Dr. Adebimpe Adewusi
Dr. Adebimpe Adewusi is a Nigerian-born, Texas-raised physician who went to medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She did her residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, then worked for two years as a nocturnist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She completed her Child Abuse Pediatrics fellowship at Brown University in March 2017 and started working for CARES NW in May/June of 2017. She has a special interest in CSEC, problematic sexual behaviors, and medical neglect cases.
Sherri Alderman, MD, MPH, IMH-E, FAAP
Dr. Sherri Alderman is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician; CDC Act Early Ambassador to Oregon; Oregon Help Me Grow Physician Champion; American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Early Childhood Executive Committee member; AAP Early Childhood Champion; and Oregon Infant Mental Health Association President.
She has an Infant Mental Health Mentor endorsement in clinical and policy and a Masters of Public Health degree.
Her special interests include early childhood development, trauma-informed approaches to care and the workplace, implicit/unconscious bias, systems of care for families with young children, and reflective supervision.
She has made more than 100 presentations in a wide variety of venues.
Sherri is an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Pediatrics, at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. She also serves on multiple advisory committees, workgroups, and boards.
Bonnie Armstrong is Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Shaken Baby Alliance, a national organization based in Fort Worth, Texas.
Bonnie taught in the public-school system for over six years, teaching both regular education and special education.
In 1996, she co-founded The Shaken Baby Alliance and in 2000 became the Executive Director of this agency — where she served as the Lead Consultant for the Serious Physical Child Abuse and SIDS Advanced Investigation Program and Regional Training Institutes. In this capacity, Bonnie led a multidisciplinary team of professionals in the development of curriculum and training programs focused on the forensic investigation of child physical abuse that are presented across the United States and Canada.
Ms. Armstrong has written numerous articles for regional publications related to child welfare issues and was the lead author of the chapter “The Grieving Process and Family Support” in the book Child Fatality Review, An Interdisciplinary Guide and Photographic Reference, Randell Alexander, M.D., PhD, FAAP (GW Medical, 2006).
Bonnie provides case consultation services for legal personnel and law enforcement on serious physical child abuse and child fatality cases in all aspects of the case, from offense through prosecution. She also lectures at various training institutes and conferences each year throughout the United States. She is the mother of three children, one of whom is a survivor of Shaken Baby Syndrome and a Special Olympics athlete.
Amy Barton, MD, FAAP
Amy Barton is a Board Certified Child Abuse Pediatrician with the Children at Risk Evaluation Services at St. Luke's Children's Hospital in Boise, Idaho. She graduated from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, OK. Amy previously practiced child abuse pediatrics at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, TX and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
Dr. Barton is also a former Secretary of the Board of the Texas Regional Office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Jason Barry joined the Legal team at Facebook in April 2014 and currently serves as Facebook's Trust and Safety Manager for the Americas. He is responsible for managing and maintaining law enforcement relationships throughout the Americas.
Jason was a Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations prior to joining Facebook, where he served in International Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and as a Special Agent in San Francisco. Jason specialized in investigations that involved child exploitation and human trafficking.
Mallory Beyreis is a civilian Digital Forensics Investigator with the Washington County Digital Forensics Lab. She is responsible for the acquisition and analysis of digital devices submitted by law enforcement.
Mrs. Beyreis has five years of experience in the digital forensics field and currently holds numerous certifications; she is a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner with IACIS and a Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner.
Joslynn Bigelow is a Special Education Teacher (Transitional Life Skills) and aspiring BCBA. She has a passion for serving the community of individuals with disabilities — and looks forward to becoming more involved in the fight against child abuse.
Tim Brady is a Detective with the Boise Police Department, and has been in law enforcement for 16 years. He received a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Boise State University.
Det. Brady’s previous assignments have included patrol, crime scene investigator, property crimes detective, neighborhood contact officer, entry team member on the Special Operations Unit and Internet Crimes against Children investigator. He is currently assigned to the Special Victims Unit, which is responsible for investigating child physical and sexual abuse as well as sexual assaults. Det. Brady has been able to extensively use his prior training and experience in Internet Crimes in his role as a Special Victims Unit detective.
Tina Bigdeli joined the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) as an Outreach Manager in 2017. She is responsible for developing partnerships and implementing a regional outreach strategy to increase awareness and use of NCMEC’s services, resources, and programs.
Prior to joining NCMEC, Tina served as the Director of Prevention Education at FAIR Girls, where she led the strategic planning, evaluation and implementation of FAIR Girls' human trafficking prevention education initiatives in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. She has over 10 years of experience as a trainer and community educator working to end sexual and intimate partner violence.
Tina earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Mary Washington and a Master of Social Work from Howard University.
Lawrence Braunstein, Esq.
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 ("shaken baby") 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 and shaken baby, child custody litigation, expert witness testimony, courtroom psychology, trial procedures, and on 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 and, since 2014, 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 currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law in 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, New York, 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. In 2018 he was included in Best Lawyers in America.
More information can be obtained at his website.
Jeffrey Bucholtz, MA
Jeffrey S. Bucholtz is the director of We End Violence — a violence prevention social business — and outgoing president of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council. Jeff is also an award-winning instructor at Southwestern College, where he teaches Oral Communication, Interpersonal Communication, TELA Communication (part of an African-American learning community), Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and Small Group Facilitation.
In addition, Jeff works as a public speaking consultant with Speak for Success, and teaches courses on "Violence Against Women" and "Popular Culture and Identity" at San Diego State University.
