Our Team

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Brenda Hershey

President & Founder

Brenda Hershey is an author, international humanitarian, researcher and TRY Global's President & Founder. She became a certified TRY instructor in 2019 and had been teaching the classes regularly when she experienced a series of her own “Big T” traumas. Because she had built up such a high level of resilience teaching TRY, she found herself equipped with the tools to self-regulate during those dark moments, and process/ release that trauma.

 

Brenda has a BA degree in International Relations, a MA in Community Development, and is currently obtaining a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Research Foundation. Having more than two years of humanitarian fieldwork in the Middle East, Brenda is passionate about integrating the TRY method into traditional humanitarian efforts because she knows firsthand that these tools are, in fact, life-changing.

 

Currently residing in Iraqi-Kurdistan with her husband, Brenda's purpose is to help people (re)connect mind, body and spirit.

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Avan Khalid

Regional Director

Avan is a biologist, humanitarian, a training facilitator and TRY Global's Regional Director. 

A native Kurd, she has witnessed and experienced the impact of war, displacement and poverty first-hand, and although she's been working with Yazidi IDPs and refugees for many years, it wasn't until she interpreted the 8-week TRY research intervention that she witnessed how practicing TRY could drastically improve one's mental and physical trauma symptoms. 

Now, she's dedicated to helping share these self-regulation tools with people in her community who need them most.

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Joyce Bosen

TRY Co-Founder & Facilitator

After watching her 22-year-old son die, Joyce’s journey to help other trauma survivors was ignited. As she found her way to healing, the TRY method was created.

Joyce and her husband Darwin founded Trauma Recovery Yoga in 2015 and began to train others in the method that helped her escape the relentless symptoms of her own PTSD.

Joyce also has a passion and talent for public speaking and demonstrating trauma-informed practices and care. Amongst other speaking engagements, Joyce was invited to speak for TEDx. The title of her talk matches her credo, “Turning Loss Into Blessings”.

Together, Darwin and Joyce have launched JoyWins (Joyce & Darwin Services) which you can learn more about HERE

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Darwin Bosen

TRY Co-Founder & Facilitator

“Through my relationship with Joyce and the agencies I served, I became acutely aware of the prevalence of trauma throughout the community and the profound positive impact movement, meditation and breathwork have for an individual suffering from trauma and its lingering effects.” It has only been through this work and the stories from others that Darwin was able to recognize his own traumas in his life and the coping skills he had developed related to those traumas. Through this personal realization and his work with the community, Darwin has been compelled to share his knowledge and understanding of trauma and the healing which can be achieved.

Together, Darwin and Joyce have launched JoyWins (Joyce & Darwin Services) which you can learn more about HERE

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