Georgiana Wilton Ph.D
Dr. Wilton is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She is currently the Principal Investigator of several research and outreach projects addressing the prevention, identification, and treatment of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). She is the Director of the Great Lakes FASD Regional Training Center and the Wisconsin FASD Treatment Outreach Project. Georgiana has taught classes on both fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and adolescent health in the Department of Medical Genetics, and provides training to clinicians, service providers and families locally and nationally. Her current research includes brief alcohol intervention and medical education. In addition to a Doctorate in Rehabilitation Psychology, Georgiana earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has worked in the disabilities field for over 25 years with a focus on family support, professional education, clinical outreach, and screening and brief intervention.
David Wargowski MD
Dr. Wargowski has over 25 years of clinical experience in the identification of syndromes and the assessment of individuals with congenital anomalies and developmental disorders, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. At present, Dr. Wargowski is the only medical geneticist in Wisconsin with a special interest in this group of disorders and as such receives the majority of referrals for FASD evaluation. As Director of the Residency Program in Medical Genetics, through his involvement in the genetics training of medical students and residents in pediatrics and other disciplines, and through the Great Lakes FASD Regional Training Center, Dr. Wargowski has provided education and training related to FASD assessment to hundreds of physicians. He has also been involved in training at the national level, primarily through his role in the Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics, which is working to develop training standards and innovative curricula for trainees in Medical Genetics. As a member of the joint CDC/AAP expert panel on FASDs, Dr. Wargowski contributed actively to the development of clinical and training tools that will help practicing pediatricians and family medicine physicians in the evaluation and management of individuals with FASDs. This effort is being furthered now in the Wisconsin FASD PIC for Pediatrics, on which Dr. Wargowski serves as PI.
Barbara Vardalas, MA
Ms. Vardalas is a Researcher in the University Of Wisconsin Department Of Family Medicine. She is currently the Evaluator for the FASD Education and Outreach Projects. Programs include: Booshké giin, a prevention program to reduce alcohol-related harms including the risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancy, and the Wisconsin FASD Treatment Outreach Project which provides training and outreach on FASDs in Wisconsin. Ms. Vardalas earned a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin and has completed training and work in the technical field as a business analyst. She has experience in working both with people and programs focusing on those with developmental disabilities and on project evaluation and data management. Ms. Vardalas is a Certified FASD Trainer.
Angelica Salinas, MS, CRC
Ms. Salinas is a Researcher in the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine. She is currently the Director of the FASD Education and Outreach Projects. Programs include: Booshké giin, a prevention program to reduce alcohol-related harms including the risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancy, and the Wisconsin FASD Treatment Outreach Project providing training and outreach on FASDs in Wisconsin. She provides clinical services to individuals at risk of FASD including adaptive functioning assessment, post-assessment and aftercare counseling and assistance with service acquisition. Ms. Salinas has experience and training in providing vocational services to clients with an FASD and assisting them in other relevant aspects of their lives. Ms. Salinas is Certified FASD Trainer.
Lindsey Peterson, MS, CRC
Ms. Peterson is an Associate Outreach Specialist for the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Family Medicine. She is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she received her Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Psychology. She is also a licensed Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) in the state of Wisconsin, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Her experience includes working with women, children and families affected by substance use and mental health disorders. Ms. Peterson is a Certified FASD Trainer.