2020 Conference on Crimes Against Women
The Art of Perception

Amy Herman is a lawyer and art historian who uses works of art to sharpen observation, analysis, and communication skills. Through interactive analysis of paintings, sculptures, and photographs, Amy demonstrates how improving visual literacy can refresh participants' sense of critical inquiry, hone the skills necessary for improved performance and effective leadership, and reveal biases, assumptions, and blind spots that impede optimal decision making.

Amy developed her Art of Perception seminar in 2000 to improve medical students’ observation and communication skills with their patients when she was the Head of Education at The Frick Collection in New York City. She subsequently adapted the program for a wide range of professionals and currently leads sessions internationally for the New York City Police Department, the FBI, the French National Police, the Department of Defense, the State Department, Fortune 500 companies, first responders, the military, and the intelligence community. The program has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The CBS Evening News, and Smithsonian Magazine, among others. Her TED talk, A Lesson in Looking, went live in December 2018. Ms. Herman holds an A.B., a J.D., and an M.A. in art history. Her book, Visual Intelligence, was selected for both the New York Times and Washington Post best sellers’ lists.

Gregory Abbink
Austin Police Dept.
Gregory Abbink is a senior police officer for the Austin, TX, Police Dept. Officer Abbink has worked for the Austin Police Dept. since December 2003, and is currently assigned as a Continuing Education instructor at their Training Academy. Officer Abbink has taken part in not only developing several courses of study for APD but in writing departmental policy concerning respectful engagement and interaction with all segments of the LGBTQ+ community. He played a role in writing his Dept.'s search policy, ensuring its congruence with national best practices when searching transgender and gender non-binary individuals. He has also created a unique class to teach cadets and officers how to engage the transgender, gender non-binary, and gender fluid members of the community with respect and dignity. Additionally, Officer Abbink teaches other in-service classes such as Tactical Report Writing, Police Legitimacy, CPR/First Aid, Community Policing, as well as police emergency driving and Precision Immobilization Technique. He has been a driving force in the Austin Police Dept.'s continuing efforts to make sure all segments of Austin’s diverse community is treated with the same amount of professionalism, respect and dignity. Before joining the Dept., Officer Abbink proudly served four years in the U.S. Army as a linguist.
Karen Adams
Appriss Insights
Karen Adams is the training manager for Appriss Insights' public safety training program. Ms. Adams provides training on Appriss technology solutions to victims, service providers, advocates, law enforcement, and criminal justice professionals. Her vast experience as a trainer, facilitator, and mediator complement her passion for helping others and assisting victims regarding victim resources and services. In addition to providing training on Appriss Safety product solutions, Ms. Adams speaks regularly at national victim services and law enforcement conferences.
Julie Aldrich
Office on Violence Against Women
Julie Aldrich has worked in the justice field for 15 years, beginning in the court system and for the last four years as a Grant Program Specialist at the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) for the Justice for Families Program that focuses on courts, training, civil legal services, and supervised visitation for families that have experienced domestic violence. At OVW, Ms. Aldrich has worked on national projects that focus on family court enhancements for victims of domestic violence, training for custody evaluators assessing families with a history of domestic violence, and issues in navigating supervised visitation and exchange services for families experiencing domestic violence.
Jeanne Allert
The Samaritan Women
Jeanne Allert is the founder and director of The Samaritan Women, a national, faith-based organization providing restorative care to survivors of domestic sex trafficking, as well as the Institute for Shelter Care, which serves as a research, training, and equipping entity to help establish new shelter programs. In 2018, Ms. Allert helped establish the National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance, which serves as a trade association for shelter programs across the country. Ms. Allert has served as an international public speaker for over 35 years.
Katie Amber
Stop Abuse Campaign
Katie Amber is a survivor and certified ADA advocate with lived experience in coercive control. Ms. Amber is the founder of End Coercive Control USA, an organization dedicated to the criminalization of coercive control, and to changing the way that the U.S. understands, responds to, and prevents intimate partner violence. As a survivor of childhood domestic violence, abuse, and trauma, she knows the mental, physical, and emotional consequences of living with physical and non-physical forms of violence and coercive control.
Jane Anderson
Jane Anderson brings her expertise in prosecuting domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking to her role as an attorney advisor with AEquitas. Prior to joining AEquitas, Ms. Anderson served as an assistant state attorney with Florida's 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade Co. As a prosecutor, she tried many of the state's first human trafficking cases, including related sexual assault, child abuse, and money laundering crimes. In her role as a founding member of the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Human Trafficking Unit and Task Force, Ms. Anderson developed policies and procedures to better identify and provide necessary services to trafficking victims, while ensuring offender accountability through the use of digital evidence and creative charging decisions. Before focusing on human trafficking, she served as the chief of Litigation for the Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Unit, where she trained new attorneys and oversaw the prosecution of domestic violence, stalking, and violations of civil protection orders. Throughout her career, Ms. Anderson has prosecuted felony level crimes of all types, including homicide, kidnapping, sexual assault, and other violent crimes. Her experience in the courtroom and in developing policies and procedures enables her to assist prosecutors and allied professionals in developing a victim-centered, offender-focused approach to cases of domestic violence, stalking, sexual violence, human trafficking, and elder abuse. She provides trainings and technical assistance related to investigations, case analysis, and trial strategy and develops resources, publications, and training curricula.
Miiko Anderson
Fresno County District Attorney's Office
Miiko Anderson is a Senior Deputy District Attorney (SDDA) and Certified Criminal Specialist at the Fresno County District Attorneys Office. As a Specialty Unit Prosecutor, she prosecutes Gang, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Human Trafficking cases. SDDA Anderson also leads the Fresno County District Attorneys Human Trafficking Task Force, which is comprised of multiple law enforcement agencies including FBI, Homeland Security, and U.S. Attorneys Office. SDDA Anderson is also an Adjunct Law School Professor, teaching Human Trafficking Law and Policy, a course she developed to educate the newest members of the legal community. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Breaking the Chains, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources to survivors of human trafficking.
Peter Angell
FBI, Miami
Peter Angell has worked as a Special Agent in the New York, El Paso, and Miami Divisions of the FBI for the past 15 years and is currently assigned to the Palm Beach Co. Resident Agency, where he is a member of the Palm Beach Co. Human Trafficking Task Force (HTTF). SA Angell has worked violent crime and civil rights investigations for the last nine years, with a focus on human trafficking and sex trafficking of children cases. SA Angell works alongside HTTF partners in investigating human trafficking crimes, and conducts extensive outreach to educate and train law enforcement and the community on human trafficking awareness.
Juan Carlos Arean
Futures Without Violence
Juan Carlos Arean is an internationally-recognized activist, public speaker, trainer and facilitator, and published author. Since 1991, he has worked to engage men across different cultures to become better fathers, intimate partners and allies to end domestic violence and achieve gender equity. Mr. Arean works as a program director at Futures Without Violence. Previously, he served as director of the National Latin@ Network at Casa de Esperanza, and as a sexual assault prevention specialist at Harvard Univ. Mr. Arean was the lead developer of Futures Without Violence's Fathering After Violence Initiative and Casa de Esperanza's Campaign Te Invito. He is co-author of various articles, curricula, and educational tools for men, including Working With Fathers in Batterer Intervention Programs and Fathering After Violence: Enhancing safety for women and children post-separation.
Bridgette Arnold
Bridgette Arnold is the Facebook Law Enforcement Outreach Manager based in Austin, TX. Ms. Arnold is responsible for developing and maintaining strategic relationships with law enforcement authorities, government agencies, and industry coalitions with an online safety and security focus in the Western Hemisphere. She also manages tactical responses to events related to the law enforcement and security community. At Facebook, Ms. Arnold collaborates with multiple teams of experienced investigators assisting local, state and federal law enforcement agencies with their investigations related to the Facebook family of applications and products. Together, they further the company's mission by protecting user privacy and safety.
Cristina Bae Chung
Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)
Cristina Bae Chung is a Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Senior Staff attorney at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) since 2019. As part of the TTA program, Ms. Bae Chung provides training and technical assistance to legal and social service advocates nationwide on matters related to working with survivors of trafficking. Ms. Bae Chung joined CAST in 2017 as a staff attorney working directly with foreign national survivors of trafficking to provide comprehensive legal assistance, with a primary focus in the areas of immigration law and victims’ rights.
Margaret Bassett
IDVSA, UT Austin
Margaret Bassett is the deputy director and director of the Expert Witness Program at the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (IDVSA) at the Univ. of Texas at Austin. Ms. Bassett provides consultation and training on the use of expert witnesses in cases involving interpersonal crimes. She has worked in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault for more than 30 years in a variety of settings, most recently in the criminal justice system working with victims of intimate partner violence felony crimes. Ms. Bassett testifies as an expert witness in criminal and civil court cases and is an adjunct professor at the Univ. of Texas at Austin.
Jared Beek
Appriss Insights
Jared Beek is the marketing and training specialist for Appriss Insights, and assists with both online and in-person VINELink training delivery and content development. Mr. Beek brings experience in online enrollment management, tutoring, teaching, and communications. With a demonstrated passion for empowering others through education, Mr. Beek regularly presents product training to law enforcement, advocates, service providers, and criminal justice professionals.
Ruhi Bengali
Everytown for Gun Safety
Ruhi Bengali is the associate research director at Everytown for Gun Safety, and leads their research efforts on the intersection of gun violence and intimate partner violence, the impact of gun violence on children and teens, and school violence. Ms. Bengali manages a team of researchers who provide critical data and evidence to support the organizations state and federal legislative campaigns in the country. Prior to Everytown, she worked in the research team at New American Economy, a nonprofit focusing on immigration reform. Ms. Bengali has also worked in the NYC Mayor's Office, the NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development, and as an organizer for an anti-poverty campaign, The Borgen Project.
Victor Bibilonisambolin
Texas Department of Public Safety
Victor Bibilonisambolin is a special agent (SA) with the Texas Dept. of Public Safety. SA Bible is a former U.S. Marine, and began his law enforcement career with the Texas Dept. of Public Safety in 2010. During his career, he has been assigned to the Highway Patrol Division, the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, and the Criminal Investigations Division. SA Bible has investigated crimes such as: trafficking of persons, sex offender compliance, possession of child pornography, online solicitation of a minor, smuggling of persons, enticing of a child, harboring a runaway child, and sell or purchase a child. He has successfully rescued and recovered human trafficking victims, including exploited and endanger child victims. To enhance his investigations, SA Bible has worked closely with the Polygraph Unit as well as utilized analytical research and intelligence in order to successfully prosecute these offenses.
Bronwyn Blake
Texas Advocacy Project
Bronwyn Blake is the legal director of the Texas Advocacy Project and the founder of their Teen Justice Initiative, a program that advocates for teen victims of dating violence. Ms. Blake has been featured on America's Most Wanted and Court TV as an expert on this issue and has previously clerked at the Family Justice Division of the Travis County DA's Office and at Break the Cycle, a nonprofit in D.C. She currently serves as an officer on the board of Girlstart, an organization that empowers girls in science, technology, engineering, and math, and as the president of the Balcones Hills Ladies Club.
Melanie Blow
Stop Abuse Campaign
A survivor of incest, psychological abuse, and a host of other childhood trauma, Melanie Blow now uses her talents to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences. Ms. Blow has experience organizing child abuse survivors and protective mothers, and empowering them to discuss their abuse and advocate for social change. She is a founding member of the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking, a member of the Rochester chapter of Love146, on the legislative advocacy committee of the American Professional Society Against the Abuse of Children, and has served on the Board of Directors for Prevent Child Abuse NY. Ms. Blow has over 15 years of legislative advocacy regarding children’s issues, and she has been published in newspapers, magazines, and blogs all across the country.
Justin Boardman
Boardman Training & Consulting
Justin Boardman is a retired detective who served with the West Valley City Police Dept. in UT. Det. Boardman was assigned to the Special Victims Unit for seven years. During that time, he conducted nearly 300 forensic child and 140 adult victim interviews. Det. Boardman has co-authored a Trauma-Informed Victim Interview protocol for adult victims of trauma.
Heidi Bonner
East Carolina University
Heidi Bonner is an associate professor in the Dept. of Criminal Justice at East Carolina University. Dr. Bonner's research focuses on the administration of the criminal justice process with an emphasis on police decision making and the effects of policies and programs on police operations, including intervention in intimate partner violence. She is a senior fellow at the John F. Finn Institute for Public Safety (Albany, NY) and serves on the Institute's Board of Trustees as well as the Board of Directors for the Center for Family Violence Prevention (Greenville, NC).
John Boyle
U.S. Attorney's Office: Northern District of Texas
John Boyle joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office (NDTX) in 2008, assigned to the Violent & Major Crimes Section, prosecuting firearm cases. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Boyle was in private practice. He was also a prosecutor with the Dallas Co. District Attorney’s Office from 1995 to 1998, and was a Dallas police officer from 1979 to 1995.
Grant Bradford
Fresno Police Department
Grant Bradford is a detective for the Fresno Police Dept. for over 10 years. Det. Bradford is currently assigned to the Vice Unit and is tasked with investigation of complex human trafficking cases.
Patrick Brady
Dept. of Criminology, University of West Georgia
Patrick Brady is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of West Georgia. After working for a number of years with justice-involved juveniles, Dr. Brady's work focuses on improving community and justice system responses to stalking, domestic and sexual violence and reducing burnout among criminal justice professionals.
Barbie Brashear
Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
Barbie Brashear is the executive director for the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, a non-profit organization that works to coordinate a community response to domestic violence in Harris County, Texas. Ms. Brashear has worked in the domestic and sexual violence field for 27 years and has provided leadership to sexual assault programs, domestic violence programs, and long-term housing programs for over 20 years. She is an expert witness in domestic violence cases, and has presented and trained at multiple local and statewide conferences on domestic and sexual violence for over 15 years, and has provided training to hundreds of law enforcement professionals, health care professionals, advocates, social service providers, criminal justice system professionals, teachers, students, and general public. Ms. Brashear has provided case management and advocacy services to victims for over 20 years.
Larry Braunstein
Braunstein & Zuckerman Esqs.
Lawrence Braunstein is a partner in the law firm of Braunstein & Zuckerman, Esqs, in White Plains, New York, and an adjunct professor of Law at Hofstra University Law School in Hempstead, New York. Mr. Braunstein serves on the faculty of the NYPD Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigation Course and Homicide Investigator Course. He has conducted hundreds of trainings with police departments across the U.S., with the FBI Behavioral Analysis Units, and with police agencies in England, Scotland, Wales, and South Africa.
Jessica Brazeal
New Friends New Life
Jessica Brazeal is the chief programs officer for New Friends New Life. Ms. Brazeal has provided expert testimony in both criminal and civil courts in Texas, as well as serving on the faculty of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault’s Expert Witness Training Program. She has a background of speaking extensively in the community regarding the issue of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and trauma’s impact on the brain. Ms. Brazeal is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, a therapy model used to treat the effects of trauma and PTSD. She has also been trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics.
Christie Brungardt
Jana's Campaign, Inc.
Christie Brungardt is an emeritus professor of Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State Univ. Together, Dr. Brungardt and her husband Dr. Curt Brungardt have 51 combined years of service to the University. On July 3, 2008, their lives changed forever. Their daughter Jana, a 25 year-old law student at Kansas University, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Since then, they have been active nationally in the effort to reduce gender violence. They established Janas Campaign, which is a national prevention education organization with the single mission of reducing gender and relationship violence. In honor of Jana, and other victims and survivors, Janas Campaign delivers educational programs that prevent domestic/dating/sexual violence, and stalking.
Jason Campo
Cameron County District Attorney's Office
Jason Campo has been an assistant district attorney since December, 2015 in Cameron County, TX, and currently serves as a felony prosecutor in charge of the Family Violence Unit, a position he has held since November, 2016. Mr. Campo serves as a board member for the Salvation Army of South Texas and chairs the Board of Directors of the Valley AIDS Council. He has worked to combat family violence in many different forms, including initiating the Cameron Co. Domestic Violence Task Force and serving as a trainer on the use of expert witnesses in family violence cases through the Institute for Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault at UT Austin’s Steve Hicks School of Social Work. He also presents on issues related to challenges and successes in prosecuting domestic violence cases and the use of expert witnesses.
Angela Canepa
Ohio Attorney General's Office
Angela Canepa is the section chief of the Special Prosecutions Section for the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Ms. Canepa joined the Attorney Generals office in April 2013, after serving as an Assistant Prosecutor for the Franklin Co. Prosecutor's Office for 22 years. As an asst. Franklin Co. prosecutor, Ms. Canepa served as the first director of the Abuse Unit when it was created in 1997. She sat on a Coalition Against Family Violence and also served as a VAWA Board Member. She also sits on a human trafficking working group and provides training in that area. For over a decade, Ms. Canepa has been a faculty member for Finding Words, offering bi-annual instruction on interviewing and preparing children for court.
Alexandra Cantrell
Texas Council on Family Violence
Alexandra Cantrell is a Public Policy Manager on the Legal sub-team at the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV). Prior to joining TCFV, Alexandra worked at a domestic violence clinic during law school preparing protective order applications for survivors of family violence and elder abuse. She briefly practiced law in both California and New York prior to working as an advocate at the National Domestic Violence Hotline and at a domestic violence program in rural Texas. At TCFV, Alexandra's focus relates to survivors' interactions with the legal system and how those interactions can continue to be addressed and improved.
