Treasurer, Regina Ress
Crystal Sanchez is the founder of Believe Bliss, a platform for domestic violence survivors to share stories, heal wounds, and find their way back to themselves. She is a Soul Nurturer and Healing Coach who supports women on their journey to healing and wholeness.
Crystal works with survivors of domestic violence and women who have created a cycle of powerlessness in their lives. She is deeply passionate about her mission because as a survivor turned thriver, she truly believes when women personify a deep sense of self-love, self-acceptance, and self-belief, they become unstoppable. She's made it her life's work, to be the voice for victims and survivors who don't have a voice.
Crystal is a contributing blogger at the Huffington Post. Thought Catalog, and Medium. She is also currently working to pass legislation in New Mexico that would add a layer of protection for victims whose abuser violates an order of protection. Her website iswww.BelieveBliss.com
Lindarose is a Clinical Social Worker whose career was in a private practice setting treating individuals with psychiatric problems and couples with marital difficulties. She was on the Board of Directors for a local community mental health agency and for the Connecticut Society Clinical Social Work, where she worked on the successful establishment of licensing for clinical social workers. When she moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado fourteen years ago, she continued her professional work but developed a larger focus on nonprofit work.
She has been President of the Board of Directors for Yampatika, an environmental educational organization in Northwest Colorado. She worked to see this nonprofit agency transition into a successful, flourishing organization. She has also been the Coordinator for the Steamboat SpringsParkinson Support Group which started in August, 2012. She has most recently invested attention and energy into the development of Healing Voices - Personal Stories. She recognizes the destructive impact of violence and abuse and its interference with health and stability. Through the production and distribution of films created by this organization, she sees a path for community education and hope for those who have suffered from abuse.
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Award winning storyteller, actor, writer, and educator, Regina has performed and taught from Broadway to Brazil, in settings from grade schools to senior centers, homeless shelter and prisons to Lincoln Center and The White House. She teaches storytelling for NYU's Program in Educational Theatre and Program in Multilingual/Multicultural Studies and produces a long-running storytelling series at the historic Provincetown Playhouse in NYC. She has performed and led workshops at women's prisons in NY, DE, CT and NM and for the Santa Fe Youth Shelters. In the aftermath of 9/11, under the auspices of Mercy Corps, she facilitated workshops for adults on the issue of children and trauma.
Regina was a longtime Board Member of the New York Storytelling Center and the New York Metro Liaison to the National Storytelling Network, which in 2003, awarded her an Oracle Award in the Regional Leadership and Service and in 2015 an Oracle Award for performance. She has published numerous articles including "Her Story, Your Story, Our Story: An Afternoon with Women who Have Escaped the Troll" in Diving in the Moon, an on-line journal published by the Healing Story Alliance. Her CD, "New York & Me" won a 2014 Storytelling World Award. Regina currently serves on the Board of the Storytellers of New Mexico. www.ReginaRess.com
President, JoAnne Tucker, Ph.D.
Secretary, Crystal Sanchez
Vice President, Lindarose Berkley
For thirty years JoAnne was the Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Avodah Dance Ensemble, a New York City based modern dance company. Avodah toured nationally and internationally presenting its repertory in diverse settings from theaters, synagogues, churches, college campuses, community centers to prisons. Reviewed by the NY Times, JoAnne was sited as "creating heart felt pieces." Now retired from directing the dance company she found that the work in women's prison still resonated strongly for her and served as motivation for founding Healing Voices - Personal Stories.
JoAnne brings a background of study at The Juilliard School as a dance major and a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin. She is author of two books, Torah in Motion: Creating Dance Midrash and Creative Movement for a Song: Activities for Young Children as well as numerous articles for journals and magazines related to her work with Avodah. She has taught on college faculties including Hebrew Union College and the University of the District of Columbia. JoAnne has a blog called Mostly Dance where she writes about dance and her history with Avodah.
Now living in Santa Fe she divides her time between painting (mainly oils) and work in film from extra work to featured roles in student projects. Check out her art website. She sees her role with Healing Voices - Personal Stories as that of a producer/co-director, fundraiser and overseeing administrative responsibilities.