Joseph Abdullah currently serves as a senior inspector for the Sex Offender Investigations Branch of the United States Marshals Service in Detroit, Michigan. His duties include the investigation of violations of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
Amy Allen has a degree in behavioral science and a master's degree in criminal justice. She has been a social worker focusing on child abuse issues since 1987. During her career she has conducted over 4000 interviews of children and adolescents and testified in court as an expert over 300 times. In 2008, Amy took a job with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the Office of Investigations as a Victim Specialist. With DHS she works primarily with investigations involving child exploitation, human trafficking and human rights war violators. Amy lectures frequently to local and federal law enforcement, child protective services, judges, and the community on child exploitation and human trafficking and has traveled to the Republic of Moldova for the Department of Justice and presented on child victimization and forensic interviewing at the Eurasian Regional Conference Against Child Exploitation. She also spent 3 weeks in Rwanda last fall interviewing victims of the 1994 genocide.
Roy Altman, in his 3½ years at the US Attorney’s Office, has handled hundreds of criminal cases involving a wide range of criminal offenses, including drug trafficking (both domestic and international); arms trafficking; human trafficking; sex trafficking; child prostitution; child exploitation; bank, mail, and wire fraud; armed robbery; attempted murder; and the first degree murder of a US postal worker. During this time, AUSA Altman has tried eighteen federal cases, fifteen as first chair, including United States v. Lavont Flanders and Emerson Callum, a much-publicized case, in which Flanders, a former police officer, and Callum, a pornography producer, were convicted of luring hundreds of women to Miami, drugging the women, raping them, and selling the video-footage of the rapes over the Internet and at local pornography stores. AUSA Altman has also argued, and won, a case before the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. See United States v. Gomez-Castro, 605 F.3d 1245 (11th Cir. 2010). Prior to joining the US Attorney’s Office, AUSA Altman clerked for the Honorable Stanley Marcus, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. AUSA Altman is a graduate of Columbia University and the Yale Law School.
Cordelia Anderson operates her own training and consultation business based in Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Anderson has nearly 36 years of experience in prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation and other types of violence. She is an advocate for fighting demand and social change and has conducted over 2,000 trainings nationwide and internationally on a range of social issues such as: child sexual abuse/exploitation prevention, normalization of sexual harm, pornography, Internet and other technology safety, positive youth development, sexuality, bullying, harassment, violence prevention and compassion fatigue.
Kristen Anderson joined the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in 2005. As the Executive Director of Training and Outreach, she oversees the development and delivery of NCMEC curriculum to law enforcement and other service providers working in the area of child victimization. Kristen interacts frequently with the media, and has been a speaker and trainer regarding sex offenders and child-victimization issues across the United States and internationally for the past seven years. Prior to joining NCMEC, Kristen served as the chief of police for Port Townsend, Washington from 1999-2005. During her law enforcement career, she also worked as a certified crime-scene technician, field training officer, defensive tactics instructor, and school resource officer. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington.
Daniel Armagh serves as advisor to the Program Manager for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces. He received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma with honors where he received the American Jurisprudence Award for Achievement in the study of Legal Process in Contract Law. Mr. Armagh also studied at Queen’s College, Oxford University, United Kingdom. He became Director of Legal Education at Fox Valley Technical College in August of 2004, and General Counsel of Federal Programs in 2008. Among Mr. Armagh’s responsibilities as Director of Legal Education is to train attorneys, law enforcement, and other professionals how to investigate and prosecute crimes against children. Mr. Armagh lectures frequently on crimes against children in national and international forums, most recently at INTERPOL in Lyon, France; ARD-CHECHI in Moscow, Russia; ISPCAN in Denver, CO; and EUROPOL in Thun, Switzerland. He is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of investigation and prosecution of computer–facilitated crimes against children, sexual exploitation of children, child pornography, and child physical abuse and fatalities, and consults with various trial counsel on ongoing litigation.
Chris Armstrong is a High-Tech Crime training specialist in the Training Services department of SEARCH, where he coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics. He retired from the San Diego Police Department in 2006 after more than 27 years of service. When he retired, he was lead investigator for the ICAC grant in San Diego County. In this role, he was involved in both proactive and reactive investigations, forensic investigations, computer maintenance, office network and networking hardware, and grant financial planning. Immediately prior to his ICAC assignment, he spent six plus years as a child abuse investigator, investigating every type of child abuse, including child homicides.
Angela Aufmuth has been with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) since 1999 and is currently the Program Manager of the Special Analysis Unit (SAU). The SAU is comprised of three separate analytical teams: Sex Offender Tracking Team, Child Sex Tracking Team, and Research. During her career at NCMEC, some of the positions she has held include: supervisor of the Sex Offender Tracking Team, supervisor in the Call Center, a CyberTipline senior analyst in the Exploited Child Division, as well as an assistant case manager in the Missing Children’s Division. In each of her positions at NCMEC, she has worked closely with all levels of law enforcement, both in providing analytical information and available resources for their investigations. Ms. Aufmuth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development with a concentration in Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Milton Ayala has over 25 years of experience in leadership and management positions in the private sector, state and federal governments. His highest position of responsibility in the private sector was that of team leader for a geriatric team in a not-for-profit hospital. In the federal government, he achieved the position of Chief of Social Work, VA Hospital. In the military, he retired with the rank of colonel (US Army). Presently, he is employed as the Substance Abuse Program Specialist in the Department of Family and Protective Services. His professional clinical strengths are in social work, child welfare, mental health, and substance abuse treatment. He holds an MSW from Columbia University and an MA from the University of Minnesota. He is a licensed master social worker and a licensed chemical dependency counselor in the State of Texas.
Eugenia (Jennie) Barr, PhD has been employed with a prosecutor-based state agency in crime victim services since 2000, serving as Director of Training and Victim Assistance, Program Administrator for Applied Research, Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services Program, which includes the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs as well as a Primary Prevention Program, and most recently as the Sexual Assault Training Program Coordinator. Dr. Barr has also served as training specialist and mental health support for divisions that handle internet crimes against children, apprehension of sex offender fugitives, and death penalty cases. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, she brings her clinical expertise to training on the psychological impact of working in high-intensity fields, the impact of terrorism, crisis intervention, ethics, stress management, compassion fatigue and resiliency.
Christopher Baughman is a police detective and first-time author of the book, “Off the Street.” He moved to Las Vegas at age nine and grew up in the rougher sections of town. Chris followed his instincts for justice, and his father's encouragement, to join the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at age 24. He has spent most of his 13 years as a cop working the neighborhoods of his youth, on the beat as a patrol officer and later as an investigator in the Gang and Vice Units. He is currently assigned to the Pandering Investigation Team (PIT). His team has arrested and convicted several of the wealthiest and most violent criminals in the city, propelling the team into the national spotlight with several segments on "Dateline NBC." The team also served as consultants for an episode of the CBS drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
James Beasley has been with the FBI for over twenty-nine years, serving in three field divisions and in the FBI Laboratory. He is currently a supervisory special agent in the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime – Behavioral Analysis Unit, based at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Over the past twelve years, he has conducted behavioral assessments of offenders in violent crime investigations, with special emphasis on crimes against children, serial murder, and cyber crimes. He has conducted research, testified in court as an expert witness, and published three articles based on his interviews with over fifty incarcerated offenders and extensive analyses of their backgrounds and relevant case records. He holds a BS degree in psychology from Central Missouri State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri.
Keith Becker joined the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) in the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division as a trial attorney in 2010. Prior to joining CEOS, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted federal and local cases involving violent crimes, narcotics, and child pornography.
Lauren Blue is an Intelligence Research Specialist (IRS) at the Child Exploitation Investigations Unit of the DHS Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Cyber Crimes Center. Lauren's responsibilities include assisting special agents with the development of target packages for major operations, including interfacing with electronic service providers, performing open source and law enforcement database searches, and analyzing resulting data to determine the identity and/or location of suspects. Lauren has worked on investigations involving P2P networks, forums, social networks, webcam, chat and email distributions.
David Boatright is a 33 year veteran of Texas law enforcement and serves as the Executive Director for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), Texas Regional Office. Prior to coming to NCMEC, David served 26 years in Texas government, primarily with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). During his career with the OAG he oversaw the criminal investigative work of the cyber crimes, fugitive apprehension, special investigations, money laundering and human trafficking efforts. From 2003 to 2010, he served as chief of the newly created Criminal Investigations Division for Attorney General Greg Abbott. Mr. Boatright was involved in the development of several of the OAG's most innovative criminal justice programs and has a national reputation for excellence in law enforcement. Mr. Boatright has appeared before the U.S. Congress and Texas Legislature regarding various criminal justice issues. Prior to joining the OAG, he was a member of the El Paso County Sheriff's Department. He received a BS degree from The University of Texas at El Paso. He is also a graduate of the 221st Session of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia, and a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Command Institute.
Brian Bone has been with the United States Postal Inspection Service since 2007 and is an inspector assigned to the United States Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in Washington, DC. During his tenure, he has been assigned to work on child exploitation investigations for USPIS on various federal and state task forces. In his current capacity, Inspector Bone conducts complex child exploitation investigations with a national scope, and performs computer forensic examinations in support of these investigations. Prior to joining USPIS, Inspector Bone worked as a sworn law enforcement officer within the State of Illinois for over 9 years conducting both cyber crime and child exploitation investigations.
Tony Bradley has been in law enforcement for 26 years and employed with the Collin County Sheriff’s Office for the past 21 years. Lieutenant Bradley has had a number of assignments while employed with Collin County, such as patrol, crime prevention, narcotics and crimes against children investigator. He was promoted in 2006 to the rank of lieutenant, moving from investigator to patrol supervisor. In 2010, he was assigned to supervise the Collin County Child Abuse task force housed at Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. The task force is comprised of four Sheriff’s Office investigators and two Allen Police Department detectives who investigate crimes against children in 13 cities within Collin County.
Julie Brand holds a masters degree in counseling and enjoyed a distinguished 25-year career as a school counselor. Now she uses her unique perspective as both counselor and survivor, to speak and to write about maternal incest. She combines research data, professional insights and her personal experiences to enlighten participants about the reality of mother-daughter sexual abuse. Since 2005, she has educated and empowered audiences across the United States with her dynamic programs on maternal incest and the opportunities for recovery from childhood trauma. Her resiliency workshop offers proven strategies for helping victims of childhood maltreatment and interpersonal violence to become strong, healthy survivors. Julie’s upbeat presentations focus on the power of resiliency and healing in all of our lives.
Larry 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. Since 1985, he has specialized in litigation involving allegations of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and abusive head trauma (shaken baby) cases. He regularly lectures as an invited speaker, both nationally and internationally, to judges, attorneys, medical and mental health professionals, law enforcement personnel (State and Federal), prosecutors (State and Federal), and child protection service personnel. Since 1999, he has served on the faculty of the New York City Police Department Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigation Course. In 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 he was named as one of the “Top Attorneys in the New York Metro Area” as published in the New York Times Magazine’s Super Lawyer Section, and one of the top Twenty-Five “Super Lawyers” in the Westchester County, New York area.
Johnathan Bridbord is the Lead Computer Forensic Specialist in the High Technology Investigative Unit within the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in the United States Department of Justice. Among his duties, he conducts forensic analysis of seized computer systems, mobile devices and media, provides investigative and analytical support to prosecutors and law enforcement agents to identify online child pornography offenses, and develops strategies for gathering electronic evidence.
Richard Brown joined the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) in 2004. He is the Law Enforcement & Technology Liaison and serves as the program manager for international deployments of the Microsoft Child Exploitation Tracking System CETS and PhotoDNA for law enforcement. Rich is a retired Bureau Chief in the New Jersey State Police. He has held positions in the High Technology Crimes Unit, Electronic Surveillance Unit, Training Bureau and the Chief of Intelligence Management. Most of his 25 years of law enforcement have been in the capacity of serving technology focused investigations or support of such investigations. He has a Master’s degree in Administrative Science and a Graduate Certificate in Computer Security and Forensic Administration and teaches as a professor on Intelligence Led Policing and Cyber Security.
Kathleen Buckley has been involved in the care of pediatric patients since 1986. Initially as a registered nurse, then as a pediatric nurse practitioner for the past 11 years. Currently, she is employed by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Center for Miracles, a child abuse assessment clinic, part of the State FACN. Her role in the clinic is to evaluate and follow infants and children diagnosed with failure to thrive. She has been in this position for three years. She also evaluates and treats children with allegations of neglect and physical abuse. She has had the opportunity for ongoing interaction and education with CPS caseworkers, investigators, school personnel, advanced practice nurses and nurses throughout San Antonio and south Texas.
Kelly Burke is the program manager for Juvenile Justice and Sex Offender Management at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) where she addresses policy and operational challenges facing law enforcement and develops tools and resources to assist law enforcement with preventing victimization, working in collaboration, educating the community, protecting children and young people, holding offenders accountable, and increasing community safety. She began her career at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) where she spent eight years in a variety of roles aimed at supporting law enforcement in missing and sexually exploited children cases. Ms. Burke spent three years at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center (CEOP), in London, England where, as a key member of the senior management team, she was instrumental in starting up the UK’s first national policing agency for child exploitation, based on a child-centric, collaborative approach to protecting children.
Ben Butler is the Director of Network Abuse for GoDaddy.com. Ben and his team have become experts and industry leaders in dealing with all forms of network abuse. This includes spam, phishing, hacking, copyright violation, child exploitation issues, illegal pharmacies, and the network security problems that often accompany such abuses. Mr. Butler comes from a strong technical background, including several years as a network and email administrator at a Fortune 500 company. He also has extensive experience in customer service and satisfaction, coupled with experience in both business management and marketing.
Nirupa Calvin is part of Google's Trust and Safety team that is responsible for the protection of Google revenue, users and brand. Her area of expertise is child safety investigations, wherein she investigates cases where it appears a child may be in immediate danger or if a user's conduct appears to be that of a producer who has access to children. She is also actively involved in some of Google's key online child safety initiatives. Nirupa is an honors graduate, with a Master's degree in Computer Science and Technology from the University of Madras, India.
Gilbert Campa is a Special Agent in the El Paso Division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). He has been assigned to the Cyber Crimes Group for the past three years and also serves as the collateral Victim Witness Coordinator. Agent Campa began his career in May of 1996, with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) as both an inspector and as a special agent. He was the recipient of the 2011 Texas Children's Hero Award, which was presented by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Texas Regional Office.
Corinthia Campbell has been a police officer for 11 years with the Arlington (TX) Police Department where she began on street patrol. She was later assigned to the Narcotics Division, including two years on loan to the Drug Enforcement Agency in Fort Worth, working complex and multifaceted narcotics cases. She then returned to patrol where she spent a short time as a field-training officer before being assigned to the Juvenile Unit as a juvenile detective, focused on runaways. Detective Campbell later transferred to the Crimes Against Children Unit. She has attended several interview and interrogation trainings and is a trainer for juvenile interview and interrogation techniques. Detective Campbell currently teaches the Intermediate Child Abuse course, as well as other classes, at the Arlington Police Academy.
