PLENARY SESSION SPEAKERS
Robert Sege, MD, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Community-Engaged Medicine Tufts University School of Medicine
Robert Sege, MD, PhD is a Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he directs a new Center for Community-engaged Medicine. He is nationally known for his research on effective health systems approaches that directly address the social determinants of health. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington DC and serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Children’s Trust and Prevent Child Abuse America. He has served on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, and on its Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poisoning Prevention. He is a graduate of Yale College, and received his PhD in Biology from MIT and his MD from Harvard Medical School. He lives in the Boston area, where he and his wife Karen have raised three young adult children.
Linetta J. Gilbert
Gilbert & Associates
A respected leader in the philanthropic community, Linetta provides consulting, coaching and network-building support to foundations, large and small non-profits and emerging thought leaders. She has held leadership positions with a number of notable foundations. She served as Senior Program Officer for Social Justice Philanthropy with The Ford Foundation, where, over nearly a decade, she invested, monitored and leveraged $1 billion in resources dedicated to transforming and strengthening community-based philanthropic organizations worldwide. In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, she helped guide decisions on philanthropic investments that would help to rebuild infrastructure and increase capacity in government, resident leadership, non-profit organizations and the business community and transition the region from recovery to transformation. She served as a place-based consultant in New Orleans to the Annie E. Casey Foundation for its Neighborhood Transformation Initiative. As the former Vice President of Programs for the Greater New Orleans Foundation, she designed and implemented grant-making and programs for this regional foundation, expanding its programmatic reach to include critical issues such as housing and community development; work force development; violence prevention; neighborhood resident engagement; faith-based economic development; and rural development initiatives. She has also served as a national consultant on public policies in the fields of early learning/education, health, housing and child welfare services and is the founding member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Louisiana, a statewide public charity that invests in people and practices working to reduce vulnerability and build stronger, more sustainable communities.
BREAKOUT SESSION PRESENTERS
Jennie Capron, Program for Early Parent Support-PEPS (Northern Region)
Jennie is passionate about supporting the transition parents go through as they welcome babies into their lives and is excited to reach more families as the Community Connector for the North End. Before joining the PEPS team, She spent nearly six years as a birth and postpartum doula. She was involved in the birth community as a board member for PALS doulas, facilitating PEPS groups, and supporting fundraising efforts for Open Arms Perinatal Services. She holds a BA in Environmental Policy from the University of Puget Sound.
Kate Chappell, Ph.D., MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, University of South Carolina
Dr. Chappell is a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of South Carolina College of Nursing. She earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from the University of South Carolina. She has been a forensic medical provider in the SC Children’s Advocacy Medical Response System network since 2011. At USC, she teaches in the undergraduate nursing and Nurse Practitioner programs, including Pediatrics. She is a Cockcroft Leadership Development Fellow, and has been recognized as a South Carolina Nurse's Foundation Palmetto Gold recipient. She is a Fellow in the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and is the current President for the South Carolina Chapter of American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Earning a Ph.D. Nursing, her research focused on prevention of child maltreatment with a particular interest in caregiver vigilance for child sexual abuse.
Debbie Comstock, LCSW, Protective Factors for Utah Families
Debbie is a Clinical Social Worker and has worked in clinical practice as well as community organizing and program development. Her advocacy roles include currently being a member of the Leadership team for Protective Factors for Utah Families, a CASA, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate, Board Member of the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, Commission Member on the Utah State Commission on Child Welfare Improvement and local Northern Utah Region Quality Improvement Committee. She has also worked in developing a Family Support Specialist Program with the Davis Community Learning Center, Davis School District and has numerous ongoing ties with California as a past Director of a Family Resource Center and Family Justice Center in East San Diego. She is a Certified Trainer on the on the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support, Certified Trainer on the 5 Protective Factors, and a Trainer on the Legislative Standards for California Supervised Visitation Service Providers. She is married and has 4 children, 2 in-law children and 4 perfect grandchildren.
Maria Alejandra Gomez, Program for Early Parent Support-PEPS (Eastern Region)
Maria Alejandra is the Community Connector for the Eastside Region of PEPS. She helps with volunteer recruitment, creating connections with partners in the area, and promoting PEPS programs in the region. She Alejandra has a passion of working with the community and connecting people. Prior to joining PEPS, she worked with the Latino Initiative and Program areas at Girl Scouts of Western Washington and as Director of Member Services and Family Programs for the Northshore YMCA. She worked in human resources in Colombia. She studied Social Work in the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Medellin, Colombia) and earned a Master in Public Administration from Seattle University. She is part of the class 2013 of Leadership Eastside.
