The Crimes Against Children Conference is pleased to have presenters from the many varied disciplines that comprise the professionals that investigate, prosecute, advocate and in all ways combat crimes against children.
Please read about the experts and professionals who will be presenting at this year's conference. You will find a diverse and comprehensive collection of trainers to provide excellent instruction on a variety of subjects.
Speakers will be added as confirmed. The speakers added are current as of 3/20/17.
Luís Acuña-Pilgrim is the current Education Specialist with the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, a nationally-recognized nonprofit for its leadership on child abuse issues. He develops and delivers child protection training to organizations, community members, parents and children. With over ten years of experience in Latino outreach and development, Luis works constantly as an advocate in the community. He currently sits on the board for the National Latino Children’s Institute which advocates as a national voice for young Latinos in the areas of public policies and national initiatives. Luís holds a master of arts in bicultural-bilingual studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a bachelor of arts in International Relations from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
Allison Alstott is employed by the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. She has coordinated approximately 1,500 cases of alleged child physical abuse and has conducted over 1,600 forensic interviews. She has sat on the Child Death Review Team in Cook County, and provided trainings on the usefulness and best practices of forensic interviewing to law enforcement, child welfare specialists, medical and legal professionals. Allison holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Curriculum and Instruction and Master's Degree in Social Service Administration. Her experiences working with diverse populations of children and families includes educational, therapeutic and investigative interventions.
Bonnie Armstrong is Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Shaken Baby Alliance, a national organization based in Fort Worth, Texas that provides services to families and professionals involved in physical abuse cases involving children, elderly adults, and adults with disabilities. A former kindergarten and special education teacher, she has written curriculum and developed training programs for professionals on the effects of trauma and abuse on brain development, infant mortality, abusive head trauma, physical child abuse, and forensic investigative techniques involving physical abuse. Bonnie provides case consultation services and trial preparation strategies for legal and law enforcement professionals on over 100 cases each year. A former member of the International Advisory Board on Shaken Baby Syndrome, Bonnie lectures and provides training and education nationwide to various professional groups and tribal nations. She is the mother of three children, one of whom is a survivor of SBS and a Special Olympic athlete.
Pedro Arroyo is a 15-year veteran of municipal policing. He has been a full time police officer with the cities of Oakland, Suisun and the Fairfield Police Department. Detective Arroyo lateraled to the Fairfield police department in 2013. His assignments have included Patrol, Crisis Negotiations and Criminal Investigations, where he has worked under the Family Violence Unit. Pedro has spent over five years working Crimes against children and Domestic violence.
Jordan Benavidez is a Trust & Safety manager at Twitter. He previously worked for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) for five years in both the Missing Children’s Division and the Exploited Children’s Division, including two years as a CyberTipline Analyst.
Robert Benson is a detectives for the Richland, WA Police Department. He is a veteran Digital Media Examiner and is an experienced in digital case management and working closely with both state and federal jurisdictions. Robert’s investigative work has secured numerous federal convictions of those seeking to prey on children. He has instructed digital case management in both domestic and foreign venues. Robert has been commended for his investigative skills and has been the recipient of many commendations over his career.
Jeff Bickford has been in law enforcement for 15 years and is currently a detective for the City of Richland, WA. He is currently assigned to the Southeast Regional ICAC Task Force, in Washington State and he is also a TFO for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and also serves as a Digital Media Examiner. Jeff is well versed in online investigations and ICAC undercover work. He has proactively located numerous enticement suspects from across the state of Washington and has extensive experience working in the federal court system. His proactive work has assisted the government to secure federal convictions for convicted sex offenders, school employees and others who have attempted to have sexual relations with and otherwise exploit children. In addition, he has instructed an Online Investigations course around the USA and has also provided instruction on OneNote digital case management in both domestic and foreign venues.
Alfred Birtz currently serves as the Program Director responsible for investigative operations for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center in Dallas, Texas. He has more than 10 years of experience in the field of law enforcement and child protection and he has worked around the United States, including Washington, DC, Texas, and Alaska.
Bronwyn Blake is the Legal Director of the Texas Advocacy Project and the Founder of their Teen Justice Initiative, a program that advocates for teen victims of dating violence. She was awarded the first University of Texas Faculty Fellowship in Public Interest Law from the William Wayne Justice Center to start this valuable work. Bronwyn has been featured on America’s Most Wanted and Court TV as an expert on this issue. She is also a graduate of Leadership Austin’s Emerge Program for young leaders and the former President of the Young Women’s Alliance, a professional organization in Austin, Texas. She currently serves as an officer on the board of Girlstart, an organization that empowers girls in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Jason Bobo is a Texas Ranger, Company “F” in Lampasas, Texas. As team leader for Company "F" Crime Scene Team, he conducts criminal and special investigations, renders assistance to local law enforcement in suppressing crime and violence, and holds lead criminal investigative responsibility for major incident crime investigation and unsolved crime investigations, public corruption investigations, officer involved shootings, etc. He provides testimony to grand juries and trial courts, disseminates criminal intelligence pertaining to organized crime, and provides protection for elected officials at public functions and elsewhere. Jason is a member of the Texas Ranger Crime Scene Investigation Working Group which proposes, evaluates, recommends, and instructs members of the Texas Rangers in new equipment and techniques. In 2016, he graduated from National Forensic Academy at the University of Tennessee and was certified as a Crime Scene Investigator with the International Association for Identification.
Kristin Boorse is the Sr. Product Manager at Thorn where she manages the product strategy and road map for Spotlight which aims to provide law enforcement with intelligence and leads about suspected human trafficking networks and individuals in order to identify victims and connect them with resources. She works with the innovation lab and specific law enforcement teams to turn prototypes into products as a means to drive technology innovation to fight child sexual exploitation.
Glenn Booth has been a FBI Special Agent for over 19 years. He is currently assigned to the Child Exploitation Task Force Unit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he exclusively investigates crimes involving child sex trafficking and child pornography related offenses. During his career with the FBI, Glenn has investigated all types of crimes, including kidnapping, crimes against children, violent crimes, public corruption, terrorism, and various white collar crimes. He is also a certified FBI Crisis Negotiator and a member of the FBI’s Evidence Response Team.
Michael Bourke, PhD, serves as the head of the Behavioral Analysis Unit for the United States Marshals Service. He has been a federal law enforcement officer since 2000. Prior to joining the Marshals Service he worked for eight years as a clinical psychologist and polygraph examiner within the U.S. federal prison system’s Sex Offender Treatment Program. Mike is a regular consultant to law enforcement agencies on matters pertaining to sexual criminality, interviewing/interrogation techniques, and psychological safeguarding of law enforcement personnel. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Defense Intelligence Agency and The George Washington University.
Leslie Boutte is the Assistant Clinical Director at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas with over five years of experience working with children, adolescents and family members who have experienced trauma such as abuse or witnessing a violent crime. She is also a Registered Play Therapist, TF-CBT Certified, EMDR Trained, and trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Leslie received her Masters of Science in Counseling from the University of North Texas in 2012.
Lawrence Braunstein is a partner in the law firm of Braunstein & Zuckerman, Esqs, in White Plains, New York, and an adjunct professor of Law at Hofstra University Law School in Hempstead, New York. Since 1985 his practice includes the areas of Matrimonial and Family Law and related civil and criminal litigation, specifically focusing in the areas of child custody litigation and litigation involving allegations of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and abusive head trauma (shaken baby). Since 1999 he has served on the faculty of the NYPD Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigation Course and, since 2014, on the faculty of the NYPD Homicide Investigator Course. He has conducted hundreds of trainings with police departments across the county, with the FBI Behavioral Analysis Units, and with police agencies in England, Scotland, Wales, and South Africa.
Richard Brown is the Project Coordinator for a domestic/international child rescue initiative called "Project VIC" which incorporates the latest technologies to run against the image video libraries to maximize image and video matching and prides itself in using Open Standards supported by standards bodies' instead of proprietary technology. Project VIC has allowed investigators to swiftly process thousands of images and video from seized hard drives on criminal cases and set aside the cataloged images so they can concentrate on rescuing child victims depicted in images never seen before. He is from New Jersey (USA) and holds a position at the National Association to Protect Children (Protect.org) and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children He is a retired Bureau Chief for the New Jersey State Police. He has held positions in the High Technology Crimes Unit, Electronic Surveillance Unit, Training Bureau, and Internal Affairs. Most of his 25 years of law enforcement have been in the capacity of serving technology focused investigations or support of such investigations. Rich has a Graduate Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a concentration in Computer Forensics and Network Security.
Ryan Brown is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He is a board certified child abuse pediatrician and is the medical director of the Child Protection Team at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Ryan is also an attending physician in the emergency department. He serves on the Child Death Review Board and is the assistant child abuse examiner for the State of Oklahoma.
Irish Burch serves as the Chief Partner Relations Officer at the Dallas Children Advocacy Center where she is responsible for coordinating and facilitating relationships with 32 partner agencies (250+ team members). With over 24 years of experience working in the child abuse field, Irish started her career as a CPS worker in 1993 before being hired at DCAC as a forensic interviewer in 2003. Her firsthand knowledge in investigating cases, interviewing children, and working with a variety of disciplines have assisted her in being able to effectively manage and facilitate the needs of the multi-disciplinary team. Irish has conducted numerous presentations on a local, state, and national level. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Counseling from Texas A&M at Commerce.
