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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.

Brooke N Silverthorn

Title: Staff Attorney



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.


Betsy Fordyce

Title: Staff Attorney


Phone: 303-864-5321


Betsy Fordyce comes to the NACC after seven years as a Guardian ad Litem with the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, where she represented youth in both dependency & neglect and delinquency cases. During her time at the Law Center, Betsy also served as the Director of Appellate Advocacy, filing briefs and participating in oral arguments before Colorado appellate courts, and the Director of Advocacy Initiatives, developing new advocacy programs and potential legislative solutions for older youth in the foster care system. Since 2012, Betsy has taught Child Advocacy Law as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Betsy is also a Child Welfare Law Specialist through the NACC.


Betsy earned her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, where she graduated first in her class. She discovered her passion for child advocacy while doing a summer internship as a Bergstrom Child Law Fellow. Following graduation, she served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey of the Colorado Supreme Court.


In her spare time, Betsy enjoys hiking, reading, exploring new restaurants in town, and of course, cheering loudly for the ND Fighting Irish football team.


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.


Sara Whalen

Title: Membership Director


Phone: 303-864-5326


Sara is currently Membership Director at the National Association of Counsel for Children. She has been with the NACC since 2008. She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked in Early Childhood Education, primarily with the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. Sara holds an Associate's degree in Child Development from DeAnza College and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco. When not at the NACC, she can usually be found outdoors, snapping pictures, reading, or visiting the quirkier parts of the planet with her husband and two kids.


Carolyn Moershel

Title: Business Manager



Carolyn is the Business Manager at NACC. A long-time resident of Colorado, she has had a long career in development and marketing in private education, the arts, and community mental health. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Brown University. Carolyn is a violist, played with the Colorado Springs Symphony for 23 years, and now plays with the Littleton Symphony and Parker Symphony. She spends much of her time with her children and grandchildren.


Amanda Butler

Title: Programs Coordinator


Phone: 303-864-5324


Amanda is the Programs Coordinator for the NACC. She is a Denver native and summa cum laude graduate from the University of Colorado Denver, where she received her bachelor’s degree in communication. She also holds certificates in mediation and public relations, has been recognized as both a Gorniak and Puksta Fellowship scholar, and is a recipient of the Lael Porter Community Service Award. Her work outside of the office includes service on the auxiliary board for Family HomeStead, teaching inmates at a local correctional facility, and is the founder and director of the Colorado Prison Arts Festival.


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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