Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP

Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP is a product of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and the Pediatric Residency Training Program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Garner has practiced primary care pediatrics with University Hospitals Medical Practices since 2000. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at CWRU and President of the Ohio Chapter of the AAP. Dr. Garner co-authored the AAP’s Policy Statement and Technical Report on childhood toxic stress.

Annie Gilbertson

Annie Gilbertson is an Education Reporter for Southern California Public Radio, covering the Los Angeles Unified School District for L.A.’s NPR affiliate. For her three-part series “Teaching through Trauma,” Annie spent months visiting a high poverty school in Los Angeles and researching the science of chronic stress on the developing brain. She discovered a cost-saving model based on integrating Medi-Cal mental health services in schools. Annie work has been featured by NPR, Deutsche Welle, Huffington Post, NBC and Chicago Public Radio, among others.


Brent Crandal,PhD

Brent Crandal, Ph.D., is the Grant Psychologist for the California Screening, Assessment and Treatment Initiative, developed within the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital—San Diego in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children and Families.

Dr. Crandal’s research and grant involvement has spanned child welfare and behavioral health systems. He is currently co-authoring Modular CBT for Children and Adolescents with Depression: A Guide to Individualized Treatment, available in fall 2015. 


Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson, MSSW, is the Senior Director of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families and the Sam and Rose Stein Endowed Chair in Child Protection at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego where he oversees a large multi-service child and family maltreatment organization. Mr. Wilson serves as the director of the Safe Kids California Project, funded by the US/HHS Children's Bureau. He co-chairs the Child Welfare Committee of the SAMHSA-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He is project director for the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project which is exploring strategies for improving child welfare response to highly traumatized children.

Dayna Long, MD FAAP

Dr. Dayna Long is a pediatrician at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, working both in the Primary Care Clinics and the Emergency Department. She is the founder and co-Medical Director of the Family Information and Navigation Desk (FIND) and the spokeswoman for the Too Small to Fail: Talk, Read, Sing Initiative at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. She is also Medical Director of ATTACK Asthma Clinic, and the Medical Director of Camp Breathe Easy during the summer.

Debra Zanders-Willis

Debra Zanders-Willis was appointed as the Director of Child Welfare Services for the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency in March 2009, the second largest County in California. Prior to her appointment as Child Welfare Director, Ms. Zanders-Willis left the County and served as the Chief Operating Officer for the YWCA of San Diego. Ms. Zanders-Willis participates on a number of advisory boards and in 2013 she received National honors, the Casey Family Programs Child Welfare Director Excellence in Leadership award. 

Denise Dowd, MD, MPH, PEM

Dr. Denise Dowd is an attending physician in the emergency department of the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri and is Director of Research for the Division of Emergency and Urgent Care there. She is professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and adjunct Professor at the University of Kansas. She is chair of leadership team for the American Academy of Pediatrics/Department of Justice sponsored project, Medical Homes for Children Exposed to Violence and is a primary author for the AAP’s firearm injury prevention policy statement. 

Dave Lockridge

In 2010 Dave Lockridge began ACE Overcomers, a non-profit to help teens and adults overcome the effects of a difficult childhood. Speaking to universities, ministries, schools, and governmental agencies, Dave conducts workshops across the nation on overcoming the effects of childhood stress and adversity. He is an educational consultant for school districts and an intervention specialist at 2 high schools in Merced, CA. Dave authored, “Overcoming a Difficult Childhood” a workbook used in recovery ministries in 6 states and 2 provinces.






David Muhammad

David Muhammad is NCCD's director of national justice programs, where he oversees NCCD's local and national adult and juvenile justice work. Prior to this, David served as the Alameda County chief probation officer, where he implemented the RYTE with Youth program. David also served as deputy commissioner of probation for New York City, and as chief of committed services for the Washington Department of Youth Rehabilitation and Services, where he was responsible for the long-term juvenile facility and supervision of committed youth who were in the community. Most recently, he has served as the CEO of Solutions, Inc.

