TRA Staff

Rev. Kennneth Schmidt

Kenneth W. Schmidt MA, LPC, NCC

Co-founder/Executive Director

Fr. Ken Schmidt is the Advocate for Priestly Ministry and Support, Diocese of Kalamazoo. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor. He is a co-founder of the Trauma Recovery Program in the Diocese of Kalamazoo. For the past 17 years, he has worked with individuals and small groups of survivors, as well as canonists, formators for religious communities, and congregations. He now serves as Executive Director of TRA, and is a Fellow for the Healing Springs Ranch in Tioga, Texas.

Sharon Froom

Sharon G. Froom, MA, LLP

Co-founder/Senior Advisor to the Board

Sharon Froom was a Limited License Psychologist who most recently served as the Pastoral Counselor at St. Thomas More Catholic Student Parish in Kalamazoo, MI. She is a co-founder and the first Director of the Trauma Recovery Program in the Diocese of Kalamazoo. She worked in a variety of mental health settings for more than forty years. Sharon worked with individual survivors of childhood trauma in small groups, and also worked with formators of religious communities and congregations. She became Senior Advisor to the TRA Board in 2015.

Melissa Engle

Melissa Caldwell-Engle

Co-founder

Melissa Caldwell-Engle is the Clinical Director and a co-founder of Healing Springs Ranch, a treatment center in Tioga, Texas.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist.  Melissa has more than twenty years of experience working with survivors of childhood abuse and neglect.  She speaks internationally about trauma recovery, and leads training workshops for Trauma Recovery Associates.

Dr. Jennifer Foster

Jennifer M. Foster, PhD, LMHC (FL)

Director of Research

Dr. Jennifer Foster is an Assistant Professor in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University. She previously worked as a licensed counselor and taught in the state of Florida. Her dissertation, An Analysis of Trauma Narratives: Perceptions of Children on the Experience of Sexual Abuse, received an Outstanding Dissertation Award. She serves as an editorial board member for the journal Counseling and Values, and is an active member of several professional counseling organizations.

Karen Acri, BS, RT

Operations Director

Karen Acri has lived in 12 places in the past 20 years, including South Africa.  Prior to taking on the role of Operations Director for TRA, Karen was on the Board of the American International School of Johannesburg Parent/Teacher Association, President and Treasurer for Hackett Catholic Prep (HCP) Home and School Organization, Treasurer for HCP Theater Boosters, and is involved in various school, church, and community organizations.  Karen has a Bachelor’s degree and is a licensed Radiographic Technologist.

Julie Walen, BA

Administrative Assistant   

Julie Walen worked at Kalamazoo Anesthesiology, United Way and Stryker Instruments.  She volunteered on the Trauma Recovery Board and Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo (CSGK) Board where she played an integral in starting the Preschool program at St. Augustine Cathedral School.  She has also volunteered for a variety of church, school and community organizations.  Julie has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

Board Officers

Karl Beysiegel, MA, MPA – Chair

Hearing Officer, Retired
37th Circuit Court

Karl Beysiegel retired after 38 years with the 37th Circuit Court – Family Division, where he worked with adolescents and families referred to the Court for delinquency and neglect matters. After retirement, Karl volunteered with the American Red Cross in local disaster aid teams and national deployment.  He has a Master’s degree in Agency Counseling and a Master’s of Public Administration degree, both from Western Michigan University.

Dr. Angela Moe

Angela Moe, PhD – Vice Chair

Professor of Sociology, WMU

Dr. Angela Moe is a Professor of Sociology at Western Michigan University. Her work focuses on family dynamics and interpersonal victimization. Dr. Moe has dozens of publications in academic, trade, and mass market outlets, and is very active in the community. She is a past board member and chair of the Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council and currently works in animal assisted therapy, alongside her registered therapy dog, Sunny. She is a member of two CISM (critical incident stress management) teams for first responders and is working toward becoming the first canine crisis response handler in southwest Michigan.

