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Faculty Profiles


Linda Avitan, M.S.W., has worked in Israel with youth at risk for over thirty years, including residential and foster care. She began work with TCI in 2006, and has instructed TCI/S in Israel and in the United States. Serving on the Israel TCI Steering Committee, she has coordinated the program and been involved in policy making and innovations such as trainer peer-group supervision. Linda is certified in Marital and Family Therapy and Mediation, as well as in Parental Consultation for Children with AD/HD, which she utilizes in her private practice.

Craig Bailey, B.S., has worked with youth in residential care and school settings since 1996.  He has served youth and families through Hillside Children’s Center, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, and Crestwood Children’s Center.  Craig is currently a Manager in Organization Development and Learning with Hillside Family of Agencies, located in Rochester, NY.  He is a primary TCI trainer for new employees and helps coordinate the implementation of the TCI system throughout all of the service affiliates of Hillside Family of Agencies.  Craig has worked as a consultant with the Residential Child Care Project since 2007 and facilitates TCI Train-the-Trainer and TCI Trainer Updates in the United States and internationally.

Kelly Bouchard, B.S., has been a TCI instructor since 2007 and  joined the RCCP team in 2016. She has worked with youth in residential care settings since 2002, and has held positions such as therapeutic foster parent, milieu supervisor, and training specialist. She is currently a Unit Director at a residential treatment facility serving adolescents with complex trauma, developmental disabilities, and mental illness with Spurwink, located in Portland, Maine. She provides TCI and CARE training for new and existing employees and assists in the implementation of the TCI system within Spurwink and other contracted community organizations. 

Shlomit Branski, M.S.W, has been working with residential care of youth at risk in Israel over 20 years. For the last 10 years, managing the social workers, psychologists and therapists team. Training groups of staff members at residential care facilities and counseling social workers at various institutes. Studied TCI in 2004 and since then instructing TCI trainings and serving in the Israeli TCI steering committee as the liaison between the committee and the institutes that use TCI. Joined the TCI Instructor team in 2016.

Sharon Butcher M.A., is the Director of Education at the Waterford Country School, a non-profit human service agency located in southeastern Connecticut.  Her professional career began as a childcare worker in the residential treatment program at WCS before becoming a Special Education Teacher and advancing into her current role.  Sharon became a professionally certified TCI trainer in 2004 and joined the RCCP in 2010 as a TCI Instructor. 

Stacey Charchuk, B.A., CYCW is currently working at Oakhill Boys Ranch, a campus based residential program for adolescent boys near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.   She has been there for 20 years serving within the role of a Child & Youth Care Worker, Supervisor, and presently as the Assistant Director. Stacey has been a certified Therapeutic Crisis Intervention trainer for the past 8 years and acquired her professional trainer status in the Fall of 2015. She is excited to have recently joined the Cornell team as a Casual TCI instructor.  Stacey is a certified Ropes Course trainer developed through Adventureworks, Inc. She has also been a trainer of CARE (Children And Residential Experiences) at Oakhill for the past 5 years.  Stacey has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology from the University of Alberta and is a Certified Child and Youth Care Worker.  She currently resides in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, 2 children and the family pets.

Yeshaya Corrick, B.E.D., has 17 years of professional experience in various therapeutic settings as a childcare worker and coordinator. He is one of the leading team which brought the TCI system to Israel in 2003 and is a member of the national steering committee for TCI . He currently works as a supervisor, mentoring and training educational staff and families, mainly in schools and facilities, which specialize in emotional and behavioral disorders.

Thomas J. Endres, M.A., is an extension associate with the BCTR.  Tom has worked in clinical, supervisory and administrative positions with child welfare organizations for over 35 years.  Tom joined the Residential Child Care Project in 2001 and currently provides training and technical assistance for the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and Children and Residential Experiences (CARE) projects. Tom’s research interests include implementation and evaluation of program models in human service settings. 

John (Johnnie) Gibson, M.S.W., MSSc, CQSW, is owner of Secure Attachment Matters, Ireland.  He is qualified in Social Work and worked in 4 different residential child care settings for a total of 25 years.  He consults to residential child care organizations, principally in relation to development of models of care.   He provides direct support to high risk foster placements, working systemically with all significant parties.   In 2015 he contributed a book chapter to the  International Foster Care Organisation “Ensuring the Rights of the Child, and Family-Centred Services”, Conference Proceedings publication.  In 2016 he co-authored, with Colby Pearce, an article for ‘Foster’ the journal of the Irish Foster Care Association.  The article reports on the Ireland based pilot of the Triple A Model of Therapeutic Care, developed and authored by Australian Clinical Psychologist, Colby Pearce.  John was among the first workers to train in TCI in Ireland and Britain. He joined the RCCP as an Instructor in 2001.  He holds post graduate qualifications in Social Learning Theory (Child Care) and in Social Work Management and Leadership.  He is trained in the Child Attachment Interview at the Anna Freud Centre (London).   

