Meet Our Team!

Thomas D. Brown, M.Div.,LMHC, LMFT, NCC

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Thomas D. Brown M.Div., LMHC, LMFT, NCC, is an established psychotherapist in the Tampa Bay community with over 35 years of service and experience.  Tom has managed and supervised other non-profit organizations that provide counseling, teaching, educational seminars, support groups, intake assessments and community services. He holds a Masters in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary along with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University.  He is licensed as a Marriage and Family therapist, Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor and is a ordained minister. He is a qualified supervisor for Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counselor. Tom is certified as a Victim Services Practitioner Designation from the Office of the Attorney General. He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and foresight for the LIFE Center of the Suncoast, Inc. Tom is bringing his expertise to assist and provide service to all that come through the LIFE Center.

Sheryle R. Baker, M.A., LMHC

SR. THERAPIST

Sheryle R. Baker, M.A., LMHC, worked as the Executive Director of The LIFE Center for the past 32 years as a bereavement psychotherapist, consultant and clinical supervisor of mental health graduate students and interns from U.S.F., Nova and Argosy Universities.  Sheryle trained with international Death and Dying author and psychiatrist, Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.  Sheryle is  certified in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocess therapy), an evidenced based therapy that helps reduce post-traumatic stress reactions and intrusive images.  She is also trained in A.R.T. (Accelerated Resolution Therapy), a brief-oriented trauma therapy which Sheryle utilizes with Military veterans who suffer from PTSD. She has presented hundreds of local and national lectures and workshops on Healing through Grief and  Traumatic Loss, Psychological First Aid and Art & Imagery in Death & Dying Counseling with Children. Sheryle is certified by the Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Team as a trauma consultant and therapist.  She has completed numerous training in Critical Incident Stress Management and is a Victim Services Practitioner through the Office of the Attorney General and the VOCA program (Victim of Crime Act) State of Florida.  Sheryle has provided trauma incident consultations to businesses and corporations throughout Tampa Bay for the past 15 years. Her honors include:  Executive Director of the Year Finalist through ESCOT;  Victims Services Award from The Office of Justice Department, Washington, D.C. Sheryle was recently honored in April 2014 with the Medical Hero Award in Mental Health sponsored by the Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce.  In 2013, Sheryle received the Purple Heart Award from the Florida Network for Victim/Witness Services (FNYWS) for her work with victims of crime.


Ana Elizabeth Iosipan, M.A., LMHC, LMFT, PhD

Bi-Lingual Therapist

  • Hispanic Licensed Mental Health Counselor #9551; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #2378 in the state of Florida;
  • Certified Master’s Level Addiction Professional #010556; Clinical Psychologist from Guatemala, C. A.; Bilingual Florida Approved Qualified Supervisor for MH & MFT interns; Working in the field for over 32 years.; PhD. in Psychology with concentration in Behavioral Health – Charisma University and International University for Graduate Studies. Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and a Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from USF; Certified domestic violence assessor and facilitator #811194 by the Department of Children and Families in the State of Florida; Certified hypnotherapist; Advanced specialty training in EMDR and Meridian-Based Psychotherapies Diagnostic Level.; Certified Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) #1051 ; Clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and member for The International Family Therapy Association.; Board Member – 2015 President Elect of Tampa Bay Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.; Member of Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association. TLC since 2005; Provides grief and trauma counseling in Spanish and English for Individuals, Couples, and Families.

Mary Ann Pellegrino, M.A., LMHC, Ed.D.

Director of Development Consultant

  • Dr. Mary Ann Pellegrino is a lifelong learner, psychotherapist and educator. For the past 28 years she has worked in the fields of higher education administration, business strategy, psychotherapy, mediation, sales and marketing, author, consulting, motivational speaking and project management.  In collegiate education, she has been responsible for University systems strategic improvement and implementation for student satisfaction and faculty development. Dr. Pellegrino’s formal education is wide-ranging with degrees in Computer Electronic Engineering, Psychology, Rehabilitative Counseling, Mental Health, and a doctorate degree in Education Leadership.  She also studies cultural aspects and archeological sites to places around the world including the Peruvian Amazon, Nepal, Patagonia, Argentina, and China. Currently, she is a consultant to the Life Center, collegiate education systems and businesses for improving and transforming their work culture and overall outcomes. She specializes in helping to create programs that assist with employee motivation and productivity.