Mr. Richard Anderson has 17 years of experience prosecuting felony offenses. He is the Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney managing a team of 6 deputy prosecutors and one paralegal to prosecute crimes of physical abuse of children, adult and child sexual abuse. Mr. Anderson has negotiated and prosecuted a caseload of over 200 cases, specifically child homicides and physical assaults, rape, indecent liberties, child molestation, child pornography, and sexual exploitation of minors.
Mr. Anderson received his law degree from the University of Washington.
Ms. Kathy Balam received her bachelor’s degree from Central Washington in Law and Justice and began working in 1990 as a Child Advocate placed at the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office through Providence Hospital. She began her career with DCFS in 1991, as the Court Specialist at the Snohomish County Courthouse. Throughout her career with the department she has worked as a CPS investigator, CPT facilitator, FTDM facilitator, CHET Screener and a Medicaid Personal Care Assessor. Ms. Balam currently holds a position as a Child Family Welfare Services Worker and is assigned to the Skagit County Family Treatment Court.
Ms. Claudia J. Bayliff is an attorney and educator with twenty-four years of experience working on issues related to sexual assault. She is currently serving as the National Judicial Education Program's (NJEP) Project Attorney, developing judicial educational materials and educating judges about sexual assault. She was the first Chief of the United States Air Force's worldwide, $18 million+ Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. She has also consulted with the Department of the Navy, the Navy, the Marine Corps and the Army to help them develop their sexual assault prevention and investigation strategies. Ms. Bayliff served as the Assistant Director of the Boulder County Rape Crisis Team. She also taught classes on women and the law at the University of Colorado in Boulder and Denver. In addition, she presents at conferences and professional organizations throughout the United States, Canada and Europe about violence against women and children and women's relationship to the legal system.
Mark Baysinger. Has served as Executive Director of Sunnyside's Promise SSP since 2009 The primary task of being hired was to explore gang activity within the local area of Sunnyside, WA.
Prior to his work with SSP, Mark succeeded in serving the at-risk adult and youth population through the Job Training Partnership Act, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Community Trade and Economic Development for 24 years. Five times recognized as a 'number one performer' for Workforce Investment Act youth program efforts through the Yakima Valley Farm Worker's Clinic, Mark has gained valuable experience working with multicultural youth populations.
Ms. Kateri Bishop is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and received a Master of Social Work degree from Eastern Washington University in 1996. She retired in 2012 after 28 years of service with the state of Washington where she worked for the office of Governor Dixy Lee Ray, the Washington State Patrol and DSHS, Children's Administration (CA). At CA, Ms. Bishop worked as a CPS investigator, supervisor, tribal liaison, and program manager. In addition, she provided many trainings for these programs to include discussions about diversity, disproportionality and Indian Child Welfare. Ms. Bishop received an award in 2003 for Outstanding Reasonable Efforts for Children; in 2004 for Outstanding Employee for Children's Administration; in 2004 for Outstanding Employee for DSHS; and in 2005 she received the Employee Diversity Award. She is an active member of the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Frontier Behavioral Health (formerly Spokane Mental Health) and responds for requests for consultation in her areas of expertise. Ms. Bishop is a member of the Children's Justice Task Force where she provides assistance in securing presenters for the Indian Child Welfare track at the Children's Justice Conference.
Dr. Lauren Boydston received her medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She did her residency in psychiatry and child psychiatry at the University of Washington. Her clinical interests are adolescent mental health and the treatment of mood, anxiety, and eating disorders.
Dr. Boydston is acting Assistant Professor at Seattle Children's Hospital.
Ms. Julie Brand holds a masters degree in counseling and enjoyed a distinguished 25-year career as a school counselor. Now she uses her unique perspective as both counselor and survivor, to speak and to write about maternal incest. She combines research data, professional insights and her personal experiences to enlighten participants about the reality of mother-daughter sexual abuse. Since 2005, she has educated and empowered audiences across the United States with her dynamic programs on maternal incest and the opportunities for recovery from childhood trauma. Her resiliency workshop offers proven strategies for helping victims of childhood maltreatment and interpersonal violence to become strong, healthy survivors. Ms. Brand's upbeat presentations focus on the power of resiliency and healing in all of our lives.
Justice Bobbe J. Bridge (ret.) is the Founding President and CEO of the Center for Children & Youth Justice. The Center was established in February 2006 by Justice Bridge and her husband, Jon. Its mission is "Advancing justice for and enhancing the lives of children and youth through juvenile justice, child welfare and related systems reform." The Center helps parents, advocates, judges, legislators, service providers, policymakers, and professionals to shape a brighter future
for youth involved in Washington's child welfare and juvenile justice systems by sponsoring research, targeting grant funding toward evidence-based programs, developing partnerships, and providing training and education. The Center leads the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative in Washington. The Center has also assisted the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in a review of potential investment programs to provide prevention and early intervention services to youth at risk of entering the juvenile justice system.
The Honorable Bobbe J. Bridge was appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court by Governor Locke in 1999. She was elected in 2000 and again in 2002. Before serving on the Supreme Court, Justice Bridge served as a King County Superior Court judge for ten years and as Presiding Judge of the 51-member Court for two years. She was the Chief Judge of King County Juvenile Court from 1994 to 1997 and the President of the Superior Court Judges' Association in 1999. Before joining the bench, Justice Bridge was the first female partner at the law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer.
Throughout her judicial career, Justice Bridge has been active in efforts to improve the administration of justice for children and families. She currently serves as co-chair for the Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care, whose mission is to establish safe, permanent families for all children in foster care. She chaired the Domestic Violence/Child Maltreatment Statewide Protocol Project, and chairs the State Becca Task Force, which focuses on truancy prevention. Justice Bridge recently led the Select Committee on Adolescents in Need of Long Term Placement, to help the State better respond to the unique needs of children who are simultaneously involved in the juvenile justice, child welfare, and related systems. Justice Bridge was instrumental in the introduction of Unified Family Court to King County and has worked to expand its use to other courts. Also in King County, she led the creation of the Juvenile Justice Operational Master Plan, which effected significant changes in juvenile offender court practices and services, reduced the number of kids in detention, and eliminated the need for a new secure juvenile facility without sacrificing public safety. Under her leadership, King County's Juvenile Drug Court was established, and she chaired the Oversight Committee for the Parents Representation Project, improving legal representation throughout Washington for parents in child abuse and neglect cases. During her term as the Presiding Judge of the King County Superior Court, Justice Bridge helped establish a child care facility at the Regional Justice Center in Kent. It is the first court-based child care center in the Pacific Northwest, allowing parents and guardians with business before the court to leave young children, who would otherwise have to wait in hallways or courtrooms, in a safe environment.
For nearly twenty years, Justice Bridge has served on a host of committees, commissions, and work groups advising the Governor, the Legislature, and the Department of Social and Health Services on issues relating to children and families.
Adam Brown is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Illinois specializing in the prevention of sexual abuse. With a focus on adolescents and young adults that have committed acts of sexual abuse, Mr. Brown has been invited by various organizations to train staff and present his research. He is a Clinical and Research Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, providing psychosexual assessments and expert witness testimony for sexual offender registry hearings. He is also a consultant for treatment providers and non-treatment providing agencies that serve individuals and groups with problem sexual behaviors. Previously, Mr. Brown worked as a clinician, case manager, and foster parent trainer at an agency which specialized in the needs of youth in the child welfare system with problem sexual behaviors.
Mr. Brown has presented his scholarly research at multiple juried conferences, including the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the Society for Social Work and Research, and has published in The Journal for Child Sexual Abuse. Following a well-received research presentation at the 2011 biennial conference of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, he was invited to author a continuing education course addressing the needs of boys who have committed sexual abuse. It is currently used as a training-tool for attorneys at the State of Massachusetts Public Defender's Office.
