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Community Task Force


Honorable Judge Ronald B. Adrian, J.D.
  • Cleveland Municipal Court
  • Administrative and Presiding Judge
  • International lecturer on domestic violence issues
  • Committee Positions
    • Chair - Supreme Court’s Interpreter Services Advisory Committee
    • Chair -Cleveland’s Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
    • Chair -National Board of Directors of the Family Violence Prevention Fund
    • Co-chair – National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence
  • Graduate of Fisk University
  • Graduate of Cleveland State University - Marshall College of Law
  • Former positions
    • Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor
    • Senior staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives

Honorable Judge Richard J. Ambrose, J.D., B.S.

  • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
  • Former position
    • Civil Trial Attorney
  • Initiatives
    • Member of the Cuyahoga County Corrections Board
    • Court’s Judicial Advisory Board for the new Community Based Correction Facility
    • Chair – Court’s Probation Committee
  • Graduate of University of Virginia
  • Graduate of Cleveland State University – Marshall College of Law

Mary Boyle, B.S.N.
  • Currently serves as a nurse part-time for Metro Health and Hospice of the Western Reserve
  • Earned a BSN degree in 2004 from Case Western Reserve
  • Served  three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, chief sponsor of several bills to reform juvenile law and to promote permanence for children in custody
  • Served three terms as Cuyahoga County Commissioner
  • Served as consultant for Center for Community Solutions

Pamela Brown

  • President of AFSCME Local 1746

Lynne Chavers

  • Staff Attorney, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court  
  • Former positions held:
    • Attorney,  Franklin County Children Services
    • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, I.C
    • Senior Attorney, Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services
    • Attorney III Legal Affairs, Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services
    • Guardian Ad Litem – Juvenile Court
    • Social Worker III – Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services

Daralynn Constant, LISW-S
  • Appointed as the first Child Protection Coordinator for Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
  • Master of Social Science Administration (MSASS)
  • School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University
  • Recognized by the courts and an expert witness in child maltreatment
  • Trainer
  • Lecturer
  • Founder of the Care Clinic ( the RB&C outpatient evaluation center for child sexual abuse)
  • Founding member of Cuyahoga County Child Death Review Board
  • Founding member of the former Child Protection Coalition
  • Appointed to the Special Commission of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese to help revise the child sexual abuse policy

David Crampton, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University
  • His scholarship is dedicated to finding effective ways to engage communities, families, and social workers in the care and protection of vulnerable children
  • Primary research interests concern the evaluation of family-centered and community-based child welfare practices, specifically the use of family meetings in cases of child maltreatment

Maureen Dee, M.S.S.A., M.B.A, LISW-S, LICDC
  • Executive Director of Catholic Charities Services
  • Operated chemical dependency programs for the organization
  • M.S.S.A. – Case Western Reserve University
  • M.B.A. – Cleveland State University

William Denihan

  • Chief Executive Officer for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County

  • Teacher, College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

  • Bachelor Degree in Urban Studies

  • Former Positions

    • Chief Executive Officer for the Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board

    • Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services

    • Cleveland Public Safety Director, responsible for Police, Fire and EMS

    • Director of Public Service for the City of Cleveland

Myles Edwards, Ph.D.

  • Director of Research for Children and Animals in the Children’s Division
  • Current Employer
    • American Humane Association
      • Has conducted human services research and evaluation  since 1973 in the areas of:
        • Child welfare
        • Mental health
        • Health services
        • Criminal justice
        • Alcohol and Substance abuse

Mark H. Feingold, M.D

  • Pediatrician
  • Current employment
    • Metro Health Medical Center
      • Division of Ambulatory Pediatrics
      • Department of Pediatrics
    • Professional and Community Service
      • Director, Division of  Primary Care Pediatrics
      • Director, Alpha Clinic ( For the evaluation of sexually abused children)
      • Director, Child Protection Services
      • Member, Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Child Fatality Review Board
      • American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Professional Affiliations & Service re: Child Abuse
      • Director, Alpha Clinic ( For the evaluation of sexually abused children)
      • Director, Child Protection Services
      • Member, Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Child Fatality Review Board
      • American Academy of Pediatrics – Section on Child Abuse and Neglect
      • American Academy of Pediatrics ( Ohio Chapter) – Committee member on Child Abuse
      • Member, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
      • Scholar-Member, Ray Helfer Society

Debra A. Gilmore, M.P.A., J.D., C.W.L.S.

