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Guest Host Biographies Archive

OVC Web Forum Guest Host sessions offered an impressive roster of experts discussing best practices for a wide variety of victim issues from 2004-2016. You can read about past guest hosts here by clicking on their names.

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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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Krista Flannigan, J.D.

10/15/15 online discussion cohost
Topic:Lessons Learned From Mass Violence

Krista Flannigan, J.D., is an attorney, educator, speaker, and advocate experienced in emergency response and management, media relations, community collaboration, and program development. Dr. Flannigan has trained nationally on coordinated community response for victims of mass tragedy, high profile trials, and on the impact of mass tragedy on victims and communities. Dr. Flannigan and a colleague wrote two guidebooks and developed a training video about community response to victims of high profile mass tragedy trials. They also co-authored a book, Hope Gets the Last Word, depicting lessons learned as they journeyed alongside those recovering from tragedy.

Dr. Flannigan was a victim services consultant for Jefferson County in response to the Columbine High School shooting. She previously served as co-director for the Colorado Oklahoma Resource Council, a community-based group created to oversee a collaborative effort to identify and coordinate available resources for the survivors and families of the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing while they attended the bombing trials in Denver. Dr. Flannigan has worked with OVC and the Centers for Disease Control to develop a victim assistance response to biological and chemical terrorist attacks. She also provided services to families of the September 11 tragedies and offered training and consulting to other professionals providing services. In addition, Dr. Flannigan was involved in the victim and media response during the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting.

Dr. Flannigan is currently the director of the Institute for Crime Victim Research and Policy at Florida State University’s College of Criminology. The goal of the Institute is to collaborate with victim services professionals and ultimately provide policy and practice recommendations that are based upon need and the best available research and evaluation evidence. She also teaches classes in the university’s College of Criminology and Human Sciences. In addition, Dr. Flannigan served as an advisor to OVC in the development and implementation of the Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources toolkit.

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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

08/12/15 online discussion cohost
Topic: Addressing the Legal Needs of Crime Victims

09/17/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Integrating Research Results Into Victim Services

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

Meg Garvin, M.A., J.D., is the Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute and a clinical professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School. She is recognized as an expert on victims’ rights and has testified before Congress and state legislatures on the current status of victim law. In August 2014, Ms. Garvin was appointed to the Victims Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission. During 2013 and 2014, she served on the Victim Services Subcommittee of the Response to Adult Sexual Assault Crime Panel analyzing the military’s response to sexual violence. Ms. Garvin is a board member of SurvJustice, a national nonprofit organization responding to sexual violence on campus, and an advisory board member for the Red Lodge Legal Services Program. Previously, she served as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Victims Committee and as co-chair of the Oregon Attorney General’s Crime Victims’ Rights Enforcement Task Force. She was also a member of the Legislative & Public Policy Committee of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force and on the board of directors for the National Organization for Victim Assistance. Ms. Garvin is the recipient of the 2012 Crime Victims First-Stewart Family Outstanding Community Service Award. She received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Puget Sound, a master of arts degree in communication studies from the University of Iowa, and a 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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Shannon Going
01/21/2015 online discussion cohost
Topic: Serving Trafficking Victims in Immigrant Communities

Shannon Going is the Attorney Director of Casa Cornelia Law Center’s (CCLC’s) Human Trafficking Program, where she represents immigrants in visa applications for U and T nonimmigrant status based on labor trafficking and exploitation. Before joining CCLC, Ms. Going served as the Immigration Project Director and Staff Attorney for the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation’s Labor and Civil Rights Litigation Project. Ms. Going has experience working with family-based immigration petitions, obtaining nonimmigrant status for qualifying victims of crime and trafficking, and state and federal employment litigation, with a focus on class action lawsuits on behalf of low-wage workers. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Raymond Goins

05/14/2015 online discussion cohost
Topic: Impact of Crime Scene Clean Up

Sergeant Raymond Goins has been an officer of the Norman Police Department since March 1997. While serving with the Department he has been assigned additional duties as a Technical Investigator (CSI); Drug Recognition Expert (DRE Instructor qualified); and academy instructor of basic forensic investigation, crime scene processing/evidence collection, DUI enforcement/Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, and domestic violence. He is currently assigned to the Forensic Investigation Section, Criminal Investigation Division of the Norman Police Department.

