I am the Executive Director of Partners for Our Children, a research and policy center at the University of Washington. Our mission is to improve services to vulnerable children and their families through research, technical assistance, training and advocacy.
For many years POC has strongly advocated for the implementation of performance based contracting for the procurement of critical services. We are interested in achieving greater alignment between the current array of purchased services and the actual needs of families involved with public safety net programs. I believe that the network administrator concept holds great promise for achieving this goal. FIN’s accomplishment of which I am most proud is having the courage and foresight to step up to become Washington’s first network administrator. This was truly a journey into the unknown.
Richard Watkins, Treasurer, Thomas V. Giddens Foundation
I am the President of Thomas V Giddens Jr Foundation. Our sole focus is to provide support for children and young adults who have been maltreated or who are at risk of maltreatment. Our goal is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of service providers through the use of common for-profit business practices such as data driven strategic decision making, as well as the use of data to improve internal practices through continuous quality improvement, proper application of lean practices to process and the strategic use of financial data and similar practices. We are a small foundation with limited resources. We extend our reach through cooperative relationships with other foundations. Aligning grant making among the limited number of private funders in child welfare, juvenile justice and youth and young adult homelessness results improved outcomes of agencies and reduces gaps in services.
We believed that CA would eventually move to performance based contracting. Our fifteen plus years of experience consulting with and ultimately running a Boeing subcontractor as Boeing shifted the responsibility for quality to it suppliers and implemented performance based contracting - we understand the benefits and pain that can follow the change. I have knowledge and experience that can help the service providers and Children's Administration successfully navigate this change. I am proud of our team's forming and executing a plan to provide visitation coverage over the holiday season to due to EIS' sudden closure. But I am most proud of the manner in which FIN navigated the cultural changes that the service providers and CA had to undergo before real performance based contracting could even begin. Being an intermediary between hostile camps is a very difficult place to be. But having a neutral party in the middle allowed each side to move forward. FIN now is in a position to fully implement performance based contracting in all service arrays.
Gloria Ochoa-Bruck, City of Spokane
Heather Cantamessa, Re-Unify Family Services
I am a Parent Ally: I had my children removed from my custody, navigated the dependency court system, engaged in the services, resolved the issues that brought CPS into my family's life, reunited with my children, my case is closed, I work with the parents currently involved and the professionals who serve them to make the system a better place to live and work.
FIN's Mission and values align with my own. The thing that I am most proud of that FIN accomplished is when they quickly and seamlessly orchestrated the transition of dozens of local Parent-Child Visits and over a dozen visitation employee’s jobs over the 2016 holiday season when the EIS contract was terminated.
Matt Layton, WSU ESFCOM Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences
I am the immediate past Empire Health Foundation chair and have been on the EHF board for 7 years. I am also a psychiatrist and heavily invested in minimizing adverse childhood experiences and their consequences.
If we are to improve the health of our region, we must improve the health of our children -implementing performance-based contracting and providing technical assistance and resources to ensure success.I am invested in FIN's success as I strongly supported its creation while wearing my EHF hat.
Michelle Ressa, Spokane County Superior Court
I am a Superior Court Commissioner presiding over a weekly dependency court calendar.
The child welfare system cannot function effectively for families without the collaboration and cooperation of the stakeholders within the system. I am committed to play an active role in that collaboration. I am most proud of FIN’s ability to ride the storm of losing the largest provider of supervised visitation in Spokane County. FIN acted with grace and professionalism and did not allow the emotional response to control the work that needed to be done.
Rob McCann, Catholic Charities of Spokane
I have been with Catholic Charities Spokane for the past sixteen years, and have been serving as its President & CEO since 2005. Catholic Charities has multiple programs for children with a 105+ year history in the community. I am deeply interested in eliminating Adverse Childhood Experiences for children as a means to reduce intergenerational poverty and save tax payer expenditures.