For the past 16 years, Jeff has worked as an activist, organizer, and public speaker — providing consultation, 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, cross-sector collaboration, and the intersectionality of oppression.
Kenneth Carlson, MD
Dr. Kenneth Carlson graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a BA in 1991. He received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine in 1996 and completed his pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 1999. After working in general pediatric practice in Albuquerque, NM for two years, he moved to the Northwest in the summer of 2001, joining Childhood Health Associates. He is Board certified in Pediatrics.
Drawn to the many outdoor recreation activities in Oregon, he enjoys hiking, biking, and camping with his family. Professional interests include quality improvement, medical home, and mental health care for children.
Michaela Coglianese, MA
Michaela Coglianese is child forensic interviewer at the Children’s Center in Clackamas County, where she has been a child forensic interviewer for three years. She is also part of a committee that provides outreach to families with children with problematic sexual behaviors.
She has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Presov in the Slovak Republic and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University. She is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
Prior to working at the Children’s Center, she worked at the St. Mary’s Home for Boys for four years — first as a Residential Counselor then as the Admissions Coordinator.
She has a particular interest in interviewing adolescents and transgender youth. Providing a child or an adolescent with a safe and a neutral space where they can share their story — and visibly seeing the change in them when they realize this — is one of the most rewarding experiences as an interviewer.
Geraldine Crisci, MSW
Geraldine Crisci, M.S.W. is a mental health professional with over 30 years’ experience in the field of trauma. She is a private practitioner who provides assessment and treatment to children, youth and their families. She is also a professional trainer providing educational programs to mental health, protective services, law enforcement, medical and other helping professions. Geraldine developed and teaches the six-day Trauma Assessment and Treatment Program for Safeguards Training, which has reached 1,700 professionals in the past 15 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 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 19th year of printing.
Caitlin Crumm, MD
Caitlin Crumm is a fellow physician at University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. She works with the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) team to provide medical evaluation and treatment for victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and medical child abuse.
Mark Dias, MD, FAAP, FAANS
Dr. Mark Dias is Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Penn State Health and College of Medicine. Dr. Dias is a consulting member of the Penn State Children’s Hospital Child Protection Team and an internal advisor for the Penn State Center for the Protection of Children.
Dr. Dias served for many years on the Pennsylvania State Attorney General’s Medicolegal Advisory Board, which evaluates challenging cases of child abuse throughout the Commonwealth.
He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1982, and completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh and a two-year pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Utah Primary Children’s Medical Center. He joined the faculty at Penn State in 2001.
Dr. Dias has a longstanding interest in abusive head trauma (AHT), and has published on the incidence, demographics, clinical presentation, radiology, pathophysiology, and prevention of AHT. Dr. Dias’ major research focus has been the impact of universal, hospital-based parent education on the incidence of AHT. Although a pilot program resulted in a nearly 50-percent reduction in incidence, a larger study failed to demonstrate a comparable reduction.
Dr. Dias has provided numerous lectures to various disciplines and on many different topics related to AHT. He organized the biennial Penn State International Conference on Abusive Head Trauma: Medical, Forensic and Scientific Advances and Prevention — a conference that provides a forum to present and discuss scientific advances in this area.
John S. Dinger is a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Ada County in Boise, Idaho, where he supervises the child abuse and sexual assault unit. He is a graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. In addition to a juris doctorate, he holds degrees in political science and history from the University of Utah.
Justin Fitzsimmons, JD
Justin Fitzsimmons is the Program Manager of the High Tech Training Services division of SEARCH Group, Inc. He is a nationally-recognized legal authority on technology-facilitated crimes against children. He also trains at other national, state and local conferences on the subject of sexual and physical crimes against children. He is on the executive board of the National Children’s Alliance. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and has significant experience as a prosecuting attorney.
Prior to joining SEARCH Group, Justin was a Senior Attorney with the National District Attorneys Association. He managed NDAA’s technology-facilitated child exploitation unit. Before joining NDAA, he was the supervisor of the Special Prosecutions Unit of the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. He was also assigned to the Child Advocacy Center, where he prosecuted sexual assault and severe physical abuse of children.
Ashleigh Force works in the medical field and is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt. She is an avid competitor who has traveled around the world teaching and competing. When not in the gym, she enjoys traveling, photography, surfing, and spearfishing.
John Garden has been employed with the Washington State Patrol for over 17 years. He is currently assigned to Washington's Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF).
MECTF is a task force focused on identifying, arresting, and convicting those individuals who exploit children. Crimes investigated by MECTF include communication with a minor for immoral purposes, juvenile sex trafficking, sexual exploitation of minors, and possession/production/dealing of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
John Gerhard is a Senior Deputy District Attorney with the Washington County DA’s Office. He is responsible for the prosecution of violent felonies and homicides, with a focus on gang crimes.
Mr. Gerhard also supervises the Washington County Digital Forensics Laboratory, in cooperation with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Technology Team at the Washington County DA’s Office.
He has a strong interest in developing technologies and their intersection with criminal investigations.
Julie Germann, JD
Julie Germann, JD is the founder and consultant at Finding the Right, LLC, where she provides training and technical assistance to improve the response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Julie is a former prosecutor with over a decade of experience prosecuting cases of violence against women and children.
Julie was instrumental in opening the Mayo Clinic Child Advocacy Center in Rochester, Minnesota, developing the protocol for the multidisciplinary investigations of child physical and sexual abuse. She is a trained forensic interviewer and has taught child advocacy studies at the National Child Protection Training Center at Winona State University in Minnesota.
