IUSSWAA Annual Alumni Conference Speaker Bios

Meet the Speakers

Jill Atteberry Kelly, LCSW is the vice president of prevention services for Children’s Bureau, Inc. In addition to her duties with Children’s Bureau, Inc., she is an integral part of the Strengthening Indiana Families (SIF) grant providing oversight and monitoring of SIF implementation in Indiana target areas (Tipton, Madison, Grant, and Delaware Counties). She also provides expertise on child welfare and EBP implementation in Indiana.

Kacie Chase works for the Indiana State Department of Housing (ISDH) focusing on safe sleeping for infants. She is also the projector coordinator for Child Safety Forward, which focuses on reducing child fatalities in Indiana. Additionally, she is the ISDH’s secondary liaison for Strengthening Indiana Families where she participates in the design and coordination of service continuum.

Emily Dellinger, LCSW graduated from Ball State University with a BSW and earned her MSW from the IUSSW in 2015. She became a licensed clinical social worker then completed her master's level practicum at the VA Medical Center in Marion, Indiana. After receiving her master's degree she worked full time at the center in the chronic and acute psychiatric units, and later worked with veterans with dementia. She has worked on several interdisciplinary teams, committees, and work groups in addition to leading employee trainings to boost morale, and help staff stay inspired and be better coworkers and caregivers. She transferred to the Roudebush VA Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program in 2019 where she plans to continue growing in her career.

Dustin Ervin, CTRS graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Therapy and received his certified therapeutic recreation specialist credentials (CTRS) in May 2016. Dustin has experience working with adults with various mental health disorders, individuals with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and substance use disorders, and veterans experiencing homelessness. He has been managing and implementing the recreational therapy program at the Roudebush VA Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program since June 2017, where he continues to develop and provide meaningful interventions to these veterans.

Rus Ervin Funk, MSW, CSE has been working to improve the lives of men and boys, and to advance gender and racial justice for more than 30 years. Through his career, he has worked with adolescent and adult men who have experienced sexual assault, worked with men who have perpetrated sexual assault and domestic violence, and developed model programs for working with men. He is the cofounder of the North American MenEngage Network and the Ohio Men’s Action Network. He currently serves as the program consultant on the Advocacy Working Group for the Global MenEngage Alliance. Rus is currently an activist and consultant based in Louisville, Kentucky.

At the age of 21, George Goehl walked into a soup kitchen to eat. Over time, he became an employee, first washing dishes and eventually helping run the place. Three years into his time there, he was struck by seeing the same people in line for food as when he first arrived. It was in this moment that his focus shifted to the root causes of poverty, and George began to organize. In the wake of the financial crisis, George and National People’s Action mobilized more people in the streets to demand accountability than any other organization, helping to win Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform, create the Consumer Financial Protection Act in 2010, and secure mortgage relief for hundreds of thousands of families. Today, George is the director of People’s Action, one of the largest multiracial poor and working-class people’s organizations in the country. He is credited with moving the field of community organizing to new levels, increasing emphasis on shaping worldview, building independent political power, and focusing on long-term vision and strategy. George is also leading one of the largest progressive rural organizing efforts in the United States. Under his leadership, People’s Action just completed 10,000 conversations with everyday people in rural communities across the country. George is a leader in transforming the field of community organizing to increase relevance to emerging social movements, building electoral power in states, and winning structural change that shifts the balance of power to working class families. The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, CNN, MSNBC, and others have covered George’s organizing work. He has written for The Guardian and The Nation. Originally from southern Indiana, George is a husband, father, and banjo player, and he makes documentaries about country music.

Nicole Goodson, JD, joined Kids’ Voice as an attorney in the Children’s Law Center of Indiana in 2018 after representing families in special education and guardianship matters at Disability Legal Services of Indiana for eight years. Nicole is also an adjunct professor teaching the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at IU McKinney School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Michigan State University, and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Nicole serves on the Civil Rights of Children Committee of the Indiana State Bar Association, is a member of National Association of Counsel for Children, is a volunteer CASA with Child Advocates, and is an Adopt-a-Block captain for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Ann Hannan, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist and developed the first music therapy clinical program at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis beginning in 2000. She has been the director of the Riley Cheer Guild and Music Therapy Programs since February 2016. With over 20 years of pediatric music therapy clinical expertise, Ann specialized in neonatal and infant intervention. She has presented at local, state, regional, and national conferences on topics such as infant development and bonding, family-centered care practices, professional collaboration, clinical service triage methods, music therapy program development, music therapy advocacy, medical ethics, and professional self-care. Ann supervises the pediatric music therapy clinicians at Riley Hospital and serves on various hospital-based committees with a special focus on enhancing the hospital experience for patients, their families, and the staff who care for them. She completed her medical ethics fellowship in 2015 with the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics. Ann currently serves as an at-large member on the state board for the Spina Bifida Association of Indiana and as a national advisory board member for the Ukulele Kids Club organization.

