Speakers

Jenna Kiser, MSW

Ms. Kiser has an MSW from Eastern Washington University and a BA in Family Studies from Central Washington University. Ms. Kiser has worked in the field of child welfare since 2006. Prior to her career at Washington State Children’s Administration (CA), Ms. Kiser worked as a Juvenile Probation Counselor in Kittitas County and as a mental health case manager in Yakima County. Ms. Kiser has held a variety of positions at CA which include a Child Protective Services (CPS) social worker, CPS and Intake supervisor, CPS Regional Program Manager, and Regional Programs Supervisor. She has also served as a child welfare trainer for the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence where she trained Children’s Administration social workers on child welfare practice. Ms. Kiser is currently the statewide Intake and Safety program manager at CA Headquarters.

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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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Jonathan Meyer, JD

Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney

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Joyce Gilbert, MD

Dr. Gilbert grew up in the Denver and Chicago areas. She attended medical school and completed her Pediatric Residency training at the University of Iowa. She then spent 29 years in a primary care pediatric practice in Sandpoint, Idaho. She cared for children from birth to age 18. While practicing in this small community, Dr. Gilbert received countless referrals from the local physicians for potential child abuse and sexual abuse. She attended frequent trainings and seminars to become proficient in the diagnosis and management of abuse. She worked closely with Child Protective Services, law enforcement agencies, and the prosecutor’s offices in the two northern counties of Idaho, and was an active member of the Bonner County Multidisciplinary Team (MDT). She also became involved in the state wide Drug Endangered Children (DEC) program, and gave presentations in both state and national arenas, including a DEC presentation to FBI trainees. She was instrumental in initiating the screening process at the local hospital to identify infants exposed to drugs of abuse during pregnancy.

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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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Kelly Warner-King, JD

Ms. Warner-King is Co-Director of the Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) at the University of Washington School of Law.  An attorney with extensive legal and policy experience in child welfare and education, she works with courts, attorneys, social workers and community providers to improve outcomes for children and families involved in abuse and neglect courts.  Ms. Warner-King has worked in the child welfare court system as a defense attorney, manager of the King County Family Treatment Court and coordinator of the Supporting Early Connections program, and she consults for non-profit agencies, including the Center for Children & Youth Justice and Amara.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and her law degree from New York University.  Ms. Warner-King was the recipient of a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship from the Open Society Institute.

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Lindsay Lennox, JD

Staff Attorney/Supervisory at NW Immigrant Rights Project.

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Maria A. Trevizo, BA

Ms. Trevizo is an international speaker on wellness and a Master Trainer Facilitator/Trainer of The Gathering of Native Americans, GONA, curriculum and has worked in the human services field for over forty years. She is a Certified Psychiatric Technician and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor II. Ms. Trevizo received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College.

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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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Megan Kirshbaum, Ph.D.

Dr. Kirshbaum has a Ph.D. in Psychology and has been a family and infant/parent therapist for infants, children or parents with disabilities in the disability and independent living community since 1974. In 1982 she founded Through the Looking Glass (TLG) and has been its Executive Director, providing supervision and training and directing many of its projects and federally-funded national centers focused on intervention, research, public policy and training regarding parents with disabilities and their families. She was the 1996 national Betts Award Laureate for “innovative dedication to improving quality of life for people who live with disabilities worldwide” and in 2008 received the first Alexander Tymchuk award for “exemplary contributions to the field of parenting by persons with intellectual disabilities.” As a Mid-Career Fellow in ZERO TO THREE she initiated critiquing evaluations of parents with disabilities in child protective services systems in the U.S.

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Melanie Meyer, MSW

Ms. Meyer is an Adoption Support Program Manager/Supervisor for Tacoma, Yakima, and Spokane for Children’s Administration, Department of Social and Health Services. She has worked in the social work field for 39 years and includes work with children and families in Alaska, Georgia, Vermont and Washington. Her Children’s Administration experience over the past 30 years includes work as a social worker, supervisor and program manager. She graduated from the University of Washington with Masters in Social Work and Education.

