Faith-Based Providers Of Care

Faith-Based Providers Of Care

About this Webinar

This 1-hour session will provide an interactive platform for discussions around incorporating faith & spirituality into care planning. It is important to note that the TCOM Tools, such as the Child Adolescent Needs & Strengths (CANS), includes a Spirituality/Religion item in the Strengths Section. Those who work within systems of care know the importance of both meeting needs and building strengths for supporting sustainable positive outcomes.

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Kenneth McGill, EdS LMFT

Kenneth McGill, EdS LMFT

Solution-Focused Care Senior Scientist at Opeeka

Kenneth McGill spent the last 12 years at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care serving as the statewide trainer on Wraparound, the fundamental evidence-based practice offered throughout the New Jersey Children’s System of Care (CSOC), and the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) curriculum. Ken was the 2013 recipient of the Praed Foundation’s Outcomes Champion (CANS) Award for his work in children’s systems of care and outcomes management. He has more than 20 years of experience in marriage and family therapy, education and research and is currently serving as President of the New Jersey Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (NJAMFT). Ken received his Education Specialist degree in marriage and family therapy from and his Master’s in Education from Seton Hall University.


Jessi Esterling

VP of Foster Care Operations, FaithBridge

Jessi has more than 20 years of experience in child welfare in Illinois and Georgia and considers it her life purpose to reach vulnerable children and families with the love of Jesus. When she’s not in the office, Jessi loves to head outside — hiking, gardening, swimming, or watching her kids play sports. She also enjoys settling in with a good book. She and her husband Zach have four children, two adopted through foster care.

Mike Couchman

CFO/COO at Maryvale

Mike Couchman joined Maryvale as Chief Financial Officer in 2019. In this role, he is responsible for the overall financial strategy and direction of Maryvale, including the development and management of budgets, preparation of financial statements and reporting to Maryvale’s Board of Directors. Mike brings more than 20 years of leadership experience within the private and nonprofit sectors with a focus on troubleshooting complex issues and providing efficient and effective solutions for operational challenges. Before joining Maryvale, he served as Controller and Director of Marketing for Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families. Graduating cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, Management from California Lutheran University, Mike utilizes his leadership and technical abilities in implementing technology and operational strategies centered on enhancing performance and compliance.

Deanna Berkes

Senior Director of Program Development

As Senior Director of Program Development at One More Child, Deanna is in charge of collecting, coordinating, and synthesizing information from diverse data sources within child welfare content areas that promote strategies, best practices, and quality implementation of programmatic processes. Responsibilities also include program evaluation and enhancement initiatives, leading trauma-informed organizational directives, development of program policies and procedures, capacity building work, grant proposal writing, and completing other project management tasks, such as research initiatives in areas of federal and state models of care, program expansion, and federal, state and local opportunities.

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