Dr. Hanson is Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Operations at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC), Medical University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on the prevalence and effects of trauma exposure. She has served as the Co- Investigator on several projects investigating violence exposure among children and adolescents. She currently serves as Co- Director for the SAMHSA-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Intervention Development and Evaluation Center and is PI on an NIMH-funded grant examining the best ways to transport evidenced-based treatments into community-based settings. She also maintains a clinical practice, providing traumafocused treatment to children and adults.
Johnny Lake is a nationally certified and internationally recognized speaker and trainer in programs focused on leadership, diversity, community-building, cross-cultural interactions skills, promoting equity and ethics. He has worked as a teacher, writer and storyteller across the US and Canada. With the help of Ford family Foundation and Hallie Ford, Mr. Lake graduated from Willamette University with a BS in History and was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa designation for excellence in academic performance. He also obtained a Masters in Education and an Administrator certification from the University of Oregon and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Leadership. He is currently serving as an administrator on special assignment in the 4J schools in Eugene. He is also the former Chairman for the State of Oregon Commission on Black Affairs.
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. Mederos also does consultation on developing strategic plans for cultural competence for social service and governmental organizations and has several published articles and manuals.
Don Rimer is a retired 33-year veteran of the Virginia Beach, Virginia Police Department and co-author of a journal on Vulnerable Goth Teens. He currently serves as the Public Information Officer and Chaplain for the Virginia Gang Investigators Association.
He is an internationally recognized authority on Ritual Crime and the Occult. He serves as an investigator and consultant to agencies throughout the United States and Canada.
He has contributed to or had been featured in, numerous publications and books. He has appeared in both national and worldwide television broadcasts.
In 2000, he received two prestigious awards from the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia for his outstanding contributions to law enforcement and the community.
Dr. Spigner joined the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice in July, 1999 as a visiting professor and joined the faculty permanently in September, 2000. At Penn, Dr. Spigner directs the social policy program and teaches policy and macro practice. Prior to her arrival at Penn, Dr. Spigner had been the Associate Commissioner of the Childrens Bureau at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families and was responsible for the administration of federal child welfare programs. Most recently Dr. Spigner has served on: the Pew Commission for Children in Foster Care; the Mayors Child Welfare Review Panel for the City of Philadelphia; and the Workgroup for the Michigan Racial Equity Task Force. She also serves on the Board of the Center for the Study of Social Policy.
Dr. Spigner has published a variety of articles in the areas of cultural competency, permanency planning and relative care. She has received numerous awards including: the University of Pennsylvanias 2008 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators, Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare.
Dr. Whelshula is a member of the Arrow Lakes Nation of the Colville Reservation. Her background is diverse and focuses primarily in the field of education and healing. She has a doctoral degree in Traditional Knowledge, a Master ofArts degree in Counseling Psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. Dr. Whelshula has worked extensively with Native American communities nation-wide in the areas of local and national policy development, education, community mobilization, and healing.
Dr. Whelshulas professional experience has ranged from Research Director for national health policy development for Congressional review, to P-12 native language instructor in the public school system, tribal Head Start Director and President of the United Indian Nations Tribal College. She is an educator, therapist, and organizational consultant.
Dr. Whelshula is currently Administrative Director for the Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations, a residential treatment center for alcohol and drug addicted youth.
Kimberly Ambrose is a lecturer and the interim director for the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic (CAYAC) at the University of Washington (UW) School of Law. She joined the clinic faculty part time in 2001 and full time in 2005. Professor Ambrose also teaches Juvenile Justice and the Legislative Advocacy Clinic. Before joining the UW faculty, she spent several years as a public defender representing indigent adults and juveniles in both child welfare and criminal proceedings and as a resource attorney for the Washington Defender Association, providing training, technical assistance, and resources to public defense attorneys around Washington State. Professor Ambrose also served as the founding chair of the Washington State Bar Associations Juvenile Law Section.
Brett Ballew is a managing attorney for the Washington State Office of Public Defense Parents Representation Program. Before his current employment, Mr. Ballew was appointed for just about every type of case for which an attorney can be appointed, in every type of court in the state, including the representation of parents in dependency and termination of parental rights cases from 1996 to 2007. Mr. Ballew has been involved in reform of the child welfare system on both the local and state level. Mr. Ballew received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his law degree from the University of Montana.
