Barbara Duffield is the executive director of SchoolHouse Connection, a national organization promoting success for children and youth experiencing homelessness, from birth through higher education. For more than 20 years, she has bridged policy and practice in early care, education, housing, and homelessness. Barbara began her career as a tutor for children experiencing homelessness in Washington, D.C. She was the director of education for the National Coalition for the Homeless from 1994-2003, and served as the director of policy and programs at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth from 2003-2016. In both roles, Barbara lead national efforts to strengthen federal protections and services for children and youth experiencing homelessness. She received her Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in political science from the University of Michigan.
Marcy Stidum is Kennesaw State University’s founding director for the Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment (CARE) Services. In this role, Marcy provides dedicated support to students dealing with homelessness, food insecurity or have experienced foster care. Previously as the associate director of the counseling and psychological services at KSU, Marcy coordinated resources on and off campus for KSU students with complex treatment needs and oversees the outreach programming.
Prior experiences include project coordinator for Valdosta State University Division of Social Work’s Project Healthy Grandparents Grant, 10 years of senior level management of county mental health facilities for Pathways Center for Behavioral and Developmental Growth and five years as a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For her efforts in supporting students at KSU, Mrs. Stidum has been the recipient of the Georgia College Counseling Association’s 2011-2012 Clinical Program of the Year Award, Atlanta Magazine’s 2014 Innovation Index Award and KSU Department of Residence Life’s 2014-2015 SOAR Award.