TIG collaboration
"Children carry more between home & school than lunch and a backpack. Working together we can lighten their load." –National Association of School Psychologists

Meet the Trainers

Amy H. Scheel-Jones, M.S. Ed. – TIG Coordinator
Amy Scheel-Jones is a certified School Counselor and currently works with Monroe County Office of Mental Health (MCOMH). Amy is the Coordinator for The Consortium on Trauma, Illness and Grief in Schools (TIG), a county-wide, multi-agency effort to prepare school districts to have appropriate mental health support in place during incidents of trauma, violence, illness and death. She also reviews and monitors access to Monroe County mental health programs for children and adolescents, in addition to duties with Disaster Mental Health. With over twelve years of experience, Amy has worked directly with children, adolescents, and families in both school-based therapeutic services and systems work. She has first-hand experience of implementing TIG content, practices and procedures into a district setting and has served on building and district level Mental Health Crisis Recovery teams.

Paula Busch, LMSW, ACSW
Paula has been a School Social Worker in the Webster Central School District for over 25 years.  She is the Lead Teacher for the social work staff as well as the District TIG Facilitator. Paula was a member of the Webster team that participated in the initial TIG training in 2001, and has worked with Webster staff to create their Crisis Response Manual and Commemoration Guidelines.  She has presented the TIG/School model at state and national conferences, and has presented workshops locally on issues surrounding loss and grief.  Prior to working in the Webster school district, Paula worked in youth services, and was also an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Skidmore College.

Barbara J. Ertl, MS, LPC, NCC
Barbara  Ertl has been employed as a school social worker for 27 years.  In that capacity, she provides leadership to a multi-district crisis response team.  Barb has consulted with school district personnel throughout the United States and Canada on the development of crisis plans and intervention/recovery strategies. Most recently she has consulted with the Ministry of Education for Singapore to develop school-based crisis response capabilities throughout the country. Barb is a Certified Trauma Specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.  She is the senior partner in a private consulting firm that specializes in the development of crisis/emergency preparedness plans and teams (preschool through college). Barb is the author of three workbooks specific to school crisis response and numerous articles and/or book chapters.  Additionally, Barb has 23 years of public safety experience encompassing fire, EMS and law enforcement.  Barb has been on the faculty of ICISF since 1999 and teaches many of their courses.

Susan Kumer, M.S. Ed
Susan is presently serving as a Pupil Personnel Services, Teacher on Special Assignment (PPS/TOSA) in the Penfield Central Schools. In that capacity, Susan chairs the District Health and Safety Committee, oversees the District's emergency preparedness, coordinates the District TIG Advisory, and serves as the TIG primary contact among other responsibilities. Prior to her PPS/TOSA role, Susan was the K-12 Counseling Department Chair in Penfield where she helped develop the District's standards based, K-12 counseling program.

Before coming to Penfield, Susan was dual certified in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by the Department of Education and the Department of Youth Services (juvenile justice system) and provided crisis intervention services, assessment and on-going counseling services for at-risk students in the Mansfield Public Schools and Attleboro Courts catchment area. Susan has also been a school counselor in Falmouth, Maine and has taught secondary English in Milton, Pennsylvania; Somers, Connecticut; and Fairport, Maine.

In addition to her work in public schools, Susan has served as an adjunct professor in the graduate schools of education at both Nazareth and Roberts Wesleyan Colleges. Susan received a B.A. in English from Bucknell University, and a M.S. Ed. in Counselor Education from the University of Southern Maine.  She has completed additional graduate and post-graduate coursework at the University of Connecticut, Northeastern University, SUNY Brockport and SUNY Oswego.  

Elizabeth Meeker, PsyD.
Dr. Elizabeth Meeker is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families in both clinical and administrative capacities. She is currently the Project Director for Monroe County System of Care and a Senior Consultant for Coordinated Care Services, Inc. Dr. Meeker has worked with the Monroe County Office of Mental Health (MCOMH) for ten years providing oversight and management of county funded children mental health services as well as serving as the Coordinator of The Consortium on Trauma Illness and Grief in Schools. She presents and consults on a range of topics related to youth in crisis including trauma, suicide prevention, bullying and school violence, self-injury, grief and loss, and family engagement. In addition to her work for MCOMH, Dr. Meeker has a private clinical practice. She completed her pre-doctoral training at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, NY and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Indiana State University.  Dr. Meeker is also the Past President of the Genesee Valley Psychological Association. 

Kathyryn Wissler, MEd
Currently as an educational consultant for Compassion-Net and CURE Childhood Cancer Association Kathryn Wissler has more than thirty years’ experience working with children with special needs.  In this role she consults with parents and school districts on services for children with a variety of serious and chronic medical problems.  Kathryn provides necessary education to support schools in understanding how the child’s illness impacts their learning. 

For nearly twenty years, Kathryn served as the Educational Liaison for Golisano Children’s Hospital and provided needed advocacy for children with cancer, brain tumors and blood disorders within the school setting.  She conducted numerous classroom and school-wide presentations when children returned to school and also shared key medical information and recommendations to guide school interventions and response.  Additionally, Kathryn monitored children with cancer or blood disorders for possible learning problems that can be associated with certain diagnoses or treatment regimens. 

Kathryn’s experience as a teacher for emotionally handicapped children informed her knowledge in developing curriculum and coordinating programs and services to meet their needs.  She is an invaluable resource for bridging the gap between the medical and school experiences while keeping the child as the focus.

Michael A. Scharf, M.D.
Dr. Scharf earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at The State University of New York at Buffalo, and completed residency training in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Rochester.

He is currently the Chief of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division and the Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Rochester.

Professional interests include education, psychosomatic medicine, and violence.  Dr. Scharf is a core member of the Rochester Youth Violence Partnership:  a University Hospital based program partnering with community agencies to examine and improve how our health care system and community responds to children and adolescents who are victims of violent assault.

Dr. Scharf is the local (University of Rochester) site leader for CAP-PC (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Primary Care):  a New York State Office of Mental Health funded program to provide education and clinical consultation to primary care doctors as they care for the mental health needs of children.

Bonnie Strollo, EdD, MS, RN, NPP
Bonnie Strollo is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Strong Memorial Hospital. She is the coordinator of the Pediatric Consultation and Liaison Service at Golisano Children’s Hospital. For over thirty five years she has worked with both medically and psychiatrically ill children/adolescents and their families. She is certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her areas of interest include mental health wellness, parenting instruction, youth suicide, adolescent violence, chronic medical illness in children, and eating disorders. Bonnie is also a member of the Monroe County Disaster Mental Health team.

“Any child old enough to love is old enough to grieve.”
Alan Wolfelt        

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