ETR's exceptional cadre of professional trainers consists of experts in professional learning, health education, and HIV, STD and pregnancy prevention. In addition to our on-staff trainers featured below, we work with a network of skilled professional development consultants throughout the United States.
As Director of Professional and Organizational Development Services at ETR, Debra Christopher leads a strategic initiative to establish ETR as the national leader for research-based instructional practices—those that are current, innovative, learner centered and pedagogically sound, and that result in the transfer of learning. She is a nationally recongized professional development consultant, specializing in instructional design, training and facilitation skills, and the neuroscience link to learning.
Previously, Deb served as the director of the Professional Development Partnership (PDP), a 9-year national initiative funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In that role, she led a national team that worked with over 200 leaders from state and local education agencies and non-governmental national organizations to strengthen their capacity to provide quality, evidence-based prevention programs to youth. She has also worked as a health educator/prevention specialist in the Colorado departments of health and education and is a former middle and high school health education teacher.
She earned her BA degree in health education from the University of Northern Colorado and an MSM degree in business management/organizational development from Regis University. She is also a graduate of the National Staff Development Council Academy, a member of the national Brain Matters Leadership Group, and is certified in conducting the MBTI personality inventory.
Regina Firpo-Triplett is currently the principal investigator on two projects funded by the National Institute on Mental Health: RTRworks! and FOY 24/7. These research and development projects focus on developing effective online skills-based training to prepare educators to lead evidence-based curricula (Reducing the Risk and Focus on Youth with ImPACT, respectively). She also serves as director on the statewide Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Project and the Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (ReCAPP). As past director of two adaptation guidance projects funded by the Office of Adolescent Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she provides workshops, webinars and technical assistance on best practices for adapting evidence-based interventions.
Regina has a broad background in health education and training, with over 25 years of experience in developing and implementing health promotion programs for youth and youth-serving professionals related to HIV, pregnancy and substance use prevention. She has designed, coordinated and managed multiple training and education projects serving educators and youth from a variety of settings including school, juvenile justice, community-based organizations, clinics and homeless shelters throughout the United States. Prior to working at ETR, she served as the Director of Health Education for the Los Angeles County Juvenile Health Department, overseeing multiple HIV prevention, testing and counseling programs. She got her start in the field as a family life educator with a Los Angeles based Information and Education (I&E) project serving incarcerated and detained youth.
She earned her BS in biology at Loyola Marymount University and her MPH in school and community health education at California State University, Northridge.
Amy Peterson, MSc, is a project coordinator and professional development specialist at ETR. Currently, she coordinates an agency-wide initiative to implement research-based practices in professional development that result in the transfer of learning and program implementation. In addition, she serves on the ETR science team where she supports a number of dissemination efforts. Ms. Peterson previously served as the project director of Survive Outside, a nationwide capacity building project funded by the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health.
Prior to her work at ETR, Ms. Peterson was the coordinator for a middle school education program at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. In that role, she worked directly with culturally and economically diverse school populations—including teachers, parents and students—across Los Angeles County to implement a comprehensive sexual health education program.
Ms. Peterson received her Master of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her primary study focus was health promotion and the impact of the school environment on adolescent sexual behavior. She is a certified Family Planning Health Worker.
Cody Sigel, MPH, CHES, is a Professional Development Consultant at ETR. Her professional background has focused on sexual and reproductive health education, training and capacity building. In her previous role at the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, Ms. Sigel designed and implemented tailored trainings and technical assistance for four teen pregnancy prevention programs, including a 5-year initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In her current role at ETR, Ms. Sigel manages and designs science-based trainings for professionals on how to effectively implement ETR’s evidence-based sexuality education programs. Along with her experience providing training and technical assistance to professionals, she has provided STD/HIV and pregnancy prevention counseling and testing to low-income youth at a reproductive health clinic.
