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National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) is governed by an Executive Advisory Council whose members are elected bi-annually by its membership.

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Executive Advisory Council: 2020 Officers

Trinka Landry-Bourne


Karyn Schimmels M.P.A.
Workforce Development Manager, Office of Developmental Disabilities
OR Department of Human Services

Karyn Schimmels has been a dedicated public servant for the past twenty-six years in the state of Oregon. Karyn brings twenty plus years of Leadership, Supervision and Management experience in public health and human services for the state of Oregon and the nonprofit private industry. She has expertise in supervision, curriculum development and design, motivational public speaking, classroom instruction, leadership development, and training system design on large scale projects as well as statewide endeavors. Karyn has served in leadership roles on multiple boards and is well-known for her board governance expertise and visionary leader.

Charmaine Brittain

Vice Chair

Charmaine Brittain, MSW, Ph.D.
Director, Practice Innovation
Butler Institute for Families, University of Denver

Charmaine Brittain, MSW, Ph.D., Director, Practice Innovation has worked extensively over the past three decades throughout the United States to improve training, organizational effectiveness, and implementation and to strengthen professional development for human service professionals. At the Butler Institute for Families, she serves as the lead on multiple projects, including consulting with child welfare agencies on organizational and workforce development, managing training projects on a range of topics and approaches, overseeing practice improvement projects, and developing professional educational materials. Dr. Brittain serves as Vice Chair for NSDTA and leads the engagement committee. She’s been participating in NSDTA for over twenty-five years.

Trinka Landry-Bourne

Vice Chair

Trinka Landry-Bourne
Chief Learning Officer, Performance, Education and Resource Centers
San Bernardino County (CA) Human Services

Trinka Landry-Bourne is the Chief Learning Officer of San Bernardino County’s Performance, Education & Resource Centers and has nearly three decades of experience in Human and Social Services, including project management, budgetary monitoring, organizational development, training, facilitation, and leading various complex projects. Trinka oversees the development of different training and leadership projects for over 23,000 employees, monitoring milestones, and project completion dates. She serves on the NSDTA Executive Advisory Council as Vice Chair and President of the San Bernardino County Association of African American Employees. Trinka is earning a Doctorate in Public Administration from California Baptist University (CBU) and currently serves as an adjunct professor at CBU.

Sheila Blanton


Sheila Blanton, M.Ed.
Director, Professional Excellence Program
Georgia State University, School of Social Work

Sheila Blanton, M.Ed., is the Project Director for the Professional Excellence Program, Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, School of Social Work. Sheila has over forty years of experience in the child welfare field, including classroom teaching, case management, adoptions, instructional design, and program management. She oversees several programs, including Professional Development and Training, the Child Welfare Training Collaborative, and the Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) Program. Sheila has written curriculum on an extensive list of topics including Managing Change, Implementation Science, Adoption, Building Resiliency in Children Who Experienced Trauma, Developing Collaborations, new worker training, and many others. Sheila received the Distinguished Service in Training Award from NSDTA in 2015.

Mike Byers

Member at Large

Mike Byers, MSW
Director, The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center, School of Social Work
University of Pittsburgh

Mike Byers is the Director of The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center (CWRC), a program of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work. The Resource Center provides a continuum of services designed to facilitate and sustain positive change in the child welfare system. Services include training, transfer of learning, technical assistance, research and evaluation, project management, and organizational development. Mike brings a wealth of child welfare policy and practice experience through his twenty-year experience in the public child welfare system. He has worked as a public child welfare social worker, supervisor, and manager in both Pennsylvania and California, as well as the CFSR Project Lead and Manager of Statewide Projects for CWRC.

Executive Advisory Council: 2020 Members

Lisa Amador, MSW
Administrator, Adult Protective and Community Services
HI Department of Human Services

Lisa Amador MSW is the Administrator for the Adult Protective and Community Services Branch of the Department of Human Services, in the State of Hawaii. She oversees five sections across the State to ensure the safety and protection of vulnerable adults, as well as three programs that prevent premature institutionalization and promote the well-being of elders. She has more than twenty-three years of experience in protective services, including training, supervision, and direct-service casework. Ms. Amador is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with a BA in sociology (1997) and a Masters Degree in Social Work (2003).

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Susan Brooks, MSW
Director/Chair, Human Services
UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education

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Bill Callahan

Bill Callahan
Staff Development and Training Manager, Community Services Division
WA Department of Social and Health Services

Bill Callahan is the Staff Training and Development Administrator representing the State of Washington, Department of Social & Health Services, Economic Services Administration, Community Services Division. He graduated from Whitman College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. Callahan has twenty-two years of experience in public assistance, all in Washington State. He oversees all the training needs for roughly 2,700 staff who administer cash assistance, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and disability Medicaid in his home state. He has been on the APHSA NSDTA Executive Advisory Council since 2017.

Deirdre Carmichael, Ph.D

Deirdre Carmichael, Ph.D
Deputy Director, School of Social Work
Georgia State University

Deidre Carmichael, MSW, Ph.D, is the Associate Project Director for the Professional Excellence Program, Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, School of Social Work. Deidre provides management support for training and development programs for child and family serving professionals. Deidre also coordinates evaluation efforts and provides training and consultation to the child welfare agency’s Continuous Quality Improvement program. Deidre has over 17 years of experience in training and development and holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education with an emphasis in Human Resource and Organization Development. Deidre’s research interests include learning transfer, performance improvement, and individual and organizational change.

