National CASA/GAL Conference

March 10 - 13, 2018 • Boston, MA
Working Together for Their Best Interests Because the work our volunteers do is complex, we host an annual conference for the entire network to get inspired, learn from industry-leading speakers and share best practices. In March 2018, the conference will take place in Boston and more than 1,200 CASA/GAL staff and board members, volunteers, and child welfare experts will gather to improve our advocacy on behalf of America’s most vulnerable children. Join us and hear from conference speakers from an impressive line-up of professionals from the child services and legal communities who will share their expertise. Here are some of the organizations that our speakers are associated with: Human Rights Campaign’s All Children All Families Harvard University Center on the Developing Child Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston The Justice Resource Institute’s My Life My Choice program America’s Promise Brookline, MA School District Special Education Department Women’s Refugee Commission American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law Annie E Casey Foundation The annual conference is a special time for our movement because it brings all the people and partners together who are essential to realizing our collective mission of serving every single child in the foster care and dependency court systems. See you in Boston! *Schedule subject to change
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Schedule

  • 09 March
  • 10 March
  • 11 March
  • 12 March
  • 13 March

Training of Facilitators for 2017 Pre-Service Volunteer Curriculum (Pre-Registration Required)

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

AB Amia Barrows

KD Kimberly Deer

Training of Facilitators for 2017 Pre-Service Flex Learning (Pre-Registration Required)

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

CH Christina Harrison

LK Liz  Kachris-Jones

New State Organizations Director Training (By Invitation)

09:00 AM 01:30 PM

Developing State Organizations Director Meeting (By Invitation)

01:30 PM 05:00 PM

Training of Facilitators for 2017 Pre-Service Volunteer Curriculum (Pre-Registration Required)

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

AB Amia Barrows

KD Kimberly Deer

Training of Facilitators for 2017 Pre-Service Flex Learning (Pre-Registration Required)

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

CH Christina Harrison

LK Liz  Kachris-Jones

New Local Program Director Training (By Invitation)

08:30 AM 02:30 PM

State Director Meeting (By Invitation)

08:30 AM 02:30 PM

Judicial Council Meeting (By Invitation)

10:00 AM 04:30 PM

Performance Measurement Committee Meeting (By Invitation)

10:30 AM 12:00 PM

Highly Effective Workshop

02:30 PM 04:30 PM

Annual Conference Committee Meeting (By Invitation)

04:30 PM 05:00 PM

Opening Welcome Reception

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

Morning Yoga Flow

05:45 AM 06:45 AM

Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

Opening General Session

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Keynote - Emmett D.  Carson, Ph.D.

Judicial Council Meeting (By Invitation)

09:00 AM 05:00 PM

Superhero Run 201

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

AS Allison Stronza

Your Video Storytelling Journey: Tips on Maximizing the Mileage

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

RJ Rachel Jellinek

Interviewing with the Brain’s Stress Response System in Mind

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

CS Candace Saunders, MSW

Managing Program Growth

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

LC Lauren Crenshaw

KD Karen DeRosa

AW Angela Waters

Human Trafficking: Vulnerabilities, Polyvictimization, Complex Trauma, and Survivor Needs

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

WM Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos

Learning Circles

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

CB Cindy Bonfini

TR Tara Ross

R&R Partners Meet & Greet: National CASA/GAL’s new Branding and Marketing Partner

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

KC Kyle R.  Curtis

SM Sara A.  Macfarlane

AS Augusta Siobhan O'Neill

FW Fletcher Whitwell

Governance Initiative Kick-off with all State Organizations (By Invitation)

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Rural Council Meeting (By Invitation)

10:30 AM 11:30 AM

Tribal Council Meeting (By Invitation)

10:30 AM 11:30 AM

Grantwriting for Success

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

LM Lisa Merrill-Burzak

Telling Stories That Grab Media Attention

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

TA Tristan Ahtone

Interviewing with the Brain’s Stress Response System in Mind

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

CS Candace Saunders, MSW

Why Must We “See” Color?  Toward a Racialized Understanding of Children & Their Families

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

SJ Shari Lynn Johnson, LMSW, ACSW

The Complementary Roles of CASA/GAL Volunteers and Children’s Counsel

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

HB Hon. Patricia  Bresee (Ret.), Vice Chair

SE Sally Erny

LK Liza M.  Kirschenbaum, Esq.

