Dr. Jacob Ham

Dr. Ham is a clinical psychologist, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Child Trauma and Resilience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He receives federal and local funding to create and advance trauma-informed practices throughout multiple child serving systems.

He is a highly sought trainer and consultant on trauma-informed engagement and maintains an active clinical practice at Mount Sinai Beth Israel for children, families and adults with a particular focus on using moment-to-moment relationship-based interventions that enhance attachment to overcome trauma and improve mental health. He received his PhD at UMass Boston and finished clinical training at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston.

Katie Perez

As an education consultant, Katie inspires impassioned teaching and learning in classrooms across the country. Upon graduation, Katie taught in Tennessee and Texas before coming back to Kansas and being named Region 1 Elementary Teacher of the Year.

A large part of Katie’s work at ESSDACK focuses on supporting educators as they become trauma-informed. Katie has been researching and speaking about the science of hope since 2007.

“Hope guides me in all endeavors. In both my professional and personal life, I see opportunities to share and spread hope with others so that they too may develop pathways for seeing great possibilities in their lives. I believe in the power of engaged educators to build significant relationships with young people.”

This work has led to a partnership with Jim Sporleder in building curriculum materials to support school faculties in their journey to becoming trauma-informed.

Chuck Price

Chuck has 25 years of experience working with children and families. Over the past six years, Chuck Price has led his Health and Human Services Department on a successful and transformational journey in becoming a Trauma Informed agency. The approach has shown success in recruitment and retention, overall agency health, and incredible outcomes for those the department serves.

Chuck has been a Health and Human Services Director for the past 10 years and is the current Past President of the Wisconsin County Human Service Association, where he lead the association through an process focused on the Association’s infrastructure, as well as leadership development for directors statewide.

He has served in leadership roles within both urban and rural settings, providing great perspective in the work. Chuck’s leadership and his department’s successful innovations have received attention and recognition at state, national and even international levels. Chuck holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UW-Milwaukee) and a Master’s degree in Human Service Administration from Springfield College.

Be sure to explore the Wisconsin PBS special titled Not Enough Apologies highlighting the work of Chuck and others on his team.