Our Board

Serving our vision


The Board of directors for Turning Point Healing Retreat Center Includes a wide variety of experience, strength, and hope. Together we can do what we could never do alone!

Education sets us free




Teresa Moore, MD

Teresa Moore

About Teresa

Teresa Moore, MD, serves as Vice President of Networking and Educational Development.  She has practiced allopathic medicine for over twenty years in rural Virginia while including many holistic approaches in her healing practice. She is level one certified in Reiki and has completed coursework in medical intuition in addition to her medical degree.  She has personally practiced aromatherapy and various types of meditation for over thirty years and is fascinated by the mind-emotional-physical-spiritual body connections in health, wellness, and disease.  


She was on the faculty of Edward Via School of Osteopathic Medicine, associated with Virginia Tech, for over 10 years serving as a preceptor for underserved care.  Twice she has received the award for Clinical Educator of the year-Southside area, presented by the classes of 2015 and 2016, and has individually precepted over 80 medical, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant students through her position with Virginia Tech and other institutions.  


Teresa wrote a philosophical column “Life on Purpose,” for The Southside Messenger from 2006-2011, as well as having many articles published in ECHO.  In addition, she wrote a healthcare column for Footnotes, a towing and recovery trade magazine for a couple of years.


Having had many experiences for growth in her lifetime, she has used these experiences to help others especially in times of transition.  She has presented workshops, seminars, and keynotes at the local, state, and national level focusing on personal empowerment and how our beliefs shape our lives, as well as how to survive the curve balls that life sometimes throws us.


Medicine wheel

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Debbie Vigneri

Debbie Vigneri

Debbie Vigneri serves as secretary for Turning Point Healing Retreat Center. She has a strong background in education in and program development, as well as massage therapy, yoga, Ayurveda and the healing arts.  Following her passion for the planet and its diverse communities, she spent a two-year odyssey with the Audubon Expedition traveling the wilderness areas of North America, British Columbia, and Mexico while earning her Master’s Degree in science


As a National Park Service ranger, Debbie developed and piloted many programs geared towards connecting people with nature and promoting a sense of well-being and stewardship. She was instrumental in obtaining grants and funding for programs that included children from the inner-city and those with socioeconomic challenges. Some of her programs are still used to this day. In addition, Debbie taught middle school earth science in both the public and private sectors creating special programs designed to capture the students’ passion and interest in the natural world.


For the past 10 years Debbie has been co-creator of a thriving massage therapy business while also teaching classes on movement, health, and wellness. She consistently learns new modalities to enhance her clients’ experience of health and wellbeing. With advanced training in Cranio-Sacral and Somatic Experiencing Therapies, she facilitates the connection between Mind, Body, and Energy (Spirit). Debbie is also a Reiki master, leading community training and Reiki circles. She is a certified yoga instructor teaching a recurring class, “Mindful Motion Yoga,” in the Kripalu Yoga Tradition.  In addition, she is studying and teaching Ayurveda (science of yoga), using its ancient principles for health, nutrition, and well-being to help others heal and live an optimum lifestyle.


She has served for three years on an international Board of Trustees of a nonprofit 12 step recovering fellowship and co-founded an international group, RCA TrailBlazers, which meets virtually around the world. Debbie is one of the original visionaries of Turning Point Healing Retreat Center and is dedicated to serving the world with help and loving support as a catalyst of change, dedicated to the co-creation of a supportive and nurturing community which will foster growth and transformation.


Dear Lord and Great Healer,

I kneel before you since every great gift must come from you. I Pray: give me skill to my hands, clear vision to my mind, kindness and meekness to my heart. Give me singleness of purpose, strength to lift up part of the burden of my suffering fellow men and women, and a true realization of the privilege that is mine. Take from my heart all guile and worldliness that with the simple faith of a child I may rely on you.

