Speakers

Danna Basson, Belinda Bessette, Giovanni Billings, Joel Boultinghouse, Wendy Bowlin, Amanda Broderick, Lori Chaffers, Matthew Claps, Jordan Constantine, Tammy Cooley, Katharan Cordell, Nancy Craig, Michael Cull, Corrine Dale, DeLacy Davis, Barbara Dunn, Jodi Duttenhefer, Shane Duty, Lori Egizio, Alacia Eicher, Tricia Ellinger, Jessi Esterling, Stephanie Etheridge, Jennifer Fisher, Alix Gibson, Kathy Gracey, David Gutierrez, Kyle Hanson, Seth Himelhoch, Janet Hoeke, Saahoon Hong, Jamie Joseph, Sarah Kane, Lynda Killoran, Hea-Won Kim, Alison Krompf, Tarah Kuhn, Tiffany Lindsey, Leinani Mallory, Joseph Martin, Joseph Martin, Tamara Mazzaccoli, Angie McCourt, Ken McGill, Lizzie Minton, Amy Minzghor, Patricia Moore, Mary Nichols, Robin Orlando, Lisa Paglia, Shelly Paule, John Pavlack, Steve Ploum, Andrea Richardson, Elizabeth Riley, Adela Rodarte, Kelli Root, Cynthia Schelmety, Joseph Shayka, Stephen Shimshock, Rachel Siciliano, Heather Simonich, Lynn Steiner, Amanda Thompson, Joanne Trinkle, Olga Vsevolozhskaya, Laura Wallis, Betty Walton, Daniel Warner, Dan Warner, Bari Wexler, Cheryle Wilcox, Douglas Yost, Amy Zimmerman

Danna Basson, PhD, MPP

Director of Research and Evaluation, WestCoast Children's Clinic, Oakland, California

Danna Basson, PhD, MPP, is WestCoast Children’s Clinic’s Director of Research and Evaluation. Since joining WestCoast in 2012, she has conducted research to further understand the needs and strengths of sexually exploited children. She is the lead author on a community-based research study, Research to Action: Sexually Exploited Minors (SEM) Needs and Strengths, which is a clinical profile of sexually exploited youth. She is the Principal Investigator of the project to develop and validate WestCoast’s Commercial Sexual Exploitation – Identification Tool (CSE-IT). She is currently leading a study on how patterns of exposure to trauma are related to mental health needs. Dr. Basson has presented internationally on her work pertaining to sexually exploitation youth and the needs of vulnerable youth.

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Belinda Bessette, LICSW

Program Manager for Children’s Clinical Services
Northwestern Counseling and Support Services
St. Albans, Vermont

Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience in change management, leadership, and program development. Passionate about blending a clinical perspective and systems thinking to innovative program development throughout Vermont’s system of care.

Skilled in mentorship and coaching of talent from entry level staff to licensed professionals. Member of a network of statewide and local community partnerships focused on creating a stronger community one person at a time.

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Giovanni Billings, PsyD, MA

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Dr. Giovanni Billings IMH-E® is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a team member at the Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody. He trained at Children’s Hospital Colorado, The Kempe Center, and in the Irving Harris Fellowship at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Throughout his education, training, and work, Dr. Billings’ focus has been on serving children and families who have experienced trauma, with a particular focus on infant and early childhood trauma. This work includes parent-child relational assessment, relationship-based therapeutic interventions, and training/consultation in the court and child welfare systems on the needs of young children. Dr. Billings is a rostered Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) therapist and endorsed as a Clinical Mentor in infant mental health.

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Joel Boultinghouse, MA

Executive Director
Behavioral Services of Louisiana
Shreveport, LA

Joel Boltinghouse is currently the executive director of Behavioral Services of Louisiana. BSLA is the state-wide Family Support Organization, which offers peer services to youth and families under the Coordinated System of Care. Joel has worked in mental health and education for almost 30 years in Louisiana, Texas, Germany and Massachusetts. He is the parent of two children with medical and educational challenges, so he is passionate about his work. In his free time, Joel likes to play guitar, ride bicycles and spend time with his family.

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Wendy Bowlin, MBA, MS, LPC

Director of Quality Management
Magellan Healthcare
Shreveport, Louisiana

Wendy Bowlin, LPC, MS, MBA, has served as the Director of Quality and Outcomes for Magellan Healthcare, Inc. (Magellan) in Louisiana since 2015. As the Director of Quality, she is responsible for the establishment, implementation and maintenance of the quality program for a Louisiana’s statewide Coordinated System of Care (CSoC), a specialty children’s behavioral health Medicaid program serving at risk youth, which includes ensuring compliance with federal and state laws and contract requirements, implementing fidelity and provider monitoring plans, monitoring outcomes and overseeing quality improvement projects. She previously served as the Quality Director for the Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership administered by Magellan and has 10 years of clinical experience in working with youth with severe mental and behavioral health challenges. She earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Southeastern Louisiana, and bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Mississippi.

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Amanda Broderick, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Amanda Broderick is a postdoctoral fellow with the Vanderbilt Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Penn State University, where she used mixed-methodological approaches to investigate the role of family and contextual factors in the development of youth psychopathology. Amanda completed her clinical internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she received specialized clinical training working with youth in state custody.

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Lori Chaffers, MSW

Program Director - Office of Social Services Research & Development
Lackawanna County Office of Youth & Family Services
Scranton, PA

Lori Chaffers is the Program Director Research & Development at Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Services. In this role, she oversees the Quality Assurance Department, Training, Research Projects, and Community Initiatives such as the Lackawanna County System of Care and the Lackawanna County Trauma Informed Initiative. Lori has 15+ years of child welfare experience working with children, youth, and families and five years working in non-profit community engagement and development. Lori’s practice includes community-building and organizing with low-income and at-risk populations and using data to inform practice and policy decisions.

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Matthew Claps, MSW

Sr. Director of Practice, Child and Family Services
Casey Family Programs
Seattle, WA

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Jordan Constantine

Co-Founder
Affinità Consulting

Jordan Constantine is Co-Founder at Affinità Consulting where his work focuses on actualizing individual, team and system transformation and quality improvement in child welfare organizations. He co-created the AWAKEN framework for identifying biases in individuals, teams and systems to create conscious decision making and engagement. This framework has been integrated into the child welfare certification training at South Carolina Department of Social Services.

Jordan has expertise in applying and integrating safety science in training, practice and organizational development to improve outcomes and impact organizational culture change. Before co-founding Affinità Consulting, Jordan was Director of Training and Professional Development for Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS). He developed innovative learning collaboratives and contributed to practice model development and implementation. He co-developed a mentor certification program incorporating safety system principles and strategies, and served as a safety culture coach.

