2015 Featured Speakers

David Adams, ED.D.

Dr. Adams, is co-founder as well as Co-Director of Emerge, the first counseling program in the nation for men who abuse women, established in 1977. Dr. Adams has led groups for men who batter, and conducted outreach to victims of abuse, for 36 years He has led parenting education classes for fathers for 12 years. He is one of the nation's leading experts on men who batter and has conducted trainings of social service and criminal justice professionals in 45 states and 16 nations. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, including "Identifying the Assaultive Husband in Court: You Be the Judge", published in the Boston Bar Journal. Dr. Adams is a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual and Domestic Violence and Director of the National Domestic Violence Risk Assessment and Management Training Project. His book, “Why Do They Kill? Men Who Murder Their Intimate Partners” was published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2007.

Kristen Allott, ND, MS, L.Ac

As a physician, highly regarded national speaker, and performance consultant, Dr. Kristen Allott is passionate about assisting individuals and organizations to optimizing brain performance. For more than a decade, Dr. Allott has refined her expertise on how to improve mental functioning, in her, cash only, medical practice which treats the physical causes of mental health. Prior to medical school, she worked with adolescents in mental health crisis. This served as a foundation to highlight the need for other tools to improve mental functioning beyond medication and psychotherapy. Through education and achievable steps, Dr. Allott works to improve energy and mental clarity for individual in high stress organizations.

Christopher M. Anderson

Mr. Anderson is the Executive Director of MaleSurvivor, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping male survivors of sexual abuse and their loved ones by creating communities of Hope, Healing, and Support. Through it’s website, social media platforms, professional training programs, and Weekends of Recovery MaleSurvivor helps hundreds of thousands of people every year who have been impacted in some way by sexual victimization. Mr. Anderson joined MaleSurvivor in 2007 after coming to understand the extent to which the sexual abuse he suffered as a child profoundly altered his life. A survivor of multiple forms of childhood trauma with an ACES [Adverse Childhood Experience Study] score of 5, he has overcome battles with severe depression, anxiety disorder, and suicidal impulses to become a passionate advocate for survivors of sexual abuse and other forms of childhood trauma. A peer advocate, he speaks publicly about his own story, the unique challenges male survivors face, and on the need for greater partnership between professionals and survivors across disciplines. Mr. Anderson speaks regularly at conferences all over the country and regularly conducts trainings and informational presentations for groups including: the National District Attorneys Association, the United Nations (Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict), Department of Defense (SAPRO), Nova Southeastern University, US Congress Victims’ Rights Caucus, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Penn State University, and thousands of students, therapists, social workers, substance abuse counselors, and other mental health professionals in the US and Canada. Mr. Anderson is also a certified trainer with the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), and a founding member of the Males For Trauma Recovery workgroup (M4TR) organized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). He is also a member of the Advisory Board to the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV). A member of Local One, IATSE, Mr. Anderson worked as a stagehand on and off Broadway until 2011. He currently lives in New York City with his wife, Jane. He graduated in 1996 from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD with a BA in Liberal Arts.

Brett Ballew, JD

Mr. Ballew is a Parents Representation Program Managing Attorney for the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD). Prior to joining OPD, he was appointed in every type of court in the state for just about every type of case for which an attorney can be appointed, including the representation of parents in dependency and termination cases from 1996 to 2007. Since joining OPD, he has given numerous presentations across the country about the effective representation of parents. Mr. Ballew received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana.

Deanna Bedell, MSW

Ms. Bedell has a master’s in social work and is a licensed independent clinical social worker. She has worked in child welfare for over thirty years, holding positions from intake through adoptions. Eight years working for the Kitsap County Juvenile Court as a guardian ad litem in dependency cases provided Ms. Bedell with an “outside” view of the public child welfare system. Currently, Ms. Bedell supervises the HQ permanency planning unit, which includes: CFWS practice, parent-child –sibling visitation, Permanency Planning, Adoptions, Caregiver Support, BRS, and EPB’s.

Janetta Bryksin, Ph.D

Dr. Bryksin received her doctorate degree in Biochemistry from Emory University, Atlanta, GA in 2011. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical chemistry at the department of Pathology at Emory University in 2013. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (DABCC) and a member of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry and the Society of Forensic Toxicologists. She currently works as a laboratory director at Cordant Health Solutions, a reference toxicology laboratory in Tacoma, WA.

Christopher Baughman

Mr. Baughman is the host of MSNBC’s new series on human trafficking, Trafficked. Prior to his retirement, he headed up the Pandering Investigation Team (PIT) and Human Trafficking Task Force for the Las Vegas Police Department, where his team arrested and convicted several of the city’s wealthiest and most violent criminals. Mr. Baughman was featured in Dateline’s Vegas Undercover and MSNBC’s Vegas Undercover Raw, National Geographic’s Sex For Sale: American Escort as well as on MSNBC’s American Greed. He teaches pandering investigations to other departments across the nation, including members of the FBI, IRS, and Federal Parole and Probation Agencies. Mr. Baughman is also author of the best-selling true crime human trafficking series, “Off The Street.”

Barbara Walling Boat, PhD

Dr. Boat is a licensed clinical psychologist, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Executive Director of the Childhood Trust at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In addition to providing evaluation and treatment for children, adolescents and adults, supervising trainees, and presenting at national and international conferences, she has conducted research on the use of anatomical dolls in sexual abuse investigations and currently studies relationships among animal cruelty, child abuse and domestic violence, including dog bites. Dr. Boat is a Board Member of the Academy on Violence and Abuse whose mission is to advance health education and research on the recognition, treatment and prevention of the health effects of violence and abuse. Her special clinical interests are treatment of post-traumatic stress and dissociative disorders and the training and utilization of evidenced-based interventions for traumatized children and their families.

Gerry Charvat, MSW

Mr. Charvat is a Supervisor for Indian Child Welfare (ICW) in the Spokane Office of the Dept. of Children and Family Services since 2008. Prior to this he worked as an ICW worker in Spokane and previously on the Lummi Reservation since 2006. Mr. Charvat earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2005 and his Bachelors of Science Degree in Developmental Psychology in 2003, both from Eastern Washington University.

Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D.

