2017 Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit Speakers
Kevin Barton is a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Washington County District Attorney’s Office. He supervises the child abuse prosecution unit and is the chair of the county child abuse multidisciplinary team. His caseload focuses on crimes against children and violent crimes. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Mr. Barton was a trial attorney in a west coast civil litigation law firm. Mr. Barton attended Gonzaga University and University of Notre Dame Law School.
Sally Blackwood, MA, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor who began working with traumatized children in 1990. She has worked at CARES Northwest since 2006 and previously worked in residential treatment, community mental health, and private practice. She has experience and training in counseling children, teens, families, and adults who have experienced trauma with a specialty in sexual abuse. Currently, Sally is a member of the CARES Northwest prevention team and presents to students and adults. Sally has also presented to regional conferences on topics related to child sex abuse and trauma.
Detective Patrick Bray has
been involved in law enforcement for over 22 years. He started
out his career as a Police Officer with the City of Prescott in
Arizona. While working at the Prescott Police Department, he
received a Medal of Valor in 1997 and also received the City of
Prescott Achievement of Civic Excellence Award (PACE). Since
1999, he has been working for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s
Office. Promoted to Detective in 2010, he has spent the past 6
years assigned to the Child Abuse Team (CAT). During his time
with CAT, Detective Bray has presented numerous case studies and
investigative presentations to both Community Partners and high
school/college classes. Most recently he served on the
Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) Protocol Committee charged with revising
and updating investigative considerations outlined in the MDT
Jeffrey S. Bucholtz received
his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Communication from UC
Santa Barbara where he worked with the UCSB Women’s Center Rape
Prevention Education Program as a Male Violence Prevention Specialist.
Both prior to and during his tenure at the UCSB Women’s Center, Jeff
coordinated several student programs including Men Against Rape,
Students Stopping Rape, and the Multicultural Outreach Program. During
this time, Jeff began his ongoing work to build and sustain
collaborative alliances across privileged and oppressed social groups.
In 2006, Jeff received his Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University. His master’s thesis project entitled, “Off the Page and Onto the Stage: Performing Feminist Theory to Prevent Sexual Violence,” developed pedagogical and performance strategies for communicating to diverse audiences how feminist theories—including the intersectionality of oppression—should be utilized in sexual violence prevention. In 2009, Jeff’s thesis became the basis for his documentary film, “A Way From Violence.”
For the past eleven years, Jeff has worked as an activist and public speaker, providing hundreds of presentations and performances in the fields of sexual violence, masculinity, relationship violence, gender normativity, popular culture, violence prevention, stalking, bullying, working in alliances, feminist thought, and the intersectionality of oppression. Jeff has done extensive work with the male community to engage and involve men in violence prevention, including his work as co-chair of the San Diego Men’s Leadership Forum.
Currently, Jeff is co-president of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council (www.sddvc.org) and is co-director of his social business, We End Violence. Jeff is also an award winning adjunct faculty member at Southwestern College where he teaches Oral Communication, TELA Communication (part of an African-American learning community), Public Speaking, and Small Group Facilitation. In addition, Jeff is a faculty lecturer at San Diego State University where he teaches Popular Culture and Counseling, a course which focuses on the ways that popular culture informs and impacts our identities. Jeff is also an instructor with Speak for Success, a public speaking and coaching business.
Mary-Ann Burkhart is the Director of the Child Abuse Prosecution Project at the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in Washington, DC. APA provides training, technical assistance, support and cutting-edge written projects to multi-disciplinary child abuse teams. She comes to APA from National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse at the National District Attorney’s Association, where she was the Director of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse.
Mary-Ann Burkhart began her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County, Florida. As an Assistant under the Honorable Janet Reno, Ms. Burkhart specialized in domestic violence and child abuse cases.
In 1997, Ms. Burkhart joined the staff of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse as a Senior Attorney. From 1997 through 2003, she traveled worldwide and taught extensively on all aspects of child physical and sexual abuse and child homicide cases. As a Senior Attorney at NCPCA, she also published numerous articles and book chapters on various issues relating to investigating and prosecuting cases of child physical and sexual abuse, as well as issues relating to child victims. Her last project as a Senior Attorney at NCPCA was editing and completing work on the 3rd edition of Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse, in which she also authored two chapters.