Julie obtained her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law and her B.S. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin.
Jesse Gonzalez is currently the Director of Forensic Services at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and has conducted over 4,000 forensic interviews of children.
Jesse assists local, state and federal law enforcement officials by conducting video recorded forensic interviews of children in cases where the child is alleged to have been the victim of or witness to child abuse and other violent crimes.
She has approximately 15 years of experience in the child abuse field, and has spent 13 of them at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center. She testifies as an expert witness to these criminal cases and has done so well over 150 times during her profession.
Prior to coming to the Center, she served as an investigator for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in Dallas County, where she investigated cases of abuse and neglect. During her career she has presented numerous times on Forensic Interviewing and testifying in court including at the Annual Crimes against Children's Conference.
Jesse received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.
Chan Hellman, PhD
Chan M. Hellman is a professor of social work and Director of the Hope Research Center at the University of Oklahoma. He has written more than 150 scientific publications and has presented at numerous national and international conferences worldwide. Chan’s research is focused on hope as a psychological strength helping children and adults overcome trauma and adversity.
Chan just published a new book, Hope Rising: How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life, with his co-author Casey Gwinn, published by Morgan James.
James Henderson Jr.
Since 2008, James Henderson has provided technical assistance for the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women grantees through The Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP) and/or the Battered Women’s Justice Project. He has partnered with multiple national training organizations on a multitude of projects surrounding violence, abuse and collaboration. He is also the clinical director of Accountable Choices — a batterer intervention and fatherhood program within the Detroit metropolitan area — since 1995.
From 1991-2010, James was a probation officer responsible for overseeing the policies and practices of intensive probation for domestic violence offenders in Ann Arbor MI. He was assigned to the Washtenaw County Domestic Violence Unit as part of the Judicial Oversight Demonstration Initiative from 1999 to 2005 and works from a system perspective to enhance victim’s safety and defendant accountability. Before joining the criminal justice system in 1993, he worked as the clinical director of Straight, Inc., a family-oriented substance abuse program for drug-using young people and their families.
In 1998, James was appointed by the Mayor of Ann Arbor to serve on the Ann Arbor Domestic Violence Coordinating Board. He has served two terms as a Regional Representative for the Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan and has been active with them since 1997. He has also been an active member of the Arab American Domestic Violence Coalition from 2001-2010. In 2002 he received a certificate of appreciation for outstanding service on behalf of crime victims from the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's office.
James has designed and conducted national trainings on the effective interviewing of domestic violence offenders and those victimized by violence. He has endeavored to change the focus of the victim interview from that of “information gatherer” to that of “information provider."
James trains on the utilization of evidence-based practices in probation group reporting to gain better compliance, using the community to assist in the monitoring of offenders, thus enhancing the safety of those victimized by the violence.
James has been faculty for several national and international organizations, tapping into his 25 years of experience in the field of abuse, trauma and recovery.
James is on the national advisory board or acts as a consultancy team member for the Family Justice Center Alliance, The Alliance for Hope International, The Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention (Institute), and The Center for Court Innovation. He also serves on the Steering Committee for Adult Children exposed to Domestic Violence ACE-DV.
Jim had been a Certified Addition Counselor II since 1987 and was an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor from 1990 to 2010. He received his Master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 1995.
Colleen Kamps, MA, CYC
Colleen Kamps has her Masters of Arts in Child and Youth Care and has been working in the helping field for 40 years. She is a full-time professor and coordinator at Centennial College in Toronto in the Child and Youth Care Program. She also teaches part-time at Ryerson University and has a private practice in Toronto, where she provides: counselling for young people, adults, and families; clinical supervision and consultation to professionals; and training in a variety of areas, including trauma, suicidality, abuse, grief, self-care, and anxiety.
Colleen brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her work as a clinician dealing with a variety of issues, including trauma, attachment, grief, suicidality, self-harming behaviour, relationship struggles, PTSD, and life transitions. She recently developed an online course she is now teaching on trauma and suicide for first responders (including police, fire, paramedics, military, corrections, nurses and doctors) through Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada.
She is also a trainer in SafeTALK (Suicide Prevention) and ASIST (Suicide Intervention) and has trained over 2,000 first responders, child and youth care practitioners, social workers, and students since 2011. Colleen also serves on the Child Abuse Review Team with the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto.
Since June 2016, Brandon Kaopuiki has worked in the Philippines as an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Specialist for International Justice Mission (IJM), a global non-profit organization that partners with governments to protect the poor from everyday violence. Brandon is assigned to Philippine National Police headquarters, where he is an investigative consultant/advisor to the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division.
Before moving his family to the Philippines, Brandon served for almost 18 years in Oregon law enforcement, specializing in child abuse and exploitation investigations.
His prior law enforcement positions include: Special Agent, Oregon ICAC Task Force (Oregon DOJ); Task Force Officer, HSI-Portland (US HSI); and Detective, Multnomah County Child Abuse Team (Gresham PD).
In those roles, Brandon was a regular presenter at the Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit.
Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW
Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW is a Program Manager for the National Criminal Justice Training Program of Fox Valley Technical College. She presents nationally and internationally on forensic interviewing. She is a faculty member for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and Ohio Attorney General’s Finding Words forensic interview courses.
Ms. Kenniston coordinated the Forensic Training Institute for The Childhood Trust, and now manages the updated Child Forensic Interviewing program. She also co-chairs the APSAC forensic interviewer committee and chairs the committee, updating guidelines regarding the use of interview aids in forensic interviews.
