dads rock: nurturing father engagement
Anitza Guadarrama-Tiernan, LCSW, graduated from Boston University School of Social Work in 2001. She joined The Children’s Trust in 2002 as the Parenting Education and Support Grants Manager and later as the Family Support Coordinator. She is currently the Director of Training and brings expertise in the fields of human service management, family support, child abuse prevention, and staff development. Her background also includes experience in higher education operations. In addition to facilitating training topics, Anitza oversees the Family Support Training Center activities at the Children’s Trust.
Haji Shearer is the Director of the Fatherhood Initiative at The Children's Trust. He leads the campaign to increase father involvement in 25 Healthy Families programs across Massachusetts and to strengthen the statewide Fathers and Families Network. The Fathers and Families Network provides ongoing training to support practitioners who work with fathers. Haji founded the fathers’ program at the Family Nurturing Center in Dorchester that continues to serve men in Boston's urban communities and beyond. Earlier in his career, he spent six years providing home-based crisis intervention therapy to families involved with child protective services. Haji is a Licensed Social Worker who frequently presents at family strengthening conferences. His articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, Voice Male magazine, and the anthology, “Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power.” His first book, “Facilitating Fathers’ Groups: 22 Keys to Group Mastery,” will be published in 2014. Haji and his wife, artist Radiant Jasmin, have two adult children who are successfully pursuing their own passions. According to the Boston Globe, Haji “is a phenomenally engaging man.”
Meg Cady currently works for the Children’s Trust as the Training Coordinator for the Healthy Families Massachusetts program. With an academic background in Child Development, Meg has extensive experience both working with young children and providing training on early education topics. Previously, Meg directed an early literacy program for young children and has worked as a preschool teacher.
Lee MacKinnon is the Home Visitation Training Specialist at the Children’s Trust where she develops and provides training for Healthy Families Massachusetts and other home visiting models. Before joining the Children’s Trust, she developed and coordinated family support and education at the Hilltown Community Health Centers in Worthington and Huntington, MA. Lee has been a Healthy Families Massachusetts Core Trainer for 15 years, as well as a National Trainer for Healthy Families America. Her research has led to recent articles for the Brazelton Institute and the Head Start National Center on Parent Family and Community Engagement, as well as the International Quarterly of Community Health Education. She and her husband are the proud parents of two grown children.