Our Instructors

Robin Abendroth

Candace Abood

Eric Adams

Sandee Auvil

Kaitlin Bartley

Jessica Bond

Catherine Brings

Melissa Brogna

Amy Byers

Anthony Camelo

April Campbell

Kim Campbell

Paula Carrier

Amanda Champagne

Gretchen Cook

Kathy Companion

Jennifer Cross

Ramsay Dean

Linda Deneau

Dorothy Derapelian

Ian Detamore

Maria Doyle

Kevin Dremel

Lisa Duda

Kathleen Egan

Jon Eriquezzo

Mark Fiorentino

Sarah Fox

Bobbie Gaudette

Kristi Hart

Jessica Herlihy

Jennie Holmes

Dee Houle

Christine Kaltsas

Shelly Kernozicky

Jennifer Krieger

Cindy Lamontagne

Jen Lamontagne

Miranda Lane

Kitty Larochelle

Karen Magowan

Sue Meagher

Catherine Meister

Nancy Jo Michaud

Suzanne Moberly

Erica Mumford

Michele Naismith

Sarah Neilson

Sue Ellen O’Brien

Larry Pilla

Linda Pivin

Tina Poirier

Joyce Pollinger

Judith Richards Long

Julie Rossall

Carol Sanborn

Jackson Shultz

MoAnne Shyne

Airial Silanpaa

Tracy Smith

Dale St. Pierre

Lynn Stanley

Keri Stiles

Erica Stupka-Fisk

Stephanie Sullivan

Gail Thomas

Christine Thompson

Anthony Torino

Eddie Torres

Cindy Tubbs

Allison Vachon

Daintre Warn

Michelle Woltering

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Cathy Brings

Cathy Brings LICSW has worked in child welfare for the past 40 years. She has been a protective worker, outreach provider, specializing in grief and loss as well as foster care and adoption issues. Prior to receiving her Masters of Social Work Degree, Cathy had worked at Head Start, Young Parent Program, Residential Camp Counselor and began training in the trauma-based treatment. She has worked in a variety of communities and with a variety of services addressing the needs of children, teens, and families. She became involved with the Granite State partnership with DCYF in 2012.  She feels lucky to have had so many parents sharing their experiences and teaching her as much as she has taught them.

Currently, she is a Director of Norcross Circle Associates PLLC that provides services to clients involved with DCYF, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mental health services, and ongoing consultation to schools/ local providers regarding trauma-based services.

Amanda Champagne

Amanda Champagne holds an M.S. of Psychology in Child and Adolescent Development as well as a Master of Business Administration Degree. Amanda has worked in the field of therapeutic residential treatment with children, teens, and families for 19 years. She has also worked in the role of a parent aid assisting and supporting children with parents that are incarcerated. She has extensive experience in managing crisis situations as it relates to the significant behavior of children. She has experience with children ages 5 through 21 years of age with varying disabilities such as autism,  emotional handicaps, TBI, cognitive impairments, developmental delays. Adult conflict management is another area of experience.  Amanda has been working for Granite State College ETP/CWEP for over a year now focusing on supporting positive behavior in school-age children, managing severe behaviors of children in placement as well as the roles and responsibilities of staff as part of the RCCT training series. Additionally, Amanda has personal experience managing a blended family, assisting in caring for a child with Cystic Fibrosis.

Anthony Camelo

Anthony Camelo has worked in Juvenile Justice since 1995 in various capacities.  He started at the Tobey School working as a youth counselor until approximately 1999.  Anthony then worked as a youth counselor, shift supervisor, and Unit Director at NH Youth Detention Services Unit.  In 2006, Anthony was hired as Juvenile Probation and Parole Officer and currently work out of the Franklin NH Office. Aside from working for the State of NH (DCYF), Anthony has been an ISO Foster Care Parent for Ascentria Alliance Care for the last seven years.

Anthony has been teaching for GSC CWEP both in the classroom and online for the past three years. He has also been a guest speaker in other professional venues and college classrooms on child welfare-related topics. In November of 2018, Anthony was published in The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.

Anthony’s education includes an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, Human Services, and a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership. He, honorably, served in the United States Marine Corps and Army.

Paula Carrier

Paula Carrier has been working as a professional in the field of Child Welfare for the last 5 years. Paula began her career serving as the Birth Parent Consultant for the Division for Children, Youth and Families in 2014. Paula is currently employed by the New Hampshire Child Welfare Education Partnership (CWEP) at Granite State College. Paula’s first-hand multi-level experience includes Child Protection, Foster Care, Juvenile Justice, Corrections, Substance Abuse and Mental Health. In her current role, Paula brings her unique perspective as a birth parent with lived system experience to help train the newly hired staff for NH Division for Children, Youth and Families’. Paula has also been an instructor and guest speaker for the NH Foster Parent licensing classes for the last several years. Classes Paula instructs include, “Understanding Birth Families”, “Promoting Positive Behavior”, and “Positive Connections with Birth families.” Paula also serves as a member of the NH Attorney Generals Task Force on Child Abuse & Neglect and the New Hampshire Inter-Agency Team for Child Welfare Transformation. Paula also holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from McIntosh College.

