Board of Trustees

Ralph Bayard

Senior Director, Systems Improvement and Strategic Consultation

Casey Family Programs
Seattle, WA

Dr. Ralph Bayard is a Senior Director for Systems Improvement and Strategic Consultation at Casey Family Programs.  In addition to serving as the lead consultant for systems reform in the states of North Carolina and S. Dakota, he leads and coordinates the organization’s national work efforts in consulting with state, county, and tribal jurisdictions choosing to address race equity and reduce disproportionate representation and disparities for children of color in their child welfare systems.  Dr. Bayard served as the Casey Family Programs lead representative to the Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare, an alliance of all of the Casey Foundations including Annie E. Casey/Casey Family Services, Marguerite Casey, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy. Dr. Bayard co-chaired the Casey Family Programs national Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) on Disproportionality, and served as a faculty member of the California Disproportionality Project and the Iowa BSC on Disproportionality. Dr. Bayard received his doctorate from the University of Washington in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  He also received his Masters’ and Bachelors’ degrees in Communications, also at the University of Washington.

Melissa Devlin


Family Focused Treatment Association 
Hackensack, NJ

Melissa Devlin is an association management professional with over 20 years of experience in non-profit and association management. She is currently the Administrator of the Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA), the leading advocate for treatment foster care. In her role she manages the day-to-day operations of a national association of over 450 child welfare agencies that provide treatment foster care and other family-based treatment services to hundreds of thousands of children, youth, and families each year. She provides leadership and technical assistance to the association’s 24 chapters, 10 committees, the Board of Directors and its consultants and advisors.  Prior to joining FFTA, Melissa was the Director of Membership Services at the Institute of Management Consultants, where she administered the association’s Certified Management Consultant accreditation program. Melissa currently serves on the Board of Directors of Gallop to Success, a non-profit organization that offers at-risk girls a life changing experience through the healing power of the horse. 

Nancy R. Droesch


WILLO LLC – Women in Leadership Launching Opportunities
St. Louis, MO

Nancy Droesch is Co-Founder of WILLO LLC – Women in Leadership Launching Opportunities.  WILLO is dedicated to assisting companies in their initiatives for the retention, development and advancement of their women leaders.  She is a retired audit partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she spent 33 years serving both private and public clients in numerous industries including not-for-profit, health care, education, consumer products and agri-business. Her responsibilities included leading multidisciplinary teams in bringing tax, consulting and audit services to her clients.  In addition, Nancy has been active in the St. Louis community currently serving on the boards of Emmaus Homes, Inc. and First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood.  She previously served as Treasurer of the Partnership for Downtown (now known as Downtown STL), Chair of Edgewood Children Center (now known as Great Circle) and Chair of Confluence St. Louis (now known as FOCUS St. Louis).  Nancy is a CPA and is a member of the MSCPA and AICPA.  She received her Masters of Business Administration from Washington University and her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Miami University, Ohio

Ric Estrada

President & CEO

Metropolitan Family Services
Chicago, IL

Ric Estrada is CEO of Metropolitan Family Services. Since 2011 Estrada has helped the agency grow by 60 percent in revenue and families served. Estrada has nearly three decades of leadership experience in human services, philanthropy and government. Prior to joining Metropolitan Estrada served as First Deputy Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS). Before that he served as Executive Director of Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago, where his accomplishments included founding the Erie Elementary Charter School. His civic and community involvement includes appointment to the Board of Trustees/ Director of the University of Illinois, Leadership Greater Chicago, the Woods Fund of Chicago, the Cook County Hospital and Health System, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Selection Committee, Emerging Leaders Program. Estrada’s awards include being named an American Marshall Memorial Fellow, receiving the City Club of Chicago’s John A. McDermott Award for Distinguished Social Leadership, the University of Illinois at Chicago City Partner Award, and the University of Chicago’s Inaugural 2014 SSA Social Impact Alumni Award. 

