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Officer Dan Adams has been a police officer for over 17 years and with the Grand Rapids Police Department for the last 13. Dan was assigned to the Kent County Children’s Assessment Center as a detective from 2003 to 2010 where he investigated over 1200 cases of suspected child sexual abuse and child exploitation. He then was assigned to the Major Case Team as a homicide detective from 2010 to 2013. Dan received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University and his Master’s degree in Communication at Grand Valley State University. Officer Adams has been heavily involved in training and lecturing in the area of Child Sexual Abuse. He is an instructor for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Association of Michigan in a number of areas, including forensic interviewing, offender behavior, victim behavior, and investigative strategies. He has taught throughout the United States and is a court qualified expert witness.


Richard Anderson is the supervising attorney for the Special Assault Unit of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office at the Regional Justice Center in Kent, Washington. The Special Assault Unit handles cases involving sexual assault and the physical abuse of children in the largest county in the state of Washington. In April 2012, he served on a Child Fatality Review Committee, which convened for the purpose of evaluating any issues regarding training, policies, or social work practice that may have been relevant to the deaths of Charlie and Braden Powell.


Dr. Lonise Bias is an internationally known motivational speaker, trainer, certified youth and family life coach and consultant. She’s a dynamic and compelling orator; who engages audiences with her motivational and inspirational presentations, workshops and seminars.

As the result of the deaths of her two sons, Len and Jay Bias, Dr. Bias’s career was launched as a public speaker. (Len Bias died due to cocaine intoxication two days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics on June 19, 1986 and Jay Bias was murdered in a drive by shooting at a local mall in 1990).

After addressing the topics of drugs and violence for many years, Dr. Bias has turned her focus toward the needs of the entire community. She has become a community activist, addressing topics dealing with the declining social health within schools (e.g., illegal drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, gangs and violence). She brings powerful messages of hope focused on the themes “Turning Lemons to Lemonade," “Hope Is Not Extinct” and “Family Matters,” within our communities, homes, schools, workplaces.
 
She is the President of Bias Consulting LLC, the Len and Jay Bias Foundation and Bspeaks. Bspeaks is a speaker series designed to help women, youth, family, schools and those in the workplace to navigate the hardships, stressors and challenges of daily survival. Through her life changing workshops, seminars, keynote addresses and “Power Lunches and Breakfast” meetings, she jump starts employees and staff by giving them insight, hope and direction.

Dr. Bias is a change agent who believes that hope is not extinct, positive change can happen in our communities when we use practical grass-root methods of prevention and intervention. The community, family, youth, women and those in the workplace are reachable, teachable, lovable and savable, but we must change our approach in adapting to their needs.

She has delivered keynote addresses to the faith based community, public and private sectors, and national and international conferences providing prescriptive solutions to remedy the social ills of our day. Her audiences are diverse. She has addressed heads of state, including former president Bill Clinton and the White House National Office of Drug Control Policy.

A few of her clients include, but are not limited to, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Department of State, US Office of Personnel Management, Homeland Security, National Basketball Association, National Football League, NCAA Colleges, Financial Aid, and numerous middle schools, high schools, universities and women’s organizations.

Dr. Bias has made many media appearances and is the recipient of numerous awards including, the Boston Herald Community Service Award, Presidents Cabinet Award for Distinguished Service to Humanity (from the University of Texas in Galveston), Bridging the Gap Humanitarian Award (from the University of Pennsylvania), and the Giant Steps Parent Award. In May of 1990 she was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Education degree (from the Anna Maria College in Paxton, Ma).

The tragic deaths of her sons have forged her commitment to help reclaim our communities. Dr. Bias is confident in the future and believes the “best is yet to come!”


Erin Burke is a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations in Portland, Oregon. She received a Master’s Degree Forensic Science from the George Washington University and has worked for the Department of Homeland Security for over ten years, first as a US Customs and Border Protection Officer specializing in Anti-Terrorism and Contraband Smuggling Enforcement and then as a Special Agent working Human Trafficking, Child Exploitation, and Narcotics Investigations.


Lew Burkhart is a Deputy District Attorney in Clackamas County, Oregon where he works in the Domestic Violence and Vulnerable Victims Unit of the District Attorney’s Office. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UC Davis and his doctorate of jurisprudence from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. After graduating law school in 2008, he was hired by the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office. During his over five years as a Clackamas County DA, over half of his career has been spent prosecuting domestic violence and vulnerable victim’s cases.
Lew Burkhart is a Deputy District Attorney in Clackamas County, Oregon where he works in the Domestic Violence and Vulnerable Victims Unit of the District Attorney’s Office. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UC Davis and his doctorate of jurisprudence from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. After graduating law school in 2008, he was hired by the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office. During his over five years as a Clackamas County DA, over half of his career has been spent prosecuting domestic violence and vulnerable victim’s cases.


Ashley Carroll is the Abuse in Later Life Project Coordinator with Clackamas County Children, Youth and Families Division. Ashley spent three years volunteering for Clackamas Women’s Services and a year interning for the Clackamas County Domestic Violence Coordinator. Ashley is currently active in the local fields of domestic violence, aging services, and commercially and sexually exploited children.


Jeff Case is the chief investigator for the 46th Judicial District Attorney in Vernon, Texas. His duties include the investigation and preparation of all felony cases within Wilbarger, Hardeman, and Foard counties. Case has investigated numerous violent crimes including family violence homicides. He previously served as chief deputy of the Wilbarger County Sheriff’s Office. Jeff has given several presentations regarding the investigation of family violence cases.


Carol L. Chervenak, MD 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 victim assessment center for Linn and Benton counties, where she evaluates children for concerns of abuse and neglect.

