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: Foundations Course, co-author of the Youth Thrive™: Protective and Promotive Factors for Healthy Development and Well-Being training, and a contributing editor of the Families Thrive: Protective and Promotive Factors to Enhance Thriving for All Children, Youth, & Families training. He is also currently developing sailing and group programs for young people in transition aboard his 42′ sailboat Heart-to-Heart as part of the newly formed Ready about… Changing Courses.

Frank is the Vice President of the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice, Past President of the CYC Certification Board (CYCCB) and a current board member. He is involved with CYC certification offered by the CYC Certification Institute, is a frequent speaker at conferences, facilitates challenge course adventure activities, and thoroughly enjoys being in the world as a professional Child and Youth Care Practitioner.

Frank became a Fellow of the National Center for Innovation and Excellence in 2014, is the recipient of the National Staff Development and Training Association’s 2013 Career Achievement Award, and in 2009 he received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Academy of Child and Youth Care Professionals. In 2006 and again in 2018 he received the President’s Award for “special achievement in the field of child and youth care” from the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice.