Conference & Symposium Speakers

We are honored to have the following speakers participating in the 2016 Conference on Adverse Childhood Experiences and Pediatric Symposium.

ACEs Connection is a social network that accelerates the global movement toward recognizing the impact of adverse childhood experiences in shaping adult behavior and health, and reforming all communities and institutions -- from schools to prisons to hospitals and churches -- to help heal and develop resilience rather than to continue to traumatize already traumatized people.

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The network achieves this by creating a safe place and a trusted source where members share information, explore resources and access tools that help them work together to create resilient families, systems and communities. A companion site,, provides news to the general public as part of the ACEs Connection Network.

People who join ACEsConnection:

  • Receive a daily digest or a weekly roundup of ACEs-related news, reports and research.
  • Can find and message other ACEsConnection members.
  • Can join existing city, county or state groups that are implementing ACEs-, trauma- informed and resilience-building practices; or can start a group in their community.
  • Post blogs, participate in surveys, join discussions and chats.
  • Access a resource center that includes information about ACE surveys and training, as well as a Roadmap to Resilience Toolkit for communities to use as a guide in their journey to becoming trauma-informed.

For the past twenty-two years, Kimberly Aceves has been committed to social justice organizing and advocacy efforts that bring voice and power to youth, LGBTQ people, people of color, and working class communities in the Bay Area. Before coming on as the Executive Director for RYSE, Kimberly served as the Executive Director for Youth Together. Kimberly has formerly served on the boards of Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center, Horizons Foundation, Youth Uprising, Astraea Foundation and she served as the Advisory Board Chair for RYSE’s planning phase.

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Kimberly has also been a strong advocate for people of color and youth within the funding community and has served as a community funding panel member of the Women’s Foundation, Horizons Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco Department of Children Youth and Their Families, Astraea Foundation, and the California Mental Health Services Administration. Kimberly has served on Mayor Ron Dellum’s LGBTQ Task Force in Oakland and on Mayor Jean Quan’s Oakland Education Cabinet. She is a former Rockwood Leadership Fellow, LeaderSpring Executive Fellow, and a Stanford University Nonprofit Executive Fellow.

Theresa Barila is the co-founder and current administrator of the Children’s Resilience Initiative (CRI) based in Walla Walla, WA. CRI is part of the Walla Walla County Community Network, whose goal is to build capacity within the various partner agencies so the Walla Walla valley can have a unified approach when dealing with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Teri earned her MS in Fisheries Management and a BA in Biology, giving her a strong research background, which is crucial in her role with both CRI and the Community Network. Recognized nationally for her work, she travels frequently, training communities to develop strategies so that “Resilience Trumps ACEs”.

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Serving as CEO of the Children’s Resilience Initiative, Teri is involved extensively in training, consulting, writing and researching in the area of trauma, resilience and community capacity building. Her work has attracted attention in a variety of venues, in part due to the focus Teri places on grassroots organizational development and the focus on the hope of Resilience. Teri is the mother of two children. Her son is currently working as a Peace Corp volunteer in Zambia, while her daughter is studying Library Sciences. Experiencing the world of a special needs child with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum) has significantly shaped Teri’s thinking on systems, education, resilience and advocacy for children. In her spare time, Teri enjoys playing the piano, gardening and entertaining friends.

Since 1996, Dr. Bethell has been a national leader in the development and application of patient-centered health systems performance measurement and improvement methods to improve child, family and community health. Under her leadership, the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) and the National Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health ( have initiated and led the collaborative development, validation, implementation, and public reporting of child, family, and community health and health systems performance measurement tools on national, state, and local levels.

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These tools include the first version of the CAHPS/AHRQ and NCQA adopted CAHPS Children With Chronic Conditions measurement tool, and the nationally-used Promoting Healthy Development Survey (PHDS) and Young Adult Health Care Survey (YAHCS), each of which are endorsed for voluntary use by the National Quality Forum. She also led the development of the nationally-adopted Medical Home, Developmental Screening, Shared Decision Making, Ease of Service Use, Children with Special Health Care Needs Screener (CSHCN Screener), and other measures. Since 1999, Dr. Bethell has contributed to the design and actionable dissemination of data from the National Survey of Children’s Health, the National Survey of CSHCN, and the National Health Interview Survey Child Supplement on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Her work has also led to nationally recognized methods to engage patients in evaluating and improving health care quality and outcomes, such as the Well-Visit Planner tools and other innovative, patient-centered models to advance the life course health development of children.

She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and reports, presents frequently at national meetings, has sat on IOM and other national committees, and partners with many national stakeholders in health systems transformation.

Dr. Christopher Blodgett is a Washington State University faculty member and a licensed clinical psychologist. Chris has been the Principal Investigator for more than three dozen federal and national foundation grants addressing high-risk children and families. Chris and his team partner with communities and systems to adapt the science of resilience, brain development, and trauma treatment to better address trauma resulting from childhood adversity. Now funded by multiple federal and philanthropic grants, this work documents the profound and immediate consequences of ACEs and tests practical actions to improve child, family, and system outcomes.

