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Meet the Dynamic Breakout Presenters

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Alfonso Ramierez

Megan Bartlett has spent more than 15 years training and supporting coaches to change their practice to include the principles of sports-based youth development and brain-aware coaching. Through her work at We Coach, she focuses on creating more opportunities for groups that have been historically marginalized from sport, including girls, as well as Black, Indigenous and Latinx young people. She has created innovative national coach training programs , helped launch the Neurosequential Model in Sport with the Child Trauma Academy, and is the co-author of the book Re-Designing Youth Sports: Change the Game.


Megan Bartlett

Founder, We Coach Jamaica Plan MA


Robyn Gobbel, LMSW-Clinical

Speaker, Writer, Trainer and Consultant 

Robyn Gobbel, LMSW-Clinical, loves coffee, P!NK, and everything about the brain. Once (recently!) her teenager went ballistic on her for getting ANOTHER (glitter!) coffee mug in the mail. Robyn loves cultivating deep, resonant connections with anyone who is up for it, as well as teaching anyone who will listen to harness the power of neuroscience so they can cultivate deep, resonant connections. What would change in the world if we could all do that? To see, be with, feel, and deeply know each other…and ourselves. Robyn thinks everything could change.

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Luke Graner

Founder of Be Rhythmic, Musician & Teacher

Husband, father of 4 boys, musician, writer, web producer, loop artist, graphic designer, composer, music teacher, audio engineer, sandlot athlete, rhythm junkie. Luke’s expanding series of rhythm patterns and interactive activities promote regulation and learning through repetition, movement and expression for children, teens, adults, parents and educators.


Habeebah Rasheed Grimes is a daughter, sister, mother and wife who has made serving Northeast Ohio’s most vulnerable children her life’s work. As CEO of Positive Education Program (PEP), Habeebah leads a staff of over 400 professionals committed to helping children with severe mental health learn and grow. Recognizing the significant trauma and chronic stress experienced by many of the children PEP serves, Habeebah worked closely with The ChildTrauma Academy to certify the agency as a Phase 1 Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) site. Her current focus is leading the organization in further building its capacity to provide culturally responsive and healing-centered services to the youth and families served. Habeebah is a trustee of The Woodruff Foundation, which provides philanthropic support to nonprofit organizations addressing behavioral health needs in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. She is an appointee to Cuyahoga County’s Advisory Council on Equity and the State of Ohio’s Children’s Behavioral Health Prevention Stakeholder Group. Habeebah has recently been appointed to the OhioRISE (Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence) Advisory Council. Additionally, Habeebah is the Vice Chair of the Northeast Ohio Steering Committee of the Mental Health.

Habeebah grew up seeing her brother, Hashim, struggle with severe childhood and adult mental health challenges. She sees her work and service as a tribute to his memory. She resides in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband, John, and their two young sons.

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CEO PEP Cleveland, Cleveland Ohio


Ann Leinfelder Grove, MSM 

President & CEO Saint A, Milwaukee Wisconsin

Ann Leinfelder Grove has served SaintA for close to 30 years in a number of senior leadership roles, including Executive Vice President and COO with oversight of all agency programs. She championed the program implementation of SaintA’s trauma informed care model, Seven Essential Ingredients (7ei) including in child welfare, where translational research has demonstrated improved outcomes through the use of 7ei-based, trauma informed program practice.

Ann is involved in Milwaukee community initiatives such as Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM) and in Wisconsin Department of Children and Families discussions to create innovative solutions to support families. As CEO, Ann’s strategic vision has enhanced SaintA’s partnerships in the community and advanced a culture of equity and inclusion at SaintA.

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Tim Grove, MSM 

Senior Consultant Saint A, Milwaukee Wisconsin

Tim Grove, MSSW, is the chief clinical officer at SaintA, a human services agency whose mission it is to facilitate equity, learning, healing and wellness for all. He 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.

Grove is 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 created a TIC training curriculum centered around the Seven Essential Ingredients, or 7ei, of understanding and practicing TIC. Grove and his training team at SaintA have used the 7ei framework to train more than 50,000 people from diverse disciplines over the past 10 years.

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 and published in a number of magazines, journals and newspapers.  He was the lead project manager of a three-year research study on the effectiveness of 7ei in child welfare outcomes which demonstrated positive effect on creating placement stability and permanency for kids. 

Grove is recognized nationally as a trauma informed care expert and was recently interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for a 60 Minutes segment on trauma and resilience. 


Bettina Shultz-Jobe, LPC

CEO & Founder, Natural Lifemanship

Tim Jobe B.S.