Christine Cesa
Dignity Health/CASTLA
Christine Cesa is a survivor of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). Ms. Cesa meets with local law enforcement to develop a curriculum that will be used to train law enforcement throughout California, and is a certified instructor with Peace Officer Standards and Training. She also partners with Los Angeles anti-trafficking organizations. She is an advocate and trainer for trafficking, gender-based violence, CSEC, at-risk issues pertaining to girls and women, and the need for care and support. Over the last three years, Ms. Cesa has trained numerous groups throughout the U.S., including foster care parents, high school students, and various professional groups including social workers, medical professionals, faith communities, graduate schools, senators, and law enforcement.
Jhon Chaves
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
Jhon Chaves has over 12 years of experience working in law enforcement for the Palm Beach Co. Sheriff’s Office. Det. Chaves was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, and is a veteran of Operation Joint Guard in the Republic Of Yugoslavia. Within the past decade, he has served some time working in the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, as well as, the SWAT team. Currently, Det. Chaves serves on the Human Trafficking Task Force for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Within this unit, he has been exposed to cases in which he investigates matters of domestic sex trafficking of adults, sex trafficking of international adults and children, forced labor, and domestic servitude.
Lauren Cisneros
Travis County Attorney's Office: Protective Order Division
Lauren Cisneros is currently chief of the Protective Order Division at the Travis Co. Attorney's Office in Texas. After passing the Texas Bar in November 2012, Ms. Cisneros began working for the Travis Co. Attorney's Office in January of 2013 in the Family Violence Intake. Later that year in March, Ms. Cisneros moved to the Protective Order Division and has been there over six years.
Micala Clark
Harris County District Attorney's Office
Micala Clark is a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney's Office, where she is currently assigned to the Human Trafficking & Child Exploitation Divison. She has also held positions in the Family Criminal Law Division. Previously, Ms. Clark worked in the Office of the Governor of Virginia for the Secretary of Commerce & Trade.
Carvana Cloud
Community Empowerment Solutions
Carvana Cloud is the executive director of Community Empowerment Solutions, a legal services collaborative designed to support and empower victims and communities affected by crime. As a former prosecutor, Ms. Cloud structured and managed the Special Victims Bureau of the Harris Co. District Attorney’s Office, which prosecutes crimes of interpersonal violence. She is committed to improving public safety by envisioning innovative strategies designed to ensure victim safety and offender accountability specifically in regards domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking crimes. Ms. Cloud’s litigation experience informed the creation of several homicide prevention initiatives such as the Harris Co. Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) and the Cultural Outreach Program (COP), which are systems-based advocacy programs designed to provide crisis intervention, victim stabilization, and safety planning to survivors in a trauma-informed manner. Ms. Cloud is the vice president of the Board of Directors for RESPOND Against Violence and frequently trains on strangulation, the role of expert witness testimony, and the importance of culturally specific advocacy in criminal investigations and prosecutions.
Steven Cobb
Steven Cobb is an anti-money laundering officer at CIBC Bank USA. Mr. Cobb serves as the Enhanced Due Diligence Team lead within the Financial Crimes Compliance Dept., where he oversees the establishment of new client relationships ensuring all Anti-Money Laundering/Know Your Customer (AML/KYC) requirements are met. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a member of the Illinois Bar.
Pamela Collins
Air Force Medical Readiness Agency/Family Advocacy
Pam Collins has been with the Air Force Family Advocacy Program (FAP) for 31 years, the last 20 serving as clinical director in San Antonio, TX. Ms. Collins is the clinical consultant and training coordinator to 300 Air Force family violence social workers located at 73 AF bases world-wide and plays a key role in development of Air Force policy on family violence intervention. She also presents at a variety of military and civilian venues on the Air Force response to family maltreatment.
Cordelia Coppleson
Attorney General's Office
Cordelia Coppleson, a Chicago-based criminal defense lawyer, is the Principal and Lead Attorney at The Law Offices of Cordelia Coppleson, one of Chicago's premier legal firms. Ms. Coppleson established the firm after many years as the Assistant States Attorney with the States Attorneys Office in Cook County, Illinois. Leveraging over 15 years of experience in the legal field, Ms. Coppleson offers clients a deep understanding of many aspects of criminal law. She handled both felonies and misdemeanors during her time with the States Attorneys Office, eventually rising to the First Chair of the Felony Trial Division and a Trial Supervisor of the Felony Review Unit.
Michael Crumrine
Austin Police Department
Michael Crumrine is a sergeant for the Child Abuse Unit in the Austin Texas Police Dept. with over 32 years of law enforcement experience. Sgt. Crumrine began his investigative career in the Sex Crimes Unit where he investigated sexually related offenses against adult victims. His investigative career includes being a detective in both the Homicide and the Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Units. Sgt. Crumrine is the current president of the Lesbian and Gay Peace Officers Association, the first and only LGBTQ+ Peace Officers Association in Texas. He continues to create training and policies for the Austin Police Dept., and was instrumental in its adoption of a gender-neutral affidavit, which is a step towards ending gender bias and providing victims some amount of anonymity in public documents. Sgt. Crumrine continues to consult nationally in the field of sexual and intimate partner violence.
Kristine Cruz
Mosaic Family Services
Kristine Cruz is the Legal Program director at Mosaic Family Services. Prior to law school, Ms. Cruz completed a post-graduate fellowship at Polaris in Washington D.C.Before coming to Mosaic as a staff attorney, Ms. Cruz completed a fellowship where she practiced constitutional and immigration law, challenging discriminatory immigration laws in federal court.
Ramona Curtis
Tulsa Community College
Ramona Curtis is the director of Diversity Outreach Programs at Tulsa Community College with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Ms. Curtis has experience in Community Engagement, Student Development, Community Corrections, Adult Education, and Criminal Justice.
Heather Daley
Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS)
Heather Daley is a hotline advocate for National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline at Abused Deaf Womens Advocacy Services (ADWAS). ADWAS is the leading Deaf domestic violence and sexual assault agency in the U.S. that provides deaf hotline services. Heather is profoundly Deaf and uses ASL as her first language.
Heather Davies
Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, Inc.
Heather Davies is the project specialist for National Training and Technical Assistance at the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Amesbury, MA. Ms. Davies works with communities around the country to implement the Domestic Violence High Risk Team Model and the Danger Assessment for Law Enforcement. Before joining the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, she worked for five years at Casa Myrna as the Coordinator of SafeLink, the Massachusetts statewide domestic violence crisis hotline. Ms. Davies began her career as an attorney and she practiced law as a civil litigator for 11 years prior to joining Casa Myrna.
Brittany Davis
Center for Court Innovation
Brittany Davis is the Coordinator for Gender & Family Justice at the Center for Court Innovation. Ms. Davis provides expert assistance to courts and communities across the country that seek to enhance their response to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. She also helps coordinate Project SAFE, an OVW-funded initiative aimed at enhancing services for justice-involved black women who are survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Additionally, Ms. Davis works with jurisdictions to enhance their responses to abusive partner accountability and engagement and recently worked on a team that developed an abusive partner intervention curriculum for court-mandated individuals in New York City. Prior to her work at the Center, she was an applied research fellow at Polaris, a leading nonprofit that works to combat and prevent human trafficking, and also a social work intern at the Legal Aid Societys Exploitation Intervention Project, where she worked on a team providing holistic defense services to individuals with a history of commercial sex involvement and/or trafficking victimization.
Kaylin Dawson
Albany Medical Center
Kaylin Dawson is the nurse coordinator for the Forensic Examiner Program at Albany Medical Center, a level one trauma center. She is nationally-certified in the adult sexual assault patient and is New York State Dept. of Health certified in the adolescent/adult sexual assault patient. Kaylin is a member of the Albany SART, the New York State Justice Center Task Force, Albany County Child Fatality Review Team, the Albany County. Multidisciplinary Team, the Multidisciplinary Policy and Planning Committee, and the Albany County Safe Harbour Task Force. Kaylin was a review member for the Dept. of Criminal Justice on the Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Model Policy, Policy for Identification of Unknown Patients, as well as the revisions to the Sexual Offense Evidence Kit.
Jesse De Leon
Texas Department of Public Safety
Jesse De Leon is a lieutenant for the Polygraph Unit in the Texas Dept. of Public Safety, which is responsible for providing investigative support to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and its members have actively participated in crimes against women investigations throughout the state. The Polygraph Unit is working to establish formal relationships with stakeholders who are responding to and conducting crimes against women investigations. Lt. De Leon began his law enforcement career with the Texas Dept. of Public Safety in 1995. During his career, he has been assigned to the Highway Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigations Division.
Oscar Delgado
Collective Liberty
Oscar Delgado is the Training and Field Building Lead at Collective Liberty, where he helps build and maintain culturally competent, trauma-informed anti-trafficking coalitions that connect local stakeholders across the nation. Over the past 10 years, he has worked in various anti trafficking efforts in U.S. and Mexico. Mr. Delgado is also an Outreach Coordinator for the New England Coalition against Trafficking, where he oversees a program with six state leads, a survivor network and anti-trafficking education programs. Prior to joining Collective Liberty, Oscar was the co-director of a National Anti-Trafficking Prevention Program in Mexico. Through that prevention program he created programs and campaigns in schools in 22 states in Mexico. He conducted research, created trainings and protocols for anti-trafficking hotlines, airlines, law enforcement and hospitals in Mexico and the US. He helped create the award-winning, multilingual AWAKE Anti-Trafficking Virtual Reality Program that was used in the Brazil Olympics and both Houston and Minneapolis Super Bowls. Mr. Delgado has also worked as a consultant and adviser for anti-trafficking programs in Mexico, Colorado, and Massachusetts.
Wilma Dennis
Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS)
Wilma Dennis is an advocate at Abused Deaf Women Advocacy Services. ADWAS is the #1 Deaf DV/SA agency in the U.S. that has supportive housing for mother and children. Ms. Dennis has been in the DV/SA field for almost three years and is Deaf, with ASL as her native language. Ms. Dennis helps survivors navigate through the complexities of the legal systems, understand their rights as a survivor, and helps them have a safer and stable future.
Tina Dimachkieh
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Tina Dimachkieh focuses her work on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Intimate Partner Violence. Ms. Dimachkieh has worked with Family Peace Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams on combating SGBV and IPV. She participated in the creation of training curriculum and workshops in partnership with various disciplines such as law enforcement, forensic nursing, legal advising, and victim advocacy, to educate professionals on IPV. Ms. Dimachkieh has been with the IACP since 2014 and has successfully managed national demonstration initiatives focused on violence against women issues. As part of the OVC Integrity, Action, and Justice: Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence National Demonstration Initiative, Ms. Dimachkieh supported six law enforcement agencies and community partners by providing TTA and connecting them to resources and subject matter experts.
Kaiti Dinges
Jana's Campaign, Inc.
Jenn Doe
Denver Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
Jenn Doe is the executive director for the Denver Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DDVCC), where she conducts research and provides training and technical assistance related to domestic violence fatality reviews. In collaboration with the Colorado Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, DDVCC produces an annual report with statewide findings and policy recommendations. Ms. Doe also works as an independent contractor providing graphic design, instructional design, and education in a variety of disciplines. Ms. Doe began her career as a campus advocate and violence prevention educator. She later worked for a community based domestic violence shelter, where she provided education to high school students, volunteers, and allied organizations. She also provided training to victim advocates across Colorado during her tenure as a trainer for the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance.
Dennis Domagas
Houston Police Department
Dennis Domagas is the senior police officer for the Differential Response Team (DRT) in the Houston Police Dept.'s Vice Division. DRT is a team of police officers that utilize non-traditional policing methods and practice problem-oriented policing with community-oriented policing to improve the quality of life in the community. The Vice Division investigates crimes involving of prostitution, human trafficking, gambling, sexually-oriented business enforcement, and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission code violations. Among Officer Domagas duties and responsibilities is to conduct inspections of massage and alcoholic beverage establishments for compliance with state codes and municipal ordinances. Officer Domagas has been a peace officer since 1994, a criminal investigator since 1998, and a DRT officer since 2008.
Angela Downes
UNT Dallas College of Law
Angela Downes’ law career has focused on public service, policy, and legislative efforts to protect the public trust. After positions with the Collin and Dallas counties’ District Attorney’s offices, Professor Downes served as the attorney for Court Programs at the national office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the largest nonprofit dedicated to drunk driving and impaired driving issues. She is a former senior attorney at the National District Attorney's Association in Alexandria, VA, where she focused on child abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking, victims’ rights, and elder abuse.
Rebecca Dreke
Independent Consultant
Rebecca Dreke has dedicated herself to helping survivors of gender-based violence and hate crimes for over 20 years. Ms. Dreke began her career working directly with survivors of sexual and domestic violence, then spent nearly a decade working at the national level on issues related to stalking and intimate partner violence, primarily providing training and technical assistance to victim service providers, law enforcement, and other criminal justice professionals. Currently, she runs her own consulting business, assisting community-based organizations, campuses, and police departments enhance their responses to crime victims. Several of her current clients include the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the District of Columbia Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, and East Central University’s Safety Training and Technical Assistance Campus Program for Administrators, Boards, and Law Enforcement.
Kelly Dunne
Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
Kelly Dunne is the chief of Operations and director of Training and Technical Assistance of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Massachusetts, and has focused her work on analyzing the response systems created to protect victims and hold offenders accountable. In 2003, after a tragic domestic violence homicide/suicide of one of her clients, Ms. Dunne created the nationally-acclaimed Domestic Violence High Risk Team Model (DVHRT). Based on Dr. Jacquelyn Campbells Danger Assessment, the Model seeks to reduce domestic violence homicides and re-assaults by employing risk assessment practices to identify potentially lethal offenders, establishes case specific multidisciplinary responses, and coordinates monitoring of high risk domestic violence cases. The Model has been replicated in 25 communities across Massachusetts and over 100 communities nationally. Ms. Dunne provides national technical assistance and training to communities to replicate the DVHRT Model and Danger Assessment for Law Enforcement.
Amy Durall
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Amy Durall is a Project Manager for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) with a portfolio including the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims, and Law Enforcement-Based Victim Services. Prior to joining the IACP, Ms. Durall served as Victim Services Director for two separate law enforcement agencies. Both agencies received national recognition for Victim Services during her tenure. Ms. Durall served as the SART Co-Chair for Travis County from 2014-2017 and on the IACP Crime Victim Services Committee from 2014-2018. She has over 30 years of social service experience with multiple populations and has consulted on national projects aimed at optimal response to victims. Ms. Durall routinely provides training to law enforcement and community service agencies.
Ramani Durvasula
Clinical Psychologist
Ramani Durvasula is a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, CA and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. She is the author of three books: "Dont You Know Who I Am: How to Stay Sane in the Era of Narcissism, Entitlement, and Incivility"; "Should I Stay or Should I Go? Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist"; and "You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life". The focus of Dr. Durvasulas clinical, academic, and consultative work is the etiology and impact of narcissism and related high-conflict, entitled, antagonistic personality styles on human relationships, mental health, and societal expectations. Her work has been featured at SxSW, TEDx, and on a wide range of media platforms.
Amanda Elkanick Oder
Texas Advocacy Project
Amanda Elkanick Oder is currently the Survivor Services and Training director with Texas Advocacy Project, a non-profit law firm offering free legal services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Ms. Oder has been working with survivors for the past 13 years in varying roles; such as shelter advocate, program director, and policy analyst. These varying positions have brought an invaluable perspective to her statewide work. She has served on statewide task forces, community planning groups, and committees that are centered on ending intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
Erin Faseler
Special Prosecution Unit
Erin Faseler is the Civil Commitment Division Chief of the Special Prosecution Unit, which is the state agency that assists Texas district attorney's offices with the civil commitment of sexually violent predators. During her decade with the agency, she has reviewed thousands of sex offenders for sexually violent predator status and consulted on hundreds of cases referred for consideration from the Texas prison system. She has successfully committed approximately 80 sexually violent predators by jury trial. Because of this work, she was recently awarded the 2017 Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA) Lone Star Prosecutor Award.
Rachel Fischer
Forensic Nursing Consulting & Education LLC
Rachel Fischer is a survivor leader and a pioneer in the fight against human trafficking. Ms. Fischer has a B.S. in Nursing and specializes in human trafficking research and rescue and finding missing children. She began her speaking career in 2013, when she published her autobiography, "Taking Back the Pen", and shares her story with various audiences. Ms. Fischer collaborates with several anti-trafficking agencies, both statewide and international, to combat trafficking. She has been to several countries doing research and undercover mission work collecting intelligence from pimps and trafficked victims and has undertaken several rescue operations in retrieval of missing children. As a lived experience expert, Ms. Fischer consults with governmental and non-governmental agencies to formulate the best plan of action to fight sex trafficking on both the demand and the supply side.
