Conveners & Coordinators

Conveners

Team 1, Healthy and Welcomed Births: JoAnn Farnsworth, Lin Joseph

Team 2, Safe and Nurturing Families: Marty Oliphant, Malia Taum-Deenik

Team 3, On-track Health and Development: Keiko Nitta, Sharon Taba

Team 4, Equitable Access to Programs and Services: Ka‘ina Bonacorsi, Kerrie Urosevich

Team 5, High Quality Early Learning Programs: positions vacant

Team 6, Alignment and Transition Support Between early childhood programs into K-3 system: Gayla Coloma, Chris Jackson

Coordinating Staff

Kerrie Urosevich, Ph.D.

Action Strategy Coordinator

Over the last 18 years, Kerrie’s work has been rooted in local and international community mobilization, peace building and violence prevention.  For ten years, she ran her own mediation and facilitation consultancy Can U Summit, working with communities and organizations in conflict or transition. She serves as Affiliate Faculty at the Matsunaga Institute for Peace at the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa teaching an array of undergraduate and graduate peace and conflict resolution courses and has developed Ceeds of Peace workshops in partnership with Maya Soetoro-Ng Ph.D. focused on supporting children’s social and emotional development.  Kerrie dedicates her time as a Board member to the following organizations; Montessori Community School, serving children ages  two to 6th grade,  EPIC `Ohana Inc., facilitating `Ohana Conferences and Youth Circles to help families and Child Welfare Services talk, plan and make decisions together,  The Association for Conflict Resolution Hawai‘i Chapter, providing facilitation, mediation and negotiation workshops and MPANZI, a Kenya based organization supporting families with children prenatal to age seven.

Kerrie received her Ph.D. in Political Science with a specialization in conflict resolution and systems’ design from the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa. She received her Master’s Degree in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.  She is a parent of three young children, who ground her in all of her work.

Karen Worthington, J.D.

Project Coordinator

Karen Worthington is a children’s policy attorney who works collaboratively with community partners to improve systems that serve children and their families. Her work has primarily focused on court-involved children and children at high risk of committing crimes or being victimized.

Prior to joining the Action Strategy, Karen had a national consulting and writing business focused on child maltreatment, juvenile justice, and child well-being, through which she helped public and private organizations use research to improve outcomes for children and families through policy development, legislative advocacy, research, analysis, and strategic partnerships.

Karen was the founding director of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory Law School, a multi-disciplinary children’s law center dedicated to improving systems that work with court-involved children and their families in Georgia. After serving in that position for ten years, she moved to Maui where her husband grew up. Karen is a lecturer with the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Social Sciences, is active with the Ho‘oikaika Partnership on Maui, and serves on the boards of directors of Imua Family Services and EPIC ‘Ohana. She earned her BA in Creative Writing from Eckerd College and her JD from Emory School of Law.