Board of Directors | Staff Leadership

TESSA's Board of Directors as of October 2014

Howard Black, President
Anne Markley, Vice President
Tyrone Johnson, Treasurer
Dr. David McCone, Secretary


Reagan Anderson, MD
Shannon Gerhart
Cheryl Lewis
Bob McDonald
Dr. Jeff Oram-Smith
Di Thompson, MD


Ms. SherryLynn Boyles, Esq. | Executive Director

With almost 20 years of executive, fundraising, communications, and program experience, Ms. Boyles’s background includes serving as Executive Director of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault as well as a consultant for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Teen Dating Abuse Helpline and local shelters in Texas.  Boyles also oversaw a $54 million capital campaign to build a new performing arts center in San Antonio, Texas, and was founder and president of SLB Consulting that offered a range of services to assist with strategic planning, managing complex projects, raising funds, and public relations. Boyles, a native Texan, is a lawyer with juris doctor and bachelor of science degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.  

Mr. Joseph Sanchez | Program Director

Mr. Sanchez is the Program Director for TESSA and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado with a focus on relationships and trauma. He brings to TESSA 13 years of direct experience with severe mental health, correctional, and child welfare agencies and multiple years of professional court experience from caseworker, family worker, counselor, and clinician positions. Additionally, he has been administrator of clinical programs and clinical internship programs at several different agencies. Mr. Sanchez is an alumnus of University of Colorado with a Bachelor degree in Sociology as well as an alumnus of University of Phoenix with a Master’s degree in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy.

Ms. Danielle Scott | Business Manager

Ms. Scott has over 20 years accounting and finance experience. After receiving her BS in Accounting from Prairie View A&M University she was an auditor for a Big Four public accounting firm and a joint venture auditor for an Oil and Gas company. Prior to joining TESSA, Ms. Scott was the Airport Accounting Manager for the City of Colorado Springs for eight years. During her tenure at TESSA, Ms. Scott has worked as a Confidential Victims Advocate, PREA Confidential Victims Advocate, Court Advocate, Hospital On-Call Advocate and Accounting. Most recently she was promoted to Business Manager and now oversees financial strategy, operations and planning for the agency.

Ms. Becky Treece | Development Director 

Ms. Treece has extensive experience working within the nonprofit sector in Colorado, primarily around poverty, women’s equality and empowerment, and social justice issues. Prior to joining TESSA, she spent three years as an independent consultant assisting nonprofits and special interest groups with communications and development strategies. Ms. Treece holds a B.S. in Public Relations from Northern Arizona University.


Ms. Laurie Darmofal | Children’s Program Manager

Ms. Darmofal has been working with survivors for over 15 years and is nationally certified as an Advanced Victim Advocate with specialties in domestic violence and sexual assault. She has extensive experience in the field, working with police, fire, military and non-profit agencies. Ms. Darmofal has a BA in psychology and MA in Forensic Psychology. Ms. Darmofal provides expertise to the Children’s Program in multiple ways, including children’s groups, children’s advocacy, special events, parental coaching and mentoring.

Ms. D'Wanna Powell | Safehouse Manager

Mrs. Powell is passionate about combatting all forms of oppression and providing hope and healing to survivors of trauma. This passion inspired her to apply for a volunteer position with TESSA in 2011. After volunteering for a year and a half, Mrs. Powell applied for a part-time position in the Safehouse. With her hard work and dedication, she has advanced within the organzaiton and has assumed the position of Safehouse Manager. To gain a holistic approach to working with survivors of trauma, Mrs. Powell completed her internship at an agency that services male offenders. She holds a M.A. in Counseling. Mrs. Powell is honored to work with survivors of trauma and is looking forward to partnering with community agencies to ensure survivors of trauma are receiving the assistance they deserve. 


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