Dr. Susan Briner joined the staff of Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) on January 19, 2016, as Vice President of Programs/Medical Director. Dr. Briner also serves as Medical Director of the Bayview Child Healthcare Center (BCHC), strengthening the unique partnership between CYW and BCHC. After completing a residency in pediatrics at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, Dr. Briner worked in private practices in Coronado and Chula Vista, California. When she moved back to Texas with her family in 1996, she began working in a large outpatient clinic run by Parkland Hospital and Health System. She has chosen to work with underserved populations ever since.

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Dr. Briner has long believed that helping mother’s breastfeed successfully ensuring all children are protected from vaccine-preventable disease, and helping parents nurture the emotional wellbeing of their children are the “bread-and-butter” of pediatrics. In response to profound changes in health care during the past thirty years, she has become focused on improving systems and processes which may interfere with the delivery of high-quality patient-centered care and has taken on medical leadership roles with that goal in mind. In her dual roles as Vice President of Programs/Medical Director for CYW and Medical Director for BCHC, Dr. Briner will apply her recent experience as Medical Director for a community health center in Dallas, where she supervised pediatricians, behavioral and mental health professionals, internists, obstetricians, and Family Practice physicians in an integrated primary care medical home. Helping others succeed including the children, youth, and families served by CYW and BCHC, and the dedicated staff of both organizations is Dr. Briner’s highest aspiration. She joins the CYW/BCHC team with eager anticipation of the work ahead, as CYW strives to improve the health of children and adolescents exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Dr. Monica Bucci is the Director of Research at the Center for Youth Wellness. She brings many years of expertise in research and clinical neurology and neuroradiology practice with a primary focus on neuroscience and brain plasticity. Prior to joining CYW, she was Professional Research Faculty at UCSF in the department of Neurology where she was responsible for research projects involving novel and advanced neuroimaging techniques. She earned her M.D. “summa cum laude” from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, Italy, in 2001 where she also received her clinical training in Neurology and Radiology.

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In 2006 she attended a one year research fellowship in the department of Neuroradiology at UCSF with Drs. William Dillon and Max Wintermark, followed by postdoctoral research training with Dr. Stephen L. Hauser and Prof. Roland Henry in the department of Neurology at UCSF in 2009. Prior to UCSF, Dr. Bucci worked as a Neuroradiologist in Milan at the National Neurological Institute. Monica has published numerous studies ranging from “Evidence for Neural Stem Cell Engraftment and Myelination in the Human Brain” to “Spinal cord gray matter atrophy correlates with multiple sclerosis disability” topics. She is also highly involved within her community with UNICEF – Ali Gabbiano Project, and is a volunteer for youth and foster families.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW). She has earned international attention for her innovative approach to addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as a risk factor for health problems, such as heart disease and cancer. Her work has demonstrated that it is time to reassess the relationship between poverty, child development and health, and how the practical applications of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study can improve health outcomes. Dr. Burke Harris serves as an expert advisor on Hillary Clinton’s Too Small to Fail initiative and the Clinton Foundation in association with Next Generation. This initiative aims to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five so that more of America’s children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century.

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Dr. Burke Harris also serves as an advisor on Governor Jerry Brown’s “Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force”; an advisor to the Right Start Commission to ensure every child can succeed in school and life; a board member of the Opportunity Institute; and as a committee member for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence Committee. Her work has been profiled in Paul Tough’s best-selling book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, which was hailed by New York Times columnist David Brooks as “essential”, and the recently released documentary Resilience: Biology of Stress and Science of Hope, by James Redford. Nadine’s work has earned her the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award.

Ruben Cantu is a program manager for community trauma, mental health, and violence prevention at Prevention Institute. Ruben has over 20 years of nonprofit experience in public health, equity, program and organizational management, and technical assistance and capacity building. Most recently Associate Director at the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN), Ruben managed development, outreach, and communications initiatives to inform, mobilize, and advocate for the constituents of the state’s largest multicultural health policy organization.

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As CPEHN’s lead on mental and behavioral health, he authored the state’s draft strategic plan for reducing mental health disparities, a part of the California Reducing Disparities Project, funded through the Mental Health Services Act.

Before his nine years at CPEHN, Ruben was Senior Specialist and Project Director at Mosaica: The Center for Nonprofit Development and Pluralism in Washington, DC, where he led activities funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy and provided technical assistance to small and large community organizations across the country. He has held positions at the National Minority AIDS Council and Human Rights Campaign, also in Washington, D.C. A native Texan and graduate of the University of Houston, he serves on Regional Asthma Management and Prevention's advisory committee and several state mental health advisory committees. He has worked extensively with organizations and community members fighting to advance health equity for the underserved.

