Kate is the Southeastern/Western Regional Director of Healthy Families America, a national evidence-based home visiting program and is a nationally certified home visitor trainer. Primary training content includes strength-based, family centered, relationship focused, and culturally sensitive services for families in a home visiting setting with an strong anchor to the parallel process. She has been a home visitor, supervisor, technical assistance and quality assurance provider for Arizona for over twenty years. Kate has worked closely with researchers and policy makers in the field of child abuse prevention and currently sits on a national Research Practice & Policy Council with the primary focus of strengthening home visiting. She currently provides technical assistance and support to twenty-four states and three territories.
Dr. Shapiro received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Washington in 2004. Prior to coming to ASU, she was a postdoctoral fellow and then Research Scientist in the Center for Infant Mental Health and Development in the department of Family and Child Nursing at the University of Washington. The overall focus of her research is on the social-emotional development of infants, children and their families. Her research is rooted in the perspective that development occurs within a larger dynamic family system, and that it is vital to consider the larger family context when examining infant and child development. Her specific research interest include: dynamics within the mother-father-infant-triad in both low and high risk families, co-parenting, father involvement, the impact of marital discord on early development, cultural influences on family process, infant mental health, emotion regulation and communication, psychophysiology, the couple's transition to parenthood, and family focused preventative intervention. Along with follow-up work on her existing research, she is actively developing a research program focused on: 1) pre-natal influences on fetal development, later infant outcome and family functioning, and 2) family dynamics in at-risk families with infants.
Nicole has been a member of the Infant Toddler Mental Health Coalition of Arizona's Board of Directors since 2007 and was nominated as Chair of the Board of Directors in September 2009. She is a Harris Institute graduate and is Endorsed in Arizona at Level III as an Infant Mental Health Specialist. She has worked in direct practice with families and young children for eight years and is currently providing Reflective Supervision/Consultation and training statewide.
Mary Beardsley-King, MS
Mary Beardsley has both an undergraduate and graduate degree in Family Studies and Human Development from Arizona State University. She currently works at Cenpatico as the Children's Program Specialist for Children's Outcomes and Initiatives. Mary's role involves overseeing adherence to DBHS requirements and best practice standards for the birth through five population, as well as transition age youth and children with developmental disabilities. Since beginning employment with Cenpatico in April of 2005, Mary has worked on behalf of infants and toddlers, having been active in multiple Best for Babies committees operating within numerous Cenpatico counties. Mary has also participated in past infant/toddler trainings conducted at Cenpatico and other Cenpatico communities. She has been in her current role since November of 2010. Most recently she has developed an infant toddler focus group within Cenpatico to assist providers in their endeavors to gain expertise in infant/toddler development, as well as to achieve endorsement under the ITMHCA. Prior to working in this role, Mary's previous positions under Cenpatico have focused on collaborative activities with DES/DDD, CPS, and other stakeholder agencies. In addition to her experience at Cenpatico, Mary has worked in the Medicaid arena for 19 years with a specific focus on children and adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities.
Faith Eidson, MSW, IMH-E IV, Infant Mental Health Mentor
Faith earned her MSW at The University of Michigan School of Social Work in 2004. She then worked as an Infant-Parent Therapist at The Guidance Center in Southgate, Michigan. Faith also moved on to be a Field Supervisor for the Parent-Infant Program at The Guidance Center. Faith earned her Level III Endorsement, Infant Mental Health Specialist, in Michigan and her Level IV Endorsement in Arizona. Faith then moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona in the fall of 2007. Faith began working at Easter Seals Blake Foundation as a Healthy Families Supervisor, as well as the Clinical Supervisor for a behavioral health program serving children ages birth to five. Faith is currently still a Clinical Supervisor at Easter Seals Blake Foundation, and continues to provide therapy for a few children in the program. Faith also provides training and mental health consultation to other service providers who are serving children birth to five in the Southeastern Arizona community.
Diane Fellows, B.A. Elementary Education
Diane has over 25 years experience in both direct service and program administration of early childhood programs. She has experience as a teacher, child care center director, trainer/consultant, and Regional Director for a national child care corporation. Currently she serves as the Regional Director at Child and Family Resources for the Early Care and Education Programs. Diane sits on the Infant Toddler Mental Health Coalition Board, the Professional Development committee for United Way's Impact Council, the First Things First T.E.A.C.H. Advisory Board, is an active member in the Southern Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children, and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Tucson Nursery School and Child Care Centers, a non -profit center in Tucson. She is a certified trainer for the Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC).
Janette Guerra, M.A. Early Childhood Special Education
Janette received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with an emphasis on Child Development, from Arizona State University and her Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has been working with young children and families in various settings (preschools, child care, home visiting programs, etc.) for over 25 years. Currently, Janette is an Associate Director with Easter Seals Blake Foundation in southern Arizona and supports multiple programs, including the Arizona Early Intervention Program, Early Head Start, Early Childhood Mental Health, community nursing, playgroups, and professional development. Janette is committed to the well-being of our youngest children and understands how critical it is to support those working with this population.
