Frank P. Cervone, JD, MA, has been the executive director of the Support Center for Child Advocates – the oldest and largest U.S. program dedicated to providing free legal and social services for abused and neglected children – since 1992. He served on the Board of the Children’s Trust Fund of Pennsylvania for 10 years, and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance since 1992. From 1998 to 2011, Mr. Cervone was a member of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Children’s Rights Litigation Committee Working Group. He received a master’s degree in theology and ministry from La Salle University and a juris doctor degree from Villanova University School of Law. He has authored scholarly publications as well as articles in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia newspapers concerning the rights and protection of children and youth. Mr. Cervone has received many awards in recognition of his legal expertise and public service.
Meghan E. Johnson, MPH, is the project manager of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy at the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia. In this capacity, she develops, coordinates, and delivers advanced training programs to victim service providers and legal professionals throughout Pennsylvania. Previously she served as a program coordinator for the New Jersey chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, where her work involved developing, coordinating, and delivering training programs focused on evidence-based practices for evaluating and reporting suspected child abuse and neglect cases for pediatric healthcare providers, medical residents, emergency medical technicians, school nurses, and early intervention providers. Ms. Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, with a minor in public policy through the University’s Hesburgh Program in Public Service. She received her master’s degree in public health from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Erin E. Coltrera, LSW, MSSP, is the project manager of Project PROTECT (Philadelphia Response and Outreach To End Child Trafficking) at the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia. Project PROTECT takes a fourpronged approach to meeting the challenges faced by youth who have experienced trafficking, including the development of a tailored model of representation, a focus on local resource development, research on macro-level advocacy avenues, and analysis of existing prevention programs. In addition to her program work, Ms. Coltrera specializes in the representation of clients with histories of trafficking and exploitation. Ms. Coltrera received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Washington and Lee University. She received a master’s degree in social work and a master of science in social policy from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received the Carol Wilson-Spigner Award for Social Policy Excellence.