TFA Honors Eighteen Distinguished Practitioners

Dwayne Voth receives 2015 Lonnie & Elaine Phillips Award

Dwayne Voth, 2015 Lonnie & Elaine Phillips Award recipient

Four years ago, Dwayne Voth was an outsider to the Teaching-Family Association’s evidence-based, full model of care: the Teaching-Family Model.

When Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home began to implement the Teaching-Family Model in 2011, Voth took on the dual challenges of learning the Model’s elements, skills and teaching interactions without the guidance of an experienced Family Teacher, while helping other new Family Teachers do the same.

Despite these “unique challenges,” wrote IUMCH Residential Supervisor Stacy Youngblood, Voth showed “considerable dedication to the youth he works with and to IUMCH, striving to ensure there was a consistent and welcoming family-style environment.”

“When new Family Teaching couples came into the home, Dwayne worked closely with them to ensure smooth transitions,” wrote Youngblood. “He has worked extra hours to provide assistance to the Family Teaching couples on stressful days and will take on extra tasks to relieve some of the pressure on Family Teachers.”

On Wednesday, November 18, the Teaching-Family Association recognized Voth’s hard work and dedication to the children and practitioners at IUMCH by awarding him the international association-level Lonnie & Elaine Phillips Award.

The Lonnie & Elaine Phillips Award recognizes an individual or couple’s outstanding contributions to both their community and the Teaching-Family Association through implementation of the Teaching-Family Model, including but not limited to exceptional service to program consumers and contributions to training and the Teaching-Parent profession, both of which Voth demonstrated.

The Award is named for the first Teaching Parents, Lonnie & Elaine Phillips, whose talent for caring was studied, defined and replicated into the Teaching-Family Model that agencies around the world use to provide superior care, today.

Direct-care practitioners like the Phillipses, Voth, and the seventeen practitioners distinguished by their agencies in 2015 exemplify the dedication and commitment required to establish and maintain a high-level model of evidence-based and effective care.

Seventeen practitioners recognized as agency-level Distinguished Practitioners


Meghan Boeding

Children’s Home of Cincinnati





James & Koral Evans

Closer to Home Community Services





Sonia Scotto di Santolo

Garfield Park Academy





Monica Stuckey

Hope Center for Children





Elijah Tucker & Jacob Kornelik

Kenosha Human Development Services





Justin Stuart

Methodist Family Health





Nicole Walker

Methodist Home for Children





LeeAnna Richards

Northern Family Intervention Services





Maurice Darby

Tennessee Family Solutions





Kerry Goodson

Thornwell Home for Children





Erin Kalisz

Utah Youth Village





Troy Joyner (not pictured, Tiffani Joyner)

Virginia Home for Boys & Girls





LaQusha Barnes (left)

West Tennessee Family Solutions





Not pictured: Regina Griffin

St. Aloysius Orphanage

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