Our Team

Founders

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Marissa Ghavami

Founder and CEO

Marissa founded Healing TREE in 2014 and currently serves as the nonprofit’s Chief Executive Officer. Healing …

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Debbie Ghavami

Co-Founder

As a co-founder of Healing TREE and the mother to the Founder, whose experience with …

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Bruce Hardy, PH.D.

Co-founder

Dr. Bruce Hardy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, approved as a Marriage and …

Board of Directors

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MJ Kinman

President

MJ has enjoyed a multi-faceted career in the non-profit sector, Corporate America, and as a …

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Judy Franklin

Secretary

Judy received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Louisville, and later went on …

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Rick Woods

Treasurer
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Andrew Aebersold

VP of Marketing / Communications

Andrew brings over 25 years of professional experience in advertising and technology. Starting at the …

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Natalie Andrews


Natalie is a teaching artist, musician, actress, and producer and in recent years has become …

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Laura Kreb Lewis


Laura has 20+ years of experience in the behavioral and mental health treatment field. She …

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Stephanie Mangan

VP of Community Collaborations

Stephanie has 10+ years of experience as a mental health therapist in the state of …

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Jessica Mastro


Jessica Mastro is a story teller. She explores the human experience through a wide array …

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Kelly Reeves

VP of Governance

Kelly is an attorney for the Oldfather Law Firm and a graduate of the University …

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Lauren Sowa

VP of Production

Lauren Sowa is an independent filmmaker. In 2016, she co-founded Form & Pressure Films to …

Staff & Volunteers

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Marissa Gravami

Founder and CEO

Marissa founded Healing TREE in 2014 and currently serves as the nonprofit’s Chief Executive Officer. Healing …

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Mediaura

Digital Agency

Founded in 2003, Mediaura has built a solid reputation in the community through our integrity, …

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Deborah Chai

Producer’s Assistant

Deborah Chai is a recent graduate from Queens, New York, having pursued a BA in …

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Gabriela Wilson

Producer’s Assistant

Gabriela is currently a Junior at Fordham University in New York City, pursuing a double …

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Maria Mayo

Producer’s Assistant

Maria’s passion in film began while working in the Entertainment Industry in California. She received …

Board of Advisors

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Jessica Blank

Board of Advisors

Jessica Blank is an actor, writer, director, speaker, and coach. With her husband Erik Jensen, …

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David Grand, Ph.D

Board of Advisors

David Grand, Ph.D is the founder and developer of groundbreaking brain-body based Brainspotting method. Through …

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Jamie Marich, PH.D.

Board of Advisors

Jamie Marich’s friends and colleagues describe her as a renaissance woman. A dancer, musician, performer, …

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Shannon Moody

Board of Advisors

Shannon Moody joined Kentucky Youth Advocates in July 2013. In her role as a Policy …

Artist Advocates

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Emily Althaus

Artist Advocate

Emily Althaus is a proud Louisville native, an alumni of duPont Manual High School / YPAS …

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Charles Baker

Artist Advocate

Charles Baker left his mark in Hollywood and the homes of fans across the world …

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Jordan Baker

Artist Advocate

View Jordan Baker’s resume on IMDB

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Rodney Hicks

Artist Advocate

Ford’s: KUDZU. Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys; RENT (Closing Cast, DVD); Jesus Christ Superstar; RENT (Original Cast …

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Kevin Kilner

Artist Advocate

Kevin has most recently appeared on television in The Blacklist, The Good Wife, Happyish, Person of Interest, Madam Secretary, Castle, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains and …

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Tyrone L Robinson

Artist Advocate

Tyrone is a passionate artist who loves collaboration and utilizing the arts to lead social …

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Ren Dara Santiago

Artist Advocate

Ren Dara Santiago is a Fila-Rican playwright from Harlem. She is the TOW Foundation 2020 playwright-in-residence …

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Samantha Scaffidi

Artist Advocate

Samantha Scaffidi is a Manhattan based actress, independent film producer, and filmmaker. With a Bachelor’s …