Roger Canaff is a widely known child protection and anti-violence against women advocate, legal expert, author and public speaker. Mr. Canaff, a practicing attorney, has devoted his legal career to the eradication of violence against women and children, first as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia then as a Special Victims ADA in the Bronx, New York, and then as an Assistant Attorney General with the state of New York in their Sex Offender Management Unit. In June 2009, he joined the US Department of the Army as a Highly Qualified Expert training and advising Judge Advocate General (JAG) military prosecutors on sexual assault and other special victims’ cases. With over 10 years experience, he has prosecuted cases involving sexual and physical abuse against children and adolescents, and also sexual assault against adults, the elderly and persons with disabilities. Mr. Canaff served in the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, a unit of the National District Attorneys Association in Alexandria, Virginia for two years between assignments as an ADA.
Cyndi Cantu is the director of Forensic Services for the Center for Child Protection in Austin, Texas, where she has worked since 1995. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of arts in sociology. Ms. Cantu supervises the forensic interview staff, conducts forensic interviews, assists in facilitating the Court Orientation Program and provides training to multidisciplinary team members, center staff and the community. She has presented at national, state and local trainings. Ms. Cantu was a member of the Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas Design Team, which developed the current Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas Forensic Interview Training Model that trains forensic interviewers across the state and continues to train forensic interviewers with CACTX. Ms. Cantu is a current member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and a fellow member of the CACTX Professional Society of Forensic Interviewers (PSFI).
Daniel Capouch has been the Director of Services for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, at the State Office since June 2011. Prior to this assignment, he was the Division Administrator for Accountability for five years, leading quality assurance efforts related to the Child and Family Services review, organizational effectiveness, facilitation and other outcomes performance projects. Before he joined DPFS, he served as the Child Protective Services Program Manager in Hennepin County (Minneapolis), Minnesota for several areas, including Investigations, Permanency, Child Services, Contracts and Quality Assurance.
Hania Cardenas is currently the director of placement, Community Transition Services and the Wraparound Program with the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Prior to her assignment, Ms. Cardenas worked in the Youth Development Services Program, adult probation, and managed a gender-specific probation supervision program for pregnant and parenting teens. In addition to her operational experience, Ms. Cardenas has vast expertise in program development and grant writing. Ms. Cardenas is a member of the Interagency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN), Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Committee, ICAN Mentoring Committee, ICAN Cyber Crime Task Force, and the Innocence Lost LA Task Force.
Alexis Carpinteri is an 18-year veteran of the FBI and has primarily worked crimes against children violations. In 2004, Special Agent Carpinteri was part of the initiative to create the first specialized unit in the FBI-Miami Division to deal only with the exploitation of children and other criminal reactive crimes involving children. In addition, she has served as a certified crisis negotiator, a legal advisor and general police instructor. She has been recognized in federal court as an expert witness in matters involving the child exploitation aspect of human trafficking. SA Carpinteri is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Georgetown University Law School.
Kendall Castello serves as the Chief of the Family Violence Division in the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. He manages a division of approximately 50 individuals including prosecutors, investigators, victim advocates, and support staff. Kendall also prosecutes and tries many of the most serious crimes committed in Dallas County. He has taught, trained, and presented locally and nationally regarding general prosecution, family violence, and child abuse.
Einat Clarke is an attorney at Google, Inc. specializing in data disclosure, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and child protection. Prior to Google she worked at Cooley, LLP, where her practice was generally focused on litigation, e-Discovery, white-collar crimes, trade secrets, and commercial disputes. Ms. Clarke received her Juris Doctorate degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2004 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Communications from The George Washington University in 1999. She is admitted to practice in California.
Don Colcolough is the Director of Investigations and Cyber Security at AOL, LLC. He is also the founder of Tactical Technology, LLC. He has spent his entire tenure of eighteen years within the Internet Service Provider (ISP) industry and focused entirely on network security, investigations, technical countermeasures, digital evidence, and the forensics arena. Mr. Colcolough managed AOL’s Network Security and Investigations Department (NSI) for eight years prior to joining the AOL Corporate Legal Department in 2002. He has testified as a subject matter expert in over 300 US Federal, State, US military and international trials involving criminal abuse on or related to the Internet networks. Over half of these trials involve computer-facilitated crimes against children.
James (Jim) Cole is the National Program Manager for Victim Identification for Homeland Security Investigations. As a special agent and digital forensic agent he has been conducting child sexual exploitation investigations for the past eight years. Prior to this he was a detective working violent crimes, including child sexual abuse and homicide. SA Cole is part of an international working group conducting victim identification investigations worldwide. Jim has been involved in numerous child sexual exploitation investigations and the rescue of child victims over his past 19 years of law enforcement.
Edwin Colfax is Project Manager at the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, where he administers the innocence project grant program. Prior to joining the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, Edwin served as state policy director for The Justice Project, a Washington DC-based, non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the risks of wrongful convictions and enhancing the quality of indigent defense. Since 2006, Edwin has been based in Austin, conducting research and advocacy for reforms that enhance the reliability of evidence presented in criminal courts. Before his assignment in Austin, Edwin implemented the Justice Project’s Illinois program in Chicago, where he was based at the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he focused on philosophy and government. He later earned a MA in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a concentration in ethics and political theory. While there, he taught undergraduate courses in ethics, political philosophy and writing skills. He joined the Criminal Justice Integrity Unit in 2012.
John Combs is a detective with the Round Rock Police Department and has been in law enforcement for 20 years. For the past 12 years, his primary responsibilities have been investigating the physical and sexual abuse of children and family violence. He holds a master peace officer license, instructor's license and special investigator license from TCLEOSE. Detective Combs is also an instructor for the Sexual Assault/Family Violence Investigators Course (SAFVIC), Intermediate Child Abuse Investigations and Advanced Child Abuse Investigations, as well as being a guest instructor for Child Protective Services/Basic Skills Development with a focus on interview techniques, child death investigations and the penal code.
Sharon Cooper is a developmental and forensic pediatrician who has worked with military and civilian multidisciplinary teams for more than thirty years. As a consultant to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, she has taught hundreds of investigators on issues such as child sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, effects of children exposed to violence, child neglect and emotional abuse. She has been qualified as an expert in more than 300 court cases, including juvenile and family courts, criminal courts, federal courts, court martial proceedings, civil litigation and restorative justice hearings. Dr. Cooper works closely with multiple law enforcement agencies and continues to assist in investigations, prosecutions and victim medical care in child maltreatment cases.
Rachell Copeland is a board certified family nurse practitioner who specializes in forensic nursing and serves populations affected by violence. She is a recognized expert in sexual violence and exploitation across the lifespan including technology facilitated crimes against children, commercial sexual exploitation, and human trafficking. In additional to her clinical practice, she provides case consultation and educational services for forensic and general health care providers, members of interdisciplinary response teams, task forces and advisory committees. Through her service as a medical volunteer with an international organization, she provides forensic medical evaluations for victims of torture seeking asylum in the United States.
Matthew Cox is a board certified child abuse pediatrician working at UT Southwestern Medical School and Children's Medical Center Dallas. He serves as the medical director of the REACH Program at Children’s Medical Center Dallas which evaluates more than 2,000 children each year due to concerns of abuse or neglect.
Sarah Craun, PhD, is a behavioral analyst for the United States Marshals Service and has been part of the USMS Behavioral Analysis Unit since 2010. Since being at the Marshals Service, she has worked on research examining firearm discharges at apprehension, suicides of fugitives at apprehension, and the impact of sexual violence investigations on law enforcement. Prior to joining the Marshals Service she was an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Tennessee, specializing in research on the utility of and views about sex offender registries.
W. David Crawford II was assigned to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Safe Streets Gang Task Force in the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office after graduating the Academy. In this assignment, he investigated gang, drug, violent crime, and crimes against children matters. He was also a member of the FBI Indianapolis SWAT Team and was the division’s physical fitness advisor. He is a firearms instructor and served for one year as the division’s principal firearms instructor. In August of 2009, he was appointed Acting Supervisory Senior Resident Agent (SSRA) of the Fort Wayne RA. In February of 2010, he was promoted to SSRA of the Fort Wayne RA. There, he supervises all criminal matters in the Fort Wayne and South Bend territories. Agent Crawford has been the division’s SWAT coordinator since August of 2011. Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Crawford spent seven years as a police officer in Illinois. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Tim Cromie began his career in law enforcement in 1985 and has been with the Dickinson Police Department located in Galveston County, Texas, since 1999. During his career, he has been assigned as a patrol sergeant, as well as to the Crime Prevention, School Liaison and Juvenile Divisions. Tim currently holds a Master Peace Officer License and a Police Officer Instructor License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education. For the past nine years, Tim has been assigned as the Special Crimes investigator, focusing on child abuse, sex crimes, missing persons and sex offender cases. He has taught and lectured at different venues across the country and in Canada.
Marci McClellan Curry is an assistant district attorney in Dallas County, Texas. She received her law degree from the Texas Tech School of Law after graduating from Texas A&M University. Immediately after law school, she joined the Dallas County District Attorney’s office and has been a prosecutor there for almost seven years. She has been prosecuting felonies for over six years. For the past three years, Marci has solely prosecuted child abuse cases involving sex abuse, injuries to children, and capital murder. She has participated in numerous trainings for SANE nurses, law enforcement and prosecutors on various child abuse issues.
Stephen Daley, M.Ed is currently the executive director (CEO) of the radKIDS Personal Empowerment Safety Education and Life Skills Organization, a 501c3, (www.radKIDS.org.) Steve is a national leader in violence prevention and resiliency development in children's lives. A 20 year law enforcement veteran who returned to education over a decade ago, as he has been quoted as saying, "Because he was tired of showing up after the crime and victimization." Steve is a highly regarded national speaker who has also appeared on America's Most Wanted, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, The Today Show an many other national cable and network media shows.
Rick Daniel is an assistant district attorney with the Denton County District Attorney's Office. He has been with the Denton County District Attorney's Office for the past 17 years. For the past 5 years, he has served as the chief prosecutor in the Child Abuse Division.
Paul Davis is a 19-year veteran of the Hamilton Police Department in Ohio. During his career Detective Davis has been assigned to Patrol, Vice and General Investigations. He has assisted in the investigation of numerous homicides, and is a part of the child abuse team. Paul is a 13-year member of the Hamilton-Fairfield SWAT team.
Joe Del Fierro is a police officer for the City of Irving. He is assigned to the Special Investigations Section as a detective and has held this position for over ten years. His duties include undercover operations, investigating narcotics, prostitution and human trafficking related offenses.
Steve Del Negro served as a member of the Massachusetts State Police since 1982. He was assigned to the Internet Crime Against Children Task Force for over 13 years, recently retiring as the Commander of the unit. He is now a consultant instructor for Internet Crimes Against Children Training and Technical Assistance Program.
Amy Derrick is a graduate of Southern Methodist University Law School. She has been with the Dallas County District Attorney’s office for almost eight years and has been prosecuting felony cases for seven. Of those seven years, over four years have been spent exclusively prosecuting child abuse cases. Amy has presented previously at this conference and has also presented on more than one occasion at conferences for the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association.
Paul Detar is the Research Program Supervisor for the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the United States Marshals Service. He joined USMS in early 2011 and immediately began work for the National Sex Offender Targeting Center. Prior to joining the Marshals Service, his federal career began with service as an artillery and staff officer for the United States Marine Corps. After his discharge in 2008, he led a team of government employees and contractors performing analytic work for the Marine Corps’ acquisition command. At NSOTC, Paul oversees all research projects, activities, and data exchanges with internal and external institutions.
Michael Dickens has worked as a prosecutor at the Denton County Criminal District Attorney’s Office since 2001. He has worked in the Child Abuse Unit since 2008. He is responsible for the prosecution of offenses involving sexual abuse, serious bodily injury, and the death of children. He advises law enforcement officers regarding child abuse cases, reviews cases upon intake to the district attorney’s office, presents cases to the Denton County grand jury, and prosecutes child abuse cases in court, including jury trials. He regularly works with and consults with members of the multidisciplinary team at the Denton County Children’s Advocacy Center.
Bill Dobiyanski currently serves in the Collin County District Attorney's Office as the Trial Team Chief for the 296th, 380th, and 401st District Courts. He has been with the District Attorney's Office since 1991, becoming a Chief Felony Prosecutor in 1996 and Trial Team Chief in 2003. He received his BS from the University of North Texas and later attended law school earning his JD from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
William (Rocky) Donaldson is a supervisory special agent assigned to the Behavioral Analysis Unit III in the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime within the Critical Incident Response Group. Prior to his selection for BAU III, SSA Donaldson served in the Indianapolis Division’s Muncie Resident Agency. Before his career with the FBI, SSA Donaldson was a sworn police officer for the City of Atlanta Police Department. He received a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a master’s degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
Robert DuBoise is an assistant district attorney with the Parker County District Attorney’s Office, where he has prosecuted felony cases since 2002. In that time, he has been involved in the prosecution of nearly 100 child exploitation cases and has lectured in both the United States and Canada. He has been a licensed attorney since 1992 and a prosecutor since 2000.
Mike Duffey is a special agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement currently assigned to the Computer Crimes Center. He is responsible for statewide computer crime investigations including Internet crimes against children. Mike also conducts awareness and prevention presentations to various schools and civic organizations. He has also presented to law enforcement officers around the world on how to conduct child exploitation investigations. As a member of the Tallahassee Police Department and Florida Department of Insurance, Mr. Duffey investigated street crimes, narcotics, burglary, and insurance fraud cases. Mr. Duffey has worked with multiple federal, state, and local agency task forces in conducting Internet crimes against children investigations. His current cases include network intrusion cases, Phishing scams, and denial of service attacks. Mike has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Florida State University School of Criminology and he has completed his Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA) course work along with multiple child exploitation classes and computer forensics.
Robert Erdely was a member of the Pennsylvania State Police for over 20 years; the last 13 years assigned to the Computer Crime Unit. Until recently he was the supervisor of the Computer Crime Unit. He has since retired and is working with the Indiana County District Attorney’s Office and is a member of a state run computer crime task force. He was involved in the development and support of the RoundUp suite of investigative tools and ICACCops.com.
Dan Evans is a supervisory special agent assigned to the FBI Cyber Instruction Unit located at the FBI academy in Quantico, Virginia. Prior to taking his current position, he was assigned to the Cyber Crimes Squad of the San Diego FBI where he investigated child pornography cases for seven years. In this role he worked closely with the San Diego Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force and other federal agencies providing investigative assistance and training.
Drew Fahey is the VP of Product Development at BlackBag Technologies, Inc., the premier Mac forensics, training, software and e-discovery solutions provider. He has spent over fifteen years conducting incident response and forensic investigations. His extensive law enforcement and international experience stems from working with a broad cross-section of Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies around the world. His experience started as a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, investigating a variety of computer crimes, including hacking, crimes against children, espionage, identity theft, and fraud cases. After leaving the Air Force, he created the Helix Incident Response and Forensics bootable CDROM, which became a standard triage tool used around the world. Drew is a graduate of Texas State University and holds a BS in computer science.
