Lana Nenide, MS, IMH-E®: Executive Director
Lana holds 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. Prior to joining WI-AIMH, Lana worked as a research specialist with the UW Twin Laboratories where she evaluated infant and toddler social-emotional development and coded behavioral data for the Genetics of Emotional Ontogeny project. Lana joined WI-AIMH in 2006 to oversee professional development efforts of the agency. Since 2009, Lana has been coordinating state implementation of the Pyramid Model. Lana is a member of the Fussy Baby Network and provides training and consultation on the FAN framework. Lana is a faculty at the Wisconsin Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate program and holds Infant Mental Health Endorsement. In 2016, Lana was selected for the prestigious ZERO TO THREE Fellowship.
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, IMH-E®: 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.
Melissa Minkoff, AAA, BS, BFA: Administrative Assistant/Communications Specialist
Originally from the Driftless Area in Southwestern Wisconsin, Melissa holds Bachelors degrees 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. As a result, she brings many years of administrative, design, and communications/outreach experience to her role at WI-AIMH. Additionally, Melissa’s experiences working as an educator with organizations that serve children from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds has demonstrated to her the importance of promoting healthy social emotional development in all young children.
Melissa 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 media channel), and is a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. She also enjoys photography, making music, painting, kayaking, and biking.
Mary K. Judkins, M.S., CCC-SLP: Professional Development Coordinator
Mary received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mary accumulated a rich variety of work experiences in her over 25 years of working with children and families. She has worked with infants, toddlers, pre-school children, school-aged children, college students, parents, and staff. These experiences are advantageous when building relationships with all the different types of programs WI-AIMH supports and when developing the professional capacities of the staff of these programs.
Mary spent many years as an interventionist and feels the key to success in this role is relationship building. Whether it is with a frustrated 2-year old or a distraught parent, establishing a safe and trusting relationship is the first step to helping them learn, grow, and change. Mary also has experience as a Team Lead and Program Supervisor in the Birth to 3 Program. In these roles, Mary supported staff with reflective supervision and in using coaching as an interaction style to build the capacity of parents. Mary is passionate about helping other professionals support young children within their relationships at home or in the community.
In her free time, Mary enjoys living on her lake property, laughing and spending time with her family and friends. Mary enjoys being in nature and participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and biking. Mary also spends her time reading, creating, building, and volunteering.
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.