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Kristyn Peck, MSW, Associate Director of Children's Services
Ms. Peck provides leadership and vision in the design and implementation of USCCB/MRS's programming and protection efforts for vulnerable migrating children. In this capacity, Ms. Peck and the Children's Services team oversee a national network of more than 200 diocesan and other community-based social service agencies providing family reunification and specialized foster care services to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children. Ms. Peck previously held positions at MRS as the Assistant Director of Family Reunification ensuring safe reunifications of children and families separated by migration, and in the Anti-Trafficking Program developing and coordinating a national victim services program for foreign-born victims of human trafficking. Ms. Peck worked in the Anti-Trafficking in Persons (ATIP) unit at the department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS/ORR) as a Child Protection Specialist, at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service advocating for the best interest of unaccompanied, undocumented children in placement decisions, at International Social Service providing inter-country case management to separated families, and at a Child Advocacy Center in Baltimore investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect. Ms. Peck has a Master's in Social Work and a Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Maryland.
Kathryn Kuennen, MSW, Assistant Director of Family Reunification
Ms. Kuennen oversees a national program that provides home assessment and family preservation services to ensure safe reunifications of families separated by migration. Ms. Kuennen has over nine years of experience working with refugee and immigrant populations and programs. She began this career as a full-time volunteer with the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement program in Phoenix, Arizona through the Holy Cross Associates, a post-graduate national service program. Ms. Kuennen worked as a case manager at a shelter care program for unaccompanied, undocumented children funded by the Division of Children's Services at HHS/ORR and this direct experience provided a strong foundation for her continued work on behalf of unaccompanied, migrating children. Ms. Kuennen has experience conducting home visits and providing direct service as a bilingual social worker with children and families involved in family and juvenile court systems in Arizona. Ms. Kuennen has a Master's degree in Social Work from Arizona State University and a BA in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame.
Anne Mullooly, MSSW, Assistant Director of Foster Care
Ms. Mullooly is responsible for the vision and leadership regarding USCCB/MRS support of unaccompanied children in the U.S. Ms. Mullooly and her team provide coordination of foster care placement and services for migrating and refugee children through a national network of Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) programs. Ms. Mullooly oversees program capacity development, advocacy, empirical research, case and program oversight, and training and consultation provided to various stakeholders by her team. She has more than 15 years of professional experience spanning from clinical social work to developing and implementing national service programs for vulnerable foreign-born populations. Ms. Mullooly recently co-authored a book on the URM program, highlighting guiding principles and promising practices of this unique model of care. Ms. Mullooly held previous positions at USCCB/MRS in both the Anti-Trafficking Program and Family Reunification program for unaccompanied migrating children. Prior to joining USCCB/MRS in 2005, Ms. Mullooly was a school social worker with low-income and immigrant children and families, and also worked with adults with severe mental illness in a community-based setting. Ms. Mullooly served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador and received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin.Jessi Poré, MSW, Assistant Director of Monitoring and Quality Assurance
Ms. Poré oversees external monitoring, training, and evaluation of a national foster care and family reunification provider network serving unaccompanied refugee and undocumented vulnerable children. In this role, she implements internal evaluation and quality assurance to ensure organizational effectiveness across Children's Services programs. Ms. Poré's tenure at USCCB spans expertise in child protection, programmatic capacity development, site monitoring, and consultation to the URM Program network. Ms. Poré has 12 years professional experience providing advocacy and child protection in a variety of multi-cultural human service settings. Previously, she worked at the Department of Health and Human Services in Rockville, Maryland, where she investigated allegations of child abuse and neglect, conducted forensic interviewing of child victims of sexual and physical abuse, and made recommendations to the courts on the best interest of the child. A native of Ecuador, Ms. Poré emigrated with her family to the U.S. as a child which inspired her to be a voice for marginalized populations and share her talents in the nonprofit sector. Ms. Poré received a B.A. in Communications from George Mason University, a Master's degree in Social Work from Boston College and a Nonprofit Management Certificate from Georgetown University Public Policy Institute.
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