In a climate of workforce shortages and increasing competition to attract talent, a behavioral health and child welfare agency has partnered with a large university to work collaboratively to develop the future sector leaders of tomorrow.

This spark session will feature examples of several models of public-private partnerships between local universities and KVC Kentucky that have dual aims of developing the professionalism of our future colleagues and building a talent pipeline for the organization. Take away strategies for creating effective partnerships and building on these models, as well as lessons learned.

Learning Objectives

  • A model of workforce development that is grounded in a public-private partnership between a university’s master’s of social work program and private nonprofit organization
  • The strengths and challenges of workforce development with graduate level candidates and strategies for teaching evidenced based practice
  • Significant emerging workforce development issues in the new environment of restricted federal and state resources, as well as the challenging managed care environment

Presenters: Gina Klyachkin, vice president of operations, Elizabeth Croney, president, and Megan Moore, director of training, development, and compliance, KVC Kentucky

Gina Klyachkin
Vice President of Operations
KVC Kentucky

Gina Klyachkin has served as the vice president of operations for KVC Kentucky since 2012. In her current role, all her areas of interest are central to her daily work. Her current work focuses on oversight of the operations of an organization that is constantly innovating and implementing new and changing programs to best meet the needs of the individuals and communities served.

She brings 17 years’ experience in direct service provision, oversight, program development, and implementation in the areas of mental health treatment, child welfare programming, and therapeutic foster care. She has held a number of roles in her 12-year tenure at KVC including the director of clinical services and programming, program director, and clinician.

Klyachkin graduated from DePauw University in 2000 with a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in Social Work from the University of Missouri in 2003. She presents regularly internally and externally at national conferences. She regularly participates on public private working groups focusing on improving child welfare through a practice perspective. She also has served for three consecutive years on her Kentucky’s Alliance Finance Committee.

Elizabeth Croney
KVC Kentucky

Elizabeth Croney is the president of KVC Kentucky. She began her career developing extensive experience working with alcohol abuse and mental health programs, and in 1989, she was appointed as the first director of Stoner Creek Centre, an inpatient psychiatric unit for children and adults. Croney established a private practice in Bourbon County in 1990, where she worked extensively with children and families.

In 1999, she formed Croney & Clark Inc., a private for-profit corporation serving three rural counties, and over a 10-year period, she developed it into an agency providing services in metropolitan Fayette County and its 16 surrounding counties. Croney & Clark delivered wraparound behavioral health and community-based services to children and families identified by the Kentucky Department of Mental Health as needing intensive services. KVC acquired Croney & Clark in 2009 and appointed her president of Kentucky operations.

In 2009, Croney was awarded Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky’s Champion for Children Award. She has also written and been awarded state and local contracts to deliver behavioral health and child welfare services, and she was awarded the first performance-based child welfare contract in the state.

Croney holds a bachelor’s in criminal justice from the University of South Florida and a master’s in social work from the University of Kentucky. She has published in the area of ethics and supervision and is a sought-after workshop leader, trainer, and speaker in the U.S. and Canada.

Megan Moore
Director of Training, Development, and Compliance
KVC Kentucky

Megan Moore, has served in the role of KVC Kentucky’s director of training, development, and Compliance since 2012. She brings a wealth of experience in training, compliance, behavioral health, child welfare and staff development to the agency. Her current role exhibits the expertise she has developed in multiple areas including leading the agency-wide training protocols and business development through successful fundraising and relationship building and compliance in leading our agency wide accreditation process.

Moore has been instrumental in staff development including the oversight of the agency’s practicum experience. She works with local universities to build an educational growth experience for our practicum students while simultaneously building the agency’s future pipeline of professionals. Moore regularly presents internally and externally at local and national conferences. She regularly participates in community and academic workgroups at committees. She also, with Leadership Lexington colleagues, created the nonprofit Nourish Your Neighborhood, which helps to bring nourishment from local restaurants to individuals in need in their communities.