Robert Farley is a thirty-year veteran of the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department in Chicago, Illinois. As a highly decorated detective, Child Exploitation Unit supervisor and Deputy United States Marshal, he has had over twenty-eight years experience investigating and supervising all aspects of child abuse crimes from sexual abuse to child homicide. As an internationally recognized expert, consultant, author and instructor in child abuse investigation techniques, Robert has conducted training seminars for tens of thousands of professionals in all 50 states. He has also conducted child abuse seminars in 23 different countries around the world on behalf of INTERPOL and the US Department of Defense.
Jessica Farnsworth has been a special agent with the Utah Attorney General’s Office since 1998 and currently serves as the Commander of the Utah Child Abduction Response Team (CART) and Section Chief for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). In 2007, Captain Farnsworth was tasked with creating, implementing and commanding a statewide CART. She has provided assistance, training and consultation to various law enforcement agencies throughout Utah in child abuse investigations and is a frequent speaker on various child endangerment subjects. Captain Farnsworth was recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2008 as the AMBER Alert Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. She has also been recognized as the Utah State Employee of the Year and the Utah Attorney General’s Office Employee of the Year. Captain Farnsworth received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and has done post-graduate work at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.
Christine Feller is an Internet Safety Specialist within the High Tech Crime Bureau of the Illinois Office of the Attorney General. Within this position, she educates children, teachers, parents and community members, on their role as digital citizens when engaging in online activity. She discusses the topics of exploitation, cyberbullying, sexting, and piracy in relation to technologies used by children. Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Christine spent ten years at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, where she managed the Child Victim Identification Program. Within this role she provided technical assistance and training to law enforcement and prosecution teams worldwide. Ms. Feller received an MA in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Computer Fraud Investigations, from George Washington University, and a BA in Economics from Saint Mary’s College.
Randall Fenley has been a deputy with the Lane County Sheriff's Office for approximately twenty-one years. The last six and a half years he has served as a detective in the violent crimes unit. Before joining the detective division, Detective Fenley served in numerous assignments including: corrections, patrol, traffic safety and forest land patrol. As a violent crimes detective he has investigated numerous homicides, violent sexual assaults and child abuse complaints. Detective Fenley is a member of the Lane County multidisciplinary team that reviews all cases where child victims are forensically interviewed.
Cristina Fernández is the CyberTipline Program Manager at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). In this capacity, she is responsible for the daily operations of the CyberTipline, as well as the management of a staff of approximately 27 analysts and support personnel. She is also responsible for ESP issues as they relate to reporting to the CyberTipline. Ms. Fernández has handled nearly 40,000 CyberTipline reports, resulting in numerous arrests of child sexual offenders. She has participated in various law enforcement investigative training programs on high technology crimes, online child exploitation, and investigative and analytical skill development. She has provided extensive technical assistance to law enforcement in the United States, as well as abroad, on cases of child sexual exploitation, especially Internet crimes against children.
Josh Findley has been a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), for the past seven years. While with ICE he has specialized in the investigation of child sexual exploitation crimes. Agent Findley has a wide array of law enforcement experience to include serving as a special agent for the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and the Department of the Treasury, Office of the Inspector General.
Justin Fitzsimmons is a nationally-recognized legal authority on technology-facilitated crimes against children. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and has significant experience as a prosecuting attorney. He was the supervisor of the Special Prosecutions Unit of the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, prosecuting cases of arson, elder abuse, complex financial crimes, Internet crimes and public integrity. The unit was responsible for any prosecutions involving online crimes against children. Before supervising SPU, he was assigned to the Child Advocacy Center where he prosecuted sexual assault and severe physical abuse of children. He has served as a member of working groups Innocence Lost, Restitution for Victims of Child Pornography, and Cyberbullying with other individuals from federal, state and local law enforcement, non-profit organizations and internet safety organizations to develop responses and education to technology-facilitated crimes.
Michelle Ford-Stepney serves as a Supervisory INTERPOL Analyst for INTERPOL Washington, U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB), a component of Department of Justice. Ms. Ford-Stepney is responsible for managing day-to-day operations and administration within her assigned Division: Human Trafficking and Child Protection. Her Division maintains direct contact with counterparts in 190 other member countries and with over 18,000 U.S. law enforcement agencies across the country, facilitating police-to-police communications and providing assistance with criminal investigations.
Corey Foreman has served as a member of the Dallas Police Department since 1993, after graduating with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. In 2006, he was promoted to detective and was selected to serve in the Child Abuse Unit where his many responsibilities include the investigation of child sexual and physical abuse cases, as well as all child deaths and homicides.
Joshua Foster has been employed with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office for thirteen years. He currently serves as a sergeant in the Criminal Investigation Division where he oversees the day-to-day activities conducted by investigators. Sergeant Foster received a BS degree in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University.
James Fottrell is the Director of the High Technology Investigative Unit within the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice. Among his duties, he manages a staff of computer forensics specialists and conducts forensic examinations of seized computer systems and media, provides investigative and analytical support to prosecutors and law enforcement agents to identify online child exploitation offenses, and develops strategies for gathering electronic evidence. Mr. Fottrell began his pioneering role in online child exploitation offenses in 1992 while working with the US Customs Service’s Office of Enforcement.
Autumn Fox graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law. Following law school she clerked for the Honorable Jerry G. Elliott. She then worked as an associate for the law firm of Shughart, Thompson & Kilroy. Ms. Fox opened her own practice in 2000, where she focuses on high conflict custody cases and appellate work. For two years, Ms. Fox also served as a special assistant attorney general for the state of Kansas while maintaining her private practice. Ms. Fox is a frequent lecturer on domestic law, ethics, appellate law and has lectured in Kansas, Missouri and Colorado. She has also published a number of articles including, "An Eagle Soaring: The Jurisprudence of Justice Antonin Scalia," 19 Campbell Law Review 223 (1997).
Darrell Franklin has been employed as a special agent with ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) since 2007. SA Franklin is currently assigned to an HSI Resident Agent in Charge office in Colorado. SA Franklin has investigated various types of criminal activity including, but not limited to, child exploitation, identity and benefit fraud, white-collar crimes, contraband smuggling, and intellectual property rights crimes. SA Franklin was a police officer for approximately seven years prior to joining HSI and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology.
Andrew Gaffney graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, and has worked at Google since April 2011. As a member of the legal removals team, which is responsible for ensuring legal compliance for all of Google’s online consumer products, he is the Picasa/ Google+ Photos lead. A significant portion of his job is dedicated to child safety issues involving Picasa/ Google+ photos.
Brandy Gardes graduated summa cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California and started with the Department of Justice in 1990, after a judicial clerkship. She has been an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas for 17 years and is the Project Safe Childhood Coordinator for the El Paso Division. Brandy also serves as lead prosecutor with the Southwest Border Crimes Against Children Task Force, as well as the FBI’s Innocent Images Task Force in that Division. Over the course of her 21-year career, Brandy has prosecuted hundreds of complex cases, including kidnapping, murder, sex trafficking, international parental kidnapping, child sexual abuse, child pornography, and other violent and sexually-based crimes, receiving recognition from various federal, state and local governmental law enforcement agencies.
Tricia Gardner, JD is an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN), and a licensed attorney. She is the current director of the Child Welfare Training Program for the State of Oklahoma. This program organizes and implements all the training for child protective services workers in the State. In addition, she was an adjunct professor for the University of Oklahoma College of Law and provides instruction for the Interdisciplinary Training Program on Child Abuse and Neglect through the OU Health Sciences Center. In the past, Ms. Gardner has served as the Director of Professional Education for the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, Operations Manager for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the State Administrator of the Oklahoma Child Death Review Board. She is currently the Vice-President of APSAC.
Robert Geffner, PhD, is Founding President of the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute in San Diego, CA; Founding President of Alliant International University’s (AIU) Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT); Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at AIU; Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California and Texas; Editor of four internationally disseminated journals; former clinical director of a large private practice mental health clinic for over 15 years. He has a Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology and is Board Certified in Family Psychology. Dr. Geffner is Co-Chair of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan. He has been a researcher, trainer, practitioner, and consultant for more than 30 years. He has served on national and state committees dealing with family violence, child abuse, forensic psychology, and family law. He has presented over 450 keynote addresses, plenaries, and workshops at international, national, and regional conferences.
Mike Geraghty is the Chief Information Officer for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. In this capacity he is responsible for overseeing the Center’s enterprise information technology systems and services. He has previous corporate and law enforcement experience, which includes a position as the vice president of High Technology Investigations at Prudential Financial. At Prudential, he was responsible for carrying out and supervising all computer related investigations for Prudential. He is a former New Jersey State Trooper and is responsible for the formation and development of the NJSP’s High Technology Crimes Investigations Unit, which has garnered international accolades for its expertise in computer crime investigations. He has provided expert testimony before Congress, and throughout federal, state and international courts in the areas of computer crime investigations and computer forensics.
Matthew Gilbert is the Special Investigations Program Director for Child Protective Services in Tarrant County, Texas. He holds a Bachelor degree in Forensic Science from Baylor University and a Masters degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. Matthew has worked for CPS for six years as an investigator and an investigator supervisor before promoting to his current position.
Grant Gildon is a detective with the Arlington (TX) Police Department where he is currently assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit. He is responsible for investigating felony physical and sexual abuse cases involving child victims and adult offenders. He previously served in the Juvenile Investigations Unit where he investigated felony physical and sexual abuse cases involving child victims and juvenile offenders. Detective Gildon currently teaches Juvenile Law, Family Code Law and Child Abuse Investigations courses. He has served as a guest lecturer at Texarkana College, Texas Christian University, and the University of Texas at Arlington in the field of juvenile and sex crimes investigations. His certificates include: Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education Instructor License, DNA Evidence Collection and Utilization Course, Interviewing Children: A Law Enforcement Perspective Course, Advanced Techniques in Joint Child Abuse Investigations Course, and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Course.
Tony Godwin is a Garland Police Department detective assigned to the Northern Texas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force where he has conducted numerous undercover proactive online investigations into the exploitation of children over the Internet for the past 4 years. He is Title 19 cross designated with DHS/ICE, and has conducted joint investigations in cooperation with the FBI, Secret Service, US Postal Inspectors, DHS/ICE, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas. Over the course of four years, he has conducted in excess of 100 cases involving travelers and collectors of child pornography. Tony has successfully had offenders prosecuted in both State and Federal courts.
Jesse Gonzalez has nine years experience in the child abuse field and has spent the last seven working at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC). She currently supervises the Forensic Interview Department and has personally conducted over 2500 forensic interviews of sexual and physical abuse victims, including witnesses to violent crimes. Jesse serves as an expert witness in these criminal cases and has testified well over 100 times during her career. Prior to joining DCAC, she served as an investigator for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She has been chosen to be one of the lead bilingual forensic interviewers through the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas (CACTX) to assist in facilitating peer review meetings to help improve the skills of forensic interviewers.
Tammy Goodman began her law enforcement career 17 years ago with the Richardson Police Department, a suburb of Dallas. She served as a uniformed patrol officer and then as a detective investigating crimes against persons. She came to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office in 2009 and was assigned to the Child Abuse Division where she currently serves as a Senior Sergeant Investigator. Investigator Goodman also instructs the Advanced Child Abuse Investigator Course to local law enforcement agencies.
Michael P. Grace, a venture capitalist with over 20 years of deal discovery, business development, management and entrepreneurial experience, serves as the CEO of MPG Ventures, LLC. Grace currently owns and operates a series of premier, private companies focused on brand development and management, including Virallock, Z Interactive and QueueCRM. Grace’s professional success in investment banking, sales and executive-level management inspired his desire to support a new generation of students and young professionals using his own expertise and achievements as a guide. His commitment to the next generation of workforce leaders led Grace to found Virallock, the world’s first social media profile counseling service focused on students and young professionals. Through targeted research, ongoing monitoring and consultative services, Virallock assists clients in fulfilling educational and career ambitions by developing and enhancing their personal “brand,” as well as mitigating harmful online information with the potential to impede academic and professional success.
Michael Grant joined the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) of the US Department of Justice’s Criminal Division as a trial attorney in 2010. Prior to joining CEOS, he served for six years on active duty in the US Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps. While on active duty, Mr. Grant served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Texas and as a Senior Trial Counsel in numerous courts-martial, including many cases involving child exploitation.
Gwen Gray, LMSW, currently serves the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as the division administrator for investigations for Child Protective Services. Her career has spanned numerous phases of the investigation of child abuse and neglect. In over 26 years with the agency, she has served as a caseworker, supervisor, program director, training academy manager and state office investigations program specialist. In her current role as division administrator, she is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of policy on a statewide basis for CPS investigations.
Renee Green is a special agent assigned to investigate Innocent Images cases in the San Diego Division of the FBI. She was previously assigned to the Las Vegas Division, where she participated in the Innocence Lost task force. Prior to joining the Bureau, Renee was an Assistant State’s Attorney.
Michelle Guymon is currently the director of placement administrative services with the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Ms. Guymon graduated from California State University of San Bernardino where she received her masters degree in social work. Ms. Guymon has held various positions and/or assignments throughout her tenure, including deputy probation officer, mental health consultant for probation, and director of the detention camp for girls, which serves about 300 girls a year. Ms. Guymon is a frequent presenter and trainer regarding child abuse issues, placement resources for probation youth, domestic minor sex trafficking and strategies for working with youth in the probation system. She is an advocate for children at risk and is currently a member of the Interagency Child Abuse & Neglect (ICAN) Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Committee, as well as a Probation Department representative with the Innocence Lost LA Task Force.
Karen Hangartner is outreach coordinator for the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (SRCAC) which is a training and technical assistance resource center for children’s advocacy centers and multidisciplinary teams across a 16 state area. She holds a BS degree in Psychology from Athens State University and a MSW degree from the University of Alabama. Karen has conducted MDT and board trainings in several states across the region. She also regularly presents at state and national conferences. SRCAC is a project of the National Children’s Advocacy Center located in Huntsville, Alabama.
Michael Harmony is a sworn law enforcement officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is employed by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. He holds the rank of Lieutenant with over 21 years of combined law enforcement experience and is assigned to the Special Investigations Division of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. He has served in the areas of field operations, corrections, civil process, courtroom security, accident reconstruction, underwater rescue, forensics, vice, internal affairs and special investigations. Lieutenant Harmony currently supervises the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, Operation Blue Ridge Thunder.
Aaron Harnish is employed by the Lancaster City Bureau of Police and is assigned to the Criminal Investigative Division where he investigates all varieties of sex crimes, physical and sexual child abuse and exploitation, including Internet crimes against children, elder abuse, domestic violence, missing persons and crimes against victims with disabilities. He is also employed as an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Harrisburg Area Community College and a facilitator of adult learning at Elizabethtown College. Previous assignments include community police officer, SWAT operator and crisis negotiator.
