ANNE ABBOTT , MPP is a Research Associate in the Research and Evaluation Division at NRC. Ms. Abbott’s work supports efforts across the center’s issue areas, but focuses primarily on family stability and improving outcomes for minority youth. She also works closely with the Iowa Center for Evaluation and Research on projects related to public health. Previously Ms. Abbott worked in the policy and advocacy arena supporting child- and youth-serving organizations and expanding quality youth workforce development and educational programming options for youth ages 16-24 and in the District of Columbia. She holds a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in Social Policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.
BLACK is Office Manager at the National Resource
Center for Family Centered Practice. Ms. Black has been at
the Resource Center for 19 years and works on a wide range
of projects, in addition to managing office staff and serving
as fiscal manager for the Center. She also edits and produces
The Prevention Report, and formats
and publishes Center reports, documents and curricula. Her
duties include the submission of financial and human resource
data, and management of training materials.
||SHAMRA BOEL-STUDT is a Research Associate at the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice and a doctoral candidate in the School of Social at the University of Iowa. For the past six years Ms. Boel-Studt’s work at the NRC has included research, evaluation, providing technical assistance, and curriculum development related to the delivery of child welfare services. Her research is in the areas of child welfare, with a specific focus on youth in residential treatment, and youth victimization and trauma. In addition to her dissertation, Ms. Boel-Studt is currently the lead on two other studies of residential treatment, including an evaluation of a trauma-informed model of residential treatment. Her work in these areas has resulted in multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national conferences. Prior to the NRC, she worked with adolescents males in a comprehensive group care facility and in an intensive residential treatment program for adolescent males with sexual behavior problems.
D'AUNNO, J.D., is Director of Training for the National
Resource Center for Family Centered Practice and Adjunct Associate
Professor at the University of Iowa School of Social Work.
Lisa develops and oversees educational programs for social
service and non-profit organizations throughout the United
States. Lisa has 25 years of child welfare experience as an
attorney, clinical professor of law, trainer, and program
administrator in Iowa, Michigan and Illinois. As Director
of Best Practice for the Office of the Inspector General,
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in Chicago,
she managed the implementation of a number of interdisciplinary
field tests to improve practice with families. Lisa has taught
law and social work at the University of Chicago School of
Social Services Administration as well as child advocacy at
the University of Michigan Law School. As an attorney, she
represented parents and children and prosecuted a number of
complex termination of parental rights cases. Over the years,
Lisa has trained over 8,000 social workers, lawyers, and judges
in subjects including ethics, management skills, legal aspects
of child maltreatment, courtroom skills, liability in human
services, and interdisciplinary decision-making.
LANDSMAN, M.S.W., Ph.D., is Executive Director of
the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice
and Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of
Iowa. Dr. Landsman has worked for the Center as a researcher,
program evaluator, and technical assistance consultant for
more than fifteen years. Her areas of expertise include child
welfare services from family preservation through permanency
planning, developing outcomes for family centered programs,
and organizational commitment and staff turnover. Dr. Landsman
has directed multistate research projects in child welfare
services, statewide evaluations of family preservation and
support, early intervention and pregnancy prevention, and
community based programs and interagency collaboratives across
a variety of service systems including child welfare, education,
substance abuse, community action, and maternal and child
health. Recent publications include "Attributing responsibility
for child maltreatment when domestic violence is present"
which was co-authored with Carolyn Copps Hartley and published
in Child Abuse & Neglect, 31, 445-461 (2007) and “Pathways
to Organizational Commitment,” which was selected as the outstanding
article in Administration in Social Work in 2008.
MIKELSON, LISW, Associate Training Director,
is an experienced trainer, supervisor, and therapist with many years of experience in the mental health field. Her professional experiences include providing
family therapy in juvenile justice and state human services
settings, mental health center work as a therapist,
supervisor and director, outpatient individual, group, and couples therapy, clinical and licensing supervision, and teaching social work practicum and classes. As a national trainer for the NRC, Bonnie's areas of expertise include supervision and administration, family systems,
family development and support, strengths and resilience frameworks,
worker development, adult mental health and trauma, and curriculum development. Her work for NRC includes coordination of training requests and development and administrative assistance, along with trainings and presentations at the state and national level.
