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Conference Faculty

John Aarons, MS
President
Treatment Foster Care Consultants
Eugene, OR

Lena Alhusseini
Director
Department of Human Services, Child Welfare
Salem, OR

Valerie Arkoosh, MD, MPH
Chair, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners
Norristown, PA

Anne J. Atkinson, PhD
President
PolicyWorks, Ltd.
Petersburg, VA

Danna Basson, MPP, PhD
Director of Research & Evaluation
WestCoast Children’s Clinic
Oakland, CA

Kimberly Berg, APRN, CNP
Case Manager
Children’s Hospital of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN

Jayne Bigelsen, JD
Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives
Covenant House
New York, NY

Toscha Blalock, MS
Early Head Start Montgomery/Bucks County Director
Maternity Care Coalition
Norristown, PA

Georgia Booth, LMSW
Vice President
Children’s Aid Society
New York, NY

Carolynne Bottum
Assistant Superintendent
Yolo County Special Education Local Plan Area
Yolo County Office of Education
Davis, CA

David Brown, MSW
Quality Parenting Site Coordinator
Youth Law Center
Cape Coral, FL

Jaynie Brown
Executive Director
SFP Foundation
Salt Lake City, UT

Rohanna Buchanan, PhD
Research Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center
Eugene, OR

Christine Calpin
Managing Director – Public Policy
Casey Family Programs
Washington, DC

Senator Bob Casey (invited)
Senate
Pennsylvania

Charell Chiger
Former Foster Youth/Film Subject 

Cindy W. Christian, MD
Field Center Faculty Director
Anthony A. Latini Endowed Chair in Child Abuse Prevention
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Alexandra Citrin, MSW, MPP
Senior Policy Analyst
Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)
Washington, DC

Cindy Connolly, PhD, RN, FAAN
Field Center Faculty Director
Associate Professor
University of Pennsylvania Nursing School
Philadelphia, PA

Degale Cooper
Director of Family Programs
The Mockingbird Society
Seattle, WA

Kathleen Coulborn Faller, PhD
Professor Emerita
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Russell Cripps, LSW
Practice Improvement Specialist
University of Pittsburg
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center
Mechanicsburg, PA

Betsy Cronin, MSW
Housing Director
The Connection Inc.
Middletown, CT

Theodore Cross, PhD
Senior Research Associate
Children and Family Research Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

Michael Cull, PhD
Deputy Commissioner, Child Health
Tennessee

Felicia Curcuru
Founder & CEO
Binti
San Francisco, CA

Sabrina Darwiche, BA, MD/MPH
Student
Duke University
Durham, NC

Jamie Dawson, MA
COO
Youth Services Agency
Schnecksville, PA

Judith Dawson, RN
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Jennifer Dewey, PhD
Senior Director
WRMA
Rockville, MD

Jessica Dym Bartlett, MSW, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Child Trends, Inc.
Acton, MA

Laurel Edinburg, APRN, CNP
Associate Director
Midwest Children’s Resource Center
Children’s Hospital of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN

Rosalyn Erney
Policy Analyst
Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)
Washington, DC

Monette Ferguson, PhD
Director
ABCD Head Start
Bridgeport, CT 

Nicole Fettig, PhD
Senior Research Associate
WRMA
Rockville, MD

Anne-Ashley Field, OTR/L
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Cynthia Figueroa
Commissioner
Philadelphia Department of Human Services
Philadelphia, PA

Joanne Filippelli, PhD
Research Associate
University of Toronto
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Kristine Fortin, MD, MPH
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Ron Frederick
Director of Personal Safety and Training
Service Access & Management
SAM-Inc.
Reading, PA

Antonio Garcia, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Social Policy & Practice
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Kevin Gee, EdD
Assistant Professor
University of California – Davis
School of Education
Davis, CA

Wanjiru Golly, PhD
Cultural Responsiveness Academy Program Coordinator
Public Child Welfare Training Academy
Academy for Professional Excellence
San Diego State University School of Social Work
San Diego, CA

Joanne Gottesman, JD
Clinical Professor of Law
Rutgers Law School
Camden, NJ

Allison Green, JD, CWLS
Senior Supervising Attorney
Children’s Law Center
Washington, DC

Betsy Goulet
Clinical Assistant Professor/CAST Coordinator
University of Illinois Springfield,
Springfield, IL

Kerry Greene, BA
Ongoing Division Administrator
Montgomery County Office of Children & Youth
Norristown, PA

Pamela Haddad, MSW, LCSW
Executive Director
Samara
Elizabeth, PA

Hannah Haley, MSW
Policy & Communications Associate
WestCoast Children’s Clinic
Oakland, CA

Leah Hall
Program Supervisor
Morrison Child and Family Services
Portland, OR

Andrew Hazen, PhD
Research Scientist
Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
San Diego, CA

Daniel Heimpel
Executive Director
Fostering Media Connections
Los Angeles, CA

Lynne Hockley, BA
Program Specialist
Samara
Elizabeth, PA

Hon. Anne Holton
Richmond, VA

David B. Howard, MSW, PhD
Senior Vice President – Research Evaluation & Learning
Covenant House
New York, NY

John L. Jackson, Jr., Dean, PhD
School of Social Policy & Practice
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Lucy Johnston-Walsh, MSW/JD
Clinical Professor
Dickinson Law Penn State
Carlisle, PA

