2010 Featured Speakers

Kateri Bishop, MSW

Kateri Bishop is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux tribe of South Dakota and is employed by Department of Social and Health Services, Children's Administration, in the Spokane office. She is the Region 1 consultant for Early Family Support Services, Early Intervention Services, Child Protection teams, Visitation, Limited English Proficiency, and Blood Borne Pathogens. She is also the liaison for the Spokane Diversity Child Protection Team and a member of the Children's Justice Task Force.

Julian Bray

Julian Bray is a team leader in the Attorney General’s Office, Tacoma Division, in the Social and Health Services section.   He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his law degree from Seattle University School of Law. After a year as a contract public defender in Chelan County, Julian began work as an Assistant Attorney General in the Yakima Office representing DSHS, DLI, and DOL. He transferred to the Tacoma Division in 2000 and has represented DSHS in juvenile dependencies since that time.  He is currently the lead AAG in the Methamphetamine Family Drug Court in Pierce County and is a member of the AGO Ethics Committee.  He previously served as a member of the WSBA’s Character and Fitness Committee and is a current member of the Human Services Commission for the City of Tacoma.

Alice W. Burr-Harris, Ph.D

Dr. Ally Burr-Harris is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in adoption, trauma, and attachment-related issues with children and their families. She practices at Children’s Program in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Burr-Harris is also on the board of Adoption Mosaic, a nonprofit organization that provides education, support, and resources to those touched by adoption. She provides workshops in the community to foster and adoptive parents as well as to professionals on topics including parent-child attachment, developmental guidelines for discussing adoption issues with children, transracial adoption, healing from abuse and loss, and the developmental impact of child trauma and abuse. Dr. Burr-Harris received her masters and doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has worked in the mental health field for over twenty years. Previously, she was the director of a federally funded child trauma program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In addition, she developed and implemented a school-based group therapy program for students affected by family and community violence. Dr. Burr-Harris is a parent by birth and adoption, and two of her children were adopted transracially.

David L. Burton, MSW, Ph.D.

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, J.D.

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.

Dana Christenson, Ph.D

Director of the Family Therapy Program, directs the Center for Family Resource Development at the University of Louisville and is a Professor in the Kent School of Social Work. He holds a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Christensen has written widely in the fields of juvenile justice, child welfare, and mental health for over twenty years. He is the co-author of the book Family Therapy Theory and Practice as well as the new text Solution Based Casework: An Introduction to Clinical and Case Management Skills in Social Work Practice. Dr. Christensen has worked closely with many state agencies assisting them in their efforts to improve their case assessment, case planning, and case management practices. He has also worked closely with mental health treatment providers in developing practices that facilitate working partnerships with child protection, school services, and juvenile justice agencies.

Casey Corcoran, M.Ed

Casey Corcoran is the Director of the Start Strong Initiative at the Boston Public Health Commission.  The Start Strong Initiative is a comprehensive community based intervention designed to decrease teen dating violence and increase healthy relationships among adolescents. Prior to coming to the Commission, Casey worked at Peace Games, a Boston-based violence prevention organization, leading their program evaluation work as well facilitating trainings and professional development activities at schools. For the past seven years he has also worked with at-risk adults and youth in Boston around issues of dating violence, domestic violence and sexual health. Casey taught elementary school in Washington, D.C. as part of the Teach For America program. He received his M.Ed. from Trinity College and is a certified batterer/dating violence intervention counselor.

Karyn Corpron-Schimmels

Ms. Schmimmels has worked in child welfare for the past 22 years in the state of Oregon and currently serves in the role of Child Welfare Training Manager for Oregon Department of Human Services.  Karyn was instrumental in the development of Oregon sibling policies and the current practice that exists in that state today and has testified as an expert witness on numerous cases related to sibling issues and is recognized as the Sibling Expert in her state.  As a volunteer, Karyn has been actively engaged in Camp to Belong since 1999, and brought this program to the Pacific Northwest.  Since 1999, Karyn has been directly responsible for serving over 400 foster care youth in the states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho through Camp To Belong Northwest.  Camp To Belong Northwest celebrates its fourth year in 2009 hosting two camps for Oregon and Washington foster care youth!   She also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Camp To Belong International.