Measuring Learning: The Road to Excellence

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

WT Will Thalheimer, Ph.D.

State Leadership/Governance Workshops with BoardSource (By Invitation)

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Lunch on Your Own

11:35 AM 01:20 PM

National Leadership Council Meeting (By Invitation)

11:40 AM 01:20 PM

General Session

01:20 PM 02:20 PM

Adam Foss

Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

JL Jay Love

Creative Content for CASA Programs (For social media, blog, newsletters, print and more!)

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

CL Callie Langford

Culture and Its Impact on Family Dynamics

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

SD Shelly-Ann Dewsbury

Where Brain Science Meets Policy: Supporting Youth Transitioning from Foster Care

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

MD Molly Doran

KE Kayla Eckerman

AL Alexandra Lohrbach, MSW

Understanding and Interrupting the Child Welfare to Prison Pipeline

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

TA The Hon. Kerry Ahearn

SB Shay  Bilchik

JD Joshua M Dohan, Esq

CS Commissioner Linda Spears

The Advocate in the Room: Creating a Safe Space for Everyone to Speak and Learn Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

GM Gabriel McCormick

R&R Partners Meet & Greet: National CASA/GAL’s new Branding and Marketing Partner

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

KC Kyle R.  Curtis

SM Sara A.  Macfarlane

AS Augusta Siobhan O'Neill

FW Fletcher Whitwell

State Leadership/Governance Workshops with BoardSource (By Invitation)

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Create an Annual Fundraising Plan

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

LM Lisa Merrill-Burzak

Public Relations and Reputation Management: From Crisis to Opportunity

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

WC Warren Cooper

Yoga: Self Care for Providers and Clients.

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

JT Jenn Turner

Unadoptable is Unacceptable: Sharing an Evidence-Based Child-Focused Program and its Applications for Volunteer Advocates

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

RS Rita Soronen

SS Sarah Stevens

A Research-Based Approach To Working with Crossover Youth

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

SB Shay  Bilchik

Forget About It!: Increasing Knowledge Transfer when the Training has Ended Workshop

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

CB Cindy Bonfini

TR Tara Ross

R&R Partners Meet & Greet: National CASA/GAL’s new Branding and Marketing Partner

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

KC Kyle R.  Curtis

SM Sara A.  Macfarlane

AS Augusta Siobhan O'Neill

FW Fletcher Whitwell

State Leadership/Governance Workshops with BoardSource (By Invitation)

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Celebratory Awards of Excellence Dinner, Program & Entertainment

06:00 PM 09:30 PM

Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

General Session

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Rodney Bullard

Advocating on Behalf of LGBTQ Youth & Families

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

AD Alison Delpercio

Understanding and Supporting Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

KH Katryn Haley-Little

Improving Outcomes for Children of Detained or Deported Parents: Strategies for Serving Families Dually Affected by the Immigration and Child Welfare Systems

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

PB Prudence Beidler Carr

EB Emily Butera

DG Daniel Ginnetty

IL Iris Lopez

Substance Use Disorders and Forensic Parenting Assessments: A Primer for Legal Professionals & Advocates

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

CD Christine Darsney, Ph.D.

ML Matthew Lahaie, MD, JD

EQ: Transforming Lives One Emotion at a Time

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

TW Tom Wojick

Governance Initiative for State Organizations: Intensive Group (By Invitation)

09:15 AM 11:35 AM

Advocating on Behalf of LGBTQ Youth & Families

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

AD Alison Delpercio

Understanding and Supporting Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

KH Katryn Haley-Little

The Art and Science of Building Relationships with Young People

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

BF Beth Fraster

CM Craig McClay

SV Shannon  Varga

JZ Jonathan Zaff

Substance Use Disorders and Forensic Parenting Assessments: A Primer for Legal Professionals & Advocates

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

CD Christine Darsney, Ph.D.

ML Matthew Lahaie, MD, JD

The 4 C's of Leadership: Confidence, Connecting, Competence, and Culture

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

TR Tim Ressmeyer, Ph.D.