Jordan has 20+ years experience in child welfare practice and leadership in the United States and United Kingdom in Child Protective Services, Juvenile Justice, Foster Care and residential services. Prior to his role at DCS, Jordan served as Director of Practice Development and Improvement for West Sussex County Council Children’s Services. In this role he implemented system wide trauma informed practice approaches and evidence based practice models, leading on organizational culture change. He contributed to the development of a national, evidence informed training and national practice standards for residential children’s homes and was instrumental in transforming residential care practice and outcomes. Prior to this Jordan served as an Independent Reviewer conducting serious case reviews, mapping, providing independent care plan review, and recommendations for children in care. He has led training and practice inititives focused on providing safe, affirming care for LGBTQ+ youth and is committed to creating and advocating for safe, inclusive spaces of belonging for all vulnerable populations. Jordan is a board member for GLSEN, TN.

Jordan holds a Master’s Level Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work from Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom and a Post-Qualifying Diploma in Child Welfare from Chichester University, United Kingdom.

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Tammy Cooley, BA

Senior Director, Operations
Magellan Healthcare Inc.

Tammy Cooley is the Director of Operations for Magellan Healthcare in Wyoming which oversees High Fidelity Wraparound statewide. Tammy’s work began in 2010 as a peer, providing youth and family support and family care coordination. She was among Wyoming’s few certified High Fidelity Wraparound coaches which led to creating the state’s first agency dedicated to High Fidelity Wraparound in 2013. Tammy’s lived experience parenting a child with Social Emotional Disorder, navigating the juvenile justice system and other child serving systems, along with her education and professional management experience, provides insights and understanding foundational to her practice.

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Katharan Cordell, PhD, MPH

Center for Innovation in Population Health
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Dr. Kate Cordell is a Behavioral Health Services Data Scientist and Researcher. Dr. Cordell integrates data systems to support a whole-person approach to care and builds solutions to put the person at the center. She implements insightful visualizations to track progress for a person and their care team. She builds models to convert data into decisions and decisions into positive outcomes. Dr. Cordell works to identify whether individuals and families are improving during care. She is especially interested in what works for whom. Every person and family have a story, often complex ut also sewn with common thread. Dr. Cordell uses longitudinal analysis methods to model the changing patterns in these complex tapestries, hoping to identify the common elements of design. Dr. Cordell holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, an M.P.H. in Biometry from the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University and a Ph.D. from the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Nancy Craig, AAS, Family Peer Advocate -C

Director of Community and Systems Engagement
Families Together in NYS, Inc.
Albany, NY

Like a lot of parents, Nancy started her “career” learning to navigate the child serving systems for her children. Little did she realize that her personal experiences would lead her on professional quest to ensure every family, no matter the challenges have access to a family peer helping to teach, coach and mentor parents as they journey towards their personal strength and empowerment. Nancy has worked with Families Together for almost 20 years. First as a Regional Parent Advisor and currently as the Director of Community and System Engagement, leading a team of 10 Regional Parent Advisors engaging and advising the child serving systems on the value of family driven and youth guided practices. Nancy works closely with Family Peer Advocates (FPA’s) in delivering the Family Needs & Strengths outcome measure for Family Peer Support to use to quantify their excellent work.

In her spare time and in true advocacy fashion Nancy worked with other FPA’s to create a very low cost summer camp experience for the whole family to come together for three nights -four days in a safe supported environment to build those memories as a family, not an illness.

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Michael Cull, PhD, MSN

Policy Fellow
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Michael Cull is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Kentucky. His work focuses on quality improvement and system reform efforts in child welfare jurisdictions. Cull has specific expertise in applying safety science to improve safety, reliability, and effectiveness in organizations. His approach leverages tools like organizational assessment and systems analysis of critical incidents, including deaths and near deaths, to build team culture and help systems learn and get better.

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Corrine Dale, PhD, MA

Programs Director
Enculture Juvenile and Criminal Justice Institute

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DeLacy Davis, EdD, MPA, BA

Part-time lecturer
Public Administration
Rutgers University - Newark
Newark, New Jersey

Dr. De Lacy Davis is a 20-year veteran sergeant who retired from service in East Orange, New Jersey on June 1, 2006. He joined the East Orange Police Department in 1986. De Lacy Davis has been an instructor at the Essex County Police Academy where he taught community policing, basic law enforcement & the use of firearms. Davis is a New Jersey State-Certified firearms instructor. He has served as the President and Vice President of the Police Benevolent Association, Local #16 in East Orange, New Jersey. He has served as the Executive Director of the East Orange Police Athletic League from 1999-2006.

In 1991, he founded the community-based organization, Black Cops Against Police Brutality (B-CAP), which led to his nation voice on police-community matters. The organization has worked with countless victims of police violence across the United States as a police reform advocate.

De Lacy Davis graduated from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He completed his Master of Administrative Science degree (MAS) at Fairleigh Dickinson University with honors in 2002. He completed his Master of Public Administration (MPA) and his Urban Education Leadership certification at Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs & Administration in 2012 where he was inducted into the National Honor Society Pi Alpha Alpha.

On August 17, 2019, Davis successfully defended his dissertation, Use of Force: Examining the Factors Relating to Police Officers Shooting Unarmed Black Males. He completed his Education Doctorate in Executive Leadership at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York. He was inducted into the international honor society Kappa Delti Pi.

Currently, De Lacy Davis is Director of De Lacy Davis Consultants, LLC, where he leads a team of talented professionals from around the United States of America with expertise in the areas of education, organizational development, organizational leadership, police practices, advocacy, community-police relationships, counterterrorism and domestic violence.

In December 2018, De Lacy Davis was selected by his peers to serve as the Interim Executive Director of New Jersey’s Alliance of Family Support Organizations. He is leading an organizational change initiative to provide technical assistance to 14 Family Support Organizations in New Jersey, Peer Support Partner certification training, and organizational capacity building.

Since November 2013, Davis has served as the Executive Director of the Family Support Organization of Union County, Plainfield, New Jersey. He is a Mental Health First Aid certificate holder and has been a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor for adults and youth. His organization provides peer support services, education and advocacy for parents of children with emotional, behavioral, physical, psychological, developmental, substance use and juvenile justice system challenges.
Davis is the author of the best-selling book, Black Cops Against Police Brutality: A Crisis Action Plan. It is a how-to-book that teaches citizens how to respond to police violence, abuse and misconduct.

Since 1998, Dr. Davis has held the copyright for “What to Do When Stopped by the Police?” a primer that preceded “The Talk” that Black parents give to their sons to prepare them for when they may be stopped by the police on the street corner, in a motor vehicle, or when the police are knocking at their front door.

February 23-27, 2003, Sgt. Davis traveled to Rome, Italy with the Under Our Wings Delegation to meet with Pope John Paul II along with parents of juveniles in America who had been executed or sentenced to life without parole in the United States. He helped to design and implement a reentry plan for Lionel Tate, the 12-year old youth who was sentenced to life without parole for the “wrestling” death of a 6-year old playmate in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. On January 26, 2004, Davis walked Tate out of jail, after his life sentence was overturned on an appeal presented by the late Attorney Johnnie Cochran.

