President and CEO,
Indian River Networks
Dr. Karen Shmukler, Ed.D., LMFT
Superintendent Student Services, Newton Public Schools, Newton, MA
Dr. John VanDenBerg
Indian River Networks
Eric is President and CEO of Indian River Networks, founded when he returned from a tour in Iraq as a Marine Reservist. Eric has over 25 years of technology experience, multiple industry certifications and earned a B. A. in Psychology in 1988 from Point Loma Nazarene College. Eric has the ability to translate business processes into efficient hardware and software solutions, with a focus on the designing and supporting software applications concurrently running on multiple platforms.
Wraparound Fidelity Liaison, Brevard Family Partnership
As a former foster parent and legal guardian to children with mental health needs, Tracy is both a consumer and a seasoned Wraparound Practitioner. As Wraparound Fidelity Liaison for Brevard Family Partnership and Brevard C.A.R.E.S., he provides classroom training of Wraparound 101, Wraparound 201 and Advanced Facilitation Trainings, technical assistance, coaching and mentoring. Tracy is a master practitioner who serves the system of care as he ensures continuous quality improvement of Wraparound and Family Team Conferencing and collects and uses data from the WOF to coach, mentor and supervise Wraparound trainees and practitioners. In addition, Tracy serves as a Master Trainer and Consultant at the National Center for Innovation and Excellence.
Tracy has been involved in human services for many years and truly exemplifies family-centered, youth-driven care values. Tracy will stop at nothing to impart hope to those he encounters. His motto is to do whatever it takes, and that he does. No matter where he goes or who he works with Tracy is a role model and agent of change.
Tracy was instrumental in launching Brevard County’s signature child abuse prevention program, Brevard C.A.R.E.S. as the first Prevention and Diversion Care Coordinator hired in August of 2005. Since then, he has led the program as the Program Manager, and now leads our System of Care’s Wraparound efforts as the Wraparound Fidelity Liaison and member of the National Replication Team, most recently, being named the 2015 Child Abuse Prevention Task Force CAP Leader.
Recognized nationally for his work in the area of youth advocacy, Tracy has provided training for the National Wraparound Initiative in the area of Initial Family Engagement, and the role of the Family Partner. He holds a Master of Business Administration and has 20 years’ experience in the fields of child welfare and mental health. He also serves as a National Consultant and Trainer in family strengthening models.
Owner, Paper Boat Consulting
John has taught in regular and special education classrooms, written legislation and administrative rules in the areas of juvenile justice, child welfare and mental health, prosecuted and defended child welfare and juvenile justice cases, been a plaintiff’s attorney in civil rights actions, advocated for adults with mental health and developmental disabilities, represented children and their parents in special education appeals, and coordinated guardian ad litem and permanency plan review services in the child welfare system. For the past twenty years he has partnered with agencies in communities around the country in their efforts to find better ways of assisting families and children with complex needs. Many of his articles and presentations can be found on his website at www.paperboat.com. A grandfather of 6, he lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where, for the better part of each week, he and his wife have the good fortune to be able to take care of the two grandchildren whose parents had the good sense to live close by.
Owner, White Pine Consulting
Dan is the state Coordinated Services Team Specialist. He and his organization – White Pine Consulting Service – currently support over 40 counties and tribes across Wisconsin in the development of collaborative systems of care for children, families, and adults with multiple needs.
After serving in the Army as Military Policeman, Dan has spent over 35 years in Human Services. In addition to having directed multiple agencies, Dan currently provides consultation and training in Wisconsin on subjects that include the development and implementation of integrated human services, team building, conflict resolution and strategic planning. Past positions include directing a Vietnam Veterans service center, and an adult correctional halfway house, and directing a three county AODA prevention and treatment agency including a residential center for youth. Dan has served on many local and state boards including the Lakeland Union High School Board of Education. He currently serves on the state’s Mental Health Council’s Children and Youth Committee, the state’s Children Come First Advisory Board and the State Board of Veterans Affairs.
Dan has been a speaker and trainer at several state and national conferences regarding collaborative services over the last several years and has also provided consultation and training services for the states of Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada and North Dakota. Dan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
Dan and his wife Mary – an Assistant Director for a regional Head Start/Early Childhood Agency, are the parents of three children – Joe, an Iraq war veteran, is a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Representative for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Laura, also an Iraq war veteran, is a teacher in Madison and Andy, also a teacher in Madison served in the Peace Corps in South Africa.
Dr. Karen Shmukler, Ed.D., LMFT
Assistant Superintendent Student Services, Newton Public Schools, Newton, Massachusetts
From the townships of South Africa to urban and suburban communities in America, from the private to public sector, Karen’s passion has been the creation and implementation of creative community-based networks of care and support that place children, families and their respective communities at the center of the planning, design and delivery of services. She was in the forefront of introducing and utilizing wraparound technologies and system of care principles in the areas of public child welfare and mental health in Massachusetts and has consulted nationally on wraparound and systems of care. In all the sectors of child-and family serving domains in which she works, Karen strives to create systems of care and support that ensure that children live, go to school, play, develop and thrive in the most normative and least restrictive environments possible. She continues to bring the same ethos, philosophy of care and action-based strategies to the arena of public education. Karen currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services in the Public Schools of Brookline, Massachusetts.
Karen received her Clinical Psychology degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and her Doctoral degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Her research interests have been in the area of resilience in children exposed to violence and the building of wraparound networks for children with complex needs.
Dr. John VanDenBerg
Dr. VanDenBerg has lectured in every US state and almost all areas of Canada, in Europe and Asia. He developed the first demonstration of cross-agency state-wide wraparound process, the Alaska Youth Initiative. This was one of the first national efforts focused on services integration for children and families with complex needs. He has been a major innovator and pioneer in the gradual perfecting of the wraparound process, which now reaches over a half million families worldwide. He delivered over 4000 on-site training and consultation days in communities across North America and other parts of the world. He has been honored with many national and international awards and recognition for his ground-breaking work to improve the field of human services.
Dr. VanDenBerg has consulted with the federal government, state and local departments of child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, education, including special education, adult corrections, and developmental disabilities, as well as with private foundations and private agencies around the U.S. and Canada. He is internationally recognized as a leading authority on innovative integrative services applications, and on systems of care and wraparound process development for persons with complex needs and their families.
Jonathan I. Cloud
Planning and Management Consultant
Jonathan has thirty-three years of human services experience. He has worked in the fields of community organizing, mental health, child protective services, foster care, youth development, and juvenile justice. In these areas, he performed case management, administrative, and program design and development duties. His career has included strategic initiatives in youth outreach, family support, community change, child abuse prevention, foster care reform, juvenile justice reform, and disaster recovery. He began consulting in 1992.
Jonathan has provided training on numerous topics and delivered keynote addresses for conferences across the country. He is the author of Parenting the Guardian Class: Validating Spirited Youth, Ending Adolescence and Renewing America’s Greatness, which argues for empowering youth rather than controlling them. His higher education includes BA degrees in Religion and Psychology and graduate studies in Public Administration and Social Work.