2016 Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit Speakers
Russell Amos has been a prosecutor with the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office for the last 13 years, during which he has prosecuted cases that include drug crimes, property crimes, domestic violence, child abuse, and sex abuse. For the last six years Amos has been prosecuting felony person crimes, which primarily include cases involving the physical and sexual abuse of children.
Since 1976, Cordelia Anderson has worked to prevent harm and promote healthy development. She’s counseled sex offenders, survivors, prostituted women and families of missing and murdered children. Beginning at the Program in Human Sexuality, then moving in 1977 to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, where she worked as a child advocate, she developed one of the first Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs, later bringing the program to Illusion Theater. In 1992, she founded Sensibilities Prevention Consultation, based in Minneapolis, where she works with a wide variety of organizations, including the MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the National Children's Advocacy Center and the Sexual Health and Responsibility Program (SHARP) at Kenwood Therapy Center.
Cordelia has conducted over 2,500 presentations nationally and
internationally on topics including: prevention of child sexual
abuse/exploitation, impact of pornography, normalization of sexual
harm, promotion of sexual health, bullying/cyber-bullying, restorative
justice, compassion fatigue, and bringing activism into our work.
She’s been the lead expert consultant on two statewide mass'media efforts: Project Abuse, which won an Emmy in 1984, and You’re the One Who Can Make the Peace.
She’s on the Board of the National Center for Missing &
Exploited Children, and is the founder and immediate past president of
the National Coalition for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse &
She is the recipient of various awards, including 2006 Outstanding
Professional Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse
of Children (APSAC).
Cordelia consults with programs locally and nationally and appeared on a variety of news and talk shows, including Oprah.
Joel Bafus is the Lead for the Abuse Moderation Team at Yahoo. His team of analysts reviews and refers relevant matters to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Yahoo Legal. He has been with the company for 10 years. His time with Yahoo has been dedicated to abuse and online safety.
Lawrence Braunstein is an
attorney with over 30 years of experience. He is a Fellow of the
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy
of Matrimonial Lawyers, and, since 1985, has focused his practice in
the areas of Matrimonial and Family Law and related civil and criminal
litigation. He is also trained in Collaborative Family Law and
mediation. In addition, he has developed an expertise in the areas of
child custody litigation, and litigation involving allegations of child
sexual abuse, physical abuse and abusive head trauma (shaken baby). He
is recognized by his peers as an expert in these areas, and is often
hired by other lawyers to assist them in their litigation as a
specialist in these areas.
Larry also regularly lectures as an invited speaker, both nationally and internationally, in the areas of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and abusive head trauma (shaken baby), child custody litigation, expert witness testimony, courtroom psychology, and trial procedures to judges, attorneys, medical and mental health professionals, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, and child protection service personnel.
Since 2007, Larry has been named as one of the "Top Attorneys in the New York Metro Area" as published in the New York Times Magazine's Super Lawyer Section, and one of the top Twenty-Five "Super Lawyers" in the Westchester County, New York area.
Larry is a respected member of the legal community and is involved in leadership positions with several professional organizations. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Committee on Child Custody; Co-Chair of the Westchester County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Interdisciplinary Committee on Mental Health and Family Law; President of the Association of Collaborative Lawyers of Rockland-Westchester; and is a Past Chair of the Westchester County Bar Association, Family Law Section, as well as a Past Legal Chair of the New York State Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law. He is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and the Expert Faculty of the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN).
Since 1999, Larry has been a member of the faculty of the New York City Police Department Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigation Course. In 2004, he was the only defense attorney invited by the FBI to participate as a member of the working group to plan the International Online Child Sexual Victimization Symposium, and to present to both the working group and the Symposium. In 2008, he provided training for the FBI Behavioral Analysis (Profiling) Units. In 2009, Larry was appointed to serve as a legal advisor to the DSM-V Revision Task Force, Sexual Disorders Group, of the American Psychiatric Association.
Larry is a member of the Board of Editors of (and is a contributor to) the Journal of Child Custody and the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma. He co-authored the article titled The Impact of Internet Pornography Use and Cybersexual Behavior on Child Custody and Visitation, which was published in the Journal of Child Custody (10 J. Child. Custody 68).
Outside of his practice, Larry believes in the importance of adequately training the next generation of lawyers in both litigation and non-litigation skills. To further that goal he serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, New York.
Larry and his wife live in Westchester County with their two children. Larry is an avid cyclist and rides whenever he can.