Dr. Chasnoff is an award-winning author, researcher and lecturer, is president of NTI Upstream and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He is one of the nation's leading researchers in the field of child development and the effects of maternal alcohol and drug use on the newborn infant and child. His research projects include a study of the long-term cognitive, behavioral and educational developmental effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, cocaine, and other drugs; strategies for screening pregnant women for substance use; the effects on birth outcome of prenatal treatment and counseling for pregnant drug abusers; the effectiveness of both outpatient and residential treatment programs for pregnant drug abusers; and innovative treatment approaches for children affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol or illicit drugs. Dr. Chasnoff led the development and operation of a laboratory preschool classroom to develop specific interventions for children prenatally exposed to alcohol and other drugs and developed a model Head Start Family Service Center for children and their families at risk from drugs and the drug-seeking environment. In addition, Dr. Chasnoff directed one of five national sites conducting research into the integration of behavioral health interventions into primary health care services for high-risk children and their families, and through this project studied the impact of concurrent planning on permanency placement for children in the foster care system. Since 2002, Dr. Chasnoff has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leading one of four national centers for research into innovative treatment for children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Dr. Chasnoff’s most recent work focuses on community approaches to the integration of behavioral health services into primary health care for women and children and the occurrence of co-occurring mental health disorders in children who have been exposed to alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, and other drugs. As an extension of these efforts, Dr. Chasnoff is working with communities and States to develop integrated systems of prevention and care for children and families in the child welfare system affected by substance abuse. In addition, Dr. Chasnoff has served as the Chair of the National Medical Task Force on Methamphetamine, Children, and Families for the Congressionally authorized National Alliance on Model State Drug Laws and served as the Chair of the State Task Force on FASD for the State of Illinois. In November 2008, Dr. Chasnoff was appointed to a subcommittee of the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Interagency Coordinating Council on FASD, the federal committee tasked with the coordination of national efforts to address prenatal alcohol exposure and its health and fiscal impact on the U.S. population. Through this work, Dr. Chasnoff is part of the national effort to define the neurodevelopmental profile of children across the fetal alcohol spectrum. Dr. Chasnoff received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, which in 1991 awarded him its first Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is the author of numerous articles on the effects of alcohol and other drug use on pregnancy and on the long-term cognitive, behavioral, and learning outcomes of prenatally exposed children. Dr. Chasnoff’s research article on racial and social class bias in the health care system has been cited as a landmark study by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Chasnoff has authored seven books, one of which, Drugs, Alcohol, Pregnancy, and Parenting, received the Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing. Power Beyond Measure provides a strategy of systems integration for communities and states seeking to develop a unified system of care for high-risk children and their families. Dr. Chasnoff’s book on international adoption, Risk and Promise, is a unique source of information for prospective adoptive families that has been recognized as a source for The Hague International Court accreditation for families adopting internationally. Dr. Chasnoff’s most recent book, The Mystery of Risk, has received numerous awards. It explores the biological and environmental factors that impact the ultimate development of alcohol- and drug-exposed children and presents practical strategies for helping children reach their full potential at home and in the classroom. Dr. Chasnoff is a regular contributor to Psychology Today, writing about high-risk children and their families. The recipient of several awards for his work with women, children, and families, Dr. Chasnoff for several years has been selected by a poll of physicians across the nation for listing in America’s Best Doctors, cited for his ability to translate complex medical and psychosocial issues into relevant policy that guides the delivery of quality services. Dr. Chasnoff has been active in establishing comprehensive family intervention programs for children in Australia, Denmark, Portugal, Vietnam, the former Soviet Union, and across the United States and has lectured on this topic around the world.

Ross Cheit, JD, PhD

Dr. Cheit graduated from Williams College in 1977 with honors in political economy and a coordinate major in environmental studies. He later obtained a law degree and PhD in public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Cheit joined the faculty of Brown University in 1986. Dr. Cheit graduate work revolved around regulatory agencies and issues of insurance and risk, leading to his book, Setting Safety Standards: Regulation in the Public and Private Sectors. Dr. Cheit’s new book is The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology and the Sexual Abuse of Children.

Derek Clark

Mr. Clark is an inspiring motivational speaker and the author of Never Limit Your Life and the critically acclaimed I Will Never Give Up book series. Mr. Clark spent 13 years of his life in the Alameda County foster care system and now shares his inspiring story of resilience and redemption throughout the world. He knows first-hand the power of attitude in coping with adversity and overcoming hardship. At five years of age, his mother and stepfather (his biological father was in prison) turned him over to the California foster care system, where he would spend the next thirteen years of his life, contending with rejection, humiliation, emotional distress and overwhelming anxiety. Yet through it all, he never gave up, and went from victim to victor by defying the artificial limitations imposed on him. He literally took a disadvantage in life and turned it into an advantage. His remarkable story is one of resilience and redemption, from his personal to professional life. Having suffered brutal child abuse and abandonment, Mr. Clark was prone to severe distress and lashing out in anger. As a child he was “labeled and misdiagnosed” in almost every psychological evaluation in existence. As a helpless child, he was nearly institutionalized due to severe erratic behavioral problems and violent tendencies. At 6 years old, Mr. Clark was diagnosed as mentally handicapped with an IQ of a two and half year old and suffered erratic psychosis. As he developed, it became clear to his wonderful foster parents that this diagnosis was without merit. Mr. Clark’s life mission has become helping others find the mental strength to recognize and take advantage of opportunities. His keynotes are based on true-life trials and triumphs, and have inspired thousands of listeners to have the mental strength to overcome adversity and fear. His purpose is to cultivate drive, focus, and the courage to take action. In his presentations, he reveals how he overcame his adversities and how he triumphed in his personal life. He takes you down his road of lessons that he has learned of hate, anger, resentment, mistrust in adults, violent tendencies, rejection, lack of love, child abuse and the memories that have haunted his life. Mr. Clark believes he has successfully thrived as a leader in life because of his painful past, compassion for others and living a “No Excuse” life. As a motivational speaker, Mr. Clark inspires youth and adults across this nation to never give up and to not let the past limit their incredible future. He shares his message of courage, hope and perseverance to help others find the strength to Never Give Up. When he speaks, it is from his passionate soul. He brings along his guitar to sing the journals of his life. He believes that music is one of the purest ways to touch and communicate with the hearts of the audience. His listeners will be ignited with passion and have the courage to take action and fight their fears. He will inspire and teach you to push yourself beyond your perceived limits. He believes it all comes down to a choice and taking responsibility for the direction of your life. He is proof that you don’t have to let adversity hold you down in life; you have a fascinating and inspiring destiny awaiting you. Mr. Clark is an inspiring speaker/trainer, singer/songwriter and the author of the I Will Never Give Up book series. He has over 100 tracks on iTunes. His true-life trials and personal triumphs have inspired organizations throughout the United States and Canada with his powerful message of hope and unwavering perseverance. He has been featured in numerous radio shows in many major U.S. cities, newspaper articles, and television. He has performed his music for some very famous people including the President of the United States. He has been featured with Lance Armstrong, Michael Phelps, Johnny Depp, Tyler Perry, Brad Pitt, Tyra Banks and U2 as “People Who Roar” by Roar Clothing. He unleashes his creative energy in a never-ending effort to ignite passion in others and instill the courage to never give up. His maxim is to make no excuses and become what you want to become. Mr. Clark has turned his situation from a victim to a victor, equipping him with the Wisdom and the Will to Never Give Up.

Catherine Cruikshank, JD

Ms. Cruikshank received a BA degree and MA from the University of Wisconsin –Madison in 1974 and received her law degree from The University of Puget Sound in 1986. From 1986 and 1990 Ms. Cruikshank represented incarcerated persons on post convictions matters. She also represented other clients in a variety of cases and provided mediation services as well. She also volunteered as a CASA and was a member of the Seattle Women’s Commission. From 1990 and 2010 Cathy was an Assistant Attorney General and represented DSHS in King County. The entire focus of her work was litigation. She did dependency and termination trials and scores of termination and dependency appeals. She also provided trainings to social workers and continuing legal education for attorneys. She has drafted and negotiated the terms of many open adoption agreements. In 2010, Ms. Cruikshank opened her own law firm and in conjunction with the CASEY Family Program’s Kinship Project, she represented relatives who were caring for dependent children in non-parental custody actions. She currently represents indigent parents in dependency cases and dependent children who have been legally free for six months or more in Kitsap County. Ms. Cruikshank has long been concerned about how well the open adoption agreements we currently use for dependent children work. Many people shared her concern and this led to the creation of the Dependency Adoption Reform taskforce which is looking at how to improve the documents, the law and the practice regarding open adoptions for dependent children.

