The Academy is CYC professionals working  together to transform Child and Youth Care practice.  Our dedicated staff, leadership, trainers, and consultants represent the diversity of people and practice sectors across the field of youth services.

Frank Eckles, BA, CYC-P
Executive Director
College Station, TX

  Frank splits his time between his role as Past President of the national Child and Youth Care Certification Board and facilitating growth for the hundreds of CYCs who engage in learning programs offered by the Academy for Competent Youth Work.  Frank is the Academy’s Executive Director, author of the Child and Youth Care: Basic…

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Steve Bewsey, BA, CYC
Academy President, Trainer and Consultant
Corpus Christi, TX

  Steve Bewsey is a Certified Child & Youth Care Practitioner who has completed 45 years of service with foster and homeless youth in residential treatment, street outreach, emergency shelter, transitional living, and supportive housing programs. Steve has provided consultation and training to over a hundred youth serving agencies and has trained thousands of Youth…

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Hector Sapien, LCSW, CYC-P
Senior Trainer
Sedgewick, ME

  Hector is a clinical child & youth care practitioner who has provided practical learning opportunities to people of all ages and in various roles and settings.  He has an extensive history of cultivating and leading teams to excel under very challenging conditions.  Hector is currently in private practice in Maine. Hector began work as a…

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James Freeman, MA, CYC-P
Senior Trainer
Camarillo, CA

James Freeman, MA, CYC-P is the director of training at Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Familes in southern California. He has over two decades of direct experience in out-of-school, education, family camping, residential, and community based programs and has served as an international child and youth care consultant with a background in organizational development…

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Frankie McMurrey, MS
Senior Trainer
Fort Worth, TX

  Frankie McMurrey’s career in youth development began when she took over management of a large child care center serving children ages 6 months to 12 years.  Coming into the child care field from a career in banking was quite a transition but certainly learning came with experience.  After 7 years, the business was sold…

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Dr. Andrew J. Schneider-Muñoz, Ed.D., CYC-P
Senior Advisor
Seattle, WA

  Dr. Andrew J. Schneider-Muñoz, is Deputy Chief and Senior Fellow for the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association where he leads the performance measures initiative and evidence-based evaluation for guardian ad litems in more than 950 communities across the country with 75,000 volunteers serving one-quarter million vulnerable children and youth. He is Co-Editor of…

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Keino Fitzpatrick Sr., AA, BS
McKee’s Rocks, PA

  Keino currently holds the position of Program Director at Small Seeds Development Inc. a non-profit social service agency in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has worked for many local non-profit organizations for over the past 20 years in the greater Pittsburgh area, in numerous leadership positions with an emphasis on community, school, youth and parental engagement.…

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Aaron E. Johnson, M.Ed.
McKeesport, PA

  Aaron is the owner of Aristotle’s Educational Emporium, which focuses on educational consultation, program design and implementation, curriculum development and tutoring.  Aaron is an Adjunct Professor of Communication Arts at Allegheny Community College.  He is the Program Coordinator for Youth C.A.S.T. (Communities And Schools Together) located in McKeesport, PA.  Currently, he serves as the…

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Tammy Hopper, CYC-P
Louisville, KY

Tammy Hopper currently serves as the Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer for the National Safe Place Network. She has almost 30 years of experience working with and on behalf of youth via direct care, supervisory and clinical roles. As a youth care professional dedicated to positive systems change, Tammy has served as a lead advocate and…

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