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ABanksDr. Amy Banks has devoted her career to understanding the neurobiology of relationships. In addition to her work at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI), she was an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is the first person to bring relational-cultural theory together with neuroscience and is the foremost expert in the combined field. Amy is the creator of the C.A.R.E. Program, an easy to use, practical guide that helps clinicians and laypeople assess the quality of their relationships and strengthen their neural pathways for connection. Dr. Banks also has a private practice in Lexington, MA, that specializes in relational psychopharmacology and therapy for people who suffer from chronic disconnection. For more information: http://www.amybanksmd.com/


Contreras headshotDr. Contreras is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in treating adults with complex relational and family histories. Her practice is dedicated to helping people develop healthy and meaningful relationships. Attention to an individual’s ability for full expression and participation in life through love, work, and creativity is central. Dr. Contreras completed her clinical psychology and post-doctoral training at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She received her PsyD at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and a clinical psychology degree at Universidad Rafael Landívar in Guatemala City. She is a candidate at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. She is Core Faculty and Director of the Global Mental Health Program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. For more information: http://drmichellecontreras.com/index.html


Eagle headshotElizabeth Eagle is a native of Jacksonville Florida. She is a photographer, painter, mixed media artist, and educator. She is a visual arts and photography teacher at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn New York, and has been for eighteen years. Eagle and colleague Liz Titone formed the non-profit e2 education & environment to support their work in global education and visual literacy worldwide. Eagle was a guest lecturer at the Harn Museum at the University of Florida, New York University’s Steinhardt School, the University of Florida, and the University of North Florida, where she spoke about her work and the importance of lifelong learning. Recent solo exhibitions include; 2014 Visions of Grace at the Harn Museum, University of Florida, Gainesville, 2014 Visions of Grace, Lufrano Intercultural Gallery, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL. Group juried exhibitions include: 2014 Kids Not Cute, Umbrella Arts Gallery, NY, NY, and 2014 Syracuse University BFA Alumnae Painting Retrospective. She received a BFA from Syracuse University and was the recipient of an MFA fellowship at Bennington College in photography and painting. Ms. Eagle completed a Masters of Science in Art and Design Education at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.

Funk headshotMr. Funk has worked to combat and end gender based violence since 1983. As a community organizer to prevent all forms of men’s violence against women and others, he has founded or co-founded dozens of grass-roots organizations in Texas, Washington, DC, Baltimore and Kentucky. Mr. Funk currently serves as the Executive Director of MensWork that has become one of the premier men’s organizations in the country working to engage and mobilize men to end violence against women. He also currently is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and serves on the Board of the Association of Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA). He also sits on the Global Steering Committee of Mobilizing Men for Violence Prevention, and on the Steering Committee of the North American MenEngage Network. For more information: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rusfunk


Guthrie headshotDr. Barbara Guthrie is the Professor and Director of PhD program at Northeastern University School of Nursing. Dr. Guthrie’s combined research and health activism has afforded her the privilege of working in concert with adolescent girls from diverse ethnic, social class, and environmental contexts, to identify, to research, and to design ethnic and gender-responsive health promotion programs. She also has been the Principal Investigator of a 5 year NIMH funded educational research program that focuses on mentoring under-represented post doc fellows and junior faculty in community-based approach to HIV prevention in underserved communities.



Miller headshotRoy Miller, founder and president of The Children’s Campaign, is the state’s top watchdog for children, an insightful political strategist and determined lobbyist. In 2014, his legislative strategy changed the conversation about the treatment of child sex trafficking victims, resulting in preserving the original mission of the Safe Harbor Act. His previous work includes building a direct service agency for children and families and political consulting.



Patino headshotVanessa Patino Lydia, M.P.A. is Vice President of Research and Planning at the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center and brings 15 years’ experience in juvenile justice with a focus on the impact of system policies and practices on girls’ trajectories. Previously, Patino Lydia managed national and statewide research projects as a senior researcher at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. She has her master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida State University.



Ravoira headshotLawanda Ravoira, D.P.A. serves as president and COE and promotes the Policy Center’s mission of advancing the rights of girls and young women, especially those in the juvenile justice and child protection systems. She brings 25 years of experience that includes providing direct services to marginalized youth in both residential and community based settings, leading reform initiatives, research, training, policy development, community organizing and advocacy. She holds a doctorate degree in Public Administration from Nova University, a master’s degree in Allied Health from the University of North Florida and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the College of Charleston.



Ryzewic headshotSusan Remmer Ryzewic, Ph.D. is a dynamic and recognized leader and an analytical, intuitive, and compassionate problem solver, who is respected in her family, her community, and in business and philanthropic communities. She is the President & CEO of EHR Investments, Inc., her family enterprise and Director of The Remmer Family Foundation. As a Director of the Foundation, she Co-Founded the First Coast Girls Initiative, a coalition of organizations serving girls in Northeast Florida, and is active in advancing its development and growth.



Titone headshot Liz Titone,together with colleague Elizabeth Eagle formed e2 education & environment to support their work in global education and visual literacy worldwide. Titone has worked diligently to blend her interests and experiences, inspirations and curiosities. She has served as both studio art educator and visiting artist (locally and internationally), designed and lead gallery experiences for K-12 in a variety of disciplines, and designed programs dedicated to empowering students through peer-to-peer learning and visual literacy. She has managed classrooms and developed curricula for a diverse range of socio-economic communities and learning environments.

Ms. Titone serves on the faculty of the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York as a studio art teacher and museum educator for their dedicated exhibition space, the Carol Shen Gallery. In 2010 she created and implemented the school-wide museum education program that provides multidisciplinary experiences in the gallery for all learners. As a curriculum specialist, Titone has designed site-specific curricula for the New York City Parks Department, among other institutions, focused on environmental    science, art and activism. She has a BFA in photography from SUNY Purchase and a MSE from Bank Street College, spe­cializing in place-based education and cross-cultural learning.

Yusuf headshotAishatu Yusuf has nearly 10 years of experience working in program development, social science research, evaluation and policy reform. She is committed to supporting communities and public systems by using program evaluation, research and data to improve outcomes for marginalized communities. Aishatu’s focus areas include; education, juvenile justice, disproportionality in school discipline, criminal justice, child welfare, and a focus on girls and women. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both political science and intercultural communications from the University of Utah and a Master’s of Public Administration with an emphasis on social policy from Northeastern University in Boston, Ma.


Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 5U79SM059939-06 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.




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