Secretary Diana Dooley

Diana Dooley is the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. She leads 13 state departments within the Agency, chairs Covered California and serves as chair or member of numerous boards and commissions. Previously, Dooley was President and CEO of the California Children’s Hospital Association. Dooley began her career as an analyst for the State and in 1975 was appointed to the staff of Governor Jerry Brown for whom she served as Legislative Director and Special Assistant until 1983. Dooley moved into health care in 2000 when she left her private law practice to serve as General Counsel and Vice President at Children’s Hospital Central California. 

Elisa Nicholas, MD, MSPH

As the CEO and pediatrician at The Children’s Clinic, Dr. Elisa Nicholas, MD, MSPH has dedicated her career to community health, addressing health and social disparities facing vulnerable children and families. Her commitment and foresight has led to the development of the Everychild Bright Beginnings Initiative, which identifies and addresses toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences in pregnant women and families of young children. A graduate of the UCLA School of Medicine, she completed her residency at Yale and received her Masters of Science in Public Health at UCLA while she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. 

Esta Soler

Esta Soler founded Futures Without Violence over 30 years ago with a mission of ending violence against women and children. Under her direction, the organization was a driving force behind the Violence Against Women Act—the nation’s first comprehensive response to gender-based violence. Futures Without Violence is now the national technical assistance provider for Attorney General Eric Holder’s Defending Childhood Initiative. Soler is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship and the UC Berkeley Public Health Heroes Awards. She also serves as an advisory board member to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a joint initiative between Duke University and University of California--Los Angeles.

Fania E. Davis, PhD

After more than 25 years as racial and social justice activist and two decades as a civil rights trial lawyer, Dr. Fania E. Davis entered a doctoral program in indigenous studies and apprenticed with traditional healers around the globe, particularly in Africa.  Since receiving her Ph.D. in 2003, she has been engaged in a search for healing alternatives to adversarial justice. Co-creator and director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Dr. Davis’s honors include the Ubuntu award for service to humanity and an award for excellence in restorative justice youth programming from the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice.

Godwin Higa

He has been a principal, with San Diego Unified School District for 17 years. He is currently the principal of the first Trauma Informed School in San Diego, Cherokee Point Elementary School, in Mid-City area of San Diego. His school was recently recognized by the Huffington Post as one of few Trauma Informed Schools in the nation. Zero suspensions for the last two years. Instrumental in making discipline policy changes for the SDUSD – San Diego Unified School District. His passion is his students! He demands that all students are treated with the utmost respect, academically succeeding and prepared for college and careers. 

William Jahmal Miller

William Jahmal Miller is the Deputy Director to the Office of Health Equity at the California Department of Public Health. Previously, he served as Communications Manager for Kaiser Permanente's National Offices, and as the Manager for Community & Government Relations within the Public Affairs Division in the Central Valley Service Area. As Manager for Strategic Marketing & Communications, Miller provided overall management for Sutter Health’s Sacramento Sierra Region and oversaw growth, marketing and communications efforts with large-employer groups and brokers. Prior to that, he was the Program Manager for Sutter Children’s Hospital at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. Miller was responsible for managing inpatient and outpatient operations by providing strategic direction for Sutter Children’s Cancer Program and Outpatient Clinics. 

James Redford

James writes, produces and directs for film and television. His latest directorial project, Aces, is a documentary film that explores the emerging link between childhood trauma and life-long health problems – and what can be done about it. He directed The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia currently airing on HBO. He also produced the film Watershed about the Colorado River and the acclaimed HBO documentary Mann V. Ford

Jane Stevens

Jane Ellen Stevens is founder and editor of, a news site for the general public, and its accompanying community of practice social network, The sites focus on research on adverse childhood experiences, and 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. 

Jennifer Jones, BSW, MSW

Jennifer Jones, BSW, MSW Student is the Associate Director of the Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund, where she leads the agency’s efforts on Adverse Childhood Experiences. She co-leads the state’s efforts with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in integrating the Positive Community Norms model into child abuse prevention efforts.  She is also responsible for the agency’s strategic planning, public policy, and communications efforts.  For the last two years, Jennifer served as Interim Executive Director of the Children’s Trust Fund, where she coordinated all activities related to the Governor-appointed Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board. Jennifer is on the board of the Hunger Task Force. 

