Workshop Speaker Bios
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
WEST PHILADELPHIA HIGH SCHOOL
Alexandra Dolan, MSS, LSW
Alexandra Dolan, MSS, LSW is Training Coordinator at the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia, PA. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Social Service degree from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Ms. Dolan had several years of experience as a Child Advocate Social Worker before stepping in to the role of Training Coordinator, and prior to that worked as a foster care social worker at Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia. Ms. Dolan has extensive training experience at a wide variety of mental health, child welfare, educational and healthcare settings within the Philadelphia region and at national and state-wide conferences and teleconference on the topics of behavioral health advocacy, the impact of trauma on children in the dependency system, secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.
Colleen Swim, Esquire
Colleen Swim, Esquire currently serves as Education Law Attorney with Child Advocates’ Project for Youth Education Success! (Project YES!), providing agency-wide consulting on educational matters and maintaining an independent caseload of clients with heightened educational needs. Prior to her position at Child Advocates, Ms. Swim was an Assistant Defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia’s Child Advocacy Unit, where she represented hundreds of clients in dependency matters. She received her B.A. in history from the University of Maryland at College Park, and her J.D. from the Kline School of Law at Drexel University.
Kathleen Creamer, Esq.
Kathleen Creamer is the Managing Attorney of the Family Advocacy Unit at Community Legal Services, which represents parents in all stages of dependency proceedings, including adjudication, permanency reviews, termination of parental rights trials and appeals. She joined CLS as a staff attorney in the Family Advocacy Unit in 2006. In addition to individual representation of parents in dependency court, Ms. Creamer has focused much of her advocacy on supporting incarcerated parents and their families. She recently served as a Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow dedicated to Improving Reunification Outcomes for Children of Incarcerated Parents. In that capacity, she engaged in policy advocacy to improve cross-system coordination between the Philadelphia Department of Human Services and the Philadelphia Prison System. This advocacy resulted in a video-conferencing pilot between the two facilities to ensure parental participation in important case planning meetings, and an updated joint policy and protocol for engaging incarcerated parents.
Ms. Creamer also led the coalition that developed and lobbied for the successful passage of the 2010 Healthy Birth for Incarcerated Women Act, which curtailed the practice of shackling incarcerated women during childbirth in Pennsylvania’s jails and prisons.
Ms. Creamer earned her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. She received her B.A. at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Ms. Creamer is the recipient of the 2011 Women’s Way Unsung Heroine Award and was recognized as a 2012 Legal Intelligencer Lawyer on the Fast Track.
Cateria R. McCabe, Esquire
Cateria R. McCabe, Esquire has practiced in a variety of areas of law during her career. She currently is the Director of Veterans, Kinship Care and Tenants Rights at SeniorLAW Center, a nonprofit legal services organization that each year serves over 5,000 Pennsylvania seniors age 60 and older with critical civil legal issues. Cateria has assisted hundreds of senior clients during some of the most difficult times in their lives. She is a member of the Philadelphia Kinship Care Committee and presents at the biennial Kinship Care Conference. In addition to direct representation in litigation, she provides legal advice, information and referrals through the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine, which serves all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. She also works on legislative advocacy on behalf of Pennsylvania seniors. Cateria is active in several community service and advocacy organizations. She is a member of the Nicholas A. Cipriani American Inn of Court, the Barristers Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association. Cateria graduated from Mount Holyoke College and Villanova University School of Law, where she received the Joseph Wenk Award for legal service to the poor.
Barry Kassel, MSW, Esquire
Barry Kassel, MSW, Esquire is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates). Mr. Kassel has represented children and worked closely with volunteer attorneys and law students at Child Advocates since 2007. He received his B.A. and M.S.W. from Temple University and graduated from the Temple University School of Law. Prior to attending law school he practiced social work focusing in the area of Community Mental Health. Following Law School he worked for the Community Health Law Project in Camden New Jersey, and Legal Aid of Lehigh County. Prior to coming to Child Advocates he was a general practitioner in the private sector. He regularly supervises law student interns and young lawyers serving as fellows.
Andre Reid I currently work for the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities Services (DBHIDS) as an NIAC consultant where I have gained experience in navigating patients to community resources in order to help support their recovery. I am also president of the Philadelphia’s National Alliance of Medication Assisted Recovery (NAMA) because I believe the expansion of Medication Assisted Recovery (MAT) to the very diverse population who are affected by the opiate epidemic is extremely important. My knowledge from working with Philadelphia’s Office of Addiction Services combined with what I have experienced in treatment help me fulfill my duties. Below are listed some of my titles within the DBHIDS.
- Community Consultant 2015-Present Network Improvement Accountability Collaborative (NIAC),
Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services
- Recovery Specialist 2009-2015, Office of Addiction Services, Department of Behavioral Health,
- Certified Peer Specialist 2009-2011, Philadelphia Community Treatment Teams Incorporated
Jane Meier Hamilton, RN, MSN
Jane Meier Hamilton, RN, MSNis an entrepreneur, consultant, educator and author. A nurse for 40 years and family caregiver for 20, she is the Founder of Partners on the Path, LLC, (www.PartnersonthePath.com), a certified Woman Owned Business which provides caregiver support programs to businesses and non-profits, health-care and faith-based organizations.