Dr. Ralph Bayard is a Senior Director for Systems Improvement/Strategic Consultation at Casey Family Programs. He leads and coordinates the organization's national work efforts on addressing and reducing disproportionality and disparities for children of color in the child welfare system. Dr. Bayard serves as the Casey Family Programs lead representative to the Casey-CSSP Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare, an alliance of all of the Casey Foundations including Annie E. Casey/Casey Family Services, Marguerite Casey, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy. He currently serves on the Michigan's Department of Human Services Race Equity Design Team, and is a member of the Race Matters Consortium, a national think tank focusing on disproportionality and disparities from both a research and practice perspective. Dr. Bayard also co-chaired the Casey Family Programs national Breakthrough Series Collaborative on Disproportionality, and currently serves as a member of the California Disproportionality Project leadership team.
Dr. Bayard received his doctorate from the University of Washington in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He also received his Masters' and Bachelors' degrees in Communications, also at the University of Washington.
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 13 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.
Julie holds a Master's degree in Counseling and Guidance and enjoyed a distinguished 25-year career as a school counselor. Newly retired, she now uses her unique perspective as both an experienced counselor and a resilient survivor of maternal incest to write and to speak about mother-daughter sexual abuse. In 2006, she launched CAPER Consulting: Child Abuse Prevention, Education and Recovery.
In her book and in her workshops, Julie combines research data, professional expertise and her personal experiences to enlighten audiences about the existence of mother-daughter sexual abuse. Her goals are to empower child welfare professionalsfrom first responders to therapiststo recognize the dynamics of maternal incest, to intervene and to help victims become strong, healthy adults. Victims of mother-daughter sexual abuse can heal and become resilient survivors.
Happily married to Jeff since 1994, they live in Longmont, Colorado with their mostly golden retriever, Murrey. Between them they have four sons, one daughter, one daughter-in-law, one grandson and one granddaughter, and a golden retriever.
Ana Brown is a licensed clinical social worker with an expertise in child maltreatment and fire-setting behavior in children. She attended Boston University for undergraduate and graduate work, where she achieved a Masters in Social Work. Ana started her post graduate work as a clinician on an in-patient child psychiatric unit at Cambridge Hospital, in Cambridge MA. She was a clinical social worker at the Kempe Center Childrens Protection Program in Denver Colorado, where she also worked in clinically assessing children at the Denver Childrens Hospital Juvenile Fire-setting Assessment Program. Currently, she is a social worker with the Seattle Childrens Child Protection Program. Ana works closely with physicians to complete child abuse and neglect assessments, and collaborate with CPS and law enforcement. Ana has also qualified as an expert in fire-setting behavior in Colorado. Ana has been recognized as an expert in child maltreatment in Massachusetts, Colorado and Washington State.
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.
Dr. Burton has worked in the field of sexual aggression for nearly 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 trauma histories of sexual abusers, nonsexual criminality of sexual abusers, attachment, cognitive behavioral theory and treatment, effectiveness of treatment for adolescent sexual abusers, self selected cessation strategies, substance abuse and racial discrimination of sexual abusers.
Dr. Burton has been published in several journals including Child Abuse and Neglect, Victims and Violence, Sexual Aggression, Evidenced Based Social Work, Smith Studies and Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Practice. From 2001 - 2006, Dr. Burton served on the executive board the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers as chairperson of the Education and Training Committee.
At Smith College School for Social Work, Dr. Burton teaches research and cognitive behavioral theory and methods course.
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.
Sandra Stukes Chipungu, MSW, M.A., Ph.D. is a Professor at Morgan State University Department of Social Work. Dr. Chipungu received her Doctorate from the University of Michigan in Social Work and Sociology, where she also received her Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Sociology. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Morgan State University.
Her areas of research are child welfare, foster care and kinship care, African American families and children, social policies, substance abuse prevention and program evaluation. Her research experience includes: Relative versus non-relative foster care: A multi-state study for ACYF, and drug abuse prevention research on high risk youth for CSAP.
Dr. Chipungu co-edited a book with Dr. Joyce Everett and the late Dr. Bogart Leashore, entitled Child Welfare: An Africentric Perspective which was published by Rutgers University Press in 1991 and reprinted in 1997. She co-authored a new book with the same co-editors entitled Child Welfare Revisited: An Africentric-Perspective, Rutgers University Press, 2004. She recently co-authored with Dr. Laura Daughtery and Dr. L. Kerman a chapter entitled Developmentally appropriate community-based responses to the permanency needs of older foster youth involved in the child welfare system, Columbia University Press. She also co-authored with Dr. Sandra Crewe a chapter on Services to Support Caregivers of Older Adults, Oxford University Press.
Dan Christman is a Bothell police officer, and investigator specializing in Death Scene Investigation, Crime Scene Reconstruction, and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis.
Between 1984 and 1997 Dan worked as a Medicolegal Death Investigator in both Idaho and Washington. He has investigated nearly four thousand death scenes, and developed his expertise in Death Scene Investigation and Crime Scene Reconstruction.
