Our Team

We are group of mental health and educational experts dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and inevitably the future success of our society.

Crittenton Children’s Center

Trauma Smart was developed out of Crittenton Children's Center's long history of work caring for the emotional and behavioral health needs of children and families in the Kansas City community and surrounding region. The model was developed to provide a more comprehensive response to the range of traumatic experiences impacting children and the adults in their lives.

Trauma Smart Leadership

Janine Hron

President, Crittenton Children's Center


Janine Hron has focused for 35+ years on service provision and systems advancement in child welfare and mental health concerns. From her initial training as a music therapist, through leadership of strategic developments and business advancements in a wide array of settings, Janine is results oriented with a bias for collaboration and public-private partnership.

Jerrie Jacobs-Kenner Ph.D, LCSW

Senior Director, Community Based Programs


Jerrie Jacobs-Kenner has worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, social work educator and administrator in the child and family services arena for over 25 years. She has been with Crittenton Children’s Center since March 2015. In addition to other community based programs, Jerrie works closely with the Trauma Smart® Directors and other staff members to ensure ongoing, high quality programming.

Susan Pinné LSCSW, LCSW

Director, Trauma Smart


Susan Pinné has been with Trauma Smart since its inception in 2008. Her career has centered on therapy for preschool-aged children who have experienced trauma and coaching for their families and teachers. She served as a therapist, coach and manager in the Trauma Smart Program and has been and a director since 2014.


Cheryl Step LPC

Trauma Smart Trainer


Melinda Stroda LCSW



Melinda Stroda joined the Trauma Smart Team in 2015. Melinda has over 10 years of experience working with children, adults and families who have experienced various forms of trauma. She has served in a variety of settings including child abuse pediatrics, school social work, child & family therapy, and early childhood education.