Stacy Burke was licensed to practice law in November of 2007 and has been a prosecutor her entire career. She presented her first child abuse case to a jury in her second month of practicing law. Stacy is currently with the 33rd & 424th District Attorney’s Office, and has been since March of 2011. Currently, Stacey serves in a grant-funded Child Abuse Prosecution Unit, where she handles her cases from Grand Jury through final resolution. The longest sentence Stacy has received from a jury is 23 Life sentences, which the Judge ordered to run consecutively. She has worked with children of various ages, the youngest being three years old. The youngest child who testified before her abuser and a jury was four years old.
Rachel Burris is an Assistant District Attorney in the Dallas County District Attorney's Office in the Child Abuse Division. Currently, her responsibilities include coordinating physical and sexual abuse investigations for all of Dallas County law enforcement as well as acting as the liaison between the District Attorney's Office and the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and its partner agencies.
Lindsey Campeau is a detective with the Dearborn Police Department in Michigan and currently is assigned to the Child/Family/Sexual Assault Unit in the department's Detective Bureau. As a member of the Youth Bureau, she has extensive investigative experience working with juveniles, forensic interviewers, Child Advocacy Centers, CPS and therapists. Lindsey is a trained/certified child forensic interviewer through the State of Michigan, and has conducted hundreds of forensic interviews of children.
George Cannata is the Regional Director of Child Protective Services, Region 3 in Texas. He started his career with CPS over 20 years ago as a child abuse investigator. He has held many positions, including supervisor at the Arlington Alliance for Children (Tarrant County’s CAC), Region 3 CPS Academy Manager, Program Director, Program Administrator, and CPS Deputy Assistant Commissioner. George has served on Children’s Advocacy Center boards for three counties: Tarrant, Grayson, and Palo Pinto. He is currently the CPS Regional Director for 19 North Texas counties. He has both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Jennifer Cano currently works as a Bilingual Family advocate at Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, where her primary focus is meeting with families the day of their child's forensic interview. As an advocate, she provides support and guidance on this day, while disseminating the appropriate information to the family regarding CAC services and being the voice with partners about a family’s needs. Prior to being at DCAC, Jennifer worked as a bilingual case manager at Genesis Women's Shelter, where her main focus was to assist women, escaping an abusive relationship, with the appropriate community resources while living at an emergency shelter.
Kimberly Casey is the Director of Prevention for Love146, where she leads the organization’s prevention efforts and is responsible for developing, monitoring, and evaluating programs and models to ensure high individual impact and systemic change. Her role includes strategic planning and the promotion of collaboration across sectors and disciplines. She leads a team that advises schools, government agencies, and nonprofits on the implementation of effective prevention and identification strategies for diverse populations of youth. These strategies are based on Love146’ s direct experience providing a spectrum of services including community education, prevention, early intervention, and survivor care. Kimberly formed and oversees a multi-organization, interdisciplinary team of child protection and education experts in the ongoing development, implementation, and evaluation of Not a #Number, Love146’ s child trafficking and exploitation prevention curriculum.
Dave Clark has been a Dallas police officer for 19 years. He is currently a Child Exploitation Detective with the Dallas Police Department where he has worked for the last seven years. He has investigated hundreds of cases related to sex crimes involving children. Dave routinely leads investigations involving high profile cases and assists other detectives in their cases. He trains new Detectives that come to the unit.
Don Colcolough is an internationally recognized authority and a subject matter expert within the cyber-crime investigations, cyber-security and prevention measures arena, as well as a digital evidence comprehension professional. He has testified in over 300 criminal trials for state, federal, U.S. military and international governments over the course of two decades. Don is an instructor for the National Criminal Justice Training Center and National White Collar Crime Center and has faculty affiliations with the U.S. Air Force JAG School, National District Attorneys Association, National Advocacy Center, National Child Advocacy Center, Internet Crimes Against Children Training, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, U.S.Naval Justice School, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, and INTERPOL.
Jim Cole is the National Program Manager for Victim Identification, Homeland Security Investigations, Cyber Crimes Center. He stood up HSI's Victim Identification Program in 2011, thus far resulting in the identification and rescue of over 450 child victims. As a special agent and digital forensic agent he has been conducting child sexual exploitation investigations for the past thirteen years and prior to that was a detective working violent crimes, including child sexual abuse and homicide. Jim is the Chair of the Interpol Victim Identification Experts Group, an international working group conducting victim identification investigations worldwide. He teaches Adobe Photoshop for Law Enforcement and Victim Identification Methods and Techniques around the world and is a global trainer for INTERPOL’s Crimes Against Children Team.
John Combs is a detective with the Round Rock Police Department and has been in law enforcement for 25 years. For the last 18 years, his primary responsibilities have been the investigation of physical and sexual abuse of children. John holds a Master Peace Officer License, Advanced Instructors License and Special Investigators License from TCOLE. He instructs in the Intermediate Child Abuse Investigations and the Advanced Child Abuse Investigations Courses. John is a former SAFVIC (Sexual Assault/Family Violence Investigators Course) instructor. He speaks on many Family Violence topics such as "Determining the Predominant Aggressor" and "Investigative Techniques." John has spoken at many conferences and he is a regular presenter at the Crimes Against Children Conference.
Frank Conner is a Chief Inspector with the US Marshals Service where he manages the Missing Child Unit (MCU). MCU was created in 2016 to connect USMS fugitive investigative skills and resources with law enforcement requests for assistance in missing child cases.
Katrina Cook, Ph.D. serves as the Director of Parent Services for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) in Dallas, Texas. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Texas Tech University, and is a licensed psychologist. She has worked with under served populations in a variety of settings, including two children’s advocacy centers. Currently, she is working to enhance the DCAC's response to caregivers' specific parenting and personal mental health needs. Katrina works closely with family advocates, therapists, and the DCAC Research Institute to identify families’ needs, provide comprehensive services, and evaluate parenting programs implemented. She enlists caregivers as active participants in their children’s treatment using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P).
Jerry Crotty is a Detective Sergeant with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and oversees the Crimes Against Children unit and is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Over his 20-year career, his assignments have included Patrol, Criminal Investigations and the Organized Crime task force. He is also a certified instructor and teaches interviews and interrogations, kinesics and statement analysis to new, tenured investigators and prosecutors. He has been in his current assignment since 2013 which includes sex crimes against children, child death, child abuse, missing children and being a member of ICAC. Jerry is responsible for implementing the Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) into the Central Florida ICAC Task Force and has developed new techniques to recover live victims during Internet sex crime investigations.
Jesse Crowe has worked for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) since August 2010 and was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. In January 2014, he was promoted to Special Agent in Charge in the Madison Regional Office and oversaw the ICAC unit and Public Integrity Unit. Jesse was later reassigned to oversee the ICAC unit for the Western Region of Wisconsin, which includes the DCI offices in Madison, Wausau and Eau Claire. He has conducted hundreds of investigations into the online sexual exploitation of children. Jesse has extensive investigative experience in peer to peer and online undercover chat.
Cathy Davis, LPCC, began her career working with children and families from a primarily homeless population. Clinical focus during this time focused on stabilization, parental support, and community-based trauma interventions. In 2013, Cathy began working at Nationwide Children’s Hospital specializing in various trauma-focused interventions such as PCIT, CFTSI, and TF-CBT. She then became a Forensic Interviewer/Mental Health Advocate at The Center for Family Safety and Healing. Cathy has been a return presenter at the 2014-2015 APSAC Colloquium. Cathy received her Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC in 2003 and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from The Citadel in Charleston, SC in 2011. She has been a licensed, practicing counselor since 2012.
Amy Derrick is currently the Chief of the Sexual Assault Unit at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. She has been with the Office for over 12 years and she has spent the last nine years prosecuting sexual assault cases exclusively; including child abuse, domestic violence, campus related and cold case sexual assault. Amy is a frequent trainer and presenter for law enforcement, victim advocates, Child Protective Services, sexual assault nursing (SANE) programs and for other prosecutors. She has been invited to train nationally regarding the prosecution of sexual assault and frequently trains at the local level.
Bibiana Dominguez is currently a Bilingual Forensic Interviewer for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and has completed over 1,000 interviews of children. As a forensic interviewer, Bibiana assists local, state, and federal law enforcement officials by conducting video recorded forensic interviews of children in cases where the child is alleged to have been the victim of or witness to child abuse and other violent crimes. Prior to that, Bibiana earned her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Arlington. After graduating college, Bibiana served as a CPS Investigator in McLennan and Dallas County for approximately six years and handled cases of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse, and neglect.
Kathy Dumond is a LPC-S and RPT-S with over 10 years of clinical experience working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. She is also a TF-CBT Certified Counselor and has completed over 800 hours of training in trauma focused assessments and interventions.
Jerry Dysart is a Senior Inspector assigned to the Missing Child Unit of the US Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch. Based in New Orleans, he currently serves as the Marshals Service liaison to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Jerry has served in a variety of enforcement assignments, to include; Sex Offender Investigations Program Coordinator, Fugitive Task Force Coordinator and Protective Intelligence Investigator. Prior to joining the Marshals Service, he was an active duty US Army Cavalry Officer where he served as Tank Platoon Leader during the Gulf War, followed by assignments as a Scout Platoon Leader, Troop Executive Officer and Troop Commander. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Louisiana State University.