While working for the Medical Examiner's Office, Dan developed an investigative instrument for the systematic and comprehensive investigation of child death scenes which was widely distributed to death scene investigators. In 2008, Dan was selected to attend the "National Sudden, Unexplained Infant Death Investigation, Train the Trainer Academy. " He is the Washington State law enforcement representative to that team.
Dan writes for, and regularly teaching to audiences which include law enforcement, criminal investigators and attorneys since 1988. In 1998 he was appointed as adjunct instructor in Criminal Investigations at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC).
His formal education includes a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science from Boise State University. In addition, he has completed more than 700 course hours in Death Scene Investigation and Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction.
Dan has provided crime scene review and assistance in the United States and Canada, and has been qualified to testify as an expert witness in State, Federal and Military Courts, as well as the Provincial and Superior Court in British Columbia, Canada.
In 1987, The Honorable Judge Patricia Clark obtained a Juris Doctor degree and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington. Before being appointed to the bench, she worked as a prosecutor, an educator, and a constitutional commissioner where she focused on at-risk youth.
Since she was elected to the bench in 1998, Judge Clark has used the power and the possibility of the judicial system to improve the lives of children, adolescents and their families.
Judge Clark has served as the chief judge for the Juvenile Division of the King County Superior Court Since November of 2002. Judge Clark chairs the Juvenile Disproportionality Committee, Dependency Disproportionality Committee, and has been foremost in the implementation of Reclaiming Futures Treatment Court, Family Treatment Court and Systems Integration. She also serves as a member of Superior Court Judges Association and Superior Court Judges Association Family Juvenile Law Committee. Judge Clark is also involved in developing the Operational Master Plan for Juvenile Court in the 21st Century.
Judge Clark has been a strong supporter of prevention programs that help keep young people out of the detention system altogether. She was honored with a 2003 Vanguard Award from the King County Washington Women Lawyers, a 2005 Voices for Children Award from the Washington State Children's Alliance and she recently received the Trailblazer Award from the National Black Prosecutors Association. She is currently serves as a Unified Family Court Judge for King County Superior Court.
Detective Sam Costello has been with the Olympia Police Department for 11 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.
Special Agent Tarna Derby-McCurtain has been a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation since September 1987. She was first assigned to Los Angeles, California before transferring to Tacoma, Washington in 1997. She is the Crimes Against Children Coordinator and had extensive experience working federal investigations related to child pornography, kidnapping and sex trafficking of minors. In 2008, Special Agent Derby-McCurtain wrote the proposal to initiate the Pacific Northwest Innocence Lost Task Force in Western Washington. Special Agent Derby-McCurtain has a Masters degree in International Management and is an FBI police instructor.
Patrick Dowd is a managing attorney with the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) Parents Representation Program. Mr. Dowd has extensive professional experience in child welfare law and policy. Prior to joining OPD, Mr. Dowd worked for the Washington State Office of the Family and Children Ombudsman and investigated complaints regarding children in state care, and families involved with a state child welfare agency due to allegations of child abuse or neglect. Mr. Dowd also has 12 years experience as a public defense attorney, providing representation in dependency, termination of parental rights, and criminal proceedings.
James Claude Upshaw ("Jamie") Downs, M.D., is coastal Georgia's first Regional Medical Examiner. He has been continuously employed as a Medical Examiner since 1989 and was Alabama's State Forensics Director and Chief Medical Examiner from 1998 to 2002. He has lectured extensively in the field of forensic pathology and has presented at numerous national and international meetings in the fields of anatomic and forensic pathology. He is a consultant to the FBI Behavioral Science Unit in Quantico, Virginia, having authored four chapters in their manual on Managing Death Investigation, and was primary author of the FBI's acclaimed Forensic Investigator's Trauma Atlas. He has authored several books and chapters in the field of forensic pathology and child abuse, including Abusive Head Trauma in Infants and Children: A Medical, Legal & Forensic Reference with CD-ROM and Child Fatality Review: A Clinical Guide and A Color Atlas. He has lectured hundreds of times, including at the National Forensic Academy and at the FBI's National Academy. Areas of special interest include child abuse and police use of force. Professional activities have included service on numerous professional boards and committees. He has testified in numerous state and federal courts, as well as before committees of the United States Senate and House of Representatives. He is on the Board of Advisors for the Law Enforcement Innovation Center at the University of Tennessee, the Board of Directors of the National Association of Medical Examiners, the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (Vice Chair), and the Board of Directors of the National Forensic Science Technology Center. He serves on the Forensic Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He was graduated from the University of Georgia in 1983, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He completed Peace Officers Standards and Training at the Southwest Alabama Police Academy, where he distinguished himself as class president and top academic student. He received his doctor of medicine degree and his residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology, and his fellowship in forensic pathology from the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston). He is board certified in anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathology.