Founder Natural Lifemanship

Over ten years ago, Tim Jobe and Bettina Shultz-Jobe founded The Natural Lifemanship Institute.  Natural Lifemanship (NL) joins with mental health professionals, equine professionals, coaches, and others in the healing professions on a journey of personal and professional healing, growth, and transformation through education and certification. This journey's foundations are found in the horse-human relationship and the neurobiology of attachment and trauma.  Their vision is a world where connection and the value of healthy relationships is seen and felt in everything we do.  Nowadays, Tim and Bettina spend a lot of time "helping the helpers" as over 250 professionals move through NL certification.  They also continue to carry a part-time client load.  Collectively, they have worked in this field for over 50 years and are passionate about helping people and animals form trusting relationships to overcome toxic stress and trauma.  

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Shannon Knapp

Founder & President Horse Sense of the Carolinas

Executive Director Heart of Horse Sense

Shannon Knapp, M.A., is founder and president of both Horse Sense of the Carolinas, Inc., an internationally-recognized leader in the field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning, and Executive Director of Heart of Horse Sense, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting professional Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning for Veterans and At-Risk Youth in WNC at no cost.  Shannon has also published many books and curricula in the field of EAP/EAL, including More Than a Mirror: Horses, Humans and Therapeutic Practices. Shannon is a trainer for Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, is EAGALA Advanced and has an EAGALA Military Individual designation, is Associate Faculty for Prescott College’s Equine Assisted Learning Masters Concentration program and also for Warren Wilson College. A professional in EAP/EAL since in 2001, she has thousands of hours of client contact in EAP/EAL with a diverse range of diagnoses.


Denise Manderson, MC

Program Director at Hull Services in Calgary Alberta

Denise Manderson is the program director for Hull School in Calgary Alberta. She has worked at Hull Services for over 20 years, dedicating most of her time in a variety of roles in Hull’s therapeutic school setting. Denise has worked directly with the students, families, child care workers, and teachers to support the relational and self-regulatory needs of traumatized and at risk children.

Denise’s passion to have a trauma informed treatment approach for students in a unique school setting has been at the forefront of her work over the past few years. She has worked collaboratively with school personnel and closely with her colleagues at Hull Services to infuse the principles of Dr. Perry’s Neurosequential Model (NM) into a school culture as well as a classroom setting. Denise has presented the implementation aspects of NM in a therapeutic school setting to various school boards, as well as, various conferences, across Canada and in the US. Denise completed her bachelor’s degree with honours in human and social development at University of Victoria, and her masters of counseling with University of Calgary.  


Joshua Christian Oswald

Foster Alumni Advocate

Joshua Christian is an alumnus of the child welfare system and dedicated advocate for foster youth and child welfare reform at the local, state, and national level. He has established quarterly meetings with the Indiana Department of Child Services executive team and partnered with local communities to raise awareness on the unique needs of foster youth. He also worked to help create the Foster Parent Bill of Rights and pass legislation extending foster care services to age 23 in the state of Indiana. During the summer of 2019, Joshua was selected as one of twelve foster care alumni advocates from across the country to participate in the Congressional Coalition Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) Foster Youth Internship Program® in Washington, D.C. During his time at CCAI, he served as a legislative intern on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee under the leadership of Committee Chairman, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley. At the end of the summer, he authored and published an in-depth federal child welfare policy report, titled Improving Educational Outcomes for School-Aged Children in Foster Care, which was presented to the U.S. Congress, Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the private and public sectors. Due to his commitment to advocacy for foster youth, Joshua received the “Outstanding Young Leaders” award from FosterClub and the “Adoption Excellence” award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2018. Joshua is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in social work at Marian University and anticipates to graduate in May 2020. He aspires to become a lobbyist in an effort to help as many foster children as possible and inspire others with his story. 


Trauma Informed Restorative Practices Coordinator
Tigard Tualatin School District

Alfonso has over 25 years experience working with vulnerable children, youth and families as a Public and Charter School Math and Science Teacher, a Mental Health Clinician and Non Profit Program Administrator. Before serving as a Trauma Informed Schools Coordinator, he managed the Children and Families Behavioral Health Services Unit at the Oregon Health Authority.

Alfonso successfully led a 3 Year Trauma Informed Schools Pilot Project, the first of its kind in a large comprehensive high school of 2,000 students that saw significant increases in graduation rates and reductions in disciplinary referrals over a three year period.

As a result of Tigard High's trauma informed work, they were nominated for Washington County Public Health Department's Partner of the Year Award in 2018 and 2019.

Tigard High School's trauma informed work was featured in the HBO Show, Problem Areas with Wyatt Cenac Season 2 Episode 3 "Mental Health Problems."