Amanda Elkanick is currently the Survivor Services and Training Director with Texas Advocacy Project, a non-profit law firm offering free legal services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. She has been involved in the movement for the past 10 years in varying roles. She has worked as a shelter advocate, program director and policy analyst over the years. Because of the various positions she has held she brings an invaluable perspective to her work on a statewide level. Amanda has served on many different task forces, community planning groups, and committees that are centered on ending intimate partner violence. She graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice in 2010.
Douglas Faini has been a police officer with the Auburn Police Department for over 21 years. Over half his career spent in Investigations, currently assigned to Major Crimes and the ICAC Task Force. He is a Hostage Negotiator and serves as an instructor in several disciplines.
Jen Falk is currently a felony chief with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and was recently assigned as a prosecutor within the Sexual Assault Unit. She previously spent nine years as a prosecutor at the Harris County District Attorney's Office in Houston, Texas. Jen is a frequent trainer and presenter for various law enforcement agencies, including being a Course Instructor for the Houston Police Department, and other prosecutors. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at South Texas College of Law, teaching trial advocacy. Jen is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Rita Farrell currently serves as the Lead Forensic Interviewing Faculty of Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (Gundersen NCPTC) at North West Arkansas Community College. She manages the ChildFirst® Arkansas program and serves as the Director of Education for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County. She is the co-author of the ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Protocol and the development of advanced training courses and programs for forensic interviewers. Rita has conducted more than 1,800 child interviews, testified in numerous court cases and trained for the ChildFirst® program since 2002. Rita is a certified law enforcement instructor and has authored five peer reviewed articles specific to forensic interviewing of child abuse victims. She has over 17 years of experience working with child abuse investigations as a forensic interviewer and founding executive director of a child advocacy center.
Justin Fitzsimmons is a Program Manager in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH. He helps coordinate a national program that provides expert technical assistance and training to local, state, and federal justice and public safety agencies on the role that digital evidence plays in criminal investigations. He is a national expert the areas of technology-facilitated exploitation of children and domestic minor sex trafficking. Justin frequently presents and teaches at international, national, and regional conferences, workshops, webinars, and training courses on digital evidence collection, computer forensics, crimes against children, cyber crime, and human trafficking. He has published articles on digital evidence authentication, computer forensics for prosecutors, child sexual exploitation, and more.
Aria Jefferson Flood is a Prevention Advisory Specialist for Love146. She advises schools,government agencies, and nonprofit organizations on the implementation of effective prevention and identification strategies for diverse populations of youth. She is a lead trainer and technical assistance provider for Not a Number, Love146's human trafficking and exploitation prevention curriculum. Aria co-authored the Not a Number curriculum and travels throughout the United States providing training's and presentations for professionals who work with youth.
Sabra Garibay is a retired 25-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department (DPD) and now a special investigator for the Texas department of Family and Protective Services. During her police career, she dedicated over 20 years of service to investigating sexual, physical and homicide cases as a detective in the Child Abuse Unit. During this time, Sabra investigated approximately 6,000 cases, including several that were complicated high profile cases. As the liaison between child protective services and DPD, she worked closely with CPS. She created a manual for child abuse professionals to help with securing the necessary data to establish a solid case for trial. Sabra has been commended for her investigate skills and awarded many commendations in regards to her skills over her career.
Matthew Gilbert is a CPS Program Administrator for the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services in Dallas, Texas. He manages the eight CPS Investigation Units located at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and the Irving Family Advocacy Center. These units investigate cases involving child sexual and physical abuse and child fatalities. Matthew serves on the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Board of Directors and has held the positions of CPS investigator, supervisor, program director, and program administrator in service with multiple Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout the State of Texas.
Tony Godwin has been employed by the Garland Police Department for 24 years and is currently assigned to the Northern Texas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICACTF). He is responsible for the investigation of child molestation cases involving strangers, child sexual assault cases involving strangers, child pornography,and the internet solicitation of children for sexual purposes. He has conducted in excess of 1,200 criminal investigations into offenses related to the exploitation of children. Tony is a certified computer and cell phone forensic examiner. He has conducted joint criminal investigations while assisting the FBI, USPS, the DHS/HSI, USSS and other local law enforcement agencies in an effort to combat child exploitation and child pornography on the World Wide Web.
Shannon Gomez has been involved in technology sales for the over 15 years. She started her career while at GA SED - Southern Electronic Distributor. Since that time, she moved to the digital forensic space while at ICS. She pioneered the company's growth in the forensic space with its unique forensic hard drive duplicator. While she was moving ahead in the forensic space, Shannon also built up a strong channel relationship for the up and coming forensic technologies to fortify the market for more growth. She continues to foster growth with her skills by joining Paraben Corporation as the Director of Sales. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor Degree in Communications.
Jesse Gonzalez is currently the Forensic Interviewer Supervisor for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center where she oversees the forensic interview team of six. She has approximately 14 years of experience in the child abuse field and has spent 12 of them at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Prior to coming to the Center, she served as an investigator for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, where she investigated cases of abuse and neglect. As a child interviewer, Jesse has conducted over 3,700 forensic interviews of sexual and physical abuse victims including witnesses to violent crimes. She testifies as an expert witness to these criminal cases and has done so well over 100 times during her profession.
Suzzie Gonzalez is a Bilingual Case Manager at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) and has been with DCAC for 11 years. In her role as a case manager, she primarily handles caseloads involving clients who are faced with unique challenges and assists those clients and families by identifying attainable resources, while working through barriers that might prevent these families from seeking out advocacy center services. By conducting weekly case management meetings, Suzzie helps families navigate their cases from beginning to end, including overseeing the Crime Victim’s Compensation process and providing support throughout the criminal justice system, should the case go to trial.
Arne Graff is the Division Chair and a clinician for the Pediatric Child Abuse program at the Mayo Clinic. His role is providing in/outpatient consultations for suspected child maltreatment and he is involved in teaching, regionally and nationally, for medical, legal, social services and community on areas of child maltreatment.
Katie Greer travels the country working with and educating law enforcement, communities, school staff/administration and students on social media and tech/Internet safety best practices. She previously worked for the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and the State Police.Katie serves as a media industry expert, and has been featured on CNN, The O'Reilly Factor, The Meredith Vieira Show, Inside Edition, and in media such as The Huffington Post, TIME Magazine, The Boston Globe, USA Today, Proctor & Gamble, Parents Magazine and more.
Cecelia Gregson is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Office of the King County Prosecutor and a Special Assistant US Attorney for the Western District of Washington assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children and Project Safe Childhood task forces. Cecelia has been prosecuting on behalf of King County for 16 years and has focused exclusively on special assault cases involving child physical and sexual abuse and child homicide.
Brooke Grona-Robb is the Chief of the Human Trafficking Division, supervising and prosecuting Human Trafficking and Internet Crimes Against Children cases in Dallas County. She graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 2000 and has been an Assistant District Attorney for 16 years. Brooke has served in a variety of prosecution positions, but has been involved with the HT-ICAC unit for over eleven years. She has presented at a number of national conferences, including Crimes Against Children, Crimes Against Women, the JuST Conference, and the National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation.
Ana Guzmán is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the supervision of Kathy DuMond, LPC-S, RPT-S. She received her Masters of Science in Counseling from Southern Methodist University in 2014. Ana is currently a bilingual therapist at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. She is working on specializing in play therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She provides expert testimony in Dallas County child abuse cases. Ana’s areas of focus are children and non-offending caregivers who have experienced abuse.
Aiko Hasegawa is a Trust & Safety specialist at Twitter with a focus on international safety and privacy matters. Aiko is trained in domestic violence counseling, and was a former researcher to a forensic psychologist specializing in sexually violent predators. Aiko has also assisted in numerous civil and criminal matters as a member of the pro bono committee at Google and Gap Inc.
Michael Hernandez started his law enforcement career as a Police Explorer in 2003, and has been employed in the field since 2005. In his 13-year law enforcement career, Michael has served as a Correctional Officer, Tactical SWAT officer, Field Training Officer, and is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division as a detective. As a detective, he is assigned to investigate child crimes, sexual assaults, domestic violence, cyber crimes and is a current Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) affiliate. In 2014, Michael was awarded the State of Texas Law Enforcement Achievement Award for Valor.
Wil Hernandez joined MSAB in 2015 after retiring from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and having served over 30 distinguished years in law enforcement. His ascent to the rank of Captain included assignments to multiple Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces, supervisory roles in Cyber High Tech and Cyber crime Units, teaching courses for NW3C and FBI CART, as well as recognition as “Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” by the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida.
Carla Higginbotham is an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Nevada. She served as the Coordinator for Project Safe Childhood in the District of Nevada for many years and has prosecuted hundreds of cases involving crimes against children, including cases involving human sex trafficking, child pornography, kidnapping, online enticement, and child sexual abuse. Carla now focuses her practice on complex white collar crime, human trafficking, alien smuggling, and terrorism.
Graham Hill is a PhD Criminologist and a subject matter expert in relation to the behavior of child sex offenders and non-familial child abductors. He is a former senior detective and was the founder and first Head of Behavioral Analysis for the UK Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Graham’s investigative career and research background gives him a unique perspective of sexual crimes against children and he lectures internationally on a wide range of subjects. He is a member of the British Society of Criminology and a Visiting Research Fellow at Leeds University in England.
