What Does Bounce Do?

Educates and trains to build resilient children, adults, and families by:

  • Leading community trainings about ACEs and strategies to create healing-centered, trauma informed environments
  • Providing parent and caregiver education about ACEs and how to build resilience at home, school, and the workplace
  • Conducting community learning and discussion opportunities

Provides evaluation services to measure impact and consultation to integrate healing-centered practices

Advocates for policies that support people who have experienced trauma, help prevent trauma, and build resiliency in Kentucky

Who are We?

The Bounce Coalition’s diverse community partners are working together to address the root causes of poor health in our most vulnerable people. Through education, training, and other resources, we support individuals and organizations to implement trauma-informed approaches in everyday settings to better serve their communities.

The problem of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is particularly profound in Kentucky where 24% of children have experienced at least two ACEs – the 8th highest rate in the nation. The good news is that trauma does not define your destiny. By recognizing and responding to trauma, Bounce reduces the impact of risk factors and shifts the frame from asking, “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”


Executive Committee

Meet the Executive Committee of the Bounce Coalition, a diverse group of leaders committed to sharing their experience and expertise to build resilient children and families.

David Finke, PhD, Bounce Co-Leader, is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of professional experience working with victims and perpetrators of trauma. He is the Vice President of Residential Services at Uspiritus where he provides management and oversight of the treatment for 158 youth, ages 6-18, who require residential care prior to returning to their families or being placed in foster care or Independent Living. He is a long-time resident of Louisville and achieved his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University. He conducts trainings on resiliency-building and trauma-informed practices for schools and agencies that work with youth in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He also actively consults on Juvenile court issues in the Commonwealth.

Keith Hickman, Bounce Co-Leader, is the Executive Director of Collective Impact at the IIRP Graduate School (IIRP). In this role, he works with partner organizations, both domestically and globally, to pursue the IIRP mission of positively impacting social health. Keith builds alliances with state education departments and national collaboratives. He served as an advisor to the Maryland Commission on the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Restorative Practices, and a partner scholar on the CASEL Equity Work Group and Research Development and Design Team for the California Safe, Healthy, Responsive Schools Network. He is currently on the Advisory Committee for the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution in New York City, and an Executive Board Member for Inflexion, a nonprofit group that helps school leaders transform schools for the better. Keith has served in high-level leadership positions for various K-12 educational organizations including the New York City Department of Education and New Leaders for New Schools. In 2000, he helped found the Youth Justice Project at the Harlem Community Justice Center, one of four community justice centers under the Center of Court Innovation, which inspired other restorative justice programs in the Bronx, mid-town Manhattan and Red Hook, Brooklyn. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology of Human Development from Antioch College and completing his masters with IIRP.

Betty (BJ) Adkins, MEd is Director of Community Resource Development for the Louisville Metro Government, working out of the city’s Office of Performance Improvement. Her responsibilities include connecting community partners, building internal and external capacity, and building a resilient community. Her efforts embrace resiliency, equity, policy, and dedicating hours to the betterment of Louisville individuals and families. She sits on the boards of the Center for Neighborhoods, Hildegard House, and MOLO Village as well as the Wholeness Ministries Committee at First Christian Church. Ms. Adkins is an experienced instructor at UofL’s School of Public Health & Information Sciences and Jefferson Community Technical College. She has led and supported grant teams that secured awards of more than $82 million. She was the first executive director of Shively Area Ministries, the first female president of the Southwest Rotary Club, and the first president of the Shively Business Association. Equally important, she is an original member of the Bounce team and has been since its inception.

Joseph L. Bargione, PhD is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist. Dr. Bargione was the lead psychologist for 25 years with Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. In this position, he was responsible for facilitating the creation of a trauma-informed, multi-tiered framework the district used to support students, staff, and families exposed to trauma. Dr. Bargione has presented at the state, regional, and national levels on trauma, crisis intervention, youth mental health first aid, and suicide prevention. Dr. Bargione was awarded the Schuster Advocacy Award from the Kentucky Psychology Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools.

Naomi Brahim, EdD, leads the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) work in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). She is a former teacher, counselor, and leader of counselors in the District. Dr. Brahim has worked in multiple settings including high achieving, persistently low achieving, alternative school, and district office. She has worked as an Adjunct Professor in the education program at Spalding University. She is credited with creating MTSS toolkits that increase classroom engagement utilizing research-based, high-yield instructional practices used throughout JCPS. She integrated Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Restorative Practices for District-wide implementation. She has experience coordinating behavior systems work, responsive behavior supports, as well as special education programming. Dr. Brahim is Past Chair of the Southern Region in the American Counseling Association, Past President of the Kentucky Counseling Association, and past Vice President of the Kentucky School Counseling Association. She designed a mentoring leadership academy program to prepare and train future leaders in the counseling field that she leads for the Kentucky Counseling Association. She has degrees/certifications from the University of Louisville, University of the Cumberlands, and Indiana University Southeast. Dr. Brahim has presented at local, state, and international conferences on various interdisciplinary topics.

