Christine Dernederlanden CBT, CTSS - President
Christine is an active humanitarian in the field of grief and trauma. She is certified by ATSS as a Certified Trauma Services Specialist and is also a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and holds a certification in Bereavement Trauma. Christine's publications have aided worldwide. Where is Robert? a grief kit, aided more than 6,000 families affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks and earned Christine a certificate of appreciation from former U.S. Secretary of Defence Donald. H Rumsfeld. Her second publication, H.U.G.S.: Helping Children Understand Grief Sessions, was inspired by her work at the grief camps she co-facilitated with the Friendship Ambassadors, a group which fosters dialogues with the United Nations and Lions International. During her years as a humanitarian aid worker Christine saw a need for the exploration of empathy and courage. She is the creator of the “Empathy Bear.”Her title Where is My Courage? a claymation story helped in aiding the families of the 2016 Fort McMurray Alberta Forest Fires. In response to Covid-19 and a world wide pandemic, she released, Thank You: The Power of Presence with the Grieving and Dying, along with the release of Dying to Live, Learn to live a full life from your lived experience. Over 7,500 copies of the book Cora and the Corona were donated to mental health essential services worldwide which was created as a direct response to the mental affects of the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2000, she founded Robert’s Press, Canada’s Grief Resource Centre which offers grief coaching, Your Grief Story support group, publishing and hundreds of resources worldwide. The success of Robert’s Press has noted her as one of Niagara’s most successful business women, a finalist for Woman of The Year and Entrepreneur of The Year. For the article "Putting All My Problems In Perspective" Christine was awarded the 2001 Standard Literary Prize. Her dedication to her community has awarded her the 2017 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award along with the 2019 finalist for Community Impact Award.
Linda Hood, B.A., CTSS - Past-President
Linda Hood is the Director of the UFCW Local 12R24 Members Assistance Program. Linda was a volunteer crisis responder with Victim Services Niagara for 9 years, providing support for victims of tragedy and crime in the Niagara Region. She also volunteers as the Conference Co-ordinator for Addiction Studies Forum which hosts the Institute on Addiction Studies each July, a conference that provides workshops on addiction issues for those involved in the field. Linda recently achieved certification as a Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor through CACCF. Linda has been a member of ATSS since 2008 and was the conference chair for the 2010 and 2012 ATSS conference held in Toronto. She also served as the Secretary/Treasurer on the ATSS Board of Directors before taking on the position of President.
Jeff Cartwright, CTR, CWT - Vice President
Jeff began his career as a first responder with the British Columbia Ambulance Service. He then transitioned to the fire service where he was confirmed to the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain and acting Battalion Chief before his retirement in 2021. He is currently an instructor at the Justice Institute of BC where he can be found facilitating the Fire Officer programs, CISM Programs, training new recruits and ongoing training for Fire Departments and Corporate organizations around the globe. He has developed course curriculum, policies and guidelines for the JIBC and many other organizations. Jeff is also active as a Facilitator and Trauma Clinician for many corporate organizations and provides Crisis Management, Education and Consultation to assist Workplace Health Divisions. His roles include facilitating a variety or workplace mental health initiatives, leadership training and providing crisis management interventions following a trauma in the workplace. Jeff's background includes 30+ years of experience working as a paramedic, firefighter, trauma clinician and mental health support/education. He is a father of 5 children, loving husband and a long time Chicago Cubs fan.
Dr. Ronald R. Ringo, JR
Dr. Ron Ringo is originally from Los Angeles, CA. Ron is a licensed therapist & certified in many forms of therapy. He is a retired Marine & Navy Chaplain. He has served as National & State Chaplain for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) & Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS). Ron is recognized as an international expert in grief, loss and emotional trauma. He is affectionately known as the “Reality Doc”. As a Marine, Police Officer, Educator, Social Worker and Clergy, Ron’s challenging life and experience are the catalysis for his passion in “Life Trauma” healing and development of human potential. Through keynote speaking, writing, training and coaching, Ron empowers his listeners and clients with innovative strategies for life balance, personal integrity, communication and ““Energizing others with Hope.”” As an Actor, Ron enjoys portraying characters that have a message that will energize and give hope to others. He longs to bring back the art of “the moral of the story” in film. Currently Ron and his wife Shirley are Emotional Wellness Therapist Coaches.
Dr. Dominique Eugene, PhD, LMFT, RPT/S, NTP, IFECMHS, CTSS
Dr. Dominique Eugene has a PhD in Clinical Psychology, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor, a Certified Trauma Specialist, and an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist. As a multicultural psychologist, she is well-versed in providing therapeutic interventions to under-represented, culturally and ethnically disadvantaged communities. She has co-edited two volume textbook on mass trauma and emotional healing, written articles on cultural concerns, trauma, and play therapy. She is also a HBNU Fellow as well as an Institute for Social Innovation Fellow at Fielding Graduate University. She is committed to providing ethical and exceptional psychological care to consumers of all ages, cultures, and ethnicities. She has internalized a core belief that working together with clients and their families from a strength-based approach and mutual respect facilitates treatment efficacy and effectiveness. She has resided in California since 2000. She works in a community-based agency, teaches graduate level courses, provides crisis debriefing consultation, conducts research on intimate partner violence and engages in countless other activities related to mental health equity. Prior to California, she lived and worked in rural Japan. Before Japan, she worked as an academic counselor as well as a bilingual school counselor in New York City. She has traveled and conducted personal research in Cuba, Mauritius and Botswana. She aspires to be part of the international psychologists’ community, highlighting how our uniqueness, yet similarities serve as catalyst for better serving our society, ecology and overall environment.
