Brett Ballew is a managing attorney for the Washington State Office of Public Defense Parents Representation Program. Prior to his current employment at OPD, Brett 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 cases from 1996 to 2007. He has been involved in reform of the child welfare system on both the local and state level. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his law degree from the University of Montana.
Dr. Ban has served on a variety of national and state level professional organizations over the past 25 years in his capacity as a state educational administrator. He also has served as an educational system-change consultant to both public and private, lower and higher educational institutions. Dr. Ban has applied the principles of the Communities of Practice in Hawaii to develop and provide comprehensive, integrated behavioral health models for schools and civilian communities to promote prevention, early identification and delivery of coordinated care to children and families.
Lundy Bancroft has twenty years of experience specializing in interventions for abusive men and their families. He is the author of three books in the field, including The Batterer as Parent, which won the 2004 literary award from the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare, and Why Does He Do That?, the nation’s bestselling book on domestic violence. He has also authored many other book chapters and scholarly articles. Lundy is a former Co-Director of Emerge, the nation’s first counseling program for men who batter. He has worked with over a thousand abusers directly as an intervention counselor, and has served as clinical supervisor on another thousand cases. He has also served extensively as a custody evaluator, child abuse investigator, and expert witness in domestic violence and child abuse cases. Lundy appears across the United States as a presenter for judges and other court personnel, child protective workers, therapists, law enforcement officials, and other audiences. His current training and writing work focuses on legal and counseling interventions for abusive men, and the impact on children of exposure to domestic violence.
Dr. Ralph Bayard is a Senior Director for Systems Improvement and Strategic Consultation at Casey Family Programs. In addition to serving as the lead consultant for systems reform in the states of North Carolina and S. Dakota, he leads and coordinates the organization’s national work efforts in consulting with state, county, and tribal jurisdictions choosing to address and reduce disproportionality and disparities for children of color in their child welfare systems. Dr. Bayard serves as the Casey Family Programs lead representative to the 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. Dr. Bayard co-chaired the Casey Family Programs national Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) on Disproportionality, and served as a faculty member of the California Disproportionality Project and the Iowa BSC on Disproportionality.
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.
Kateri Bishop is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux tribe of South Dakota and is employed by Department of Social and Health Services, Children's Administration, in the Spokane office. She supervises a unit of social workers providing services to Indian children involved in the child welfare system. She is also a member of the Children's Justice Task Force.
Catherine Brewe, MA, LMHC, is a Child-Parent Psychotherapist working with court-involved families through Navos, a community mental health provider in King County. Ms. Brewe has worked as a therapist and parent educator in a variety of settings, including as a member of a crisis team and in chemical dependency treatment programs. Ms. Brewe holds a Masters in Psychology from Seattle University and a Graduate Certificate of Infant Toddler Mental Health from the University of Portland, OR.
Dr. David Burton has worked in the field of sexual aggression for over 20 years, as a clinician working primarily with adolescents and children. Dr Burton researches the childhood victimization and etiology of child, adolescent and adult sexual abusers - current research interests include pornography, families of sexual abusers, cognitive behavioral theory and treatment, effectiveness of treatment for adolescent sexual abusers and racial discrimination of sexual abusers. Dr. Burton has also been involved in the evaluation of programs and service delivery systems for sexual abusers in several states.
Dr. Burton has been published in several journals including Child Abuse and Neglect, Victims and Violence, Sexual Aggression, Evidenced Based Social Work, and Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Practice and serves on editorial boards of both Child Abuse and Neglect and Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Practice.
At Smith College School for Social Work, Dr. Burton teaches research and a cognitive behavioral theory and methods course.
Dr. Mary Case is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri and St. Louis University School of Medicine. She did her residency training in pathology at St. Louis University Health Sciences Center and is board certified in anatomical pathology, neuropathology and forensic pathology. Dr. Case is a Professor of Pathology and Co-Director of the Division of Forensic Pathology at St. Louis University Health Sciences Center. She serves as Chief Medical Examiner for St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin Counties. Dr. Case's primary practice of medicine is forensic pathology. She has special interests in the areas of children's injuries and head trauma.
Linda Chodos is an MSW RSW social worker and received her Master of Social Work degree from McGill University in 1972. She has work experience as a school social worker and as a clinical consultant to the Children’s Lawyer’s office in Toronto, where she was responsible for the hiring and training of social work agents. She maintains a private practice in Toronto and is a founding member of Family Solutions, a team approach to assisting separated and divorcing families.
Linda Chodos has worked extensively and primarily with families experiencing separation and divorce since 1980. She has developed a particular expertise in the area of high conflict separation and divorce. Her practice includes a broad spectrum of separation related services ranging from consultation to separation counseling and counseling for high conflict families, including reintegration work. She also provides mediation, custody/assessment assessments, mediation/arbitration, and parenting coordination services.
Linda Chodos provides training workshops, and supervision for parenting plan assessments and parenting coordination. She has presented frequently at various legal programs. She participated as a co-author in the development of interdisciplinary custody/access guidelines. These interdisciplinary guidelines are included in an edited text on Family Law Practice (Steinberg, Lenkinski, & James, 2005).
Linda Chodos is a member in the following professional organizations: Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Ontario Association of Social Workers. She is a member of the Standards of Practice Committee of the Ontario College of Social Workers And Social Service Workers. Linda Chodos is a member of the High Conflict Forum in Ontario. She is a member of the Organizing Committee of the Ontario Chapter of the AFCC.
Molly M. Cohan is a Supervising Attorney for the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law. She has extensive experience in criminal law and has specialized in the areas of training, cultural competence, and tribal advocacy. Molly worked at The Defender Association in Seattle, one of the top defender offices the country, for 27 years in a variety of staff and supervisory positions. She has practiced in the areas of misdemeanors, felonies, juvenile, at risk youth, and dependencies.
Immediately prior to joining the faculty of the Law School in 2006, she served as the Training Coordinator for the Washington Defender Association and was responsible for training public defenders throughout the State. Molly has done extensive pro bono work with the Office of Navajo Public Defender and other entities within the Navajo justice system. She takes Clinic students to the Navajo Nation for a week each spring. Prior to joining the Clinic, she handled pro bono cases in the Chehalis and Suquamish Tribal Courts. Since joining the faculty, she has collaborated with the Afghan Legal Scholars Program of the Asian Law Center regarding public defense and clinical legal education. She is speaks frequently on the issues related to tribal court practice, public defense, and pluralistic court systems. She is admitted to practice in the Tulalip, Chehalis, Suquamish, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Sauk Suiattle, and Washington State courts.
