Heather Todd, Executive Director
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.
Shaun Slapp, Case Manager
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.”
EMILY HARRIS, COORDINATOR OF SERVICES
Emily Harris is our Coordinator of Services. She is responsible for forming new community partnerships which provide service opportunities for our clients, case management of middle school clients, development and planning of new fundraising events, as well as marketing, public relations, and communications.
With years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Emily is passionate about educating and empowering youth to improve their lives and community.
Emily grew up in Sarasota and volunteered for Teen Court while attending Pine View. She loved the program in high school and finds being on staff very special because of her experience as a teen attorney.
"The opportunities Teen Court provides to both its clients and student volunteers allow for great personal growth and character development. We are trying to instill a concept of personal betterment affecting not only the individual, but the community, as well. I am very inspired by the positive changes I see everyday in the youth who participate in Teen Court." Emily Harris, Coordinator of Services