Carol Ackley, as the former executive director of River Ridge Treatment Center, developed and implemented gender responsive, trauma-informed, co-occurring treatment services in the Twin Cities Metro area. During her sixteen years in that position, Ms. Ackley created, implemented, and supervised outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment for adults and educational services for adolescents and adults in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. Full bio.
Candice Norcott, Ph.D.
Candice Norcott, Ph.D., is a licensed clinnical psychologist and an assistant professor at the University of Chicago's School of Medicine. She formally was the Director of Behavioral Science at the Cook County-Loyola Family residency program. Prior to that, she spent approximately 3 years developing and implemnting services for girls residing in the Cook County Juvenlie Detention Center. Dr. Norcott received her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Connecticut. Her thesis and dissertation focused on childhood sexual abuse in women and the risk for revictimization in adulthood. Full bio.
Twyla Peterson Wilson, LCSW, ACSW
Twyla Peterson Wilson, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice who specializes in addiction treatment. She has developed a specialty practice that emphasizes compassionate, holistic treatment of women with addictive disorders. She also conducts workshops on gender‐ responsive, trauma‐informed treatment for women and trains other professionals. Ms. Wilson has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina‐Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Family Relations from the University of Minnesota. Full bio.
Eileen Russo, M.A., LADC
Eileen M. Russo, M.A., is a licensed addiction counselor, a certified clinical supervisor, and a certified co‐occurring disorders professional who has worked in the addiction and mental health field for the past 31 years. Ms. Russo is an Assistant Professor for the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor program with Gateway Community College. For the past 11 years she has served as a trainer/consultant with the CT Women’s Consortium for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Trauma Initiative. In addition to teaching and training, she has specialized in treating co‐occurring PTSD in mental health and substance abuse populations and has assisted agencies with developing trauma‐informed mental health/substance abuse treatment programs across the state for men, women, and children. Full bio.
Kimberly Sokoloff Selvaggi
Kimberly Sokoloff Selvaggi is dedicated to advancing gender‐responsive and trauma‐ informed practices for girls and woman in a variety of service settings. She is an experienced lecturer, trainer, consultant and technical assistance provider. Ms. Selvaggi worked for twelve years at the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division in the Center for Best Practices, supporting reform efforts throughout the juvenile justice system, specifically in the area of gender‐responsive and trauma‐ informed programs and practices. She is currently the Executive Director of LISA Inc., a non-profit agency that offers residential and community-based programs for abused and neglected adolescents. Ms. Selvaggi co-developed the TRI (Teach, Reach, Inspire) Model, a behavior-motivation system for girls as well as co-development of the TIER (Trauma Informed Effective Reinforcement) Model, which is a strategic approach to assist adolescents to develop cognitive, emotional, and behavioral awareness and to support the development and exhibition of positive, safe and pro-social behaviors. Full bio.
Tammy Rothschild is a private consultant who specializes in gender-responsive programming for women and girls. Her work over the last fifteen years has been focused on research in best practices, program development, and program assessment, in addition to training and curriculum development. Ms. Rothschild co-developed the TRI (Teach, Reach, Inspire) Model, a behavior-motivation system for girls as well as co-development of the TIER (Trauma Informed Effective Reinforcement) Model, which is a strategic approach to assist adolescents to develop cognitive, emotional, and behavioral awareness and to support the development and exhibition of positive, safe and pro-social behaviors. Full bio.
Roberto Rodriquez, M.A., has over ten years of experience in the treatment of substance use disorder. He is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. He has worked in intensive outpatient settings and residential settings, providing transformative experiences for adolescents, men, couples, and families. Full bio.