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LCDR Ret. (SEAL) John J Parma
United States Naval Officer
Lieutenant Commander John J Parma is a career Naval Special Warfare (NSW) SEAL officer with over 21 years of Special Operations duty assignments. After receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Business Management from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield CT, he joined the Navy and graduated Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in December 1997, with Class 214. During his time in NSW he went on obtain an MBA in Financial Management from the Naval Post Graduate School and in 2015, was accepted to and completed, Harvard Business School’s Professional Leadership Development program. LCDR Parma has served in SEAL, Special Boat, and Training Command tours within NSW. Tours include Virginia based SEAL Teams 8, 10, and 4. Naval Special Warfare Unit 2 in
Germany. Coronado based SEAL Team 7 and Special Boat Team 12. He retired as the Operations Officer at the Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command (BUD/S) in Coronado, CA in August of 2017.
He has participated in special operations in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Southwest Asia. Decorations include the Bronze Star (2), Joint Service Commendation (1), Navy Commendation Medal (4- one with Valor), Navy Achievement Medal (2), and various other campaign and achievement awards.
Cherie Castellano, MA, CSW, LPC, AAETS is a national expert in the field of peer support after eighteen years of experience as the creator of the “Reciprocal Peer Support Model” recognized as a national best practice by the Department of Defense Center of Excellence (January 2011.) Cherie began as the Program Director for Cop 2 Cop, the first legislated law enforcement crisis hotline in the United States. She is a faculty member of the Rutgers Department of Psychiatry where she has honed her clinical skills as an expert in law enforcement psychological services and peer support. She is also a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. As the Director of Cop 2 Cop, Ms. Castellano has facilitated response to over 35,000 calls from law enforcement officers in need and averted over 200 suicides to date. The American Association of Suicidology certified Cop 2 Cop with the highest score ever awarded by that organization.
Over the last sixteen years Cherie has “answered the call” replicating the reciprocal peer support model for New Jersey law enforcement officers, Firefighters, Emergency Medical Service personnel/ Veterans, military heroes, caregivers, child protection workers and Mothers of special needs children in need through more than 150,000 peer support contacts. The hallmark of her program’s success has been the development her “Reciprocal Peer Support” model using peers/peer clinicians as partners. Ms. Castellano has been recognized internationally as an expert in the field of peer support, behavioral healthcare and crisis intervention. Her experience as a lecturer has included international forums such as Australia and Europe as well as prestigious national forums such as the FBI National Academy. As a member of the 9/11 New York Emergency Services Delegation for the Port Authority Police Department she traveled to Ireland, Belfast and England to share “9/11 Lessons Learned”.
Following September 11, Cherie coordinated a critical incident response to over 1,900 first responders in New York and New Jersey. Her crisis intervention services were featured in the New York Times as a “model for the nation.” Utilizing a “Rescuer Victim” concept, more than three million dollars in grant funding was awarded by the Department of Defense Appropriation Act of 2002 for 9/11 victims. In September 2004, Attorney General Harvey appointed Ms. Castellano to direct the “For You New Jersey 9/11” program serving eight million New Jersey residents impacted by 9/11. Ms. Castellano responded to the Hurricane Katrina Disaster First Responders and was awarded FEMA funding and national media coverage for these efforts.
Cherie’s most recent project includes a pilot peer support program designed for Resource parents who have unique stressors and vicarious trauma related to their foster and resource parent experience. Cherie’s work was featured in a national webinar she led titled “Mind the Gap national Webinar Series- “Peer mentoring, Crisis Response & Resilience-building: NJ DCF’s Worker 2 Worker Program hosted by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute.
With responsibility for leading strategic planning, account management, new business development and overall customer relationships, Mike McGinnity leverages 14+ years of executive-level experience in the PBM, pharmacy technology and clinical services industries.
Mike strives to create lasting relationships with clients, colleagues and industry partners while building an environment that allows him to stake his reputation and character on the commitments made on behalf of the organization. In past roles, he has gained comprehensive knowledge and experience while supporting self-funded employer groups, labor, public sector, TPA, PBM, rebate only, mail service carve out, specialty carve out, MCOs and state-sponsored Medicaid customers.
Prior to joining the company in 2018, Mike was VP, Sales & Marketing at Auburn, AL based Health Information Designs. Before that, he was a key leadership team member of Innoviant, Inc., a central Wisconsin based PBM that was acquired by United Health Group in 2008 and eventually became OptumRx. Mike lives in Wausau, WI with his wife Kira and youngest son. His two oldest sons are enrolled at the University Of Wisconsin-Madison, where Mike earned his BS degree in Chemical Engineering.