Southern Child Welfare Training Partnership University of Wisconsin - Madison

Southern Child Welfare Training Partnership
UW Madison
Division of Continuing Studies
445 Henry Mall, Room 510
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-7291
Fax: (608) 262-7117


About Our Trainers
Ann Ahlquist
Ann is a consultant, trainer and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota Graduate School of Social Work, formerly directing the University's Child Abuse Prevention Graduate Program. She is known world-wide for developing forensic Cognitive Graphic methods of interviewing children or adults who may be victims of child maltreatment, particularly sexual abuse, family violence or other trauma. She has trained over 20,000 multidisciplinary professionals, throughout the United States and international sites primarily in law enforcement, juvenile justice, child protection and child welfare.
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Gladis Benavides
Gladis is a citizen of the world, as she was educated in France, Peru and the United States. Living in many different cultures and being multilingual has added to her understanding of the possibilities and the difficulties associated with diversity. Gladis communicates profound insights into global multiculturalism in an easy and accessible manner. She is recognized as an expert in Civil Rights Compliance and Affirmative Action, and has been the responsible manager for these areas in both the public sector and corporate America. As a consultant, she has a wide breadth of experience in providing advice and counsel to national and international clients in a variety of industries. Gladis has been involved in the development of training and technical assistance programs in response to labor, market and community needs and characteristics, which are present in most American cities, particularly in urban environments.
Pam Bennett

Reggie Bicha
Reggie Bicha, M.S.W., is the Director of Pierce County Department of Human Services. He was Supervisor of the Children and Family Services Unit at Monroe County Department of Human Services, for several years, and a child protective services and juvenile justice social worker. Reggie attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a Child Welfare Scholar. He and his family were foster caregivers for La Crosse County Department of Human Services. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Viterbo University, and is an experienced trainer for the Western Wisconsin Partnership training program.
Cornelius Bird
Cornelius is a senior consultant with the Child Welfare Group with thirty years of training/management and organization development experience in human services. Cornelius is responsible for the design and delivery of family centered strengths/needs-based system change strategies using the child and family team process. He has teamed on implementing system wide reform efforts using the child and family team process in Arizona, Oklahoma, Florida, Utah, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Wyoming and with the Community Partnership for Protecting Children sites in Cedar Rapids, St. Louis, Louisville and Jacksonville. He served as project director for Western Washington University’s Children and Family Services Training Academy where he supervised new worker training and advanced training programs for child welfare personnel. He has also assisted in developing the Foster Parent Staff Development Institutes in Georgia. Additionally he served as a group facilitator at the Domestic Violence Resource Center’s Men Anger Control Program co authored the Guidelines for Facilitating Child and Family Team Meetings with Family with a History of Domestic Violence. He is also an evaluator of child welfare system using a qualitative system review process.
Brenda Blanck