Richard Heresniak has worked in the field of residential care since 1985, beginning his career at Astor Services for Children and Families – an agency at which he remains employed on a part time basis.  His primary responsibilities at Astor are training, staff development, and providing support to Astor’s school and residential programs. Richard was Cornell’s first professionally certified TCI trainer, and in addition to his work at Astor, has been a consultant with the Residential Child Care Project since 2003.  He provides training and technical assistance in TCI, TCIS, and CARE.  His work with the project also includes curriculum design and development, as well as providing written contributions to project communications.

Jack C. Holden, Ph.D., has been an instructor and project consultant with Cornell University’s RCCP for over 30 years. Dr. Holden earned a Ph.D. in Education, specializing in Adult Learning and has presented workshops and research nationally and internationally and has authored, Developing Competent Crisis Intervention Training, and co-authored a chapter, Preventive Responses to Disruptive and High-Risk Behaviours, in the book International Perspectives on Inclusive Education. Dr. Holden has co-authored several training manuals including Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools, (TCIS) and published in the Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, and Journal of National Staff Development and Training Association.

Martha J. Holden, M.S., is a Senior Extension Associate with the BCTR, principal investigator and Director of the RCCP. Ms. Holden provides technical assistance and training to residential child caring agencies, schools, juvenile justice programs, and child welfare organizations throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and Israel. She is the author of Children and Residential Experiences (CARE): Creating Conditions for Change, a best practice model for residential care organizations. Ms. Holden has published in the Children’s and Youth Services Review, Prevention Science, Child Abuse and Neglect: An International Journal, Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Problems, Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, and the Journal of Child And Youth Care Work. She has co-authored chapters in the books, Therapeutic residential care for children and youth: Developing evidence-based international practice; For Your Own Safety: Examining the Safety of High Risk Interventions for Children and Young People; International Perspectives on Inclusive Education, Volume 2, Transforming Troubled Lives: Strategies and Interventions with Children and Young People with Social, Emotional, and Behavioural Difficulties; Understanding Abusive Families: An ecological approach to theory and practice.  Previously Ms. Holden served as an administrator overseeing the day-to-day operations of a residential treatment agency for adolescents, including its education resources.

Charles Izzo holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in the design and evaluation of community-based services to improve family functioning.  His work has focused on applying social science research and methods to improve the quality of human service programs, particularly those that target caregiving.  He has published in journals such as Prevention Science, International Journal of Child and Family Welfare, and the Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.

Frank Kuhn, Ph.D., is a Senior Extension Associate with the BCTR. A clinical psychologist, Frank has worked in clinical, educational and administrative positions with child welfare organizations and universities for over 35 years. He has served as medical school faculty and has provided consultation and training to agencies across the U.S. Dr. Kuhn coordinates CARE implementation at BCTR and provides training and technical assistance to agencies implementing CARE and TCI throughout North America. He currently serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Services.  Research interests include implementation and evaluation of program models in human service organizations and facilitation of positive organizational change.

Beth Laddin, L.M.S.W., works as a school social worker in Albany, NY.  Previously, Ms. Laddin worked for the FLDC at Cornell as a Program Manager and as a Field Instructor.  As a Field Instructor, Ms. Laddin trained child service providers in the TCI program.  Other child welfare experience includes positions in Child Protective Services, residential facilities, administrative state positions, facility quality assurance work, and program development.

Dalit Eshed Levy, M.A.  is a clinical psychologist, life coach and private therapist.  Works with children and staff in child and youth residential facilities. A TCI instructor since 2003. In charge of TCI implementation in the Youth Protection Authority. Senior consultant to the Israeli steering committee for TCI. Provides TxT courses and direct training. Mother of four, resides in Israel.

William Martin, MHSA, has been working with children and families with special needs for over 30 years. He is the Executive Director of Waterford Country School, a non-profit human service agency providing a multitude of services including residential treatment, emergency shelters, safe homes, group homes, foster care, education, and in-home services. Bill is also a CARE and TCI instructor and he and the staff of Waterford Country School are deeply involved in, and committed to TCI, TCIF, TCIS and the CARE and CARE for Foster Carers program models. Bill has a Master’s degree in Human Service Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Social Work.

