WednesdaySpeakers


Brita Bishop, LCSW


Brita Bishop works for the Alaska Division of Behavioral Health as the Administrator of the Treatment and Recovery Services Section. In this role she oversees behavioral hquinealth treatment and recovery grants, contracts and provider agreements and works on system development and program improvement. She has a MSW from Colorado State University and is a licensed clinical social worker in Alaska.

Brita has worked for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on behavioral health program management, planning, and system development since 2000. Prior to coming to DHSS, she worked with individuals who experienced behavioral health and developmental disabilities as a clinician and a clinical associate. Brita was born and raised in Southeast Alaska.


Jared Parrish, PhD


Dr. Jared Parrish received his doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently the senior Maternal and Child Health epidemiologist at the Alaska Division of Public Health. He co-chairs the Alaska Statewide Violence and Injury Prevention Partnership, holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and also initiated and chairs the Alaska R Users group. His research focuses on quantifying the influence of systematic error on effect estimates, data integration, and incorporating novel methods for applied surveillance with an emphasis on improving timeliness, efficacy, and utility of data that lead to prevention.


Kyndal Yada, MEd


Kyndal Yada is Program Manager in the Fisher Stress Neurobiology and Prevention (SNAP) Laboratory at the Center for Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oregon. Research in the SNAP Lab focuses on the impact of early adversity on the brain, developing targeted interventions to improve outcomes for high-risk families, and using research to impact policy and practices towards vulnerable families. Kyndal is a core member of the team that has developed Filming Interactions to Nurture Development (FIND), a video coaching program for caregivers of high-risk children. As a Senior FIND Consultant, Kyndal partners with community organizations to launch new FIND implementations, and provides training and support to FIND consultants, coaches and video editors. She received her master’s degree in Prevention Science at the University of Oregon and has experience implementing manualized, family-based interventions for high-risk families.


Shannon Peake, PhD


Shannon Peake is a research associate with the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention (SNAP) Laboratory and the Center for Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oregon. His research examines the combined influence of social factors and early adversity on behavior in children. These perspectives then inform the development and implementation of interventions to support parents and caregivers and to improve outcomes for children. Current research projects include randomized trials and rapid-cycle testing of the FIND (Filming Interaction to Nurture Development) video coaching program for parents and other caregivers of children in challenging contexts, including economic uncertainty, homelessness, and substance/mental health issues. Trials and ongoing program implementation are underway in Oregon (Head Start families), Washington (center- and home-based child care), New York (homeless shelters), Texas (pediatric primary care serving low-income Latinx families), and Victoria Australia (low-income community services families with or without child protective services involvement).


Elizabeth Manley, MSW


Elizabeth Manley is a Clinical Instructor for Health and Behavioral Health Policy at the Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. In this capacity, Ms. Manley provides technical assistance to states and communities specific to children’s behavioral health innovations with a specific focus on policy and financing of systems of care. Ms. Manley is the former Assistant Commissioner for NJ's Children's System of Care. In this capacity, Ms. Manley led transformation and implementation of system innovations including integrating individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities, substance use and integration of physical health into the Children’s System of Care. She had direct oversight of the statewide child behavioral health, substance use and development/intellectual disabilities systems. This includes a wide range of community-based services and residential treatment centers. Ms. Manley was the DCF representative on the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners and the Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; the Principal Investigator on NJ's Promising Path to Success, a SAMHSA System of Care Expansion Grant with the focus on improving care for youth in need of an out of home intervention; Vice Chair of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD); and has presented at several national conferences. Prior to joining DCF Ms. Manley was the CEO of Caring Partners of Morris/Sussex, Inc., a Care Management Organization (CMO) specializing in working with youth with complex behavioral health challenges. Ms. Manley worked for Capitol County Children's Collaboration, the Mercer County CMO, as the Director of Operations, at the time of its inception in 2002. She came to that position after spending 15 years at SERV Behavioral Health, in various positions with her final position at SERV as the Director of Children's Services for SERV Behavioral Health. MS. Manley earned a B.S. degree in Health Education from William Paterson University and a M.S.W. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.


Jacqui Van Horn, MPH, IMH-E® (IMHM-C)


Jacqui Van Horn, MPH, IMH-E® (IMHM-C), provides reflective supervision/consultation and specialized infant mental health training to practitioners who work with infants, young children, and their families in a wide variety of work settings. She has worked for over 35 years providing infant family services (IDEA, Part C), as well as training and consultation to families, practitioners, programs and systems in New Mexico, throughout the US, and internationally. Jacqui established the Parent-Infant Study Center in Albuquerque, NM in 2009 to create a community where high quality, relationship-based learning experiences are provided both in person and through distance technology for professionals who work with infants/young children and their families.

Jacqui’s special areas of interest and expertise are:
  • The early social and emotional development that occurs in the context of the parent-young child relationship; and
  • The development of reflective capacity in young children, parents, and practitioners who work in early care and education, home visiting, early intervention, Head Start, and mental health settings.


Mary Dallas Allen, PhD, MSW,


Mary Dallas Allen, PhD, MSW,is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she is the MSW Program Coordinator and the social work core faculty member for the AK Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. Her research areas of interest include rural social work education, rural social work practice, rural social workers’ response to climate change, and rural infant and early childhood mental health consultation.


