Community Conversations Speaker Bios
Paul Archibald, DrPH, LCSW-C is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Morgan State University. Dr. Archibald has over a decade of clinical practice and training dedicated to the prevention and treatment of mental and physical health outcomes among people exposed to chronic stressors.
Vickie Ensor-Bands, RN is the Director of Community Outreach and Health Improvement at UM Upper Chesapeake Health. Vickie is an experienced strategic and forward thinking healthcare leader with more than 30 years of experience.
Vickie Beck, APRN-BC is a board certified clinical specialist in child and adolescent psychiatric and mental health nursing and is a national trainer for trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy.
Pamela Brown, Ph.D. is currently the Executive Director of the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families. Over the past 30 years, Pam has held several leadership positions in the fields of education, social services and government.
Judge Yvette Bryant began serving in the Baltimore City Circuit Court in July 2006 and currently serves on the Maryland Court of Appeals’ Standing Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Executive Board of the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys, and as a Truancy Court Judge in Baltimore City through the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts of the University of Baltimore School of Law. She graduated from the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law in May 1986, was admitted to the Maryland bar in December 1986, and was admitted to The District of Columbia bar in 1989.
Tonier Cain-Muldrow is a trauma survivor and internationally recognized Trauma Informed Care Expert. As the CEO and founder of Healing Neen, Inc., Tonier's work has focused on heightening awareness of the characteristics and effects of trauma and improving the performance of service providers, businesses, government agencies and others who interact with trauma victims and survivors.
Tara Carlson, MS, RN is the Director of Community Outreach and External Affairs at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Tara oversees the Center for Injury Prevention and Policy which includes all program involving trauma, violence and injury prevention/intervention, intimate partner violence prevention, Trauma Survivors Network, Stop the Bleed and organ and tissue donation.
Kay Connors, MSW is an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Kay is also the Project Director for the Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center, Category II Center, National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative
Dr. Kevin Daniels is a native inner-city Baltimorean with a Doctoral degree in Higher Education from Morgan State University (MSU), a Doctorate degree in Theology/Public Health from United Theological Seminary, a Master’s of Science Degree in Social Work (Clinical Counseling/Administration) from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Morgan State University. He holds a Certification of Advanced Studies in Addictions Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. He is the currently the Chair of Civic Action with the Minister’s Conference (Baltimore and Vicinity) and a community strategist with Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD).
Elizabeth Getzoff Testa, Ph.D. is a pediatric psychologist in the Division of Psychology and Neuropsychology at Mt Washington Pediatric Hospital (MWPH). Dr. Getzoff Testa earned a Ph.D. from University of Cincinnati in Ohio, completed a pre-doctoral internship at Mailman Center for Child Development in Miami, Florida, and postdoctoral fellowship at MWPH in Baltimore, Maryland. She served as the Coordinator of Psychology Services and Research for the Center of Pediatric Weight Management and Healthy Living for 14 years before becoming the Coordinator of the Behavioral Pain Management Program at MWPH.
Amber Guthrie, MA holds a master’s degree in Women’s Studies with a concentration in anti-violence studies and gerontology and is the project director at the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. She provides training and technical assistance to domestic violence service providers, health care providers and allied professionals around the state. She serves on the steering committee for the Maryland Health Care Coalition Against Domestic Violence, facilitates the Maryland Domestic Violence Shelter Directors’ Group, and participates on the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force’s Victim Services Committee and the Maryland Abuse Intervention Collaborative (MAIC).
Antonio Hayes began his career of public service to Baltimore more than 25 years ago as an officer in his community association. Today he is a Maryland senator representing District 40 in Baltimore City, committed to doing the most for those who have the least. Prior to serving in the Maryland Senate, Senator Hayes served as a delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates from 2015-2019. His legislative priorities include seniors, education, transit and public safety.
Danielle Hickman, MS, is a licensed certified professional counselor (LCPC) and the owner of Resurgence Health Systems. L.L.C., a private practice counseling practice with offices Baltimore City and Baltimore County. As a psychotherapist, Danielle has focused her studies on the effects of community trauma and has worked extensively with people who have experienced both childhood and adult trauma.
Donna L. Jacobs, Esq. is the Senior Vice President for Government, Regulatory and Community Health at the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS). She is responsible for health policy development, regulatory issues and the implementation of strategies and practices resulting from legislative and regulatory initiatives. Donna is certified by The Family Tree as a Master Presenter on Adverse Childhood Experiences.
