Meet The Team
Amir M. Hasani
CEO and Founder
Amir is the passionate founder of the American PTSD Association, established in 2015 following the tragic loss of his uncle to PTSD. With a strong academic background in Physiology and Biophysics, along with ongoing medical studies, Amir brings a deep understanding of the medical aspects of PTSD to the organization. He has also contributed to research at the NIH.
Beyond mental health advocacy, Amir is actively involved in his community, fundraising for the homeless and serving as a first responder at a local fire station. In 2021, he co-founded StreetTalk, an organization dedicated to connecting the homeless community with essential healthcare resources. Through his leadership, empathy, and expertise, Amir strives to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of those affected 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.
Celina Meadows is a devoted mother of three exceptional children who balances homeschooling with her role as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence. Her passion for community service began in her youth, volunteering at public schools and the local YMCA to provide support for youth affected by trauma. After personally experiencing abuse, Celina became determined to address the gaps in systems supporting survivors of sexual and domestic violence. She has been involved in both military and civilian legislation, collaborating with organizations like the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) and Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice (CSSJ). Her efforts have resulted in the passing of important bills related to domestic violence emergency orders of protection and trauma recovery centers. Currently, Celina serves as the Arizona CSSJ Statewide Manager, focusing on community collaboration and improving trauma service systems.