Nancy Sanders Harper is the medical director for the CARE (Child Abuse Resource and Evaluation) team at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dr. Harper is board certified in General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics. She has served on the Committee on Pediatric Centers of Excellence (79th Legislature) tasked with the development of guidelines for designating regional centers of excellence for child abuse in Texas. Dr. Harper is a consultant on the medical advisory committee for Superior Health Plan for foster care and she is the current co-chair for the Texas Pediatric Society Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Harper was appointed by Governor Perry to the state-wide Blue Ribbon Task Force to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect (81st Legislature SB 2080) and the Task Force to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect and Improve Child Welfare (82nd Legislature SB 1154). The task force has been legislatively charged with addressing child abuse prevention and the promotion of child well-being for the state of Texas.
Bob Hartman has been the executive vice president and chief operating officer for the DePelchin Children's Center in Houston, Texas since 2002. Prior to this he was the president and chief operating officer for the Kansas Children's Service League for 15 years. Bob is co-chair of the Child Welfare Committee of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and a member of its National Advisory Board and Steering Committee. He is a former commissioner for the Council on Accreditation Commission.
Erik Hasselman is an assistant district attorney with the Lane County District Attorney’s Office. He has been a prosecuting attorney for 17 years, working in the major crimes section for the last 7 years.
Donald Hayden has over 31 years of law enforcement experience, including over 25 years as a detective. Mr. Hayden held a myriad of positions ranging from patrol to homicide detective. He commanded a detective division and was a branch chief and course developer for the US Army Military Police School where he served for nearly five years as the subject matter expert in forensics, criminalistics, and death investigations. Mr. Hayden has a master’s degree in forensic science and completed a one-year fellowship in forensic medicine at the Armed Forces Medical Examiner’s Office. He is the current course manager and lead instructor for the US Army’s Child Abuse Prevention and Investigative Techniques Course. He has been named CID Special Agent of the Year, and twice named Instructor of the Year. He published a crime scene processing manual (CRC Press). He is a 2008 recipient of the State of Missouri Governor’s Medal of Valor for Public Safety.
Rick Henderson has been with the Irving Police Department for 20 years. He spent his first three years with the department in the Patrol Division. In 1995, Rick transferred to the SWAT Unit where he served for 12 years before being assigned to the Vice/Narcotics Unit in 2007. He is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University.
Mat Henley manages the eCrimes Investigations and Intelligence group at Facebook. He joined Facebook in April of 2011. His team is responsible for gathering intelligence, gaining attribution and enforcing against those that abuse Facebook and it's global community of users. With a broad abuse landscape including child safety, spam, and fraud issues, the team has successfully enforced against hundreds of criminals around the world. Prior to Facebook, Mat was the Director of Technical Investigations within eBay’s Global Information Security organization for ten years, making up the original Information Security organization at eBay. With a focus on Eastern European fraud, Mat supported hundreds of law enforcement officers, prosecutors and magistrates throughout Eastern Europe with training and analysis to ensure successful investigations and prosecutions.
Emilio Henry has been with the Dallas Police Department for 15 years. Since 2005, Emilio has worked as a detective in the Child Abuse Unit, where he is responsible for investigating sexual and physical abuse cases of children, and child homicides where the perpetrator is a family member. Emilio holds a BA degree in Sociology from Texas Southern University.
Barbara Parker Hervey was elected to the Court of Criminal Appeals in November 2000 and is currently seeking re-election for her third term. After earning her JD from St. Mary’s School of Law, Judge Hervey began her legal career in private practice. She then became an Assistant Criminal District Attorney at the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office where she represented the State of Texas in appealing criminal matters for 16 years. At the CCA, Judge Hervey helped to establish the Criminal Justice Integrity Unit and currently serves as its chair. The Unit was founded to strengthen integrity in the criminal justice system through educational training. Judge Hervey is also the chair of the CCA’s Grants Committee, which controls approximately $18 million per biennium of grants for continuing legal education. Judge Hervey is a published author and an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s.
Graham Hill is a behavioral analysis consultant who supplies advice regarding offender behavior in relation to serious sexual crimes against children. He has experience in conducting peer reviews for law enforcement and government agencies in relation to missing, trafficked, abducted and murdered children. Graham’s experience is drawn from 30 years as an operational detective and 15 years as a senior investigating officer. He is also the former head of Behaviour Analysis for the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (CEOP) in London. Graham is currently undertaking a PhD at Durham University in the UK where his research is focused upon sexually motivated, non-familial child abduction/child murder. He holds a postgraduate certificate in Forensic Behavioural Psychology and is an honorary lecturer at the Psychology School at Birmingham University and the School of Applied Sciences at Durham University.
Aaron Hoberg is a detective with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office working major crimes. He has been a police officer for 13 years, with the last 3 years focusing on the investigation of major crimes.
Michael Hockwater is a task force officer assigned to the Buffalo FBI Field Office’s Cyber Squad, investigating cases involving the FBI’s Innocent Images National Initiative.
Tia Hoffer is a supervisory special agent with a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, currently assigned to the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) III, which deals specifically with crimes against children. SSA Hoffer provides operational support to federal, state, and local law enforcement through case consultations and on-site deployments. She has trained criminal justice and mental health professionals in matters involving child abductions, child homicides, and sexual victimization of children. She is the principal investigator on research projects including Suicide Among Child Sex Offenders, Criminal Histories of Animal Cruelty Offenders and the General Assessment Questionnaire Validation project.
Johann Hofmann, MSc in Intelligent Systems Design, has a long experience in applied image and video analysis gained in the specialist field of child sexual abuse investigations. He works as product manager and technical project leader at NetClean Technologies. NetClean Technologies is a global leader in developing technical solutions to stop the spread of child sexual abuse content. Johann manages NetClean Technologies’ NetClean Analyze product range, which is specifically designed for and aimed at law enforcement agencies which conduct child sexual abuse investigations. With one foot in academia and the other in law enforcement, he has gained a deep and thorough understanding of law enforcement operations and requirements and how research can address the relevant issues.
James Holdman is a special agent and has been with the Department of Homeland Security for nine years, serving in Lake Charles, Louisiana and currently in Springfield, Missouri. Prior to joining DHS, SA Holdman served as a deputy sheriff in Washington County Missouri for three years and a criminal investigator for the State of Missouri for 12 years. SA Holdman is assigned to the Child Sex Tourism (CST) Jump Team for the Cyber Crimes Center. SA Holdman has conducted undercover CST operations in Costa Rica and along the Mexican border. SA Holdman has instructed CST undercover operations training to fellow agents and to the Cambodian National Police in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
Curtis Howard is the senior legal advisor for the City of Plano Police Department. He was previously with the Collin County Criminal District Attorney's Office since 1997, where he served as chief prosecutor in the Crimes Against Children Division, chief of the Misdemeanor Division, and supervised one of the felony trial teams. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University, a Master of Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado, and a JD from South Texas College of Law. He has been board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2004.
Eduardo Ibarra is a 20-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, currently assigned to the Special Investigation Unit of the Crimes Against Persons Division. Among the cases Detective Ibarra is responsible for investigating are officer involved shootings and death in custody cases. Prior to his current assignment, he was a member of a special team in the Family Violence Unit responsible for enforcing emergency protective orders. Detective Ibarra is a graduate of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Polygraph School and is a licensed polygraph examiner. He is fluent in Spanish and is originally from El Paso, Texas where he attended the University of Texas at El Paso.
David Janes has 10 years service as a civilian member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and has been part of the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, a division within the RCMP, for the past eight years in the Victim Identification Unit and the Online Undercover Unit. He has worked on several international victim identification investigations where his technical expertise has assisted law enforcement in locating and rescuing the victims as well as identifying the offenders. David is one of the creators of the Canadian Victim Identification Lab. He is also working on Project Safeguard with Interpol. This project entails the deployment of a copy of the Victim Identification Lab to Interpol, who will be sharing this technology with 188 Interpol Countries. David has been a part of the biometrics technology-working group within the RCMP and also has been a developer on several international projects in developing solutions to assist law enforcement in child exploitation.
Barbara Jefferson has a Master Degree of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been with the Center for Child Protection as the clinical director since 2003 and supervises the clinical staff. Ms. Jefferson has over 20 years experience providing psychotherapy services for children, teens, and adults, both in inpatient hospital settings and outpatient settings. Ms. Jefferson has worked extensively with children and families who have been impacted by trauma. She has also had extensive training in providing diagnostic assessments, treatment planning and treatment intervention. She works collaboratively with Travis County law enforcement, the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, Child Protective Services, and Dell Children’s Medical Center, in the coordination and delivery of services for children and their families on a daily basis.
Jamie Johnson supervises a CPS investigation unit housed at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center. The unit investigates the most serious cases of sexual abuse and physical abuse, including child deaths, in the county. She has served for over 20 years in the Investigation Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Mike Johnson is a retired, 28-year veteran detective of the Plano, Texas Police Department, where he investigated child abuse for 24 of his 28 years in law enforcement before retiring in August 2010 to accept the newly formed position of Director of Youth Protection for the Boy Scouts of America. He now works closely with BSA executives and outside experts in law enforcement, psychiatry and other disciplines to help ensure the safety of all Scouting members. Mike is an ambassador for child advocacy, a founding member of the Children`s Advocacy Center and multidisciplinary team in Plano, Texas. He was appointed to the National Board of Directors for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) in 1998 and elected in 2010, and was past President of the APSAC Texas State Chapter. Mike served on the Texas State Attorney General’s Sexual Offender Protocol Task Force and Senator Florence Shapiro’s Blue Ribbon committee to formulate the now instated “Ashley Laws.” Mike has been instrumental in helping shape Texas laws and national policies and procedures as they relate to child abuse prevention, intervention and response.
Rita Johnson has 12 years of experience working with child abuse investigations as a forensic interviewer and as executive director of a child advocacy center. She has conducted more than 1,500 child interviews, testified in many court cases and has trained for the ChildFirst program in Indiana since 2002. Additionally, she has instructed at the national level on many child abuse topics. Rita currently serves as the Forensic Interview Specialist of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC) at the Southern Regional Center. Rita manages the ChildFirst Arkansas program and the development of advanced training courses, programs and peer review for forensic interviewers.
Richard Kelly currently serves as the Supervisory Inspector of the Operations Unit at the National Sex Offender Targeting Center. Before joining the NSOTC, he served for ten years as a Deputy United States Marshal in the District of Columbia as a member of both the DC Superior Court and the Capitol Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. Prior to joining the Marshals Service, Rich worked for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, MA as an investigator assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force.
Sueann Kenney-Noziska, MSW, LISW, LCSW, RPT-S, is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor specializing in using play therapy in clinical practice with abused and traumatized children, adolescents, and families. As part of her clinical work, she provides outpatient psychotherapy to those impacted by childhood sexual abuse and facilitates a sexual abuse group therapy program. Additionally, she is founder and owner of Play Therapy Corner, Inc., a play therapy supervision, consultation, and training organization. Sueann is author of “Techniques-Techniques-Techniques: Play-Based Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families,” a manual which highlights the original play-based techniques and interventions she has created to advance the field of play therapy. She has been an active leader at the state and national levels in the Association for Play Therapy and presents regularly at the international play therapy conference and national child abuse conferences.
Julie Kenniston, MSW, LSW is the Director of Training and Education at Butler County Children Services in Hamilton, Ohio, and the Executive Director of The Center for Family Solutions, Butler County’s developing child advocacy center. She is also an independent contractor and trainer presenting nationally and internationally on interviewing in the context of investigations and prosecutions of child abuse cases. Ms. Kenniston specializes in the areas of forensic interviews, interdisciplinary teamwork, peer review, sexual abuse and domestic violence issues, assessment and planning. She mentors Children’s Services workers in child maltreatment investigations and consults for law enforcement and prosecutors. Ms. Kenniston is a licensed social worker in Ohio and a board member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) as well as having been a board member for the Ohio chapter. She is a chairperson for APSAC’s forensic interviewer certification task force and is currently on the executive committee serving as the Member at Large.
Brian Killacky has been supervising investigations within the Complex Homicide Unit, the Wrongful Conviction/Post Conviction Unit, the DNA Unit, Felony Review and the Grand Jury Unit of the Cook County States Attorney Office (CCSAO) since 2010. From 2002-2010, Brian was a member of the CCSAO Cold Murder Unit. From 1998-2002, Brian was a member of the Chicago Police Department Cold Murder Unit. From 1990-1998, Brian was assigned to the Area Six and Area Three Homicide and Violent Crime Units of the Chicago Police Department. From 1980-1990, Brian was assigned to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the Chicago Police Department that covertly investigated sexual exploitation of children. From 1976-1980, Brian was assigned to undercover narcotics and street crime units for the Chicago Police Department. He has assisted in advanced and basic training for the Department of Justice in all fifty states and multiple countries since 1987.
James Kilpatrick is a National Program Manager assigned to the HSI Cyber Crimes Center, Child Exploitation Investigation Unit (CEIU) in Fairfax, Virginia. Prior to coming to the CEIU, Special Agent Kilpatrick was a case agent and computer forensic agent with the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office.
Barbara Knox is the Medical Director of the University of Wisconsin Child Protection Program at the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Knox completed her residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She then completed a fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center before joining the faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Knox is a board certified Child Abuse Pediatrician. Dr. Knox is Chair of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Section on Child Abuse and Neglect and is a member of the Ray E. Helfer Society of Child Abuse Physicians. She is the Chair of the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board that administers the Wisconsin Children’s Trust fund. She is also a team member serving on the Department of Justice’s Statewide Child Fatality review team that advises state agencies and the Legislature on law, policy and practice modification in an on-going effort to reduce preventable childhood deaths.
Brian Korzak is a special agent and a national program manager working in Victim Identification at the HSI Cyber Crimes Center (C3) in Fairfax, Virginia. Prior to his assignment to C3, Brian was a senior ICE representative assigned to the US Embassy in Ottawa, Canada. Brian began his law enforcement career with the INS in 1996 in Buffalo, NY, where he investigated visa and passport fraud, criminal alien organizations, and worksite violations. After the creation of DHS in 2003, Brian was assigned to the ICE cyber crime group in Buffalo, NY where he investigated child exploitation violations, financial violations and Customs fraud and smuggling violations.
Kimberly Kroemeke is a special agent and has worked in the Homeland Security Investigations District of Columbia office for five years. She is currently assigned as a child exploitation investigator and also a victim assistance coordinator.
Cathleen Lang is currently a fellow in the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School general pediatric department. She works in the REACH (referral and evaluation of at-risk children) center at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. The REACH team primarily works with children who have been abused and/or neglected.