James Holdman has been a law enforcement officer for over 28 years, including 14 years state and local service, then over 14 years as a Special Agent with ICE-Homeland Security Investigations. He is currently stationed in Springfield, Missouri. He works various crimes including but not limited to child pornography, child exploitation, sex trafficking and drug investigations. James has conducted undercover operations involving the sexual exploitation of children and adults in the United States, Costa Rica and the Philippines. He has conducted child exploitation programs at five national conferences in the United States and has conducted training on undercover operations (face to face meetings), evidence collection and interviewing for the Cambodia National Police in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Moroccan National Police at the training facility in Kenitra and the International Law Enforcement Academy in El Salvador. He has also presented a case study at the Ontario Provincial Police Conference in Niagara Falls, Canada.
Kristen Howell, LMSW, is the Chief Programs Officer at Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, where she oversees all of the direct service programs that are provided to children and families, including the Forensic Interview team, the Clinical Services team, the Family Advocate team and the Parent Program team. Additionally, she oversees the work of the Research Institute, a collaboration between DCAC and SMU. Her staff of approximately 50 child abuse professionals is dedicated to serving child victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, human trafficking, or witnesses to severe violence. Kristen sits on the Executive Partners team, which ensures the highest level of coordinated care between law enforcement, child protective services, the district attorney’s office, the medical center and the programs of the Advocacy Center. Kristen has worked in the field of social work and family violence for the last 20 years. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and the University of North Carolina with her Master’s in Social Work. Kristen trains and speaks nationally on the impact of violence and trauma on families.
Lauren Hurley is a LPC-Intern and Nationally Certified Counselor with over three years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and families who have experienced trauma. She specializes in Play Therapy interventions and is currently working towards a TF-CBT Certification and a Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Certification.
Tracy Ingle is the senior director for the Law Enforcement and National Security (LENS) team in Microsoft's Corporate, External and Legal Affairs group. Joining Microsoft with the acquisition of Hotmail in 1998, where she created the global response team for law enforcement, she has spent the majority of her tenure focused on building the international teams responsible for legal demands for customer data. In her current role, Tracy focuses on the business management aspects of compliance including outreach, training, testimony, quality assurance,cross-border e-discovery, and the publication of the bi-annual Law Enforcement Requests report as part of Microsoft's Transparency Hub. Tracy holds an active CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is studying for her European and Government focus certificates.
James Isaacs is a detective with the Dearborn Police Department in Michigan and currently is assigned to the Detective Bureau, the Michigan State Police ICAC Task Force and the FBI Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force. His primary duty is to investigate crimes against children including sexual abuse, sex trafficking, sextortion, child pornography and child abductions. As a certified forensic examiner of mobile devices and computers, James routinely reviews and analyzes Call Data Records pertinent to ongoing investigations. He instructs law enforcement officers around the country in cell phone investigations and Call Detail Record Analysis and Mapping. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University in Public Law and Government.
Linda Isley is the - Global Manager of the Law Enforcement Response Team at Uber. Prior to joining Uber, Linda worked for three years as a Senior Legal Specialist on the Privacy and Law Enforcement Response Team at Apple. She started working in the field of Law Enforcement response in 2001 at Yahoo! and served as the Global Law Enforcement Compliance Manager for her last six years at Yahoo!.
Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S. worked as a sex offender treatment provider and evaluator for the past 34 years. She has provided training and/or consultation to The National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, The National Child Advocacy Center, United States Navy, The National Crime Victims Association, US Marshall’s Office, NYPD Special Victims' Unit and a number of law enforcement, child advocacy and Faith based organizations. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, published a number of articles related to sex offender behavior, risk management and child abuse prevention, testified as an expert witness in local and federal courts, and been a featured guest on radio talk shows and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Lindsey Kahney is National Runaway Safeline’s prevention specialist. She promotes the use of the free Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum by presenting at conferences, conducting fee-based trainings, providing technical support, and developing partnerships with local and statewide communities.
David Katzenstein, LCSW, is the Clinical Coordinator of the Department of Behavioral Heal at Premium Health Center and the Founder and Clinical Director of the Brooklyn Therapy Center, a private group practice that specializes in the treatment of survivors of sexual abuse. He is a doctoral candidate at NYU School of Social Work, where his primary research focuses on sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community. He is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Touro College and previously served as an adjunct faculty member at NYU and Wurzweiler Schools of Social Work. He holds national certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and is a co-chair of the Early Professional Committee of Nefesh International, an organization of 1000 mental health professionals in the Orthodox Jewish community.
Domenick Kaufman is a sergeant and 20-year veteran of the Mesa Police Department in Mesa, AZ. For the past five years, he supervised sex crimes and child abuse investigations at the Mesa Family Advocacy Center. Domenick developed and currently leads the Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEaT) Squad, which focuses on rescuing adult and child victims from sex trafficking, and arresting pimps/traffickers. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from NAU and is a certified instructor for Arizona POST. His areas of instruction include; criminal investigations, interview and interrogation, child abductions and sex trafficking. He has lectured at a variety of venues including; the Mesa Police Academy, Federal and State investigation schools, Arizona State University College of Law, and Shared Hope International’s JuST Conference.
Billy Kewell is the Law Enforcement Liaison for Uber, responsible for the Central U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining Uber, Billy spent nine years as a Secret Service agent in the Chicago Field Office working criminal investigations and dignitary protection, as well as two years on the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He is also a licensed attorney.
Mike Krapfl is a Special Agent in Charge in the Major Crimes Unit of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. He has 24 years' experience and oversees agents who work homicides, robberies, sex assaults, and officer involved shootings. Mike teaches an evidence-based approach to interview and interrogation that utilizes research on why sex offenders confess.
Ryan Kubasiak is a retired New York State Police Investigator, last assigned to the Computer Crime Unit. He is an accomplished digital forensic expert, and has shared his knowledge with law enforcement agencies around the world. Ryan has performed on-scene response, laboratory examinations, and expert witness testimony at the state and federal levels. Prior to joining Apple, he co-authored a digital forensic book and shared his knowledge with his website, “Apple Examiner."
Tom Lane is an attorney with over 20 years of trial work. Currently he is the Assistant District Attorney in Noble County Oklahoma and he is the co-chair of the Noble County Multi-Disciplinary Team. He handles or assists in all criminal prosecution in the Noble County District Attorney’s office. From time to time he presents on child abuse and domestic abuse victims and the methods regarding evidence and trauma based prosecution. He works closely with law enforcement in obtaining search warrants on all digital evidence.
Ray Lara is an Education Specialist with the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center. With over 10 years of professional experience, Ray has interviewed over 1,000 children. He started his career at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. More recently, Ray served as a Bilingual Forensic Interviewer and continues to provide expert witness testimony in civil and criminal cases. Now, as an education specialist, Ray facilitates trainings on child abuse prevention in English and Spanish.
Wesley Layton has been in law enforcement for 20 years and is currently a Deputy with the Noble County Sheriff’s Office in Perry, Oklahoma. He is currently assigned to the Multi-Disciplinary Task Force in Noble County assisting in staffing and investigating crimes against children. Wesley is also training to be a digital forensic examiner with the Noble County Sheriff’s Office. He holds advanced instructor certification with the Council for Law Enforcement Education and Training in Oklahoma.
Jessica Garcia Leal has been the Program Analyst for the Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT) since August 2016 at the Texas Office of the Governor. CSTT was established in 2015 to protect children from sexual exploitation, prevent victimization, help identify and recover survivors, and bring survivors justice. Prior to joining CSTT, Jessica was the lead human trafficking Intelligence Analyst for four years with the Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety working human trafficking investigations collaboratively with local, state, and federal law enforcement. Jessica has been a subject matter expert for the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute's "Advanced Human Trafficking" course since 2014, is a state certified Crime Analyst I & II by DPS, and is a certified TCOLE instructor.
Brad Leitch has over 15 years of experience building enterprise software for government through a unique community-driven methodology. He learned to wear many hats (at least two) as the CEO of Dreamstalk taking multiple early stage projects successfully to market. Brad and his wife Amaris have five incredible children which fuels his desire to eradicate child exploitation. In 2016, Brad joined Two Hat as Head of Product for CEASE.ai.
Jeff Lilleskare is the Sr. Manager for the Customer Service and Support Online Safety & Security teams. While a 25 year Microsoft veteran, Jeff is new to the Online Safety space, having taken over leadership of the team in early 2016. In this capacity, he manages numerous operations designed to protect Microsoft customers from unwanted and harmful exposure to content on Microsoft platforms. From a security perspective, his team drives quality assurance, field readiness, and awareness around security updates in addition to several security programs. Prior to his current role, Jeff led the Worldwide Security Programs team, managed support for a variety of security products, and spent 10 years in various sales and technical sales roles.
Timothy Lott is Director of the High-Tech Crime Training Services Program of SEARCH. He oversees a national program that provides expert technical assistance and training to local, state, and federal justice and public safety agencies on the role that digital evidence plays in criminal investigations. He teaches courses in digital forensics and mobile device investigations. Following more than six years in law enforcement working in probation, Timothy joined SEARCH in 2010 as a Training Specialist; he was promoted to Director in 2011. He has widespread ICAC experience, and has helped conduct multi jurisdictional investigations involving white-collar crime, organized crime, crimes against persons, and fraud when high-technology or identity theft is a factor.
