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  Intersections Between Elder Financial Exploitation and Other Types of Abuse
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  Preparing and Assessing Strategically for Community Crisis
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Guest Host Biographies

OVC Web Forum Guest Host sessions offer an impressive roster of experts discussing best practices for a wide variety of victim issues. You can read about the guest hosts here. For more information, questions, or comments about the sessions, send an e-mail to OVCproviderforum@ncjrs.gov.

To view a biography, click on the guest host's name below. To learn more about previous years’ guest hosts, visit the Guest Host Biographies Archive.

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Photo of David Corwin, M.D. David Corwin, M.D.
04/23/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences for Practitioners

David Corwin, M.D., is a Professor in the Pediatrics Department at the University of Utah, where he directs Forensic Services. He also is President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA), which is dedicated to increasing health professionalsí knowledge and skills in preventing, recognizing, and intervening with those harmed by violence and abuse. Dr. Corwin is the Executive Producer of AVAís Adverse Childhood Experiences Study DVD, and the principal editor of the online white paper ACEs: Informing Best Practice. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), and cochairs the Societyís Prevention and Partnerships Committees.

Dr. Corwin has lectured and consulted nationally and internationally on child abuse issues. One of his primary focuses is on evaluating, mitigating, and preventing the adverse health effects associated with experiencing violence and abuse across the lifespan. Recently, Dr. Corwin began addressing the harms associated with being a victim of child pornography, and helped draft the APSAC policy statement on that topic.

Previously, Dr. Corwin founded the California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and helped found the Ray Helfer Society and the Academy on Violence and Abuse. He also chaired the group that founded the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and cochaired the transition of the American Medical Associationís National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse into the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse.

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James Henry, MSW, Ph.D.
04/23/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences for Practitioners

James Henry, MSW, Ph.D., is Cofounder and Project Director for the Western Michigan University (WMU) Children's Trauma Assessment Center, an interdisciplinary assessment clinic for abused or traumatized children. He has more than 17 years of experience as a child welfare and protective services worker. Dr. Henry is on the Steering Committee for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and is cochair of the NCTSN Child Welfare Committee. He also serves as cochair of the Kalamazoo Community Mental Health Board.

Dr. Henry is the principal investigator for three grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrationís National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, a grant from the Administration for Children and Families, and two grants from the federal SAFE START Initiatives for children exposed to violence. He has published more than 20 articles in professional journals and is a coauthor of the book Seeking Justice, which explores models of system intervention in child sexual abuse. Dr. Henry presents nationally and internationally on the traumatic impact of child maltreatment. He has trained more than 50,000 professionals, caregivers, and community members on child maltreatment and trauma-informed practices. Recently, Dr. Henry developed a training for secondary trauma to help service providers understand the impact of secondary trauma, its grief, and building resiliency against it.

Previously, Dr. Henry worked as a professor in WMU's School of Social Work for 15 years, developing and providing trauma-informed instruction for the social work curriculum and teaching courses in child sexual abuse, child welfare, advanced treatment of children, and human behavior. He also served on two national committees of the NCTSN that developed trauma-informed curricula for child welfare workers and resource parents.

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Photo of Dr. Dana DeHart, Ph.D.Dr. Dana DeHart
2014
Topic: Model Standards for Serving Victims and Survivors of Crime

Dana DeHart, Ph.D., is on the research faculty of the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work, where she specializes in issues related to violence and victimization. Dr. DeHart has been the principal investigator on more than $4 million in grants and contracts addressing victimization and survivor services, the impact of incarceration on families, gendered pathways to adult and juvenile offending, and predatory sexual behavior. She has experience in needs assessment, program evaluation, scale design, and ethical research design, as well as a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Dr. DeHart also has served as Project Director for the National Victim Assistance Standards Consortium and for the New Standards Project. In this role, she convened experts from diverse victim service practice, policy, and research settings throughout the Nation; held town hall meetings in several states; reviewed existing standards and practices; discussed emerging issues in the field; and drafted model standards. Most recently, Dr. DeHart helped the New Standards Project revise the standards for contemporary relevance—particularly technology issues—and develop promotional media to be released by the Office for Victims of Crime.

Dr. DeHart routinely serves as a reviewer for funded research and scholarly journals, and has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Violence Against Women, Violence & Victims, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Family Violence, Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, and Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect. She also has conducted hundreds of interviews with adult and juvenile offenders, crime victims, justice professionals, and service providers. Dr. DeHart received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, in 1995.

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Photo of Angela McCown, Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Victim Services DivisionAngela McCown
2014
Topic: Model Standards for Serving Victims and Survivors of Crime

Angie McCown is Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Victim Services Division, which provides corrections-based victim services including hotline support, victim notification, statewide resource directory support, victim impact statement updates, training, victim-offender dialogue, and victim family execution accompaniment. A licensed marriage and family therapist, Ms. McCown has more than 20 years of experience in the victim services field. As the founding director of Victim Services at the Texas Department of Public Safety, Ms. McCown developed a statewide program for victims served by state police and Texas Rangers. She also served as the cochair of the Crisis Consortium, which provides crisis response to state-declared disasters.

Ms. McCown is a consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime and for Concerns of Police Survivors. She is on the National Victim Assistance Standards Consortium and is helping to update the Standards for Victim Assistance Programs and Providers. She also coauthored the training manuals Compassion Fatigue and Response to School Violence. Previously, as victim services supervisor for the Austin Police Department, Ms. McCown conducted more than 400 videotaped forensic interviews of child abuse victims and more than 100 death notifications. Ms. McCown also previously served on the faculty of the National Victim Assistance Academy and as the lead faculty member of the Texas Victim Assistance Academy.

Ms. McCown has received numerous awards and honors, including the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Ellen Halbert Award for Excellence in Victim Services, the Austin Police Department Victim Services’ Exemplary Service to Texas Crime Victims Award, and the Texas Ranger Chief’s Award.

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Past Guest Hosts

Parry Aftab, J.D.
2/28/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Teen Victimization in the Digital Age

Parry Aftab, J.D., is a lawyer and child advocate who specializes in cyberlaw, cyberbullying and cyberharassment, cybercrime, and privacy. She advises nonprofit organizations and national, international, government, and industry policymakers—including the United Nations—on cybersafety, privacy, and risk management. Dr. Aftab is the founder of WiredSafety, a cybersafety charity, and WiredTrust, a risk-management consulting firm. She also created the cyberbullying-prevention Web site StopCyberbullying.org.

