Faculty

Keynote Speaker
Ellen Pence, Ph.D., has worked for more than 30 years to end violence in the lives of women and children. She was a co-founder of the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, MN, a model of inter-agency collaboration that has been adopted in 50 states and more than 17 countries. She is the director of Praxis International, Inc., a non-profit research and training organization with offices in Duluth and St. Paul, MN, that works to eliminate violence in the lives of women and children. She is the architect of the Praxis Institutional Audit, which identifies institutional failures in legal and human service systems to protect victims of violence and poverty. She is now working with the state of Michigan to audit racial disparity in the state’s child welfare system. Dr. Pence helps administrators and practitioners re-evaluate their conceptual and administrative practices with an eye toward closing the gap between what people need and what institutions are organized to provide. She is a leader in the emerging field of institutional ethnography. Dr. Pence is a social activist with a compelling message of hope and institutional accountability.

The Rev. Darrell L. Armstrong
Hon. Steven D. Aycock (Ret.)
Nicole Baran, M.A., M.S.W.
Elizabeth Whitney Barnes, J.D.
Sandra (Sandy) Barnett, M.P.A.
Miriam Berkman, J.D., L.C.S.W.
Shay Bilchik, J.D.
Hon. Jerry J. Bowles
David M. Broselli, M.S.
David R. Buscher
Debra (Debi) Cain, M.S.A.
Elena P. Cohen, M.Ed., M.S.W.
Dan Cowan, M.S.W.
Jill Davies, J.D.
Lonna Davis, M.S.W.
Hon. Thomas H. Dilts
Jeffrey L. Edleson, Ph.D.
Raelene Freitag, Ph.D.
Hon. Ernestine S. Gray
Joyce Grover, J.D.
Betsy McAlister Groves, M.S.W.
Josephine H. Halfhide, M.S.W., M.S.C.J.
Shelia Hankins
Barbara J. Hart, J.D.
Lorna Hogan
Donna Honena
Ruth E. Houtte, M.Ed.
Gretchen Hunt, J.D.
Lt. Julie Johnson, M.S.C.J
Wildecy de Fátima Jury
Casey Keene, M.S.W.
Leiana Kinnicutt
Cynthia Wilcox Lischick, Ph.D.
Lauren Litton, J.D.
Elizabeth Liu, J.D.
Therese (Terry) Roe Lund, M.S.S.W.
David Mandel, M.A.
Grace Mattern
Renee McDonald, Ph.D.
Fernando Mederos, Ed.D.
Joan S. Meier, J.D.
Anne Menard
Emilie Meyer, J.D.
Catherine D. Munster, J.D.
Sharwline Nicholson
Carmen Rosa Noroña, M.Ed.
Ellen Pence, Ph.D.
Amber Ptak
Kathy Ray, M.S.W.
Maureen Reid, M.S.W.
Lisa P. Rhoades
Robin R. Runge, J.D.
Cindy Rush, M.S.W.
Kathlene Russell, M.S.
Kristen Selleck, M.S.W.
Sudha Shetty, J.D.
Jerry Silverman, M.S.W.
Linda S. Spears
Zulema Ruby White Starr
Kiersten Stewart, M.A.
Carla Smith Stover, Ph.D.
Shellie Taggart
Darlene B. Thomas, M.S.S.W.
Hon. Michael A. Town, L.L.M.
Celerina (Elizabeth) Vera-Marcial
Isa Woldeguiorguis, M.Ed.
Brandi Woods-Littlejohn, M.S.C.J.
Joyce Yedlosky
Nancy K. Young, Ph.D.

Rev. Darrell L. Armstrong is the former director of the Division of Prevention and Community Partnerships of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Prior to leaving the position in April, he managed the state’s strategy to prevent child abuse, maltreatment, and neglect by strengthening and supporting New Jersey's families. He is the pastor of the 1,700-member Shiloh Baptist Church of Trenton, NJ, and a motivational speaker. The Rev. Armstrong and his three younger brothers spent many years of their lives as foster children in Los Angeles County. He carried the Olympic Torch for the 2002 Winter Olympics in honor of America’s 500,000 foster children. He is a former member of the New Jersey Governor's Cabinet for Children. The Rev. Armstrong also has worked as the faith-based manager of the African American Donor Task Force (Bay Area, CA) and as a counselor at Stanford University's federally-funded TRIO (Upward Bound) Program. He earned his B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University, Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and an Ed.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the College of New Jersey. He has done additional coursework at the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs. [Top]

Hon. Steven D. Aycock (Ret.) is the assistant director of the Family Violence Department of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He recently left the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation where he had been the chief judge at the Colville Tribal Court for nine years. Previously, Judge Aycock worked for twelve years as the director of the Colville Tribal Legal Office where he represented individual members of the Tribes in civil matters. The office specialized in children and elders advocacy. He has also worked for Evergreen Legal Services in the Pasco, Washington office and as a public defender in Franklin County District and Superior Courts. From 1984-1986 he was a clinical instructor at the University of Idaho College of Law. In spring 2008, he taught Federal Indian Law at the College of Law. Judge Aycock has made presentations at the University of Washington, University of Kansas and Michigan State University law schools on issues related to Tribal Courts and the integration of tradition into the decision making process. He has also presented at and attended several domestic violence conferences in Washington, which have related to Tribal-State relations in domestic violence cases. He served as a faculty member of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence Project. Judge Aycock received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington State University in 1977. He graduated from the University of Idaho, College of Law in 1980. [Top]

Nicole Baran, M.A., M.S.W., founded the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness in September 2005 to provide education and training so that institutions and communities respond effectively to women experiencing relationship abuse. Since partnering with Stanford University, the Center has focused on training departments and students at colleges and universities to recognize and respond to relationship abuse. She worked for the Greenbook Initiative in St. Louis, MO, producing guidelines regarding the response of domestic violence service providers to child maltreatment. She has conducted training and workshops on domestic violence since 2001 for such clients as Kaiser Permanente, the San Francisco Bar Association, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, and the California Partnership to End Violence Against Women. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Stanford University and a M.S.W. with a specialization in management and a focus on domestic violence research, from Washington University in St. Louis. [Top]

