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Keynote Speakers

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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Call for Proposals

2024 Network Days Conference – Repairing Culture. Reimagining Trauma Informed Care.

As a member of the Sanctuary Network of practice, we invite you to submit Proposals for workshops for the 2024 Sanctuary Network Conference being held from April 17th – 19th , 2024.

This year’s Network Days theme is Repairing Culture. Reimagining Trauma Informed Care. Proposals should highlight innovations, experiences and practical strategies that exemplify the practices of the Sanctuary ModelSM in creating and sustaining a trauma-informed organizational culture.

This year’s conference will be held in-person at the IBM Learning Center located in Westchester County, New York; just a short train ride to New York City. As you plan and prepare your Proposal, please keep in mind each workshop is an hour and fifteen minutes in length, and presenters should include time within this window for a question and answer period.

As we practice our Commitment to Democracy, Proposals will be evaluated by a Workshop Committee. Committee members will independently review each proposal and provide a total score based on:

–  Relevance and fidelity to the Sanctuary Model

– Experiential and engaging nature of workshop design and content

– Applicability of information to the Network Members

To inform the Committee, a 15-minute call via Zoom will be scheduled for each proposal/presenter. During these short conversations, potential presenters will have an opportunity to present a short excerpt of their workshop, answer committee members’ questions and clearly communicate the experience of attending their planned workshop.

Please note: For submission, along with the Proposal itself, you will need to complete the following: A brief bio of about 100 words, a formal-looking headshot for each presenter and a link or QR Code to your Linked-In page (if applicable).

Please submit your Proposal, Bio, Headshot and Linked-In information no later than January 31, 2024 at 5pm. Thank you, The Sanctuary Network Days Committee

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The Sanctuary Institute would like to recognize you for your outstanding service during the conference. Each Network Days Conference, The Sanctuary Institute honors individuals and organizations who are nominated as living and breathing the tenets of The Sanctuary Model. This year, we invite you to submit nominations in two categories:

Sanctuary Star Award (This is an individual Award)
This award will be given to an individual who exemplifies the Sanctuary’s commitments and values. Those nominated for this award would be described as kind, compassionate, trustworthy, humble, capable, ethical, brave, and generous. The award recipient also works to create a safe haven for colleagues and/or clients, who approach their work from a place of curiosity and support rather than judgment and are dedicated to motivating others for positive change in their communities.
Please click here to submit your Sanctuary Star Award nomination

Sanctuary Innovative Organization Award (Organization Award)
This award will be given to a Network Member organization that has been a conductor for change, has been a champion of The Sanctuary Model in their Community, or has enriched their practice of Sanctuary in some significant way.
Please click here to submit your Sanctuary Innovative Organization Award nomination

Please send your nomination no later than February 15, 2024, at 5 pm EST., decisions will be made by March 31st, 2024.

We look forward to recognizing all those nominated and celebrating the winners.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Maxine Reddy at

The 2024 Network Days Committee

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