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Naomi Perry, MSW

Naomi Perry, MSW is a Certified PCIT International Therapist trained by Dr. Sheila Eyberg and her colleagues at the University of Florida, by Dr. Beverly Funderburk and her colleagues at the University of Oklahoma and by Dr. Anthony Urquiza and his colleagues at UCDavis. She is currently a social worker at the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress Center (C-SATS) since 1996 working with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced physical and sexual abuse and with parents who lack adequate parenting skills. She is the lead Coordinator/Consultant/Trainer for the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) program at C-SATS offering trainings since 2001. Since 2005 she has worked with the State of Washington Children’s Administration to host conferences, trainings, workshops and Advanced PCIT Booster sessions. She works closely with PCIT International Master Trainers to stay abreast of recent trends in the PCIT world outside of Washington. She is an active member of the PCIT International Taskforce Training Committee. Ms. Perry is an Alternative for Families: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) Certified Trainer/Consultant/Therapist for Washington State. AF-CBT is an offender treatment therapy that works with parents who have abused or been in conflict with a child ages 8 to 17 and for children who have experienced hostile parenting. She works with Harborview staff and providers over the state as a consultant to maintain fidelity in both models. Naomi received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington.

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Nicholas Oakley, JD

Mr. Oakley manages statewide reform efforts on behalf of LGBTQ+ youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems at the Center for Children & Youth Justice. Prior to joining the Center, he practiced juvenile, criminal, and education law as an associate at Carey & Lillevik, PLLC in Seattle. He was also a part-time lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law’s Child & Youth Advocacy Clinic. Mr. Oakley is also a graduate of UW Law and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to law school, he taught leadership development to middle and high school students and also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Georgia. Mr. Oakley serves as a Commissioner on the City of Seattle LGBT Commission, on the board of the Organization for Prostitution Survivors, and as a volunteer mentor at the Washington Women’s Correction Center through the If Project.

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Nina Taylor

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Norene Roberts, MSSW

Ms. Roberts is the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children’s (CSEC) Liaison for the Washington State Children’s Administration (CA), Region 2. In her role as CSEC Liaison, she provides CSEC training for CA staff, as well as consultation and multidisciplinary coordination for child sex trafficking cases in King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island and San Juan Counties. Prior to her work with Children’s Administration, Ms. Roberts managed Catherine Booth House, a confidential domestic violence shelter located in Seattle. Additionally, she served as the primary researcher for ECPAT-USA’s work focused on the commercial sexual exploitation of boys in the United States, culminating in the publication of And Boys Too in 2013. Prior to her work at ECPAT-USA and Catherine Booth House, Ms. Roberts worked as a sexual assault counselor in Brooklyn, New York and coordinated a runaway and homeless youth street outreach and case management program in the Seattle area. Her other past experience includes work with organizations focused on child abuse and neglect and youth development.

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Patti Toth, JD

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, 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, and later as a Trial Attorney in the Child Exploitation Section of the US Department of Justice. Ms.Toth served on the Executive Council of ISPCAN (the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect) 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. She 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 was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee which produced the Sept. 2013 report “Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States.” She also developed WA State’s “CPOD Guidelines for First Responders to Child Fatalities and Serious Physical Abuse.” In 2008, Ms. Toth received the J. Pat Finley Child Protection Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Patty Wetterling

Patty Wetterling is the mother of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted at the age of 11, by a masked gunman on October 22, 1989 near his home in St. Joseph, Minnesota.  Jacob’s remains were discovered on September 2, 2016 on a farm in Paynesville, MN.  Patty has become a nationally recognized educator on the issues of child abduction and sexual exploitation of children. Patty and her husband Jerry co-founded the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC) to educate communities about child safety issues. Patty co-founded Team H.O.P.E. a national support group for families of missing children, and co-authored a book, “When Your Child is Missing:  A Family Survival Guide,” along with four other families. Patty was selected by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as one of the “100 Most Influential Minnesotans of the Century.” She is past Director of Sexual Violence Prevention for the Minnesota Department of Health and was Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children from 2012 - 2015. Patty joined the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center’s Speakers Bureau in 2015.

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