Lana Nenide, MS, IMH-E®: Executive Director
Lana has a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin and is a graduate of the Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Post Graduate Certificate Program, where she received specialized training in infant-parent mental health. As a research specialist with the UW Twin Laboratories for four years, she evaluated infant and toddler social-emotional development and coded behavioral data for the Genetics of Emotional Ontogeny project. Since 2006, Lana has been overseeing professional development efforts at WI-AIMH. Her main responsibilities include developing and delivering workshops and seminars, providing consultation and technical assistance, coordinating grant projects, supervising student interns, and presenting I/ECMH issues at a variety of state policy meetings.
Lana’s main areas of interest and expertise are infant and early childhood mental health (I/ECMH), child temperament, and parenting. Most of all, she enjoys traveling, eating well, and spending time with her family.
Kathie Snitker-Magin, MEd, IMH-E®: Assistant Executive Director
Kathie has worked with young children and their families for more than twenty years in a variety of direct service and supervisory positions. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a secondary focus in Interdisciplinary Family Studies from William and Mary, and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Vanderbilt University. She has worked in Early Childhood Special Education/Early Intervention, Head Start, and in a variety of community education and social service positions, with an interest in promoting the development of young children’s social emotional skills, especially as it relates to their interactions with their primary caregivers and within the context of their communities.
Carrie Finkbiner, MS, LMFT: Director of Integrated Programming
Carrie Finkbiner, MS, LMFT, earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of WI-Madison in Behavioral Science and Law and her Master’s degree from Northwestern University in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her professional experience includes providing clinical mental health treatment to children, adolescents and families in outpatient and community settings; and, policy and program development at the state level.
As Director of Integrated Programming, Carrie oversees the Home Visitation Reflective Supervision Project and the Infant Mental Health Endorsement (IMH-E ®) program, and collaborates with key partners to promote infant mental health, build professional competencies and improve programs and services that serve young children and their families. Carrie lives in Madison, WI and enjoys outdoor activities, reading, cooking and hanging out with friends, family and pets.
Elizabeth Wahl, MSSW CAPSW, IMH-E ®: Endorsement Specialist
Elizabeth received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Elizabeth is a graduate of the UW Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Certificate Program, and became endorsed as an Infant-Family Specialist in 2015. For over 10 years Elizabeth has been working to promote the well-being of families with young children ages birth to three years in a variety of settings including early intervention, child welfare, and advocacy organizations. More recently, Elizabeth’s professional focus has been to provide professional development opportunities and technical assistance to practitioners in the early childhood and related fields across Wisconsin. Elizabeth’s professional values are guided by a relationship-based approach and grounded in reflective practices.
As Endorsement Specialist, Elizabeth provides technical assistance to professionals working to complete Infant Mental Health Endorsement (IMH-E ®) by educating professionals about mental health competencies, encouraging application for endorsement and supporting applicants through the endorsement process. Elizabeth lives with her family in Janesville, WI. She loves cheering for the Badgers, and enjoys nature, especially running, swimming, and hiking.
Melissa Minkoff: Administrative Assistant/Communications Specialist
Originally from the Driftless Area in Southwestern Wisconsin, Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, as well as an Associate of Applied Arts degree in Visual Communications and a certificate in Journalism from Madison Area Technical College. Melissa has worked in television broadcasting, but has spent the bulk of her professional career working for Wisconsin-based nonprofits. She helped co-found and performed with The Rabid Badger Theatre Company, a sketch comedy group active in Madison from 2004-2009. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of WYOU, Madison’s community access television channel. Her hobbies include writing, photography, playing guitar, painting, and biking.
Therese Ahlers, MS, MPA, IMH-E®: Founding Executive Director
Therese holds a bachelor of science degree in behavioral disabilities elementary education and a master’s in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin. She began her career working with adults with disabilities. In 1995 Therese earned a master’s degree in public administration from the UW’s La Follette School of Public Affairs and then spent several years working for the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services in Medicaid and mental health administration. Therese left state government in 2001 to start the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health. In 2003 Therese completed an 18-month fellowship program with ZERO TO THREE, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families.