Lunch on Your Own

11:35 AM 01:20 PM

General Session - How Early Experiences Shape the Developing Brain

01:20 PM 02:20 PM

Dr. Melanie Berry

Addressing the Whole Family in Reunification

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

AF Alice Forrester, Ph.D,

Understanding the Critical Role of CASAs Play in Supporting Youth that Crossover Between Multiple Systems

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

MS Macon Stewart

Improving Outcomes for Children of Detained or Deported Parents: Strategies for Serving Families Dually Affected by the Immigration and Child Welfare Systems

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

PB Prudence Beidler Carr

EB Emily Butera

DG Daniel Ginnetty

IL Iris Lopez

Tiered Advocacy for Families of Children with Disabilities

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

SZ Samuel Zimmerman

Developing a Model of Trust

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

TR Tim Ressmeyer, Ph.D.

"Resilience"Film Screening and Expert Panel

04:00 PM 05:30 PM

Dr. Melanie Berry

AF Alice Forrester, Ph.D,

Energy Leadership Workshop

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

TR Tim Ressmeyer, Ph.D.

Urban Council Meeting (By Invitation)

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Suburban Council Meeting (By Invitation)

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

Closing General Session

08:00 AM 09:20 AM

Jenna Bush Hager

Networking Circles: Urban Programs

09:30 AM 11:30 AM

Networking Circles: Suburban Programs

09:30 AM 11:30 AM

Networking Circles: Tribal Programs

09:30 AM 11:30 AM

Networking Circles: Rural Programs

09:30 AM 11:30 AM

Networking Circles: Volunteer Advocates- Harvard ACEs Brain Game

09:30 AM 11:30 AM

Networking Circles: Trainers - Harvard ACEs Brain Game

09:30 AM 11:30 AM

Networking Circles: State Programs

09:30 AM 11:30 AM

State Governing Body Members and National CASA Board Networking Circle (By Invitation)

09:30 AM 11:30 AM

State Leadership Council Meeting (By Invitation)

11:45 AM 12:45 PM

Sponsors

Exhibitors

Speakers

Awards

Info Desk

Conference Costs

Adam Foss

Founder and President
Prosecutor Impact
Adam J. Foss is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office (SCDAO) in Boston, MA, and a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform, with a particular emphasis on redefining the role of the prosecutor to help end mass incarceration. To further these ends, Mr. Foss founded Prosecutor Impact, a non-profit which develops training and curriculum for prosecutors to reframe their role in the criminal justice system, and he maintains an active speaking and lecture schedule.

During his nine years as a prosecutor, Mr. Foss collaborated with the courts and the community to develop programs which continue to have a positive impact on distressed neighborhoods in the Boston area. He co-founded the Roxbury CHOICE program, for example, to turn probation from a punitive sentence into a beneficial relationship with the court, the probation department, and the District Attorney’s Office. He also founded the SCDAO Reading Program to bridge the achievement gap of area elementary school students. Before leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Foss helped pioneer the first juvenile diversion program in Suffolk County, keeping young people out of the cradle-to-prison pipeline.

The Mandela Foundation recently recognized Mr. Foss as the 2017 Nelson Mandela Changemaker of the Year. Fast Company named him one of the Most Creative People in Business of 2017. The Root named Mr. Foss one of the 100 most influential black Americans of 2016. He was named “Graduate of the Last Decade“ by his alma mater, Suffolk University Law School, and is a visiting senior fellow at Harvard Law School. He also is a fellow at the Open Society Foundation Leadership in Government initiative as well as a Director’s Fellow in the world-renowned MIT Media Lab. In February of 2016, Mr. Foss delivered a TED talk that has already surpassed 2 million views. In 2015, he was voted one of the country’s 40 most up-and-coming lawyers by National Law Journal, and in 2013, the Massachusetts Bar Association voted him Prosecutor of the Year.

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Alexandra Lohrbach, MSW

Jim Casey Foundation

11 March

AF

Alice Forrester, Ph.D,

CEO
Clifford Beers Clinic

12 March

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AD

Alison Delpercio

Deputy Director, Children, Youth & Families Program
Human Rights Campaign Foundation

12 March

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AS

Allison Stronza

Executive Director
CASA of Central Virginia

11 March

AB

Amia Barrows

Victim Services Programs Specialist
VA Dept. of Criminal Justice Services
Website: 
www.dcjs.virginia.gov

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AW

Angela Waters

Executive Director
CASA of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, Inc.

