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: Sarah Greene
Position/Title/Employer: Birth to Three Service Coordinator, Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services

Nomination Comments:

Sarah Greene

Sarah has been a leader within the agency by taking a lead on our current CAPTA (Child Abuse Prevention Treatment Act) pilot project by identifying the target group, providing necessary screens, and providing appropriate interventions to meet the needs of the family. Sarah has participated in the agency’s Trauma Informed Parenting class, working side by side with families receiving the Birth to Three services to further understand the impact trauma has on a child’s development.

Sarah presented at the Infant Mental Health Conference in June 2017, Wisconsin Inclusion Institute, and Circles of Life, detailing the current pilot project procedures, assessment tools that are being utilized, and preliminary results of the project. Sarah has also been sought out by other county agencies requesting additional information on the implementation of this pilot to other county Birth to Three programs.


Sarah has been involved with Southeast chapter of the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health and has been nominated as the Co-Chair of the Community Outreach group where the goals include further educating community partners such as schools and medical providers on the impact of infant mental health and working towards being preventative rather than reactive.

Sarah has expressed interest within the agency in developing a “Healthy Families” group in an effort to provide wraparound treatment to the children and families being impacted by infant mental health. Sarah’s passion for infant mental health has been seen in everything from her day to day practices with her children and families, the outreach she has done with other county agencies and community partners and, by the Trauma Informed training she will continue to be involved with. Sarah’s knowledge of infant mental health has been as asset to Walworth County and to the Wisconsin chapter as a whole.


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.