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.
Judge Leonard Edwards (ret.) is a Judge-in-Residence with the California Administrative Office of the Courts. In that capacity he provides technical assistance to the courts of California, particularly in areas involving children and families. Judge Edwards served for 26 years as a Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara County, California. He sat as a domestic relations judge and as a juvenile court judge.
During his judicial career, Judge Edwards founded and was the first president of the Juvenile Court Judges of California, was co-founder of the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council, was co-founder of Kids In Common, and founder of the Child Advocates of Santa Clara County. Judge Edwards was the President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in 2002-2003. Judge Edwards has taught at the University of Santa Clara Law School, Stanford Law School, and the California Judicial College. He has provided judicial trainings in over 45 states and 8 foreign countries. Judge Edwards has written widely including a book entitled Child Abuse and the Legal System. Judge Edwards has received many awards. He was the recipient of the 2004 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence.
David Finkelhor is Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He has been studying the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence since 1977. He is well known for his conceptual and empirical work on the problem of child sexual abuse, reflected in publications such as Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse (Sage, 1986) and Nursery Crimes (Sage, 1988). He has also written about child homicide, missing and abducted children, children exposed to domestic and peer violence and other forms of family violence. In his recent work, he has tried to unify and integrate knowledge about all the diverse forms of child victimization in a field he has termed Developmental Victimology. He is editor and author of 10 books and over 75 journal articles and book chapters. He has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the US Department of Justice, and a variety of other sources. In 1994, he was given the Distinguished Child Abuse Professional Award by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
Krista Goldstine-Cole is education director at the Washington State Family Policy Council where she supports a multi-sector learning system through curriculum development, program and conference planning, and meeting design. An award winning adult educator, Krista previously served the Washington Administrative Office of the Courts as a judicial education specialist. Krista is also the founder and CEO of Ken! Inc, an innovative professional & organizational development firm. Krista holds a Master's Degree in adult and higher education from Western Washington University and a Bachelor's Degree from University of Puget Sound.
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.
Julie Grevstad is Executive Director of the Tacoma Urban Network. She engages service providers, educators, and community members in reducing youth violence and improving outcomes for children who experience maltreatment and other adverse childhood experiences. As part of Washington State's first Review of Community Efforts, which uses data, feedback loops and other methods to improve programming and outcomes for court-involved youth, Ms. Grevstad is examining the role of adverse childhood experiences in the effectiveness of rehabilitation services.
Leslie A. Hagen serves as the Native American Issues Coordinator for the Executive Office for United States Attorneys. In that capacity she serves as a liaison and technical assistance provider to Justice Department components and the Attorney Generals Advisory Committee on Native American Issues. Hagen also serves as Senior Counsel in the SMART Office where she works with 197 federally recognized tribes implementing the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
Most recently she was an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Western District of Michigan. As an AUSA, she was assigned to Violent Crime in Indian Country handling federal prosecutions and training on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse affecting the eleven federally recognized tribes in the Western District of Michigan. Ms. Hagen has worked on criminal justice issues related to child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault for over 19 years earning a national reputation as a legal expert and trainer.
Prior to joining the Department of Justice, she served as the staff attorney with the Civil Legal Justice Project for the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and as a specialist in Michigan State University's School of Criminal Justice. From 1997-2001, Ms. Hagen served as the Violence Against Women Training Attorney for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. During her 4.5 years in that position, Ms. Hagen developed a program that was recognized as Aone of the best state-level training programs on violence against women in the country@ by the Institute for Law and Justice in Washington, DC through an evaluation conducted for the Department of Justice. Ms. Hagen was the elected Prosecuting Attorney for Huron County, Michigan for two terms, an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Midland County, Michigan and a Prehearing Division Attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Ms. Hagen has extensive teaching and training experience. She has served as faculty at numerous seminars and has given hundreds of presentations to legal, law enforcement, service provider and other audiences. She has served as faculty or a guest lecturer at several universities.
Throughout her career, Ms. Hagen has received many honors, including a Director's Award from the Department of Justice in 2004, a 2001 appointment by Michigan Governor John Engler to the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Task Force, appointments in 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, and 2006-2007 to the position of Chair for the State Bar of Michigan's Domestic Violence Committee, gubernatorial appointments to two terms on Michigan's Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, and the 1991 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the State Bar of Michigan.
Ms. Hagen is a graduate of Alma College and Valparaiso School of Law.
