Ellis Amdur, MA
Edgework founder Ellis Amdur received his B.A. in psychology from Yale University in 1974, and his M.A. in psychology from Seattle University in 1990. He is both a National Certified Counselor and a State Certified Child Mental Health Specialist.
Since the late 1960s, Ellis has trained in various martial arts systems, spending thirteen of these years studying in Japan. He is a recognized expert in classical and modern Japanese martial traditions, and has authored two iconoclastic books, Dueling with O-sensei: Grappling with the Myth of the Warrior Sage and Old School: Essays on Japanese Martial Traditions, as well as one instructional DVD, Ukemi From the Ground Up.
Since his return to America in 1988, Ellis has worked in the field of crisis intervention. He has developed a range of training and consultation services, as well as a unique style of assessment and psychotherapy. These are based on a combination of phenomenological psychology and the underlying philosophical premises of classical Japanese martial traditions. Ellis's professional philosophy can best be summed up in this idea: the development of an individual's integrity and dignity is the paramount virtue. This can only occur when people live courageously, regardless of the circumstances, and take responsibility for their roles in making the changes they desire.
Ellis Amdur is a dynamic public speaker and trainer who presents his work throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is noted for his sometimes outrageous humor as well as his profound breadth of knowledge. Ellis's vivid descriptions of aggressive and mentally ill people and his true-to-life role-playing of the behaviors in question give participants an almost first-hand experience of facing the real individuals in question.
Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, PhD
Tricia B. Bent-Goodley is an Associate Professor at Howard University School of Social Work. She has numerous publications and her research has largely focused on the intersection of violence against women with cultural competence, child welfare, probation and parole, adolescent violence, health and mental health, and faith- and community-based interventions. Dr. Bent-Goodley is the new Editor-in-Chief of the Black Caucus Journal. She is a former member of the Council on Social Work Education Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education, Immediate Past National Policy and Research Consultant for the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW), Former Chair and Chief Instructor of the NABSW Academy for African-centered Social Work, Past Chair of the NABSW National Public Policy Institute, and prior NABSW National Student Coordinator.
Dr. Bent-Goodley serves on national boards and local planning committees providing expertise in violence against women and girls, child welfare, policy and research. She is the Editor of African American Social Workers and Social Policy and the Co-Editor, with Dr. King E. Davis, for two books entitled The Color of Social Policy and Teaching Social Policy in Social Work Education. Dr. Bent-Goodley received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Howard University, she was the Director and a clinician with several family violence prevention programs in Harlem, USA and Jamaica, New York. Dr. Bent-Goodley is proudest of being a wife and mother of two boys.
Richard L. Cage, MA
Lieutenant Cage has been a police officer for the past 32 years in the State of Maryland. For the past 26 years he has been assigned to the Child Abuse/Sexual Offense Unit of his department where he has conducted over 1500 child abuse investigations and interviewed over 3500 children. Lieutenant Cage retired as the commander of the Pedophile Division in February 2003.
Lieutenant Cage has conducted numerous training workshops on investigative techniques for child sexual abuse cases throughout the United States and abroad. Lieutenant Cage is recognized nationally for his training expertise in the field. In 1988 he was a member of the Surgeon General's Planning Committee for the Development of Protocol on Child Abuse, headed by Dr. C. Everett Koop. Lieutenant Cage is a past member of the board of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
In 1988, Lieutenant Cage was a contributing author for the book written by Dr. Susan Sgroi, entitled Vulnerable Populations. The chapter, "Criminal Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse", is a comprehensive guideline on the criminal investigation of child sexual abuse cases.
In 1997 Lieutenant Cage was a contributing author for the U.S. Department of Justice Investigation handbooks, published by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Lieutenant Cage has received numerous awards during his 32-year career. His 2003 awards include: (Excellence in Law Enforcement, from the Office of the States Attorney). (Commissioner's Award from Administration on Children Youth and Families), as well as the (Maryland Governor's Citation for outstanding service in Law Enforcement).
Lieutenant Cage has his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology from the University of Maryland and his Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Terry W. Davis, EdD
Dr. Terry W. Davis is the National Training and Dissemination Coordinator for the Sudden, Unexplained Infant Death Initiative (SUIDI) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Davis is responsible for training and the dissemination of medical examiners/coroners, law enforcement, death scene investigators, post secondary institution instructors and child advocacy experts in the appropriate and effective use of the revised Sudden, Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form and other issues pertaining to infant death scene investigations in the United States. Her role includes ensuring that education activities related to infant death scene investigations meet local and state jurisdiction needs and are integrated with existing training programs across the nation.