Kay Bliss
Kay Bliss is an experienced Social Worker II and Foster Care and Resource Coordinator for Lafayette County Human Services. Since 1998, she has worked in various capacities including Foster Care, Independent Living, Child Care Certification, Clinical AODA experience, Crisis line work and Custody and Step Parent Adoption studies. She has been training Lafayette and contiguous county Foster Parents since 2002. She uses her vast experience and passion for foster care to encourage participants to explore one's values, strengths, limitations. Kay's goal during Foundation training is to assist foster parent to develop knowledge and skills to provide quality care to foster children and to stay healthy as a family.
Melissa Blom
Melissa Blom has worked in the Child Protection Unit at Brown County Human Services since 1988, primarily with families whose children are in out of home care. Her work includes being a strong advocate for children and families, and for creating a team approach among social workers, foster parents and natural parents. Melissa has extensive training in the areas of Indian Child Welfare, and the Adoption and Safe Families Act, and was asked to present at the 2001 Judicial Conference on ASFA and permanency planning for children. Melissa has a BSW from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay.
Norm Brickl
Norm Brickl was the Director of Sauk County Department of Human Services from 1987 until his retirement in 2003. He previously worked for Calumet County as Director for the Department of Human Services and as the Director for their Social Services Department. Also, Norm was an Alternate Care Supervisor for the La Crosse County Department of Human Services and worked for the State of Wisconsin Division of Family Services as a social worker. Norm attained his M.S.S.W. and a BA of Psychology at University of Wisconsin Madison.
Nan Brien
Before Nan retired as the Associate Director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, she was instrumental in directing the Council's activities as the lead state agency for the national I Am Your Child campaign, which promotes safe, healthy, and nurturing experiences and environments that foster optimal early childhood brain development for each and every child. The Council, in cooperation with other agencies, has developed a brochure, a parent educator manual, a TV series, training manuals with companion CD-ROMs, and a middle/high school curriculum as information pieces about early childhood brain development. In collaboration with the Departments of Health and Family Services, Public Instruction, and Workforce Development, Brien has conducted train-the-trainer programs for agency personnel from throughout the state. In addition to more than 800 presentations, she conducted extensive training for child welfare workers at the Milwaukee Bureau of Child Welfare and several other states. Brien has an undergraduate degree in biology and a master's degree in immunology.
Peg Cadd
Peg is a trainer, mentor, and parent through foster care, adoption & birth. She and her husband Rick have been foster parents for over 25 years. Their family includes 11 amazing children (7 Adopted from foster care) & 4 beautiful grandchildren. Peg was the youngest foster parent in Waukesha County when her family started to foster teen girls and it's been a wild ride since. They have fostered many different children from medically fragile infants to teen moms and their babies. She believes in shared parenting and keeping contact with bio families. "It's amazing the outcomes for both the children and their bio families," says Peg. In addition to fostering Peg has had over 20 years in the early child field including Head Start. She firmly believes "That if we work together as a team, we can make a difference in the lives of "our" children."
Cheryl Callies
Cheryl has been a Program Evaluation Manager for the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW) for the past 6.5 years. Her major responsibilities have included contract and program development and monitoring, as well as evaluation and collaboration with partner agencies to improve outcomes in permanency, safety and well being of children. She has also developed and trained on various policies and procedures. At this time her primary assignments are working with the Safety Services (in home) program, the UWM Training Partnership for Professional Development and continued evaluations through a variety of department reviews. Prior to her work with BMCW she was an Intake Supervisor for Milwaukee County Juvenile Probation Department and has prior years of experience in juvenile probation, child welfare, residential treatment and foster care.
Mark Carey
Mark Carey is the President of The Carey Group (TCG), a national consulting firm that provides training and technical assistance for justice and correctional professional and community groups. He has served as the Deputy Commissioner of Community and Juvenile Services in the Minnesota Department of Corrections from 1999 to 2003. He was the Director of Dakota County Community Corrections and prior to that the Director of Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted County Community Corrections. He served as the warden at the only state women’s prison in Minnesota, MCF-Shakopee. He has over twenty years of experience in the correctional field serving as a counselor, probation/parole officer, planner, administrator, and consultant. He taught juvenile justice at the Community College in Rochester, Minnesota, and has published over a dozen articles and two books.
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Panel
This panel may be comprised of Deb Vassar, Rodney Little, Mel Blythe, Lane Cooke
Helen Jo Case
Helen Jo Case has worked in the field of child welfare for over 25 years and is presently the manager of the Child and Family Services Unit in Marinette County. She has specialized in sex offender assessment and treatment since 1992, providing group and individual treatment for adult sex offenders in six Wisconsin counties, under contract with the Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections. Helen Jo has also testified as an expert witness in sexual assault cases. She has a BSW from UW-Green Bay her MSW is from UW-Milwaukee. She is presently on the State steering committee for the "Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management" grant with the Department of Juvenile Corrections.
Andrea Cleland-Phillips
Andrea graduated with her MSSW in 2002 from UW-Madison where she concentrated on policy and was a title IV-E trainee. She has worked for Rock County CPS since graduation and has been an ongoing case manager, an initial assessment case manager and is currently the staff trainer.
Tricia Clements
Tricia is a child protection services social worker for Vernon County. She does both initial assessments and has an ongoing case load. Tricia has 16 years of CPS experience, 11 with Vernon County. Tricia has been incorporating ideas from this training into her day-to-day practice since attending the training in 2011.
David Conrad
David Conrad is a clinical social worker with more than 30 years of experience in child welfare and child mental health. He is a Senior Instructor with JFK Partners/Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado. From 1995-2000, he was Director of Programs for the CIVITAS Child Trauma Program in Houston, Texas and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. David has conducted secondary trauma training for over 4,000 child protection caseworkers in 10 states.
Sally Cooper
Sally Cooper is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Human Services, and is a contributing staff member to NARCCW programs. She was formerly the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Assault Prevention Center (NAPC), a non-profit organization created to develop curricula, provide training, and conduct technical assistance for human services agencies and communities, to prevent child abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse. Ms. Cooper has also worked for the Ohio Attorney General, where she was Chief of the Crime Victims Services Section, and Acting Chief of the Children's Protection Section. She is the author of New Strategies for Free Children which has been widely distributed throughout North America, and in Japan. Ms. Cooper is a specialist in child sexual abuse, community based strategic planning, and welfare reform. She has provided extensive training to professionals on topics related to child sexual abuse and sexual assault. She also trains on the topic of interagency and interdisciplinary collaboration. An expert facilitator, she designs and leads strategic change initiatives for a variety of child welfare, public human services, and other nonprofit organizations. Ms. Cooper was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 1984, and is also a recipient of the YWCA Women of Achievement Award. She is a board member of the Ohio Chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), and is a member of the national APSAC organization. She has served on numerous Governors' task forces on child abuse and family violence.
Glenda Cooper
Glenda Cooper was employed at Sunburst Residential Youth Home from 1991-1994. From 1994-1995, Glenda worked with the Ho-Chunk Nation and became exposed to the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act as well as cultural exposure. This knowledge was instrumental while being employed at Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services from 1996-2007. Glenda accepted a supervisor position at Clark County Social Services and supervises initial assessment workers, on-going juvenile justice and child protection workers, and delinquent intake workers. Glenda is a member of the Wisconsin Juvenile Court Intake Association Board from 1997 to 2003 and returned to the WJCIA Board in 2007 serving on the legislation and curriculum committees. Glenda has attended cultural sensitivity trainings and on-line Indian Welfare Act sponsored through National Indian Child Welfare Association.
Frank Crisafi
Frank J. Crisafi, B.A., J.D. is a recently retired attorney in Madison. Throughout his career Frank was the First Assistant District Attorney in the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office; worked for the Department of Public Instruction; was an adjunct professor at UW Madison and was Legal Counsel for the Madison Metropolitan School District. His experience has included prosecuting delinquency cases, abuse and neglect and mental commitment cases; teacher licensing and confidentiality of pupil records; special education, confidentiality, student affairs, enforcement of school athletic codes and general education law; and representing the interest of children and families in court. Frank has conducted numerous seminars and training programs for law enforcement, social workers and educators. He is one of the State of Wisconsin Intake instructors and has taught Basic Intake Training for social workers for over 19 years. He has been training juvenile justice professionals for over 40 years.
Dr. Joseph Crumbley
Dr. Crumbley received his masters and doctorate in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. He is in private practice as a family therapist, trainer and consultant. His clinical experience includes adoption, foster care, chemical dependency, couples therapy, physical and sexual abuse. His most recent areas of specialization have been kinship care and transracial adoptions. He has provided training and consultation nationally and internationally. Nationally, Dr. Crumbley has consulted with Spaulding for Children, Casey Family Programs, Casey Family Services, Brookdale Foundation, the Child Welfare League of America and the Department of Health and Human Services. Internationally, he has worked with the New Zealand Ministry of Children and Family Services, the Ministry of Children and Youth in Ontario Canada, the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect in Durban, South Africa. He has been a guest on the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), PBS, Geraldo, Montel Williams Show and Nickelodeon. He has consulted with 60 Minutes, The New York Times and The Oprah Winfrey Show on the topics of transracial adoptions and kinship care. Dr. Crumbley has co-authored a book with Robert Little entitled Relatives Raising Children: An Overview of Kinship Care. His second book is entitled Transracial Adoptions and Foster Care. Both books were published by the Child Welfare League of America. He has produced a series of DVD and VHS training tapes for parents and professionals on transracial adoptions and kinship care. He also has an on-line course on Kinship Care produced by Northwest Media, Inc. Dr Crumbley has provided expert testimony and briefings at the United Nations, U. S. House of Representatives, U. S. Senate, Pennsylvania Multi-Ethic Placement Task Force and Philadelphia City Council. He has been a faculty member of the Adoption Certificate Programs at Portland State Gra
Marcie DeSomer
Marcie is the Foster Care Coordinator and Outreach Worker for Columbia County Human Services. Over the past sixteen years she has worked with children, youth and families in various capacities. Marcie brings an engaging energy to create an interesting training experience.
Ronald J. Diamond, M.D.
For more than 30 years, Dr. Diamond has been involved in the community-based treatment of persons with severe and persistent mental illness. He has taught and written on issues of staff training, ethics, staff roles, decreasing coercion, medication compliance, psychiatric administration and system design. For more than a decade, he has been interested in how to integrate concepts of recovery and cultural competence into day-to-day clinical practice. The Mental Health Center of Dane County, one of the core training sites for psychiatry residents, is a national model in community psychiatry providing culturally competent services to both children and adults. He has written two books on psychopharmacology designed for non-medical clinicians, consumers and family members. The second edition of his book, “Instant Psychopharmacology” was published Sept 2002. His latest book, “Treatment collaboration, improving the therapist, prescriber, client relationship” was published this year. He is currently Medical Director of the Mental Health Center of Dane County, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin and Consultant to the Wisconsin Bureau of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Sally Dine Fitch
Sally is a program coordinator at the Institute for Human Services in Ohio. She is a child sexual abuse specialist, providing national training and consultation concerning IHS's Sexual Abuse Series. Sally has over twenty years of diverse experience. As Assistant Director of Education and Training at Planned Parenthood she co-produced one of the first national videos on child sexual abuse prevention. She was primary therapist for a dual service agency, serving survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence. As Program Director of the National Assault Prevention Center, she coordinated the development, training and consultation of sexual abuse prevention programs nationally and internationally.
Frank Domurad
is Vice President of The Carey Group and a nationally recognized expert in Evidence-Based Practices (EBP). He has worked with numerous community and institutional correctional agencies at the Federal, state and local levels across the country to implement Evidence-Based Practices, including strategic planning, assessment, human resource development, program implementation and training.
Christa Doty
Christa Doty joined the Butler Institute for Families in 2004 as a trainer for new and advanced child welfare professionals. Ms. Doty has extensive experience as a child welfare caseworker and supervisor. She has worked in child protection and adolescent intake and served as child welfare liaison with community-based intervention programs. Her supervisory experience is in child welfare, family intervention, and intensive in-home solution-focused treatment. Ms. Doty's areas of expertise and interest include Multi-Systemic Therapy, solution-focused practice, adolescent services, family-centered practice, and forensic interviewing. Ms. Doty's training for the Institute has taken her as far as Bermuda. While traveling abroad in Nepal, she was given the opportunity by the Friend's of Needy Children (FNC) organization to provide training to local foster parents around challenges they face in their system. She provides consultation and technical assistance in the area of child welfare practice, training, and curriculum development on a number of Institute projects. In addition, Ms. Doty also teaches Child Welfare Practice at the Graduate School of Social Work.
Dawn Douglas-Mellom
Is a Senior Social Worker for the Dane County Department of Human Services. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in various capacities within the Children, Youth and Family Division. Experiences include Child Protective Services at the intake and ongoing level, Foster Care Licensing, Case Coordinator for wrap around (Children Come First) services and Delinquency case manager. Prior to that time, she worked in Child Protective Services, Foster Care and Crisis Intervention with Juneau County for 3 years. Dawn has been the Foster Care Trainer and Recruiter for Dane County the past 5 years. She has participated in the Foster Parent Training Committee for the Wisconsin Child Welfare Training Council and is on the advisory board for the Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center.
Wayne D. Duehn
Dr. Duehn joined the faculty in 1970. He is currently engaged in clinical research on sexually abusive parents and juvenile sex offenders. As a national lecturer and trainer, Dr. Duehn is also consultant to many institutions including The Casey Family Programs, National CASA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Association, National Network of Children's Advocacy Centers, and has conducted training for law enforcement personnel, schools, CASA staff/volunteers, and social service/mental health agencies throughout the United States. He earned his Master's degree in Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago, and holds a Ph.D. degree in Psychology and Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis. While in St. Louis, Dr. Duehn was a research associate at the Masters and Johnson Institute and has done post-doctoral work and taught at The University of Hawaii. He has written extensively in the area of clinical practice and has presented research findings at the International Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Paris, France; the World Congress of Medical Sexology in Mexico City and Jerusalem; and the United Nations Conference Facilities in Vienna. He has conducted training seminars for Air Force, Navy and Army medical personnel in Germany, Guam, Iceland, Japan, Korea, Panama, and the Philippines. Dr. Duehn is co-author of Beyond Sexual Abuse: The Healing Power of Adoptive Families, which is an outgrowth of an ongoing educational program of the Three Rivers Adoption Council, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This project is designed to develop educational materials to assist adoptive families in parenting the sexually abused child. Most recently, Dr. Duehn developed a child abuse prevention program for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools which has been implemented world wide. Dr. Duehn is a cofounder of Praesidium, Inc., an abuse risk management firm for organizations. Dr. Duehn is a recognized authority and educator in the intervention and treatment of sexuall
Jeanne Ferguson
Jeanne is a Supervisor at Dane County Human Services and currently supervises intake through initial assessment in Madison. She has conducted many training sessions for Child and Family Services staff both locally and nationally on a variety of child welfare related topics. She assisted in implementing Family Group Decision Making Model in Dane County and has given workshops nationally about their work. Ms. Ferguson also teaches at UW-Madison, School of Social Work.
Sarah Flayter

