Conference Faculty

Yodit Amaha, MSW

Senior Supervisor

Lutheran Children and Family Services

Philadelphia, PA

Jacqueline Atkins, PhD

Vice President

Strengthening Families, Children’s Institute

Los Angeles, CA

Rick Azzaro, LCSW

Executive Director

Family Design Resources, Inc.

Harrisburg, PA

Kelley Hartman Barr

Analyst

California Department of Social Services

Sacramento, CA

Colleen Bennett, MD

Fellow Physician, National Clinician Scholar

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Rachel Berger, MD

Chief of the Division of Child Advocacy

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

Richard Berk, PhD

Professor

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Nadeem Bezar, Esq.

Partner

Kline & Spector

Philadelphia, PA

Elizabeth Bouchard

Program Manager

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County

Boston, MA

Sheela Bowler, MPH

Special Advisor, Foster America Fellow

NYC Administration for Children’s Services, Division of Child and Family Well-Being

New York, NY

Mae Ackerman-Brimberg, JD, MSW

Attorney

National Center for Youth Law

Oakland, CA

Kate Walker Brown, JD

Director

National Center for Youth Law Collaborative Responses to Commercial Sexual Exploitation Initiative

Oakland, CA

Kate Burdick, Esq.

Senior Attorney

Juvenile Law Center

Philadelphia, PA

Matthew Butensky, BA, MPA Candidate

Youth Development Coordinator

State Education Foster Care Point of Contact, Center for Schools and Communities/ Educational Stability for Foster Care Youth

Camp Hill, PA

Prudence Beidler Carr, Esq.

Director

American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law

Washington, DC

Frank Cervone, Esq.

Executive Director

Support Center for Child Advocates

Philadelphia, PA

Barbara H. Chaiyachati MD, PhD

Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellow

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Alexandra Citrin, MSW, MPP

Senior Associate

Center for the Study of Social Policy

Washington, DC

Cindy Connolly, PhD, RN, FAAN

Rosemarie B. Greco Endowed Term Chair in Advocacy, Associate Professor of Nursing

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Philadelphia, PA

Jenny Cooper, PFE

Chief Research & Development Officer

Benchmarks

Raleigh, NC

Elizabeth Dabney

Director of Research and Policy Analysis

Data Quality Campaign

Washington, DC

Judy Dawson, RN

Nurse Care Coordinator

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Melissa DeMotta, MSW

Program Specialist

Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness, Educational Stability for Foster Care Youth

Reading, PA

Paul DiLorenzo

Senior Director for Strategic Consulting

Casey Family Programs

Bala Cynwyd, PA

Ilene Dubin, Esq.

Legal Training Division Manager

Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN)

Harrisburg, PA

John Ducoff, Esq.

Chief Legal Officer

Covenant House International

New York, NY

Pebbles Edelman, MEd, EdS, LMHC

Sr. VP of Clinical and Community Services

Partnership for Strong Families, Inc.

Gainesville, FL

Keith Fanjoy, LCSW-C

Chief Executive Officer

San Mar Family and Community Services

Hagerstown, MD

Julie Fanning, MSW, LCSW

Owner/Therapist

Holding Hope Services

West Dundee, IL

Nan Feyler, JD, MPH

Stoneleigh Fellow

City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services

Philadelphia, PA

Anne-Ashley Field, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Kara R. Finck, Esq.

Practice Professor of Law, Director of Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Philadelphia, PA

Kristine Fortin, MD MPH

Attending Physician

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Antonio Garcia, MSW, PhD

Associate Professor, Co-Director

Child Well-Being & Child Welfare Specialization, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice

Philadelphia, PA

Gabrielle Gault, MSW, LSW

Training Coordinator

Rutgers University, School of Social Work, Center on Violence Against Women and Children

New Brunswick, NJ

Richard J. Gelles, PhD

Professor, Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence, Managing Faculty Director

Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice

Philadelphia, PA

Jennifer Good, MPA

Data Analysis Administrator

Philadelphia Department of Human Services

Philadelphia, PA

Johanna H.P. Greeson, PhD, MSS, MLSP

Assistant Professor, Co-Director

Child Well-being and Child Welfare Specialization, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice

Philadelphia, PA

Esther Gross, BA

Senior Research Analyst

Child Trends

Bethesda, MD

Michelle Guymon, MSW

Director

Los Angeles County Probation Department

Los Angeles, CA

Daniel Heimpel

President

Fostering Media Connections

Los Angeles, CA

Kristen Hoffa, BA

Regional Coordinator

Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness, Educational Stability for Foster Care Youth