As a member of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, operated by Harvard Universityís Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Dr. Aftab helped inform 49 of the 50 state attorneys general about issues relating to verifying a minor's age online and risks to children on the Internet. She also was appointed to the National Telecommunications Information Agency's Online Safety Technology Working Group, created by Congress to advise the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress on cybersafety issues. A member of the MTV Advisory Board, Dr. Aftab was instrumental in developing MTV's A Thin Line campaign. She helped developed the LMK (Let Me Know) initiative for the Girl Scouts of the USA to teach girls about cybersafety, cyberbullying, privacy, and responsible use of digital technologies. She also created the digital dating safety components of Liz Claiborneís "Love is Not Abuse" curriculum and campaign.

Dr Aftab serves on Facebook's Cybersafety Advisory Board and the Xbox Advisory Board. She also served on the Ad Council Advisory Board for 6 years. Previously, she chaired McAfeeís Consumer Advisory Board and was a member of TRUSTe's board of directors.

Dr. Aftab wrote the first book on Internet safety, A Parent's Guide to the Internet. She has been featured in Biography Magazine, and in Chris Hansen's book, To Catch a Predator. She received her juris doctor degree from the New York University School of Law. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Nancy Alterio
09/27/2013 online discussion cohost
Topic: Responding to Older Crime Victims with Disabilities

Nancy Alterio is Executive Director of the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC). She also is a founding member and cochair of the steering committee of the Building Partnerships for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities Initiative (BPI). In conjunction with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Ms. Alterio and other members of BPI wrote Crimes Against Persons with Disabilities; A Practical Guide to the Reporting, Investigation and Prosecution of Crime Against Persons With Disabilities. Additionally, Ms. Alterio serves on the steering committee of IMPACT-Ability, an organization whose mission is to empower people with disabilities and communities to prevent abuse.

Prior to her appointment to DPPC in May 1999, Ms. Alterio spent more than 15 years in the private, not-for-profit sector assisting persons with disabilities in meeting their vocational, medical, financial, social, and housing needs. She has helped draft, file, and pass legislation to provide greater protections for persons with disabilities who are victims of crime. She also has helped develop training videos and curricula, including the Office for Victims of Crime-funded Awareness and Action training on Recognizing, Reporting and Responding to Abuse. Ms. Alterio is a past president of the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) and currently serves on NAPSA’s National Adult Protective Services Resource Center Advisory Committee. She has presented locally, statewide, and nationally on matters relating to adult protective services.

Ms. Alterio has received many awards and honors, including the Innovations award from the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, and an award from Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong, a self-advocacy organization founded by people with intellectual disabilities.

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Mary Atlas-Terry
01/29/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Implications of Human Trafficking Federal Strategic Action Plan

Mary Atlas-Terry is a Victim Justice Program Specialist for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). She develops grant programs and monitors cooperative agreements for projects including, but not limited to, direct services for victims of human trafficking. Ms. Atlas-Terry became involved in the crime victims field after the murder of her husband in 1993. Prior to joining OVC in 2003, she served as the director of Families of Murder Victims, a nonprofit victim service program, housed within the Homicide Division of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Atlas-Terry has a master’s degree in social work.

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Ginger Bankston Bailey
09/04/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Preparing and Assessing Strategically for Community Crisis

Virginia "Ginger" Bankston Bailey is the Director of Community Outreach and Training at Methodist Behavioral Hospital/Methodist Family Health in Arkansas. Her responsibilities include planning exercises and drills; training personnel in incident command, emotional first aid, and grief, trauma, and crisis response; and serving as the designated hospital bioterrorism coordinator and representative to the Metropolitan Hospital Emergency Management Council. Ms. Bailey has 21 years of management experience and skill in working with hospitals, crime victims, nonprofit disaster relief organizations, and federal, state, and local governments. She is the volunteer executive director of the Arkansas Crisis Response Team, where she manages and trains 225 volunteers and coordinates the team’s deployment. Ms. Bailey also works as an independent consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Institute of Justice, and Office for Victims of Crime, providing training and technical assistance in the areas of crime victims, gang violence, sexual assault, psychological first aid. Ms. Bailey received a bachelor of sciences degree in criminal justice from Park University in Parkville, Missouri, and a master’s degree in business from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Photo of Joshua Bailes, Esq.Joshua Bailes, Esq.
3/26/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Helping Victims of Financial Fraud

Joshua Bailes, Esq., is the Program Manager and Referral Specialist for the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Crime Victim Bar Association. Mr. Bailes directed the development of Taking Action: An Advocate’s Guide to Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud, which provides resources and step-by-step instructions for advocates working with victims of financial fraud. He has worked with victims of a variety of crimes and has presented publically on issues related to financial fraud and victim recovery. Mr. Bailes is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky.

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Jeannie Beidler
12/04/2013 online discussion cohost
Topic: Intersections Between Elder Financial Exploitation and Other Types of Elder Abuse

In July 2010, Jeannie Beidler became aware that a family member was abusing, neglecting, and exploiting her grandparents, and she resigned from her position as a Treatment Foster Care Social Worker to intervene and advocate on their behalf. She was subsequently appointed legal guardian and conservator for both grandparents and worked closely with the Attorney for the Commonwealth of Virginia to successfully prosecute the abuser. Since then, Ms. Beidler has remained active in elder advocacy efforts. She has shared her experience on numerous occasions, including at the 17th Annual Virginia Coalition for the Prevention of Elder Abuse Conference, the Domestic and Sexual Violence Law Enforcement Conference, and the 23rd Annual Virginia Geriatrics Society Conference. Ms. Beidler’s writing has been featured in Aging in Action, Generations, and Forbes, and on PBS’s Next Avenue and the Cornell Medical College Web site. Ms. Beidler also has been interviewed for stories with NPR News Radio and NBC 29. She is currently an "Elder Advocate" with Stapleton Elder Law in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ms. Beidler received a degree in social work from George Mason University. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Laurel Broten
2/28/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Teen Victimization in the Digital Age

Laurel C. Broten is a public policy expert, lawyer, and crime victims advocate. She also is President and CEO of Broten Public Policy International, Inc., which provides strategic advice on complex public policy challenges around the world. From 2003 to 2013, Ms. Broten served in a number of senior roles in the Government of Ontario. As Minister of Education, she developed and implemented a comprehensive anti-bullying strategy, which mandates that school principals respond to online bullying of students. As Minister Responsible for Women's Issues, she developed Ontario's Sexual Violence Action Plan and tackled the issue of human trafficking and online predation. Previously, Ms. Broten chaired the board of The Gatehouse, a child abuse advocacy center that uses technology to support victims through their testimony. She also authored Ontario's Child Pornography Reporting Act, which requires all Ontarians to report online images of child sexual exploitation or other suspected child abuse.

