Meet The Team
Amir M. Hasani
Amir, the devoted founder of the American PTSD Association, established the organization in 2015 after the tragic loss of his cherished uncle to PTSD. Propelled by this personal tragedy and a fervent desire to support individuals affected by PTSD, Amir has been relentless in his efforts to raise awareness and break down barriers surrounding mental health discussions.
Possessing a master's degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University and currently pursuing medical studies at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Amir contributes a robust academic foundation to the association. His role as a researcher at the NIH has further deepened his comprehension of the medical intricacies of PTSD.
Amir's dedication to his community reaches beyond mental health advocacy. He has raised funds for homeless individuals and volunteered as a first responder at the Great Falls fire station in Virginia. In 2021, he co-founded the StreetTalk organization, aiming to bridge the gap between the homeless community and vital healthcare resources. As the founder of the American PTSD Association, Amir employs his leadership, empathy, and expertise to create a positive and lasting impact on the lives of those touched by PTSD.
Ron Blake is a blue-collar male rape survivor overcoming PTSD on a most unusual journey. It all began with an unexpected moment of laughter he had on a suicidal night.
He’s been on a now six-year full-time cross-country odyssey that’s involved meeting 32,071 total strangers one by one. Those individuals wrote their amazing stories in 94 languages with 27 Sharpie marker colors of how they’ve been impacted by PTSD on 494 giant foam poster boards.
Blake gave a TEDx talk about this journey of recovery with a symbolic goal of becoming a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Where he will one day present the massive display of artwork. The colorful collection of stories represents that no one is alone in overcoming trauma and PTSD.
Three talented and dedicated students at Arizona State University produced an Emmy nominated documentary about Blake’s innovative recovery from PTSD. It’s called The Blake Project on YouTube. Hopefully it provides hope and inspiration for others overcoming traumas.