Amanda Carlson received her BSW from the University of Portland in 2012. As a part of degree completion, Mrs. Carlson interned with an Investigations Child Protective Social Worker with the Oregon Department of Human Services, where she discovered her interest of pursuing a career in Child Welfare. ...Read More Read more about Amanda Carlson, BSW
Barry E. Knight has committed his life to helping leaders massively impact their world. He is the founder and CEO of BEK Impact Company, a leadership coaching, training, and social change company that helps leaders build the right systems and leadership performance to achieve greater social outcomes...Read More Read more about Barry E Knight, BA, MA, PCC
Bob has two Master Degrees, a MA in Religion from Vanguard University and a MA in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University....Read More Read more about Robert Abair, MA
Practice Consultant Manager
Jennifer AhSing, is the Practice Consultant Manager with Child Welfare Development Services at the Academy for Professional Excellence. She has worked in the field of Child Welfare for 17 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from California State University San Marcos ...Read More Read more about Jenni AhSing, MSW
Jennifer Andrews-Burke, LCSW, ACSW, BCD received her Bachelor of Social Work from Pacific Union College in 1996 and her MSW from Sacramento State University in 1996. In 2003 she became licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in California...Read More Read more about Jennifer L. Andrews-Burke, LCDR, USPHS
Ms. Bailor has been engaged in working with young people and their families in crisis situations for over 20 years, including local community outreach, juvenile probation, and Child Protective Services, and currently provides individual, family and group counseling in a partial hospitalization...Read More Read more about Loraine Bailor, MSW, LCSW
Dr. Banton received her BA in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino. She received a MS in counseling psychology in 2004 from California Baptist University, and received another MS in Psychology, Public Administration and Social Change from Walden University in 2013....Read More Read more about Crista Banton,EdD MS
Ms. Barrantes received her BA in Political Science from Whittier College in 1998 and her MSW from San Diego State University in 2006. Ms. Barrantes is waiting to get approval from the Board of Behavioral Sciences to take her final test so that she may become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker....Read More Read more about Dianna Barrantes, MSW
Joel Baum, MS, Senior Director of Professional Development and Family Services, is responsible for all programmatic aspects at Gender Spectrum. He facilitates trainings, conducts workshops, develops curriculum, consults with parents/ professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compass...Read More Read more about Joel Baum, MS
Rachel Bavis is a certified Intentional Creativity teacher, trainer, and child welfare lawyer working with organizations, individuals, and youth. She designs experiential trainings for human services professionals to support self-care and healing from secondary traumatic stress so they can best ...Read More Read more about Rachel Bavis, JD
Irene Becker is currently a Curriculum Coordinator with the Public Child Welfare Training Academy. Irene specializes in child welfare, social policy and organizational issues and has trained child welfare staff on child development, risk assessment, child maltreatment indicators and family dynamics...Read More Read more about Irene Becker, LCSW
Ms. Bedwell received her B.A. in Sociology from Hanover College in 1993 and her MSW from San Diego State University in 2003. Ms. Bedwell has over 18 years experience working within the field of Social Services....Read More Read more about Kate Bedwell, MSW
Jennifer Behen-Givens has 21 years experience working with Children and Family Services in Los Angeles County and Orange County. Jennifer Behen-Givens started working with children and families in 1993....Read More Read more about Jennifer Behen-Givens
Heidi Blue, MSW, is currently a Protective Services Program Manager at the Polinsky Children’s Center in San Diego, CA. As a PSPM at “PCC”, Heidi oversees cottage operations for 7 cottages at the nationally known Emergency Shelter for children who need temporary care that are known to CWS and Law...Read More Read more about Heidi Blue, MSW
Jerelyn received her BA in Sociology from University of California San Diego in 1999 and her Masters Degree in Social Work specializing in Children, Youth, and Families from San Diego State University in 2004. In 2013, Jerelyn became licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in California. ...Read More Read more about Jerelyn Bourdage, LCSW
Nola is known in the US and beyond for her dynamic and inspirational speaking and her fierce and unwavering commitment to truth and justice...but what combination of experiences helped to shape the leader we see before us today?...Read More Read more about Nola Brantley
Sexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist Douglas Braun-Harvey bridges sexual and mental health and facilitates organizational change. In 2013 Doug Braun-Harvey and Al Killen-Harvey co-founded The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for ...Read More Read more about Douglas Braun-Harvey MFT, CGP
Ms. Brissette-Watson received her Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree in 1982 from Arizona State University and her Master's Degree in Social Work in 1995 from California State University Long Beach. Ms. Brissette-Watson graduated from the Martin Gang Institute for intergroup relations in 2008 and the ...Read More Read more about Martha Brissette-Watson, MSW
Ms. Brown received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Services from California State University in Fullerton in 2001. She received her Masters of Social Work Degree from California State University in San Bernardino in 2009. Ms. Brown became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker...Read More Read more about Christine Brown, MSW, LCSW
Dr. Laurel Brown has over 20 years of experience in the child welfare field. Dr. Brown obtained her MSW from the State University of New York, and completed a doctorate degree in Social Policy and Social Research at Loma Linda University....Read More Read more about Laurel Brown, MSW
Ms. Brown received her Bachelor Degree in Social Work from San Diego State University of in 2001. In 1995, Ms. Brown certified as a Substance Abuse Counselor from San Diego State University SPAN Program....Read More Read more about Tonya Brown, BSW
Rhonda Brown, MSW, is an independent trainer, coach, and consultant. Rhonda earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Chico State University and her Masters degree in Social Work from Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey. ...Read More Read more about Rhonda Brown, MSW
Scott Burdick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton, and he is currently a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. ...Read More Read more about Scott Burdick, MS, MFT
Jennifer Burton, LMFT, CEAT is a licensed marriage family therapist, certified EMDR therapist, and expressive arts therapist in Los Angeles. Jennifer has worked with the Trauma Resource Institute (TRI) since 2006....Read More Read more about Jennifer Burton, LMFT, CEAT
Ms. Butler received her BA in Child and Adolescent Development with a concentration in Youth and Family from San Francisco State University in 2003. She obtained her MS in Child Development from the University of La Verne in 2007....Read More Read more about Tanyel Butler, MS
Michelle Calder graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1995 where she earned her BA in Psychology with an emphasis on Child Development. In 1997 she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville.