Jodi Flick
Jodi Flick, ACSW, LCSW, is a clinical instructor with the UNC-CH School of Social Work and a crisis counselor with the Chapel Hill Police Department’s Crisis Unit. Ms. Flick has provided direct client services in out-patient and in-patient mental health, in emergency poverty relief services and in medical social work, with over 30 years of clinical experience. She has been actively involved in volunteer work and community organization around social justice and service issues. In addition, Ms. Flick has considerable experience teaching at colleges, conferences and local organizations and is a dynamic trainer who engages the participants in the learning process.
Carolie Fox
Carolie Fox, MS, CSW, is the Child Protective Services Supervisor at the Marathon County Department of Social Services. Her 30 years of experience includes direct casework in all aspects of child welfare including court studies, foster care, parent education and child abuse investigations. She has been a supervisor in the family services area for 16 years. Carolie has been a presenter at the Annual State Child Abuse conference and has served on numerous state committees to enhance the child welfare system. Her BS is from UW-Stevens Point in Sociology, and her MS is from UW-Stout in Guidance and Counseling.
Joel Frank

Debbie Gallimore
Debbie has worked in the field of adoption and foster care for 17 years. She is currently the Community Outreach Coordinator for NC Kids and works for the State Department of Social Services as a trainer. Debbie has worked as a foster parent trainer, case manager, and recruiter but credits most of her experience to her years as a licensed foster parent. For 10 years, Debbie and her family fostered children of all ages including several therapeutic placements through mental health. Debbie believes very strongly in working with birth families and ahs seen first hand the amazing benefits to the children. She shares her stories and her experience to help social workers, foster parents, as well as adoptive parents see that working as a village really is the best way to raise a child.
Eileen Gambrill
is the Hutto Patterson Professor of Child and Family Studies at the School of Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley, where she teaches both research and practice. Her research interests include professional education and decision making, evidence-informed practice and the role of critical thinking within this and the ethics of helping. Publications include Social Work Practice: A critical thinker's guide (2nd ed., Oxford, 2006); Critical thinking in clinical practice (2nd Ed., Wiley, 2005); and Critical thinking for Helping professionals: A skills-based workbook (with Len Gibbs, 3rd Ed., Oxford, 2009). She has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford, England, Tel Aviv University, and the National Institute For Social Work, London, England. She was a Benjamin Meeker Fellow, University of Bristol, England, May-July, 1999.
Liz Ghilardi
Liz Ghilardi, MSW, LCSW received her BA at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Social Welfare and her MSW at Washington University, George Warren Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis, MO. Ms. Ghilardi is currently the Forensic Interview Program Supervisor for Child Advocacy and Protection Services within Children's Hospital & Health Systems. She has been employed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin since 1990. She has been with the Child Protection Center, working as a forensic interviewer since 1992. She has completed over 1800 interviews of children regarding allegations of child maltreatment and witness to violence. Ms. Ghilardi provides training for professionals, para-professionals & foster parents on issues of child sexual abuse, interviewing children, sexualized behavior and mandated reporting. She has also testified in court as an expert witness regarding child sexual abuse and interviewing. She currently supervises 8 forensic interviewers in the Children's Hospital & Health System throughout the state of Wisconsin as well as continues to interview children and conducts training. Ms. Ghilardi has been a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and a member of the Wisconsin chapter of that organization (WIPSAC) since 1995.
Donna Gillespie Foster
Donna Gillespie Foster is an author, national trainer, and consultant. Donna's experiences as a foster parent, and grandparent inform her efforts to maintain connections and improve outcomes for children in foster care and their families. She lives with her family in Marshville, NC.
Norma Ginther
Norma M. Ginther is an internationally known Child Welfare consultant and trainer working throughout the United States, Canada, and Eastern Europe. Today, she works as Director of Norma M. Ginther Consulting and Training, LLC. Ms. Ginther received a Masters degree in Social Work from Ohio State University. She worked for 10 years as a caseworker, and fostered 46 adolescents with her husband over the course of 18 years, before beginning her training career. Ms. Ginther worked with the Institute for Human Services in Columbus, Ohio for more than 21 years conducting workshops for social workers on adoption, foster care, kinship services, adolescent development, and independent living skills. She educated judges and court staff on separation, placement and attachment issues, the Adoption and Safe Families Act, and on implementing daily family contact programs for children in care and their parents. Additionally, Ms. Ginther helped the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges develop permanency initiatives, and she assisted juvenile courts to implement and promote best practice standards. She also testified as an expert witness through the Family Trust Clinic, a division of the Institute for Human Services. Ms. Ginther co-authored "Separation and Placement in Child Welfare," a module of training for the core curriculum for all Ohio caseworkers, "Culture and Diversity for Supervisors and Social Workers," "Building Skills in Family Risk Assessment," "Family Interaction: The Expressway to Permanency. Building Skills in Family Risk Assessment," and "Family Interaction: The Expressway to Permanency."
Denise Goodman Ph.D.
is an independent trainer and consultant. Her professional career of 23 years has included experience as a youth leader, protective services caseworker, Residential Treatment Coordinator and foster parent. She is a member of the Family to Family Technical Assistance Team that works with agencies nationwide in recruitment, training, preparation, support and retention of caregivers. She develops curriculum for and trains social workers, supervisors and caregivers. Her publications include a chapter on adoption practice in the award winning Field Guide to Child Welfare.
Jodee Grailer

