Abigail Abraham is an attorney in the High Tech Crime Training Services of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice and Statistics. Until 2016 she was an assistant general counsel in the Public Safety and Criminal Investigations Division within AOL’s Legal Department. She oversaw criminal investigations that affected AOL; managed the criminal and civil compliance including national security and exigencies; was a law enforcement liaison; and handled other matters, including policy, legislation, product development and acquisitions as they pertained to criminal law and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, that affected AOL and its subsidiaries and properties. She came to AOL from her position as an assistant attorney general in the High Tech Crimes Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, where she was responsible for prosecuting computer and technology-related crimes, designing and offering training, and working on legislation. Prior to her position as an AAG, she was an assistant state’s attorney in Cook County for over eight years where, in her last position, she was in Special Prosecutions working on high tech crimes.
Ms. Abraham was awarded her J.D. in 1992 from The University of Chicago Law School, where she was also an editor for the law review. She clerked for one year on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit before she joined the State’s Attorney’s Office. Ms. Abraham has taught computer crime legal issues nationwide for both the public and private sectors and was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School for 10 years, teaching criminal justice and cyber law. In addition to speaking at numerous conferences and designing courses, she has provided instruction under the aegis of SEARCH, NW3C (National White Collar Crime Center), FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center), CDAA (California District Attorney's Office), NCFI (National Computer Forensic Institute) and the annual Massachusetts Attorney General's Cybercrime Conference, to name but a few. She wrote “Cyber Forensics and the Legal System” in Cyber Forensics: A Field Manual for Collecting, Examining, and Preserving Evidence of Computer Crimes, Albert J. Marcella, Jr. and Robert S. Greenfield (eds.) (2002), and was a designer of a cybercrime training package available on CD ("Prosecuting Cases That Involve Computers"). She collaborated on Digital Evidence in the Courtroom (U.S. Department of Justice, 2007); Tools and Techniques in the Investigation of Digital Evidence (U.S. Department of Justice, 2006); and Electronic Crime Scene Investigation, A Guide for First Responders (U.S. Department of Justice, 2001).
Ms. Abraham has also enjoyed a career in law enforcement. She was a trooper for the Illinois State Police until she was promoted to detective. In 1986, she started and later ran the Computer Crime Unit. While there, she drafted portions of the Illinois Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. She was one of the curriculum designers of a computer-crime class taught at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. From late 1998 to early 2000 she took a leave of absence from prosecuting with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office to re-activate the Computer Crime Unit for the Illinois State Police (ISP), serving as bureau chief of the ISP Computer Crimes Investigations Bureau. Her responsibilities included providing assistance with investigative, forensic and prosecutorial issues throughout the state, and administering an Internet Crimes Against Children grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Chrystal Bell is the Quality Assurance Manager for the Oregon State Police Forensic Services Division. She has been with OSP since 2001 and spent 12 years working as a forensic biologist and crime scene examiner. She has been involved in hundreds of death investigations across the state of Oregon, and has performed extensive work in creating a model for sexual assault/abuse evidence collection in young children. Chrystal holds professional memberships with the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, the Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists, the International Association for Identification, and serves on the executive board of the Oregon Homicide Investigators Association.
Denise E. Biehn
SSA Denise E. Biehn has been with the FBI for 14 years. She has been investigating crimes against children for nearly 10 years. The FBI’s Crimes Against Children program is wide-ranging and addresses child exploitation violations such as sex trafficking, enticement, child pornography, child sex tourism, and missing/endangered/abducted children. SSA Biehn is currently the Supervisory Special Agent for the Violent Crime/Violent Crimes Against Children Squad in Portland, Oregon.
Stacey Borgman has been a Deputy District Attorney in Clackamas County for 12 years. Ms. Borgman graduated cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University and received her Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark College. While at Lewis and Clark, Ms. Borgman interned at the New Jersey Crime Victim’s Law Center and the National Crime Victim Law Institute. Ms. Borgman began her career prosecuting misdemeanors and then moved on to the Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Unit. Following that, she was a member of the Vehicular Homicide Team for four years.
Ms. Borgman currently works in the Person Crimes Unit prosecuting homicide, sexual assault, child sexual and physical abuse, robbery and serious injury assault cases. Ms. Borgman has been involved in training other prosecutors, local law enforcement personnel and victim-advocate volunteers throughout her career.
Prior to obtaining her law degree, Ms. Borgman was a four-time member of the U.S. National Rowing Team -- she held nine National Titles, was a World Championship Silver and Bronze Medalist and competed in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Lawrence Jay 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, on child sexual abuse, physical abuse, shaken baby, child custody litigation, expert witness testimony, courtroom psychology, trial procedures, and various other criminal, family and matrimonial law topics. His audiences include 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 country, with 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 in Hempstead, New York. Since 2007 he has been named as one of the “Top Attorneys in the New York Metro Area” 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.
More information can be obtained at his website.
Detective Patrick Bray has been in law enforcement for over 23 years. He started out his career as a police officer with the City of Prescott in Arizona. While working at the Prescott Police Department, he received a Medal of Valor in 1997 and also received the City of Prescott Achievement of Civic Excellence Award (PACE). Since 1999, he has been working for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. Promoted to Detective in 2010, he has spent the past 7 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 the MDT Protocol.
Holly Bridenbaugh received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ohio State University and received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Portland State University. She began working at CARES Northwest in 1998 and became a Child Interviewer in 2001. In 2008, Ms. Bridenbaugh co-authored the curriculum “Project Ability: Demystifying Disability in Child Abuse Interviewing” and presented this curriculum in local and national trainings. She contributed to the 2012 Oregon Interviewing Guidelines.
Ms. Bridenbaugh has also presented in local and national conferences on child abuse interviewing -- including topics related to the Oregon Interviewing Guidelines, Oregon Child Forensic Interviewing Training (OCFIT), sexual abuse of children with special needs, emotional abuse, and trauma.
In 2016, Ms. Bridenbaugh updated the Project Ability Reference Guide, which includes relevant, recent research and best-practice information on interviewing children with disabilities. She has provided subsequent advanced trainings on this topic.
Ron Brown is the Chief Deputy District Attorney for Clatsop County, and has been a prosecutor for the past 30 years. He has prosecuted numerous murder and aggravated murder cases, and currently specializes in child sex abuse and other sex crime prosecutions.
Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, MA
Jeffrey S. Bucholtz received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Communication from UC Santa Barbara, where he worked with the UCSB Women’s Center Rape Prevention Education Program as a Male Violence Prevention Specialist. Both prior to and during his tenure at the UCSB Women’s Center, Jeff coordinated several student programs including Men Against Rape, Students Stopping Rape, and the Multicultural Outreach Program. During this time, Jeff began his ongoing work to build and sustain collaborative alliances across privileged and oppressed social groups.