Ms. Broten has been a life-long advocate for women and children, particularly those who have been victims of crime. Recently, she served on the President's Council of St. Mary's University, where she helped develop a framework for responding to sexual violence on campus and examined the impact of youth culture and sexual violence. Ms. Broten received a bachelor of science degree and a bachelor of arts degree from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and a juris doctorate from the University of Western Ontario. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Jean Bruggeman
03/06/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Meeting the Legal Needs of Adult and Minor Victims of Human Trafficking

Jean Bruggeman, Esq., is a Human Trafficking Fellow with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, where she provides training and technical assistance to service providers and government agencies nationwide, with a focus on legal services for survivors of human trafficking. Ms. Bruggeman has more than 12 years of nonprofit victim services experience, and expertise in nonprofit management, language access, immigration, human trafficking, and domestic violence. She has developed comprehensive legal and social services programs for survivors, provided direct legal representation to survivors, authored training resources, developed an interpreter service to ensure access to legal services in the District of Columbia, and served as the interim executive director of a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Bryn Mawr College. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Cherise Fanno Burdeen
02/06/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Pretrial Process Considerations for Crime Victims

Cherise Fanno Burdeen is the Chief Operating Officer for the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring informed pretrial decisionmaking for safe communities. Since joining PJI in 2006, Ms. Burdeen has developed innovative strategies to raise awareness of pretrial justice issues, worked with a broad constituency of criminal justice stakeholder groups, provided technical assistance and training on policy reforms, and engaged in communications and media efforts. Ms. Burdeen is also the Chief Operating Officer for the Institute for Justice Planning, a subsidiary of PJI that provides planning support to jurisdictions engaged in criminal justice system reform.

Ms. Burdeen has extensive experience with strategic planning, initiative management, and communications efforts across the criminal justice system. She previously worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and in the research office of the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Burdeen earned her master’s degree in criminal justice from Indiana University. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Alison Cares, Ph.D.
10/30/2013 online discussion cohost
Topic: Integrating Crime Victims’ Issues into College and University Curricula

Alison Cares, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she teaches courses on crime victimization, criminology, research methods, and sociology. Since 2009, Dr. Cares has worked with colleagues at the University of Massachusetts–Lowell (UML) on the Office for Victims of Crime-funded National Scope Demonstration Project to Integrate Crime Victims’ Issues into University and College Curricula. She also has worked with colleagues at UML and the University of New Hampshire on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded evaluation of two on-campus sexual violence prevention programs. In addition, Dr. Cares was recently awarded a grant by the National Institute of Justice to explore the consequences of repeat and multiple victimizations.

Dr. Cares has more than 15 years’ experience working with and researching victim issues. Her research focuses on the consequences of victimization, evaluation of criminal justice policies and programs, and efforts to prevent violence against women. Dr. Cares’ work has been published in journals such as Violence Against Women, Violence and Victims, and Psychology of Violence, and in other publications for practitioners, including The Sexual Assault Report and The Resource (the newsletter of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center). Dr. Cares started her career in community outreach at the Center for Community Solutions, which serves victims of sexual assault and relationship violence in San Diego, California. She received her doctor of philosophy degree in sociology from Pennsylvania State University. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Katherine Chon
01/29/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Implications of Human Trafficking Federal Strategic Action Plan

Katherine Chon is the Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She advises the Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families on strategies, policies, and partnerships to prevent human trafficking and equip victims with the resources they need to escape exploitation and rebuild their lives. Ms. Chon has worked for more than a decade to establish effective housing and victim service programs, analyze trends in human trafficking to inform public policy, and steer strategic partnerships to strengthen community-based responses. She is the cofounder of the Polaris Project, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization combating modern-day slavery. Ms. Chon received a bachelor of sciences degree from Brown University and a master of public administration degree from Harvard Kennedy School. She completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Mitru Ciarlante
02/28/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Reaching Young Men of Color Exposed to Violence

02/18/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Safety Planning for Teen Victims of Dating Violence

02/27/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Teen Victims of Dating Violence

Mitru Ciarlante is the Director of Child & Club Safety for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), where she works to strengthen the Clubs’ capacity to create safe places for children to learn and grow. Ms. Ciarlante is a lifelong children’s advocate with more than 25 years of leadership experience in creating youth outreach and advocacy programs and policies that are developmentally and culturally appropriate for youth from diverse cultures and backgrounds. She has spoken, trained, and written extensively on a multitude of youth victimization topics, including engaging marginalized youth, providing population-specific services, reaching and serving tribal youth victims, and building resilience in underserved communities exposed to violence.

Previously, as Director of the Youth Initiative at the National Center for Victims of Crime, Ms. Ciarlante collaborated with more than 100 community sites on multiple projects supported by the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. These included OVC Action Partnerships such as the Underserved Teen Victim Initiative, in partnership with the National Crime Prevention Council; the Effective Providers for Child Victims of Violence initiative, in partnership with the American Psychological Association; a BGCA partnership to help youth development professionals recognize and respond to childhood victimization; and work with the National Council on Black Civic Participation on a project dealing with Black children’s exposure to violence and victimization. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Kim Clifton
05/01/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Replicating Victim Services Programs with Limited Funding

Kim Clifton is the Executive Director of HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support) in North Charleston, South Carolina, which provides resources for and works to meet the critical needs of abused and neglected children and their caregivers through partnerships with faith-based and other community organizations. Under Ms. Clifton’s leadership, HALOS received the 2011 Erin Hardwick Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management for outstanding achievement in exemplary organizational management. Ms. Clifton has 15 years of nonprofit experience supporting children and families, including working as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, serving as the director of development for an inner-city community center, and working as a fundraising specialist in Guatemala. Ms. Clifton holds a master’s degree in social work from Boston University. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Mary Counihan, M.S.W.
09/27/2013 online discussion cohost
Topic: Responding to Older Crime Victims with Disabilities

Mary Counihan, M.S.W., is President of the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) and a member of the Steering Committee for the California Elder Justice Coalition. Previously, she served as director of Adult Protective Services (APS) for San Francisco, California, from 1992 until her retirement in 2009. Under her direction, APS grew from 4 to nearly 60 social workers and nurses and developed into a model for providing quality services through effective collaborations and partnerships. Ms. Counihan also helped write the legislation that created the comprehensive APS program and increased its funding by 50 percent.