She has conducted over 3,000 forensic interviews and continues to conduct interviews for the Southwest Ohio ICAC Task Force and the Northern Kentucky Child Advocacy Center.
Ms. Kenniston co-authored Handbook on Questioning Children: A Linguistic Perspective, 3rd Edition with Anne Graffam Walker, PhD.
Kristen Khamnohack has 15 years’ experience with Oregon Child Welfare. She has been a Child Protective Services worker, call screener, supervisor and program manager. She has done statewide work as an Oregon Safety Model trainer and a child safety consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon.
Kristen brings with her a tremendous passion for children and families, implementation experience, strong community and staff engagement skills, and proven leadership skills.
Bria King owns the strategy and ongoing management of Spotlight, a product that helps law enforcement identify child victims of trafficking. By working closely with our law enforcement and tech partners, Bria is able to introduce state-of-the-art yet approachable technology designed to increase investigative workflow efficiency, leading to quicker identification of high-risk kids.
For the last five years, she’s worked closely with users on gathering product feedback, planning go-to-market strategies and training support for new products. She’s passionate about women’s and kid’s rights and spends her spare time volunteering with a local organization to raise awareness of sex trafficking in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.
She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Marketing and International Business from Arizona State University.
Julie LaChapelle has 19 years of child-welfare experience — specializing in clinical supervision, training, implementation of new programs, and, most recently, screening. She has been a caseworker, supervisor and consultant in most programs child welfare offers.
She has a Master’s Degree of Social Work from Portland State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Cathleen Lang, MD
Dr. Cathleen Lang is a Board-Certified Child Abuse Pediatrician; she currently works as the Medical Clinic Director at the Children’s Center, a child abuse intervention center for Clackamas County.
Cathleen completed her Pediatric Residency and Child Abuse and Neglect Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
Danny Leonhardt, MD
Dr. Dan Leonhardt is the Medical Director of CARES Northwest and the CARES child abuse team at Randall Children’s Hospital. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and completed his residency in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both general Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics.
Sue Lewis, LCSW
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 interviewed children and adolescents on child abuse concerns. In addition, she was the Interviewer Supervisor, providing clinical supervision for the forensic interviewers on staff. She recently retired.
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 2012 edition of the Oregon Interviewing Guidelines and was a faculty trainer for the NCA-approved Oregon Child Forensic Interviewer Training, which is offered statewide.
Deputy District Attorney Chris Lewman has worked for the Washington County District Attorney’s office since 2003. He works in the felony crimes section of the District Attorney’s office, currently assigned to their Child Abuse Unit.
Maureen Lowell, LMFT
Maureen Lowell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and Oregon. She graduated from Santa Clara University in 1988. Over the years, Maureen has worked clinically with offenders, survivors, youth and couples affected by family violence.
Maureen has taught family and community violence courses at San Jose State University in the Justice Studies Department since 2003. In 2009, she became Project Director for the Collaborative Response for Victims of Family Violence Program, a federally funded project through the Office for Victims of Crime. The project engaged students across disciplines in a one-year training extracurricular program to address family violence through interdisciplinary collaboration. That program was approved in 2012 as an advanced certificate program at San Jose State.
From 1993-2014, Maureen worked extensively in Santa Clara County on various committees to improve our response to family violence, including the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council, representing children exposed to intimate partner violence. She served as chair of the Children’s Issues Committee for a number of years. Between 2010 and 2014, Maureen served as Vice Chair and then Chair of the Council.
In 2012, Maureen received the Judge Leonard Edwards Champion of Peace Award.
Detective Aaron Massey currently works for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He has worked in law enforcement for the past 24 years. He has been a detective for the past five years, and is currently assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit, predominantly working child abuse investigations.
Tyler McCourt has over 15 years of law enforcement experience which includes United States Navy, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Brookings Police Department, and Oregon Department of Justice ICAC Task Force. He currently holds an advance police certificate with DPSST and possesses a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice through Bellevue University.
Tyler has experience working cyber-tips assigned to him as a municipal investigator as well as cyber-tips from the ICAC at the Oregon Department of Justice.
Kristin McGunnigle serves as a Product Trainer for Thorn, a nonprofit building technology to defend children from sexual abuse.
Kristin leads and maintains user-facing training, support, and engagement with Thorn’s core products.
Driven by helping the world’s most vulnerable children, Kristin comes to Thorn with nine years of experience in the nonprofit space — including nearly eight years in experiential engagement, partnership management, and fundraising at World Vision, one of the world’s largest relief and development organizations.
She holds a BA in Business Administration with a focus in Global Development and Micro Finance from Seattle Pacific University.
Kelsey McKay, JD
Kelsey McKay trains and consults nationally for communities to implement protocol in various fields, including strangulation, intimate partner violence, child abuse, sexual assault, trauma, using expert witnesses, and other complex topics.
With 12 years of prosecutorial experience, she exclusively handled strangulation-related crimes ranging from assault to sexual assault to capital murder for half of her career. She developed and implemented protocol for communities around the nation, and has strengthened how communities collaborate, investigate, treat and prosecute violent crimes. She works to develop medical and non-medical experts in the community to testify to juries regarding the evidence in strangulation, trauma-related crime and family violence cases.
She also works with law enforcement to develop protocol and implement the use of a Strangulation Supplement in the field — allowing first responders to be more investigative by carrying her knowledge and needs as a prosecutor into the field on every case.