Sara Salek, M.D.
Sara Salek joined The Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services (ADHS/DBHS) in July of 2008 where she serves as the Medical Director for Children Services. Dr. Salek is an Arizona native who completed her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences at The University of Arizona in 1998. She completed her medical degree at The University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2002. Dr. Salek completed her Adult Psychiatry Residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix in 2005 and her residency in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children's Hospital Boston through Harvard Medical School in 2007. She is board certified in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Salek's current role as the Medical Director for Children Services is to provide expertise on issues such as serious emotional disturbance, substance abuse, Child and Family Teams, wraparound services, recovery/resiliency, the unique needs of children involved with child welfare/juvenile justice/special education, and best practice approaches for meeting the behavioral health needs of children, adolescents, and young adults.
Dr. Eva Maria Shivers
Eva Marie Shivers, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Institute for Child Development Research & Social Change, a non-profit action research firm at the Indigo Cultural Center, which focuses on the developmental niche of child care to explore the evolution of frameworks for understanding families' culturally adaptive responses to poverty. She has served as Principal Investigator on many child care studies that involve collaborating with community agencies. She is currently the principle investigator on the statewide evaluation for Smart Support: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Program - funded by First Things First.
Prior to relocating to Arizona, Dr. Shivers was a faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA's Department of Education, Psychological Studies in Education. Dr. Shivers also holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law, and a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University.
Dr. Shivers has numerous publications and frequently presents her work throughout the country - including numerous presentations at Zero to Three's National Training Institute. Additional research interests include: culture and attachment; child care work force issues; provider-child attachment relationships in child care settings; and other child care issues involving culture and family sensitive care. Dr. Shivers, a Zero to Three Leadership Fellow (Class 2005) also serves as first-year faculty in the Harris Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Institute at Southwest Human Development.
For the past seven years, Dr. Shivers has also provided child care policy consultation to national, state and local government agencies and administrators.
Kim R. Skrentny, MSW, LCSW
Kim Skrentny is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 17 years of behavioral health experience that includes direct care service provision to administrative, supervisory and training positions within a variety of outpatient, hospital, and government settings. In her current role as the Children's Clinical Advisor with the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services (ADHS/DBHS), Ms. Skrentny is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of quality clinical practices and programs for children and youth statewide. In her work she has co-authored protocols that outline practice guidance for Arizona's behavioral health system in responding to the unique needs of children age birth to five when providing clinical assessment, service planning and treatment interventions. As the facilitator of ADHS/DBHS' Birth to Five Assessment workgroup she partnered with child welfare and infant and early childhood mental health professionals in refining assessment practices and implemented a pilot of these changes statewide during October 2009. For the past 2 years she has been a member of the Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers which is a governor appointed position that provides support to the Arizona Early Intervention Program. She is currently overseeing grant funded projects that promote staff training on the use of the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood, Revised Edition when assessing infants and toddlers for behavioral health services.
Genett Tomko, MSW, LCSW, IMH-E III, Infant Mental Health Specialist
Genett is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in therapeutic services for children birth to five years old. Genett earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Masters Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. She also holds a 2 year certificate for completing the clinical track of the Harris Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Training Institute. Genett is endorsed as an Infant/Toddler Mental Health Specialist Level III by Arizona's Infant Toddler Mental Health Coalition. She is currently a Child and Family Therapist for the Good Fit Center with a focus on trauma, abuse/neglect, behavior challenges and the foster care system. Genett presented at the 2008 Arizona Infant/Toddler Mental Health Conference. She continues to facilitate social/emotional trainings to child care teachers throughout Maricopa County. She has previous experience providing mental health consultation to the Early Head Start and Preschool Head Start program. That position included mental health consultation and therapy services for FACES of Crisis Nursery, a therapeutic day program for at-risk children birth to 5 years old. Previously Genett provided in-home counseling services to children and families involved with Child Protective Services. Genett has volunteered on the Board of Directors for Arizona's Play Therapy Association for the past 5 years. Genett recently joined the Board of Directors for Arizona's Infant/Toddler Mental Health Coalition. Genett also volunteers her time teaching yoga classes to at-risk children, their parents and teachers.
Priscilla Whitlock-Coates comes to the coalition with over 25 years of experience in working with a diverse population of children and their families. Ms. Whitlock-Coates has a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling. Her work with young children began within the Child Welfare and Family Violence Systems in Northern Arizona. She provided services to children that were living in shelter care either through Family Violence or neglect. She then began providing specialty services to children living in Domestic Violence Shelters in the Tucson community. As her work developed, she began providing in home intervention and support to children and their families from ages prenatal to eighteen years old. Ms. Whitlock-Coates currently is the Southeastern Regional Director for Child & Family Resources, where she oversees the operations and daily program delivery of the services from the Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Santa Cruz and Gila Offices. Even though Ms. Whitlock-Coates oversees programming of services, she still maintains her passion for children by continuing to provide direct practice to one or two families on an ongoing basis.