Leadership and Staff

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

Gary L Jones, Ph.D.Dr. Gary Jones has worked for YFT Founder and Chairman Joe Gibbs since 1988. Dr. Jones provided advice on increasing the effectiveness and accountability of the Board of Trustees and on all aspects of the YFT program and corporate matters while creating a highly successful private philanthropy outreach to support the youth home. In 1996, the Board appointed Dr. Jones as CEO when there were only eight boys in residence served by 20 staff members, two permanent buildings and a temporary school structure.

Since 2000, YFT has expanded its 200 acre campus and four satellite locations providing services to children and families in crisis. YFT offers 10 residential homes, a 40,000 sq.’ nationally accredited secondary school and a diversified program which includes residential services for boys and girls, Behavioral Health Services for children and adults through satellite offices in Prince William County and Fairfax County which includes services for Therapeutic Foster Care. YFT also has launched Therapeutic Day Treatment programs in the Fairfax County Public School System and the Prince William County Public School System. As of 2016, YFT was annually serving in excess of 8,100 children and families.

YFT has become nationally accredited by the Council On Accreditation (NY, NY) 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 services: Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF President, 2014-2018), Virginia Coalition of Private Providers Association (Vice President, 2014-2018) and the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE Chairman, 2009 & 2010). Also, he serves on the Board of Regents for Leadership Prince William.

Prior to his service with YFT, Dr. Jones served in the Ronald Reagan Administration as the U.S. Under Secretary of Education from 1982-1985 and as Acting Secretary in early 1985. From 1985-1988, he served as the Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, a non-profit organization created to build and sustain the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Santa Barbara, CA.

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 his 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
Assistant 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 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 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), 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 the Governor). 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

 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

Natalia Becker
Assistant Director of UIM



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