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Guest Host Biographies Archive

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 past guest hosts here by clicking on their names.


Jeannette Adkins
08/31/2006 online discussion host
Topic: Rural Victimization Assistance

Jeannette Adkins is Executive Director of the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). Prior to her appointment as NOVA’s Executive Director in April 2005, she served for 23 years as Director of the Victim/Witness Division of the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in Xenia, Ohio. She has a passion for turning the grassroots victim assistance field into a professional one, which she expressed through "An Argument for National Credentialing of Victim Service Providers," an article published in the National Center for Victims of Crime’s Networks magazine in 2001. She has a long history of both paid and volunteer work in the victim advocacy field, as a national training consultant for NOVA and as a Certified Crisis Responder on NOVA’s National Crisis Response Team. She also has provided extensive training to professionals in the area of crime victim issues as an adjunct professor and as both a state and national trainer.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales recently appointed Adkins to the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. She is also an appointed member of the Ohio Attorney General’s Victim Advisory Board. In addition, she served two terms on the Ohio Governor’s Task Force on the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse, and has served in an advisory capacity on many other boards and groups involving crime victimization and victim services. NOVA published her book The ABC’s of Crime Victim Advocacy: Essential Attributes in 2005, and she recently completed Lily Lightning Bug and the Stolen Glow, a book designed for use with child victims and witnesses. Adkins holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s of education in counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Ohio. She is a Credentialed Advocate With Advanced Standing with the National Advocate Credentialing Program, and holds a certificate of Registered Advocate With Senior Standing from the Ohio Advocate Network-both organizations that she helped found. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Patricia Agatston
03/18/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Providing Services to Victims of Bullying

Patricia Agatston, Ph.D., is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Cobb County School District’s Prevention/Intervention Center, and a founding board member of SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center, both located in Marietta, Georgia. As a counselor and prevention specialist with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Agatston provides training and technical assistance to schools to help them prevent bullying, drug use, and suicide, and teaches Internet safety. She is a nationally certified trainer and technical assistance consultant for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, designed to reduce and prevent bullying problems and improve peer relations among children, and was a participant in the Center for Disease Control’s Expert Panel on Electronic Media and Youth Violence.

Dr. Agatston is the coauthor of Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age and Cyber Bullying Curriculum for Middle and High School Students. She has been quoted in articles on cyber bullying in Time Magazine and Good Housekeeping, and has appeared on local and national radio and television to discuss cyber bullying. A two-time recipient of the Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention’s VIP award, she has presented on cyber bullying at both the National and International Bullying Prevention Conferences. Dr. Agatston received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, her master’s from the University of North Texas, and her doctorate from The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Dr. Jay Albanese
09/10/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Jay Albanese, Ph.D., is a professor at the Wilder School of Government & Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has previously served as Chief of the International Center at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Executive Director of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime, and President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Dr. Albanese is the author of numerous articles including the NIJ Special Report: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: What Do We Know and What Do We Do About It?, and seven books including Organized Crime in Our Times and Professional Ethics in Criminal Justice: Being Ethical When No One is Looking. Dr. Albanese is a recipient of the Elske Smith Distinguished Lecturer Award from Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Diane Alexander
08/18/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims During Cold Case Investigations

Diane Alexander has more than 29 years of experience in the criminal justice and crime victim assistance fields. As a Senior Advisor of Justice Solutions, Ms. Alexander has collaborated on several projects, including the Oral History of the Victims Movement, the National Crime Victim and Public Awareness Strategy Development Conference, and the National Public Awareness and Education Campaign. She also played a key role in the production of past National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guides.

Ms. Alexander began her career as a corrections and probation officer and later joined the staff of the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), where she assisted crime victims and coordinated technical assistance requests and regional and national conferences. From 1991 to 2002, Ms. Alexander was on staff at the National Center for Victims of Crime, where she organized and conducted numerous training events; collaborated on the development of public awareness materials for NCVRW; and managed requests from the media. She also directed the OVC-sponsored HIV/AIDS and Victim Services project, which resulted in a training program for educating victim service professionals on HIV/AIDS and its impact on crime victims.

Ms. Alexander is a founding member and past Governing Board Treasurer and President of the Capital Area Crisis Response Team (CACRT), where she coordinated the team’s local response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, helped manage NOVA’s response to Hurricane Katrina, and served on NOVA’s War Trauma Team to Tuzla, Bosnia. During her career, Ms. Alexander also has collaborated on national events for the National Crime Prevention Council, National Alliance to End Homelessness, National Institute for Citizen Education in the Law, and the National AIDS Network.

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Curtis Allen
04/27/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Using Therapy Dogs to Respond to Child Victims

Curtis Allen is a Detective with the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office in Utah and a member of the Tooele County Children’s Justice Center (CJC) multidisciplinary team. For the past 3 years, Detective Allen has also managed CJC’s Healing Paws Program, which provides canine companions to comfort children who are victims of abuse before, during, and after they participate in justice-related interviews. Healing Paws is the only program of its kind that trains dogs to accompany children into interviews without their handlers present. Detective Allen created the standards by which dogs are evaluated and tested before they are accepted into the program. He also volunteers his time so that he and his dog Bruno can be present when children are interviewed. 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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Tracy Bahm
01/27/2006 online discussion host
Topic: Sexual Assault and Stalking

In June of 2002, Tracy Bahm joined the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) as Director of the Stalking Resource Center to help raise national awareness about stalking and to encourage the development and implementation of multidisciplinary responses to stalking in local communities across the country. Since joining NCVC, she has trained thousands of practitioners on all aspects of stalking, including the technology used to stalk and stalking and sexual assault. She serves on the advisory boards of numerous national and international organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Sheriffs’ Association. Ms. Bahm has written numerous articles on stalking, domestic violence, and sexual assault over the years and is a national authority on stalking who is often quoted in the media.

Ms. Bahm was a Senior Attorney in the Violence Against Women Program at the American Prosecutors Research Institute where she served as a faculty member and lecturer at numerous domestic violence and sexual assault programs. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Kansas and her juris doctorate from the University of Houston.

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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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Dianne Barker-Harrold
11/10/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Advocating for Victims’ Rights in Tribal Courts

07/12/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Identity Theft in Indian Country

Dianne Barker-Harrold is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma who has practiced law for the past 23 years, many of them in Indian Country. She is an independent consultant and the Tribal Victim Assistance Project Director for Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group, Inc., of Tempe, Arizona, through which she provides training and technical assistance to U.S. Department of Justice grantees under the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Tribal Victim Assistance Programs. Ms. Barker-Harrold served as a tribal judge for 13 Indian tribes in Oklahoma and as the elected District Attorney for 4 counties in Oklahoma. She also served as a defense attorney in the first jury trial ever held in the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Ms. Barker-Harrold is Associate Tribal Judge for the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and Special Advisor to the Chief of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees in Oklahoma.

Ms. Barker-Harrold is a frequent speaker throughout the country, training tribal prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and other members of the victim services field. She has served on the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Domestic Violence Task Force and facilitated two historic tribal task forces for the Office on Violence Against Women and the American Indian Resource Center’s Institute for Native Justice. Ms. Barker-Harrold is licensed to practice in numerous tribal courts and U.S. District Courts and is a licensed member of the Oklahoma Bar Association. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology with a minor in criminal justice and humanities. She obtained her juris doctor at the University of Tulsa, College of Law. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Jamie Barnett
05/09/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Addressing the Needs of Victims on Cruise Ships

Jamie Barnett is the President of International Cruise Victims, an organization formed by victims of cruise ship crime to provide support to other victims and to advocate for legislative reform to protect passengers and increase the rights of victims. In October 2005, Ms. Barnett’s daughter Ashley died while on a cruise from California to Mexico. Since her daughter’s death, Ms. Barnett has been a staunch advocate for change in the cruise industry and has worked diligently to increase public awareness. She has appeared on 48 Hours Mystery, Hannity and Colmes, The CBS Early Show, and many other news shows. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Eugenia (Jennie) Barr, Ph.D.
12/16/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Crime Victims With Mental Illness

Eugenia Barr, Ph.D., is the Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services (SAPCS), a program of the Crime Victim Services Division of the Texas Office of the Attorney General. The SAPCS program includes the Sexual Assault Response Team and sexual assault nurse examiner programs, as well as the Primary Prevention Program. Dr. Barr also provides mental health support for the Crime Victim Services Division and for other criminal investigative divisions that work with cases involving crimes against children, fugitive sex offenders, and the death penalty. In addition, she consults and assists on division projects, such as the Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force, and with the Sexual Assault Advisory Council.

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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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Angela Moreland Begle, Ph.D.
03/29/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Transforming Victim Services in the 21st Century

Angela Begle, Ph.D., is on the faculty of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, which provides mental health services to victims and their families who have experienced psychological trauma. She also is a Project Director for the Vision 21 Initiative, a collaborative effort with the Office for Victims of Crime to address the crime victim services field in order to expand the field’s vision and impact. As a National Institute of Mental Health-sponsored postdoctoral research fellow for the Child and Adult Trauma Victims: A Training Program grant, Dr. Begle was involved in several research projects investigating the prevention of physical abuse of preschool-age children and the relationships between victimization and high-risk behaviors in adolescents. She has coauthored, edited, and contributed to numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, research presentations, and other publications. Dr. Begle earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology, her master’s degree in psychology, and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Doug Beloof
04/27/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Rights of Sexual Assault Victims

Professor Doug Beloof is a prolific author, an active litigator, a learned scholar, a keen public policy consultant, and a social visionary. Recognizing the need for a national organization to protect, advance, and enforce the legal rights of crime victims in the criminal justice system, he created the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) in 2000. NCVLI is a nonprofit agency located at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, and provides technical assistance and training to attorneys who provide direct legal services to victims, including the annual Crime Victim Law and Litigation Conference. Regularly consulted by attorneys litigating victims’ sexual assault issues, Prof. Beloof has a wide variety of experience in this area, which includes prosecuting criminals in the sexual assault unit of the county encompassing Portland; establishing child multidisciplinary teams; working on antiviolence against women legislation; litigating cases in state supreme courts concerning rape, including the definition of rape and confidentiality issues; and authoring a law review article advocating for rape victim standing to enforce rape shield laws in trial and appellate courts. He also teaches rape law in his criminal law course and procedures related to rape in his own course, Victims in Criminal Procedure. Prof. Beloof authored the accompanying text for this course, which shares the same name. Victims in Criminal Procedure continues to be the only legal textbook on crime victims’ rights.

Before creating NCVLI, Prof. Beloof was a violent crime prosecutor in Portland and then later became the director of the Multnomah County Victim Assistance Program. Prof. Beloof’s other work in victim law includes researching and analyzing developments, assisting victims and other members of the public by providing information on crime victim laws, and filing amicus briefs advocating for victims in court. He has received recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the National Organization for Victim Assistance. A sought-after authority, Prof. Beloof has testified before the U.S. House and Senate Judiciary Committees and has been cited by the Senate Judiciary Committee as a leading expert on victim laws. This year, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales honored Prof. Beloof with a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Award for professional innovation in victim services. His dedication to furthering the rights of crime victims leads him to cross divides, finding allies and partners in diverse movements and communities.

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Jeffrey Bergman
11/18/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Working with Victims of Gang Violence

Jeffrey Bergman is a Detective with the Gang Unit of the Youth Services Division of the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) specializing in Asian gangs and Asian-related street crimes, and a Co-regional Director for the Virginia Gang Investigators Association. Detective Bergman joined the FCPD as a Police Officer in 1991, and in 2002, after serving as the gang coordinator for the Fair Oaks District of Fairfax County, he became a Detective with the Gang Unit. Detective Bergman is certified as a general instructor, as well as a firearms instructor, by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justices Services. In addition to investigating ongoing gang cases, he takes time to regularly teach new recruits and present to in-service classes at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy. He has also taught at the Virginia State Police Academy’s Gang School in Richmond, and the Northern Virginia Police Academy. Detective Bergman has presented to a wide range of audiences, including school children, citizen groups, medical examiners from throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, and attendees of the INOVA Nurses Critical Care Conference. He also teaches participants in the Trauma Nurse Fellowship Program at Fairfax Hospital.

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Lucy Berliner
05/24/2006 online discussion co-host
Topic: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Lucy Berliner is the Director of the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, an organization that helps people affected by sexual assault and other traumatic events. The center focuses mainly on providing education and consultation for health, mental health, and legal professionals; conducting research and evaluation; and promoting prevention. Ms. Berliner is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, both at the University of Washington. Her activities include clinical practice with child and adult victims of trauma and crime; research on the impact of trauma and the effectiveness of clinical and societal interventions; and participation in local and national social policy initiatives to promote the interests of trauma and crime victims.

Ms. Berliner is on the editorial boards of leading journals concerned with interpersonal violence, has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and serves on local and national boards of organizations, programs, and professional societies. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Miriam Berkman
10/26/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Helping Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Miriam Berkman, J.D., M.S.W., is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Social Work at the Yale University Child Study Center and is coordinator of the Child Development-Community Policing (CD-CP) Program’s Domestic Violence Intervention Project. The CD-CP Program is a model collaborative effort by the Child Study Center, the New Haven Department of Police Service, and other community partners to intervene on behalf of children and families exposed to violence and trauma. Through the CD-CP Program, Ms. Berkman is involved in providing consultation and training to New Haven police officers and others regarding children’s experience with violence and effective collaborative approaches to intervention, with a particular focus on domestic violence. She is also involved in providing direct clinical services to children and families in the New Haven community who have been affected by traumatic violence. As a member of the faculty of the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence at the Yale Child Study Center, Ms. Berkman provides consultation and training to professional groups and community collaborations across the country regarding the impact of domestic violence on children and interventions to reduce the potential consequences of these experiences. Ms. Berkman received her law degree from Yale University Law School and her degree in social work from the Smith College School for Social Work. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Rupaleem Bhuyan
09/21/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Victim Assistance for Undocumented/Temporary Immigrants

Rupaleem Bhuyan, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bhuyan has been working to end violence since 1991, serving as a peer-rape prevention educator, domestic violence and sexual assault advocate, community educator, and now university-based researcher. She has an interdisciplinary background in international studies, cultural anthropology, and social welfare; and has worked closely with indigenous, immigrant, and refugee communities. Dr. Bhuyan’s research addresses the sociocultural and political context of domestic violence, migration, citizenship, and social rights. Her current research explores how political pressure to deny immigrants access to public benefits affects their response to domestic violence and related health issues. Dr. Bhuyan has authored and contributed to numerous publications, including The Journal of Interpersonal Violence, The Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, and The Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. She also has authored chapters in Domestic Violence: Intersectionality and Culturally Competent Practice and Body Evidence: Intimate Violence Against South Asian Women in America.

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Elsie Boudreau, LMSW
03/21/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Survivors of Clergy Abuse

Elsie Boudreau is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Yup’ik Eskimo from the village of St. Mary’s, Alaska. She began working for the Alaska Native Justice Center in 2010 to establish and operate the Alaska Native Unit within Alaska CARES, a Child Advocacy Center. Ms. Boudreau provides advocacy services and therapy for Alaska Native and American Indian families whose children have been severely physically or sexually abused, and conducts forensic interviews of children.

As a prior Children’s Justice Act Project Coordinator for the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, Ms. Boudreau helped develop an educational video highlighting child sexual abuse in Alaska, in which she incorporated the wisdom of the tribal elders and identified methods of healing that can be applied to such traumatic experiences. She also has worked as a victim advocate for various law firms, providing support to approximately 300 victims of clergy child sexual abuse in Alaska, South Dakota, Oregon, and Montana.

Ms. Boudreau has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Alaska–Anchorage.

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Duane T. Bowers
05/19/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Families of Missing or Unidentified Persons

05/27/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Family Members of Missing Children

Duane T. Bowers, LPC, is a therapist, educator, and author of Guiding Your Family Through Loss and Grief and A Child Is Missing: Providing Support for Families of Missing Children. He is a training consultant for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, where he provides support to families of abducted, missing, exploited, and murdered children. The Center also deploys him as a member of Team Adam to provide crisis intervention at Amber Alert sites. Mr. Bowers also is a consultant and trainer for Team HOPE, a support network for parents of missing children.

As a therapist in private practice, Mr. Bowers specializes in working with survivors of traumatic death and suicide. As an educator, he teaches seminars on dying, death, and grief; posttraumatic stress disorder; and traumatic loss. He also provides clinical supervision and training to staff and volunteers of various organizations that deal with trauma and loss, and works with active duty military personnel and their families through Military OneSource. Most recently, Mr. Bowers served as the mental health team leader for the University of Miami field hospital for earthquake victims in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Mr. Bowers previously served as the Director of Training and Education for the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, Senior Director of Emergency and International Services for the National Capital Chapter of the American Red Cross, and as an adjunct professor of counseling at Trinity College in Washington, D.C. He has lectured to classes at the University of Maryland, Howard University, the University of the District of Columbia, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and Gallaudet University. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Bonnie Brandl
06/18/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Victims of Domestic Abuse in Later Life

Bonnie Brandl, M.S.W., is Director of the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL). Established in 1999 by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, NCALL’s mission is to eliminate abuse in later life by challenging beliefs, policies, practices, and systems that tolerate and perpetuate abuse, and to improve safety, services, and support for victims through advocacy and education. In her role as Director, Ms. Brandl serves as a liaison for national elder abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, and aging networks; and oversees and provides national technical assistance, training, program development, and support.

Ms. Brandl has worked with battered women and their children for more than 20 years, and has presented lectures on these topics at numerous national, regional, statewide, and local conferences. She has written several articles, manuals, and curricula on elder and domestic abuse in later life, including “Assessing for Abuse in Later Life” and Elder Abuse Detection and Intervention: A Collaborative Approach. She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Vivian Brown, Ph.D.
08/29/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Implementing Trauma-Informed Care in Victim Services Settings

Vivian Brown, Ph.D., is the founder and former CEO of Prototypes, a California-based nonprofit agency that serves women, children, and communities affected by substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence. She has 40 years of experience in developing innovative, trauma-informed and trauma-specific mental health, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS services, and in developing services when these disorders co-occur. Dr. Brown currently provides consultation to a number of organizations throughout the country, including state and local agencies, on integrating mental health, substance abuse, health, and trauma services. She recently developed a number of trauma-informed practice materials for Santa Clara County and for the Institute for Collaborative Response at San Jose State University.

Dr. Brown has been a member of numerous federal, state, and local advisory committees, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Advisory Council and Women’s Advisory Committee. She also has conducted outcome studies, including the Women, Co-Occurring Disorders, and Violence Study, and has authored numerous publications. 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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Roe Bubar
11/19/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Sexual Violence Victims in Native American Communities

Roe Bubar, J.D., is an associate professor in the Ethnic Studies Department and School of Social Work at Colorado State University. She is a past president of the Executive Board of the National Children’s Alliance and one of the founders of the Native American Children’s Alliance. Ms. Bubar has extensive experience working with child sexual abuse cases in Indian County and Alaska Native communities, with more than 18 years’ experience developing and implementing multidisciplinary approaches in child sexual abuse cases in tribal, state, and federal jurisdictions. Ms. Bubar’s current research projects include sexual violence in tribal communities, health disparities in Indigenous populations and multidisciplinary efforts in child maltreatment. She specializes in providing forensic and case consultation and training and technical assistance for developing children’s advocacy centers, multidisciplinary teams, community readiness assessments, and cultural competence.

Ms. Bubar is a trained mediator and recognized expert in interviewing Native children in child sexual abuse cases. She teaches courses in federal Indian law and policy; social welfare policy; and Indigenous women, children, and tribal communities. Ms. Bubar built a Children’s Advocacy Center from the ground up, has conducted forensic interviews of children and continues to provide forensic supervision in Larimer County, Colorado. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Sarah M. Buel
10/27/2004 online discussion host
Topic: Domestic Violence

Sarah Buel has spent the past 26 years working with battered women, abused children, and juveniles within the legal system. Currently, Ms. Buel is a Clinical Professor at the University of Texas School of Law, having started then co-directed their Domestic Violence Clinic. Ms. Buel is co-founder of the University of Texas Voices Against Violence program that has developed a system of comprehensive, coordinated services for victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Professor Buel has served as Special Counsel for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, providing training, technical, and case assistance to prosecutors throughout Texas. For six years she was a prosecutor, most of that time with the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office in Quincy, Massachusetts, helping to establish their award-winning domestic violence and juvenile programs. Previously, Ms. Buel served as a victim advocate, state policy coordinator, and legal aid paralegal.

As a domestic violence survivor, Ms. Buel has been committed to improving the court and community response to abuse victims. She was a welfare mother for a short time before spending 7 years working full time in the day and going to school at night to obtain her undergraduate degree in 1987. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1990, where she founded the Harvard Battered Women’s Advocacy Project, the Harvard Women in Prison Project, and the Harvard Children and Family Rights Project.

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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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Florrie Burke
01/28/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Victims of Labor Trafficking

03/16/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Human Trafficking

Florrie Burke, M.Ed., M.A., L.M.F.T., is a cochair of the Freedom Network (USA), a national network of service providers, attorneys, and other advocates who work with trafficked and enslaved persons and provide regional trainings throughout the country. In addition, Ms. Burke is a founding member and the coordinator of the Freedom Network Training Institute. She is a consultant on modern day slavery—providing training, consultation, and presentation services to individuals and organizations in the United States and abroad. Ms. Burke recently served as the Senior Director of International Programs at Safe Horizon in New York, where she oversaw the antitrafficking program and the Solace Program for Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma. She is part of three working groups that develop materials for first responders and others who may encounter incidents of human trafficking, and she has served as an expert witness on several human trafficking cases.

Ms. Burke has been working with trafficked persons since 1997 when she created specialized social services for 60 Mexicans who were deaf, and who were slaves in a peddling ring in New York. She also designed and implemented a model for community trauma response following the attacks on September 11, 2001. In 2007, Ms. Burke received the National Crime Victim Service Award from the Office for Victims of Crime, and was honored by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. She has also received the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award from the Freedom Network (USA). View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Russell Butler
10/13/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Providing Pro Bono Services to Financial Abuse Victims

Russell Butler is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. Mr. Butler has been an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore Law School since 2005, where he teaches students about the rights of crime victims. In 2007, he also taught a graduate course in criminal justice regarding victims of crime at the University of Baltimore. A member of the Victim Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission today, Mr. Butler also served as the chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Section on Criminal Law and Practice from 2004 to 2005, and as cochair of the Victim Committee of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section from 2006 to 2010. He also has served on a number of other Maryland criminal justice advisory committees, including the State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy and the Article 27 Revision Committee. Mr. Butler previously served as a lobbyist for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Stephanie Roper Committee, Inc., and as the legal counsel for the Stephanie Roper Foundation, Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland–College Park and the University of Baltimore Law School.

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Laurie V. Caldwell
05/23/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Addressing Cases With Missing or Unidentified Victims

Laurie V. Caldwell, MSW, is a Senior Agent with the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and Director of the Nathan M. Wolfe Law Enforcement Cadet Academy. She joined SLED in 1986 and was assigned to the Missing Person Information Center, then transferred to criminal investigations in the Midlands Region in 1992. When asked by law enforcement or the Department of Social Services, Agent Caldwell conducts forensic interviews of children. Since 1986, her work has been devoted to the safety and recovery of abused children, and to educating others in this field. She has provided training to law enforcement, social services, and school personnel throughout South Carolina. She also has been a guest instructor at the North Carolina Justice Academy; the Metropolitan Police Institute in Miami, Florida; and the Royal Bahamas Police Department.

