Speakers

Amelia S. Watson, JD

Ms. Watson has been a managing attorney with the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) Parents Representation Program (PRP) since 2006.  Prior to joining OPD, Ms. Watson worked for the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel representing parents in dependency and termination of parental rights proceedings under the PRP Pilot.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. Ms. Watson is a founding member of the National Alliance for Parent Representation of the ABA Center of Children and the Law; a founding stakeholder advisor of the Washington State Parent Ally Committee and an advisory member of the Washington State Children’s Justice Task Force.   In 2012, Ms. Watson’s article A New Focus on Reasonable Efforts to Reunify was published in the Child Law Practice by the ABA Center on Children and Law. In her free time, Ms. Watson enjoys hiking, cooking and playing with her cockapoo Charlie.

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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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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.

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Carmen Pacheco-Jones, BA

Peer Support Counselor, partners with families & children.

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Carrie 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. Ms. Wayno 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.

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D'Adre Cunningham, JD

Ms. Cunningham is currently the Incarcerated Parents Project attorney at Washington Defender Association in Seattle, Washington. She is also currently collaborating with the University of Washington Court Improvement Training Academy & the Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid Children’s Representation Program as the Western Washington mentorship program coordinator. She formerly served indigent clients for 15 years as a public defender at The Defender Association, now a division of the King County Department of Public Defense. Ms. Cunningham spent five of those years as an Attorney Supervisor in the Dependency Unit. Her other legal experience includes representing children and parents in child welfare proceedings; defending indigent adults in Seattle Municipal misdemeanor proceedings & in King County Superior Court felony proceedings; and advocating for systemic reforms at The Racial Disparity Project.

Ms. Cunningham is an alumna of the University Of Washington School Of Law. She currently serves in a volunteer capacity as co-chair of the Child Welfare Subcommittee of the WSBA Juvenile Law Section Executive Committee, as a member of the King County Bar Association's Juvenile Justice Task Force, and as a volunteer Board Member at Solid Ground, a local anti-racist, anti-poverty nonprofit advocacy organization.

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Dae Shogren, MPA

Ms. Shogren is the LGBTQ, Disproportionality, Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) program manager for DSHS Children’s Administration. Prior to this position she was the Screening & Assessment program manager which included a focus on implementing trauma screening and providing trauma informed care. Before joining Children’s Administration, she was advocating for children, youth, and young adults in the private sector with agencies such as Community Youth Services, Thurston County Family & Juvenile Court, North Thurston School District, University of Washington Reconnecting Youth program, and the Crisis Clinic of Thurston/Mason Counties.  Ms. Shogren has experience developing and providing training on mental health, child welfare, trauma impact, and working with vulnerable populations. Throughout her career, working on behalf of LGTBQ+ populations have been a consistent integration through mentorship, partnering with key agencies, and leadership. Ms. Shogren firmly believes that when our children and young people are supported and nurtured, we all thrive.

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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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Debbie Marker, BA

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.

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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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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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Erika Thompson

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George Leibowitz, Ph.D.

Dr. Leibowitz is Professor at Stony Brook University, School of Social Welfare in New York, where he teaches courses in mental health, trauma, substance abuse, and clinical practice. He received his PhD in Social Work and Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver. He is a licensed clinical social worker and was listed with the State of Colorado as a sex offense-specific treatment provider and evaluator for several years. Dr. Leibowitz provides training and consultation to several agencies nationally including in New York and Vermont with the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DCF) involving risk of sexual harm cases. His research agenda includes developing etiological models of sexual aggression, trauma-informed practices with families and incarcerated populations, sex offender reentry policies, and assessment and interventions with juveniles who present with sexually harmful behavior. He has published articles in journals such as Trauma and Dissociation, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, and Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, as well as books and book chapters on forensic social work, restorative justice and working with adolescents.

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Holly Luna, BA

Ms. Luna is the Permanency Planning Program Manager for Washington State Children’s Administration.  Since graduating from the University of Washington in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Holly has been working in child welfare for the last fifteen years predominantly in the field of permanency planning and adoption recruitment.  She has presented at national and state adoption conferences, is a noted contributor to adoption focused publications, and was featured in “Foster Care’s Invisible Youth,” an In the Life Media documentary.  Having worked in both the public and private sector, Ms. Luna has provided direct services to children and families, served as a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter, acted as a Regional Program Consultant for Children’s Administration and began an outreach program for marginalized youth.

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Jacob D'Annunzio, JD

Mr. D’Annunzio is a managing attorney of the Parents Representation Program at the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD). He began his career as a public defender at the Skagit County Public Defender. Here, besides working with juvenile and dependency cases, he was involved in creating the Family Treatment Court, working towards increasing visitation available for families, and working toward a foster mentor program. Prior to joining the team at OPD, Mr. D’Annunzio worked at the Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) providing training and support to attorneys and judges working in dependency and termination cases. He held a second position with the Society of Counsel as an attorney representing parents and children at Shelter Care hearings. Mr. D’Annunzio serves on the Children, Youth, and Family Services Advisory Committee, Washington State’s Citizen Review Panel, and various other committees where he works towards improving the state’s child welfare system.

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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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Jeannie Kee

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