Who We Are

Sandra L. Bloom, M.D.

The Sanctuary Model

Sandra L. Bloom, M.D. is a Board-Certified psychiatrist, graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and recipient of the Temple The Sanctuary ModelUniversity School of Medicine Alumni Achievement Award. She is an Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health of Drexel University in Philadelphia and Co-Director there of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice. Dr. Bloom is a Past-President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Dr. Bloom currently serves as Distinguished Fellow of the Andrus Children’s Center in Yonkers, NY. She has partnered with the Andrus Children’s Center in creating the Sanctuary Institute, a non-profit training program to teach and certify organizations in the Sanctuary Model. The Sanctuary Model® is now being applied in over 100 programs nationally and internationally including congregate care programs for children, domestic violence and homeless shelters, inpatient and outpatient mental health settings for children and adults, child welfare agencies, and large multipurpose organizations.

From 1980-2001, Dr. Bloom served as Founder and Executive Director of the Sanctuary programs, inpatient psychiatricprograms for the treatment of trauma-related emotional disorders. Her first book, The Sanctuary Model Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies described the experience of her colleagues and herself as they learned what it meansThe Sanctuary Model to treat adults who suffer from complex, trauma-related problems and what it takes to create trauma-informed systems.

In her second book, Bearing Witness: Trauma and Collective Responsibility, Dr. Bloom described the need for a public health approach to the issue of violence, recognizing that all forms of violence are interconnected, posing multiple and significant threats to continuing survival.

Along with co-author Brian Farragher, Chief Operating Officer of Andrus Children’s Center, Dr. Bloom recently finished Destroying Sanctuary: The Crisis in Human Service Delivery Systems. Together they are currently working on the third volume of this trilogy, Restoring Sanctuary: An Updated Operating System for Organizations.


Joseph F. Foderaro

The Sanctuary Model

Joseph F. Foderaro, LCSW, BCD received his M.S.S. degree from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work in 1976 and served as Program Director and Co-Founder of the Sanctuary programs from 1980-2001. He also co-founded the Alliance for Creative Development, a multidisciplinary private practice and management company, where he conducted a private practice between 1980 and 2001. He has been a field instructor and supervisor for the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work, the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work, and the Marywood School of Social Work. He currently has a private practice in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, serves as a management consultant for CommunityWorks* and is on the faculty of the Sanctuary Institute. He co-authored with Sandra Bloom and RuthAnn Ryan, a group psychoeducation manual titled, S.E.L.F.: A Trauma-Informed Psychoeducational Group Curriculum and has been training staff from domestic violence shelters, parenting programs, and homeless shelters in the use of this curriculum, as well as consulting with a variety of mental health and social service settings. He and RuthAnn Ryan have taught the S.E.L.F. group curriculum to the Healing Hurt People program, part of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice and he serves on the Advisory Board of the Center.


Ruth Ann Ryan

The Sanctuary Model

Ruth Ann Ryan, APRN, BC is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and is a Co- founder of the Sanctuary Programs from 1980-2001. She served as Program Director and as a senior clinician of the Sanctuary. She and her colleagues developed the S.E.L.F. Model of trauma recovery, which has been implemented in treatment programs for children, adolescents and adults in many locations in the United States and Canada. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania and has over 30 years experience in the mental health field. She currently maintains a psychotherapy practice in the Philadelphia suburbs specializing in trauma treatment and is a CommunityWorks organizational consultant SELF principles and practices to social service agencies and treatment facilities throughout the country, as well as serving on the Sanctuary Institute faculty. She recently co-authored with Sandra Bloom and Joseph Foderaro, a group manual titled, S.E.L.F.: A Trauma-Informed Psychoeducational Group Curriculum and has been training staff from domestic violence shelters, parenting programs, and homeless shelters in the use of this curriculum, as well as the staff of the Healing Hurt People program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and at Hahnemann Hospital both in Philadelphia. RuthAnn serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice.


