Wendy Lowe Besmann is the author of Team Up for Your Child and directs the Team Up for Families initiative. She is a longtime journalist and parent trainer, as well as the mother of a son with autism and bipolar disorder.  (More about Wendy’s work.)  Besmann is the former president of NAMI Knoxville and served as Training/Social Marketing Coordinator for K-Town Youth Empowerment Network, a federal grantee System of Care for teens and young adults in Knox County, TN.   Her interest in family-driven, peer-centered training began when she worked as a certified NAMI Basics instructor, and later as a certified High Fidelity Wraparound trainer.  Wendy is the Lead Trainer and Administrator for the Team Up for Families Road Map curriculum, whose goal is to teach family-tested strategies for navigating service systems. She has presented her workshops at Georgetown Institutes System of Care conferences, National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Annual Conference, and training venues from New York to Hawaii.


Keva Clark, M.Ed National Learning Collaborative Lead and the first fully-credentialed Road Map Master Trainer, serves as the Lead Family Engagement Coordinator of Saginaw Max System of Care, which has been an early and enthusiastic champion of this initiative. Keva brings a wealth of experience to this position as the mother of a child with special developmental needs, as well as a former public school teacher. It was Keva’s idea to create the six-hour Team Up for Families Road Map Curriculum, and she worked with Wendy to co-found the Learning Collaborative in March, 2014. Keva holds a Masters in Education and a State of Michigan Certification in School Administration. She has co-presented this material with Wendy at the Georgetown Training Institutes and the National Federation of Families Conference. Keva has a special interest in producing materials that involve active, “get- up-out-of-the-chair” experiences that fit a variety of learning styles and community cultures.


Martin (Marty) Iroff, M.Ed is the Adult Learning Content Coordinator on the Road Map Workshop project. His task is to review and edit our curriculum materials for quality and ease of use by a variety of trainers.. Marty has led local and national training classes since 1985. In addition to his three decades public education he developed training workshops in the fields of child rearing, safe-schools, affective education, and character development. Marty and his wife Martha have raised three wonderful daughters who currently work in the field of education. Marty is known for incorporating unusual learning opportunities into his training repertoire. This includes his skills as an amateur magician.


Coral Getino, PhD, is the president of Spanish Language Solutions, Inc. and serves as TUFF’s Translation Coordinator. She edited and led the translation team for Colaboración: Lo mejor para su hijo, (the Spanish version of the Team Up for Your Child family guide, and translated all materials for Colaboración para Familias/Hoja de Ruta, the Spanish version of Team Up for Families Road Map workshops. She is a native of Spain with a 15-year experience in the translation industry. She holds her doctorate in Chemistry, and is a Certified Court Interpreter, Certified HealthCare Interpreter, and Family Mediator. She is also a mother of a 21-year old with autism and other disabilities.

Coral Getino es la presidenta de Spanish Language Solutions, Inc. y se une al grupo como Coordinadora de Traducciones. Fue responsable de la edición y dirección del equipo traductor de Colaboración: Lo mejor para su hijo y tradujo los materiales de Colaboración para Familias. Española de nacimiento, tiene 15 años de experiencia en la industria de la traducción. Tiene un doctorado en Ciencias Químicas, es Intérprete Jurídica Certificada, Intérprete de Cuidados de Salud Certificada y Mediadora Familiar. También tiene dos hijos, uno de 21 años que tiene autismo y otras discapacidades.


Barbara Boeing, our Creative Director, has designed, illustrated, and produced all Team Up for Families/Melton Hill Media publications and collateral material since 2007, including Team Up for Your ChildColaboración: Lo mejor para su hijo, and the Road Map/Hoja de Ruta series.  From books and brochures to logos and banners, Barbara has it covered.  Her work has been recognized with over 200 “Addys” (Ad Federation Awards), numerous PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) Awards, and the University of Tennessee Aid to Education award.   Barbara also runs her own design firm, Boeing Design and Illustration.


Edward (Dean) Tate is a data entry specialist, with training in medical coding and billing. He develops survey and evaluation instruments for Team Up for Families to support program assessment and to provide evidence of program effectiveness. Tate has over 26 years’ experience with data collection and data-driven decision making. As a retail manager, he integrated customer satisfaction data, sales data, and other market data into daily business practices.  Working with Team Up For Families challenges him to apply his skills and to contribute in new ways, in light of his own interactions with systems of care and his volunteer activity with special needs communities.


Team Up for Families gratefully acknowledges the  assistance in research  and evaluation planning it has received from  Kimberly Douglass, PhD,  Associate Professor,  School of Information Science, University of Tennessee, and Heather S. Wallace, PhD, CFLE Assistant Professor and Human Development State Specialist University of Tennessee Extension, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Learn more about our National Learning Collaborative of peer trainers and family advocates.