Elizabeth Whitney Barnes, J.D., is the assistant director of the Permanency Planning for Children Department of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Ms. Whitney Barnes facilitates systems change in courts handling child abuse and neglect cases on a local, statewide, and national level. In 2008, she assisted the states of Arizona, New Hampshire, and New York in an assessment required by the Children’s Bureau of each state’s Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children. She is the author of the technical assistance brief, Back to Basics: Fundamental Application of the Resource Guidelines, and Adoption and Permanency Guidelines in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases, and co-author of Children’s Dental Health: The Next Frontier in Well-Being. Ms. Whitney Barnes first gained knowledge about child abuse and neglect issues as a Court Appointed Special Advocate before and after attending law school. During her legal education, she worked as an intern for the Misdemeanor and Domestic Violence divisions of the San Francisco District Attorney’s office. She obtained her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in San Francisco, CA. [Top]

Sandra (Sandy) Barnett, M.P.A., is the executive director of the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV). Her primary focus is on supporting community-based advocacy programs, public policy work, providing leadership to 30 member programs and a staff of 28, and helping to create a climate in Kansas where preventing sexual and domestic violence is a priority. Since she became executive director, KCSDV has grown from a staff of two to a staff of 28, and 100 percent of Kansas’ domestic violence and sexual assault programs are members of KCSDV. The organization has collaborative relationships with many organizations, including the Kansas Department of Corrections, Kansas Legal Services and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Ms. Barnett serves on the state Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board and the Sex Offender Policy Board. She is also a member of the Allocations and Grant Oversight committee for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Ms. Barnett is a former executive director of the Crisis Center Inc. in Manhattan, KS. [Top]

Miriam Berkman, J.D., L.C.S.W., is an assistant clinical professor in social work at the Yale Child Study Center and coordinator of the Child Development-Community Policing Program’s Domestic Violence Intervention Project. Ms. Berkman provides consultation and training to professional groups in New Haven, CT, and elsewhere regarding effects of domestic violence on children and interventions to reduce the consequences of these experiences. She also works directly with children and families in New Haven who are affected by traumatic violence. Ms. Berkman received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her L.C.S.W. degree from Smith College School for Social Work. [Top]

Shay Bilchik, J.D., is the founder and director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute. The Center’s purpose is to focus the nation’s public agency leaders, across systems of care and levels of government, on the key components of a strong juvenile justice reform agenda. This work is carried out through the dissemination of papers on key topics, the sponsorship of symposia, and a certificate program at Georgetown providing public agency leaders with a short, but intensive study, and ongoing support in their reform efforts. Mr. Bilchik was president and chief executive officer of the Child Welfare League of America from 2000 to 2007. Prior to that, he led the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he advocated for a balanced and multi-systems approach to attacking juvenile crime and addressing child victimization. Mr. Bilchik was an assistant state attorney in Miami, FL, from 1977-1993, where he served as a trial lawyer, juvenile division chief, and chief assistant state attorney. [Top]

Hon. Jerry J. Bowles is a Jefferson County Family Court judge in Louisville, KY. He co-chairs the Louisville Metro Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinating Council, chairs the Louisville Metro Fatality Review Committee, and serves on the board of the Mary Byron Foundation, which awards grants and provides funding to prevent domestic violence. As a practicing attorney, Judge Bowles specialized in domestic relations law and general litigation. He served 12 years as a prosecutor, during which time he initiated and served as chief prosecutor of a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit. Judge Bowles has lectured extensively on domestic violence issues. He was part of a national judicial workshop on domestic violence and judicial independence in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Most recently, Judge Bowles consulted with the Minister of State and the Crown Court in London, England regarding the implementation of an integrated Family Court and Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. [Top]

David M. Broselli, M.S., is the assistant chief for the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts Family Practice Division. He oversees Violence Against Women Act and Access and Visitation grants. He coordinates policy updates and compliance to the Domestic Violence Procedures manual. Mr. Broselli is committed to bridging the gaps between agencies and advancing the goals of the programs within his oversight. He serves on numerous committees of the New Jersey Supreme Court, including the New Jersey State Domestic Violence Working Group and the Family Practice Custody and Parenting Time Subcommittee of the Family Practice Rules Committee. He has been a member of the New Jersey Child Support Council since 2004. Mr. Broselli holds his M.S. degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a certificate in Court Management from the National Center for State Courts Institute for Court Management. [Top]

David R. Buscher is a team decision-making facilitator for the Michigan Department of Human Services in Macomb County, MI. He has more than 33 years of experience working in child welfare in the areas of prevention, children’s protective services, and foster care. Mr. Buscher participated in the implementation of the Family to Family program in Michigan. He helped to develop protocols related to domestic violence and team decision making data collection. Mr. Buscher also served on a steering committee to evaluate projects for children exposed to domestic violence with the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. [Top]

Debra (Debi) Cain, M.S.A., is the executive director of the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. She formerly served as the director of the Michigan Violence Against Women Training Institute. Ms. Cain spent the first 15 years of her career as the founding executive director of H.A.V.E.N., Oakland County’s sexual assault and domestic violence program. She is a former director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a founding member of the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic Violence; served on the board of directors of the Sexual Assault Information Network; is a past chairperson of the Tri-County Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and, for four years, represented the state of Michigan as a board member on the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She has served as a consultant, author and editor for numerous publications relating to violence against women and children and has helped develop training curricula for judges, police, Children’s Protective Services staff, Friend of the Court, prosecutors, welfare workers, domestic violence and sexual assault program staff. Ms. Cain has a M.S. in administration and a B.S. in psychology and political science. [Top]

Elena P. Cohen, M.Ed., M.S.W., is the director of the Safe Start Center, a national resource center funded by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to support the Safe Start Initiative. The Center coordinates training and technical assistance, develops resources, and convenes regional and national meetings. Ms. Cohen formerly directed the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide technical assistance to state and tribal child welfare agencies and to serve as a resource for family-centered practices in child welfare systems and programs. Throughout her career, Ms. Cohen has provided direct services as well as designed, managed, and evaluated a variety of programs for vulnerable children and their families. She has written numerous articles and publications and has conducted presentations both nationally and internationally on issues related to vulnerable children and families. Ms. Cohen holds a M.S.W. from Catholic University and a M.Ed from Harvard University. [Top]

Dan Cowan, M.S.W., has worked as a child welfare advocate for over 20 years. His career includes work on runaway services, family preservation and prevention services, clinical services, and foster care reform. Most recently, he was the statewide manager for the Michigan Family to Family Initiative and the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative. Mr. Cowan is committed to systemic child welfare reform that actively engages the family and the community during all points of planning and implementation of service. Mr. Cowan holds his M.S.W. from Western Michigan University and a B.S. from Oakland University. [Top]