Damien Sweeney, Ed.D. serves as the Program Coordinator for Comprehensive School Counseling at the Kentucky Department of Education where he works alongside school counselors to equip them with best practices. Sweeney is also an adjunct professor at the University of the Cumberlands and Spalding University. With a passion for change agency and social justice, Dr. Sweeney has served as a special education teacher, English teacher and high school counselor in Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville, KY). Sweeney holds a Master’s in Teaching Special Education and Secondary English from Bellarmine University along with a Master’s in Education for School Counseling and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Louisville. Dr. Sweeney’s wife is Dr. Abigail Sweeney and they have three boys, Smith, Shawn and Parker.

Steve Tarver is President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Louisville which serves 240,000 people annually and has a budget of $59 million. Mr. Tarver grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and has been involved in the YMCA since age six. Involved in the Teen Leaders Club Program, his first job was as a lifeguard, swimming and gymnastics instructor. His first full-time position was as the Physical Director of the Tallahassee YMCA while attending Florida State University. He worked in program positions in Kentucky and Tennessee and served as a YMCA Branch Executive in Nashville. Prior to Louisville, he served as the CEO of the YMCA of the Suncoast (Clearwater, Florida). Mr. Tarver served as the Director of YMCA Blue Ridge Leaders’ School (2007–2016) involving over 700 teens from YMCAs across the southern states. He has worked on health and wellness at the regional and national level. He carried the Olympic Torch prior to the 1996 Games and has received several awards and certifications in the field of health and wellness. He is a member of the Greater Louisville Inc. Board of Directors, Coalition for Louisville Youth, Louisville Health Advisory Board, and is a Rotarian. He serves on the YMCA of the USA’s Advisory Boards for Disadvantaged Youth and the Areas of Focus (Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility).

Elizabeth Wessels-Martin, LCSW is the President/CEO for The Center for Women and Families, serving victims of domestic, interpersonal, and sexual violence in 7 counties in Kentucky and 2 counties in Southern, Indiana. Ms. Wessels-Martin has an extensive career history in senior management developing programs and expanding services to meet the needs of children and families who have suffered trauma related to violence, oppression, racism, and poverty throughout the state of Kentucky. She is a graduate of UofL’s Kent School of Social Work where she earned a master’s in the science of social work. She began her social work career in 1987 at Northern Kentucky Comprehensive Care center where she served on the planning team developing community-based programs, and later worked with children and adolescents on the inpatient unit. Prior to joining The Center for Women and Families, Ms. Wessels-Martin held leadership positions at Uspiritus where she developed a continuum of care for boys ages 6-18. She then joined Sunrise Children’s Services as the first Vice President of Foster Care and Community Based Services, leading the way in expanding foster care services to rural Kentucky. Most recently she was Vice President of Business Development and Community Programs at Hosparus Health where she launched a community-based program for palliative care and dramatically increased census for children and their families while serving as Interim Director of Kourageous Kids pediatric hospice program.

Beverly J. Winsch, PhD received her doctorate in Experimental Psychology from the University of Louisville. She has more than 25 years of experience in research and program evaluation. She served as the lead evaluator of federal and state funded programs and as a key writer for large-scale evaluation proposals during her 15-year tenure with Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) in Louisville, Kentucky. Past programs for which Dr. Winsch served as the lead investigator focused on student physical fitness, health behaviors, academic performance, teacher professional development, STEM skills, one-to-one technology adoption, mentoring, mental health, and trauma-informed schools. Dr. Winsch also served on Kentucky Department of Education accreditation and review teams. Most recently, she evaluated the restorative practices initiative for JCPS and is licensed as a trainer by the International Institute of Restorative Practices. Prior to joining JCPS, she was a research scientist for 11 years, evaluating newly developed military communication and navigation tools in a simulation-based training environment. Currently, she is a consultant and evaluator of the Bounce program which provides trauma-informed training to schools and organizations.

Anthony M. Zipple, ScD, MBA consults in areas related to the development, implementation, and operation of innovative community mental health services. For 30 years, Dr. Zipple served as a senior executive in large, nationally recognized provider organizations including Vinfen, Thresholds, and Seven Counties Services. Dr. Zipple has extensive experience managing clinical services including evidence-based interventions for people with serious mental illness, opioid addictions treatment, intensive child and family services, and integrated supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is currently an executive in residence at the University of Louisville’s school of public health and information sciences, adjunct professor Eastern Kentucky University, Senior Project leader for the Rutgers University Mental Health School Of Public Health and Information Sciences. Dr. Zipple received his doctorate in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University and his MBA from the University of New Hampshire. He is a clinical psychologist (licensed in Massachusetts) and has published more than 65 articles, monographs, and book chapters. He has trained and consulted with organizations across the U.S., Pakistan, and Singapore.