Ms. Calder began her career in...
Raymond Cameron is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist currently in Private Practice in Southern California. Raymond received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy (Cum laude) from the University of California, San Diego and his Master of Arts degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from the...Read More Read more about Raymond Cameron, MFT
Kristie Campbell has over 28 years of experience working with Children and Families. She began her career in 1987 as a primary counselor at New Alternatives, Diversion Program in San Diego. From 1987 through 2007 she continued her work as a Facility Manager and Facility Administrator with various...Read More Read more about Kristie Campbell, MS
Catherine Chase has over 25 years of experience working with Children and Families. She began her career in 1988 as a counselor at Charter Psychiatric Inpatient Hospital in San Diego, specializing in adolescent in-patient treatment. In 1990 Ms. Chase began her work in Child Welfare for Washington St...Read More Read more about Catherine Chase, MA
Jennifer Collins graduated from Western Michigan University in 2000 with a Bachelors degree in Family Studies.
In April 2001, she began her career with the County of San Diego, Child Welfare Services and has worked in an array of different programs during her career with Child Welfare....
Peter Dahlin is a private consultant, based out of Northern California, providing organizational development, training, and curriculum development services to a variety of organizations throughout the country. He is passionate about integrating creativity and fun in solving organizational challenge...Read More Read more about Peter Dahlin, MS
Kendrick Dial is a native of Dallas, Texas but after 9 years of service in the United States Navy, he decided to make San Diego his home. He attended SDSU where he received his BA in Africana Studies/Psychology in 2010....Read More Read more about Kendrick Dial, MSW
Penny has been a parenting educator, teacher trainer and consultant for over 30 years. She has held a number of professional positions in non-profit agencies, schools and colleges working directly with parents, teachers, children and early childhood staff, as well as foster/adoptive caregivers......Read More Read more about Penny Davis,MA
Charisma De Los Reyes, MSW is a Policy Analyst and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Program Coordinator for Child Welfare Services, San Diego County. She has over 10 years of social services experience in investigations, family preservation and engagement, ...Read More Read more about Charisma De Los Reyes, MSW
Therapist San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation
Deborah Donnelly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York State University at Buffalo. She has been employed as a clinical therapist with San Bernardino County, Department of Behavioral Health for the past nine years. During this time, Ms. Donnelly...Read More Read more about Deborah Donnelly, LCSW
Jennifer Elkins graduated under the Master of Social Title IV-E program at SDSU in 2005 and has since worked for Residential Services with the County of San Diego. Within CWS, she has worked in the Teen Specialty Unit and implemented Team Decision Making. She has served as their lead facilitator...Read More Read more about Jennifer Elkins, LCSW
San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation
Anne-Michelle Ellis was hired in December of 2010 as the first Coordinator for the San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation which had been active for nearly two years at the time. She previously worked for Operation SafeHouse, a shelter for runaway and homeless teenagers in Rivers...Read More Read more about Anne-Michelle Ellis
Deborah Fitch comes to PCWTA after working for the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services for 27 years. In her 27 years with Children Services she worked as both a social worker and supervisor in nearly all of the various programs including a 4 year stint working as a program assistant to...Read More Read more about Deborah Fitch, MSW
In 2012, Mrs. Fleshman promoted to Child Welfare Services Manager with CFS SBCO managing an operational region conducting ER, Permanency and Adoption. In 2014, She managed Juvenile Dependency Court, overseeing court process and the Central Training Unit overseeing the training of new social workers....Read More Read more about Cecilia Fleshman, MS
Virginia Flores has 30 years of experience in the field of Social Work. Ms. Flores has worked for Child Protective Services in the State of Texas for 23 years and has experienced working and supervising staff in all stages of service.
