A message from Robert Allen, Senior Director of Administration
Announcing Carla Snodgrass as HFA Operations Director
CHICAGO, IL, March 6, 2014 – Prevent Child Abuse America is pleased to announce that Carla Snodgrass will be joining the Healthy Families America team as the Operations Director.
Many of you will be sure to recognize Carla as she has served as the Executive Director for Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee since 2002, prior to becoming the Executive Director, Carla was their Director of Programs from 2000 to 2002. She has also worked as the Director of Human Services in Spartanburg, South Carolina, as a Child Protective Services Specialist at the Tennessee Department of Human Services, as well as a caseworker and a consultant.
Carla is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a BSW in Social Work with a dual major in Social Work and Criminal Justice. She has also earned her Master’s in Public Administration from Tennessee State University.
Having worked as an advocate for children for 37 years, Carla will bring a wealth of experience and intelligence with her as she joins the HFA team. I am so pleased that we are able to keep Carla within the Prevent Child Abuse family, and am excited to see her excel in this new role!
As Operations Director, Carla will report directly to Cyd Wessel and will work to ensure that there are adequate fiscal and financial procedures in place, find innovative ways to make support services and delivery more efficient and effective, and will serve as the overall manager for initiatives that contribute to the current and long-term excellence of HFA.
Carla can be reached at
, and will be assuming her new position effective April 1, 2014.
A message from Jim Hmurovich, President and CEO
Announcing Marissa Morabito as Senior Director of Public Policy
CHICAGO, IL, February 12, 2014 – Prevent Child Abuse America is pleased to announce the appointment of Marissa Morabito to fill the role of Senior Director of Public Policy in the national office. Marissa will be based out of Washington D.C. and will lead the efforts to promote the public policy agenda of our organization.
She is a graduate of Arizona State University with a BA in political science having interned within the Arizona House of Representatives and having worked as a coordinator on Arizona’s minimum wage initiative before moving on to become a Senior Associate at The Media Guys, Inc., a strategic communications firm.
In 2007 Marissa returned to the Arizona House of Representatives as a Policy Advisor and Research Analyst where she helped determine the impacts of proposed laws and helped formulate policy by researching, analyzing, and drafting legislation, and also helped draft two laws for the Department of Defense. Following a move to Washington, D.C., Marissa has worked as a Research Director within the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee where she has monitored legislation within a 13 state territory and worked closely with legislators and stakeholders.
Marissa is an excellent addition to our staff and will be a tremendous asset in helping to develop a national strategy for children while ensuring that funding for proven and effective programs like home visiting will continue. Her presence in Washington D.C. will be especially useful in allowing our organization to respond quickly to developing issues and allow us greater access to key government officials.
Marissa can be reached at
and will be officially joining our staff on February 27.
A message from Jim Hmurovich, President and CEO
Announcing Dr. Janet Rosenzweig as Vice President for Programs and Research
CHICAGO, IL, February 4, 2014 – Prevent Child Abuse America is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Janet Rosenzweig to fill the role of Vice President for Programs and Research in the national office. Her initial primary focus will be on the development of new strategic partnerships, particularly with academia, while expanding technical assistance to the networks in the areas of research and evaluation and child sexual abuse prevention. Janet will be part-time and continue to teach at the University of Pennsylvania and fulfill other contractual agreements.
She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a BS in family studies, and an M.S. in health education. She then worked for one of the first CAPTA funded child sexual abuse programs, Project against Sexual Abuse of Appalachian Children in Knoxville Tennessee. She later earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from Rutgers University, worked for the New Jersey Department of Human Services then served for ten years as the Director of the Mercer County Department of Human Services. She is a prior Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey.
After 6 years at Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey she earned an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, then served as a professor at Montclair State University, Acting Commissioner of the NJ Department of Children and Families, Interim Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse PA and wrote a book on sexual abuse prevention. She also served as a lecturer at Temple University and Rutgers University schools of social work.
Janet is a wonderful addition to our national office staff. Her expertise to develop new prevention strategies and strategic partnerships makes me confident that her addition to our national staff will expand our capacity to serve the needs of our network and will help take our organization and our mission to the next level.
Janet has published 26 papers on topics ranging from teaching parents how to talk to their children about sexual abuse and bullying to addiction intervention, and is an expert in the area of sexual abuse prevention. She also currently volunteers with the Philadelphia ACE Task Force, the National Coalition for the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation of Children, and is a regular contributor to the Philly.com “Healthy Kids blog.”
Janet can be reached at