Sergeant Goins has provided training for the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, the Oklahoma District Attorney’s Council, and several other agencies on topics of domestic violence, crime scene and injury photography, collection and preservation of evidence, and crime scene processing. Prior to his tenure with Norman PD he was a patrolman for the Roswell (NM) Police Department for 2 years and a Military Policeman in the United States Army for 12 years. Sergeant Goins has enforced military and civilian laws in four states and two foreign countries.

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Leila Kawar Goldsmith, J.D.
11/19/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Forensic Interviewing in Tribal Communities

Leila Kawar Goldsmith, J.D., is a Child Advocacy Coordinator with the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, where she facilitates the Tulalip Multi-Disciplinary Team, addresses child abuse cases, and directs a comprehensive program for child victims of violent crime. Previously, as a teacher in public schools and at a speech and language clinic, Ms. Goldsmith worked with children with learning disabilities and severe emotional disturbances. After attending a teacher training for mandated reporters of child abuse, Ms. Goldsmith was inspired to attend law school with the goal of advocating for children in the criminal justice system. She has since served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, an Attorney Guardian ad Litem, and a Family Law Guardian ad Litem. Ms. Goldsmith received a B.A. from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, a post-Baccalaureate teaching certificate from the University of California-Irvine, and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Carol Gomez, LCSW
01/21/2015 online discussion cohost
Topic: Serving Trafficking Victims in Immigrant Communities

Carol Gomez, LCSW, isa trauma-informed therapist and restorative justice mediator for youth and families. She counsels young people victimized by commercial sexual exploitation as part of a diversion program for trafficked children and adolescents initiated in 2014 in Los Angeles County. She also provides local and global anti-oppression and trauma-informed training, consultation, therapy, and coaching services through the Hearts and Minds Solidarity Counseling Project.

Ms. Gomez has more than two decades of experience working on issues related to violence against women, immigrant rights, victim services, and social justice community organization. She is the founder and former director of Matahari: Eye of the Day, an organization committed to building solidarity and creating community solutions for social justice and human rights. At Matahari, she managed multidisciplinary teams and coordinated holistic care for immigrant survivors of human trafficking, domestic and sexual abuse, and other human rights violations.

Ms. Gomez has published and coauthored several reports and articles on supporting survivors of violence and trauma and creating community responses in the wake of trauma. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Boston College School of Social Work, and she guest lectures at campuses throughout Massachusetts. Ms. Gomez previously served on the boards of United for a Fair Economy and the Resist Foundation, and she was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Domestic and Sexual Violence. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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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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Gabriella Grant
12/08/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Incorporating Trauma-Informed Care Principles Into Practice: December 8

Gabriella Grant, M.A., is Director of the California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care, where she oversees the Center’s research, program, and professional development, as well as policy analysis activities. Ms. Grant also provides Seeking Safety therapy, a model of counseling to help victims of trauma and abuse improve coping skills. Ms. Grant became involved with Seeking Safety in 2006 while managing a 3-year project for the California Department of Public Health to increase access to domestic violence shelters for women with mental health and substance abuse issues. During this project, Ms. Grant helped develop the Seeking Safety trainings and implement them within domestvic violence shelters and in the community.

As a trained policy analyst, Ms. Grant looks at how understanding the neurobiological effects of trauma, safety, and coping can be adapted for effective programming, staff training, and policies and procedures to create a therapeutically beneficial environment for a variety of treatment modalities and outcomes. Ms. Grant has trained social services professionals and advocates on topics such as trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. She has worked with criminal justice agencies, the court system, social service agencies, and public health departments to create trauma-informed programming. She also has taught at the primary, secondary, and university levels. Ms. Grant received a bachelor of arts degree from Amherst College, a Latin teaching certificate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, and a master of arts degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University. 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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Dan Gregory

12/9/15 online discussion cohost
Topic: Using Volunteers Effectively

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
12/9/15 online discussion cohost

Topic: Using Volunteers Effectively 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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Hazel Heckers
05/28/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Creating an Effective Identity Theft Coalition

Hazel Heckers has served crime victims for more than 25 years, advocating for victims of elder abuse and victims with disabilities and raising awareness of the special needs of individuals caring for grandchildren and other relatives as a result of crime. In 2012, Ms. Heckers founded the Identity Theft Advocacy Network of Colorado (ITAN), a multidisciplinary organization hosted by the Identity Theft and Fraud Unit of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that serves victims of identity theft and fraud. Since joining CBI 3 years ago, Ms. Heckers has assisted more than 3,200 victims of identity theft and conducted 200 identity theft-related trainings for law enforcement. She also has provided advocacy in response to more than 1,700 phone calls to the CBI Theft and Fraud Hotline.