Kate Gravel
Kate Gravel, MSSW, is a Senior Social Worker for Dane County Department of Human Services. She has worked in the field for over 17 years doing ongoing child protection. For the past 15 years she has co-facilitated a batterer's treatment program at the Midwest Domestic Violence Resource Center in Madison. She has trained throughout the state on issues related to the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment. Kate is a long-time member of the Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Task Force and also participates in the Youth Issues subcommittee of the Task Force. She was involved in the state-wide work group that created the Domestic Violence Handbook for Wisconsin Child Protective Services Workers in 2010 and continues to work on a companion manual for domestic violence advocates to learn more about the world of CPS.
Cheryl Greer
Child Welfare Coordinator, Southern Region
Andrea Gromoske, MSW
Is a social work doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Both as a paid provider of direct services and an MSW intern, she has worked with children, families, and adults in community-based, social service agencies. Her primary research interests include child maltreatment and teen parenting. She is also dedicated to making research more accessible and understandable to practitioners.
Al Guyant
Al Guyant is an award-winning trainer, speaker, author, facilitator, meeting moderator, media coach, and consumer affairs professional. He is a partner with Capital Communicators Group of Madison, Wisconsin, a training and consulting firm specializing in human communications and services. He is co-author of Manager's Tough Questions Answer Book and Beat The Press. Al has prepared line staff and CEOs for ’60 Minutes’, ‘Dateline’, and other tough-question formats. Al has handled more than 20,000 news media contacts and consumer complaints in his career. He has lectured for the UW-Madison, Michigan State Uni., Kansas Uni. and Texas A&M. Al Guyant has trained thousands of people from government agencies and private industry on thinking your feet, handling difficult people, public speaking, meeting management, quality improvement, writing skills, consumer negotiation and collaboration, and how to create successful news media relations. The attendees included company presidents, division managers, line staff, clerical assistants, politicians, accountants, tourism directors, and many others. Al has founded state and national organizations and consumer networks to improve customer service and program funding. He has organized large state and national consumer conferences and is often a featured speaker. He has more than 17 years experience in consumer affairs and public information with the Wis. Public Service Commission and other government agencies. Al has ten years experience as a newspaper reporter or editor with The Milwaukee Journal, Janesville Gazette and other news media.
Jerry Hamilton
Presenter and consultant from Midwest Center on Workforce and Family Development.
Lisa Hankes
Lisa Hankes is currently a Child Protection Services (CPS)Ongoing Supervisor for Dane County Department of Human Services. Prior to her supervisory role, Lisa worked in both initial assessment and ongoing case management. In addition to experience in CPS, she has worked in the fields of early childhood programming, juvenile justice and treatment foster care. Lisa earned her Social Work Master's Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Amy Hansen
Amy is a consultant, trainer and long time foster and adoptive parent. She has been involved in Child welfare for over 15 years. Amy and her family fostered children of all ages including several therapeutic placements. Amy is a strong advocate for Shared Parenting-working with birth families. She firmly believes that practicing Shared Parenting is in the best interest of all involved, most importantly the child. She has had extensive training on Attachment, and believes that Shared Parenting and Attachment go hand in hand. She likes to provide a casual and fun training experience. She enjoys sharing her stories and her experience to help social workers, foster parents and adoptive parents get the most out of training. She is passionate about making sure that there is a positive outcome for all parties during their child welfare experience. As she likes to say, “It’s all for the kids.”
Howard Harrington
Howard Harrington has worked in child welfare social work for 26 years. He has experience in a variety of settings, including a group home, residential treatment, public child welfare, inpatient evaluation, and school social work in Ohio, Iowa, and most recently, Wisconsin. He is currently Deputy Director of the Waushara County Department of Human Services, where he has been employed for the past 11 years. Special areas of practice interest for Howard are wraparound services, rural social work, sexual abuse, and staff supervision and development. Howard earned his MSW from the University of Iowa.
Jim Harwell
Jim has been working with perpetrators for 15 years as a treatment provider/coordinator in Winnebago County. Over the years he has worked with approx. 3000- 4000 abusive men. Highlights include being on the committee that wrote The State Treatment Standards and one of the founding members of the Wisconsin Batterer's Treatment Providers Association. He chairs the Education and professional development committee. Jim has a theatre degree from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and has attended over 25 conferences with ceu's. He has also done 17 Law enforcement trainings either on his own or through Fox Valley Tech (Appleton) and given numerous trainings in Coordinated Community Response to the Issue of Domestic Violence through The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and on his own. Served a year internship with Dr. Darald Hanusa at the Midwest Domestic Violence Resource Center in Madison and currently use the ATAM (Alternatives and Treatment for Abusive Men) program.
Karla Hasart

Mary Hess
Dr. Mary Hess is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who is certified in Bio-Energetics, Narrative Attachment Therapy, and EMDR. She has been providing child and family therapy as well as evaluations since 1973. Specialties include childhood development, play therapy, parent/child bonding and attunement, reactive attachment disorders and family dynamics. Dr. Mary has five children with four of them currently in college programs. She has five grandchildren who keep her young!
Daniel Houston
President of the 1750 Group, LCC, has doctoral level studies in organization development from Northwestern University and earned a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from SUNY Albany. He has directed two major nonprofit organizations and has led a diverse staff in four major settings for almost twenty years. In addition, he has trained in the private and public sectors, including the child welfare field, on culture, leadership and communication issues since 1992. To date, his organization has provided outcome-based training and evaluation services to more than 3,000 human services personnel in more than 35 counties and ten states. Likewise, his organization has trained in excess of 1,000 health and human services workers, organizing outreach and providing counseling to 2,500-plus professionals in the areas of domestic violence, child abuse, violence prevention, ethics, culture and diversity and child protection nationwide. He was awarded Trainer of the Year for 2009 by the North Central Regional Training Center in Ohio.
Chris Howe
Chris Howe, BSW, MSSW supervises a combined team of CPS investigators and ongoing workers for Winnebago County Department of Human Services. She has prior experience at Winnebago County DHS as a CPS ongoing worker, an in-home therapist, and as a supervisor for their in-home therapy program and CPS. In addition to her current supervisory position, Chris teaches graduate and undergraduate social work classes for both UW-Oshkosh and UW-Green Bay. Her BSW is from UW-Oshkosh and she received her MSSW from UW - Madison.
Donna Jashinsky
Donna Jashinsky, MS LPC has a Bachelor's degree from UWGB and Master's Degree in Educational Psychology: Counseling from UW Milwaukee. She has been providing counseling services to individuals and families for close to 15 years. Her specialty is working with adolescents and their families. She is currently the Foster Care and Kinship Care Coordinator for Shawano County, as well as maintaining an ongoing case load. Donna has been with the county for over 3 years. Prior to this position, she was the Behavioral Health Director for the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe and provided counseling for the tribe and the surrounding community. She also has experience with In Home Counseling, Crisis Counseling and Day Treatment services.
Megan Jeidy

Karen Jick
Karen has her BSW (1972) and MSSW (1974) from UW-Madison. Her work history includes CPS practice in both Brown and Milwaukee counties. She has provided individual, couples and group counseling since 1981, specializing in Solution Focused Therapy. Ms. Jick taught direct practice courses in the Social Work graduate program at UW-Milwaukee from 1987 to 2000. Additionally, she taught and supervised child welfare interns in family reunification services with Milwaukee County for the past six years. Karen is a certified Marriage and Family Therapist, holds a certificate in mediation, is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, and is a recent graduate of the Human Services Administration certificate program at UW-Madison Extension.
Darsell Johns
Southeast Child Welfare Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.
Sarah Kate Johnson
Division of Children and Family Services, Bureau of Programs and Policies
Delechia Johnson
Delechia Johnson is a Child Care Career Specialist at 4C - Community Coordinated Care, a Resource and Referral Agency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Delechia has done a similar presentation on the Strengthening Families Protective Factors for foster parents in Waukesha County.
Betsy Keefer
Betsy Keefer, co-author of the award-winning Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past, has 35 years of experience in child welfare, adoption placement, post adoption services, and training. She works presently as a Training Manager in the Foster Care and Adoption Training Programs for the Institute for Human Services in Columbus, Ohio as a Senior Program Analyst with the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare. Betsy served in 1994 and 1995 as the Executive Director for the Ohio CASA/GAL Association. She has created curricula for parallel support groups for post adoptive parents and their children as well as an extensive Preservice Training Curriculum for Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Parents, used by several statewide systems for foster and adoptive parents. She was recently involved in the development and delivery of Ohio's Adoption Assessor training, mandated for all Ohio adoption/foster care workers by adoption reform legislation.
Mary Kennedy
Mary Kennedy recently retired as Director of the Calumet County Department of Human Services. Mary was previously the Director of the Winnebago County Unified Board. Mary served as a member of the Governors Blue Ribbon Commission on Mental Health and the State Long Term Care Council and was active in the Wisconsin Counties Human Service Association. Following graduation from UW-Madison with a Masters Degree in Political Science/Public Administration, Mary worked for the State of Wisconsin in mental health, alcohol and other drug abuse and developmental disabilities planning. Mary was involved with State design and implementation of County Community Programs Departments (51.42/437 Boards) and County Human Service Departments. Mary currently provides consultation and training to county agencies. Mary’s consulting company is Kennedy Consulting.
Autumn Knudtson
Autumn is a trainer and curriculum specialist with the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System. Autumn was a Policy and Consultation Specialist with the State of Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. She worked in Jefferson County, WI where she was a case manager in ongoing services and supervisor for access, initial assessment and ongoing child protective services. Prior to her work in Wisconsin, she was employed as an elementary teacher and a mobile crisis services provider in Phoenix, Arizona. Autumn is a certified reviewer for the WI Quality Service Review. She earned a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from UW-Madison and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University.
Connie Koebke