Jan Langbein currently serves as Executive Director of Genesis Women’s Shelter in Dallas. She is responsible for overseeing the agency’s internal and external operations as well as funding and community education. She has conducted training, keynote and workshop programs for numerous local and national colleges, social and civic organizations, and corporations. For over 20 years, Ms. Langbein has been an activist in efforts to end violence against women. In 2008, Ms. Langbein served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). As Senior Policy Advisor, Ms. Langbein guided and evaluated OVW’s grant program process and implemented standards and protocols for internal and external operations.
Michael Langeman has been a special agent with the FBI since 2002. He is currently assigned to the Violent Crimes squad in the Indianapolis Division and is a member of the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team. He was previously a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) over the Detroit Division’s Violent Crimes squad, and an SSA in the Crimes Against Children Unit at FBIHQ where he was a program manager over the Innocence Lost National Initiative which addresses the growing problem of children recruited into prostitution. Prior to joining the FBI, Special Agent Langeman was a successful local business owner.
Kevin Laws has been employed as a special agent with the US Government since 1989. SA Laws worked counter-narcotics investigations and eventually moved into investigations involving Internet Crimes against Children, which he has worked since transferring to Anchorage, Alaska in 2001. SA Laws has been conducting on-line, undercover investigations since 2004, logging well over 1000 hours in IRC and substantially more in Yahoo! Messenger. During that time he has participated in over 160 investigations involving the sexual exploitation of children. SA Laws has trained new agents at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia on the investigation of child pornography. He has also instructed law enforcement officers from federal, state, and local agencies, as well as his overseas counterparts in Mexico and Russia, concerning online, undercover investigations.
Glynn LeBlanc is a senior instructor for AccessData, where he specializes in the investigation and examination of computer related crime. Prior to joining AccessData, he served 17 years in the Gonzales Police Department and Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. In 2001, while with the SO, Glynn formed the Computer Crimes Unit. He has been conducting high tech crime investigations and digital evidence analysis since 2001 as both a sworn law enforcement officer and a private sector consultant. Glynn has also been active in the education of law enforcement officers, government agents and military investigators as a member of the IACIS Training Committee and Certification Committee, as well as having been a member of staff and an instructor at numerous training conferences in the US, Europe and Africa. He is a member of IACIS and HTCIA.
Stacie LeBlanc, JD, MEd, directs two non-profit programs for Children’s Hospital New Orleans: the CAC and Audrey Hepburn CARE Center that treats over 1,000 children annually. Stacie has a law degree from Loyola University, a master’s in early childhood development from the University of New Orleans and is an assistant professor of pediatrics for the LSU School of Medicine. She began her career as a child abuse prosecutor, started CACs in rural and urban parishes, became the chief of the Felony Child Abuse Division and began the Family Violence Program. She received the “Outstanding Prosecutor Award” from Victims and Citizens Against Crime for the unit's 94 % conviction rate and the prosecution of a 20-year-old child rape case, which garnered national media attention. She has received numerous recognitions for her advocacy and 11 legislative achievements including: the Champion for Children Award and Health Care Hero by New Orleans CityBusiness.
Nikki LePori has worked as a Child Protective Services forensic investigative specialist for the past six years. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Forensic Science from the University of North Texas. Nikki went to college with the intent to pursue a career as a death scene investigator, however after the birth of her two children and volunteering at their schools, she discovered her true calling in working with children. In her position with Child Protective Services, Nikki is responsible for investigating the most serious cases of child abuse or neglect such as child deaths, sexual abuse, and serious physical abuse cases.
Ale Levi is a forensic interview specialist for ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Ms. Levi’s responsibilities include conducting forensic interviews in both English and Spanish (both domestically and internationally), consultation and training for ICE agents and other federal, state and local law enforcement, and other organizations. Ms. Levi is a state licensed clinical social worker and holds her Masters in Social Work and in Forensic Psychology. Prior to HSI, Ms. Levi was the manager of the Forensic Interviewing Program and the Interpreting Program at the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, where she was responsible for the collaboration of the multidisciplinary team, conducting and supervising forensic interviews, and training.
Crystal Levonius is currently the Chief Prosecutor in the Crimes Against Children Division at the Collin County District Attorney’s Office. She prosecutes all types of cases involving child victims which range from Indecency with a Child to Capital Murder. Mrs. Levonius graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from New Mexico State University. She earned her Juris Doctorate in two years from Southwestern University School of Law in 1999, as part of the University’s SCALE program. While a student, she was a member of the Trial Advocacy Honors Program and interned in the Crimes Against Peace Officer’s Section of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Upon completion of law school, she passed bar exams in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. After graduating Mrs. Levonius worked as a civil attorney and has been with the District Attorney’s office since April of 2004. She has also served as a court chief in the misdemeanor trial division and as a trial prosecutor in the felony trial division.
Timothy Lott is the director of the High-Tech Crime Training Services Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. He oversees 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. Tim previously worked for six years as a deputy probation officer for the Sacramento County (California) Department of Probation. He was assigned to the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, and helped conduct multijurisdictional investigations involving white-collar crime, organized crime, crimes against persons, and fraud when high-technology or identity theft is a factor.
Cory Louie is part of Google's Trust & Safety Team, responsible for the protection of Google users, revenue and brand by addressing significant risk, abuse, fraud and other malicious activity, primarily through investigations and working with law enforcement. Before joining Google, Cory was a special agent with the United States Secret Service. He was trained in the Electronic Crime Special Agent Program, specializing in the investigation of network intrusions and cyber crimes. Cory worked numerous domestic and international cyber crime investigations involving e-commerce fraud, phishing, access device fraud, network intrusions, unauthorized computer access, hacking, financial fraud and other online threats.
Robert Lowery presently serves as the Executive Director of the Missing Children’s Division for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, having served as the Assistant Chief of Police for the Florissant, Missouri Police Department and Commander of the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad, the oldest and largest multi-jurisdictional homicide task force in the United States, where he was directly responsible for homicide and violent crime investigations for the entire metropolitan region. Robert is the past president of the International Homicide Investigators Association and current member of the advisory board. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science degree from Lindenwood University in St. Louis, Missouri and he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
John MacVeigh has been with the FBI since 1995, assigned to the Palm Beach County Resident Agency in West Palm Beach, Florida. Special Agent MacVeigh has investigated mainly violent crime matters, including bank robberies, fugitives, and kidnappings. Prior to joining the FBI, he worked for the Jupiter Police Department in Jupiter, Florida for seven years. He attended York College and Florida Atlantic University where he majored in criminal justice and accounting respectively.
Chris Madsen is Legal Director, U.S. Compliance & Security at Yahoo!, where his responsibilities include advising on compliance with law enforcement requests for user data. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Chris spent five years with the Department of Justice where, among other things, he advised the FBI on the legal authorities available to obtain user data from companies like Yahoo!.
John Madsen joined the Gainesville Florida Police Department in 2001, and currently serves as a detective in the Major Case Squad. From 2006 through 2008, he was responsible for investigating sex crimes against adults and juveniles, including online exploitation cases. In 2009 John was assigned as the Commander of the North Florida ICAC Task Force.
Jim Markovich is a special agent who currently works at the FBI Buffalo Field Office on the Cyber Crime Task Force. He specializes in cases involving the FBI’s Innocent Images National Initiative.
William Marshall is a Spokane police detective with over 29 years of law enforcement experience. He received his BA in Criminal Justice from Eastern Washington University. Detective Marshall is currently a member of the Spokane Regional Explosive Disposal Unit (Bomb Squad) and works as a detective and Certified Child Interview Specialist in the Major Crimes Special Victim’s Unit. His main area of work is in cases involving developmentally delayed victims and suspects. He has worked in the Major Crimes Special Victim’s Unit from 2002 to present and has handled over 1,000 cases. William is on the national APSAC Board and has presented throughout the United States.
Shelly Martin is a Major in the United States Air Force, and is presently assigned at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, as a child maltreatment specialist. She is an experienced child abuse pediatrician and provides consultation on all forms of child abuse and neglect to all branches of the Armed Forces. She sees local patients for concerns of abuse or neglect, consults on cases worldwide for investigators and the legal process, and provides training to multidisciplinary audiences.
Douglas Maughan is the Cyber Security Division Director in the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency within the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security. He has been at DHS since October 2003 and is directing Cyber Security R&D activities and staff. Prior to his appointment at DHS, Dr. Maughan was a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He also worked for the National Security Agency (NSA) as a senior computer scientist. Dr. Maughan received Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Science and Applied Statistics from Utah State University, a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Lisa Mayhew is the child death investigator/trainer for the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. She actively handles cases and provides consultations and assistance to local and state law enforcement agencies. Lisa operates the statewide training program on child death investigations for law enforcement, CPS, EMS, prosecutors and medical examiners. She is an instructor for Tri-Tech Forensics and conducts trainings across the U.S.
Mark McGinnis was elected as State of Wisconsin Outagamie County Circuit Judge, Branch I, in April 2005. Since then, he has presided over all types of cases, including felony cases, misdemeanor cases, and traffic cases. Judge McGinnis has instructed courses in the areas of constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, traffic law, search and seizures, and administrative law for 12 years at Fox Valley Technical College, Concordia University, and several law enforcement academies. While in private practice, he was elected to the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Wisconsin and was an instructor at various continuing education seminars for attorneys, law enforcement, and other professionals. Judge McGinnis graduated cum laude from Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) and the University of Minnesota Law School (Minneapolis, MN). He has participated in the National Judicial College’s Search and Seizure course.
Lori McIlwain has a twelve-year-old son with Autism and is Co-founder and Executive Director of the National Autism Association (NAA). After her son wandered from a schoolyard in 2007, Lori began advocating for data collection, research, and federal resources in an effort to reduce injuries and deaths associated with autism-specific wandering/elopement. She has spearheaded several wandering-prevention initiatives including NAA’s FOUND Program, the “Big Red Safety Box,” and the Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education (AWAARE) Collaboration.
Ellyn McLaughlin is an independent education consultant with expertise in curriculum development, strategic planning, program evaluation and learning assessment. She began the early portion of her career in K-12 education as an elementary school teacher and principal. Ellyn has more than 20 years of higher education experience, which include instructional and leadership roles at University of Charleston (WV), Gannon University (PA), Anne Arundel Community College (MD), University of Maryland University College (MD), and Laureate Higher Education Group (MD). Ellyn currently serves as a consultant to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) where she facilitates the curriculum writing for the Forensic Interviewer Training (FIT) Program. Dr. McLaughlin has consulted nationally and internationally on topics such as quality assurance, accreditation standards, alignment of program outcomes, and development of organizational policy.
Anne Lukas Miller has conducted over 2500 interviews with children, adolescents and vulnerable adults, since joining the CornerHouse staff in 1993, resulting in a career total of more than 3500 interviews. She has trained multidisciplinary professionals from across the globe in basic and advanced forensic interviewing skills, and she frequently presents at national, international and local conferences. Anne is directly involved in the ongoing process of reviewing research and literature, as well as developing and updating trainings related to the various elements of forensic interviewing. She is also the co-developer and an ongoing facilitator of the CornerHouse training program for mandated reporters. Anne is the primary liaison to the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), who in partnership with CornerHouse, presents the "Finding Words”/”Child First” training initiatives. Anne graduated with honors from Southwest State University, located in Marshall, Minnesota, earning a bachelor of arts degree in sociology with a social work emphasis and a minor in psychology. When Anne came to CornerHouse, she had over ten years of experience in juvenile probation, adolescent residential treatment and county-administered social services. She worked for four years as a child protection/child welfare worker, and five years supervising the Children and Family Services programs in Chippewa County, Minnesota.
Scott Miller began his career as a deputy sheriff with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office in 1994. He joined the Criminal Investigation Division in 2000 and became the lieutenant over the Criminal Investigation Division in December of 2008.
Dan Mills joined the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in 2009. He currently serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for Training and Outreach where he manages the Forensic Interview Training Program. In this role, he is the liaison between NCMEC and all project participants and collaborators. Mills is also responsible for serving as the lead on additional projects within the division. He started his career at NCMEC as an Analyst within the Case Analysis Division. Here, he was responsible for analytically supporting four case management teams and providing them with comprehensive intelligence reports, maps, and timelines to aide law enforcement with missing child investigations. Prior to joining NCMEC, Mills served as an Intelligence Analyst for the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center, a component of the Department of Homeland Security. Although he was responsible for cases regarding all hazards, his primary area of focus was major crimes. Mills subjected information to correlation and analysis in order to discern patterns, recurring events, identities, and criminal and terrorist activities. He also composed vulnerability assessments on physical locations and threat assessments for major events. Mr. Mills holds Bachelors of Science in Criminology, Psychology and Sociology from Drury University.
Rodney Mills has 24 years experience with Victoria Police in Australia, with 16 years as a detective investigating crimes, including identity and Internet related crimes. Rod is currently a detective sergeant with the Internet Child Exploitation Team (ICET). Further, as a result of attending several ICAC courses and working with the Los Angeles ICAC Task Force, he has expanded his knowledge base and shares that with ICET. Rod is currently developing a new P2P investigation team.
Cody Mitchell is a Texas Ranger and he has been a Texas peace officer for approximately 12 years. He has served in many capacities as a peace officer to include patrol, investigations, and as a criminal interdiction officer. Ranger Mitchell has served the past six years with the Texas Department of Public Safety and has been assigned to duty stations in Orange, Chambers County, Baytown, and Austin. Ranger Mitchell is currently assigned to the Texas Ranger Division and is responsible for major investigations in the central counties of Texas. During his service with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Ranger Mitchell has worked closely with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, FBI, Behavioral Analysis Unit-3 and Texas Attorney General’s Office to develop and implement the Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program.
Cathy Moffit has been with Office of Children’s Issues since 2008 and handles Hague incoming abduction cases from 10 European countries, two South American countries and South Africa. Cathy is a former Capitol Hill police officer. She has worked as an Overseas Immigration Specialist with the Department of Homeland Security at the American Consulate Frankfurt, Germany and as a Consular Associate at the US Embassy in Bahrain.
Sandi Capuano Morrison, MA, is the Interim Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer at the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. She serves on the Executive Committee of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan. She is also part of the Program Management Office for the Stop Abuse Campaign. Prior to her work with IVAT, Sandi managed the San Diego Rape Crisis Center and was a member of the San Diego Sexual Assault Response Team and the Sex Offender Management Council. She is certified by the California Office of Emergency Services as a Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault counselor. Sandi is the former Director of a Batterer Intervention Program in Boston, MA. She has provided counseling and advocacy to abused women and children for over 15 years with multiple domestic violence programs in Colorado, California and Massachusetts.
Mitch Morrissey has been the elected district attorney of Denver, Colorado since January 2005. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in DNA technology, applying that technology in criminal prosecutions and working to ensure that DNA science is admissible in court. Mr. Morrissey is one of the leading proponents in the United States of using Familial DNA Database Searches and has trained law enforcement officers and prosecutors throughout the United States, the Middle East and Canada in DNA technology.
