Programs Director and
Assistant to the CEO
Heather Promise | 602.818.6959
Heather Promise is an author, teacher and perpetual scholar whose commitment to yoga is the guiding force in her personal, professional, and academic pursuits. She has a triple concentration master’s degree in Liberal Studies from ASU and has been a part of the RTF family since 2016. Now, as the programs director, she is heading up operations and working closely with all members of the staff to produce workshops. Heather believes in the mission and is excited to be a part of the growth of Release the Fear.
Our Facilitators are passionate about what they do. From teachers and counselors, to corrections officers and college students, our facilitators bring their unique experience and knowledge to the RTF curriculum. These people love what they do and it shows.
Richard Bestwick is studying to be a certified special education teacher and has been a part of the RTF team for over 10 years. He is the lead facilitator at RTF and is currently working on the “Phase II” curriculum, scheduled for introduction next year. He is responsible for training the facilitators and is actively refining the training process. Richard volunteers with the youth in his community. As a father of two, Richard understands the value of connecting with young people.
Rosie Paluch is a dedicated grandmother and educator. She brings her love, experience, and passion to every RTF workshop that she leads. After 25 years as a guidance counselor at Saguaro High School and 35 years volunteering with the Anytown program, Rosie has a special ability to connect with kids. When she is not leading creative activities in the RTF workshops, she enjoys practicing yoga, playing bridge, and volunteering in the community.
Kelly Harris has two great passions: teaching and personal growth. She brings to RTF over 20 years’ experience in education. With both a Master of Ed in Counseling and a Master of Ed in Leadership from Northern Arizona University, she adds a wealth of experience and skill to the RTF workshops, inspiring the youth to believe in themselves.
Jessica Figueroa has earned a master’s degree in Adult Education and Business Administration and aspires to work with youth in detention settings. Jessica is currently the Program Coordinator for a youth mentoring organization and a facilitator for their personal development curriculum. As a mother, Jessica understands the value of mindfulness and enjoys sharing that message with the most marginalized youth in the community.
Richard Bestwick Rosie Paluch Kelly Harris Jessica Figueroa