Meet the MMS Dream Team — Our nationally recognized experts have worked with almost every type of youth population. We also assist career-based mentoring efforts, including initiatives for the private sector, social workers, teachers, federal employees, U.S. military, and the formerly-incarcerated.
Jerry Sherk M.A., MMS President
Jerry Sherk has a masters in psychology with an emphasis in counseling, and he has almost two decades of experience being a mentoring consultant. In addition to the one-on-one model, Jerry has an expertise in group mentoring, as he created and ran group mentoring programs in the school setting for more than six years. Jerry recently co-wrote a manual for Public/Private Ventures on how to develop ex-prisoner mentoring efforts. An author or co-author of over 15 workbooks on youth and employee-to-employee mentoring, Jerry began honing his mentoring and leadership skills during a 12-year career as a player for the NFL's Cleveland Browns.
Judy Strother Taylor, MMS Executive Vice President
Judy Strother Taylor has over 30 years of experience in adult and youth mentoring, human development, and juvenile justice. Judy has worked at the White House Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention and she served for five years as the Project Director for the U.S. Department of Education national mentoring initiative She also provided training for the federally sponsored Children of Prisoners mentoring effort. Judy's publication, "Training New Mentees," was originally written for the National Mentoring Center, and has been used by thousands of mentoring programs since. She recently teamed with MMS President Jerry Sherk to bring an employee-to-employee mentoring program to the U.S. Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles, Albuquerque, and Colorado Springs.
Dustianne North, MMS Vice PresidentDustianne North, Ph.D., works with all types of youth mentoring efforts, and she is a national leader in developing strategies for foster youth mentoring. Dustianne just completed her Ph.D. in social welfare at UCLA. As a trainer and consultant, she draws upon her experiences in prevention and mentoring, her clinical training as a social worker and community organizer, her administrative expertise including designing curricula, arts and culture background, and experience as a trainer. This diverse scope of knowledge allows her to work with direct practice issues such as communicating with mentees, as well as macro-level issues, program design, and interagency partnerships.
Stacy Dertien, M.P.H., MMS Training Consultant
Dertien has her bachelors in psychology with a minor in
anthropology and masters in health and human services. She currently
oversees The Salvation Army Volunteer Programs for the Sierra Del Mar
Division, including San Diego, San Bernadino, Riverside, and
Imperial counties. Stacy is also the chairperson of the Mentoring
Coalition of San Diego County, which provides training, recruiting, and
support services to 30 mentoring programs throughout San Diego, serving a
variety of vulnerable populations. Ms. Dertien served for five years as the
director of the Y-FRIENDz Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program with
the YMCA of San Diego County and has delivered programming
to prisons throughout Southern California.