Who We Are

Valerie

Valerie Spiva Collins

Director

Dr. Valerie Spiva Collins is the Director of FRIENDS National Center for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention. Valerie joined FRIENDS in January 2010 as the Training and Technical Assistance Supervisor working with the training and technical assistance team in developing and providing on-site and distance services to CBCAP State Leads. Immediately prior to joining FRIENDS, Valerie was the Branch Head for Injury and Violence Prevention with the North Carolina Division of Public Health. She has worked with children, youth, and families for the last 35 years in substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and injury and violence prevention and intervention. Valerie has a Bachelor's in Art and a Master's in Health Science Education, both from James Madison University and a Doctorate in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University's School of Allied Health and Nursing.

Contact Valerie:

FRIENDS National Center
Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project
800 Eastowne Drive Suite 105
Chapel Hill NC 27514
Phone: (919) 388-2266 Email: vscollins@friendsnrc.org

Yvette Layden

Yvette Layden

Associate Director of Administrative Services

Yvette Layden is the Associate Director of Administrative Services for the FRIENDS National Center. As a member of the FRIENDS management team, she is responsible for developing and managing the budget, acting as the liaison between FRIENDS and CHTOP, and managing the day-to-day operations of FRIENDS. In addition, she serves as a Graphic Designer for FRIENDS and other Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project (CHTOP) programs. Prior to this position, she was the Office Manager for FRIENDS, the Information Specialist for the ARCH and FRIENDS National Centers, and a Media Assistant at CHTOP. Yvette holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education.

Contact Yvette:

FRIENDS National Center
Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project
800 Eastowne Drive Suite 105
Chapel Hill NC 27514
Phone: (919) 490-5577 x 222 Email: ylayden@friendsnrc.org

Alicia

Alicia Luckie

Training and Technical Assistance Supervisor

Alicia Luckie is the Training and Technical Assistance Supervisor for the FRIENDS National Center for CBCAP. Alicia joined FRIENDS in January 2005 as a Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator. She has worked over the past 10 years with CBCAP Leads to provide universal and targeted on-site training and technical assistance. Alicia has worked in the child abuse and neglect prevention field for over 20 years. Before joining FRIENDS, Alicia worked for the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, The Children's Trust Fund as the Deputy Director and CBCAP Program Director. Alicia has a Master's Degree in Counseling and Human Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood and Adolescents. She has extensive knowledge in local and statewide networking and program development and implementation. Alicia has experience in working with local, state, and federal governments, public-private partnerships, and outcome evaluation. She has provided workshops and trainings in prevention at the state and national level.

Contact Alicia:

FRIENDS National Center
Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project
800 Eastowne Drive Suite 105
Chapel Hill NC 27514
Phone: (850) 279-4914 Email: aluckie@friendsnrc.org

Smantha

Samantha Florey

Technical Assistance Coordinator

Samantha Florey is a Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for the FRIENDS National Center for CBCAP. Samantha has almost 20 years of experience in family support and program development. She has developed & delivered specialized training and provided technical assistance to family strengthening networks and organizations across the country. Prior to joining FRIENDS, Samantha was the Director of Training for the National Family Support Network. Other previous work includes 9 years as a Training Specialist working with the Strategies Program in California and several years as the Director of Education & Learning with the Executive Service Corps of Chicago. Samantha has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego.

Contact Samantha:

FRIENDS National Center
Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project
800 Eastowne Drive Suite 105
Chapel Hill NC 27514
Phone: (773) 857-0889
Email: sflorey@friendsnrc.org

Edi

Edi Winkle

Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator

Edi Winkle is a Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for the FRIENDS National Center for CBCAP. Edi has a Master's Degree in Social Work. She has worked in public and private agencies and has over nineteen years of experience in providing training and technical assistance to states. Edi has provided workshops and training at the state, regional, and national levels. In addition to her training and technical assistance expertise, Edi has worked in the development of computer databases to monitor program and family outcomes and has knowledge in web site management.

Contact Edi:

FRIENDS National Center
Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project
800 Eastowne Drive Suite 105
Chapel Hill NC 27514
Phone: (918) 486-6687 Email: ewinkle@friendsnrc.org

Maryjo

MaryJo Alimena Caruso

Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator

MaryJo Alimena Caruso is a Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for the FRIENDS National Center for CBCAP. MaryJo has over 25 years’ experience in service delivery and training and technical assistance for child welfare and human service professionals and families. MaryJo has a Master's Degree in Counseling and Education with an emphasis in disability issues. Prior to joining FRIENDS, she developed an evidence-based volunteer respite program which been replicated nationally in faith and community organizations. MaryJo has experience in statewide and national initiatives with program planning and design, curricula and resource development,  and working to support parent and practitioner partnerships and parent advisory councils.

Contact MaryJo:

FRIENDS National Center
Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project
800 Eastowne Drive Suite 105
Chapel Hill NC 27514
Phone: (724) 591-5448 Email: mjcaruso@friendsnrc.org

Carolyn

Carolyn Abdullah

Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator

Carolyn Abdullah is a Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for the FRIENDS National Center for CBCAP where she provides technical support and training to CBCAP State Leads. Carolyn has over 25 years of experience working on issues related to children, youth and families. Prior to joining FRIENDS she held positions at Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, the National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds and the DC Children's Trust Fund. She has experience working with parent leaders to expand and advance meaningful roles for parents in family strengthening programs. This includes working in partnership with parents and practitioners to host guided community conversations where participants share their knowledge and experiences as they create strategies to improve the lives of children, families and communities. Carolyn has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and a Master's Degree in Instructional Design.

Contact Carolyn:

FRIENDS National Center
Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project
800 Eastowne Drive Suite 105
Chapel Hill NC 27514
Phone: (336) 997-9856 Email: cabdullah@friendsnrc.org

EmilyTurner

Emily Turner

Administrative and Web Support Specialist 

Emily Turner is the Administrative and Web Support Specialist for the FRIENDS National Center. She supports the Associate Director of Administrative Services with various administrative tasks that contribute to the coordination and implementation of FRIENDS National Center's activities and goals and assists the Webmaster to keep the FRIENDS National Center website up-to-date. Emily worked as the Office Manager for an Arts Council in Beaufort, South Carolina where she gained much of her non-profit experience prior to joining FRIENDS.

Contact Emily:

FRIENDS National Center
Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project
800 Eastowne Drive Suite 105
Chapel Hill NC 27514
Phone: (919) 490-5577 x 224 Email: eturner@friendsnrc.org