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

John Kinsel, MS, LPCC-SActing President

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

Twinkle French Schottke, MA ECMH Twinkle is the co-founder and Director of Moms2B with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Moms2B is a community-based education program working with pregnant Moms to have healthy babies in central Ohio, in the 8 areas that have the highest rates of infant mortality. Prior to working at Ohio State, she worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for twenty years in numerous roles, helping babies and young children in the community. She has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education and a certificate in Infant Mental Health.

Twinkle is excited to grow Moms2B to Dayton in 2020 and hopes to expand Moms2B programs around and outside of Ohio. With the goal to serve more pregnant Moms in high-risk areas to help assure that each baby born is welcomed into the world and has a space in someone’s heart to grow.

Alissa Huth-Bocks, PhD
Alissa Huth-Bocks, PhDNortheast Chapter Representative

Alissa Huth-Bocks, PhD, IMH-E (Level IV Faculty/Research) is a psychologist and Professor in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics & Psychology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Dr. Huth-Bocks’ special interests are in infant and early childhood mental health and the parent-child relationship in the context of adversity and cumulative risk. Dr. Huth-Bocks teaches and conducts longitudinal research studies following expectant and post-partum caregivers and their young children to evaluate development under conditions of severe psychosocial risk, as well as the effects of early intervention. Dr. Huth-Bocks is also currently leading a comprehensive initiative to implement trauma-informed care at the UH Rainbow Center for Women and Children, with a focus on pregnant women and young children aged 0-6 years. She moved to Ohio four years ago from Michigan. She has served on the Board for the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and serves the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health as an IMH-E Level IV (Faculty/Research) Endorsement applicant mentor and application reviewer.

Erin Lucas, MA, LICSWBoard Member

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William Mosier, EdD, IMFTBoard Member

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

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, 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, early childhood mental health, and prevention science. Nunamaker is a Fellow with the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University; an Ohio Early Childhood Leadership Fellow with Groundwork Ohio; 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; Field Assessor at the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research & Policy at The Ohio State University; and Adjunct Faculty at Wright State University.

Jane Sites, EdD, LSWBoard Member

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Kristine Snell, BSSW, MSW, LISW-S, IGSIS, CEIM
Kristine Snell, BSSW, MSW, LISW-S, IGSIS, CEIMBoard Member

Kristine 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.

Maria Stamatakos, MDBoard Member

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

Janeece Warfield, Psy.D, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, is a WSU-SOPP professor, Director of WSU’s Doctoral Internship Program, Director for the Center for Child & Adolescent Violence Prevention, and Director of Early Childhood Services. 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, PhDBoard Member

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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, Director of Moms2B, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center