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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07/21/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Older Victims of Financial Abuse
Betty Malks has served as Director of the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency’s Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) in California since 1997 and has more than 30 years of experience in the field of aging. She spearheaded the creation of DAAS to bring together all adult programs under one umbrella, including adult protective, public administrator/guardian/conservator and in-home supportive services, and senior nutrition. Ms. Malks also created the Santa Clara County Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST), which has recovered or prevented the loss of more than $200 million in client assets, for which she has received numerous local, national, and international awards and commendations. In addition, she is the project director of the Enhancing the Capacity of a Diverse Faith Community to Address Elder Abuse program funded by the Archstone Foundation.
Ms. Malks is a board member of the National Adult Protective Services Association and was recently appointed as the North American Regional Representative for the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. She is a member of the National Advisory Panel of the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education of the New York Academy of Medicine’s Social Work Leadership Institute; the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Steering Committee; and the Education Committee of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.
Ms. Malks has published several articles, including “Elder Abuse Prevention: A Case Study of the Santa Clara County Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) Program,” which appeared in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, and “Combating Elder Financial Abuse—A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to a Growing Problem,” featured in the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect. She is a recipient of the 2010 Best Practices Award from by the U.S. National Council on Aging, National Interfaith Coalition on Aging; and the President’s Award from the National Association of Adult Protective Services Administrators in recognition of outstanding contribution to the field of Adult Protective Services in 2004. Ms. Malks was elected into the publication Who’s Who in America in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, and Who’s Who in the World in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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09/10/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Working With Victims in Cold Hit DNA Cases
Michele Mallin is a survivor of a rape committed in 1985 in Lubbock, Texas, for which the wrong man was tried and convicted. Although the true perpetrator confessed to the crime in 1995, the confession was ignored until 2008, when the wrongful conviction was confirmed through DNA testing. Since 2008, Ms. Mallin has spoken at venues and conferences throughout the country regarding the need for DNA testing and changes in laws regarding witness identification reform and the use of proper police procedures. Ms. Mallin received a bachelor of science degree in fitness and human performance from the University of Houston–Clear Lake. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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09/16/15 online discussion cohost
Topic:Responding to Confidential Victim Disclosures on a College Campus
Stacy Malone, Esq., is the Executive Director of the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) in Boston, MA. She joined VRLC, the first national nonprofit law center in the country dedicated to the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims, in 2004 as a volunteer attorney for VRLC’s Rape Survivors’ Law Project, where she provided free legal services to sexual assault survivors on employment, safety, privacy, and other issues. After serving five years on VRLC’s Board of Directors, she was appointed the Executive Director in 2010. Ms. Malone manages VRLC’s administrative, operations, and strategic direction for both the Boston, MA and Portland, OR offices. Ms. Malone partners with the Office on Violence Against Women, OVC, and local and national organizations to train advocates, lawyers, medical professionals, law enforcement, college administrators, and others on how to improve the response to sexual violence. She has experience in the private sector and at both federal and state agencies. Her legal career has focused on working with young women, victims of violence, and those who have faced discrimination. She has presented on the civil legal needs of sexual assault victims, legal issues of sexual assault victims who are minors, advocating under Title IX, conducting a holistic sexual assault legal intake, and the privacy rights of sexual assault victims. Ms. Malone holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Graduate Certificate in Women in Politics and Public Policy Program from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.
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02/15/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Older Victims of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence
09/30/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Sustainability of Victim Assistance Programs
Jenifer Markowitz, N.D., is the Medical Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women, located in Washington, D.C. Dr. Markowitz presents on a variety of forensic-related topics, including medical-forensic examinations, strangulation, drug- and alcohol-facilitated sexual assault, and expert witness testimony. She also provides case consultation, expert testimony, and technical assistance; and develops training materials, resources, and publications.
A forensic nurse examiner since 1995, Dr. Markowitz has presented and facilitated for organizations such as the National District Attorneys Association, several state prosecuting attorney associations, and the Judge Advocate General’s Corps for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. She has worked with the Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice to develop a national protocol and training standards for sexual assault forensic examinations; with the U.S. Department of Defense to revise the military’s Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit and corresponding documentation; and as an Advisory Board member for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Dr. Markowitz is the author of multiple publications, including several book chapters and the clinical text, The Color Atlas of Domestic Violence, and also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the Sexual Assault Report. In 2004, Dr. Markowitz received the International Association of Forensic Nurses’ Distinguished Fellow award and was elected to the association’s Board of Directors in 2011. She became the board’s President in 2012.
Dr. Markowitz received a bachelor of arts degree from Case Western Reserve University and completed her clinical doctorate in nursing at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She is board certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (Adult/Adolescent). View this Guest Host's photograph.
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08/22/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Implementing the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Model
Lieutenant Derek Marsh has served the Westminster Police Department in California for the past 24 years. A lieutenant since 1999, he is currently assigned to the Management Services Bureau, where he is acting City Information Technology Director. He also manages the police budget, payroll, purchasing, contracts, grants, and business enterprise opportunities. In addition to his current duties, Lt. Marsh has served as cochair of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force since 2004, during which time he has developed training DVDs, delivered courses in human trafficking certified by California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, and testified before the United States Congress.
Lt. Marsh’s previous assignments as a lieutenant have included watch commander, administrative services, and the Investigations Bureau. As an officer, Lt. Marsh gained experience as a field training officer and a hostage negotiator. He also was the department’s first D.A.R.E. officer. As a sergeant, he worked in patrol and as the Chief of Police’s adjutant. In addition, Lt. Marsh has served as a department grant writer, acquiring and managing millions of dollars in technology and human trafficking grants during the past 15 years.
Lt. Marsh earned a bachelor of arts in English from the University of California–Irvine, as well as a Single Subject Teaching Credential. He also received a master’s degree in human behavior from National University, a master’s in public administration in public safety management from Walden University, and a master’s certificate in criminal justice from the University of Virginia. He has taught courses in human trafficking at Vanguard University and for both the State and Federal Governments. View this Guest Host's photograph.
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Jennifer Wilson Marsh
09/13/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Using Online Communications to Assist Crime Victims in the Military
Jennifer Wilson Marsh works for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), where she manages the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline and coordinates the services of 1,100 affiliate sexual assault service providers for the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline. In addition, Ms. Marsh is the RAINN program manager for the Department of Defense Safe Helpline, the Nation’s first confidential hotline resource for military victims of sexual assault. With more than 10 years of experience in the victim services field, Ms. Marsh has presented at national victim services conferences on best practices for online crisis intervention and testified before Congress on best practices for sexual assault services. She also has been published in the journal Evaluation and Program Planning, and featured on ABCNews and CNN and in People magazine.
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04/19/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Sexual Assault Victims through Military/Civilian Partnerships
Hallie Martyniuk has 20 years of experience in justice and victim services at the local, state, and national levels, specializing in the unique dynamics of sexual assault in the military. She has been involved in the development of training programs, curricula, and resources on emerging issues related to crime victimization for the crime victim services field and allied professions. She also has presented at numerous national and international military conferences and trainings, and has conducted several trainings of trainers. Ms. Martyniuk has served on the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center’s national training team, and as the training coordinator for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s training program for victim service and allied professionals. She also has served as project coordinator for the National SAVIN Training & Technical Assistance Program and as education coordinator for a community-based sexual assault program.
