2020 Show-Me Annual Symposium Presenter Bios

2020 Show-Me Annual Symposium

Presenter Bios

Tresa Allen, PN, AA, BSW, MSW, LPN, LMSW
began her career as a Nurse Aide. She obtained a CNA, then a CMA. After some urging from her then DON, Tresa attended LPN school. After being an LPN for about 10years, she saw the need to help more so off to school she went for Social Work. Tresa now works with the geriatric population but she spent a great deal of years working with the mentally ill. 

Keith Bishop, MS, LCSW, is the Vice President of Residential Behavioral Services at Great Circle, focusing on the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics©. He has more than 35 years of experience working with traumatized youth in difficult circumstances. He became part of Great Circle through its 2015 merger with Butterfield Youth Services, in Marshall, MO. During his 33 years with Butterfield, he served in various roles, including clinical therapist and supervisor, director of treatment services and home/community-based services and executive director. He also served as an adjunct professor of general psychology and human sexuality at Missouri Valley College, in Marshall, and has presented to multiple organizations and at conferences. Bishop received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fort Lewis College, in Durango, CO, and his master’s in psychology from Central Missouri State University.

Dana Branson, PhD, LCSW is an assistant professor in the Social Work Program at Southeast Missouri State University. Branson earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University in 2011, received her Master of Social Work (child and family emphasis) from the University of Kansas in 1995, and completed her undergraduate work at Southwest Baptist University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology in 1993. Branson has been a licensed practitioner (LCSW) and a member of NASW since 1997. Branson’s practice is focused primarily with women and adolescents, tri-occurring issues of substance use disorders, mental health, and trauma, and incorporates the many diverse dynamics of rural social work. Branson serves as a conference presenter, providing workshops, breakout sessions, and guided discussions on a number of social work topics. Branson’s current research focus resolves around trauma, both primary and vicarious presentations. Branson has participated in international social work opportunities in Ireland, Brazil, and Belarus. 

Monique Burns, PhD, ACSW, LCSW, LSCSW is Owner/Clinical Therapist/Legal Expert of PSU, LLC. Dr. Burns works with individuals, couples, and families on diverse issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, work stress, and relationships. Dr. Burns also works as an Expert Witness/Consultant in child welfare matters working with attorneys across the United States.

Dr. Burns has direct practice experience in public child welfare as a child protective services worker, foster care certifier, family sex abuse treatment specialist, and runaway and homeless family/crisis therapist. Dr. Burns has held positions in higher education teaching in BSW and MSW programs at Valdosta State University, Delta State University, and Indiana University. Dr. Burns has presented at local and national conferences on topics of working with the sexually abused child, assessment, self-care, organizational learning, change, strengthening supervision skills, team-based learning, addressing disproportionality, strengths-based practices, social presence, and outcome measures practice and use. 

Terri Cooley- Bennett is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (MO), a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (KS), a Co-occurring Disorders Professional-Diplomate (MO) and a Tobacco Treatment Specialist.She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Missouri Western State University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. She is experienced in homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, sexual exploitation, trauma and poverty.Currently, Terri is the Outreach Supervisor at Swope Health Services and oversees the homeless program.She was an Adjunct Professor for the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare and currently provides field instruction to social work students from UMKC and the University of Kansas.She speaks and serves on the board for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Missouri Chapter and is trained with the National NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review.She currently is a speaker and workshop presenter for various agencies and groups including NASW Missouri Chapter, the Missouri Department of Mental Health, the Missouri Credentialing Board (credentialing Board for Substance Use Disorders Professionals) and First Call (Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery).


Nancy Ellis-Ordway, LCSW, PhD, is a psychotherapist with more than thirty years' experience, specializing in treating eating disorders, body image issues, stress, anxiety, depression and relationship issues. She has a private practice in Jefferson City, MO. In addition to a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University, she completed the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy training program at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and a Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Missouri. She is the author of "Thrive at Any Weight: Eating to Nourish Body, Soul, and Self-Esteem" (2019).


Jan Hanneke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias as well as supporting caregivers through life changes, stages of grief, reducing stress and improving quality of life. Jan received her Bachelor’s in Social Work and Master’s in Social Work from Saint Louis University. In addition to her work with Memory Care Home Solutions, Jan has served as a research assistant for Dr. Stanley Birge, a Washington University Physician with the Division of Geriatrics and serves as adjunct faculty for the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University. Jan has presented to professional and non-professional audiences on topics of cognitive impairment, healthy brain aging, assessment of caregiver readiness and improving quality of life for persons with dementia and their caregivers. Jan has served on the Board of Directors for Social Work Leaders in Health Care of Metro St. Louis for 3 years and currently holds the position of Board President. 