Nicholas Brock is the Manager of the West Coast Operations for the CyberTipline in the Exploited Children Division (ECD) at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). In this capacity, he assists in the management of a staff of 24 analysts and support personnel. Mr. Brock has handled over 47,100 CyberTipline reports, resulting in numerous arrests of child sexual offenders. He has presented and participated in various law enforcement investigative training programs on high technology crimes, online child exploitation, and investigative and analytical skill development. He has provided extensive technical assistance to law enforcement in the United States, as well as abroad, on cases of child sexual exploitation, especially Internet crimes against children. Mr. Brock has been with NCMEC since May 2005.
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 12 years,
first as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer specializing in
anti-terrorism and contraband enforcement and then as a Special Agent
working human trafficking, child exploitation, narcotics and smuggling
Carol L. Chervenak
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 in 1997, she became the medical director of ABC House, the child victim assessment center for Linn and Benton counties.
Dr. Chervenak has helped establish a medical protocol for assessing Drug Endangered Children (DEC); lectures locally and nationally on various issues related to child abuse; and continues to evaluate children for concerns of maltreatment at ABC House.
Her special interests include the impact on children of substance abuse by parents -- in their environment, while breastfeeding, and during prenatal exposure.
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.
Motivational speaker and trainer Derek Clark has lived through the foster-care system and works with professionals to offer training and insight into connecting with challenging youth and children under government care. Derek’s training program provides insight and specific training that will assist professionals in connecting with vulnerable and grieving children/youth -- and help them reach beyond perceived and self-imposed limitations.
Thanks to his presentations, professionals have gained understanding and knowledge about childhood responses to traumatic experiences and how they are typically diagnosed; learned how to ask questions that build trust and shape futures; and learned how to offer justice, power and dignity as a response to labeling and quick diagnosis. Every professional working with kids in care has a purpose -- to make sure that each child feels important and to help them to reclaim their dignity, feel secure, and know that their past does not have to infect their future.
Derek offers insights into his personal childhood journey of being wrongfully labeled in the foster-care system for 13 years -- and the key reasons he did not turn out addicted, incarcerated, or dead.
Derek will challenge many of the accepted practices of the child welfare system and provide alternative ways to understand why kids behave in the ways that they do. This understanding will generate hope and restore dignity to young people as well as restore humanness and compassion in the hearts of professionals.
Labels take on a life of their own as the words we speak and write have great power to build up, define or defeat a child. These labels have the ability to follow children for the rest of their lives and can shape their attitude, self-esteem, relationships and professional life. Best practices -- ethical practices -- must include the heightened awareness of our language customs in the social-service field, and must have a solid foundation rooted in our knowledge of grief, loss and traumatic experiences.
Derek is an inspiring trainer and the author of six books, including Disable the Label: Never Limit the Potential of a Child, Never Limit Your Life and the I Will Never Give Up book series. Derek’s true-life trials and personal triumphs have inspired organizations worldwide with his message of resilience, hope, courage, unwavering perseverance and redemption.
Find out more about motivational speaker / trainer Derek Clark and his inspiring and educational programs at www.IWillNeverGiveUp.com
Jim Clemente is a retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent/Profiler and former Prosecutor for the New York City Law Department. During his 22-year career with the FBI, he has investigated cases from bank robberies to serial killers. He has also investigated public corruption, white collar and violent crime, and has worked as an undercover agent -- posing as everything from a street beggar to a broker on Wall Street. For over a decade, he was an FBI Profiler investigating serial violent and sexual crimes. He is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of sex crimes, child sexual victimization and child abduction. Today he lectures and delivers keynote presentations across the country and around the world on topics including sex-offender typologies, "nice guy" acquaintance offenders, compliant victimization, grooming, rape typologies, deception detection, equivocal death investigations, crimes against children, and child abductions. He also consults on criminal and civil cases and does television commentary for multiple news and entertainment shows. He is the technical advisor and freelance writer for Criminal Minds, Those Who Kill and Secrets & Lies. He appears regularly as a host and guest on the YouTube channel Crime Time and Media Mayhem. He produces and is on-air talent for several television productions as well, including Killer Profile on LMN. In 2014, Clemente authored his first novel, Without Consent, about his own experience as a survivor.
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 to 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.
Sharon Cooper is the CEO of Developmental & Forensic Pediatric, PA -- a consulting firm that provides medical care, research, training and expert witness experience in child-maltreatment cases, as well as medical care for children with disabilities. She works regularly with numerous national and international investigative agencies on Internet Crimes against Children cases. She recently served as Executive Producer of Not Just Pictures, a documentary about the victim impact of the production and distribution of child sexual abuse images on the web and social-media sites.
