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Earl - Parent

Earl is a child of divorce who is now married and the parent of two children with autism.

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Jennifer - Parent

Jennifer is the parent of a child with autism.

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Wayne .

Wayne participated in the Family Finding process at Snell Farm Children's Center and was discharged to live with his mother in June. He talks about being reunited with his mother, his stepbrother, and several other family members, thanks to Family Finding.

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Al Agricoltoso

Al Agricoltoso is a registered nurse and Infection Prevention and Control Manager at Hillside Children’s Center. He received a BSN degree from SUNY Brockport and a Masters in Human Services Administration from St. John Fisher College. Prior to joining Hillside, Al worked in the Strong Health Addiction Psychiatry/Methadone Maintenance Program and as day charge at the Monroe County Jail. He has also worked in HIV/AIDS and oncology at Highland Hospital and on the HIV/AIDS team for Monroe County.

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Kassandra Baggs

Kassandra Baggs has been a youth advocate for Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection since 2001. Prior to 2001 she worked at a youth and family development specialist at Hillside Children’s Center. She has a Masters degree in Social Work with a concentration in family and community from Nazareth College and SUNY Brockport.  



   

Chandra Batchelor

Chandra Batchelor is a family advocate in Home and Community-Based Waiver Services at Hillside Children’s Center. Her experiences growing up with a brother with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder and multiple undiagnosed behavioral issued inspired her to earn a sociology degree from Oswego State University and pursue a career in child welfare services. When her own daughter began to experience delays, Chandra saw firsthand the challenges of dealing with the system and advocating for her child’s needs. She draws on her experiences and education to help parents become better advocates for their children. 

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Margo Bauer
   

Margo Bauer

Margo Bauer is a 4H educator with the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Monroe County. Margo designs and teaches 4-H Youth Development educational programs for students, youth leaders and the general public. The program combines the cooperative efforts of youth, volunteer leaders, state land grant universities, federal, state, local governments, and the US Department of Agriculture. The goal of the program is to assist young people in developing knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, responsible, productive citizens, and contributing members of society. Margo has a Bachelor's degree from SUNY Geneseo and a Masters in Education from Northern Illinois University.

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Douglas Bennett MD
   

Douglas Bennett MD

Douglas Bennett, M.D., F.A.A.P., has been in primary care pediatrics since 1995.  He is board certified and a faculty member of the University of Rochester School of Medicine.  He is a contributor to the Genesee Valley Parent magazine. He moved to the area from his practice in Mamaroneck, NY and now lives in Pittsford with his wife and three children.   

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Noreen Boje
   

Noreen Boje, Ed. D.

Noreen is director of speech operations at Rochester Hearing and Speech Center. She has a B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo, a Masters degree from the State University at Buffalo, and a doctorate in education from the University of Rochester.

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Yvette Borne

Yvette Borne is Program Manager for Home and Community Based Waiver Services in Hillside Children’s Center’s Central Region. She led the development and implementation of a training curriculum to increase Hillside’s Central Region staff competency in working with LGBTQ youth and families. She has a Masters in Social Work from Purdue University and a Masters in Human Development Applied Social Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton.  

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Susan Boyle
   

Susan Boyle

Susan is a supervising teacher and CSE chair at Hillside Children's Center's Varick campus school. She earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Speech Pathology from the State University of New York at Fredonia.

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Kevin Campbell
   

Kevin Campbell

Kevin Campbell, senior fellow in the Hillside Institute for Family Connections, is an internationally known youth permanency expert and founder of the Center for Family Finding and Youth Connectedness. Kevin developed Family Finding, a set of strategies to find lifelong supports for children and young people in foster care. He has been an administrator, director, and vice president of private social service agencies for more than 25 years and has been a foster parent. 

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Mary Eason and Carry Maddox

Mary and Carry are grandparents who are raising  their grandchildren. They share their stories about the challenges and joys of being kinship caregivers and the help they have received from the Skip Generations program.

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Cheryl Charles, Ph.D.