Martin Teicher, PhD, MD
Dr. Teicher has been Director of the Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program at McLean Hospital since 1988. Dr. Teicher has served an an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Developmental Psychopharmacology Laboratory at the Mailman Research Center since 1990. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology , Current Pediatric Reviews , and Current Psychosomatic Medicine . He is member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation, and been part of Harvard University's Brain Development Working Group. He has served on or chaired numerous review committees for the National Institute of Health, published more than 150 articles, and has received numerous honors.
Sid Gardner is the President of Children and Family Futures, a nonprofit firm based in Irvine, CA, whose mission is to improve outcomes for children and families, particularly those affected by substance use disorders. Mr. Gardner has been Director of the Center for Collaboration for Children at California State University Fullerton; program officer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation; staff member on the White House Domestic Council; Director of State and Local Affairs for the Children's Defense Fund; Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare; and consultant to the National Governors' Association, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the National League of Cities. He is the author of Beyond Collaboration to Results and Cities, Counties, Kids, and Families, on the role of local governments in strategic planning for children and family policy. Mr. Gardner holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Princeton University and a Master's degree in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary.
Murphy Eakes/Brian Miloscia
My name is Murphy Eakes and I was born in Tacoma and now live in Federal Way. I go to Federal Way High School. For work I do outreach to male adolescents for the Public Health clinic in Federal Way to help educate them about pregnancy/STD prevention and overall sexual awareness. I enjoy playing video games, messaging friends on AOL Instant Messenger, and I am very passionate about my work. I love helping others in that field and I am strongly considering turning it into a career. I am active in my church doing things such as working at the homeless shelter, building houses on missions, and raising money for world relief. I'm interested in graduating high school and attending a college here in Washington state so that I can be close to my family and friends. I'm not positive about what I want to be when I'm older, however, but I can only hope that I will be able to change the world in a positive way no matter how large or small.
Brian Miloscia is a hard working student attending Federal Way High School (F-Dub!) He enjoys sports, backpacking, skateboarding, video games and outreach.
Rich Anderson, JD
Rich Anderson is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, where he has been employed for the last 11 years. For the past 5 years, Rich has focused his efforts on sexual assault and child physical abuse cases. He is currently the supervising attorney of the Special Assault Unit at the Regional Justice Center in Kent. Rich received his law degree from the University of Washington in 1995.
Amy Booxbaum, MSW
Amy Booxbaum is a recently graduated social worker from Smith College School for Social Work. She has researched pornography use and exposure by adolescent sexual abusers and self selected cessation of sexual aggression by child molesters. Current projects include further development of these and a project on the affective states of adult sexually offenders prior to and post sexually aggressive acts.
She currently works with civilly committed adult sexual abusers for Forensic Health Services at Massachusetts Treatment Center in Bridgewater, MA.
Teresa Berg, Detective Sergeant
Kateri Bishop is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux tribe of South Dakota and is employed by Department of Social and Health Services, Children's Administration, in the Spokane office. She supervises a unit of social workers providing services to Indian children involved in the child welfare system. She is also a member of the Children's Justice Interdisciplinary Task Force.
David Burton, PhD
Dr. Burton has worked in the field of sexual aggression for over 20 years, as a clinician working primarily with adolescents and children. Dr Burton researches the childhood victimization and etiology of child, adolescent and adult sexual abusers - current research interests include pornography, families of sexual abusers, cognitive behavioral theory and treatment, effectiveness of treatment for adolescent sexual abusers and racial discrimination of sexual abusers. Dr. Burton has also been involved in the evaluation of programs and service delivery systems for sexual abusers in several states.
Dr. Burton has been published in several journals including Child Abuse and Neglect, Victims and Violence, Sexual Aggression, Evidenced Based Social Work, and Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Practice and serves on editorial boards of both Child Abuse and Neglect and Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Practice .
At Smith College School for Social Work, Dr. Burton teaches research and a cognitive behavioral theory and methods course.
