Marty Beyer, PhD
Dr. Marty Beyer is psychologist and independent juvenile justice and child welfare consultant. Marty assisted staff in Alabama and Oregon in implementing a strengths/needs-based approach to child welfare practice and currently is involved in the Katie A. Panel supporting improved services for children and families in Los Angeles. She has been a consultant to ACS in New York City, teaching visit coaching for several years. In addition to assisting states in designing delinquency services, her work with juveniles focuses on how a young person's cognitive, moral and identity development, trauma, and disabilities affect their behavior and must be considered in designing services to met their needs. Her publications include "One Child and Family at a Time: Strengths/Needs-Based Service Crafting," Visitation as a Powerful Child Welfare Service, "Delinquent Girls: A Developmental Perspective, "What's Behind Behavior Matters, "Fifty Delinquents in Juvenile and Adult Court" and Developmentally-Sound Practice in Family and Juvenile Court.
Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD
Dr. Fontes has dedicated over 15 years to making the social service and mental health systems more responsive to culturally diverse people affected by family violence and has written numerous journal articles and chapters on cultural issues in child maltreatment and violence against women, cross-cultural research, and ethical issues in research.
She is a Core Faculty Member in Union Institute & University's Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology. She has worked as a family, individual, and group therapist in a variety of settings, including managed care, emergency services, and protective outreach services, and has conducted research in Santiago, Chile, and with Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and European Americans in the United States. Dr. Fontes is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
She earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and a Master's degree from Columbia School of Journalism. She is a popular conference speaker and workshop facilitator for diverse groups of professionals and parents.
Cory Jewell Jensen, MS
Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S. is the Co-Director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Oregon. Jensen has worked with adult sex offenders and their families for 23 years and provided training and/or consultation to The National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, The United States Navy, The Mark McGwire Children's Foundation, The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and a number of local and national law enforcement and child advocacy organizations. Cory served as Executive Director of ATSA from 1992 - 1993, chaired ATSA's 1992 and 1994 International Research and Treatment Conference and is a Past President of the Oregon Chapter of ATSA. Currently, Ms. Jensen is a member of the Offender Response Committee attached to the Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force. She received the "Commercial Crime Prevention Award" from the Crime Prevention Association of Oregon in 2003. and was also honored by the Clackamas County MDT for her community prevention efforts. Ms. Jensen has published a number of articles on the evaluation and treatment of sex offenders, testified as an expert witness in local and federal courts and been a featured guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Richard Kaplan, MD
Dr. Kaplan is the Medical Director of The Center for Safe and Healthy Children - the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital Child Abuse Program. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. Rich is also the Associate Medical Director at Midwest Children's Resource Center, a regional medical child abuse evaluation program at Children's Hospitals and Clinics in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dr. Kaplan received a Masters in Social Work degree from St. Louis University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of South Dakota. He completed his pediatric residency in Phoenix, Arizona.
First, as a social worker and then as a pediatrician, Rich has been working with child abuse victims for over 30 years. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a charter member of the Ray Helfer Society and a former member of the Society's executive committee. Dr. Kaplan is a 2003 recipient of the United States Department of Health and Human Services: Commissioner's Award for Outstanding Service in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW
Al Killen-Harvey is a Clinical Supervisor at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at San Diego's Rady Children's Hospital. He supervises a staff that works with children who have been physically, sexually and/or emotionally abused. A licensed clinical social worker, he has extensive experience in the area of child abuse and neglect. He is a past recipient of the San Diego County Child Abuse Coordinating Council's Unsung Hero Award for his work with children who have been abused and/or neglected.
Mr. Killen-Harvey is a frequent presenter, nationally and internationally, on a wide variety of topics related to children and adolescents. He has served on the board of CAPSAC (California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children) and is a consultant and trainer for UCLA's Rape Treatment Center. He recently returned from Bogota, Colombia where he presented at the first Latin American Child Abuse Conference. In 2004 he was invited by the government of Ecuador to assist in the development of their first nationwide child abuse legislation and in 2005 he visited American Samoa where he was asked by the Governor to assist in the development of the first Samoan Child Abuse Prevention Conference.
Mr. Killen-Harvey's work in the arena of sexual identity development includes providing numerous presentations both nationally and internationally on the subject to a variety of organizations and agencies. As a faculty member at California State University Long Beach and the San Diego Public Child Welfare Training Academy he trains Child Protective Services workers throughout Southern California on the risk of abuse for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and intersex (l/g/b/t/q/i) youth. He has served as a consultant and trainer to the city of Edinburgh, Scotland where he worked within the public and private school systems to establish safer arenas for l/g/b/t/q/i students and currently serves on cultural consortium for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
His involvement with the San Diego Gay and Lesbian Community Center has included volunteering his services as a therapist, consultant, presenter and staff trainer for almost two decades. He sits on the advisory board for the Center's homeless youth housing project and was recently honored as an "Outstanding Community Collaborator" for his work with the Center.
A graduate of San Diego State University, Mr. Killen-Harvey brings a vast clinical and personal history of experience to his work in the area of child abuse education and sexual identity development.
