Michael Williams is Strategies TA Director at The Child Abuse Prevention Center. Michael has more than two decades of experience in organizational leadership and service to families, most recently as Deputy Director for Programs at the Children’s Council of San Francisco. He also has worked at Casey Family Programs, Contra Costa Child Care Council, and United Cerebral Palsy of the Golden Gate, and taught a course in human services at College of Alameda. Michael has a Master of Social Work degree from San Francisco State University, with a focus on organizational and community development. Having lived and/or worked in Los Angeles, Tuolumne County, Santa Clara, Napa, San Francisco, Richmond, Oakland, and Alameda, Michael feels a personal investment in communities throughout California. He now lives in Sacramento with his wife, son, and too many pets. He is also a proud parent of an adult son and daughter. In his free time, Michael enjoys running, gardening, reading, and watching his son play basketball.
Sara LaCroix is the Director for Strategies TA and the Los Angeles County Child Abuse Prevention Councils (LAC-CAPCs) with the Children’s Bureau of Southern California. She has had the honor of providing technical assistance and support to the LA County CAPCs and other community-based organizations for the last seven years. Prior to working with Strategies TA, Sara was an independent consultant and provided support to the Population Change Learning Community and was also the editor of the published work for the Population Change Institute. Sara has a master’s degree in Social Work & Public Administration from the University of Southern California and enjoys working with networks and others to continue to advance the field for the benefit of children, families and communities. She is passionate about social justice, community empowerment and changing outcomes for marginalized children and families.
Troy Nichols is the Strategies TA Senior Training and Consulting Specialist at The Child Abuse Prevention Center. Troy is a graduate of James Madison University where he received a B.S. in Psychology. He has worked in the child welfare field for over 20 years doing technical assistance, coaching, and training in the areas of organizational sustainability, integrated services, leadership, collaboration, community impact, youth engagement, policy implementation, and adherence, and client focused practices. In Troy’s previous position, he provided foundational education and development to at-risk children, youth, and families, specifically in minority communities and urban settings. Troy is known around the office as “the guy who owes me a snickers”.
Lola Cornish is a Consultant with Strategies TA who comes with a passion for ensuring healthy outcomes for children and families that spans thirty years of experience in the realm of child development, early childhood education, children with special needs, and child abuse prevention. She brings the lenses of public policy, cultural humility, equity, and early learning to everything she does. She has consulted with several organizations for strategic planning and evaluation planning, including developing Theories of Change, logic models, asset mapping and measurable outcomes. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Union College and volunteers with the California Association for the Education of Young Children and Educators for Peaceful Classrooms and Communities. She is certified to train in Protective Factors by the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds and Parenting Counts!. In her spare time, you might find Lola dancing, hiking, or curling up with a good book. She has three adult children and is thrilled to have welcomed her first grandchild.
Lucy Hernandez is a certified community action professional (CCAP) and a National R.O.M.A. Certified Trainer (NCRT) and has administered multi-million budgets for public and non-profit community action agencies in CA for over 22 years. As a professional in the human services field, she has administered agencies in rural and urban communities, and developed teams of over 250 employees to build strong, effective, and innovative community programs for low-income and vulnerable residents. In 2016, she established Lucy Hernandez Consulting, a consulting & training firm to support Community Action Agencies, local government, social service organizations, non-profits, businesses, academic and healthcare institutions through customized organizational development services, professional staff trainings & technical assistance. She was the recipient of the State “Latina Entrepreneur Award” awarded in 2017 by the State of California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and recipient of a Congressional Award for her community engagement work.
Lydia Marquez is a Strategies TA Training and Consulting Specialist, out of the Children’s Bureau office in Southern California. Lydia has over 20 years of experience in case management, early childhood education, and parent coaching. She has worked as a case manager for children and families at Regional Centers in northern and southern CA. Her training background includes Dr. Brazelton’s Touchpoints Approach and reflective practice. She has skills in curriculum development and in designing child development playbooks. Lydia’s Bachelor’s degree is from the University of Washington, in Seattle. She will receive her Master’s degree in Human Development in May from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena.