Ms. Sigel received her Master's of Public Health degree from Emory University, where she studied behavioral science and health education, with a focus on sexual health. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Joan Singson is a Program Manager currently responsible for ETR’s Training and TA services for grantees of the U.S. Family and Youth Service Bureau’s Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP). She is a member of ETR’s Community Impact Solutions team that provides capacity-building training and technical assistance to grantees of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (CDC DHAP). She also provides training on behalf of ETR’s Fee for Service Program, focused on evidence-based curricula such as Reducing the Risk, Safer Choices, Draw the Line/Respect the Line, and others.
Her previous work experience includes 10 years with a family planning clinic in San Joaquin County, California, where she developed the agency’s health education department, served as Director of Health Education and Community Services, and helped facilitate a strategic shift from providing primarily women’s reproductive health services to offering teen and male-friendly clinical services. She first came to work with ETR in 1999, serving as project liaison to the California Office of Family Planning (OFP). In that capacity, she provided technical assistance and training to grantees as well as the OFP’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention staff. She helped OFP grantees across the state increase organizational and workforce capacity, all aimed at successful program implementation and sustainability, and assisted the department in achieving its internal program goals.
In 2010, Joan joined a federally qualified health center organization, overseeing patient health education, developing chronic disease management programs, and managing a clinic expansion grant. She returned to ETR in spring of 2014. In addition to her work at ETR, she is very involved in her community, and is currently helping establish San Joaquin County’s 2-1-1 information and referral system for health and human services.
Kay Todd has over thirty-five years experience providing trainings to health educators, teachers and other health professionals across the United States. Her trainings have focused on evidence-based curricula, pregnancy and STD/HIV/AIDS prevention education, program planning, curriculum development and implementation for both classroom and community settings. Kay is a founding member of ETR. She is currently the Project Coordinator for the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) statewide training project and coordinates the delivery of trainings and the statewide Adolescent Sexual Health Annual Meeting for MCAH-funded projects in California. In 2012, Kay was awarded the Mary Nelson award for her outstanding dedication, teamwork, enthusiasm and commitment to ETR's mission.
Kay recently coordinated the online training development for two National Institute on Mental Health funded projects. The RTRworks! online training prepares educators to lead the Reducing the Risk curriculum, and FOY 24/7 prepares community youth workers to lead the Focus on Youth with ImPACT intervention. She is a longstanding member of the California’s Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group (ASHWG).
Kay served as project coordinator and trainer for the California Office of Family Planning (OFP) Statewide Training and Technical Assistance contract for over 28 years. She also served as the coordinator and master trainer for ETR’s fee-for-service trainings. Kay has developed and provided educator trainings on evidence-based curricula such as Reducing the Risk, Making Proud Choices, Making a Difference and Draw the Line/Respect the Line, along with other topics, including facilitation skills, reproductive health and human sexuality. She served as the project coordinator for the Promoting Science-Based Approaches (PSBA) project and coordinated the development of the Safer Choices Training of Trainers. She has worked in half of the states plus American Samoa and the Virgin Islands.
Kay holds a Master of Social Work from Sacramento State University.
Tracy Wright is a skilled eLearning and Professional Development (PD) specialist who is currently directing the CDC-DASH PD contract. Before coming to ETR, she served as the National Network Learning Manager for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. In that capacity, she led the development and execution of an overall strategy to support the Healthy Schools Program (HSP) in delivering high-quality PD through distance-learning modalities for HSP schools. She was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of all distance learning events offered through HSP, including live virtual trainings, on-demand trainings, webinars, tutorials and online courses. In addition, she designed and conducted virtual training and technical assistance opportunities to build the capacity of Alliance staff to design and deliver high-quality virtual learning events.
Prior to her work at the Alliance, Tracy worked at RMC Health as a PD and Distance Learning Consultant for two CDC-DASH-funded projects: the Evaluation Research Team (ERT) and the Professional Development Partnership Team (PDP). She has also served as a health education teacher at both the middle and high school levels. She is currently teaming with ETR staff to write an addendum to a recently published PD synthesis paper that will highlight the critical design variables for effective web-based learning. She holds a Master’s degree in adult education with an emphasis in distance/online learning.