Meet Your 2018 Speakers!


June 26, 2018

Julie Brand, M.S.

Resiliency 101: From Victim to Survivor

Julie Brand holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and enjoyed a distinguished 25-year career as a school counselor. Now she uses her unique perspective as both a counselor and a survivor, to speak out about females who sexually abuse children. Since 2006, she has educated and enlightened audiences across the United States with her dynamic programs on mother-daughter sexual abuse, female offenders in positions of trust, male survivors and recovery from childhood trauma.


She authored A Mother’s Touch: Surviving Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse (2007), participated in a Canadian documentary on maternal incest (2013) and has testified as an expert witness in district court (2017).


Julie’s upbeat presentations focus on the power of resiliency and healing in all of our lives.

June 28, 2018

Nicole Braddock Bromley

Our Little Secret: Sexual Abuse Survivor's Perspective

Nicole Braddock Bromley is the founder of OneVOICE ( and OneVOICE4freedom (, a sexual abuse survivor and an international spokesperson on child sexual abuse, assault and exploitation. Nicole is the author of Hush: Moving From Silence to Healing After Childhood Sexual Abuse, Breathe: Finding Freedom to Thrive in Relationships After Childhood Sexual Abuse and SOAR: A Film Series and Study Companion to Hush. She was the first person to ever hold a public forum on sexual abuse and trafficking in East Africa, speaking alongside the First Lady, unveiling her book Hush as an official resource to the country to Uganda on the issue of child abuse. She was the on-camera talent for a TV series shedding light on child abuse and sex slavery in Southeast Asia and is currently building a safehouse school for girls rescued from child sex slavery in Cambodia. Nicole has traveled extensively as a voice of awareness and prevention to some of the most at-risk populations around the world as well as to the most prestigious colleges and universities. She is a member of the RAINN speaker bureau, the NCAA Health and Safety speaker bureau and is a frequent guest expert to the media.

June 28, 2018

Karen Vadino, MSW, LPCC, OCPSII

Karen Vadino is a Motivational Speaker, Humorist, Trainer and Consultant. In her thirty-five plus years as a human service professional, most of Karen’s experience has been in the field of chemical dependency, both as a licensed clinician and as a certified prevention specialist. She has considerable experience working with children and families, having served as a clinician and supervisor in Children’s Services group homes and a Children’s Psychiatric Hospital. Karen also has been a part-time instructor in Social Work, Sociology, Juvenile Justice and Human Development at Youngstown State University, Penn State University and Westminster College.


Karen draws from her extensive and varied experience to form the foundation of her unique and distinctively humorous approach to life and work. For the past twenty-five years, she has been an internationally recognized speaker and trainer sharing her inimitable insights with thousands of people – adults and youth – each year. Karen has been described as “one of those rare people who can make you laugh and cry in the same moment”.


Regardless of the topic, Karen’s workshops and presentations are humorous in nature, reflecting her own insightful approach to dealing with life’s daily challenges. She is well known for her “Vadinoan Theories”, including her exhortation to “release your dolphins” and her firm belief that we should never wait until we are entirely happy before we laugh.


Karen is working on finishing a book or two, including a compilation of her original workshop materials and activities.

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Aaron S. Hockman, J.D.

Aaron S. Hockman, J.D. is based in Cheyenne, Wyoming as the Chief Trial & Appellate Counsel for the Wyoming Guardian ad Litem Program, a division of the Office of the State Public Defender. As of January 2018, Aaron also became the attorney supervisor for Laramie, Albany, Carbon and Platte counties. Aaron was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, but was raised in Wyoming. His early childhood was spent in the cities of Sheridan, Cheyenne, and Evanston before his family settled in Laramie.  Aaron attended the University of Wyoming where he received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Criminal Justice in 2006, and his Juris Doctor in 2009. Prior to accepting his current position, Aaron was an Assistant Public Defender in the Sixth Judicial District and also a contract attorney for the Guardian ad Litem Program.  Aaron is licensed to practice law in the State of Wyoming and the State of Colorado. 

Amanda Turlington

Developing Sexual Offender Chaperone Programs to Reduce Risk

Dr. Amanda Turlington is an independent licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Wyoming. Specializing with individuals who engage in sexual misconduct or commit sexual offenses, primary services include Psychosexual Evaluations, Parental Capacity Assessments, and Psychological Evaluations across the State. Individual and group services for offenders of all ages are offered as is promotion for pro-social supports in the client’s life. A current full Clinical Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), Dr. Turlington is passionate about educating individuals to prevent sexual abuse. Dr. Turlington serves on the Board of Psychology in Wyoming as well as participates in many activities aimed at advancing the practice of psychology nation wide.

Amy Kelso, LCSW

Social Worker Program Coordinator, Office of the Respondent Parents’ Counsel- Denver, CO (303) 731-8770 Amy earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston College in 2007. Amy worked in child welfare from 2007-2011. Amy worked part-time at Tufts Medical Center from 2009-2014 as a clinical social worker. She worked full-time from 2011-2014 as a juvenile social worker with the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Lowell, Massachusetts as part of the legal defense team. She worked as a juvenile social worker for the Colorado Public Defender’s office from 2014-2016. Amy has been the Social Worker Program Coordinator for the Office of the Respondent Parents’ Counsel since May, 2016.

