Affiliated NCTSN Professionals

Below is a roster of affiliated NCTSN professionals. These individuals have previously been associated with a funded organizational NCTSN partner site and have expressed an interest in remaining connected to and active with the Network. As the status of organizational sites changes and as individuals make career moves, this list will change.
Address: 

University of Vermont, Dept. of Social Work
 

Work: 
(802) 881-2281
Email: 
Description: 

Laurie Brown currently serves as the treatment and services director on an ACF collaborative grant between the University of Vermont and the Department of Children and Families. The project is working on improving placement stability for adoptive children after trauma. In addition, Laurie continues to provide attachment, self-regulation, and competency (ARC) consultation services through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts.

Address: 
2629 Ion Avenue
Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482
Work: 
(843) 412-6706
Description: 

M. Elizabeth Ralston, PhD was the founding director of the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, Inc. (DNLCC) an accredited Children’s Advocacy Center located in Charleston, South Carolina and, since her retirement in 2012, has served as their Director Emeritus.

Dr. Ralston is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has served on the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) Board of Directors and the NCA mental health standard revision committee, and participated in the partnership between NCA and NCTSN to develop the CAC Director’s Guide to Mental Health services. She currently serves as the vice chair of the South Carolina Children’s Justice Act Task Force.

Dr. Ralston served as the project director when DNLCC was designated as a Level III Center 2008, and implemented a community-based learning collaborative in the Charleston area in the provision of evidence-supported treatment for children with sexual behavior problems funded through SAMSHA. She has served as the co-director of Project BEST since 2007. This project, funded by the Duke Endowment, is a partnership between MUSC and NCVRC, and has developed and utilized a community based learning collaborative coordinated through Children’s Advocacy Centers.
The goal of Project BEST is to increase the availability of evidence-based treatment to the children of South Carolina by training community mental health professionals in the delivery of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy with fidelity, and training community treatment brokers to do evidence-based treatment planning and case management.

In 2013, Project BEST was expanded to the South Carolina Trauma Practice Initiative, a partnership between the Duke Endowment, the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, the National Crime Victims Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, and the South Carolina Department of Social Services. The goal of SCTPI is to increase to 100% the number of professionals trained through PB by training the majority of clinicians, supervisors, and senior leaders within the public mental health system, as well as caseworkers, supervisors, and senior leaders within the child welfare system. This project is expected to significantly increase the availability of evidence-based practice to the children of South Carolina and also to increase the collaboration between mental health and child welfare professionals, with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for abused/traumatized children and their families in South Carolina.
 

Lisette Rivas-Hermina, MS, LMFT

Address: 

1800 S. Brand Blvd, #123
Glendale, CA 91225

Work: 
(818) 956-5090
Fax: 
(818) 956-5092
Description: 

Lisette Rivas-Hermina has been a senior training specialist at the Children’s Institute, Inc. She now works as a consultant and trainer for Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in Los Angeles. She remains involved with NCTSN activities to promote the use of evidenced-based trauma treatment for children and their families. Ms. Rivas-Hermina provides treatment to children and their families in Spanish and English in her private practice using both TF-CBT and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

Address: 

Grand Rapids, MI

Description: 

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.

Lucy Zammerelli, MA, NCACII, CADCIII

Address: 

Trillium Community Health Plan
1776 Millrace Drive/P.O. Box 1950
Eugene, OR 97440

Work: 
(541) 687-4375
Description: 

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. 

Description: 

M. Carolina Velasco-Hodgson is a bilingual clinician with over 10 years of experience. She attended psychology school in Chile, and after obtaining a Fulbright Scholarship, she completed her MSW in the US. She was a Social Work Intern at Child Witness to Violence Project and collaborates with the NCTSN Translation Review Committee since 2010 (Caring for kids, Trinka and Juan, and after disasters’ fact sheets) and also collaborates with other members of the NCTSN network (PTSD in Infancy and Early childhood interview: PIE). Carolina currently has a private practice and is a professor in two Universities in Chile. She remains involved in Network activities focusing in early childhood trauma and on product development for Spanish speaking families living in the US.

Address: 
3873 Carlotta Street
Grove City, OH 43123
Work: 
(614) 226-4559
Email: 
Description: 

Marla Himmeger initially participated in NCTSN activities through the Cullen Center in Toledo, Ohio. Prior to retirement in 2012, she was involved in organizing Ohio's Childhood Trauma Task Force and continues to participate in several local, state and NCTSN activities.

Address: 

1730 Black Oak Lane
Franklin, IN 46131

Work: 
(317) 474-1174
Mobile: 
(317) 474-1174
Description: 

Marsha Rockey was clinical director for Heal the Hurt in Florida. She now works through Spectrum Health at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, an Army installation in Indiana. Dr. Rockey has remained involved with the NCTSN through her work on the Child Welfare Committee.

Address: 

St. Louis County Family Court
501 S. Brentwood Blvd.
Clayton, MO 63105
 

Work: 
(314) 615-4498
Fax: 
(314) 615-4477
Description: 

Megan Schacht was the former Clinical Manager of the Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis. She now is the Manager of Family and Clinical Services at the St. Louis County Family Court and remains active with the NCTSN in areas related to juvenile justice and complex trauma.

Address: 
1121 Washington Street, Suite 1 Newton, MA 02465
Work: 
(617) 548-8285
Description: 

Michelle Acker was the associate director of the Child Witness to Violence Project site of the Early Trauma Treatment Network from 2001-2009. She currently has a private practice focusing on child and maternal health, loss, and trauma. As part of her practice, Michelle trains and disseminates child-parent psychotherapy through learning communities across the country. She continues to actively partner with other NCTSN member organizations and professionals through these training initiatives.