessing was made a member of the Trustee’s Council, University of Rochester and two years later was appointed as a member of the Visiting Committee of The College. In addition she served as consultant to the Denver Art Museum and the Asian Art Coordinating Council. A year later, Ms. Lessing was made a director of the F.W. Lessing Institute for European History and Culture at Tel Aviv University. It was at this time that her business, Chilin Resources, turned more towards financial administration of small businesses, consultation to non-profit organizations, publishing, and educational workshops.
Ms. Lessing is the mother of two children and resides in Edwards, Colorado. She is an internationally recognized collector of Asian Art and has had several of her collections exhibited nationally and internationally. She is a noted lecturer in the field and has made numerous television and radio appearances. In addition, she is a licensed private pilot (single engine land, single engine sea, glider), scuba diver, sailer, and amateur radio operator. She is an avid skier and she was awarded the International Gold Test Pin in St. Moritz, Switzerland. She is a race official of the FIS and the USSA.
Mike Harle, MHS
DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Michael Harle is the President / CEO of Gaudenzia, Inc. which is one of the largest freestanding chemical dependency and mental health treatment and prevention programs in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. Mr. Harle began his career in 1973 as a chemical dependency counselor at Gaudenzia House Philadelphia. Shortly after, he helped develop drug and alcohol treatment programs in three state correctional institutions in Pennsylvania. He received his Master’s Degree in Human Services from Lincoln University in 1978 and holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Harvard University Business School.
Mr. Harle has over 40 years experience in the substance abuse/mental health system. He has served as a human service consultant to government, industry and labor organizations and implemented specialized diversified treatment programs for women and children, homeless populations, adolescents, people with HIV, criminal justice clients, as well as prevention programs for children. In his tenure at Gaudenzia, he has done extensive work with correctional populations and institutions.
As President of the Gaudenzia Foundation, a separate not for profit organization, he has supervised public and private capitated behavioral health managed care plans, the State Employee Assistance Program in Pennsylvania, and the Bethlehem Steel (now ISG, Inc.) Employee Assistance Program. The foundation also operates a Training Institute that trains over 2,300 people annually and has partnered with research and educational institutions. Mr. Harle has published research in the area of homelessness prevention and substance abuse.
He is immediate past president of Therapeutic Communities of America (TCA), a past chairman of the board and current chairman of the public policy committee of the Drug and Alcohol Services Providers Organizations of Pennsylvania (DASPOP), Chairman of the Board of the Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance (PRO-A), the past president of the PA Alliance of Drug and Alcohol Organizations and past president of the Philadelphia Alliance of Mental Health/Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Agencies.
Michael Harle has been a paid consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) on various treatment, recovery, and managed care issues. He has also been a paid consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Health to help develop and implement client placement criteria. Mr. Harle has been a paid consultant to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as it relates to co-occurring, mental heath and substance abuse disorders.
Mr. Harle has testified before Congress as well as state and local legislative bodies relating to public policy for mental health, HIV and chemical dependency.
Gale Saler, LCPC, CRC-MAC, CAI, CIP
DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Gale Saler, LCPC, CRC-MAC, CAI, CIP, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor as approved by the Commission for the Certification of Rehabilitation Counselors and the National Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, respectively, and is approved through the Pennsylvania Certification Board as a Certified Intervention Professional.
She received her B.A. in psychology from The American University and her Masters degree in education/rehabilitation from George Washington University in Washington D.C. Gale has worked in the addiction, mental health and rehabilitation field for over 30 years, during which time she has developed, opened and operated some of the most effective treatment and recovery programs in the region. Her experience includes working with adolescents, young adults and adults, including those who are adjudicated and/or have co-occurring mental health or behavioral issues.
Gale is a Certified Intervention Professional specializing in ARISE invitational interventions. These interventions emphasize and build on the strength and love which exists in the family system to assist the individual to accept help and enter treatment. She brings extensive experience in assessment and treatment placement to her intervention work. She is also a national trainer and supervisor for the ARISE model.
As a life coach, Gale has been at the forefront of modifying the model and developing a program of recovery coaching. She is dedicated to developing the necessary resources to help her clients build the foundation for a lasting recovery.
Gale is an active advocate for prevention, treatment and recovery. She served as President of the Maryland Addiction Directors Council for six years and currently serves as President Emeritus. In 2013 Gale was presented a Governor’s Citation in recognition of her advocacy on behalf of the citizens of Maryland, as well as the Excellence in Leadership Award from the State Associations for Addiction Services.