Jim Sporleder

Jim Sporleder, Principal of Lincoln High School (retired) in Walla Walla, Washington.   Lincoln High School has been nationally recognized as a “Trauma Informed” school. In the first year of implementation of trauma-informed strategies, Lincoln experienced an 85% reduction in out of school suspensions days.  Jamie Redford, documentary film director, filmed a documentary on Lincoln High School during the 2012-2013 school year that will be released this fall 2014. 

Joyce Dorado, PhD

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 for children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma by creating more trauma-sensitive, safe, and supportive school environments.  She is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, UCSF-San Francisco General Hospital, serves on the steering committee for the California State Supreme Court Justice’s Keeping Kids in School and Out of Courts initiative, and is a lead trainer for the SF Department of Public Health Trauma-Informed Systems Initiative. 

Karen Hill, PhD

Karen Hill, PhD, is the Vice President of Programs for the Center of Youth Wellness in San Francisco, CA. She earned an undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of San Francisco in 1989, a Master’s degree and Nurse Practitioner certification from the University of California San Francisco in 2004. Karen is crafting her work and service in a manner that aligns with her core belief and commitment to a more impartial and culturally sensitive system of healthcare, one that is socially responsible and allows the individual to retain, regain and maintain their dignity.

Karleen Jakowski, LMFT

Karleen Jakowski is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the supervisor of Adolescent Behavioral Health Services at CommuniCare Health Centers in Yolo County. She has implemented and oversees a variety of evidence based and trauma informed programming for youth involved in the Juvenile Justice system including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Wraparound Services. Karleen is leading the county’s effort in becoming a countywide trauma informed system of care.

Ken Epstein, Ph.D., LCSW, MSW

Ken Epstein, PhD, LCSW, MSW is the Children’s System of Care Director for San Francisco County Community Behavioral Health Services.  He has worked within family and youth service programs since 1981.  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.

Kimberly Beckstead, LCSW

Kimberly is an LCSW currently working as the Clinical Program Manager at Substance Abuse Counseling Center on MCAS Miramar.  In 2009 she became one of the founding members of the San Diego Trauma Informed Guide Team (SDTIGT), a grass roots, community based group, focusing and disseminating core competencies of systemic trauma informed services in San Diego County. Kimberly provides private consulting and trainings in the San Diego and Riverside Counties with specialty in Trauma Informed Care, Trauma Informed evidence based practices and mental health.  

Latanya Hilton

As vice president of development and strategic partnerships at the Center for Youth Wellness, Latanya oversees fundraising and strategic partnership efforts. She has been a champion for underserved communities for more than 15 years. She served as the executive director of NextUp!, a Bay Area network of professionals committed to pooling their resources to benefit local youth leadership development in underserved communities. Latanya received the Hank Hutchins Award for Community Service presented by the Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educators (SCCABE), and the 100 Black Women of Silicon Valley have also recognized her as a Woman of Excellence in Education.  In her spare time, she is a singer who enjoys performing at local sporting, charity and community events. A Bay Area native, she currently lives in San Francisco with her husband.

Marcia Stanton, MSW

Marcia Stanton, MSW, Senior Injury Prevention Specialist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital coordinates the Strong Families Program, providing education to hospital staff and community on the importance of family strengthening and prevention of child maltreatment and neglect.  She leads the Arizona Adverse Childhood Experiences Consortium and “Strong Communities Raise Strong Kids” initiative, increasing awareness of the impact of childhood trauma and promoting resilience.  She has Master’s degree in Social Work and long history of personal involvement in children and family issues.