NEFF joined the NRC staff in 2010. As a graduate of the
University of Iowa, Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree
in Psychology, with a concentration in English literature
and writing. After 15 years as an Administrative Assistant
in a University of Iowa research department, Julia joined
the NRC as a project assistant. Julia supports training and
project staff by assisting in office operations, in the editing
and production of training materials, by providing technical and client support for online trainings, maintaining the website, and in the administration,
tracking and certification processes of trainings.
THORBURN McCRORY, MPH, is Project Manager for the
Iowa Center for Evaluation Research, the NRC's public health
research and evaluation center. Ms. McCrory received her MPH
from the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Ms.
McCrory earned her undergraduate degree in counseling and
human services at California State University, Fullerton.
Kellee has worked for the University of Iowa for
six years and conducts research and evaluation in a wide variety
of areas including rural and environmental health, comprehensive
cancer control, nutrition, early childhood and child welfare,
mental health care and access, development and delay and substance
abuse. She also provides technical assistance in evaluation
methods, planning and constructing logic models to improve
organizational effectiveness and implementation of qualitative
and focus group methods.
RICHARDSON, Ph.D., is Research Director at the National
Resource Center for Family Centered Practice and Adjunct Associate
Professor at The
University of Iowa School of Social Work. Dr. Richardson
is also Iowa DMC Coordinator for the DMC
Resource Center and Minority Youth and Families Initiative
where he directs statewide efforts to reduce disparities in
the child welfare, juvenile justice, education and health
systems. Dr. Richardson was elected national DMC representative
for the Executive
Board of the Center
for Juvenile Justice in 2008. Dr. Richardson
earned his doctorate in applied sociology with specialization
in social psychology, methodology and law, deviance and control
from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Prior to coming
to Iowa he served as Director of Contract Research at Yale
University and Director of Research at the Institute for Social
and Economic Development. He has served as project director
on numerous applied research and evaluation projects using
both quantitative and qualitative methods. In addition to
research and evaluation of programs he provides technical
assistance on strengths-based and family centered practice,
training and technical assistance on data management, outcome
measures research and evaluation and he has trained staff
of provider and government agencies on how to monitor and
improve outcomes in their work with families throughout the
U.S. Some of his most recent publications focus on utilizing
the results of evaluations to promote and demonstrate program
effectiveness, incorporating results into program improvement
strategies, effective DMC technical assistance, and the use
of social network analysis in improving community collaboration.
Additionally, Dr. Richardson serves as director of the Iowa
Center for Evaluation Research which conducts research
and evaluation on community and behavioral health programs.
The University of Iowa School of Social Work
National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice
University Research Park
100 Oakdale Hall #M222
Iowa City, IA 52242-5000
The University of Iowa School of Social Work
John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center
1200 Grand Ave., Suite 120
Des Moines, IA 50309
TASHA WELLS is Administrative Services Coordinator at the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice. She has worked for the NRC since 2010 and is based in the NRC's Des Moines office of The University of Iowa School of Social Work. She works on a variety of projects for the NRC research division and her largest project is the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting project. She performs a variety of quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation duties including training, interpretation, translation. Prior to working at the NRC she worked for Creighton University and Wells Fargo.
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Julia Kleinschmit, MSW is Clinical Associate Professor for the University of Iowa School of Social Work. Ms. Kleinschmit has a wide range of work experience including community organizing with students, farmers, and faith-based organizations, serving as director of a homeless shelter, organizing a political campaign in the western US, and serving as an NGO’s media director. Julia consults with organizations on grant writing, program development and evaluation. Since 2005, she has worked in the area of American Indian/Alaskan Native child welfare, working with state and Tribal systems to reduce the over-representation of and disparate outcomes for Native children in out-of-home care. Currently she is helping to lead an evaluation team for a four-Tribe, two-state, federally-funded project to recruit Native resource families for Native children. Other interests include sustainable agriculture, diversion of people with co-occurring disorders from rural justice systems, and privilege education in a variety of settings.
