National START TTA ProgramMike Franzen2021-06-10T17:58:01+00:00
Leadership & Staff Bios
Tina Willauer, MPA, Program Director
Tina Willauer serves as a Program Director at Children and Family Futures (CFF). In this role, she leads and coordinates the training and technical assistance needed for local, state, and tribal entities to implement and expand the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) model and related strategies in their jurisdictions.
With over 28 years of experience in the child welfare field, Ms. Willauer is dedicated to identifying and spreading strategies that work for families affected by parental substance use disorders, trauma, and child maltreatment. As the purveyor of the START model, an evidence supported intervention, she has worked in numerous jurisdictions to implement START and other child welfare system improvements. Before joining the CFF team in July 2017, she spent a decade serving as the Director of Kentucky Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams at the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), overseeing the development and implementation of the model.
Ms. Willauer has achieved high standards of practice and a change catalyst perspective in her every role from a front-line social worker, supervisor, senior manager, program director and consultant within the public child welfare system. She maintains a focus on transforming and strengthening the system of care between child welfare, substance use disorder treatment, and partner courts toward a family-focused system. She has multiple peer reviewed publications and a lengthy list of dynamic national presentations.
Ms. Willauer earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University and Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University.
Lynn Posze, MA, LPCC, Senior Manager
Ms. Posze is a Senior Manager for Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) at Children and Family Futures (CFF), where she puts to use her strong clinical, public speaking, management, teaching, and writing skills to manage training and technical assistance on the START model. She has worked with START for over a decade and was the Clinical Director for the START program in Kentucky prior to joining CFF. As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with an undergraduate degree in English, Ms. Posze is uniquely able to support the treatment elements of START implementation and develop written materials to support the replication of the model. Working alongside the purveyor of START and the Kentucky child welfare evaluator, Ms. Posze co-authored the START Implementation Manual and eight peer-reviewed journal articles about START, elucidating the essential components of the model as well as outcomes and strategies for implementation. Ms. Posze brings her experience working in publicly-funded substance use and mental health disorder treatment, academia, and state government to bear as she helps jurisdictions navigate the intricacies and challenges of program implementation and model fidelity. She provides TTA in person during trainings and site visits, on webinars, over the phone, and via email communication. She has presented at national and regional conferences and is well-received as a presenter and teacher.
Ms. Posze received her Master of Arts in Agency Counseling with an emphasis in Women’s Issues and Addictions from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina and her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Kentucky.
Renee Luque, LCSW, Senior Program Associate & Program Development Manager
Ms. Luque currently serves as the Program Development Manager for the National START TTA Program at Children and Family Futures (CFF). In this capacity, she provides program development oversight for the growth and expansion of the National START Model. Ms. Luque has over 15 years of practice and policy experience in child welfare and mental health systems of care and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Prior to joining CFF, Ms. Luque served as a Workforce Development Specialist for Bay Area Academy, an intermediary organization charged with supporting the learning and organizational improvement needs of public child welfare agencies. In this role, she supported California’s Continuum of Care Reform assuming the lead on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, Resource Family Approval, and the Level of Care Rate Protocol. Ms. Luque also co-facilitated strategic planning workgroups for the development of California’s model for Intensive Services Foster Care, along with a regional model for Mobile Response Stabilization Services. Additionally, Ms. Luque holds a certification for training and technical assistance for the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths/Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management approach (CANS/TCOM) through the Praed Foundation. Ms. Luque earned a BS in Psychology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
Dawnia Flonnoy, MA, Senior Program Associate
Ms. Dawnia Flonnoy currently serves as a Senior Program Associate with the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) at Children and Family Futures (CFF). In this capacity, she provides technical assistance to state and county child welfare jurisdictions for the implementation of the START model. Ms. Flonnoy has 22 years of professional social work experience.Ms. Flonnoy’s personal experience with familial substance abuse has been a driving force for her career path. Prior to joining CFF, Ms. Flonnoy was employed with the Public Children’s Services Administration in Cuyahoga County and Greene County where she worked for both Employment Family Services and Children and Family Services. While with Children and Family Services, Ms. Flonnoy served as a START Social Service Worker and later, as a START Supervisor. While working in child welfare, Ms. Flonnoy was also a part of the Cuyahoga County Family Drug Court team and facilitated monthly meetings with local substance use and mental health providers. Additionally, Ms. Flonnoy has experience providingtraining on child welfare, prenatal substance exposure and substance use disorders to university students, hospitals and community organizations.Ms. Flonnoy holds expertise in the areas of child welfare, juvenile court, leadership, teaming, and collaborative practice.Ms. Flonnoy graduated from Wilberforce University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Rehabilitation and Corrections and obtained her Master of Arts in Justice Administration from Tiffin University in 2004.
Jennifer Foley, BS, Senior Program Associate
Ms. Jennifer Foley currently serves as Senior Program Associate at Children and Family Futures. In this role, Ms. Foley provides training and technical assistance to jurisdictions across the U.S., is a Change Liaison, and provides training and consultation to assist with the implementation of the START program. Prior to her employment at CFF, Ms. Foley spent 11 years in Eugene, Oregon at the Relief Nursery’s Accessing Success Recovery Support Program. Initially a Peer Support Specialist, she advanced to Alcohol & Drug Counselor, eventually managing the recovery support program for six years. Ms. Foley’s focus was serving parents with substance use disorders who were involved in the child welfare system. Then, she spent seven years as a child welfare caseworker. In 2013, she accepted the position as the Women’s Treatment Services Coordinator and the Access to Recovery Project Director with the Oregon Health Authority, and Oregon’s (NASADAD) Women’s Service Network Coordinator.