Jill Davies, J.D., is the deputy director of Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc. (GHLA). She was a member of the Greenbook Advisory Committee. She has written and consulted extensively on violence against women, advocacy and safety planning, poverty, and legal issues. She also directs the Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence Initiative, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) in collaboration with GHLA. Ms. Davies is the author of numerous articles and materials regarding violence against women. She is co-author of the book, Safety Planning with Battered Women: Complex Lives/Difficult Choices, Sage Publications (1998). Recent publications include: Advocacy Beyond Leaving: Helping Battered Women in Contact with Current or Former Partners: A Guide for Advocates, Family Violence Prevention Fund (2009) and When Battered Women Stay….Advocacy Beyond Leaving, NRCDV (2008). She is also the author of: Supervised Visitation Programs: Information for Mothers Who Have Experienced Abuse (2007); Helping Sexual Assault Survivors with Multiple Victimizations and Needs: A Guide for Agencies Serving Sexual Assault Survivors (2007); Confidentiality and Information Sharing Issues for Domestic Violence Advocates Working with Child Protection and Juvenile Court Systems (2003); and a series of papers about domestic violence and the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. [Top]

Lonna Davis, M.S.W., is the director of Children’s Programs at the Family Violence Prevention Fund. She provides technical assistance to states and communities on the overlap of violence against women and child abuse. Ms. Davis helped launch a new initiative in 2007, the National Institute on Fatherhood and Domestic Violence, which serves as a leadership academy and training center for practitioners who work with abusive men and fathers. Ms. Davis also works on three other national initiatives: Greenbook Project, Safe Havens Grant Program, and Family to Family Initiative. Ms. Davis formerly worked for a variety of domestic violence programs, including two shelters for battered women, and the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. Ms. Davis holds a M.S.W. from Salem State College in Massachusetts. [Top]

Hon. Thomas H. Diltswas appointed to serve as a judge of the New Jersey Superior Court in 1991 after almost 19 years in private legal practice. He is chairperson of the Joint Task Force Committee on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse, the Statewide Domestic Violence Working Group, and the Somerset County Domestic Violence Working Group. He has been the lead advisory judge on the New Jersey Domestic Violence Technical Assistance Team since 2002. Judge Dilts authors a publication twice a year entitled, Summary of New Jersey Court Cases Involving Domestic Violence. He has written several published opinions in the area of domestic violence. Judge Dilts is a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns and has served as chairperson of the Committee of Chairs of Vicinage Minority Concerns Committee. Judge Dilts was presiding judge of the family court division of the Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren Vicinage from 2001 to 2008. Judge Dilts has been a faculty member at the National Judicial College in Reno, NV, since 1997, teaching courses in family law, domestic violence, and gender bias. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College and Georgetown University Law Center. [Top]

Jeffrey L. Edleson, Ph.D., is a professor in the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and the director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (www.mincava.umn.edu). He is one of the world’s leading authorities on children exposed to domestic violence and has published more than 100 articles and 10 books on domestic violence, group-work, and program evaluation. Prof. Edleson is the co-author of Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice, better known as the "Greenbook,” (1999, co-authored with Susan Schechter, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges). He recently co-edited a book entitled Parenting by Men Who Batter: New Directions in Assessment and Intervention (2007, co-edited with Oliver J. Williams, Oxford University Press) and the multi-volume Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence (2008, co-edited with Claire Renzetti, Sage Reference). [Top]

Raelene Freitag, Ph.D., is the director of the Children’s Research Center, a non-profit organization working with child protection and other social service organizations in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Her focus includes developing and implementing research-based decision-making systems in child protection. She formerly spent 10 years working in the areas of child protection, law enforcement, and domestic violence. Dr. Freitag holds a master’s degree in social work and a doctorate in urban studies: social service delivery systems. She serves on state chapter boards for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the National Association of Social Workers. [Top]

Hon. Ernestine S. Gray is a judge in Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, Louisiana. She served as past president of the board of directors of the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and of the YWCA. Prior to becoming a judge, she worked for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Judge Gray also worked with the Baton Rouge Legal Aid Society where she handled hundreds of family law cases. She attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and received her J.D. from Louisiana State University School of Law. [Top]

Joyce Grover, J.D., is general counsel for the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. She trains attorneys, advocates, and other professionals on issues relating to domestic and sexual violence and the law. She formerly worked as a research attorney for the Hon. Chief Justice Kay McFarland of the Kansas Supreme Court. Ms. Grover began working with survivors of domestic violence in 1983 as a child advocacy program coordinator in a domestic violence program. She served for four years on the Steering Committee for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Ms. Grover received a social work degree from Kansas State University and her J.D. from Washburn University School of Law, where she is an adjunct professor. [Top]

Betsy McAlister Groves, M.S.W., is a licensed independent clinical social worker who is the current and founding director of the Child Witness to Violence Project, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA. She is also an associate professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. She is author of a book, Children Who See Too Much: Lessons from the Child Witness to Violence Project, and has published extensively on topics related to children and domestic violence. She has been a consultant to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and has spoken at many conferences. Ms. Groves received her M.S.W. and her undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary. She is the past recipient of a fellowship from the Open Society Institute and was a fellow at the Malcolm Weiner Center of Social Policy at Harvard University in 1999-2000. [Top]

Josephine H. Halfhide, M.S.W., M.S.C.J., has 35 years of experience working at the national, state, and tribal levels in the areas of child protection and domestic violence. In the 1970s, Ms. Halfhide worked directly with the lead attorney, tribal leaders, and tribal elders in Indian country to support the passage of the landmark Indian Child Welfare Act. Her primary focus has been establishing relationships between tribal/state child welfare programs and developing programs for the betterment of Indian and Alaska Native families. Ms. Halfhide holds a M.S.W. and a master of criminal justice degree from Boise State University, and a B.S. in Sociology from Idaho State University. [Top]

