Mr. Jeffrey Ashton is most recently well-known for his 2011 prosecution of Casey Anthony, a young mother from Florida who was accused of murdering her 2 year old daughter, Caylee Anthony, whose remains were found in a swamp just blocks from the Anthony home.
Mr. Ashton voluntarily postponed his planned retirement after being called upon to prosecute Casey Anthony. After the conclusion of the trial, Mr. Ashton retired from the State Attorney's Office as previously intended and began working part-time at a law firm. During this time, Mr. Ashton recounted his prosecution of Anthony in a book entitled, "Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony", which was later the basis of a TV movie about the prosecution which originally aired in January 2013.
While he's most recently recognized for this very highly publicized case, Mr. Ashton is indeed a pioneer in the criminal justice profession by achieving great advancements for the prosecutorial profession in the interest of public safety and justice.
Mr. Jeffrey Ashton made groundbreaking history over 25 years ago as a prosecutor laying the foundation that would rapidly advance and forevermore transform the criminal justice profession and resources available to prosecutors in the pursuit of justice. After winning his first murder conviction in 1983, just four years later Mr. Ashton became the very first prosecutor ever to introduce, and win a conviction using, DNA based evidence which resulted in the conviction of a serial rapist in 1987. Three years later, Mr. Ashton established the State Attorney Office's homicide division.
Mr. Ashton has over 30 years of experience prosecuting thousands of cases...taking 300 cases to trial, 70 of which were murder trials, as well as earning convictions in 12 capital murder cases.
In 2012, Mr. Jeffrey Ashton ran for the State Attorney position in Florida's Orange and Osceola counties against his former supervisor. Mr. Ashton won the election and, in early January 2013, was sworn in as the Ninth Circuit State Attorney representing the State of Florida in criminal prosecutions in Orange and Osceola counties. As the chief law enforcement officer within this jurisdiction, Mr. Ashton has innovative ideas for the office he now heads.
Aaron Fisher became nationally known as “Victim 1”, the face of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. He had the courage to speak up about the abuse he endured ensuring the perpetrator would face justice. He has been named a hero for having struggled and persevered through the most adverse circumstances to make sure the serial pedophile in his case could hurt no one else. He, along with his psychologist Michael Gillum and his mother Dawn Daniels, co-authored Silent No More, Victim 1’s Fight For Justice Against Jerry Sandusky. Aaron has also committed himself to assisting victims of sexual abuse worldwide through his participation in the Let Go…Let Peace Come In Foundation. He has provided a public relations video concerning the Foundation and advocates frequently. Aaron is committed to speaking to groups, including children, about sexual abuse.
Michael Gillum is a licensed psychologist who has devoted much of his career to serving children through private practice and consultation with community agencies, law enforcement, and other human service agencies. In June 2012, he was recognized by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and received the 2012 Pennsylvania Psychological Association Psychology in the Media Award. Mr. Gillum was instrumental in the prosecution of Jerry Sandusky. He co-authored a New York Times Best Seller, Silent No More, Victim 1's Fight For Justice Against Jerry Sandusky, with Aaron Fisher and Aaron's mother Dawn. Mr. Gillum is also a director on the board of a private foundation which supports and guides victims of child sexual abuse. He provides increasing time to public education efforts and advocacy regarding child sexual abuse.
Dawn Daniels Hennessy is Aaron Fisher's mother who co-authored Silent No More, Victim 1's Fight For Justice Against Jerry Sandusky, along with her son and his psychologist Michael Gillum. Ms. Daniels Hennessy is the mother of three and has been very involved in her children's school experiences. She has participated in fundraising, working with local sports teams, and cheerleading squads. Ms. Daniels Hennessy has been instrumental in developing community support for students who face challenges in the school system. She has long advocated for equal and fair treatment for all and anti-bullying policies and procedures. Although she was recently married and spends a great deal of time with her family, she also devotes herself to advocacy including speaking at public events.
Christopher Baughman is the host of MSNBC’s new series on human trafficking, Slave Hunter. Prior to his retirement, he headed up the Pandering Investigation Team and Human Trafficking Task Force for the Las Vegas PD, where his team arrested and convicted several of the city’s wealthiest and most violent criminals. He is also author of the best selling true crime human trafficking series, Off The Street.
Deanna Bedell has a master’s in social work and is a licensed independent clinical social worker. She has worked in child welfare for over thirty years, holding positions from intake through adoptions. Eight years working for the Kitsap County Juvenile Court as a guardian ad litem in dependency cases provided Ms. Bedell with an “outside” view of the public child welfare system. Currently, as the Children’s Administration’s program manager for Intake, Ms. Bedell helped usher in Children’s Administration’s new intake structured decision making tool, aimed at providing more consistency in intake screening.
Dr. Melanie Berry has extensive experience working with at risk children and families. She began her career in New York City, providing intensive early intervention services for young children with developmental disabilities. She then obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. Previously, Dr. Berry worked in the San Francisco Bay area with multi-stressed, low income, inner-city children and their caregivers, many of whom were involved in the child welfare system.
Currently, Dr. Berry is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Dr. Phil Fisher's Stress Neurobiology and Prevention Research Lab at the University of Oregon and the Oregon Social Learning Center. The SNAP lab studies the impact of early adversity on the developing brain, and the development of targeted interventions to improve outcomes for high-risk children.
Garry Bevel is the Director of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Commission on Youth at Risk, Deputy Diversity Director of the ABA, and Assistant Director of the ABA Center on Children and the Law's Opening Doors for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care project in Washington, D.C. As director of the Commission, he is responsible for over-seeing the development and adoption of ABA policy on children's issues (e.g., child trafficking, education, sexual orientation & gender identity, disparity, child trauma, school discipline, etc.). Mr. Bevel frequently presents at national, state and local conferences and provides training to child welfare, juvenile justice, and other child-serving professionals. He currently serves on the LGBT Task Force of the Child and Family Services Agency of D.C.
Mr. Bevel graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. He served as a prosecutor in the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office in 2006. Mr. Bevel later joined the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program (GAL) in Miami as a litigation attorney. During his three years with the GAL program, he represented children and youth in abuse, abandonment and neglect cases, and through the GAL office created a "Safe Zone" for LGBT youth in foster care.
While in Miami, Mr. Bevel served as a board member of YES Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent suicide through powerful communication and education on gender and orientation. As a facilitator of YES education, he presented to law enforcement, youth, parents, teachers, students, judges, lawyers, and clergy throughout the local community.
Mr. Bevel is a trainer and advisory council member of the All Children – All Families foster care and adoption LGBT Cultural Competence initiative of the Human Rights Campaign.
In 2010, Mr. Bevel was named one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. He enjoys yoga, a good game of monopoly, and plays pitcher and short field on his kickball team.
