The Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc., Board of Directors recently announced the selection of Heather Todd as the new Executive Director. Ms. Todd succeeds Katie Self who had served as the Executive Director since 1988. An integral part of the organization for 16 years, Ms. Todd was a natural fit for the role.

For 28 years, Teen Court has served as a juvenile court alternative. A nonprofit organization, Teen Court also provides a range of educational and counseling services for juvenile clients, and is a source of law education for offenders and volunteers alike. Ms. Todd has been instrumental in expanding and targeting Teen Court's services to address the evolving needs of our clients and their families. She also served as events manager, teen court session facilitator, volunteer coordinator, and trainer for referring agencies and student volunteers. Ms. Todd looks forward to creating new opportunities to collaborate with community organizations as well as strengthen relationships with referring agencies.

"I have been fortunate to have worked with Teen Court for the past 16 years and I look forward to moving into my new role as Executive Director. It is an exciting time to start the next chapter with the young people, staff and Board of Directors as we continue our mission and develop new relationships in our community." Heather Todd, Executive Director

Ms. Todd has deep community ties and a successful track record in collaborating with the legal and law enforcement leaders throughout the county for the benefit of Sarasota's teens. Her education includes a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work form the University of South Florida.

LORI MORAN, Chief Operating Officer

Lori A. Moran came to Sarasota, Florida in 2002 from the state of Michigan where she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Oakland University.

Lori has held accounting positions at Meadowbrook Insurance Group (NYSE:MIG), and managed financial reporting duties for an Employee Leasing firm with revenues in excess of $30 Million before its sale to a venture group in 2001. Most recently, Lori was responsible for all aspects of bookkeeping for a start-up insurance agency in Sarasota County that launched in May of 2015.

In addition to Lori’s extensive experience related to accounting and financial responsibilities, she is a Licensed Health & Life Insurance Agent in the state of Florida, and a certified substitute teacher for the Sarasota County School District.

She has been a dedicated volunteer to many local organizations including the United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Children’s First Head Start Program, Loveland Center, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, the Humane Society of Sarasota, the Bond of Love Adoption Agency, and the C.A.R.E. Foundation.

Lori Moran was appointed by the Governor of Florida as a Trustee for the State College of Florida Sarasota-Manatee, serving for over six years (two as Vice Chair).

Lori is married to Sarasota County Commissioner, Mike Moran. They have been married for 25 years and have two children attending the University of Florida.

SHAUN SLAPP, South County Client Coordinator

Shaun is a Sarasota native who graduated from Pine View in 2009. Shaun volunteered with Teen Court during his time at Pine View and grew to love the program. He attended the University of Central Florida from 2009 – 2013 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at the University of South Florida Sarasota – Manatee. His primary roles include: case management of half of the at-risk clients, entering and maintaining all client data, scheduling appointments with the families, preparation of client status reports with all related agencies, and conducting law related education presentations at local high schools.

A Message From Shaun: “Teen Court provides an invaluable service to this community, and communities across the nation. The opportunity for a dismissal of a criminal charge can be truly life changing for a young person. It is extremely rewarding to work with these kids to make positive changes in their life, and help them develop the potential within themselves that they often didn’t even realize they had.”

Lashelle Williams, North County Client Coordinator

Lashelle Williams joined the Teen Court team in November, 2017 and over sees the North County Teen Court program.

Lashelle is a native Texan and a graduate of Southwestern University . She was recognized nationally by the Boys and Girls Club for her final thesis on, The Impact that the Boys & Girls Club has on the Children In Our Community'. This experience gave her a strong sense of devotion and passion for the non-profit sector and the youth of our future.

Lashelle is assigned to BHS, RHS and SHS during the week for outreach and can often be found writing a student’s recommendation letter, helping a youth fill out a job and/or college application, or inspiring Teen Court clients to outline their goals.

In her spare time, Lashelle enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time with her family and friends.

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