STAR Foundation Board
The STAR Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, all of whom have attended at least one STAR retreat.
Barbara is the Emeritus President and Founder of the STAR Foundation. She is also Past President of the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health and a founding member of the International Association for Regression Research and Therapies, Inc. Barbara is a graduate of Stanford University, and has been in private practice since 1976. She is trained in a variety of experiential therapies, has over 40 years of experience, and is regarded as one of the leading authorities in the area of pre and perinatal psychology. Barbara has produced two videos, Journey to be Born and The Psychology of Birth, both of which document the psychological importance of the intra-uterine and perinatal experience.
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. Sharp most recently received the prestigious SAMHSA 2015 Voice Award for her leadership in Trauma Informed Approaches and Suicide Prevention. 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.
Jed Appelrouth has been closely involved with STAR for over a decade. Jed is a Nationally Certified Counselor with a Masters degree in Professional Counseling and a PhD in Educational Psychology. Jed completed STAR in 2001 and has been a facilitator at STAR workshops since 2007. Jed has a passion for healing and spent over a year studying the Hakomi therapeutic method, focusing on mindfulness and the mind-body connection. Following the STAR experience, Jed left the corporate world and began to explore his passion for fine arts and painting, which continues to this day. Jed subsequently founded an education-based business, Applerouth Tutoring Services, which currently operates in several major cities across the US.
Kathy is a strategic, multidisciplinary facility operations consultant and relocation expert with an eye for innovation and seamless projects. She brings over thirty years of experience as a corporate executive and consultant supporting commercial relocation, construction management, lease negotiations and interior design services performing in a wide range of settings. Prior to starting her consulting practice, Kathy was Director of Corporate Real Estate and Facility Operations for PacifiCare Health Systems managing a real estate portfolio of 1.5 million square feet of space nationally. Since 1995 she has supported numerous expansions and relocations of small businesses to large corporate campuses throughout the United States. Appearance, accessibility, usefulness, maintenance, safety and return on investment are taken into consideration for each individual project. Kathy is committed to understanding the needs of the client and partnering to act as an advocate throughout the project management and relocation process. She is a graduate of California State University at Los Angeles. She is on the Board of Directors and Past President with the Orange County Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Assoc.), and attends meetings of both IIDA (International Interior Design Assoc.), and CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women).
Susan Highsmith, Ph.D. is an educator and counselor residing in Tucson, Arizona. She received her doctorate in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute (SBGI). She instructs masters and doctoral candidates, lectures at universities and community colleges, and speaks at international congresses addressing consciousness in the womb and the long-lasting effects of our earliest experiences. Susan has published an easy-to-read primer introducing prenatal and perinatal psychology to young audiences, The Renaissance of Birth: Creating Bonds That Last a Lifetime, and The First Fairy Tale, the story of conception told in a way that every child can enjoy and every parent can delight in reading to their youngsters. Susan is a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC). She holds a Doctorate of Divinity from the American Institute of Holistic Theology (AIHT) and seeks to balance psychological theory and practice with spiritual and holistic wisdom.