Amy Russell

Assessing/Evaluating Children's Statements for Investigative and Court Purposes

Ms. Russell serves as the executive director of the Arthur D. Curtis Children’s Justice Center in Clark County, Washington. Ms. Russell is a licensed attorney, a nationally certified counselor and experienced forensic interviewer. Ms. Russell frequently serves as an expert witness on child abuse issues in multiple state and federal courts, provides training on state, federal and international levels on the investigation, interviews and prosecution of child abuse. She has previously served as a pro bono attorney for children in dependency court, a forensic interview specialist with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security / Immigration and Customs Enforcement and as an adjunct faculty member in the Child Advocacy Studies Program at Winona State University. She obtained her B.A. from Hope College in sociology, her M.S.Ed. in counseling from Western Illinois University and graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Buffalo Law School with her J.D. Ms. Russell has worked with victims of violence and trauma in several capacities, including extensive counseling and support work with child victims of sexual abuse and exploitation; director of victim services and counselor for survivors of homicide victims; and executive director of and consultant for multiple children’s advocacy centers and multidisciplinary teams for child abuse investigations and prosecution. In addition, she has interviewed over a thousand children and has authored several articles on forensic interviewing, child maltreatment and vicarious trauma.

Betsy Fordyce

Betsy Fordyce rejoined the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center in 2016, as the Director of the Youth Empowerment and Legal Advocacy Program. Her work focuses on creating opportunities for youth organizing and advocacy within the child welfare system. Prior to her return, Betsy served as a staff attorney managing the national training program at the National Association of Counsel for Children. In that role, Betsy worked with states across the country to develop and deliver training curricula aimed at furthering high quality legal representation. Betsy obtained her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. She originally began her legal career as a law clerk for Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey of the Colorado Supreme Court. Betsy then worked for the Children’s Law Center for seven years, representing youth as a guardian ad litem in dependency & neglect and delinquency cases, filing briefs and participating in oral arguments in Colorado’s appellate courts, and engaging in policy work. In her current role, Betsy also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, a START consultant with the Kempe Center, and a trainer with the Colorado Child Welfare Training Academy.

Bob Vines

Coaching Boys Into Men and Athletes as Leaders: Engaging Wyoming's Student-Athletes in the Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

Bob Vines is the Washakie County Attorney's Victim Witness Coordinator and a Coaching Boys into Men and Athletes as Leaders advocate and trainer. As a former Wyoming journalist, he spent years roaming the sidelines, court-sides, tracks, pools and soccer pitches of Wyoming's high schools. This experience has fueled his passion for engaging men and boys in the topic of gender-based violence and promoting a primary prevention focus with youth athletes, both male and female, and their coaches. Bob serves on the Wyoming Council on Sexual Violence Prevention, the Washakie Prevention Coalition, and the Wyoming Crime Victims Coalition.

Brandi Tonkel

Utilizing your CAC Beyond the Interview

Brandi Tonkel currently works full time as the lead forensic interviewer for the Children’s Home Child Advocacy Center (CHCAC) in Rapid City, South Dakota, serving local, state, federal, and tribal jurisdictions. CHCAC is a program of Children’s Home Society.  Brandi has completed over 1,400 forensic interviews since joining the CHCAC family in 2010. She began her career in 2004, supervising and mentoring children and adolescents in a residential treatment setting. During this time, she realized her passion was working directly with these youth and became fascinated with the field of forensic interviewing. Brandi graduated with a major in Psychology from Black Hills State University in 2008, and prior to graduation completed an internship with the Children’s Home Society. Her work with Child Protection Services, as an Initial Family Assessment Specialist, completing investigations of alleged sexual, physical or emotional child abuse and neglect for two years taught her many valuable lessons and prepared her for her current position with CHCAC. Brandi has attended forensic interviewing training at the National Child Advocacy Center, advanced forensic interviewing training at the NCAC, leadership trainings and advanced forensic interviewing conferences.  To stay on top of her game, Brandi has participated in hundreds of hours of specialized training by nationally recognized experts in the field of forensic interviewing and child abuse related issues, as well as participating in monthly national and statewide peer review with forensic interviewers from across the country with the Midwestern Regional CAC and within South Dakota, in addition to a national mentoring and consultation group for forensic interviewers with NCAC. Brandi has recently began providing presentations and training to local professionals and community members on recognizing and responding to child abuse, as well as other areas involving child abuse and prevention. Brandi is currently a member of the Western South Dakota Child Protection Council and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, as well as various committees and multi disciplinarian teams working together to protect children.