Dr. Burton has been practicing with been practicing with children adults and adolescents with sexual behavior problems for over 25 years. He has published over 50 works in professional journals. His recent areas of research include: racism and delinquency, deviant sexual arousal, trauma, pornography, psychopathy, executive dysfunction, brain based approaches to treatment, religiosity and sexual crime, and personality and crime among others. He has taught research and treatment at Smith College School for Social Work in Massachusetts and at the University Of Michigan School Of Social Work in Michigan. He has presented over 750 sessions at conferences in more than 40 states and several countries and is known as a knowledgeable, compassionate and humorous speaker. He is recently retired and living in Northampton, MA.
Heather is a Veteran Parent who had three prior dependency cases. She was successfully reunited with three of her five children. Heather is a recovering addict who actively used methamphetamines and other drugs for 15 years. She has been clean and sober for 8 years. Heather worked as an advocate with the Parent Child Assistance Program (PCAP) and was hired in February 2013 as the Parents for Parents Program (P4P) Coordinator. She has been instrumental in developing the P4P Program in Spokane County.
Nina Carmichael has been a member of P.O.P! since June 2010. She is currently a Junior at the University Of Washington Bothell studying Community Psychology to support the structuring of her dream career in Comprehensive Sexual Health Education. Nina is highly interested in co-creating nurturing spaces for multiple perspectives and intelligences to tackle social issues that need change at their core. She has done so by avidly Participating and Volunteering for local non-profits for the past 7 years.
Mary Van Cleve is an attorney with the Children and Youth Project in the Seattle office, where her work focuses on child welfare policy reform, through litigation and administrative and legislative advocacy. She has 25 years of legal experience, including direct representation of underprivileged and at-risk children and youth in foster care, status offender matters and high risk child custody matters. She is a former sexual and domestic violence prosecutor, and also has large firm complex civil law experience.
Tarena is a Social Worker with the WA State Office of Public Defense and serves as the Spokane County P4P Clinical Supervisor. She meets weekly with the Veteran Parents and monitors their well-being. Her prior experience includes working as a social worker/case manager for Community Health Association of Spokane, a Care Case Manager for North Idaho AIDS Coalition, and a Social Worker for HighRoad Human Services. Tarena has an MSW from Eastern Washington University and a BA in Social Work from Lewis Clark State College.
Mr. Cross is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation. He received his master of social work from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. As the founder and executive director of National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), Mr. Cross has authored numerous articles, chapters, and reports in Indian social work literature including the books Heritage and Helping and Positive Indian Parenting curricula and Cross-Cultural Skills in Indian Child Welfare. He also co-authored "Toward a Culturally Competent System of Care" published by Georgetown University. With 41 years of experience in child welfare, including 10 years working directly with children and families. Mr. Cross served on the faculty of Portland State University School of Social Work as adjunct professor for 15 years.
In 2009, Mr. Cross received the Civic Engagement Award for Excellence in Community-Based Research from Portland State University. In 2010, he was a finalist for the EcoTrust Indigenous Leadership Award. In June 2011, Mr. Cross received the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps' "Embracing the Legacy" award at the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
Mr. Cross is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and recently served on the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Advisory Council. He currently serves on the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center Advisory Board. Mr. Cross has organized culturally specific services, training curricula, and technical assistance programs and has developed culturally based models for social work practice, research, and organizational development.
Dr. Rick Delaney is an internationally known clinical psychologist, speaker and consultant to foster, kinship, and adoptive parents and programs. Dr. Delaney has given numerous presentations in the throughout the United States, Canada, and the Bermuda Islands. Recently he was the clinical director of a community-based residential treatment center for traumatized, multiply impacted, emotionally disturbed children in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. For many years, Dr. Delaney has been a consultant to the Casey Family Programs and other foster care and adoption agencies across the United States. He is the author (or co-author) of:
Fostering Changes: Myth, Meaning, and Magic Bullets in Attachment Theory
A 3-D View of Foster, Kinship, and Adopted Children (with James M. Kagan, M.D.)
Dr. Delaney is the principal investigator of Foster Parent College (www.fosterparentcollege.com), an on-line resource for foster and adoptive parents. This site is endorsed by many child welfare agencies in the U.S. and Canada, and it is rated at the California Evidence Based Clearinghouse in Child Welfare.
Ms. Dinan has been with the Attorney General’s Office for 18 years. She has primarily represented the Department of Social and Health Services/Division of Child and Family Services in cases involving shelter care, dependency and termination of parental rights and currently advises Children’s Administration. Ms. Dinan has also handled cases involving child care licensing, foster care licensing and adult family home licensing. Over the years she has represented other state agencies as well: Department of Early Learning, Department of Licensing, Employment Security Department and the Department of Labor and Industries. Ms. Dinan graduated from the Lewis and Clark School of Law in 1991.
Mr. Patrick Dowd is an Ombudsman with the Office of the family and Children's Ombudsman. He is a licensed attorney with public defense experience representing clients in dependency, termination of parental rights, juvenile offender and adult criminal proceedings. He was also a managing attorney with the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) Parents Representation Program and previously worked for OFCO as an ombudsman from 1999 to 2005. Through his work at OFCO and OPD, Mr. Dowd has extensive professional experience in child welfare law and policy. Mr. Dowd graduated from Seattle University and earned his J.D. at the University of Oregon.
Ms. Drake is the Washington State Child Protection Services Program Manager. She has nearly 17 years experience in public child welfare and holds her MSW degree from the University of Washington.
Julie Ellis is a Regional Program Manager for Children’s Administration, managing the planning and implementation of the Family Assessment Response (FAR) program for Eastern Washington. Julie has been an employee of Children’s Administration since 2008, working directly with families experiencing crisis. Julie has a passion for engaging families in creating changes to increase the safety and well-being of their children. Julie has worked in several program areas to include: CPS, CFWS, FRS and FVS. Julie has extensive experience working with ICW families.
Jonelle Eshbach has been a prosecutor in Pennsylvania for 24 years. Her trial and appellate experience includes capital murders, public corruption, adult and child sexual abuse and much more. As a capital litigator for the state Attorney General, she appeared in state and federal trial and appellate courts defending capital convictions statewide. Later appointed to the Public Corruption unit, she focused on elected officials and law enforcement officers who had violated the law and the public's trust. She served on several boards and chaired the statewide Medical-Legal Advisory Board on Child Death. After the successful conclusion of Commonwealth of PA. v. Gerald Sandusky, she assumed her current duties in the Office of Chief Counsel of the Food and Drug Administration.
Patty Erdman recently earned her MSW through Eastern Washington University. She is currently the Regional Lead Coach/Instructor with the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence. Ms. Erdman has worked in the field of child welfare for the past 10 years. She worked in the Colville office as a CPS social worker and lead Child Sexual Abuse Investigator. In 2007, Ms. Erdman was hired as one of the statewide Practice Model Coaches responsible for the implementation and integration of Solution Based Casework into Children’s Administration. She was also one of the lead trainers for the Child Safety Framework and FamLink. In 2012, Ms. Erdman’s position transferred to the University of Washington/Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence and she became the lead trainer for Regional Core Training (RCT) which provides core training for all newly hired social service specialists hired by Children’s Administration. Ms. Erdman is dedicated to the Professional Development of child welfare workers with an emphasis on creating sustainable partnerships between families, social workers, judicial, tribal and community partners.
