leadership


Directors


Mr. Darryl Glenn

General Counsel and Chief Strategies Officer

Mr. Glenn joins TESSA after serving in public office as an El Paso County Commissioner and Colorado Springs City Councilmember for over 15 years. Mr. Glenn brings his background as an attorney with a focus on family law and protection orders. Mr. Glenn is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with over 21 years of combined active and reserve service. Mr. Glenn 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. Mr. Glenn has also been a resident of Colorado Springs since early childhood.

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Ms. Angie Hackett-Larson

Chief Program Officer

Ms. Hackett-Larson has extensive experience working within the nonprofit sector in Colorado, primarily around homelessness, and domestic and sexual violence issues. Prior to her return to TESSA, she spent more than two years assisting another nonprofit in the role of grant writer. Ms. Hackett-Larson has a rich history with TESSA dating back ten years. Through her time with TESSA she has served on the board of the Colorado Coalition against Domestic Violence, and traveled throughout the state providing presentations on domestic violence and sexual assault related topics. Ms. Hackett-Larson holds a Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University, Denver.

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Ms. Tara Sabin

Chief Financial Officer

Tara received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Florida State University, the school she envisioned attending as an elementary aged kid. Since graduating, Tara has worked with nonprofit organizations in many different capacities; including auditing, internal operations, and experience with federal awards and compliance. Before joining TESSA, Tara worked with nonprofit clients along the front range and prior to that, was the Vice President of Finance for a nonprofit organization here in Colorado Springs. Tara enjoys helping nonprofits achieve their mission effectively and efficiently, allowing them to have a greater impact on the communities they serve. She is passionate about TESSA’s purpose and excited for the opportunity to use her knowledge and skills to make a difference in the lives of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Mr. Joseph Sanchez

Clinical Director

Mr. Sanchez 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 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.

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Ms. Carleigh Fite

Legal Services Director

Carleigh Fite serves as TESSA’s Legal Services Director. A native of Oklahoma, Carleigh served as a judicial clerk for the District and Supreme Courts of Oklahoma before moving to Colorado to enjoy the great outdoors. Prior to joining TESSA’s team, she practiced Federal Indian Law and worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Colorado Springs. During her time at the DA’s office, Carleigh expanded her understanding of domestic violence and became a passionate advocate for survivors. She is proud to represent survivors and feels very lucky to be one small part of the journey toward healing.

Ms. Cynthia Negrete

Youth & Children’s Program Manager

Cynthia Negrete has been working with adult and child survivors for over 10 years. Prior to joining TESSA, Cynthia served with the YWCA in Oklahoma City as a child advocate and as the Director of Domestic Violence Advocacy. Cynthia also worked as a CASA volunteer in Oklahoma County, volunteered as a group facilitator for Inside Out Youth Services, and gained certification through the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as a Certified Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Professional (CDSVRP). Since joining TESSA, Cynthia has had several roles including bilingual residential case manager, group facilitator for children and adult psycho-educational groups, and is currently TESSA’s Children’s Program Manager. Cynthia earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Colorado State University-Global Campus.

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Ms. Courtney Sutton

Safety and Support Manager

Ms. Sutton holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a Trauma focus from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. A native Tennessean, Ms. Sutton is an alumnus of the University of Tennessee where she studied Psychology. Ms. Sutton 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, Ms. Sutton 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.

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TESSA BOARD MEMBERS


  • Tyrone Johnson, President
  • Reagan Anderson, MD
  • Ron Fitch
  • Cheryl Lewis
  • Tara Loo
  • Bob McDonald
  • Dr. Jeff Oram-Smith
  • Kristen Solo
  • Jan Webber
  • Howard Black