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VVDB Staff Bios

Dr. John VanDenBerg
President

John VanDenBerg

Dr. John VanDenBerg managed the first statewide demonstration of the wraparound process (Alaska), wrote the first professional article on the process, and did the first systematic training on wraparound, in 1986. John managed the first demonstration of cross-agency state wide wraparound process, the Alaska Youth Initiative. He has been a pioneer in development and improvement of the wraparound process, which now reaches over a half million. . . Read more

Dr. James Rast
Chief Executive Officer

James Rast

As a system of care, wraparound, and human research consultant, Dr. Rast has extensive experience in developing programs, systems, program evaluation strategies and tools to assess community-based service implementation. Jim has over 25 years of experience in various settings in human service and healthcare organizations. He is well versed in medical, mental health, and. . .
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Dee Rast
Office Manager

Dee Rast

Denise (Dee) Rast is VVDB's administrative assistant and the wife of Dr. Jim Rast. She coordinates logistics for the team's workshops, handles company paperwork and communications, and does whatever it takes to keep the VVDB machine running smoothly.

She also works part-time for the local school district as an assistant for children in grades K-2 with severe needs. Denise enjoys spending time with. . . Read more

Ellen Anderson
Fiscal Officer

Ellen Anderson

Ellen has worked for Vroon VanDenBerg since 2004. She enjoys doing the accounting and making sure the business side of VVDB runs smoothly.

Ellen entered the work force with a BA in Economics from Colorado College and, after moving to Kansas City, she received her MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Several years later, Ellen's home state of Colorado beckoned her. . . Read more

Michele Stewart-Copes
Trainer Coach

Michele Stewart-Copes

Michele Stewart-Copes has managed high fidelity wraparound training and coaching efforts in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, and other sites. She holds a Master of Science degree in Guidance and Counseling and a Master degree in Social Work.

As the Community Outreach Coordinator at the Connecticut State Department of Public Health, Office of Multicultural Health, she worked with. . . Read more

Carl Schick
Trainer Coach

Carl Schick

Carl's work is focused on high fidelity wraparound implementation at the practice, organization, and the funding and policy levels. He has provided coaching, consultation and training to support high fidelity wraparound implementation in 45 states.

As a part of the Vroon VanDenBerg team, he is currently managing a nationally recognized statewide system reform effort in Maine and is providing wraparound coaching and consultation in St. Cloud, Minn. . . . Read more

Dave Simpson
Trainer Coach

Dave Simpson

Dave is one of the newest consultants and coaches with Vroon VanDenBerg, and has many years experience implementing wraparound in local agencies. He was the first credentialed wraparound facilitator and the first credentialed wraparound trainer for the State of Maine. These efforts were recently awarded a major recognition as an important development in human services, by the Casey Family Foundation. Dave works at a local agency in Portland, Maine. . . Read more

Kelly Pipkins-Burt
Trainer Coach

Kelly Pipkins-Burt

Kelly Pipkins-Burt is a former executive director of a residential treatment center where she transformed a traditional "level" system into an individualized, stabilization-focused program. In the process, she reduced a deficit budget of $297,000 to a positive return in three years, through utilizing the principles of Wraparound.

She has more than 18 years' experience in working with children and families with complex needs. . . Read more

Daniel Valleroy
Trainer Coach

Daniel Valleroy

Dan has been implementing high fidelity wraparound within community agencies for over ten years. He was the executive director of a large agency in St. Louis, Mo., which successfully integrated wraparound into all levels of the agency programs. In this role, he provided leadership to other agencies within the same network of agencies, and achieved strongly improved outcomes for the families who were referred to his agency as measured by significant improvements in CAFAS and CBCL scores. . . Read more

Susan Boehrer
Trainer Coach

Susan Boehrer

Susan Boehrer is the executive director of the Oklahoma Federation of Families for Youth and Children's Mental Health, a non-profit organization promoting advocacy, family support, and technical assistance for Oklahoma families and Oklahoma Systems of Care. Ms. Boehrer serves by Governor's appointment to the Partnership for Children's Behavioral Health and the Governor's Transformation Advisory Board. She serves on the Oklahoma Systems of Care State Advisory Team and on the Behavioral Health Development Team. . . Read more

Jon Eagle
Trainer Coach

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Jon Eagle is Hunkpapa Lakota and currently resides on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, where he runs and operates the Painted Eagle Ranch with his wife and family. Together, they raise and train American Paint and Quarter Horses.

Mr. Eagle has more than 20 years' experience in human services working with children, families and communities, and has served on numerous tribal, state and national advisory boards. . . Read more




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