For more information contact:
Director: Rosemary Tisch
Project Director: Mary Gardner
|CF! CA Expansion Project: Melissa Santos
Phone: (408) 665-4918
Domestic Violence Intervention Collaborative (DVIC)
Address: 97 East St. James St. #102, PO Box 1839, San Jose, CA 95109
Director: Nancy Marshall
office 408-891-0923 mobile (work)
Tax ID: 72-1592492
Mrs. Tisch is lead author for Celebrating Families!TM, SCRIPS, the Young Women Are Strong (YWAS) series,
START of California and co-author for Keys to Healthy Living. Rosemary was the founder of Kids
Are Special and Family Education Foundation, nonprofits focusing on the prevention of substance
abuse in high-risk populations: children of alcoholics/addicts, sexually active teens,
and individuals with learning differences and those exposed in utero to alcohol and
other drugs. Group models have been successfully replicated throughout
the US, Mexico, and Russia.
Rosemary has vast experience in non-profit organizations and the development of programs to address substance
abuse problems. She was the chair of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Clinic Development Committee and the
Co-Chair of the Santa Clara County Community Learning Assessment Task Force. She has been a member of
numerous Health & Policy committees for both national and local nonprofits as well as county level
Alcohol & Drug Master Plan Review committee, serving as chair of the Perinatal Focus Group.
Honors include: 2015 Hope Tribute for advocating for children and adolescents
affected by disease and co-occurring disorder; the 2013 Simple Servant award from
the Diocese of El Camino, CA; the 2012 Vernon Johnson Award from Faces & Voices of Recovery;
the 2011 Ackerman/Black Award from NACoA; the 2010 California State Director's Award for Cultural Diversity;
2008 selection as one of NACoA's 25 individuals who "save, protect and guide children of alcoholics",
2007 Crystal Bowl Winner, Outstanding Community Volunteer by Junior League of San Jose; nominated as Woman of the Year,
Santa Clara County; and listing in Who's Who Among Human Services Professionals.
Ms. Tisch holds Master Degrees in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University
and in Piano Performance from College of Notre Dame.
She is married with two grown daughters and four granddaughters.
- LINDA SIBLEY, Co-Author Celebrating Families!TM and editor
Ms. Sibley is the co-author of Celebrating Families!TM and the team leader/co-author of Keys for Healthy Living,
a prevention program currently being used in Russian speaking countries.
She is also the author and founder of Confident Kids Support Groups,
an organization which has provided resources and training for children's
support group ministries throughout the United States and
other parts of the world for more than 30 years.
In addition to the Confident Kids curriculum,
she authored the Kids Like Me curriculum,
a children's prevention program for use in churches and other Christian recovery ministries.
- MARY GARDNER, Project Director.
Mary Gardner assists the Director in the administration of projects related to Celebrating Families!TM.
Retiring after eleven years as Superintendent of Saratoga Union School District (Saratoga, CA),
Ms. Gardner currently consults with non-profit organizations and school districts.
Mary Gardner was a school teacher and administrator for 42 years.
After a year at Harvard's Graduate School of Education as an instructor and a visiting practitioner,
she taught courses in educational leadership at California State University at Hayward. CA.
She has provided keynote speeches, workshops and has co-authored a book on Women's Ways of Leading.
She has also contributed as an author to three books on Constructivist Leadership.
Her passions continue to be building communities of learners and leaders ensuring
that all families and children have the environment and support to be successful.
She has completed Early Literacy, ABD doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley
and has an MA in Education Administration from the University of Redlands.
Her commitment to Celebrating Families!TM has spanned almost 20 years.
MELISSA SANTOS, Director, CA Office of Child Abuse Prevention Project (OCAP) & CF! National Trainer.
Ms. Santos provides leadership for the CA OCAP project, training, technical assistance and
model fidelity oversight for Celebrating Families!TM
She is also currently the Senior Director of Professional Development and
Organizational Initiatives at Community Solutions overseeing internal clinical training,
leadership development, community-based training and strategic initiatives.
Melissa is a graduate of the Rhode Island College School of Social Work where she earned
her Bachelor of Social Work degree. She has 20 years of experience in the behavioral
health field, with a focus on families impacted by substance use disorders and the
criminal justice system, including the creation of a pilot program at Child Advocates
within the Dependency Drug Treatment Court, in collaboration with Judge Len Edwards.
She has been an advisor and consultant to Prevention Partnership International for 12 years,
and is a national trainer in the Celebrating Families!TM model. Melissa is also a member
of the Santa Clara County Touchpoints training team and facilitates trainings on
trauma-informed care, mindfulness and recovery throughout the region.
- SHIRLEY N. SPARKS-GRIEF Evaluation Consultant & Author
Ms. Sparks, MS, CCC-SLP oversees Celebrating Families!TM (CF!) evaluation process
and author of numerous articles on fetal alcohol syndrome (FASD) and CF! She is also
the author of two books on genetics and prenatal substance abuse, and co-author of a book
on home visiting for practitioners. She is associate professor emerita, Western Michigan
University, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. Shirley retired recently as
adjunct associate professor at Santa Clara University, Early Childhood Special Education,
Santa Clara, CA. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
and is a member of the original Board of Specialty Recognition in Child Language.
During her 15 years at WMU she published and was a frequent speaker on the subjects of
genetics, fetal alcohol syndrome, and early intervention. Shirley received a BA degree
from the University of Iowa, MS from Tulane University, and while at WMU, undertook Ph.D.
studies at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health in Health Behavior and
Health Education. She moved to California before completing that degree. As a clinician,
she served on the Fetal Alcohol Diagnostic Team at Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CA,
and was a home visitor for special needs children aged 0-3 for 17 years.