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.
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.
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.
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.
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