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Barbara Dunn, LCSW, ACSW

Director
Quality/Program Innovation and Outcomes
Magellan Healthcare
Newtown, Pennsylvania

Barbara Ann Dunn, LCSW, ACSW, is Director of Program Innovation and Outcomes for Magellan Healthcare and is responsible for proposing, implementing and evaluating innovative programs across behavioral health. Barbara’s work includes creating data collection systems using evidence-based and emerging assessment tools. Before joining Magellan, Barbara worked in early childhood and alternative education, child welfare, faith-based organizations and community mental health. She holds a master’s degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Binghamton University. A veteran of many TCOM conferences, Barbara serves as the 2020 TCOM Conference Program Chair.

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Jodi Duttenhefer, LBSW, MS

Operations Director
Nexus-PATH Family Healing
Bismark, ND

Jodi Duttenhefer, LBSW, MS, earned her bachelor's degree in Social Work from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and her master's degree in Human Services from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She currently serves as an Operations Director for Nexus-PATH Family Healing; a treatment foster care and family based services organization located in Bimarck, North Dakota. Jodi brings a rich array of human services experience including previous experience as the Executive Director of a youth residential center. She has a great passion for data and the continuous improvement cycle. Jodi routinely offers training and consultation to non-profits on the use of data to drive high-quality practice.

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Shane Duty, LPC

Project Manager- Children's Mental Health
Division of Behavioral Health
Idaho

I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho since 2015. Since this time I have served in a direct practice role both within the community and in a correctional institution. However, since 2018 I have worked on the systems level within Children's Mental Health. Currently, I am the Project Manager for Children's Mental Health in the State of Idaho - managing the resolution of the State's settlement agreement and implementation of System of Care.

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Lori Egizio, DSW, LCSW

Field Service Coordinator
School of Social Work
University of Illinois
Champaign, IL

Dr. Lori Egizio is a LCSW, Doctor of Social Work, holds a School Social Work Certification, School Administrative Certification, and is a member of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Her career includes school social worker, Clinical Therapist, Adjunct Professor and Assistant Professor prior to becoming a Trainer and now Field Specialist Coordinator for University of Illinois.

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Alacia Eicher, MA

Senior Applied Learning and Development Specialist
Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Alacia L. Eicher is a Senior Applied Learning and Development Specialist for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Alacia works to support the efforts of transformation and integration across systems through workforce development and project management. Ms. Eicher has developed training and coaching curricula for a wealth of initiatives including the Common Assessment Tools used across various DHS offices (ANSA, CANS, FAST), Train the Trainer programs, Service Planning workshops and more. She also supports parallel efforts in Allegheny County by serving as the project manager for the Common Assessment Tools. In this role she leads a team in the planning and implementation of adjacent initiatives, including CQI processes, the engagement and sustainment of the Assessment Champions, and the roll out and development of analytic dashboards. In the recent past, Alacia completed the Allegheny County DHS Leadership Fellow Program and assisted with analyzing and developing solutions to complex system problems. Alacia has a history working with families, adults and transitional age youth through service coordination at Turtle Creek Valley Community Services and has obtained her Master of Arts in Adult Learning and Training.

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Tricia Ellinger, LMSW (I)

Co-Director
Idaho Parent Network for Children's Mental Health
Idaho Virtual Organization

Tricia Ellinger received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Boise State University1996, followed by her Masters Degree in Social at Walla Walla College in 1997. She became a family therapist and community specialist at the Idaho Youth Ranch residential facility and later became a School Social worker for the Cassia School District in Burley, Idaho. There she became a prevention specialist in bullying, drug use and sexual abuse prevention for K-3 students. She raised her two biological children with behavioral and health issues, later taking medical retirement. She adopted a relative sibling group of three who have significant developmental, intellectual and behavioral health needs. She now advocates for families to understand the Idaho system of care.

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Jessi Esterling, MSW, LCSW

Vice President of Operations
FaithBridge Foster Care
Alpharetta, GA

Jessi Esterling is a clinical social worker with 19 years of experience working with vulnerable children and families. Jessi has spent the majority of her career in foster care and adoption program development and implementation. She currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for Faithridge Foster Care, a therapeutic foster care and adoption agency in Atlanta, Georgia. She and her have four children, two adopted through foster care.

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Stephanie Etheridge, BS

Juvenile Court Manager/Statewide Judicial Safe Baby Court Coordinator
Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts
Nashville, TN

Stephanie Etheridge is the Juvenile Court Manager/Statewide Judicial Safe Baby Court Coordinator for the Administrative Office of the Courts. She has led in the development and implementation of 12 Safe Baby Courts throughout Tennessee. She is a member of a multi-disciplinary team comprised of leaders from the Departments of Children’s Services, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the Administrative Office of the Courts. She is also responsible for coordinating conferences and trainings for the Juvenile Court Judges, Court Administrators, Youth Service Officers, and other Juvenile Court personnel. She represents the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in a number of statewide initiatives, task forces, advisory councils, and work groups. She previously served as conference coordinator. Prior to the Administrative Office of the Courts, her work experience includes two years as a foster care case manager for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and almost six years as a Child Protective Services Investigator.

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee Technological University with concentrations in early childhood education, special education, and child and family development/relations.

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Jennifer Fisher, MSW

Statewide Team Coordinator, Safe Baby Court
TN Department of Children's Services
Sparta, TN

Jennifer Fisher joined the statewide leadership team for Safe Baby Courts in October 2019 Since joining the Safe Baby Court leadership team Ms Fisher has contributed to the development of a Safe Baby Court workaid for DCS staff a protocol for the implementation of the Toddler Infant Needs and Strengths TINS assessment for DCS staff a Safe Baby Court fidelity tool and a Best Practice Standards Guide for Safe Baby Courts Since the implementation of TINS in Tennessee Safe Baby Courts Ms Fisher continues to support staff in best practice around TINS and the Safe Baby Court approach Ms Fisher has over 20 years of experience in child welfare specifically in the area of child abuse investigation Ms Fisher spent 4 years with the DCS Special Investigation Unit investigating allegations of abuse and neglect concerning children in state custody and those who have may been abused by persons interacting with children in a professional or volunteer capacity Ms Fisher trained in forensic interviewing at the National Childrens Advocacy Center in Huntsville Alabama and spent time as a forensic interviewer Ms Fisher also trained in the Cornerhouse model of forensic interviewing Ms Fisher has served for several years on the DCS Safety Systems review team which review deaths or near death events involving children in DCS custody or who have been involved with the child welfare system prior to the event

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Alix Gibson, LCSW

Assistant Director for Children's Clinical Services, Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, St. Albans, Vermont

Alix received her Bachelor's of Science from Castleton State College and Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Vermont. Alix has over 20 years of experience working in the child welfare system in Vermont, and is the current District Director of the Department of Children and Families for the St. Albans District. Alix has over 20 years of experience working in the child welfare system in Vermont, and is the current District Director of the Department of Children and Families for the St. Albans District. Her focus on collaboration and integration of care was instrumental in developing a collaborative approach to assessment and treatment planning across the mental health and child welfare systems in the region.

