Who We Are

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


Teressa Ruspi Stann

Co/Founder & Executive Director

Karla Ruspi Farina

Co/Founder & Director of Fundraising PA Chapter

Emily Naylis

Administrative Director

Josh Strabel

President

Rob Morin

Vice President

Nori Price

Board Member

Nori Price is a resident of Nicholson, Pennsylvania. Nori 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. Nori is no stranger to Suicide as it has hit her and her family in 2016 when she lost her son, Cody. Nori is proactively working on initative in Northeast, PA and throughout the LRJ Foundation. Nori has chaired and operated the Cody Car Show for the last two years, along with other community acts and has raised near $10,000 for mental health education. Nori enjoys time with her family and dog Cole, running, traveling and hiking in her spare time.

Pennsylvania Presenters and Curriculum Specialists


Dana Fortunato

MS, NCC

Education: BA in Elementary Education from Marywood University; MSc in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Scranton

Credentials: National Counselor Certification

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.

Dana has been a presenter with the LRJ Foundation since the Fall of 2016.

Mandy Doria

MS, NCC, LPC, RYT

Cat Maria

MS, LPC

Education: BFA in Fine Arts, emphasis Sculpture from Marywood University; MS in Community Counseling from University of Scranton.

Credentials: Licensed Professional Counselor; National Counselor Certification.

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.

Cat has been with the LRJ Foundation since 2017.

Maryellen Evers

LCSW, CAADC

Education: BA in Psychology from Montclair State University; MSW in Social Work from Marywood University.

Credentials: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Certified Masters Forensic Social Worker

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.

She previously worked in conjunction with the National Institute Of Drug Addiction in Washington, DC and is the author of the publication “12 Steps On the Rocks With a Twist- A Few Sips of Early Recovery”.

Corrine Wolfe

M.S., HS-BCP, NCC

Education: BS in Counseling and Human Services from University of Scranton; MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Scranton.

Credentials: National Counselor Certification, Human Services Board Certified Practitioner

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.

Corrine has been a presenter with the LRJ Foundation since fall 2018.

Amy Quinn

LPC

Education: BS in Education from Millersville University; MA in School counseling from Arcadia University

Credentials: Dual certification in Elementary/Early Childhood education, Instruction II Certificate, Licensed Professional Counselor

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. She is a mom to 3 children, one of whom has Down syndrome. This gave her reason to learn a great deal about special education and working with children with disabilities. She co-founded Abilities21 which is a support group for families who have children with special needs. Amy worked at the Center for Independent Living with teens and young adults who have disabilities. She was involved in the development and implementation of the Transition program helping these young people gain employment and learn independent living skills. Most recently, she opened her private counseling practice in Daleville PA where she works with adults and teens struggling with many different mental health diagnoses.

She has been presenting with the LRJ foundation since fall of 2018.

Georgia Presenters and Curriculum Specialists


Sanona Williams

MS, LPC

Education: BA in English Literature from University of Cincinnati; MSc in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.

Credentials: Licensed Professional Counselor

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

Sanona had been a presenter with the LRJ Foundation since Fall 2016.

Sylvain Panu

MS,LPC

Education: MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University

Credentials: Licensed Professional Counselor

Experience & Specializations: Sylvain’s previous experience in the mental health field includes serving in both church counseling and residential treatment. Additionally, he has spent several years leading small groups for and mentoring adolescents and college students.

Sylvain has been a presenter with LRJ since Fall 2018.

Amanda Peterson

MS,LAMFT

Education: BS in Family & Child Sciences and Psychology from Florida State University; MSc in Marriage and Family Therapy from Auburn University

Credentials: Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Experience & Specializations: Amanda is currently a working in two private practices in the Buckhead area of Atlanta and in Woodstock, GA.

Amanda has been with LRJ since November 2017 as a presenter and assists in creating educational curriculum.

Fundraising and Community Support Committee


Carrie Chase

Advisor

Dr. Douglas Hiser, DMD

Advisor

Education Committee


Joe Moceyunas

Advisor

Principal at Riverside Jr/Sr. High School