Clint and Beth Doroff reside in White Bear Township, MN with their two children Alex (10) and Hunter (7). Clint is a Senior Vice-President of Institutional Client Service at Nuveen Asset Management and Beth is a stay-at-home mom. Clint is a graduate of St. John’s University and Beth of the College of St. Benedict in central Minnesota. Clint received his Master of Business Administration and Beth received her Master of Business Communications from the University of St. Thomas. Their involvement in Minnesota Communities Caring for Children (MCCC) started in 2011. After being moved by stories of child abuse and neglect on the nightly news, they made the decision to focus their time and resources on child abuse prevention. A search for organizations involved in child abuse prevention led them to MCCC. After initial contact through a financial contribution, Clint was recruited to serve on the board.
In addition to their continued financial support, both Clint and Beth have been active in volunteering their time for MCCC. Clint has served as the vice-chair of the board, chair of the public policy committee and member of the gala planning committee. As part of his role on the public policy committee, Clint provided testimony on behalf of MCCC to the Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Prevention. For her role, Beth has been instrumental in designing surveys to assist MCCC to better understand their internal and external partners’ views of the organization. While neither has an educational background in the area of child abuse prevention, they believe that all of us have the ability to contribute in our own way and would encourage you to do the same.
Victoria Karpeh is currently the President/CEO of Legacy Family Center. Legacy Family Center is a grass-roots, 501c3 non-profit which aims to provide Brooklyn Park families with comprehensive family resources and services. She earned her M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas; and prior to that Victoria earned her B.S.W. in Social Work from St. Catherine’s University. While at St. Kate’s, Victoria founded the group, Students who are Parents (SWAP). SWAP provides a resource point and informal support for parents who are students. She has been involved with Minnesota Communities Caring for Children as a Parent Leader for the past two years.
Victoria recently planned and coordinated MCCC’s very successful Parent Recognition Event, in celebration of Parent Leadership Month.
Joanna Woolman is an Associate Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law where she also directs the Child Protection Program. Her role as the Director of the Child Protection Program is to carry out the program’s mission to promote legal-system reform on behalf of children and families through education and training, research, and interdisciplinary collaboration. This includes designing and providing attorney and stakeholder training for child protection system professionals; working collaboratively with other institutions to evaluate and study a multi-disciplinary model of parent representation, including use of parent mentors and social workers; and engaging partners in the child protection community around trauma based systemic change.
Professor Woolman worked as a public defender in Isanti and Anoka counties prior to coming to William Mitchell College of Law in 2008. She previously directed the Reentry Clinic at William Mitchell, which provided holistic legal services to women transitioning from prison to their communities. Professor Woolman also teaches criminal law and feminist legal theory at the law school. She is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, and was born and raised in South Minneapolis.
Mitchell l Hamline Child Protection Clinic
Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities
Launched in Ramsey County in 2013 as a pilot program, the Child Protection Clinic provides support to parents whose children have an active child protection case. Mitchell Hamline students are paired with MCCC Parent Mentors to help parents navigate the complex systems involved in a child protection case. The students meet their clients at the initial hearing and continue to represent them throughout the case, including a trial if necessary. Parent Mentors help parents create a plan to address the mitigating factors of their case leading to increased family stability and the likelihood that abuse will not reoccur. This program is currently in the process of expanding to Hennepin County.