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Kathy Gracey, MEd

Research Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee

Kathy Gracey received her M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Mississippi. She has been a member of the department of psychiatry since 1992. She serves as the administrator, responsible for oversight and implementation, of multiple programs serving at risk children, youth and families. Ms. Gracey has been the key person within the Vanderbilt Center of Excellence to assist the Department of Children Services (DCS) with the implementation of a statewide assessment intervention for all children/families in DCS custody along with the implementation of a statewide assessment for non-custody families. She has assisted with a roll out of the Juvenile Justice Assessment that has been implemented in approximately 58 juvenile justice courts, training over 300 court staff in Tennessee. This entailed significant collaboration within the Tennessee state system (i.e., Department of Children Services, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services along with the Administrative Office of the Courts, which included multi-regional training, networking and on-going technical assistance. Additional statewide system improvement initiatives in collaboration with the TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services are projects that support evidence-based practices for our TN System of Care and TN First Episode Psychosis initiative. Ms. Gracey’s research interest include trauma, system improvement, child welfare and juvenile justice. In 1986 Ms. Gracey moved to Nashville to become Director of a not for profit organization that served youth who had experienced sexual trauma. She has been implementing programs at Vanderbilt for at-risk youth and families and youth who have experienced complex trauma for the past 29 years.

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David Gutierrez, MSW LCSW

Branch Manager, Clinical Services Branch
Commonwealth of Kentucky Department for Community Based Services
Frankfort, KY

David is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked in state level administration of child welfare or behavioral health for 20 years. His professional areas of focus have included batterer intervention, domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual violence prevention, behavioral health services for children, forensic behavioral health, and Medicaid for the child welfare population. David earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and political science from the University of Kentucky in 1991 and his master of social work degree from the University of Kentucky in 1996. Prior to working in state government, David was a therapist in community mental health.

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Kyle Hanson, LCPC

Chief of Children's Mental Health
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Behavioral Health
Pocatello, Idaho

Kyle is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) who received his Master of Counseling degree in Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling from Idaho State University. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Brigham Young University. Kyle has provided therapy in both inpatient and outpatient settings and enjoys working with youth and families. He is currently the Chief of Children’s Mental Health for Region 6 of the Division of Behavioral Health, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Covering six counties in Southeastern Idaho, Region 6 Children’s Mental Health works with schools, juvenile justice, mental health agencies and others to meet the behavioral health needs of youth.

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Seth Himelhoch, MD, MPH

Professor and Chair, Psychiatry
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Physician-in-Chief
Eastern State Hospital
Lexington, Kentucky

A board certified psychiatrist and a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Dr. Himelhoch completed his internship and residency at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and completed a fellowship in Health Services Research at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine under the auspices of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.

During his tenure with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he served in several key leadership positions including Director of the Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Interim Director of the Division of Psychiatric Services, Director of the Clinical Core of the Veterans Affairs VISN 5 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, Associate Residency Training Director for Research, and Vice Chair of the University of Maryland Institutional Review Board.

Dr. Himelhoch’s program of research focuses on developing and testing interventions to improve access and outcome of care for people with co-occurring psychiatric and drug use disorders. This work has been funded by The National Institutes of Mental Health, Drug Abuse, and Heart, Lung and Blood grants, among others. Throughout his career, he has published extensively in high impact journals, including the American Journal of Psychiatry, AIDS, JAIDS, American Journal of Addictions, and Psychiatric Services. Of note, he is currently a Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program (2017-2020) where he and his team are working to develop interventions to assist rural communities suffering from the consequences of the opiate epidemic.

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Janet Hoeke

Owner, Willow Tree Mosaics
Idaho

Janet enjoys building relationships and creating open dialog A parent to three Janet willingly shares herepic parenting fears woes and fails as experiential examples of how perspective matters Working withthe State of Idaho Janet facilitates understanding the fundamental paradigm shift necessary tosuccessfully transform our system of care into a system that truly cares for those it serves Throughoutthe last four years Janet has collaborated to transform the design implementation and outcomes of theIdaho Youth Empowerment Service YES System of Care She has shared her real life experience raisingchildren with suicidality and severe developmental disabilities to foster understanding encourageconversation and improve access to careIn her other life Janet is the founder and owner of WillowTree Mosaics a comprehensive medical billingservices company for pediatric therapists It is Janets sincerest desire to foster open dialogs andcollaboratively address the challenges mental health presents to our families our communities and ourstate agencies

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Saahoon Hong, PhD

Assistant Research Professor
School of Social Work
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Hong is an assistant research professor at the Indiana University School of Social Work. Dr. Hong’s current projects include the utilization of Indiana DMHA's integrative data system for the quality improvement initiatives. Dr. Hong's research interests have focused on racial/ethnic disparity in mental health services and mental health and education well-being for individuals at risk for co-occurring disorders.

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Jamie Joseph, PhD Student

Doctoral Student
Biostatistics
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

Jamie Joseph received her MS in Analytics from Georgia Tech, and is currently working toward her PhD in Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University. Her main research interests include survival analysis, cost-effectiveness models, and disease modeling. She has been working on with a team of collaborators in the Center of Excellence for the past year and a half on projects including the Safe Baby Court, working with analytics, modeling, and reporting of the data from the initiative.

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Sarah Kane, LMSW

Training Manager- Government Contracts
Northern Rivers Family of Services
Albany, NY

Sarah Kane, LMSW, is the Training Manager of Government Contracts at Northern Rivers Family of Services in Albany, NY. Sarah has 15 years of experience working at Northern Rivers and in the Human Services field, with time spent working in residential programs and the training department. Sarah is the CANS-NY Technical Assistance Institute's Regional Lead for the Capital District region.

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Lynda Killoran, MA, LCPC

Senior Therapist II
Centerstone
West Frankfort, Illinois

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Hea-Won Kim, PhD, MSSW

Associate Professor
School of Social Work
Indiana University
Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Kim is an associate professor at Indiana University School of Social Work. She has been working with Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction and evaluating the statewide implementation of ANSA and client outcomes. Her research focuses on mental health services and translational research that helps bridging gaps between practice and research.