Agent Caldwell has pursued advanced educational opportunities for herself as well—at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, and the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. She has received specialized training in the areas of physical and sexual abuse and has investigated these cases statewide. Agent Caldwell holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in social work, all from the University of South Carolina. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Olegario Cantos VII
02/21/2007 online discussion co-host
Topic: Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities

Blind since birth, Olegario “Ollie” Cantos VII is Associate Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council in the Executive Office of the President. The highest placed person with a disability in the Federal Government today, one of his chief responsibilities involves coordinating the formation and implementation of national policy across federal agencies regarding people with disabilities. Working on numerous fronts to advance disability rights enforcement, Mr. Cantos has served on several committees such as the Attorney General’s Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities. In this and other prominent roles, he fostered closer ties between the U.S. Department of Justice and disability rights leaders. Mr. Cantos was the first and only person ever to serve as General Counsel and Director of Programs for the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Prior to joining AAPD in June 2002, he was a Staff Attorney and Director of Outreach and Education at the Disability Rights Legal Center (formerly the Western Law Center for Disability Rights) in Los Angeles.

Mr. Cantos has written several articles and other publications and given presentations nationwide to disability rights activists, civil rights leaders, attorneys and other legal professionals, government officials, and more. Among other publications, he wrote a California primer for crime victims with disabilities and their families and a widely circulated lead article for the National Center for Victims of Crime entitled “We Can Do Better: Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities.” He has received numerous awards for his work in the disability field, such as the Robert Stack Award from the Blind Children’s Center and the Paul G. Hearne National Leadership Award from AAPD. Mr. Cantos has also worked with national leaders of disability rights organizations and high-ranking officials from the White House and various federal departments to provide a consumer’s perspective on policies that affect the disability community. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Andrea Cardona
04/27/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Using Therapy Dogs to Respond to Child Victims

Andrea Cardona is a survivor of sexual assault and the founder of FLA Four Legged Advocates, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Polk County, Florida, that provides volunteer advocates and service dogs to assist child victims of sexual assault. Following a sexual assault at age 17, Ms. Cardona navigated her way through the criminal justice system alone and without any knowledge of crime victims’ rights—an experience that motivated her to became a sexual assault counselor for children and teens. In her work, she found that young victims often experience a loss of trust and comfort. In the aftermath of her own victimization, Ms. Cardona found great comfort in the companionship of her dog, so she began taking her service dog with her when she accompanied victims to and from counseling sessions and trials. She discovered that the dog’s presence made the young people feel more comfortable, helped them to trust her, and helped them see themselves as survivors rather than victims, all of which made them more willing to participate in the criminal justice process.

Ms. Cardona’s counseling methods have been replicated throughout the country with victims of all ages and of varying crimes. Her program has received national attention, most notably from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who declared July 12, 2006, as "FLA Four Legged Advocates, Inc., Day" in Polk County. In 2008, Ms. Cardona received the National Crime Victim Service Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services. Her canine partner, Squiggly, also was honored that year with the Pet Hero Award from the Florida Veterinary Medical Association. In 2010, Ms. Cardona received the University of Central Florida’s Alumni Community Service Award for her work with child victims of sexual assault. 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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S. Daniel Carter
09/24/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Sexual Violence on Campus

07/27/2006 online discussion host
Topic: Campus Victimization and Assistance Services

S. Daniel Carter is the Senior Vice President of Security On Campus, Inc. (SOC), a national nonprofit organization exclusively devoted to assisting victims of violence on college campuses and improving campus security. Founded by Connie and Howard Clery in 1987, SOC has been the driving force behind the Clery Act and more than 30 other state and federal laws addressing campus crime reporting and victims’ rights. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to maintain and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Mr. Carter has extensive experience as a victims’ rights advocate and serves as an instructor for the Jeanne Clery Act Training Program, funded by the Office for Victims of Crime.

Mr. Carter has been working on improving victims’ rights and campus safety for almost 20 years. He helped develop every amendment to the Clery Act since 1992, including the Campus Sexual Assault Victims Bill of Rights, and served on the U.S. Department of Education’s “Negotiated Rulemaking” panel, which helped develop the Clery Act regulations in 1999. Mr. Carter received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Nancy Chandler
05/25/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Child Victims

Since April 1994, Nancy Chandler has served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Alliance (NCA)—a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 500 Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout the United States. NCA provides training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to communities seeking to plan, establish, and improve Children’s Advocacy Centers. As Executive Director, Ms. Chandler’s responsibilities include overall leadership and management of NCA’s finances, resource development, training, program development, communications, membership services, and supervision of staff. Since becoming Executive Director, Ms. Chandler has spoken at more than 300 conferences and workshops throughout the country. She is on the National Advisory Committee for Darkness to Light—a primary prevention program aimed at reducing the incidence and consequence of child sexual abuse—and is a Warden of the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C.

Before moving to Washington, Ms. Chandler served as the Executive Director of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, where she was instrumental in formulating plans for the operations of the center, coordinating the work of the multidisciplinary team, fundraising, and collaborating on the renovation of the center. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and the National Association of Social Workers, which named her Tennessee Social Worker of the Year in 1994. Ms. Chandler was also a member of Leadership Memphis and a founding board member of the National Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia.

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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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Robin Clover
04/04/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Sexual Assault Victims in Rural Communities

Robin Clover has been the Executive Director of the Sublette County Sexual Assault and Family Violence (SAFV) Task Force—an advocacy program in Wyoming working to eliminate domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking—since 2001. Her responsibilities include working directly with victims of violence, promoting violence prevention in schools and communities, and handling the administrative duties associated with managing and funding a nonprofit organization. Ms. Clover also is a member of the Board of Directors for the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She was a founding member of the Wyoming Prevent Team, a collaboration of organizations throughout the state whose main purpose was to promote primary sexual violence prevention.

Ms. Clover developed the SAFV “White Bird” school prevention program in partnership with the Department of Family Services, Sublette County School District #1, and Pine Creek Family Counseling. In 2004, this program was featured on a Wyoming PBS special highlighting the Department of Family Services’ work with domestic violence victims. In 2007, under Ms. Clover’s direction, the SAFV Task Force launched a countywide violence prevention campaign called “I’m Doing My Part.” That year Ms. Clover also received the National Award for Outstanding Advocacy and Community Work in Ending Sexual Violence from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Victim Services in Urban High Crime Neighborhoods

Kerry Cosgrove, a Licensed Professional Counselor, is Supervisor of the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department’s Victim Services Unit (VSU). The VSU was established in 1999 to aid victims and survivors of crime by offering emotional support, practical aid, and advocacy. In 2007, the VSU provided criminal justice support, victims’ rights information, and crisis intervention services to 7,053 victims of crime.

In 2002, OVC selected Kansas City, Kansas, as one of six pilot sites for the Urban High Crime Neighborhood Initiative (UHCNI). This initiative supports the creation of collaborative models for grassroots, community service, and victim assistance organizations in high-crime urban settings to work together to improve services to crime victims in their own neighborhoods. Participating in the initiative allowed the VSU to identify gaps in services and develop best practices for meeting the needs of traditionally underserved populations of crime victims within the northeast quadrant of Kansas City, Kansas. 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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Debra Culberson
05/19/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Families of Missing or Unidentified Persons

Debra Culberson is a tireless supporter of rights for victims of domestic violence and an advocate for victims and missing persons. She has presented nationally and received countless awards for her activism and victim advocacy. In 1996, Ms. Culberson’s daughter, Clarissa Ann (“Carrie”) Culberson, was kidnapped and murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Although Carrie’s remains were never found, the defendant was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole—one of the first murder trials in history to result in a conviction without the body of the victim. Following sentencing, the Culberson family filed and won a civil wrongful death lawsuit against the chief of police and the village of Blanchester, Ohio, for a series of mistakes that thwarted the search for Carrie. In response, the town pledged to establish a memorial to victims of domestic violence, to make policy changes and provide additional training to Blanchester police officers on domestic violence, and to establish a domestic violence task force.

Currently, no law mandates the testing of unidentified remains. Ms. Culberson continues to work with Congress to advocate for changes in legislation in the hope that someday she will be able to give her daughter a proper burial. She is a member of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc., Team Hope, the National Missing Persons Task Force, the Ohio Missing Persons Task Force, and the Surviving Parent Coalition. She also has worked as an advisor to NamUs, a free online directory of missing persons and unidentified decedent records. The Culbersons’ story has been featured on the truTV network (previously known as Court TV) and on numerous television shows, including Inside Edition, Oprah, Dateline, MSNBC Investigates, Final Justice with Erin Brockovich, American Justice, Missing Persons Unit, The Early Show, and others. 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

07/07/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Addressing Child Identity Theft as Financial Exploitation

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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Marcie Davis
05/23/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Expanding Services for Crime Victims with Disabilities

Marcie Davis is the Chief Executive Officer of Davis Innovations, a research and organizational development consulting firm. She is a nationally recognized victim assistance and disability advocate and trainer who leads a diverse staff in providing program development, management, training, technical writing, grant writing, research, and evaluation services to local, state, federal, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations. The recipient of numerous awards from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors, Ms. Davis speaks, volunteers, trains, and writes to raise awareness and effect change for crime victims with disabilities. She does all of this with her assistance dog, Whistle, by her side. Ms. Davis has a bachelor of science degree in paralegal studies and a master of library science degree, both from the University of Mississippi. 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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Sarah Deer
11/19/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Sexual Violence Victims in Native American Communities

Sarah Deer, J.D., a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, is a visiting professor at William Mitchell College of Law, online instructor of Tribal Legal Studies at UCLA Extension, and former lecturer in law at UCLA Law School. She was recently employed as a Victim Advocacy Legal Specialist for the Tribal Law & Policy Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota, and previously served as a Grant Program Specialist for the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C. Ms. Deer serves on numerous advisory boards for antiviolence organizations and projects, including the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence. She is the coauthor of Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies, Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure, and co-editor of Sharing Our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence.

Ms. Deer earned her juris doctorate with a Tribal Lawyer Certificate from the University of Kansas School of Law and her bachelor of arts degree in women’s studies and philosophy from the University of Kansas. While in law school, she served as the assistant director of the Douglas County Rape-Victim Survivor Service, Inc. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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

Dana DeHart, Ph.D., is a consultant for state and federal government programs, health departments, and universities, among others. She specializes in victimology, particularly domestic abuse, trauma responses, and underserved populations. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator developing the Elder Mistreatment Prevention Training program for the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She was the Project Director for the Office for Victims of Crime’s (OVC’s) National Victim Assistance Standards Consortium, as well as the Principal Investigator on related projects, including the Ethics in Victim Services CD–ROM draft curriculum developed with OVC and the Victim Assistance Legal Organization (VALOR). Dr. DeHart also served as Project Director for the National Institute of Justice’s study, Victimization Experiences of Incarcerated Women, and she is extending that work in her current study, Poly-victimization of Girls Referred to the Justice System.

In addition, Dr. DeHart has served as an evaluator for OVC’s Collaborative Response to Crime Victims in Urban Areas initiative, an effort to link faith-based and secular services in five U.S. cities. She has conducted research on battered women’s recovery, batterer treatment, psychological abuse, intimate homicide, hate crimes, and service use among ethnic and sexual minorities. Dr. DeHart also is a reviewer for leading psychological journals and publishers, has co-authored several book chapters, and has been published in Violence & Victims and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Family Violence, Journal of Death & Dying, and Journal of Sex Research. She received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, in 1995. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Angela DeLeon
07/21/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Older Victims of Financial Abuse

Angela DeLeon is the coordinator of the People’s United Bank Masters Program, nationally recognized for its leadership in initiating crime prevention and awareness programs for senior citizens. Ms. DeLeon created the Masters Program in 1996 to bring together significant resources, including representatives from law enforcement, private and nonprofit businesses, the Office of the Attorney General, and senior advocacy agencies, in a collaborative commitment to help older individuals. Prior to joining People’s United Bank, Ms. DeLeon was employed by the Bridgeport Police Department in Connecticut, where she established the first formal crime prevention program tailored to the needs of senior citizens. This program has since become a model for other cities throughout the United States. Ms. DeLeon also initiated the nationally recognized File of Life Program and the Yellow Dot Program, both of which offer first responders a dossier of an older person’s medical condition should they be unable to speak for themselves in an emergency situation.

Ms. DeLeon is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Association of Triads, Inc., and director of the State of Connecticut Triad Association. She is the only person in Connecticut certified to teach senior sensitivity, senior crime prevention, and techniques for interviewing elderly persons to Connecticut law enforcement. In 2000, Ms. DeLeon was named the Crime Prevention Association of Connecticut’s Practitioner of the Year, and in 2003, she was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Housatonic Council. She also is a national trainer for the Office for Victims of Crime and an active member of the National Sheriffs Association. Ms. DeLeon is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Civilian Academy and the University of Louisville Crime Prevention School. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Melissa Deinlein
10/22/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Implementing and Operating Address Confidentiality Programs

Melissa Deinlein is program manager of Washington State’s Office of the Secretary of State Address Confidentiality Program (ACP), where she has worked for more than 7 years. The APC was created in 1991 to assist crime victims (specifically victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and stalking) who have relocated to avoid further abuse. It allows participants to register to vote and to apply for a marriage license without creating a public record, and provides participants with alternate mailing addresses they can use to maintain the confidentiality of their whereabouts. Ms. Deinlein earned a bachelor of arts degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Steve Derene
03/07/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Making the Most of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Since 2001, Steve Derene has served as Executive Director of the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA), representing state agencies that administer state Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) victim assistance grants. Prior to joining NAVAA, he worked at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, first as director of research and information and later in the department’s Office of Crime Victim Services. In these positions, Mr. Derene directed the Wisconsin Victim/Witness Assistance Program and Wisconsin’s VOCA assistance administrators. He also advocated for many state and federal criminal justice and crime victim legislative initiatives, including Wisconsin’s Bill of Rights for Victims and Witnesses of Crime and amendments to the Wisconsin Constitution. Mr. Derene has served as an expert-consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. He is a recipient of the 2005 National Crime Victim Service Award, the 2006 Congressional Crime Victims’ Rights Caucus’s Lois Haight Award, and the 2009 Victim Advocacy Award from the National Crime Victim Law Institute. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Sharon D’Eusanio
02/21/2007 online discussion co-host
Topic: Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities

Sharon D’Eusanio is the Assistant Director of the Division of Victim Services and Criminal Justice Programs for the Office of the Florida Attorney General. She has acted as a consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime and the Office on Violence Against Women, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc., and CrimeStoppers of Broward County, Florida. She has also served in focus groups, on advisory boards, and on various steering and other committees for local, state, and national agencies and organizations.

In May of 1980, Ms. D’Eusanio became the victim of a violent crime, which nearly took her life and left her blind. She then began her transformation from crime victim to community activist, author, professional speaker, trainer, and consultant. Her message of hope, perseverance, and determination is reflected in her presentations and her autobiography, Feel the Laughter. Ms. D’Eusanio has received several local, state, and national awards for her work in the victim assistance field, including the National Crime Victim Service Award presented by President Reagan in 1985. In 2005, the March of Dimes named her one of their “Women of Distinction” in Broward County. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Jeffrey Dion
02/06/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Pretrial Process Considerations for Crime Victims

Jeffrey Dion, Esq., is the Deputy Executive Director for the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), a nonprofit resource and advocacy organization for victims of all types of crime. In this role, Mr. Dion assists with operational management, partnerships, policy and communication strategies, and development of all financial resources. Previously, as NCVC’s Acting Executive Director, Mr. Dion oversaw five program areas—victim services, public policy, public education, training and technical assistance, and civil justice—and served as the point of contact for NCVC’s partner agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs, including the Office for Victims of Crime and the Office on Violence Against Women. Mr. Dion also serves as Director for the National Crime Victim Bar Association; President of the Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Service of Prince William, Inc.; and on the Advisory Council of the National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children. Additionally, he previously served on the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board.

Mr. Dion has received numerous awards, including the Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award from DOJ, the Northern Virginia Victim Assistance Coalition’s Champion Award, and the Victim Assistance Award and the Diamond Award from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Mr. Dion received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from George Mason University and a juris doctorate from George Mason University School of Law. He also earned an executive certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Carol Dorris
05/13/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to People Victimized by Individuals with Mental Illnesses

12/10/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Enforcing Victims’ Rights in Court

Carol F. Dorris, J.D., is the public policy senior staff attorney for the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), a nonprofit organization located in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1985, NCVC is dedicated to helping victims, families, and communities affected by crime rebuild their lives. Ms. Dorris has more than 17 years of experience analyzing victims’ rights laws, providing legislative technical assistance to state and federal lawmakers, and conducting comprehensive research on pertinent victim-related legal issues. Her areas of expertise include victims of offenders with mental illness, stalking victims, and victim-counselor privilege. She recently served as an advisor on the Council of State Governments Justice Center’s publication, Responding to People Who Have Been Victimized by Individuals With Mental Illnesses. Ms. Dorris is also the project director of the VictimLaw project, an online database of federal, state, and tribal victims’ rights laws. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and the University of Georgia School of Law. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Rebecca Dreke
01/19/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Stalking in the Workplace

Rebecca Dreke is a Senior Program Associate with the Stalking Resource Center 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. Prior to joining NCVC, Ms. Dreke had 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.

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Robert Dumond
06/29/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Addressing Sexual Violence in Detention

Robert W. Dumond, LCMHC, CCMHC, is a board-certified clinical mental health counselor and a Diplomate of Clinical Forensic Counseling who has served adult and juvenile crime victims and offenders in numerous criminal justice venues for more than 40 years. Currently, he is the Mental Health Program Manager for the Merrimack County-Concord District Court Mental Health Court in New Hampshire—an innovative project to divert and manage justice-involved individuals with serious, persistent mental illness. Mr. Dumond also serves on the faculty of Southern New Hampshire University, both in the School of Arts and Sciences and the College of On-Line and Professional Education. He has also served as President and Senior Consultant of his own firm, Consultants for Improved Human Services, PLLC, through which he provides training to correctional agencies and consultation to numerous federal agencies, including the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mr. Dumond has been involved in examining the issue of prisoner sexual violence since the 1980s. He has testified in numerous cases as a qualified expert witness and, as a member of the Prison Rape Task Force, he contributed to and testified on behalf of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. He also testified on the impact of prisoner sexual violence at the first public hearing of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission in Washington, D.C., in 2005, and at the first public hearing of the U.S. Attorney General’s Review Panel on Prison Rape in 2006. Mr. Dumond was one of the principal authors of the national health care standards regarding prisoner sexual violence proposed by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, and contributed significantly to several chapters of the commission’s final report on prisoner sexual violence. He has extensively researched, written, and presented on the issue of prisoner sexual assault in a number of venues, and has authored numerous journal articles and chapters on issues related to correctional mental health, criminal justice, and victimization. Mr. Dumond has received awards for his teaching, his extensive community involvement, and his service with the Massachusetts Department of Correction. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Dan Eddy
11/14/2006 online discussion host
Topic: Crime Victim Compensation and Best Practices

Dan Eddy has been the Executive Director of the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards since 1988. In this role, he implements national training and technical assistance activities for all state victim compensation programs, operates an information and resource center on compensation issues, and represents compensation program interests with the Federal Government. Prior to this position, he was director of the Crime Victims Project for the National Association of Attorneys General. In 2001, Mr. Eddy received the Donald Santarelli Award for Outstanding Public Service from the National Organization for Victim Assistance for his contributions in the public policy arena. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Maryland School of Law.

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

Christine Edmunds has worked in the field of victims’ rights and services for almost 25 years. In 1995, she helped cofound the National Victim Assistance Academy, where she has served as Director of Curriculum Development and as senior faculty. Ms. Edmunds has worked with the National Organization for Victim Assistance and the National Center for Victims of Crime, where her efforts were instrumental in developing public policy initiatives and training programs on federal and state levels. As a consultant to the Office for Victims of Crime, she served as primary author of New Directions from the Field: Victims’ Rights and Services for the 21st Century. Ms. Edmunds is a nationally recognized trainer and has conducted educational programs on criminal justice issues and victims’ rights in all 50 states. She is an adjunct professor at California State University, Fresno, and Washburn University, where she teaches courses on victims’ rights and services. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Carroll Ann Ellis
11/08/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Working with Survivors of Traumatic Events

Carroll Ann Ellis is Director of the Victim Services Division of the Fairfax County Police Department. She has supported the needs of victims for more than 30 years, providing training and technical assistance to national, state, and local agencies; monitoring victim legislation; and working on public policy issues of concern to victims of crime. Ms. Ellis has received countless awards and citations including a 2004 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Service Award and the American Society of Victimology Ed Stout Award. She facilitated the first police-based homicide support group, and was recently appointed to serve on Governor Tim Kaine’s Virginia Tech Independent Review Panel.

Ms. Ellis has a master’s degree in Psychology and is a graduate of Leadership Fairfax, Inc. She serves on Governor Kaine’s Commission on Sexual Assault and is a member of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Review Panel on Prison Rape. Ms. Ellis has authored numerous articles, manuals, and textbooks, including the first and second editions of Emergency Forensic Medicine. She also developed the first police shelter designed to immediately house domestic violence victims in need of emergency support. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Tiffany Eskelson-Maestas
04/04/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Sexual Assault Victims in Rural Communities

Tiffany Eskelson-Maestas is the Resource Development Specialist for the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, where she has worked for the past 10 years. She provides education, training, and technical assistance to Wyoming’s domestic violence and sexual assault programs and their communities. Her experience includes advocacy, primary sexual violence prevention, sexual assault response, community mobilization, statewide council and team development, and rural services. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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

12/15/2006 online discussion co-host
Topic: Serving Victims of Impaired Driving

12/22/2005 online discussion co-host
Topic: Drunk Driving

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.

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Lynn Fairweather
10/13/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Developing Tools for Assessing Domestic Violence Lethality and Danger

Lynn Fairweather, M.S.W., is a survivor of domestic abuse who has specialized in interpersonal violence response and prevention for nearly 20 years. She currently operates Presage Consulting and Training in Portland, Oregon, the world’s only threat assessment and management firm that focuses solely on reducing the risk of intimate partner homicide. Through this work, Ms. Fairweather provides specialized training and consultation for law enforcement, victim advocates, medical personnel, and case managers on assessing and managing high-lethality domestic violence cases.

In addition to her training activities, Ms. Fairweather also has participated in interpersonal violence task forces at the state and county levels. She worked on the nationally recognized Multnomah County Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team in Portland, Oregon, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (Northwest Chapter). Throughout her career, Ms. Fairweather has directly participated in the handling of more than 15,000 high-risk domestic violence cases. She has facilitated and written curricula for a number of survivor support groups and batterer intervention programs. She also has authored several locally distributed victim assistance guides and has recently written a book on domestic violence, due to be released through Seal Press in Spring 2012.

Ms. Fairweather earned a bachelor’s degree in social science and a master’s degree in social work from Portland State University. She also has been educated and certified by multiple train-the-trainer programs, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Dr. David Finkelhor
10/25/2006 online discussion co-host
Topic: Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

David Finkelhor, Ph.D., is Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory, and a professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He has been studying the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment, and family violence since 1977. In his recent work, Dr. Finkelhor has tried to unify and integrate knowledge about all the diverse forms of child victimization in a field he has termed "developmental victimology." He is well known for his conceptual and empirical work on the problem of child sexual abuse, reflected in publications such as Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse (Sage Publications, 1986) and Nursery Crimes (Sage Publications, 1988). He has also written about child homicide, missing and abducted children, children exposed to domestic and peer violence, and family violence.

