Staff

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


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.

 

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.



   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

  Jennifer Baxter   Data Support Specialist

Jennifer Baxter

Data Support Specialist

   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