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Conference Speakers

Tuesday, February 11, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Jim Roberts, Founder/CEO, and Jon Nibbio, COO and Clinical Director, Family Care Network (FCNI) “Innovating Your Organization’s Future”
  • Tara Morgan, Esq. Owner/Consultant, “Compensation and Benefits in a Tight Labor Market –Strategy to Tactics”
  • Christina Parker, Statewide Policy Coordinator, Jordan Sosa, Statewide Policy Coordinator and Vanessa Elaine Hernandez, Director of Statewide Policy & Training “Developing Trauma Responders: A Youth-Centered approach to trauma reduction
  • Leon Hoover, Senior Associate, Open Minds “Strategic Planning for Success in the Changing California Children’s Services Marketplace - Part 1”
  • Jennifer Cardenas, Behavioral Health Consultant, Cardenas Consulting Group and Monica Hendrix, Behavioral Health Consultant, Gadda Hendrix Consulting “Need a title for Jen”
  • Eleanor Castillo-Sumi, Ph.D., Vice President, Research and Development, Uplift Family Services, Teri L. Bourdeau, Ph.D., Vice President, Training and Development, PracticeWise, LLC and Brian Thomson, MFT, Vice President, Clinical Operations, Uplift Family Services “A Comprehensive Model for Training Your Workforce in Evidence-Based Practice for Youth Mental Health”
  • Brittany Nelson, Psy.D., Wraparound Program Manager, Casa Pacifica and Polly Huffer, CYC-P, Wraparound Lead Parent Partner, Casa Pacifica “Wraparound Services and Adult Youth: Implementing Services for Youth 18 and Older”
  • Anna Johnson, Senior Project Manager, John Burton Advocates for Youth “THP-NMD & THP-Plus Annual Report 2018 -  2019”
  • Leon Hoover, Senior Associate, Open Minds “Strategic Planning for Success in the Changing California Children’s Services Marketplace - Part 2”
  • Jennifer Cardenas, Behavioral Health Consultant, Cardenas Consulting Group and Monica Hendrix, Behavioral Health Consultant, Gadda Hendrix Consulting “Preparing the Medi-cal Fee-for-Service (FFS) SMHS Provision & Contracting: Budgeting, Rate Setting and Contract Negotiations”

Wednesday, February 13

  • Tia Martinez, Principal, Forward Change Consulting “ Response Integrated Health Solutions School to Prison Pipeline”
  • California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
  • Jamie MF Velazquez, Ph.D., Director of Staff Development, Crittenton Services for Children and Families “Trauma Informed & Culturally Responsive Leadership”
  • Kate Cordell, Ph.D., Managing Director, Mental Health Data Alliance and Eleanor Castillo-Simi, Ph.D., VP, Research & Program Development, Uplift Family Services “Making the Most of PSC-35 and CANS Assessments”
  • Amy Heilman, LCSW, Director of Foster Care and Adoption; Children’s Bureau of Southern California, Cynthia (Cindy) Stogel, LMFT, Foster Care and Adoption Coordinator; Children’s Bureau of Southern California, Eshele Williams, Psy.D., Instructor, Pacific Oaks College and Eileen Mayers Pasztor, DSW, Professor; School of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) “Disruption Preventions and Interventions: A Mission and Values Driven Model of Practice”
  • Patrick Gardner, JD, President & Board Member, Youth Minds Advocacy
  • Vida Khavar, MA, LMFT, Project Director, getREAL CA “Improving Outcomes for LGBTQ+ Youth Involved in Child Welfare Systems”
  • Panelist from Foster Care Audits and Rates Branch, “The Do's and Don'ts about CDSS Fiscal Audits and Rates” Community Care Licensing - Helping Providers Succeed Through Technical Assistance (TA)”
  • Angela Carmack, Assistant Program Administrator, Children’s Residential Program Northern Region, CCL, CDSS, Lenora Scott, Assistant Program Administrator, Children’s Residential Program Southern Region, CCL, CDSS, and Fernando Sandoval, Bureau Chief, The Statewide Children’s Residential Program Office, CCL, CDSS “Community Care Licensing - Helping Providers Succeed Through Technical Assistance (TA)”
  • Cynthia Rowe, Ph.D., Associate Director, MDFT International, Inc. and Adriana Bugarin, LCSW, Associate Clinical Director, D’Veal Family and Youth Services “Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) for Adolescent Problem Behavior”
  • Amber Davies, MSW, LCSW, Senior Director of Clinical Programs and Eshele Williams, Psy.D., LMFT, Supervisor/Trainer, Saving Innocence “A Strengths Based Approach: Advocating for Children Impacted by Commercial and Sexual Exploitation”
  • Kathryn W. Page, Ph.D., President, FASD NorCal, “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders—Understanding Our Most  Challenging Clients”
  • Richard Knecht, MS, Integrated Services Advisor, CDSS and Tammy Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Oak Grove Center “Organizational Effectiveness in a Compliance Driven Universe-- Healing and Permanency for Youth through Agency Mindfulness”
  • James Freeman, MA, CYC-P, Training Director, Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families “Reducing Restraint and Seclusion”
  • Jessica Cruz, Executive Director, NAMI California, “NAMI California - National Alliance of Mental Illness”
  • Jill Jacobs, Executive Director, Family Builders, “Specialized Permanency Services for Youth in Group Homes and STRTPs”

Thursday, February 14

  • Becky Margiotta, Principal/owner, Billion Institute
  • Lynn Thull Ph.D., President/CEO, LMT & Associates, Inc. and Kim Lewis, JD, Managing Attorney, National Health Law Programs Los Angeles “CalAIM Panel”
  • Rachele C Espiritu, Ph.D., Co-Director, Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, “How Implicit Bias Affects the Work We Do In Behavioral Health”
  • Frank Kros, MSW, JD, President, Kros Learning Group “Three Power Tools for Boosting Organizational Creativity and Building a Culture of Innovation”