Sarah Kastelic

Executive Director

National Indian Child Welfare Association
Portland, OR

Dr. Sarah Kastelic became the executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association in January 2015, assuming the responsibility from founding director Terry Cross. Dr. Kastelic was selected to succeed Cross in 2011 and spent four years under his guidance, assuming increasing responsibility of operations and management of the 28-year-old national child advocacy organization. Prior to joining NICWA, Dr. Kastelic led the National Congress of American Indians’s (NCAI) welfare reform program and was the founding director of NCAI’s Policy Research Center. Her experience with NCAI gave her a sense of the need for timely, credible data to inform policymaking at the tribal and national levels. She also saw firsthand the tension between tribes reacting to the policy proposals of others and the opportunities for tribes to develop their own, proactive policy solutions. In November 2014, national leadership network Independent Sector awarded Dr. Kastelic its American Express NGen Leadership Award, calling her “a transformational leader working to further policy research that empowers American Indian and Alaska Native communities.” Dr. Kastelic is Alutiiq, an enrolled member of the Native Village of Ouzinkie. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Goucher College, she earned a master’s degree and PhD from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.

Marie Kennedy

Vice President, Corporate Communications & Public Relations

Dignity Health
San Francisco, CA

Marie has over 25-years’ experience in corporate communications, public affairs, and advocacy as a strategic counselor and member of senior management teams with an understanding of how communications supports and drives operational objectives and goals. She is an experienced leader, overseeing staff of varying sizes with both direct and indirect reporting relationships, able to transform organizations through adoption of innovative communications practices based on accountability and measurement. This is within the challenge of highly regulated sectors, specifically health care. Her passion for social responsibility and how large institutions can practice good appropriate social consciousness resonates throughout her work and chosen affiliations.

Warren Ludwig


UNC-CH School of Social Work
Raleigh, NC

Dr. Warren Ludwig has 30 years of experience leading public mental health and human services programs. He worked for Wake County in Raleigh, NC, in several roles including clinical director of adult mental health, director of child mental health, and director of child welfare. He is a licensed psychologist and a former member of the executive committee of the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators. Currently, Dr. Ludwig is a consultant in child welfare and mental health and a fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Areas of interest include integration of behavioral health and child welfare strategies, reducing racial disproportionality, child welfare financing, and improving outcomes through development and implementation of evidence supported services. He received his PhD in psychology at the University of Rochester and his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Harvard.

Jeff Peterson

Executive Director, Home Campus  

Boys Town Nebraska/Iowa

Jeff Peterson serves as the Executive Director for the Home Campus of Boys Town.  Fr. Steven Boes serves as the National Executive Director of the organization.  In Jeff’s current position, he is responsible for the operation of the historic Boys Town village which serves 400 at risk youth in family-style residential programs.  Boys Town Campus provides quality residential services, High School and Middle school services as well as a variety of programs that support the youth while they are on campus and after they depart. Jeff has had a variety of roles within the organization including being the Executive Director of the Boys Town Washington DC site for several years.  Jeff started his career at Boys Town 31 years ago as a family-teacher working directly with the children which is a role he is still most proud of. Jeff holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska.

Dr. Andrew J. Schneider-Muñoz

Deputy Chief Performance Measurement & Evaluation Officer; Senior Fellow

National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Munoz is a Harvard-trained child psychologist and anthropologist who helped to found a new national certification for direct care professionals now available to youth workers in after-school, juvenile justice, child welfare and other practice settings for children, youth, and families. Editor of the Journal of Child & Youth Care Work, which reaches the leaders in more than 100 countries, he is the President of the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice, the national professional development association in the US. 

Timothy F. Noelker, Trustee Emeritus

General Counsel & White House Liaison

Corporation for National & Community Service
Washington, DC

Timothy F. Noelker has served as a Trustee (2005-2014) and Board Chair (2011-2013) of the Council on Accreditation. In 2017 he was appointed by the White House as the General Counsel and White House Liaison at the Corporation for National & Community Service (AmeriCorps, VISTA, etc.) in Washington , DC.  For more than 30 years before that, Tim was a  partner in the law firm of Thompson Coburn LLP, and was a member of the firm’s Federal Practice Group in St. Louis and Washington, D.C.  Tim has also served as a Law Clerk to U. S. District Judge Edward L. Filippine, and as a Trial Attorney in the Attorney General’s Honors Program in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C.  He has been active for many years in the nonprofit field, having served as a board member and board president of Edgewood Children's Center in St. Louis, board member and board chair of the Child Welfare League of America in Washington, D.C., and as a member of the National Council for the Brown School (Social Work, Public Health & Public Policy) at Washington University in St. Louis.  He also served on the Advisory Board for the State of Missouri's Division of Youth Services, a nationally recognized model for youth corrections.  Tim has also served on  the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities USA, in Alexandria, VA and was a member of its Executive Committee prior to his current position. He lives in Washington, DC and St. Louis, MO.

