About the Trainers

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Tina Marie Baeten , LCSW, CSAC, ICS has worked in the field of addictions and mental health for over 23 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UW-Milwaukee, is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and a Clinical Supervisor. She brings experience in developing and implementing treatment services and programs and for fun, provides instruction and consultation to Graduate Counseling students and treatment programs in Green Bay. She specializes in diversity-respect instruction, gender-specific treatment, program development and consultation. She has a wide range of experiences working as a consultant, educator, treatment provider, client rights specialist, clinical supervisor, and program manager. She has worked with a variety of populations including adolescents, LGBT, women, survivors of trauma, corrections, underserved populations, Native Americans, and other racially and culturally diverse groups. Settings in which she has worked include private, non-profit, academic, public/county, and tribal-governed programs. She has been serving in administration of co-occurring disorders programing since 2004 and currently serves as the Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor with the Oneida Sovereign Nation Tribe of Indians-Behavioral Health. Tina’s most recent adventure has been the establishment of a state-licensed mental health and substance abuse outpatient private practice in Green Bay.

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.

Brenda Blanck, MSSW, is a CPS Ongoing Supervisor for Dane County Department of Human Services. She has been practicing child welfare for the last 14 years in CPS ongoing—9 years as a CPS social worker and 5 years as a CPS supervisor, all in Dane County. Brenda was involved in the Permanency Roundtable pilot project and has been a trained Permanency Roundtable facilitator since 2011. She began training in 2013 and currently co-trains Ongoing Case Planning and Family Based Teaming around Wisconsin. Brenda obtained her MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Child Welfare emphasis in 2000.

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.

Janet Breidel, CICSW, has a Masters of Science in Social Work from UW-Madison. She was the CPS Division Manager for Rock County Human Services Department, then a Child Protective Services Planner for the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services. There she developed and provided statewide training; provided organizational, practice, and community development consultation to county social service managers; developed state policy, standards and legislative initiatives; and served as Wisconsin’s liaison to federal officials on child abuse issues. She has been an independent consultant and trainer since 1997, and currently trains and develops curriculum for the Wisconsin Partnerships.

Andrea Cleland , MSSW, CAPSW, is the Safety Trainer for WCWPDS and delivers child safety trainings for CPS workers, supervisors and contract providers statewide. She worked in CPS direct practice providing Access, Initial Assessment and Ongoing Services from 2000-2006 in Rock County. From 2006-2014, Andrea served as the staff trainer for Rock County where she developed, implemented and managed a comprehensive new worker training program. As staff trainer, she worked closely with direct practice workers both in the office and in the field providing them with coaching and mentoring in the areas of information gathering, safety assessment and safety planning. Andrea worked closely with agency supervisors and management to develop CPS special topics trainings to meet identified agency training needs. She also provided technical assistance in eWISACWIS documentation and trouble shooting. In 2008, Andrea spread her wings in training delivery and began training Safety in Child Protective Services for the Southern Child Welfare Training Partnership. Andrea is committed to helping develop more competent and confident CPS workers, she lives for worker “aha!” moments. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a graduate of The School of Social Work’s Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program.

Frank Crisafi has a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He taught at the University of Wisconsin Madison in the areas of Criminal Law and Juvenile Justice Administration. He was also an adjunct professor at the UW Madison and has conducted numerous seminars and training programs for law enforcement, Social Workers, and educators. He was formerly the First Assistant District Attorney in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office prosecuting delinquency cases, abuse, neglect, and mental commitment cases. He also appeared regularly in court representing the interests of children and families. For thirteen years he was in the Legal Counsel’s Office for the Madison Metropolitan School District and worked in the areas of Special Education, Student Affairs, confidentiality of records, and general education law. In 2009 he was awarded the Tipler Award for Distinguished Service in School Law. He is one of the State of Wisconsin Intake instructors and has taught Basic Intake Training for over 23 years. He has been training juvenile justice professionals for over 46 years.

