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Judge Lynn Tepper retired, served as a Circuit Judge in Florida’s 6th Judicial Circuit for 3 decades, preceded by 4 years as County Judge in Pasco County.  She received her J.D. from Stetson University, College of Law in 1977 after receiving her B.A. from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. in 1974. She received an Honorary Ph.D. in Humane Letters from St. Leo University in 2019.  She was an Assistant Public Defender in Pasco County followed by 4 years in her own law practice.

In her retirement, Judge Tepper has taught Judges and Justice stakeholders across the nation & diverse levels of FSU College students on Clemency as well as High School students locally both in High Schools as well as in the Juvenile Detention Center. She remains active with various committees of the Florida Office Of State Court Administration (OSCA) and locally: Florida Juvenile Delinquency Advisory Committee & the Prevention Committee of the Pasco County Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force.  She has assisted in the writing and editing of OSCA Bench Books on Dependency, Domestic Violence, and Delinquency.

Judge Tepper’s last judicial assignment was to handle all East Pasco cases involving Child Abuse & Neglect, Juvenile Delinquency, all related cases of a family including Domestic Violence, Family, and occasional criminal cases. From 2012 until 2018 her court was one of six sites in the U.S. selected to implement a “Project ONE” Court [One Judge, One Family, No Wrong Door, Equal & coordinated access to Justice], a NCJFCJ (National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges) model program. Her “Early Childhood Court” was one of the “Safe Babies” Demonstration Sites with ZERO TO THREE. People came from all over the country to observe her “Trauma-informed” practices. Over the years, she had observers in her court from as far away as the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.

Judge Tepper teaches and speaks nationally and statewide on Bonding and Attachment of Children; Trauma-Informed Courts and ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences); and Human Trafficking.  She is a published author and has appeared on numerous television talk shows.

Kenia Nunez, MPH, is a social entrepreneur who has created award-winning culturally responsive programs. She has customized trainings for teens, the special needs community, students in alternative learning centers, immigrants, teachers, and parents. She led trainings for hospital administrators, government agencies, executives, and employees at Rikers Island. Kenia is a certified yoga teacher and an Amazon best-selling author. Kenia won a Verizon Innovative Leaders Award in 2018 for her self-care program, Savvy Gems. In 2021, she won an Educator Award from Nassau County.  She is a frequent speaker for innovation, workforce development, and wellness. Her greatest passion is helping others find purpose for the different seasons of life.  After working in corporate America for 20 years, Kenia’s newfound purpose was inspired by the loss of her husband in 2013.

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Ann Hart Educated in Northeast Pennsylvania, Ann received a Bachelor of Science degree in applied behavioral science from Misericordia University and a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling from The University of Scranton. In addition, Hart has an Associate of Science degree in criminal justice counseling from Lackawanna College, and holds certifications as a rehabilitation counselor, alcohol and drug counselor, and an addictions counselor.

Prior to joining The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, Ann worked as a primary counselor at Geisinger Marworth in Waverly, a mobile therapist and behavioral consultant for the Youth Advocate Program in Dunmore, and as a direct care professional at St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton. She also has an extensive history of working with health care providers in therapeutic settings.

In her role, Ann develops, implements, and improves programs and policies that will expand resident, fellow, and student wellness and promote a healthy environment for all learners. She will also be responsible for the deployment and oversight of mental health and wellness initiatives that will benefit residents, fellows, and medical students as they navigate the demands of a rigorous medical school program. Ann will also provide consultation and conduct mental health and wellness screenings at learner sites based on customized risk assessment and wellness plans.


Ashley M. Tunstall is the Associate Director over Behavioral Health & Medical Services in the Colorado Division of Youth Services and has worked on behalf of youth and families for 30 years. She has taught at University of Colorado Denver in the criminology/criminal justice program since 2014 where she specializes in trauma. Her current practice and research interests include violence prevention, the intersection of trauma and aggression, and trauma-responsive environments in school and juvenile justice settings. She continues to co-lead the implementation oversight of the DYS integrated treatment model and has supported Sanctuary Model implementation for DYS since 2014.


