ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Libby Bennett, PsyD,
is a licensed clinical psychologist in Springfield, MO. She has worked with individuals and couples in her private practice for over twenty-five years. Dr. Bennett became an AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) certified sex therapist in 2004 and was an adjunct instructor in the area of human sexuality at Forest Institute of Professional Psychology for ten years. From 2006 to 2008, Dr. Bennett served on the AASECT Board of Directors. She co-authored a book, with Dr. Holczer, regarding communication and sexuality.
Marla Berg-Weger, Ph.D., LCSW
is a Professor at the Saint Louis University School of Social Work and Executive Director of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine Geriatric Education Center, St. Louis, Missouri and a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. During her 23 years at the University, she has served ten years as the Social Work Director of Field Education and six years as the Senior Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and Interim Dean, College of Education and Public Service. Her scholarly work has focused on aging, family caregiving and social work practice. She has authored four books and over 75 book chapters, journal articles, and scholarly publications in these areas. Her research has focused on family caregiving, cognitive stimulation therapy, and driving and mobility. Service activities have included: founding Co-Chair of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety Sub-Committee on Elder Mobility and Safety, Co-Convener of the Gerontological Society of America Transportation Interest Group, member of the Publications Committee, president and secretary of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work and Co-Coordinator of the AGE SW Gerontological Social Work Pre-Dissertation Initiative, and member of the National Advisory Panel for the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education. She is the current Managing Editor of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, recent board member of ITNSt. Charles and the national ITN Research Board, and chairs the Program Services Committee of the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association.
Melissa Burns, MSW, LCSW
is a licensed clinical social worker who has been working in Burrell’s Children’s Day Treatment program for 16 years. Children’s Day Treatment is an intensive group treatment program offered to 3-5 year olds with behavioral, emotional and/or developmental difficulties. The program occurs 4 mornings a week (Monday through Thursday) and includes a parent group component that involves parents for parent training and support. A high percentage of the children referred to our program have been removed from daycare or preschool settings due to the intensity of their behavior. Melissa also works with many of the Children’s Day Treatment clients and their families in outpatient therapy, using a variety of play based interventions to help children gain the skills needed to be successful at home and at school.
Dr. Kimberly Fielding, LCSW
specializes in trauma informed care related to children and families. She was the Project Director for the entire four-year grant cycle with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Child Traumatic Stress Network Initiative funding to Ozark Center’s Children’s Trauma Center (NCTSI_SM061204). Her skill set includes proficiency with educational practices as a trainer in the community and instructor at the university level. Recipients of her services include members of the main service sectors communities: medical, behavioral health, educational, nonprofit, faith-based, courts and justice system, and foster care.
1LT Curtis Ketsenburg, LCSW
is the Director of Psychological Health for the Missouri Army National Guard. He and his wife, Lisa, have a 12 year daughter, Sophia. 1LT Ketsenburg started his military career after high school as a communication operator and separated from service shortly after. In 2007, 1LT Ketsenburg was Direct Commissioned as a Chaplain Candidate and attended seminary at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, completing a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling. Upon graduation, 1LT Ketsenburg worked as a Community Support Specialist at Wilkinson Semi-Independent Apartments at Burrell Behavioral Health. In 2012, 1LT Ketsenburg was accepted into the highly competitive Army/Fayetteville State University MSW program and completed is internship at Ft. Stewart, GA. Upon completion, 1LT Ketsenburg transferred to the Missouri Army National Guard. 1LT Ketsenburg was ordained as a pastor in 2010. 1LT Ketsenburg was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Global War on Terror Service Ribbon. 1LT Ketsenburg is trained in EMDR, CPT, PE, CBCT, as a PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator, and is a member of the NASW.
Milta Oyola Little, DO, CMD
currently works as an associate clinical professor at Saint Louis University Medical Center in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine and is board certified in General Internal Medicine, with added qualifications in Geriatric Medicine. She serves the division as Program Director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship. Her primary scholarly interest is interprofessional health education to improve the care of the frail geriatric patient. Dr. Little has been on the St. Louis Magazine Best Doctor list since 2013. She is a Certified Medical Director and as such, her professional responsibilities include medical director at Life Care Center of St. Louis and Caris Hospice. She has served on the board of directors for local and national long term care medical organizations since 2010. Much of her non-clinical time is spent enjoying St Louis with her husband, two cats, Charlie and Skitz, and her baby girl Audrey.
Dr. Janet Wood
serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, teaching a variety of courses in the on-line master’s and doctoral nurse practitioner programs. She maintains a clinical practice as a hospitalist nurse practitioner at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO where she enjoys caring for many older patients and their families. Dr. Wood’s 40-year nursing career included roles in bedside nursing, administration, and patient education before entering advanced practice nursing in 1998. A life-long learner and a firm believer in the transformative power of education, Jan completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at UMKC in 2015. She is one of three college faculty members across Missouri recently selected as a Geriatric Leadership Scholar for 2017-2018 through Saint Louis University’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program.