Ayme Turnbull was a psychologist in the Adolescent Trauma Treatment Development Center at North Shore University Hospital in New York, where she co-authored Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), participated in the coordination of NCTSN efforts focused on trauma issues in adolescence and was involved in collaborative work on trauma and substance abuse. She also coordinated the NCTSN's efforts to adapt and implement Psychological First Aid for post-disaster use by healthcare systems. She is now in private practice and conducting research on trauma and psychosis in adolescence.
Kelly Wilson, LCSW is a clinician, consultant and trainer in private practice in Ridgeland, MS. She has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field specializing in the treatment of childhood traumatic stress. Kelly has worked extensively with children and families in multiple settings including therapeutic foster care, in-home services, child welfare prevention and reunification cases, child advocacy centers, and outpatient care. She is a nationally recognized trainer of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and has been a faculty on numerous TF-CBT Learning Collaboratives across the country. Beyond clinical training, Kelly has worked with organizations to bring about systems change focused on administrative and supervisory structures that support the adoption and implementation of evidence-informed clinical practices. Kelly maintains a private practice working with adults and adolescents focusing on anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, and adjustment issues. Kelly has a passion for ensuring client-driven behavioral healthcare of the highest quality.
Jennifer Sigrest was the former Evaluation Coordinator for the Trauma Recovery for Youth Project with Catholic Charities in Jackson, MS. She is now co-owner of Wilson-Sigrest, LLC and specializes in working with adolescents and adults dealing with issues of traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, LGBT-related concerns, and other life stressors. She provides consultation and collaboration with organizations working to implement and sustain best practices or to change and improve existing systems. She remains involved with NCTSN through the affiliate program and has a special interest in working with the LGBT population.
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.