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Debbie Dingell

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell represents Michigan’s 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she has made it a priority to be a voice for the Midwest on issues that matter most to working families.

A member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Debbie is a leader on efforts to grow manufacturing, improve access to quality affordable health care, support seniors and veterans and protect the Great Lakes. Recognized as one of the 25 hardest-working Members of Congress, Debbie is focused on forging bipartisan solutions that support Michigan’s families and economy, including improving long-term care and ushering in the future of the American auto industry.

Before being elected to Congress, Debbie worked in the auto industry for more than three decades, where she was President of the General Motors (GM) Foundation and a senior executive responsible for public affairs. She was also Chairman of the Wayne State University (WSU) Board of Governors, and continues to fight to make education more affordable and accessible in Congress.

 

Fred Wulczyn

Fred Wulczyn, PhD is Senior Fellow at, and a founding staff member of, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Chapin Hall research experts work alongside community and agency partners to better serve children, youth, and families by accelerating the use of evidence in practice and building  more effective services and systems. Dr. Wulczyn, brings a diverse range of academic and public sector experience to his research, including a decade-long post with the New York State Department of Social Services. Dr. Wulczyn's principal areas of focus is on child maltreatment and foster care; his work borrows heavily from epidemiology, sociology, systems science, and human development. Having worked in China, Ethiopia, Romania, New South Wales, and Australia, his work developing administrative data into a source of research evidence is widely recognized for its rigor and applicability in policy and practice settings.  Dr. Wulczyn’s recent work has focused on social sector agencies and improving their uptake of research evidence sourced from administrative records.  In 2005, Dr. Wulczyn was awarded the Peter Forsythe Award, given annually by the American Public Human Services Association and the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators. In 2011, Dr. Wulczyn was awarded the Flynn Prize, which is awarded bi-annually to a scholar whose work combines innovation, rigor, and impact in relation to vulnerable populations. Twice his work has been recognized by the Innovations in Government program at Harvard University. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Marywood University for his work on behalf of vulnerable children and families. He is a member of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

 

Panelists

Preston W. Collett

Preston W. Collett is a Certified Peer Recovery Coach from the Southwest Michigan area and works with six helping courts in two counties. Preston has been on a personal journey through recovery since November 21, 2011 and continues to provide knowledge and wisdom to others seeking a path to recovery. Preston believes there are multiple pathways to recovery and continues his daily work toward this belief.

Outside his personal knowledge, Preston has completed multiple certifications to continue to educate himself in the recovery field. He is a certified Moral Reconation Therapy group facilitator and continues to facilitate or co-facilitate others in the community; Helping Men Recover, Seeking Safety, and Strengthening Families, to name a few.

Preston’s leadership in the Southwest Michigan helping courts is steady and strong. He continues to shine light on the need for peer support in the recovery community, supports the multi-disciplinary teams, shares his personal story and journey, exhibits excellency as a group leader and co-facilitator, and strives to make his community a sanctuary for recovery.

 

Sue Dobrich

The Honorable Susan L. Dobrich was elected Cass County Probate Judge in 1995 and has served since that time as elected Probate Judge while also presiding over the Circuit Court, Family Division. She was appointed as the Chief Judge of Cass County in 2014 by the State Court Administrative Office and continues to serve in that position. Judge Dobrich specializes in family law, domestic and child protection proceedings. Her primary focus is on vulnerable populations, elderly and children. She has operated a family dependency drug court since 2001 and is the current co-chair of the Tribal-State-Federal Court Forum for Michigan. Judge Dobrich serves as an instructor for the Michigan Judicial Institute and MATCP in the areas of family law, child protection proceedings, immigration, substance abuse treatment and drug courts. She is the past-president of the Michigan Probate Judges Association; past-president of the Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals; often serves as an adjunct professor for Michigan Judicial Institute; has served on the Governor's Task Force on Child Neglect and Abuse, appointed by Governor John Engler and reappointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm; and has served on the Michigan Women's Commission, an appointment by Governor Rick Snyder. Judge Dobrich was named one of the Women in the Law for 2012 for Lawyer's Weekly and CASA Judge of the Year for Michigan in 2015.