Beth Fitzgerald-Weekley
Professional Forensic Services
Beth Fitzgerald-Weekley worked as a registered nurse before specializing in the field of forensics. For over 10 years, Ms. Fitzgerald-Weekley provided direct patient care and served as director of a non-profit team of forensic nurses. She served on the Utah Office Domestic and Sexual Violence Council. Ms. Fitzgerald-Weekley also provided education and training throughout Utah as part of a multidisciplinary team on how to care for victims of sexual, domestic violence assault, and non-fatal strangulation. Now in independent practice, she serves as a consultant providing expert testimony and training on non-fatal strangulation and sexual assault.
Justin Fitzsimmons
High-Tech Crime Training Services at SEARCH
Justin Fitzsimmons is Director of the High-Tech Crime Training Services program of SEARCH. He oversees a national program that provides expert technical assistance and training to local, state, and federal justice and public safety agencies on the role that digital evidence plays in criminal investigations. Mr. Fitzsimmons is a national expert the areas of technology-facilitated exploitation of children and domestic minor sex trafficking.
Fred Fletcher
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Fred Fletcher works as a public safety consultant, trainer, and speaker specializing in helping law enforcement agencies improve their effectiveness with emphasis on improving their support of victims and responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, and violence against women. Previously, Chief Fletcher served as chief of police for Chattanooga, TN, chief of police for Rockport, TX, and in various command positions at the Austin, TX Police Dept. Chief Fletcher has implemented innovative and progressive community outreach and victim support efforts to improve relationships between police and neighbors. These philosophies include the importance of victim-centered, trauma-informed care, and support of victims. In Chattanooga, he built the city’s first-ever Victim Services Unit, while also dramatically reducing overall crime city wide. Chief Fletcher also embraced progressive ideas and technology while building a Real Time Intelligence Center, creating groundbreaking diversity programs, deploying body worn cameras along with a model policy, developing a gun crime network with federal partners, and other exciting developments.
Rita Flores
Texas Council on Family Violence
Rita Flores serves as a Training & Technical Assistance Manager at the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV). At TCFV, she provides support to organizational leaders across the state. Rita's professional career includes work in the child welfare system and domestic violence movements. With 19 years of non-profit experience, Rita has dedicated her professional career to ensuring all individuals have the opportunity to achieve their ideal health and well-being.
Bryan Franke
2C Solutions
Bryan Franke is a 32-year veteran of the Longmont Police Dept., and is the founder and president of 2C Solutions, LLC, an organization dedicated to training other professionals on how to investigate, prosecute, and proactively monitor the use of technology by probation clients, as well as how to deal with various digital crime/technology based investigations. Det. Franke is assigned to, and was instrumental in forming, the Cyber Crimes Unit, as well as the development of the Boulder County Computer Forensics Lab; a combined computer forensics lab made up of personnel from four agencies. Det. Franke has performed forensic examinations on computers, cell phones, GPS units, and other portable devices such as tablets, external HDD, credit card skimmers, and various types of flash storage.
Robert Frechette
Rochester Police Department
Robert Frechette is a detective with the Rochester Police Dept. in New Hampshire, specializing in gender-based crimes. Det. Frechette has over 19 years of experience in which he also served as a patrol officer, SWAT officer, and drug recognition expert. He is also a nationally-registered paramedic working part-time in a hospital-based expanded scope role. He has worked in Emergency Medical Services since 1988 in various roles including ski patrol, fire service, and private ambulance services. Det. Frechette is one of the founders of the Strafford County Family Justice Center and past chair of its governing body. He co-authored legislation that made non-fatal strangulation a felony in New Hampshire. Det. Frechette also consults for the NH Attorney General's Office, various prosecutors, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and other organizations on a variety of topics.
Rachael Frost
Frost ICED
Rachael Frost is a retired, 20-year law enforcement veteran who has investigated and testified as an expert witness in numerous cases regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, strangulation, and stalking. She has received, developed, and provided thousands of hours of training in these areas, as well as in child abuse, and threat assessment and management. Currently, Inv. Frost focuses on violence prevention and response training and program development, concentrating on multidisciplinary team programs with integrated sustainability and low-to-no-cost team cooperation in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, and threat management investigation. She is a member of and serves on the Law Enforcement Committee for the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, and also serves as the Associations Communications Chair. Inv. Frost is a member of the California Homicide Investigators Association and the California Sexual Assault Investigators Association. She is the Chief Financial Officer for Kids Court, which aims to reduce the trauma of child witnesses and victims exposed to the court system. Inv. Frost is also a member of the End Violence Against Women International Cadre of Experts as a sexual assault expert.
Krista Fultz
Genesis Women's Shelter & Support
Krista Fultz is the Director of Advocacy and Education at Genesis Womens Shelter & Support in Dallas, TX. At Genesis, Ms. Fultz supervises both outreach and residential advocacy. Additionally, she oversees all community education efforts, including speaking engagement requests, and court accompaniment programs. Prior to Genesis, Ms. Fultz worked at Haven House, a domestic violence shelter in Buffalo, NY, as a justice courts victim advocate and children's counselor.
Maricarmen Garza
Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc.
Maricarmen Garza is the group coordinator for the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) Victim Rights Group and the director of the TRLA Legal Alliance for Survivors of Abuse (LASA) project. Started in 1999, the LASA Project is a unique collaboration between TRLA and 60+ domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault across 68 Texas counties. Through the LASA Project partnership, TRLA ensures that at a victim's initial point of contact with a domestic violence shelter or a rape crisis center, they receive the legal assistance that is critical to breaking the cycle of violence. As project director, Maricarmen is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities and progress of project and partner staff. As group coordinator for the Victim Rights Group, Maricarmen oversees two of TRLA's newest teams: the Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault team and the Survivor Centered Economic Advocacy team.
Jordan Gates
Genesis Women's Shelter & Support
Jordan Gates, LCSW, has been a Women & Children's Therapist at Genesis Women's Shelter & Support since August 2016, where she provides individual and group therapy at both the Outreach and Residential locations. She is trained in EMDR, TF-CBT, CPT, play therapy and attachment therapy.
Lisa Geller
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
Lisa Geller is the policy analyst at the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence. In this role, Ms. Geller works to strengthen domestic violence firearm removal policies at the state and federal level. In addition, she works to implement gun violence prevention policies and to educate stakeholders about these evidence-based policies. While earning her MPH at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Ms.Geller worked with the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy & Research in addition to conducting her own research on the role of domestic violence in fatal mass shootings in the U.S.
Julie Germann
Finding the Right, LLC
Julie Germann is the founder and consultant at Finding the Right, LLC, where she provides training and technical assistance to improve response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. Ms. Germann is a former prosecutor with over a decade of experience prosecuting cases of violence against women and children. She is a trained forensic interviewer and has taught child advocacy studies at Winona State University. Ms. Germann has also served on sexual assault and child abuse multidisciplinary teams.
Teresa Gil
Teresa Gil has been a psychotherapist, professor, and trainer for over 25 years. Dr. Gil has a private practice working with women, children, and families dealing with addictions and recovery from child abuse and trauma. She is also a professor at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York, where her courses emphasize biological, psychological, and sociological factors that shape human growth and development. Dr. Gil has worked as a trainer and consultant in human service settings and has developed and facilitated dozens of workshops and trainings on pertinent clinical issues.
Sara Gilmer
Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime
Sara Gilmer leads the human trafficking team at the Dept. of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Ms. Gilmer guides the team in managing over $160 million across more than 240 awards, representing the largest amount of federal funding for assisting trafficking survivors. She analyzes policy, designs and implements anti-trafficking award programs, manages national training and technical assistance initiatives, and collaborates with interagency partners and subject matter experts across the country. Before joining OVC, Ms. Gilmer drove human trafficking engagement in Latin America, Canada, and Europe with the Dept. of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. She drafted narratives for six annual Trafficking in Persons Reports and conducted diplomacy in the U.S. and abroad in Spanish and Portuguese.
Ray Goins
Purple Badge Consulting
Ray Goins is the co-owner of Purple Badge Consulting. Sgt. Goins has been an officer of the Norman Police Department since March 1997. While serving with them, he has been assigned additional duties as a Technical Investigator (CSI), Drug Recognition Expert (DRE-Instructor qualified), and academy instructor of basic forensic investigation, DUI enforcement/SFST and domestic violence. Sgt. Goins has coordinated the domestic violence academy and in-service training for the department and has been certified by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) as a domestic violence instructor. He is also a former member of the Cleveland County Domestic Violence Task Force, Cleveland County Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Team/Sexual Assault Response Team and former member of the Board of Directors for the Cleveland County Women’s Resource Center.
Alexis Goldate
Dallas Co. District Attorney's Office
Alexis Goldate is an assistant district attorney in Dallas County assigned to the Elder Abuse Unit, where she prosecutes cases of financial and physical abuse of vulnerable adults. Prior to joining the Dallas County DA’s Office in 2014, Ms. Goldate worked for five years as an enforcement attorney with the Texas State Securities Board, where she investigated and prosecuted securities fraud and other financial crimes. During that time, she also served as a special prosecutor in Collin, Rockwall, and Groesbeck Counties.
Barry Goldstein
Stop Abuse Campaign
Barry Goldstein is a leading national and international expert regarding domestic violence. Mr. Goldstein has a unique range of experiences that include service as a board member to a local battered women's shelter, attorney for domestic violence survivors, instructor in a NY Model Batterer Program, and author of some of the leading books and articles in the field. He regularly trains for national coalitions and conferences. Much of his speaking and writing focuses on the crisis in the custody court system that has resulted in thousands of children being sent to live with dangerous abusers. His new book with Elizabeth Liu, "Representing the Domestic Violence Survivor," is designed to train attorneys to present the strongest possible cases. Mr. Goldstein has also written extensively about best practices for drastically reducing domestic violence crime.
James Gonzalez
Coalition for the Homeless
James Gonzalez is the director of Housing at The Coalition for the Homeless. Mr. Gonzalez works with homeless and domestic violence providers in Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery County. He has a special interest in social justice, gender/ gender identity issues, concentrated poverty, affordable housing, economic inequality, and the cultural impacts of family and intimate partner violence.
Laura Gorman
Travis County Attorney's Office
Laura Gorman is currently chief of County Court 9 in Travis County, where she manages all misdemeanor criminal cases designated high risk by the Travis County Attorney's Office High Risk Team. Chief Gorman began working for the Travis County Attorney's Office in July of 2007, and moved to the Family Violence Division in 2015.
Elizabeth Gray
Commander, Navy Installations Command
Elizabeth Gray is a licensed clinical social worker and currently serves as a Family Advocacy Program Lead for Commander, Navy Installations Command. Ms. Gray develops, analyzes, recommends, and advocates for policies, and programs related to the function of the Navy’s FAP Victim Advocates (FAP VA), New Parent Support Program, and Transitional Compensation. Ms. Gray routinely works with the sister service FAP VA representatives by serving on the FAP VA Joint Committee that provides analysis on FAP VA efforts across the Dept. of Defense. Ms. Gray's career with military families spans 19 years of service to Army and Navy families.
A Elizabeth Griffith
Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice
Betsi Griffith is the associate deputy director of Strategic Initiatives at the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Ms. Griffith leads cross-cutting strategic efforts related to violent crime and place based initiatives; tribal justice; and courts and adjudication. At BJA, Ms. Griffith has also worked on the issues of corrections, reentry, substance abuse/mental health, and forensics. She started her career at DOJ in the National Institute of Justice as the director of Development. Before that, Ms. Griffith worked on criminal justice issues at the local level, as the director of the Mayors Office on Criminal Justice for Baltimore, including the development of the Baltimore Drug Court Program and the Comprehensive Communities Program.
John Guard
Pitt County Sheriff's Office
John Guard is employed by the Pitt County Sheriffs Office in Greenville, NC, and has over 27 years of experience which includes: line level response, investigative response, first and second level supervision, and agency management. For over two decades, he has specialized in investigating domestic violence cases. Chief Dep. Guard has been instrumental in developing policies and procedures related to domestic violence response. He has experience in facilitating legislative and judicial change as it relates to the responding to victims of domestic violence and has implemented several innovative programs designed to increase victim safety and offender accountability. Chief Dep. Guard provides training to officers and allied professionals on issues pertaining to domestic violence and offender accountability on the local, state, and national level. He is also an experienced consultant who shares his experience and knowledge with communities across the country seeking to improve their response to victims of domestic violence.
Ruth Guerreiro
Genesis Women's Shelter & Support
Ruth Guerreiro has been practicing since 2005. She has worked directly with over 1,000 victims of domestic violence during her eight years of employment at Genesis Women's Shelter & Support. Ruth is the senior director of Clinical and Professional Services at Genesis, where she supervises all of the clinical staff, regularly provides trainings and expert testimony, and provides counseling to women and children in both English and Spanish. Ruth is trained in three evidence-based, trauma-informed counseling models: EMDR, CPT, and TF-CBT. Her expertise includes trauma, domestic violence, attachment, and parenting support.
Leslie Hagen
U.S. Department of Justice
Leslie Hagen serves as the Department of Justices (DOJ) first National Indian Country Training Coordinator. In this position, she is responsible for planning, developing, and coordinating training in a broad range of matters relating to the administration of justice in Indian Country. Ms. Hagen started with the DOJ as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Michigan. She was assigned to Violent Crime in Indian Country handling federal prosecutions and training on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse affecting the 11 federally-recognized tribes in the Western District of Michigan. Prior to joining the DOJ, Ms. Hagen served as an assistant prosecuting attorney and elected prosecuting attorney in Michigan. Ms. Hagen has worked on criminal justice issues related to child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault for over 30 years.
Scott Hampton
Ending The Violence
Scott Hampton has been working with batterers, sex offenders, victims, and child witnesses for 30 years. Dr. Hampton is the director of Ending The Violence, a Dover, NH-based organization that provides educational classes to perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence. He is also the project coordinator for Strafford County NHs Supervised Visitation Center. Dr. Hampton writes and speaks frequently on issues related to interpersonal violence. He spends much of his time consulting with other professionals on the handling of domestic and sexual violence cases, conducting workshops, and testifying in court as an expert witness in interpersonal violence-related cases. Dr. Hampton is a past president of the National Supervised Visitation Network, a peer reviewer for the U.S. Dept. of Justice, and has been serving on NHs Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee since its inception in the late 1990s.
Jennifer Hanley
Jennifer Hanley is North American Head of Safety at Facebook where she handles safety policy for the U.S. and Canada. Ms. Hanley works with internal teams, external partners, and government stakeholders on issues including women’s safety, child safety, bullying prevention, digital well-being, and suicide prevention. Prior to joining Facebook, she served as Vice President for Legal and Policy at the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) where she directed FOSI's government outreach and policy strategy. During her time at FOSI, Ms. Hanley built relationships with government officials and external partners, led research projects, and advised leading technology companies on best practices, policy developments, and emerging issues around online safety.
Hayley Hanson
Husch Blackwell
Hayley Hanson is a partner with Husch Blackwell. With a dedicated educational practice and a focus on representing institutions of higher education, Ms. Hanson advises institutions on the compliance, governance, and operational issues they face in these times of rapidly changing expectations and regulations. She proactively partners with institutions to prevent and address challenges through compliance programming and in-depth legal litigation. When disputes arise, Ms. Hanson counsels leadership and manages legal concerns.
Jon Heath
Family Violence Project
As the Prevention and Intervention Director for Maine's Family Violence Project, Jon Heath has taught men in a Batterers Intervention Program (BIP) since 2006. Since 2016, Mr. Heath has served on the Maine Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Commission. As part of an international research project, he also teaches a weekly video-conference BIP class.
Butch Hendrick
With 55 years teaching thousands of police, fire, and military divers worldwide how to recover submerged bodies and evidence, Butch Hendrick created ground-breaking programs such as “Rescue Diver.” A pro-bono aquatic consultant for NCMEC, public speaker in over 100 SAR and dive conferences, published about 150 times, Mr. Hendrick along with Andrea Zaferes, initiated Aquatic Death and Homicidal Drowning Investigation training programs and procedures in 1989 and continues consulting on cases nationwide. He invented the rescue throw rope bag, the do-si-do tow, the 90%-contingency diver, and more. In 1998, Mr. Hendrick started RIPTIDE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to drowning prevention among public safety personnel, the recovery of drowning victims, and assistance with homicidal drowning and aquatic abuse investigations and research.
Sarah Henry
National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit
Sarah Henry is an Attorney Advisor for the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit (NCPOFFC), a project of the Battered Women's Justice Project. The mission of the NCPOFFC is to promote and facilitate nationwide implementation of the full faith and credit provision of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and enforcement of the federal firearm prohibitions and the federal domestic violence/stalking criminal provisions. Prior to assuming the Attorney Advisor position with NCPOFFC, Ms. Henry worked as a teacher.
Amy Herman
The Art of Perception
Amy Herman is a lawyer and art historian who uses works of art to sharpen observation, analysis, and communication skills. Through interactive analysis of paintings, sculptures, and photographs, Ms. Herman demonstrates how improving visual literacy can refresh one's sense of critical inquiry, hone the skills necessary for improved performance and effective leadership, and reveal biases, assumptions, and blind spots that impede optimal decision making. Ms. Herman developed her Art of Perception seminar in 2000 to improve medical students observation and communication skills with their patients when she was the Head of Education at The Frick Collection in New York City. She subsequently adapted the program for a wide range of professionals and currently leads sessions internationally for the New York City Police Dept. the FBI, the French National Police, the Dept. of Defense, the State Dept., Fortune 500 companies, first responders, the military, and the intelligence community. The program has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The CBS Evening News, and Smithsonian Magazine, among others. Her TED talk, "A Lesson in Looking", went live in December 2018.
