Friday Speakers

Millie Sweeney, MS

Across the children’s mental health and child-serving systems, Millie Sweeney has over twenty years’ direct experience in navigating systems with and on behalf of families, advocating at both the individual and policy level, and building collaborations with professionals and systems. Mrs. Sweeney has leveraged both her professional experience and personal experience as a parent to assist organizations and states with family driven program and system development, consulted nationally on certification and family/youth support services, developed and offered curriculum and training on a variety of topics related to children’s mental health and participated on policy-making groups at the state and national level to advocate for family voice and choice in child-serving systems.

With a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, she spent a number of years as a therapist in intensive in-home family programs before moving to supervision. For twelve years, she operated as a member of the management team within a large statewide family organization, participating in the administration of six system of care sites, supporting the development of the statewide Youth MOVE chapter, and developing and managing up to twenty local and statewide programs. She then founded Family Solutions Consulting, focusing on consulting in program development, parent peer support and family driven care nationally before joining the Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA). First as Project Coordinator and now as Deputy Director, Mrs. Sweeney specializes in grant and program development, staff supervision and training, parent peer support and family engagement, curriculum development, and systems of care. Facilitating a national Family Research Partnership for the past three years, she is also involved in ongoing efforts to study parent peer support and the work of family-run organizations with the goal of contributing to the literature and informing the field of best practices. Currently, she is a co-P.I. for a NIMH R-34 research grant studying early identification and support through parent peer navigators.

Coral Huntsman, LMFT

Coral Huntsman is a Clinical Training Specialist for Stars Behavioral Health Group. Coral received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an MFT emphasis from Pepperdine University and is currently a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. Coral has over 20 years of Human Services experience including, 7 years working as a Wraparound Facilitator and Clinician, delivering community-based services to youth and families in Los Angeles County. As a Clinical Training Specialist with the SBHG Stars Training Academy, Coral specializes in creating and delivering interactive clinical trainings on various evidence-based/evidence supported practices. She is a Certified Master TIP Consultant/Trainer with Stars Training Academy, Certified Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model® Consultant and TIP Model fidelity assessor. Coral is also certified in Aggression Replacement Training.

Paul Cornils, BS

Paul Cornils, BS, Executive Director, Alaska Youth & Family Network, has been involved with AYFN since 2003. He initially came to AYFN seeking help finding effective behavioral health care for his children and support for his family. He joined AYFN as Program Manager in 2007 and became Executive Director in 2011. Paul earned his Bachelor’s in Psychology at Sam Houston University, Texas, in 1997. His childhood provided him firsthand experience of the impact that unaddressed Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and intergenerational trauma can have on a family, ultimately fueled his passion for improving care and supports for Alaska’s families and children. His personal ACE(s) score is 8. As a result, he has lived with, and recovered, from opiate and alcohol addiction, mental illness, and homelessness. Paul has been involved in many efforts to expand the role of professional and grass roots peer and family-peer supports both in Alaska and nationally since 2003, especially for child welfare involved families. He is a founding director and current of the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association, past Chair of the Alaska Peer Support Consortium, the Alaska Psychiatric Institute Governing Body. Paul and his wife were also treatment foster parents for 13 years, ending with their adoption of their two youngest children. Paul lives in Anchorage with his wife, Alicia, and the 5 youngest of their 10 children.

Rebecca Volino Robinson, PhD

Dr. Rebecca Volino Robinson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. She provides behavioral health consultation to specialty medical clinics, direct clinical service to rural Tribal Health Organizations, and education through affiliated faculty appointments with the HRSA-funded AIDS Education and Training Center and the Alaska Psychology Internship Consortium. Dr. Robinson has extensive experience working with adults and communities with histories of complex trauma and problems associated with this history including substance misuse, infectious, and chronic disease. She is experienced in trauma-informed program development, implementation, and evaluation and identifies as an Acceptance and Commitment therapist.

Lucia Grauman Neander, PhD

Dr. Lucía Grauman Neander is a post-doctoral clinical psychologist who currently works at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and the Aleutian Pribilof Island Association (APIA). She has experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings providing assessment and psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. Her clinical experience includes working with diverse clients with substance misuse, co-occurring disorders, anxiety and depression, severe mental illness, and trauma.

Elijah McCauley, MA

Elijah McCauley is a dynamic & innovative presenter with 25 years of experience in training & development, as well as advanced application of therapeutic services to youth with Emotional & Behavioral Difficulties (EBD). His expertise lies in Evidence Based Practices in Trauma Focused Care as well as effective methods for dealing with difficult and resistant youth. He currently holds an M.A. in Health Science – Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Florida. Elijah holds certifications as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRCC), Certified Master Trainer of Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Certified Master Trainer of Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescence Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), Certified Master Trainer for Transition to Independence Process (TIP), and Certified Trauma Practitioner (Clinician) through Starr Commonwealth.

Jessica Saniguq Ullrich, MSW

is a tribal member of Nome Eskimo Community, a mother of 2 beautiful children and worked at the Office of Children's Services for 8.5 years prior to going back to school for a doctorate degree in Social Welfare at the University of Washington. Jessica is currently a trainer at the Child Welfare Academy and is passionate about promoting child/collective wellbeing.

Valerie Dudley BE.d

was born and raised in Bethel, Alaska. She graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a degree in Elementary Education. Her teaching degree opened doors for her at the Association of Village Council Presidents as a trainer in the ICWA Department. Valerie and her family moved to Wasilla in 2008. She continues her work in child welfare as a Trainer at the UAA Child Welfare Academy where she has been since 2015. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work.