Michael Heard has been the managing social worker with the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) Parents Representation Program since 2006. Prior to joining OPD, Mr. Heard worked for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Service's Children's Administration division as an area administrator responsible for the overall operation of four offices (Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Shelton and Forks). Mr. Heard is currently a contracted federal consultant for Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR).
Mr. Heard has experience in public child welfare as statewide quality assurance program manager, CPS supervisor, CPS social worker and Indian child welfare social worker. In addition, Mr. Heard has experience as director of social services for long term care facility, mental health counselor, juvenile rehabilitation counselor and providing direct practice to individuals with developmental disabilities.
Mr. Heard has undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Utah and a master of social worker (MSW) from the University of Minnesota.
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.
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 nine 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. He is a graduate of George Fox University and received a BA in Management & Organizational Leadership.
Colleen Holt has been a domestic compliance manager with Microsoft's Global Criminal Compliance domestic response team since June of 2008. Prior to coming to Microsoft, Colleen was a senior investigator with AOL's Public Safety and Criminal Investigations team, where she became passionate with working on child exploitation investigations with NCMEC. Her criminal compliance work began through Seattle law firms Preston Gates and Ellis, and then with Al Gidari of Perkins Coie, where she worked with several ISP's and telecom companies in setting up their ECPA and CALEA criminal compliance programs, and as a litigation paralegal for 15 years.
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.
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 25 years. She has provided training and/or consultation to The National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, The United States Navy, The Mark Mc Gwire Foundation for Children, and a number of local and national law enforcement and child advocacy organizations. Cory served as the Executive Director for The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) from 1992 to 1994, was President of the Oregon Chapter of ATSA from 2005 to 2006 and currently chairs the Offender Management Committee attached to the Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force. She has received Oregon's "Commercial Crime Prevention Award," the "Champions for Children Award," the OATSA "Significant Achievement Award," The Randy Lee Nunnenkamp "Award of Excellence," and the NAPN Jan Hindman Memorial Award. Jensen has also 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 radio talk shows and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Andrea Khoury, JD is the director of the ABA Youth at Risk Bar-Youth Empowerment Project focusing on adolescent's access to attorneys, children's right to counsel, and youth involvement in court hearings. She is also an Assistant Director of Child Welfare for the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues. As part of her position she provides technical assistance to states on issues dealing with the Adoption and Safe Families Act, Child and Family Service Reviews, and other child welfare legislation. Among other topics, she provides numerous trainings across the country on adolescent permanency, the role of the child's representative, involving youth in dependency proceedings, and representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. She managed the writing, editing, and production of the ABA publication, Achieving Permanency for Adolescents in Foster Care: A Guide for Legal Professionals as well as authoring several chapters. She co-authored the ABA publication, Opening Doors for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care: A Guide for Lawyers and Judges.
She brings to the Center the child representation perspective from her 5 years of experience with the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau's Child Advocacy Unit. She was a staff attorney for 3 years and a Senior attorney for 2 years representing children in abuse and neglect proceedings. She assisted in the redrafting of the Maryland Termination of Parental Rights statute through her participation with the Maryland Foster Care Court Improvement Project. She ran a statewide list serve dealing with issues of child abuse and neglect. She received her JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1997 and her BA from the University of Delaware in 1994.
Mr. Kinney has been a police officer for over 17 years, currently with the Edmonds police department. His assignment has been 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 21-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 collaborated on many occasions on child protection and child safety issues.
Stephanie Knapp is a Child/Adolescent Forensic Interviewer with the Federal Bureau of Investigations; Criminal Investigations Division assigned to Denver, Colorado, Violent Crime, Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force. She provides forensic interview training, case consultation and technical assistance to federal law enforcement agencies, including FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tribal Police, Child Protective Services, Armed Forces Services and the US State Department. Prior to her assignment with the FBI, Mrs. Knapp was Co-Director of the Kempe Child Protection Team at The Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado. The Children's Hospital is a Level-One Pediatric Trauma facility where she also provided Clinical Social Work services for the Emergency Department and Trauma Services. Mrs. Knapp provided clinical expertise for the multi-disciplinary team, which evaluated over 1,000 cases of, suspected child abuse and neglect a year. She also was a member of the S. T.A. R.T team at the Kempe center that reviewed and provided case consultation services to disciplines requesting expertise in the area of Child Abuse and Neglect on some of their most difficult and complicated cases.
