Concurrent presenters

Amanda Betcher, M.D., has a Master's Degree in Education from St Mary's University.  For the past 7 years, she has worked in Special Education and the BBIS program at the Tomah Area School District. She has been implementing PBIS for 8 years and has focused on the Tier III level for the past 3 years by partnering with the Monroe County CST team to combine efforts for the wraparound process and address mental health within our school and community. 

Thomas Harter, Ph.D., holds a doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee in Philosophy, Medical Ethics and Business Ethics. Currently, Harter is the Director of the Center for Bioethics, Humanities and Advance Care Planning at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI.

Josh Lee, M.S., LPC, NCC , is the clinic manager of Fort Healthcare’s Center for Behavioral Health located in Fort Atkinson, WI. He spends his time overseeing the clinic, and the clinic staff and also treats and assists a number of patients who present to the ER and/or hospitals in crisis. Fort Healthcare is a rural hospital with limited resources to provide to our community; and without a doubt, the community is experiencing an escalation of mental health issues across the lifespan. Before taking the role as manager, he worked as a behavioral health specialist in the emergency mental health unit for Jefferson County Human Services. He has extensive experience assessing individuals in crisis and having suicidal ideation. Lee’s research in graduate school specifically addressed working with the different genders in crisis situations—especially focusing on the reduction of symptoms as they present to the ER and hospital. 

Sarah Long, Ph.D., is a Pediatric Psychologist at Gundersen Health System. She completed her Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at Marshfield Clinic. Long specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families facing concomitant medical and mental health challenges.

Geri Mulliner, R.N., has worked in Behavioral Health for over 38 years. She is employed as a Nurse Expert Leader in Behavioral Health at Gundersen Health System. She currently works in Transitional Services with the Partial Hospitalization Program and Mental Health Day Treatment program. Geri is also a Pet Therapy volunteer with the Coulee Region Humane Society. Geri and her dog Winston visit at Lakeview Health Care Center, Gundersen's Behavioral Health and at community events. Geri has been an active member of the Suicide Prevention Initiative since it began in 2004.

Nicki Pope, M.S., has a Master’s Degree is Special Education from UW-La Crosse, A Director of Pupil Service and Special Education Degree from UW-Eau Claire and a Principal License from Viterbo University. She has been an administrator for the Tomah Area School District for 5 years as an elementary principal and is currently pursuing her Superintendent’s License at UW-Superior. She has been implementing PBIS for 8 years and has focused on the Tier III level for the past 3 years by partnering with the Monroe County CST team to combine efforts for the wraparound process and address mental health within our school and community. 

Rachel Slough-Johnson, M.S., LMFT, is a marriage and family therapist, sex therapist and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga facilitator in the La Crosse, Wisconsin area. She has completed advanced trainings in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Gottman Method relationship therapy and is currently completing training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. She provides psychotherapy services in Spanish and English to children, adolescents and adults through Gundersen Health System's Sexual Abuse Counseling & Support Program. Rachel completed a Fulbright grant in 2008 in Chile. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Studies and English from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Masters of Library Science from Indiana University, and Masters of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Rachel specializes in trauma treatment, with particular interest in intimacy and relationships after abuse.

Stacey Stefaniak Luther, M.S., LPC, received her master’s degree in Psychology with specializations in Clinical Psychology and Child and Adolescent Development from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Luther is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Capella University, specializing in Clinical Psychology. Ms. Luther completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Northern Michigan University, focusing on Elementary Education. She also holds an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Ms. Luther has been working with children ranging in age from infancy through adolescence and with parents in a variety of environments for over 15 years. She enjoys working with families and her professional interests include child development, attachment, challenging behaviors, parenting skills, parent well-being, suicide prevention, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Erin Sterenson, M.D., attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.  She completed her residency in Psychiatry and a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at Mayo Clinic Rochester.  She is currently practicing Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI and is completing her Master's Degree in Health Care Ethics at Creighton University.