Ric Hertel
Ripley County Prosecutor's Office
Ric Hertel has been the elected prosecuting attorney in Ripley County, Indiana, since January, 1999. Prior to becoming prosecutor, Mr. Hertel did criminal defense work. He has presented regularly for the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, and is currently the immediate past president. He has acted as faculty for the National District Attorneys Association throughout the U.S. on various topics, including trial advocacy, sexual assault, domestic violence, ethics, community prosecution, Crawford, prosecuting public figures, and civil liability. In 2012, Mr. Hertel taught for the National Childrens Advocacy Center at the 28th Annual National Symposium on Child Abuse in Huntsville, AL. Additionally, he has taught for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rape Task Force of Fort Wayne, Marion County Prosecutors Office, and the Dekalb County Domestic Violence Task Force.
Liana Hill
Crisis Services of North Alabama
Liana Hill is the Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) Program director for Crisis Services of North Alabama, where she began in the mid 90's as the first Domestic Violence Nurse Examiner program in the state. Under her guidance and passion, the program has expanded services to provide all victims across the life span assault care. Ms. Hill trains and educates nurses and peers in the field on Forensic Nursing. In 2019, her program became the first in country to have all SANE training's approved by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). Ms. Hill is president of the Alabama Chapter of the IAFN, a board member of the Alabama Coalition Against Rape, and a director at Large with the IAFN.
Emily Hollerbach
Ending the Game
Emily Hollerbach is a personal survivor of domestic sex trafficking and is passionate about identifying and unrooting shame from sexual exploitation, fostering sisterhood through survivor community, and education. Emily has previous experience in administration and program management. Her desire is to see survivors of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) become empowered and free from the destructive beliefs that once imprisoned them and ultimately see them fulfill their destinies. Currently, Emily is working as the Support & Growth Specialist with Ending the Game, an intervention curriculum for victims of trafficking and CSE.
Melissa Hoppmeyer
Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office
Melissa Hoppmeyer is the chief of the Sexual Assault and Family Violence Unit in Prince George’s County. Ms. Hoppmeyer is an experienced prosecutor who has made her career tirelessly advocating for victim of violent crime, specifically victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She has assisted in drafting numerous legislative bills and has testified before the Maryland General Assembly on numerous occasions to help implement stronger criminal laws for crimes of violence. Prior to returning to Prince George’s County, Ms. Hoppmeyer served as an assistant attorney general in the Organized Crime Unit prosecuting prison corruption and high ranking drug traffickers. Before her service as a prosecutor, she clerked for the Honorable Albert W. Northrop of the Prince George’s County Circuit Court.
Jennifer Howard
Jennifer Howard has worked as a Staff Operations Specialist (SOS) in the Springfield and Miami Divisions of the FBI for the past nine years and is currently assigned to the Palm Beach County Resident Agency, where she is embedded on the Palm Beach County Human Trafficking Task Force. SOS Howard has worked in the Intelligence Branch of the Miami Division for the last seven years, providing tactical analysis on human trafficking and financial crime investigations.
Stephanie Howe
Sudbury Police Dept.
Stephanie Howe is a sergeant for the Sudbury Police Dept., and has been in law enforcement since 1996. Sgt. Howe has been a full time police officer for over 19 years and has worked in all facets of the profession. She started her career as an emergency telecommunications dispatcher and moved on to be a patrol officer, detective, and now currently a patrol sergeant. Sgt. Howe is certified in crime scene photography, sexual assault investigations, is a RAD instructor, and is part of the Massachusetts Northeast Division of Critical Incident Stress Management team.
Anne Jackson
Bell Co. District Attorney's Office
Anne Potts Jackson was a research attorney at the Seventh Court of Appeals, and has worked in four separate prosecutors’ offices in Texas. Ms. Jackson has prosecuted and tried multiple family violence cases against civilians and military members, with and without cooperation from complaining witnesses/victims. She has also presented lectures about the intersection of military and civilian jurisdictions and a multidisciplinary response to family violence throughout Texas, and about “PTSD and Domestic Violence in Military Families” across the country. She is a founding member of the Central Texas Family Violence Task Force and the Bell County Autism Intervention Team.
Michael Jackson
Bell County Veterans Treatment Court
Michael Jackson, Jr. is a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He had three combat tours in Southwest Asia, twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and once for Operation(s) Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2014. Since his retirement, Lt. Col. Jackson has been certified as a Mental Health Peer Specialist with endorsements for intentional and trauma-informed peer support and is a whole health and wellness peer support practitioner. He is also mental health first aid trained and a peer-to-peer group facilitator for the Military Veteran Peer Network. Lt. Col. Jackson is a former member of the executive committee for the Veterans' Services Alliance of Central Texas, and has been the veteran mentor coordinator for the Bell County Veterans' Treatment Court since August 2015.
Ronnie Johnson
Cleveland Co. Sheriff's Office
Ronnie Johnson is a 17-year veteran with 11 years at the Cleveland Co. Sheriff's Office, where he investigated all reported intimate partner violence crimes. Detective Captain Johnson is also a member of the Cleveland Co. Domestic Violence Task Force, Cleveland Co. Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Team, Cleveland Co. Sexual Assault Response Team, and the Cleveland Co. High Risk Team.
Cynthia Jones
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Cynthia Jones, professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, teaches and lectures in numerous areas of Professional Ethics, such as Bioethics, Business Ethics, Technology Ethics, and Academic Ethics. Dr. Jones also conducts research and publishes on issues of advocacy, gender, violence, culture, and marginalization. She has extensive experience as a volunteer for domestic violence and rape crisis programs. She currently serves as the founding director of OVAVP (Office for Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention) and the Gelman Constitutional Scholars Program, and is the past director and co-founder of the university’s ethics center. Dr. Jones is the PI on numerous grants and serves pro bono as an expert witness for the Cameron County DA’s Office on domestic/dating violence and identifies as a survivor of domestic violence.
Denise Jones
Clark County Ohio Sheriff's Office
Denise Jones has over 19 years of law enforcement experience. Sgt. Jones began her career in January of 2000 and has continued her education throughout her tenure at the Clark County Sheriff's Office. She has served in multiple divisions, including corrections, court services, and road patrol. She served as a supervisor in the Jail, Road, and Professional Standards Divisions before transferring to the Investigations Division Intimate Partner Crime Unit. Sgt. Jones has been engaged in changing her department's culture and in responding to and investigating intimate partner crime, especially those involving marginalized populations.
Elle Kamihira
Jennifer 42
Elle Kamihira is the director of Jennifer, 42, an animated, true crime documentary about the life and death of Jennifer Magnano and her family's harrowing attempts to escape extreme control and systemic abuse. Ms. Kamihira is also developing a slate of documentary projects focused on crimes against women and the people who work to better protect them. She is a recognized multidisciplinary producer and director who brings unique vision, sensitivity, and complex storytelling to versatile media projects. Ms. Kamihira has spent the last 20 years collaborating on a variety of award-winning film, museum, documentary, and theater projects. Notable credits include the feature film Jack & His Friends; the documentary Mothers and Daughters: A Lifetime Bond for Lifetime; live media show for 150th Commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg; an animated film installation at Library of Congress; video projections for Anna Deavere Smith's play, House Arrest; The Rocky Horror Show on Broadway; and George C. Wolfes Harlem Song at The Apollo, as well as annual video packages for the CFDA American Fashion Awards and the IBM Centennial Celebration Gala.
Dave Keck
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence & Firearms
David Keck has been the project director for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence & Firearms since its inception in January of 2017. Mr. Keck provides training and technical assistance on enforcement and implementation of firearms prohibitions. He speaks frequently on topics related to firearms and domestic violence. Mr. Keck was court commissioner for Winnebago Co., Wisconsin from 2006-2016, where he held Domestic Violence & Harassment protection order hearings as well as Family Court and Civil cases. He was instrumental in the development of a protocol for firearms surrender in protection order cases, which became the framework for Wisconsin's Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Act, passed in 2014. His previous legal experience was as a trial staff attorney with Wisconsin State Public Defender in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Donna Kelly
Salt Lake District Attorney
Donna Kelly has been an SVU prosecutor for 30 years, and now serves as a senior deputy district attorney for Salt Lake County Ms. Kelly is an experienced, passionate, and aggressive prosecutor seeking justice for all victims. She has also been an advocate for laws and court rules that improve outcomes for victims and hold defendants accountable. Ms. Kelly is the co-author of a Trauma Informed Victim Interview protocol for law enforcement interviews of victims of trauma. The protocol has dramatically increased prosecution rates and has improved victims experiences with the criminal justice system.
Mary Beth Kent-Duffy
Cook County State's Attorney's Office
Mary Beth Kent-Duffy is a deputy supervisor in the Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Division of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. Mary Beth has been a Cook County prosecutor for over 20 years. She has tried hundreds of cases, most involving intimate partner violence and domestic violence murders. She also provides training on domestic violence issues to assistant state's attorneys, police departments, and community organizations. She continues working with the Chicago Police Department on a felony upgrade program to ensure repeat offenders and serious injury crimes are charged as felonies.
Richard Ketcham
Columbus Division of Police
Richard Ketcham has been with the Columbus Division of Police for 24 years. He spent the first 18 years in patrol, seven of them as the sergeant of one of the busiest and most violent precincts in the city. In December of 2012, he became the sergeant of the Domestic Violence Unit, where he worked to transform the way intimate partner crimes are investigated. In 2015, he worked with others to implement the first Lethality Assessment Program for first responders in the state of Ohio. For the past three years, he and others have received extensive training investigating strangulation. As a result, the Domestic Violence Unit now handles approximately 50 or more felony strangulation cases each year. Sgt. Ketcham conducted Division wide training for all officers on the topic of strangulation to bring awareness to the severity of the crime. He has testified as an expert witness on Strangulation and Lethality Assessment and speaks on behalf of the Attorney General's Office around Ohio on the topics of Domestic Violence, Stalking, Strangulation and Lethality Assessment. Sgt. Ketcham is a Law Enforcement Consultant for the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence and assists with training on the Lethality Assessment Program Nationwide.
Billy Kewell
Billy Kewell is the Senior Regional Liaison, U.S. West for Uber. As one of Uber's Law Enforcement Liaisons in North America, Mr. Kewell's job is to engage law enforcement both proactively and reactively on all things related to Uber, including criminal investigations, on-platform incidents, and emergency situations. He educates law enforcement at the local, state, and federal level on how Uber works, the different modalities available on the platform, the data that is captured on Uber, how that data can be useful during a criminal investigation and/or critical incident, and future changes to the platform that could impact law enforcement. Lastly, he assists Uber's business operations when there are regulatory issues at play or they need to communicate changes that will affect law enforcement operations in a given market. Prior to Uber, Mr. Kewell was with the U.S. Secret Service for nine years in the Chicago Field Office. He worked criminal investigations involving financial crimes, counterfeiting, and protective intelligence. He spent two years on the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force working on counterterrorism, national security-related issues, and as a liaison between the Secret Service and the FBI. During his career, he conducted several protection advances for the President, Vice President, former presidents, former first ladies, and foreign dignitaries.
Rochelle Keyhan
Collective Liberty
Rochelle Keyhan is the CEO of Collective Liberty, where she develops and executes the organizations strategic direction and collaborations focused on disrupting specific types of human trafficking, including recruiting and maintaining robust collaborative networks of law enforcement, agency stakeholders, and service providers. Prior to founding Collective Liberty, Ms. Keyhan was a prosecutor for six years in the Philadelphia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, and then director of the Disruption Strategies Dept. at Polaris, where she lead the creation of the largest dataset in the U.S. on a specific type of trafficking. That type was illicit massage business trafficking, and she and her team have spent the past three years supporting over 100 jurisdictions in 36 states develop their intelligence-driven, victim-centered closure of over 1,000 massage parlors. Ms. Keyhan's team is building similar datasets and providing this support across multiple types of sex and labor trafficking in the U.S.
Lindley King
Lindley King Counseling
Lindley King has been working in the field of gender-based violence for nearly a decade. She recently transitioned from working in a community domestic violence program to managing her own private practice, which focuses on serving survivors of gender-based violence, multi-abuse trauma, and substance use. Working from a harm reduction model, Ms. King is passionate about serving survivors at these intersections through a social justice framework. Social Justice Informed Therapy means that one cannot fully be trauma-informed without also recognizing the trauma that comes from experiencing injustice and inequality.
Bobby Kipper
National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence
Bobby Kipper is a best-selling author and national expert in the areas of youth and gang violence reduction. As the former director of Virginia's Gang Reduction Program, he headed one of the most successful gang reduction models in recent history. His experience covers over three decades of working in the critical areas of prevention and intervention of youth delinquency and crime. His work has been recognized by Congress and the White House and has been featured in communities across America. In 2009, Mr. Kipper founded the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence, and currently serves as the Executive Director. His two current best-selling books, "No Colors: 100 Ways to Stop Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities," and "No Bullies: Solutions for Saving our Children from Today's Bully" was published by Morgan-James Publishing in New York.
Michael Krapfl
The CTK Group
Mike Krapfl is an instructor with The CTK Group, a research and instruction group specializing in interview and interrogation training. He is also a Special Agent (SA) in Charge in the Major Crimes Unit with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, where he oversees agents working homicides, robberies, officer-involved shootings, and other felony offenses. SA Krapfl served as an agent in the Major Crimes Unit for 14 years and previously worked as a patrol officer and investigator for eight years with a municipal police dept. SA Krapfl is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association and presents at state and national law enforcement conferences.
Julie Krawczyk
Elder Financial Safety Center at The Senior Source
Julie Krawczyk is the director of the Elder Financial Safety Center leading the nation in the prevention, protection, and prosecution of financial crimes and prevention of financial exploitation, frauds, and scams. Ms. Krawczyk oversees operations for the first-of-its-kind Center, a unique collaboration between The Senior Source, Dallas County Probate Courts, and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office serving over 20,000 clients and victims with a financial impact of $116 million, 500 protected incapacitated adults 50+, and 1,500 indictments of elder abuse.
Robert Krupa
Federal Bureau of Investigation - San Antonio Division
Robert Krupa is the asst. special agent in charge (ASAC) of the San Antonio Field Office, responsible for the Criminal Branch and the Laredo and Del Rio RAs. ASAC Krupa served as an FBI EEO Mediator for 15 years and mediated EEO disputes for the FBI and the Bureau of Prisons. In 2003, ASAC Krupa transferred to the Oklahoma City Field Office, where he was assigned to a White Collar Crime/Public Corruption squad. In 2005, ASAC Krupa was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent at FBIHQ assigned to the Special Agent Mid-Level Management Unit as part of the first 18-Month TDY program. ASAC Krupa was then transferred to the Transfer Unit for the remainder of his TDY. ASAC Krupa assisted in developing the bonus program for Agents transferred under the Rotational Transfer Program and for Agents promoted to FBIHQ. In 2008, ASAC Krupa was transferred to the Denver Field Office, where he was assigned to the Public Corruption Squad. In 2010, ASAC Krupa was named as Supervisory Special Agent overseeing the Denver Field Office White Collar Crime Squad and all forensic accountants. ASAC Krupa was the PCOR for WCC, HCF, and the forensic accounting program. In 2011, ASAC Krupa was transferred to the San Antonio Field Office, where he was assigned to the Public Corruption Squad. In 2013, ASAC Krupa was named as Supervisory Special Agent overseeing the San Antonio Field Office Public Corruption Program. ASAC Krupa later gained responsibility for the White Collar Crime Squad and all forensic accountants.
Corey Lain
Company "F", Texas Rangers
Corey Lain serves as the Company commander of Texas Rangers Company "F", which covers 43 counties that include the cities of Waco, Austin, San Antonio, and Victoria. Major Lain joined the Texas Dept. of Public Safety in 2000 and served as a Highway Patrol trooper in Archer and Wichita Counties, then Highway Patrol sergeant in the Wichita Falls area of North Texas. In 2009, Major Lain joined the ranks of the Texas Ranger Division, Company “C” stationed in Graham, where he was involved in major and high profile criminal investigations throughout Texas. In 2013, Major Lain became a Ranger lieutenant for Company “D” in Corpus Christi, Captain at Ranger Headquarters in 2016, and finally Major of Company “F” in 2017. As the Major of Company “F”, he serves to lead many Texas Ranger Division initiatives, including the Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Working Group, Region-6 Special Operations Group, the Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program, Central Texas Unmanned Aerial Systems, and incident commander for major criminal incidents.