Shelia Hankins is a project director for the Department of Human Services, Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, Lansing, MI, where she provides leadership for state initiatives and federally funded programs focused on the prevention of violence against women. She also conducts training, meeting facilitation and provides consulting services nationally. Ms. Hankins formerly served as vice president of programs for HAVEN in Oakland County, Michigan, project director for Laurel Consulting Group in Laurel, MD, administrator of the STOP Violence Against Women Grant for the State of Florida’s Governor’s Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence in Tallahassee, FL, and executive director of the Women’s Justice Center and the downtown and northwest branches of the YWCA of Metropolitan Detroit. She is a steering committee member and co-founder of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, and founder and co-chair of the Transformation Detroit Project. Ms. Hankins serves on the board of directors for the National Network to End Domestic Violence and VISION Community Development Corporation. Her career and community service activities are focused on redressing the economic, political, and social status of traditionally disenfranchised and marginalized communities. Ms. Hankins has a B.S. degree in Education from Wayne State University and has done post-graduate work at NOVA Southeastern University in business administration. [Top]

Barbara J. Hart, J.D., is a senior policy and legal advisor with the Battered Women's Justice Project and director of Law and Policy: Violence Against Women Initiatives at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. For more than 30 years, Ms. Hart has been a leader in national efforts to address domestic violence, including passage of the Violence Against Women Act. Ms. Hart was a member of the advisory board for implementation of the Greenbook Initiative. Ms. Hart consults with diverse organizations about strategies to end violence against women and children, including the Office on Violence Against Women, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Institute of Justice. She maintains a private consultation and training practice, providing assistance to lawmakers, business leaders, researchers, community-based centers, and treatment programs for violent men. Ms. Hart co-founded the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, and the Battered Women's Justice Project. [Top]

Lorna Hogan is the associate director of the Sacred Authority Parent Advocacy Group of the Rebecca Project, www.rebeccaproject.org, a national legal and policy organization that strives to reform child welfare, criminal justice, and substance abuse policies that impact the lives of vulnerable families. Ms. Hogan is celebrating eight years of being off drugs. Ms. Hogan attributes her recovery and the end of her drug-related criminal activities to the opportunity she and her four children had to enter into a comprehensive family-based treatment program where they could heal together as a family. Ms. Hogan has been featured in The Washington Post and the multi-media web-based project, Silent Treatment-Addiction in America. Ms. Hogan also conducts a written, spoken, and expressed word workshop at the District of Columbia jail and at Guadenzia, an alternative sentencing family treatment program in Baltimore. She is a graduate of Montgomery College Continuing Education Program. [Top]

Donna Honena is a Native American of Agai-Dika descent. She is an enrolled member of the Shoshone Bannock Tribes, Fort Hall, ID. She has spent the past 20 years working on the reservation in several capacities in health and human services. She was a child protection worker, an Indian Child Welfare Act specialist, a mental health counselor, and a counselor at the alcohol and substance abuse program. Ms. Honena is currently the director of the Shoshone Bannock Tribes’ Four Directions Treatment Center. She also is a part-time student at Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID. [Top]

Ruth E. Houtte, M.Ed., is the district director for the Department for Children and Families, Family Services Division, in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. She formerly served as the project director for the Grafton County New Hampshire Greenbook Project, which was part of a collaborative effort funded by the federal government to improve systems’ responses to families affected by both domestic violence and child abuse/neglect. One of six demonstration sites in the country, the New Hampshire project included family court, child protection and domestic violence programs in the state. Ms. Houtte has 17 years experience with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. She began working as a protective social worker and then worked at the Family Life Center and Project SAFE, specializing in helping families troubled by substance abuse and domestic violence. Ms. Houtte has a M.Ed. from Northeastern University and a B.A. in social work. [Top]

Gretchen Hunt, J.D., is a staff attorney for the Division of Violence and Prevention Resources in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. She works under the auspices of a Violence Against Women Act grant to provide training and technical assistance on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Prior to her work with state government, Ms. Hunt practiced immigration law on behalf of victims of domestic violence, rape, and human trafficking. She also served as an adjunct lecturer in the Gender and Women's Studies Department and the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law of the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. [Top]

Lt. Julie Johnson, M.S.C.J, is the unit commander of the New Haven Department of Police Services Special Investigations Unit in New Haven, CT. She is responsible for overseeing follow-up investigations for domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, missing persons, and hate/bias crimes. She furthers departmental policy regarding domestic violence by taking a leadership role in community partnerships, such as the Domestic Violence Home Visit Intervention Project in New Haven. Prior to her current position, Lt. Johnson was a supervisor in the patrol division and an instructor in the Police Academy. She was both a detective and sergeant in the Narcotic Enforcement Unit. She began her career as a patrol officer, handling the initial response to all sorts of police calls, including domestic violence. Lt. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of New Haven. [Top]

Wildecy de Fátima Jury has been a child welfare worker for nine years and a team decision making facilitator for four years in San Francisco. She is a certified family conferencing and family court mediator. Ms. Jury was a trainer at a two-day domestic violence program in Los Angeles County in October 2008. She is trilingual and has worked with diverse clients in the child welfare and mental health communities, particularly the Latino population. She completed an internship for her B.A. in psychology at the Family Violence Project, now the Family Violence Prevention Fund. Ms. Jury is completing the requirements to work as a licensed social worker. [Top]

Casey Keene, M.S.W., coordinates VAWnet, The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Ms. Keene specializes in issues related to children’s exposure to domestic violence. She has conducted research and served as a presenter at statewide, national, and international trainings and conferences. As a young woman, Ms. Keene supported her mother’s struggle for safety and freedom from her mother’s batterer. She is determined to share her story to influence the ways in which advocacy is done on behalf of children exposed to domestic violence. Ms. Keene holds a M.S.W. from Temple University. [Top]

Leiana Kinnicutt is a senior program specialist in the Children’s Program at the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF). She provides technical assistance on issues relating to the overlap of domestic violence and child abuse for various federal initiatives including the Greenbook Project, the Family to Family Initiative, and the Safe Havens Grant Program. She helped to develop and implement public education initiatives, including the FVPF’s Coaching Boys into Men and It’s Your Business campaigns. She is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Simmons College in Boston, MA. [Top]

Cynthia Wilcox Lischick, Ph.D., is a cognitive developmental psychologist working in the area of mental health, domestic violence, and child abuse. A certified Domestic Violence Specialist in New Jersey, Dr. Lischick works as a researcher and educator in the field and serves as a court-qualified expert witness for defense and prosecuting attorneys. Dr. Lischick worked as a psychotherapist at East Orange General Hospital-Outpatient Mental Health Services where she designed and implemented a group therapy program for battered women suffering with mental illness. She is a former counselor to domestic violence survivors at Jersey Battered Women's Service and spent five years as policy writer and educator for the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women. Dr. Lischick is a member of New Jersey’s Central Region Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board and the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse & Neglect-Protection Subcommittee. She is a resource member of the New Jersey Domestic Violence Statewide Working Group-Evaluation Subcommittee. Dr. Lischick also holds a joint appointment at Rutgers-Newark Graduate School, Department of Public Affairs & Administration, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Public Health. She is an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers University-Piscataway, Department of Criminal Justice, where she teaches courses on victimology and domestic violence and crisis intervention in criminal justice settings. Dr. Lischick is credentialed as a licensed professional counselor in New Jersey. [Top]

