Session 5D: Enhanced Team Development
Track: Research and Innovative Practice
NRCAC is conducting a two-year pilot project, Enhanced Team Development, with long-term goals of improved outcomes for children/families and increasing adaptability/sustainability of CACs/MDTs. Two sites were selected for this pilot project. Participants will learn about the design and implementation of the process, and offered an overview of the team selection process and team characteristics. Then, presenters will guide a discussion on the outcomes of the project, lessons learned, and evaluation of the pilot project as it might apply for teams throughout the CAC movement.
Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center
Sue Ascione, MS, is currently a Training Specialist with the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (NRCAC). She has served for 30 + years in the field of family violence as a direct service provider and administrator to victims of child sexual abuse and domestic violence, including her 15 years as the executive director of the CAC in Lawrence County, PA. Sue’s interest in her community led her to serve on governing and advisory boards of child serving nonprofit organizations and to hold board leadership positions in those organizations, including the PA Chapter of CACs and MDTs. Sue has been a mentor, trainer, and consultant to many emerging and developing child advocacy centers and multidisciplinary teams as they strategize for success outcomes for child victims and their families. She also has great interest in providing training and technical assistance for the CAC governing and advisory boards to enhance the quality and delivery of CAC and MDT services in their communities. As an inaugural participant in the Leadership, Exchange, and Coaching (LEC) project of the NRCAC, Sue has taken great interest in the support of executive directors and associate directors in the CAC movement with her continued involvement in the LEC project by assisting with training and peer consultation of CAC leaders.
Tony DeVincenzo, M.A. is a Training Specialist with Northeast Regional Children's Advocacy Center. He has previously served as the Director of Programs/MDT Coordinator for Deirdre’s House, the Child Advocacy Center for Morris County, NJ. Prior to his employment at the CAC, Tony served 25 years in law enforcement, a majority of which involved investigating crimes against children. During that time, he also served as forensic interviewer and was an active member of the Morris County MDT. Tony retired as a Lieutenant from the Prosecutor’s Office after supervising the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, Megan’s Law Unit, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In addition to his law enforcement and CAC roles, Tony has been an adjunct faculty member in the Criminal Justice Department at County College of Morris and Rutgers University, and the Child Advocacy Program at Montclair University. He has trained on a variety of topics including child abuse investigations, forensic interviewing of children, and the CAC/MDT model. Tony has been an active member of the New Jersey State Chapter and recently served as Board President.
Melissa Stewart Consulting
Melissa Stewart, LCSW, is a senior non-profit professional and a former Director of Programs for the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Her diverse expertise in program development and management, including relationship building, strategic planning, and visionary leadership helped her design and implement comprehensive public health programs for the foundation while in the midst of extraordinary organizational change. Melissa was a pioneer with LIVESTRONG, creating new and previously un-tapped strategies such as non-traditional partnerships that allowed scalable growth while providing more cancer survivors with much needed support services. In 2015, Melissa launched Melissa Stewart Consulting; a high-impact non-profit consulting firm focused on helping organizations solve complex program development and management challenges.