Janine D’Anniballe, PhD

Dr. D’Anniballe has been dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and training of sexual assault issues for the past 18 years. Currently, she is the Director of Access, Emergency, and Community Services at Mental Health Partners in Boulder Colorado. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA), the rape crisis center in Boulder Colorado for ten years. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Dr. D’Anniballe has provided training and consultation to attorneys, law enforcement, military personnel, mental health professionals, victim advocates and University staff in more than 30 states across the country. She serves as a trainer for the Ending Violence Against Women Project for the State of Colorado, providing training throughout the state addressing system response issues in sexual assault cases. In 2003, Dr. D’Anniballe joined the faculty of the National Judicial Education Program that educates judges on sexual assault issues and how these cases are approached in the courtroom so as to minimize re-traumatization of victims without undermining defendants' constitutional rights. A licensed psychologist, Dr. D’Anniballe has a private consulting practice in Boulder with an emphasis on understanding and treating psychological trauma. Additionally, she testifies as an expert witness in sexual assault cases throughout the state of Colorado.

Mark Demaray, JD

Mr. Demaray received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his law degree from The Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. He is an adoptive parent of 2 children and for over 30 years, his private law practice in the Greater Seattle area has emphasized family formation, primarily in the adoption field. During that time he has assisted with more than 5,000 adoptions. In 1986, Mr. Demaray helped form the Washington State Adoption Council, a coalition to raise standards of practice and ethics in the adoption community. He was nominated as a member of the Washington State Senate’s Interim Adoption Study in 1989 which resulted in a revision of the Adoption Code including the statues dealing with Open Adoption Agreements. He was appointed to the Washington State Legislature’s Washington State Adoption Commission in 1990, and was a member of the Washington State Legislature’s Adoption Study Panel in 2004. He has been very active with the Washington state Legislature volunteering many hours to assist in reviewing, drafting and consulting on matters pertaining to laws on adoption. Mr. Demaray served as President of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys in 2011-12, served on its Board of Trustees, and he has been a Fellow of that Academy since 1991. He was also designated as an “Angel in Adoption” by the United States Congress in 2007.

Karen M. Dinan, JD

Ms. Dinan has been with the Attorney General’s Office for 18 ½ years. She has primarily represented the Department of Social and Health Services/Division of Child and Family Services in cases involving shelter care, dependency and termination of parental rights and currently advises Children’s Administration. Ms. Dinan has also handled cases involving child care licensing, foster care licensing and adult family home licensing. Over the years she has represented other state agencies as well: Department of Early Learning, Department of Licensing, Employment Security Department and the Department of Labor and Industries. Ms. Dinan graduated from the Lewis and Clark School of Law in 1991.

Patrick Dowd, JD

Mr. Dowd is the Deputy Director of the Office of the family and Children’s Ombuds (OFCO). 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.

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, MSW

Ms. 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. 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. Recently, she turned her attention to the effects of trauma exposure on those doing frontline work in environmental and conservation movements throughout the world. 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.

Keli Drake, MSW

Ms. Drake is a Policy Manager with Children’s Administration (CA). She has worked for Children’s Administration as a CPS Program Manager, CA supervisor and social worker. She has 18+ years’ experience in public child welfare and holds her MSW degree from the University of Washington.

Judge Leonard P. Edwards

Judge Edwards is a retired Superior Court Judge now working as a consultant and teacher. In his work he provides technical assistance to the courts of California and courts across the country, particularly in areas involving children and families. Judge Edwards served for 26 years as a Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara County, California. He sat as a domestic relations judge and as a juvenile court judge. He also served for six years as Judge-in-Residence with the Center for Families, Children & the Courts, a division of the California Administrative Office of the Courts. During his judicial career, Judge Edwards founded and was the first president of the Juvenile Court Judges of California, was founder of the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council, was founder of Kids In Common, and founder of the Child Advocates of Santa Clara County. Judge Edwards was the President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in 2002-2003. Judge Edwards has taught at the University of Santa Clara Law School, Stanford Law School, and the California Judicial College. He has provided judicial trainings in over 48 states and 13 foreign countries. Judge Edwards has written widely including a book entitled The Role of the Juvenile Court Judge: Practice and Ethics. His most recent book, Reasonable Efforts: A Judicial Perspective has been distributed to every juvenile court judge in the nation. Judge Edwards has received many awards. He was the recipient of the 2004 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. Many of his articles and videos can be seen on his website: judgeleonardedwards.com.

Robert Farley

Mr. Farley is a thirty-year veteran of the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department in Chicago, Illinois. As a highly decorated Detective, Child Exploitation Unit Supervisor and Deputy United States Marshal, he has had over twenty-eight years experience investigating and supervising all aspects of child abuse crimes from sexual abuse to child homicide. As an internationally recognized expert, consultant, author and instructor in child abuse investigation techniques, Mr. Farley has conducted training seminars for tens of thousands of professionals in all 50 states. He has also conducted child abuse seminars in 23 different countries around the world on behalf of INTERPOL and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Kelly Fitzgerald, JD

Ms. Fitzgerald graduated in 1996 from Willamette College of Law and became a member of the Washington State Bar in that same year. Her legal career began in Pierce County working for a superior court judge. In 1998, she began working as a Deputy Prosecutor for Spokane County. Ms. Fitzgerald was assigned to the special assault unit in 2000 and became the supervisor of the unit in 2011. Her current duties include supervising two deputy prosecutors assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit, setting policy, reviewing and charging all case referrals, handling trials involving sexual assaults against adults, children, and physical assaults and homicides involving children.

Justin Fitzsimmons, JD

Mr. Fitzsimmons is the program manager of the High Tech Training Services Division of SEARCH Group, Inc. He is a nationally-recognized legal authority on technology-facilitated crimes against children. Mr. Fitzsimmons is licensed to practice law in Illinois and has significant experience as a prosecuting attorney. Prior to joining SEARCH Group he was a senior attorney with the National District Attorneys Association’s National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse. He managed NDAA’s technology-facilitated child exploitation unit. Mr. Fitzsimmons trains at national, state and local conferences on the subject of sexual and physical crimes against children. Before joining NDAA he was the supervisor of the Special Prosecutions Unit of the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted sexual assault and severe physical abuse of children.

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD

Dr. Fontes has dedicated two decades to making the mental health, social service, and criminal justice systems more responsive to culturally diverse people. She authored the books: Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship (Guilford, 2015), Interviewing Clients Across Cultures and Child Abuse and Culture: Working with Diverse Families. She teaches at the University of Massachusetts. She has worked as a psychotherapist and has conducted research in Chile, and with diverse people in the U.S. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Dr. Fontes is a popular conference speaker and workshop facilitator throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

Teresa Forshag, ARNP

Ms. Forshag received her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Gonzaga University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Washington State University. Ms. Forshag has been a Family Nurse Practitioner since 1998. She is an Evaluator for the Drug Endangered Children Program. Ms. Forshag is also a Licensed Foster Parent. Ms. Forshag was the 2012 Advocate of the Year.