In 2006, Jeff received his Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University. His master’s thesis project, “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 which focuses on the ways that popular culture informs and impacts our identities. Jeff is also an instructor with Speak for Success, a public speaking and coaching business.
Mary-Ann Burkhart, JD
Mary-Ann Burkhart is the Director of the Child Abuse Prosecution Project at the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in Washington, D.C., and is the former Director of NDAA’s National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse.
Mary-Ann is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and a 26-year veteran of the courtroom as a child abuse prosecutor and homicide prosecutor, from Miami-Dade County, Florida under the Honorable Janet Reno, to Baltimore and Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
In 1997, Ms. Burkhart took a break from the courtroom and joined the staff of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse. From 1997 through 2003, she traveled worldwide and taught extensively on all aspects of child physical and sexual abuse and child homicide cases and authored numerous articles and book chapters on those topics. 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 2003 she returned to the courtroom and spent the following 13 years on the front lines, prosecuting cases of child abuse and child homicide. In January 2016, she became Director as the Child Abuse Prosecution Project and took charge of APA’s training and technical assistance program for child abuse prosecutors and their multi-disciplinary team members.
Jeff Burlew has been with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office for 22 years. For the past 11 years he has held the rank of Detective, and worked in all the investigative units of homicide and violent crimes, property crimes, and child abuse. He is currently assigned to the Interagency Child Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT).
Dawn Buzzard is a Senior Deputy District Attorney in Clatsop County, Oregon. Her first exposure to the issue of violence in the home was an internship in a Women’s Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. Returning to the States, she began prosecuting domestic violence and sex abuse cases -- and has been doing so for the last 18 years.
Carol L. 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 in 1997, she became the medical director of ABC House, the child victim assessment center for Linn and Benton counties.
Dr. Chervenak has helped establish a medical protocol for assessing Drug Endangered Children (DEC); lectures locally and nationally on various issues related to child abuse; and continues to evaluate children for concerns of maltreatment at ABC House.
Her special interests include the impact on children of substance abuse by parents -- in their environment, while breast feeding, and from prenatal exposure.
She is on the Advisory Council for Child Abuse and Neglect; has been a member of the Oregon Governor's Methamphetamine Task Force; and is a lecturer for the Oregon and National Alliances for Drug Endangered Children.
Dr. Matthew Cox received his undergraduate degree in Bioengineering from Texas A&M University and then attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston Medical School, graduating in 1998. Dr. Cox did his pediatrics residency training at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and fellowship training in Child Abuse at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
He practiced in Dallas, Texas as faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in the Department of Pediatrics and served as the medical director of the child abuse program at Children’s Medical Center Dallas from 2004-2016.
He is a certified Child Abuse Pediatrician by the American Board of Pediatrics.
His primary practice involves the medical evaluation of children suspected of being victims of possible physical abuse, sexual abuse or neglect.
He currently serves as the medical director of the Children At-Risk Evaluation Services (CARES) Program at St Luke’s Medical Center in Boise.
Geraldine Crisci, M.S.W. is a mental health professional with 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 profession. Geraldine developed and teaches the 6-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. She also developed reunification protocols 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.
Special Agent Supervisor Mike Duffey is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Criminology, and earned his basic police certification at Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy in 1994. He began his law enforcement career 22 years ago with the Tallahassee Police Department as a patrol officer, eventually moving to the street crimes unit working primarily with street narcotic sales.
In 2003, Special Agent Supervisor Duffey joined FDLE in the Computer Crime Center. Since joining, Inspector Duffey has been involved in computer crime cases that involved fugitives, gangs, domestic security, homicides, fraud, network intrusions, BOT Networks and Internet Crimes Against Children investigations. From 2004-2007, Inspector Duffey worked with the Department of Children and Families to secure funding to combat online child exploitation.
Special Agent Supervisor Duffey has also worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on issues surrounding online child exploitation on a national level. He currently oversees all computer-related crime investigations statewide for FDLE, and continues to grow FDLE’s efforts in the cyber field.
Special Agent Supervisor Duffey is an instructor in the area of Online Child Exploitation for the Department of Justice and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces, and is recognized as an expert in state and federal court in the area of computer crimes and online child exploitation investigations.
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 Child Abuse Summit's Champions for Children Award.
Eddie C. Farrey
Eddie C. Farrey is a retired law enforcement training instructor. He began his 23-year law enforcement career in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. He has also worked for the Clarksville PD (TN), the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy and the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. Mr. Farrey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts degree in Adult and Higher Education.
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 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, he 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.
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 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 ("johns") -- through traditional law enforcement efforts as well as education. Officer Gallagher has contacted over 2,000 victims of trafficking, both minors and adults. He has also dealt with approximately a thousand buyers 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.
Meg Garvin is the executive director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) and a clinical professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School. Ms. Garvin is recognized as a leading expert on victims’ rights.
She has testified before Congress, state legislatures, and the Judicial Proceedings Panel on Sexual Assault in the Military. In 2014, she was appointed to the Victims Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission, and during 2013-2014 she served on the Victim Services Subcommittee of the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crime Panel of the United States Department of Defense.
She has served as a Board member of Oregon’s Citizens’ Crime Commission and of the National Organization of Victim Assistance, and as an Advisory Board Member for the Red Lodge Legal Services Program. She has also served as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Victims Committee, co-chair of the Oregon Attorney General’s Crime Victims’ Rights Task Force, and as a member of the Legislative & Public Policy Committee of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force.
Ms. Garvin received the John W. Gillis Leadership Award from National Parents of Murdered Children in August 2015.
Prior to joining NCVLI, Ms. Garvin practiced law in Minneapolis, Minnesota and clerked for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Puget Sound, her master of arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa, and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Joshua Gieger received his B.S. in Psychology from George Fox University. After Interning with Juliette’s House, he began a part-time, then full-time position for the past two years. As the Prevention Program Coordinator, Josh implements workshops and classes that target families, middle school students, and adults. He has been a facilitator of the Stewards of Children program for over a year.
Joshua firmly believes that our best hope at preventing abuse and violence is to train adults who in turn raise a generation opposed to violence and the norms that support it.
His personal interests include motorcycles, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, literature, and not having to get out of bed until 9:00 a.m.
Erin Greenawald is a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ).
Since March 2010, she has been DOJ’s Domestic Violence Resource Prosecutor (DVRP). As the state’s DVRP, Erin provides resources and training specific to domestic and sexual violence issues to law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates and community organizations.
For several years, Erin has focused on providing training opportunities to improve trauma-informed investigation and prosecution techniques in Oregon. To further that goal, Erin attended the two-week Special Victims Capabilities Course in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri.
In addition to creating, hosting, and facilitating trainings and conferences around the state, Erin continues to handle complex domestic and sexual violence cases while also working on legislative and policy matters related to those same issues.
Before joining the Department of Justice, Erin worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Yamhill and Marion counties. Since 1999, she has prosecuted domestic violence and major person felonies, including child and adult sex abuse crimes and homicides.
Erin has also served on a number of statewide domestic and sexual violence–related work groups, including the Statewide Firearms and Domestic Violence Task Force (Chair); Governor’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Task Force; the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force (SATF); and Oregon’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (Chair). Erin is also a prosecutor instructor with SATF’s Sexual Assault Training Institute, as well as with You Have Options Program (YHOP).
Jess Guerriero is a social worker with a second graduate degree in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College. While at Simmons, Jess focused their work on a thesis that argued for the expansion of transgender health coverage and the movement toward therapists as partners, rather than gatekeepers, in the transition process.
Jess interned/worked at Fenway Health, a community health center geared towards LGBTQI-identified individuals. Here, Jess carried a caseload of children, adolescents, and adults who were, in some cases, navigating medical transitions. Jess also ran a support group for parents of trans youth and established an independent consulting business to help schools, businesses, and providers implement policies that were more trans-inclusive.
Jess previously worked in Quality Management at LifeWorksNW, serving as an internal trainer at LifeWorks NW on LGBTQI-related topics, and was the chair of the Transgender Care Workgroup.
Jim Holler: Serving as Chief of Police for Liberty Township, Adams County, PA for 16 years and also being Fire Marshal for 8 of those years has provided me with an abundance of experience/material to draw upon for training purposes. Prior to my law enforcement career I served as a paid firefighter for 23 years for Montgomery County, MD.
In 2005 I became an Internet Crimes Against Children Investigator starting the first task force in Adams County. I conducted pro-active Internet investigations, making multiple arrests for possession of child pornography and undercover chat related arrests for soliciting sex from a minor.
Internationally known, my training focuses on crimes against children investigations. Thousands of attorneys, judges, law enforcement professionals, medical, mental health and public health professionals, social workers, and advocates -- both in the United States and internationally -- have benefited from my training and technical assistance on a range of topics specifically related to crimes against children. Over 30 years of law enforcement/public service experience has allowed me to see firsthand the failures and successes of child abuse investigations -- and the degree to which the well-being of a child victim depends on the actions adults and professionals are willing to take.
I had the privilege of being the founder and board president of the Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center in Gettysburg, PA; past board president of the Wetzel-Tyler County, WV Child Advocacy Center in Paden City, WV; and the Board Chair of the Adams County Domestic Violence Shelter (Survivors Inc.) in Gettysburg, PA.
It is my belief that our number-one goal should be to provide the child victim the opportunity to become a survivor. In order to make this happen, every member of the team must do their part throughout the entire process. This means from the onset of the investigation, through the prosecution process, and lastly (and most importantly) the ongoing services that must be provided to the child.
Jeremy C. Howell
Jeremy C. Howell holds a bachelor 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.
Jeremy C. 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 crime scene processing, bloodstain pattern analysis, shooting incident reconstruction, and alternate light source photography. He is also a graduate of the ten week course at the National Forensic Academy, more commonly known as “the body farm,” in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Kristen Howell, LMSW is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County. With a staff of 25, a budget of $2.6 million, and partners from 40 different agencies, the CACDC coordinates the investigation, prosecution and mental health services for cases of severe child abuse in Denton County, serving approximately 1,500 children and families a year. As CEO, Kristen works with national, state and local partners -- including board members, donors, partners, staff and community members -- to ensure that every child victim of the crime of abuse in Denton County receives justice and healing. CACDC has two locations and is undergoing a capital campaign to double the size of the Lewisville office in response to rapid growth in Denton County.
She has worked in the field of social work and family violence for the last 20 years. Kristen graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and the University of North Carolina with her MSW. She was most recently the Chief Programs Officer at Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, where she provided oversight to all of the direct service programs at the Advocacy Center, including the Forensic Services team, the Clinical Services team, the Family Advocate team, and the Research Institute. Prior to that, Kristen worked for three years at Momentous Institute as Director of Development and Genesis Women’s Shelter for ten years as Clinical Director and Director of Development.
Kristen is married to Bill Howell, an attorney in Dallas, and has two daughters. Kristen trains and speaks nationally on the impact of violence and trauma on families.
J. Ryan Humphrey
Detective J. Ryan Humphrey has been in law enforcement for 20 years, working first in corrections and then patrol. Humphrey has worked for the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office since June of 2011, where he has been assigned as the Person Crimes Detective since March of 2014.
Humphrey’s caseload includes child abuse, homicide, arson and sex-abuse investigations. Humphrey also handles most of the Clatsop County cases involving digital evidence, social media and online communications.
Humphrey is a member of the Clatsop County Major Crime Team, Clatsop County Fire Investigation Team, Domestic Violence Council, and Child Abuse Multi-Disciplinary Team. Humphrey currently sits on the board of directors to The Harbor -- Clatsop County’s domestic violence victim advocacy provider. Humphrey taught basic patrol skills at DPSST for several years and served two terms on the BPSST-Police Policy Committee. Prior to working in Clatsop County, Humphrey was a patrol officer in Lincoln City and on the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton. Humphrey spent the first five years of his career working in the Umatilla County Criminal Justice Center, also located near Pendleton.
Julie Kenniston is a Program Manager for the National Criminal Justice Training Center, a program of Fox Valley Technical College. She is also an independent contractor and trainer presenting nationally and internationally on interviewing and investigation of child abuse and exploitation cases.
Ms. Kenniston has nonprofit management experience as the former Executive Director of The Center for Family Solutions, Butler County’s developing family justice center in Hamilton, Ohio. She specializes in the areas of forensic interviews, interdisciplinary teamwork, peer review, sexual abuse and exploitation issues, domestic violence dynamics, assessment, and planning. Ms. Kenniston is a licensed independent social worker in Ohio. As a board member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) having served two terms, she remains as the co-chair of the forensic interview committee and chairs the APSAC Media Guidelines committee. Ms. Kenniston is co-author and co-editor of the 3rd Edition of Handbook on Questioning Children: A Linguistic Perspective, originally written by Anne Graffam Walker, Ph.D., and published by the American Bar Association.
Ms. Kenniston organized and coordinated the Forensic Training Institute for The Childhood Trust in Cincinnati, Ohio starting in August 1997 and manages an updated version of this five-day forensic interviewing course. She co-authored the Forensic Interview Training Manual for the state of Illinois with Erna Olafson, Ph.D., Psy.D. She has also co-authored and edited "Beyond the Silence," a two and a half day forensic interviewer course provided by the Ohio Network of Child Advocacy Centers. Ms. Kenniston is a faculty member for Finding Words Ohio. She trains for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Forensic Interviewing Clinics.
