Strong Youth's Board of Directors
Deanna Dyer, Esq, Board Chair
Deanna is serving on Strong Youth's advisory board.
Deanna is a survivor, an advocate, and an attorney. Motivated by her own experience of childhood sexual violence, she has worked in the movement to end violence against women and girls since 2005. She has advocated on behalf of victims/survivors of gender-based violence on the local, state, and international levels throughout Texas, California, New Jersey, South Africa, and The Hague. She is currently the Managing Attorney at the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence where she manages a Legal Services Project, offering advice and counsel to victims/survivors, and provides training and technical assistance for domestic violence service providers on the legal and legislative process and laws impacting domestic violence victims/survivors. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law with a concentration in Social Justice Lawyering and a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Mary Claire DeHaven, Secretary
Mary Claire DeHaven is a licensed psychotherapist working in private practice and previously in community mental health for over 20 years, during which she held positions of leadership and supervisory roles. She received her training from the Smith College School of Social Work in 1989 and graduated from Kenyon College, 1984. Throughout her career as a clinical social worker she has received training in a variety of modalities. She started her study of Internal Family Systems in 2005 and has completed IFS trainings and several workshops including Level 1 and “From the Inside Out” , A couples therapy training, with Toni Herbine Blank. She assisted a level 1 year long training as an IFS Program Assistant. Mary Claire co-led an IFS workshop on Parenting parts at the IFS Annual Conference in 2007. She has been part of two IFS consultation groups led respectively by Mike Elkin and Jay Earley. Recently Mary Claire has been excited about integrating IFS with Mediation and nonviolent communication for conflict resolution. She is inspired to discover with clients and students, self-led resolutions for internal and external conflicts. Mary Claire lives in Vermont with her family and is inspired to support Retribe and Social Change due to her concerns about the culture in public high school and after having experienced the positive impact of ReTribe and similar experiences in her teenage son.
Scott Lee, Treasurer
Scott has over seventeen years of experience as a professional educator. He has held a wide variety of roles including teaching, school leadership, residential program administration, and school-level consulting. He began teaching social studies in urban and suburban public schools in Tennessee. He then served as a teacher/counselor at Pine Breeze School; a model program based on the Re-Ed model developed by Nicolas Hobbs. This experience led to a much greater understanding of the importance of social-emotional learning not only as an essential driver of academic learning but also in supporting positive outcomes for students in all contexts of life. Following this experience he worked as a teacher and high school principal of a school for students with language based learning differences. He then became a public school exceptional education teacher in Georgia. Following an appointment as a school director within a residential treatment program, he began to collaboratively work with the faculty, students, and other stakeholders to create an educational program that was academically challenging and social-emotionally enriching. Utilizing principles of Re-Ed, reclaiming and restorative practices, and self-determination theory the school developed strong academic and vocational programs. It also became one of the few residential program schools in Tennessee to earn accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (now AdvancED). When the program was closed as a result of a merger of the parent company, Scott began working on a PhD in education leadership. He is currently working to complete his dissertation focused on social emotional learning and effective teacher practices for students with emotional and behavior disorders within school-wide positive behavioral supports (SWPBS) systems. During this time he has also worked as a consultant with a variety of schools to improve social emotional learning techniques, support academics, effectively use data, and develop professional educator practice. When not working, he and his wife, Sara, spend time sailing, camping, hiking and travelling.
Kristin is a positive psychology coach, a coordinator of chaos, and a spacemaker. Kristin approaches life with a natural curiosity, fascinated by the process that takes place when you ask questions, when you change frames of reference, when you rearrange. She seeks to create new perspectives through novelty, creativity, and play using the evidence-based practices of positive psychology, neuroleadership, and somatic coaching. Kristin believes that the most tremendous powers are concealed within fire, and uses the art and practice of fire building for leadership development, resiliency, and personal wisdom guidance.
She has spent the bulk of her parenting career investigating alternative learning environments and ways of considering systems of education for improvement. With a deep belief in natural trajectory she believes it is essential that humans of all ages be engaged in listening to their inner wisdom and interests in ways that help them engage learning in meaningful and positive ways. Every person is different, every brain is different and every human has gifts to contribute to the communities and cultures we inhabit. Freedom, possibility, creativity and deliberate attention move us to our most meaningful work in life.
Kristin holds an MFA in Fine Art, primarily focusing on large scale video and sound installation. Her undergrad degree is in visual art and theater. She is certified in Positive Psychology, Positive Organizational Development, trained in brain based and somatic coaching and is a SUSTABU facilitator. She designs and operates the Essex Hub co working and co creative spaces in Essex Junction,VT. She is the Creative director for steAmfest Arts and Innovation festival in the Village of Essex Junction, and is a 2018 NAS New England Creative Communities Fellow.
Her interests include imaginative thinking, long days at the river, fire circles, exploring native wisdom traditions, reading and good food. She shares her life with her husband and two teenaged daughters whom she likes a lot.
Sandy Craig, M.D.
Like many Vermonters, Sandy Craig lit out right after high school to find out what else was out there. He eventually returned home to get his MD at UVM in 1992 and then set out again on a path that has led him through academic medicine, teaching, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, full spectrum, cradle to grave family medicine from Obstetrics and Pediatrics to Surgery, and international medical relief in disaster areas and conflict zones in Asia and Africa. He is a devoted father and claims that his now teen-aged son, Riley, has taught him more than all his years at universities. Of trying to balance his life as father, doctor, builder, sculptor, athlete, and naturalist, Dr. Craig says that the most important component of a healthy life is growth and community. “This is why I’m drawn to the ReTribe Project. I think that this collection of inspired individuals have a combination of philosophies, insight and energy that cultivates self awareness, confidence, and healthy relationship in youth. That enables curiosity, growth and positive character development. Book learning is important but is amplified and given purpose by these other qualities. If I’d had people like these around me in high school, l wouldn’t have had to go off and discover these things on my own ‘out there’”.
Jane Martin, LPC, LCMHC
Jane developed the Social Harmony curriculum over a decade ago, after identifying a critical need for bullying prevention programs that go beyond a standard punitive model. Jane is a licensed psychotherapist in New Jersey with experience in a range of transformational modalities, such Breathwork and Imago, that help clients heal their childhood wounding at its core to achieve lasting change. Coming with this perspective, Jane is well aware that punishments and rewards are not sufficient for generating true behavior change and personal growth, and she is committed to bringing a broader perspective that can facilitate growth and understanding for individuals and across communities. As a parent of three children who attended the Princeton Waldorf School, Jane has cultivated a strong appreciation for Steiner-based education. For over three decades, Jane has been well aware of the damage caused to our bodies and psyches by toxins in our environment, founding in the 1980s the Natural Baby Company, a leader in the Natural Parenting Movement, reaching over 3 million parents, to provide healthy natural products for their children. The Social Harmony curriculum, which Jane designed, is informed by all of these perspectives and takes a truly holistic approach to guiding children and supporting the development of strong, healthy communities.