Beth Van Fossan, MSW

Ms. Van Fossan graduated from the University of Washington, CWTAP program in 2008, and began her work with adolescents for Children’s Administration. She has worked and volunteered with numerous agencies with her focus being, foster youth, at-risk teens, and transracial adoptees. Ms. Van Fossan has a passion for supporting and advocating for youth ageing out of foster care. She is currently the Program Consultant at the Martin Luther King Jr. Office, which has allowed her to collaborate with multiple youth agencies to improve practice in supporting youth transitioning out of foster care. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mary Geenlan, MSW

Ms. Geenlan coordinates major, highly complex interdivisional and interagency strategic programs and projects related to the juvenile court, child welfare and juvenile justice systems. She is passionate about advancing racial and ethnic equity, removing systemic barriers, and strengthening families . Ms. Geenlan’s professional experience includes working on continuous system improvement efforts with leaders from the court, child welfare, juvenile justice, and early childhood systems as well as community members, judges, elected officials, faith based groups, businesses, philanthropists, and nonprofits. Currently, she is the Juvenile Court Improvement Coordinator for the Multnomah County Department of Justice in Portland, Oregon. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Communications and Global Urban Ministry from Seattle Pacific University and a Masters of Social Work in Community Based Practice from Portland State University. Ms. Greenlan has done macro-level social work for 12 years.

Gail Goodman, PhD

Dr. Goodman was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She completed her undergraduate career at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She majored in psychology and minored in sociology and anthropology. After graduating in 1981, Goodman decided to stay at UCLA to pursue her masters in psychology. After receiving her master's degree in 1972, she continued her education towards getting her Ph.D. She majored in developmental psychology and minored in perception and physiological psychology. Goodman received her Ph. D. in 1977 also at the UCLA. Her dissertation focused on the development of schema memory and was published in the reputable Cognitive Psychology journal. Dr. Goodman has contributed to and written many scholarly texts including articles, chapters, monographs, and books. She has appeared on local and national radio and television talk shows to discuss her research regarding children's testimonies and child abuse. Newspaper and magazine articles dealing with these topics have cited Goodman. Some of her research has been funded by prominent sources such as United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Justice, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Goodman has been honored with many awards for her contribution to research and writing including: American Psychological Association's 2005 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy, American Psychological Association's 2005 Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research, among many others. She has also received teaching awards including the Teaching and Mentoring Award from the American Psychology-Law Society. Recently she has been recognized for her dedication to the field with prestigious awards including the Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society, 2008, and Association for Psychological Science's 2012 James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for Lifetime Contributions to Applied Research. Currently, Dr. Goodman is a member of the faculty at University of California- Davis. There she continues to study child memory and the law. She conducts studies in her Developmental Research Center Lab and also teaches courses. She has recently begun research in the area of the effects of child abuse and neglect on long-term memory.

Deanna Green

Ms. Green is the Training Director at Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) in New York City. She conducts trainings and provides technical assistance for legal professionals, law enforcement and social service professionals on the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and domestic trafficking. Deanna is committed to youth advocacy and urban affairs.

Cacey Hanauer

Ms. Hanauer is currently the Director of Foster Care Transitions with the YMCA, overseeing programs specifically geared toward young people who are alumni of foster care. Previously, she worked in residential treatment, a specialty school, and as a case manager in a therapeutic housing program, spending her career focusing on young people with high behavioral and support needs and who have experienced trauma and foster care. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


She is a wife, mother of five, recovering addict, and Veteran Parent. Heather spent fifteen years struggling with active addiction, and over five years involved in three child dependency cases. She is the Coordinator for the Spokane County Parents for Parents Program, an advocate at the Parent Child Assistance Program (PCAP), a certified Recovery Coach, and Co-facilitator of the Spokane Parent Advocacy Network. She actively volunteers in her community through the Better Me Better Mom's Committee, assists with coaching her two daughter's soccer team, and serves on committees at their school.

Alise Hegle, BAS

Ms. Hegle is a veteran parent of the child welfare system who reunified with her daughter in 2010. Since that time, she served as Program Lead for King County Superior Courts Parents for Parents Program, was recognized as a National Hero in 2012 by the American Bar Association, and went on to complete her Bachelors in Applied Behavioral Science. Ms. Hegle currently works as the Parent Engagement Coordinator for Catalyst for Kids and as a contracted Social Service Worker with the Office of Public Defense. She also serves on several committees to include Children’s Administration’s Children, Youth and Family Services Advisory Committee.

Jim Holler

Mr. Holler served as chief of police for sixteen years of the Liberty Township Police Department in Adams County, Pennsylvania. He is an internationally known speaker specializing in crimes against children. Mr. Holler was the founder and board president of the Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and past board president of the Wetzel-Tyler County Child Advocacy Center in Paden City, West Virginia.

Det. Wade Hornsby

Det. Hornsby has been in law enforcement for the last nine years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Wade began his career as a probation and parole officer for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Det. Hornsby is currently employed with the Frisco Police Department's Crimes Against Children Unit. As a part of this unit he works with a multi-disciplinary team to investigate cases involving the physical and sexual abuse of children.

Anne Potts Jackson, JD

Ms. Potts Jackson, JD, graduated from Texas Tech University in 1991 with a degree in Secondary Education, and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Baylor University School of Law in 1995. She was a research attorney at the Seventh Court of Appeals in Amarillo from l~S - 1997, and has worked in four separate prosecutor's offices in Texas (Lubbock, Taylor and Bell County). Ms. Potts Jackson began working in the Bell County District Attorney's Office in February 2013; however she was with the Bell County Attorney's Office for over 6 years, where she specialized in family violence. She has presented lectures about the intersection and interaction of military and civilian jurisdictions at the Texas Council on Family Violence Judicial Summits in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and for their Prosecutorial Summit in 2013, for the Texas District and County Attorney's Association, and at the Conference on Crimes Against Women in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Potts Jackson has also spoken to a variety of groups in Bell County and Ft. Hood, Texas, about a multi-disciplinary response to family violence.

Carole Jenny, MD,MBA

Dr. Jenny is a Proferssor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Director of the Fellowship Program in Child Abuse Pediatrics at UW and Seattle Children’s Hospital. She is on the Medical Staffs of Seattle Children’s Hospital and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Dr. Jenny graduated from the University of Missouri, Dartmouth Medical School, and the University of Washington School of Medicine. She also hold an MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She did an internship at University of Colorado Affiliated Hospitals and a residency at Philadelphia Children’s Hospital. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jenny is board certified in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics. She has been Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. She has also served on the American Board of Pediatrics Sub-Board on Child Abuse Pediatrics. She has written many research articles in medical journals and authored or co-authored eight books. Her most recent book was Child Abuse and Neglect: Diagnosis and Treatment published by Elsivier-Saunders. Her current research interests are abusive head trauma and medical child abuse.