Mark Cloutier, MPP, MPH

As regional chief executive officer, Mark Cloutier oversees the Red Cross services in the Bay Area, Monterey Bay Area, Santa Cruz County and Silicon Valley chapters. With nearly eight million residents in the 10-county region, and averaging nearly 700 local disasters each year, it is one of the busiest regions in the Red Cross. He previously served as the program director for Public Policy, Community Health and Civic Engagement at The San Francisco Foundation. Mark was CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation from 2005 to 2010, where he led its transformation into a thought leader on evidence-based strategies to control and end the HIV epidemic. 

Senator Mark Leno

Mark Leno was elected to the California Senate in 2008. He currently represents the 11th Senate District of California, which includes San Francisco, Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City and portions of South San Francisco. Senator Leno chairs the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee.

From 2002-2008, Senator Leno served in the California State Assembly, representing the 13th District, which encompasses the eastern portion of San Francisco. Prior to his election to the Assembly, he served for four and a half years on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. 

During his tenure in the Legislature, Senator Leno has fought for better schools and access to higher education, foster youth, a cleaner and sustainable environment, single-payer universal health care, improved transportation, renewable energy, safer streets and equal rights for all Californians.

Marta Induni, PhD

Marta Induni, PhD, is the research program director of the Survey Research Group (SRG) at PHI. With more than 20 years of survey research experience, Dr. Induni has served as state coordinator of many surveys, including the California Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, the California Women's Health Survey, and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  Dr. Induni is particularly interested in survey research methods and issues in questionnaire development and translation. In addition to directing SRG, she currently serves on the CDC’s Bi-national Border Health Technical Workgroup, as part of the Obesity Prevention Evaluation Task Force, and the California Women’s Health Survey Editorial Board.

Martha B. Davis

Martha Davis is a senior program officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Strengthening Vulnerable Children and Families team, where her work focuses on addressing the root causes of violence, including child abuse and intimate partner violence. Davis is passionate about the opportunity to help build viable, community-based, cross-systems strategies to prevent violence and promote safe and peaceful relationships in families, neighborhoods and all the places where people live, work, learn and play.

Mary Lou Fulton

Mary Lou Fulton is a Senior Program Manager at The California Endowment, where she leads strategic communications for the foundation’s Health Happens in Schools and Neighborhoods campaigns focused on how community environments shape our prospects for living a healthy and successful life.  Her work includes funding journalism, communications research, youth media, polling, media outreach and other approaches to help expand public understanding of health and prevention. 

Melissa T. Merrick, PhD

Melissa T. Merrick, PhD, is a Behavioral Scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   Dr. Merrick serves as the Lead Scientist for the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study in DVP and as a Subject Matter Expert for Child Maltreatment.   Dr. Merrick’s research focuses primarily on the etiology, course, and prevention of child maltreatment.

Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is founder and CEO of Center for Youth Wellness (CYW). She has earned international attention for her innovative approach to addressing adverse childhood experiences as a risk factor for adult disease such as heart disease and cancer. Her work has demonstrated that it’s 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.

Nicole Beaman

Nicole is the Vice President of Orchard Place's Child Guidance Center, joining the organization in 2014.  Prior to Orchard Place, Beaman was the Community Impact Officer at the United Way of Central Iowa and the United Way of East Central Iowa.   She has served as an adjunct professor at Mount Mercy College and Kirkwood Community College.  She received her B.A.  from Drake and a MSW from the University of Iowa.


Parker Blackman

Parker Blackman is a senior executive and strategist and has worked in the early childhood health and education space for over a decade. While serving as Chief Operating Officer and West Coast Managing Director at Fenton, Blackman helped the LA Partnership establish its original vision, mission, and goals, and created the strategy for LA’s first ever Baby Futures Summit. Blackman has worked with many non-profits and foundations in the early childhood development field, including the Atlas Family Foundation, First 5 LA, Playworks, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has served on multiple boards and currently serves as a trustee of Coaching Corps.

Scott Shafer

Scott Shafer serves as host of KQED Public Radio's statewide news program The California Report. He's also senior correspondent for KQED NEWSROOM, the weekly news and public affairs program on television, radio and digital. As a journalist, he has been honored by numerous institutions, including Radio Television Digital News Association, San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association, the Society for Professional Journalists and Public Radio News Directors Inc. Before arriving at KQED, Scott worked in state and local government.