Alfonso is trained in the Neurosequential Model of Education, Collaborative Problem Solving (Tier 2) and the Sanctuary Model.


Michael Remole


CEO & Founder Gateway Family Services & Rising Tide

      Michael has nearly two decades of working with children and families in a variety of settings, including as a Multi-Systemic Therapist, Clinical Director, Children’s Pastor, Camp Counselor and speaker.  After serving as a Children’s pastor, he went on to obtain his Master or Arts in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary.  Following seminary, Michael worked at The Buckeye Ranch in Columbus Ohio as a Multi-Systemic Therapist, working with individuals 12-18 and their families.  The primary focus was to help change the family system to help assist the child change their delinquent and defiant behaviors.  

    Michael founded and leads Gateway Family Services of Illinois, providing trauma focused-equine assisted psychotherapy, Individual & Family Therapy. This team is working individuals and families across the lifespan who have experienced trauma.  Michael has spent nearly a decade working with youth in the foster care system & post-adoption.  Gateway Family Services is also working with the VA Illiana Health Care System to provide services to veterans.  In addition to Gateway Family Services, Michael is currently the Executive Director of Hooves of Hope, a faith based mentoring program. 

         Michael is passionate about neuroscience and understanding the impact of trauma on the brain.  Michael is near completion of Phase II/TTT with the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics course taught by the leading trauma expert Bruce D. Perry MD, PhD and is also pursuing EMDR certification.  Michael is also a trainer for Natural Lifemanship, the model of therapy that incorporates the Neurosequential Model to understand human and horse brain development.  

     Michael was recently inducted into the International Association of Health Care Providers, being recognized as a leader in his field.  

     In Michael’s spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Gabby & their twin boys, Jonah & Levi, riding horses, photography, playing the piano & building projects.  


Jesse Schroeder, LCSW-S

Franklin County First Council 

Jesse A. Schroeder (he/him), LISW-S, is the Lead Community
Trainer of Building Better Lives - a brain-based, trauma-informed
initiative in Central Ohio that provides training and coaching in
the NeuroSequential Model. He has had the privilege of working
with children, students and families for over 16 years. He is a
graduate from the MSW program at the Ohio State University,
and studied Religion at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.
As a trainer, he is committed to learning, growing, and listening
alongside the many diverse individuals in our community, in order
to continue to reach toward a trauma-competent practice that
serves all children and families. He lives in Ohio with his wife, two
daughters, and dog, and he enjoys playing music and getting outside.


Pam Scott, PhD., LISW-S

Director of Clinical Development

The Buckeye Ranch, Columbus Ohio

Pamela Scott, PhD received her MSW and PhD degrees from Arizona State University. She is currently the Director of Clinical Development with The Buckeye Ranch where she oversees the ongoing development of clinical programming and competency across the agency. Her professional background includes work in early childhood development and mental health, family therapy, adolescent mental health, and trauma-informed care.


Marti Smith OTR/L,

ChildTrauma Academy Fellow, TBRI Practitioner

Marti graduated from Indiana University in 1996. She is a Child Trauma Academy Fellow, a TBRI Travis County Collaborative participant, and co-founder of Simple Sparrow Farm, a non-profit where she collaborates with Jamie Tanner, Simple Sparrow owner and president, to help heal individuals through farm related activities. Marti began her OT career at the Covered Bridge Special Education Co-op where she specialized in autism, handwriting, and creative adaptive equipment provided on a minimal budget. She currently specializes in sensory regulation as it relates to trauma and has helped develop the sensory portions of the CTA's NMT and TCU's TBRI education. She has completed additional certification and training in Interactive Metronone, Therapeutic Listening, Wilbarger Deep Pressure Protocol, Therapeutic massage, Floor Time, Vestibular Dysfunction, Reflex Integration, Picky Eating, Athletic Training, CISM, and Rescue Scuba Diving. She has been an international speaker since 2004, sharing her passion to help children in creative, fun, inexpensive, and simple therapeutic ways. She resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling, nature, photography, quilting, and spending time at Simple Sparrow Farm.

Marti is a TBRI Practitioner certified in Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, CiSM, Athletic Training, and Massage Therapy.