Reading, PA

Dana Hollinshead, PhD, MPA

Assistant Research Professor

Kempe Center

Harvard, MA

Liz Isakson, MD

Executive Director

Docs for Tots

Astoria, NY

Sara Jaffee, PhD

Professor

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Sharon Jeon

Research Associate

Hunter College, City University of New York

New York, NY

Vera Stiefler Johnson

Senior Research Associate

Children’s Institute

Los Angeles, CA

Traci B. Jones

Adoption Program Manager

Division of Family Services. Virginia Department of Social Services

Richmond, VA

Syreeta Owen-Jones, MSW

Family and Youth Engagement Administrator

City of Philadelphia, Department of Human Services

Philadelphia, PA

Colleen Cary Katz, PhD

Associate Professor

Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, City University of New York

New York, NY

Marina Lalayants, MPA, PhD

Associate Professor

Hunter College, City University of New York

New York, NY

Angela Lamb, MSW LSW

Social Worker

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Elizabeth Overall Lee, MSW

Project Manager

Virginia Department of Social Services

Richmond, VA

Julie Lennon, MSW, LSW

Sr. Training Specialist

The MENTOR Network

Broomall, PA

Bridgette Lery, PhD

Director of Research & Evaluation

San Francisco Human Services Agency

San Francisco, CA

Ioana Marinescu, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty Research Fellow

National Bureau of Economic Research, University Of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice

Philadelphia, PA

Jared Martin, MA

Implementation & Training Specialist

California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse, Rady Children’s Hospital: Chadwick Center for Children & Families

San Diego, CA

Megan Martin, MSW

Vice President, Director of Policy

Center for the Study of Social Policy

Washington, DC

Kathleen McNaught, JD

Director, Education Projects

American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, Legal Center for Foster Care and Education

Washington, DC

Cathy Moffa, MSS, MLSP

Youth Advocacy Program Manager

Juvenile Law Center

Philadelphia, PA

Seth Morones, MSEd

Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow

Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research, University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Hilda Escalante-Nimchuk, MSW

Housing Director

Congreso de Latinos Unidos

Philadelphia, PA

Megan Novak, AM

Research Analyst

Child Trends

Bethesda, MD

Wanja Ogongi, PhD

Assistant Professor

Millersville University School of Social Work

Millersville, PA

Taylor Hawes-Pacheco Esq.

Staff Attorney

Support Center for Child Advocates

Philadelphia, PA

Colleen Paul, LMFT, LPCC, EC, RPFII

Public Education Specialist IV

University of California, Davis, Center for Continuing and Professional Education (CPE), Resource Center for Family Focused Practice

Davis, CA

Jordan Porter, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Lisa Primus, LMSW

Senior Associate

Center for the Study of Social Policy

New York, NY

Emily Putnam-Hornstein, PhD.

Associate Professor

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

Trupti Rao, PsyD

Director of Psychology Training

Westchester Institute for Human Development

Valhalla, NY

Tom Rawlings, MA, JD

Director

Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services

Atlanta, GA

Beth Reiman, PhD, LCSW-R

Coordinator of Forensic/Clinical Services

Westchester Institute for Human Development

Valhalla, NY

Emily Rhodes, MPP

Researcher

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Anthony Simpson

Youth Advocate

Juvenile Law Center: Youth Fostering Change

Philadelphia, PA

Rhoda Smith, PHD, MSW

Assistant Professor

Springfield College School of Social Work

Springfield, MA

Christina K. Sorenson, Esq.

Zubrow Legal Fellow

Juvenile Law Center

Philadelphia, PA

Linda Spears, MSW

Commissioner

Massachusetts Department of Children and Families

Boston, MA

Carol Wilson Spigner, MSW, DSW

Former Associate Commissioner

United States Children’s Bureau

Washington, DC

Allison Thompson, PhD, MSS

Senior Research Officer

Philadelphia Department of Human Services

Philadelphia, PA

Rhema Vaithianathan, PhD.

Professor

Auckland University of Technology

Auckland, Australia

Sharon Vandivere, MPP

Senior Research Scientist

Child Trends

Bethesda, MD

Lorelei Vargas, MPP, MA

Deputy Commissioner

NYC Administration for Children’s Services, Division of Child and Family Well-Being

New York, NY

Bridget Warner, Esq.

Divisional Deputy City Solicitor

Philadelphia Law Department, Child Welfare Unit

Philadelphia, PA

Caroline L. Watts, EdD

Senior Lecturer and Director of School and Community Engagement

University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Philadelphia, PA

Sarah Wasch, MSW

Program Manager

Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research, University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Margaret Wayne, MPH

Health Liaison

Docs for Tots

Astoria, NY