Kettisha Hodges, Behavioral Health Therapist at Quincy Medical Group and Assistant Professor at Quincy University. She has a Masters in Social Work and a Master of Science in Forensic Psychology. She has been known for you passion regarding the criminal justice population and the addictions field. She has worked in this field for 20 years. She has continued to gain knowledge and education on how to better serve the criminal justice/substance use population; which she strongly believes people deserve another chance. She has become a Certified Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Coordinator and is Co-Chair of the Adams County, IL CIT Council. As noted, she has a passion for those who may not always have a voice or have been oppressed because of systems. As an LCSW, she believes it is important to understand culture and to gain awareness. This passion has led to becoming a certified Anti-Oppression Informed Practitioner (AIOP). 

Terri Hosto is a licensed clinical social worker and assistant professor in neurology at Washington University School of Medicine.She earned a baccalaureate degree in social work from the University of Illinois, graduate certificate in gerontology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and masters in social work and specialist in aging certificate from the University of Michigan.She works at the Knight Alzheimer Disease Research Center, where she does recruitment/screening of study volunteers, conducts informed consent/intake interviews, coordinates referrals to multiple core and affiliated studies, provides education and social work support to study participants and collateral sources, and works to retain approximately 550 older adults in longitudinal research. She co-chairs an internal ethics committee and has served on the center’s African American Advisory Board.She has provided field instruction and supervision to over 30 masters level social work students, preparing them for advance practice in the fields of gerontology, health and mental health.She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and presents workshop sessions at the statewide symposium.She is a volunteer support group facilitator for the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association and American Parkinson Disease Association.These experiences have fostered her interest in the bio-psycho-social challenges that older adults living with long-term conditions face and promoting healthy relationships among older adults, their families, and health care practitioners.

Traci Krygiel is currently a staff clinician for Deer Oaks- The Behavioral Health Solution. She graduated from the University of Missouri Columbia May of 2012 with her Master’s in Social Work with Magna Cum Laude honors. Following graduation she obtained her licensure as a License Master Social worker and continued in the field of geriatrics working inpatient on a Geriatric in-patient psychiatric floor, while working full time at Great Circle as well. In October of 2015 she completed her 4000 clinical hours and obtained her LCSW . She has 25 years of experience working in mental health. She has always had a passion for our aging population and notably attained her License as a Nursing home administrator in April of 2001 and worked till February of 2003 as a Licensed Nursing home Administrator. She also worked with youth and served as a Clinical Manager at Great Circle developing programs for youth in need. She developed a 4 month adoption program for adopted youth and their families, created a day treatment program for adolescents dealing with substance abuse, utilizing the ABC model of care/Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. She has served on various committees at her places of employment, presented educational seminars on topics including How to handle the explosive resident, The Trigger Model, and Finding Life Balance in the Work Environment.

Melinda D. Love is the principle of New Haven Wellness Services, LLC where she serves as training specialist, and counselor. She is a certified substance use disorder counselor with 15years experience. Her experiences includes service to many oppressed members of society which led to becoming a certified Anti-Oppression Informed Practitioner (AOIP) through NASW-OH chapter last year. Ms. Love is working to bring the AIOP training to Missouri. 

Marty Martin-Forman has worked in the field of Behavioral Health for over 30 years, as a clinician, administrator, and educator. She is an experienced speech writer and presenter with both short speeches and day long seminars. She has served as an educator in the field of behavioral health, administration and leadership. Her consulting firm specializes in working with not-for-profit organizations during strategic planning. Her experience also extends to bidding presentations with a national architectural firm, Her clinical practice centers primarily around facilitating trauma debriefings with local events. 

Cheryl Mefferd, BSN, RN, for almost ten years, was a stepmother to three amazing children. During that time, she watched helplessly as the happy and loving children she once knew became withdrawn, secretive and depressed. It would take years before she and her husband ever heard the words “parental alienation” and several more before the impact of those words would be realized. On June 28, 2018, they faced all three children in court ready to testify against them for abuse that never occurred.

