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2017 Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit Speakers


Kevin Barton

Kevin Barton is a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Washington County District Attorney’s Office.  He supervises the child abuse prosecution unit and is the chair of the county child abuse multidisciplinary team.  His caseload focuses on crimes against children and violent crimes.  Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Mr. Barton was a trial attorney in a West Coast civil litigation law firm.  Mr. Barton attended Gonzaga University and University of Notre Dame Law School.

Sally Blackwood

Sally Blackwood, MA, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor who began working with traumatized children in 1990.  She has worked at CARES Northwest since 2006, and previously worked in residential treatment, community mental health, and private practice.  She has experience and training in counseling children, teens, families, and adults who have experienced trauma with a specialty in sexual abuse.  Currently, Sally is a member of the CARES Northwest prevention team, and presents to students and adults.   Sally has also presented at regional conferences on topics related to child sex abuse and trauma. 

Lawrence Jay Braunstein

Lawrence Jay Braunstein is a partner in the law firm of Braunstein & Zuckerman, Esqs., in White Plains, New York. His practice includes the areas of matrimonial and family law and related civil and criminal litigation. Since 1985 he has specifically focused his practice in the areas of child custody litigation and litigation involving allegations of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and abusive head trauma (or shaken baby syndrome) in matrimonial, family and criminal cases.

He regularly lectures as an invited speaker -- both nationally and internationally -- in the areas of child sexual abuse, physical abuse, shaken baby syndrome, child custody litigation, expert witness testimony, courtroom psychology, trial procedures, and various other criminal, family and matrimonial law topics to judges, attorneys, medical and mental health professionals, state and federal law enforcement personnel, state and federal prosecutors, and child protection service personnel.

Since 1999 he has served on the faculty of the New York City Police Department Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigation Course. Since 2014 he has also served on the faculty of the New York City Police Department Homicide Investigator 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. He has conducted hundreds of trainings with police departments across the county, with the FBI Behavioral Analysis Units, and with police agencies in England, Scotland, Wales, and South Africa.

He is presently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York. Since 2007 he 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 25 “Super Lawyers” in the Westchester County, NY area. In 2014 he was rated “AV Preeminent” by the Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings -- indicating his high level of ethical standards and professional ability -- generated from evaluations by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.

More information can be obtained at his website.

Patrick Bray

Detective Patrick Bray has been involved in law enforcement for over 22 years.  He started out his career as a police officer with the City of Prescott, Arizona.  While working at the Prescott Police Department, he received a Medal of Valor in 1997 and also received the City of Prescott Achievement of Civic Excellence Award (PACE).  Since 1999, he has been working for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.  Promoted to Detective in 2010, he has spent the past six years assigned to the Child Abuse Team (CAT).  During his time with CAT, Detective Bray has presented numerous case studies and investigative presentations to both Community Partners and high school/college classes.  Most recently he served on the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) Protocol Committee charged with revising and updating investigative considerations outlined in the MDT Protocol.  

Kevin Y. Brown

Award-winning entrepreneur, international speaker and author Kevin Y. Brown brings his audience members high-energy, authentic presentations that provide tangible takeaways to engage them in creating the results and life that they desire.

Born to a young, drug-addicted mother, Kevin entered the California foster-care system at the age of 1, where he remained until emancipating at the age of 18. Despite his early encounters with adversity, he excelled academically and graduated from college debt-free, and with honors in both Fashion Design and Business Supply Chain Management.

Formerly a host for MTV Networks and a marketer in New York City's high-paced fashion industry, today Kevin is the CEO of cutting edge empowerment company Legacy Thinking Labs and founder of DEBT- FREE College Academy, which was inspired by his book 10 Ways Anyone Can Graduate From College DEBT-FREE.
Kevin has spoken on 3 different continents so far and has created an international following with hundreds of video testimonials from clients and audience members on his YouTube channel.

Kevin's current projects include being a consistent educational expert on the Karen Hunter Show (Sirius XM channel 126) and hosting his own weekly radio show and podcast entitled The Create Your Life Series, which is broadcast weekly on 90.3 FM in New York City and on Facebook Live. Through interviewing entrepreneurs and industry trailblazers, The Create Your Life Series provides strategic insights into mobilizing your resources, maximizing your potential and self-authoring your destiny.

Kevin has been highlighted in various media outlets including Ebony Magazine, Foster Focus Magazine and the historic Amsterdam News. Most recently, he was the opening keynote speaker at the International Foster Care Organizations Conference in Sydney, Australia.

Kevin lives in New York City, is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and loves to salsa dance.

