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  • Heather C. Forkey

    Heather C. Forkey

    Director

    Heather C. Forkey, MD is Director of FaCES and the Child Protection Program, both at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center.  She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and The Joy McCann Professor for Women in Medicine 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 serves on the Steering Committee and multiple other roles for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and provides leadership for the 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 a Child Abuse Pediatrician who works with the Child Protection Program and 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 and promote resilience.

  • Lorna Kogon

    Lorna Kogon

    Lorna Kogon RN, CPNP 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 children in foster care and has worked in the FaCES Clinic for over 10 years. Lorna is also a medical provider in the Child Protection Program, evaluating children with history of neglect and abuse. Lorna is a member of the Child Trauma Training Center Advisory Board at UMass Medical Center. She has participated in developing a multidisciplinary response within the city of Worcester for children who are victims of commercial sexual 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.

  • Christina Baah

    Christina Baah

    Christina Baah, MD, MPH is a pediatrician who works in Pediatric Primary Care Associates and the Foster Children Evaluation Program at the University of Massachusetts Children’s Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City, NY. Dr. Baah completed a Pediatric residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and a General Preventive Medicine and Public Health residency at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She is board certified in pediatrics. In addition to providing clinical care for children, she is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Baah has a passion for decreasing the risk of preventable disease in pediatric patients through practicing preventive medicine and decreasing health disparities.

  • Taína Pabón

    Taína Pabón

    Taína Pabón coordinates all administrative aspects of the FaCES clinic. She has been part of FaCES since its opening in 2003. Taína meticulously manages each FaCES case, this includes communication with foster families, kinship caregivers and social workers to coordinate initial screenings, comprehensive evaluations and specialty appointments. Taína obtains past medical records, keeps families connected with primary care physicians, and she provides various resources to all caregivers and professionals involved as needed. Taina has developed and maintained strong professional relationships with Department of Children and Families (DCF) medical social workers, supervisors and resources workers. She trains medical social workers on tips and tools for gathering medical information for children in foster care. She has been invited to M.A.P.P. trainings (Massachusetts Approach to Partnership in Parenting) at the Worcester DCF East/West offices to educate future foster parents about the FaCES program. “The best part of all is to be able to see one smiling child’s face at the end of a busy clinic day!”

  • Wynne Morgan

    Wynne Morgan

    Wynne Morgan, MD is a board-certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist who trained locally at UMass Medical School. She has an interest in early childhood trauma 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 attending child psychiatrist for a preschool age clinic at CANDO, UMass Medical School Worcester and 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 has been a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Adoption and Foster Care Committee since 2012 and is the current co-chair for this committee.  Dr. Morgan was also the inaugural recipient of the 2018 Marylin Benoit Child Maltreatment Mentorship Award for her work in child welfare.
  • 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. Since 1998, Zina has 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). She enjoys working with foster parents, and has led MAPP trainings in the Worcester community.

  • Patricia Vanasse

    Patricia Vanasse

    Patricia Vanasse, MSW, LICSW is a clinical social worker for the Child Protection and THREdS programs. Patricia has worked in the field of pediatrics for over twenty years. She is a graduate of the Boston College School of Social Work. The opportunity to work with children and families has always been a privilege for Patricia. She is an active member in the Worcester Community where she has lived all her life.

  • 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 needed to address their child’s education. Fitzroy has lived experience as he and his wife are the proud parents of two adopted children.