Our Trainers and Consultants

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Kelly Maurath

Kelly is the Associate Director of Child and Family Development for the JFCAC Head Start/Early Head Start program.  In her current role at JFCAC, she oversees the integration of program services provided to children and families, as well as the governing governing body that provides direction and oversite of her program. She currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with 17 years of Early Childhood work experience, including both classroom and administrative experience.  She is both Pre-K CLASS certified observer, as well as Pre-K CLASS certified trainer.  She also has experience in utilizing Strength Based Coaching with classroom staff, providing individualized professional development supports to improve teacher’s instructional practices.  Over her many years of working alongside young children, families, and staff, she has come to believe that professionals in her field of work need just as much support to be successful as the children and families they serve. She believes that creating a work environment that is inclusive, supportive, open, loving, meaningful, and FUN is the ultimate key to success for the children and families we wrap our arms around! 

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Kimberly Rodriguez

Kimberly is currently the Project Development Manager II for Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation.  She has worked for community action agencies for approximately 10 years.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Psychology from Southwest Baptist University.  She is a certified Anthropedia Life and Wellness coach through the Anthropedia Foundation in conjunction with St. Louis University.  She is a Certified Family Development Credential Instructor through the National Family Development Credential Program out of the Center for the study of Culture, Health and Human Development at the University of Connecticut.  She is also a Recovery Support Services Specialist and is supervising a Recovery Support Program at JFCAC.  Kim has 14 years of experience in case management, ranging from adults with mental health issues and/or developmental disabilities, to children with Autism and other disabling conditions.  Kim is a Poverty Simulation Facilitator, a Step Up to Leadership Facilitator, a Read from the Start Discussion Leader, a Certified Asthma Educator in training, and was an IRS VITA Tax Preparer/Site Coordinator for many years. She has also completed training on Building Developmental Assets in School Communities.    

Beyond all of this, Kim is also an experienced public speaker, fund raiser and event planner.  She has facilitated many trainings, simulations and classes throughout the years.  She has co-written grants and is always looking for new opportunities for her community.  She enjoys developing new projects and programs based on community needs.  Kim believes in a holistic approach to life and has a passion for educating staff to live better lives and to better serve clients, for educating and empowering clients, and for educating communities on all aspects of poverty and human relationships.  Kim’s true belief is that Education is the most powerful weapon one can acquire to truly create change in the world. 

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Ashley Mosier

Ashley Mosier is currently the Quality Improvement/Risk Management Director for Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation. She holds a BS in Business Administration from Central Methodist University. Ashley has over 6 years of experience focused on Quality Improvement/Risk Management, 1.5 of those being in the legal field and 4.5 of those being in the non-profit sector. In her role at Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation, Ashley expanded the QI Department over one program to an entire QI Department. Ashley remains very active in expanding her knowledge through continuous education and training opportunities. She is a CLASS certified observer in Pre-K, Infant, and toddler. She is also a certified Pre-K CLASS trainer. Ashley is a member of the Missouri State University Customer Experience and Design Thinking advisory boards. Both of these boards focus heavily on adapting as your client's needs adapt. Ashley is currently working on assisting her agency through the Council on Accreditation (COA) process, which focuses heavily on customer experience, utilization of data to drive agency change and improve agency quality. Ashley is also currently working on assisting her agency through the Pathways to Excellence Process, which emphasizes on the systemization of best practices. Ashley’s true belief is that excellent customer service drives organizations and it is imperative to develop with your customers as their needs/wants change.

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Dr. Monica Jackman

Dr. Monica Jackman is an occupational therapist and mother of four. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Health Science degree from the University of Florida and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Chatham University.  Monica has authored research papers and book chapters on topics including mindful engagement, the mindful engagement support model, occupational therapy in mental health, and teaching mindfulness to children, and has developed and implemented mindfulness-based training programs for caregivers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. She is the author and creator of the OpenMind Preschool Program and co-author of the OpenMind Elementary Program. She has lectured nationally and internationally on mindfulness interventions for children and adults. 

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Whitney Hollander, MSW, LCSW

Whitney Hollander, MSW, LCSW is currently a Behavioral Health clinician at Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation (JFCAC) where she has a wide variety of behavioral health duties; ranging from Head Start children to couples therapy. Whitney graduated with her Master’s degree in 2010 from the Brown School of Social Work, at Washington University in St. Louis.  She then earned her LCSW in 2014; in the state of MO. Whitney has a wide range of clinical experience with “At Risk” clients of all ages. She worked as a Forensic Social Worker for nine years at the Department of Mental Health (DMH) with both men and women, who have been found Permanently Incompetent to Stand Trial (PIST) or found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI). In addition, she worked exclusively with Sex Offenders at SORTS (Sex Offender Rehabilitation Treatment Services), for four of those nine years working with the State of Missouri. Other previous experiences include working as a School Social Worker in Illinois, working with CASA as a Court Appointment Special Advocate. Whitney has received specialized training in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, and Sexual Offender Therapy. Whitney has several years of supervising potential LCSW’s and experience as a Task Supervisor.

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Christine Schrader, IBCLC, Nutritionist, CLC

Christine Schrader earned a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Missouri State University. She has worked as a Nutritionist for the Missouri WIC program for almost 20 years. Christine is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and a Certified Lactation Counselor. The most satisfying part of her career is helping others set and obtain realistic health goals. Being a busy mom of three, she realizes that "the balancing act" is very real. Recently, Christine was inspired to look beyond the "fuel" for our bodies and into the "recharge". She is on path to become a certified sleep coach. 

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Jill Quaid, MA Psychology, MBA

Jill Quaid is presently the CEO of the Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation in Missouri. Jill has both a Master's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Business Administration. In addition, she has more than thirty years of experience with nonprofit program management and administration. In Jill's 40 years in this industry she has had the unique opportunity to work with countless populations in a variety of settings. Jill is most noted for her passionate desire to explore innovative new programming ideas and her strong belief that success with at risk populations can never be achieved with band aid approaches. In addition, Jill is a strong believer that self-sufficiency is a necessary goal for all non-profits. These strong convictions have motivated Jill to become skilled in ways to assist agencies increase unrestricted dollars including, but no limited to, the opening of social enterprises, creating fundraising programs, and building fee for service opportunities within agencies in order to reduce dependency on state and federal dollars. Beyond this, Quality Improvement is also a strong area of focus for Jill. She has been instrumental for years in building Quality Improvement Programs in agencies and is a huge advocate for continuous quality improvement efforts in all non profit programming. Jill is presently serving on numerous Boards and Committees in the State of Missouri. She is skilled in conflict resolution and is a Civil and Family Mediator in the State of Missouri - Rule 17 and 88 Certified. In addition, Jill is a Certified Practitioner of the MBTI Step I and Step II Instruments and a strong believer in building effective leadership teams.