Robert Farley is a thirty-year veteran of the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department in Chicago, Illinois. As a highly decorated Detective, Child Exploitation Unit Supervisor and Deputy United States Marshal, he has had over twenty-eight years experience investigating and supervising all aspects of child abuse crimes from sexual abuse to child homicide. As an internationally recognized expert, consultant, author and instructor in child abuse investigation techniques, Robert has conducted training seminars for tens of thousands of professionals in all 50 states. He has also conducted child abuse seminars in 23 different countries around the world on behalf of INTERPOL and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Mr. Fitzsimmons is a High-Tech Crime Research Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. He conducts legal, policy, and regulatory research, prepares white papers, and provides assistance and instructional services to justice, public safety, and homeland security agencies—particularly in digital evidence recovery, investigation, and prosecution.
As a nationally-recognized legal authority on technology-facilitated crimes against children, Mr. Fitzsimmons frequently presents at international, national, and regional conferences, workshops, and training courses on digital evidence collection, computer forensics, crimes against children, cybercrime (including cyberbullying and child exploitation), and human trafficking. He has published articles on child sexual exploitation and other emerging technological issues in this area. He participates on advisory committees and task forces, and supports agencies, courts, and jurisdictions as they create and implement effective procedures, practices, and technology applications that seek to investigate and combat high-tech crime and recover digital evidence.
Before joining SEARCH in 2012, Mr. Fitzsimmons worked for the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), where he was Senior Attorney for its National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse. While at NDAA, he managed the technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation (TFCSE) unit, responded to requests for assistance in child sexual exploitation cases from prosecutors and law enforcement agencies around the United States, and designed and presented training seminars. He also previously served as an assistant state's attorney (ASA) in the State's Attorney's Offices of Kane and DuPage Counties, Illinois, where he prosecuted cases involving sexual exploitation and digital evidence. As an ASA for Kane County, he supervised the Special Prosecution Unit, responsible for investigating and prosecuting felony cases, including Internet crimes against children. He was also assigned to a Child Advocacy Center team that investigated and prosecuted cases of severe physical and sexual abuse against children, crimes of Internet solicitation of children, and child pornography.
Mr. Fitzsimmons has served as a member of national working groups with other individuals from Federal, state, and local law enforcement, nonprofit organizations, and Internet safety organizations to develop responses and education to technology-facilitated crimes. In addition, from 2006–2008, he drafted legislation that addressed TFCSE issues, which was subsequently signed into law in Illinois.
Mary Ann Forgey is an Associate Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. She received her BA and MSW from Boston College and her Ph.D. from Columbia University. She has been a full time faculty member at Fordham GSSS since 1994. Dr. Forgey teaches a range of practice courses in the foundation area and in the advanced year and has been responsible for the development of several new courses and curriculum initiatives.
In 2010, Dr. Forgey developed Fordham's first elective in military social work practice. Together with a GSSS colleague, she spearheaded Fordham MSW Online Program and currently serves as Chair of the Online Faculty Committee. Within the Online Program, she produced the Generalist Social Work Practice course and in the fall of 2013 will begin the production of the online version of the military social work elective.
Dr. Forgey interests include: evidence based assessment of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV); social work practice with the military; the use of standardized clients (actors) in social work education and training; international social work education; and distance education. She served as the Principal Investigator on two multi-year research projects related to Intimate Partner Violence within the military. The first study investigated the patterns of IPV among military women. The second study developed an evidence based IPV assessment protocol for the Army and implemented an assessment training program using standardized clients.
Dr. Forgey's involvement in international social work includes social work curricula development training in Vietnam and a Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland, where she taught at the University College Dublin and conducted joint research on IPV assessment practices. As a continuation of this international exchange, she conducts yearly international class sessions with the University College Dublin (UCD) using video conferencing & other forms of distance learning technology. Dr. Forgey's practice experience includes employment as a civilian social worker for the Department of the Army in Wiesbaden, Germany, where she served as the Director of Army Community Services and Family Advocacy Program Manager, and as a Child Protection Services (CPS) social worker in Massachusetts.
Anne L. Ganley is a psychologist in private practice, and a Clinical Associate Professor in psychology at University of Washington. For 20 years Dr. Ganley was the coordinator of Domestic Violence Programs at two Veterans Administration medical centers, which provided intervention groups for perpetrators as well as support groups for victims of domestic violence. Dr. Ganley is a contributing author to the Washington Social Worker's Practice Guide to Domestic Violence, Ganley, A. and Hobart, M., contributing authors; editor: Kelly, M. (2010 ) Children's Administration, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. She authored (2009) Domestic Violence, Parenting Evaluations and Parenting Plans: Practice Guide for Parenting Evaluators in Family Court Proceedings, edited by M. Cousin, MEd, Executive Director, and K. Jeffrey, Program Assistant, King County Coalition of Domestic Violence., produced in collaboration with King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence Family Law Work Group; funded by the City of Seattle Human Services Department, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Division. This is available at no cost: www.kccadv.org
Dr. Ganley is co-author of the Washington State Domestic Violence Manual for Criminal and Civil Court Judges 1992, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2006, produced by the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission.
Dr. Ganley is nationally known for her consultations, trainings, program supervision, and publications in the field of domestic violence for judges, probation officers, health care professionals, mental health professionals, child welfare workers, Guardian Ad Litem and CASA specialists, parenting evaluators, clergy, educators, law enforcement officers, lawyers, the military, and victim advocates. She has served on a variety of national and local advisory boards addressing specific issues related to domestic violence for agencies such as: the Center for Disease Control, Injury Prevention Unit, Futures without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund), US Department of Justice, US Marines, US Navy, US Department of Defense, and Department of Veterans Affairs. She served on the Futures without Violence Advisory Committee, which developed cultural competency guidelines for health care providers responding to domestic violence. Her Futures Without Violence publications include: Trainer's Manual: Improving the Health Care Response to Domestic Violence (Ganley, 1998), Domestic Violence: A National Curriculum for Child Protective Services (Ganley & Schechter, 1996), Domestic Violence: A National Curriculum for Family Preservation Practitioners (Schechter & Ganley, 1995), and Improving the Health Care Response to Domestic Violence: A Resource Manual for Health Care Providers. (Warshaw & Ganley,1995, 1998). She also co-authored national curriculums for civil and criminal court judges.
Dr. Ganley has received multiple awards and honors for her work in the field of domestic violence. In 2007, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Domestic Violence and Health Conference, San Francisco. Dr. Ganley received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Oregon in 1976, her Counseling Psychology degree from the University of New Mexico in 1969, and a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Bates College, Maine in 1966.
Diana Garcia is a staff attorney in the Kennewick office of Columbia Legal Services (CLS). The mission of CLS is to advocate for people who face injustice and poverty. CLS seeks to achieve social and economic justice for all, using policy reform, litigation, and innovative partnerships to reveal and end actions that harm the communities it serves. For the last two years, she has been a part of the Children and Youth Project where she focuses on homeless youth issues. She has also worked on representing farmworkers in cases involving employment and housing issues. In addition, she educates migrant farmworker families and youth in a large array of issues. She has been a staff attorney at CLS since 2007. She graduated from the University of Washington and earned her J.D. at Gonzaga University School of Law.
