Kathy Hotelling earned her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has been licensed as a psychologist since 1982 in several states and now in North Carolina.
As an FASD consultant nationwide, she has specialized in educating diverse audiences, including social service staff, schools, attorneys, mental health professionals, members of government agencies, GALs (guardian ad litem), and parents.
Through workshops, conference sessions, and webinars, she has presented on subjects such as understanding fetal alcohol related behaviors, improving outcomes for young adults with fetal alcohol related issues, practical strategies for parents living with toxic stress, and the waves of grief that parents of children with an FASD experience.
Most importantly, Kathy is the mother of a 26-year-old daughter with an FASD. She has had the immense satisfaction of seeing her daughter mature and master skills and passions that have lead to an increase in independence and the development of an emerging full, productive life.
Elizabeth Montgomery earned her BA from the College of Wooster in political science and Russian studies. She applied this degree to her jobs in public relations, media reporting and international sales in the Middle East. Later, she received her master’s in health education from East Carolina University (ECU). Upon completion of her MA, she became a faculty member at ECU where she taught courses in global health and community strategies in public health. Most of her time was dedicated to grants to prevent substance use; her last three years at ECU focused on the prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Currently, Elizabeth is the Coordinator for the State of NC Partnership for Success grant and employed by Addiction Professionals of North Carolina (APNC). This grant strives to prevent underage drinking, underage e-cigarette use and the use of cannabis in 10 subrecipient communities throughout the state and at the collegiate level.
Elizabeth is the mom to a young adult son who lives with FASD and is employed as an assistant photographer. She established a support group for those raising a child with FASD in Pitt County where she and her son reside with their three dogs.
Hilda Zimmer retired as the Executive Director of Heather Park Child Development Center, a 5 star licensed child day care center and preschool in Garner, NC. Hilda and her family opened this center in 1999 with the goal of providing high-quality care to children and families in their hometown. She and her business partner, daughter Kelli Bradley, maintained this goal while achieving the highest NC licensure rating.
Hilda graduated from Rex Hospital School of Nursing and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from North Carolina Central University. She held nursing positions in psychiatry and surgery in area hospitals and as a Nurse Consultant in NC State Licensure and Medicare/Medicaid Certification Section before retiring as Assistant Section Chief, Certification Section.
Hilda is the legal guardian of a 19-year-old grandson with FASD and is interested in furthering the awareness of the dangers of prenatal alcohol, as well as educating parents/guardians, and early childcare educators in the most effective ways to help children reach their potential despite their disabilities.
Sontina Barnes earned her Bachelor of Sociology degree from North Carolina State University. Before entering graduate school, she worked at Randolph County Department of Social Services investigating allegations of child abuse, neglect, and dependency. She later obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Adelphi University in New York, NY. While in New York she worked as a clinical social worker for the Catholic Guardian Society, where she provided clinical services for young men living group homes.
Later, Sontina worked as a Congregate Care Level II social worker for teen girls aging out foster care. During this time, she became frustrated with the court system surrounding child welfare. This led her to enter law school at Thomas. M. Cooley Law School, where she obtained a juris doctor in public interest with a concentration in child welfare.
She currently teaches at North Carolina State University in the Social Work Department. She is also the coordinator of the new dual degree JD/MSW program jointly between NC State University and Campbell Law School.
She enjoys spending her free time with her husband Reggie and their two young children.