Virtual Expo Session Moderators
Maggie Bishop is the Executive Director of the Capacity Building Center for States (the Center). Ms. Bishop provides strategic leadership and vision for the Center in its efforts to support state child welfare agencies to effectively initiate and sustain change and innovation to improve system, organizational, and program performance. Prior to her work with the Center, Ms. Bishop served as the Director of the Division for Children, Youth, and Families in New Hampshire for over eight years. She has 40 years of experience working in public child welfare and 22 years of experience in management and leadership roles. She has a strong commitment to engaging and developing staff and bringing innovative solutions to meet organizational needs.
James Coloma serves as a Tailored Services Liaison for the Center for States. He has extensive experience in training, research, evaluation, and implementation science. Mr. Coloma has participated in California’s statewide training and technical assistance (T/TA) team for the California Partners for Permanency project. For more than 11 years, he managed the training evaluation division of California’s Child Welfare Regional Training System in the southern region with the Academy for Professional Excellence at San Diego State University School of Social Work. Mr. Coloma has also provided T/TA nationally in training evaluation.
Ida Drury is a senior instructor at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. She is a workforce and implementation specialist with the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD). Ms. Drury works with evaluation activities for Colorado’s Child Welfare Training System and as a consultant with the Center. Ms. Drury also serves as the Center’s constituency group lead for the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)/Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) Managers and Programmatic Data Analysts. Her experience in child welfare spans over 15 years and ranges from direct practice to administration at the state level to research, evaluation, and development of systems and interventions.
Mary Garrison is the Center for States Deputy Director. In addition to her more than 30 years of experience working with children and families in mental health and child welfare, Ms. Garrison is an experienced administrator and consultant. She has managed staff and projects for the last 20 years of her career in multiple States around the country, and is a published author, curriculum developer, trainer, and consultant. Ms. Garrison has worked with jurisdictions throughout California and the southwestern region of the United States in implementing change and developing leadership.
Anthony Mack is the Associate Program Manager of Coaching and Leadership Development for the Institute for Families at Rutgers University School of Social Work and serves as a national trainer and coach for NCWWI’s Leadership Academy for Middle Managers. Mr. Mack began his career in training and development, facilitating job-readiness and fatherhood workshops for Operation Fatherhood-UIH, a community-based organization in Trenton, New Jersey. He has worked with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Child Welfare Training Academy, as an Educational Development Specialist where he delivered professional development trainings for public child welfare professionals. Mr. Mack joined the Institute for Families in 2009 as the Associate Program Manager for the New Jersey Child Welfare Training Partnership.
Megan Paul is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center on Children, Families, and the Law. Dr. Paul is an industrial-organizational psychologist with more than 17 years of experience in child welfare. She has expertise in personnel psychology, organizational development, research and evaluation, and child welfare workforce management, as well as a deep knowledge of child welfare policy, practice, and supervision issues. Dr. Paul has provided child welfare training, program evaluation, and workforce consultation services to agencies in multiple states. She currently conducts training development and evaluation for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Children and Family Services and is the Lead Workforce Specialist for QIC-WD. She has presented numerous times at meetings of the National Staff Development and Training Association and the National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium.
Jean Swift has more than 30 years of experience carrying out strategic planning, policy analysis, advocacy, program development, and implementation to support the social and economic well-being of families through federal, local, and nonprofit organization work. Ms. Swift is the Project Director for the National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center (CANTASD), where she provides leadership in developing resources, strategic communications, and peer learning to assist those on the front lines of preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect. She also worked for more than 20 years with the Administration for Children and Families’ Children’s Bureau and its Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN), as well as the Office of Head Start.