Ms. Flores has also served as a Child Protective Permanency...
Laurie Fortin, LCSW, has been a trainer for Child Welfare Development Services (CWDS) since 1999. She began her social work career as a Protective Services Worker with San Diego Child Welfare Services in 1989. Due to her caseload of sexually abused adolescents and volunteer work with a...Read More Read more about Laurie Fortin, LCSW
Lorraine holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and a doctoral certificate in Organizational Development, and is a Certified Child Care Worker. She has been working for forty eight years in child and youth care work in the human services field. Lorraine has been a direct service worker...Read More Read more about Lorraine Fox, PhD
Kim Giardina has been in the field of child welfare for fourteen years. She is currently a Child Welfare Manager in San Diego County, working in the Policy and Program Support Division. Kim currently has responsibility for special projects, data, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Training. She has...Read More Read more about Kimberly Giardina, MSW
Lisa Gilbert received her BS degree from National University in 2001, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Addictive Disorders....Read More Read more about Lisa Gilbert, BA
Sarah Glass graduated from San Diego State University in 2007 with a Bachelors degree in Child and Family Development and in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She is currently a supervisor with San Diego County Child Welfare Services....Read More Read more about Sarah Glass, MSW
Krystal M. Glowack, M.A.: Krystal Glowack has ten years of experience working with troubled and at risk youth in a variety of settings. Ms. Glowack graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology of Law. In 2005 she started working with troubled youth...Read More Read more about Krystal M. Glowack, MA
Ms. Golly received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from University Guelph, Canada, and her MA and PhD in Psychology from United States International University, San Diego Campus, in 1998.
Ms. Golly was born and raised in Kenya and immigrated to San Diego in 1993. On completion of her graduate...
Jennifer Haight, M.A. is a senior researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. She has worked extensively with staff from public and private child welfare agencies to help them use their data more effectively to understand the functioning of their child welfare systems and strategize...Read More Read more about Jennifer Haight, M.A.
Bridgette Hernandez graduated from California State University, San Bernardino in 2000 with a Master’s in Social Work. She also graduated in 2011 with a Master’s of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She was published with two classmates in September 2014...Read More Read more about Bridgette Hernandez, MS, MSW
Ms Horton received her MSW from San Diego State University in 1992. In 1994 She became a licensed as a Clinical Social Worker. Ms Horton specializes in Child Abuse and Prevention. She began her career as a volunteer on call crisis counselor and then became a residential care worker in shelters for...Read More Read more about Laurie Horton,LCSW
Amy Jaffe joined the Academy in 2014. She is the County Consultant for CWDS for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. She began her career in Human Resources in the private sector. Moved to improve the quality of life for vulnerable populations she changed careers and became a Social Worker in 2003. She...Read More Read more about Amoreena "Amy" Jaffe, MPA
Bill James started working with teens in residential treatment in 1989. He graduated from Baylor University with a BA in Psychology in 1984 and from San Diego State University with a Master’s in Social Work in 1993...Read More Read more about Bill James, LCSW
Lerone Jenkins graduated from East Carolina University in 1996 with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. In 2005, he graduated from San Diego State University with a Masters Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Child Welfare in 2005...Read More Read more about Lerone Jenkins, MSW
Ms. Jeter started her career as a Los Angeles County Probation Officer where she worked as a Deputy Probation Officer in Juvenile Hall, in a Probation Camp for violent female offenders and in several field offices with both juveniles and adults...Read More Read more about Debby Jeter, MFT
Scott Johnson is a Licensed Addiction Counselor. He provides therapy, consultation and seminars on an international basis.
Mr. Johnson recently established the Certified Addiction Counselor’s Association of Japan, which is the first program of its kind in that nation. Mr. Johnson is a trainer for...
Stefanie Nieto Johnson, MSW, is an independent bilingual certified coach, trainer, and consultant working with organizations to improve Child Welfare practice at all levels....Read More Read more about Stefanie Nieto Johnson, MSW
Maxine Jones-Robinson has over 30 years of experience working with vulnerable children, youth, families and the elderly in a variety of positions.
Ms. Jones-Robinson began her social work career in 1981 as a social worker serving the elderly and disabled residents in a nursing facility; and in...
Ms. Kadas has been employed in the social work field for 13 years as both a caseworker and supervisor. She has experience working with children in residential treatment, assisting transition-aged foster youth with independent living skills, facilitating therapeutic groups for women in...Read More Read more about Jennifer Kadas, MSW
Marilyn Kaufhold, M.D. is a child abuse pediatrician who has been associated with the Child Protection Team at Children's Hospital, San Diego since 1978. She retired as Assistant Medical Director, responsible for the Forensic and Medical Unit of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families in...Read More Read more about Marilyn Kaufhold, MD
Nicole Kelsay graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN in 1999 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2001 from Columbia University in New York, NY. Currently she is a Policy Analyst for San Diego County’s, Child Welfare Service...Read More Read more about Nicole Kelsay, MSW
Alice Kennedy began her career as a social worker with the County of San Diego Child Welfare Services in 1992, and possesses a Masters Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Administration. Alice was initially assigned to the Sexual Abuse Adjunct Unit and continued to expand her skills by...Read More Read more about Alice Kennedy, MSW
Ms. Kennedy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Agency Management from Missouri Valley College and a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from the University of San Diego.