Alison Chopel has been working with youth for over a decade, both in the US and abroad. In addition to her passion for adolescent health, she brings skills and knowledge in participatory research, social epidemiology, and youth leadership development to the Collaborative. Alison’s passion for enabling young people to fulfill their potential stems from her own experiences with abuse, homelessness, and pregnancy in her youth. Thanks to a caring and supportive mentor, she overcame her earlier challenges, pursued a career in youth development, and is now working towards providing all youth with the opportunity to thrive.

Mark has held a variety of executive leadership positions spanning public health, non-profit organizations, health care finance consulting, government and philanthropy. Among his many professional credits, Mark served as the Regional CEO of the Red Cross’ Northern California Coastal Region, the premier humanitarian nonprofit providing disaster preparedness, response and recovery services, and as Program Director of Public Policy, Community Health and Civic Engagement for the San Francisco Foundation. There, he led activities and initiatives to correct health disparities by expanding access to care, promoting community based prevention, and advancing health reform.

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Mark also served as CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation from 2005 to 2010, where he led its emergence as a thought leader on evidence-based strategies to control and end the HIV epidemic. Concurrently, he was also president of the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, an affiliate of SFAF, where he oversaw the development of the strategic plan and the execution of the business strategy addressing the HIV epidemics in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Lewis and Clark College and Master's degrees in Public Policy and Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joyce Dorado, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and Director of UCSF Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS), an award-winning program that promotes school success and resilience for trauma-impacted students by creating more trauma-informed, safe, supportive, and equitable school climates and communities. She is also a member of the California State Supreme Court Justice’s statewide steering committee for the Keeping Kids in School and Out of Courts initiative, and an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry, UCSF-Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

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She has worked with trauma-impacted children, youth, and families for 26 years, has provided presentations, training, and consultation on creating trauma-informed schools across the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally, and is a published author.

Dr. Ken Epstein is currently the Children’s System of Care Director for San Francisco County Community Behavioral Health Services, where he also leads the vision and implementation of the Trauma Informed Systems Initiative. While leading the initiative at DPH, Dr. Epstein has initiated and convened numerous groups of trauma experts and interagency collaborations with in San Francisco and across the Bay Area. A notable collaboration is the Bay Area Trauma Informed System of Care (BATISC) Initiative comprised of 7 Bay Area counties, which was recently awarded a four year SAMHSA grant.

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Prior to his appointment to this position he has worked within family and youth service programs since 1981 as a line worker, clinician, program director, professor and chief executive officer. His professional interests have focused on providing clinical services and developing comprehensive family based services for children, youth and families experiencing alienation, conflict and loss. He has developed and directed comprehensive and integrated community based service systems including crisis services, hospital diversion, wrap-around, kinship, school-based and intensive outpatient services in Massachusetts, Vermont and California. Dr. Epstein is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Ph.D. in clinical social work from Smith College, an MSW from UC Berkeley and a BA in community mental health from Hampshire College. Since 1991 Dr. Epstein has served as an Associate Clinical Professor and in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF, where he has developed and directed an Intensive Family Therapy Training Program. In addition he has served as adjunct faculty at UCSF, School of Nursing, University of California Berkeley, School of Social Welfare and Smith College.

Brian assumed the role of Executive Director at the Hanna Boys Center in June of 2014. Prior to joining Hanna Brian served as the Executive VP / COO of ANDRUS, located in Yonkers, NY. Brian has worked in the field of childhood mental health and child welfare for over 30 years & during the past 13 years he worked closely with Dr. Sandra Bloom and the staff at Andrus to implement the Sanctuary Model, a trauma informed system of care. Nine years ago Brian led the creation and development of the Sanctuary Institute, which offers training and consultation to other organizations seeking to implement the Sanctuary Model.

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Brian has presented at regional, national & international conferences and written articles on developing trauma-sensitive treatment programs & reducing the use of physical interventions in residential settings.

In January of 2009, Brian received the Samuel Gerson Nordlinger Child Welfare Leadership Award (2009), presented by the Alliance for Children and Families. Award recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to the child welfare field or the national public policy process to advance quality services for children and families. In 2010 he co-authored Destroying Sanctuary: The Crisis in Human Service Delivery Systems, with Dr. Bloom. In 2013 they released their second book Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Trauma Informed Systems of Care. Brian has published numerous articles on trauma informed care and restraint reduction. Brian received an MSW from Fordham University in 1984 and an MBA from Iona College in 2007. Brian lives in Sonoma with his wife of 27 years, Anne, and has two adult children, Katie and Brian, who live on the east coast.

Mary Lou Fulton is a program director at The California Endowment, where she leads the statewide policy and communications team focused on the intersection of health and the justice system. Her team's strategy supports a new vision for community safety centered on health, healing, education and prevention. Prior to joining The Endowment in 2010, Fulton worked for 20 years in the media field, including positions at The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press and America Online. A native of Yuma, Arizona, and a second-generation Mexican-American, she holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University.