Ms. Heckers provides support and guidance to other agencies and organizations around the country seeking to improve their ability to help these often-underserved victim populations. Previously, Ms. Heckers was a member of the committee that worked to pass Colorado’s At-Risk Adult legislation, which defines crimes against older adults and people with disabilities and provides guidelines for enforcing the law. She also helped write and advocate for law enforcement protocols for responding to cases of caregiver abuse, and facilitated the state’s first Protocol for Response to At-Risk Adults. In 2014, at the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony, Ms. Heckers received a National Crime Victim Service Award for her extraordinary efforts in direct service to crime victims. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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

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

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

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

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Shamele Hill
02/11/2015 online discussion cohost
Topic: Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Organizations

Shamele Hill is the Director of Training and Community Engagement at the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition in St. Louis, MO, where she helps develop and facilitate trainings and support groups and coordinates the "A Place to Call Home" news feature, in partnership with St. Louis’ NBC affiliate, KSDK News Channel 5. Ms. Hill has been involved in the field of social work for 15 years, and has extensive experience in working with victims, specifically children who have been abused and neglected and victims of domestic violence. Previously, Ms. Hill served as a case advocacy supervisor at Voices for Children, Inc., where she supervised court-appointed special advocates for children in the foster care system. She also served as one of the original Resiliency Coaches for the OVC-funded Resiliency Project, which developed and pilot-tested a program model that child abuse organizations can use to build resiliency in their employees and volunteers. Upon practicing the principles of resiliency, Ms. Hill developed the Employee Relations Committee within the Voices for Children agency. Mrs. Hill received a master of social work from Arizona State University and a master of human resource management from Lindenwood University. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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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
03/25/2015 online discussion cohost
Topic: Postconviction Exonerations and Victim Assistance

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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Leah Holland
4/8/2015 online discussion cohost
Topic: Providing Appropriate Support for Military Victims of Sexual Assault

Ms. Holland served as the sexual assault response coordinator and domestic violence victim advocate coordinator for the U.S. Army Garrison, Yongsan, in South Korea. In this capacity, she coordinated the installation's 24-hour victim advocacy services, educated commands and service members on reporting options and responsibilities, coordinated events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and conducted healthy relationship classes.

Ms. Holland also worked as the program coordinator for the Pregnant and Parenting Women and Teens grant and the Survivors With Disabilities grant at the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP) from 2011 to 2014. She oversaw grants addressing pregnant and parenting women, teen survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and survivors of sexual assault living in long-term care facilities; provided technical assistance and training; and collaborated with state partners. She also helped to develop multidisciplinary practice guidelines for legal, health, and social services to routinely and compassionately screen individuals for abuse and to make appropriate, culturally relevant referrals to local services. Ms. Holland holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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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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Teresa Huizar
4/22/2015 online discussion cohost
Topic: Child Victims: Providing Effective Rights Enforcement Representation

Teresa Huizar was appointed the Executive Director of National Children's Alliance on February 26th, 2008. Prior to her tenure with NCA, Ms. Huizar served as the Executive Director of the Western Regional Children's Advocacy Center, a technical assistance and training center for 200 Children's Advocacy Centers and multidisciplinary teams in 12 Western states.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Huizar has headed two local Children's Advocacy Centers, coordinated Children's Advocacy Center efforts in the State of Colorado, conducted school-based child abuse prevention programs for more than 10,000 children, and facilitated psycho-educational groups for abused children. She also provides consultation internationally on effective child abuse intervention, most recently to the governments of Turkey and Peru.

Ms. Huizar has a special interest in public policy in the child welfare arena, especially in reducing child abuse fatalities and in the provision of trauma-focused, evidence-supported mental health treatment to child victims of abuse. Ms. Huizar has served on numerous related boards and committees over the years. She is currently a member of both the Advisory Board and Sexual Abuse Workgroup of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network as well as the Steering Committee of the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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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
02/11/2015 online discussion cohost
Topic: Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Organizations

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 has 22 years’ experience in victim services in government, nonprofit, and university settings. She is the President of Mani Partners Strategic Communications, a consulting practice that serves child welfare, victim services, and social justice agencies; and the Product Coordinator for the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit being developed and piloted by Northeastern University to address vicarious trauma in victim assistance providers and first responders. Ms. Kalergis also is a consultant for the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center, focusing on vicarious trauma and resiliency, crime victims’ rights, strategic planning, and state victim assistance academies. Ms. Kalergis’ interest in how victim services work affects practitioners 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. She recently served as the project director for the OVC-funded Resiliency Project, which created and pilot-tested a program model that child abuse organizations can use to build resiliency in their employees and volunteers. 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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Rebecca S.T. Khalil, J.D.
4/22/2015 online discussion cohost
Topic: Child Victims: Providing Effective Rights Enforcement Representation

