MISSION

The Association for Infant Mental Health in Ohio (AIMHiOhio) promotes healthy relationships in the lives of very young children by supporting those who serve and care for them.

VISION

The Association is an active, engaged network promoting credentialing opportunities, educational experiences and influencing public policy to strengthen the social emotional well being of very young children.

OUR GOALS

  • Provide high–quality information, resources, and training for families and professionals.
  • Support local and state policies that promote early childhood mental health.

  • Facilitate a supportive network for inter–disciplinary relationships.

  • Build awareness of birth to five as a critical period in a child’s development.

  • Foster the development of culturally appropriate, developmentally specific interventions, and services to children and their families.
  • Enhance the credentialing of Ohio infant mental health professionals.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kristine Snell, BSSW, MSW, LISW-S, IGSIS, CEIM
Kristine Snell, BSSW, MSW, LISW-S, IGSIS, CEIMPresident

Kristine Snell recently left 18 years of service to the Achievement Centers for Children, Cleveland Ohio, where she was the Early Childhood Mental Health Program Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor and is currently taking a “gap year” in New Zealand. A graduate of Ohio State and Michigan State, Kristine was awarded the Interdepartmental Graduate Specialization in Infant Studies (IGSIS) certificate while at MSU. Kristine is a Certified Infant Massage Educator (CEIM) and past board member for Infant Massage USA.

John Kinsel, MS, LPCC-S
John Kinsel, MS, LPCC-SPast President

John Kinsel has provided Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health services to very young children and their caregivers as a clinician, consultant, trainer, and advocate for 40 years. He offers training and consultation related to the mental health, social, and emotional needs and development of children ages birth through age five. His clients have included Head Start, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Education, and mental health programs. His specializations include Infant Mental Health, Young Child Trauma, Attachment, and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. He has previously served as the Director of Mental Health at Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc. and Director, Clinical Supervisor, and Therapist with Young Children’s Assessment and Treatment Services at Samaritan Behavioral Health. John holds a Master of Science in Family Relations & Child Development from Oklahoma State University and Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education & Teaching from University of Maryland.

Twinkle Schottke, MA, ECMH
Twinkle Schottke, MA, ECMHPast President

Twinkle French Schottke is a dynamic force in the realm of infant and child well-being. As the co-founder and Director of Moms2B with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Twinkle spearheaded a groundbreaking community-based education program. Focused on empowering pregnant moms for healthier babies, the initiative expanded its impact from central Ohio to Dayton, addressing areas with the highest rates of infant mortality. With a wealth of experience spanning two decades at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Twinkle played diverse roles, championing the welfare of babies and young children in the community. Armed with a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education and a certificate in Infant Mental Health, she brings a specialized skill set to the table.

Twinkle’s influence extends beyond borders as she served as a Consultant for Zero to Three with Military Projects. Her expertise shines as she conducted trainings at military bases nationwide, enlightening professionals on the effects of deployment, grief, loss, trauma, injury, and reunification on infants and young children. A trailblazer in the field, Twinkle holds the title of Past President of the Association of Infant Mental Health in Ohio (AIMHiOhio). Her commitment is further reflected in her active participation on the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and the Groundwork Advisory Board. Passionate about growing infant mental health in Ohio, Twinkle envisions a future where every newborn is welcomed into the world and finds a nurturing space in someone’s heart to flourish. Her journey is marked by a relentless pursuit of ensuring each child’s well-being from the very start.

Delaney Jones, MSSA, LSW
Delaney Jones, MSSA, LSWBoard Member, Northeast Chapter Representative

Delaney Jones is a graduate of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences where she studied Community Practice for Social Change. Delaney’s professional and educational background, focused in the area of young child/ family wellbeing, intertwines a micro-level study and practice (child behavior, family dynamics, trauma), with a macro-level focus and practice (policy and program development). Delaney currently serves as the Community Coordinator for the Safe Babies Program in Cuyahoga County where she is working alongside local child welfare, judicial, and social services leadership to plan, implement, develop, execute, and evaluate the Safe Babies program model. She is currently a Groundwork Ohio 2024 Early Childhood Fellow.

William Mosier, EdD
William Mosier, EdDBoard Member

Dr. William Mosier is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Graduate Education Institute at Istanbul Gelişim University and Medical Director at the Iradem Merkez Rehabilitation Center which serves the children of Syrian refugees in Istanbul, Turkey and Director of Research for the Lynda A. Cohen Center for the Study of Child Development and Behavioral Health Clinic in Dayton, OH. He completed a Doctorate in Counselor Education & Curriculum Development in Higher Education from the University of Southern California and a Doctorate in Medicine from the Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Mosier completed post-doctoral training in Psychiatry at the University of Nebraska-College of Medicine and is a diplomate in Psychology with the American Board of Psychological Specialties and American Board of Forensic Medicine. He is also Professor Emeritus of the American College of Disability Analysts. Dr. Mosier is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has presented over 100 seminars at international and national conferences in English & Spanish on topics related to health, education, child development and mental health. Dr. Mosier served 20 years in the U.S. Military as an International Health Specialist on Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Missions throughout Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. He received the 2020 Early Childhood Teacher Educator of the Year Award from the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.