Dr. Scott Grant is a Chief Resident at the Phoenix Children's Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program. He completed an MPH from University of Texas HSC - Houston during medical school at Texas Tech HSC- Paul L Foster SOM. During residency, he served as a leader for the Community Advocacy Program and helped organize the inaugural Pediatrician's at the Capitol events where residents meet with Arizona legislators about child health priorities. He was invited to speak to the Advocacy Special Interest Group at the PAS conference in 2015 and has testified before the Arizona House Health Committee regarding ACEs.

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His research is centered on models for ACE screening in pediatric clinical settings and getting residents involved in advocacy work in the clinical, community, and legislative arenas.

Mona Hanna-Attisha MD MPH FAAP is director of Hurley Children's Hospital’s Pediatric Residency Program and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine in Flint, Michigan. With a background in environmental health, Dr. Hanna-Attisha completed medical school at Michigan State University, residency and chief residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and public health training in health policy from the University of Michigan. In addition to educating the next generation of physicians, Dr. Hanna-Attisha now directs the Michigan State University and Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program to research, monitor and mitigate the impact of the Flint water lead crisis.

Kadija Johnston is the Director of the Infant-Parent Program, and Associate Chief Social Worker at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry at SFGH. Ms. Johnston developed the Program’s approach to Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Consultation which now serves as a model for other organizations, locally, nationally and internationally. She has provided training in ECMH Consultation to clinicians in 22 states and is consulting internationally on the development of services in Taiwan.

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Ms. Johnston writes and lectures nationally on ECMH Consultation including publications in the Zero to Three and Infant Mental Health Journal and in the 3rd edition of the Handbook of Infant Mental Health. Her co-authored book, Mental Health Consultation in Child Care: Transforming Relationships With Directors, Staff, and Families, was awarded the Irving B. Harris Book Award for contributions to early childhood scholarship. Ms. Johnston is active in national organizations involved in infancy and early childhood mental health including West Ed’s Program for Infant-Toddler Caregivers; The Infant Mental Health Task Force, Early Head Start National Resource Center at Zero to Three; the Irving B. Harris Foundation Professional Development Network for Training and Diversity in Leadership in the early childhood mental health field. She is a member of the RAINE Group, an institute dedicated to “Advancing Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Practice, Policy and Research” and is an expert advisor to the SAMHSA supported Center of Excellence in ECMH Consultation.

Maretta Juarez is a Senior Mental Health Program Manager for Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department Family & Children’s Division. She has over 30 years experience providing services to children and families. In her position, she oversees the Birth through age 5 programs within the KidConnections Network of Care, a collaborative partnership with FIRST 5 Santa Clara County. She also has oversight of Prevention Early Intervention Project 2 programs, School Linked Services school-based programs, and Status Offender Services for the department.

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In addition, the Transitional Aged Youth programs are under her leadership and management. She is also the T² Trauma Transformed Operations Lead for Santa Clara County and the lead for CSEC implementation for the department.

Maretta is endorsed by the State of California as an Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and a Reflective Practice Mentor. She is a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor, Certified Sandplay Therapist, Registered Circle of Security Parent Educator, Brazelton Touchpoints Trainer, and an Enough Abuse Child Sexual Abuse Trainer for the Greater Bay Area. She is the Lead TIS 101 trainer for Santa Clara County, a trauma informed approach adopted by the 7 Counties Bay Area Collaborative. Maretta’s interests have been in the areas of trauma and neurodevelopmental interpersonal neurobiology and is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. She has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences and served as a consultant to the U.S. Office of Head Start and Brazelton Touchpoints Center.

Ashley Judd is a feminist social justice humanitarian. She has been working internationally, with NGO’S, grass roots organizations, governments, and supranational bodies since 2004. Presently, she serves as Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA, is the Global Ambassador for Population Services International, and also for Polaris Project. She serves on the Advisory Boards of International Center for Research on Women, Apne Aap Worldwide, and Demand Abolition. She is Chairperson of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project: Curbing Abuse, Expanding Freedom. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and in 2010, earned an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Her paper, Gender Violence, Law and Social Justice won the Dean’s Scholar Award at Harvard Law School. She frequently serves as an expert panelist at international conferences, is a sought after public speaker and is a widely published OpEd author, with a diverse and unique social media presence. Her book, "All That Is Bitter & Sweet", detailing her visits to grassroots programs in 13 countries, was New York Times bestseller. Ashley is also an actor both on film and stage. She has been nominated for several Golden Globe and Emmy awards. A native Kentuckian, Ashley currently resides in Tennessee. Diaries and images from her current travels, such as to Jordan working with Syrian refugees, are available on her website and Facebook page.

Jen Leland is humbled to hold it down as Trauma Transformed's Center Director, a regional hub for 7 Bay Area systems of care to come together, better understand and respond to the impact of trauma in our communities. Led by the nonprofit, East Bay Agency for Children, this center is working tirelessly to connect communities to compassionate systems and create more trustworthy relationships.

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Trauma shatters our organizations much like people and great suffering comes when those most impacted by our systems of care cannot find compassion and connection when seeking to get out from under hopelessness.

