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Thank you for another amazing conference.

Below you can download electronic copies of PowerPoint presentations and handouts that were presented during the breakout sessions. We will update them as we receive them.

Please note: In some cases, session speakers did not have presentations or handouts, or we do not have permission to post them here.


Listen to remarks, keynote speeches, and awards aceptance speeches by clicking the links below:

Welcoming Remarks, Letitia James

Remarks, Dr. Ralph da Costa Nunez

Morning Keynote, Richard Rothstein

Afternoon Keynote, Peter Miller

Afternoon Keynote Day Two, Linda Tirado

Project Create Acceptance Speech

Project CATCH Acceptance Speech

Diana Bowman Acceptance Speech

 

 

Session Presentations

 

Session 1.1

The Impact of Learning Circles on Collaborative Work

Handout

Presenter:

Ann-Margaret Webb, Planning and Development Specialist II, City of Seattle Human Services Department

Co-Presenter:

Adrienne Easter, Manager of Homeless Investments, City of Seattle Human Services Department

 

Session 1.2

Integration of Employment Services into Housing-based Case Management

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Handout 2

Moderator:

Bernice Morris, Director of Education and Employment Services, Crossroads Rhode Island

Panelists:

Cicely Dove, Vice President of Family Services, Crossroads Rhode Island

Leanne Ovalles, Workforce Development Supervisor, Crossroads Rhode Island

 

Session 1.3

FSHARP: A Model for Providing Healthcare to Families Experiencing Homelessness

Presenter:

Lori Bennett, Family Nurse Practitioner, IHN-Alpha House

Co-Presenter:

Katherine Hoffman, Family Nurse Practitioner, IHN-Alpha House

 

Session 1.4

Home Visiting in a Homeless Setting

Presenter:

LaTanya Gray, Senior Director of Early Childhood Services, Primo Center for Women and Children

Copresenter:

Nancy Radner, Chief Operating Officer, Primo Center for Women and Children

 

Session 1.5

Trauma-informed Design: Creating Family Friendly Play Spaces in a Shelter Setting

Presenter:

Ileen Henderson, National Director of the Bright Spaces Program, Bright Horizons Foundation for Children

Copresenters:

Julie Kelly, Bright Space Project Manager, Bright Horizons Foundation for Children

Jane Gibbons, Bright Space Project Manager, Bright Horizons Foundation for Children

 

Session 1.8

The American Almanac of Family Homelessness State Rankings

Presenter:

Josef Kannegaard, Senior Policy Analyst, Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness

 

Session 1.10

“Are You Career Ready?” Career Pathway Services for Homeless Job Seekers

Presenter:

Wendy Lauser, IMPACT Employment Services Director, Pine Street Inn

 

Session 1.13

Supporting College Completion for Students Experiencing Homelessness

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Presenter:

Christina Dukes, Federal Liaison, National Center for Homeless Education

 

Session 2.1

SafeCare as a Catalyst for Promoting Positive Parenting in Congregate Family Shelters

Presenter:

Janee Harvey, Program Director, CAMBA

Copresenter:

Jenelle Shanley Chatham, Associate Director of Training, National SafeCare Training and Research Center, Georgia State University

 

Session 2.3

Rallying a Community Around Child Homelessness

Presenter:

Thaler McCormick, Chief Executive Officer, ForKids

 

Session 2.4

Trauma-informed Care Coming to Life in the Homeless Early Childhood Setting

Presenter:

Jamie Meyer, Senior Director of Education, Metropolitan Ministries

Copresenter:

Janelle Stewart, Director of PromiseLand Early Childhood and School-Age Programs, Metropolitan Ministries

 

Session 2.5

Impact of Homelessness on School Outcomes: Sheltered and Doubled-up Children Compared

Presenter:

Stacy M. Deck, Associate Professor of Social Work, Spalding University

 

Session 2.6

Exceptional Results in Helping Homeless Families Achieve Economic Independence

Presenter:

Ken Bradford, Homestretch

 

Session 2.7

Therapeutic Shadowing with Children Experiencing Homelessness

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Spanish Handout

Presenter:

Susan Reider, Clinical Director, Compass Family Services

Copresenter:

Jane Schisgal, Program Director, Compass Family Services

 

Session 2.9

Authors in Training: Running a Shelter-based Writing Group

Handout

Moderator:

Ken Brown, Case Manager, Care for the Homeless/Authors in Training

Panelists:

Wendi Fernandez, participant, Authors in Training

Cassandra Miah, participant, Authors in Training

Melanie Lee, participant, Authors in Training

 

Session 2.10

Healing from Within: Homelessness, Trauma, and the Role of Evidence-based Practice

Presenter:

Katharine Wenocur, Trauma Therapist, Jane Addams Place/Lutheran Settlement House

Copresenter:

Meghan Parkinson-Sidorski, Director of Social Work, Jane Addams Place/Lutheran Settlement House

 

HOPE: HIV Prevention Outreach for Parents and Early Adolescents

Nisha Beharie

Postdoctoral Fellow, National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.

Angela Paulino

Project Coordinator, The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, New York University


Session 3.1

Building a Successful Homeless Shelter–based Employment Program

Presenter:

Geniria Armstrong, Deputy Program Officer for Transitional and Supportive Housing, Henry Street Settlement

Copresenter:

Renee Best, Employment Manager, Henry Street Settlement

 

Session 3.2

Stable Housing Makes for Stable Families: Lessons Learned in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Moderator:

Kara Capone, Chief Operating Officer, New Reach

Panelist:

Samone Wright, MSW, Program Manager, Family Stabilization Program, New Reach

Stacy Andrews, Case Worker, Family Stabilization Program, New Reach

Magaly Jimenez, client

 

Session 3.3

A Holistic Approach to Ending Child and Family Homelessness

Presenter:

Carolann Barr, Executive Director, Raising the Roof

Copresenter:

Caitlin Boros, Marketing and Communications Manager, Raising the Roof

 

Session 3.5

Effective Programming for High Special Needs Women and Children Who Are Homeless

Handout

Presenter:

Constance Collins, President, Sundari Foundation/Lotus House Shelter

Co-Presenter:

Anna Frusciante, Director, Sundari Foundation/Lotus House Shelter

 

Session 3.6

Giving Voice: Representing Families in Today’s One-dimensional Homeless Conversation

Presenter:

Lila Anna Sauls, Chief Executive Officer and President, Trinity Housing Corporation

Copresenter:

Cathy Monetti, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Trinity Housing Corporation and Riggs Partners

 

Session 3.8

Measuring the Impact of Homelessness in the Classroom

Presenter:

Anna Shaw-Amoah, Policy Analyst, Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness

 