Lauren Litton, J.D., is a consultant who works on social justice issues, including ending violence against women and children by helping communities address the problem collaboratively. She served as a program manager in the Family Violence Department of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, where she oversaw departmental activities relating to the overlap of child maltreatment and domestic violence, as well as supervised visitation and safe exchange. Ms. Litton also developed and worked as the supervising attorney for a clinic that provided pro bono and pro se legal assistance to domestic violence victims and she was a county prosecutor handling felony domestic violence and sexual assault cases. She is a board member and advisor for numerous agencies and has authored several publications on issues impacting system responses to domestic violence. Ms. Litton holds a B.A. in psychology from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. [Top]

Elizabeth Liu, J.D., is an attorney at the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project, Washington, D.C., which focuses on appellate litigation in domestic violence cases. Ms. Liu is a past president of the board of directors for the Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project and remains a member of the organization’s advisory board. She is also a member of the board of directors of the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She served as a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic where she supervised law students litigating civil protection order cases and co-taught the clinic seminar. She is a former staff attorney for NARAL Pro-Choice America and a former associate at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A., with honors, from the University of Chicago. [Top]

Therese (Terry) Roe Lund, M.S.S.W., is the director of program and staff development for ACTION for Child Protection of Charlotte, NC, which provides consultation, education, and technical assistance in the area of child welfare and youth services. Ms. Roe Lund manages ACTION projects related to organizational and program improvement and professional development for agency staff. She is associate director of ACTION’s National Resource Center for Child Protective Services, where she provides technical assistance to states and tribes regarding child protective services. Prior to joining ACTION, Ms. Roe Lund was the director of the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare in Wisconsin. She designed, planned, and developed the program and budget for a new child welfare system in Milwaukee County that included about 700 staff. In more than 30 years, Ms. Roe Lund has served as a child welfare caseworker, supervisor, and program director in three urban child welfare agencies. She obtained her undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. [Top]

David Mandel, M.A., is a writer, trainer, and consultant on improving systems' responses to domestic violence when children are involved, as well as batterer accountability and change. He oversees a statewide network of domestic violence consultants for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and works with the Florida Department of Children and Families to improve its response to domestic violence. Mr. Mandel also has worked with New York City's Administration for Children Services and various Greenbook sites to improve outcomes for children in families where a batterer's behavior is a concern. Mr. Mandel developed a series of public awareness and outreach posters designed to shift cultural attitudes about domestic violence. He wrote a 40-hour curriculum entitled Dedication that is used to train new batterer intervention providers in Texas. He also wrote a curriculum for working fathers entitled Being Connected and developed a workshop seminar, Safe and Together: Concrete Strategies for Addressing Domestic Violence When Children Are the Focus. Mr. Mandel earned an M.A. in counseling and psychology at Goddard College. [Top]

Grace Mattern is executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, where she has worked for the past 27 years. She is actively involved with public policy and systems advocacy to promote effective community interventions in response to domestic and sexual violence. She coordinates a statewide network of programs that assists victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. She serves on the Governor's Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Access to Justice Commission, the Attorney General's Child Advocacy Center Advisory Board, the Grafton County Greenbook Project Executive Committee, the Elder Abuse Council, and the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program Partnership. She was a co-chairperson of the National Greenbook Policy Advisory Council and is on the board of directors of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. [Top]

Renee McDonald, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology in Dedman College at Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, TX. She is co-founder and co-director of SMU's Family Research Center. Dr. McDonald has led efforts to document the prevalence of children's exposure to intimate partner violence and its short- and long-term effects on child adjustment. She is recognized for her research on how young children appraise and respond to their parents' marital conflict, and for interventions on how best to help children living in families characterized by violence. She currently is working to identify physiological markers of trauma in children exposed to violence and methods of engaging their families in treatment programs. Her research sponsors include the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Justice, the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Dr. McDonald received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Houston. [Top]

Fernando Mederos, Ed.D., was appointed director of Special Projects-Fatherhood at the Massachusetts Department of Social Services in May 2006. He organizes and trains Fatherhood Engagement Leadership Teams in area offices throughout Massachusetts. He also works to develop an agency-wide institutional change strategy to maximize engagement with fathers in the caseload. Dr. Mederos previously served as the director of Safe Havens Supervised Visitation Project, Domestic Violence Unit, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. He is a consultant, writer, and trainer on issues of fatherhood and domestic violence. He has an Ed.D. in counseling and consulting psychology from Harvard University School of Education, a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts. [Top]

Joan S. Meier, J.D., is the founder and executive director of the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP) and a professor of clinical law at George Washington University Law School. DV LEAP files domestic violence-related appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court and in courts around the country. Ms. Meier has litigated hundreds of domestic violence cases at both the trial and appellate court levels. She also has engaged in national and local domestic violence advocacy efforts and has delivered regular trainings for lawyers, judges, advocates, and mental health professionals. She recently was selected as the lay member of the American Psychological Association’s Board for Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. Ms. Meier has founded three pioneering inter-disciplinary domestic violence clinical programs at George Washington University Law School. She was a featured commentator in the Public Broadcasting System’s 2005 documentary, Breaking the Silence: Children’s Voices. Dr. Meier received her B.A. degree magna cum laude from Harvard University and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Chicago Law School. [Top]

Anne Menard is an activist who has worked on policy, practice and research issues affecting domestic violence and sexual assault survivors since the mid-70s. After serving as a senior consultant to the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services during 2005, she returned as Director of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), a position she previously held from 1994-99. At the NRCDV, she directs technical assistance, training, resource development and special projects to support domestic violence intervention and prevention efforts in the U.S. Prior to this national level work, Ms. Menard led the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence for over six years, and, in the early 1980s, co-directed Connecticut’s largest domestic violence shelter and was actively involved in grassroots sexual assault advocacy. [Top]