Dr. Chervenak has helped establish a medical protocol for assessing children found at methamphetamine lab sites; compiled and lectured on guidelines for substance abuse and breastfeeding; and directs appropriate assessments and testing of children exposed to various drug-endangered environments.

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.


James "Jim" Cole is the National Program Manager for Victim Identification for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assigned to the HSI Cyber Crimes Center, Child Exploitation Investigations Unit, Jim runs both the Victim Identification Program and the National Child Victim Identification System at HSI. As a Special Agent and Digital Forensic Agent he has been conducting child sexual exploitation investigations for the past nine years and prior to that was a detective working violent crimes, including child sexual abuse and homicide. SA Cole is part of an international working group conducting Victim Identification investigations worldwide. Jim teaches Adobe Photoshop for Law Enforcement and Victim Identification Methods and Techniques around the world and is a global trainer for INTERPOL’s Crimes Against Children Team and the Kid’s Internet Safety Alliance (KINSA).


Michael Copenhaver is a Sergeant with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. He has been employed at CCSO since 2004. Sergeant Copenhaver is currently assigned to the patrol division. Prior to promotion to Sergeant, Mike spent 4 years in the Investigations Division with assignments in narcotics, child abuse investigations and Homicide/Violent Crimes. He is a graduate of Oregon State University and spends his free time travelling and playing golf.


Geraldine Crisci, M.S.W. is a mental health professional with 30 years 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 professions.

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 in children and sibling sexual abuse.

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). Geraldine is also a member of the advisory committee of ATSA Collaborative Project.


Maurice Delehant has worked at the Sheriff’s Office for over 23 years. In 1998 Maurice was promoted to Detective and was assigned to the Child Abuse Team. Maurice investigated child abuse cases for over 13 years. During that time Maurice assisted in getting the Clackamas County Child Abduction Response Team (CART) up and running. Maurice transferred to the Property Crimes Unit in Early 2012 and is currently investigates elder abuse cases as well as other property crimes.


Amy Doud is the Program Director with Clackamas Women's Services -- a program that serves survivors of domestic and sexual violence through systems collaboration and advocacy, case management, a 24-hour crisis and support line, counseling, safe shelter, housing, community education and outreach. Doud has been working with domestic and sexual violence survivors and their supporters since 1995, specializing in serving marginalized and highly vulnerable populations, and has been working in Clackamas County for the past 7 years.


Paul Farnstrom has been with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (Portland, Oregon) since 1995. He has been investigating Internet Crimes Against Children with the local task force since 2008. During that time he has been involved in over 200 investigations involving computer and Internet child exploitation. He has received over 600 hours of training to include ICAC Peer-To-Peer Investigators Program, CPS Fairplay Instructor, Undercover Chat Program and the NW3C Fast Track Program. Prior to his time at the Sheriff's Office he spent 3 years in the US Army Military Police and received a Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement from Western Oregon State College.


Josh Findley is a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Portland, OR. SA Findley is a certified undercover agent and has conducted numerous undercover operations relating to sex trafficking and child sexual exploitation. Special Agent Findley has over ten years of experience in child sexual exploitation investigations. SA Findley has been qualified as an Expert Witness in Child Exploitation cases and has provided expert testimony in federal, state and military courts. SA Findley has been a presenter at numerous local, national, and international conferences and seminars. SA Findley has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, 15 of which have been as a Special Agent.


Mr. Justin Fitzsimmons is a Program Manager in the High-Tech Crime Training Services (HTCTS) department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. He helps coordinate training with law enforcement agencies, prepares budgets, oversees the HTCTS project staff, and develops high-tech crime training projects for justice, public safety, and homeland security agencies nationwide. He also conducts legal, policy, and regulatory research, prepares white papers, and provides assistance and instructional services to justice, public safety, and homeland security agencies, particularly in digital evidence recovery, investigation, and prosecution.

Mr. Fitzsimmons is conducting a national research effort to determine the current capabilities of law enforcement to investigate crimes with digital evidence and make recommendations to decision-makers about resources to assist law enforcement. He also presents at conferences and trainings, participates on advisory committees and task forces, and supports agencies and jurisdictions as they create and implement effective procedures, practices, and technology applications that seek to combat high-tech crime and recover digital evidence.

Before joining SEARCH in 2012, Mr. Fitzsimmons worked for the National District Attorneys Association, where he was Senior Attorney for its National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse beginning in 2009. He responded to requests for assistance in child sexual exploitation cases from prosecutors and law enforcement around the United States, designed and presented training seminars, and published articles on emerging technological issues in child sexual exploitation. From 1998–2009, he was an assistant state’s attorney (ASA) in the State’s Attorney’s Offices for Kane and DuPage Counties, Illinois, where he prosecuted cases involving sexual exploitation and digital evidence. As an ASA for Kane County, he supervised the Special Prosecution Unit, responsible for investigating and prosecuting felony cases, including Internet crimes against children. He was also assigned to a Child Advocacy Center team that investigated and prosecuted cases of severe physical and sexual abuse against children, crimes of Internet solicitation of children, and child pornography. As an ASA for DuPage County, he worked in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau and the Felony Domestic Violence Unit.

Mr. Fitzsimmons frequently presents and teaches at international, national, and regional conferences, workshops, webinars, and training courses on digital evidence collection, computer forensics, crimes against children, cybercrime, and human trafficking. He has published articles on digital evidence authentication, computer forensics for prosecutors, child sexual exploitation, and more. In addition, he has drafted legislation that was signed into law in Illinois on several technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation issues from 2006–08.