Much of Ms. Martyniuk’s research and writing focuses on sexual violence, and she works closely with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR). Some of her publications include NSVRC’s Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Information Packet and Human Trafficking Resource Packet, and PCAR’s Core Competencies: The Unique Skills of Advocacy. Previously, through a grant funded by OVC, Ms. Martyniuk developed Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships To Respond to Sexual Assault, a curriculum for community-based sexual assault advocates that has also been used to train staff of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Safe Helpline. She also recently traveled with the United States Marine Corps to Japan and Hawaii to conduct trainings on the unique dynamics of victim impact for military sexual assault victims.
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1/22/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Providing Services to Runaway Youth and Victims of Human Trafficking
Fiona Mason is the Supervising Social Worker for Safe Horizon's Anti-Trafficking Program, where she oversees the client services program. She also serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium. Ms. Mason has worked in the social services field for 10 years. Prior to joining Safe Horizon, she worked with the street homeless population in New York, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. Ms. Mason is a member of the Freedom Network (USA) and the New York Anti-Trafficking Network. She received a master's degree in social work from Hunter College of The City University of New York.
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06/29/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Addressing Sexual Violence in Detention
Shannon May is a Program Director at Just Detention International, a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. She oversees Prison Rape Elimination Act implementation projects in Oregon and Texas, assists with inmate outreach efforts, and provides training to corrections officers, victim service providers, and allied professionals. Ms. May has extensive experience conducting trainings, delivering technical assistance, and providing direct services to victims of crime. She previously served as the resource delivery manager for the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVCTTAC), where she coordinated OVC’s training schedule for victim service providers and the delivery of OVC’s National Victim Assistance Academy. Ms. May has served as a trainer for numerous OVC training workshops, including Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training, The Ultimate Trainer, and Providing Culturally Competent Services to Victims of Crime.Prior to joining OVCTTAC, Ms. May worked with crisis centers throughout the United States while serving as National Hopeline Network Director for a large Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration grant. Ms. May also has provided direct services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence as a rape crisis advocate for CONTACT Delaware and as the special projects coordinator for the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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4/8/2015 online discussion cohost
Topic: Providing Appropriate Support for Military Victims of Sexual Assault
Ann McCarty is the Associate Director of the North County (California) Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center. She has worked with victims of sexual violence and interpersonal violence for more than 20 years. She has also helped conceptualize and develop programs to train professionals working with victims of violence. With her extensive knowledge of the military and its interactions with sexual assault survivors, Ms. McCarty has been instrumental in solidifying the partnership between Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB) officials and the Sexual Assault Response Team of Santa Barbara County, California. She has trained numerous victim advocates through Vandenberg AFB’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. Ms. McCarty also developed an early training program with the Office of Special Investigations and has provided training to agents responsible for investigating sexual assaults of military members.
Ms. McCarty has been a member of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault Council and a representative for the Central Coast Region since 2003. She holds a bachelor of sciences degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in business administration. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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11/30/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Mass Violence
For more than 15 years, Angela McCown has worked to reduce the impact of trauma on crime victims and emergency personnel—and their families—by providing crisis intervention and victim services. She is the founding Victim Services Director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, where she developed a statewide program available to crime victims served by the Texas State Police and Texas Rangers, as well as rural police and sheriff departments that do not have access to victim services. Ms. McCown also serves on the Texas Division of Emergency Management Crisis Consortium, which provides immediate crisis response during state declared disasters. Her experience includes response to the Jarrel tornado, Texas floods, Fort Worth church shooting, Texas A&M bonfire, 9/11, Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, law enforcement line of duty deaths, and many other incidents that require state assistance.
Ms. McCown serves on the Board of the American Society of Victimology and is the President for the Texas Association of Victim Services. She is also a volunteer and consultant for Concerns of Police Survivors, assisting with National Police Week in Washington, D.C., and providing counseling at the COPS Kid’s Camp, Sibling’s Retreat, Parent’s Retreat, and Spouse’s Retreat. She has been a core faculty member and faculty lead of the Texas Victim Assistance Academy and served on the Board of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Ms. McCown received her bachelor’s in marketing from the University of Texas and her master’s in psychology from the University of Houston, Clear Lake, and she is a licensed marriage and family therapist.
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05/15/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Drunk Driving and Child Endangerment
Carl McDonald is the National Law Enforcement Initiative Manager for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Mr. McDonald served in law enforcement for 24 years before retiring from his position as a Lieutenant of the Wyoming State Highway Patrol to accept his current position at the National Office of MADD. Mr. McDonald is an ardent supporter of MADD, a passionate advocate, and a presenter for both law enforcement and the fight against impaired driving. View this Guest Host's photograph.
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07/07/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Addressing Child Identity Theft as Financial Exploitation
Joanne McNabb is Chief of the California Office of Privacy Protection. The first of its kind in the Nation, the office provides information and education on privacy issues for consumers and publishes recommendations for privacy practices for businesses and other organizations. Ms. McNabb is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional with specializations in government and information technology. She is co-chair of the International Association of Privacy Professionals’Government Working Group and serves on the Privacy Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She also is a Fellow of the Ponemon Institute, a research center that studies privacy, data protection, and information security policy.
Prior to opening the Office of Privacy Protection in 2001, Ms. McNabb had more than 20 years’ experience in public affairs and marketing in both the public and private sectors. She holds a master’s degree in medieval literature from the University of California, Davis. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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Dr. James Meeker
10/20/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Using Crime Mapping Software To Assist Crime Victims
James W. Meeker, Ph.D., J.D., is a Professor of criminology; law and society; and sociology and the Associate Dean of Student Services and Computing for the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He also serves on the board of directors for the Public Law Society of Orange County and is a member of the California Commission on Access to Justice. Dr. Meeker previously served as the director of the Orange County Gang Incident Tracking System, a cooperative effort between UCI and the Orange County Police Chiefs’ & Sheriffs’ Associations. He is currently working on geographic information systems and the application of this technology to the analysis of gang incidents in Orange County. In addition, he is applying this technology to the analysis of legal needs in impoverished communities and the delivery of legal services by legal aid organizations. Dr. Meeker has published in the areas of gangs, procedural justice, access to justice for the poor, legal services delivery mechanisms, domestic violence, and the impact of criminological research on policy and prosecutorial strategies against organized crime. Dr. Meeker received a juris doctorate and a Ph.D. in sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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Rev. Theresa Mercer
06/27/2007 online discussion co-host
Topic: Collaborations on Faith-Based Initiatives
Rev. Theresa Mercer has 19 years of experience in program and community development working with faith-based, grassroots, and professional organizations throughout the country. She recently worked on the Maryland Faith Partnership Initiative as a project specialist for the Cabinet Council on Criminal and Juvenile Justice through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. In this capacity, she partnered with faith-based organizations and state agencies to facilitate training and technical assistance to more than 500 community leaders throughout Maryland. Prior to this position, Rev. Mercer was the visiting fellow to the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office in Washington, D.C. There she developed the Value-Based Initiative, a project that partners law enforcement agencies with faith-based organizations and other community groups.