Mr. Brown is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. His dissertation is entitled, Understanding Heterogeneity Among Youth Sexual Abusers: The Roles of Networks and Sexual Scripting. He received a Bachelor of Arts (English) from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and a Master of Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA.
Dr. David Camenisch is an attending psychiatrist at Seattle Children's Hospital. He is a consultant for the Partnership Access Line which supports primary care physicians in Wyoming and Washington in the management of mental health issues. Dr. Camenisch is also a staff psychiatrist at the Seattle Children's Autism Center where he provides ongoing care. He also works with Catholic Community Services providing outpatient clinical care to children in the foster care system. His interests include primary care psychiatry, public mental health, systems of care, and advocacy. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree and a Masters of Public Health from Tulane University. Dr. Camenisch completed residency and fellowship training at Brown University and is board certified in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Colleen Friedlander Cawston received her BA in Community Health from Eastern Washington University 1993 and was in the inaugural MPA – Tribal Governance at The Evergreen State College 2004
Ms. Cawston brings a wealth of knowledge in the arena of Tribal Governance. Her experience stems from having served on the Colville Business Council for four years, the final three as the Chairperson for the Tribe. During her tenure on the Business Council she represented the Northwest Tribes on National and Regional boards and committees. Ms. Cawston is also past Secretary for the National Congress of American Indians. Her career has spanned greatly as both provider and administrator of health programs for her tribe in excess of 18 years. In her current position as the Senior Director for Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Office of Indian Policy, she is responsible to meet with the 29 Federally Recognized Tribes of Washington State, 6 Recognized American Indian Organizations and the Administrations of DSHS.
Ms. Cawston is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes of North-Central Washington State. She is married to Rodney Cawston, and they raised four children; their nephew Reymundo and their daughters Clarissa and Arielle and son Tyrone. In June 2011 they were blessed with their first Granddaughter Zaley Lynn. Together Rodney and Colleen strive to maintain their culture through traditional arts, dance, food harvesting, language and practice of their religion.
Detective Corinthia Campbell has been a police officer with the Arlington, Texas Police Department for 11 years and currently serves as the only runaway Detective in Arlington. During her tenure with the Arlington Police Department, she began on street patrol, and was later assigned to the Arlington's Narcotic Division, including two years on loan to the Drug Enforcement Agency in Fort Worth, working complex and multifaceted narcotic cases. She then returned to patrol where she spent a short time as a Field Training Officer before being assigned to the Juvenile Unit as a Juvenile Detective. Detective Campbell later transferred to the Crimes against Children's Unit where she serves as a Detective.
Ms. Gina Coslett is a Forensic Interview Specialist at Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center.
Mr. Mark Demaray has dedicated his career to building families through adoption and assisted reproduction for over 30 years. He is licensed to practice law in Washington State and has provided assistance in over 5,000 adoptions and assisted reproduction matters for families throughout the country.
Mr. Demaray is an adoptive parent of two children, so he has been there and understands the need for sensitivity and compassion while working with his clients. In adoption matters, he represents adoptive parents and birth parents. In Assisted Reproductive Technology matters, he represents agencies, Intended Parents, Donors and Surrogates with the arranging, drafting and review of contracts to ensure that the needs and goals of the parties are met.
Mr. Demaray is a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, served as the President of that Academy in 2011-12 and is on the Board of Trustees. He is also a founding member of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys and a member of its Executive Council. He was nominated as an "Angel in Adoption" by the U.S. Congress in 2007, he was a founding member of the Washington Adoption Council, involved in the Washington State Senate Interim Adoption Study and appointed to the Washington State Adoption Commission. Mark has also been active in the review and drafting of adoption and assisted reproduction related legislation in Washington State for many years.
Mr. Demaray attended Seattle Pacific University, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington in Seattle and received his law degree from the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.
Mr. Demaray practices in courts located in Seattle, King County, and in Everett, Snohomish County, as well as other courts all over Washington state. He has represented families and birth parents from all over the country in adoption and ART matters.
Mr. Patrick Dowd is an Ombudsman with the Office of the family and Children's Ombudsman. He is a licensed attorney with public defense experience representing clients in dependency, termination of parental rights, juvenile offender and adult criminal proceedings. He was also a managing attorney with the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) Parents Representation Program and previously worked for OFCO as an ombudsman from 1999 to 2005. Through his work at OFCO and OPD, Mr. Dowd has 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.
Farley International's principal Robert Hugh Farley is a thirty-year veteran of the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department in Chicago, Illinois, USA. As a highly decorated Detective, Deputy United States Marshal and Unit Supervisor, he has had over twenty-eight years experience investigating and supervising all aspects of crimes against children from sexual abuse to child homicide. When he retired he was the Commanding Officer of the Cook County Sheriff's Police, Child Exploitation Unit.
Prior to his creating this Unit, Det. Farley was detailed from the Cook County Sheriff's Police to become a founding member of the Federal Child Exploitation Strike Force in Chicago. He continued to be a driving force in the success of the Federal Strike Force where he was assigned for nine years. As a Deputy United States Marshal, he conducted hundreds of undercover child pornography, child exploitation and child prostitution investigations, portraying himself as a child molester, while targeting sexual predators in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.
Because of the unique crimes involved in the sexual exploitation of children over the internet, Det. Farley proposed several new pieces of legislation and testified before the Illinois House or Representatives prior to the proposals being signed into law. As the result of his leadership, the Child Exploitation Unit is one of the most successful law enforcement organizations in the world that arrests online predators. The Unit to date has a 100 % conviction rate. The activities of the Child Exploitation Unit have frequently been featured on nightly television, and in the national and international press.
Following his retirement from the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department, Det. Farley worked as an International Child Exploitation Consultant for INTERPOL, the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and the Microsoft Corporation. As a result of these endeavors he has conducted child abuse training seminars at INTERPOLï¿½s Headquarters in Lyon, France and New Scotland Yard's High Tech Crime Law Enforcement Training Centre in England. In addition he has conducted international training seminars in numerous other countries, some of which include: Germany, South Africa, Hong Kong, Japan, Kingdom of Jordan, Spain, Costa Rica, Brazil, New Zealand, Turkey, Croatia, Romania, Argentina, Bulgaria, Norway, Canada and twice in the Russia Federation.
As an internationally recognized child abuse expert Det. Farley has coauthored books while providing technical support and consultant services for the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children child abuse training programs serving as a senior training instructor. He has conducted thousands of child abuse training seminars and webinars in all 50 states. As a result of his unique training curriculum, the numerous investigative techniques he developed have been implemented by thousands of police departments, child protection agencies, child advocacy centers and prosecutors throughout the world.
Detective Randall Fenley has been with the Lane County Sheriff's Office for approximately twenty-one years. The last six and a half years he has served as a detective in the violent crimes unit. Before joining the detective division, Detective Fenley served in numerous assignments including: corrections, patrol, traffic safety and forest land patrol. As a violent crimes detective he has investigated numerous homicides, violent sexual assaults and child abuse complaints. Detective Fenley is a member of the Lane County multidisciplinary team that reviews all cases where child victims are forensically interviewed.
Dr. Lisa Aronson Fontes has dedicated two decades to making the mental health, social service, and criminal justice systems more responsive to culturally diverse people. She is the author of Interviewing Clients Across Cultures: A Practitioner's Guide and Child Abuse and Culture: Working with Diverse Families. She has written numerous journal articles and chapters on cultural issues in child maltreatment and violence against women, cross-cultural research, and ethics. She teaches at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Fontes has worked as a family, individual, and group psychotherapist, and has conducted research in Santiago, Chile, and with Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and European Americans in the United States. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. She is a popular conference speaker and workshop facilitator. Dr. Fontes completed a Fulbright Foundation Grant in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a volunteer, Dr. Fontes worked for three years with Somali refugees in Springfield, Massachusetts. Visit her website at: www.LisaFontes.com
Ms. Tricia Gardner is an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN), and a licensed attorney. She is the current director of the Child Welfare Training Program for the State of Oklahoma. This program organizes and implements all the training for child protective services workers in the State. In addition, she was an adjunct professor for the University of Oklahoma College of Law and provides instruction for the Interdisciplinary Training Program on Child Abuse and Neglect through the OU Health Sciences Center. In the past, Ms. Gardner has served as the Director of Professional Education for the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, Operations Manager for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the State Administrator of the Oklahoma Child Death Review Board. Ms. Gardner is currently the Vice-President of APSAC.