Mr. Fitzsimmons was a member of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) National Strategy Working Group on Child Exploitation and co-chaired its Training Subcommittee. He also participated in the DOJ Office for Victims of Crime Working Group on Restitution for Victims of Child Pornography, the FBI Innocence Lost Working Group, and the Internet Child Exploitation Task Force. He has served as faculty of the National Children’s Advocacy Center, Huntsville, Alabama, and for the North-East Metropolitan Regional Training Center, Police Training, Aurora, Illinois.

Mr. Fitzsimmons is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology's Chicago-Kent College of Law, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University in Ohio.


Sergeant Jon Foreman has been with the Milwaukie Police Department for 12 years. Currently, Foreman is assigned as a patrol supervisor and department training sergeant. Sgt. Foreman previously worked as patrol officer, field training officer, emergency vehicle operator instructor, and was assigned as a general assignment detective. Before coming to Milwaukie, Sgt. Foreman worked in private security and served seven years in the U.S. Army as a Russian Interrogator.


Autumn Fox graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law. Following law school, she opened her own practice in 2000, where she focuses on high conflict custody cases and appellate work. For two years, she also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Kansas. She is a frequent lecturer on domestic law, ethics, and appellate law and has lectured in Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado. Autumn has published a number of articles including “An Eagle Soaring: The Jurisprudence of Justice Antonin Scalia,” 19 Campbell Law Review 223 (1997).


Mark Anthony Garrett grew up in the tough inner city of Dayton, Ohio as a foster child and was then later adopted. Throughout his childhood he faced many hardships such as being a special needs child, poverty, neglect, homelessness, abandonment and abuse, both physical and sexual. At 14, he lost his adopted mother to cancer, dropped out of school, joined a gang, became addicted to drugs and was in and out of juvenile jail.

Although his surroundings were negative, Mark was encouraged by a teacher to never give up on life and to always strive for excellence. He knew he had to take destiny into his own hands. After receiving guidance from influential mentors, Mark enrolled in college and majored in wildlife biology and went on to become a two-time U.S. Achievement Academy Award Winner, recipient of the National Collegiate Minority Leadership award and received the highest honors given by his college, which were the President’s and Trustee’s awards. Mark also returned to college and earned a degree in entrepreneurship.

This experience inspired him to dedicate his life to helping troubled youth and adults overcome the negative challenges within their own lives and discover that they have greatness within them. Mark is extremely passionate about helping raise the mental consciousness of people all across the nation and abroad.

For over 18 years Mark Anthony Garrett has motivated audiences from all over the world through his electrifying speeches, training and transformational seminars. Mark is a leading expert within the child welfare and K-12 educational industry on such topics as Employee Retention, Empowerment, Leadership, Goal Setting, Service Excellence, Overcoming Adversities, Youth Empowerment and Maximizing Human Potential. He is best known for his premium professionalism, high-energy programs, humor, enthusiasm and the ability to captivate audiences of all types.

Mark is the owner of three successful businesses, a former international radio talk show host, actor and author of three inspirational books. He has contributed and published articles for various newspapers and publications around the country and has delivered well over 2,500 paid speeches and seminars. He is also a leading columnist for Fostering Families Today magazine. Mark is one of the most requested speakers within the child welfare and K-12 educational industry.


Kate Gary began her career in prevention of elder abuse and mistreatment as a Student intern in the Criminal Justice Program at Portland State University. Her placement at Elder’s in Action engaged her with problem solving for Elder’s in the areas of housing, healthcare, crime and elder abuse. In 2007, Ms. Gary accepted an internship with Multnomah County Adult Protective Service Program where she became skilled in conducting investigations of suspected abuse/neglect in nursing facilities and community based care facilities.

Since 2008, Ms. Gary has been working as an investigator with Adult Protective Service serving Clackamas County. Ms. Gary investigates allegations of abuse or neglect, with persons 65 and older and/or with adults with physical disabilities. For the past five years, Ms. Gary has worked collaboratively with community partners in establishing plans of safety and protection for vulnerable adults.


Rebecca Girardet was awarded a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Human Biology with honors from Stanford University in 1987 and her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Arizona in 1992. She was awarded a year-long fellowship in 1989 from the American Heart Association to conduct HIV research at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in 1995. Dr. Girardet worked in private practice and later as an instructor with the Baylor College of Medicine Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Girardet joined the Division of Community and General Pediatrics at The University of Texas-Houston Medical School in 1998, where her work has focused on child maltreatment. She is board-certified in both general pediatrics and child abuse pediatrics, and she is a nationally recognized expert in child abuse.

Dr. Girardet has conducted research and authored peer-reviewed articles on several maltreatment topics, including STI diagnostic methods, HIV prophylaxis, and unmet healthcare needs among sexually abused children. Dr. Girardet is Director of the UT Division of Child Protection Pediatrics, which provides inpatient and outpatient medical and psychological services to child maltreatment victims and their families. She is also the Medical Director of the Texas Forensic Assessment Center Network, a collaborative effort between child abuse pediatricians and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services that provides consultative services and education to Child Protective Services workers statewide.

Dr. Girardet’s professional associations include: The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Academic Societies, and the Ray Helfer Society. She is a past co-chair of the Child Abuse and Neglect Committee of the Texas Pediatric Society, as well as a past president of the board for a Houston area health charities organization (Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services).

Dr. Girardet is fluent in English, French and Spanish. She is married and has 3 children.


Staley Heatly has served as the District Attorney for the 46th Judicial District of Texas since 2006. As the sole prosecutor in his office he handles all felony cases from intake through appeal. He serves as president-elect of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, and is a board member for First Step, Inc., a domestic violence shelter. He is also a member of the public policy committee of the Texas Council on Family Violence. In 2013, Staley founded a non-profit battering intervention and prevention program in his community. In March of 2014, Staley will be giving several presentations on family violence in Ecuador at the invitation of the US Embassy. Staley has trained both police officers and prosecutors in the investigation and prosecution of family violence cases.