Reiko Callner, JD
Reiko Callner is the Executive Director of the Washington State Judicial Conduct Commission on Judicial Conduct. She has worked has worked for the Commission since 1997. She worked as a prosecutor for ten years, emphasizing domestic violence and hate crime prosecution, and has represented Child Protective Services. She has taught for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, the American Judicature Society, and a variety of other public agencies and private organizations including judges and court personnel. Ms. Callner has an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and a J.D. from the University of Washington. She was a law clerk for retired Washington State Supreme Court Justice Robert Utter. Ms. Callner is a board member of the National Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel, and is immediate past Chair of the Washington State Human Rights Commission.
T.J. Campana is an Investigative Consultant with Microsoft Public Sector Services. Mr. Campana provides consulting and training to US and international law enforcement covering various technical topics related to cyber crime investigation. He has vast knowledge and experience in investigative process, Microsoft technology investigation, malware and virus investigation and Internet investigation techniques.
Sharon Cooper, MD
Sharon Cooper is the CEO of Developmental and Forensic Pediatrics, PA a consulting firm which provides medical care, research and training and expert witness experience in child maltreatment cases as well as medical care for children with disabilities. She works regularly with numerous national and international investigative agencies on Internet Crimes against Children cases.
Dr. Cooper spent 21 years in the Armed Forces retiring as a colonel, and has for the past several years, worked in both the civilian and military arenas in child abuse and developmental pediatrics. She holds a faculty position at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. She is an instructor at the Army Medical Education Department Center and School at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas where she provides multidisciplinary training in all forms of child maltreatment to health care providers, law enforcement, attorneys, judges, therapists, chaplains, and social workers.
For the past several years, Dr. Cooper has served as an instructor at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children where she teaches about the victim aspects of Internet crimes against children and the sexual exploitation through prostitution of children and youths. Recently, she has joined the training team for the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children to provide similar information in international venues. Dr. Cooper has lectured both nationally and internationally in well over 300 conferences for the US Department of Justice, the FBI, the North Carolina District Attorney's Association, several Attorney General's conferences in various states in the US, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Interpol among others. She has published chapters in texts, and is the lead author of the first comprehensive textbook on the medical, legal, and social science aspects of child sexual exploitation and Internet crimes against children.
Dr. Cooper has provided congressional testimonies regarding compliant victimization of youths who are exploited through Internet technology. She is also a member of an international Expert Working Group on Children and Young Persons with Abusive and Violent Experiences Connected to Cyberspace hosted by the Council of the Baltic Sea States and the Swedish Children's Welfare Foundation.
She is a board member of several organizations and is a member of several professional groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the International Association of Forensic Nurses, and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Dr. Yolanda Duralde, MD
Dr. Duralde is the Medical Director of the Child Abuse Intervention Department at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, WA. She graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and did a Family Practice residency in Cincinnati, Ohio. She came to the Northwest to work at a Migrant Health Clinic in Oregon. She has been at Mary Bridge in the Child Abuse Intervention Department for 16 years and has been Medical Director for the past 12 yrs. Dr. Duralde is on a statewide consultative network for matters of child abuse. She has given numerous lectures and trainings in child abuse issues as well as drug endangered children.
Krista Goldstine-Cole, MEd
Krista is CEO and Senior Thought Partner at Ken! Inc., and serves in the capacity of Education Director at the Washington State Family Policy Council. Krista assists the Council in maintaining a learning system and making strategic investment in learning opportunities that support the long-term objectives of this family, community, state partnership.
Previously, Krista served as a judicial education specialist at the Administrative Office of the Courts and as a high school teacher. She holds a M.Ed. in adult and higher education from Western Washington University.
Hon. Steven C. Gonzalez
Detective Michael Hartnett
Michael has worked with the Chelan County Sheriff's Office in Washington State for over 26 years. He has been a detective since 1996 where he has investigated crimes against children as well as provides forensic interviews of children. Detective Hartnett is currently a facilitator and trainer for the statewide mandated Child Abuse Investigation and Interviewing Training (provided by Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress and the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission). Detective Hartnett is also a trainer with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and a Mock scenes evaluator for the Corrections Officers Academy in the areas of dealing with the mentally ill offender and the depressed offender. He has also participated in the development of curriculum for the child abuse block of instruction at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Detective Hartnett is a current member of APSAC.
