Our Team

INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Headshot of Paul DiLorenzoPaul DiLorenzo, ACSW, MLSP is the Interim Executive Director of NRCAC and the Philadelphia Children's Alliance. Prior to this role, he was a Senior Director for Strategic Consulting at Casey Family Programs during a thirteen year tenure. While there he managed a variety of complex system improvement projects involving numerous agencies and stakeholders. Paul has a four decade history of experience in child welfare and youth development settings, having served in administrative roles in state and city government, and in leadership positions for non-profit and philanthropic organizations.  His work has been in the arenas of child protection, family support and primary prevention programming and he has led regional, state and federally funded projects that have attracted national recognition. Paul has published a number of articles and has been a featured speaker at quite a few conferences and professional forums. Paul@philachildrensalliance.org

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Teresa photoTeresa Smith, LSW, PhD is the Project Director for the Northeast Regional CAC. Teresa joined the NRCAC staff in June 2011 after more than twenty-five years of employment with Pinnacle Health Systems in Harrisburg, PA. Teresa was a Co-founder and Director of the Children’s Resource Center at Pinnacle Health Systems, an accredited CAC, and has served as President and Executive Board Member of the PA Chapter of CACs and MDTs, an accredited Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance. Teresa’s Doctoral Dissertation involved research on multidisciplinary child abuse team leaders and case reviews. Teresa@nrcac.org

TRAINING SPECIALISTS

Sue Ascione, MS, is a Training Specialist with Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. Sue provides training and technical assistance to developing and established CACs and MDTs in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Vermont. Prior to her joining NRCAC, she was the Executive Director of the CAC in Lawrence County, PA for 15 years and served in several capacities (child/adult therapist, supervisor and assistant director) at the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County for 13 years. As a member of the PA Chapter of CACs and MDTs, Sue helped develop and implement the Continuous Practice Improvement Program (CPIP) in Pennsylvania and mentored several CPIP teams. She also helped develop and implement the TECH Smart program designed to help parents keep their children safe in the digital world. Sue has trained on many topics, including the Role of MDT coordinator, Steps to Building a CAC, minimal facts interviewing and the effects of domestic violence and sexual abuse on children. Sue@nrcac.org

Michele Mullen, LCSW, is a Training Specialist with Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. Michele provides training and technical assistance to developing and established CACs and MDTs in the 9 northeast states. Michele creates and delivers local, state and regional trainings on Victim Advocacy:  Working with Children, Caregivers and the MDT; Vicarious Trauma/Building Resiliency for Child Abuse Professionals; National Children’s Alliance (NCA) Standards for Accreditation; and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)  Michele also conducts onsite training and consultation with multidisciplinary teams and CAC staff regarding Multidisciplinary Team Development, Strategic Planning and Board Development.  Michele works with the NRCAC team to coordinate agency branding, webpage, marketing materials, and social media presence.  She is the responsible for creation, design and edits of educational videos to share nationally with CACs:  (1) The Importance of the Medical Exam; (2) The Role of the Victim Advocate; (3) Building a Better Case Review (https://www.nrcac.org/resources).  Michele received the Maine Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers’ Children’s Advocate Award in April 2020. Michele joined NRCAC in September 2014 after 17 years with the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office/Children’s Advocacy Center in Massachusetts. Michele began as a Victim Advocate before moving to the CAC Director role and was dedicated to the development of a fully accredited Children’s Advocacy Center in 2010. Prior to working at the DA’s Office, she worked with domestic violence survivors. Michele@nrcac.org.

 

Tony DeVincenzo, M.A. is a Training Specialist with Northeast Regional Children's Advocacy Center. He has previously served as the Director of Programs/MDT Coordinator for Deirdre’s House, the Child Advocacy Center for Morris County, NJ. Prior to his employment at the CAC, Tony served 25 years in law enforcement, a majority of which involved investigating crimes against children. During that time, he also served as forensic interviewer and was an active member of the Morris County MDT. Tony retired as a Lieutenant from the Prosecutor’s Office after supervising the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, Megan’s Law Unit, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In addition to his law enforcement and CAC roles, Tony has been an adjunct faculty member in the Criminal Justice Department at County College of Morris and Rutgers University, and the Child Advocacy Program at Montclair University. He has trained on a variety of topics including child abuse investigations, forensic interviewing of children, and the CAC/MDT model. Tony has been an active member of the New Jersey State Chapter and recently served as Board President. Tony@nrcac.org

TRAINING AND RESOURCE COORDINATOR

Katelyn Waltimyer is the Training & Resource Coordinator for the Northeast Regional Children's Advocacy Center. In this position, Katelyn fills a wide range of roles, including event coordinator, resource and records manager, webmaster, Salesforce administrator, and financial liaison. She also represents NRCAC as a member of the Midwest Regional Children's Advocacy Center's Equity Council, a diverse team of leaders and professionals focused on addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the CAC world. Prior to working with NRCAC, Katelyn obtained a bachelor's degree in Music Education and a minor in Theatre from Penn State University, and served as a daycare and K-5 music teacher. Katelyn@nrcac.org

 

 

 

“Enhancing outcomes in CACs and State Chapters through the implementation of collaborative projects and initiatives.”

– Training staff of four regional CAC’s