Resources for Resilience Leadership 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.

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 healthcare 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 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.