In 2003, Rev. codirected the Baltimore chapter of the Spirituality and Victim Services Initiative with Elaine Witman, funded by the Office for Victims of Crime. She has also worked with other professionals to design conference agendas and curricula that address the nuances of the faith-based, nonprofit community. In addition, Rev. Mercer has served as the Director of Chaplaincy for the Baltimore City Police Department, the Maryland Police Corps, and the Liberty Medical Center for Baltimore. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from the Family Bible College and Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio, and a certification in clinical pastoral education through Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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04/23/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Implementing Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Programs
Joan Meunier-Sham, R.N., M.S., is Associate Director of the Massachusetts Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program, where she coordinates Pediatric SANE services for six Massachusetts Children’s Advocacy Centers, and collaborates with the Massachusetts Children’s Alliance to increase capacity for onsite medical exams at these centers. In 2003, as the Massachusetts Pediatric SANE Training Coordinator, Ms. Meunier-Sham consulted with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to develop the Massachusetts Pediatric SANE Protocols, and the Massachusetts Pediatric Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit. She also coordinated the development of the Pediatric SANE Curriculum, and in 2004, facilitated the first pediatric SANE training in Massachusetts. Ms. Meunier-Sham has since presented the Massachusetts Pediatric SANE Program and the evidence collection kit to groups nationally and internationally.
Ms. Meunier-Sham previously served as chair of the Pediatric SANE Subcommittee of the Child and Adolescent Committee of the Governor’s Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence, and has 10 years of experience as a pediatric clinical nurse specialist in the emergency department of Boston Medical Center. During her tenure at the Boston Medical Center, she worked with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to develop a Pediatric Sexual Assault Program through her membership on the Pediatric SANE Advisory Group. She received her bachelor of science degree from Southeastern Massachusetts University in 1979 and her master of science in parent/child nursing from Boston University in 1985. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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09/24/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Sexual Violence on Campus
Margaret Mikkelsen is the Executive Director of Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reforming college sexual assault policies and empowering students to hold colleges and universities accountable for sexual assault. She provides support, resources, and training to student activists across the country who are working to reduce sexual violence in their college communities. Ms. Mikkelsen is a member of the steering committee for the Office on Violence Against Women’s Grants to Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women on Campus Program. She earned a master’s degree in public policy and management from the University of York, a master’s degree in political science from The Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Amherst College. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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02/13/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Victim Services in Urban High Crime Neighborhoods
Linda Miller is Executive Director and Founder of Civil Society, a nonprofit organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota, which empowers disadvantaged communities to become safe and secure and provides comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking and exploitation. She previously served as project director of the St. Paul, Minnesota pilot site of the Urban High Crime Neighborhood Initiative (UHCNI), which supports the creation of collaborative models for grassroots, community service, and victim assistance organizations in high-crime urban settings to work together to improve services to crime victims in their own neighborhoods. She has more than 30 years of experience as an attorney dealing with underserved and frequently victimized populations, specializing in civil rights and discrimination law.
In 2001, Ms. Miller was appointed by the Commissioner of Public Safety to the Minnesota Victim and Witness Advisory Council, and in 2002 she received a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Department of Justice after developing best practices for reaching out to immigrant crime victims. She previously served as executive board co-chair of Frogtown Weed and Seed, and co-chair of the Thomas/Dale Block Club Crime Committee; and was a member of the Pacific Americans-Asian Pacific Policy Task Force. Ms. Miller is the author of “Victimization of the Acculturating Immigrant,” which was published in the International Journal of Victimology in 2007, and she speaks internationally on the topic of providing services to victims of human trafficking. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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10/15/15 online discussion cohost
Topic:Lessons Learned From Mass Violence
Herman Millholland is founder of the consulting firm Millholland and Associates and serves on the board of directors as president of End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI). With over three decades of experience working in the government sector, he has served as a policy advisor providing guidance and advice to government officials and policymakers on matters of public interest. Mr. Millholland formerly served as chief of the Crime Victim Services Division within the Texas Attorney General’s Office and as State VOCA Administrator from 2002-2010. He also served as director of the Victim Services Division in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in California from 1989-2000.
Mr. Millholland currently serves as a contractor for OVC and served as a principal consultant for OVC’s Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources toolkit. The project was a direct result of OVC’s commitment to assist communities in the planning, response, and recovery from a mass violence or terrorism event. In the spring of 2013, Mr. Millholland was assigned by OVC to work with the community of Newtown, Connecticut in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012. Mr. Millholland interviewed first responders, victim advocates, mental health providers, and government officials as part of an assessment of long-term recovery needs and community resiliency efforts. Building on the lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other mass violence incidents, this OVC Toolkit is a resource to help communities better prepare, plan, respond, and recover should an event occur. With input, support, and recommendations from experts and stakeholder groups from around the country, the comprehensive community toolkit was developed and released in August 2015.
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Michael L. Milnor
05/14/2015 online discussion cohost
Topic: Impact of Crime Scene Clean Up
Michael Milnor is recently retired after a 31-year career in law enforcement in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has held the positions of Sheriff, Director of Public Safety, Director/Coordinator of an FBI multijurisdictional task force, Senior Supervisory Investigator, and polygraph examiner. Mr. Milnor currently holds the position of Professor of Criminal Justice at Liberty University, teaching over 400 residential undergraduate criminal justice students. He has a B.S. Degree in Sociology/Criminology and an M.A. Degree in Management and Leadership. Mr. Milnor has been involved in hundreds of investigations concerning crimes against persons, including child homicide and child abuse. He is a guest lecturer throughout Virginia as well as nationally for the National District Attorney’s Association on the topics of crimes against persons and sexual assault investigation.
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04/15/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Strengthening Sexual Assault Victims’ Right to Privacy
Jessica Mindlin, Esq., is the National Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the nation’s legal response to rape and sexual assault. VRLC provides free legal representation to sexual assault survivors in Massachusetts, and legal technical assistance on sexual assault issues nationally. Before joining VRLC, Ms. Mindlin was the senior staff attorney for the National Crime Victim Law Institute and the Center for Law and Public Policy on Sexual Violence, as well as a clinic instructor at Lewis and Clark Law School. She has also served as the statewide support unit attorney for the Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon, coordinator of the Oregon Supreme Court-Oregon State Bar Task Force on Gender Fairness, and legal access project director for the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Mindlin worked as a rape victim advocate and a counselor and legal advocate for battered women. She is the coeditor in chief of VRLC’s national practice manual, Beyond the Justice System: Using the Law to Help Restore the Lives of Sexual Assault Victims—A Practical Guide for Attorneys and Advocates, coauthor and editor of Rights and Remedies: Meeting the Civil Legal Needs of Sexual Violence Survivors, and author of Child Sexual Abuse and Criminal Statutes of Limitation: A Model For Reform, 65 Wash. L.Rev. (1990), among other publications. She is on the Advisory Council of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the Advisory Board of NEW Leadership Oregon, and the Editorial Board of the Sexual Assault Report. Ms. Mindlin is also a founding member of CounterQuo, a national campaign to change the status quo on sexual assault. She graduated with honors from the University of Washington School of Law, where she was an associate editor of the Washington Law Review.
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03/25/2015 online discussion cohost
Topic: Postconviction Exonerations and Victim Assistance
Katie Monroe serves as the Senior Advocate for National Partnerships at the Innocence Project. Ms. Monroe joined the Innocence Project in August 2012 as its first Senior Advocate for National Partnerships, located in Washington, DC. In this position, Ms. Monroe works with other key stakeholders, such as crime victims, police, and prosecutors, to build bridges and develop consensus around issues concerning the accuracy and reliability of the criminal justice system, and facilitate conversations with these other groups about the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions.
