Speakers

Elizabeth Letourneau

Elizabeth Letourneau is Professor with Tenure, Department of Mental Health, and Director, Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1995 and completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Letourneau served as faculty at MUSC for 11 years before joining Johns Hopkins University in 2011.  For nearly 30 years she has conducted research involving the development and rigorous evaluation of prevention and intervention programs aimed at addressing youth sexual violence and related youth risk behaviors, including substance abuse and sexual risk behaviors and at improving HIV testing and medication adherence.  She also has conducted substantive research on the effects of legal policies related to youth sexual behaviors. More specifically, Dr. Letourneau led the largest randomized control trial to date evaluating an intervention for youth who have sexually offended, served as principal investigator for six studies evaluating adult and adolescent sex crime policies, findings of which have been presented internationally (e.g., to INTERPOL), nationally to US Department of Justice Agencies (e.g., US Immigration and Customs Enforcement), cited in federal and state court cases including three state supreme court cases, and provided as testimony to state and federal policy makers.  

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Taku Mineshita, MSW

Mental Health - Systems Integration Program Manager with DSHS Children's Administration Division of Program and Policy.

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Darla Henry

Darla L. Henry is a social worker, trainer, teacher and consultant having extensive experience in the Child Welfare field. Darla established and authored the 3-5-7 Model©. She works with public and private child welfare agencies to implement 3-5-7 Model© programs towards permanency options for children and their families. Darla received her PhD in social work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, writing her dissertation on resiliency in maltreated children. Darla has authored two books: The 3-5-7 Model© A practice approach to Permanency, and The 3-5-7 Model© Workbook: Supporting the Work of Children, Youth and Families Towards Permanency.

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Amy Scanlon, MS

Amy Scanlon is currently the Coordinator at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Pierce County. Amy has been in her current position for 10 years. Prior to her position at the CAC, Amy was a CPS investigator for approximately 9 years in both Washington State and Arizona. Amy has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Throughout her career Amy has had the opportunity to attend and present at National and International trainings regarding child maltreatment. Amy is an authorized facilitator/instructor for Darkness to Light, which is a child sexual abuse prevention program and she teaches a school-based abusive head trauma prevention program.

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Jody Hawthorne, MSW

Jody Hawthorne is the manager of Community Services at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. She has been in her current position for 9 years. In addition to the Child Abuse Intervention Department, she oversees the Children’s Advocacy Center of Pierce County. She has a master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University and has worked in the area of child welfare for 30 years. Most of her professional experience has been at Mary Bridge. Other positions include Developmental Services and Foster Care Assessment.

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Carmen Pacheco-Jones, BA

Peer Support Counselor, partners with families & children.

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Jamerika Haynes

Jamerika Haynes has more than ten years’ experience as a journalist and advocate for foster care children, having previously worked for the YMCA of Greater Seattle and the Press Enterprise in Riverside, California. She holds a B.A. in Communication from the Edward. R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. In 2015, Jamerika earned a certificate in Public Relations & Strategic Communications from the University of Washington. A native of Tacoma, WA, she has worked as a communications consultant for a number of organizations including the Washington State Department of Social Health & Services, the University of Washington and numerous non-profits. She also owns and operates Clever Jam Communications, a consulting firm offering strategic communications guidance, motivational speaking and facilitation to those working in child welfare.

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Lindsay Lennox, JD

Staff Attorney/Supervisory at NW Immigrant Rights Project.

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Kathleen Page, MSW

Kathleen Page’s experience spans a total of 17 years as an “in the trenches social worker.” She has worked for private placement agencies and was also the co-director for her own private placement agency. Kathleen and her husband fostered many teenage children in their home with a private placement agency in Pierce County. She worked as a Family Reconciliation Services social worker for Washington State’s Children’s Administration in Kent, WA during this time her passion was working with the teenagers who were aging out of the system. Kathleen, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia and completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Washington in Tacoma. Kathleen accepted the position of Community Educator/Trainer with Coordinated Care the Medicaid managed care program for foster children in November of 2015. She is married, has three children and five biological grandchildren although between her and her husband they have a dozen grandchildren.

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Amy Russell, JD

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Wendy Lustbader, MSW

Wendy Lustbader, MSW is a popular speaker at conferences throughout the United States and Canada, using storytelling to animate complex subjects such as intergenerational trauma, family caregiving, and coping with chronic illness. Additionally, she is a skilled psychotherapist, having worked almost twenty years with people from all walks of life at a community clinic in downtown Seattle. Currently, she is an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work in Seattle.

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Nina Taylor

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Dennis Ichikawa, JD

Prior to joining King County Sexual Assault Resource Center as the CourtWatch Manager in mid-2017, Dennis Ichikawa practiced as a Dependency lawyer in Washington State, served as an ombudsman in the Office of the Family and Children’s Ombuds, worked as a Senior Director for Casey Family Programs, and as Education Director for Maricopa County. Mr. Ichikawa has most recently lived overseas where he opened Employment Services Cambodia and where he taught ethics and law courses at American University of Phnom Penh.

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Mary Laskowski, BA

Mary Laskowski has been working to end gender-based violence for the past twelve years. She has been with KCSARC since 2011, where she spent five years in the Legal Advocacy Program before moving into her current role, where she focuses on coordinating a systems-wide response to sexual assault. Prior to her work in King County, she worked in Vermont managing the shelter and hotline at a domestic violence organization, and at a youth-serving agency that focused on providing services to street involved and homeless youth who had chemical dependency issues.

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Jonathan Meyer, JD

Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney

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