Jeffrey Bucholtz

Jeffrey S. Bucholtz received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Communication from UC Santa Barbara, where he worked with the UCSB Women’s Center Rape Prevention Education Program as a Male Violence Prevention Specialist. Prior to and during his tenure at the UCSB Women’s Center, Jeff coordinated several student programs -- including Men Against Rape, Students Stopping Rape, and the Multicultural Outreach Program. During this time, Jeff began his ongoing work to build and sustain collaborative alliances across privileged and oppressed social groups.

In 2006, Jeff received his Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University. His master’s thesis project, entitled Off the Page and Onto the Stage: Performing Feminist Theory to Prevent Sexual Violence, developed pedagogical and performance strategies for communicating to diverse audiences how feminist theories -- including the intersectionality of oppression -- should be utilized in sexual violence prevention. In 2009, Jeff’s thesis became the basis for his documentary film, “A Way From Violence.”

For the past 11 years, Jeff has worked as an activist and public speaker -- providing hundreds of presentations and performances in the fields of sexual violence, masculinity, relationship violence, gender normativity, popular culture, violence prevention, stalking, bullying, working in alliances, feminist thought, and the intersectionality of oppression. Jeff has done extensive work with the male community to engage and involve men in violence prevention, including his work as co-chair of the San Diego Men’s Leadership Forum.

Currently, Jeff is co-president of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council and is co-director of his social business, We End Violence. Jeff is also an award-winning adjunct faculty member at Southwestern College, where he teaches Oral Communication, TELA Communication (part of an African-American learning community), Public Speaking, and Small Group Facilitation. In addition, Jeff is a faculty lecturer at San Diego State University, where he teaches Popular Culture and Counseling, a course that focuses on the ways that popular culture informs and impacts our identities. Jeff is also an instructor with Speak for Success, a public speaking and coaching business.

Mary-Ann Burkhart,

Mary-Ann Burkhart, JD is the Director of the Child Abuse Prosecution Project at the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) in Washington, DC. APA provides training, technical assistance, support and cutting-edge written projects to multi-disciplinary child abuse teams. She comes to APA from National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse at the National District Attorney’s Association, where she was the Director of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse.

Burkhart began her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County, Florida. As an Assistant under the Honorable Janet Reno, Ms. Burkhart specialized in domestic violence and child abuse cases.

In 1997, Ms. Burkhart joined the staff of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse as a Senior Attorney. From 1997 through 2003, she traveled worldwide and taught extensively on all aspects of child physical and sexual abuse and child homicide cases. As a Senior Attorney at NCPCA, she also published numerous articles and book chapters on various issues relating to investigating and prosecuting cases of child physical and sexual abuse, as well as issues relating to child victims. Her last project as a Senior Attorney at NCPCA was editing and completing work on the 3rd edition of Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse, in which she also authored two chapters.

In late 2003, Ms. Burkhart returned to the courtroom as a homicide prosecutor and then as Training Director at the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, Maryland. As Training Director, she was responsible for the training and mentoring programs for the over 200 attorneys in the office. Additionally, she continued to train nationally on issues related to Child Physical and Sexual Abuse and Neglect. She also works as the Faculty Advisor to the ChildFirst Maryland course, a five-day forensic interviewing course for child victims and witnesses. In 2008 Ms. Burkhart authored Maryland’s Response to Human Trafficking: A New Statute for New Times, which was published in the Maryland Bar Journal. In 2010, Ms. Burkhart took her expertise to the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, where she specialized in child abuse cases and vulnerable adult and elder abuse cases.

William (Bill) Carson

Bill Carson is Chief of Police for the Maryland Heights (MO) Police Department. He has more than 37 years of experience as a police officer in the St. Louis metropolitan area, and has served 16 years in criminal investigation units as a detective, a supervisor and eventually a commander, gaining experience in juvenile, sex crimes, homicide, and undercover narcotics and vice investigations.

Chief Carson is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command. He has a Master’s Degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri -- St. Louis. Upon completing his graduate studies, Chief Carson conducted interviews with incarcerated sex offenders as part of two separate research projects. These interviews took place over a three-year period (2003-2005) at seven different prisons throughout Missouri.

Chief Carson served 12 years as a Deputy Commander with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis. He has investigated and commanded homicide investigations for the Major Case Squad in St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren Counties in Missouri. He sits on the Missouri State Child Fatality Review Panel and the Missouri Task Force on Children’s Justice. In 2011, Chief Carson was appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to serve as a member of the newly created Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children.