Ranger Cody Mitchell has been a Texas Peace Officer for approximately 20 years, serving the last nine as a Texas Ranger. His current Ranger duty station is in Austin, Texas, where he is tasked with assisting all agencies in his area as well as all major investigations involving crimes against people, crimes against children, public corruption, and crimes against persons.
In 2007, Ranger Mitchell began work on the Interdiction for the Protection of Children program, which was designed to teach officers a proactive, victim-centered approach to locating and saving missing/exploited children, as well as identifying and taking action against high-risk threats to children. The program proved extremely successful, and Ranger Mitchell has provided training in the program to agencies across the United States, Canada, and Australia.
Ranger Mitchell has worked with and received training from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Behavioral Science Unit, and the United States Marshal Service's Behavioral Science Unit in order to expand his knowledge, experience, and understanding in the areas of child-related crimes and child predators.
In addition to his regular investigations, Ranger Mitchell continues to concentrate his interest and efforts in the areas of crimes against children and sexually motivated offenders. He also continuously seeks out new proactive methods of detecting and investigating these crimes, while also utilizing a great deal of his professional and personal time to develop and teach training courses intended to fight child exploitation internationally and domestically.
Elizabeth Murphy is a Programs and Partnerships Manager on the Online Safety team at Facebook. She works with cross-industry and non-profit partners to build safety programs that protect users as well as support victims of online crimes. Elizabeth believes that the internet and Facebook create amazing opportunities to connect people and build communities, and that by promoting safety education and supporting users, we allow people to do this more freely.
Elizabeth graduated with honors from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She joined Facebook’s Small and Medium Business team to build out sales programs that helped small startups to large companies expand their reach — eventually managing annual sales revenue in the hundreds of millions of dollars. In 2016, she transitioned to the Online Safety team to combine her skills in program development with her passion to protect and help people.
With Online Safety, Elizabeth has analyzed abusive behavior, created support structures for victims of online crimes, and built out a program that allows Facebook to partner with global organizations to create safety campaigns that help protect the most vulnerable populations.
Kelly O’Donnell is currently employed as a MAPS with DHS Child Welfare in Clackamas County, where she trains caseworkers through their first year of casework and beyond. Kelly was a Child Protective Services caseworker for eight years and the recipient of the Tom Moan Award for Excellence in Child Welfare Casework Practice in 2017. She worked in nonprofits for eight years prior to joining Child Welfare, and has worked as an on-call worker for Clackamas County Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center.
Kelly graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Matt Osterman is a civilian Digital Forensics Investigator with the Washington County Digital Forensics Lab. He is responsible for the acquisition and analysis of digital devices submitted by law enforcement.
Mr. Osterman has 10 years of experience in the digital forensics field, and currently holds certifications as a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner with IACIS and Advanced Smartphone Forensics with GIAC.
Michael Pittman began his career in Mississippi as an intensive in-home counselor for children experiencing severe emotional disorders. Michael served children and families in several roles in Mississippi and Oregon, including supervising counselors, fundraising, and leading volunteer programs in the nonprofit sector.
In 2016 Michael joined the Department of Human Services as a Child Protective Services worker, and now serves as the Policy & Equity Coordinator for DHS in Clackamas County.
Since 2000, Detective Jeff Rich has been assigned to the Plano (Texas) Police Department’s Family Violence Unit, which is housed at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County (Texas), as a child abuse and violent crimes investigator. As a member of the multidisciplinary team, Jeff has investigated more than 4,500 child abuse and child exploitation cases.
Additionally, Jeff investigates internet crimes against children and conducts online child exploitation investigations as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal assigned to the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children (VCAC) Task Force. In this capacity, Detective Rich also serves on the Technical Development Team of the FBI’s VCAC and the ICAC to aid in the development and implementation of the tools used worldwide to investigate these offenses.
Detective Rich serves on numerous committees related to the investigation of the exploitation of children, and conducts training on violent crimes, internet crimes, crimes against children, and multidisciplinary teams on a national and international level.
Detective Rich served on the founding committee for the Texas Municipal Police Association Sexual Assault and Family Violence Investigators Course (SAFVIC) curriculum committee and co-authored the “First Responders to Child Abuse Investigations” curriculum, which was taught to first responders in the investigation of child abuse and utilization of the multidisciplinary teams. Detective Rich was also published in STM Learning’s publication, Chadwick’s Child Maltreatment, Abuse, and Neglect as it relates to Law Enforcement’s Role in Child Abuse Cases.
Detective Rich has received the "Child Advocate of the Year" award from the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, was awarded the U.S. Department of Justice Eagle Award and was awarded the U.S. Department of Justice William French Smith award for his work in online child exploitation investigations.
Kathryn Rifenbark is a Supervisor in the Child Victim Identification Program (CVIP) at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Alexandria, Virginia. She has been with the Exploited Children Division since 2010, where she is responsible for daily operations, including managing a team of approximately 20 analysts.
CVIP assists law enforcement and prosecution with child pornography cases across the country, as well as helping locate and identify unknown child victims featured in sexually abusive images. CVIP serves as the clearinghouse for identified victims within the United States, and works closely with Interpol and its member countries.
Chuck Roath has been a Detective with the Boise Police Department Special Victims Unit for 4 years, and in law enforcement for over 18 years.
Detective Roath has been an instructor in several topics over his career, with a focus on use of force.