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 sixteen 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.


Kristen Howell, MSW is the Director of Development at Salesmanship Club of Dallas, a large nonprofit that helps children and their families build or repair social emotional health so they can achieve their full potential.

As Development Director, Kristen is leading the effort to create the first continuing philanthropy program to grow and diversify revenues for Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers. The Salesmanship Club has a 90 year history of transforming the lives of children who are affected by poverty, abuse or trauma. Services include a broad range of therapeutic services, a state-of-the-art laboratory school for at-risk children in the Oak Cliff area and training for thousands of education and mental health professionals each year.

Kristen was previously employed at Genesis Women’s Shelter, where she worked for over 10 years. At Genesis, she served as a women’s therapist, the Director of Clinical and Professional Services, and as Director of Fund Development. She has worked with adult victims of domestic violence in both the shelter setting, as well as in the long term counseling center. As Clinical Director, Kristen managed a staff of 12 clinicians, and was involved in the management of 1000 clients every year at Genesis Outreach and Shelter.

Kristen graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and the University of North Carolina with a Master’s in Social Work.

She is married to Bill Howell, an attorney with Baker Botts, and has two young daughters.


Brandon Kaopuiki began his law enforcement career in 1998 with the Gresham Police Department, where he worked as a patrol officer, school resource officer, crisis negotiator, and detective. As a detective, Brandon was assigned to the Multnomah County Child Abuse Team for more than three years before he joined the Oregon Department of Justice in 2009 as a Special Agent with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.


Sueann Kenney-Noziska, MSW, LISW, LCSW, RPT-S is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor specializing in using play therapy in clinical practice with abused and traumatized children, adolescents, and families. As part of her clinical work, she provides outpatient psychotherapy to those impacted by childhood sexual abuse and facilitates a sexual abuse group therapy program. Additionally, she is founder and owner of Play Therapy Corner, Inc., a play therapy supervision, consultation, and training organization. Sueann is author of “Techniques-Techniques-Techniques: Play-Based Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families,” a manual which highlights the original play-based techniques and interventions she has created to advance the field of play therapy. She has been an active leader at the state and national levels in the Association for Play Therapy and presents regularly at the international play therapy conference and national child abuse conferences.


Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW is the Director of Training and Education at Butler County Children Services in Hamilton, Ohio, and the Executive Director of The Center for Family Solutions, Butler County’s developing child advocacy center. She is also an independent contractor and trainer presenting nationally and internationally on interviewing in the context of investigations and prosecutions of child abuse cases. Ms. Kenniston specializes in the areas of forensic interviews, interdisciplinary teamwork, peer review, sexual abuse and domestic violence issues, assessment and planning. She mentors Children’s Services workers in child maltreatment investigations and consults for law enforcement and prosecutors. Ms. Kenniston is a licensed social worker in Ohio and a board member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) as well as having been a board member for the Ohio chapter. She is a chairperson for APSAC’s forensic interviewer certification task force and is currently on the executive committee serving as the Member at Large.


Shannon Kmetic obtained her J.D. from the University of Oregon in 1996. She was a prosecutor in the Josephine County DA's office (1996 to 1998), the Clackamas County DA's office (1999 to 2010) and the Department of Justice (2010 to 2013). She prosecuted all crimes, but focused on domestic violence and child sexual abuse for the majority of her prosecutorial career. In 2009, she founded Angels in the Outfield, a non-profit organization seeking to brighten the lives of children and families impacted by crime, abuse and neglect. Since 2009, Angels has grown rapidly and serves children and families throughout the State of Oregon. Angels provides services based on the needs of each child, but include things like tutoring, counseling, sports fees, sports equipment, tuition for summer camps, music lessons, dance lessons and martial arts.


Sueann Kenney-Noziska, MSW, LISW, LCSW, RPT-S is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor specializing in using play therapy in clinical practice with abused and traumatized children, adolescents, and families. As part of her clinical work, she provides outpatient psychotherapy to those impacted by childhood sexual abuse and facilitates a sexual abuse group therapy program. Additionally, she is founder and owner of Play Therapy Corner, Inc., a play therapy supervision, consultation, and training organization. Sueann is author of “Techniques-Techniques-Techniques: Play-Based Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families,” a manual which highlights the original play-based techniques and interventions she has created to advance the field of play therapy. She has been an active leader at the state and national levels in the Association for Play Therapy and presents regularly at the international play therapy conference and national child abuse conferences.


John-Michael Keyes  is the Executive Director of The I Love U Guys Foundation. He represents The I Love U Guys Foundation to districts, departments, agencies and organizations regarding school safety. His professional career has included graphic design, software development, and workflow analysis. The death of his daughter, Emily, at the hands of a gunman at Platte Canyon High School compelled Mr. Keyes to bring his professional expertise to the arena of school safety.
The Keyes family's response to the events at Platte Canyon High School was immediate support for first responders and compassionate outreach to law enforcement. The Keyes hope these direct and positive actions can act as a guidepost for families impacted by violence.


Detective Christopher Kolcharno has been a sworn police officer since 1988 with the Blakely Police Department and is currently a detective with the Lackawanna County District Attorney's Office, supervising the Special Victims Unit. He has been exclusively investigating crimes against children since June of 2001. Detective Kolcharno received a Bachelor’s of Science in Administration of Justice from the Pennsylvania State University in 1991. He is a certified trainer for the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer’s Education and Training Commission. Detective Kolcharno is a member of the Pennsylvania State Police Area II Computer Crime Task Force, the Pennsylvania ICAC Task Force, and the FBI Scranton Resident Agency—Scranton Multi-Agency Cyber Task Force. Detective Kolcharno had the first asset forfeiture seizure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from a child abuse case—a radio station from a preferential child molester—which was valued at $900,000. This seizure was the reason for the asset forfeiture provision which was written into Pennsylvania’s version of Jessica’s law.


