Tamara Norris, MSSW, MPA
Tamara Norris is a clinical associate professor and director of the Family Support Program and Family Support Network™ of North Carolina (FSNNC) University Office. Ms. Norris has more than 25 years of experience developing innovative approaches to advance the health and well-being of families and children, in particular promoting services and support for families with children who have disabilities. Her passion is building the capacity of communities, organizations, and families to enable children who have special healthcare needs, rare diagnoses and disabilities to grow to live the lives they envision.
Ms. Norris has presented extensively on topics relating to supporting families and has recently provided leadership in initiatives relating to alternatives to guardianship, work/life issues for parents with children who have disabilities, service navigation for families, statewide information and referral, and child welfare workforce development. As principal investigator on the Supporting Families with Children who have Special Needs project funded by the N.C. Division of Social Services, Ms. Norris directs funding and technical assistance to regional FSNNC affiliates providing family support services in North Carolina communities.
With expertise in program development and management of complex social change initiatives, Ms. Norris enjoys serving as a Community Management and Policy Practice Concentration field instructor for master’s in social work students. She is a fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and a member of multiple state level committees tasked with improving outcomes for families and children.
Family Support Specialist
Barbara Leach is a Family Support Specialist and Special Projects Coordinator. She joined the Family Support Program in 2005. She has over 30 years of experience as a child and family advocate for families with children who have mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and other special needs.
In addition to providing information and referral for families and providers, Ms. Leach serves as a family advisor on multiple state and national committees that work collaboratively to transform systems so that they better meet the needs of children with disabilities and their families. She presents extensively on topics relating to supporting families, family advocacy, family engagement, family/provider partnership, cultural competence, and systems change.
Ms. Leach is passionate about lifting the voices of diverse families and to promoting families as partners to co-create and develop services and systems that improve outcomes so that individuals with disabilities can live their best lives – healthy, independent, and self-determined.
Blaise Morrison, PhD, CRC, PC
Research and Evaluation Coordinator
Blaise Morrison is an assistant professor in the Division of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling in the UNC School of Medicine. He serves as the research and evaluation coordinator of the Family Support Program and Family Support Network™ of North Carolina (FSNNC) University Office. Dr. Morrison is a rehabilitation psychologist, certified rehabilitation counselor, and licensed mental health counselor who specializes in working with families that have been impacted by chronic illness and disability. In particular, Dr. Morrison provides therapeutic services for families affected by brain injury and related disabilities, facilitates multiple community support groups, and conducts family-directed research to improve outcomes for families and consumers with disabilities. Additionally, his research focuses on caregiver quality of life, family functioning, and psychosocial adjustment after disability onset. Dr. Morrison’s long-term goal is to develop an evidence-based, family-directed treatment program for individuals with brain injuries, so that both the individual and family caregivers can achieve full community inclusion and increased quality of life.
Dr. Morrison also serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and provides weekly clinical services at the UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care. He serves as the Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for Division 22 of the American Psychological Association. As part of his primary appointment, Dr. Morrison teaches a graduate class on Advanced Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Practice with People with Developmental Disabilities and provides clinical supervision for graduate students (Practicum and Internship in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling).
Michael Naumoff has been working part-time at the Family Support Program for seven years. He does clerical work and recycling. In his personal life, he is a collector and active fan of old-time B-Western (Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, etc.) films, books, and songs, dating from the 1930s to the early 1950s. He is involved in many community activities and lives in Carrboro. He enjoys listening to music, and nice evenings out with friends and family.