About the Trainers

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Patty Baker joined NEW Partnership in March of 2010, after spending 17 years with the Manitowoc County Human Services Department. While there, Patty worked extensively with children and families, including 7 years as Foster Care Coordinator in which she was responsible for recruiting, licensing, training and retaining foster families. Patty obtained her BSW from UW-Green Bay.

Mike Bloedorn, MSW, LCSW, began college courses at UW-Green Bay and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the UW-Madison and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Michael spent his entire professional career of 40+ years in Washington County in Southeastern Wisconsin, holding positions as a Social Worker, Supervisor, Deputy Director and Director prior to his retirement in 2012. His interest and expertise is in the child welfare field, including Child Protective Services and Juvenile Justice work. In 2010, he received the “Real Heroes” award from the local American Red Cross Chapter for his commitment to the community. Michael provided Ethics and Boundaries Training for Paraprofessionals working with the elderly from Washington, Ozaukee, Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties, and led the county Human Service work groups on the development of “best practices” for professional behavior within the work setting.

Carlyn Clark , MSSW is a Supervisor with Calument County. Previously she worked as a Child Protective Services Social Worker in Sheboygan County for 7 ½ years and was a full time trainer for the NEW Partnership. In addition to her child welfare experience, Carlyn is a Certified Divorce Mediator, Licensed School Social Worker and has background working with individuals and families affected by substance abuse and mental health issues. Carlyn received her BSW from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and her MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Candy Conard, ACSW, CICSW, Candy was a faculty member of the U.W.-Green Bay Professional Social Work Program, an Executive Director of a Domestic Violence Agency, and has held  manager/supervisory positions in various non-profit organizations.  She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from U.W. Madison, and a LCSW.  She has had experience with children, adolescents, families, mental health and organizational development. She is a trainer and curriculum developer or the NEW Partnership.

Kate Gravel 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.

Heather Halonie has been working in the field of child welfare for over twelve years, and has experience working in both tribal and county agencies. She is currently working as the Training Manager for the Intertribal Child Welfare Training Partnership. In that position she coordinates trainings for both tribal and country child welfare staff in Wisconsin. Heather developed the foundation training “Case Practice with American Indian Tribes,” and has experience training that curriculum to country child welfare staff. Heather has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Minnesota—Duluth.

Jennifer Heil , MSW, is a Trainer/Development Specialist for NEW Partnership for Children and Families. Her primary training focus includes all of the Foundation level and some Special Skills & Topics trainings for caseworkers, in addition to curriculum development, trainer support, and other projects. She has been practicing in the field of child welfare since receiving her BSW with a Child Welfare Emphasis in 1994, primarily focusing on ongoing services to families and working with foster parents. Prior to coming to NEW Partnership, Jennifer served as a Foster Care Coordinator for Outagamie and Calumet Counties for 11 years, and worked with the Receiving Home, Respite Care, and Kinship Care Programs. She has enjoyed training parents, staff, and foster parents since 1997. Jennifer obtained her MSW from UW-Green Bay in 2009.

Julie Jensen Julie Jensen is currently employed at Ministry Medical Group as a Behavioral Health Specialist where she identifies and assists in the management of patients with medical and behavioral health problems. Prior to this position, Julie was a Supervisor for Marathon County Department of Social Services for 15 years. Julie supervised the Ongoing Child Protection Services Unit, Children’s Long Term Support Unit, and Specialized Foster Care Services. Julie has a Masters Degree in Social Work from UW-Milwaukee. Prior to Social Services, Julie’s specialty was in the area of mental health where she provided such services as intensive in-home family therapy in rural Wisconsin counties, mobile crisis intervention services to severally emotionally disturbed youth in Dane County, counseling services to victims of crime, and outpatient mental health services to children and their families.

Jodee Liedtke is a licensed clinical social worker working as a consultant assisting counties and states in the development of integrated systems of care for high risk children and youth since 1997. She received her Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1974 and has a specialist certificate in child welfare from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in 1976. Jodee was a school teacher and social worker. In addition she worked in child welfare services for approximately ten years and mental health for twenty years ending her formal career in 1997 at the Mental Health Center in Dane County. It was there that she assisted in the implementation of the Children Come First Project, one of the first integrated service programs for high risk youth in the nation. Since beginning her consulting career in 1997, Jodee has provided training and consultation on child welfare and behavioral health issues, collaborative teaming processes and other topics in Wisconsin and other states. She is the owner of Integrative Community Solutions and currently works primarily in Wisconsin and New York.

Sharon Locklin is currently the Training Manager for the Behavioral Health Training Partnership, which is part of the NEW Partnership for Children and Families at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Prior to this position, Sharon was the Grant Coordinator for the Northeast Regional Crisis Grant.

