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American SPCC Leadership

J. E. Henningsen

Board President

J.E. Henningsen has over twenty years of business experience in the U.S. and abroad. As a business owner, analyst, and investor, Mr. Henningsen has consistently demonstrated an ability to identify problems and find creative solutions. His career exposure includes a diverse range of industries: Aerospace, construction, media, leasing, finance, and scientific research and development.

After noticing a severe lack of child abuse prevention efforts in the United States along with soaring numbers of abuse cases, he founded the American SPCC. With the help of others, he hopes that the American people will be willing to protect American children in the same way that other industrialized nations do. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Omnisent LLC.

Katelyn Kirk

Board Treasurer

Katelyn Kirk graduated in June 2015 with her Masters in Sport and Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Psychology. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Psychology with additional work in Business and Anthropology. Katelyn continues to teach at Oregon State University as a faculty member in the Physical Activity Program in the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences.

Katelyn’s commitment to the disenfranchised youth is unwavering. She has worked with Portland’s Love INC in their annual Packed with Love Events reaching out to school children and their families, and continues to volunteer as a head coach each summer with Hoop Camp, a unified basketball camp for special needs athletes and all children ages 6 – 13. She also traveled to Martha’s Vineyard to be a counselor at Camp Jabberwocky, a one-month residential summer camp for mentally and/or physically disabled adults and teens. Katelyn is currently working with our Youth Advisory Board and the national expansion of ASPCC.

Susan Kim

Board Secretary | Psychotherapist

Susan Kim is a licensed psychotherapist, Parent-Child Interaction Therapist, and Certified Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention Counselor with a specialization in Infant Mental Heath. During her over 20 years of experience, Susan has worked extensively with children and families who have experienced abuse, neglect, and trauma; with adolescents who are pregnant and parenting; and with families in the area of parent-child relationships. She has facilitated support groups for parenting youth, adolescent and adult sexual assault survivors, and women in domestic violence situations; facilitated parenting classes for court-mandated individuals; and counseled parents with children involved in the child protective service and foster care system.

As a former teaching instructor, Susan developed a college curriculum and taught courses in communications and counseling skills. During her career she also provided training and group supervision to other therapists and interns; developed court-approved parenting class curriculums; created support group programs for women in violent relationships; collaborated with nonprofit organizations to provide community outreach programs; and has lectured to both public and professional audiences on various parenting topics at local, state, and national conferences. She is honored and thrilled to be a part of the American SPCC to promote positive change on a community level.

Rosey Dorsey

Creative Consultant

Rosey Dorsey joined American SPCC as Creative Director with 30 years as a professional educator, an International Writing Consultant for educational and trade publisher Houghton Mifflin, and recently, a Certified Spiritual Director. Rosey has a Bachelor’s from Willamette University with coursework from Stanford and Auburn Universities, and coursework from the NW Writing Institute at Lewis and Clark College. She has a Master’s from the University of Exeter in England and a Master’s in Education from University of Portland. For many years, Rosey has taught Creative Writing, Literature and Socratic Seminars to at-risk youth, and, as a National Writing Consultant worked intensively with educators in more than 35 states.

Rosey is a Rotary Foundation Ambassador of Good Will. She has a strong commitment to humanitarian service projects through Diversity as Gift, a non-profit in Portland, OR. In Assisi, Italy, Rosey and her daughter participated in a writing workshop, Find Peace in Yourself for the World, which solidified her belief that we are to live according to our dreams and in service to the world. She believes that when possible, we are all called to bear witness and give a voice to the voiceless through word and action, easily aligning her personal vision with that of the American SPCC.

Lietta Ryan

Operations & Administration

Lietta Ryan has a successful background in small business development and management, operations and finance, within the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Her keen business acumen is fortified by thirty years of operations management experience, and is enhanced by her genuine care and compassion, and her strong desire to help others.

Lietta possesses a 4 year degree as a Registered Nurse. During her nursing career, Lietta specialized in Obstetrics and Pediatrics, and further worked with the mentally and physically disabled. As an “empty nester” and a single parent, Lietta has a true empathy and understanding for all aspects of parenthood; the challenges, the trials and tribulations, the triumphs and rewards.

Lietta is delighted to be part of such a great cause, and is dedicated to working alongside others equally committed to the mission of American SPCC in actualizing change.

Kathleen Gorman

Mental Health Consultant

Kathleen Gorman has a B.S. in Diversified Liberal Arts and an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling. She has more than 10 years of professional experience in the field of mental health, providing  therapy to people from diverse racial and sociocultural backgrounds.  In the San Francisco area, Kathleen counseled disturbed and delinquent adolescents at an in-patient facility and treated adults for anxiety and stress reduction.  In the Portland area, she received training in drug and alcohol counseling and provided individual and group therapy for adolescents with substance abuse issues and facilitated skills building groups in community mental health agencies.

Kathleen has continued to expand her training and knowledge in the field of mental health while raising children with her husband. She volunteers regularly in charitable and civic endeavors.  Kathleen has attended trainings in Non-Violent Communication and has facilitated conflict resolution sessions for children in schools.  She is passionate about expanding her knowledge in the area of mental health and advocacy for children, and in disseminating helpful information to the general public.

This organization would not be possible without the continued help and support of numerous generous individuals.

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