Our Team

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Our Team 2019-04-11T13:46:22+00:00

Our Team

Teri Barila

Presentation: Children’s Resilience Initiative™: A Case Study of One Community’s Response to Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience The Children’s Resilience Initiative™ is a collaborative effort to reduce ACEs and promote resilience in the children of the Walla Walla Valley. Through community presentations, an interactive website and a general community campaign, the goal is to create a community conversant in ACEs and resilience. Presenter:
Teri’s Bio
Theresa Barila is the co-founder and current CEO of the Children’s Resilience Initiative (CRI) based in Walla Walla, WA. CRI is part of the Walla Walla County Community Network, whose goal is to build capacity within the various partner agencies so the Walla Walla valley can have a unified approach when dealing with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Teri earned her MS in Fisheries Management and a BA in Biology, giving her a strong research background, which is crucial in her role with both CRI and the Community Network. Recognized internationally for her work, she travels frequently, training communities to develop strategies so that “Resilience Trumps ACEs”. Serving as CEO of the Children’s Resilience Initiative, Teri is involved extensively in training, consulting, writing and researching in the area of trauma, resilience and community capacity building. Her work has attracted attention in a variety of venues, in part due to the focus Teri places on grassroots organizational development and the focus on the hope of Resilience. Teri is the mother of two children. Her son is living in Twisp WA with his wife, while her daughter is studying Library Sciences. Experiencing the world of a special needs child with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum) has significantly shaped Teri’s thinking on systems, education, resilience and advocacy for children. In her spare time, Teri enjoys playing the piano, gardening and entertaining friends.



Rick Griffin

Rick is the Director of Training and Curriculum Development for CRI. Rick holds a Masters degree in Education and uses his education to develop cutting-edge content and to deliver engaging presentations. He speaks to thousands of groups from all over the country and is widely recognized for his work with trauma-informed practices.  His experience allows him to consult seamlessly with schools, businesses, and community organizations.






Jim Byrnes, MBA

Jim has 35 years years experience in medical clinic administration management, consulting, and marketing. He earned his BS and MBA from the University of Phoenix where he also served for 9 years as an adjunct professor in the Univ. of Phx Health Care Sciences Department as an On-Line Class instructor. He is currently Executive Director of Friends of Children which provides caring, consistent adult mentors to children in the Walla Walla Valley.

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