Policy Advisory Committee (PAC)


The National Network’s Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) is a committee of NN4Y’s board. Melanie Heitkamp, NN4Y Board Member chairs this committee. The PAC provides local input and expertise to direct NN4Y’s federal policy recommendations. This committee also assists with generating proactive policy ideas, recommendations and written papers. The Network is grateful for the valuable service and expertise of our Policy Advisory Committee members.

What Works to End Youth Homlessness

What Works to End Youth Homelessness

March 2015

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Youth Homelessness in America

Youth Homelessness in America

March 2014

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PAC Members

NN4Y Board Director Committee Chair

Melanie Heitkamp
Executive Director
Fargo/Bismarck, ND

Joined PAC in 2014

Judith Dittman
Executive Director
Alternative House
Dunn Lorring, VA

Valerie Douglas, MPA
Director of Counseling & RHY  Services
The Center for Youth Services,  Inc.
Rochester, NY

Sparky Harlan
Chief Executive Officer
Bill Wilson Center
Santa Clara, CA

Shari Shapiro
Executive Director 
Kids in Crisis 
Cos Cob, CT

Geoffrey Hollenbach, LISW-S 
Meredith S. Hicks 
Lighthouse Youth Services
Cincinnati, OH

Rich Hooks Wayman, JD
Chief Executive Officer
LUK, Inc.
Fitchburg, MA

Kristen Truffa
Associate Director
Pittsburgh, PA

Dina Wilderson, PhD
Learning and Impact Officer
Seattle, WA

Joined PAC in 2015

Patricia Balke
Executive Director
WI Association for Homeless and Runaway Services
Madison, WI

James “Bo” Bolas
Executive Director
Coalition for Homeless Youth
New York, NY

Paul Curtis
Executive Director
California Coalition for Youth
Sacramento, CA

Shahera Hyatt, MSW
Project Director
California Homeless Youth Project
Sacramento, CA

Tricia Vineyard
Chief Program Officer
Youth In Need
St. Charles, MO

Joined PAC in 2016

Jayne Bigelson
Vice President of Advocacy 
Covenant House International                Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives 
Covenant House NY
New York, NY

Haley Mousseau
Director of Research and Evaluation
Larkin Street Youth Services
San Francisco, CA