If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.
We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.
Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.
Meet the clinicians at the Proof Alliance FASD Diagnostic Clinic in St. Paul who provide comprehensive Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders screenings.
Dr. Conkel Ziebell is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with an emphasis in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation of children and adolescents. Areas of interest include assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and mood and anxiety disorders. She received a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Conkel Ziebell completed her doctoral residency in pediatric psychology and neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School and postdoctoral training at the FASD & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinic at Canvas Health. In addition, she holds a clinical certification as an FASD trainer from the Great Lakes FASD Regional Training Center. She has provided extensive training on FASD at the regional and national level. In her free time, Dr. Conkel Ziebell enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Dr. Judith Eckerle is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Global Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Eckerle sees domestic and internationally adopted children in the Adoption Medicine Program and Clinic as well as the Fetal Substances Exposures Clinic. She completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, residency at Weill Cornell Medical Center (New York, NY) and a 1-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Neurobehavioral Development. Dr. Eckerle’s research interests include investigating markers that may be predictive of future cognitive outcomes in adopted children and is part of the first study on choline intervention in children with prenatal alcohol exposure. Her FASD training was done through Proof Alliance training seminars, CDC FASD Train the Trainers Program, UW Madison and work with Dr. Kenneth Lyons. She is active in adoption and FASD education worldwide, teaches residents in the Adoption Medicine Program and mentors medical students and residents.
Mary Jo Spencer is a speaker for Proof Alliance. Mary Jo initially learned FASD diagnosis via the 4-digit Code at the University of Washington. Her master’s work studied FASD in International Adoptees. Diagnosis of FASD has been part of her clinical practice since 1998. In addition to speaking, Mary Jo consults on FASD clinical practice to Proof Alliance and is on the staff of the University of Minnesota Physicians in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Academic General Pediatrics. Mary Jo received her BSN from the University of MN, School of Nursing 1978 and her CPNP and MPH from the University of MN, School of Public Health.Mary Jo and her husband travel periodically to Russia and Eastern Europe to teach the workers in orphanages and hospitals about FASD.