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2020 Elections to the APSAC Board of Directors Now Open: Meet the Slate of Candidates

Darrell Armstrong, M.Div., Ed.S., MFT, D.D.

Darrell Armstrong, M.Div., Ed.s., MFT, D.D., is pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church (Trenton, NJ) a thriving multicultural and multigenerational community of faith, which under Armstrong’s leadership became the first house of worship in the US to officially declare itself a No-Hit Zone. His policy training at Stanford University (BA in Public Policy), training at Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and therapeutic/ clinical training at The College of New Jersey (Ed.S. in marriage & family therapy) have uniquely prepared him to be a respected voice in the national and international child welfare/family strengthening communities. He is a certified master-trainer in NPCL’s Fatherhood/Responsible Male Involvement. In 2016, he was appointed the Chief Administrative Officer to the United Nations by the Baptist World Alliance where he advocates for Human Rights and espouses Family Strengthening policies and practices on a global level. Service to APSAC includes as a 2017 founding member of the National Initiative to End Corporal Punishment and 2018 Colloquium keynote speaker. He continues to actively serve on multiple committees, including the Faith Committee.

Ernestine C. Briggs-King, Ph.D

Ernestine Briggs-King, Ph.D, is the Director of Research at the Center for Child and Family Health (CCFH), Director of the Data and Evaluation Program at the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. Her clinical and research interests include minority mental health, resiliency, reducing disparities, chronic adversity, child maltreatment and traumatic stress. Dr. Briggs-King is currently on the board of directors of the National Children’s Alliance and was a past-president. She regularly presents at local, statewide, and national trainings and conferences, and has more than 75 publications. Dr. Briggs-King has served on several national editorial boards including for the American Psychological Association, International Society for Studies of Traumatic Stress, and Society for Research on Child Development. She has a long history of service to APSAC having served on the editorial board of APSAC’s journal, Child Maltreatment, and as a reviewer since 1999. For 7 years, 1999-2006, Dr. Briggs-King served on the editorial board of the APSAC Advisor, translating research into practice by writing journal highlights for each issue. She has been a frequent presenter at the annual APSAC Colloquium.

Amy Russell, MSEd, JD, NCC

Amy Russell, MSEd, JD, NCC, serves as executive director of a Children’s Advocacy Center in the Pacific Northwest. She is a licensed attorney, a nationally certified counselor and a published author. Ms. Russell serves as a consultant and an expert witness on child abuse issues in multiple state and federal courts, and provides training on state, federal and international levels regarding investigation, forensic interviews and litigation of child abuse cases. She has previously served as a pro-bono attorney for children in dependency court, a counselor for victims of violence, a forensic interviewer with local and federal programs and as an adjunct faculty member in the Child Advocacy Studies Program at Winona State University. She obtained her B.A. from Hope College in sociology, MSEd in counseling from Western Illinois University and graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Buffalo Law School. Ms. Russell has been a member of APSAC for many years, is a frequent presenter at annual APSAC Colloquia and currently serves on APSAC’s Amicus committee. Ms. Russell looks forward to continuing to work with APSAC to raise awareness about child maltreatment and to connect researchers, policy makers and professionals in the field for improved responses to children and families.

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