, MA, CYC-P is a member of the Board
of Governors and serves as a consulting editor for CYC-Net. He’s a
father of three and has over 30 years of experience serving kids and
families in afterschool, camping, education, and mental health settings.
He is past president of the Child and Youth Care Certification Board,
advisor for the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice, and
former board member for the Association of Children’s Residential
Centers. James has a master’s degree in organizational leadership and
was awarded a career achievement award from the National Staff
Development and Training Association. He provides direct care and
leadership training at
has dedicated her working life to the children’s
sector in South Africa – in direct service provision, contributing to
children’s policy and legislation, advocacy and model development. She
has worked in a children’s home, as a consultant to the Department of
Social Development, as a trainer in child and youth care work and as a
coordinator of a process of piloting of innovative projects linked to
transformed policy in the building of children’s services in the
democratic South Africa. Since 1997 she has worked as the Deputy
Director of the National Association of Child Care Workers. She has
contributed to the professionalization of child and youth care work
through: spearheading various advocacy campaigns linked to the statutory
recognition of the child and youth care field; serving on the Standards
Generating Body for Child and Youth Care Work which developed national
standards for the training of child and youth care workers; serving on
the statutory regulatory body, the Professional Board for Child and
Youth Care; and representing South African child and youth care work in
various national and international forums. Zeni is currently further
championing the recognition of child and youth care work through the
national scale up of the Isibindi model which aims to develop 10,000
child and youth care workers serving 1.4 million children in a five year
period. Zeni completed her Master’s degree in child and youth care work
with distinction and is currently registered as a doctoral student. She
serves as the Vice Chairperson on the Steering Committee of the Global
Social Service Workforce Alliance and also a member of the Board of
Directors on CYC Net. Zeni is also a honourary lecturer at the Durban
University of Technology in South Africa.
joined Tanager Place as
executive director in July, 2013, and assumed the role of Chief
Executive Officer July, 2015. Rice also brings leadership experience
from his work at the Jewish Child Care Association in Pleasantville, New
York, the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago, and the Youth Campus
in Park Ridge, Ill.
He is active in the field and in the
community and currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the
Board of Directors for the Association of Children’s Residential
Centers. He is a member of the Marion Cares Board, NAMI of Linn County
Board of Directors, a member of the Cedar Rapids School Board Diversity
Committee and a member of the Linn County Juvenile Detention and
Diversion Advisory Committee.
Okpara has also presented
internationally on issues that affect children in both Europe and
Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Loyola
University and a Master of Social Work from Washington University, St.
He also holds an Executive Management
certification from Georgetown University. Okpara lives in Marion, Iowa
with his wife Julie and two sons Malcolm and Dylan.
Professor Jennifer Davidson
is a Professor of Practice at the
University of Strathclyde, and Executive Director of the
Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures
international research, policy and practice implementation group
with a collective vision that children and young people have
what they need to reach their full potential, particularly those
facing adversity. Building on her work as the Founding Director
of CELCIS, Jennifer works with others to embed children’s human
rights into the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development
Goals, with a focus on promoting meaningful and sustainable
change, from children’s day-to-day lives through to government
policy. A Canadian-Scot, Jennifer has held practitioner,
academic, policy and leadership positions in child and youth
care, social work and professional education internationally.
Professor Leon C Fulcher
has worked for more than forty years as a social worker in residential child
and youth care work and foster care in several parts of the world. Leon has
specialised in working across cultures and geographies, team working and
caring for caregivers, as well as supervision and promoting learning with
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Ziigwanbinesii Charles is Mukwa (bear) clan and comes from
Mnjikaning Chippewas of Rama First Nation.
Ziigwanbinesii was born and raised in beautiful Nogojiwanong
(Peterborough), Ontario and is passionate about strengthening
Indigenous identity and connection to community. It is a
priority for them to educate Organizations on how to incorporate
best practices for First Nations children and youth while
breaking down stereotypes and misinformation about Indigenous
It is a passion to educate individuals about the beauty,
resiliency, strength and validity of First Nations culture and
traditions. Ziigwanbinesii uses their cultural teachings of
love, kindness, authenticity, and reciprocity to guide their
practice in Child and Youth Care.
Ziigwanbinesii is a strong advocate for cultural specific
methods to be incorporated for Indigenous children and youth to
support their individual healing journey. This includes Nation
specific traditional practices, oral history, language, on the
land access, ceremonies and connection to community.
is the CEO of Allambi Care in NSW,
Australia. He has been married to his wonderful wife Martina
since 2000 and they have been gifted with four amazing sons.
