Illuminate Colorado, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services, is hosting the 2020 Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Virtual Conference, which will be held September 28-30.

There will be a fantastic lineup of national and statewide experts presenting at the conference this year, and we’re excited to announce these incredible keynote presenters:

      • Jerry Milner & David Kelly: “Strengthening Families Through Primary Prevention”
      • Corey Best: “Hearts, Minds and Humanity—An anti-racist approach to authentic partnerships”
      • Angela Narayan: “Benevolent Childhood Experiences (BCEs) as a Counterpoint to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Research, Practice, and Policy”

Read more about the keynote presenters below.

Jerry Milner

Jerry Milner is the Associate Commissioner at the Children’s Bureau. He has worked in child welfare at county, state and federal levels, and in the private sector for over 40 years. Prior to returning to ACF, he served as the Vice President for Child Welfare Practice at the Center for the Support of Families, where he assisted state and local child welfare agencies in evaluating their child welfare programs, and designed and implemented improvements in practice, policy and procedures. Jerry was also the state child welfare director in Alabama. He worked previously in the Children’s Bureau to implement and manage the Child and Family Service Reviews of state child welfare services programs.

David Kelly

David P. Kelly, JD, MA, serves as Special Assistant to the Associate Commissioner of the U.S. Children’s Bureau.  For over a decade he oversaw CB’s work with state and tribal courts and the legal community.  Prior to joining the federal government, David was an Assistant Staff Director at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law and a Senior Assistant Child Advocate at the New Jersey Office of the Child Advocate. He began his career as a staff attorney at the Youth Advocacy Center of Covenant House New Jersey where he represented homeless, runaway and at-risk youth on a variety of legal matters and led the organization’s policy initiatives, he later became the Center’s Director of Legal and Clinical services.

Corey Best

Corey B. Best is first, a dedicated father.  He is originally from Washington, DC and currently calls Florida home.  This is where Corey began his transformation into adaptive leadership training, community organizing, authentic family engagement, race equity, anti-racism, pre-crisis support and highlighting “good enough parenting” for those impacted by the child welfare system.

Mr. Best is commonly known as leader and skilled facilitator that brings his professional experiences to life by activating group thinking and guiding sustainable child welfare system advancements.  His innovative style and approach led him to receiving the 2016 Casey Family Programs Excellence for Children’s Award.  Most recently, he has helped to spearhead an authentic family engagement pilot through the lens of race equity. This work has allowed Corey to take leadership the next level.  His perspective is that a leader must have a set a values and behaviors that embrace differences, shared power, and social contribution to see lasting changes within our communities.

Corey is Certified in the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Fund’s Bringing the Protective Factors to Life in Your Work. In addition to several speaking and technical assistance opportunities, he proudly serves as an active member Board member with Alia.  His role has also morphed into a Professional Guide for the Alia Innovation Cohort.   Corey has also mobilized countless communities to intentionally share power, while infusing perspectives of constituents in practice and policy changes that directly impact communal wellbeing.  In short, Corey’s mission is to positively influence the lives of children, families, and communities through curating emotionally safe and racially equitable relationships.

Angela Narayan

Dr. Angela Narayan is an assistant professor in the clinical child psychology doctoral program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Denver (DU). She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She received her Ph.D. in clinical child psychology from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota and completed a predoctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Child Trauma Research Program at UCSF. Dr. Narayan’s research lab at DU examines the intergenerational transmission of risk and resilience from parents to children, with a particular focus on the perinatal period as a window of opportunity to buffer the transmission of trauma and promote resilience in both mothers and fathers, and their children. Dr. Narayan is also a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado and serves as a clinical supervisor and instructor of several core courses in DU’s clinical child psychology doctoral program.

In addition to the keynote presenters, we’re also thrilled to bring a great group of breakout speakers to address important topics from these five tracks: Innovation Space, Working Together to Maximize Resources, Anti-Racist Practice, Supporting Workforce Care, and Best Practices.

To learn more and register for the conference, visit the website today! [2020 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION CLOSED]

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