Early relationships in children’s lives matter and can significantly influence their trajectory. The concept of Infant Mental Health is rooted in the idea that the most important factor in the mental health of children are a supportive primary relationship with parents and caretakers. The overall goal of practicing Infant Mental Health is enhancing the emotional and cognitive development of infants birth to five years of age. In January of 2016, the Missouri Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (MOAIMH-EC) was created to help meet this need in our state. Meet our Board Members and Founding Members below. We are thankful for their time and expertise.
MOAIMH-EC Board Members
*Lisa Polka, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW
Regional Mental Health Services
Jessica Sims, M.Ed.
*Gladesia Tolbert, PNP
*Margo Heger-Smith, M.Ed.
*Tiffany N.Willis, PsyD
*Stephen P. Zwolak, M.Ed.
* is a Founding Member and a Board Member
*Melody Boling, LCSW
*Elaine Spencer-Carver, Ph.D., MSW
*Patricia Davis, LSCSW, LCSW, IMH-III
*Vyonne Garrett, LMSW, CGW
*Julie Gettings, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW
*Michelle Burtuglia-Haley, MSW, LSCSW, LCS
*Susan Henderson, MS
*Shelley Mayse, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW, IMH-E (IV)
Ovella "Ms. Peaches" Lott
*Julie Clauson Nobles, M.S., IMH-E (II)