Carlos Rodriguez has been employed with the Washington State Patrol for over 25 years. He is currently assigned to Washington's Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF). MECTF is a task force focused on identifying, arresting, and convicting those individuals who exploit children. Crimes investigated by MECTF include communication with a minor for immoral purposes, juvenile sex trafficking, sexual exploitation of minors, and possession/production/distribution of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Amy Russell is executive director of the Arthur D. Curtis Children’s Justice Center in Clark County, Washington. Ms. Russell is a licensed attorney and a nationally certified counselor. She has worked with victims of violence and trauma in several capacities, including interviewer for child victims of abuse and witnesses to crime; counselor for survivors of homicide victims; and advocate for victims of sexual and intimate partner violence.
She has also directed several CACs; provided training on child abuse investigations, interviews and litigation; interviewed over 1,000 children; and authored several articles on forensic interviewing, child maltreatment and vicarious trauma.
Bradley Schoenleben is currently a Senior Deputy District Attorney at the Orange County District Attorneys Office.
In April 2013, Bradley was selected to be one of two Deputy District Attorneys assigned to the newly formed Human Exploitation and Trafficking Unit (H.E.A.T.). H.E.A.T.'s primary goal is to prosecute human trafficking cases in Orange County and throughout the country. As a result, Bradley has prosecuted a high volume of traffickers and secured a number of life sentences.
Bradley has been able to train and work with law enforcement throughout the country on how to locate, arrest, and prosecute domestic human trafficking.
While in the H.E.A.T. Unit, Bradley has worked with state legislators and prosecutors to draft legislation favorable to the mission of ending human trafficking in California.
In September 2017, he was honored along with his colleague as the "Prosecutor of the Year" for the State of California by the California District Attorney Investigators Association. In September 2018, Bradley was grateful to receive the "2018 Diamond Award for Outstanding Individual" by the Global Center for Women and Justice.
Detective Erin Schweitzer is a 24-year veteran of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. She has been a part of the Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit since its first year in 2000.
Det. Schweitzer has been investigating crimes against children for the past 19 years. She was on the Child Abuse Team for seven years, and investigated hundreds of cases of crimes against children as a child abuse detective. She is currently assigned to the Interagency Child Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT) Task Force and investigates technology based crimes against children.
Det. Schweitzer is currently one of two instructors in Oregon certified to teach peer-to-peer child pornography investigations. She recently graduated from polygraph school, and is currently working towards her certification in Oregon.
She has been married to her husband Tim for 17 years, and together they have two boys.
A dedicated advocate of children and elderly, Sgt. Jim Sears has been a law enforcement officer for over 30 years, working with the Irving Police Department. He has served as a Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, and as a Detective in the Youth Services Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, and Child Abuse Unit.
Sgt. Sears worked as a Detective in the Child Abuse Unit for 10 years before being promoted to Sergeant. He has worked six-and-a-half years as the supervisor for the Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Youth Service Units at the Irving Family Advocacy Center before retiring in September of 2015.
Jim is a Texas Commission (T.C.O.L.E) on Law Enforcement instructor, specializing in domestic violence and child abuse. He is also an instructor at the Crimes Against Children’s Conference in Dallas and a Certified Instructor for Advanced Child Abuse Investigations through the Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA). He also served on the design team for the new Fox Valley / NCJTC in their national training project on "Conducting Unexplained Child Death investigations." He served as an instructor for the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center and as an Adjunct instructor for Tarrant County College in Ft. Worth.
Sgt. Sears is the 2011 recipient of the Lt. Bill Walsh Award for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center for career achievements in the field of child abuse investigations. In January 2017, Sgt. Sears received the Nick Fowler Award from BPOA class #179 as Outstanding Instructor. Sgt. Sears frequently lectures on topics related to child abuse investigations, interview and interrogation, and crime-scene investigations for domestic violence and child abuse.
A father of three wonderful boys, Sgt. Sears is dedicated to bringing justice to the victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elderly abuse, and the mentally handicapped.
Staca Shehan joined the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in 1999, and is the Executive Director of the Case Analysis Division. NCMEC serves as a national clearinghouse for reports relating to child sex trafficking and assists families, law enforcement, prosecutors, first responders, and victim specialists in the identification, location, and recovery of child sex trafficking victims.
In 2011 Ms. Shehan spearheaded the creation of a dedicated Child Sex Trafficking Team at NCMEC to respond to the increased need for technical assistance and analysis in cases involving child sex trafficking. This team of analysts provides support to law enforcement agencies working to identify and recover children victimized through sex trafficking and successfully prosecute those individuals involved in trafficking children. These unique resources include analysis of potential trafficker names or aliases, unique tattoos, link analysis about child sex trafficking victims/potential victims, telephone numbers, addresses and/or online postings.
In 2017, Ms. Shehan was selected as one of 21 representative members on the National Advisory Committee on Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States. She has also written several articles on behalf of NCMEC regarding child sex trafficking and child missing from care. Such publications were featured in the United States Attorneys' USA Bulletin, Vol. 65, No. 6, and by the OJP Diagnostic Center.
Ms. Shehan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from La Salle University with a minor in Criminal Justice and a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.
Hilary Simmons-Sand is a native of Southern Oregon, where she was raised on a ranch in a small, tight-knit community. She found her passion in running at the age of 12 and quickly became successful, winning state and regional titles and setting national age group long distance records. She received a running scholarship to the University of Portland, competing in cross-country and track. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters in Special Education. She taught middle school before taking time out to raise her family. Hilary has been married to her husband Wes for 21 years and has two children, Maddie and Will.
In her 30s she started having flashbacks of sexual abuse by her running coach when she was a teenager. She knew that therapy was the right decision and thought she might only need a few sessions. After eight years of hard work, she made a full recovery from PTSD and is working on forgiving her perpetrator.