Beth Orr, LMHC joined The Sanctuary Institute in July 2023.  Beth has 28 years of nonprofit experience, 22 years of this being in leadership.  Her specialties are trauma, mental health, resiliency, and homelessness.   Beth served as a peer reviewer with The Institute, evaluating organizations for their Sanctuary Model certifications and re-certifications beginning in 2017.

Prior to joining the team, for 8 years Beth was the Senior Director of Clinical Services at Metropolitan Ministries. Metropolitan Ministries serves homeless families and those at risk of being homeless in the Tampa Bay area.  Beth was an integral part of Metropolitan’s efforts to become a Trauma Informed Organization in the Sanctuary Model which they have been certified in since 2016.

Prior to her work at Metropolitan Ministries, Beth worked for 17 years at Chestnut Health Systems in the Illinois Metro-East part of St. Louis as the Director of Case Management Services.  Beth worked within their Mental Health Court, Gero-psych services, and developed innovative services that responded to the ongoing needs of individuals living with chronic mental health conditions as high utilizers of state and local hospital systems.

Beth is passionate about equipping organizations with trauma and resiliency standards and tools that are compassionately responsive to the needs of the individuals served within social service organizations.


Cameron Burgess holds qualifications in Organizational Psychology, Social Work, Business Management, and Leadership and has over 20 years’ management experience in the Community Services, International Development, Social Enterprise, and Child Protection sectors. From 2012-2017 Cameron established and led Mission Australia’s ‘Strengthening Communities’ program, delivering innovative community renewal projects in urban public Housing Estates and remote Indigenous communities across Australia.

The program was a finalist in the national Collaboration for Impact awards.
Cameron has worked extensively across Myanmar, Vietnam, and Cambodia, and previously chaired the Board of an International NGO. Prior to his current role, Cameron managed MacKillop Family Services’ programs across South West Victoria. Cameron is an engaging public speaker and is passionate about helping people grow and assisting organizations to cultivate healthy cultures.


Caroline Falcone Goldstone, LCSW, is the Program Manager for the Equity, Inclusion & Sanctuary Department at Morrison Child & Family Services. She has worked in the field of Early Childhood Mental Health for thirty years with a focus on organizational consultation.

She is a licensed clinical social worker and certified Yoga Calm Instructor. At Morrison, she collaborates with the various programs serving youth, children, families and parents to support and integrate Sanctuary learnings, workplace wellness and equitable practices into the vast array of services provided.


Colleen Zullo Rieger joined the Sanctuary Institute in January 2023 as a Faculty Consultant. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience working in child welfare, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, and juvenile justice/corrections. In various positions, Colleen has held responsibility for operations, program/regional management, program development, fund-raising, compliance, quality improvement, training/employee development, and recruitment/retention. Throughout her career she has maintained direct involvement with clients through service delivery.

From 2011-2022, Colleen was the implementation lead, primary trainer and certification point person for the Sanctuary Model within a large human services agency meeting diverse population needs. She educated the surrounding community on the agency’s implementation practices and contributed to other trauma informed care initiatives both within the agency and externally with stakeholders. Colleen has enjoyed mentoring master’s level social work students utilizing Sanctuary principles through field instruction/supervision as well as in the classroom at Marywood University.

Colleen is a social worker at heart, advocating, supporting, and empowering individuals, teams, and families with a firm foundation in the importance of honoring diversity of need and personhood. She considers the impact of systems on individuals and actively works to engage those systems as an agent of change. Colleen is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a master’s degree in social work. Additionally, she holds a bachelor’s degree in education and an associate degree in early childhood education.


Denise McGill-Delaney has worked for Gwen’s Girls for 21 years and her current role is Chief of Staff. Her experience expands from supporting the executive team, developing and overseeing programming, ensuring organizational compliance, and assisting with the implementation of the strategic planning process across the organization.