Dr. April Gerlock has been a psychiatric nurse for 30 years and has specifically worked with veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for over 29 years. She is currently at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), VA Puget Sound Health Care System.. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington.
Gordon Graham has been actively involved in law enforcement since 1973 and is a retired Commander from the California Highway Patrol. He has lectured at public safety training Institutions around North America, including the FBI, RCMP, DEA, the National Fire Academy, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Mr. Graham has been awarded a B.A. in Business from San Francisco State College, a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach, a Masters degree in Safety and Systems Management from University of Southern California, and a Juris Doctorate from Western State University. Concurrently, he is an attorney, consultant, lecturer, and author focusing on organizational and operational risk management issues. He has developed training systems and programs used by both private and public sector organizations internationally. Within private sector organizations, Gordon has developed Risk Management programs for Boeing, NASCAR, CB Richard Ellis, Worley Parsons, Colliers International, Intel, Chevron and many others. His innovative programs to eliminate job based harassment and workplace violence are being used by private sector organizations across North America.
Detective Grant Gildon of the Arlington Police Department in Arlington Texas started his law enforcement career in 2003 as an officer in Texarkana Texas. In 2005 he joined the Arlington Police Department where he continues to work.
Detective Gildon is currently assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit. His current duties include: Investigating felony level physical and sexual abuse cases involving child victims and adult offenders. Previously, he served in the Juvenile Investigations Unit where he investigated felony level physical and sexual abuse cases involving child victims and juvenile offenders. Detective Gildon currently teaches Juvenile Law, Family Code Law, and Child Abuse Investigations Courses. He has served as a Guest Lecturer at Texarkana College, Texas Christian University, and University of Texas at Arlington in the field of Juvenile Investigations and Sex Crimes Investigations. His certificates include: Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education Instructor License, DNA Evidence Collection and Utilization Course, Interviewing Children A Law Enforcement Perspective Course, Advanced Techniques in Joint Child Abuse Investigations Course, and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Course.
Dr. Mary Margaret Gleason is a pediatrician and child psychiatrist ("triple boarder"). Working with Dr. Boris, she is the co-clinical director of a state-wide early childhood mental health program (ECSS). Her clinical work includes evaluation and treatment of high-risk infants, young children and their families through Louisiana's Early Childhood Supports and Services program. Dr. Gleason is interested in early identification of high-risk young children in the community to optimize early intervention efforts. To this end, she has developed and validated a screening tool specifically for primary care physicians. She also has academic interests in primary and secondary prevention in early childhood maltreatment, parent-child relationships, and biological stress responses in early childhood.
Mr. Gordon Graham is a 33 year veteran of California Law Enforcement. His education as a Risk Manager and experience as a practicing Attorney, coupled with his extensive background in law enforcement, have allowed him to rapidly become recognized as a leading professional speaker in both private and public sector organizations with multiple areas of expertise.
Mr. Graham is a product of "The Greatest Generation." Raised in San Francisco in the 1950s, he not only learned that love of God, love of Country, and love of family was critical, but he was also taught the immense value of continuous learning, hard work and the importance of always doing the right thing. These beliefs and values have become a constant and a catalyst in his busy life.
After his first twelve years of formal education in the Catholic school system, Mr. Graham began his undergraduate work at San Francisco State College during the tenure of S.I. Hayakawa who further reinforced those basic values and beliefs. He graduated in 1973 with a B.A. in Business.
In 1973 Mr. Graham was selected as a candidate for a major west coast law enforcement agency. Thereafter, he proudly served as a motorcycle officer for most of his first ten years in the Los Angeles area. In addition to his patrol work, he helped design the first DUI task force, assisted in the development of the DRE (drug recognition program), was an instructor in the initial "Mod I and II" Haz Mat program, and wrote his first of many technical papers: "PCP–An Officer's Survival Guide."
Simultaneously he was furthering his formal education during his off hours. Spending two years at Long Beach State College under the tutelage of Dr. Richard Kaywood led to his receiving a Lifetime Teaching Credential.
Following this degree, he attended University of Southern California in their Institute of Safety and Systems Management. He will quickly tell you that this was the best education he ever received from the best and the brightest people in the field. His professors included Chaytor Mason, Ted Ferry, Bill Petak and Harry Hurt. His relationship with Professor Hurt led to his being selected as a team member collecting data for The Hurt Report. Published in 1980, this report on motorcycle fatalities was and is recognized as the single greatest treatise on motorcycle safety.
After completing his Masters, his off duty time was then spent at Western State University School of Law, where he was graduated in 1982 with his Juris Doctorate. He passed the California Bar Exam the same year and opened his law offices in Hollywood, where he focused his efforts on family law, immigration and personal injury work.
In his law enforcement life, Mr. Graham was promoted to Sergeant in 1982 and supervised his former unit–the motorcycle cops of his agency assigned to Los Angeles. He and his fellow Sergeants on "B" shift stressed the values and beliefs and built the most productive team of motorcycle officers in the history of the department.
During this time period, he saw deficiencies in how officers were trained, and revolutionized law enforcement training in California with his SROVT program: Solid, Realistic, Ongoing, Verifiable, and Training. This daily training bulletin concept resulted in his later being awarded the California Governor's award for excellence in law enforcement training.
He also expanded his efforts to assist other public safety organizations and in 2002 worked with Chief Billy Goldfeder to develop FireFighterCloseCalls.com which is now recognized as "the source" for information about fire fighter safety. This effort led to his assisting the International Association of Fire Chiefs with a similar effort–and the development of their FireFighterNearMiss.com safety site. In 2005 the IAFC awarded Mr. Graham with the Presidential Award for Excellence for his lifelong work in improving firefighter safety and performance.
In 2002, along with Bruce Praet and Dan Merkle, Mr. Graham became a founder of Lexipol–a company designed to standardize policy, procedure and training in public safety operations. Today, most of the law enforcement agencies in California are using the Lexipol Knowledge Management System and nearly half of the States are now using this approach to law enforcement operations. This effort has greatly improved the safety of police personnel while also influencing a dramatic reduction in claims, settlements and verdicts adverse to law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Graham held his law enforcement headquarters assignment until his service retirement in 2006. In 2008, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from California POST.
Dr. Mimi Graham is Director of the Florida State University Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy since 1993 specializing in policy, training and special projects for vulnerable infants and toddlers including: The Harris Infant Mental Health Training Institute, Florida's Infant Toddler Network, FSU Early Head Start, The Young Parent Project, Child Welfare Community Collaboration, and the Partner's For A Healthy Baby Home Visiting Training Institute. She is part of the Dependency Çourt Improvement Workgroup and the Visitation Workgroup for the Office of Judicial Improvement. Dr. Graham is a co-founder of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health and fellow of Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families and Florida's Policy Group for Children & Families.
Mr. Erik Hasselman is an Assistant District Attorney for Lane County, Oregon. He has worked in that capacity for almost 18 years, the last 8 of which he has served in the Major Crimes Division. He prosecutes violent crimes, with the majority of his caseload consisting of cases involving the sexual and physical abuse of children. Mr. Hasselman has served on Lane County's Multi-Disciplinary Team for nearly a decade, and was awarded the Randy Nunnenkamp Champions for Children award at the 2010 Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit in Portland, Oregon.