Gail Thomas has worked for the Child Welfare Education Partnership at Granite State College over 11 years (formerly the Education and Training Partnership). Gail is currently the Moodle Administrator and Education Specialist. Previously, she was the Director of a juvenile court diversion program. One of the duties Gail provided in that role was drug education for court ordered youth. Gail also worked with families of youth at risk and spent time in the schools educating middle school students on the dangers of drug use. In addition, Gail has served on the Juvenile Parole Board of the Youth Detention Center (now Sununu Youth Services Center). Gail was on the State Advisory Board for Juvenile Justice, chairing the Youth Attendant committee and served on the District Court Judges' task force on both the Abuse and Neglect and Juvenile Court Diversion subcommittees.

Gail has taught Guiding Teens Through NH TRAILS, and Sexual Harassment and Assault Awareness Training (PREA) for the CWEP contract. While she enjoys teaching, most of her time is happily spent behind the scenes in online classes, getting them ready for you to use, and assisting participants in becoming successful online learners.

Tracy Smith has an M.Ed. in Instructional Design from Plymouth State University and an M.S. Higher Education Leadership and Administration degree from Kaplan University. Tracy has worked for CWEP since November 2019 as an instructional designer and teaches classes at Granite State College. She has over eighteen years’ experience in higher education and enjoys working with and educating adult learners.

Tony Torino is the SYSC Instructor Coach and Curriculum Specialist at the Child Welfare Education Partnership. Tony has a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University.

Tony started his career working at Mount Prospect Academy in Plymouth as a Teacher’s Assistant. In that role, he was able to support youth who were high school age in both a residential and school setting. In the two years he was there he assisted with crisis intervention, lesson plans, teaching, and supporting youth with both classwork and adventure-based activities.

After leaving Beckett, Tony entered law enforcement as a corrections officer from 2006 to 2018. He started as a Corrections Officer, was promoted to Field Training Officer, community corrections officer, and eventually a case manager. In his role as a case manager, he worked with inmates who were transitioning back into the community and to assist them with services to support their transition. This gave Tony the opportunity to work with DCYF to support inmates’ reunification with their children.

In the year that Tony has been with the Child Welfare Education Partnership he has facilitated and written several classes, including: Core Academy- Cultural Competence, Safety and Security (SYSC), Searches (SYSC), The Art of Mentoring, Separation, Placement, and Reunification, COT- Drug Education, Supporting Youth with an Incarcerated Parent.

Jackson Shultz has worked in the child welfare field since 2011, serving as a foster parent and educator for other foster parents as well as for staff and administrators of residential facilities. He has also served as an advocate for transgender youth and their families since 2008. Jackson teaches a course on supporting transgender youth in residential care for Granite State (through ETP). He holds a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration. 

Michele Naismith has a master’s degree in Education and two years as a Parental Reimbursement Specialist for Rockingham County Human Services, in addition to, twenty-eight years with DCYF as CPSW and JPPO. Michele has taught online and face to face classes for the last two years for CWEP. She teaches every term and has worked as an Instructor Coach for CWEP for just over a year.

Ian Detamore has an M.Ed. in School and Community Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. He has spent the past eleven years working directly with children and families in various forms of care. He currently is the Executive Director for a residential treatment facility for up to 35 adolescent males. He worked in residential care for the past eleven years in various positions. He has provided in-home services as well as been a therapist, Treatment Coordinator, Clinical Director, and Director of Operations before taking on his current role. He has taught in-person classes as well as online classes with CWEP starting in 2014 including "PREA", "Caring for Children who have Experienced Trauma", "Embracing Normalcy for Children and Youth in Care", "Understanding Children who have Experienced Trauma" and "Severe Behaviors of Youth in Placement".

Melissa Brogna, MLADC, MSW is a child and family therapist for substance use program that partners with DCYF for the reunification of youth in care.  She has worked in the field for 7 years some of her experiences prior to her current position were CWEP and Sununu Youth Center (formally YDC).