Anita Harvey-Dixon, The Ounce of Prevention Fund, Educare Learning Network
Anita Harvey-Dixon is the Director of Family Engagement for the Ounce of Prevention Fund. She has worked for there for over 18 years in roles such as Implementation Advisor for the Educare Learning Network and Assistant Director for the Educare School in Chicago, IL. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of education. Her experiences vary from being a classroom teacher in a Head Start program to a high school English teacher and working with adult learners. She received her undergraduate degree from City College of the City University of New York. She has Masters Degrees from Yale University and Erikson Institute in Literature and Child Development. She has earned her Illinois Director’s Credential and is a Brazelton’s Touchpoints Community Level trainer. In 2014, she participated in the inaugural cohort of the Illinois Early Childhood Senior Leaders Program.
Polly Jirkovsky, Program for Early Parent Support-PEPS (Southern Region)
Polly Jirkovsky works on outreach and expansion at PEPS as the Community Connector for the Southern Region. She has worked at a variety of nonprofits in the Seattle area, working on issues of homelessness and harm reduction. She wants to continue learning about the connections between oppression, isolation and health disparities, and believes that communities have the power to heal and strengthen. She has led over 30 PEPS groups including Newborn, Baby Peppers and Little Peppers. She has a BA in English from Earlham College and a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington.
Barbara Leavitt, United Way of Utah County
Barbara Leavitt has worked within the United Way of Utah County overseeing several programs including a volunteer-based home visitation program manned with volunteers, the Help Me Grow (HMG) system statewide in Utah, the statewide implementation of Strengthening Families Framework: Five Protective Factors and working within the early childhood area to build regional and state systems that support parents. She continues to oversee several programs within the United Way of Utah County as VP of Community Impact. She has trained nationally with the Strengthening Families Framework Training Team through the National Alliance of Children’s Trust Funds and supported the national HMG Team in advising states that are in the process of implementing a HMG. She developed a parent engagement tool that has been disseminated across HMG national affiliates. Her unique skill sets of a business owner, community volunteer and organizer and public administrator have proven to be instrumental in building collaborative teams to meet the needs of communities, families and children.
Michelle Lee, The Ounce of Prevention Fund, Educare Learning Network
Michelle is a licensed clinical professional counselor who has worked individually with families and has provided consultation and training to professionals around facilitating attuned interactions that have resulted in professionals being better able to communicate effectively and efficiently with their families and colleagues. She has worked both as a teacher and infant mental health specialist with The Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development. She currently works with the Educare Learning Network as part of the Ounce of Prevention Fund as an Implementation Advisor on their Intensive Family Engagement team where she delivers training, consultation and technical assistance to more than 23 Educare sites devoted to delivering high quality early childhood practices. She received her undergraduate degree and certificate in elementary education from Duke University and her Master’s Degree in Human Services and Counseling from DePaul University.
Amy Shapley Moseley, Shapley Consulting
Amy Moseley a consultant for nonprofit organizations, specializing in training, program creation, staff development and convening. Amy has been working in nonprofit organizations for over 15 years. She has a diverse background including advocacy and counseling for sexual assault survivors, directing maternal child health services and training and convening around child abuse prevention. She has also worked in the disability community as a program director and volunteer. Her son, Ethan, was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at the age of 9. She has been a fierce advocate for her son and for improving systems and programs that impact individuals with autism and their families. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling and Bible from Southern Methodist College and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is a South Carolina ACE Master Trainer, Certified Protective Factors Trainer, and Triple P Level 2 Trainer.
Dr. Ramón A. Pastrano IV, D.Min., MSM, MATS, ImpactLives, Inc.
With over 25 years of experience in leadership among many different cultures around the world, he founded ImpactLives in 2007 to create a dual model of transformational leadership and social innovation. His model is designed to teach and optimize Service Learning Experiences, Transformational Leadership, Development and Global Competencies, which leads to social innovation and produces sustainable works of social justice. Additionally, he promotes diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness to help individuals reflect and strengthen their identity, wisdom and maturity – transforming people and communities one life at a time. His global experience is vast. He has lived in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, and has traveled extensively for humanitarian efforts throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, Jordan, India, Palestine, Africa, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Korea, China, Cambodia, Thailand and Japan. Ramón's vision and expertise is broad and includes: business development, strategic planning, organizational and transformational leadership. In 2014 Ramón was named the Outstanding Community Leader by Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), honoring his work to inspire young people to make a difference and become catalysts for positive change in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities.
Octavia Shaw, Families First DC
Octavia Shaw is the Program Manager for Families First DC. Her life's mission is to educate and inspire all whom she meets and exuberate peace, positivity, and productivity. A native Washingtonian, she spent her childhood in the low-country of South Carolina, urban DC, and the Bronx, New York. She has been in the field of education and family services for more than 20 years internationally and in Montgomery County, Maryland and Washington, DC. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, with a Master’s degree in Instructional Systems Development from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and an undergraduate degree in Communications and Education from Howard University. She also recently completed post graduate work at Georgetown University. She loves learning, traveling, mentoring, volunteering, boutique-hopping, and spending time with family and loved ones.