Mr. Stephen Herschkowitz has been a deputy prosecuting attorney with the King County Prosecutor's Office since 2007. His rotations include stints in the District Court Unit, Juvenile Court, Domestic Violence Unit and his current rotation, the Gang Unit. Prior to his work as a prosecutor, he served six years as an active duty surface warfare officer in the United States Navy. Mr. Herschkowitz received his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and his J.D. from Seattle University.
Detective Aaron Hoberg is a detective with the Lane County Sheriff's Office working major crimes. He has been a police officer for 13 years, with the last 3 years focusing on the investigation of major crimes.
Mr. Phil Houston is a twenty-five-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency and a recipient of the Career Intelligence Medal. He is a nationally recognized authority on deception detection, critical interviewing, and elicitation. He has conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations for the CIA and other federal agencies. Mr. Houston is credited with developing a detection of deception methodology currently employed throughout the U.S. intelligence and federal law enforcement communities.
Mr. Tim Jaasko-Fisher works with people and organizations to evolve leadership for complex social issues. His work creates conditions for improved outcomes and stronger more engaged communities of practice.
As director of the Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) at the University of Washington School of Law, Mr. Jaasko-Fisher has consulted with courts across Washington State to improve their response to child abuse and neglect since 2007. He is a member of the federal Quality Improvement Center on Youth Representation curriculum team providing training and consultation for a national audience.
Mr. Jaasko-Fisher is the Assistant Director of Programming and Curriculum at Robert's Fund. He provides consultation and training focused on improving consciousness, creativity, and community to promote a more civil world. He engages people in work designed to promote wellbeing within the individual, enhance productivity, and improve outcomes.
Mr. Jaasko-Fisher was an Assistant Attorney General for 11 years. He earned his bachelor of arts in government from New Mexico State University in 1993, his juris doctor from Seattle University School of Law in 1996 and completed a master of arts from Seattle University's Organization Systems Renewal program in 2011. He presents nationally on issues relating to leadership, civility, and engaging groups in complex problem solving.
Ms. Cory Jewell Jensen is the Co-Director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Oregon. Ms. Jewell 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 McGwire Foundation for Children, and a number of local and national law enforcement and child advocacy organizations. Ms. Jewell Jensen 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. Ms. Jewell 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.
Ms. Kirsten Johnson is a training specialist with the Court Improvement Training Academy at the University of Washington School of Law. She received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. Ms. Johnson worked in legal services in Seattle, first at the former Evergreen Legal Services and then at the Seattle Community Law Center, where she also served on the Board for several years.
Ms. JoAnn Kauffman is a member of the Nez Perce Tribe, and founder and president of Kauffman & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm supporting tribal, state and federal governments in human service and community development fields. She received her masters in public health from the University of California at Berkeley, and has worked in the area of Indian health for more than 35 years. Over her career she has served as a health policy consultant to Indian tribes, the Indian Health Service (IHS), and urban Indian health programs. In 1999, she was tasked by the IHS to spearhead a national consultation effort to develop a consensus for the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which was scheduled to expire in 2000. This national consensus bill was eventually integrated into the Affordable Care Act and became permanently authorized as a part of ACA.
Ms. Kauffman has served as a consultant to numerous national and regional intertribal consortia, including the National Congress of American Indians, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, and the National Indian Health Board. She has served on numerous national boards concerning Indian health. Ms. Kauffman founded KAI in 1990 to provide technical assistance and training, research and evaluation, strategic communications and tribal outreach support and resources to agencies of the federal government, Indian tribes, and national associations addressing a range of dealing with a range of issues including public health, behavioral science, marketing and message testing, and qualitative research into issues affecting AI/AN.
In 2005, the DHHS Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) requested Ms. Kauffman to help create a strategy to prevent violence, bullying and suicide among Native American youth, targeting those communities most at risk. This effort, known as Native Aspirations, has been implemented in 65 Native communities and is in its 8th year.
Ms. Karen Kearney attended Western Washington University, completing a degree in Graphic Design in 1992. After working in the field for nearly twelve years, including freelancing prior to graduation, Ms. Kearney wanted a career that was more meaningful. In March 2001, she began working for Northwest Family & Children's Services as a Guardian ad Litem advocating for the youth of Skagit County who had been removed from their parent(s) due to abuse and/or neglect. Ms. Kearney completed the state mandated training to do so, and continue in ongoing trainings each year. She has been appointed as the GAL for more than 180 children to date, and has been a member of the Skagit County Family Treatment Court team since its inception.
Mr. Aidan Key is the Director of Gender Diversity, an education, support, and training organization committed to increasing awareness and understanding of the normal range of gender variations in children and teens. In 2001, he founded the international Gender Odyssey conference held each summer in Seattle, WA. Additionally, he facilitates one of the only support groups in the nation for families raising transgender and gender nonconforming children at Seattle Children's Hospital. Mr. Key offers trainings for youth-based agencies and organizations; medical and mental health providers; camps and after-school programs; and assists with trans youth policy development. His work has led to numerous speaking engagements, as well as TV, radio, and other media appearances.
Ms. Terri Kimball joined the Center for Children & Youth Justice in August 2011 and is coordinating the development of the statewide protocol for prostituted children under a federal grant administered by the Washington State Children's Justice Task Force (2011-2013). This effort is called Project Respect.
She retired from the City of Seattle in March 2011 where she had served for 4.5 years as the Director of the Division of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention, Seattle Human Services Department. In this role, among other duties, her office spearheaded the City's response to the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) which included commissioning a comprehensive report on the state of CSEC in Seattle and King County, and then implementing the report's recommendations. Her office worked to develop and fund a residential recovery program for prostituted youth, provided an ongoing series of comprehensive stakeholder trainings on this issue, and convened and facilitated a steering committee of local stakeholders to develop a strategic plan that will lead to a coordinated regional response for these youth.
Prior to her work with the City of Seattle, Ms. Kimball served as the Executive Director of the Domestic Abuse Women's Network (DAWN) in Tukwila Washington. She was responsible for all programs, financial and information systems, fund raising, human resources, policy development and implementation, legislative advocacy, and all other administrative and programmatic functions of this non-profit agency with a dedicated mission of serving battered women and their children. DAWN serves over 10,000 people annually.
Mr. Kinney has been a Police Officer for over 21 years, currently with the Edmonds Police Department. During this time he has been assigned to the crimes against children/sex crimes unit. He is the Police Department's Interview Specialist. He works closely with DSHS/CPS and is a member of the local Child Protection Team. Mr. Kinney has lectured at the Washington State Children’s Justice Conference for several years on working relationships between Law Enforcement and Social Workers.
Ms. Lisa LaGuardia received a B.A. from Michigan State University and her law degree in 1994 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She started her legal career at the Skagit County Public Defender office in Canton, Ohio, providing criminal defense to juveniles and representing parents in civil child abuse and neglect cases. She then turned to private practice and eventually became an attorney for the Stark County, Ohio, Department of Children and Family Services. Ms. LaGuardia moved to the Northwest in 2000 and spent seven years at the Whatcom County Public Defender Office, providing civil and criminal representation to juveniles and civil representation to parents in Dependencies. In that capacity, she participated in the formation of the Whatcom County Family Treatment Court. Ms. LaGuardia has been a member of the Skagit County Family Treatment Court team since 2008 when she became an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington, Bellingham office.
Ms. Jennifer Lee is the Senior Program Strategist for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's (NCMEC) Child Victim Identification Program (CVIP). In 2002 Ms. Lee assisted in the creation and development of the Child Victim Identification Program and eventually served as Program Manager. Beginning in 2007, Ms. Lee now works to help advance the tools used daily within CVIP to assist law enforcement and prosecutors working child sexual exploitation cases. She provides assistance to the unit with policy development and working on special projects. Ms. Lee also travels across the country to educate law enforcement officials and policy-makers on the many aspects of online exploitation and demonstrate critical techniques to help identify child victims.