Ms. Kennedy has worked as a child welfare professional since 1990 when she became a Protective...
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Parent Partner
Linda D. Ketterer was born to teach! In 2005, she received a BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on education, from San Diego State University, as well as a Pre-K through Adult multiple subject teaching credential, and dedicates her life to reaching the unreachable (or so they think). ...Read More Read more about Linda D. Ketterer, BA
Ms. Candice Kimbell, LCSW earned her B.A. in Anthropology from California State University, Northridge and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California in 2008. Ms. Kimbell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and specializes in children’s mental health....Read More Read more about Candice Kimbell, LCSW
Kahalifa King has a wide range of life experiences which he believes has helped to prepare him for the career he now enjoys in helping others. He has over 18 years of experience in Sales/Marketing. He has served on the San Diego Superior Court Mediation Panel. Kahalifa is a Mediation Trainer...Read More Read more about Kahalifa King, MS, MFT
Mark’s first exposure to child welfare began when he and his wife became foster parents to teenage boys in the early 1980’s, in Alaska, prior to moving to California. He received his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. For several years Mark...Read More Read more about Mark Kisselburg, MS
Sarah Kneeland has worked for Child Welfare Services in the County of San Diego since 2009. She played an active role in the development, training, coaching, and implementation of Safety-Organized Practice in San Diego. She worked as a Protective Services Worker in Continuing Services, ...Read More Read more about Sarah Kneeland, BSW
Pastor Barry E. Knight has committed his life to helping people reach their maximum potential! He is a man of faith and family, and maintains a high degree of integrity and commitment to his personal development...Read More Read more about Barry E. Knight, BA
Beverly has been a Public Speaker and Educator for more than 35 years with specialties in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; the Trauma Impact on Brain Development, behavior and Learning in Children, Youth and adults, and Compassion Fatigue, AKA Secondary or Vicarious Trauma....Read More Read more about Beverly Kyer, MSW, CSW, ACSW
Ms. Lanier received her BA in Sociology from the University of California at San Diego in 1997 and her MSW from San Diego State University in 2001. ...Read More Read more about Becky Lanier, LCSW
Harkmore Lee, MSW is the Director of Simulation, Research, and Training Program at California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA). In 2013, Harkmore designed and built the first Residential Simulation Lab in California that specifically supports the training of new child welfare social work...Read More Read more about Harkmore Lee, MSW
Judith Lefler received her BS in Nursing from the University of California San Francisco in 1972. She completed her 5th year post-graduate study in Public Health Nursing and has a certification in School Nursing. In addition, Ms. Lefler was certified as a Pediatric Intensive Care Specialist in 1982...Read More Read more about Judith Lefler, BSN, CLNC
Francesca LeRúe received her MSW from California State University, Long Beach in 1994 and her MPA from California State University, Northridge in 2010. Ms. LeRúe is also a certified mediator. She has specialized in child welfare since 1987, beginning her career as a counselor in a residential grou...Read More Read more about Francesca LeRue, MSW
Ms. Leveque graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from UC Irvine in 1990 and earned a Master’s degree in Social Welfare from UCLA in 1992. Ms. Leveque has worked for the Los Angeles Department Children and Family Services (DCFS) since 1994....Read More Read more about Monica Leveque, LCSW
Ms. Lodder has spent the last eleven years working in child welfare programs as a social worker, supervisor, and program coordinator. She received a Master's in Social Work from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada in 2009....Read More Read more about Renee Lodder, MSW
Luck is a Senior Protective Services Worker, and has worked with Child Welfare Services (CWS), County of San Diego for 16 years. Within CWS, Luck has specialized in Emergency Response (ER), Domestic Violence, Safety-Organized Practice (SOP), and Coaching. Specialty assignments have included: ...Read More Read more about Luck Pecas Luckey, BA
Ms. Macis received her BA in Psychology from San Diego State University in 1997 and her MSW from San Diego State University in 2010. Ms. Macis has worked for the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency- Child Welfare Services since 1992. ...Read More Read more about Diana Macis, MSW
Dr. Magaña has worked with children and families exposed to violence for close to thirty years. She obtained her doctorate degree from the University of California Irvine and completed additional post graduate work in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University and the United States International...Read More Read more about Holly Magana, PhD
Ms. Mahoney received her Bachelors of Science Degree from California State University in Fullerton in 1991. Ms. Mahoney received her Masters of Social Work Degree from California State University in Long Beach in 1995. Ms. Mahoney became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in November of 2003....Read More Read more about Susan Mahoney, LCSW
Dr. Manning is a licensed psychologist in the state of California and earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Manning has provided training on local, state and national levels to professionals of multiple specialties and lay persons on...Read More Read more about Gregory Manning, PsyD
