Former Director, Mental Health Program
The Carter Center 
Dr. Thomas H. Bornemann became the Director of the Mental Health Program at The Carter Center under the leadership of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in 2002, retiring in 2017. Prior to this position, he served as Senior Adviser for Mental Health in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence of the World Health Organization, where he worked on the development of the World Health Report, which focused on mental health. Dr. Bornemann has spent his entire career in public mental health, working in various aspects, including: clinical practice, research, research management, policy development, and administration at the national level. In 1994, Dr. Bornemann was appointed the Deputy Director of the federal Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, where he provided leadership in the development of the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health. A career Public Health Service Officer, Dr. Bornemann retired at the rank of Rear Admiral/Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS (RET). He received his doctorate in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. Currently, he holds an appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management with the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
Presiding Juvenile Court Judge
Superior Court of California
Judge Stacy Boulware Eurie was appointed to the Superior Court of California in June 2007. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Boulware Eurie’s legal practice areas included complex political and constitutional law, governmental affairs, state and federal employment defense, administrative law and criminal defense. As a juvenile court judge, she works with youth and families appearing in both juvenile justice and child welfare cases to protect the child and the public and to preserve and strengthen children’s families. Judge Boulware Eurie has also been an active member of the California legal community for almost 20 years. She is a member of the California Judicial Council and the California Child Welfare Council, a legislatively created multi-agency advisory body responsible for improving collaboration among the broad range of agencies that serve children and youth in the child welfare and foster care system. Judge Boulware Eurie has worked with members of the judiciary, community-based agencies, and representatives from the fields of child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, and education to develop greater public awareness and understanding of the need for trauma-informed practices and services to support those youth who have been commercially/sexually exploited. Judge Boulware Eurie received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and her law degree from the University of California, Davis.
National Foster Parent Association 
Irene and her husband have fostered 127 children and adopted four children during the 27 years they have been involved in foster care. Irene is the current Executive Director of the National Foster Parent Association; the chair of the board of EveryChild, Inc.; the Public Policy chair for the Texas Foster Family Association and for the Texas Council on Adoptable Children; a member of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Taskforce; and a member of the Collaborative Council for the Texas Supreme Count Permanent Commission on Children and Families. Irene’s career has included working for the state of Texas to manage programs that provided support and services to children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, building a large therapeutic foster care program for a child placement agency in Texas, and serving as that agency’s Advocacy Vice President. Irene has been a member of the NFPA for over 35 years and served on the Board of Directors in varying positions for many years. She promotes foster parents having a national, state, and local voice in order to influence policies, funding, and legislative issues. Irene enjoys spending time with her children, 18 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and many former foster children who are now adults with children of their own.
President, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 
Professor and Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center
Gregory K. Fritz, MD, currently serves as the President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Brown University School of Medicine, where he conducts research and teaches. He also serves as Academic Director for Bradley Hospital, where he oversees experienced researchers and clinical staff who are dedicated to the research and treatment of childhood psychiatric illnesses. Dr. Fritz also serves as Director of Child and Family Psychiatry at Hasbro Children's Hospital. Prior to moving to Brown, he did his child psychiatry training and then directed the Pediatric C/L Service at Stanford. Dr. Fritz has served on the editorial boards of The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and The Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Fritz has been awarded grant support from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for his research on mind-body interactions in chronic pediatric illness. He is currently the President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Former Judge, Stark County Court of Common Pleas
Family Court Division
Judge Michael Howard worked for thirty years at Stark County Family Court, retiring on December 31, 2016. He was elected Judge in 2004, and presided over both the juvenile and domestic relations cases. In the juvenile division, approximately 4,200 cases—including abuse, neglect, dependency, and delinquency—are heard annually. In retirement, Judge Howard is continuing in his role as a community convener focusing on making all child-serving systems trauma-responsive, increasing community awareness of trauma and its impact, and promoting community-wide adoption of evidence-based treatment for trauma victims. He has mobilized development of effective resources for children and families affected by trauma, and has incorporated trauma screening in Stark County's Juvenile Court. Judge Howard serves as co-chair of the Stark County Trauma and Resiliency Committee. Judge Howard has been a member of NCTSN's Advisory Board and Justice Consortium, and is a lecturer for the NCTSN Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice. Judge Howard is co-author of "Children Who Have Been Traumatized: One Court's Response," published in the 2008 autumn edition of the Juvenile and Family Court Journal, and has contributed to trauma reference guides to be used on the bench by judges. Judge Howard is an active community volunteer, focusing primarily on programs that help children achieve success and avoid delinquent behavior, and serves on multiple boards and committee, including the Stark Education Partnership, the United Way of Greater Stark County, the Early Childhood Resource Center, the Care Team Executive Committee, and the Stark County Bar Association Family Law and Citizenship Committees.
