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.

Simone Brewer, CYC-A

Simone has had the pleasure of training and developing people for the past 15 years in various types of youth-serving arenas. It brings her great delight to watch people grow and succeed in their chosen careers, and for teams to succeed and accomplish the goals and mission set by their company.

Mistie Timmons, CYC-P

Mistie Timmons has proudly been a youth worker for more than 25 years in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Her passion for seeing youth and youth workers experience an “aha” moment is still the highlight of her career.

Pamela A. Clark, MSW, CYC-P

Mrs. Clark is an independent consultant and trainer specializing in youth development and leadership. She previously served as Director of the Bartholomew County Youth Services Center, and as Executive Director of the Foundation for Youth of Bartholomew County, Inc., and the Bartholomew County Youth Advocacy Commission. Mrs. Clark served four years as a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff, and was a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA).

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…