Ms. Kenniston was a contributor on three U. S. Department of Justice documents on the topic of abduction: What About Me? Coping with the Abduction of a Brother or Sister; You’re not Alone: the Journey from Abduction to Empowerment; and The Crime of Family Abduction: A Child’s and Parent’s Perspective. Ms. Kenniston volunteered in clinical support positions for Take Root, an organization established by adults who were abducted as children. She assisted in both face-to-face and online support.
As a trainer for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program, Ms. Kenniston trained both standardized and advanced skills trainings, in addition to mentoring in the field. Ms. Kenniston co-authored the Developing Skills in Interviewing Techniques with Young Children curriculum with Cynthia King, MSSA, LISW, and Sally Fitch, MSW, LSW. She also contributed to Building Skills in Family Risk Assessment, Overview of Child Sexual Abuse, and Investigative Interviewing in Child Sexual Abuse Cases curricula.
Ms. Kenniston was a Sexual Abuse Investigator for the Hamilton County Department of Human Services, where she conducted over 3,000 forensic interviews of alleged child victims of sexual abuse. In this capacity, she testified in juvenile court, domestic relations court, and criminal court. While working for Hamilton County, Ms. Kenniston trained law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim witness advocates on interviewing and sexual abuse issues. She also trained new workers, foster and adoptive parents, Head Start and elementary school teachers, and other community members on child abuse issues. Ms. Kenniston participated in the PCSAO Standards for Effective Practice Project. Prior to investigating for Hamilton County, Ms. Kenniston worked with adjudicated delinquents at the United Methodist Children’s Home.
Cathleen Lang, MD is a Child Abuse Pediatrician and the Medical Clinic Director of the Children’s Center, the Child Abuse Intervention Center for Clackamas County. She completed her General Pediatrics Residency and her fellowship in Child Abuse and Neglect at Children’s Medical Center Dallas/University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She is currently board certified in both General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics. Cathleen is a current member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Helfer Society.
Lt. Joe Laramie (Ret.) is a Program Manager with the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) of Fox Valley Technical College, working in the Missing and Exploited Children and the Internet Crimes Against Children Training and Technical Assistance Programs.
He retired in 2010 from the Glendale, Missouri Police Department with more than 30 years of child protection, investigation and training experience. In 2001, he created the Greater St. Louis Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and in 2003 became the founding Commander of the Missouri ICAC Task Force. From 2010 through 2011, he was an Administrator with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, with responsibility for online crimes against children, human trafficking and the computer forensic lab. He served as a subject matter expert on the Missouri Task Force for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Child Sex Trafficking Training Project.
He is currently a member of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation and member of the Board of Directors for the Davis House, a Child Advocacy Center in his home of Franklin, TN. He is also a nationally known speaker on the topic of online child exploitation, child sex trafficking and technology related protections for youth, families and professionals. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University, and is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Sue Lewis has worked in the field of child abuse and neglect since the early 1990s and as a forensic interviewer in Oregon since 1998.
From 1998 until 2011, she was a member of the interviewing team at CARES Northwest. In 2011 she joined Children’s Center in Clackamas County, where she has continued to interview children and adolescents on child abuse concerns. She is also 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.
Anthony Maez, MA, ICAC Commander
Anthony M. Maez is a certified/commissioned Special Agent in Charge with the New Mexico Attorney General Office, and the Commander of the Internet Crimes Against Children and Human Trafficking Task Forces.
Anthony is a national trainer on sex crimes, domestic violence, technology stalking, and human trafficking investigations.
He is Lead Faculty Area Chair for the College of Criminal Justice and Security, and faculty in the School of Business at the University of Phoenix, Albuquerque campus.
Anthony has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Wayland Baptist University and a Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University.
Paul T. Maloney
AUSA Paul T. Maloney currently serves as a federal prosecutor in the District of Oregon, where he prosecutes violent crimes and Indian Country cases. Mr. Maloney began his legal career in 2001 as a Deputy District Attorney in Washington County Oregon, where he served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney.
Page K. McBeth
Special Agent Page McBeth began his career in 1993 with the Monmouth Police Department, serving as a patrol officer and a detective and promoted to Sergeant in 2001. In 2004 he was hired as a Special Agent by the Oregon Department of Justice, assigned to the Organized Crime Section to investigate outlaw motorcycle gangs, public corruption and election law violations. In 2009, he moved to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, investigating Cybertip complaints and P2P leads. In 2014 he received Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) credentials from the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists IACIS). Currently Agent McBeth is working with the ICAC task force as an investigator and conducting forensic computer examinations.
Kelsey McKay trains and consults nationally for agencies to implement procedure in various fields including strangulation, intimate partner violence, child abuse, sexual assault, using expert witness, trauma 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 speaks at conferences and to communities around the country on how to better respond to victim based violent crime. She developed and implemented protocol for agencies around the nation and has strengthened how communities collaborate, investigate, treat and prosecute violent crimes.
She is the Chair of The Strangulation Taskforce of Travis County, which works to coordinate a collaborative approach to strangulation response and treatment through a multi-agency and multi-disciplinary team. She is the founder of McKay Training & Consulting and The Validating Voices Program. She serves on multiple faculties, advisory boards and committees, including the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, International Association of Chiefs of Police Gender-Bias Initiative and Conference on Crimes Against Women.
Heather McKeag is a Child Abuse Pediatrician at CARES Northwest, a child abuse intervention center in Portland, and evaluates children in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. She is board certified in General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics. She completed her General Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland and her fellowship in Child Abuse and Neglect at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Detective Kevin McNeil is an energetic, motivated, highly dynamic law enforcement officer and detective. He is armed with a broad-based background and skills in the areas of conflict resolution, problem-solving, analytic thinking, gathering evidence, investigating, public and motivational speaking, strategic planning, project execution and much more. He has over 20 years of law enforcement experience.
Kevin is qualified as a court expert witness, and is responsible for gathering evidence and investigating numerous cases for prosecution involving sexual perpetrators, domestic abuse allegations and crimes against children.
Detective McNeil has successfully investigated and closed several high-profile media cases, including six serial rape cases and five child murder cases.
Some of his attributes include a passion for abuse education, professionalism, and excellent communication skills to facilitate constructive engagement with individuals.
Amanda McVay has been interviewing children for over 19 years.
She began her career in the field as a Caseworker Specialist for the State of Wyoming in 1998, and moved to the State of Oregon Department of Human Services in 2004 as a Social Service Specialist. She worked in the areas of protective service, ongoing case management and permanency for children and their families.
In 2007, she joined the Children’s Center, where she has remained as a full-time Child Forensic Interviewer for 10 years.
Ms. McVay is a member of APSAC, and enjoys doing local outreach and training to various professionals in the county.
The combination of her years of work in the field and as a Forensic Interviewer provide a unique insight to working with children and families.