Wendy Hendrickson, MA
Wendy Hendrickson has been involved in the field of social work/psychology for over ten years. She has a special interest in advocating for and supporting women, especially in abusive and/or traumatic situations. Wendy received her BA from the UW in Sociology where her passion for social service was born. She has volunteered as a counselor with Seattle Rape Relief (a rape crisis line) and New Beginnings (a local domestic violence shelter), and worked on call at the Seattle YWCA Women's Shelter. She has recently earned her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2005. Currently, she works as a mental health and chemical dependency counselor at Evergreen Manor (the residential program) in Everett where she is an individual counselor and group facilitator for pregnant and parenting women in recovery.
Wendy is passionate about the subject of secondary trauma and caring for the caregiver because her experience as a counselor with extremely traumatized women has taught her the value of understanding how secondary trauma works. She hopes to empower and inspire other social service workers to better understand this phenomenon so that they can better care for themselves and ultimately provide more quality service to clients.
Det. Aaron Holladay
Detective Holladay, has been employed with the Vancouver Police Department since February 1998. Prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest, he served as a Deputy at Ventura County Sheriff's Office in Southern California from 1994-1998. Currently he is assigned to the Child Abuse Intervention Center where for the past seven years, he has investigated felony physical and sexual assaults of children under the age of sixteen.
Detective Holladay attended the Pennsylvania State Police Polygraph Institute and conducts polygraph exams for criminal investigations. Detective Holladay is a graduate of George Fox University and received a BA in Management & Organizational Leadership.
Amy Kernkamp, MA
Det. Don Kinney
Mr. Kinney has been a police officer for over 16 years. He is currently an officer with the Edmonds police department. During this time he has been assigned to the crimes against children / sex crimes unit. He is currently the police department's interview specialist. He works closely with DSHS/CPS. Mr. Kinney has lectured at the Washington state Children's Justice Conference on "Working relationships between Law Enforcement and Social Workers.
Sandra Kinney is currently a CPS Supervisor in the Everett Children's Administration office. Her twenty-year career in children's services has included investigations, permanency planning, quality assurance and training in three states (Colorado, Arizona, and Washington). While a CPS investigator in Arizona, Ms. Kinney and her husband, Officer Kinney, had the opportunity to work together many times in the protection of children. As supervisor, Ms. Kinney sees her role as guiding, supporting, and educating social workers in the complexities of child protection issues and the child welfare system.
Sunni Ko, JD
Sunni Ko is a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office. She has been a deputy prosecutor since 1992. For the past seven years, she has been in the Special Assault Unit, prosecuting child abuse cases, sexual assault cases and felony domestic violence cases. Ms. Ko specializes in prosecuting child homicides, serial rapists and domestic violence homicides.
She has lectured and taught law enforcement officers and fellow prosecutors throughout Washington on subjects including jury selection and investigating and prosecuting sexual assaults, domestic violence, and elder abuse. For the past several years she has served as a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center, a training facility for prosecutors in Columbia, South Carolina.
Ms. Ko graduated from the University of Utah in 1987 with a BS in biology and psychology, and was awarded a JD in 1990.
Linda Mason Wilgis, JD
Linda is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington, where from 1991 to 2001 she gained extensive experience in dependency and guardianship cases involving both children and vulnerable adults. Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Ms. Mason Wilgis was in private practice with a Seattle firm. She is a graduate of Skidmore College and received her law degree from the University of Virginia. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Mason Wilgis served under Senator Henry M. Jackson as a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Mary Meinig, MSW
Mary Meinig, MSW, Director-Ombudsman has served as an ombudsman with the office since it opened in 1997. Prior to joining OFCO, Ms. Meinig maintained a successful clinical and consulting practice specializing in treating abused and traumatized children and their families. Her previous experience includes working in special education, child protective services and children's residential treatment settings. Ms. Meinig is nationally known for her work developing Family Resolution Therapy, a protocol for the long term management of relationships in abusive families. She is frequently asked to present her work at national conferences, and has authored several professional publications on this topic. Ms. Meinig is a graduate of Central Washington University, and received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.
