Offering services in both Pennsylvania and Georgia, LRJ Foundation’s team of knowledgeable and caring professionals provides licensed outreach to students grades 3-12, teacher in-services, and college classes as well as to other various community groups and businesses.
Board of Directors & Executives
Teressa Ruspi Stann
Co/Founder & Executive Director
Teressa Ruspi-Stann born and raised in Pennsylvania and currently resides in Georgia. Graduate of Marywood University, Pennsylvania, with a Bachelors in Nutrition & Dietetics, current grad student at Mercer University attaining her Masters in Leadership with a focus on nonprofit management , a motivational speaker, a mother of three, and in her spare time its an fitness enthusiast and obstacle course racer.
Karla Ruspi Farina
Co/Founder & Outreach Support PA Chapter
Director of Operations and Curriculum Development
EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Martina Watson, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University. She has worked with families for 11 years, been a speaker at various events, and has her own private practice in Gwinnett.
EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: A native of Florida, Joe graduated from Columbus College (later Cols State Univ) with a BBA and worked in PC applications development from 1987-1994. He later completed his DMD at the Medical College of Georgia (now Dental College of Georgia) in 1998. Joe has been in practice for 23 years focusing on business development and family cosmetic care.
Loren D. Caparo
EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Serves as technical advisor over accounts such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Walmart.
EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Rob Morin is a 12 year resident of GA with roots in NJ, Chicago and CT. Rob recently retired following a near 30 year career within the HCM industry, where he most recently served as an Executive Vice President and Corporate Officer at Paychex. Rob currently serves as the President of Work2Win Capital Group.
EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Nori Price has been a 14 year employee and consultant of MetLife specializing in the IT Department. She is a mother, wife, and community volunteer. Nori is dedicated to Mental Health & Suicide Prevention education to better her community, law enforcement, and youth school education.
Joe Moyceyunas recently retired from the Riverside School District in Taylor, PA as high school principal. He previously helped organize a very successful and positive event – A Night of H.O.P.E (Hold On Pain Ends) – with Karla Ruspi for his school district and has been a member of the LRJ Foundation since 2016.
Pennsylvania Presenters and Curriculum Specialists
EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Cat maintains a private practice in Scranton, PA with multiple special certifications in trauma therapy. Cat supports survivors of trauma and abuse through the therapeutic process of all ages, from children and adolescents to adults.
EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Maryellen has been providing mental health treatment and psychotherapy for close to 25 years. She holds certifications in addictions treatment, forensic social work and motivational enhancement and cognitive behavioral therapy.
M.S., HS-BCP, NCC
EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Corrine is an active outpatient therapist with children and adolescents in a community clinic. She is certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) through PCIT International. The majority of her counseling work is with ages two to 7 years old.
EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Amy was an elementary school teacher for 10 years in the Philadelphia Area. After receiving her masters degree and relocating to the NEPA area, she began working as a middle school guidance counselor.
MS, LPC, NCC
EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Trained in EMDR, TF-CBT, certified EAGALA (equine assisted therapy). Recipient of 2012 Walden University Scholars for Social Change award.
MA, LPC, NCC
EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Ms. DeSousa attended and graduated from Marywood University in December 2010 with her Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling. She successfully passed the PA State Licensing Board Exam and the National Counselor’s Exam resulting in her National Counselor Certification and Pennsylvania state licensure.
Vanessa L. White Fernandes
MS, LPC, RTC
EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Vanessa White Fernandes is a licensed professional counselor with more than thirty years of experience in the field of mental health. She has worked with children with emotional disturbances; children and adolescents in foster care; college students; and families at high risk.
EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Molly attends Purdue University and is majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communication with a focus in advertising and minoring in Spanish and Psychology.
Georgia Presenters and Curriculum Specialists
EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Sanona was previously employed with the Department of Family & Children’s Services and is now a full-time professional counselor.
EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Meredith graduated from The University of Georgia in May 2019 with a major in human development and family sciences. She is currently in grad school at the University of North GA, pursuing her Masters of Science in clinical mental health counseling.
MA NCC APC
EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Paige has worked at Restoration Counseling of Atlanta for two years now as an associate professional counselor serving the Roswell area and surrounding community. She works with individual adults and teens around issues of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, relationship issues, trauma, and life transitions.