Presenter Biographies

Stephanie Adrihan is an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher who has been working as a teacher and service coordinator for Walworth County Birth to Three for more than 14 years. Prior to working in early intervention, she spent almost 5 years teaching in preschool and kindergarten classrooms.

 

 

 

Amy Alt is an Early Childhood consultant working with 4-C serving the southern region of WI.  She has been in the field of early care and education for 20+ years.  Her educational background includes a BS degree from Edgewood College, Administrator Credential from UW-Milwaukee and Infant Mental Health Certificate program at UW-Madison. Her work includes providing educators with assistance in quality improvement implementation and planning, training with particular focus on Pyramid Model and Program Wide Implementation.

 

Gretchen Becker Crabb, OTR/L, CLC, IMH-E® graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.  In 2007, she became a Certified Lactation Counselor and in 2015, a La Leche League Leader in the Madison Area Chapter. Gretchen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Capstone program and received Infant Mental Health Endorsement as an Infant Family Specialist in 2016. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Adult Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Over the last 17 years, she has provided occupational therapy and lactation support for children and families in birth to three, Head Start, Early Head Start, private practice, and intensive autism programs. The foundation of her practice is in sensory integration with a special emphasis on feeding, attachment and mental health, especially in infancy and early childhood.  Gretchen is currently employed at Children’s Therapy Network, in Madison, WI.

 

 Julie Betchkal has 20 years of teaching experience in public schools as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher and as lead teacher in a program designed to meet the needs of elementary students with significant disabilities.  She currently provides Early Childhood program support to CESA 11 schools.  She also serves as training coordinator for Wisconsin’s implementation of the Pyramid Model for Social Emotional Competence and has recently joined the Board of Directors for the National Pyramid Model Consortium.  She’s learned, throughout her work, the importance of listening for the story within the data.

 

Sarah Ornst Bloomquist, CFLE, CLC has been advocating for women’s perinatal mental health since she experienced her own postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of her first son. Sarah brings over 20 years of professional non-profit experience and is a Certified Life Coach, Certified Family Life Educator, and speaker. She is committed to helping moms break down the obstacles to effective treatment and find hope in the process. Born and raised in the greater Milwaukee area, she is a cheesehead at heart, but did spend 10 years as a Hoosier after marrying Mike (a native of Indiana and Larry Bird fan). Sarah lives in the greater Milwaukee area with her husband and two children. he is active in her local mom’s club, enjoys spontaneous mini-excursions with her family, hanging out with friends and neighbors, and taking her rescue dog, Remi, for walks.

 

Jen Bluske is an occupational therapist and director at Children’s Therapy Network.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998 with a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy.  Jen has worked in the school, home and private clinic setting as well as for programs such as Head Start, Early Head Start, Birth to Three, and preschools.  Jen is passionate about working with the whole child, specifically in the areas of sensory disorders, social interaction difficulties and behavioral concerns.  Through her work and experience of parenting two adopted children, Jen has sought extensive additional training in the areas of attachment, parent child regulation and trauma.  In her free time Jen loves to run, explore nature, rehab her 100 year old home, and listen to live music.  Jen’s goal in opening Children’s Therapy Network is to provide a place for families and the community where they will consistently receive a high level of expertise within the areas of behavior and emotional regulation.  We strive to support children in the context of their family and larger community.

 

Deb Boutelle has a BA in Elementary Ed., and was a Preschool teacher and Education Disability Manger for 18 at Head Start Program. Trained in Conscious Discipline through Head Start program and coached staff on implementing it.

 

 

 

Betsy J Byker IMH-E®   is a long-time home visitor in Minnesota and Wisconsin and a recent graduate of the Capstone Program. She currently directs her own company, Essential Connections for Families, where she provides training and consultation to home visiting programs as well as Infant massage classes to families in Polk County, Wisconsin.

 

 

 

Roseanne Clark, PhD, IMH-E®, ZERO TO THREE Expert Faculty

 

 

 

 

Amy D’Addario, MS, CSW, SAC is a project manager for the Medical Home Initiative at Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin. Amy is a licensed social worker, substance abuse counselor, and a certified Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder trainer. Amy has worked in a variety of roles throughout several service systems including: child welfare, juvenile delinquency, adult corrections, and behavioral health community services. Amy currently manages the Tribal Medical Home Project and previously managed the Wisconsin Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Project which focused on the impact of toxic stress on the development of children birth through five. Amy is also an experienced Trauma-Informed Parenting trainer with the Wisconsin Trauma Project.

 

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 at WI-AIMH, 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.