Dr. Finkelhor is editor and author of 11 books and more than150 journal articles and book chapters. He has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the U.S. Department of Justice, among others. He received the Distinguished Child Abuse Professional Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children in 1994, and the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers in 2004. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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John Firman
06/20/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Enhancing Law Enforcement Responses to Crime Victims

John Firman is the Director of the Research Division of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in Alexandria, Virginia, where his duties include developing and implementing a national and international research and evaluation program for law enforcement policy. Mr. Firman helped create and currently manages the National Law Enforcement Policy Summit Series for IACP, which addresses current and emerging issues in the policing profession. Prior to joining IACP, Mr. Firman was appointed by the Governor of Illinois to serve as associate director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. During his 37-year career in criminal justice, he has directed planning efforts for law enforcement, courts, corrections, and other components of the criminal justice system and research studies at the federal, state, and local levels.

Mr. Firman received the G. Paul Sylvestre Award for outstanding work in researching criminal justice policy from the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Phillip Hoke Excellence in Analysis Award for research publications from the Justice Research and Statistics Association. In 2002, he received awards for Leadership and Contribution to the Law Enforcement Intelligence Community from the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts and the Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit. Mr. Firman earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from La Salle University and a master’s degree in sociology from Temple University. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Amy Fleischauer, LMSW
08/29/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Implementing Trauma-Informed Care in Victim Services Settings

Amy Fleischauer, LMSW, is Director of Victim Services at the International Institute of Buffalo, which provides culturally competent and linguistically appropriate services to foreign-born victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. Grounded in the principals of trauma-informed care, harm reduction, and the battered women’s movement, the program serves approximately 150 survivors from 45 different countries of origin each year. Ms. Fleischauer also serves as Director of Victim Services for the Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium, which provides training and technical assistance for organizations that administer direct care to survivors of human trafficking across 15 states.

Ms. Fleischauer is on the Steering Committee of Freedom Network USA and is cochair of the NYS Social Services Anti-Trafficking Advisory Committee to the Governor. She is a consistent presenter and panelist at national conferences on topics related to domestic violence and human trafficking. These topics include establishing and maintaining positive relationships with law enforcement, creative housing solutions, quality case management, broadening the dialogue on mental health supports, and managing large-survivor cases. Ms. Fleischauer was awarded the 2010 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award and the 2009 New York State Governor’s Certificate of Recognition for her anti-trafficking efforts. She is a graduate of Le Moyne College and received a master of social work degree from Columbia University with a concentration in antiviolence work. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Jack Fleming
03/29/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Transforming Victim Services in the 21st Century

Jack Fleming is a Program Associate at the National Center for Victims of Crime (National Center) and a Project Director for the Vision 21 Initiative, a collaborative effort with the Office for Victims of Crime through which he is examining how to build capacity in the victim services field to better serve victims of crime and expand the field’s vision and impact. Mr. Fleming has been with the National Center for 4 years, specializing in online marketing, outreach, and event planning. He spearheaded the National Center’s integration of new media technologies with traditional communication venues to stimulate the dialogue among all levels of the victim services field, from local service providers to national organizations to the Federal Government. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Jay Foley
02/23/2005 online discussion co-host
Topic: Identity Theft

Mr. Jay Foley is cofounder and director of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). Serving as ITRC’s primary criminal justice contact, he assists law enforcement officials and victims throughout the country. Mr. Foley is a member of several law enforcement, government, and legislative task forces and has testified at legislative hearings in Congress and in California and Texas. His experience in the U.S. Navy and study to become both a Microsoft-certified systems engineer and a Microsoft-certified database administrator have proved to be invaluable in understanding technology, identifying solutions, and anticipating future trends. A popular presenter and trainer, Mr. Foley has served as a knowledgeable source for CNN, The Today Show, Right on the Money, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Sun, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, PC Magazine, and the Associated Press.

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Linda Foley
07/08/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Providing Services for Child Identity Theft Victims

02/23/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Identity Theft

Linda Foley cofounded the Identity Theft Resource Center, a nationally recognized victim assistance and public education organization, with Jay Foley in 1999 in response to an epidemic rise in identity theft crimes. She is a recognized expert on identity theft issues with a focus on family, child, and domestic victimization. A former victim herself, Ms. Foley serves as a victim advocate and works to increase public and corporate awareness of the crime. She has testified at state and federal legislative hearings, the Federal Trade Commission, Social Security Administration, California Department of Consumer Affairs, California Attorney General ID Theft Task Force, and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

In addition to speaking before general audiences and businesses, Ms. Foley frequently addresses college students, parents, and seniors. She has more than 250 publishing credits, including feature columns in monthly newspapers and a book published by Children’s Press. She has been featured on The Montel Williams Show and San Diego People as well as in Biography, Reader’s Digest, and Time magazines. Ms. Foley is a recipient of the Attorney General’s National Crime Victim Service Award and the Foundation for Improvement of Justice Award, and in 2005 was named the Victim Service Provider of the Year by the Victim Coordination Council of San Diego. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Northridge and has two life-time teaching credentials.

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Ken Followell
08/31/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Violence

Ken Followell is Vice President of the Manatee Victim Rights Council in Manatee County, Florida, and a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. He is a volunteer with the Manatee Glens Rape Crisis Center, where he speaks publicly about male sexual abuse and trains rape crisis counselors in how to work with male survivors. Mr. Followell also created and now facilitates a peer support group for male survivors of sexual abuse. A graduate of Milligan College in Tennessee with bachelor of arts degrees in psychology and Bible, Mr. Followell currently works as an information technology specialist with Bright House Networks.

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Howard Fradkin, Ph.D., LICDC
08/31/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Violence

Over the course of his 28-year career, Howard Fradkin, Ph.D., LICDC, has counseled more than 1,000 male survivors of sexual abuse and trained almost the same number of professional colleagues. Dr. Fradkin was one of the founding board members of MaleSurvivor, a nonprofit organization committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men. He served as the organization’s president, on the Board of Directors for 6 years, and currently serves as an advisory board member. As creator and co-chair of the MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery program, Dr. Fradkin has directed 36 Weekends of Recovery since 2001, for more than 650 men. He also delivered the keynote address at the 2010 International MaleSurvivor Conference in New York City.

Dr. Fradkin founded Affirmations: A Center for Psychotherapy and Growth in Columbus, Ohio, in 1984. His expertise includes sexual trauma recovery of men and women, as well as facilitating healing for those who experience depression and anxiety, alcoholism, drug and sex addiction, sexual orientation confusion and acceptance, and HIV- and AIDS-related issues. Recently, Dr. Fradkin was featured as an expert on two episodes of Oprah that brought together 200 male survivors of sexual abuse. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Travis Fritsch, M.S.
01/26/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Stalking Victims Using Victim Notification

Travis Fritsch, M.S., is the Program Manager for the Mary Byron Project, which was established in 2002 in memory of the young woman whose murder led to the creation of automated crime victim notification technologies. Ms. Fritsch has been advocating for victims of domestic violence for more than 30 years and, in 1982, qualified as a court expert on domestic violence. Ms. Fritsch was responsible for the National Pilot on Automated Victim Notification of Civil Protective Order Status initiative and the Technical Assistance to Provide Victim Notification and Enhance Protective Orders and Firearm Prohibitions initiative, funded by the Office on Violence Against Women. She currently serves on the Bureau of Justice Assistance Policy Advisory Board on automated victim notification services and is a member of the domestic violence faculty of the National College of District Attorneys and the U.S. Air Force, Security Forces.

A licensed social worker and certified law enforcement instructor, Ms. Fritsch provides training and technical assistance on domestic violence issues nationally. Additionally, Ms. Fritsch has supported legislation and prevention education; helped create protective order databases and protocols; and developed resources that have been replicated throughout the country. She also has performed surveillance for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducted homicide research for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Hazards, published peer-reviewed articles, and consulted on media initiatives.

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Stephanie Frogge
5/29/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Providing Peer Support to Disaster Survivors

Stephanie Frogge is the Director of Survivor Services for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a peer support organization for those whose loved ones die while serving in the military. She gives lectures on juvenile delinquency, victimology, victim services delivery, domestic violence, and criminology for the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where she also mentors undergraduate students in the university’s Victim Studies program. She has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of victim services administration, victim assistance, and victim activism, having written and lectured extensively on victim assistance issues. She has presented hundreds of workshops, lectures, and keynote presentations around the United States. Ms. Frogge has been involved for a number of years with State and National Victim Assistance Academies funded by OVC. Her roles have included faculty, site coordinator, and curriculum developer.

Ms. Frogge assisted with the development of the National Institute for Victim Studies—which represented the first-ever collaboration between a national victims’ rights organization and academia—to study and promote victim-related issues and scholarship. Prior to joining TAPS, she was the National Director of Victim Services at Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD’s) national office, overseeing the organization’s internationally recognized victim services programs. While with MADD, she helped develop their death notification curricular and the first training program for clergy and funeral directors who work with homicide survivors. She was also editor and primary author for MADDvocate magazine. Ms. Frogge is a Certified Trauma Specialist and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in Theological Studies from Brite Divinity School. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Tamara Fulwyler
02/10/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Applying for Funding and Managing Grants

Ms. Fulwyler is the Chief Financial Officer for a tribal consortium nonprofit agency that funds health and human services programs for small tribes in southwest Washington. She also is a consultant for nonprofit retreats and community planning meetings and a peer reviewer for tribal grants. Ms. Fulwyler has 30 years of leadership experience with community-based organizations. She consults on topics such as nonprofit board development, public and private resource management, and staff motivation. She also helps nonprofit organizations develop entrepreneurial activities to generate unrestricted income to support their direct service programs. Ms. Fulwyler has facilitated strategic planning with law enforcement, criminal justice, and social services agencies; logic model development and community mapping are her specialties.

Previously, Ms Fulwyler served as the executive director of a regional victim services agency, where she was responsible for supervising the staff and volunteers of a shelter for battered women and their children, a crisis advocacy team, a sexual assault response team, a court and community advocacy team, and a thrift store. Additionally, as a member of a nationally recognized coordinated community response team in Oregon, she participated in local and statewide committees working to end family violence.

Ms. Fulwyler is an enrolled and voting member of the Chickasaw Tribe. She completed the National Victim Assistance Academy in 2003 and was an instructor at the Oregon State Victim Assistance Academy; she also has written training curricula. Ms. Fulwyler received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University and her master’s degree in public health (community health) at Walden University. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Mario Gaboury
10/30/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Integrating Crime Victims’ 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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Michelle Garcia
01/21/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Addressing Technology and Stalking

01/09/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Victims of Intimate Partner Stalking

01/24/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Victims of Stalking

Michelle Garcia is Director of the Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC). Prior to joining NCVC, Ms. Garcia was a program specialist at the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. She has more than 15 years of experience working with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and advocating for victims’ rights on the local, state, and national levels.

Formerly, Ms. Garcia was President of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault and President of the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She has trained others in the field nationally on various specialized victim issues, including stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and dismantling oppression. Ms. Garcia received her master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Jerry Gardner
06/08/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Victims of Crime in Indian Country

An attorney with more than 25 years of experience working with Indian tribes, tribal courts, and victims of crime in Indian Country, Jerry Gardner (Cherokee) is the Executive Director of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. An Indian-owned and operated nonprofit corporation, the institute designs and delivers education, research, training, and technical assistance programs that promote the improvement of justice in Indian Country and the health, well-being, and culture of native peoples.

The issues that Indian crime victims face, especially those of victims of child abuse and violence against Indian women, have been a focus of Mr. Gardner’s training and technical assistance expertise. He has designed, developed, and delivered training sessions and technical materials that relate to child abuse and domestic violence to national tribal courts. Mr. Gardner also designed and developed model child abuse and violence against Indian women tribal codes and codes designed to meet the needs of specific tribes. Mr. Gardner also created the Tribal Court Clearinghouse (www.tribal-institute.org), a comprehensive Web site that serves as a resource for tribal courts, victim service providers, and others involved in improving justice in Indian Country. The Tribal Court Clearinghouse provides extensive links to information that facilitate using technological innovations and the vast information available on the Internet in administering tribal justice.

In addition to his role as Executive Director of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, Mr. Gardner serves as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Law and an appellate court judge for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota.

Previously, Mr. Gardner was an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and administrator for the National American Indian Court Judges Association. He was the senior staff attorney for the National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) from its establishment in 1983 until December 1996. In this position, he had primary responsibility for NIJC’s training and technical assistance grants with OVC, including the Native American Children’s Justice Act, Victims Assistance in Indian Country, and Indian Nations Conference grants. Mr. Gardner also worked for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the national office of the Legal Services Corporation, and the American Indian Lawyer Training Program.

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Meg Garvin
12/10/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Enforcing Victims’ Rights in Court

Meg Garvin, M.A., J.D., is executive director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), where she leads NCVLI’s national impact litigation program and legal technical assistance programs. Ms. Garvin has presented on victims’ rights at more than 60 conferences; regularly participates in national forums to develop policy on victims’ rights; and has testified before Congress and the Oregon Legislature on the current state of victim law. She currently serves as cochair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Victims Committee and has been appointed by the Oregon Attorney General to Oregon’s Sexual Assault Task Force.

Prior to joining NCVLI, Ms. Garvin practiced law in a private firm, focusing on appellate litigation, complex business litigation, and employment law. She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Puget Sound, her master of arts degree in communication studies with an emphasis in rhetorical theory from the University of Iowa, and her juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota. 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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Linda Goldman-Foley
02/23/2005 online discussion co-host
Topic: Identity Theft

Ms. Linda Goldman-Foley is cofounder and director of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a nationwide nonprofit identity theft program based in San Diego, California. ITRC supports identity theft victims in self-advocacy, and broadens consumer, corporate, governmental, and legislative awareness of identity theft issues. Attorney General John Ashcroft honored the ITRC in 2004 with a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Award for its work as an information repository and direct services program for victims, consumers, businesses, governmental agencies, law enforcement, legislators, and the media.

A popular authority on identity theft, Ms. Goldman-Foley has provided testimony and information at both the national and state levels. She has also appeared in informational videos for the American Bar Association and Traveler’s Insurance and has contributed her expertise to the Montel Show, CNN, The Today Show, Right on the Money, Eye on America, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Sun, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Washington Post. In September 2000, she received the Foundation for Improvement of Justice Award and in 2001 she was named Individual Leader of the Year by a San Diego ABC affiliate. Goldman-Foley has published more than 250 articles and books. She has a bachelor of arts degree in English from California State University in Northridge and two lifetime teaching credentials. A former victim of identity theft, Goldman-Foley has worked through ITRC to create a workplace ID theft self-assessment inventory for businesses and forge partnerships with companies to create better document handling procedures.

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Christopher Grant
12/05/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Working with Victims of Gang Violence

Christopher Grant is a nationally recognized gang specialist, with specific emphasis on Native American street gang and prison gang trends. Mr. Grant is the former Chief of Detectives for the Rapid City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division and former commander of the Rapid City Area Gang Task Force, both located in South Dakota. Over the past 20 years, he has provided hundreds of gang awareness training seminars on topics such as recognizing the manifestations of gang behavior and effective measures to mitigate and respond to gang-based victimization. Mr. Grant also has worked with individuals who have been affected by gang violence, and has assisted communities in strategizing ways to reduce the impact of gang victimization. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Mr. Grant maintains his law enforcement certification as a Reserve Special Agent for the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Trudy Gregorie
01/26/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Stalking Victims Using Victim Notification

Trudy Gregorie is a Senior Director of Justice Solutions, a national nonprofit agency that provides training and technical assistance on justice- and victim-related issues. She has 32 years of experience in criminal and juvenile justice, specializing in victim services. Ms. Gregorie also serves as a victim consultant for the Justice Center of the Council of State Governments and the National Victim Assistance Academy. She is a member of the American Probation and Parole Association’s Victim Issues Committee and a founding member of both the South Carolina Victim Assistance Network and the National Association of Victim Service Professionals in Corrections.

Ms. Gregorie has helped develop several training programs, curricula, and resources on emerging issues for the crime victim services field. She is a certified trainer for numerous agencies including the Office for Victims of Crime, the National Institute of Corrections, the Center for Effective Public Policy’s Center for Sex Offender Management, and the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Gregorie has provided training in more than 47 states and conducted national interviews in the press and electronic media.

Prior to joining Justice Solutions, Ms. Gregorie served as director of Victim Services and Training at the National Center for Victims of Crime and as director of a prosecutor-based comprehensive victim services program in Charleston, South Carolina. She was the first elected crime victim representative on the Delegate Assembly of the American Correctional Association and served three terms. She also served on the first task force that developed statewide victim services policies, procedures, and standards. In 1992, Ms. Gregorie joined the South Carolina Governor’s Office and developed the State Crime Victim Ombudsman Program. Ms. Gregorie is a recipient of the 1999 National Crime Victim Services Award.

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Daniel Gregory
09/26/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers

Dan Gregory is the Community Relations Coordinator at Casa de los Niños in Tucson, Arizona, a crisis shelter for abused and neglected children ages 8 and younger. His department recruits, screens, places, and trains more than 300 volunteers who help care for the children in residence. As an active member of the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association in Tucson, he has held several leadership positions. He has presented trainings both locally and nationally on topics such as volunteer management and crisis intervention.

Mr. Gregory is a member of the National Organization for Victim Assistance and serves on the National Crisis Response Team. As such, he reported to Oklahoma City following the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building and to New York City following the terrorist attacks of September 11. Mr. Gregory also is a member of the Arizona Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. For 15 years, he also has been a volunteer advocate with the Pima County Attorney’s Victim Witness Program, where he responds with law enforcement to help meet the needs of crime victims in southern Arizona. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Betsy McAlister Groves
10/25/2006 online discussion co-host
Topic: Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Betsy McAlister Groves is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of Massachusetts, is the Founding Director of the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center, and is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. She has served as a consultant with the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence and the Safe Start Initiative. Ms. Groves currently is on the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence and is a consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, the Massachusetts Judicial Institute, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the Family Violence Prevention Fund.

Ms. Groves has published a book on children exposed to violence, Children Who See Too Much: Lessons from the Child Witness to Violence Project, and a number of articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Pediatrics, Harvard Mental Health Letter, and Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of William and Mary, and a master’s degree in social work from Boston University. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Hale Guyer
09/26/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Victims of Cyberbullying

Hale Guyer is a licensed private investigator and retired special investigator with more than 32 years of law enforcement experience. He has been an adjunct professor at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at the College of DuPage in Illinois for more than 10 years, developing and instructing classes on high-technology crimes. He also teaches classes at the college’s Homeland Security Education Center. Mr. Guyer is certified through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board on topics including cyberterrorism, cyberstalking, identity theft, and computer fraud. He also is a training and technical consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime. Mr. Guyer has made multiple training and conference appearances throughout the United States and abroad, and has appeared on CourtTV, TechTV, and WGN America. He also has been featured in Law and Order magazine.

Mr. Guyer is a member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Police Association, the High Technology Crime Investigation Association, Infragard, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, the National Association of Investigative Specialists, and the Fraternal Order of Police. He has received the Illinois Governor’s Award for Excellence for personal achievement in law enforcement training; the Award for Excellence from the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, College of DuPage; and the John Edgar Hoover Memorial Gold Medal for Distinguished Public Service Award. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Leslie A. Hagen
11/19/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Tribal Law and Order Act: Crime Victims in Indian Country

Leslie A. Hagen has worked on criminal justice issues related to child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault for more than 20 years, earning a national reputation as a legal expert and trainer. As the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) first National Indian Country Coordinator, Ms. Hagen is responsible for planning, developing, and coordinating training on a broad range of issues related to the administration of justice in Indian Country. Previously, Ms. Hagen served as the Native American Issues Coordinator for the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA). In that capacity, she served as EOUSA’s principal legal advisor on all matters pertaining to Native American issues and as a liaison and technical assistance provider to DOJ, its components, and the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Native American Issues. Ms. Hagen also previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. There, she worked on issues of violent crime in Indian Country, handling federal prosecutions and training on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.

Prior to joining DOJ, Ms. Hagen served as a staff attorney with the Civil Legal Justice Project for the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence; a specialist in Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice; and the Violence Against Women Training Attorney for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. Throughout her career, Ms. Hagen has received many honors, including 2010 Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service in Indian Country and a Director’s Award from the Department of Justice in 2004. Ms. Hagen is a graduate of Alma College and Valparaiso University Law School.

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Dan Hally
07/12/2007 online discussion co-host
Topic: Identity Theft in Indian Country

Dan Hally is the Chief Criminal Deputy for the Asotin County Sheriff’s Office in Washington State. He has 11 years of experience in law enforcement, which includes serving as captain and chief criminal deputy for both tribal and non-tribal agencies. Prior to his current position, he was the Tribal Victim Assistance Project Director for Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group, Inc. Deputy Hally has developed and presented training on fraud and identity theft with an emphasis on elders as targets. He also has had an article on fraud and identity theft published in the Lewiston Morning Tribune of Lewiston, Idaho.

Deputy Hally has worked with victim service programs throughout the country since 1995, focusing on training and the development of working relationships with law enforcement. He holds a bachelor’s degree in justice studies from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Jo Hally
11/16/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Indian Country

Jo Hally is the founder and Executive Director of Native American Circle, Ltd. (NAC)-a nonprofit corporation established to provide victim advocacy and training to urban and Tribal Nation programs providing services to American Indian/Alaska Native victims of violent crime, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. NAC provides training to organizations to assist in the implementation of programs for batterer re-education and those specifically benefiting Native victims of violent crimes. Mrs. Hally brings more than twenty years of organizational, administrative, and managerial experience to the field. She wrote the first edition of NAC’s handbook concerning domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking crimes in Native communities, and she is an outspoken activist for the rights of battered women and speaks at national, regional, and local conferences and seminars.

Mrs. Hally is of Choctaw (Chahta)/Cherokee (Tsaligi) descent and is adopted to the Ware family, Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. She is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Texas, Chickamaugua Cherokee and a member of the Blue Holly Clan, Onega Village. She serves as an advisory board member of the Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) and as an NCVC advisory board member of the OVC-funded "Victim Advocacy Training On-Line" project and "Victim Law Project." Mrs. Hally has also served on the national Board of Directors for the Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute and, as a consultant for the Office on Violence Against Women, has worked on committees addressing victim assistance services for underserved communities and populations and the formation of nonprofit tribal coalitions. As a Steering Committee Member, Mrs. Hally helped shape conference themes and topics for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Second and Third National Women’s Conferences.

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Sherry Hamby
10/26/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Helping Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Sherry L. Hamby, Ph.D., is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Sewanee, the University of the South, studying the methodological and measurement challenges of violence research and cross-cultural issues in measuring and intervening for violence. She also holds appointments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland. Dr. Hamby is a co-author of the Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire—the core of the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, which is the largest survey conducted on youth victimization and the source of the most up-to-date and comprehensive statistics on exposure to family violence. She is also author or co-author of more than 50 other publications on family violence and youth victimization, including The Conflict Tactics Scales Handbook and Sortir Ensemble et Se Respecter, the first dating violence prevention program to be published in Switzerland. Dr. Hamby has also been appointed as the Incoming Editor (effective Jan 2010) to a new American Psychological Association journal, Psychology of Violence. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Hamby has received awards from the National Register for Health Service Providers in Psychology and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. She also has been principal investigator on grants from the National Center for Health Statistics, the Indian Health Service, and other agencies. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Jessy Haywood
08/26/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Homeless Victims of Sexual Assault

Jessy Haywood is a community educator and trainer with The Center for Women and Families, a private nonprofit organization with facilities in Kentucky and Indiana that works to end domestic violence, sexual violence, and economic hardship. Ms. Haywood provides education on domestic violence and sexual assault throughout Kentuckiana that raises awareness, helps victim services and allied professionals develop and enhance their skills, and works to prevent these crimes.

