About Us: Staff
The Hon. Nancy Sidote Salyers
Judicial Executive, Fostering Court Improvement
The Honorable Nancy Sidote Salyers has spent her entire legal career working on behalf of children and families in crisis. During her 5 years as Presiding Judge of the Child Protection Division in Cook County, Illinois, she initiated and led an unprecedented model of collaboration and innovation with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, resulting in the court's dependency caseload being reduced from over 58,000 to under 19,000. Her passion and hands on style are still evident in her work as a nationally recognized speaker and judicial champion. To date, she has presented on the topics of system reform, leadership and collaboration at the request of 26 State Supreme Courts and numerous national and statewide organizations. Among her proven reform initiatives which have been replicated across the country are: The Table of Five, the Child Protection Advisory Work Group, the Parent Education Project, the Three Meeting Rule and Data Driven Best Practice supported by Court, Agency and University Partnerships.
Judge Salyers has received numerous awards for her results-oriented leadership including the Jane Addams Award, the National CASA Judge of the Year Award and the Adoption 2002 Award for Judicial Excellence. She has served as Trustee and as faculty for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Now retired from the bench, she co-directs Fostering Results, a national, non-partisan education and outreach initiative funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Additionally, she serves as Judicial Executive for Fostering Court Improvement.
Judge Salyers received both her BA and her MA from Dominican University (Rosary College) and her JD from DePaul University, College of Law. A lifetime learner, she accepts no boundaries to her curiosity and has recently initiated projects in the disciplines of horseback riding, knitting and using computerized data to drive excellence in judicial decision-making.
Dr. Mark Testa
Sandra Reeves Spears and John B. Turner Distinguished Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work
Co-Director, Fostering Results
Child Welfare Consultant, Fostering Court Improvement
Mark Testa is the first Sandra Reeves Spears and John B. Turner Distinguished Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Social Work. Prior to that, he was Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and Director of the Children and Family Research Center. He formerly served as Research Director for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), where his research was instrumental in policy innovations leading to better services for children and families. Professor Testa has been recognized nationally and locally for his work in child welfare, including the Adoption 2002 Excellence Award for Applied Scholarship and Research on kinship care and permanence; 2005 Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and; 2004 Blue Bow Award for research and leadership to improve the systems of care for children, Children's Home and Aid Society. In 2006, he was nominated by Senator Dick Durbin and named an Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. He recently completed a book, Fostering Accountability (Oxford University Press), with John Poertner on the reform experiences in Illinois.
Founder & Advisory Board Chair, Barton Child Law & Policy Clinic
Statistician, Fostering Court Improvement
Andy and his wife Michelle Barclay, in partnership with Emory's School of Law, founded and endowed the Barton Clinic to advocate for research-based policy and to encourage students from all disciplines into public-interest career paths.
Andy works as a full-time volunteer technical consultant, providing technological and statistical support to Georgia non-profit and governmental agencies. He has worked in computing for over twenty-five years, in both the for-profit and the public sectors. He has expertise in hardware and software engineering, high performance computing, digital signal processing, database design, data analysis, statistics, and public health. Andy retired from for-profit work in information technology in the late 1990s, and now spends nearly all of his time as a volunteer. He also serves on advisory groups and steering committees for non-profits and government agencies. Andy served for four years as the Chief Justice's appointee to the board of the Georgia Technology Authority. He currently serves on the board of Georgia's Governor's Office for Children and Families at the appointment of Governor Sonny Perdue.
Mr. Barclay holds masters degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from Stanford University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also completing a PhD in Biostatistics at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health.