Prior to joining the Project, Ms. Monroe served as the executive director of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, covering innocence work and issues in Utah, Nevada and Wyoming. She was also an adjunct clinical professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, teaching students about wrongful convictions and overseeing casework. Previously, Ms. Monroe was Senior Counsel at the Constitution Project and served on the board of directors of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project. Ms. Monroe began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Bernard G. Barrow of the Virginia Court of Appeals and as an attorney for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She received her law degree from George Mason University. Ms. Monroe also currently serves on the board of directors of the National Innocence Network. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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11/28/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Working with Drug Endangered Children
Commander Lori Moriarty is Director of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Resource Center; Executive Director of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children; and President of the Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. As Director of the resource center, Commander Moriarty is establishing a national network of experts and professionals to assist in developing and providing training and technical assistance. One current priority of the resource center is to assist states in creating alliances regarding drug endangered children. The use of teams or alliances encourages law enforcement and social service providers to provide a multidisciplinary, coordinated response when working with drug endangered children. Commander Moriarty has taught thousands of professionals about home-based methamphetamine labs and the dangers they pose for children living in or visiting them.
In 2001, Commander Moriarty was recognized by the Office of National Drug Control Policy as the Drug Commander of the Year. In 2002, the Adams County Bar Association ( Colorado ) named her Peace Officer of the Year, and in 2004, she received the Friend of Children award from Colorado Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. Commander Moriarty has appeared on ABC News, 20/20, Fox National News, MSNBC, national and Colorado Public Radio, and Public Broadcasting Stations to teach citizens about the hazards present at methamphetamine labs and their effects on children. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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10/18/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Domestic Violence
For more than 18 years, Anne Munch has been dedicated to working with victims of violent crimes with an emphasis on domestic violence and sexual assault. She is currently the supervisor of the "Fast Track" domestic violence unit in the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office in Golden, Colorado. Ms. Munch is an acknowledged national expert in providing training and consultation to local, state, national, and military law enforcement officials, prosecutors, victim advocates, and policymakers and is on the teaching faculty for the American Prosecutors Research Institute, the National Judicial Education Program, and the National College of District Attorneys. She collaborated in creating a multidisciplinary domestic violence and sexual assault training team that received national acknowledgment by the Violence Against Women Act Training and Technical Assistance Program and has presented to audiences internationally.
Ms. Munch received both her bachelor of arts in psychology and sociology and her law degree from the University of Denver. Following law school, Ms. Munch spent 7 years as a prosecutor for the Denver District Attorney’s Office and 2 years as the Chief Deputy District Attorney for the 7th Judicial District in Telluride. In addition to her work as a prosecutor, Ms. Munch was the Executive Director of the San Miguel Resource Center, a domestic violence and sexual assault program in Telluride, Colorado. She also directed the Ending Violence Against Women Projecta statewide multidisciplinary training and technical assistance project in Colorado.
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06/06/2012 online discussion host
06/25/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Sexual Assault Victims
Topic: Understanding Violence Against Transgender Individuals
Michael Munson is the cofounder and Executive Director of FORGE, an organization focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals by building stronger connections, providing resources, and empowering growth through knowledge. munson has been active within the transgender/SOFFA (significant others, friends, families, and allies) community since 1994. munson is a long-time political activist, speaking out against social injustice within the transgender/SOFFA community and beyond, and attentively and compassionately listening to those whose voices often remain unheard.
munson’s work on violence against transgender and gender non-conforming individuals stresses the intersectionality of the complex components of identity, experience, and societal constructs. munson participates on multiple local and national advisory committees to ensure that the needs of transgender survivors are heard and addressed. munson also has authored numerous publications for service providers and allied professionals, including “Creating a Trans‐Welcoming Environment: A Tips Sheet for Sexual Assault Service Providers,” and “Quick Tips for Caregivers of Transgender Clients." munson earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM), with graduate course work in trauma counseling. While at UWM, Munson worked as a research assistant in the Departments of Psychology and Nursing. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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03/11/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Ensuring Rights for Crime Victims with Disabilities
Leslie Myers, M.S., C.R.C., C.D.V.C., is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Certified Domestic Violence Counselor at IndependenceFirst, a nonprofit agency directed by, and for the benefit of, persons with disabilities. Ms. Myers provides counseling and advocacy to crime victims with disabilities, and technical support and case management assistance to agencies that work with or on behalf of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Ms. Myers chairs IndependenceFirst’s Disability Abuse Committee, which developed the DART (Disability Abuse Response Team) Protocol, a community collaborative approach to addressing violence and abuse against people with disabilities that has been duplicated throughout the country. As DART Program Manager, Ms. Myers oversees three programs—the DART Transitional Housing Program for women with disabilities who are homeless as a result of domestic violence; the DARTeens Program, which provides education and outreach on dating and sexual violence to teens with disabilities; and MMDI:ACCESS (the Metro-Milwaukee DART Initiative: A Community Collaborative Effort Serving Survivors From Crisis to Healing).
Ms. Myers is a member of the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence, Commissioner for the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and co-chair of the National Council on Independent Living’s Task Force on Violence and Abuse of People with Disabilities. She is the recipient of a 2009 Champion in Women’s Health Award for Excellence in the Area of Domestic Abuse, the 2006 Justice Award from the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse, and the 2007 IL Advocate Award from the Wisconsin Coalition of Independent Living Centers. Ms. Myers holds a master of science in educational rehabilitation counseling and a Trauma Counseling Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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06/16/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Preventing Child Victimization Associated with Technology
Laurie Nathan manages national outreach and partnerships for the NetSmartz Workshop, an educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). She is currently working to raise awareness of the importance of Internet safety education and to engage and educate communities on ways to better protect children on- and offline. Ms. Nathan has presented on this issue at many educator and law enforcement conferences, including the National Sheriffs’ Association Conference; the T + L Conference, sponsored by the National School Boards Association; and the Internet Crimes Against Children National Conference.
Ms. Nathan brings a background in preventing child abuse and exploitation to the fight against child endangerment on the Internet. A former staff analyst in NCMEC’s Exploited Child Division, Ms. Nathan analyzed Internet-related child exploitation cases and worked closely with law enforcement to resolve them. She also served as the Director of Programs at Prevent Child Abuse of Metropolitan Washington, where she managed child abuse prevention outreach campaigns for the Washington, D.C., metro area and trained hundreds of volunteers on best practices for handling calls at a support hotline for abused and exploited children. Ms. Nathan is an alumna of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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03/22/2006 online discussion host
Topic: Elder Abuse
Lisa Nerenberg, MSW, MPH, has been involved in elder abuse prevention for more than 20 years. She has delivered keynote addresses, moderated panels, and given presentations at hundreds of professional forums both nationally and internationally; testified before congressional committees; served on governmental advisory committees and panels; and provided training and technical assistance to local and regional programs throughout the United States and Canada. Before starting her own business as a consultant to local, state, and national organizations, Ms. Nerenberg directed the San Francisco Consortium for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Institute on Aging. During her 16-year tenure, the consortium piloted the Nation’s first elder abuse multidisciplinary team and other innovative programs, including a support group for elderly victims and a culturally specific outreach campaign.
