NEW TEAM/NEW MISSION NATIONAL ADVISORY GROUP
As of November 3, 2020
Elizabeth “Beth” Chadwick, J.D. has spent much of her professional career working on behalf of children, youth and young adults involved in child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral healthcare systems. In her early legal career, she represented many young people in deprivation and delinquency cases. As Director of Legal, Forensic and Special Services for the Behavioral Health Division of the then Georgia Department of Human Resources, she worked with multiple public and private behavioral healthcare providers, courts, and child welfare, juvenile justice, and education systems. Chadwick served as Executive Director of the Devereux Georgia Treatment Network, a division of one of the nation’s largest behavioral healthcare providers, becoming Senior Vice-President of the national organization in 2005. In late 2011, she began consulting with nonprofit organizations on wide-ranging issues including program development, strategic planning, organizational development, system reform, compliance, fundraising, and public policy. Chadwick is a former foster parent.
Joseph Dyer is a graduate of PROTECT’s H.E.R.O Child-Rescue Corps who subsequently entered law enforcement to help children. As a young adult, Dyer experienced homelessness firsthand. He overcame adversity and eventually joined the military and gained a degree in Cyber Forensics/Information Security. Today, he works as a federal Cyber Operations Officer. Joseph will play a lead role in shaping and delivering New Team/New Mission’s mentoring efforts.
Ramy Ramirez is a former Marine Infantryman with multiple combat deployments and Critical Skills Operator for Marine Special Operations Command. After departing active duty service, he served in PROTECT’s Human Exploitation Rescue Operative (H.E.R.O.) Child-Rescue Corps. Ramirez has supported counter-child exploitation and human trafficking investigations as a Digital Forensic Examiner for multiple federal law enforcement agencies. He has also provided consultation in the field of Cybersecurity and Litigation Support for the Executive Office of the President, USAID, and several other government and private entities. Ramy joins us for his unique skills as a small teams builder.
Lawrence E. Thompson, III is the former CEO of a regional mental health authority, Blue Ridge Center in Western North Carolina. Thompson has become known nationally for championing the idea that safe and stable housing is critical to success for people with disabilities and special needs. He helped create WNC Housing, a nonprofit that builds and manages apartments and houses with supportive services. Larry has also been instrumental in developing and promoting residential programs for people with substance abuse problems.
Dr. Lawrence Thompson, Jr. is the Director of Integrated Health Services at Harris County Protective Services (HCPS) in Houston, Texas. In this role, Dr. Thompson oversees the provision of various Health Services to children in foster care, including Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Dentistry, and Psychology. He also works privately with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Dr. Thompson received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The University of Michigan in the year 2000 and is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Texas. His most pronounced expertise lies in the area of trauma, personality disorders, self-care, and child abuse. He has provided expert testimony in hundreds of court proceedings and was recently selected to serve as a member of the State Child Fatality Review Team Advisory Committee in Texas.
Cindy Visnich Weeks is Vice President and Director of Community Investments at Mountain Housing Opportunities, where she has over 30 years of experience developing a wide range of housing. Her portfolio includes over 1,200 homes and apartments, with another 1,000 units in the planning and building stages now. She and her team have built over 20 apartment complexes using the low income housing tax credit program, including mixed-used (commercial and residential) developments.
Chris Wooten is an incident management support SME at Eagle Harbor Solutions which provides professional services for cyber intelligence and information technologies capabilities to the Federal Government, Civilian, and commercial markets. Previously, Chris held positions at Innovative Discovery as a Senior Forensic Consultant, for the Department of Homeland Security as a Computer Forensic Analyst, Senior Instructor of HBPR&A with Orbis Operations. Chris also served in the military under United State’s Special Operations Command and was awarded the Soldiers Medal. He is a graduate of Hodges University, where he obtained his bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and has been accepted to the SANS Technology Institute in the Spring of 2021.
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