Dr. Fran Lexcen is the Director of Forensic Services at the Child Study & Treatment Center (CSTC) in Lakewood, Washington and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. CSTC is the state psychiatric hospital for children ages six to 17 who require long-term inpatient care. There, Dr. Lexcen conducts outpatient evaluations and provides diagnostic and intervention consultation to treatment teams working with residential patients. She coordinates the didactic and research components of a Post-Doctoral Fellowship, and clinically supervises Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellows, Pre-Doctoral Psychology Interns and Psychiatry Residents who specialize in child and adolescent mental health. Prior to working in Washington, Dr. Lexcen served as Project Director for the MacArthur Foundation's study of juvenile competence to stand trial at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has published peer-reviewed articles on mental health and forensic assessments with children and adolescents. Dr. Lexcen regularly provides consultation to judges and lawyers in the juvenile and family court systems in Washington and California.
Dr. David Lisak is a researcher and forensic consultant who for 25 years has studied the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence. His work has focused on the long term effects of sexual abuse in men, the relationship between child abuse and violence, and the motives and characteristics of rapists. Dr. Lisak has served as a consultant to judicial, prosecutor and law enforcement education programs across the country, and has conducted workshops in all fifty states. He consults widely with universities, the four services of the U.S. Military, the Department of Defense, and other institutions regarding sexual assault prevention and policies, and frequently serves as an expert witness in homicide and sexual assault cases.
Mr. Mackie is a Research Associate at Tufts Medical Center and an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Training Fellow at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He has served as consultant to the Administration for Children and Families and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts regarding oversight of psychotropic medications for children in foster care. Mr. Mackie is currently project manager on three studies examining mental health services for children in foster care, both nationally and within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His dissertation work, supported through an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Health Services Dissertation Award (R-36), examines the impact of state policy mechanisms on psychotropic use and safety among children in foster care. Mr. Mackie has published both empirical and theoretical articles on healthcare delivery for children in foster care and medical sociology, including articles/chapters in Social Science and Medicine, Children and Youth Services Review, Child Welfare: Current Issues, Practices, and Challenges, Drugs and Culture, and the Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Health. Mr. Mackie holds a Master's degree in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health, and Master of Arts in Social Policy from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Trudy Marcellay is a member of the Chehalis Tribe. Ms. Marcellay received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Washington State University in Speech Communications Disorders in 1988. She began working with the Children’s Administration as a Community Resource Program Manager where she was the LICWAC Coordinator. Ms. Marcellay later moved to the Office of Indian Policy as a Program Manager for Region 3 where she continued working with the LICWAC’s throughout Washington State.
She is a supporter of the Chehalis Canoe Family and has enjoyed participating in the last six Canoe Journeys. She also enjoys her role as a mother of two children, and an aunt to many extended family and community members.
In her free time, Ms. Marcellay enjoys weaving traditional Northwest Coast baskets, and teaching this art as well as other cultural arts and crafts classes.
Dr. Shawn Marsh is the Director of the Juvenile and Family Law Department at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He is a social psychologist with research and teaching interests in the areas of psychology and the law, juvenile justice, resiliency, positive youth development, and social cognition. His background includes working with youth in correctional settings as an educator and mental health clinician, and he is a licensed school counselor, professional counselor, and clinical professional counselor. Dr. Marsh is affiliated with several academic departments at the University of Nevada, and his research appears in scholarly journals such as Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Health Psychology, Offender Rehabilitation, Victims & Offenders, Community and Applied Social Psychology, and School Violence.
Ms. Jeanne McShane has worked for Children's Administration since 1998. Throughout her career, she has worked to help improve the lives of children and families involved in the child welfare system. Ms. McShane has worked with almost every program in Children's Administration, including Intake, Child Protective Services, Child and Family Welfare Services, Adoptions, and the Division of Licensed Resources. Ms. McShane is currently the agency lead for Family Assessment Response.
Dr. Fernando Mederos is the Director of Special Projects—Fatherhood at the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. His core mission is to increase the Department's capacity to engage positively with fathers in a way that is strength-based, is culturally competent, is sensitive to safety and domestic violence issues, and promotes healthy, nurturing, and respectful engagement with children and partners. He will be involved in bridge-building between Responsible Fatherhood programs, Healthy Marriage programs, supervised visitation providers and the domestic violence field within Massachusetts.
He is a practitioner (consultant, writer and trainer) oriented to culturally competent domestic violence intervention and prevention, and he focuses on identifying culturally-based values, models and practices that are protective against domestic violence and that promote respectful and egalitarian relationships between men and women.
Dr. Mederos specializes in helping communities develop holistic and culturally competent coordinated community responses to domestic violence. He brings up to date knowledge of current research and best practices in this field. He is also an experienced trainer and speaker for practitioners and agencies nationally and abroad. Dr. Mederos began working with physically abusive men at Emerge in 1980.In 1989; he co-founded and became Director of Common Purpose, a Boston-based batterer intervention program. In 1995, he left Common Purpose and devoted himself full time to consulting.
Presently, he is a trainer and problem-solving consultant for the Department of Justice, for the Battered Women's Justice Project, the Vera Institute and the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. He is co-editor of Programs for men who batter: Intervention and prevention strategies in a diverse society (Civic Research Institute with Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D., 2002) and, through his work with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, published a manual on intervention with physically abusive men in the child protection caseload in 2004. He co-chairs the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence.
Ms. Mary Meinig is the Director of the Office of the Family and Children's Ombudsman, which investigates complaints about the actions of state child welfare agencies involving children at risk of abuse or neglect, or families involved with child protection services. In addition to addressing complaints, as the Director Ombudsman, Ms. Meinig identifies system-wide issues and recommendations to the Governor, the Legislature and agency officials. Prior to joining the Office of the Family and Children's Ombudsman in 1997, Ms. Meinig maintained a successful clinical and consulting practice that focused on issues of victimization, family reunification and family resolution. She also worked as an associate for Northwest Treatment Associates for five years where she worked with children and families affected by abuse and trauma. Prior to her work at Northwest Treatment Associates, Ms. Meinig's social work experience included residential treatment, child protective services and school social work. She received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington in 1974.
Ms. Laura Merchant is the Assistant Director at Harborview Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress (HCSATS), where she has worked since 1985. She directs the counseling, medical and training programs at HCSATS Ms. Merchant is co-author of the Washington State Child Interview Guide and has co-developed the Washington State Investigation and Interview training since its inception in 1997. Her current responsibilities include direct client work, consultant, & trainer/curriculum developer on state-of-the-art investigative interviewing of children and trauma treatment issues, throughout North America. Ms. Merchant is an active member of APSAC and is an active APSAC Interview Clinic faculty member.
For 25 years Ms. Julie Metzger RN, MN has been talking to preteens and their families on all things "growing up", puberty and sex. The classes are a virtual rite of passage in the Seattle/Puget Sound region sponsored by Seattle Children's Hospital and in Palo Alto California, sponsored by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Over 10,000 people participate every year in an engaging, interactive, humorous, and fact-filled program where the emphasis is always on strong family communication. Ms. Metzger shares her wealth of experience in professional presentations and parent talks every year which might actually make Puberty a Popular idea. She shares an enormous respect for preteens, teens and their families and recognizes that the journey of adolescence is often filled with joys and challenges. Having conversations within a family on topics related to healthy relationships, body changes, and sex provides an important foundation for preteens and teens to build strong decision-making skills.