Chelle is Director and Clinical Psychologist at Blossomtree Psychology and a current ChildTrauma Academy Fellow. Chelle and her Canine Co-Therapists Denver and Cally offer specialised trauma and attachment based interventions. Chelle has worked clinically with children and families who have experienced trauma and attachment disruption for over 23 years. Until November 2014 Chelle led Berry Street's Take Two program in its implementation and certification of NMT, including internal training and consultation. Together with Dr Perry, Chelle co-facilitated the Australasian NMT Case Based Training Series in 2012 and 2013. Chelle was awarded a Creswick Foundation Fellowship and in 2014 travelled to North America and Canada exploring neurodevelopmentally informed interventions for infants, children and adolescents. Chelle was the founding Clinical Team Leader of the Grampians Take Two team where she held roles of program leadership, staff supervision, and direct clinical consultation and client work with children and families experiencing trauma and attachment disruption for seven years. Chelle commenced her career in a remote rural community in Western Australia, as a Psychologist for Child Protection. In this role, Chelle worked with children and families from remote Central Western Australian Aboriginal Communities.

Chelle Taylor BA (Hons) MPsych

ChildTrauma Academy Fellow, Director & Clinical Psychologist at Blossomtree Psychology

Presentation will be LIVE at Blossomtree Psychology site and available in a recorded format after June 18th.  All registrants will have access to the recorded presentation.


Emily Wang PhD., R. Psych. 


ChildTrauma Academy Fellow

Senior Director, Clinical Advancement &

Trauma Informed Services

Dr. Wang is the Senior Director of Clinical Advancement and Trauma Informed Practice and NMT Site Supervisor at Hull Services, a Flagship Site with the Neurosequential Model Network. Dr. Wang is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) across all 27 programs at Hull. Her responsibilities include training, program development, clinical consultation and mentoring both within Hull and externally as requested. Dr. Wang is a Fellow of the Neurosequential Model Network, and is a specialist in Infant Parent Mental Health. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at University of Calgary and a Reflective Practitioner. Dr. Wang holds a Master’s of Science in Educational Psychology, a Master’s of Art and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology. She was responsible for the provincial training of the Neurosequential Model concepts and implementation in Alberta from April 2017-October 2018, and has been providing training extensively both in Canada and the United States. Her training in the NMT and the Infant Parent Mental Health Fellowship has had a significant impact on both her professional life as well as her personal life as a mother of two.

Chris is an Equine Specialist, the Youth Programming Director and Director of Operations for Horse Sense of the Carolinas. Chris has a degree in Child Development/Psychology from Appalachian State University and spent 30 years working with young children and teachers in Early Education. She has completed both the Fundamentals and the Intensive Training in Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy through Natural Lifemanship. Chris has combined her passion for education and her lifelong love of horses to make her dream of helping others connect with horses a reality. Chris considers horses to be essential companions in her life.

Chris Tucker


Director of Operations 

Horse Sense of the Carolinas 

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Gabby Remole, LCSW

Director of Equine Professionals at Gateway Family Services

Gabby earned her MSSW from The University of Texas at Austin. She is certified as both a clinician and equine professional in the trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy model, Natural Lifemanship. She is also a trainer for the model. She is trained, and pursuing certification, in EMDR.  She has been practicing TF-EAP since 2013 and has had extensive experience in play, art and nature therapy. She has over a decade of experience working as an adoption caseworker.

Gabby employs a systems-based perspective to help children, teens & families who have experienced trauma. She prefers experiential therapy - including work with horses, art, music and nature - to traditional talk therapy, believing that movement and “doing” can often be more effective, particularly for children and adolescents.

She enjoys using humor, when appropriate, hoping that clients know that, while therapy can sometimes be really hard, it can also be fun.

Gabby was blessed to have been raised around horses. She loves that she is able to incorporate her connection with, and deep respect for, horses in her work.

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Kirk Ward, LCSW


ChildTrauma Academy Fellow

Founder & Executive Director of A Chance To Heal, LLC

Kirk Ward, LCSW, is the founder and Executive Director of A Chance To Heal, LLC providing clinical services, supervision, recommendations and teaching with an NMT lens.    


Kirk is the former director of Mount Saint Vincent, a residential treatment center for children.  Mount Saint Vincent is a global leader in trauma-informed care, designated as only the fourth NMT Flagship Site in the world in 2012.  Mount Saint Vincent offers a wide variety of programs including residential, day treatment, preschool, and intensive in-home services for children ages 3 to 14.

Mr. Ward has worked in various capacities at Mount Saint Vincent since 1984, becoming Clinical Director in 1999. Mr. Ward has over 30 years of experience working with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, and neglect. He oversaw the development and implementation of NMT across all agency programs. As an expert in NMT, he is frequently asked to speak on the subject, having presented numerous workshops to the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, Cherry Creek and Platte Canyon school districts, and Court Appointed Special Advocate workers.

Mr. Ward holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and History from the University of Colorado and received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver.  He is a fellow at the Child Trauma Academy.

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