Ms. Nerenberg has authored dozens of articles, chapters, and publications on such far-ranging topics as coalition building, gender issues in elder abuse, the special needs of elderly crime victims, advocacy, daily money management programs, and the role of the civil and criminal justice systems in elder abuse prevention. Her special areas of interest include promoting cross-disciplinary exchange among professionals in the fields of aging, criminal justice, victim/witness assistance, mental health, domestic violence, and adult protective services. Recently, she coauthored a report and recommendations for addressing elder abuse in Indian Country for the National Indian Council on Aging. She is also coauthoring a book on best practices in elder abuse prevention.
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05/26/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Coordinating and Conducting Victim Impact Panels
Suzanne Neuhaus, M.A., is a parole agent and Victim Services Specialist with the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She has more than 20 years of experience in juvenile corrections, violence prevention, and victim assistance. In her present assignment, Ms. Neuhaus is responsible for providing direct services to crime victims and survivors of offenders supervised under the jurisdiction of California state corrections. She assists crime victims and their families by notifying them of offender status, providing accompaniment to parole board hearings, reconciling restitution orders, developing resources for referrals, and facilitating victim-offender mediated dialogue, when appropriate. In addition, Ms. Neuhaus develops and facilitates victim-centered programming for offenders. She provides training and technical assistance locally and nationally on restorative justice; death notification; grief and loss; forgiveness; the relationship between early childhood trauma and later violence and delinquency; victim advocacy; crime prevention; the impact of crime on victims; and victim-centered offender programming, including mediation and dialogue.
Formerly, Ms. Neuhaus served at the Department of the Youth Authority as a youth correctional counselor, a delinquency prevention specialist, and a field parole agent. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Loyola Marymount University, and a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from the College of Notre Dame. Ms. Neuhaus is a graduate of both the National Victim Assistance Academy and the Delinquency Control Institute, and she is trained in Mediating Dialogue in Crimes of Severe Political and Criminal Violence. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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09/15/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Communities After Incidents of School Violence
Scott Newgass, L.C.S.W., is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 25 years of experience in the field of school consultation and clinical practice, as well as in clinical, hospital, community, and disaster relief settings. Mr. Newgass is an Education Consultant for the Connecticut State Department of Education’s School Mental Health Services, School Social Work programs, and is the State Coordinator for the Safe and Drug-Free Schools program. He has presented on multiple topics relating to the social developmental needs of children and youth, as well as school-based support services. Mr. Newgass was previously a member of the faculty of Yale University School of Medicine, where he served as coordinator of the Regional School Crisis Prevention Initiative and as a clinician with the Child Development Community Policing Program. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C.
04/15/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: CACs and SARTs Partnering for Sexual Violence Victims
Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C., is Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC), which provides child abuse prevention and intervention services in Huntsville/Madison County, Alabama, and houses the NCAC National Training Center, the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, and the Child Abuse Library Online. Mr. Newlin also participates in national and international training, technical assistance, and leadership activities related to protecting children and establishing new Children’s Advocacy Centers.
Mr. Newlin serves on the Board of Directors for the National Children’s Alliance, the Interdisciplinary Review Team for the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Child & Club Safety Task Force, the Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Research Institute Advisory Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Alabama Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers. He also is a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. Mr. Newlin was the 2010 recipient of the Hendrix College Odyssey Medal for Service to the World, and the 2010 recipient of the International Impact Award from the International Services Council of Alabama.
Previously, Mr. Newlin served as cochair of the Child Protection Working Group of the United StatesRussia Civil Society Partnership Program. He also served on the Child Protection Workgroup of the United StatesRussia Bi-Lateral Presidential Commission. Mr. Newlin graduated from Hendrix College, the University of Central Arkansas, and the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez, MSW
09/19/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Latina/o Victims of Crime
Kimber Nicoletti-Martinez, MSW, has been an advocate for Latinas/os, migrant farm workers, and multicultural communities for more than 20 years. She is the founder and Director of Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA), a statewide program at Purdue University that is committed to preventing sexual violence in multicultural communities and other underserved and underrepresented populations in Indiana. She also is the founder of Mujeres del Movimiento, a national resource and support network for Latinas who work in violence prevention.
A survivor of domestic and sexual violence, Ms. Nicoletti-Martinez works at the local, state, and national levels to engage communities and organizations in the use of culturally relevant models for promoting healing and healthy relationships and preventing sexual violence. She has worked as a consultant for many organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Office on Violence Against Women, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and the United States Army. She formerly served as chair of the Advisory Council for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and as president of the Purdue Latino Faculty and Staff Association. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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Dr. Brian Ogawa
01/26/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Cultural Sensitivity in Victim Services
Dr. Brian Ogawa is an Assistant Professor in the School of Applied Studies at Washburn University and Director of the Health Center Pacific, which provides professional training and certification in Eastern psychotherapies. He was previously Director of the Crime Victims’ Institute in the Office of the Texas Attorney General. He is also the author of Walking on Eggshells, which describes Morita therapy for abused women; To Tell the Truth, which assists children in the criminal justice system; and The Color of Justice, 2d Edition, which describes the landmark study on minority victimization. The Color of Justice was perhaps the first book to describe the significant challenges facing the American criminal justice system as it seeks to serve culturally diverse victims of crime. Dr. Ogawa has also been involved in many national research and curriculum projects, including the National Institute of Justice/Urban Institute Evaluation of VOCA Victim Assistance and Compensation Programs. In 1995, Dr. Ogawa received the National Crime Victim Service Award presented by the President and the U.S. Attorney General for going beyond the call of duty to counsel, support, and assist crime victims.
Dr. Ogawa received his doctorate in advanced pastoral studies and counseling from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He holds a master’s degree in divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has served on the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women for the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, Executive Committee of the National Organization for Victim Assistance, National Victim Assistance Standards Consortium, and Victim Issues Committee of the American Probation and Parole Association. Dr. Ogawa has also been a core faculty member of the National Victim Assistance Academy for 5 years and was project director for the OVC-sponsored Texas Victim Assistance Academy.
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06/05/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Incorporating LGBTQ Victims Needs into Mainstream Victim Services
Robin Parker is the Executive Director of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and a diversity consultant committed to building a more inclusive society through diversity education initiatives for individuals and communities. Mr. Parker is the coauthor of The Anti-Racist Cookbook and The Great White Elephant, which address race relations in the United States, as well as the article We Can’t Talk About This: The Trouble With Discussing Sexual Orientation, 2 Honest Conversation 1. He also lectures extensively about the need for individual and community interventions in solving the problems of racism, bigotry, and prejudice. Mr. Parker previously served as a deputy attorney general for the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and as chief of the Office of Bias Crime and Community Relations. He has received numerous awards including the World of Difference Award from the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, the Rachel Davis Dubois Human Relations Award from the International Institute, and the South Jersey Champions of Diversity Award. Mr. Parker received his juris doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law.
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03/11/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Ensuring Rights for Crime Victims with Disabilities
Dan Petersen, Ph.D., is an Associate Dean and Professor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where he teaches professional ethics and victim services. As a psychologist and an advocate for crime victims and victims’ rights, Dr. Petersen has spent 30 years working with families and children in crisis, with a focus on trauma resulting from crime victimization. He has conducted numerous workshops and presented both nationally and internationally on the victimization of persons with disabilities. Dr. Petersen also has authored publications on the psychological and physiological effects of crime victimization.
