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Scott Caldwell

Scott Caldwell, MS, MA, CSAC

Scott’s three decades in human services have been intertwined with MI. First learning about the practice as a counseling psychology graduate student (2000), Scott began submitting practice samples for MI fidelity reviews based on his work with adolescents in outpatient behavioral health treatment (2005), then became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (2008). Since being at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in the Bureau of Prevention Treatment and Recovery (2010), Scott has delivered over 350 multiday MI workshops touching thousands of professionals across Wisconsin. He provides consultation on MI implementation with several provider organizations and is honored to be a member of the Rock County Comprehensive Community Services MI Implementation Team.

Monica Caldwell

Monica Caldwell

Monica Caldwell often finds herself standing in proximity with others to seek understanding of complex ideas, life experiences and organizational cultures that shape our daily professional lives. With a 37-year career in social work and a commitment to behavioral health equity, she has provided service and leadership in a variety of authentic settings, including homes, foster homes, detention centers, hospitals, schools, community centers, parks —the places where we live, work and play. Monica centers empathy, partnership, compassion and collaboration in her work and believes that stories rooted in lived experience are as valuable as data, evaluation and other, more traditional ways of knowing. Monica is skilled in facilitating change efforts with leaders, practitioners and organizations, centering those most impacted. She is proud to stand in a circle of compassion with children and families with the most complex needs and has worked or provided leadership in mental health, K12 education, child welfare and youth justice. She recognizes the silos and fragmented services that leave people to fall through the cracks. Monica brings practical, equity-focused approaches to nonprofits, schools, higher education and government agencies with humility and a strong orientation toward personal and professional growth.

Sarah Cameron

Sarah Cameron

Sarah Cameron was born and raised in Wisconsin and founded and owns Igniting Change Collaborative, a Motivational Interviewing (MI) training academy. With over 13 years of experience in MI, she is a member of the esteemed Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), a certified tobacco treatment specialist trainer, a national board-certified health and wellness coach (NBC-HWC) and an advanced care planning facilitation trainer. Sarah specializes in helping doctors, nurses, dentists, social workers, teachers and anybody who works with people on behavior change to hone their MI skills so that they can strategically guide conversations with their clients/patients to self-driven behavior change, coming from a spirit of compassion and partnership. Sarah leads workshops with radical candor, offering strengths-based feedback and challenging participants to stretch, grow and align with their values. When she’s not working, Sarah enjoys pizza Fridays with her family, thrift shopping and listening to podcasts.

Melody Cole

Melody Cole, MS, RDN, CD

Melody is an experienced clinician and consultant who provides Motivational Interviewing for a variety of professionals at UW Health. In addition to clinical training, Melody integrates MI-enabled content into strategic initiatives and organizational change. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in championing MI-informed leadership skills that support process improvement and lean management. Melody enjoys developing and coaching others in an MI-consistent communication style that builds trust and establishes person-centered relationships. Melody became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in Berlin, Germany, in 2015. She has a keen interest in MI in Leadership and MI in Medical Groups and is an active member of the Wisconsin MINT community.

Michelle L. Drapkin

Michelle L. Drapkin, PhD, ABPP

Michelle is a licensed psychologist who has worked as a trainer and clinician for nearly 20 years. Her prior experience includes serving as a 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 has been a Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers member for over 15 years. She has conducted MI training in a variety of settings and is an author of an upcoming client-facing book for New Harbinger publications using Motivational Interviewing to support positive behavior change.

Suzanne EckMaahs

Suzanne EckMaahs

Sue has been a highly active member of the international MINT Network (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) for 18 years and has served as a trainer of new MINT trainers, conference/preconference presenter and active committee member. She has practiced and trained MI for over 30 years. With an educational background in sociology, she initially served individuals returning from incarceration while practicing direct service, restorative justice, evidence-based program management and staff supervision.

Ali Hall

Ali Hall, JD

Ali has designed and facilitated thousands of Motivational Interviewing workshops for behavioral health and substance use recovery providers, mental health practitioners, health care providers, child and family services providers, wraparound providers, senior service providers, criminal justice professionals, psychologists and psychiatrists and provides training for trainers in evidence-based practices. Ali regularly provides skills development coaching for interdisciplinary health provider teams and is the codeveloper of the Motivational Interviewing Competency Assessment (MICA), a coding and coaching tool for MI skill improvement. Ali co-authored the book Motivational Interviewing for Mental Health Clinicians: A Toolkit for Skills Enhancement (2021).

Lauren Hollie

Lauren Hollie, MSN

Lauren Hollie is a certified advanced practice social worker in Wisconsin. Lauren has worked extensively with youth and families over the past 10 years within the child welfare system, serving as residential treatment center case manager at Rawhide, Inc., youth justice social worker at Waupaca County and youth justice social work specialist at Outagamie County. Lauren served as Region 2 Anti-Human Trafficking Specialist from January 2020 to April 2023. Lauren participated in and led a group of professionals through advanced training in Motivational Interviewing and has demonstrated proficiency in using Motivational Interviewing based on the MITI coding tool.

