SaintA CEO’s Journey Began as Part-Time Endeavor

Ann Leinfelder Grove

Ann Leinfelder Grove has been named President and CEO of SaintA, after having served as Interim CEO since January 1, 2018. However, her commitment to helping SaintA clients thrive began much earlier.

Nearly Three Decades of Service

In 1990, Ann began working at the organization, then called St. Aemilian-Lakeside, as a part-time Manager of Volunteer Services. In true Ann fashion, she immediately began forging relationships and grew the volunteer force from 50 to 300. And, she managed to balance that work with her primary job as a mom to two young children.

Within just a couple of years, Ann parlayed the part-time opportunity into being the full-time Director of Marketing and Development. She has since served as Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Strategy and Innovations, and most recently, Executive Vice President. Ann has overseen every direct-service program and nearly every administrative function at SaintA.

A Pioneer in Trauma Informed Care

Ann has been instrumental in developing SaintA’s best practices for trauma-informed care, known as the Seven Essential Ingredients (7ei). 7ei is the core curriculum of SaintA’s trauma informed care and trauma sensitive schools trainings, which have been attended by 50,000 individuals over the past ten years as part of the national TIC movement.

Ann is the chair of the Milwaukee County Trauma-Informed Care Partnership, and served as a steering committee member of First Lady Tonette Walker’s Fostering Futures Initiative. She holds a Master of Science in Management Degree from Cardinal Stritch University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Advancing the Agency’s Vision

“It’s an honor to lead an organization with such a strong history – 168 years – of responding to the needs of children,” Ann says. “It’s even more rewarding to be able to pick up where my predecessor, Teri Zywicki, left off in creating a future where every child and family can thrive.” Teri had served as CEO for 16 years before leaving SaintA to pursue other interests within the human services sector.

“SaintA leadership knows now is the time to move from a responsive agency to one that provides early interventions for childhood trauma and when possible, helps prevent future generations from facing adversity,” says Ann.

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