Kristina Korobov, J.D. is the Director of Prosecutor Education at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office in Indianapolis, IN. In this position, Korobov is responsible for meeting the training needs of the attorneys in her office. She also prosecutes Child Abuse homicides as well as selected domestic violence and sex crimes cases. Kristina has been prosecuting cases involving domestic and sexual violence and child abuse cases since 1997. She began her career in prosecution at the Marion County (Indianapolis, IN) Prosecutor’s Office, where she worked from 1996 until 2005, serving as Chief of the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit, Chief of the Domestic Violence Unit and as a Major Felony Prosecutor. In addition to handling cases, Kristina was responsible for attorney supervision and training, policy development, community outreach and training for law enforcement officers. Among other cases during her tenure, Korobov prosecuted Scott Cooper, a police officer who was manufacturing child pornography; serial rapist Charles Hill; and Samuel Shrum, Marion County’s first Repeat Sex Offender. Ms. Korobov continued her prosecution career as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney with the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney in Leesburg, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC, where she handled all domestic violence and some physical child abuse cases, was responsible for Law Enforcement Training, and was a member of the Loudoun Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) from 2006 to 2009. Ms. Korobov also served as the Coordinator of the Indianapolis Violence Reduction Partnership, an initiative funded by the United States Department of Justice and as Chief Counsel for Strand Analytical Laboratories, a private DNA Laboratory.

Korobov has been training on a national level since 2003 and formerly served as a Senior Attorney and Acting Director for the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women (NCPVAW), a division of the National District Attorney’s Association (NDAA) in Alexandria, VA. As Acting Director, Kristina trained multi-disciplinary audiences at the International, National, Tribal, Regional, State, and Local levels. In addition to covering subjects involving violence against women, Korobov continues to provide training on child abuse and the intersection of domestic violence and child abuse, as well as presentations on witness intimidation, trial skills, and homicide cases.

In 2002, Kristina was named Prosecutor of the Year by the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault and received an Outstanding Lecturer Award from Communities Against Rape / Center of Hope for Youth. In 2013, Korobov received the Visionary Voice Award from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. She has served on the boards of the Midwest Regional Network for the Intervention with Sex Offenders (MRNISO), Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and the RAINN National Advisory Board. She currently serves on the Board of Legacy House (Indianapolis), MRNISO, and the National Institute of Fitness and Sport.


Katheryn Kroeger, LCSW has worked at CARES Northwest as a forensic child interviewer for 20 years, as a regional interviewer trainer for 15 years, and as supervisor of the child-interviewer team for 10 years. She holds a B.S. in psychology from the University of Oregon and an M.S.W. from Portland State University. She has been involved in human trafficking issues for years -- including participation on the Oregon Human Trafficking Task Force and the Multnomah County Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Steering Committee -- and she has trained on the subject locally and nationally.


John Krummenacker is a Sergeant with the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office and has worked for the agency since 1999. He is currently assigned to the Civil Division in charge of the courts. His previous uniformed assignments include patrol deputy, dive rescue team, emergency operations center and uniformed patrol sergeant. From 2006-2012 he worked as a detective with assignments in both the Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit and also the Professional Standards Unit. During his time at the agency his has worked on all manner of cases from homicides and serious assaults, sex crimes, elder crimes, gang crimes and crimes against children and internal investigations. He is a Portland native and attended Oregon State University, and graduated from Portland State University. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and also enjoys canoeing, snowshoeing and is an avid home brewer.


Cathleen Lang, MD, Pediatrician and Child Abuse Specialist, is a pediatrician and a child abuse specialist at CARES Northwest. She completed her pediatric residency and Child Abuse and Neglect fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center Dallas. She became Board Certified in General Pediatrics in 2010.


Joe Laramie retired as a Lieutenant after 31 years of service from the Glendale, MO Police Department in 2010, where he was assigned as the Commander of the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force since 2003. From 2010-2011, he was Administrator of the Missouri Attorney General’s Computer Forensic Lab. Joe is a nationally known speaker on the topic of online crimes against children, technology safety and cyber bullying.


Jennifer Lee is the Senior Program Strategist for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) Child Victim Identification Program (CVIP). In 2002 Ms. Lee assisted in the creation and development of the Child Victim Identification Program and eventually served as Program Manager. Beginning in 2007, Ms. Lee now works to help advance the tools used daily within CVIP to assist law enforcement and prosecutors working child sexual exploitation cases. Ms. Lee provides assistance to the unit with policy development and working on special projects. Ms. Lee also travels across the country to educate law enforcement officials and policy-makers on the many aspects of online exploitation and demonstrate critical techniques to help identify child victims.


Dr. Dan Leonhardt is a pediatrician and child abuse specialist at Randall Children’s Hospital and the Medical Director of CARES Northwest. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and completed his pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. Prior to working at CARES Northwest, Dr. Leonhardt was an assistant professor of pediatrics at Northwestern School of Medicine and served as one of the child abuse pediatricians on the protective services team at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Leonhardt became a board certified child abuse pediatrician in 2009, the first year that such specialization was available.