Det. Sam Costello

Detective Sam Costello has been with the Olympia Police Department for 12 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.

During his tenure in the Detective Division, Detective Costello has received hundreds of hours of training related to street gangs. He served as the facilitator for the Southwest Washington Regional Street Gang Intelligence Group from 2006 through 2009 and is a member of the Capitol Region Gang Intelligence Group. He was the SW Region Coordinator for the Northwest Gang Investigator’s association from 2006-2009. While assigned to the Detective Division he has investigated a number of high profile gang-related crimes including felony assault, rape, robbery, and homicide. He has lectured about criminal street gangs as part of the curriculum of three universities and has been a guest instructor at the Washington State Criminal Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy. He has provided instruction about street gangs at countless training sessions for the community; teachers, students, social workers, school administrators, judges, and at community forums. Detective Costello has been deemed a gang expert in Thurston County Superior Court. He is routinely consulted by law enforcement and social service agencies in Thurston County and throughout Western Washington.

Detective Costello holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University in Orange, California. He is the co-owner of TAC-2 Consulting, LLC, a small business aimed at providing street gang and graffiti awareness instruction.

Theresa Covington

Teri is the director of the resource center. She provides technical assistance to help States and communities conduct comprehensive investigations and case reviews of child deaths and serious injuries. Teri manages a number of efforts to develop effective strategies to prevent deaths and injuries across a broad spectrum of causes. She serves on many national child health advisory boards and provides consultation on maternal and child welfare to national organizations, as related to health and injury prevention. She manages the MPHI Washington DC office. She developed and managed the Michigan Child Death Review Program and the Michigan Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Program for ten years prior to assuming national responsibilities. In this capacity, she facilitated a process to establish statewide protocols for the investigation of sudden and unexplained infant deaths. Teri has established adolescent school-based health centers, comprehensive teen parenting programs, early childhood intervention services, young father support services, and child abuse and neglect community education programs. She earned a MPH at the University of Michigan.

Barbara Craig, MD

I am Captain Barbara Craig, MC, US Navy (Retired). Having spent thirty-one years in the Navy as a physician, I have lived from coast to coast and taken care of military family members from the Naval aviation, surface warfare, submarine, and academic communities, as well as Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force families too. Although retired from active duty now, I continue to work for the Navy as a civilian.
My husband is a retired Naval flight officer and we have two daughters. Our older daughter graduated from the Naval Academy in 2005 and is now a surface war officer (SWO). She was recently married to Navy pilot and member of the USNA class of 2004. Our younger daughter graduated from the University of Maryland in 2007. Between us, we have served over 58 years in the Navy!

Living in the greater Washington, DC area for over a decade has allowed our family to visit the Naval Academy frequently for sports, musical, and academic events. Our home has welcomed many mids over the years. We have a wealth of experience both in the Navy and at the Naval Academy. Being a moderator of the listserv since 2001 has allowed me to make wonderful friends around the country and around the world. It has been a pleasure to get to know so many midshipmen and midshipmen parents.

Since I work at the National Naval Medical Center where midshipmen receive specialty medical appointments and are occasionally hospitalized, I am always on the lookout for them, stopping to see if they need someone to talk to, directions, or other guidance. Although I am not involved in their medical care, I am delighted to check on their personal needs while they are at the hospital. My email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bob Dauber

Professor Dauber has been on the faculty of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law since 1990.  Currently, the bulk of his time is devoted to supervising and instructing student attorneys in the College's Civil Practice Clinic. He also regularly teaches courses in civil procedure, negotiation, professionalism and dispute-resolution processes. Professor Dauber's research interests include court-connected mediation and other forms of dispute resolution, and he regularly presents papers and workshops on Alternative Dispute Resolution-related topics. Professor Dauber's most recent articles have related to empirical studies of court-connected mediation and arbitration.

