Speakers

Kieziah McMillan

Student at Henry M Jackson High School

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Modesta Galvan

ETV student at Whatcom Community College

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CJ Chen

ETV student at Seattle University

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Lewis Von Kliem

Von worked as a full-time police officer for 10 years, with duties as the senior use-of-force instructor and instructor trainer through the National Law Enforcement Training Center. Although he remained a Reserve Police Officer, Von transitioned to the full-time practice of law, where he has provided legal and practical guidance for the revision of use-of-force policy with national and international application. Von is certified as a Force Science Analyst and continues to consult on national level use-of-force policy development.

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Judy Krysik, PhD

Judy Krysik, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Child Well-Being at Arizona State University’s School of Social Work.  A former child welfare worker, Dr. Krysik is the author of numerous evaluations, studies and academic articles in the areas of maternal and child health, welfare reform, substance abuse, child welfare, juvenile justice, adoption, and community needs assessments.  She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Calgary, Canada, and her PhD in Social Work from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.

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Pro Tem Judge Tom Tremaine, JD

Judge Tremaine now semi-retired, is a judge on the Spokane Tribal Court of Appeals, a pro tem judge in the Colville Tribal Court, and the former Presiding Judge of the Kalispel Tribal Court. From 1985 to 2011 with Spokane Legal Services Center and Northwest Justice Project he represented the interests of children, parents, and tribes in federal and state court and in tribal courts in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Judge Tremaine authored the Indian Child Welfare Act chapter of the Washington State Juvenile Nonoffender Benchbook.  He was actively involved in the development and passage of child welfare legislation, including the Washington State Indian Child Welfare Act, aimed at improving outcomes for Indian children and their families and tribes.  Judge Tremaine is a past president of the Northwest Tribal Court Judges’ Association, past member of the board of directors of the National American Indian Court Judges’ Association, and a past member of the Washington Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission.

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Kateri Bishop, MSW

Ms. Bishop is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge South Dakota.  She retired from the state of Washington after 28 years serving at the office of Governor Dixy Lee Ray, Eastern State Hospital, the Washington State Patrol, and DSHS Children’s Administration (CA).  While employed by CA, Ms. Bishop performed in Child Protection and Child Welfare fields as well as various program manager areas which included training throughout eastern Washington.  During her career with CA, she specialized in Indian Child Welfare issues and remains committed to issues impacting Indian communities.  Ms. Bishop is a member of the Children’s Justice Task Force and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of Frontier Behavioral Health, formerly Spokane Mental Health.

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John Guenther

Mr. Guenther is an Aleut from the state of Alaska. He has a master of Social Work from Eastern Washington University and a Bachelor of Science from Portland State University (PSU) where he was assistant coach for PSU's national championship wrestling team. Mr. Guenther has more than 20 years’ experience in child welfare with various tribes and the state of Washington DSHS Children’s Administration (CA). He has worked for the state of Washington as the Indian Policy Program Manager, social worker, and currently as Social Work Supervisor for CA in Spokane, WA. Mr. Guenther’s prior positions included Director of Camas Path Behavioral Health and Executive Director of Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations Adolescent Chemical Dependency Treatment Center.

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Mike Yates

Mr. Yates has worked as the Indian Child Welfare Worker for the Cowlitz Tribe for the last 8 years. He has previously worked as a CPS investigator for Children's Administration, and has participated on the last 4 statewide Indian Child Welfare Case Reviews. In his role as a tribal ICW worker, he also provides training on Active Efforts and acts as a Qualified Expert Witness when needed. Mr. Yates was involved in the development of the Washington State Indian Child Welfare Act (WICWA), trains reviewers with the central case review team, and helped develop the last two ICW case review tools. In his role as the Cowlitz Tribe ICW worker, he also participated in the review and updates to Children's Administration Indian Child Welfare Policies and Procedures. Mr. Yates enjoys spending time with his wife and children in his down time.

