Gordon J. Vance, ACSW, LCSW
National Runaway Safeline Director of Programs
Gordon Vance, ACSW, LCSW, is NRS’ director of programs. He manages crisis intervention and prevention services, volunteer services, training and education, and the technical infrastructure necessary to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Prior to joining NRS, Gordon was the associate executive director of a Chicago-based agency providing a continuum of services to runaway, homeless and at-risk youth. Gordon has extensive experience working with at-risk youth in a variety of settings including psychiatric hospitals, community mental health agencies, and crisis lines. Gordon trains social service providers on a local, national and international level, having presented workshops for state and national social service organizations. Internationally, he has consulted and provided training in: Saudi Arabia, Albania, Columbia, Namibia, South Africa, Spain, Mexico and the Netherlands.
Gordon is a member of the New Technologies Advisory Council for Child Helpline International (CHI), the Runaway, Homeless, Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center’s (RHYTTAC) National Advisory Board, the Youth Committee of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), and The Center for Missing and Abducted Children’s Organizations (CMACO).
National Runaway Safeline Training and Education Manager
Lee Ann Osipchak joined the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) in 2007 to promote and provide training and technical assistance for the Let’s Talk Runaway Prevention Curriculum and was promoted to the Training and Education Manager in 2010. Lee Ann manages NRS’ comprehensive prevention and training programs. She recently returned to NRS in 2016, after working as a training coordinator for the Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY). While at ICOY she coordinate multiple trainings across the state of Illinois.
Lee Ann has a Bachelor’s in Peace and Conflict Studies from Kent State University, in Kent, Ohio. She has over 18 years of experience working with at-risk youth and families including: conflict resolution, community mental health, school based mental health, wraparound services, residential treatment, staff training and development, and program development and evaluation. She has presented at numerous state and national conferences such as the National School Social Work Association of America, National Character Education Partnership Conference, National Alternative Education Conference, National Safe Place Conference, and National Youth at Risk Conference. In addition to being skilled trainer on multiple topics, she has provided the following trainings Youth Thrive, NRS’ Trauma Informed Crisis Intervention Model, Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention, Youth Running from Care, mediation and conflict resolution and is a certified trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid and Psychological First Aid.