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Effective Partnerships With Parents:
Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC)

The council is committed to serving as a national model for effectively partnering with parents and expanding and integrating the powerful role of parent leaders in state children’s trust and prevention funds and community-based programs.

Meet The Council Members

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LaShay Canady - Colorado

LaShay Canady

LaShayLaShay Canady is the mother to an adult daughter who survived a traumatic brain injury in 1998 (hit by a car at 9 years of age) and who requires 24/7 care. Her daughter is a diva in a wheelchair though! From this life experience, LaShay became a powerful family leader.

She previously worked as a family advisor and managed the Colorado Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) statewide initiative. LaShay has worked in a variety of settings as a family leader for more than eight years, including serving as the chair of the Colorado Children’s Trust Fund Board for two years, and is committed to youth and family leadership in multiple domains.

LaShay is currently a Communities That Care (CTC) Coach at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE). She provides technical assistance, information and resources on risk and protective factors. This includes the CTC prevention operating system, the Social Development Strategy (SDS) model and Positive Youth Development (PYD) model to CTC communities throughout the state. She continues to advocate having family leaders and youth leaders at the decision-making tables in communities. She stays quite busy with two full-time jobs and one part-time business!

Maggie Fye - New Jersey

Margaret "Maggie" Fye

MaggieMaggie Fye lives in Laurel Lake, New Jersey with her two young daughters, Catey and Maisey Lou. She found her calling in parent leadership with Cumberland County Council for Young Children and Cumberland County Healthy Communities Coalition (CCCYC). Maggie started as the parent co-chair for the CCCYC’s Arts and Recreation/Resource Coordination Subcommittee and then transitioned into the role of project specialist for CCCYC. Maggie has a passion for creating the best and safest communities possible in which to raise our families.

After a life-changing nearly tragic accidental overdose of prescription medication by her now 6-year-old daughter that happened when she was a young toddler, Maggie has taken a leadership role in educating others about the importance of safe storage and disposal of medications. She now serves as the vice chair for Cumberland County Healthy Communities Coalition.

Her favorite and most important role is that of a mother to Catey and Maisey Lou. Through her example, she is showing her children how we can all take an active role in creating positive changes in our world.

Kara Georgi - New York

Kara Georgi

KaraKara Georgi lives in Auburn, New York with her precious two children and her encouraging husband. After several years of teaching Pre-K to grade 6, she stepped out of the full-time classroom to raise her children.

Kara currently works under a federal grant as a parent education specialist for nine counties across Central New York helping families navigate the special education process. Prior to this she completed numerous Early Intervention Parent Trainings and New York State Partners in Policymaking to better educate herself about disability policy and how to share her testimony in a meaningful way. She also continues to raise awareness and support for families who have children with Sensory Processing Disorder.

In addition to her work, Kara continues to train and connect with communities about the Community Café approach and the protective factors. She has presented the last three years at the New York State Child Abuse Conference on the power of conversations in the cafés and how to partner with parents. She serves on many committees and works to try to help find bridges between programs so that parents can gain skills as leaders in their communities. One of her favorite committees is ABC Cayuga, a local initaitive focused on children, birth to age 5. She works with them to support their social media content and to help create, establish and enhance the newly opened Play Space.

Kara also is an Alliance Certified Trainer for the in-person protective factors training. She has used the training in her home school district in work with the PTA, with hosting a school-wide Community Café with the staff and students and café nights for families. Currently, Kara is looking at ways she can bring it to her local police department. She is passoniate about the work and truly feels it is essential to see the value of the work in the everyday moments of everyone’s life. Kara has served for two years as the co-chair of the ANPPC and will continue in this role in the coming year.

Betty Hawkins Emery - Oklahoma

Betty Hawkins Emery

Betty Betty Hawkins-Emery is the director of Hawkins House Inc., a non-profit child advocacy group that assists children and parents who have been separated by the order or action of the Child Protective Services. She is a trained licensed practical nurse and healthcare administrator and the proud mother of a 10-year-old child born with Down’s syndrome. Betty is a Certified Trainer for the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds and has served on the Safe Families Parent Partners Board in Oklahoma since its inception in 2003. Betty works with teens aging out of the foster care system by providing housing, employment and educational opportunities while helping them to develop skills in activities of daily living.

Victoria Hilt - Washington

Victoria Hilt

VictoriaVictoria Hilt resides in Bremerton, Washington with her six-year-old daughter, Lisa. When Victoria served as the secretary for the Head Start Policy Council and, ultimately, as the chairperson, she discovered that she has leadership qualities.Victoria also serves her community through her activities as a member of the Board of Directors for Kitsap Community Resources, a local community action agency; as president of the Kitsap Early Learning Alumni Association (KELAA), which provides mentorship to developing parent leaders; and as a co-leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop.