Tracy Davis

Tracy Davis
Director of the Academy for Workforce Development
Connecticut Department of Social Services

Tracy Davis has over twenty-five years of experience working in Child Protection. She has served in a myriad of roles ranging from a social worker, supervisor, trainer, and manager. Tracy is currently the Director of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families- Academy for Workforce Development. The later part of her career has focused on curriculum development with a child welfare lens, training design, implementation, and delivery. She has leadership experience in workforce development, coordination of large-scale agency training initiatives, and current knowledge of best practices regarding child welfare services. In July 2019, Tracy was elected to serve on the Executive Advisory Board of NSDTA.

Alexander Figueroa
Manager, Human Services Initiatives Institute for Families, School of Social Work
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Alex Figueroa brings over thirteen years of experience in training facilitation in child support, leadership, and professional development. Alex also delivers comprehensive training and specialized workshops at various state, regional, and national conferences. Alex is the Manager of Human Services Initiatives at the Institute for Families (IFF), Rutgers School of Social Work. In that capacity, he manages the staff at the New Jersey Child Support Institute (NJCSI). He is also a member of the Executive Advisory Council for NSDTA and a member of the Conference Planning Committee for the National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA).

Chad McDonald

Chad McDonald, LCSW, Ph.D Candidate
Research Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator Utah IV-E Projects, Social Research Institute
The University of Utah

Chad McDonald, Ph.D. Candidate, LCSW, is a Research Assistant Professor, Principal Investigator of the Child Welfare Training/Education Grants at the University of Utah, focusing his research on workforce development in child welfare, particularly around skills development, using enhanced teaching/learning methods, and competency assessment. Chad chairs the Child Welfare Concentration and is a member of the steering committee for the National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium. Chad has sixteen years of experience in child welfare, including his time as trainer and administrator for the Division of Child & Family Services (DCFS) in Utah.

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Lawrence Mirabal
Staff Manager, Income Support Division
New Mexico Human Services Department

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Cynthia “Cindy” Parry, Ph.D.

Cynthia “Cindy” Parry, Ph.D.
Evaluation Consultant
C.F. Parry Associates

Cynthia Parry, Ph.D., has thirty years of experience evaluating human services at state and national levels. Dr. Parry is currently an evaluator for the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD), specializing in testing and measurement. She has led training evaluation efforts in multiple states. She serves on the Executive Advisory Council for the National Staff Development and Training Association and the steering committee for the National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium.

Marlo A. Perry, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor, Child Welfare Education and Research Programs School of Social Work
University of Pittsburgh

Marlo A. Perry, Ph.D., is an Assistant Research Professor in the Child Welfare Education and Research Programs at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work. Marlo leads evaluations of multiple statewide projects with Pennsylvania’s child welfare system. To date, this has included enhancing the rigor of the evaluation of Pennsylvania’s core caseworker and new supervisor curricula; evaluating processes and outcomes of a Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project; and assessing mechanisms of transfer of learning to the field. Her research interests also include family engagement in child welfare and emotional intelligence and well-being in child welfare caseworkers.

Corrie Rice

Corrie Rice, Ph.D
Executive Director, Training Resource Center
Eastern Kentucky University

Corrie Rice is the Executive Director of the Training Resource Center (TRC) at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). She has over twenty years of experience in program administration, workforce development, and program evaluation in the human services field. Her interests include child welfare workforce evaluation and the impact of organizational climate and culture on outcomes in human service settings. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville.

Terrance Stroud

Terrance Stroud
Deputy Commissioner of Training & Workforce Development
New York City Department of Social Services

Terrance Stroud is the Deputy Commissioner for New York City’s Department of Social Services overseeing the Office of Training & Workforce Development. Terrance has been honored for his work and his contributions to the community with distinctions such as Home Reporter News’ “Star of Brooklyn", City & State “Top 40 Under 40” and a Black Enterprise Modern Man. Terrance serves on the alumni and advisory boards of Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn College & Indiana Maurer School of Law and is an Adjunct Professor of Law overseeing Maurer’s NY Externship Program. Terrance was appointed to the NY State Staff Development Advisory Committee in 2019 and joined NSDTA in 2019.

LaTrece Thompson

LaTrece Thompson, MSW
Deputy Director of Staff Development
IN Department of Child’s Services

LaTrece Thompson has twenty-two years of child welfare experience. She has served in various roles within the Indiana Department of Child Services, such as frontline caseworker, supervisor and training manager. LaTrece currently serves as the Deputy Director of Staff Development for the past six and a half years. She has provided oversight and management of the DCS/IU training partnership and serves as a member of the National Staff Development and Training Association, an affinity group of APHSA.

NSDTA / APHSA Staff Liaison

Jennifer Kerr

Jennifer Kerr
NSDTA Staff Liaison / Organizational Effectiveness Consultant
American Public Human Services Association
(202) 821-2809

Jen Kerr brings over eighteen years of Organizational Effectiveness (OE) Consulting, Curriculum Development and Training System Design, and Continuous Quality Improvement experience in supporting health and human service agencies across the country. As part of APHSA’s OE team, Jen has assisted with the facilitation of over 120 improvement projects in thirty states including many localities. Jen also leads APHSA’s knowledge management and mobilization strategy through its development as a component of OE technical assistance and is the liaison to the NSDTA.