Mrs. Knapp also worked as a child-specific Caseworker for the Jefferson County Department of Human Services on the expedited permanency planning (EPP) unit mandated by HB1178. She then worked with the Specialized Foster Care (SFC) team, Gateway, as a family, group and individual therapist working with Level-3 foster children in out-of-home placements. Prior to leaving the Department, Mrs. Knapp was the Program Coordinator for Gateway where she continued to provide therapy to clients and collaborated efforts among clinicians and other child welfare service professionals. Mrs. Knapp has provided forensic interviewing training, foster care/adoption consultation to other counties, and evaluated potential foster care/kinship placements for adolescents in Boulder County, Colorado. She has provided multiple trainings in the areas of medical assessment of child abuse and neglect, child development, child sexual abuse, crisis intervention, forensic interviewing of children, intervention with critically ill children, and grief and loss support to patients, families and staff involved in traumatic events. Mrs. Knapp has provided expert witness testimony in both civil and criminal courts throughout Colorado. Mrs. Knapp is a member of NASW, APSAC, COVA, and was previously Co-President of the Colorado State Chapter of APSAC, COPSAC.
Mrs. Knapp is a graduate from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Minor in Spanish and the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work with a dual concentration in Health and Child and Family Welfare.
David Kolko, Ph. D., is a Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Pediatrics, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. At Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, he directs the Special Services Unit, a treatment research program for youth referred by the Juvenile Court. He also consults to the Pittsburgh Child Advocacy Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Kolko's federal and state grant funding goes towards the study and treatment of disruptive behavior disorders, childhood firesetting, juvenile sexual offending, child physical abuse, and adolescent depression. Much of his current work is devoted to practitioner training in and the dissemination of effective interventions to community settings and systems serving children, youth, and families, including pediatric primary care, juvenile justice, child welfare, and mental health. Some of the material in this workshop comes from his book, Assessing and treating physically abused children and their families: A cognitive-behavioral approach (2002, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA).
Mr. Lanning was a Special Agent with the FBI for more than 30 years. He was assigned to the Behavioral Science Unit and the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia for 20 years. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and is a former member of the APSAC Advisory Board. He is a current member of the Advisory Board of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the Boy Scouts of America Youth Protection Expert Advisory Panel. In 1996, Mr. Lanning received the Outstanding Professional Award from APSAC for his contributions in the field of child maltreatment. Also the 1997 recipient of the FBI Director's Annual Award for Special Achievement for his career accomplishments in connection with missing and exploited children. He has lectured and trained thousands of police officers and criminal justice professionals.
Mimi Laver is currently the Director of Legal Education as well as the Director of the Opening Doors: Improving the Legal System's Approach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) Youth in Foster Care Project, Assistant Director of the Pennsylvania Permanency Barriers Project, and the Assistant Director of the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. In this position, she provides training on a number of issues including representation of parties, permanency issues, the federal Child and Family Services Reviews, Court Improvement and improving outcomes for LGBTQ youth. Mimi published a book entitled Opening Doors for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care: A Guide for Lawyers and Judges. She also wrote Foundations for Success: Strengthening Your Agency Attorney Office based on an article series concerning agency representation and edited another book entitled Representing Parents in Child Welfare Cases: A Basic Introduction for Attorneys. In collaboration with two expert work groups, Mimi drafted Standards of Representation for Child Welfare Agency Attorneys and Standards of Practice for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse and Neglect Cases which were approved by the ABA House of Delegates. She has also published several articles in the Child Law Practice concerning representation issues post-ASFA. She is currently co-authoring a manual for judges and lawyers to assist them in their practice with LGBTQ youth.
Prior to joining the ABA, Mimi was a Deputy City Solicitor in the Health and Human Services Unit of the Philadelphia Law Department for seven years. Mimi earned her JD from Temple University School of Law in 1990 and her BA in Psychology from Vassar College in 1987.
Robert E. Longo, LPC, NCC, is in private practice specializing in qEEG Brain Mapping, Biofeedback, and Neurofeedback, and he serves as a consultant, educator, trainer, and author dedicated to working with youth and sexual abuse prevention and treatment. He was previously Director of Clinical Training/Stress Reduction Clinic & Biofeedback Lab, and Clinical Director (2005-2008) ; Old Vineyard Behavioral Health Services, a psychiatric hospital, in Winston-Salem, NC, and Corporate Director of Special Programming and Clinical Training for New Hope Treatment Centers, Charleston, South Carolina. Rob's focus is on sexual abuse prevention and treatment with youth, and the treatment of youth with serious behavioral problems. He has consulted and presented internationally in the field of sexual abuser assessment, treatment, and program development, and is co-founder and first President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. Rob was previously Director of the Safer Society Foundation, Inc. and the Safer Society Press from 1993 through 1998.