Matthew Hess, CRS is a veteran of the U.S. Army Operation Iraq Freedom era serving from 1999–2004. He is also active in his own recovery from substance use disorder. He earned the recovery specialist certificate (CRS) from Mental Health of America. He also earned the certified addiction peer recovery coach (CAPRC) through training with the Indiana Credentialing Association on Alcohol and Drug Addiction (ICAADA). He worked for Project Point, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), through IU Health at Ball Memorial and Methodist Hospitals Emergency Departments. Matt has been working at the Indianapolis VA Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program since 2019. He utilizes his knowledge, skills, and lived experience to assist veterans in the program with their own journey of recovery.

Dr. Trina Jackson is the department chair for the School of Business at Ivy Tech Community College Lake County Campus. She is an Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) associate degree commissioner, board president of Kappa Beta Delta International Honor Society (KBD) and vice chair of ACBSP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. As a veteran of the US Army her dissertation was on “Community Response to Veterans Overcoming Barriers to Education” and has worked with the Northwest Continuum of Care organization focused on homelessness in northwest Indiana. Trina is the founding board member of Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults program (VASIA) and was the 2009 Social Work Student of the Year Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

LaVonne Jarrett, MS is the director of the Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults program. VASIA is a mission, volunteer-based program that provides guardianship services to at-risk adults throughout northwest Indiana. The VASIA program has been instrumental in the establishment of Indiana Code 25-3-8.5 that protects the well-being and rights of ill and at-risk adults who are in need of advocacy She has been with VASIA for 13 years. LaVonne has a bachelor’s degree in Continuing Education with a Sociology concentration and a Master of Science with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. LaVonne’s passion for advocacy led her to became a national certified guardian. She sits on the Board of the McCauley Clinic, a volunteer-based medical entity for uninsured citizens of the northwest Indiana area and the Indiana Adult Guardianship Task Force that collaborates on guardianship services throughout the state of Indiana.

Dr. James H. Madison is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University. An award-winning teacher, Jim is the author of several books, including Eli Lilly: A Life; Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II; Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana; and A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America. Jim’s new book is The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland. The Midwestern History Association recently honored him with the Frederick Jackson Turner Lifetime Achievement Award.

Samantha Mishne, MSW has been an adjunct faculty at Case Western Reserve University for 14 years. She has spent her 20-plus-year career focusing on the implementation of evidence-based treatment for eating disorders and suicidal and self-harming behavior.

Jade Presnell, MS graduated from Butler University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and English. She then earned a Master of Science in psychology at DePaul University in 2009. Throughout her educational training she spent the majority of her time working as a direct care staff member in various residential settings for youth and adults with mental health, emotional, and/or behavioral challenges. After receiving a Master of Science degree in 2009 she spent many years working in realm of community mental health serving in a variety of arenas, including outpatient and residential services. Finding her passion for social work, Jade returned to school and obtained her master’s degree in social work from Indiana University in 2016. Following graduation, she completed an international internship in Geneva, Switzerland, with the World Health Organization working as part of the QualityRights Project to improve the quality of care and promote human rights in mental health services globally. Jade has worked as a behavioral consultant supporting individuals with disability and their families since 2015. She loves her “job” and finds it an honor to serve and work alongside the disability community. At present, she is a doctoral student with the IU School of Social Work (because there is always more to learn). When not advocating and stressing over her doctoral studies, Jade enjoys spending time with family, antiquing, reading, and sitting on her porch.

Calli Pugh, MSW, LSW is a social worker with the Marion County Public Defender Agency in Indianapolis. Calli is passionate about race relations and their intersection with the criminal justice system.