Cheryl Charles is president and co-founder of the Children and Nature Network.  Cheryl is an author and educator who is among those instrumental in developing the worldwide movement to reconnect children and nature. She is the former founding national director of Project Learning Tree and Project WILD, the two most widely used environment education programs in North America. She speaks internationally about the benefits of nature to children. 

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Kelly Clark
   

Kelly Clark

Kelly Clark is the Community Safety Program Director at the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, where she manages the Anti-Violence Project which provides direct victim services to lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) victims of violence. She also develops community education and outreach programs on violence within and against LGBT people. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Counseling and Human Development.   

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Clyde Comstock
   

Clyde Comstock

Clyde Comstock is chief operating officer for Hillside Family of Agencies, where he is responsible for overall operations of affiliates Crestwood Children’s Center, Hillside Children’s Center, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, and Snell Farm Children’s Center. He earned his B.A. at Hamilton College and has an MSW degree from Boston University School of Social Work. 

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Stephen Cook MD
   

Stephen Cook MD

 Stephen Cook, MD, MPH, is dual trained in pediatric and adult-internal medicine. After completing his residency and a chief resident year in Buffalo NY, he joined the Golisano Children's Hospital at URMC in 2001. He completed an academic pediatric fellowship here, during which time he focused on his research and clinical aspects on nutrition, physical activity, obesity and the metabolic complications that arise. 

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Marian Coon
   

Marian Coon

 Marian, a Registered Dietician, is Nutrition Manager at Hillside Family of Agencies. She has a B.S. degree in Medical Dietetics from the Ohio State University and an M.S. degree in Health Systems Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She has 11 years of experience in behavior health and is an adjunct professor in Health Systems Administration at RIT. 

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Pete Corrigan

Pete Corrigan is a Senior Public Health Sanitarian for the Monroe County Health Department in the Indoor Air and Toxics Section of the Bureau of Public Health Engineering. He has a Bachelors degree in Geology and has been with the Health Department since 1996. He helps County residents handle problems such as carbon monoxide, asbestos, radon, sewer gas, “sick buildings,” and mold. 

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Craig Cypher
   

Craig Cypher, Psy. D.

Dr. Craig Cypher is a psychologist for the Residential and Day Treatment programs at Crestwood Children's Center, focusing on consultation, training, and psychological assessment. He is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL.  A Rochester native, Dr. Cypher has worked with children, adolescents, and college-age young men and women in a variety of prevention, intervention, and positive youth development settings in Chicago and the Rochester area.  In addition to his work with Hillside Family of Agencies, Dr. Cypher also maintains a private practice in psychology, offering individual and family therapy services for children, adolescents, young adults, and their families.  His areas of speciality include strength-based approaches to treatment, the emotional development of boys and men, video games and the effects of emerging media, and sport and performance psychology. 



   

Christopher Dehon, Ph.D.

Dr. Christopher Dehon is a psychologist at Hillside Children’s Center. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Development Psychology from the University of New Orleans. He has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families.   



Prakash Dheeriya
   

Prakash Dheeriya PhD

Dr. Prakash Dheeriya is a Professor of Finance at California State University-Dominguez Hills and author of the Finance for Kids book series. He has been teaching finance and investments for more than two decades. Dr. Dheeriya has several publications in the field of financial markets. A frequent speaker at conferences, chambers of commerce and rotary clubs, he has received several research awards and has more than 30 refereed publications to his credit. Dr. Dheeriya takes particular pride in caring for and educating his two young boys, ages 5 and 6 years, a role which he shares with his wife of 10 years. 

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Dan Lesinski and Dr. Deborah Napolitano
   

Dan Lesinski and Dr. Deborah Napolitano

Dan Lesinski is Leader of Services for Youth with Developmental Disabilities at Hillside Children’s Center and Adjunct Faculty Member in the Social Science Interdisciplinary Degree Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has a B.A. degree in psychology from Canisius College and a Masters degree in helping services from the University of Rochester.Dr. Deborah Napolitano is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and the University of Rochester Medical Center.  

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Ann Dunnewold, Ph.D.
   

Ann Dunnewold, Ph.D.