Christine Kerns, MSW

Ms. Kerns has been with DSHS for 10.5 years. She has worked as a case carrying social worker for 6.5 years in CPS and CFWS. Ms. Kerns supervised the CFWS unit in Mason County for 1.5 years before working in the Office of Risk Management Unit as a Constituent Relations Specialist for a year. She has been the Permanency Planning Program Manager and responsible for the Extended Foster Care Program since June, 2013. Ms. Kerns obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Boise State University in 2001 and her Master of Social Work degree from Eastern Washington University in 2004.

Suzanne Kerns, Ph.D.

Dr. Suzanne Kerns is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy. She received her Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology at the University of South Carolina and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Clinical and research interests broadly focus on evidence based practices, their acquisition, implementation, and sustainability. Sue’s current activities include managing the Creating Connections project, which is a State-wide initiative to enhance screening, assessment, referral, and access to evidence-based mental health services for children and youth in foster care, evaluating a multi-site implementation of the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, and supporting various community-based implementations of effective programs. She supports training efforts for providers in child welfare and directs a University-based workforce initiative for graduate students in service fields.

Kelly Warner-King, JD

Ms. Warner-King is an attorney with extensive legal and policy experience in child welfare and education, She is a trainer with the Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) at the University of Washington School of Law. Ms. Warner-King has extensive experience working with courts, attorneys, social workers and community providers to improve outcomes for children and families involved in abuse and neglect courts. She has worked in the child welfare court system as an attorney, the manager of the King County Family Treatment Court and the coordinator of the Supporting Early Connections program. Ms. Warner-King has also been a policy analyst with the RAND Corporation, Washington Appleseed Center on Law in the Public Interest and the University of Washington's Center on Reinventing Public Education. Drawing on her ability to reach across systems to meet the needs of children and families, she also works as a consultant for non-profit agencies, including the Center for Children & Youth Justice and Amara. Ms. Warner-King holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and earned her law degree from New York University School of Law. She was the recipient of a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship from the Open Society Institute.

Leanne King, BS

Ms. King has 15 years of experience investigating child abuse and maltreatment in the State of Washington. She has worked in several offices in Region 3 including the Indian Child Welfare unit. Prior to working for Children’s Administration, Ms. King was employed by a private non-profit organization and licensed and trained foster homes for at risk youth. In 2006-2007, she was employed with the State of Hawaii with the Maternal Child Health Branch, Department of Health, monitoring agencies contracted to provide services via the Healthy Start Program. She graduated from Southern Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology. Ms. King is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work Program with Eastern Washington University.

Fred Kingston, MSW

Mr. Kingston is the Director of Youth Programs at The Mockingbird Society. He has worked with the Mockingbird team since June 2011. A University of Washington graduate with a Masters in Social Work, he has dedicated more than 10 years of his career to working as a teacher and social worker for marginalized youth and young adults. Mr. Kingston has extensive knowledge of the Washington State child welfare system, and expertise in positive youth development strategies. He oversees all aspects of the statewide Mockingbird Youth Network (MYN) and the King County based Youth Advocates Ending Homelessness (YAEH) program.

Kristina Korobov, JD

Ms. Korobov is a deputy prosecutor and director of prosecutor education at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is responsible for training attorneys in her office and she also prosecutes child abuse homicides, as well as selected domestic violence and sex crimes cases. Ms. Korobov has been prosecuting cases involving domestic and sexual violence and child abuse cases since 1997. She served as assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Virginia from 2006–2009 and was the acting director of the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women (NCPVAW), a division of the National District Attorney’s Association (NDAA) from 2009–2011.

Terry Lee, MD

Dr. Lee is an Assistant Professor and child and adolescent psychiatrist in the Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy. His interests include the development and dissemination of evidence-based practices, and effective treatments for high needs youth, including youth involved with the juvenile justice and/or child welfare systems. He currently provides psychiatric services for youth in King County Juvenile Detention, Washington State Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration and the King County Family Integrated Transitions program, an intensive community-base treatment serving youth with co-occurring mental health and substance youth disorders involved with the juvenile court system. Dr. Lee chairs the Washington State Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration Psychiatry Quality Improvement Committee, and supervises trainees in the University of Washington Residency Program rotating at Echo Glen Children’s Center. He is a consultant to the Harborview Foster Care Assessment Program and the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration Family Integrated Transitions Program. Dr. Lee is Co-Chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Adoption and Foster Care Committee.

Crystal Levonius

Crystal Levonius is the chief prosecutor in the Crimes Against Children Division at the Collin County District Attorney’s Office. She prosecutes cases involving child victims, which range from Indecency with a Child to Capital Murder. Crystal graduated in 1995 with a BA in Government from New Mexico State University. She earned her JD in two years from Southwestern University School of Law in 1999, as part of the SCALE program. While a student, she was a member of the Trial Advocacy Honors Program and interned in the Crimes Against Peace Officer’s Section of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. After law school, she was initially a civil attorney and passed bar exams in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. She has been in Collin County since 2004.

Joseph Linehan, JD

Mr. Linehan is an attorney in Spokane, Washington. He represents parents/guardians/non-parental custodians in Termination of Parental Rights proceedings, Shelter Care, Dependency Proceedings, and Title 13 Guardianship. Mr. Linehan primarily works in the Indian Child Welfare Unit in Spokane County. However, he has also worked in this capacity in Stevens County and Ferry County. Additionally, his practice involves Social Security Disability Claimant Representation at both the administrative and federal court level, as well as acting as a Spokane County Commissioner Pro Tem.

Erin L. Lovell, JD

Ms. Lovell serves as the Executive Director of Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC). LCYC provides specialized, holistic legal services to children in King County juvenile court proceedings, and to youth who are or are at risk of becoming homeless. She has been advocating on behalf of children and parents in Washington Dependency proceedings since 2005. Upon graduating from Northwestern University School of Law she was employed as a dependency staff attorney with The Defender Association for four years. Ms. Lovell previously served on the Executive Committee of the WSBA’s Juvenile Law Section and as a board member of The Washington Defenders Association.

Debbie Marker

Ms. Marker is currently the Adoption and Guardianship Program Manager for Children’s Administration, Department of Social and Health Services. She has worked in the child welfare field for 30 years, beginning her career as an adoption worker for Children’s Administration. Ms. Marker was a supervisor of Child and Family Welfare Services and Adoption Programs for fifteen years before joining the Permanency Planning Team at Children’s Administration Headquarters.

John Martin

Mr. Martin is a parent of the child welfare system who reunified with his daughter in 2014. He works for the King County Parents for Parents Program as a veteran parent and is a Peer Specialist at Seattle's Recovery Support Center. Mr. Martin has also been a guest speaker at numerous foster parent training classes and is a member of the Washington State Parent Advocacy Committee.

