About Us: Our Board of Directors

“The adventure of life is to learn; the purpose of life is to grow; the nature of life is to change; the challenge of life is to overcome; the essence of life is to care; the opportunity of life is to serve…”

~William Arthur Ward

Leadership-Carl-Tisone Carl Tisone, President
Mr. Tisone is the founder of the Employee Assistance Research Foundation. Carl has more than 34-years of experience in the behavioral health care field and was co-founded PPC Inc. (1975), the pre-eminent EAP provider in America. In 1994, Mr. Tisone was recognized as a field pioneer by his election to the Employee Assistance “Hall of Fame” of EAP Digest. Carl has been instrumental in the development of the profession through his work with the Employee Assistance Professionals Association and many other board and committee appointments. Beginning in the mid-1980′s, he was a leader in the development of international Employee Assistance services with the launching of PPC Worldwide, an organization that helped to expand the EAP concept throughout Europe, Africa, South America and the Pacific Rim. Mr. Tisone holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from St. Louis University and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. You may read more about Carl Tisone at www.linkedin.com/pub/carl-tisone/3/5a3/42.

red-arrowRead an interview with Carl Tisone, EARF President discussing the EAP History Project and other issues in the Journal of Employee Assistance: http://www.eapassn.org/Carl-Tisone
Leadership-John-Burke John Burke, Vice President
Mr. Burke holds an M.A. in psychology and is the president of Burke Consulting, Topsail Beach, North Carolina. He began his career in Employee Assistance by starting his own company in the early 1980’s with a close friend, Burke/Taylor Associates. After the sale of Burke/Taylor, John moved to Value Options where he served as an Operational Vice President. He left Value Options in 2002 to form Burke Consulting, an international consulting practice providing business development and the strategic positioning of services for vendors of EAP, work/life, and general and behavioral health services. Always a strong supporter of research in the field, John’s business objectives have been to create a forward thinking approach to service delivery and to see change as a reality that brings about opportunity. You’ll find more about John Burke at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/burkeconsulting1
Leadership-David-Sharar David Sharar, Ph.D., Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Sharar holds a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Illinois. He has more than twenty-years of experience in Employee Assistance Programming and is currently the Managing Director of Chestnut Global Partners, one of the most successful international EAP, expatriate support, and crisis intervention service providers. A research scientist by training, Dr. Sharar works closely with Chestnut Health System’s Division of Commercial Science where he helps to deploy scientific methods enabling EAPs and other workplace health programs to evaluate outcomes. Dave has more than 70 publications, many peer-reviewed, covering such topics as EAP effectiveness, product pricing, ethics, service quality, purchaser education, program delivery models, and expatriate programs and services. Dr. Sharar’s dissertation focused on how EAP subcontractors adhere to field concepts and the degree to which they duplicate or overlap with other mental health benefits. In partnership with Dr. Richard Lennox, Dave co-developed the Workplace Outcome Suite (WOS), a tool used by over 400 domestic and international Employee Assistance Programs to measure the effectiveness of their intervention(s) in the workplace. You’ll find more about David Sharar at: www.linkedin.com/pub/dave-sharar-phd/12/b85/66b
Board-Ron-Manderscheid Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D.
Dr. Ron Manderscheid is an Adjunct Professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University and the Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Disorders. Dr. Manderscheid is the immediate Past-President of ACMHA—The College for Behavioral Health Leadership. In addition to the EARF Board, Dr. Manderscheid currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Danya Institute, the FrameWorks Institute, the Council on Quality and Leadership, the National Research Institute, and the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium, and as Co-Chair of the National Coalition for Whole Health. Previously, he served as the Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Programs at SRA International and in several leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ron received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Statistics from the University of Maryland, College Park. You will find more on Dr. Maderscheid at: www.linkedin.com/pub/ronald-manderscheid/10/1a8/4a8. You may also visit Dr. Manderscheid’s blog, at: www.behavioral.net/blog/ron-manderscheid
John Maynard John Maynard, PhD, CEAP
Dr. John Maynard is the former Chief Executive Officer of the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association.  John earned his Ph.D. at the University of Colorado and began his career as a psychotherapist in the public mental health system. In the 1970s, he founded and built one of the early successful EA companies in the United States. During the 1980s, he served as the Vice President, Behavioral Health Services, for a major U.S. hospital system. From 1987 until 2004, he was president of SPIRE Health Consultants, Inc., a global consulting firm specializing in EAP strategic planning, program design, and quality improvement evaluations and audits.  You may find out more about Dr. Maynard at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-maynard-b703b823
Board-Wolfgang_Seidl Wolfgang Seidl M.D.
Dr. Seidl is Principal, EMEA Head of Health Management Consulting, for Mercer Health & Benefits, London, UK. He formerly served as Executive Director of the Validium Group and EAP Director for Accor Services, two of the UK’s leading providers of Employee Assistance Programs and Work-Life services. Dr. Seidl completed a MA in Psychiatry, Philosophy and Society, his medical training in Psychotherapy, and is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. You may read more about Dr. Seidl at www.linkedin.com/pub/dr-wolfgang-seidl/12/828/a1
Board-Barb_Veder Barbara Veder, MSW
Barbara Veder is currently Vice President of Clinical Services and Research Lead at Shepell•fgi. Ms. Veder has 20 years of experience in the EAP field, including 17 years as Clinical Director with Shepell•fgi, Canada’s largest provider of Employee Assistance Program services. Barb is the leader of Shepell•fgi’s Digital Management team, which has launched North America’s first EAP Smartphone application (My EAP). She is a past President of both the Employee Assistance Society of North America and the Board of Directors of the Mood Disorder Association of Ontario. You may read more about Ms. Veder at: www.linkedin.com/pub/barbara-veder/22/652/1a2
PaulRoman Paul Roman, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the Board
Dr. Paul M. Roman, Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, has been at the University of Georgia since 1986. Since 2005, he has also served as Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University. Paul received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University in 1968 and wrote Spirits and Demons at Work, a vanguard field publication, with Dr. Harry Trice in 1970. Dr. Roman’s most recent work examines organizational change and adaptation in national samples of 900 public and private substance abuse treatment organizations; diffusion and adoption of innovations by substance abuse treatment organizations; organization and management in a national sample of 400 therapeutic communities; management of substance dependence in the workplace, macro and micro dynamics of the treatment of alcoholism, implementation of policies in workplaces. You may read more about Dr. Paul Roman at: http://sociology.uga.edu/people/faculty/paul-roman