Board of Directors | Staff Leadership
TESSA's Board of Directors as of March 2014
Molly Miles, President
Diana May, Vice President
Susan Woessner, Secretary
Alan Gregory, Treasurer
Howard Black, Ex-Officio
Alex Dumas, Immediate Past President
Whitney Luckett, Member at Large
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. Dani Francis | Chief Financial Officer
With TESSA since 2006
Ms. Dani Francis has worked as an accountant and financial manager for over 15 years. As a staff accountant, financial analyst, and financial manager, she has performed a variety of audit, financial and accounting functions. She holds a B.A. in Business, summa cum laude, from Colorado College.
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. Amber Coté | Advocacy Program Manager
With TESSA since 2013
Ms. Coté has 17 years of experience working with nonprofits - advocating for abused/neglected children, heading efforts to provide creative self expression and job training opportunities to at-risk youth and most recently, directing a regional school readiness initiative. Her diverse knowledge of the nonprofit, educational, judicial and business arenas informs Ms. Coté’s approach to organizational/program management, advocacy, collaboration and public awareness. She particularly enjoys building alliances that leverage shared values to achieve a common vision. Work around the issues of empowerment, advocacy, and equality are the common threads of Ms. Coté’s career.
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. Jody Petry, BSN/MHSA | Volunteer Program Manager
With TESSA since 2009
Ms Petry joined TESSA as Volunteer Coordinator in 2009, after a 37 year career in nursing. The last 22 of those years were spent at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs as a Home Health Care Nurse, Women’s Wellness Program Manager, and Breast Care Center Director. Ms. Petry describes one of her primary skills as her ability to bring people together to meet mutual needs. On a day-to-day basis the role of the Volunteer Manager is to do just that, match the needs of TESSA with the desires of those generous members of this community who are looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities.
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.
Ms. Staci Woods | Controller
With TESSA since 2006
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