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Melody Cole

Melody Cole, MS, RDN, CDE

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

Michelle 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 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 an author of an upcoming client-facing book for New Harbinger publications using Motivational Interviewing to support positive behavior change.

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 is the coauthor of the book Motivational Interviewing for Mental Health Clinicians: A Toolkit for Skils Enhancement (2021).

Ali is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), a MINT-certified trainer, and an independent consultant and trainer. Ali currently serves on the MINT Board of directors, focusing on professional skill development for MI practitioners and trainers. Ali served as a lead trainer in multiple years for the International MINT Training for New Trainers (TNT).

Read Ali’s full bio on the interactive Canvas conference guide when you register.

Lauren Hollie

Lauren Hollie, APSW

Lauren Hollie is a certified advanced practice social worker in the State of Wisconsin. Lauren has worked extensively with youth and families over the past 10 years within the child welfare system serving in roles such 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 in the role of 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 the use of Motivational Interviewing based on the MITI coding tool.

Yasyn Lee, MD

Yasyn Lee

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 & 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 headache, 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 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 in training healthcare professionals in MI at the state and national level.

Jenny Rodefeld

Jenny Rodefeld, MSW, LCSW

Jenny has over 20 years of experience working in health care and is passionate about empowering practitioners and 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 (including 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

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.