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Alison Krompf, MA

Doctoral Student, Education, Leadership and Policy
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT

Alison received her Bachelor's in Psychology from Colgate University, her Master in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont. Alison's clinical experience focused on children and families, and she was one of the first clinician's in Vermont to pilot the CANS as a part of the state's Integrating Family Services program. She quickly recognized the utility of the tool and has carried the TCOM philosophy with her from that individual level, to the program level, as a Quality Manager for a community mental health agency, and now at the system level, as the Director of Quality and Accountability for the Department of Mental Health. Alison's expertise focuses on program evaluation, suicide prevention, value based payment models and collaborative clinical practices.

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Tarah Kuhn, PhD

Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Dr. Tarah Kuhn is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been a member of the faculty at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center since 2005. Areas of expertise include juvenile justice, trauma and attachment. She serves as the Clinical Director for the Vanderbilt Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody (COE) providing ongoing consultation, training and dissemination of best practice. The COE is part of a statewide network funded to enhance the quality of services provided to children in or at risk of entering the Tennessee child welfare or juvenile justice systems. Dr. Kuhn’s background includes clinical work with children and families with histories of complex trauma. An additional focus has been on multi-systemic collaboration to improve services and advocate for the clinical needs of children and families. She has published and presented nationally on issues related to child and adolescent sexual development, management of sexual behavior problems and treatment for youth with disruptive behavior disorders. Dr. Kuhn provides ongoing teaching, clinical training and supervision for psychiatry trainees, doctoral and master's level psychology students.

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Tiffany Lindsey, EdD, LPC-MHSP

Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselor

Dr. Tiffany Lindsey is an Assistant Professor and Safe Systems Practitioner at the Center for Innovation in Population Health at the University of Kentucky. Her work focuses on quality improvement and system reform efforts in child welfare jurisdictions. Lindsey has specific expertise in applying safety science to improve the safety, reliability, and effectiveness of organizations. Her approach leverages tools like organizational assessment, team-based behavioral strategies, and systemic analysis of critical incidents, including deaths and near deaths, to help organizations learn and improve. Lindsey has 10+ years experience in child welfare and is co-author of two tools within the Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM) framework—the Safe Systems Improvement Tool (SSIT) and TeamFirst: A Field Guide for Safe, Reliable, and Effective Child Welfare Teams. With the support of Casey Family Programs, Lindsey provides technical assistance and content expertise to the National Partnership for Child Safety—the first member-owned quality improvement collaborative in child welfare.

Before coming to the Center, Lindsey served as a quality improvement director within Tennessee’s Department of Children Services (DCS). During her time at DCS, she oversaw the Department’s nationally acclaimed child death review process and was foundational to its creation. She provided leadership to DCS’ safety culture survey, confidential safety reporting, and several other applications in safety science. She taught team-based casework strategies at DCS’ Child Protective Services Academy, held in partnership with Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Lindsey also has a strong clinical background working with vulnerable populations.

Lindsey is a licensed professional counselor with special designation as a mental health service provider. She holds a Master of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy/Professional Counseling from Johnson University and a Doctor of Education in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University.

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Leinani Mallory, MBA, EMT

Senior Family Support Coordinator
Magellan Healthcare of Louisiana

Leinani Mallory was introduced to peer support over 10 years ago, and since then, has worked as a peer support specialist and in leadership, both within, and outside of systems of care. She is a believer in the efficacy of peer support and is involved with a variety of non-profit and local agencies to help move the profession forward. She has organized and facilitated support groups in the areas of women’s issues and domestic violence. Leinani stays actively involved with the community by organizing and supporting events that promote physical and mental health and wellness. Currently, she works for Magellan Healthcare of Louisiana and oversees and provides technical assistance to the statewide Family Support
Organization.

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Joseph Martin, MA

Manager: Applied Learning and Development
Allegheny County DHS
Pittsburgh, PA

Joseph Martin is the Manager for Applied Learning and Development at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. He manages trauma-related training and resource development, and facilitates DHS’ Trauma Think Tank: a cross-system collaborative which promotes a trauma-informed organizational approach. He also supports the implementation of TCOM assessments for child and adult serving systems. Joseph began his work in the field serving youth in congregate and foster care. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania where he created local and international partnerships to support anti-human trafficking projects. Joe holds a master’s degree in Social and Public Policy from Duquesne University where he conducted research on racial disproportionality and disparities in the Child Welfare system.

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Joseph Martin, MA

Manager
Applied Learning and Development
Allegheny County DHS
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Joseph Martin is the Manager for Applied Learning and Development at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. He manages trauma-related training and resource development, and facilitates DHS’ Trauma Think Tank: a cross-system collaborative which promotes a trauma-informed organizational approach. He also supports the implementation of TCOM assessments for child and adult serving systems. Joseph began his work in the field serving youth in congregate and foster care. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania where he created local and international partnerships to support anti-human trafficking projects. Joe holds a master’s degree in Social and Public Policy from Duquesne University where he conducted research on racial disproportionality and disparities in the Child Welfare system.

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Tamara Mazzaccoli, MSSW, CSW

Clinical Coordinator
Sunrise Children's Services
Mt. Washington, Kentucky

Bachelor Degree in Human Services at Lindsey Wilson College;
Master's Degree in Social Wok
Clinical Coordinator at Sunrise Children's Services (7 years)
Social Service Worker for the Department of Protection & Permanency, Kentucky (11 years)
Housing Counselor, The Caring Place, Lebanon, Kentucky (2 years)

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Angie McCourt, MS

Assistant Program Director
Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services
Price, Utah

With over 20 years of experience working in Utah’s Department of Human Services, Angie has come to love the opportunity of assisting Professionals in taking ownership in their role of changing young lives. She is a favorite among new staff and the veterans as she engages them in meaningful discussions about their role as a change agent. She has a passion for building programs and delivery services based upon theory and evidence based practices that have been shown to be effective in improving outcomes for kids and families.

Angie received a Master’s Degree in Psychology with emphasis on Neuropsychology from Brigham Young University. She is the mother of three amazing children, three horses, one mini horse, and a beloved basset hound. She loves juggling career, horses, kids and fun. Angie is an avid fan of Tom Petty and the Rolling Stones. It has been suggested that her flair and spice for life is directly linked to her mane of fiery red hair which if ever cut would significantly reduce her supernatural optimism and positive influence on the youth and families she serves.

We live in a world that is often much more exclusive, divisive and alienating rather than inclusive, unifying and supportive. As professionals, we are frequently the last line of defense, support, and connection for many children. Please join the team from Utah and experience how the incorporation of TCOM principles into already established programs and systems can create opportunities for awareness, growth, and change.