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Bob Smith, BA

Mr. Smith is a member of the Skokomish Tribe and he received his undergraduate degree from St. Martin’s University.  He has worked in Indian Child Welfare for over a decade, both for the state and Tribes.  Positions he has held include time as an Intake and Child Protective Services supervisor with Children's Administration.   When he is not working to ensure the application of the Indian Child Welfare Acts are being complied with and followed by CA staff, Mr. Smith enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

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Carissa Greenberg, JD

Ms. Greenberg received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Studies and Theatre from Whitworth College (now University) in 2006. She attended Gonzaga University School of Law as a Thomas More Scholar and graduated cum laude in 2009. She spent almost two years in private practice before joining the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) in late 2011. Ms. Greenberg spent nearly five years in the Regional Services Division’s Yakima Office, where she primarily handled DSHS dependency and termination cases at the trial and appellate level. In 2015, she was a recipient of the AGO William V. Tanner Award. In 2016, she transferred to the Social and Health Services Olympia Division, where she advises Children’s Administration Headquarters. Her hometown is Pullman, Washington, which hosts the National Lentil Festival annually.  Ms. Greenberg loves almost all things lentils and quoting Tina Fey’s movie Mean Girls.

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Francis Cacalda, BA

Mr. Cacalda is the ICW Training Coordinator/Curriculum Developer with the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence.  Before joining the Alliance, he worked as a Mental Health Counselor with the Nisqually Tribe, as the Program Manager for the Child and Family Services office of the Muckleshoot Tribe and was a Child Protective Services Social worker for the Department of Social and Health Services, Children’s Administration of Washington State.

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Alexandra Narvaez, JD

 Ms. Narvaez is a staff attorney with Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC), where she advocates on behalf of children in dependency matters, juvenile offender cases, and on behalf of youth ages twelve –twenty-four years who are or are at risk of homelessness in King County.  Before joining LCYC in the spring of 2014, she worked for seven years as a public defender in King County, representing indigent youth and adults in criminal, dependency, civil commitment, truancy, at risk youth, and CHINS cases.  She is one of two bilingual, Latina attorneys employed by LCYC.  In aligning her heritage, interests and talents, Ms. Narvaez briefly participated with a Juvenile Justice committee at El Centro de la Raza.  El Centro de la Raza is a community resource organization for Seattle’s Latinx Community and communities of historically underrepresented people.  Following her work on this committee, she joined their Board of Directors in November 2013.  Ms. Narvaez’s involvement with El Centro de la Raza and other community organizations in King County allows her to advocate for youth in various settings, while simultaneously expanding her knowledge of the resources and support available to youth served by LCYC.  She enjoys working on LCYC's new pilot - Legal Services Partnership for Youth - collaborating with various professionals and engaging with youth.  Ms. Narvaez’s experience in child welfare, juvenile justice and with homeless youth provides her with a unique perspective in assessing and addressing systems overlap and service gaps impacting youth homelessness.  Ms. Narvaez obtained her BA from the University of Washington and her law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

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Laurel Snow, BSW

Ms. Snow is the Drop-in and Outreach Program Manager at YouthCare's James W. Ray Orion Center. She has a BA in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley, and a certificate in practical nursing. Ms. Snow has worked at YouthCare for ten years.

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Sara Berner, BA

Ms. Berner is currently the Case Manager for YouthCare’s Adolescent Emergency Shelter Program. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies and Psychology in 2005 from the University of Idaho.  That same year, she began working with youth as a mentor for the Clark County Juvenile Court’s Diversion Program. Through this work, she realized her passion of working with at risk youth. In 2006 after moving to Seattle, Ms. Berner started working for YouthCare, first in the Pathways Transitional Living Program and then helped transition the program to the Bridge Program, which was a dedicated program for Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth. In 2012, she became Case Manager at YouthCare’s Adolescent Shelter. Ms. Berner’s professional interests and experiences are in social justice and working with youth to not only navigate systems, but to additionally advocate for change.

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Beth Van Fossan, MSW

Beth is currently a Teaching Associate for the University of Washington in the School of Social Work, as a Field Instructor for CWTAP (Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program). Beth received her Master in Social Work in 2008 and began working for the Washington State Department of Social and Human Services in Children’s Administration as an adolescent social worker and ending her time as a Program Consultant in 2015. Beth's professional experience and interests include child welfare, youth homelessness, youth program development, community collaboration, and transracial adoption. Beth serves on the Board of Directors for The Mockingbird Society and Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington, where she co-chairs the Adoptee Mentorship Program she co- founded.

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Whitney Miller, MSW

Ms. Miller is the CASA Coordinator for the Pierce County Best for Babies program, where she engages the community, provides training and supports CASA volunteers.  A former DCFS social worker and vocational rehabilitation counselor, she has over nine years of experience working with children, families and community providers.  Ms. Miller received her BA from Saint Martin’s University and her MSW from the University of Washington.

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