In late 2003, Ms. Burkhart returned to the courtroom as a homicide prosecutor and then as Training Director at the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, Maryland. As Training Director, she was responsible for the training and mentoring programs for the over 200 attorneys in the office. Additionally, she continued to train nationally on issues related to Child Physical and Sexual Abuse and Neglect. She also works as the Faculty Advisor to the ChildFirst Maryland course, a five-day forensic interviewing course for child victims and witnesses. In 2008 Ms. Burkhart authored Maryland’s Response to Human Trafficking: A New Statute for New Times, which was published in the Maryland Bar Journal. In 2010, Ms. Burkhart took her expertise to the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, where she specialized in child abuse cases and vulnerable adult and elder abuse cases.
William (Bill) Carson
Bill Carson is Chief of
Police for the Maryland Heights (MO) Police Department. He has more
than thirty-seven years of experience as a police officer in the St.
Louis metropolitan area, and has served sixteen years in criminal
investigation units as a detective, a supervisor and eventually a
commander, having experience in juvenile, sex crimes, homicide, and
undercover narcotics & vice investigations.
Chief Carson is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy and the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command. He has a Master’s Degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Upon completing his graduate studies, Chief Carson conducted interviews with incarcerated sex offenders as part of two separate research projects. These interviews took place over a three-year period (2003-2005) at seven different prisons throughout the state of Missouri.
Chief Carson served twelve years as a Deputy Commander with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis. He has investigated and commanded homicide investigations for the Major Case Squad in St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren Counties in Missouri. He sits on the Missouri State Child Fatality Review Panel and the Missouri Task Force on Children’s Justice. In 2011, Chief Carson was appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to serve as a member of the newly created Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children.
Chief Carson has written several articles and taught police officers, prosecutors and social service workers on the subject of understanding and interviewing sex offenders.
Carol L. Chervenak, M.D. completed her medical education and family practice residency at University of Arizona, following an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy from the University of Washington.
Following clinical education in child abuse assessments at the Center for Child Protection in San Diego, California in 1997, she became the medical director of ABC House, the child abuse intervention center for Linn and Benton counties.
Since that time, Dr. Chervenak has helped establish a medical protocol for assessing Drug Endangered Children (DEC), children in homes with substance abuse; compiled and lectures on guidelines for substance abuse and breastfeeding; and lectures on various aspects of child maltreatment.
She is on the Advisory Council for Child Abuse and Neglect; the Oregon Governor’s Sexual Assault Task Force; has been a member of the Oregon Governor's Methamphetamine Task Force; and a lecturer for the Oregon and National Alliances for Drug Endangered Children.
Martin Conley is a Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations currently assigned to the Portland, Maine Office. Agent Conley’s investigative responsibilities encompass a wide spectrum but he has devoted most of his efforts attempting to identify and locate individuals actively engaged in the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children throughout the world. Agent Conley spent eight years as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service prior to his current position with HSI.
Dr. Matthew Cox received his undergraduate degree in Bioengineering from Texas A&M University and then attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston Medical School graduating in 1998. Dr. Cox did his pediatrics residency training at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and fellowship training in Child Abuse at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He practiced in Dallas, Texas as faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in the Department of Pediatrics and served as the Medical Director of the child abuse program at Children’s Medical Center Dallas from 2004 – 2016. He is a certified Child Abuse Pediatrician by the American Board of Pediatrics. His primary practice involves the medical evaluation of children suspected of being victims of possible physical abuse, sexual abuse or neglect. He currently serves as the medical director of the Children At-Risk Evaluation Services (CARES) Program at St Luke’s Medical Center in Boise.
Geraldine Crisci, M.S.W. is a mental health professional with 30 years of experience in the field of trauma. She is a private practitioner who provides assessment and treatment to children, youth and their families. She is also a professional trainer providing educational programs to mental health, protective services, law enforcement, medical and other helping profession.
Geraldine developed and teaches the 6 day Trauma Assessment and Treatment Program for Safeguards which has reached 1500 professionals in the past 10 years. Geraldine has developed protocols for the assessment and treatment of trauma, sexualized behavior problems and sibling sexual abuse. Geraldine also developed reunification protocol for families. She has provided support to agencies and families in successful adoption of children from the Protection system.