Detective Bradley Graham has been in law enforcement since 1987. He is currently assigned as a Detective in the Special Assaults Unit for the Tacoma Police Department. In addition to his investigative responsibilities, he teaches courses in Child Abuse Investigations, Sex Crime Investigations, and Use of DNA in Sex Crime Investigations for the WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission and for the WA State Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
Gordon Graham is a retired 33 year veteran of California Law Enforcement. During his tenure as a police professional, he was awarded his Teaching Credential from California State University, Long Beach. He was later graduated from University of Southern California with a Master's Degree in Safety and Systems Management.
Subsequent to this he was graduated from Western State University with a Juris Doctorate. His education as a Risk Manager and experience as a practicing Attorney, coupled with his extensive background in law enforcement, have allowed him to rapidly become recognized as a leading professional speaker with multiple areas of expertise.
Mr. Graham has taken this background as a street cop, supervisor and manager and coupled it with his formal education as a risk manager and his education and experiences as an attorney and is now President of Lexipol - a company designed to standardize policies, procedures and training within fire departments and law enforcement agencies around America.
Over the last decade, Mr. Graham has made over 3,000 presentations to various groups including law enforcement, corrections personnel, fraud investigators, fire professionals, EMS, other first responders, legal professionals, educators, city, county and district employees, law firms, hospitals and real estate companies along with many other high-risk private sector organizations.
In 1995 he received the Governor's Award (sole recipient) for Excellence in Law Enforcement Training from Governor Wilson. In 2008 he received the lifetime achievement award from California POST. His penetrating wit coupled with his vast knowledge in multiple disciplines provides the enlightened listener with an information packed seminar.
He is available for seminars, conferences, or other programs including incident specific training designed for the specific needs of your organization, whether public or private sector.
Deanna Green is the Training Director at Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) in New York City. She conducts trainings and provides technical assistance for legal professionals, law enforcement and social service professionals on the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and domestic trafficking. Deanna is committed to youth advocacy and urban affairs.
Janell works for Spokane County Superior Court and ventured to start the P4P program last January in Spokane County. The program was modeled after the Catalyst for Kids program in King County. She serves as the Program Administrator and monitors all aspects of the program. Janell has worked for Superior Court under the Family and Juvenile Court Improvement Project for the past 3 ½ years. Her prior experience includes working as a CPS Social Worker, a Guardian ad litem, a Juvenile Probation Counselor, and a Police Officer in Whitman County. Janell has an MA in Communications and a BA in Political Science from Washington State University.
Mr. Houston is a twenty-five-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency and a recipient of the Career Intelligence Medal. He is a nationally recognized authority on deception detection, critical interviewing, and elicitation. He has conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations for the CIA and other federal agencies. Mr. Houston is credited with developing a detection of deception methodology currently employed throughout the U.S. intelligence and federal law enforcement communities.
Dr. Mark Hudson is a Board Certified Child Abuse Pediatrician at Midwest Children's Resource Center. Midwest Children's Resource Center is a Child Advocacy Center and regional medical child abuse evaluation program of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
Dr. Hudson received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota and completed a Pediatrics residency at the University of Minnesota. Following residency he completed a two year Child Abuse Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Ray Helfer Society.
Tim Jaasko-Fisher is Director of the Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) at the University of Washington, School of Law's Child and Youth Advocacy Clinic. Prior to becoming the director of CITA in September 2007, Tim was an Assistant Attorney General for 11 years, representing the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Children's Administration. He conducts training on a variety of topics relating to child welfare law, litigation of child abuse and neglect cases, and juvenile dependency court improvement. He has presented at the Washington State Children's Justice Conference, Washington State Children's Administration Social Work Academy, and at the Washington State Judicial Conference. He was awarded his Bachelor of Arts in Government from New Mexico State University in 1993, his Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law in 1996 and is currently a Masters candidate in Seattle University's Organization Systems Renewal program.
Laura Jones manages King County Sexual Assault Resource Center's CourtWatch program, which is the first court monitoring program in Washington State to focus on sexual assault cases. In her role as program manager, Ms. Jones oversees CourtWatch staff and approximately 30 volunteers from the community who gather information about the courts through observation and research. The data collected by CourtWatch is used to provide feedback to stakeholders about patterns and trends of behavior surrounding sexual assault cases in the legal system.
In her role as CourtWatch manager, Ms. Jones has testified before the Washington State Legislature to advocate for legislative change on behalf of sexual assault victims. She also served as a writer and editor of Washington's Sexual Offense Bench Guide for Judges. Other publications include a report entitled Analyzing the Impact and Application of the Sexual Assault Protection Order Process in King County, and an article in the Sexual Assault Report entitled Court Monitoring to Enhance System Accountability in Sexual Assault Cases.
Prior to joining KCSARC, Ms. Jones worked as an associate at a small family law firm in Seattle. She also volunteered with the King County Bar Association's Family Law Mentor Program and the Neighborhood Legal Clinics program. While attending law school, Ms. Jones participated in a social justice internship program where she worked at a legal clinic in Managua, Nicaragua.
Ms. Jones graduated Phi Beta Kappa with her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Washington, and obtained her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.
Natalie Kenney began her career in juvenile justice in 1988 working at the Spokane Juvenile Court, and then moved to Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration. Natalie has a Master's in Public Administration and has worked as an Administrator of a Community Facility for juvenile offenders. In 2001 she left the State to work as Director of two local community-based non-profit organizations that worked with homeless women, children and families. She advocates for marginalized families and works tirelessly on poverty and its community impacts. In 2012, she returned to Juvenile Rehabilitation her first love – where she works helping to develop ways to transition youth from institutions to positive community involvement.
Ms. Kerns has been with DSHS for 9 years. She has worked as a case carrying social worker for 6.5 years in CPS and CFWS. She supervised the CFWS unit in Mason County for 1.5 years before working in the Office of Risk Management Unit as a Constituent Relations Specialist for a year. Ms. Kerns has been the Permanency Planning Program Manager and responsible for the Extended Foster Care Program since June, 2013. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Boise State University in 2001 and her Master of Social Work degree from Eastern Washington University in 2004.
Investigator Jim Kouril joined the Moscow Idaho Police Department in 1990, during his times in Moscow he and advanced to the rank of detective and became interested in computer related crime. In 2004 he joined the Idaho Office of Attorney General and is now responsible for the largest task force in the State of Idaho representing over 75 criminal justice agencies. His duties include, managing the state ICAC Unit, managing federal grants, investigating Internet crimes against children, providing training related to Internet Crimes against Children, and fulfilling a variety of cooperative duties.