Melanie Malterer is a Supervisory Operational Psychologist for the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) of the United States Marshals Service. Prior to joining the Marshals Service, she worked as a sex offender psychologist for the Bureau of Prisons for seven years at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina. There she provided risk management, assessment, and treatment to inmates civilly committed as Sexually Dangerous Persons pursuant to the Adam Walsh Act. She has conducted several hundred psychopathy assessments using the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R), Screening Version (PCL:SV), and Youth Version (PCL:YV) with adolescent and adult offenders, both male and female, in state and federal prisons and psychiatric hospitals, as well as on probation and parole. Her published research has focused primarily on the assessment of psychopathy in male offenders. She received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Michael Margolis is presently active as a forensic interviewer who has completed over 900 interviews in over three years. Formerly employed as a forensic interviewer at the Midland Rape Crisis and Children's Advocacy Center, where Michael remained gainfully employed, he has continued his career as a forensic interviewer at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center where he is currently employed. Prior to that, Michael earned his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas, and is currently a semester away from finishing his Master's degree, in Criminal Justice, from Saint Joseph's University.
Roquel Mayhorn has been a caseworker with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking and Internet Crimes Against Children Unit since 2011. She provides support for the victims and their families by providing information regarding court process, punishment options, resources and referrals, court accompaniments, and Crime Victims Compensation claims. Roquel works closely with non-profits and other outside agencies to obtain information and coordinate services.
Kelsey McKay was a prosecutor in Travis County, Texas for 12 years. For the last six years she has exclusively prosecuted strangulation related crimes. She trains agencies and coordinates with law enforcement to assist in their investigation of strangulation cases. Kelsey has prosecuted a variety of cases involving strangulation from assault, sexual assault and capital murder. She has worked to develop experts in the community to testify to a jury regarding the evidence in strangulation and family violence cases. She works with law enforcement to create a Strangulation Supplement that has transformed the role of first responders in the investigative role. Her focus on training first responders, both law enforcement and medical, has strengthened evidence-based investigation and increased the chances for a successful prosecution.
Jamie McQuaid CISSP, CFCE, EnCE, is a forensics investigator with a background in corporate investigations spanning various industries from telecommunications to financial services and manufacturing. His responsibilities included conducting both forensic and physical investigations as well as incident response globally across the organization. Jamie is currently a Forensics Consultant at Magnet Forensics where he assists in the development of Magnet AXIOM and provides skilled support to customers with his combined knowledge of AXIOM and digital forensics. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Computer Security and Investigations from Fleming College and an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto.
Beth Medina is the CEO of The Innocent Justice Foundation and Program Director of SHIFT. She began working with the Innocent Justice Foundation as a volunteer in 2009 and transitioned into the role of CEO in 2014. Her background includes more than 17 years of experience in non-profit, education and mental health fields. Beth holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a Paralegal degree from Roosevelt University, a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the California Graduate Institute and has completed her Doctoral work in Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Beth is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals and is a certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
Elizabeth Mendoza is the Director of Investigative Services at Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, and works closely with multidisciplinary partners to respond to child abuse. She is trained in forensic interviewing of children and supervises the intake, forensic interviewing and physical abuse programs at Chicago CAC. With over 14 years of experience in child sexual abuse, Elizabeth most recently created the Chicago CAC protocol on victims of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). Elizabeth recently received training in the extended forensic interviewing of children protocol to prepare in changing the response to victims of CSEC. Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s in Sociology with a concentration in Juvenile Justice from DePaul University.
Michelle Micks is an Analyst on the Trust & Safety team at Kik Interactive Inc. She is responsible for engaging directly with global law enforcement officers to provide assistance and educational seminars regarding Kik’s policies and procedures for internet child exploitation investigations. Michelle is actively involved in developing and implementing child safety initiatives and has recently focused on developing a resiliency program for Kik Trust & Safety employees.
Mike Milnor has been involved in law enforcement for 31 years and is currently the Chief of Police for Altavista, Virginia. Over the years he has worked in various positions which include Interim Sheriff, Director of Public Safety, Coordinator of an FBI/Virginia State Police multi-jurisdictional task force, Senior Supervisory Investigator, uniformed Deputy Sheriff and Polygraph Examiner. In addition to being involved in thousands of investigations, Mike has also done an extensive amount of teaching in criminal justice with an emphasis in the areas of sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse and domestic violence. He has been a Professor of Criminal Justice at Liberty University, as well as lecturing across both Virginia and the United States. Mike also contributed to the development of Virginia’s Model Law Enforcement Policy in Sexual Assault Investigation. In 2016, Mike was selected to the core faculty of the National Center for Campus Public Safety.
Scott Modell received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1997. He is President of MCG Consulting and Co-Founder of Collaborative Safety. From 2013 to 2016, he served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. He has also served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Scott spent 15 years as a Professor at California State University, Sacramento. Over his last five years at the university, he additionally served as Director of the university’s Autism Center for Excellence. He is an expert in child abuse, crime victims with disabilities, disability etiology, and interview techniques. He has authored nine books and has over 300 published articles and abstracts. Scott has conducted workshops and trainings reaching thousands of police officers, educators, child protective service and adult protective service professionals across the country. He has received international recognition for his work in the area of crime victims and interview techniques for individuals with disabilities.
Stephanie Morris serves as violence prevention and intervention specialist with Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. She provides legal training for prosecutors, law enforcement officers, forensic interviewers, child protection workers and others who are tasked with investigating allegations of child abuse. Stephanie has nearly 10 years of experience as a deputy prosecutor handling child abuse cases. Her other responsibilities include drafting research articles with legal updates and broadening the reach of CAST (Child Advocacy Studies Training) to additional university campuses. Stephanie is an instructor for ChildFirst® Arkansas where she provides forensic interview training to frontline child protection professionals. Additionally, she serves as a steering committee member of the Northwest Arkansas Child Abduction Response Team and is a member of the NWA Infant Death Review Committee.
Corine Moulton began her career with the Henrico Division of Police in January 2000. She worked as a detective in the economic crimes unit and was later assigned to her current position as a detective with the Special Victims Unit. Corine has investigated approximately 350 cases involving felony child sexual and physical assaults as well as adult sexual assaults, felony domestics, child pornography, and elder abuse. She has conducted numerous child forensic interviews for her own cases as well as for other detectives. She currently assists with teaching the law enforcement portion of the Child First protocol for the state of Virginia. She has been a certified instructor for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and have taught various law enforcement related classes at the police academy.
Kevin Mulcahy is a survivor of child sexual abuse. He works as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit and serves as the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney. In that role, he leads community outreach and training efforts for the office. For his own caseload, Kevin focuses on sex crimes against children, including child pornography, child exploitation, and traveler cases. Kevin has been a prosecutor for 15 years, all on the federal level, with the first three plus years as an AUSA in San Diego, and the rest in Detroit. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Statistics and American Culture from the University of Michigan and his JD from Santa Clara School of Law where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Santa Clara Law Review. He has three kids, two cats, and a very nice wife.
Mary Nguyen has been a prosecutor in Solano County, California for 11 years. Over the past eight years, her primary focus has been the prosecution of sexual assault crimes. She is currently the lead attorney of the Family Protection Unit responsible for the handling of domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, and sexual assault cases. She has given presentations to a variety of groups in Solano County addressing sexual assault and human trafficking prosecution. Mary has worked with law enforcement agencies, victim advocacy groups, experts, and other stake holder groups to strengthen the investigation, treatment and prosecution of sexual assault and human trafficking cases.
Eric Nickols is an Assistant District Attorney and the assistant court chief at the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. He has has 13 years experience as a prosecutor, including six years experience as a crimes against children prosecutor.
Francesca Nix started her law enforcement career with the Omaha Police Department in 2002. Her duties ranged from a patrol officer to a homicide detective. She lateraled to the City of Auburn, WA Police Department in 2007 where her primary position has been as an investigator with the Major Crimes Unit. Francesca petitioned the Auburn Police Department to become an ICAC Affiliate in 2011 with success. As a major crimes investigator, she splits her time investigating crimes against children and ICAC cases.
Kerri O'Brien is an investigative reporter and news anchor for WRIC in Richmond, VA. Kerri’s reporting led to the investigation of a Geronimo Aguilar being re-opened and contributed greatly in his successful criminal prosecution.
Lisa O’Connor is the Senior Team Lead on the Law Enforcement Response Team at Uber. Prior to joining Uber, Lisa worked for five years as a Legal Specialist on the Law Enforcement Compliance Team at Yahoo!.
David O’Dea is a Major in the U.S. Army and currently serves as the Special Victims Prosecutor for three Army installations on the West Coast, encompassing a soldier population of over 60,000. He has served in the active duty Army since May of 2001. He has worked in various legal and non-legal positions including: Platoon leader, Executive Officer, Company Commander, Special Assistant United States Attorney, Brigade Trial Counsel, and Departmental Policy Litigation Attorney. He has deployed to Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Eleanor Odom has served as one of the Army’s three Highly Qualified Experts (HQEs) in the field of special victim prosecutions since 2014. Prior to her employment as an HQE, she served over 23 years as a prosecutor in the Atlanta, Georgia metro area. For over 14 years, Eleanor served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney supervising the Cobb County Georgia’s Crimes against Women and Children’s Unit. She has tried over 125 child physical and sexual abuse cases. In addition, she has tried many major felony cases including: death penalty, all capital offenses, child homicides, rapes, kidnapping, multi-victim and multi-defendant
Nancy Oglesby has been a career prosecutor in Virginia for 19 years. She has handled thousands of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault cases. In addition, she has provided training to many professionals including prosecutors, law enforcement officers, advocates, and medical professionals. She has been appointed by four Virginia Governors to statewide advisory boards, commissions and task forces devoted to combating domestic and sexual violence. Nancy also contributed to the development of Virginia’s model law enforcement policies related to domestic and sexual violence. In 2011, Nancy received the Virginia S. Duvall Distinguished Juvenile and Domestic Court Prosecutor Award. In 2015, Nancy co-founded Justice 3D, a company that offers training to allied professionals nationally on issues of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.
