Meet Our Staff

Carol R. Martin

Executive Director

Carol Martin is the Executive Director of Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs. During her career in nonprofit management, she has served as a senior officer for two organizations with revenues exceeding $200 million; The Fashion Institute of Technology and Southern Connecticut State University. She also worked as an associate vice-president for Save the Children and Director of Development for Yale School of Public Health. Her primary management responsibilities included marketing, resource development, public affairs, alumni and government relations. She also served as the CEO of two institutionally-related foundations, working with the Board and staff overseeing the endowment and the strategic distribution of funds.

Her non-profit experience includes both consulting and management responsibilities. Some of the organizations where she consulted include L’Envol, a Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in France, Mother’s Voices (an AIDS advocacy organization) and SPIRIT, an international medical organization.

Carol is also the founder The Shoreline Alternative Board, a company that provides consulting and facilitating to a diverse group of companies and organizations.

She is Past President of the Board of the Gesell Institute and of the Branford Animal Shelter. She also served on the New Haven Symphony Board, United Way of New Haven and the Blackstone Memorial Library Board. Currently, she serves on the ACES Foundation Board, New Haven, CT. She is also a member of Rotary International.

Neal DeLaurentis

Deputy Director

Neal DeLaurentis has over 25 years of experience working in international economic development, with a focus on promoting and supporting economic equity and inclusion in emerging markets and countries in social and economic transition.  As a senior manager at one of the first private social impact funds with investments in Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean, making program related investments to create access to financial services for the unbanked, and access to essential goods and services in distressed communities and low-income populations.

During his international development career, he has served on the boards of banks, microcredit and fintech companies, as well as foreign not-for-profits working to promote entrepreneurship and community development. 

Prior to his work in international economic development, he was part of the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers in Russia, focusing on small business support and municipal infrastructure issues.  Mr. DeLaurentis has a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University and a M.P.A. from the University of New Hampshire.

Donald F. deGraffenried, LCSW

Program & Community Development Director

Don joined the Trauma Recovery EMDR HAP staff in April of 2015 and his role is as the Program and Community Development Director. He is a passionate advocate for expanding EMDR into agency and community mental health settings and has started several agency based EMDR programs. He is especially interested in using EMDR in agency settings to work with the survivors of homicide.

deGraffenried is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Approved Facilitator and a Trainer for the Trauma Recovery EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs. deGraffenried was invited to present papers at the EMDR International Association Annual Conferences in 2002 (San Diego), 2005 (Seattle), 2007 (Dallas), 2008 (Phoenix) and 2009 (Atlanta) and 2010 (Minneapolis). In 2006 he was elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the EMDR International Association.

He is the author of four articles on home-based family interventions with multi problem families. In April of 2007 his article “EMDR and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Recipients: A Case Study of Trauma Treatment in The Home” was published by the EMDR International Association Newsletter. This article describes the home based use of EMDR with a victim of domestic violence, using a strength based, solution oriented and brief treatment model.

Don resides in Hamden, Ct., in close proximity to the legendary Sleeping Giant State Park and he is an avid motorcycle rider.

Elaine Howard

Training Coordinator

Elaine is the Training Coordinator at Trauma Recovery/HAP and has been a full time employee since November 2007.  She serves as the contact person for agency representatives to ensure that all arrangements are made for successful training events.  She can easily be reached via telephone at (203) 288-4450. Ext. 23, or email: ehoward@emdrhap.org.

Stephanie Lohret

Administrative Assistant

Stephanie Lohret is the Administrative Assistant to the Training Team.  She works with participants to address questions regarding their training records and eligibility.  Stephanie provides the logistical support for trainings and helps in the tracking of the faculty in training process.   Stephanie has been working at Trauma Recovery HAP since August of 2016. 

Anna Steel

Administrative Assistant / Marketing

 Anna Steel started working at Trauma Recovery/ HAP in August of 2018.  She is the Administrative Assistant and on the Marketing team. She works closely with Executive Director, Carol Martin. In addition, Anna works with the HAP online store, monitors and posts specialty trainings and curates the social media sites.  Anna studied Creative advertising with a concentration in psychology at Johnson & Wales University in Providence Rhode Island.  

Trauma Recovery/HAP
2911 Dixwell Avenue, Ste. 201
Hamden, CT 06518

Phone: (203) 288-4450
Fax: (203) 288-4060
Email: info@emdrhap.org

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