 

Lauren Gourley is a licensed clinical social worker and Infant Mental Health Endorsed (IV-C) therapist who specializes in addressing difficulties that impact babies, children, and families including developmental, emotional, and behavioral concerns of early childhood. Lauren has spent the past 15 years working with children and adults who have experienced trauma and loves providing reflective supervision and consultation. She’s worked in a day-treatment preschool in Oakland CA, a multi-disciplinary developmental evaluation clinic in the Bronx, and now is in private practice in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Outside of the office you might find Lauren hanging out with her husband and 3-year-old son Emmett while they are hunting for bugs at the park or making huge messes in the kitchen.

 

Sarah Greene is a Social Worker who has worked in Children’s Services at Walworth County for over 21 years.  She began working with juvenile delinquents and children in the foster care system and for the last 11 years as a Service Coordinator for Birth to Three. She is a level I credentialed Infant Mental Health Specialist.

 

Peggy Haack – I am a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Early Childhood Education.  I currently work for the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association as Outreach Coordinator for Workforce Initiatives, including the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin Scholarship Program.  Previously I worked for the Center for the Child Care Workforce (CCW) as a Resource Specialist and Coordinator of the Worthy Wage Campaign.  In 2013 I ended a career of over 30 years working directly with children and families in both center-based and family child care settings.  For much of my career I have blended jobs to reflect my professional identity as both an educator of young children and an advocate for the early childhood workforce.

 

Emily Hagenmaier is a licensed clinical social worker who supports families during pregnancy, postpartum, and early parenting. Through her practice, Gingko Tree Counseling, Emily sees clients in their home, hospital-setting, or in her Madison office. Emily enjoys teaching mindfulness for parents, young children, families, and professionals throughout the Madison area. She is a graduate of the UW-Madison Infant, Family, and Early Childhood Mental Health Capstone Program and a mama of three.

 

Sherryl Scott Heller, PhD, is currently an Associate Professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. As a graduate student, Dr. Heller trained and worked in the field of Infant Mental Health (IMH) under the supervision of Drs. Julie Larrieu and Charles Zeanah. In 2000 Dr. Heller was one of 19 IMH consultants selected nationally to consult Early Head Start programs. Dr. Heller worked with the YWCA East Baton Rouge EHS program serving adolescent mothers. Since December of 2007 Dr. Heller has been responsible for providing reflective supervision to mental health consultants serving on a state-wide program. Dr. Heller co-edited a book with Dr. Linda Gilkerson of the Erikson Institute in Chicago, on providing reflective supervision to professionals in the field of early childhood intervention published in 2009. In October 2011, Dr. Heller was selected to be a fellow in Zero To Three’s Leadership Development Institute where her project focused on developing a measure to examine the impact of RS. Dr. Heller is currently the director of the Fussy Baby Network New Orleans and Gulf Coast home visiting program. Dr. Heller also provides regional and national workshops and consultation on reflective practice, reflective supervision, and early childhood mental health consultation throughout the country.

 

Kathleen N. Hipke, Ph.D., is a clinical & pediatric psychologist at the Dean Medical Center and a supervisor/instructor with the UW-Madison Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate Program and Trauma-Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy Wisconsin learning community.

Kathleen works therapeutically with a wide range of clients, but has specific expertise in working with families during pregnancy, infancy, and throughout the early childhood years. Dr. Hipke is passionate about supporting parents and young children during this exciting, challenging and often transformational phase of family development.  She balances career by enjoying time with her husband, son and small menagerie of furry creatures just outside of Madison.

 

LaMikka James is a Parent Consultant with the Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Board, a Parent Leader with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and an assistant teacher with Rock/Walworth Head Start. She has an associate degree in Early Childhood Education and is a certified trainer for the Bringing the Protective Factors to Life in Your Work curriculum.  Lamikka is a former Head Start student and parent who served as chairperson of the Policy Council for three years. She was selected to be a 2016 Parent Ambassador with Common Worth LLC. She is a wife and mother of five children ages six to nineteen.

 

Polly Kaat Head Start Preschool teacher for 10 years, 2.5 years as a Head Start Education Manager , 3 years Day Care Director. I was introduced to Conscious Discipline in 2010 attended the Summer Institute in 2015 and Managing Emotional Meyhem in 2016 and have been offering free trainings to North FDL, FDL, and Plymouth School districts for the past 4 years. Work part-time as a Behavior Technician for Caravel Autism Health. Have BA in Early Childhood Ed.

 

Carrie Lecheler, LSW has worked with children and their families for more than 20 years in a variety of direct and supervisory positions.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is a licensed Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin.  For the first 12 years of her career she worked with Child Protective Services doing child abuse investigations, on-going case management, and delinquency.  For the past 14 years of her career she has worked for Head Start as an Early Head Start Home Visitor, a Family Resource Provider, and currently, as a Family Service Coordinator for the program.  Carrie has a special interest in mental health, parent-child relationships, and the effects of trauma.

 

Sarah MacFarland is a mother of two adopted children, Zoe and Carter.  Sarah and her husband John have semi-open relationships with the birth mothers of both of their children.  Together, they are working through issues related to attachment, sensory processing difference, and transracial families.

