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Dawn Bunch is a second year PhD student in Clinical Psychology who has been dedicated to the field for many years. She has interned with the American Psychological Association, worked as an undergraduate research assistant for over two years, served as a Mental Health Facilitator under Sheppard Pratt Health System, and is now a psychotherapist in training.

Bunch founded the Adolescent Peer Support League in April of 2017 in response to what she considered to be a lack of attention to adolescent mental health. Through her intensive research on the efficacy of peer support programs, she has identified these programs as a plausible solution to poor mental health and emotional wellbeing in teens. Her vision for APSL is to create a system of peer support programs in high schools throughout the country.
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Dawn Bunch
Chairperson | President
Gabriella Martinez
Director | Secretary

Gabriella Martinez is a Senior in Montgomery County Public Schools. She has worked with Adolescent Peer Support League in several capacities, including her recent volunteer work at the League’s 2018 Annual Conference, “SHARING OUR VOICE: What Students Think About School Mental Health.” 


Gabriella’s interest in mental health sparked when she was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety, along with PTSD. This fueled her interest in helping others who have also faced challenges with their mental health. From her lived experience, she has learned that having a mental illness does not have to restrict or define a person. She hopes to spread this positive thinking with other sufferers. 

Gabriella is currently studying medicine, and plans to pursue her dreams of becoming a psychiatrist. 


Kathryn Bryant is pleased to be part of APSL and support the work of this organization. Her professional career has focused on the many aspects of telecom and Information Technology including sales, marketing and project management. 


She currently supports the pharmaceutical industry in designing and delivering Patient Assistance Programs to assist patients in accessing and affording their prescribed therapy. She has served on several boards supporting the LGBTQ community and resides in Dallas, Texas.

Kathryn Bryant, Adolescent Peer Support League Treasurer
Kathryn Bryant
Director | Treasurer


Deann Collins, Ed.D, Adolescent Peer Support League Senior Advisor

Dr. Deann M. Collins is the Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning with the Maryland State Department of Education, and has worked in the field of education for 20 years.   She frequently collaborates with school leaders and teachers, central office staff, parents, and various community stakeholders to ensure the effective implementation of high quality early childhood and school-age programs that meet the needs of students impacted by poverty.  

In May 2017, she received the Academic and Community Excellence Award for graduate and professional students at the Universities at Shady Grove for her work as a doctoral student at Bowie State University. In 2013, she had the honor of serving as the special guest speaker for the National Head Start Association conference that was held in the state of Maryland. 

Deann Collins, Ed.D
Senior Advisor
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Holly Rothrock is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She received her MSW from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She is currently the school counselor at The Siena School in Silver Spring MD, a school that serves 4th-12th graders with language based learning differences. Before The Siena School, Ms. Rothrock helped develop a social/emotional curriculum for an inquiry based education technology company. Ms. Rothrock has worked in a therapeutic group home for teens as the home’s clinical therapist, and served as an advocate for the residents’ educational experience. While living overseas in Estonia, she developed an after school program focused on social skill enrichment. Ms. Rothrock is a certified yoga instructor and has taught yoga and mindfulness at the high school, middle school and elementary school level. She is dedicated to a holistic approach to educating students.

Holly Rothrock
Senior Advisor

Hermes Bunch is a freshman in college who has worked with Adolescent Peer Support League (APSL) as a Student Business Advisor and volunteer since 2018. Hermes has supported a number of APSL activities, including assisting with their first major conference, providing business advice for their school membership platforms, and assisting with accounting and finance management. Hermes serves as a business advisor for the organization, and continues to provide the leadership team with solid advice on both branding and expanding APSL services and programs. 

Hermes Bunch
Student Business Advisor


Sam Cooksey, APSL Student Thought Leader
Sam C. | Class of 2018

"Today's teens face more stress, possibly than ever before in history. Having peer support helps people work out their issues and improve their mental health with someone relatable."

Hannah Simco, APSL Student Thought Leader
Hannah S. | Class of 2018

"I support APSL's goal to support teens with their mental health. We have a unique viewpoint, and will benefit from sharing that viewpoint with each other. "

Toli Gunning, APSL Student Thought Leader
Toli G. | Class of 2015

"Mental health has implications on many aspects of everyday life. It affects people young and old, but often young people aren't sure where to go to get the support they need to work with it. The availability of peers as a method of support aids young individuals in better understanding their thoughts and emotions."  

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