Patty Wetterling is the mother of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted at the age of eleven by a masked gunman on October 22, 1989 near his home in St. Joseph, Minnesota. On September 1, 2016, nearly twenty-seven years after his abduction, Jacob’s remains were found and his abductor arrested. Patty has become a nationally recognized educator on child abduction and sexual exploitation of children. Patty co-founded the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC) and Team H.O.P.E. a national support group for families of missing children. Patty co-authored the books, “When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide,” and “Perspectives on Missing Persons Cases.” Patty was Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children from 2012-2015 and remains a champion of hope for families whose children are still missing and for prevention of sexual exploitation and abduction.
State of the Industry Remarks
Emily Vacher, Facebook
Emily Vacher joined Facebook in 2011 and is currently a Director with Facebook’s Trust & Safety team. Emily is responsible for law enforcement outreach, global safety initiatives, safety education, and security policy matters. She is currently focusing on Facebook’s AMBER Alert program and child safety issues. Emily works extensively with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) where she serves as a member of NCMEC’s executive board and the law enforcement/operations committee, and also serves as a member of NCMEC’s Team ADAM/Project Alert. Emily works closely with the International Center for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) on global missing children’s issues and alert system development and training. Before she joined Facebook, Emily was a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for more than a decade, specializing in crimes against children matters. She was a member of the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team, the Operational Medicine (OpMed) Team and was a division legal advisor. Emily holds a BS from Cornell University, an MS and MPA from Syracuse University/Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.
Presentation of Award to Law Enforcement Professional
Lou Luzynski, Watch Systems, Inc.
Lou Luzynski is the co-founder and managing partner of Watch Systems. In this role, Lou directs all financial aspects of the business including accounting practices, budgeting, financial planning, interface with the financial community, financial analysis, acquisitions and ventures, and monitoring of financial performance. Prior to Watch Systems, Lou was President and Chief Executive Officer of Fuelman. As one of the co-founders of Fuelman, Lou helped guide the company from a startup in 1985 to a company with over 300 employees and $100 million in annual sales in 1999. Previously, Lou was a Senior Manager of audit, tax, and management consulting services at KPMG Peat Marwick for early-stage, privately-held emerging growth companies. Lou earned a B.A. in Accounting with Cum Laude honors from St. Louis University and is a Certified Public Accountant.