Ann Dunnewold, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the author of Even June Cleaver Would Forget the Juice Box: Cut Yourself Some Slack (and Still Raise Great Kids) in the Age of Extreme Parenting and several other books. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Ohio State University. She is also the mother of two grown daughters. 

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Margie Usher and Emma Kimble
   

Margie Usher and Emma Kimble

Margie Usher is a mentor for the Skip Generations program and makes home visits to isolated grandparents who are struggling with kinship caregiving. Emma Kimble is a member of the Skip Generations Wisdom Work Team and reaches out in the community to make kinship caregivers aware of Skip Generations and bring them into the program. 

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Shawanda Evans

Shawanda Evans is director of academic support for Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. Shawanda monitors academic service plans, coordinates tutorial service providers, evaluates student academic progress, and manages the post-secondary preparation and support department. She has a BS degree from Virginia State University and a Master of Education degree from Roberts Wesleyan College. 

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Mike Finn

Mike Finn is permanency specialist for Hillside Adoption Services, where he helps to find permanent families for children in foster and long-term residential care. He earned a B.A. at St. John Fisher College and a Masters of Public Administration from the SUNY Brockport. Prior to joining ARN he was casework supervisor for adoption at the Monroe County Department of Human Services. 

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Judy Fox

Judy Fox is an organizational development consultant specializing in performance enhancement at Grenell Consulting Group. She has served as executive, manager, trainer, consultant, and professor during her career. She received a B.B. from Cornell University in Human Development and Family Studies and a Masters from Syracuse University with a focus on behavioral sciences. She has done post-graduate work at The Maxwell School at Syracuse University. 

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Annie Fox

Annie Fox is the author of The Teen Survival Guide to Dating and Relating: Real-World Advice on Guys, Girls, Growing Up, and Getting Along and founder of The InSite, a Web site for teens and young adults. She has a degree in human development from Cornell University and Master’s degree in Education from the State University of New York at Cortland. 

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Tim Gleason

Tim Gleason is Director of Marketing at ABVI-Goodwill in Rochester, NY. Through its network of Goodwill stores, ABVI-Goodwill recycles and resells gently used clothing and household goods  to enhance programs, services, and employment opportunitiesfor people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. 

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Rod Green
   

Rod Green

Rod Green is executive director of Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection – Rochester and Buffalo. He also serves on the board of the Rochester Career Mentoring Charter School and the Rochester/Monroe County Youth Council. He has a B.A. degree from North Carolina Central University and a Masters of Public Administration from the State University of New York at Brockport. 

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Nancy Hackett

Nancy Hackett is a registered nurse with the Monroe County Health Department in Rochester, NY. 

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Laura Hammond
   

Laura Hammond

Laura Jeanne Hammond is executive vice president, publisher, and editor at Next Step Publishing. Laura began her career with Next Step Publishing as an intern for the publication as a sophomore in high school. In 2001, she became editor in chief. Since then, The Next Step Magazine has won numerous content awards and was named Periodical of the Year for young adults from AEP in 2007. Laura graduated summa cum laude with a concentration in magazine editing in 2001 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  

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Claudia Herman

 Claudia Herman is recreation therapy manager at Hillside Children’s Center. Claudia helps youth become involved in sports that not only enhance therapy, but help them become more active and fit. Claudia encourages youth to continue participating in these sports after they transition back to their home community.



Amy Loblaw and Jeanne McClung
   

Amy Loblaw and Jeanne McClung

Amy Loblaw and Jeanne McClung are from Crestwood Children's Center's Outpatient Services Program, which provides an array of mental health services to youth age birth through 21 and their families. Services include individual/family therapy, crisis intervention, outreach and linkage to community resources, psychological evaluations, psychiatric evaluations, and pharmacotherapy.

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Natasha Johnson
   

Natasha Johnson

Natasha Johnson graduated Cum Laude from SUNY Oswego with a dual bachelors in Spanish and Broadcasting.  Her experience includes radio reporting, voice over work and promotions.  She also has experience with radio, tv and website advertising.  She currently is a Marketing and Sales Consultant for Fox Rochester and WROC-tv.  She’s actively the Secretary/Treasurer with Success Unlimited, a chapter of Business Network International and currently resides in the city of Rochester. 



