Meet the Trainers & Consultants

Tim Grove, MSSW, (senior trainer) is the senior consultant at SaintA and serves as the senior leader responsible for the trauma informed care initiative across all agency programs. Tim has more than 20 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. He is responsible for the implementation of SaintA’s trauma informed care philosophy and practice. That includes spearheading the implementation of Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) across all agency programs and creating the trauma informed care training curriculum, which centers around the “Seven Essential Ingredients (7ei)” definition for how best to understand and implement trauma informed care. Tim received his bachelor’s degree in social work from Wartburg College and his master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tim is a mentor with the Child Trauma Academy, a master trainer in ACE Interface, a Mandt instructor and provides training and consulting to a broad range of disciplines in trauma informed practices.

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, providing trauma informed care to children and families. 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 TherapeuticsTM (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 provides constultation 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 trained in the Wisconsin Pyramid Model and has experience in the role of internal coach/behavioral specialist providing consultation under the context of the model to early mental health providers.

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.

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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