Phillip Redmond Jr, Chair

Associate Director, Child Care Division

The Duke Endowment
Charlotte, NC

Phillip Redmond joined The Duke Endowment in 2000 as Assistant Director of Child Care and was promoted to Associate Director in 2006. The Endowment focuses its funding on strengthening communities by helping organizations that serve vulnerable children. Redmond’s areas of concentration include improving agency wellness programs, enhancing domestic violence services, building the evaluation capacity of nonprofits and expanding evidence-based programs. Before joining the Endowment, he was Executive Director of The Children's Law Center in Charlotte and was in private practice in North Carolina.

Michelle Sanborn


Children’s Alliance
Frankfort, KY

Michelle Sanborn has spent her career advocating for children and families in need. Ms. Sanborn joined the Children’s Alliance in April 2006, where she successfully led Children’s Alliance advocacy efforts as the Director of Public Policy. Prior to joining the Children’s Alliance, she served as the Director of the Division of Protection and Permanency for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. There she was charged with providing leadership to ensure the safety and well-being of children and vulnerable adults. In addition to her leadership and advocacy experience, Ms. Sanborn has years of experience working directly with children and families. She has previously served as the Director of the Home of the Innocents’ Therapeutic Loving foster Care program and also held several positions with the Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children Metro Region Foster Care program. Along with her foster care experience, she has worked at the Wellspring House and the City of Louisville’s Youth Alliance where her passion for advocacy and speaking out for Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens originated.  Michelle resides in Elizabethtown, Kentucky with her husband and two daughters.

Robert B. Shanks

Vice President, Legal - International and Washington Operations

Raytheon Company
Arlington, CA

Robert B. Shanks is Vice President, Legal, International and Washington Operations. His responsibilities include overseeing international legal and regulatory compliance and providing international legal expertise across the Company's four operating businesses. He also oversees legal operations for Raytheon’s foreign subsidiaries and international offices. He has written and spoken extensively on international project finance, foreign investment and trade-related subjects. Immediately prior to joining Raytheon, Shanks served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Nextel Communications (now Sprint Nextel) and was responsible for its international legal matters (2000-2002). Shanks graduated from Brown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, in 1972 and from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review, in 1975.  

Denise A. Capaci, LICSW, LCSW-C

Executive Director

Catholic Charities DC
Washington, DC

Denise began her career in 1991 as a social worker with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. She has worked in various roles within Catholic Charities as a Center Director, Director of Professional Standards, and the Southern Maryland Regional Director. She has worked to create multiple programs for people living in urban and rural communities. She is an experienced advocate on the local, state, and national level. She is a member of the Maryland Board of Social Workers Examiners, where she has served a term as Chair, and was appointed by Governor O’Malley then reappointed by Governor Hogan. She represented Maryland 2016, 2017, and 2018 as the delegate to the Association of Social Work Boards.  She has served on several local boards, including the District of Columbia Behavioral Health Association, DC Primary Care Association and Charles County United Way.Currently, she is the Executive Director of the Adult and Children’s Clinical Services Department (ACCS).  As a member of the Leadership Team, she participates in strategic planning, annual goal setting, risk management and outcome measurement. As the Executive Director, she has the duties of oversight and directing 35 programs serving adults and children across Washington, DC and Maryland. Core programs include Behavioral Health Services, Legal Services, Spanish Catholic Center Medical and Dental Clinics and Children’s Services.

Adelaide Sherwood Robb

Distinguished Endowed Professor and Chair

Children's National Medical Center
Washington, DC

Dr. Robb, Distinguished Endowed Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the George Washington University and Children’s National Health System, is board certified in both Adult and Child and Adolescent psychiatry. She did her medical training and general psychiatry residency at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine then did her fellowship training at the National Institute of Mental Health in psychiatric genetics and at the George Washington University’s Children’s National Medical Center in child and adolescent psychiatry. She sees children and adolescents with a variety of psychiatric disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings. Her focus is on psychopharmacology including the study of new medications in children and adolescents with a variety of psychiatric disorders. She served as principal investigator of over 70 pediatric psychopharmacology trials in children and teenagers. She was the site co-PI for the NIMH study Treatment of Early Age Mania (TEAM) and the site PI for the CoLT (Collaborative Lithium Trial) study which was a NICHD Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act trial of lithium carbonate for pediatric bipolar disorder.