Greg Konop

Julie Krings
Julie Krings, MSW, CSW, has been in the field of social work for 15 years as an ongoing child protection worker, juvenile justice worker, and prevention social worker. Julie has also provided intensive case management to adults with serious and persistent mental illness. She has been a children, youth and families unit program manager for over four years and has supervised ongoing child protection, juvenile justice, coordinated services teams, foster care programming, and children's long term support services. Julie is also a certified reviewer for the QSR.
Debbie Kuehn
Debbie Kuehn has been a foster and adoptive parent for over 20 years, fostering over 75 children, including many children with a history of sexual abuse. Ms. Kuehn studied special education in college. She co-trains PACE foster parent preservice training and assists with foster parent in-service training for Waushara County, as well as training for the NEW Partnership.
Erica LeMahieu
Erica LeMahieu, B.S. is the CAC Manager for the Racine County Child Advocacy Center and is employed by Children's Service Society of Wisconsin which is a member of Children's Hospital and Health System. In her current position she collaborates with community agencies and programs in order to continue to improve the safety and services accessible to children and families. She also works together with local agencies in community meetings related to the area of child abuse to support local initiatives within the community. She also continues to conduct forensic interviews for the Racine County CAC in a limited capacity. Ms. LeMahieu provides training on the Step-Wise Interview Guidelines on a statewide level and has also provided training at the local level on a variety of other topics related to Child Abuse to professionals in the field.
Denise Leitzinger

Esie Leoso-Corbine
Esie Leoso-Corbine, is an enrolled tribal member with the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Northern Wisconsin, where she is currently the Indian Child Welfare Director. Esie has over 15 years of leadership experience in Child Welfare from both arenas - tribal and county governments. Her most recent experience as a Child Protection Program Manager for Hennepin County in Minneapolis, Minnesota exposed her to top leadership management practices in child welfare. Esie maintained and developed a county ICWA unit for Hennepin County and co-developed the ICWA Education Days that won the 2009 National County Organization Association Award (NACo). She is a national presenter on Indian Child Welfare with her message to promote collaboration between county and tribal government systems for the benefit of the family.
Beth Lewis
Beth Lewis has worked in the juvenile justice, human service and education fields since 1982. She currently works with school districts and community partners on programs and services for at-risk youth. She has provided extensive training, statewide, on Chapter 48, Chapter 938 and at-risk and alternative education. Beth has a bachelor’s degree in social work and criminal justice and a master’s degree in administration.
Rodney D. Little
MHDL, A Clinical Instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Rodney develops and provides training for child welfare social workers. He previously worked as an instructor with the North Carolina Division of Social Services, and earlier as a child welfare supervisor in a variety of direct practice settings.
Raymond Lloyd
Presenter and consultant from the Ohio Institute for Human Services.
Stephanie Lozano
Stephanie Lozano, CSW, has been working for the Ho-Chunk Nation Child and Family Services as a Child Protection Social Worker for 5 years. While at Ho-Chunk Nation, her case load has primarily included cases involving the Indian Child Welfare Act both within the State of Wisconsin and across the country. She has provided Qualified Expert Witness testimony and recommendations on behalf of Ho-Chunk children. Stephanie works collaboratively with state, county and private agencies in regard to the provision of services for Ho-Chunk children and their parents. She has a Bachelors of Science in Sociology and Political Science from UW LaCrosse. She is currently working on her master - MSW with a Child, Youth and Family Welfare Concentration at UW Madison.
Lorrie Lutz

John Lyons
Dr. John Lyons is a full professor at the University of Ottawa. He received his training and degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests include: Child and youth behavioral health; Treatment outcomes; System management and transformation; Evidence-based practices and knowledge transfer; and Measurement theory. Dr. Lyons has developed the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) outcome management instrument, designed to enhance communication among those who plan care for children and adolescents. Versions of the CANS are currently used in 25 states in child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, and early intervention applications.
Lisa Martin
Lisa is a supervisor in the Children Youth and Families Division of Dane County Department of Human Services. She has worked as a social worker in both Wisconsin and Oklahoma.
Lori Martin
Trainer with White Pines Consulting
Holly Mason

Patricia Matteo
Supervisor from Walworth County.
Pat McConville
BSW, has experience as both a Child Protective Services worker in Dunn and Pierce counties and as a foster parent. She and her husband were foster parents in St. Croix County for 22 years. She was also instrumental in the Supportive Care Program in New Richmond, matching community members with children who were receiving therapeutic services at the St Croix Health Center. Additionally, Pat has taught Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP), PACE for Pierce and St. Croix counties, and training sessions for the Western Wisconsin Partnership.
Michael McGowan
Michael is President of McGowan and Associates, a training and consultation firm specializing in alcohol, drug, conflict resolution and family issues. He works with schools, parent groups, and students as a trainer, consultant and motivational speaker. Mr. McGowan has spent the last twenty years working with families and children. He has worked as an educator, youth care worker, a family counselor, an alcohol and drug counselor and a trainer. He has directed state certified training programs and alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs. He has worked with social service agencies, the department of corrections and private companies as a trainer and consultant.
Joshua Mersky, Ph.D.
Dr. Joshua Mersky is an assistant professor of social work in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at UW-Milwaukee. Dr. Mersky joined the UWM faculty in 2006 after earning a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on three related areas: (a) etiology and sequelae of child maltreatment, (b) life course predictors and pathways to dysfunction and resilience, and (c) design and evaluation of prevention and early intervention programs for at-risk children and families.
Susan Michaud
Susan M. Michaud is the Public Child Welfare Training Coordinator and Instructor at the School of Social Work - UW Madison. As such she is responsible for the overall coordination of the education and training of students who are preparing for work in Public Child Welfare. She also teaches both the graduate and undergraduate courses in Child Welfare at UW-Madison. Dr. Michaud has over 12 years experience working with children and families in juvenile residential treatment and as a Child Welfare Supervisor in Michigan. She has been in social work education since 1997. She is additionally a certified dog trainer, a volunteer at the Humane Society and the owner of three dogs herself. She is particularly interested in the experience of others involved in the child welfare, juvenile justice and animal welfare fields.
Nancy Miller
Nancy trains child protection workers statewide, and consults with several counties' departments of human services regarding CHIPS and TPR cases. She has represented human service departments in over 100 termination of parental rights cases over the past eleven years. Nancy's legal practice is currently dedicated to child welfare issues. She is a former Assistant Corporation Counsel for Brown County who also did guardian ad litem and family law work.
Deborah Mixon
Debra Mixon, MSS, Trainer, came to the University of Denver in 1996. She has extensive experience in competency-based training for child welfare workers and supervisors, and has received outstanding training evaluations for each of her current courses. Before joining the Institute, Ms. Mixon worked for Adams County Social Services for 19 years as a child welfare caseworker and supervisor. She supervised Therapeutic Foster Care, Adoptions, and a Teen Parent program. Ms. Mixon's areas of expertise include: clinical supervision; ongoing child welfare; developmental consequences of maltreatment; separation, placement, and reunification; placement disruptions; foster parent certification; and permanency planning for children and youth. She currently trains Core III and IV, Enhancing Worker Development Through Supervision, Healing Traumatized Children in Foster Care, and Strategies for Parenting Challenging Children. Ms. Mixon also teaches Child Welfare Practice at the Graduate School of Social Work.
Kristina Moelter

