Board of Directors | Staff Leadership
TESSA's Board of Directors as of June 2014
Molly Miles, President
Diana May, Vice President
Susan Woessner, Secretary
Clarissa Hobson, Treasurer
Howard Black, Ex-Officio
Alex Dumas, Immediate Past President
Whitney Luckett, Member at Large
Dr. Jeff Oram-Smith
Ms. Janet Kerr, MA/LPC | Executive Director
With TESSA since 2012
Janet Kerr, MA, LPC, has worked for the prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence (DVSA) since 1986. Ms. Kerr is an international consultant providing training and technical assistance to law enforcement, prosecutors, advocacy agencies, and other professionals about issues related to DVSA. Prior to her work as a consultant, Ms. Kerr served as the Executive Director at TESSA (known then as the Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence) from 1997-2001. Ms. Kerr has served on the Board of Directors for several local and state organizations including: Victims Assistance and Law Enforcement (VALE), Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA), Joint Initiatives for Youth and Families, and the Pikes Peak Domestic Violence Coalition. Ms. Kerr is an adjudicated expert providing testimony in domestic violence and sexual assault court cases throughout Colorado.
Ms. Becky Gundrum | Deputy Director
With TESSA since 2014
Ms. Gundrum has nearly a decade of leadership experience in both public and private higher education and more than a decade of experience in private industry. In her most recent roles, she was instrumental in developing a higher education consortium dedicated to K-12 teacher and leader development and training. Ms. Gundrum is a passionate social justice advocate as demonstrated by her commitment to bettering the education system for all children. Ms. Gundrum earned a Bachelor of Science degree in consumer science, an MBA and she is currently completing her Ph.D. in education policy at Marquette University. She has served on a non-profit education board, a high school scholarship board, and as a publicly-elected school board member from 2008-2014.
Ms. Staci Woods | Controller
With TESSA since 2006
Ms. Woods has spent 14 years working with agencies who serve victims of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault. After receiving her BA in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach Staci began her career in direct-services but soon began to utilize her statistical and financial acumen to support agency stability and efficiency. During her 8 years at TESSA, Ms. Woods has worked in special events, resource development, and finance. Most recently she was promoted to Controller and now oversees financial strategy and planning for the agency.
Ms. Samilja Heim | Director of Development
With TESSA since 2011
Ms. Heim has over a decade of experience working within the nonprofit sector of the Pikes Peak region. She has spent the last five years working exclusively in development roles, securing organizational and programmatic support from individual donors, corporations, foundations and government sources. She holds a B.A. in English and Public Relations from Penn State University and has completed coursework toward a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Ms. Angela Hackett | Safehouse Manager
With TESSA since 2010
Ms. Hackett is passionate about combatting all forms of oppression and providing hope and healing to victims of trauma. This passion inspired her to educate the community on healthy relationships and measures of inclusivity. Angie presented at the 2013 Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference, 2012 Domestic Violence Academy, the 2011 Colorado Organizations for Victims Assistance (COVA) conference, and the 2011 Domestic Violence Summit. In addition, she is a certified trainer for the bystander intervention program known as GreenDot™ and sits on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Coalition against Domestic Violence (CCADV). She holds a B.A. in Communication and is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Non-profit Management.
Ms. Brandy Lockhart | Advocacy Program Manager
With TESSA since 2014
Ms. Lockhart has 13 years of experience in program management and direct services. For the last 10 years Ms. Lockhart has worked specifically with nonprofit organizations, providing specialized advocacy and clinical support to a variety of at-risk populations. Brandy earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and an MA in Clinical Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. She holds several professional certifications and has served on the Board of Directors for a number of community agencies in the Pikes Peak region. Ms. Lockhart chose her professional trajectory based on a desire to empower and equip women and families with the tools and skills to live holistic and more peaceful lives.
Ms. Charity Richardson, EMDR II, LPC | Clinical Services Manager
With TESSA since 2009
Ms. Richardson joined TESSA with extensive experience in curriculum development, education and trauma therapy. Ms. Richardson previously worked as the Director of Education and the Children's Program Manager at Two Rivers Psychiatric Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She is highly skilled in the psychobiology of brain function, teaches general workshops on children in crisis and teen dating violence, and provides PTSD training to nurses through Memorial Hospital. In addition to her role as Clinical Services Manager at TESSA, Ms. Richardson maintains a private practice at Wings of Grace Counseling, specializing in child and adult trauma.