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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
Northern California


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



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
Embrace Families
Orlando, FL






Board Members

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




Dawne Mitchell, JD

Attorney in Charge

The Legal Aid Society

Juvenile Rights Practice

New York, NY

 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 


 Henry Plum


Henry J. Plum, JD
Attorney & Consultant
New Berlin, WI
 Kathryn BanksKathryn Banks, JD
Asst. Dean of Clinical Education & Assistant Professor of Practice,
Director of Children’s Rights Clinic
Washington University School of Law
St. Louis, MO
Robert Schwartz Robert Schwartz, Esq.
Visiting Scholar, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Executive Director Emeritus, Juvenile Law Center
Philadelphia, PA 

Hon. Karen Braxton, JD, CWLS

Judge, 3rd Circuit Court of Michigan

Family Division-Juvenile Section

Detroit, MI

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

Lily Colby
Lily Colby, JD
Attorney and Policy Advocate
Oakland, CA

David Smith, JD


O'Melveny & Myers, LLP

Los Angeles, CA

Currey Cook


Currey Cook, JD

Director of the Youth in

Out-of-Home Care Project
Lambda Legal
New York, NY


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



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


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

Amy Harfeld, JD
National Policy Director

Senior Staff Attorney
Children's Advocacy Institute

USD School of Law
Washington, DC


Dan Wilde, JD


Wyoming Guardian ad Litem


Cheyenne, WY


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 


Katherine Holliday, JD

James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A.

Charlotte, NC

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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