Ellen Kahn
   

Ellen Kahn

 Ellen Kahn is Director of the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Family Project, where she provides national leadership and expertise in public education and advocacy efforts to achieve full equality for LGBT families. Under Ellen’s leadership, the Family Project has launched three highly successful, innovative programs that promote fair and inclusive policies and practices; All Children—All Families; Welcoming Schools; and the Healthcare Equality Index.  Ellen is sought out as an expert on LGBT adoption, speaking at numerous national and regional conferences, and providing training for hundreds of child welfare and adoption professionals. Ellen received her B.S. from Temple University and her M.S.S. from the Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work and Social Research. Ellen lives with her partner and their two daughters in Silver Spring, MD. 

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Tom Kalke

 Tom Kalke is PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Project Manager for Hillside Family of Agencies.

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Dustin Keen

Dustin Keen is the founder of Keen Innovations and has been active in the film industry for more than 15 years. In 2004, Dustin realized that being a producer in the production industry would allow him to create and show content with a purpose. His vision is to inspire, provoke thought, and educate while also giving back to the community and humanity through the powerful medium of film and video. After sharing his vision with his mother, through her ideas and their synergy, the concept of “Chronicles” was born. 

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Janette Keyser
   

Janette Keyser

Janette Keyser is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist at the Andrews-Trahey School on Hillside Children's Center's Monroe Ave campus.  She earned her B.A. at SUNY Geneseo and her M.S. and Certificate of Advanced Study at RIT. This past fall she co-facilitated a school-wide bullying prevention program geared towards educating students on how to recognize bullying and harassment, tips to deal with it, and how to help others who are experiencing it. 

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Alice McAdam and Kim Porter-Hutton

Alice McAdam is program manager of the Parents as Teachers program at Family Resource Centers of Crestwood Children's Center. Her career of over 20 years in the human service field began with her work as a family child care provider. She continued working with families as a parent educator, home-visitor and training instructor for family child care providers. She is also an Instructor for the Family Development Credential. Kim Porter-Hutton works with children ages prenatal to five in the Parents as Teachers home visiting program. Kim is a graduate of SUNY Brockport with a B.S. in Social Work. In addition to being a Certified Parents as Teachers Parent Educator, she is also trained in The Incredible Years and Dina Dinosaur Curriculums and is a Credentialed Family Development worker.  

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Mary King

Mary King is a vocational educator at Snell Farm Children’s Center, where she leads 4H activities for youth. She has been a summer assistant at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Canandaigua, where she assisted 4H Clubs with the county fair and organized 4H youth activities. Mary earned a Bachelor’s degree at SUNY Cobleskill and a Masters in Science Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 

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Martin Lustick MD

Dr. Martin Lustick joined Excellus BlueCross BlueShield as senior vice president and corporate medical director in November of 2005. He is a board certified pediatrician who received his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and his medical degree at Columbia University. Prior to joining Excellus BCBS, Dr. Lustick was in full time clinical practice for 17 years, served as the COO for Kaiser Permanente in the Mid-Atlantic States, and as Chief Medical Officer for Thompson Health in Canandaigua, New York. 

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Tess Mahnken-Weatherspoon
   

Tess Mahnken-Weatherspoon

Tess Mahnken-Weatherspoon, LMSW, MPA is the Service Leader for Family Finding Services at Hillside Family of Agencies and is responsible for providing training, coaching and consultation in Family Finding services for Hillside staff. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from State University of New York College at Brockport. Tess has more than 30 years’ experience working in child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health and runaway/homeless youth services, as a clinician and as an administrator. She also serves as a peer monitor and grant reviewer for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.  Tess currently serves as chairperson of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Runaway/Homeless Youth Advisory Board, and is a member of the Executive Team of the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Services Quality Council. 

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Linda James and Mary Jo Brach
   

Linda James and Mary Jo Brach

 Linda James is Program Coordinator for Skip Generations, a program of Family Resource Centers of Crestwood Children’s Center. Linda is also kinship caregiver to her two grandchildren and draws on years of personal experience to empower other kinship caregivers through Skip Generations. Mary Jo Brach is Service Director for Family Resource Centers of Crestwood Children’s Center, an affiliate of Hillside Family of Agencies.  She earned a degree in Sociology from Nazareth College of Rochester and the Family Development Credential through Cornell University.  