Kimberly Mays, MPA

Ms. Mays is the mother of 10. From 1989-2004 she was involved with Child Protective Services (CPS) in 5 different cases for all of her children (4 children in the first case, 3 in her second, 1 in her third, 1 in her fourth, and 1 in her fifth case, which ended successfully). Her parental rights were terminated in the first 4 cases, to nine of these children and she did not have an open adoption agreement with any of them. Two of the fathers’ who gave up their rights voluntarily and were provided with open adoption agreements. However they were unable to enforce the terms of these agreements and all contact with all of these nine children was lost. Ms. Mays believed she would be able to reunite in some way with all her children and she never gave up on this. She focused on turning her experiences with the prison system, chemical dependency system, and CPS into positive support for others struggling inside the same systems. She pursued her education and achieved her AA degree from Tacoma Community College, her BA and MPA degrees both from the Evergreen State College, all in the span of 5 1/2years. She has frequently appeared to testify at the legislature on issues ranging from racial disproportionality in child welfare, to the rights of children of incarcerated parents. Most notably she testified in support of an anti-shackling bill which was passed into law and which prohibits the practice of shackling incarcerated women while they gave birth. Ms. Mays was employed by the juvenile court in Pierce County to help start the first Parent for Parents program in WA State. From 2009-2014 she was employed by the court as the Parent for Parents Coordinator in King County, where she reformatted the program which is now deemed the state-wide model by the Administrative Office of Courts, has become a Promising Practice model, and has been implemented in other counties in Washington and in Austin, Texas. Her model of Parents for Parents is currently being used in a legislative initiative to secure permanent funding for the counties that currently use her model. A bill for her model has been created and will possibly be passed into law this session. Ms. Mays has received the following awards: Children’s Alliance 2009 “Voices for Children Award” and the King County 2010 Exemplary Service Award “Peer-to-Peer, Individual Member”. She has served on the following committees: Offender Reentry Legislative Advisory Committee; Children and Families of Incarcerated Parents Legislative Advisory Committee; Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare Legislative Advisory Committee; Center for Youth Justice Advisory Council. And she is a current member of the Washington State Parent Advocacy Committee; Casey Family Birth Parent Advisory Committee; the Model Courts Visitation Reform Workgroup; and the Dependency Adoption Reform Taskforce. Ms. Mays was able to get her youngest child back into her care, a daughter who is now 10 ½ and thriving. Perhaps best of all she has, through miracles and good fortune and hard work managed to locate and re-establish relationships with 8 of the 9 children who were adopted. In all cases she has earned the trust of the adoptive families and in two cases she has provided extended respite care for her children and financial support for two adoptive mothers. She is currently working with the Office of Public Defense assisting birth parents that face challenges she knows and understands all too well, especially when her clients are facing termination of their parental rights and the permanent loss of all contact with their children.

Laura Merchant, MSW

Ms. 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.

Mary Pagni-Leavitt, BA

Ms. Pagni-Leavitt has a bachelor of arts in police science and administration. She has worked in child welfare for 30 years, both in the public and private non-profit systems. Over three years as a Youth Service Bureau Director, 6 years working as a CPS investigator, 2 years as a CFWS worker, 15 years as a CFWS supervisor and 1 year as Deputy Area Administrator of one of the largest CA offices in the state. Since July 2014, Ms. Pagni-Leavitt has been the Child and Family Welfare Services program manager at HQ, managing the parent-child-sibling visitation contract, the pediatric interim care contract, the DOC MOU on Parenting Sentencing Alternatives, Courtesy Supervision, Foster Care Rate Assessment and Placement. Ms. Pagni-Leavitt’s career focus has been on permanency planning for children and families.

Laurie Anne Pearlman, Ph.D.

Dr. Pearlman is a clinical psychologist and independent trauma consultant based in western Massachusetts. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. She is a member of the complex trauma task force of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; a fellow of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence and of the Trauma Division of the American Psychological Association (APA) and chair of the APA Trauma Division Fellows committee; senior psychological consultant for the Headington Institute; co-founder and immediate past president of the Trauma Research, Education, and Training Institute; and co-founder and former co-director and research director of the Traumatic Stress Institute/Center for Adult & Adolescent Psychotherapy. Dr. Pearlman has received awards for her clinical and scientific contributions from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and the Connecticut Psychological Association; for her work in media and trauma from ISTSS; and for contributions to professional practice from the APA Trauma Division. She has conducted research on direct and vicarious traumatization. Her recent publications focus on vicarious trauma, trauma recovery following group violence, and moral dimensions of trauma therapies. She has been working with Ervin Staub in East Africa on trauma recovery and reconciliation since 1999. Her latest book, Treating Traumatic Bereavement, was published in 2014.

Shannon Perez-Darby

Ms. Perez-Darby is the Youth Services Program Manager at The Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse. Under her guidance, the NW Network has developed a regional LGBT youth crime victims program serving LGBT youth who experience dating, domestic and family violence, sexual assault, trafficking, robbery, harassment, and a host of other victimization. Bridging her work with youth and youth workers Ms. Perez-Darby has developed an extensive LGBT youth technical assistance project focusing specifically on mandatory reporting issues, support for LGBT youth in the sex trades and LGBT youth dating violence issues. She has a deep commitment to supporting LGBT youth to live fabulous lives by supporting youth leadership and self-determination.

Katherine Porterfield, PhD

Dr. Porterfield received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan, where she specialized in research and clinical work with children and families who have experienced loss and trauma. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the NYU Child Study Center. In her work at Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture since 1999, Dr. Porterfield provides individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults and supervises trainees working with survivors of torture. Dr. Porterfield has worked as a clinical evaluator on several cases of young people held in detention at Guantanamo Bay and frequently consults with attorneys handling cases involving torture, trauma and maltreatment. She has also presented extensively in the New York area and nationally on topics such as the effects of war and refugee trauma on children, clinical work with traumatized refugee families, and the psychological effects of torture. Dr. Porterfield was the Chair of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on on the Psychosocial Effects of War on Children and Families Who Are Refugees From Armed Conflict Residing in the United States.

Dan Powers, ACSW, LCSW

Mr. Powers, LCSW is a clinical social worker and currently serves as Senior Vice President and Clinical Director for 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. As Senior VP he is responsible for clinical operations and program development as well as directing the Advocacy Center’s clinical internship and training program. Mr. Powers has over 25 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. He has also testified on several occasions before Texas legislative committees. He is a member of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force. Mr.Powers 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. He is best known for his spirited presentations on wellness and survival for child abuse and family violence professionals.

Barb Putnam, MSW, LICSW

Ms. Putnam has a long history of supporting children’s mental health services within community based mental health care system as well as serving in the public child welfare system in the State of Washington. After graduating with a Masters of Social Work in 1984, she worked as a mental health clinician at a local community mental health center where she became a Children’s Mental Health Specialist in Seattle. In this role, she served high risk vulnerable children and their families and began interfacing with Child Welfare as a critical partner in the safety and well-being of children in communities. In 1988, Ms. Putnam was the first hire and coordinator to the Interagency Staffing Team, a multi-system administrative team tasked with supporting the most complex cross-system children and their families in King County. On a county-wide basis she developed Systems of Care infrastructure and augmented wraparound values, principles and service delivery throughout the 1990’s that serve the most complex mental health related children/youth and their families. In this role, Ms. Putnam was an early innovator and adopter by the hiring the first parent partner in the State of Washington, as well supported early family efforts, such as the Nurturing Families Group. Ms. Putnam facilitated a wide array of wraparound teams over a 10 year period and worked at the micro as well as the macro level for systems change that was responsive to the needs of children and their families. As a critical liaison to child welfare regarding the mental health needs of foster children and youth, she was out-stationed in the local Division of Children and Family Services office. She has participated in multiple SAMSHA and System of Care efforts. Ms. Putnam moved to the Children’s Long-Term Inpatient Programs (CLIP) as the statewide coordinator in 2000. In this role, she coordinated with the publically funded mental health system-Regional Support Network Children’s Resource Coordinators and local communities concerning services for the most severely disturbed children and youth in their communities who met the criteria for long-term facility based psychiatric inpatient treatment. Ms. Putnam also facilitated Statements of Medical Necessity and admission and discharges back to the community after completion of treatment. Ms. Putnam is currently the Supervisor of the Well-Being and Adolescent Services at Children’s Administration.