Professor Dauber helped design the Lodestar Mediation Clinic, a course offering in which law students receive intensive skills training and practical experience in the mediation process, while studying the theoretical foundations of ADR. He is a former director of the mediation clinic and also has served as the interim director of the College's Clinical Program. Before joining the clinical faculty in 1990, he practiced for seven years as a trial attorney with the Phoenix office of Winston & Strawn.

Professor Dauber has served on the boards of directors for Community Legal Services, the Arizona Dispute Resolution Association, the Homeless Legal Assistance Project and the Capital Representation Project.  He also served on the ADR Advisory Board to the Supreme Court of Arizona.

Pamela Day, M.S.W

Pamela Day, M.S.W., is Co-Director of Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children's Bureau, at ICF International. Ms. Day also serves as Senior Project Consultant with the National Resource Center for In-Home Services. She has worked in the child welfare field for over 30 years as a caseworker, supervisor, program manager, administrator, trainer and teacher. Her writing, training, and consultation focus on improving child welfare programs and practice through family-centered, strengths-based approaches.

At Child Welfare Information Gateway, Pam directs the development of web and print products, connecting professionals to a range of resources across child welfare. She leads a team of child welfare content specialists providing targeted information and assistance to the field. Previously, Ms. Day served as Director of Child Welfare Services and Standards at the Child Welfare League of America where she directed the development and revision of CWLA's Standards of Excellence for Child Welfare Services and CWLA's Child Welfare Services Division.

Pam was the principal author of the revised CWLA Standards of Excellence for Services to Strengthen and Preserve Families with Children (2003). Her other publications include Ours to Keep: A Guide to Building a Community Assessment Strategy for Child Protection; a briefing paper, Developing Linkages between Family Support and Family Preservation Services; a book for consumers, When a Family Needs Help; and Keeping Families Together, a resource guide for training judges, attorneys, and child welfare staff in permanency planning and reasonable efforts.

Prior to CWLA, Pam directed the NW Resource Center for Children, Youth, and Families at the University of Washington School of Social Work where she taught in the Graduate School of Social Work, developed and managed numerous federal training and demonstration grants, and built regional partnerships resulting in cross-system training on management, supervision, family-centered practice, and permanency planning.

Ms. Day received a B.A. from the University of Oregon and an M.S.W. from the University of Washington.

Sue Delucchi

Sue Delucchi has been the Executive Director of Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery for more than ten years. She has had more than thirty years of experience in the field of Child Development with a degree from the University of California, Davis. In 2006, Sue became a Clinical Specialist in Childhood Trauma and Loss, and is the developer of "Taming the Dragons" a multi-faceted program for trauma intervention with children birth to age 12 years. Sue has been a presenter at many statewide conferences, for ARCH, and for APSAC. It is Sue's life goal to help create a "trauma informed" nation.

Tarna Derby-McCurtain

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.

Shannon Dorsey

Shannon Dorsey, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, School of Medicine. Dr. Dorsey's research and clinical focus is on evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents. Within this area, she has particularly focused on evidence-based interventions for youth impacted by trauma, youth with behavior disorders, and youth involved with child welfare. Dr. Dorsey is an expert in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and conducts trainings nationally and internationally. She is the Principal Investigator on an NIMH-funded project evaluating TF-CBT and evidence-based engagement strategies for youth exposed to trauma who are in foster care. Recently, Dr. Dorsey also has been focusing on launching evidence-based interventions in low-resource countries. She is a Co-Investigator on an NIMH-funded study examining the feasibility of providing TF-CBT to youth who have been orphaned in Tanzania. In addition to her NIMH-funded work, Dr. Dorsey is currently working on a number of state and private foundation-funded projects with the goal of improving outcomes for youth by increasing their access to and receipt of evidence-based treatments. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington in 2007, Dr. Dorsey was an Assistant Professor in the Duke University, School of Medicine where she worked on both NIMH and SAMHSA-funded projects and initiatives, including the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative.

