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: 

Valko and Associates
3130 Executive Parkway, 8th Floor
Toledo, OH 43606

Work: 
(419) 720-9000
Mobile: 
(419) 944-4602
Fax: 
(419) 720-9002
Description: 

Kristine Buffington was project director of the Cullen Center in Toledo, Ohio. She is now working with Valko and Associates.  She remains active on the NCTSN Juvenile Delinquency Committee and is active on the Ohio Department of Mental Health Child Trauma Task Force.

Address: 

Laura Reagan LCSW-C Psychotherapy Services, LLC
645 Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, Suite 107
Severna Park, MD 21146

Work: 
(443)-510-1048
Description: 

Laura Reagan was a clinician on the Trauma-Adapted Family Connections grant with the University of Maryland School of Social Work from 2010-2011. She is now a psychotherapist in private practice in the Annapolis, Maryland area offering trauma-focused therapy services to children, adolescents and families.
 

Address: 

1014 McHugh Street
Fort Collins, CO 80525
 

Work: 
(970) 672-8411
Description: 

Currently an active NCTSN individual affiliate member, Laura Templet received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Kansas. In 1995, she was awarded a social work fellowship from the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences.  Throughout her career, she has worked in a variety of settings in the field. She was the director of family support services and mental health for foster and adoption in Kansas, and a founding member of the Kansas Association for Infant Mental Health. Since moving to Colorado in 2001, her clinical work has focused on trauma treatment whether residential treatment, outpatient, or in community centers. Ms. Templet has also been a foster-adopt parent for 10 years, which resulted in the addition of two more children to her family. 

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: 

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. 

Work: 
(303) 941-0247
Address: 

Lynn Garst
Colorado Department of Health and Environment, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246
 

Work: 
(303) 692-2586
Description: 

Lynn Garst, M.Ed. has  joined the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a disaster behavior health specialist. He recently retired from the Mental Health Center of Denver as the Director of Community Services for the Child and Family Department. He also served as the Disaster Response Coordinator for MHCD. He established and managed the Intensive Psychiatric Day Treatment Program at MHCD and also managed school-based, community-based and outpatient programs. He has worked closely with a number of community, state, and national agencies and organizations to improve mental health and disaster behavioral health services to children, youth, and families. Mr. Garst is active in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, where he co-chairs the School Committee and serves on the Terrorism and Disaster Committee and Affiliate Advisory Group. He worked as the Principal Investigator and Project Director for a SAMHSA HIV Targeted Capacity Expansion Grant focusing on homeless and high risk emerging adults and for a SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Grant serving gang-involved and at-risk youth. He is a nationally recognized expert in child trauma, has authored several publications and served as a keynote speaker and presenter on child trauma at state and national conferences. Prior to joining MHCD in 2001, Mr. Garst spent 12 years at The Children’s Hospital in Denver and previously worked in public school and private industry settings.