Our Mission

Brain Wellness Fund is committed to providing accessibility to effective neurotherapy and related treatments for those struggling with the demands of daily life.

Our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors and Advisors of Brain Wellness Fund have each personally witnessed astounding success working with the therapists at the Brain Wellness and Biofeedback Center (BWB) in Bethesda, MD.  This technology achieves a high success rate in removing or drastically reducing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, concussion, depression, headaches, ADHD and other neurological issues.  And, once treated, the symptoms do not come back without new trauma.  These Board members have devoted their time and talents to find funding to bring this life-changing technology to veterans, active duty military, children and others. 

Executive Director

Board Members

Advisory Board Members


Patricia M. Whelpley, Secretary

Patty Whelpley has over 35 years of experience in advertising, direct marketing, public relations, corporate communications, marketing and fundraising.  She has worked for JG Sullivan Advertising, The Lake Group, CRI, Inc., and Phillips Publishing, International.  She is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications for DocTalker Family Medicine.  She is also a writer for The Word Among Us magazine. 

Patty completed her Bachelors in International Business and Marketing with a minor in French from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN in 1990.

Most importantly, Patty and her husband John have five kids.  After seeing how the treatments at Brain Wellness and Biofeedback has helped resolve their kids’ concussions and learning issues, Patty is determined to make this technology accessible to as many people as possible.


Beth Bitonti-Mruk, Executive Director

Beth Bitonti-Mruk has more than 29 years in enterprise-wide business areas including sales and business development, purchasing, supply chain management, and customer relationship management. She managed a team of sales and purchasing agents remotely operating across several states, developed WW procurement and acquisition processes across a variety of Fortune 1000 companies, and managed multiple programs for wounded veterans. Beth has worked for IBM Corporation, Enterprise Information Management, Inc., Innerwall, Inc., BITCO Enterprises/Gateway Capital Corporation, and BITCO International, Inc. Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marist College.

As a mother of a Marine, Beth has dedicated her life and work efforts in support of our military men and women, particularly those who are suffering from the devastating effects of PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. 


Jim Bitonti, Director

Mr. Bitonti has 30+ years experience in domestic and international investment, executive management, and corporate and transaction legal practice. During Mr. Bitonti’s career, he has been directly involved in significant domestic and international business transactions involving Acquisitions, Dispositions, Recapitalizations, Joint Ventures, Mergers and Reorganizations. Mr. Bitonti’s international experience has predominantly focused on the Asia Pacific region with a particular emphasis in China where he served on the Board created by the Chinese Office of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (“COSTIND”), responsible for the commercialization of Chinese military technology.

Mr. Bitonti has served on the Board of Directors of 20+ operating companies and on the boards of several charitable organizations, including Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences; North Eastern University; China, Leukemia Society of America; United Cerebral Palsy; Community Tax Law Project; Entrepreneurship Institute; and Neurofeedback Research and Development Association.

Mr. Bitonti holds B.A., J.D. and M.L.T. degrees from Georgetown University and is licensed to practice law in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.


G. Michael Allen, Director

Mike Allen has experience in Industry, government, and military leadership who began his career in 1972 as a U.S. Air Force Russian Linguist. He then worked for the National Security Agency (NSA) for 22 years. After retiring from the NSA, Mike began work with the Camber Corporation as Vice President and Division Manager for National Intelligence, Special Operations and Cyber. He developed and managed $150M per year in revenue, along with a diverse workforce of 300 personnel in multiple locations within the U.S. and overseas.  Mike then became the 5th employee of a start-up small business, Intelligence Analysis, and created 90% of company’s revenue and profit by leveraging reputation with the Intelligence Community to fill critical needs with top talent. 

Mike obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland, University College in 1980.

As a successful former client of Brain Wellness and Biofeedback, Mike is extremely passionate about supporting Brain Wellness Fund and uses his strong interpersonal skills, networking and leadership to provide others access to the same outcome. 


Robert Lalley, Treasurer

Robert Lalley is a financial executive with extensive experience in financial operations, sales, and management in mid-size corporations.   He is a hands-on professional who enjoys the challenges of working in a strong leadership group. 

His strong managerial, communications and organizational skills are still being applied in over 20 years’ experience in government contracting and preparing companies for merger and acquisition.  Presently he is working with Danya International, a Health Care contractor, Bridges/ITSM/, LLC, and JTG, Inc. both Defense contractors in cyber security.


