NACC Board of Directors

With representatives from the fields of law, medicine, and youth engagement, the NACC Board of Directors offers a multidisciplinary perspective on child welfare issues and policies. This integrative group guides NACC’s strategic direction.

To contact a board member:


  • LaShanda Taylor Adams, JD

    NACC Board President

    Legal Director

    Children’s Law Center of Washington, DC

    Washington, District of Columbia

  • Dawne Mitchell, JD

    NACC Board Vice President

    Attorney in Charge

    The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice

    New York, New York

  • Akin Abioye, Ed.D

    NACC Board Treasurer

    Director of Operations

    Baltimore Safe Haven

    Baltimore, Maryland

  • Currey Cook, JD

    NACC Board Secretary

    Director of the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project

    Lambda Legal

    New York, New York

  • Mickey Aberman, JD, MBA

    NACC Board Member

    James, McElroy, & Diehl, P.A.

    Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Kathryn Banks, JD

    NACC Board Member

    Associate Dean for Experiential Learning

    Saint Louis University School of Law

    St. Louis, Missouri

  • Janet Bledsoe, JD, LLM, CWLS

    NACC Board Member

    Director, Attorney ad Litem Program

    Administrative Office of the Courts

    Fort Smith, Arkansas

  • Hon. Karen Braxton, CWLS

    NACC Board Member

    Judge, 3rd Circuit Court of Michigan

    Family Division-Juvenile Section

    Detroit, Michigan

  • LilCrystal Dernier, MS, MNM

    NACC Board Member

    Family Visitation Supervisor

    Children’s Home of Florida

    Miami, Florida

  • Sheri Freemont, JD

    NACC Board Member

    Managing Director

    Casey Family ProgramsJudicial and National Engagement

    Denver, Colorado

  • Amy Harfeld, JD

    NACC Board Member

    National Policy Director, Senior Staff Attorney

    Children’s Advocacy Institute, USD School of Law

    Washington, District of Columbia

  • Leslie Starr Heimov, JD, CWLS

    NACC Board Past President

    Executive Director

    Children’s Law Center of California

    Monterey Park, California

  • Priya Konings, JD

    NACC Board Member

    Senior Director, Field Operations

    Kids in Need of Defense, Inc. (KIND)

    Washington, District of Columbia

  • Yali Lincroft, MBA

    NACC Board Member

    Vice President

    Philanthropic Services, Whittier Trust

    Seattle, Washington

  • David Smith, JD

    NACC Board Member


    O’Melveny & Myers, LLP

    Los Angeles, California

  • Dan Wilde, JD

    NACC Board Member


    Steamboat Law, LLC

    Cheyenne, Wyoming


Founded in 2017, NACC’s Emeritus Board is an advisory body of prior board members. Emeritus Board members provide advice, technical assistance on specific projects, and assist in fundraising efforts. Members are selected by NACC’s Nominating Committee and voted on by the full Board. They serve a 10-year term and participate in NACC Board meetings as nonvoting members.

  • Candace Barr, JD, CWLS

    Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada

    Henderson, Nevada

  • Donald C. Bross, JD, Ph.D.

    Professor of Pediatrics (Family Law), Associate Director for Pediatric Law, Policy and Ethics

    Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect

    Aurora, Colorado

  • John B. Ciccolella, JD

    Ciccolella Family Law, P.C.

    Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • Robert Fellmeth, JD

    Executive Director/Professor

    University of San Diego Law School, Children’s Advocacy Institute

    San Diego, California

  • John Myers, JD

    Visiting Professor of Law

    UC College of Law

    San Francisco, California

  • Henry J. Plum, JD

    Attorney & Consultant

    New Berlin, Wisconsin

  • Janet G. Sherwood, JD, CWLS

    Deputy Director


    Corte Madera, California

  • John H. Stuemky, MD

    Section Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

    Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center

    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Sonia C. Velazquez

    Leader in the non-profit sector with a focus on child welfare, child labor, international development, and human rights

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Chris Wu, JD

    Principal Court Management Consultant

    National Center for State Courts

    Arlington, Virginia