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Brandon Schimelpfenig, Social Services Analyst, Wyoming Department of Family Services

Brandon Schimelpfenig, Social Service Program Analyst for the Department of Family Services, manages mostly juvenile justice programs for the Department, and is a contributing member to the Department's Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) team. Programs managed by Brandon are the Community Juvenile Service Boards (CJSBs), Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) and the Juvenile Detention Risk Assessment (JDRA) associated with WASCOP. Brandon is the State coordinator for the Wyoming Governor's State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice (SACJJ). He is also the designated contact for Wyoming, for the Interstate Compact on Juveniles (ICJ) as well as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

Christina F. McCabe, J.D., CWLS (certified by the NACC)

Senior Assistant Attorney General, Wyoming Attorney General’s Office Christina F. McCabe is a Senior Assistant Attorney General with the Human Services Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office and a Child Welfare Law Specialist (certified by the NACC). Christina primarily represents the Wyoming Department of Family Services. She is also an adjunct professor at Laramie County Community College teaching Legal Research and Writing I to future paralegals. She volunteers her time helping the next generation of entrepreneurs and business persons through the state high school conferences for DECA (An Association of Marketing Students) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).

Dan Wilde, J.D.

Dan S. Wilde, J.D. is based in Cheyenne, Wyoming as the Deputy Director for the Wyoming Guardian ad Litem Program, a division of the Office of the State Public Defender. Dan was born and raised in Sweetwater County, Wyoming. He attended Brigham Young University where he obtained his Bachelors Degree in 1982. Dan attended the University of Wyoming College of Law and obtained his  Juris Doctor in 1985. Prior to his current position, Dan was the Deputy Director of the Department of Family Services and prior to his stint with DFS, was Senior Assistant Attorney General supervising the Permanency Unity within the AG's Office. In his tenure at the Attorney General's Office Dan created the AG's Permanency Unit and was successful in submitting the grant obtaining the Children's Justice Project.

Honorable Dawnessa Snyder, 2nd Judicial District Court, Carbon County

County Judge Dawnessa Snyder graduated from the University Of Wyoming College Of Law in 2000, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Political Economics from the University of Wyoming in 1997. She was appointed District Judge for Carbon County in July of 2017. Judge Snyder currently serves on the Children’s Justice Project Advisory Council. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Snyder was the Chief Deputy County and Prosecuting Attorney for Carbon County, was an adjunct professor for Western Wyoming Community College, served as the Wyoming State Bar Vice President, Carbon County Bar Past President, Chair of the Carbon County Community Juvenile Services Board and was a Member of the State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice.

Debra DeWitz

The Many Layers of Child Welfare Ethics: A Unique and Honest Look

Deb DeWitz, LICSW, is a social worker and a family therapist who spent the first half of her career in direct service to children and families in Minnesota and North Dakota. She then became a university faculty member for the second half of her career, teaching social work at universities in North Dakota and Minnesota. She currently owns Family Resource Consultants, and has "retired." She has three children who continue to teach her life lessons, even as adults. She provides presentations, workshops, and speeches nationally to lay and professional audiences. She is known for her humorous and down-to-earth style.

Deedee Pegler

Multigenerational Child Sexual Abuse

Deedee Pegler is the Lead Victim Advocate and a Forensic Interviewer at the Children’s Justice Center in Vancouver, Washington. She has ten years of experience working with children who have experienced sexual abuse and other types of trauma, as well as their parents. Deedee has been employed by the Children’s Justice Center for five years.  Prior to joining the CJC team, Deedee was a Victim Advocate at the YWCA, specializing in child victims.  Her experience as a forensic interviewer, a community advocate and a systems-based advocate give her a variety of viewpoints and a wide breadth of knowledge on the topic of child abuse. She is passionate about her chosen career and is dedicated and excited to share her knowledge and experience with other professionals to better serve victims and families.

Denise Rice

Brains, Behavior and Regulation

Denise Rice MSW, LCSW, LAC has been collaborating, training, supporting and partnering with those in Child Welfare and Mental Health for over 18 years. Whether as a local and national trainer, therapist, consultant, crisis assessment specialist, or front line worker, Denise’s mission is to share the message Have Hope! Honor Healing! Practice Peace! Denise currently works as a Crisis Assessment Specialist in the emergency department for Penrose-St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs, is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and is a contract trainer for several agencies and organizations. She is also on the Board of Directors for SOAR! Youth and Adult Choir.  Denise conveys the passion to inspire those who are caring for and supporting children and youth with trauma histories by transitioning into a more regulated and trauma responsive life!   Denise lives in Colorado Springs and loves traveling.

Diane Kulmus, Social Services Supervisor, Carbon County, Wyoming Department of Family Services

Diane Kulmus graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1998, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration of Justice. She began work at the Department of Family Services in Rawlins, in October 1998. Her work experience has been in Child Protective Services, Juvenile Probation, and Adult Protective Services. Diane became Social Services Supervisor in 2001 to the present. She is a member of the Carbon County Child Protection Team, Adult Protection Team, she was active in the development of the Carbon County Alliance for Drug Endangered Children and remains a participating member of the group.