Prior to her work at the center, Ms. Haywood advocated for child victims of abuse, neglect, and sexual assault with Maryhurst, Inc., the oldest operating child welfare agency in Kentucky, which has provided high-quality therapeutic services to children for more than 160 years. She is a recipient of the Richard Campbell Smith Memorial Award for Excellence in Philosophy, and her written work has been featured in the Steven Humphrey Philosophy Colloquium. Ms. Haywood graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a concentration in the social sciences. 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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Jayne Hitchcock
09/26/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Victims of Cyberbullying

Jayne A. Hitchcock is an author and internationally recognized expert on cyberbullying and cybercrime. As President of two all-volunteer organizations—WHOA (Working to Halt Online Abuse) and WHOA–KTD (WHOA–Kids/Teens Division)—Ms. Hitchcock strives to educate adults and children in online safety. She also volunteers with the National Center for Victims of Crime and numerous law enforcement agencies worldwide to help them solve Internet-related crimes. Additionally, Ms. Hitchcock has worked with U.S. legislators to draft and pass many of the Nation’s Internet laws.

Ms. Hitchcock conducts law enforcement training seminars for local, state, federal, and military law enforcement agencies. She has delivered lectures about cybercrime and cyberbullying at primary schools, universities, colleges, libraries, conferences, and corporate functions throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe, and Asia. Ms. Hitchcock is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Cyber Crimes and Criminal Justice and is a freelance contributor to several magazines. She has authored numerous publications, including Net Crimes & Misdemeanors (2d edition) and True Crime Online: Most Shocking Stories From the Dark Side of the Web (to be released in November 2012).

Ms. Hitchcock has been featured on Nancy Grace’s Swift Justice, America’s Most Wanted, 48 Hours, Primetime, Good Morning America, and numerous local, national, and international newscasts, as well as in Cosmopolitan and TIME magazines. She also was selected by Lifetime TV as its "Champion For Change." Ms. Hitchcock is a member of the Operations Security Professionals Society, Sisters In Crime, the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, The American Legion, and the Third Marine Division Association. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Karin Ho
01/26/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Stalking Victims Using Victim Notification

Karin Ho is Administrator of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s Office of Victim Services, a position she has held since 1995. Ms. Ho oversees direct services to crime victims, including victim notification, crisis intervention and victim safety planning, educational programming, and support through the death penalty clemency and execution witnessing process. She also is the chairperson for the National Association of Victim Service Professionals in Corrections. In this capacity, she serves as a member of the national Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification Advisory Board. As a board member, Ms. Ho has assisted in the development of national program standards regarding automated victim notification systems and critical incident management for correctional agencies as it relates to victim notification.

Ms. Ho has provided technical assistance to other state correctional agencies that have implemented victim service programs. She has conducted numerous national trainings on the impact of crime programming for offenders and on victim offender dialogue, a process through which victims of violent crime may meet with their offenders. Prior to her career in corrections, Ms. Ho worked as a victim advocate in the sexual assault field for more than 10 years.

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Melissa Hook
03/12/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Ethical Practices in Victim Services

Melissa Hook is Executive Director of the District of Columbia Office of Victim Services, and former Executive Director of the Victims’ Assistance Legal Organization. She serves on the National Advisory Committee for Violence Against Women, where she chairs the Subcommittee on Teen Dating Violence, and on the Attorney General’s Commission on Victims of Crime. She is the author of Ethics in Victim Services, designed to help victim assistance professionals identify, analyze, and resolve the many ethical dilemmas they face in their daily work; and has served as a consulting editor to the Crime Victims Report, a journal for criminal justice professionals, since 1999.

Ms. Hook is lead consultant for the Filmmakers’ Forum, a resource created by filmmakers and victim advocates to facilitate the discussion of legal and ethical issues that arise from the use of real crime stories in film. She has written about victim-related topics for the Office for Victims of Crime, the National Center for Victims of Crime, the American Probation and Parole Association, and the American Prosecutors Research Institute. She has been involved with several national campaigns that addressed public policy implementation, adult and juvenile reentry, and restorative justice issues. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Charity Hope
03/29/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Transforming Victim Services in the 21st Century

Charity Hope is a Senior Program Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera), where she is involved with the Vision 21 Initiative, a collaborative effort with the Office for Victims of Crime to address enduring challenges within the crime victim services field in order to expand the field’s vision and impact. Prior to joining Vera in 2008, Ms. Hope served as a director at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) in Kansas City, Missouri, and as the project director for MOCSA’s Safety First Initiative, a multidisciplinary effort to enhance the capacity of service providers and improve the coordination of services for women with disabilities who are survivors of violence. Ms. Hope previously served as a program manager at SAVE Inc., a housing provider for people living with HIV/AIDS in Kansas City. She holds a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in organizational behavior from the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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

Candice Hopkins is Director of loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, where she oversees the implementation and training of phone- and internet-accessible advocacy services for teens and young adults. Prior to the launch of loveisrespect in February 2006, Ms. Hopkins served as an advocate and hotline coordinator for the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH), where she developed and conducted training seminars for NDVH staff, volunteers, and the general public. She has conducted training on teen dating abuse, and is frequently sought after to speak about technology safety training at national and international conferences. In addition to her extensive knowledge of domestic violence and sexual assault prevention issues, Ms. Hopkins has experience working with teens and young adults in group home facilities and boot camps, and with individuals in the mental health field.

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Susan Smith Howley
09/12/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Public Policy in Victim Services

Susan Smith Howley has worked with the National Center for Victims of Crime since 1991, serving as its Director of Public Policy since 1999. From 2002 through 2005, she was also Director of Victim Services. As one of the nation’s leading authorities on legislation relating to crime victims, she analyzes victims’ rights laws, provides technical assistance to federal and state lawmakers and advocates, and drafts model legislation. She has testified before state legislatures for bills designed to strengthen the rights of crime victims, and conducted numerous trainings at the national and local levels. Ms. Howley currently serves on the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Penelope Hughes
04/16/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Using Online Communications to Assist Crime Victims

Penelope Hughes is Vice President of Online Services at the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), where she supervised the initial development and implementation of the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline—a free, confidential, secure service that provides immediate assistance over the RAINN Web site. Specifically, the hotline provides crisis intervention and support services to victims of sexual assault; referrals to victim assistance resources; explanations of the prosecution process, the criminal justice system, and what to expect when reporting a crime to the police; and information for family and friends of victims.

Ms. Hughes previously served as a trained rape crisis hotline volunteer at the Dekalb County Rape Crisis Center in Decatur, Georgia, for more than 7 years and coordinated fair housing investigations at the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity. She has also worked as legal counsel for the startup technology company XBond. Ms. Hughes has a juris doctorate from the Georgia State University College of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from Davidson College in North Carolina.

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L. Patricia Ice
09/21/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Victim Assistance for Undocumented/Temporary Immigrants

L. Patricia Ice is an attorney and Director of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA) Legal Project, which offers basic immigration services and advocates for immigrants’ rights. Ms. Ice spent 2 years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer English teacher in Benin, West Africa, and later taught English in the Philippines, Haiti, Honduras, and the United States. Before joining the MIRA staff in 2006 as an Equal Justice Works Katrina Legal Fellow, she had a solo immigration law practice in Detroit, Michigan and Jackson, Mississippi. Ms. Ice writes an immigration advice column that appears in the Mississippi-based publications, La Noticia and the Jackson Advocate and online at imdiversity.com. She is licensed to practice law in Michigan, Mississippi, and New Mexico, and has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1993. Ms. Ice holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Spelman College and a master’s degree in linguistics from Ohio University, as well as a master’s degree in library and information science and a juris doctorate from Wayne State University. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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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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Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Delivering Victim Sensitive Death Notifications

Bill Jenkins is the author of What To Do When the Police Leave: A Guide to the First Days of Traumatic Loss, which he wrote after his 16-year-old son was shot and killed during a robbery in 1997. Mr. Jenkins is a consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center; he is on the international board of directors of Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights; and serves on the board of the National Coalition of Victims in Action. A recognized authority on victims and trauma, he frequently hosts workshops on death notification techniques, as well as various victims’ issues with the National Organization for Victims Assistance; the National Center for Victims of Crime; Compassionate Friends; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; and Parents of Murdered Children. He has also taught workshops on victim-sensitive death notification as an instructor for the Virginia Institute for Forensic Science and Medicine.

Mr. Jenkins and his wife, Jennifer Bishop, cofounded IllinoisVictims.org, a networking Web site that addresses victims’ rights issues in Illinois, and together they also hold regular victim impact panels with juveniles on probation and other at-risk youth. Mr. Jenkins won the Edith Surgan Victim Activist of the Year award from the National Organization for Victim Assistance in 2006, spoke on the steps of the U.S. Capitol at the Million Mom March, and appeared on Dateline: NBC in 2004. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Laura Jones
04/11/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Analyzing the Impact of Sexual Assault Protection Orders

Laura Jones, J.D., is the CourtWatch Manager at the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) in Washington, where she networks with community and professional stakeholders in the justice system and analyzes the data collected by CourtWatch volunteers. CourtWatch is a court-monitoring program established to hold the justice system accountable for its handling of sexual assault and child abuse cases and to create a more informed public. In 2011, Ms. Jones wrote an amicus brief on KCSARC’s behalf regarding an evidentiary issue before the Washington State Supreme Court. She also published a report entitled Analyzing the Impact and Application of the Sexual Assault Protection Order in King County.

Ms. Jones received her bachelor of arts degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Washington and her juris doctor from the Seattle University School of Law.

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Nadja Jones
05/10/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Missing Children in Indian Country

Nadja Jones, MSW, is the Senior Community Development Specialist for the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), where she manages several contracts and grants that supply information and training to tribal and public constituents. Through the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare’s In-Depth Technical Assistance program, Ms. Jones provides technical assistance to states and federally recognized tribes on systems collaboration between child welfare agencies, substance abuse services, and the court system. She also provides advisory and planning committee resources for various initiatives related to systems improvement and capacity building.

Prior to joining NICWA, Ms. Jones delivered services directly to victims through an urban Indian agency, where she developed skills in reunification and preventive case management. Ms. Jones was integral in establishing a network of tribal relative care emergency placements throughout upstate New York. She also directed reunification and preventive services for the urban tribal populations of central Minnesota, and supervised family services programs and collaborations with urban American Indian organizations that offer mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and youth-at-risk shelters. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Karen Kalergis
01/27/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Building Resiliency within Victim Service Organizations

03/23/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Coordinating Public Awareness Events

Karen Kalergis is the Associate Director of Education and Communications at the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas–Austin, where her primary focus is an OVC-funded training and technical assistance grant to build resiliency in child abuse workers. Ms. Kalergis is also a training and peer review consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center. Her victim services work has included managing a statewide information and referral program and developing curricula on crime victims’ rights and compensation.

Ms. Kalergis’ interest in how victim service work affects service providers dates back to 1991, when she helped Texas develop a state crisis response team to address not only the needs of victims, but the needs of first responders as well. Previously a public affairs producer for WSUI–KSUI (the NPR affiliate in Iowa City, Iowa) and a weekend news reporter for a country music station, Ms. Kalergis found her calling in outreach and training communications. Over the past 30 years, she has handled media relations for a broad range of corporate, government, and nonprofit events. Ms. Kalergis has a master’s degree in broadcast journalism and communications. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Heather Kamper
07/22/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Addressing Sexual Violence Against Individuals with Disabilities

Heather Anne Kamper, LMSW, is the Training Specialist for Disability Services ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) of SafePlace in Austin, Texas, where she conducts presentations and workshops for victim advocates and disability service professionals on topics such as identifying and responding to violence and abuse, increasing accessible services for survivors with disabilities, and understanding the unique dynamics and impact of violence against people with disabilities. She also conducts educational workshops through the Texas Protective Services Training Institute, a statewide collaboration that provides training for protective services workers. Ms. Kamper has a wide range of experience providing professional services to people with disabilities, including individual and group counseling, abuse prevention education, and mentorship of children with disabilities.

Ms. Kamper has contributed to numerous Disability Services publications, including Stop the Violence, Break the Silence: A Training Guide and Resource Kit; Balancing the Power: Creating a Crisis Center Accessible to People with Disabilities; and Beyond Labels: Working with Abuse Survivors with Mental Illness Symptoms or Substance Abuse Issues. Previously, Ms. Kamper gained considerable experience working as a psycho-education and training specialist at a rape crisis center that was expanding its services to better meet the needs of survivors with disabilities in western Pennsylvania. Ms. Kamper earned her masters degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Katherine Kaufka
01/28/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Victims of Labor Trafficking

Katherine Kaufka, J.D., is the executive director of the International Organization for Adolescents, and previously managed the counter-trafficking project at the National Immigrant Justice Center. Ms. Kaufka provides training and technical assistance, both nationally and internationally, on human trafficking and establishing collaborations between nongovernmental organizations and law enforcement. A recognized expert on child trafficking issues, she has worked with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to provide emergency and case management services to victims of human trafficking, and specializes in cases involving victims who are children or adolescents.

Ms. Kaufka is the author of The Commodification of Domestic Care: Illegitimacy of Care Work and the Exploitation of Migrant Workers, published in the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, and T Nonimmigrant Visas, Protection and Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking, A Practitioners Guide. In 2007, she testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights on ways to improve national legislation affecting trafficking victims, particularly children. Ms. Kaufka earned a juris doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, and a bachelor of arts degree and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Michigan. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Rev. Dr. Bernard "Skip" Keels
03/21/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Survivors of Clergy Abuse

Reverend Dr. Bernard "Skip" Keels is the Director of the University Chapel at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, and a member of the Order of Elders in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church. Previously, Reverend Keels served as District Superintendent of the Baltimore West District of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, and as Executive Director of the Methodist Action Program in Wilmington, Delaware. He also has served as the pastor of several churches.

Reverend Keels has conducted a number of workshops and delivered several major addresses, including a keynote address on "Community and Economic Development—A Partnership Between the Business and Church Community" at the Harvard Business School. He also was the conference preacher at the 1997 Annual Conference of the Methodist Church of the Bahamas in Nassau, Bahamas.

Reverend Keels received a bachelor of arts degree with honors from Haverford College, a master of divinity degree from Yale University, and a doctor of ministry degree from the McKendree School of Religion. He has served on the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, and is a recipient of the Rockefeller Theological Fellowship. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Pamela Kelly
11/18/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Working with Victims of Gang Violence

Pamela Kelly, M.Ed., serves victims and witnesses in four police jurisdictions as a Victim Advocate for the Fairfax County Police Department’s Victim Service Section. As the “in-house” victim advocate assigned to a police district station, Ms. Kelly dispenses comprehensive services to crime victims and conducts community outreach programs. She is knowledgeable about the critical issues associated with gang violence and has extensive experience working directly with police officers responding to victims of gang-related crimes. She also has experience in working with victims of domestic violence, as both a system-based and community-based advocate; and in training volunteers and student interns on issues related to victimization.

Ms. Kelly’s proficiency in Spanish has enhanced her ability to deal effectively with Spanish-speaking crime victims in need of specialized support. She is a member of a number of professional organizations and has been recognized for her outstanding work. She also has developed counseling programs and therapeutic groups to support the needs of children who witness domestic violence. Ms. Kelly received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Radford University and her master’s degree in education from George Mason University.

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Cynthia Kennedy
01/19/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Intersections Between Human Trafficking and Other Vulnerable Populations

Cynthia Kennedy, LICSW, is the Outreach Coordinator at Project REACH, a program of the Trauma Center at the Justice Research Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, that offers trauma-focused mental health services to victims of human trafficking and consultation and training to service providers working with trafficking victims throughout the United States. Before taking this position in 2008, Ms. Kennedy worked with survivors of all forms of trauma, including domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, torture and refugee trauma. Ms. Kennedy received her master’s degrees in social work and pastoral ministry from Boston College. She completed a postgraduate fellowship in trauma and posttraumatic stress at the Victims of Violence Program at Cambridge Hospital. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Dr. Dean Kilpatrick
05/24/2006 online discussion co-host
Topic: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Dean G. Kilpatrick, Ph.D., is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is also President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. His primary research interests include measuring the prevalence of rape, other violent crime, and other types of potentially traumatic events as well as assessing the mental health impact of such events.

In 1990, Dr. Kilpatrick was presented with the President’s Award for Outstanding Service for Victims of Crime, the Nation’s highest award in the crime victim field. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Alison Kiss
09/09/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Providing Campus Crime Awareness

Alison Kiss, M.S., is the Director of Programs at Security On Campus, Inc. (SOC), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she provides support to victims of college campus crime and oversees all SOC programs, including National Campus Safety Awareness Month and the Safe On Campus Peer Education Program. Ms. Kiss is a faculty member with the Jeanne Clery Act Compliance Training Program, where she teaches the Victim Support Services Module. She also serves as an adjunct lecturer at surrounding colleges and universities. She is a member of the Rapid Response Project, a collaborative effort by the Office on Violence Against Women and the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse to create a national network of experts who can respond to current violence-related issues and has presented internationally on trauma, crisis response, and issues specific to sexual assault on college campuses.

Prior to joining SOC in 2005, Ms. Kiss was a crisis counselor and manager of education at a community domestic violence shelter. She has served as an expert witness for court proceedings on sexual assault on college campuses, and presented to the National Attorneys General Task Force following the 2006 shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State College. Ms. Kiss has contributed to articles in CosmoGirl, Reader’s Digest, and SEEN magazines, and has appeared on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, CBS The Early Show, and other networks to discuss sexual assault and stalking in college. Ms. Kiss earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Spanish from The Catholic University of America and a master of sciences degree in criminal justice from Saint Joseph University in Philadelphia. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Marc Klaas
05/03/2006 online discussion host (Session Canceled)
Topic: Missing and Exploited Children’s Issues

When Marc Klaas’s 12-year-old daughter was kidnaped and murdered in 1993, he became determined to give meaning to her death. In 1994 he founded the nonprofit KlaasKids Foundation, and in 2001 he cofounded BeyondMissing, Inc. BeyondMissing is a nonprofit organization that provides America’s law enforcement community with a free and secure Web site for the easy creation and distribution of fliers about missing children via broadcast fax, e-mail, and short message service (SMS) technology. Through federal and state legislative efforts, Mr. Klaas also promotes prevention programs for at-risk youth and advocates for stronger sentencing for violent criminals.

Mr. Klaas regularly appears on local and national television broadcasts advocating child safety issues. He travels extensively throughout the United States to promote innovative solutions and proven programs that have a positive impact on crime, abuse, and neglect. Mr. Klaas sits on the advisory boards of the Center for the Community Interest; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; and the National Children’s Advocacy Center. He also counsels and advises kidnaping victims and their families.

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Suzanne Koepplinger
01/27/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Serving American Indian Victims of Sex Trafficking

Suzanne Koepplinger, M.A., is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, which provides social services and education to American Indian women and their families. She is of Canadian Mohawk and European ancestry, and has a background in international project development, communications, domestic violence advocacy, and fundraising. Ms. Koepplinger serves on the American Indian Community Development Corporation Board, the MACC Alliance of Connected Communities Board of Directors, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way Council of Agency Executives, Executive Committee. She also serves on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Civil Rights Advisory Group, the Steering Committee of the Sheila Wellstone Institute, and as an international team leader for Global Citizens Network, which brings volunteers into indigenous communities around the globe. Ms. Koepplinger is a recipient of the Minneapolis FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award and the 2008 Sheila Wellstone Gold Watch Award from WATCH. She received her master’s degree in the Art of Leadership from Augsburg College.

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Alan Lai
09/20/2006 online discussion host
Topic: International Victims

Alan Lai has served as Crime Victim Service Director for the Chinese Information and Service Center in Seattle, Washington, for the past 6 years. In this capacity, he implements crime victim service projects with an emphasis on the underserved international population. He provides training in several areas of victim services, including victims’ rights, cultural sensitivity, and social service. Mr. Lai acts as a liaison between the international community and the law enforcement and criminal justice agencies that serve them. He has played an important role in helping international victims overcome cultural barriers that often prevent them from seeking the help they need, and his service has been instrumental in helping law enforcement officials gain access to this closed community. Prior to this position, Mr. Lai worked for 29 years as both a probation officer and victim advocate in Hong Kong and Seattle.

Mr. Lai is fluent in Chinese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and English, and he has acted as interpreter and crime victim advocate in many human trafficking cases. He received awards from the U.S. Department of Justice in 1996, 2003, and 2006 for breaking international cultural barriers, and was awarded the National Crime Victim Service Award during the 2004 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Since 2004, Mr. Lai has been helping the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program to network with government officials worldwide. Mr. Lai holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a certificate in human services management from the University of Washington School of Social Work. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Julie K. Landrum
03/29/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Transforming Victim Services in the 21st Century

Julie Landrum is the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) Project Director for the Vision 21 Initiative, a collaborative effort with the Office for Victims of Crime through which she is examining the role of the crime victims field in responding to crime and delinquency in the U.S. Prior to joining NCVLI, Ms. Landrum worked in state politics and human resources. She holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Sally Laskey
04/07/2006 online discussion co-host
Topic: Assisting Victims of Sexual Assault Through a Multidisciplinary Response

Sally J. Laskey is the Associate Director of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, a comprehensive collection and distribution center for information, research, and emerging policy on sexual violence intervention and prevention. Ms. Laskey manages several national technical assistance projects that focus on developing and enhancing victim-centered multidisciplinary responses to sexual violence. She has worked as an advocate, prevention educator, trainer, researcher, consultant, and as the direct services coordinator for the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program at the University of New Hampshire.

With more than 15 years of experience in the anti-sexual violence field at local, state, and national levels, Ms. Laskey has served on expert panels regarding sexual assault, the multidisciplinary response to sexual violence, and the development of training standards for professionals working to end sexual violence for organizations such as the Office on Violence Against Women and the Department of Defense Joint Task Force for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. Ms. Laskey received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of New Hampshire and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in community psychology and social change from Pennsylvania State University.

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Dr. Linda Ledray
04/26/2007 online discussion co-host
Topic: Sexual Assault Response Teams

Dr. Linda E. Ledray is the Founder and Director of the Minneapolis-based Sexual Assault Resource Service (SARS) in Minnesota, one of the first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs in the country, which she developed in 1977. Today, SARS provides forensic-medical services to sexual assault survivors at seven hospital sites in Hennepin County. Dr. Ledray also has helped develop and implement SANE programs across the United States and in numerous other countries. She convened the first SANE meeting in Minneapolis in 1992, which resulted in the founding of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). She is a member of IAFN’s certification board and its editorial board for the Journal of Forensic Nursing.

Dr. Ledray also has acted as editor for the SANE section of the Journal of Emergency Nursing, has served for 12 years on the editorial review board of Health Care for Women International, and has authored many articles and books, including Recovering from Rape and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Development and Operation Guide. Her articles have appeared in the American Journal of Nursing, the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, and the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, among other professional texts. She has appeared on CNN, Arthur Frommer’s Almanac, and CBS This Morning.

Dr. Ledray received a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in community and mental health nursing, both from the University of Washington. She also earned a master’s degree in psychology and a doctorate in clinical psychology and personality research from the University of Minnesota. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Dan Levey
08/18/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims During Cold Case Investigations

11/05/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Empowering Victims to Triumph Over Tragedy

Dan Levey is Director of the Office of Victim Services at the Office of Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, and the President of the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. He has been an advocate for victims’ rights since 1996, when his brother Howard was murdered in Phoenix by assailants as he was waiting for his friends to show up for their weekly basketball game. Mr. Levey also is the Arizona Chair of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Operations Council. Previously, Mr. Levey served as the Advisor for Victims to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano from 2003 to 2009, as a Special Assistant on Victims’ Issues to the Arizona Attorney General, and as a board member of the National Organization of Victim Assistance.

