Core Trainers 

Anna Nelson, LCSW, is an assistant professor with New Mexico State School of Social Work. She is former executive director of the New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community. Her professional emphases are youth and community engagement, violence prevention, gender-responsive, culturally relevant service systems development, and policy transformation, and she has provided intensive training, technical assistance and consultation on these topics at the local, state and national levels since 2006.  Anna was the first to create New Mexico’s gender-responsive behavioral health plan in 2006 and has championed New Mexico’s Teen Dating Violence Strategic Prevention Initiative, guided by Positive Youth Development, since 2007. She lives with her son in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In her downtime, she indulges her love of art, poetry, and spending time with animals, including her beautiful German shepherd. 

Cindy Carraway-Wilson, CYC-P, is director of training for Youth Catalytics and has over 20 years of experience in the child, youth and family services field. She has extensive experience in program evaluation and outcome measurement, and trains on a variety of topics such as positive youth development, youth participation and asset building, and LGBTQ topics. Before joining Youth Catalytics, she worked as a counselor and mental health therapist in Pennsylvania and Connecticut. She is a member of the training cadre for the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development and a certified trainer from the Academy for Educational Development. She has a master’s degree in psychology from Duquesne University. She lives in Maine with her husband and Alaskan huskies.

TC Cassidy, MPA, M.Div., CYC-P, is the Director of Organizational Advancement at National Safe Place Network (NSPN). TC has trained on positive youth development principles across the United States. TC also serves as the project lead for NSPN’s anti-human trafficking efforts and provides training and technical assistance on a wide range of topics to youth serving programs, including: providing culturally sensitive services to LGBTQI2-S+ youth and families, trauma-informed Care, community mapping, and developing and sustaining effective collaborations. TC led the development of NSPN’s HTR3 (Human Trafficking: Recognize, Respect, and Respond) Training Curriculum and utilized the HTR3 Framework to develop numerous anti-trafficking resources including webinars, tip sheets, and in-person training opportunities.  TC is a board member for the Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals and is approved by the Academy for Competent Youth Work to train the CYC Foundations Course and by the Center for the Study of Social Policy to provide Youth Thrive™ training. TC has worked with organizations serving youth and families in high-risk situations for more than 20 years. TC keeps her personal and professional lives separate but has no issue in sharing her support for the Alabama Crimson Tide – ROLL TIDE – GO BAMA!

Tim M. Duffey, M.Ed., is president and co-founder of Bolster Collaborative, Inc. and president of Vision Training Associates, Inc. Tim has  trained on positive youth development principles in nearly 40 states, several Canadian provinces, and numerous locations internationally. In addition to his leadership role with Bolster Collaborative and Vision Training Associates, he currently serves as training specialist for the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments, funded by the U. S. Department of Education. In this role, he has led development of the Center’s School Climate Webinar Series and numerous toolkits on topics including bullying prevention, teen dating abuse prevention, resiliency, and addressing disciplinary disparities in schools. He has also led development or revision of numerous training curricula for Search Institute. Tim is a board member for the Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals. He has worked as a director of guidance and a secondary school counselor in both public and private education and is former president of the National Association of Student Assistance Professionals (now National Student Assistance Association). Tim lives on five acres of heavenly forest just outside of Portland, Maine. He and his wife enjoy time out-of-doors and with their five grandchildren, three adult children and spouses, and one cat.

Frank Eckles, CYC-P, is a senior trainer at the Academy for Competent Youth Work and developer of the Child and Youth Care Basic Course.  He is executive director of the Child and Youth Care Worker Certification Institute, past Board President of the national CYC Certification Board, Treasurer of the Texas Youth and Child Care Worker Association and a member of the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice Board. He has co-directed the Center for Child Care Worker Training and Research, served as the Residential and Training Director of Texas Home for Youth in Houston, and consulted with a variety of programs interested in improving their services. He has worked with the Texas Network of Youth Serves PEAKS Adventure Camps for 15+ years and frequently works at Texas A&M Challenge Works. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education and human resource development at Texas A&M University in College Station. Frank co-authored the Youth Thrive training curriculum with Jean Carpenter-Williams of the National Resource Center for Youth Services. He lives in Texas.

Kimberly Frierson, MSSW, is a training specialist for National Safe Place Network. Kim is a certified trainer on several youth-serving curricula, including Youth Thrive, Child and Youth Care Foundations, and Reducing the Risk. In her role as training specialist, Kim assists in coordinating training opportunities, creating and researching content for trainings, and planning the annual RHY National Training.  In addition, Kim is currently a contract facilitator for the University of Louisville on a five-year federally funded grant to examine parental involvement with non-custodial fathers.  For the last 11 years, Kim has worked in the RHY field in both micro and macro settings, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Louisville/Jefferson Co. Kentucky Continuum of Care. Kim is currently attending Tulane University, pursuing a Doctorate in Social Work.  She enjoys food and sleeping, and watching BBC cartoons with her husband and son.

Ray Hoskins has worked as a prevention specialist, counselor, administrator, trainer, speaker, and consultant to human service organizations for more than 40 years. He has served as the director of staff development for two child welfare agencies; been a senior certified trainer for both Casey Life Skills Tools and the Casey Foster Family Assessments; and provided human services consulting and training to states, municipalities, foundations an nonprofit organizations in all areas of youth development, including child welfare, juvenile justice, education and workforce development. He has helped develop nationally recognized tools for youth aging out of foster care and juvenile justice, and has created trauma-informed approaches to working with older youth. He is also a specialist in nonprofit use of databases, customer relationship management systems, and online learning development. He lives in Indiana, where he is a husband, father and foster parent.

Jamie Jones has worked in education and been an advocate for positive youth development since 2005. She is the creator of Connections, a K-5 program with a fun and focused approach to character education, the 40 developmental assets, and social and emotional learning. She lives in California with her husband and daughter.

Rose Ann M. Renteria, Ph.D., has worked as a program evaluator, researcher, consultant, trainer and speaker to non-profit organizations and educational institutions for over 20 years. She serves as a Youth Thrive expert panelist on behalf of the Center for the Study of Social Policy; directs research and evaluation for PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families focusing on family strengthening program, special education and youth development evaluations; and has served as faculty at Mills College and the University of Colorado at Boulder in family and youth studies, Latina studies, public policy, research methods, sociology and women’s studies. She has helped direct research initiatives to test wraparound program development, and has created outcome frameworks for parent and family towards building their own protective and promotive factors. She lives in Virginia and volunteers with faith-based youth groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and school-age child care systems.

Hector Sapien, LCSW, is a clinical social worker with an extensive history of cultivating and leading child care teams in challenging therapeutic milieus. He has been a child care worker, supervisor and administrator in residential treatment centers and psychiatric hospital settings, and is now a private consultant in Maine, where he trains mental health care professionals working with children and youth. He also consults on risk management, quality assurance, and new program start-ups. Specialized areas of interest include designing, implementing, monitoring, and maintaining programs for diverse populations, as well as recruiting, training, and retention of competent child and youth care workers. He lives with his wife in Sedgwick, Maine, where his private practice includes a clinical caseload of young people ranging from ages 4 to 22.