Who We Are

Break the Cycle Staff

Amy Sánchez - Chief Executive Officer 

Vanesa Perez - Operations & Finance Manager

Community Initiatives

Jasmine Uribe - Chief Operating Officer 

Melissa Garcia - Social Impact & Partnership Manager

Policy and Legal Services

Washington, DC

Kirisha Marshall - Staff Attorney 

Adeline Murphy - Legal Advocate

Los Angeles, CA 

Amy Lee - Managing Attorney 

Aila Ferguson - Staff Attorney 

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

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.

Kathryn Beiser is vice president of global communications for Eli Lilly. In this role, she provides leadership, management and oversight of communications strategy, policy and performance for communications activities across the organization and has oversight of public relations, media relations, issues management, internal communications and executive communications. Beiser has worked across a broad range of global industries during her nearly 30-year career, including healthcare, financial services, professional services and consumer products. Her experience as both a chief communications officer and public relations agency executive has included developing campaigns to shape organizational culture and drive performance, leading corporate reputation programs, serving as a corporate spokesperson, facilitating complex financial transactions, and managing issues and crises. Beiser holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern.

John W. Micheli serves as Senior Vice President of Enterprise Services, where he oversees approximately 2,300 domestic and offshore resources encompassing Enterprise Programs Strategy & Implementation, Enterprise Operational Services, Enterprise Centers & Solutions, ABO Integration & Global Delivery Transition, and Pune Operations. In his 30+ years with Allstate, John has held positions in the Field as well as Home Office, primarily in the areas of Finance and Strategy. He began his career in the New York Metro Region, moving to positions of increasing responsibility in many parts of the organization. John was the Controller of Allstate New Jersey, then moved to Encompass as the Vice President of Finance and Strategy. From there he went to Emerging Business, where he led the acquisition of the Partnership Marketing Group, and then on to the role of CFO of the Protection organization. John helped form the Strategic Operations group and, before coming to Operations, led the work on Allstate’s Cost Structure initiative. John received his BA in Economics from the University of New York at Stony Brook and his MBA in Finance and Investments from Adelphi University. 

Dionne 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.

Other Members

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.

Daniel Herndon. With a diverse background including owning and operating a national branding agency, launching a new cafe, and playing in a professional touring rock band, Daniel has a breadth of experience as an entrepreneur and business consultant. His work with clients spans across the country, consulting on brand strategy, strategic communications and marketing.Before starting his agency, he launched a fledgling record label, and later through a natural progression, began pursuing brands for endorsement opportunities to support the label's artists. This effort lead to the start of his marketing and brand design shop called Redwall Live, which soon became MilesHerndon through a merger and eventual partner buyout. MilesHerndon was later sold to Matchbook in 2020.Daniel was recognized as one of the Forty Under 40 by the Indianapolis Business Journal in 2011, and has co-authored Facebook All In One for Dummies on Wiley Publishing in 2012. He's a public speaker, providing talks and group workshops on brand communications and strategic planning, including work with companies and groups across the US and in multiple industries.Daniel enjoys visiting trendy restaurants with his wife Carrie and pretends to be gluten free. In his spare time he studies philosophy, charcuterie, and other cured meats. He’s a devout bourbon enthusiast but religiously abstains from soda.  Follow him on Twitter if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

Teresa Huang was raised to be a doctor but born to be an artist. A genuine MIT graduate, she gave up problem sets and thermodynamics to become a writer, actor, and producer. Her parents are still scratching their heads. Teresa recently wrote her first produced episode of television for SUPERSTITION on SYFY. Her short story collection HEARTBORN is available at Amazon and her sci-fi romance novel is coming soon. As an actor, she has made numerous television appearances, including CRIMINAL MINDS, GREY"S ANATOMY, and RIZZOLI & ISLES, though she is best known for playing Kimmie, Eddie Izzard's assistant on THE RICHES on FX. Her superpowers include powernapping, parallel parking, and spending too much money at farmer's markets. 

Joanne Bischmann is the founder and owner of MOB Communications, a strategic organizational and communications consultancy. Prior to starting her consultancy, she worked for Harley-Davidson retiring after a 29-year career, in February 2019. She most recently served Harley-Davidson as Vice President, Chief Communications Officer. In that role she oversaw the Communications and the Business Aviation and Travel and Meeting Services functions. She  was responsible for shaping stakeholder perceptions and creating advocacy for the companythrough targeted communication of the Harley-Davidson story. This included all external corporate communications as well as employee, dealer, supplier, shareholder and community relations communications. Bischmann was also president of The Harley-Davidson Foundation, which supports community needs based on education, health and the environment. Bischmann joined Harley-Davidson in 1990, and served as Manager of Advertising and Promotions, Director of Marketing, VP of Marketing and VP of Licensing & Special Events. She previously worked in advertising for Hoffman, York and Compton of Milwaukee. In addition to Break the Cycle, Bischmann is on the Board of Directors for Reliable of Milwaukee, Summerfest, and Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin, Inc.  She’s also on the Board of Advisors for the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations and Co-Chair of the Membership Committee for the Arthur W. Page Society. Bischmann attended Washington University in St. Louis and graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelors degree in Communication.

Amie Shannon-Scott.  Amie graduated from William Paterson University with a degree in Finance and then went on to obtain her MBA in Accounting.  She started her career as an accountant for Clearview Cinemas Movie Theatres and then took a role in Internal Audit at Liz Claiborne.  During her tenure at Liz Claiborne, which later changed its name to Fifth and Pacific and then again to Kate Spade and Company, she worked in Internal Audit, Process Excellence, Accounting and Corporate Finance.  She is currently a Brand Controller at Movado Group, Inc and responsible for the global P&L for multiple brands. Amie is married with two small children (ages 6 and 4) and recently published her first children’s book, Ways to be Awesome.  She is currently working on a second children’s book, The Family Rainbow.  Additionally, Amie is the co-owner of Boho Petals, an online floral and gifting boutique.

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

Brian Singer

M.C. Sungaila