Ms. Counihan has extensive experience developing partnerships between public and private agencies; identifying creative approaches to service delivery; facilitating groups; and developing protocols, policies, and trainings to provide high-quality services to victims of elder abuse and neglect and crime victims with disabilities. She has consulted with the Center for Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect, University of California at Irvine, and the California County Welfare Directors Association on improving the consistency and quality of APS responses to abuse in California. She also served on the Board of Directors for the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Ms. Counihan has received numerous awards, including the NAPSA Joanne Otto Distinguished Achievement Award, and the Department of Aging and Adult Services Employee Award. Ms. Counihan received her master of social work degree from San Francisco State University.

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Dr. Steven Dakai
3/12/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Addressing the Holistic Needs of Crime Victims

Steven Dakai, Ph.D., is Director of Maehnowesekiyah Wellness Center for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, and Program Manager for the Menominee Indian Tribe’s Mental Health Transformation Grant, which focuses on identifying veterans and tribal members living with posttraumatic stress disorder and other effects of trauma and providing them with the counseling they need. He is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Interventionist, and Trainer; and a QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) suicide prevention trainer. He also is CEO of Shift Happens International, LLC, a behavioral health consulting firm. Dr. Dakai has spent much of his career working in Native American communities in Alaska and Wisconsin. He is a member of the Tribal/State Collaboration for Positive Change workgroup, and the Diversity Committee and the Treatment and Intervention Committee of the Wisconsin State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse. Previously, he worked for the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Dakai holds a doctorate in addictive disorders and substance abuse and certifications in clinical supervision in Wisconsin and nationally. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Howard Davidson
04/10/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Child Welfare Agencies Responding to Child Identity Theft

Howard Davidson has been involved with the legal aspects of child protection for 38 years. He has directed the American Bar Association (ABA) Center on Children and the Law since its establishment in 1978, and is a founding board member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He also is on the board of ECPAT–USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking–USA) and is a member of the Maryland Children’s Justice Task Force. Previously, Mr. Davidson served on a National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine Panel on Child Maltreatment and as chair of the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect. He also was appointed by the Mayor of Philadelphia to a Department of Human Services Community Oversight Board to help guide improvements in that city’s child protection system.

Mr. Davidson has authored many articles on child maltreatment as well as commentaries to chapters of the American Psychiatric Association’s Family Violence: A Clinical and Legal Guide. Some of his most recent writings include "Racial Disparities in the Child Welfare System: Reversing Trends," published in ABA Child Law Practice, the journal of the ABA Center on Children and the Law; A Common Bond: Maltreated Children and Animals in the Home—Guidelines for Practice and Policy, with Mary Lou Randour, published by the American Humane Association; and "International Legal Principles for Judges and Child Welfare Agencies to Apply with Unaccompanied and Undocumented Immigrant Children," published in The Judges’ Page newsletter. In 2009, the center published the book Children, Law, and Disasters: What We Have Learned from Katrina and the Hurricanes of 2005, for which Mr. Davidson was a coeditor. In 2008, Mr. Davidson’s article "Federal Law and State Intervention When Parents Fail: Has National Guidance of Our Child Welfare System Been Successful?" was published in the 50th anniversary issue of the Family Law Quarterly. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Debbie Deem
7/24/2013 online discussion cohost
Topic: Addressing ID Theft Cases With Large Numbers of Victims

Debbie Deem is a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Victim Specialist who works with victims of financial and violent federal crimes under investigation by the FBI. Ms. Deem works extensively with victims of investment, mortgage, and Internet fraud; identity theft; and mass-marketing crimes, particularly those that target older adults. She also serves businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been victimized by fraud-related crimes.

Ms. Deem has worked with federal and local crime victims for more than 25 years and previously served as a Victim Witness Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. She also has provided training and consultation at the federal level for more than 15 years, including work with the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center to help develop curricula, such as the Identity Theft Victim Assistance Online training, and to provide training on identity theft issues. Ms. Deem has authored several articles related to victims of financial crime and recently coauthored a chapter on victims of financial crime in the fourth edition of Victims of Crime. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Rebecca Dreke
01/22/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Responding to Victims of Stalking on Campus

Rebecca Dreke is Deputy Director of the Stalking Resource Center (SRC) at the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC). Ms. Dreke is responsible for training law enforcement, prosecutors, victim service providers, and other professionals on all aspects of stalking, including the use of technology to stalk, campus stalking, and stalking and sexual assault. She has trained thousands of practitioners nationally on various topics, including stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, and hate- and bias-motivated violence. Ms. Dreke also coauthors publications regarding stalking support groups, campus policies for addressing stalking, and guides for advocates. Prior to joining NCVC, Ms. Dreke worked as a social worker, victim advocate, and public school teacher. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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John Evans
05/15/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Drunk Driving and Child Endangerment

John Evans is the National Training Manager for Victim Services at Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), where he administers direct support to victims and survivors of vehicle crimes. He also provides peer support for the advocates who serve throughout MADD’s national victim services network and assists with securing grant funding to promote and sustain MADD Victim Services initiatives. He oversees all national, state, and local MADD Victim Assistance Training Institutes, death notification seminars, victim impact panel trainings, and Sharing Your Story victim/survivor retreats.

Mr. Evans first became involved with MADD in 1992 as a recipient of its victim services after he was severely injured in a drunk driving crash. MADD advocates provided him with support and encouragement during his recovery. Prior to joining MADD in 1993, Mr. Evans volunteered with the MADD Central Florida Chapter and became a certified victim advocate. Taking the position of MADD Florida Victim Services Director in 1995, he secured a VOCA grant which enabled MADD to hire regional staff victim advocates to support the volunteer advocates and offer MADD victim services in every county in Florida.