Lisa McCabe, Ph.D., is a Research Associate in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University. Her research examines programs and policies that support professional development, program fidelity, and higher quality program implementation in settings such as residential child care and early education and child care. Dr. McCabe has published in journals such as Educational Policy, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, and Zero to Three, and has authored research and policy briefs through the Cornell Early Childhood Program and the National Institute for Early Education Research. 

Marty Mineroff, M.S., has an extensive background in education. He retired from the New York City Department of Education in June 2008, after 29 years working with special needs students in Brooklyn, NY. He began his career as a special education teacher, became a unit coordinator, an assistant principal, and finally spent 14 years as principal of a special education school. His school in Brooklyn, NY, provided educational services for 300 students in three community schools, grades K-8. Marty became a certified TCI Instructor in May 2009 and is assisting the RCCP in implementing TCI in schools as well as training TCI.

Eddie Mendez has worked with children and young people in a variety of settings including custody, Residential programs and Foster Care for more than 27yrs. Nearly all of this work has been in Western Sydney, Australia. Eddie has for several years also been involved in the facilitation and development of training workshops.  Eddie has been involved with the TCI program since 2000-2001. In addition to his long engagement with the welfare sector Eddie is also a foster carer.

Andrea Mooney, M.Ed., JD, is an original author of TCI and has been involved with the program since its inception.  She has been a Special Education teacher, a law guardian, and a consultant.  She is now a clinical professor at the Cornell University Law School and an attorney/trainer in private practice, specializing in child advocacy and family law.

Michael Nunno, D.S.W., is a Senior Extension Associate with the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR). He has expertise in social policy, regulation, and legislation related child welfare issues as well as specific expertise in the identification, prevention, and etiology of child abuse and neglect in residential care.  More recently Dr. Nunno has been working with therapeutic and residential child-care organizations to measure the impact of Cornell University’s Therapeutic Crisis Intervention system and its Children and Residential Experiences program model on restraint incidents.  Dr. Nunno has published in the Child Protective Services Team Handbook, as well as in Children and Youth Services Review; Child and Youth Care Forum; Child Welfare; Child Abuse and Neglect: An International Journal; Children and Society; Protecting Children; Prevention Science, The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry; Psychiatric Services and the Journal of Child and Family Studies.  He was editor of the Journal of Child and Youth Care’s dedicated issue on institutional maltreatment and co-editor of the book, For Your Own Safety: Examining the Safety of High-Risk Interventions for Children and Young People.

Nick Pidgeon, BSc, is Director of NJP Consultancy and Training Ltd. based in Bridge of Allan, Scotland. He has many years experience in social work and over 20 years experience as an independent consultant. He has provided training and consultancy throughout Britain and Ireland and in the USA, Canada, Australia, and Russia. Since 1993 he has been a consultant to the RCCP. 

Michele A. Pierro, M.S., holds an M.S. in Educational Psychology, Secondary Education, and certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Administration. For the past 40 years Michele has worked in Middle and High schools, programs for Gifted and Talented and in a maximum security facility for juvenile offenders. She has been a faculty member at Columbia Greene Community College, a Principal and Director of Special Education at the Questar III BOCES in Castleton, NY, Director of School Safety and Positive Behavior Supports in D75 in NYC and Director of Security Resources for the NYCDOE, providing technical assistance to schools on the NYS Persistently Dangerous List. She joined the RCCP in August 2012.

Mary Ruberti, LMSW, is an extension associate with the BCTR.  Ms. Ruberti has worked in child welfare and residential treatment for over 25 years in various roles including direct care worker, supervisor, social worker, training coordinator, and quality assurance manager. Ms. Ruberti has been affiliated with the Residential Child Care Project at Cornell since 1993.  She has had the privilege of providing training and technical assistance to agencies implementing Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and Children and Residential Experiences (CARE) across North America.

Deborah E. Sellers, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation for RCCP, is a sociologist with master’s level preparation in biostatistics.  Debbie coordinates research and evaluation activities as well as data collection and reporting activities required in the implementation of TCI and CARE.  She has expertise in program and research administration, research and evaluation design, the design and implementation of survey research, and the analysis of quantitative data as well as data collection and processing. Debbie has managed multi-year, multi-site, multi-component studies for 25 years and has published in journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, Preventive Medicine, Health Education and Behavior, Patient Education and Counseling, Social Science and Medicine, and Prevention Science.

Anton Smith, Executive Director, MSW, RSW. has worked at Oak Hill for over ten years and in Child and Youth Care for over 30 years. Anton has completed a Masters in Social Work (2005) through Dalhousie University in Child and Family Practice and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria.  Anton has presented at international, national and regional conferences on topics related to Child and Youth Care.  He has published two peer-reviewed articles in the areas of residential treatment and restraint reduction.  He is professionally certified TCI trainer and a CARE trainer through Cornell University and he also has a strong interest in research.