Rodney McAuley, Northwest Leadership Foundation
I am on the FIN board because I believe in the vision, mission, and values of the organization, as an extension of EHF, and believe that I have something to offer from my life experience.
Sharon Osborne, Children's Home Society of Washington
My life's work has been and continues to be advocating for WA's and our nation's children. As such, I have worked for over 30 years with WA's Children's Administration am thrilled that we have been able to create the new DCYF. As CEO of the state's oldest and largest statewide non-profit serving children and families, I and Children's Home Society of Washington stand ready to partner with the DCYF to improve and enhance the way we equip and support families to raise THEIR children. And when that is not possible, we also take seriously our responsibility to find a permanent, forever family for every child.
Armed with the experience of having worked throughout the state at the community level, urban and rural, I firmly believe the public and private sectors must collectively address the needs of children and families in their own communities. It is also critical that we include family voices in the decisions we are making that effect a child's life. Best practice, experience and research tell us that the sooner we can prevent serious issues, and the more we can support parents who want to love and raise their children, the greater chance we have of fostering a child's opportunity to develop and thrive.
I am proud to serve as a FIN board member as FIN was created to foster these goals and outcomes for children. I believe our experience to date, in partnership with families, illustrates that with hard work and common goals we can and are seeing improvement in the lives and outcomes of all our children, especially those who need us most!
Sue Lani Madsen, Community Leader
I am serving two children as their Representative Payee for Social Security benefits, and frequently come in contact with a variety of family situations through my service as a volunteer EMT.
Paying for results rather than simply for activity makes sense when working with complex family situations. I'm investing my time because I have different perspectives to share, as part of a rural community and having ongoing hands on experience.
Teresa Forshag, Partners with Families and Children
I am a nurse practitioner employed by Partners with Families and Children in Spokane. Partners is a child advocacy center. I examine children when there have been allegations of physical, sexual abuse and neglect. The children are referred by CPS, Police, FBI, hospitals. I provide child abuse expert witness testimony in the court system, both dependency and criminal on the cases that I see. I am also a foster parent of 28 years specializing in medically fragile infants.
I am investing my time in the FIN board because I think the board can make a difference in a number of issues that make the CPS system harder than necessary for both the children and their parents. FIN's goals include helping a child obtain permanency which I strongly support. The board has been extremely instrumental in reducing parental barriers to visitation while their children are in care.
Tonya Dressel, Ballmer Family Giving
I am the Executive Director of philanthropy at Ballmer Group, overseeing Steve and Connie Ballmer’s philanthropic and social impact investing as well as their civic engagement. I manage a range of projects and partnerships focused on improving outcomes for children, families, and neighborhoods experiencing intergenerational poverty in the United States. Ballmer Group advances these efforts through grant-making, investing in system reform, and collaborating with public and private sector partners. They have supported projects to strengthen public schools, advance gun safety legislation, empower providers of social and health services, improve child welfare outcomes, and reconnect students and young adults with education and job training opportunities.
Antony Chiang, Chair, Empire Health Foundation
With the encouragement of one of the sponsors of the legislation, Empire Health Foundation (EHF) is a co-investor in the public private partnership to pilot Performance Based Contracting in WA state. EHF has invested seven figures in Family Impact Network, along with co-investments from funders of the Philanthropy Forum. FIN is formally a subsidiary of EHF.
I believe in the potential to increase the capacity and performance of providers, to benefit outcomes for children and families.
When nearly 40% of the visitation network was at risk due to an exit of provider, FIN's enormous effort to successfully and smoothly transition the families to other providers with virtually no down time in service.
Mark Kettner, Eastern State Hospital
Kettner brings nearly 30 years of experience working in a variety of health care settings and since 2014, has served as the chief administrative/chief financial officer at Eastern State.
Kettner holds a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Eastern Washington University and a MBA from Webster University. Kettner has served on various healthcare and social service related community boards and committees over the past several years, including the Empire Health Foundation Board and the Board of Trustees for Hospice of Spokane.