Lisa Olle attended UC Berkeley and Berkeley Law School and began her career as a litigator at Perkins Coie’s San Francisco Office in 2003. While at Perkins, Lisa greatly enjoyed her work on technology/privacy related litigation and left Perkins in 2007 to join Apple’s Litigation Team. As a litigator at Apple, Lisa worked primarily on law enforcement related/privacy matters, consumer class action litigation, and antitrust litigation. In 2013, Lisa transitioned to Apple’s Privacy Team to manage Apple’s Global Privacy & Law Enforcement Compliance Team. Lisa oversees Apple’s response to government information requests for customer data.
Sandra Onyi is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in child abuse since 2006. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Texas at Tyler and went on to complete her Master of Science at Texas Woman’s University. Sandra has worked in the child abuse field from a medical position since 2002. She is currently employed at Children's Health Children’s Medical Center Dallas in the REACH (Referral and Evaluation of at Risk Children) Clinic. She is the SANE coordinator for the hospital and is a reviewer of the Journal of Pediatric Healthcare.
Tim Orava is a Senior Inspector and has worked for the U.S. Marshals Service for 21. He is currently assigned to the Agency's Sex Offender Investigations Branch. His duties include providing program area oversight and support for the apprehension and prosecution of absconded, registered sex offenders to the U.S. Marshals' District Offices in New England.
Suzanne Owens has been a police officer with the Ames, Iowa Police Department for over 17 years, working the past 11 years as a detective assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. While she investigates all types of crimes, a majority of her cases are in the area of sexual violence against women and children. Additionally, Suzy provides training on sexual assault investigations to officers throughout the state and at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. She has been a member of her local sexual assault response team since 2002 and is a current member of her local child advocacy center's steering committee. Suzy has a psychology degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Simpson College.
Jeanne Parker is a Detective Sergeant assigned as an investigator with the Montana Internet Crime Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and a task force officer with Department of Homeland Security. She has been active in law enforcement since 1994 and has worked for the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office since 1999. Jeanne’s current assignment working with ICAC, deals primarily with the investigation of crimes against children through the use of technology, to include hands-on-offenses of children, and providing education about online safety involving the use of technology.
Carrie Paschall is currently the Director of Forensic Services for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center where she oversees the operations of a forensic interview team of seven. Previously she was with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office as the Child Forensic Interviewer where she assisted local, state and federal law enforcement officials by conducting interviews of children in cases where the child is alleged to have been the victim of or witness to child abuse and other violent crimes. She has interviewed over 5,400 children. Carrie is often called upon by prosecutors to testify as an expert witness on forensic interviewing, disclosure, grooming and recantation in both civil and criminal cases and has testified in numerous criminal and civil trials in both juvenile and district court in Texas, and in other states.
Janeth Peterson, MSW, is currently employed at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center as a Bilingual Forensic interviewer. Previously, she worked as a social worker for Legal Advocates for Children and Youth in San Jose, California. During this time, she also worked as a contract forensic interviewer for the Keller Center in San Mateo, California. Janeth started her career in forensic interviewing at the Children’ s Advocacy of Collin County. During her three years there, Janeth worked as a forensic interviewer and family advocate. Janeth has conducted over 800 forensic interviews and has testified in both criminal and civil courts.
Megan Peterson is currently a forensic interviewer at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and has completed over 800 forensic interviews of children. Prior to that, she earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma. After graduating from college, Megan served as a Child Welfare Investigator, with the Department of Human Services, in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, for two years. Upon moving to Texas, Megan served as a Child Protective Services investigator, in a specialized unit, in Tarrant County, for approximately eight years. During this time, Megan conducted forensic interviews, both as a CPS Investigator, and while employed with the Alliance for Children, in Tarrant County. Megan has worked within the field of child abuse, for the past 13 years.
Margaret Patterson began consulting in 2014, providing interim leadership and strategic consulting to nonprofits including the Child Abuse Prevention Center of the Treasure Coast, Apartment Angel and the Global Children’s Fund. She has a 23 year history with the Shaken Baby Alliance (SBA) as an agency partner and advocate. In her previous 17 years as Executive Director of the Child Abuse Prevention Center, (now Family Compass), she brought SBA prevention programs to schools and select hospitals. She has presented at national and international conferences. Most recently, Margaret was the CEO of The Child & Family Network Centers in Alexandria, VA. As Executive Director of a 24-hour emergency shelter for abused children, she pioneered therapeutic intervention. She received her Master's in Social Work from Boston College.
William Pitmon is the criminal investigations Lieutenant at the Bee Cave Police Department and serves as a direct report to the Chief of Police. He has a very diverse background, but is specialized in the areas of special operations, covert operations, and fugitive investigations. William has been officially recognized for being a strong advocate for the victims of crime. He holds an undergraduate degree from Midwestern State University and a graduate degree from Sam Houston State University. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Command College of the LEMIT and the FBI's National Academy. William is a published author and recipient of many awards spanning over his 21 years in law enforcement.
John Pizzuro is a lieutenant and currently assigned to the New Jersey State Police and is the Task Force Commander for the Internet Crimes against Children task force for the New Jersey Region. He is certified as a Neuro Linguistic Practitioner and has an M.A. in Human Resource Development and Training. He frequently speaks to organizations and audiences on the stress that impacts the law enforcement community. John teaches about personal development,leadership, communication and high impact performance. He inspires, motivates, and empowers audiences to transform their lives by altering their thinking. His experience has provided him with a unique perspective on human behavior, and a deep understanding of the pressure that is experienced by law enforcement, their families and the public.
Clayton Platt has worked for the Texas Department of Public Safety since 2008. He served more than four years as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper, before promoting into the Criminal Investigations Division in 2013 as a Special Agent, assigned to the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Squad in Garland, Texas. He is also assigned as a Task Force Officer with the North Texas Trafficking Task Force. Clayton currently holds an Advanced Peace Officer license through TCOLE. He has worked numerous human trafficking investigations, involving both state and federal charges, and as a result has extensive experience working with victims of these crimes. Prior to joining DPS, he was enlisted in the Arkansas Air National Guard and holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Harding University.
Derek Prestridge has served with the Texas Department of Public Safety for 22 years. He started assigned to the Highway Patrol Service, as a Trooper, until promoting to Sergeant in 2003. In 2007, he transferred to the Department's Education Training and Research until 2013. In this assignment he worked with others to develop and implement the Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program. In 2013, Derek promoted to Lieutenant and is currently assigned to the Texas Ranger Division as the Lieutenant of the Texas Crimes Against Children Center.
Eren Price is currently the Chief Prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office Child Abuse Division. She has handled thousands of child sexual abuse and physical abuse cases over her more than 20 years as a Prosecutor. In 2015, she received the Bill Walsh Award from the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center for her work in the field. Eren speaks nationally on child abuse related issues.
Chris Priebe has over 20 years' experience fostering positive online communities. A father of four, he is deeply passionate about making the internet a safer place. He was the lead developer on the safety and security elements for Club Penguin,which was acquired by Disney and grew to over 300 million users. In 2012, Chris started Community Sift, driven by a desire to tackle the major issues of cyber bullying, harassment, and abuse across the entire internet. Today, Two Hat protects some of the world's leading social products, united in a vision to create healthier online communities for everyone.
Dan Powers, LCSW is a clinical social worker and currently serves as Senior Vice President and Clinical Director for Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County in Plano, Texas. He supervises a staff of 22 therapists and clinical interns. Dan has over 25 years of experience working within the field of child abuse. He frequently testifies as an expert witness in state and federal courts. He has also testified on several occasions before Texas legislative committees. He has been appointed by the governor on two occasions to state agency boards and is currently the Chair Elect of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force. Dan is best known for his spirited presentations on wellness and survival for child abuse and family violence professionals.
Brent Pucci is a 23 year veteran of state, county and municipal policing and a sergeant with the Fairfield, CA. Police Department. He began his career in Texas with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office before moving to California to join the California Highway Patrol. His assignments have included patrol, firearms instructor, and criminal investigations, where he has worked as an officer, detective and supervisor. Brent has spent over 10 years working criminal investigations as both a property crimes and violent crimes detective. As a detective, he was involved in the development of the Family Violence Unit, where he specialized in crimes against children. Pucci currently supervises the department’s Special Operations Team and Gang Unit.
Lexi Quinney has served with the Texas Department of Public Safety for 17 years. She is currently assigned to the Department’s Intelligence & Counter terrorism Division as the Program Lead of the Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) program. She is responsible for developing, evaluating, and implementing processes and policies for gathering, documenting, analyzing, and sharing information about terrorism and crime related suspicious activities in the state of Texas. Lexi advises the Division’s Human Trafficking Working Group and serves as a member of the Texas Crimes Against Children Center’s multi-disciplinary team, advising on the integration and utilization of the SAR program for the Crimes Against Children initiative.