As an advocate for victims, Mr. Levey works to change public policy concerning the treatment of crime victims and their families. He has drafted a law that protects domestic violence and stalking victims from having their identities displayed on public Web sites, a law that requires law enforcement agencies to provide a free copy of the police report to victims of violent crime, and a law that allows victims to take time off from work to attend court proceedings without losing their jobs. He led the effort that expanded Arizona’s definition of crime victims to include siblings and grandparents, and was the impetus behind a bill that requires all criminal trial judges in Arizona to read the Arizona Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights at the beginning of each day’s court proceedings.

In April 2009, Mr. Levey was awarded the Arizona Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for Public Policy in Victims Rights. He is the 2008 recipient of the Peyton Tuthill Award, which honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to the Interstate Compact, and the 2007 recipient of the U.S. Attorney General’s Ronald W. Reagan Public Policy Award, which honors individuals whose leadership, vision, and innovation have led to significant changes in public policy and practice that benefit crime victims. He has appeared on both local and national media, has authored several articles on victims’ rights, and has testified on crime victim legislation at the Arizona State Legislature and in the United States Congress. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Susan Limber
03/18/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Providing Services to Victims of Bullying

Susan Limber, Ph.D., is a faculty member within the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life and a professor of psychology, both at Clemson University. She is a developmental psychologist who specializes in legal and psychological issues related to youth violence (particularly bullying among children), youth participation, and children’s rights. Dr. Limber directed the first wide-scale implementation and evaluation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, designed to reduce and prevent bullying problems and improve peer relations among children, and coordinates training for the program in North and South America.

Dr. Limber has authored many publications on the topic of bullying, including the Teacher Guide and Schoolwide Guide for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Cyber Bullying: A Prevention Curriculum for Grades 3–5 and 6–12,and Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age. She has provided consultation to the National Bullying Prevention Campaign since 2001 and received a number of awards, including the Saleem Shah Award for early career excellence in psychology-law policy, awarded by the American Psychology-Law Society of the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Limber received her master’s degrees in psychology and legal studies and her doctorate in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Dr. David Lisak
01/27/2006 online discussion host
Topic: Sexual Assault and Stalking

Dr. David Lisak is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he conducts and supervises research on the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence. His research has been published in leading psychology, trauma, and violence journals, and he was the founding editor of Psychology of Men and Masculinity.

In addition to his research and professorship, Dr. Lisak serves as faculty for the National Judicial Education Program and the American Prosecutors Research Institute. He has served as a consultant to judicial, prosecutor, and law enforcement education programs, and he has conducted workshops in more than 30 states across the country. Dr. Lisak also consults with universities, the military, and institutions on sexual assault prevention and policies, and he serves as an expert witness and consultant in sexual violence and homicide cases.

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Rachel Lloyd
09/10/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Rachel Lloyd is the founder and Executive Director of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), a nonprofit organization in New York that serves domestically trafficked girls and commercially sexually exploited girls and young women. Under Ms. Lloyd’s leadership, GEMS annually serves 250 girls through its direct services and 1,000 youth through education and outreach. In addition to speaking at events and conferences across the nation, Ms. Lloyd is nationally recognized for her advocacy against the commercial sexual exploitation of children and is actively involved in the effort to pass legislation to protect child victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation. Ms. Lloyd has been honored with the Reebok Human Rights Award and the North Star Fund Frederick Douglas Award, among others. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marymount Manhattan College and a master’s degree in applied urban anthropology from the City College of New York. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Jennifer Gentile Long
02/15/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Older Victims of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence

Jennifer Gentile Long is the Director of AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women, located in Washington, D.C. She supervises, facilitates, and participates in training events, resource development, case consultation, and the delivery of technical assistance to prosecutors and allied professionals worldwide. Ms. Long has worked on issues related to violence against women for more than a decade; and, for the past 5 years, has worked with civilian and military prosecutors and other allied professionals on the prosecution of violence against women and children. She also has authored several articles and peer reviewed numerous publications. Ms. Long is the former Director of the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women at the American Prosecutors Research Institute, the research and technical assistance division of the National District Attorneys Association. She also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she prosecuted cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault, and child physical and sexual abuse. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Janice Harris Lord
01/27/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Building Resiliency within Victim Service Organizations

08/28/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Delivering Victim Sensitive Death Notifications

Janice Harris Lord is a licensed social worker, professional counselor, and private consultant on crime victims’ issues. She is a Fellow in Thanatology with the Association of Death Education and Counseling, and a member of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. She also was recently elected to the Board of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Ms. Lord has worked in the crime victims’ movement since 1976, and has an extensive background in personal and agency resilience, homicide and catastrophic injury, death notification, standards and ethics in victim services, and spiritually sensitive victim services. She is a consultant for a number of crime victim organizations, with special interest in caregiver resilience, trauma grief, and the role of spirituality in human services.

Ms. Lord has presented nationally, regionally, and at the state level in a training and educational capacity. She has authored numerous publications, including I’ll Never Forget Those Words: A Practical Guide to Death Notification; Spiritually-Sensitive Caregiving: A Multi-Faith Handbook; and No Time for Goodbyes: Coping With Sorrow, Anger, and Injustice After a Tragic Death. From 1983–97, Ms. Lord served as National Director of Victim Services for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She received the U.S. Presidential Award for Outstanding Service on Behalf of Victims of Crime in 1994, and an award for Outstanding Services in Crime Victim Advocacy in 1993. Ms. Lord received her master of science degree in social work from the University of Texas–Arlington. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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

Maureen Lowell is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 20 years of experience in the field of family violence and more than 10 years of experience as a lecturer and trainer. Since 2009, Ms. Lowell has worked on an Office for Victims of Crime-funded project at San Jose State University to develop a new education and training model to teach students to respond more effectively to family violence using interdisciplinary collaboration. The resulting Institute for Collaborative Response for Victims of Family Violence provides students with an innovative learning opportunity that bridges classroom education with field experience specifically designed to provide cross-discipline, cross-system training.

Since 1993, Ms. Lowell has been actively involved in community efforts to enhance responses to domestic violence victims. She has developed two curricula for working with families affected by domestic violence—The Program for Empowered Parenting and Empowerment through Accountability: Working with women convicted of domestic violence. Ms. Lowell received a bachelor of arts degree from Miami University and a master of counseling psychology degree from Santa Clara University. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Bob Lowery, Jr.
05/23/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Addressing Cases With Missing or Unidentified Victims

Bob Lowery, Jr. City Administrator for O’Fallon, Missouri, is a 25-year law enforcement veteran. Previously, he served as the Assistant Chief for the City of Florissant Police Department, an internationally accredited agency located in the northern suburbs of St. Louis. He is on the Child Abduction Analysis Team for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime and the Team Adam Board of Advisors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Mr. Lowery also is an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Lindenwood University and frequently lectures at other universities and training schools regarding basic and advanced homicide, crime scene, and cold case investigation; interview and interrogation; and multijurisdictional case management.

For most of his career, Mr. Lowery was a detective in the Crimes Against Persons Unit, where he supervised officers and investigated homicides, serious assaults, and sex crimes. Mr. Lowery also was Commander of the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad. One of the oldest and the largest multijurisdictional homicide task forces in the United States, it comprises more than 500 detectives and supervisors who represent 105 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. As Commander, he oversaw homicide investigations in the 10-county St. Louis metropolitan region, including some of its most high-profile investigations of murder-for-hire, sexually motivated homicides (including those of children), narcotics and gang related cases, and armed robbery/murder.

Mr. Lowery holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business and human resource management from Lindenwood University. He is also a graduate of many advanced training schools on police management, including the FBI National Academy. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Greg Luft
01/30/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Cultivating Relationships Between Victim Service Providers and the Media

Greg Luft is a Professor and Chair of Colorado State University’s Department of Journalism and Technical Communication. Mr. Luft is also an independent producer of documentaries and educational programs with more than 10 years’ experience reporting on the justice system. He produced and directed the OVC -funded video, The News Media’s Coverage of Crime and Victimization, and has produced programs in conjunction with the Victims’ Assistance Legal Organization and the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. His work examines the relationship between reporters, crime victims, and law enforcement, and aims to educate the public about victim issues and the impact of the media on crime victims and criminal justice.

Mr. Luft’s programs are used extensively in journalism courses at the university level and as training materials for law enforcement officers and victim service providers. He has earned numerous awards for reporting, documentary production, instructional television, and commercial production. His professional experience includes examining reporters’ reactions as they deal with victims of crime and news coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Betty Malks
07/21/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Older Victims of Financial Abuse

Betty Malks has served as Director of the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency’s Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) in California since 1997 and has more than 30 years of experience in the field of aging. She spearheaded the creation of DAAS to bring together all adult programs under one umbrella, including adult protective, public administrator/guardian/conservator and in-home supportive services, and senior nutrition. Ms. Malks also created the Santa Clara County Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST), which has recovered or prevented the loss of more than $200 million in client assets, for which she has received numerous local, national, and international awards and commendations. In addition, she is the project director of the Enhancing the Capacity of a Diverse Faith Community to Address Elder Abuse program funded by the Archstone Foundation.

Ms. Malks is a board member of the National Adult Protective Services Association and was recently appointed as the North American Regional Representative for the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. She is a member of the National Advisory Panel of the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education of the New York Academy of Medicine’s Social Work Leadership Institute; the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Steering Committee; and the Education Committee of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.

Ms. Malks has published several articles, including “Elder Abuse Prevention: A Case Study of the Santa Clara County Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) Program,” which appeared in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, and “Combating Elder Financial Abuse—A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to a Growing Problem,” featured in the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect. She is a recipient of the 2010 Best Practices Award from by the U.S. National Council on Aging, National Interfaith Coalition on Aging; and the President’s Award from the National Association of Adult Protective Services Administrators in recognition of outstanding contribution to the field of Adult Protective Services in 2004. Ms. Malks was elected into the publication Who’s Who in America in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, and Who’s Who in the World in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Jenifer Markowitz
02/15/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Older Victims of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence

09/30/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Sustainability of Victim Assistance Programs

Jenifer Markowitz, N.D., is the Medical Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women, located in Washington, D.C. Dr. Markowitz presents on a variety of forensic-related topics, including medical-forensic examinations, strangulation, drug- and alcohol-facilitated sexual assault, and expert witness testimony. She also provides case consultation, expert testimony, and technical assistance; and develops training materials, resources, and publications.

A forensic nurse examiner since 1995, Dr. Markowitz has presented and facilitated for organizations such as the National District Attorneys Association, several state prosecuting attorney associations, and the Judge Advocate General’s Corps for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. She has worked with the Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice to develop a national protocol and training standards for sexual assault forensic examinations; with the U.S. Department of Defense to revise the military’s Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit and corresponding documentation; and as an Advisory Board member for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Dr. Markowitz is the author of multiple publications, including several book chapters and the clinical text, The Color Atlas of Domestic Violence, and also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the Sexual Assault Report. In 2004, Dr. Markowitz received the International Association of Forensic Nurses’ Distinguished Fellow award and was elected to the association’s Board of Directors in 2011. She became the board’s President in 2012.

Dr. Markowitz received a bachelor of arts degree from Case Western Reserve University and completed her clinical doctorate in nursing at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She is board certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (Adult/Adolescent). View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Derek Marsh
08/22/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Implementing the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Model

Lieutenant Derek Marsh has served the Westminster Police Department in California for the past 24 years. A lieutenant since 1999, he is currently assigned to the Management Services Bureau, where he is acting City Information Technology Director. He also manages the police budget, payroll, purchasing, contracts, grants, and business enterprise opportunities. In addition to his current duties, Lt. Marsh has served as cochair of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force since 2004, during which time he has developed training DVDs, delivered courses in human trafficking certified by California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, and testified before the United States Congress.

Lt. Marsh’s previous assignments as a lieutenant have included watch commander, administrative services, and the Investigations Bureau. As an officer, Lt. Marsh gained experience as a field training officer and a hostage negotiator. He also was the department’s first D.A.R.E. officer. As a sergeant, he worked in patrol and as the Chief of Police’s adjutant. In addition, Lt. Marsh has served as a department grant writer, acquiring and managing millions of dollars in technology and human trafficking grants during the past 15 years.

Lt. Marsh earned a bachelor of arts in English from the University of California–Irvine, as well as a Single Subject Teaching Credential. He also received a master’s degree in human behavior from National University, a master’s in public administration in public safety management from Walden University, and a master’s certificate in criminal justice from the University of Virginia. He has taught courses in human trafficking at Vanguard University and for both the State and Federal Governments. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Jennifer Wilson Marsh
09/13/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Using Online Communications to Assist Crime Victims in the Military

Jennifer Wilson Marsh works for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), where she manages the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline and coordinates the services of 1,100 affiliate sexual assault service providers for the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline. In addition, Ms. Marsh is the RAINN program manager for the Department of Defense Safe Helpline, the Nation’s first confidential hotline resource for military victims of sexual assault. With more than 10 years of experience in the victim services field, Ms. Marsh has presented at national victim services conferences on best practices for online crisis intervention and testified before Congress on best practices for sexual assault services. She also has been published in the journal Evaluation and Program Planning, and featured on ABCNews and CNN and in People magazine.

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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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Shannon May
06/29/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Addressing Sexual Violence in Detention

Shannon May is a Program Director at Just Detention International, a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. She oversees Prison Rape Elimination Act implementation projects in Oregon and Texas, assists with inmate outreach efforts, and provides training to corrections officers, victim service providers, and allied professionals. Ms. May has extensive experience conducting trainings, delivering technical assistance, and providing direct services to victims of crime. She previously served as the resource delivery manager for the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVCTTAC), where she coordinated OVC’s training schedule for victim service providers and the delivery of OVC’s National Victim Assistance Academy. Ms. May has served as a trainer for numerous OVC training workshops, including Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training, The Ultimate Trainer, and Providing Culturally Competent Services to Victims of Crime.Prior to joining OVCTTAC, Ms. May worked with crisis centers throughout the United States while serving as National Hopeline Network Director for a large Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration grant. Ms. May also has provided direct services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence as a rape crisis advocate for CONTACT Delaware and as the special projects coordinator for the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Angela McCown
11/30/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Mass Violence

For more than 15 years, Angela McCown has worked to reduce the impact of trauma on crime victims and emergency personnel—and their families—by providing crisis intervention and victim services. She is the founding Victim Services Director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, where she developed a statewide program available to crime victims served by the Texas State Police and Texas Rangers, as well as rural police and sheriff departments that do not have access to victim services. Ms. McCown also serves on the Texas Division of Emergency Management Crisis Consortium, which provides immediate crisis response during state declared disasters. Her experience includes response to the Jarrel tornado, Texas floods, Fort Worth church shooting, Texas A&M bonfire, 9/11, Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, law enforcement line of duty deaths, and many other incidents that require state assistance.

Ms. McCown serves on the Board of the American Society of Victimology and is the President for the Texas Association of Victim Services. She is also a volunteer and consultant for Concerns of Police Survivors, assisting with National Police Week in Washington, D.C., and providing counseling at the COPS Kid’s Camp, Sibling’s Retreat, Parent’s Retreat, and Spouse’s Retreat. She has been a core faculty member and faculty lead of the Texas Victim Assistance Academy and served on the Board of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Ms. McCown received her bachelor’s in marketing from the University of Texas and her master’s in psychology from the University of Houston, Clear Lake, and she is a licensed marriage and family therapist.

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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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Joanne McNabb
07/07/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Addressing Child Identity Theft as Financial Exploitation

Joanne McNabb is Chief of the California Office of Privacy Protection. The first of its kind in the Nation, the office provides information and education on privacy issues for consumers and publishes recommendations for privacy practices for businesses and other organizations. Ms. McNabb is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional with specializations in government and information technology. She is co-chair of the International Association of Privacy Professionals’Government Working Group and serves on the Privacy Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She also is a Fellow of the Ponemon Institute, a research center that studies privacy, data protection, and information security policy.

Prior to opening the Office of Privacy Protection in 2001, Ms. McNabb had more than 20 years’ experience in public affairs and marketing in both the public and private sectors. She holds a master’s degree in medieval literature from the University of California, Davis. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Dr. James Meeker
10/20/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Using Crime Mapping Software To Assist Crime Victims

James W. Meeker, Ph.D., J.D., is a Professor of criminology; law and society; and sociology and the Associate Dean of Student Services and Computing for the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He also serves on the board of directors for the Public Law Society of Orange County and is a member of the California Commission on Access to Justice. Dr. Meeker previously served as the director of the Orange County Gang Incident Tracking System, a cooperative effort between UCI and the Orange County Police Chiefs’ & Sheriffs’ Associations. He is currently working on geographic information systems and the application of this technology to the analysis of gang incidents in Orange County. In addition, he is applying this technology to the analysis of legal needs in impoverished communities and the delivery of legal services by legal aid organizations. Dr. Meeker has published in the areas of gangs, procedural justice, access to justice for the poor, legal services delivery mechanisms, domestic violence, and the impact of criminological research on policy and prosecutorial strategies against organized crime. Dr. Meeker received a juris doctorate and a Ph.D. in sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Rev. Theresa Mercer
06/27/2007 online discussion co-host
Topic: Collaborations on Faith-Based Initiatives

Rev. Theresa Mercer has 19 years of experience in program and community development working with faith-based, grassroots, and professional organizations throughout the country. She recently worked on the Maryland Faith Partnership Initiative as a project specialist for the Cabinet Council on Criminal and Juvenile Justice through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. In this capacity, she partnered with faith-based organizations and state agencies to facilitate training and technical assistance to more than 500 community leaders throughout Maryland. Prior to this position, Rev. Mercer was the visiting fellow to the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office in Washington, D.C. There she developed the Value-Based Initiative, a project that partners law enforcement agencies with faith-based organizations and other community groups.

In 2003, Rev. codirected the Baltimore chapter of the Spirituality and Victim Services Initiative with Elaine Witman, funded by the Office for Victims of Crime. She has also worked with other professionals to design conference agendas and curricula that address the nuances of the faith-based, nonprofit community. In addition, Rev. Mercer has served as the Director of Chaplaincy for the Baltimore City Police Department, the Maryland Police Corps, and the Liberty Medical Center for Baltimore. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from the Family Bible College and Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio, and a certification in clinical pastoral education through Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Joan Meunier-Sham
04/23/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Implementing Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Programs

Joan Meunier-Sham, R.N., M.S., is Associate Director of the Massachusetts Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program, where she coordinates Pediatric SANE services for six Massachusetts Children’s Advocacy Centers, and collaborates with the Massachusetts Children’s Alliance to increase capacity for onsite medical exams at these centers. In 2003, as the Massachusetts Pediatric SANE Training Coordinator, Ms. Meunier-Sham consulted with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to develop the Massachusetts Pediatric SANE Protocols, and the Massachusetts Pediatric Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit. She also coordinated the development of the Pediatric SANE Curriculum, and in 2004, facilitated the first pediatric SANE training in Massachusetts. Ms. Meunier-Sham has since presented the Massachusetts Pediatric SANE Program and the evidence collection kit to groups nationally and internationally.

Ms. Meunier-Sham previously served as chair of the Pediatric SANE Subcommittee of the Child and Adolescent Committee of the Governor’s Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence, and has 10 years of experience as a pediatric clinical nurse specialist in the emergency department of Boston Medical Center. During her tenure at the Boston Medical Center, she worked with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to develop a Pediatric Sexual Assault Program through her membership on the Pediatric SANE Advisory Group. She received her bachelor of science degree from Southeastern Massachusetts University in 1979 and her master of science in parent/child nursing from Boston University in 1985. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Margaret Mikkelsen
09/24/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Sexual Violence on Campus

Margaret Mikkelsen is the Executive Director of Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reforming college sexual assault policies and empowering students to hold colleges and universities accountable for sexual assault. She provides support, resources, and training to student activists across the country who are working to reduce sexual violence in their college communities. Ms. Mikkelsen is a member of the steering committee for the Office on Violence Against Women’s Grants to Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women on Campus Program. She earned a master’s degree in public policy and management from the University of York, a master’s degree in political science from The Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Amherst College. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Linda Miller
02/13/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Victim Services in Urban High Crime Neighborhoods

Linda Miller is Executive Director and Founder of Civil Society, a nonprofit organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota, which empowers disadvantaged communities to become safe and secure and provides comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking and exploitation. She previously served as project director of the St. Paul, Minnesota pilot site of the Urban High Crime Neighborhood Initiative (UHCNI), which supports the creation of collaborative models for grassroots, community service, and victim assistance organizations in high-crime urban settings to work together to improve services to crime victims in their own neighborhoods. She has more than 30 years of experience as an attorney dealing with underserved and frequently victimized populations, specializing in civil rights and discrimination law.

In 2001, Ms. Miller was appointed by the Commissioner of Public Safety to the Minnesota Victim and Witness Advisory Council, and in 2002 she received a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Department of Justice after developing best practices for reaching out to immigrant crime victims. She previously served as executive board co-chair of Frogtown Weed and Seed, and co-chair of the Thomas/Dale Block Club Crime Committee; and was a member of the Pacific Americans-Asian Pacific Policy Task Force. Ms. Miller is the author of “Victimization of the Acculturating Immigrant,” which was published in the International Journal of Victimology in 2007, and she speaks internationally on the topic of providing services to victims of human trafficking. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Jessica Mindlin
04/15/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Strengthening Sexual Assault Victims’ Right to Privacy

Jessica Mindlin, Esq., is the National Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the nation’s legal response to rape and sexual assault. VRLC provides free legal representation to sexual assault survivors in Massachusetts, and legal technical assistance on sexual assault issues nationally. Before joining VRLC, Ms. Mindlin was the senior staff attorney for the National Crime Victim Law Institute and the Center for Law and Public Policy on Sexual Violence, as well as a clinic instructor at Lewis and Clark Law School. She has also served as the statewide support unit attorney for the Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon, coordinator of the Oregon Supreme Court-Oregon State Bar Task Force on Gender Fairness, and legal access project director for the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Mindlin worked as a rape victim advocate and a counselor and legal advocate for battered women. She is the coeditor in chief of VRLC’s national practice manual, Beyond the Justice System: Using the Law to Help Restore the Lives of Sexual Assault Victims—A Practical Guide for Attorneys and Advocates, coauthor and editor of Rights and Remedies: Meeting the Civil Legal Needs of Sexual Violence Survivors, and author of Child Sexual Abuse and Criminal Statutes of Limitation: A Model For Reform, 65 Wash. L.Rev. (1990), among other publications. She is on the Advisory Council of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the Advisory Board of NEW Leadership Oregon, and the Editorial Board of the Sexual Assault Report. Ms. Mindlin is also a founding member of CounterQuo, a national campaign to change the status quo on sexual assault. She graduated with honors from the University of Washington School of Law, where she was an associate editor of the Washington Law Review.

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Lori Moriarty
11/28/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Working with Drug Endangered Children

Commander Lori Moriarty is Director of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Resource Center; Executive Director of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children; and President of the Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. As Director of the resource center, Commander Moriarty is establishing a national network of experts and professionals to assist in developing and providing training and technical assistance. One current priority of the resource center is to assist states in creating alliances regarding drug endangered children. The use of teams or alliances encourages law enforcement and social service providers to provide a multidisciplinary, coordinated response when working with drug endangered children. Commander Moriarty has taught thousands of professionals about home-based methamphetamine labs and the dangers they pose for children living in or visiting them.

In 2001, Commander Moriarty was recognized by the Office of National Drug Control Policy as the Drug Commander of the Year. In 2002, the Adams County Bar Association ( Colorado ) named her Peace Officer of the Year, and in 2004, she received the Friend of Children award from Colorado Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. Commander Moriarty has appeared on ABC News, 20/20, Fox National News, MSNBC, national and Colorado Public Radio, and Public Broadcasting Stations to teach citizens about the hazards present at methamphetamine labs and their effects on children. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Anne Munch
10/18/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Domestic Violence

For more than 18 years, Anne Munch has been dedicated to working with victims of violent crimes with an emphasis on domestic violence and sexual assault. She is currently the supervisor of the "Fast Track" domestic violence unit in the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office in Golden, Colorado. Ms. Munch is an acknowledged national expert in providing training and consultation to local, state, national, and military law enforcement officials, prosecutors, victim advocates, and policymakers and is on the teaching faculty for the American Prosecutors Research Institute, the National Judicial Education Program, and the National College of District Attorneys. She collaborated in creating a multidisciplinary domestic violence and sexual assault training team that received national acknowledgment by the Violence Against Women Act Training and Technical Assistance Program and has presented to audiences internationally.