Lt. Eric Nation (retired)

Director of Training and Development, National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Lieutenant Eric Nation began his career in law enforcement in 1995 where he has held numerous positions. From 1996-2002, Nation was assigned to an undercover narcotics unit and from 2007-2012 was assigned as the Commander of the M.I.N.E. Taskforce – Eastside. Nation helped start and develop the Jasper County Drug Endangered Children Alliance, is a member of the National DEC Criminal Justice Working Group. Nation is a Certified Core DEC Instructor that has been involved in the training of thousands of professional across United States as a Trainer for the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. Nation’s efforts towards Drug Endangered Children in Jasper County earned him the 2009 “Ongoing Victims Service Award,”, the 2011 National Drug Endangered Children Collaborative Leadership Award, participant in the Defending Childhood Initiative and Working Group Meeting on Law Enforcement and Children’s Exposure to Violence – United States Attorney General Eric Holder – Washington D.C., and participated in in the development of IACP’s Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Children Exposed to Violence project tools and deliverables as a Children Exposed to Violence Advisory Working Group member in Alexandria, VA.

Gerry Glynn

Gerry Glynn is the Chief Legal Officer for Community Based Care of Central Florida - Holdings. Prior to joining the agency, Gerry enjoyed a career representing children and families as an attorney for more than 25 years. He has been involved with many non-profits serving on numerous boards of directors, including the National Association of Counsel for Children and the City of Life Foundation. Additionally, Gerry was the founding Executive Director of Florida’s Children First.

Gwendolynn Downing, LPC

Prevention Policy and Post Traumatic Growth

As the Manager of Hope and Resilience for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Gwendolyn Downing, LPC, believes everyone should understand the impact of trauma and how to create safety, instill hope and build resilience.  With both professional and lived experience, Gwen works to create culture change and expand trauma-informed and trauma-specific services across service systems and within communities.   A current member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Affiliate Advisory Board and Steering Committee, and current Clinical Director for the Oklahoma State EAP program, Gwen is an advocate for both those who serve and champion, and for our children, youth, and families.

Jenna Quinn

Prevention Policy and Post Traumatic Growth

Jenna Quinn is a child sexual abuse survivor, author, TED speaker, and the namesake of Jenna’s Law. In 2009, Jenna’s Law was the first child sexual abuse prevention education law that passed in the United States named after a survivor. It requires that each school district adopt and implement a prevention policy that educates students and school staff on how to recognize and report child sexual abuse. Now, over half the country has duplicated portions of Jenna’s Law.

With a Masters Degree in Communications, she is a sought-after speaker who has traveled nationwide, educating and sharing her inspiring story with legislatures, law-enforcement, abuse-prevention groups, schools, communities of faith, nonprofit organizations, and the general public for over twelve years. As a survivor who benefited from the services of the Children’s Advocacy Center, Jenna has worked with over 70 CAC’s across the country. She is the National Spokesperson for Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe and has participated in both local and national radio, television, and news programs, dedicating her life to preventing child sexual abuse through education and legislation.

Jennifer Neely

Jennifer Neely has worked for the department of family services for 23 years and has been the state DEC coordinator for 5 years. In 2015, Jen was the co-recipient of the national DEC leadership award for collaboration with Chief Mike Broadhead. 

Jenny Cheung Marino

Jenny Cheung Marino joined the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles in 2001 after graduating from UCLA Law School. She served as a trial attorney for 5 ½ years representing children in court on a daily basis and subsequently as a Writ Supervisor and Attorney Supervisor for 9 ½ years. Jenny is currently the Firm Director for CLCLA4 – a Collaborative Representation law firm which represents Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and Non-minor Dependents. She oversees CLC’s in-house experts which include CARE (“Crossover Advocacy and Resource Effort”), MHAT (“Mental Health Advocacy Team”), Education, Peer Advocate Program, and EPY Specialist (“Expectant or Parenting Youth”). Jenny is the CSEC point person at CLC and the co-chair of the CLC CSEC Committee, co-chair of the ICAN Placement and Reintegration Services Subcommittee and active participant in the CSEC Steering Committee and LA County Victim Witness Protocol Committee. She is also a board member for Survivors Speak, a non-profit public charitable organization which provides professional development opportunities for survivors of sexual abuse, sexual violence and sexual and commercial sexual exploitation.

Jenny Cianciolo MSW, LCSW

Problematic Sexual Behaviors 101: What Trauma Professionals Need to Know

Jenny is currently the Clinical Coordinator of the Mental Health program at Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Jenny supervises a staff of full and part-time therapists and provides TF-CBT, trauma-informed psychotherapy, play therapy, SPARCS group therapy and Child Problematic Sexual Behavior (CPSB) therapeutic interventions.  Previously Jenny worked as a Child and Family Therapist at the ChildSafe Center - Child Advocacy Center in Winchester, Virginia where she obtained national certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and completed the collaborative training in Alternatives-for-Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT).  Prior to this, Jenny held clinical and supervisory positions in North Carolina, Alabama and Virginia in various mental health settings to include adolescent and adult community-based mental health support services, elementary school-based therapeutic day-treatment, and inpatient psychiatric treatment facilities.