JoAnn Miller is the Senior Prosecuting Attorney with Major Crimes Division at the Lane County District Attorney’s Office. With over 13 years of experience in criminal prosecution, Ms. Miller recently obtained jury verdicts in sex-abuse cases that netted four separate offenders/cases substantial prison time, ranging from 75 to 738 months of incarceration. In all of these cases, the state welcomed the opportunity to respond to general as well as unique defense motions and strategies designed for jury acquittal.
Texas Ranger Cody Mitchell holds a masters peace officer license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and has been a law enforcement officer for over 20 years. Prior to becoming a Texas Ranger, Ranger Mitchell gained his experience working for both city and county agencies and served in various capacities ranging from patrol to criminal investigations.
Ranger Mitchell joined the Texas Department of Public Safety as a Trooper in 2004 and was stationed near Houston, Texas. As a DPS Trooper, Ranger Mitchell concentrated on criminal interdiction and gained experience dealing with child-based crimes and human trafficking. Ranger Mitchell was promoted to Texas Ranger in 2009 and is routinely responsible for investigating all major crimes throughout the state of Texas.
In 2007 Ranger Mitchell began working on the Interdiction of the Protection of Children program, and was responsible for creating the program's criminal interdiction section, which teaches officers how to recognize signs of various crimes committed against children as well as those who offend.
Ranger Mitchell has been the recipient of various awards for his work interdicting child-based crimes and for the prosecution of those who offend against children. Ranger Mitchell was named by the 100 Club of Harris County as its 2008 Officer of the Year, and he has received two separate medals for valor.
Joyce Nagy, CFA has worked at the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office for over 25 years. She currently performs the duties of Forensic Image Specialist, which has encompassed forensic art and forensic video analysis since 2003.
Ms. Nagy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Western Oregon University and is a Certified Forensic Artist from the Stuart-Parks Forensic Associates. Ms. Nagy’s skills have been documented by the Clackamas County Government Channel in the video "Drawn to Justice." She also made an appearance on the Discovery Channel series "Deadly Wives" regarding her work on the Jerry Stomps murder case in which his wife was convicted to 25 years in prison.
Along with various LE agencies in Oregon and Washington, Ms. Nagy draws for the State Anthropologist by re-approximating faces to unidentified human remains to be posted on NamUs.gov for possible identification.
Esther Nelson has 14 years of advocacy experience as a sexual assault, domestic violence, and sex-trafficking response advocate.
Esther began her career in Reno, Nevada and later moved to Oregon, where she worked at the Sexual Assault Resource Center -- founding the agency’s specialized advocacy unit to serve commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC). Esther went on to found Safety Compass, providing advocacy services for CSEC survivors in the Willamette Valley region of Oregon.
Esther is the recipient of a 2017 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, and has been recognized for her advocacy service by the the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, the Portland Police Bureau, and the Nevada State Victim’s Rights Alliance.
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.
Brandon Ott is a Sergeant with the Florence Police Department, currently in investigations. Sgt. Ott has over 13 years in law enforcement, and has spent the last three years in investigations, primarily involving child abuse and major crimes.
Brandon thoroughly enjoys participating in the Lane County Multidisciplinary Team and working closely with agency partners to maximize the effectiveness of investigations and prosecutions.
Bumjoon (BJ) Park
BJ Park is a Deputy District Attorney for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office in the violent crimes unit, where he prosecutes various assault crimes as well as sexual assault crimes involving adult and children victims including child pornography crimes. He is also a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon for Project Safe Childhood cases involving child pornography and human trafficking cases.
He previously worked at the Oregon Department of Justice and was a prosecutor in Chicago, Illinois for almost 15 years.
Carrie Paschall is currently the Director of Forensic Services for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, where she oversees the operations of a forensic interview team of seven, including the Interview Supervisor.
Previously she was with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office as the Child Forensic Interviewer for the Crimes Against Children Unit since March of 2000. As a child interviewer, Carrie assisted 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 interviewed over 5,400 children.
Carrie is often called upon by prosecutors to testify as an expert witness on forensic interviewing, disclosure, grooming and recantation in both civil and criminal cases, and has testified in numerous criminal and civil trials in both juvenile and district court in Texas and other states.
Deedee Pegler is the Lead Victim Advocate and a Forensic Interviewer at the Children’s Justice Center in Vancouver, Washington. She has 10 years of experience working with children who have experienced sexual abuse and other types of trauma, as well as with their parents.
Deedee has been employed by the Children’s Justice Center for five years. Prior to joining the CJC team, Deedee was a Victim Advocate at the YWCA, specializing in child victims. Her experience as a forensic interviewer, a community advocate and a systems-based advocate give her a variety of viewpoints and a wide breadth of knowledge on the topic of child abuse.
She is passionate about her chosen career and is dedicated and excited to share her knowledge and experience with other professionals to better serve victims and families.
Amy Penkin, LCSW joined OHSU in January 2015 as the Program Supervisor for the newly launched Transgender Health Program. She has been a clinical social worker for 20 years and throughout her career has provided direct care, advocacy, education, program management, and supervision/consultation in community mental health and healthcare environments.
Amy has a history of providing and overseeing care for the LGBTQ community and is dedicated to promoting health equity for these and other underserved populations experiencing health disparities. In addition to working in the Portland Metro Area since 2009, her history includes teaching and working as a social worker, advocate, consultant, private practice therapist, and program manager in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has travelled extensively for social work and human rights projects in Central and South America and throughout Asia.
Amy earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley and subsequently served as Adjunct Faculty and Field Instructor for Schools of Social work at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University, Smith College, and Portland State University.
John Penn II
John Penn II, Senior Solutions Architect for Law Enforcement Technologies at Adobe Systems Incorporated in San Jose, California, has spent nearly four decades writing software. Most recently, he spent 11 years working at Adobe as a Senior Computer Scientist on Photoshop. But after attending the first Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Conference, John was so profoundly affected by what he heard that he moved into what has become the most challenging, rewarding chapter of his career: Victim Identification and Digital Media Analysis for law enforcement.
Focusing on the role software can play in the prevention and investigation of internet crimes against children as well as crimes involving digital media, John has helped develop advanced victim identification tools and techniques and train police officers and federal agents on their implementation. His overarching mission now is to foster better communication between law enforcement and the software industry -- and promote a better understanding of the challenges faced by both. He continues to develop new technologies, techniques and training to help law enforcement with high tech challenges.
Gabrielle Petersen has been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for 21 years. She currently works at the Children’s Center as a medical provider, evaluating children for concerns of abuse and neglect.
In the past, Ms. Petersen has been faculty for the OHSU School of Nursing, graduate program, she has also worked closely with adolescent parents experiencing homelessness, through Outside In, a youth program. Most recently, Ms. Petersen contributed the chapter on child maltreatment in the textbook Pediatric Primary Care (6th edition).