Raymond Reyes, PhD
Above all else, I am the life partner of my wife Mary and the proud father of three children. I have a twelve-year old son Christopher, a nine-year old daughter Grace and three year old son Reo. These three angels are the master teachers in my life who offer the critical lessons on what it means to be human.
I have been a member of Gonzaga University since 1988. I am currently the Associate Vice President for Diversity. Prior to this administrative appointment I was an Assistant Professor in the School of Education here. I am currently teaching for the College of Arts and Sciences in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Religious Studies.
Prior to coming to Gonzaga University, I served as the Administrative Director for the Coeur 'D Alene Tribe of Idaho. I have 27 years of experience in Indian Education and professional development training and have conducted hundreds of training and technical assistance seminars throughout the United States and Canada.
I have published numerous articles and chapters in books on such topics as leadership theory, program evaluation, school reform and multicultural education, diversity and equity, storytelling, and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) student populations.
Sandra J. Altshuler, PhD, LICSW
Dr. Altshuler has served as a Principal Investigator (PI) for a variety of federal, state, and locally funded projects in the area of at-risk youth, child welfare, and people with disabilities. Dr. Altshuler is currently serving a dual role as a Research Associate at the Center for Child and Family Studies and as an Associate Professor at the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. Her research, teaching, and service all focus on supporting the health and well being of at-risk children and families, including youth with disabilities, and youth living in foster care. She has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and technical reports that discuss risk and protective factors that communities can address in supporting the needs of youth and families today.
Abigail Austin-Weinig, MA
Abigail Austin-Wenig, M.A., is a legal assistance worker with the Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Division for the State of Oregon. She presently primarily assists with families and children who are placed in substitute care and with parents and children providing in-home care. Ms. Wenig is the primary author of a guide utilized in various counties in Oregon for case management that focuses on children and their attachments needs.
Det. Christina Bartlett, BS
Ms. Bartlett is a twenty year veteran of the King County Sheriff's Office where she has been involved in Child abuse, neglect and homicides since 1999. She is currently assigned to the Major Crimes Unit.
Elisabeth Bennett, PhD
Dr. Bennett is a licensed psychologist and a counselor educator at Gonzaga University where she serves as department chair and director of the CACREP accredited Community Counseling program. Dr. Bennett is a co-author of a guide utilized in various counties in Oregon for case management that focuses on children and their attachment needs. She has presented locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on topics impacting youth.
Kateri Bishop, MSW
Ms. Bishop is a CPS worker in the Spokane DCFS child sex abuse unit. Previously, Ms. Bishop worked in the Indian Child Welfare Unit and Pend Oreille County, a rural environment. She participates with Staff of Color, an advocacy group in the Spokane Office. Ms. Bishop is an active member of the community, serving on the board of Spokane Mental Health and as a member of the Domestic Violence Consortium. Past volunteer activities included service with the American Indian Community Center, Urban Indian Health Services, Children"s Home Society, and SCAN (Spokane Child Abuse and Neglect center).
Annie Blackledge, OSPI
Annie Blackledge is the Program Supervisor for Dropout Prevention, Intervention, and Re-Engagement at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Most recently Annie held the position of Education Program Manager for the Children's Administration, Department of Social and Health Services. She was responsible for the implementation of school stability legislation and administration of the Education Advocacy Program for children living in foster care in Washington State. She brings with her over 12 years of experience working with youth in the field of education and employment for both non-profit and governmental agencies. Annie is an Alumnus of the New York State foster care system.
Lawrence Jay Braunstein, Esq.
Lawrence Jay Braunstein is a partner in the law firm of Braunstein & Zuckerman, Esqs, in White Plains, New York. Since 1985 he has specialized in child custody litigation and litigation involving allegations of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and shaken baby in matrimonial, family and criminal cases. His practice includes the areas of Matrimonial and Family Law and related civil and criminal litigation.
He regularly lectures as an invited speaker, both nationally and internationally, in the areas of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and shaken baby, child custody litigation, expert witness testimony, courtroom psychology, trial procedures, and on various criminal, family and matrimonial law topics to judges, attorneys, medical and mental health professionals, law enforcement personnel (State and Federal), prosecutors (State and Federal), and child protection service personnel.
Since 1999 he has served on the faculty of the New York City Police Department Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigation Course. In 2004 he was the only defense attorney invited by the FBI to participate as a member of the working group to plan the International Online Child Sexual Victimization Symposium, and to present to both the working group and the Symposium. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York. In 2007 he was named as one of the top twenty-five 'Super Lawyers in the Westchester County area.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Child Custody Committee; Past Legal Chair of the New York State Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law; and Co-Chair of the Westchester County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Interdisciplinary Committee on Mental Health and Family Law. He is also a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), a member of the APSAC Task Force on Videotaping of Forensic Interviews; and a member of the Expert Faculty of the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN). He serves on the Board of Editors of, and is a contributor to, the Journal of Child Custody, The Matrimonial Strategist and the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma.
