Our Leadership Team

Jane P. Nestel-Patt, M.Ed., President and CEO
Jane Nestel-Patt brings more than 25 years of non-profit leadership, program planning and organizational development consulting in education and child welfare to the management of the daily operations and strategic development of SPIN®USA. As the master trainer in the United States, Ms. Nestel-Patt also oversees all quality assurance regarding SPIN training and certification protocols. Prior to her work with SPIN®USA, Jane was the Executive Director of the Carlisle Institute whose mission was to identify and promote the transfer and adaptation of best practices in education and child and family development worldwide. It was in this capacity that Ms. Nestel-Patt spearheaded the effort to bring SPIN’s powerful training methodology to the United States. Ms. Nestel-Patt also spent 10 years as President of Management and Educational Resources Associates, a consulting/training firm that worked with non-profit clients to strengthen programs and develop systems and strategies for organizational effectiveness.

Ms. Nestel-Patt has a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Antioch University. jnestelpatt@spinusa.org

Terri Pease, Ph.D., Director of Research and National Trainer
Terri Pease is responsible for development and implementation of SPIN®USA programs. Prior to SPIN, Dr. Pease held clinical and administrative positions in several social service agencies focusing on trauma and disability services. She is a former tenured professor of psychology and counseling at Governors State University in Illinois, and was recently appointed to the National Academy for Equal Justice for People with developmental disabilities at Temple University.

Dr. Pease has a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and post-graduate study in clinical neuropsychology. tpease@spinusa.org

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THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Gail Fields, LICSW, BCD
Gail Fields is a clinical social worker and former Executive Director of Concord Family Service who is currently on the Board of Jewish Vocational Services, a member of the Massachusetts National Association of Social Workers’ Education Commission, and the Acton Housing Self Sufficiency Board.

Ms. Fields has served on various professional and community boards through the years such as the Massachusetts Council of Family Agencies, Human Services, League of Women Voters and the Cary Library Steering Committee. A graduate of Duke University and Simmons College School of Social Work, she is currently involved in consulting and private practice after many years of non-profit agency involvement.

Pamela Johnson
Pam Johnson is a Senior Child Welfare Program Specialist serving as the National Program Officer of Independent Living and other youth-related child welfare issues in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Ms. Johnson has over twenty-five years of experience in designing and implementing youth development programs and community-based services at the national, state and local level. Pam is a member of the Child Welfare League of America’s National Advisory Committee on Youth Services and Independent Living Program Standards. She is also a founding board member of the African-American Women’s Resource Center and the Blacks in Government (BIG) – Southwest Chapter. She is the recipient of numerous awards and commendation in recognition of her work and long-standing dedication to improving conditions for youth and their families.

Michael Kaiser, Chair of the Board
Michael Kaiser is the Director of program services for the National Center for Victims of Crime. He oversees the National Center’s help line, the Stalking Resource Center, and the Training Institute, which brings cutting edge information to victim advocates and allied professionals.

Mr. Kaiser’s career in the non-profit arena spans 17 years, including holding the positions of Associate Director for Development and External Affairs and Associate Director of Administration at Victim Services in New York, a 750 employee $35 million organization. He has launched many innovative programs, several of them national in scope, in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of victimization.

Michael Kaiser has served on the Board of Trustees of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine since 1991 and on the Board of Directors of New Destiny Housing Corporation since 1998.

Arthur N. Milliken, Treasurer
Art Milliken was Founder and President of the prestigious Massachusetts based custom designed housing firm, Acorn Structures, until 1995. Art, currently a retired business executive, has a long history of serving on community-based non-profit Boards of Directors. He serves is President of the Carlisle Conservation Foundation. Mr. Milliken is also a corporator with the Concord Family Services and Concord-Assabet Family and Adolescent Services.

Art Milliken graduated from the Brooks School in 1947, and went on to get his B.S. from Yale University. He continued his studies at Harvard Business School in the Owner-President Management Program.

Randi Ziter
Randi Ziter is the owner of the renowned Putney Inn, in Southern Vermont. In addition to her business and managerial acumen, Ms. Ziter has a strong commitment to supporting organizations that provide quality services for families and children. Ms. Ziter has been a board member for several children and family service agencies serving the communities of Southeastern Vermont.

Ms. Ziter is a graduate of Williams College.