National Children's Alliance 
Teresa Huizar has served as the Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance since 2008. National Children’s Alliance, headquartered in Washington, DC, is the national association and accrediting body for more than 800 Children’s Advocacy Centers in the US. These centers provide comprehensive services to child victims of abuse including forensic interviews, victim advocacy, medical evaluations, and mental health treatment. She provides consultation internationally on effective child abuse intervention and the development of children’s advocacy centers. Ms. Huizar has testified before Congress on child abuse issues and participated in numerous child abuse-related Congressional briefings. Ms. Huizar has been interviewed by CNN, WSJ, USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, NPR, and numerous other media outlets, on child welfare policy matters. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network; the Steering Committee of the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths; and the Public Policy Committee of the American Society for Association Executives.
Clinical Psychologist and Senior Policy Associate
Center for Child and Human Development-UCEDD
Research Associate Professor in Pediatrics
Diane M. Jacobstein, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and Senior Policy Associate at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development-UCEDD and Associate Professor in Pediatrics. During more than thirty years on faculty, her work has focused on adults and children with developmental disabilities and underserved children and families in the District of Columbia. She has worked in very diverse settings, including an interdisciplinary diagnostic clinic for children with autism and communication disorders, a mobile pediatrics clinic, chronic illness teams, and with families in emergency shelter. For more than twenty years, she has been the consulting psychologist in a Head Start program for families who are homeless, including many children and parents with disabilities. Dr. Jacobstein is part of a Georgetown initiative engaged in building the capacity of the District of Columbia to serve adults with intellectual disability with a trauma-informed approach. Her policy and technical assistance work highlights needs of children and youth with co-occurring developmental and behavioral disorders and system-level strategies to improve services and supports.
President and CEO
Child Welfare League of America
Christine James-Brown became president and CEO of the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) in April 2007, assuming the leadership of the nation's oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization. Prior to joining CWLA, Ms. James-Brown served as president and CEO of United Way International where she was responsible for the efforts of the organization’s network of United Way non-profit member organizations that serve communities in 45 countries and territories. Prior to her leadership role at United Way International, she served for 10 years as President and CEO of United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania (UWSEPA) based in Philadelphia. During her decade of leadership at UWSEPA, Ms. James-Brown directed a staff of 130 in managing an annual $50 million fundraising effort, and distributed funds to over 2,500 community-based agencies. Throughout her career, Ms. James-Brown has worked tirelessly to help nonprofit health and human service organizations grow and expand their ability to serve children and families through foundation and corporate philanthropy. Active in the community Ms. James-Brown has served on a number of non-profit, corporate and foundation boards and commissions. A native Philadelphian, Ms. James-Brown holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Rutgers University. In 1996, Drexel University awarded her an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
President and CEO
The Military Child Education Coalition 
Dr. Mary M. Keller, President and CEO of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), was a co-founder of the organization in 1998, which was created in response to the educational needs of military-connected children and youth. As an area superintendent, school administrator, and K-12 and higher education professional for over 21 years, Dr. Keller witnessed first-hand the challenges military families faced in times of transition due to moves, deployment, or separation. Earning her doctorate from Texas Tech University, Dr. Keller holds several professional certifications, including superintendency, mid-management supervision, and teacher education, as well as a mediation certification from the Texas Bar Association. She is widely regarded as an expert on education issues related to the highly mobile military-connected student, and is routinely consulted for research-based findings used to address military family needs.
Founder and Executive Director
Learn to Cope 
Joanne Peterson is the Founder and Executive Director of Learn to Cope (LTC), a non-profit peer-led support network that began in 2004. Mrs. Peterson’s journey started as a young girl, where she witnessed siblings experiencing mental illness and addiction challenges. Years later, when Joanne discovered that her own son’s experimentation with prescription drugs led to an opioid addiction, she was motivated and empowered to use her voice to bring about change. Today her son is in long-term recovery. She designed LTC to offer families the support, education, resources, and hope that could have been of help to her family. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MADPH), LTC has grown, with over 9,000 members on a private online forum, 24 chapters throughout Massachusetts, and most recently, 2 chapters in Florida and 1 in Boise, Idaho. LTC families receive unique support and education from professionals and their peers about prevention, education, awareness, and advocacy. Mrs. Peterson collaborated with MADPH to become the first parent network in the country to provide the overdose reversal antidote, nasal Naloxone, with over 100 documented successful reversals by LTC members since December 2011. With the growth and expansion of LTC, Mrs. Peterson has provided consultation to high-level government officials, law enforcement, and educators to assist in their efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. In 2015 Mrs. Peterson was one of the recipients of the Advocate for Action award from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and a panelist for the National Governors Association Health and Human Services Committee to discuss the nation’s opioid crisis. Currently, Mrs. Peterson sits on the Massachusetts Health and Human Services Emergency Department Boarding Work Group, as well as the Governor’s Special Commission to Study Licensed Addiction Treatment Centers.