Denise has over 25 years’ experience working with children, youth, and families as an agent of support and guidance. Her professional life involves her commitment to serving the needs of children and families. She previously served as the Group Home Manager for 13 years. Prior to her work at Gwen’s Girls, she worked at Abraxas group home and Magee Women’s Hospital providing community health education.

Denise holds a master’s degree in social work and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She is a proud wife and mother of one daughter.


Esmai Manahan is a proud Yorta Yorta and Gunditjmara woman raised in a politically active family passionate about making positive change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Her totem is the long neck turtle.   Esmai is trauma and family therapy trained, and is responsible for the oversight of cultural safety, competency, and culturally responsive practice across MacKillop Family Services, including promoting self-determination, and advocating for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, and families.


George Weatherford, M.Ed is a Sanctuary Advocate at Morrison Child and Family Services in Portland Oregon. George has worked in youth care and social service settings for 25 years, and, following his Masters’ Degree from Lesley University’s Peaceable Schools Program, has specialized in social and emotional well-being and the integration of behavior management, developmental consideration and multicultural awareness into youth and family programs. George is thrilled to be able to use the Sanctuary Model as a framework in which to use skills and passions he has acquired through his degree and years of experience.


Ms. Ibet Hernandez has close to three decades of experience in providing leadership support at the institutional, organizational, and individual levels to promote the holistic well-being of all involved. Ms. Hernandez has provided direct clinical services and designed, implemented, and monitored programs aimed at mitigating the deleterious effects of factors that impinge on organizational health and individual mental health such as poverty and trauma. As a bilingual and bicultural mental health, social work, and educational professional, Ms. Hernandez brings a keen awareness of the issues that impact today’s society including those related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. She is passionate about advocating for individuals to have equitable opportunities for success and her career endeavors have certainly aligned with that passion.

Ms. Hernandez utilizes her expertise and knowledge of complex systems and human dynamics in her work helping organizations nationwide implement to fidelity the trauma-informed, organizational change model known as the Sanctuary Model. She utilizes a highly collaborative and integrated approach that aligns the principles of the model with the delicate intricate complexities of the organizations she works with across the country. Ms. Hernandez honors the subtle and unique qualities of these organizations as she partners with them on their journey of change and transformation, guiding them towards the ultimate goal of emergence from good to excellence.

Ms. Hernandez holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and a Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology and Bilingual Special Education from Lehman College. Ms. Hernandez is currently a Sanctuary Faculty Consultant for the Andrus Sanctuary Institute.


Ingrid Futon-Edwards, LCSW, ACSW is a founding member of Gwen’s Girls. She recently returned to the organization to build and re-launch clinical / behavioral health services at Gwen’s Girls and in the larger Greater Pittsburgh community.

Mrs. Fulton-Edwards has worn serval hats in the field of social work. She has served as a fourteen-year, veteran academic associate professor in a top-ranking Master of Social Work program, associate agency director, program director. Ingrid continues her tenue in the field as an owner and lead clinician of private practice for youth, families and young adults, clinical supervisor and mentor, life coach and Associate Pastor at a local ministry. Ingrid consults professionally in the areas of program and curriculum development and evaluation. Birthed from the understanding that ‘there but for the grace of God, go I,’ Ingrid is passionate about doing the work and holding space for the work to be done that allows individuals and organizations to survive, thrive and inspire successful futures.


James Ramsey, the Group Living Director at Mingus Mountain Youth Treatment Center. I’m excited to take on the responsibility of leading and overseeing our dedicated team of direct care professionals.

Before diving into my role here, let me share a bit about my journey. I spent a significant part of my life serving in the Marine Corps from 2003 to 2013. Those years were filled with deployments and a deep sense of pride in contributing to our country’s service. The values I learned during my military service continue to shape my approach to life and leadership.