Session 3.11

Cradle and All: Addressing the Developmental Needs of Young Children in Homeless Shelters 1

Cradle and All: Addressing the Developmental Needs of Young Children in Homeless Shelters 2

Cradle and All: Addressing the Developmental Needs of Young Children in Homeless Shelters 3

Moderator:

Kendra Hurley, Senior Editor, The Center for New York City Affairs at the New School

Panelists:

Grace Whitney, Director, Connecticut Head Start State Collaboration Office, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood

Janee Harvey, Program Director, CAMBA

Ericka Moore, Bureau of Maternal, Infant, and Reproductive Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

 

Session 4.2

Cultivating Partnerships that Produce Results

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Handout 3

Blank Handout 3

Presenter:

Shawn Stelow Griffin, Director, Finance and Impact, Collaborative Communications

Co-Presenter:

Julie Newport, Senior Director, Communications Strategy, Collaborative Communications

 

Session 4.3

Creating Family-centered Collaborations in the Emergency Shelter Context

Presenter:

Stephanie Savard, Chief Operating Officer, Families in Transition

 

Session 4.4

Beyond Shelter: A Case Study in Service-rich, Child-centered Rapid Re-Housing

Moderator:

Joyce Lavery, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Safe Haven Family Shelter

Panelists:

Judy Lewis, Education Specialist, Safe Haven Family Shelter

Hannah Evans, Clinical Supervisor, Safe Haven Family Shelter

Aaron Palmer, Housing Coordinator, Safe Haven Family Shelter

 

Session 4.5

Shelters Can Become Landlords: But It Isn’t Easy!

Presenter:

Deb Chausse, Executive Director, House of Hope and House of Hope Housing

Copresenters:

June Messina, Assistant Director, Housing and Property Management, House of Hope

Jennifer Sharkey, Assistant Director, Business and Development, House of Hope

 

Session 4.7

Triaging: Using Assessment to Connect Families to the Right Services

Moderator:

Chela Schuster, Director of Strategic Housing Resources, UMOM New Day Centers

Panelists:

Randy Hade, Family Housing Hub Coordinator, UMOM New Day Centers

Mattie Lord, Chief Program Officer, UMOM New Day Centers

 

Session 4.8

Library Spaces, Community Places: Putting Out the Welcome Mat

Moderator:

Carrie Banks, Supervising Librarian, The Child's Place for Children (and Teens) with Special Needs, Brooklyn Public Library

Panelists:

Nick Higgins, Director, Outreach Services, Brooklyn Public Library

Vikki Terrile, Director of Community Library Services, Queens Library

 

Session 4.10

A New Year, A New Law: Far-reaching Changes for Homeless Children and Youth in the New Education Law

Presenter:

Barbara Duffield, Director of Policy and Programs, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

 

Session 4.11

Providing Optimal Services to Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Presenter:

Debra Manteghi, Homeless Education Liaison, Project RISE/Akron Public Schools

Copresenters:

Rachel Breece, Special Projects Specialist, Project RISE/Akron Public Schools

Olivia Jerkes, Special Projects Specialist, Project RISE/Akron Public Schools

 

Session 4.13

Building Resiliency in Preschoolers in a Homeless Shelter Setting by Focusing on Executive Functioning Skills

Presenter:

Daniel Gumnit, Chief Executive Officer, People Serving People

 

 


 

Below is a list of 2016 speakers:

 

 

Ann-Margaret Webb, Planning and Development Specialist II, City of Seattle Human Services Department

Ann-Margaret Webb is a Planning and Development Specialist with the City of Seattle Human Services Department. Ms. Webb earned a master’s degree in American history with a concentration in ethnic history and public history in 1998 from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Her diverse career includes time as a field interviewer for RAND on the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey and education coordinator for the Japanese American National Museum. As a literacy coordinator she worked with amazing students, including domestic violence survivors and juvenile offenders. Currently she is the planning lead for family homelessness projects for the City of Seattle. 

 

Adrienne Easter, Manager of Homeless Investments, City of Seattle Human Services Department

Adrienne Easter is Manager of Homeless Investments with the City of Seattle Human Services Department and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Seattle University. Adrienne began her career as a family health and welfare advocate for the Fremont Public Association, now Solid Ground, where she focused on access to benefits and policy reform for families in Washington State. Adrienne expanded her work to homelessness, specifically working with homeless youth in the Barista Training and Education Program and then as Operations Manager with FareStart, a Seattle based social enterprise. Currently she is a leader in family homelessness policy and system change for the City of Seattle and greater community.

 

Bernice Morris, Director of Education and Employment Services, Crossroads Rhode Island

Bernice Morris has been the Director of Crossroads Education and Employment Services since 2014. In this role Bernice manages and directs all aspects of the growing Education and Employment Services department. She ensures programs meet the education and employment needs of Crossroads clients, are of the highest quality and effectiveness, and promote career advancement and educational growth. Over the past twenty years, Bernice has held numerous leadership positions both in adult education and social services. She has managed workforce education programs at Rhode Island Housing Authority, as well as at local non-profits, and has served as a member of the Rhode Island Adult Education Professional Development Advisory Council.

 

Cicely Dove, Vice President of Family Services, Crossroads Rhode Island

Cicely Dove is currently the Vice President of Family Services for Crossroads Rhode Island. In this role she provides strategic direction and leadership in the oversight, administration, implementation and management of the Providence-based Family Services Programs, which include social services, shelter services, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing for homeless families. She diligently works collaboratively with others, internally and externally, to ensure all services are of the highest quality, are effective, and deliver measureable cost efficient results that will make Crossroads Rhode Island’s vision a reality. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Rhode Island College and a Master of Science in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College.

 

Leanne Ovalles, Workforce Development Supervisor, Crossroads Rhode Island

Leanne Ovalles has been with Crossroads since 2011. She has helped to develop the agency’s highly successful Roads to Success Program and has quickly moved in to the role of Workforce Development Supervisor where she oversees job training and employment activities of the agency. Leanne has eighteen years’ experience in adult education and holds a Master of Arts in Teaching. 

 

Lori Bennett, Family Nurse Practitioner, IHN at Alpha House

Lori Bennett RN FNP is a family nurse practitioner who has practiced community nursing for eighteen years. She has expertise in the areas of health effects of domestic violence, adolescent health, mental health, and sexual health. Her career has focused on increasing access to quality health care by providing care in nontraditional settings. She has developed numerous community collaborations prior to developing the FSHARP program. She received her Master of Science in Community Health Nursing from University of Michigan School of Nursing. She received a certificate in Sexual Health Counseling and Education from University of Michigan School of Social Work and is also a SANE nurse (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner).