Randi Hankins, LICSW

Randi Hankins is an Associate Professor in the Clinical Masters of Social Work Program at Walla Walla University and teaches on the College Place and Missoula Campuses. She maintains a fulltime clinical practice on the Crisis Response Unit in Southeastern Washington. She is certified as a Designated Mental Health Professional, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, a Child Mental Health Specialist, and a Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Specialist in Washington State.

Carolyn Hartness

As a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) consultant and educator, working extensively with diverse communities including tribes and Nations in the US and Canada, Carolyn has presented nationally and internationally, traveling as far as New Zealand, Australia and Norway.

Carolyn has worked with Juvenile Justice providers and work incarcerated youth on issues relating to FASD and the justice system.  She has also collaborated tribal police and courts for many years including coordinating a conference on FASD and the Justice System.  Carolyn works closely with the Legal Issues unit at the Fetal Alcohol Drug Unit at the University of Washington.  Carolyn has been involved with county FASD Juvenile and Adult Court Initiatives, assisting individuals, families and communities create appropriate interventions and individual case management for people with an FASD involved in the court system.

Carolyn also works with Indian Child Welfare and Child Protective Teams.  She was a member and chair of Washington's largest Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committees for over a decade.

Carolyn has collaborated with the FAS Diagnostic and Prevention Network team at the University of Washington since its inception in the early ‘90s.  She has written two training manuals on FASD.  Carolyn provides trainings to a wide range of audiences and also trains trainers.  She has been a presenter and keynote speaker at many local and national conferences including several for the National CASA conferences and local CASA programs.

Carolyn co-created and authored an awarding winning series of videos, CD-ROMs and booklets on FASD with Dr. Robin Ladue, which was nominated for an Emmy and is being printed in several languages.  Carolyn conducts workshops on cultural diversity and wellness and works with clients privately.

Richard Haruff, MD

Jana Heyd, JD

Ms. Heyd is the Assistant Director at Society of Counsel in Seattle for Kent and Seattle offices.  She has been practicing dependency law for 11 years, the last 3 years as a Supervisor.  She is currently working with the Immigration Child Advocacy Program, who is currently housed at Society of Counsel, to provide for the immigration needs of dependent children.  Ms. Heyd volunteers at the Bilingual Legal Aid Clinic, and Multilingual Legal Aid Clinic, assisting non-English speaking clients with general legal needs.

Colleen Holt

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.

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, JD

Tim Jaasko-Fisher is Director of the Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) at the University of Washington, School of Law's Child and Youth Advocacy Clinic. Prior to becoming the director of CITA in September 2007, Tim was an Assistant Attorney General for 11 years, representing the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Children's Administration. He conducts training on a variety of topics relating to child welfare law, litigation of child abuse and neglect cases, and juvenile dependency court improvement. He has presented at the Washington State Children's Justice Conference, Washington State Children's Administration Social Work Academy, and at the Washington State Judicial Conference. He was awarded his Bachelor of Arts in Government from New Mexico State University in 1993, his Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law in 1996 and is currently a Masters candidate in Seattle University's Organization Systems Renewal program.

Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S.

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.

Kent Johnson, MS/FT

Johnny Lake, Me.D.

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 Master's 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.

Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck 

Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck, PhD, Program Management Specialist for the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, provides support and technical assistance on accreditation and management issues for community sexual assault programs. She provides training presentations and develops resources on the topic of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV), and has written a facilitator's manual for IPSV support groups. Jennifer has worked with trauma survivors and in program development for the past 30 years. After obtaining a BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, she received her MEd in Counseling from Boston University and then went on to earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Jennifer co-founded a domestic violence program in Virginia and has served on the Board of Directors of a sexual assault center and a child abuse prevention/advocacy center. As a clinical psychologist, she has provided therapeutic treatment in a variety of settings. She has sixteen years of experience in human services management, has written a book for parents of children who have been sexually abused, and has been a presenter at national, regional, and local conferences.

Jill Malat, J.D.

Jill Malat is the Children's Representation Attorney at the Washington Defender Association. She is also the interim managing attorney for the Lawyers Fostering Independence Project at The Center for Children and Youth Justice. 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.

