Contributors

Contributors

Professional Credentials

Supreme Court Lawyer Charles Greevy of Williamsport, PA
Charles "Skip" Greevy III, has been a practicing lawyer in Williamsport, Pennsylvania since 1969, with a private office in Lycoming County. Since 1976, he has been Solicitor for the Lycoming County Children and Youth Agency, the Lycoming-Clinton County MHMR County Planning Commission since 1983.

Professionally, he has been admitted to the PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT, SUPERIOR and COMMONWEALTH COURTS, and is licensed to practice law in all counties of Pennsylvania.  He is admitted to, and has argued cases before the FEDERAL MIDDLE DISTRICT COURT of Pennsylvania, the THIRD CIRCUIT COURT of FEDERAL APPEALS, and the UNITED SUPREME COURT in WASHINGTON D.C.. 

Charles Greevy successfully argued a landmark adoption case before the UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT in 1982, which restricted the jurisdiction of the federal criminal habeas corpus statute.  He has served as a faculty member for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

A word from Mr. Greevy.

To Whom It May Concern:

I would like take this opportunity to lend my endorsement and enthusiasm to Christopher Chmielewski, and his new business venture the first and only monthly foster care industry magazine Foster Focus

It is new innovative ideas like this one that allow veterans of this industry, like myself, to expand and improve upon what we have gained through our years of experience and keeps us modern.  Information in this industry is at an absolute minimum, and the professionals of this industry our yearning for this utterly vital information to be presented to them in a timely efficient matter, it is my opinion that Foster Focus would begin to improve this issue.  In talks I have had with Chris Chmielewski I have learned that he has a plan to completely modernize the foster care industry, through Foster Focus, as well as, six business to business trade publications.  In addition, seminars, both person to person and web seminars featuring the titans of the industry.  Ultimately leading to a facility that would house and teach last year foster children the tools, degrees and life skills that they will need after care. 

It is with all of my history in the industry that I can say that Foster Focus could become almost an industry necessity within one year’s time.  I believe in this project so much that I have offered to write a monthly column called Lawmakers Featuring Charles Greevy for it.

In closing, I urge you to support this young man and his vision of the first monthly foster care industry magazine Foster Focus.

Charles Greevy Esq.

Chuck Prinzen is the founder of Me Inc. Now . He has been a Life Coach mentoring young adults or students since 1973. Chuck graduated from Long Beach Poly High School in 1974 with a Diploma. He attended Long Beach City College on a Scholarship from the Los Angeles Times and studied Early Childhood Education. His passion for coaching sports and working with High School students is his highest achievement. He has coached football players from Pop Warner to High School. His time and dedication he has given to them has allowed some to live their dream. Some of his players have gone on to play at Division 1 Colleges and even the NFL. His current program Me Inc. Now stands for Me Expressing I Need Change Now. His Goal is to Motivate and Inspire Change. It is never too late for change. Chuck lives in Fairfield California.

Chris Downs is a Developmental Psychologist with many years experience working to promote adolescent and young adult well-being, independent living, permanency, and social competence.  He is considered an expert on improving both services and outcomes for youth living in out-of-home care, including foster youth. Chris’ company, The Downs Group LLC, is a national child welfare consulting firm with agency clients across the US. He serves on the National Board of the Foster Care Alumni of America, is married, and lives in Seattle.

As a former Michigan probation/parole officer and criminal defense attorney, Deborah Winfrey Keene worked one-on-one with thousands of individuals who had been, were, or should have been in foster care. Keene, like many others found that a child’s upbringing can have a significant impact on their later quality of life.

Now retired, Keene lives and writes in Chicago, IL. Devora’s Spring is Keene’s fictional account of a young woman’s struggle through foster care, adult incarceration, and indeed her journey to prove that she is worthy.

Danielle Gletow has been a passionate advocate for children’s rights for nearly two decades. Danielle is the Founder & Executive Director of One Simple Wish, an organization that seeks to empower everyone to make a direct and meaningful difference in the lives of foster children and at-risk youth one simple wish at a time.

Danielle has appeared on CNN, NBC Nightly News, The Katie Couric Show and The Nate Berkus Show and in The Star Ledger, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post and Woman’s World, among others. In October 2013, Danielle was chosen as a Top 10 CNN Hero among tens of thousands of nominees worldwide. In December 2014, Danielle was honored as a PANDORA Hearts of Today finalist receiving a $25,000 donation for One Simple Wish.

Danielle currently resides in Ewing, NJ with her husband, Joe, their two daughters, Mia and Lily, and their beloved dogs Duncan and Alice.

Dawn J. Post is the Co-Borough Director of the Brooklyn, New York office of the Children's Law Center (CLC), a non-profit law firm providing representation to over 10,000 children per year in the busiest Family Court system in the United States in guardianship, custody, visitation, orders of protection and related child protective cases.  Prior to her current position, she was an Assistant Attorney-in-Charge of the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Right's Practice in the Brooklyn office, providing representation to children in child protective and delinquency cases. Dawn is an expert in children’s rights, advocacy and litigation, and the central theme of her work is that children and adolescents are entitled to have a voice and representation in legal proceedings that have a significant impact on their lives.  

To that end, she promotes cultural competence to address the underlying issues of poverty and social exclusion based upon race and socio-economic status in the legal and foster care systems in the United States.  Dawn provides various trainings on family law matters in New York City focusing on trial skills, the role of the attorney for the child, custody and visitation, and child protection.  Nationally, she has led panels and discussions about providing voice to children in high conflict custody and visitation cases and addressing broken adoptions.  Internationally, she has lectured on the role and responsibilities of the attorney for the child.