11 March

AS

Augusta Siobhan O'Neill

Account Director
R & R Partners

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BF

Beth Fraster

Interim CEO
Mass Mentoring Partnership

12 March

CL

Callie Langford

Director of Communications
CASA of Travis County

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CS

Candace Saunders, MSW

Simmons School of Social Work

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CH

Christina Harrison

Guardian ad Litem Program North Carolina Judicial Branch

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CD

Christine Darsney, Ph.D.

Director of the Children & the Law Program
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
Christine Darsney, Ph.D., is an forensic child psychologist and clinical psychologist, and serves as the Director of the Children & the Law Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She also serves as a staff psychologist in the MGH Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program and is on faculty at Harvard Medical School. 

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CB

Cindy Bonfini

Centreity/ Georgetown

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CS

Commissioner Linda Spears

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CM

Craig McClay

Youth Engagement Advisor
Center for Promise

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DG

Daniel Ginnetty

Public Defender
15th Judicial District Indigent Defender’s Office—Lafayette, Louisiana
Since graduating from William and Mary Law School in 2015, Daniel has worked as a public defender in Lafayette, Louisiana for the past two years. A former Gideon’s Promise fellow, Daniel is presently a member of the Gideon’s Promise network of attorneys dedicated to improving the reputation of public defenders in the communities they serve through effective, client-centered advocacy. Although his practice includes criminal defense, the bulk of his caseload consists of representing parents in dependency court. In his capacity as a parent defender, Daniel recently solicited the assistance of the Custody Programs division at ICE to help reunite a family involved in child welfare and deportation proceedings.

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Dr. Melanie Berry

Director of Innovation Strategies
Center on the Developing Child - Harvard University
As Director of Innovation Strategies, Melanie Berry provides strategic leadership around the incubation of promising new programs as part of the Center’s innovation pipeline. Melanie is part of the team that developed Frontiers of Innovation’s model for program development and evaluation, the IDEAS Impact Framework. She is also clinical scientist with the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention Laboratory at the University of Oregon. Melanie obtained a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and has extensive experience serving children and families.
Website: 
https://developingchild.harvard.edu/

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Emily Butera

Senior Policy Advisor for Migrant Rights and Justice
Women’s Refugee Committee
Emily Butera serves as Senior Program Officer for Migrant Rights and Justice in the Women’s Refugee Commission’s DC office. A recognized expert on the protection of families dually affected by the U.S. immigration and child welfare systems; Emily’s work focuses on mitigating the effects of immigration enforcement, detention and removal on family unity, parental rights and child well-being. Emily has extensive experience advocating before the legislative and executive branches on a wide range of issues including detention reform, the protection of unaccompanied children, and the inclusion of women’s concerns in immigration law and policy.

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FW

Fletcher Whitwell

Senior Vice President, Media & Publishing/Managing Director
R & R Partners

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GM

Gabriel McCormick

Director of Staff Development
Brookline School District

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HB

Hon. Patricia Bresee (Ret.), Vice Chair

Board of Trustees
National CASA Association

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IL

Iris Lopez

Social Worker
Casey Family Programs
Iris Lopez has worked as a Social Worker with Casey Family Programs (CFP) for the past 8 years.CFP is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Specifically, Iris has worked on reunifying children in the foster care system with parents who have been deported to Mexico.

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JL

Jay Love

Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Officer
Bloomerang

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Jenna Bush Hager

Author
Jenna Hager has seen firsthand how small change can make a large difference in a single life. Currently the chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation, an initiative dedicated to reducing the number of preventable childhood deaths around the world, Hager traveled throughout Latin America and the Caribbean with UNICEF where she saw firsthand the plight faced by the underprivileged. Her experience inspired her to write Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, New York Times bestseller based on the life of a 17-year-old single mother living with HIV and determined to shield her child from the abuse and neglect that riddled her own childhood.

Hager shares her own stories of creating change in someone’s life and leaves audiences with a call to action on how they too can improve people’s lives in their own community. A contributing correspondent for NBC’s TODAY, Hager shares positive, uplifting messages of regular people doing extraordinary things. Passionate about literacy, education and improving inner-city schools, Hager was herself a teacher in Baltimore, MD.