Elliott G. Smith, Ph.D., is a Research Associate within the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wells College. In his role at Cornell, Smith serves as Statistician and CARE Data Specialist for the Residential Child Care Project. His current work with RCCP includes the statistical analyses for the efficacy evaluation of the CARE program model. His published research has appeared in prestigious journals, including Pediatrics, Journal of the American Medical Association, Developmental Psychology, and Prevention Science.

Zelma Smith, LMSW, Child Welfare Consultant and Trainer, has over 40 years of experience in the field of child welfare including training, consultation, curriculum development, supervision, and direct service delivery. Her work experience includes training in kinship care, recruitment, preparation and selection of foster and adoptive parents, residential treatment programs, child abuse and neglect and meeting planning. Formerly, she was chairperson for the National Association of Black Social Workers’ National Kinship Task Force Committee and a current member of the National Kinship Advisory Committee at the Child Welfare League of America. She is a TCI and CARE instructor on the Residential Child Care Project.

Angela Stanton-Greenwood, MA, MEd, CQSW has worked with individuals with complex needs for over thirty years as a practitioner with Barnardos in residential care and education and now as Director of Quality Assurance and Workforce Development in the Hesley Group England. She is a TCI and Proact SCIP R UK instructor and Positive Behaviour Support Coach. Ms. Stanton-Greenwood coordinates the TCI program in Europe. 

Laurence Stanton-Greenwood, BA hons in Education and Training, Qualified Social Worker with Qualified Teacher status has worked with a population of people with complex needs both in Social Care and Education for 34 years as a practitioner and manager. He now works as a training manager for the Hesley Group, England, coordinating and delivering a range of training programmes including TCI. He became a TCI Instructor in 2012.

Raymond Taylor, Msc. is a  registered social worker and  Health and  Social Work Manager with one  of Scotland's newly formed Health and Social Care Partnerships. An Honorary  Senior  Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde's School of Social Work and Social Policy he  has extensive experience in social work practice , education, research, and training . He is the editor and joint author of a number of books and articles on children's welfare.  A member  of the International Advisory Board of the Encyclopedia of Social Work, and the editorial board of the Scottish Journal of Residential  Child Care , he  has been a TCI consultant since the introduction of  TCI into the UK and the Republic of Ireland in 1992.

Misha Thomas, M.Div., has been a TCI trainer since 1995; works internationally as an organizational training consultant, speaker, and group facilitator. Misha was a founding co-contributor and faculty/consultant for The Sanctuary Institute between 2005-2015. Jobs throughout his tenure in residential care include teacher/counselor, child behavior specialist, program manager, training director, and textbook question writer for The Princeton Review. Publications include contributions in Therapeutic Communities and a textbook article in Danish professional development book, Engelsk: Paedogogisk Assistant,  “Caring for Children with Special Needs,” edited by Anne Brunstrom.

 Andrea Turnbull, M.A., LMHC, QS, is an extension associate with the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translation Research and the Program manager of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention within the Residential Child Care Project (RCCP). Ms. Turnbull has over 20 years experience working with young people and staff in residential and foster care settings.  In addition to her work as a TCI instructor providing training and technical assistance across the United States, Canada and Australia, works closely with the RCCP team in the area of TCI implementation and fidelity.

Fiona Waites has worked with youth in a variety of out-of-home care and homeless shelter settings since the early 2000’s. She has studied in the areas of psychology, adult learning and development with additional training in facilitation. Since mid-2013, she has focused roles within Learning and Development – specialising in supporting staff and carers engaging with traumatised young people, and at risk families.  Fiona’s initial experience with TCI was in 2004, and in 2011 became an Associate Trainer. Based in Brisbane, Australia, she has been providing support across the State of Queensland within the learning and development field for Churches of Christ Queensland – a large non-for-profit community services organisation. Through this work, Fiona interacts with a variety of community service fields, however focusing particularly in the Children, Youth & Family Services. Fiona has a particular interest in brain function, trauma and mental health. She is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor as well as facilitating a number of in-house programs for Churches of Christ Queensland. Fiona can be contacted at .

Gregory B. Wise, M.A. is an extension associate with the BCTR. Mr. Wise has extensive experience working with mentally ill, developmentally disabled and emotionally disturbed populations. He has held positions as director, program director, and residential supervisor. Mr. Wise provides training to residential child care agencies, schools, juvenile justice programs and child welfare organizations for the Residential Child Care Project.