Michael Noriega, Board President
Michael Noriega is a partner with Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas & Woodruff in Scotch Plains, NJ, where he leads the immigration section and assists in the management of the criminal section.
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He has dedicated his practice to assisting clients with legal matters throughout Northern New Jersey. He has argued many times on behalf of his clients in the local immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Further, he appears regularly in Superior Court and Municipal Courts throughout the State, the Immigration Courts of New Jersey and New York, and various other states for immigration matters.
Michael has appeared before the Supreme Court of New Jersey where he argued on behalf of the ACLU in the matters of State v. Kaltner and State v. Morgan and he has previously argued in the Appellate Division of New Jersey.
Michael began his career as the Law Clerk to the Hon. Camille M. Kenny in the Civil Division of the Hudson Vicinage, before becoming an Assistant Deputy Public Defender in the Essex County Adult Trial Region from 2003 to 2008. During his tenure there, he handled hundreds of cases involving all forms of criminal charges from street level drug charges to racketeering charges in the first degree, robbery, possession of weapons and murder, to name a few.
In 2014, Michael took his practice to the firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, & Woodruff, a firm specializing in personal injury, workers compensation and criminal matters.
Currently, Michael serves as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, where he has enjoyed teaching for over eight years. Additionally, he has been invited to lecture throughout the state training other lawyers on the topics of criminal immigration, even lecturing during a seminar in 2013 in Costa Rica.
Michael volunteers at community initiative functions throughout the state to speak to crowds of undocumented individuals about the current state of our immigration laws and its future. Additionally, Michael has worked with various victims of trafficking organizations throughout the state to assist clients in need of pro bono representations in matters pertaining to both criminal and immigration matters.
Michael has also appeared on Telemundo’s Revistas with Ana Esther Perez where he has been interviewed on the possible changes in Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and CNN Espanol’s Realidades en Contexto con Mercedez Soler, as a guest commentator.
Joan Hoberichts, Board Treasurer
Rev. Joan Hogetsu Hoeberichts Roshi, is a Zen Teacher in the lineage of the White Plum Asangha, founded by Maezumi Roshi. She leads the Heart Circle Sangha in Ridgewood, NJ.
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Rev. Hoeberichts, LCSW, is a graduate of and former faculty member of the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute. She has a private psychotherapy practice in NYC and Montclair, NJ. Working with families, couples, and individuals, she is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, a Certified EMDR Trauma Therapist, and a Certified IFS therapist.
In 2005, Hoeberichts initiated Heart Circle Sangha’s involvement in the Psycho-Spiritual Healing Project, a joint project of Heart Circle Sangha and Sarvodaya, the largest nongovernmental organization in Sri Lanka, following the tsunami of 2004 where 35,000 people were lost in Sri Lanka. Bringing together senior therapists from the U.S.,counselors from Sri Lanka, and the leaders of Sarvodaya, the project developed programs that integrated Western approaches to healing grief and trauma within Eastern spiritual traditions. The project trained local counselors to work with the trauma from both the tsunami and the long civil war. Hoeberichts received several awards for this work.
Mrs. Hoeberichts has been involved with Polaris New Jersey and the Sanar Institute, since 2011. She originally provided pro-bono counseling services to individuals who had been exited situations of exploitation and human trafficking. Hoeberichts is presently engaged with the Sanar Institute to provide consultation and supervision to staff members on clinical matters in addition to her board involvement as the treasurer, drawing on her long corporate background in executive teams and financial management.
Hoeberichts has published previously in Tricycle: A Buddhist Review, in The Journal of Sandplay Therapy, in the Journal of Religion and Health and has a chapter, “Bringing Practice Home” in the book, Into the Mountain Stream, ed. Paul Cooper. She was a panelist at the Enlightening Relationships conference in NYC in October 2007 and is a frequent speaker at Buddhist events in the New York area. Ms. Hoeberichts had a prior career in business. From 1982-1992 she was President of Dassault Systemes USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the French company, Dassault Systemes, a software developer.
Nancy Young, Board Secretary
After working as a Program Director at Fountain House for 12 years, Nancy Young is currently the Director of a new initiative called the OnRamps program.