Ms. Lynn Miner graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in English in 1980 and from the University Of Washington School Of Law in 1986. After one year of clerking for a Snohomish County Superior Court judge, she started her legal career as a public defender at the Skagit County Public Defender in Mount Vernon, Washington. During her eight years as a public defender, she has represented hundreds of people on misdemeanors and felonies and in dependency cases. Ms. Miner was the Senior Deputy when she left in 1996 to open a private practice focusing mainly on criminal defense. More recently, she has transitioned to representing parents and children in dependency cases and has been a member of the Skagit County Family Treatment Court team since 2009.
Ms. Lorraine Parlange graduated from Gonzaga University Law School in 1995. She has represented tribes for over 15 years working directly for tribes as in-house counsel. Much of her practice has been in the area of Indian Child Welfare. She has represented tribes in multiple tribal courts, state courts, and internationally under ICWA resulting in the transfer of cases from multiple jurisdictions to tribal courts (WA, MT, CA, CO, ID, AZ, OR, AK, OK, Mexico, and Canada). Other practice areas have been in the areas of criminal defense, health services, TANF, education, tribal criminal prosecution, and employment law. Currently Lorraine employed as the Tribal Attorney for the Kalispel Tribe. Ms. Parlange has taught classes in the area of social work and counseling techniques with Native American families at Eastern Washington University. Prior to her legal work, she 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. She is the mother of four boys.
Dr. Stacey Patton is an adoptee, child abuse survivor, and foster care alumna. She holds a Ph.D. in African American history from Rutgers University where she wrote a dissertation titled "Why Black Children Can't Grow Up: The Construction of Racial Childhood in American Life, 1880-1954. Her work explores how the life stages of childhood were seized, racialized and deployed to set educational, criminal justice, and social welfare policies toward black children in 20th century America. Dr. Patton is also a journalist for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Before joining The Chronicle, she was a senior editor and writer for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where she worked on affirmative action issues, the school-to-prison pipeline, and juvenile-life-without parole cases with civil rights attorneys. Dr. Patton has also reported for The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun, and has contributed articles and editorials to The New York Times, Newsday, and the NAACP's magazine, Crisis.
In addition to her work as a journalist, she is also a nationally recognized child activist and founder of Spare the Kids Inc., an organization that combats child abuse in African-American communities. She is the author of That Mean Old Yesterday, a memoir published in 2007 by Simon & Schuster. Her book explores the historical roots of corporal punishment in black communities. In 2012 Dr. Patton was awarded the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award from Womanspace, a nonprofit agency that serves victims of domestic violence in the New-Jersey area. She also received journalism awards from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, National Association of Black Journalists, New York Women in Communications, and the Scripps Howard Foundation.
Commissioner Brian Paxton grew up on Seattle’s Capitol Hill and graduated from Seattle Prep. Thereafter he graduated from Central Washington State University in 1972, spent a year in the Peace Corps in the Marshall Islands, and taught Middle School for 4 years in Kennewick. Commissioner Paxton then left teaching to attend Law School at the University of Idaho, graduating in 1980. He spent three years practicing law with a large litigation firm in Yakima. In 1983 he moved to Mount Vernon and opened a general civil practice in focusing primarily on Family Law matters. In March of 2006, he was appointed to his current position as Superior Court
Ms. Allie Phillips has over eight years of criminal and civil prosecution experience as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Michigan, and, since 1997, has been training prosecutors and allied professionals. Ms. Phillips is a nationally-recognized expert specializing in the co-occurrence between animal abuse and violence to humans and animal protection issues. From 2003-2007, she was employed as a senior attorney with NDAA's National Child Protection Training Center and its National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse where she founded the Crawford training program, specialized in interviewing children and preparing them for court, and the co-occurrence between violence to animals and children. She returned to NDAA in early 2011 to create the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse.
Ms. Phillips was employed by American Humane Association as the vice president of public policy and then vice president of Human-Animal Strategic Initiatives. She managed the Public Policy Office and was responsible for lobbying and advocacy on child and animal welfare legislation, including drafting legislation and providing expert testimony to legislatures. She was in charge of developing and managing national initiatives on human-animal interactions, including creating the Pets and Women's Shelters (PAWS) Program (now Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)) and co-creating Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK) Program.
Ms. Phillips has conducted over 200 trainings nationally and has authored over 50 publications. She has published two books: How Shelter Pets are Brokered for Experimentation: Understanding Pound Seizure (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010) and Defending the Defenseless: A Guide to Protecting and Advocating for Pets (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011) and has written chapters in the International Handbook of Theory and Research on Animal Abuse and Cruelty (2008) and the Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice (2010). Since 2000, she has been an active animal advocate and volunteer at animal shelters. Through her direct work with homeless, abused, and neglected pets, she shares her experiences with prosecutors so that animal abuse cases are understood and taken more seriously. She co-founded Friends of Ingham County Animal Shelter in 2000 and Michiganders for Shelter Pets in 2011. She is the vice president of No Paws Left Behind; she is on the steering committee of the National Link Coalition, and is a volunteer and past-president of King Street Cats. She is also and a council board member of the State Bar of Michigan's Animal Law Section. Ms. Phillips provides pro bono legal advice to animal protection organizations working to protect animals and shelter pets and to end outdated shelter practices such as pound seizure and gas chambers.
Ms. Phillips is licensed to practice law in Michigan and Maryland.
Mr. Dan Powers is a clinical social worker and currently serves as senior vice president and clinical director for the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County in Plano, Texas. He supervises a staff of 22 therapists and clinical interns providing no-cost services to victims of child abuse and family violence, as well as their non-offending family members. Mr. Powers have over 20 years of experience working within the field of child abuse, sex offenders and family violence. He frequently testifies as an expert witness in state and federal courts. Dan has made numerous presentations at major national and regional conferences on the sexual victimization of children, sex offenders, and the multidisciplinary response to child abuse. Mr. Powers is a member of the Texas Children's Justice Act Task Force and in 2008, he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve as a professional member of the Texas Council on Sex Offender Treatment. Mr. Powers was recently appointed by the Governor as the presiding officer of the newly created Texas Office of Violence Sex Offender Management
Ms. Sabrina Rhodes is the Project Specialist for Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Initiatives at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) where she addresses policy and operational challenges facing law enforcement and develops tools and resources to assist law enforcement to prevent child victimization, combat juvenile crime and delinquency, and increase community safety. She previously worked at the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center, coordinating a cybercrime investigation academy and a national training and technical assistance program providing resources to law enforcement on topics such as gang investigation, crime analysis, crime-scene investigation, and crime prevention. Ms. Rhodes has over 10 years of experience working in public service through state and municipal government and non-profit community agencies.
Sergeant David Rice has been an investigator with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for over 15 years. He is a licensed paramedic and polygraph examiner. Sgt. Rice is responsible for investigating homicides and sex crimes. He has participated in over 200 homicide investigations and he specializes in suspect interviews. He regularly teaches classes on interview and interrogation to law enforcement throughout the state of Missouri.
Mr. Mark Richardson is the elected Cole County prosecuting attorney, now serving his second four-year term. He was the elected Jefferson City municipal judge from 1999 to 2006. From 1992 to 2006, Mr. Richardson practiced law as an attorney. He served as a Cole County assistant prosecuting attorney from 1985 to 1992. During 1992 to 1994, he served as one of the trial attorneys for the Cole County Juvenile Office. Mr. Richardson began his legal career as a Missouri assistant attorney general in 1984.
Ms. Deborah Robinson is the Infant Death Specialist for the Northwest Infant Survival & SIDS Alliance (NISSA) and the National Center for child Death Review, Ms. Robinson is uniquely qualified as a national expert on infant death scene investigations. Recognized for her state and national contributions, she 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.