Jennifer J. Wolff LISW-CP(S) CTTS
Jennifer Wolff brings over 33 years of administrative and clinical experience in the mental health field working in both the private and public sector. She has served as the Senior Crisis Consultant for national companies, conducts threat assessments (workplace violence) statewide and nationally, serves in the behavioral health field for the SC Army and Air National Guard and has been conducting critical incident stress debriefings for the past 23 years. She has worked actively with law enforcement, first responders and military personnel in the aftermath of exposure to traumatic events and played an active role assisting in national tragedies such as the Boston Marathon Bombing, Aurora/Lafayette theatre shootings, and the Charleston Church Shooting. Jennifer serves on various EAP provider networks, has worked globally in the area of domestic terrorism, has served on several speaker panels such as 'Suicide In The Workplace" and "Military Sexual Trauma" and trains nationally in the areas of Corporate Crisis Management, Active Shooter Training and Workplace Violence Prevention. A board approved supervisor for LISW licensure, Jennifer has also served as an adjunct instructor (graduate level) University of South Carolina, and is a Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist, one of seven in the state of South Carolina, and sponsor under the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists. Areas of specialty include PTSD/trauma recovery, disaster management, grief/loss, child/adolescent behavior disorders, threat assessments, EMDR, and life coaching. She has qualified as an expert witness throughout the state in domestic violence, sexual assault and PTSD/combat stress and is a frequent guest interviewer on local TV newscast such as WLTX WIS. Jennifer is a highly sought after counselor in the Columbia, SC area.
Dr. Lisa Compton, Ph.D., LCSW, CTTS, CFE
Lisa Compton has over 25 years of experience counseling individuals, couples, families, and groups. She received her undergraduate in psychology, masters and license in clinical social work (LCSW in Virginia), and PhD in counselor education and supervision. Her professional certifications include certified trauma treatment specialist (CTTS), compassion fatigue educator (CFE), critical incident stress management (CISM), and previous certification as an emergency medical technician (EMT). Dr. Compton’s current positions include full- time faculty in Regent University’s masters and doctoral counseling programs and leading the trauma certificate program. In the past, she taught at the University of Richmond and Adams State University. Dr. Compton has spoken at local and international conferences on topics related to mental health and has been interviewed by CBN news on increasing awareness of domestic violence and sexual trauma. She is the co-author of Preparing for trauma work in clinical mental health: A workbook to enhance self-awareness and promote safe, competent practice and has also published several journal articles related to trauma. Her work reflects her admiration for trauma survivors and her passion to prepare clinicians, ministers, and other professionals to provide effective care in the heroic journey of trauma recovery.
Lisseth London, MSW, ACSW, CTSS, CTTS, PhDc
As a native Panamanian, Lisseth London has obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work. Her passion to understand the effects of trauma cross-culturally has led her to pursue various certifications and enroll in a doctoral program. Ms. London is currently finishing her PhD in International Psychology with an emphasis in Trauma Service. Ms. London is the CEO & Founder of Lisseth London Global Consulting, an organization dedicated to developing Trauma Informed Resilient environments globally by building stronger organizations, individuals, and communities through Trauma Informed education, training, and advocacy. Ms. London’s desire is to help implement a holistic Trauma Informed Resiliency Training© (TIRT) approach in organizations globally targeting communities facing traumatic experiences, such as: human trafficking & exploitation, women and children violence, immigration/migration, socioeconomic hardship, environmental tragedies, and racial barriers among BIPOC groups. Ms. London has collaborated with organizations in the USA, Ghana, Mexico, Canada, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Zambia, South Africa, Israel, and Gambia. Ms. London is also a board member of The Entity Haven servicing BIPOC trafficked victims in Houston, TX, country director for SparkLife International SI in Ghana, and primary Behavipral Trauma Consultant for House of Hilkiah Foundation in Nigeria servicing trafficked and exploited individuals from IDP camps. Ms. London looks forward to organizations being trained as a Trauma Informed Resiliency Advocate in order to address the internal/external triggers that highlight the landmines both their clients and staff face.
