June 07, 2012

Bev Baker Announced as the New NCFPP Co-Director


Bev Baker Announced as the New NCFPP Co-Director

It is with excitement that Family Voices announces the hiring of Bev Baker as the NCFPP Co-Director effective June 18, 2012 at 75% time.  Bev will deepen her rich history of collaboration with Family Voices in this new capacity of co-leading the NCFPP with Nora Wells. The NCFPP Project promotes family- professional partnerships through technical assistance to family leaders, multiple activities with professional partners, and documentation of the impact of this work. The Co-Project Directors of NCFPP initiate the goals and objectives for the project, secure funding, and oversee the implementation of the project.  

Bev is replacing Karen Anzola who will be resigning effective June 29, 2012.  Karen was honored for her dedicated years of service with National Family Voices at the April, 2012 Family-to-Family Health Information Center Grantees meeting in Washington, DC. She will continue with the organization in a consulting capacity working on special projects and will remain available to provide information to Bev for a smooth transition. Bev will have a chance to shadow Karen from June 18 to 29, as well as to meet with the NCFPP team and FV staff and consultants during that time.

As the parent of a child with a disability and a leader who has worked in the field running complex programs for children and adults with special health care needs and disabilities, Bev is well-qualified for the position of Co-project director of NCFPP.

From 1998 through 2012 Bev served as Director of Statewide Family Support, and the Family Voices State Coordinator, at the Maine Parent Federation based in Augusta, Maine. Bev also coordinated the work of the Maine Family-to-Family Health Information Center. In these roles, she developed and oversaw a diverse team of staff, spread geographically across the state.  She negotiated contracts with a variety of programs and organizations and facilitated her organization's receipt of funding to hire a family consultant to the CYSHN program, expand their regional presence, and support medical home initiatives. 

Other collaborations that led to funding opportunities included building family support in the immigrant and refugee community, creation of a peer-mentoring program with families of children and youth with behavioral health issues, and development of a curriculum for peer mentors working with families of children born to drug and alcohol-affected mothers.  Additionally, the organization was invited to serve on the leadership team for Maine Voices for Coverage, a collaborative effort of advocacy groups in Maine to expand health care coverage to all Maine citizens. As well, over the past 14 years of working with Family Voices, Bev developed relationships with Maine's Congressional representatives and their health staffers which strengthened congressional support for children's issues in Maine.

Recent consulting work has offered Bev the opportunity to work with Youth Move, an emerging youth leadership program in the area of behavioral health. In 2011 Bev completed the twelve-month Public Health Leadership Program at the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina. Prior work includes a variety of positions in management and case management within Developmental Services in New Hampshire.

Please join us in giving a very warm welcome to Bev Baker as the new NCFPP Co-Director!