Lorraine Brave, MSW
Lorraine Brave, a Mohawk living in the Seattle area, has been an advocate for American Indian children and their families for over 25 years. She also is a trainer for Children's Academy for the state of Washington, and teaches at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Washington and Antioch University. She is presently working with the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation.
Nathan Bruesehoff is a forensic scientist with the Washington Sate Patrol in the Seattle Crime Laboratory where he has worked since May 2004. Prior to moving to the west coast, Nathan worked for the Indiana State Police as a forensic scientist for approximately seven years. In addition to performing DNA casework, Nathan's duties include training new forensic scientists and validating new technologies.
Reiko Callner, JD
REIKO CALLNER is the Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct. She previously served the agency as its senior investigator. Ms. Callner is a board member of the national Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel, and is past Chair of the Washington State Human Rights Commission. Ms. Callner worked as a prosecutor for ten years and has represented Child Protective Services in Thurston County. She has taught for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, the Administrative Office of the Courts, and has made presentations to a wide variety of public agencies and private organizations. She has prepared and presented a domestic violence program for Dept. of Ecology, workplace violence programs for state and local agencies, and diversity programs for law enforcement agencies. She is very active in community organizations.
Reiko 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.
Amber Cleverly-Thomas, MSW
Ms. Cleverly currently works for Partners with Families and Children as the Service Coordinator for the Spokane County Drug Endangered Children Program. She is also part of this program's evaluation component. In addition, Ms. Cleverly-Thomas works for Institute for Family Development providing Intensive Family Preservation Services and Parent Child Interaction Training.
Det. Sam Costello
Detective Sam Costello has been with the Olympia Police Department for ten years. He is currently assigned to the Detective Division with his primary assignment being the investigation of felony crimes against persons. He has been formally involved in the investigation of gangs and gang related incidents since 2004. Prior to his current assignment he served as a patrol officer and in the pro-active section of the special operations division at The Olympia Police Department. Prior to his employment at The Olympia Police Department Detective Costello was employed by the Lacey Police Department as a Reserve Officer where much of his time was spent with that city's Gang Unit.
During his tenure in detectives at The Olympia Police Department Detective Costello has received hundreds of hours of training related to street gangs. He is currently the facilitator for the Southwest Washington Regional Street Gang Intelligence Group. He is also a member of several e-mail list serves on a daily basis keeping current daily on gang trends nationally and in Western Washington. While assigned to the Detective Division he has investigated a number of high profile gang related crimes including felony assault, robbery and homicide. He has lectured about criminal street gangs as part of the curriculum of two universities. He has provided instruction about street gangs at countless training sessions for the community; teachers, social workers, school administrators, judges and at community forums. Detective Costello was instrumental in the development of the departmental policy related to street gangs and related intelligence management. He, along with an intelligence analyst and a Detective Lieutenant, is responsible for classifying subjects involved in street gangs in Olympia. Detective Costello has been deemed a gang expert in Thurston County Superior Court. He is routinely consulted by agencies in Thurston County and throughout Western Washington.
Detective Costello is a Washington State certified defensive tactics instructor (WSCJTC) a Police Training Officer as well as an internationally certified police mountain bike instructor (LEBA). He has been a guest instructor at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy. He is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership at Chapman University. Detective Costello currently serves as the Southwest Washington Regional Coordinator for the Northwest Gang Investigators Association.
Mark E. Courtney, PhD
Mark E. Courtney is Executive Director of Partners for Our Children, a public-private partnership at the University of Washington devoted to improving child welfare services. He is also the Ballmer Chair for Child Well-Being in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. Dr. Courtney previously served on the faculties of the University of Chicago, where he was Director of the Chapin Hall Center for Children from 2001 to 2006, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Much of his research has focused on child welfare services and policy. His current work includes studies of the adult functioning of former foster children, experimental evaluation of independent living services for foster youth, and the experiences of families involved in welfare-to-work programs. He obtained his MSW and Ph.D. degrees from the School of Social Welfare at the University of California at Berkeley. Before moving into academia, he worked for several years in various capacities providing group home care to abused and neglected adolescents. Dr. Courtney has served as a consultant to the federal government, state departments of social services, local public and private child welfare agencies around the country, and the philanthropic community.
Barbara Craig, MD
Dr. Barbara Craig, (Captain, Medical Corps, United States Navy-Retired), is a pediatrician specializing in general pediatrics and subspecializing in child abuse pediatrics. She is the most experienced and senior medical consultant for child abuse and neglect in the uniformed services. Dr. Craig founded and directs the Armed Forces Center for Child Protection. Additionally, she serves as the only medical representative to the Navy and Marine Corps Spouse and Child Death Review Teams and the Navy Family Advocacy Headquarters Review Team. She is also the senior medical consultant for the Department of Defense Family Advocacy Command Assistance Teams that mobilize to investigate multiple victim child sexual abuse cases. She has extensive experience and training in the field of child physical and sexual abuse, child neglect, child fatalities, evaluating child exploitation, as well as pediatric and adolescent gynecology. Dr. Craig is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
In this capacity, Dr. Craig evaluates all aspects of child maltreatment and regularly lectures to multidisciplinary agencies including physicians, residents, interns, medical students, nurses, and other allied health professionals, lawyers, social workers, criminal investigators, dentists, chaplains, victim advocates, and line officers. She and her staff interview and examine children who are suspected to have been maltreated world-wide throughout the Department of Defense. Dr. Craig serves as a consultant to social services, medical, legal, and investigative agencies within the Department of Defense and civilian community for cases of suspected child maltreatment physical and sexual abuse, child homicides, neglect, children who witness violence, as well as child pornography evaluations -- including medical-legal case reviews, expert testimony, training, and education. She regularly testifies as an expert witnesses or consultant for both prosecution and defense in criminal cases, custody hearings, termination of parental rights hearings, and military courts-martial.