Jim has been recognized locally and nationally for the efforts of the ICAC task Force in investigating Internet Crimes Against Children and the collaboration between State, Local and Federal Law Enforcement. He co-chaired a Department of Justice working group tasked with implementing strategies for law enforcement collaboration on child Internet crimes and he was chosen to represent the Western United States, ICAC task forces, on a committee to implement a national ICAC deconfliction program. In 2011 he received The Allen Pinkerton Award from the Idaho Sex Offender Watch Task Force in recognition for his passionate commitment to investigate those who would cause harm to innocent children.
Jim earned a Bachelor's Degree, from Washington State University and graduated from the University of Southern California's Juvenile Delinquency Institute as well as being recognized by the United States Department of Justice as an expert in Internet sex offenders. Kouril has also provided Internet Crimes Against Children Training to law enforcement officials from Mexico and is currently a POST instructor for the seizure of digital media. He is often sought as a guest speaker on child Internet related crimes and related prevention programs for at-risk children.
Terry Lee, MD is a child psychiatrist and assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy. He is interested in effective services for high-risk youth involved with multiple agencies, and is writing the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Practice Parameters for the Assessment and Management of Youth Involved with the Child Welfare System.
Mo Lewis is Prevention Services Specialist at KCSARC, coordinating prevention and education services throughout the county and working with various communities to help prevent sexual assault. Mo has nine years of experience working in the movement to prevent gendered violence with a focus on community-driven prevention efforts, and over fourteen years of experience working in youth empowerment, particularly within LGBTQ communities.
Sean Lewis, a Tacoma native, is the President of Change the Game LLC and SCL Management and Education Consultants based out of Houston, Texas. Mr. Lewis specializes in providing professional development seminars for businesses, law enforcement agencies, and educational entities. Mr. Lewis has had the opportunity to speak in 14 states. He has worked with law enforcement agencies including Rikers Island in New York and the Houston Police Department. He has also worked with businesses such as Starbucks, Microsoft, and Halliburton. In addition, Mr. Lewis has spoken at over 250 schools nationwide.
Mr. Lewis served as the Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Achievement Education Program for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department in Tacoma, Washington. Additionally, he has served on several law enforcement and military boards. He is a nationally recognized motivational speaker and was the Keynote Speaker for the 2005 Pierce County Gang Conference. Mr. Lewis has spoken at numerous universities to both athletes and undergraduates.
Mr. Lewis played college football at Central Washington University and upon graduating had a brief opportunity to pursue a pro career. After his professional football aspirations concluded, he started CTG LLC. Mr. Lewis has been praised for his ability to effectively impact both professionals and young people with equal ability. In addition to consulting services, Mr. Lewis trains high school, college, and professional athletes and helps provide scholarship opportunities through his non-profit organization, the Second Half Foundation.
Mr. Lidot (Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska) is enrolled at Chilkat Indian Village (where his grandmother was born). He is actively involved with local, regional, and national tribal issues related to health, child welfare, and self-determination. He currently serves as the Curriculum Coordinator for Tribal STAR (Successful Transitions for Adult Readiness), a program of the Academy for Professional Excellence San Diego State University School of Social Work. He is lead faculty for the American Indian Enhancement Project of California.
Mr. Lidot’s work experience is built on direct service expansion for healthcare and education programs. Recent efforts include the Toolkit to Reduce Disproportionality of American Indian children in Child Welfare for California. Some of his recent publications are: Continuum of Readiness for Collaboration, ICWA Compliance, and Reducing Disproportionality; Social Work Practice Tips for Inquiry and Noticing: Reasons Why Some People Do Not Claim American Indian Heritage; and Following the Spirit of ICWA.
Mr. Lidot is the lead consultant for Pacific Mountain Philanthropy, and provides training and consultation for the National Resource Center for Tribes (Children’s Bureau). His experience in mediation/alternative dispute resolution serves as the foundation for his approach to cross-cultural training and facilitation. Mr. Lidot walks in two worlds: as a tribal member who strives to maintain culture and tradition and as an active advocate for the advancement of science and education.
Dr. David Lisak is a researcher and forensic consultant who for 25 years has studied the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence. His work has focused on the long term effects of sexual abuse in men, the relationship between child abuse and violence, and the motives and characteristics of rapists. Dr. Lisak has served as a consultant to judicial, prosecutor and law enforcement education programs across the country, and has conducted workshops in all fifty states. He consults widely with universities, the four services of the U.S. Military, the Department of Defense, and other institutions regarding sexual assault prevention and policies, and frequently serves as an expert witness in homicide and sexual assault cases. Dr. Lisak is a founding member of 1in6, a non-profit agency that serves men who were sexually abused as children.
A loyal Sun Devil, Mr. Long earned his undergraduate and Law degree at Arizona State University. He entered law school with the intention of becoming a career prosecutor. While in law school, he was awarded The Truman Young Fellowship which enabled him to work as a prosecutor at the US Attorney's Office, The Maricopa County Attorney's Office, and the Attorney General's Office. He started his career as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in 2003 where he handled all types of felony cases. He quickly developed a reputation as an effective trial attorney and a strong advocate for victim and was quickly assigned to the Sex Crimes Unit. In 2007, Mr. Long joined the Pinal County Attorney's Office and was assigned to the Special Victims Unit. In that assignment, Mr. Long worked closely with law enforcement to change the way child crimes were investigated and prosecuted. By implementing the multi-discipline team approach, Pinal County saw a dramatic increase in successful prosecutions as well as an increase in prison sentences. Mr. Long regularly trains law enforcement and prosecutors on all aspects of investigation, case management, and trial advocacy. Mr. Long is currently the Bureau Chief of the Major Offender Unit which is responsible for the prosecution of repeat offenders, violent crimes, gang related crimes, and homicides including capital cases. Despite this new assignment, Mr. Long considers himself a Sex Crimes Prosecutor first and remains actively involved in cases and trials involving child victims.
Erin L. Lovell is the Executive Director of Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC). LCYC provides specialized, holistic legal representation to children in child welfare proceedings and other juvenile court matters. Prior to co-founding LCYC, Ms. Lovell advocated for parents and children involved in King County child welfare proceedings as a staff attorney with The Defender Association. Ms. Lovell served on the Board of Directors of Equal Justice Works from 2004-2006 and on the Executive Committee of the Washington State Bar Association's Juvenile Law Section from 2007- 2011. Ms. Lovell presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Defender Association.
In addition to her legal work with children, Ms. Lovell spent a summer volunteering at an emergency group placement for children in foster care in Florida and a year as an Amate House volunteer with Uhlich Children's Home in Chicago, IL. While at Uhlich, Ms. Lovell engaged with children at Uhlich's therapeutic day school and its dormitory that houses dozens of foster children in Chicago.
Ms. Lovell received her JD from Northwestern University School of Law and her BA from the University of Notre Dame.
Olivia MacMaster is the Project Coordinator for CourtWatch and Project360 for King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) located in Renton, WA. She has devoted her career to benefit victims of violence. Her passion to this field of service began immediately upon graduating from the University of Washington in 2005 with a degree in psychology. As a Victim Advocate for AmeriCorps she provided emergency support and advocacy to domestic violence victims and their children. This experience was foundational for her transition to working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Wenatchee, WA followed by her Legal Advocate position at KCSARC. Ms. MacMaster continues to utilize her skills and knowledge in advocacy and the legal system in her current endeavors at KCSARC.