 

LaTanya Gray, Senior Director of Early Childhood Services, Primo Center for Women and Children

LaTanya Gray is the Senior Director of Early Childhood Services, where her primary role is to provide early learning and support services to families with children up through age five. LaTanya has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice from Carthage College and has over ten years of experience providing mental health, educational, and social emotional services to homeless families. She has received advanced training in responding to family trauma. She has also undergone training in home visiting under the Parents as Teachers model, which in early 2015 she began to implement with the Primo Center’s homeless women and children. 

 

Nancy Radner, Chief Operating Officer, Primo Center for Women and Children

Nancy Radner is the Chief Operating Officer of the Primo Center for Women and Children. She was the founding CEO of the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness, which coordinated Chicago’s HUD homeless funding and implemented Chicago’s Plan to End Homelessness. She has also been the director of Illinois Policy at the Ounce of Prevention Fund and a staff attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. She has a J.D. from the University of Michigan and an A.M. from the University of Chicago Social Services Administration. 

 

Ileen Henderson, National Director of the Bright Spaces Program, Bright Horizons Foundation for Children

Ileen Henderson is the National Director of the Bright Spaces Program. Using trauma informed principles, Ileen and her team design family friendly and child focused spaces in a variety of settings where children are at risk. Whether she is creating partnerships with crisis agencies, training and deploying volunteers, or developing innovative programs, Ileen utilizes her background in Montessori principles, early intervention and early childhood best practices. She has a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Montessori education and a Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Rehabilitation. Ileen is also the creator of My Baby’s First Teacher, a curriculum for mothers of very young children experiencing homelessness.

 

Julie Kelly, Bright Space Project Manager, Bright Horizons Foundation for Children

Julie Kelly is a Bright Space Project Manager for the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children’s Bright Space Program. She supports volunteers to create and sustain Bright Spaces with agencies across the U.S. and Canada. Bright Spaces are play and family rooms created in shelters and other locations where children are in crisis. Julie has a bachelor’s degree from University of Tennessee and currently resides in Alpharetta, Georgia.

 

Jane Gibbons, Bright Space Project Manager, Bright Horizons Foundation for Children

In her role as Project Manager, Jane supports Bright Horizons volunteers to create and support Bright Spaces within shelters and other agency partners across the U.S. She has been with the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children for over two years and was previously Project Administrator for the Education and Development Department with Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Jane lives in Waltham, MA, and is the proud mother of two grown sons.

 

Janel Holt, Assistant Executive Director, Arlington Life Shelter

Janel Holt has served in nonprofits for over twenty years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Texas at Austin, a graduate certificate in urban nonprofit management, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas in Arlington. Janel has worked with nonprofit agencies throughout Texas, including the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, the American Red Cross, and has served at Arlington Life Shelter in Arlington for the last five years as Assistant Executive Director.  

 

Doug Holt, Ministry and Missions Committee Chair, Field Street Baptist Church

Doug Holt is a former nonprofit professional currently attending New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Doug has worked professionally with the YMCA and Boy Scouts of America and serves currently as Ministry & Missions Committee Chair for Field Street Baptist Church in Cleburne, Texas. He has served as the volunteer lead for both youth and adult mission teams domestically and internationally for five years. 

 

Dana Harley, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Northern Kentucky University

Dr. Dana Harley is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Social Work, and Leadership at Northern Kentucky University and serves as project director of the NKU-CAT program. Dr. Harley is a Licensed Independent Social Worker-Supervisor with the State of Ohio and has over ten years of clinical experience. She specializes in child and adolescent mental health and developmental issues. Dr. Harley is an expert in community-based participatory action research methods, and has led numerous studies and projects, many involving impoverished and homeless children and youth. 

 

James P. Canfield, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Cincinnati

Dr. James P. Canfield is an expert in the areas of child and family homelessness, homeless policy, and measurement development. He is the author of School-based Practice with Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness, available through Oxford University Press, and he has published many studies on the impact of homelessness and poverty on childhood outcomes. Much of his work examines interventions, programs, and policies that impact homeless and impoverished youth. He developed the McKinney-Vento Act Implementation Scale, an instrument that measures homeless policy implementation.  Dr. Canfield is currently an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Cincinnati.

 

Amy Trostle, Program Director, Northern Kentucky University

Ms. Amy Trostle is the Project Coordinator for the HRSA grant-funded Children, Adolescents, and Transition-Age Youth (CAT) Program in the Department of Counseling, Social Work and Leadership at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). Amy received a master’s degree in social work from NKU. In 2014, she was honored with the Outstanding Masters of Social Work Student and the Excellence in Research awards. To date, Amy has helped compose three federal grant proposals and five local grant proposals. While earning a Bachelor of Arts in History at NKU, she was the Coordinator of Civic and Student Engagement for the History and Geography department. Amy is currently expanding her list of publications and researching a number of social policy-related topics.

 

Pamela M. Covington, author, blogger, and trainer

Pamela M. Covington escaped a stint of welfare dependence and a life below poverty level by pursuing a college education. As a journalist, hundreds of her articles have been published in newspapers and magazines. She has also written for corporate publications and taught. Covington has earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida and two master’s degrees from Troy University. She maintains a blog, Poverty and Welfare in Our United States, which is devoted to low-income and poverty-related issues. She is also the author of a forthcoming memoir, A Day at the Fare: One Woman’s Welfare Passage, scheduled for Spring 2016 publication. 

 

Wendy Lauser, IMPACT Employment Services Director, Pine Street Inn

Wendy Lauser has been the Director of IMPACT Employment Services at Boston’s Pine Street Inn since 2004, overseeing intensive, specialized employment services for homeless and formerly homeless individuals. She has over thirty years’ experience managing workforce development and human services programs. Highlights of her career include co-founding a grass roots, multi-service agency for newly arrived immigrants, supervising transitional job programs for the City of Boston’s Homeless Services, and working as a program coordinator for the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance. Wendy earned a master’s degree in human services with a graduate certificate in dispute resolution at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Curry College.

 

Sassafras Lowrey, author

Sassafras Lowrey is a straight-edge queer punk who grew up to become the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Hir books—Kicked Out, Roving Pack, and Leather Ever After—have been honored by organizations ranging from the National Leather Association to the American Library Association. Hir new novel Lost Boi was released from Arsenal Pulp Press in Spring 2015. Sassafras lives and writes in Brooklyn with hir partner and five furry beasts. www.SassafrasLowrey.com

 

Jama Shelton, Deputy Executive Director, True Colors Fund

Jama Shelton is the Deputy Executive Director of the True Colors Fund, where she is engaged in systemic change efforts directly informed by years of practice experience. Dr. Shelton is also an adjunct professor and a postdoctoral fellow at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU.