James Munroe, EdD
Dr. Munroe is a psychologist who has worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Boston for over 30 years. His primary clinical focus is with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He is Clinical Director of the Veterans Improvement Program and Deputy Director of the PTSD Outpatient Clinic. He is also Site Director of training for the Psychology Internship program. He is currently doing outreach to returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq and their families. He has also been a disaster mental health volunteer with the Massachusetts Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross for over ten years and currently serves as Co-Director of the Disaster Mental Health Service. He is also a member of the National Critical Response Team (CRT) of the American Red Cross. He has responded to numerous events including the Egypt Air Crash, the Worcester Fire, the Newton School Bus Crash, the Wakefield Office Shooting, the 9/11 Family Assistance Center at Logan Airport, the Rhode Island Night Club Fire and Hurricane Katrina. He has conducted extensive trainings and presentations in the areas of trauma, secondary trauma, and disaster mental health. He received the Sarah Haley Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence from the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies in 2001, and the Clara Barton Humanitarian Award from the Red Cross in 2002.
Mari Murstig, MSW
Mary has been a forensic child interviewer for over 6 years at Kids Haven, a child advocacy center in Washington State, where she has interviewed over 1300 children. Kids Haven was a part of a statewide videotaping pilot project that is leading the implementation of video recording all forensic interviews across the state. Ms. Murstig is currently a part of the Washington state Child Abuse Investigators Peer Review Network and is a member of APSAC. Ms. Murstig is a regular facilitator for the statewide mandated Child Abuse Investigation and Interviewing Training (provided by Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress and the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission). Ms. Murstig has previously worked as a Child Protective Service worker and has been a mental health counselor in an inpatient psychiatric hospital.
Jeannie Newman, MSW
Ms. Newman has held both policy and direct service positions in the fields of child welfare and family programs. She has contributed to a number of state and national projects concerned with children's and family issues. While serving as a consultant to Vice President Gore's National Performance Review, she facilitated several White House conferences on the family and co-authored President Clinton's Executive Order on Strengthening the Role of Fathers. She currently serves as project manager on the Update/Revision and Development of the Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series and the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being. She has previously served as project manager for several Domestic Violence and Child Protective Services projects and as a recruiter for the Child Welfare Monitoring project. She also has served as a child welfare consultant to the University of Minnesota's Children, Youth, and Family Consortium. Before becoming a consultant, Ms. Newman was the child welfare program specialist at the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information, now Child Welfare Information Gateway. She provided technical assistance, presented seminars, and cultivated a broad network of child welfare professionals and experts. Ms. Newman also has held direct-service positions in a child protective services (CPS) unit and in a county social services department. Ms. Newman also has experience in working with the elderly, as well as with end-of-life issues.
Keri Newport has been with KCSARC since 1999. She has held several positions there including Child Advocate, Legal Advocate Manager and her current position, Family Services Manager. Throughout that time she's provided ongoing services including PCIT, Parent Education, Juvenile Offender/Victim Reunification, and Advocacy to families and victims of physical and/or sexual abuse. She is the co-author and provider for KCSARC's Parenting Enhancement Program; a 12-Module educational program designed to build and promote healthy families in both the prevention of and recovery from sexual assault and child abuse. Keri has worked in the field of sexual abuse, child physical abuse and domestic violence since 1984.
Keri was trained as a PCIT Coach in 2001, and has been providing PCIT to families since that time. Besides providing PCIT at KCSARC, she is currently contracted by Children's Administration to provide PCIT to families in the child-welfare system, and to provide Training and Consultation to PCIT Coach/Therapists statewide. She has also provided statewide sexual assault training for the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs.
Michael R. O'Leary, PhD
Dr. O'Leary began his work with families and children as an undergraduate research assistant helping to evaluate the first Headstart programs in the San Francisco Bay area. Following completion of his Bachelor's Degree, with Honors, at Sonoma State College, he studied at Washington State University where he completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1972. As part of his Ph.D. experience, he completed a double graduate minor in both education and child development. He subsequently interned at the Child Development and Mental Retardation Center at the University of Washington and with the Veteran's Administration Hospital, Seattle. He subsequently joined the faculty of the Department or Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, where he served until 1990, retiring at the rank of Clinical Professor. Dr. O'Leary has been in private practice since 1980 specializing in treatment of trauma-related disorders, disability evaluation, custody evaluations and criminal forensic work. For more than a decade, Dr. O'Leary has specialized in providing psychological evaluations to the Children's Administration. He has completed over 2,000 parenting/psychological evaluations for various DCFS offices in Western Washington. Dr. O'Leary is a member of the Expert and Evaluation Standards Project, sponsored by the Washington State Supreme Court Commission on Foster Care which is participating in a state-wide effort to improve expert evaluations in dependency and termination cases. This multidisciplinary group has developed a set of Guidelines for Expert Evaluations in Child Welfare Proceedings for which Dr. O'Leary and other contributors are developing a training curriculum which can be used by various agencies and disciplines to promote the consistency and reliability of psychological evaluations and other types of evaluations used by the courts in dependency and termination cases.