Mr. Evans has expertise in the areas of bereavement and injury survivorship following crime victimization. He has instructed law enforcement officers, clergy, chaplains, criminal justice personnel, funeral directors, and mental health and victim services professionals through national, state, and chapter MADD training programs; Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center seminars; and numerous state and county justice programs throughout the country. He also has presented to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the National Organization for Victim Assistance, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tribal Law and Policy Institutes, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. View this Guest Host's photograph.


Mario Gaboury
10/30/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Integrating Crime Victimsí Issues into College and University Curricula

08/13/2008 online discussion host
Topic: National Victim Assistance Academy

03/28/2007 online discussion co-host
Topic: Victim Service Provider Standards and Certification Issues

Mario Gaboury, J.D., Ph.D., is Dean of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at the University of New Haven, Connecticut, and is a tenured Professor of Criminal Justice. He previously served as associate dean of the college and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice; and, from 2007 to 2009, he held the Oskar Schindler Humanities Foundation Endowed Professorship. Dr. Gaboury’s current research focuses on victimology, victims’ rights, global human trafficking, victim impact education, restorative justice, and community policing.

Dr. Gaboury is the founding president of the American Society of Victimology. Previously, he served as the deputy director of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime from 1987 to 1989. Dr. Gaboury’s scholarly articles have appeared in the several journals, including Victims and Offenders, Forensic Nursing, Offender Rehabilitation, Comprehensive Psychiatry, Traumatic Stress, International Perspectives on Victimology, and Child and Youth Services Review. He also is the coauthor of Crime Victim Rights and Remedies. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Lori Gerber
09/04/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Preparing and Assessing Strategically for Community Crisis

Lori Gerber has more than 25 years of experience in the field of crisis response and victim advocacy—providing individual and group counseling, training law enforcement on crime victim-related issues, and developing community programs. Currently, she works with individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues in a state hospital crisis unit. Ms. Gerber created the first Victim Service Program for the Margate [Florida] Police Department, and previously served as co-coordinator of Florida’s Broward County Crisis Response Team and president of the Broward County Victim Rights Coalition. During this time, Ms. Gerber also assisted other law enforcement agencies in developing their crisis response teams. Ms. Gerber has provided training, education, and consultation services at the state and federal levels, and developed many curricula. As a national responder for the National Organization of Victim Assistance, she has assisted at numerous national emergencies and disasters, including the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and several hurricane-related disasters. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Catherine Heath
04/10/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Child Welfare Agencies Responding to Child Identity Theft

Catherine Heath is a Child and Family Program Specialist at the Children’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which partners with federal, state, tribal, and local agencies to improve the overall health and well-being of children and families. In addition to serving as the bureau’s youth specialist, Ms. Heath is responsible for the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, which provides age-appropriate independent living services to youth and young adults who are in out-of-home placements. Prior to joining the Federal Government, Ms. Heath worked as a statewide independent living coordinator for the State of Florida.

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Shelly Jackson
12/04/2013 online discussion cohost
Topic: Intersections Between Elder Financial Exploitation and Other Types of Elder Abuse

Shelly L. Jackson, Ph.D., is a Visiting Fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. Dr. Jackson previously worked as a research professor for the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Her teaching and research focus on victims of family violence, elder abuse, and individuals who are incarcerated. In 2006, Dr. Jackson received a grant from the National Institute of Justice to interview victims of elder abuse, their adult protective services caseworkers, and third party informants. These activities have led her to publishing numerous articles on elder abuse. Dr. Jackson received her doctoral training in developmental psychology from the University of Vermont and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in psychology and law at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Photo of Christine KiefferChristine Kieffer
3/26/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Helping Victims of Financial Fraud

Christine Kieffer is Senior Director of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation. She oversees initiatives for equipping underserved Americans with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need for financial success; and works closely with government agencies, regulatory and nonprofit organizations, and investor groups to promote safe, smart investing. Ms. Kieffer also provides strategic oversight of the National Financial Capability Study, which measures the financial capability of adults in the United States. Previously, Ms. Kieffer served as co-executive producer of the documentary Trick$ of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud. She also oversaw the Military Financial Readiness Project, which provides financial information and tools to service members and their families, and supported FINRA’s chairman and CEO on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. Ms. Kieffer received a bachelor of sciences degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Connie Kirkland, MA, NCC
01/22/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Responding to Victims of Stalking on Campus

Connie Kirkland, MA, NCC, is the Director of Student Mental Health and Behavior at Northern Virginia Community College, where she chairs the Threat Assessment Team and manages the College Sexual Assault Services program. Ms. Kirkland has more than 35 years’ experience in crime victim advocacy as a college instructor and a criminal justice researcher and trainer. She is a Certified Trauma Specialist, a National Certified Counselor, and a Certified Law Enforcement Instructor. Previously, she served as the director of Sexual Assault Services at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she provided university-wide education and training, and intervention services for victims of campus sexual assault, stalking, and dating and domestic violence.

Ms. Kirkland has authored legislative bills, training manuals, and other materials related to crime victim issues, with a focus on violence against women. Since 2001, she has served as the Consulting Editor of Campus Safety & Security: Forms, Checklists & Guidelines. Ms. Kirkland also has written chapters for several publications, including "Violence Against Women," in Olds’ Maternal-Newborn Nursing and Women’s Health Across the Lifespan, 9th ed.; and "Program Case Study: Campus-Based Sexual Assault Services—On the Cutting Edge," in Restorative Justice on the College Campus. She also is the author of the OVW bulletin, Campus Stalking, and the coauthor of "Responding to Sexually Victimized College Students," a chapter in Understanding and Preventing Campus Violence.