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Ken McGill, EdS LMFT

License Marriage & Family Therapist/Clinical Fellow
President - New Jersey Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
New Jersey

Kenneth McGill, EdS LMFT, is a Senior Training Consultation Specialist in the Behavioral Research Training Institute with the University of Behavioral Health Care at the Rutgers University. He is the statewide trainer on all of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tools and Wraparound trainings offered in the New Jersey Children’s System of Care in New Jersey. He is also a Clinical Fellow-licensed as a marriage and family therapist-serving as President of New Jersey Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (NJAMFT), an affiliate of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Ken was the 2013 recipient of the Praed Foundation’s Outcomes Champion Award for work done to improve the quality of care for youth and families, especially in the area of increasing ways to collaborate with and empower individuals/families dealing with challenges. He has more than 20 years of experience in marriage and family therapy, education and research. Ken received his Education Specialist degree in marriage and family therapy from and his Master’s in Education from Seton Hall University.

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Lizzie Minton, LCSW

Child Welfare Clinical Consultant
Kent School of Social Work
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY

Lizzie Minton, LCSW currently works as a Child Welfare Clinical Consultant in Kentucky. Since 2016, Lizzie's work has focused on the implementation and integration of standardized screening and assessment (CANS) for children in out-of-home care. Lizzie offers support and technical assistance to behavioral health providers across the state. Lizzie previously worked as a therapist for children in foster care and residential treatment.

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Amy Minzghor

Secretary, Idaho Parent Network for Children's Mental Health, Idaho

Amy M. Minzghor started her Bachelor's Degree at Portland State University before moving with her family to Idaho. After having 3 biological children and losing her husband, Amy remarried and became foster parents through the Idaho Foster Care System and adopted 5 of the 24 children placed in their care. Along with childhood trauma, collectively her children have a variety of mental health concerns, developmental, and neurological disorders. Amy serves her community as a member of the Region 7 Behavioral Health Board Children's Mental Health Subcommittee, the Secretary of the Idaho Parent Network and also Community Youth in Action, a Board Member of Community Suicide Prevention, and is Chair of the Citizen Review Panel for CPS cases.

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Patricia Moore, BS

DJJS Training Bureau Director
Juvenile Justice Services
Salt Lake City, Utah

Pat Moore received her Bachelors in Therapeutic Recreation from BYU in 1996. She spent the next five years working at the North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women in Raleigh, North Carolina. There she worked in a day treatment program for mentally ill inmates and then helped develop a residential program for mentally ill inmates in one of the dorms at the prison. She returned to Utah and began working for JJS in 2002. She has worked as a part-timer, Counselor I, Counselor III, and Supervisor at Slate Canyon Youth Center in both Detention and Secure Care, a Supervisor at Springville O&A and has been working as the DJJS Training Bureau Director since January of 2014.

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Mary Nichols, PsyD

Director of Clinical Outcomes
Licensed Psychologist
Astor Services for Children and Families
Rhinebeck, NY

Dr. Mary Nichols holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. As Director of Clinical Outcomes, CANS & TCOM, at a large children’s behavioral health agency, she supports effective use of TCOM tools. As Regional Lead for the CANS-NY Institute, she facilitates training and technical assistance for Care Managers using the CANS.

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Robin Orlando, MA

Administrator
Allegheny Department of Human Services
Pittsburgh, PA

Robin Orlando-Price works at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services as the Administrator for Applied Learning and Development overseeing the DHS Collaborative for Applied Learning, Trauma and Technical Support (CATTS).

Ms. Orlando-Price promotes system transformation by fostering an agency-wide culture of learning and innovation that is steeped in best practice and adult learning principles. Prior to this position, Ms. Orlando-Price oversaw the cross-systems training and implementation of the TCOM assessments (CANS, ANSA, FAST) throughout Allegheny County. She also held the position of Director of Quality Assurance for Allegheny County System of Care Initiative (SOCI), a community-based system of care grant project for children and young adults with serious emotional disturbances and their families. In addition, Ms. Orlando-Price has spent several years in research concentrating in child development, mental health, and juvenile justice with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Western Psychiatric Institute.

Ms. Orlando-Price has held adjunct faculty positions at both Duquesne University and Gannon University where she taught sociology, cultural anthropology, and political systems. In addition, as an AmeriCorps volunteer, she taught adult basic education at the Allegheny County Jail. Ms. Orlando-Price has been involved with the family support movement and issues promoting literacy, housing, social justice, and cultural diversity.

Ms. Orlando-Price is a 1993 graduate of Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, with a degree in Political Science. In 1997, she received a master’s degree from Duquesne University’s Graduate School of Social and Public Policy.

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Lisa Paglia, MSW

Quality Assurance - Office of Social Service & Research Development
Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Services
Scranton, PA

Lisa Paglia Performance Measurement Specialist, QA Department, Lackawanna County Office of Social Service Research and Development Leads Agency Program Evaluation and Monitoring, CQI, and Operations and Development of Agency’s Case Management System 20 years experience working in Human Services with a focus in Trauma Informed Care and Attachment Theory BA in Professional Studies/Law and Justice from Rowan University, and Masters of Social Work from Marywood University.

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Shelly Paule, MSW, LCSW

Policy Analyst
County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency
San Diego, California

Shelly Paule, MSW, LCSW is currently a Policy Analyst with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Child Welfare Services. Shelly graduated with MSW from San Diego State University in 1998. Shelly has 22 years of experience with Child Welfare Services, including positions as a front line worker, supervisor, manager and currently as a Policy Analyst focusing on Mental Health. Shelly obtained her LCSW in 2004. She also trains for the Academy for Professional Excellence, currently focusing on CANS. Shelly considers the social worker’s role critical to the outcomes that our families experience. Her goal is to support others as they approach and engage families and children in a way that allows us to best meet their needs and build on their strengths in a collaborative and respectful manner. Shelly is proud to be heading up the CANS roll out in San Diego. We are already seeing the positive impact that completing the CANS in the Child and Family Team Meeting is having on the children and families we serve.

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John Pavlack, BA

Clinical Trainer
Adult and Child Health
Indianapolis, IN

John Pavlack graduated from Purdue University in 1992 with a B.S. degree in Anthropology and History. His career in the field of mental health care spans from inpatient psychiatric hospitals to residential facilities, to specialized community-based programs. For the last 12 years, John has worked primarily as a trainer and consultant.

After working in programs that focused on usable skills, and quality of life to aid in holistic recovery, John found his calling with Wraparound. The emphasis on strengths, community, and “whatever it takes” support for youth and families demonstrated the potential for elevating family voice and empowering true recovery and growth.
While working as a Wraparound Facilitator, John was trained to use the CANS and ANSA by Dr. Lyons himself, and was also trained around best practice use of the tools.

He developed training and program development for Indiana’s CA-PRTF Demonstration project, which implemented and supported Wraparound programs statewide. This demonstration was tied to CANS data for evaluation. In 2012, John co-presented at the national CANS Conference around CANS and Wraparound evaluation of the CA-PRTF Project.

In 2014, John took a position with Portland State University as a trainer and consultant, developing and supporting Systems of Care and Wraparound capacity across the state of Oregon.

In 2015, John presented at the National TCOM Conference in Seattle around CANS implementation, comparing the experiences of Indiana and Oregon.

