Conference Faculty

Walter Akers
Director
Carroll County Child Advocacy Center
Westminster, MD

Ann Adalist–Estrin, MS
Director
National Resource Center on
Children & Families of the Incarcerated
Familiy & Corrections Network
Jenkintown, PA

Miriam Alkon, PsyD
Psychologist
Infant-Parent Court-Affiliated Intervention Project
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY

India Azzinaro
Health Care Liaison
Lutheran Settlement House
Philadelphia, PA

Susan Badeau
Child Welfare Consultant
National Advisor
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Philadelphia, PA

Alicen Bailey-Silfies, BA
Home & School Visitor
Allentown School District
Allentown, PA

Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW
Dean and Professor
University of Maryland School of Social Work
Baltimore, MD

Daniel Basch
BA Candidate
Muhlenberg College
Psychology Department
Allentown, PA

Laurie Bensky, MSW
Senior Policy Analyst
Children’s Rights
New York, NY

Steven Berkowitz, MD
Director
University of Pennsylvania Center for Youth and Family Trauma
Philadelphia, PA

Hon. Louise Williams Bishop
Pennsylvania State Representative
192nd Legislative District
Democratic Chair
Pennsylvania House of Representatives Children
& Youth Committee
Harrisburg and Philadelphia, PA

Gillian Blair, PhD, LLM
Forensic Psychologist
Fellow, Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research
Private Practice
Narberth, PA

Melissa Boandi, MEd
Counselor
Mosser Elementary School
Allentown, PA

Kimber Bogard, PhD
Director
Board on Children, Youth and Families
Institute of Medicine
National Research Council
Washington, DC

Cathy Brittis, MSW
Program Manager
Child Advocacy Center of Grafton and Sullivan Counties
Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth
Hitchcock, VT

Daniel Brown, BA
Outreach Worker
Allentown School District
Allentown, PA

Mari Ann Campbell, RN, MSN
Nurse Consultant
Child Health Consultants
Philadelphia, PA

Tammie Campher, LCSW
Family Finder
Washington County Department of Social Services
Hagerstown, MD

Cindy Christian, MD
Chair in the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect
Co-Director of Safe Place:
The Center for Child Protection & Health
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Professor of Pediatrics
Univ. of Penn Perelman School of Medicine
Medical Director
Philadelphia Dept. of Human Services
Philadelphia, PA

Kathleen Creamer, Esq.
Stoneleigh Fellow
Staff Attorney
Community Legal Services
Philadelphia, PA

Teri Covington, MPH
Executive Director
National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths
Washington, DC

Virginia D’Amico
Project Specialist II
Sacramento County Office of Education
Sacramento, CA

Kimberly Day, MSW
Deputy Director
National Children’s Alliance
Washington, DC

Emily DeLeon, BSW
Program Analyst
Performance Management & Accountability
Philadelphia Dept. of Human Services
Philadelphia, PA

Melissa Delgadillo
Program Manager
Santa Cruz County Family & Children’s Services
Santa Cruz, CA

Laura DeRiggi, MSW
Director Special Projects
Philadelphia Dept. of Behavioral Health
Director of Clinical Services
Philadelphia Dept. of Human Services
Philadelphia, PA

Emily M. Douglas, PhD
Associate Professor
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA

Maggie Eisen, MSS, MLSP
Stoneleigh Fellow
The Health Federation of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Kathleen Coulborn Faller, PhD, ACSW
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Mike Feeley
Director of Content
Pennlive.com/The Patriot-News
Harrisburg, PA

Jessica Feierman, Esq.
Supervising Attorney
Juvenile Law Center
Philadelphia, PA

Risa Vetri Ferman, Esq.
District Attorney
Montgomery County
Norristown, Pennsylvania

Kara Finck, Esq.
Director
Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Philadelphia, PA

Martin A. Finkel, DO
Professor of Pediatrics
Director
CARES Institute
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Stratford, NJ

Antwone Fisher
Screenwriter and Author
Los Angeles, CA

Leslie Schnoll Fitzpatrick, LCSW-C
Child Protection Team Coordinator
Maryland Child Abuse Medical Professionals
(CHAMP) Program Manager
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Gayle Flavin, MSW
Director of Training & Implementation
Extreme Recruitment
Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition
St. Louis, MO
              
Jennifer Fleming, MS
Research Associate
Devereux Center for Resilient Children
Villanova, PA

Cathy A. Fuller, MSW, LSW
Program Coordinator
Permanency Services
Bethanna
Southampton, PA

Richard Gehrman, MBA
Executive Director
Safe Passage for Children
St. Paul, MN

Richard J. Gelles, PhD
Dean of the University of Pennsylvania
School of Social Policy & Practice
and Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair
of Child Welfare and Family Violence
Philadelphia, PA

Mitchell Goldstein, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director of the Johns Hopkins University Child Protection Team
Medical Director of Urgent Care Medicine
Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Elizabeth J. Greeno, PhD, LCSW-C
Research Assistant Professor
University of Maryland
School of Social Work
Baltimore, MD

Steven F. Grilli, ACSW, LSW
Senior Clinical Research Assistant
Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Kai Guterman, MA, MPP
Knowledge Management Advisor
Casey Family Programs
Seattle, WA

Hazel Guzman, MA
Child Development Specialist
Infant-Parent Court-Affiliated
Intervention Project
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY

Hon. David Heckler
District Attorney
Bucks County
Doylestown, PA

Rick Heyman, PhD
Professor
New York University
New York, NY

Karen Hudson, MSW, LSW
Program Leader
Homeless Health Initiative
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Wendy B. Jeffries
Program Manager
ISS-USA
Baltimore, MD

Michael Jernegan, BA
MSW Candidate
Widener University
Center for Social Work Education
Chester, PA