 

Katie Volk, Managing Director, t3, Center for Social Innovation

Katie Volk, MA has been focusing on poverty and related issues since 2000. She is a Senior Associate at the Center for Social Innovation and the Managing Director of t3 (think. teach. transform). She has directed numerous training, technical assistance, and curriculum development efforts and has trained thousands of service providers. Her primary areas of focus include homelessness, trauma-informed care, child development, and organizational well-being. Prior to joining C4, Katie spent seven years working with the National Center on Family Homelessness. She has a joint Master of Arts in Child Development and Urban Policy from Tufts University and an undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross.

 

Carmela J. DeCandia, Director of Child and Family Initiatives, Center for Social Innovation

Dr. Carmela DeCandia is a licensed psychologist with specialties in trauma and family homelessness, child and adolescent development, program development, and assessment. She has worked for twenty-five years with underserved populations. Dr. DeCandia is the former Director of the National Center on Family Homelessness, and she has also worked as Clinical Director and Vice President of Programs at St. Mary's Center for Women and Children. She is currently the Director of Child & Family Initiatives at the Center for Social Innovation. Dr. DeCandia received a master’s degree in psychology from Boston University, a doctorate in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England, and a mastery certificate in global mental health from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. 

 

Christina Dukes, Federal Liaison, National Center for Homeless Education

Christina began working at the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), the U.S. Department of Education’s technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program, in 2003. As a program specialist, she trained federal agency, state education department, school district, and service provider personnel about federal laws related to the education and well-being of homeless and other at-risk children and youth. She is currently working in Washington, D.C., as NCHE’s federal liaison, representing NCHE and the EHCY Program in federal policy discussions about preventing and ending youth and family homelessness. Christina received her B.A. in Spanish from Tulane University and her M.A. in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University.

 

Janee Harvey, Program Director, CAMBA

Janee C. Harvey is a recent transplant to the Midwest after having been employed as a social worker in NYC for more than a decade. During the past eight years, she served as the director of a foster care prevention program in Brooklyn. She is a strong supporter of evidence-based practice and guided the implementation of the SafeCare© program in Central Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Hunter College with an MSW and is credentialed as a LCSW and LISW. Janee has worked with runaway and homeless teens, LGBTQ youth, and families, children and youth involved with the child welfare system. She has used her personal and professional experiences in the child welfare system as subject matter for essays, which can be found at:  www.janeecharvey.com.

 

Jenelle Shanley Chatham, Associate Director of Training, National SafeCare Training and Research Center, Georgia State University

Dr. Shanley-Chatham is an Assistant Professional in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. She is also the Associate Director of Training at the National SafeCare Training and Research Center. Dr. Shanley-Chathan has extensive experience of national and international dissemination efforts to implement evidence-based parent training programs to address child behavior problems and child maltreatment. Her primary experience is working with Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and SafeCare. Dr. Shanley-Chatham’s research interests encompass parenting young children and the prevention and treatment of disruptive behaviors and child maltreatment. She has published several articles and presented at various professional conferences on parenting and child maltreatment.

 

Kristie Adams, Vice President, Programs and Services, Family Scholar House

Kristie Adams is the Vice President of Programs & Services at Family Scholar House, where she has been for seven years. Kristie has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a concentration in psychology/sociology and a master's degree in counseling psychology. Her passion is working with and for children to have a safe and healthy childhood, so that they can grow confidently into their dreams. Kristie provides training on Children Exposed to Batterers to teachers, victim’s advocates, school social workers, community agencies and churches. Additionally, Kristie has experience in designing and implementing programming for children/teens/adults supervision of staff, interns, and volunteers; compilation of program data to report for outcomes, and program oversight. 

 

Kate Brackett, Community Integration Coordinator, Family Scholar House

Kate Brackett, MSSW is the Community Integration Coordinator at Family Scholar House, where she has been for four years. Kate has a bachelor's and master’s degree in social work. At FSH, she focuses on donor and volunteer retention at all levels of engagement. She has supervised over 1,500 yearly volunteers in the past two years—providing effective support for the success of the overall agency. She has provided trainings directed toward creating a collaborative approach to recruiting, engaging, and retaining volunteers. This approach allows for volunteers to do meaningful work that benefits not only the organization but also the individual from the community.

 

Thaler McCormick, Chief Executive Officer, ForKids

When Thaler joined ForKids 19 years ago, the organization operated one 8-unit emergency shelter in Norfolk, Virginia. Today ForKids assists 165 families and 330 children each day. ForKids’ innovative, result-driven programs for homeless families have garnered numerous awards including the 2012 (and 2004) United Way Agency of the Year. Prior to her work with ForKids, Thaler worked as a Senior Consultant for Arthur Andersen and wrote on housing and development issues for the Urban Land Institute. She holds a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia. 

 

Jamie Meyer, Senior Director of Education, Metropolitan Ministries

Jamie Meyer holds a master’s degree in school psychology from the University of South Florida and has served at Metropolitan Ministries for seventeen years. She has developed trainings for staff and for community groups to increase awareness of issues of poverty and homelessness and to improve effectiveness of service. She is also a certified trainer in the Sanctuary Model of Trauma Informed Community Care. Jamie oversees education programs including the PromiseLand Early Childhood Center, school-aged children’s activities (after-school program and summer camp), youth programs, adult education, and Parent-Child Home Program (home visitation early literacy program). She has successfully led the implementation of Trauma Informed Care into the Ministries’ educational programs for children and families. 

 

Janelle Stewart, Director of PromiseLand Early Childhood and School-Age Programs, Metropolitan Ministries

Janelle Stewart holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development from the University of South Florida and is pursuing a master’s degree in instructional design from Western Governors University. She has been serving children for over ten years. Janelle was a Drama Teacher for a Non-Profit CDC, served as Lead Teacher in Head Start, and directed school age programs for the YMCA. At Metropolitan Ministries she serves as Director of PromiseLand, oversees nationally accredited on-site early childhood and school age programs, and parent training programs.

 

Stacy M. Deck, Associate Professor of Social Work, Spalding University

Dr. Stacy Deck is an Associate Professor at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to coming to Spalding University in 2010, she was employed as a Research Manager at the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work. Dr. Deck’s prior work history includes direct social work practice with homeless women and families as well as homeless services program management. She earned her PhD and MSSW degrees from the University of Louisville. Dr. Deck currently is conducting a multi-year program evaluation and mixed methods study of homeless men at Louisville’s St. John Center, and has recently completed a HUD-funded study of school outcomes for homeless children. 