Dr. Wendy B. Marlowe, PhD, ABPP-CN

Wendy B. Marlowe, Ph.D. ABPP-CN  has been a practicing clinical neuropsychologist  for over 40  years, the last 30 of which have been in Seattle, Washington.  She is licensed in the states of Washington and Idaho.  She is board certified as a Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology, granted by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a Fellow in the National Academy of Neuropsychology.  Her primary professional activities involve independent practice and clinical research.

Dr. Marlowe’s practice is in both clinical and  forensic neuropsychology.  She engages in the  assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of complex neuropsychological disorders.     She has a subspecialty in cross-cultural and diversity issues.   Her forensic practice includes primarily personal injury and  disability assessments.

Dr. Marlowe is an active member of the professional neuropsychological community.  She has published in The Clinical Neuropsychologist, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, Brain and Cognition, Developmental Neuropsychology and Pediatric Rehabilitation.  She has presented at the International Neuropsychological Society, American Psychological Association, Washington State Psychological Association, The World Congress of Neuro Rehabilitiation and numerous other venues.

Dr. Marlowe has served APA as a member of the Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology, as a Consultant in Adolescent Health, and as a member of the Council of Advisors for the APA Project on Adolescent Health.  She has been a member of the Minority/Ethnic Affairs Committee of Division 40 and a past president of the Pacific Northwest Neuropsychological Society.

Dr. Marlowe received her relevant undergraduate training in speech and language, education and special education.  She earned a master’s degree in language pathology and learning disabilities.  Following a number of years of clinical practice and teaching neuroscience at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, she earned her Ph.D. at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

Bill Marshall

Spokane Police Detective William Marshall has over 27 years of Law Enforcement experience.  He began his Law Enforcement career while still in college by working as a Reserve Deputy for the Klickitat County Sheriff's office.  Since completing his B.A. in Criminal Justice at Eastern Washington University in 1982, he has worked for the White Salmon Police Department, spent 9 years with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, and 17 years with Spokane City Police Department. 

Detective Marshall is currently a member of the Spokane Regional Explosive Disposal Unit (Bomb Squad) and works as a Detective and Certified Child Interview Specialist in the S. P. D. Major Crimes Sexual Exploitation Unit.  In November of 2009, Detective Marshall volunteered to work under a new WA State grant to annually track approximately 700 Level One Registered Sex Offenders for the Spokane Police Department's Sexual Exploitation Unit.  He also works with the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress as a Child Interview Instructor and Facilitator with Child Abuse Investigation and Interview courses. Detective Marshall has been certified as a Child Interview Specialist, a Bomb/Explosive Device technician, Washington State Defensive Tactics Instructor, Field Training Officer, and Departmental Physical Fitness and Nutrition Instructor.  Detective Marshall's work experiences also include specialty positions on the SWAT Team, TAC team, Field Training Officer, Academy Instructor, and In-Service Training Instructor.

Detective Marshall has experience in teaching classes for the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy, Riot squad, Swat team, SPD in-service training courses, and Sexual Assault interviewing and investigation. His main area of work in the Sexual Assault Unit was in cases involving Developmentally Delayed victims and suspects and he developed a course to assist professionals tasked with that type of investigation.  He worked in the Major Crimes Sexual Assault Unit from 2002 to 2009 and handled over 700 cases.  So far, the course of instruction developed by Detective Marshall has been taught to Washington State Patrol Detectives, Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, Child Forensic Interviewers, and other professionals in the field.  He also co-taught his course with Dr. Michael Haney at the 2009 APSAC Colloquium in Atlanta.

Detective Marshall is currently in the process of developing courses of instruction for several states.  These courses will be designed to assist in areas such as inter-agency investigations, sexual assault interviews, and investigations involving developmentally delayed suspects, witnesses, and victims.

Kitara McClure

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 Master's 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.