Ellen O'Neill-Stephens, JD
Ellen O'Neill-Stephens has been a King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for twenty-one years. During that time she assisted in the creation of the Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts and has represented the prosecutor's office in both courts for a total of eight years. She has ten years work experience in Juvenile Court Ellen has an adult disabled son who is the proud owner of a Canine Companion for Independence Service dog named Jeeter.
Jeeter works part-time in the King County Drug Courts and the Special Assault Unit of the Prosecutor's Office. Ellen currently assists the Seattle Police Department with narcotics investigations.
Gary Peterson, a founding National Indian Child Welfare Association board member, was born at home on the Skokomish Reservation and is a lifelong resident at Skokomish. He graduated from Western Washington University and received an MSW from the University of Washington. A past Chairman of the Skokomish Tribal Council, he has been involved in tribal affairs for over 30 years. Gary is currently a member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington.
Robert A. Prentky, PhD
Dr. Prentky has been a practicing forensic psychologist for the past 20+ years. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, nominated by the forensic division. He has assessed or supervised the assessment of over 1,000 male and female sex offenders in about 35 U.S. prisons and has provided expert testimony several hundred times. He has presented 200+ papers and invited lectures throughout the world and has published over 60 professional articles and 5 books. Current areas of training interest have focused on risk assessment with juveniles and pre-adolescents. Areas of forensic expertise include homicide cases, assessments of risk with adult male and female offenders, and third party liability cases.
Mary Sawicki, JD
Attorney Mary E. Sawicki joined the National District Attorneys Association in 2006 as a senior attorney in the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse. In this position, Attorney Sawicki travels nationally and trains front line prosecutors across the country on child abuse issues. She also provides technical assistance and research to prosecutors on child abuse issues. Prior to this position Attorney Sawicki was an assistant district attorney for 23 years in Worcester County, Massachusetts and litigated many child and adult sexual and physical abuse felony cases. She was the Chief of the Child Abuse Unit for over 13 years as well as Chief of the Disabled Persons Protection Unit at the District Attorney's Office. Attorney Sawicki was the Chair of the Worcester County Child Fatality Review Team. Attorney Sawicki was the 2004 recipient of the prestigious Access to Justice Prosecutor Award given by the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Craig Sims, JD
Mr. Sims joined the King County Prosecutor's Office in 1997 and has prosecuted various crimes including physical/sexual assaults against adults and children. Craig has also worked as a part of the Most Dangerous Offender Project where he has prosecuted homicide and other high profile cases. Craig's professional interests and background include his membership to the American Inns of Court, Northwest Regional Director for the National Black Prosecutor's Association and member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Craig received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon in 1994 and his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 1997. Craig's life motto is as follows:
"I am preparing my children for the world, while preparing the world for my children."
Janet Skreen, JD
Janet is a senior court program analyst with the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts. Ms. Skreen works closely with family law and juvenile court judges and commissioners throughout the state. She is involved in formulating policy, drafting and analyzing legislation and court rules, responding to research inquiries, and staffs the Superior Court Judges' Association Family and Juvenile Law Committee. Prior to joining AOC, Ms. Skreen served as Kitsap County's courthouse facilitator and juvenile court commissioner. She maintained a private guardian ad litem practice and was a general practice attorney. Ms. Skreen obtained her B.A. summa cum laude in secondary education from Eastern Oregon State College and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Puget Sound School of Law.
Hon. Charles R. Snyder
Charles R. Snyder was elected to the Superior Court in 2004, having previously served as a superior court commissioner for over 15 years. Prior to his selection as commissioner, he was the Whatcom County hearing examiner issuing administrative decisions in land use cases. He practiced law in Bellingham from 1980 until his appointment as commissioner.
