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

Co-Founder/Executive Director of the LRJ Foundation, 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.

Teressa’s vision is to share with you what her unstoppable team strives for each day. A team who’s mission is to transform the attitudes, choices, and behaviors of our youth and community though the most important element we were born for, “connection”. Which they call their most powerful tool to the puzzle pieces of, suicide prevention.

Karla Ruspi Farina

Co/Founder & Outreach Support PA Chapter

Emily Naylis

Administrative Director

Loren D. Caparo

Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Currently working as facility director for WWNorton and Company c/o National book Company.

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

Active member of St. Eulalias parish in Elmhurst, Pa. Eucharist minister, director of church picnic as well as monthly church breakfast for past 10 years.

Board member of the Elmhurst Township Sewer Authority. Currently hold DEP certification for waste water treatment plant operator. Operate and monitor townships waste water on weekends to ensure environmental protection and healthy waterways in the area.

Active Freemason, Lodge #504. Have presented scholarships for North Pocono high school students at awards banquets. Conducted numerous dinners and outings to raise monies for philanthropy.

Rob Morin

Vice President

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.

Rob lives in Suwanee with his wife, Jennifer, and their Brady Bunch crew of 6, ranging in ages from 25 to 8. When not busy career coaching his three adult sons, or unofficially officiating at his daughter’s lacrosse games, Rob has a passion for community service and lots of energy to share. Rob is honored to have been tapped by Teressa to aid and assist in this crucial crusade to prevent future suicides around the world.

Rob is delighted to serve LRJ’s Board.

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.

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.

Kimberly Portanova-Feibus

MS, LPC, NCC

Education: BA in Psychology from Ohio University; MS in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.

Experience & Specializations: Trained in EMDR, TF-CBT, certified EAGALA (equine assisted therapy). Recipient of 2012 Walden University Scholars for Social Change award.

Kimberly earned her MS in Mental Health Counseling as an “adult” student, while also juggling the responsibilities of being a mom to 2 children. Earning a BA in Psychology, Kimberly took time to explore the realm of mental health profession that best aligned with her personal and professional aspirations and beliefs. An advanced degree in Mental Health Counseling allowed her to work toward the licensure exam to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Kimberly believes the therapeutic relationship is one of the most crucial elements which facilitates clients’ successes in therapy.

She maintains a private practice in Clarks Summit PA while also working as a therapist at Marley’s Mission, a non-profit organization which provides equine assisted therapy to children who have experienced trauma.

When she is not working, her 2 children are her greatest joy. Her home and life is completed by her 3 dogs and her horses, both at work and personally.

Kimberly joined LRJ in 2018 to further align her passion of removing the stigma of mental illness and creating a greater awareness of mental health.

Christine DeSousa

MA, LPC, NCC

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. She maintains a private practice located in Clarks Summit working with adolescents and adults, and also belongs to Marywood’s faculty teaching graduate level counseling courses and supervising counseling students. Since 2013, she has worked with the LRJ Foundation as a presenter and affiliated therapist. She has experience presenting countless seminars focused on mental health education and suicide awareness and prevention aimed at high school and middle school students and staff, as well as the general community.

Vanessa L. White Fernandes

MS, LPC, RTC

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. Ms. White Fernandes currently works for a managed care organization that serves persons on Medicaid in Pennsylvania, to oversee and fund their mental health and drug and alcohol services. Ms. White Fernandes is also a certified trainer in programs related to assessing and managing suicide risk, and the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning persons. She has been a lead presenter with the LRJ Foundation since 2013.

Molly Gilbride

Intern

Molly attends Purdue University and is majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communication with a focus in advertising and minoring in Spanish and Psychology. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri and loves crafting, crocheting, reading, and exercising. Molly has been with the LRJ Foundation since Summer 2020 as an intern.

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 Johnson

MS,LAMFT

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

Credentials: Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Experience & Specializations: Amanda is currently working in private practice in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. She primarily works with adolescents/families and couples to foster healthy relationships and improve coping with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and grief.

Amanda has been with LRJ since November 2017 as a lead presenter and curriculum specialist.

Meredith Oess

Outreach Coordinator

Meredith Oess is the outreach coordinator for LRJ Foundation for the North Georgia territory. She grew up in Cumming, Georgia and now lives in Gainesville, Georgia. 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.

Meredith is interested in working with children and adolescents in the future. Apart from pursuing her professional counseling degree and working at LRJ, she enjoys bring active outdoors, working out, and being on the lake with family and friends. Meredith has been working with LRJ Foundation since January 2019.

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