Ms. Munch received both her bachelor of arts in psychology and sociology and her law degree from the University of Denver. Following law school, Ms. Munch spent 7 years as a prosecutor for the Denver District Attorney’s Office and 2 years as the Chief Deputy District Attorney for the 7th Judicial District in Telluride. In addition to her work as a prosecutor, Ms. Munch was the Executive Director of the San Miguel Resource Center, a domestic violence and sexual assault program in Telluride, Colorado. She also directed the Ending Violence Against Women Project—a statewide multidisciplinary training and technical assistance project in Colorado.

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Michael Munson
06/06/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Understanding Violence Against Transgender Individuals

Michael Munson is the cofounder and Executive Director of FORGE, an organization focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals by building stronger connections, providing resources, and empowering growth through knowledge. He has been active within the transgender/SOFFA (significant others, friends, families, and allies) community since 1994. Munson is a long-time political activist, speaking out against social injustice within the transgender/SOFFA community and beyond, and attentively and compassionately listening to those whose voices often remain unheard.

Munson’s work on violence against transgender and gender non-conforming individuals stresses the intersectionality of the complex components of identity, experience, and societal constructs. He participates on multiple local and national advisory committees to ensure that the needs of transgender survivors are heard and addressed. He also has authored numerous publications for service providers and allied professionals, including “Creating a Trans‐Welcoming Environment: A Tips Sheet for Sexual Assault Service Providers,” and “Quick Tips for Caregivers of Transgender Clients." Munson earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM), with graduate course work in trauma counseling. While at UWM, he worked as a research assistant in the Departments of Psychology and Nursing. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Leslie Myers
03/11/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Ensuring Rights for Crime Victims with Disabilities

Leslie Myers, M.S., C.R.C., C.D.V.C., is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Certified Domestic Violence Counselor at IndependenceFirst, a nonprofit agency directed by, and for the benefit of, persons with disabilities. Ms. Myers provides counseling and advocacy to crime victims with disabilities, and technical support and case management assistance to agencies that work with or on behalf of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Ms. Myers chairs IndependenceFirst’s Disability Abuse Committee, which developed the DART (Disability Abuse Response Team) Protocol, a community collaborative approach to addressing violence and abuse against people with disabilities that has been duplicated throughout the country. As DART Program Manager, Ms. Myers oversees three programs—the DART Transitional Housing Program for women with disabilities who are homeless as a result of domestic violence; the DARTeens Program, which provides education and outreach on dating and sexual violence to teens with disabilities; and MMDI:ACCESS (the Metro-Milwaukee DART Initiative: A Community Collaborative Effort Serving Survivors From Crisis to Healing).

Ms. Myers is a member of the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence, Commissioner for the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and co-chair of the National Council on Independent Living’s Task Force on Violence and Abuse of People with Disabilities. She is the recipient of a 2009 Champion in Women’s Health Award for Excellence in the Area of Domestic Abuse, the 2006 Justice Award from the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse, and the 2007 IL Advocate Award from the Wisconsin Coalition of Independent Living Centers. Ms. Myers holds a master of science in educational rehabilitation counseling and a Trauma Counseling Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Laurie Nathan
06/16/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Preventing Child Victimization Associated with Technology

Laurie Nathan manages national outreach and partnerships for the NetSmartz Workshop, an educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). She is currently working to raise awareness of the importance of Internet safety education and to engage and educate communities on ways to better protect children on- and offline. Ms. Nathan has presented on this issue at many educator and law enforcement conferences, including the National Sheriffs’ Association Conference; the T + L Conference, sponsored by the National School Boards Association; and the Internet Crimes Against Children National Conference.

Ms. Nathan brings a background in preventing child abuse and exploitation to the fight against child endangerment on the Internet. A former staff analyst in NCMEC’s Exploited Child Division, Ms. Nathan analyzed Internet-related child exploitation cases and worked closely with law enforcement to resolve them. She also served as the Director of Programs at Prevent Child Abuse of Metropolitan Washington, where she managed child abuse prevention outreach campaigns for the Washington, D.C., metro area and trained hundreds of volunteers on best practices for handling calls at a support hotline for abused and exploited children. Ms. Nathan is an alumna of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Lisa Nerenberg
03/22/2006 online discussion host
Topic: Elder Abuse

Lisa Nerenberg, MSW, MPH, has been involved in elder abuse prevention for more than 20 years. She has delivered keynote addresses, moderated panels, and given presentations at hundreds of professional forums both nationally and internationally; testified before congressional committees; served on governmental advisory committees and panels; and provided training and technical assistance to local and regional programs throughout the United States and Canada. Before starting her own business as a consultant to local, state, and national organizations, Ms. Nerenberg directed the San Francisco Consortium for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Institute on Aging. During her 16-year tenure, the consortium piloted the Nation’s first elder abuse multidisciplinary team and other innovative programs, including a support group for elderly victims and a culturally specific outreach campaign.

Ms. Nerenberg has authored dozens of articles, chapters, and publications on such far-ranging topics as coalition building, gender issues in elder abuse, the special needs of elderly crime victims, advocacy, daily money management programs, and the role of the civil and criminal justice systems in elder abuse prevention. Her special areas of interest include promoting cross-disciplinary exchange among professionals in the fields of aging, criminal justice, victim/witness assistance, mental health, domestic violence, and adult protective services. Recently, she coauthored a report and recommendations for addressing elder abuse in Indian Country for the National Indian Council on Aging. She is also coauthoring a book on best practices in elder abuse prevention.

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Suzanne Neuhaus
05/26/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Coordinating and Conducting Victim Impact Panels

Suzanne Neuhaus, M.A., is a parole agent and Victim Services Specialist with the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She has more than 20 years of experience in juvenile corrections, violence prevention, and victim assistance. In her present assignment, Ms. Neuhaus is responsible for providing direct services to crime victims and survivors of offenders supervised under the jurisdiction of California state corrections. She assists crime victims and their families by notifying them of offender status, providing accompaniment to parole board hearings, reconciling restitution orders, developing resources for referrals, and facilitating victim-offender mediated dialogue, when appropriate. In addition, Ms. Neuhaus develops and facilitates victim-centered programming for offenders. She provides training and technical assistance locally and nationally on restorative justice; death notification; grief and loss; forgiveness; the relationship between early childhood trauma and later violence and delinquency; victim advocacy; crime prevention; the impact of crime on victims; and victim-centered offender programming, including mediation and dialogue.

Formerly, Ms. Neuhaus served at the Department of the Youth Authority as a youth correctional counselor, a delinquency prevention specialist, and a field parole agent. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Loyola Marymount University, and a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from the College of Notre Dame. Ms. Neuhaus is a graduate of both the National Victim Assistance Academy and the Delinquency Control Institute, and she is trained in Mediating Dialogue in Crimes of Severe Political and Criminal Violence. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Scott Newgass
09/15/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Communities After Incidents of School Violence

Scott Newgass, L.C.S.W., is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 25 years of experience in the field of school consultation and clinical practice, as well as in clinical, hospital, community, and disaster relief settings. Mr. Newgass is an Education Consultant for the Connecticut State Department of Education’s School Mental Health Services, School Social Work programs, and is the State Coordinator for the Safe and Drug-Free Schools program. He has presented on multiple topics relating to the social developmental needs of children and youth, as well as school-based support services. Mr. Newgass was previously a member of the faculty of Yale University School of Medicine, where he served as coordinator of the Regional School Crisis Prevention Initiative and as a clinician with the Child Development Community Policing Program. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez, MSW
09/19/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Latina/o Victims of Crime

Kimber Nicoletti-Martinez, MSW, has been an advocate for Latinas/os, migrant farm workers, and multicultural communities for more than 20 years. She is the founder and Director of Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA), a statewide program at Purdue University that is committed to preventing sexual violence in multicultural communities and other underserved and underrepresented populations in Indiana. She also is the founder of Mujeres del Movimiento, a national resource and support network for Latinas who work in violence prevention.

A survivor of domestic and sexual violence, Ms. Nicoletti-Martinez works at the local, state, and national levels to engage communities and organizations in the use of culturally relevant models for promoting healing and healthy relationships and preventing sexual violence. She has worked as a consultant for many organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Office on Violence Against Women, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and the United States Army. She formerly served as chair of the Advisory Council for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and as president of the Purdue Latino Faculty and Staff Association. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Dr. Brian Ogawa
01/26/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Cultural Sensitivity in Victim Services

Dr. Brian Ogawa is an Assistant Professor in the School of Applied Studies at Washburn University and Director of the Health Center Pacific, which provides professional training and certification in Eastern psychotherapies. He was previously Director of the Crime Victims’ Institute in the Office of the Texas Attorney General. He is also the author of Walking on Eggshells, which describes Morita therapy for abused women; To Tell the Truth, which assists children in the criminal justice system; and The Color of Justice, 2d Edition, which describes the landmark study on minority victimization. The Color of Justice was perhaps the first book to describe the significant challenges facing the American criminal justice system as it seeks to serve culturally diverse victims of crime. Dr. Ogawa has also been involved in many national research and curriculum projects, including the National Institute of Justice/Urban Institute Evaluation of VOCA Victim Assistance and Compensation Programs. In 1995, Dr. Ogawa received the National Crime Victim Service Award presented by the President and the U.S. Attorney General for going beyond the call of duty to counsel, support, and assist crime victims.

Dr. Ogawa received his doctorate in advanced pastoral studies and counseling from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He holds a master’s degree in divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has served on the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women for the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, Executive Committee of the National Organization for Victim Assistance, National Victim Assistance Standards Consortium, and Victim Issues Committee of the American Probation and Parole Association. Dr. Ogawa has also been a core faculty member of the National Victim Assistance Academy for 5 years and was project director for the OVC-sponsored Texas Victim Assistance Academy.

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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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Dan Petersen
03/11/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Ensuring Rights for Crime Victims with Disabilities

Dan Petersen, Ph.D., is an Associate Dean and Professor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where he teaches professional ethics and victim services. As a psychologist and an advocate for crime victims and victims’ rights, Dr. Petersen has spent 30 years working with families and children in crisis, with a focus on trauma resulting from crime victimization. He has conducted numerous workshops and presented both nationally and internationally on the victimization of persons with disabilities. Dr. Petersen also has authored publications on the psychological and physiological effects of crime victimization.

Dr. Petersen is a member of the executive committee for the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies, and works with the center on grants, research, and national training programs. He has served as the clinical director of the Kansas Neurological Institute and as secretary of the American Society of Victimology. He also served on the national consortium that developed the National Standards for Victim Assistance Providers. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Alexandra (Sandi) Pierce
01/27/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Serving American Indian Victims of Sex Trafficking

Alexandra (Sandi) Pierce, Ph.D., is an adjunct faculty member of the Sociology Department and the Master’s Program in Community Psychology at Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. Dr. Pierce is of Seneca and European descent and is the principal investigator and author of "Shattered Hearts: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of American Indian Women and Girls in Minnesota”. She is the senior consultant for Othayonih Research and Evaluation Services LLC, with more than 15 years of experience in community-based participatory research and program evaluation with American Indian, African-American, Southeast Asian, and African-born refugee and immigrant communities and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Pierce’s primary areas of study and practice are health disparities, substance abuse, domestic and sexual violence, racial inequality, and identity formation. She has worked as a research scientist at Wilder Research and at the Minnesota Department of Health. Dr. Pierce earned her master’s degree and her doctorate in sociology from the University of Minnesota. She also holds basic and advanced certificates in substance abuse counseling from the University of California Santa Cruz.

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Paula Pierce
10/13/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Providing Pro Bono Services to Financial Abuse Victims

07/08/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Providing Services for Child Identity Theft Victims

Paula Pierce, J.D., is the Managing Attorney for the Victims Initiative for Counseling, Advocacy, and Restoration of the Southwest (VICARS), a program of the Texas Legal Services Center, where she serves victims of identity theft and financial fraud. Prior to joining VICARS in 2007, Ms. Pierce served on the Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee of the State Bar of Texas, and as an attorney for the Texas Legal Services Center, where she provided legal assistance to elder, disabled, and economically disadvantaged individuals and handled crime victim compensation claims. She has extensive experience in public interest law and has authored numerous publications for victims and attorneys. A frequent speaker on identity theft, Ms. Pierce has presented at the Texas Poverty Law Conference, testified before the Texas House Committee on Business and Industry, and spoken to numerous community groups. She received her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University, and her law degree from South Texas College of Law, where she served as brief writer to the school’s moot court teams and technical editor of the South Texas Law Journal.

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Abby Potash
05/27/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Family Members of Missing Children

Abby Potash is the Program Manager of Team HOPE (Help Offering Parents Empowerment), a support network for families with missing children that offers counsel, resources, and emotional support from trained volunteers who have had or still have a missing child. Ms. Potash began volunteering for Team HOPE in 1998 following the recovery of her son, who was kidnapped by his noncustodial father in 1997. As Program Manager, she has developed training curricula, managed and trained Team Hope coordinators and more than 250 volunteers, and personally assisted thousands of families in crisis.

Ms. Potash became a spokesperson for missing children in the wake of her son’s disappearance. She has appeared on various TV programs and has spoken at numerous conferences and advocacy events. Ms. Potash has presented therapeutic approaches for helping families with missing children to mental health professionals, and has been involved in reunifications of abducted children with their families. She is also a consultant with Fox Valley Technical College, where she presents missing children issues to law enforcement and prosecutors.

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Donald Priddy
08/01/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Community Partnerships for Victim Assistance

Lt. Donald Priddy, Night Watch Patrol Commander with the City of Carbondale, Illinois, Police Department (CPD), has extensive experience in community policing. He has coordinated a number of community events, including National Night Out and Project KidCare, and has been involved in local school programs such as Adopt-a-School and Police and Children Together (PACT) Camp. Prior to his current position, Lieutenant Priddy served as a patrol officer, community resource officer, drug task force investigator, patrol supervisor, and supervisor of CPD’s Community Services Unit.

Lieutenant Priddy authored and served as project coordinator for CPD’s grant program, Promising Practices in Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities, through SafePlace, a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survival Center in Austin, Texas. Through the program, CPD developed initiatives designed to increase the level of service provided to persons with disabilities, including training for all patrol officers. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Michael Proctor
01/19/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Stalking in the Workplace

Michael Proctor is a nationally recognized expert in the field of stalking and stalking investigation. He currently consults throughout the United States and abroad on the topics of stalking, stalking investigation, and the development of anti-stalking legislation and programs. As a 32-year veteran of law enforcement and a former detective with the Westminster (California) Police Department’s Family Protection Unit, Mr. Proctor has investigated and consulted on more than 200 stalking cases. He developed a stalking protocol that is in use by many police departments; and has authored several publications, including How to Stop a Stalker, a guide to better understanding the stalking phenomenon. Mr. Proctor has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs—including America’s Most Wanted, CNN, FOX, 20/20, Nancy Grace, and American Justice Files—in an effort to assist those who have been victimized by stalking.

In 2003, Mr. Proctor received the Defender of Justice Award from the California State Assembly for his work in the field of stalking. He is currently a member of the Stalking Advisory Committee for the University of Southern California, and the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. Mr. Proctor received his bachelor’s degree from California State University Long Beach. He also holds a Lifetime Standard Secondary Teaching Credential and a Community College Credential.

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Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith
03/29/2006 online discussion host
Topic: Youth Violence Prevention

Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D., is Associate Dean and Professor of public health practice at the Harvard School of Public Health, a nationally recognized public health leader. She works with community-based programs locally, nationally, and internationally, including the critically acclaimed Partnerships for Preventing Violence satellite broadcast training series. Early in her career, she was a physician in inner-city Boston, where she broke new ground with her efforts to have youth violence defined as a public health problem and not just a criminal justice issue. In 1987, she became the first female commissioner of public health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

As a chief spokesperson for a national movement to prevent violence and a frequent speaker in national media and public forums, Dr. Prothrow-Stith supports the application of rigorous scientific methods to strengthen violence prevention programs. She has authored and coauthored more than 80 publications on medical and public health issues. A Spelman College and Harvard Medical School graduate, Dr. Prothrow-Stith has received 10 honorary doctorates, the 1993 World Health Day Award, the 1989 Secretary of Health and Human Service Award, and a Presidential appointment to the National Commission on Crime Control and Prevention.

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Harlan Pruden
06/08/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Native LGBT/Two Spirit Community Crime Victims

Harlan Pruden is a member of the Cree Nation and an enrolled member of the Saddle Lake Indian Reservation in Alberta, Canada. He is the Assistant Director of the Empire State Development Corporation’s Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development, which works to ensure that minority and women’s business enterprises have equal contracting opportunities with the State of New York. Mr. Pruden is a cofounder of the NorthEast Two Spirit Society in New York City, where he works to revitalize traditional values, culture, and ceremonies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) urban Native communities. He also is a cochair of the National Native HIV/AIDS Coalition, one of the first national efforts within the HIV/AIDS field to include all of the Two Spirit organizations and groups in the United States. Mr. Pruden was appointed to Manhattan Community Board 12 in April 2011.

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Mary Gleason Rappaport
03/07/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Making the Most of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Mary Gleason Rappaport served as the Director of Communications at the National Center for Victims of Crime for the past 11 years. In that capacity, she served as Project Manager for the Office for Victims of Crime-funded National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide for the past 6 years. Ms. Rappaport has developed a unique perspective on how victim service providers can make the most of National Crime Victims’ Rights Weekby using special events, media relations, public service campaigns, collaborative partnerships, social media, and much more. She also provides communications expertise and support to nonprofit and government agencies throughout the United States.

Ms. Rappaport has held key communications positions at the American Association of Retired Persons, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Physical Therapy Association, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Rappaport has a successful history of developing and implementing public education, outreach, and advocacy strategies that achieve tangible results at the local, state, and national levels. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Jane Raymond
06/18/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Victims of Domestic Abuse in Later Life

Jane Raymond, M.S., is the Advocacy and Protection Systems Developer for the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. For more than two decades, she has helped to further develop protective services and network responses to adults at risk of domestic and elder abuse. Ms Raymond has spoken nationally on issues of domestic violence in later life and has written several papers and articles on the subject, including “Landmark Reforms Signed into Law: Guardianship and Adult Protective Services,” “Elder Abuse, Including Domestic Violence in Later Life,” and “Abuse in Later Life: Name It! Claim It!” She also served as editor of Creating Safer Communities for Older Adults and Companion Animals, a manual developed by The Humane Society of the United States. Ms. Raymond earned her master’s degree in corrections from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is an active member of the National Adult Protective Services Association. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Anne Ream
04/07/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Raising Awareness for Survivors of Child Abuse and Neglect

Anne K. Ream is the founder of The Voices and Faces Project, a national documentary initiative to bring the testimony of sexual violence survivors to the attention of the public; and executive producer of The Voices and Faces Project, Volume One, a benefit CD featuring many of today’s most popular independent rock artists. A longstanding advocate for women’s issues, and a former senior vice president and group creative director at Leo Burnett USA (one of the country’s largest communications agencies), Ms. Ream believes that creative and media-driven ideas can play an important role in social movements. Ms. Ream is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer for Girl360.net, an empowerment project for tween girls; and a founding co-chair of "CounterQuo," a national initiative to change legal and media responses to violence against women.

Ms. Ream serves on the advisory board of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, the country’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. She is a former co-chair of the Leadership Committee for Chicago’s Rape Victim Advocates and has consulted for the Congressional Commission investigating sexual violence at the United States Air Force Academy. A Chicago-based writer and past finalist for the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Documentary Prize, Ms. Ream’s essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Washingtonpost.com, and other publications.

In July 2008, Soroptimist International, a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations, presented Ms. Ream with its "2008 Making a Difference for Women Award." In so doing, the international selection committee lauded her "innovative efforts to improve the lives of women and girls" and her "passion for changing the status quo" through a series of creative, media-driven initiatives. Ms. Ream is a recipient of the Susan Estrich Courage Award and the End Violence Against Women International Visionary Award, and was named one of People magazine’s "Heroes Among Us" in 2006. She also was recognized as one of "Chicago’s Top 40" by the Chicago Tribune in an article that highlighted the leaders, opinion-shapers, and trendsetters who "make the city great" while doing work that makes a difference on a national level. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Ari Redbord
08/22/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Implementing the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Model

Ari B. Redbord is an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia who specializes in cases involving sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and human trafficking. He also is the coordinator of the Washington D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force, overseeing a team comprising local and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as nongovernmental organizations, whose members engage in community and law enforcement trainings, community outreach, victim services, and prosecutions of traffickers. Prior to his current position, Mr. Redbord clerked for the Honorable Malcolm J. Howard, United States District Court, Greenville, North Carolina, from 2000 to 2001. He received a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor of arts degree from Duke University.

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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. James Reinhard
05/13/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to People Victimized by Individuals with Mental Illnesses

James Reinhard, M.D., is a board certified psychiatrist and Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services (DMHMRSAS). He is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Vice President of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, and a board member for the Council of State Government’s Justice Center. Dr. Reinhard has completed a fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Program in Psychiatry and the Law, is board certified in Forensic Psychiatry, and is presently on the clinical faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia. He also volunteers as a clinical psychiatrist at Richmond’s Fan Free Clinic, an urban clinic serving uninsured Virginians.

Prior to his appointment as Commissioner in 2002, Dr. Reinhard served as the facility director and CEO of Catawba Hospital in Virginia and later as the DMHMRSAS assistant commissioner for facility management. His clinical and administrative career has been in public sector psychiatry, academic medicine, correctional settings, and the Veterans Administration system, and he has led transformation efforts in the mental health and intellectual disability system in Virginia. Dr. Reinhard received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency training at Dartmouth Medical School, where he later joined the faculty and received an Attending of the Year Award from the psychiatry residents. 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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Melissa Riley
11/04/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Elder Abuse Victims in Indian Country

Melissa Riley manages the Counseling and Faith-Based Services for Crime Victims in Indian Country Training and Technical Assistance Project for Unified Solutions, where she conducts research, develops culturally appropriate training materials for American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and provides training and technical assistance to faith-based grantees. Ms. Riley has several years of experience working with tribal communities on elder abuse investigation, elder program development, and modifications to community elder protection codes. She has incorporated her knowledge and background as a medical assistant into her efforts to address elder abuse, which have elicited a successful response from the community and increased collaboration between tribal service providers. As the supervisor and coordinator for a local senior companion program, Ms. Riley trained local elders to communicate with and care for fellow elders in the community.

As a member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe of New Mexico, Ms. Riley has been able to use her own culture, tradition, work experience, and education to help American Indian and Alaska Native communities enhance and sustain community programs that work toward social justice and health promotion. She is the co-author of a 10-module training curriculum; and co-producer of Healing Journey, a video that highlights the successes of the Faith-Based Project in Indian Country. She has successfully developed human service programs that target services for victims of crime and offenders by utilizing whole-health concepts from a traditional perspective. Ms. Riley also serves as an adjunct professor at a New Mexico State University branch community college where she provides instruction on curriculum development and implementation for undergraduate students majoring in education, early childhood development, and criminal justice. She received her bachelor’s degree in human and community services and her master’s degree in education from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, where she is currently a doctoral candidate pursuing a degree in curriculum and instruction. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Mollie Ring
01/19/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Child Victims of Sex Trafficking

Mollie Ring is the Director of Anti-Trafficking Programs at the Standing Against Global Exploitation (SAGE) Project, a nonprofit organization working to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adults. Ms. Ring coordinates direct services for domestic minor and international victims of human trafficking and leads outreach, training, and public education efforts. She also oversees technical assistance initiatives for local, regional, and national partners. Prior to joining SAGE in 2008, Ms. Ring served as a consultant to the United Nations Children’s Fund’s Evaluation Office and the United Nations Development Programme. She is an appointed member of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s Equity Advisory Committee and the National Victim Assistance Standards Consortium. Ms. Ring holds a master’s degree in Public Administration.

