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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.

  • 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!”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Genevieve Kane-Howse

    Genevieve Kane-Howse

    Genevieve Kane-Howse, LMHC is a clinician for the Safe and Sound Project through the FaCES clinic. She earned her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Fitchburg State University in 2009. As a licensed Mental Health Counselor, she has worked in clinic, home, and school-based capacities, specializing in working with youth and families whose lives have been impacted by trauma. Genevieve has been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). In addition to her work with youth and families through the FaCES Clinic, Genevieve is the Project Director of the UMass Medical School Child Trauma Training Center. She also co-chairs the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Partnering with Youth and Families Committee.

  • Yosstina Saadallah

    Yosstina Saadallah

    Yosstina Saadallah, MSW, LCSW has been with the FaCES program as the Trauma Educator since 2016. Yosstina has worked with children and families since receiving her master’s degree in social work from Boston College. At the FaCES clinic, Yosstina providers continued care to children and foster families by assisting with mental health referrals, following foster care children through their foster placements to ensure that they receive the services they need. In addition to this, Yosstina helps families understand and manage children’s trauma reactive behaviors by providing them with over the phone support and follow up. Through this role, Yosstina has developed and maintained relationships with several key contacts in the community including local mental health agencies, Department of Children and Families social workers and foster families. Yosstina is committed to empowering others, advocating for equal opportunities and ensuring access to resources for all.

  • 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.