Many of our staff are highly skilled and professionally recognized psychotherapists using both cognitive and experiential methods, involving physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of the human experience.
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.
Brian Bailey has been closely involved with the STAR process for over twenty years as both participant and facilitator. After college and service as an officer in the US Army, Brian had a long and successful career in executive sales. “I have long had a strong passion and curiosity for and about the freedom and empowerment of long term sobriety,” said Brian. “It has been my good fortune to work in the ‘trenches’ of both substance use disorder and process disorders. It has been a profoundly enriching experience I love to share. My life currently includes a delightful commitment to an ever growing community of friends and family; and most particularly my five young grandchildren”.
Susannah Castro, 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 12 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 May of 2016, The Cree Project was granted its 501(c)(3) 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.
Dr. Tiffany Turnage-Coletti, Clinical Director
I am a consummate learner and believe I owe my patients motivation, not contentment. I am steadfast in my process of learning through experience and continuing education, and in finding new ways to understand the psychology of human nature. I have Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology and Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. I have completed a variety of training seminars and achieved advanced certifications in the treatment of post-traumatic stress through the University of Washington and the Meadows Treatment Center. I have provided treatment to individuals, groups and couples in a variety of settings, which included outpatient, inpatient, and private practice. My practice focus includes health psychology, mood disorders, women’s issues, PTSD, sexual abuse, and advanced care medical issues.
“Life Changing” is how I would describe my STAR experience. After lots of searching, researching, and searching some more, I kept coming back to this little place in Arizona called, “The STAR Foundation.” I was really nervous, so I called and hung up several times. One day I was so upset and I told myself that I would call one more time, and if someone answered before I could hang up, then I would sign up. The phone was answered before one full ring, so I signed up that day.
I’ll be honest, the healing process can be scary. I think we all have things that we simply do not want to face. I know that was true for me. I had been isolated from family, from friends, and was in a very unhealthy marriage. In hindsight, STAR was all I had to rely on, even before I got there. On my ﬁrst day I found this quote amongst my materials, ‘And the day came when the desire to remain the same was more painful than the risk to evolve.’ That was me! Afraid to change, but more afraid to Not change. The process isn’t always easy. It is work, but it is the best work you may ever do. All in all, STAR helped me to help myself. Believe me, I waited on the white horse to show up and miraculously solve all my problems. (Spoiler Alert: He never shows up…) We have to do the work ourselves. There is no magic pill, no button to press. Just our own desire to heal, to be our best selves, and to feel free. STAR goes further than any other type of therapy I had tried up until that point. I ﬁnally knew how I came to be in the situation I was facing, and developed the courage to actually DO something about it. And DO something I did. I continued my healing work post-STAR, and am committed to living with my own best interests in mind, and committed to helping others who are starting out on their own journey of healing.
Patricia (Pat) Martin has been a facilitator for the STAR Retreats since 1987. Early in Patricia’s professional career, she worked for Martin Marietta, IBM, and Highline Financial. After taking time to raise two daughters, she became executive director for the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. She has been a community leader founding a girls’ softball league and a modern language program for elementary school children. She has served on boards for the STAR Foundation, the SLO Mozart Festival, the SLO Girls’ Softball League and APPPAH (Association for Pre and Prenatal Psychology and Health). She loves to travel, hike, and, most importantly, spend time with her family, especially the five granddaughters.
Alec participated in STAR in 1996 and has been a member of the STAR staff since 2001. After a short stint as an officer in the U.S. Navy and after practicing as a Wall Street lawyer, Alec was a middle school and high school teacher in New York City for 20 years. When he retired from teaching English at The Calhoun School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the English prize was named after him. He finds a significant correlation between his work as a teacher and his work at STAR as a facilitator, as both involve a deep commitment to the personal growth of the people he works with, and of himself as well. Alec holds a BA from Harvard College, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an MA in Media Studies from The New School; he has also been trained as a Certified Spiritual Director, has a Certificate in the Sacred Art of Dying, and has run grief groups for the local Hospice. He and his wife Jane helped to found and run a grief group for children, “My Friend’s House,” which was eventually incorporated into the local Hospice programs. He currently lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife, Jane, and their two dogs, Kutya and Rudi. His personal interests include a deep commitment to friends and family, particularly to the 11 grandchildren he shares with Jane, and lots of motorcycling, birding, and hiking.
Paula has been a STAR facilitator since 1997. Originally a Creative Arts Therapist, she continues to incorporate the arts into her work as a licensed mental health counselor. Paula is a board certified trainer for the North American Drama Therapy Association, a certified psychodramatist and a playback theatre practitioner. Her favorite vacation is volunteering in Haiti.
Carolyn Sheehan is a CMRM, CMHt (Certified Medical Reiki Master, Certified Master Hypnotherapist) with Integrative Healing Inc., who lives in beautiful Raleigh North Carolina. She is a wife, a proud mother of three amazing children.
Carolyn began her spiritual practices in the late 1990’s with Reiki and EFT Training and all things metaphysical.
She completed her original hypnotherapy training at the The Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach VA. with the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists (N.A.T.H), and has continued her education with Master hypnotherapy training through the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (I.A.C.T.) Additionally, Carolyn is a Medial Reiki Master through Raven Keys Medical Reiki International, Reiki Master-Teacher.
Carolyn specializes in Clinical & Spiritual Hypnotherapy, which includes Virtual Gastric Band for weight loss, Smoking cession, fears, phobias, anxieties, etc., as well as Past Life and Life Between Lives regressions. She teach all levels of Reiki and assists clients in hospitals Pre, Post & during surgery, dentist offices, labor & delivery (just to name a few) providing them with reiki healing to promote quick recovery.