Chief Carson has written several articles and educated police officers, prosecutors and social service workers on understanding and interviewing sex offenders.

Carol Chervenak

Carol L. Chervenak, M.D. completed her medical education and family practice residency at University of Arizona, following an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy from the University of Washington.

Following clinical education in child abuse assessments at the Center for Child Protection in San Diego, California in 1997, she became the medical director of ABC House, the child abuse intervention center for Linn and Benton counties.

Since that time, Dr. Chervenak has helped establish a medical protocol for assessing Drug Endangered Children (DEC), children in homes with substance abuse; compiled and lectures on guidelines for substance abuse and breastfeeding; and lectured on various aspects of child maltreatment.

She is on the Advisory Council for Child Abuse and Neglect and the Oregon Governor’s Sexual Assault Task Force; has been a member of the Oregon Governor's Methamphetamine Task Force; and has served as a lecturer for the Oregon and National Alliances for Drug Endangered Children.

Matthew Cox

Dr. Matthew Cox received his undergraduate degree in Bioengineering from Texas A&M University and then attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston Medical School, graduating in 1998.  Dr. Cox did his pediatrics residency training at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and his fellowship training in Child Abuse at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  He practiced in Dallas, Texas as faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in the Department of Pediatrics and served as the Medical Director of the child abuse program at Children’s Medical Center Dallas from 2004-16.  He is a certified Child Abuse Pediatrician by the American Board of Pediatrics.  His primary practice involves the medical evaluation of children suspected of being victims of possible physical abuse, sexual abuse or neglect.  He currently serves as the medical director of the Children At-Risk Evaluation Services (CARES) Program at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise.  

Geraldine Crisci

Geraldine Crisci, M.S.W. is a mental health professional with 30 years of experience in the field of trauma. She is a private practitioner who provides assessment and treatment to children, youth and their families. She is also a professional trainer, providing educational programs to mental health, protective services, law enforcement, medical and other helping 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 also developed a reunification protocol for families.  She has provided support to agencies and families in the 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.

Geoffrey Erichsen

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 four 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.

Paul Farnstrom

Detective Paul Farnstrom has been a deputy with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office 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, a citation for his work on local cyber-stings and the Champions For Children Award.

Justin Fitzsimmons

Mr. Justin Fitzsimmons, JD 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.

Mike Gallagher

Officer Mike Gallagher has been a police officer with the Portland Police Bureau for 25 years. During the majority of his career he has worked to address the issues related to prostitution and sex trafficking. His work with the victims is accomplished by earning their trust as well as building partnerships with nonprofit organizations that provide needed counseling, housing, and career-building services.  He also works to address the buyers -- through traditional law enforcement efforts as well as education. Officer Gallagher has contacted over 2,000 victims of trafficking, involving both minors and adults.  He has also dealt with approximately 1,000 buyers ("johns") in addition to assisting with the prosecution of numerous traffickers ("pimps").  Officer Gallagher is also cross-designated to work as a special agent with the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force.

Bill Golden

Bill Golden has been a prosecutor for 14 years.  He began his career as a prosecutor in rural Georgia for five years before coming to the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office in Oregon.  He has prosecuted cases that include drug crimes, property crimes, domestic violence, child abuse, homicide, and sex abuse.  For the last three years at Clackamas County, a majority of the cases he has prosecuted have been with the felony person crime unit.

Tamara Grigsby

Tamara Grigsby is a graduate of the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences and has been a board-certified pediatrician since 1990. She completed her fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics with the Kempe Child Protection Team at the University of Colorado in Denver and became one of the first board-certified Child Abuse Pediatricians in 2009.

As general and child abuse pediatric faculty at Oregon Heath and Sciences University, Dr. Grigsby consults on alleged cases of child abuse and neglect and supervises resident practice in the General Pediatric Clinic and Mother Baby Unit. Fields of interest include Foster Care, Substance Exposed Infants, and Child Fatality.

Dr. Grigsby has rendered expert testimony -- for both defense and prosecution -- in civil, criminal and military courts around the world. Her clinical experience in confronting pediatric trauma and childhood fatality has strengthened her faith in the primary care physician’s essential role in promoting safety and preventing injury and death.

Nichole Hillyer

Nichole Hillyer has a bachelor’s degree in child development; she originally planned on becoming a teacher, but switched to social work after she spent time volunteering with youth in foster care.  She received her Master's in Social Work from from Humboldt State University.  She first worked as a protective services worker in California for 5 years, where she was particularly interested in teaching Incredible Years parenting classes to child-welfare clients.  She then moved to Oregon and worked with DHS as a PS worker for 2 years.  In the future she is interested in becoming a foster parent.