Michael A. de Arellano, PhD
Dr. Michael de Arellano is currently an-Associate Professor at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) and is also the Director of the NCVC Hispanic Outreach Program Esperanza (HOPE) and the Community Outreach Program Esperanza (COPE). Dr. de Arellano received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Miami and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He completed a Pre-Doctoral Internship at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. de Arellano then completed an NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the NCVC. Dr. de Arellano's research focuses on ethnic differences in victimization and in the psychological sequelae of trauma. He serves as PI and Co-I on a number of extramurally funded projects, including on an NIMH-funded project examining victimization, trauma-related sequelae and potential culturally-related mediating and moderating factors in Hispanic families. The results of this project are being used to develop, pilot, and evaluate a culturally-adapted version of Trauma-Focused CBT for victimized children of Hispanic descent.
Det. Brad Graham
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.
Ms. Jagmin is a forensic scientist with the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory, assigned to the DNA unit in Seattle since September of 2001. Her additional duties with the WSP include being a member of the WSP Crime Scene Response Team (CSRT). Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Seattle Pacific University in 1997. Following graduation, she was employed with a private company performing DNA analysis on convicted offender samples. In her tenure with the WSP Crime Lab, she has worked numerous cases across the state of Washington; one of which was an unsolved homicide case from 1968. At the time, the case was 36 years old and was one of the oldest cases in the nation to be broken open by DNA analysis.
Kathy Jensen, JD
Kathy Jensen is a staff attorney in the Spokane office of Northwest Justice Project, a program providing free civil legal services to low income people throughout the state of Washington. Kathy's area of practice includes public benefits, Native American public benefits, Housing Law, Administrative Law, Family Law, and Tribal Law. Kathy practices in Spokane Tribal Court as well as Superior Court in Spokane, Whitman, Lincoln, Stevens, Ferry, and Pend Oreille Counties. She is a descendent of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, an active member of the Spokane Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee (LICWAC), as well as a 4-H leader.
Richard Harruff, MD
Steve Hassett, JD
Mr. Hassett has been an Assistant Attorney General with the Washington State Attorney General's Office since 1987. Prior to that, Mr. Hassett worked as a public defender. Currently he is lead counsel to Children's Administration and juvenile litigation coordinator for the Attorney General's office.
Ron Hertel, OSPI
Mr. Hertel spent 10 years in Boulder Colorado as a social worker before moving to Washington State in 1989. Initially, he was a County Child Welfare Services Supervisor, and then began a career with Department of Social and Health Services Headquarters, in both Children's Administration and the Mental Health Division, where, as a part of his duties, he worked with schools to provide educational services for these challenging populations. Beginning in 2000, he worked in Special Education as Program Supervisor at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Since 2002, he has been the statewide program supervisor for the Readiness to Learn Program founded in 1993, as part of Education Reform in Washington State. Mr. Hertel is a dynamic catalyst for building school, family, and community partnerships across the state.
Sheri L. Hill, PhD
Sheri L. Hill, PhD is an Early Childhood Policy Specialist currently consulting on a variety of early childhood issues. She was formerly Faculty Lead on Policy for the University of Washington's Center on Infant Mental Health and Development and Assistant Director of Washington Kids Count. Prior to moving into policy she worked for over a decade as a Speech-Language Pathologist serving both children and adults.
Mr. Kinney has been a police officer for over 17 years, currently with the Edmonds police department. During this time he has been assigned to the crimes against children/sex crimes unit. He is the police department's interview specialist. He works closely with DSHS/CPS and is a member of the local Child Protection Team. Mr. Kinney has lectured at the Washington state Children's Justice Conference for several years on working relationships between Law Enforcement and Social Workers.
Sandra Kinney is the Area Administrator of the Everett Children's Administration office. Her twenty-year career in Children's Services spans numerous programs such as CPS Investigations, Permanency Planning, Quality Assurance, Academy Training, and Clinical Supervision. Ms. Kinney and her husband, Police Officer Don Kinney, have worked on many occasions and collaborated on child protection and child safety issues.
Mary Lafond, MA
Ms. Lafond worked in juvenile justice for 23 years and was the Chief Executive Officer at Child Study and Treatment Center, the state psychiatric hospital for children for seven years. Presently she is a consultant to the Whatcom County Children's Advocacy Center and is the facilitator on a CJA grant to improve the investigation and prosecution of child abuse for children with special health care needs.
