NARM Training Institute Staff

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Adriana Ponce-Jimenez (She / Her)

Training and Operations Manager

Adriana Ponce-Jimenez is the new Operations & Training Manager at the NARM Training Institute. With over fifteen years of hospitality management experience and a passion for developing successful teams, Adriana brings a unique blend of operational and relational skills to the Institute. Adriana is excited to be joining the team to not only support the day-to-day aspects but also to support the vision of NARM being at the helm of healing trauma.

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Alisa Sponseller (She / Her)

Community Support Coordinator

Alisa Sponseller holds the role of Community Support Coordinator at the NARM Training Institute. With her background in Community Health Education, she is passionate about the growth and wellbeing of others. With more than 6 years of customer service experience and working to help others on their wellness journey, Alisa is excited to continue her passion of helping others through her support at the NARM Training Institute.

“I’m truly so privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of the NARM community. Being able to interact with the staff and students who are doing such meaningful and life changing work is inspiring and aligns with my own passions for self love and growth.  I'm excited to grow and learn with the team as we continue to support each other on the mission to help heal complex trauma.”


Autumn Smith (She / Her)

Special Projects

Autumn Smith works with special projects at the NARM Training Institute.  Autumn joins us with a professional background working in a trauma focused treatment center with additional experience in client-facing mental health and substance abuse care. With nearly 10 years of experience in customer service, she truly has a way with helping others navigate questions and concerns. Autumn is currently pursuing a degree in Social Work with a real passion for working with children, specifically in trauma related cases. Autumn found this passion at a young age working hands on in Haitian orphanages for many years.

“I am incredibly grateful to join this team and community! It is thrilling to watch NARM grow on a daily basis and I'm honored to be a part of it. I am fortunate to have found a workplace with many incredible people and also where my own passions align with the goals of the NARM Training Institute.”

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Lisa DePaulis (She / Her)

Training Coordinator

Lisa DePaulis is the Training Coordinator at the NARM Training Institute. Lisa brings unique expertise in communication and problem-solving. Her previous roles in higher education and human resources coupled with a degree in mental health counseling facilitate a smooth transition into the Training Coordinator role. She has a passion for helping others and is eager to support faculty, training assistants, students, as well as her NARM team. She says, “I genuinely enjoy learning about NARM and to be part of something so impactful is a gift. I am grateful to be surrounded by a team whose passion is healing complex trauma; a vehicle for transformation on a personal and collective level.” Lisa is excited to bring her relational and communicative skills to the team.


Tori Essex (She / Her)

Systems and Product Manager

Tori Essex holds the role of Systems and Product Manager at the NARM Training Institute. Tori has more than five years of experience with project management in the art and design field, and joins us from her previous role as a university admissions counselor. To our team, she brings strong creative problem solving skills and an eye for detail.

“I’m so excited to be a part of the NARM Training Institute. After feeling the life-changing effects of NARM in my own life, I remember wishing that I could share the experience with every other person in the world. My work for NARM is right in-line with that desire. I look forward to supporting the NARM Training Institute, and experiencing my curiosity transform into a deeper understanding of NARM’s work.”