Melisa Majnarich works with Juvenile Rehabilitation as a Functional Family Therapist. She recently moved to JR with over 25 years of social work practice, 16 of which were with Children’s Administration. She spent two years doing individual clinical work with at risk youth and has over six years of teaching and instruction at Eastern Washington University. Melisa has her Master’s Degree in Social Work from EWU and is a licensed social worker, (LICSW) with the State of Washington. Her sense of humor, intelligence and passion for working with difficult populations is evident and she is a wonderful addition to the Spokane parole team, the Region One JR team and the statewide team of FFT therapists and FFP consultants.
David Mandel has worked in the domestic violence field for 25 years. David’s training and consulting focuses on improving systemic responses to domestic violence when children are involved, and also on responsible fatherhood. His organization developed the Safe and Together™ model to improve case practice and cross system collaboration in domestic violence cases involving children.
David and his colleagues consult to US child welfare systems in a number of states. This includes overseeing a statewide network of domestic violence consultants for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families; training child welfare and co-located domestic violence advocates in Florida; facilitating collaboration between child welfare and domestic violence advocates in Colorado; and developing a certified Safe and Together trainer network in all 88 Ohio county child welfare agencies.
David and his staff have also provided training in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Singapore. David has conducted research and written journal articles on domestic violence perpetrators’ perceptions of their children’s exposure to domestic violence, and the intersection of domestic violence and child welfare practice.
Jean McAllister owns her own business, JGM Consulting LLC, providing training and consultation regarding interpersonal violence and trauma. She serves as an expert witness in sexual assault, child sexual abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, victim trauma reactions, and offender management. Her experience includes supervising a domestic violence shelter, counseling trauma victims, administering Colorado's Sex Offender Management Board, serving as Director of the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and serving as Program Director for an agency that assisted professionals with developing resilience to secondary trauma.
Ms. Mary Meinig is the Director of the Office of the Family and Children's Ombudsman, which investigates complaints about the actions of state child welfare agencies involving children at risk of abuse or neglect, or families involved with child protection services. In addition to addressing complaints, as the Director Ombudsman, Ms. Meinig identifies system-wide issues and recommendations to the Governor, the Legislature and agency officials. Prior to joining the Office of the Family and Children's Ombudsman in 1997, Ms. Meinig maintained a successful clinical and consulting practice that focused on issues of victimization, family reunification and family resolution. She also worked as an associate for Northwest Treatment Associates for five years where she worked with children and families affected by abuse and trauma. Prior to her work at Northwest Treatment Associates, Ms. Meinig's social work experience included residential treatment, child protective services and school social work. She received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington in 1974.
Ms. Jeanne McShane has worked for Children's Administration since 1998. Throughout her career, she has worked to help improve the lives of children and families involved in the child welfare system. Ms. McShane has worked with almost every program in Children's Administration, including Intake, Child Protective Services, Child and Family Welfare Services, Adoptions, and the Division of Licensed Resources. Ms. McShane is currently the agency lead for Family Assessment Response.
Joe Mienko is a research scientist and PhD student at Partners for Our Children (POC) at the University Of Washington School Of Social Work where he has led the design and development of the Washington State Child Well-Being Data Portal – a joint project between POC, Children’s Administration, and the private philanthropic community. Joe has over eight years of experience working with the child welfare system and has also served as an intelligence analyst with the US Army. Joe’s primary research interests include the application of epidemiological and econometric techniques to child welfare data. He is also interested in research related to assessment and intervention in cases of child neglect.
Todd graduated from high school in Spokane Valley. He graduated from Spokane Community College with an A.A.S. in Administration of Justice. He started working for Moscow Police Department (Moscow, ID) in December of 1999. He worked there for 6 years as a patrol officer, then was promoted to Patrol Corporal and worked there for a little more than a year in that position. He left Moscow PD and went to Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in April 2007. He worked as a patrol deputy for Spokane County for about 5 years (mostly working in the City of Spokane Valley). He is currently working in Traffic Unit for Spokane County (assigned to Spokane Valley) as a DUI car. He has been a certified Drug Recognition Expert since 2005 and a DRE Instructor since 2010. He has been in Law Enforcement for a little more than 14 years.
Antwon Mitchell helped with a number of projects as a P.O.P! Group Member. They are currently enrolled at Bellevue College to obtain their Associate in Arts Sciences and will continue their education to become a psychologist. Antwon has co-presented at the National Sexual Assault Conference 2012 in Chicago and most recently at the WCSAP 2013 Annual Conference. They have also been involved in various grassroot organizing opportunities and projects.
Professor Myers is an expert on child abuse. He has traveled throughout the United States and abroad, making more than 400 presentations to judges, attorneys, police, doctors, and mental health professionals.
Professor Myers is the author or editor of eight books and more than a hundred articles on child abuse. His writing has been cited by more than 150 courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court. Prior to coming to Pacific McGeorge, Professor Myers practiced law in Utah, where he represented the poor and the disabled.
Ms. Orrantia completed her Master’s Degree at San Diego State University. She served: in the Peace Corps in Peru, at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M.; as the Executive Director of Indian Child and Family Services (ICFS), a State Licensed Tribal Foster Family/Adoption Agency; as a consultant/grant writer to Indian Tribes and non-profit agencies; and as the Director of Foster Family/Adoption Agencies in the non-Indian world. Currently she works at the Academy for Professional Excellence, SDSU School of Social Work.
Ms. Orrantia has spent her entire career working to improve outcomes for those children and youth who find themselves in the child welfare system, especially those who are Tribal. Her work has spanned decades working in different venues. Recently her work has been recognized: in April, 2012 she was the recipient of the George D. Nickel Award for Outstanding Contributions to Social Welfare presented by the USC School of Social Work, and in November, 2013 she was honored as a Local Hero by KPBS and Union Bank. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the National Resource Center for Tribes and as a consultant for them.
Det. Sergent Perez is a sixteen-year veteran of the Chandler Police Department (Arizona). He supervises the Sex Crimes Unit which responds to sexually motivated crimes including sexual exploitation of minors and child prostitution. He is a seasoned sex crimes investigator and adjunct college professor who has investigated numerous complex cases and worked undercover online. He has managed media and investigative strategies for high media interest cases and collaborated with numerous municipal and Federal agencies.
Kate Porterfield received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan, where she specialized in research and clinical work with children and families who have experienced loss and trauma. Dr. Porterfield was a postdoctoral fellow at the NYU Child Study Center. In her work at Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture since 1999, Dr. Porterfield provides individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults and supervises trainees working with survivors of torture. Dr. Porterfield has worked as a clinical evaluator on several cases of young people held in detention at Guantanamo Bay and frequently consults with attorneys handling cases involving torture, trauma and maltreatment. She has also presented extensively in the New York area and nationally on topics such as the effects of war and refugee trauma on children, clinical work with traumatized refugee families, and the psychological effects of torture. Dr. Porterfield was the Chair of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on on the Psychosocial Effects of War on Children and Families Who Are Refugees From Armed Conflict Residing in the United States.
