Meet The Team

Offering services in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Virginia with a National reach through online education, LRJ Foundation’s team of knowledgeable and caring professionals provides licensed and credible outreach to students grades 3-12, teacher in-services, Parent University’s, 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 and Master’s from Mercer University in Organizational Leadership with a focus on nonprofit management , a motivational speaker, a mother of three, enjoys fitness, cooking, and traveling.

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Karla Ruspi Farina

Co/Founder & Outreach Support PA Chapter

Martina Watson

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.

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Joseph Peluso

President, DMD

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.

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Loren D. Caparo

Vice-president

EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Serves as technical advisor over accounts such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Walmart.

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Rob Morin

Advisor

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.

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Nori Price

Board Member

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.

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Emily Naylis

Board Advisor

Joe Moceyunas

Advisor

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.

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Pennsylvania & Northeast Region Presenters and Curriculum Specialists


Cat Maria

MS, LPC

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.

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Maryellen Evers

LCSW, CAADC

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.

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Corrine Wolfe

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.

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Amy Quinn

LPC

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.

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Kimberly Portanova-Feibus

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.

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Christine DeSousa

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.

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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.

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Molly Gilbride

Intern

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.

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Taylor Guttesman, MA

Taylor Guttesman is a current outpatient art therapist, offering services to children, adolescents and adults in a private practice setting. Taylor graduated with her Masters in Art Therapy from Marywood University in 2020, specializing in art therapy with individuals with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities during her graduate career.

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Georgia Presenters and Curriculum Specialists


Sanona Williams

MS, LPC

EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Sanona was previously employed with the Department of Family & Children’s Services and is now a full-time professional counselor.

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Meredith Oess

Outreach Coordinator

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.

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Paige Santmyer

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.

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Heidi Sawyer

MS, LPC

EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Heidi graduated from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida with a Master of Science in Professional Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and Texas. Prior to her focus on mental health, she obtained her undergraduate degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Christian Leadership.

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Wellness Educators and Consultants


Teressa Ruspi

MSOL, Executive Director & Co-founder of The LRJ Foundation, Mindset and Leadership Consultant

Teressa is a graduate of Marywood University, Pennsylvania, with a degree in Nutrition & Dietetics and holds a master’s degree from Mercer University, Atlanta, GA, in Organizational Leadership and nonprofit management. Since 2012, she has held the position of the Executive Director of the Lou Ruspi Jr. Foundation (LRJ), a mental health education organization. The LRJ Foundation provides community education on mental health topics and serves as a bridge and resource for parents, educators, and adolescents.

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Chantal Webb

RECE, Founder – In It Together

Chantal has always had a deep connection with children and felt a pull to empower children in their everyday lives. As an educator for more than 15 years, she seen first hand the challenges faced by children, parents, and fellow educators. She has also seen the profound successes of children who are given the guidance and opportunity to flourish in their environment.

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Fundraising and Community Support Committee


Carrie Chase

Advisor

Dr. Douglas Hiser, DMD

Advisor

Education Committee


Dana Fortunato Pavlick

MS,NCC,LPC

EXPERIENCE & SPECIALIZATIONS: Dana previously worked at United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA as a Youth Program Coordinator and as a Mental Health Counselor at Keystone College. She is currently a Mental Health Professional in a local high school, serving through the Community and School Based Behavioral Health program.

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Education Content Development Team


Emily Carlson

Severia Giordano

Educational Content Developer

Severia Giordano is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. She is currently studying Neuroscience with a focus in Neuropsychology at the University of Cincinnati. Upon graduation she intends to gain acceptance into Medical School.

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