In 2002 Donna decided to participate in breaking the silence around child sexual abuse by writing her one woman play, What She Knows: One Woman’s Way Through Incest to Joy, based on her life as an incest survivor. It took her 7 years, a writers group, a posse of friends and loved ones, three teachers, and one director to bring it almost to completion. Then she decided she wanted musical accompaniment and found John Sheldon. In addition to being the founder of Time To Tell Donna is a leader, counselor, and organizer who built grassroots women’s centers in the New York City region during the 1970s and 1980s. She is still active in her leadership development consulting and training practice she established in 1986. For leading writing workshops Donna draws on her experience of studying and practice with three writing teachers, since 1993. She is presently writing a book describing what she did to heal enough to write and perform her play – its working title is Healing Into My Life.
A master guitarist and honors graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, John toured as Van Morrison’s lead guitarist at age 17 and was named “one of the best guitarists of our time” by Ed Ward of National Public Radio. He went on to compose 10 CDs of his own compositions including the songs, “September Grass”, and “Bittersweet” that were both recorded and released by James Taylor. 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.” The music found in the sidebar of this website was composed and performed by John Sheldon, taken from his CD Slow Down which 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 someone to talk to. She also co-leads Time To Tell workshops with Donna. Jackie has more than two decades 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 was also a clinician at a Children’s Advocacy Center for over six years where she provided treatment to children and families impacted by trauma. Jackie has a private practice providing individual, group and family therapy for children adolescents and adults. She incorporates yoga and mindfulness practices into her treatment in order to address the physiological aspects of suffering. 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.