Travis G. Stoufer, Director

Travis G. Stoufer served honorably in the military for 12 years; including Iraq Combat experience. He supervised, trained, and evaluated large workforces with diverse professional and technical skills. Travis has experience in directing needs assessments, resource planning, and training development. He has an operations and project management background in community safety projects, regional emergency response programs, management tracking systems and logistical project forecasting.  He currently serves as a Board Member for the Brain Wellness Fund, is a small business owner, and works as a Chief Executive Officer for small town in Missouri.

Travis completed his Master of Business Administration with distinction with a concentration in Project Management in 2012.  He also completed a graduate certificate in Project Management at the same time.

Travis and his wife Krista have two boys.  They have been married for 16 years and have both served in the military.  Travis received treatment from the Brain Wellness Center and it impacted his life so much he wants to help as many veterans as possible realize the lifesaving/life changing treatment opportunities the Brain Wellness Fund supports. 

 


Susan E. Schleigh, President

Ms. Schleigh is an independent consultant providing expertise in the areas of strategic planning, operations, information technology, and sales. She is also currently serving as a member of the National Military Family Association’s Government Relations Advisory Committee.

Ms. Schleigh has 25 years of IT experience providing small-to-large-scale enterprise solutions, including development, deployment, and sustainment to the United States Army, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and other federal and commercial customers with a focus on employing methods and technologies that reduce costs and increase efficiencies across organizations.

She also has 22 years of experience as an executive-level manager responsible for controlling up to $50 million in annual revenue and approximately 200 employees, and is skilled at establishing operational excellence in diverse environments, with a team-oriented leadership style adaptable to new and emerging requirements.

From September 2013 to January 2016, Ms. Schleigh served as the Associate Director for the Quality of Life Portfolio on the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC), a Presidential Commission created to make recommendations to the President and Congress on the modernization of the $345 billion compensation systems of the Uniformed Services. In this role she was responsible for researching and briefing the 9 member Commission (former Senators, Congressmen, Four-Star Level Officers, and other appointees) on potential areas of modernization and providing the data necessary to support all prospective recommendations. Her research focused on quality of life benefits across the Federal government such as commissaries, exchanges, transition assistance, education benefits, food assistance, and special needs support resulting in eight of the fifteen Commission recommendations in the Final Report submitted to Congress and the President. The Commission terminated by law on 1 January 2016.

From September 2005 to September 2013 Ms. Schleigh served in multiple roles across Enterprise Information Management (EIM), a veteran-owned, solutions-focused company leveraging its proven methodology and comprehensive enterprise framework for the rapid automation of business processes. These roles included the President of North America Operations beginning in 2009, delivering quality, on-time solutions to more than 50 customers across both federal government and commercial organizations.

Prior to EIM, in February 1992, Ms. Schleigh co-founded Dynamic System Solutions Inc. (DSSI), a Business Process Management Company, and became its CEO in April 1999. There, she provided consulting services to corporate and government clients in the area of business process reengineering, electronic document/workflow management, electronic forms, digital signature, and system integration. While Ms. Schleigh joined EIM in August of 2005, she remained on the board of DSSI as CEO until the sale of her company shares in December 2010.

Ms. Schleigh earned her bachelor’s degree in 1989 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Management Science and Decision Support Systems.

Ms. Schleigh is the wife of a retired Army Master Sergeant and the mother of 5 children, including adult twins with autism. 


David J. Canale, J.D., Director

David J. Canale is EY’s Global & Americas Leader, Transfer Pricing Controversy Services. He has over 20 years of experience in transfer pricing. Dave advises both US and foreign-based multinational companies on transfer pricing controversy and risk management, planning and structuring. He assists clients with transfer pricing policies, controversy resolution (including audit dispute resolution), Advance Pricing Agreements (APA), Mutual Agreement Procedures (MAP) and monitoring tax treaties and competent authority. Dave works with companies in a variety of industry sectors, including pharmaceutical, medical device, electronics, computer, telecommunications, energy, transportation, entertainment, automotive, heavy manufacturing, food and beverage, consumer goods, apparel, publishing and information services, retail and chemical.