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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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Raymond Rose
06/20/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Enhancing Law Enforcement Responses to Crime Victims

Raymond Rose is the Chief of Police for the Village of Mundelein, Illinois. Prior to his appointment in 1992, he served with the Elk Grove Village Police Department for 24 years, where he achieved the rank of Deputy Chief. Chief Rose serves as Chairman of the Lake County Metropolitan Law Enforcement Group, Chairman of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, and Secretary of the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System Board. He also is active in numerous other law enforcement-affiliated organizations at the local, state, and national levels. Chief Rose has written articles for several law enforcement magazines and recently coauthored a graduate-level textbook on public administration: Managing Local Government.

Chief Rose formerly served as president of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association, the Board of Directors of the Northern Illinois Crime Lab, and the Northeast Multi-Regional Training Board. He has attended the Police Administration Training Program at Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety; the National FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia; and the Senior Management Institute for Police, hosted by the Police Executive Research Forum and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Chief Rose has a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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

Barri Rosenbluth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and School-Based Services Director of SafePlace in Austin, Texas. In this capacity, she directs SafePlace’s Expect Respect Program, a dating violence prevention program through which she trains and consults with school personnel on dating violence, sexual harassment, and bullying. Expect Respect is a comprehensive program that provides counseling, support groups, and educational programs for youth and adults. The program was designated as a promising practice by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and featured in Because Things Happen Every Day, an educational video produced by the National Center for Victims of Crime.

Ms. Rosenbluth helped the Austin Independent School District establish the first school policies in Texas regarding dating violence, which later served as a model for statewide legislation. She also contributed to the development of Choose Respect, a national primary prevention initiative created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote safe and healthy dating relationships among youth. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Constance Rossiter
01/19/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Intersections Between Human Trafficking and Other Vulnerable Populations

Constance Rossiter is a licensed professional counselor and social worker, and the Social Responsibility Director for the Trafficked Persons Assistance Program at YMCA International Services, where she is responsible for program oversight. YMCA has been providing services to victims of human trafficking since 2003 and has served more than 200 foreign national victims. In 2010, OVC awarded YMCA an Enhanced Collaborative Model Grant to expand its services to domestic victims of trafficking.

Ms. Rossiter has extensive experience working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and other at-risk populations, with a special interest in trauma and cultural diversity. She is an active member of the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance and Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition. As the lead service provider on the Bureau of Justice Assistance-funded Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force, Ms. Rossiter has participated in four immersion learning experiences, training task forces from Wisconsin, Utah, Louisiana, and Missouri. She also has participated in several focus groups for developing curriculums for law enforcement officers and service providers, and has trained extensively on human trafficking. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Barbara Rubel
03/14/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Best Practices for Coping With Vicarious Trauma

Barbara Rubel, Executive Director of the Griefwork Center, Inc., in Kendall Park, New Jersey, is a nationally known bereavement specialist. She is a board certified expert in traumatic stress and a diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. As a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office for Victims of Crime, she offers keynote speeches and training programs for professionals on issues related to sudden loss and compassion fatigue. As a consultant in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, Ms. Rubel helped the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and University Behavioral Health Care of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to support individuals suffering from the impact of that day’s events. She has taught several death and dying courses at Brooklyn College and was a bereavement coordinator for Hospice of New Jersey.

Ms. Rubel authored the book But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: For Parents and Professionals Helping Child Suicide Survivors and the 30-hour course book for nurses entitled Death, Dying, and Bereavement: Providing Compassion During a Time of Need. She also created The Palette of Grief ® Program and is writing a DOJ training manual entitled Compassion Fatigue: Secondary Trauma. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in community health, both from Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Nancy Ruhe
09/07/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Parents of Murdered Children

Nancy Ruhe has spent more than 27 years helping victims of crime. She is currently the Executive Director of the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. (POMC). Through POMC, Ms. Ruhe has accomplished numerous achievements, including the establishment of POMC’s Parole Block Program, the national Murder Wall—Honoring Their Memories, specialized grief retreat weekends, and Effective Leadership and Murder Response Team training. Ms. Ruhe also initiated POMC’s Second Opinion Services and guided the launch of POMC’s Murder Is Not Entertainment awareness program. She is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer and has made numerous guest appearances on radio and television and provided interviews to a variety of newspapers and magazines.

Ms. Ruhe also served as an advisor to the International Association of Chiefs of Police for their summit on Victim Oriented Policing and numerous other state and national committees. She is certified by the National Organization for Victim Assistance and is a consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime. Prior to her involvement with POMC, she specialized in domestic abuse and female, male, and child rape/sexual assault victims. She initiated the formation of the Hamilton County Rape Task Force and was appointed to the Ohio Governor’s Sexual Offender Registration Notification Task Force in 2002.

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Delilah Rumburg
10/17/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Sexual Assault Victims in the Military

Delilah Rumburg is Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. As a national advocate against sexual violence, she has helped shape national policy on violence against women for more than 26 years. In September 2007, she was sworn in as a member of the Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military Services. Previously, she served as co-chair on the Department of Defense Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies to which she was appointed by former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. In this capacity, Ms. Rumburg assessed the U.S. military academies regarding sexual violence and made recommendations for their response to it.

Ms. Rumburg is a gubernatorial appointee to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and Chair of the Victim Services Advisory Council. She has been Executive Director of PCAR for 12 years—a time during which the coalition has seen tremendous growth, with funding for Pennsylvania’s 52 rape crisis centers increasing from $3.5 million to more than $13 million. She has also served on the Governor’s Partnership for Safe Children and is a 2006 National Crime Victim Service Award recipient. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Ben Saunders, Ph.D.
07/20/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Integrating Evidence-Based Practices Into Victim Services

Ben Saunders, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he also serves as Associate Director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center and Director of the Center’s Family and Child Program. As a licensed independent clinical social worker, his research, training, and clinical interests include the initial and long-term effects of violence and abuse on children and adolescents; the epidemiology of trauma, violence, and abuse; treatment approaches for abused children and their families; and effective methods for disseminating evidence-based practices. His work has been funded by several federal agencies, including the Office for Victims of Crime, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Justice, and the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. In 2001, Dr. Saunders received the Research Career Achievement Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. He is the co-director of Project BEST, a statewide dissemination project on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF–CBT), and a co-course director for two Web-based learning courses on this therapy—TF–CBT Web and CTG Web. Dr. Saunders received his doctorate of philosophy in clinical social work from Florida State University and holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Virginia Tech.

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Shell Schwartz
05/23/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Expanding Services for Crime Victims with Disabilities

Michelle “Shell” Schwartz is the Training Manager for Disability Services ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) of SafePlace in Austin, Texas. She has more than 20 years of personal and professional experience advocating for the right to fair treatment and access to disability and victim services for people with physical, cognitive, and mental health disabilities. Ms. Schwartz has experience in community psychology in private and state-run counseling venues and in behavioral health and mental health organizations. She is the coauthor of Balancing the Power: Creating a Crisis Center Accessible to People with Disabilities and Beyond Labels: Working with Abuse Survivors with Mental Illness Symptoms or Substance Abuse Issues. She also speaks nationally about victimization issues as they relate to people with disabilities. Ms. Schwartz has a graduate degree in psychology. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Anne Seymour
03/07/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Making the Most of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

02/24/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Strategic Planning for Victim Service Leaders

01/30/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Cultivating Relationships Between Victim Service Providers and the Media

02/08/2006 online discussion host
Topic: NCVRW Awareness Campaign

Anne Seymour is Cofounder and Senior Advisor of Justice Solutions, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., that specializes in criminal and juvenile justice, crime victims' rights and services, and community safety. She also is a consultant to the Pew Center on the States Public Safety Performance Project. Ms. Seymour has more than 29 years of experience as a national and international advocate for crime victims’ rights. She has authored or contributed to more than 30 OVC manuals and texts, including 20 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guides.

Ms. Seymour served as project manager for OVC’s Oral History Project and its National Public Awareness Campaign Project. She is a founding member of the National Victim Assistance Academy and a consultant to the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators. Ms. Seymour is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Victims’ Constitutional Amendment Network, the Board of Directors of the American Probation and Parole Association, and the National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board.

Ms. Seymour has received numerous honors for her work, including the 2012 APPA Jo Kegans Award for Outstanding Victim Services, the 2011 Victim Advocacy Award from the National Crime Victim Law Institute, and the 1992 Outstanding Service to Crime Victims Award from President George H.W. Bush. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Debra Puglisi Sharp
11/05/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Empowering Victims to Triumph Over Tragedy

Debra Puglisi Sharp, R.N., is an inspirational speaker and the author of Shattered: Reclaiming A Life Torn Apart By Violence. In 1998, Ms. Puglisi Sharp was abducted and held captive for 101 hours, during which she was repeatedly raped, by an intruder who fatally shot her husband in their home. She now serves on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition of Victims in Action and is a member of the National Organization for Victim Assistance. She is a Rape Crisis Volunteer for Contact Lifeline and raises public awareness of sexual assault through the Sexual Assault Network of Delaware.

Ms. Puglisi Sharp previously served as the public representative for the 911 Enhancement Board in Delaware. She has appeared on regional and national talk shows including Oprah, 20/20, Montel, The John Walsh Show, and A&E Biography to speak about surviving a traumatic event. In 2007, Ms. Puglisi Sharp was presented with the U.S. Attorney General’s Special Courage Award through the Office for Victims of Crime. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Viki Sharp
02/24/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Strategic Planning for Victim Service Leaders

07/06/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Compassion Fatigue

Viki Sharp spent 30 years as a crime victim advocate and is now retired and pursuing her passion for educating and training. She was appointed program director of the Pima County Attorney’s Victim Witness Program in 1985 and led the program to international acclaim during her tenure. As the employee assistance program administrator for the Arizona Department of Corrections, Ms. Sharp was responsible for creating and overseeing prevention and crisis response programs for more than 10,000 employees. As a consultant for the National District Attorney’s Association and the Office for Victims of Crime, Ms. Sharp helped establish and expand victim services throughout the country and provided extensive training in crisis intervention, communication, vicarious trauma, team building, and victimology to law enforcement and victim service providers. She also served several terms on the executive boards of the Arizona Coalition for Victim Services and the National Organization for Victim Assistance.

Ms. Sharp’s numerous accolades include a Presidential Award for victim advocacy, 1997 University of Arizona Alumni of the Year, the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, the Rudolph Dreikurs Community Service Award, the FBI Community Service Award, and the Optimist Club Respect for Law Award. Ms. Sharp received her bachelor of science degree in education and master’s degree of education in counseling and guidance from the University of Arizona. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Joselle Shea
06/22/2006 online discussion host
Topic: Internet Safety and Identity Theft

Joselle Shea is manager of children and youth initiatives at the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), where she oversees several youth programs, including the Youth Outreach for Victim Assistance (YOVA) project and McGruff Club. Working with the National Center for Victims of Crime, Ms. Shea has provided training and support to 40 YOVA sites throughout the country. She is also working with several schools and Boys & Girls Clubs to pilot the new McGruff Club program. The club educates elementary-age children about personal safety and engages them in service projects to make their communities safer. Ms. Shea also conducts training sessions and workshops for law enforcement officers, educators, counselors, and youth on NCPC’s Community Works and Youth Safety Corps programs, and on issues including bullying and community safety.

She has written several publications, including Designing Safe Spaces, How To Help McGruff!, and Get the Message!, which give educators activities for teaching children about negative peer pressure, bullying, respecting diversity, home-alone safety, violence in the media, and other safety issues. Ms. Shea has been interviewed by national and local media groups, including Nick Jr. Magazine and "I" On Washington, D.C. She has helped develop research studies and public service advertising campaigns on bullying and cyberbullying. Ms. Shea also cochaired a working group for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Stop Bullying Now! campaign, and continues to provide the agency with technical assistance regarding bullying. Ms. Shea holds a master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution from American University. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Jennifer Shewmake
03/29/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Transforming Victim Services in the 21st Century

Jennifer Shewmake is the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center Project Director for the Vision 21 Initiative, a collaborative effort with the Office for Victims of Crime to address emerging challenges within the crime victim services field in order to expand the field’s vision and impact. In 2008, Ms. Shewmake was awarded a fellowship by the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington to participate in the Future Executive Director Leadership Program. She previously served as the grants manager and the social enterprise director for the LAYC Family of Organizations, a network of youth centers, schools, and social enterprises in Washington, D.C., that are committed to helping young people become successful adults with the skills they need to succeed educationally, professionally, and personally. Ms. Shewmake holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies and community development from the University of Kansas. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Steve Siegel
11/30/2004 online discussion host
Topic: Faith-Based Programs

Steve Siegel has been developing and directing innovative programs in Colorado District Attorney’s Offices since 1976 and has served as the Denver District Attorney’s Office Director of Program Development and the Administrator of the Denver Victim Assistance Law and Enforcement Board since 1983. Mr. Siegel has been an integral component to the development and operation of such programs as the DA’s Victim/Witness Assistance, Adult and Juvenile Diversion, Domestic Violence Fast Track, and Community Prosecution Programs. Throughout his 28-year career, he has been a catalyst for the development of interagency protocols that have been replicated nationwide on issues including domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and the victimization of elderly and disabled individuals.

Mr. Siegel supervises the Denver Victim Services 2000 Project, which OVC designated as the first urban site in the United States to serve as a model for victim service networks. Through OVC, jurisdictions have accessed technical assistance regarding replication of this model. As part of the project, Mr. Siegel also supervised the development of a curriculum for the Denver Seminary, which OVC subsequently funded for customized replication in diverse theology schools throughout the United States.

The Denver District Attorney’s Office is thoroughly committed to its partnerships with Denver’s faith-based institutions. For example, the OVC-funded CASE project (Clergy Against Senior Exploitation) is a successful partnership that targets various types of fraud and places particular focus on underserved populations. The program provides community-based services for elder financial crime prevention, crime detection and reporting, and victim support. The program features a train-the-trainer program to reach older people in Denver with weekly financial crime prevention messages and urgent alerts. It also trains staff, volunteers in faith institutions, and provides fraud information to older people through faith partners.

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Avy Skolnik
06/24/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Working with LGBTIQ Survivors of Violence

Avy Skolnik is the Coordinator for Statewide and National Programs at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, which serves New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexed, and queer (LGBTIQ) communities. He also facilitates the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, a network of grassroots organizations dedicated to ending violence against LGBTIQ people; and serves as the coordinator for the New York State LGBT Domestic Violence Network. In addition, Mr. Skolnik provides training and technical assistance to community groups, schools, hospitals, clinics, and law enforcement on LGBTIQ violence-related issues, including intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and bias-motivated violence. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Katya Fels Smyth
08/26/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Homeless Victims of Sexual Assault

Katya Fels Smyth is founder and principal of the Full Frame Initiative, a campaign to ensure that the most marginalized individuals, families, and communities throughout the country receive the tools, support, resources, and services they need to thrive. She has two decades of experience in program development and services, community networking, and creating social will to address seemingly intractable social problems; and is a research fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Prior to launching the initiative in 2007, Ms. Smyth founded On The Rise, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation. On The Rise, Inc. provides innovative and effective support and community to the area’s most disenfranchised women. During her 11 years as its director, the organization helped more than 1,000 women to achieve new levels of safety and personal agency, and changed the community’s dialogue about who can be helped.

Ms. Smyth speaks and consults nationally on the design and implementation of programs that work with highly marginalized women, and has participated in training efforts for domestic violence advocates in Japan and the Czech Republic. She is a Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Clark University’s Graduate School of Management, where she is helping to develop its new Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, and a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence, where she co-chairs the System Change and Integration Committee. She also is a fellow with the Eos Foundation, where she advises on their urban anti-poverty effort, Boston Rising.

Ms. Smyth and the organizations she has founded have been profiled in numerous local and national publications. She was named 1 of 5 "Moms Who Change the World" by Working Mother magazine in 2006; recognized as an "Agent of Change" in the 22d edition of Government by the People; profiled in the Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2002; and named 1 of 125 women leaders in Massachusetts by the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union.

Ms. Smyth holds an artium baccalaureate in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University and an honorary doctorate of divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Regina Sobieski
12/05/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Working with Victims of Gang Violence

Regina Sobieski is a licensed social worker and certified trauma specialist, and an international facilitator for victims’ rights, victim legislation, and criminal justice policies and protocols. She is well known for her research in victim participation and satisfaction with the criminal justice system, juvenile justice issues, and international law enforcement efforts. Since 2006, Ms. Sobieski has served as a contractual project director for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Texas, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) and Anti-Gang Initiatives. She has developed a strong anti-gang/anti-violence strategy for the district and provided evidence-based anti-gang/anti-violence programming to more than 3,000 youth. She also has collaborated with the National Youth Gang Center and the American Probation and Parole Association in developing standardized manuals to assist communities in implementing their own strategies to combat gang and violent crime.

Ms. Sobieski has presented on gang-related violence and delinquency, prevention programming, and reentry efforts at numerous national conferences and training events. As a trainer and consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime since 1996, Ms. Sobieski provides training and technical assistance to improve service delivery and encourage the use of promising strategies to reduce crime and delinquency, improve educational outcomes, and bolster community cooperation and involvement. She also conducts bimonthly anti-gang initiative meetings with community service providers; local and federal law enforcement officials; and community, business, and educational partners.

Ms. Sobieski earned a master of criminal justice science degree from the University of North Texas. She also is a graduate of the Northern District of Texas Citizen’s FBI Academy.

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Victoria Sostack
10/22/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Implementing and Operating Address Confidentiality Programs

Victoria Sostack is a licensed social worker and the director of victim services at the Pennsylvania Office of the Victim Advocate, where she oversees crisis intervention, support, post-sentencing parole notification, and input services for more than 30,000 registered crime victims. For the past 4 years, she has led the development of Pennsylvania’s Address Confidentiality Program for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Ms. Sostack has received advanced community crisis responder training and is a mediator in crimes of severe violence. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Keystone Crisis Intervention Team and is on the board of directors of the Coalition of Pennsylvania Crime Victim Organizations.

Ms. Sostack has participated in several statewide projects, including the Advisory Task Force on Geriatric and Seriously Ill Inmates, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Victim Rights Subcommittee, and the Sex Offenders Assessment Board’s Sex Offender Management Team. She previously served as a counselor/advocate at the Domestic Violence Service Center in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. She earned a master’s degree in social work from Temple University. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Cindy Southworth
05/24/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Using Social Media to Assist Crime Victims

01/21/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Addressing Technology and Stalking

Cindy Southworth is the Vice President of Development and Innovation at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), where she leads the network’s communications, development, technology, and international efforts. Ms. Southworth joined NNEDV in 2002, when she founded the Safety Net Project to to address all aspects of technology as it relates to violence against women. The Safety Net Team works with private industry, state and federal agencies, and international groups to improve safety and privacy for victims in the digital age; and is one of five organizations on the Facebook Safety Advisory Board. Ms. Southworth also is on the advisory board of MTV’s A Thin Line campaign to stop digital abuse.

Ms. Southworth has spent the past 13 years focusing on how technology can be used to increase victim safety and how to hold stalkers accountable for their misuse of technology. She has testified before Congress and is on many task forces and committees that address justice, privacy, technology, and safety. She holds a master’s degree in social work from University of New England. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Dr. Patricia Speck
04/07/2006 online discussion co-host
Topic: Assisting Victims of Sexual Assault Through a Multidisciplinary Response

Patricia M. Speck, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized family nurse practitioner and an expert in sexual assault forensic nursing. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse, and sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) in the care of adults, adolescents, and children. For more than 20 years, Dr. Speck has practiced as a forensic nurse and family nurse practitioner. She also has been a consultant on the practice and policy of these specialties and on the education of forensic nurses. She has served as a consultant for victim service organizations worldwide, including the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women and Office for Victims of Crime, on how to prevent, identify, and treat sexual and domestic violence between individuals, in families, and in communities.

Dr. Speck is the Chief Executive Officer of Shelby International and the Executive Director of Forensic Nursing Services. She lectures internationally and has received more than 20 local, national, and international awards. She earned her doctorate in public health nursing with a forensic nursing emphasis from the University of Tennessee in Memphis, where her research focused on developing a validated tool for SANE programs to use to continuously evaluate their growth and progress.

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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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Bette Stebbins
09/13/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Using Online Communications to Assist Crime Victims in the Military

Bette Stebbins, MSCP, CA, is the Senior Victim Care Advisor for the Department of Defense (DoD), Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, and has been serving military crime victims since 1995. She is considered a subject matter expert on crime victim care in the military jurisdiction and advises several national organizations that assist military victims of crime. Ms. Stebbins has served as the senior victim specialist on two congressionally mandated Defense Task Forces—Sexual Assault in the Military Services and Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies. For nearly 10 years, she was the victim-witness assistance program manager and a paralegal with the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 25th Infantry Division, Hawaii.

Ms. Stebbins has received numerous awards for her work in developing the Victim-Witness Assistance Program for the U.S. Army in Hawaii, and for helping to establish the DoD Safe Helpline—the Nation’s first confidential hotline resource for military victims of sexual assault. She also was named Federal Employee of the Year for the U.S. Army, Pacific Region.

Ms. Stebbins holds a Master of Sciences degree in counseling psychology from Chaminade University, Hawaii. She also holds a paralegal certification from Brigham Young University and is a Credentialed Advanced Advocate with the designation of Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialist from the National Advocate Credentialing Program.

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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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Hollie Strand
04/29/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Forensic Interviewing in Tribal Communities

Hollie Strand, MFS, is a forensic interviewer for the Child Advocacy Center of the Black Hills in Rapid City, South Dakota, where she serves local, state, federal, and tribal jurisdictions. A licensed professional counselor, she owns a private counseling agency that, through a contract with the state, provides individual and group cognitive-behavioral therapy for individuals on probation. Ms. Strand previously worked as a certified law enforcement officer for the Martin Police Department on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where she continues to serve as a contract consultant. She has held several counseling positions in South Dakota, Nevada, and Nebraska, and has worked in outpatient programs as well as correctional institutions, including the Inpatient Sex Offender Treatment Program at Lincoln Correctional Center’s maximum security prison.

Ms. Strand was a member of the Sex Offender Management Team of Nevada and continues to sit on committees and multidisciplinary teams committed to protecting children, families, and communities. She received her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in psychology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, her master’s degree in agency counseling from South Dakota State University, and her master’s in forensic science from Nebraska Wesleyan University. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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

Robin Hassler Thompson, M.A., J.D., consults with universities, state and national public policy and human rights advocacy groups, and international law firms on issues related to human trafficking and domestic and sexual violence law and policy analysis, Violence Against Women Act implementation, adult domestic violence, workplace violence, and health care issues. She has lectured extensively on the topics of human trafficking and violence against women, and is a contributor to numerous national and international publications and curricula, including an online continuing medical education course on domestic violence and human trafficking for the Florida Medical Association.

Ms. Thompson has served and held leadership positions on local, state, and national boards, committees, and task forces. She was the executive director of Florida’s first Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence from 1993–98; and, at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice, has served on the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women. Ms. Thompson currently chairs the Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls in Tallahassee, Florida.