Sarah an early childhood special education program support teacher with 17 years of experience working with children aged birth to six and their families.  She has worked as a home visitor, Birth to Three service coordinator, Even Start preschool teacher, and early childhood special education teacher.

 

Rebecca (Becky) Mather is the Prevention Education Coordinator for the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board. She is responsible for overseeing the Prevention Board’s Protective Factors Training Initiative, where certified Bringing the Protective Factors to Life in Your Work curriculum trainers, in partnership with a Parent Co-Presenter, offer Protective Factors courses to family serving professionals within their region of the state.  Prior to employment with the Prevention Board, Becky worked for the UW Extension as an Outreach Specialist supporting county-based, family living educators. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies, is a Certified Family Life Specialist and has 20 years of experience working with children and families.

 

Robyn Morris is a family engagement coordinator with the  Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative (WSPEI).  Her role is to create positive partnerships and engagement between schools and the families that they serve. Robyn has been trained in many areas of special education and family engagement.  She is also a speech language pathologist and has over 14 years experience working in the public school system. Robyn is the parent of three daughters,one of whom has spina bifida. Her experiences with special education on both a personal and professional level help guide her as she works with families and schools.

 

Brian Myers, ATRL-BC, LPC is a Licensed Art Therapist and Professional Counselor providing child and family services for Meta House in a residential setting for substance use recovery in the Metro Milwaukee area.  He completes infant mental health assessments, treatment plans, and ongoing therapy for women with newborns at Meta House.  He also has 15 years of experience working in a Domestic Violence Shelter with Families, providing art and play therapy.  Brian has been trained to use EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) as a modality to assist in trauma therapy for children and adults.  He utilizes the therapeutic use of play therapy, or filial therapy, with families.  He is a trainer for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) through the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the CDC (Center for Disease Control).  Brian completed UW-Madison’s Capstone Certificate Program for Infant Mental Health in 2015.

 

Dawn Nixon, Psy.D, LP, IMH-E® is a licensed psychologist.

 

Carol Noddings Eichinger, MS, LPC, IMH-E® 

 

 

 

 

Julie Poehlmann-Tynan earned her Ph.D. in child clinical psychology from Syracuse University in 1995. She worked as a psychologist in the Department of Family Medicine at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse for 4 years and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship  in developmental psychopathology at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She started her faculty position in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at UW-Madison in 1999, and she is now the Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor of Human Ecology. She directs the Center for Child & Family Well-being at UW-Madison and is an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty. Her research focuses on high risk infants and young children in the family context; her studies of preterm infants and young children with incarcerated parents have been funded by the National Institutes of Health and foundations and private gifts. She has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has edited several monographs and books.

 

Hector Portillo – I am with the Department of Public Instruction’s Grant, Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative (WSPEI) as a Statewide Family Engagement Coordinator, and an employee of Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) # 5, working with Latino Hispanic families and other culturally diverse populations to provide information, resources and support for families of students with disabilities.  I worked as an Academic Case Manager at the Latino Academic of Workforce Development (LAWD). I have had the opportunities to help LAWD to assist the Latino Community with bilingual education and employment programs.  I have made presentations in FUNNE, ALAS, WI FACETS, DTAN The NETWORK, TCN (WI. Statewide Transition Academy), Richland Center, Gillette, Abbotsford, Wittenberg, Whitewater, and Watertown School districts.

 

Michelle Rosenwald, LPC is a Family Counselor at the Behavior Clinic at Penfield Children’s Center. Prior to working at the Behavior Clinic, Michelle provided therapy and support to child victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and abuse. Since coming to the Behavior Clinic in 2012, Michelle provides direct psychotherapy services to children under the age of five and their primary caregiver. The identified concerns for children enrolled in the Behavior Clinic program are both behavior and emotional concerns, including trauma. Michelle provides in-home therapy to families living in poverty. In addition, to providing direct psychotherapy for families, Michelle also trains and supervises Master’s level counseling, psychology and clinical social work students.

 

Karen Russell is an Early Childhood Program Support Teacher at CESA 2. Her educational background includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of Early Childhood and Special Education.  Karen has taught in the field as an Early Interventionist in Birth to Three programs, an ECSE teacher, a 4K teacher and a 5K teacher for over 20 years.  Her current work supports teachers and school districts in the CESA 2 area as they implement best practices for young children and their families.

 

Since recovering from postpartum anxiety and depression, Becky Schroeder, MS, has become an outspoken advocate for maternal mental health. She spent a year working for Postpartum Progress as a Patient Support Manager, supporting new moms across the country struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Prior to having her first daughter in 2013, Becky was a mental health counselor. She holds a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University – East Bay. Becky has training in suicide prevention and crisis intervention from San Francisco Suicide Prevention. She’s also worked as a college level instructor teaching courses on personal growth and professional development. Becky lives in Ozaukee County with her husband and two daughters.