Allison Vachon has been employed by the NH Attorney General's Office for 19 years. She is currently an investigator in the Administrative Prosecutions Unit where she has been for two years and was previously in the Criminal Justice Bureau for 17 years. She is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and has led and investigated numerous cases involving the exploitation of children. She has collaborated with Local, State, and Federal Agencies through her involvement with the Task Force. Additionally, she has organized and provided statewide training as a former member of the Internet Crimes Unit; conducted training on stalking and technology; presented presentations on Internet Safety/technology and how it impacts youth; as well as case study presentations related to child exploitation. She is also a member of the NH Attorney General's Child Abuse and Neglect Task Force, the AG's Commission to Combat Human Trafficking, the Human Trafficking Enforcement Committee, and the Human Trafficking Protocol Committee. She spent three and a half years as a Victim/Witness Advocate with the AG's Office working in conjunction with the Homicide Unit, and was previously the Program Coordinator for the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program where she trained and supervised advocates who provide direct service to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in their placements at Police Departments, Prosecutor Offices, and Crisis Centers throughout the State of New Hampshire. Allison is a former Patrol Officer with the Concord, NH Police Department.

Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie is currently employed as a consultant to DCYF thru the parent partner program. She also works as a facilitator for the Better Together program.  Better Together focuses on how to strengthen relationships and breakdown barriers within the foster care system.

Her background and prior employment is centered on behavior. She held a position with Gateways Community Services as a Behavior Therapist working with children who have Autism and their families. Stephanie also worked at The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, as well as Saint Vincent Residential Home.

Erica Stupka-Fisk

Erica was first introduced to DCYF as an intern with the Keene District Office during her senior year at Keene State College.  She went on to earn her MSW from UConn School of Social Work.  In 2008 Erica began her career with the Division.  She started as a Resource Worker in the Claremont District Office.  She then moved on to become a Home Study Practitioner when the Division established the Home Study Unit for licensing foster homes in 2016.  Two years later, in 2018, she transitioned over to the newly established ICPC Unit as an ICPC Home Study Practitioner.  Erica started teaching for ETP, now CWEP, in the fall of 2017.  She started as and continues to be an instructor for the class, How RPPS Defines Normalcy.

Keri Mellett Stiles, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC  RN, a former foster parent, has worked at Easter Seals for 13 years. She serves as the medical liaison in charge of the medication room and has extensive experience in communication with parents and caregivers about the medical needs of their children. Keri currently teaches Medication classes for the Education & Training Partnership.

Lynn Stanley, LICSW is the Executive Director for the New Hampshire Chapter and Interim Executive Director for the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Her work at NASW includes advocating for social justice in practice and in the policy. Previously, Lynn was the Lead for the NH Afterschool Network where she promoted high-quality programming and informed policy decisions to close the opportunity gap for children from lower-income families.  For over 14 years she worked for Casey Family Services in several positions. Lynn is a teaching lecturer for the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Rivier University, and Simmons School of Social Work.  She received her BA in Sociology from New College of Florida in 1990 and her MSW from the University of New Hampshire in 1996.

MoAnne Shyne

Mo Anne Shyne, M.A. is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in private practice within a group practice. She is also an emergency foster home and does respite for DCYF, generally taking in difficutl teens. She has also done long term foster care. Mo has facilitated numerous workshops on all sorts of topics and done in-service trainings at DCYF and for their organization. She has done workshops in the area schools and libraries for over a decade now.

Joyce Pollinger

Joyce Pollinger L.I.C.S.W., holds her Masters in Social Work from Boston University. She is currently the Clinical Director of the Pine Haven Boys Center. Additionally, she is involved in Fire Safe Intervention through the Office of Youth Services in Manchester, NH and is working to create a NH Coalition of Juvenile Firesetting. Joyce is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and specializes in fire setting behaviors.

Larry Pilla

lawrence.pilla@granite.edu
603-271-6626

Erica Mumford

Erica Mumford is a registered and licensed dietitian and also a certified group fitness instructor.  She has been teaching nutrition and exercise for nearly 20 years after obtaining her education at UNH.   She enjoys finding realistic ways to improve the health of individuals and families.  Her profession is truly her passion

Suzanne Moberly

Project Director III
suzanne.moberly@granite.edu
603-513-1152

In addition to being the Director of the Education and Training Partnership at Granite State College, a collaborative program with NHDCYF to provide education to caregivers of children in care, Dr. Suzanne Moberly, EdD has extensive experience in working with families, including being a pre-school/childcare center teacher and director, the director of a domestic violence crisis center, and a junior/senior high school English teacher. She is also a Teaching Lecturer in the Graduate Education Department at Plymouth State University teaching Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development.

Nancy Jo Michaud has over 23 years of experience in both private and public school systems as a Special Education teacher, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, and Special Ed Administrator.  Nancy Jo and her husband have 5 children, 2 of whom were adopted through the foster care program.

