Who We Are

Break the Cycle Staff

Amy Sánchez - Chief Executive Officer 

Alesha Istvan - President/COO

Treasure Hoagwood - Operations and Finance Manager 

Development and Communications

Khalisa Jacobs - Senior Director of Development and Communications

Community Initiatives

Jasmine Uribe - Director of Community Initiatives  

Baonam Giang  - Community Initiatives Manager

Jessica Moreno - Community Initiatives Manager 

Tyreena Heck - Community Initiatives Coordinator

Jasmaine Butler - Peer Educator

Policy and Legal Services

Marta Beresin - Director of Public Policy and Legal Services

Tamiaya Mosesly - Managing Attorney

Nicole Beck - Staff Attorney

Kaziah White - Legal Advocate 

Board of Directors

Kathy Beiser As global chair of the corporate practice, Kathryn Beiser serves as a senior counselor to key clients and is responsible for helping develop the team’s intellectual property and talent. During her nearly 30-year career, Kathy has worked across a broad range of global industries including hospitality, financial services, consumer products, healthcare and professional services. She has considerable experience in devising strategies to shape organizational culture and drive performance, leading corporate reputation and executive positioning programs, serving as a corporate spokesperson and media strategist, facilitating complex financial transactions, managing crises, and optimizing communication functions. Prior to joining Edelman, Kathy served in CCO roles for Hilton Worldwide and Discover Financial Services, as well as worked at some of the world's leading public relations firms. Kathy is a Trustee of The Arthur W. Page Society and a former trustee of the Institute for Public Relations.

Dionne Smith Coker-Appiah, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She received a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Master’s degree in Counselor Education at Wake Forest University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at the University of Virginia. She completed a psychology internship at The Ohio State University and completed postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Coker-Appiah has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry since 2008.

Jonda K. Martin is the President and Owner of Cable Data Corporation, a data collector on cable systems’ statements of accounts filed with the Licensing Division of the Copyright Office. During her 25 years of working at CDC, she has actively been involved in all aspects of the company, including research, data-entry, report generation, data analysis and administration.  Jonda received a Bachelor of  Science/Business Administration degree from American University in Washington, D.C.,  with concentrations in international business and management of information systems.  She has also received an MBA from the University of Maryland. On a semi-annual basis, Jonda testifies as an expert witness before the Congressional Copyright Royalty court (formerly known as the Copyright   Arbitration Royalty Panel (“CARP”) regarding data collection and data analysis methodologies as it pertains to the distribution of copyright royalties paid by cable and satellite companies.

Sharyn Micheli is the administrative director of the Emerging Businesses group for The Allstate Corporation, the second-largest personal lines insurer in the U.S. and the largest that is publicly held. The group is comprised multiple business units and contributes approximately $5 billion in annual revenue to The Allstate Corporation. As the administrative director, Sharyn manages the program management office, governance oversight, technology portfolio planning and cybersecurity, resource and expense management, sales incentive compensation programs and sponsorships/fundraising for the company’s annual Sprint and Stride race. She joined Allstate in 1992, serving in other financial and strategic roles in the organization. Sharyn began in Personal Lines Finance where she led several teams including claims, underwriting, sales, and distribution as well as FP&A (financial planning and analysis). She also worked in Allstate Investments, LLC where she led the strategy team and managed incentive compensation plans, relative performance investment analysis and benchmarking, resource management, succession planning, and business communications. Prior to joining Allstate, Sharyn worked for Ogilvy & Mather Advertising as an account executive. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications and earned an MBA in Finance from Georgia State University.

Jane Randel is Co-President of Karp Randel LLC, a social responsibility consultancy, and a co-founder of NO MORE, (nomore.org). Ms. Randel is currently serving as a consultant to the NFL and NASCAR as they look to address issues of domestic violence and sexual assault within their organizations as well as in service to the public at large. Ms. Randel was Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Brand Services at Kate Spade & Company. She led corporate, business and crisis media relations, managed the annual report and oversaw internal communications, including the corporate intranet. Ms. Randel spearheaded Love Is Not Abuse and served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fifth & Pacific Foundation (now the Kate Spade & Company Foundation) until December 2014. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape/National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Honorary Board and the immediate-past President of the Board of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. In 2005, Ms. Randel was named one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by WomensEnews; in 2006, she was included on the Crain’s New York Business list of “40 under 40;” in 2009 she was honored by the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York for her work on teen dating abuse; and in 2012 she received the Hero with a Heart Award from the Joyful Heart Foundation. Ms. Randel also co-authored an award-winning paper, “Coming into the Light: Intimate Partner Violence and Its Effects at Work” with Anne O’Leary-Kelly, Emily Lean, Carol Reeves of the University of Arkansas School Department of Management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Ms. Randel is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and lives in New Jersey with her husband and three sons. Jane serves as the President of Break the Cycle's Board of Directors.

Kyle P. Schneberg is a civil litigator who represents individuals from all manner of social, cultural and financial backgrounds. He focuses his practice on the areas of Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse and Personal Injury. Kyle received his Juris Doctor degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Southern California. He joined the Board of Directors for Break the Cycle in 2013. His relevant experience includes serving indigent victims of domestic violence for several years through the Los Angeles County Bar Association Domestic Violence Project.

Brian Singer is the Controller at jetAVIVA, a private firm that specializes in providing personalized sales, brokerage, customer acceptance, delivery, and pilot services specifically tailored to those in the market for light, single-pilot turboprops and jets. jetAVIVA has completed more than 600 aircraft sales around the world, and the company, with a half-billion dollars worth of sales, is the number-one light jet sales organization in the world—and one of the top five brokerage firms. As Controller, Brian manages all aspects of jetAVIVA's financial, accounting, legal, and human resource affairs. Specializing in both accounting and finance, Brian relies daily on his technical experience in the fields of budgeting, financial modeling and analysis, reporting, statistical analysis, cash-flow forecasting and GAAP compliance. Prior to joining jetAVIVA, Brian served many years as Controller for Western Golf Properties, a golf course management company overseeing properties from coast-to-coast. Brian graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Law and Game Theory.

Melissa Siegel Barrios graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2012 with a two Bachelor's degrees, one in Political Science and one in Sociology. She co-created and formerly coordinated the LoveSpeaksOut Speaker's Bureau on Teen Dating Violence in Charlotte. Melissa is also the former Chair of the National Youth Advisory Board for loveisrespect, which promotes healthy relationships and influences prevention of dating abuse nationwide. As an Information and Education Coordinator for Mecklenburg County Community Support Services, Melissa is planning prevention and outreach efforts for teen dating violence with an emphasis on healthy relationships. She also coordinates efforts with other community organizations as part of the Teen Dating Violence Awareness Committee to strive to encourage healthy relationships throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.

Emeritus Board Members

Diann Ackard

Rachel Wilkes Barchie

Lisa Bonner

Joanne Caruso

Mike Catalano

Carol Cheng-Mayer

Marjorie Gilberg

Jennifer Kuhn

Suzanne Morris

Christine Murphy

Sam Pryor

M.C. Sungaila