In addition to Ana’s Story, she also co-wrote Read All About It! with her mother, former First Lady Laura Bush. Hager and Mrs. Bush recently released a second children’s book, Our Great Big Backyard, which celebrates the Centennial of the National Park Service, and encourages children to go outside and explore America’s parks. Hager is currently writing a joint book of short stories with her sister, Barbara Pierce Bush titled Sisters First for release in October 2017. It will take readers on an extraordinary and deeply personal journey behind the scenes of what it is like to be born into a political dynasty, reveal never-before-told stories about their family, and uncover the enduring sisterly bond that kept them sane through it all.

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JT

Jenn Turner

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)
The Trauma Center

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JZ

Jonathan Zaff

Executive Director
Center for Promise

12 March

JD

Joshua M Dohan, Esq

Director of Youth Advocacy Division, Massachusetts

11 March

KD

Karen DeRosa

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KH

Katryn Haley-Little

LICSW, Clinical Director
My Life, My Choice

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Kayla Eckerman

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Keynote - Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D.

Founding CEO
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D. is an author and the founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. An international thought leader in the field of philanthropy, in 2006 he led the unprecedented merger of two community foundations, creating SVCF. With a growth in assets from $1.4 billion to over $8.2 billion, SVCF is the nation’s largest community foundation. SVCF’s 2,000 family and corporate donor funds support a wide range of causes in the Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.

Before this, Emmett had a distinguished 12-year career as CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation and, prior to that oversaw the Ford Foundation’s U.S. and global grantmaking program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Emmett has published more than 100 works on philanthropy and is an authority on issues of social justice,
public accountability and African American giving. He is consistently recognized as one of the most influential nonprofit leaders in the U.S. and has honorary degrees from Indiana University, Morehouse College
Becker College and The National Hispanic University. Emmett received both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in public and international affairs from Princeton University and his bachelor’s degree in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Morehouse College.            

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KD

Kimberly Deer

Executive Director
OCFRC, Inc.
Website: 
www.casasafehouse.org

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KC

Kyle R. Curtis

Group Creative Director
R & R Partners

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Lauren Crenshaw

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LM

Lisa Merrill-Burzak

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Liza M. Kirschenbaum, Esq.

Associate Director
Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Jersey, Inc.

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LK

Liz Kachris-Jones

Guardian ad Litem Program North Carolina Judicial Branch

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Macon Stewart

Deputy Director Multi-System Operations
Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy Center for Juvenile Justice Reform

12 March

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Matthew Lahaie, MD, JD

Medical Director
Program in Children & the Law, Law & Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital
Website: 
http://www.massgeneral.org/psychiatry/services/psy...
Matthew Lahaie, M.D., J.D. is a board-certified child, adolescent, adult, and forensic psychiatrist, and serves as the Medical Director for the Child & the Law Program at MGH, as well as a staff psychiatrist in the Law & Psychiatry Service and the Acute Psychiatry Service. He is also on faculty at Harvard Medical School.

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MD

Molly Doran

Program Associate
The Annie E Casey Foundation
Website: 
www.aecf.org/

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Prudence Beidler Carr

Director
ABA Center on Children and the Law
Prudence Beidler Carr is the director of the ABA Center on Children and the Law. Ms. Beidler Carr, an attorney and nonprofit advisor, recently returned to the United States after working as a board member at Juconi, a Mexican nonprofit organization that seeks to end intergenerational cycles of violence affecting children and families. Ms. Beidler Carr, a Harvard University and Northwestern Law graduate, was chosen for her expertise in strategic planning and fundraising and her nearly 20 years working on children's advocacy issues at nonprofits and government agencies throughout the United States and internationally, including: Representing minors in juvenile court; Providing technical assistance and grant resources to expand child care access for low income families in California; Advocating for children and parents involved in the foster care system in California, New York and Illinois; Fundraising for programs that address child abuse and neglect domestically and internationally; Prosecuting crimes against children, and Working on federal policy concerning children and parents in immigration proceedings.