Dr. Petersen is a member of the executive committee for the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies, and works with the center on grants, research, and national training programs. He has served as the clinical director of the Kansas Neurological Institute and as secretary of the American Society of Victimology. He also served on the national consortium that developed the National Standards for Victim Assistance Providers. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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Alexandra (Sandi) Pierce
01/27/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Serving American Indian Victims of Sex Trafficking
Alexandra (Sandi) Pierce, Ph.D., is an adjunct faculty member of the Sociology Department and the Master’s Program in Community Psychology at Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. Dr. Pierce is of Seneca and European descent and is the principal investigator and author of "Shattered Hearts: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of American Indian Women and Girls in Minnesota”. She is the senior consultant for Othayonih Research and Evaluation Services LLC, with more than 15 years of experience in community-based participatory research and program evaluation with American Indian, African-American, Southeast Asian, and African-born refugee and immigrant communities and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Pierce’s primary areas of study and practice are health disparities, substance abuse, domestic and sexual violence, racial inequality, and identity formation. She has worked as a research scientist at Wilder Research and at the Minnesota Department of Health. Dr. Pierce earned her master’s degree and her doctorate in sociology from the University of Minnesota. She also holds basic and advanced certificates in substance abuse counseling from the University of California Santa Cruz.
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10/13/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Providing Pro Bono Services to Financial Abuse Victims
07/08/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Providing Services for Child Identity Theft Victims
Paula Pierce, J.D., is the Managing Attorney for the Victims Initiative for Counseling, Advocacy, and Restoration of the Southwest (VICARS), a program of the Texas Legal Services Center, where she serves victims of identity theft and financial fraud. Prior to joining VICARS in 2007, Ms. Pierce served on the Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee of the State Bar of Texas, and as an attorney for the Texas Legal Services Center, where she provided legal assistance to elder, disabled, and economically disadvantaged individuals and handled crime victim compensation claims. She has extensive experience in public interest law and has authored numerous publications for victims and attorneys. A frequent speaker on identity theft, Ms. Pierce has presented at the Texas Poverty Law Conference, testified before the Texas House Committee on Business and Industry, and spoken to numerous community groups. She received her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University, and her law degree from South Texas College of Law, where she served as brief writer to the school’s moot court teams and technical editor of the South Texas Law Journal.
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05/27/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Family Members of Missing Children
Abby Potash is the Program Manager of Team HOPE (Help Offering Parents Empowerment), a support network for families with missing children that offers counsel, resources, and emotional support from trained volunteers who have had or still have a missing child. Ms. Potash began volunteering for Team HOPE in 1998 following the recovery of her son, who was kidnapped by his noncustodial father in 1997. As Program Manager, she has developed training curricula, managed and trained Team Hope coordinators and more than 250 volunteers, and personally assisted thousands of families in crisis.
Ms. Potash became a spokesperson for missing children in the wake of her son’s disappearance. She has appeared on various TV programs and has spoken at numerous conferences and advocacy events. Ms. Potash has presented therapeutic approaches for helping families with missing children to mental health professionals, and has been involved in reunifications of abducted children with their families. She is also a consultant with Fox Valley Technical College, where she presents missing children issues to law enforcement and prosecutors.
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08/01/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Community Partnerships for Victim Assistance
Lt. Donald Priddy, Night Watch Patrol Commander with the City of Carbondale, Illinois, Police Department (CPD), has extensive experience in community policing. He has coordinated a number of community events, including National Night Out and Project KidCare, and has been involved in local school programs such as Adopt-a-School and Police and Children Together (PACT) Camp. Prior to his current position, Lieutenant Priddy served as a patrol officer, community resource officer, drug task force investigator, patrol supervisor, and supervisor of CPD’s Community Services Unit.
Lieutenant Priddy authored and served as project coordinator for CPD’s grant program, Promising Practices in Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities, through SafePlace, a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survival Center in Austin, Texas. Through the program, CPD developed initiatives designed to increase the level of service provided to persons with disabilities, including training for all patrol officers. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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01/19/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Stalking in the Workplace
Michael Proctor is a nationally recognized expert in the field of stalking and stalking investigation. He currently consults throughout the United States and abroad on the topics of stalking, stalking investigation, and the development of anti-stalking legislation and programs. As a 32-year veteran of law enforcement and a former detective with the Westminster (California) Police Department’s Family Protection Unit, Mr. Proctor has investigated and consulted on more than 200 stalking cases. He developed a stalking protocol that is in use by many police departments; and has authored several publications, including How to Stop a Stalker, a guide to better understanding the stalking phenomenon. Mr. Proctor has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs—including America’s Most Wanted, CNN, FOX, 20/20, Nancy Grace, and American Justice Files—in an effort to assist those who have been victimized by stalking.
In 2003, Mr. Proctor received the Defender of Justice Award from the California State Assembly for his work in the field of stalking. He is currently a member of the Stalking Advisory Committee for the University of Southern California, and the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. Mr. Proctor received his bachelor’s degree from California State University Long Beach. He also holds a Lifetime Standard Secondary Teaching Credential and a Community College Credential.
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Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith
03/29/2006 online discussion host
Topic: Youth Violence Prevention
Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D., is Associate Dean and Professor of public health practice at the Harvard School of Public Health, a nationally recognized public health leader. She works with community-based programs locally, nationally, and internationally, including the critically acclaimed Partnerships for Preventing Violence satellite broadcast training series. Early in her career, she was a physician in inner-city Boston, where she broke new ground with her efforts to have youth violence defined as a public health problem and not just a criminal justice issue. In 1987, she became the first female commissioner of public health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
As a chief spokesperson for a national movement to prevent violence and a frequent speaker in national media and public forums, Dr. Prothrow-Stith supports the application of rigorous scientific methods to strengthen violence prevention programs. She has authored and coauthored more than 80 publications on medical and public health issues. A Spelman College and Harvard Medical School graduate, Dr. Prothrow-Stith has received 10 honorary doctorates, the 1993 World Health Day Award, the 1989 Secretary of Health and Human Service Award, and a Presidential appointment to the National Commission on Crime Control and Prevention.
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06/08/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Native LGBT/Two Spirit Community Crime Victims
Harlan Pruden is a member of the Cree Nation and an enrolled member of the Saddle Lake Indian Reservation in Alberta, Canada. He is the Assistant Director of the Empire State Development Corporation’s Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development, which works to ensure that minority and women’s business enterprises have equal contracting opportunities with the State of New York. Mr. Pruden is a cofounder of the NorthEast Two Spirit Society in New York City, where he works to revitalize traditional values, culture, and ceremonies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) urban Native communities. He also is a cochair of the National Native HIV/AIDS Coalition, one of the first national efforts within the HIV/AIDS field to include all of the Two Spirit organizations and groups in the United States. Mr. Pruden was appointed to Manhattan Community Board 12 in April 2011.
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07/16/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Crime Victim Considerations for Parole Professionals
Amanda Pyron is the Supervisory Victims Coordinator at the United States Parole Commission. She directs the commission’s victims support program, which encourages crime victims to exercise their right to participate in the parole and supervised release processes by notifying them of hearing and release dates, facilitating victim participation in the hearing and release processes, advocating on behalf of crime victims, and providing referrals to supportive services. She also serves on the board of the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence. A licensed social worker, Ms. Pyron was previously the coordinator of a domestic violence shelter for families in Washington, D.C.