Mark Courtney is a national expert on child welfare issues and policies, and is a professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Mark also serves as advisor to Partners for Our Children, and is an affiliate professor at the UW School of Social Work. His background includes extensive research on individual, family and other social factors contributing to the well-being of children in out-of-home care. His focus is on applied research that involves active collaboration with key stakeholders shaping local and national child welfare policies and practices. Mark has a master's degree in management and planning, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare.
Scott Crain is the attorney for the Medical Legal Partnership for Children (MLPC) in Seattle, Washington. The MLPC is a collaboration between Northwest Justice Project, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, and Harborview Medical Center to provide legal services to low-income children, to train medical providers on legal issues and advocate for systemic change. Our goal is to improve health outcomes for children by addressing the unmet legal needs that negatively impact child health.
In the past two years, the MLPC has advocated for families living in poverty throughout Washington State and worked to achieve significant reform on issues of important to low-income families. Scott worked as a staff attorney for NJP in Pasco, Washington, and was previously a research fellow for the Institute on Race and Poverty. Scott has a J.D. from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in Mathematics from Seattle University.
Jeremiah Donier lives in Spokane with his wife of eight years, and two wonderful daughters, ages 5 1/2 years and 9 months. His family was involved with a child dependency for two years. During this time Jeremiah participated in a parenting program, emotional counseling, anger management, and a nurturing fatherhood class. Since his case was successfully closed, Jeremiah has been actively involved with helping other parents engage with services in his community. He is a parent advocate on the Washington State Parent Advocacy Committee (PAC) and help found Spokane’s local PAC. He has also designed and edited the Nurturing Times for Dads Helping Dads a local grassroots support group.
Patrick Dowd is an Ombudsman with the Washington State Office of the Family & Children’s Ombudsman (OFCO). He is a licensed attorney with public defense experience representing clients in dependency, termination of parental rights, juvenile offender and adult criminal proceedings. From 1999- 2005, he was a managing attorney with the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) Parents Representation Program. Through his work at OFCO and OPD, Mr. Dowd has gained extensive professional experience in child welfare law and policy. Mr. Dowd graduated from Seattle University and earned his J.D. at the University of Oregon. A strong advocate for fathers, Mr. Dowd serves as a staff advisor to the Washington State Parent Advocacy Committee and the Fatherhood Advisory Council.
Monica Fitzgerald, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and Training and Evaluation Director of the Child Trauma Program at the Kempe Center at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. Dr. Fitzgerald's clinical and research interests focus on the impact of child abuse and trauma exposure on children's psychosocial and emotional adjustment and the implementation of evidence-based, trauma-focused interventions in community service settings. She maintains a clinical practice and provides trauma-focused treatment to adults, children and families who have experienced abuse or other trauma. Dr. Fitzgerald developed A Family Focused Emotion Communication Training (AFFECT) Program with Dr. Shipman as a complement to trauma focused EBTS. Dr. Fitzgerald directs the Colorado Evidence Based Training Initiative at the Kempe Child Trauma Program, which aims to increase community capacity for delivering evidence supported treatments to children who have experienced trauma and their families. She is an expert in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) and regularly conducts trainings and provides consultation nationwide on these models.
Ms. Frundt has been actively raising awareness of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) since 2000. A high profile national advocate on the issue of domestic sex trafficking and a survivor of CSEC, Ms. Frundt is deeply committed helping other children and women who are living through experiences similar to her own. She has been featured on numerous national shows and publications, including the Oprah Show, the Montel Williams Show, CNN and Redbook Magazine, she has recently won the “Frederick Douglas” award through the “Freedom Awards” that recognizes survivors of sex trafficking she is the first U.S. Citizen to win the award. She has testified before U.S. Congress about her own experiences and the need for greater protection and services for trafficked persons. She has recently started her own non-Profit, ""Courtney's House"" in 2008. ""Courtney's House"" provides services for domestic sex trafficked youth and will be the first group home for sex trafficked children ages 12yrs - 18yrs in the Washington D.C. metro area.
Lori Gessler is an Educational Advocacy Regional Supervisor for Treehouse, and she has been an Educational Advocate for over six years. Treehouse is a non-profit agency providing education and enrichment services to youth in out of home care. Lori provides works directly with youth in out of home care throughout Region One and also supervises the Treehouse Advocates in both Region One and Region Two. Lori has continuously worked in the school system since graduating from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Education. Her previous work includes classroom teaching in grades K-12, and managing a Big Brothers Big Sisters School Based Mentoring Program.
Bonnie J. Glenn, J.D. is the Special Assistant to the Secretary of DSHS on Juvenile Justice Policy. Ms. Glenn is charged with planning, directing, and implementing strategic programming to support juvenile justice in Washington State. Programming includes: Integrated Case Management, Medicaid Reimbursement, Youth Violence, Disproportionate Minority Contact/ Confinement, and work with the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice.
Prior to coming to Seattle University, Ms. Glenn served as Deputy Chief of Staff with the King County Prosecutor’s Office and worked on governmental and legislative policy, inter-governmental affairs, and operational issues for the office. in 2007 she was listed in Seattle Magazine as one of the best lawyers in Washington, in 2009 was given the KCPAO Distinguished Leadership Award for work in Truancy Prevention in Washington, and in 2010 was presented with an award by the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.
Bob Graham is presently the Regional Training Manager for the Central Sound and Southwest at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. He has been responsible for the administration, oversight and operation of the basic academies for juvenile corrections personnel and adult and juvenile probation and parole officers in Washington State. He spent 13 years as a supervisor and staff member at Echo Glen Children’s Center were he worked with youth convicted of felony offenses in a residential institution. He has been involved in training staff for 15 years and specializes in Verbal De-escalation and Behavior Management. He has also been a Defensive Tactics instructor and co-founded Safety Awareness and Field Education Resources (SAFER LLC) in 2008 with his wife, Leslie F. Graham, MSW, LICSW.
Richard Harruff, MD, PhD, is Chief Medical Examiner in Seattle, King County. He received his MD, along with PhD, from Indiana University and trained in pathology at University of Wisconsin in Madison, New York University in Manhattan, and University of Tennessee in Memphis, and has worked as a forensic pathologist in Memphis and Indianapolis before coming to Seattle in 1993. He is certified in Anatomic, Clinical, and Forensic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology. Dr. Harruff has been active in medicolegal death investigation for over 25 years and has maintained a strong interest in infant death investigation, providing trainings several times a year for students and professionals in health, law and related fields.
