Founder and  President of Adolescent Self Injury Foundation

ASIF was founded by Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Joan Goodman.  During her 35 year career, Joan has worked with hundreds of self-injurious adolescents, young adults and their parents.   Joan has been a pioneer in clinical research associated with adolescent self injury. She has successfully worked with adolescents and their families to find a path to recovery for more than three decades. Most recently, Joan was invited to work with Australia  by the University of Melbourne.  She participated as an expert panel member to provide insight into the effective treatment of suicidal and non-suicidal self injurious adolescents. The Melbourne School of Population at the University of Melbourne is working with the Australian government  to update their mental health first aid guidelines for members of the public providing first aid for people who were having suicidal ideation, suicidal behavior, or engaging in non-suicidal self injury to better meet the needs of the Australian population in the 21st century. In addition, Joan has served as an expert witness for the Maryland State Attorney's Office. Joan conducts workshops to train counselors. teachers, nurses and administrators of public and private schools to better understand the unique needs of the adolescent self-injurious student. As a nationally recognized expert, Joan has participated in many professional and lay conferences as a keynote speaker. Joan also specializes in the treatment of adolescent depres­sion and suicide, eating disorders, substance abuse and dual diagnosis, She offers adolescent group therapy, effective-parenting sessions, and animal assisted therapy. The integration of  therapy dogs  into her treatment protocol has proven to be highly effective and distinguishes her practice.

Joan obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from the George Washington University and her Master's in Social Work from the Catholic University of America. Licensed in both Maryland and the District of Columbia, she has received extensive postgraduate training in the Advanced Studies Program from Georgetown University Medical Center from 1995-2002.  Joan is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, and is a designated Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, the highest level of recogniton available through professional societies.   In 2005, Joan joined a panel of experts at USA Today as well as provided training to the Montgomery County Fatality Committee on adolescent depression and suicide.  Joan is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery Class of 1996, and was the Chairperson for the Montgomery County Youth Workers Training Committee for 17 years.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit foundation Foods4Thought.  She has been interviewed for the Washington Post, the Bethesda Magazine, the Gazette newspapers, and has been featured on television news and radio shows throughout the East Coast.  Today, Joan maintains a private practice as an adolescent specialist in Rockville, MD.

Board of Directors


Troy Crites

Troy Crites offers first hand experience about self-injurious adolescents.  On January 19, 2007, his daughter Rachel Crites and her friend Rachel Smith went missing. Two weeks later, after a nationwide search, the two girls, age 18 and 16, were found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning.  They had committed suicide.  After thorough review of all the factors that led to this tragic event, it is clear that more could have been done to prevent this great loss.

Mr. Crites has dedicated his time and talents to helping other parents avoid the same experience. As a speaker at various forums in the Greater Washington DC area, Mr. Crites brings passion to the cause which is understandably personal. He has been a keynote speaker at several symposiums on Adolescent Depression and Suicide, and has been featured in both the Washington Post and Gazette newspapers, and the Bethesda Magazine as well as being interviewed on local news and radio programs.  As a senior executive in the defense industry, Mr. Crites brings solid leadership and business experience to ASIF.  He is the founder of  a nonprofit foundation to increase the awareness of adolescent depression and suicide, one conversation at a time.

Dr. Steven Israel

Dr. Steven Israel is a board certified psychiatrist and is the medical director of Adventist Behavioral Health at Rockville since 2006.  Licensed in the State of Maryland, prior to joining the Adventist HealthCare System in 2000, Dr. Israel worked for 10 years as a staff psychiatrist for Chestnut Lodge, an inpatient adolescent service.  He has also served as a consulting psychiatrist for the Jewish Social Service Agency of Washington and Community Psychiatric Clinics, Inc. 

Dr. Israel completed his Postgraduate Fellowship in Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine after earning his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia.  He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree from Brandeis University.  Dr. Israel runs a private practice of adolescent and adult psychiatry in Rockville, Maryland and has been interviewed frequently as an expert for WTOP News Radio, The Washington Post Newspaper and the Bethesda Magazine.

Dr. Monique Maniet 

Dr. Monique Maniet is a holistic veterinarian and owner/director of Veterinary Holistic Care in Bethesda, Maryland (, an outpatient animal clinic specializing in homeopathy, nutrition, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and chiropractic treatment.  Dr. Maniet received her veterinary degree from the University of Liege in Brussels, Belgium, in 1976. 

She is certified in Veterinary Acupincture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and in Veterinary Homeopathy by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy.   She is a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association and a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association.  

Dr. Maniet has been on the board of directors of the American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association and is currently the president of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy.  Dr. Maniet's work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington Times and the Washingtonian.

Dr. Maniet is a true believer and proponent of the Human-Animal Bond.  Understanding that pets truly have the power to heal, she supports the idea of troubled children having an ongoing relationship with a pet to provide companionship, unconditional love, acceptance and a way to take their mind off their loneliness, fears, and pain.  Animals encourage laughter, responsibility and exercise, and offer  a strong sense of security and protection.  Dr. Maniet has played a pivotal role in ASIF's use of therapy dogs to successfully reach a "hard to reach" population of adolescent self-injury.


Melissa Banach

Melissa Banach has expertise in long range, strategic planning and policy development with more than 30 years experience in shaping the built environment in both the private and public sectors.  Since 1979, Ms. Banach served as Chief of Strategic Planning of the Planning Department of Montgomery County, Maryland, which has b

een one of the fastest growing jurisdictions in Maryland for the past three decades.

Trained as a land planner, Ms. Banach received a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the George Washington University.   She directed development for the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission of many innovative and nationally recognized policy programs, some of which include the Agricultural and Rural Open Space Plan, Legacy Open Space Plan, and the General Plan Refinement. 

Ms. Banach is a nationally recognized expert on planning and farmland preservations, receiving the National Agricultural Conservation Award from the American Farmland Trust, the National Award for Best Comprehensive Master Plan for the Preservation of Agriculture and Rural Open Space from the American Planning Association.  Additonally, her career included projects in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Texas and Connecticut focusing on downtown redevelopment, growth management, and capital improvement programming and development. 

Ms. Banach served both the Board of Directors at the McDonough School and the Seton Keough School in Baltimore, and has frequently  presented to student, professional and community organiziations regarding various aspects of land planning policy and practice throughout the country.  She is a graduate of the Leadership Montgomery Class of 1996, and is a member of Montgomery Women.

Currently Ms. Banach is involved in the development of both the National Coalition of Oncology Nurse Navigators along with Koman funded Survivors Offering Support.  By applying her vast and extensive experience of strategic planning and policy development, she joins ASIF's committment to enhance communication, find common goals and identify creative solutions for effective and efficient delivery of quality patient care.

John Heiman

John Heiman, an accountant and former small business owner, brings a broad knowledge of finance to the Board. John is presently a Senior Accountant at the American Psychological Association. He holds an   M.B.A   from the American University in accounting.  Additionally, John serves as treasurer of his condominium  association.



Edward Reed

Ed is the Founder & CEO of Academic Management Group, LLC – a small business providing coaching, strategic educational & career planning, consulting, personality & career interest assessments, and leadership development training services. He serves on various advisory boards for nonprofit organizations. He is serving as the 2016 - 2017 President of the Maryland School Counselor Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the profession of school counseling and maximizing student potential in the areas of academic excellence, college & career readiness, and social-emotional growth. Ed also serves his community by leading the School Counseling department for his local middle school











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