Consultant and Trainer, Ali Hall Training and Consulting
Bio: Ali Hall, JD and member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), is a full time trainer and consultant in evidence-based practices, and regularly provides workshops and conference presentations for regional and national audiences. Ali's clients include: Blue Shield of California, Evolent Health, Vital Decisions, College Track, Q Consult, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, University of Kentucky School of Nursing, University of North Carolina School of Public Heath, dozens of public health departments, probation departments and child welfare agencies across the US.
Manager, Virginia Department of Social Services
Bio: Anne Kisor, PhD is a manager for the Virginia Department of Social Services. Through 2015, she was Assistant Dean of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Previously, Anne worked for social services agencies in director positions for five years. She also spent 10 years in training curriculum development and management.
Senior Program Associate, Butler Institute for Families
Bio: Brenda works collaboratively with partner organizations with the Capacity Building Center for States, Constituency
Services project. She develops learning experiences for the child welfare field including curriculum development and focus groups. She also provides training and coaching for counties in New York State, implementing Differential Response.
Practice Consultant, Academy for Professional Excellence
Bio: Candice Kimbell, L.C.S.W. works as a Practice Consultant working with the Public Child Welfare Training Academy (PCWTA). She began in Los Angeles County Division where she supported the implementation of the Katie A. Core Practice Model. She developed training curricula and coached Child Welfare and Mental Health staff, managers, and community partners.
Director of Supervision and Coaching, Administration of Children's Servies Workforce Institute
Bio: Carolyn Rohe, LMSW. Ms. Rohe earned an MSW from the Fordham University. Ms. Rohe is the Director of Supervision and Coaching at the NYC Administration of Children's Services Workforce Institute where she is leading a team that supports the implementation of coaching throughout NYC child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
Coach, Trainer, University of California, Davis
Bio: Chellie Gates began working for the Northern California Training Academy in 2007, where she has applied her extensive experience in child welfare services to her role as an instructor, transfer of learning specialist (TOL), coach and mentor. Since joining the Academy, her areas of expertise have grown to include Safety Organized Practice (SOP), Tools for Supervisory Excellence, Structured Decision-Making (SDM), SafeMeasures, motivational interviewing, Gomez vs. Saenz grievance hearings (CACI), CWS/CMS, county self-assessments and system improvement plans. Gates retired from Glenn County Human Resource Agency (HRA) in 2008 after serving for 36 years as an eligibility worker, CWS social worker, CWS supervisor, and program manager for CWS and Adult Services. She supervised the implementation of CWS/CMS in 1996 in Glenn County, the first county in California to pilot the program.
Project Manager, The Prosperity Agenda
Bio: Chloe Kachscovsky is a Project Manager at The Prosperity Agenda (TPA), managing the organization's career readiness initiatives. Chloe coordinated the development of the Career & Life Coaching Toolkit and Training and oversaw its initial implementation and evaluation. TPA partners with nonprofit organizations and government agencies to design, test, and refine solutions that empower people to achieve economic security.
Senior Program Associate, Butler Institute for Families
Bio: Christa Doty, MSW, LCSW, is a Senior Program Associate for the Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver. One of the focuses of her work is to coach individuals and organization to reach their highest potential and has been able to do this in Colorado, Florida and New York. She is a Coaching Training Institute trained coach.
Coach, Owner, Consultant, Quantum Innovation
Bio: Dawn M. Karner - BCC, CPLP, CPCC, PCC, is an Executive & Leadership Coach located in Northern California (Sacramento/San Francisco Bay Area) with more than 25 years of experience. She works with all levels in organizations to increase communication, deepen relationships, and advance personal and professional development. She is an advisory board member for the UC Davis Extension Professional Coaching for Life and Work Certificate Program and an organizational and executive coach for The Coaches Training Institute. She excels at making complex concepts seem easy in a safe learning environment.
Motivational Interviewing Trainer. Member of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), Debra Collins Consulting
Bio: Debra Collins is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and member of the MINT providing behavioral health program consultation and training to community based organizations throughout the SF Bay Area. Debra's clients include: Rafael House, Kaiser Psychiatry, Marin General Hospital, Global Citizen Year, Summer Search, YMCA Youth Service Bureaus, Global Citizen Year, Summer Search, Family Service Agency of Marin, San Francisco Dept. Public Health, Novato Unified School District.