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The goal of the program is to empower and support Peer Advocates to use their own experience and knowledge to build trusting relationships and connect people to resources.
Nancy previously worked for Breaking Ground as a Social Enterprise Director and for Housing Works, managing their Used Book Cafe in Soho.
She has a Master’s in Organizational Change Management from the Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment.
Michael Greene, Trustee
Michael Greene is a Senior Fellow at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, specializing in evidence-based prevention and policy strategies regarding youth, school and family violence.
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After receiving his doctorate from Columbia University in development psychology, he served as the Juvenile Justice Administrator for the City of New York for from 1982 to 1995. In 1993, he was appointed to the American Psychological Association’s Cadre of Experts in Youth Violence.
He subsequently was appointed as the founding Executive Director of the Violence Institute of New Jersey at the University of Medicine and Dentistry (now Rutgers University) at which he was the Principal Investigator on several federal and state grants, including a Department of Justice Children Exposed to Violence grant.
He then founded the Center for the Prevention of Violence at a large not-for-profit in New Jersey.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Prevention Science Coalition and serves as its Chair of the Violence Prevention Task Force.
He also serves as a founding member of the Youth Advisory Board for Newark, N.J. and on the Advisory Board of New Jersey Child Assault Prevention organization.
In addition, he serves on the Board of the Sanar Wellness Institute and the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern N.J.
He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews on youth violence, human rights, and positive youth development.
Anne Marie Bramnick, Trustee
Kate Keisel, Trustee
Kate is Chief Executive Officer of Sanar Institute, where she leads a diverse team in both the provision of direct trauma-conscious and person-centered services for individuals and communities impacted by interpersonal trauma while overseeing national and global capacity strengthening efforts to build trauma-specific care.
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She works at the local, national and global level to ensure individuals, organizations, and communities have the necessary tools to build empowered lives in the aftermath of traumatic events.
Ms. Keisel has over fifteen years of experience working in the anti-trafficking field in direct services within the United States, Latin America, West Africa and South Asia. Prior to founding Sanar, she served as the Director of Polaris New Jersey working to expand comprehensive services for individuals impacted by all forms of human trafficking. Ms. Keisel has also worked in Central Mexico supporting individuals impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and exploitation.
Ms. Keisel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies with a focus on human rights in Latin America and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work with a focus on complex trauma. She holds post-graduate training certificates in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and has participated in training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Sensory-Based Modalities.
Ms. Keisel’s work is informed by her own lived experience with complex trauma healing, clinical training, and years of working with hundreds of individuals on their own healing journey. She believes that every individual should have the opportunity to heal in their own way, at their own pace, and have access to the resources that foster resilience, inspire hope, and allow each person to build a life of their choosing.
Jenna Pannepacker-Osorio, Trustee
Jenna has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Sanar Institute since 2015 and has a robust background in building functional and sustainable managerial practice in complex institutions.
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In her current role she oversees Sanar‘s training institute with a specific focus on organizational and company wellness. In addition, she works to build high level management solutions at an operational level to ensure streamlined support for survivor services and the Sanar staff. She also works with survivors of interpersonal violence through high level case advocacy with a specific focus on survivors of interpersonal violence from Central and South America.
Ms. Pannepacker Osorio acts as the lead training coordinator for regional, national and global training engagements to address vicarious trauma, workplace wellness, and the integration of trauma-specific support in direct service agencies. She has managed and facilitated multi-year training projects with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families Division on Women, Rutgers and Stockton University, civil society organizations, and for-profit entities.
Prior to founding Sanar, Ms. Pannepacker Osorio served as the School Director with Education First, a world leader in international education based out of Miami Beach, Florida. During her time at Education First, she directed all operations of the Miami Beach school and helped thousands of international students fully integrate language learning and cultural immersion. Moreover, Ms. Pannepacker Osorio has worked in Argentina and Peru developing partnerships and coordinating volunteer programs for marginalized communities to help vulnerable children and families thrive. Ms. Pannepacker Osorio holds a BA from Rutgers University in French Cultural Studies and speaks Spanish and French fluently.