Steve Hassett, JD has been an Assistant Attorney General with the Washington State Attorney General's Office since 1987. Prior to that, Mr. Hassett worked as a public defender. Currently he is lead counsel to Children's Administration and juvenile litigation coordinator for the Attorney General's office.
Sheri L. Hill, PhD is an Early Childhood Policy Specialist consulting on a variety of early childhood issues from an infant mental health perspective, including the Supporting Early Connections project. She is a ZERO TO THREE Leaders for the 21st Century Graduate Fellow. Dr. Hill was formerly Faculty Lead on Policy for the University of Washington’s Center on Infant Mental Health and Development in the School of Nursing; and Assistant Director of Washington Kids Count in the Evans School of Public Affairs. Prior to moving into policy she worked for over a decade as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Dr. Hill holds a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Developmental Psychology, and a Graduate Certificate in Infant Mental Health from the University of Washington, School of Nursing.
Jennifer Hook is a Research Scientist at Partners for Our Children at the UW School of Social Work. She has studied factors associated with outcomes for children in out of home care and for young adults who have aged out of the foster care system. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship (2004-2005) and a Sloan Work-Family Early Career Development Grant (2008-2009). Jen is a co-author of the book Gendered tradeoffs: family, social policy, and economic inequality in twenty-one countries, published by Russell Sage in 2009. Prior to her appointment at POC, she was an assistant professor of sociology at Penn State. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington.
Dr. Gerry Hover came to the Department of Corrections in 1991 to work for the state's Sex Offender Treatment Program. He began there as a psychologist in the prison phase of Treatment. Today he is the Clinical Supervisor for the Community half of treatment. He oversees the treatment of numerous high-risk sex offenders around the state of Washington. He has published many research articles in the areas of effective sexual deviancy, particularly with high-risk offenders.
When Dr. Melinda A. Giovengo became the Executive Director of YouthCare in November 2006, she was not a new employee. Twenty years prior she had worked as a case manager and program manager at YouthCare, opening many programs that still serve young people today. She has over 27 years of experience in developing and implementing re-engagement programs for high school drop outs and homeless youth. She holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and is published on issues surrounding homeless youth and the impact of learning disabilities in hard-to-serve populations. Dr. Giovengo speaks locally and nationally on youth homelessness, child development, program development, and adolescent mental health issues.
Howard Davidson JD
Howard has been actively involved with the legal aspects of child protection for 37 years. He has directed the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law, leading an over twenty person staff in work on child welfare law and policy improvement, since its 1978 establishment.
He served as chair of the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, is a founding board member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and serves on the board of ECPAT-USA, a national group focused on law and policy reform related to child trafficking and sexual exploitation, and he is on the board of the National Foster Care Coalition. He is a member of the Maryland Children’s Justice Act Committee and was named by the Mayor of Philadelphia to a Department of Human Services Community Oversight Board to help guide improvements in that city’s child protection system. Howard served as a United States delegate to the first World Congress Against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.
Howard has authored many legal articles on child maltreatment as well as legal commentaries to chapters of the American Psychiatric Association book, Family Violence: A Clinical and Legal Guide. His most recent writings include Racial Disparities in the Child Welfare System: Reversing Trends, in the Center’s ABA Child Law Practice publication, A Common Bond: Maltreated Children and Animals in the Home—Guidelines for Practice and Policy, and International Legal Principles for Judges and Child Welfare Agencies to Apply with Unaccompanied and Undocumented Immigrant Children. In 2009 the ABA published a book co-edited by Mr. Davidson, entitled Children, Law, and Disasters: What We Have Learned from Katrina and the Hurricanes of 2005, and his 2008 article, Federal Law and State Intervention When Parents Fail: Has National Guidance of Our Child Welfare System Been Successful, was published in the 50th anniversary issue of the Family Law Quarterly. His most recently published article, A U.S. National Ombudsman for Children, appeared in the 2010 First Focus book, Big Ideas: Game-Changers for Children
Dr. Stan Huey is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern California, and principal investigator for an NIMH-funded clinical trial for juvenile gang offenders. Dr. Huey’s program of research centers on evidence-based treatments for ethnic minorities, and how ethnicity and culture influence psychotherapy outcomes. His recent work has focused on effective treatments for youth with serious behavioral and emotional problems, exposure therapy for phobias, and treatment mechanisms that account for clinical change.
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.
Marie Jamieson has over 30 years of experience in child welfare, including direct service, administration, public policy analysis and advocacy. Currently she is with ICF International as the consultant in the Children’s Bureau Region X. She works with States on Program Improvement Plan development and monitoring and serves on the Children’s Bureau Children and Family Services National Review Team.
For 10 years, Ms. Jamieson directed Catalyst for Kids (formerly Families for Kids Partnership) to reform Washington State’ foster care system to improve permanency outcomes. Previously Ms Jamieson was the director for 2 counties at Lutheran Community Services. Her child welfare experience began as a public agency worker in Oregon.
Mona Johnson serves as Director of School Behavioral Health at the Department of the Army Medical Command Child, Adolescent, and Family Behavioral Health Office located at Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis McChord where she assumes overall responsibility for the development and management of an Army School Behavioral Health outreach project and staff, including ensuring that evidence-based and standardized practices are disseminated and implemented at other Army Installations.
Prior to working at the Proponency, Mona was the Director of Learning and Teaching Support at the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction where she supervised multiple state and federal programs centered on student physical, social, and emotional prevention and intervention services, supportive learning environments and Operation: Military Kids. Mona also works as a private consultant at the local, state, and national levels in the areas of professional wellness, resilience, childhood trauma, substance abuse and violence prevention.
Mona is co-author of The Heart of Learning and Teaching: Compassion, Resiliency and Academic Success and received the Advocate of the Year Award in February 2009 from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.
Dr. Brian Johnston is associate professor of pediatrics and adjunct associate professor of health services at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the chief of pediatrics at Harborview Medical Center, co-director of the Seattle Medical-Legal Partnership for Children and an investigator at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center.
His academic interests include implementation of injury prevention programs in community settings and studies of the complex relationships between injury prevention, individual health and community well being. He is involved in planning paediatric trauma care and injury control interventions at the local and regional level. He edits the medical journal Injury Prevention.