Joy V. Browne, Ph.D., PCNS, IMH-E® (IV)


Joy V. Browne, Ph.D., PCNS, IMH-E® (IV), is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, has faculty positions at the University of South Florida and Fielding Graduate University and the University of New Mexico Department of Psychiatry. She holds dual licensure as a Pediatric Psychologist and a Clinical Nurse Specialist and is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Mentor. Dr. Browne is a member of the Zero to Three Academy of Fellows. Additionally, she was the founding President of the Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health, past President of the New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health and is on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for the Association for Infant Mental Health. Dr. Browne is the founder and director of WONDERbabies, which encompasses several programs including the Colorado Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP), the Family Infant Relationship Support Training (FIRST) program, the BABIES and PreSTEPS program and the Fragile Infant Feeding Institute (FIFI). Her area of expertise is in neurobehavioral assessment and intervention with high-risk infants and their families, as well as systems change toward developmentally supportive and family centered care in both hospital and community settings. Dr. Browne provides training and consultation nationally and internationally.


Chris Gunderson, LPC-S, NCC


Chris Gunderson, LPC-S, NCC, is a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised in the Mat-Su Valley, who currently serves as the President/CEO of Denali Family Services, a community mental health agency providing care to children and families throughout Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley. Chris holds graduate degrees in English and counselor education from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a licensed professional counselor, licensed professional counselor supervisor, and nationally certified counselor.


John Burek, MS

John Burek holds a Masters Degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministries from Southeastern University. John has been working in the social services field for the last 23 years. For 9 years, John served as Deputy Director of one of the largest community based providers in Florida overseeing multiple programs throughout the state in the areas of prevention, diversion, intensive intervention and reentry.

John started as an entry level case worker in a juvenile justice provider organization and quickly moved up in the organization and was promoted to deputy director and then executive director; All programs under his direct supervision received a commendable status or higher; one program was the highest Quality Assurance score in the state of any program type reviewed in the Department of Juvenile Justice. John was a Certified Peer Reviewer for the Bureau of Quality Assurance, held executive office positions on for the Juvenile Justice Boards and Councils including the Florida Circuit 10 Chair of the Faith Community Network.

In 2010, John joined the PLL organization where he currently serves as president/CEO of the Evidence Based model Parenting with Love and Limits (PLL). PLL currently works with service delivery providers in multiple states and Europe. John oversees the day to day operations, and works closely with program development, implementation, marketing and research within the agency. Additionally, John has spoken at more than 70 conferences and leadership groups across the country. John has a strong passion for helping hurting families by helping organizations to restore hurting and broken families.


Geri Hernandez, MEdC


Geri Hernandez, MEdC,is a clinician with the Little Tykes Therapeutic Program at Anchorage Community Mental Health Services. Geri provides mental health services to children and their families that have been effective by trauma.


Cameron Adams, LCSW

Cameron Adams is a licensed clinical social worker who was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Cameron is an avid traveler, lover of books, black labs, music, and food from as many countries as she can visit. Cameron received her undergraduate degree in English Literature with a minor in Spanish from Western Washington University, located in Bellingham, Washington. Cameron received her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Cameron has worked for Denali Family Services since 2014, serving as a clinical intern, clinician and currently serves as the Director of Case Management. Cameron is passionate about her work with young people and is dedicated to reducing and finding solutions to the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on all people. Cameron utilizes a relational approach in her work and recognizes the relationship as the foundation for change.


Christy McMurren, LCSW


Christy McMurren is a licensed clinical social worker who recently retired from Programs for Infants and Children (PIC), the infant learning program in Anchorage. At PIC, she managed a trans-disciplinary team of PT's, OT's, SLP's, SW's and Early Childhood Special Ed Teachers. Prior to her work at PIC, she provided social work services in the NICU and Maternity Center at Providence for 17 yrs. Christy completed the University of MA Infant-Parent Mental Health Graduate Certificate Program at Napa, Ca. in 2012. She has been endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist through the Alaska Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health since 2013. Christy has been part of the Neuro-Relational Framework (NRF) learning collaborative with Dr. Connie Lillas since 2014. She is a founding member of AK-AIMH and has served on its Board. She provides training in the NRF and is a Reflective Supervision consultant.


Shannon Parker, MSNP


Shannon Parker is a Program Manager/Technical Assistant with the State of Alaska Infant Learning Program. Shannon has over twenty years working in the field of Early Intervention and Infant Learning as a Developmental Specialist and Director in numerous Infant Learning Programs around the state of Alaska. Shannon previously owned Alaska ILP Solutions, which took her to the Bristol Bay region as a contractor for nearly three years working with ILP programs and villages in the region. Shannon holds a M.S in Non-Profit Management.


Maria L. Quintanilla, MSW, LCSW


Maria L. Quintanilla is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Latino Family Institute, Inc. (LFI). LFI specializes in providing adoption, kinship care, foster care services and family support services to the Latino community in Southern California. Maria obtained her Master’s in Social Welfare Degree from University of California, Berkeley and also studied Social Welfare and Public Health at Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico. Maria is endorsed as an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Reflective Practice Facilitator II. Maria is a Child Trauma Academy Fellow, completing Dr. Bruce D. Perry’s, one-year trauma informed Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) Certification.

Maria is a recognized leader in the field of Latino child welfare issues. She has developed a culturally based practice model of service delivery for Latinos and has conducted trainings on this model statewide, nationally, internationally in Canada through her work as a trainer for the National Resource Center for Adoption and the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment. Maria is a board member of the Adoption Exchange Association (AEA) since 2001 and serves as Board Secretary. AEA operates the AdoptUSKids with the US Children’s Bureau since 2002.

Maria has been interviewed on radio, local and national television and various media outlets regarding Latino child welfare issues. In 2017 she was awarded the Dr. Bruce D. Perry “Spirit of the Child Award” for her work. Maria was recently awarded an Adoptions Excellence Award from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for her “extraordinary contributions in supporting efforts to improve adoption and other permanency outcomes for children in foster care”.


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