  • Program Manager, Child Protection Reform
  • Current Employment
    • American Humane Association
      • Provides consultation, training and technical assistance to child welfare agencies and other key publics
      • Manages chronic neglect initiative
  • Awards and Recognitions

    • 2008 - Recipient of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Adoption Excellence Award
    • 2009 – Recognized as North Carolina’s first Child Welfare Law Specialist

Victor Groza, Ph.D.

  • Professor in Parent-Child Studies, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University
  • Licensed Independent Social Worker Supervisor
  • Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Certified Alcoholism and Drug Counselor

Susan Hatters-Friedman, M.D.

  • A forensic and perinatal psychiatrist with both research and clinical experience  in the areas of maternal mental health and filicide
  • Current employment
    • Northcoast Behavior Healthcare
    • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
    • North East Ohio Health Services/Connections, Perinatal and Women’s Health Program, and Forensic Outpatient Services
    • Private Practice of Forensic Psychiatry

Jessica Horne, Certified Ohio Prevention Consultant II

  • Executive Director of Cleveland Urban Minority Alcoholism Drug Abuse Outreach Project (UMADAOP)
  • Graduate of Tennessee State University
  • Political Science Degree

Daniel A. Houston, M.A.

  • International trainer and organizational development consultant
  • Specializes in improving management processes and leading agencies in becoming high performance organizations
  • Certified lead trainer in the areas of cultural diversity and leadership development
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Yvonne C. Hunnicutt

  • Director of Operations and Policy Associate
  • Current Employment
    • Voices For Ohio’s Children
  • Memberships
    • Board of the Ohio Justice Alliance Community Corrections
    • Juvenile Coalition
    • Project Timothy, Inc.
    • Cuyahoga County Young Democrats
    • Appointed to the Governor Strickland’s taskforce on Juvenile Justice
  • Graduate of 2009 Bridge Builders Leadership Program
  • Graduate of Wilberforce University

Patrick Kanary – Will serve as facilitator of the Community Task Force

  • Director of the Center for Innovative Practices
  • Prior work includes:
    • Independent consulting  specializing in community-based, inter-system policy and program development with a focus on youth and family issues

Greg Keck, Ph.D.

  • Founder and Director of the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio
  • Dr. Keck specializes in working with adoptive families whose children experienced early trauma
  • Involved in training regarding attachment disorders, both nationally and internationally
  • Part-time Faculty, School of Social Work, University of Akron

Donna Keegan, M.A., B.A., A.A., LSW

  • Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Berea Children’s Home and Family Services
  • Former positions
    • Director of Quality Management and Training
    • Client Management Supervisor
    • Cottage Supervisor
    • Direct Service Worker

John Lawson, J.D.

  • Private Practice Attorney with and emphasis on juvenile and criminal law
  • Graduate of Cleveland Marshall College of Law
  • Served on Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services' Citizens Advisory Board
  • Founded the youth runaway shelter (the Safe Space Station)
  • Former positions
    • Administrator at Cleveland Works
    • Cleveland City Councilman
    • Adjunct law professor at Cleveland Marshall College of Law

Judy Layne, J.D. B.A.

  • Administrator, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Guardian ad Litem Project
  • Trainer for continuing legal education seminars on guardian ad litem and custody issues for Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association GAL project  and Ohio Association of criminal defense attorneys
  • Trainer of foster parents for Institute for Human Services, specialized foster parents and other foster parent organizations
  • Former position
    • Private practice attorney with focus on juvenile and domestic relations law, probate and real estate litigation
    • Guarding ad Litem in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and in Cuyahoga Domestic Relations Court

Catherine L. Lester, M.S.S.A.
  • Director, Cuyahoga Tapestry System of Care
  • Skills and Expertise
    • Program design and evaluation
    • Policy and data analysis
    • Strategic planning and project management
    • Staff development and team leadership
  • Former positions:
    • Executive Director, Vision Charlotte Initiative - City of Charlotte N.C.
    • Social Service Manager, Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services
    • System Reform Coordinator, Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services
    • Program Officer, Cuyahoga County Family  and Children First Council

David J. Lundeen, M.B.A, M.S.W.
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Care Network, Cleveland Christian Home and Bridgeway
  • Served as administrator and direct service provider in Cleveland’s child welfare industry for over 35 years
  • President of the Alliance of Child Caring Service Providers
  • Former position:
    • Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Christian Home

Melissa Manos, M.S.M., M.Ed, M.S.