Ms. Susan Samuel has been in the child abuse field for 30 years. Her longest tenure was with the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children where she conducted more than 2000 investigations of child maltreatment. She also worked for the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General assisting prosecutors in establishing community multidisciplinary child abuse teams (MDTs)and for the Bluegrass Mental Health Board conducting reviews on child protection investigations of maltreatment of children in the foster care system. Ms. Samuel conducts child sexual abuse investigation training for MDTs, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).
Kat Scheibner is a Supervisor for Child Protective Services in the Shelton WA Division of Children and Family Services office. Kat has been supervising the CPS unit for five years; before that she worked as a CPS Investigator for 11 years in the Shelton office.
In the past, Ms. Scheibner has served as the Coordinator for the Child Protection Team, a group of community members who has provided services to abused and neglected children. The team was responsible for providing confidential case staffing and consultation for an array of Children’s Administration (CA) cases. Ms. Scheibner has served on a number of fatality reviews of CA cases and has served as a peer reviewer of CA cases in a number of offices in the State of WA. Ms. Scheibner has also served as a member of the Multidisciplinary Team in Mason County.
Ms. Scheibner has conducted a number of trainings for mandated reporters in the Shelton area.
Ms. Scheibner received her MSW from the University of Washington in 2002.
Dr. Susan R. Schmidt is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center - Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Schmidt's research, training and clinical interests include the design, implementation, and dissemination of trauma-informed services and evidence-based treatments for maltreated children and their families, the adaptation of evidence-based interventions for use with American Indian/Alaska Native children and families impacted by trauma, and the treatment of adolescents with inappropriate or illegal sexual behavior. She has served as the Primary Investigator on federally-funded studies investigating the design and dissemination of clinical interventions for children impacted by domestic violence and parental substance abuse. Dr. Schmidt is the director of the OUHSC Child Trauma Treatment Training Program, which provides professional training in empirically supported child trauma assessment and treatment interventions. Additionally, Dr. Schmidt is a national trainer in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
Dr. Komal Sharma-Patel is the full-time Assistant Director of Research for the Child HELP Partnership and part-time clinician. Her dissertation focused on examining emotional and cognitive processing factors of writing about sexual assault. Current research interests include examining trauma-related sequelae in adolescents including risky behaviors, and evaluating treatment interventions for traumatized adolescents. Clinical interests include working with children, adolescents and adults that have experienced traumas.
Mr. Greg Smallidge has facilitated sexuality education for young people and adults for 18 years. Training teachers and delivering classroom lessons in Seattle Public Schools, and leading family workshops at Children's and Overlake Hospitals, Greg has explored with thousands of people the question of how we might approach sexuality - in a way that works better for the kids. Five years ago, he worked with an amazing group of high school peer educators in Snohomish County, and that experience inspired a documentary that takes a close look at how we currently understand and educate sexuality (details at: http://www.sex-ed.us ). Talking with and observing the very best professional sexuality educators, interviewing people of all ages about their experience of sexuality education, and searching for the reasons why we continue to fail at this work, the process of putting together this film has been Greg's richest learning experience - and greatest challenge yet.
Ms. Addie Smith graduated in 2012 from the dual law and social work program at Washington University in St. Louis where her studies focused on the intersection of race, family, and public policy. While finishing undergrad and before entering the dual degree program, she spent four years as a mental health specialist at a residential treatment program working directly with children and families in the child welfare system. As a dual degree student, she expanded her direct practice experiences in the child welfare system and interned on the Family Violence Unit at the Denver District Attorney's Office, as a Juvenile Probation Officer in St. Louis County, and as the resident social worker for a Child and Family Defense Clinic.
Her policy experience includes work on Native Hawaiian policy initiatives, supporting tribal economic development, and local child welfare court reform. She joined the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) after interning with the government affairs and advocacy team in the summer of 2011.
As government affairs associate, Ms. Smith works with tribes, tribal policymaking organizations, and state and federal governments on policy development and federal funding issues in efforts to support tribal sovereignty and promote the well-being of children and families.
Author Karen Spears Zacharias teaches First Amendment Rights at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington. Her commentary has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN and National Public Radio. A former crime reporter, Ms. Spears Zacharias spent five years investigating and writing A Silence of Mockingbirds, the story behind Karly's Law. She had a personal relationship with the family of Karly Sheehan prior to the child's murder. A Silence of Mockingbirds has been featured on National Public Radio and Oregon Public Broadcasting. Ms. Spears Zacharias is a contributing blogger to Patheos.com.
Ms. Leah Stajduhar is the Acting Chief of the Office of Program and Policy. She has been with DSHS for 17 years. She worked in JRA for 2 years and has been with Children's Administration for 15 years. During her 15 years with Children's Administration, Ms. Stajduhar has been a case carrying social worker in CPS and CFWS, and supervised all program areas while assigned to the Lewis County DCFS office. She began working at headquarters in 2005, supervising the Safety Unit in Program and Practice Improvement. For the past three years she has been in her current position as Acting Chief of the Office of Program and Policy. The Office of Program and Policy is responsible for the creation and upkeep of the policy manuals, implementation of legislation and new programs as well as helping guide practice. Leah currently leads the implementation of the new Child Safety Framework.
Dr. Kimberly Strom-Gottfried is the Smith P. Theimann Jr. Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Professional Practice at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Dr. Strom-Gottfried teaches in the areas of direct practice, higher education, and human resource management. Her scholarly interests involve ethics, moral courage, and social work education. She is the former chair of the National Association of Social Workers' National Committee on Inquiry and is active in training, consultation and research on ethics and social work practice. She has written over 60 articles, monographs and chapters on the ethics and practice. She is the author of Straight Talk about Professional Ethics and The Ethics of Practice with Minors: High Stakes and Hard Choices and the forthcoming book Cultivating Courage. Dr. Strom-Gottfried is also the co-author of the texts Best of Boards, Direct Social Work Practice and Teaching Social Work Values and Ethics: A Curriculum Resource. Dr. Strom-Gottfried currently holds an appointment as the UNC Institute for Arts & Humanities Associate Director for the Academic Leadership Program, which helps prepare and support the next generation of academic leaders.
Ms. Wendy L. Thomas graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2001 with a Master's Degree in Social Work. Ms. Thomas has over 15 years experience working for tribal governments including the Nez Perce Tribe, which she is an enrolled member. Currently, she is employed as the Support Services Director for the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. As the Director she provides oversight and administration of the Foster Care/Child Care Licensing, Indian Child Welfare, Transitional Housing, Young People's Place, and Prevention. Ms. Thomas is the qualified expert witness for the Kalispel Tribe and has assisted in Tribal and State Courts including ID, WA and CA. She also has earned her Master's of Public Administration from Eastern Washington University and Bachelor's in Social Work from Lewis-Clark State College. She is the mother of four children.
Ms. Patti Toth has been the Child Abuse Program Manager for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission since 1999. She started her career as a Washington State prosecutor in 1980, specializing in child abuse and sexual assault cases. Ms. Toth worked for 8 years as the first Director of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse of the National District Attorneys Association, served on the Executive Council of ISPCAN from 1990 to 1998, and was the President of APSAC (the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children) in 1994. She frequently presents training throughout the US and in other countries, and manages APSAC's highly respected Child Forensic Interview Clinics. Ms. Toth co-chaired the committee responsible for APSAC's national 2012 Practice Guidelines on Forensic Interviewing in Cases of Suspected Child Abuse, is co-author of Washington State's Child Interview Guide, and developed WA State's "CPOD Guidelines for First Responders to Child Fatalities and Serious Physical Abuse." In 2008, she received the J. Pat Finley Child Protection Lifetime Achievement Award.
Judge Tom Tremaine is the Presiding Judge of the Kalispel Tribal Court. Prior to his appointment to the Court, Judge Tremaine had 26 years experience as an attorney with Spokane Legal Services Center and Northwest Justice Project representing the interests of children, adults and tribes in tribal, state, and federal courts. He has presented trainings on Indian child welfare and other topics for the National Congress of American Indians, National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, Federal Bar Association, American Judges Association, Washington State Bar Association, Washington State CASA, and at Washington's annual Children's Justice Conference. Judge Tremaine is also on the adjunct faculty at Gonzaga University School of Law.