COPPS HARTLEY, PhD is an Associate Professor and
Undergraduate Program Coordinator at the University of Iowa,
School of Social Work. Her research encompasses a focus on
system responses to two areas of family violence: child maltreatment
and domestic violence. She uses the lens of therapeutic
jurisprudence, which posits that legal rules and procedures,
and agents of the legal system (advocates, lawyers, judges,
etc.) act as social forces that can produce positive, therapeutic
effects, or negative, anti-therapeutic effects for the mental
health and psychological functioning of the non-agents (victims,
defendants, witnesses) participating in the system. Her domestic
violence research studies, both funded by the National Institute
of Justice (NIJ), have examined prosecution and defense strategies
used in domestic violence-related felony trials and evaluated
the effectiveness of a specialized domestic violence prosecution
program in Chicago, Illinois. Her child maltreatment research
has focused on the co-occurrence of domestic violence and
child maltreatment. She has also published articles on therapeutic
jurisprudence approaches to the prosecution of domestic violence,
cultural competency training for lawyers, and the criminal
justice system’s response to battered immigrant women. Prior
to her faculty position at Iowa, Dr. Hartley did clinical
work with sex offenders and adult and child victims of sexual
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PHILIP EWOLDSEN, MDiv, MA, has been a national trainer for the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice for many years. Although he is currently retired, he continues to enjoy consulting for the NRCFCP and several counties of his local Head Start. Previously, Mr. Ewoldsen was a clinical therapist with Hamilton Center, Inc. located in Indiana, working with a broad range of clients (children, adolescents, adults, couples and families). Before that, he worked at the Charter Hospital of Terre Haute, Indiana, and for Four Oaks, Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In addition to clinical work, he has extensive experience in staff consultation, supervision and training, and advocacy/public education services with direct service and management personnel. Phil received his Master's degree in Counseling and Human Development from The University of Iowa and also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Drake University.
Kim Kali~Schultes, LISW, CCDP-D, Affinity Center, LLC is a graduate from the University of Kansas, she is trained in family systems and strengths based practice. She is a certified professional in co-occurring disorders and has a rich background in treating addictions and co-occurring disorders. Kim has more than 18 years of progressive experience in the social work field. Her professional experience is diverse and includes both private and public service positions in state and federal government. Her experience includes working within various systems and facilitating training in education, healthcare, military and family service agencies. She has served in positions of leadership with supervisory responsibilities for staff and program development. Most recently, her training experiences has been with managers on preventing burnout, stress management, and increasing collaboration and communication in a hospital setting among nursing staff and physicians.
MOELLERING, L.S.W., is the Chief Operating Officer
of Lutheran Social Services of Indiana. She has over 20
years of experience in the field of social work through
serving families, developing programs, and raising funds.
Her work has been focused primarily with families and the system
within which families function. Angie is a certified national
trainer through the University of Iowa’s National Resource Center.
She has provided the Center’s eight day Family Development Specialist
certification training to social service providers since 1998.
PARKER, C.S.W., has over twenty-seven years of experience
working in human and social services, family and individual
therapy and church ministry. She has been conducting workshops
and seminars for national audiences since 1986. An ordained
minister, she brings a refreshing and energized spirituality
to her presentations. Ms. Parker is a popular presenter
of the NRCFCP’s training A Strength-Based Culturally Competent
Approach to Reducing Disproportionate Minority Confinement
as well as a number of other trainings.. Ms. Parker
is employed by the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has
been affiliated with the NRC/FCP since 1990. Ms. Parker received
her degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
and a master’s certificate in Community Mental Health from
Trinity College of Vermont.
DOUGLAS W. BILLINGSLEY, LMSW, has been a Trainer/Consultant with the NRC since January, 2013. He is also currently employed as a professor of Psychology and Sociology teaching various classes with Scott Community College in Bettendorf, Iowa. Mr. Billingsley’s previous human service experience is primarily in the field of mental health and addictions (substance abuse and pathological gambling) having been a counselor/therapist and a clinical supervisor in the addictions field. Mr. Billingsley has conducted trainings on Family Development, Motivational Interviewing, substance abuse, and pathological gambling to local, state, and national audiences. He has also conducted state trainings on neurobiological implications regarding criminal recidivism with offenders that have addiction histories in the criminal justice system. His master’s degree at the University of Iowa focused on family development, strength-based assessments and resilience frameworks utilizing biopsychosocial assessments and systemic perspectives in regards to family concerns.