Staff

Co-Founder & Director

Washington, DC
 

Andrew Russo

andrew@nationalfamilysupportnetwork.org
Tel: (415) 730-5310

Andrew Russo co-founded the National Family Support Network in 2011 and served as its co-chair until December 2015 when he was hired as its Director. He has worked and volunteered in the nonprofit social service sector at the direct service, management, and network levels for more than 20 years in Boston, Chicago, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington DC, and Taiwan.

 

He began working in the Family Support and Strengthening field with the refugee community in Chicago, by planning, securing funding for, and launching the Strengthening Cambodian American Families Program. He went on to establish and direct new Family Resource Centers in California, including the first Family Resource Center serving the Asian community in Contra Costa County, and the Joy Lok Family Resource Center in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Joy Lok was recognized by First 5 San Francisco as a model program for its many successes, including its responsiveness to community needs, strong parent leadership development component, and high level of father engagement.

 

Because of his strong interest in working collaboratively at the systems level to ensure even more families would be supported, he went on to co-found and serve as co-chair of six Family Support and Strengthening networks at the neighborhood, city, state, and national levels.

 

He co-founded the San Francisco Family Support Network in 2004, and served as its Director until 2015. In 2009, he co-founded the California Network of Family Strengthening Networks, and served as its co-chair until 2015.

 

In those roles, he co-authored several landmark documents in the Family Support field including the San Francisco Family Support Standards, the San Francisco Family Support Network Policy Platform on Family Economic Success, and the nationally-adopted Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support, which demonstrate how the 9 Principles of Family Support and the evidence-informed Strengthening Families 5 Protective Factors Framework can be applied programmatically with indicators of minimum and high quality practice.

 

He earned his B.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University and his M.A. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Director of Training

Chicago, IL
 

Samantha Florey

samantha@nationalfamilysupportnetwork.org

Tel: (858) 354-4462

Samantha Florey joined the National Family Support Network as its Director of Training in 2016. Her experience in the Family Support field includes direct service, program coordination, training and technical assistance, and both Family Resource Center and network creation and development.

 

She received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, and her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego.

 

Upon completing her graduate degree program, she developed and led a Healthy Start funded school-based Family Resource Center in San Diego. She spent several years supervising direct service Family Support workers, conducting student growth groups, running an after school program, and facilitating parent education programs.

 

She went on to work for more than 8 years with Strategies, the statewide Family Support technical assistance and training organization in California. In that role, she supported the capacity building of Family Support programs and networks, co-founded and co-led the San Diego Family Strengthening Network, and trained on topics such as Case Management, Home Visiting, Supporting Father Involvement, and Youth Development.

 

She served as a Steering Committee member and the Training Committee Chair for the California Network of Family Strengthening Networks. She was deeply involved with the initial development of the training program for the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support, including designing and piloting the Certification Training and the Trainer of Trainers program. She also conducted the first Standards Certification Training outside of California.

 

Relocating to Chicago in 2013, she served as the Director of Education and Learning at Executive Service Corps of Chicago, coordinating all professional development opportunities, in person and virtual, for a member base of 200 volunteer consultants. She also managed the Corporate Citizenship Connection program that offered training for corporate executives and emerging leaders to serve effectively on nonprofit boards.

 

She is a certified trainer of the Family Development Credential and a clinical trainer for the Family Assessment Form.

Membership & Administration Manager

Corning, NY
 

Julie Matusick

julie@nationalfamilysupportnetwork.org

Tel: (607) 738-7429

Julie Matusick joined the National Family Support Network as its Membership & Administration Manager in 2018. Her experience in the Family Support field includes nearly ten years in direct service, program development, management, and training and teaching roles. 


She served as the Education Manager at the Nonnie Hood Parent & Family Resource Center in Corning, New York from 2008-2018. In that capacity, she coordinated and oversaw two programs, the parent education and supervised visitation program.  She participated in various networks of service providers, including the New York State Family Resource Center Network, Family Enrichment Collaborative, and the New York State Parenting Education Partnership. 


Her experience as a trainer includes being a Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support Trainer since 2016, a New York State Parent Education and Awareness Program Certified Provider, and a Devereaux Center for Resilient Children Flip It Trainer.  She received her B.S. in Human Services with a concentration in Management from the State University of New York Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York. 
 

Since completing the Standards Certification Training, she actively implemented the Standards in the daily practices at the Nonnie Hood Parent Resource Center.  She presented at the 2017 National Summit on the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support about both integrating the Standards at the Program level and on developing Family Support and Strengthening Networks through Standards implementation. 
 

Julie is active in her upstate New York community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Ready, Set, Grow Child Care Center and as a member of the Steuben Kids on Track Community of Practice group. 

Fiscal Consultant

Lexington, KY
 

Michael A. Jones

michael@nationalfamilysupportnetwork.org

Tel: (859) 333-4209

Michael Jones joined the National Family Support Network as its Fiscal Consultant in 2019. His experience in the Family Support field includes twenty years as the Administrative Manager and Conference Coordinator for the Family Resource and Youth Services Coalition of Kentucky (FRYSCKy), where he has provided a variety of member support services for more than 850 centers, which includes coordinating annual statewide conferences, supporting public policy efforts, hosting a biennium legislative reception, managing financial matters, and being a central point-of-contact for the organization.

He has managed grants and contracts with cumulative totals in excess of $10 million for agencies and non-profit organizations supporting human service professionals in child welfare, juvenile justice, corrections, mental health, and at-risk education. He has coordinated more than 100 state and national events, including conferences, trainings, satellite broadcasts, and webinars. 

He has provided a range of organizational management and planning guidance for the National Partnership for Juvenile Services and the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel.  

He is a recipient of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Education, Arts and Humanities Service Award and the National Partnership for Juvenile Services’ James Gould Award for Leadership and Vision. 

He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Eastern Kentucky University.


 

Training Coordination Consultant

Elmira, NY
 

Laura Tarby

laura@nationalfamilysupportnetwork.org

Tel: (607) 207-6375

Laura Tarby joined the National Family Support Network team in 2018, providing coordination support for trainings.

Previously she worked with families over the past decade as a Department of Social Services Caseworker for Steuben County and in the Behavioral Science Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital. In those roles, she helped families thrive by providing education, counseling services, resources, and referrals.

She received her B.S. in Human Development from the State University of New York Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Laura enjoys giving back to her community as a volunteer at Victory Highway Wesleyan Church and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

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