Kristen Reeder is a board certified child abuse pediatrician with the REACH (Referral and Evaluation of At-Risk Children) Team at Children's Health Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and Plano. Through her work, she medically evaluates children with concerns of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and failure to thrive. She has given numerous presentations to community partners including law enforcement agencies, CPS, and hospital staff on the medical aspects of child abuse, has presented multiple times at grand rounds, and frequently leads didactic sessions for residents and medical students.
Amber Schroader has been a driving force for innovation in digital forensics for over the last two decades. She has developed over two-dozen software programs designed for the purposes of recovering digital data from mobile phones, computer hard drives, email, and live monitoring services. Amber has taught and designed the established protocols for the seizure and processing of digital evidence that have been used by numerous organizations throughout the world. She has coined the concept of the “360-degree approach to digital forensics” as well as started the momentum and push to the “Forensics of Everything-FoE” with her focus to unique problems in digital evidence and solutions. An accomplished curriculum developer and instructor; Amber has written and taught numerous classes for this specialized field as well as founded multiple certifications. She continues support through book contributions and other industry speaking engagements.
Lisa Schuster is a pediatric psychologist working in the REACH (Referral and Evaluation of At-Risk Children) Clinic at Children’s Medical Center Dallas where she specializes in child maltreatment. In this role, she assesses children with concerns of abuse or neglect for difficulties in social-emotional or behavioral functioning and evaluates safety, adjustment, and psychosocial risk factors.
Jim Sears is a retired sergeant and 30 year-veteran of the Irving Police Department. He worked as a detective in the Child Abuse Unit for 10 years before being promoted to sergeant. He worked over six years as the supervisor for the Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Youth Service Units at the Irving Family Advocacy Center before retiring in September of 2015. A dedicated advocate of children and elderly, he has served as a law enforcement consultant and instructor with the Shaken Baby Alliance for the Serious Physical Child Abuse and SIDS Program, T.C.O.L.E. instructor specializing in Domestic Violence and Child Abuse, instructor at the Crimes Against Children’s Conference in Dallas, TX, is a Certified Instructor for Advanced Child Abuse Investigations through Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA), is on the design team for the new Fox Valley/NCJTC in their national training project for the Conducting Unexplained Child Death investigations, instructor for the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center and an Adjunct instructor for Tarrant County College in Ft. Worth. Jim is the 2011 recipient of the Lt. Bill Walsh Award for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center for career achievements in the field of Child Abuse Investigations.
Jeff Shackelford is a Sr. Digital Forensic Specialist for PassMark Software, makers of OSForensics. A former Forensics Lab Director and Supervisory Special Agent, Jeff has over 17 years of law enforcement experience and also volunteers his time as a Regional President for the High Tech Crime Network (HTCN). Jeff has been an active member in the digital forensics and ICAC communities for the last 10+ years and holds a wide variety of vendor and non-vendor certifications in both computer and cell phone forensics. Since 2009, he has been a regular speaker at various forensic conferences throughout the United States, and has developed and taught numerous digital forensics and investigative courses to law enforcement officers around the country. Among other duties, Jeff currently spends much of his time on new feature development for OSForensics.
Jennifer Sherfield, LISW-S, is a Forensic Interviewer/Mental Health Advocate at The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She received her interviewer training through CornerHouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2010 and has maintained her training and education to ensure best practice interviewing. In her time at the center, Jennifer has interviewed over 3,000 children. Jennifer has been a return presenter at both the APSAC Colloquium and the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma Conference. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Gannon University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University. Jennifer has been a licensed, practicing social worker since 2007.
Mark Sims is a detective and has been employed by the Garland Police Department since 1994 where he has been assigned to the Youth Crimes Unit since 2013. He is responsible for investigating a variety of criminal cases against children under the age of 18, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, endangering and robbery.
Roberta Sinclair, PhD, participated in the development of the Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children/Behavioural Sciences Branch and is involved in many law enforcement focused initiatives. She manages the Program Research and Development unit and her team engages in operationally-relevant research. Roberta is also an adjunct professor in the Sociology and Anthropology department and the Institute for Criminology and Criminal Justice at Carleton University. She has several publications in such areas as sexual abuse, Internet-facilitated child sexual exploitation, youth and violence, and correctional focused research. In addition, She has presented her research at various conferences, workshops and law enforcement training sessions nationally and internationally. She also received a Queens Jubilee Medal for outstanding work in the Internet-facilitated child sexual exploitation.
Mary Howell Sirna is an Administrative Adviser with Iowa State University Police (ISU Police). From 1999-2013, Mary worked as prosecutor for the Story County Attorney Office, Nevada, Iowa, where she specialized in victim crimes: sexual abuse; domestic abuse; child endangerment; vehicular homicide and murder. In 2013, she joined ISU Police. In this capacity, she trains and provides legal updates to officers; assists with investigations; and acts as a liaison on behalf of ISU Police to the larger university community. Mary is both a member of ISU’s Title IX group and the local sexual assault response team. Additionally, she assists ISU’s university counsel in adjudicating sexual misconduct cases. She attended undergrad at Mount Holyoke College and law school at the University of Iowa, College of Law.
Kim Skidmore is currently a Forensic Interviewer at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and has completed over 1200 interviews of children. As a Forensic Interviewer, Kim assists local, state, and federal law enforcement officials by conducting video recorded forensic interviews of children in cases where the child is alleged to have been the victim of or witness to child abuse and other violent crimes. Prior to that, Kim earned her Bachelor's Degree from Austin College, located in Sherman, TX. After graduating college, Kim served at the Fannin County Children's Advocacy Center as a Program Specialist/Forensic Interviewer. Kim also has CPS (Child Protective Services) experience in Dallas County and was assigned to a specialized unit that handled cases of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse, and child deaths.
Kelly Slaven, LCSW, is the Director of Clinical Services at Dallas Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC). She supervises 20 clinicians, supervising over 30,000 clinical hours, who providing treatment for the worst child abuse cases in the Dallas area. She has been a social worker in the field of family violence for the past 15 years. Most recently, Kelly was the Director of Clinical and Professional Services at Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support where she worked for 12 years as a therapist, Assistant Clinical Director and Clinical Director. She has worked with adult and children victims of domestic violence and managed a staff of 20 clinicians and 2000 clients every year. Kelly provides expert testimony in civil and criminal matters. Kelly has been trained with Dr. Bruce Perry in his Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. Kelly is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified and certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment. Kelly graduated from The University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s in English and California State University, Long Beach, with a Master’s in Social Work.
Dianna Smoot is the Director of Community Education at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC). In this role she oversees the development and implementation of child protection training geared to child-serving organizations, community members, parents, and children. She also coordinates the DCAC Lecture Series, a workshop series for child protection professionals.
Yiota Souras is Senior Vice President, General Counsel for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). She provides legal guidance on litigation, corporate, and mission-related legal matters for NCMEC’s operational divisions and regional offices and oversees outside counsel and in-house legal staff on all legal issues relating to NCMEC. She also oversees legislative matters for NCMEC. Yiota joined NCMEC in 2006 after being in private practice with law firms in New York and Washington, D.C. focusing on domestic and international litigation and white collar investigations. She received a B.A. in History from The Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law.
Rebecca Sternburg is the Program Manager of the CyberTipline in the Exploited Children Division (ECD) at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). She has been with NCMEC since May 2006. Rebecca has handled over 79,000 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 sexual exploitation, and investigative and analytical skills development. Rebecca 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. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in American Studies from Skidmore College and a Master’s Degree in Justice, Law and Society from American University.
Jane Straub is the Victim Assistance Specialist for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC), a program of Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (GNCPTC). She has been working in the violence prevention and intervention field for over 18 years. Jane has had the opportunity to work with survivors of abuse, offenders and children of all ages. In addition to providing advocacy and support to victims and families, she educates the community on topics such as domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking, trafficking, bullying/cyberbullying and the impact of trauma (Ace Study). One of Jane’s goals is to work across multidisciplinary fields to create a safer world for children.
Susie Striegler is a registered nurse and has over 38 years of experience. She has worked primarily in pediatrics and pediatric ICU. Currently, Susie is the Clinical Nurse Leader at Hendrick Medical Center in the Women and Children's department. She also is the Coordinator for the Sexual Assault Nurse program. She is also is an adjunct faculty member for the Texas Tech School of Nursing. Susie has been a SANE nurse since 2013. She has dedicated her life to helping children. As a SANE nurse, she has increased public awareness of sexual abuse and is continually assisting victims with the struggles associated with abuse. Susie is married and lives in Abilene, Texas.
Joe Sullivan is a PhD Forensic Psychologist specializing in providing Behavior Analysis and Offender Profiling advice to law enforcement investigations into sexual crimes against children. He is a lecturer and senior research fellow in Criminology and Forensic Psychology. Over the last 26 years he has amassed over 10,000 hours of therapeutic contact with sex offenders and has completed several hundred sex offender risk assessments. Joe is involved in several longitudinal research projects exploring perpetrator behavior. Based upon the results of this research he has developed the S-BAT, a series of behavior analysis tools which are used in suspect profiling and interview strategy development. He teaches these techniques through the Mentor Professional Development Academy.
Matthew Sullivan, know as “Sully," has been at Microsoft for 13 years, starting with the launch of Xbox LIVE in 2002. In 2012, he started working on the Microsoft Online Safety team wearing multiple hats. He is continuing in a support role working with the contact centers as a senior technical advisor for online safety. Sully also serves as a liaison to law enforcement, NCMEC, CE-OP in the United Kingdom, and other law enforcement agencies throughout the world. Before joining Microsoft, he is honored and proud to have served the United States in a different capacity as a United States Marine, hailing from the great State of Texas.