Esther Larsen, Esq.
Ms. Larsen is a Consultant with 28 years of private and public experience as an attorney in areas of public administration, litigation, appellate practice, development and implementation of policies/procedures/programs, and arbitration/mediation; 10 years of land-use planning experience; and 7 years of experience teaching university graduate and undergraduate students in planning, public administration, and law areas. She is also sole proprietor with 10 years of experience in areas of production and sale of timber, poultry products, fruit, and sheep, and land development.
Lisa Lydon, Esq.
Ms. Lydon has been involved in the child welfare system since 1990 as an Assistant Attorney General. She represents Department of Social and Health Services/Division of Children and Family Services in child welfare issues that are brought before the court. Ms. Lydon has advised DSHS on policies and procedures in regard to child welfare issues. She was also involved in the implementation of the Becca Bill. She is a member of a committee that meets monthly to work on court improvement issues as related to CHINS (Children in need of services), ARYS(At-risk-youths) and truancy issues.
Byron Manering, MSW
Mr. Manering has worked in the field of child abuse prevention for 18 years and is currently the Executive Director of the Brigid Collins Family Support Center and the Whatcom County Children's Advocacy Center in Bellingham. He is a long term member of the Children, Youth, and Family Services Advisory Committee and the legislative chair of the Washington Coalition of Children's Advocacy Centers.
Linda Mason Wilgis, JD
Linda Mason Wilgis, JD, Ombudsman, 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.
Judge JOHN A. MCCARTHY serves on the Pierce County Superior Court bench. He has been both a district court and superior court judge for a total of fifteen years. Prior to judicial service, he practiced law as a sole practitioner for seventeen years. He is a graduate of Seattle University, the University of San Francisco (J.D.) and numerous programs at the National Judicial College. He has chaired the Legislative Committee of the District and Municipal Court Judges Association (DMCJA) and served as treasurer of the Superior Court Judges Association. He is a past president of the Washington Public Ports Association.
Judge McCarthy was an alternate member of the Commission on Judicial Conduct for over two years before becoming a regular member three years ago. Judge McCarthy was the Dependency Judge in Pierce County Juvenile Court in 2006 and Juvenile Court Presiding Judge in 2007. He has been on the Juvenile Court Executive Committee for five years, and currently conducts a Juvenile Drug Court docket one day a week.
Fernando Mederos, EdD
Dr. Mederos is the Director of Special Projects-Fatherhood at Massachusetts Department of Social Services, Boston. He is an expert on intervention with physically abusive men and battered women and their children, including culturally appropriate programming. Dr. Maderos also does consultation on developing strategic plans for cultural competence for social service and governmental organizations and has several published articles and manuals.
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.
Det. Mike M. Mellis
Detective Mellis is currently assigned to the Major Crimes Unit with the King County Sheriff's Office participating in investigating serious assaults, robberies, and deaths. Throughout his law enforcement career, he has been involved with a variety of services, including narcotics, vice, sex crimes, child and elderly abuse. Crimes Unit where keep us busy. He spent a memorable summer guarding Green River Killer Gary Ridgeway as he gave his confessions to other detectives.
Laura Merchant, MSW
Laura Merchant is the Assistant Director at Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (HCSATS), where she has worked since 1985. She previously served as Director of its Education and Training Program, and coordinated the counseling program and staff professional development. Her current responsibilities include providing professional case consultation and planning and presenting training on state-of-the-art investigative interviewing of children, as well as trauma treatment issues, throughout North America.
Janice Mertz, FBI
SSA Mertz joined the FBI in January 2000. She investigated a variety of criminal violations while stationed in Midland, Texas; the majority of which focused on the sexual exploitation of minors. She was also a coordinator for the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime and a Crisis Negotiator.
SSA Mertz joined the Crimes Against Children Unit at FBI Headquarters in January 2006. The Crimes Against Children Unit has program management responsibility for all child abductions, international parental kidnappings, child sex tourism, and child prostitution. SSA Mertz is the program manager for the Innocence Lost National Initiative which focuses on the domestic commercial sexual exploitation of children through prostitution. She is currently the FBI Liaison to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
She obtained a Bachelors of Science degree from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, in 1986.
Leona Moran developed and teaches Parenting in Recovery classes for Snohomish County Human Services Alcohol & Drug Prevention Unit. Classes won the 2001 Governor's Award for Innovative Prevention Practices. Her background includes social work, parent education, staff training, program management for the D.S.H.S. Division of Children and Family Services including five years with Western Washington University Children's Services Academy doing curriculum development and training for DCFS social workers and supervisors specializing in attachment and separation and child placement topics. She was Director of Parenting IS Prevention, a program funded by the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse which provided training in family based substance abuse prevention and parent education for families in AOD treatment and recovery to statewide family and children's services agencies and AOD recovery centers.
Jeannie Newman, MSW
Ms. Newman, ICF International, Fairfax, VA, 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 ICF's 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 (NSCAW). 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.
