Meghan’s heart pumps with passion for public health issues.  She holds a bachelor of science degree in health science and master’s degree in public health from Emory University.  Meghan is currently the director of Walla Walla County Department of Community Health and is a former employee with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA.  As a champion of Trauma-Informed Care, she recently secured training through CRI, for all her staff.



After being a traditional Kindergarten teacher for six years, Jodi Grove was given Heather Forbes’ book,Help for Billy, by her father, Jim Sporleder. Reading this book was a life changing moment for her and ever since then, Jodi has led a movement for advocating and helping students impacted by trauma. Currently, Jodi is the Behavior Specialist for an elementary school in Walla Walla, Washington. She has created a "Calm Room" and several other strategies that have been profoundly effective in helping struggling students learn to self-regulate in a safe and loving environment. 


Teresa’s work has led her beyond the bounds of high-tech leadership and organizational development into the arena of community engagement and collective leadership/impact. Teresa now works nationally and globally with communities and organizations committed to social change.  Since 2003 she has been involved in the statewide efforts to reduce ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and toxic stress generation to generation.  This has included work with the WA Family Policy Council, as well as facilitating for events such as a statewide Early Learning Symposium, ACE’s Think Tank, NEAR Sciences Think Tank, and strategic planning efforts for organizations and communities integrating NEAR into their efforts.   Her business, Emerging Wisdom, is dedicated to helping groups work together to bring about change by tapping into our innate creativity & wisdom.  http://EmergingWisdom.net

Brooke has a rich history in the social service field having worked in adult and juvenile correctional facilities. She was best known for her role as the Intervention Specialist at Lincoln High School, where she helped transform the lives of students through dynamic trauma-informed strategies.  Brooke has been instrumental in training and consulting with schools around the country to implement these powerful strategies. Along with her training and consulting skills, Brooke is also a gifted parent educator. Her involvement in the ACS’s research has created a new understanding of parental resilience, and how to transfer that gift broadly.


Teri is a co-founder and current CEO of the Children’s Resilience Initiative.  She holds a MS in Fisheries Management and a BS in Biology. She uses her science background to communicate with precision the science of ACE’s and resilience.  She is involved extensively in training, consulting, writing and researching in the area of trauma, resilience and community capacity building. Her work has attracted attention in a variety of venues, in part due to the focus Teri places on grassroots organizational development and the focus on the hope of Resilience. 

Ty Warren is a researcher of human consciousness and facilitator of new and innovative healing methods. He is a practitioner of bio-kinesiology, nutrition and energy medicine and holds certificates from several accomplished teachers from around the world. Ty has created powerful systems and techniques that heal trauma and has helped hundreds of people transform their lives and their health, bringing them into genuine well-being. As CRI's Communication Specialist, his contribution is geared toward keeping the nation's first ACEs Community Network on the map as a leader in the prevention of trauma and the fostering of resilience. 


Trauma-Informed Conference 2017 Breakout Session Presenters

As a long time Walla Walla educator, Gina has been implementing the ACEs research and Trauma Informed practices for the past 10 years. Her educational career includes 11 years as a classroom teacher, 11 years in middle school administration and currently completing her 4th year as Principal at the elementary level. Gina has worked to develop teams of teachers and school personnel to learn about the ACEs research, led professional development for school staff to identify personal triggers and strategies to stay calm amidst chaos and is currently leading the implementation of Conscious Discipline at Green Park Elementary. Through community partnerships, bringing parenting support to families and systematic approach at the building level--Mrs. Yonts and her team are able to build resiliency in the students entrusted to them. 


Kristi is currently the Executive Director of Whatcom Family & Community Network in Bellingham, WA.  Kristi holds a Master degree in Education and also serves as senior instructor in Human Services at Western Washington University. Its there that she teaches a strength-based perspective and community capacity building framework, which he has garnered from her nonprofit experience.  As a seasoned community organizer and volunteer coordinator, she firmly believes that its how people and other resources connect to strengthen community and that each person’s potential and every possibility becomes tangible when you leverage the resources in an abundant community.  This worldview guides her commitment to the work of community resilience building.  



Ms. Carder is currently in her second year as principal at Shuksan Middle School where she has built upon the great work of those who came before her to lead professional learning for staff around restorative practices and trauma informed education. With over 20 years of experience as an educator, she leads with the heart of a teacher. Ms. Carder is an avid hiker/backpacker and regularly enjoys exploring the local wilderness with her husband.



For nearly three decades, Todd Wagner has provided and promoted healing and emotional well-being for youth and adults. In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Todd is also a Chemical Dependency Professional. Todd is widely recognized for his warm, down-to-earth approach to counseling.  Mr. Wagner is currently the Clinical Director at Jubilee Leadership Academy.  The students at Jubilee know him as an ordinary man with an extraordinary message that is saving lives.

Catherine is a passionate early childhood professional with 25 years experience in curriculum development, classroom teaching across the ages from preschool to adults, administration, speaking, coaching and consulting. She holds a BS in Elementary Education, Masters in Early Childhood Administration/ Leadership and Management and a current doctoral student in Early Childhood Education. She is currently the Education Coordinator and Trauma Smart Coach  for WWPS Head Start ECEAP Preschool.She is an adjunct faculty for the Walla Walla Community College where she teaches online Early Childhood Administration.  She serves as a Board Member for the Kid's Place on Whitman College Campus and a frequent contributor to the Union Bulletin Family Forum.  She resides in Walla Walla and loves spending time with her seven children. 

From 1993 to 2015, Dr. Geof Morgan was the Director of the Whatcom Family & Community Network, a nonprofit organization focused on community organizing at both the neighborhood and broader community levels to improve the lives of children and families. Prior to that, he spent 15 years in Nashville and Bellingham as a commercial singer, songwriter, and performer. He currently his experience as a trainer, consultant, and facilitator focused on helping infuse music and the research on adverse childhood experiences and resilience into community and organizational planning and practice. 

Rick is currently the Executive Director and a founding member of Jubilee Leadership Academy, a trauma-informed boarding school committed to working with struggling teens. Rick holds a Masters degree in Education and uses his education to develop cutting-edge content and to deliver engaging presentations. He speaks to thousands of groups from all over the country and is widely recognized for his work with trauma-informed practices.  His experience allows him to consult seamlessly with schools, businesses, and community organizations.

Jim retired in 2014 as Principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA. Under Jim’s leadership, Lincoln High School became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and the number of students going on to post-secondary education. These dramatic changes at Lincoln caught the attention of Jamie Redford, who spent a year filming the documentary, Paper Tigers, which tells the Lincoln story.