Diane Lance
Metropolitan Government of Nashville- Davidson County
Diane Lance serves as the dept. head for Metro's Office of Family Safety in Nashville, and oversees Metros Family Justice Center work, including the 2019 opening of the Family Safety Center. Ms. Lance has spent the majority of her career focusing on family violence. Her work in this area began in 1990 when she was the director of a domestic violence shelter in San Diego. Upon completion of law school, Ms. Lance was hired by the Nashville DAs Office and led their Domestic Violence and Child Sex Abuse Units. In 2008, Ms. Lance was hired as special counsel to then-Mayor Karl Dean and had the privilege of leading Metros 2011 domestic violence safety and accountability assessment and the implementation of the reports recommendations, including the creation of Nashvilles first court-based Family Justice Center, the Jean Crowe Advocacy Center in 2014.
Jennifer Landhuis
Stalking Prevention, Awareness, & Resource Center
Jennifer Landhuis is the director of the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC), of AEquitas. SPARC is an initiative aimed at ensuring first responders and other allied professionals have the specialized knowledge to identify and respond to the crime of stalking. SPARC also provides the tools, resources, and support needed to promote victim safety and offender accountability in stalking cases. Ms. Landhuis has been an advocate and educator on the issues of stalking, domestic violence, and sexual assault for 23 years.
Susan Landino
Allies Reaching for Equality, Inc.
Susan Landino worked in the Yale University Vice President’s office and witnessed illegal activities impacting students' Title IX civil rights. Yale stopped her Title IX programs and retaliated. Ms. Landino was fired and marched off campus. She filed the first non-sports-related Title IX retaliation complaint, written by Victim’s Rights attorney Wendy Murphy and supported by the AAUW.
Jordyn Lawson
Genesis Women's Shelter & Support
Jordyn Lawson is the senior director of Residential Services at Genesis Women's Shelter & Support. Ms. Lawson supervises both the emergency shelter and Annie's House transitional living program. Previously, she was the asst. clinical director at Genesis. She has worked in the field of domestic violence and trauma recovery for over 12 years. During that time, Ms. Lawson has provided individual and group counseling services to women, adolescents, and children. She has a passion for ending domestic violence and helping those who have experienced the pain of trauma heal and grow.
Meriel Lester
Stearns County Attorney's Office
Meriel Lester began her career as an assistant county attorney in the Stearns County Attorney's Office. Ms. Lester is now an Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division, which includes supervising four assistant county attorneys in the Domestic Violence Unit. For the majority of her career, Ms. Lester has handled intimate partner violence crimes, including the caseload in the Stearns County Domestic Violence Court. Currently, Ms. Lester is the designated prosecutor for the Central Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force. Ms. Lester is also chairperson of the 7th Judicial District Family Violence Council.
TK Logan
University of Kentucky, Dept. of Behavioral Science
TK Logan is a professor at the University of Kentucky, Department of Behavioral Science. Her research and writings focus on stalking, partner abuse, sexual assault, protective order effectiveness, safety and coping with victimization. Dr. Logan is an author on over 175 research articles and serves on the editorial board of two international journals. Dr. Logan’s books include: Women and Victimization: Contributing Factors, Interventions, and Implications (American Psychological Association Press) and Partner Stalking: How Women Respond, Cope, and Survive (Springer Publisher). Dr. Logan is also involved with a several community boards and national organizations working to prevent violence against women.
Timothy Lott
Timothy Lott is the director of Operations for SEARCH, responsible for managing, coordinating, and leading all financial and administrative functions for the organization. Mr. Lott also supports the High-Tech Crime Training Services Program of SEARCH, a national program that provides expert technical assistance and training to local, state, and federal justice and public safety agencies on successfully conducting electronic crimes investigations.
Lou Luba
Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice - Windham State's Attorney's Office
Lou Luba is a senior assistant state's attorney in for Connecticut. Mr. Luba has been a prosecutor for over 24 years and is currently the Major Crimes (Part A) prosecutor for the Windham Judicial District, as well as one of Connecticut's subject matter experts on computer related crime focusing on child exploitation cases. He has been one of Connecticut's leading prosecutors on sexual assaults and computer exploitation and a staunch advocate for victims and victim's rights throughout his career. Mr. Luba is a founding member of Connecticut's first Sexual Assault Response Team and is a POST certified trainer on sexual assaults and rape crisis. Mr. Luba handled the prosecution of State v. Christopher Lamb, which involved the illegal distribution of intimate images and "sextortion" of 20 female victims over a four year period. Previously, Mr. Luba served as an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at Central Connecticut State Univ.
Laura Luciano
Violence Prevention & Victim Assistance (VPVA) Rutgers University- Camden
Laura Luciano is the associate director at the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance at Rutgers University Camden. Ms. Luciano has worked on issues of campus interpersonal violence intervention and prevention for over 20 years. She became a passionate activist as a student, and has continued to work is the field providing support to survivors, awareness and prevention programming to the campus and outward community, and training and consultation to other professionals. Ms. Luciano teaches for the Rutgers School of Social Work and advocates for change as a member of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council Against Sexual Violence.
Melanie MacBride
Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services
Melanie MacBride is the managing attorney of the Safety & Family Practice Group at Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services (LAS). The Safety & Family Practice Group provides direct representation to victims of domestic violence in civil and criminal order of protection cases and domestic relations cases. It also provides direct representation to elders who are victims of crime or at risk of becoming victims of crime. Ms. MacBride has been an attorney at LAS since 2012, and she has been a supervisor since July 2017. Previously, she was a staff attorney at Domestic Violence Legal Clinic and DuPage Bar Legal Aid Service.
Linda MacDonald
Persons Against Non-State Torture
Linda MacDonald is a human rights defender and activist from Nova Scotia, Canada. In 1993, Ms. MacDonald started an independent nursing practice beginning by helping one woman heal from the crime of non-State torture (NST) which began in infancy at the hands of her parents, other family members, and human traffickers. After co-founding Persons Against Non-State Torture, Linda has been contacted by hundreds of women globally who have endured NST. Now a world leader on the reality of NST, she speaks at the U.S., educates internationally, trains care-givers, researches on NST, and has many published articles on this crime. Linda's primary goals are to raise awareness of this still very invisible crime against women, advocate for laws globally on non-State torture, promote NST victimization-traumatization, and informed care and prevention.
Carla Manuel
Harris County District Attorney's Office
Carla Manuel is the director of Human Trafficking Intelligence for the Harris Co. District Attorney's Office (HCDAO) and has almost 20 years of experience in strategic, operational, and tactical intelligence. Ms. Manuel directs, supervises, and oversees the human trafficking investigations developed out of the HCDAO. In 2002, she was commissioned into the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Officer. A two-time combat veteran, she is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for her contribution to the successful targeting, investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of over 150 high-valued terrorists. Ms. Manuel started her career in law enforcement support in June 2011, working as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst for the Houston Police Dept. Gang Task Force, where she honed her skills in analyzing mid to high-level gangs and cartels. On April 2014, she was promoted to the Houston Police Dept. Vice Division as a staff analyst. In December 2017, Ms. Manuel accepted the position of director of Human Trafficking Intelligence within the Harris Co. District Attorney's Office and continues to serve the military as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Janelle Marcellis
Police Captain
Janelle Marcellis has been in law enforcement for 18 years with experience in private, municipal, state, and federal law enforcement. She is a Police Captain with a University Department in Chicago. During her career, she has worked as a police officer, tactical officer, detective, and sergeant in assignments that include Patrol, Investigations, and Community Relations. She has worked undercover on an Illinois State Police Enforcement Group and DEA Federal Task Force. She is a certified Field Training Officer, Evidence Technician, Drug/Gang Investigator, Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist and Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Mrs. Marcellis is also an Adjunct instructor at Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety. She has received accommodations that include Distinguished Service, Officer of the Year, Life Saving Award, and Illinois DuMEG Directors Award.
Jennifer Marcellis
Jennifer Marcellis is a detective in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, where her areas of expertise include major crimes and criminal investigations. Det. Marcellis is a certified hostage negotiator, forensic evidence technician, juvenile and gang specialist, and crisis internationalist. She has served on a county-wide Sexual Predator Enforcement Team, an FBI Committee on Terrorism, and on several multi-jurisdictional Major Crime's Task Force teams. Det. Marcellis is an instructor for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, and is also an adjunct professor teaching within the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science disciplines.
James Markey
RTI International
Jim Markey is a 30-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Dept. He retired as a detective sergeant overseeing the adult sex crime unit, which investigated more than 7,000 rapes including over 100 serial rape suspects. In 2001, Det. Sgt. Markey developed the Phoenix Police Dept. Sexual Assault Cold Case Team. He is currently a senior law enforcement specialist for The Research Triangle Institute in Raleigh, NC, providing technical assistance for the Dept. of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI). Det. Sgt. Markey was a member of both the National Institute of Justice Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act and Cold Case Working Groups. He serves on the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Victims in the Courts and Department of Defense Advisory Committee on the Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Military (DACIPAD).
Michelle McCormick
YWCA Center for Safety & Empowerment
Michelle McCormick serves as the program director at the YMCA Center for Safety & Empowerment, where victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking are served. Ms. McCormick has been an advocate in this field for over 20 years. Previously, she worked for the Kansas Attorney General's Office to develop a certification program for Batterer Intervention Programs. In this role, Ms. McCormick assisted in drafting laws and regulations which strengthened the response to domestic violence offenders in Kansas. She has provided training to thousands of professionals and community members on the topics of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, and batterer intervention.
Devon McDonald
Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
Devon McDonald is the executive director for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). Mr. McDonald has been with ICJI since 2012, and has served as the Victim Compensation supervisor, and chief of Staff and General Counsel prior to becoming the Executive Director. Prior to entering law school, Mr. McDonald served in the U.S. Army, where he earned multiple awards for outstanding achievement.
Kristin McGunnigle
Kristin McGunnigle serves as a product trainer for Thorn, a nonprofit building technology to defend children from sexual abuse. Ms. McGunnigle leads and maintains user-facing training, support, and engagement with Thorns core products. Driven by helping the worlds most vulnerable children, she 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.
Kelsey McKay
McKay Training & Consulting, LLC
Kelsey McKay is the President of RESPOND Against Violence and McKay Training & Consulting, LLC. Ms. McKay trains and consults nationally to strengthen how communities collaborate, investigate, and prosecute strangulation, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence cases. She develops experts to testify and trains on the implementation of a strangulation supplement and community collaboration. Previously, Ms. McKay was a prosecutor in Travis County, TX for 12 years. For six years, she exclusively prosecuted strangulation-related crimes ranging from assault to capital murder.
Kellen McManus
Fort Bend Women's Center
Kellen McManus is an Emergency Response Advocate for the Fort Bend Women's Center. She runs the Hospital Accompaniment Response Team (HART), whose members provide emotional support, crisis intervention, and information for victims of sexual assault. Ms. McManus is also in charge of the court accompaniment program, which aids clients in navigating through the complexities of our justice system in a trauma-informed capacity. She further serves the community through presentations on healthy relationships, sexual consent, intimate partner violence, and bystander intervention. In addition, she conducts multiple trainings for staff and volunteers focusing on crisis intervention and advocacy.
Beth McNamara
Inspire Action for Social Change
Beth McNamara is the co-founder and co-executive director of Inspire Action for Social Change, a non-profit organization working to create social change and improved opportunities for those experiencing barriers to safety as a result of domestic and sexual violence by promoting safety and healing for individuals, families, and communities. Ms. McNamara has contributed to multiple initiatives to help build the capacity of communities and organizations around the country. She has authored and contributed to numerous publications and training resources and has extensive experience developing and conducting national educational programs and professional training for practitioners.
Brian Meyer
McGuire VA Medical Center
Brian Meyer is a clinical psychologist and the PTSD/substance use disorders specialist at the H.H. McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center and an assistant professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry and an affiliate assistant professor in the Dept. of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Meyer has worked in the child welfare and the child and adult mental health fields as a clinician, administrator, teacher, policy maker, program developer, expert witness, researcher, and trainer. He has been the deputy clinical director of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department Protective Services Division, the executive director of the Albuquerque Child and Family Guidance Center, the executive director of the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, and the interim associate chief of Mental Health Clinical Services and the Workplace Violence Prevention Coordinator at the McGuire VA Medical Center. In his current roles, Dr. Meyer provides evidence-based treatments for Veterans who have problems with PTSD, substance abuse, depression, traumatic brain injury, and other co-occurring conditions; works with Veterans and their families to address post-combat adaptations; supervises psychology trainees; and develops and conducts research on treatments for PTSD, substance abuse, and co-morbid conditions.
Melissa Meyers
Dallas Co. District Attorney's Office
Melissa Meyers is an assistant district attorney with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Meyers serves as the deputy chief of the Specialized Crime Division, where she leads the Elder Abuse and Exploitation Unit. This unit was created in 2014 and prosecutes individuals who physically and financially abuse and exploit elderly and vulnerable adults. Ms. Meyers has spent over 13 years with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, serving as the deputy chief of the Organized Crime Division, the chief prosecutor of Criminal District Court 7, and a prosecutor within the Crimes Against Children Division. She has tried or selected the jury in 70 felony jury trials, from capital murders, violent crimes, drug distribution crimes, child abuse cases, and financial crimes.
Carol Midboe
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
Carol Midboe spent time in Rome advocating for all sexual assault survivors with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) for the 2019 Vatican Summit on Ending Clergy Abuse and is the Austin, TX SNAP leader. Ms. Midboe is a veteran and an independent Darkness to Light Stewards of Children authorized facilitator, providing child sexual abuse prevention and education for adults in her community. For the past four years, she has served the Traffick911 volunteer Traps Youth Program. Traps is Traffick911's evidence-informed, interactive youth program designed to equip youth to avoid the tricks, traps, and lures of human traffickers. Carol provided testimony to the Texas 86th Legislation Senate State Affairs on shield law reform and on making harassment a criminal offense. Ms. Midboe also advocates for crime victim policy reform, provides personal safety training, and serves on the Stop Abuse Campaign Texas Advisory Board.
Danielle Moise
American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence
Rocio Molina
National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project
Rocío Molina, Deputy Director for the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project at American University Washington College of Law, and is an immigration attorney serving immigrant survivors for over 12 years. Ms. Molina provides legal counsel, research, technical assistance, and training for the benefit of immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. She also serves as expert faculty and education coordinator for law enforcement, prosecutors, and advocates on U visa and language access. Ms. Molina leads NIWAP’s bimonthly Roundtables for law enforcement and prosecutors and Community of Practice for family law attorneys. Prior to joining the NIWAP team, Ms. Molina worked with the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where she represented hundreds of immigrant victims seeking immigration relief. She is also a founding board member of the Community Immigration Law Center (CILC), a free walk-in clinic in Madison, WI.
Jerald Monahan
Yavapai College
Jerald Monahan is a 38-year public safety official who began his law enforcement career in 1978 with the Arizona Department of Corrections. He is currently the Chief of Police with Yavapai College. Chief Monahan has long been actively involved in addressing violence against women. He served on the Pinal County Safe Home Network and was a member of the Board of Directors for Against Abuse, Inc. Chief Monahan was appointed to the Governors Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women in 2003 and reappointed in 2008. He was also appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court to serve on the Committee to Study the Impact of Domestic Violence on the Courts in 2005.
Cassandra Munoz
Franklin County Municipal Court Department of Pretrial & Probation Services
Cassandra Munoz has worked specifically with domestic violence offenders for over 20 years at Franklin County Municipal Court Dept. of Pretrial and Probation Services. Prior to working with domestic violence offenders, she was a victim advocate. Ms. Munoz is currently the supervisor of the Domestic Violence Unit. In collaboration with her unit, Ms. Munoz created a comprehensive strategic plan in order to implement the Colorado Domestic Violence Risk Needs Assessment and the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment in Franklin County Municipal Court. She is a member of the strategic planning committee that has created a LGBTQ+ specific, domestic violence programming model for her county as well as an extremely high risk response team to domestic violence (EX-HOP). Ms. Munoz has been a presenter for the Ohio Chief Probation Officers Association for the last 16 years. She chairs the Franklin County Justice Exposition, Central Ohio Batterer Intervention Program Coalition, Franklin County Coordinated Community Response Team, and serves on various other committees and advisory boards.
Kayce Munyeneh
Optimize, LLC
Kayce Munyeneh is the CEO of Optimize LLC, a full-service minority-owned, woman-owned Leadership Development Coaching service that provides assistance with strategic planning, change management, and succession planning along with leadership development and executive coaching. In 2004, Ms. Munyeneh worked with the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault with their H.O.P.E. Lights project to bring awareness to sexual assault on college campuses and the community at large. Later, she relocated to Cheverly and became a court-based advocate through the Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment Program at the D.C. Superior Court. From 2006 to 2010, Ms. Munyeneh worked with the Metropolitan Police Dept. and the National Center for Victims of Crime simultaneously in full-time and part-time positions respectively. She acted as an inter-departmental liaison, created public policy and education initiatives, and advocated on behalf of over 50,000 victims of violent crime and vulnerable adults. Ms. Munyeneh also became an adjunct professor for the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security DVIP Program and began conducting several hundred annual seminars and trainings. She extended her advocacy role to supporting her colleagues and staff when she became the chief shop steward of the National Association for Government Employees; laying the groundwork for labor management partnerships with the Metropolitan Police Dept. and the Dept. of Forensic Science.