Al Noriega, Lead Investigator
Mr. Noriega has been an Investigator with the Seattle/King County Medical Examiner's Office since 1998, and the Lead Investigator since 2002. He works directly under the direction of the Chief Medical Examiner of King County, and oversees all aspects of the investigative unit. He supervises 13 full time forensic investigators in an office that operates 24 hrs a day, seven days a week. Prior to attending Santa Clara University, Investigator Noriega served in the United States Navy where he received his primary medical training. Inv. Noriega has an extensive history as both a Forensic Investigator and an Autopsy Technician.
Ellen O'Neill, 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.
Pat O'Brien, MS, CSW
Pat O'Brien is the Founder & Executive Director of You Gotta Believe! The Older Child Adoption & Permanency Movement, Inc. You Gotta Believe is one of the few placement agencies in the country that limits its practice to finding permanent parents for teen and pre-teen children in foster care without regard to whether the child is freed for adoption or not. If a child is due to be discharged from foster care to no one but him or herself, You Gotta Believe recruits legally adoptive parents for the kids who are freed for adoption and morally adoptive parents for the kids who are not.
Pat also hosts a weekly live radio broadcast called The Adopting Teens and Tweens Radio Forum that airs every Sunday night from 8-9pm Eastern time. This radio program can be listen to on line by logging on the www.am1240wgbb.com . Pat also produces The Adopting Teens & Tweens Show a local cable access program that airs every Thursday at noon and again at 8pm. A live-stream of the program can be watched by logging on to www.bcat.tv/bcat . every Thursday at noon or 8pm (Eastern Time.)
Pat also speaks nationally by offering keynotes, trainings, workshops, and consulting across the country on three major topics: 1) the connection between foster care & homelessness and how to prevent homelessness by recruiting legally and morally adoptive parents for teens and pre-teens in foster care; 2) how unconditional commitment to all children who come into our care is the essential ingredient in preventing both placement disruption and foster care drift; and 3) how to utilize laughter and humor to reduce the stress, tension and pain of everyday life.
Pat has his Master of Science degree in Social Work from Columbia University.
Lorraine A. Parlange, JD
Over the past 10 years Lorraine Parlange has worked for Tribes in the position of Tribal Prosecutor and in-house legal counsel practicing in the area of health, Indian Child Welfare, TANF, and employment law. Currently Lorraine is the Tribal Attorney for the Kalispel Tribe of Indians providing in-house counsel. Lorraine has represented Tribe's in the area of Indian Child Welfare resulting in the transfers of cases from multiple states to Tribal Courts (WA, MT, CO, ID, OR, AK, OK). Lorraine is an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University teaching in the area of Social Work and Counseling Techniques with Native American Families. Prior to her legal work, Lorraine worked as a counselor in New York with at-risk youth and survivors of sexual abuse. She has her master's degree in education with a focus on special education and applied behavioral analysis.
Mr. Pease has been a law enforcement officer for more than 30 years. During his extensive experience, he has been on the scene, investigating scores of major crimes and catastrophes. He has personally investigated more than 20 homicides, and has interviewed and/or interrogated hundreds of individuals that have been suspected of committing major crimes. He was the Chief of Major Crimes, commanding, instructing and guiding dozens of detectives and law enforcement officers, bringing to successful conclusion the investigation of many major crimes. He has been a POST qualified instructor in the areas of Interviewing and Interrogation, report writing and documentation, as well as defensive and pursuit driving. He is a certified Crisis (Hostage) Negotiator, trained by the FBI, and has personally negotiated dozens of tense, crisis situations.
Geri Phillips, BSW
Ms. Phillips has been employed with Children's Administration for 17 years. She currently holds the Intake Supervisor position in the Spokane office.
Ms. Potter is the Victim/Witness Advocate Program Coordinator at the Snohomish County Prosecutors Office. Heidi has been a Victim Advocate in Snohomish County for over 4 years. She has worked on homicide, vehicular homicide, robbery, burglary, felony assault, felony domestic violence, and sexual assault cases. Heidi has successfully integrated dogs into the Victim Advocate Program.
Ms. Prahl is an Assistant Attorney General with the State of Washington, assigned to the Social and Health Division in the Spokane office. She earned a BA in Mathematics from Gonzaga University in 1986, and a JD from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1990. Since joining the Attorney General's Office in 1999, she has worked primarily in the child welfare arena representing the Division of Children and Family Services. She also is one of two attorneys representing DCFS in Spokane County's Family Treatment Court, one of the first dependency drug courts in the State of Washington. Additionally, she is the lead attorney for Eastern State Hospital, and has also represented Adult Protective Services, Division of Licensing Resources, and Division of Developmental Disabilities. Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, she was an Assistant Public Defender for the City of Spokane, representing indigent individuals charged with misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors under the Spokane Municipal Code
David S. Prescott, LICSW
Mr. Prescott has worked in and around inpatient settings since 1984, and specifically with individuals who have sexually abused since 1987. He has a strong interest in sharing resources, networking, and training to increase knowledge in these fields.