Christine Bourgeois, JD — Secretary

Asst. Prosecuting Attorney, Retired
Kalamazoo County

Chris Bourgeois retired from her position as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Kalamazoo County, where she prosecuted cases of child sexual abuse. She earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing. Preceding her legal career Chris worked in Personnel and Human Resource management for Haworth Inc. after earning a Master of Arts degree in Counseling & Personnel and another Master of Arts degree in Sociology. With her SPADA certification she also worked as a substance abuse counselor.

Sarah Baird

Sarah Baird, MBA — Treasurer

Former V. P. Commercial Lending
Comerica Bank

Sarah Baird is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s in Finance and Economics and an Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in accountancy. Her previous work experience includes several positions in the banking industry, most recently as a commercial lender. She is active in her children’s school activities as well as various volunteer positions.

Board Members

Christine Berro

Christine Berro, MSL

Director, Portage District Library, Retired

Christine Berro retired as the Director of the Portage District Library.  She led the process that took the library from a city department to an independent governmental agency with an elected board and was also President of the Michigan Library Association and the Chair of the Modern Language Association (MLA) Legislative Committee.  She has served on multiple non-profit boards including Portage Community Center, Portage Senior Center, Society for History and Racial Equity and Portage Public Schools Curriculum Committee and Strategic Planning Committee.

Michael Boltz

Michael Boltz, BA

Family Division Administrator, Retired
Calhoun County Probate & Circuit Court

Michael Boltz is retired from his role as a Court Administrator for Calhoun County Probate Court and the Family Division of 37th Circuit Court.  Michael has his Bachelor’s in Philosophy and graduate studies in Theology and Counseling. He has been on several local boards including Michigan Association of Family Court Administration, RESOLVE – Calhoun County Mediation Center, and Probate Registers Association of Michigan.

Rosemary Gardiner

Rosemary Gardiner, MSW

CEO, Retired, Family & Children Services

Rosemary Gardiner recently retired from Family and Children Services. During her career at Family and Children Services, Rosemary was a Clinical therapist, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, Director of Development, and CEO. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Western Michigan University School of Social Work, and worked as a school social worker in the Kalamazoo Intermediate School District. She is and has been a member of several local boards, including the Kalamazoo Collaborative Care Project, the Michigan Federation of Children and Families, United Way of Greater Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, and Hackett Catholic Prep.

Alan Hovestadt

Alan J. Hovestadt, EdD, LMFT, LPC, NCC

Professor of Counselor Education &
Counseling Psychology, WMU

Dr. Alan Hovestadt is a professor and past chair of Western Michigan University’s Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology. He has published widely in his field, and administered federal grants that have improved the training of graduate students. Dr. Hovestadt was President of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and has received awards from the American Counseling Association, the International Association for Marriage and Family Counselors, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Stacy S. Jackson

Out-of-School Time Program Development Coach

Stacy is a part of the Kalamazoo Youth Development Network team as an Out-of-School Time Program Development Coach.  Prior to her current position, she was employed by Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo County Government Health & Community Services Department.  She has a BAS degree from Davenport University in Accounting and has certifications as a Trauma Informed Practitioner in Education, Weikart Methods Trainer and Restorative Practices in Classrooms Practitioner. Stacy is also very involved in her community as the current Board President for Open Doors of Kalamazoo, Treasurer and Youth Ministry leader for Bible Baptist Church and member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Ted Lindberg

Ted Lindberg, MSW, ACSW, LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist
Private Practice

Ted Lindberg is a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  He held major roles at Children’s and Family Services for over twenty years, including Director of Families First, Training Director, Director of Family Services, and ​Director of Family & Psychological Services.  He is an adjunct instructor at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine and maintains a private practice.

Fanny Tabares, DMin.