Dr. Richard Kaplan is the Medical Director of The Center for Safe and Healthy Children at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital Child Abuse Program. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. Rich is also the Associate Medical Director at Midwest Children's Resource Center, a regional medical child abuse evaluation program at Children's Hospitals and Clinics in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dr. Kaplan received a Masters in Social Work degree from St. Louis University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of South Dakota. He completed his pediatric residency in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dr. Kaplan has been working with child abuse victims for over 30 years, first, as a social worker and then as a pediatrician. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a charter member of the Ray Helfer Society and a former member of the Society's executive committee. Dr. Kaplan is a 2003 recipient of the United States Department of Health and Human Services: Commissioner's Award for Outstanding Service in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Julie Kenniston is the Director of Training and Education at Butler County Children Services in Hamilton, Ohio, and the Executive Director of The Center for Family Solutions, Butler County’s developing child advocacy center. She is also an independent contractor and trainer presenting nationally and internationally on interviewing, investigation, and the prosecution of child abuse cases. She is a trainer for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the National District Attorneys Association. Ms. Kenniston organized and coordinated the Forensic Training Institute for The Childhood Trust in Cincinnati, Ohio starting in August 1997 and has trained in the program since its inception. She co-authored and trains ONCAC’s Beyond the Silence forensic interviewer course. She is also a faculty member for Finding Words Ohio. Ms. Kenniston is a board member for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), co-chairing the forensic interviewer certification task force. Ms. Kenniston was a Sexual Abuse Investigator for Hamilton County Department of Human Services where she conducted over 3,000 forensic interviews of alleged child victims of sexual abuse.
Detective Chris Kolcharno has been a sworn police officer since 1988 with the Blakely Police Department and is currently a detective with the Lackawanna County District Attorney's Office, supervising the Special Victims Unit. He has been exclusively investigating crimes against children since June of 2001. Detective Kolcharno received a Bachelors of Science in Administration of Justice from the Pennsylvania State University in 1991. He is a certified trainer for the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer’s Education and Training Commission. Detective Kolcharno is a member of the Pennsylvania State Police Area II Computer Crime Task Force, the Pennsylvania ICAC Task Force, and the FBI Scranton Resident Agency –Scranton Multi-Agency Cyber Task Force. Detective Kolcharno had the first asset forfeiture seizure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from a child abuse case- a radio station from a preferential child molester- which was valued at $900,000. This seizure was the reason for the asset forfeiture provision which was written into Pennsylvania’s version of Jessica’s law.
Judge Laurie graduated from Highline Community College with an Associates in Arts degree. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Washington, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology. She later returned to the University of Washington to earn a Juris Doctorate.
After her graduation, she settled in Kitsap County and practiced law in Bremerton from 1982 to 2001 when she was elected to the Kitsap County Superior Court Bench. She is currently Assistant Presiding Judge and will advance to Presiding Judge in 2012.
During her time on the bench, Judge Laurie has worked to promote settlement conference procedures for civil and family law cases; she belongs to the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section. She is also active with juvenile justice matters, establishing the Individual Treatment Court for juvenile offenders with mental health disorders, working with schools to emphasize truancy prevention, and acting as the presiding judge for the juvenile drug court.
One of her particular interests is guardianship law. For several years she has managed the delinquency calendar, streamlining procedures to monitor accountings and reports. Judge Laurie is a frequent presenter at Title 11 GAL trainings and Professional Guardians Certification trainings.
Judge Laurie has also served the Kitsap Community in many areas including Hospice of Kitsap County, Harrison Hospital Foundation, Kitsap Family YMCA Foundation, Kitsap Regional Library Board and the United Way. She was a long time lecturer at the Peoples Law School and served as mentor for students at Bremerton High School.
Joe Linehan, JD
For the past twenty three years, Stephanie Lister has been an Assistant United
States Attorney (AUSA) for the Eastern District of Washington. AUSA
Lister serves as Senior Litigation Counsel, Project Safe Childhood and
Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Coordinator for the E.D. of WA.
During the course of her career, she has prosecuted a significant number
of cases involving the sexual exploitation of children, including cases
involving the victimization of children and production of child
pornography. As a result of her litigation experience, AUSA Lister frequently
trains law enforcement and prosecutors on a variety of topics and presents
community internet safety presentations. She has received numerous awards
and commendations for her work, including the United States Department of
Justice Director's Award for Superior Performance as an AUSA, and the 2010
Law Enforcement Program of the Year Award, for Child Abuse Prevention,
from the Washington State Crime Prevention Association.
AUSA Lister received her undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University and
her law degree from Gonzaga Law School.
Dario Longhi has currently served for three years as the Research Director for the Washington State Family Policy Council, a nationally unique partnership of 42 local Public Health and Safety Network boards, 6 state agencies, 4 state legislators and the governor. He has twenty years of experience in the evaluation of the effectiveness and cost-offsets of social-health programs and prevention. He was the state evaluator for the SAMHSA funded State Incentive Grant in the State of Washington assessing the implementation and outcomes of substance abuse prevention programs in eighteen different communities.
Dario presented last year a paper at the DC conference of the Society of Prevention Researchers on the performance of local Public Health and Safety Community Networks in building community capacity and lowering rates of many child and family problems. He has recently shown that changes in social normative factors in communities with high capacity are related to desired changes in substance use attitudes and behavior, even among youth that have suffered Adverse Childhood Experiences. He is currently working on how to identify and measure key community capacity characteristics with field work in three counties in Washington State.
Dario has managed a statewide database of community indicators of health and social well-being (covering a variety of child and family problems, together with relevant socio-economic and demographic characteristics) for the use of local communities. The data are often available at different geographies (county, city, school district and zip code), updated regularly since 1998 and drawn from archival sources, from regular statewide school surveys (covering youth health and risk and protective factors) and from CDC sponsored adult health and risk behavior surveys (covering for the first time questions on Adverse Childhood Experiences). Dario has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He came to the USA from Italy as a Fulbright Fellow and has taught at the University of Wisconsin, Occidental College and the University of Zambia in Africa.
Detective Michael Luchau started his career with the King County Sheriff's Office in 1991. He has been a 911 operator, Reserve Deputy, Deputy Sheriff, Master Police Officer and is currently a Detective in KCSO Special Assault Unit. He oversees over 500 registered sex offenders. He is responsible for assessing the risk level of sex offenders, verifying their addresses, facilitating community notifications and filing charges on sex offenders who violate the sex offender registration laws.
Thomas D. Lyon, J.D., Ph.D. is the Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Chair in Law and Psychology at the University of Southern California. His research interests include child abuse and neglect, child witnesses, and domestic violence. He is the Past-President of the American Psychological Association’s Section on Child Maltreatment (Division 37) and a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. He has published over 30 papers in law reviews, psychology journals, and books, has authored or co-authored over 50 research presentations at psychology and law conferences, and has conducted over 100 trainings with judges, attorneys, law professors, social workers, psychologists, and reporters. His work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Justice, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, the California Endowment, and the Haynes Foundation.