Joenne McGerr

Joenne McGerr is currently employed by the Washington State Department of Corrections as the Family Services Unit Manager and serves as Co-Chair of the legislative committee on Children and Families of Incarcerated Parents.  For the past twenty years she has worked in multiple leadership capacities developing cooperative partnerships and working effectively with people of all cultural and educational backgrounds within the community.  Working within the constraints of a large bureaucracy, and working in close collaboration with key partners, she has institutionalized a place for the “family voice” in agency policy and practice.  From volunteer experience as the chair of the fundraising committee for the largest food bank in Pierce County, to her work as an employee of Washington State, she has worked with the intention to contribute in a meaningful way to the broader community. 

Joenne has worked in prisons and/or jails since 1998, and has over 25 years experience facilitating family centered programming. She has worked with school districts, elected officials, caregivers, not-for-profit and social service agencies to expand and support the needs of children and families in Washington State communities.  Her strengths lie in her ability to build community partnerships with public, private and non-profit venues by linking common vision through conversation, presentations and networking. 

Joenne was recognized by the Washington State Department of Corrections as the Employee of the Year, 2004 for the West Central Region, was a recipient of the DOC 2006 Statewide Partnership Award and received a Bank of America Local Hero award in 2006 for her work with children and families. 

Mary Meinig, M.S.W.

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, M.S.W.

Laura Merchant is the Assistant Director at Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (HCSATS), whemre 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.

Sgt. Lyman Moores

Associate Degree Law Enforcement, Springfield Community College, Springfield MA.
Attended Northeastern University, Boston MA. Studied Criminal Justice.
22 year veteran of the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, currently supervise the Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) as Detective Sergeant and supervises Clallam County Search and Rescue.  Currently a Hostage Negotiator for the department and has held the position of supervisor of the departments Hostage Negotiation Team, currently assist as a facilitator with Child Interview training  through Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.  Prior to supervising (CIB) was a field patrol supervisor and prior to that I  spent 5 ∏ years as a detective assigned to investigations.  Received many letters of Commendation and Commendation awards for outstanding performance and dedication to his community to include: Lifesaving,  Washington State Patrol DUI Officer of the Year,  Clallam County Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Year.  I have been involved child abuse investigations and interviewing children for over twenty years.

Liz Mueller

Liz Mueller has over 20 years of insight and expertise in working with Tribal related affairs. She serves in the elected capacity as the Vice Chair of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe Social Services Division, and she has been instrumental in the development of their 24 programs. Liz has been a member of Washington State DSHS Indian Policy Advisory Committee since it was formed in 1989, and she is the current chair of the committee. She also chairs the Washington State DSHS Indian Child Welfare Committee. She has an extensive knowledge of State-Tribal relations and the positive benefits that come from collaborative work.

Liz also has extensive experience working with issues related to Native American children in the child welfare system. She brings a high level of understanding and passion regarding Washington State's effort to reduce disproportionality of children of color in the child welfare system.

John Myers

Professor Myers is an expert on child abuse. He has traveled throughout the United States and abroad, making more than 200 presentations to judges, attorneys, police, doctors, and mental health professionals. Professor Myers is the author or editor of eight books and more than a hundred articles on child abuse. His writing has been cited by more than 150 courts, including the United States Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court. Prior to coming to McGeorge, Professor Myers practiced law in Utah, where he represented the poor and the disabled.

Heidi Nagel

Heidi Nagel is one of the staff attorneys for the Dependency CASA Program of King County Superior Court. She has been a presenter at the Reasonable Efforts Symposium in King County, many CASA conferences, and past Childrens Justice Conferences as well as at the Seattle University and U.W. law schools. She attended the University of Washington Law School and Reed College. She lives in Shoreline with her husband and son.

Stephen Ondersma

Dr. Ondersma is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences of the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is also on the faculty of the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute of Wayne State.  His primary interest is in brief, computer-delivered motivational interventions for substance abuse and other risk factors among high-risk parents, especially pregnant and post-partum women.  He is a former Editor of the journal Child Maltreatment, a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and is currently PI on several CDC/NIH research grants focusing on the development and validation of technology-based brief interventions.

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.

Bob Partlow

Bob Partlow is a program manager for Foster Parent Support and Recruitment for Washington State's Children's Administration, a job he has held since 2001. He and his wife Deanna were licensed as foster parents in 1995, retiring in 2003. They had about 20 children in their care during that time. Bob oversees contracts for recruitment and retention and works to develop supports for foster parents.

