Format: Speed Solutions

At the start of each 30-minute session, two presenters will briefly share a leadership problem or challenge they faced. Afterward presenters will lead a discussion during which participants will comment on how they would address the problem/challenge. At the end of the session the presenters will reveal how they dealt with the problem/challenge and outcomes of their decisions.

Using the Virtues of Affiliation to Achieve Sustainability in the Nonprofit Sector

Topic: Building Sector Sustainability: 

  • Surviving new payment models

In 1996, The Woods School, a campus-based facility for people with disabilities in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, envisioned a future that included a greater community-based presence. To achieve this goal, Woods began by affiliating with Brian’s House, a nonprofit community-based organization in Chester County, Pennsylvania. This partnership germinated and thrived during a period when affiliations and resource sharing were all but unheard of. 

Over 21 years, The Woods School has evolved into Woods Services, a parent organization that brings together six well-established nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, improving outcomes for thousands of people through a continuum of support. 

Woods Services, through the leadership of Tine Hansen-Turton, six executive leadership teams, over 100 experts in community-based services, and thousands of direct support professionals is a driving force in the provision of community-based supports to over 4000 children adolescents and adults. The evolution of Woods Services clearly demonstrates the benefits of affiliation partnerships in a world where sustainability is challenged by changes in service models, reductions in health care spending, increased operating costs, and increased competition.

The Woods Services affiliation model is a model for any organization facing today’s service and sustainability challenges. Workshop participants will gain knowledge of the best methods to build affiliations and partnerships—from identifying potential partners, exploring partnerships and affiliations, the due diligence process, building trust and maintaining identity, economies of scale and shared resources, and social impact. 

Learning Objectives

  • Benefits of affiliations and what for profit organizations already know
  • Identifying ideal affiliate partners Successful affiliation models
  • The affiliation process from exploration to closing
  • Social Impact


  • Tine Hansen-Turton, CEO, Woods Services (@THansen_Turton)
  • Elise M. Tretola, CEO, Allies Inc. (@alliesnj)

Addressing the Workforce Crisis Resulting from Secondary Traumatic Stress

Topic: Self-Care for Leaders, Teams, and Organizations

There is growing and widespread recognition that primary trauma, which arises from sources that range from child abuse and domestic violence to military service, is at the root of many mental health and wellness issues facing the clients served by our sector. Similarly, there is ample evidence of the heavy toll that indirect trauma exposure exacts among workers who assist trauma survivors. Secondary traumatic stress, which is created by sharing of this trauma information in a professional relationship, is endorsed by up to 58 percent of those exposed.  

The literature has documented secondary traumatic stress in first responders, behavioral health professionals, health care workers, attorneys, judges, the clergy, school professionals, and a wide range of social service workers. Solutions to this problem must extend beyond individual self-care strategies because workers alone cannot prevent secondary traumatic stress. Organizations must enact practices, policies, and protocols to protect the workforce and respond to risks in real time.  

This presentation will explore how secondary traumatic stress can manifest in the workforce, methods organizations can use to assess their ability to respond to it in the workplace, and organizational strategies to combat this phenomenon. During the presentation, each participant will have the opportunity to use a new tool, the Secondary Traumatic Stress Informed Organizational Assessment, to create a training plan to address secondary traumatic stress.

Learning Objectives

  • Assess organizational capacity to address secondary traumatic stress in the workplace
  • Five organizational strategies to become more secondary traumatic stress-informed 
  • Develop training plan to increase organizational capacity to protect and respond to the impact of indirect trauma


  • Ginny Sprang, professor, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and executive director of the UK Center on Trauma and Children (@gsprang)
  • Leslie Ross, senior consultant, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (@LeslieAnneRoss)

Presenter Bios

Tine Hansen-Turton
Woods Services

Tine Hansen-Turton is the president and CEO of Woods Services. Hansen-Turton has more than 20 years of experience in health and human services senior management, executive leadership, and consulting. She has founded and led several nationally recognized organizations and trade associations. Hansen-Turton is an effective organizational change agent and policy and health and human services systems reform advocate.

Previously, Hansen-Turton served as the COO and chief strategy officer at Public Health Management Corporation, where she oversaw and led corporate strategy, operations, business development and mergers and acquisition.  Hansen-Turton serves as the founding executive administrator for the Convenient Care Association (CCA), the national trade association of over 2,300 private-sector retail clinic industry, serving 30 million people with basic health care services across the country.  Hansen-Turton, known as a serial social entrepreneur is founder and publisher of a social impact/innovation journal and has co-published eight books while starting several national social and public innovations in the health and human services.

Elise M. Tretola
Allies Inc.

Elise Tretola has a diverse background including advocating and supporting people with disabilities for 18 years. After participating in a trip to Brazil to develop programs for street children through the Hamilton/Washington Rotary, she began developing housing for people with developmental disabilities. This chapter led to the founding of Allies Inc. in 1999.

Since then, Tretola and her team at Allies have enriched the lives of people with disabilities by promoting greater independence with dignity, respect, and understanding. In July 2012, Allies affiliated with Woods Services. In July 2015, Allies affiliated with Opportunity Knocks Inc. and in 2017, Abilities of Northwest New Jersey. Tretola has led Allies from a dream to a corporation with an operating budget of $40 million, improving lives of 700 people with disabilities in 160 community settings while providing jobs for 950 people. 

Elise is the recipient of the Paul Harris Award from the Hamilton/Washington Rotary, Woman of the Year by Women Helping Women in 2009, The New Jersey Women’s Hall of Fame by the Trenton YWCA in 2010, NJBIZ Best Fifty Women in Business 2015, South Jersey Biz as a “Women to Watch” 2016, and received a Smart CEO Brava Award in 2016.

Ginny Sprang
Professor University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Executive Director
UK Center on Trauma and Children

Ginny Sprang is a professor in the College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky, and the executive director of the UK Center on Trauma and Children. Sprang serves as a trainer and consultant to national and international organizations on creating trauma responsive and secondary traumatic stress-informed environments. Sprang serves as a steering committee member for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and is the co-chair of the Secondary Traumatic Stress Committee for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. She served as a special interest group chair for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for 13 years. Sprang currently serves as a consultant to the Department of Justice’s Office of Victims of Crime. Sprang has published extensively in the area of child traumatic stress, commercial sexual exploitation of minors, victimization, and secondary traumatic stress.

Leslie Ross
Senior Consultant
National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

Leslie Ross is a senior consultant at the National Center on Child Traumatic Stress, UCLA. She has over three decades of experience in leadership and workforce development in the public sector and is an expert trainer and consultant on secondary traumatic stress and the Core Curriculum on Child Traumatic Stress.