Leadership Team

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center is administered by National Safe Place, under the leadership of experts in the runaway and homeless youth field.

Laurie Jackson

Executive Director

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Laurie is the Executive Director for National Safe Place, which administers the RHYTTAC cooperative agreement. She joined the organization in June 2010, after serving as the Associate Executive Director for Synergy Services, Inc. in Kansas City, Mo. Laurie was with Synergy Services, Inc. for 16 years and prior to that worked for several years with Cedars Youth Services in Lincoln, Neb. She has been active with local, regional, state and national efforts in the areas of runaway and homeless youth, child welfare and domestic violence.

Laurie holds an executive master’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri Kansas City and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Nebraska Kearney. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Network for Youth and is dedicated to bringing awareness to the issues of runaway and homeless youth.

Email: laurie@rhyttac.net

Tammy Hopper

Project Director

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Tammy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has supervised youth programming for almost 25 years. This experience includes Basic Center, TLP and Street Outreach Program Management experience. She has also worked on an inpatient psychiatric unit for youth; served as a member of a Mobile Crisis Unit; and, worked as a therapist for a project dedicated to preventing the sexual abuse of Appalachian Children. She has served as the Chair of the National Council on Youth Policy and spent 20 years as a member of the National Safe Place Advisory Board. Tammy is also a member of the first class of Certified Grants Professionals recognized by the American Association of Grant Professionals.

She is an advocate and enthusiastic believer in Youth Development and is committed to working with individuals and organizations that embrace the power and promise that comes from partnering with youth. Tammy is the President/CEO of the Youth and Family Services Network, a primary partner with National Safe Place for the delivery of RHYTTAC services.

Email: tammy@rhyttac.net

TC Cassidy

Technical Assistance Director

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TC holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from East Tennessee State University. She is currently completing a second Master’s Degree in Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary. She has extensive experience in the youth services field and has worked in both direct care and supervisory positions in basic center, transitional living, and street outreach programs. TC is a talented facilitator and has provided training and technical assistance for over 12 years to RHY providers, first as a representative of a member agency in the Southeastern Network and most recently for NRCYS, as a Senior Program Development Specialist. TC is already well known to RHY providers across the country and she will continue to lead the technical assistance team.

Email: tc@rhyttac.net

Mark Wolf

Training Director

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Mark received his MSW degree from West Virginia University and he holds a B.A. in Social Work and Sociology from Utah State University. He most recently served as the director of the K-Town Youth Empowerment Network for Tennessee Voices for Children. In this role, he was responsible for program development, management and oversight of a $1.5 million a year SAMHSA System of Care grant with 20 staff. The program, which began in 2010, has been recognized by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Mark has directed state-wide initiatives related to permanency for youth and has more than 30 years of experience with runaway and homeless youth. He has an extensive history of training, including certification through the Child Welfare League for Effective Supervisory Training. He is trained in the Technology of Participation methods and is an Advancing Youth Development Trainer. He has provided leadership in youth services at the local, state, regional and national level and has presented at multiple national conferences. Mr. Wolf has been recognized for excellence by National Safe Place, the Child Welfare League of America, and the National Network for Youth.

Email: mark@rhyttac.net