Track: Safety and Security
Commitment: Innovating with Enterprise
National Imperative North Star: Commitment to Outcomes

Level of Learning: Learner

Learn how Catholic Charities, the City of Spokane, and the Empire Health Foundation have partnered to provide an alternative to separating families affected by the opioid and methamphetamine crisis. The workshop will detail both the successes and challenges of providing comprehensive and community-based wraparound services for parents affected by substance abuse disorder while caring for their children. Attendees will also dive deep into the equity efforts being undertaken to better serve Native American families impacted by the child welfare system.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the core components of a family-centered drug treatment program designed to prevent children from entering the foster care system
  • Embrace new strategies to infuse culturally competent approaches for Native American families in all administrative and programmatic aspects of a treatment program
  • Discover how evidence-based practices are layered and evaluated to produce improved outcomes


  • Valerie Shayman, director of Rising Strong, Catholic Charities Spokane
  • Shivon Brite, program director and director of strategy, Empire Health Foundation

Valerie Shayman
Director, Rising Strong
Catholic Charities Spokane

Valerie Shayman is proud to serve as the director of Rising Strong. She was involved in the recovery efforts of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings and has since dedicated her career to serving individuals and families in crisis in a variety of roles in higher education and the nonprofit sector. Shayman has expertise in the areas of trauma, threat assessment and mass violence intervention, suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention, sexual assault recovery, and leadership.

Shayman holds a bachelor’s in communication from the University of North Florida, a master’s in higher education administration from Virginia Tech, and is currently completing her dissertation as the capstone to her Ph.D. program in leadership studies at Gonzaga University.

Shivon Brite
Program Director/Director of Strategy
Empire Health Foundation

Shivon Brite is a program director and director of strategy for aging services at Empire Health Foundation. She is also an enrolled member of the Assiniboine people from the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Brite has over a decade of experience in resource development that has resulted in millions of grant-funded dollars and notable increases in social and economic improvements in Native communities. She specializes in strategic development of grant programs, business models, research approaches, and education methods, receiving numerous awards and recognitions for her success.

Brite holds a bachelor's in marketing and a master's in business administration. She is also a Harvard Summer Venture in Management alumna and Ph.D. Project Fellow.