Jim Moeser
Jim Moeser has worked in juvenile justice for 34 years, serving in a number of positions with the Dane County Juvenile Court Program in Madison, Wisconsin, including 16 years as the Juvenile Court Administrator, and as the Administrator for the State of Wisconsin Division of Juvenile Corrections. Jim has been involved in training and consultation in Wisconsin and throughout the country in areas of Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ), juvenile detention alternatives, coordinating mental health and juvenile justice services, teen courts, juvenile offender reentry, and victim-offender conferencing and other restorative practices. Jim is now the Deputy Director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.
Tricia Mosher
Tricia Mosher, MSW, LCSW, brings over twenty-five years in social work, child welfare, and organizational development practice. Tricia has served as a training director in Child Welfare in Maine and in Florida, in both public and privatized systems. Currently an independent consultant, Tricia travels nationally to do coaching, quality review, and training to promote inclusive practice in Child Welfare. Most recently, projects have included: Training Development, and Coaching in the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute's Leadership Academy, Organizational Effectiveness facilitation within the APHSA model, Interventions to support case practice in New Jersey's Child Welfare System, and development of curriculum for staff and professional parents in multiple state and private agencies. She has worked in partnership with Wisconsin's Child Welfare System since 2007. Married and a parent of three children, Tricia integrates her passion for working with and for families in her professional and community life in Orlando, Florida.
Loretta Murphy

Dan Naylor
Dan currently supports currently serves over 22 sites across Wisconsin in the development of collaborative efforts supporting children, families, and adults with multiple needs. Dan has spent 30 years in Human Services providing consultation on subjects that include the development and implementation of integrated human services targeting both children and adults with multiple needs, team building, conflict resolution and strategic planning. Dan has been a speaker and trainer at several state and national conferences regarding collaborative services over the last several years. Dan has a Bachelors Degree in management and Masters Degree in public administration.
Cemil Nuriler
Received a Masters Degree in Social Work with child welfare emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He worked for the Barron County Restorative Justice Program as a lead worker who implemented programs such as victim offender conferencing, teen court, and truancy prevention programs. Recently, he became certified as a Wisconsin Quality Service Review team member and has participated in reviews throughout Wisconsin. Currently, he is working for Jefferson County Human Services as a CPS worker.
Mellicent O'Brien Blythe
LCSW, a Clinical Instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Mellicent currently develops and delivers classroom and online training for child welfare social workers. She previously worked in New York and Virginia in a variety of direct practice settings, including juvenile detention, pediatric AIDS and oncology, and early intervention.
Mellicent O'Brien Blythe
A Clinical Instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, Mellicent develops and delivers classroom and online training for child welfare social workers. She previously worked in New York and Virginia in a variety of direct practice settings, including juvenile detention, pediatric AIDS and oncology, and early intervention.
Anita O'Conor
Anita O'Conor, MSW, LCSW, has been employed as a forensic interviewer at the Child Protection Center of Children's Hospital since 1993. She has completed over 650 interviews of children ages 3-18 regarding sexual abuse concerns. She is currently a board member for WIPSAC and the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and is committed to the development of a coordinated investigative response to child maltreatment. She has trained extensively on the subjects of forensic interviewing of children and child maltreatment, with special emphasis on the dynamics of child sexual abuse.
Ami Orlin
Ami Orlin retired from Dane County Department of Human Services in March 2010 after a 26 year career in child protection. Ami worked in all facets of CPS including access, initial assessment, ongoing, supervision and management. Ami also spent three years at Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center as its first executive director. Throughout her career, Ami worked as a trainer at statewide and regional conferences often speaking about issues related to child sexual abuse. Ami is currently an adjunct Lecturer/Field faculty at the UW-Madison School of Social Work.
Verlene Orr
Verlene has extensive experience in the area of child welfare. She has worked as a Child Protective Services Assessment worker, Substitute Care Consultant, and provider of in-home therapy to families involved with the juvenile justice system. Verlene also worked as a policy analyst for out-of-home care issues with the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. and trained throughout Wisconsin on licensing of foster homes and providing permanency for children. Verlene is presently a supervisor of Family Crisis Services at Rock County Human Services Department, a program that provides mental health services to children and families involved with the child welfare system. Ms. Orr has been a foster parent and is the adoptive parent of two young children.
Cyndi Pagel
Cyndi has over 20 years experience in the child welfare field in Wisconsin, particularly the area of foster care. Using a family-based approach, she has worked as a therapist to prevent out-of-home placements, and as a parent educator. Cyndi developed curriculum and provided training for foster parents, and foster care and adoption caseworkers. She has worked intensively with birth parents and foster parents to develop positive supportive relationships in the best interests of the foster child. Cyndi has a Masters in Social Work from UW-Milwaukee, and is currently a school social worker.
Patina Park-Zink
Patina Park is Cheyenne River Sioux and a tribal attorney with the Ho-Chunk Nation, focusing her work on the state-wide implementation of the Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act. Patina was placed for adoption at birth, away from her Lakota tribe and now devotes her legal practice to issues surrounding Indian child welfare. She has over 10 years of legal experience working with the community: first as a law clerk to a judge specializing in ICWA cases; then in direct representation of Native American families involved in child custody issues; and now in policy development and training. Patina has developed Indian Child Welfare curriculum and has significant experience leading advanced ICWA trainings. She has trained tribal and state attorneys, judges, law clerks, social workers, guardians ad litem, community members and service providers. Patina has also taught Family law, Federal Indian Law, and Ethics. In addition to being admitted to practice law in Minnesota, as well as several tribal courts, Patina serves as an appellate court justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota and as a board member of the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center. Patina is a graduate of Hamline University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University.
Mary Paulson
Mary Paulson, MSW, LCSW (WI), LICSW (MN) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. When in clinical practice, Mary worked in an outpatient children's mental health clinic providing individual and family therapy, and is now practicing as a school social worker. She has previous experience in the areas of domestic violence, juvenile intervention services, child protection, and home-based mental health services. She has been an (ad hoc) instructor in the Social Work Program at UWRF since 2000. She presented on the topic of children's mental health at both the 2006 School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) National Conference in Boston and at the WSSWA Conference in Green Lake, Wisconsin in 2007.
Laura Phipps
Laura Phipps, MSW, is a clinical instructor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work, where she develops and provides training for child welfare professionals. Laura has experience working in public school systems in the areas of behavior management, coaching, and data-based problem solving. She has also worked in the area of school based mental health, where she expanded school based day treatment for students in special education with mental health diagnoses. A skilled trainer, she has taught parents, teachers, and others in a number of topics, including child development, child mental health, play therapy, and data analysis.
Jennifer Plisch
Jennifer Plisch, MS, CSW received her BSW at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and her MS in Human Services from Capella University. She has been employed with Child Advocacy and Protection Services of Children's Hospital and Health System since 2007 and is the Forensic Interviewer and Program Coordinator at the Child Advocacy Center of North Central Wisconsin. She has completed over 800 interviews of children regarding allegations of child maltreatment and witness to violence. Ms. Plisch provides training for professionals and para-professionals on multidisciplinary teams and interviewing children and has testified as an expert witness regarding child interviewing.
Henry Plum
Henry has worked in the area of Child Maltreatment Law since 1973. Serving as an Assistant District Attorney, Private Practitioner, and Special Prosecutor, Mr. Plum has focused extensively on the legal aspects of child abuse and neglect, and has published numerous articles regarding these same issues. Mr. Plum has served as a faculty member for the National Counsel of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Wisconsin Judicial College, and the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and is a training consultant with national organizations that include the American Bar Association (Washington, D.C.), and is the past president of the National Association of Counsel for Children (Denver, CO). Internationally, Mr. Plum serves as the Legal Advisor and Parliamentarian for the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Chicago, IL), and has presented at International Congresses around the world. Additionally, Mr. Plum has served as a training consultant for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and has designed and presented seminars on legislative reform and policy development regarding the application and implementation of the Convention of Rights of Child on the child labour issue in South Africa and Kenya.
Julie Poehlmann
Julie Poehlmann, PhD, is a Professor in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an investigator at the Waisman Center, and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty. Through numerous publications, she has brought the attention of the child development and family studies communities to the issue of parental incarceration. Her research with children of incarcerated parents has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr.Poehlmann recently co-edited a book (Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Handbook for Researchers and Practitioners) and a special issue of the journal Attachment and Human Development on attachment in children of incarcerated parents.
Janet Poff
Child Welfare Disclosure and Consultation Specialist, Department of Children and Families.
Nancy Pohlman
Nancy started her career in Social Work in 1985 as a volunteer and an advocate for women survivors of sexual abuse. She received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Social Work from UW La Cross in 1989. Her first official paid work position started in 1990 when she was hired by La Crosse County. Nancy worked for nine years as an ongoing case manager with children, youth, and families referred due to abuse, neglect or juvenile delinquency. In mid 1995 she took an academic leave of absence to pursue her MSSW at UW Madison, graduating in 1996. She is currently a Family Services Unit Supervisor at LaCrosse County DHS. Nancy supervises CPS intake and ongoing social workers as well as access staff repsonsible for taking the initial phone referrals. Nancy has supervised a number of social work interns and was a past member of NASW. She has taught as an adjunct faculty in Social Work and Child Welfare at Winona State University and Viterbo University since 2001. She has trained approximately 500 participants in the areas of Foster/Adoptive/Kinship Caregivers Pre-Service Training, the Adoption Safe Families Act for supervisors and the sexual abuse series.
Shari Rather
Shari is a veteran worker for Waukesha County Health and Human Services. She began in child care licensing, after that spent 13 years in the Access Unit and then became the Foster Care Coordinator in 2002. Through Shari's participation in the piloting training, planning and design committees, she has been instrumental in the development of the Foundation Training. Shari brings child welfare experience and historical knowledge of Foundation Training to each session. Shari hopes to help foster parents become "mindful that fostering is a family commitment and needs to include all family members". She feels it's important to engage participants which enhances the training experience.
Dorothy Roberts
Dorothy Roberts is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Northwestern University School of Law with joint appointments in the Departments of African American Studies and Sociology (by courtesy) and a faculty fellow for the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. She has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues concerning reproduction and child welfare. She is the author of the award-winning Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty, as well as more than sixty articles and essays in books and scholarly journals, including Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Stanford Law Review. She serves as a member of the board of directors of the Black Women’s Health Imperative and the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform and on a panel of five experts that is overseeing foster care reform in Washington State. Her current research examines the concentrated involvement of child welfare agencies in African-American neighborhoods.
Lisa Roberts