Ms. Kirkland is a member of the faculty and the curriculum committee of the Clery Center for Security on Campus, which provides [Jeanne] Clery Act Compliance Training. She also is an appointed member of the Virginia Attorney General’s Advisory Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; the Virginia Sexual Violence Strategic Planning Team; the NCAA Think Tank on Campus Interpersonal Violence; and the Advisory Council of VTV Family Outreach Foundation, which was created following the 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech University. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Sally Laskey
4/15/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: CACs and SARTs Partnering for Sexual Violence Victims

4/07/2006 online discussion cohost
Topic: Assisting Victims of Sexual Assault Through a Multidisciplinary Response

Sally Laskey is Director of Special Projects for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. She has worked for social change at local, state, and national levels for more than 20 years. Ms. Laskey manages several national technical assistance and training projects related to strengthening prevention and advocacy for sexual assault victims and building effective and sustainable multidisciplinary responses to sexual assault. Ms. Laskey received a bachelor of sociology degree from the University of New Hampshire and a masterís degree in community psychology and social change from Pennsylvania State University.

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Hallie Martyniuk
04/19/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Sexual Assault Victims through Military/Civilian Partnerships

Hallie Martyniuk has 20 years of experience in justice and victim services at the local, state, and national levels, specializing in the unique dynamics of sexual assault in the military. She has been involved in the development of training programs, curricula, and resources on emerging issues related to crime victimization for the crime victim services field and allied professions. She also has presented at numerous national and international military conferences and trainings, and has conducted several trainings of trainers. Ms. Martyniuk has served on the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center’s national training team, and as the training coordinator for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s training program for victim service and allied professionals. She also has served as project coordinator for the National SAVIN Training & Technical Assistance Program and as education coordinator for a community-based sexual assault program.

Much of Ms. Martyniuk’s research and writing focuses on sexual violence, and she works closely with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR). Some of her publications include NSVRC’s Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Information Packet and Human Trafficking Resource Packet, and PCAR’s Core Competencies: The Unique Skills of Advocacy. Previously, through a grant funded by OVC, Ms. Martyniuk developed Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships To Respond to Sexual Assault, a curriculum for community-based sexual assault advocates that has also been used to train staff of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Safe Helpline. She also recently traveled with the United States Marine Corps to Japan and Hawaii to conduct trainings on the unique dynamics of victim impact for military sexual assault victims.

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Fiona Mason
1/22/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Providing Services to Runaway Youth and Victims of Human Trafficking

Fiona Mason is the Supervising Social Worker for Safe Horizon's Anti-Trafficking Program, where she oversees the client services program. She also serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium. Ms. Mason has worked in the social services field for 10 years. Prior to joining Safe Horizon, she worked with the street homeless population in New York, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. Ms. Mason is a member of the Freedom Network (USA) and the New York Anti-Trafficking Network. She received a master's degree in social work from Hunter College of The City University of New York.

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Carl McDonald
05/15/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Drunk Driving and Child Endangerment

Carl McDonald is the National Law Enforcement Initiative Manager for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Mr. McDonald served in law enforcement for 24 years before retiring from his position as a Lieutenant of the Wyoming State Highway Patrol to accept his current position at the National Office of MADD. Mr. McDonald is an ardent supporter of MADD, a passionate advocate, and a presenter for both law enforcement and the fight against impaired driving. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Photo of Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C. Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C.
4/15/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: CACs and SARTs Partnering for Sexual Violence Victims

Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C., is Executive Director of the National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC), which provides child abuse prevention and intervention services in Huntsville/Madison County, Alabama, and houses the NCAC National Training Center, the Southern Regional Children's Advocacy Center, and the Child Abuse Library Online. Mr. Newlin also participates in national and international training, technical assistance, and leadership activities related to protecting children and establishing new Childrenís Advocacy Centers.

Mr. Newlin serves on the Board of Directors for the National Children's Alliance, the Interdisciplinary Review Team for the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's National Child & Club Safety Task Force, the Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Dallas Children's Advocacy Centerís Research Institute Advisory Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Alabama Network of Children's Advocacy Centers. He also is a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. Mr. Newlin was the 2010 recipient of the Hendrix College Odyssey Medal for Service to the World, and the 2010 recipient of the International Impact Award from the International Services Council of Alabama.

Previously, Mr. Newlin served as cochair of the Child Protection Working Group of the United States—Russia Civil Society Partnership Program. He also served on the Child Protection Workgroup of the United States—Russia Bi-Lateral Presidential Commission. Mr. Newlin graduated from Hendrix College, the University of Central Arkansas, and the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program.

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Robin Parker
06/05/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Incorporating LGBTQ Victims Needs into Mainstream Victim Services

Robin Parker is the Executive Director of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and a diversity consultant committed to building a more inclusive society through diversity education initiatives for individuals and communities. Mr. Parker is the coauthor of The Anti-Racist Cookbook and The Great White Elephant, which address race relations in the United States, as well as the article We Can’t Talk About This: The Trouble With Discussing Sexual Orientation, 2 Honest Conversation 1. He also lectures extensively about the need for individual and community interventions in solving the problems of racism, bigotry, and prejudice. Mr. Parker previously served as a deputy attorney general for the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and as chief of the Office of Bias Crime and Community Relations. He has received numerous awards including the World of Difference Award from the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, the Rachel Davis Dubois Human Relations Award from the International Institute, and the South Jersey Champions of Diversity Award. Mr. Parker received his juris doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law.

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Laura Banks Reed, J.D.
11/20/2013 online discussion cohost
Topic: Innovative Practices in Victim Assistance and Compensation

Laura Banks Reed, J.D., is Director of the D.C. Superior Court’s Crime Victims Compensation Program. She has served the Court in this capacity since 1996, when administration of the program was transferred from the D.C. Department of Human Services to D.C. Superior Court. Since then, Ms. Reed and her staff have streamlined the application process, established collaborations, and improved the delivery of services to victims in the District of Columbia. Ms. Reed also is active on several Court-wide committees.

Ms. Reed has served on the Strategic Planning Leadership Council since its establishment in 2001, and has chaired the Management Training Committee since 2002. Previously, she served as assistant deputy register of wills in the Court’s Probate Division and as a prosecutor in the Welfare Fraud Unit of the D.C. Office of Corporation Counsel. Ms. Reed also was in private practice for 3 years, specializing in representing children involved in abuse and neglect proceedings. Ms. Reed is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and a member of the District of Columbia Bar. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Dr. John Rich
02/28/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Reaching Young Men of Color Exposed to Violence

John Rich, MD, MPH, is Professor and Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health. A leader in the field of public health, Dr. Rich’s work focuses on serving one of the Nation’s most ignored and underserved populations—African-American men living in urban settings. In 2006, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship was granted to Dr. Rich to design new models of health care that would surpass the boundaries of public health, education, social services, and justice systems to engage young men in caring for themselves and their peers.