Emilie Meyer, J.D., is a staff attorney with the Family Violence Department of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). Recently, she co-authored an article on batterer intervention programs in Synergy magazine. Ms. Meyer has interned with the NCJFCJ and the Washoe County Public Defenders Office, Reno, NV. She obtained her J.D. from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada in 2008. [Top]

Catherine D. Munster, J.D., works to improve legislative policy in West Virginia with respect to child protection. She is a member of the Domestic Violence/Child Victimization Study and Policy Workgroup of the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She has authored several publications and facilitated state and local programs in West Virginia on laws relating to child abuse and neglect, the use of multidisciplinary teams, and the effect of domestic violence on children. Ms. Munster served on the Commission on the Future of the West Virginia Judicial System, the Adult Fatality Review Team and the West Virginia Supreme Court Improvement Board. For the past 10 years, Ms. Munster has provided annual trainings through the West Virginia Supreme Court Improvement Board for judges, attorneys, child protection services workers domestic violence advocates, children advocates, and other disciplines involved with child abuse/neglect issues. She is of counsel with McNeer, Highland, McMunn and Varner, L.C. Ms. Munster obtained her J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law. [Top]

Sharwline Nicholson is a domestic violence survivor who was the named plaintiff in the landmark domestic violence case, Nicholson v Williams, 294 F.Supp.2d 369, E.D.N.Y. (2003). The case ended the New York City Administration for Children's Services practice of separating battered mothers who were not otherwise unfit from their children because they were, by virtue of being victims of domestic violence, considered to have “engaged in” domestic violence. Ms. Nicholson has not only worked to overcome adversity in her own life but has attempted to encourage those who are directly affected by policy to play a role in shaping it. She draws on her experiences to help other victims of domestic violence find hope, inspiration, and guidance. Ms. Nicholson is one of the first recipients of the Susan Schechter Fellowship, which was created through the Family Violence Prevention Fund to honor the history of dedication, ingenuity, and compassion, that are hallmarks of the movement to end violence against women and children. [Top]

Carmen Rosa Noroña, M.Ed., is a clinical coordinator/early childhood clinician with the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center. A member of the Cultural Consortium of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Ms. Noroña has adapted and translated child assessment protocols for use with Spanish-speaking children and families. She provides consultation services to agencies with respect to interventions with Latino families. She was trained as a psychologist in Ecuador and holds a master’s degree in early intervention from Wheelock College, Boston, MA. [Top]

Ellen Pence, Ph.D., has worked for more than 30 years to end violence in the lives of women and children. She was a co-founder of the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, MN, a model of inter-agency collaboration that has been adopted in 50 states and more than 17 countries. She is the director of Praxis International, Inc., a non-profit research and training organization with offices in Duluth and St. Paul, MN, that works to eliminate violence in the lives of women and children. She is the architect of the Praxis Institutional Audit, which identifies institutional failures in legal and human service systems to protect victims of violence and poverty. She is now working with the state of Michigan to audit racial disparity in the state’s child welfare system. Dr. Pence helps administrators and practitioners re-evaluate their conceptual and administrative practices with an eye toward closing the gap between what people need and what institutions are organized to provide. She is a leader in the emerging field of institutional ethnography. Dr. Pence is a social activist with a compelling message of hope and institutional accountability. [Top]

Amber Ptak is the development director for Catamount Institute, an environmental organization that inspires ecological leadership through education and leadership in Colorado Springs, CO. Ms. Ptak was the project director of the El Paso County, CO, Greenbook Initiative. Ms. Ptak facilitated a multi-disciplinary collaboration that included representatives from law enforcement, courts, domestic violence advocacy, child protective services, prosecutors, child advocacy, and mental health. Ms. Ptak served as the El Paso County Department of Health Environment's violence prevention coordinator. She also has worked in the areas of youth violence prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention and sexual health in Michigan. [Top]

Kathy Ray, M.S.W., is the child welfare team leader at the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV). She worked as the criminal justice curricula and protocol coordinator at KCSDV, as a parent-child advocate, and in other advocacy positions at the Crisis Center in Manhattan, KS. She worked as a co-facilitator for a batterer’s intervention group while completing her social work degree. She received her M.S.W. from Washburn University and she holds a B.S. degree in sociology with an emphasis in women’s studies from Kansas State University. [Top]

Maureen Reid, M.S.W., has worked in the areas of child physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and neglect for the past 30 years. She is a consultant to the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System of the Family Court Clinic, the London Custody and Access Project, and the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, all in London, Ontario, Canada. Ms. Reid developed a treatment program, currently in its 20th year, for families with verified sexual abuse. She has developed services for fathers who were or who are at risk of being physically abusive. She coauthored a protocol for coordinating community services to families where an infant is identified as living in a high risk environment. Ms. Reid is chairperson of the Child Abuse Prevention Council in London, Ontario. She recently chaired a community group that developed a coordinated response plan for dealing with children exposed to domestic violence that is in the initial stages of implementation. Ms. Reid is also an authorized trainer for the Ministry of Families and Children and teaches modules about the impact of child maltreatment, interviewing children, investigating sexual offenses against children, and forensic interviewing. Ms. Reid is a registered social worker and holds a M.S.W. from the University of Ontario. [Top]

Lisa P. Rhoades is a research project coordinator for the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, Section on Developmental Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is a group therapist for the Alternative For Families, School Aged Children With Sexual Behavior Problems, and Pre-Schooled Aged Children With Sexual Behavior Problems programs. She also serves as administrator for the Oklahoma Child Death Review Board, which is comprised of a state board and four regional teams. As administrator, Ms. Rhoades is involved in the Oklahoma Violent Death Reporting System project and Fetal Infant Mortality Review for Oklahoma County. She received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Austin College in Sherman, TX. [Top]

Robin R. Runge, J.D., is the director of the Commission on Domestic Violence at the American Bar Association. She manages all aspects of commission programming with the goal of improving access to justice for domestic violence victims. She speaks nationally, provides trainings, and writes articles on various aspects of domestic violence. Ms. Runge practiced employment law with a focus on women’s rights and protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. She has co-authored several articles on employment law and domestic violence and has worked on state and federal legislation to secure job-guaranteed leave from work and unemployment insurance for domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Ms. Runge formerly served as deputy director and coordinator of the Program on Women’s Employment Rights at the D.C. Employment Justice Center and as the coordinator of the Domestic Violence and Employment Project at the Employment Law Center, Legal Aid Society of San Francisco. She is a lecturer at The George Washington University Law School, where she teaches Public Interest Lawyering and Domestic Violence Law, and an adjunct professor at The American University Washington College of Law, where she teaches Domestic Violence Law. Ms. Runge graduated from The George Washington University Law School; she received her B.A. in history and French, cum laude, from Wellesley College. [Top]