Sarah Mahaffy received her BA degree from the University of Idaho in Child Development Family Relations with a minor in Spanish. She was an assistant probation officer (tracker) for three years and worked with juveniles from age 6-18 on probation. Sarah is currently working with foster youth and runs a transitional living housing program for aged-out foster youth in Spokane County. Sarah also works for Mockingbird focusing on building a "world class foster care system" by teaching foster youth to use their voice to make changes in the foster care system and to advocate for themselves.
Marlene Maier has lived all of her life in the Pacific Northwest and has a BA in Special Education from Western Washington University. Currently she is employed as a Treehouse Educational Advocate in Snohomish County. Treehouse is a non-profit agency providing education and enrichment services to youth in out of home care. Some of the past positions that she has held are: Program Director for an non-profit agency providing vocational services for teens and adults experiencing disabilities, Program Manager of a residential program for pre-teens with autism, Director of several therapeutic childcares and a Family Advocate for a South King County HeadStart program. Additionally she has raised two step sons, was a foster parent, adopted two daughters from the foster care system and provided a home for over 16 foreign exchange students from around the world. On a voluntary basis, Marlene has been involved with the creation of a grand-parent support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren, acted as a Guardian at Litem, trained families and agencies in communication and teambuilding and facilitated Positive Parenting workshops.
Bill Marshall is currently Director of Rockwood Psychological Services which provides treatment programs in two Canadian federal prisons. He is also Director of Evaluation/Groups at a centre for mentally disordered offenders and an Emeritus Professor at Queen's University. Bill has been (or still is) on the Editorial Boards of 17 international scientific journals and has over 370 publications including 19 books the most recent of which was commissioned by the American Psychological Association as the first in their new series on Forensics. In 1999 Bill was awarded the Santiago Grisolia Prize by the Queen Sophia Centre in Spain for his worldwide contributions to the reduction of violence. In 2003 Bill was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his contributions to science and in 2006 the Governor General of Canada appointed Bill an Officer of the Order of Canada for his national and international contributions to making society safer.
Shanna McBride is the Educational Advocacy Supervisor for Regions Five and Six and is in her fourth school year as an Educational Advocate for Treehouse. Treehouse is a non-profit agency providing education and enrichment services to youth in out of home care. She is also peer trainer for OSPI's Compassionate Schools Curriculum and this fall she participated in an OSPI Building Bridges statewide vetting group which helped form recommendations for the legislature on community collaboration and school/district improvement. Currently, she is working on completion of her Masters Degree in Human Development and Leadership in Education at Pacific Oaks. The subject of her thesis is a look at how education teams can reengage students displaying discipline issues that are impeding educational success. Previous to Treehouse, she worked for a wide range of social service agencies from private placing agencies and the state community college system to working for DSHS in JRA, CA and DDD. Shanna's hope when working with youth and their teams is to impart knowledge, skills and confidence so they may become an active part in their own advocacy.
Jennifer Joy McDaniel works as the National Training Coordinator for Shared Hope International. She has addressed audiences both domestically and abroad regarding increased demand for commercial sex and sex trafficking internationally and domestically. Jennifer has been an abolitionist working in the anti-trafficking field for 6 years. She worked as Assistant Program Director as well as Training and Events Coordinator for Courtney’s House conducting street outreach, CSEC support group facilitation; 24 hr Survivor Hotline, and setting up a Group Home for DMST. She has worked for the Protection Project, as a Research Associate and Teachers Aide; she has been the National Advocacy Fellow at Polaris Project, worked with survivors of trafficking at the Nightingale Shelter, served as DC State Director for the Not For Sale Campaign and was a researcher and co-organizer for Shared Hope International 2006 CSEC Mid-term Review Conference. She graduated Cum Laude from Central Washington University with a B.A. in Political Science and submitted her Master’s Thesis at Georgetown University A WOMAN or GIRL IS NOT A COMMODITY: SEX TRAFFICKING AND THE RISE OF INTERNATIONAL ILLICT ORGANIZED CRIME .
Maureen McGrath identifies new and innovative ways to leverage public funds, foster greater collaboration between community constituencies and yields significant and exceptional program results. She specializes in the development and implementation of strategic and tactical administration:
- Innovative program design.
- Systems analysis of mental health, health, social services, education, the juvenile justice system and the interrelationships between them.
- Outcome design & analysis.
- Human resource identification, maximization & management.
- Community partnership collaboration that reaches beyond jurisdictional divides and drives increased results.
- Marketing the strategic plan as well as the results as a means of increasing community & bureaucratic system ownership and investment.
- Grant procurement at the federal, state and private non-profit resource levels.
Jennifer McInelly, AAS, BA
Jennifer McInelly brings 13 years experience in working with children and families within the Juvenile Justice setting. She first worked as a Juvenile Correction Officer where she was charged with providing safety, programming and structure to confined youth. Jennifer later moved to a Detention Alternative Program where she provided programs and pro-social activities for youth who violated probation. In addition to programs, Jennifer has facilitated Girls Groups and has focused great attention to the needs of females who are involved in the juvenile probation system. Most recently, Jennifer has been working with Native children who are involved with the child welfare system. She has been advocating for Native Children’s best interest while assuring that the Indian Child Welfare Act is being followed. Jennifer has an AAS Administration of Justice/Corrections 1998 from Spokane Community College and BA Social Services 2008 from Whitworth University
Hedda M. McLendon, MPH
Hedda McLendon, M.P.H., is the Director of Programs at YouthCare and oversees agency programs serving runaway, homeless, and exploited youth. In this role, Hedda is responsible for the strategic development of programmatic initiatives and coordinates the system of care agency-wide. Hedda comes to YouthCare with 6 years of experience with the Latin American Youth Center in Washington DC, where she was most recently the Deputy Director of the Social Services Division overseeing substance abuse and mental health treatment, child placement, re-entry support services, healthy promotion, continuum of care for runaway homeless youth, and foster care residential facilities. Hedda holds a master degree in public health.
Mary Meinig has served with the Office of Family and Children Ombudsman since it opened in 1997 and has been the 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 of the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (HCSATS) where she has worked since 1985. In addition to her overall program duties, Ms. Merchant directs the Education and Training Program, which provides the contracted statewide training on Child Abuse Investigation and Interviewing to DSHS, law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys and child interview specialists. Ms. Merchant trains professionals on evidence based, trauma -focused therapy, was the lead trainer for the Southern Regional Learning Collaborative through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and also trains nationally and internationally on TF-CBT. Since 2006, Ms. Merchant has coordinated the Washington State TF-CBT Mental Health initiative which provides training and case consultation on TF-CBT. She has been an active trainer and consultant for this initiative. Ms. Merchant provides clinical assessments and treatment to child and adult victims of trauma. She has been an active member of APSAC since 1991 and an active member of ISPCAN since 2002. She routinely provides professional case consultation and supervision, as well as conducts training on trauma, sexual assault and related issues and topics.
