Small Organization/Program Category
Mid-Size Organization/Program Category
Kate Danielson is the Executive Director of Foster Progress in Chicago, Illinois. Kate’s belief that “education is the great equalizer” has been the cornerstone of her life’s work – first as a public school teacher, later running mentoring programs, and finally culminating in the founding of Foster Progress. Their mission is to empower youth who experienced foster care to become successful adults through achieving in higher education. Kate has a bachelor’s degree in Education and English from North Park University and a master’s in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. She also loves her role as mom to four kids, two through foster care.
Madeline Reedy is the Senior Director of CitySquare’s Transition Resource Action Center (TRAC) in Dallas, Texas. TRAC’s mission is to “connect young people age 14-24 that are transitioning from substitute care toward self-sufficiency, with individualized support, planning and access to community services.” Ms. Reedy has close to 20 years of experience working with at risk youth, including youth transitioning out of the foster care and juvenile justice systems. She is responsible for coordinating direct client services, case management and transition planning for the youth at TRAC. She assists with program evaluation and planning, ensuring these program areas accommodate the changing needs of youth transitioning from substitute care to independent living.
Large Organization/Program Category
Kenneth J. Williams is the Vice President of Sunrise Children’s Services in Mt. Washington, Kentucky. There, he oversees the overall executive level leadership for the continuum of care and services in the Community Based Services division. Kenny began his career in psychiatric hospitalization, and then began intensive in-home prevention programming. Seeing a need for emergency care for clients in crisis, Kenny began an emergency shelter that became a licensed treatment facility which began his career at Sunrise over twenty-six years ago where he now is actively involved with those he serves in foster care, therapeutic foster care, independent living, family services and counseling, and human trafficking prevention and gives back consistently to others through being a consultant, program mentor, speaker and trainer to organizations great and small.
Youth Impact Category
SInce 1989, Janetta Williams Green has been employed by the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) based in Harrisburg, PA. She has over 36 years of experience working with people with disabilities with 34 of those years working in independent living centers. Ms. Green is a proponent of Outcome Logic Model within her organization, which is a model that is used to effectively identify, measure, and track nonprofit outcomes. She also has served on the Administration on Community Living’s Outcome Logic Model Committee. She has four years experience as a non-federal peer reviewer for U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Region II and is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).
Jamese works as a Family Support Specialist with Samara in Harrisburg, PA. She primarily provides assistance and resources to families with newborn babies. Jamese Preston received a Bachelor’s degree Human Services from York College of Pennsylvania and is currently working towards a Master’s in Social Work from Millersville University. She has worked in the human service field for four years and has focused her professional aspirations on advocacy, race relations, and mental health. In addition, she is a proponent of the Outcomes Logic Model in her organization, which is a framework for nonprofit organizations to identify, measure, and track impact outcomes for the people they serve.