National Advisors

A broad range of nationally recognized experts are providing valuable guidance for the development of competencies, curricula development and implementation of NTI training: 


  • Uma Ahlawalia, MSW, Director, Montgomery County, MD Dept. of Social Services
  • David Brodzinsky, Developmental, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University
  • Terry Cross, LCSW, Senior Advisor, National Indian Child Welfare Association
  • Joseph Crumbley, DSW serves as a consultant on kinship, transracial adoption, and cultural content
  • Jan Dick, LCSW, Dir. of Child & Family Permanency, Family & Children’s Services, Nashville, TN
  • Nicole Dobbins, Child Welfare Partnership, Casey Family Programs
  • Sarah B. Greenblatt, SBGreenblatt Consulting, LLC
  • Jetaine Hart, Consultant, Foster Youth in Action
  • Darla Henry, Ph.D., Trainer, Consultant, Author of 3-5-7 Model
  • Jodi Hill-Lilly, MSW, Director, Dept. of Children & Families, Academy for Workforce Development
  • Rebecca Jones Gaston, MSW, Executive Director, Dept. of Human Resources, Social Services Administration
  • Sarah Gerstenzang, Clinical Social Worker, Birth, Foster/Adoptive and Kinship Parent
  • Cassandra (Cassie) L Kisiel, PhD., 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. Professor, Boston College
  • Tracey Parker, Adoption Program Manager, Iowa Department of Human Services
  • Susan D. Rich, MD, MPH, DFAPA Board Certified, Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, Therapeutic & Learning Centers, P-LLC, Potomac, MD
  • Derrick Riggins, Consultant, Young adult, former foster youth
  • Marty Shannon, Program Manager, Utah Department of Human Services, NASAP Board
  • Nicki Steinhoff, Director of Training & Community Support, Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Karri Vasquez, Consultant, Foster/Adoptive Parent
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