2017 OVC Applied Research &
Best Practice Symposium


Date: Wednesday, May 3

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30pm

Location: Brentwood Baptist Church

Cost: $99 (Non-Member), $50 (CAFO Member)


Primary Audience

  • Leadership & staff of NGO’s active in service to OVCs
  • Leaders of local OVC-related initiatives within developing nations
  • Leaders of U.S. churches and organizations actively supporting OVC care globally
  • Leading researchers on OVC-related issues

Content & Format

Each attendee will choose one of three distinct tracks to follow throughout the event. The Monitoring and Evaluation track will address ways programs can track outcomes to ensure they are achieving goals in line with their vision. The Caring for Caregivers track will focus on optimizing the health of primary caregivers of OVC, as evidence suggests caregiver health is one of the most significant indicators of health in vulnerable children. The Transitions to Adulthood track will concentrate on proven ways to increase the chance of success for OVC making the leap to adulthood and independence. Each track will feature TED-style presentations, interactive discussion, and concrete, actionable ideas for how organizations can improve their work in these critical areas. All groups will convene at the end of the day for a lightning round of short talks from presenters from each track.


Corey Gordon, American Diabetes Association

Dr. Johanna Greeson, University of Pennsylvania

Nancy Hathaway, Heart for Orphans

Dr. Amanda Howard, Samford University

Dr. Karen Hutcheson, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Dana Johnson, University of Minnesota

Ruby Johnston, LAMb International

Andy Lehman, Lifesong for Orphans

Meghan Lopez, Whole Child International

Rod Marshall, Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes

Dr. David Nowell, Hope Unlimited for Children

Dr. Beverly Nyberg, Government Administration

Dr. Alfred Perez, University of California-Stanislaus

Dr. Clark Peters, University of Missouri

Dr. Delia Pop, Hope and Homes for Children

Dr. David and Jayne Schooler, Back2Back Ministries

Kim Turkington, Fishhook International