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Rachel Jellinek

Co-Founder
Reflection Films

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Rita Soronen

President and CEO
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Website:
www.davethomasfoundation.org
Other Twitter:
@rsoronen
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/dtfa/

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Rodney Bullard

Vice President of Community Affairs for Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation
Rodney D. Bullard is an author and the Vice President of Community Affairs at Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. In his first book, Heroes Wanted: Why the World Needs You to Live Your Heart Out, you'll find inspiring stories to help you demonstrate life-changing compassion to the people around you, understand courage and make brave choices every day, and share your own story authentically to provide hope for the weary.

Rodney leads the company’s corporate community and philanthropic strategy, which is focused on fostering youth and furthering their educational opportunities. He has been proud to serve in previous roles with the US Air Force, NASA, and the US Department of Justice. A worldwide speaker, Rodney is an alumnus of the Air Force Academy, Duke Law, University of Georgia, and Harvard Business School.

Rodney and his wife, Silvette, have one son and make their home in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Sally Erny

Chief Stakeholder Engagement & External Affairs Officer
National CASA Association

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Samuel Zimmerman

Deputy Superintendent
Public Schools of Brookline

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Sara A. Macfarlane

Director of Brand Strategy
R & R Partners

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Sarah Stevens

Director of Training
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

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Shannon Varga

Post–Doctoral Fellow
Center for Promise

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Shari Lynn Johnson, LMSW, ACSW

Sole Proprietor
The Traveling Diversity Professor
Shari is currently a Professor of Practice with Simmons College School of Social Work where she serves as the senior course lead for the Dynamics of Race & Oppression Curriculum for the online MSW program.

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Shay Bilchik

Director
Center for Juvenile Justive Reform

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Shelly-Ann Dewsbury

Associate Professor
Simmons School of Social Work

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Tara Ross

Centreity

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The Hon. Kerry Ahearn

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Tim Ressmeyer, Ph.D.

Founding Partner
Ressmeyer Partners Executive & Leadership Coaching
Website:
http://ressmeyerpartners.com
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/happyhourcoach/

Tim’s professional career includes 20 years as a senior marketing and analytics executive. In these roles he built and led domestic and global teams, sold and delivered analytic services to Fortune 100 companies, and was a featured speaker on consumer trends. He served on the faculty and earned his doctorate of Northern Illinois University. The early part of his professional career included direct care and administrative roles in nonprofit organizations. A native New Yorker, he is married, has two children, and lives in Chicago.

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Ressmeyer Bio One Page.pdf Download Link
TW

Tom Wojick

President
Renewal Group

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Tristan Ahtone

Journalist/ Consultant
Harvard Neiman Fellow

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Warren Cooper

Senior Account Director
Evergreen Partners

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Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos

Director, Human Trafficking Initiative / Assistant Professor
Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School
Website: 
http://www.massgeneral.org/emergencymedicineglobal...
Other twitter accounts: 
@MassGeneralEM, @MassGeneralNews

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Will Thalheimer, Ph.D.

President
Work-Learning Research, Inc.

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National CASA/GAL Association Promising Practice Spotlight Award

Richland County CASA
Award accepted by Alexis W. Scurry, LMSW
Richland County CASA (RCCASA) developed an initiative aimed at combatting human trafficking, an effort that has strengthened working relationships with law enforcement, prosecutors, and social service
providers. RCCASA provides special training to raise awareness and help people to spot warning signs of human trafficking. The program has trained 657 participants since October 2016.

RCCASA devoted staff solely to advocate for child victims of human trafficking. The program coordinated training for the community of advocates, assisted law enforcement with prosecution, and helped social service agencies to identify appropriate placements and provide heightened training to foster families. None of these services existed previously.

So far, 17 guardians have received specialized, extensive training to work with children who have been involved in human trafficking. RCCASA is also collaborating with outside agencies to develop a training that will educate foster parents and emergency shelters about human trafficking and how to protect children.

The Richland County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, housed at RCCASA, has grown from 15 members to more than 130. The Task Force has helped to change how law enforcement responds to children who have run away. This creative and collaborative approach also increased RCCASA’s organizational capacity through the creation of many community partnerships. Prior to the initiative, many child advocates were working in isolation within their respective agencies.

With little to no start-up costs, RCCASA made progress in combating child human trafficking and led the groundbreaking effort that was recognized by the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. Through this initiative, children at risk of human trafficking have more powerful advocates on their side and a community of people looking out for them.

Promising Practice Spotlight Award.pdf Download Link