He currently serves as the Treatment Assessment Director at the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston, Wisconsin. In this position, he oversees the progress of patients and groups of patients and coordinates an early stage of the conventional treatment track.
Mr. Prescott has published articles on risk assessment, interviewing, and providing residential treatment to youth, and is the editor of recent books on youth who have sexually abused. He has presented on these topics around North America and in Europe.
Darin Reedy, MSW
Darin Reedy began working in the Criminal Justice field in 1995. He began graduate school at the University of Maryland in 1998 where he has worked as both an instructor and a consultant to local law enforcement agencies. As an instructor, Reedy taught Criminological Theory to undergraduate students for several years. As a consultant he worked on several youth violence, crime, hotspot, and drug intervention projects. While working on these projects, he worked with nearly 30 different law enforcement agencies including Baltimore P.D. and Washington D.C. Metro Police. Reedy continued his consulting work with criminal justice agencies until 2004. Several of Reedy's reports were published by the Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.
Darin Reedy obtained his Master's Degree in 2001. Reedy's thesis focused on shootings and homicides in Jersey City, New Jersey. The dataset included hundreds of assaults and contained many young males that were gang involved. His work was later published in the Journal of Injury Prevention. After publication, Reedy served as an expert peer advisor in the area of gun violence and gun control for the same journal. He is currently working on his doctorate from University of Maryland with street gangs as the focus of interest for his upcoming dissertation.
In 2004, Reedy was hired as the first Criminal Analyst in Olympia Police Department history. Over the past 4 years, Reedy has constructed the unit from the ground up and it has now become a regional intelligence resource for multiple law enforcement agencies.
In 2005, Reedy shifted his primary focus back to gang and youth violence. Since that time, he has received approximately 150 hours of advanced law enforcement training in the field of street gangs and is an active member of the Northwest Gang Investigators Association. He has lectured in college classes, law enforcement training classes and a variety of community education classes about criminal street gangs. Reedy has participated in several interviews of gang members with lead gang Detective Sam Costello. He is also responsible for entering and managing all gang information in Olympia P.D.'s gang database.
Chris Robinson, MSW
Ms. Robinson is the Co-Director of the Washington State Children's Administration Practice Model Team. Prior to her current position, Chris was a social worker and supervisor in Child Protective Services and Child Welfare Services, supervised program managers in the Division of Program and Policy, and was the Regional Administration for Region 5 for the Children's Administration. With Linda Katz, Chris developed the casework methodology of concurrent planning. They co-authored, with Norma Spoonemore, Concurrent Planning: From Permanency Planning to Permanency Action. Chris has also worked as a senior staff consultant with the Child Welfare League of America. In this position, she consulted with a number of states and provinces concerning the management of child welfare programs and implementation of practice improvement initiatives.
Ms. Robinson is currently an Infant Death Specialist with SIDS Foundation of Washington/University of Washington Research Project. She has 15 years of expert experience in the area of SID. Deborah has also worked as a Paralegal, Material Analyst, Deputy Sheriff, and was in the United States Marine Corps.
Leslie Rozeff, LCSW
Leslie Rozeff, LCSW, is currently the Director of Social Service Programs at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine. Much of her work in recent years has focused on working with Maine state government as well as community partners in stakeholder engagement processes to facilitate systems change and improve integrated service delivery in areas such as child welfare and behavioral health. Prior to working with the Muskie School, Leslie worked as an administrator for a number of years in behavioral health settings primarily serving children, youth and families involved with the child welfare system.
Kevin Saito, FBI
Toni Sebastian, MSW
Toni Sebastian is a practice consultant with the Children's Administration Office of Risk Management where she provides case and practice consultation, training, and coordination of the peer support team. She has worked in the field of child welfare for over 20 years in the private and public sectors. Her experience includes working with children in residential and institutional settings, child protective services intake and investigations, supervision, work with multi-disciplinary teams, training, program development and management.
Janet Skreen, JD
John Stirling, MD
Kerry Todd, MSW
Kerry Todd is a social worker at Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, Education and Training. She provides national, state-wide, and local training in the area of child sexual abuse as well as continues to provide counseling for children and youth. 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 San Diego's Chadwick Center and 3 years as an investigator for Child Protective Services in California.
Patti Toth, JD
Ms. Toth a lawyer, trainer and expert consultant on issues related to the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and sexual assault. As a Program Manager with the WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission, she directs child abuse training programs throughout the state, and continues to provide training all over the United States and in other countries. Starting her career in 1980, she worked as a prosecutor in Kitsap and Snohomish Counties, specializing in child abuse and sexual assault prosecutions. She then served 8 years as Director of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, and worked as a federal prosecutor in the Child Exploitation Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. Patti is active in both the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN).
Daryl Toulou, MEd
Mr. Toulou is currently employed as a Solution Based Casework Coach in Children's Administration. He has ten years experience working in the child welfare field for the Tribes and the state. Daryl has worked as a CPS Investigator, CWS Social Worker and CPS Supervisor, and a Program Manager of Colville Tribes Children and Family Services.
