Learn more about Carrie Meiners, the new Southeast Regional Trainer for the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy.

  1. What is your job title, and what will you be doing? My role at the academy is the Southeast Regional Trainer. I will be providing child welfare training to social workers, primarily in the southeast region and elsewhere as needed.
  2. Tell us about your education and/or work experience prior to joining the MNCWTA. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Child Advocacy Studies, as well as a Master's Degree in Counselor Education all from Winona State University. I have worked in the child welfare field for fifteen years. I was most recently employed at Winona County as an ongoing child protection case manager for the last ten years. Prior to that, I worked for a not-for-profit agency as a Case Manager and Supervisor of various programs (Youth Home, Alternative Education, Supervised Visitation, Child Advocacy Center, etc.). I also act as an Adjunct Faculty for Winona State University in the Child Advocacy Studies department upon request. 
  3. What do you enjoy most about your work? The thing I enjoy most about working in this field is learning every day. I appreciate good relationships with others, and enjoy learning from others' experiences. I also enjoy having the opportunity to observe people learn, grow, and expand on their strengths. 
  4. What do you like to do outside of work? I love music and enjoy attending live music events. I like going to Broadway musicals, concerts, and live sporting events. I live in Winona and am from southeast Minnesota. I enjoy small towns and the beauty of our area. I am really happy to live in this area of our state!