In 2009 Donna founded Time To Tell with a mission to spark stories from lives affected by incest and sexual abuse to be told and heard. She wrote and performs her one-woman play, What She Knows: One Woman’s Way Through Incest to Joy, which is based on her own experience of surviving incest and what she did to make her life worth living. She has performed her play at correctional facilities, colleges, police departments, conferences for mental health professionals and sexual assault advocates and for communities and facilities with people in need of healing. She leads Time To Tell What We Know writing and mindfulness workshops for those who have survived sexual violence as well as survivors working in the field of sexual exploitation. Donna is a leadership trainer and organizer who built grassroots women’s centers in New York City during the 1970’s and 1980’s and maintains a leadership development practice. Her book, Healing My Life from Incest to Joy, a memoir of the choices she made and experiences she had that helped her heal from her childhood trauma, will be released by Levellers Press in 2017.
In his 50th year of writing songs John is a master guitarist and honors graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. John toured, as Van Morrison’s lead guitarist at age 17, was a songwriter of James Taylor and his own bands. He has written hundreds of songs and instrumentals. He’s released 15 CDs of his own music and was named “one of the best guitarists of our time” by Ed Ward of National Public Radio. He wrote and has widely performed his musical monologue, The Red Guitar, including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, earning 4 and 5 star reviews. John brings his musical gifts to What She Knows, weaving the work together with atmospheric sounds, tuneful melodies, and his two powerful original songs, “A Way Through” and “It Wasn’t Your Fault.” His music can be found on his web site: johnsheldon.com.
Jackie Humphreys, Clinical Consultant, LICSW
Present at all performances, Jackie is available to audience members needing support. She also co-leads Time To Tell What We Know workshops with Donna. Jackie has over 20 years of experience in the field of child trauma including 10 years as a Victim Advocate and Coordinator of the Child Abuse Unit for a District Attorney’s office. She served on the clinical team at a Children’s Advocacy Center for over six years providing treatment to children and families impacted by trauma. She is now the Mental Health Consultant to a CAC. Jackie has a private practice providing individual and group therapy for all ages. She incorporates yoga and mindfulness practices into her treatment to address the physiological aspects of trauma. She has led over 100 trainings, locally and nationally, on many aspects of child trauma, including secondary traumatic stress. Jackie’s passion and commitment to healing and preventing child abuse is rooted in her own recovery from incest.