53rd NFPA Education Conference

For Foster, Adoptive & Kinship Parents, Friends, Families and Supporters

53rd NFPA Education Conference

For Foster, Adoptive & Kinship Parents, Friends, Families and Supporters

Many Stories, One Voice Presenters

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Lanae Holmes

Director, Case Services, Family Advocacy Division,

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

Lanae is a licensed clinical social worker in the District of Columbia and has been at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) since 2007.

Lanae is the director of case services, overseeing the team that provides clinical and emotional support to families of missing and sexually exploited children. She also manages the Safeguard Program for NCMEC staff exposed to child sexual abuse imagery during their daily work.

Lanae is a trainer and facilitator for numerous conferences, teaching the benefits of the Safeguard Program and addressing the therapeutic needs of missing and sexually exploited children and their families.  


Casey Jones

Outreach Manager, Outreach, Training, and Prevention,

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

Casey Jones is an Outreach Manager for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

Having started as an intern with NCMEC in 2019, she worked as a Call Center Specialist for 2 years before joining the Outreach team in 2021. While in college, she earned a BA in Human Development and Family Studies, concentrating on Research, Policy, and Advocacy from George Mason University.

Casey is a seasoned presenter who has spent her career advocating for our nation’s children, and works with law enforcement, communities, and children to recognize, address, and prevent all issues related to NCMEC’s mission.


Josh Kroll

Project Coordinator, Adoption Subsidy Resource Center, Families Rising

Josh is the Project Coordinator of the Adoption Subsidy Resource Center, a program of the Families Rising (formerly NACAC).  He has worked at Families Rising for over 25 years, almost all those years as either program assistant to the Adoption Subsidy Resource Center or Project Coordinator for the project. In his years working with the Adoption Subsidy Resource Center he gained an extensive knowledge of federal and state laws and policies that he draws upon to answer thousands of inquiries from parents, workers, and administrators.

In addition to his work with adoption subsidy, he has been the lead staff on federal adoption tax credit questions at Families Rising and throughout the US adoption community for over 20 years. He has co-written Families Rising’s federal adoption tax credit fact. Suggestions that Josh and other Families Rising staff have shown up in IRS written materials to clarify the instructions.

For 5 years he was the Region 5 Advisor to the National Foster Parent Association. He was named a 2012 Angel in Adoption for his work on the adoption tax credit.


Jose Santiago

Public Relations Specialist at U.S. Department of the Treasury

Jose has been a public relations specialist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury for the past four years.  He specializes in training, educational consulting, financial consulting, tax advisory, business law, tax law, personal and small business tax planning and tax preparation.


Stacy Schultz

Resource Specialist II, Child Sex Trafficking Recovery Services Team, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

Stacy Schultz works as a Resource Specialist II with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) Child Sex Trafficking Recovery Services Team.

As a Resource Specialist II, Stacy provides case-based assistance and support to child welfare professionals and other multidisciplinary team members in the development of trauma-informed and victim-centered recovery plans for survivors of child sex trafficking who are reported missing from child welfare care to NCMEC.

Stacy holds an MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice from Queens University Belfast, UK (2017) and a BA in Fine Arts with a minor in Psychology from St. Cloud State University, MN (2007). In addition to her tenure in youth work, Stacy is also a certified conflict mediator and works as a freelance theatre artist in her spare time.


Marcus Stallworth, LMSW

Director of Training and Implementation, Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)

Marcus has been employed in the field of Child Welfare for the past 17 years. He worked for Child Protective Services for approximately 13 years. He is recognized in the State of Connecticut as an expert witness in his professional capacity for testimony regarding severe abuse and neglect cases.

The last 8 years of his employment at the Department of Children and Families was dedicated to training and licensing resource parents using the PRIDE 14-Step Model of Practice. Marcus joined the CWLA team in late 2012 providing training, consultation services, and curriculum development.

Marcus has been teaching at the collegiate level for the past 10 years. He has taught Human Services courses at the graduate and undergraduate level at multiple Universities in CT. He is currently an adjunct professor at University of Bridgeport where he teaches many courses including a self-created elective entitled: Social Media: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly.

He is also co-owner of Welcome 2 Reality, LLC where he is the Director of Learning and Organizational Development. His company played an instrumental role in getting Substitute Senate Bill No. 962, Public Act No. 15-94 passed in Connecticut which in part mandates education on the safe use of Social Media in all public schools.


Roy Van Tassell, LPC

Director for Trauma and Evidence-Based Interventions, Centene Health

Roy Van Tassell, M.S., LPC, is Director for Trauma and Evidence-based Interventions for Centene, and provided consultation/training in evidenced-based, trauma-informed practices in over 26 states. His diverse 38 year professional background has included services for children to seniors in residential, inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospital settings.

A member of the federally-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network since 2003, Roy is a national trainer for CE-CERT (Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma) for secondary trauma; one of currently 70 master trainer/consultants for Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) an international best practice intervention for child trauma; and an approved Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) training facilitator.


Stan Waddell, LPC-S

Clinical Trainer Centene Health

Stan has had a varied career in child services with experience as a clinical director of foster care, counselor, national trainer, national specialty training director, is currently a clinical trainer for Centene Corporation.

His roles have included training foster parents, foster providers, and foster care support agencies at the national level while identifying and ensuring evidenced-based and evidenced-informed training and developing curriculum. He has hands-on experience in advocating for the delivery of appropriate services for foster care families, managing clinical treatment care programs, monitoring treatment plans and providing counseling services.


Amy R. Wolfson, PhD

Professor, Loyola University Maryland

Amy is currently a Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Maryland after 22 years as a member of the Psychology Department at the College of the Holy Cross.

She has been engaged in child and adolescent sleep research since graduate school at Washington University.

Over the last 25 years, she has collaborated with Mary A. Carskadon, Ph.D., Brown Medical School, pioneer of child and adolescent sleep and circadian timing research.
Her research looks at factors that influence adolescents’ sleep behaviors such as social class, family environment, and substance use.


Karolina Rusin

Project Coordinator at the Sleep and Anxiety Center University of Houston

Karolina is a research project coordinator at the Sleep and Anxiety Center of Houston. She graduated from the University of Houston with a BS degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology.

Her main research interests focus on sleep and cognitive functioning. More specifically, sleep and emotional memory in preschool-aged children.


Additional trainers and presentations will be added as they are confirmed.

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