Michelle Ressa, JD

Commissioner Ressa 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, or as she describes at public health. Appointed in 1996 by then Attorney General Christine Gregoire, Commissioner 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 cases for two years before her appointment to the bench. Currently Commissioner Ressa is the judicial officer assigned to the Indian Child Welfare Team in Spokane County Juvenile Court. Her dependency caseload consists only of Native American children and their families. Commissioner Ressa is a member of the statewide Juvenile and Family Law Committee and will be its co-chair in 2015. She is also a member of an advisory committee for DSHS’ Children’s Administration. Commissioner 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.

Sasha Rutizer, JD

Ms. Rutizer is a Senior Attorney/Fellow at the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, a project of the National District Attorneys Association. Prior to joining NCPCA, she was a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army. Ms. Rutizer was one of four Army Officers responsible for the training of Army prosecutors world-wide at the Trial Counsel Assistance Program (TCAP), located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. While at TCAP, she developed curriculum for the prosecution of sexual assault, domestic violence, child pornography, and child abuse, and has presented on these topics both nationally and internationally. During this time she also served as a Special Victim Prosecutor at Ft. Stewart, Georgia, and Ft. Riley, Kansas, where she was responsible for the prosecution of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. In her last year of active duty, Ms. Rutizer shifted her focus to appellate issues in special victim prosecutions, serving as an attorney with the Government Appellate Division. There she argued cases in front of the Army Court of Criminal Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in order to uphold prior convictions of service-members. She spent her earliest years in the JAG Corps as a criminal defense attorney at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition to her work with NCPCA, Ms. Rutizer is also a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, where she is on the TCAP team, responsible for augmenting the Active Component in training prosecutors.

Nancy Schrader

Ms. Schrader is the mother of 10 children eight of whom were adopted. She has adopted internationally, through a surrogate mother, through the Washington state foster care system and she has even adopted an adult that was a former foster child. Ms. Schrader’s involvement with the foster care system began when she lived in Indiana in the mid 1970’s and continued off and on in Washington until she adopted 3 sisters that were her last foster children in 2007. Ms. Schrader is a retired Washington state employee having worked in the Community Service Office for 17 years determining client eligibility for financial assistance, Medicaid and food stamps, as well as working for Children’s Administration as a Home Support Specialist. Ms. Schrader is currently working as a private contractor for the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence where she has trained over a thousand prospective foster, foster/adopt and kinship care parents for state licensing since 2003. In addition she is newly under contract with the Office of Public Defense in Kitsap county working with biological families whose children are in a state dependency. Ms. Schrader is a board member of the Foster Parent Association of Washington State.

Russell Strand, BS

Mr. Strand is Chief of the U.S. Army Military Police School Behavioral Sciences Education and Training Division. He is a retired U.S. Army CID Special Agent with an excess of 38 year's law enforcement, investigative, and consultation experience. Mr. Strand is a nationally known expert in domestic violence intervention, critical incident peer support, and sexual assault, trafficking in persons and child abuse investigations. He has developed a new interview technique known as the Forensic Physiological Trauma Interview (FETI). Mr. Strand was inducted into the United States Army Military Police Hall of Fame in 2011. He was also selected to receive the 2012 End Violence Against Women International Visionary Award in recognition of his impact, vision and leadership in ending violence against women around the world.

Lee Selah, BA

Ms. Selah has been with Children’s Administration for over 30 years and has served as a social worker with Child Protective Services, as a supervisor with Child and Family Welfare Services and, over the last twenty years, as the Regional Program Manager for adolescent services. Since 2008, she has been assigned the added responsibility for supervision of the Behavioral Rehabilitation Services (group care/therapeutic foster care) program in Region 2. Ms. Selah has actively participated in the development and implementation of many programs, policies and procedures related to adolescents including the Independent/ Transitional Living programs, the 17.5 staffing and the Extended Foster Care program.

Alicia Summers, PhD

Dr. Summers is the Program Director of Research and Evaluation at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. In this role, Dr. Summers is responsible for designing, coordinating, and overseeing research and program evaluation activities that support fulfillment of the National Council’s commitment to ensure fair, timely, equal, effective and trauma-informed justice to children and families involved in the juvenile and family court system. She has conducted research and evaluation on a variety of programs and practices within the juvenile and family court systems. She has also presented at national conferences on topics such as trauma, performance measurement, mediation, judicial decision-making, and compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act. Her work has been published in journals such as Children and Youth Services Review, Judicature, Law and Human Behavior, and Psychology, Crime and Law. Dr. Summers received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Melanie Tervalon, MD, MPH,

Dr. Tervalon has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare as a program director, advisor, teacher, clinician, strategist and consultant. She has spent 25 years of devoted work creating original approaches in the field of multicultural health with an emphasis on education within the healthcare professions. Dr. Tervalon’s work incorporates principles of social justice, fairness and equity in program practice. Dr. Tervalon has a reputation for building constructive, participatory relationships inside and outside of institutions, modeling respect for divergent points of view, and setting a tone of urgency for the work of inclusive policies and practices in all settings. Dr. Tervalon is well published and recognized as an excellent public speaker locally, nationally and internationally. Dr Tervalon is a 40 year resident of Oakland, California where she raised her adult children, Lateef Daumont and Esperanza Tervalon Daumont. She is now, happily, the grandmother of Santiago Sodaye.

Suzanna L. Tiapula, JD

Ms. Tiapula has trained and provided technical assistance to thousands of attorneys, judges, law enforcement professionals, medical, mental health and public health professionals, social workers, advocates and allied professionals both in the United States and internationally on a range of child torture, child maltreatment and human trafficking topics. As a Distinguished Fellow for the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, Ms. Tiapula serves as technical advisor for regional training initiatives in the Pacific, Asia/South East Asia and Central Europe. As the former Director of the National District Attorneys Association’s National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse and NDAA’s Human Trafficking Programs, she directed design and delivery of training and technical assistance to more than 23,000 front-line professionals each year. Born and raised in the South Pacific, Ms. Tiapula previously served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Honolulu, Hawaii and as an Assistant Attorney General in American Samoa. She had also served as the Assistant Director of Rhetoric at Penn State University and has taught for Hawaii Pacific University, Chaminade University, George Mason University and Texas Tech University.

Bert Toivola, J.D.

Meghan Tokash, J.D.

