People sitting at the Memorial Union Terrace next to Lake Mendota


Michelle L. Drapkin

Michelle L. Drapkin, PhD

Thursday, August 18 Afternoon General Session

Michelle L. Drapkin, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who has worked as a trainer and clinician for nearly 20 years. Her prior experience includes serving as national Motivational Enhancement Therapy training program coordinator for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is currently the owner/director of the CBT Center of Central NJ LLC, where she sees a limited number of patients in private practice.

Michelle received her PhD from Rutgers and completed both her clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship in treatment outcomes research at the University of California, San Diego. She has conducted and presented on NIAAA-funded research. Her research focuses on examining mechanisms of change in treatment by analyzing individual time courses.

Michelle has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers for over 15 years. She has conducted MI training in a variety of settings and is the author of an upcoming client-facing book for New Harbinger publications on using Motivational Interviewing to support positive behavior change.

Suzanne EckMaahs

Suzanne EckMaahs

Friday, August 19 Morning Plenary

Suzanne (Sue) EckMaahs has been a highly active member of the international MINT Network (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) since 2005 and has practiced and trained MI for over 30 years. She directly serves MI practitioners through a strengths-based, individualized coaching process to help them take their MI skills to the highest possible level. She has served as director of quality, MI training and coaching for counselors serving individuals facing end-of-life decisions and is currently the Motivational Interviewing specialist for the Center for Employment Opportunities, a large national organization dedicated to helping individuals returning from incarceration find empowerment and self-agency.

Sue’s career in sociology began in the 1990s when she worked with individuals returning from incarceration both in the community (restorative justice) and within the field of corrections. This work included direct service, CBI group facilitation and TNT, program management for organizational-wide evidence-based practices, supervision and management. She opened her consultancy in 2004 and over the past 18 years has served thousands of professionals and over 200+ organizations within the health and human services arena (education, mental health/substance use, public health, primary care and education).

Melody Cole, MS, RDN, CDE

Melody is an experienced clinician and consultant who utilizes Motivational Interviewing with individuals and groups in the health care setting. Melody designs, develops and facilitates MI trainings for physicians, nurses, behavioral health clinicians and a variety of other health care professionals. In addition to clinical training, Melody integrates MI-enabled content into strategic initiatives and organizational change. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in developing, implementing and delivering MI-informed leadership skills that support process improvement efforts and lean management. Melody enjoys developing and coaching others in an MI-consistent communication style that builds trust and establishes person-centered relationships. She is currently an organizational development consultant with UW Health. Melody has had the pleasure of co-developing and co-teaching an advanced Motivational Interviewing skills class with UW–Madison Continuing Studies. Melody became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers in Berlin, Germany, in 2015. She has a keen interest in MI in Leadership and MI in Medical Groups and is an active participant in the local Wisconsin MINT community.

Tricia Mosher, MSW, LCSW

Tricia Mosher has worked in social work fields focused on child welfare, juvenile justice, public service and leadership for over 30 years. Tricia began her consulting business, Tricia Mosher Consulting, Inc., 14 years ago and in that time has worked nationally with a focus on organizational and professional development. Her practice experience and focus is on child, family and community engagement and empowerment-oriented innovation.

With a leadership and practice focus on strengths-based interventions, Tricia uses diverse tools and evidence-based and informed practices to help individuals and teams achieve optimum performance. Each consulting engagement is customized to the unique strengths and challenges of the organizational context. Her primary focus is on developing systemic improvements that make space for and amplify the voices of individuals and communities being served by public systems to improve outcomes for children and families.

Jenny Rodefeld, MSW, LCSW

Jenny has over 20 years of experience working in health care and is passionate about empowering practitioners/leaders with the tools they need to support consumers. Throughout her career, she’s held roles in social work, leadership and organizational development. She currently works for UnityPoint Health as a senior talent management and organizational development consultant. She’s gained experience in implementing Motivational Interviewing programs (which includes training, coding and peer learning), supporting equity and inclusion efforts, facilitating Lean Six Sigma process improvement, leading leadership development workshops and guiding/overseeing organizational training and educational efforts. Jenny joined the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 2016.

Laura Saunders, MSSW

Laura is the Great Lakes Addiction, Mental Health and Prevention Technology Transfer Center state coordinator. Her position is housed at UW–Madison, where she’s worked since 1998. Since 2001, Laura has designed and facilitated more than 300 Motivational Interviewing trainings in multiple formats. Laura is an experienced coder and has provided feedback and coaching to hundreds of learners. She joined the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 2006 and is an active member of the Wisconsin MINT group.