Leadership is provided by volunteer board members who serve two-year terms and are elected by certified professionals.
Jeff Reid, M.Ed., CYC-P
Faculty, Child & Youth Care
Nova Scotia Community College (Truro, Nova Scotia)
Jeff Reid is faculty with the Child and Youth Care Program in the school of Health and Human Services at Nova Scotia Community College, Truro Campus, and does independent contract work as a Guardian Ad Litem for youth in Nova Scotia. Along with being the President of the Nova Scotia Child and Youth Care Workers Association, he is also President of the Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations. Jeff holds current certification through both the Alberta Child and Youth Care Certification process and the North American Child and Youth Care Certification Board. Prior to taking a teaching position, he had been working with children, youth, and families in a variety of settings for 35 years.
Dale Curry, Ph.D., LSW, CYC-P (Chair, Research Committee)
Professor, Human Development & Family Studies
Kent State University (Kent, Ohio)
Donna Wilson, CYC-P
Shelter Youth Care Worker
Lad Lake (Dousman, Wisconsin)
Donna, youth care worker at Lad Lake Inc. for 26 years, all direct care, first in recreation, then in residential and now in shelter care. She also enjoys teaching swimming and water aerobics at her local clubs and has been doing so for 34 years. She dabbled with other jobs; clerical, light industrial, and bar tendering. Donna has been working with youth for 40 years (She counts her babysitting) and working with people coping with trauma for 30 years. Donna attended some college, leaving to support her military husband and start a family. She is divorced with a wonderful son, Chris, who will reach 30 years soon. She always hoped to finish college, and may someday. Donna is passionate about youth care and this youth care certification, CYCCB certification. She was introduced to certification through the pilot project in 2007 and was the first and only person certified at her job for 9 years after. She feels that youth care workers need to be more proactive and start advocating for themselves and others. “We are professionals, and as professionals, we need to stand together, get certified, and get paid what we are worth.” Because of this, Donna looked into supporting the certification by becoming a board member. She also takes vacation time to help support her local youth associations, Wisconsin Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals 55 years and strong, and Association for Youth Care Practice, Inc. 40 years and founders of the CYCCB certification.
Cindy Carraway-Willson, MA, CYC-P
Director of Training
Youth Catalytics (Charlotte, Vermont)
Jean Carpenter-Williams, MS, CYC-P
Director of Training Development
National Resource Center for Youth Services, University of Oklahoma (Norman, Oklahoma)
Jean is the director of training development at The University of Oklahoma Outreach National Resource Center for Youth Services. She has worked extensively with programs across the country on improving the culture of care, understanding trauma informed care, and supporting the development of professional youth workers. Jean has co-authored several training curricula including: The Residential Child and Youth Care Professional Certification Course, Managing Aggressive Behavior, Youth Thrive: Protective and Promotive Factors for Healthy Development, and is the managing editor for The Journal of Child and Youth Care Work. She serves as a delegate-at-large for the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice (ACYCP) and on the board of directors for The Child and Youth Care Certification Board, both national organizations dedicated to professionalizing youth work. Jean has a master degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Pamela Clark, MSW, LSW, CYC-P
Independent Consultant & Trainer
Mrs. Clark is an independent consultant and trainer specializing in juvenile justice, youth and leadership development, and non-profit administration and governance. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS) and the Association of Child and Youth Care Practice, Inc. (ACYCP).
Frank Eckles, LCCA, CYC-P (Past President)
Child & Youth Care Worker Certification Institute (College Station, Texas)
Frank splits his time between his role as Board Member (and Past President) of the national Child and Youth Care Certification Board and facilitating growth for the hundreds of CYCs who engage in learning programs offered by the Academy for Competent Youth Work. Frank is the Academy’s Executive Director, author of the Child and Youth Care: Foundations Course, and co-author of the Youth Thrive: Protective and Promotive Factors for Healthy Development and Well-Being training. Frank is also the Executive Director of the CYC Certification Institute.
Frank also serves on the boards of the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice (2nd Vice President) and the Texas Youth and Child Care Worker Association (Treasurer). He is a frequent speaker at conferences, facilitates challenge course adventure activities, and thoroughly enjoys being in the world as a professional Child and Youth Care Practitioner.
Frank became a Fellow of the National Center for Innovation and Excellence in 2014. Frank is the recipient of the National Staff Development and Training Association’s 2013 Career Achievement Award. In 2009 he received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Academy of Child and Youth Care Professionals. In 2006 he received the President’s Award for “special achievement in the field of child and youth care” from the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice.
James Freeman, MA, CYC-P (Immediate Past President/Chair, Nominating Committee)
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families (Camarillo, California)
James Freeman has worked with marginalized children and families for over 25 years in a variety of practice settings in direct care and supervisory roles. He serves as Training Director at Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families and Editor for the International Child and Youth Care Network (www.cyc-net.org). He is a past president of the Child and Youth Care Certification Board.
Julia Margetiak, MS, CYC-P
Manager, System Access, Intake and Health Information
Peel Children’s Centre (Mississauga, Ontario)
Julia Margetiak has worked in the field of Child and Youth Care for 24 years, has been a member of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC) for the past 19 years, served on the OACYC Board of Directors for the past 6 years and the last 4 years as the Treasurer. She attained her Professional Certification as a Child and Youth Care Practitioner in 2014 and joined the Board of Directors for CYCCB that same year. She has her Master of Science degree in Child and Youth Care Administration from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Bachelor Degree in Child and Youth Care from Ryerson University and Child and Youth Worker diploma from Humber College. Throughout her career she has worked with children, youth and their families in the education system, child welfare, developmental services and children’s mental health. Julia is currently a Manager of System Access, Intake and Health Information at Peel Children’s Centre, an accredited child and youth mental health organization. Her interest in being on the CYCCB Board include seeing CYCs become regulated as a profession in Ontario, Canada and use of professional certification through CYCCB as part of the move towards regulation.
Heather Modlin, Ph.D. (cand), CYC-P
Key Assets (St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador)
Heather Modlin has worked with young people in residential care for 30 years. She is currently Provincial Director of Key Assets Newfoundland and Labrador. Heather is a former president of the Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations, an active member and former President of the Child and Youth Care Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, a founding board member of the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada, a board member of the Child and Youth Care Certification Board and the International Child and Youth Care Network. Heather has an MSc in Child and Youth Care Administration from Nova Southeastern University and is a PhD candidate and sessional instructor in Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria.
Jody Rhodes, MS, CYC-P
Neu-Life Community Development (Milwaukee, WI)
Sister Madeleine Rybicki, CSFN, CYC-P
Director of Training
Holy Family Institute (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Board Member, NSCYCWA
Nova Scotia Child and Youth Care Workers Association
Debbie Zwicky, CYC-P
Director of Quality Assurance & Program Development
Lad Lake St. Rose Youth & Family Center (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)