Sharon holds a BS in Psychology and Criminal Justice Certificate from UW-Madison. She has worked in both Wisconsin and New Mexico as a Substance Abuse Counselor, including supervising other counseling staff at the Dane County Detoxification Center in Madison, WI and the SHARE Program in Stoughton, WI.

Sharon has also worked as a Community Support Specialist for Outagamie County in Wisconsin and as Case Manager at the Bernalillo County Mental Health Center in Albuquerque. While in Albuquerque, she was also involved in research projects related to dual diagnosis and eventually went to work at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico, coordinating an outreach program aimed at increasing the capacity of rural providers to deal with substance abuse and mental health issues. During that time Sharon was involved with programs such as integration of behavioral health services into primary care and school settings, rural residency programs, telehealth programs, and the establishment of networks aimed at creating integrated systems of care for those with co-occurring disorders.

Sharon has presented at numerous conferences in both Wisconsin and New Mexico and has served on Boards and Committees, including the WAAODA Board , the Consumer Wellness Conference Committee and the DD Health Disparities Workgroup.

Suzanne Mathison has been an Initial Assessment Worker at Marathon County Department of Social Services since 1994. She has been training with the Partnership since 2004. Prior to her work at Marathon County, Suzanne worked for 17 years in residential treatment, working with male and female victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse. Suzanne is a member to the Marathon County’s Child Fatality Review Team, Sexual Assault Intervention Team, Child Advocacy Center Multidisciplinary Team, and Housing and Hording Team. Suzanne received her BSW from Western Michigan University.

Jan Miyasaki Since 1993, Jan Miyasaki has been the director of Project Respect, a Dane County-based social service agency that provides case management, counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy, alternative to incarceration, and peer support group services to persons with histories of prostitution and sex trafficking. She is a member of the Dane County Commission on Sensitive Crimes and is co-founder of the Coordinated Community Response to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children which has led the response to domestic minor sex trafficking in Dane County through education, research, community consensus building and development of social services for victims. She is the lead author of the 2012 report, “Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Dane County Needs Assessment”. She holds a J.D. from Marquette University Law School and is an ad hoc faculty member in Ethnic Studies at the U.W. Madison. She has over 25 years of experience providing adult education, advocacy and community organizing. She has presented to educators, policy makers, human services providers, law enforcement, legal advocates and community-based organizations on the human and social costs of prostitution, the impact of sex trafficking on victims, collaborative service provision to victims, and coordinated community response. She is the recipient of the Madison Police Department’s Partnership in Building Trust Award; Social Justice Advocate for Change Award from Family Connections and Sister House; Woman of Achievement from the Wisconsin Women of Color Network; and, the Madison Community Foundation’s Individual Excellence Award.

Kristy Pahl, BSW, is a Trainer/Development specialist for NEW Partnership for Children and Families. Kristy obtained her BSW, with a child welfare emphasis, from UW-Green Bay in 2003. Kristy has knowledge of and experience in Wisconsin county child welfare since working for more than eight years with the Manitowoc County Human Services Department. There she provided ongoing child protective services to children and families. Kristy brings a strong training background with her to this position, having provided the PACE and Foundation training to foster parents in Manitowoc County and for the NEW Partnership training region.

Al Rolph, MSW, CSW is the Training and Resource 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 CAN investigations, ongoing services to children, youth and families both on voluntary and court-ordered bases, and coordination of independent/transitional living services for young adults. Over the past 22 years he has worked extensively with individuals, groups, and community committees. Al also provides instruction to students in the Social Work program as an adjunct instructor at Marian University. His Master’s Degree is from UW-Milwaukee.

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.

Tammy Snortum joined the NEW Partnership for Children and Families in 2004 as the Training Manager, where she manages and coordinates training for supervisors and staff. Tammy has focused on developing training and supporting agency planning in the area of Secondary Traumatic Stress since 2007. She was a member of a national team with the University of Texas at Austin to develop an organizationally-based program to build resiliency in staff and volunteers working with child abuse victims.

Tammy obtained her MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her BSW from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Tammy has extensive experience in the field of behavioral health and human services that includes psychiatric social work, outreach, clinical supervision, private practice, and she was the Deputy Director with Brown County Human Services prior to joining NEW Partnership.

Additional experience includes teaching in the Professional Social Work Program at UW-Green Bay, training , research in secondary trauma, research in ethics and boundaries including “Advanced Ethical Practice: A Study of Child Welfare Professionals in twenty-six Northeast Wisconsin counties”, and consultation in the area of supervision and administration.

Jeremiah Winscher is currently employed as a Special Agent with the WI Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation and has been so employed since October of 2011. SA Winscher is assigned to narcotics investigations out of DCI's Appleton Field Office, focusing on complex Heroin and Prescription drug investigations. Prior to his current assignment SA Winscher was employed by the WI State Patrol specializing in OWI detection and enforcement as well as Highway Criminal Interdiction and Highway Drug Trafficking interdiction and enforcement.

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