Dawn works to find new and innovative ways to improve the lives of the children in the legal system and is effective at reflecting upon and examining the issues and policies which impact children and families from various angles and from a global perspective.  

She recently oversaw a case study examining broken adoptions in custody and visitation cases and these results have been included in an article co-authored for the Capital University Law Review entitled The Revolving Doors of Family Court: Confronting Broken Adoptions.  Dawn sits on various committees including the NYC Family Court Advisory Council for Child Protection as well as TPRs and Adoptions.

Dawn Saffayeh is Executive Director of HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services, helping over 6,000 New York children, adults and families to overcome the challenges of family crises, addiction, mental illness and poverty.

Deb Stone has been a birth, foster, step, and adoptive parent to over thirty children, a Court Appointed Special Advocate for another two dozen abused and neglected kids in foster care, and a trainer for child advocates, social workers, and parents. Her writing has appeared in STIR Journal, The Oregonian, Portland Tribune, Portland Upside, and Clackamas Literary Review. She has essays in The Truth of Memoir: How to Write about Yourself and Others with Honesty, Emotion, and Integrity and Stepping Up: Stories of Blended Families. You can connect with Deb at www.debstone.net or on Twitter @iwritedeb.

DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., is the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens and the founder and CEO of Harvest of Hope Family Services Network, Inc. After 19 years of developing effective strategies and successful engagement within the foster care community in New Jersey, Harvest of Hope is transitioning into a national organization that functions as a resource to government and community organizations that provide services to youth in foster care.

Deidra Chism Hawkins is the Executive Director of Made 2 Glam, Inc. With Made 2 Glam, Deidra works with young ladies in foster care to inspire them to realize they are born to be MADE. With Made 2 Glam, Deidra’s mission is to increase graduation rates and reduce teenage pregnancy among young ladies in foster care. Staying mission driven, Deidra created the Be Made Summit and Glam Summer Camp specifically for young ladies in foster care. Deidra is married to Antoine Hawkins and is the proud mother of Alexandria (Allie) Delise Hawkins. Deidra graduated from Fisk University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Management. In December of 2017, Deidra graduated from Arkansas State University with a Master’s in Public Administration.

International Keynote Motivational Speaker, Executive Life Coach and Author DeLores Pressley is dedicated to helping people take action to launch bold, confident and courageous lives. She is the CEO of DeLores Pressley Worldwide and Founder of the Global Up Woman™ Network—a movement to empower and elevate women in business. She may be reached online at www.delorespressley.com. Those interested in her Speaker Success Summits specifically may reach her at www.launchlivesummit.com

Denise is the Director of National Programs for the Children’s Alliance of Kansas.  She has managed the Kansas foster parent training contract for nearly 13 years.  She is also the administrator of the MAPP program both within the US and internationally.

As a Master Trainer and consultant,  Denise is responsible for monitoring  the integrity of the program, maintaining updates and coaching trainers on implementing new techniques and strategies for developing quality foster/adoptive parents and child welfare staff.

Desiree Strange is originally from Dallas, Texas.  She was raised in Joshua, Texas after being adopted around the age of 8 by last set of foster parents. Desiree was in the foster care system for 5 years and lived in multiple homes during that time. Desiree has recently graduated from Tarleton State University with her Bachelor of Social Work degree and will begin graduate school in the Fall.  Desiree has always had a passion to advocate for youth in the system and those aging out of the system.  Her research has focused on college preparation for first generation college students and identifying various barriers encountered when pursuing a college education.

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations providing services, insight and leadership in the evolving field of behavioral healthcare. We serve many of the most vulnerable members of our society in the areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental health and child welfare.

Our foster care programs operate with the belief that all individuals deserve a loving, supportive and nurturing family – and a positive home environment – to help them reach their unique potential. Foster care services for children from infancy to 21 years of age – offered in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts/Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas – include: Traditional Foster Care, Therapeutic Foster Care, Treatment Family Program, Adult Therapeutic Foster Care and Respite Care.

CEO/Founder Student Finance League Inc

Diana created the Student Finance League. Born in Canada, Diana obtained a degree in Marketing and Advertising at the age of 20 and has lived and worked in 35 countries over the past ten years. Her work experience includes Global Head of Marketing for an IT company, International Public Relations, Marketing and Sales. Diana launched an elite private members club in London, UK, created a successful partnership with Formula One and was a finalist in Miss World Canada, World Fitness Show and Miss Grand Prix. Diana is a member of the United Nations Association, South Florida Trafficking Task Force, New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition, Broward Human Trafficking Task Force, Palm Beach Trafficking Coalition, featured on CBS, acknowledged by Senator Marco Rubio for work in identifying, preventing and treating trafficking using a financial model. Additionally, she has been invited by senators to help pass new Bills related to Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence.

SFL is looking for individuals, foundations, organizations and homes to partner with financially to have a bigger and more effective footprint!!!!

The senior vice president of clinical operations at Dallas-based Epic Health Services, Diane M. McCullom has more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry, with 17 of those years focused in the home health care field.

Ask Diane what inspires her work and she’ll likely share with you that it’s her autistic nephew and the volunteer work she’s done with autism organizations that keep her focused on providing the best possible care to the special needs community. Diane’s dedication to health and wellness extends beyond the office: You can often find her breaking a sweat at the gym or taking a jog on one of Dallas’ many scenic trails.

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