Meet your conference co-chairs, presenters, and facilitators.


Conference Co-Chairs / Network Team Liaisons

Barbara Finch

Director, Children and Adult Networks

Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services

Florene Bednersh, PhD, MEd

Retired Executive Director, volunteer

Children and Family Resource Services

Terri Allison

Early Care and Education Consultant

Resilient Santa Barbara County and MoonLit Consulting

Lisa Fraser

Executive Director

Center for Family Strengthening, San Luis Obispo

Kathleen Van Antwerp, EdD

Certified Child Behavioral / Mental Health Specialist

Executive Director, Ventura County Child Abuse Prevention Council


Presenters and Facilitators

Robert F. Anda, MD, MS

Co-Founder, ACE Interface, LLC
Co-Principal Investigator, ACEs Landmark Study

Keynote Speaker

Ama Atiedu

Pediatric Resiliency Collaborative (PeRC) Program Manager
Cottage Health


Magdalena Benitez, MSW

Family Strengthening Consultant

Affinity Group Facilitator

Carrie Collins

Family Advocate Services Director
Link Family Resource Center

Affinity Group Facilitator

Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP

Physician, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


John Horton, MD

Pediatric and Integrative Medicine physician

Medical school instructor, author


Julie Kurtz

Founder and CEO

Center for Optimal Brain Integration®


Dr. Sayida Peprah, PsyD

Executive Director, Diversity Uplifts, Inc. 
Licensed clinical psychologist


Sara Rex

President/CEO, SPEAK, Inc.
Strategist, consultant, motivational speaker


Jim Roberts

Family Care Network, Inc.

Affinity Group Facilitator

Andria Barnes Ruth, MD

Co-chair, Pediatric Resiliency Collaborative
General pediatrician, Goleta Neighborhood Clinic


Danielle Shaw, MD

Pediatrician/ Staff Psychiatrist
Casa Pacifica Center for Children and Families

Affinity Group Facilitator

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