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Lisa Maynard

 Lisa Maynard is director of Adoption Services at Hillside Children’s Center and the mother of two adopted children, both born in Seoul, S. Korea. Lisa started Adoption Resource Network as a grass-roots adoption information, education and support organization with friend and fellow adoptive mom, Cindy Fleischer, in 1991. She credits her children with opening her eyes to an immensely diverse world and guiding her to her vocation - working in the field of adoption. She has a B.A. in Community and Human Services from Empire State College. 

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Alice McAdam
   

Alice McAdam

Alice McAdam is program manager of the Parents as Teachers program at Family Resource Centers of Crestwood Children's Center. Her career of over 20 years in the human service field began with her work as a family child care provider. She continued working with families as a parent educator, home-visitor and training instructor for family child care providers. She is also an Instructor for the Family Development Credential. 

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Jeanne McClung
   

Jeanne McClung

Jeanne is outpatient clinical manager at Crestwood Children's Center. She has a B.A. degree from Sir Wilfred Laurier University, a B.Ed. degree from the University of Toronto, and a Masters degree in social work from Syracuse University.



Stephanie Mihalas PhD
   

Stephanie Mihalas PhD

Dr. Stephanie Mihalas is a licensed psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist with extensive training in pediatric behavioral and emotional problems. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University. She received her Masters, Educational Specialist, and Doctorate from the University of South Florida in School Psychology with a primary focus on child and adolescent mental health issues. She completed her advanced clinical training for two years at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is the founder and clinical practitioner at the Center for Well-Being. 

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Lisa Maynard and Mike Finn

Lisa Maynard is director of Adoption Services at Hillside Children’s Center and the mother of two adopted children, both born in Seoul, S. Korea. She has a B.A. in Community and Human Services from Empire State College. Mike Finn is permanency specialist for Hillside Adoption Services, where he helps to find permanent families for children in foster and long-term residential care. He earned a B.A. at St. John Fisher College and a Masters of Public Administration from the SUNY Brockport. Prior to joining Hillside he was casework supervisor for adoption at the Monroe County Department of Human Services. 



Sue Mustard
   

Sue Mustard

Sue Mustard is director of family involvement for Hillside Family of Agencies and the mother of two children, one of whom has an autism spectrum disorder. Sue earned her Family Development Credential from Cornell University. She serves on the boards of the New York State Coalition of Children’s Mental Health Services, Western New York Advocacy for the Developmentally Disabled, and the Western New York Chapter of Families Together in New York State.  



   

Deborah Napolitano, Ph.D.

Dr. Deborah Napolitano is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and the University of Rochester Medical Center. 



Amanda Nickerson
   

Amanda Nickerson, Ph.D.

Amanda Nickerson, Ph.D. is the inaugural director of the Alberti Center and an associate professor in the Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology Department. Her research focuses on preventing and intervening with school crises, violence, and bullying. She has also researched the critical role of schools, parents, and peers in promoting social--‐emotional strengths of children and adolescents. Amanda has written 4 books, 50 book chapters and journal articles, and has conducted over 150 presentations. As a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist, she is committed to translating research into effective prevention and intervention practices that promote youth strengths. 

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Wayne O'Connor
   

Wayne O'Connor

 Wayne O’Connor is executive director of Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection – Syracuse. 

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Al Odorczyk

Al Odorczyk has been a firefighter for the Gates Fire District for more than 20 years and is also responsible for their Fire Safety Education program. He works with students and staff of the Gates-Chili Central School District, as well as businesses, industry and community groups to deliver fire prevention education. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from S.U.N.Y. Brockport. 