Prior to joining EY, Dave served with the Internal Revenue Service’s APA Program in the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International). He was acting branch chief for the program and served as program coordinator for all bilateral APAs with Canada. He also developed strategies and coordinated with the US competent authority regarding negotiations with various treaty partners. Dave’s combined IRS and private practice APA and MAP experience includes well over 200 cases, comprising files with Japan, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia, China, India, Korea and Indonesia.

Dave is past Chair of the Transfer Pricing Committee in the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation. He now serves as a technical reviewer on government submissions on behalf of the Section. He is a frequent speaker on transfer pricing, guest lectures for Georgetown Law Center’s LL.M. (Taxation) program, and has provided training to the IRS, Chinese Local Tax Bureaus and the Korean NTS on APA and MAP matters.  Dave has co-authored the Bureau of National Affairs’ Tax Practice Series on Transfer Pricing and Portfolio 947-1st, Reporting Requirements Under the Code for International Transactions. In addition, he has authored many articles on transfer pricing issues.

Dave received a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Dayton; a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law; and an LL.M. (Taxation) from Georgetown University Law Center.


Hermann G. Hasken III, Director

With a total of over 33 years in the Intelligence, SOF, Inter Agency and Cyber Communities as an officer, contractor, and DoD civilian, Herm Hasken has become one of the most highly recognized and respected inter agency intelligence experts in his field. He is a decorated combat veteran having earned 2 Bronze Stars in combat, while serving in Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and earning numerous other awards while deployed overseas conducting missions in support of national security interests. He extensive experience at DIA, NSA, Cyber Command and Special Operations Command, serving as a liaison officer from the Special Operations Community to the Intelligence and Cyber communities in search of leading edge technologies, or partnering with industry and national labs to develop them. Herm concluded his career at DIA in 2016 serving as a Senior Cyber Advisor to DIA Headquarters and US Cyber Command. He is currently working as an independent consultant for several small companies, as well as providing input on national cyber security strategy for the Presidential Transition Team.

Mr. Hasken is a graduate of the US Army Military Intelligence Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; the NSA Advanced Cryptologic Course, NSA Junior Officer Cryptologic Career Program (JOCCP) and several other advanced SIGINT, Cyber, and Special Operations courses. He has served at the tactical, operational and strategic levels of the military, and has worked with numerous foreign military organizations, national labs, and academia on technology matters.

Herm earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Texas A&M University, his Master of Science in Information and Technology Management from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Arts in National Security Strategy and Policy from the US Naval War College. He has also earned executive graduate credits in Program Management and Contract Management from George Washington University Graduate School of Business. He is a graduate of the State Department’s National Senior Executive Leader’s Seminar.

Herm serves as an advisory board member for Project ENYO, a non-profit Institute for the Study of Women in Combat. He also has been a volunteer for the American Heroes Hockey Challenge, a campaign to fund the Wounded Warrior Hockey program. Mr. Hasken also volunteers as a Service Academy mentor and panel member for high school students looking to attend US Service Academies, and is a Maryland registered recruiter for the United States Military Academy. 


James Packard Winkler, Director

Dr. James Packard Winkler is the Global Practice Leader for Trade & Investment and a senior manager since 1990 at DAI, a global economic development consulting firm based in Washington D.C. and London and operating in over 70 countries. Jim has over 30 years of board leadership and senior management experience working with governments, corporations, trade associations, non- governmental organizations, international schools and universities, and donor agencies in emerging markets.

As Global Practice Leader, he advises a portfolio of 25 government contracts valued at $550 million in trade and investment operating in 38 countries, and is Technical Director for three large regional projects in Africa, including DFID’s FoodTrade in East and Southern Africa, and USAID’s East Africa Trade & Investment Hub based in Nairobi and Southern Africa Trade & Investment Hub based in Pretoria, as well as the DFID Myanmar Da Na Facility in Yangon. He specializes in trade and investment, strategic management, economic governance, competitiveness, and enterprise growth strategies with experience in 48 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. He is a board member of the Corporate Council on Africa and has chaired and been elected or appointed to four international school boards in Bankgok, Hanoi, Jerusalem and Zagreb.

Jim has Ph.D. and Masters degrees from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Bachelors degree from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. 