Lyndra Bills

The Sanctuary Model

Lyndra J. Bills, M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist who completed medical school at the University of Texas in San Antonio and a medicine/psychiatry residency at West Virginia University.  She also completed a one year fellowship in post-traumatic stress at West Virginia University.  Dr. Bills is currently working for Community Care Behavioral Health as an Associate Medical Director for the Northeast region of Pennsylvania.  She implemented the Sanctuary Model working in a West Virginia state hospital and then moved to Pennsylvania to join the founder of the Sanctuary Model, Dr. Sandra Bloom, in 1994.  Dr. Bills served as the Medical Director of the Sanctuary program at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, PA from 1996-1999. She continues to serve as a faculty member of the Sanctuary Institute as a resource for supervision, training, and consultation.  She also developed Trauma Art Narrative Therapy as a creative cognitive behavioral trauma resolution technique. Dr. Bills began using and developing Trauma Art Narrative Therapy in 1993 as a way to help individuals to process traumatic events. Other interests include horses, dogs, and chasing cows (while riding a horse).

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Beverly Haas

Beverly Haas is the Administrative Assistant for the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice. For twenty years, Ms. Haas was the Administrator of The Alliance for Creative Development, a multi-disciplinary group psychiatric practice directed by Dr. Sandra Bloom and has managed several specialty healthcare practices in the Lehigh Valley. Beverly is a Certified Medical Manager and founding member of the local chapter of the Professional Association of Healthcare Office Management and Treasurer of the Physicians Office Management Association.


Brian Farragher

The Sanctuary Model

Brian Farragher, LMSW, MBA - Brian is the Executive VP / COO of the Andrus Children's Center located in Yonkers, NY. Brian has worked in the field of childhood mental health for over 25 years & during the past 9 years has worked closely with Dr. Sandra Bloom and the staff at Andrus to implement the Sanctuary Model, a trauma informed system of care. Five years ago Andrus developed the Sanctuary Institute, which offers training and consultation to other organizations seeking to implement the model. Brian has presented at regional, national & international conferences and written articles on developing trauma-sensitive treatment programs & reducing the use of physical interventions in residential settings. In January of 2009 Brian received the Samuel Gerson Nordlinger Child Welfare Leadership Award (2009), presented by the Alliance for Children and Families. Award recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to the child welfare field or the national public policy process to advance quality services for children and families. Brian received his MSW from Fordham University in 1984 and his MBA at Iona College in 2007.


Sarah Yanosy

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Sarah M. Yanosy, LCSW is the Director of the Sanctuary Institute at the Andrus Children's Center in Yonkers, NY. She has been a clinical social worker for over ten years and used the Sanctuary Model with her treatment team in that capacity. She has collaborated with Dr. Sandra Bloom and colleagues to develop the curriculum for the Sanctuary Leadership Development Institute training, and has overseen the training and consultation process for over 90 organizations across the United States and five other countries to implement the Sanctuary Model. She was recognized as one of the Business Council of Westchester's 40 under 40 Rising Stars, and her most recent publications are a chapter co-authored with David McCorkle, LCSW in a book entitled Loss, Hurt and Hope and an article co-authored with Dr. Sandra Bloom in the journal, "Reclaiming Children and Youth".





Joseph Benamati Guerschom Joseph Katherine Rosenberg
Joan Bender Karen Lamoureux Ruth Ann Ryan
Maggie Bennington-Davis Nathan Leeman Candace Tinagero
Jaclyn Bernstein Peg Mahoney Sherri Turner
Lyndra Bills David McCorkle Michael Thomas
Sandy Bloom William McLaughlin Beatriz Vides
Alexandria Connally Wendy McSparren Helene Volpe
David Dan Brian Parchesky Sarah Yanosy
Nina Esaki Lina E. Pasquale Dan Zeigler
Todd Etchison Norm Pure Helene Volpe
Joe Foderero Linda Rich Sarah Yanosy
Landa Harrison Alleesa Rosenfield Dan Zeigler


Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice Staff

Meet the team of individuals and partners who comprise the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice.

John Rich, Director

Ted Corbin, Co-Director

Sandy Bloom, Co-Director

Linda Rich, Program Research Director

Dionne Delgado, Injury Prevention Coordinator

Solomon Evans, Research Coordinator

Ann Wilson, Project Coordinator

Beverly Haas, Administrative Assistant

Evan Weiner, Assistant Director, Healing Hurt People, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Frances Nelson, Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Leigh Jamison, Community Intervention Specialist

Hugh "Tony" Thompson, Community Intervention Specialist