Meet the Panel & Facilitator

  1. SHANA N. BARTLEY, Vice Chairperson
    SHANA N. BARTLEY, Vice Chairperson
    Shana Bartley serves as executive director at DC Action. She leads the organization’s efforts to ensure that the District of Columbia is place where all children have the resources they need to reach their full potential. Ms. Bartley works with the DC Action team to elevate the interests of children in the city by providing research, public education and technical assistance to other community-based organizations serving children and families. She holds an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Science in Public Health degree in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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  2. MARIE K. COHEN
    MARIE K. COHEN
    Marie Cohen is a child advocate, researcher, and policy analyst. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Harvard University, a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland. After a career as a policy analyst and researcher, Marie obtained her Masters in Social Work in 2009. She worked as social worker in the District of Columbia’s child welfare system until January 2015. She writes the blog, Child Welfare Monitor, which addresses national child welfare issues. She also serves on the District of Columbia's Child Fatality Review Commission and is now in her fourth year as a mentor to a youth in foster care through BEST Kids, Inc.
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  3. PATRICK FOLEY, Foster Parent
    PATRICK FOLEY, Foster Parent
    Patrick M. Foley has been a licensed DC Foster Parent for the past ten years, specializing in older youth. He has provided a permanent home to five foster youths, now aged 16-25. Patrick is an active member of the Youth Aging Out sub-committee, as well as Co-Chair of the CFSA Parents Advisory Committee; member of the Foster and Adoptive Parents Advisory Council; a Certified CFSA Trainer of new foster parents; member of the CFSA LGBTQ Outreach task force; member of the DC Courts Education Committee for Juvenile PINS and Neglect cases; and a former Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).
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  4. KATRINA FOSTER, MEd.
    KATRINA FOSTER, MEd.
    Ms. Katrina Foster came to the Citizens Review Panel with more than two decades of experience working in the human service arena where she held various positions supporting children with disabilities, children in the Foster Care and children that were committed in the juvenile justice system living in group homes. The most important "position" she holds is a mother her adopted son Gary.
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  5. MEGAN CONWAY
    MEGAN CONWAY
    Megan Conway joined the D.C. Citizen Review Panel for Child Abuse & Neglect in May 2017. She is on the Youth Aging Out of Foster Care Working Group. Megan's day job is a senior attorney at the Children's Law Center, where she primarily serves as guardian ad litem for youth involved in the child welfare system. Megan originally hails from the Chicago suburbs, but has called D.C. home since October 2013.
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  6. SHERRILL TAYLOR
    SHERRILL TAYLOR
    Sherrill Taylor is a retired social worker who was appointed to the CRP in 2013. She was re-appointed by the Mayor’s Office on Talent and Appointments (MOTA) in August 2018. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on issue of child welfare. She is an active member of the CRP’s Youth Ageing Out Working Group.
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  7. Joyce N. Thomas, Facilitator
    Joyce N. Thomas, Facilitator
    Joyce N. Thomas is a senior administrator who has served as the Facilitator of the DC CRP since 2013. In this role, she is responsible for fiscal management, meeting coordination, and providing content expertise on issues of child abuse and neglect. She has many years of community-based experience in the DC, and she remains active in policy, research and practice forums around the country. She is President and CEO of the Center for Child Protection and Family Support, in Washington, DC, a non-profit agency in which she is the co- founder. She is also a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect.
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  8. SARAH SCHOOLER, MD
    SARAH SCHOOLER, MD
    Dr. Schooler joined the CRP on June 5, 2018, she graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in Psychology. She is a practicing Pediatrician in Silver Spring, Maryland. Dr. Schooler graduated from University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2001, where she graduated Alpha Omega Alpha, and has been in practice for 18 years. She completed a residency at Children’s National Medical Center in 2004 where she served as chief resident with Dr. Zang. She is currently in private practices and is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital. Dr. Schooler is board certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Schooler also practices at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD. Dr. Schooler lives in Washington, DC, with her wife and two children.
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  9. EMILY SMITH GOERING, PhD
    EMILY SMITH GOERING, PhD
    Dr. Emily Smith Goering is a social worker with experience in both the non-profit and government sectors. She has a back ground in state child welfare as a case worker, social work trainer, and a quality assurance and data manager. Currently Emily works with state and tribal child welfare and mental health systems on implementation of a Federal training initiative. Emily received her Master’s in Social Work from The University of Texas, Austin and PhD in Social Work at the University of Maryland. Her research includes, child welfare workforce issues, organizational culture and climate in child welfare systems, and foster care reentry. Emily is a proud fost/adopt parent and grandparent in Washington, DC.
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  10. RICK BARDACH, Treasurer
    RICK BARDACH, Treasurer
    Rick Bardach, Treasurer, has been a resident of DC for 50 years. Retired from a long career in DC Government - Dept. of Human Services - budget & program evaluation, child protective services case worker and social services management. After retirement, he was director of the Southwest Community House, then treasurer of the South Washington/West of the River Family Services Collaborative. He has been active in a wide range of volunteer efforts in Southwest, including tutoring and mentoring at two DCPS schools and an active member of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly and two of its task forces. He also is a board member of New Community for Children. He holds a BS from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Cornell University.
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  11. MAURA GASWIRTH, LICSW
    MAURA GASWIRTH, LICSW
    Maura Gaswirth, LICSW joined the D.C. Citizen Review Panel for Child Abuse & Neglect in May 2017 and currently serves on the In-Home working group. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Saint Mary's College (IN) and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Maura's day job is as a Director, Training and Technical Assistance at the National Council for Behavioral Health. Prior to joining the National Council, Maura worked for the District of Columbia as both a social worker and supervisor for Child and Family Services Agency as well as at Saint Elizabeths Hospital/Department of Behavioral Health. She has lived in Washington, DC since 2004 and currently lives in the Woodridge area of the city with her husband and two kids.
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  12. STACEY JOY GRAHAM
    STACEY JOY GRAHAM
    Stacey Joy Graham (Joy) is a lifelong advocate for positive experiences for children in foster care, beginning with herself. While in foster care herself, she advocated for the benefit of other children that she was placed in care with and then as a teen mother, she advocated to prevent her own child from entering the foster care system. In her professional career as an attorney, Joy has advocated for systemic improvements in the foster care system through legislative and funding initiatives. Joy also provides leadership on numerous boards with commissions and organizations related to foster care. In addition, she has served as a CASA, visiting resource, mentor and foster care provider to teens in foster care.
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  13. KATRINA FLOYD
    KATRINA FLOYD
    Katrina Floyd, DrPH, LISW was newly appointed to the CRP in the summer of 2019. She is an experienced social worker receiving her Doctor of Public Health from George Washington University and a bachelor’s and Masters of Social Work from Howard University. She brings many skills to the Citizen review Panel, such as child welfare services, adolescent health, clinical supervision, community-based practice and academic education.
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