Originally from California, she moved to Oregon for college, receiving a B.S. degree from the University of Oregon in Sociology, with an area of concentration in Substance Abuse and Prevention.
Elizabeth Bullock, BA, Program Associate
Ms. Bullock currently serves as a Program Associate with the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) at Children and Family Futures (CFF). In this capacity, she provides technical assistance to state and county child welfare jurisdictions for the implementation of the START model. Ms. Bullock gained direct service and leadership experience through her work with the Indiana Department of Child Services as a Family Case Manager, Supervisor, and Local Office Director. As the Monroe County Child Welfare Director, Ms. Bullock oversaw implementation of the START program and helped institutionalize START principals across the region.Additionally, Ms. Bullock has prior experience working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assaultand has worked in the field of crisis intervention for most of her career. Ms. Bullock holds expertise in the areas of child welfare, substance use disorders and recovery, leadership, trauma-informed care, and motivational interviewing. She brings to CFF strong skills in engaging community partners and cross-system collaboration for improved outcomes for children and families. Ms. Bullock earned a BA in Psychology from Indiana University.
Kristina Killen, BA, Program Associate
Kristina Killen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her role as a Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Team (START) Program Associate for Children and Family Futures (CFF). Her degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Indiana University prepared her for 10 years of work in the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). In Indiana, Ms. Killen was a Program Manager overseeing contracts for Community Based Services and Child Advocacy Centers. She managed substance use disorder treatment services for the State of Indiana including prenatal/maternal residential programs. Ms Killen was responsible for implementing Indiana’s START Model, including development of a collaborative relationship with the Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addiction. These efforts resulted in the alignment of best practice within the DCS substance use disorder treatment service array.
In her current role with CFF of providing support, training and technical assistance to jurisdictions implementing START, Ms. Killen brings extensive knowledge of substance use disorders and recovery, peer support, prenatal/maternal addiction, and infants with prenatal substance exposure. She is skilled in team building, continuous quality improvement and developing collaborative relationships with stakeholders. Her earlier work as a child welfare investigator/assessor and as a judicial system victim’s advocate and probation officer provide her with personal appreciation of frontline practice.
Meredith Russo, MPA, Program Associate
Meredith Russo currently serves as a Program Associate with the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) at Children and Family Futures. In this role, she provides technical assistance to state and county child welfare jurisdictions for the implementation of the START model. Ms. Russo gained frontline child welfare and START programmatic experience through her work with the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services, and as a Social Service Clinician and Family Services Office Supervisor for START. As the START Family Services Office Supervisor, Ms. Russo played an integral role in the expansion of START within her county as well as to neighboring jurisdictions. She brings to CFF strong skills in START program outreach, community engagement, and meeting facilitation. Ms. Russo holds expertise in substance use disorders and recovery, peer support, and collaborative partnerships with community stakeholders. Ms. Russo earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Morehead State University in 2009 and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Murray State University in 2019.
Marianna Corona, MSW, LCSW, Senior Research and Evaluation Manager
Ms. Corona currently serves as the Evaluation Manager for the Research and Evaluation Team and is also part of the Change Lead team for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Prevention and Family Recovery project. In this role, Ms. Corona serves as the lead for the Sacramento County Family Drug Courts evaluation where she provides evaluation technical assistance and manages the tasks and deliverables of the evaluation contract. She also provides ongoing technical assistance to grantees to support cross-systems collaboration, address challenges program implementation, and improve outcomes for children and families.
Prior to her position at CFF, she was a Research Associate with a California based evaluation firm working in program evaluation, strategic planning, and facilitation. In addition, Ms. Corona previously worked as a direct services mental health provider with San Diego County California based non-profit organizations, specializing in trauma and domestic violence.
Ms. Corona received her Masters of Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Stanford University. She is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California.
Colleen Killian, Ph.D., Senior Research and Evaluation Associate
Dr. Killian is currently a Senior Research Associate for the Research and Evaluation Team. In this role, Dr. Killian serves as the lead providing evaluation and administrative data technical assistance (TA) for Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START). She also provides ongoing technical assistance to the Sacramento County Family Drug Courts evaluation and Veterans Treatment Court projects related to evaluation activities. Dr. Killian has extensive experience collecting and conducting comprehensive analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data and/or information and in preparing high quality, professional summary reports, documents, and presentations that illustrates evaluation questions, design, results, discussion and lessons learned. Her experience with analyzing large datasets includes national AFCARS and NCANDS data.
Prior to her position at CFF, she was a Senior Research Associate with a Virginia based evaluation firm providing evaluation technical assistance (TA) and program evaluation. In addition, Dr. Killian previously conducted evaluation work with prevention projects with high-risk youth and families, projects related to substance use/abuse and on U.S. Department of Education funded projects including Elementary Counseling; Safe Schools/Healthy Students; Grants to Reduce Alcohol Abuse; and Student Drug Testing.
Dr. Killian received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from University of California, Riverside and Master and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton.
Darron Petit, Administrative Coordinator
Darron Petit currently serves as an Administrative Coordinator for Children and Family Futures (CFF). He started working for CFF in July of 2019, where he provides support to the Prevention and Family Recovery (PFR) project, the Research and Evaluation Team (RET), and the Operations Department. In his role, Darron assists with facilitating meetings, coordinating travel logistics, and revising work products for formatting and grammatical errors. Furthermore, he assists with entering and managing data that are pulled into reports for the Management Team.
Prior to working at CFF, Darron attended the University of California, Irvine, and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior in June of 2019. While attending college, he served as a research assistant in a lab that studied the emotional development of children exposed to maltreatment and completed an internship at the Child Abuse Services Team of Orange County, both of which helped to spark his interest of the field of social work. Darron would like to continue his education in the field of child welfare, possibly by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Social Work, Child Development, or another related field of study.