Josette’s top career goal on return to St. Petersburg in 2018 was “meaningfulness” and so was delighted to join Red Tent in January 2019 as its first CEO.Her skills had been honed with a long career in business and non profits where she specialized in turnarounds of underperforming organizations as well as starting new initiatives.She last served as Executive Vice President at Hawes Financial Group in Eugene, Oregon. Prior to that she served as Executive Director of the Oregon Student Access Commission working for the Governor to enhance post secondary access for Oregonians.She has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Adrian College and her MBA in Finance from the University of Akron.She is a graduate of Leadership St. Petersburg and Leadership Oregon.
Katie Pfefferman Case Manager
Katie worked as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with Transitions, Inc. from 2008-2014. She was the Treatment Supervisor at the Intensive Outpatient Program where she worked with community partners to offer the best treatment services and referrals to each client, completed individual assessments including Casey Law assessments, and supervised counselors and the treatment schedule and classes to ensure the program was running effectively.Prior to being a Supervisor, Katie worked for several different facilities in Transitions including working as a primary counselor at a women’s residential facility, Senior Counselor at an outpatient facility and Unit Supervisor at a nonmedical detox facility.Working with these different populations at diverse levels in treatment has provided her the education and knowledge to support the women of Red Tent and guide them to live a happy and successful life after incarceration.
Noko Coussoule Addictions Counselor
Noko started her addiction-counseling career with Par Inc., from 1998 to 2004 as a therapeutic community counselor. At Par Inc., she worked as an intervention specialist at the Pinellas County Jail and as a methadone clinic counselor in Pasco County. While working at Par Inc., Noko participated in a 28-day program and in a therapeutic community program. After leaving Par Inc., Noko worked as an administrative assistant for the Pinellas County Health Department. She then took a position at RCS Homeless Shelter as a case manager. In 2007, Noko took the position as a certified addiction counselor with Bridges of America’s six-month D.O.C. program in St. Petersburg, FL. Ultimately, she started with Red Tent in October 2012, where she continues today.
Noko studied Sociology and History at USF Tampa, earned her Associate of Arts degree from SPC College and obtained her certification of addiction counseling.
Crystal Adams-Nixon Instructor
Pinellas Technical College
Red Tent Instructor, studied Psychology and Nursing in New York State and Florida. Earned Bachelor of Science degree, in Health Service Administration, from St. Petersburg College, in 2014. Currently, employed by Pinellas Technical College, as an instructor in Adult Basic Education.
Dwayne Barnes Administrative Assistant
Diane Distelcamp Sewing Instructor
Diane is a physical therapist who is highly skilled in all forms of sewing and needlework. She has been sewing and embroidering since childhood, starting off making clothes for Barbie dolls, and working up to designing her own clothing. She will tackle anything from bathing suits to winter coats however currently she sews mostly fun things, like purses, decorative boxes and quilts. She’s a member of the Embroiders Guild of America and past president of the Lagniappe chapter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She learned to quilt in the Catskill mountain region of New York. She’s found that practicing the art of hand sewing is creative and stress relieving, bringing serenity and quietness to tangled thoughts. Diane teaches our participants hand sewing, embroidery, and wrestling with sewing machines on Wednesday and Thursday. The level of creativity that she sees among the participants is astounding.
Marti Zeitz Family Therapist
I am Marti Zeitz, LMHC. I have a Masters in Counseling from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. My private practice office is on 16th St N in St Petersburg. I have been in private practice for 10 years and for 15 years prior to that I have worked at various agencies as a clinician. Red Tent women are able to come to me after release from incarceration for individual counseling if they choose to do so. They do not have to pay a fee because a funding source provides payment for my work. I really love working with “my” Red Tent clients! Their resilience and strength are awe-inspiring to me! I believe in the mission and spirit of Red Tent. Being able to play a small part in fulfilling its mission is a true source of joy for me.