Terri Strodthoff is the Founder and Executive Director of the Alma Center, Inc., a community based agency in Milwaukee working to break the cycle of domestic violence in families. The Alma center heals men who have been abusive and supports them to reconnect with the peaceful, loving men they had lost through their experiences of trauma.  The Alma Center is a research based gender-specific agency providing pioneering trauma-informed healing, education, social services and a positive peer community to support formerly abusive men’s peaceful and lasting transformation.


The agency is a recipient of the 2014 Celebrating Solutions Award for innovation in domestic violence prevention, chosen by a panel of leading domestic violence experts from more than 300 national applicants.


Dr. Strodthoff has more than 20 years experience in the field of domestic violence, including program design and administration, evaluation and direct service delivery. Prior to founding the Alma Center, she directed the local program evaluation for the Milwaukee Judicial Oversight Demonstration Initiative, a five year demonstration project funded by the Violence Against Women Grants Office and the National Institute of Justice. She was also the Project Director/co-investigator of the Safe at Home Project, a five year violence against women prevention demonstration project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Dr. Strodthoff received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She has co-authored articles and is a regular presenter and trainer for national and local audiences.  She co-founded the Alma Institute in 2015 to support direct service providers, agencies, and systems to support healing and transformation in served persons.

Shawn Smith

Shawn has over 20 years of direct service and management experience in human services (criminal justice, workforce development, and youth).   His programs – including pretrial, re-entry screening, and adolescent day treatment – moved from underperforming to meeting or exceeding outcome goals. Shawn’s teams have experienced near zero turn-over rates. He has extensive project management experience including the development of a charter school for youth involved in the criminal justice system, the resurrection of an urban youth center, and a myriad of other projects. Shawn was an early adopter of Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, and Cultural Humility in Wisconsin. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), sits on the MINT’s trainer certification committee + Diversity Workgroup, and has trained MI to thousands of human service professionals working in criminal justice, workforce development, behavioral health, education, addictions and other human service contexts.

Shawn initiated a train-the-trainer cohort in Milwaukee for Cultural Humility to be more widely adopted and available. This cohort included trainers from Saint A, Wraparound Milwaukee, UWM Helen Bader School of Social Work, Wisconsin Community Services, Professional Services Group, the State of Wisconsin Public Defender’s Office, and the Benedict Center. The cohort was trained by the originator of Cultural Humility, Dr. Melanie Tervalon. He holds a certificate in Trauma Counseling from UWM Helen Bader School of Social Work.


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