 

Susan Reider, Clinical Director, Compass Family Services

Susan Reider is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over twenty-five years of experience in various non-profits with children and families. She has a master’s degree from Bank Street College of Education in infant and parent development and a second master’s degree from the SF School of Psychology in psychology. Prior to working at Compass Family Services, she spent fifteen years at the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center; initially as a volunteer on their parental stress line, later as a graduate intern and program director and for three years as executive director. She has also taught pre-school, and child development classes through Pacific Oaks Extension and at the Bank Street College Family Center in New York City. Currently, she is clinical director at Compass Family Services.

 

Jane Schisgal, Program Director, Compass Family Services

Jane Schisgal was born and bred in New York City. Starting at seventeen she spent eight summers working at a sleep-away camp for emotionally disturbed children, which sparked her passion for social work. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in social work from New York University. Throughout college Jane worked with children with special needs, homeless adults, and incarcerated youth. After moving to San Francisco, she worked in social service settings with battered women, run-away youth, and children with autism. After earning her license as an LCSW she started working with Compass, where she is the program director of a transitional housing program for homeless families. 

 

Raysa S. Rodriguez, Vice President of Policy and Planning, Women in Need

Raysa SRodriguez is the Vice President of Policy and Planning at Women in Need, Inc. (Win). In this role, she leads research and program evaluation, innovative training initiatives, grant management, and advocates for homeless families with government, communities, and policymakers. Raysa most recently worked at StudentsFirst NY working towards increasing access to quality education for disadvantaged students. Raysa also served as United Way of New York City’s Associate Vice President for Education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, where she is currently an adjunct professor.

 

Ken Brown, Case Manager, Care for the Homeless/Authors in Training

Ken Brown has a passion for working with the homeless to provide a platform for people to better themselves. His extra-curricular passion is writing. By developing Authors in Training, he has been able to combine these passions to help others. Authors in Training has been functioning throughout his time at Susan’s Place, and he hopes to expand this model throughout the shelter system. In addition to his efforts with Authors in Training he has had articles published in City Limits magazine and World at War

 

Melanie Lee, participant, Authors in Training

Melanie N. Lee, before becoming a homeless resident of Susan’s Place in the Bronx, lived in Corona, Queens, NY. A writing tutor at Queensborough Community College/CUNY, she has performed in theatrical productions in Queens and in choirs throughout the city. She holds an MA in English-Creative Writing from Queens College/CUNY. She has written plays produced at FringeNYC and in Queens, published poetry in small publications, and reviewed plays for nytheatre.com. This October 2014, she published the article “My First Term at Homeless University” at CityLimits.org.

 

Caitlin C. Schnur, Coordinator, National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights 

Caitlin is the Coordinator of Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity. In her role, she helps make sure workforce development programs and policies account for the needs of the chronically unemployed, including youth and adults experiencing homelessness. Caitlin has published on topics including employment, asset-building, homelessness, reentry, and the federal budget with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council; the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and The Huffington Post. Caitlin received her B.A. in English and Gender Studies from Haverford College and her M.A. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

 

Carl Wiley, Coordinator, National Center on Employment and Homelessness, National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights

Carl is the Coordinator of the National Center on Employment and Homelessness (NCEH). In this role, Carl identifies and lifts up new ways to better serve homeless jobseekers. For nearly ten years, Carl has been working with individuals experiencing homelessness and precarious housing situations. Carl’s recent work includes collaborating with the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and other national experts to advance the NCEH’s Connections Project, a three-year project that seeks to increase employment and economic opportunity for homeless jobseekers through systems change. Carl holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and an M.A. in Social Work, with an emphasis on community and urban development, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

 

Dana Emanuel, Social Enterprise Operations Manager, Bright Endeavors, New Moms

Dana Emanuel has worked at the intersection of business and social mission for a decade. Dana earned her degree in International Relations from Northwestern, and has traveled internationally to research and work alongside Fair Trade artisans. Dana previously served in marketing roles for social impact businesses Divine Chocolate and Whole Foods Market, as well as international microfinance organization, Oikocredit. Dana joined Bright Endeavors’ team five years ago, and currently serves as Social Enterprise Operations Manager.

 

Barbara Duffield, Director of Policy and Programs, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth 

Barbara Duffield, Director of Policy and Programs, began her involvement in homeless issues in 1990 as a tutor for homeless children in Washington, DC. She subsequently joined the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) and served as Director of Education for NCH from 1994-2003. Barbara has conducted hundreds of trainings around the United States for school districts, community organizations, and local, state, and national groups to assist in the implementation of the McKinney-Vento Act. She is a frequently-quoted source in print media, and has appeared on television and radio news programs to discuss issues relating to homeless children. She has published several academic articles and co-authored the book Educating Children Without Housing. Barbara is a founding and continuing Advisory Committee member for the LeTendre Education Fund for Homeless Children, which provides scholarships for homeless and formerly homeless young people. 

 

Cara Baldari, Senior Policy Director for Family Economics and Legal Counsel, First Focus

Cara Baldari is the Senior Policy Director for Family Economics and Legal Counsel at First Focus, a national bipartisan children’s advocacy center dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions. In this role, she aims to increase federal investment in economic supports that can make a dramatic difference in low-income family budgets. At First Focus she has worked a number of issues affecting children living in poverty, including child and family homelessness, child welfare policy, childhood asthma, child nutrition, and children’s health policy. She also co-authored America’s Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S. Before coming to First Focus, her previous experiences focused on the areas of affordable housing and homelessness. Cara earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science with a minor in legal studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

 

Geniria Armstrong, Deputy Program Officer for Transitional and Supportive Housing, Henry Street Settlement

Geniria Armstrong, Henry Street Settlement's Deputy Program Officer for Transitional and Supportive Housing, has decades of experience serving and advocating for homeless families in NYC. She joined Henry Street’s staff as a case manager twenty-eight years ago. Ms. Armstrong received an undergraduate degree from Adelphi University and a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University. Ms. Armstrong serves on the Board of Homeless Services United (HSU), an alliance of non-profit homeless service providers in NYC (including Henry Street) that advocates for expanded and effective services and systems for NYC’s homeless population. HSU recently honored Ms. Armstrong with an award for Outstanding Leadership. 

 

Renee Best, Employment Manager, Henry Street Settlement

Renee Best has served as Henry Street Settlement's Employment Manager since 2012, overseeing the implementation and successful day-to-day operations of its homeless shelter-based employment program. Prior to joining Henry Street's team, Ms. Best worked for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for ten years, serving as Director of the Computer Resource Center and as an Employment Specialist within the Parks Opportunity Program for public assistance recipients. Ms. Best holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Clark-Atlanta University and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Brandeis University. 

