ATN Board Members visit Capitol Hill
ATN Directors Sandy Davis and Lorraine Schneider met with Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption

ATN Board Members visit Capitol Hill

June 2016.

ATN Directors Sandy Davis and Lorraine Schneider met with Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption

ATN Directors Sandy Davis and Lorraine Schneider met with Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption

Lorraine Schneider, Board President and Sandy Davis, Board Member, along with Julie Beem, ATN’s Executive Director called on many key legislators in Washington DC to discuss the needs of traumatized children and their families and to encourage support of the bipartisan Families First Prevention Services Act, which passed the House while ATN was in DC.  The ATN contingent met with Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri; Representative Barry Loudermilk of Georgia; Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri; and Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.  The contingent also met with other like-minded, child-centered organizations to discuss possible collaborations to increase awareness of what traumatized children need.

Julie has been ATN's Executive Director since 2009. She joined the organization in 2004 after finding incredible support from fellow ATNers when she was searching for answers about her own daughter's early childhood trauma and attachment disorders. Julie leads a staff of passionate professionals and acts as spokesperson for the organization. Prior to ATN, Julie was the president of a marketing and communications consultancy, The Epiphany Group, and has over two decades of experience in professional services marketing, strategic planning and communication strategies. As a graduate of Partners in Policymaking and through personal experience, Julie has garnered a great deal of experience in the areas of special education, school issues, and disabilities advocacy. A published author, Julie wrote a chapter in the EMK Press Adoption Parenting book and was the special needs blogger at Adoptionblogs.com for two years. She frequently presents workshops on attachment and trauma to local and national groups. Email Julie. Julie holds an MBA from Avila College in Kansas City and was a Certified Professional Services Marketer. Julie, and her husband Dave, are parents to four (bio, step and adoptive), including their youngest daughter, adopted from China. This daughter’s attachment difficulties and developmental trauma disorder have changed their lives significantly…in amazing ways.


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