Meet the Board of Directors
The Board meets regularly to manage, review, and distribute contributions to survivors requesting support.
Once certified, funds are distributed directly to their Healthcare providers.
Founder and Executive Director
Michele G. Stanton, LCSW-C, LLC
Keough Class of '73.
Michele’s commitment to the creation of the Survivors fund is but the next phase of a lifetime of service to others. In her career as a social worker administrator and clinician in Carroll County, counseled in the Prison system, and maintains a psychotherapy practice in both Annapolis and Westminster, Maryland. Her own experiences with the aftermath of abuse informs her practice, and leadership of The Sr. Cathy Cesnik Fund for Survivors.
Acting Director of the Board
Keough Class of 1969
It is not surprising that given this organization’s existence, Chris would be on the Board of Directors.
Though deeply inspired to write by Sr. Cathy while at Keough, Sr. Cathy also helped her navigate though many adverse childhood experiences, and instilled values that have made her life one of service to family and community.
The day-job she didn’t quit to be a writer became a 30-year career as a realtor. Her elementary school sweetheart became her 50-year marriage partner and her family a point of departure into the Presidency of various Parent-Teacher associations; Vice President of the Carroll County Counsel of PTAs and was active in countless student enrichment programs.
Chris has been active in St. Joseph’s Catholic Community on various committees including religious education, Vice President of the Freedom District Citizen’s committee, on the Carroll Country committee for Community Organizations Active in Disasters, and a Member of the Lions Club.
Donna Riley, MA
Keough H.S.Class of '73
Donna has a career in Federal Reporting at Loyola University where she is the Assistant Director. She holds a Bachelors degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and Master's Degree in American History from Georgetown University.
Donna J. Von den Busch, MS, DNPc
Keough H.S.Class of '70
A featured survivor on The Keepers documentary, Donna has a lifetime of service to others in Healthcare. She currently holds 16 different certifications/licenses as a Nurse Pratitioner.
Donna has been extremely active in working for survivors. In addition to her role in The Keepers, she collaborated with Maryland State Mental Health to create a support structure for abused teens, worked to advance Federal legislation to criminalize sexual exploitation by mental health professionals, worked to create safe/private ER areas for victims of abuse, published a book encouraging nurses to advance patient center care. Donna also maintains a watchful eye on - and shares media activities related to - clerical abuse on a national and international scale.
Clinical Pharmacist (retired)
Anne Copeland, R.Ph.
Catonsville H.S.Class of '71
A native of Baltimore and now living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Anne has known Gemma Hoskins and Teresa Lancaster, both of the The Keepers documentary, since elementary school at St. William of York. She literally sang her way through pharmacy school as a professional musician, and in 1982 graduated from University of Maryland at Baltimore and remained a pharmacist until retiring in 2017.
Mother of two sons, Anne is involved in online activisms and media resources in support of survivors.
Professor in Experimental Psychology
Jon P. Stanton, Ph.D.
Jon is a university professor in Experimental Psychology and has various publications in that area. Meta-academic involvement in Industrial/Organizational psychology steered him into program development and evaluation.
Jon participated with his wife, Michele, in the deployment of the original GoFundMe page for survivors of childhood abuse. He has developed and delivers a university-level course on the Health Implications of Violence/Abuse.