Virtual Expo Workshop Presenters
Susan Evans is the Executive Director for the Child Protection Training Academy at the University of Illinois. In her 29 years of Child Welfare experience, Ms. Evans has worked as a Child Protection Investigator for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and has served as the lead trainer for Child Protection Investigation Training and other training initiatives for the Office of the Inspector General and the Department of Juvenile Justice Models for Change. Ms. Evans holds certification in forensic interviewing, child fatality investigations, and psychology first aid and is an adjunct instructor for the Child Advocacy Studies Curriculum (CAST) at the University of Illinois.
Todd Franke is the Associate Director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities and a research specialist whose work focuses on the impact of disability and chronic illness on school-age children, how adolescents solve social problems, the impact of urban mobility on education and social development, and how to successfully integrate health and social services in school settings. Dr. Franke is active in several local and regional efforts to restructure social services in schools, helping to conceptualize planning and implementation and the design of evaluation measures in Los Angeles Unified School District. He also serves as a consultant to local school districts for the preparation of funding proposals for Healthy Start, a state program to establish links between community social service agencies and schools. Dr. Franke has been involved with agencies that serve thousands of families representing unique geographic and cultural communities in California and has served as the principle investigator in several state and local initiatives around intervention and prevention programs.
Betsy Goulet is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois where she coordinates the Child Advocacy Studies certificate program. As a national consultant/trainer, Dr. Goulet developed a model for frontline training for child protection that emphasizes experiential learning with the use of a residential simulation lab. Dr. Goulet has worked in child protection for over 30 years, entering the field as a sexual assault victim advocate and as the founding director of the Sangamon County (Illinois) Child Advocacy Center. While serving as the Children’s Policy Advisor to the Illinois Attorney General, Dr. Goulet drafted several pieces of legislation, including amendments to the Children’s Advocacy Center Act and the creation of the Sex Offender Management Board. She spent several years as the Membership Consultant for the National Children’s Alliance in Washington D.C., where she conducted national accreditation site reviews and provided training for multidisciplinary team members and children’s advocacy center staff. On the national level she is a consultant for the National Child Protection Training Center, where she assists universities in the development of their CAST programs. Her research with Dr. Ted Cross was published in an international book on mandated reporting, and Dr. Goulet was instrumental in the development and advocacy for the passage of legislation to require mandated reporter training for teachers in Illinois. She continues to research the efficacy of mandated reporter practices in Illinois and nationwide.
Kevin Haddock has worked as a finance expert with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services for 17 years and currently serves as head of the Child Welfare Services’ Operations and Business Process division. As a financial analyst and in his leadership capacity, Mr. Haddock has worked closely with a range of child welfare programs and divisions within the Department. His tenure has included the complete reorganization of the Child Welfare Services division, implementation of the Pinnacle Plan (Children’s Right Lawsuit settlement agreement), and the Title IV-E Waiver program.
Chad McDonald is a PhD candidate and research specialist at the University of Utah. His work focuses on the cross-section between transfer of learning literature, supervisory models, and implementation science. In his 12 years of casework experience with Utah’s public child welfare agency, Mr. McDonald served as a supervisor, region trainer, state training manager, and administrator, all of which has enabled him to identify the needs of families and have influence in developing and training for effective child welfare practices. Mr. McDonald’s experience also has allowed him to be in a position to influence administrative decisions to support the implementation of effective child welfare practices on the front line. He currently serves as the principal investigator of Utah’s title IV-E education contract between the Department of Children and Family Services and the University of Utah.
April Potts is the Administrator for Quality Assurance (QA) and CQI for the Children’s Administration in Washington State where she leads a team to coordinate activities around Washington’s CFSR. Ms. Potts has worked in child welfare for more than 20 years. She began her career as a front line caseworker and has held several positions at all organizational levels, giving her a broad and detailed view of child welfare work. In 2013, Ms. Potts was formally recognized as a leader in child welfare and was selected as one of three nominees in the Washington State to take part in the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI). Her efforts with NCWWI resulted in the adoption of a statewide CQI process by the Children’s Administration.