Jim Holler

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 to investigate all types of crimes -- from homicides to domestic violence to child sexual abuse cases. 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 eight 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, 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 also serves in various community roles, including as Board President of the Wetzel/Tyler County WV Children's Advocacy Center; as the founder and past Board President of the Adams County Children's Advocacy Center, Inc.; as 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.

Jeremy C. Howell

Jeremy C. Howell holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science with a concentration in Civil Rights and Leadership from The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.  He is currently a Special Agent and Crime Scene Specialist with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  During his 18-year law enforcement career, he has also served as a police officer with the University of Georgia Police Department; a deputy sheriff with the Madison County (GA) Sheriff’s Office; a police officer, investigator, and chief with the Hoschton Police Department; and as an investigator with the Special Victims Unit (SVU) of the Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office in Athens, Georgia. 

It is this well-rounded career experience that has provided him with a unique perspective regarding child abuse investigations and interagency partnerships.

Howell is a Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certified Instructor, and has received advanced training in homicide, sexual assault, and child abuse investigations, as well as in crime scene processing, bloodstain pattern analysis, shooting incident reconstruction, and alternate light source photography.  He is also a graduate of the 10-week course at the National Forensic Academy -- more commonly known as “The Body Farm” -- in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Kim Jacobowitz

Kim Jacobowitz, LCSW received her MSW from the University of Washington with a specific focus on Children, Youth and Families.  Ms. Jacobowitz has over 18 years of social work experience, with a significant emphasis in the areas of trauma and child maltreatment.  She has practiced in residential, school, hospital, and legal settings as well as in private practice.  Currently, Ms. Jacobowitz works at CARES Northwest, providing trauma-specific treatment to children and families.  Ms. Jacobowitz provides trainings on trauma-specific therapies and sexual behavior problems in the Portland community.

Amber Kroeker

Amber Kroeker, MPH, CPST is a child injury prevention expert with Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. Her main work is applying behavioral economic theory in evaluating intervention program success with caregivers. As a behavior scientist, she works to understand parental choice regarding safety and how interventions may affect behavior change. Mrs. Kroeker trains injury prevention professionals in public health theory and applications of motivational interviewing. Mrs. Kroeker is a certified child passenger safety technician and has a Masters of Public Health from Oregon Health & Science University.

Cathleen Lang

Dr. Cathleen Lang currently works at the Children’s Center in Clackamas as the Medical Clinic Director.  She completed her Pediatric Residency and Child Abuse and Neglect Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern / Children’s Medical Center Dallas.  She holds Board Certifications in both General Pediatrics and Child Abuse and Neglect.  She practices as a Child Abuse Pediatrician, and her experience includes evaluating children for maltreatment in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.  

Jan Langbein

For 25 years, Jan Edgar Langbein has been an activist in efforts to end violence against women. Currently, as CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter Support, Ms. Langbein oversees Genesis’ internal and external operations as well as funding and community education.

Recognized as a national expert on the dynamics and effects of domestic violence, Ms. Langbein provides expert testimony in court cases and trains law enforcement and prosecutorial professionals to enhance their efforts to end violence against women. She conducts training, keynote, and workshop programs for numerous local and national conferences, social and civic organizations, and corporations, and is an adjunct faculty member at AEquitas — The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women.

In partnership with the Dallas Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ms. Langbein co-founded the annual National Conference on Crimes Against Women, which trains law enforcement, prosecutors, and advocates on the most advanced, cutting-edge techniques and strategies in the investigation of crimes against women.

In 2009, Ms. Langbein concluded a Presidential Appointment as Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Jan is the recipient of numerous local and national awards and recognition, including the FBI Director’s 2012 Community Leadership Award.

Antoinette Laskey

Dr. Antoinette Laskey completed her medical degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, followed by a pediatric residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia Hospitals and Clinics. She completed a research and clinical fellowship and a Master’s in Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She spent 9 years at Indiana University and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where she was the Fellowship Director for the Child Abuse Pediatrics program and the co-director of the Family Violence Institute.  She received her MBA from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business.  She is currently a professor and division chief of the Center for Safe and Healthy Families at the University of Utah.

Dr. Laskey’s clinical interests relate to the evaluation and management of the potentially abused child. Her research interests include cognitive errors in decision-making related to child maltreatment, child fatalities and prevention programs related to unsafe sleep practices and child abuse.  Dr. Laskey enjoys teaching multi-disciplinary audiences and presents on topics related to child maltreatment, cognitive errors and the investigation of child deaths.