Terry Roe Lund
Terry is the Associate Director of The National Resource Center for Child Protective Services; ACTION for Child Protection
Lisa Roehl
Ms. Roehl is the Director of Programs for Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA). In addition to her administrative oversight responsibilities, Ms. Roehl acts as a technical advisor for MHA’s Garrett Lee Smith youth suicide prevention initiative and provides community education regarding issues of mental health and mental illness to a variety of stakeholders including educators, home visitors and child welfare workers. She has extensive clinical experience serving families at risk of child abuse and neglect involved in the child welfare system and acts as the clinical supervisor for MHA’s Invisible Children’s Program (ICP), a direct service program serving families living with parental mental illness. Ms. Roehl is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois.
Al Rolph
MSW, CSW is currently the Training Supervisor for Fond du Lac County Department of Social Services. Prior to his current position, Al worked in Fond du Lac County in the areas of initial assessment, ongoing services to children, youth and families both on voluntary and court-ordered bases, and coordination of independent/transitional living services for young adults. Al is the primary curriculum developer for Wisconsin's Foster Parent Foundation Training curriculum.
Todd Romenesko
Is the Director of Calumet County Department of Human Services where he has served since 2002 as Deputy Director and then appointed Director in 2005. In addition, Mr. Romenesko is active in the Wisconsin Counties Human Service Association, serving as a member of the Executive Board and President of the Association's Eastern Region. He is a member of the Steering Committee to the Northeast WI Partnership for the University of WI Green Bay, co-Chair of the WI Child Welfare Training Council, served as co-Chair of the Northeast Wisconsin Long Term Care Consortium and was appointed by the Governor's Secretary for the Department of Health Services to the State's Long Term Care Council.
Cheryl Rugg
Cheryl Rugg is an instructor in the Human Service Associate Degree Program at Waukesha County Technical College. She maintains a psychotherapy practice working with mental health and substance use disorders with Cornerstone Counseling Service in Milwaukee. With over 25 years of experience she holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has worked with the Center for Additional and Behavioral Health Research at the University of Wisconsin on research projects. Ms. Rugg is the past director of Child and Adolescent Services at DePaul Hospital. She has provided training and education for the social work community for most of her professional career. She is the co-author of the book, Adolescents, Drugs and Alcohol, Charles Thomas, 1989.
Jane Sadusky
Jane Sadusky is an independent writer and researcher on community response to violence against women. Her work on domestic violence spans over 30 years at the local, state, and national levels, with shelter and advocacy programs, coordinated community response projects, state coalitions, and law enforcement agencies. It includes evaluation and assessment, curriculum development, training, and commissioned papers that synthesize research findings and practice. She is a technical assistance partner with Praxis International and has coordinated or advised numerous Domestic Violence Community Safety Assessments that have examined child custody decisions, supervised visitation and safe exchange, and the criminal legal system response. She is the author or coauthor over fifty publications related to issues of domestic and sexual violence, including the Praxis Community Safety Assessment model, domestic violence homicide in Wisconsin, law enforcement response to children, intimate partner violence among homeless and runaway youth, building a military-civilian coordinated community response, and building responses that account for peoples' unique cultures and identities.
Lee Salzmann
Supervisor for Waukesha County
Laura Saunders
Laura A. Saunders, MSSW has 20 years experience with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Her research, teaching, and publications reflect her longstanding interest in designing and promoting evidence based practices for helping persons with alcohol and drug use disorders. Training and coaching others in basic interviewing techniques, administering assessment instruments, and interventions to promote behavior change has been the focus of Ms. Saunders’ career. She has worked intensively with physicians, nurses, medical students, psychologists, specialty addiction treatment providers, social workers, physical therapists, health educators and staff in correctional settings. A member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), Ms Saunders has practiced and taught Motivational interviewing for over 15 years. She has designed, facilitated, and delivered training and coaching in person, online, and via distance learning in the fields of health care, public heath, human service and criminal justice. Ms Saunders has provided trainings in Motivational interviewing internationally, as well as extensively throughout the United States. Ms. Saunders holds a BA in Psychology and a MSSW in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Tom Schleitwiler
Tom Schleitwiler has dedicated his career to the Human Services field. He has recently retired after working for Jefferson County Human Services Department for nearly 32 years, 22 of which he served as Human Services Director. During his time there he focused on optimizing agency structure and teamwork, integrating services, building evidenced based programs throughout, and building community-wide collaborative systems, which resulted in the implementation of Family Care and the Aging and Disability Resource Center, agency Divisions of Behavioral Health, and Family Resources, and the ever expanding Wraparound Project. During this time the agency's Economic Support Division was also re-organized and fully integrated within the Jefferson County Workforce Development Center. Tom is most proud of his work with agency, county and community partners in developing shared visions, programs, and collaborative projects to meet family and community needs. During 2008 the community of Jefferson County was honored by America's Promise Alliance as one the 100 Best Communities in America for young people.
Jayne Schooler

