Betty Adkins (BJ), MEd, Bounce Co-Leader, is Director of Community Resource Development for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, working out of the city’s Office of Resilience. Her responsibilities include connecting community partners, building capacity, and building a resilient community by addressing the social determinants of health. Her efforts embrace health equity and health-in-all policies by being an active team member with Louisville Metro Housing Authority, Jefferson County Public Schools, Centerstone, Norton Healthcare, Center for Women and Families, Peace Education, Kent School of Social Work, Louisville Metro Parks, members of the judicial system, and most importantly–Louisville residents. She sits on the board of the Center for Neighborhoods, Hildegard House, and MOLO Village as well as the Wholeness Ministries Committee at First Christian Church. Ms. Adkins is an experienced instructor at UofL’s School of Public Health & Information Sciences and Jefferson Community Technical College. She has led and supported grant teams that secured awards of more than $82 million. She was the first executive director of Shively Area Ministries, the first female president of the Southwest Rotary Club, and the first president of the Shively Business Association.
David Finke, PhD, Bounce C-Leader, is a Licensed Psychologist with over 20 years of professional experience working with victims and perpetrators of trauma. He is the Vice President of Residential Services at Uspiritus where he provides management and oversight of the treatment for 158 youth, ages 6-18, who require residential care prior to returning to their families or being placed in foster care or Independent Living. He is a long-time resident of Louisville and achieved his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University. He conducts trainings on resiliency-building and trauma-informed practices for schools and agencies that work with youth in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He also actively consults on Juvenile court issues in the Commonwealth.
Joseph L. Bargione, PhD is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist. Dr. Bargione was the lead psychologist for 25 years with Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, the 29th largest in the United states serving 101,000 students ages 3 to 21. In this position, he was responsible for facilitating the creation of a trauma-informed, multi-tiered framework the District used to support students, staff, and families exposed to trauma. Dr. Bargione has presented at the state, regional, and national levels in crisis intervention, youth mental health first aid, suicide prevention, and trauma. In 2018, Dr. Bargione was awarded the Schuster Advocacy Award from the Kentucky Psychology Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools.
Mary Jo Bean joined Norton Healthcare in 1999 as Vice President, Planning. Ms. Bean built the Planning department from the ground up and currently has responsibility for all of Norton’s planning, cost accounting/analytics and clinical quality reporting teams. The Planning team is responsible for strategic planning, organizational and service lines, mergers and acquisitions, community benefit reporting and the system community health needs assessment, as well as decision support, cost accounting, and data analytics. Ms. Bean’s 25+ years’ experience in health care followed a career in public accounting with Ernst & Whinney. Her healthcare career began in 1989 at Humana working in strategic planning and later in mergers and acquisitions. She then joined a start-up physician practice management company, HealthSpring, and was involved in company organization, accounting systems set-up and administration. She joined United Healthcare in 1995 where she was involved in integrated market reporting and consolidation efforts. Subsequently, she worked with two healthcare start-ups, including a physician service organization and physician credentialing company. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UofL and CPA license.
Naomi Brahim, EdD, leads the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) work in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). She is a former teacher, counselor, and leader of counselors in the District. Dr. Brahim has worked in multiple settings including high achieving, persistently low achieving, alternative school, and district office. She has worked as an Adjunct Professor in the education program at Spalding University. She is credited with creating MTSS toolkits that increase classroom engagement utilizing research-based, high-yield instructional practices used throughout JCPS. She integrated Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Restorative Practices for District-wide implementation. She has experience coordinating behavior systems work, responsive behavior supports, as well as special education programming. Dr. Brahim is Past Chair of the Southern Region in the American Counseling Association, Past President of the Kentucky Counseling Association, and past Vice President of the Kentucky School Counseling Association. She designed a mentoring leadership academy program to prepare and train future leaders in the counseling field that she leads for the Kentucky Counseling Association. She has degrees/certifications from the University of Louisville, University of the Cumberlands, and Indiana University Southeast. Dr. Brahim has presented at local, state, and international conferences on various interdisciplinary topics
Alice Bridges, Principal of AOB Consulting, is focused on improving health and well-being through initiatives that address the root causes of poor health—especially among the people who are most vulnerable. She has more than 30 years of experience in health care, most recently as Vice President of Healthy Communities for KentuckyOne Health where she forged community partnerships to address issues from violence prevention to food insecurity. She held an array of leadership roles at its predecessor organization, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare, from marketing/ communications to philanthropy and mission integration. Ms. Bridges served as a member of the Health Advisory Group to the Greater Louisville Project’s 2013 Special Report, “Building a Healthier Louisville.” In 2016, she was one of six citizens representing Louisville at the Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Prize. Business First named her the 2017 Healthcare Hero for best community outreach. She has a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a master’s in pastoral studies with a focus on marketplace ministry from Loyola University New Orleans.
