Ernest (Ernie) Duff, who is originally from Virginia, has lived and traveled all over the world. He is a Minister and a Psychologist, and is profoundly inspired by collective psychological theory and practice and the potential for healing in communities. He is a former nonprofit Executive, who has worked cross-culturally for thirty years, with refugees, asylum seekers, survivors of torture and war, innocent former prisoners of our prison system, people living with HIV, and with communities, families and individuals impacted by significant trauma and stress. He co-founded the Safe Horizon/Solace Program for Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma in New York City, and created and managed the Metro Area Support for Survivors of Torture (MASST) Consortium in New York and Northern New Jersey, which became a leading community empowerment approach to healing the wounds of torture survivors living in the United States. Ernie is also a former President of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP), which is the association of torture rehabilitation efforts across the United States. He moved west with his family in 2004, and now resides in Denver, Colorado. He most recently directed a community resilience initiative in Aurora, Colorado, where he and others led an effort to heal the wounds of the Aurora Theater Shooting, and the myriad traumas and stresses throughout the communities of Aurora. In all of his work, Ernie guides and facilitates steps toward community healing, empowerment, inclusiveness and resilience! He brings a collective, systemic understanding and expertise on how community members and the organizations/businesses which support them, may work together, discovering and actualizing their human resilience, while solving tasks and building efficiencies.
Ernie also has considerable leadership and management history and knowledge that he brings to the table to help organizations/businesses/government/executive staff and others in conducting strategic and operational planning, program development, fundraising, board development and recruitment, volunteer management and more. He does this part of the work, once again, through the collective lens, engaging groups with cultural humility, and challenging aspects of structural violence that put up barriers to success within organizations, and between organizations and those they serve.