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Mary Gleason Rappaport
03/07/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Making the Most of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Mary Gleason Rappaport served as the Director of Communications at the National Center for Victims of Crime for the past 11 years. In that capacity, she served as Project Manager for the Office for Victims of Crime-funded National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide for the past 6 years. Ms. Rappaport has developed a unique perspective on how victim service providers can make the most of National Crime Victims’ Rights Weekby using special events, media relations, public service campaigns, collaborative partnerships, social media, and much more. She also provides communications expertise and support to nonprofit and government agencies throughout the United States.
Ms. Rappaport has held key communications positions at the American Association of Retired Persons, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Physical Therapy Association, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Rappaport has a successful history of developing and implementing public education, outreach, and advocacy strategies that achieve tangible results at the local, state, and national levels. View this Guest Host's photograph.
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06/18/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Victims of Domestic Abuse in Later Life
Jane Raymond, M.S., is the Advocacy and Protection Systems Developer for the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. For more than two decades, she has helped to further develop protective services and network responses to adults at risk of domestic and elder abuse. Ms Raymond has spoken nationally on issues of domestic violence in later life and has written several papers and articles on the subject, including “Landmark Reforms Signed into Law: Guardianship and Adult Protective Services,” “Elder Abuse, Including Domestic Violence in Later Life,” and “Abuse in Later Life: Name It! Claim It!” She also served as editor of Creating Safer Communities for Older Adults and Companion Animals, a manual developed by The Humane Society of the United States. Ms. Raymond earned her master’s degree in corrections from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is an active member of the National Adult Protective Services Association. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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04/07/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Raising Awareness for Survivors of Child Abuse and Neglect
Anne K. Ream is the founder of The Voices and Faces Project, a national documentary initiative to bring the testimony of sexual violence survivors to the attention of the public; and executive producer of The Voices and Faces Project, Volume One, a benefit CD featuring many of today’s most popular independent rock artists. A longstanding advocate for women’s issues, and a former senior vice president and group creative director at Leo Burnett USA (one of the country’s largest communications agencies), Ms. Ream believes that creative and media-driven ideas can play an important role in social movements. Ms. Ream is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer for Girl360.net, an empowerment project for tween girls; and a founding co-chair of "CounterQuo," a national initiative to change legal and media responses to violence against women.
Ms. Ream serves on the advisory board of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, the country’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. She is a former co-chair of the Leadership Committee for Chicago’s Rape Victim Advocates and has consulted for the Congressional Commission investigating sexual violence at the United States Air Force Academy. A Chicago-based writer and past finalist for the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Documentary Prize, Ms. Ream’s essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Washingtonpost.com, and other publications.
In July 2008, Soroptimist International, a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations, presented Ms. Ream with its "2008 Making a Difference for Women Award." In so doing, the international selection committee lauded her "innovative efforts to improve the lives of women and girls" and her "passion for changing the status quo" through a series of creative, media-driven initiatives. Ms. Ream is a recipient of the Susan Estrich Courage Award and the End Violence Against Women International Visionary Award, and was named one of People magazine’s "Heroes Among Us" in 2006. She also was recognized as one of "Chicago’s Top 40" by the Chicago Tribune in an article that highlighted the leaders, opinion-shapers, and trendsetters who "make the city great" while doing work that makes a difference on a national level. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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08/22/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Implementing the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Model
Ari B. Redbord is an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia who specializes in cases involving sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and human trafficking. He also is the coordinator of the Washington D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force, overseeing a team comprising local and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as nongovernmental organizations, whose members engage in community and law enforcement trainings, community outreach, victim services, and prosecutions of traffickers. Prior to his current position, Mr. Redbord clerked for the Honorable Malcolm J. Howard, United States District Court, Greenville, North Carolina, from 2000 to 2001. He received a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor of arts degree from Duke University.
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Laura Banks Reed, J.D.
11/20/2013 online discussion cohost
Topic: Innovative Practices in Victim Assistance and Compensation
Laura Banks Reed, J.D., is Director of the D.C. Superior Court’s Crime Victims Compensation Program. She has served the Court in this capacity since 1996, when administration of the program was transferred from the D.C. Department of Human Services to D.C. Superior Court. Since then, Ms. Reed and her staff have streamlined the application process, established collaborations, and improved the delivery of services to victims in the District of Columbia. Ms. Reed also is active on several Court-wide committees.
Ms. Reed has served on the Strategic Planning Leadership Council since its establishment in 2001, and has chaired the Management Training Committee since 2002. Previously, she served as assistant deputy register of wills in the Court’s Probate Division and as a prosecutor in the Welfare Fraud Unit of the D.C. Office of Corporation Counsel. Ms. Reed also was in private practice for 3 years, specializing in representing children involved in abuse and neglect proceedings. Ms. Reed is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and a member of the District of Columbia Bar. View this Guest Host's photograph.
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Dr. James Reinhard
05/13/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to People Victimized by Individuals with Mental Illnesses
James Reinhard, M.D., is a board certified psychiatrist and Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services (DMHMRSAS). He is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Vice President of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, and a board member for the Council of State Government’s Justice Center. Dr. Reinhard has completed a fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Program in Psychiatry and the Law, is board certified in Forensic Psychiatry, and is presently on the clinical faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia. He also volunteers as a clinical psychiatrist at Richmond’s Fan Free Clinic, an urban clinic serving uninsured Virginians.
Prior to his appointment as Commissioner in 2002, Dr. Reinhard served as the facility director and CEO of Catawba Hospital in Virginia and later as the DMHMRSAS assistant commissioner for facility management. His clinical and administrative career has been in public sector psychiatry, academic medicine, correctional settings, and the Veterans Administration system, and he has led transformation efforts in the mental health and intellectual disability system in Virginia. Dr. Reinhard received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency training at Dartmouth Medical School, where he later joined the faculty and received an Attending of the Year Award from the psychiatry residents. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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11/04/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Elder Abuse Victims in Indian Country
Melissa Riley manages the Counseling and Faith-Based Services for Crime Victims in Indian Country Training and Technical Assistance Project for Unified Solutions, where she conducts research, develops culturally appropriate training materials for American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and provides training and technical assistance to faith-based grantees. Ms. Riley has several years of experience working with tribal communities on elder abuse investigation, elder program development, and modifications to community elder protection codes. She has incorporated her knowledge and background as a medical assistant into her efforts to address elder abuse, which have elicited a successful response from the community and increased collaboration between tribal service providers. As the supervisor and coordinator for a local senior companion program, Ms. Riley trained local elders to communicate with and care for fellow elders in the community.
As a member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe of New Mexico, Ms. Riley has been able to use her own culture, tradition, work experience, and education to help American Indian and Alaska Native communities enhance and sustain community programs that work toward social justice and health promotion. She is the co-author of a 10-module training curriculum; and co-producer of Healing Journey, a video that highlights the successes of the Faith-Based Project in Indian Country. She has successfully developed human service programs that target services for victims of crime and offenders by utilizing whole-health concepts from a traditional perspective. Ms. Riley also serves as an adjunct professor at a New Mexico State University branch community college where she provides instruction on curriculum development and implementation for undergraduate students majoring in education, early childhood development, and criminal justice. She received her bachelor’s degree in human and community services and her master’s degree in education from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, where she is currently a doctoral candidate pursuing a degree in curriculum and instruction. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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01/19/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Child Victims of Sex Trafficking
Mollie Ring is the Director of Anti-Trafficking Programs at the Standing Against Global Exploitation (SAGE) Project, a nonprofit organization working to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adults. Ms. Ring coordinates direct services for domestic minor and international victims of human trafficking and leads outreach, training, and public education efforts. She also oversees technical assistance initiatives for local, regional, and national partners. Prior to joining SAGE in 2008, Ms. Ring served as a consultant to the United Nations Children’s Fund’s Evaluation Office and the United Nations Development Programme. She is an appointed member of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s Equity Advisory Committee and the National Victim Assistance Standards Consortium. Ms. Ring holds a master’s degree in Public Administration.
