Leadership and Staff

Dr. Gary L. Jones, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Gary L Jones, Ph.D.Dr. Gary L. Jones has served Youth For Tomorrow since 1988 when Founder and Chairman Joe Gibbs enlisted the services of the former U.S. Under Secretary of Education and former Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation to provide advice on increasing the effectiveness and accountability of the Board of Trustees, consult on all aspects of the YFT program and corporate matters and create a highly successful private philanthropy outreach.

In 1996, with eight boys in the home, the YFT Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Jones as Chief Executive Officer. The boys were served by staff members in one residential facility and a temporary school structure. In 2018, under Dr. Jones’ 22 years of leadership as CEO and a robust Capital Campaign beginning in 2000, there are now 10 residential facilities, a 40,000 sq. ft. school and a 335 seat chapel on its 180 acre campus.
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Since 2003, YFT has expanded its residential program to include girls, a Mommy & Me Program for pregnant teens and girls with infants, services for exploited and sexually trafficked domestic girls, Medicaid Level C services in psychiatric care and services for unaccompanied immigrant children from around the world.

Since 2012, four satellite locations in Prince William and Fairfax counties have been providing Behavioral Health Services (BHS) consisting of Clinical Counseling to children and families; Intensive Out Patient Services in substance abuse counseling, a Therapeutic Day Treatment program to children in local public schools, Intensive In-Home Counseling to families and Therapeutic Foster Care. As of 2017, YFT annually serves almost 800 children in residential services and an additional 7,500 boys, girls and their families in crisis through its BHS programs.

Since 2014, YFT has become nationally accredited by the Council On Accreditation (NY, NY), Joint Commission (Oakbrook Terrace, IL) and AdvancED (Atlanta, GA.).

In addition to his leadership at YFT, Dr. Jones also serves on the Boards of private providers of social, educational and behavioral health services: Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF President, 2004-2018), Virginia Coalition of Private Providers Association (2004-2018) and the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE, 2006 - 2018). .

Prior to his service with YFT, Dr. Jones served President Ronald Reagan as the U.S. Under Secretary of Education from 1982-1985 and as Acting Secretary in early 1985.

A Northern Virginia resident, he also served seven years on the Fairfax County School Board and was its Chairman from 1992-1995. He served two terms on the Virginia State Board of Education.

A Michigan native, Jones graduated from Albion College and received a Master’s in Education Administration in 1969 and Doctorate in Administration & Higher Education from Michigan State University in 1975.

Rich von Gersdorff
Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer

Rich von GersdorffRich von Gersdorff became CFO of Youth For Tomorrow in August of 2013, after a successful 31 year career in Commercial Finance, Real Estate and Construction, owning and selling two companies.

Rich holds a B.B.A. degree in Business Administration from James Madison University and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Phoenix. Mr. von Gersdorff is also a licensed CPA in the State of Virginia.

Rich’s corporate financial and operational experience allows him to oversee YFT’s Finance, Campus Operations, Information Technology, Human Resource and Quality Assurance Departments.

Dr. Courtney Gaskins
Vice President of Program Services

Courtney GaskinsDr. Gaskins joined YFT in 2004 as a special education teacher, became the Director of Evaluation, Assessment and Training and Acting Director of Admissions and was appointed Vice President of Program Services in 2014. As such, Dr. Gaskins has been instrumental in the development, diversification and implementation of the YFT program components: residential, education, therapeutic foster care, therapeutic Day Treatment and clinical counseling. She is a member of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force and, since 2016, a member of the prestigious State Executive Council (appointed by the Governor). The SEC is responsible for oversight of all policies and regulations governing social, educational and behavioral health facilities.

Dr. Gaskins has been an adjunct lecturer at George Mason University and Mary Washington University. Prior to joining YFT, Dr. Gaskins was a special education teacher for four years at public schools in Virginia and a youth development specialist for the preceding 10 years. She earned her B.A. in psychology and Ph.D. in education from George Mason University and an M.Ed and a Certification in Education Leadership from the University of Mary Washington. She is published and the recipient of numerous awards, including the GMU, College of Education and Human Development Service Award in 2010.