In July 2018, Cheryl started writing the blog Parental Alienation Speaks. Since that time, the blog has gone worldwide and has become a non-profit organization committed to spreading awareness to the world through education. In December 2018, Cheryl became a contributing writer for Stepparent Magazine. In March 2019, Cheryl created a brochure about parental alienation to help create awareness. Over 2,500 brochures have since been mailed to 34 states and 9 countries. In April, Cheryl was asked to be a speaker at Naparima Boys College in Trinidad, West Indies during a Parental Alienation Awareness Press Conference. She was also featured on KRZK Radio and hosted her very first Walk for Parental Alienation Awareness in September 2019.

Dr. Sarah Myers Tlapek is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri with a joint appointment with the university Extension system, where she works from the southeast region of the state.Dr. Tlapek’s research and service focuses on the promotion of well-being for diverse populations who have survived difficult circumstances including traumatic events, conflict-affected environments, and interpersonal violence.She has experience working on applied research projects that involve participation from individuals and groups and which require collaboration with community partners. Prior to doctoral studies Dr. Tlapek worked in a variety of domestic and international practice settings, including case management in an urban setting and management of community health and economic development programming in rural international settings. Dr. Tlapek enjoys mentoring and teaching students in the MSW program and teaches Research Methods and Advanced Foundations of Human Behavior for Administrators.

Kathie Miller began her career in social work at Avila College in Kansas City, Missouri. After receiving her BSW in 1979, she worked in child protective services in a rural Indiana county for six years. Miller later moved to southern Illinois and practiced social work in a rural hospital setting, focusing on inpatient mental health services. After receiving her MSW degree from The University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign in 1991, Miller joined the faculty in the Social Work Department at Southeast Missouri State University as a temporary full-time instructor for three semesters. Miller continued to teach for Southeast at off-campus sites as a part-time instructor for the next fifteen years while also working in medical rehabilitation social work at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. From 1994 until 2007, Miller was employed as the executive director of The Center for Family Resources, Inc. in Malden, Missouri, a not-for-profit agency focused on providing services for survivors of family violence in a rural, six-county area. Since 2007, Miller has been a full-time instructor for the Social Work Program at Southeast with a teaching focus on building helping relationships and developing professional practice skills. Miller has been a licensed clinical social worker in Missouri since 1992 and has served on the State Committee for Social Workers since 2006. Miller lives in Dexter, Missouri and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends in community activities.

Sherry Nelson has been a Regional Human Development Specialist for University of Missouri Extension for 23 years in the NE region. Previously she worked at Fulton State Hospital as a Clinical Social Worker. Sherry teaches a variety of topics including Chronic Disease Self-Management, Fall Prevention, Divorce Education, Disaster Preparedness and Recovery, Alzheimer and Dementia education, Caregiver education, and Parenting. She has presented at the Missouri NASW Symposium, the National AgrAbility Conference and Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) Annual Meeting multiple times. Her passion is helping people impacted by disasters which includes farmers and ranchers Whether the disaster is natural, man-made, or individual.More recently she has been interviewed by several newspapers, radio stations and MU School of journalism students about Farmer rancher suicide.

Angelita Pritchett is the Care Transitions Coach for the University of Missouri, Missouri Quality Initiative for Nursing Homes (MOQI) and COO of NewPath Health Solutions. She has been involved with the project since 2011, when MOQI was in the nursing facility that she was the Director of Social Services. Angelita joined the MOQI team in 2016 as the Care Transitions Coach. Since her work with MOQI, she has been involved in publications and videos speaking about the importance of advanced directives and the care planning process. Angelita graduated with her MSW in 2013 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her focus has been on medical social work. She has experience in hospitals, home health, and skilled nursing facilities. Prior to her social work career, she was a certified nurse aid in skilled nursing facilities for 10 years. This experience has helped shape her career and focus on the elderly, and healthcare facility organizations and policies. Angelita is also an adjunct faculty professor at the University Missouri St. Louis where she focuses on public policy as well as healthcare policy. 

Peggy Reed-Lohmeyer, MSW, LCSW, received her BSW from Columbia College & her MSW from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she was a Gregory Fellow.She has over 30 years of experience as a social worker, in various settings including outpatient & inpatient mental health, adolescent residential, home health & hospice.She has also been involved in community/volunteer activities involving grief & loss, suicide prevention and Critical Incident Stress Debriefings.She currently is employed at Fulton State Hospital as the Risk Manager, adjuncts for two colleges, & is a trainer for Kaleidoscope Counseling & Consulting.She was the NASW MO-Chapter Social Worker of the Year for 2011 & serves on the chapters Ethics Committee.


