U.S. public schools enrolled 1,301,239 children and youth experiencing homelessness during the 2013-2014 school year.
(Source: National Center for Homeless Education)

Professional Staff

Jordan Boss, Director of Foundation Relations and Operations, is responsible for the organization’s fundraising efforts and general operations. She has been a fundraising and nonprofit management professional for 20-years, raising more than $50-million for the national nonprofit community. Prior to joining NAEHCY, Jordan worked in Jacksonville, Florida, for Head Start and Early Head Start provider, Episcopal Children’s Services; The Sulzbacher Center (for the homeless); and in the arts, health, and community development arenas. Jordan became a Certified Fundraising Professional (CFRE) in 2009.

Jordan’s dedication to the nonprofit community extends beyond her profession, choosing to volunteer throughout the years on several boards of directors including: the Jacksonville Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Jacksonville Community Council, Inc., JCCI Forward, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County.

In 2006, she was chosen by the Jacksonville Business Journal as one of 40-under-40 “Up and Comers” and in 2011 was chosen by Bank of America and the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida for the inaugural class of the “Emerging Leaders Program.”

Jordan was born and raised in Kansas and is a proud University of Kansas Jayhawk. She currently resides with her family in San Diego, California.

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Amy Bradley, Scholar Specialist, supports the NAEHCY scholarship recipients as they pursue their goals in higher education, working with each scholar individually to address her or his unique needs. She coordinates with contacts at higher education institutions across the country to serve the scholars, and she programs annual group enrichment for them. Amy was a high school Language Arts teacher for ten years before working as a Program Manager at The Ohio State University then serving as the McKinney-Vento Liaison for the largest school district in Ohio. As Liaison, she presented to other professionals and trained school staff about the educational rights of students who are homeless. She also coordinated services with local homeless shelters, service agencies, and various educational institutions. Amy has a B.S. in English Education from Ohio University and an M.A. in Education from Goddard College in Vermont. She lives in Columbus, OH with her husband, two sons, and their various animal companions.

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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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The Sapphyre Group, LLC, is the Business Management partner for NAEHCY. An organization dedicated to non-profit management, The Sapphyre Group has over 25 years of non-profit experience, and has partnered with NAEHCY for over ten years. Based out of Minneapolis, MN, The Sapphyre Group 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 a partner at The Sapphyre Group, and the current NAEHCY Account Executive. Amy has over 15 years of non-profit management experience and over 20 years of event management under her belt. In addition to Amy's top-notch service, NAEHCY benefits from the full support of other Sapphyre Group 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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