Rebecca Khalil is a staff attorney with the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), where she directed its Safeguarding Child-Victims’ Rights Initiative from 2010–2012. At NCVLI, Ms. Khalil researches victims’ rights laws and policies across the United States, drafts amicus briefs, provides technical legal assistance to attorneys and advocates nationwide, and creates and presents online and in-person trainings and webinars on a variety of victims’ rights topics.

In 2015, Ms. Khalil was nominated for the General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award. Before joining NCVLI, Ms. Khalil was a litigation associate with Baker & Hostetler LLP in New York City, where she worked on a number of complex commercial and business litigations, including trade secret, securities, and contract cases, as well as white collar criminal defense, governmental and quasi-governmental matters, and corporate investigations. During law school, she was an extern with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Jose, CA. Ms. Khalil holds a B.A. in History from Seattle University and earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Christine Kieffer
03/26/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Helping Victims of Financial Fraud

Christine Kieffer is Senior Director of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation. She oversees initiatives for equipping underserved Americans with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need for financial success; and works closely with government agencies, regulatory and nonprofit organizations, and investor groups to promote safe, smart investing. Ms. Kieffer also provides strategic oversight of the National Financial Capability Study, which measures the financial capability of adults in the United States. Previously, Ms. Kieffer served as co-executive producer of the documentary Trick$ of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud. She also oversaw the Military Financial Readiness Project, which provides financial information and tools to service members and their families, and supported FINRA’s chairman and CEO on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. Ms. Kieffer received a bachelor of sciences degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. 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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Cynthia King, LCSW, LISW
02/25/2015 online discussion cohost
Topic: Developing an Effective Multidisciplinary Team

Cynthia King, LCSW, LISW, it the President of King & Associates, Inc., where she oversees eight therapists treating victims of sexual abuse, non-offending parents, and sex offenders. Ms. King has 28 years of experience in assessment and treatment of juvenile and adult sex offenders, sexually reactive youth, and victims of sexual abuse and their families. She serves on the Pennsylvania Governor’s Sex Offender Assessment Board, where she conducts parole assessments for adults who commit sexual offenses against children; and also conducts sex offender assessments for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Her recent endeavors include individual treatment for males convicted of child pornography crimes.

For 20 years, Ms. King provided consultation to mental health professionals and agencies on providing therapeutic services to victims of sexual abuse, including consults for child advocacy centers (CACs) and child welfare agencies regarding their forensic interviews. Ms. King has written grants and numerous curricula on topics such as child sexual abuse, supervising sexual abuse cases, working with non-offending parents, assessing and treating juvenile and adult sex offenders, and psychological maltreatment of children. She also co-wrote and piloted a 6-month forensic interviewing program for caseworkers, which included a field observation component. Ms. King played an integral role in developing two CACs and a residential treatment program for sexually acting-out adjudicated youth.

Ms. King is on the Ohio Attorney General’s list of expert witnesses for child sexual abuse cases. She typically testifies regarding the disclosure process of children and the forensic interviews conducted by law enforcement officers and caseworkers. She is a member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and the National Association of Social Workers. Ms. King received a master’s degree in social administration from Case Western Reserve University.

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

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

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

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

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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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Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Working With Victims in Cold Hit DNA Cases

Ilse Knecht is the Deputy Director of Public Policy for the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC). For the past 5 years, she has also served as Project Manager for NCVC’s multiyear DNA education initiative. Ms. Knecht has 15 years’ experience in the victim services field and has served on several advisory committees for projects related to sexual assault, forensic exams, and sexual assault response teams. For the past 3 years, she has been the Project Manager for an Office on Violence Against Women grant to ensure a victim-centered response to the problem of backlogged and untested sexual assault kits (SAK). The goal of the project was to give communities the tools they need to create a victim-sensitive approach to SAK backlog reduction. Ms Knecht has authored several brochures about the use of DNA in the criminal justice system, including one specifically focused on notifying crime victims in cold hit cases and another exploring sexual assault kit testing issues. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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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
04/15/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: CACs and SARTs Partnering for Sexual Violence Victims

04/07/2006 online discussion cohost
Topic: Assisting Victims of Sexual Assault Through a Multidisciplinary Response

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