Dr. Cooper spent 21 years in the Armed Forces, retiring as a colonel. She continues to work in both civilian and military arenas, concentrating on child abuse and developmental pediatrics. She holds a faculty position at the University Of North Carolina Chapel Hill School Of Medicine, and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. She is an instructor at the Army Medical Education Department Center & School in Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, where she provides multidisciplinary training in all forms of child maltreatment to health-care providers, members of law enforcement, attorneys, judges, therapists, chaplains and social workers.
For the past several years, Dr. Cooper has served as a consultant to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, where she teaches about the victim aspects of Internet crimes against children and sexual exploitation through prostitution of children and youths. Recently, she joined the training team for the International Center for Missing & Exploited Children to provide similar information in international venues. Dr. Cooper has lectured both nationally and internationally in well over 300 conferences for the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, the NC District Attorney's Association, Attorney General's conferences across the U.S., the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Interpol, among many others. She has published chapters in texts, and is the lead author of the first comprehensive textbook on the medical, legal and social-science aspects of child sexual exploitation and Internet crimes against children.
Dr. Cooper has provided congressional testimonies regarding compliant victimization of youths who are exploited through Internet technology. She is also a member of an international Expert Working Group on Children and Young Persons with Abusive and Violent Experiences Connected to Cyberspace, hosted by the Council of the Baltic Sea States and the Swedish Children's Welfare Foundation.
Dr. Cooper is a Board Member of several organizations, and is a member of several professional groups, including The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, The International Association of Forensic Nurses, and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Geraldine Crisci, MSW 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 professions.
Geraldine developed and teaches the six-day Trauma Assessment and Treatment Program for Safeguards, which has reached 1,500 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 has also developed a 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.
Emily Davidsohn joined the Investigations Department at the Oregon Humane Society in 2010 as an attorney and Investigations Case Coordinator. She manages the Investigations Department's criminal animal-cruelty cases from citation through prosecution, while working as the department's liaison with district attorneys throughout the state. She also drafts and presents testimony during the legislative session in support of animal protection bills, supervises the legal internship program, writes policy for the department, conducts trainings for other law-enforcement agencies, and assists on large-scale seizures with evidence collection and documentation.
Emily received her Juris Doctor and Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont, where she served as the co-chair for the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Administrative and Development Editor for the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law.
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 18.
Brett Ethington has been in
law enforcement since 2006, and has worked with the Spanish-speaking
community throughout his career. He began his career at Canby
Police Department and currently works with the Clackamas County
Sheriff’s Office. During his time at Canby PD, he worked as a traffic
officer for four years and worked as a person crimes detective for two
years. During his two years as a detective, he investigated
child-abuse cases that involved Spanish-speaking families, as well as
utilizing his Spanish-speaking skills throughout his career.
Detective Paul Farnstrom has been a deputy sheriff with Multnomah County since 1995 and is one of the founding members of the Inter-agency Child Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT). He has been assigned to that task force since 2007, and has been involved in over 200 investigations of Internet child exploitation -- including peer-to-peer, CyberTips, and online chatting cases. He has over 800 hours of advanced training involving Internet crimes against children. As a previous law-enforcement trainer, he is now an instructor for the Child Protection System. He has received awards including a letter of appreciation and a citation for his work on local cyber-stings.
Shelly Field, BS has worked with Children and Families within the DHS system since 1998. Shelly was a permanency worker for six years and then a Consultant, Educator and Trainer (CET) for two years before becoming a supervisor. Shelly has supervised both a permanency and an adolescent unit. As a CET, Shelly provided training on what were then-new guidelines for child-welfare cases that included domestic violence. Shelly trained units across Multnomah County on using the guidelines in practice. Shelly was also a domestic-violence point-person within her branch. She coordinated Domestic Violence trainings on an ongoing basis and scheduled and managed events to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Shelly is currently a CORE trainer within the Child Welfare Partnership, and is certified to train in the Safe and Together Model.
Linda Fielder has been with the Oregon Humane Society since 2003. Prior to arriving at OHS, she spent 10 years as a veterinary technician in Kansas City, Missouri, where she assisted with treatment of a wide range of medical issues affecting an equally wide variety of animals, from cats and dogs to pigs and parrots. Because of her medical expertise, Linda became OHS's Shelter Medicine Coordinator, and was a key player in conceptualizing and launching OHS' full-service veterinary hospital in 2007.
In 2009, she was selected to oversee investigations as the department's manager. Her medical background has served her well in this position, where she fields the unique medical questions arising daily from officers in the field. Since Linda took over management of the Investigations Department, the department has expanded its geographical response area, implemented a large-scale rescue plan, and hosted an annual training program known as "Victim to Verdict" for industry professionals. In 2012, Linda became one of only two Certified Animal Welfare Administrators in the state of Oregon.
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 10 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 as a Special Agent.
