Julie Gilbert Rosicky: Executive Director, joined International Social Service in 2006 with a passion for advocating for children and for working across and between cultures. Julie's early career focused on youth and families as a child/family therapist at the Oregon Social Learning Center, and at the Oneida Indian Nation, Oneida, NY. She implemented Tri-County Court Appointed Special Advocates Program, Utica, NY and later went on to become Executive Director of Peacemaker Program, Inc., a nonprofit agency that offers child advocacy, mediation and youth leadership services in central New York. Julie received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Cum Laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO and a Masters of Science in Developmental Psychology from the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.
Stephney Allen: Director of U.S. Repatriation Program and Internal Operations, joined International Social Service in 2005. Prior to joining ISS-USA, she was administrative secretary for the National Association of Social Workers Maryland Chapter and Senior Administrative Assistant for Justice Resources, Inc. She has over 25 years’ experience in computer science, office administration, management, accounting and time management in profit and non-profit social services settings. At ISS-USA she is charged with overseeing all aspects of office operations including finance, human resources, contract management, employee benefits, to name a few of her many responsibilities. In addition, Stephney oversees all aspects of the United States Repatriation Program.
Felicity Sackville Northcott, PhD: Director of External Partnerships and International Services, comes to International Social Service-USA after 20 years at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Northcott holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Northcott has published numerous articles on international child welfare including: Pathways to Permanency: Supporting Cross-Border Family Finding and Engagement for Children in Foster Care for Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems; Family Finding and Engagement Beyond the Bench: Working Across International Borders for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; and The Role of Social Workers in International Legal Cooperation: Working Together to Serve the Best Interest of the Child for the Organization of American States. Dr. Northcott has expertise in a range of international child welfare treaties and issues including international adoption, international abduction, and international case management. She has trained hundreds of social workers, lawyers and judges on best practices in international family finding and engagement, how to access necessary resources for managing complex international child welfare cases and international laws and treaties that affect social work and legal practice in the United States. Dr. Northcott oversees the technical advisory section of International Social Service-USA which handles over a thousand requests for information annually.
Abigail Ayele: Operations Assistant, joined International Social Service in January of 2016. At ISS-USA, Abby performs a variety of administrative, clerical, and organizational management duties, while also assisting repatriation managers in case management. Abigail attended Lycée Guebre-Mariam, a French High School in Ethiopia, and holds a degree in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Juana Bodden: Intercountry Case Manager, joined International Social Service in 2005. Juana holds a Masters of Science Degree in Administration from Metropolitan College of New York, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. Before joining the ISS-USA team Juana worked for nine years with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Her work focused on sexually transmitted disease and public health issues. Additionally, she works effectively with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and is fluent in Spanish and English.
Rachel Bruton: Repatriation Case Manager, Rachel joined International Social Service in February 2017. Rachel graduated with a B.A. Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and also holds a MSc International Development from the University of Bristol in the UK. Rachel is interested in international affairs and comes to ISS with a background in customer service, cross cultural dialogue, community outreach, and also has experience working in the General Assembly of the State of Maryland.
Katrina Clemons: Intercountry Case Manager, joined International Social Service in October of 2013. Katrina holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a double concentration; Clinical/Macro and Health. Katrina has worked for several progressive institutions in the Baltimore area including the Institute of Human Virology where she was employed for over 13 years During Katina’s 15 plus tenure in the human service field, she has worked with various populations including HIV/AIDS patients, the homeless, and women and children. In addition, she has expertise in providing case management and direct services, facilitating groups, supervision of social work students and programmatic and administrative tasks.
Marie Blum: Fund Development and Communications Coordinator, joined International Social Service in August of 2017. In her role, Marie is responsible for a variety of communications, marketing, and development initiatives, including grant writing, event planning, social media, and creating print and web-based materials. Prior to joining International Social Service, Marie worked for a diverse range of organizations, including Joint Council on International Children’s Services,Sister Cities International, and Mercyhurst University. Marie holds a MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University as well as BA degrees in Sociology and Dance from Mercyhurst University.
JaNae Fowler: Intake Coordinator, joined International Social Service in August 2014. She holds a B.A. in Organizational Management from Ashford University (2012). JaNae is pursuing her Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Prior to joining ISS-USA, JaNae has used her administrative skills in working for a non-profit high school as well as various other private industries.
Nicole Johnson: Repatriation Database Coordinator, joined International Social Service in 2015. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Arts and Humanities and Social Science (Criminology) from Notre Dame of Maryland University (2014). Nicole also holds an A.A. in General Studies / Focus in Women’s Issues from Anne Arundel Community College (2005). She comes to ISS-USA with 9 years of non-profit experience, including as Program Director for Dyslexia Tutoring Program. Nicole hopes to obtain her Master’s degree in the future, possibly in Counseling and/or Spiritual Care. In her free time she enjoys singing, writing, traveling, and volunteering.
Esther Keinkede: Finance Coordinator, joined International Social Service in 2007.
Yalemzewd Mulat: Repatriation Program Manager, joined International Social Service in 2009.
Patricia Penn: Repatriation Case Manager, Patricia joined International Social Service in November of 2016. Patricia graduated with a Bachelor of Science and has worked in human services prior to joining International Social Service.
Amanda Reed: Repatriation Assistant, joined International Social Service in 2006. Before becoming a part of ISS-USA, she worked with the public dealing with high demands of customer service, merchandising and hospitality. Upon joining the team she assisted many members of the staff in organizing the Convention on the Rights of the Child Summit, held in Washington, DC. Amanda hopes to pursue a career in human services as she looks forward in continuing to work for International Social Service.
Elaine Weisman: Program and Training Manager, joined International Social Service in August of 2015. Elaine works to build partnerships and enhance collaboration for the protection of children crossing borders. In this role, Elaine delivers trainings for social work partners, both domestic and international, related to international child welfare and applies universally accepted child protection standards to best interest determinations for all children. She has worked in international program management and social service delivery on issues related to community-based health care, immigrant and refugee youth, and mental health care for transnational families. She is a licensed social worker in Maryland where she provides comprehensive home assessments and post placement reports, as well as case management oversight in cases involving international permanency planning. Elaine holds Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania.