• Assistant District Attorney, Texas
Ashley Keil is an Assistant District Attorney in Collin County, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 2009. >>
She has been an Assistant DA in Collin County since 2010. During her almost 8 years as a prosecutor, Ms. Keil has tried cases ranging from injury to a child to continuous sexual abuse of child, and from drug possession to capital murder. Ms. Keil is currently assigned the Crimes Against Children division within the Collin County DA’s Office where her caseload is specialized to handle cases involving physical and sexual abuse of children.
Detective Sergeant Christopher Cecil
• Detective, Indiana State Police
Detective Sergeant Christopher Cecil has been a sworn law enforcement officer with the Indiana State Police since 1993. He is currently assigned to the ISP Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. >>
Detective Getz worked as a uniformed trooper for approximately 13 years and moved to general assignment investigations for the Bloomington District.
• Investigator, Summit County Attorney’s Office, Utah
Christina Sally began her career in law enforcement in 1985 in the Oakland Bay Area of California. Christina worked a variety of police assignments during her California career, gaining vast experience in a variety of law enforcement functions. >>
Christina was and is currently a forensic sketch artist, having trained at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. She retired as a sergeant and moved to Utah. Since 2005, Christina has been the investigator for Summit County Attorney’s Office, conducting a myriad of criminal and personnel investigations. In addition to investigative duties, she provides training for public safety entities, speaks at national conferences for law enforcement, and teaches classes to young students on character qualities, anti-bullying, and safety issues. Christina developed the Summit County Children’s Justice Center and created a safety camp for children entering kindergarten and first grade. Christina was Detective of the Year in 2010 and was awarded the Grethe Peterson Award for Children’s Justice for the state of Utah in 2012. Additionally, she has received several local awards for her investigations and dedication to protecting children. Christina has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in forensic psychology and is in the final phase of her PhD program.
• Support to End Exploitation Now Program Manager, Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, Boston, MA
Beth Bouchard is the SEEN (Support to End Exploitation Now) Program Manager at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County in Boston, MA. As Coordinator and now Program Manager, she has coordinated a collaborative, interagency response for over 700 at-risk and commercially sexually exploited youth. >>
Working daily with the Boston Police Department Human Trafficking Unit, the Office of the Suffolk County District Attorney, the MA Department of Children and Families, juvenile justice providers, and community partners; Beth navigates state and local systems, provides training and outreach, and ensures that each child referred to SEEN receives a comprehensive, coordinated response. Her professional background includes advocacy, case management and providing victims services to adult and child survivors of sexual assault, domestic abuse, and human trafficking, as well as undocumented and refugee populations.
Special Agent David Fallon
• National Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team, FBI
David Fallon is a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He joined the FBI in May 1991. Prior to the FBI, Special Agent (SA) Fallon practiced law in the State of Rhode Island. SA Fallon is currently assigned to the FBI’s Albany Division. Since 1998, SA Fallon has exclusively investigated crimes against children matters, including child abductions and Internet sexual predators. >>
He is the case agent for FBI Albany’s Child Exploitation Task Force and is the senior team leader of the FBI’s Northeast Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team. Since 2001, SA Fallon has operated an undercover operation targeting online sexual predators and individuals who manufacture and distribute child pornography. SA Fallon is also a 19-year veteran of FBI Albany’s SWAT Team. SA Fallon earned a law degree from the Creighton University School of Law in Nebraska in 1988. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College in 1985. SA Fallon was the recipient of the 2014 National Center for Missing and Exploited Children John Walsh Award for Excellence in Investigation. SA Fallon is also employed, part-time, as an Adjunct Professor at the State University of New York, University at Albany, in the School of Criminal Justice. SA Fallon teaches classes on understanding and investigating online sexual predators and child abductors.
Lieutenant Eric Nation
• Certified Core DEC Instructor, 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 and 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 “On going 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.
Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed., RP., CCC.
• Psychotherapist, Ontario, Canada
Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed., RP., CCC. is a Registered Psychotherapist in the province of Ontario and compassion fatigue specialist. Her experience stems from over 20 years as a mental health professional, working as crisis counselor and trauma specialist in hospital, university counseling, military, law enforcement and other community mental health environments. >>
Françoise is co-executive director of TEND, whose aim is to offer consulting and training to helpers on topics related to secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout, self-care, wellness and organizational health. Since 2001, Françoise has given hundreds of seminars on compassion fatigue and secondary trauma across North America to thousands of helping professionals in the fields of health care, child welfare, the criminal justice system and other similar high stress, trauma exposed professions. Françoise is an engaging and dynamic speaker who offers evidence-informed solutions to helping professionals seeking validation and new strategies to remain healthy while working in this challenging and rewarding field. Her authentic, positive outlook and commitment to helping individuals excel are hallmarks of her work. She is the author of “The Compassion Fatigue Workbook” which was published by Routledge in 2012 as well as several articles and publications.
• Private Practitioner, Educator
Geraldine Crisci, M.S.W. is a mental health professional with 30 years’ experience in the field of trauma. She is a private practitioner who provides assessment and treatment to children, youth and their families. >>
She is also a professional trainer providing educational programs to mental health, protective services, law enforcement, medical and other helping profession. Geraldine developed and teaches the 6-day Trauma Assessment and Treatment Program for Safeguards which has reached 1500 professionals in the past 10 years. Geraldine has developed protocols for the assessment and treatment of trauma, sexualized behavior problems and sibling sexual abuse. Geraldine also developed reunification protocol for families. She has provided support to agencies and families in successful adoption of children from the Protection system. She has worked extensively with residential treatment programs for children and youth for the past 20 years. She specializes in addressing the impact of trauma on the behavior of children and youth. To this end, she develops clinical programs to provide children, youth and their families with corrective effective therapeutic intervention. Geraldine is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).
Dr. James Hopper
• Independent Consultant; Teaching Associate in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Dr. James Hopper is an independent consultant and Teaching Associate in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. For over 25 years Dr. Hopper’s research, clinical and consulting work has focused on the psychological and biological effects of child abuse, sexual assault and other traumatic experiences. >>
As a clinician, Dr. Hopper works with adults who have experienced assault or were abused as children. In his forensic work, he testifies on short- and long-term impacts of child abuse and sexual assault. Dr. Hopper served on the Peace Corps Sexual Assault Advisory Council and consults and teaches nationally and internationally to military and civilian investigators, prosecutors, judges, victim advocates, commanders and higher education administrators.
• Psychologist, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Jennifer Shaw received her Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C. Dr. Shaw has worked in a number of clinical settings and capacities in the Washington D.C. metro area, prior to her current specialization in the assessment and treatment of childhood trauma. >>
Dr. Shaw has specialized training and experience working with children who develop sexual behavior problems (typically as a result of physical or sexual abuse or exposure to domestic violence or other inappropriate and overstimulating environments). She co-authored a Guilford publication with Dr. Eliana Gil, entitled Working with Children with Sexual Behavior Problems and has authored several chapters in play therapy publications. She is the coordinator of a specialized family-based program, called the Boundary Project, at Gil Institute. Dr. Shaw provides individual, family, and group therapy to children and adolescents. Dr. Shaw also collaborated with Dr. Gil on a book for children, called “A kid’s book about private parts, touching, touching problems, and other stuff.” She has also presented workshops on child abuse and related matters nationally and internationally.
• Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior and Nursing Sciences, University of California, Irvine, CA
Jodi Quas is Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior and Nursing Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, and completed postdoctoral training at the University of California, Berkeley. >>
Her work focuses on children’s involvement in the legal system. She has addressed important questions regarding how stress affects children’s memory, children’s suggestibility and eyewitness accuracy, consequences of testifying in court on children, and children’s testimonial competence. She has received numerous awards recognizing the impact of her work on the lives of high-risk children and families, including the 2008 Award for Scientific Early Career Contributions in Developmental Psychology from the American Psychological Association.
• Special Prosecutor, DeKalb County, Illinois
Justin Fitzsimmons is the Program Manager of the High-Tech Training Services division of SEARCH Group, Inc. He trains at national, state and local conferences on the subject of sexual and severe physical abuse crimes against children. >>
He has significant experience as a prosecuting attorney, and is currently appointed as a Special Prosecutor in Illinois. He is on the executive board of the National Children’s Alliance and on the board of directors of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois, and the Friends of Kane County Child Advocacy Center. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and has significant experience as a prosecuting attorney. He is currently a Special Prosecutor for DeKalb County, Illinois.
Detective Kevin Getz
• Detective, Indiana State Police
Detective Kevin Getz worked a variety of investigations including murder, special investigations, sexual assaults and child-victim related crimes. In November 2013, Detective Getz was promoted to the ICAC Unit. >>
He is a graduate of Ohio University and was recently awarded the Indiana State Police’s 2016 Investigator of the Year, along with Sgt. Chris Cecil, for work in the investigation and prosecution of Russell Taylor and Jared Fogle.
Dr. Kristin Crichton
• Child Abuse Pediatrician, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
Dr. Kristin Crichton is a child abuse pediatrician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) in Columbus, Ohio. She is board certified in general pediatrics and child abuse pediatrics. >>
Her clinical interests include child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, and caring for children in foster care; her research interests include improving early detection of physical abuse. Dr. Crichton has master’s degrees in both public health and experimental psychology. She serves on the NCH Biomedical Ethics Committee. Additionally, Dr. Crichton is an active member of the Ray Helfer Society and a member of the AAP Ohio Chapter Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Supervisory Special Agent Mark MacKizer
• Behavioral Analyst, FBI
SSA Mark MacKizer is a 25-year veteran of the FBI. SSA MacKizer has worked Violent Crime matters for almost his entire Bureau career. SSA MacKizer currently serves as a Profiler of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit -3 for crimes against children
• Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor
Paris Goodyear-Brown is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with 20 years of experience in treating traumatized and attachment disturbed children and families. >>
She is the Clinical Director and Senior Clinician of Nurture House, serves as the Executive Director of the Lipscomb Play Therapy and Expressive Arts Center, is an Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatric Mental Health at Vanderbilt University, and has an international reputation as a dynamic speaker and innovative clinician. She is best known for developing clinically sound, played-based intervention models that are used to treat a variety of childhood problems. She has received the APT award for Play Therapy Promotion and Education and is the author of multiple books, chapters and articles related to child therapy. Her newest books include Tackling Touchy Subjects, the Handbook of Child Sexual Abuse: Identification, Assessment, and Treatment, Play Therapy with Traumatized Children: A Prescriptive Approach and The Worry Wars: An Anxiety Workbook for Kids and their Helpful Adults. Other publications can be found at www.nurturehouse.org.
Robert Hugh Farley
• Consultant and Author
Robert Hugh Farley was the Commanding Officer (retired) of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police, Child Exploitation Unit in Chicago. As a highly-decorated Detective, Unit Supervisor and Deputy U.S. Marshal he has had over 28 years’ experience investigating and supervising all aspects of child abuse crimes–from sexual abuse to child homicide. >>
As an internationally recognized child abuse expert, consultant and author, he has conducted child abuse training seminars for tens of thousands of professionals in all 50 states for the U.S. Department of Justice and in 22 different countries for INTERPOL. In 2007, he supervised the sexual abuse investigation at Oprah Winfrey’s School for Girls in South Africa. In 2011, he became the first police officer to conduct a child sexual abuse seminar for the clergy at the Vatican–Rome. In 2015 he returned to Rome to conduct training for the clergy in the Vatican.
• Supervisory Special Agent, FBI
Sandra Berchtold is a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA)with the FBI. SSA Berchtold entered on duty in September 2003 and was assigned to the Detroit Field Office. In March 2011, SSA Berchtold was assigned to the Southeast Michigan Crimes Against Children (SEMCAC) Task Force and was Coordinator of this Task Force which investigated child exploitation matters to include child sex trafficking, child abductions, and child pornography. >>
In January 2015, SSA Berchtold was selected to service as the FBI’s Liaison to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). SSA Berchtold is the FBI’s main contact at NCMEC for child sex trafficking matters and the Innocence Lost Database/Web Archival Tool.
• Director, DEC Network Development, National DEC, Colorado
Stacee Read 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.
• Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC), Boston, MA
Susan Goldfarb, MSW, LICSW is the Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC) in Boston, MA. In 2004, the CAC initiated the Suffolk County Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) Coalition, a multidisciplinary collaboration with the goals of improving services and safety for child trafficking victims and increasing accountability of the adults who exploit them. >>
SEEN has developed “Responding to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC): Guidelines for a Multidisciplinary Intervention” and has identified and assisted over 1400 exploited and high risk youth in the Greater Boston community. In 2014, SEEN, in partnership with the My Life My Choice Program @ JRI and the MA Department of Children and Families, was awarded a five-year HHS grant which includes providing training and technical assistance to support CACs across Massachusetts in developing CSEC MDTs.