Guest Speaker-Trainer Bios

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James L. Hinkle, M.Div., LCSW


James L. Hinkle, M.Div., LCSW has worked with disconnected teenagers for nearly 4 decades in foster, residential, clinical, and community-based settings. Jim earned an MSW from Rutgers University, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary, and a Business Administration degree from Colorado College. He was licensed in 1992 as an LCSW and for 20 years has been credentialed as a Juvenile Sexual Offender Full Level Treatment Provider. Certified as a Master Trainer with ACE Interface and train the trainer with Pressley Ridge’s Evidenced-based Treatment Foster Care curriculum.

Jim was the founder of TwoCor, a Colorado Springs trauma-responsive vocational training and treatment program for youth, and The Workforce Institute, a project to enhance business managers’ and HR Directors’ awareness and skills toward establishing trauma-informed business practices. 


Colorado Springs, CO


Charleston, SC

Carol Hogue, MA, Lead Instructor, Darkness to Light                                               Location: Charleston, SC

Carol grew up in Lancaster, SC. She lived in Missouri, Kentucky, and Alabama before returning to her home state and has lived in Charleston, SC for 25 years. Carol graduated from Charleston Southern University with a Bachelor of Science and from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Religious Education. She has served as the Executive Director for a 24-hour crisis helpline.


Carol is on staff at Darkness to Light as Lead Instructor. She served on the Program Advisory Group for the second revision of Stewards of Children®. A Stewards of Children® Authorized Facilitator since 2007 and a Facilitator Instructor since 2008, she has trained facilitators across the US and in several foreign countries including South Korea, The Netherlands, and Canada. Carol is an ACEs Master Trainer for the South Carolina Children’s Trust.

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Barrington, NJ

Erika Kelley, MPA, President and CEO, Sage Horizons, Certified ACEs Trainer,

Rutgers NIEER CEELO Fellow

Erika Kelley founded Sage Horizons LLC after 20 years of mentoring and supporting teen girls and young women in their healing journeys to wholeness. She brings to Sage Horizons an extensive background of working with vulnerable women within various state systems, agencies, and programs. Her expertise and focus include:

  • Early Childhood Education Best Practices and Education Policy 

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma-Informed Practices  

  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mindfulness-Based Curricula 

  • Arts Education and Art Therapy


Before founding Sage Horizons, Erika used a systems-thinking approach to impact change within PK-20 (preschool to the graduate degree) education systems and mental health initiatives and policies. Erika represented the New Jersey Department of Education in addressing ACEs at the state level, serving as a member of the ACEs Statewide Action Interagency Team (IAT) and ACEs Collaborative. She also worked closely with the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) as a key stakeholder, in implementing the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant, Preventing ACEs: Data to Action award.  


Erika’s philosophy centers on using education, awareness, and creative solutions to drive policy and system changes. An important part of her approach is to address systemic and policy inequities by raising awareness about the impact of unresolved trauma and promoting healing. This includes using creative methods found in arts education frameworks and approaches that help ensure that our communities, schools, workplaces, and homes are supportive environments.


Erika received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University and is a recent fellow from the Rutgers National Institute on Education Research (NIEER), Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes Leadership (CEELO) Academy systems-thinking training program.  

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Dublin, CA

Tracy Leonard, MA, Lead Instructor, Darkness to Light

Tracy has been a Stewards of Children® Authorized Facilitator since 2014, a Certified Instructor since 2016, and was named Instructor of the Year in 2021. She earned her BA in psychology from Albion College, an MFA from the Professional Theatre Training Program at UW Milwaukee, and a MA in Organizational Psychology from the University of the Rockies. Her background as a classroom teacher, school leader, and public education manager has uniquely positioned her to create change in the arena of child sexual abuse prevention.

She has presented at several national conferences on topics related to ACEs, trauma, resilience, and abuse prevention. In addition to her role with Darkness to Light, Tracy serves as a College and Career Advisor to low-income, first-generation students in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a featured writer (and former Managing Editor) for San Francisco Bay Area Moms.

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Fairfax, VA

Tina LongM.ED, Certified Behavior Analyst, ACT/ProSocial Facilitator, and ACES Trainer

Tina Long is an instructional designer, behaviorist, coach, and crisis manager. She has been in the education field for over 20 years - even longer if you count the days of her childhood when she lined up her stuffed animals to be students and recruited her friends at daycare to playschool. She has worked in various settings, including public schools, family homes, community-based, and clinic settings to provide high-quality instruction and behavior interventions across the lifespan (toddlers to senior citizens). Tina’s experience includes working with individuals with
trauma experiences, disabilities, and exceptional learning needs.

Tina created Raising Up Resilience to bring awareness to resilience as a life skill to overcome adverse experiences and face new obstacles from early childhood through the lifespan. She works to promote psychological flexibility and psychological safety, through training individuals, families, and organizations to build resilience using a visual process called The ACT Matrix.

Tina holds a Master of Education from George Mason University, along with graduate certificates in Applied Behavior Analysis and Assistive Technology. She was certified as a behavior analyst in 2013, is a Certified ACT/ProSocial Matrix Facilitator, and is an ACES Trainer. She has authored two books (Your Inner Game for Executive Coaching and Crisis
Management: A Revolutionary Approach to Collaboration, Success, and Relief from Burnout and Matrix Mind Stretch! An Activity Book for Psychological Flexibility using the ACT Matrix), hosted a 13 episode podcast series titled The Burnout Battle, and shares training at and

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Colorado Springs, CO

Cristal McGill, Ph.D., Educational Psychologist

As a leader in the field of engagement practices, Cristal conducts innovative seminars that underscore teacher resilience, train the teacher as trainers, leadership development, conflict resolution, and communication skills seminars. Workshops with Cristal have a consistent record of increasing attendance, cooperation, and participation due to her consistent facilitation of active learning strategies.  Her workshops are loaded with easy-to-use practical tips and tricks of the trade, a game-changer in a professional development experience. Participants walk away with an “explosion” of ideas guaranteed to lift any classroom to an entirely new level.


Cristal McGill received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University. She recently published her first book Engaging Practices: How to Activate Student Learning which earned her a first-place CIPA EVVY award.

“Play the game of life to ‘win’ versus not to lose. When we choose ‘not to lose, we end up settling, and often times, we get less than what we settled for in the first place. Refuse the invisible chains of mediocrity. We need you to be bold, daring, and courageous.  Following a dynamic instructor is easy. Being one is even easier. Play to win, inspire us, and influence us with your resolve.”    Cristal McGill, Ph.D.

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Stockton, CA

Katelyn Wells, LPCC #9531, CTP, C-DBT, CAGCS

Clinical Director/Head of Service, Children's Home of Stockton

Katelyn Wells is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of California.  She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Advanced Grief Counseling Specialist, and Certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Katelyn is the Clinical Director/Head of Service for Children's Home of Stockton, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves at risk-youth aged 12-18+ in the foster system through Short-term residential therapeutic program care and Transition Aged Homeless youth aged 18-45. Katelyn managed a partial hospital program for adults and worked as an inpatient clinician in an inpatient psychiatric hospital for adults. Katelyn is currently also providing telehealth therapy to a wide range of clientele including couples, families, and individuals of all ages. Katelyn is currently working on becoming certified in TF-CBT.