Love D. Jones
Vice President of Community Relations and Special Events

Love D. JonesLove Jones served Youth For Tomorrow as a volunteer for 7 years prior to joining the YFT staff and serving as the Director of Special Events in 2007 and, since 2014, as Vice President of Community Relations and Special Events.  She provides integral leadership in formulating an Annual Development plan, manages and executes each of the four annual fundraising special events and creates an Annual Giving program which, collectively, generates over $5M each year – excluding Capital Campaign funding. She orchestrates all of YFT’s Community Outreach activities, especially during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays when YFT provides food and gifts to hundreds of needy families in the community.  

Love also directs, edits and publishes the YFT Quarterly Newsletter and its Annual Report.  She received the Making A Difference award in 2014 and the Commitment to Community Award in 2017 from the highly respected Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities for her work affecting the lives of the thousands of children receiving life-saving services from YFT.  

 

Terry R. Tinsley, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, NCC, CSOTP
Associate Vice President of Programs

Terry TinsleyDr. Tinsley joined Youth For Tomorrow in March of 1997 as its first professional counselor. Following his arrival, he developed a professional counseling program for YFT residents and subsequently a Clinical Services Team consisting of licensed clinical psychologists, registered nurses, case managers, and a psychiatrist. Dr. Tinsley was appointed Assistant Vice President for Programs in 2016 and became responsible for the Clinical Services programs including Out Patient Services, Substance Abuse Services and Therapeutic Day Treatment programs.

Prior to joining YFT, Dr. Tinsley worked for the Dallas/Fort Worth Medical Center in their dual diagnosis adolescent psychiatric unit. His other areas of service have included out-patient counseling centers, Charter Hospital, an in-patient substance abuse treatment program, and two years with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board serving in Mali, West Africa.

Dr. Tinsley has served on the Prince William County Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT), Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT), Northern Virginia Coalition of Private Providers (NOVACO) and served on the Boards of the Virginia Coalition of Private Provider Associations (VCOPPA), and for the Virginia Association of Children’s Homes (VACH), and is serving his second term on the Virginia Board of Counseling (appointed by Governors McDonnell and McAuliffe). Dr. Tinsley is a member of Leadership Prince William and the Social Services Board of PWC.

A Mississippi native, Dr. Tinsley graduated from William Carey College with a degree in Psychology, Southwestern Baptist Seminary with a degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. Dr. Tinsley is also credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), and a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider (CSOTP).

 

Carl R. Street, Jr., LPC, LSATP, MAC
Assistant Vice President of Programs

Carl StreetMr. Street became Director of Behavioral Health Services for YFT in 2015. Under his leadership, YFT has opened three behavioral health satellite offices in Prince William County which presently serves over 1,000 children and families in crisis monthly.

Mr. Street served the Prince William County Community Services office as a Mental Health/Substance Abuse Therapist with Drug Offender Recovery Services. Previously, he served YFT for 15 years in various capacities including Director of Residential Services preceded by positions as Residential Shift Supervisor, Substance Abuse Counselor and Assistant Director of Residential Services. He received a BA in Psychology from George Mason University and an MA in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. He is credentialed in the state of Virginia as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner (LSATP) and certified as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC).

Lawrence Hubb
Director of Therapeutic Day Treatment

Veronica Myers
School Principal

Pastor Denny Glusko
Chaplain

 Duncan Jones
Director of Residential Services

Debra Williams
Director of Human Resources

Carol Vacca
Director of Campus Operations

Jim Watkins
Director of IT

Lori Perez
Controller

Natalia Becker
Assistant Director of UIM

 

 

 James Freeman  Director of Admissions  
Tonia Copeland Director of Intake  
WonHee Kang Director of Music and Arts Services