Dr. Jaime Romo (President) is a Commissioned Minister in the United Church of Christ for Healing and Healthy Environments in San Diego, a consultant with the Center for Applied Research Solutions and the National Mentoring Resource Center, and a Child-Friendly Faith Project board member. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of San Diego. Following a career of K-12 teaching and administration and teacher education, Jaime developed and implemented trauma-informed policies and healing community practices for churches and values-driven organizations. He is a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction facilitator and has worked with and seen scores of individuals resolve their PTSD, anxiety and depression symptoms in a short period of time. Dr. Romo is the author of Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters, and co-author of Reclaiming Democracy: Multicultural Educators’ Journeys toward transformative Teaching, and Reclaiming Democracy: Multicultural Educators’ Journeys toward Transformative Teaching. He currently serves as a Hospice Chaplain with Seaport Home Health and Hospice in San Diego.
Nali Adesso is a mental health counselor in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. areas and has spent the last several years working with LGBTQ youth. She brings both personal and professional experience to bear on her understanding of religious child maltreatment and works to raise awareness and campaign for the rights of children in abusive religious environments. She is excited to be a part of the Child-Friendly Faith Project board to share her experiences working with queer and trans survivors of religious child maltreatment, as well as her passion for educating others about mental health issues in faith communities.
Ryan Stollar is an advocate for children and abuse survivors. He has run numerous social media campaigns and accounts for nonprofit organizations, including the Coalition for Responsible Home Education and Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out. Homeschooled from kindergarten through high school graduation, Ryan served over 8 years as a public communications educator to high school students within homeschooling communities. He has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Gutenberg College and an M.A. in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College. He is certified in Mental Health First Aid by the National Council for Behavioral Health. He is also currently pursuing a Masters of Human Services in Child Protection from Nova Southeastern University. His advocacy work on behalf of homeschooled students has been featured in national and international media and academia including The Guardian, The American Prospect, CQ Researcher, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Georgetown Law Journal, Texas Observer, New Yorker, ProPublica, and Oxford University Press.