There is healing in putting the pieces back together of our collective selves and there is liberation in naming the unspeakable. This work means everything to Jen and she is grateful to work along side dedicated individuals who fiercely love even amidst great pain and rage.

Ted Lempert is the President of Children Now, a national research and advocacy organization based in Oakland. He is also a Lecturer in the Political Science Department at UC Berkeley. Previously, Mr. Lempert was the founding CEO of EdVoice, a California education reform organization. Mr. Lempert was a California State Assembly member representing San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties from 1996 to 2000 and 1988 to 1992. He served as chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and co-chair of the Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education.

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He had more than 75 bills signed by Governors Deukmejian, Wilson and Davis, including major laws in the areas of education, health care, children and families, tax policy and the environment.

Mr. Lempert was also a member the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, where he co-chaired the Task Force on Violence Against Women and served on the County Hospital, Health Plan and Mental Health Boards. Prior to holding public office, Mr. Lempert was special counsel and an associate for the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton in San Francisco.

Mr. Lempert received the “Al Rodda Lifetime Service Award” from the California School Boards Association; was named “Legislator of the Year” by numerous leading groups, including the National Association of Educational Service Agencies and the California Association of School Administrators; and was recognized five times with the “High-Tech Legislator of the Year” award from the American Electronics Association.

He graduated from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and earned his law degree from Stanford University.

Dayna Long is a staff pediatrician at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She is one of the founders and co- medical director of the Family Information and Navigation Desk (FIND) at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. The goal of FIND is to address the social and environmental factors that contribute to health when families present to the healthcare settings.

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AT UCSF-CHO, Dr. Long works in both the Primary Care Clinic and the Emergency Department. She is also currently the Medical Director of ATTACK Asthma Clinic; a clinic that provides asthma education and management to children and their families following an Emergency Department visit. She is the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Principal Investigator (PI) for a NIH National Institutes of Health funded AsthmaNet trial. Her current asthma research project is the Best African American Response to Drugs (BARD).

Dr. Long obtained a B.S and B.A from Stanford University in both History and Biology. She then attended medical school at George Washington University Medical School in Washington. D.C. Following medical school, she did her internship and residency and a clinical infectious disease fellowship at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Her professional interests include health disparities, asthma, and emergency medicine. She is also the proud mother of 3 boys.

Daniel Luris is CEO and Founder of Tipping Point Community, and chair of the Center for Youth Wellness Boar of Directors. Before founding Tipping Point in 2005, Daniel worked for the Bill Bradley Presidential Campaign, Accenture Consulting and the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City. September 11th 2001 fell within Daniel’s first week of work at Robin Hood and he was humbled to witness Robin Hood’s relief efforts to lift up the city. Daniel used his time in graduate school to adapt the organization’s model to fit his home community, the San Francisco Bay Area.

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In 2013, Daniel chaired the successful SF Bay Area Super Bowl bid to land Super Bowl 50 which will be held in February 2016 at Levi's Stadium. Daniel earned a BA in Political Science from Duke University and received his Master’s in Public Policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley. Daniel also serves on the Board of Directors for Single Stop USA, the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, and the Levi Strauss Foundation and is Chair of the Super Bowl L Host Committee. When not fighting poverty, you can find Daniel on the hunt for the Bay Area’s best burrito (bowl) as he has a self-diagnosed gluten allergy--his wife doesn't believe the diagnosis.

DeAngelo Mack was hired as WellSpace Health’s Sacramento Violence Intervention Program (SVIP) first Intervention Specialist in 2010 and now serves as the program’s manager. Handpicked by Kaiser Permanente and the city of Sacramento, Mr. Mack brings over fifteen years of on-the- ground youth and family engagement experience to the program. SVIP is one of 29 nationally recognized hospital linked violence ntervention programs and has served over 600 youth and families to date.

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Mr. Mack also Serves as a community organizer, a playwright and a youth pastor within the city of acramento and has contributed to the development and implementation of key violence reduction programs such as “Ceasefire” and “Sacramento Summer Night Lights”.

Currently he sits on various boards around the city and nation, including the Resilient Sac ACEs Connections leadership team, Los Angeles Gang Conference and the National Network of Hospital-Based Intervention Programs development team. Mr. Mack is leading his city in ACEs and trauma-informed care awareness and is currently working with young community champions of color to better inform vulnerable neighborhoods around historical trauma and violence prevention practices using the power of theater.

Ariane Marie-Mitchell is an Assistant Professor in the Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics Departments at Loma Linda University. She practices general primary care, conducts research on clinical preventive services, and serves as clinical director of quality improvement for the San Bernardino County Clinics. She is also founder of the San Bernardino County ACEs Task Force.

William Martinez is a National Institute on Drug Abuse funded postdoctoral fellow in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. He is trained as a clinical psychologist, receiving his doctoral degree in Clinical-Child Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. His current research focuses on how neighborhood adversity impacts risk-taking behaviors and the mental health of Mexican American adolescents residing in the agricultural communities of the Salinas Valley.

