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WORTHY WE upholds and empowers individual and community-wide wholeness by competently engaging in curious, nonjudgmental, and courageous restorative practices.


Through experiential wellness practices, WORTHY WE guides individuals and professionals in discovering their own resilient skills so that they, in turn, can live out their best selves at work, with their families, and in the community.  We believe healthy, resilient individuals create healthy, resilient communities.


Service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, community, integrity, creativity, and competence

Meet the Team

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Sarah Vining is the founder of Worthy WE.  She holds a master's degree in Social Work and is licensed as a Certified Social Worker for Private & Independent Practice​.  Seeking to find simple skills to share within her community, she became a certified teacher in the Community Resiliency Model® (CRM) through the Trauma Resource Institute.  She is also trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model®. Sarah loves the simplicity and diverse application of this model and is passionate about sharing it with others. 

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Gianna Wright holds a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counseling-supervisee. Gianna became trained in CRM® in the summer of 2023. Gianna has enjoyed seeing clients in her practice benefit from use of the model and is excited to share it further.

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Amy Zimmerman works as a Behavior Specialist in Sioux Falls and has over 20 years of experience working with at-risk youth. Amy became trained in CRM® in the summer of 2021. She has a strong interest in teaching and sharing information about mental wellness skills and how they can be incorporated in our everyday lives in simple, practical ways.

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Kayla Hinrichs holds a master's degree in Social Work and is a licensed Certified Social Worker. Kayla became trained in CRM® in the fall of 2021.

Kayla is excited about supporting and equipping others with useful skills that can increase their well being in mind, body and spirit.


Worthy Well Empowered LLC was born from a desire to empower others to a greater sense of calm and peace in the midst of daily stressors.  As school social workers, Sarah Vining and Marta Roberts noticed the daily stressors impacting our coworkers, students, and families that we worked with in a whole new way as we all navigated our new normal amidst the global pandemic.  We discovered the Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® through the Trauma Resource Institute.  This model, created by Elaine Miller-Karas, focuses on each person's ability to strengthen and widen their resilient zones with the use of six simple wellness skills.  These skills are based in biology and can be used across cultures, across literacy levels, and across the lifespan.  CRM has become the foundation for WORTHY WE, offering practical skills for each member of our community.  For more about the Community Resiliency Model®  and the Trauma Resource Institute, visit

WORTHY WE was also inspired from the work of Brené  Brown, researcher of vulnerability and wholehearted living.  Decades of research led Brené  Brown to understand the basic human need of love and belonging.  In her book The Gifts of Imperfection Brené writes, "No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.  It's going to bed at night thinking, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn't change the truth that I am also brave and WORTHY OF LOVE AND BELONGING."  At WORTHY WE, this principal of worthiness is embedded into every action, decision, and interaction.  For more information on Brené Brown's work, visit

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