Catherine Meister has a Master's Degree in Human Behavior. She has a special interest in complex developmental trauma. Catherine received training at the Karen Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University and is recognized as a practitioner and educator for Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). Catherine has worked in the field of adoption for over 15 years. She has experience in international adoption, as well as adoption from foster care. Catherine has been working for NH Division for Children Youth and Families for the last 13 years, primarily supervising adoption and post adoption services and programs. She recently took a position working directly with families being licensed to provide foster care. Catherine is the mother of seven children, four who joined the family through adoption. She recently started her own parent coaching and TBRI training company, Hope Vantage (hopevantage.org), to assist parents and organizations in meeting the needs of children with complex developmental trauma.

Kitty Larochelle holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Family Studies from Granite State College. She has been in early childhood education for the past 20 years and has conducted numerous workshops around the state for early care and education professionals in her spare time. Kitty is currently the Director at The Growing Years Early Childhood Center in Manchester. Kitty and her husband have 6 children. Together they have managed to blend both adopted and biological children into their home for the past 24 years.

Jennifer Krieger

Conway DCYF Resource Worker

Jennie Holmes

Littleton DCYF Resource Worker

Bobbie Gaudette

Bobbie has been working in early education and school-age youth programing for more than 30 years. She currently is the Licensing and Recruitment Specialist for Ascentria Care Alliance, working with foster/adoptive families and the children in their care. She has been fostering since 2008 and tends to take adolescents with significant challenges such as drug addiction, compulsive shoplifting, and prior involvement with the law. As an adjunct professor at Lakes Region Community College, she instructs various Early Childhood and Business Management courses and have been conduction workshops for educators for more than twenty years. She holds a Bachelor of Science from College for Lifelong Learning (now Granite State College) and obtained her master of Science, Management-Nonprofit Leadership from New England College.

Jon Eriquezzo

Jon Eriquezzo has worked in the disability related field for more than 30 years and has provided housing and support services in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New York and New Hampshire. He holds a Masters degree in Organizational Management & Leadership as well as a BachelorҒs degree in Human Services. Currently he is the Executive Director of Crotched Mountain Residential Services where he provides housing, residential and day supports to nearly 200 children, adults and seniors. Jon specializes in supporting children with complex medical, neurological, and behavioral needs. He is the co-founder of the NH Residential Provider Network and serves as President of the Private Provider Network.

Kathleen Egan brings her 20 years of foster parent experience to teaching for the E&TP.   She has a professional background in residential care and 15 years as a therapist working with families in mental health centers. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling/Psychology from Antioch/New England. Currently, Kathleen works at Riverbend Mental Health in Concord and has previously taught at Manchester Community College. Kathleen brings together her child welfare background and first-hand foster parent stories into the classroom.

Maria Doyle

Maria Doyle, L.I.C.S.W. has worked with children and youth for 25 years. She received her Masters in Social Service from Bryn Mawr College in 1993. She has worked in residential programs, outpatient mental health and family support programs. Most recently Maria worked at Casey Family Services as a Team Leader. There she supervised services helping children achieve permanency by identifying lifelong connections and supporting families in avoiding placement. Maria also has extensive experience training in the areas of child welfare, foster parent pre-service and inservice, and increasing cultural effectiveness. Her training approach centers on her belief in the wisdom of the participants and the power of humor in strengthening the learning process. LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/marie-doyle/11/73/666

Dorothy Derapelian

Dorothy Derapelian, M.Ed., L.C.M.H.C. is an experienced therapist and educator. She has had a private psychotherapy practice in Meredith, NH for over 15 years, specializing in Play Therapy. She teaches several classes for Granite State College, and conducts home studies for Child and Family Services for families interested in domestic and international adoption. Dorothy is an adoptive parent of a child from Russia with special needs.

Jessica Bond, M.S.W. is the Program Manager for Ascentria Care Alliance's Therapeutic Family Connections Program. This program is certified to provide ISO foster care, as well as in-home services for families involved with the Child Protection System. Jessica has worked in the child welfare field for the past 16 years, including three years working for the Division for Children, Youth and Families [DCYF].

Sandee Auvil has been a Registered Nurse for 35 years in a variety of settings and is a strong advocate for children of special needs. She worked in the Keene DCYF District office for 7.5 years as the Foster Care Health Program Nurse Coordinator where she advocated, coordinated, and monitored foster children's health care needs. Sandee received her MSN in nursing education in 2010. She currently works at Keene State College and Mount Wachusett Community College as a clinical adjunct nursing faculty, and CWEP as an instructor for the last 10 years.

