Board of Directors | Staff Leadership

TESSA's Board of Directors as of October 2014

Howard Black, President
Christina Baker, Vice President
Anne Markley, Secretary
Clarissa Hobson, Treasurer

Shannon Gerhart
Cheryl Lewis
Shirley Martinez
Diana May, Immediate Past President
David McCone
Bob McDonald
Marnie Melius
Molly Miles
Dr. Jeff Oram-Smith
Di Thompson, MD


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. Becky Treece | Development Director 
With TESSA since 2015

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.


Jessica Mars, MSW, LSW Children’s Program Manager
With TESSA since 2008

Ms. Mars started her tenure at TESSA as a Confidential Victim Advocate. In the time since, Ms. Mars has finished both her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Social Work. Focusing on children residing in TESSA’s Safehouse, Ms. Mars uses her extensive understanding of DVSA and the regional criminal justice/human services systems to provide intensive case management and therapeutic services to residential youth.


Ms. D'Wanna Powell | Safehouse Manager
With TESSA since 2011

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. 

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.



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