Sue Lewis

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 the Children’s Center in Clackamas County, where she has continued to interview children and adolescents on child abuse concerns. She also serves as 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.

Timothy Lott

Timothy Lott is Director of the High-Tech Crime Training Services Program of SEARCH. He oversees a national program that provides expert technical assistance and training to local, state, and federal justice and public safety agencies on the role that digital evidence plays in criminal investigations. Mr. Lott teaches courses in digital forensics and mobile device investigations. Following more than six years in law enforcement working in probation, Mr. Lott joined SEARCH in 2010 as a Training Specialist; he was promoted to Director in 2011. He has widespread ICAC experience, and has helped conduct multijurisdictional investigations involving white-collar crime, organized crime, crimes against persons, and fraud when high-technology or identity theft is a factor.

Kelsey McKay, JD

Kelsey McKay, JD was a prosecutor in Travis County, Texas for 12 years. For six years she exclusively prosecuted strangulation-related crimes ranging from assault to sexual assault to capital murder. She has worked to strengthen how communities collaborate, investigate, treat and prosecute strangulation and intimate-partner cases. She works to help medical and non-medical experts better testify to juries regarding the evidence in strangulation and family violence cases.  She works with law enforcement to create and implement the use of a Strangulation Supplement in the field -- helping first responders be more investigative by carrying the knowledge and needs of a prosecutor into the field on every case. She trains and consults nationally for communities working towards similar implementations.

Heather McKeag

Dr. Heather McKeag was born and raised in Michigan and completed her pediatric residency in Oakland, CA, followed by a fellowship in child abuse pediatrics in Philadelphia, PA.  She held a position as assistant professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA, prior to joining the team at CARES NW -- a regional child abuse assessment center in Oregon -- in 2015.  She continues to be inspired by the families she serves and the colleagues she is honored to work beside. The Pacific Northwest has provided her ample hiking and coastal trails, which she enjoys with her husband and their rescue pup.

Chris McKenna

After a 12-year career in business advising with Ernst & Young and six years in student ministry, Chris McKenna is now the Educational Resource Manager for Covenant Eyes, an Internet Safety and Accountability Company. In 2015, he created as a way to equip and encourage parents and students to responsibly use technology. He tells a compelling story explaining why he so strongly desires to protect kids and teens from internet dangers. In a world where technology is native to our kids, Chris has done hundreds of hours of research in order to level the playing field for parents and to inform teens of the risks of using the internet recklessly. Chris presents to teens and parents throughout the Midwest, and is regularly featured on local media outlets for his research.

Shannon Meyer

Shannon Meyer is a Victim Specialist for the FBI’s Portland Division, serving Portland HQ, Salem and Eugene Resident Agencies. Shannon has been a Victim Specialist for six years. She received her Master’s in Criminal Justice with a focus on victim services.  Shannon has over 16 years of experiences working in victim advocacy, to include experience in child welfare and a non-profit sexual assault response program.

Charles Mickley

Chuck Mickley has been a Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County since 1998.  For the last four years, he has specialized in child abuse cases as part of the Multnomah County Multidisciplinary Team.

Michelle Micks

Michelle Micks is an Analyst on the Trust & Safety team at Kik Interactive Inc. She is responsible for engaging directly with global law enforcement officers to provide assistance and educational seminars regarding Kik’s policies and procedures for internet child exploitation investigations. Michelle is actively involved in developing and implementing child safety initiatives, and has recently focused on developing a resiliency program for Kik Trust & Safety employees.

Amanda Nadell

Amanda Nadell is a Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County.  She is currently assigned to the Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team, where she handles inter-family child sexual and physical abuse prosecutions, as well as companion juvenile court dependency cases.  Ms. Nadell has worked at the District Attorney’s Office since 2009.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Portland and her law degree, with a certificate in criminal law, from Lewis & Clark Law School.

Nicole Nearing

Nicole Nearing is a Senior Analyst on the Trust & Safety team at Kik Interactive Inc. She is responsible for managing global law enforcement relationships and engaging directly with investigators to provide assistance and educational seminars regarding Kik’s policies and procedures for internet child exploitation investigations. Nicole is actively involved in developing and implementing policies and processes that govern Kik’s law enforcement response support as well as other child safety initiatives.