Kristen Shook Slack
Kristen Shook Slack is a Professor and Director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Social Work where, along with her teaching and research, she has been very involved with the development of the Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program. Dr. Slack has recently been named the co-director of the new Center on Child Welfare Policy and Practice at UW Madison. Dr. Slack has a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on understanding the role of poverty and economic hardship in the etiology of child maltreatment, with a particular emphasis on child neglect. Her work advances approaches to better coordinating services and benefits to effectively address the economic needs of families at risk for child maltreatment, and improved assessment strategies for identifying risks and protective factors related to child neglect.
Peter Slesar
Peter has worked for Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services as a social worker and supervisor for 30 years. He has been a social worker in the Juvenile Court Dispositional and Intake Units, and has also been a Unit Supervisor in the Adult Services, Child Protective Services, Alternate Care, and Access (Intake) Units. He presently supervises a Juvenile Services Unit, which provides services to youth and families placed on Juvenile Court supervision for delinquencies.
Ellen Smith
Ellen Smith is currently the Assistant Public Child Welfare Training Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work. She is responsible for the coordination of the education and training of students who are preparing for work in Public Child Welfare and teaches Social Work Practice in Child Welfare. Over the past 20 years, Ellen has worked in various capacities within the child welfare system starting as an Ongoing Social Worker at Dane County in 1992. She has worked as a Guardian ad Litem Social Worker, a permanency planning social worker, and a curriculum coordinator.
Brenda Smith
Brenda Smith is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Alabama. She received her Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and was previously a faculty member at the University at Albany School of Social Welfare. Her research centers on service delivery in child welfare and substance abuse settings. Professor Smith is interested in transporting evidence-based service delivery models to routine community practice. Current projects focus on how institutional demands and organizational factors, such as workplace policies and work climate, affect service delivery.
Tony Spicer
Tony Spicer worked with the Department of Social Welfare in New Zealand for over twenty five years. During this time he has covered social service areas that include: care and protection of children & youth; youth justice work; and working with community agencies. Mr. Spicer fully endorsed the FGC model before it became part of the legislation in NZ. Since it became central to their practice he has been involved in using the model as a social worker, supervisor of social workers and as a coordinator. He is also involved in presenting the FGC model to community groups, professionals and social work trainees. Mr. Spicer is passionate about the FGC model and the work he does. He would love to share with you and your colleagues insights to the New Zealand FGC and its background.
Christine Toner
is an associate with The Carey Group and has extensive experience in implementation, training and consulting with community corrections and child welfare departments around evidenced based practices, cognitive behavioral programming and motivational interviewing. She is currently an adjunct professor at Fordham University in NYC where she teaches evidence based practices and cognitive behavioral courses.
Dimitri Topitzes, LCSW, PhD
Is an assistant professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He teaches advanced level methods courses for MSW students concentrating in direct practice social work with children and families. His research interest centers on child maltreatment, specifically consequences, predictors, prevention and treatment intervention. Dr. Topitzes also maintains a limited clinical social work appointment with Waukesha county Department of Health and Human Services, through which he provides counseling services to court involved adolescent males and their families.
Connie Usiak
Connie has over 20 years experience as a Social Worker, primarily in child welfare services. She has been a supervisor in Dunn, St. Croix, and Polk Counties covering all child welfare services including Child Protective Services, Ongoing, Juvenile Delinquency and Foster Care Services.She has developed programs in Independent Living Skills, Parent Aide Services and In-home Family-based AODA Services.She has developed and supervised volunteer programs both in county human service settings and community hospice programs.She holds the unique honor of becoming a parent twice in one week.
James Van Den Brandt
James G. Van Den Brandt, ACSW, LCSW received his master’s in Social Work from the UW-Madison and then completed a two-year postmaster’s certification program in Family Therapy. From 1991 to 2006 Jim served as the Clinical Programs Manager for Child. Adolescent and Family Services at the Mental Health Center of Dane County, and since 2006 he is the Clinical Area Manager for all integrated out-patient mental health and substance abuse services at the Center. Jim is also the Director of the Adolescent Trauma Treatment Program, a SAMHSA funded project that is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He has served on the national writing teams for the NCTSN Child Welfare Training Curriculum, Trauma & Foster Parent Training Curriculum and the Adolescent Trauma and Substance Abuse Toolkit. Jim has been a Preceptor for the UW School of Social Work since 1986. Prior to joining the Mental Health Center in 1991, Jim worked at Dane County Dept. of Human Services-- as a CPS/Delinquency social worker, an in home family therapist, and then as the Mental Health Services Manager for Child, Youth and Families. Jim provides clinical supervision and program development in the areas of child and family mental health, trauma, alcohol and other drug abuse, and child welfare and family preservation services. He is interested in the integration of mental health, AODA, child welfare and domestic violence services, and has additional expertise in the area of trauma, attachment and early childhood.
Mary Van Dyke
Mary is currently employed by Catholic Charities-Archdiocese of Milwaukee, as a Special Needs Adoption social worker. She has been employed in public and/or private child welfare for over 14 years, both as a direct service social worker and a supervisor of direct services. In addition to her full time job, Mary has been employed (part-time) at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, WI in the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Residential Program since shortly after the program opened in January 1999. She also teaches at UW-Whitewater, on an adjunct basis, in the Social Work Department and co-authored a course, “Legal Aspects of Social Work” that has been offered as an elective since 2006. She earned an undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Science in Education, from UW-Whitewater and a Master’s degree in Social Work from UW-Milwaukee, with an emphasis in Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
Deb Vassar
MSW. A clinical instructor at the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Debbie's professional interests include family-centered services, organizational development, teambuilding, and process consulting. Before coming to UNC, Debbie worked in social service departments in Virginia both as a caseworker and a child welfare supervisor. She has also worked with executives, managers, support personnel, and employees in a variety of public, nonprofit, and for-profit settings. Her national and international consultation, training, and coaching has focused on enhanced communication skills and ethical and quality improvement issues directed toward improving morale and teambuilding.
Paul Vincent
Paul Vincent is the former Director of the Division of Family and Children's Services of the Alabama Department of Human Resources and has created The Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group, a private, nonprofit technical assistance organization serving states and organizations involved in system improvement.
Terri Warner-Sullivan
Terri is a social worker for Dane County Human Services in the Substitute Care Unit. Over the past sixteen years she has worked with children, youth and families in various capacities. In addition to her professional experience, Terri was a foster parent for teenagers. She brings perspective from both areas of the child welfare team into the Foundation training.
Karol Wendt
Karol Wendt, CICSW, CMFT, is currently working in private practice as the Clinic Director of Systemic Perspective, Inc. She is a Certified Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Certified AODA Counselor. Karol has worked as a social worker or therapist since 1974 doing medical social work, AODA treatment for individuals, teens, and families and individual, marital and family therapy with a specialization in chemical dependency. She also provides group and individual clinical supervision, specializing in family based services and is on the faculty of the Family Therapy Training Institute in Milwaukee.
Terry Wheelock
Terry is a Career Development Specialist for 4C - Community Coordinated Child Care, a Resource and Referral Agency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Terry has provided Protective Factors training to parents and child care providers at The Family Center in Washington County.
Renee Wilberg
Renee graduated with her MSSW in 1995 from the UW-Madison and began employment as an Ongoing SW with Rock County CPS. After three years she left, becoming licensed as a Dane County foster parent, eventually adopting her foster child. She returned to Rock County CPS as a Supervisor in Initial Assessment and after four years began supervising the Substitute Care Unit, where she has been for six years. Renee also trains for the Southern child Welfare Training Partnership and is a Lecturer for UW-Madison's School of Social Work master's program.
Jennifer Wilgocki
Jennifer Wilgocki, MS, LCSW received her masters' degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She is the Project and Training Coordinator of the Adolescent Trauma Treatment Program at the Mental Health Center of Dane County, Inc, in Madison, wI. Ms. Wilgocki has been a child and family therapist for over 13 years and a clinical supervisor for over 8 years, specializing in the treatment of trauma, attachment disorders, children in foster care, and high-risk adolescent behaviors. She is the co-author of Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care. Ms. Wilgocki has spoken at state-wide and national conferences and regularly trains foster and adoptive parents and child protection social workers on trauma and attachment disorders.
Marc Wruble
Marc Wruble, PhD, UW-Platteville, Department of Psychology; Child and Family Clinical Psychologist and director, Platteville Family Resource Center, Inc.
Terri Yellowhammer
Terri Yellowhammer, an attorney, has extensive experience in Indian child welfare. She has trained social workers, attorneys and judges on county/tribal partnerships and best practices around implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act. She is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Lakota Nation of North and South Dakota, and graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1995. Ms. Yellowhammer began her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General in the Minnesota Attorney General's Office in the Education and Human Services Divisions, specializing in mental health law. From there she joined the staff at the Indian Child Welfare Law Center, where she represented clients involved in ICWA cases in county child protection matters. She has served as a guardian ad litem in cases involving American Indian families for Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. Ms. Yellowhammer is also an Appellate Judge with the White Earth Nation Tribal Court.
Natalie Young
Natalie Young, MA, CSW is currently an ongoing child protection social worker for Shawano County. Previous experience includes work starting a home visitation for newborns for Shawano County and working at Menominee County. In addition she was the Indian Child Welfare Manager for the Stockbridge Munsee Tribe for 6 years. She had the pleasure of working on the codification of ICWA and Chapter 48. In addition she was able to help develop the Case Practice in ICWA training now being trained throughout the state. She received her undergraduate degree from UWGB in Psychology and Human Development and her Masters Degree in both Community and Guidance Counseling from Lakeland College in Sheboygan.