Jane is a content expert on managing caregiver stress, building resilience and preventing compassion fatigue. She has created research-based resources that help professional and family caregivers remain healthy, effective and compassionate. Her book, The Caregiver’s Guide to Self-Care is available in print, 1-hour audio, and e-book formats. Most recently, Jane has partnered with the non-profit Caregiver Action Network (www.caregiveraction.org), to create the Assisting Caregiving Employees (ACE) Program (http://www.workingfamilycaregivers.org/), a turn-key, online tool for relieving the stress of working family caregivers.
Pamela P. Superville
Pamela P. Superville is Director of Client Services, at the Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (R.I.S.E). Prior to this, Ms. Superville was Program Manager of Reentry Services at the Pennsylvania Prison Society, the oldest prison advocacy agency in the nation. As her contribution to reducing recidivism, Ms Superville has organized, coordinated and managed various types of reentry training programs and job-readiness workshops for which she has gained numerous accolades. One of her many accomplishments was “Philly Renew” an innovative and very successful fatherhood program that she co-created and supervised. As a RISE administrator Ms. Superville collaborates with City officials, criminal justice and other agencies to host local and national reentry and criminal justice events. She is a Stakeholder and Steering Committee member of the City of Philadelphia’s Reentry Coalition. She is an impassioned public speaker on mass incarceration and its effect on our communities. She is a dynamic moderator and venerated facilitator who has also tutored classes “behind the walls” for both youth and adults.
Ms. Superville is tasked with executing an innovative discharge plan for the soon-to-be released SMI (Seriously Mentally Ill) inmates of the Philadelphia Department of Prisons. This plan guarantees that the much-needed medical benefits of these SMI inmates are activated, one day after release. –Currently she and her RISE case managers are ardently assisting Juvenile Lifers with overcoming their unique reintegration barriers as they return to Philadelphia after decades of absence.
Cathleen Stith Watkins
Cathleen Stith Watkins has been a trainer with Lakeside Global Institute (Institute for Family Professionals) since 2010, joining the staff full-time in 2016 and assisting with supervision of trainers. Cathleen has designed and facilitates parenting education workshops in her previous employment experiences with Youth Services, Inc. and Carson Valley Children’s Aid. In addition to her M.Ed. in Counseling Education, Cathleen is a Certified Trauma-Competent Professional.
Kevin Howard has been working with the opiate addicted population of Philadelphia for the last 16 years. He has been collaborating with the Coordinated Response to Addiction by Facilitating Treatment project (CRAFT) in Kensington section of Philadelphia at Prevention Point Philadelphia for the past 9 years. Kevin Howard is currently employed as a Behavioral Health Liaison Addiction Specialist for Community Behavioral Health. Prior to this he was a Forensic Liaison for Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Justice Related Services Unit. He received a BS degree from Gwynedd Mercy University in 2015 and he is a Certified Medication Assisted Treatment Advocate since 2006. Mr. Howard has been working in the Behavioral Health field for the past 25 years.
Robert L. Ximines Jr.
Robert L. Ximines Jr. has been working in the Behavioral Health field for over thirty years, and is a member of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS). He is currently employed by Community Behavioral Health (CBH), as the Public Health & Community Liaison and has been with CBH for approximately eighteen years. Some of his duties entail working with Organizations in the Philadelphia Community as well as other departments within the DBHIDS regarding ways to be more effectively engaged in developing and promoting DBHIDS community linkage and outreach efforts.
Robert is very active within the Behavioral Health field, and a member of several initiatives and committees there in. Robert’s efforts support and demonstrate his commitment to the Recovery Transformation & Population Health efforts of the DBHIDS. Robert is a member of the initial steering committee for the Certified Peer Specialist Program, the Quality of Work Life Committee, and The Philadelphia Recovery Coalition, and is involved in several of the Homeless & Opioid Epidemic Initiatives throughout the City of Philadelphia. Robert can be found doing Presentations throughout the City as it relates to Behavioral Health benefits and how to access services. His passion for the Recovery movement is well documented as he continues to spread the word through his various interactions. Robert has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Organizational Management from Gwynedd-Mercy University. He is married with (6) children and (6) Grandchildren.
Carl has worked for the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities (DBHIDS) for over 20 years and has been the in the field of behavioral health for over 30 years. Carl graduated with his under graduate degree in Behavioral Health from Alvernia University and pursued his Masters degree in Social Work from University of Pennsylvania. He identifies as a person in long term recovery. Carl’s knowledge, wisdom, and relationship building skills make him an asset to Philadelphia and beyond. He demonstrates his role as a agent of transformation by providing leadership to various projects including clinical and community outreach for those with opioid use disorder; improvement in reentry services for individuals being released from incarceration. Carl is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgement for his tireless work in the field.