Chris Mead has been with the Canby Police Department for 20 years. During that time, he has been a canine officer, gang enforcement officer, public information officer, tactical team member, reserve academy instructor, citizens police academy coordinator, and persons crime detective specializing in child abuse investigations. As a detective, he was a member of the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team and Clackamas County MDT. He has been a state trainer and board member for the Oregon Police Canine Association, after starting Canby’s first patrol canine program. He was a board member for the Northwest Gang Investigators Association where he instructed pre-deployment classes for the Oregon National Guard, and a former President of the Canby Police Association. He works in the local film and television industry and as co-founder of Sparks of Hope along with his wife, Lee Ann Mead.


Lee Ann Mead is the President and Founder of Sparks of Hope. She is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse from the age of 4-16. Motivated by her past, she has become a fierce advocate for child survivors of abuse throughout Oregon and the nation.

Lee Ann has been working in the legal field for over 14 years. Currently, she is a legal assistant at the law firm Landye Bennett Blumstein, LLP. She is a member of Oregon Trial Lawyers Association – Staff, as well as a member of the Washington State Association for Justice – Staff. She is also a member of National Association of Legal Professionals where she has sat on the Future Leaders Development Committee and the Next Generation Leadership Committee. She is a mother of seven children and the wife of Chris Mead (Sparks of Hope’s co-founder).


Cody Mitchell is a Texas Ranger and has been a Texas Peace Officer for approximately 13 years. He has served as a Peace Officer, including Patrol, Investigations, and as a Criminal Interdiction Officer. Cody has served the past 6 years with the Texas Department of Public Safety, and is currently assigned to the Texas Ranger Division. He is responsible for major investigations in the central counties of Texas. During his service with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Ranger Mitchell has worked closely with NCMEC, FBI, Behavioral Analysis Unit-3 and the Texas Attorney General’s Office to develop and implement the Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program.


J.R. Oleyar is an Adult Protective Services Investigator with the Oregon Department of Human Services, Aging and People with Disabilities. Prior to this J.R. was a Police Officer with the Milwaukie Police Department in Milwaukie, Oregon from 1990 to 2008, during which time he conducted many criminal investigations involving vulnerable adults. In addition to his current duties, J.R. teaches the criminal elder abuse investigations class at the Oregon State Police Academy (DPSST), an Adult Protective Services overview class for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Intervention Team Training and is a team instructor for the Abuse Later in Life grant project funded through the Office of Violence Against Women. J.R. has spent countless hours providing one-on-one roll call training at the local law enforcement level to numerous law enforcement agencies within Clackamas County to ensure that all levels of law enforcement have awareness and training in the investigation and protection of vulnerable adults.


Susan Payne is the Founding Executive Director of the Safe2Tell®, a prevention initiative developed as a response to the Columbine tragedy in Colorado. Susan served in this role as a Special Agent with the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security from 2006 until 2010; she currently serves as the Director of Safe Schools with the Colorado Attorney General's Office. In 2006, Susan's expertise was requested at the President's White House Conference on School Violence Prevention. Once again in 2013, Susan was invited to the white house convening experts around the nation regarding school safety, security and the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
After the Columbine tragedy, Susan was appointed to the Attorney General's office to develop a statewide program to facilitate intelligence gathering and information sharing. The Columbine Commission recognized that the research showed targeted acts of violence were often broadcast in advance. Susan developed Safe2Tell®, a Colorado prevention initiative that opens lines of communication providing methods of anonymous reporting answered by law enforcement and managed by a non-profit board of directors. Safe2Tell® works in collaboration with young people, parents, law enforcement, government agencies, and community groups in which students are encouraged to report any threat to their own safety or the safety of others. The outcome results have proven the Safe2Tell® prevention initiative is a simple, yet profound solution to breaking the "code of silence" and promoting school and community safety. Susan was a contributing author along with Dr. Del Elliott, Founding Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence on the article included in the book, "Columbine a Decade Later: The Prevention of Homicidal Violence in Schools: New Directions in Youth Development, Number 129" (Editors: Cornell, D. and Scheithauer, H.; Wiley Publishing; 2011).
Susan is a 24-year law enforcement veteran. Susan served a 17-year career with the Colorado Springs Police Department. She was the first Special Agent at the Colorado Department of Public Safety dedicated to school safety. Susan is a Terrorism Liaison Officer for Colorado. Her experience includes team leader for Hostage Crisis Negotiations, serving on the FBI Safe Streets task force, and training at Quantico at the FBI Academy. Susan is a graduate of the National School Safety Center and also has been certified as an Advanced Public Information Officer. Susan has worked in media coordination as a spokesperson and as an advisor behind the scenes in major events. She has worked on threat assessment to prevent work place violence and with schools.


Dan Powers, 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. 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 professionals. He is a member of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force. In 2008 Dan was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve as a professional member of the Texas Council on Sex Offender Treatment and in 2011 Dan was appointed by the Governor as the presiding officer of the newly created Texas Office of Violent Sex Offender Management.


Sebnem Pura is a Victim Assistant Specialist for the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations for Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and Oregon. She received a Master’s Degree Applied Behavioral Sciences, and Systems Counseling from the Bastyr Washington University and has worked in the field of Anti-Human Trafficking, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, Domestic Violence, Low-income Housing, and Street Outreach to youth and homeless for over 15 years. She has managed small and large NGOs, presented at International and National Conferences on Human Trafficking, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, and Domestic Violence. She speaks Turkish and Arabic.


Tanith Rogers has been with the FBI since 2008, and was assigned to the criminal cyber squad in Los Angeles, CA until August of 2012 when she transferred to the Portland Division. Special Agent Rogers is currently assigned to violent crimes specifically attached to the Child Exploitation Task Force. In 2011, SA Rogers won the American Legion Officer of the Year Award and the United States Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Award. In 2012, SA Rogers won the Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) outstanding Federal Law Enforcement Employee Award and the Victim Witness Assistance Program Award in 2012. Prior to joining the Bureau, SA Rogers was an undercover narcotics detective for the City of Federal Way Police Department in Washington State where she was a police officer for approximately nine years.