In 2013, I decided to shift gears and pursue a career in behavioral health. Witnessing the potential for growth in young individuals and helping them learn from their mistakes and overcome traumatic barriers became a true passion of mine. It was a fulfilling transition that allowed me to make a positive impact in a different way.

On the personal front, my wife, Marcia, and I are the proud parents of six children, ranging from 13 to 21 years old. Family is incredibly important to me, and I find joy in being there for my kids as they navigate their own paths in life.

Beyond work and family, you’ll find me cheering on the Green Bay Packers with unwavering enthusiasm. Sports, especially football, have always been a source of camaraderie and excitement for me. I also have a love for travel, embracing the chance to connect with people from various walks of life.

Being a part of the Mingus team of Directors I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute my experiences from the Marine Corps and behavioral health to the youth under our care. I look forward to making a positive impact and fostering a supportive environment for their growth and well-being.


Jason Dagg is a Youth Services Specialist III working for the Colorado Department of Human Services in the Division of Youth Services. He currently works at a juvenile corrections facility called Spring Creek Youth Services Center in Colorado Springs, CO. However, in Colorado they do not call them correctional facilities, instead it is referred to as a committed treatment facility.

He is a Program Manager for a facility that serves adjudicated youth and young men serving sentences from the criminal justice system. Starting as a Youth Services Specialist I in 2016, he promoted and helped to implement programming services that have come to be his passion and mission. Prior to working with the Division he worked in outpatient treatment services in the addictions counseling field serving both youth and adults since 2007.


Jaye Holly has been designing and delivering training for more than 20 years on a wide array of topics, including performance management, adult learning, and DEI. Her career includes working in an eclectic mix of settings, from human services to academia to government. In 2010, Jaye began working with the Sanctuary Model by leading the implementation process for a child welfare agency serving communities across New York State. Since then, she has worked across the country and around the world to help build trauma informed communities. She has an M.S. in Human Resources Development from McDaniel College. She currently resides near Albany, NY


Karalyn Smith worked with The house of the good shepherd for over 20 years in a variety of positions and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been active part of the CORE team since 2012 and have Chaired this team since 2018. I was a workshop presenter in 2012 and 2013. One of my favorite spotlights of training, implementing and supporting The Sanctuary Model; is that it is not just about how we treat our kids and families; it is about how we treat each other.


Kyle Rose, MS, joined the Sanctuary Institute as a peer reviewer in 2013. He then moved to an adjunct faculty member in 2022 and is currently a full time faculty consultant. Kyle has significant experience in the Sanctuary Model and its implementation through his previous work at Positive Education Program, where he worked for over 30 years. In his role there, his expertise in Special Education was utilized as an integral member of the Core Team and Steering Committee.

Kyle holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in special education. He has been a TCI and CPI trainer for over 20 years. He also worked as an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University, teaching the tenets of trauma informed care and special education. He has volunteered with the Tourette Syndrome Association of Ohio, the Secretary of State Committee on Voter Rights in Ohio, and the YM/WC in Austria supporting refugees seeking asylum.


Larry Shallenberger began his career at Sarah Reed from 1990-1997 in direct childcare and case management. After a seventeen-year pastorate, he returned to the agency, first as a Residential Unit Manager in the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility before transitioning into his current role of Associate Vice President of Compliance. Larry serves on the Sanctuary and Diversity Committees. He is the author of three books. When Larry is not at work you can find him at the gym, running, or in the kitchen exploring new recipes.


Mrs. Lardo-DiMarco oversees specialized educational, vocational and recreational services; family engagement related activities; and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Drop in Center in the Bronx. She is a certified School Psychologist with over 20 years of experience at CMCS in a variety of leadership positions. She has fostered community partnerships to enhance the educational, clinical and housing needs of vulnerable populations in NYC.


Dr. Maxine Reddy joined the Andrus Sanctuary Institute on February 1st, 2012. During this time she has helped to guide organizations through culture change, cultivating a trauma-informed community. Maxine has lead organizations through the implementation and certification process; provided training through the five day experience as well as specific onsite retreats including communication and conflict retreats and train-the-trainer sessions. She has also helped to develop the peer certification practice within the Sanctuary Network.