Justin Schuhmacher, JD received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education, specifically, social studies, from Ball State University in 2006. After spending 12 years in public education, he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2017. He was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 2017 and started with Hunter Estate & Elder Law in the fall of 2018. As an attorney, Justin finds the most joy in helping families as they attempt to strategize during very difficult times. Whether he’s helping create a plan to pay for long-term care, establish guardianship, or manage straightforward estate plans, he finds it rewarding to in giving clients the peace of mind that they so often seek. Justin was raised on the same family farm in Blackford County, Indiana, as his father. He currently resides in Westfield, Indiana, with his wife, Jenny, and their two basset hounds, Floyd and Mildred.

Hannah Stohry, MA, MSW, LISW-S, is a clinically licensed social worker and is a doctoral candidate in educational leadership (Leadership, Culture, and Curriculum program) at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is currently employed as a graduate assistant at the Mindfulness and Contemplative Inquiry Center at Miami University. She has a bachelor's degree in social work from Miami University, a master's in social work from Miami University and Mahidol University, and a master's in social work from IUPUI. Hannah’s global multicultural and multiracial life experiences influence her current research curiosities (in no particular order): mixed race studies, critical multiracial theory, critical whiteness studies, Third Culture Kids, borders theories, Asian theology and feminism, AfroAsian Futures, AfroAsian Imaginations, radical love, contemplative inquiry, vulnerability, and critical autoethnography as methodology. Hannah does this work for and with others who live on and across the constructed margins, linking together as a formal resistance against these constructed margins to create a more socially just future for all.

Kelly Thompson-Burgess, LCSW, LCAC graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She then earned her master's in social work from the IU School of Social Work, followed by her LCSW and LCAC. Kelly has worked in the areas of domestic violence, HIV care, mental health, and veteran homelessness. Kelly also worked for several years as an adjunct faculty professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Indianapolis. Kelly has been working at the VA Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program for over 11 years. Kelly has provided case management services, group therapy, and is the admissions and aftercare specialist for veterans experiencing homelessness with a disabling condition related to mental health, substance use disorders, and medical concerns. Kelly is also responsible for collecting outcome data for the Domiciliary.

Dave Turo-Shields, MSW, CEC, EMDR & Flash Trained created Kenosis Counseling Center, Inc. in 1998. Throughout his years of training as a clinical social worker and certified life coach, his vision has always been to celebrate strengths, moving clients from a good life to one that is extraordinary. He believes that having a joy-filled life is possible by enhancing happiness, abundance and success. In the early 2000’s, Dave was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at the Mayo Clinic. From the beginning, this was an incredibly frustrating diagnosis for Dave. There wasn’t, and still isn’t, many actionable steps one can take to treat this autoimmune disorder. Dave took things into his own hands, and through extensive research and collaboration with doctors, nutritionists, and alternative health care providers, he came up with a treatment plan to manage pain, energy, and other symptoms for overall improved health. Dave has taken his 15-year journey with fibromyalgia into the therapy room and consults with clients who struggle with autoimmune disorders and mental health.

Dave has extensive experience in creating and facilitating webinars, workshops, trainings, and seminars. He’s presented on such topics as bipolar disorder, highly sensitive person’s, men’s issues, marital therapy, and living successfully with autoimmune disorders. He also loves providing clinical supervision and training for new and established therapists and coaches. Dave strongly believes that change is possible, no matter what the circumstance. He believes in the importance of being fully present with each individual in an authentic and genuine manner. It is in this way that "kenosis"—from the ancient Greek "to empty"—occurs. His practice was founded on his belief of personal transformation, “Empty yourself, change your life, fill your future.”

Dave completed his master’s degree at the IU School of Social Work in 1992. In addition to his more than 32 years of clinical experience, he is a seasoned trainer, workshop and retreat presenter and adjunct faculty at IUSSW. It is his vision, hope, and prayer in life is to continue to grow and bring new insights and knowledge to those he serves.

Caroline Vance, MSW, LSW is a social worker with the Marion County Public Defender Agency in Indianapolis. Caroline’s expertise is working with individuals who have exposure to atypical trauma, addiction, and who have mental health limitations.

Dr. Matthew Walsh obtained his PhD from the Indiana University School of Social Work. Dr. Walsh’s research interests include the child welfare system with a focus on service providers and interprofessional collaboration. Dr. Walsh also has experience as a home-based therapist working with families involved in the child welfare system providing children and their parents with individual therapy, family therapy, and couples counseling. He is currently the project coordinator of the Strengthening Indiana Families grant, which focuses on preventing child maltreatment and foster care entry.