Staff listed left to right / back to front: Shauna Brooks, Sherry Casey, Tella Jones, Zack Elmore, Laurie Jackson, Susan Harmon, Tammy Hopper, Elizabeth Smith Miller, Rachel Hurst, Mark Wolf, Katie Carter, Hillary Ladig, Kim Frierson, Isabel Gomez, Lindsey Collier, Stacy Meadows, Eric Tadatada, April Carthorn, TC Cassidy
Laurie JacksonPresident/CEOEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurie Jackson is the President/CEO for National Safe Place Network, which also administers the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) cooperative agreement. She joined the organization in June 2010 and has been active with the Safe Place program for more than 15 years. She served as Associate Executive Director for Synergy Services, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri. Jackson was with Synergy Services for 19 years and prior to that she worked for several years with Cedars Youth Services in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has been active with local, regional, state and national efforts in the areas of runaway and homeless youth, child welfare and domestic violence.
Laurie holds an Executive Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri Kansas City and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska Kearney. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Network for Youth and is dedicated to bringing awareness to the issues of runaway and homeless youth.
Tammy HopperChief Strategic Initiatives OfficerEmail: email@example.com
Tammy Hopper is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has supervised youth programming for almost 25 years. This experience includes basic center, transitional living program and street outreach program management. She has also worked on an impatient psychiatric unit for youth; served as a member of a Mobile Crisis Unit; and, worked as a therapist for a project dedicated to preventing sexual abuse of Appalachian Children. She has served as the Chair of the National Council on Youth Policy and spent 20 years as a member of the National Safe Place Advisory Board. Hopper is also a member of the first class of Certified Grants Professionals, recognized by the American Association of Grant Professionals.
She is an advocate and enthusiastic believer in youth development and is committed to working with individuals and organizations that embrace the power and promise that comes from partnering with youth.
Shauna BrooksRHYTTAC Principal InvestigatorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
April CarthornRHYTTAC General SpecialistEmail: email@example.com
Operations and Administration Manager
Sherry Casey serves as the primary contact for more than 140 Safe Place coordinators across the country. She joined the organization in February 2003 as an administrative assistant and was promoted to her current position in 2006. Sherry is responsible for monitoring each Safe Place program’s annual goals and maintaining the national database of Safe Place statistics. In addition, she serves as the lead staff member on the National Safe Place Network’s Advisory Board’s Quality Enhancement Committee. Prior to joining National Safe Place Network, she spent seven years in a variety of roles for the YMCA of Greater Louisville, including both office manager of the Bullitt County branch and site director for its Before/After Child Care program.
TC CassidyRHYTTAC Technical Assistance DirectorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
TC Cassidy holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from East Tennessee State University. She is currently completing a second Master’s Degree in Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary. She has extensive experience in the youth services field and has worked in both direct care and supervisory positions in basic center, transitional living, and street outreach programs. TC is a talented facilitator and has provided training and technical assistance for more than 12 years to RHY providers, first as a representative of a major agency in the Southeastern Network and most recently for NRCYS, as a Senior Program Development Specialist. She is already well known to RHY providers across the country and she will continue to lead the technical assistance team.
Lindsey CollierHuman Trafficking SpecialistEmail: email@example.com
Zach ElmoreOperations SpecialistEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim FriersonRHYTTAC Training SpecialistEmail: email@example.com
Susan HarmonDirector of Safe Place National OperationsEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Harmon works to expand Safe Place’s national network of programs and provides consultation, technical support and instruction for new Safe Place agencies. She joined the organization in July 2000 after serving 10 years as the Safe Place coordinator for the Louisville, Kentucky program.
Susan specializes in organizing and conducting training sessions geared towards preparing new agencies and coordinators on how to operate a Safe Place program. She represents the Safe Place program and conducts training and networking opportunities at regional and national conferences for Safe Place personnel and other agencies interested in learning more about the program. Prior to joining Safe Place, Susan worked for Louisville’s Jefferson County Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and History from Shorter College in northwest Georgia.
Rachel HurstDevelopment Associate Email: email@example.com
Tella JonesOperations SpecialistEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hillary LadigCommunications CoordinatorEmail: email@example.com
Stacy MeadowsRHYTTAC Evidence-Based/Outcomes SpecialistEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Smith MillerDirector of Marketing and EventsEmail: email@example.com
Elizabeth Smith Miller is a communications professional who has been personally and professionally connected to the youth and family services field for more than 25 years. She has served on and lead youth advisory boards and completed two terms of service with Ameri Corps. She also has led the development and implementation of a volunteer support center for an organization with more than 35 distinct programs. She has experience in creating policies and procedures for state and national organizations. Elizabeth’s creative vision drives national branding and marketing efforts. She has served as a subject matter expert for national trainings and facilitated webinars. She has also worked directly with runaway and homeless youth grantees and other youth service organizations as a professional marketing and branding consultant. Along with direct experience in the field, Elizabeth has a Master’s Degree in Business and an undergraduate degree in Digital Arts and Design. She is an effective leader with a strong work ethic. She is always happy to share “I love my NSPN family and I’m excited each and every moment that I get to work with such amazing thought leaders of the youth and family services field”.
Eric TadatadaRHYTTAC Technical Assistance SpecialistEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Tadatada provides technical assistance via telephone, on-site, or online to runaway and homeless youth grantees in need for RHYTTAC. In addition, he assists with the preparation of reports for Federal Project Officers as well as presenting and planning at technical assistance clinics. He has supervised and worked in youth programming for 21 years. This includes basic center, transitional living, and street outreach program management experience. Prior to joining the organization in 2013, Eric worked for the YMCA Safe Place Services branch in various roles starting as a youth worker and ending as their Outreach Director. In between these two roles, he served as a counselor, Residential Shelter Director, Independent Living Program Director, and Aftercare Program Director. In 2003 he received the Southeastern Network’s Dick Moran Youth Services Award. Tadatada holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology/Social Work from the University of Louisville.
Mark WolfRHYTTAC Training DirectorEmail: email@example.com
Mark Wolf received his MSW Degree from West Virginia University and he holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work and Sociology from Utah State University. Prior to his work at RHYTTAC, Mark served as the Director of the K-Town Youth Empowerment Network for Tennessee Voices for Children. In this role, he was responsible for program development, management, and oversight of a $1.5 million a year SAMHSA System of Care grant with 20 staff. The program, which began in 2010, has been recognized by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Mark has directed state-wide initiatives related to permanency for youth and has more than 30 years of experience with runaway and homeless youth. He has an extensive history of training, including certification through the Child Welfare League for Effective Supervisory Training. He has provided leadership in youth services at the local, state, regional and national level and has presented at multiple national conferences. Mark has been recognized for excellence by National Safe Place Network, the Child Welfare League of America and the National Network for Youth.