In 2017, he returned to Indiana and took a trainer position at Adult and Child Health. At A&C, John facilitates trainings that emphasize the development of critical thinking and “constructive oppositionalism” to help providers develop skills to improve as clinicians and as advocates for clients. John trains CANS and ANSA certification and application, treatment plan development, Motivational Interviewing, cultural responsiveness, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and anything else that prioritizes clients and their stories. He believes firmly that recovery is about empowerment, voice, community, and quality of life for everyone. He is especially passionate about amplifying the voices of youth in systems that often silence them.

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Steve Ploum, MA, ATR, LCPC

Field Specialist
Provider Assistance Training Hub
University of Illinois
Champaign, Illinois

Steve Ploum is a Field Specialist at the University of Illinois School of Social Work’s Provider Assistance and Training Hub (PATH) where he provides training and field support pertaining to IM+CANS, IM-CAT/Crisis Safety Planning, and in using the CANS in treatment planning and supervision. Steve holds a BS in education and a Masters in Counseling and Art Therapy. He’s been a registered art therapist (ATR) and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LCPC) since the early 90’s and has extensive experience with child welfare and correctional populations in residential treatment settings, schools and outpatient settings. In addition, he has maintained a small private practice for the last 15 years, has been an adjunct and an assistant professor and he founded/directed an arts-based teen not for profit. He was first certified on the CANS in 2007 and additional certifications and advanced-level training have included trauma-focused CBT, EMDR, anger management and motivational interviewing.

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Andrea Richardson, BS

Human Services Subject Matter Expert
Info-Matrix Corporation
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Working with people who want to improve the lives of others is some of my most inspired work. As a Subject Matter Expert at Info-Matrix and founder of ICPromise, I work with human service and non-profit professionals on improving their skills as leaders and to utilize technology to make a difference! Let's develop solutions together because Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork!

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Elizabeth Riley, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Center for Innovation in Population Health
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Elizabeth Riley is a Clinical Psychologist and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Innovation in Population Health at the University of Kentucky. Her research interests focus on understanding how systems at multiple levels organize around, respond to, and change after low base-rate critical events, predominantly in the fields related to mental health. Her work is grounded in implementation science, particularly in understand the strategy around and impact of systems-level change in response to a critical event. Dr. Riley has a research and clinical background in trauma and substance use, and she has a passion for working with complex, high-need/high risk client populations. She has a strong publication and external funding record, and she has worked predominantly in academic settings. At the IPH Center, much of her work is related to data analysis, reporting, and managing, as well as publication support. Dr. Riley received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2020.

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Adela Rodarte, BS

Program Director
West Coast Children’s Clinic
Transitional Age Youth Services
Oakland, California

Ms. Rodarte has worked extensively with sexually exploited youth and youth in foster care for over 20 years as a direct service provider, advocate, and program leader. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice Criminal Law from San Jose State University. Adela has focused her career on advocating for at risk youth, specializing in serving commercially sexually exploited minors. She has worked at WestCoast Children's Clinic for more than 10 years, most recently as Program Director for WestCoast's Transition Age Youth Services Program, which includes C-Change, an intensive mental. health program for youth experiencing sexual exploitation. She also provides training and consultation to help service providers improve their ability to serve sexually exploited minors.

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Kelli Root, MSW

Acting Assistant Director
Division of Protection and Permanency
Department of Community Based Services
Frankfort, Kentucky

Kelli Root is an Acting Assistant Director for DCBS’ Division of Protection & Permanency, with oversite of the Out-of-Home Care Branch, Adoptions Branch, Transitional Services Branch, and PCP/PCC liaisons. In her role, she has provided oversite to the implementation of the Qualified Residential Treatment Program provision of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). She has worked for DBCS for 17 years and has held positions as both a frontline worker and supervisor, and as a central office specialist and branch manager. Kelli earned a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville, and a Bachelor of Art in Social Work from the University of Kentucky.

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Cynthia Schelmety, BA

Training Manager
Collaborative for Children and Families
New York, New York

Cynthia is currently the Regional Downstate Lead for the CANS-NY Technical Assistance Institute and the Training Manager at the Collaborative for Children & Families. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Children Studies from CUNY Brooklyn College. She has an extensive background in direct care as a former trainer of trainers with the Administration for Children Services for evidence-based models. Her role as a Regional Lead focuses on providing technical assistance, coaching, training, and support for implementation of TCOM (Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management) and the CANS-NY in Health Home Care Management for children across New York State. She has over 5 years of experience with the CANS-NY tool and practices the TCOM approach to transform practice and measure outcomes for children and families.

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Joseph Shayka, MA

Lead Data and Reporting Analyst, Quality Improvement
Magellan Healthcare
Richmond Heights, MO

Joseph Shayka attended undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh for Anthropology, Biology, and English Writing. He earned his master's degree at Washington University in St. Louis for Physical Anthropology. He also had a teaching certificate in Mathematics 7 - 12. In between and since, he has worked as a statistical data analyst and computer programmer for various entities, both the university and private sectors. When not talking with computers he can be found mapping and orienting in the state forests of Upstate New York.

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Stephen Shimshock, PhD

Assistant Professor
Biostatistics
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Stephen M. Shimshock, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Kentucky and faculty researcher at the Center for Innovation in Population Health. Dr. Shimshock provides analytical and consultation services to a wide variety of private and government agencies looking to transform the lives of youth and families. Dr. Shimshock has over 25 years of experience working in the social services field and extensive experience cultivating data-informed learning cultures, or what he calls "cultures of best-practitioners."

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Rachel Siciliano, MS

Graduate Student
Psychology and Human Development
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

Rachel Siciliano is a doctoral student in the Vanderbilt University Clinical Science program. Her primary research interests include resilience factors for children at risk for psychopathology, neurocognitive effects of stress, and the development and implementation of interventions targeting cognition and caregiver relationships. She has experience with a wide range of research studies, including cognitive remediation for youth with brain tumors or congenital heart defects, stress, parenting and cognitive function in children with sickle cell disease, and early life trauma. Rachel also has experience providing clinical services to youth in the foster care system and to Vanderbilt University students.

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Heather Simonich, MA, LPC

Operations Director
Nexus-PATH Family Healing
Fargo, North Dakota

Heather Simonich, M.A., earned her master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She currently serves as an Operations Director for Nexus-PATH Family Healing; a treatment foster care and family-based services
organization located in Fargo, North Dakota. Previously, Heather spent 14 years with the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute where she served as the Program Coordinator and Trainer for the Treatment Collaborative for Traumatized Youth (TCTY). She routinely provides trauma-informed care training and consultation to child and family serving
organizations. Most recently, Heather partnered with the North Dakota Department of
Public Instruction to develop and disseminate a professional development curriculum for educators titled, Trauma Sensitive Schools: A New Perspective on Student Learning and Behavior. She is a 2012 Bush Leadership Fellow and a Licensed Professional Counselor.

