Senior Director of Operations
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
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 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.