Amy Russell Amy Russell currently serves as deputy director for the National Child Protection Training Center, located in Winona, Minnesota, and provides professional training on a national and international level. Ms. Russell also serves as a pro bono attorney for children in dependency court, as an expert witness on child sexual abuse in multiple state courts, and as an adjunct faculty member in the Child Advocacy Studies Program at Winona State University. She obtained her B.A. from Hope College, her M.S.Ed. in counseling from Western Illinois University and graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Buffalo Law School with her J.D.

Ms. Russell is a nationally certified counselor, and has worked with victims of violence and trauma in several capacities, including extensive counseling and support work with child victims of abuse; director of victim services and counselor for survivors of homicide victims; victim/witness coordinator in a U.S. Attorney's office; and executive director of two children's advocacy centers. In addition, she has served as an independent contractor and trainer for UNICEF on child abuse and trafficking issues in Kosovo, served as a consultant for several children's advocacy centers and multidisciplinary teams for child abuse investigations and prosecution, and has interviewed over a thousand children.

Ms. Russell has conducted independent research on vicarious trauma in child abuse attorneys, and authored numerous articles on interviewing and child maltreatment, including Best Practices in Child Forensic Interviews: Interview Instructions and Truth-Lie Discussions, published in the Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy by Hamline University School of Law; Out of the Woods: A Case for Using Anatomical Diagrams in Forensic Interviews, published in APRI Update by the National District Attorneys Association, National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse; several CenterPiece articles published by the National Child Protection Training Center; and co-authored The CornerHouse Forensic Interview Protocol: RATAC® published in the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law by Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Ms. Russell is a member of several professional societies, including the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS).


Susan Samuel has been in the child abuse field for 35 years. Her longest tenure was with the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children where she conducted more than 2,000 investigations of allegations of child maltreatment. She also worked for the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General assisting prosecutors in establishing community multidisciplinary child abuse teams (MDTs). More recently, she served for six years on the board of directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). Currently, she is the Program Director for the National Child Protection Training Center, Southwest Region at New Mexico State University where she has also been adjunct faculty in the Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) program. In her home community, Las Cruces, NM, she is a CASA volunteer and chairs the county foster care review board.


René Schlegel is a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Portland, OR. SA Schlegel began her career as a Special Agent in June of 1988 and during her 25+ years, SA Schlegel has worked fraud, drugs, worksite enforcement and human smuggling/human trafficking cases. Since June 2010, SA Schlegel has been assigned to the Human Trafficking/Human Smuggling Unit.


Erin Schweitzer has worked for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office for almost 19 years. In 1999 Erin was asked to be part of CARES Northwest, a regional child abuse assessment center as an assigned deputy, which started her career in child abuse cases. After spending 2 ½ at CARES Northwest, Erin was promoted to Detective and assigned to the Child Abuse Team, where she investigated all types of crimes against children. In 2007 The INTERCEPT task force was formed, and Det. Schweitzer was selected to be the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office detective assigned to that Task Force. While at INTERCEPT, Det. Schweitzer has investigated technology based crimes against children to include Undercover Chat investigations, online child exploitation, production and distribution of child pornography investigations, and is one of 4 certified Peer to Peer instructors in the state of Oregon. In 2013 Det. Schweitzer was introduced to the Sparks of Hope foundation and began volunteering for that program whose mission is to empower children who are survivors of physical and sexual abuse. Since becoming involved with the child abuse survivors, Det. Schweitzer has found a tremendous joy giving back to the community she has fought so hard to protect during her law enforcement career.


Russell W. Strand is currently the Chief of the U.S. Army Military Police School Family Advocacy Law Enforcement Training Division. A retired U.S. Army CID special agent with 36 years of law enforcement and investigative, and has specialized expertise, experience and training and is a recognized International subject matter expert in domestic violence intervention, critical incident peer support, sexual assault, trafficking in persons and child abuse investigations. He has established & developed the U.S. Army Domestic Violence Intervention Training and Child Abuse Prevention and Investigation Techniques courses and supervised the development of the Critical Incident Peer Support course. He also developed and implemented the DOD Special Victims Unit (SVU) course and assisted in the development and implementation of DOD training programs for Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARC), victim advocates, chaplains, criminal investigators, first responders, commanders, and health professionals. He is a member of the Defense Family Advocacy Command Assistance Team and Department of the Army Fatality Review Board. He routinely conducts training for national and international organizations including the following: Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, University of Mississippi, Iowa and New York school systems, Department of Justice, Calgary Sex Crimes Services, and numerous other agencies and coalitions. Mr. Strand continues to conduct interviews of child and adult victims of physical and sexual abuse and provides investigative and consultation support as requested in ongoing sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse investigations. Mr. Strand also responded to the Ft. Hood, TX, mass shooting to provide critical incident and trauma victim interview support. He developed a revolutionary interview technique known as the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interviews (FETI). Mr. Strand was awarded the 2012 End Violence Against Women (EVAW) International Visionary Award.


Dr. Joe Sullivan is a Director of Mentor Forensic Services, an organization specializing in providing consultancy and training in Behavior Analysis, Child Protection and Professional Sexual Misconduct issues. He is a registered Forensic Psychologist with the Health Professionals Council (HPC UK) and is on the British Psychological Society (BPS) register of Chartered Psychologists as well as being a Registered Psychologist in Ireland. He holds a PhD in Forensic Psychology, a Masters Degree in Criminology, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in applied Social Sciences, and a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work.