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Lynn Steiner, MSW

Senior Policy Analyst
University of Kentucky Center for Public Health
Lexington, KY

Lynn Steiner, MSW, is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Innovation in Population Health at the University of Kentucky. In this role she provides training on the TCOM tools and coaching for certification in addition to reference guide and vignette development. Ms. Steiner has over 15 years of experience with the TCOM philosophy and tools. She believes that providing resources and practice go a long way towards providing a quality assessment.

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Amanda Thompson, MSW

Quality Manager
Caring Partners of Morris/Sussex
Mount Arlington, New Jersey

Amanda Thompson is the Quality Manager at a NJ Care Management Organization for about 15 years and her career has largely been in social service research. She has an MSW from Fordham University, Concentration: Research. She focuses her attention on managing data and using that data to inform decision-making within her organization. She is married with 3 children and her children have varied educational, intellectual and mental health challenges so she feels that the work she does is very important in giving Care Managers the proper information and tools with which to help families.

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Joanne Trinkle, MSW

Bio information not available at this time.

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Olga Vsevolozhskaya, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Biostatistics
Public Health
Lexington, KY

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Laura Wallis, PE

Co-director
Idaho Parent Network for Children's Mental Health
Idaho

Laura L Wallis received her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering from the University of Arizona. After having children and recognizing one had significant mental health challenges and developmental disabilities, Laura became an advocate for children's mental health reform, and participated in the implementation of Idaho's Youth Empowerment Services (YES) system of care. A system designer, technical writer and public speaker, Laura sits on multiple boards, and is the Co-director of the Idaho Parent Network for Children's Mental Health. She volunteers her time to help Idaho parents understand the YES system of care by creating parent resources and educating providers on how best to meet families where they are.

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Betty Walton, PhD, LCSW

Associate Research Professor, School of Social Work, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Betty Walton, Associate Research Professor, Indiana University School of Social Work, Indianapolis, conducts translational research to support behavioral health services for children, youth, and adults. Since 2010, Dr. Walton and a team have provided continuing education and technical assistance to support the implementation of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA) tools in public service systems. The technical assistance team supports the routine use of practice-based data to inform planning and to monitor progress at direct service, program, and system levels. Her research interests include co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, child mental services (access, utilization, and outcomes), system of care implementation, and continuing education. Previous experiences as a clinician and mid-level manager in community mental health centers and in state hospitals inform her research.

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Daniel Warner, PhD

Executive Director
Community Data Roundtable
Pittsburgh, PA

Dan Warner is the Executive Director of Community Data Roundtable, an organization that provides support and consultation for TCOM implementations including CANS, FAST, and ANSA. Dan won the 2018 Praed Foundation Founder's award for his work advancing TCOM data analysis and visualization. CDR has developed the DataPool, a comprehensive TCOM implementation software, as well as innovative models of TCOM data analysis including algorithm development, machine learning analyses, and live TCOM dashboards used across the globe.

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Dan Warner, PhD

Executive Director
Community Data Roundtable
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dan Warner Ph.D. is the executive director of Community Data Roundtable, an organization dedicated to developing a data-driven human services system. Dr. Warner developed the online ‘DataPool’ application, which is used to automate TCOM tool scoring (CANS, ANSA, FAST, etc.), as well as generate advanced reports, provide real-time decision support, and gain other implementation and analytic benefits. Dr. Warner has advanced experience utilizing CANS in value-based purchasing arrangements, developing localized decision support algorithms, and using TCOM tools to charter successful quality initiatives. Dr. Warner maintains a steady blog (and vlog!) on data in human services, as well as hosts the quarterly ‘Community Data Roundtable’, which highlights some of the most advanced work in TCOM and other human services work. His experience stretches both between child and adult behavioral health, as well as child welfare and integrated care.

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Bari Wexler, MA

Manager, Organization Development & Learning, Hillside Children's Center, Rochester, New York

Bari Wexler is a Manager of OD&L at Hillside in Rochester, New York. Bari manages Hillside's partnership with the NYS Learning Collaborative and is Western Region Lead of the CANS-NY Technical Assistance Institute. Bari is a former public school teacher in Boston and Rochester. Later she built an Early Childhood School for children birth through age six, serving as the Owner of Operations and Program Director for ten years. Bari received her BS in Education from NYS University at Geneseo and an MA in Child Development from Tufts University. Bari has worked with Hillside and the CANS-NY Institute since 2018.

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Cheryle Wilcox, LICSW

Interagency Planning Director
Department of Mental Health
Waterbury, Vermont

Cheryle Wilcox, LICSW is the Interagency Planning Director for the State of Vermont, Agency of Human Services. Cheryle earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and Counseling at Lyndon State College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Vermont. She has worked in the human service field for over twenty years. Her experience includes working in child welfare, being a foster parent for adolescents and as a trainer and consultant. She has also worked in school-based mental health and as an outpatient therapist. For the past several years, Cheryle has been focused on policy at the statewide level supporting funding and service delivery efforts that ensure children, youth and families receive integrated, family-centered supports.

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Douglas Yost, MA, LMFT

Adjunct Professor
Psychology Department
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, CA

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 16 years of experience working with at-risk youth. I received my bachelors of science in Human Growth and Development and my Masters of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hope International University. I am currently a third year Ph.D student studying Organizational Leadership, with my dissertation focus on emotional intelligence. Currently I am the Vice President of Therapeutic Programs at Haynes Family of Programs, overseeing residential programs, FFA, Transitional Housing, and mental health services. Additionally, I am an adjunct professor in the psychology department at Azusa Pacific University.

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Amy Zimmerman, MSW, PhD

Director, Systems, Data and Reporting,
Casey Family Programs
Seattle, WA

Amy Sharp Zimmermann, M.S.W., Ph.D., is the Director of Systems, Data, and Reporting for Child and Family Services (CFS) at Casey Family Programs. Dr. Zimmermann works directly with social workers and direct service leadership to lead Continuous Quality Improvement and Change Management efforts. These efforts focus on developing innovative practices, based on data-informed decisions, that result in equitable outcomes for the youth and families that Casey Family Programs serves. Dr. Zimmermann has over 10 years of applied research, program evaluation, and data-application experience in health, human services and educational settings. Prior to joining Casey Family Programs in 2019, Dr. Zimmermann was a Research Scientist at the University of Washington’s Medical School where she was part of the evaluation team for UW’s Physician Assistant Program. She has also been an evaluator with the Seattle Public Schools, was a co-lead for evaluating an applied and project-based educational learning program through the UW, and a behavioral-health research analyst in several different settings. Her professional interests center on the appropriate use of quantitative methods in social science research. In particular, Bayesian and frequentist approaches to multilevel and structural equation (latent variable) models.

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