Ms. Petersen is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She presents regularly at the local level, to both parent groups and professionals, and has lectured statewide on issues of child abuse and neglect. Ms. Petersen’s particular interests include child neglect, drug endangerment and physical abuse of school-aged children.
Rachel Petke, LCSW is a Forensic Interviewer at CARES Northwest, a pediatric clinic providing child abuse evaluations, in Portland, Oregon. She completed her graduate work in social work at the University of Chicago. She has worked at CARES Northwest since 2004, and has evaluated over 2,000 children. She is a faculty trainer for the Oregon Child Forensic Interview trainings with the Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers (ONCAIC).
Detective John Pirics is a 22-year veteran of the Carmel Police Department, and over half of his career has been spent investigating cases involving crimes against children. He has been assigned to the Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force for the last 10 years; during that time he has investigated hundreds of cases involving the sexual exploitation of children.
Dan Powers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. He has been with the Children’s Advocacy Center since 2000.
Dan received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from University of North Texas, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Southern Methodist University. Dan directs all professional services offered to victims of child abuse, family violence, and their non-offending family members. In addition, he oversees the Center’s community relations and education programs.
Dan has more than 30 years of experience working in the field of child abuse, sex offenders, and family violence. He frequently testifies as an expert witness in state and federal courts and also has testified on several occasions before Texas legislative committees. He has been appointed by the governor on two occasions to state agency boards and currently serves as Chairman 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 multi-disciplinary response to child abuse. He is best known for his spirited presentations on wellness and survival for child abuse and family violence professionals.
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 -- as a child abuse and violent crimes investigator since 2000.
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 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, the U.S. Department of Justice Eagle Award and the U.S. Department of Justice William French Smith award for his work in online child exploitation investigations.
Dan Rincon is a 26-year veteran of the Scottsdale Police Department (Arizona) and earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Justice Studies and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University. Dan is married and has five children ranging from ages 32-14 years old, and resides in Phoenix, Arizona. Previous to his career in law enforcement, Dan served in the United States Navy for four years (1985-1989) and the Arizona Department of Corrections for two years (1989-1991).
He holds the rank of Police Lieutenant, and was the Scottsdale Police Domestic Violence Unit supervisor for over five years.
Dan has served on the East Valley Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board (Phoenix Metropolitan Area), and currently serves as faculty for the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention (National Family Justice Center Alliance -- San Diego), and has been a commissioner since 2012 on the Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women for both past Governor Jan Brewer and current Governor Doug Ducey.
Lt. Rincon’s investigative experience includes being lead detective and detective sergeant on homicides, robberies, sexual assaults, major assaults, domestic violence cases, and child-abuse and gang-related investigations. While under his leadership, Scottsdale Police Domestic Violence Unit detectives increased their arrests made by 230%, decreased individual caseloads by 80%, and created a Domestic Violence Repeat-Offender Database that gave first responders the ability to access an offender’s criminal history and convictions while still at the scene of a reported DV crime. These initiatives contributed to a 7% decrease in domestic violence in the City of Scottsdale in 2008 -- which was the first decrease in domestic violence cases in over a decade.
Since 2009, Lieutenant Rincon has dedicated himself to educating law enforcement professionals, prosecutors, victim advocates and others stakeholders in the area of domestic violence investigations and specifically fatal and near-fatal strangulation investigations throughout Arizona and nationally. As part of their management team, Lieutenant Rincon has served in their Investigative Service Bureau, Uniformed Service Bureau, Training Unit, and the Office of the Chief of Police -- Internal Affairs.
Sergeant Jason Ritter started his career in 1998 in Nebraska working for the Alliance Police Department and the Box Butte County Sheriff’s Office before accepting a job at the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in 2003.
While at the Sheriff’s Office, he has worked on a variety of assignments, including the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) and Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force (CCITF). He was promoted to Sergeant in 2014, and is currently assigned to patrol in Wilsonville.
He is assigned collateral duties including the Sergeant of the Hostage Negotiation Team and the Gang Suppression Team. During his time on the Gang Suppression Team, his focus has been on trafficking.
Carlos Rodriguez has been employed with the Washington State Patrol for over 20 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.
Detective Inspector Jon Rouse has 34 years' operational service with the Queensland Police Service in Australia and has been an appointed Detective for 28 years, with 19 years devoted to investigating crimes against children.
In 2001 Jon implemented Australia’s first covert operation to target internet child sex offenders, and for 13 years he has led the operations team at Task Force Argos, a specialist unit responsible for the investigation of child sex offenders.
Jon has delivered training and presentations on online child exploitation investigations to law enforcement officers across all states and territories in Australia and internationally -- including representing Australian law enforcement at United Nations conferences in Austria and Kenya and accepting the International Cyber Crime Gold award on behalf of Task Force Argos in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
He is the recipient of three Commissioners certificates (Operational) for his leadership and investigative work; two Excellence awards for child protection prevention; and the Queensland Police Medal, National Service Medal, National Police Medal and Exemplary Conduct Medal.
Amy Russell is executive director of the Arthur D. Curtis Children’s Justice Center in Clark County, Washington. She is a licensed attorney and a nationally certified counselor.
Ms. Russell has worked with victims of violence and trauma in several capacities, including as interviewer for child victims of abuse and witnesses to crime; as counselor for survivors of homicide victims; and as 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.
Matthew Sandusky, founder and executive director of Peaceful Hearts Foundation, was a victim of childhood sexual abuse from ages 8-17 at the hands of his adopted father, Jerry Sandusky. Matthew is working to turn his traumatic personal experience into a mechanism to prevent childhood sexual abuse and help other survivors heal.
Through his work with Peaceful Hearts, Matthew, raises awareness around child sexual abuse in local communities, supports the life-saving work of children's advocacy and sexual assault treatment centers, and advocates for legislative changes. Matthew works with researchers, clinicians, the media, politicians, social workers, and child protection professionals to raise awareness and improve the quality and availability of services to survivors nationwide.
In addition to his advocacy work, Matthew is committed to empowering and educating children to use their voices and help protect them against abuse. He is working with other advocates to implement an in-school curriculum to empower children to use their voices as a first line of defense, along with parents and teachers.
Matthew is also an accomplished author, chronicling his years of abuse in his memoir, Undaunted: Breaking My Silence to Overcome the Trauma of Child Sexual Abuse, which sheds light on the truth about abuse and the healing journey that a victim goes through to become a survivor.
As an internationally recognized spokesperson on the topic of child sexual abuse, Matthew is asked regularly to comment on breaking news. He has done a one-on-one interview with Oprah Winfrey, been featured in two documentaries, "Happy Valley" and "Invisible Scars," and is regularly published in major newspapers across the country.