Bryant Johnson, NASM-CPT is a commercial truck driver, professional fitness trainer, and entrepreneur. He is a lifelong resident of Baltimore City and graduate Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Throughout his childhood, he experienced several adverse childhood experiences that made it impossible to envision success. He serves as a motivational speaker and community activist.
Laurel Kiser, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, Division of Psychiatric Services Research. As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Kiser is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and has spent considerable time studying the impacts of trauma and the benefits of family-informed trauma treatment.
Frank Kros, MSW, JD. is the Executive Vice President of The TranZed Alliance/The Children’s Guild in Baltimore. The Children’s Guild is a nonprofit, child-serving organization dedicated to serving children and adolescents with trauma disorders, who have been traumatized by life experiences or who have autism spectrum disorder and/or multiple disabilities in Maryland and Washington D.C.
Lt. Veto Mentzell has been with the Harford County Sherriff’s Office since 1997. His assignments have included uniformed patrol and investigations with the Criminal Investigation Division. Lt. Mentzell was appointed by Governor Hogan as a member of the State Council on Child Abuse and is certified by the Family Tree as a Maryland ACE Interface Master Trainer.
Shantay McKinily is the Director of the Positive Schools Center (PSC) at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She works to equip and coach other principals and leadership teams to create nurturing, holistic learning environments. In addition to providing leadership coaching, she provides training in Restorative Practices and implementing successful alternatives to punitive discipline methods in schools.
Rev. Brian Murray is the pastor of New Covenant Community United Church of Christ in Pikesville. Brian is a spiritual leader with over two decades of ministerial service to the Kingdom of God, as well as two decades of corporate business experience. He has worked effectively with those in the pews, in the community, and in the seminary classroom.
Brittany Parham, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the UM School of Medicine, Center for School Mental Health (CSMH). Dr. Parham has served in schools for nearly a decade in various capacities, including her most recent role as a community-partnered school mental health clinician in Baltimore City Schools. She has provided training for administrators, educators, school police officers and student support staff on the impact of trauma on learning, secondary traumatic stress, and evidence-based mental health interventions for trauma-exposed youth.
Ruby Parker is the Manager of Public Engagement and Training at The Family Tree, leading a statewide effort to educate parents, policy makers and professionals about the impact of childhood adversity on developing brains. Through her background in public health, Ruby has seen firsthand that adversity early in life, such as child abuse and neglect, can lead to many more health and social problems later in life.
Claudia Remington, J.D. is Executive Director of the Maryland State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (SCCAN). Prior to becoming executive director, Claudia served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children within child welfare, juvenile justice, school, medical, mental health and court systems. Ms. Remington is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Human Services, Administration for Children Youth and Families Commissioner’s Award recognizing her outstanding contributions promoting the safety and well-being of children and families within Maryland.
Walter Simmons is the current President & CEO of Employ Prince George’s Incorporated and the Executive Director of the Prince George’s County Local Workforce Development Board. In this role, Walter leads the Prince George’s County Public Workforce System, one of the largest workforce systems in the State of Maryland, serving over 30,000 job seekers and 4,000 businesses annually.
T.J. Smith is currently the Press Secretary for Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. With 20 years of law enforcement experience, T.J. previously served as the chief spokesperson and communications advisor for the Baltimore Police Department. Having earned several humanitarian awards and community recognition awards for his service, T.J. holds a master’s degree in management from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in strategic communication from Washington State University.
Elizabeth Thompson, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Family and Community Interventions at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Elizabeth is a child/adolescent mental health executive with an established track record of optimizing service delivery to traumatized children and families through organizational leadership, workforce development, policy & program development, grants management, regulatory compliance and building community relationships.
Kim Trueheart is the Executive Director of the Liberty Village Project, responsible for supervision, planning, organizing and directing the delivery of wrap-around programs and services to the children, families and neighbors of the Liberty Recreation and Tech Center in northwest Baltimore City. Kim is an actively engaged community leader and advocate for disadvantaged youth, seniors, families and the homeless.
Mike Wills was an actor on the highly acclaimed series, “The Wire” for two seasons and has created several short films to raise awareness around the major problems that cities face including addiction and homelessness.
Melvin Wilson is the Co-Director of Turnaround Tuesday, a nonprofit organization that helps people with challenges in their past secure job placement with Baltimore employers.
D’Lisa Worthy is the Co-Director of the University of Maryland Baltimore Center of Excellence in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. D’Lisa has received a significant amount of specialized training in childhood mental health including being an ACEs Statewide (Maryland) Master Trainer.