Eric Adams

Eric Adams has worked in law enforcement since 2000. He was assigned to the NH Attorney General's Drug Task Force in 2005, and has been the Prevention, Enforcement, and Treatment Coordinator for the Laconia Police Department since 2012. In this role, he works directly with individuals and their families who are suffering from substance use/mental health disorders. Eric is currently studying Addiction Counseling and is working toward receiving his license Alcohol Drug Counseling Certification.

Candace Abood, TBRI® Educator

Candace Abood is the Post Adoption Services Coordinator with the NH Division for Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). She develops and oversees the supportive services provided to children and families prior to and after adoption. Candace has spearheaded efforts to combat human trafficking within the NH child welfare system. Candace has over 17 years of professional experience working on behalf of children and families in New Hampshire. She has been employed with DCYF for 14 years. She is a TBRI® Practitioner, TBRI® Educator, and Trauma Specialist for DCYF. Candace serves as adjunct faculty for the Education and Training Partnership at Granite State College. Candace earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.

Robin Abendroth

Robin Abendroth, M.A. delivers child impact seminars for West Central Behavioral Health on issues of divorce. She was previously employed at the Spurwink school where she worked with residential students. Robin is a foster parent and also teaches Foster and Adoptive Care Essentials.

Robin Abendroth

Robin Abendroth, M.A. delivers child impact seminars for West Central Behavioral Health on issues of divorce. She was previously employed at the Spurwink school where she worked with residential students. Robin is a foster parent and also teaches Foster and Adoptive Care Essentials.

Candace Abood, TBRI® Educator

Candace Abood is the Post Adoption Services Coordinator with the NH Division for Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). She develops and oversees the supportive services provided to children and families prior to and after adoption. Candace has spearheaded efforts to combat human trafficking within the NH child welfare system. Candace has over 17 years of professional experience working on behalf of children and families in New Hampshire. She has been employed with DCYF for 14 years. She is a TBRI® Practitioner, TBRI® Educator, and Trauma Specialist for DCYF. Candace serves as adjunct faculty for the Education and Training Partnership at Granite State College. Candace earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.

Eric Adams

Eric Adams has worked in law enforcement since 2000. He was assigned to the NH Attorney General's Drug Task Force in 2005, and has been the Prevention, Enforcement, and Treatment Coordinator for the Laconia Police Department since 2012. In this role, he works directly with individuals and their families who are suffering from substance use/mental health disorders. Eric is currently studying Addiction Counseling and is working toward receiving his license Alcohol Drug Counseling Certification.

Sandee Auvil has been a Registered Nurse for 35 years in a variety of settings and is a strong advocate for children of special needs. She worked in the Keene DCYF District office for 7.5 years as the Foster Care Health Program Nurse Coordinator where she advocated, coordinated, and monitored foster children's health care needs. Sandee received her MSN in nursing education in 2010. She currently works at Keene State College and Mount Wachusett Community College as a clinical adjunct nursing faculty, and CWEP as an instructor for the last 10 years.

Jessica Bond, M.S.W. is the Program Manager for Ascentria Care Alliance's Therapeutic Family Connections Program. This program is certified to provide ISO foster care, as well as in-home services for families involved with the Child Protection System. Jessica has worked in the child welfare field for the past 16 years, including three years working for the Division for Children, Youth and Families [DCYF].

Cathy Brings

Cathy Brings LICSW has worked in child welfare for the past 40 years. She has been a protective worker, outreach provider, specializing in grief and loss as well as foster care and adoption issues. Prior to receiving her Masters of Social Work Degree, Cathy had worked at Head Start, Young Parent Program, Residential Camp Counselor and began training in the trauma-based treatment. She has worked in a variety of communities and with a variety of services addressing the needs of children, teens, and families. She became involved with the Granite State partnership with DCYF in 2012.  She feels lucky to have had so many parents sharing their experiences and teaching her as much as she has taught them.

Currently, she is a Director of Norcross Circle Associates PLLC that provides services to clients involved with DCYF, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mental health services, and ongoing consultation to schools/ local providers regarding trauma-based services.

Melissa Brogna, MLADC, MSW is a child and family therapist for substance use program that partners with DCYF for the reunification of youth in care.  She has worked in the field for 7 years some of her experiences prior to her current position were CWEP and Sununu Youth Center (formally YDC).

Anthony Camelo

Anthony Camelo has worked in Juvenile Justice since 1995 in various capacities.  He started at the Tobey School working as a youth counselor until approximately 1999.  Anthony then worked as a youth counselor, shift supervisor, and Unit Director at NH Youth Detention Services Unit.  In 2006, Anthony was hired as Juvenile Probation and Parole Officer and currently work out of the Franklin NH Office. Aside from working for the State of NH (DCYF), Anthony has been an ISO Foster Care Parent for Ascentria Alliance Care for the last seven years.

