Great KIDS Leadership Academy announced

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – A new leadership academy is headed to Fort Wayne. Judge Charles Pratt, of the Family Relations Division of Allen Superior Court, along with Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES say they are beginning the Great KIDS Leadership Academy. The vision of the 2018 Great KIDS Leadership Academy is to support leaders in our community as they work towards gaining a better understanding of positive youth development practices. Among those participating in the Great KIDS Leadership Academy:

· Jerri Lerch, Executive Director, Allen County Drug & Alcohol Consortium
· Dr. Mary Johnson, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Bowen Center
· Tammy Else, Child Life Specialist, Lutheran Children’s Hospital
· Michael Roberson, Unit Director, Boys & Girls Club Fort Wayne
· Pastor Javier Mondragon, Founder/CEO, Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries Center
· Rachel Bryant, JAG Program Manager, Brightpoint
· Nancy Springer, Executive Director, CASA
· Ruthie Hall, Manager of Education and Health, United Way of Allen County
· Melissa Singh, Advocate Case Manager & Natalie Stabler, ECHO Case Manger, Catholic Charities
· Dr. Sarah GiaQuinta, Program Director, Children’s Health Collaborative
· Iric Headley, Director, Fort Wayne UNITED
· Deborah McMahan, MD, Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health, Health Commissioner
· Sarah Stuckey, Teacher & Michelle Wenglikowski, Director of Student Services, East Allen County Schools
· Dr. Laura (Swanson) Murphy, Vice President of Child & Adult Services, Park Center
· Connie Kerrigan, Director of Outreach, Parkview Health
· Nancy Jackson, Associate Professor of Music/Director of Music Therapy, Purdue Fort Wayne
· Clinton Faupel, Director, RemedyLIVE
· Lindsay Wolf, Chair of Special Education Department at HHS, Southwest Allen County Schools
· Dawn Martz, Senior Program Officer, Foellinger Foundation
· Shenita Bolton, K-12 College and Career Readiness Manager, Fort Wayne Community Schools

Dr. Monique Marrow

The goal of the Leadership Academy is to forge a greater understanding of complex trauma and its impact on the development of youth. As an introduction, this first Leadership Academy session will be led by Dr. Monique Marrow, and will focus on understanding childhood trauma and how to implement responsive practices. The 2018 Academy curriculum was developed in cooperation with the Shay Bilchick, J.D. and Macon Stewart, MSW of Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University. Continuing education certificates for this program will be administered by Purdue University, Fort Wayne.