Xavier Justice, BCC, CHW, CTTS
Mr. Xavier Justice is from Washington, D.C. He served honorably in the United States Army. He is matriculating in the Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling degree with a cognate in traumatology. He also holds a Certificate in Theology and Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Higher Education Teaching Certificate from Harvard University. Mr. Justice is a peer reviewer and contributing editor with Traumatology: the APA Journal for the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology, and the Practitioner Scholar: Journal of the International Trauma Training Institute. He is also a research clinician at the Kinsey Institute Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. Mr. Justice is a board-certified chaplain and holds the Crisis, Trauma, and First Response Certificate for Chaplains from the Spiritual Care Association and is listed with the SCA as a First Responder Chaplain. Xavier is a certified Community Health Worker in the state of Maryland. He is an international, national, and state mental health and substance use peer recovery support counseling specialist, supervisor, and trainer. Mr. Justice is certified as a master clinical traumatologist (MCT) with the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology. He is a certified trauma treatment specialist (CTTS) with the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists. Xavier earned the certification in critical incident stress management (CCISM) with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) and University of Maryland. Xavier is an ACE Interface master trainer and educator in the 3 Realms of ACEs (adverse childhood experiences, adverse community environments, and adverse climate events).
Whidden Flores, LCSW Candidate, CPRS, CTSS
Whidden Flores is currently an MSW Clinical Intern with the USC Telehealth Clinic where she is responsible for developing and leading trainings for staff and interns on trauma therapy standards. She also specializes in providing clinical therapy to the clinic’s complex trauma cases. Previously Whidden was the Director of Recovery Services at Florida’s only peer run crisis respite where she developed a peer crisis recovery program lauded by the Peer Support Coalition of Florida and NAMI Hillsborough as a gold standard. She has her Peer Recovery Specialist licenses in Washington and Florida where she previously provided peer mentorship for complex trauma and grief recovery. Set to gain her LCSW in 2022, Whidden has spent the last five years working as a Level 6 Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line and as a mentor and crisis counselor for Teenfeed’s youth shelter where she also trained and developed mental health first aid protocols for staff. She has a previous license as a Crisis Prevention Instructor and has worked in prison diversion programs as a de-escalation specialist.
Dr. Cherri Jennewein DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, CTSS-R
Dr. Cherri A. Jennewein; “CJ’s” training and background. I worked 20 years in animal emergency medicine while I raised 3 children wonderful children and attended school part-time for human emergency medicine. I began working with humans in 2005, and the greatest bonus to this was they could tell you what was wrong. Then in 2011, I began working full time urgent care, with additional contracting in hospitalist and emergency medicine part-time. I have a passion for understanding medication interactions and aim to prevent them. It prompted an IRB study where I dived deep into enzymes and designed an interaction table. The actual study cross referenced enzymes and compared many different types of hazardous drug interactions to respected treatment modalities/protocols for chronic conditions. Lastly, I have additional education and certifications in toxicology, trauma, and mental health.
Diane Travers, LCSW, CTTS, CTS Chair of the Certification Board
Diane Travers, LCSW, Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist, is Director of Programs at Family Connections overseeing numerous youth prevention programs. Formerly, Diane was the Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services at the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris Counties running two outpatient programs for children and adults. In her present position, she supervises five School-Based Youth Services Programs located in three urban high schools and two middle schools which serve adolescents with histories of childhood abuse, domestic violence, gang related violence and other traumatic experiences. In addition, she oversees the Outreach to At Risk Youth program serving youth who are at risk of gang involvement, criminal activity and teen pregnancy; the Family Crisis Intervention program providing short term crisis intervention counseling to youth and their families; and the Strengthening Family Bonds program which provides parenting skills and education to families to increase healthy communication, reduce underage substance use and abusive parenting and strengthens the family connections. A clinician for many years, Diane has been responsible for supervising clinicians and graduate students who are serving adults, children and adolescents experiencing behavioral difficulties. Twenty-nine years ago, she started her state’s first trauma response program for children witnessing traumatic events. Since then, she has worked with many children and widows following the terrorist attacks on 9/11. She is a member of the NJ Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Advisory Board which implemented credentialing for trauma responders in the state of New Jersey. In addition, she is also an active member of the Essex County Traumatic Loss Coalition and responds to local schools following tragic events. Diane has been an ATSS member for 29 years and has been the Certification Chair for almost 18 years.
Jayne Crisp, CTTS, CVAS - ATSS Administrator
Jayne Crisp has 43 years experience as a crime victim assistance practitioner and trauma responder. Jayne is a community liaison with the Greenville Mental Health Center and a family court and police/community mediator with the (Greenville) Upstate Mediation Center. She is the former project director of the Violence Against Women with Disabilities project of Safe Harbor, a comprehensive domestic violence program in the Upstate of SC and is a Training and Technical Assistance Consultant to the Office for Victims of Crime, US Department of Justice. She served on the Greenville County Foster Care Review Board for 8 years; served as Executive Director of Mental Health America for Greenville and Anderson Counties; Director of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists; and national director of victim services for Neighbors Who Care, a Christian ministry and subsidiary of Prison Fellowship.
She was the recipient of the 1991 National Crime Victims Rights Week Presidential Award and the national Common Cause Public Service award, is co-author of Helping a Neighbor in Crisis (1997) and editor of Helping Victims of Crime (2011), written for the faith community. She is the creator of HOUSEWISE STREETWISE™, a Presidential award winning child safety curriculum, and Taking The Stand, a video designed to prepare child victims and witnesses to testify in criminal court. Jayne received the Order of the Palmetto from SC Governor Nikki Haley in October 2016. It is the highest civilian honor awarded by the Governor and is awarded to persons who make contributions of statewide significance.