Director of Operations
Susannah Castro graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on painting and a Minor in Media Arts from the University of Arizona. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Social Work at Arizona State University. Susannah has spent the last 10 years of her life dedicating herself to service in the community through administrative work and volunteerism in non profit organizations. In August of 2015, she founded The Cree Project, in memory of her son Cree Castro-Topp, who died of a heroin overdose on May 5, 2015, at the age of 19. The Cree Project is a platform and forum within which to create awareness, offer resources, and destigmatize heroin and opioid addiction. In January of 2016, The Cree Project filed for its 501c3 status in the state of Arizona.
"As an administrator for the STAR Foundation, I have been able to witness the positive changes that come through guided intensive therapeutic treatment to address issues that many people are struggling with. What a gift to be able to work with this talented and dedicated group of people in a transformative and beautiful setting," says Castro.
Candace has been facilitating the Star Workshop since 1999 and is on the Leadership Team. Her experience also includes 25 years of private practice and work in psychiatric hospitals and agencies in Phoenix. She has training in Gestalt Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Grief Therapy, Family and Couples Therapy, and many other modalities. She has trained over the last three years in Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing, which is the premier therapy for Trauma. Her areas of specialty are both Developmental and Shock Trauma, Attachment issues with individuals and couples, Grief, and many other issues. She loves painting, collage, and other art forms and loves to incorporate art into therapy. She works somatically and experientially. Spirituality is very important in her life and can incorporate spiritual beliefs into therapy, if the client so desires. She loves helping people release trauma and heal their wounds.
Candace is an L.C.S.W. In Arizona and got her M.S.W. From Arizona State University.
Cheryl Sharp holds the unique perspective of a person who struggled with severe mental health challenges, a trauma survivor, a family member of a loved one who died as a result of mental health challenges, and a provider of substance abuse and mental health services. Sharp has worked with adult trauma survivors for over 30 years and trains and speaks internationally on trauma-informed care. She is an International Master WRAP Facilitator, Mental Health First Aid Instructor/Trainer, and trainer of Intentional Peer Support. Sharp is also an ordained minister. Sharp was a leader/facilitator for the STAR Process for over 20 years. She has worked as a hospice/medical social worker and as a director of social services for a skilled nursing facility. She received the Lou Ann Townsend Courage Award for her contributions to persons with psychiatric disabilities. As the leader of the National Council’s Trauma-Informed Care Learning Communities, Sharp has led over 800 organizations in the implementation of trauma-informed care.