Gillian Fischer is a native
Oregonian and grew up in Woodburn, Oregon. After doing her
undergraduate studies at Rutgers University, Ms. Fischer returned to
Oregon to attend law school at Willamette University in Salem. While in
law school, Ms. Fischer clerked at the Marion County DA’s
office and went on to clerk for Erin Greenawald, the Domestic Violence
Resource Prosecutor at the Oregon Department of Justice. In 2012
Ms. Fischer accepted a position with the Klamath County DA’s office
as the Domestic Violence Unit Prosecutor and was there until 2014 when
she returned to Marion County DA’s office as a member of their DV
team. Ms. Fischer began on the child abuse and sexual assault
team in October of 2015, where she currently prosecutes a variety of
child-abuse cases as well as domestic-violence cases.
John Gerardo has been a Special Agent with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations since August of 1997. Agent Gerardo spent over 10 years working in Alaska in charge of safe guarding the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline through investigations tied directly to worksite enforcement, visa fraud and identity theft. Agent Gerardo also served several years of his career in the Anti-Smuggling Unit, Human Trafficking Unit and Fraud Unit, specializing in Form I-9 presentations, worksite audits and fraudulent-document detection. Since June of 2007, SA Gerardo has been assigned to the Portland Office involved in the investigation of human-trafficking/smuggling cases, including working complex labor and sex-trafficking criminal investigations.
Casey Gwinn is the former elected City Attorney of San Diego. He currently serves as the President of Alliance for HOPE International. He is the visionary behind the rapidly developing Family Justice Center movement — bringing together, under one roof, services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, as well as services for the children of those victims. He is the founder of the nationally recognized Camp HOPE America, the first camping and mentoring program focused on children exposed to domestic violence. Casey is also an expert in the complex challenges of addressing near-fatal strangulation assaults. He has authored or co-authored nine books and hundreds of articles and media commentaries. His newest book, Cheering for the Children: Creating Pathways to HOPE for Children Exposed to Trauma, focuses on the impact of childhood trauma on adult illness, disease, and criminality. He has been profiled on ABC Nightly News, The Early Show on CBS, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Casey is a widely sought-after speaker and trainer on issues related to family violence, and travels extensively across the United States and around the world.
Matthew Hagan works for the
Marion County Sheriff’s Office, assigned as a detective. He is a
member of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence Team and
is certified as a Domestic Violence Investigations Instructor through
the Department of Homeland Security. He started his career as a
reserve deputy for Marion County in 1998 and subsequently worked for
the Aurora Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
before returning to MCSO in 2008. He has also been the
coordinator for the Mid-Valley Reserve Training Academy, and is a Taser
instructor. He has been a member of the MCSO Criminal
Investigations Unit since 2014.
Matthew Healy is a Certified Fraud Examiner who has been investigating cyber-crime cases for the last eight years. Prior to joining the Yahoo E-Crimes team in September 2015, he conducted global e-crime Investigations at StubHub Inc., based out of San Francisco. There, he was responsible for investigating brand abuse/criminal activity that involved illegal activity including money-laundering, counterfeit fraud, and stolen-credit-card abuse.
Erin Henkelman, MSW is the Assistant Program Director for Clackamas Women's Services. In this role, she is a contributing partner to A Safe Place Family Justice Center for Clackamas County. In addition to her eight years as an advocate, she also has professional experience as a Child Welfare caseworker. She is a certified trainer in the Safe & Together Model.
Maureen Hidalgo, MSW is a Child Interviewer at CARES NW. Prior to joining CARES, she worked at the Oregon Department of Human Services -- Child Welfare for seven years. Her experience in Child Welfare includes working in an adolescent unit as a bilingual/bicultural permanency worker. While in the MSW program, Maureen was an intern in Child Protective Services. She has ample experience working with the Latino community. She is passionate about issues facing the Latino community, particularly newly arrived Latino immigrants. She also participated on the LGBTQ Statewide workgroup during her time in Child Welfare.
Tamara Hillard, LICSW is the owner/operator of True North Counseling and Consulting in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts. She provides psychotherapy to adults, teens and children, as well as consultation and supervision for clinicians. She also offers presentations and trainings at regional and national conferences, offering trauma-focused child therapy with a specific focus on recovering from childhood sexual abuse and building resilience and "active prevention skills."
Ms. Hillard served as the Clinical Treatment Specialist/Clinical Director of Children's Cove: The Cape Cod and Islands Child Advocacy Center from June 2000 to June 2013, while also maintaining a small private practice. Ms. Hillard has a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Vermont and has been trained in trauma work, TF-CBT, EMDR and play therapy.