Since 2006, he has been the Children's Administration staff member responsible for Camp To Belong. The program began in 2006 with 14 separated siblings being sent to the Northwest camp in Idaho. This year, working with our private partner Foster Family Connections, Washington expects to send 100 separated siblings to the new Washington state-based camp at Port Orchard. Child welfare is a second career for Bob. For 27 years, he was a political government and investigative reporter.

Ricki J. Peone-Haugen, MSW, NCGC-II, BACC

Ricki Peone-Haugen is an enrolled Upper Spokane Tribal member and she is also from the Arrow Lakes Band of the Colville Confederated Tribes. Ricki was raised on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Ford, WA. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Developmental Psychology from Eastern Washington University in 1998. In 2003, Ricki obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. Ricki has worked for the Spokane Tribe of Indians as the Director of Children and Family Services, as well as for the Kalispel Tribe of Indians as their Director for Behavioral Health Services. She has over 15 years of direct service experience working with Indian Families and has been qualified as an expert under the ICWA, 25 U.S.C. §§ 1901 et seq. in 10 State Court , multiple tribal courts and has also facilitated international proceedings doing direct child pickups in both Canada and Mexico. Ricki is an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University teaching a variety of classes in the areas of counseling, chemical dependency, and problem gambling. In 2006 Ricki obtained her National Certification for Gambling Counseling-II and is also a Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC). She has provided problem gambling treatment to individuals, families, as well as developed the Kalispel Tribe's comprehensive responsible gaming program for their gaming venue.

Gary Peterson

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.

Darin Reedy, M.A.

Darin Reedy began working in the Criminal Justice field in 1995.  He began graduate school at the University of Maryland in 1998 where he was worked as both an instructor and a consultant to local law enforcement agencies. While working as a consultant he worked with nearly 30 different law enforcement agencies including Baltimore P.D. and Washington D.C. Metro Police.  

In 2004, Reedy was hired as the first Criminal Analyst in Olympia Police Department’s history.  Over the past 6 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.

Don Rimer

Don Rimer is a retired 33-year veteran of the Virginia Beach, Virginia Police Department. He serves as an investigator, consultant, and speaker to agencies throughout the United States and Canada.  

He currently serves as an Instructor for the Northwest Gang Investigators Association, the Oklahoma Gang Investigators Association, and the Virginia Gang Investigators Association.

He is an internationally recognized authority on "Ritual Crime and the Occult".  Since 1986, he has presented to more than 2,500 schools, churches, civic groups, and professional organizations.  
He has contributed to or has been featured in, numerous books and publications.  He has appeared on national and worldwide television broadcasts.  In 2008, he co-authored an article on "Vulnerable Goth Teens".  

In 2009, he signed a contract with NBC News to develop a documentary and a dramatic series on "Ritual Crime".  His new DVD was released in August.

In 2010, the Encyclopedia of Adolescent Behavior, a world-wide publication, will publish a new article on "Gothic Teens" that he co-authored.

Deborah Robinson, M.A.

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.

Melissa Runyon, Ph.D

Melissa K. Runyon, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine. She is the Treatment Services Director at the Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute, a nationally recognized program specializing in the medical and mental health evaluation and treatment of alleged victims of child abuse and neglect. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Runyon founded and directed the Child and Family Treatment Service (FACTS) program at the University of Miami School of Medicine-Child Protection Team.

Daniel Rybicki, Psy.D

Dr. Rybicki has over 25 years of experience as an expert witness and evaluator for family, criminal, civil, and dependency court cases. He has served in multiple jurisdictions including those in Illinois, Indiana, California, Oregon and Washington. He has conducted over 300 parenting evaluations and provided psychological testing to GAL's and other evaluators more than 100 cases. He specializes in complex custody cases such as high conflict or relocation cases and cases where there are allegations of alienation, personality disturbance, sexual abuse, substance abuse, or domestic violence.