Dr. Rich previously served as the medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission. Earlier, as a primary care doctor at Boston Medical Center, he created the Young Men’s Health Clinic and initiated Boston HealthCREW, a program to train inner-city young men to become peer health educators who focus on the health of men and boys in their communities. In 2009, Dr. Rich was inducted into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He recently published Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men about urban violence.

Dr. Rich earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Dartmouth College, a doctor of medicine degree from Duke University Medical School, and a master of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He received an honorary doctor of science degree from Dartmouth College in 2007 and now serves on its Board of Trustees. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Theresa Ronnebaum
7/24/2013 online discussion cohost
Topic: Addressing ID Theft Cases With Large Numbers of Victims

Theresa Ronnebaum has spent the past 17 years committed to victim advocacy and the criminal justice system. In 2002, she became the first known federally funded identity theft program specialist in Florida. She also serves as a consultant to the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center where she instructs courses on identity theft. Previously, as a regional victim services provider for the Florida Office of the Attorney General, Ms. Ronnebaum worked closely with victim service agencies, domestic violence shelters, law enforcement agencies, and the court system; conducted site visits; monitored federal grant-funded positions; and participated in victim service coalitions and National Crime Victims' Rights Week events. Also, she presented courses on the Crimes Compensation Program, Address Confidentiality Program, and Florida Victims’ Rights. Most recently, Ms. Ronnebaum presented at the Stolen Futures: Child Identity Theft Forum in Washington, D.C., sponsored by OVC and the Federal Trade Commission, and was one of 40 experts who participated in the 2-day National Stakeholder Forum “Emerging Challenges in the Crime Victims Field” as part of OVC’s Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services. Over the past decade, she has appeared on local television programs and on “20/20.” Ms. Ronnebaum received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, with a minor in psychology, from Florida State University. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Sharon Stapel
06/05/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Incorporating LGBTQ Victims Needs into Mainstream Victim Services

Sharon Stapel is the Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP), an organization dedicated to ending hate, sexual, and intimate partner violence affecting people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ), and HIV-affected communities. She also is a consultant on LGBTQ issues for the Office for Victims of Crime. AVP coordinates the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), which comprises more than 40 LGBTQ-specific anti-violence programs. NCAVP also coordinates the National LGBTQ Training and Technical Assistance Center, which Ms. Stapel helped create in coordination with the Office on Violence Against Women.

Ms. Stapel is a member of the LGBT Advisory Committee to the NYPD and the NYC Family Court Advisory Council to the Administrative Judge Committee for LGBT Matters. She also is a member of various national stakeholder groups that address the inclusion of LGBTQ individuals in services provided for crime victims and survivors at local, state, and federal levels. Prior to joining AVP, Ms. Stapel directed legal programs specializing in domestic violence at South Brooklyn Legal Services and the Legal Aid Society, where she began her legal career as a staff attorney and created Legal Aid’s first dedicated domestic violence project. Ms. Stapel is the former chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Committee and the New York City LGBTQ Domestic Violence Task Force. In 2011, Ms. Stapel was named a White House Champion of Change for her work regarding LGBTQ intimate partner violence. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Danny Stewart
01/22/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Providing Services to Runaway Youth and Victims of Human Trafficking

Danny Stewart is the Director of Operations for Safe Horizon's Streetwork Project, which provides services to homeless and street-involved youth and young adults. Mr. Stewart provides administrative oversight of federal, state, city, and foundation grants for homeless youth drop-in center programs. He also is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing program quality assurance and improvement activities; managing all evaluation projects; and facilitating monthly committee meetings.

Mr. Stewart became involved in non-profit social services in 1993, providing psychotherapy to individuals living with HIV and their care-partners, and co-facilitating a female sexual abuse recovery group with residential treatment facility adolescents. He previously served as the Assistant Director of Clinical Services at Hetrick-Martin Institute, a social service agency for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. He also worked at the Gay Men's Health Crisis and as a volunteer facilitator for a psychotherapeutic AIDS support group.

Mr. Stewart received a bachelor of arts degree in behavioral science and a master's degree in family psychology from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. He received a master of social work degree and a seminar in field supervision certification from Hunter College in New York. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Photo of Jennifer StithJennifer Stith
2/25/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Serving Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Jennifer Stith is Executive Director of WINGS Foundation, Inc., an organization in Denver, Colorado, that provides education, advocacy, and support to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and their loved ones. Ms. Stith works with partners in the domestic violence, sexual assault, child advocacy, and health care fields to increase awareness about the need to address CSA-related trauma in adult survivorsí' lives in order to restore their overall health, well-being, and ability to thrive. She also helped plan the organizationís first conference focused on healing for adult survivors of CSA, in partnership with the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Aurora, Colorado, which will be held again this year. Ms. Stith recently copublished the two-part article "What Are You Afraid to Miss?" in Louisville Medicine, the journal of the Greater Louisville Medical Society, highlighting childhood sexual abuse as a public health pandemic affecting both pediatric and adult populations.

Ms. Stith has 13 years' experience in nonprofit leadership and development, primarily in pediatric health care. The challenges she encountered in accessing services to heal from her own experience of CSA trauma as an adult led her to pursue a master's degree in womenís and gender studies at the University of Louisville and, later, a graduate assistantship with its Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. She also earned a certificate in Jungian studies/analytical psychotherapy at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Ms. Stith holds a master of arts degree in teaching from Bellarmine University in Louisville, and a bachelorís degree in speech pathology from Western Kentucky University.