 

Sandra Momper

Sandra Momper, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Since 2006 she has been active at American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeast Michigan, Inc. (AIHFS). She is presently co-principal investigator and evaluator for AIHFS’ Collaborative Spirit of Hope, Wellness, and Healing for our Community Project-Native Connections and Zero Suicide SAMHSA-funded grants.  Dr. Momper's research interests include gambling, substance abuse, PTSD, suicide, mental health, and health disparities among rural and urban American Indian/Alaska Native youth and families. She has 20 years of direct practice experience with American Indian and African American families. She also has extensive experience in community organizing around issues of social justice. Her aim is to reduce health disparities and provide culturally-appropriate interventions for American Indians/Alaska Natives, and other marginalized populations, and to impact policy changes regarding funding opportunities for culturally-appropriate physical, mental health and substance abuse treatment.

 

Eva Petoskey

Eva L. Petoskey, M.S. has more than 40 years of experience working with tribal communities throughout the Great Lakes region. She is currently the Program Director for the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan’s Anishnaabek Healing Circle, a large, statewide substance abuse treatment and recovery initiative involving the 12 federally-recognized tribes in Michigan.  She also serves on the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council.  Ms. Petoskey is the author or the Red Cliff Wellness Curriculum, a culturally-based substance abuse prevention and community empowerment model that has been used in more than 130 schools and communities in the U.S. and Canada.  Previously, she ran a consulting business for more than 20 years that specialized in community–based research and evaluation services for tribes and Indian organizations. She also worked as a senior planner for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Chemical Dependency Division; the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center; the University of Minnesota; and the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council of Wisconsin.  She served on the Tribal Council of the Grand Traverse Band for six years, four years as the Vice-Chairperson. Ms. Petoskey is an enrolled member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

 

Dr. Prachi Shah

Prachi Shah, MD is a board-certified Developmental Pediatrician, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and an Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Human Growth and Development at the University of Michigan. Dr. Shah’s clinical focus is on providing care for high-risk preterm infants in the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic.  She also leads the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic at CS Mott Children’s Hospital, which conducts multidisciplinary evaluations for children with prenatal alcohol exposure. Her research focuses on the developmental and behavioral outcomes of high- and low-risk preterm infants, and the role of curiosity on early child development. She serves on the State of Michigan task force for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, the Interagency Coordinating Council, and the Perinatal Regional Systems of Care Task Force for which she is chair of the Neonatal Follow up section. Dr. Shah is also a member of an expert panel for the CDC to develop training materials and efforts to increase the diagnostic capacity among pediatricians nationally for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

 

Tina Willauer

Tina Willauer serves as a Program Director at Children and Family Futures (CFF).  In this role, she leads and coordinates the training and technical assistance needed for local, state, and tribal entities to implement and expand the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) model and related strategies in their jurisdictions. 

With over 28 years of experience in the child welfare field, Ms. Willauer is dedicated to identifying and spreading strategies that work for families affected by parental substance use disorders, trauma, and child maltreatment.   As the purveyor of the START model, an evidence supported intervention, she has worked in numerous jurisdictions to implement START and other child welfare system improvements. Before joining the CFF team in July 2017, she spent a decade serving as the Director of Kentucky Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams at the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), overseeing the development and implementation of the model.

Ms. Willauer has achieved high standards of practice and a change catalyst perspective in her every role from a front-line social worker, supervisor, senior manager, program director and consultant within the public child welfare system. She maintains a focus on transforming and strengthening the system of care between child welfare, substance use disorder treatment, and partner courts toward a family-focused system.  She has multiple peer reviewed publications and a lengthy list of dynamic national presentations. 

Ms. Willauer earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University and Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University. 

 

Doug York

Doug York is the Deputy Director of Child Welfare Field Operations at Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. For 18 years, Doug has served MDHHS in a number of front line positions, including foster care worker, CPS worker, and adult protective services. He has held several supervisory positions, including County Director and Business Service Center 1 Director. Doug has been recognized for his leadership in MDHHS and is very active in many initiatives including CPS advisory, CPS Operations Excellence, Tribal State Partnership, Systems Transformation and Suicide Prevention. Prior to coming to MDHHS Doug was employed with Marquette County Juvenile Court.

Doug is a strong advocate for MDHHS customers and our staff. Doug has a rich history of working collaboratively with community partners and other child welfare stakeholders to deliver effective child welfare services. Doug holds an undergraduate degree in social work from Northern Michigan University and a MSW from Michigan State University. Doug is also an advisor to the Social Work and Sociology departments at Northern Michigan University as well as an instructor in child welfare course work.

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