Dr. Reddy has worked with several large organizations located around the country that provide residential services to youth involved with the foster care system, residential services to homeless adults and their children, and programs that provide community based counseling, domestic violence, mediation, veterans services, and eligibility services. She has also worked with smaller divisions within organizations that have chosen to have their residential programs implement the Model; thus presenting a unique circumstance to showcase this culture change to other areas of the organization.

Prior to joining Andrus, Dr. Reddy was affiliated with Green Chimneys Children’s Services located just outside of Westchester County in New York. During her 15-year tenure, she was responsible for directing the community based services programs that provided after-school programming, foster care prevention in-home services, juvenile justice prevention services, and the runaway and homeless youth shelter and case management services. Her expertise in providing services in non-residential settings has been particularly helpful to similar organization’s implementing the Sanctuary Model. Before leaving Green Chimneys to join Andrus, Maxine joined the Quality Assurance Department where she was responsible for the continued implementation of the Sanctuary Model post-Certification.

Maxine also has experience as a certified NYS mediator and is a former member of the Advisory Board of the Putnam County Youth Bureau, and an active volunteer for the Putnam County 4H program.

Maxine holds her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership and her dissertation focused on organizational leadership and the implementation of the Sanctuary Model. Maxine holds a masters degree in both community and school counseling


Nina Esaki, PhD, MSW, MBA, is an Associate Professor in the Springfield College Department of Social Work. Prior to her current position, she spent 7 years as the Director of Research at the Andrus Sanctuary Institute. Nina has published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles on organizational change and related topics, such as transformational leadership, and has presented at numerous conferences. Additionally, Nina is a board member of the Urban Resource Institute, the largest domestic violence and economic empowerment agency in the country, as well as a trainer with the Anti-Defamation League. Prior to her career as a researcher, Nina spent over 15 years in the corporate human resources field.


Phyllis White-Thorne joined The Sanctuary Institute in 2015. During this time she has worked with schools and organizations to help them to create and sustain trauma informed environments that mitigate the effects of trauma and provide safe, nurturing environments that support the healing, growth, and development of the students, staff, and the clients they serve.
Prior to joining The Sanctuary Institute, after 43 years, she retired from her work as Manager of Public Information and Government Affairs at Con Edison in 2013, where she was a company liaison to community and government leaders and not-for-profit organizations. She also co-chaired the Minority and Women-owned Business Committee at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. During which time she created and organized many programs and partnerships to enhance and support the education of children and adults, especially in under-served communities. She believes that education is the key to personal fulfillment and to improving the quality of life in our communities. Her passion is to support the education and the development of others, and to assist them in achieving their goals, and living purpose driven lives.

Phyllis Chairs the Board of The North Brooklyn YMCA. She is also Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Bridge Street Development Corporation. Phyllis Chairs the Education/Scholarship Committee of the New York Metropolitan area chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), and represents the Northeast on the AABE National Scholarship Committee. Phyllis is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Cardinal McClosky Community Charter School, and is a past Trustee of The NAACP Act-So, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, InCollaboration Inc., The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and Lighthouse International.

Phyllis has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Iona College, and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) from Mercy College.
Phyllis has been an Adjunct Professor in the Masters in Organizational Leadership Program at Mercy College, and has presented workshops at New York University’s School of Continuing Professional Studies. She has also presented leadership workshops abroad, to the principals and teachers on the Island of Nevis, West Indies. In 2014 she began working with The Volunteer Management Group where she presented workshops and one-on-one consultations with clients on subjects pertaining to philanthropy and volunteer program development and management.

She is currently a panelist on Brooklyn Savvy, a weekly cable television program that gives voice to important social issues from a woman’s perspective.


