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Cheryl Beamon

Learning Design Operations

Cheryl Beamon

Cheryl Beamon is Director of the New York State Child Welfare Training Institute (NYSCWTI) at the Center and served previously as the Child Welfare Project Program Coordinator. As Director, she oversees project coordination, including contract/budget requirements and contract deliverables, of the Center’s child welfare training initiatives, including the following programs: Outcome-Based Training Project, Child Protective Services Project, Family Engagement Toolkit Project, Teaming Initiative, Foster/Adoptive Parent Training Project, and Mandated Reporter Training Project.

Cheryl has spent twenty-five years providing, managing, and administering services to children and their families. Cheryl’s work has ranged from direct child welfare practice and child support enforcement to administering a mother, infant, and child program in Southeast Queens for a New York City human services agency. Her public service experience involved working for the New York City Administration for Children’s Services child welfare system for a ten-year tenure during the tumultuous late 1980s and early 1990s as Director of Intake, Division of Adoption and Foster Care. In 1995, Cheryl joined the Center as a Child Welfare Risk Assessment Trainer. Over a seventeen-year period she has provided leadership and management for several key projects.

Cheryl received her bachelor’s degree in business administration-finance/marketing from Adelphi University, Garden City, New York and her master’s degree in education from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Barbara Jaklitsch

Senior Project Coordinator

Barbara Jaklitsch

Barbara Jaklitsch is the Senior Project Coordinator for the Family Engagement at the Center. She has over 35 years of experience in child welfare practice and has been involved in curriculum development and training since 1985. Ms. Jaklitsch has developed and delivered training nationally on a wide range of topics, including foster care, independent living, adolescent abuse, experiential learning, and resiliency. In New York State, Barbara was the creator of the Foster Care Youth Speak Out. Most recently, she collaboratively developed the Family Engagement Toolkits, including the Locating and Engaging Fathers Toolkit. She is the coauthor of two books, several articles and monographs, and nationally disseminated child welfare training curricula.

Barbara earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and creative arts from American University in 1974 and has acquired graduate credits at several institutions. She can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at (518) 435-1825.

Marcie Lynch

Senior Director of Finance and Administration

Marcie Lynch

Marcie Lynch has been with the Center since 2001, initially as a project staff assistant in the Finance Unit. In 2003, Marcie was promoted to Finance Manager. In this capacity, she supervised a team of four staff members who were responsible for procuring training materials and supplies, handling accounts payable, coordinating and processing staff travel arrangements and reimbursements, managing consultant contracts, and coordinating meeting room/facility rentals for Center-facilitated events.

In 2011, Marcie was again promoted to her present position as Senior Director of Finance and Administration. In this role, she is responsible for oversight of the Management Information Services and Finance Units and for the Collaborative Research Initiative Office. In addition, she is responsible for the formulation of up to twenty annual budgets associated with various projects implemented by the Center. She works closely with the Research Foundation for SUNY and program sponsors in monitoring each of those budgets. Marcie played a pivotal role in the implementation of two newly developed accounting systems used by the Finance Unit and she also serves as the administrator of the current system.

Marcie holds degrees in business management and psychology and has over two decades of experience in project management, training, and support of accounting systems.

John Slaughter

Senior Director of Operations and Research

John Slaughter

John Slaughter serves as Senior Director of Operations and Research at the Center. In this capacity John oversees the daily operations of the Evaluation, Registration Services, and Materials Distribution Units.

In his role as Director of Evaluation, John provides daily supervision of evaluation staff and oversight of all unit activities, including the ongoing collection of data from the New York State Office of Children and Family Service’s contractors, research, training and program evaluation, needs assessments, and survey design and analysis. John has also led the implementation of an integrated assessment network of wireless testing centers across New York (Albany, Buffalo, New York, Rochester, and Syracuse) for the Center. Under John’s leadership in 2011, the Evaluation Unit completed and reported over 6,000 evaluations involving more than 45,000 participants.

John has been employed in the Evaluation Unit since 1995, beginning as a Research Support Specialist. John received his MS from SUNY/University at Buffalo in 1996. In 2009, John had an article published in The Health Educator. He was promoted to Director of Evaluation in December of 2010, after serving as Deputy Director for the previous nine years. John can be reached via e-mail at or at (716) 796-2067.

Daniel Wasson

Senior Manager of Curriculum Assessment

Daniel Wasson

Daniel Wasson is the Senior Manager of Curriculum Assessment at the Center. In addition to being a master trainer and master coach, Daniel oversees diverse teams of subject matter experts, researchers, writers, editors, and multimedia and graphics designers in the satisfaction of multimillion-dollar contracts related to New York’s statewide, mandated training programs for child protection and child welfare workers.

New York State sponsored curricula for which he has guided the design and development include the following: Child Welfare/Child Protective Services Common Core Training for Caseworkers, Core Essential Skills for Experienced Caseworkers, Achieving Permanency Through Family Preservation and Reunification, Achieving Permanency Through Surrender and Termination of Parental Rights, Child Protective Services Response Training, Culturally Competent Casework Practice, The Onward Series (group training for youth), Onward One-on-One (guiding foster parents to work with individual youth), Fosterparentscope (an eight-manual training for foster parents), the Child Development Guide, and various train-the-trainer programs. He has also served as the producer for several videos that dramatize child welfare scenarios and demonstrate the effective use of casework skills.

Daniel has delivered numerous workshops at statewide and national conferences on topics related to child welfare such as cultural diversity and on instructional methodologies such as the use of popular film and object lessons that promote adult learning and enliven training. He has also acted as a consultant to child welfare systems in Kentucky, Washington, and Indiana. Daniel acquired his MSW degree from SUNY/University at Buffalo in 1974. In 2011, Daniel was recognized as a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers Foundation for his outstanding contribution to the field.

Daniel can be reached via e-mail at or at (716) 796-2078.

Gail Daniels

Senior Manager of Collaborative Research Initiative (CRI)

Gail Daniels

Gail is Senior Manager of the Collaborative Research Initiative (CRI) division where she oversees all Center cost-sharing activities at SUNY Buffalo State and doctoral research projects at SUNY University at Buffalo (UB), along with production of the related annual Institute for Community Health Promotion (ICHP) Collaborative Research Initiative (CRI) Faculty and Staff Recruitment Book (FSRB) and the Compendium of Abstracts, which includes summary descriptions of all Collaborative Research Initiative Projects for the previous year.

Gail supervises all CRI staff and provides general oversight for the Erie County Department of Social Services Employee Education Program (ECDSS-EEP) and the Public School Mentoring Program for elementary, middle, and high school students. She also organizes college informational sessions and coordinates the Center’s part in the Research Foundation for SUNY/Buffalo State’s Research and Creativity Forum, as well as the annual faculty/staff recognition reception.

She was instrumental in developing the Center’s Staff Wellness Program, another important partnership with campus that provides student internships in the Collaborative Research Initiative office. She developed the Steven Daniels Scholarship at Buffalo State and also serves on the Troy Lash Scholarship Committee.

Gail has a BS degree in community and human services, an MS degee in higher education administration, and a wide variety of career experiences. Prior to joining the Center’s staff, she served as a health educator in the private sector, worked in a classroom for students with special needs, and conducted school library research.