Dr. Jonathan Kotch, a board-certified medical specialist in pediatrics and preventive medicine, retired in 2016 after 38 years on the faculty of the Department of Maternal and Child Health of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Kotch was the lead researcher for the North Carolina cohort of LONGSCAN, Longitudinal Studies in Child Abuse and Neglect, which at the time was the longest (22 years) and the largest (1354 mother-infant pairs) ever funded by the Office of Child Abuse and Neglect of USDHHS. Dr. Kotch served for 8 years on the Advisory Board of the Durham Family Initiative, the precursor of FCI.
For forty years Mr. Adlin enjoyed a wide-ranging career in the financial services industry. After working in the administration of Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York City, he worked variously as Executive Vice President, Managing Director, Partner, and/or Principal for such organizations as Oppenheimer Properties, Value Properties, and Bernstein Global Wealth Management to structure comprehensive strategies that addressed complex investment issues. In retirement, Mr. Adlin has served on the Board of WHIN, a charter school in NYC based on the principles of El Sistema. This is a unique social program that was founded in Venezuela to build community through excellence, with the goal to effect social change through intensive daily ensemble music education. Mr. Adlin successfully obtained over $40 million in financing for a new building for the school in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Currently he serves as Co-Chair of the Investment Committee of the Katonah (NY) Museum of Art.
Dr. English completed her Ph.D. at the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. For the next 17 years, she was the Director of Research for the Children’s Administration of the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. In that capacity, she studied child protection and child welfare issues, including foster care and adoption. From 2004 to 2007, Dr. English was the Director of Research at the Child Welfare League of America; as well as Principal Investigator for the Adopt US Kids Initiative. She was also Principal Investigator of the Seattle local site of LONGSCAN (Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect), which examined the causes and consequences of child maltreatment. Finally, from 2007 to 2017, Dr. English was a Senior Consultant at the Casey Family Program (CFP), where she worked with states across the country on systems change initiatives focusing on child protection and reduction of the number of children in foster care.
Ms. Rodney, is a public health advocate and currently serves as the Director of Nurture NJ in the Office of First Lady of the State of New Jersey. With degrees in Social Work and Nursing, she focuses on addressing health disparities through macro-level systemic change and public policy. Ms. Rodney helps coordinate the statewide universal home visiting program in NJ, as well as supporting diversity and inclusion training for hospital staff, perinatal workforce education, maternal mental health initiatives, rural health care access, and expansion of the maternal health workforce to include midwives and doulas. Ms. Rodney is on the teaching faculty of Columbia University and the College of New Jersey, where she teaches Global Reproductive Justice, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, and the US Healthcare System. Her areas of research include women’s health, reproductive justice, addressing health disparities in underserved communities, patient education, quality improvement, and patient safety in the hospital setting.
Diane R. Johnson, MPH, is a health communications and strategy expert. For almost 25 years, she has served in several executive capacities including her current position as the Chief Communications and Public Health Officer at Miss Porter’s School (Farmington, CT). She is the former Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Providence Hospital (DC), has held senior-level roles in both large and boutique PR agencies and was a senior adviser to the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health. Diane is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health where she also is adjunct faculty in its online master’s program. She uses her expertise in public health and communications to educate and facilitate behavior change to improve people’s lives. She brings her love of public health, passion for communications, and international health experience in service to Family Connects International.
Jenny Jensen is a nurse executive with expertise in home visiting, postpartum care, and women’s health. Jenny brings experience leading health care systems reforms that improve health care quality and safety, particularly in pursuit of health equity. She has a dual masters in public health and nursing from Johns Hopkins University, is a board-certified lactation consultant, and has lived and worked abroad as a Foreign Service Officer.
Robert Murphy is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, Executive Director for the Center for Child & Family Health, and co-founder. Robert collaborates with the Duke University Research Team to publish findings.
Kenneth Dodge is the William McDougall Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He is also a faculty fellow at the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, which he founded in 1999. Ken’s research resulted in the Family Connects Model and he continues to publish new evidence on Family Connects at Duke University.
Kimberly Friedman came to the Center for Child and Family Policy and FCI in 2018. As Chief Program Officer, Kimberly serves as a model expert and consultant for public stakeholders as they are exploring development of early childhood systems at the local and state levels. She monitors relevant federal and state policy, provides guidance on public/private funding options and explores opportunities to engage with the insurance/managed care industry. Both in her experience as an attorney and as a business development officer for a nonprofit organization, Kimberly’s career has focused on early childhood.
Colette Parrish is a seasoned leader with over 20 years of experience in finance, human resources, and operations management. She earned an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, where she honed her skills in finance, strategy, and operations management. As the Chief Internal Operations Officer, Colette oversees the Finance, Human Resources, Informational Technology, Data Systems, Marketing, Reporting, Communications, Business Development, and Legal teams. She collaborates on the development and execution of strategic plans, manages cross-functional initiatives, and works to optimize processes, reduce costs, and drive results, all while maintaining a focus on the needs of employees and stakeholders.