Victoria is a Parent Ambassador Alumni with the Washington State Association of Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (WSA). In 2013, she received WSA’s State Parent of the Year Award for her advocacy around the sequestration and subsequent government shutdown. Her activities involved speaking at a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Because of her speech, a donation was made to Head Start that helped several programs stay in business.

In 2013, Victoria was honored by the Department of Early Learning’s (DEL) Strengthening Families Washington “Unsung Hero Award.” She continues to partner with DEL, and currently is working to update the state’s Health, Safety and Development regulations for the licensing of child care programs.

In 2016, Victoria was chosen by the Mayor of the City of Bremerton to serve on the Board of Commissioners for the Bremerton Housing Authority. She was recently selected to become vice-president of the Board.

Victoria views her role as a mother to be the most important of all of her roles. When she discovered that her daughter had a little sister who was in foster care, Victoria advocated for the child to be placed with her biological father. She became a “partner parent” to aid in the transition, which includes developing a co-parenting plan and a routine that includes the younger sister between both homes.

Victoria became an Alliance Certified Trainer for the in-person protective factors training in 2017. Her goal is to become involved in the writing of public policy that will aid in building stronger families. She is attending school to finish her degree in Public Policy and Administration. Meanwhile, she works closely with the Alliance’s Public Policy Committee and reports to the ANPPC on any pertinent matters. Victoria has been named as co-chair elect for the ANPPC and will assume this role in the Fall 2018.

Donna LaDuke - Minnesota

Donna LaDuke

Donna Donna resides in Warroad, Minnesota and has been there her entire adult life. Donna is a proud parent to five children, including being an adoptive parent of a child with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).

In 2005, Donna lost her oldest daughter to a terrible act of domestic violence. Since that time Donna has worked with the legal and educational systems in a variety of ways. She has been a parent leader with Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota (PCAMN) and serves on their Board of Directors. Donna worked with the Sheila Wellstone Institute, creating an educational DVD for their legal system on the impact to children. She was a Policy Chairperson for Northwest Community Action/Head Start in her county and has advised on a number of committees statewide. In 2012, Head Start Minnesota gave her the Parent Recognition award for her work toward parent education. She is also the Executive Director of the Warroad Area Chamber of Commerce & Convention & Visitors Bureau. Donna is also the Warroad Youth Hockey Board President, and has served on the board since 2011.

Lauren Mausbach - Arizona

Lauren Mausbach

Lauren Lauren Mausbach is happily married to the man of her dreams and has three beautiful children, two boys and a girl. She says she is happier now than she has ever been and is excited about this chapter of her life.

She began her career in behavioral health in November 2012, and since February 2017 has been a recovery coach for the North West Region in Arizona. She now is “Peer Support certified” and the number of trainings that she has completed and continues to complete is somewhere in the hundreds. Lauren works with parents whose children are involved with the Department of Child Safety (DCS) and have court oversight. Basically, she helps parents navigate the child welfare system.

Since 2015, Lauren has been a presenter for the Substance Exposed Newborn Safe Environment (SENSE) Program and trainings. The SENSE program is offered to DCS families that are at risk for having their children removed to support them through a multidisciplinary approach with up to five visits a week to the family’s home. The SENSE program has shown positive outcomes for families for many years in Arizona. Also, Lauren has been a presenter for the Arizona State University interns through the Department of Child Safety to give them the parent perspective. Since 2016, Lauren has served as a member of the Safe Reduction Work Group (SWRG) Family Engagement Team, which works with several providers throughout the state and with DCS on how to get parents more engaged and how to create more successful outcomes.

Janae Moss - Utah

Janae Moss

Janae Janae Moss has experienced parenting on many different levels, including adoption, kinship care, step parenting and as mother to her own biological children. All total, she has six daughters and one son. Through the years, she has become increasingly devoted to helping parents get support in every way possible. Through “Help Me Grow,” she identified the perfect vehicle for her passion and was excited to help lead as a parent champion. She enjoys spreading the word about the many amazing services available to parents, through educational family events and in the business and non-profit communities.

Currently, Janae serves as a “Parent Champion” of Help Me Grow Utah and is the chair elect of United Way of Utah County. She has been building The Parent Advocacy Council, to connect parent leaders with educational, government, business, not for profit, health and wellness, and faith based communities – while teaching the protective factors and using the Community Café model. Janae is an Alliance Certified Trainer and has been writing a curriculum with Barbara Leavitt to teach the protective factors to parents. Recently, Janae returned to school to finish her degree in Integrated Studies, with emphasis in psychology and leadership. Janae has served as co-chair for the ANPPC for the past two years and will be serving on the ANPPC in the coming year as a member-at-large.

Melissa Perry - Tennessee

Melissa Perry

MelissaMelissa Perry is a highly respected parent leader at the local, state and national levels with extensive expertise in parent leadership and advocacy development. She is employed as a parent leadership coordinator for Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee (PCAT) and works closely with Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) funded programs.

