Trainer Biographies

Deborah Wilson Gadsden, M.H.S., M.S.W., L.S.W.

Deborah Wilson Gadsden is employed by Family Design Resources, Inc. as a Training Specialist where she develops, delivers and monitors training for the organization. She also is responsible for training our staff as trainers. She holds a MA in Human Services from Lincoln University, a MSW in Social Work from Temple University, and she is a Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania. She is an Adjunct Professor for Elizabethtown College, Temple University Harrisburg, and Millersville University in their Social Work Departments where she delivers content in human behavior and child welfare. Ms. Gadsden is a certified trainer for the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program. She is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer and consultant through Clemson University; and in December 2012, she graduated from the Workplace Bullying University for Professionals.

Helen Blair Schuler, M.S., B.S.

Helen Blair Schuler is currently the Administrator for the Orphans’ Court Services for Montgomery County Orphans’ Court and provides services to adoptees who petition the court for access to information from adoption records. Helen formerly supervised the county children and youth foster and adoption programs. As a former trainer for the Child Welfare Resource Center, she has trained on various adoption-related topics. Helen has also served as the Chair of the Search and Information Sub-Committee of the Joint State Government Commission Advisory Committee on Adoption Law. The committee was charged with undertaking a study of adoption laws and making recommendations to the General Assembly. Helen received a Master of Science Degree in Counseling and Human Relations at Villanova University and a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Lock Haven University. Helen serves as vice-chair of the SWAN Advisory Board and is a member of the SWAN Legal Services Initiative Steering Committee.


To learn more about these and other training programs please contact the FDR program manager, at 717-558-1246 or by e-mail at info@familydesign.org.