Leadership Team & Board of Directors

Breaking Code Silence is a survivor-run nonprofit organization aimed at tackling the “Troubled Teen Industry.” Through advocacy, awareness, research, and legislation, Breaking Code Silence is building a network of survivor resources and funds to begin taking on these facilities and those at the helm of the abuse.

Breaking Code Silence is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation.

Vanessa Hughes MA, MFT, MAT, MAICS, SEP, PhD candidate

Organizational Director

Interim Board Member

leadership team - Vanessa Hughes

Vanessa Hughes MA, MFT, MAICS, MAT, SEP and PhD candidate is a survivor of Cross Creek Manor, a WWASP program in Utah. After serving as a firefighter in the United States Marine Corps, she went on to obtain Graduate degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Psychology, Theology, and Intercultural Studies and will obtain her doctorate in clinical psychology in July.

Vanessa is a trauma expert with extensive experience working with individuals with severe PTSD.  She is certified or certificated in Somatic Experiencing (SE), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Havening, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and is a trained bodyworker.  She has provided mental health treatment to veterans in community-based and in VA hospital settings including one of the few transgender clinics in the country. She has worked with seriously mentally ill populations in community and forensic settings. She provides training for fellow therapists who work with trauma and teaches in two graduate therapy programs as an adjunct professor. Her areas of academic research include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Moral injury in military Veterans and the impact of peer and social support on emotional functioning in traumatized populations.

Vanessa developed a body-based treatment approach for Military Sexual Trauma which has been researched and implemented in several treatment programs and is published in a textbook for treating Military Sexual Trauma.  She has been invited to help create various wellness and treatment programs,  research studies, and wellness retreats for traumatized individuals. She has guided organizations and programs requiring trauma-informed models and currently serves as the Executive Director.  In March she became the Interim President for Breaking Code Silence. In 2015, she was recognized as Woman of the Year by Senator Carol Liu for her trauma-informed work in the community.

Jenny Magill MBA, CPDT-KA

Administrative Director

Interim Board Member

leadership team - Jenny Magill

Jenny Magill is a survivor, mother, entrepreneur, and activist from Atlanta who now calls Pasadena, California, home. After spending 2 1/2 years at “Troubled Teen Industry” programs in Georgia (Inner Harbour and Hidden Lake Academy) from 2000-2002, Jenny attended Vanderbilt University with dual majors in Education and History. After graduating from college, she served in an AmeriCorps VISTA capacity-building position with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Nashville. She then spent the next 6+ years working with nonprofits focused on child advocacy, child abuse/neglect prevention, animal rescue, community nonviolence programs, and microfinance.

After moving cross-country for the first of many times due to her husband’s job, Jenny decided to spend more time pursuing her life-long love of animals and canine psychology, and she earned certification as a professional dog trainer and soon started her own dog training business in Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles. While running that business, Jenny earned her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston along with international trainer certification. Over the years, she has greatly enjoyed opportunities to volunteer and serve on various board positions with nonprofit animal rescue groups, sustainability organizations (including Net Impact), and as an appointed member of the Nashville mayor’s advisory committee. However, Jenny considers her work in supporting and empowering survivors with Breaking Code Silence to be by far the most fulfilling and empowering volunteer work she’s had the privilege to do, and she is incredibly excited about the power and potential of uniting survivors’ voices for real and lasting change.

Katherine McNamara

Interim Board Member

board member - Katherine McNamara

Katherine McNamara is a survivor of the so-called Troubled Teen Industry. She spent over 2.5 years in two programs as a teenager. She has been a vocal advocate speaking out against this industry and advocating for evidence-based community treatment. In her years of advocacy, she’s conducted multiple investigations into running and shut down programs, worked with law enforcement on active investigations, and compiled decades of program records for public viewing. Most recently, she was featured in Paris Hilton’s documentary, entitled “This Is Paris.” She currently serves as an interim coordinator for Breaking Code Silence, a non-profit aimed at protecting and advocating for youth in residential facilities.

Outside of her advocacy work, Katherine McNamara is well-known in the cybersecurity field. She is considered a subject matter expert and has published several courses, books, articles, and blogs. She has earned a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology Security, Masters of Science in Information Security and Assurance, and holds over 30 industry certifications including two CCIEs, CISSP, etc.

Bill Boyles

Board Member

board member - Bill Boyles

Bill Boyles is a computer engineer with an interest in cybersecurity, APIs, and microservices. He works primarily with Javascript and Python. Bill holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Cybersecurity.

Bill has been a survivor advocate for over 15 years. Bill has worked in survivor activism with groups and sites such as AntiWWASP, Stop WWASP, Occupy JRC, and CAFETY. Bill co-founded WWASP Survivors and founded Troubled Teen Industry Memes.

Bill spent 30 months in WWASP programs. His imprisonment started in 1997 at Brightway Adolescent Hospital, Utah; and from there he was transferred to Paradise Cove in Western Samoa. From Paradise Cove, he was transferred to Casa By The Sea in 1999, where he stayed until 2000.

Bill lives in the Southeast with his wife and children. They also have two dogs, a cat, and various fish. Bill’s hobbies include 3d printing and CNC, woodworking, electronics, and Internet of Things devices.