Ms.Tokash is a seasoned military sexual assault prosecutor who for the last decade has dedicated herself to the pursuit of justice for crime victims in the United States and abroad. Her career started as a Victim/Witness Liaison Officer for the Department of the Army, establishing ground-breaking multi-disciplinary community programs for a coordinated approach to victim services--especially in the field of sexual assault and domestic violence. In 2006 Mrs. Tokash entered Active Duty service in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG). Selected by the Judge Advocate General of the Army to serve as one of the Army’s 23 special victim prosecutors, Mrs. Tokash investigated and prosecuted more than a hundred special victim cases involving child abuse and sexual exploitation, domestic violence, and sexual assault. After eight years on active duty, Mrs. Tokash hung up her boots and joined the Judicial Proceedings Panel on Military Sexual Assault where she currently serves as an attorney-advisor and subject matter expert on prosecuting sex crimes cases. Mrs. Tokash continues to instruct at the U.S. Army Medical Center and School and the U.S. Army Military Police School, where she teaches federal agents, prosecutors, and victim advocates at the Special Victims Unit Investigations Course. Based on her extensive criminal investigation and litigation experience, Mrs. Tokash plays a key role for the military in developing effective training and outreach programs regarding common sexual assault victim behavior and offender dynamics. Her dedication to the meticulous preparation of special victims cases was recognized by the Department of the Army in 2014 when she was awarded the inaugural "Commitment to Justice" award. A polished speaker and trial advocate, Mrs. Tokash’s tenacity in the courtroom and passion for justice is evident in presentations she delivers nationally and internationally at the Conference on Crimes Against Women, Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma, and National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. In addition, she teaches trial advocacy at Notre Dame Law School and for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Mrs. Tokash earned her juris doctor from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. and a masters degree in trial advocacy from Temple University Law School in Philadelphia.

Patti Toth, J.D.

Ms. 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, and worked in Kitsap and Snohomish Counties, specializing in child abuse and sexual assault cases. She then 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.

Maria A. Trevizo

Ms. Trevizo (Tigua/Mexican) is a descendent of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas and the Purépecha of Mexico. Ms. Trevizo is an international speaker and has worked in the human services field for over forty years. She is a Certified Psychiatric Technician and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor II. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College. Ms. Trevizo is a traditional singer and facilitator in the wellness field. She helps youth and adults to rediscover their own inner joy and beauty. As a facilitator, she coaches’ individuals, communities and tribes in recognizing the resilience and strength gained from working as a healthy team. Ms. Trevizo works collaboratively with many North American tribes of the United States, Canada and Mexico. She has served as a consultant to agencies and institutions such as U.S. Attorney's Office, Dept. of Justice, The US Department of Health and Human Services, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, The Center for Disease Control, and numerous colleges and universities. Ms. Trevizo’s favorite work is the work she does with youth, women and the Two-Spirit Community. She believes that by reclaiming our traditions and ceremonies, healing is restored.

Michael Ungar, PhD

Dr. Michael Ungar wears many professional hats. He is equally well known as the author of books for parents and caregivers as he is for his world-renowned research on the topic of resilience. As a writer he has adapted ideas from his research and clinical practice into best-selling works like Too Safe For Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive, and his most recent release, I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from Their Parents. In total, he has published 14 books, 125 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and maintains a blog on Psychology Today’s website. In another of his many roles, he is the founder and co-director of the Resilience Research Centre that coordinates millions of dollars in research in more than a dozen countries. That work has inspired many of Michael’s books and articles for mental health professionals and researchers, including Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs: 20 Skills to Build Resilience, and The Social Ecology of Resilience. When not on the road and back at his home in Halifax, Canada, he is the Killam Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, Scientific Director of the Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network, and a family therapist who works with local services for homeless and at-risk young people. In 2012 Michael was the recipient of the Canadian Association of Social Workers National Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Ungar’s work has inspired a generation of professionals and researchers to broaden their understanding of how and why young people do well in different cultures and contexts. Furthermore, he has shown through his research, writing, and clinical practice, that resilience is something that can be nurtured and sustained among even the most disadvantaged young people, their families, and their communities.

Frank E. Vandervort, JD

Mr. Vandervort is the Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He is also the President of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Professor Vandervort has a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from Wayne State University. Professor Vandervort writes and speaks frequently on issues of children and the law.

Eric Vickers

Mr. Vickers is a 13-year veteran of the Abilene Police Department. In 2010, he was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division as a detective in the Crimes Against Persons Unit. He also joined the Crisis Negotiation Team that year. In 2012, Mr. Vickers helped form the Abilene Police Department Special Victims Unit where he was assigned to investigate child abuse cases.

Carrie Hoon Wayno, JD

Ms. Wayno is a Senior Counsel in the Social and Health Services Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 2001. She is the lead counsel for the Department of Social and Health Services Children’s Administration, and in this role represents the Department in the Braam class action case, and advises on child welfare issues of statewide concern. In addition, she coordinates juvenile appeals statewide, provides practice advice to Assistant Attorneys General, and provides legal training to social workers and Assistant Attorneys General who practice in child welfare. Ms. Wayno is also co-chair of the WSBA Juvenile Law Section Executive Committee.

Joel Wilks, JD

Mr. Wilks has been with the Taylor County Criminal District Attorney’s Office for 16 years, and has been a felony prosecutor for 14 years.

Christopher F. Wilson, PhD

Dr. Wilson is a licensed psychologist in Portland, Oregon and chair of the Oregon Psychological Association’s Colleague Assistance Committee. For the past fifteen years he has worked with victims and perpetrators of crime. For seven years he was a contractor for the Oregon Department of Corrections, and for nine years he ran groups for abusive men. He currently has a private practice involving evaluations and limited clinical work, in addition to training and consultation. His work with victims of trauma has led to his role as a trainer with a variety of organizations and conferences nationwide. Dr. Wilson’s audiences have included: judges; attorneys; federal, state, and local law enforcement officers; advocates; psychologists; and, mental health counselors. His entertaining and down-to-earth style make psychology and neurobiology accessible to the layperson and he provides relevant, practical applications for the concepts he presents, ensuring audiences know what to do with what they learn. In his spare time, Dr. Wilson is an avid fan of his childhood hometown Boston Red Sox, and a guitar player who attempts to play jazz.

Robert Wyman, JD, MSW

Mr. Wyman is the Co-Director of the Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) at the University of Washington School of Law where he works with Judges, Commissioners, attorneys, social workers, CASA and other stakeholders in county child welfare to evolve leadership to promote justice in child welfare. CITA uses data to inform strategic planning and facilitates the process of innovation and change in child welfare systems through work with county juvenile courts systems around the State. Mr. Wyman is also the resource attorney for a study conducted by the Quality Improvement Center on Youth Representation, and managed by the Center for Children and Youth Justice and the Office of Civil Legal Aid on behalf of the Washington State Supreme Court Commission of Children in Foster Care. As the resource attorney, he acts as a trainer and coach for attorneys representing children and youth in foster care across the State. Mr. Wyman spent most of five years after college working in the juvenile corrections systems in Washington and Oregon States in many capacities. He then went to the University of Denver to attain an MSW and JD, specializing in the representation of children and youth in the foster care system. After graduation, Mr. Wyman worked at The Defender Association in Seattle for 12 years, and supervised attorneys representing parents and youth the dependency division there for eight years.