Kevin Navarro is currently a lead instructor at the Dallas Police Department academy where he develops curriculum and provides advanced instruction in topical areas including: interviewing and interrogation, use of force, and general principles of criminal investigation. He is also responsible for designing dynamic, realistic use of force scenarios for in-service officers in the department. Detective Navarro began his career with the department in July 1981, when he assumed duties as a patrol officer. After six years as a patrol officer, he became a member of the department’s Crimes Against Persons Division where he investigated offenses such as assault and family violence. In 1989, Detective Navarro joined the department’s homicide unit where he served for seven years. Detective Navarro was lead detective on 108 homicide cases while assigned to the homicide unit. He successfully cleared 80 percent of those cases.
Dennis Nebrich, CFI® is currently a special agent for the Arizona Attorney General's Office and has been an instructor for Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. since October 2000. In 2007, Dennis retired from the Phoenix Police Department after 32 years of service, during which time he held a variety of positions, including detective, detective supervisor and sergeant in the Professional Standards Bureau. A certified forensic interviewer, Dennis has taught interview and interrogation at the Phoenix Police Academy and at numerous local, state and federal agencies throughout the country.
Molly Newman joined Facebook in 2008 and is currently the Manager of the Law Enforcement Response Team. Molly oversees the response to and compliance with global law enforcement requests for user data.
Brenda Nichols is a 29-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department with 22 years in a supervisory capacity as sergeant of police. She has worked and supervised in patrol, applicant processing in the Personnel Division, the Youth and Family Crimes Division (juvenile processing and investigation of crimes against children). Brenda has more than 13 years experience investigating and supervising the Missing Persons Squad, including runaways. The child abuse unit that she has supervised for the last 6 years has an average caseload of 8,500 cases per year.
Sharibeth Niehaus currently serves as the training academy manager for Texas Child Protective Services, Northwest District. Ms. Niehaus has 20 years professional experience in the field of family violence intervention. She is a veteran CPS caseworker with 16 years investigation and service delivery experience. An articulate and engaging speaker, Ms. Niehaus has delivered over 3,500 hours of training to various professional audiences and is known for her interactive, conversational approach. She is a certified master trainer and facilitator for Casey Family Programs, "Knowing Who You Are," cultural and ethnic awareness training and PRIDE foster and adoption training. Her professional passion lies in delivering quality professional development programs to cultivate competent, confident and compassionate professionals in the field of child trauma intervention and advocacy.
Maura O’Donnell is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of New York. She is currently assigned to the White Collar and General Crimes Division, where her responsibilities include prosecuting child exploitation cases.
Erica Olsen-Shaver is a Technology Safety Specialist with Safety Net: the National Safe & Strategic Technology Project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Through training, technical assistance, and policy advocacy, she addresses all forms of technology impacting survivors of stalking, sexual violence, and domestic violence. Erica has been focusing on women and social change for over 9 years, including working to end domestic violence at the local and state level. Erica’s prior work at the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence, included writing curriculum and training statewide on a project focusing on the intersection of domestic violence and disabilities. Erica has a background in homeless services, policy advocacy, training, and research; with a Masters in Social Work and a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society.
Kurt Ormberg is a supervisory special agent for the FBI, currently assigned to the Violent Criminal Threat Section/Crimes Against Children Unit. SSA Ormberg presently manages the Innocence Lost National Initiative program, responsible for over 40 federal task forces investigating violent sexual exploitation of children. Prior to his assignment as a supervisory special agent, he was assigned to the FBI Sacramento Division, Violent Crimes Squad where he served as the child abduction coordinator and investigated violent crimes against children, major violent offenders, gang enterprises, and fugitives. Prior to joining the FBI, he was a police officer, then investigator for the US Capitol Police. SSA Ormberg served for four years in the US Army, 75th Ranger Regiment, and has a BA in Communications from Frostburg University.
Paulia Pa'o-Pelenato is a community trainer for the University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) program at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) in American Samoa. As a community trainer, Ms. Pa'o-Pelenato provides training and technical assistance to local service providers on working with students and/or individuals with disabilities. She also provides training and technical assistance for family violence professionals across the island in addition to working with victims of violence and trauma in several capacities. Ms. Pa'o-Pelenato is a member of the American Samoa multidisciplinary team and currently works together with law enforcement officers and child protective services on cases reported or referred that involve a victim with a developmental disability. Ms. Pa'o-Pelenato also spends most of her time hosting/sponsoring activities in local schools and the community to promote developmental disability awareness and prevention of child abuse and domestic violence in American Samoa.
John Palmer is a 25-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. Detective Palmer has been assigned to the homicide unit for 13 years, and was also a detective in the Felony Assault Unit. Detective Palmer has been a guest speaker at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center – Glynco on the topic of Advanced Interview and Interrogation. Detective Palmer has served as a past member on the National Advisory Board of the FBI Violent Criminal Apprehension Program. Detective Palmer is a regular in-service instructor at the Dallas Police Department academy, teaching interview and interrogation, and intermediate crime scene search.
Harry Parsonage was a police officer for over 30 years in the UK prior to joining ADF Solutions. He spent 23 years as a detective sergeant managing and investigating the full range of crime. For the last 10 years of his service he managed a police digital forensic unit (DFU) and at the same time was a hands-on forensic practitioner. In 2007, he introduced a triage process to his DFU which reduced the backlog from 12 months to less than 6 months over a period of just nine months. Harry is well known in the forensic community for his papers on MSN Artefacts, Windows Link Files, and Web Browser Session Restore Forensics and is on the editorial panel for the UK’s ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) Good Practice Guide for Computer-Based Electronic Evidence and also the ACPO Guide for Managers of eCrime Units.
Terri Patterson is a supervisory special agent (SSA) who entered the FBI in 1997 and was assigned to the Miami Division where she investigated violent crime and crimes against children. She later supervised the Miami Division’s first CAC squad and served as a program manager at FBI Headquarters before being assigned to the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC). SSA Patterson holds a PhD in Psychology. She has conducted research in the area of witness memory and behavioral indicators of deception and is currently engaged in research on the behavioral aspects of child prostitution and international child sex tourism. She has trained law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the United States and abroad.
Robert Pawley is an investigator with the Parker County Texas Sheriff’s Office Major Case Unit, Crimes Against Children. This unit is responsible for investigating cases involving child exploitation, sexual and physical assaults as well as online investigations. Robert is a member of the North Texas ICAC unit, and has lectured in the United States as well as Canada.
David Peifer is a lieutenant with the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and is the Pennsylvania ICAC Commander. This task force directs its efforts in the area of Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) and is comprised of federal, state, and local law enforcement. It is responsible for conducting undercover online investigations, responding to complaints regarding children sexually exploited via the Internet, conducting community education programs, and monitoring the Internet for the bartering in child pornography. Lt. Peifer has been a law enforcement officer for 34 years and the supervisor of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division’s Child Abuse Unit for 13 years.
Kurt Petro has been a Computer Crime Specialist with the National White Collar Crime Center's (NW3C) Computer Crime Section for five years. Kurt is the team lead for the Macintosh and iDevice curriculum, NTOS, and BDRA. Kurt also teaches a number of the other CCS courses; including NTFS, IDRA, an STOP. Prior to his tenure at NW3C, Kurt worked for two years at Hewlett Packard (HP) providing computer forensic, eDiscovery, data recovery, and incident response services to HP and outside clients. Kurt was also a non-sworn forensic examiner for McKeesport Police Department for four years. Kurt has also earned a number of certifications during his career; including GCFA, CFCE, MCSE, Network +, and A +.
Nicholas Phirippidis is assigned to the Cyber Crimes Squad of the Sacramento FBI field office where he has been investigating child pornography and cyber terrorism investigations for the past four years. He is a member of the Sacramento Valley High-Tech Crimes Taskforce and ICAC Taskforce. He has provided training and assistance to several local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies. Nicholas has a degree in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego and was a software engineer prior to joining the FBI.
Linh Phung has been employed as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 2006 and was previously employed as a government contractor, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Administration. SA Phung has been working Innocent Images matters in the New York Division for the past three years and she is currently the Group II Co-Case Agent for the New York Innocent Images program.
James Podboy is a National Program Manager assigned to the HSI Cyber Crimes Center, Child Exploitation Investigation Unit (CEIU) in Fairfax, Virginia. Prior to coming to the CEIU, Special Agent Podboy was a case agent and computer forensic agent with the Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans, LA office.
Thomas Popken is a detective with the Dallas Police Department and has served for 32 years. He has worked narcotics, patrol and spent 8 years as an instructor at the Dallas Police Academy. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Sociology from Mankato State University in Minnesota.
Dan Powers is a clinical social worker and currently serves as senior vice president and clinical director for the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County in Plano, Texas. He supervises a staff of 22 therapists and clinical interns providing no-cost services to victims of child abuse and family violence, as well as their non-offending family members. Dan has over 20 years of experience working within the field of child abuse, sex offenders and family violence. He frequently testifies as an expert witness in state and federal courts. Dan has made numerous presentations at major national and regional conferences on the sexual victimization of children, sex offenders, and the multidisciplinary response to child abuse. He is a member of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force and in 2008, Dan was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve as a professional member of the Texas Council on Sex Offender Treatment. Dan was recently appointed by the Governor as the presiding officer of the newly created Texas Office of Violent Sex Offender Management.
Catherine Pratt is a commissioner assigned to Compton Juvenile Delinquency Court, and is responsible for implementing collaborative STAR Court for youth charged with prostitution-related crimes. Commissioner Pratt earned a JD in 1987 from USC School of Law. Her 19 years of law practice include: work at a civil defense firm, specializing in maritime securities and professional malpractice; general counsel for a Wall Street brokerage firm; and as county counsel representing LA County’s juvenile dependency cases and federal civil class actions concerning foster care services and funding.
Derek Prestridge has served with the Texas Department of Public Safety for 17 years. He is currently assigned to the Department's Education Training and Research. There, he has worked closely with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit-3 to develop and implement the Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program. Sergeant Prestridge has been recognized for his efforts in various forms of interdiction and has been recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Texas Regional Office as a recipient of the Texas Children's HERO Award in 2010.
Eren Price is an assistant district attorney in the Dallas County District Attorney's office where she has been assigned to the Child Abuse Division for the last ten years. Her current responsibilities include coordinating all physical and sexual abuse investigations and prosecution efforts for all Dallas County law enforcement, the trial of complex cases, as well as acting as a liaison between the District Attorney’s Office and the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center.
Joel Pridgeon is a detective with the Austin Police Department Child Abuse Investigations Unit. He currently specializes in Internet and media crimes against children, investigating cases of child pornography, online solicitation, and "sexting." Detective Pridgeon teaches child abuse investigations to the cadets at the Austin Police Department academy and other agencies for the Texas Municipal Police Association. He also provides child abuse awareness, Internet safety and social networking presentations for other agencies and special interest groups.
Keith Quigley has been a special agent of the FBI for the past 14 years. He has spent his whole career in the Lubbock Resident Office of the Dallas Division. During his career he has worked numerous cases including domestic terrorism, counter terrorism, narcotics, white-collar crime, public corruption, health care fraud, violent crimes and the sexual exploitation of children.
Reade Quinton is a board certified forensic pathologist employed by the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences (SWIFS) in Dallas, Texas. He attended medical school at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana and completed his pathology residency training and forensic pathology fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he is currently an Associate Professor of the Department of Pathology. He is the medical examiner representative to the Dallas County Child Death Review Team, and also sits on the Texas State Child Fatality Review Team. Dr. Quinton is the director of the Forensic Pathology training program at SWIFS, and is involved with multiple research projects in partnership with the pediatric trauma service at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. He is an active member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME).
Kyle Reardon is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of California. He is the Project Safe Childhood coordinator. His primary focus is the prosecution of crimes against children, including the prosecution of domestic child sex trafficking. Prior to joining the Eastern District, he was a prosecutor in the United States Army JAG Corps, and clerked in the Eastern District.
David Rice is a sergeant and has been an investigator with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for over 15 years. He is a licensed paramedic and polygraph examiner. David is responsible for investigating homicides and sex crimes. He has participated in over 200 homicide investigations and he specializes in suspect interviews. He regularly teaches classes on interview and interrogation to law enforcement throughout the state of Missouri.
Mark Richardson is the elected Cole County prosecuting attorney, now serving his second four-year term. He was the elected Jefferson City municipal judge from 1999 to 2006. From 1992 to 2006, Mark practiced law as an attorney. He served as a Cole County assistant prosecuting attorney from 1985 to 1992. During 1992 to 1994, he served as one of the trial attorneys for the Cole County Juvenile Office. Mark began his legal career as a Missouri assistant attorney general in 1984.
Dan Robrahn joined the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) in August of 2002. He is a special agent with DSS, permanently assigned to Diplomatic Security’s Office of Criminal Investigative Liaison, based in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to this, Mr. Robrahn served as an Assistant Regional Security Officer assigned to the US Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Robrahn represented DSS as a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Detroit, Michigan. From 2007 to 2009 he served in his current office, the Office of Criminal Investigative Liaison, managing the child exploitation portfolio. From 2005-2007, Mr. Robrahn served as an Assistant Regional Security Officer to the US Embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. From 2003-2005, he served in the DSS Resident Office located in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Robrahn proudly served in the United States Border Patrol from 1999-2002 and the United States Marine Corps from 1992-1996. He has a BA in Liberal Arts from Western Michigan University.
Carlos Rocha is an Intelligence Research Specialist for the United States Marshals Service (USMS) at the National Sex Offender Targeting Center (NSOTC). He earned his PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the spring of 2011. While at the University of Maryland, he worked on several research studies evaluating criminal justice policy and also taught criminal justice undergraduate courses. Dr. Rocha has been with the USMS for over 6 years and has worked as an analyst in several USMS divisions.
Tanith Rogers has been with the FBI since 2008, assigned to the Criminal Cyber Squad in Los Angeles, California. SA Rogers is the international sextortion expert for the FBI and in 2011 won the American Legion Officer of the Year Award and the United States Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Award. SA Rogers is a member of the Cold Case Digital Evidence Review Group (CCDERG), a cutting-edge initiative under the Los Angeles Division Cyber Program, designed to assist law enforcement partners in reviewing digital evidence relating to unsolved "cold" homicide cases. Prior to joining the Bureau, SA Rogers was an undercover narcotics detective for the City of Federal Way Police Department in Washington State, where she was a police officer for just under nine years.
Adam Romine has been a police officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department for almost 12 years. For the past seven years he has been assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children unit and the Colorado ICAC Task Force. Detective Romine has investigated hundreds of cases involving the abuse and exploitation of children. He has been qualified as an expert in child exploitation in several judicial districts. Adam also instructs on the topic of child exploitation for law enforcement as well as at several colleges and universities.
Scott Romus is a special agent and forensic examiner assigned full-time to the Buffalo FBI Field Office’s Western New York Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory where he examines digital media involving all case from Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.