Melissa serves on many advisory councils and committees such as the Birth Parent National Network (BPNN), the BPNN Parent Council, the Circle of Parents national and statewide Parent Leadership Ambassador Teams, Tennessee CBCAP Council, PCAT’s Parent Leadership Advisory Council and the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC.) She is involved in coordinating PCAT activities for Tennessee’s Children’s Advocacy Days annual events and also trains parents and practitioners across the country on how to build and engage in partnerships with parents. In addition, she trains on hosting Community Cafés and has been involved in implementing many of them. Melissa is an Alliance Certified Trainer for the in-person protective factors training and an ACE’s Building Strong Brains trainer. She encourages parents to take on leadership roles through policy work such as sharing their stories to educate policymakers and other key leaders about the need to expand prevention services to reduce child abuse and neglect. She has written articles for newsletters and websites to encourage parent involvement. Melissa believes that “parents need to be provided with the opportunity to take on leadership roles based on their strengths and interests and they need role models who understand what it takes to achieve their goals and ensure that their voices are heard and respected.”

LaCrisha Rose - West Virginia

LaCrisha Rose

LaCrishaLaCrisha Rose is a resident of Cabin Creek, West Virginia where she is a loving wife and the mother of two awesome boys, one angel baby and a little girl on the way. Her own personal experiences with parenting have inspired her to be an advocate for all children and families, not just her own. LaCrisha is the facilitator of the West Virginia Circle of Parents Network. The Circle of Parents is a national network of parentled self-help groups, where parents and caregivers share ideas, celebrate successes and address the challenges surrounding parenting.

LaCrisha also is active in her local community through the Parents as Teachers Program and volunteering at her local elementary school. She is a proud supporter of “Families Leading Change” and the “Our Children, Our Future” campaign through the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Family Coalition. Through parent leadership and community involvement, LaCrisha hopes to have a positive impact on West Virginia children and families. LaCrisha is an Alliance Certified Trainer for the in-person protective factors training. She officially begins her first year as co-chair of the ANPPC at the 2017 Alliance Annual Membership meeting.

Parent to Parent Info-Graphics

The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) is happy to share a series of tools that focus on ideas for building and sustaining strong parent partnerships in community-level work. These tools allow parents to share with other parents some strategies for building protective factors through the strength-based approach of the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework.


ANPPC History & Goals

The goal of the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds is to expand and advance the meaningful and authentic roles of parent leaders in state Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds and in the Alliance. The Alliance works to ensure strong parent voices in shaping the programs that are funded, the policies implemented and the strategies identified for strengthening families and communities in targeted areas.

As one strategy to support this goal, the Alliance created the National Alliance Parent Partnership Council (NAPPC) in 2007, consisting of parent leaders who are familiar with the work of their states’ CTFs and who have experience and expertise that will be helpful on the national level.

In order to significantly impact the prevention of child abuse and neglect, the Alliance will promote a Strengthening Families approach by being a national model and facilitator of strong partnerships with parents. Major changes must occur and critical supports must be in place in order for parents to take on leadership roles in the Alliance, in CTFs and in the programs they fund. Development of the Parent Partnership Council will require time, trust and skill development for all partners involved.

ANPPC Member Roles Description

The Parent Partnership Council:

  • Actively advise the Alliance on action planning and developing parent partnerships
  • Create a body of knowledge on parent partnerships which includes:
    • Defining effective parent partnerships
    • Collecting strong models of successful parent partnerships
    • Identifying the rationale/benefits of partnerships in prevention
  • Recommend a parent partnership plan for the Alliance that impacts the other three focus areas of the five-year plan – Early Childhood Initiative, evidence based practices and reframing
  • Develop partnerships with representatives of state children’s trust funds as requested
  • Develop parent partnership recommendations for state children’s trust funds and the Alliance

Parent Partnership Council Members:

  • Commit to a two year term of membership
  • Commit to attend regularly scheduled teleconference meetings as determined by the Council (about 2 hours/month-unable to attend a meeting, council members will provide notification at least 24 hours in advance)
  • Provide Parent Partnership Council updates to at least one other constituency group
  • Engage in mentoring of other parent leaders
  • Update the Children’s Trust Fund Director in their state on Parent Partnership Council activities
  • Review and provide feedback to research and background work as needed
  • Actively participate in at least one committee or activity of the Alliance
  • Attend face to face meetings as determined by the Council and Alliance partners, approximately one per year. Travel expenses will be paid by the Alliance
  • Report on committee work and activities or points of interest during monthly Council meetings either verbally or in written form

Requirements for participation are:

  • A willingness to work with diversity
  • Ability to travel to Alliance meetings or activities
  • Ability to communicate in English
  • Ability to read and respond to Council communications via email