 

Kara Capone, Chief Operating Officer, New Reach

Kara has proven to be a tireless advocate for homeless families in CT with an ability to bring vision and determination to any role she may fill. While at New Reach, she has managed and implemented family housing and homeless programs, such as emergency shelters, transitional and permanent supportive housing, Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing, school-based, and family stabilization programs. She has also participated on many board and community groups, presented at State and national homeless and housing conferences, consulted with New Orleans and Philadelphia on family homelessness, and has been a central figure in nationally recognized and award winning programs. Kara holds a master’s degree in community/counseling psychology from Marist College and another master’s degree in epidemiology and public health from Yale University.

 

Carolann Barr, Executive Director, Raising the Roof

Carolann Barr has over twenty years of progressive senior leadership and program development experience in health and social service environments, including YouthLink’s pre-employment program for street involved youth in Toronto. She has worked with diverse and marginalized youth and adult populations, with a strong focus on poverty, homelessness, mental health, and addiction issues, and has devoted her career to help reduce barriers and create initiatives to combat homelessness. Carolann joined Raising the Roof in 2008 as the Director of Research and Community Initiatives. In 2010 Carolann became the organization’s Executive Director. Since then, she has planned and fostered national research efforts, partnership-building and public awareness initiatives aimed at breaking the cycle of homelessness. 

 

Dale H. Darcas, Executive Director, Serving Our Kids Foundation

Dale Darcas is one who sees a need in the community and also finds solutions to provide for those needs. He excelled as local Jaycee chapter president and was recognized at the annual state convention as one of the top in the state. He has been involved in projects to aid muscular dystrophy, toys for tots programs for needy children, and led two junior athletic teams to win state championships. He has served as district director and regional director and was recognized with national honors in both offices. Dale was awarded the Clint Dunagan Memorial Award as one of the top 20 Regional Directors in the nation, and in 2010, became Executive Director of Serving Our Kids Foundation. With a background in people management, community service, and a desire to help others, he continues to run his life on faith, trust, and relationships to accomplish the tasks before him. 

 

Constance Collins, President, Sundari Foundation/Lotus House Shelter

Constance Collins, Esq., is President, Executive Director, and founder of Sundari Foundation dba Lotus House, a 501c3 public charity dedicated to the support, education, advancement, and social inclusion of homeless women and children. She also serves as the Vice President of Lotus Endowment Fund, Inc., a foundation organized and operated to support the Lotus House and other initiatives of Sundari Foundation. A lawyer and former businesswoman prior to founding Lotus House, Ms. Collins is a full time volunteer of the Foundation, directing and overseeing the development, operations, programming, services, advocacy and growth of Lotus House. Additional initiatives of the Foundation include: Lotus House Thrift, LLC, operating a donations center and job training programs; and Lotus Wellness Center, LLC, a free health clinic offering women’s wellness exams and screenings to uninsured, indigent women.

 

Anna Frusciante, Director, Sundari Foundation/Lotus House Shelter

Anna Frusciante, Esq., is Director of the Foundation. She oversees operations, programming, services, reporting and growth of Lotus House, in addition to other initiatives, including the employment programs of Lotus House Thrift and the free health clinic operated by Lotus Wellness Center. Previously an attorney at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Ms. Frusciante has extensive experience representing indigent individuals in a wide range of consumer and benefits matters, among other legal issues. She also has experience in commercial litigation, including civil rights and discrimination, professional liability, and contract dispute matters. She graduated, cum laude and Order of Coif, with a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, and also earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Miami. 

 

Lila Anna Sauls, Chief Executive Officer and President, Trinity Housing Corporation

Lila Anna has been with St. Lawrence Place and Trinity Housing Corporation since 2005 in a variety of roles, and as CEO since 2007. She has over twenty years’ experience in the non-profit sector. She serves on numerous boards and committees, and is immediate past chair of the Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless (MACH), the 14-county Continuum of Care for Central SC. She is a recipient of the Carolina Academy Alumni Award, a TWIN Honoree of the Palmetto Center for Women, and Renaissance Foundation honoree for servant leaders. A native South Carolinian, Lila Anna is a graduate of the University South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications, and holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Change and Leadership from Columbia College. 

 

Cathy Monetti, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Trinity Housing Corporation and Riggs Partners

Cathy Monetti is a writer, creative director, and brand strategist at brand consultancy Riggs Partners, the firm she founded in 1987. She is also co-founder of CreateAthon, a national agency network that has donated more than $16 million in marketing services to nonprofits around the country. Cathy was named one of the nation’s “Ten Most Generous Marketing Geniuses” by Fast Company and profiled in Catchafire’s Generosity Series on “changemakers who have demonstrated their generosity through acts of service.” A native of Wise, Virginia, Cathy is a graduate of Clemson University, the Buckley School of Public Speaking, and a Diversity Leaders Initiative Fellow of the Riley Institute at Furman University. 

  Ellen Baxter, Executive Director, Broadway Housing Communities (BHC)

Ellen Baxter has been a leader in the field of housing advocacy and social justice in New York and nationally for more than thirty years, and was a founder of the Coalition for the Homeless for which she continues to serve as an active board member. A pioneer of the supportive housing movement, Ellen founded BHC in 1983 to demonstrate that permanent housing with services was the most cost-effective and humane solution to homelessness. With the rise of homelessness among families, Ellen adapted the model to meet the needs of children as well as adults. Ellen received a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Housing and a Citizen’s Housing & Planning Council Public Service Award, among many others. Ellen received Honorary Doctorates from Mount Holyoke and Bowdoin College, her alma mater, and earned a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University.

  Charlene Melville, Director of Education, Sugar Hill Museum Preschool

Charlene Melville is an experienced educator with over fifteen years of teaching and administrative experience in diverse education settings. She joined BHC in 2007 to lead the Head Start-funded Dorothy Day Early Childhood Center serving 51 children ages 2.9-5. With the opening of the Sugar Hill Museum Preschool, Charlene provides leadership for an expanded education program that now includes two early childhood centers with the capacity to serve 200 children from birth to age five and their families. Charlene holds both a Master of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from City College.

  Ana-Ofelia Rodriguez, Director of Community Engagement, Broadway Housing Communities (BHC)

Ana-Ofelia joined BHC in 1998, having served as Chief of Staff to New York City Council Member Guillermo Linares, NYC’s first elected official of Dominican descent. Guided by her deep knowledge of the community, Ana-Ofelia brought the arts to BHC, which now hosts three community art galleries. Monthly exhibitions showcase the work of local artists and provide a platform for musicians, writers, and civic leaders to create, share ideas, and engage the community. Ana-Ofelia holds a bachelor’s degree from City College, a master’s degree from the University of Seville, Spain, and a Ph.D. (ABD status) from Washington University.