Ms Emily Vacher joined Facebook in 2011 as the Law Enforcement Relations Lead for North & South America. Prior to joining Facebook, she was a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for more than a decade, leading a broad range of federal investigations. Specializing in Crimes Against Children matters, Ms. Vacher served on the Innocent Images National Response Team, managed the Endangered Child Alert Program, and acted as a supervisor in the Undercover and Sensitive Operations Unit. She was also an FBI legal advisor, a National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime coordinator, and a member of the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team. Prior to the FBI, she was an attorney in private practice in New York.
Ms. Vacher holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, an MS degree from the Syracuse University School of Education, an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and a JD from the Syracuse University College of Law.
Ms. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky has worked directly with trauma survivors for over two decades. At age 18, she regularly spent nights volunteering in a homeless shelter. From there, she went on to work with survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, acute trauma, and natural disasters. Simultaneously, she has been active in community organizing and movements for social and environmental justice and has taught on issues surrounding systematic oppression and liberation theory.
Like so many of her colleagues, Ms. van Dernoot Lipsky initially engaged in her work with great passion and commitment, and with a sense that it was a privilege to serve others. But over time, the worked changed her, until she was no longer the person she had once been. She felt a rising despair about the brutality of the world and anger at those who had helped to create the conditions of trauma and suffering of humans, animals, and our planet. About 10 years ago, she finally faced an uncomfortable reality: The work she cared so much about was taking a toll on her. Her work had compromised her ability to be present in her life, enjoy her relationships, and even be an effective social worker and educator.
Feeling that she could no longer work with integrity, she began the second stage of her involvement with trauma. In 2000, she quit her job as an emergency room social worker at Harborview Hospital in Seattle, Washington, and began an urgent quest for wisdom that would allow her to preserve her trust in life and its beauty even when doing work that guaranteed exposure to endless waves of pain. Her explorations took her from Buddhist monks and nuns to qigong healers to Native American medicine men and women to the latest scientific research on the effects of prolonged exposure to others' trauma. Her hunger to embrace both the joy and the sorrow of our life experiences is at the root of her concept of trauma stewardship.
Ms. van Dernoot Lipsky offered her first version of a workshop on trauma stewardship to a group of public health workers in 1999. Since then, she has trained a wide variety of people, including zookeepers and reconstruction workers in post-Katrina New Orleans, community organizers and health care providers in Japan, U.S. Air Force pilots, Canadian firefighters, public school teachers, and private practice doctors. She has worked locally, nationally, and internationally.
Recently, she turned her attention to the effects of trauma exposure on those doing frontline work in environmental and conservation movements throughout the world. She was among the first to talk publicly about the profound price that the witnessing of mass extinctions and other potentially irreversible ecological losses caused by global warming and other forms of human encroachment is exacting from the organizations and individuals who are attempting to save our planet.
In addition to traveling near and far as part of her dedication to support others in practicing trauma stewardship, Ms. van Dernoot Lipsky continues to consult with organizations and institutions while also maintaining a counseling practice. She volunteers in the public schools and is the founder and director of Prescolar Alice Francis, a Spanish-language preschool that is guided by a curriculum in social and environmental justice. Conducted entirely in Spanish, it is the only one of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her family; holds a master of social work degree; is bilingual in Spanish; and in 2008 was given a Yo! Mama award in recognition of her work as a community-activist mother.
Mr. Victor Vieth serves as the Executive Director of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), a state of the art training complex located on the campus of Winona State University (WSU). NCPTC includes five moot court rooms, four forensic interview rooms and a "mock house" in which to conduct simulated child abuse investigations. NCPTC staff provides intensive instruction for undergraduate students and current professionals in the field on how to better recognize, react, and respond to children who are being abused. The Center trains approximately 15,000 child protection professionals each year
Mr. Vieth has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories , and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention. He gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota. He has been named to the President's Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association named him one of the "21 Young Lawyers Leading us Into the 21st Century." Mr. Vieth has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.
Mr. Vieth has published countless articles related to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect. He is author of Unto the Third Generation, a bold initiative that outlines the necessary steps we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations.
Mr. Vieth graduated magna cum laude from WSU and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law (HUSL). While studying at HUSL, he received the American Jurisprudence award for achievement in the study of Constitutional law and served as editor-in chief of the Law Review.
Dr. Martina Whelshula is a member of the Arrow Lakes Nation of the Colville Indian Reservation. Her educational and experiential background is diverse and focuses primarily in the field of education and healing. She possesses a doctoral degree in Traditional Knowledge, a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology, and a Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee.
Dr. Whelshula has worked extensively with Native American communities nation-wide in the areas of local and national policy development, education, community mobilization, and healing.
She has served as the Chair pro-tem for the Washington State Native American Education Advisory Committee with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, a member of the Washington State Native American Think Tank, member of the Washington State Multi-Ethnic Think Tank, Washington State Board of Education's Equity Committee and was appointed by Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire as Trustee to the Evergreen State College Board of Trustees and the Governor's P-20 Council.
Dr. Whelshula's professional experience has ranged from Research Director for national health policy development for Congressional review, to P-12 native language instructor in the public school system, tribal Head Start Director and President of the Spokane Tribal College. She is an educator, therapist, and organizational consultant.
Dr. Whelshula is currently Executive Director for the Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations, a residential treatment center for alcohol and drug addicted youth. In 2012, the Healing Lodge received an Honorable Mention from the National iAward for innovative programming in behavioral healthcare, Washington Co-Occurring Disorders and Treatment Conference's Innovative Program of the Year, and 2nd Place Winner in the national MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundation's Teen Substance Abuse Awareness Contest.
Judge Ron J. Whitener graduated from the University of Washington Law School in 1994 and worked as in-house counsel for the Squaxin Island Tribe, of which he is a member. In 2000, he joined the Northwest Justice Project, a legal services organization, representing low-income Native Americans in tribal, state and federal courts. In 2002, Judge Whitener joined the faculty of the University of Washington Law School and created the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic providing 16 law students a full academic year of training in criminal and dependency defense at several Washington State tribes. In addition to the Clinic, he teaches criminal law, federal Indian law, and mental health law. In 2011, Judge Whitener assumed the position of Executive Director of the University of Washington Native American Law Center. He is an Associate Justice on the Northwest Indian Court of Appeals and serves as the Chief Judge for the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Indian Reservation. Judge Whitener has been named Order of the Coif, Order of Barristers, the 2009 American Association of Law Schools' Emerging Legal Clinician of the Year and a 2010 White House Champion of Change. He remains active with his tribe and participates in various cultural activities and commercial treaty fishing.
Ms. Debbie Willis has worked for DSHS for 17 years; she has been with Children's Administration since 2005. In her role with Children's Administration, Ms. Willis has been responsible for policy development and implementation. Currently she is working on the implementation of Family Assessment Response and is responsible for the project management of Family Assessment Response and the Title IV-E Waiver which supports FAR.
Mr. Robert Wyman is a native of the Seattle Area, and returned here from Denver after earning a JD and MSW from the University of Denver Law School and Graduate School of Social Work. He has practiced at The Defender Association for 12 years. As the Dependency Division Supervisor since 2005 he oversees approximately 8 attorneys and a caseload of approximately 550 Dependency, Guardianship, and Termination of Parental Rights Cases, representing parents or children/youth. Mr. Wyman is also the Resource Attorney for an ongoing study of the QIC ChildRep Best Practice Model for representing children in child welfare cases. It is a state-wide study involving more than 100 attorneys representing children and youth in 24 counties in Washington State.