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His work also explores cultural and biophysiological processes that increase or minimize this risk. He uses this information to help in the development and dissemination of community-level programming aimed at decreasing mental health disparities among Latino youth.

Dr. Martinez is also a licensed psychologist and provides consultation, psychoeducational, and psychological evaluations through Morrissey-Compton Educational Center, Inc. in their Latino Outreach program.

Nelba Marquez-Greene has deep knowledge and a long history of service in the area of mental health. She is a clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and has worked in private practice, community mental health and academic settings in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to founding The Ana Grace Project, Nelba served as the Coordinator for Klingberg Family Therapy Center’s outpatient child and adolescent psychiatric clinic and was an adjunct faculty member at Central Connecticut State University. But of all the titles she's ever held- being a mother to Ana and Isaiah and wife to Jimmy are her most treasured. The Marquez-Greene family had only moved to Sandy Hook, CT from Canada four months before the shooting that took their beloved daughter’s life. Ana Grace was 6 years old.

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Nelba and her husband Jimmy have partnered with Klingberg Family Centers to develop “The Ana Grace Project.” The goal of The Ana Grace Project is to promote love, community and connection for every child and family. “Love wins” is the family slogan they adopted after Ana’s senseless murder. It inspired the composition of a song by the same name written by Harry Connick, Jr. This movement is one of increasing relational connections- and is improving and saving lives. Nelba maintains an online community of over 100,000 followers and an Ana Grace Project community where people from all over the world learn, share, grow and witness love through grief. She has bravely shared bits of her life both before and after the tragedy. Behind this is the belief that not only does Love Win- it will also save lives. Additionally, it espouses that above all other things- how we respond to tragedy is key. The Ana Grace Project has adopted classrooms in New Britain that focus on social and emotional learning. It has hosted mental health conferences and professional learning opportunities. All with an army of volunteers and a world class advisory collective that includes: Bruce Perry, PhD (author of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog), Bill Modzeleski (formerly of the US Depart of Education), Marian Wright Edelman (founder of The Children’s Defense Fund), Alice Forrester, PhD (Clifford Beers Clinic) and Noel Casiano, PhD (Youth Challenge, CT)

Nelba holds a Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Joseph College. Nelba was the founding member of the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s (CTAMFT) Diversity Committee and has served on the CTAMFT Board of Directors. For her efforts, she has received the 2004 Minority Fellowship Award by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the 2004 Distinguished Professional Service Award and the 2013 Service to Families Award by the CTAMFT. Nelba has testified and advocated at the state and federal level on many different mental health initiatives.

Brigid McCaw is the Medical Director of the Family Violence Prevention Program for Kaiser Permanente, Northern California Region. She oversees the implementation of a comprehensive, coordinated approach for improving screening, identification, and services for family violence. She guides the national Kaiser Permanente efforts in this area, impacting 10 million members.

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Dr. McCaw’s leadership, research, and publications focus on developing a health systems response to family violence, adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s), and trauma informed care. She received her MD from the University of California, San Francisco, and her MS and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Past President of the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse, and a member of the Forum on Global Violence Prevention, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Jama Mohamed is a refugee from Somalia and has lived in San Diego since 1996. Jama has been engaging young men in community leadership projects since 2008, first as a youth leader with MAAC Project and later as a student counselor with San Diego State University’s Education Opportunity Program for minority students. Jama is currently the Program Coordinator for the Making Connections Mental Wellbeing project and is responsible for the overall coordination of the collaboration.

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As the youngest of six siblings, he is the first in his family to graduate from University. Jama received his BS in Psychology at San Diego State University.

Michael Newman is the Director of the Bureau of Children’s Justice, charged with managing the California Department of Justice’s oversight of the enforcement of laws protecting children in the child welfare, education, and juvenile justice systems, as well as in the consumer context.

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Mr. Newman joined the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, in May 2006, as a Deputy Attorney General in the Civil Rights Enforcement Section. In that Section, Mr. Newman’s areas of responsibility included the investigation and prosecution of civil rights violations by public and private entities, as well as hate crimes, children’s rights, immigrant rights, unfair business practices and Native American cultural protection. Mr. Newman also conducted community engagement and educational programs addressing civil rights issues.

Mr. Newman received his Bachelor’s Degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and his Juris Doctor and Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California.

Dr. Elisa Nicholas serves as a leader in community pediatrics and as Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Clinic, “Serving Children and Their Families” (TCC), an innovative system of twelve community health centers providing comprehensive health care services to all ages throughout the diverse Long Beach and South Bay communities. She is also the founder of the Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma and the Long Beach Alliance for Food & Fitness.

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Throughout her distinguished career she has addressed not only the individual health issues of patients, but also their social determinants of health, driving pioneering work in the area of management of chronic diseases, such as asthma, diabetes, obesity, and most recently, trauma, toxic stress and childhood adversity.

