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Psychology professor receives award from Children’s Trust Fund

November 14, 2013

Staves award
Source: Kirk Schreiber
CTF Chair Award recipient Regina Staves, Ph.D. (C), pictured with CTF Executive Director Kirk Schreiber (L) and CTF Outgoing Chair Tom Vansaghi, Ph.D., (R)

Regina Staves, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Avila University, has been awarded the CTF Chair Award by the Children’s Trust Fund in recognition of outstanding service on the organization’s board of directors as well as in the field of prevention. The award was presented by outgoing Chair Tom Vansaghi, Ph.D., at the CTF Board of Directors meeting Oct. 17 in Jefferson City.

“Gina fully embodies all of the characteristics that this award stands for – dedication, commitment and service,” Vansaghi said. “She is a consistent positive voice and supportive advocate for Missouri’s children, as well as for those who work on behalf of Missouri’s kids. She continues to be a personal source of inspiration, encouragement and motivation to CTF staff, board members and other child advocates.”

Staves originally was appointed to the board by Missouri Governor Bob Holden in 2004 and later was reappointed by Governor Jay Nixon. Before coming to Avila, she was in private practice specializing in attachment, stress, psychological trauma, abuse, neglect and childhood behavioral problems. Staves served as CTF Chair from 2007-09 and has worked the last nine years on various CTF projects including assisting with the development of public education materials, sharing her expertise and being a trainer/presenter. She also worked with the National Alliance of Children’s Trust & Prevention Funds on its publication – Preventing Child Neglect & Promoting Child Well Being.

“We are deeply grateful to Dr. Staves for her ongoing support, commitment and leadership with moving CTF forward and for sharing our vision of Strong Families, Safe Kids,” said CTF Executive Director Kirk Schreiber.

The CTF Chair Award was established in 2002 by the late Richard “Dick” Dunn, former CTF chair, as a way for the chair to recognize a person or organization exhibiting outstanding service, advocacy and volunteer work on behalf of CTF.


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