Meet the Trainers

Tim Grove, MSSW, (senior trainer) is the chief clinical officer 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 director of Clinical Services and staff development for SaintA. Since 1997, Sara has been collaborating with school districts to provide consultation and training in working with students affected by trauma, mental health issues or behavioral challenges. She currently oversees a continuum of services providing direct care to students, families and schools to increase student success. She also currently supports program staff for SaintA’s various lines of service to implement trauma informed care in their work with children in child welfare and out of home care. Sara is a member of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Trauma Sensitive Schools workgroup is the co-author of the Trauma Sensitive Schools Toolkit available on the DPI website. She has trained more than 7,000 staff members on Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools and provided training and certification on the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT™) to SaintA clinicians. Sara has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Kanisha Phelps is a staff development coordinator 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. Prior to her career in education, Kanisha worked in the staffing industry, creating and implementing training developing staff in the areas of diversity and cultural competency. She currently assists in collaborating with school districts to provide consultation and training on working with students affected by trauma, mental health issues and/or behavioral challenges. She oversees the direct training of SaintA’s behavioral management programs and trauma informed care curriculum. She also assists with the creation of work being done around historical trauma as well as culture humility. 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 more than 30 years of child welfare experience in a variety of settings, including residential care, foster care case management, foster care licensing and placement, foster 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. 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.

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