National Advisory Council


National Advisory Council


The National Advisory Council (NAC) is comprised of a prestigious group of national experts, practitioners and community leaders in child welfare, family-centered substance abuse treatment, family courts, tribal courts, child development, parenting and family functioning, veterans' needs, housing, sustainability and systems improvements. PFR draws on the NAC’s collective and individual expertise and knowledge to ensure its success.  In addition, NAC members provide targeted site-specific assistance to the PFR grantees, where needed.     


Lola Adedokun, M.P.H.
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Rumeli Banik, Ph.D.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Phil Redmond, J.D.
The Duke Endowment

Hon. (ret.) Karen Adam

Pima County Superior Court

Chia Halpern Beetso, J.D.

Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Jody Brook, Ph.D.
University of Kansas, School of Social Work
Vivian Brown, Ph.D.
National Consultant
Rosemary Chalk, B.A.
Child and Family Policy Consultant

Melissa Fitzgerald, B.A.

Justice For Vets

Carson Fox, J.D.
National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Jerry Gardner, J.D.
Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Sherri Green, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina

Dan Griffin, M.A.

Griffin Recovery Enterprises

Andrew Johnson, M.S.

Corporation for Supportive Housing

Lynne Katz, Ed.D.
University of Miami, Linda Ray Intervention Center
Mimi Laver, J.D.
ABA Center on Children and the Law
Hon. Cindy Lederman
Miami-Dade Juvenile Court
Hon. (ret.) Nicolette Pach
Suffolk County Court, New York
Lauren van Schilfgaarde, J.D.
Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Past NAC Members 
Richard Barth, Ph.D.
University of Maryland, School of Social Work
Lucy Hudson, M.S.
Douglas Marlowe, J.D., Ph.D.
National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Jennifer Pabustan-Claar, Ph.D.
Riverside County Dept. of Social Services
Cambria Walsh, L.C.S.W.
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC)
Jodi Whiteman, M.Ed.
Hon. Erica Yew
Santa Clara County Superior Court


Click here for the biographical sketches of the National Advisory Council



PFR 2 National Advisory Council Strategic Planning Meeting

Hyatt Newport Beach, CA

Septemper 22, 2016


With continued support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Duke Endowment, CFF is expanding the PFR initiative to four new collaborative courts.  CFF convened the National Advisory Council to focus on the planning and development of PFR 2 and provide feedback on key tasks. 


 Key Activities for the PFR 2 Strategic Planning Meeting


  • Reflect and discuss lessons from the first round of PFR
  • Discuss the PFR 2 grantee site selection process
  • Discuss PFR 2 evaluation plan and key research questions
  • Strategize on effective dissemination of PFR lessons



 National Advisory Council Kick-Off Meeting

Hyatt Newport Beach, CA

October 8-9, 2013


To launch this project, CFF convened the National Advisory Council for a PFR Kick-Off Meeting to refine the scope of the project and provide input on the grantee selection process. 


 Key Activities for the Kick-Off Meeting


  • Review and Discuss the PFR Project Domains
  • Develop key aspects for the Request for Letters of Interest and Request for Proposals from eligible applicants;
  • Discuss the site selection and site visit protocols; and,
  • Discuss the Evaluation Plan. 


Project Highlights

Congratulations New PFR Grantees!

Gila River Indian Community Family Drug Court – Scanton, AZ

Jefferson County Family Integrated Treatment CourtGolden, CO

Mecklenburg County Families In Recovery to Stay Together Program Charlotte, NC

Milwaukee County Family Drug Treatment CourtWauwatosa, WI