Wendy Murphy
New England Law, Boston
Wendy Murphy is a former child abuse and sex crimes prosecutor who has been teaching sexual violence law for more than 15 years at New England Law in Boston, where she also directs the Women's and Children's Advocacy Project. A former visiting scholar at Harvard Law School whose work focused on women victims in the criminal justice system, Ms. Murphy is an impact litigator whose cases have helped to improve the constitutional and civil rights of abused women and children. She has published numerous law review articles on the rights of victimized women and children, and criminal justice policy. Her Title IX work includes landmark victories against Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and Princeton University in 2002 and 2010, which led to the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter and widespread activism in support of women's educational civil rights.
Varsha N.
ROAR Training & Consulting
Varsha N. is the founder of ROAR Training Consulting, LLC, which brings awareness on key social issues and providing professionals with tools to enhance services for diverse populations. She presents to law enforcement, judges, lawyers, and military on diversity, bias, domestic violence/sexual assault. She has served as a sexual assault advocate in hospital settings and on a 24-hour crisis helpline. She has worked with diverse populations from Somalia, Nepal, Sierra Leon, Iraq, Russia, Ethiopia, amongst others. She has received training through Harvard Medical Schools Program in Global Mental Health Refugee Trauma. She also serves on the Los Angeles Police Dept. DNA Taskforce, the Board of Directors for End Violence Against Women International, and on the Advisory Council for United Nations Women in Los Angeles.
Kim Nash
International Association of Forensic Nurses
Kim Nash has been a registered nurse for 22 years and a forensic nurse examiner for the last 14 years. Currently, Ms. Nash is a Forensic Nurse Specialist for the International Association of Forensic Nurses. For 12 years, she worked clinically in Colorado Springs, CO for a team that provides medical forensic care to more than 2,400 patients per year (sexual assault, intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder abuse, strangulation, human trafficking). She provides clinical skills training through simulation laboratories, utilizing live models to teach care for providers from across the U.S., with an emphasis on those working for under-served populations. Ms. Nash provides training and technical assistance on a national level including multidisciplinary trainings for healthcare professionals, law enforcement, attorneys, and advocates. Internationally, she has been involved with projects that addressed gender-based violence in the countries of Swaziland, Egypt, and Mexico.
Amber Nealy
Genesis Women's Shelter & Support
Amber Nealy, LCSW has worked with diverse populations including survivors of domestic violence, victims of sex trafficking and prostitution, women with substance use disorders, and probationers. Amber began at Genesis Women's Shelter & Support as a Womens & Childrens Therapist in May 2017 and later transitioned into the role of Assistant Director of Clinical & Professional Services. Amber is trained in EMDR, CPT, and Theraplay. In addition, Amber has received training in TF-CBT, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Play Therapy.
Debra Newell
Ambrosia Home & Ambrosia Interior Design
Debra Newell is the founder and President of Ambrosia Home, Inc., as well as the founder and former President of the multimillion dollar company Ambrosia Interior Design, Inc. On October 1, 2017 the Los Angeles Times launched a six-part article series and accompanying podcast, Dirty John, which chronicled a time in Newell's life between October 2014 - August 2016. Dirty John is a story of love, deceit, denial, revenge and ruin. The story was adapted into a miniseries which premiered on Bravo on November 25, 2018.
Terra Newell
Bravo's Dirty John
Terra Newell is best known for her role in the popular LA Times podcast, Dirty John, which was made into a hit TV series on Bravo and Netflix International. Ms. Newell's personal story is also shared in The Dirty Truth Documentary on Oxygen and Netflix International, which features Laura Richards and her mother, Debra Newell. She is a survivor of a brutal assault against her mother’s ex-husband, and is devoted to sharing her experience in order to help others strengthen their knowledge on self defense, red flags in relationships, and the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Kim Nguyen-Finn
University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley
Kim Nguyen-Finn has been a mental health counselor since 1998 and is a Texas Licensed Professional Counselor Board-approved Supervisor. Aside from serving as a lecturer in the School of Rehabilitation Counseling and Services, Dr. Finn provides individual, family, and couples counseling for a wide range of issues, including anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, trauma resolution, and gender identity. Currently, Dr. Finn also serves as supervising consultant counselor for UTRGV's Office for Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention and is an expert witness for domestic violence and sexual assault cases.
Benjamin Nicholas
Franklin County Municipal Court Departarment of Pretrial & Probation Services
Benjamin Nicholas is an Assistant Supervisor with the Franklin County Municipal Court Department of Probation Services in the Domestic Violence Unit. He has served with the Franklin County Municipal Court Department of Probation Services since 2011. In his current role, he supervises offenders in the Extreme High Risk Domestic Violence Program as part of the partnership with the Domestic Violence Unit of the Columbus Division of Police.
Nancy Oglesby
Justice 3D
Nancy Oglesby is a co-founder of Justice 3D, a company that offers training and consulting to allied professionals nationally on issues of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Ms. Oglesby has been a career prosecutor in Virginia for over 20 years. She is currently Virginia’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource prosecutor. Ms. Oglesby has handled thousands of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault cases. Additionally, she has provided training on these issues to many professionals including prosecutors, law enforcement officers, advocates, medical professionals, and forensic interviewers. She has also served a key role in the development of Virginia’s model law enforcement policies related to domestic and sexual violence.
Lumarie Orozsco
Casa de Esperanza
Lumarie Orozco is a community psychologist with over 15 years of experience working in the intimate partner violence field. Ms. Orozco is the project manager for Casa de Esperanza, and has a strong foundation in the following areas of expertise: community engagement and leadership development, development and implementation of interventions that increase the safety and well-being of Latinas and Latino communities; domestic violence homicide prevention efforts; strategies for ensuring meaningful language access and access to services for limited English proficient individuals; supporting non-culturally specific organizations and agencies in developing a culturally responsive service response framework through a process of organizational assessment, development and capacity building; supporting non-culturally specific and culturally specific organizations and agencies in the process of engaging in, and developing mutually benefitting, meaningful and equitable collaborative practices.
Kimberly Orts
Travis County Sheriff's Office
Kimberly Orts has been employed with the Travis County Sheriff's Office for 26 years and is currently assigned to the Family Violence Unit, primarily investigating the spectrum of crimes involving intimate partner violence for the past five years. Her experience is diverse, working multiple assignments in Corrections and Law Enforcement to include two years as a full-time Mental Health Officer. Det. Orts has been a part of the Crisis Negotiations Team for 13 years and is currently a Team Leader. She has also been an adjunct training instructor for eight years, providing presentations on mental health, crisis negotiations, and family violence within the Travis County Sheriff's Office and for agencies across Texas.
Julie Owens
Julie Owens Consulting
Julie Owens became a victim advocate after surviving domestic violence (DV) attempted murder. For three decades, she has consulted and trained nationally and internationally for organizations, governments, and professionals. She created a domestic violence crisis team for ERs and a transitional shelter before directing DV trauma therapy research at the National Center for PTSD. She has coordinated DV services in a YWCA and county mental health department, as well as developed a shelter program for victims who are elderly, disabled, or undocumented, and those with mental health or addiction challenges. For nine years, she oversaw victim service agencies in a large region of N.C. Julie has served as an expert witness for many years. She consults and trains independently for organizations including the Office for Victims of Crime, the National Human Trafficking Center, and Bank of America. Her focus is survivor-centered, trauma-informed victim advocacy in secular and faith-based settings.
Maria Cristina Pacheco Alcala
Casa de Esperanza
Mara Cristina Pacheco Alcala is a project manager with the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza. Ms. Alcala is a former director and coordinator of campus program grant initiatives at the Univ. of Puerto RiCounty Her areas of expertise include gender violence prevention, Title IX and Clery Act, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, dating and domestic violence, and grant management. Ms. Alcala has over 15 years of experience working in education and prevention within communities and campuses, with youth, women, law enforcement, and faculty. She has facilitated trainings nationally, and has provided technical assistance to minority-serving institutions of higher education to enhance their response to gender-based violence.
Sue Parisher
Retired LTC & Consultant
Sue Parisher became a domestic violence advocate after surviving 21 years on active duty in the Army while being abused by her military spouse for 20 years. Retiring as a military police LTC, Ms. Parisher spent years protecting and serving military communities in various law enforcement and Army prison positions. Her double life of capacity and accomplishment in the workplace while enduring brutality and abusiveness in her marriage composes a common, yet often unspoken about, dynamic to domestic violence. With the launch of her book, Rock Bottom and Faithless: Defeating the Lies of Domestic Abuse with God's Truth, Ms. Parisher's focus is victim-to-survivor transformation, healing, and recovery.
Neelam Patel
U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women
Neelam J. Patel is the Team Lead for Training and Technical Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). In her position as Team Lead, Ms. Patel is responsible for overseeing the management and development of the OVW Training and Technical Assistance Initiative. Ms. Patel began her career at OVW as a Presidential Management Fellow and Program Specialist with the OVW Legal Assistance for Victims and Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange grant programs. During her tenure at OVW, Ms. Patel completed various leadership programs within the department, including the U.S. Department of Justice Leadership Excellence and Achievement Program and a detail as Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service.
Kathrina Peterson
DOJ Office for Victims of Crime
Kathrina Peterson is the acting deputy director over the State Compensation and Assistance Division, where she oversees the Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC) state formula funding programs. Ms. Peterson also advises the OVC director on legislative, regulatory, policy, and legal matters as attorney advisor. She previously worked in the Office on Violence Against Women, where she managed state formula grant programs. Ms. Peterson served as a Women's Law and Public Policy teaching fellow in the Georgetown Univ. Law Centers Domestic Violence Clinic.
Allie Phillips
Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)
Allie Phillips is an author, attorney, and advocate for protecting vulnerable victims. She is the founder & CEO of the Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T) Program, the first and only global initiative helping domestic violence shelters to create on-site pet housing. Ms. Phillips is a former prosecuting attorney who has worked for the National District Attorney's Association as the founder/director of the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse and deputy director of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse. She was the vice president of Public Policy and vice president of Human-Animal Strategic Initiatives for American Humane Association. With over 25 years of experience in helping animal and human survivors of abuse, Ms. Phillips has been educating criminal justice professionals since 1997.
Kim Piechowiak
Texas Office of Court Administration
Kimberly Piechowiak is the domestic violence training attorney for the Texas Office of Court Administration. Ms. Piechowiak prosecuted family violence cases for 20 years in San Antonio and implemented the family violence prosecution program at San Antonio Municipal Court. She has been training law enforcement officers, attorneys, and judges since 1997 on the issue of domestic violence for many local, state, and national agencies.
Jacqui Pitt
Everytown for Gun Safety
Jacqui Pitt is Everytown for Gun Safety's Policy & Implementation counsel. Ms. Pitt leads Everytown's work to improve the implementation of laws addressing the lethal intersection of guns and domestic violence. This includes managing Everytown's multi-state court monitoring project, and working with judges and law enforcement to improve the efficacy of domestic violence gun surrender laws in practice. Prior to joining Everytown for Gun Safety, she was the senior legal advisor to the Governor of Victoria, Australia.
Julie Pleasant
Houston Police Department
Julie Pleasant is a lieutenant with the Houston Police Department with over 23 years of law enforcement experience. She currently serves as the director over HPD's Victim Services Unit. During her tenure, she has overseen the Unit's growth from less than twelve advocates to staff of over thirty advocates, police officers, supervisors, and administrative staff. She is also a founding member of the Harris County Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) and responsible for ensuring DART field teams deliver trauma-informed care to crime victims. Lt. Pleasant is active in the Harris County District Attorney's Domestic Violence High Risk Team, the Houston Area Council on Human Trafficking, and the Houston Collective Healing Project Team.
Isle Polonko
Clinical Practice Resources
Isle Polonko has been in the field of simulated invasive exam skills training (gynecologic teaching associate programming) since 1988. She is a certified Healing Touch Program Instructor and Practitioner, Certified Gynecological Teaching Associate (GTA) , and a Domestic Violence Specialist. During her tenure as a child sexual assault advocate, she wrote curriculum for domestic violence and sexual assault certification trainings and anger management programming, and has worked for both state and private agencies developing training programs for case workers in the field. In 2005, Ms. Polonko became the director of the prestigious gynecologic teaching associate program at New Jersey Medical School, where she developed curriculum in the field of gynecologic teaching associate training. Ms. Polonko founded the GTA/ Male Urogenital Teaching Associate (MUTA) Special Interest Group at the Association of Standardized Patient Educators and spearheaded projects with colleagues to identify standards of best practices in the field. She has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on invasive exam skills simulated training, interpersonal violence, effects of sexual assault and domestic violence on children, and the field of energy medicine as a tool to heal trauma. Ms. Polonko has contributed to educational publications and recently developed a curriculum for GTAs who are training to work in invasive exam clinical skills labs for SANE trainings. While at New Jersey Medical School, Ms. Polonko wrote and administered a grant designed to utilize the specialized skills of GTAs to train medical residents in the sexual assault forensic evidence collection kit. Ms. Polonko has collaborated with numerous private and state sexual assault and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) organizations and has trained GTAs and MUTAs across the country and internationally to work as independent instructors in the training of medical students, health care practitioner, and SANEs.
Trinka Porrata
Porrata Consulting
Trinka Porrata, retired Los Angeles Police Department detective of 25 years, is a widely recognized presenter on the investigation of drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA). Her expertise is in sexual assaults and narcotics, especially trendy drugs of abuse. Since retiring from LAPD, she has provided training internationally for agencies from local to federal, medical personnel, and community resources. Porrata is an expert witness and president of Project GHB (gamma hydroxy butyrate), a nonprofit organization dedicated to DFSA, drug abuse prevention and treatment issues regarding GHB and other drugs. She operates a GHB Addiction Helpline working with more than 4,000 GHB addicts in 22 countries. She edited two editions of "Drug ID & Symptoms Guide" and is editor/author of "Gd Up 24/7: The GHB Addiction Guide." She has chapters in other books and is co-author on journal articles reviewing 226 GHB death cases.
Amy Pridday
Ohio Attorney General's Office
Amy Pridday is a victim advocate in the Special Prosecutions Section at the Ohio Attorney General's Office, serving victims of violent crime statewide. Prior to joining Ohio Attorney General’s Office in 2018, Ms. Pridday was a victim witness assistant at the Franklin Co. Prosecutor’s Office for over 13 years. She has participated in revising and distributing materials designed to assist victims and witnesses of crime navigate the criminal justice system as well as provide trainings to law enforcement, health care providers, and other advocates. Ms. Pridday regularly attends meetings with the Central Ohio Sexual Assault Task Force, and in 2019 she was appointed to Governor DeWine’s Working Group on Reviewing the Medical Board’s handling of the investigation involving Richard Strauss.
Danielle Pugh-Markie
Center for Court Innovation
Danielle Pugh-Markie is the director of Judicial Education and Leadership at the Center for Court Innovation (CCI). In this capacity, Ms. Pugh-Markie implements judicial training and leadership programs in courts nationally and internationally. Prior to joining CCI, she was the director of Program Development and Judicial Engagement for the Family Violence and Domestic Relations Program (FVDR) at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). At NCJFCJ, Ms. Pugh-Markie developed the immediate and longer-term visions for the Family Violence and Domestic Relations Division. She oversaw several training and technical assistance projects to judges including the seminal National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence and directed the implementation of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking. Ms. Pugh-Markie also worked at the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) where she served as administrative manager of the Washington State Supreme Court Commissions on Gender and Justice, Minority and Justice, and Court Interpreters and the Office of Trial Court Services and Judicial Education.
Ziwei Qi
Fort Hays State University
Ziwei Qi is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Criminal Justice at Fort Hays State University. Before arriving at Fort Hays State University, Dr. Qi taught in the Justice and Policy Studies Dept. at Guilford College, a private four-year liberal arts institution located in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Qi has been actively engaged in research involving gender and crime, restorative justice, social entrepreneurship in the criminal justice system, and experiential learning in the U.S.
Dalia Racine
Dalia Racine, a former prosecutor with a specialized focus on human trafficking and violence against women and girls, is an attorney advisor at AEquitas. Ms. Racine began her career at the Fulton Co. District Attorney’s office in Atlanta, GA. During her time in Fulton County, she was assigned to the Crimes Against Women and Children Unit and the Major Case Unit, where she prosecuted sexual and physical assault of women and children, including homicides. As a result of her trial experience in Fulton Co., Ms. Racine was recruited to join the Crimes Against Children Unit at the DeKalb Co. District Attorney’s Office in Decatur, GA. During her time in DeKalb Co., she initiated the creation of a specialized human trafficking unit and a task force comprising representatives from law enforcement agencies, the Department of Family and Children, schools, service providers, the medical community, and elected officials. Ms. Racine's trial experience is a practical complement to her collaboration with and training of allied professionals around the world. The leadership role that she assumed as a prosecutor in the communities she served, her passion for zealous advocacy on behalf of victims, and her success in holding offenders accountable informs her delivery of technical assistance and development of resources at AEquitas.