Erika Karger-Gatzo

Erica Karger-Gatzo, LICSW

Erica is the director of counseling at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in St. Joseph, MN. As a licensed clinical social worker, she has more than 15 years of experience in higher education, predominantly in student mental health and well-being. After completing the TNT in Copenhagen in 2023, Erica joined the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

Karen Gautney

Karen Gautney, MS criminal justice corrections, MS marriage & family therapy

Karen has a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Rhode Island and in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. Early in her career, she served as a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), where she specialized in homicide and sex crime investigations and was a firearms and tactical instructor. Later, she was deputy executive director of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, where she managed the ethics adjudication and professional development programs. More recently, Karen delivered risk reduction treatment in Vermont to incarcerated persons and persons on probation and parole. She is now a semi-retired consultant who has provided training and coaching to providers of corrections services across the country. She also serves on the board of a regional restorative justice center and participates in reparative panels and reentry support groups. A long-time student of Motivational Interviewing, Karen became a member of MINT in 2022.

Yasyn Lee

Yasyn Lee, MD

Yasyn is a psychiatrist with over 30 years of experience in office, nursing home and hospital consultation private practice in Dubuque, Iowa. After medical school at The Ohio State University and psychiatry residency training at the University of Minnesota, Yasyn was transformed by Motivational Interviewing in her care of patients in 2015, when she took courses with Laura Saunders and better applied the spirit of collaboration, combined with the technical skills of OARS. In 2022, after more study with advanced MI classes, Yasyn was accepted to the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) Training of New Trainers. She has retired from medical practice and continues to share her passion for MI as a MINT trainer.

Beth Martin

Beth Martin, RPh, PhD, FAPhA

Beth is a professor (CHS) and chair in the Pharmacy Practice and Translational Research Division, and assistant dean for teaching and learning at the UW–Madison School of Pharmacy. Her work combines her strong passion for well-designed educational programs and assessments with principles of health behavior change. Both influence her clinical practice and professional teaching, where she promotes the optimal use of Motivational Interviewing to improve patient outcomes. Her clinical expertise is in the areas of migraine headaches, tobacco cessation and older adult medication management and fall prevention.

Amy Parins

Amy Parins, DMSc, PA-C

Amy has clinical experience in addiction medicine, internal medicine and behavioral health. She is the medical director of the Salvation Army MEDiC Clinic and is passionate about caring for the most vulnerable patient populations. Amy has over 10 years of experience using Motivational Interviewing in clinical practice and training healthcare professionals in MI at the state and national level.

Kristin Radue

Kristin Radue, LMSW

For the past 18 years, Kristin has partnered with children and families in the child welfare system in Winnebago County as an ongoing social worker, most of her time as an initial assessment social worker. Kristin assists children and families in utilizing their strengths and community resources while also managing child safety. She believes in empowering families and walking alongside them as a supportive member of their team.

Jenny Rodefeld

Jenny Rodefeld, MSW, LCSW

Jenny has over 20 years’ experience working in health care and is passionate about empowering teams/leaders with the tools they need to support consumers. Throughout her career, she’s held roles in Social Work, Leadership, and Organizational Development. Currently, she works for UnityPoint Health as a Senior Talent Management and Organizational Development Consultant. As a Gallup Certified Strengths coach, Jenny is energized by helping individuals and teams form effective relationships and reach their full potential through exploring CliftonStrengths®. She’s also gained experience in implementing Motivational Interviewing programs (which includes training, coding, and peer learning), supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, facilitating Lean Six Sigma process improvement, leading leadership development workshops, implementing leadership competencies, and guiding/overseeing organizational training and educational efforts. Jenny joined the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 2016 completing her train the trainer in Montreal. When not at work, Jenny enjoys hiking, being a Badger sports fan, and spending time with her husband, 2 children, and dog.

Laura Saunders

Laura Saunders, MSSW

Laura is the state coordinator of the Great Lakes Addiction, Mental Health and Prevention Technology Transfer Center. 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.

Paul Warren

Paul Warren, LMSW

Paul is a Research Project Director at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and a Senior Staff Trainer and Curriculum Writer at the Northeast and Caribbean — Addiction Technology Transfer Center (NeC-ATTC). In 2017, he co-developed the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Training and Practice Implementation Institute. Paul began his social services career providing direct services to people living with HIV/AIDS, 1991–2003 and served as a Clinical Supervisor. Paul graduated from Hunter College School of Social Work, specializing in group work. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), serves as the Chair of the MINT Endorsed TNT Committee, and is also a committee member of the Professional Development Committee and MINT (+) Plus Committee.