Each candidate for this year’s James R. Ryan Achievement Award will be profiled daily during the voting process.  The comments featured in the finalist profile were submitted as part of the nomination process, and have not been edited or altered by WI-AIMH (except to preserve confidentiality when needed).

For an overview of all finalists, click here.

The winner of the James R. Ryan Achievement Award will be selected by vote.  WI-AIMH Members can use their, emailed, private link to vote for the finalist of their choice.  Interested members will be able to vote until Friday, February 23, 2018.  Each member may cast one vote.
Name: Janna Hack
Position/Title/Employer: Peaceful Beginnings, LLC

Nomination Comments:

Janna Hack

Janna has worked as an Infant/Early Childhood mental health consultant for Reach Dane (formerly Dane County Parent Council) for the past 12 years. During this time, she has supported the implementation of reflective practice in the agency’s Early Head Start program and worked collaboratively with agency staff to pilot innovative approaches in the agency’s center based programs. For example, Reach Dane has been a state demonstration site for program wide implementation of the Pyramid Model since 2011. Janna was part of the initial planning and training with the agency’s Pyramid Leadership Team and has supported implementation as an external coach since the beginning. Janna has worked tirelessly to find ways to ensure that Pyramid model training is accessible to all Reach Dane staff and ensure staff members are fully supported in implementation of Pyramid model practices.
Most recently, Reach Dane became the first Head Start agency in Wisconsin to begin implementing Trauma Informed Care practices agency wide. This is a significant undertaking for any agency and even more so for an agency that serves over 1,000 low income children and families. Janna serves as a Trauma Informed Care consultant to support implementation of this initiative which includes providing ongoing, intensive support for teaching staff, reflective consultation for agency directors, consultation to leadership regarding implementation of infant mental health principles, and community advocacy on behalf of the agency. Janna’s supportive consultation, expertise, and willingness to “think outside the box” have been instrumental in the implementation and success of this initiative. It truly would not have been possible without her.

While with the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health, Janna developed a statewide reflective supervision and infant mental health consultation training program within home visiting. The purpose of the project is to support the development of reflective and relationship-based practices in Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting funded Family Foundation Home Visiting programs through the provision of reflection consultation. Each Family Foundations home visiting program is provided with a qualified reflective consultant who facilitates both a reflective consultation group to home visitors and a reflective consultation group to home visiting supervisors. The project is designed to recognize and maintain the parallel process and as such, consultants are required to provide and receive reflective consultation as part of their employment. This was and continues to be an innovative program within our state and has allowed many people the opportunity to have access to reflective consultation where they otherwise would not have. Janna continues to oversee the planning and evaluation of this pioneering program within our state and also provides monthly reflective consultation to consultants.

Janna is also a core faculty member for the post-graduate Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Capstone Program. In this role she teaches and demonstrates about reflective practices and parallel process to help grow the fellows’ reflective capacities. She also teaches about Mental Health Consultation and serves as a Reflective Consultant for the Capstone Certificate Program and the Wisconsin Child-Parent Psychotherapy Learning Community. Linda Tuchman Ginsburg, Co-Director of the Capstone Program, describes Janna as a positive and steady presence that is fueled by her ongoing work in Mental Health Consultation and Reflective Practices.

Those who work with Janna also often comment on the strength of her reflective capacity and willingness to be vulnerable. Janna has contributed beautifully to growing IMH in Wisconsin and I am pleased to have the opportunity to nominate her for the James R. Ryan award.

About the James R. Ryan Achievement Award

James R. Ryan

The James R. Ryan Achievement Award is given by the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health (WI-AIMH) to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the social-emotional development of infants, young children and their families within a Wisconsin community, thus demonstrating a commitment to the mission and vision of WI-AIMH:

Vision: We aim for all Wisconsin infants and young children to reach their fullest potential through nurturing and consistent relationships within the context of family, community, and culture.

Mission: WI-AIMH strives to promote infant mental health through building awareness, promoting professional capacity, fostering partnerships and supporting policies in the best interest of infants, young children and their families.