Tom Tremaine, JD
Tom Tremaine is the senior attorney in the Spokane office of Northwest Justice Project, a program providing free civil legal services to low income people throughout the state of Washington. Tom is also a part of NJP's Native American Unit, working on a variety of Indian law issues for individuals and tribes in state and tribal courts throughout the state of Washington. Tom has practiced in tribal courts in Washington since 1985 and has done Indian Child Welfare work in state courts since 1986. Tom has served on the advisory board for the Tribal Court CASA programs for Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. Tom regularly presents training on the Indian Child Welfare Act for Washington State CASA.
Attorney ELIZABETH TURNER is a 1994 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. In November 2007 she joined the staff of the Washington State Bar Association as Assistant General Counsel. Prior to accepting this position, she served as a Disciplinary Counsel on a part-time or contract basis, since April 2003. Elizabeth was a sole practitioner from 1994 until she joined the WSBA staff, focusing on family law, elder law (including complex guardianships, trusts, and litigation), and civil litigation. In conjunction with her practice, Elizabeth served as a GAL under Title 4, Title 11, and Title 26, and was also appointed to represent GALs on specific cases. She has appeared before a wide range of courts and tribunals, ranging from administrative hearings to federal jury trials on civil rights issues, and served for many years as a judge and commissioner pro tem in King and Snohomish Counties. Elizabeth is a past chair of the WSBA Elder Law Section and has spoken at CLEs on a wide variety of topics. A Snohomish County native, Elizabeth has served on the Board of Trustees of Snohomish County Legal Services and is active in her community.
Det. Lindsay Wade
Ms. Webster is a former Child Welfare Director for the state of Texas. She has been in social work for more than 36 years, 27 of those in child welfare. Prior to becoming the state director, Ms. Webster was a CPS caseworker, supervisor, program director and regional director. Since leaving the public child welfare system in 2002, she has been working as a consultant with the National Resource Centers for Organizational Improvement and for Adoption and AdoptUsKids. Additionally, she has worked with Caliber Associates where she was involved as a reviewer of the Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series and did a synthesis of decision-making in child welfare investigations. She currently consults with ICF International regarding the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well Being. Ms. Webster was the recipient of the APHSA award for Public Child Welfare Administrator of the Year in 2002 and received special recognition from Texas CASA in 2003. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and is a Licensed Master of Social Work--Advanced Practitioner in Texas.
Ashley Wilske, MSW
Ashley Wilske, MSW, has been employed in both King and Snohomish Counties for almost six years as the Child Interview Specialist. To date she has forensically interviewed almost 3,000 child victims of crime. The crimes predominately include sexual abuse and assault, however, her interviewing may include: attempted murder, domestic violence, kidnapping, sever physical abuse/torture, and/or any crime that would involve children as victims or witnesses. In 2005 Ashley was part of the start of a unique program incorporating trained service/facility dogs in the child interviewing process. This was the first program nationally to utilize these dogs in this way. At this point it is the beginning of an exciting national trend having service/facility trained dogs work within the court system. This program continues to grow bigger and bigger within judicial systems throughout the nation. Ashley, as well as the original participants in the Canine Court Support program, are currently flown to many different counties, and states, across the nation requesting presentations on how to incorporate the dogs with in their own judicial systems.
Dee Wilson, MSW
Dee Wilson is the Director of the Northwest Institute for Children and Families, a self-sustaining unit of the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. Dee completed his MSW at Eastern Washington University in 1985 and his BA in Sociology in 1966 at Colorado College. He began his career with DSHS in 1978 as a CPS social worker in Spokane. During his career with the Children's Administration (CA), Dee served as a supervisor, area administrator, and Regional Administrator of a Children's Administration region. He was also CA's Office Chief for Quality Assurance and Training for two years in the mid-1990s. Dee has published a number of articles on child welfare subjects, including, most recently, "Chronic Neglect: Needed Developments in Theory and Practice," in the November/December 2005 issue of Families in Society.
Karen Winston, MSW
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.
Attorney ROB WYMAN graduated from Willamette University in 1991 and worked for the Oregon and Washington State Juvenile Corrections systems from 1990 through 1996. He received his JD and MSW from the University of Denver in 2000. While earning his MSW, Rob interned as a DV victim advocate and treatment provider for men convicted of domestic violence offenses, and as a family therapist through Denver Children's Home. For two and a half years, as a law student, he interned for the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center. Rob was hired into the dependency division at The Defender Association in Seattle in December 2000, worked for several years in criminal units in the office, and then was hired as the supervisor of the Dependency Division since May 2005.
Rob is the Chair of the Advisory Board at the Children and Youth Advocacy Center at the University of Washington Law School, a member of the King County Racial Disproportionality Coalition, is on the Advisory Board at the (soon to be renamed ) Office of African American Children's Services, and is a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children. Rob currently supervises eight attorneys who represent parents and children in the dependency system in King County. His office also represents children in At-Risk Youth, CHINS, and truancy cases.