Meet the Trainers & Consultants

Tim Grove, Senior Trainer
(414) 465-5775 tgrove@sainta.org
• SaintA employee since 1999
• Master’s degree in social work, University of Wisconsin-Madison
• Bachelor’s degree in social work, Wartburg College

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” —Edith Wharton

Tim Grove is a senior consultant at SaintA, a human services agency whose mission it is to facilitate equity, learning, healing and wellness for all. He has 25 years of professional experience in a variety of direct care and administrative positions including, in-home services, foster care, treatment foster care, residential treatment, child welfare, community based services, quality improvement and staff development.

Grove’s work at SaintA includes being the senior leader of trauma informed care (TIC) initiatives across all agency programs and as such was responsible for implementing SaintA’s TIC philosophy and practices, including Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). He also created a TIC training curriculum centered around the Seven Essential Ingredients, or 7ei, of understanding and practicing TIC. Grove and the training team at SaintA have used the 7ei framework to train more than 50,000 people across the country over the past 12 years. Groups that are currently using the 7ei curriculum include judges, law enforcement/first responders, schools, child welfare agencies, social service agencies, health centers, community agencies, post secondary academic institutions and many others.

He is a Mentor with the ChildTrauma Academy and a Master Trainer in Dr. Rob Anda and Laura Porter’s ACE Interface curriculum. Grove and the SaintA team’s work has been highlighted in various radio and television projects, including a 2018 60 Minutes segment with special correspondant Oprah Winfrey. Their work has also been showcased in a number of magazines, journals and newspapers, including a three-year research study on the effectiveness of 7ei in child welfare published by the Journal of Child Custody in 2019.


Sara Daniel, MSW, LCSW, (senior trainer) is the vice president of educational services at SaintA and has been helping school districts and early care settings work with students affected by trauma, mental health issues and behavioral challenges for 20 years. She is currently a senior coach and consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Trauma Sensitive School Initiative and the co-author of the Trauma Sensitive Schools Learning Module Series. She has worked with countless school districts nationwide and trained thousands of school staff on the 7ei of Trauma Sensitive Schools. Sara is also certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT™) and is the leader of the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Interface Master Trainer Project for the state of Wisconsin.


Adrianne Walschinski, LPC, is the NM Manager for SaintA. Since 2002, Adrianne has worked in various capacities providing services and treatment to children and families affected by trauma, mental health, developmental issues, and behavioral challenges. She has been certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™ (NMT) since 2011, has completed Phase II/Train-The-Trainer certification in 2015 and currently serves as the Phase III/Mentor role by overseeing the certification process for SaintA clinicians and supporting various other individuals and agencies throughout the United States in the use and implementation of the Neurosequential Model. She oversees SaintA’s consultation and coaching services for youth with mental health needs and their teams as requested by county agencies, school districts and private funding sources under the NMT framework. Adrianne is currently participating in the Reflective Supervision Learning Collaborative through the WI Alliance for Infant Mental Health and working towards IMH-Endorsements®.


Kanisha Phelps, MSAL, is the supervisor of staff development for SaintA. Kanisha is a former special education teacher from the Milwaukee Public Schools district, serving students with emotional-behavior disorders and social-emotional learning deficiencies. At her former employer, she created trainings about diversity and helped staff develop interpersonal skills. Currently, she assists with work related to historical trauma and emerging leader development. She oversees the direct training of SaintA’s behavioral management and trauma informed care curriculum. Kanisha has a master’s degree in Administrative and Instructional Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Michael Joranger, LCSW, is a staff development coordinator for SaintA. Michael has 33 years of child welfare experience in a variety of settings, including schools, residential care, foster care case management, foster care licensing and placement, foster care parent education, as well as agency-wide staff development. Areas of specialty include bringing the SaintA Trauma Informed Care philosophy to a wider audience and crisis management training for agency staff and foster parents. Attendees at Mike’s classes include Department of Human Service and Child Protection workers, law enforcement, corrections, and psychiatric nurses, educators and social workers. He is also a Master Trainer for the ACE Interface Project and a Mandt system trainer. Mike earned his bachelor’s degree from Saint John’s University, did graduate work at the University of Minnesota, and earned his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Kathleen Ayala, MSW, APSW incorporates her experience working within treatment foster care and knowledge of NMT™ to educate and assist families and teams on learning about the impact of adverse events and importance of building relationship. Kathleen provides strength-based strategies that support the stability and well-being of the youth, caregivers and team.



Sarah Morschauser, APSW has both personal and professional experience with regards to the child welfare and foster care system that have allowed her to understand the value of healing through relational connections. Sarah looks to working with all team members to obtain critical information to offer a comprehensive assessment that supports the youth, caregivers and team members.



Julie Scott, MS, LPC-IT, NCC focuses on how early life experiences impact brain development, shown through a child’s functioning. By providing NMT™ Assessments, Julie creates a road map for therapeutic services and supports to best enhance a child’s current functioning. She works with families, schools and teams to enhance a child’s ability to regulate, relate and reason, and also consults with schools and teams presenting on the Neurosequential Model, helping support children in their home and school environments. Julie is currently completing Phase II Certification in NMT.


Gary Myrah, Training Consultant. Gary was the Director of Special Services for the Port Washington-Saukville School District in Port Washington, Wisconsin for 34 years. Later,  he was appointed to be the executive director for the Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services. Gary has served as the president of seven professional educational organizations, including most recently CASE, International. He has served on various organizational boards and served two terms as the chair of the Wisconsin State Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Special Education. He has received the Dan O’Sullivan Award twice and the John Melcher Award. In 2018 Gary received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who.



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