Susan Pinné LSCSW, LCSW
Susan Pinné LSCSW, LCSW

Director, Community Programs

spinne@saint-lukes.org

Susan Pinné has been with Trauma Smart since its inception in 2008. Her career has been centered on therapy for preschool-aged children who have experienced trauma and coaching for their families and teachers. She has served as a therapist, coach, manager, and director in the Trauma Smart Program. Susan is currently the director of Community Programs at Saint Luke’s Hospital Crittenton Children’s Center.

LeAnn Keck LCSW, RPT
LeAnn Keck LCSW, RPT

Director

leakeck@saint-lukes.org

LeAnn Keck joined the Trauma Smart team in 2014. She has over ten years of clinical experience working with children, adults, and families in a variety of settings such as community trauma education and prevention, early childhood education, counseling, palliative care, and military services. LeAnn has expertise in play therapy and attachment work with children ages three-thirteen years old. She is currently the director of Trauma Smart.

Laura Niederer LPC, RPT
Laura Niederer LPC, RPT

Manager, Trainer and Consultant

lniederer@saint-lukes.org

Laura Niederer joined the Trauma Smart team in 2015. Laura has over 6 years of clinical experience working with families, adults, and children in a private practice setting. She has over 12 years of experience providing support, advocacy, and empowerment to women and children in domestic violence shelters. In addition, Laura has a certification in Play Therapy working with children ages 3 and up. She is currently a Manager and Trainer at Trauma Smart of Crittenton Children’s Center in Kansas City.

Jeannie Thurston LPC
Jeannie Thurston LPC

Therapist, Trainer and Consultant

jthurston@saint-lukes.org

Jeannie Thurston is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She joined the Trauma Smart team in 2013. She has over 12 years of experience working with children, adults, and families. Her experiences include working in mental health, substance abuse, community education and counseling. She has a passion for increasing caregiver’s knowledge of the impact of trauma on individuals through education and clinical services. She is currently serving as a trainer and consultant for the Trauma Smart program.

Tennille Denson
Tennille Denson

Clerical Supervisor

tdenson@saint-lukes.org

Tennille joined Trauma Smart in 2016. Tennille holds a degree in business management and  brings over 20 years of administrative experience to the department. She manages and oversees office logistics, handles financial including client billing, accounts payable, and purchasing, and assists in development of office policies and procedures. Tennille approaches the job with a positive, hardworking mind-set and is passionate about helping others find solutions. She brings with her an extensive background in customer service in the private and non-for-profit environment to the team and our clients.

Ryan Pankiewicz LPC
Ryan Pankiewicz LPC

Manager, Trainer, and Consultant

rpankiewicz@saint-lukes.org

Ryan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in school, community, and hospital settings. He is passionate about educating individuals on the impact of trauma and supporting organizations in becoming trauma-informed.

Rachael Thomas
Rachael Thomas

Trainer and Consultant

rmthomas@saint-lukes.org

Rachael Thomas holds a Masters degree in Social Work and has experience working with children, families and seniors in a variety of areas in the community. She's had opportunities working to advocate and facilitate events surrounding mental health, community involvement, affordable & sustainable housing and positive development in youth. Rachael's passion is to strengthen poverty-stricken communities in areas such as education, housing, decrease violence and encourage community engagement through an Asset-Based Community Development approach. Rachael joined the Trauma Smart team in July of 2019 as a Trainer/Consultant.

Abby Baldwin LMSW
Abby Baldwin LMSW

Trainer and Consultant

abbaldwin@saint-lukes.org

Abby Baldwin is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. Abby has experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health, crisis intervention, and child development and welfare. Abby is passionate about mental health and suicide prevention, and she aspires to strengthen the mental health of Kansas and Missouri communities through education, advocacy, and the provision of trauma-informed care.

Colleen Stroh
Colleen Stroh

Trainer and Consultant

cstroh@saint-lukes.org

Colleen Stroh holds a Master’s degree in School Counseling. She has experience with children and families in many different areas. Colleen worked with families impacted by addiction and facilitated educational groups that supported recovery. She also worked in early childhood education for 5 years and as an elementary school counselor for 4 years. Colleen aims to share her knowledge and passion for increasing resilience and strengthening the relationships between caregivers and children. She is a strong advocate for educating communities on becoming trauma-informed.

Stacy Johnson LMSW
Stacy Johnson LMSW

Trainer and Consultant

stajohnson1@saint-lukes.org

Stacy Johnson joined Trauma Smart in 2020. Stacy has 8 years of experience working with children and families in school, children’s behavioral health, and child welfare settings where she facilitated strengths-based intervention strategies to strengthen positive behaviors and familial protective factors. Stacy holds a certification in Children’s Behavioral Health in addition to her master’s degree in Social Work. Her passions include social justice, inclusivity, cultural awareness, and service to others through volunteerism. Stacy wants to help empower those in her community through increasing access to services and supports while promoting equality for all.

McKenna Elfrink LPC
McKenna Elfrink LPC

Trainer and Consultant

melfrink@saint-lukes.org

McKenna began her trauma-informed work in the child life field, and she has since had opportunities to work with a variety of populations from various backgrounds and cultures around the world. She has a goal to promote empowerment and resiliency through education, healthy relationships, safe environments and trauma-informed care. McKenna values each person’s story and aims to provide space for all voices to be heard.

Lita Gentry LCSW
Lita Gentry LCSW

Trainer and Consultant

lgentry@saint-lukes.org

Lita Gentry is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Social Work. Lita brings 5 years of clinical experience working with youths and their adults in the community. Lita’s training focused on children 4 – 18 years old, behavior planning and crisis management, and providing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitized and Reprocessing. Lita is passionate about trauma education and researching the impact of trauma on youths, families and their communities. During her down time, Lita enjoys traveling, spending time with her rescue pit bulls and cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs!

Tara Gulley
Tara Gulley

Office Assistant

tgulley@saint-lukes.org

Tara joined the team in 2017. Tara is responsible for organizing the materials and supplies for all trainings and academies, and her attention to detail and coordination with other team members is crucial for Trauma Smart's success. She is passionate about creating a cohesive team environment and staff wellness.

Our Trauma Smart Team would like to acknowledge that our program’s evolution would not have been possible without the work, dedication, and passion of many of the early trailblazers and staff who came before us. The collaborative efforts of staff and client feedback over the years make it possible to continue to grow in our own trauma-informed journey.