She has worked extensively with residential treatment programs for
children and youth for the past 20 years. She specializes in addressing
the impact of trauma on the behavior of children and youth. To
this end she develops clinical programs to provide children, youth and
their families with corrective effective therapeutic intervention.
Geraldine is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse
of Children (APSAC). She co-authored Paper Dolls and Paper Airplanes:
Therapeutic Exercises for Sexually Traumatized Children, which is
currently in its 10th year of printing.
Geraldine delivered the closing plenary at the ATSA 33rd Annual Research and Treatment Conference. The plenary addressed normative development in prepubescent children and the prevention of future sexual offending.
Detective Geoff Erichsen has been assigned to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Child Abuse Team for the past four years. Detective Erichsen has over 20 years of Law Enforcement experience. Prior to being promoted to detective in 2011, Detective Erichsen spent 12 years as a patrol deputy and 4 years in the Special Investigations Unit conducting narcotic investigations. In his current assignment, Detective Erichsen primarily conducts investigations involving the physical and/or sexual abuse of victims under the age of eighteen.
Bill Golden has been a
prosecutor for 14 years. He began his career as a prosecutor in
rural Georgia for five years before coming to the Clackamas County
District Attorney’s Office in Oregon. He has prosecuted cases
that include drug crimes, property crimes, domestic violence, child
abuse, homicide, and sex abuse. For the last three years at
Clackamas County, a majority of the cases he has prosecuted have been
with the felony person crime unit.
Tamara Grigsby is a graduate of the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences and has been a board-certified pediatrician since 1990. She completed fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics with the Kempe Child Protection Team at the University of Colorado in Denver and became one of the first board certified Child Abuse Pediatricians in 2009.
As general and child abuse pediatric faculty at Oregon Heath and Sciences University, Dr. Grigsby consults on alleged cases of child abuse and neglect and supervises resident practice in the General Pediatric Clinic and Mother Baby Unit. Fields of interest include Foster Care, Substance Exposed Infants, and Child Fatality.
Dr. Grigsby has rendered expert testimony, for both defense and prosecution, in civil, criminal and military courts around the world. Her clinical experience in confronting pediatric trauma and childhood fatality has strengthened her faith in the primary care physician’s essential role in promoting safety and preventing injury and death.
Chief Jim Holler has served as Chief of Police for the past sixteen years of the Liberty Township Police Department in Adams County, Pennsylvania and on December 1, 2007, he retired as the Chief of Police to continue consulting in the areas of child abuse.
In the 16 years as police chief, his responsibilities were not only to manage daily activities of the police department but also investigate all types of crimes from homicide, domestics to child sexual abuse cases where he specialized in crimes against children.
Chief Holler became an Internet Crimes Against Children Investigator starting the first task force in Adams County in 2005. He has conducted pro-active internet investigations making multiple arrests for possession of child pornography and undercover chat related arrests for soliciting sex from a minor.
He served as a fire marshal for Liberty Township for 8 years becoming the Township's first fire/arson investigator. Prior to Chief Holler's law enforcement career he retired as a paid firefighter from Montgomery County Maryland with of 23 years of service.
Chief Holler is a nationally known speaker specializing in child abuse investigations and is also a consultant for the Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI, the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program, University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work, and the National Children's Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Chief Holler serves in various community roles, including the board President of the Wetzel/Tyler County WV Children's Advocacy Center, the founder and past Board President of the Adams County Children's Advocacy Center, Inc., Vice President of Survivors, Inc., a local domestic violence/rape crisis center, a member of the multi-disciplinary child abuse team, the child death review team and many other child abuse and domestic violence focused committees within his community.
Kim Jacobowitz, LCSW received her MSW from the University of Washington with a specific focus on Children, Youth and Families. Ms. Jacobowitz has over eighteen years of social work experience with a significant emphasis in the area of trauma and child maltreatment. She has practiced in residential, school, hospital, and legal settings as well as in private practice. Currently, Ms. Jacobowitz works at CARES Northwest providing trauma-specific treatment to children and families. Ms. Jacobowitz provides trainings on trauma-specific therapies and sexual behavior problems in the Portland community.
