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With representatives from the fields of law, 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. To contact a board member, please email our Executive Director at with the name(s) of the member(s) you'd like to reach.



Vice President

Candi Mayes


Candi M. Mayes, JD, CWLS
San Diego, CA


Leslie Heimov


Leslie Starr Heimov, JD, CWLS
Executive Director
Children’s Law Center of California
Monterey Park, CA




Joseph Gunn


Joseph D. Gunn III, MD
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Division of Emergency Medicine
St. Louis, MO


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Janet Bledsoe, JD, CWLS, LLM
Attorney ad Litem Program Assistant Director
Administrative Office of the Courts
Fort Smith, AR


Past President

Gerard Glynn


Gerard Glynn, MS, JD / LLM
Chief Legal Officer
Community Based Care of Central Florida
Orlando, FL






Board Members

Mickey Aberman


Mickey Aberman, JD, MBA
James, McElroy, & Diehl, P.A.
Charlotte, NC


Lashanda Adams


LaShanda Taylor Adams, JD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor at Law
Univ. of the Dist. of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
Washington, DC
Kathryn Banks


Kathryn Banks, JD
Asst. Dean of Clinical Education
Assistant Professor of Practice
Dir. of Children’s Rights Clinic
Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
St. Louis, MO
Lily Colby


Lily Colby, JD
Policy and Program Coordinator
California Court Appointed Special Advocate Association
Sacramento, CA


Currey Cook


Currey Cook, JD
Director of the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project
Lambda Legal
New York, NY


Sheri Freemont


Sheri Freemont, JD
Senior Director
Casey Family Programs
Indian Child Welfare Program
Denver, CO


Amy Harfeld


Amy Harfeld, JD
National Policy Director & Senior Staff Attorney
Children's Advocacy Institute - USD School of Law
Washington, DC
Jane Okrasinski


Jane Okrasinski, JD
Athens, GA


Henry Plum


Henry J. Plum, JD
Attorney & Consultant
New Berlin, WI


Robert Schwartz


Robert Schwartz, Esq.
Stoneleigh Visiting Fellow, Stoneleigh Foundation
Executive Director Emeritus, Juvenile Law Center
Philadelphia, PA
Janet Sherwood


Janet G. Sherwood, JD, CWLS
Deputy Director
Corte Madera, CA


John Stuemky


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


Sonia C. Velazquez
Former Executive Director
ECLT Foundation
Chicago, IL


Judith Waksberg


Judith Waksberg, JD
Kings County Family Court
Brooklyn, NY



Emeritus Board

Candace Barr, JD, CWLS
Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
Henderson, NV


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


John B. Ciccolella, JD
Ciccolella Family Law, P.C.
Colorado Springs, CO


Don Duquette, JD
Former Professor of Michigan Law School,
Former Director of the National Quality Improvement Center on Children’s Representation
Former NACC Board Member, and Red Book Editor
Ann Arbor, MI
Robert Fellmeth, JD

Executive Director/Professor

University of San Diego Law School

Children’s Advocacy Institute

San Diego, CA 


David R. Katner, JD
Professor of Clinic Law & Director
Tulane Law School Juvenile Law Clinic
New Orleans, LA


Chris Wu, JD

Principal Court Management Consultant

National Center for State Courts

Arlington, VA 

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