OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Executive Director

Stephanie Citron

Stephanie Citron, PhD, is the Executive Director of Resources for Resilience™. Having begun her career as a public health nurse in Central Harlem, she became dedicated to learning about how individuals and communities could heal from cumulative trauma. She later received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has been in private practice for the last 30 years, working with people with acute and complex trauma.

Stephanie co-founded All Souls Counseling Center and Communities in Schools in Asheville.  Drawn to the body-mind connection, she is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and has been a Master Trainer in the Trauma Resiliency and the Community Resiliency Models. She is moved by the resiliency of the human spirit she has witnessed in her work in Haiti and the Philippines following natural disasters, and with many closer to home who live on the front lines of deeply challenging circumstances.

Program Director

Ann DuPre Rogers

Ann DuPre Rogers, LCSW, is the Program Director for Resources for Resilience™. She has worked in outdoor leadership, community mental health, school based mental health, and community education. Her roles have included school social worker, child and family therapist, field instructor, clinical supervisor, program administrator, and community outreach director.

Ann DuPre is the Provider Relations Manager at Vaya Health, the organization responsible for managing the Medicaid and state-funded behavioral health, substance use, and intellectual and developmental disabilities services in western NC. She is also a registered yoga teacher and a Mental Health First Aid instructor. Ann DuPre has taught diverse populations about trauma and resilience using the Community Resilience Model and Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for law enforcement and first responders.

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

Ginger Clough

Ginger Clough, RN, is a Maternal-Child Public Health Professional with 25 years’ experience serving families in North Carolina through Nurse-Family Partnership, Early Head Start and other family-centered programs aimed at reaching diverse populations. Currently, she is a Board Member of the NC Infant-Young Child Mental Health Association and Public Health Nurse at Buncombe County Health and Human Services in Asheville NC. In addition to RFR, Ginger offers a broad range of resiliency focused services. These include training in the Nurturing the Brain/Buffering Toxic Stress Model; facilitating the Circle of Security Parenting Model; lecturing on Maternal and Child Effects of Opiate Exposure, as well as Attachment and Parenting; ACEs; and Climate Change and Health. Ginger promotes resilience informed practices as a tool for change at the individual, community and organizational level, emphasizing how trauma informed and resilience focused care and collaboration create a more just and thriving society. She views resilience as the foundation for cultivating health, environmental and economic equity for all.

Katie Roberts

Katie Roberts, LCSW, has a background in community mental health and integrated care. She is in private practice. Prior to focusing her career in mental health, she worked as a social worker in Peru, schools, domestic violence programs, and DSS. She secured her first job as a therapist in community mental health and then worked for MAHEC OB/GYN as a behavioral therapist. During this she received training in the Trauma Resiliency Model and Community Resiliency Model and wishes she’d learned about resiliency skills from the start of her career—they have transformed the way she works with clients and interacts with people in her everyday life. Sharing these tools through trainings is a passion.

Lucia Daugherty

Lucia Daugherty is the Civil Rights Specialist for the SPARC Foundation, serving as advocate and community educator to promote and ensure equity and inclusion. She has worked as a literacy educator and conflict resolution/peer mediation facilitator in city schools, and as volunteer music instructor at several early childhood education facilities and elementary schools, and has held jobs with the YWCA and the I Have a Dream Foundation. She co-founded an urban agriculture program and a Women’s Wellbeing Circle for public housing residents, has been Community Relations Specialist and Executive Director of the Community Relations Council, and has served on the boards of several nonprofits.

Lucia has an extensive background in performing arts and community radio. Her belief in the value of all humans and her strength as a mediator and educator continue to guide her work, helping different segments of the community and connection, heal from trauma, and move towards healthy and equitable community relations.

Mary Lynn Barrett

Mary Lynn Barrett, LCSW, MPH, is the Director of Behavioral Medicine in the Family Practice Residency Program and Family Health Center at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, NC. Having been a Master Trainer in the Trauma Resiliency Model and the Community Resiliency Model (CRM), Mary Lynn trains all types of individuals, from physicians and licensed mental health providers to case managers, parents, lay providers, veterans and clergy. She speaks Spanish fluently and has taught the Community Resiliency Model nationally and internationally, most recently in Rwanda and Tanzania. Mary Lynn is on the Board of Africa Healing Exchange.

Susanne Walker Wilson

Susanne Walker Wilson, LCSW, has woven social work practice and public health education into diverse communities, from inner-city DC to rural Appalachia, Bogota, Colombia, and Asheville over the past 25 years. Common threads in her work include: early intervention and nurturing parenting through an attachment-based lens; a commitment to justice; and empowering communities and individuals to prevent and respond to trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in their own words and their own ways.

Currently, Susanne is the Resiliency Educator for Community Care of WNC and is on the leadership council of the Buncombe ACEs Learning Collaborative. She leads Circle of Security Parenting classes in a variety of settings and has taught both CRM and Reconnect for Resilience in public schools and childcare settings, with faith communities, to healthcare providers, in faith communities, and in rural communities as well as cities. Susanne speaks Spanish and is grateful for what the Latinx immigrant community continues to teach her about resilient living.