Amber Kroeker, MPH, CPST is a child injury prevention expert with Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. Her main work is applying behavioral economic theory in evaluating intervention program success with caregivers. As a behavior scientist, she works to understand parental choice regarding safety and how interventions may affect behavior change. Mrs. Kroeker trains injury prevention professionals in public health theory and applications of motivational interviewing. Mrs. Kroeker is a certified child passenger safety technician and has a Masters of Public Health from Oregon Health & Sciences University.
Dr. Cathleen Lang currently works at the Children’s Center in Clackamas as the Medical Clinic Director. She completed her Pediatric Residency and Child Abuse and Neglect Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern/Children’s Medical Center Dallas. She holds Board Certifications in both General Pediatrics and Child Abuse and Neglect. She practices as a Child Abuse Pediatrician, and her experience includes evaluating children for maltreatment in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
For 25 years, Jan Edgar Langbein has been an activist in efforts to end violence against women. Currently, as CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter Support, Ms. Langbein oversees Genesis’ internal and external operations as well as funding and community education.
Recognized as a National Expert on the dynamics and effects of domestic violence, Ms. Langbein provides expert testimony in court cases and trains law enforcement and prosecutorial professionals to enhance their efforts to end violence against women. She conducts training, keynote, and workshop programs for numerous local and national conferences, social and civic organizations, and corporations, and is an adjunct faculty member at AEquitas, The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women.
In partnership with the Dallas Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ms. Langbein co-founded the annual National Conference on Crimes Against Women, which trains law enforcement, prosecutors, and advocates on the most advanced, cutting edge techniques and strategies in the investigation of crimes against women.
In 2009, Ms. Langbein concluded a Presidential Appointment as Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Jan is the recipient of numerous local and national awards and recognition, including the FBI Director’s 2012 Community Leadership Award.
Dr. Antoinette Laskey completed her medical degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine followed by her pediatric residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia Hospitals and Clinics. She completed a research and clinical fellowship and a master’s degree in public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She spent 9 years at Indiana University and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis where she was the Fellowship Director for the Child Abuse Pediatrics program and the co-director of the Family Violence Institute. She received her MBA from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. She is currently a professor and division chief of the Center for Safe and Healthy Families at the University of Utah.
Dr. Laskey’s clinical interests relate to the evaluation and management of the potentially abused child. Her research interests include cognitive errors in decision making related to child maltreatment, child fatalities and prevention programs related to unsafe sleep practices and child abuse. Dr. Laskey enjoys teaching multi-disciplinary audiences and presents on topics related to child maltreatment, cognitive errors and the investigation of child deaths.
Sue Lewis, LCSW has worked in the field of child abuse and neglect since the early 1990s and as a forensic interviewer in Oregon since 1998. From 1998 until 2011, she was a member of the interviewing team at CARES Northwest. In 2011 she joined Children’s Center in Clackamas County where she has continued to interview children and adolescents on child abuse concerns. In addition, she is the Interviewer Supervisor providing clinical supervision for the forensic interviewers on staff. Sue has provided trainings both locally and nationally on a variety of topics related to forensic interviewing and child development. She also assisted in the development of the recent edition of the Oregon Interviewing Guidelines and is a faculty trainer for the NCA approved Oregon Child Forensic Interviewer Training which is offered statewide.
Douglas McDonnell is a Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations currently assigned to the Resident Agent in Charge, Portland, Maine office. Special Agent McDonnell’s investigative responsibilities encompass a wide variety of cases with a focus on child sexual exploitation. Special Agent McDonnell has been a Special Agent for 13 years with HSI in Portland, Maine with the collateral duty as a Computer Forensics Agent. Special Agent McDonnell served as a Police Officer in Massachusetts for 10 years prior to joining HSI in 2003.