Prior to moving to Cape Cod, Ms. Hillard lived in Vermont and was in private practice, while also serving as the Clinical Supervisor and therapist for OUR House, The CAC for Central Vermont, from 1996 to 2000. Her background includes office- and school-based therapy, consultation, supervision, and training/teaching, with a focus on working with victims of abuse.
Ms. Hillard takes an active and creative approach to evidence-based, trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral treatment -- and actively challenges the gestalt of thinking patterns that can negatively affect emotions and outcomes. Ms. Hillard is currently writing a book for providers.
Chief Jim Holler served as Chief of Police for 16 years of the Liberty Township Police Department in Adams County, Pennsylvania. On December 1, 2007, he retired as the Chief of Police to continue consulting in the areas of child abuse.
In his 16 years as police chief, his responsibilities were not only to manage daily activities of the police department but also to investigate all types of crimes from homicide and domestic violence 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 proactive 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 23 years of service.
Chief Holler is a nationally known speaker specializing in child-abuse investigations. He 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 Board President of the Wetzel/Tyler County WV Children's Advocacy Center; 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; and as 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.
Cory Jewell Jensen
Currently the senior trainer for CBI Consulting, Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S.,
has been an adult sex offender evaluator and treatment provider for the
past 32 years.
Ms. Jensen has provided training and/or
consultation to The National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse,
The National Child Advocacy Center, the United States Navy, The
Crime Victims Association, The Mark McGwire Foundation for Children,
The U.S. Marshals Office, NYPD Special Victims Unit, and a number of
law-enforcement, child-advocacy and faith-based organizations. She
served as Executive Director for the Association for the Treatment
of Sexual Abusers, chaired two of ATSA’s International Research and
Treatment Conferences, and served as President of Oregon’s Chapter of
ATSA. She also chaired the Offender Management Committee attached
to the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, and has
an instructor for Portland State University’s Child Welfare Training
Institute for the past 15 years. Ms. Jensen has been the
recipient of Oregon’s "Commercial Crime Prevention Award," the
"Champions for Children Award," the OATSA "Significant Achievement
Award," the Nunnenkamp "Award of Excellence," and the Jan Hindman
Memorial Award. She has published a number of articles related to
sex-offender treatment, risk management and child-abuse prevention,
testified as an expert witness in local and federal courts, and has
featured guest on radio talk shows and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Amy Jones is licensed in the
state of Texas as a Professional Counselor and Board Approved Counselor
Supervisor. For over 15 years, she has been an advocate for
survivors of interpersonal violence.
She began to explore the
impact of sexual and domestic violence early in her career as an intern
for an international mission agency working in Kiev, Ukraine. Upon her return to the States, she earned a Master’s Degree in
professional counseling -- and has worked one-on-one with individuals
experiencing everything from homelessness to childhood abuse to healing
after sexual assault to fleeing from and rebuilding a life after
Throughout the years, her primary focus has
been has been to support survivors and act as an advocate in the
movement to end violence against women and children.
Currently she is the Senior Director of Programs and Client Services
for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support. Genesis Women’s
Shelter & Support provides a continuum of care that includes
expanded shelter services, transitional housing, day-care, an on-site
school, access to civil legal representation, jobs-readiness
programming, ESL education, advocacy, and counseling at their
residential and nonresidential facilities. Genesis is unique as one of
the few victim-services programs in the country that accomplishes
sustainability without government funding.
In her role at Genesis, Amy oversees and develops client programming. Additionally she presents and conducts trainings on issues related to interpersonal violence: creating awareness and prevention, clinical tools to address trauma, effective crisis response, the impact of sexual assault and domestic violence, and more.
Prior to her role at Genesis, she served as Clinical Director and
interim Executive Director for The Turning Point Rape Crisis Center of
Collin County. Additionally, she managed the Domestic Violence
Program for the Salvation Army’s Carr. P. Collins Social Service
Center. Amy is also a registered yoga instructor with Yoga
Alliance, and incorporates this knowledge into her work with survivors
Sheldon Kennedy won a Memorial Cup, World Junior Gold Medal and skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career. He is best known for his courageous decision to charge his Major Junior Hockey league coach with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered over a five-year period while a teenager under his care. Through this disclosure, and the important work that Sheldon continues to do, he has become an inspiration to millions of abuse survivors around the world.
Sheldon has been instrumental in bringing governments, public- and private-sector partners together to work collaboratively to influence policy change and improve the way child abuse is handled. He has influenced changes in Canadian law and has taken his message to the International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Senate.
Sheldon is the Lead Director at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre -- the first of its kind in Canada -- offering full wrap-around services for victims of child abuse. He is also the co-founder of Respect Group Inc., which provides empowering online abuse, bullying and harassment prevention education to sport organizations, schools and the workplace.
Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW
is the volunteer Executive Director of The Center for Family Solutions.
She is also an independent contractor and trainer presenting nationally
and internationally on interviewing, investigation, and the prosecution
of child-abuse cases.
As the former Director of Training and Education
at Butler County Children Services in Hamilton, Ohio, Ms. Kenniston has
trained professionals and paraprofessionals dealing with child abuse
and domestic violence in both civil and criminal courts. She is a
trainer for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
grants, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the
National District Attorneys Association, and the Ohio Attorney General-sponsored Finding Words Ohio.
Ms. Kenniston organized and coordinated
the Forensic Training Institute for The Childhood Trust in Cincinnati,
Ohio starting in August 1997, and trained in the program since its
Ms. Kenniston is a board member for the American
Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), co-chairing the
forensic interviewer certification task force.
Ms. Kenniston was a
Sexual Abuse Investigator for Hamilton County Department of Human
Services, where she conducted over 3,000 forensic interviews with alleged
child victims of sexual abuse.
Ms. Kenniston is a co-author with Anne Graffam Walker, PhD, and co-editor with Sally Small Inada, MA, on the 3rd edition of the Handbook on Questioning Children: A Linguistic Perspective, published by the American Bar Association.
Detective Chris 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.
Germaine Kollias, BA has been a Child Interviewer at The Children's Center since 2011. During her time as a child interviewer, she has utilized her bilingual/bicultural background. Germaine was a law-enforcement officer for 10 years in Oregon, and utilized her bilingual/bicultural background during her law-enforcement career. While working in law enforcement, she worked as a Youth Services Officer and was assigned to the local Boys & Girls Club. Ms. Kollias also functions at The Children's Center in the role of Community Outreach Specialist, and conducts trainings for the community as well as MDT members on how best to respond to concerns of child abuse.
Kathy Kroeger has worked as a forensic child interviewer for 22 years and as a trainer of forensic interviewers/investigators since 1999. She holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Oregon and a Master's in Social Work degree from Portland State University.
Dr. Cathleen Lang is a Child Abuse Pediatrician at CARES Northwest in Portland, Oregon. She is Board-certified in both Child Abuse Pediatrics and General Pediatrics.
Brad Leikem is a Child Abuse Detective with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. He has worked for Clackamas County since 1995. From 2009 till 2011, Brad was assigned to the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) and worked high-lethality domestic-violence cases. He was promoted to the rank of Detective in April 2013. At that time he was assigned to the Child Abuse Team -- working sexual-abuse, physical-abuse and death-investigation cases involving victims 17 years old and younger.
Washington County Deputy District Attorney Chris Lewman has served the citizens of Washington County, Oregon for 12 years. Lewman's prosecutorial experience includes prosecuting misdemeanor cases and felony cases (including Measure-11 and murder cases). Lewman is currently assigned to the Washington County District Attorney's Office child-abuse team.
Dr. Dan Leonhardt received
his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of
Medicine. He completed a pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children's
Hospital and Medical center. After residency, Dr. Leonhardt worked as a
community pediatrician before joining the faculty at Lurie Children's
Hospital in Chicago, where he was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
and a member of the Protective Services Team.
Dr. Leonhardt began his work at CARES Northwest and Randall Children's Hospital in 2007, and he currently serves as the Medical Director of CARES Northwest. Dr. Leonhardt is board certified both general pediatrics and in the subspecialty of child-abuse pediatrics.
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.
Criminalist Ken Link has been a law-enforcement officer in the State of Oregon for 24 years, the last 17 years with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Since 2010, Criminalist Link has been a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) assigned to the Inter-Agency Child Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT) -- a Portland-area taskforce made up of state, local and federal agencies combatting online sexual exploitation of children.
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 has been a
prosecutor in Travis County, Texas for 10 years. Over the last four
years, she has exclusively prosecuted strangulation related crimes. She
staffs cases for law enforcement, presents cases to the Grand Jury, and
participates in plea negotiations and trials. She also provides
training for agencies and coordinates with law enforcement to assist in
their investigation of strangulation cases.
Kelsey has prosecuted a
variety of cases involving strangulation from assault, sexual assault
and capital murder. She has worked over the last few years to
strengthen how her community investigates, treats and prosecutes both
strangulation and intimate-partner cases to improve medical and criminal
response. She has worked to develop experts in the community to testify
to a jury regarding the evidence in strangulation and family-violence
cases. She has worked to change how her community responds to domestic
violence by implementing an evidence-based approach in place of a
victim dependent system.