 

Sarah Strong, LCSW, IMH-E® is the Associate Director of the Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate Program and the Wisconsin Child-Parent Psychotherapy Learning Community at the Department of Psychiatry in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.  She provides reflective consultation for clinicians participating in the WI Child Parent Psychotherapy Learning Community and for licensed mental health professionals in the Capstone Certificate Program.  Sarah also works half-time as a psychotherapist at Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin.  Sarah completed her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has completed the Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Certificate Program.  She has completed Implementation Level Training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, is on the National Roster of Child Parent Psychotherapy Providers and provides Child Parent Psychotherapy at Group Health Cooperative.

 

Veronica Thomson is a Parent Educator at Family & Childcare Resources of N.E.W. and has been at the agency for over two years, doing home visits and parenting classes. She is currently implementing Triple P, a positive parenting program, within the community, including settings like the jail. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Psychology, and is currently in graduate school to become a Clinical Social Worker. She is dedicated in supporting families by helping them to build a stronger foundation between them and their child. In 2016 she completed the Infant and Family Mental Health Capstone Program, where she gained a further understanding of mental health issues in infants, children, and parents. Through this program, she gained additional understanding on the importance of video replay to further support the families she works with.

 

Katy Trottier is a Registered Nurse and the Coordinator of Milwaukee County’s Healthy Infant Court.

 

 

 

 

Franchesca Vasquez is a Parent Educator Supervisor at Family & Childcare Resources of N.E.W.. She has a degree in Social Work and her primary focus is supporting parent-child relationships and building a strong foundation though secure attachment. She is a certified Infant Massage instructor, and supervises a Home Visiting and Parenting Program. Franchesca completed an Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Certificate program and through this gained vast knowledge and insight into the benefits of the use of video-replay, including how it can enhance reflective capacity.

 

Elizabeth Wahl, MSSW CAPSW, IMH-E ® 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 at WI-AIMH, 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.

 

Dr. Brooke Wenchell is an assistant professor at The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Special Education and Early Childhood Education. She teaches courses in the ECE4U program, ECE program and the Department of Special Education at UW-Whitewater.  Dr. Winchell’s research interests revolve around preventing barriers to and promoting children to reach their maximum potential by improving upon evidence-based and recommended practices (i.e., emotional-behavioral interventions, curriculum & assessment practices, response to intervention, and item response theory). She has worked with children from birth to age 8 who are at-risk for or diagnosed with emotional/behavioral disorders, for which she has designed, implemented, and monitored behavioral interventions. Specifically, Dr. Winchell has extensive experience administering, interpreting, and analyzing evaluation measures intended to improve developmental outcomes for children. She has extensive experience in working with children with challenging behaviors and is a certified trainer for Triple P: Positive Parenting Program. Dr. Winchell has over 25 presentations at the international, national, regional, and local levels of the topic of behavior and promoting social emotional development.

 

Meg Whaley has been a public educator for 20 years.  She has been a board member of the Shaken Baby Association for 5 years.

 

Etty Wilberding is a retired Children and Family Services Manager. She has worked with
children and families for 40 years. She started her career as a teacher and school counselor
for children who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing in Illinois. In the early 1990’s she moved
to Wisconsin and worked for Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services.
She began her work at Walworth County as a therapist and case manager. She worked
with individuals of all ages and all disabilities while at Walworth County. One of her
proudest achievements has been the Birth to Three program which she developed and
implemented. Etty retired in early 2017 and now spends her time traveling, reading,
exercising and volunteering for causes that support, children, women and families.

 

Julia Yeary, ACSW, LCSW is the Director of Training and Resources for Military Family Projects at ZERO TO THREE: the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families. In this role she works to establish stronger support for families and their very young children experiencing stress and trauma.  Julia provides training and consultation for communities throughout the country, and has facilitated numerous webinars and distal trainings for multi-disciplinary professionals. She has worked extensively to help professionals in supporting military-connected parents as they deal with the multiple anticipated stressors associated with military life. Julia has authored several articles including “When a Parent is Away: Promoting Strong Parent-Child Connections During Parental Absence” (ZERO TO THREE Journal. April 2012) and the e-book, “A Professional’s Guide to Creating Activities for Strengthening Parent-Child Connections”. Recently she served as the project manager in the development of a mobile app for military-connected families called “Babies on the Homefront.” Julia received her Masters in Social Work in 1980 from the University of Hawaii. She is a graduate fellow of the Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate Program, University of Wisconsin, and member of the current Trauma-Informed Child-Parent Psychotherapy cohort. Julia is the daughter of a 3-war Navy Veteran, the spouse of a Marine Veteran, and has parented her own children through multiple military transitions.

 

Members of the Portage Project & Sauk County Birth to 3 Teams