Taryn Massey graduated from Chaminade University in Honolulu in 2008 with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. She is currently a Lead Child Welfare Social Worker with the Ventura County Social Services Agency, Children and Family Services....Read More Read more about Taryn Massey, MS
Ms. McCarrell received her BA in Social Work from Chapman University in 1981 and her MSW from the University of Houston, Texas in 1984. She then spent the next 7 years as a Senior Social Worker for Orange County Social Services Agency working in Emergency Response, Dependency Intake, Dependency In...Read More Read more about Kathy McCarrell, MSW
Carlos McCray is the Co-Founder of The Dojo Cafe, a social enterprise community coffee shop focused on coffee, culture and community. The Dojo is a culmination of Carlos’ various experiences over the years working for different nonprofits empowering those living in underserved communities. ...Read More Read more about Carlos McCray, MSW, ASW
Monica Oliver McCurdy, MSW: Ms. McCurdy received her BS degree in Sociology from Rutgers University in 1988 and her MSW from Howard University in 1992, which sparked her interest and commitment to Public Child Welfare for the last twenty-five years....Read More Read more about Monica Oliver McCurdy, MSW
Lisa McCulloch earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 1985. She took a break from school and moved to San Diego where she worked with children, adolescents, and adults in an acute care psychiatric facility. Ms. McCulloch went on to earn her MSW from San Diego State Universi...Read More Read more about Lisa McCulloch, LCSW
Kim McDowell has worked in Child Welfare since 1997, in California and a 4 year stint in upstate New York. She received her BA in psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and her MSW from California State University, Sacramento....Read More Read more about Kim McDowell, MSW
Daniel McKinnis graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 2010 with a Bachelors Degree majoring in Psychology/Human Services and in 2012 with a Masters Degree in Social Work....Read More Read more about Daniel McKinnis, MSW
Heather Meitner is a senior program specialist with NCCD. In her role she works nationally with child welfare organizations as a trainer and consultant on their implementation of strength and safety-organized practice skills and their integration of those skills with the Structured Decision Making...Read More Read more about Heather Meitner, LCSW
David Meyers is an attorney who serves as Chief Operating Officer of Dependency Legal Services, a non-profit that holds contracts to represent parents and children in four Northern California Counties. In addition, David serves as part time staff to the UC Davis Northern Training Academy, and runs...Read More Read more about David Meyers, JD
Mr. Meyers received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Brigham Young University in 1990 and his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute in 1996. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology from Northcentral University, having completed the coursework and...Read More Read more about Michael Meyers, MA
Lilli Miles has been a trainer for the Public Child Welfare Training Academy since 1999. Lilli received her BS in Psychology from Loyola University in Chicago where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She obtained her MA in Marriage & Family Therapy from Sierra University in Costa...Read More Read more about Lilli Miles, MA
Mark Miller has worked in public child welfare since 1983 as a line worker, supervisor & manager. He recently retired from the County of Los Angeles, Department of Children and Family Services where he worked for 32 years. ...Read More Read more about Mark Miller, MPA, MA
Sharon Morrison, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and consultant in San Diego, California. She holds certification in Evaluation and Organizational Development from The Fielding Institute and specialized training in Coaching from San Diego State University.With over twenty years of experience in...Read More Read more about Sharon Morrison,PhD
DeAnna Avey Motikeit has 32 years of diverse and rich professional experience, working within a wide variety of health and human services organizations and programs that served people of all ages in need of a wide range of services and interventions. DeAnna has held high level leadership positions...Read More Read more about DeAnna Avey Motikeit, MA
Jeffrey received his MA in Clinical Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute in Chatsworth, CA with an emphasis in co-occurring disorders. He is a certified Anderson & Anderson Anger Management facilitator and is trained in EMDR therapy. He has worked as a therapist for several probation camps, ...Read More Read more about Jeffrey Munn, LMFT
Joanne Munro received her BS in Psychology from CSU Long Beach, CA in 1986 and her MS in Counseling from CSU Fullerton, CA in 1990. She has been licensed as an MFT since 1995. In 2006, she completed her doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is completing her licensure hours as a clinic...Read More Read more about Joanne Munro, PsyD
Shaunna Murtha, LCSW, is a trainer and consultant in the Bay Area, California. Ms. Murtha provides trainings to child welfare professionals, probation staff, school district personnel, foster care providers, foster youth (current and former) and local community based organizations. ...Read More Read more about Shaunna Murtha, LCSW
Rita Esmeralda Naranjo is a dedicated and determined mother and community member who has passionately pursued her personal and professional goals by striving to be an active learner and life participant. From the time she was a young girl growing up in foster care she experienced years of...Read More Read more about Rita Esmeralda Naranjo, MA
Ms. Newmyer has been working with foster youth since 1996 and received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from San Diego State University in 1997.
Ms. Newmyer worked for YMCA Youth and Family Services as a Case Manager teaching Independent Living Skills and developing plans for foster youth...