Matthew attended Penn State University, studying business. He and his wife and children currently reside in State College, PA. Through his work with Peaceful Hearts Foundation, Matthew Sandusky has moved from victim to survivor of child sexual abuse.
Nichole Satterwhite has been the lead forensic interviewer at Kids’ FIRST since spring 2010.
Nichole has participated in the statewide development of forensic interview standards, including revising the 2012/2018 Oregon Interviewing Guidelines and participating in the development of the 2013-2018 Oregon Child Forensic Interviewer Training curriculum.
She currently provides local and statewide training on the topics of forensic interviewing, child development, abuse dynamics, and other abuse-related topics.
Detective Erin Schweitzer is a 23-year veteran of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, located just outside of Portland, Oregon. Det. Schweitzer has been investigating crimes against children for the past 19 years.
Det. Schweitzer was on the Child Abuse Team for seven years, and investigated hundreds of cases of crimes against children as a child abuse detective. Det. Schweitzer is currently assigned to the Interagency Child Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT) Task Force and investigates technology-based crimes against children. Det. Schweitzer is currently one of two instructors in Oregon certified to teach peer-to-peer (P2P) child pornography investigations. She recently became a certified polygraph examiner, and looks forward to utilizing this tool in child abuse cases.
Erin is a mother of two young boys and enjoys spending time with her friends and family when she is not working.
Sergeant 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 and School Resource Officer, and as a Detective in the Youth Services Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, and Child Abuse Unit.
Sgt. Sears has worked as a Detective in the Child Abuse Unit for 10 years before being promoted to Sgt. He 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. A dedicated advocate of children and elderly, Jim is a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (T.C.O.L.E) instructor specializing in domestic violence and child abuse; an instructor at the Crimes Against Children’s Conference in Dallas; a Certified Instructor for Advanced Child Abuse Investigations through the Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA); on the design team for Fox Valley / NCJTC in their national training project for conducting unexplained child death investigations; instructor for the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center; and 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.
Sally K. Sheppard
Sally K. Sheppard holds a Bachelor's degree 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 2007.
Sally continues to enjoy leading this agency and the State of Georgia to assist victims of child abuse and sexual assault in the investigative, prosecution and healing processes.
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 22 years. She is board certified in both General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics, and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and 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 has a particular interest in physical abuse of school-aged children, physical and environmental neglect, drug-endangered children and the medical care of children in foster care.
Christine Smith, MSN, FNP-BC has been working in the medical field for the past 25 years and has been a Nationally Certified Family Nurse practitioner for the last 10 years.
Since 2009, Christine has evaluated over 1,500 children at the Children’s Center for suspected child abuse and neglect. She has presented locally as well as nationally regarding child maltreatment.
Ms. Smith’s particular interests include physical abuse, maltreatment of developmentally delayed children, and drug endangerment.
Dr. Bill Smock is the Police Surgeon and Clinical Forensic Medicine Program Director for the Louisville Metro Police Department.
He graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky in 1981 and obtained a Master’s degree in Anatomy from the University of Louisville in 1987. Bill graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1990 and completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Louisville in 1993.
In 1994, he became the first physician in the United States to complete a post-graduate fellowship in Clinical Forensic Medicine. Dr. Smock was an Assistant Medical Examiner with the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office from 1991 to 1997. He joined the faculty at University of Louisville’s Department of Emergency Medicine in 1994 and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2005. Dr. Smock is currently a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Louisville, School of Medicine, and regularly takes medical students on mission trips to Africa.
Dr. Smock has edited three textbooks on clinical forensic medicine and published more than 30 chapters and articles on forensic and emergency medicine. He is an internationally recognized forensic expert and trains nurses, physicians, law enforcement officers and attorneys in multiple fields -- including officer-involved shootings, strangulation, gunshot wounds, injury mechanisms and motor vehicle trauma.
Dr. Smock is also the Police Surgeon for the Jeffersontown, Kentucky and St. Matthews, Kentucky Police Departments. He also serves as a sworn tactical physician and detective for the Floyd County Indiana Sheriff’s Department.
Dr. Amy Stoeber is a licensed psychologist in Portland, OR. She owns a private practice and works with children and families of all ages. She is endorsed in early childhood mental health and pediatric health.
Dr. Stoeber serves as a member of the Healthcare Reform Taskforce for the Oregon Psychological Association. She was also 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. Her current work is promoting resilience within pediatric medical homes.
Gael B. Strack
Gael B. Strack is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Alliance for HOPE International. Programs of the Alliance include: National Family Justice Center Alliance, Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, Camp HOPE America, Justice Legal Network and VOICES Survivor Network.
Prior to launching Alliance for Hope International with Casey Gwinn, Gael served as the Founding Director of the San Diego Family Justice Center from October 2002 through May 2007. In that capacity, she worked closely with 25 on-site agencies (government and non-profit) who came together in 2002 to provide services to victims of domestic violence and their children in one location. The San Diego Family Justice Center was featured on "Oprah" in January 2003, was recognized as a model program by President Bush and was the inspiration for the President’s Family Justice Center Initiative launched in October 2003.
Prior to her work at the Family Justice Center, Gael was a prosecutor at the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. She joined the office in 1987 and served in many capacities, including Head Deputy City Attorney responsible for the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Unit. Gael has also worked as a Deputy Public Defender and a Deputy County Counsel for the San Diego County Counsel’s office, handling juvenile dependency matters. She graduated from Western State College of Law in December 1985.
Gael is a former board member of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, former President of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council and former commissioner of the ABA’s Commission on Domestic Violence. In her spare time, Gael is an adjunct law professor for California Western School of Law, where she teaches “Domestic Violence and the Law.” Gael has been honored with numerous awards, including San Diego Attorney of the Year for 2006. She was also the 2010 Recipient of the National Crime Victim Service Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services by United States Attorney General Eric Holder.
Gael has also co-authored a series of strangulation articles, as well as five books with Casey Gwinn, JD, on the Family Justice Center movement.
Gael and her husband, Jan, have two grown children, Samantha and Taylor, and are the proud grandparents of one grandchild, Emmett.
Dr. Joe Sullivan is a Registered Forensic Psychologist. He holds a PhD in Forensic Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Criminology, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in applied Social Sciences, and a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work. Dr. Sullivan is an honorary lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK.
For the past 20 years, Dr. Sullivan has worked with police officers, social workers, probation officers, faith groups and educationalists to provide insights into the motivations, thoughts and behaviors of child sex offenders. He is regularly commissioned to undertake assessments for social service departments, probation services, churches and education departments, and has been called as an expert witness to give evidence to criminal, civil and family courts.
Dr. Sullivan has worked extensively in law enforcement since 1996, assisting UK and European police forces with investigations into the sexually motivated abduction, murder and assault of children. Since 2006, Dr. Sullivan has also been the Forensic Psychologist in the behavior Analysis Unit in the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). He has received a Chief Constables Commendation for his contribution to the investigation into the sexually motivated abduction and murder of a child in 2001.