Director, Office of Hispanic Ministry, Diocese of Kalamazoo, Retired

Fanny Tabares, grew up in Medellin, Colombia and came to the United States in 1991. She has worked in Michigan with Latinos for more than two decades in Grand Rapids and most recently in Kalamazoo. She has helped facilitate the Trauma Recovery Program in Spanish in the Diocese of Kalamazoo. Dr. Tabares has been very active in her community and served on boards for Farmworker Legal Services, and the National Catholic Association for Hispanic Ministry. She has a Doctorate in Ministry from the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas; Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia.

Tasha Turner-Freeman

Tasha Turner-Freeman, MA, LLPC

TRA Intake Coordinator
Program Director and Psychotherapist
Berrien County

Tasha Turner-Freeman is working at Lakeland Health in St. Joseph, MI.  As the Program Director for Trauma-Informed Initiatives, she conducts trainings on topics such as Understanding and Coping with Traumatic Stress. She engages the local community to learn more about trauma-informed principles and care. Tasha has a Master’s degree in Clinical Child and Family Psychology, Roosevelt University. She also has a Master’s in Sociology and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University.

Jo Wiley, MFA

Master Faculty Specialist & Dir. of the Business Comm. Center, WMU

Jo Wiley is Master Faculty Specialist of Business Information Systems, Coordinator of Business Communication, and Director of the Communication Center  at Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business.  Jo has a Master’s in Fine Arts from Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina, a Master’s in professional writing from Western Michigan University, and a Bachelor’s in English/Creative Writing from Michigan State University.  Jo was a member of the Kalamazoo Concert Band Board of Directors where she was chair of the Concert Planning Committee.  She had been the assistant to the Director of the University Substance Abuse Clinic.

Board Members Emeriti

Tim Fallon

Timothy D. Fallon, MA

President, TSI Consulting Partners

Tim Fallon was President of TSI Consulting Partners, Inc., a consulting firm that focused on strategy formulation, leadership effectiveness, alignment of organizational systems and structures with strategic requirements, and large-scale organizational change. He has worked with more than 100 organizations over the past 10 years, including Fortune 500 companies, high growth mid-sized companies, trade associations, philanthropies, and community organizations.

Sr. Janet Fleishhacker, CSJ

Janet Fleischhacker, CSJ, MA

Executive Director, CSJ Ministries

Sr. Janet Fleischhacker is the Executive Director of CSJ Ministries, responsible for the oversight of the 29 nonprofit organizations  sponsored by the Congregation of St. Joseph. She has held many leadership positions with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth, MI, including President. She has been the Client Services Supervisor at the Kalamazoo YWCA Domestic Assault Program. She a certified Domestic Violence Instructor, and also is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Direction.

Dr. Toni Gross

Toni Gross, EdD

Psychotherapist, Retired

Dr. Toni Perior Gross was a licensed mental health counselor in private practice in Kalamazoo.  She focused on the treatment of those who have suffered post-traumatic stress as a result of childhood trauma. She also lectures and teaches workshops on this issue. Dr. Gross was the first recipient of the Extra Mile Award presented by the Alliance for the Mentally Ill. She served as the founding Chair of the TRA Board.

Most Rev. James A. Murray

Most Rev. James A. Murray, JCL, DD

Bishop Emeritus, Diocese of Kalamazoo

Bishop James A. Murray served as Roman Catholic Bishop of Kalamazoo from 1998 to 2009. Ordained to the priesthood in 1958, he served many parishes in Michigan. He received a licentiate in canon law from the Catholic University in Washington D.C. in 1964. Within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, he served on the Committee on Sexual Abuse for five years and helped draw up the Charter for the Protection of Youth and Young People.

Rosalie Novara

Rosalie Novara, MA, MSW

Mental Health Executive, Retired

Rosalie Novara is a social worker with thirty-five years of experience developing programs and serving children, teens, and adults in poverty, experiencing family violence, and/or dealing with mental health issues. Rosalie has helped to develop programs that address family violence, including the Kalamazoo YWCA Domestic Assault Program, the Kalamazoo Child Abuse and Neglect Council, and the Family Resource Center for sexually abused children. Rosalie is currently a court-appointed Special Advocate for abused children.