Our Team

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We are a team of passionate people bound by a belief that the mental health of young people and their families is momentous to their success.

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We work at the heart of education and mental health to help young people and families live happier, healthier lives.

Meet our leadership team

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Jessica Gomez, Psy.D, LP

Executive Director

Dr. Jessica Gomez is a Bilingual Licensed Psychologist and Executive Director of Momentous Institute. She has worked with children and families for over 15 years and is dedicated to building healthy communities where children have access to quality education and mental health services.

Dr. Gomez is an active thought leader in mental health through publications, presentations, and collaboration with community leaders. She also served as a clinical and assessment supervisor on the APA Training Committee that oversees doctoral and post-doctoral psychology fellows. Dr. Gomez received her doctorate in clinical psychology and master’s degree in counseling psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. She specializes in community mental health, staff development/training, family therapy and the treatment of complex trauma.

She has presented at TPA (Texas Psychological Association), NLPA (National Latino Psychological Association), Texas Pediatric Association, Aspen Challenge, Telemundo, NBC, KERA and Univision. Dr. Gomez has been published in APA’s The Family Psychologist Journal: “The Accidental Family Therapist”, Parent Magazine: “5 ways to help children be more inclusive of other kids”.

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Laura Vogel, Ph.D., LP

Director of Mental Health Services

Laura Vogel joined Momentous Institute in 2007. Her previous experience includes over 25 years of working with children and their families. Laura is a licensed psychologist who received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at The University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Austin College.

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Karen Norris, Ph.D.

Director of Education

Karen joined Momentous Institute in August 1997. Her previous experience includes over 25 years of work in the field of education. Dr. Norris received a bachelor’s degree from The University of Dallas, a master’s degree in reading from The University of North Texas, a master’s degree in Mind, Brain, and Education from The University of Texas Arlington and received her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The University of North Texas.

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Tina L. Robertson, LCSW-S

Director of Innovation and Impact

Tina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and joined Momentous Institute in January 2016. Her previous experience includes over two decades of work in the mental health field through various direct practice, community outreach and organizational leadership roles. She received her bachelor’s degree in English/Political Science from Jarvis Christian College and her master’s degree in social work from University of Texas-Arlington.

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Michiko Otsuki, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Evaluation

Michiko joined Momentous Institute in December 2019. She has over 15 years of experience in child and adolescent health behavior and outcomes research. She has previously worked for Children’s Health, University of Texas School of Public Health, and University of South Florida. Michiko completed a Bachelor’s degree from International Christian University, a PhD in Developmental Psychology from University of California Riverside, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology at Johns Hopkins University.

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Robin Doeden

Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships

Robin joined Momentous Institute in July 2019. She brings with her more than 30 years of fundraising experience for a variety of organizations across the Chicagoland area, including The Community Foundation for McHenry County and the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation. Robin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Meet our board members

Joe “Ivan” Young

Chairman

Jeff Barnes

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Brock Bailey

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Tony Dona

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Brian Ficke

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Alan Friedman

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Mark Gehlbach

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Mike George

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Chris Groves

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Larry Haynes

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Ricky Jimmerson

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Guy Kerr

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Payne Lancaster

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Leonor Marquez

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Tim Marron

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Ryan Moss

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Will Mundinger II

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Connie O’Neill

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Martin Peck

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Hardin Ramey

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Brendon Riley

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Robin Robinson

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Ann Shaw

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Kurt Steves

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Gerry Storey

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Brian Tusa

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Bill Vanderstraaten

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Robin Wantland

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Kelvin Walker

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