Ellen has been with the team since 2004. In her role, she provides reflective support to team members on their training,
technical assistance and quality assurance work. In her direct work with programs,
she provides training and technical assistance to supervisors and program managers, as well as FSS quality assurance/site support visits
to programs. She relishes the opportunity to help guide managers and supervisors in
their professional development as it relates to the parallel process, practicing reflective practice, nurturing and retaining staff and
learning the nuts and bolts of their jobs. Prior to joining the team, Ellen was Director of Community Services for Mid Hudson Family
Health Institute where she initiated and oversaw the Healthy Families and Community Health Worker programs in two counties.
Before joining HFNY, Ellen worked with migrant farm workers in rural North Carolina, women and families
affected by HIV in Newburgh, NY, and as a home visitor to families in Washington, DC.
Ellen also spent 3 years in Honduras in the U.S. Peace Corps working with women’s groups on income generating
and health projects. Ellen has dual master’s degrees in Public Health and Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Lisa was with the accredited Healthy Families program in Steuben County from 1995 - 2017. She served in all program roles at one time or
another and was the Program Manager from 2000-2017. Lisa has degrees in Psychology and Management, as well as additional training in
infant mental health and early brain development through her years with Healthy Families. Prior to working with Healthy Families,
she was a home visitor with another local program supporting families at risk of losing custody of their children. Overall, she has 25 years
of experience working with families of different circumstances to reduce their stresses and prevent child abuse and neglect prior to joining the training team.
Caroline has been with PCANY since 2008. In her role, she primarily focuses on visiting programs all over New York State to
provide FRS, and FRS Supervisor Quality Assurance/Site Support visits. In addition, she conducts the Supervisor Core
training. Prior to joining the team, Caroline was with the Ulster County Healthy Families Program for 8 years.
In her time there, she had the opportunity to fill many roles (FSS Supervisor, Home Visiting Coordinator and Program Manager).
Caroline also worked as a Family Specialist for 10 years with youth and their families in a therapeutic foster care program,
and as a case manager for UARC working with individuals with developmental disabilities. One of Caroline’s favorite
parts of being on the team is the opportunity to go into the field and directly observe the tremendous work that is being
done in programs and to provide opportunities for staff to step back and reflect on their practice.
James was an FRS/FSS Supervisor at Ulster County Healthy Families before joining the PCANY training team in 2015.
His career in social work spans over 30 years. Prior to Healthy Families, James worked in therapeutic
foster care as a caseworker and supervisor. Here he witnessed the long-term impacts of child abuse and neglect,
and saw how difficult it is for children to overcome this trauma. James is grateful to serve HFNY programs
and staff as they prevent those outcomes and promote happy childhoods for New York’s children.
Tina is currently the Program Associate for the Training Team at PCANY, coordinating and
organizing the many different logistical aspects of all the trainings the team provides around the
state. Tina has an academic background in Sociology and Child Development, and has previously spent many years working in two Healthy Families NY programs.