Roselyn Duong, MPH is a public health professional and Senior Technical Assistance Consultant. She completed a fellowship with Futures Without Violence, a national organization working to end violence against women and children, where she focused on advocating for accessible, inclusive, and equitable primary prevention, violence prevention, and trauma-informed services. She feels very grateful for the opportunity to continue to contribute to violence prevention, and looks forward to future collaborations and learning experiences to improve outcomes for diverse populations.
Barbara DeGraaf After 30 plus years in a variety of positions in the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Barbara DeGraaf retired from state service and moved to the beautiful mountains of South Lake Tahoe. Barbara brings an extensive knowledge of child protective services, with experience as a manager within a state child welfare program and as a ten-plus-year volunteer advocate for children and families in her role as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in El Dorado County. Barbara has successfully facilitated statewide and regional collaboratives, and possesses a deep understanding of current program models utilized to strengthen families and enhance service coordination.
Sally Price is the Senior Instructional Designer/Information Specialist for Strategies TA. She comes by way of Intel, where she had done instructional design for more than a decade. Prior to Intel, Sally helped design data systems for the California State Legislature. She holds a Master’s in Education, with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction, from the University of Colorado.
Brynne Paschal is the Strategies TA Program and Data Support Specialist at the Child Abuse Prevention Center. Before joining Strategies 2.0, she served nonprofits in both the Sacramento and Orange County regions. Brynne received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Policy from the University of California, Irvine and is committed to community health and early intervention efforts. In her free time, she enjoys crosswords, embroidery, and baking pies.
Anvi Dinh is the Strategies TA Events Coordinator and Program Assistant at Children’s Bureau located in Anaheim. In her role, she provides support for training activities, data management, and communications. Additionally, she provides administrative support to the Director and Training and Consulting Specialists. She graduated from high school in Viet Nam and attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA. Anvi is also a wedding planner at her church in which she also participates in choir and worship ministry. She loves dogs.
Stephanie Biegler is Chief Program Officer for Strategies TA at The Child Abuse Prevention Center. For nearly 20 years, Stephanie has developed, managed, and evaluated The CAP Center’s evidence-based home visitation, family resource center, youth development, and child abuse prevention programs. She presents at state and national conferences on Child Death Review Team structure, findings, and recommendations that have decreased preventable child deaths and findings from the Birth & Beyond Home Visitation AmeriCorps impact evaluation. Stephanie has written too many successful grants to count, including local, state, federal, and private grants. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her 3 grown sons, and her dog.
Sheila Boxley is one of the Chief Executive Officers for Strategies TA, and has served two decades as President & CEO of The Child Abuse Prevention Center. The CAP Center has grown from one local agency with three employees in 1997 to a state-wide agency with 50 employees, 400+ AmeriCorps and VISTA members, a 25-member Board, and over 350 partner agencies. Sheila collaborates with multi-disciplinary partners and sits on numerous local and statewide committees focused on child abuse prevention and national and community service. She serves as an appointed member of the California Child Welfare Council, Voices for National Service Steering Committee, Essentials for Childhood Leadership Team, California Alliance for Public Safety Steering Committee, California AmeriCorps Alliance, Funding the Next Generation Advisory Committee, and others.
Jose A Ramos Jr, MSW, is the Senior Director of the Primary Prevention Department at Children’s Bureau of Southern California. Mr. Ramos has worked for Children’s Bureau for the past 26 years and has over 30-years of experience working in the Child Welfare field. Mr. Ramos is also an Adjunct Professor at California State University, Northridge, in the Master of Social Work department. Mr. Ramos has taken on multiple leadership roles some include, National Association of Social Work (NASW) Board member, Value Chapter School Board Member, California Family Resource Association Policy Council Member, NASW Policy Committee, HomeSafe Early Head Start Policy Council, Board Member of the California National Association of Social Work (NASW), CA Child Abuse Prevention Citizens Review Board and most recently, Secretary for the National Association of Social Workers.