To this end, she worked with law enforcement to create an Assault Victim Statement and a Strangulation Supplement that has transformed the role of first responders in the investigative role by carrying her knowledge into the field on every case. As a result, strangulation cases filed with the DA's office have more than doubled over the last four years and the quality of investigations has been enriched. Her focus on training first responders -- both law enforcement and medical -- has strengthened evidence-based investigation and increased the chances for a successful prosecution.
Michelle Micks is a Law Enforcement Operations Analyst at Kik. She is responsible for engaging directly with law-enforcement agencies when responding to inquiries, legal requests and for providing educational seminars regarding Kik's policies and procedures for assisting law enforcement.
Scott J. Modell
Scott J. Modell received his Ph.D. from the College of Education at Florida State University in 1997. Dr. Modell is currently serving as the Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. Most recently he served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Dr. Modell spent 15 years as a Professor at California State University, Sacramento. Over his last five years at the university, he additionally served as Director of the university’s Autism Center for Excellence. He is an expert in child abuse, crime victims with disabilities, disability etiology, and interview techniques.
He has authored eight books and has over 250 published articles and
abstracts. Dr. Modell is frequently invited to lecture at national and
international conferences for law enforcement and child-welfare
agencies. Over the past 14 years, he has worked with multiple agencies
regarding crime victimization and serving as an expert witness.
Dr. Modell has taught for the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC),
National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC), California District
Attorneys Association (CDAA), National Adult Protective Services
Association (NAPSA), National Organization for Victim Assistance
(NOVA), and the Singapore National Council of Social Service. He has
conducted workshops and trainings reaching thousands police officers,
child protective service and adult protective service professionals
across the country. He has received international recognition for his
work in the area of crime victims and interview techniques for
individuals with disabilities.
Kelly O'Donnell is currently a Child Protective Services Worker for the Department of Human Services Child Welfare for the North Clackamas branch. She's been employed by DHS for the last six years. Prior to that she worked eight years at nonprofits, Boys and Girls Club and then Metropolitan Family Service running school based programming and parent engagement. She's also been an on-call worker for Clackamas County Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center. Ms. O'Donnell graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
BJ Park is the prosecutor for the Oregon ICAC unit, which handles all
Cybertips for the entire state. He primarily prosecutes cases of child
pornography and human trafficking of minors, as well as complex
financial crimes, conflict criminal and public-corruption cases. He is
also a Special Assistant United States Attorney in federal court for
Project Safe Childhood cases. He was a prosecutor in Chicago, Illinois
for some 15 years before joining the Oregon Department of Justice some
four years ago.
Rob Parrish began his legal
career with the Utah Attorney General's Office in 1980. Through many
years of work as an appellate and trial attorney, he gravitated to the
field of child abuse and child maltreatment -- becoming a nationally
recognized expert in prosecuting cases involving physical abuse and
murder of children.
After spending 20 years with the Attorney General's Office, Rob took a two-year sabbatical as the Deputy Director of the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. In 2002, Rob returned to government law practice as a Guardian ad Litem, representing abused and neglected children in juvenile court between 2002 and 2007. He is now prosecuting criminal cases again as a Deputy Salt Lake County District Attorney assigned to the Homicide and Special Victim Teams.
Rob presents training for all professionals on a wide range of child-maltreatment issues. Rob completed a 6-and-a-half-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. He co-edited the book Abusive Head Trauma in Infants and Children with Drs. Lori Frasier, Kay Rauth-Farley and Randell Alexander, published in 2006, and has contributed chapters in many other texts. He is a member of the Utah Coalition for Prevention of Child Abuse and the Utah Culture of Health Working Group.
Julie Peay is a Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Portland, Oregon. SA Peay began her law-enforcement career in 1998 with the U.S. Border Patrol and transitioned to her current assignment as a Special Agent in 2001. In 2006, Special Agent Peay began her assignment investigating child sexual exploitation and sex-trafficking cases for HSI, resulting in the rescue of multiple child victims over the years.
Micah D. Persons
Micah D. Persons began his police career with the Portland Police Bureau January 1998, where he served as a patrol officer and as a narcotics investigator assigned to the Drugs and Vice Division. Since 2006, Micah has worked for the Oregon Department of Justice as a Special Agent assigned to Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce. Micah has been involved in hundreds of investigations involving the sexual exploitation of children via the Internet, and provides Internet-safety and investigative training throughout the state.
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. 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.
René Schlegel has been a Special Agent with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations since June of 1988. SA Schlegel spent several years of her career in the Worksite Enforcement and Fraud Unit, specializing in Form I-9 presentations, worksite audits and fraudulent document detection. Since June of 2010, SA Schlegel has been assigned to the Human Trafficking and Smuggling Unit, working complex labor and sex-trafficking criminal investigations.