Chris Newlin

Chris Newlin, MS, LPC is the Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center, where he is responsible for providing leadership and management of the NCAC and participating in national and international training and leadership activities regarding the protection of children.  The NCAC was the first Child Advocacy Center in the world, and continues to provide prevention and intervention services for child abuse in Huntsville/Madison County, AL. The National Children’s Advocacy Center also houses the NCAC Training Center, the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, the NCAC Virtual Training Center, and the Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO).  The NCAC is a past multi-year winner of the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Workplace Ethics, the 2012 Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year, and the 2016 Federal Bureau of Investigation Director’s Community Leadership Award. The NCAC is also a Private Sector Member of the Virtual Global Taskforce.  Chris has provided training in more than 20 countries throughout the world at numerous international conferences, and also provides technical assistance on a regular basis to professionals working to develop Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout the world.  Chris graduated from Hendrix College, the University of Central Arkansas, and the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program.

Jennifer Newman

Jennifer Newman is the Senior Program Strategist for NCMEC’s Child Victim Identification Program (CVIP).  Ms. Newman joined NCMEC in 2001, and has spent the past 15 years working on cases, programs, issues and policies in the fight against the sexual exploitation of children.  In 2002, Jennifer assisted in broadening the role of the Exploited Children Division (ECD) with the creation, development and management of CVIP.  In 2012, Ms. Newman moved into her current role, where she now works to help expand and improve the daily processes within CVIP as well as providing assistance, input and implementation of special projects and policy development. For over 12 years, Jennifer has presented at various national, local and international training programs and conferences related to the sexual exploitation of children. 

Micah D. Persons

Micah Persons has 20 years of law enforcement experience. He began his police career with the Portland Police Bureau, 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 the Internet Crimes Against Children 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

Dan Powers, ACSW, LCSW is a clinical social worker and currently serves as Senior Vice President and Clinical Director for Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County in Plano, Texas. He supervises a staff of 22 therapists and clinical interns, providing no-cost services to victims of child abuse and family violence as well as their non-offending family members. As Senior VP, he is responsible for clinical operations and program development as well as directing the Advocacy Center’s clinical internship and training program. Dan has over 25 years of experience working within the field of child abuse, sex offenders and family violence. He frequently testifies as an expert witness in state and federal courts. He has also testified on several occasions before Texas legislative committees. He has been appointed by the governor on two occasions to state agency boards, and is currently the Vice Chair of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force. Dan has made numerous presentations at major national and regional conferences on the sexual victimization of children, sex offenders, and the multidisciplinary response to child abuse. He is best known for his spirited presentations on wellness and survival for child abuse and family violence professionals. Dan lives in Texas with his wife and two sons.

Sally K. Sheppard

Sally K. Sheppard holds a Bachelor's in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and Social Control from Appalachian State University in North Carolina.  Her interest in the field of child abuse and sexual assault began when she became an investigator for a District Attorney’s Office.  While doing this work, Sally began to learn more about those that provided interventions for survivors of child abuse and sexual assault. She decided to attend The University of Georgia to receive her Masters from the School of Social Work to begin working directly with victims of child abuse. Sally began by counseling child survivors of sexual abuse and moved into forensically interviewing child victims of abuse during criminal investigations.  After many forensic interviews and a child of her own, Sally decided to take on a new challenge of leading an agency that provides services to survivors of child abuse and sexual assault by becoming the Executive Director of The Cottage, Sexual Assault Center & Children’s Advocacy Center in November of 2007.  Sally continues to enjoy leading this agency -- and the state of Georgia -- in assisting victims of child abuse and sexual assault in the investigative, prosecution and healing process.

Sue Skinner

Dr. Sue Skinner is a child abuse pediatrician at the Children’s Center of Clackamas County, and has been working in the field of child abuse and neglect for 21 years.  She is board-certified in both general pediatrics and child abuse pediatrics, and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as APSAC. Dr. Skinner has lectured both locally and nationally on various issues related to child abuse; she has also assisted in the development of guidelines and training modules for medical providers in the state of Oregon.  She has a particular interest in physical abuse of school-aged children, physical and environmental neglect, drug-endangered children, and the medical evaluation of adolescents.

Curtis St. Denis

Curtis St. Denis has a Master’s Degree in Psychology Counseling.  He has worked in forensic psychology for over 34 years, including work in three prisons and in community corrections.  He has specialized in work with mentally ill, sexually and domestically violent and psychopathic offenders.  He currently works for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and is in private practice at Cedar Counseling Center.  He also provides training to law enforcement on topics that include personality disorders, coexisting conditions, psychopathy, resiliency for first responders, and autism spectrum disorders.

