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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, and see below for current opportunities.


Kim Dvorchak

Kim Dvorchak

Executive Director

(202) 810-9914


Based in Washington, DC


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.


View Kim's Executive Director Messages


Brooke Silverthorn

Director of Legal and Policy Advocacy

(303) 864-5323


Based in Atlanta, Georgia


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

Director of Certification, Sales, and Technology

(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 to play at the park.


Sara Willis

Sara Willis

Business and Operations Director

(303) 864-5326



Sara is currently the Business and Operations Director at the National Association of Counsel for Children. She has been with 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 a BA in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a MA in early childhood education form the University of Colorado Denver.


When not at 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

Certification Administrator and Technical Writer

(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.


Ruthann Gonzalez

Ruthann Gonzalez

Membership Outreach Intern

(775) 296-5756


Ruthann Gonzalez joined the NACC staff working on member outreach in the fall of 2018. Ruthann has spent sixteen years supporting children and families in a variety of positions. She graduated from California State University Northridge with a bachelor's degree in political science and is currently in law school pursuing her Juris Doctorate. Ruthann is dedicated to advocacy for children and their families. She was born in Arizona but has made her home in Nevada. Ruthann and her husband live with their five children in rural southern Nevada. When she is not working or studying, Ruthann enjoys homeschooling her children, reading, and taking care of her garden.


India Olchefske

India Olchefske

Communiciations Intern


India Olchefske joined NACC as a communications intern in the fall of 2018. India has experience working in health policy at both the state and federal level specifically centered around addiction and mental health, and has worked for a variety of health-related non-profits and direct service organizations supporting their communications efforts. India received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, and her Master’s in Public Health from George Washington University Running tandem to her passion for public health is a passion for ballet.




NACC is currently accepting applications for:


Program Support Associate (10-12 hours per week)


Legal Internship (see our posting on


Marketing Internship


Public Interest Attorney Fellowships:


The National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) invites inquiry and projects for fellowship applications from law students passionate about rights and justice for children, with a demonstrated interest in children's rights or juvenile justice, and excellent research, writing, and organizational skills.

NACC’s invites Fellowship proposals that would advance children’s right to counsel and improve the quality of legal representation in the child welfare system. Projects could include the development and publication of policy papers, amicus briefs, attorney tools and website resources, policy advocacy positions, and more. Prospective applicants should review NACC’s Policy Agenda and website.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letting via email to describing 1-2 proposed projects and how those projects fit within NACC’s mission. NACC will work with prospective applicants to develop projects further for submission to fellowship programs.

Applicants must submit a cover letter describing 1-2 proposed fellowship projects and a resume. We will work with the applicant on the development of a specific project. The proposed fellowship can be based in Denver, Washington, DC, or Atlanta, where NACC has staff.

Note: Post-Graduate Fellowship Programs (Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Etc.) have their own deadlines and project eligibility criteria which applicants should review before contacting NACC.


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