Dan Powers, LCSW is a clinical social worker and currently serves as Senior Vice President and Clinical Director for Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County in Plano, Texas. He supervises a staff of 22 therapists and clinical interns providing no cost services to victims of child abuse and family violence as well as their non-offending family members. As Senior VP he is responsible for clinical operations and program development as well as directing the Advocacy Center’s clinical internship and training program. Dan has over 25 years of experience working within the field of child abuse, sex offenders and family violence. He frequently testifies as an expert witness in state and federal courts. He has also testified on several occasions before Texas legislative committees. Dan has made numerous presentations at major national and regional conferences on the sexual victimization of children, sex offenders, and the multidisciplinary response to child abuse. He is best known for his spirited presentations on wellness and survival for child abuse professionals. He is a member of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force. In 2008 Dan was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve as a professional member of the Texas Council on Sex Offender Treatment and in 2011 Dan was appointed by the Governor as the presiding officer of the newly created Texas Office of Violent Sex Offender Management.
Denise P. Redinger has been a King County Dependency CASA for over 11 years. She received the 2012 King County CASA of the year award, in part due to her specialty in the area of developmentally delayed children and youth, as well as her work with intellectually-challenged adults.
Ms. Redinger, of Redinger Law Offices PLLC, is a Seattle attorney whose practice centers on issues affecting people with disabilities. Together with Heidi L. Nagel, whose background includes 15 years in child welfare law, Redinger Law specializes in adoptions, guardianships, family law matters, trust and estate planning, and property issues.
Ms. Redinger is a past board member of Seattle Children's Fund, past board member and founder of Bellevue College's OLS Venture Program (for students with disabilities), past board president and founding member of the King County Friends of CASA, and others.
She has presented before the Undersecretary of the US Department of Education and her staff, and is a current and frequent speaker for DSHS, DDA, the ARC of King County, the ARC of Snohomish County, King County Parent Coalition, PTAs, various school districts and high schools, and other organizations.
Ms. Redinger received her JD from Seattle University School of Law and her BA in Economics from the University of Washington.
Kim Ripley is a FAR office lead in Snohomish County working to inform local providers about Children’s Administration new CPS program change and build supportive community networks for workers as FAR roles out. Kim has worked in child welfare for 13 years. She has been a CPS social worker and supervisor. She spent several years facilitating Family Team Decision Making (FTDM) meetings before becoming the FAR Lead for the Lynnwood office.
Ms. Robinson has been involved in public child welfare since 1980. She has worked as a line social worker, supervisor, area administrator, regional administrator, and as a director in the DSHS Children's Administration. She also has provided training and consultation to other states and in Canada through her work in the development of concurrent planning and as a Senior Staff Consultant with the Child Welfare League of America. Most recently, Ms. Robinson was tapped to co-lead the efforts of the Children's Administration to reduce the number of children in out-of-home care.
Sasha Rutizer is a Senior Attorney/Fellow at the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, a project of the National District Attorneys Association. Prior to joining NCPCA, Ms. Rutizer was a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army. Ms. Rutizer was one of four Army Officers responsible for the training of Army prosecutors world-wide at the Trial Counsel Assistance Program (TCAP), located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. While at TCAP, Ms. Rutizer developed curriculum for the prosecution of sexual assault, domestic violence, child pornography, and child abuse, and has presented on these topics both nationally and internationally. During this time she also served as a Special Victim Prosecutor at Ft. Stewart, Georgia, and Ft. Riley, Kansas, where she was responsible for the prosecution of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. In her last year of active duty, Ms. Rutizer shifted her focus to appellate issues in special victim prosecutions, serving as an attorney with the Government Appellate Division. There she argued cases in front of the Army Court of Criminal Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in order to uphold prior convictions of service-members. She spent her earliest years in the JAG Corps as a criminal defense attorney at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition to her work with NCPCA, Ms. Rutizer is also a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, where she is on the TCAP team, responsible for augmenting the Active Component in training prosecutors.
Ms. Stajduhar has been with the Department of Social and Health Services for 19 years. She worked in JRA for 2 years and has been with Children’s Administration for 17 years. During her years with Children’s Administration, Ms. Stajduhar has been a case carrying social worker in CPS and CFWS, and supervised all program areas while assigned to the Lewis County DCFS office. She began working at headquarters in 2005, supervising the Safety Unit in Program and Practice Improvement. For the past four years, she has been in her current position as Chief of the Office of Program and Policy. The Office of Program and Policy is responsible for the creation and upkeep of the policy manuals, implementation of legislation and new programs as well as helping guide practice.
Russell W. Strand is currently the Chief of the U.S. Army Military Police School Behavioral Sciences Education &Training Division. Mr. Strand is a retired U.S. Army CID Federal Special Agent with an excess of 38 year's law enforcement, investigative, and consultation experience. Mr. Strand has specialized expertise, experience and training in the area of domestic violence intervention, critical incident peer support, and sexual assault, trafficking in persons and child abuse investigations.
He has established, developed, produced, and conducted the U.S. Army Sexual Assault Investigations, Domestic Violence Intervention Training, Sexual Assault Investigations and Child Abuse Prevention and Investigation Techniques courses and supervised the development of the Critical Incident Peer Support course. Mr. Strand has also assisted in the development and implementation of Department of Defense (DOD) training standards, programs of instruction, and lesson plans for Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARC), victim advocates, chaplains, criminal investigators, first responders, commanders, and health professionals. He is a member of the Defense Family Advocacy Command Assistance Team and Department of the Army Fatality Review Board. He is also recognized as a national/DoDs subject matter expert and consultant in the area of spouse and child abuse, critical incident peer support and sexual violence. He routinely conducts training for national and international organizations including: Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, End Violence Against Woman International, Department of Justice, Calgary Sex Crimes Services, New York State Police, Prosecuting Attorney's Association of Michigan, and Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Mr. Strand developed the DOD Trafficking in Persons Law Enforcement First Responders and Investigators training modules. Mr. Strand continues to conduct interviews of child and adult victims of physical and sexual abuse and provides investigative and consultation support as requested in ongoing sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse investigations, interventions, and military and civilian criminal trials.
Mr. Strand responded to Ft. Hood, TX following the mass shooting to provide critical incident and trauma victim interview support.
He has developed a new interview technique known as the Forensic Physiological Trauma Interview (FETI).
Mr. Strand was inducted in the United States Army Military Police Hall of Fame in 2011.
He was also selected to receive the 2012 End Violence Against Women International Visionary Award in recognition of his impact, vision and leadership in ending violence against women around the world.
Mr. Strand was also a feature subject matter expert in "The Invisible War" documentary on sexual assault in the military, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary in 2013.
