Liz Sharda, LMSW, is a trainer and consultant focusing in trauma-informed practice within the child welfare system. Liz has worked in various capacities in the child welfare system for 10 years. Most recently (2008-2012), she was the program coordinator for an NCTSI-funded program at Bethany Christian Services, which provided trauma-focused treatment to children in the foster care system and their biological parents. Liz currently provides training to child welfare professionals and foster parents, often utilizing the NCTSN’s Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit and the Resource Parent Curriculum. Liz and her husband are also foster parents.
Betsy McAlister Groves was the former director of the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center, and site director for Boston site of the Early Trauma Treatment Network. She is now on the faculty at Harvard's Graduate School of Education and remains involved with NCTSN activities focused on early childhood trauma, domestic violence and collaborations with pediatric professionals to increase their skills in identifying and responding to childhood trauma.
Vikki Rompala was the Co-Chair of the Partnering with Youth and Families Committee at NCTSN and the Program Evaluation and Consumer Initiative Coordinator at La Rabida Children's Hospital Chicago Child Trauma Center. She now works as the Director of Outcomes and Evaluation at Metropolitan Family Services and remains involved with creating trauma-informed services for many different service sectors including domestic violence, child welfare, youth development, early childhood, and outpatient mental health settings.
Edwina Reyes is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is the Vice President and co-founder for Ho'oko LLC, a private mental health counseling center in Hawaii. She is also in full-time private practice, specializing in faith-based counseling. She is presently the co-chair for the NCTSN Domestic Violence Collaborative Working Group.
Gil Reyes, PhD is a clinical psychologist in Santa Barbara, California. At NCTSN he is involved with the Terrorism and Disaster Center at the University of Missouri and the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at UCLA, and is a longstanding member of the task force on the Core Curriculum in Childhood Trauma. He was the lead editor of the four-volume Handbook of International Disaster Psychology (2006) and The Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma (2008), and his areas of expertise include psychological trauma, and the psychosocial effects of disasters, terrorism, torture, and mass violence. He has provided psychosocial disaster support in several national and local disasters throughout the past decade, including the September 2001 response to the destruction of the World Trade Center, and has worked in a consulting capacity with the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He serves as the Disaster Relief Committee Chair for the American Psychological Association’s Division of Trauma Psychology, is the 2012 President of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Peace Psychology, and is the 2014 President-Elect of the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association. In all areas of life, Dr. Reyes emphasizes social support and attachments as the essential tools for resilient coping in the face of adversity.
Alison Hendricks is a National Trainer on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, which she helped to revise. She is a co-chair of the NCTSN Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit Training and Implementation Sub-Committee. She has worked for the Chadwick Center for Children and Families, a Category II site, most recently as Operations Manager of the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project. Alison now has her own consulting business, focusing on trauma training and consultation for a variety of professionals and systems.
Since 2003, Courtney Landau Fleisher has worked with three NCTSN-associated sites. She is well trained in several evidence-based, trauma-focused treatments including TF-CBT, PCIT, TST, and CPP. Dr. Fleisher has focused her work on expanding awareness of medical traumatic stress of mental health and hospital-based professionals through presentations on the Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress Toolkit, a product she assisted in developing during her time at the CPTS. Currently a pediatric psychologist at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vermont, Dr. Fleisher continues to translate knowledge about medical traumatic stress into practical application in the hospital setting as well as treating children exposed to trauma.
Lucy Zammarelli supervises Trillium’s behavioral health department and serves as Health Equity Officer. She has a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.A. from Temple University. She has worked in the behavioral health field for over 17 years providing services and supervision in substance abuse and mental health treatment in the clinical setting with a focus on childhood trauma, substance abuse treatment, and family recovery.