Anthony has been teaching for GSC CWEP both in the classroom and online for the past three years. He has also been a guest speaker in other professional venues and college classrooms on child welfare-related topics. In November of 2018, Anthony was published in The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.

Anthony’s education includes an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, Human Services, and a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership. He, honorably, served in the United States Marine Corps and Army.

Amanda Champagne

Amanda Champagne holds an M.S. of Psychology in Child and Adolescent Development as well as a Master of Business Administration Degree. Amanda has worked in the field of therapeutic residential treatment with children, teens, and families for 19 years. She has also worked in the role of a parent aid assisting and supporting children with parents that are incarcerated. She has extensive experience in managing crisis situations as it relates to the significant behavior of children. She has experience with children ages 5 through 21 years of age with varying disabilities such as autism,  emotional handicaps, TBI, cognitive impairments, developmental delays. Adult conflict management is another area of experience.  Amanda has been working for Granite State College ETP/CWEP for over a year now focusing on supporting positive behavior in school-age children, managing severe behaviors of children in placement as well as the roles and responsibilities of staff as part of the RCCT training series. Additionally, Amanda has personal experience managing a blended family, assisting in caring for a child with Cystic Fibrosis.

Susie Curtis

Susie Curtis has a an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and a master's degree from the George Washington University. She has been working in the field of child welfare and foster care since 2007 and has extensive experience working hands-on with children, families, and foster parents involved with DCYF, DJJS, and Head Start. Susie is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and has provided clinical consultation to DCYF, DJJS, and Head Start staff.

Dorothy Derapelian

Dorothy Derapelian, M.Ed., L.C.M.H.C. is an experienced therapist and educator. She has had a private psychotherapy practice in Meredith, NH for over 15 years, specializing in Play Therapy. She teaches several classes for Granite State College, and conducts home studies for Child and Family Services for families interested in domestic and international adoption. Dorothy is an adoptive parent of a child from Russia with special needs.

Ian Detamore has an M.Ed. in School and Community Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. He has spent the past eleven years working directly with children and families in various forms of care. He currently is the Executive Director for a residential treatment facility for up to 35 adolescent males. He worked in residential care for the past eleven years in various positions. He has provided in-home services as well as been a therapist, Treatment Coordinator, Clinical Director, and Director of Operations before taking on his current role. He has taught in-person classes as well as online classes with CWEP starting in 2014 including "PREA", "Caring for Children who have Experienced Trauma", "Embracing Normalcy for Children and Youth in Care", "Understanding Children who have Experienced Trauma" and "Severe Behaviors of Youth in Placement".

Maria Doyle

Maria Doyle, L.I.C.S.W. has worked with children and youth for 25 years. She received her Masters in Social Service from Bryn Mawr College in 1993. She has worked in residential programs, outpatient mental health and family support programs. Most recently Maria worked at Casey Family Services as a Team Leader. There she supervised services helping children achieve permanency by identifying lifelong connections and supporting families in avoiding placement. Maria also has extensive experience training in the areas of child welfare, foster parent pre-service and inservice, and increasing cultural effectiveness. Her training approach centers on her belief in the wisdom of the participants and the power of humor in strengthening the learning process. LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/marie-doyle/11/73/666

Kathleen Egan brings her 20 years of foster parent experience to teaching for the E&TP.   She has a professional background in residential care and 15 years as a therapist working with families in mental health centers. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling/Psychology from Antioch/New England. Currently, Kathleen works at Riverbend Mental Health in Concord and has previously taught at Manchester Community College. Kathleen brings together her child welfare background and first-hand foster parent stories into the classroom.

Jon Eriquezzo

Jon Eriquezzo has worked in the disability related field for more than 30 years and has provided housing and support services in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New York and New Hampshire. He holds a Masters degree in Organizational Management & Leadership as well as a BachelorҒs degree in Human Services. Currently he is the Executive Director of Crotched Mountain Residential Services where he provides housing, residential and day supports to nearly 200 children, adults and seniors. Jon specializes in supporting children with complex medical, neurological, and behavioral needs. He is the co-founder of the NH Residential Provider Network and serves as President of the Private Provider Network.

Bobbie Gaudette

Bobbie has been working in early education and school-age youth programing for more than 30 years. She currently is the Licensing and Recruitment Specialist for Ascentria Care Alliance, working with foster/adoptive families and the children in their care. She has been fostering since 2008 and tends to take adolescents with significant challenges such as drug addiction, compulsive shoplifting, and prior involvement with the law. As an adjunct professor at Lakes Region Community College, she instructs various Early Childhood and Business Management courses and have been conduction workshops for educators for more than twenty years. She holds a Bachelor of Science from College for Lifelong Learning (now Granite State College) and obtained her master of Science, Management-Nonprofit Leadership from New England College.