Joanne Moore has been the Director of the Washington State Office of Public Defense since 1998. She oversees the state’s programs on indigent appellate and trial level representation and parents’ representation in dependency and termination cases. She has directed four major pilot programs to test indigent defense improvements in misdemeanor, juvenile criminal, and dependency and termination courts. She initiated and managed Washington’s interpreter program for criminal and civil cases in the 1990s, and was a legal aid lawyer in California and Washington. Moore has authored numerous articles on public defense issues, and is Editor of Immigrants in Courts, published by the University of Washington Press in 1999. She has received several awards for her work to improve representation systems. Moore received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and her J.D. from the University of California at Davis.
Cmdr. Moriarty's safety stance and public awareness efforts won her regional and national attention when the Office of National Drug Control Policy, recognized her in Washington, DC as the 2001 Drug Commander of the Year. In addition to the regional and national awards Cmdr. Moriarty has received numerous local awards and in May 2002, the Adams County Bar Association in Colorado named Cmdr. Moriarty and the North Metro Task Force, "Peace Officer of the Year." In 2004, Cmdr. Moriarty received the "Friend of Children" award through the State of Colorado Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Robyn Nance, BS
With four children of her own, children are already a big part of Robyn Nance’s life. Robyn has a degree in Broadcasting and holds a B.S. in Education. Robyn has served on several board positions overseeing organizations that serve children, including the March of Dimes and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, in Illinois. Each week on KXLY4 News at 6 in Spokane, Washington, Robyn features “Wednesday's Child” which feature stories of children in foster care who need adoptive homes. Robyn’s interaction with these young people spurred her and close friend Linda Rogers to start up Teen Closet. Teen Closet is a specialty shop where foster teenagers in Spokane County can come and shop for free. To learn more please visit teencloset.org.
Clifford Nelson graduated from Osgoode Hall with an LL.B in 1968. He worked for the International Labour office in Geneva from 1969 to 1971 thereafter joining the law firm of MacDonald and Ferrier where he became a partner in 1974. Cliff then became a partner in Osler Hoskin and Harcourt when MacDonald and Ferrier merged its practice with that firm in 1986. In 1994, Cliff moved his family law practice to Ricketts, Harris and continued practice there until he was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice, Family Court in 1999. Cliff has written articles on family law and has lectured in the area to various legal and public interest groups. Cliff has been a Director of the Advocates Society and President of the Lawyers Club of Toronto. Cliff is married to Tamar. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Pat O’Brien is the Founder & Executive Director of You Gotta Believe! The Older Child Adoption & Permanency Movement, Inc. You Gotta Believe is one of the few placement agencies in the country that limits its practice to finding permanent parents who will legally or morally adopt teens, pre-teens, or young adults in foster care without regard to whether the youth is freed for adoption or not. You Gotta Believe has a major contract with the City of New York to find permanent families for teens and young adults in New York City. The agency just completed a five- year federral grant to recruit families for Long Island teens from the constructive adults who are very much a part of the teenager’s life cycle. This grant attempts to find homes for youth despite the fact that they continue to have ties with their birth families. The Project looks to find permanent parents who will understand that youth need to continue to have contact with their birth families. YGB was also awarded a generous award from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption called Wendy's Wonderful Kids a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation that allowed YGB to hire two full time staff, one dedicated to New York City children and the other dedicated to Long Island children, to do specialized intensive child-focused recruitment on 20-25 of the longest waiting children.
Lindsay Palmer is the Director of Prevention for King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC). Lindsay works with education specialists and advocates in developing sexual violence education and prevention programs for individuals, professionals, agencies, schools, churches, social programs and communities in King County. She has worked in the field of prevention for over 20 years.
Detective J.K. has been a Police Officer for 22 years. His career started off with the Butte, Montana Police Department and has been with the King County Sheriff’s Office for the last 17 years. Since 2002 he as been a Major Crimes Detective responsible for Homicide, Robbery and Serious Assault Investigations. Detective Pavlovich was part of the Green River Homicide Task Force in 2002-2003 and has investigated several child/infant deaths, including deaths related to both Homicidal violence and SIDS.
Julie Price has over 20 years experience as an educator and public speaker. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management with an emphasis in Education and is currently working on her Master’s of Management. Julie is the International Prevention Program Director for the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. As the program director, Julie oversees the state and province wide implementation of a premier shaken baby syndrome prevention program, the Period of PURPLE Crying, in healthcare and community based organizations across North America. Julie presents nationally and internationally at invited conferences, meetings and organizations.
Deborah J. Purce is the Executive Staff Director and Director of the Division of Quality Management and Accountability for DSHS Children's Administration. Ms. Purce has been involved with public child welfare issues for more than 20 years in several states. Ms. Purce has consulted with public agency staff regarding application of federal law and related public policy issues; provided legal representation for public agency staff and administrators, and provided oversight for development and implementation of statewide continuous quality improvement and accountability systems. Currently, Ms. Purce has oversight responsibility for Children's Administration's partnerships with private philanthropies and the federal government, including all aspects of the Child and Family Services Review.
Helen Redman, JD, is Staff Attorney with The Defender Association in King County, where she represents parents and youth in dependency court actions, and participates in the Supporting Early Connections Operations Team. A graduate of Yale University and Hastings College of Law, Ms. Redman has practiced public interest law and youth advocacy for a variety of organizations, including the Youth Law Center and Legal Services for Children. Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Redman was a teacher with Teach for America in New Orleans, LA.
Michelle Ressa Weber was appointed to the Spokane County Superior Court bench in May 2007. Before that, she spent a year as the Superior Court Commissioner in Grant County.
Commissioner Ressa was born and raised in Spokane and graduated from the University of Washington in 1992 with a degree in Political Science. She graduated, cum laude, in 1996 from Gonzaga University School of Law. Commissioner Ressa has spent her entire legal career working in the field of child welfare. Appointed in 1996 by then Attorney General Christine Gregoire, Ms. Ressa represented the Department of Social and Health Services in dependency, termination and licensing actions in Thurston, Lewis, and Mason Counties. She also represented DSHS in King County for several years before taking a position representing Children’s Administration Headquarters in 2002. Commissioner Ressa also represented DSHS in civil Tort s for two years before her appointment to the bench.
