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Leadership Team


Linda D. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer - Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

Dr. Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of Children's Research Triangle, earned her doctorate in Clinical Child and Family Psychology from DePaul University. She has 25 years of experience in the psychological assessment and treatment of children, with a specific focus on underserved populations and those within the foster care system. A member of CRT's staff since 1998, Dr Schwartz served as clinical director beginning in 2004, previously, she was the associate director of psychology for the Child Abuse Assessment Program at Chicago's Grant Hospital.  Dr. Schwartz was a research associate for the Institute for Juvenile Research and at the Institute for the Study of Developmental Disabilities at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Schwartz developed research projects involving the prediction and prevention of child and adolescent anti-social behavior; a program evaluation of an enrichment center for inner-city children; and has published an interview manual for the assessment of sexual abuse in developmentally disabled populations.

 

Colleen Giltz, BS

Controller

Ms. Giltz obtained her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business from Indiana University.  She has worked in the non-profit field for over 13 years and was previously employed in the newspaper and banking industries.  Colleen, the proud mother of two children, is a lifelong resident of Hobart, Indiana.

 

Nancy Keck, M.D.

Camp SOAR Director - Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician

Dr. Keck is a board certified developmental-behavioral pediatrician who specializes in the assessment and treatment of developmental disorders as well as behavioral difficulties in children. She has been practicing for 18 years. Dr. Keck was formerly the director of Developmental Pediatric Clinics at Lutheran General Children's Hospital. Dr. Keck has expertise working with children with a variety of developmental challenges, including autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and in utero substance exposure. Dr. Keck is the founder and director of Camp SOAR, Children's Research Triangle's camp for children with special needs.  What began in 2000 as a camp for 19 campers and 21 volunteers has grown into providing an overnight camp experience for over 130 campers each summer, assisted by over 160 volunteers. 

 

Gwendolyn Messer, M.D.

Medical Director - Pediatrician

Dr. Messer received her medical degree and completed her pediatric residency in at Emory University School of Medicine.  Dr. Messer joined Children's Research Triangle in 2005 and became the Medical Director in 2010.  Dr. Messer works with a multidisciplinary team at Children’s Research Triangle to provide comprehensive evaluations for children with developmental or behavioral concerns, including children who have been prenatally exposed to drugs or alcohol or who have suffered trauma. In addition, Dr. Messer provides medical management for children with complex ADHD and other behavioral disorders.  Dr. Messer is committed to raising awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and has presented locally and nationally to professionals and parents on topics related to FASD, ADHD, and domestic and international adoption. Dr. Messer recently completed a Master’s degree in Bioethics and Health Policy at Loyola University Chicago.

 

Erin Telford, Psy. D. 

Clinical Operations Director - Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Telford, a graduate of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, provides assessment and treatment services for school-aged children, adolescents and their families. She specializes in working with children and adolescents prenatally exposed to alcohol and drugs, as well as in the assessment and treatment of children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Dr. Telford has training and experience in curriculum development, with an emphasis on prevention programs for children and adolescents. Dr. Telford is the training director for a CDC-funded replication study of a group treatment for children with FASDs. Dr. Telford is also an active member of CRT's training staff, providing supervision to pre-doctoral graduate students. Additionally, she is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops on a variety of topics related to children.

 

Anne Wells, Ph.D.

Research Director - Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Wells oversees our research department. She manages the data for all of our research and service grants and performs the statistical analyses of these data. She also supervises the data management and analysis of our 4Ps Plus contracts. Dr. Wells also consults with CRT staff about research design and methodology on various projects. She has conducted research into milieu treatment settings for children and adolescents, co-authored a meta-analysis of primary prevention intervention programs for children and adolescents, and served as Principal Investigator for two needs assessments for the LGBT community in northwest Indiana.  She served as Clinical Director at New Horizons, Inc., a community based mental health agency serving children and families in Gary, IN, and has worked in community mental health settings. Dr. Wells received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, and completed her predoctoral internship at Children's Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She received her B.A. in Behavioral Science from the University of Chicago.

 

Julianna Wesolowski, LCPC 

Therapy Director - Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor 

Ms. Wesolowski is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has been with CRT since 2010. She oversees CRT's Therapy Program, which specializes in providing trauma-informed and research-driven assessment, therapy, training, and supportive services for the complex issues that children and families face as a result of stress, trauma, and violence. Prior to taking on the role of Director, Ms. Wesolowski provided therapy to children and their caregivers in many of CRT's community-based sites, managed the graduate-level clinical training program, and supported staff in ongoing professional development. She continues to work therapeutically with families at House of the Good Shepherd and at the clinic.

Ms. Wesolowski has received extensive training on issues of child trauma and exposure to violence, as well as best practices concerning collaborating with systems and mobilizing systems change. She has been trained in specific modes of therapy including Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Theraplay, TF-CBT, and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), and has a special interest in supporting the relationship between young children and their caregivers. Prior to CRT, Ms. Wesolowski supervised the Chicago Safe Start (CSS) program at Family Focus Englewood, a project focused on preventing young children’s exposure to violence by way of community organizing, training and education, and trauma-focused therapy and support services.