Director, Casey Family Programs
Bio: Mr. Fenner recently retired as the director of Franklin County Children Services, a public child welfare agency that serves the Columbus, Ohio, area. In 32 years of public service, including stints at the Franklin County Juvenile Court as Assistant Director, Franklin County Department of Jobs and Family Services, as Deputy Director, and Ohio Youth Advocate Programs, as Associate State Director, Eric spent over 20 years in Child Welfare. The final 5 years were spent as the Franklin County Children Services first African American Executive Director.
Under Mr. Fenner leadership, Franklin County launched several new initiatives aimed at increasing family engagement and assuring permanency for youth, including alternative response and team decision making. The result in Franklin County has been a 29 percent reduction in the number of children in foster care over the last three years – and the lowest amount in 12 years.
As managing director of one of four strategic consultant teams at Casey Family Programs, Mr. Fenner oversees a team of professional consultants and support staff who build relationships and provide technical assistance and support to child welfare systems in about 14 states.
Professor, Author, New York University
Bio: Gabriele Oettingen, Ph.D., is a psychology professor at New York
University. She is the author of more than 100 articles and book chapters on thinking about the future and the control of cognition, emotion and behavior. Her major contribution to the field is research on the “perils of positive thinking” and on Mental Contrasting, an effective self-regulation technique for mastering one’s everyday life and long-term development. Oettingen’s findings contribute to the
burgeoning literature on behavior and lifestyle change, and educational institutions have increasingly become interested in the application of her research.
President, New Ventures West
Bio: James Flaherty, MCC, is the founder of New Ventures West and the author of Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others, which is widely recognized as a seminal text in the field of coach education and is used internationally in universities and coach training institutions. James developed New Ventures West's approach to coaching by integrating recent discoveries in linguistics, developmental psychology, twentieth-century philosophy, and biology into the practical and customized methodology known as Integral Coaching®. He designed the Professional Coaching Course and dozens of other programs, and over the past three decades he has led coaching and leadership courses around the world. He has coached top executives at many Fortune 500 companies and is a highly sought speaker at meetings and conferences. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and has a daughter he adores.
County Consultant, Public Child Welfare Training Academy
Bio: Jennifer AhSing, MSW and I am a Supervising Practice Consultant. I am currently working with San Diego County child welfare services and coaching around Safety Organized Practice Coach and have had the opportunity to coach in Orange County and San Bernardino County as well. I have worked in the field of Child Welfare for 10 years. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from California State University San Marcos in 2001. I started my career with Child Welfare Services of San Diego working at the Polinsky Center for Children as a Residential Care Worker where I supervised and taught at risk children. Due to my great interest in the field of child protection, I returned to school and graduated with a Master's in Social Work from San Diego State University in 2006. I then returned to San Diego Child Welfare Services in the capacity of a Protective Services Worker. In this capacity I evaluated safety, harm and risk of at-risk families and provided interventions in order to keep children safe.
In addition I was a trainer for Safety Organized Practice. I am excited to be continuing my work with Safety Organized Practice as a Practice Consultant for the Public Child Welfare Training Academy.
SOP Coach, County of San Diego
Bio: Jennifer Whitton has been in the field of Child Welfare Services for 10 years. During that time, she has worked in multiple programs, has served as a liaison between CWS and various community agencies, and has trained new and experienced staff, as well as community partners. Currently, Jennifer is a Safety Organized Practice coach with the goal of increasing SOP implementation in San Diego County.
Executive Coach, Coaches Training Institute and LinkedIn
Bio: Jeremy heads Executive Coaching, Assessments, and coaching skill development at LinkedIn. Jeremy works to enable the transformative impact of coaching and growth to occur at scale, supporting leaders to become more effective, more intentional, and better at bringing out the best in their team and organization and creating a culture of coaching and learning at LinkedIn. Prior to LinkedIn, served as an executive coach at a number of organizations from Fortune 100 companies to start ups and is on the faculty at Coaches Training Institute where he has a CPCC certification and a PCC designation from the ICF.