Jennie Holmes

Littleton DCYF Resource Worker

Jennifer Krieger

Conway DCYF Resource Worker

Kitty Larochelle holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Family Studies from Granite State College. She has been in early childhood education for the past 20 years and has conducted numerous workshops around the state for early care and education professionals in her spare time. Kitty is currently the Director at The Growing Years Early Childhood Center in Manchester. Kitty and her husband have 6 children. Together they have managed to blend both adopted and biological children into their home for the past 24 years.

Catherine Meister has a Master's Degree in Human Behavior. She has a special interest in complex developmental trauma. Catherine received training at the Karen Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University and is recognized as a practitioner and educator for Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). Catherine has worked in the field of adoption for over 15 years. She has experience in international adoption, as well as adoption from foster care. Catherine has been working for NH Division for Children Youth and Families for the last 13 years, primarily supervising adoption and post adoption services and programs. She recently took a position working directly with families being licensed to provide foster care. Catherine is the mother of seven children, four who joined the family through adoption. She recently started her own parent coaching and TBRI training company, Hope Vantage (hopevantage.org), to assist parents and organizations in meeting the needs of children with complex developmental trauma.

Nancy Jo Michaud has over 23 years of experience in both private and public school systems as a Special Education teacher, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, and Special Ed Administrator.  Nancy Jo and her husband have 5 children, 2 of whom were adopted through the foster care program.

Suzanne Moberly

Project Director III
suzanne.moberly@granite.edu
603-513-1152

In addition to being the Director of the Education and Training Partnership at Granite State College, a collaborative program with NHDCYF to provide education to caregivers of children in care, Dr. Suzanne Moberly, EdD has extensive experience in working with families, including being a pre-school/childcare center teacher and director, the director of a domestic violence crisis center, and a junior/senior high school English teacher. She is also a Teaching Lecturer in the Graduate Education Department at Plymouth State University teaching Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development.

Erica Mumford

Erica Mumford is a registered and licensed dietitian and also a certified group fitness instructor.  She has been teaching nutrition and exercise for nearly 20 years after obtaining her education at UNH.   She enjoys finding realistic ways to improve the health of individuals and families.  Her profession is truly her passion

Michele Naismith has a master’s degree in Education and two years as a Parental Reimbursement Specialist for Rockingham County Human Services, in addition to, twenty-eight years with DCYF as CPSW and JPPO. Michele has taught online and face to face classes for the last two years for CWEP. She teaches every term and has worked as an Instructor Coach for CWEP for just over a year.

Larry Pilla

lawrence.pilla@granite.edu
603-271-6626

Joyce Pollinger

Joyce Pollinger L.I.C.S.W., holds her Masters in Social Work from Boston University. She is currently the Clinical Director of the Pine Haven Boys Center. Additionally, she is involved in Fire Safe Intervention through the Office of Youth Services in Manchester, NH and is working to create a NH Coalition of Juvenile Firesetting. Joyce is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and specializes in fire setting behaviors.

Jackson Shultz has worked in the child welfare field since 2011, serving as a foster parent and educator for other foster parents as well as for staff and administrators of residential facilities. He has also served as an advocate for transgender youth and their families since 2008. Jackson teaches a course on supporting transgender youth in residential care for Granite State (through ETP). He holds a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration. 

MoAnne Shyne

Mo Anne Shyne, M.A. is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in private practice within a group practice. She is also an emergency foster home and does respite for DCYF, generally taking in difficutl teens. She has also done long term foster care. Mo has facilitated numerous workshops on all sorts of topics and done in-service trainings at DCYF and for their organization. She has done workshops in the area schools and libraries for over a decade now.

Tracy Smith has an M.Ed. in Instructional Design from Plymouth State University and an M.S. Higher Education Leadership and Administration degree from Kaplan University. Tracy has worked for CWEP since November 2019 as an instructional designer and teaches classes at Granite State College. She has over eighteen years’ experience in higher education and enjoys working with and educating adult learners.

Lynn Stanley, LICSW is the Executive Director for the New Hampshire Chapter and Interim Executive Director for the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Her work at NASW includes advocating for social justice in practice and in the policy. Previously, Lynn was the Lead for the NH Afterschool Network where she promoted high-quality programming and informed policy decisions to close the opportunity gap for children from lower-income families.  For over 14 years she worked for Casey Family Services in several positions. Lynn is a teaching lecturer for the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Rivier University, and Simmons School of Social Work.  She received her BA in Sociology from New College of Florida in 1990 and her MSW from the University of New Hampshire in 1996.