Cindy Rush, M.S.W., has been a child welfare worker for the Michigan Department of Human Services since 1994. She has experience with children's protective services and prevention. She is a facilitator for team decision-making meetings, working to ensure that families are respectfully included in critical decisions regarding child safety. She credits her skills to increase safety and productivity in domestic violence cases to collaboration with the Family Violence Prevention Fund and Turning Point, a local domestic violence advocacy agency. [Top]

Kathlene Russell, M.S., is a survivor of domestic violence and is the executive director of The Women’s Center of Columbia/Montour in Bloomsburg, PA. She served as the executive director of Domestic Violence Intervention, also in Pennsylvania. Ms. Russell was the 2005 recipient of the Outstanding Woman Award from the Pennsylvania Women’s Conference and a 2006 recipient of the Athena Award, which recognized her significant contributions to the professional and personal empowerment of women. Ms. Russell holds a M.S. in guidance and psychological services. [Top]

Kristen Selleck, M.S.W., is a domestic violence child welfare consultant with a varied background as a victim advocate, trainer, legislative liaison, and consultant. She was the lead trainer for the implementation of Connecticut's Department of Children and Families' new domestic violence investigation protocol. She is currently helping to develop training for domestic violence advocates on advanced advocacy skills for working with child welfare-involved clients. Ms. Selleck has co-authored curricula on domestic violence practice for child welfare and has co-facilitated trainings for child welfare workers and community providers in Florida, New York, and Connecticut. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and M.S.W. with a concentration in policy practice from the University of Connecticut. [Top]

Sudha Shetty, J.D., is the director of the International Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Ms. Shetty speaks and writes extensively on domestic violence issues facing immigrant women and women of color. She is a former director of the Seattle University Law School Access to Justice Institute, where she developed projects focusing on battered women. Ms. Shetty also has served as a consultant to the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney, L.L.P. on diversity issues. She recently was honored by the Washington Women Lawyers Foundation for her work with underserved communities. Ms. Shetty has received several awards, including the 2005 King County Washington Women Lawyers’ Special Contributions to the Judiciary Award and the 2005 National Association of Law School Placements’ Award of Distinction in Pro Bono and Public Service. She was the 2005 section chair of the American Associations of Law Schools Pro Bono and Public Interest Section. She was a founding member of Chaya, a grass-roots South Asian domestic violence prevention group and chairperson of the Washington South Asian Council. Ms. Shetty received a B.A. in sociology and psychology from Sophia College in Bombay, India, and her J.D. from the University of Bombay, India. [Top]

Jerry Silverman, M.S.W., is a senior policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He has chaired the federal team administering the Greenbook initiative, an interagency collaboration involving eight federal agencies/offices in the U.S. Departments of Justice and HHS. Since 1974, Mr. Silverman has worked at HHS on a range of issues pertaining to at-risk children and families. Prior to that he administered an education and job training program in Washington State and worked as a teacher and welfare worker in New York City. He is co-editor of the book Children Exposed to Violence published by Brooks Publishing Co. He has an M.S.W. from University of California, Los Angeles and has completed course work for a doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley. [Top]

Linda S. Spears, is vice president of policy and public affairs for the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA). A central part of her work is CWLA’s Campaign for a 2010 White House Conference for Children that will identify and advance the next generation of policy, program, and best practice work to improve outcomes for abused, neglected, and vulnerable children. Since joining CWLA, Ms. Spears has led the organization’s operations, communications, fundraising, and child welfare program work. She has assisted numerous state and local jurisdictions with program and practice evaluation, organizational improvement, agency management, and accountability. Prior to joining CWLA, she worked to develop programs and administer services in foster care and out-of-home placement, family preservation, child protection, domestic violence, housing, permanency planning and adoption, child care, cultural competence, health care, independent living, and Indian child welfare. An enrolled member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe, Ms. Spears serves as a member of the board of directors for The Family Violence Prevention Fund and as an advisor to the American Bar Association’s Project for Judicial Excellence in Child Abuse and Neglect. [Top]

Zulema Ruby White Starr is assistant director of the Family Violence Department (FVD) of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). She directs the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody and the Greenbook Initiative, a joint program of the NCJFCJ and the Family Violence Prevention Fund to encourage interagency collaboration to address domestic violence and child maltreatment. Ms. White Starr has broad experience at the national and local levels in the areas of domestic violence, courts, policy development, training, and technical assistance. A nationally recognized speaker, she shares her personal experience as a child victim of domestic violence. Ms. White Star is a co-chair of the board of directors of the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence. She also serves on the national advisory board of the Women of Color Network, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She is past president of the board of directors of the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence and a volunteer for the Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW), a community-based domestic violence organization in Reno, NV. Before joining the NCJFCJ, Ms. White Star directed transitional housing and emergency shelter programs for CAAW. Ms. White Starr received her bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the University of Nevada, Reno. [Top]

Kiersten Stewart, M.A., is the public policy director for the Family Violence Prevention Fund and manager of the Fund’s Washington, D.C. office. She has extensive national experience in campaign management, media relations, and progressive politics, with a focus on women’s and civil rights issues. Ms. Stewart served as the chief of staff, campaign manager, and communications director for U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY). She handled legislative work pertaining to women’s issues, HIV/AIDS, immigration, civil rights, welfare, and international family planning. She is a former press officer for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and worked at National Public Radio, where she wrote and designed the World Wide Web Style and Ethics Guide for NPR stations. Ms. Stewart holds a M.A. in communication from University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. [Top]

Carla Smith Stover, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and clinical psychologist at the Yale University Child Study Center in New Haven, CT. She is also the research coordinator for the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence. She was the principle investigator on the Domestic Violence Home Visit Intervention evaluation study, with several articles published in scholarly journals. Dr. Stover provides treatment services for families impacted by domestic violence and is developing an innovative integrated treatment program with a focus on fathering for families affected by co-morbid substance abuse and domestic violence. She is piloting an Integrated Father Treatment for Domestic Violence program in New Haven, CT. She also provides training and supervision in best practice treatment for domestic violence and trauma for community protection services and mental health agencies. She is a faculty member for Connecticut’s statewide Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Learning Collaborative. Dr. Stover earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. [Top]