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7/24/2013 online discussion cohost
Topic: Addressing ID Theft Cases With Large Numbers of Victims
Theresa Ronnebaum has spent the past 17 years committed to victim advocacy and the criminal justice system. In 2002, she became the first known federally funded identity theft program specialist in Florida. She also serves as a consultant to the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center where she instructs courses on identity theft. Previously, as a regional victim services provider for the Florida Office of the Attorney General, Ms. Ronnebaum worked closely with victim service agencies, domestic violence shelters, law enforcement agencies, and the court system; conducted site visits; monitored federal grant-funded positions; and participated in victim service coalitions and National Crime Victims' Rights Week events. Also, she presented courses on the Crimes Compensation Program, Address Confidentiality Program, and Florida Victims’ Rights. Most recently, Ms. Ronnebaum presented at the Stolen Futures: Child Identity Theft Forum in Washington, D.C., sponsored by OVC and the Federal Trade Commission, and was one of 40 experts who participated in the 2-day National Stakeholder Forum “Emerging Challenges in the Crime Victims Field” as part of OVC’s Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services. Over the past decade, she has appeared on local television programs and on “20/20.” Ms. Ronnebaum received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, with a minor in psychology, from Florida State University. View this Guest Host's photograph.
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06/20/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Enhancing Law Enforcement Responses to Crime Victims
Raymond Rose is the Chief of Police for the Village of Mundelein, Illinois. Prior to his appointment in 1992, he served with the Elk Grove Village Police Department for 24 years, where he achieved the rank of Deputy Chief. Chief Rose serves as Chairman of the Lake County Metropolitan Law Enforcement Group, Chairman of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, and Secretary of the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System Board. He also is active in numerous other law enforcement-affiliated organizations at the local, state, and national levels. Chief Rose has written articles for several law enforcement magazines and recently coauthored a graduate-level textbook on public administration: Managing Local Government.
Chief Rose formerly served as president of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association, the Board of Directors of the Northern Illinois Crime Lab, and the Northeast Multi-Regional Training Board. He has attended the Police Administration Training Program at Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety; the National FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia; and the Senior Management Institute for Police, hosted by the Police Executive Research Forum and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Chief Rose has a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University. View this Guest Host's photograph.
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02/27/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Teen Victims of Dating Violence
Barri Rosenbluth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and School-Based Services Director of SafePlace in Austin, Texas. In this capacity, she directs SafePlace’s Expect Respect Program, a dating violence prevention program through which she trains and consults with school personnel on dating violence, sexual harassment, and bullying. Expect Respect is a comprehensive program that provides counseling, support groups, and educational programs for youth and adults. The program was designated as a promising practice by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and featured in Because Things Happen Every Day, an educational video produced by the National Center for Victims of Crime.
Ms. Rosenbluth helped the Austin Independent School District establish the first school policies in Texas regarding dating violence, which later served as a model for statewide legislation. She also contributed to the development of Choose Respect, a national primary prevention initiative created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote safe and healthy dating relationships among youth. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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01/19/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Intersections Between Human Trafficking and Other Vulnerable Populations
Constance Rossiter is a licensed professional counselor and social worker, and the Social Responsibility Director for the Trafficked Persons Assistance Program at YMCA International Services, where she is responsible for program oversight. YMCA has been providing services to victims of human trafficking since 2003 and has served more than 200 foreign national victims. In 2010, OVC awarded YMCA an Enhanced Collaborative Model Grant to expand its services to domestic victims of trafficking.
Ms. Rossiter has extensive experience working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and other at-risk populations, with a special interest in trauma and cultural diversity. She is an active member of the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance and Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition. As the lead service provider on the Bureau of Justice Assistance-funded Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force, Ms. Rossiter has participated in four immersion learning experiences, training task forces from Wisconsin, Utah, Louisiana, and Missouri. She also has participated in several focus groups for developing curriculums for law enforcement officers and service providers, and has trained extensively on human trafficking. View this Guest Host's photograph.
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03/14/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Best Practices for Coping With Vicarious Trauma
Barbara Rubel, Executive Director of the Griefwork Center, Inc., in Kendall Park, New Jersey, is a nationally known bereavement specialist. She is a board certified expert in traumatic stress and a diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. As a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office for Victims of Crime, she offers keynote speeches and training programs for professionals on issues related to sudden loss and compassion fatigue. As a consultant in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, Ms. Rubel helped the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and University Behavioral Health Care of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to support individuals suffering from the impact of that day’s events. She has taught several death and dying courses at Brooklyn College and was a bereavement coordinator for Hospice of New Jersey.
Ms. Rubel authored the book But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: For Parents and Professionals Helping Child Suicide Survivors and the 30-hour course book for nurses entitled Death, Dying, and Bereavement: Providing Compassion During a Time of Need. She also created The Palette of Grief ® Program and is writing a DOJ training manual entitled Compassion Fatigue: Secondary Trauma. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in community health, both from Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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09/07/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Parents of Murdered Children
Nancy Ruhe has spent more than 27 years helping victims of crime. She is currently the Executive Director of the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. (POMC). Through POMC, Ms. Ruhe has accomplished numerous achievements, including the establishment of POMC’s Parole Block Program, the national Murder WallHonoring Their Memories, specialized grief retreat weekends, and Effective Leadership and Murder Response Team training. Ms. Ruhe also initiated POMC’s Second Opinion Services and guided the launch of POMC’s Murder Is Not Entertainment awareness program. She is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer and has made numerous guest appearances on radio and television and provided interviews to a variety of newspapers and magazines.
Ms. Ruhe also served as an advisor to the International Association of Chiefs of Police for their summit on Victim Oriented Policing and numerous other state and national committees. She is certified by the National Organization for Victim Assistance and is a consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime. Prior to her involvement with POMC, she specialized in domestic abuse and female, male, and child rape/sexual assault victims. She initiated the formation of the Hamilton County Rape Task Force and was appointed to the Ohio Governor’s Sexual Offender Registration Notification Task Force in 2002.
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10/17/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Sexual Assault Victims in the Military
Delilah Rumburg is Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. As a national advocate against sexual violence, she has helped shape national policy on violence against women for more than 26 years. In September 2007, she was sworn in as a member of the Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military Services. Previously, she served as co-chair on the Department of Defense Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies to which she was appointed by former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. In this capacity, Ms. Rumburg assessed the U.S. military academies regarding sexual violence and made recommendations for their response to it.
Ms. Rumburg is a gubernatorial appointee to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and Chair of the Victim Services Advisory Council. She has been Executive Director of PCAR for 12 years—a time during which the coalition has seen tremendous growth, with funding for Pennsylvania’s 52 rape crisis centers increasing from $3.5 million to more than $13 million. She has also served on the Governor’s Partnership for Safe Children and is a 2006 National Crime Victim Service Award recipient. View this Guest Host’s photograph.
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