Initially trained as a Nurse in the mental health field, Simon
began working for Allambi Care as a Child Youth Care Worker in
1998. As the organisation evolved from a crisis refuge into a
multi service agency providing Family Support, Foster Care,
Disability and Residential Care services, Simon undertook
further studies along with his more senior roles in the
organisation. Simon approaches his work from a relational,
needs-based model of care. He gains great satisfaction from
working with a cohesive multidisciplinary team and seeing
positive results achieved by children, young people and
families. He attributes much of the agency’s success to his
immediate team as well as national and international
relationships with industry leaders, established through an
array of organisations such as CYC-Net.
Dr Kiran Modi
With a doctorate in American Literature from Indian Institute of
Technology, Delhi, and as co-author of a series of books on Life
Skills and Health for children, Dr Kiran Modi is a person of
varied interests, including the media and children’s theatre as
well as being a founding member of several Trusts and
Foundations working for the disadvantaged in India.
direct work with Child and Youth Care, in the Udayan Ghar
Programme, in UDAYAN CARE, a 22-year-old Trust, Dr Modi is also
the Founding Editor of the bi-annual journal, 'Institutionalised
Children: Explorations and Beyond', focused on South Asia.
Through direct work, running group homes for children and
aftercare programmes for youth, writing papers and organising
training programmes, seminars and conferences, she has been
advocating for better standards of care in Child and Youth Care
practices across India and South Asia region
is the CEO is Broken Arrow Residential
is CEO of Girls and Boys Town, South
Africa. Lee joined GBT South Africa in 1993 and has been at the helm
of the organisation since 2007. Prior to that, her career focused on
clinical work with high risk families and youth and consulting and
training to the Child and Youth Care field. Lee feels honoured to be a
role player in the youth-care field where her goal is to find solutions
that help challenged youth get a better chance at life – and Shine. She
has served on the CYC-Net Board since 2009. Her educational background
includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from the University of
the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg; a Master of Science in Child and
Youth Care Administration from Nova University in the US and is working
towards completing her PhD.
Kari Sisson is Executive Director at the
Association for Children’s Residential Centers, USA. Kari came
to ACRC in 2007 from a role in public child welfare in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With the support of an amazing board of
directors, she has had the honor of providing a voice for
children’smental health and the inherent need for a healthy and
accessible system of care. She has moved the association to an
international platform, including and embracing colleagues from
around the world who skillfully serve the complex needs of
children and families. Kari and her team provide leadership on
best practices, clinical excellence, public policy, and healthy
child-serving systems. A long time foster and adoptive parent,
Kari and her husband David parent nine beautiful children and
remain active in their community, supporting children and
families with housing insecurity.
, M.A. Ed., is the Executive Vice
President and Chief Operating Officer for Cal Farley’s in Amarillo,
Texas. His areas of special interest are in Adventure-Based
experiential programming (including Equestrian Assisted Growth and
Learning), trauma informed care, the application of brain research,
and the utilization of technology. Mark has been married 23 years
to Deb and has four children.
is the Chief Operations Officer of
CYC-Net and The CYC-Net Press and managing editor of
Martin lives in Cape Town, South Africa and is married to Helen.
They have two daughters, Kirsten and
He is a product of the South African
child and youth care system, having spent most of his childhood at
, Cape Town.
He studied Economics and Information Systems at the University of
Dr Tuhinul Islam
‘forester’ by initial training, Tuhinul decided to change the
course of his career, through a chance visit to a children’s
education centre in a slum of Khulna district in Bangladesh. He
was awarded a PhD in Social Work and Social Policy for a thesis
entitled ‘Residential Child Care: The Experiences of Young
People in Bangladesh' from the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Tuhinul also has an MA in International Child Welfare from the
University of East Anglia, UK and an MBA in Human Resource
Management. He has over 20 years of leadership, operational and
strategic management, teaching, research and practice experience
in the fields of residential child care, child welfare
management, child protection, brothel, sex workers, orphanages,
madrasah, gender, education, healthcare and development in
Bangladesh, Malaysia and the UK.
Currently Tuhinul is
a Senior Research Fellow (part-time) at Northern University
Bangladesh; a Director (part-time) of Education and Child
Development Programmes of a national NGO in Bangladesh serving
over 500000 children and their families and a Technical Director
(part-time) of a Children’s Home catering service for over 1200
indigenous children. He has preferred to work within NGOs,
education and research organizations together in order to have a
better understanding of the issues affecting children and their
families thus to bridge the gap between academia, practitioner
organizations and policy-makers in order to strengthen the
rights of children.
Tuhinul has been part of several
Government appointed committees and NGO networks to influence
policy reforms in Child and Youth Care in Bangladesh for
example, rules of Children Act 2013; child friendly space (CFS)
and alternative child care policy.
Mukate Maiingun Gabo Ikwe (Jessica Hadley)
is Migizi (Eagle) clan and lives in
Winnipeg, MB, Canada with her husband and son.
worked in the field of youth care for over 15 years and is a
past President of the Child and Youth Care Workers Association
She is passionate about the field of CYC
and the children, youth, and families that she has had the
privilege of serving.
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