Chief Jerald Monahan

How Negative Bias Impact the Investigation or Underaged Sex Trafficking

Jerald Monahan has served the Arizona public safety community for the past 39 years beginning with the Arizona State Prison and the Casa Grande Police Department from 1978 to 2002.  He went to work at the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in 2002 as a Captain and was appointed Chief Deputy in 2005.  In June of 2008 he was appointed as the Chief of Police with the Apache Junction Police Department, and in March of 2013, was appointed as the Chief of Police for the City of Prescott serving there until June of 2016 when he accepted the Chief of Police position for Yavapai College. Chief Monahan has been actively involved in addressing issues of violence against women with each agency he has served.  He was appointed to the Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women in 2003.  In January of 2011, Chief Monahan was named as the Chairperson, serving in that role until December of 2013.  In April of 2015 he was appointed to the Board of Directors for the End Violence Against Women International organization and is the current board President.  Chief Monahan serves as a consultant for the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative since 2009.   He served on the Executive Board for the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police from 2009 to 2014. Chief Monahan holds a Master of Science degree in Leadership with an Emphasis on Crisis Management and disaster preparedness from Grand Canyon University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety Administration from Grand Canyon University, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in the Administration of Justice from Central Arizona College. He is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy, the 230th Session, Sept. 2007.

Jill E. Kucera, J.D.

Jill E. Kucera, J.D., moved to Wyoming in the 6th grade. After graduation from college, she lived in Scotland for five years. She graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1990 and while there was a Comment Editor for the Land and Water Law Review. After law school, Jill served as a law clerk in the 7th Judicial District Court in Casper, Wyoming, for a year before entering private practice in Riverton, Wyoming. Jill worked in Riverton in private practice with a general law focus from 1991-2003. She also served as the Riverton Municipal Court Judge from 2001 to 2003. In July of 2003, she joined the Office of the Wyoming Attorney General and is currently a supervisor in the Human Services Division, and lead counsel for the Department of Family Services. She is admitted to practice before the Wyoming Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  Jill has been a board member of the Children’s Justice Project, Wyoming’s Court Improvement Project since 2008, and is the co-chairperson for the Juvenile Pattern Jury Instructions Committee.

Jody Sanborn

Coaching Boys Into Men and Athletes as Leaders: Engaging Wyoming's Student-Athletes in the Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

Jody Sanborn is a Prevention Specialist for the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic
Violence and Sexual Assault. In this position since 2009, Jody leads efforts for primary sexual
violence prevention in Wyoming and co-facilitates the Wyoming Sexual Violence Prevention
Council. She has experience as a national, state, and local trainer specializing in rural
community education, organizing and mobilization, and college populations. She is passionate
about collective impact and evaluation for social change. As a trainer, she has facilitated
training at the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Rape Prevention and
Education (RPE) Grantee meetings, Regional Primary Prevention Conference, numerous state
conferences and local presentations and workshops across the US. Additionally, Jody is a
former national trainer for Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) and a former Office for
Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) consultant. Jody was
published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma (2013), “Addressing Sexual
Assault within Social Systems: System Justification as a Barrier to College Prevention Efforts”.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree Education with an emphasis
in Adult and Postsecondary Education. She is a recipient of the 2014 National Sexual Violence
Resource Center Visionary Voice Award. When Jody is not collaborating with communities for
social change, she tries to spend as much time as possible climbing rocks, running miles and
miles, and sharing her love of the mountains with her young daughter.

Julie Germann J.D.

ABC's of Working with Child Victims

Julie Germann, J.D., is the founder and consultant at Finding the Right, LLC, where she provides training and technical assistance to improve the response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.  Julie is a former prosecutor with over a decade of experience prosecuting cases of violence against women and children.  Julie was instrumental in opening the Mayo Clinic Child Advocacy Center in Rochester, Minnesota, developing the protocol for the multidisciplinary investigations of child physical and sexual abuse.  Julie is a trained forensic interviewer and has taught child advocacy studies at the National Child Protection Training Center at Winona State University in Minnesota.  Julie obtained her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law and her B.S. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin.

Katie Hughes

Photo Voice Part I & II; Just Where You Are: Understanding Vicarious Trauma and Healing Through Disney's Moana

In her work at the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence against Sexual Assault as the Rural Program Capacity Specialist, Katie aims to hold space for marginalized populations to lead the movement to end violence and oppression in their communities by providing opportunities for healing and connection, helping to create the environment for sustainable and supportive programs to grow, engaging Wyomingites in compassionately challenging the social norms that create the space for violence to occur. Her passion for advocacy is framed through a human rights perspective and she received a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies focusing on human rights in Africa and the Middle East from the University of Wyoming in 2010. Katie lives and works in the wildly beautiful, rural highlands in Southeast Wyoming. She finds joy in the small things: warm socks, a good book, and cuddles from her children. 

