Protecting Communities Panel Conversation

Protecting Communities Panel Conversation

This year, GiVE 365 awarded eight organizations $60,800 advancing the theme Protecting Communities.

Take a closer look at this year’s GiVE 365 grant theme, Protecting Communities, with an event originally presented on August 16, 2022. Hear from panelists about citywide efforts to support the healing and recovery of those affected by violence and that address the impact of trauma on our community. Click the accordion items below to learn more about our extraordinary panelists.


Pastor Dianne Young | Moderator

Pastor Dianne P. Young, is a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, preacher and teacher.  She labors in ministry as Pastor of The Healing Center Full Gospel Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee where she is proficient in organizing, unifying, and networking.  Pastor Young attended the University of Memphis, Light University and Tennessee State University.  She attended Carolina University where she received her BA and Master Christian Counseling Psychology (MCCP).  She received an honorary doctorate from St. Thomas Christian College in Jacksonville, Florida.  She is a Certified Wellness Inventory Coach and Certified Marriage and Family Counselor. She is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.  Pastor Young has preached and conducted many workshops and seminars across the country.  She and her husband, Bishop William M. Young are co-founders of the National Suicide and the Black Church Conference.  The first Conference was held in 2003 with about 50 attendees; it has since grown to over 400 attendees.  Pastor Young served on the Board of Memphis Mental Health and as a member of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Planning and Policy Council. Pastor Young currently serves as a member of the Board of Western State Mental Institute (Bolivar, Tennessee), West Cancer Foundation Board and a Board Member of NAMI Tennessee.  Pastor Young was named WMC-TV5 Hometown Hero, November, 2021.  She was recognized by the National Association of Social Workers-Tennessee Chapter, Public Citizen of the Year Award, in March 2022.  Currently she is COO, (Chief Operating Officer) for the Emotional Fitness Centers of Tennessee, the Wellness and Stress Clinic of Memphis and Project Manager, F.A.C.E.S. of Memphis, Shelby County’s Family organization.  She served as Customer Service Manager for the United States Postal Service in Memphis, Tennessee, Executive Director of Glorious Future Head Start, and Administrator of Heavenly Touch Center of Learning.  She facilitates support groups, ministerial training classes and individual and marriage counseling at The Healing Center’s Counseling Center and, co-hosts the oldest Christian radio talk show every Sunday morning in the Greater Memphis, Mid-South area: “On The Road To Healing” with her husband, Dr. William M. Young for more than 27 years.

Dr. Altha Stewart

Dr. Altha J. Stewart is Sr. Associate Dean for Community Health Engagement, Director, Division of Public and Community Psychiatry, and Director, Center for Youth Advocacy and Well-Being at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.  She has led large public mental health systems in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan, and serves on numerous MH boards.  In May 2022, Dr. Stewart began a two-year term as President of the American Association for Community Psychiatry.  This followed her election in 2017 as the first African American elected president in the 175-year history of the organization. A native of Memphis, she is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including, the MBJ HealthCare Hero Physician Award (2018) and the Africa in April Executive of the Year (2019).

Sandy Bromley

Sandy Bromley is the director of the Shelby County Crime Victims & Rape Crisis Center, a comprehensive victim service center providing crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, and forensic nursing services to victims of crime in Memphis and Shelby County.  Sandy has focused her entire career on the prevention and intervention of crime, working as a victims’ rights attorney, an educator with the national Stalking Resource Center and the Air Force bystander intervention program Green Dot, and a leader in victim services policy and programs.  When she’s not working on these issues, you can find her cheering on the Boston Red Sox, traveling to see family and friends, or listening to her favorite politics podcasts.  Sandy is a firm believer that resiliency is possible after trauma and in the power of hope in creating communities free from violence and oppression.    

Charlie Caswell

Charlie Caswell Jr. is Executive Director of Legacy of Legends CDC, an organization that partners with the 7Ps community stakeholders to mitigate Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) and create Trauma-Informed, Trauma-Responsive Communities. Charlie was born and raised in the projects of Memphis as one of 17 siblings. He had many disadvantages, such as a high school dropout, but that did not stop him. Today, he is a husband, father, County Commissioner Elect, community activist, author, entrepreneur, Outreach Pastor, and multiple award recipient. When Charlie recognized his calling of revitalizing communities, collaborating partners, and being the voice for the voiceless, he formed a movement for leaders to be Visible, Vocal, and Valuable in their community. This led to his first book, “How to become more Visible, Vocal, and Valuable”. These efforts lead to him being invited twice by the Obama Administration to Washington, D.C, to help in efforts to build neighborhood capacity.

Dr. Eraina Schauss

Dr. Eraina Schauss is the Founding Director of the BRAIN Center at the University of Memphis where she is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the  Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree Program. She holds a faculty appointment at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in the College of Medicine, Department of Genetics, Genomics and Informatics. Dr. Schauss specializes in the conceptualization, design and translation of mental health research into evidence based clinical practice with a focus on the neuroscience of resilience. She continues to research and train clinicians in the areas of resilience, child cognitive, behavioral, emotional and neurodevelopment, evidence-based clinical interventions and integrated behavioral health. Dr. Schauss has been awarded over $1.5 million dollars in grant funding for pediatric mental health research and clinical services. Currently, Dr. Schauss and the BRAIN Center team, established the Trauma Mental Health Counseling Division at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital that provides unlimited mental health counseling services to trauma patients and their families who are in need of mental health treatment.

She holds a Bachelors degree from Boston College, dual Masters degrees in the field of Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy from University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics and Political Science, and, a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from George Washington University with a specialization in Child and Family Therapy. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider and Approved Clinical Supervisor in the State of Tennessee.