Judge Snyder chairs the Superior Court Judges' Association (SCJA) Family and Juvenile Court Committee and the Court Improvement Committee. He is a member of the Whatcom County Law and Justice Task Force and a founder of the Whatcom County Teen Court. He serves on the board of directors for Whatcom Skagit Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Rotary Club of Bellingham, the Whatcom Museum of History and Art and Sun Community Services. He presides over Whatcom County's drug court and was a member of the planning teams for the juvenile and dependency drug courts in Whatcom County
Judge Snyder received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 1975 and his J.D. from the University of Idaho in 1979. He has taught in the paralegal studies program at Whatcom Community College and is currently a member of the Paralegal Studies Advisory Committee for that school.
John Stirling, MD
Dr. Stirling practices general pediatrics at the Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Washington, and has provided consultation in cases of suspected child maltreatment there since 1979. He serves on the University of Washington's Regional Child Abuse Consultation Network as well as on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse, and helped establish Child Protection and Death Review teams in southwest Washington. Dr Stirling is a frequent plenary and workshop speaker at child abuse conferences and seminars around the nation on topics ranging from medical assessment of physical and sexual abuse to medical aspects of child abuse for non-medical audiences, child abuse prevention, and self care for child abuse professionals. As a practicing pediatrician and father, Dr. Stirling has an abiding interest in the prevention of abuse and in the treatment of its consequences.
Aaron D. Talney
Kerry Todd, MSW, LICSW
Kerry has worked in the field of child maltreatment for over 22 years. Currently, she is a social worker at the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (HCSATS) in the Education and Training Department. Ms. Todd provides national, statewide, and local training in the area of child sexual abuse and trauma. She currently helps to provide the mandated training for child interviewers on child abuse investigation and interviewing in Washington State. Ms. Todd previously provided evaluations and treatment for child victims of sexual assault and trauma at Children's Response Center (affiliated with HCSATS) for almost 13 years. Prior experience includes one year as a forensic child interviewer at the Chadwick Center in San Diego and 3 1⁄2 years as an investigator for Child Protective Services in California. Ms. Todd currently facilitates the statewide Child Abuse Investigators Peer Review Network, is a regular volunteer for Kids Court in King County, and has been on the board of the Washington State chapter of APSAC for over 10 years.
Allison Turkel, JD
As a Senior Attorney at the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, Allison Turkel trains child abuse professionals across the country on the investigation and prosecution of child abuse, computer facilitated crimes against children and maltreatment cases. She also provides technical assistance to prosecutors, law enforcement, child protection workers, social workers and others engaged in the investigation and prosecution of these cases. She also researches and writes on a variety of issues.
Prior to coming to the National Center, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office for nine and a half years. She handled a variety of felony cases including narcotics, child physical and sexual abuse cases, serious felonies and homicides. She then was an Assistant State's Attorney in the McLean County, Illinois State's Attorney's Office for a year and a half, where she prosecuted felony domestic violence cases. In both positions she was involved in training of prosecutors, police officers, social service providers et al. Ms. Turkel has also taught on the college level. Ms. Turkel graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1987. She is a member of the Pennsylvania, Illinois and New York Bar.
Prior to becoming an Assistant District Attorney, Ms. Turkel was a police officer for eight years. She served as the Lieutenant in charge of in-house training for five years. She was responsible for organizing and planning yearly in-service training, bi-annual firearms re-qualification and training, roll-call training and critical incident assessments as well as providing training on firearms, survival tactics and law.
J. Robert Wheeler, PhD
Dr. Wheeler is a forensic psychologist. He is also certified as a sex offender treatment provider. He has been in full-time independent practice since 1988, after having practiced in the community mental health system for over a decade. His practice is focused on psychological evaluations related to parenting abilities and child maltreatment, sexual violence risk assessment, unprofessional conduct by health care professionals and clergy, criminal responsibility, and claims of personal injury stemming from allegations of abuse. He has conducted psychological evaluations in hundreds of dependency cases, hundreds of sexual abuse cases, more than 55 sexually violent predator cases, and approximately 30 homicide cases, including State v. Gary L. Ridgway, also known as the Green River Killer. He is a consultant to the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress Foster Care Assessment Program and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Twin Rivers Sex Offender Treatment Program. From 2002 to 2004 he was a member of the Archdiocese of Seattle's Special Cases Review Board.
