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Roundtable speaker bios

Eileen Mayers Pasztor

Eileen Mayers Pasztor

Eileen Mayers Pasztor is a professor of social work at California State Univeristy-Long Beach and holds a Ph.D. from Catholic University of America. She worked 10 years for the Child Welfare League of America as its national program director for foster care, kinship care, and adoption, as the regional director for its Western Office and as director of its Office for International Projects. She has 40 years of experience in the child welfare field as a public agency caseworker, supervisor and administrator; as a curriculum developer and trainer working internationally. Pasztor has trained more than 10,000 child welfare professionals and caregivers, and delivered over 500 keynote addresses and workshops internationally.

Aric Bostick

Aric Bostick

Aric Bostick is the president of Aric Bostick Success Training Incorporated. A Texas State University graduate, he is one of America’s top youth success and leadership speakers. He has spoken to more than half a million students and educators over the past six years as well as for some of the largest leadership organizations in America, such as People to People Ambassador programs, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Peer Assisted Leadership organizations, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and the Texas Association of Student Councils.

Jane Burstain

Jane Burstain

Jane Burstain is a senior policy analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities. She is responsible for child welfare policy and Child Protective Servies (CPS) budget issues. She has conducted extensive research on CPS employee turnover. She served as an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University, where she taught family policy in the Masters of Public Policy Program. She earned a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School in 2008 with her dissertation addressing how to improve outcomes for adolescent mothers in the child welfare system.

Monit Cheung

Monit Cheung

Monit Cheung is a professor at the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston. She is principal investigator of their Child Welfare Education Project and associate director of the Child and Family Center for Innovative Research. She has presented 196 papers in workshops or conferences and written 369 articles, books, book chapters and research reports in English and Chinese. Her extensive research relates to treatment effectiveness of child sexual abuse, creative family therapy, therapeutic touch and immigrant adjustment.