Rachel Ramirez
Ohio Domestic Violence Network
Rachel Ramirez is the Founder and Director of The Center on Partner Inflicted Brain Injury, a project of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN). The Center provides statewide, national, and international leadership to raise awareness on the emerging area of brain injury caused by domestic violence. For the past 13 years at ODVN, Rachel has led multiple training and capacity-building initiatives on trauma-informed approaches, mental health, and substance use, with a recent national focus on partner inflicted brain injury. She co-authored "Trauma-Informed Approaches: Promising Practices and Protocols" for Ohios Domestic Violence Programs, as well as peer reviewed academic journal articles in Journal of Family Violence and the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma.
Shelley Reader
The Crisis Center
Shelley Reader is the program manager at The Crisis Center in Littleton, CO. The Crisis Center provides shelter, advocacy, and therapy services to survivors of domestic violence. Ms. Reader has worked with survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence for 14 years. Her career began as a sexual assault advocate in a college setting, where she trained volunteer victim advocates and provided on-call support to survivors at police stations and hospitals. Ms. Reader transitioned into working with survivors of domestic violence where she has worked in confidential emergency shelters, community-based advocacy, and worked in collaboration with Douglas Co. Dept. of Human Services as a co-located advocate and a participant on child and adult protection teams. Her approach to advocacy is trauma informed and strength based. In 2016, Ms. Reader was an integral member of The Crisis Center team during the implementation of the Community Advocacy Program and the Lethality Assessment Program.
Laura Richards
Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service
Laura Richards is an award-winning and world-renowned criminal behavioral analyst, investigator, and advocate. Ms. Richards worked for a decade at New Scotland Yard as head of the Homicide Prevention Unit, head of the Violent Crime Intelligence and Analysis Unit, and head of the Sexual Offences Section. She founded Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service and spearheaded the Domestic Violence Law Reform campaign in England and Wales, which resulted in the offense of coercive control being introduced in 2015. Ms. Richards is the author of the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment (DASH) and Honour Based Abuse Risk Model, as well as the Oxford University Press book "Policing Domestic Violence." She is executive producer of "Jennifer 42"; consulting producer of "Dirty John: The Dirty Truth"; co-creator and executive producer of The Case of JonBenet Ramsey on CBS; "The Case of Caylee Anthony" on Oxygen; and host of the Netflix series "Killer in the Family." Ms. Richards is also the co-creator and co-host of the award-winning podcast "Real Crime Profile."
Michelle Rivard Parks
Tribal Judicial Institute, University of North Dakota School of Law
Michelle Rivard Parks is a licensed attorney with more than 20 years of experience practicing in the areas of tribal law and federal Indian law. She is an appointed member of the North Dakota Supreme Court State and Tribal Court Committee, and in January 2011 she was appointed by U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to serve on the U.S. Department of Justice Violence Against Women Federal & Tribal Prosecution Task Force. Mrs. Parks is a former tribal prosecutor and current tribal attorney for the Spirit Lake Nation, as well as a former special judge for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and current Chief Justice of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation Supreme Court. She was previously on staff at Univ. of North Dakota School of Law as an Adjunct Professor and taught courses on Federal Indian Law, Tribal Economic Development and the Law, and Tribal Law. She also serves as the Associate Director of the Tribal Judicial Institute, where she provides training and technical assistance to tribal, state, and federal justice system officials on issues relevant to tribal justice systems, tribal law, and federal Indian law.
Keith Robinson
United States Attorney's Office - NDTX
Keith Robinson joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office (NDTX) in 2005 and has served as the chief of the Violent & Major Crimes Section since January 2018. As the Section chief, Mr. Robinson supervises a vast portfolio of criminal offenses, including government program fraud, criminal civil rights, immigration, child exploitation, human trafficking, firearms offenses, and violent crimes. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, he was a chief prosecutor at the Dallas Co. District Attorney’s Office, where he worked for approximately 12 years.
Jennifer Rose
Inspire Action for Social Change
Jennifer Rose is the co-director and founder at Inspire Action for Social Change. Prior to co-founding Inspire Action in 2008, Ms. Rose had held a number of leadership positions at local domestic violence programs. In her role as the Director of Domestic Violence Services at WAWC, she worked to build a program that provided both crisis intervention and long-term advocacy to survivors and their families. Ms. Rose also opened a supervised visitation center that was part of a national demonstration initiative.
Jessica Rosenbeck
Jennifer 42
Jessica Rosenbeck is a domestic violence survivor. After years of abuse and coercive control at the hands of her stepfather, Ms. Rosenbeck lost her mother in a murder-suicide in 2007. She worked with numerous others including Governor Jodi Rell to pass Public Act 08-67 or "Jen's Law." The bill authorizes a Superior Court judge, in any family relations matter, to order that testimony be taken outside the physical presence of any other party under certain circumstances. Most recently, Ms. Rosenbeck has been working with the producers of "Jennifer, 42"; an animated documentary chronicling the harrowing story of her family.
Colin Ross
The Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma
Colin A. Ross, M.D. is the author of 32 books and over 230 peer-reviewed papers. He is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. He consults to hospital-based Trauma Programs at Univ. Behavioral Health Hospital in Denton, Texas and at two additional programs in Michigan and California. Dr. Ross has spoken widely nationally and internationally.
Deidra Saina
Air Force Medical Readiness Agency/Family Advocacy Program
Deidra Saina has over 19 years’ experience working in the family violence field, where she has provided trauma-informed advocacy services, clinical treatment, and program management support to military and civilian domestic violence and sexual assault agencies. In 2011, Ms. Saina was integral in creating a comprehensive Air Force-wide Domestic Abuse Victim Advocacy (DAVA) Program for the Air Force (AF) Family Advocacy Program (FAP). Currently, Ms. Saina is responsible for overseeing, managing, and directing domestic abuse victim advocacy services at AF bases around the world and provides subject-matter expert consultation, policy recommendations, and training to victim advocates, social workers, nurses, and military leadership across the AF.
Jeanne Sarson
Persons Against Non-State Torture
Jeanne Sarson is a Canadian feminist human rights defender. In 1993, she focused her practice on exposing and naming family-based non-State torture (NST) as a specific form of violence against women and girls. With Linda MacDonald, Ms. Sarson developed models explaining NST, gathering insights into the torturers' MO, and shaping NST victimization-traumatization informed care when supporting women's recovery and freedom efforts.
Melissa Scaia
Global Rights for Women
Melissa Scaia is the director of International Training for Global Rights, for Women. Ms. Scaia was recently the executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, known as the Duluth Model. Prior to that role, she was the executive director of Advocates for Family Peace for 17 years. She co-wrote two curricula: Addressing Fatherhood with Men Who Batter and Turning Points: A Nonviolence Curriculum for Women. Ms. Scaia testifies as an expert witness on domestic violence in the state of Minnesota. She has participated in numerous United Nations Expert Meetings on violence against women. She co-facilitates a batterers intervention program (BIP) and has for 20 years. Currently, she is part of an international research project related to BIPs.
Joseph Scaramucci
McLennan County Sheriff's Office
Joseph Scaramucci is a detective with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office, investigating crimes against persons. Since initiating investigations in human trafficking in 2014, Det. Scaramucci has participated in John Suppression events, arresting over 450 sex buyers with his partner in a period of eight months. In the last three years, he has conducted sting operations resulting in the arrest of approximately 125 individuals for trafficking and related offenses, which led to the recovery of approximately 215 trafficking victims and seizure of more than $300,000 in currency and assets. Det. Scaramucci has worked both state and federal investigations as a task force officer with Homeland Security Investigations, which has led to investigations and arrests throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has also led and trained numerous agencies throughout the U.S. on how to conduct these operations, along with operations targeting illicit massage parlors. Det. Scaramucci is certified in Courts of Law as a subject matter expert in trafficking. He is further employed as a consultant for Polaris, Collective Liberty, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Gregory Schiller
United States Attorney's Office
Gregory Schiller is an asst. U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office. From August 2003 – April 2016, Mr. Schiller was an asst. state attorney in West Palm Beach. Since 2009, he ran the Internet Crimes Against Children unit handling child pornography, online exploitation of minors, and human trafficking cases. Beginning in May 2016 Mr. Schiller became an asst. U.S. attorney in West Palm Beach, handling Project Safe Childhood cases involving child pornography, online exploitation of minors, and human trafficking cases. Mr. Schiller also teaches and lectures throughout the country on topics related to Internet Child Exploitation and to students and parents of all ages throughout Palm Beach County on Internet Safety.
Pam Schmidt
Teaching CSI
Pam Schmidt is a retired crime scene investigator and has worked in law enforcement for nearly three decades. Ms. Schmidt started her career as a 911 telecommunications operator and quickly elevated to 911 trainer. She then took the turn into forensics where she finished out the remainder of her career as a crime scene investigator. Ms. Schmidt has nearly 2000 hours of forensic and evidence training. She was selected and invited to train with the New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the FBI. She has worked thousands of crime scenes over the years from simple thefts to sexual assaults and homicides. She is certified as a senior crime scene analyst through the International Association for Identification, as well as a certified evidence specialist through the Property & Evidence Association of Florida (PEAF). Ms. Schmidt was an integral part of the creation of the statewide Evidence Certification Program, and also created a non-profit organization to help the Deaf community over two decades ago, where she sat as director. Ms. Schmidt currently teaches at the Law Enforcement Academy on Crime Scene as well as giving classes and lectures locally and throughout the country at the request of other professionals and law enforcement agencies.
Neil Schori
The Edge Church
Neil Schori is a pastor at The Edge Church in suburban Chicago. In 2007, Stacy Peterson, a woman he counseled, confided to him that her husband had killed his previous wife. She disappeared two months later. Amid a media firestorm, Mr. Schori tirelessly studied the epidemic of domestic violence. He served as a key witness in Drew Peterson's subsequent murder trial and began assisting victims and helping train church leaders to respond properly to victims. He worked with the late Susan Murphy-Milano to develop the Evidentiary Affidavit of Abuse, a tool that empowers victims and establishes a chain of custody in cases of severe physical violence, which was first used by Mr. Schori and Susan in his church in 2009.
Nancy Schwartzman
Picture Motion
Nancy Schwartzman is a filmmaker and media strategist who uses storytelling and technology to create safer communities for women and girls. Her debut feature ROLL RED ROLL premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and had its international premiere at Hot Docs. A globally-recognized human rights activist, Ms. Schwartzman serves on Vice President Biden’s Advisory Council. As a tech founder, she created the White House award-winning app Circle of 6, designed to reduce sexual violence among America’s youth. Circle of 6 is used by over 350,000 people in 36 countries.
Lisa Shepperd
Prince George's County Police Dept.
Lisa Shepperd has been with the Prince George’s County Police Dept., in Maryland, since 2012. Det. Shepperd was on patrol from 2012 until June 2015, when she was transferred to the Regional Investigation Division, which handled assaults, such as shootings and cuttings. In January 2016, she was reassigned to the Criminal Investigation Division’s Domestic Violence Unit where she stayed until June 2016. From there, Det. Shepperd went on to work for the Child and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Unit until September 2017 before getting transferred to the Sexual Assault Unit. In October 2019, Det. Shepperd left the Sexual Assault Unit and went to the Homicide Unit. During the course of her investigative career, she has been the lead investigator on about 300 cases and has assisted in numerous other cases.
Wayne Shurling
Sudbury Police Department
Wayne Shurling is a detective sergeant with the Sudbury Police Dept. Det. Sgt. Shurling started his career as a dispatcher/special police officer in 1995, then became a patrolman in 2001. He was promoted to detective in 2006 and remained there until he was promoted to sergeant in 2016. Det. Sgt. Shurling worked as a patrol sergeant until he was promoted back into the Detective Bureau as a detective sergeant in 2017. Over the course of his career, Det. Sgt. Shurling has investigated numerous high profile cases, to include homicide, sexual assaults and other violent crimes. He currently supervises the Detective Bureau, School Resource Officers, and the Dept.'s in-house Licensed Clinician within their Jail Diversion program.
Doreen Sims
Stop Abuse Campaign
Doreen Sims is the chair of the Stop Abuse Campaign in Texas, and has lobbied and testified at the State Capitol on the Texas version of the Safe Child Act #HB3121. In April 2019, Ms. Sims held a rally on the south steps at the Texas Capitol, bringing awareness to the issues of child filicide connected to family court and child abuse fatalities. On top of her work as advocate for survivors, Ms. Sims is a victim, caught in the very system where her child is not being protected. She can speak to the current research for women and share her experiences as a survivor, Texas data of family violence, a growing trend in violence against women, and share from her own experience the need to address domestic violence, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and trauma.
Bill Smock
Louisville Metro Police Department
Bill Smock is the police surgeon and directs the Clinical Forensic Medicine Program for the Louisville Metro Police Dept. Dr. Smock is a clinical professor of Emergency Medicine at the Univ. of Louisville School of Medicine and chair of the Institute on Strangulation Prevention's National Medical Advisory Committee.
Johna Stallings
Harris County District Attorney's Office
Johna Stallings is the chief of trafficking and sex crimes for the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Previously, Ms. Stallings handled numerous violent and child related crimes before opening her own criminal practice in 2001. From 2001 to 2008, she worked with the mentally disabled and others with addiction or mental health issues. Ms. Stallings returned to prosecution in 2008 in Victoria County, Texas where she was in charge of a district court and later became first assistant for several years.
Scott Stevens
Iowa City Police Dept.
Scott Stevens has been a police officer with the Iowa City Police Dept. since 2003, and is currently the sergeant of the Detective's Division. From 2013 to 2018, Sgt. Stevens served as Iowa City’s domestic violence investigator, where he worked on incidents of domestic abuse, harassment, stalking, and enforcement of protective orders. Among other efforts, Sgt. Stevens served on the Domestic Abuse Response Team, University of Iowa Anti-Violence Coalition, Domestic Assault Investigation Team, and the Johnson Co. Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In 2016, Sgt. Stevens led a pilot program for Iowa to introduce ODARA as a risk assessment model. Sgt. Stevens continues to provide training and education on topics of domestic violence for community groups, advocates, and law enforcement, ensuring the next generation of law enforcement works from a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach, while also furthering efforts to improve his dept.'s response to interpersonal crimes.
Myra Strand
Strand Squared
Myra Strand is the chief servant leader of Strand2 Squared, where she provides training and education in person and online. Ms. Strand also provides consultation and agency support in the areas of trauma and response. Last year, Strand Squared provided educational services to over 30,000 professionals. Myra began working with people who live with trauma in 1995. She has experience working with youth who have complex trauma and/or serious mental illness, people with developmental disabilities, youth in competing war zones, offenders, death notification, and victims of all crime types. Ms. Strand places a special emphasis on professional health as it relates to organizational trauma. She was previously a faculty member at Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College where she taught issues of violence, sexuality, and applied intersectionality for over a decade. She has also taught social justice classes in the Detention Center, working with men on issues of violence and healing.
Russell Strand
Russell Strand is a retired Senior Special Agent (SSA) and the founder and owner of Russell Strand Consulting, LLC. SSA Strand is also the creative visionary for Strand Squared, LLC. He provides consultation, systems auditing, training, education, and assistance to agencies and service providers around the world. As a career law enforcement professional, trainer, educator, writer, and consultant, SSA Strand has distinguished himself as an integral member of the criminal justice community and is widely recognized for his contributions to the field. He was selected by the Secretary of Defense to serve on the Congressionally-mandated Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Committee as a member of the Comparative Systems Subcommittee. SSA Strand was also inducted into the U.S. Army Military Police Regimental Hall of Fame.
Corbin Streett
Corbin Streett works at the intersection of technology and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking as a Technology Safety Specialist with the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Mr. Streett provides both technology safety and confidentiality related training and technical assistance at the national level to victim advocates, law enforcement personnel, court officials, legal service providers, and other stakeholders.
Donna Strittmatter Max
U.S. Attorney's Office
Donna Strittmatter Max is an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Texas. In that role, she prosecutes criminal healthcare fraud and serves as her office’s Elder Justice Coordinator. Prior to her current position, Ms. Strittmatter Max spent over 15 years prosecuting white collar crime at the Dallas Co. District Attorney’s Office as the chief of the Specialized Crime Division. She oversaw the intake and prosecution of thousands of felony cases including environmental crimes, securities fraud, embezzlement, mortgage fraud, and computer crimes. She was one of Texas’ first dedicated elder abuse prosecutors and has conducted trainings and presentations across the nation on fraud topics. Ms. Strittmatter Max has also been involved in authoring state legislation to expand criminal prosecution for elderly victims.
Kevin Strom
RTI International
Kevin Strom is the director of Research Triangle Institute's (RTI) Center for Policing Research and Investigative Science. Dr. Strom has led numerous projects in forensic- and policing-related research, including foundational work for the U.S. Dept. of Justice that helped to define and quantify the problems associated with unsubmitted evidence in law enforcement agencies. He serves as one of two project directors for the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Team and directs research on sexual assault kit efficiency and best practices. Dr. Strom works regularly with law enforcement agencies at local and national levels. He is a member of the research advisory boards for both the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Police Executive Research Forum. Before joining RTI, he worked for the U.S. Dept. of Justices Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Gail Swafford
Children's Advocacy Center
Gail Swafford began her career in the banking industry. After 19 years as asst. vice president with AmSouth Bank in 1997, she pursued her educational goals. After receiving her MSW, Ms. Swafford worked as Children's Program director at Cullman Area Mental Health before joining the Child Advocacy Center of Cullman in 2004 as a child therapist. She became Executive Director in 2014. Ms. Swafford has served as a Field Instructor for the University of Alabama, University of North Alabama, Samford University, University of Southern California, and Wallace State Community College.
