Carolyn Smith-Brown, is the Administrative Manager of Special Initiatives and works in that capacity with the Multiplying Connections Training Institute, the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) project, with the Philadelphia ACE Task Force, whose purpose is to expand the understanding and application of the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences study. She also works with the Family Violence Clinical Network. She received her bachelor's degree in physiology, with a focus on the biological basis of behavior from the University of Illinois, and has worked during her professional career in administration and management of non-profit health services. As a volunteer, she has worked as a community organizer in Philadelphia in the development of the neighborhood association, community planning and greening.
Monica Sullivan, MEd, is the Training Program Manager for the Health Federation of Philadelphia. Since 2007, she has led training sessions for organizations throughout the Greater Philadelphia region that integrate brain science, the principles of trauma-informed care and mindfulness. As a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) facilitator and certified yoga teacher, she seeks ways to encourage reflective practices in her work with organizations. Monica’s goal is to help organizations develop a culture that builds staff and client resilience.
Marcy Witherspoon, MSW, LSW, is a senior training specialist for the Health Federation of Philadelphia and the family violence specialist for the Ambulatory Health Services division of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. She has been a pillar of the Philadelphia social work community for almost forty years, focusing on family violence prevention, parenting education, child protection and the long-term effects of toxic stress on individuals and families. Marcy works both locally and nationally with teachers, health care providers, social workers and community-based organizations to integrate trauma-sensitive practices into the workplace. She teaches on topics related to verbal de-escalation, conflict resolution, motivational interviewing, reflective supervision, child abuse, intimate partner violence and resilience. She also teaches at Penn State Brandywine and the Community College of Philadelphia. Marcy’s goal is to improve the health, safety and the well-being of the local community through coaching, training and the provision of support.