Kirk O’Brien, Ph.D

Director, Research Services, Casey Family Programs Kirk O'Brien, Ph.D., is a director in Research Services at Casey Family Programs in Seattle, Washington, where he has worked since 2001. His primary responsibilities include managing, evaluating, and providing consultation on studies of youth in and alumni formerly in foster care, and studies evaluating strategies to help youth exit foster care by safely achieving permanence. Dr. O’Brien coordinated the National Alumni Study and the Northwest Alumni Study, both of which have contributed significantly to the knowledge base of outcomes for youth formerly in foster care. More recently, Dr. O’Brien has led evaluation efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of services provided to youth in foster care who are served by Casey Family Programs. Dr. O'Brien received his B.A. in Psychology from Emory University and received his doctorate in Developmental Psychology (with a specialty in quantitative methods) from the University of Houston. His professional interests include the Transtheoretical Model, family systems theory, and quantitative methods.

Kris D. W. Ferrell, Esq. CWLS

Training Director, Office of the Respondent Parents’ Counsel- Denver, CO (303) 731-8770 Kris is the Training Director of the Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel, an independent judicial agency tasked with providing lawyers to indigent parents in child welfare proceedings. Prior to the ORPC, Kris served as guardian ad litem in the Jefferson County Family Integrated Treatment Court and the Jefferson County Special Truancy Education Program Court. Kris served as a child and family investigator and maintained a private practice representing the interests of the LGBTQI community in family law, and dependency and neglect actions. She received her JD from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco and served as the Honorable Lee D. Baxter Litigation Fellow after graduation teaching in the litigation department, coaching mock trial and working with the Innocence Project. Kris received her Bachelor of Arts from Sterling College.

Kristen Rudlang-Perman, MPA

Director, Data Analytics and Visualization, Casey Family Programs Kristen Rudlang-Perman is Director of Data Analytics & Visualization at Casey Family Programs in Seattle, Washington, where she has worked since 2005. She engages with both internal and external partners to use data strategically to inform child welfare practice and policy, with an emphasis on ensuring safe and permanent families for all children. During her time at Casey, she has worked to build a data infrastructure and data-driven culture from the ground up. She specializes in data analysis and visualization, recognizing they are critical tools for engaging people in thoughtful, meaningful and targeted conversations about the well-being of children, families and their communities. Kristen holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and prior to her work at Casey, she worked with nonprofits in Austin and Seattle.

Lauren Radakovich

Lauren Radakovich grew up in Rock Springs, Wyoming and moved to Texas to attend school.  She graduated Baylor Law School in 2010. Lauren began working for the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office in April of 2011 and began doing juvenile cases in June of 2014.  Lauren currently handles all the neglect and CHINS cases for Sweetwater County.

Lisa K. Finkey

Lisa K. Finkey is the owner of Finkey Law, LLC in Gillette, Wyoming. She is the Wyoming Supreme Court Children’s Justice Project’s 2016 Outstanding Guardian ad Litem. She is also author of the recently released Handbook for Parent Attorney’s published by the Children’s Justice Project. Lisa began her legal career as a law clerk for the Wyoming Sixth Judicial District Court, after which she served as a prosecutor for the Campbell County Attorney's Office in Gillette for two years. Lisa had been in private practice since 2013. She serves as a Circuit Court Magistrate in Campbell County and is the presiding judge of the Campbell County Juvenile and Family Drug Court.

Marissa Schnell, LPA, LSCWA

Problematic Sexual Behaviors 101: What Trauma Professionals Need to Know

Marissa Schnell has a master’s degree in psychology with a clinical emphasis and a master’s degree in social work with an empowerment emphasis. She is a Licensed Psychological Associate and a Licensed Social Work Associate in North Carolina and has worked as a child and family therapist for over nine years. In her work Marissa specializes in trauma treatment and working with children and teens with sexual behavior problems. Marissa worked as a therapist for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety over the last six years. In this role she provided individual, group, and family therapy for adolescents with sexual behavior problems and their supportive caregivers. Marissa currently works as a therapist at Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center in Charlotte where she provides treatment for child victims of trauma and children with sexual behavior problems.

Dr. Marty Nelson

Dr. Marty Nelson, Social Services and Clinical Services Division Administrator, Wyoming Department of Family Services Dr. Nelson has been in the clinical practice of psychology, psychotherapy, diagnostics, forensics, and teaching for more than 20 years. He has worked outpatient, inpatient, medical, military, legal, and administrative settings. He has treated countless patients, taught college courses, provided numerous training's, and collaborated with a wide variety of professionals on a wider variety of cases. He is a seasoned clinician and diagnostician and a dynamic, enjoyable speaker.

Maureen Clifton, M.S.W.

ICPC and ICJ DCA for State of Wyoming, Wyoming Department of Family Services Maureen Clifton has worked and volunteered in social services for over 30 years. She is a certified social worker and has formal training in the areas of social work and psychology, most recently receiving her MSW from the University of Wyoming in 2016. Her work as a social worker and supervisor has consisted of counseling and advocating for children, youth, and families in crisis. For DFS, she has performed a variety of duties in licensing, payment, early childhood development, and assisting child protection workers with child abuse investigations. Maureen is currently a social services program supervisor for DFS. For the last 20 plus years, Maureen has performed various assignments and duties for the DFS Social Services Division in the following areas: foster care, adoption, grant administration, prevention of child abuse, and serving as the Deputy Compact Administrator for interstate compact issues for the State of Wyoming.

