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At the NACC, our staff works hard to certify child welfare law specialists across the country, produce high-quality training courses and materials, advocate for important policies and legislation affecting children’s rights, and build a community of child welfare, juvenile justice, and family law professionals. Please check out the profiles below to find out more about each of our dedicated team members.


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Kim Dvorchak

Kim Dvorchak

Title: Executive Director


Phone: 303-864-5322

Mobile: 303-601-4900


Kim Dvorchak joined the NACC team as Executive Director in May of 2017. Ms. Dvorchak brings more than two decades of experience in direct representation, policy advocacy, and nonprofit management to advance the rights of children and youth. Most recently, Ms. Dvorchak was the Executive Director of the National Juvenile Defender Center, where she lead the launch of the Gault at 50 Campaign to commemorate the US Supreme Court case establishing children’s right to counsel. Previously, Ms. Dvorchak was the founding executive director of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center, an attorney training and policy center which accomplished monumental reforms to ensure children’s right to counsel, reduce the prosecution of youth in adult court, and build a community of lawyers committed to zealous advocacy for children.


In her legal career, Ms. Dvorchak represented children and youth in delinquency court, criminal court, and on appeal; she has run her own law firm, and served as a public defender in two states. A recognized national expert on juvenile law, Ms. Dvorchak has published multiple policy reports and is a frequent lecturer at policy conferences and continuing legal education seminars. In recognition of her advocacy work on behalf of children, Ms. Dvorchak received the Kutak-Dodds Prize for equal justice by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the Champions of Children Advocate by the Sewall Child Development Center, the Robert E. Shepherd Jr. Leadership Award for Excellence in Juvenile Defense by the National Juvenile Defender Center, and was named a Colorado Woman of Influence by the Denver Post. Ms. Dvorchak received her J.D. from the City University of New York College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Ms. Dvorchak will be based in the Washington, DC area with her family and travel regularly to NACC’s Denver, Colorado office.


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Brooke Silverthorne

Brooke Silverthorn

Title: Director of Legal and Policy Advocacy


Phone: 303-864-5323


Brooke Silverthorn, a Child Welfare Law Specialist, comes to the NACC from Atlanta, Georgia where she served as a Special Assistant Attorney General, representing the Gwinnett County Department of Family and Children Services for the past 8 years. She also served as a Supreme Court of Georgia Cold Case Fellow, reviewing cases of children in foster care with no identifiable progress toward permanency, and making recommendations to facilitate permanency. She is a holistic practitioner and has enjoyed engaging both parent and child attorneys to reunify families.


Prior to her work as a Special Assistant Attorney General, Brooke was a contract attorney with both the Barton Child Law and Policy Center and the Southern Juvenile Defender Center (SJDC) at Emory University School of Law. She was a leader in the Barton Center’s legislative and policy work. She also participated in the policy work of SJDC, including serving as a contributing author of a Juvenile Defense Manual. While attending law school, Brooke worked at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice on legislative issues.


Brooke received her BA in Sociology from Michigan State University and her JD from Georgia State University College of Law. Brooke is honored to join the NACC as a staff attorney and hopes to play a key role in child welfare policy and advocacy initiatives nationally. Brooke is excited to bring her experience in the courtroom to enhance the legal training program at the NACC.


Brooke grew up in Michigan and loves her home state, particularly her Michigan State Spartans. She is an animal lover and has both dogs and cats of her own. In her spare time, she loves to be outdoors, playing with her dogs, hiking, running and enjoying the fresh air.


Brooke is currently licensed to practice law in Colorado, Michigan, and Georgia.


Dan Trujillo

Daniel Trujillo

Title: Certification Director


Phone: 303-864-5359


Daniel is the Certification Director for the National Association of Counsel for Children. The ABA accredited program certifies attorneys and judges working in abuse and neglect cases as Child Welfare Law Specialists (CWLS). The program is one of the fastest growing legal certifications in the country, and is now open in almost every jurisdiction. Daniel has been with the NACC since 2003 in a variety of other program areas: membership, website & communications, and the conference. Outside of the office, he enjoys hiking, watching mixed martial arts, and taking his daughter Lily to play at the park.


Sarah Whalen

Sara Whalen

Title: Membership Director


Phone: 303-864-5326


Sara has been with NACC since 2008 and is currently the Membership Director and Conference Co-Director. She manages NACC membership recruitment and retention, and coordinates the NACC National Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Family Law Conference, including recruitment and selection of conference sessions, brochure and program production, pre-conference logistics and onsite facilitation.


Sara is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to NACC, she worked with children and families as an administrator with the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs and as Director of Hartnell College Child Development Center. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a MA in early childhood education from the University of Colorado Denver. When not at the NACC, she can usually be found outdoors, snapping pictures, reading, or visiting the quirkier parts of the planet with family and friends.


Ginger Burton

Ginger Burton

Title: Certification Program Administrator


Phone: 303-864-5329


Ginger Burton recently joined the NACC staff as the Child Welfare Law Specialist Certification Program Administrator. Ginger previously managed Medicaid reproductive health benefit policy at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and served as that agency's liaison to the governments of the two American Indian tribes located in Colorado. Ginger has a bachelor's degree in political science with a law studies minor from the University of Colorado at Denver. She was born in Oakland, California, but has called Denver home since age four. Ginger is driven by a passion for social justice through informed public policy. When she's not in the office, Ginger likes to spend time practicing martial arts, doing origami and other paper crafts, listening to music, and appreciating the humor in life as much as possible.


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