Mother Teresa


Ruth brown

Ruth Brown

Ruth Brown serves as the president of Turning Point Healing Retreat Center. Ruth enlisted in the US Air Force in 1977 beginning a long career in service. For over 30 years she worked in various fields including computer support, database software design, and organizational consulting with experience in change and project management. From there, Ruth transitioned to the healing services, and has been co-owner of a healing business in upstate New York for the last ten years. Her diverse background in many service industries, her life experiences, and her experience with 12 Step Programs provides a unique backdrop for her vision of Turning Point Healing Retreat Center. 


Believing that “knowledge is power,” Ruth has continuously pursued knowledge, experience, and personal growth. She is a licensed pilot, a licensed Captain, and holds a second-degree black belt in karate. She is also a certified life coach, a licensed massage therapist and the creator/lead instructor of TDT® (Targeted Deep Tissue) Massage.  In addition, she was ordained as a minister in 1988.


Having served on the international Board of Trustees for a 12-step organization and as chairperson for two years, she continues to bring a vision of personal growth and recovery to the world. Her mission at Turning Point Healing Retreat Center is to help as many people as possible find healing, health, and hope. She envisions creating a sacred space, incorporating many therapeutic modalities, and offering diverse educational tools where people from all walks of life, faith, experience, race and gender can come to learn and grow.

Kung Fu Form



JoAnne Stugart

JoAnne Stugart

JoAnne Stugart serves as treasurer of Turning Point Healing Retreat Center. She was the first to envision a healing center in the hills of Virginia. Her passion for empowering people has emerged in many ways often from the stance of teacher.  As a teacher in the public school system for over thirty years, she mentored a generation of young people nurturing their love of science and of nature. Turning Point Healing Retreat Center will serve as an educational space to bring her enthusiasm for Earth Science to others, connecting people with nature, helping to heal the body and soul, while planting and growing concepts and ideas that will ripple out to the world, one person at a time


JoAnne’s experience teaching and creating programs for all ages and abilities has appeared countless times in classes, seminars and workshops. She acted as a life skills trainer in a program for teenagers enabling them to just say ”No” when in a detrimental life changing situation. Among other skills, she taught them meditation and relaxation techniques as well as mindful body awareness allowing the adolescent to stay centered in their own power. As a 7th degree black belt Master rank karate instructor, and co-owner of Okikukai Academy she taught Women’s Self Defense Seminars, Children’s Stranger Awareness classes, Defensive Techniques for octogenarians, and classes in developing awareness skills.


As a soccer referee and coach, and as a teacher of many aerobics and exercise classes, including those using her patented exercise tool, Dynaring, she has empowered thousands of people, and brings years of educational experience and organizational skills to the Center.  JoAnne emulates and teaches personal power, self-confidence and self-respect to all of those with whom she works.


Having served on the international Board of Trustees for a 12 step organization and as chairperson for two years, she continues to bring a vision of personal growth and recovery to the world. Her mission at Turning Point Healing Retreat Center is to help as many people as possible find healing, health, and hope. She envisions creating a sacred space, incorporating many therapeutic modalities, and offering diverse educational tools where people from all walks of life, faith, experience, race and gender can come to learn and grow. 

Teaching Heart



JoHN Stugart

John Stugart

John Stugart is the Vice President of Facilities and Committee Development of Turning Point Healing Retreat Center. John singlehandedly created a design for our conference and healing center from thin air, conversations, and pencil sketches. He is a Vietnam War Era Army veteran who served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a surveyor.


John brings form and structure to the organization with his experience in detail and design. With a degree in Mechanical and Construction Technology, he formed Construction Specialties Detailing which utilized his expertise in designing and detailing buildings, offices, and residential projects.


His detail orientation was an asset as he trained in karate. Furthermore, he utilized his skills in teaching and leading as he became a 7th degree black belt master karate instructor and a co-founder of Okikukai Academy. In this position, he extended his passion for teaching martial arts specializing in self-defense techniques for young and adult practitioners.  Empowering his students with a sense of perseverance, spiritual healing, self-improvement, and personal growth is a testament of his quiet strengths.


John’s assistance with the planning and designing ensures that the center is accessible, functional and easily adaptable for any and all of the people it will serve. As Turning Point grows and flourishes, John’s continued stewardship will help us maintain our all-inclusive healing and environmentally sound growth.


Dream Builders