Dr. Nicholas developed and led the Everychild Bright Beginning Initiative that is being implemented throughout TCC to identify and address toxic stress and exposure to violence on infants, toddlers, and pregnant mothers in a trauma informed setting. Building on this work, she brought together over 40 community-based consumer and professional partners to create the collaborative group known as the Trauma Informed Long Beach Task Force to make strides towards transforming Long Beach into a trauma-informed community.

Through the National Council of Behavioral Health, TCC trained over 350 staff in Trauma Informed Care and attained certification as a Trauma Informed Organization. Dr. Nicholas also participates in the Johns Hopkins University Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative, through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, working to find practical, sustainable ways to integrate trauma/chronic stress prevention, detection, and early intervention into primary care for young children. Her trainings and workshops are highly interactive, informing over 1,500 individuals locally, state-wide, and nationally in the trauma-informed approach.

Most recently Dr. Nicholas entered into a partnership funded by the US Department of Justice with the City of Long Beach and the Safe Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan to deliver trauma-informed 101 and agency trainings to various audiences in the Long Beach community, including but not limited to educators, physicians, attorneys, and organized community groups.

Dr. Nicholas has a history of public policy advocacy work at the local, regional, state and federal levels, serving on the steering committees of several key workgroups seeking reform in health policy issues including trauma and toxic stress. For three years she has participated in and currently sits on the Steering Committee of the California ACEs Policy Workgroup, now called the California Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity (4CA), to address issues affecting children exposed to adversity, trauma and toxic stress.

Dr. Nicholas is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) David Geffen School of Medicine, where she completed a preventative medicine residency as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Fellow. She completed a pediatric residency at the Yale University School of Medicine and earned her Masters of Science in Public Health from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Sarah Pauter is the founder and CEO of Phenomenal Families, a nonprofit organization which provides youth in foster care and juvenile probation with access to education and resources that promote healthy relationships, sexual development, and positive parenting skills. After spending 17 years in the child welfare system before ultimately emancipating, Sarah earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work from San Diego State University and a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.

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Sarah has dedicated her life and career to improving outcomes for vulnerable children and youth, even testifying before Congress and the California Senate on mental health treatment options for young people in foster care.

Prior to launching Phenomenal Families, Sarah was the Program Director of the Family & Youth Roundtable where she developed and enhanced public child-serving systems through policy formulation and implementation. Her efforts were recognized by the San Diego County Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council which honored her with their annual STARS award. Sarah is a former FosterClub California Youth Ambassador and Co-Chair of the San Diego County Children’s System of Care Council. Currently, she serves on the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council, California Pathways to Well-Being Community Team, and the San Diego County Juvenile Justice Commission She enjoys spending her free time at dog beach with her husband, 8-month old son, and Yorkshire Terrier.

Victor Rodriguez grew most of his live a rural part of Washington State and is the son of two Mexican immigrant farmworkers. His professional background includes community organizing, social work, and public health with particular interest in child, youth, and family health, equity, and community engagement. Victor currently manages the Family Support Partnership program at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. He received his MSW degree from the University of Washington and an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University.

ROBERT K. ROSS, MD Bob Ross is president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment, a health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Prior to his appointment in July 2000, Dr. Ross served as director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego from 1993 to 2000, and Commissioner of Public Health for the City of Philadelphia from 1990 to 1993. Dr. Ross has an extensive background in health philanthropy, as a public health executive, and as a clinician.

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His service includes: medical director for LINK School-Based Clinic Program, Camden, New Jersey; instructor of clinical medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and faculty member at San Diego State University’s School of Public Health.

He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatrics, served on the President’s Summit for America’s Future and as chairman of the national Boost for Kids Initiative. Dr. Ross received his undergraduate, Masters in Public Administration and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Ross was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar from 1988 to 1990, focusing on urban child health issues. .

Dr. Ross has been actively involved in community and professional activities at both the regional and national level. He serves as a Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, Co-Chair, Diversity in Philanthropy Coalition; Board member, USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy; and has served as a Board member of the California Health Benefit Exchange Board, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; Grantmakers in Health, National Vaccine Advisory Committee, the National Marrow Donor Program, San Diego United Way and Jackie Robinson YMCA.

He has received numerous awards and honors including the 2011 Public Health Champion award from the UCLA School of Public Health, 2011 Latino Health Alliance Champion Award, 2011 California Association of Human Relations Organization Civil Rights Award, 2009 Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Access to Justice Award, and the Council on Foundations’ 2008 Distinguished Grantmaker of the Year Award. He has also been named by Capitol Weekly as one of California’s most influential civic leaders in health policy, and he was recently named by the NonProfit Times as one of the 50 Most Influential Non-Profit Leaders in America. In 1999 he was named by Governing Magazine as a national Public Official of the Year for his leadership in innovative health and social services delivery.

