Sonja Kania

Sonja Kania, MSW, APSW
Chief Talent & Social Capital Officer

Sonja Kania has over 17 years of experience in the human services field. She holds her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sonja was a Title IV-E grant recipient, which allowed her the opportunity to receive specialized training in the area of Public Child Welfare. Sonja is also certified as an Advanced Practice Social Worker (APSW) in the State of Wisconsin.

Sonja began her career as a direct care staff in Child Welfare in Milwaukee, primarily working in foster care services. Sonja has also been a supervisor in various community based programs, including Safety Services and Family Preservation Services. Sonja eventually transitioned into the role of director of the Family Services Department at SaintA, which included taking on the responsibility of more administrative oversight of various community-based social service programs. Sonja took the lead in the development and implementation of a Functional Family Therapy (FFT) program as well as a Parent Advocate program, which included working with families involved in the juvenile justice system. Sonja has also been an active alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including teaching within the MSW program. Sonja is certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) via the model of Dr. Bruce Perry, certified in the CPI model, and Risking Connections, and has been trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Sonja is also a trained facilitator for Crucial Conversations ©.

Sonja is currently in the role of Chief Talent and Social Capital Officer (CTSCO) and has been at Norris, Inc. for almost 7 years. Sonja is primarily responsible for overseeing staff recruitment, retention, and training, as well as community outreach, wellness, and leadership development across all of Norris’ campuses. Sonja directly supervises the Director of Training & Staff Development and the Director of Human Resources. Sonja also serves on the Board for the Wisconsin Association for Child & Youth Care Professionals (WACYCP) and is an active Leadership Member of the Milwaukee Youth Sports Alliance. Sonja has been in various leadership positions for over the last 15 years, which has allowed her the opportunity to be actively involved in program development, staff and leadership development, and employee engagement. Sonja truly believes that by effectively training and empowering our staff and leaders we can have a greater and lasting impact on the children and families in our community.

Sonja and her husband have two boys who are very active in sports, and the family enjoys all of the outdoor adventures that Wisconsin (and Minnesota) has to offer. Sonja also enjoys running and has completed 14 full marathons!