National Advisors

A broad range of nationally recognized experts serve as NTI National Advisors, providing valuable guidance for the development of competencies and curricula, and dissemination of NTI training:


  • Uma Ahlawalia, MSW Former Director Montgomery County (MD) Department of Social Services
  • Carol Bishop, MA, LMFT Co-founder, Kinship Center, CA
  • David Brodzinsky, Ph.D. Development, clinical, and forensic psychologist, Family Mental Health Consultants Oakland, CA
  • Terry Cross, LCSW Senior Advisor National Indian Child Welfare Association
  • Joe Crumbley, DSW Family therapist, trainer, and consultant, Jenkintown, PA
  • Jan Dick, LCSW Director of Child and Family Permanency, Family & Children’s Service Nashville, TN
  • John Johnson, MA Director of Foster Care and Adoption Services, Tennessee Dept. of Children & Families; Former NASAP President
  • Nicole Dobbins, Child Welfare Partnership, Casey Family Programs
  • Jetaine Hart, Consultant, Foster Youth in Action
  • Rebecca Jones Gaston, MSW, Deputy Executive Dir., Social Services Administration, Maryland Department of Human Services
  • Darla Henry, Ph.D., Trainer, Consultant, Author of 3-5-7 Model©
  • Jodi Hill-Lilly, MSW, Co-Director Dept. of Children and Families, Academy for Workforce Knowledge & Development
  • Sarah Gerstenzang, LCSW Clinical Social Worker; Birth, Foster/Adoptive and Kinship Parent
  • Cassandra Kiesel, Ph.D. Research Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
  • Traci LaLiberte, Ph.D. Executive Director Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare University of Minnesota
  • Ruth McRoy, Ph.D. Boston College School of Social Work
  • Tracey Parker, Adoption Program Manager, Iowa Department of Human Services
  • Susan Rich, MD, MPH Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist Potomac, MD
  • Derrick Riggins, Consultant, Former Foster Youth
  • Marty Shannon, Adoption Program Administrator, Utah Department of Human Services; NASAP Board
  • Susan Smith, LCSW, Professor Emerita, School of Social Work, Illinois State University
  • Nicki Steinhoff, Director of Training & Community Support, Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Karri Vasquez, Consultant Foster/Adoptive Parent, Virginia
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