Carrie Epstein is a faculty member at Yale and Director of Clinical Services and Training at the Childhood Violent Trauma Center at the Yale Child Study Center. She is co-developer of the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), the evidence-based early intervention/secondary prevention model for children who have recently been exposed to potentially traumatic events. Ms. Epstein is also currently in private practice, and provides training and consultation nationally on trauma-focused mental health treatments for children and families impacted by trauma. She is also the former senior director of the Safe Horizon Center for Child Innovation in New York City.
Jim Van Den Brandt is the former clinical area manager of Integrated Services and director of Adolescent Trauma Treatment at the Mental Health Center of Dane County in Madison, WI. Jim has contributed to the development of numerous Network products, provided training and leadership on the adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices, and helped various systems become more trauma-focused and evidence-based. Jim is currently the mental health services manager for Group Health Cooperative in Madison, WI and he remains involved with a variety of Network activities and product development efforts.
Ann Kelley is the former director of Healing the Hurt. She is now the Director of Residential Services for Omni Visions and incorporates her expertise in child trauma in the agency's assessment, treatment, and training and foster care activities.
Donna Humbert was project director of the Trauma Intervention Center for Children & Adolescents in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a contract therapist providing evidence based and evidence informed individual and family therapy services, and adoption services for children in foster care with Omni Visions, Inc. She provides clinical supervision. She focuses on strengthening evidence-based services for adolescents and their families.
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.
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.
Robin Goodman is Executive Director of A Caring Hand, the Billy Esposito Foundation in New York, New York, and consultant to St. John’s University. As consultant to the Allegheny General Hospital Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, she focuses on childhood traumatic grief-related activities and NCTSN projects. Dr. Goodman has also been a consultant for the Department of Defense Educational Opportunities Directorate and for the NCTSN. Previously, as director of bereavement programs at the NYU Child Study Center, an NCTSN grantee, she co-directed a clinical and research program for bereaved 9/11 families.
Joseph Benamati is author of START (Systematic Training to Assist in the Recovery from Trauma) and former center director of the Parsons Child and Family Center's NCTSN project in Albany, New York. Dr. Benamati is currently a faculty member at the Sanctuary Leadership Development Institute in Yonkers, New York. He remains involved with the Network through his membership on the NCTSN Steering Committee (2008–2010), and through his trainings and speaking engagements around the United States.
Chris Stupavsky was formerly an outpatient clinician at the Chaddock Trauma Initiative in Quincy IL, where she received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS). She currently works with rural communities in more than eight counties in Missouri. In her private practice, Christine continues to implement these and other evidence based practices for children and families.
Nicole Taylor Kletzka was project manager for the Chadwick Center at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Kletzka now works at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline, Michigan, and remains involved in NCTSN activities focused on the child welfare system and court involvement. She is currently the DBT Coordinator for the Center for Forensic Psychiatry and is training staff on