Rob was the director of the Sex Offender Correctional Treatment Program; Mental Health Division, State of Oregon; Oregon State Hospital, Salem, Oregon from April 1983 through August 1989. He was formerly the Director of the Sex Offender Unit; North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center; Gainesville, Florida and consultant to the sex offender programs for the State of Florida.
Rob has trained professionals in law enforcement, mental health, protective service agencies, victim advocate programs, criminal justice, and the judicial system internationally. He has been a consultant and trainer for the National Institute of Corrections and has helped develop sexual abuser treatment programs throughout the United States, and in Europe, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
In addition, Rob has written and published five books, nine workbooks, more than forty-five chapters and articles in the field of sexual abuse treatment, and pioneered the adult sexual offender workbook series formerly published by the Safer Society Press and now published by NEARI Press. He is co-editor of the new book, Current Perspectives: Working with Sexually Aggressive Youth and Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems and is the author of the books New Hope Exercises for Youth: Experiential Exercises for Children and Adolescents and Paths To Wellness, and coauthor of Sexual Abuse In America: Epidemic of the 21st Century.
Rob has specialized in the sexual abuse field and has worked with victims, and with juvenile and adult sex abusers in residential hospital, prison, and community-based settings since 1978.
Jill Malat is the Children's Representation Attorney at the Washington Defender Association. Prior to joining WDA she worked as a public defender for over 13 years at both the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons in King County and at the Skagit County Public Defender Office. Jill has taught law at Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey and serves on the board of managers of the Downtown Seattle YMCA, where she is also able to focus on youth related issues.
Kitara McClure is originally from the inner city of Chicago. Her name in Swahili Proud Sword was an influence on Kitara as evidenced by her accomplishments. Early in life, Kitara recognized the impacts of injustice and privilege. She received a scholarship to a private high school, but could not attend because it did cover bus fare from her home in a low-income neighborhood. Faced with life in the inner city, she was forced to join a gang and was stabbed and her hand broken with a bat. As a single mother at age 16, Kitara sought a better life for her and her son. She joined the military and served active duty and earned the rank of sergeant in a short 2 1⁄2 years.
Kitara, her husband, and four children currently live in Spokane where she is heavily involved in the schools promoting awareness, education and acceptance of diverse populations. She has earned her Masters in Organizational Management at Webster University on Fairchild Air force Base and is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Spokane. Kitara is a published Author of Stepping Stones to Success, serves as Multicultural Director at Spokane Community College, she is also the recipient of XM satellite radio African Americans Making History Right Now award, member of Sigma Lambda Alpha honors society, Debated at the United Nations with ATHGO International on the millennium developmental goals, She is the chair of Spokane Public School's Diversity Advisory Council, a member of the State wide DSHS Minority Advisory Council, representing Eastern Washington, and is the founder of PONY TALES Youth Services, a nonprofit for inner-city youth located inside the Northtown Mall. If this isn't enough accomplishments for the 30 year old mother of four wait until you hear her journey of resilience and reaching the pinnacle of her success.
Dr. McDonell is an Acting Assistant Professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences University of Washington. His clinical and research training has focused on youth and adults served in the public mental health system. His research focuses on treatment strategies for substance use and the evaluation of child psychiatry consultation in primary care settings. He is the attending psychologist in the Center for Foster Care Health, Department of Pediatrics, Harborview Medical Center.
Dr. McDonell received his post-doctoral training at the Child and Study and Treatment Center (the State psychiatric hospital for children) through the University of Washington and received his doctorate in clinical psychology at Washington State University, where he received research and public policy training at the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training (WIMHRT).
Mary Meinig, MSW, Director-Ombudsman has served as an ombudsman with the office since it opened in 1997 and as Director since January 2002. 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.
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.
Diana E. Moller, Staff Attorney at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, supervises the Immigrant Child Advocacy Project and represents families and children before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and in Immigration Court. More than 50% of her clients are unaccompanied immigrant children who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, trafficked and/or have suffered persecution in their home countries. She also represents adults in family-based cases and those who are victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and persecution in their home countries. In addition to representing clients, Ms. Moller serves on the Washington Anti-trafficking Coalition Taskforce (Wash ACT) and the Statewide Trafficking Taskforce that is working with the legislature on changes and enhancements to state laws regarding human trafficking. She is also a member of the Immigrant Children Lawyers Network.
Ms. Moller previously worked in private practice and as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington, practicing primarily employment and labor law for the University of Washington Division. She received her J.D. from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law and her LL.M. from the University of Washington in International Law of Sustainable Development. In 2000, she spent six months researching sustainable development issues in Mexico and Central America as a Bonderman Fellow. She is fluent in Spanish.
