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Nevada Partnership for Training


To promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of the child welfare workforce and the children and youth they serve, through innovative research-informed training.


CeCe (Celia) Anthony

Celia Anthony

Mesha Davis

Mesha Davis
Mesha received a bachelor’s in psychology from California State University, Sacramento in 2015. She has always been passionate about child welfare and improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. Mesha is very excited about joining UNLV’s Social Work department and looks forward to working with her colleagues in helping make a difference in the lives of children and…

Kemi (Olukemi) Frison-May

Kemi Frison-May
As a child welfare training specialist with the Nevada Partnership for Training (NPT) Olukemi Frison-May trains new Department of Family Services (DFS) employees in the NPT Child Welfare Academy. She also teaches part time for the university and trains some NPT’s specialty courses. Prior to working at NPT, she worked for DFS for 10 years with the last five of those years as a supervisor. She is…

Matt Gyger

Matt Gyger
Matt Gyger is the Title IV-E training coordinator for the Nevada Partnership for Training (NPT). He has a master’s of social work degree with an emphasis in management and community practice from UNLV. He has over 20 years of experience working in organizational development and has worked in the School of Social Work for the past 13 years. He currently has leadership and oversight for all of the…

Thomas Kramer, Ph.D.

Thomas Kramer
Thomas Kramer was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He moved to Springfield, MO to attend Central Bible College, where he graduated with honors and earned a bachelor of science degree in bible and theology. After a short time in the ministry, he became a graduate assistant at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and graduated with a master's degree in education. He then obtained a teaching position…

Karen Tyler

Karen Tyler
Karen Tyler has served children and families for over 25 years. She delivered services to individuals within the schools and hospitals arena and a majority of her rendered services have been working within the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in the State of Illinois. Karen worked in the venue of foster care programs, transitional living and independent living programs (including…


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