Currently Hilary lives in Clackamas County and works as an Instructional Assistant for the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. She is a board member for the Children’s Center of Clackamas County and chair of the Prevention and Education Committee. The Center and team are doing great work through the Stewards of Children program, which educates adults on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. “This is important work, because if my parents had known how to recognize the signs, they could have prevented my abuse,” she said.
Kim Skidmore is currently the Assistant Director of Forensic Services at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, and has completed over 1,800 interviews of children. As the Assistant Director of Forensic Services, Kim assists local, state, and federal law enforcement officials by conducting video recorded forensic interviews of children in cases where the child is alleged to have been the victim of (or witness to) child abuse and other violent crimes. Kim supervises a team of six interviewers that serve Dallas County, TX.
Prior to that, Kim earned her Bachelor's Degree from Austin College, located in Sherman, TX. Kim has also served at the Fannin County Children's Advocacy Center in Bonham, TX as a Program Specialist/Forensic Interviewer. Kim also has CPS (Child Protective Services) experience in Dallas County and was assigned to a specialized unit that handled cases of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse, and child deaths. Kim has also worked at the Ella Mae Brown Shelter for Domestic Violence in Sherman, TX.
Sue Skinner, MD
Dr. Sue Skinner is a medical examiner at the Children’s Center of Clackamas County, and has been working in the field of child abuse and neglect for 23 years. She is board certified in both general pediatrics and child abuse pediatrics, and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics & the Oregon Pediatric Society.
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 is an active member of the Training Committee for her county MDT.
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.
Amy Stoeber, PhD
Dr. Amy Stoeber is a licensed psychologist who works with children and families of all ages, birth through young adulthood. She owns a private practice in Clackamas and focuses on early childhood issues, teen adjustment issues, family stress, trauma and a variety of other mental illnesses that affect children and families.
Dr. Stoeber was a statewide trainer for The Department of Human Services and now works with Children's Health Alliance to promote wellness for children of all ages in pediatric settings.
Working with children and families is a passion of hers, and she especially enjoys the opportunity to talk with professionals in both large and small group settings — including the Summit.
Jane Straub has been working in the violence prevention and intervention field for almost 20 years, and has worked with youth and families for more than 25 years.
In addition to providing advocacy and support, Jane is a national trainer on topics such as missing persons, domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking, trafficking, bullying/cyberbullying, reproductive coercion, healthy relationships, consent and impact of trauma (Ace Study).
She was instrumental in creating the curriculum and is the principal trainer for GNCPTC’s “From Trauma to Resilience: Fostering Hope through Trauma Informed Care." Her training audience ranges from pre-school to college-age students, from victim/survivors to offenders, and includes parents, teachers, community leaders and all professionals working with youth.
One of Jane’s goals is to work collaboratively with fields including law enforcement, all components of health, education, social services and business to collectively connect the dots of risk and prevention, to provide coordinated services, and to create hope and health for all of our children and families.
Jim Tanner. PhD
Dr. Jim Tanner earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1981. His doctoral certifications were in sociological approaches to Cognitive Social Psychology, Sociology of Law, Criminology/Delinquency and Evaluation Research. He served on faculty at three universities, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in Criminal Justice, Corrections, Social Psych, and Statistics.
He has worked with convicted sex offenders since 1970 in almost every capacity within the justice system — having served as a probation officer, supervising probation officer, director of residential halfway houses, manager of Community Corrections for Boulder County, CO, and vice president of a Community Corrections company in Colorado.
Since 1998, he has provided consultation and training on sex offenders for more than 100 international and U.S. federal, state, and public agencies.
Additionally, Dr. Tanner is a Cyber Crime Analyst — having led the design and development of live-box computer forensic software distributed free to government agencies and in use worldwide. He has personally examined more than 1,700 sex offenders’ computers.
Dr. Tanner serves as an Invited Member of the Europol Cybercrime Center’s Platform for Experts, Child Exploitation Division. In 1993, the American Association of Criminal Justice Planners awarded him the Weller Award for excellence in criminal justice planning. In 2017, the American Probation and Parole Association awarded him the University of Cincinnati Award for his lifetime contributions to corrections in the U.S. and Canada.
Dr. Tanner is a Colorado District Courts Qualified Expert Witness in the areas of computer forensics, sex-offender cognitive sets and grooming strategies, and community corrections.
Elizabeth “Bitsy” Taylor, LCSW
Elizabeth Taylor is the Therapy Program Manager at the Children’s Center of Clackamas County, and has been working in the field of children’s mental health for 16 years. She has given talks locally on the impacts of trauma on children and on children’s problematic sexual behaviors.
She is a member of Clackamas County’s recently formed Mental Health Collaborative and is on the MDT sub-committee that provides outreach, information and support to families who have children with problematic sexual behaviors.
She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago.
Prior to her work at Children’s Center, she started the Day School program at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, a traditionally residential therapeutic program in Chicago, and eventually transitioned to becoming a residential therapist.
She has a special interest in providing trauma treatment to children and their families, and is passionate about all children and families having access to high-quality, evidence-based mental health treatment.
Special Prosecutor Dana Todd has prosecuted capital murder, domestic violence, sexual assault, and child physical and sexual abuse and general felonies in circuit and appellate courts throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky as an assistant attorney general, and as an assistant county and assistant commonwealth attorney.
She has also represented the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet; served as police officer survivor’s benefits liaison; served as general counsel for the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training; and has represented the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Dana has over 20 years of criminal trial and administrative hearings experiences and is a DLEC-certified instructor. She received her JD and MA from the University of Kentucky.