Detective Erin Schweitzer is
a 20-year veteran of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, located
just outside of Portland, Oregon.
Det. Schweitzer has been investigating
crimes against children for the past 16 years. She was on
the Child Abuse Team for 7 years, and investigated hundreds of cases of
crimes against children as a child abuse detective. Det. Schweitzer is
currently assigned to the Interagency Child Exploitation Prevention
Team (INTERCEPT) Task Force and investigates technology based crimes
against children. She is currently one of four instructors in
Oregon certified to teach Peer-to- Peer child-pornography
Erin is a mother of two young boys, and enjoys spending time with her friends and family when she is not working.
Sarah Sheelar is currently a Foster Parent Certifier for the Department of Human Services (DHS) in the North Clackamas branch. Previously, Sarah worked as a Child Protective Services Caseworker with DHS in the Oregon City branch for over 4 years. Sarah also worked in law enforcement for the Marion County Sheriff's Office in several different capacities, including Reserve Patrol Deputy, Marine Deputy, Special Deputy for the Woodburn Bombing Task Force and Detective Secretary. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from Portland State University in 2008.
Julian Sher is an
award-winning investigative journalist and the author of six books. His
most recent book, Somebody's Daughter: The Hidden Story of America's
Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them, was
hailed as "the most definitive account of sex trafficking of
children in the United States." He also wrote the book Caught in the
Web about Internet child predators. His analysis and reporting on
child abuse has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today and
Readers' Digest. He has addressed conferences of educators,
parents, child care advocates, prosecutors, police and judges. He is
the Senior Producer for The Fifth Estate -- the premier investigative
TV program in Canada for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. For
more information visit www.juliansher.com.
Dr. Sue Skinner is the
Medical Director at the Children's Center of Clackamas County, and has
been working in the field of child abuse and neglect for 20 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 and the medical evaluation of adolescents.
Washington County Deputy District Attorney Dustin Staten has served the citizens of Washington County, Oregon for 13 years. Staten's prosecutorial experience includes prosecuting juvenile-delinquency cases, misdemeanor cases and felony cases (including Measure-11 and murder cases). Staten is currently assigned to the Washington County District Attorney's Office child-abuse team.
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 U.S. 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 that 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.
Tina TappouniTina Tappouni is a self-defense instructor at Portland Community College. She has a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has been practicing for almost four years. Tina also works at the Sexual Assault Resource Center as an advocate that responds to hospitals, law enforcement locations, and youth shelters to support survivors in person.
Carol Todd is a mother of
two, and an advocate for many.
On October 10, 2012, Carol's world tragically changed when her beloved daughter Amanda died by suicide after her never-ending struggle as a victim of cyberbullying, exploitation and relentless bullying in her everyday life.
Through the pain of losing her daughter, Carol courageously took a stand and shared Amanda's story with her community and the world. Known as a global advocate, she is sharing the voice of her daughter while increasing awareness of bullying in all forms and mental-health issues in our youth. Amanda started a conversation that brought to the world's attention the serious issues regarding social-media safety, cyber abuse and mental health. Carol continues sharing this message, and followed Amanda's dream of wanting to help kids "Stay Strong" and reach out for help.
Amanda Todd Legacy was created to help bring global awareness to
cyberbullying and online safety to families and their children. The
goal has been to encourage others to be empowered to shift their
thinking about bullying-type behaviors to those of KINDNESS.
Carol has had the opportunity to share her vision and discuss cyber-bullying and mental-health issues during many interviews with leading media professionals around the globe. As a result of her courage, determination and ultimately the love of her daughter, Carol has become an innovative leader in the fight for online safety for children. Working hard for change has become a true example of the unwavering human spirit through her fight to end bullying and the stigma regarding mental health in youth.
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.
Detective Paul Wade has been with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office since 1995. Detective Wade is currently assigned as the Domestic Violence Investigator for the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office DVERT Unit, and serves as an Instructor of the Defensive Tactics Unit for the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Detective Wade is a former SWAT Officer. He is a Force Instructor in Krav Maga (the self-defense system taught to Israeli police and military) and holds a purple belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. When not running around with his kids and their activities, he trains and competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu all over the country and has earned medals for his accomplishments. His wife and son also train and compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In his free time, he enjoys running and backpacking, and anytime in between he is reading.
Jennifer Wheeler is a licensed professional counselor who has worked at CARES Northwest for 15 years -- 11 as a forensic interviewer, four as a Family Support Team counselor, and three as a statewide forensic interview trainer. She holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Oregon State University and a Master's degree in counseling psychology from Lewis and Clark.
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