Cindy Carraway-Wilson

Cindy has a master’s degree in psychology from Duquesne University and is a certified Child and Youth Care practitioner at the professional level through the Child and Youth Care Certification Board (CYCCB). Cindy is currently the Director of Training at Youth Catalytics and the President of CYCCB’s Board of Directors. 

Cindy has extensive experience in the human services field as a youth worker, mental health therapist, program director, and trainer/facilitator. Before becoming a full-time trainer, Cindy worked as a counselor in an intensive treatment unit, as a mental health therapist, in a temporary shelter crisis nursery and adolescent shelter, and as a program/clinical director for an adolescent shelter and crisis intervention outreach program. Cindy is co-editor of the Families Thrive: Protective and Promotive Factors to Enhance Thriving for All Children, Youth, & Families training and has been centrally involved in its development.
Cindy has facilitated a variety of training on topics including Positive Youth Development, LGBTQ topics, outcome measurement, supervision, and self-care for professional and organizational development and strategic planning. She is a certified trainer for the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development, the Academy for Educational Development, trainer of facilitators for Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program® and certified to teach the Youth Thrive™ curriculum. Cindy is a senior trainer for the Child and Youth Care: Foundations Course offered through the Academy for Competent Youth Work.

Cindy is also a certified comprehensively trained Pilates instructor and understands the value of applying a mind-body approach to professional development, health, and wellness.


Tammy Hopper

Tammy Hopper currently serves as the Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer for the National Safe Place Network. She has almost 30 years of experience working with and on behalf of youth via direct care, supervisory and clinical roles. As a youth care professional dedicated to positive systems change, Tammy has served as a lead advocate and coalition member of efforts at local, regional and national levels.


RoseAnn Renteria

Rose Ann M. Renteria, Ph.D., is the Director of Research and Evaluation at PHILLIPS. Renteria has spent her career formulating evaluation approaches and collaborating to document positive outcomes on behalf of youth, adults, and families. As Director, Renteria plays a leadership role in managing the evaluation efforts at PHILLIPS, facilitating the development of a system-wide outcomes and evaluation effort, where data are used for performance management, improvement of programs (e.g., lessons learned), and working to develop meaningful measures of successes.

Recent projects include the Findings on the Youth Focus Group: Our Grow Together Project on the USDA’s Farm to School national initiative; and, Families Thrive™ Protective and Promotive Factors to Enhance THRIVING for All Families and Young People (2017) – Renteria co-edited the Trainer Guide and Participant Manual and conducted a training on Families Thrive™ with the Nebraska’s Children and Family Foundation and Bring Up Nebraska-Community Well-Being initiative.

Renteria holds a Doctorate Degree from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree from the University of Texas, LBJ School of Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Texas.