Dr. Rybicki has specialty skills in psychological testing and has conducted over 3,000 full psychological batteries. He provides critique and review services of other professional's child custody evaluations and he serves as a rebuttal witness or consultant for depositions and trials. He is on the editorial board for the Journal of Child Custody and he often conducts professional training seminars.

Janet Skreen, J.D.

Janet is a senior court program analyst with the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts. Ms. Skreen works closely with family law and juvenile court judges and commissioners throughout the state. She is involved in formulating policy, drafting and analyzing legislation and court rules, responding to research inquiries, and staffs the Superior Court Judges' Association Family and Juvenile Law Committee. Prior to joining AOC, Ms. Skreen served as Kitsap County's courthouse facilitator and juvenile court commissioner. She maintained a private guardian ad litem practice and was a general practice attorney. Ms. Skreen obtained her B.A. summa cum laude in secondary education from Eastern Oregon State College and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Puget Sound School of Law.

Kelly Starr

Kelly Starr has worked in the violence against women movement for the past 19 years. She is currently the communications coordinator at the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In this role, she promotes awareness about domestic violence through a state-side strategic communications plan. Kelly works with the media in an effort to improve the coverage of domestic violence and authored Covering Domestic Violence: A Guide for Journalists and Other Media Professionals. 

Formerly, Kelly coordinated the Washington State Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project. She worked with collaborative teams of law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, legal advocates, probation officers, health professionals, domestic violence advocates, perpetrator treatment providers, social workers, and clergy throughout the state of Washington to analyze the community response to domestic violence homicides. The Fatality Review's interdisciplinary teams and data collection system provided an opportunity to take a sophisticated and in-depth look at the complexity of domestic violence.

Prior to her work at the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Kelly was a community based, shelter and legal advocate at domestic violence programs in both Indiana and Washington State. She was a member of the adjunct faculty of Antioch University in Seattle, and taught the class Abusive Relationships as a part of their Masters in Psychology program. Kelly is also the co-founder of Saving Smiles, a statewide program in Washington that provides free cosmetic dentistry to domestic violence survivors.

Ilene Stohl

Ilene Stohl has been active in the movement to end violence against women since 1992. She has a Masters in Public health and has worked as an advocate in shelters and community based domestic violence programs across the country. Ilene currently coordinates the Economic Justice Project at the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Her current work focuses on helping systems and institutions improve their responses to battered women and strengthen the economic safety net for survivors.

Naomi Sugar, MD

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 Children's 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 Children's 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.

Jim Tanner

Jim Tanner has been a community corrections professional since 1970. He has worked with both adult and juvenile offenders in a wide variety of capacities, served on the faculty of three universities, and has provided training for corrections professionals since 1980. He is nationally recognized for his pioneering work in field computer forensics. His contributions to criminal justice planning have also received national recognition.

Katherine Taylor

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.

Kerry Todd, MSW, LICSW

Kerry is currently a social worker at Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, Education and Training.  She has provided international, national, state-wide, and local training in the area of child sexual abuse as well as continues to provide counseling for children and youth.  Kerry 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 ½ years as an investigator for Child Protective Services in California.  She continues to provide evaluations and treatment for children with HCSATS.  Kerry continues to be an active member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).

Amelia Watson, J.D.

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.

Rebecca Weister, MD

Rebecca Wiester MD is a pediatrician who specializes in child maltreatment and foster care.  In addition to clinical work at the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, she is a child abuse consultant at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center and a pediatric consultant for foster children for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Oliver Williams, PhD

Degrees & Institutions

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1985
M.S.W., Western Michigan University, 1980
M.P.H., University of Pittsburgh, 1984

Interest Areas

Creating Effective Service Delivery Strategies That Will Reduce Violence Among African Americans; Ethnically Sensitive Practice; Fatherhood.

Current Research

  • Conducting community-based research on issues and barriers that inhibit the reduction of family and community violence among African Americans.
  • Conducting research on change, recovery and transformation of men who batter.
  • Examining issues associated with the intersection between parenting/fatherhood and domestic violence issues