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. Julia Conkel Ziebell is a clinician and speaker for Proof Alliance. Julia is a licensed child clinical psychologist and provides diagnostic services at a number of FASD clinics throughout Minnesota.She has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and completed her training in pediatric neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Julia has been providing diagnostic evaluations and treatment recommendations for children and adults with an FASD and their families since 2007. Julia has also presented at national conferences, and is passionate about educating allied health professionals on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure in children. She received FASD training through Proof Alliance as well as the CDC FASD Training of Trainers program through the University of WI, Madison. Julia loves spending time with her nieces and nephews, and she is a mother of two. In her free time, Julia enjoys running marathons, rock climbing, and traveling.
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.
Dr. Stephen Olsen is a psychologist for Proof Alliance Diagnostic Clinic. Stephen has a Ph. D. in Pediatric Psychology. His experience includes four years as school psychologist and nine years as assessment specialist at Washburn Center. He has taught community college psychology classes in introduction to psychology, abnormal psychology, personal development, exceptional psychology, child development, and adulthood and aging. He has presented seven day-long workshops on Aspergers disorder and high functioning autism. He has also consulted for thirteen years for developmental behavioral disorders and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome clinic for Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs. He was a consultant for many years with Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs in their FAS clinic and developmental behavioral disorder clinic. Winner of 3M/Minnesota Twins 2002 Totally Awesome Coaches Award for coaching youth sports.
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.