Staff

CYDNEY M. WESSEL, MSW, MBA

National Director of Healthy Families America

Cydney holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from  University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University. Her career with Healthy Families America spans more than 22 years and includes home visiting, supervising and program administration at the local level. In 2001 she began work at the National Office in the Accreditation Department and was promoted in 2006 to Director of Accreditation, where she led a complete overhaul of the accreditation process.

In 2009 Cydney was honored to accept the position of National Director and viewed it as an opportunity to lead the network into a new generation of home visiting excellence. She was instrumental in ensuring HFA was designated as a proven and effective model of home visitation by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Cydney loves representing HFA because it is all about relationships and the profound impact they have on our lives.


KATHRYN HARDING, M.A.

National Director of Research

Kathryn holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical/Community psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her professional experience spans over two decades in perinatal home visitation and strengthening protective factors.

Kathryn’s focus is on synthesizing HFA outcome studies and promoting participatory research in home visiting. Her primary interest is in using research to inform practice and move the HFA model forward.

 


Carla Snodgrass, BSW MPA

National Director of Operations

Carla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare from East Tennessee State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Tennessee State University. Her 35 year career includes 20 years in the development and administration of child welfare programs and 15 years in the child abuse prevention field.

Carla’s work with home visitation has included developing HFA sites across TN and building collaborations to support the work of early childhood systems. Her focus is on communication and collaboration with sites to strengthen the day to day operations of the HFA network.


Kate Whitaker  MsEd IMH-E® (IV)

National Director of Training and Professional Development

Kate holds a Master’s Degree from Western Illinois University, with a specialization in Early Childhood and has earned the Infant Mental Health Endorsement, Level IV – Infant Mental Health Mentor.

Kate has been connected with Healthy Families America for over twenty years serving in a variety of roles within a local, county, state and national setting. She is the recipient of the 2014 Emily Fenechel award for leadership. Her passion is anchoring early childhood trauma to infant mental health.


Kathleen Strader, MSW, IMH-E® (IV)

National Director of Implementation and Accreditation

Kathleen Strader holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University and has earned the Infant Mental Health Endorsement, Level IV – Infant Mental Health Mentor IMH-E® (IV).

Kathleen’s heart has always been in service to children and families, beginning her career in a hospital setting where most of her time was spent in maternal child health and pediatrics, including work as the coordinator of the hospital’s child protection team. She began work at the National Office in 2003, following 10 years of managing a local HFA site in Oakland County, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.. She believes parents want the best for their children and often can benefit from home-based support


Christi Peeples Implementation Specialist


Christi Peeples

Implementation Specialist

Juanita Arnold Implementation Specialist


Juanita Arnold

Implementation Specialist

Kathy Astin Implementation Specialist


Kathy Astin

Implementation Specialist

Leah McCallister Implementation Specialist


Leah McCallister

Implementation Specialist

Amy Russell Implementation Coordinator


Amy Russell

Implementation Coordinator

Ellie Jimenez-Vasquez Regional Director of Training and Professional Development


Ellie Jimenez-Vasquez

Regional Director of Training and Professional Development

Lynn Kosanovich Regional Director of Training and Professional Development


Lynn Kosanovich

Regional Director of Training and Professional Development

Patti Torchia Regional Director of Training and Professional Development


Patti Torchia

Regional Director of Training and Professional Development

Tracie Lansing Regional Director of Training and Professional Development


Tracie Lansing

Regional Director of Training and Professional Development

Maritza Noriega Training and Professional Development Coordinator


Maritza Noriega

Training and Professional Development Coordinator

Phyllis Medrano Network Coordinator


Phyllis Medrano

Network Coordinator

Rob Reid PIMS Coordinator/Research Analyst  


Rob Reid

PIMS Coordinator/Research Analyst