OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
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.
Ann DuPre Rogers
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.
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 healthcare communications, as well as in community education. She is a resiliency educator and certified QPR Suicide Prevention trainer, 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.
Kerry A. Friedman
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.
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.
She is married and has three adult children and one beautiful grandchild.