Chief Executive Officer
Anne received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. She has served for the past 8 years in a volunteer capacity with TESSA, most recently serving as the President of the Board of Directors for the past two years. Anne is an active member of the non-profit community in Colorado Springs and has a passion for the mission of TESSA. Prior to committing herself to the work of TESSA, Anne worked in marketing and advertising, specifically focused on non-profits.
Chief Legal Services Officer
Darryl joins TESSA after serving in public office as an El Paso County Commissioner and Colorado Springs City Councilmember for over 15 years. Darryl brings his background as an attorney with a focus on family law and protection orders. Darryl is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with over 21 years of combined active and reserve service. Darryl earned a law degree from New England School, an MBA from Western New England College, and a Bachelor’s in Science from the United States Air Force Academy. Darryl has also been a resident of Colorado Springs since early childhood.
Kristy has almost ten years of experience as a victim advocate and has worked with over 4,000 survivors of domestic violence sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking. Kristy served seven years in the United States Army and transitioned to the civilian world in order to do this work full-time. Kristy started her tenure at TESSA in 2012 as a Confidential Victim Advocate. In the years since Kristy has served as the Counseling Coordinator, Lead Hospital Advocate, and the Advocacy Manager, Human Trafficking Program Manager, and now Program Director. Across the state of Colorado, Kristy is considered an expert in the fields of domestic violence, sexual assault, strangulation, and stalking and has served as an expert witness over 50 times.
Joe is the Clinical 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 as a caseworker, family worker, counselor, and clinician positions. Additionally, he has been the administrator of clinical programs and clinical internship programs at several different agencies. Joe is an alumnus of the University of Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology as well as an alumnus of the University of Phoenix with a Master’s degree in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy.
Safety and Support Manager
Courtney holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a Trauma focus from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. A native Tennessean, Courtney is an alumnus of the University of Tennessee where she studied Psychology. Courtney interned with TESSA while in her Master’s program and quickly realized this was the field that she was meant to do, rather than Neuropsychology as she previously planned. After her internship, Courtney continued working with TESSA as a Confidential Victim Advocate, Hospital On-Call Advocate, Safehouse Advocate, and Lead Court Advocate. She is passionate about her work assisting survivors and supporting clients within the community.
Nina is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist-turned victim advocate. Nina comes to TESSA with almost twenty years of experience working with individuals, children, and families involved with the legal system. A researcher, practitioner and former professor, Nina earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from Binghamton University, followed by a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Although she is a native New Yorker, she moved to Nevada to earn her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Until recently, she worked in the Department of Justice treating offenders and specializing in trauma, personality disorders, and severe mental illness. Nina is passionate about applying her experience and education working with TESSA.
Youth & Children’s Program Manager
Megan received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University. After college, she served the military community as a Health Educator at the Fort Hood and Fort Carson Army Wellness Centers. Megan volunteers with several local non-profit organizations to include Springs Rescue Mission and COSILoveYou. She brings to TESSA a passion for investing in our youth and serving the Colorado Springs community.
Human Trafficking Program Manager
Jordan started as a volunteer with TESSA and found her passion for working with survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence in 2017. Jordan continued working at TESSA as a Confidential Victim Advocate, Lead Hospital Advocate, and Housing Coordinator. While pursuing her undergraduate in Human Services at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Jordan interned in the Office of the Dean of Students to provide support and resources to survivors on a college campus. Jordan is committed to providing trauma-informed care and supportive services to survivors in the community.
Community Engagement Manager
Rica has a background in Graphic Design and Business Management graduating from Utah State University with a BFA. A native Coloradoan who has lived in Colorado Springs her whole life. Rica previously worked at KKTV as their Digital Sales and Marketing Assistant. After 4 years in the media industry and working with small businesses and large organizations behind the scenes, Rica decided she needed a change. After attending TESSA’s 40th Ruby Gala, Rica applied for the Community & Outreach Coordinator position and found her passion of non-profit marketing and development. Rica is passionate about her community, developing relationships, and managing the Development Department at TESSA.