Ms. Ressa has conducted numerous hours of training for the courts, the Department, the Attorney General’s office and the child welfare community. She has consistently showed her dedication and passion for children and families navigating their way through a complicated, emotional, and financially challenging legal system.
Currently Commissioner Ressa is the judicial officer assigned to the Indian Child Welfare Team in Spokane County Juvenile Court. Her dependency load consists only of Native children and their families
Susan Robinson, MSW
Susan Robinson, LICSW, is a therapist in private practice at the New England Counseling and Trauma Center in Williston, Vermont. She has nearly twenty years of clinical experience specializing in the assessment and treatment of adolescent and adult female offenders. She wrote the first workbook specifically designed for teenage girls who have sexually abused entitled Growing Beyond: A Workbook for Teenage Girls published by NEARI Press. She has also authored chapters on the assessment and treatment sexually abusive girls.
Deborah Robinson is the Infant Death Specialist for the Northwest Infant Survival & SIDS Alliance (NISSA) and the National Center for child Death Review, Ms. Deborah Robinson is uniquely qualified as a national expert on infant death scene investigations. Recognized for her state and national contributions, Ms. Robinson began participating in 2004 on a Center for Disease Control working group developing national investigation guidelines on sudden and unexplained infant death. The eventual result was the SUIDI (Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation) reporting form. Ms. Robinson assisted in the development of training curricula and materials for use with the SUIDI reporting form, and currently promotes its use through appropriate state and local organizations. She also participated in the first national training academy for Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths and continues to provide training assistance to this group.
Jane Robinson is a Treehouse Educational Advocate located in Vancouver, Washington serving a six county region in SW Washington. Treehouse is a non-profit agency providing education and enrichment services to youth in out of home care. She is currently supervising a Treehouse pilot project funded by the Stuart Foundation to expand advocacy efforts to kinship providers, bio-parents and relative caregivers. Jane has an extensive background in education at both the classroom and administrative levels. Her master’s degree was through University of Washington Tacoma with a focus on at-risk student populations. For the last 15 years Jane has worked with the Institute for Community Leadership, Kent, WA, in Non-violence leadership youth training and she is a peer trainer for OSPI’s Compassionate Schools initiative. Jane also volunteers as a CASA in Clark County WA.
David Rogers (Nez Perce) is a 36 year criminal justice professional with 16 years in law enforcement serving in positions that included Captain, Under-Sheriff and Chief of Police of both Tribal and Non-Tribal Police Agencies. He served as Chief of Police for the Makah Nation in northwestern Washington and as the first Chief of Enforcement for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Enforcement unit which provided service to the four Treaty-Tribes (Nez Perce, Yakama, Warm Springs and Umatilla Tribes) on the Columbia River which included two states and eight county jurisdictions. Dave also served nine years as a Probation Officer and Court Commissioner for the District Courts of Clark County in Vancouver, Washington. During this time he managed the Electronic Home Monitoring program as well as providing field probation services. For four years he was the Program Manager for the Western Community Policing Center providing Community Policing Training for the CIRCLE Project and the Tribal Resource Grant Program (TRGP) to over 250 tribes in 32 states on behalf of the COPS Office initiatives for Indian Country. Dave Rogers is the Tribal Law Enforcement Programs Specialist for Fox Valley Technical College Criminal Justice Center for Innovation in Neenah, Wisconsin. Dave is also the Director of the National Indian Youth Police Academy, which has gained international attention for its work with Indian youth and is entering its 8th year of operation.
Linda is the Co-Director Teen Closet with Robyn Nance and sits on the board for the Foster Parent Association. Linda organized and directed the opening of the new Clothing Perk, a clothing room for children 0-12 years of age.
Dr. Daniel 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.
Teresa Sach, MSW, LCWS, supervises social workers in the King South Child Welfare Services Office, and works with court-involved families with children from birth to 12 years old. An experienced child welfare social worker and supervisor, Ms. Sach is a founding member of the Supporting Early Connections project. She received a BS from California State University, Fullerton, and a Masters in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach.
Sharon Ann Saito is a Spokane-based attorney whose dependency practice since 1983 has included s in Spokane, Pend Oreille, Stevens and Adams Counties. From 1983 to 2000, she served as a Spokane County Public Defender handling primarily dependency and BECCA s representing both children and adults. In 2000, she entered private practice where dependency s continue to play a large part of her practice.
Ms. Saito served as a Special Assistant Attorney General in Pend Oreille County from October, 2000 to February, 2006 and was a founding member of the Pend Oreille County Family Dependency Drug Court.
Since March, 2006, Ms. Saito’s private practice has included dependency defense, adoptions, establishing permanent plans of care for dependent children primarily in Spokane County, Title 11.88 guardian ad litem for incapacitated individuals (Spokane, Pend Oreille, Stevens and Adams Counties), Title 26 guardian ad litem (Spokane County) for minors in family law s, minors seeking relinquishment of parental rights, or emancipation.
Ms. Saito is proud to current serve as one of three Office of Public Defense-funded attorneys assigned to the Spokane County Juvenile Court’s Indian Child Welfare Court team representing Indian parents, guardians or custodians in dependency and dependency-related.
Sasha Silveanu first learned cross-cultural navigation with her immigrant family in Chicago and applied these early skills to earn a B.A in Anthropology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and an M.Phil in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. As an anthropologist, artist, and educator, Sasha joined the Family Policy Council three years ago to conduct qualitative gathering, analysis and synthesis. Her interest in the development, display, and displacement of cultural identity has been explored through applied anthropology, academic research, social work, community organizing, curriculum development, and visual illustration.
Damon has worked as a patrol officer/deputy, field training officer, gang investigator, a school resource deputy, and an investigator in the Sex Crimes/Offender Unit (current assignment), and holds a limited commission with the United States Marshals Office.
Susan Sommer, a graduate of Yale Law School, heads the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project and is Director of Constitutional Litigation at Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Susan Sommer has directed Lambda Legal’s partnerships with leading child welfare and social work associations, including the Child Welfare League of America, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Council on Social Work Education, to bring awareness, resources and improved services for LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care.
Nancy Spadoni, AAS has been a fully commissioned peace officer with the King County Sheriff’s Office for over 22 years. She spent eight years as a patrol Deputy where she worked her way up to Master Police Officer and trained many new Deputies in the field.
