Meet Our Team
Charles Wilson, MSSW, Senior Director/Project Director
Since 2000, Charles Wilson has served as Director of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families. He previously served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama, Board Member for the Alabama Network of CACs, Project Director for the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, and ex officio member of the Board of Directors of NCA. Charles is also the former President of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and former member of the Board of Directors of the California Network of CACs.
Vicky Gwiasda, Program Manager
Vicky Gwiasda has over twenty years of executive leadership experience in public and not-for-profit organizations at the national, state and local levels, with a focus on building safe, healthy and equitable homes and communities. Most recently, Vicky served as the Executive Director of CALICO, the accredited child advocacy center of Alameda County, California, and previously she worked as the Director of Knowledge Enhancement at the Institute for Community Peace based in Washington DC and as Deputy Director of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority in Chicago, Illinois.
Salli Kerr, State Liaison
Salli Kerr has over five years of experience as an Executive Director and CEO in the non-profit sector and was instrumental in the formation and accreditation of the state chapter of children’s advocacy centers in Nevada. As Executive Director, Salli led a multi-service center that housed the Nye County Children’s Advocacy Center, the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Nevada and other service organizations for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and other crimes. Salli’s background of providing direct services, including foster-parenting, provides her with a unique perspective on the impact of trauma in the lives of victims and the positive influence that a coordinated response has on victims’ recovery and wellness.
Patty Terzian, State Liaison
Patty Terzian has over fifteen years of experience in the non-profit sector developing and directing programs, providing outreach and trainings, and managing grants. In her previous role, Patty served for nine years as the Executive Director/Statewide Coordinator of the Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers, the accredited state chapter of children’s advocacy centers. She led the chapter through considerable growth and development and collaborated with professionals across the state to improve services for Oregon’s children when there were concerns of abuse. Patty’s skills in project coordination, communications and training were honed through her early-career work in both the non-profit and corporate sectors.
Tamara Principato is an experienced professional in the grant management field. She has managed awards at the national, state and local levels from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, California Department of Education and California Department of Development Services, to name a few. Previously, she worked at San Diego State University Research Foundation managing a multi-million dollar portfolio comprised of faculty’s research awards. She has also worked with the California State Preschool Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Head Start programs at the Chicano Federation of San Diego County.
Al Killen-Harvey is the co founder of The Harvey Institute, a training and consultation company whose mission is improving health care outcomes through integrating sexual health. For the past 24 years he has worked at the Chadwick Center where he has served in a variety of clinical and training positions. Al is a frequent presenter, nationally and internationally, on a wide variety of topics related to children and adolescents as well as sexual identity and gender identity. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Children’s Advocacy Centers of California and is a past board member of CAPSAC (California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children).
Jennifer Rolls Reutz, Special Projects Coordinator
Jennifer Rolls Reutz is a project director with 20 years of experience managing and overseeing complex, multiyear federal, state, and private grants and contracts. She currently co-directs the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC, www.cebc4cw.org); previously she managed the federally funded California Screening, Assessment, and Treatment (CASAT) Initiative, implementing trauma-informed mental health screening and assessment for children and youth in foster care, and several National Institute of Mental Health-funded grants: the Implementation Methods Research Group (IMRG) Advanced Center, the Child and Adolescent Interdisciplinary Research Network, and the Caring for Children in Child Welfare (CCCW) study. Jennifer has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous professional conferences and meetings.
Andrea Hazen, Ph.D., Research Scientist
Andrea’s current work primarily focuses on mental health screening, assessment and treatment for children and families involved with child welfare services. She has expertise in child maltreatment and intimate partner violence research and program evaluation, and has published extensively on those topics. Dr. Hazen oversees the treatment outcome program for the Trauma Counseling Program and for the KidSTART Mental Health Clinic and serves as the evaluation lead for WRCAC and other projects focused on the delivery of trauma informed services in child welfare systems and on the implementation of screening, assessment, and evidence-based treatment to address the mental health needs of children involved with child welfare services.
Michelle Hogan, Business Manager
Michelle Hogan has over two decades of experience in financial/grants management and business operations, and currently has fiscal oversight of Chadwick Center’s $29 million behavioral health division.
Christopher Perkins, Project Analyst
Christopher Perkins has more than fifteen years of experience with data and website management and administration and served as the project manager for the web-based California Mandated Reporter training portal. Chris manages WRCAC’s electronic learning and communication systems.