Melissa Michaelis Thompson, Esq

Executive Director, Office of the Respondent Parents’ Counsel- Denver, CO (303) 731-8770 Melissa is the Executive Director of the Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel, an independent judicial agency tasked with providing lawyers to indigent parents in child welfare proceedings. Prior to the ORPC, Melissa served as a Lead Attorney at the Colorado State Public Defender’s Pueblo Regional Office, where she defended the constitutional rights of indigent defendants for seven years and was part of the office management team. She is a graduate of the Family Defense Leadership Workshop at the University of Michigan and the Trial Practice Institute at the National Criminal Defense College in Georgia. Melissa received her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School, where she was an assistant editor of the Wayne Law Review, and her and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.

Roberta Volk

Roberta Volk has been working with children and families at the Department of Family Services since 2007 and she became a supervisor in 2011. Roberta is passionate about her work in child welfare and enjoys speaking in the classroom setting for various students seeking their education. Roberta has been a part of the implementation of the Wyoming Practice Model  in Wyoming. Roberta and her husband Jeremiah are married with four children.

Ronnie Cheung

Ronnie Cheung has been an advocate for foster youth with the Children's Law Center of California (CLC) since 2005. As a CLC trial attorney, she regularly conducted detail oriented independent investigations and represented foster youth in their dependency hearings. As a CLC writ attorney, Ms. Cheung effectively presented arguments before the Court of Appeal, assisted staff attorneys to develop legal arguments and trial strategy, and provided training on a variety of topics such as conflicts, making a good record, and case law updates. In her current role as CLC's Training Coordinator, she now develops and manages the training curriculum for CLC attorneys, investigators and staff to improve CLC's advocacy and representation of youth in the dependency system. Prior to joining CLC, Ms. Cheung gained unique insight into the dependency and delinquency systems as a Los Angeles Superior Court law clerk in the Office of the Juvenile Court Presiding Judge and participated in various child welfare committees to improve services for children and families. Ms. Cheung obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her Juris Doctorate degree from the UCLA School of Law.

Shawn Kelley, Captain, Carbon County Sheriff’s Office

Captain Shawn Kelley has been in Law Enforcement for over 19 years, the past 11 years has been with the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office. He started in the jail as a detention officer and moved to patrol/investigations division in 2009, were he investigated numerous cases involving crimes against children. In 2016, Captain Kelley was promoted to patrol/ investigations supervisor. He has been a member of the Carbon County Alliance for Drug Endangered Children and Carbon County Child Protection Team.

Shawnna M. Herron

Shawnna M. Herron represents the Department of Family Services and the Wyoming Division of Victim Services. She was born and raised in Wyoming and attended the University of Wyoming to obtain her undergraduate education in Criminal Justice and Spanish, and studied abroad at universities in Mexico, Argentina, and Spain before graduating magna cum laude in 2006. Shawnna went on to receive her juris doctorate from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2009. During law school, Shawnna interned with the Wyoming Attorney General’s Human Services Division, the Laramie County District Attorney's Office, and the University of Wyoming’s Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Program, where she was awarded the 2008-2009 Student Intern of the Year Award. Shawnna joined the Attorney General’s Office in July 2013 after a four-year stint in private practice, based primarily on medical malpractice defense and civil litigation. She is admitted to practice before the Wyoming Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Stacee Reed, BA, MSW

MSW Director of DEC Network Development, National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Stacee has spent over 16 years working in the child welfare field, gaining insight and experience on a variety of key child welfare issues. Before working for National DEC, Stacee held the Associate Ombudsman position with the Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman. There she was involved in program development and review, complaint resolution, and investigations of and recommendations for child welfare practice and policy. Prior to that, Stacee was the Child Protection Safety Specialist for the Colorado Department of Human Services where she oversaw child safety in child welfare across the state of Colorado. She was also responsible for overseeing and reviewing institutional abuse and neglect investigations and facilitating the Institutional Abuse Review Team. Stacee reviewed fatalities and assisted with the facilitation of the Fatality Review Team. She provided technical assistance and training to county child welfare departments and became a valuable point person for substance abuse issues in child welfare. Her depth of experience in child welfare issues made her a key member on a number of committees and workgroups such as the Substance Exposed Newborns Steering Committee, the Rural Law Enforcement Meth Initiative, the CDHS Child Fatality Review Team, and the CDHS Prone Restraint Workgroup. Stacee also worked for many years as a Child Abuse and Neglect Investigator specializing in complex investigation including fatalities, serious bodily injuries, substance abuse, and mental health. Stacee starting working for National DEC as a consultant in November 2011 and then was hired as the Director of DEC Network Development in May 2013. She is responsible for the development and oversight of State and Tribal DEC Alliances, and she provides technical assistance to National DEC network. Stacee is also an integral member of the training team and has participated in curriculum, online training, and publication development. Additionally, she has trained thousands of professionals on topics involving child welfare issues, collaboration and multidisciplinary teams, evidence/information collection, local alliance development, and other specific drug issues. Stacee received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois focusing on Mental Health and Administration in 2002 and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Iowa with an emphasis on abnormal psychology and dependency behaviors in 1997. Stacee is an adjunct professor at Metro State University in Denver, Colorado where she teaches in the Master’s Social Work Program.