Sara Pedersen
   

Sara Pedersen

Sara Pedersen is a professional organizer and founder of Time to Organize. She helps clients organize, simplify, and discover time to do the things they love. She also coaches new and prospective professional organizers and offers marketing services and products for small business owners. She has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

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Jennifer Perry
   

Jennifer Perry

Jennifer Perry is the School Based Manager for Hillside Children’s Center’s Andrews- Trahey School, a role which aims to facilitate communication and interdisciplinary work across Hillside’s Monroe Avenue campus. She is also the supervisor of the Teaching Assistants and Behavior Support staff for the school and does trainings in Understanding Behavior for Hillside employees. She has a degree in Social Psychology from Wells College and has worked in juvenile detention. She ran a group home for court placed adolescent males and spent 11 year working at two boarding schools as the residential director for adolescent girls, teacher, director of community service, and coach. She is also the mother of a teenage son. 

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Rachel Pickering
   

Rachel Pickering

Rachel Pickering directs FLHSA’s Healthi Kids Initiative, a broad-based grassroots coalition of citizens taking action to prevent childhood obesity and overweight in Rochester and Monroe County. She engages, organizes, and educates the community to call for public policy changes that focus on improving healthy eating and physical activity for our children. Prior to joining the FLHSA, Rachel worked for Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Monroe County. She holds a baccalaureate degree from Dickinson College in Environmental Studies and Political Science. 

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Jessica Pool

Jessica Pool is director of resources for the Dibble Institute for Marriage Education, a nonprofit  organization dedicated to helping young people learn the skills necessary for successful relationships and marriages. Their "Relationship Smarts PLUS" program guides teens in building healthy relationships and making wise choices. Covers topics such as values clarification and peer pressure, attractions and infatuation, building blocks for positive relationships, how to gauge relationship health, principles of smart relationships, and breaking up.  

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Kim Porter-Hutton

Kim works with children ages prenatal to five in the Parents as Teachers home visiting program. Kim is a graduate of SUNY Brockport with a B.S. in Social Work. In addition to being a Certified Parents as Teachers Parent Educator, she is also trained in The Incredible Years and Dina Dinosaur Curriculums and is a Credentialed Family Development worker.  



   

Kathleen Pringle

Kathleen Pringle is an executive coach and career consultant. She has successfully coached hundreds of high-performing professionals and works nationally with many corporate clients on organizational performance initiatives. 

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Deborah Rosen
   

Deborah Rosen

Deborah Rosen, LCSW is director of the Hillside Institute for Family Connections and is responsible for providing training, technical assistance, and consultation in Family Finding to public and private organizations throughout the Eastern portion of the country. Deborah has degrees in Women’s Studies and Social Work from the University of Wisconsin and has worked extensively with children and families involved in the child welfare, juvenile justice and mental health systems. She has more than 15 years of experience as a clinician, trainer, and administrator in human service settings. Deborah has received clinical training and supervision in family-based and trauma informed approaches in child welfare settings, and has significant experience managing practice transformation within organizations. She is a former director of the out of home care unit of the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, overseeing foster care licensing, training, and placement in Wisconsin’s most populous county. She subsequently helped to develop an innovative clinical support program for the relative caregivers of children in out of home care, and contributed to the growth of that program as director and grant-writer.  Deborah is a former co-chair of the Wisconsin chapter of the Foster-family Based Treatment Association (FFTA), and also served as a statewide policy liaison for FFTA; she additionally served for several years on the out of home care section of Wisconsin’s DCFS-driven Program Enhancement Plan. 

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BJ Scanlon cropped
   

BJ Scanlon

BJ Scanlon is a Crisis Counselor for the Alternatives for Interdependent Youth and Emergency Services (AIYES) Program at Hillside Children’s Center.  Prior to coming to Hillside, BJ worked with Americorps for two years.  He has also worked with the Center for Youth Services organizing the Safe Place Program, as well as working with youth through Street Outreach.  He has also completed numerous trainings on LGBT issues. BJ is a volunteer and certified speaker in the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley’s (GAGV) speaker’s bureau. 

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Renee Schumacher
   

Renee Schumacher

Renee is developmental support services manager at Hillside Family of Agencies, where she supervises service coordinators, social workers, special educators, and class room staff in the Early Intervention and Medicaid Service Coordination Programs. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in social work at the State University of New York at Brockport and a Master’s degree in social work at the University of Buffalo. 