Kelsey McKay was a prosecutor in Travis County, Texas for 12 years. For six years she exclusively prosecuted strangulation related crimes ranging from assault, sexual assault to capital murder. She has worked to strengthen how communities collaborate, investigate, treat and prosecute strangulation and intimate partner cases. She works to develop medical and non-medical experts in the community to testify to a jury regarding the evidence in strangulation and family violence cases. She works with law enforcement to create and implement the use of a Strangulation Supplement into the field transforming the role of first responders to be more investigative by carrying her knowledge and needs as a prosecutor into the field on every case. She trains and consults nationally for communities working towards similar implementation.
Dr. Heather McKeag was born and raised in Michigan and completed her pediatric residency in Oakland, CA followed by fellowship in child abuse pediatrics in Philadelphia, PA. She held a position as assistant professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA prior to joining the team at CARES NW in 2015, a regional child abuse assessment center in Oregon. She continues to be inspired by the families she serves and the colleagues she is honored to work beside. The Pacific Northwest has provided her ample hiking and coastal trails that she enjoys with her husband and their rescue pup.
After a 12-year career in business advising with Ernst & Young, and six years in student ministry, Chris McKenna is now the Educational Resource Manager for Covenant Eyes, an Internet Safety and Accountability Company. In 2015 he created www.protectyoungeyes.com as a way to equip and encourage parents and students towards responsible use of technology. He has a compelling story explaining why he so strongly desires to protect kids and teens from internet dangers. In a world where technology is native to our kids, Chris has done hundreds of hours of research in order to level the playing field for parents and to inform teens of the risks of using the internet recklessly. Chris presents to teens and parents throughout the Midwest and is regularly featured on local media outlets for his research.
Dan Powers, ACSW, 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. Dan 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 has been appointed by the governor on two occasions to state agency boards and is currently the Vice Chair of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force. Dan 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. Dan lives in Texas with his wife and two sons.
Dr. Sue Skinner is a child abuse pediatrician at the Children’s Center of Clackamas County, and has been working in the field of child abuse and neglect for 21 years. She is board certified in both general pediatrics and child abuse pediatrics, and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as APSAC. Dr. Skinner has lectured both locally and nationally on various issues related to child abuse, she has also assisted in the development of guidelines and training modules for medical providers in the state of Oregon. She has a particular interest in physical abuse of school-aged children, physical and environmental neglect, drug endangered children & the medical evaluation of adolescents.
Jane Straub is the Victim Assistance Specialist for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC), a program of Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (GNCPTC). Jane has been working in the violence prevention and intervention field for over 18 years. She has had the opportunity to work with survivors of all ages of abuse as well as offenders of violence. In addition to providing advocacy and support to victims and families, Jane has been able to educate the community on topics such as domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking, trafficking, bullying/cyberbullying, reproductive coercion and the impact of trauma (Ace Study). One of Jane’s goals is to work with a variety of fields such as law enforcement, the court system, chemical health, mental health, education, the medical community and business to connect the dots of risk and prevention and to provide services and hope for our children and families.
Sara Taggart, MPA, RYT is a child abuse prevention specialist at Children’s Center, the designated medical assessment center serving Clackamas County, Oregon. She is a former teacher, education policy and program analyst, and current parent of two teenagers. Her work focuses on the intersection between personal and social change created through multi-disciplinary, collaborative and transformative efforts in the US and Africa. Sara leads Children’s Center’s Ford Family Foundation-funded Stewards of Children Initiative designed to help communities prevent child sexual abuse and create new norms for keeping children safe. Sara also teaches yoga and mindfulness to young adults.
Mr. Eric Tonsfeldt has been an appointed Deputy Medical Examiner for Clackamas and Multnomah Counties since 2011, leaving a career in cardiovascular and behavioral neuroscience research in favor of medicolegal death investigation. Additionally, he is a consulting Forensic Entomologist for the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office and Eugene Police Department and has assisted the Oregon State Forensic Anthropologist since 2006. He is a Cancer, and enjoys candlelit dinners, long walks on the beach, and pursuing a graduate degree in medical anthropology with glacial urgency.
Ms. Elizabeth Tow serves as the Program Manager at The Innocent Justice Foundation (TIJF) where she works in collaboration with the CEO/Program Director to oversee the SHIFT program which entails needs assessment, program design and delivery, developing presentations and resource material, trainer and consultant supervision, and managing day to day operations of the SHIFT program. She began working in the Criminal Justice profession in 2005 as a Public Safety Dispatcher, in California and Montana, and then worked as a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist at SEARCH from 2010 - 2015. Ms. Tow has a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology and a B.A. in Criminal Justice Management.