Amy Russell is the deputy director for the National Child Protection Training Center in Winona, Minnesota, where she provides training and technical assistance for child abuse professionals. Ms. Russell also serves as a pro bono attorney for children in dependency court. She obtained her BA from Hope College, her MS Ed in counseling from Western Illinois University and graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Buffalo Law School with her JD. Ms. Russell has worked with victims of violence and trauma in several capacities, including extensive counseling and support work with child victims of abuse; director of victim services and counselor for survivors of homicide victims; victim/witness coordinator in a US Attorney’s office; and executive director of and consultant for multiple children’s advocacy centers. In addition, she has interviewed over a thousand children, has authored several articles on forensic interviewing and is a frequent national and international trainer on issues related to child maltreatment and crime-related trauma.
Carol Ryan is a parent of an abducted child. She speaks regularly at child safety conferences and family roundtables. Her emphasis is to educate audiences about compliant behavior in victims of sexual exploitation and/or victims of abduction. Presently, Carol is contracted with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children working as a Team Hope Coordinator. Team Hope offers support and empowerment to families with missing children. To date, Carol has assisted nearly four thousand families. Carol also works with human trafficking issues in her home state as a member of Michigan’s Human Trafficking Task Force.
Lindsey Ryan was 13 years old when she met Terry Drake, a convicted felon who had spent time in prison for the murder and kidnapping of a young woman he met at church. After encountering Drake from at a church she was attending with her family, she soon became trapped in a complex and mind altering relationship online which eventually led to her abduction. Having grown from that experience and struggling to completely comprehend the trauma she faced, she began advocating for missing and exploited children at the age of 15. Soon after her 18th birthday, Lindsey enlisted in the Army and continues to grow both in her personal life and as a military professional. Lindsey considers her opportunity to speak out on behalf of those touched by child exploitation as an honor, because of her own unique experience.
Lance Salyers is a career prosecutor practicing in southwest Ohio. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University (1997) and Washington & Lee University School of Law (2000). After beginning his prosecutorial career with the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office in Dayton, OH, Lance has spent the last five years with the Butler County Prosecutor's Office, whose jurisdiction lies between the Dayton metro area to the north and the Cincinnati metro area to the south. Lance has been prosecuting felony crimes since 2003, recently specializing in felony domestic violence and complex criminal cases. During his current assignment, Lance has successfully prosecuted eight homicide cases, including three capital murder cases. Lance has taught on "Prosecuting Domestic Violence Homicides" and forfeiture by wrongdoing issues for AEquitas: The Prosecutor's Resource on Violence Against Women.
Susan Samuel has been in the child abuse arena for more than 30 years. Her longest tenure was with the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children where she conducted more than 2000 investigations of allegations of child maltreatment. She also worked for the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General assisting prosecutors in establishing multidisciplinary child abuse investigation and case review teams (MDTs). She has trained thousands of professionals in 34 states, Canada, Russia and South Africa and recently completed two terms on the national board of directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). In her home community, she is adjunct faculty at New Mexico State University in the Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) program, sits on New Mexico’s Foster Care Review Board and is a CASA volunteer.
Steve Scales is in his 15th year as a supervisor in the Plano satellite office for the Collin County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (adult probation). He has been with Collin County 23 years and an officer for 24 years, beginning his career in Angelina County, Texas. Steve has supervised a variety of offenders over the years while specializing in sex offenders since 1993. Along with personnel responsibilities, that include training new officers, Steve supervises a team of 9 officers. His duties include supervising sex offender officers and line officers, staffing cases, conducting administrative/violation hearings with offenders, auditing cases, and fielding questions from the public concerning sex offenders. Steve works closely with local law enforcement, polygraph examiners and treatment providers to maintain the quality of services from Collin County. Steve coordinates the Sex Offender Network meetings that meet quarterly. Steve also coordinates safety training for the Plano office. Steve believes to effectively supervise sex offenders, a team approach is necessary that includes treatment providers, polygraph examiners, law enforcement, the courts, the district attorney’s office, child advocacy groups and the community.
Jason Schall has been an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division since April 2010. A native of Carrollton, Texas, Schall served as a federal prosecutor in the US-Mexico border town of Del Rio, Texas for almost four years before returning home to Dallas. His experience includes the investigation and prosecution of narcotics, immigration, human and sex trafficking, violent crime, child exploitation, and racketeering offenses.
Amber Schroader has been a driving force for innovation in digital forensics for the last two decades. As CEO of Paraben Corporation, Amber has developed over two-dozen software programs designed for the purposes of recovering digital data from hand-held devices such as cellular phones and PDAs, computer hard drives, and large-scale computer networks capable of storing data from several thousand computers. With an aggressive development schedule, Ms. Schroader continues to bring forth new and exciting technology to the computer forensic community worldwide. Ms. Schroader coined the concept of the “360-degree approach to digital forensics,” pushing for a big-picture consideration of the digital evidence acquisition process. An accomplished curriculum developer and instructor, Ms. Schroader has written and taught numerous classes for this specialized field. Ms. Schroader continues support through book contributions and other industry speaking engagements.
Jennifer Schuett is a proud victim advocate and survivor of an attack that nearly silenced her at eight years old, in August of 1990. For the last twenty-two years, Jennifer has been using her voice to share her story publicly and in seeking justice. She has most recently been featured on America's Most Wanted, the Today Show, Investigation Discovery and the Bio channel; and travels across the country to present her case study at various law enforcement conferences. Jennifer is the co-recipient of TAASA's 2011 "Champions for Social Change" Award and was recently named a 2012 "Community Champion" of Galveston County, Texas, and continues to give hope to victims through her website, www.justiceforjennifer.com.
Jim Sears has been a law enforcement officer for over 27 years working with the Irving Police Department. He has served as a patrol officer, school resource officer, and as a detective in the Youth Services Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, and Child Abuse Unit. He worked as a detective in the Child Abuse Unit for 10 years before being promoted to sergeant. He has worked the past 3½ years as the supervisor for the Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Youth Service Units and supervises police operations at the Irving Family Advocacy Center. Jim currently serves as a law enforcement consultant for the Serious Physical Child Abuse and SIDS Program and Partner agency contact with the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Jim is the 2011 recipient of the Lieutenant Bill Walsh Award for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center for career achievements in the field of Child Abuse Investigations.
Ciara Segura is currently serving as the Child Safety lead for the Online Product Support team with Google's Legal department. She addresses legal removals requests concerning child pornography, and is also responsible for submitting reports to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). In addition to child safety responsibilities, she handles legal removals requests concerning copyright, defamation and privacy for several of our products such as Web Search, Image Search and Blogger. She is also an active member of the Gayglers, an employee resource group for LGBTQ Googlers.
Staca Shehan joined the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in 1999 and is currently the director of the Case Analysis Division. She is responsible for policy decisions and daily operational oversight of three analytical units: the Case Analysis Unit, the Records and Access Unit, and the Special Analysis Unit, which includes the areas of Research, Child Sex Trafficking, and Sex Offender Tracking. Ms. Shehan is working with the supervisory team in the Case Analysis Division to spearhead the creation of a Child Sex Trafficking Team. This team of analysts is dedicated to supporting the FBI and other law enforcement agencies that are working to identify and recover children victimized through prostitution and successfully prosecute those individuals involved in trafficking children.
Joy Lynn Shelton, BA is a crime analyst in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) III-Crimes Against Children. Since joining the unit in 1999, she has conducted analysis and research on various crimes against children topics as well as operational support for investigations. Mrs. Shelton serves as the principal researcher for the BAU’s study on maternal filicide and has co-authored three articles on the topic of neonaticide, the killing of a child within 24 hours of birth. She is also a co-researcher for the Suicide Among Child Sex Offenders project. Mrs. Shelton presents at a wide variety of national training venues and is an instructor at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Wayne Sheppard is the Team Adam Program Manager for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), a program designed as an on-site response and support system that provides investigative and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in cases of child abduction and serious child sexual victimization incidents. Wayne also serves as NCMEC’s liaison for Child Abduction Response Teams (CART) and the National Clearinghouses established across the United States. He is a retired member of the Pennsylvania State Police. Prior to his retirement, he was the supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit, where he was responsible for the investigation and coordination of psychosexual homicide, serial rape, and other behaviorally based crimes occurring in Pennsylvania, supervisor of the Missing Persons Unit, and the Amber Alert Coordinator where he created and implemented the Pennsylvania Amber Alert Program.
Diane Siegel is a forensic interview specialist (FIS) for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). As an FIS she is responsible for conducting forensic interviews both domestically and internationally, providing case consultation, case review and trainings for HSI agents, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement, as well as other organizations. Prior to holding this position, she was a victim assistance specialist for HSI, SAC Philadelphia office covering PA, WV and DE. Diane’s duties include case consultation and coordination for a broad range of federal crimes, providing direct services for victims, identifying and establishing relationships with key service providers and serving on related coalitions and task forces. Prior to HSI, Diane was a bilingual forensic interviewer, clinical advocate and outreach manager at the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. She also supervised a local foster care program for several years and was a grief and loss support specialist for Children’s Memorial Hospital.
Mark Simpson retired from the Arlington (TX) Police Department in January of 2007 with 32 years of distinguished service. He served as the supervisor of the Amber Hagerman Homicide Task Force from 1996 to 1997 and was instrumental in the development of the original Amber Plan. Sergeant Simpson has been named as the Arlington Police Department’s Supervisor of the Year, received the Life Saving award, and is a two-time recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. In 2007, he was honored as the recipient of the United States Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs AMBER Alert Law Enforcement Award. Since his retirement, Mr. Simpson has worked as an independent consultant with Fox Valley Technical College developing and teaching courses on investigative strategies in criminal cases and case management and logistics.
Laura Sofia is a Senior Inspector with the Sex Offender Investigative Branch of the US Marshals Service. She is currently assigned to INTERPOL Washington. Previously, she served as the Sex Offender Investigations Coordinator in the Orlando, FL field office where she was assigned to the US Marshals Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force. During that time she was the lead investigator on all state and federal fugitive cases involving sex offenders and sex crimes. She has taught at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as well as local law enforcement agencies around the country. Laura Sofia began her career with the US Marshals Service in 1998 as a criminal investigator in San Diego, CA where she worked with the USMS Violent Crimes Task Force. She also was a member of the San Diego USMS Special Response Team, a tactical unit utilized for high threat warrants. She is New York native and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the State University of New York.
Ed Smart is a child safety advocate and president of the Surviving Parents Coalition (SPC). He is an internationally recognized advocate for children's safety with particular focus on protecting children from "abduction, bullying, abuse and sexual assault.” Ed, along with other advocates, lobbied for passage of the National Amber Alert plan, the Adam Walsh Act, the Protect our Children Act of 2008, and is currently working on DNA arrestee legislation. He believes we need to be proactive in addressing the needs of children through safety education; Not only awareness level, but also teaching. It is about training the instinctive mind with options and choices. “Not One More Child” is an SPC initiative, which incorporates many of our nation’s leading child safety tools, including radKIDS (Resist Aggression Defensively), Samantha’s Pride (Parental community awareness) a comprehensive safety plan for children, families and community. Ed received his Master degree in Business Administration, specializing in Urban Planning as well as his Bachelor Degree in Finance from George Washington University. He and his wife, Lois, currently reside in Salt Lake City, with their six children.
Stephanie Smith is a former deputy prosecutor with experience in cases including child sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, neglect and physical injury, including death from abusive head trauma. She worked closely with her former jurisdiction's ICAC team and participated in the Project Safe Childhood program. A former faculty member for ChildFirst (Finding Words) Indiana, she helped train front-line professionals and assisted other prosecutors with technical assistance requests on case presentation and strategy. In December 2009, she became Regional Director of the National Child Protection Training Center at NorthWest Arkansas Community College. She continues to train front-line professionals, as well as developing and teaching college courses for future front line professionals.
Camille Sparks has been an Assistant United States Attorney since 2005, where she is also the Project Safe Childhood Coordinator. Her caseload is primarily child exploitation cases. She has spoken at several different venues, including the National Advocacy Center, the Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas and National Strategy Conference on Combating Child Exploitation. Prior to her tenure as a federal prosecutor, she was an assistant criminal district attorney for the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office in Fort Worth, Texas for 10 years. She was a criminal court chief and tried over 100 jury trials. Ms. Sparks is board certified in criminal law in the State of Texas.
John Spata has worked for the Fairfax County Police Department for the last 12 years. He is currently assigned as a detective to the Child Exploitation Unit and is also a member of the Northern Virginia District of Columbia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Heather Steele is president and CEO of the Innocent Justice Foundation, a non-profit founded to maximize child pornography investigative capacity in the U.S., and thereby significantly reduce child sexual abuse. Ms. Steele earned her MBA from the University of Chicago and ran a $200 million product line in the corporate world before bringing her analytical background to bear in bringing justice to sexually abused children and preventing future sexual assault. Her organization seeks funding for law enforcement agencies pursuing child pornography investigations nationwide, educates justice professionals and the public about child pornography, and provides mental health and wellness training to professionals exposed to child pornography at work.
Corey Steinberg has been an Assistant US Attorney for nine years, both in the Southern District of Florida and the Northern District of Georgia. Throughout that time, AUSA Steinberg’s primary focus has been the prosecution of crimes against children, including child pornography and child sex trafficking cases. In 2011, AUSA Steinberg secured convictions against George England, a sexual predator who purchased a 6-year old child during the Vietnam war and brought her to the United States where he kept her as a sex slave for decades; the “Boom Boom Room” defendants, who operated a brothel full of minors out of a normal home in a residential neighborhood, and Benjamin Rand, a 20-year old sextortionist. Prior to joining the US Attorney’s Office, AUSA Steinberg worked as a compliance officer in the securities industry and as in-house counsel for several large brokerage firms. AUSA Steinberg is a graduate of New York Law School and Union College.
Paul Stern is a senior deputy prosecuting attorney for Snohomish County, Washington. He has been a prosecutor since 1981. Mr. Stern served on the Boards of Directors for the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers from 2003-2005, and for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children from 1991-1997. He has published more than a dozen articles on issues related to the prosecution of child abuse. His book, Preparing and Presenting Expert Testimony in Child Abuse Litigation was published by Sage in 1997. He also wrote a manual for the Prosecution of Sexual Assault Cases in 1997, dealing predominately with assaults upon adult victims.
Derek Stigerts has been a police officer for 21 years with the Sacramento Police Department; the last seven years in the detective division. In 2006, he transferred to the Vice Unit where he became a full-time member of the Sacramento FBI Division’s Innocence Lost Task Force. The unit’s primary responsibility is investigating domestic sex trafficking of children cases, prostituted juveniles, and prosecuting those responsible for their exploitation. Derek is an instructor at the FBI’s Crimes Against Children, Juvenile Prostitution Forensic Interviewing Course and has presented at other federal and state trainings regarding domestic sex trafficking. He has qualified and testified as an expert in federal court in California, Texas, and Nevada as well as in state court in California regarding various prostitution and sex trafficking topics.