Kari Sisson

Executive Director

Association of Children’s Residential Centers 
Milwaukee, WI

Turner C. Smith

Manager Co-President – Asset Management

IFG Capital Management Group
New York, NY

Turner Smith has responsibilities directing IFG’s Asset Management business and serves as the Portfolio Manager of the IFG Real Assets program. Prior to IFG, Turner was a Managing Director at Landmark Advisors, LLC where he also directed the private equity efforts in Real Assets. He was co-founder of an alternative asset management firm where he oversaw the launch and was a Portfolio Manager of both the Real Assets and Global Distressed multi-manager programs, where he directed allocations to over 40 private equity and hedge fund managers globally, as well as direct co-investments. Turner has over 30 years of Wall Street investment banking, private equity and alternative investment experience. As a prior investment banker servicing the private equity and venture capital space, he has significant industry knowledge and relationships, as well as experience in principal and co-investing transactions. He was a Managing Director and Co-Head of PaineWebber’s Consumer Investment Banking Group, with additional responsibility for the e-commerce sector of the Technology Investment Banking Group. His experience included directing the co-investment of the firm’s capital into high growth technology companies. Prior to PaineWebber, Turner was a New York City-based Managing Director in the Investment Banking Group of Jefferies & Company. He also served as a Managing Director for many years at Smith Barney in New York, where he founded and was Co-Head of the firm’s Consumer Investment Banking Group.

Cudore L. Snell

Dean, School of Social Work

Howard University
Washington, DC

Dr. Snell is  former Dean and Professor in the School of Social Work at Howard University where he has taught and conducted research for the past 25 years. Dr. Snell received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work and Psychology from the University of the Western Cape and a Bachelor of Social Science Honors Degree in Psychiatric Social Work from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  A Rotary International Scholarship awarded in 1979, enabled him to pursue a Master of Social Work Degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He obtained a Doctor of Social Work Degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C.  The research for this degree received an award for excellence from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex in 1988.  He was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar on sabbatical leave in South Africa in 2000 and conducted research on street youth.  This was the topic of his dissertation research that was published in 1995 in book form under the title Young Men in the Street.

Cortney Stapleton


Bliss Integrated Communication
New York, NY

Cortney Stapleton is a Partner and owner of Bliss Integrated Communication, a mid-sized, women-owned marketing communication firm that helps healthcare, financial and professional services organizations build reputation and sales through PR, digital media, analytics and marketing automation. As the head of the Professional Services group, Cortney develops and implements overall messaging, thought leadership and marketing strategy for companies in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. She is the firm’s PR Council representative and created the global B2B group for Worldcom. She is a founding member of Exponent Women, a networking organization for women dealmakers. PR News named her a Top Woman in PR for 2019. Prior to Bliss, Cortney worked for the state government of Vermont and the New York Public Interest Research Group. She has also worked with the UN, country of New Zealand and sat on the board of an anti-child trafficking organization. She holds an undergraduate degree from St. Michael’s College and a masters from New York University.

Susan Stepleton

Former Chair, Policy Specialization

George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University
St. Louis, MO

Susan Stepleton is retired from employment, but is an active volunteer, primarily involved with child advocacy and nonprofit management.  This follows several decades as a nonprofit CEO (Parents as Teachers National Center and Great Circle/Edgewood Children’s Center) and six years as Policy Specialization Chair at Brown School of Social Work/Washington University in St. Louis. Stepleton serves as board chair of Eden Theological Seminary, vice chair of both Council on Accreditation and Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being and board member of MO Budget Project, in addition to a number of community advisory committees.  


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Jane Bonk, Ph.D., LCSW

Volunteer Roles: Commissioner; Evaluator; Lead Evaluator; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

Dr. Jane Bonk is a team leader, evaluator, and commissioner who has led over 25 site visits for COA.
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