  • Director  – Help Me Grow of Cuyahoga County
  • Former positions:
    • Parent/Community Liaison, Cuyahoga County Early Intervention Collaborative (now known as Help Me Grow of Cuyahoga County)
    • Project Manager, Youth Development Project

C.J. Mathews, D.Min., M.Div., M.A.R.

  • Senior Pastor of Mount Sinai
  • Civil rights activist
  • Memberships include:
    • The Greater Cleveland Partnership
    • President of the United Pastors in Mission
    • Board member of United Way Services
    • Chairman of the NAACP's (Cleveland Chapter) Black Leadership Commission on AIDS
    • Governors, Juvenile Justice System
    • Chairman of the Technical Assistance Committee for the Housing Commission for the National Baptist Convention U.S.A., Inc.
  • Former positions
    • Chairman - One Church One Child
    • Chaplain - Cuyahoga County Youth Development Center
    • Assistant Pastor - Mount Sinai Baptist Church
    • Youth Pastor - Mount Sinai Baptist Church

Pat Rideout, J.D.

  • Senior Consultant for the Annie E. Casey Family to Family Initiative
  • Assists over 30 child protection agencies in the U.S.
  • Serves as the site team leader for Michigan and Illinois
  • Serves as the lead consultant on team decision making
  • Former positions
    • Deputy Director for Direct Services at Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services
    • Director of Foster Care and Adoption at Bellefaire JCB
    • Program Director at Lucas County Children Services
    • Juvenile Court Magistrate in Toledo
    • Director of the Guardian Ad Litem Clinic at the University of Toledo College of Law

Sergeant Daniel Rowley

  • Administrative Supervisor for Cleveland Police Department Bureau of Special Investigations
  • Overseeing major offense bureaus:
    • Auto Theft Homicide
    • Crime Scene
    • Domestic Violence
    • Financial Crimes
    • Forensic Laboratory
    • Homicide
    • Photo Laboratory
    • Sex Crimes
  • Prior assignments
    • First District Detective Bureau
    • Forensic Laboratory
    • Homicide Unit Supervisor
  • Memberships
    • Cuyahoga County Child Fatality Review Committee

Douglas A. Smith

  • Children's systems consultant
  • Provides support to public and private agencies in the areas of:
    • Child Welfare
    • Mental Health
    • Juvenile Justice
    • Special Education Services
  • Former positions, organizations and associations
    • Executive Director of the Alliance of Child Caring Service Providers - An association of more than thirty children's services agencies that support more an 100,000 children and their families each year
    • Positive Education Program - A special education - mental health agency serving children with serious emotional disorders
    • Building Principal
    • Elementary School Teacher


Crystal Ward Allen, LSW  

  • Executive Director of Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO)

  • Masters degree in Social Work

  • Adjunct Professor at the College of Social Work at Ohio State University

  • Involved in extensive legislative advocacy and public policy development for PCSAO in the areas of:

    • Child welfare

    • Child welfare finance reform

    • Kinship care

    • Welfare reform

Mary P. Wise, M.S.W., M.S.C.E., LSW

  • Director of the Parma Family Collaborative
  • Director of the MyCom Initiative for Parma, Ohio
  • Co-Facilitator of Child Abuse Training in Parma City School District
  • Trainer for Violence Prevention and Social Skills 2nd Step Curriculum
  • Manage School-based Mental Health Partnership
  • Certified Parent to Parent Trainer
  • Certified Trainer for Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and Attorney General’s Office “Parent Project.”
  • National Trainer for Families and Schools Together (FAST)
  • Medical social worker at St. Michael (St. Alexis)


Zulma Zabala, J.D., M.P.A., B.A.

  • Chief Operating Officer for East End Neighborhood House
  • Graduate of Cleveland State University – Marshall College of Law
  • Leadership and Civic Involvement
    • Vice-Chair of the Family to Family Administrator Council
    • Trustee Starting Point
  • Former positions
    • Director of Foster Care Programs, East End Neighborhood House
    • Founder/Principal Consultant, The Community Collective Passages, LLC
    • Consulting Convention Coordinator, Hispanic Convention 2004
    • Program Director, Passaic County Community College
    • Program Director, New Jersey Association on Correction
    • Public Health Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Health