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Steven Toporoff
04/10/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Child Welfare Agencies Responding to Child Identity Theft

Steven Toporoff is an attorney for the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where he focuses on identity protection issues. He also serves as vice chair of FTC’s privacy steering committee and participates on various federal task forces and outreach efforts regarding privacy, identity protection, and victim assistance. Prior to joining the division, Mr. Toporoff was on detail to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, where he worked on privacy initiatives. He also worked for 20 years in FTC’s Division of Marketing Practices, where he focused on anti-fraud work. Mr. Toporoff is frequently engaged as a speaker and has advised foreign governments, federal agencies, and states on privacy, identity protection, and anti-fraud matters. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Photo of Sheri Vanino, PsyDSheri Vanino, PsyD
2/25/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Serving Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Sheri Vanino is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with victims of trauma and sexual assault. In addition to her private therapy practice, Dr. Vanino provides psychological assessments for the Lutheran Hospital Emergency Department in Denver, Colorado. She also provides expert testimony on sexual assault cases and provides training both locally and nationally on the topics of sexual assault and trauma. From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Vanino served as Director of Victim Services and Counseling Director for the Rape Assistance and Awareness Program in Colorado. Previously, she worked as an advocate for the Colorado Fifth Judicial District Attorney's Office and as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver. Ms. Vanino also helped cofound the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center and Victim Justice, both in Colorado. Dr. Vanino earned a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University in California and a master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver.

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Corey Walz
01/29/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Implications of Human Trafficking Federal Strategic Action Plan

Corey Walz is the Special Assistant to the Chair of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign to combat human trafficking. In this role, Mr. Walz is helping to update the Blue Campaign Web site and promotional materials. He also led a team of special assistants in the latest iteration of the Joint Stakeholder Engagement Event with the Council on Combating Violence Against Women. Mr. Walz cochairs the Strategic Action Plan on Services to Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mr. Walz previously served as a program analyst with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Grant Program Directorate, where he managed grants for the Homeland Security Grant Program for his assigned states. He also worked as a senior program analyst at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Mr. Walz received a master of sciences degree in international affairs and a bachelor of sciences degree in criminology and criminal justice from Florida State University.

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Lydia Watts, Esq.
3/12/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Addressing the Holistic Needs of Crime Victims

Lydia Watts, Esq., is the Deputy Director of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission, which works to address barriers to the justice system that low- and moderate-income people face in Washington, D.C. She also is Principal of Greater Good Consulting in Massachusetts, which specializes in not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Watts is the founding Board Chair of the Network for Victim Recovery of DC, a provider of holistic services for victims of crime in the District, and a founding board member of Amy’s Treat, a not-for-profit foundation that benefits cancer patients at the Seacoast Cancer Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She is also on the board of directors of the District Alliance for Safe Housing and Mentoring Today, also in D.C.

Ms. Watts is the cofounder and former executive director of Washington, D.C.’s Women Empowered Against Violence, Inc. (WEAVE), which provides an innovative range of services to the city’s teen and adult victims of domestic violence. She previously served as director of quality and program enhancement for the Civil Division of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, a national association of legal service providers and public defenders who offer their services at no charge to those in need. She also served as executive director of the Victim Rights Law Center in Boston, Massachusetts, and executive director of the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy. Ms. Watts graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law and received a bachelor of English degree from Boston University. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Charity White, M.S.W.
12/18/2013 online discussion cohost
Topic: Coordinating SANE—SARTs in Indian Country

Charity White, M.S.W., is the Kumeyaay Family Services Director for Southern Indian Health Council, Inc., in Alpine, California. Ms. White is responsible for supervising the Family Services Departments, comprising Indian Child Social Services, Mental Health & Wellness, La Posta Substance Abuse Center, REVIVE (Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services), and the Safe Havens Supervised Visitation and Exchange Program. Ms. White is a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker and has worked with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse, and with substance abuse prevention and intervention services. She also has a long history of working with California and Arizona tribes in Indian Country as a case manager, social worker, policy analyst, and therapist in the tribal health system. Ms. White received her master of social work degree from Arizona State University, with a minor in American Indian Studies.

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Linda Williams, Ph.D.
10/30/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Integrating Crime Victims' Issues into College and University Curricula

10/09/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Collaborative Educational Models Benefiting Victims and Providers

Linda Williams, Ph.D., is a Professor at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts–Lowell (UML), where she teaches courses on crime victim issues, research methods, and gender, race, and crime. The author of several books and numerous scholarly publications, Dr. Williams has lectured in the United States and internationally on topics including child sexual abuse, trauma and memory, human trafficking, and researcher-practitioner collaborations. Since 2009, Dr. Williams has worked with colleagues at UML on the Office for Victims of Crime-funded National Scope Demonstration Project to Integrate Crime Victims’ Issues into University and College Curricula.

Dr. Williams has directed longitudinal research on violence against women and children for 40 years and has been the principal investigator on 16 U.S. Government-funded research projects. She is currently conducting a National Institute of Justice-funded study of Decision-Making in Sexual Assault Cases: Multi-site Replication Research on Sexual Violence Case Attrition in the U.S. She recently completed research on the use of social marketing and in-person training programs to enhance bystander behaviors to prevent relationship violence on college campuses, as well as a study of teenage victims of human trafficking.

Dr. Williams previously served as director of research at the Stone Center, Wellesley Centers for Women, and on the National Research Councils’ Panel on Violence Against Women. She is a recipient of the Research Career Achievement Award conferred by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Shontel Wright
11/20/2013 online discussion cohost
Topic: Innovative Practices in Victim Assistance and Compensation

Shontel Wright is the Program Director for the Victim Assistance Unit of the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Her responsibilities include developing public policy, providing training and technical assistance, conducting program evaluations, and guiding agency strategic planning. Ms. Wright also administers more than $17 million annually in federal victim services grant funds. A national advocate of crime victims’ rights, Ms. Wright has more than 15 years of experience assisting victims of violent crime, both in the private, nonprofit sector and with state government. Her primary focus is on family violence, sexual assault, and child advocacy. Previously, Ms. Wright developed and implemented training and technical assistance programs to strengthen victims’ rights and services while working with the Georgia Department of Human Resources. She also served as the director of program services for Atlanta Victim Assistance, Inc. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Major Matthew Youngblood
04/19/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Sexual Assault Victims through Military/Civilian Partnerships

Major Matthew Youngblood is a Victim Assistance Advisor for the U.S. Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, which oversees implementation of the department’s sexual assault policy and works with the United States Armed Forces and the civilian community to develop and implement innovative programs to prevent and respond to sexual assault and improve the department’s response to victims when it does occur. Major Youngblood enlisted in the United States Navy in 1991. He attended the University of South Carolina with a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 1997. Major Youngblood’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with a gold star and Meritorious Service Medal with a gold star. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and a master’s degree in military studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.

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