Marsha Stone is currently the CPS Division Administrator for Child Safety, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Ms. Stone oversees program planning, development and implementation of policy in the area of child safety for all stages of service. Prior to her current position, Ms. Stone worked for 30 years within the CPS system in Texas. She began her career as a caseworker, progressing to supervisor, program director, and program administrator. At the state office, she has served as a program specialist and as the Division Administrator for Investigations. Ms. Stone received both her undergraduate degree and her MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin.
Russell Strand is currently the Chief of the US Army Military Police School Family Advocacy Law Enforcement Training Division. Mr. Strand is a retired US Army CID Federal special agent with more than 36 years experience in law enforcement, investigations, and consulting. Mr. Strand has specialized expertise, experience and training in the areas of domestic violence intervention, critical incident peer support, sexual assault, trafficking in persons and child abuse investigations. He has established, developed, produced, and conducted the US Army Sexual Assault Investigations, Domestic Violence Intervention Training, Sexual Assault Investigations and Child Abuse Prevention and Investigation Techniques courses and supervised the development of the Critical Incident Peer Support course. Mr. Strand assisted in the development and implementation of the Department of Defense (DOD) programs of instruction for Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARC), victim advocates, chaplains, criminal investigators, first responders, commanders, and health professionals.
Steve Sucsy has been an Assistant United States Attorney for 25 years, and has focused on child sexual exploitation cases for over ten years. The cases have involved production, receipt, and possession of child pornography, enticement of a child, interstate travel to engage in sex acts with a child, kidnaping, and child sex trafficking.
Joe Sullivan is director of Mentor Forensic Services, an organization specializing in providing consultancy and training in behavior analysis, child protection and professional sexual misconduct issues. He is a registered forensic psychologist and began collaborating with law enforcement in 1996. He has worked as an independent consultant for several UK and European police forces, specializing in assisting investigations into sexually motivated abduction, murder and assaults of children. He has received a Chief Constable's Commendation for his contribution to the investigation into the sexually motivated abduction and murder of a child in 2001. Since 2006, Dr. Sullivan has been employed as a consultant and forensic psychologist in the Behavior Analysis Unit of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, UK.
Michael Sullivan is a thirty-one year veteran of law enforcement, currently assigned as the Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office as the ICAC Task Force Commander. He is a member of the ICAC Advisory Board, and the Co-Chair of the ICAC Emerging Technology Group. Deputy Chief Sullivan has also created training classes for the investigation of child exploitation and delivered that training to local, state and federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors. He is also the author of two books, Safety Monitor and Online Predators, which focus on the use of computers to victimize children. Deputy Chief Sullivan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University and acted as an advisor in the development of the SHIFT curriculum and continues to be an instructor of SHIFT programs nationwide.
Catherine Sweeney is an analyst in the Human Trafficking and Child Protection Division at INTERPOL Washington. She is responsible for coordinating international law enforcement efforts in cases of child sexual exploitation, suspected child sex tourism, and the enticement of children on the Internet. Specifically, Catherine organizes and implements projects aimed at combatting the distribution of child sexual abuse material online. She serves as a liaison to US law enforcement in seeking INTERPOL Red Notices against offenders wanted for crimes against children.
Sherre Sweet is an assistant district attorney in Dallas County, Texas. Ms. Sweet received her law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 2002. Immediately after graduation, Ms. Sweet joined the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. For six years, she has been prosecuting exclusively those felony crimes involving the sexual and physical abuse of children. She has participated in numerous child abuse trials. She has lectured at numerous local conferences and also trains prosecutors on child abuse issues and successful child abuse prosecutions and investigations. Ms. Sweet is currently the deputy chief of the Child Abuse Division.
Angela Tanase works as a child victim advocate for the Victim Services Unit at the Circuit Attorney's Office in the City of St. Louis. She primarily provides crisis intervention to child victims and their families/caregivers and helps them navigate the criminal justice system. Angela also educates parents and caregivers in establishing a safe environment for the children after abuse has occurred. Prior to working with the Victim Services, she worked as a care manager for crisis oriented children and teens in foster care. Angela holds a Masters in Social Work from the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis. She has researched the area of child abuse for over 15 years and has been working with victims of child abuse for over 10 years.
Jim Tanner has 40 years experience in community corrections. He obtained his Ph.D. in Cognitive Social Psychology from the University of Illinois, specializing in Phenomenology and Criminology. He serves as the computer forensic examiner for Probation in the 20th Judicial District of Colorado and has examined more than 1,400 sex offenders’ computers. He is nationally recognized as a leader in the management of sex offenders’ computers. He is responsible for the creation of Field Search, a forensic software application in use in the US, Canada, U.K. and Australia. He also developed the Structured Sex Offender Treatment Review (SSOTR) in use nationally to monitor sex offenders’ behavior.
Kenneth Thompson, Sr. brings a talent for children’s and fathers' advocacy cultivated in the public sector. Kenneth’s experiences as a parent educator, facilitator, mentor and talk show host serve him well in his current assignment as the first-ever Fatherhood Program Specialist for DFPS in the Family Focus Division. His previous assignments include lead host for “The Dad-Show,” and the featured facilitator for, “Focus on Fathers.” Kenneth served as director of the, “All American Mentoring Project,” a mentoring program with an emphasis on children from single parent homes and low socio-economic status. He is the former President of the Board of Trustees for the Pflugerville Independent School District, where he was the first African American elected to political office in the Pflugerville community.
Thomas Thompson has been employed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since 2004. He was previously an IT consultant for seven years. Special Agent Thompson has been working Innocent Images matters in the New York Division for the past five years and he is currently the Group II Case Agent for the New York Innocent Images program.
Elizabeth Tow is a High-Tech Crime training specialist in the Training Services department of SEARCH, where she coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations. Before joining SEARCH in 2010, she spent five years in local law enforcement in two states, as a public safety dispatcher for the Grass Valley (California) and Helena (Montana) Police Departments.
Eric Trest has been a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) since 2005. He is currently assigned as the Department of Defense Representative to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). He has taught at such venues as the Dallas Crimes against Children Conference, Department of Defense Cyber Crimes Conference, United States Attorney General Project Safe Childhood National Conference, United States Marshals Sex Offender Investigators Course, United States Army Criminal Investigations Command Digital Forensic Examiners Conference, US Army Child Abuse Prevention and Investigative Techniques Course, Silicon Valley Internet Crimes against Children Conference, and the National Strategy Conference on Combating Child Exploitation.
Darrel Turner is a clinical psychologist currently employed with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He conducts private research in the area of sex offenders and risk assessment and has numerous publications. He also consults with various legal offices concerning expert testimony and psychological evaluations. Dr. Turner worked as an assistant investigator with a cold case homicide unit and performed undercover vice and sex crimes work prior to beginning graduate school. He is also active in the areas of human trafficking and civil commitment of sex offenders.
Derek VanLuchene brings a unique perspective to the issues of sex offender management and child abduction. In 1987, when Derek was 17 years old, his 8-year-old brother, Ryan, was abducted and murdered by a repeat sex offender. Since that time, Derek has devoted himself to issues of sensible sex offender management as well as child abduction response. Derek spent 18 years as a Montana law enforcement officer working for both the Conrad Police Department and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation. Currently, Derek manages Ryan United, a non-profit organization dedicated to his brother. Derek also works as a consultant for Fox Valley Technical College. Through his personal and professional experiences, VanLuchene speaks to criminal justice professionals and community organizations across the nation about how important their role is when it comes to missing and abducted children and also the management of sex offenders.
Viola Vaughan-Eden, PhD, LCSW is a clinical/forensic social worker in independent practice. She has provided mental health services to victims of maltreatment in Southeastern Virginia for more than 25 years having worked in residential treatment and a children’s advocacy center. She has conducted more than a thousand extended forensic evaluations and expert testimony more than 450 times. Viola is Co-Editor of the Journal of Forensic Social Work. She regularly provides training throughout the US and abroad to multidisciplinary groups of professionals on the psychosocial needs of child abuse victims. She is the recipient of the 2011 National Children’s Advocacy Center’s Outstanding Service Award in Mental Health and the 2012 National Association of Social Workers – Virginia Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the President of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). www.violavaughaneden.com
Joseph Versace is a Programmer/Analyst with the Ontario Provincial Police, Child Sexual Exploitation Unit. During his time there, he has developed investigative tools including E-Phex, Roundup Ares and CraigslistUC that have assisted ICAC investigators around the world.
Victor Vieth serves as the Executive Director of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), a state of the art training complex located on the campus of Winona State University (WSU). NCPTC includes five moot court rooms, four forensic interview rooms and a “mock house” in which to conduct simulated child abuse investigations. NCPTC staff provides intensive instruction for undergraduate students and current professionals in the field on how to better recognize, react, and respond to children who are being abused. Victor graduated magna cum laude from WSU and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law (HUSL). He has published countless articles related to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect. He is author of Unto the Third Generation, a bold initiative that outlines the necessary steps we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations.
Chris Vivian is the Communications Services Manager and leads a team of writers that support National Forensic Technology (NFSTC) projects through a wide variety of deliverables, including: user guides, scientific posters, white papers, project documentation and Web content. Since joining NFSTC, she has led the organization in robust outreach efforts to the criminal justice community via strategic conference attendance, social media and cross-marketing of programs, which has led to significant increases in NFSTC Web traffic, program use, TTA and training applications and inquiries from law enforcement, laboratories, courts and other practitioners and agencies across the United States. Ms. Vivian has more than 18 years of experience in corporate communications and marketing and has been recognized by PR News and the Florida Public Relations Association. She has received two Telly Awards for video production and was honored with a Communicator Award of Distinction. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications from the University of Florida.
Lauren Wagner is a High Tech Crime training specialist in the 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 provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepares training materials, teaches SEARCH investigative courses and speaks at conferences throughout the U.S. Ms. Wagner is an ICI certified instructor and received a 2009 “Excellence in Training” award from California POST.
John B. Warnick was only ten years old when he was carrying a secret he did not want to share with anyone; that he had been sexually molested by a soccer coach he idolized and trusted. For the next ten years, he would bury the secret that he had been sexually abused for over six years. He could never shake the secret that haunted and controlled him until he found the courage and faith to confront the molester. John now shares the story of how his decision to go to the police and district attorney led him to participate in a sting operation that attacked a nationwide child porn network. His presentation provides an incredible insight into the mind of a male victim, the grooming techniques used by his molester, and how he has decided to take control of his life back from his abuser and what has helped him overcome such a debilitating crime.
Michael Weber is an investigator in the Crimes Against Children Unit of the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. His responsibilities include assisting prosecutors in preparing cases for trial and actively investigating special circumstance cases from the inception of the case to its conclusion. One such special circumstance case that Mike investigates is medical child abuse. He has investigated six claims of medical child abuse since 2008.
David Westall is currently assigned to the Homeland Security Investigations, SAC Atlanta Office and serves as an undercover agent and lead case agent within the Cyber Crimes Group. Special Agent Westall has been a federal agent for ten years.
Jeff Wherry is a licensed psychologist and the Rockwell Chair of Child and Family Program and Policies and the Director of the Institute for Child and Family Studies at Texas Tech University. He provides assessment and psychotherapy services to abused children, and teaches at Texas Tech where he conducts research with abused and traumatized children.
Carmen White is an assistant district attorney in Dallas County, Texas. Mrs. White received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1999 after graduating cum laude from Baylor University in 1995. Immediately after graduation, Mrs. White practiced law at a large corporate firm in Dallas, Texas. Mrs. White joined the Dallas County District Attorney's Office in 2001. Subsequently, she joined the Child Abuse Division. Ms. White has prosecuted a number of cases as a prosecutor in the Child Abuse Division. Mrs. White is currently the deputy chief of the Child Abuse Division.
Autumn Williams has approximately seven years of experience working with at-risk populations and has spent the last year as the Senior Education Specialist at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. In this role she focuses on preventing child abuse by providing professional training to child-serving organizations and informative parent education curriculum on how to keep children safe from harm. Additionally, she serves on the organizing committee for the national Crimes Against Children Conference. Prior to this position, Autumn worked as a Forensic Interviewer at the DCAC, conducting nearly 500 forensic interviews of sexual and physical abuse victims for Dallas County Law Enforcement agencies and Child Protective Services. She also testifies in court as an expert witness to these criminal cases.
James A. Williams is a High-Tech Crime Training Project Instructor in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics to local, state, and federal justice and public safety agencies. Mr. Williams has a law enforcement career that spans nearly two decades, rising from the rank of deputy sheriff. As an instructor for Fox Valley Technical College, he provides instruction for ICAC techniques classes. Additionally, he is a scenario evaluator/instructor for the Sacramento Sheriff’s Basic Recruit Training Academy.
Matthew Williams joined the National White Collar Crime Center in 2008 as a Computer Crime Specialist and is responsible for the development of Cell Phone and GPS Interrogation courses. He has assisted in the development and instruction of a wide range of basic and advanced computer forensics courses offered throughout the country. He has also conducted extensive research on the topics of information security, cell phone networks, and cyber law. Matt graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a graduate certification in Computer Forensics. He has also received CompTIA’s A+ and Security+ certifications and completed his MBA in 2010.
Russell Wilson supervises the Dallas County District Attorney's Office Conviction Integrity Unit. He is responsible for the post conviction investigations into claims of actual innocence by the Dallas County District Attorney. Russell is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2003 and has practiced law since 1995. During the course of his legal career he has tried numerous cases in both state and federal courts. Russell is a frequent lecturer on criminal law topics ranging from ethical issues to trial presentations.
William Wiltse has been a police officer for the last 21 years and is certified as a forensic computer examiner. Working as a detective for the Salem, Oregon Police Department, he specialized in conducting forensic computer exams in cases involving child sexual exploitation. He has led proactive investigations into the online trading of child pornography and worked with numerous federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. He is currently employed by TLO in Boca Raton, Florida, where he directs the development of software tools targeting those who create and disseminate child pornography over the Internet.
Pamela Womack retired from law enforcement as a detective after 26 years of service with the Rockwall Police Department. She began her second career in June 2010 with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as a Special Investigator to continue her work in fighting child abuse. She now works from the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center assisting CPS caseworkers with the most serious child abuse cases in Dallas County.
Todd Zerfoss has been employed as a Special Agent for Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement since the agency’s creation in March 2003. As a Senior Special Agent for HSI, his primary duty was investigating and prosecuting child exploitation cases. In December of 2009, he was promoted and transferred from the Resident Agent in Charge/Fort Myers, FL office to ICE Head Quarters Cyber Crimes Center in Fairfax, VA where he is a National Program Manager for the Child Exploitation Investigations Unit.
Eric Zimmerman is a special agent assigned to the Cyber Crimes Squad of the Salt Lake City FBI field office where he has been investigating child pornography and computer intrusions for the past three years. He is a member of the Utah ICAC and has provided training and assistance to dozens of local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies. Eric has a degree in Computer Science and has developed several computer programs to aid in the investigation and prosecution of child exploitation matters.