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Bonnie Anthony and Scott Anthony

Bonnie Anthony is a certified bereavement facilitator at Anthony Funeral and Cremation Chapels. She directs families to helpful information about the grieving process and facilitates support groups. Scott Anthony is vice president of Anthony Funeral and Cremation Chapels and has been a funeral director since 1983. 

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Paula Sheinberg

Paula Sheinberg is a domestic violence prevention education coordinator at Alternatives for Battered Women. She has presented over 3,000 educational workshops to 50,000 middle school, high school, and college students; 6,000 human services professionals; and hundreds of adults in recovery. She has a Masters degree in Education from Nazareth College, as well as teacher and school district administrator certifications. 



MJ Brach and S Sharp
   

Mary Jo Brach and Shirley Sharp

Mary Jo Brach is the Director of the Family Resource Centers of Crestwood Children’s Center, an affiliate of Hillside Family of Agencies.  She has worked with Family Resource Centers since 1985, drawing upon an extensive background in education, group facilitation and community organizing.  Her earned a degree in Sociology from Nazareth College of Rochester and the Family Development Credential through Cornell University. Shirley Sharp is a Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work at Nazareth College. She has a B.A. degree from Western Maryland College and a Masters of Social Work from Smith College of Social Work. Mary Jo and Shirley are co-developers of the Family Talk program (Parents As Primary Sexuality Educators curriculum) and have been program facilitators and trainers. 



   

Michael Snyder

Michael is General Counsel for Hillside Family of Agencies, as well as a father and grandfather. He draws on his experiences as a high school soccer and baseball player and a member of the Syracuse University basketball team to offer parents tips on making sports a positive experience for their children.

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Ken Tangel

Ken Tangel is a skillbuilder in Hlllside Children’s Center’s Therapeutic Foster Care Services. He works with youth at risk of coming into foster care and helps facilitate youth transitions from foster care back to the home of origin. He has also worked as an intensive in-home provider for Hillside’s Home and Community-Based Waiver Services. 

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Chris Teumer

Chris Teumer is vice president of information technology and security officer for Jewish Senior Life in Rochester, NY. He has more than 25 years of experience in information technology. He has an MBA from the University of Rochester Simon EDP program, a Master of Computer Engineering degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree from the University of Rochester. He is also the father of two teenage sons and a teenage daughter.  



R. M. Tracy
   

R. M. Tracy

R. M. "Reggie" Tracy is president and co-founder of the Privacy Trust Group and a former FBI Special Agent. She is an expert on identity theft and Internet safety and guest lectures on these topics. She has also authored numerous books, white papers, and technical papers.

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Jason Tucker

Jason (Jay) Tucker is a full-time youth minister in South Florida. Working with young people has always been his life's calling. After earning his B.S. Degree in elementary education, Jay spent two years teaching fifth grade. He then traveled the country for a year as an educational/motivational speaker. Jay entered full-time youth ministry in 2001. His first book, The Whole Youth Worker, is an insider's look at the real-life experience of youth ministry. Jay and his wife, Kimberly, have been married for thirteen years and have two children. 

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Nancy Warburton

Nancy Warburton is Health Educator for the Ruth A. Lawrence Poison and Drug Information Center, where she plans, implements and assesses poison prevention and education programs within a twelve-county region. 

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Christina Woods

Christina is Camp Director for Camp Good Days and Special Times, which provides recreational and support programs for children and adults with cancer and other serious illnesses. Camp Good Days offers several programs to help children cope with the serious illness of a sibling.

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Chris Kunz and Yolanda Benitez
   

Chris Kunz and Yolanda Benitez

Chriz Kunz is director of strategic business partnerships at Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC). She works with business leaders, labor unions, and colleges and universities to provide career exploration and entry-level employment opportunities for HW-SC students. She has a B.S. degree from the University of Scranton. Yolanda Benitez is executive director of the HW-SC Jobs Institute, which provides job readiness skills training, job placement, job development, career service, and contractual training services for all HW-SC locations. She has a B.S. degree from Nazareth College. 

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