Joanne Willis Newton established her own legal practice in 2005, after seven years with California Indian Legal Services. Before joining California Indian Legal Services, she worked for several years as a consultant ...Read More Read more about Joanne Willis Newton
Ms. Nguyen received her BA in Psychology in 2001 and her MSW in 2005 from San Diego State University. In 2005, she began working for San Diego County HHSA, Child Welfare Services and has experience working and supervising in the areas of safety and risk assessment, emergency response, court...Read More Read more about Lilian N. Nguyen, MSW
Tonya Octave currently holds a Master’s Degree in the field of social work from California State University, Long Beach. In Los Angeles County she oversees mental health services for children under the supervision of Children Services and Probation. Additionally, she provides consultation services...Read More Read more about Tonya Octave, LCSW
Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD is an Adolescent Medicine physician specializing in the care of gender non-conforming children and transgender youth. Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Olson-Kennedy has been an Assistant Professor at Children's Hospital Los Angeles......Read More Read more about Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD
Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW is a well-known human rights activist and has spoken around the country for the past two decades about the importance of rights for transgender individuals, with emphasis on identifying and acknowledging domains of privilege. ...Read More Read more about Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW
Robert Ortega, MSW, PhD, has served on faculty at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work since 1991 and is co-Director of the Washtenaw County Catholic Social Services Family Assessment Clinic. His research has focused on mental health and child welfare, relationship development, group...Read More Read more about Robert Ortega, MSW, PhD
Mark Otto is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Strengths Consulting LLC, helping companies drive and achieve measurable results by improving relationships. He has worked with 19 different companies ...Read More Read more about Marc Otto, MS, MA
Ms. Palmer has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Redlands. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Loma Linda University in 1998. She became licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in California in 2012...Read More Read more about Terrianne Palmer, LCSW
Shelly Paule, MSW, LCSW is currently a Protective Services Supervisor with HHSA, Child Welfare Services. Ms. Paule graduated with her Bachelors in PSychology from SDSU in 1996. She immediately entered the MSW program through SDSU, completing her degree in 1998. Ms. Paule's f...Read More Read more about Shelly Paule, MSW, LCSW
Tricia Pegues is currently a full-time Practice Consultant for the Public Child Welfare Training Academy assigned to Riverside County. Tricia has a Master's of Science in Human Services/Social and Community Services and she is currently a PhD Candidate in the dissertation phase of her Doctorate in...Read More Read more about Tricia Pegues, PhD Candidate
Donna Pence was selected to be the first female Special Agent with the Tennessee Bureau in 1976 after two years as a patrol officer with the Metropolitan Nashville Park Police. During her 25 years with the Bureau she worked undercover, special crimes, and field investigations. She organized the...Read More Read more about Donna Pence, BS
Javier Perez has over fifteen years of experience working with at-risk children and families in a variety of settings.
Mr. Perez received his Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology at Arizona State University in 1998, and his Master’s degree in Social Work from San Diego State University in 2004...
Michael Perry has over 25 years experience working with troubled and at-risk youth in a variety of settings. Mr. Perry began his social work career in 1973 as a group home counselor serving at-risk teens, placed for long-term care, and in 1979 completed his graduate work at the University of Washing...Read More Read more about Michael Perry, MSW
Rick Puls graduated from Pepperdine University with a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and from American Behavioral Studies Institute with a Doctorate of Psychology, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy. ...Read More Read more about Richard Puls, PsyD
Robert Quintana is a graduate of Hunter College School of Social Work, City University of New York.
During his career he has provided direct services to children in residential settings, assessed and evaluated developmentally delayed persons in state detention centers, and worked in medical...
Ms. Richter received her MSW from San Diego State University in 1982. She became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 1988 and a Qualified Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Social Work Diplomate in 1994...Read More Read more about Sally Richter, MSW
Tanya N. Rollins, MSW: Ms. Rollins received her BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 1990 and her MSW from Texas State University-San Marcos in 2007...Read More Read more about Tanya N. Rollins, MSW
Michelle Runnels is an MSW with many successful years of child welfare practice. She has worked as a DCF social worker in many areas of the department to include, Investigations, Court, Adoptions and Staff Development, where she was responsible for the oversight and training of all DCF social worker...Read More Read more about Michelle Runnels, MSW
Judith Rutan, MPA, currently serves as the Transfer of Learning & Leadership Specialist with the Central California Training Academy. In her role she provides oversight for the Field Based Trainer / Coaching program as well as the implementation of an advanced leadership program for county...Read More Read more about Judith Rutan, MPA
Wayne Rutledge received his Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in 1991. He began his career as an Intake Worker with San Bernardino Department of Children and Family Services in 1992 and was responsible for referral investigations, filing Juvenile Court...Read More Read more about Wayne Rutledge, MFT
Valerie Ryan is an Instructional Design Manager for the Academy for Professional Excellence. Prior to joining the Academy in May, 2009, Val worked for IVID Communications and assisted them with implementing eLearning courses for many large organizations and the Academy's BHETA program...Read More Read more about Valerie Ryan, MA
Dora Saenz-Belden received her BS in psychology from University of La Verne in 1997 and her MSW from the University of Long Beach in 2000....Read More Read more about Dora Saenz-Belden, MSW
