U.S. public schools enrolled 1,258,182 children and youth experiencing homelessness during the 2012-2013 school year.
(Source: National Center for Homeless Education)

Professional Staff

Barbara Duffield, Director of Policy and Programs, began her involvement in homeless issues in 1990 as a tutor for homeless children in Washington, DC. She subsequently joined the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) and served as Director of Education for NCH from 1994-2003, working closely with educators, service providers, federal agencies and Congressional offices to strengthen policy and practice on children’s issues. Barbara has conducted hundreds of trainings around the United States for school districts, community organizations, and local, state, and national groups to assist in the implementation of the McKinney-Vento Act. She is a frequently-quoted source in print media, and has appeared on television and radio news programs to discuss issues relating to homeless children. In addition, she has published several academic articles on policy and advocacy issues relating to the education of homeless children and youth. She is co-author of Educating Children Without Housing, published by the American Bar Association.'In addition to her work with NAEHCY and NCH, Barbara is a founding and continuing Advisory Committee member for the LeTendre Education Fund for Homeless Children, which provides scholarships for homeless and formerly homeless young people who wish to pursue post-secondary education.

Barbara Duffield was born and raised in Michigan, and she received her Bachelor's degree summa cum laude in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

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Creating Order, LLC, is the Business Management partner for NAEHCY. An organization dedicated to non-profit management, Creating Order has over 20 years of non-profit experience, and has partnered with NAEHCY since 2002. Based out of Minneapolis, MN, Creating Order manages NAEHCY's association and conference logistics, and handles necessary management tasks, allowing the Board and other Professional Staff to concentrate on the really important matters at hand. Amy Beckham is the current NAEHCY Account Executive at Creating Order, with 13 years of non-profit management experience and 20 years of event management under her belt. In addition to Amy's top-notch service, NAEHCY benefits from the full support of other Creating Order staff.

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Patricia Julianelle, Director of State Projects and Legal Affairs, advises attorneys, educators, and policymakers across the country on the rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness and works to enforce those rights through direct advocacy, education, outreach, and legislative advocacy. She has conducted workshops on the rights of children and youth at conferences across the nation, and her writing has been published in academic journals, including the Children’s Legal Rights Journal, Seattle Journal of Social Justice, and the Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, and two books. She also works as an independent Legal Consultant for state and local governments and non-profit organizations, such as the National Disability Rights Network, the University of Texas, and the California Research Bureau. She graduated from Yale University and received her J.D. summa cum laude from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College.

Patricia’s commitment to advocating for youth’s education arises from her experiences assisting juvenile public defenders, representing disadvantaged families as a special education attorney, and experiencing urban education first-hand as an assistant high school teacher in Washington, DC, and Portland, OR.

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Cyekeia Lee, Director of Higher Education Initiatives, works with state networks, McKinney-Vento liaisons, and higher education staff to streamline the process for homeless youth accessing higher education. Prior to joining NAECHY in 2012, she worked for six years as a Financial Aid Officer at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. One of her primary goals was to provide financial aid assistance to unaccompanied homeless youth and post-foster care students. Cyekeia also worked for three years at Ozone House Youth and Family Services in Ann Arbor, MI as the Life Skills Coordinator for homeless and runaway youth. She is dedicated to providing access to higher education for populations of students that are under-served. She received a BS in Communication from Eastern Michigan University and an MA in Counseling from Wayne State University.

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