Steve Tarver is President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Louisville which serves 240,000 people annually and has a budget of $59 million. Mr. Tarver grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and has been involved in the YMCA since age six. Involved in the Teen Leaders Club Program, his first job was as a lifeguard, swimming and gymnastics instructor. His first full-time position was as the Physical Director of the Tallahassee YMCA while attending Florida State University. He worked in program positions in Kentucky and Tennessee and served as a YMCA Branch Executive in Nashville. Prior to Louisville, he served as the CEO of the YMCA of the Suncoast (Clearwater, Florida). Mr. Tarver served as the Director of YMCA Blue Ridge Leaders’ School (2007–2016) involving over 700 teens from YMCAs across the southern states. He has worked on health and wellness at the regional and national level. He carried the Olympic Torch prior to the 1996 Games and has received several awards and certifications in the field of health and wellness. He is a member of the Greater Louisville Inc. Board of Directors, Coalition for Louisville Youth, Louisville Health Advisory Board, and is a Rotarian. He serves on the YMCA of the USA’s Advisory Boards for Disadvantaged Youth and the Areas of Focus (Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility).
Shannon Moody joined Kentucky Youth Advocates in July 2013. In her role as a Policy Director she conducts policy advocacy and research, coordinates the Kosair Charities’ Face It® Campaign, and staffs the Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky. Shannon chairs the Jefferson County Citizen’s Review Panel and is a member of both state and national coalitions focused on child welfare work. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Michigan State University, a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and is currently pursuing at PhD at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. Shannon began her career working with adults with traumatic brain injury or severe autism followed by direct service work for adjudicated youth in a psychiatric residential treatment facility, and then mental health case management at a transitional high school.
Elizabeth Wessels-Martin, LCSW is the President/CEO for The Center for Women and Families, serving victims of domestic, interpersonal, and sexual violence in 7 counties in Kentucky and 2 counties in Southern, Indiana. Ms. Wessels-Martin has an extensive career history in senior management developing programs and expanding services to meet the needs of children and families who have suffered trauma related to violence, oppression, racism, and poverty throughout the state of Kentucky. She is a graduate of UofL’s Kent School of Social Work where she earned a master’s in the science of social work. She began her social work career in 1987 at Northern Kentucky Comprehensive Care center where she served on the planning team developing community-based programs, and later worked with children and adolescents on the inpatient unit. Prior to joining The Center for Women and Families, Ms. Wessels-Martin held leadership positions at Uspiritus where she developed a continuum of care for boys ages 6-18. She then joined Sunrise Children’s Services as the first Vice President of Foster Care and Community Based Services, leading the way in expanding foster care services to rural Kentucky. Most recently she was Vice President of Business Development and Community Programs at Hosparus Health where she launched a community-based program for palliative care and dramatically increased census for children and their families while serving as Interim Director of Kourageous Kids pediatric hospice program.
Beverly J. Winsch, PhD received her doctorate in Experimental Psychology from the University of Louisville. She has more than 25 years of experience in research and program evaluation. She served as the lead evaluator of federal and state funded programs and as a key writer for large-scale evaluation proposals during her 15-year tenure with Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) in Louisville, Kentucky. Past programs for which Dr. Winsch served as the lead investigator focused on student physical fitness, health behaviors, academic performance, teacher professional development, STEM skills, one-to-one technology adoption, mentoring, mental health, and trauma-informed schools. Dr. Winsch also served on Kentucky Department of Education accreditation and review teams. Most recently, she evaluated the restorative practices initiative for JCPS and is licensed as a trainer by the International Institute of Restorative Practices. Prior to joining JCPS, she was a research scientist for 11 years, evaluating newly developed military communication and navigation tools in a simulation-based training environment. Currently, she is a consultant and evaluator of the Bounce program which provides trauma-informed training to schools and organizations.
Anthony M. Zipple, ScD, MBA consults in areas related to the development, implementation, and operation of innovative community mental health services. For 30 years, Dr. Zipple has served as a senior executive in large, nationally recognized provider organizations including Vinfen, Thresholds, and Centerstone. Dr. Zipple has extensive experience in program areas including evidence-based interventions for people with serious mental illness, opioid addictions treatment, intensive child and family services, and integrated supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also teaches related university courses and has held positions as full-time professor and senior academic researcher. Dr. Zipple received his doctorate in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University and his MBA from the University of New Hampshire. He is a psychologist and has published more than 65 articles, monographs, and book chapters. He has trained and consulted with organizations across the U.S., Pakistan, and Singapore.
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Bounce was created in 2014 with a ground-breaking grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and its Investing in Kentucky’s Future initiative. Amalia Mendoza is Senior Program Officer for the IKF initiative and joined the Foundation in 2013. Throughout her career, Ms. Mendoza has worked in government and international organizations to improve services to children and at-risk youth. She has served as Interim Director of the Children’s Mental Health Division of the Minnesota Department of Health Services. More recently, she served as a Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health. Amalia has a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from the Catholic University of Peru.