LAURIE AYLER, LSW, is Clinical Coordinator for Child Advocates’ Outcomes in Behavioral Health (OBH) Project. Formerly a Training Coordinator and Foster Care Social Worker at Best Nest, Laurie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Temple University and a Master of Social Work degree from Widener University. She has extensive experience in child welfare, casework consultation, and training.
FRANK P. CERVONE, ESQUIRE, Executive Director of Child Advocates, the pro bono lawyer program for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia. Prior to his work at Child Advocates, Frank was a Staff Attorney at Delaware County Legal Assistance Association and Adjunct Clinical Professor at Villanova University School of Law, where he instructed law students in domestic-abuse and child-support litigation. He previously served as counsel for Saint Gabriel’s System, an agency providing treatment services for juvenile offenders.
He is a founder and co-director of the National Children’s Law Network, former chair of the Board of the Children’s Trust Fund of Pennsylvania, former chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Task Force on Children, and served as a member of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee. In 2006-7 Frank served as a member of the Mayor’s Child Welfare Review Panel examining the Philadelphia child welfare system. He lectures and trains both lay and professional audiences in child abuse and child advocacy.
Frank received the American Bar Association Mark Hardin Award for Child Welfare Legal Scholarship and Systems Change in 2014, and numerous other local and national awards. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University School of Law and has a Masters Degree in Theology and Ministry from LaSalle University.
ALEXANDRA DOLAN, MSS, LSW, is Training Coordinator for Child Advocates’ Outcomes in Behavioral Health Project. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and gender studies from University of Notre Dame and Master of Social Service degree from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Prior to joining Child Advocates, Alexandra worked at Catholic Social Services in various social work and case management roles. She has extensive experience in foster care, case management, and training.
MEGHAN JOHNSON, MPH is the Project Manager for the Center for Excellence in Advocacy at Child Advocates. At Child Advocates Ms. Johnson manages and delivers training programs for Child Advocates volunteer attorneys and the broader victim services community. Before coming to Child Advocates, Meghan was a Project Coordinator for the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention program at the American Academy of Pediatrics, New Jersey Chapter where she developed and implemented training sessions designed to educate pediatric healthcare providers and community partners on best practices for screening, evaluating, and properly reporting child abuse and neglect. She earned her bachelors in sociology and public policy from the University of Notre Dame and her Masters in public health from the University of Wisconsin- Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.
MILAGROS ROCA, MSS is a Social Worker at the Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates). She has a long history of working in community based programs serving children and families. Although a native of Philadelphia, Ms. Roca has lived and worked with families in Boston and Miami. Before becoming a social worker, she worked within the childcare field as a teacher and administrator. Her undergraduate degree is from Lesley College in Human Services Management. Ms. Roca serves the Support Center’s gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgendered-questioning (LGBTQ) population. She is a member of the Connect to Protect Coalition a community-level prevention research project of the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
MEGAN ROK, ESQUIRE is a Staff Attorney at Child Advocates. Megan represents children in Family Court and school proceedings as she advocates for higher prevalence and quality of education for children in the child welfare system. Her main focus is on improving the process of identifying and intervening when educational needs are unmet. Megan has extensive experience working to improve education outcomes for foster youth, including teaching high school science for several years as a part of Teach for America. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to joining Child Advocates as the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Public Interest Fellowship, Megan clerked for the Honorable J. Curtis Joyner of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
JODI E. SCHATZ, ESQUIRE has been a staff member at Child Advocates since 1999. She is currently the Director of Intake and Pro Bono Services. Jodi is responsible for Child Advocates‘ intake process, including review of all new matters, coordination with referral sources and preparation of cases for assignment. Additionally, she is responsible for the recruitment and training of Child Advocate Volunteer Attorneys, as well as Child Advocates ongoing outreach to Law Firm practice groups. She serves as Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee Pro Bono Sub-Committee.
Ms. Schatz previously served as the Capital Campaign Coordinator for Child Advocates, and as the Kinship Staff Attorney in the Kids’n’Kin Project. Prior to her work at Child Advocates, she was the Coordinating Attorney of the Homeless Advocacy Projects’ Children’s Educational Outreach Project and a staff attorney at the Women Against Abuse Legal Center. Upon graduation from the Temple University School of Law, Jodi clerked for the Honorable Vincent D. Segal in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Part.