Training Coordinator and Organizational Consultant, University of Vermont
Bio: Janine Beaudry, Suzanne Legare Belcher and Jill Richard are part of a consultant/trainer team at the Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership. As part of this team, they provide on-site and remote coaching and consultation to Child Welfare Social Workers, Supervisors, District Manager and Central Office leadership. Over the past 2 years of implementation, requests for coaching were focused on on-boarding and supporting new social work staff and new leadership. More recently, coaching requests have come increasingly from those social work and supervisory staff who have more longevity with the Division and who are looking for support in developing their reflective practice in the field and within the supervision/leadership context. Each of the presenters have utilized coaching strategies in various contexts including supporting field-base case practice for mental health and trauma screening; group coaching for new employees and leadership teams; and coaching in supervision. Janine, Suzanne and Jill all hold Master's degrees in Social Work and Education and together offer over 50 years of combined experience in the child welfare/youth justice field.
Training Manager, Institute for Human Services
Bio: Laura Hughes, MSW, Training Manager for the Institute for Human Services, manages the Executive and Administrator Coaching Program on behalf of the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program. Laura has co-authored Supervisor curricula and specializes in areas of child welfare training specific to supervision.
Coaching Manager, The Kempe Center for the Prevention & Treatment of Child Abuse & Neglect
Bio: Ms. Hutto is responsible for managing the integration of coaching and transfer of learning throughout the Colorado Child Welfare Training System. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and is an ICF Associate Certified Coach. Ten of the 17 years Ms. Hutto has spent serving the child welfare community have been focused on developing and facilitating national, state, and county-based training curricula and providing coaching and technical assistance to staff across levels within public child welfare agencies.
President, Foundation for Critical Thinking
Bio: Linda Elder, Ph.D., is an educational psychologist and a prominent authority on critical thinking. She is president of the Foundation for Critical Thinking and executive director of the Center for Critical Thinking. Elder has taught psychology and critical thinking at the college level and has given presentations to more than 50,000 educators at all levels. She has co-authored four books, including
Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning and Your Life; Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life; and 30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living. She has also co-authored 24 Thinker’s Guides on critical thinking.
Coach, Instructor, UC Davis
Bio: Lisa Botzler, MSW, is an experienced child welfare services leader with expertise in developing staff to meet county and state expectations, leading and managing individuals among various programs, improving staff moral and developing working relationships with community partners. Most recently, Botzler served as a social worker supervisor in Sierra County, where she also filled the role of analyst, program manager and deputy director at different times. Previously, Botzler worked as a Social Services Consultant III for the California Department of Social Services' Outcomes and Accountability Bureau, where she supervised social workers for the adoption FFA in Sacramento and Humboldt County's Child Welfare on-going units.
SOP Coach, County of San Diego
Bio: Maria Araiza has been in the field of Child Welfare Services for 6 years. During these 6 years, she has worked in multiple program areas as a social worker. She is currently a SOP Coach with the goal of helping with the demonstration of safety organized practice in San Diego County.
Trainer and Consultant, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Consultant
Bio: Marty Beyer is a child welfare and juvenile justice consultant with a Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology from Yale University. She assisted Alabama and Oregon in implementing strengths/needs-based child welfare practice and New York City in implementing visit coaching and serves on the Katie A. Panel in Los Angeles. Her child welfare publications include "Too Little, Too Late: Designing Family Support to Succeed," "One Child and Family at a Time: Strengths/Needs-Based Service Crafting,"Visitation as a Powerful Child Welfare Service and Visit Coaching: Building on Family Strengths to Meet Children's Needs. Marty invented visit coaching and has developed a visit coaching training program. Marty's work with juveniles focuses on how a young person's cognitive, moral and identity development, trauma and disabilities affected the offense and must be considered in planning rehabilitation. Her publications include: What's Behind Behavior Matters, Punishing Children for their Disabilities, A Better Way to Spend $500,000: How the Juvenile Justice System Fails Girls (co-authored), Fifty Delinquents in Juvenile and Adult Court and Developmentally-Sound Practice in Family and Juvenile Court. Her articles and visit coaching manual are available on her website MartyBeyer.com.
Academic Coordinator, Northern California Training Academy, UC Davis Extension
Bio: Nancy Hafer, MS, is an academic coordinator for the Center for Human Services, Northern California Training Academy at UC Davis Extension. The Academy provides trainings and education for practitioners working in public child welfare. As an academic coordinator, Hafer provides expertise in developing and implementing programs that support children and adolescents, and she works with multiple sectors to build community partnerships. She has an extensive background in child and adolescent development with expertise in resiliency. Her most recent collaborative publication, The Coaching Toolkit for Child Welfare Practice, is intended to inform policymakers and guide agencies in instituting coaching within child welfare services. This toolkit aims to build a broad-based constituency to make investments in quality child welfare services in order to better serve children and families.
Dean, University of California, Davis
Bio: Paul M. McNeil, a veteran administrator in the field of continuing and professional education, was named dean of UC Davis Extension in November, 2014. Prior to joining UC Davis Extension, McNeil served as senior vice dean in the School of Continuing Education at Columbia University.
McNeil began work at Columbia in 1986 in the School of General Studies' Division of Special Programs, which became the School of Continuing Education in 2002. He started as an associate director and progressed to director (1987), associate dean (1997), senior associate dean (2004), vice dean (2008) and senior vice dean (2013).
As senior vice dean, he served as the chief operating officer and senior policy adviser to the dean; headed academic administration and governance; led student life, alumni relations and development; and shared responsibility for the budget.
During his tenure at Columbia, McNeil developed new graduate degree programs in applied professional fields; directed graduate studies; created and directed credit and noncredit programs; oversaw course development and academic affairs for online programs in arts and science; and oversaw the school's IT infrastructure.
In addition, he created and directed the Summer Program for High School Students; produced ENCORE, a series of cultural programs aimed at the general public; and directed all noncredit instructional programs and corporate training.
McNeil is a native of New York state, growing up in dairy country in central upstate New York. He completed his undergraduate work at Vassar College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts (1980), with general and departmental honors, and election to Phi Beta Kappa. He holds three graduate degrees in literature from Columbia: Master of Arts with honors, M.Phil. with honors and Ph.D.
He taught composition and literature at Columbia (1981-86), the Fashion Institute of Technology (1983-86) and the American College of Greece (1982).
McNeil wrote his doctoral thesis on "The Unforgiving Margin in the Fiction of Christopher Isherwood," and recently contributed an essay - "A Phone Call by the River" - to The American Isherwood, a collection of essays about the late novelist.
HR and Operations Manager, Beyond Emancipation
Bio: Paula Buck received her M.A. in International Policy Studies before entering the social services field. In 2016, Ms. Buck received her coaching certification through Leadership That Works, with the intention of implementing coaching on a broad scale at her current organization, Beyond Emancipation, both for young adult clients and staff.
Coach, Trainer, University of California, Davis
Bio: Peggi Cooney, MSW, is a Safety Organized Practice Coach and Trainer for the Northern California Training Academy, the Center for Human Services, U.C. Davis Extension. She has 15 years of experience in Social Services with expertise in child welfare, adult services and supervision in Colusa County. In that same county, Cooney developed the Independent Living Program and was part of the team that developed and implemented the Multiple Discipline Interview Team. During her tenure in Colusa County, she was also an adjunct faculty member, where she taught Psychology for Woodland Community College.
Assistant Director, Institute for Human Services
Bio: Sally Fitch, MSW, Assistant Director for the Institute for Human Services, is responsible for the 15-year coaching program of the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program that provides skill-based coaching to executive directors, administrators, supervisors, caseworkers, and foster parents. She has over 40 years of experience and has presented nationally and internationally.
Director, Management & Leadership, Department of Business, Health Sciences & Leadership, UC Davis Extension
Bio: Sharon Huntsman, MS, directs a portfolio of management and leadership open-enrollment and custom training programs for UC Davis Extension. She directs the UC Davis Executive Leadership Program, teaches leadership, strengths-based development and communication, and is an executive coach. She thrives when helping people, communities and organizations define their aspirations and develop the capacity to achieve them. Huntsman leads the Leadership Practices to Increase Effectiveness seminar.
Project Manager, Washington State DSHS
Bio: Jenny Grayum has over 15 years working in the public sector in Washington State. Most recently, her role has been a Project Manager with the Community Services Division, Economic Services Administration, WA State DSHS. Her primary focus this past year, was managing the Systems to Family Stability Policy Academy, a strategic approach to leading changes for working with families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The Community Services Division provides direct client services to the public through a network of 52 local Community Services Offices (CSOs). Services are also provided through a variety of out-stationed staff in different communities, two Mobile CSOs, and a single statewide Customer Service Contact Center.