Dr. Sullivan has also undertaken assessment and therapeutic intervention work with women who sexually abuse children and adults accused or suspected of professional sexual misconduct. Part of his work also includes the assessment and treatment of adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
He has published and presented papers to national and international conferences on the techniques he uses for engaging, assessing and interviewing sexual offenders.
Premi Thomas Suresh, MD
Dr. Premi Suresh grew up in northeastern Ohio. She obtained her B.S. degree from Kent State University and her M.D. degree at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 2003. She moved to California after medical school and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital and Research Center at Oakland. Dr. Suresh stayed on after residency to work as a hospitalist and also for the Center for Child Protection as a member of the SAFE team. In 2008, she moved to southern California to begin her two year fellowship in child abuse pediatrics at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.
She currently works at Rady Children’s Hospital at the Chadwick Center as an attending pediatrician board-certified in child-abuse pediatrics and serves as medical director for the Polinsky Children’s Center.
Sara Taggart, MPA is the Prevention, Education and Partnerships Manager at Children’s Center, the designated medical assessment center serving Clackamas County, Oregon.
She is a former teacher, education policy and program analyst, and current parent of two teenagers.
Her work focuses on the intersection between personal and social change created through multi-disciplinary, collaborative and transformative efforts in the U.S. and Africa.
Sara leads Children’s Center’s Ford Family Foundation-funded Stewards of Children Initiative designed to help communities prevent child sexual abuse and create new norms for keeping children safe. She also teaches yoga and mindfulness to young adults.
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.
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 Degree in Forensic Psychology and a B.A. in Criminal Justice Management.
After graduating from the University of Iowa College of Law, Jon Turbett began his law enforcement career as a Special Agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, assigned to the Gaming Unit. After five years, he was reassigned to the Major Crimes Unit, where he has worked since 2005.
Jon currently investigates a significant number of felony level offenses, including homicides, human trafficking, fraud, and sex crimes.
He has presented at the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association Conference, the Midwest Gang Investigators Conference, and the Conference on Crimes against Women. Jon also oversees the legal component of The CTK Group’s Interview and Interrogation courses.
JR (Glen) Ujifusa
JR Ujifusa has been working on human trafficking crimes and issues for the last nine years, and is also a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, focusing on federal human trafficking crimes.
He is the Senior Deputy and Supervisor of the Multnomah County District Attorney's Drug Unit and Human Trafficking Team -- which oversees the Prostitution Coordination Team, Sex Buyers Accountability and Diversion Program, First Offender Program, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Law Enforcement group, and National Sex Trafficking Law Enforcement ListServ -- and is the primary prosecutor for all felony prostitution and human trafficking cases within Multnomah County.
He has presented to and trained law enforcement, governmental agencies, advocacy groups and the general public throughout the United States on issues related to human trafficking and investigating and prosecuting sex traffickers and buyers.
He has been a Deputy District Attorney since 2005, and has also prosecuted felony drug crimes, felony property crimes, violent crimes, sexual assaults, domestic violence related crimes, gang related crimes and homicides.
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 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.
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 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.
Jennifer Wheeler has been a child abuse interviewer at CARES Northwest in Portland, OR since 2004. She is also a regional trainer and a faculty trainer for the NCA-approved Oregon Child Forensic Interviewer Training, offered statewide.
Prior to interviewing, Jennifer was a Multnomah County Mental Health Consultant, working as part of the CARES NW Family Support Team. Jennifer has also worked with children and families as a school-based mental health consultant, in juvenile custody services, in private practice, and in residential treatment.
She has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Christopher F. Wilson
Dr. Chris Wilson is a licensed psychologist and internationally recognized speaker and trainer from Portland, Oregon. For the past 16 years he’s worked with victims and perpetrators of crime, including for seven years with the Oregon Department of Corrections. He currently trains nationally and internationally on a variety of issues -- including the neurobiology of trauma, vicarious trauma, and trauma informed interviewing -- and testifies as an expert in both civil and criminal trials.
Dr. Wilson is the Director of Training for Certified FETI (Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview), and a guest faculty member at the U.S. Army’s Special Victim Capabilities Course, teaching military criminal investigators about the neurobiology of trauma. He recently served as a curriculum consultant for The National Center for Campus Public Safety. He has written two training bulletins, one for End Violence Against Women International entitled “Understanding The Neurobiology of Trauma and Implications for Interviewing” (an abbreviated version of which was recently provided for Danish law enforcement) and one for the National Crime Victim Law Institute entitled “Judges' and Juries' Common Misperceptions About Domestic Violence Victims' Behaviors.”
His audiences include judges; attorneys; civilian, campus, tribal and military law enforcement officers; college and university Title IX administrators and investigators; victim advocates; and mental health professionals. He’s provided training, plenary, keynote, and breakout sessions for conferences and organizations across the United States -- including the New York City Police Department, National District Attorney’s Association, U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force, the U.S. Office for Victims of Crime, End Violence Against Women International, the National Organization for Victim Assistance, the National Crime Victim Law Institute, and university and civilian law enforcement agencies in the United States, Canada, and Denmark.
He is known for making science accessible with humor and using practical examples that ensure participants learn to apply science to practice.
Jay Wurscher currently serves as the Alcohol and Drug Services Coordinator for Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) -- Office of Child Welfare Programs. He’s a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has been in the field of addiction treatment and prevention since 1981. His experience includes jobs as an addiction counselor, clinical supervisor, program manager for a community based prevention program, and trainer.
He’s trained at numerous national conferences regarding substance-abuse issues in child welfare and community collaborations. He taught summer courses at the University of Oregon’s Substance Abuse Prevention Program for 26 years. He is a member of the Oregon Health Authority’s Addictions and Mental Health Policy Advisory Council and previously served on the Governor’s Methamphetamine Task Force.
Jay grew up in Minnesota and North Dakota. He moved to Oregon in 1983 after serving his country by floating around underwater on a submarine for the U.S. Navy. Since then he’s gained a bunch of weight, wears tri-focals, and is losing his hair. Happily, he’s not on any medication, eats whatever he wants as he really likes food, and refuses to contribute to the $60 billion a year diet industry -- though he’s thinking that may need to change! He’s married and has two children, two grandsons and one Sheltie.
Michael Zacher is a deputy with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s office, where he has worked since 2005. Deputy Zacher worked on patrol for eight years, and has served as a Field Training Officer for the past three years. Most recently, Mike was assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Taskforce (PNVOTF). He is currently a member of the Gang Suppression Team, and is also the Sex Offender Investigation Coordinator for CCSO. He has been a Defensive Tactics Instructor since 2008.