Mr. Nakamura graduated from University of Hawaii with a B. A. in Psychology. Prior to his joining the FBI, he was a police officer working patrol in Maui, Hawaii for six years. Reid has been an Agent with the FBI for six years working Violent Crime cases, 4 years as an Indian Country Agent. In addition, he works six tribes in the North Puget Sound region of Washington state. The majority of Mr. Nakamura's work deals with child sexual assault and abuse.
Mr. Peterson is 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. Mr. Peterson is currently a member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington.
Detective Cliff Porter is the senior homicide investigator the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. He has been involved in cases gaining national attention which include the Shadow Man and the Wedding Dress Rapist and maintains a successful confession rate of over 90%. Detective Porter also serves as the senior truth verification examiner for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. His degree is in Criminal Justice and he currently teaches Interview and Interrogation, Major Crimes Investigations, and Subconscious Communications for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Pikes Peak Community College, the Central Mountain Training Association, the Regional Counter-Drug Training Association, and the International Training Academy on Linguistics and Kinesics. Detective Porter's interviews have been featured by Granada Productions in the upcoming Biography Channel exclusive, "The Interrogators. " He has been a key note speaker throughout the United States on the topic of interview and interrogation with his talks being attended by corporate leaders, United States Attorney's, members of the United States military, and law enforcement.
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.
Kerry Todd, MSW, LICSW 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.
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.
Dr. Sugar is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Medical Director of the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, Attending physician at Harborview and Seattle Childrens Hospital, and is a member of the Child Abuse Consultation Network. She completed her medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin, completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh, and a fellowship in Behavioral Pediatrics. She specializes in the evaluation of children and adolescents when there is a concern for physical or sexual abuse and in health care for children in foster care. Dr. Sugar provides training to professionals in medicine, law, and social services.
Alicia Summers is a Research Assistant at the Permanency Planning for Children Department of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She is also in her final year of the Interdisciplinary Social Psychology Ph. D. program at the University of Nevada, Reno. She currently works on multiple research projects evaluating the juvenile dependency court system, as well as multiple other projects which explore the interconnection between social psychology and the legal system.
Judge William A. Thorne, Jr., was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals in May 2000 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He was a judge in the Third Circuit Court for eight years, having been appointed by Governor Norman Bangerter in 1986, and served in the Third District Court for six years, having been appointed by Governor Leavitt in 1994. Judge Thorne received a B. A. from the University of Santa Clara in 1974 and a J. D. from Stanford Law School in 1977. Judge Thorne has served as a tribal court judge in Utah, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Michigan. He is the former president of the National Indian Justice Center (a nonprofit that trains tribal court personnel around the country), and a member of the Board of Directors for National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates, a nonprofit group that provides volunteer representation for abused and neglected children in court). He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (a nonprofit seeking to improve the level of research and practice related to adoptions), and a member of the ABA Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children. He is a former member of the Utah Judicial Council, the Board of Circuit Court Judges, and the Board of Directors for the National Indian Court Judge's Association. He is also a former chair of the Utah Juvenile Justice Task Force of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, former vice-chair of the Utah Board of Youth Corrections, former co-chair of the Judicial Council's Committee on Improving jury Service, former chair of the Judicial Council's Bail Bonding Committee, former member of the Court Technology Committee, former member of the Salt Lake County Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, and a former member of the steering committee for the Judicial Council's Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness.
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).
Amelia Watson has been a managing attorney with the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) Parents Representation Program (PRP) since 2006. Prior to joining OPD, Ms. Watson worked for the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel representing parents in dependency and termination of parental rights proceedings under the PRP Pilot Program. Ms. Watson has also represented juveniles in truancy and at-risk youth proceedings and defendants in criminal proceedings. Ms. Watson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.
Linda Mason Wilgis, J.D., Ombudsman, has served as an Ombudsman with the Office of Family and Children's Ombudsman since 2003. She is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington. 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 worked for the U. S. Senate, serving under Senator Henry M. Jackson as a professional staff member on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
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.
Detective Malinda Wilson, started her career with the Seattle Police department in 1987 as a patrol officer and has since worked in the Inspectional Services Division, Narcotics Section and is currently assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.
Malinda has been the lead investigator or assisted in the investigation of hundreds of cases involving the sexual exploitation of children, child exploitation and the Internet, the possession and production of child pornography.
Malinda is also an instructor for the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy, advanced training and Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton Wisconsin. She teaches law enforcement officers throughout the nation on Internet investigation techniques.
In addition, Malinda also conducts Internet Safety/Child Exploitation prevention training for school age children, Parent Teacher Association and community meetings as well as lectures on the need for public awareness regarding Internet crimes against children.