After patrol she was assigned as a Detective to the Special Assault Unit where she spent five years investigating over 650 cases of child physical and sexual abuse as well as adult sexual abuse and domestic violence. She became a state instructor on the topic of sexual abuse investigation and taught various classes to commissioned officers throughout the state. In addition to these investigative duties Deputy Spadoni was one of the first sketch artists for the King County Sheriff’s Office.In December of 2000 Deputy Spadoni was assigned to the Advanced Training Unit where she and other members of the unit developed curriculum to train departmental policy and procedure and provided in-service training to Deputies to include: Vehicle Operations and Pursuit Driving, Defensive Tactics, Taser, Active Shooter and Patrol Tactics, and Use of Force as well as sitting on Department Shooting Review Boards.
Deputy Spadoni identified Animal Cruelty as a Law Enforcement problem and realized that there was no training given to the commissioned officers of the state at the academy or during in-service training. Deputy Spadoni sought out various agencies, both public and private to determine who, if anyone was handling these crimes, oftentimes felony crimes tied to domestic violence and other issues.
In 2007 through 2008, she researched, developed, and trained Animal Cruelty investigations to 500 commissioned Deputies of the King County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, she developed and trained report writing curriculum for 26 King County Animal Control Officers.
In 2008 Sheriff Rahr appointed Deputy Spadoni to the Inter-branch workgroup for Animal Services where she worked with a group to author options for a new Strategic and Operational Plan for the King County Council to improve Animal Services in King County.
In June of 2008, Nancy Spadoni was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where she was assigned as a Patrol Supervisor at East Precinct-South. She supervises up to fifteen Deputies on a daily basis and continues to teach and respond to Animal Cruelty investigations.
By Tribal tradition, he was named Minode’i by his grandmother. Later, he was given the name Bineshi, the name of his clan mentor and teacher and his name thus became, Minode’i Bineshi. His name means, “lifts your heart, bird.” He is from the Aadjijak clan, the Crane clan of the Ojibwe and is by tradition, an orator, speaker and teacher.
Although educated in public schools and Universities, Judge St.Germaine claims that his most important teachings have come from those elders who instilled in him his Anishinabe identity. He firmly believes that nothing he knows is his own but rather was given to him by those teachers as well as from the directions in his dreams. By that tradition, he freely gives his teachings, stories and knowledge to others when they ask for it..
Judge St.Germaine was appointed to the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Court in 1990 and served the Tribe as Chief Judge for twelve years. He also served as Chief Trial Judge for the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe for five years. Today he continues to serve on the faculty at the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada-Reno. Judge St.Germaine continues to hear cases and appeals for Tribal Courts in Wisconsin but has mostly been focusing his energy as a Peacekeeper. He works with families and especially tribal youth.
He has also served as a Curriculum Coordinator and writer for tribal programs and schools in Wisconsin and is also the author of Winaboozhoo Adizokaan, a collection of traditional Ojibwe stories.
Patrick Tiekamp is a student in human services at Grays Harbor Collage studying to be a chemical dependency professional (CDP). He is a Veteran Parent Having his family reunited in sep of 09 after almost two years of CPS Services. Pat is also a member of the Washington State Parent Advocacy Committee and the Fatherhood Advisory Council. He has been involved with starting a local PAC and Celebrate Recovery in Pacific Co.
Since 2000, Patti Toth has been the Child Abuse Program Manager with the WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission where she provides training for law enforcement & other professionals. Patti started her career in 1980, working as a WA State prosecutor in Kitsap and Snohomish Counties, where she tried numerous child abuse & sexual assault cases. She then served 8 years as the first Director of NDAA’s National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, and later worked as a federal trial prosecutor in the Child Exploitation Section of the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Patti has provided training throughout the US and in other countries, is active in the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), serving as its 1994 President, and in the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (ISPCAN), where she served on its Executive Council. She manages APSAC’s national Child Forensic Interview Clinics and developed Washington State’s CPOD Guidelines for First Responders to Child Fatalities and Serious Physical Abuse. Patti was honored in 2008 with the J. Pat Finley Child Protection Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jacqueline Vanbetlehem, BSW, MA, RSW, Acc. F.M.
Ms. Vanbetlehem received her Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University in 1987 and her Master of Arts Degree in Social Policy from McMaster University in 1992, She completed her Certificate in Conflict Management from Conrad Gerbel University College in 2002. Approved internships were completed at Whitby Mental Health Centre (1986-1987), Oshawa General Hospital, (1985-1986) and Adult Protective Services (1984-1985). Ms. Vanbetlehem also completed a custody and access assessment internship under the supervision of Linda Chodos, MSW, RSW in 2003.
Ms Vanbetlehem has been a Registered Social Worker in Ontario since 1987 and is an accredited family mediator (Ontario Association of Family Mediators). She maintains a private practice in the provision of mediation, arbitration, parenting coordination, and custody/access assessment assessments. Her practice also includes marital, individual and family therapy, including reunification therapy. In addition, Ms. Vanbetlehem is a member of the Family Solutions Team in Toronto. Ms. Vanbetlehem is a frequent presenter on topics related to high conflict divorce and most recently presented at the AFCC’s Annual Conference in Denver.
Ms. Vanbetlehem holds memberships in the following professional organizations: The Ontario College of Registered Social Workers; Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Ontario Association of Family Mediators. Ms. Vanbetlehem is a member of the High Conflict Forum in Ontario. She is a member the Event Committee of the Ontario Chapter of the AFCC.
Dr. Varley is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. He is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also the Program Director for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program at UW SOM. His research interests are in pediatric psychopharmacology and he is the Director of a clinic for children and adolescents with complex attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Lois Ward worked for over thirty years serving in the Children’s Administration in various roles including social worker, supervisor, program manager and administrator. For the past ten years, Ms. Ward has served as a federal child welfare specialist with lead responsibility for child welfare in both Alaska and Washington. She has lead responsibility for federal adoption oversight throughout Region X (Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho), oversees the provision of technical assistance to States and Tribes in Region X and is the liaison with the Office for Civil Rights.
Na’im Williams is a Veteran Parent who received 100% custody of his son 10 years ago. His son is now 15 years old and attending O’Dea High School. Na’im was a single father for three years before getting married and becoming a full fledge family. He is currently a Fatherhood Specialist for First A.M.E. Child & Family Center. His passion is working with fathers and at-risk youth. His deepest desire is to educate fathers on the importance of spending quality time with their child or children and breaking the statistic of 2.7 million fatherless homes. “Time is the one thing we can’t get back!” He is an ambassador for Divine Alternatives for Dads Services - D.A.D.S. organization. He is also a member of the Washington State Parent Advocacy Committee, King County Parent Advocacy Committee and the Fatherhood Council.