Elizabeth Tow serves as the Program Manager at The Innocent Justice Foundation (TIJF) where she works in collaboration with the CEO/Program Director to oversee the SHIFT program which entails needs assessment, program design and delivery, developing presentations and resource material, trainer and consultant supervision, and managing day to day operations of the SHIFT program. She began working in the Criminal Justice profession in 2005 as a Public Safety Dispatcher, in California and Montana, and then worked as a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist at SEARCH from 2010 - 2015. Elizabeth has a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology and a B.A. in Criminal Justice Management.
Leah Treitman is a Program Manager for Thorn. She works on many of Thorn’s programs, which are focused on using technology to prevent and combat child sexual exploitation. Thorn does this work by conducting research, creating deterrence programs and developing technology tools. Thorn’s Innovation Lab and Technology Task Force research, brainstorm and build new technology solutions to address this problem.
Jon Turbett is a Special Agent in the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation with 17 years’ experience currently working homicides, sex assaults, and human trafficking. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law. Jon teaches an evidence-based approach to interview and interrogation that utilizes research on why sex offenders confess.
Darrel Turner is a clinical and forensic psychologist who specializes in the field of sexual abuse of children by conducting research, consulting, and testifying as an expert witness in a variety of state and federal courts. He is frequently an invited speaker and provides training for various agencies across the country and overseas on topics such as grooming, recantation, detecting deception, and best practices in contact and CP offender risk assessments. He has worked with the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, NCIS, and state and local law enforcement and attorneys as both a consulting expert and evaluating expert. Prior to beginning graduate school, Darrell worked with local law enforcement in a Cold Case Homicide Unit and worked undercover vice and narcotics details.
Jim Valley is a Lieutenant for the Brown County Sheriffs’ Office in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He has been a law enforcement officer for the past 20 years. In 2001, he developed an Undercover Internet Chat and Internet Crimes against Children Programs at multiple agencies in North East Wisconsin. Recently he developed a multi-jurisdictional Internet Crimes against Children Task Force in the Green Bay area. Jim currently supervises the ICAC and Human Trafficking units for the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.
Gordon Vance, ACSW, LCSW is the director of programs at National Runaway Safeline (NRS), the designated national communication system for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth. He manages the programmatic, human resources, and technical infrastructure necessary to provide 24/7 phone and digital based crisis intervention and prevention services. He provides runaway and trafficking related education and prevention training, as well as hotline development and operations. Gordon serves on various national and international advisory boards.
Victor Vasquez is an Investigator with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, assigned to the Human Trafficking Division. He assists in case preparation and prosecution of human trafficking and Internet crimes against children in Dallas County. He has 22 years of law enforcement experience prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office. He has served in a variety positions during his law enforcement career.
Rebecca Leitman Veidlinger has a background in sex crimes prosecution and Title IX investigations, and provides Title IX compliance consulting, investigative services and sexual misconduct training to educational institutions nationwide. Institutions of higher education and K-12 school districts rely on Rebecca to provide experience-based, high-quality external investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct. She has investigated or supervised the investigations of hundreds of sexual misconduct reports in K-12 and higher education communities. A trained forensic interviewer, Rebecca previously served as the sex crimes and domestic violence prosecutor in Monroe County, Indiana. She also worked at Michigan State University as its Interim Deputy Title IX Coordinator and at the University of Michigan as a Title IX investigator.
Justin Vickers is a Chief Inspector with the U.S. Marshals Service where he has served for 21 years. He is currently assigned to the agency's Sex Offender Investigations Branch. His duties include providing program area oversight and support for the apprehension and prosecution of absconded, registered sex offenders to U.S. Marshals’ District Offices in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico.
Victor Vieth is Senior Director and Founder of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. As a prosecutor in rural Minnesota, he gained national recognition for his work addressing child abuse in small communities. Victor has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention, and has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs plus many undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment. Victor has published countless articles regarding the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect, and authored 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.
Brandie Wade is an Assistant District Attorney with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. She has been with the Office for nine years, prosecuting various felony cases including sexually violent crimes against children and adults. Most recently, Brandie was assigned to the Child Abuse Division, and is currently a felony court chief.
Lauren Wagner is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, where she performs tasks related to training local, state and federal agencies on computer technology issues with criminal justice applications. She is a recognized national expert on the role that social networking websites can play in law enforcement investigations, and has authored numerous white papers for investigators. Lauren routinely provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases. She prepares training materials, teaches SEARCH investigative courses and speaks at conferences throughout the U.S. She is an ICI certified instructor and received a 2009 “Excellence in Training” award from California POST.
Mike Wagner is a Senior Inspector assigned to the USMS National Sex Offender Targeting Center (NSOTC). He has been at the NSOTC for the past four years. Mike currently assists the field operations of the USMS with any compliance and enforcement operations. Additionally, he helped create and manage projects at the NSOTC designed to locate and arrest non-compliant sex offenders across the U.S. Mike has been directly involved in the USMS policy guidance on International Megan's Law.
Michael Weber is currently a criminal investigator at the Tarrant County DA's Office. He has over 33 years’ experience as a police officer, including 11 years’ experience in investigating crimes against children.
Cathryn Weems has worked in the Trust & Safety field of Tech for more than 10 years, with experience at Yahoo, Google and Dropbox. She is passionate about child safety and, outside of work, is on the board of directors of a child advocacy center. Currently, she is managing a team of people at Dropbox who handle content violation reports, as well as responses to requests from law enforcement for user data.
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. She 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.
Rebecca Wiester, MD, is currently the Medical Director of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Child Protection Program, the Medical Director of the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress and the Medical Director of the Washington State MedCon Program. She is also the Regional Medical Consultant for DSHS in King County. She is a board-certified pediatrician and is also board certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics. Rebecca has worked in the area of child abuse in the Northwest since 1989.
Jeremy Wingo has been in law enforcement for 16 years and is currently assigned as an Investigator/Digital Forensic Examiner with the Noble County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma. He is a certified computer and mobile device examiner and his primary responsibilities include maintaining the department’s digital forensic lab and examining all digital evidence submitted. Jeremy is currently assigned to the Multi-Disciplinary Task Force in Noble County assisting in staffing and investigating crimes against children. He holds an advanced instructor license with CLEET and he is a certified FLETC instructor.
Ann Marie Willoughby is a registered nurse with over 16 years experience. Her experience includes midwifery, obstetrics, oncology and surgical nursing. Ann Marie works at Hendrick Medical Center as a nurse educator. She became a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) in 2015. This role has allowed her to care for victims of all ages, both male and female. Ann Marie understands the complexities involving familial abuse and the daily struggles associated with this type of abuse. Familial abuse is often associated with deception, threats, and secrecy. Her goal is to provide direction and education to assist victims with their daily struggles. Ann Marie is married and has one son. She is presently pursuing a Doctorate degree in nursing.
Richard Wistocki is a detective with the Naperville Police Department (NPD) where he has served for 28 years. In his last 20 years as an Internet Crimes Investigator with the NPD, he has forged numerous partnerships with the community and other law enforcement agencies. He is one of the founding members and an affiliate member of the Illinois Attorney Generals High Tech Crimes Bureau. Rich’s passion is concentrated in teaching parents how to parent their children while online. He takes his juvenile investigations experience and applies it to teaching parents how to be better parents. Richard is an instructor for NCJTC and NEMRT. He is also the creator of the Illinois Sexting Law.
Hilary Wright has been an Assistant District Attorney at the Dallas County District Attorney's office for eight years. Currently, she exclusively handles cases involving human trafficking and internet crimes against children. As part of her role at the DA's office, Hilary has taught courses at the annual Crimes Against Children Conference, the Dallas Police Academy, and the Dallas Sheriff's Office Training Academy. She has also written an article on Sex Offender Registration for The Prosecutor, a publication that reaches every prosecutor in the state of Texas. She has participated in over 100 jury trials and works closely with her law enforcement counterparts to find justice for the women and children that are exploited in Dallas county.
Rebekah Young is a PhD statistician with the USMS National Sex Offender Targeting Center (NSOTC) Intelligence Research and Development Unit. In this position she conducts research and assists in using data to plan and evaluate operations.
Robert Young has over 18 years of law enforcement experience and currently is the Commander of the Hood County Crimes Against Children Task Force in Hood County, Texas. He has extensive experience in the use of the consensually monitored communications and has testified numerous times at both the state and federal level. Robert is a Master Peace Officer, Professional Criminal Investigator, Licensed Polygraph Examiner, Special Investigator, and expert interrogator who supervises detectives assigned to a multi-agency joint Task Force for major crimes, specializing in crimes against children. He received the 2016 Law Enforcement Commendation Award from the US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas for his work with the US Department of Homeland Security on child exploitation.
Bernadette Yupit-Martinez is currently a bilingual forensic interviewer for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and has completed over 1300 interviews of children. As a forensic interviewer, she assists local, state, and federal law enforcement officials by conducting video recorded forensic interviews of children in cases where the child is alleged to have been the victim of or witness to child abuse and other violent crimes. Prior to that, Bernadette earned her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Arlington. After graduating college, Bernadette served as a CPS Investigator in Williamson, Travis, and Dallas County for approximately three plus years and handled cases of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse, and child deaths.