He is a lecturer and honorary senior research fellow in Criminology with London Metropolitan University and holds an honorary lecturership in Forensic Psychology with the University of Birmingham.

Dr. Sullivan has been assessing sex offenders for the last 26 years and has worked in the UK’s two leading specialist residential sex offender assessment and treatment programs where he engaged intensively with over 300 sex offenders. Throughout his career he has amassed over 10,000 hours of therapeutic contact with sex offenders and has completed several hundred sex offender risk assessments.

Dr. Sullivan has also undertaken assessment and therapeutic intervention work with women who sexually abuse children and adults accused or suspected of professional sexual misconduct. Part of his work also includes the assessment and treatment of adult survivors of child sexual abuse.

He has acted as a consultant to the US Attorney General, the Vatican, Judicial Reviews, Social Service Departments, Probation Services, Churches and Education departments and has been called as an expert witness to give evidence to criminal, civil and family courts.

He has developed a series of behavior analysis tools which are used in the evaluation of offence and suspect profiling. In 2006, Dr. Sullivan assisted in the creation of a Behavior Analysis Unit in the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, a UK law enforcement agency and has assisted in a number of high profile national and international police investigations into sexual crimes against children.

Dr. Sullivan has also worked as an independent consultant for several UK and European police forces specializing in assisting investigations into sexually motivated abduction, murder and assault of children. He has received a Chief Constables Commendation for his contribution to the investigation into the sexually motivated abduction and murder of a child in 2001.

Dr. Sullivan is currently engaged in supporting several ongoing research projects relating to the sexual exploitation of children. He has published and presented papers to national and international conferences on the techniques he uses for engaging, assessing and interviewing sexual offenders.


Patti Toth has been the Child Abuse Program Manager for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission since 1999. Patti 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. Patti 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. Patti 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 developed WA State’s CPOD Guidelines for First Responders to Child Fatalities and Serious Physical Abuse. In 2008, Patti received the J. Pat Finley Child Protection Lifetime Achievement Award.


Elizabeth Tow is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, where she coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations. Before joining SEARCH in 2010, Ms. Tow spent five years in local law enforcement in two states, as a Public Safety Dispatcher for the Grass Valley (California) and Helena (Montana) Police Departments.


JR Ujifusa has been working on human trafficking crimes and issues for the last 6 years and is also a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the district of Oregon focusing on federal human trafficking crimes. He is a member of 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, 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, MD, JD is the Medical Director of the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at OHSU. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, NY. Dr. Valvano also holds a JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence) degree, earned at Northeastern University in Boston. He completed his Residency in Pediatrics and a Fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.


Ms. Lauren Wagner is a High Tech Crime Training Specialist in the Training Services Department of SEARCH where she performs tasks related to training local, state and federal agencies on computer technology issues with criminal justice applications. She provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepares training materials, teaches SEARCH investigative courses and speaks at conferences throughout the U.S. Ms. Wagner is an ICI certified instructor and received a 2009 “Excellence in Training” award from California POST.


Det. Gary W. Wright is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement with nearly half of his career having been dedicated to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. For the past 11 years, Det. Wright has been assigned to the child abuse unit. In 2007, Det. Wright was selected for an assignment on the Interagency Child Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT) and currently investigates all aspects of Internet child sexual exploitation cases as well as conducting computer forensic examinations.


Jay M. Wurscher is the Alcohol and Drug Services Coordinator for DHS child welfare in Oregon. He’s a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has been in the field of addiction treatment and prevention since 1982. His experience includes the jobs of addiction counselor, clinical supervisor, program manager for a community based prevention program, and trainer. He has trained at numerous national conferences regarding substance abuse issues in child welfare and community collaborations. He has taught summer courses at the University of Oregon’s Substance Abuse Prevention Program since 1992. He is a member of the Oregon Alliance for Drug Endangered Children and previously served on the Governor’s Methamphetamine Task Force.
Jay grew up in North Dakota and Minnesota, moving to Oregon in 1983 after serving on a submarine in the US Navy. He is married with two children, and will be grandpa by the end of the summer.


Mark Wynn is a retired 21-year member of the Metropolitan Police Department of Nashville, having served as Lieutenant to the Domestic Violence Division. He was a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team for 15 years and a recipient of 121 commendations and 51 awards and certificates, including the 1998 Nashvillian of the Year Award and the National Improvement of Justice Award. He recently received the 2012 Family Justice Center Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011 he was awarded the “Visionary Award” by End Violence Against Women International and the Distinguished Faculty Award by the National District Attorney’s Association. In 2013, he was selected to the Executive Committee of the Nashville Davidson County Domestic Violence Safety and Accountability Assessment – Office of the Mayor. He was selected in 1995 as one of the top-ten police officers in the United States by the International Association of Chief's of Police and Parade Magazine. He is a 1994 Graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy — Session 178. In October 1995, Lt. Wynn was invited to the White House by President Clinton to deliver a speech on strategies to prevent domestic violence in the United States. In April 1993, Lt. Wynn was called to testify before Congress for the Energy and Commerce Committee — Subcommittee on Health and Environment. He spoke on the public-health issue of violence in the family. In June 1994, he testified a second time before Congress, going before the House of Representatives' Committee on the Judiciary on the positive effects on mandatory arrest in incidents of family violence. Wynn's experience as a victim in his own home and a victim of a system that did not intervene has resulted in his passion to tirelessly address the need for a collaborative approach to domestic violence. Wynn is currently a much-sought-after trainer, advisor and consultant on effective domestic-violence intervention, both nationally and internationally.


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Sheriff Craig Roberts

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