PETER CLYNE, Treasurer

Peter Clyne has recently retired from his position as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Leidos.  He was appointed to this position following the merger with Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS business.  Prior to the Leidos merger, he spent 33 years at Lockheed Martin and its predecessor companies where he held executive positions in finance, strategy, and M&A. As vice president M&A and director of strategy at Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS unit, Clyne led acquisitions, divestitures, strategic investments, and joint venture transactions.

At Lockheed Martin corporate headquarters Clyne held several staff positions, including Vice President M&A where he led several acquisition transactions.  As President, Lockheed Martin Finance Corporation (LMFC), he was responsible for the operations of LMFC, which arranges customer financing and various forms of structured finance to enable sales of Lockheed Martin products and services.  The capabilities of LMFC extend to financing solutions such as Public/Private Partnerships (PPP), Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and other types of project financing that require financial advisory services, financial modeling, leasing, bank debt, or capital market instruments to allow the corporation to compete effectively in non-traditional customer procurements.

Previously, Clyne was Director, Project Finance at Lockheed Martin Air Traffic Management, Rockville, Md.  He and his department were responsible for developing financing solutions for ATM projects requiring external financing, primarily in emerging markets such as Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia.  These solutions usually included non-recourse, off-balance sheet, project finance for joint ventures and consortia formed by Lockheed Martin and its bid partners.

Prior to that assignment Clyne was a financial program manager with Lockheed Martin Air Traffic Management in London, England, and served as finance director for Sky Solutions Ltd a consortium of Lockheed Martin and Bovis Ltd, formed to provide the New Scottish Centre for the UK’s National Air Traffic Services.  He had spent over four years in London working to develop the New Scottish Centre under the Private Finance Initiative, and had responsibility for developing the capital structure of the project company through debt and equity.  As a result of his experience in this project, Clyne also served in an advisory capacity in other Lockheed Martin private finance projects in satellite communications, military applications, postal systems, and atomic weapons facilities.

Clyne began his career with IBM and transitioned through Loral Corporation’s acquisition of IBM Federal Systems, prior to the combination with Lockheed Martin in 1996.  

Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Clyne is a summa cum laude graduate of Purdue University where he earned a B.S degree in finance.  He also serves on the board of directors of Openet, a telecommunications company based in Dublin, Ireland.


MAGDA CLYNE, DIRECTOR

Magda Clyne recently retired from her position as a Senior Manager in Contracts at Lockheed Martin Corporation. In her last position, Magda was leading the contract transition in the pending merger between the Lockheed Martin IS&GS division and the Leidos Corporation.  In that capacity, she was responsible for many aspects of the contractual, policy and legal matters of the transaction.

Prior to this merger activity, Magda spent 32 years at Lockheed Martin and its predecessor companies where she held various positions in US federal, commercial and international contracts and subcontracts administration, as well as policy and compliance. In her progressive growth, Magda spent 18 years in management positions leading diverse teams in all aspects of contract and subcontracts administration from initial acquisition strategy development, through competitive negotiations, claim resolution, performance administration and contract closeout. 

At Lockheed Martin IS&GS in the last several years Magda held two primary management assignments.  The last position focused on policy and compliance and was highly interdisciplinary as well as external customer focused. Prior to that, Magda was leading the international contracts department with local national employee presence in the UK and operational presence in Europe, Australia, Middle East, South Africa, Argentina and others. This scope was fast-paced with a multitude of highly competitive proposals and the performance of several difficult contracts.    

Previously to those assignments, Magda was with Lockheed Martin Air Traffic Management in London, England, and served as the commercial director for Sky Solutions Ltd a consortium of Lockheed Martin and Bovis Ltd, formed to provide the New Scottish Centre for the UK’s National Air Traffic Services.  She had spent over four years in London working to develop the New Scottish Centre under the Private Finance Initiative, and had responsibility for the commercial aspects of the consortium as well as the contract interest of Lockheed Martin.  

Magda began her career with IBM and transitioned through Loral Corporation’s acquisition of IBM Federal Systems, prior to the combination with Lockheed Martin in 1996.  

Currently, Magda is the President of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU), Washington chapter. This is a national organization addressing the needs of the local Czech and Slovak communities including language, arts and science education. Magda collaborates regularly on programs with the Czech and Slovak embassies.  

In addition, Magda had been involved with a local community based group, addressing issues of city planning and development, dealing with local county, city representatives and John Hopkins University.    

