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 27-year-old daughter with an FASD. She has had the satisfaction of seeing her daughter mature and master skills and passions that are leading to an increase in independence and the development of an emerging full, productive life.
Kathleen Flaherty earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University. Originally from Western New York, she and her family have called North Carolina home for the past sixteen years.
Having worked at NTT Ltd - Dimension Data for seventeen years, spending the last twelve years as a Senior Project Coordinator, Kathleen has extensive project management / coordination experience. With her focus on the customer, Kathleen takes great pride supporting her team in delivering customer and project outcomes on time and within budget. Her professional work includes maintaining schedules, budgets, and expenditures along with following up on important actions and decisions. This experience coupled with her organizational skills, carry over into her position on the NCFASD Informed Board of Directors.
Kathleen has participated on the parent panel for the NCFASD Informed workshop at the North Carolina Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Families, as well as attending the FASD Matters conference to better understand the effects of FASD across one’s lifespan. The turning point for her and her family was when she attended Diane Malbin’s training on the neurobehavioral approach to understanding FASD. This new way of thinking compelled Kathleen and her husband to shift away from a ‘typical’ parenting style to a ‘brain-based’ approach to parenting.
Kathleen is the proud mother of an 11-year-old son with an FASD. He inspires her everyday through his resiliency and spirit. As she continues to advocate for him, she hopes to assist others as they support and advocate for their loved one with an FASD.
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.
Gaile Osborne joined NCFASD informed as an Board member in 2021. Her professional work focuses on advocacy and investigation within the education system. Prior to working as an advocate, she served on DRNC’s Board of Directors and as a member of the PAIMI Advisory Council. Osborne is a native of Alamance County and currently lives in the Western Region with her husband and two children. The Osbornes are also licensed foster parents. Her desire to get help for her children, one with FAS—adopted from significant trauma backgrounds—led her to a full-time career as an advocate at FIRST Resource Center; which offers services for persons with disabilities and the people who love and support them. Before joining FIRST in 2014, Osborne spent 17 years as a special education teacher in North Carolina. She has her master’s degree in special education from UNC-Greensboro and currently holds NC teaching certification in four areas. Osborne brings experience to NCFASD Informed as a parent of a child with special needs, an advocate in schools in western NC, and a former special educator.
Alison Parker earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology from North Carolina State University with expertise in the area of children and adolescents’ social, emotional, and cognitive development. She is a Research Scientist at innovation Research & Training, a behavioral sciences research company. As a Research Scientist, Alison has led the development and evaluation of school-based and online prevention programs, web-based resources and toolkits, and assessment tools for youth (both typically developing and those with neurodevelopmental disabilities and chronic illnesses and diseases) and adults. She has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on federally funded research grants and contracts and has provided training and technical assistance to local and national organizations. Specifically, Alison was the Principal Investigator on a contract to develop and evaluate an online mindfulness-based program for adolescents with FASD. Alison has been a practitioner of mindfulness for the past 14 years. Alison was also a member of the FASD Collaborative of North Carolina during its tenure. She joined the intervention subcommittee in order to assist with identifying resources and interventions for children and adolescents with FASD. Alison is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and adolescents and hopes to continue identifying resources and interventions for youth with FASD and their families as part of NCFASD Informed.