Dr. Sullivan is a Forensic Psychologist specializing in providing Behaviour Analysis and Offender Profiling advice to law enforcement investigations into sexual crimes against children. He has provided advice and assistance to law enforcement worldwide in over 250 child sexual exploitation cases including investigations into, sexually motivated abduction and murder, online grooming, traveller cases, production of child pornography and sexual exploitation of children by organised groups.
He is a lecturer and senior research fellow in Criminology and Forensic Psychology.
Over the last 26 years he has amassed over 10,000 hours of therapeutic contact with sex offenders and has completed several hundred sex offender risk assessments.
Dr. Sullivan is involved in several longitudinal research projects exploring perpetrator behaviour. Based upon the results of this research he has developed the S-BAT, a series of behaviour analysis tools which are used in suspect profiling and interview strategy development, He teaches these techniques through the Mentor Professional Development Academy.
Anita Teeter is a Regional Program Manager for Children’s Administration; she manages the planning and implementation of FAR from Tacoma to Vancouver and everywhere in between. Anita has worked in the social work field for 27 years. She worked in the private sector for 12 years before she came to Children’s Administration. In her 15 years working for CA, Anita has been a CPS social worker and supervisor, Area Administrator and program Administrator. She is energized by the unique opportunity FAR provides to engage the community in child safety efforts.
As a criminal justice consultant for the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, Suzanna Tiapula works with governmental and NGO partners internationally to hone systems responses to violence, with current projects in Japan, Central Europe, Central Asia, the island nations of the Pacific and the United States. As the former Director of NDAA’s National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse and NDAA’s human trafficking programs, she managed activities and operations of the center and staff, coordinating delivery of training and technical assistance to more than 20,000 prosecutors and allied professionals annually. Ms. Tiapula has researched and published on a range of child maltreatment and human trafficking topics and trains internationally. Born and raised in the South Pacific, Ms. Tiapula began her legal career as a deputy prosecuting attorney for the City and County of Honolulu, handling primarily child abuse and intimate partner violence cases. As an Assistant Attorney General in American Samoa, Ms. Tiapula was responsible for all child abuse, intimate partner violence, sexual assault and institutional violence prosecuted in the territory. During this period, Ms. Tiapula worked with a criminal code that codified customary law and traditional practice.
In addition to criminal prosecution, Ms. Tiapula has worked, studied and lived in Singapore, Australia and Thailand and taught for Hawaii Pacific University, Chaminade University, George Mason University and Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Tiapula also studied law at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law, worked for a corporate law firm in Bangkok, Thailand. As Associate Director of the Rhetoric Program at P.S.U. in 2002 and 2003, she designed curriculum, taught honors courses for the Schreyers Honors College, evaluated pedagogy and mentored new instructors. As the program evaluator for the Rainbow Ohana Coalition, she evaluated outreach to immigrant refugee communities in Hawaii.
Casey Trupin is the project coordinator for the Children and Youth Project in the Seattle office. He has worked on homeless, at-risk, and foster youth issues for 19 years. He is the former chair of the ABA's Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, through which he has lectured throughout the country on issues related to homeless and at-risk youth. He also co-edited the ABA publication "Educating Children Without Housing." He also is co-Chair of the ABA's Children's Rights Litigation Committee. Additionally, he served as Special Projects Counsel for the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) in Washington, D.C., where he worked on federal policy related to child welfare.
Victor Vieth serves as the Executive Director of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), is a program of Gundersen Health System. It is a state of the art training complex located on the campus of Winona State University (WSU). NCPTC includes five moot court rooms, four forensic interview rooms and a "mock house" in which to conduct simulated child abuse investigations. NCPTC staff provides intensive instruction for undergraduate students and current professionals in the field on how to better recognize, react, and respond to children who are being abused. The Center trains approximately 15,000 child protection professionals each year.
Mr. Vieth has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories , and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention. He gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota. He has been named to the President's Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association named him one of the "21 Young Lawyers Leading us Into the 21st Century." Mr. Vieth has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.
Mr. Vieth has published countless articles related to the investigation,
prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect. He is author of Unto the Third Generation, a bold initiative that outlines the necessary steps we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three
Mr. Vieth graduated magna cum laude from WSU and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law (HUSL). While studying at HUSL, he received the American Jurisprudence award for achievement in the study of Constitutional law and served as editor-in chief of the Law Review.
Detective Lindsey Wade is a 17 year veteran of the Tacoma Police Department. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Justice from Central Washington University. Detective Wade has attended Basic and Sexual Homicide Investigation Courses and has received specialized training in the area of Child Death Investigations, Sexual Assault Investigations, Missing & Abducted Child Investigations, Narcotics Investigations, DNA Technology as well as Interview and Interrogation. Detective Wade has presented child abuse, child abduction and serial rape case studies at regional and national Law Enforcement conferences. She has taught Child Abuse Investigation to Law Enforcement at local conferences as well as members of the Tacoma Police Department.
Detective Wade was a member of the Pierce County Child Death Review Team and is a certified instructor for the Rape Aggression Defense Systems Program (RAD). She is the Assistant Coordinator for the Tacoma Police Department Child Abduction Response Team (CART). Detective Wade has been the lead detective on several high profile cases, including the 2005 Anthony Dias multi-jurisdictional serial rape investigation and the 2007 kidnapping, rape and murder of 12-year-old Zina Linnik. In 2011, Detective Wade worked with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab on obtaining a DNA sample from serial killer Ted Bundy as a part of the cold case investigation into the 1961 disappearance of 8-year-old Ann Marie Burr. Bundy's DNA was entered into the National DNA database for the first time in 2011.
Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D., is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and Director of The Anxiety Wellness Center in Cary, North Carolina. She is a clinical child psychologist, expert in childhood anxiety and an international speaker who is widely recognized for her unique Worry Hill approach to making cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) accessible to youngsters. Dr. Wagner is the author of several books and professional resource kits including, Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children, Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children's Book about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and its Treatment, What to do when your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Strategies and Solutions, and Treatment of OCD in Children and Adolescents: A Professional's Kit. For more information about Dr. Wagner and her work and resources, please visit www.anxietywellness.com.
Michael grew up in Wallace Idaho and attended Wallace High School where he graduated in 1992. After a short time at North Idaho College, Michael went straight in to Law Enforcement at age 19 as a Reserve Deputy for the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Department. Michael was hired as a full time Police Officer by the Osburn Idaho Police Department in 1994, attended the 106 session of the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy in Meridian Idaho in 1995, and worked with that agency until 1997. While at the Osburn Police Department Michael served on the multi-agency Drug Task Force investigating drug related crimes. Michael transferred to the Post Falls Idaho Police Department where he worked as a DUI detection Officer and Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor for 2 years, spent 2 years as a Patrol Sergeant, and served for 5 years on the department S.W.A.T. Team. In January of 2002 Michael transferred to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department, where he currently works as a patrol Deputy. During Michael’s tenure at the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department has had the opportunity to serve on the TAC Team, be a Field Training Officer, and be department instructor. Michael is currently assigned to the Spokane Valley Police Department, a contract agency with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department. Michael is currently serving in the traffic unit as a Motor Officer, Drug Recognition Expert, and traffic collision investigator.