Martina Whelshula, PhD
Dr. Martina Whelshula currently works for the Colville Tribe as Head Start Director, serving children and families who struggle in their lives. Dr. Martina Whelshula, is a member of the Arrow Lakes Nation of the Colville Indian Reservation located north of Spokane.
Her education includes a doctorate in traditional knowledge from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, a master's degree in counseling psychology from Gonzaga, and a bachelor's degree in communication studies. Her education has been focused in the area of comparative paradigmatic research between the Western scientific and indigenous paradigms. As chair pro tem for the Washington State Native American Education Advisory Committee, she has been instrumental in state and local educational policy development. Also, Whelshula is actively involved with Washington State's Multi-Ethnic Think Tank and Native American Think Tank. These committees provide critical leadership in education for Washington's children.
She has worked closely with state education organizations, boards, committees and commissions to address the educational crisis among children of diverse cultural communities. She was recently invited to sit on the State Board of Education's Equity Committee, and has provided testimony to the House Education Committee on the academic achievement gap between white, and culturally diverse students.
As an educational, organizational and psychological consultant, Dr. Whelshula worked nationally with organizations such as the Fetzer Institute, the National Council on Disability, and the U.S. Department of Civil Rights. She is frequently invited to deliver Keynote presentations on regional, state and national levels addressing a diverse array of topics relating to social change and transformation.
In addition to her work in policy development, Dr. Whelshula has worked within the public education system as a cultural and Native language instructor - ranging from early childhood education to college-level. She has worked in the field of Indian Education for more than 28 years. She is a cultural curriculum developer, Native language teacher and cultural resource. The preservation and perpetuation of Native American culture is not only a professional and educational pursuit, but an integral part of her life.
Jacqueline Winston, MPA
Jacqueline Winston is a Las Vegas based consultant and principal of Jacqueline Winston Consulting, with over twenty years experience in management, financial oversight and marketing spanning both the non-profit and corporate business sectors in the national and global arena. Management disciplines encompass strategic planning, evaluative assessment, profitability analysis, client relations and fund raising. Her professional experience has provided her with the unique insight into the challenges, opportunities and benefits of creative collaborations and public/private partnerships. Jacqueline's background includes work in the financial services industry with Wells Fargo Bank and National Westminster Bank USA in addition to work in the non-profit sector with Safe Horizon, Inc., the nation's leading victim assistance organization.
Jacqueline holds an MPA from the University of Southern California. In addition to consulting, she is active in the community and serves on non-profit boards including National Children's Alliance, Support Center for Non-Profit Management, TheatreWorks USA and was formerly a member of the Board of Trustees for the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children.
Fred H. Wulczyn, PhD
Fred H. Wulczyn is a Research Fellow at Chapin Hall and an internationally recognized expert in the analysis of service agency administrative data, the study of child welfare outcomes and program development. He has a wide range of experience in government and academia, including extensive experience training frontline staff on the use of data, developing performance measures for human services contract agencies, and designing information systems for policy analysis and program development. Dr. Wulczyn is also an expert on state fiscal data and how states can connect fiscal data to program performance and outcomes. At Chapin Hall, Dr. Wulczyn is the director of Chapin Hall's Multi-state Foster Care Data Archive, a longitudinal file spanning 16 years and containing the placement records of nearly 1.25 million foster children from 12 states. Before coming to Chapin Hall, Dr. Wulczyn taught at Columbia University School of Social Work. He holds a Ph.D. from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.
DeAnn Yamamoto, MA
DeAnn Yamamoto joined the staff at King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) in 1984 and is currently the Deputy Executive Director. She oversees all program planning and development of services for victims of sexual assault. Yamamoto supervises a professional staff including therapists, crisis counselors and advocates. With KCSARC, she has created a series of publications for parents and sexual assault victims, such as Especially for Parents, Especially for Parents of Adolescents, The Parenting Enhancement Program and A Healing Celebration: A Group Treatment Manual for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Assault. Yamamoto has over 30 years experience in designing and implementing services for assault victims.
Prior to joining KCSARC, Yamamoto worked as program director for C.A.R.E. Services and Alternatives to Violence. With both rural organizations, she coordinated a range of services addressing domestic abuse, child abuse and sexual assault. This experience helped Yamamoto shape the vision of client services for KCSARC.