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  • Heather C. Forkey

    Heather C. Forkey

    Director

    Heather C. Forkey, MD is the Director of FaCES and the Child Protection Program, both at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center. She is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is a nationally recognized leader in the field of child trauma and foster care medicine, has published and presents nationally on the topic, and her work has been highlighted in the popular press as well, including Forbes, The Boston Globe and The Atlantic. Dr. Forkey provides leadership for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and American Academy of Pediatrics on issues related to foster care and child trauma. Locally, she works with regional and state programs to address the needs of children who have been abused and neglected and to improve the services and supports for our most vulnerable children.

  • Sasha Svendsen

    Sasha Svendsen

    Sasha Svendsen, MD is the Medical Director of clinical services for the Child Protection Program and a Child Abuse Pediatrician who works with the Foster Children Evaluation Program at the University of Massachusetts Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Svendsen completed her Child Abuse Pediatrics subspecialty fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado and the Kempe Center.  She is board certified in both General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics.  In addition to providing clinical care for abused and neglected children, she is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine and has a passion for education. Dr. Svendsen is interested in promoting collaboration within communities to more comprehensively address the needs of abused and neglected children, address problematic sexual behavior in children within the clinical setting and support caregivers, and ultimately promote resilience within families.

  • Lorna Kogon

    Lorna Kogon

    Lorna Kogon RN, CPNP-PC is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center providing primary care to children ages infancy to young adulthood. She has a special interest in caring for children who are in foster care and has worked in the FaCES Clinic for over 15 years. Lorna is also a medical provider in the Child Protection Program, evaluating children with history of neglect and abuse. Lorna participated in developing a multidisciplinary response within the city of Worcester for children who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation and works closely with other team members in addressing the medical and mental health care needs of children who are at risk or have been involved with exploitation. Lorna received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University and Master of Science in Nursing within the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at Emory University.

  • Wynne Morgan

    Wynne Morgan

    Wynne Morgan, MD is a board-certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist who trained locally at UMass Medical School in Worcester MA. She has an interest in early childhood development and working within a systems of care approach to support vulnerable families. Along with her work at FaCES S&S, Dr. Morgan is also the Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist to the Office of the Medical Director, Department of Children and Families, Boston. At a national level, Dr. Morgan is the current co-chair of the Adoption and Foster Care Committee at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the committee liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics. 
  • Kamlyn Haynes

    Kamlyn Haynes

    Kamlyn Haynes, MD is a board-certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist who works at the FaCES Safe and Sound Clinic. She received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Prior to working at FaCES, she provided direct psychiatric care for teens in the Department of Youth Services and forensic evaluations for mentally ill offenders. Since 2011,  she has been the Department of Mental Health’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for Central Mass.  In all roles she has worked with immigrant families and the majority of patients in her care have been traumatized.  Throughout her career, she has taught medical students, residents and child and adolescent psychiatry fellows, winning teaching awards from each group.

  • Diane Lanni

    Diane Lanni

    Diane Lanni is a trauma coach and provides peer support to our foster care families. Diane has over a decade of experience fostering children and is passionate about supporting foster parents as lived expert professionals. Diane remains current on resources available to support foster families through her work with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). She is currently a co-chair of the Resource Parent Curriculum Committee and has produced podcasts and other resources for NCTSN.

  • Zina Fernandez

    Zina Fernandez

    Zina Fernandez is a bilingual (English and Spanish) trauma coach at the FaCES clinic who is passionate about helping foster parents and kids in need. Zina was a foster parent for more than 20 years and fostered many children. Prior to working at FaCES, she advocated for children through her role as a case worker and family resource coordinator at the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program at Lutheran Community Services (now known as Ascentria Care Alliance). Since 2019, Zina has been facilitating a trauma training created by NCTSN, called Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC) in both English and Spanish offered to the community of foster, kinship, and pre-adoptive parents in MA by UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center. She enjoys working with foster parents, and has led MAPP trainings in the Worcester community.

  • Molly Hanson

    Molly Hanson

    Molly Hanson MSW, LCSW has been the Trauma Educator at the FaCES clinic since 2021. Molly has worked with children and families since receiving her master’s degree in social work from Boston College in 2013.  At the FaCES clinic Molly works with children in foster care and their caregivers to provide education and support around trauma reactive behaviors and to ensure access to community mental health services.  Molly is passionate about educating others about the foster care system and advocating for the needs of children in foster care as well as their caregivers.  Additionally, Molly has been a foster parent herself since 2016 and enjoys maintaining a safe and nurturing home environment for all the children she has the privilege of caring for.

  • Fitzroy Hall

    Fitzroy Hall

    Fitzroy F. Hall, MPA has been the education navigator at the FaCES clinic since October 2021. Fitzroy has previous experience working with children and families as a family partner in Community Healthlink and a crisis support worker at Youth Mobile Crisis Intervention. Fitzroy received his master’s degree in public administration from Anna Maria College. He is also a certified community health worker. As the Education Navigator at FaCES, Fitzroy helps children in foster care and their caregivers navigate the school system. Fitzroy is passionate about empowering foster parents by equipping them with the tools and resources to communicate with community partners and address their child's education. Fitzroy has lived experience as he and his wife are the proud parents of two adopted children.  

  • Gabriela Caldas

    Gabriela Caldas

    Gabriela Caldas is the Safe & Sound coordinator at the FaCES program since 2021. Prior to working at FaCES, Gabriela has worked with children and families at the Child Protection Program. At the FaCES clinic, Gabriela coordinates all administrative aspects of the Safe & Sound program. This includes answering questions from foster parents regarding visits, communicating and providing resources to caregivers and the Department of Children and Families social workers. Gabriela designs and develops data collection instruments based on thorough knowledge of data files and ensures accuracy of reports by reviewing data and resolving discrepancies internally for assigned reports. Gabriela is responsible for maintaining the FaCES website. Gabriela is bilingual (English and Portuguese) and is passionate about working with children in forster care.

  • Jen Malcolm-Brown

    Jen Malcolm-Brown

    Jen Malcolm-Brown, LICSW has 20 years’ experience working with youth and families impacted by trauma and more than has 10 years’ experience supporting and directing projects with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) to improve care and outcomes for youth and families who have been impacted by trauma. Jen is currently the Project Director for Lifeline for Kids and Program Director for the Resilience Through Relationships Center at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School (UMMS), where she offers trauma informed care trainings and oversees LINK-KID, an innovative centralized referral system which increases access for youth and families seeking trauma focused evidence-based treatments. Jen is a skilled clinician in Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT). Jen is also a certified Lead ARC trainer with the Center for Trauma Training (CTT) where she supports organizations in bringing the ARC Framework into their child serving systems.

  • Mary Harris

    Mary Harris

    Mary Harris, LICSW, RPT-S is a bridge therapist in the FaCES clinic and Child Protection Program. She is a clinical social worker, play therapy supervisor, and EMDR therapist who works with children and families who have experienced trauma and attachment disruptions. Mary has over ten years’ experience working with children and families in the child welfare system, rural community mental health, mobile crisis support, and in-school/in-home behavioral therapy. A particular passion of Mary’s is working with parents and caregivers to address their own trauma and attachment histories as it impacts their parenting. As such, much of Mary’s work with children directly involves including caregivers into treatment and seeing the child as one part of a much bigger family unit in need of support and care.