Committed to workforce resilience, Susanne uses these powerful tools daily for herself and within varied organizations to prevent burn-out and to reclaim the work we love.

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Financial Manager

Daniel Steelman

Daniel Steelman provides RFR with financial management and bookkeeping services. Daniel is a consultant to executive management and boards of directors of for-profit, as well as non-profit, clients in banking, insurance, manufacturing, healthcare, and utilities. He assists with issues of executive and board compensation, board governance, and business performance. Daniel holds a BS degree from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Lenoir Rhyne University.

Training Coordinator

Michelle Tyler

Michelle Tyler, LMHC, LPC, serves as the Training Coordinator for Resources for Resilience. Early in her career, she served as the project director for a study at the University of Notre Dame seeking to understand the effects of marital conflict on children’s development. She then worked for many years in community-based mental healthcare settings serving individuals and families from diverse backgrounds, and has dedicated much of her career to supporting youth and adults in achieving their recovery goals.

Michelle has experience in marketing and communications, as well as in community education. She is a resiliency educator and certified QPR Suicide Prevention trainer, has taught the Community Resiliency Model, and has also facilitated Crisis Intervention Team trainings for first responders throughout western North Carolina.

Michelle is committed to promoting prevention and early intervention for mental health, substance use, and intellectual and developmental disability concerns, as well as other healthcare concerns related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). She seeks to develop more resilient communities through education about available resources and works to empower individuals and families to access the support they need to thrive. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board Chair

Kerry A. Friedman

Kerry A. Friedman serves as the Resources for Resilience™ Board Chair. An Asheville native, he has practiced law with the firm of Patla Straus Robinson & Moore in Asheville since 1980 and specializes in business and non-profit law.

Kerry has chaired the Boards of a number of prominent organizations, including those of Pisgah Legal Services, Legal Services of NC, United Way of Asheville-Buncombe County, CarePartners Health Services, the CarePartners Foundation, Congregation Beth Ha Tephila, the Jewish Community Center of Asheville, and the WNC Jewish Federation. He also served as the Secretary-Treasurer for the 28th Judicial District Bar from 1984 to 1986.

In addition to his Board leadership experience, Kerry has also served as a Board member for the UNC Asheville Foundation, the Community Foundation of WNC, Meals on Wheels of Asheville/Buncombe County, Caring for Children, Carolina Day School, and the YMCA of Western North Carolina.

Board Secretary

Evan Richardson

Evan Richardson serves currently as the Board Secretary for Resources for Resilience™. She is also the Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at Mountain Area Health Education Center. Evan has worked in healthcare for more than 25 years as a nurse, midwife, and administrator.  She is passionate about resiliency work and its role in individual and community health and wellbeing.

Board Treasurer

Laura Jeffords

Laura Jeffords serves as the Resources for Resilience™ Board Treasurer. She is the Executive Director of the Mediation Center, a nonprofit that provides conflict resolution and supervised visitation services in Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania, and Polk Counties, including re-entry mediation at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women. Laura has been a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community Mediation since 2012. She has a Master’s in Public Affairs from Western Carolina University, where she is an adjunct faculty member teaching Nonprofit Leadership and Sustainability. Laura is especially interested in programs that tap into the power of communities to solve problems using internal resources. 

Aisha Shepherd

A native of Asheville, NC, Aisha Shepherd is a proud employee of Buncombe County. She serves currently as a team liaison and facilitator and is a member of the Community Engagement Team. Her experience as a social worker spans 13 years, and she continues to use her passion for social work and community advancement to impact the lives of children and families in her community.

Dawa Hitch

Dawa Hitch leads the City of Asheville’s award-winning Communication and Public Engagement (CAPE) team where she has the opportunity to put her passion for community decision-making to work. With national and state awards in Citizen Participation, Video Production, Marketing Efforts, the City’s employee website and the City’s external news blog, the CAPE team integrates communication and engagement efforts across the organization.

Prior to joining the City, Dawa facilitated Strategic Planning in the private sector and led communication and community engagement in the fields of Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Communities and Education with a focus on underserved communities.

In addition to the RFR Board, Dawa serves on the Program Development Team for Leadership Asheville. She is also a member of the International Association of Public Participation and the City County Communication and Marketing Association.

Melissa Hicks

Melissa Hicks, MD, is a physician at the Mountain Area Family Health Center and is on the faculty of the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) Family Medicine residency program. She finds great joy in caring for her patients, as well as helping students and residents find their passion in family medicine. Melissa is excited to be a part of MAHEC’s local committment to providing care to underserved populations through her community volunteer efforts.

Tara Foster

Tara Foster holds a Masters of Social Work degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a Child Welfare Social Work Supervisor with Buncombe County Health and Human Services (HHS) where she has served clients and the community for 22 years. She also worked three years with N.C. Department of HHS, Children’s Services, as a Foster Care Program Consultant for the State. Mrs. Foster has served as Chairperson of the Board for Head Start and Operation Fishnet Community Dev. Corp. She has taken part in a myriad of learning collaboratives related to child welfare. She enjoys volunteering her time as a Camp Counselor with inner city youth via Purpose By Design, and as a Clerk for her church.

She is married and has three adult children and one beautiful grandchild.