Staff

Kathleen Strader, MSW, IMH-E® (IV)

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


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.



   Amy Russell   Assistant Director


Amy Russell

Assistant Director

   Juanita Arnold   Implementation Specialist


Juanita Arnold

Implementation Specialist

   Kathy Astin   Implementation Specialist


Kathy Astin

Implementation Specialist

   Leah McCallister   Implementation Specialist


Leah McCallister

Implementation Specialist

   Christi Peeples   Implementation Specialist


Christi Peeples

Implementation Specialist

   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

   Tracie Lansing   Regional Director of Training and Professional Development


Tracie Lansing

Regional Director of Training and Professional Development

  Jennifer Baxter   Data and Site Development Specialist

Jennifer Baxter

Data and Site Development 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