M. Christine Kenty, PhD
Co-Principal
QUAD2 Consulting
Evaluation Consultant for the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center
Philadelphia, PA

Bonner Kerker, PhD
Research Associate Professor
NYU Medical Center
New York, NY 

Teri Kook
Executive Director
Family Impact Network
Spokane, WA

Bruce Lesley
President
First Focus
Washington, DC

Yali Lincroft
Program Officer
Walter S. Johnson Foundation
San Francisco, CA

Tara Linh Leaman, JD
Program Director
Westchester County Department of Social Services
White Plains, NY

Karin Malm, MS
Senior Program Area Director
Child Trends, Inc.
Bethesda, MD

Dorothy Mandel PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Texas Health Science Center
Austin, TX

Randi Mandelbaum, JD
Clinical Professor of Law
Rutgers Law School
Newark, NJ

Rachel Mark, JD
Staff Attorney
HELP: MLP
Philadelphia, PA

Molly McGrath Tierney
Director
Department of Social Services
Baltimore, MD

Nadine Miller, MSS
Program Improvement Administrator
Office of Children and Youth
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Norristown, PA

Yasmin Mistry, MSW
Director
Foster Care Film & Community Engagement Project
Brooklyn, NY

Rebecca Padot, MA, MGA/MPA, PhD
Assistant Professor
Misericordia University
Non-Resident Senior Fellow
PRRUCS
University of Pennsylvania
Dallas, PA

Cathleen Palm
Founder
The Center for Children’s Justice
Bernville, PA

Carla Parkin-Joseph, MD
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Sarah Pauter, MPPA
Trauma Informed Systems Change Specialist
Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
San Diego, CA

Carissa Phelps, JD, MBA
CEO
Runaway Girls, Inc.

Timothy Phipps
Program Consultant
Morrison Child and Family Services
Portland, OR

Meredith Pindar, Esq.
Immigration Legal Specialists
NJ Dept. of Children & Families
Trenton, NJ

Kristen Pisani-Jacques, JD
Deputy Director of GAL Program
Children’s Law Center
Washington, DC

Jennifer Pokempner, JD
Child Welfare Policy Director
Juvenile Law Center
Philadelphia, PA

Kaylene Quinones, LMSW
Bravelife Intervention Coordinator
The Children’s Village
Dobbs Ferry, NY

Sasha Rasco
Associate Commissioner
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Prevention and Early Intervention
Austin, TX

Debbie Riley, LCMFT
CEO
Center for Adoption Support and Education
Burtonsville, MD

Berenice Rushovich, MSW
Research Scientist
Child Trends, Inc.
Bethesda, MD

Felicity Sackville Northcott, PhD
Director of External Partnerships and International Services
International Social Service–USA
Baltimore, MD

Stephanie Salvatori
Transitional Living Coordinator
Lycoming County
Williamsport, PA 

Gayle Samuels, MSW
Senior Associate
Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)
Washington, DC

Dawn Schoonhoven Scott, MSW
Program Director
Public Welfare Training Academy
Academy for Professional Excellence
San Diego State University of Social Work
San Diego, CA

Heather Sheldon, LCSW
Clinical Supervisor, Family and Community Services
Carson Valley Children’s Aid
Norristown, PA

Gila Shusterman, PhD
Senior Research Associate
WRMA
Rockville, MD

Kathryn Sibley
Director of Research and Safety
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Prevention and Early Intervention
Austin, TX

Carrie Smalley, MS
Analyst
University of California-Davis
Davis CA

Tricia Sollenberger, MSEd
Program Specialist
Samara
Elizabeth, PA

Cassie Statuto Bevan, EdD
Lecturer/Child Welfare Fellow at University of Pennsylvania
Derwood, Maryland

Ruth Taylor
Program Consultant
Morrison Child and Family Services
Portland, OR

Christina Terebelo, Esq.
Assistant Solicitor
Montgomery County Solicitor’s Office
Norristown, PA

Rachel Thomas, MEd
Director
Sowers Education Group
Long Beach, CA

Erika Tullberg, MPA, MPH
Research Assistant Professor
NYU Medical Center
New York, NY

Cathy A. Utz
Deputy Secretary
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Office of Children, Youth and Families

Diwakar Vadapalli, PhD
Assistant Professor of Public Policy
University of Alaska Anchorage
Institute of Social and Economic Research
Anchorage, AK

Frank Vandervort, JD
Clinical Professor
University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, MI 

Kevin “Scooter” Ward
Former CIO, DC Child and Family Services Agency
Tech Executive and Advisor
Washington, DC

Sarah Wasch, MSW
Program Manager
Field Center for Children’s Policy Practice & Research
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Elaine Weisman, LGSW, MPH
Program Manager
International Social Service-USA
Baltimore, MD

Ruth White, MSSA
Executive Director
National Center for Housing and Child Welfare
College Park, MD

Dawn Wilson, MSW
Director
National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative
Center for Adoption Support and Education
Burtonsville, MD

Debra Schilling Wolfe, MEd
Executive Director
Field Center for Children’s Policy Practice & Research
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Francie Zimmerman, MSW
Senior Program Associate
Center for the Study of Social Policy
Washington, DC