Julianna Sweeney
Travis County Attorney's Office
Julie Sweeney is the Coordinator of the Travis County Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT). She began working at the Travis County Attorney's Office as an intern in the Protective Order Division in 2013 and has continued to be involved with the county in various capacities. Julie has been the coordinator of Travis County's DVHRT since April of 2017.
Shaunestte Terrell
Indiana Prosecuting Attorney's Council
Shaunestte Terrell is the domestic violence and sexual assault resource prosecutor for the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, where she provides legal research to and aids in trial preparation for Indiana prosecuting attorneys who request assistance in investigating and prosecuting crimes of domestic violence or sexual assault. She also helps to plan and implement statewide trainings for prosecutors. Previously, Ms. Terrell served in AmeriCorps, and worked for the National AIDS Fund, stationed in Charlotte, NC. As part of her service, she frequently presented in community forums on HIV/AIDS, conducted HIV testing and counseling, and also participated in client services for those living with HIV/AIDS. During law school, Ms. Terrell clerked in Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division in a major felony court. At the Marion County Prosecutors Office in Indianapolis, Ms. Terrell was assigned to the Special Victims Unit where she prosecuted rape, child molestation, child abuse, human trafficking, and other crimes against protected persons. As the sole deputy prosecutor assigned to the Human Trafficking/Missing Persons Unit, she frequently participated in undercover investigations and prostitution ring busts, which she then prosecuted in Marion County Superior Court or referred to the U.S. Attorneys Office where she served as a consultant.
Rachel Thomas
Ending the Game
Rachel Thomas is the director of Sowers Education Group. Ms. Thomas has extensive experience teaching, training, curriculum writing, public speaking and mentoring. Sowers intervention curriculum "Ending The Game" is being used by over 500 facilitators in 23 states and helps survivors break the bonds of attachment to traffickers and the lifestyle of commercial sexual exploitation. Since 2012, Ms. Thomas and the Sowers Team have reached over 50,000 live audience members and millions more through numerous media outlets including New Day Morning Show on CNN, Inside with Chris Cuomo: Anyones Daughter on HLN, The T.D. Jakes Show, The New York Times Upfront Magazine, and ABCs Newsmakers.
Jennifer Thompson
When Jennifer Thompson was a medical student, she found herself in a relationship with a surgeon who also happened to be her mentor. For the three years they were together, Dr. Thompson was strangled and assaulted by him on multiple occasions. She has since left the relationship and is now practicing medicine while raising her two children. Dr. Thompson aims to educate others about her experience to save the lives of women in violent relationships.
Kelly Thorstad
Texas Children’s Pediatrics
Kelly Thorstad is a doctor at Texas Children’s Pediatrics. Dr. Thorstad previously founded Lone Star Pediatrics in Austin, TX. She is a past president of the Pediatric Alliance of Austin, former department chair of Pediatrics at North Austin Medical Center, and has served as a member of the Medical Executive Committees for Dell Children’s Medical Center and NAMC. She was a founding member of the Central Texas Pediatric Alliance of Central Texas and serves as a board member of the Texas Advocacy Project. Dr. Thorstad is a board certified pediatrician and a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Tom Tremblay
Thomas Tremblay Consulting & Training
Tom Tremblay is the owner of Thomas Trembley Consulting and Training. Throughout his distinguished 30 year policing career as an officer, detective, supervisor, police chief, and state public safety commissioner, Mr. Tremblay has been a passionate leader for the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. He is a retired chief of police from Burlington, VT, and a former Commissioner of the Vermont Dept. of Public Safety. Mr. Tremblay is now a national and international advisor and trainer for police, prosecutors, advocates, higher education, the military, and the private sector. He is a contracted subject matter expert on domestic violence and sexual assault for numerous organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Center for Campus Public Safety, Police Executive Research Forum, Rape Abuse Incest National Network, Research Triangle Institute (RTI) Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, Battered Womens Justice Project, U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.
John Trenary
John Trenary is a High-Tech Crime training instructor for SEARCH. Det. Trenary coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations to local, state, and federal justice and public safety agencies. Det. Trenary is a Cybercrimes Detective/Digital Forensic Examiner in the Linn County, OR Sheriff’s Office, where he manages the offices’ Digital Forensics Laboratory.
Jon Turbett
The CTK Group
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. Mr. Turbett currently investigates a significant number of felony level offenses, including homicides, human trafficking, fraud, and sex crimes. He presents regularly and oversees the legal component of The CTK Group's Interview and Interrogation courses.
Darrel Turner
Turner Forensic Psychology
Darrel Turner is a clinical and forensic psychologist who specializes in the field of sexual abuse. He has consulted and acted as an evaluating and testifying expert nationally on cases for state agencies as well as for the FBI, NCIS, U.S. Military, and Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Turner has been invited to present to law enforcement, mental health professionals, and attorneys across the country and internationally. He also actively publishes research in the field. He has appeared in the media on radio, television, and print. Prior to his current career, Dr. Turner worked in an undercover capacity in narcotics and sex crimes operations.
Fe Villegas
Marine Corps Family Advocacy Program
Fe Villegas is the Family Advocacy Program advocate specialist at the Marine Corps Headquarters. Ms. Villegas' experience includes child protection in Massachusetts, child sexual assault advocacy with Safe Passage in Colorado Springs, and advocacy for victims of violent crimes, including homicide with the Colorado Springs Police Dept.
Rachel Voth Schrag
The University of Texas Arlington
Rachel Voth Schrag is an asst. professor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work. Dr. Voth Schrag has over 15 years of experience in direct practice, agency leadership, and research to end violence against women. Her research focuses on the secondary prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence through the development and promotion of effective, accessible, and desired survivor-centered services.
Molly Voyles
Texas Council on Family Violence
Molly Voyles is a public policy manager for the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and has worked at the coalition for over 13 years. In her position at TCFV, Ms. Voyles provides technical assistance and training across the state on family violence program policy issues with a focus on supporting survivor-centered services models. She also works on systemic efforts to examine the intersection of homelessness and domestic violence and currently serves on the Texas Interagency Council on Homelessness. Prior to joining TCFV, Ms. Voyles worked in a variety of roles within domestic violence programs with a primary focus on assisting survivors with accessing stable housing and working with children of survivors of domestic violence.
Lauren Wagner
High-Tech Crime Training Services at SEARCH
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 routinely provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases.
Jennifer Waindle
DeKalb Co. District Attorney's Office
Jennifer Waindle was previously a Supervisor for DeKalb County State Court Probation, where she designed policies and procedures regarding the monitoring of domestic violence. In 2014, Inv. Waindle implemented Georgia's first statewide, formal firearms protocol on a misdemeanor level, aimed at retrieving firearms from probationers and enforcing the federal firearms ban for persons convicted of family violence offenses.
Deanna "Dede" Wallace
Homeland Security Investigations
Deanna Wallace serves as a Victim Assistance specialist for Homeland Security Investigations, Washington D.C., which oversees offices across Virginia, West Virginia, and the District. In this role, Ms. Wallace bridges the gap between law enforcement needs and victim services. She works with federal agents, local and state law enforcement officers, and nonprofit organizations on cases involving human trafficking, child exploitation, and financial crimes. Ms. Wallace has more than 15 years experience in the field. She is often consulted as a subject matter expert on victim issues, and uses her vast knowledge to train colleagues in the industry both domestically and abroad on victim issues and trauma-informed interviewing practices.
Cheryl Wattley
UNT Dallas College of Law
Cheryl Wattley joined the inaugural faculty of the UNT Dallas College of Law from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she served on the faculty from 2006 through 2013, and was professor of Law and director of Clinical Education. At UNT Dallas College of Law, Professor Wattley teaches Criminal Law in the first-year curriculum; she is also the director of Experiential Education and teaches courses in professional skills, criminal law, and professionalism.
Reilly Webb
Office of the Governor, Texas
Reilly Webb serves as the executive director for the Office of the Texas Governor's Criminal Justice Division. In this role, Mr. Webb oversees over 20 programs that receive more than $350 million of state and federal funding intended to improve public safety and support victims of crime by filling system gaps through innovative solutions. During his time at the Texas Governor's Office, Mr. Webb has worked on issues such as reducing domestic violence fatalities, preventing child sex trafficking, border security, law enforcement safety, transforming specialty courts, reducing recidivism rates, and many more. He serves on Governor Abbott's Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, the Homeland Security Senior Advisory Committee, and leads the State's Sexual Assault Survivors Task Force.
Angela Weekes
Nampa Police Dept.
Angela Weekes began her career with the Nampa Police Dept. in 1994. Cpl. Weekes has served the City of Nampa in several different capacities including: patrol, school resource officer, DARE officer, and child abuse investigator. She is currently assigned as a corporal in the Crimes against Person’s Unit in the investigation’s division. Cpl. Weekes is a certified Federal Law Enforcement Training Center instructor in domestic violence. She is certified by Idaho Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Academy in domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as for the Idaho Coalition on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Cpl. Weekes also has instructed at the International Family Justice Center Conference. She serves as faculty with the International Association for Chiefs of Police.
Hope Wenke
Red Wind Consulting, Inc.
Hope Wenke, an enrolled member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, is currently the Urban Native Training and Technical Assistance coordinator for Red Wing Consulting, Inc. Ms. Wenke works with urban Native programs to build and enhance their responses to indigenous victims of domestic violence and sexual violence. She previously served as program director of the Haseya Advocate Program, a local urban Native program of Red Wind Consulting, working to address violence against Native survivors of domestic and sexual violence through direct services in Colorado Springs, CO. Prior to that, Ms. Wenke worked as a confidential advocate providing culturally sensitive and appropriate advocacy for Urban Native Victims.
Carolyn West
University of Washington
Carolyn West is professor of clinical psychology at the Univ. of Washington, where she teaches courses on the Psychology of Black Women and Sex Crimes and Sexual Violence. Dr. West has authored over 70 publications and is editor/contributor of "Violence in the Lives of Black Women: Battered, Black, and Blue." She has also written extensively on racism in sexualized media, and produced the documentary Let me tell yall bout Black chicks: Images of Black women in pornography in 2018. Dr. West trains, consults, and speaks to national and international audiences. She has worked as an expert witness in domestic violence/sexual assault cases, delivered keynote addresses, conducted workshops, and created innovative training materials to educate and equip professionals with the skills to provide culturally-sensitive services to survivors of color.
Jeanette Westbrook
SPACE International, Women Graduates U.S.A.
Jeanette Westbrook is a social worker, human rights activist, and survivor of Non State Torture (NST) and child porn. Ms. Westbrook has over 27 years of front-line experience in working with traumatized clients, including refugees from around the world. Additionally, she has spent more than 20 years interfacing with court-ordered individuals in Louisville, KY. Ms. Westbrook is a member of Women Graduates U.S.A., the first co-chair of the Louisville KY Human Trafficking Task Force, and former president and vice president of The United Nations Association of the U.S.A-KY. Ms. Westbrook is also a member of Survivors of Prostitution Abuse Calling for Enlightenment (SPACE) International, an organization advocating for adoption of The Nordic Model legislation adopted in several countries that addresses the demand for women and children in prostitution and trafficking. Ms. Westbrook has used her survivorship to advocate and forward international treaties and policies that facilitate the empowerment of exploited women and children. Ms. Westbrook advocates for the recognition and adoption of laws and policies that address NST as a reality in the lives of women and children around the world. Ms. Westbrook has been guest lecturer at Indiana University Bloomington at The Dept. of Criminal Justice for over 14 years. She has been a presenter in over 25 United Nations Panels and has convened four panels over the past 12 years in the areas of NST, human trafficking, and prostitution.
Elissa Wev
Dallas County District Attorney's Office
Elissa Wev is an assistant district attorney in the Family Violence Division of the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. Ms. Wev began her career as a public defender in Dallas County in 2013, where she advocated for indigent clients charged with misdemeanor offenses. She now works prosecuting strangulation cases, aggravated assaults, and murders. She also serves on the LGBTQ+ Task Force of her office and is on the board of the Mexican American Bar Association of Dallas.
Dawn Wilcox
Women Count U.S.A.
Dawn Wilcox is a domestic violence survivor and educator. Ms. Wilcox founded Women Count USA: United States Femicide Database in 2017 and is creating the first comprehensive database of all women and girls murdered by men in the U.S. from 1950 to present. She also works to challenge victim-blaming media narratives.
Amanda Wilson
The Crisis Center
Amanda Wilson has been providing advocacy and case management services to survivors of domestic violence as a Community Advocacy Program (CAP) facilitator with The Crisis Center of Douglas County, CO for the past three years. She also served victims of domestic violence while working as a Family Support Specialist and Client Services Navigator for the largest domestic violence shelter in California.
Leila Wood
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Leila Wood is an asst. professor at Behavioral Health and Research Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Woods program of research focuses on college campus and community-based interpersonal violence intervention and prevention efforts. Over the last several years, she has conducted program evaluations and research studies in close collaboration with community agencies and campus partners, including studies on the extent and impact of sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and sexual harassment on college campuses. Dr. Wood currently leads and co-leads research projects focused on enhancing service responses to violence survivors, including evaluations of housing interventions, technology-facilitated hotline services, and advocacy services for violence survivors on college campuses. She is a mixed methods researcher with expertise in qualitative methods. Dr. Wood has extensive social work practice experience working survivors of intimate and interpersonal violence.
Lecia Wright
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Nebraska
Lecia Wright is currently an asst. U.S. attorney in the District of Nebraska in the General Crimes Unit. Since July 2014, Ms. Wright has represented the U.S. in violent crimes to include, felony assaults, sexual assault, domestic abuse, child sexual abuse, child abuse, and homicide cases. She also prosecutes child pornography offenses, white collar fraud, and computer crimes. Ms. Wright serves as the Tribal Liaison for Nebraska, serving as the primary point of contact for Native American tribes and Reservations in Nebraska. She coordinates with and trains federal and tribal law enforcement officers investigating violent crime and felony offenses occurring in Indian Country. Ms. Wright also serves in the U.S. Air Force as a Reservists in the JAG Corps.
Peggy Wright
Fort Bend Women's Center
Peggy Wright is a the director of clinical services for the Fort Bend Women's Center in Richmond, TX. For over 20 years, Ms. Wright has been active in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault and has experience working with victims, batterers, and child witnesses. Throughout her career, Ms. Wright has given countless presentations on various topics related to domestic violence and sexual assault to law enforcement, mental health professionals, attorneys, advocates, civic groups, and many others.
Mark Wynn
Wynn Consulting
Mark Wynn is a national trainer to police executives, patrol officers, training officers, prosecutors, judges, legislators, social service providers, healthcare professionals and victim advocates in all 50 states for over 30 years. Lt. Wynn is an international lecturer at police academies in Australia, Canada, Germany, England, Northern Ireland, Russia, the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of Georgia, the Federated States of Micronesia, Aruba, China, the Islands of the Bahamas, Brazil, Turkey, Cyprus, Singapore, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of Ghana, and the Republic of Moldova. Lt. Wynn is a Fulbright Specialist for the Department of State and is a survivor, enabling him to teach both effectively and passionately. He is devoted to ending domestic/sexual, elder and child abuse as a police officer, detective, educator, program supervisor and now consultant and advisor.
Hsin-Yen Yang
Fort Hays State University
Hsin-Yen Yang is an associate professor in the Dept. of Communication Studies at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Early in her career, Dr. Yang worked as a political campaigner, a social activist, a radio host and a researcher in various organizations during Taiwan’s democratization in the 1990s. She has advised many award-winning PR campaigns in state-wide collegiate contests. Dr. Yang was selected as an Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow in 2018. She is currently the faculty adviser of the FHSU Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.
Victoria Ybanez
Red Wind Consulting, Inc.
Victoria Ybanez has been working to end violence against American Indian/Alaskan Native women for 35 years. Ms. Ybanez developed and is the executive director of Red Wind Consulting, Inc., coordinating and providing Tribal Technical Assistance for recipients of the Tribal Governments Program for the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Current projects include the development and implementation of Tribal specific shelter and transitional housing programs and assisting Tribal programs in the development and program delivery; addressing children impacted violence against Indian women and teen dating violence; working with Tribal college and university campuses developing holistic responses to sexual assault; and responses for urban Native programs.
Andrea Zaferes
Andrea Zaferes is a medicolegal death investigator who specializes in the handling of aquatic cases from the scene to the courtroom. She trains law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, domestic violence workers, medical personnel, and jurisprudence members to recognize, document, and investigate aquatic homicide, death, assault, and abuse cases. She assists in analyzing and building such cases in the U.S. and abroad and has developed standards for their investigation. Ms. Zaferes is recognized in multiple jurisdictions and by the U.S. Army as an expert witness in bodies-found-in-water and aquatic death investigation. For more than 30 years, she has been teaching dive and surface teams around the world to perform water rescue and to find and recover submerged evidence and bodies. She is an author and frequent public speaker on the topics of aquatic death and aquatic abuse.