During his tenure at The California Endowment, the foundation has focused on the health needs of underserved Californians by championing the cause of health coverage for all children, reducing childhood obesity, strengthening the capacity of community health centers, improving health services for farm worker and ex-offender populations, and strengthening the pipeline for bringing racial and ethnic diversity to the health professions. In the Los Angeles region, he has provided leadership to support the re-opening of the Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center and the revitalization of Charles Drew University. In 2010, The California Endowment launched a 10 Year statewide commitment investing $1 billion to advance policies and forge partnerships to build healthy communities and a healthy California. Recently, he has helped bring greater philanthropic attention to the health and well-being of young men of color across California and the nation. Dr. Ross and his wife Robin have four children, and he serves on the Vestry Board at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

The California Endowment was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities,a nd to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. The Endowment is headquarted in downtown Los Angeles and has regional offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno and San Diego with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment makes grants to organizations and institutions that directly benefit the health and well-being of the people of California. For more information, visit

Naomi Schapiro, is a Full Professor of Clinical Family Health Care Nursing at UCSF, and a pediatric nurse practitioner at a Bay Area high school health center. She has over thirty years’ experience working with children and adolescents, including immigrant families, incarcerated youth and survivors of child sexual abuse.

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Currently, Dr. Schapiro is PI of INPEC5, a HRSA-supported training grant to enhance the capacity of primary care practitioners and interprofessional students to integrate behavioral health with adolescent care. Her research has involved adaptation experiences of immigrant Latino youth and the impact of academic-community partnerships in school-based health care. She is the lead researcher in a pilot study to validate a rapid trauma symptom screen in young adolescents attending school-based health centers.

Derek Smith joined Turnaround for Children in 2016 as Chief Program Officer. In this role, he leads the ongoing development and refinement of Turnaround’s programmatic strategy and model, ensuring the organization is equipped with the tools, resources and insights necessary to deliver on its mission. Derek comes to Turnaround from KIPP NYC where he served as Managing Director of Student Support Services. There he led special education, social work, character development and after-school programs.

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Prior to KIPP, Derek was a Network Leader at New Visions for Public Schools, where he managed leadership, instruction and operations support. Derek has also implemented K-12 programs in formative assessment and academic intervention at The Princeton Review and Kaplan, respectively. Derek holds a B.A. in sociology from Dartmouth College. He is a proud husband, father and mentor and enjoys travel, listening to music and quality time with family and friends.

Jane Ellen Stevens is founder and publisher of the ACEs Connection Network, which includes, a news site for the general public, and its accompanying social network, The sites focus on research about adverse childhood experiences, and how people are implementing trauma-informed and resilience-building practices based on that research. The sites are supported by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The California Endowment. A long-time health, science and technology journalist, Stevens has written for the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and National Geographic.

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Mr. Stevenson has successfully argued several cases in the United States Supreme Court and recently won an historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional.

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EJI has also initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts challenging the legacy of racial inequality in America. Mr. Stevenson’s work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system has won him numerous awards including the ABA Wisdom Award for Public Service, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award Prize, the Olaf Palme International Prize, the ACLU National Medal Of Liberty, the National Public Interest Lawyer of the Year Award, the Gruber Prize for International Justice and the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award. In 2015, he was named to the Time 100 recognizing the world’s most influential people. Recently, he was named in Fortune’s 2016 World’s Greatest Leaders list. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, has been awarded 22 honorary doctorate degrees and is also a Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law. He is the recent author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy, which was named by Time Magazine as one of the 10 best books of nonfiction for 2014 and has been awarded several honors including the Carnegie Medal by the American Library Association for the best nonfiction book of 2014 and a 2015 NAACP Image Award.

LISA GUTIERREZ WANG, PhD Lisa Gutierrez Wang is the Director of Clinical Programs. She is responsible for managing a multi-disciplinary team in treating children/youth, referred by pediatricians at the Bayview Child Health Center, who exhibit signs and symptoms of toxic stress related to exposure to early life adversity. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed her Pre- and Post-doctoral Fellowship Training at the Child Trauma Research Program (CTRP) at the University of California, San Francisco under the mentorship of Drs. Alicia F. Lieberman and Patricia van Horn.

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Lisa’s work has focused primarily on the assessment and treatment of the effects of complex psychological trauma in ethnically and linguistically-diverse populations. Her prior clinical experience includes work with trauma-impacted children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient, day, residential, inpatient and psychiatric emergency treatment settings. Prior to joining CYW in 2015, Lisa was the Behavioral Health Director for Intensive Services at Edgewood Center for Children and Families.

Steve Wirtz is Chief of the Injury Surveillance and Epidemiology Section, Safe and Active Communities (SAC) Branch, California Department of Public Health. He is a licensed psychologist and research scientist. He manages the Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Surveillance, Crash Medical Outcome Data Project, Essentials for Childhood Initiative, Fatal Child Abuse and Neglect Surveillance Program, California Electronic Violent Death Reporting System, Alcohol and Other Drug State Epidemiological Workgroup among others. Dr. Wirtz has been Principal Investigator for several research projects and regularly publishes and provides trainings. He is also active in the Sacramento community as a Commissioner on the First Five Sacramento Commission.