Dr. Jean K. Elder has more than 40 years human services practice and policy development. Prior to founding JKE&A Dr. Elder served as an Asst. Secretary for the US-HHS Office of Human Development Services and Commissioner for the Administration of developmental Disabilities; as Deputy Director for Michigan Dept. of Mental Health; VP of Marketing and Governmental Relations for the Council of Accreditation; Senior VP, Child Welfare Div. of MAXIMUS; and Special Assistant to the Secretary for the Florida Dept. of Children and Families. While working for COA, Dr. Elder initiated work on domestic and transnational adoption practices and standards that led to “one U.S. voice” in Hague discussions and eventual development of COA standards.

Beth Englander Maida has 40 years in human and social services practice and policy. Prior to joining JKE&A in 2014 she served as a multi-county child welfare administrator in Oregon and Florida; Oregon’s statewide administrator for child protective Services, family sex abuse treatment, adoption, guardianship and permanency programs; Oregon System of Care reform lead; Florida’s child welfare administrator; ICFI’s national CFSR Federal Project Director; USCCB Director of Unaccompanied Refugee Child, Unaccompanied Minor, BRYCS website, and Trafficking Victims Services programs; and as a Director of Family Stabilization programs in Tampa, FL. She has won national recognition for her work with domestic and international programs, to include development the first state agency trans-national adoption policies and procedures, is a skilled writer, and has extensive expertise in ICWA, organizational change, systems management, and practice supervision.

Gail Biro has more than 30 years developing and implementing innovative and evidence-based practice models, to improve client outcomes. Prior to joining JKE&A in 2019 she served as Director of Organizational Performance, Omni Visions, Inc.; Vice President of Child Welfare for DePelchin Children’s Services, National Director of Quality Assurance for Arrow Child and Family Services, and Executive Director for Neighbor to Family, Inc. She is a COA Peer Reviewer, led several multi-state agencies to successful accreditation and re-accreditation, is experienced in Praesidium accreditation, is a certified Praesidium Guardian, is a certified in High-fidelity-Wraparound, and received extensive training in Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI and serves as TBRI Practitioner, Coach, Educator, and organizational lead.

Elizabeth Croney has 35 years in human and social services practice, policy, treatment, and education. A recent addition to JKE&A, she served as Director of refugee resettlement services with Catholic Social Services in KY; in private psychotherapy, psycho-education, and counseling practice in several locations; founding Director of the Stoner Creek inpatient adult and child psychiatric hospital unit at Bourbon Community Hospital in Paris, KY; Adjunct Professor with the University of Kentucky College of Social Work; President of Croney & Clark, Inc. engaged in extensive work with the State of KY Department of Mental Health; President of KVC Behavioral Health Care West Virginia, Inc.; President of Chart-On-Line engaged in software development and testing for child welfare services records in KY and WV; President of KVC Behavioral Health Care KY, Inc.; Executive Vice President for Clinical Advancement at KVC Health Systems; and immediate past President of PCM Consulting, Inc. In her most recent roles, Liz worked extensively to develop and coordinate State and Federal government relations agenda in KY.