Founder & President
Yasmine is the Founder and President of FHFM. As well as volunteering her time to FHFM, she is also a best-selling author, a human rights activist, and a university instructor.
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Dr. Orli Peter
Dr. Peter is a clinical and neuropsychologist with almost 30 years of experience contributing to the field of psychology as a practitioner, researcher, and educator. She is a former associate professor of psychology at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, where she was the director of the Psychology Graduate Programs, Clinical Supervisor to therapists in training, and acting Chair of the Psychology Department. She has conducted psychological research at the University of California at Berkeley, UCLA, and the RAND Corporation.
Dr. Peter has published numerous research articles and book chapters, and she has been a contributing columnist to the Los Angeles Times. She has presented professional papers internationally and has been the subject of local feature articles and stories. Full List of Publications.
After receiving her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Peter went on to complete postdoctoral fellowships in social psychology, clinical psychology, and neuropsychology at UCLA, Devereaux Foundation, and Fielding. She was awarded diplomate status in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Psychological Specialties, and then continued her studies with Dr. Allan Schore and Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professors in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine. Both Dr. Schore and Dr. Siegel are considered pioneers in the area of Interpersonal Neurobiology and its application to helping people regulate emotion and connect empathically to each other. Dr. Peter then extended her studies to understand the intricacies of the brain’s frontal lobe with Elkhonon Goldberg, internationally renown clinical professor of neurology at New York University School of Medicine.
Dr. Peter has helped restabilize survivors and witnesses of 9/11, Iranian refugees, Israeli victims of terrorist attacks, and families who have fled war-torn countries. Dr. Peter has been a volunteer for Disaster Mental Health at the Red Cross, and is certified as a psychologist for Homeland Security by the American College of Forensic Examiners.
Dr. Evelyn Markus
Throughout her 30 year career, Dr. Evelyn Markus has worked across the world, in the fields of research, consulting and behavioral training, successfully supporting individuals and organizations to prepare for confrontations with violence and to prevent traumatic stress.
After obtaining a Ph.D. in psychology (victimology) from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in 2000 and a 10 year career with ‘Circon’, a leading Dutch agency in the field of (traumatic) stress inoculation training, she co- founded ‘Markus & Van de Velde Research and Consultancy’.
Markus & Van de Velde specialized in program development against (the impact of) violence. Clients of Markus & Van de Velde included: Nike – Empowerment of women in the Middle East & Africa through sports; City of Amsterdam – founding of first Honor Killing Crisis Center in the Netherlands; Dutch Parliament/Ayaan Hirsi Ali – taskforce against domestic violence in Dutch Muslim households; and The Anne Frank House – combatting antisemitism from Muslim immigrant youth.
In 2006 Markus emigrated with her partner Rosa to the United States, where she started ‘Top Floor’, a coaching agency on conflict management at the workplace.
With her Jewish background, Evelyn became active against resurging antisemitism in Europe since 2000. As most of today’s global antisemitism comes from Muslim populations, Evelyn expanded her knowledge about Muslim culture and how it drives Jew-hatred, misogyny, and homophobia. From 2015-2019 she co-produced the critically acclaimed documentary ‘Never Again Is Now’ about (Muslim) Jew-hatred, together with The Blaze TV.
Currently, she is a sought after speaker and writer about rising global Jew-hatred, advocating among other things for more universal human rights in Muslim culture
Ashira Gobrin, is a transformational executive with 25 years of experience, and the 2021 winner of the prestigious Canadian HRPA’s Woman of Distinction Award. By blending a get-it-done performance improvement style with the ability to bring a vision to life, Ashira has a proven track record of fueling enterprise-wide execution that drives revenue and growth.
An alchemist of organizations, Ashira works to turn potential into performance through Purpose, Values and Great Leadership. She has been lauded as the mastermind behind award-winning cultures in high-growth technology companies.
She considers herself a scholar of human behavior, having studied under some of the worlds most exceptional graphologists including Roger Rubin, Barbara Weaver, Sheila Lowe, Michal Naftali and Psycho-therapists including Dr. David Grand and Cynthia Schwartzberg.
Ashira’s leadership skills and people first philosophy has created phenomenal impact far beyond her professional accomplishments. With a passion for the role of education she has volunteered many hours of time and energy to causes close to her heart. A seasoned board director, she was previously Chair of Bnei Akiva Schools of Toronto, Chair of The Toronto Heschel School, and Board Director for The Canadian Jewish News.
Ashira is a sought-after Executive Coach, Certified Graphologist, Brainspotting Practitioner, published author and accomplished speaker. She is a wife and proud mother of 3 exceptional young adults whom she considers her life’s greatest accomplishments.
Triage Officer/Group Sessions Facilitator
Sama is a master's student of Clinical Psychology in Lebanon who is fluent in English, Arabic, and French. She completed her clinical training while working with inpatients in a psychiatric hospital under the supervision of a licensed psychotherapist. She also works in the humanitarian field in Lebanon. She is a child protection focal point and delivers psychological first aid services to victims of trauma and abuse. Additionally, she provides psychosocial and mental health support sessions to children and families who are victims of the Beirut port explosion and vulnerable communities. Because Sama lives in a Muslim majority country, she must keep her identity protected.
Group Sessions Facilitator / Program Creator
With a Bachelor of Behavioural Science Psychology, coaching certification, and an innate understanding of human dynamics, Jessica has successfully worked with groups of participants experiencing anxiety, depression, disability and homelessness.
She is also inherently curious about storytelling, human behaviour, Islamic issues, and advocating for human rights. She's a life-long learner who seeks to understand diverse views, perspectives, and experiences without judgment.
Jessica is passionate about helping people see themselves for who they truly are.