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Resource Family Training Institute

Meet the Trainers

Guardians of dependent children and kinship families are welcome to attend all classes provided statewide by the Resource Family Institute, free of charge, whether or not you are licensed.

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Region 1

Michelle Cutlip

Michelle Cutlip

I am absolutely thrilled to be in this position working with foster parents. I have worked in child welfare for the past 12 years. My career began down in the beautiful rolling hills of the Palouse, working for Juvenile Court, after receiving a BS in Psychology from Washington State University (go Cougs!). More about Michelle Cutlip

Jan Hinkle-Rodriguez

Jan Hinkle-Rodriguez

I first became intrigued with the foster care system when, as a practicing attorney in California, I began representing children in Dependency Court. Through this pro bono work, I realized the need children had for caring and qualified foster parents as well as the need for commitment and intervention from the various professional fields. More about Jan Hinkle-Rodriguez

Nancy Leigh

Nancy Leigh

I am the mother of three sons and grandmother of four. I attended Evergreen State College, then received my B.A. in Psychology from Carroll College. I have begun my masters and have completed Antioch University’s Foster/Adoption Therapy Program. More about Nancy Leigh

Region 2

Ryan Kruger

Ryan Kruger

I am having a great time working for the Family Resource Training Institute. Before starting with RFTI in 2008 I was a licensor for a private agency, a high school counselor, a juvenile probation office and I did four years in the United States Coast Guard as a narcotics office and law enforcement trainer. More about Ryan Kruger

Region 3

Cora Phillips

Cora Phillips

I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I attended Nyack College in Nyack, New York and majored in sociology and psychology. I went to the University of Washington for my MSW. My husband, Pastor Joseph Phillips and I have four biological children and one heart daughter that we will be adopting next year on her 21st birthday. More about Cora Phillips

Sheri Rego

Sheri Rego

I have worked within the Child Welfare field for nearly 25 years; the first several as an Investigative Social Worker, and since 1990 as a Program Manager/Consultant and Trainer within the Resource Family Training Institute of Washington State. I am one of 2 RFTI trainers in Region 3; my territory includes the 4 most northwest counties in the state (Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan). More about Sheri Rego

Joan Sager

Joan Sager

I'm excited to join the Resource Family Training Institute in Region 3 where I will be training in Snohomish County. Prior to this position I had the privilege to work with children and families in a variety of settings and geographical locations. From the beginning, children and their families have been at the heart of my career, which started as a pre-school teacher in Los Angeles, and was quickly encompassed within the social service field. More about Joan Sager

Region 4

Yolonda Marzest

Yolonda Marzest

Yolonda Marzest is a Region IV Program Manger and Resource Family Trainer. She began her career with Children's Administration in 1989 and has held a variety of positions, ranging from Administrative Secretary to CPS/CWS and Indian Child Welfare Worker. More about Yolonda Marzest

Shelly Myers

Shelly Myers

I have worked with the Department of Social and Health Services/Children’s Administration since 1979, when I started my college internship in Child Protective Services. Somehow, what was meant to be a 2 month work experience turned into a 23 year career! More about Shelly Myers

Region 5

Linda Falcocchio

Linda Falcocchio

Linda Falcocchio earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington, Tacoma, and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Humboldt State University, in California. As President of the Social Work Student Organization at University of Washington, she worked with the community and Interactive Technologies for foster parent training on the web. Special topic trainings included national speakers on kinship care and independent living skills and suicide prevention. More about Linda Falcocchio

Region 6

Arthur Fernandez

Arthur Fernandez

Arthur Fernandez has worked in the Human Services field for fifteen years. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Boise State University and was Certified Internationally as a Chemical Dependency Counselor. He has also received specialized training in alternative dispute resolution, mediation and consultation/consensus building. More about Arthur Fernandez

Bill Todd

Bill Todd

Hello! My name is Bill Todd, and I am one of three trainers in Region 6 in NW Washington. My area of responsibility includes Jefferson, Clallam, Mason and Grays Harbor Counties.

I have worked within the Social Service field for eleven years. I started with Children's Administration as a CPS worker, and then moved to CWS (Child Welfare Service), and even did a short stint as a Family Reconciliation worker, and an ICW worker for two Indian Nations. My longest SW service work has been as a foster home Licensor for 3 1/2 years in Shelton and in Aberdeen, where I personally licensed over 100 homes. More about Bill Todd

Colleen Wilcox

Colleen Wilcox

Hi, my name is Colleen Wilcox and I am excited about working with new and seasoned foster parents in the Vancouver and Skamania areas. I have worked in DCFS for 15 years as a social worker for CWS, CPS, and Adoptions.

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