Nancy Satterwhite worked for Riverside County Children’s Services Division (CSD) for 10 years in the capacity of Lineworker, Supervisor, and Manager. She was instrumental in implementing Wraparound services in Riverside’s CSD. Nancy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience providing...Read More Read more about Nancy Satterwhite, LCSW
Ms. Shackleford attended the University of California at Riverside and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in the cooperative major of Sociology and Law & Society in 1993. She attended California State University, San Bernardino and earned her MSW in 1997....Read More Read more about Crystal Shackleford, MSW
Anzette Shackelford, LCSW is currently the Training Development Manager and a County Consultant for the Academy for Professional Excellence, Public Child Welfare Training Academy. She received her B.A. in Psychology from CSUDH and her Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from SDSU. Anzette has...Read More Read more about Anzette Shackelford, LCSW
Mr. Shaverdian is an IT consultant specializing in Business Intelligence and database reporting. His project scopes vary from complete reporting infrastructure design and implementation to creation of statistical, compliance, utilization reports, dashboards and user training...Read More Read more about Valod Shaverdian
Ms. Sheralyn (Sherry) Shockey-Pope received her BS in Social Sciences from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo in 1988 and her MA in Psychology with emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling in 1992. She has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2000 and she maintains...Read More Read more about Sheralyn Shockey-Pope, LMFT
Dawn Schoonhoven Scott is the Director of the Child Welfare Development Services (CWDS) program at the Academy for Professional Excellence. Ms. Schoonhoven Scott has 17 years of experience in the field of child welfare and 7 years of experience in the field of workforce development. She also has cli...Read More Read more about Dawn Schoonhoven Scott, MSW
Kali Scolnick guides organizations and institutions in building competency and skills to address intercultural communication, diversity, and multicultural competence. Kali earned her undergraduate degree in International Studies with an emphasis in Latin American and Black Studies and earned her...Read More Read more about Kali Skolnik
Ben Slagter graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI with a BA in Criminal Justice in 1998 and from Michigan State University with a MS in Criminal Justice in 2000. He is currently employed as a Regional Manager with the Department of Public Social Services, Children’s Services Division...Read More Read more about Benjamin Slagter, MS
Trainer Bio Lisa Smith has over 19 years experience in working with children and families and at-risk youth in a variety of settings.
Lisa began her social work career in 1990 as a group home counselor serving at-risk teens, placed in long-term care, and completed her undergraduate work at the...
Rhoda Smith received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. After a short hiatus from school she worked for Orange County General Services Agency, CAST and then Juvenile Probation. She returned to school to pursue the MSW at the University of Southern California...Read More Read more about Rhoda Smith, MSW
Kenneth "Budd" Snell is a former CWS/CMS System Administrator and Trainer for Sacramento Child Protective Services. He has provided training and support to other System Administrators, New Users, Unit Supervisors, Executive level users and Juvenile Probation departments throughout California since ...Read More Read more about Kenneth Snell, BA
Teresa Solomon-Billings is currently a Curriculum Coordinator and Trainer with the Public Child Welfare Training Academy. She retired as a Regional Manager in Riverside County in 2014. She was a line worker in emergency response, a court officer, and supervised the court dependency unit. As a manage...Read More Read more about Teresa Solomon-Billings, MSW
Heidi Staples, MSW is currently the Director of the UCLA Center of Child Welfare at the Luskin School of Public Affairs Department of Social Welfare, where she oversees training of DCFS staff as well as MSW interns who plan to work in public child welfare. The six graduate schools of social work in...Read More Read more about Heidi Staples, MSW
Heidi Stern-Ellis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has focused her practice in the arena of child maltreatment. For the past 20 years, she has been employed at San Diego’s Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center, Chadwick Center for Children and Families. She has functioned as a trauma...Read More Read more about Heidi Stern-Ellis, LCSW
Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW, has worked in the area of social services for over 15 years. She has over 11 years of employment with Child Protective Services; where she has spent her time investigating child abuse, completing forensic interviews with law enforcement, and testified in criminal...Read More Read more about Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW
Dr. Premi Suresh grew up in northeastern Ohio. She obtained her B.S. degree from Kent State University and her M.D. degree at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 2003. She moved to California after medical school and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital an...Read More Read more about Premi Suresh, MD
Ms. Swaykos received her BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2005 and her MSW from San Diego State University in 2008. While in school, Ms. Swaykos gained experience with youth in the Child Welfare System working in group homes for youth with high behavioral and developmental needs...Read More Read more about Rachel Swaykos, MSW
Lisa Tamres, MSW, has 25 years of experience at the County of Orange Social Services Agency including 23 years of service in child welfare as line worker, supervisor, trainer and manager. Her assignments included various aspects of the child welfare process ranging from emergency response, ...Read More Read more about Lisa Tamres, MSW
Savannah Taylor holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, San Bernardino, and has over 10 years of experience working with children and families. Mrs. Taylor began her career in 2005 as a member of the Student Attendance Review Board (SAARB) for the Corona Unified ...Read More Read more about Savannah Taylor, MSW
Mr. Tetley is a graduate of Western State University of Law in Fullerton, California. He has been a lawyer for 26 years, and has particular expertise in the areas of the Juvenile, Dependency and Family Law, and malpractice. He was Juvenile Court Commissioner with the San Bernardino Superior Court...Read More Read more about Frank O. Tetley, JD
Rachel Thomas, M. Ed., is the Director of Sowers Education Group where she and a team of educators sow seeds of sex trafficking awareness and survivor empowerment.
