The Center for the Advanced Study and Practice of Hope


Dr. John Parsi is a Hope Center Executive Director and Professor of Practice in the School of Social & Family Dynamics. He serves concurrently as Executive Vice President of Kids at Hope. Prior to joining the Hope Center and Kids at Hope, John clerked for then Justice Morgan Christen of the Alaska Supreme Court (now on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals) and US District Court Judge John W. Sedwick. He also served as Special Assistant Attorney General to Alaska Attorney’s General John Burns and Michael Geraghty. He spent time in private practice with AM Law 200 firms. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Arizona State University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Dr. Crystal Bryce is an Assistant Clinical Professor and the Associate Director of Research for The Hope Center. Dr. Bryce has worked with multiple community partners within her role, helping to implement survey and data collection guided by the needs of those partners. Broadly, her two lines of research focuses on (1) the role of multiple contextual and individual factors (e.g., hope, school engagement) on students' academic success, with a focus on how to translate findings to actionable steps, and (2) utilizing advanced statistical techniques in examining health outcomes measured via salivary biomarkers among varied samples/populations.

Hope Center Staff

Kim Heredia serves as the Program Manager for the Hope Center. Kim has worked in the Metropolitan Phoenix child and family services non-profit community for over 20 years. She is an alumnus of ASU, with a degree in Family Studies and Human Development. Kim was instrumental during the formative years of Kids at Hope and grew with the organization since it was founded in the year 2000. Kim will continue to serve as Director of Administration for Kids at Hope along with overseeing the administrative duties of the Hope Center.

Bambi Sigg is Kids at Hope and Hope Center Assistant. She has worked with Kids at Hope since 2008. Bambi also supervises a seasonal holiday warehouse with over 300 employees.  

Wally Endicott is currently Executive Director of the Kids at Hope Northwest Resource and Training Center. In the last ten years he has trained and empowered nearly 12,000 youth development workers working with over 120,000 young people in the region. Wally’s career includes jobs as: a high school marketing instructor; a boys & girls club branch director, and numerous sales and marketing position at the national and international levels. His current and past community involvement includes: Parkland-Spanaway Rotary; NAACP Tacoma Branch; Dance Theatre Northwest; East Side Neighborhood Advisory Council of Tacoma; and Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound.

Wendy Larsen has been facilitating and training leadership teams since 1992. She has worked with Kids at Hope for the past four years as a Senior Consultant and has trained and/or facilitated teams made up of representatives from unions, management, elected officials, and community organizations in a variety of venues including county and city governments, multi-stakeholder forums, volunteer agencies, fire departments, police departments, transit agencies, public utility districts, school districts, and private industries. Wendy attended Ohio University before moving to Arizona where she earned her degree in education from Arizona State University.

Rick Miller serves as Clinical Director of the Center to oversee training outreach efforts to local and national communities. He has been associated with ASU since 1984 as adjunct faculty, consultant to the College of Human Services, Senior Advisor to the Vice Provost for Public Affairs, and as a faculty associate. In 2007, ASU’s College of Human Services named him its Visionary. He is a Professor of Practice within the School of Social & Family Dynamics and founder of Kids at Hope. Rick has spent 50 years in the field of child and youth development as a practitioner, researcher, public policy expert, and author.

Dr. Teryl ann Rosch is currently serving as a Professor of Practice within the Hope Center and the School of Social & Family Dynamics. She served as Co-Executive Director of the Hope Center during the first two years of operation; is a founding member of the international not-for-profit youth organization, Kids at Hope; and she served as President of the agency from 2015-2020. Dr. Rosch earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Loyola University of Chicago. Her values, experiences, fundraising accomplishments and commitment to student success allowed her to work in various leadership positions (and as a tenured faculty member) within multiple postsecondary institutions in Chicago, Illinois, over a 30-year postsecondary career.

Hope Research Team Members

Ashley Fraser, MS is a PhD student in the Sanford School, Family and Human Development program. Ashley's research interests focus on the science of hope as well as moral development and social equity. More specifically, she focuses on the development of positive constructs such as empathy, prosocial behavior, and self-regulation, particularly as they relate to equitable behaviors enacted toward marginalized groups. Within the Hope Center, Ashley is currently working on the conceptualization of hope, its development, and its positive influence within the K-12 and college-age populations.

Brittany Alexander, MS is a PhD student in the Sanford School Family and Human Development Program. Her research interests focus on educational equity, racism in schools, and social and emotional learning. At the Hope Center, Brittany is currently working on research projects looking at how middle and high school students' hope is related to their interest in pursuing STEM careers and how hope operates in schools.

Previously Affiliated Faculty/Staff

Dr. Tashia Abry

Dr. Casey Sechler

Kenna Hough

Dr. Richard Fabes