Sr. Deputy District Attorney JR Ujifusa has been working on human trafficking crimes and issues for the last 8 years and is also a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the district of Oregon focusing on federal human trafficking crimes. He supervises the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Human Trafficking Team which oversees the Prostitution Coordination Team, the Sex Buyers Accountability and Diversion Program, First Offender Program, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Law Enforcement group, National Sex Trafficking Law Enforcement List Serve, and is the primary prosecutor for all felony prostitution and human trafficking cases within Multnomah County. He has been a Deputy District Attorney since 2005 and has also prosecuted drug crimes, felony property crimes, violent crimes, sexual assaults, domestic violence related crimes, homicides and gang related crimes.
Thomas J. Valvano
Thomas J. Valvano, MD, JD is the Medical Director of the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University. He is also a medical examiner at CARES Northwest. Dr. Valvano received his Medical Degree from the University of Rochester School Of Medicine in Rochester, NY. He also holds a JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence) from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, MA. He completed his residency in Pediatrics and a Fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics.
Catherine Y.H. Wagoner
Dr. Catherine Wagoner is currently employed with Legacy Health Systems as a Child Abuse Pediatrician with CARES Northwest. She is also a general Pediatrician who practices in the hospital and newborn care setting. She is an Oregon native and just recently returned to the Portland area after a nearly 20 year detour which included Pediatric training in Honolulu and a general Pediatrics career in Reno, Nevada. Dr. Wagoner has been practicing in the area of Child Abuse and Neglect for the past 8 years and was Board-Certified in this subspecialty in 2013. Her greatest career accomplishment is continuing to be able to wear so many practice hats between general Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics.
Patty Wetterling is the mother of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted at the age of eleven, by a masked gunman on October 22, 1989 near his home in St. Joseph, Minnesota. Following a nearly 27-year search, Jacob’s kidnapper and murderer confessed and the truth about what happened that night was finally revealed. Patty has become a nationally recognized educator on the issues of child abduction and sexual exploitation of children. Fighting for the safety of all children, Patty and her husband Jerry co-founded the Jacob Wetterling Foundation (now the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a part of Gundersen Health Systems) to educate communities about child safety issues in order to prevent child exploitation and abductions.
Co-founder and Past Director of Team H.O.P.E., a national support group for families of missing children, Patty is also a founding member and past president of the Association of Missing and Exploited Children’s Organizations (AMECO) and immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She has co-authored two books, “When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide” along with four other families, and “Perspectives on Missing Persons Cases” released in the fall of 2015.
Patty was instrumental in the passage of the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children Sex Offender Registration Act on the state level as well as part of the 1994 Federal Crime Bill. She was instrumental in establishing the statewide AMBER Plan in Minnesota and was a keynote speaker for the very first AMBER Plan training in Dallas, Texas. Patty has presented at four Missing Children’s Day Ceremonies in Washington DC with John Walsh and Attorneys General Janet Reno, John Ashcroft, Eric Holder, and Loretta Lynch. Patty served on a panel at the very first White House Conference on Missing, Exploited, and Runaway Children in October 2002, sponsored by President George and First Lady Laura Bush.
Currently, Patty presents Victim Impact sessions for law enforcement training programs (Investigative Strategies for Child Abduction Cases) and Amber Alert and Technical Assistance trainings. She is called on frequently as an independent consultant and joined the Gundersen NCPTC Speakers Bureau in 2015. Although she has become a highly recognized child advocate, Patty has never given up hope. She often says, “I’m just Jacob’s mom trying to fight for the rights of children to grow up safe and to be able to follow their dreams.”
Dr. Chris Young attended medical school in Houston, Texas at the University of Texas before his residency in Pathology at OHSU in Portland, Oregon. He specialized in forensic pathology with training at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences fellowship in Dallas, Texas. He has served as a forensic pathologist for the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office since 2004 and has participated in the Clackamas Child Fatality Review during this time. He enjoys candlelit walks and long dinners on the beach.
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