It takes more than vision to bring work to life. At the Center for Workforce Equity and Leadership (CWEL), it’s our dedicated and talented professionals who show up every day to make things happen.

Their expertise, lived experiences within child welfare systems, and passion are what drive CWEL’s mission of creating a more diverse and equitable child welfare workforce.

Executive leadership

  • Ligia Cushman, MA. Chief Executive Officer, Families Rising

    Ligia Cushman, MA

    she/her/ella

    Chief Executive Officer, Families Rising

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  • Nathan Ross, LMSW. National Project Director / COO at CWEL.

    Nathan Ross, LMSW

    he/him

    National Project Director / COO

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Culture keepers fellowship

  • Te'Ata Loper, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Association

    Te’Ata Loper, MS

    Executive Director of the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Association

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Coaching and pathways to clinical licensure

  • Myca Jeter, MSW, LCSWA. Director of Pathways to Clinical Licensure & Coaching at CWEL.

    Myca Jeter, MSW, LCSWA

    she/her

    Director of Pathways to Clinical Licensure & Coaching

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  • Jessica Funk. Coaching Specialist

    Jessica Funk

    she/her

    Coaching Specialist

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  • Julia Eusebio, MSW. Coaching Specialist at CWEL.

    Julia Eusebio, MSW

    she/her/ella

    Coaching Specialist

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  • Jamole Callahan, Coaching Specialist at CWEL.

    Jamole Callahan

    Coaching Specialist

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  • Jaclyn Kodosky, LMSW. Coaching Specialist at CWEL.

    Jaclyn Kodosky, LMSW

    she/her

    Coaching Specialist

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Communications

  • Niki Seligman, BA. Director of Communications at CWEL.

    Niki Seligman, BA

    she/her

    Director of Communications

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  • Jamie Anderson, BA. Communications Specialist at CWEL.

    Jamie Anderson, BA

    she/her

    Communications Specialist

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  • Jazmyn Strode, BA. Communication manager at Families Rising and CWEL.

    Jazmyn Strode, BA

    she/her

    Communications Manager, Families Rising

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Leadership initiatives

  • Kendra Lowden, MS, EdD candidate. Director of Leadership and Tribal Initiatives at CWEL.

    Kendra Lowden, EdD Candidate, MS

    she/her

    Director of Leadership and Tribal Initiatives

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  • Deanna Jones, leadership development coach at CWEL.

    Deanna Jones

    Leadership Development Coach

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  • Kim Johnson, MA. Leadership Development Coach at CWEL.

    Kim Johnson, MSW

    she/her

    Leadership Development Coach

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Site implementation

  • Britt Cloudsdale, MSW. Director of Site Implementation at CWEL.

    Britt Cloudsdale, MSW

    she/her

    Director of Site Implementation

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  • Indi LaBellarte, MA. Coalition Coordinator at CWEL.

    Indi LaBellarte, MA

    he/they

    Coalition Coordinator

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  • Meghan Clock. Site Implementation Support Specialist at CWEL.

    Meghan Clock

    she/her

    Site Implementation Support Specialist

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Evaluation

  • Sharonlyn Harrison, PhD. President/Chief Executive Officer at CWEL.

    Sharonlyn Harrison, PhD

    President/Chief Executive Officer

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  • Anika E. Sandy-Hanson, PhD. Evaluator at CWEL.

    Anika E. Sandy-Hanson, PhD

    Evaluator

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  • Eden Harrison, PhD candidate. Evaluator at CWEL.

    Eden Harrison, PhD candidate

    she/her

    Evaluator

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  • JeNean Lendor, MA. Communication/Research Associate at CWEL.

    JeNean Lendor, MA

    Communication/Research Associate

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  • Jessica Elm, evaluator at CWEL.

    Jessica Elm, MSW, PhD

    Tribal Program Evaluator

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  • Kristine Andrews, PhD. Evaluator at CWEL.

    Kristine Andrews, PhD

    she/her

    Evaluator

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  • Lindsey Bryant, project coordinator at CWEL

    Lindsey Bryant, MSW

    Project Coordinator

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  • Paul Elam, PhD

    he/him

    Evaluator

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  • Stella Cowan, MEd. Evaluator at CWEL

    Stella Cowan, MEd

    she/her

    Evaluator

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Is your agency ready for change?

Let’s partner to advance anti-racist practices in child welfare and improve overall recruitment, retention, and well-being in the workforce.

Find out how to become a participating site with CWEL.