Born in the Czech Republic, Magda attended university in England, earning her undergraduate from University College London (UCL) and her Masters in Business Administration from Syracuse University.


Major Barry F. Crawford

Major Barry Crawford, an Air Force special operator, earned the Air Force Cross for his heroism in Afghanistan in April, 2010.  Caught in the crossfire, he waved his arms toward the HH-60 Pave Hawk that hovered above as he ignored the bullets pelting the ground at his feet, kicking up dirt and rocks. His headset muted the sound as a round flew just past his ear, though he definitely felt the antenna of one of his radios slap the back of his neck hard after the bullet struck it. The special tactics officer thought he had been shot. He felt for blood, but there was none. He carried on.

The landing zone was hot and it was tiny. More than a hundred enemy fighters were hidden in the jagged mountainside surrounding the remote Afghan village in Laghman province, in eastern Afghanistan. The insurgents had been accurately firing machine guns and sniper rifles down at the US and Afghan commandos for hours. Two Afghan soldiers were dead and three more were severely wounded. Crawford knew the casualties didn’t have long to live, but the wind and rain combined with the fortress-like terrain made it difficult for the medevac helicopter to land. Without regard for his own life, he remained exposed to heavy fire and guided the pilots onto the landing zone.

For Crawford’s actions that day, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz awarded him the Air Force Cross—the second highest honor for valor, after only the Medal of Honor.


Major Leslie Balfaqih

Major Balfaqih started her career in the enlisted ranks as a Russian interrogator.  Already having a Bachelors Degree, Leslie sought and was awarded a commission.   Rising through the ranks from lieutenant to major, Leslie’s service included both command and staff officer assignments in a variety of locales and units.  Through assignments in throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, Bosnia, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Afghanistan, Major Balfaqih supported combat forces during Operations Joint Endeavor, Kosovo, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom.

A talented multi-linguist and foreign area officer, Major Balfaqih worked in a variety of assignments in Europe, Africa, and Asia utilizing her Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Italian, and multiple Latin and Slavic languages.

While commanding a transportation unit in Bagram, Afghanistan in 2005, Major Balfaqih was awarded the Bronze Star for her force protection efforts.  She was able to thwart the threat from potential vehicle borne improvised explosive devices largely due to her leadership skills and also to the close relationship she had developed with the Afghan National Army, Afghan civilians and Russian speaking Uzbek drivers.

In addition to the Bronze Star, Major Balfiqih’s military decorations include a long list of decorations denoting exemplary service in multiple war zones and joint service accomplishments along with U.S., Ukrainian, and Hungarian Parachutist wings.  She holds a Masters in Aeronautical Science and completed military education to include Command and General Staff College. Major Balfaqih has the distinction of being the first female Sky Soldier to serve and jump with the 173rd Airborne Brigade.


Heather DeVore

Heather DeVore is a board-certified emergency medicine physician at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and an assistant professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC.  Her education includes a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics-Applied Science with a minor in Program in Computing from UCLA in 1998. She gained her Medical Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, MI in 2003. This was followed by a one-year transitional internship at LDS Hospital, Salt Lake City and three years of Emergency Medicine residency training at the University of California, Los Angeles/Olive View-UCLA Medical Centers in Los Angeles, California (2007).

She previously worked as an EMT-D on a Basic Life Support 911-responder ambulance and as a ski patroller.

Heather is also on the Board of Directors for District of Columbia Forensic Nurse Examiners whose mission is to lessen the impact of violence in the District of Columbia. Her concern and focus is making neurofeedback accessible to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and other violent trauma. 


Trevor DeVore

Trevor DeVore is the CTO and co-founder of Blue Mango Learning Systems. For the last 15 years he has developed computer platforms for teaching and training. After developing a custom system that was used to create training for the major ultrasound companies, his company entered the commercial space with their ScreenSteps product, followed recently by Outcome. Trevor speaks on programming topics at conferences across the United States and Great Britain.

After suffering a traumatic brain injury, Trevor struggled with persistent symptoms and sought numerous forms of rehabilitation and treatment. Dr. Esty and the Brain Wellness and Biofeedback Center resolved his symptoms and Trevor decided to dedicate his time to finding and educating others about the benefits of neurofeedback.