Jane Straub

Jane Straub is the Victim Assistance Specialist for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC), a program of Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (GNCPTC).  Jane has been working in the violence prevention and intervention field for over 18 years.  She has had the opportunity to work with survivors of all ages of abuse as well as offenders of violence.  In addition to providing advocacy and support to victims and families, Jane has been able to educate the community on topics including domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking, trafficking, bullying/cyberbullying, reproductive coercion and the impact of trauma (Ace Study).  One of Jane’s goals is to work with personnel from a variety of fields -- such as law enforcement, the court system, chemical health, mental health, education, the medical community and business -- to connect the dots of risk and prevention, providing services and hope for our children and families.

Michael Sullivan

Deputy Chief Michael Sullivan is a 36-year veteran of law enforcement and holds a Bachelor’s in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University. He retired as the Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the ICAC Task Force Commander.

Deputy Chief Sullivan served as a member of state and federal narcotics task forces, and was a member of the DuPage County, Illinois Major Crimes Task Force.  He has been a member of the ICAC Advisory Board, a Co-Chair of the ICAC Emerging Technology Group, a member of the National Child Exploitation Strategy Committee, and a member of the National ICAC Data Network Committee.

Deputy Chief Sullivan has been or is currently a member of the teaching faculty at North East Multi-Regional Training, The College of DuPage, The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, and for the Fox Valley Technical College/OJJDP.  Deputy Chief Sullivan has also been a guest lecturer for Assistant United States Attorneys at the Department Of Justice, Office of Legal Education Training Center in Columbia, South Carolina; Governors State University; Prairie State College; and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glyco, Georgia. He is also part of the adjunct faculty at Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety.  He is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command Class #324.  Deputy Chief Sullivan is the author of two books, Safety Monitor and Online Predators, which focus on the use of computers to victimize children. 

As the task force commander of the Illinois Attorney General’s Internet Crimes against Children task force, he has created training classes for the investigation of child exploitation, and has delivered that training to local, state and federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors.  Deputy Chief Sullivan has received numerous awards for his work -- including the Medal of Valor, the Meritorious Service Medal, and The Illinois Bar Association’s Law Enforcement Official of the Year.

Sara Taggart

Sara Taggart, MPA, RYT is a child abuse prevention specialist at the Children’s Center, the designated medical assessment center serving Clackamas County, Oregon.  She is a former teacher, education policy and program analyst, and current parent of two teenagers. Her work focuses on the intersection between personal and social change created through multi-disciplinary, collaborative and transformative efforts in the U.S. and Africa.  Sara leads the Children’s Center’s Ford Family Foundation-funded Stewards of Children Initiative, which is designed to help communities prevent child sexual abuse and create new norms for keeping children safe.  Sara also teaches yoga and mindfulness to young adults.

Eric Tonsfeldt

Mr. Eric Tonsfeldt has been an appointed Deputy Medical Examiner for Clackamas and Multnomah Counties since 2011 -- leaving a career in cardiovascular and behavioral neuroscience research in favor of medicolegal death investigation. Additionally, he is a consulting Forensic Entomologist for the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office and Eugene Police Department, and has assisted the Oregon State Forensic Anthropologist since 2006. He is a Cancer, and enjoys candlelit dinners, long walks on the beach, and pursuing a graduate degree in medical anthropology with glacial urgency.

Elizabeth Tow

Ms. Elizabeth Tow serves as the Program Manager at The Innocent Justice Foundation (TIJF) where she works in collaboration with the CEO/Program Director to oversee the SHIFT program, which entails: needs assessment; program design and delivery; developing presentations and resource materials; trainer and consultant supervision; and managing day-to-day operations of the SHIFT program. She began working in the criminal justice profession in 2005 as a public safety dispatcher in California and Montana, and then worked as a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist at SEARCH from 2010-15. Ms. Tow has a Master's in Forensic Psychology and a B.A. in Criminal Justice Management.

JR Ujifusa

Sr. Deputy District Attorney JR Ujifusa has been working on human trafficking crimes and issues for the last eight years, and is also a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, focusing on federal human trafficking crimes. He supervises the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Human Trafficking Team, which oversees the Prostitution Coordination Team, the Sex Buyers Accountability and Diversion Program, the First Offender Program, the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Law Enforcement group, and the National Sex Trafficking Law Enforcement ListServ, 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.

