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Book Released Lullaby for Maddie/Cancíon de cuna para Maddie

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Lullaby for Maddie/Cancíon de cuna para Maddie

by Marta Miranda-Straub (Author), Courtney Kimes (Illustrator)

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In Lullaby for Maddie, Marta Miranda-Straub sings in English and Spanish about a young mermaid born into the sun-kissed love of a close-knit family. As we learn her story, we learn who she is and that love is like water and also like arms that “surround us and hug us and hold us up.” –Jeremy Paden, author and co-translator of Under the Ocelot Sun / Bajo el sol del ocelote

Marta Miranda-Straub Named DCBS Commissioner

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Marta Miranda-Straub Named Department for Community Based Services Commissioner Brings 40 years’ experience as social worker, activist, trauma specialist

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 17, 2020) – Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Eric Friedlander has announced Marta Miranda-Straub as the new Commissioner of the Cabinet’s Department for Community Based Services (DCBS). Miranda-Straub will begin her appointment on July 1.

Gov. Andy Beshear said Miranda-Straub’s 40 years’ experience in organizational and clinical social work practice and her passion to serve are just part of her multilayered background for her new leadership position.

“Marta has served families and children through trauma, substance abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault intervention, and gender equity and antiracism activism. Her professional goal for 40 years has been to make people’s lives better,” Gov. Beshear said. “She understands the importance of human service professionals and what a difference their support can make for the welfare of Kentucky children, adults and families. She is a valuable addition to Team Kentucky.”

Friedlander called Miranda-Straub a catalyst for change and said she is the right leader for DCBS, especially during this challenging time.

“Miranda is not only a proven leader, an advocate, activist, social worker and educator, but she is also an expert in trauma intervention, resilience and violence prevention, and she’ll make that a priority” he said. “She’ll be key to the healthy recovery of both DCBS customers – and staff – and as we build back better during this COVID-19 emergency.”

DCBS is the state’s human services agency with more than 4,400 employees throughout the state, with local offices in each county and one central office leadership team managing staff and operations. DCBS administers the state’s food benefits, child care and welfare assistance, child and adult protection programs, foster and adoption program and Medicaid eligibility determinations.

Miranda-Straub said she welcomes the opportunity to address the systemic and institutional barriers that keep children, youth, adults and families from thriving in our commonwealth.

“Poverty, addiction, mental health, child abuse, neglect and homelessness are ravaging our state,” she said. “We now know better, so we must do better and we will do better. Kentuckians are a proud people, with a rich and long history of selfsufficiency and survival. Let us join hands and build a strong safety net together. It is our current charge to dive deeply into addressing root causes and co-create systemic, structural and sustainable systems change to better the lives of children, adults and families across the state.”

Miranda-Straub is the founder of Catapult Now, LLC, providing organizational and leadership development, board development, strategic planning, executive coaching, retreats, facilitation and training services to non-profit and for profit organization with a focus on equity and inclusion.

From 2011 to 2018, she served as President/CEO of The Center for Women and Families, a $6 million dollar nonprofit that served more than 8,000 clients each year with rape crisis and domestic violence services for survivors and their children.

Before joining The Center, Miranda-Straub worked for 17 years at Eastern Kentucky University as an associate professor in the Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work Department. There, she served as the chair of Women and Gender Studies and of Multicultural Student Affairs. She currently is part of the Spalding University faculty.

Miranda-Straub received the Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award in 2016. She was named a Daughter of Greatness by the Ali Center for her gender equity and erasing racism work and was also honored for her humane immigration reform and antiracism work by the Alliance Against Racist and Political Oppression and Jewish Family and Career Center. The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs awarded her a SAMMy for her long-term work with survivors. Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center of the Bluegrass, formerly the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, gave her their Pioneer Award for 40 years of advocacy and service to eradicating sexual assault. The Center for Women and Families named Miranda-Straub a 2020 “Woman of Distinction.” She was also named a Compassionate Laureate by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, who has honored her by proclaiming “Marta Miranda Day” for her activism.

Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Florida Internal University in Miami, a master’s degree in Clinical and Organizational Social Work from Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., and a PhD in Honorary-Public Service from Spalding University in Louisville.