Ross <q>Chad</q> Nunamaker, MSE
Ross Chad Nunamaker, MSEBoard Member, Treasurer

Ross Glen Chandler Nunamaker who goes by Chad, is an Ohio licensed teacher, holds a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Wright State University, a Master’s in Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy from University of Dayton, a Certificate in Financial Success for Nonprofits from Cornell University, a Certificate in Early Education Leadership from the Zaentz Professional Learning Academy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is a PhD candidate specializing in Early Childhood Education at Concordia University Chicago. Chad’s research interests are at the intersection of adult-child interactions, parent & teacher education, infant & early childhood mental health, and prevention science. Chadis Executive Director, Director of Training, and Mental Health Specialist at The Lynda A. Cohen Center for the Study of Child Development; Executive Director and Communication Manager at Southwest Ohio AEYC; Clinical Supervisor at Western Governors University; and Adjunct Faculty at University of Dayton and University of Cincinnati. He has previously been a Fellow with the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University, an Ohio Early Childhood Leadership Fellow with Groundwork Ohio, and Field Assessor at the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research & Policy at The Ohio State University.

Kate Shanks, LISW-S, CLC, I/ECMHC
Kate Shanks, LISW-S, CLC, I/ECMHCBoard Member, Southeast Chapter Representative

Kate Shanks is the Infant Mental Health Coordinator for Hopewell Health Centers, Inc. in Southeastern Ohio. She received her undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and her Masters in Social Work degree from The Ohio State University. In addition to coordinating Infant Mental Health services across 9 counties, Kate also provides therapy to women showing symptoms of Perinatal Mood Disorders. Kate is a credentialed Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and a Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) provider. She is trained in Infant Massage, Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Kate is an advocate for expanding HealthySteps throughout Southeastern Ohio and has helped expand these services within 8 of the Hopewell Health Centers sites in five counties.

Jane Sites, EdD, LSW
Jane Sites, EdD, LSWBoard Member, Southwest Chapter Representative

Dr. Jane Sites has spent her career focused on the realities of stressors in children’s lives and the need to provide programming that would promote their optimal development. She has utilized her training in Social Work, child development, child care administration, parent education and rights, child welfare, and the impact of disabilities to develop successful programs. Early in her career, she became aware of the issues of violence toward children and families, which led to her research, and then the funding awards necessary to start programs to help victims heal from the losses and grief caused by maltreatment and violence. Dr. Sites is the innovative developer and director of the highly successful program called, TIP [Therapeutic Interagency Preschool Program] which began in response to the deaths of two preschool children who were in the custody of a county Children’s Services Department. Dr. Sites was asked to design a community “safety net” around our most vulnerable children, those with abuse and unknown permanent custody plans. For 28 years, TIP has offered unique, wrap-around services and evidence-based outcomes for children with serious histories of abuse. TIP has now been replicated throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania (8 sites). TIP was awarded statewide recognition in 2006 as Ohio‘s Most Effective Early Mental Health Program. Most recently, she has served as the Clinical Director of the newly developed Post-Traumatic Healing Center, and the Baby TIP programs in the Division of Psychiatry of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Maria Stamatakos, MD
Maria Stamatakos, MDBoard Member

Dr. Maria Stamatakos is an Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Lead Child Psychiatrist for the Early Childhood Mental Health Program at Big Lots Behavioral Health Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In this position Maria provides psychiatric evaluation, medication management and consultation for children under the age of six. Together with Kristopher West, PhD., they have created and expanded Early Childhood Mental Health services provided through Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Stamatakos’ other responsibilities include supervising residents, fellows and medical students. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2003 and completed residency training in 2008 in General Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Board Certified in Pediatrics, 2008. Board Certified in General Psychiatry, 2010. Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2011. Prior to employment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Maria was an Assistant Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Janeece R. Warfield, PsyD
Janeece R. Warfield, PsyDBoard Member

Dr. Janeece Warfield is a Professor in the School of Professional Psychology, Director of the Doctoral Internship Program, Director for the Center for Child & Adolescent Violence Prevention, and Director of Early Childhood Services at Wright State University. She specializes in therapeutic services and assessment with infants and children, developmental disabilities, and children with chronic illness. She also has expertise in play therapy, violence prevention, trauma, and multicultural/diversity training. She is member of APA, ABPsi, and DAPA, as well as has leadership and membership in other professional organizations, such as the Association of Play Therapy, Association for Infant Mental Health in Ohio, and APA’s ACT program.

Kristopher West, PhD
Kristopher West, PhDBoard Member, Central Chapter Representative

Dr. Kristopher West is the Clinical Manager for the Early Childhood Mental Health Program for Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Under Dr. West’s direction, the Early Childhood Mental Health program has expanded to a full continuum of promotion, prevention and treatment services for families and children birth through kindergarten. He has been involved in child-serving system level partnership and collaboration, including obtaining state, regional and local funding. He developed and managed a consultation, screening and assessment program for children with behavioral health needs within a local child welfare system. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. West’s interests have been primarily focused on the area of trauma treatment and trauma-informed care. Dr. West obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky and his undergraduate degree from Wittenberg University.

Anyone who works with, cares for, or has infants and toddlers, and has an interest in their healthy development, has an interest in infant and toddler mental health.

Twinkle Schottke, Past President, AIMHiOhio