Beth Kaiser Jones, MSW, LICSW
Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Social Work Program
Child Protection Program
Clinical Consultant
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Shloka Joshi, JD
Public Health Fellow, HELP
MLP, Community Hospital
Chester, PA

Canan Karatekin, PhD
Associate Professor
Institute of Child Development
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Linda Kelly, Esq.
Former Pennsylvania Attorney General
Pittsburgh, PA

Tae Kuen Kim, PhD
Assistant Professor
Adelphi University School of Social Work
Garden City, NY

Chris Kirchner, MSW
Executive Director
Philadelphia Children’s Alliance
Northeast Regional Office
National Children’s Alliance
Philadelphia, PA

Jack Kresnak
Former Child Welfare Reporter
Detroit Free Press
Livonia, MI

Wendy G. Lane, MD, MPH
Associate Director
Preventive Medicine Residency Program
Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health\
& Department of Pediatrics
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Jennifer Lawson, MSSW
PhD Candidate
University of California – Berkeley
Oakland, CA

Kristen Lombardi
Investigative Reporter
The Center for Public Integrity
Former Staff Writer
The Boston Phoenix
Washington, DC

Marcia Lowry, Esq.
Executive Director
Children’s Rights
New York, NY

Bev Mackereth
Secretary
Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
Harrisburg, PA

Rachel Mann, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney
Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Alejandra Martin, MPH
Research Associate
Board on Children, Youth, and Families
Institute of Medicine
National Research Council
Washington, DC

John Mattingly
Senior Fellow
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Baltimore, MD

Kelly McBride
Senior Faculty
Ethics, Reporting and Writing
The Poynter Institute
St. Petersburg, FL

Mary Myslewicz, MPA
Knowledge Management Advisor
Casey Family Programs
Seattle, WA

Felicity S. Northcott, PhD
Director of External Partnerships and Intercountry Services
ISS-USA
Baltimore, MD

Lisa Nutter
President
Philadelphia Academies
Philadelphia, PA

Melanie Ohmes, JD
Director of 30 Days to Family
Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition
St. Louis, MO

Kathy Lemon Osterling, MSW, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Social Work
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA

Staci Perlman, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor
Kutztown University
Kutztown, PA

Ramona Pertalta
Medical Advocate
Lutheran Settlement House
Philadelphia, PA

Roger D. Phillips, PhD
Developmental Psychologist and Evaluation Consultant
Lehigh County Office of Children & Youth Services
Alburtis, PA

Jenny Pokempner, Esq.
Supervising Attorney
Juvenile Law Center
Philadelphia, PA

Karen Powell, LCSW-C
Manager
Training and Organizational Development
Office of Child Welfare Practice & Policy
DHS/Social Services Administration
Baltimore, MD

Alan Puckett, PhD, MSSW
Knowledge Management Advisory
Casey Family Programs
Seattle, WA

Danielle Reh, MSW
Administrator
Performance Management and Accountability
Philadelphia Dept. of Human Services
Philadelphia, PA

Ernest Reitz, Esq.
Assistant State’s Attorney
Special Victims Unit – Child Victim Team
Office of the State’s Attorney
for Baltimore City
Baltimore, MD 

Dorothy Roberts, JD
Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor
George A. Weiss University Professor
Raymond Pace and
Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Dan Romer, PhD
Director
Adolescent Communication Institute
Annenberg Public Policy Center
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Berenice Rushovich, MSW
Research Specialist
University of Maryland
School of Social Work
Baltimore, MD

Philip V. Scribano, DO, MSCE
Medical Director of Safe Place:
The Center for Child Protection & Health
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Professor of Pediatrics
Univ. of Penn Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Sandy Sheller, MA, ATR-BC, LPC
Clinical Director of Independent Projects
Assistant Clinical Professor
The Salvation Army
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA

Judith A. Silver, PhD
Director of Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice Initiatives
Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Gabriel Smith, MA
Research Associate
Devereux Center for Resilient Children
Villanova, PA

Amy Smith-Slep, PhD
Professor
New York University
New York, NY

Heather Taussig, PhD
Associate Professor
Kempe Center
University of Colorado
Aurora, CO

Ligia Teoderovici, LGSW
Kinship Navigator
Washington County Department of Social Services
Hagerstown, MD

Kathleen Nolan Torrisi, RN, MSN
Nurse Consultant
Child Health Consultants
Philadelphia, PA

Mathew Uretsky
Program Manager
University of Maryland School of Social Work
Baltimore, MD

Frank E. Vandevort, JD
Clinical Professor of Law
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Hon. Katharine Watson
Pennsylvania State Representative
144th Legislative District
Majority Chair
Pennsylvania House of Representatives Children
& Youth Committee
Harrisburg and Bucks County, PA

Cathy White
Project Specialist II
Sacramento County Office of Education
Sacramento, CA

Mary Whittier
Executive Director
Bivona Child Advocacy Center
Rochester, NY

Jesse L. Wilkinson, MA
Doctoral Candidate
Stony Brook University
Port Jefferson Station, NY

Sarah Catherine Williams, MSW
Senior Research Analyst
Child Trends
Bethesda, MD

Celeste R. Wilson, MD
Medical Director
Child Protection Program
Boston Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Joanne Wood, MD, MSHP
Attending Physician
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Univ. of Penn Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Anderson Sungmin Yoon, DSW, LCSW-R, RPT-S, CASAC, ACT
Assistant Project Director
The Child Center of New York
Flushing, NY

Sarah Zlotnik, MSW, MSPH
Senior Strategist
PolicyLab
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Kim Zsitek-Brannan, RN, CSN, MSN, CRPN
Nurse
Mosser Elementary School
Allentown, PA