Keri Mellett Stiles, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC  RN, a former foster parent, has worked at Easter Seals for 13 years. She serves as the medical liaison in charge of the medication room and has extensive experience in communication with parents and caregivers about the medical needs of their children. Keri currently teaches Medication classes for the Education & Training Partnership.

Erica Stupka-Fisk

Erica was first introduced to DCYF as an intern with the Keene District Office during her senior year at Keene State College.  She went on to earn her MSW from UConn School of Social Work.  In 2008 Erica began her career with the Division.  She started as a Resource Worker in the Claremont District Office.  She then moved on to become a Home Study Practitioner when the Division established the Home Study Unit for licensing foster homes in 2016.  Two years later, in 2018, she transitioned over to the newly established ICPC Unit as an ICPC Home Study Practitioner.  Erica started teaching for ETP, now CWEP, in the fall of 2017.  She started as and continues to be an instructor for the class, How RPPS Defines Normalcy.

Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie is currently employed as a consultant to DCYF thru the parent partner program. She also works as a facilitator for the Better Together program.  Better Together focuses on how to strengthen relationships and breakdown barriers within the foster care system.

Her background and prior employment is centered on behavior. She held a position with Gateways Community Services as a Behavior Therapist working with children who have Autism and their families. Stephanie also worked at The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, as well as Saint Vincent Residential Home.

Gail Thomas has worked for the Child Welfare Education Partnership at Granite State College over 11 years (formerly the Education and Training Partnership). Gail is currently the Moodle Administrator and Education Specialist. Previously, she was the Director of a juvenile court diversion program. One of the duties Gail provided in that role was drug education for court ordered youth. Gail also worked with families of youth at risk and spent time in the schools educating middle school students on the dangers of drug use. In addition, Gail has served on the Juvenile Parole Board of the Youth Detention Center (now Sununu Youth Services Center). Gail was on the State Advisory Board for Juvenile Justice, chairing the Youth Attendant committee and served on the District Court Judges' task force on both the Abuse and Neglect and Juvenile Court Diversion subcommittees.

Gail has taught Guiding Teens Through NH TRAILS, and Sexual Harassment and Assault Awareness Training (PREA) for the CWEP contract. While she enjoys teaching, most of her time is happily spent behind the scenes in online classes, getting them ready for you to use, and assisting participants in becoming successful online learners.

Tony Torino is the SYSC Instructor Coach and Curriculum Specialist at the Child Welfare Education Partnership. Tony has a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University.

Tony started his career working at Mount Prospect Academy in Plymouth as a Teacher’s Assistant. In that role, he was able to support youth who were high school age in both a residential and school setting. In the two years he was there he assisted with crisis intervention, lesson plans, teaching, and supporting youth with both classwork and adventure-based activities.

After leaving Beckett, Tony entered law enforcement as a corrections officer from 2006 to 2018. He started as a Corrections Officer, was promoted to Field Training Officer, community corrections officer, and eventually a case manager. In his role as a case manager, he worked with inmates who were transitioning back into the community and to assist them with services to support their transition. This gave Tony the opportunity to work with DCYF to support inmates’ reunification with their children.

In the year that Tony has been with the Child Welfare Education Partnership he has facilitated and written several classes, including: Core Academy- Cultural Competence, Safety and Security (SYSC), Searches (SYSC), The Art of Mentoring, Separation, Placement, and Reunification, COT- Drug Education, Supporting Youth with an Incarcerated Parent.

Allison Vachon has been employed by the NH Attorney General's Office for 19 years. She is currently an investigator in the Administrative Prosecutions Unit where she has been for two years and was previously in the Criminal Justice Bureau for 17 years. She is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and has led and investigated numerous cases involving the exploitation of children. She has collaborated with Local, State, and Federal Agencies through her involvement with the Task Force. Additionally, she has organized and provided statewide training as a former member of the Internet Crimes Unit; conducted training on stalking and technology; presented presentations on Internet Safety/technology and how it impacts youth; as well as case study presentations related to child exploitation. She is also a member of the NH Attorney General's Child Abuse and Neglect Task Force, the AG's Commission to Combat Human Trafficking, the Human Trafficking Enforcement Committee, and the Human Trafficking Protocol Committee. She spent three and a half years as a Victim/Witness Advocate with the AG's Office working in conjunction with the Homicide Unit, and was previously the Program Coordinator for the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program where she trained and supervised advocates who provide direct service to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in their placements at Police Departments, Prosecutor Offices, and Crisis Centers throughout the State of New Hampshire. Allison is a former Patrol Officer with the Concord, NH Police Department.