A graduate of UCLA with a Master’s in Education and a personal survivor of human trafficking, Rachel has over 10 years’ experience in...
Traci Tippett, LCSW works as a private practitioner, in East Tennessee, after a seven year stay in the southwest. Traci graduated in psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and received a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of TN, Knoxville. Traci is licensed in TN and in NM. During her...Read More Read more about Tracy Tippett, LCSW
Ms. Torre-Bueno attended San Diego State University and received her Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies. In 1985, she earned her Master's Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Health.
Ms. Torre-Bueno has maintained a full-time psychotherapy private practice since 1986. She is also a...
Ms. Trotter attended the University of California at Irvine and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences in 1989. She attended the University of La Verne and earned a Masters Degree in Leadership and Management in 2006...Read More Read more about Tamera Trotter, MS
Ms. van Lingen has worked for the County of San Diego's Child Welfare Services since 2000. Prior to that, she worked for 4 years in a residential treatment facility for severely emotionally disturbed (SED) foster children. She led a team of care providers and also taught the recreational therapy...Read More Read more about Leah van Lingen
Ms. Velazco received her BA in Human Development from California State University San Marcos in 2000. Her passion is teaching and promoting cultural humility and implementing inclusiveness within the workplace and the community. ...Read More Read more about Martha Velazco, BA
Ms. Dawn Vetro graduated from California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) in 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Bachelors Degree in Human Development with a Child Development emphasis. In 2012, she graduated from CSUSB with a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) with...Read More Read more about Dawn Vetro, MSW
Steven M. Walker received a Master of Social Work Degree from the San Francisco State University. A strong advocate for children and families he has over 25 years of experience in Child Welfare....Read More Read more about Steven M. Walker, MSW
Peter Watson has more than 20 years of experience in human services research, capacity building, systems change initiatives and child welfare administration. Most recently, he directed the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI) from 2004-2014. Much of his work...Read More Read more about Peter Watson
Daniel Webster, M.S.W., Ph.D., is a senior research specialist and project director at the Center for Social Services Research at the University of California, Berkeley. A consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation for the past eight years, he has worked with county and state child welfare staff...Read More Read more about Daniel Webster, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Lucia Weiss, LCSW: Lucia Weiss has over 15 years experience serving children and families and is passionate about developing a family serving system that universally treats everyone with respect and dignity, regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. ...Read More Read more about Lucia Weiss, LCSW
Steven Wells currently works as a Protective Services Supervisor (PSS) with the County of San Diego – Child Welfare Services and has over 12 years of experience working in Child Welfare as a line social worker and a senior social worker, and has supervised social workers for the past three years...Read More Read more about Steven Wells, MA
Latanya West is passionate about utilizing her background in the arts and K-12 education to help change agents fulfill their mission to uplift at-risk youth. A graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Social Science, Ms. West served urban youth for thirteen years as an elementary and middle school...Read More Read more about Latanya West, M.S.
Regional Manager for Riverside County
Sophia M. Williams received her BA in Psychology at the University of California, Riverside in 1993.
Mrs. Williams began her social work career in 1999 with Child Protective Service for the Department of Social Services in Riverside County. Since that time, Mrs. Williams has worked as a Social Work...
Ms. Wieand received her BA in psychology from University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997, and her MSW from San Diego State University in 2010.
Ms. Wieand has over 17 years working with at-risk youth and their families. Ms. Wieand began her career 1997 working with Autistic Youth at Devereux...
Wendy Wiegmann is the Project Director for the California Child Welfare Indicators Project (CCWIP), a collaborative venture between the University of California at Berkeley and the California Department of Social Services. The CCWIP provides policymakers, child welfare workers, researchers, and the ...Read More Read more about Wendy Wiegmann, MSW, PhD
Michelle Wohl has worked in the child welfare field for more than fifteen years. She has held various positions from Social Worker to Regional Manager in Riverside County. She also worked in County Human Resources supporting the Social Services team and representing the County in arbitration hearing...Read More Read more about Michelle Wohl, MFT
Amanda Wyatt graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 1995 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and in 1997 with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. In 1998, she joined the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Child Welfare Services and has spent...Read More Read more about Amanda Wyatt, MC Clinical Psychology
Lynn is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 17 years of Social Work case management and crisis intervention with children and families impacted by complex trauma. Lynn developed the Family Trauma Prevention and Recovery Program at Saddleback Church. She has taught and created curriculum on...Read More Read more about Lynn Young, MSW, LCSW