L. Elaine Sutton Mbionwu, C.C.H.P.
Assistant Director / Training & Technical Assistance Director,
Southeast ADA Center,
Burton Blatt Institute - Atlanta, Syracuse University
Prior to joining BBI, Ms. Sutton Mbionwu served in the capacity of Program Manager/Volunteer Administrator with the Single Parent Alliance and Resource Center in which she was tasked with the responsibility of organizational capacity building and resource development through the provision of training, technical assistance, and program development. Ms. Sutton Mbionwu also coordinated and directed the delivery of extensive and substantive direct/indirect services to single parent families.
Ms. Sutton Mbionwu has served as a (DOJ/OJP & OSER) grant reviewer and an independent consultant providing consultative services to numerous community groups concentrating on the emerging field of Reentry which encompasses the provision of training and technical assistance to state and federal agencies as well as community and faith–based organizations on building collaborative partnerships and networks to address the reintegration needs of the formerly incarcerated. Her most recent consulting project (2006-2007) involved serving in the capacity of consultant/subject-matter expert to the Council of State Government on a federally supported project (BJA/DOJ, CFBCI/DOL) to develop a reference guide of suggestions and recommendations titled: Re-Entry Partnerships: A Guide for States & Faith-based/Community Organizations. The guide was released by the Council of State Government in December 2008.
A special interest area of Ms. Sutton Mbionwu's involves family reunification of individuals impacted by the collateral consequences of incarceration. In May 2008, Ms. Sutton Mbionwu graduated from the Executive Faculty Development Program of Morehouse School of Medicine's National Primary Care Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The focus of her studies, during the year long accelerated program, centered on the development of a public health curriculum titled, “Advancing the Development of Healthy Life-Course Outcomes for Single Parent Families”. The curriculum is pending review (2010) by the National Association of Social Workers for CEUs (continuing education units).
Ms. Sutton Mbionwu successfully met the program graduation requirements of the MSM/EFDP with the September 2008 publication of “Parental Engagement: Intervention Strategies for Single Parent Families in Crisis” by the Child and Family Journal of Ontario Canada in which Ms. Mbionwu served as co-author.
Resulting from her participation in the MSM/EFDP program, Ms. Mbionwu was chosen from a competitive selection process to participate in the 2008 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Connections Second Annual Symposium - Academy Health Annual Research Meeting; in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Sutton Mbionwu recently (2007) completed a textbook/reader project in which she was asked by the University of Texas at Arlington and McGraw Hill Publishers/Criminal Justice Division to participate as a contributing author on a book titled “Race, Crime, and the Media”. Ms. Sutton Mbionwu's chapter contribution is titled “Media Framing: The Impact of Public Opinion on the Death Penalty.” The university-level academic reader was released October 12, 2009.
Ms. Sutton Mbionwu relocated to Atlanta, GA (Norcross) from Washington, DC in late 2004 after serving as the Senior Disability Advocacy Specialist for the National Disability Right Network formerly known as the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS). During Ms. Sutton Mbionwu's 5 years with NDRN, she was tasked with the responsibility of spearheading (through the provision of training, technical assistance, and brokering of expertise within the P&A Network) NDRN's first National Criminal Justice Initiative for a national network of 57 P&As.
Ms. Sutton Mbionwu has presented workshops, trainings, and keynote addresses to a wide variety of audiences nationally on issues specific to the criminal justice system as it relates to alternatives to incarceration, conditions of confinement, reentry, and special needs (individuals with disabilities) populations.