Dr. Leakey has worked in the field of Infant Mental Health and child abuse prevention and treatment for the past 15 years. She is currently an Infant Mental Health Community Consultant for The Parent Child Center of Tulsa where she provides training, consultation, and guidance to systems and stakeholders serving infants, toddlers, and their families. She has a primary responsibility to the Tulsa County Safe Babies Court Team, the state's first infant mental health specialty court.
Stacey is the President of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health (OK-AIMH), and is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Mentor by OK-AIMH. She is also endorsed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) as a trainer in Child Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence-based trauma treatment for children ages 0-6 and their families. Dr. Leakey's current interest includes the mitigation of secondary traumatic stress for clinicians working in infant mental health relationship based interventions, and the enhancement of trauma stewardship to sustain the workforce in this field.
In order to sustain her own well-being, Stacey engages in regular mindfulness/meditation practice, yoga, floating, and dynamic group process. She and her husband have two sons, Aiden and Silas who provide a good mirror for them and keep them honest every day. She loves to garden, cook, and work at home on the family farm in rural Missouri, using these passions to refuel for her work.
President-Elect Amy Chlouber, LPC, IMH-E® (IV-C) Early Childhood Mental Health Coordinator Sunbeam Family Services AmyBC@OKAIMH.org
Amy Chlouber, LPC-S, is the Early Childhood Services Mental Health Coordinator at Sunbeam Family Services. She has worked in the mental health field for 20+ years, specializing in infant and early childhood mental health in public, private and non-profit organizations. Amy developed and served as Clinical Director of a private mental health agency satellite office and served on the Board of Directors of CASA in Canadian county. She was one of the original therapists selected in Oklahoma’s Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation pilot in licensed child care facilities. Amy served as the Mental Health/ Disabilities Coordinator for Early Head Start through Sunbeam Family Services where she provided consultation and training for direct care and administrative staff and was instrumental in the design of the mental health program of OKC Educare. At the state level, Amy provided leadership and oversight of the Oklahoma Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Strategic Plan. She serves on numerous local, state and national early childhood committees and work groups and is currently President-elect of the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health (OK-AIMH) Board. Amy is Endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Mentor/IMH-E® (IV-C).
Ruth Slocum, LCSW, IMH-E® (III) is a family therapist in Tulsa, Oklahoma, specializing in infant and early childhood mental health. Employed by Oklahoma State University she serves as the Mental Health Manager for the Tulsa Children's Project, a program dedicated to developing interventions to disrupt the intergenerational cycle of poverty. She also oversees the Mental Health Consultation for Tulsa Educare, a high quality early childhood program. Ruth assisted in developing Active Parenting's First Five Years parenting program, is trained in CPP and certified in ABC. Ruth earned her Master of Social Service from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma and serves on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health.
Tish Dehart, MS, LCSW, IMH-E® (III) is the Clinic Manager and a Behavioral Health Specialist for the Tulsa Health Department's Child Guidance Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Oklahoma State University, a Master of Science Degree in Child Development from the University of California at Davis, and a Master in Social Work Degree from the University of Oklahoma. Tish has experience as a case manager, therapist, and clinical director in inpatient and residential treatment facilities. For the past seventeen years, she has focused her career in the field of infant and early childhood, and has served as the Clinic Manager for the multi-disciplinary Child Guidance Program for the past ten years. She has also been involved in the current LAUNCH and SOC² LAUNCH grants, in the provision of reflective consultation on the state level. Tish is an endorsed Infant Mental Health Specialist through the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health, as well as a Board-Approved Supervisor through the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers. She serves on the boards for the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health, and the Oklahoma Family Resource Coalition, and has been an adjunct professor with the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work for eight years.
Desiree holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Oral Roberts University, a Master's degree in Adult Education/Human Resource Development from Oklahoma State University, and is a Leadership Tulsa Class 21 alum. Her professional experience is primarily in nonprofit leadership, program development, management training, fund raising, donor engagement and board development.
She was the Executive Director of The Parent Child Center of Tulsa for 10 years, retiring in 2017. During that time, she led the organization to become nationally accredited and grow to reach over 53,000 children and adults annually. At PCCT, she was active in collaborative efforts to launch Project East Tulsa (a co-location of PCCT with Emergency Infant Services), Tulsa Area United Way's "nexTulsa" leadership training program, Tulsa's Anti-Bullying Coalition, Family Safety Center of Tulsa's Child Advocacy Partnership, and Tulsa County's Safe Babies Court Team pilot project with Zero To Three. Prior to joining PCCT, Desiree worked for Hillcrest Healthcare System and Dowell Schlumberger.
Recently Desiree has consulted with the George Kaiser Family Foundation's BEST initiative and with Parent Promise in OKC. She is an OKCEO and Advisory Council member with the Potts Family Foundation in OKC. Desiree is a member of Prevent Child Abuse America and served on the Steering Committee for Prevent Child Abuse Oklahoma. She was also a charter member of Tulsa County Child Protection Coalition, and is a past member of Children's Consortium of Tulsa and Oklahoma Women's Coalition.
Desiree lives in Jenks, Oklahoma, with her husband Doc, and volunteers with the LifeChurch Jenks, Jenks Community Food Bank, and LifeSteps World Ministries.
Melissa Griffin is the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Wellness Specialist at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Family Relations and Child Development and her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has experience as a therapist and as a trainer working in areas that include domestic violence and victim’s services, child development and parenting, and family therapy. Her current position focuses on the development of early childhood systems in Oklahoma to support the promotion of early childhood mental health and the prevention of mental health disorders through co-leadership of the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Strategic Plan: Oklahoma’s Framework for Change.
Kelley Griffith Nedbalek, LCSW, IMH-E (IV-C) is a child and family therapist at the Center for Children and Families, which is a private, non-profit agency located in Norman, Oklahoma. Kelley received her under graduate and master degrees from the School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma. Kelley specializes in working with families with children age 0-5 who have experienced significant trauma. Kelley has 30 years of training in issues like adolescent parents, domestic violence and child abuse and neglect. The main models utilized in Kelley's work are Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and Theraplay. Kelley has provided State and local training on Infant Mental Health, Family Dynamics, Children in Trauma, ACES and Working Cooperatively with Teen Parents. Throughout her career Kelley has been active in many State and local action groups. She serves as a board member with the Oklahoma Association of Infant Mental Health.
Renee Zinck Resource Coordinator - Retired Oklahoma State Department of Education RZinck@OKAIMH.org
Renee has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. She worked as a School Social Worker in Iowa for 5 years as part of a multi-disciplinary team assessing children for special education services and providing individual and group counseling for students. She returned to Oklahoma in 1992 to work for SoonerStart Early Intervention. As a resource coordinator she arranged services for families of children birth to three with developmental delays, and connected them with a variety of additional resources. She represented SoonerStart on the OKAIMH board, and continues to serve on the board, though she recently retired from SoonerStart after 26 years.