  Susan Delvalle, Director, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

Susan Delvalle joined BHC in 2013 to lead the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, the cultural capstone of BHC’s visionary Sugar Hill Project. Previously, Susan served as Director of External Affairs at El Museo del Barrio in New York. Before joining El Museo, Susan worked for American Composers Orchestra following a career in consumer banking and advertising. Susan serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Arts’ Advisory Board of the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative as well as other boards. She holds an undergraduate degree from Bentley University and a master’s degree from New School University’s Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy.

  Keith E. Johnston, Program Director, CUNY Creative Arts Team (CAT)

Keith E. Johnston is co-founder of CAT’s original parenting team—he has devised and implemented parent workshops throughout New York City and beyond. Currently, Mr. Johnston is Program Director of the College/ Adult Program at CUNY-Creative Arts Team (CAT). He oversees several projects that provide interactive learning experiences on independent living skills, conflict resolution, diversity, and college and workplace readiness. His constituencies range from students and teachers in the CUNY Black Male Initiative, incarcerated youth, and correctional officers to high school students and families in transitional living. 

  Kathryn Chapin Cox, Administrator, YWCA Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center, YWCA El Paso del Norte Region
Kathryn Cox is a business leader and applied anthropologist. She is the Administrator of the YWCA Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center in El Paso, Texas, which is part of the largest YWCA in the country. Her background includes work in both for-profits and nonprofits. She has been recognized with a YWCA REACH Award and an SBA Award for her business, Cox and Associates. Her work as CEO of Project ARRIBA in El Paso helped to earn the organization the recognition as the top workforce program in Texas by the Texas Economic Development Council. Ms. Cox has a master’s degree in applied anthropology from the University of North Texas, and she graduated from William Jewell College with Honors Studies at Oxford University, Oxford, England.
  Shawn Stelow Griffin, Director, Finance and Impact, Collaborative Communications

Shawn Stelow Griffin brings twenty years of experience designing and implementing education reform initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels. She works with clients to leverage diverse resources to envision innovative approaches to improving outcomes for children and communities. Shawn previously worked at The Finance Project, where she served as Vice President of Education and Children’s Services. Previously, she served as the Team Leader of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program at the US Department of Education. Shawn also served as the Director of Youth Development for the Maryland State Department of Education.

  Stephanie Savard, Chief Operating Officer, Families in Transition

Stephanie Allain Savard is the Chief Operating Officer of Families in Transition and a New Hampshire Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Stephanie has been working in the field of homelessness for over fifteen years. At Families in Transition, Stephanie provides oversight of clinical services provided to adults, families, and children. Stephanie’s clinical specialties are homelessness, trauma, women’s issues, and clinical supervision. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Boston University, and she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an Associate Degree of Science in Chemical Dependency from Keene State College. 

  Joyce Lavery, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Safe Haven Family Shelter

Joyce Lavery has served as CEO of Safe Haven Family Shelter (SHFS) since 2009. Previously, she was the President and Executive Director of the National Conference for Community and Justice, Nashville Region. She holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Applied Urban Anthropology. Her expertise spans issues around diversity, youth development, poverty, homelessness, nonprofit management, and fund development. Ms. Lavery serves on numerous community committees around homelessness, housing, and poverty and is a strong advocate for best practices in the field and encouraging collaboration and cooperation among homelessness serving organizations. 

 

Judy Lewis, Education Specialist, Safe Haven Family Shelter

Judy Lewis is the Education Specialist at Safe Haven Family Shelter in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she received bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and child studies, and also a master’s degree specializing in community development and education policy. Judy has a passion for community activism, and giving voice to those who feel helpless. At Safe Haven Family Shelter, Judy acts as an advocate for children experiencing homelessness, and heads the Children’s Program which provides opportunities and resources for academic and social advancement. Judith is a licensed classroom teacher with Federal Highly Qualified status and a published children’s book author.

  Hannah Evans, Clinical Supervisor, Safe Haven Family Shelter
Hannah Evans is the Clinical Supervisor at Safe Haven Family Shelter in Nashville, Tennessee. In her current role, she provides therapeutic services to families experiencing homelessness. This includes play therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and individual, family, and group counseling. She also supervises program staff who provide case management services. Hannah’s expertise is in trauma and attachment related issues experienced by families living in poverty. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work, is a Licensed Master Social Worker in Tennessee, and is a Certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapist.
  Aaron Palmer, Housing Coordinator, Safe Haven Family Shelter
Aaron Palmer serves as the housing coordinator at Safe Haven Family Shelter. Previously, Aaron worked for two other major homeless service providers in middle Tennessee. He has successfully housed over dozens of families through the use of collaborative city and private partnerships. When Aaron is not housing families, he is busy working with the advocacy group A Voice for housing policies that will help low income families and individuals. Aaron is currently working on master’s degrees at Vanderbilt University in the areas of theology, philosophy, and community development with the aspiration to continue working towards social justice for low income families and individuals alike.
  Deb Chausse, Executive Director, House of Hope and House of Hope Housing
Deborah A. Chausse brings thirty years of experience in the field of homelessness to her position as Executive Director of House of Hope, Inc. and House of Hope Housing. Under her leadership, House of Hope expanded its 24/7 emergency shelter program from serving 18 families at one shelter to 24 families at two shelter locations. Additionally, she has overseen implementation of stronger family services programming to guide families through critical stability issues, housing search and placement services, and workforce development. Sister nonprofit House of Hope Housing, Inc. provides fifteen units of permanent, affordable housing to formerly homeless families. House of Hope Housing is a leader in the delivery of “Supportive Services” that results in increased long-term family stability for previously-homeless parents and their children.
  June Messina, Assistant Director, Housing and Property Management, House of Hope

June Messina, Assistant Director of Housing & Property Management at House of Hope, Inc., brings fifteen years of experience in non-profit management and property management, ten of those years with House of Hope Inc. As a member of the senior management team, Ms. Messina is responsible for all housing operations and property management at all seven properties owned by House of Hope, Inc. and House of Hope Housing, Inc.  She has taken a leadership role in the acquisition of three of those properties during her tenure here. Ms. Messina leverages her business, analytical and communications skills to ensure that House of Hope and House of Hope Housing compassionately serve homeless families while managing the strategic growth of the permanent housing operations.  

  Jennifer Sharkey, Assistant Director, Business and Development, House of Hope

Jennifer Smith Sharkey, Assistant Director of Business and Development at House of Hope, Inc. since 2010, brings thirteen years of experience in the field of homelessness and eleven years of experience in business development. Led by her compassion for homeless families, in her 5 years at House of Hope, Ms. Sharkey has leveraged her business, development and communications skills to support the financial management and growth at both House of Hope and House of Hope Housing. She juggles the multiple functions of finance, human resources, development, and marketing on a day-to-day basis in her capacity as Assistant Director. Ms. Sharkey received a bachelor’s degree from the Boston College School of Management. 