Shannon Osborne started working at The Wright Center for Community Health in January 2020 as a Case Manager and transitioned into the role of Project Manager in 2021. In this vital role, Shannon oversees a variety of projects that help fulfill the mission of The Wright Center, a federally qualified health center look-alike. Professionally, Shannon is a versatile healthcare worker with over 20 years of combined clinical and administrative experiences that include community health worker, certified nursing assistant, unit secretary, administrative assistant and office manager. Shannon is passionate about increasing health equity, reducing stigma, and promoting trauma-informed care


Shaun Mohon MEd, MBA, currently serve as the Executive Director at Mingus Mountain Youth Treatment Center, a treatment facility for adolescent females in the Vivant Behavioral Health Network. I have the opportunity to lead a passionate team of Directors, staff and serve on the organization’s core team as well as steering committee. I started doing this work in 2009 at a residential treatment facility in Iowa, working as a direct care staff. That fact is a point of pride that I like to share with our team members, being in the trenches with the humans we serve has an extremely high calling and I am proud to have developed my foundation there.

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, a Master’s Degree in Education as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. These degrees have allowed me to understand my role as an administrator and see the whole picture, or system of care, around the people we serve. I have a passion for seeing other human beings excel, becoming the most dynamic version of themselves. One of my main goals is to use whatever platform I can to create a voice for someone who is voiceless. A strong sense of compassion and drive has allowed me to really align with the Sanctuary Model and the framework that it gives us. In my previous life, I was a collegiate athlete and also spent years traveling the world. I thoroughly enjoy sports, hanging out with my wife & golden retrievers and am getting very excited for the birth of our first child in August.


Tamera Hunter MA, PC

As the CEO of Townhall II, Tamera Hunter earned her BA in Psychology in 2002 from KSU and her MA in Mental Health Counseling and Human Development from Walsh University in 2005. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she has over 15 years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Tamera is heavily involved in state integrated health policy committee reform through Ohio Council. This past year she has been recruited by the Drug Enforcement Administration to implement prevention-based strategies in Ohio and is one of their national educators in trauma informed care for non-profits. Since beginning her tenure at Townhall II, the organization has successfully obtained another 3-year CARF accreditation, expanded services into the mental health division and Medication Assisted Treatment departments, added daycare services, and is in the process of integrating primary care throughout the organization.


Victoria L. Hummer MSW, LCSW joined the Sanctuary Institute in 2014 as a Faculty Consultant.  She has consulted and trained organizations across the United States in the Sanctuary Model.  Victoria specializes in providing therapy for survivors of trauma, and for adult, youth and children who struggle with mental health issues.

Previously, she served as the Director of Transformation at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa, FL, a large urban continuum of care provider of comprehensive services for homeless and at-risk community.  She was instrumental in the implementation of Sanctuary. In her role as Director of Trauma Informed Care at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Vicki also delivered professional workshops across Florida; including Trauma Informed Care (TIC), Psychological First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, and Post-Traumatic Stress Management, while spearheading a Community Crisis Response Team.

For 17 years Victoria was an Assistant Professor and Researcher in the USF-Tampa College of Community and Behavior Sciences, Department of Child and Family Studies. It was here she began her interest in Trauma Informed Care, managing a 5-year SAMSHA funded research study on Implementing TIC at psychiatric inpatient programs for youth across Florida. This work led to co-authoring several articles published in peer-reviewed journal and developing both a field assessment instrument and curriculum for youth residential treatment programs.

As a long-time advocate for adopting children out of foster care, Ms. Hummer wrote field manuals for the newly independent adoption service providers in Hillsborough County, FL (Journey Toward Forever: Vols 1&2 and The Adoption Companion: A Guide for Adoptive Families). As part of her life long advocacy for child welfare and adoption, Victoria spearheaded the founding of the non-profit, Sylvia Thomas Center for Adoptive Families, in Brandon, FL. The Center continues to this day to provide adoptive families with support services across Tampa Bay. Vicki is the mother of two brothers adopted from foster care, and has fostered six other children until their family reunification or adulthood.