Miranda-Straub has served numerous groups over the years, including Metro United Way, Stoll, Keenon and Ogden, Junior League of Louisville, Backside Learning Center, Sweet Evening Breeze LGBTQ Youth Program and Leadership Louisville Executive Green Room. She is a published poet and long-time member of the Affrilachian Poets. Her memoir, “Cradled by Skeletons: A Life in Poems and Essays,” was published in Winter 2019 by Shadelandhouse Modern Press.

Miranda-Straub lives in Louisville with her husband, Cary Jude Straub, and their dog, Simon.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state’s human services and healthcare programs, including the Department for Medicaid Services, the Department for Community Based Services the Department for Public Health and the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full- and part-time employees located across the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians. For official news and updates from the Beshear/Coleman administration, visit governor.ky.gov/news.

Book Released

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INCLUDES COMPLETE SPANISH TRANSLATION

Cradled by Skeletons: A Life in Poems and Essays is a raw expression of identity and place. This memoir relates Marta Miranda-Straub’s experience of trauma, resilience, and transformation. The book also portrays how her life’s work as a social worker, educator, leader, activist, advocate, and community organizer has been fueled by discernment, resistance, and transformation of individual, institutional, and societal systems of power. Miranda-Straub has a keen sense of awareness and she questions injustices with intention, compassion, humility and humor. There is a shared connection with both the victim and the perpetrator in her writings that exalts the grit and grace of humanity. 

When asked what makes Cradled by Skeletons unique, Marta replied:

 “I believe the uniqueness is the personal narrative, it is my life. ‘Everyone else’s is already taken,’ Oscar Wilde. 

Cradled by Skeletons may be similar to other books in this genre; however, every fiber of my thumb print is exposed and every skeleton that has cradled me has been surfaced and adorned with the beading it deserves. It is una Fiesta de los Muertos, a feast of the dead for those of us living due to their generosity of spirit.”

Latest Podcast – Leading in Lavender

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Podcast episode 7 is up!  Check out Leading in Lavendar on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play or on the Leading in Color website.

Episode 7 Leading in Lavender

Last month was Pride Month and we are not finished celebrating!!! On this powerful episode of Leading in Color, we are celebrating Leading in Lavender – Queer Leadership. 

In this episode, we interview Brian Buford, Founder of the LGBT center at the University of Louisville and Activist. Leading is an act of courage, especially for those who are marginalized. Brian takes on this role with Grit & Grace. 

Conflict Management Class

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Unable to Advocate for yourself without becoming defensive, passive or aggressive?

Do you shy away from initiating difficult conversations?

Marta Miranda-Straub and Melissa Johnson present:

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT

Learn the skill set to manage and resolve conflict. Engage in courageous conversations. Increase creative problem solving skills.

4 Week Session Starts May 22!

Reserve your spot now!

Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

May 22, 29 June 5,12
1825 Frankfort Avenue
$200 for 4 weeks

Deepen your practice with two additional enhanced sessions on June 19 and 26.

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Latest Podcast – Redlining

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Podcast episode 5 is up!  Check out Redlining on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play or on the Leading in Color website.

Episode 5 Redlining

REDLINING – Systemic Poverty, Racism and Gentrification

In the 1960s, sociologist John McKnight coined the term “redlining” to describe the discriminatory practice of fencing off areas where banks would avoid investments based on community demographics. During the heyday of redlining, the areas most frequently discriminated against were black inner-city neighborhoods.

The Latest Podcast – White Fragility

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Podcast episode 4 is up!  Check out White Fragility on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play or on the Leading in Color website.

Episode 4 White Fragility

White Fragility:/ Noun – discomfort and defensiveness on the part of a white person when confronted by information about racial inequality and injustice.

This episode is RAW – you have been warned!!!

We are not going to apologize for talking about race anymore. We have to be the change we want to see. And it starts today!

Podcast Up: Identifying With Your Oppressor – Part 2

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Podcast episode 3 is up!  Check out Part 2 of Identifying With Your Oppressor on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play or on the Leading in Color website.

Episode 2 Identifying With Your Oppressor – Part 2

We thought we had unpacked this conversation in Part 1 but it was just not enought- we are back with Part 2 of Identifying With Your Oppressor.  What does it mean to “turn your back on your culture?” Does moving up the professional ladder mean that the “oppressed” has become the oppressor?  In this episode, we chat with guest Briana Lathon, Esq about being a young black professional, feeling worth of success, and owning her own.