Emily Dulcan

Emily Dulcan


Emily Dulcan is a digital communications strategist. She is currently the Director of Digital Engagement at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to curing cystic fibrosis and providing all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives. She joined the Foundation in late 2015 after serving for three years as Digital […]

Nancy Cannon-O’Connell, Board Member

Nancy Cannon-O’Connell

Vice President

Nancy Cannon-O’Connell, Ph.D., is the founder and Principal of Cannon Collaborations, where she provides executive coach and consulting. She brings over twenty years of management experience to her role on the Foster Youth in Action Board. She has held the position of vice president for strategic development in two national health care firms and has […]

Jamie Wang


Jamie Wang is a community volunteer whose primary focus for the past 15 years has been improving educational and life outcomes for underserved youth. To that end, she has served on multiple nonprofit boards and advisory committees and counseled several Executive Directors. Currently she is an active member of five volunteer committees in addition to […]

Katharine Cahn, President

Katharine Cahn


Katharine Cahn is Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at Portland State University, and Executive Director and Assistant Dean of Continuing Education and Training Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services. Katharine has written and speaks nationally on her studies in child welfare. Her experience includes implementation of a system of care […]

Pamela Heisler

Board Member

Pamela Heisler is currently the Director of Programs and Partnerships at the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon. She manages the foundation’s grant making in addition to developing the organizations capacity to advocate at the state and federal levels for programs and policies that strengthen families and protect children from abuse and neglect. She has 12 […]

Melissa Rock

Melissa Rock joined ACY’s team as the Child Welfare Director in August 2010. As the Child Welfare Director she works with the statewide child welfare administrators and stakeholders to improve the experience of children and families involved with the abuse and neglect system. In June 2012, Melissa was appointed to the Department of Human Resources’ […]

Michael Piraino

Board Member

Michael Piraino has been active in domestic and international child advocacy since 1977, primarily in the areas of child poverty, maltreatment, and foster care. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College, a law degree from Cornell Law School, and a master’s degree from Oxford University. He has served as pro bono legal counsel for […]

Brianne Lyn Nagamine

Brianne Lyn Nagamine is currently attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. In May 2017, she will receive her Bachelors degree in social work. She will be entering into the social work masters program in the upcoming Fall. She is a former foster youth from the state of […]

Noah Nash

Noah is a Doctoral Student in Education, Mills College, and Writer and Digital Consultant with the Pritzker Foster Care Initiative. A former foster youth and LA native, Noah studied Recording Arts Technology at Loyola Marymount University, before pursuing a doctorate in Education Leadership at Mills College. His research interests, including foster youth-advocacy, STEM education, and […]

Steven Shaw

Steven Shaw is a senior at Texas Southern University majoring in general studies. Post-graduation, he plans to pursue master’s degrees in both Social Work and Hotel Restaurant Management. He currently works at Hilton Americas Houston while attending school. In addition to his studies and paid employment, Steven is the president and co-founder of Voices for […]