Tifanie Petro

Understanding Childhood Trauma: Building Resilient Children and Communities

Tifanie Petro, MS, works for the Children’s Home Child Advocacy Center as a Forensic Interviewer/ Education & Public Awareness Specialist.  Tifanie provides forensic interviews for local, state, federal, and tribal jurisdictions.  Tifanie also provides comprehensive training rooted in understanding trauma and recognizing and responding to child abuse.  Tifanie believes that by empowering children we can create resilient families and communities.  In support of this belief Tifanie has spent her career in this field working at the Department of Social Services in Child Protection, Working Against Violence Inc., and Youth and Family Services; supporting individuals and families in recognizing their distinct strengths.  Tifanie has presented in Washington, D.C. at the National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference, in addition to local and statewide conferences.  Tifanie is also trained as an Adverse Childhood Experiences Interface Master Trainer.  Tifanie received her BS degree in Psychology from Black Hills State University, her MS in Public Health from Capella University, Minnesota and her MS in Human Services from Capella University, Minnesota.  With the understanding that continued learning only makes us better versions of ourselves, Tifanie continues to enhance her educational and professional knowledge with hundreds of hours of comprehensive learning and specialized trainings based on the latest research.  Tifanie serves on committees and multidisciplinary teams with other dedicated community partners, all who work towards the collective goal of building up each person they meet.    

Tiffany Dickey BSN, RN, FN-CSp., SANE

Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Impact of Trauma

Ms. Dickey has worked as Registered Nurse at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Cheyenne, WY since 2013. Her prior work experiences include employment at a variety of well-known medical facilities including: Shriners Burns Hospital Boston, Tufts Medical Center (Boston), and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She was educated and completed clinical training in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating in 2005 Magna Cum Laude from Regis College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Presently, Ms. Dickey has begun compiling research on the impact of violence and trauma on overall health outcomes. Additionally, she has begun graduate work toward her Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership at the University of Colorado, Anschutz School of Nursing.

Ms. Dickey has enjoyed a variety of skilled nursing experiences throughout her career, including: Pediatric Intensive Care, Pediatric Emergency Care, Medical Surgical Nursing, Skilled Burn Care Nursing, and Emergency Nursing. She completed extensive training in forensic analysis, assessment, and intensive care nursing of burn injuries during her time at Shriners Burns Hospital Boston. Additionally, she served on a team of nurses who assisted in the assessment and evidence collection for pediatric victims of sexual assault while working at Children’s Hospital Wisconsin. In late 2015, she completed training specific to allow her to practice in Forensic Nursing and to become a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner), and in 2018 she became a Certified Specialist in Forensic Nursing. In 2017, she began serving on the Human Trafficking Task Force, through the Office of the Attorney General, Division of Victims Services for Wyoming.

In her current practice as a Forensic Nurse, SANE, Ms. Dickey has cared for numerous victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking. She is committed to providing a high standard of nursing care and forensic assessment with her main focus being the best care and outcome for each individual patient. Apart from her role in patient care, Ms. Dickey enjoys teaching and she has presented at various engagements on the topics Burn Injury Analysis, Childhood Trauma, Forensic Nursing, and Human Trafficking.

Tiffany Eskelson-Maestas

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Tiffany Eskelson-Maestas has worked for the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (WCADVSA) for 16 years, and is currently the Advocacy and Resource Director. Tiffany began as an AmeriCorps member at SAFV Task Force in Uinta County in 1998. She has experience in advocacy, primary sexual violence prevention, sexual assault response, community mobilization, statewide council and team development, and rural services. Tiffany has facilitated trainings nationally, statewide, and regionally. Statewide, she has represented the WCADVSA on the Governor’s Early Childhood State Advisory Council, Wyoming Prevent Team, and Wyoming Sexual Assault Response Task Force. She currently coordinates the Wyoming Conference for Violence Prevention and Response, serves on the Wyoming Health Council Board of Directors, and is a Wyoming Sexual Violence Prevention Council Steering Committee member. Tiffany is a recipient of the 2015 NSVRC Visionary Voice Award. Tiffany’s inspiration is sustained by her partner Pauly and their children Addisen and Landen.

Wendy S. Ross, J.D.

Wendy S. Ross, J.D. graduated from California Polytechnic State University in 2007 with a B.A. in History. She received her J.D. from the University of Wyoming in 2010 and moved to Cheyenne. Ms. Ross began her legal career with a general practice firm and represented clients in family law, criminal defense, and bankruptcy matters. Ms. Ross joined the Attorney General’s Office in 2014. She represents the Wyoming Department of Family Services and focuses on assisting them in achieving permanency for children in abuse and neglect actions through termination of parental rights actions and guardianships. She also represents the Wyoming Child Support Enforcement Program and the Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund. From 2012 through 2015, Ms. Ross served as the Laramie County Bar Association President. She is also an adjunct instructor in the paralegal studies program at Laramie County Community College teaching the family law class.

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