Ms. Elizabeth Tow serves as the Program Manager at The Innocent Justice Foundation (TIJF), where she works in collaboration with the CEO/Program Director to oversee the SHIFT program, which entails needs assessment, program design and delivery, developing presentations and resource material, trainer and consultant supervision, and managing day-to-day operations of the SHIFT program.
She began working in the Criminal Justice profession in 2005 as a Public Safety Dispatcher in California and Montana, then worked as a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist at SEARCH from 2010-2015.
Ms. Tow has a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology and a BA in Criminal Justice Management.
Thomas Valvano, MD
Thomas J Valvano, MD, JD is the Medical Director of the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and an 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 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.
Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others. She has worked directly with trauma survivors for more than three decades.
She has worked with groups as diverse as zookeepers and reconstruction workers in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, community organizers and health care providers in Japan, U.S. Air Force pilots, Canadian firefighters, public school teachers, private-practice doctors, tiny non-profits, massive state agencies, libraries, the Pentagon, alternative colleges, and Ivy League universities. Much of her work involves assisting in the aftermath of community catastrophes — whether they are fatal storms or mass shootings. She has worked locally, nationally, and internationally. Laura is known as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure.
Laura is on the advisory board of ZGiRLS, an organization that supports young girls in sports. She is a founding member of the International Transformational Resilience Network, which supports the development of capacity to address climate change. Laura also served as an associate producer of the award-winning film "A Lot Like You," and was given a Yo! Mama award in recognition of her work as a community-activist mother.
Laura’s new book, The Age of Overwhelm: Strategies for the Long Haul is now available for order.
Detective Brad Verboort has worked for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years. He worked special assignments in gang enforcement and narcotics investigations prior to being promoted to detective. He has been a detective for the last eight years, and spent almost five years assigned to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. He is now back at the Sheriff’s Office working as a detective with the Violent Crimes Unit.
Paul Wade is a Detective on the Child Abuse Team at Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and a Department Defensive Tactics Instructor with over 10 years of experience. He is a former SWAT team member. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt and former MMA fighter. He travels around the country to teach defensive tactics to law enforcement and security personnel. He enjoys teaching self-defense courses.
Ms. 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 nationally recognized 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.
Jennifer Wheeler, LPC
Jennifer Wheeler is a licensed professional counselor and has been a forensic child abuse interviewer at CARES Northwest for 14 years.
Jennifer is a member of the Regional Service Provider team at CARES Northwest, as well as a member of the OCFIT (Oregon Child Forensic Interview Training) faculty. She has provided regular local and statewide trainings on topics related to child abuse, interviewing children, and trauma. Jennifer was also part of a workgroup that drafted the most recent version of the Oregon Interviewing Guidelines (4th edition, 2018) and annually reviews and updates the OCFIT curriculum.
Jennifer previously worked as a Multnomah County Mental Health Consultant with the CARES Northwest Family Support Team, and has also worked with children and families in the schools, juvenile justice, and private practice. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oregon State University and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College.
Janelle Williams Melendrez, MS
Janelle Williams Melendrez has conducted anti-bias, inter/intra-group relations building, unconscious bias, cultural proficiency, and team building training with thousands of participants. Over the span of more than two decades, she has facilitated workshops to participants from college and university settings, K-12 institutions, community organizations, non-profit groups, social service agencies, and law enforcement professionals.
Ms. Williams Melendrez has a Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in multiculturalism and cross-cultural education. She currently serves as the Acting Executive Director of Employee Equity, Inclusion, and Professional Development at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA. She is a respected educator, professional developer, and conference speaker.
Jennie Willoughby* is a former schoolteacher whose passion is the resiliency of the human spirit. Based out of Washington, D.C. and New York, Jennie speaks on the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion in creating a healthy perspective from which to view life's challenges.
With degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology as well a Masters in brain-based teaching, Jennie uses her 13 years working in the classroom and her knowledge on neuroscience to create workshops using mindfulness and meditation to promote healing from abuse, anger, anxiety, stress, and trauma. In her work, Jennie encourages and supports people in finding a different perspective from which to view what's happening “to” them. She fosters a new dialogue people can use with themselves and others that promotes strength and resiliency.
Jennie writes at www.bornebackceaselessly.com and has been published in The Washington Post, Time magazine, Elephant Journal, and Rebelle Society. She has been featured on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, NBC's The Today Show, MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, and Fox's Media Buzz with Howard Kurtz. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.
*Jennie was married to former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter from 2009-2013.
Mark Yarbrough was elected to five terms as the County & District Attorney of Lamb County, Texas. He served for 20 years, prosecuting everything from death penalty cases to DWIs.
During his tenure, in 2002, he was awarded the M.A.D.D. regional prosecutor of the year. He served on the board of directors for the Texas District & County Attorney’s Association, and is a member of the National District Attorney’s Association. He is also one of the founding fellows of the Texas Prosecutor’s Society. Mark is listed by the Lawyers of Distinction as one of the top 10 percent of lawyers in the United States, and by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys as one of the “10 Best Attorneys” for Texas.
Mark graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1984. Following that, he worked as a loan officer for Dallas Federal Savings. In 1987, Mark went back to law school at Texas Tech School of Law, where he graduated in 1989. At the end of 2012, Mark retired as District Attorney and travels the country giving motivational speeches regarding burnout. He has also written and been published on the subject of burnout.
Mark’s interests include golf, basketball, karaoke, and tropical vacations.