Local agency director selected for ZERO TO THREE Fellowship

Lana Nenide joins elite class of professionals advancing change for infants and toddlers

WASHINGTON, D.C., (November 16, 2016) — Madison resident Lana Nenide, M.S., has been selected for a prestigious 18-month ZERO TO THREE Fellowship.

Founded in 1981, the ZERO TO THREE Fellowship Program brings together multidisciplinary, cross-sector leaders that work across the country and around the world to positively impact the lives of infants and young children through research, practice, advocacy, and policy.

“Lana has an impressive background in the social and emotional wellness of very young children and their families, and she will bring a unique perspective to the team,” said Matthew Melmed, ZERO TO THREE Executive Director. “She will help us transform and advance programs, systems and policies that help give all children a strong start in life.”

Nenide is executive director at the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health, a statewide nonprofit agency charged with supporting social and emotional wellness of infants and young children in the context of their family, community, and culture. She joined WI-AIMH in 2006 to oversee professional development efforts of the agency. Since 2009, Nenide has been coordinating state implementation of the Pyramid Model. She is a member of the Fussy Baby Network and provides training and consultation on the FAN framework.

Prior to joining WI-AIMH, Nenide worked as a research specialist with the University of Wisconsin Twin Laboratories where she evaluated infant and toddler social-emotional development and coded behavioral data for the Genetics of Emotional Ontogeny project. She is faculty at the Wisconsin Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate program and holds Infant Mental Health Endorsement. She 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.

Nenide is joined by 14 other Fellows. This extraordinary group represents 12 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Australia and Turkey. The Fellows reflect the broad diversity of the infant-family field and demonstrate a diversity of fields including infant and early childhood development, infant mental health, early care, education and human services, child maltreatment, psychology and more.


ZERO TO THREE works to ensure all babies and toddlers benefit from the family and community connections critical to their well-being and development. Since 1977, the organization has advanced the proven power of nurturing relationships by transforming the science of early childhood into helpful resources, practical tools and responsive policies for millions of parents, professionals and policymakers. For more information, and to learn how to become a ZERO TO THREE member, please visit zerotothree.org, facebook.com/ZEROTOTHREE or follow @ZEROTOTHREE on Twitter.

Media contact: Stephanie Millian 202-857-2624, smillian@zerotothree.org    zerotothree.org

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