Shanta Ramdeholl, RN

Shanta Ramdeholl, RN, BSN, MSN-Ed, PHN, CCHP serves as the Clinical and Administrative Director of the Health Services at the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center (JJC), and as Administrative Director for the CHAMPS (Community Health and Adolescent Mentoring Program for Success) Program at Children’s Hospital Oakland. She began her career as a teacher, and transitioned into business management before entering the nursing field, bringing a unique perspective to health care. She worked at Alameda County Medical center as the Nurse leader for Maternal Child Health serving high-risk patients and disenfranchised young women.

Stephan Betz, PhD

Stephan Betz, Ph.D. worked over 36 years to apply behavioral insights to human services as a family therapy counselor in Germany, an Executive Director of an Australian public-private joint venture for supported housing and rehabilitation, as Community Action Manager in Contra Costa County, and now as Deputy Director for Human Services in Solano County. He has served as Solano County First 5 Commissioner since 2004, creating trauma informed service delivery systems for children and adults.

Susanna Osorno-Crandall

As the director of strategic initiatives, Susanna is responsible for community engagement, development of referral partnerships and potential service partnerships. She also oversees the Center for Youth Wellness’ community education initiative. Previously, Susanna was the manager of Juvenile Justice Initiatives at the Harlem Community Justice Center and prior to that, she implemented the Attendance Court program in both Red Hook and Harlem. She earned her bachelor of arts in sociology with a minor in criminal justice from San Francisco State University and a master's in public administration from Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University.

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Suzy Loftus, Esq.

Suzy Loftus, Esq., serves as the Assistant Director of the Division of Law Enforcement for the California Department of Justice, overseeing the state’s forensic and digital evidence collection and analysis.  Prior to her work at the Department of Justice, Suzy served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Center for Youth Wellness and as a San Francisco prosecutor where she prosecuted domestic violence, elder abuse and firearms cases.  Suzy was recently elected the President of the San Francisco Police Commission. 

Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye

Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye was appointed to the California Supreme Court by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Following her confirmation hearing and statewide election, she was sworn into office on January 3, 2011 as the first Asian-Filipina-American and the second woman to serve as Chief Justice of California.  She chairs the Judicial Council of California, the administrative policymaking body of state courts, and the Commission on Judicial Appointments.  Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye served for more than 20 years on California appellate and trial courts before her appointment to the California Supreme Court.  She received her B.A., with honors, from the University of California at Davis, in 1980 and her J.D. from U.C. Davis, School of Law, in 1984.

Tshaka Barrows

Tshaka Barrows is a founding member of the Burns Institute (BI). As Deputy Director he works closely with the Executive Director and Senior Management to advance the Burns Institute’s mission to protect and improve the lives of youth of color and poor youth. His work involves strategic planning, organizational development, financial over site, project development and managing relationships with funders, partners, community leaders and system decision makers.

Vincent J. Felitti, MD

Vincent J. Felitti, MD, is co-Principal Investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, ongoing collaborative research between the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program and the Centers for Disease Control.  A 1962 graduate of the Johns Hopkins Medical School, Dr. Felitti is an internist who started as an infectious disease physician in 1968 at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego and then in 1975 founded the Department of Preventive Medicine; he served as the Chief of Preventive Medicine until 2001. Dr. Felitti is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California and a Fellow of The American College of Physicians. 


Wendie Skala

Wendie Skala works as the Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator for Kaiser Permanente’s first Level II Trauma Center in South Sacramento, where she develops and implements wide-ranging community injury prevention programs. She has been instrumental in breaking down the barriers of community collaboration and serves on the board of directors for Rebuilding Together, Mack Road Partnership and the Mayor’s Task Force on Gang Violence. Additionally, Wendie implemented the Sacramento Violence Intervention Program and remains active in the National Network of Hospital Based Violence Intervention Programs.