Emily Vacher

Emily Vacher joined Facebook in 2011, and is currently a Director with Facebook’s Trust & Safety team. Emily is responsible for law enforcement outreach, global safety initiatives, safety education, and security policy matters.  She is currently focusing on global terrorism incident response, and she created and manages Facebook’s AMBER Alert program.  Emily works extensively with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and serves as a member of NCMEC’s Team ADAM / Project Alert and as a member of NCMEC’s Board of Directors.  Before she joined Facebook, Emily was a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for more than a decade, specializing in crimes against children.  She was a supervisor in CID (Undercover & Sensitive Operations Unit), a member of the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team and the Operational Medicine (OpMEd) Team, and was an FBI legal advisor.  Emily holds a BS from Cornell University, an MS from Syracuse University, an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.

Thomas J. Valvano

Thomas J. Valvano, MD, JD is the Medical Director of the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University.  He is also a medical examiner at CARES Northwest.  Dr. Valvano received his Medical Degree from the University of Rochester School Of Medicine in Rochester, NY.  He also holds a JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence) from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, MA.  He completed his residency in Pediatrics and a Fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.  He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics.

Lauren Wagner

Lauren Wagner is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime 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 is a recognized national expert on the role that social networking websites can play in law enforcement investigations, and has authored numerous white papers for investigators. Ms. Wagner routinely provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases. She 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.

Catherine Y.H. Wagoner

Dr. Catherine Wagoner is currently employed with Legacy Health Systems as a Child Abuse Pediatrician with CARES Northwest. She is also a general pediatrician who practices in the hospital and newborn care setting. She is an Oregon native and just recently returned to the Portland area after a nearly 20-year detour that included pediatric training in Honolulu and a general pediatrics career in Reno, Nevada. Dr. Wagoner has been practicing in the area of child abuse and neglect for the past 8 years, and was Board-certified in this subspecialty in 2013. Her greatest career accomplishment is continuing to be able to wear so many practice hats between general pediatrics and child-abuse pediatrics. 

Patty Wetterling

Patty Wetterling is the mother of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted at the age of 11 by a masked gunman on October 22, 1989, near his home in St. Joseph, Minnesota. Following a nearly 27-year search, Jacob’s kidnapper and murderer confessed -- and the truth about what happened that night was finally revealed. Patty has become a nationally recognized educator on the issues of child abduction and sexual exploitation of children. Fighting for the safety of all children, Patty and her husband Jerry co-founded the Jacob Wetterling Foundation (now the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a part of Gundersen Health Systems) to educate communities about child safety issues in order to prevent child exploitation and abductions.

Co-Founder and Past Director of Team H.O.P.E., a national support group for families of missing children, Patty is also a founding member and past president of the Association of Missing and Exploited Children’s Organizations (AMECO) and immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She has co-authored two books, When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide along with four other families, and Perspectives on Missing Persons Cases, released in the fall of 2015.

Patty was instrumental in the passage of the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children Sex Offender Registration Act, on the state level and as part of the 1994 Federal Crime Bill. She was instrumental in establishing the statewide AMBER Plan in Minnesota, and was a keynote speaker for the very first AMBER Plan training in Dallas, Texas. Patty has presented at four Missing Children’s Day Ceremonies in Washington, D.C. with John Walsh and Attorneys General Janet Reno, John Ashcroft, Eric Holder, and Loretta Lynch. Patty served on a panel at the very first White House Conference on Missing, Exploited, and Runaway Children in October 2002, sponsored by President George and First Lady Laura Bush.

Currently, Patty presents Victim Impact sessions for law enforcement training programs (including Investigative Strategies for Child Abduction Cases) and Amber Alert and Technical Assistance trainings. She is called on frequently as an independent consultant, and joined the Gundersen NCPTC Speakers Bureau in 2015. Although she has become a highly recognized child advocate, Patty has never given up hope. She often says, “I’m just Jacob’s mom -- trying to fight for the rights of children to grow up safe and to be able to follow their dreams."

Mark Wynn

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-10 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.

Chris Young

Dr. Chris Young attended medical school in Houston, Texas at the University of Texas before his residency in Pathology at OHSU in Portland, Oregon.  He specialized in forensic pathology, with training at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences fellowship in Dallas, Texas.  He has served as a forensic pathologist for the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office since 2004, and has participated in the Clackamas Child Fatality Review during this time.  He enjoys candlelit walks and long dinners on the beach.



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Sheriff Craig Roberts

Sheriff Craig Roberts

2017 Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit
April 11-14, 2017

Red Lion Hotel on the River
909 N. Hayden Island Drive
Portland, Oregon 97217

Julie Collinson, Conference Coordinator
Phone: 503-557-5827
Fax: 503-794-8068

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