  Christine Achre, Chief Executive Officer, Primo Center for Women and Children

Christine Achre is presently the CEO of Primo Center for Women and Children, a comprehensive social services organization located in Chicago and focused on breaking the cycle of homelessness in families. As a trained clinician with expertise in trauma-informed care, Ms. Achre has provided services to homeless families since 1995 and has focused on program development, research, and clinical practice, geared towards the implementation of best practices for homeless families. She has also worked within the children’s mental health sector and has participated in the dialogue on the administration and financing for a comprehensive system of care for children. 

  Chela Schuster, Director of Strategic Housing Resources, UMOM New Day Centers

Chela Sullivan Schuster currently serves as the Director of Strategic Housing Resources for UMOM New Day Centers, a critical role in steering the agency housing focus. Among her responsibilities, Chela has designed and implemented UMOM’s Rapid Re Housing and Supportive Services for Veteran Families programs. Chela is also overseeing the Maricopa County coordinated assessment process for families seeking homeless services at the Family Housing Hub. Chela holds a Master of Nonprofit Studies from Arizona State University. 

  Randy Hade, Family Housing Hub Coordinator, UMOM New Day Centers

Randy Hade currently serves at the Family Housing Hub Coordinator at UMOM New Day Centers. The Family Housing Hub is the coordinated access point for families seeking homeless services in Maricopa County. Randy works with twelve partner agencies to coordinate all homeless resources for families in the Continuum of Care. Prior to this, Randy oversaw UMOM’s Support Services for Veteran Families Program. 

  Mattie Lord, Chief Program Officer, UMOM New Day Centers
Mattie McVey Lord currently serves as the Chief Program Officer at UMOM New Day Centers where she oversees shelter programs, rapid rehousing, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, a licensed child development center, wellness center and medical clinic, and specialized youth activities. In her previous roles, she led interagency efforts to prevent and end homelessness as the State Homeless Coordinator at the Arizona Department of Economic Security and the State Coordinator for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth at the Arizona Department of Education. Mattie holds her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in education. 
  Carrie Banks, Supervising Librarian, The Child’s Place for Children (and Teens) with Special Needs, Brooklyn Public Library

Carrie Banks is Supervising Librarian and Director of the Child's Place for Children and Teens with Special Needs at Brooklyn Public Library. The Child’s Place provides library services to all children in the library and in community settings such as transitional housing, hospitals, congregate foster care homes, and juvenile detention facilities. In 2014 Ms. Banks wrote the book Including Families of Children with Special Needs, Revised Edition, which highlights research-based practices and resources for creating inclusive environments and programs for children and teens. Carrie is also a visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute. 

  Nick Higgins, Director, Outreach Services, Brooklyn Public Library
As Director of Outreach Services for the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) Nick is charged with building meaningful library programs for increasingly vulnerable groups across the city. Nick directs a unique suite of services for BPL including the Services for Older Adults department, Correctional Services, Immigrant Services, and outreach to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. From 2009 to 2013 Nick oversaw The New York Public Library’s Correctional Services department, increasing direct library engagement with inmates in regional jails and prisons. He received his Master of Library Science from the Pratt Institute and a bachelor’s in British literature from Hunter College. 
  Vikki Terrile, Director of Community Library Services, Queens Library

Vikki C. Terrile is a Director of Community Library Services for Queens Library in New York City. She holds a master’s degree in library science from Long Island University and a master’s degree in urban affairs from Queens College, where her capstone project was on family homelessness. She has been a public librarian for seventeen years, focusing on serving underserved and socially excluded populations. Vikki has published and presented frequently on this work, including a chapter on serving homeless youth in Library Youth Outreach: 26 Ways to Connect With Children, Young Adults and Their Families, published in January 2014 by McFarland.

  Diane Nilan, Founder and President, HEAR US

Diane Nilan, founder/president of HEAR US Inc., has three decades of experience running shelters; advocating for improved state and federal policies; filming/producing award-winning documentaries, My Own Four Walls and on the edge: Family Homelessness in America; writing her book on homelessness, Crossing the Line: Taking Steps to End Homelessness; addressing audiences from Columbia University to Congress; and inspiring a “compassion epidemic” to address homelessness. Since 2005, Nilan has lived in a small motorhome and traveled over 220,000 miles chronicling non-urban family/youth homelessness. Her latest project is a series of documentaries exploring homeless families/youth in doubled up situations, Worn Out Welcome Mat.

  Debra Manteghi, Homeless Education Liaison, Project RISE/Akron Public Schools

Debra Manteghi has worked for Akron Public Schools as a Program Manager for Project RISE (Realizing Individual Strength through Education) since 1998.  Project RISE is a federally funded program under the McKinney-Vento Education for the Homeless Children and Youth Program. She is also a part-time instructor at the University of Akron, teaching Family Homelessness and Successful Parenting. Debra also has experience in early childhood, youth services, child welfare, and Family and Consumer Sciences Education.  

  Rachel Breece, Special Projects Specialist, Project RISE/Akron Public Schools

Rachel Breece is a Child and Family Development Specialist with Project RISE (Realizing Individual Strength through Education) and has been with the organization in various capacities since 2009. She graduated from Berry College in 2007 with a degree in human development and family studies. In 2014, she was honored with the Creativity Award from Akron’s Women’s History Project. She enjoys working with children of all ages and spending time with her husband and young daughter. 

  Olivia Jerkes, Special Projects Specialist, Project RISE/Akron Public Schools

Olivia Jerkes is a student at the University of Akron working on a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She services children and youth experiencing homelessness through the Akron Public School program Project RISE (Realizing Individual Strength through Education). She is a tutor, provides art and literacy activities for summer programing, and accompanies students to a variety of educational outings. She is also the Love & Learn Doll Project coordinator for Project RISE. 

  Daniel Gumnit, Chief Executive Officer, People Serving People

Daniel Gumnit is the Chief Executive Officer of People Serving People Charities and People Serving People, Inc. Daniel is focused on developing systemic solutions to childhood and family homelessness, and is a passionate advocate for improving access to early childhood development programs for children living in poverty. People Serving People is the largest and most comprehensive family-focused shelter in Minnesota—an innovative, multiservice facility combining emergency housing with programs to help families overcome barriers to stability and return to self-sufficiency. Daniel’s experience includes broad executive leadership spanning publicly traded, privately held and nonprofit organizations. His recent work also includes developing national prime time broadcast programing. He has a BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.