Connie is being honored as a past Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota. During her tenure she was an early champion of sharing the information and hope offered by the Adverse Childhood Experiences study and was the first person to invite Dr. Robert Anda to Minnesota to present the ACE study in 2005. She also brought her many deep connections and knowledge to plan a multi-year state-wide expansion of Circle of Parents along with annual workshops and meetings in all of Minnesota’s regions. We currently have over 160 active Circle of Parents groups statewide as a result of her leadership, commitment to this expansion, and dedication to the families of Minnesota. We continue to honor her vision and legacy working to engage, train, support and learn from a strong statewide network of local community leaders across the state creating environments community by community that nurture healthy children. We are grateful for the many talents Connie brought to PCAMN, as well as her continued partnership and commitment to healthy children, families and communities.
Minnesota Children’s Trust Fund
Theresa Davis – Child Safety and Permanency MNDHS
Carole Wilcox – Child Safety and Permanency MNDHS
Joanne Mooney – Child Safety and Permanency MNDHS
Erin Sullivan Sutton – Assistant Commissioner for Children and Family Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services
The Children’s Trust Fund was established in 1986 to prevent child maltreatment by partnering with and funding community-based services that provide resources, education and information statewide. Minnesota was the 18th state to establish a special fund derived from a surcharge on birth certificates and dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Children’s Trust Fund is the primary funder of Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota’s primary prevention programs and is a founding sponsor of our Parent Leadership Program for Child Safety and Permanency; our Parent and Caregiver Learning Institute, launched by PCAMN in early 2013; and our web based outreach for parent leadership statewide.
The CTF Staff have been instrumental in leading a new approach to parent education and support. This group of professionals has encouraged innovation; team based design; respect of the parent voice; and, out of the box thinking in order to best meet our parents’ needs. Our Parent and Caregiver Learning Institute is based on a model that reflects community support, involvement, investment, and an opportunity to be mentored when you apply what you have learned back into your community. This model has received national attention and would not be possible without the CTF investment and support.
PATCH: Painters and Allied Trades for Children’s Hope Foundation
The Painters and Allied Trades for Children’s Hope Foundation, or PATCH, was founded in 2001 to better the lives of children in need throughout North America. Supported by the men and women of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and other generous donors, to date the PATCH Foundation has given over $1 million to youth organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Money raised locally by our IUPAT members goes back to their own communities. PATCH was our first Platinum Sponsor in 2012 and enabled us to break all records in giving with our 2012 Gala event. As a result we were able to scholarship more parents to education opportunities, continue our support of our Circle of Parents program, and reach new contacts in the community who now are committed supporters.
An alumnus of Penn State University, Helene became involved with Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota when she chose to do something positive and intentional about preventing child abuse in response to the tragic circumstances leading to the scandal at her alma mater. Helene understands that parenting is hard for every single parent regardless of circumstances and as a result she is dedicated to supporting those programs which support and empower parents and caregivers in their parenting journey. She is a co-founder and investor of the Parent and Caregiver Learning Institute; hosted our first Luncheon for Prevention; and, currently serves on the PCAMN Board of Directors. Helene is among a small number of individuals who made a decision to make a real difference by taking action. Helene shares her own story of parenting, co-leadership in the home, and service in the community by word and deed. Her spirit of compassion and action for both parents and children along with her enthusiasm for this cause is inspiring.
Dave is a former member of the Board of Directors (2002-2008) and held executive leadership positions including Board Treasurer, Vice President, and President. His expertise transformed our internal accounting, from a loose archaic process into an efficient, transparent system with documented internal controls, cash flow projections and an ongoing commitment to strong board financial oversight. These changes put us on strong footing as nonprofit financial reporting and auditing requirements changed in recent years. “Cash is King!” is a mantra Dave taught us which has helped us navigate the tough recession years. Dave is the leader in lifetime giving at PCAMN and this, in combination with his gift of leadership and legacy of excellence, helped transform our organization into the thriving position we enjoy today serving Minnesota children and families.
Lisa Deputie joined our Parent Leadership Consultant Team in 2009. Lisa brought with her a sense of eagerness, enthusiasm, and commitment as well as personal experience in the child welfare system. From the moment the team gathered for orientation, Lisa focused on creating solutions and better outcomes for families that are impacted by out of home placement within the Child Welfare System. She has been a leader in bringing the vision and mission of PCAMN to life.
Lisa has facilitated countless meetings; lead & hosted parent dialogues in the community; and promoted evidence based factors which strengthen families, communities and systems. In 2012 she organized a fundraiser with her Church to support abused and neglected children where she donated all the proceeds to PCAMN. She did this in order to support our prevention work and apply her knowledge and skills in the broader community. Lisa was able to raise well over $2,000.00.
Lisa sits on several committees and taskforces within the Department of Human Services where she brings her voice to the table in order to create changes in policies, programs and systems so that they better support and strengthen families. She is a team player that not only leads but reaches back and supports her parent leader team members. Lisa is currently in the process of becoming a qualified trainer, capable of training staff at the Department of Human Services and is working with William Mitchell Law School to reunify parents with their children through the court system.
Lisa is a true leader. We here at PCAMN are honored to recognize and celebrate the work of Lisa Deputie, recipient of the 2013 Champions for Children Award.