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 l990. She has been with the Child Protection Center, working as a forensic interviewer, since l992. She has completed over 2000 interviews of children regarding allegations of child maltreatment and witness to violence. Ms. Ghilardi provides training for professionals, para-professionals, and 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.

Joan Groessl , MSW, PhD, LCSW, is an assistant professor with the UW-Green Bay Social Work Professional Programs. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UW-Milwaukee and earned her PhD with an emphasis in Leadership Studies from Marian University. Joan has over twenty years of experience over a broad range of contexts, with primary emphasis in mental health, policy, and administration. She is a past-president of the National Association of Social Workers- Wisconsin Chapter and chairs the continuing education committee. Joan teaches social work ethics at the foundation Master’s Degree level and has developed and implemented numerous trainings in Boundaries and Ethics for Wisconsin human services providers.

Lisa Hankes is an Ongoing Supervisor in child protection 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. Lisa has been training for 5 years and has trained Initial Assessment, Interviewing in Child Welfare, and Ongoing Case Planning across Wisconsin.

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.

Kyle Mounts is a Learning Coordinator for the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC). In that capacity, he has been able to follow a professional interest in mental health by actively working on WAPC initiatives related to opioids in pregnancy. He completed an MPH in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion in 2008 and has experience in neonatal care.

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.

Henry J. Plum, JD is a nationally recognized speaker and educator in the field of child abuse and neglect. As a former Assistant District Attorney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he has extensive experience as a prosecutor in areas of child abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, and child-related litigation. He currently is in private practice and serves as a special prosecutor and legal consultant in child-related litigation for various state, county and private social service agencies. As an educator, Mr. Plum has international lecturing experience conducting training on child labor, child abuse and child legislative reform for various organizations such as UNICEF and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN). Nationally, Mr. Plum serves as a lecturer at various conferences on behalf of the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) as well as other organizations. Mr. Plum currently serves as an instructor for the Wisconsin Child Welfare Training System and has developed numerous training programs for juvenile justice and human service personnel. His interests include child abuse and neglect investigation, case building, termination of parental rights and other related juvenile justice and child welfare topics. He has authored several books and publications.

Mary Rolloff , PhD, RN, CNE has been a nurse for more than 30 years with 20 years of experience in newborn intensive care units as a staff nurse, manager, and clinical nurse specialist and over 10 years of experience as an educator in a baccalaureate nursing program. She is currently the Director for College Assessment at Bellin College in Green Bay, WI. Dr. Rolloff received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, a Master’s in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a Doctorate in Nursing Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She has worked with the Wisconsin Association of Perinatal Care on the development of educational programs related to perinatal substance abuse and neonatal abstinence syndrome, and has presented on the topic statewide as well as through nationally attended webinars. Dr. Rolloff is a Past President of the Wisconsin Association of Perinatal Care and a member of the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nursing as well as Sigma Theta Tau International.

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.

Connie Usiak , B.A., M.S., Certified Social Worker, Certified Professional Counselor has over 35 years of experience as a Social Worker, primarily in child welfare services. She has been a supervisor in Dunn, St. Croix and Polk Counties covering all areas of child welfare services including Child Protective Services, Juvenile Delinquency and Foster Care Services. She has developed programs in Parent Aide Services, In-home Family-Based Substance Abuse Services and Independent Living Skills. She has developed and supervised volunteer programs both in county human services settings and hospice programs. Since 2000 she has provided training and curriculum development through the various training partnerships in Wisconsin, including an Adoption and Safe Families pilot curriculum in collaboration with the Muskie Institute at the University of Southern Maine. Connie is currently a Safety Foundation trainer and also is a trainer for the Supervising Safety blended learning curriculum for CPS Supervisors. Her interest in safety training began in the late 1980’s when she was first introduced to the model. Since that time she has implemented and supervised utilizing the model. She has also developed several curricula relating to the safety intervention model. In addition, Connie currently works as a social worker in Inter-Country Adoption and also co-facilitates a Women’s Trauma group utilizing the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model.

Jeremiah Winscher 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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