ABOUT DRAWN FROM VALOR
The mission of Drawn from Valor is to educate through entertainment. We seek to enhance understanding among young people impacted by mental and/or physical conditions, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), by transforming aspects of those complex issues into immersive stories, animations, and games. Our goal is to educate and empower youth by enabling them to discover new knowledge in an engaging environment at their own pace.
Drawn from Valor is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization consisting of artists, producers, and subject matter experts. We create free animations and other resources to help educate and empower young people impacted by medical disease, disability, and/or disorders.
The Tales of the Golden Acorn are an animated series of short films, 5 to 10 minutes apiece. The Tales focuses upon the effects, issues, and strategies for dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in a family setting. Though intended for young people who are impacted by trauma, the Tales can be helpful to anyone of any age who is contending with the effects of trauma.
Focus: Type 1 Diabetes
Kara & the Dire Beastie is a medical education animation and eBook project designed to help families with children recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. The goal of the project is to empower children and their families, demystify the disease, increase timeliness of care in remote locations, and increase retention of important facts for the purpose of improved self-management and health outcomes.
Board Member / Producer
Steve Force is a U.S. military veteran and business entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience supporting multiple public and private security-related projects before joining the Board of Directors for Drawn from Valor (DFV).
LISA MERLO GREENE, PhD, MPE
Board Member / Subject Matter Expert
Dr. Merlo Greene is a licensed clinical psychologist with postdoctoral training in child/adolescent and pediatric psychology. She is a dedicated clinician, as well as an active researcher and educator.
TODD SILVERSTEIN, MBA, MPP
Chief Executive Officer
Todd Silverstein serves as President and CEO of Drawn from Valor. His work experience includes private business, non-profit organizations, and government. He has graduate degrees in both Business and Public Policy.
JAMES ACKEN, PhD, MA
Dr. James Acken began life as a professional artist before moving into a career as a professor of Medieval Studies. Wishing to return to his previous career, he left academia to work in the private sector developing goods and narratives in continuity with early medieval poetic tradition; he sees his creative work at Drawn from Valor as an extension of this.
Creative Director, Client-led Partnerships
Alan Caudel is an accomplished artist who has come to animation after developing a full career with more than 10 years of experience in structural design and drawing, web design, and video editing. He is currently pursuing a Master of Art degree in animation while assisting in the development of Drawn from Valor’s creative content and management of the creative team.
Interim Project Lead
Dave Szilagyi is a self-taught artist who worked his way up from Contractor to his present position as full-time Interim Project Lead. An incredibly talented illustrator and animator, he has demonstrated an ability and willingness to lead project groups and mentor developing artists. Dave graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Marketing.
VOLUNTEERS / CONTRIBUTORS
Jody Brown, MD (MAJ, USAF [sep.]): Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist.
Daryl Chonka: Music Composer & Producer.
Richard D'Alli, MD, MEd, ScM: Child Psychiatrist.
Matthew Daley: Audio Producer.
Amy Dicker: Fundraising and Strategic Partnership Development.
Susie Dicker: Public Relations and Outreach.
Stacy Dove: Social Media & Engagement.
Nick Gianforti (CPT, USA [sep.]): Production.
Antonio Gradanti: Music Composer.
Jamie Henry, MD (MAJ, USA): Military Physician.
Michael Mann: Production.
Mariam Rahmani, MD: Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist.
Michael Roy, MD, MPH (COL, USA [ret.]): Trauma and Exposure Therapy.
Michael Shapiro, MD: Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist.
Brian Short: Technology.
Jill Sutton, PhD: Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
David Szilagyi: Background Artist.
Ellen Thomas, MSW, LCSW: Trauma Therapist.
John Thomas, MSW, LCSW: Adolescent Therapist.
Alisha Wray, PhD: Licensed Clinical Psychologist.