Monica Romo, LCSW
Senior Program Coordinator
Monica is the program and research coordinator of Girasol at TXICFW. She has extensive experience working with unaccompanied minors as a therapist providing trauma-responsive mental health services for detained unaccompanied pregnant and parenting girls, as a child advocate supervisor at the Young Center for Immigrant Children Rights, and as a clinical supervisor for Enhanced Post Release Services. Additionally, Monica has provided mental health services to underserved children and adults as a therapist in both in-patient and out-patient settings.
Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW
Director & Principal Investigator
Dr. Monica Faulkner is a Research Associate Professor and the Director of the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing at the School of Social Work. She oversees multiple projects relating to foster care, child care and teen pregnancy prevention funded by state agencies, private foundations, and the federal government. Her primary research interest is teen pregnancy prevention for foster youth and the welfare of teen parents in foster care. Dr. Faulkner is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches policy, human behavior in the social environment and child welfare related electives. Regarding professional experience, she has worked in both direct practice and clinical settings. Dr. Faulkner received her Doctorate in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Houston. She received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Government with a minor in Spanish and a Bachelor in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin.
Shannon Mann-Butler, MSSW, MAC
Program & Training Director
Shannon is the Program & Training Director at the institute. Shannon’s role includes program development, outreach and collaboration efforts on campus and in the community, as well as volunteer and student coordination. On campus, Shannon is a Foster Care Liaison and spearheads the Spark organization for former foster youth attending UT. Shannon has a Masters of Science in Social Work (MSSW, 2010) and Masters of Art in Counseling (MAC, 2006) along with extensive experience working with at-risk youth populations in various settings. Shannon has a passion for helping youth-serving nonprofit organizations to thrive and survive inevitable change. Her professional interests are in human capital, strategic planning, and community building in the areas of youth, education, substance abuse, mental health, and literacy.