Shellie Taggart is a child welfare consultant whose work focuses on improving the capacity of public child protection agencies to respond effectively and with compassion to families experiencing domestic violence. She is the author of Team Decision Making and Domestic Violence: Guidelines for Facilitators (in press, Family Violence Prevention Fund); Continuous Quality Improvement: Domestic Violence Case Consultations and their Impact on Child Protection Practice and Families (Massachusetts Department of Social Services); and co-author (with Lauren Litton) of Reflections From the Field: Considerations for Domestic Violence Specialists (National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges). [Top]

Darlene B. Thomas, M.S.S.W., is the executive director of the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program in Lexington, KY. In her 19-year career as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, Ms. Thomas has provided direct service in the areas of counseling, legal advocacy, crisis intervention, financial literacy, and public education. In 1993, she coordinated rural services to survivors, developing community collaborations and education intervention programs. Ms. Thomas provides leadership for many community collaborations and committees, provides expert testimony in legal cases, and facilitates professional development training in local, state, and national forums. She has traveled to Constanta, Romania twice as a consultant to help with the development of a domestic violence service delivery system that includes government and community stakeholders. She is central regional vice president for the board of directors of the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association and sits on the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse. Ms. Thomas earned a B.A. in sociology from Brescia University in Owensboro, KY, and an M.S.S.W. in social work administration from the University of Louisville, KY. [Top]

Hon. Michael A. Town, L.L.M., is a circuit court judge assigned to the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court in Honolulu, HI. He hears a wide variety of felony matters including domestic violence. First appointed to the bench in 1979, Judge Town served as presiding judge of the Family Court of the First Circuit from October 1994 to October 1997. Judge Town is a former member of the board of trustees of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). He speaks nationally and internationally on behalf of the NCJFCJ on diverse topics, including unified family courts, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue in judges, domestic violence innovations, problem-solving courts, and therapeutic, preventive and restorative justice. He has published several articles on those topics. Judge Town serves as faculty for Proyecto Acceso at the California Western School of Law, which promotes the rule of law in Latin America. He was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law for 11 years, teaching family law and juvenile law. He received an LL.M. from Yale School of Law, a J.D. from Hastings College of Law and a B.A. from Stanford University. [Top]

Celerina (Elizabeth) Vera-Marcial is an independent consultant who has worked in the area of family violence and child abuse prevention for more than 15 years. She is a former program coordinator for Homeboy Industries’ Domestic Violence Intervention Program of Los Angeles, CA, a leading gang intervention program in the United States. Under her leadership, Homeboy Industries was approved as the first batterers treatment program in Los Angeles County. Ms. Vera-Marcial is a member of the Los Angeles City Attorney Office’s Ad Hoc Committee on Gangs and Domestic Violence Nexus Committee, the Los Angeles Domestic Violence Council, and the California Association for Batterers Intervention Programs. She serves as a professional trainer for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and Domestic Abuse Response Teams. Ms. Vera-Marcial conducts professional training seminars on topics related to batterer treatment, child abuse, critical case management, and family violence. [Top]

Isa Woldeguiorguis, M.Ed., is the director of policy at Jane Doe Inc (JDI), the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. JDI has a 30 year history of providing advocacy and leadership for victims and survivors in Massachusetts. Prior to joining JDI, Ms. Woldeguiorguis was the assistant commissioner for practice and policy at the Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS), where she oversaw medical services, education, diversity, fatherhood, domestic violence, mental health, and substance abuse. In that role, Ms. Woldeguiorguis developed an approach to policy development that was grounded in inclusion and designed to support family-centered clinical practice. Ms. Woldeguiorguis previously worked with DSS as a domestic violence specialist and ultimately as the director of the DSS Domestic Violence Unit. Her work is guided by an understanding that it is essential to address issues of poverty and racism on institutional levels both in practice and in policy. She has served on local and national advisory committees to address the collaboration between child protection and domestic violence agencies. In 1998, she served on the Advisory Committee to the authors of the Greenbook. She was a board member of the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence for seven years. Ms. Woldeguiorguis has written several pieces on gender and race, including two articles on race and culture in child protection published in the journal, Child Welfare, in April 2003. [Top]

Brandi Woods-Littlejohn, M.S.C.J., is a statistical research specialist for the Oklahoma Criminal Justice Resource Center. She also provides administrative and research support to the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board. Ms. Woods-Littlejohn has served on several boards and committees dealing with domestic violence and sexual assault, including the Oklahoma Violent Death Reporting System Advisory Committee and the Latino Community Development Agency’s Community-Based Linkage Council. She has presented at several conferences, locally and nationally, including the National Health Care & Domestic Violence Conference, Oklahoma Native American Domestic Violence Conference, and the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference. Ms. Woods-Littlejohn is an adjunct professor in the Crime Victim and Survivor Services division at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. Ms. Woods-Littlejohn received a B.S. degree in family relations and child development from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Criminal Justice degree from New Mexico State University. [Top]

Joyce Yedlosky is the protective services coordinator of the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WVCADV). She coordinates a statewide multidisciplinary "Domestic Violence/Child Victimization Study and Policy Workgroup" and serves on the West Virginia Supreme Court Improvement Board, the West Virginia Citizen Review Panel, the West Virginia Children's Justice Task Force and the Drug Endangered Children's Task Force. Through her work with several statewide collaborations, she has participated in creating system change in West Virginia, including rethinking the concept of “failure to protect” to hold batterers accountable for child victimization. Ms. Yedlosky also participates in an on-going collaboration to develop mandated domestic violence training for child protection service workers and statewide multidisciplinary training on the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child victimization. She has worked for the past 18 years as a domestic violence advocate in a shelter based program, foster care social worker, foster parent, and as staff at WVCADV. [Top]

Nancy K. Young, Ph.D., is the director of Children and Family Futures, a California-based research and policy institute that works to improve outcomes for children and families affected by substance use disorders. She is also the director of the federally funded National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, which provides technical assistance to states to enhance cross-system collaboration and develops and disseminates information on advances in policy and practice in the field. She has worked as a consultant to more than 30 states and regional offices on substance abuse prevention and treatment issues affecting families. She has authored many policy analyses and evaluation reports on substance abuse, welfare, and child welfare for organizations like the Child Welfare League of America, the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dr. Young formerly worked as a research consultant to the Directorate of the State of California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. She holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California School of Social Work. [Top]

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