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With representatives from the fields of law, education, medicine, and forensic psychology, the NACC Board of Directors offers a multidisciplinary perspective on child welfare issues and policies. This integrative mindset guides our strategic direction, and provides us with new tools and methods to achieve our goals. Read about each of our board members below.


Candace J. Barr, JD, CWLS
CAP Attorney Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas, NV



Robert Fellmeth, JD
Executive Director/Professor
Children’s Advocacy Institute
San Diego, CA



Gerard Glynn, MS, JD / LLM
Chief Legal Officer
Community Based Care of Central Florida
Orlando, FL
Past President: 1/16-12/17



Joseph D. Gunn III, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO



Leslie Starr Heimov, JD, CWLS
Executive Director
Children’s Law Center of California
Monterey Park, CA
NACC Vice President 1/16-12/17



H.D. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., ABPP
Diplomate in Forensic Psychology
Charlotte, NC
NACC President: 1/16-12/17



Stephanie Smith Ledesma, MA, JD, CWLS
Asst. Professor/Dir. of Experiential Learning Programs
TSU, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Sugar Land, Texas



Hon. Willie Lovett, CWLS
Juvenile Court Judge
Fulton County, GA



Candi M. Mayes, JD, CWLS
CEO & Executive Director
Dependency Legal Group of San Diego
San Diego, CA

NACC Secretary: 1/16-12/17 


Jane Okrasinski, JD
Assistant Professor
Executive Director
Georgia Association of Counsel for Children
Athens, GA



Hon. Erik S. Pitchal
Bronx Family Court
Bronx, NY



Henry J. Plum, JD
Attorney & Consultant
Wauwatosa, WI



Robert L. Redfearn Jr., JD
Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn
New Orleans, LA



Robert Schwartz, Esq.
Co-Founder and Executive Director Emeritus
Juvenile Law Center
Philadelphia, PA



Janet G. Sherwood, JD, CWLS
Attorney at Law
Law Offices of Janet G. Sherwood
Corte Madera, CA



John H. Stuemky, MD
Section Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center
Oklahoma City, OK



Sonia C. Velazquez
Executive Director
ECLT Foundation
Geneva, Switzerland



Judith Waksberg, JD
Director, Appeals Unit
Juvenile Rights Practice
The Legal Aid Society
New York, NY



*Donald C. Bross, JD, Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics (Family Law)
Associate Director for Pediatric Law, Policy and Ethics
Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect
Aurora, CO
*NACC Founder and Board Member Emeritus



*Katherine S. Holliday, JD
Attorney at Law
James, McElroy & Diehl, PA
Charlotte, NC
*NACC Legal Counsel


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