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LEAP Founders & Staff

LEAP is the most respected and distinguished company in the industry.  There is no company that comes close.    

LEAP founders, authors and presenters are well-known and respected experts in the field: a former NASW state executive director, a former NASW state president, an NASW national president, a Utah Social Worker of the Year; and the former Dean of the University of Utah, College of Social Work. LEAP has helped over 40,000 social workers and is trusted by over 100 universities. LEAP SPECIALIZES IN SOCIAL WORK.   

Kym Tutell, M.B.A., C.B.E.P.
President, Co-founder, Co-author 

Ms. Tutell worked in the mental health field for 28 years. She previously served as executive director for the Utah Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for 10 years where she earned the prestigious “NASW Executive Director of the Year” award. She has served as a co-author on all of the LEAP study guides, licensing exam preparation curriculum and continuing education courses. She has published work in the areas of Neuropsychopharmacology, as well as ethics. She has held management positions for more than 25 years. Ms. Tutell has co-authored licensing laws and worked with U.S., and state Senators and Representatives to pass key social work legislation. She has expertise in business and marketing management, public relations, ethics, and advocacy. She is the female voice on the LEAP audio course and guest presenter in LEAP classes. 

Jannah Hurn Mather, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Dr. Mather served as the Dean of the University of Utah, College of Social Work and has authored numerous books and research publications. She has over 25 years of experience in private practice, in-patient therapy, and family services. Her writings include works on case management, family therapy, child welfare, family and children services, social work education, and accreditation. Dr. Mather is a LEAP co-founder and one of the original contributors to the LEAP comprehensive study guides. 

Susan Middleton, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Dr. Middleton is currently operating a successful private practice. She was previously the Clinical Director and Assistant Professor in the Behavioral Science Department at Utah Valley University.  She also taught at BYU-Hawaii and the University of Utah. Dr. Middleton has over 25 years of experience teaching college courses in the social sciences. In addition, she has provided counseling services in a number of agency settings including a center for the treatment of victims and perpetrators of child sexual abuse, an HMO, the social services unit of a large religious organization, and a home health/hospice agency. She served in many positions for the Utah Chapter of NASW, including PACE chair, Professional Standards representative, and President. Dr. Middleton was also the recipient of the prestigious “NASW Social Worker of the Year” award. Dr. Middleton is a LEAP co-founder and one of the original contributors to the LEAP comprehensive study guides.

Kathy Wehrmann, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Dr. Wehrmann, currently holds the esteemed position of President for the National Association of Social Workers. Dr. Wehrmann received her doctorate and Master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is currently a faculty member and BSW Program Director at Illinois State University (ISU). She also served in public child welfare and healthcare settings, providing a sound background for being chosen to be a Senior Fulbright Scholar to Romania where she taught and conducted research on child welfare reform. Dr. Wehrmann served at ISU as principal investigator on two child welfare training grants and was recognized for successfully securing approximately $1M in grants and contracts. Dr. Wehrmann earned the prestigious “NASW Lifetime Achievement” award. She served as NASW District Chair, state Conference Chair, Illinois Chapter President, National Board Representative for Region IX, and member of the Executive Committee. She's a current member of the Baccalaureate Program Directors, and the Fulbright Association. 

Daria V. Hanssen, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Dr. Hanssen holds committee positions on the board of the National Association of Social Workers and serves as an accreditation site visitor for the Council on Social Work Education, as well as a member of the Nomination and Leadership Committee.  Dr. Hanssen is also the BSW Program Director and Associate Professor of Social Work at Marist College in New York. Prior to teaching at Marist, she taught at Lyndon State College as well as at SUNY New Paltz. Prior to working in higher education, Daria practiced in the areas of mental health with children and families, family preservation, hospice, and corrections. Currently, Daria continues to consult with community agencies, serves on local boards of directors for Hudson River Housing and Mental Health America, as well as the New York State Social Work Education Association. Dr. Hanssen serves as a LEAP licensing exam preparation course presenter.    

Brenda Coble Lindsey, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Dr. Brenda Coble-Lindsay is the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs, the BSW Program Director and Professor at the University of Illinois. Brenda’s research and practice interests centers around the role of school social workers and Response to Intervention (RtI) with a special emphasis on evidence-based practice interventions for children with challenging problem behaviors. Brenda teaches LEAP licensing prep courses throughout the Country and continues to earn top rankings.  She is a former school social worker and has professional experience in children’s mental health services. She is active in several professional social work organizations including the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter, the Illinois Association of School Social Workers, and School Social Work Association of America. Dr. Lindsey continues to be a LEAP favorite among licensing prep course participants. 

Elise Hutchings, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W

LEAP’s loyal, hardworking, and always calm team member, Elise Hutchings, is one of the most respected social workers in the U.S. She has 35 years of social work experience with Utah State Division of Child and Family Services, Utah State Hospital, and Salt Lake City School District. She is one of the original founding members of NASW. She has served as the President of the Utah chapter, NASW and chairperson of the Continuing Education committee; she previously served as the UT-NASW Vice President, Secretary, Professional Standards committee chair, Affirmative Action committee member, School Social Work committee chair, Nominating committee member, and on the NASW membership committee. Ms. Hutchings is also a University of Utah College of Social Work MSW Admissions committee member and previously served on numerous committees for the University.  She has received many prestigious awards including the “NASW Social Worker of the Year,” NASW “Professional Service Award,” University of Utah Graduate School of Social Work “Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award,” and was distinguished as one of the NASW “Social Work Pioneers,” a rare and highly sought-after designation. Elise is a co-author of the LEAP comprehensive study guides.

Cathie Delewski, D.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Dr. Delewski is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work. Her teaching areas include: clinical practice in health care settings and DSM-5. She is also a supervisor of the Crisis/Trauma Team at the University of Utah Hospital Emergency Department. She has over 30 years experience working with individuals with psychiatric disorders in a variety of clinical settings. Dr. Delewski previously served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah and the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Dr. Delewski is a contributing author for several LEAP study guides and is the lead author of the LEAP DSM-5 Review Guide.     


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