Caroline Regan is a licensed clinical social worker for the state of Missouri and has concentrated her career in hospital social work and now hospice care. After discovering the benefits of forest bathing as an option for patient's and clients, she will complete her Forest Therapy and Guide certification with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT) in April 2020 and is actively guiding Forest Bathing sessions throughout Missouri and beyond. Caroline is a MO-NASW board member and lives in Gerald MO with her husband.

Kathryn Sapp is the Bureau Chief of Adult Protective Services Policy and Staff Development in the Department of Health & Senior Services, Division of Senior & Disability Services.Ms. Sapp holds a Bachelors and Master's degree in Social Work. She has over 25 years of experience including previous employment history as a Child Abuse/Neglect Investigator, Child Abuse/Neglect Policy Manager, Quality Assurance Manager and Field Operations Manager for Bureau of Home & Community Services.


Nathan Schuh is the co-owner of Near2Nature/Missouri Forest Bathing and along with his partner guides participants into the forest for forest bathing. Nathan is a native of St Louis MO and an alum of the University of Missouri--Columbia where he studied Psychology and Sociology before getting his MBA at the University of Missouri--St Louis. Nathan is also certified in Mindfulness and trains participants in mindfulness practice. He lives in Fenton, MO with his wife and baby Maggie. 

David Strabala, MSW, LCSW, currently works full-time as Juvenile Office Counselor for Clay County, MO.As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1994, he has worked in mental health centers, TBI day treatment, employee assistance, mobile crisis and with military/PTS.His primary specialty has been with troubled youth.For 20 years, he has discovered how the telling of meaningful stories can feed clients’ willingness to integrate shadow aspects of life, thus building strength and insight about how gifts are near our wounds.Most stories he offers are fairy tales of heroes or tricksters that reveal coded maps of the psyche’s paths toward wholeness.He plays an African djembe drum in groups to hold the story space.His interest in personal story prompted a six-year filmmaking project, resulting in an award-winning feature documentary, “What Is Synchronicity?” which he will give to session attendees who would like a DVD copy.

Brea Strong, MSW, LCSW, MBA is currently a mental health specialist for Mercy Virtual Care Center in Chesterfield, Missouri. Brea is a licensed clinical social worker in four states (Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Oklahoma). She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University as well as a master’s degree in Social Work from Saint Louis University. Brea has previously worked in a behavioral health inpatient setting at SSM DePaul Hospital overseeing the Social Services department. In her current position, she is providing virtual therapy services through an iPad to chronically ill patients and inpatient services at Mercy Washington. Brea specializes in working with adult populations, co-occurring conditions, behavioral interventions and supports, and has a special interest in virtual care. Brea was diagnosed with lupus in 2002 and practices daily self-care to assist in maintaining her health. 

Sarah Wright joined Great Circle as a contract therapist in September 2014 when the merger with Dietchman, Leavell and Associates occurred. She had contracted with Dietchman, Leavell and Associates from January 2010 to the time of the merger. From there, she became a Therapist II in February 2015 and the Community Counseling Manager in January 2016. She has served the child welfare system as a therapist for the last 9 years. Sarah is currently serving as a statewide Trauma-Informed Care Training and Project Manager. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from William Jewell College and her Master of Arts in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Sarah is certified in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Neuro Sequential Model of Therapeutics. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri. Sarah is trained in EMDR and TF-CBT. She has a passion to help families of children who have been abused or neglected.

Steve Zwolak is the CEO of LUME Institute and Executive Director of University City Children’s Center. He has over 50 years’ experience as a student of children, tirelessly advancing and advocating for early childhood. Steve’s years as a classroom teacher and leader in the field of early childhood enabled him to build the LUME Approach to education, which focuses on Emotionally Responsive Teaching. In addition, there is preliminary evidence that his work has the potential in closing the racial and socioeconomic achievement gap. The Approach emphasizes that the emotional development of children is critical to future success. All learning happens in relationships. We know, if we want to change society, we must change the way we teach our youngest children and the teachers of our youngest children. Steve has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally for his work with children, families and educators.