Jennifer Wheelehon

Jennifer Wheelehon, Board Member

Jennifer Wheelehon has over  20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, relationship building, event planning and fundraising.  She has spent much of her career connecting individuals and businesses with organizations to meet philanthropic, volunteer, marketing, and community engagement goals.  Since 2018, Jennifer has been the Director of Membership & Marketing for the Central Rhode Island […]

Meet Julie Michelle

Julie Michelle Henderson

Julie Michelle Henderson is the Trauma-Sensitive Schools Coordinator at ATN and attends the University of Texas at Arlington where she is earning a Masters Degree in Social Work. She is the single mom of five children (ages 13-23), three biological and two adopted, and lives in North Richland Hills, Texas. During the adoption of her youngest […]

Kirsten Murdoch

Kirsten Murdoch Resource Coordinator

Kirsten is a mother to 4 kids (2 adopted and 2 bio). Kirsten started her career over 20 years ago working for nonprofits and providing support to individuals with special needs. She oversaw a variety of programs and learned that in the nonprofit world you wear many hats. This prepared her better for motherhood! She then […]

Meet Ralph

Ralph Rothacker

Ralph is a recently retired life-long educator who, over his 42- year career, taught at all levels of public school.  His more than two decades as an administrator culminated in serving as Principal of St. Anne’s School in Albany, NY a private junior and senior high school for at-risk young women.  Coming out of retirement […]

Meet Temeka

Temeka Parker, LCSW-C, LICSW joins ATN Board of Directors

Temeka is a licensed clinical social worker with over 16 years of experience in child welfare, with expertise in schools, hospitals and community-based settings.  She is also certified as an administrator through the Maryland Department of Education and as a Board Approved Social Work Supervisor.  Currently Temeka is an Assistant Clinical Supervisor in Prince George’s […]

Meet Sandy

Sandy Wirtel

Sandy Wirtel is an attorney in Kansas City, Missouri whose practice focuses on children in the law. She represents both children and parents in child abuse & neglect, termination of parental rights, delinquency, adoption and other matters. Her interest in ATN’s work grew after attending trainings geared toward understanding the impact of childhood traumatic experiences […]

Ginger Healy

Ginger Healy

Ginger Healy MSW, LCSW started her career as a child abuse investigator, hospital social worker, and school therapist. She spent 15 years as the social service supervisor at an international adoption agency where she learned about developmental trauma and attachment needs in children. She is currently a clinical social worker and the director of programs […]

Adam Pertman

Adam Pertman

Mr. Pertman is president of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency (NCAP) a national non-profit focused on shifting child welfare policy and practice from the traditional “child placement” model to a “family success” paradigm. For the past decade, he established himself as one of the most respected and effective thought leaders in the child welfare world as the […]

Ross Greene

Ross Greene, Ph.D.

Dr. Greene is the originator of the innovative, research-based approach now known as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), as described in his influential books The Explosive Child and Lost at School, and in the forthcoming books Lost & Found and Raising Human Beings. Dr. Greene served on the teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School for […]

Meet Carl Young

Carl Young

Carl and his wife are parents of five, three who have special needs of some kind. Their youngest was adopted at 18 months and has been impacted by early trauma and attachment disorders. Carl is a passionate advocate, frequently speaking to the state legislature and serving on task forces in North Dakota. He plays an […]