Ms. Thompson received her law degree from Florida State University’s College of Law. She holds a master of arts degree from Florida State University and a bachelor of arts degree from American University in Washington, D.C., where she graduated summa cum laude. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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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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Elise Turner
04/26/2007 online discussion co-host
Topic: Sexual Assault Response Teams

Elise Turner is both a certified Nurse-Midwife and a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), and she provides SANE training in Mississippi. With more than 25 years of experience in nursing and women’s health, she is the Education Coordinator for the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and she works with law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates, and others who serve victims of sexual assault. She is a faculty member of the Emory University Regional Training Center, and she conducts sexual assault training workshops for the Jackson Police Academy, Jackson State University School of Public Health, and Navy, Air Force, and Army bases. Working with the U.S. Department of Justice, Ms. Turner recently taught courses to judges, prosecutors, physicians, and advocates on the forensic and medical aspects of sex crimes in Kosovo and Macedonia.

Active in the International Association of Forensic Nurses, Ms. Turner chairs its Ethics Committee and serves on its SANE–A Education Standards Committee. She also is on the SANE Coordinators’ National Conference Steering Committee. Ms. Turner is experienced in grant writing and administration and continues to contribute to health systems development in areas of women’s health, perinatal care, and forensic nursing. She has participated in distance-learning products such as video Web casts and has helped communities form sexual assault response teams. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Steve Twist
10/10/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Crime Victims’ Rights Act

08/31/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Victims’ Rights

Steve Twist has worked to promote victims’ rights for more than 30 years, providing assistance to Congress, state legislatures, tribal governments, and local organizations in drafting, passing, and implementing victims’ rights statutes and amendments. He currently serves as Vice President and General Counsel for Services Group of America, Inc. in Scottsdale, Arizona; Counsel to National Victims Constitutional Amendment Project; President (and founder) of Arizona Voice for Crime Victims; Vice President for Public Policy for the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), and a 2003 recipient of the National Crime Victims Service Award. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University College of Law, where he is a founder of the school’s Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project—a project providing free legal representation to crime victims seeking to protect their legal rights.

Mr. Twist serves on the national boards of NOVA and the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children. He has extensive experience litigating cases to enforce victims’ rights, has testified before Congress on the need for a federal crime victims’ rights amendment, and has spoken extensively on drafting, lobbying, and enforcing victims’ rights laws. Mr. Twist is a principal author of the Scott Campbell, Stephanie Roper, Wendy Preston, Louarna Gillis, Nila Lynn Crime Victims Rights Act (HR 5107, Title 1) and author of the Arizona constitutional amendment for victims’ rights and the Arizona Victims’ Rights Implementation Act. His testimony and other selected writings are available at www.nvcap.org. Mr. Twist earned both his bachelor of arts in political science and his juris doctor from Arizona State University. Along with Federal District Court Judge Paul Cassell and Prof. Douglas Beloof, he is the co-author of Victims in Criminal Procedure (Carolina Academic Press, 2006), a textbook in crime victim’s rights law. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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David Uhlmann
08/10/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Victims of Environmental Crime

David Uhlmann is the Jeffrey F. Liss Professor From Practice and Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program at the University of Michigan Law School. Professor Uhlmann has testified before Congress, appeared on national news programs, and lectured widely about environmental crime and sustainability issues. His research and advocacy interests include criminal and civil enforcement of environmental laws, worker endangerment, and efforts to address global climate change. Professor Uhlmann is the author of a Michigan Law Review article on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and has published articles in the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, Utah Law Review, Environmental Law Forum, The New York Times, and the American Constitution Society’s Issue Briefs series.

Prior to joining the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 2007, Professor Uhlmann served for 17 years at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), including 7 years as chief of the Environmental Crimes Section, where he was the top environmental crimes prosecutor in the country. In addition to managing approximately 40 prosecutors responsible for prosecuting environmental and wildlife crimes nationwide, Professor Uhlmann coordinated national legislative, policy, and training initiatives regarding criminal enforcement. He also chaired DOJ’s Environmental Crimes Policy Committee, was vice chair of the annual American Bar Association Environmental Law Conference, and was on the planning committee for the joint American Law Institute-American Bar Association Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws Seminar.

Professor Uhlmann earned a juris doctorate from Yale Law School and a bachelor of arts degree in history from Swarthmore College. Following law school, Professor Uhlmann clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Marvin H. Shoob in Atlanta, Georgia. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Roberta Valente, J.D.
10/26/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Understanding Firearms Laws to Assist Domestic Violence Victims

Roberta Valente, J.D., is a consultant on legislative, family violence, and firearms issues for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She also serves as a consultant to the Domestic Violence Resource Network, advising them on policy issues in the domestic violence field, in particular, those regarding her specialized interests in protection order enforcement, child custody issues, federal laws and interventions, and tribal issues related to domestic violence. Ms. Valente was the founding Director of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic Violence in 1994, and received its Sharon Corbitt Award in 2011 for her exemplary service in the field. She also is the author of several articles on domestic violence issues and family law.

Ms. Valente served as General Counsel for the National Network to End Domestic Violence from 2009 to 2011, and as Assistant Director of the Family Violence Department of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that, she was a consultant and advisor on civil legal issues regarding domestic violence for various organizations, including the Alaska Native Women’s Coalition, the National Congress of American Indians, and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Ms. Valente was one of the lead coordinators of the legislative work to develop the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 as well as its upcoming reauthorization in 2011. Ms. Valente served as Attorney Advisor to the Office on Violence Against Women and, prior to that, worked for AYUDA, Inc., a legal services program for battered immigrants.

In 2009, Ms. Valente received the National Congress of American Indians’ Public Sector Leadership Award for working with American Indian women to obtain additional resources and the authority necessary to bring safety and justice to Native communities. Ms. Valente received her juris doctorate from George Washington University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Maryland, and before the Federal Circuit.

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Ana Isabel Vallejo, J.D./LL.M.
09/19/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Latina/o Victims of Crime

Ana Vallejo is the Cofounder and Codirector of VIDA Legal Assistance Inc., a nonprofit organization working to advance the rights of immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, human trafficking, and other violent crimes. She also is an attorney for the organization and the project coordinator for the Human Trafficking Academy of the Graduate Program in Intercultural Human Rights at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida. Ms. Vallejo has provided legal representation for victims of human trafficking for the past 10 years. She has worked tirelessly in collaboration with the Criminal Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ensure that victims of trafficking have access to the rights and services afforded to them by the criminal justice system.

Previously, Ms. Vallejo was a staff attorney at St. Thomas University Human Rights Institute, where she represented hundreds of victims of human rights violations seeking protection in the United States. She also served as a supervising attorney for LUCHA: A Women’s Legal Project at the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, representing low-income immigrant women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. Ms. Vallejo received her bachelor of arts degree in political science and international affairs from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received her juris doctorate and her master of laws degree in intercultural human rights law from St. Thomas University School of Law. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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James Vann, J.D.
10/26/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Understanding Firearms Laws to Assist Domestic Violence Victims

James Vann, J.D., serves as Division Counsel for the Washington Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). In addition to representing ATF at revocation hearings for firearms and explosives licenses, Mr. Vann provides legal advice to agents and investigators on criminal and regulatory matters involving the Gun Control Act, the National Firearms Act, the Safe Explosives Act, and other areas where ATF has jurisdiction. Mr. Vann also has been designated as a Special Assistance United States Attorney in jurisdictions throughout the country to assist in the prosecution of firearms cases.

Mr. Vann began his legal career as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Virginia. He became a Project Exile attorney after the first year, focusing solely on the prosecution of gun crimes. Mr. Vann received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and his juris doctorate from William and Mary School of Law.

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Victor Vieth
03/26/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Preparing Victim Service Providers and Children for Court

Victor Vieth is the Director of the National Child Protection Training Center at Winona State University, which provides training and technical assistance on dependency, neglect, and termination of parental rights in child abuse cases, and which merged with the National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children (NAPSAC) in 2007. Previously, Mr. Vieth was the Director of Child Abuse Programs at the National District Attorneys Association. He is also the author of “Unto the Third Generation: A Call to End Child Abuse in the United States Within 120 Years,” which was published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma in 2005, as well as numerous articles related to the investigation, prosecution, and prevention of child abuse and neglect. He has trained professionals from all 50 states, 2 U.S. territories, and 17 countries on these topics.

In 1998, Mr. Vieth launched “Finding Words: Interviewing Children and Preparing for Court,” a course he designed to teach the CornerHouse Interagency Child Abuse Evaluation and Training Center’s RATAC protocol (rapport, anatomy identification, touch inquiry, abuse scenario, and closure). The overwhelming response to the course led to the creation of “Half-A-Nation by 2010,” an effort to establish Finding Words programs in half the U.S. states by 2010. As of December 2007, courses have been established in 19 states, under the guidance of CornerHouse and the National District Attorneys Association. A newsletter by the same name is also published for the program.

Mr. Vieth has received distinguished alumnus awards from Minnesota’s Hamline University School of Law in Saint Paul and Winona State University in Winona, and has been named one of “21 Young Lawyers Leading Us Into the 21 st Century” by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. He has also been listed on the American Bar Association’s President’s Honor Roll for its Young Lawyers Division. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Rebecca Waggoner
06/06/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Understanding Violence Against Transgender Individuals

Rebecca Waggoner is the Director of OutFront Minnesota’s Anti-Violence Program, where she manages all program-related activities including developing effective services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) crime victims, staffing the 24-hour crisis hotline, and providing individual crisis counseling and advocacy services to victims. She is also responsible for developing program-related training curricula on topics such as domestic violence, hate/bias crimes, and creating safe community responses to LGBTQ victims of crime. Waggoner has worked extensively with anti-violence focused, community-based programs for more than 15 years. She has expertise in sexual assault and domestic violence, and has worked at every level of program development and management.

Waggoner sits on several community boards and advisory committees including the St. Paul Police Chief’s Community Advisory Board, the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault Board of Directors and the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs’ Governance Committee. She also is the author of the handbook, "The Accidental Lobbyist: Grassroots Organizing in Minnesota." She holds a bachelor of arts degree in women’s studies with an emphasis in public policy from the University of Minnesota. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Steven D. Walker
12/08/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Examining Correlations Between Substance Abuse and Victimization

Steven Walker, Ph.D., is Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences at California State University (CSU), Fresno, where he previously served as chair of the Criminology Department. As a licensed clinical psychologist and an educator, he has 25 years of experience developing victim service education programs, and has conducted numerous workshops on alcohol and drug treatment, victim services, and victim service education standards. Dr. Walker coauthored the original proposal for the establishment of the National Victim Assistance Academy, and has been a consultant to numerous states on the development of State Victim Assistance Academies and standards in victim services. He has directed several drug treatment programs, including the Comprehensive Alcohol Program of Fresno, CA, and the Kings View/Kingsburg Hospital Alcohol & Drug Program; and was a consultant for the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program at Lemoore Naval Air Station, among other organizations. He currently serves on the California Victim Assistance Academy Project Team, as well as the Executive Board of the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies.

Dr. Walker expanded the Victim Services Certificate program and created the first Victim Services Summer Institute in 1989. He designed and implemented the first victimology major in the United States at CSU, Fresno, in 1992; and subsequently created the victim services major at Kansas City Kansas Community College and assisted in developing the victim/survivor services major at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. These programs represent three of the five complete victim service education programs in the United States. Dr. Walker was the founding Vice President of the American Society for Victimology from 2003 to 2006, and for a number of years, he facilitated the development of the first doctorate in victimology.

In 2000, Dr. Walker was 1 of 15 professionals in the United States to be part of the National Victim Assistance Standards Consortium and to help develop its Standards for Victim Assistance Programs and Providers. In 2006, the U.S. Navy honored Dr. Walker as Preceptor of the Year for his clinical supervision of the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program at Lemoore Naval Air Station. In 2008, he received the Allied Professional Award from the Office for Victims of Crime during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Debbie Weir
12/15/2006 online discussion co-host
Topic: Serving Victims of Impaired Driving

12/15/2004 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Victims of Drunk and Drugged Driving

In June 2002, Debbie Weir joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) as the National Director of Victim Services. In this position, she directs the daily operation of the Victim Services Department of MADD’s national office, which provides support and guidance to the field and those victimized by impaired-driving crashes in areas that are not served by individual MADD chapters. Ms. Weir recently developed and wrote a standardized training curriculum for MADD’s Beginning Victim Assistance Training Institutes. She is currently working on the Strategic Plan for Victim Services, which focuses on high-quality, standardized training for all MADD victim advocates and developed plans to reach more victims of drunk driving crashes.

Ms. Weir received a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1982 from Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia. She received her master’s degree in social work in 1986 from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. Ms. Weir has extensive experience in program development. For 7 years, she worked as a hospice social worker specializing in grief counseling. In 1995, she developed St. Paul Hospice-a nonprofit hospice program-where she served as Director from 1995-2002. While there, she created a pediatric hospice program and Healing Hearts-a nonprofit children’s grief center. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Deborah Lamm Weisel, Ph.D.
12/28/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Victims of Property Crimes

Deborah Lamm Weisel is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at North Carolina Central University. She was formerly an Assistant Research Professor and the Director of police research in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at North Carolina Central University. Her portfolio includes research on police responses to crime problems, such as gangs, street drugs, and graffiti, as well as community policing, safety and security in public housing, and repeat victimization from burglary and robbery. Dr. Lamm Weisel has authored several guides for the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, including Burglary of Single-Family Houses and Analyzing Repeat Victimization. Her work also has been published in Justice Quarterly, Public Management, the NIJ Journal, and the American Journal of Police. Dr. Lamm Weisel holds a doctorate in political science and public policy analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Helga West
05/29/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Providing Peer Support to Disaster Survivors

Helga West is Co-founder and President of Witness Justice, a national grassroots organization that provides assistance and advocacy for victims of violence in healing from trauma and in navigating the criminal justice process. The organization was founded by survivors for survivors, with peer support at the core of the organizational culture. After falling victim to a brutal, random attempted murder in 1993, Ms. West became an impassioned activist and has told her story on Larry King Live, Prime Time Live, and Good Morning America. She serves on the Peer Support/Response Committee for the After the Crisis initiative, a coalition funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Mental Health Services, focused on healing from trauma after disasters.

Ms. West has authored a number of white papers and Witness Justice assembled a research-based paper called "Trauma—The Common Denominator" that outlines the nature and impact of trauma. She has presented on topics related to gaps in and barriers to victim service, where peer support has often come up as a means to overcome boundaries to foster healing. With more than 15 years of communications and marketing experience, garnering numerous awards for her work, she continues to serve as a consultant and trainer to victim service providers throughout the country. Ms. West is a certified private investigator and has earned certification in women’s self-defense. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Jill Weston
05/26/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Coordinating and Conducting Victim Impact Panels

Jill Weston is a Victim Services Specialist with the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She provides services to crime victims and works closely with victim advocates, judges, and prosecutors. Ms. Weston specializes in victim services in juvenile and adult correctional systems. She uses her diverse correctional and professional experiences to integrate victims’ issues with offender accountability and has assisted many agencies in developing an appropriate balance of victim-centered offender programs. Ms. Weston is well known for her expertise in victim impact and victim awareness programming. She has trained county, state, and federal correctional staff to deliver programming to juvenile and adult offenders to address the harm they have caused their victims. Ms. Weston also trains staff, offenders, and judicial officials in victim restitution.

Ms. Weston currently serves on the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies advisory council, and as a faculty member for the National Victim Assistance Academy and State Victim Assistance Academies. Formerly, she was on the national team of the "Victims and Corrections Project," which trained agencies and followed up with them regarding victim services in corrections through OVC and the National Center for Victims of Crime. She was also a team member for the OVC-sponsored "Standardized Victim Impact Curriculum for Corrections" project. In 2001, Ms. Weston was awarded the California Youth Authority Medal of Valor–Distinguished Service for her work in the victim services field. Ms. Weston earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Sacramento. She is a graduate of the National Victim Assistance Academy, as well as the Advanced Institute on Victim Studies through Washburn University and California State University, Fresno. 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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Elaine Witman
06/27/2007 online discussion co-host
Topic: Collaborations on Faith-Based Initiatives

Elaine R. Witman is Director of Partnership and Program Development at the Sidran Institute, a nonprofit organization that educates people about traumatic stress and advocates for those who suffer from it. She joined the institute in 2003 to codirect the Baltimore chapter of the Spirituality and Victim Services Initiative with Rev. Theresa Mercer, funded by the Office for Victims of Crime. Before joining the Sidran staff, Ms. Witman served on the staff of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, where she secured federal OVC funding to design and develop a Maryland State Victim Assistance Academy. Ms. Witman has more than 20 years of experience in organizational development and capacity building; program design and implementation; community organizing; training, technical assistance, and community education; and systems integration.

Ms. Witman is currently serving as the Director of the Shofar Coalition, under the auspices of the Sidran Institute, a collaborative response to childhood trauma in the Baltimore Jewish Community. Her past accomplishments include cofounding the Maryland Alliance Against Family Violence and helping to build and manage several nonprofit organizations, including Communities In Schools of Maryland, Parents Anonymous of Maryland, and Head Start of Central Virginia. She has received the Public Citizen of the Year Award from the Maryland State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and the Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Contributions in Maryland in the Prevention of Child Abuse from the Administration for Children, Youth and Families. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Timothy Woods
08/18/10 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims During Cold Case Investigations

05/14/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Victims of Crime

Tim Woods is Director of the Research, Development, and Grants Division at the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) in Alexandria, Virginia. He also is Project Director for all the association’s grants from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), including the Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims During Cold Case Investigations project, in partnership with Justice Solutions, Inc., and the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. NSA, which has provided law enforcement training since 1940 and currently has more than 19,000 members, represents the 3,085 sheriffs’ offices and departments in the United States and other public safety professionals. Mr. Woods is the author of First Response to Victims of Crime 2001, an NSA handbook for frontline law enforcement officers that was cited as one of the agency’s most requested publications. Mr. Woods also wrote the OVC-funded First Response to Victims of Crime Who Have a Disability handbook (2002) and the revised/expanded First Response to Victims of Crime guidebook (2008), for which a companion rollcall video was produced.

Mr. Woods earned bachelor’s degrees in sociology, political science, history, and Germanic languages and literature from Washington University, and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Virginia. He earned his juris doctorate from the St. Louis University School of Law, and has a master of laws degree in international law from the Georgetown University Law Center. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Jim Wright
02/07/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Identity Theft Prevention and Best Practices

Jim Wright is the Managing Director of Programs at the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). He oversees NCPC’s Identity Theft Prevention initiative, educating consumers on the importance of protecting sensitive information and preventing identity theft. He also conducts workshops on the subject for audiences around the country. Wright joined NCPC in 2005 as Director of the Seniors and Crime Prevention Initiative, a post he was well prepared for after 35 years in law enforcement, 25 of which he spent with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C.

After retiring with the rank of captain in 1994, Mr. Wright provided oversight to various federal grant programs at the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Sheriffs’ Association. He has also provided training and technical assistance on issues such as methamphetamine labs and traffic safety, and on preparing for incidents involving weapons of mass destruction. Mr. Wright holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from American University.

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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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Phelan Wyrick, Ph.D.
07/20/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Integrating Evidence-Based Practices Into Victim Services

Phelan Wyrick, Ph.D., is a Senior Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). In this role, he leads OJP’s Evidence Integration Initiative, which provides tools and information to help justice practitioners and policymakers understand, access, and integrate evidence into their work. Dr. Wyrick joined DOJ in 1998 and has held senior positions at the National Institute of Justice and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. In 2007, he received the Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Partnerships. Prior to joining DOJ, Dr. Wyrick served as a Research Associate in the City of Westminster Police Department in Orange County, California.

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DeAnn Yamamoto
04/11/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Analyzing the Impact of Sexual Assault Protection Orders

DeAnn Yamamoto is the Deputy Executive Director of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) in Washington, where she oversees the Client Services Team, comprising clinical therapists, legal advocates, and crisis counselors. She also is responsible for overall staff development and organizational design. Ms. Yamamoto has more than 30 years of experience creating and implementing effective services for physical and sexual assault victims. She has been with KCSARC since 1984 and has written a series of publications for parents and sexual assault victims, including Especially for Parents, Especially for Parents of Adolescents, and A Healing Celebration: A Group Treatment Manual for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Assault.

Prior to joining KCSARC, Ms. Yamamoto worked as a Program Director for C.A.R.E. Services of Lewis County and Alternatives to Violence in Eastern Washington. With both organizations, she coordinated a range of services addressing domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. Ms. Yamamoto received a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from Washington State University, a master’s degree in counseling from Liberty University, and a certificate in human resources management from the University of Washington. 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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Joanne Zannoni
04/15/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Strengthening Sexual Assault Victims’ Right to Privacy

Joanne Zannoni, MSW, LICSW, is Associate Director of Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (CONNSACS), the Connecticut state sexual assault coalition, where she has worked since 2000. She oversees the agency’s fiscal operations, program evaluation, and grant development activities as well as projects involving victim privacy and primary prevention of sexual violence. Her professional experience in the field of violence against women began in 1992 and has included various positions in sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and intervention, from direct services to administration. Ms. Zannoni has developed materials and trained others in the field nationally on protecting sexual assault victims’ privacy and implementing primary prevention strategies regarding sexual violence. She is a graduate of Saint Joseph College and Boston College.

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Laura Zárate
09/19/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Latina/o Victims of Crime

Laura Zárate is the Founding Executive Director of Arte Sana (Art Heals), which is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a model program for underserved survivors of sexual violence. As a Latina victim advocate and bilingual training specialist with 27 years of experience, Ms. Zárate has presented at national and international conferences and reached thousands of victim advocates, allied professionals, and promotoras through workshops held in English and Spanish. For more than a decade, she has led Arte Sana’s bilingual training and materials development projects, including the first national Spanish-language victim service Web page, the first Spanish-language Sexual Assault Awareness Month packet, and the Existe Ayuda Toolkit. Ms. Zárate is also cofounder and facilitator of Alianza Latina en contra la Agresión Sexual (ALAS), established in 2004 as the national Latina alliance against sexual violence.

In 2004, Ms. Zárate received the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s first national Award for Outstanding Effectiveness in Raising Awareness and Promoting Prevention of Sexual Violence; and, in 2009, she received the Community Empowerment Award from the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. Ms. Zárate earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Lucia Zuniga
04/23/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Implementing Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Programs

Lucia Zuniga, R.N., S.A.N.E., is Director of the Massachusetts’ Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program and in this capacity she oversees the program’s statewide operations, protocols, trainings, certifications, and credentialing standards, with the support of a dedicated staff. Ms. Zuniga is the Cochair of the SANE Council of the International Association of Forensic Nurses and the Cochair of the Health Care Working Group of the Governor’s Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence. As an expert in caring for victims of sexual assault, she has trained countless nurses, physicians, social workers, police officers, district attorneys, rape crisis center staff, judges, and others in the holistic approach to caring for victims after the trauma of sexual assault and how best to collect and preserve the forensic evidence of such attacks.

Ms. Zuniga has more than 18 years of emergency nursing experience and was one of the first nurses in Massachusetts to be certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). In fact, it was while working in the emergency department that she developed her special interest in caring for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. She also is a founding board member of the Children’s Alliance in Massachusetts, a member of the Massachusetts Emergency Contraception Network, a legislative committee member of the Governor’s Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence, and Chair of the SANE and Pediatric SANE Advisory Board. In addition, Ms. Zuniga has worked with other pediatric advisors toward the development of a standardized Pediatric Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit with a “Do No Harm” protocol. She is currently overseeing pediatric SANE operations in addition to adult and adolescent services.

Ms. Zuniga graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1987. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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