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Children’s Cove 12th Annual Conference on Child Sexual Abuse Presenter Bios Amy S. Allen has a degree in behavioral science and a master's degree in criminal justice. She has been a social worker focusing on child abuse issues since 1987. During her career she conducted over 4000 interviews of children and adolescents in sexual assault cases and testified in court on over 300 occasions as an expert. In 2008, Amy took a job with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the Office of Investigations as a Victim Specialist. With DHS she works primarily with investigations involving child exploitation, human trafficking and human rights violations. Amy lectures frequently to local and federal law enforcement, children’s protective services, judges, and the community on child exploitation and human trafficking. In 2008, Amy traveled to the Republic of Moldova for the Department of Justice in an effort to assist in the writing of legislation on child abuse crimes. Amy has also traveled to Rwanda to interview victims of the 1994 genocide and recently to Cambodia and South Africa to interview children on child sex tourism cases. Dr. Barbara Boat is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Director of The Childhood Trust at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. As a clinical psychologist specializing in childhood trauma and maltreatment, she has been exploring links among animal cruelty, child abuse and domestic violence for the past 20 years. She has authored several chapters on this topic and developed a questionnaire for clinical use on animal-related experiences. Her two current research projects in this field involve assessing psychiatric and demographic correlates of animal cruelty in children and adolescents and documenting the need for a continuum of care for children who are victims of dog bites. Dr. Boat also has conducted intensive research on the use of anatomical dolls in sexual abuse investigations. Her special clinical interests are treatment of post-traumatic stress and dissociative disorders and the training and utilization of evidenced-based interventions for traumatized children and their families. Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S. is the Co-Director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Oregon. She has worked with adult sex offenders and their families for 28 years and provided training or consultation to The National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, The United States Navy, The Mark Mc Gwire Foundation for Children, and a number of law enforcement, child advocacy and Faith based organizations. Ms. Jensen served as the Executive Director for the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and chaired two of ATSA’s International Research and Treatment Conferences in the early 90’s, served as President of the Oregon Chapter of ATSA, and chaired the Offender Management Committee attached to the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force. She is an instructor for Portland State University’s Child Welfare Training Institute and is also an instructor for Oregon’s police academy (DPSST). Ms. Jensen has been the recipient of Oregon’s "Commercial Crime Prevention Award," the "Champions for Children Award,” the OATSA "Significant Achievement Award," the Nunnenkamp "Award of Excellence," and the Jan Hindman Memorial Award. She has also published a number of articles related to sex offender treatment and risk management, and child abuse prevention. She has testified as an expert witness in local and federal courts and been a featured guest on radio talk shows and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Dan Powers is a clinical social worker and currently serves as Senior Vice President and Clinical Director for Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County in Plano, Texas. He supervises a staff of 22 therapists and clinical interns providing no cost services to victims of child abuse and family violence as well as their non-offending family members. As Senior VP he is responsible for clinical operations and program development as well as directing the Advocacy Center’s clinical internship and training program. Dan has over 20 years of experience working within the field of child abuse, sex offenders and family violence. He frequently testifies as an expert witness in state and federal courts. He has also testified on several occasions before Texas legislative committees. Dan has made numerous presentations at major national and regional conferences on the sexual victimization of children, sex offenders, and the multidisciplinary response to child abuse. He is best known for his presentations on wellness and survival for child abuse professionals. He is a member of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force and in 2008 Dan was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve as a professional member of the Texas Council on Sex Offender Treatment. Dan was recently appointed by the Governor as the presiding officer of the newly created Texas Office of Violent Sex Offender Management. Darlene Ellison MS has over 20 years of experience in the combined fields of child psychology and business, as well as serving as an avid volunteer in the areas of child abuse and domestic violence prevention. Darlene brings a unique “twist” to victim recovery as a result of her own experiences as the ex-wife of a child predator, arrested in 2005 in an undercover FBI operation of NAMBLA. She has raised her two children, the “secondary victims” in this scenario, to hold their heads high and make a difference in the lives of others. In her efforts to teach parents, grandparents, educators and caregivers about the dangers of child predators, Darlene has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20 and Dateline NBC, as well as in Dallas’ D Magazine. In addition, Darlene has appeared in parent education videos for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas’ Safe Environment Plan and Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Her book, “The Predator Next Door…Detect, Protect and Recover from Betrayal” has been awarded both a 2009 IPPY Award Gold Medal in True Crime and a 2010 Next Generation Indie Award Gold Medal in Autobiography. Darlene speaks all over the country on child abuse prevention, as an advocate for victims of child and family violence and as a motivational proponent of overcoming obstacles! David Papargiris is the Directory of the Massachusetts Attorney Generals’ Computer Forensics Lab. Prior to accepting this position David Papargiris was a police officer for over Twenty two years with the Norwood Police Department and was assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation for Ten years. Since 1998 David Papargiris has been investigating computer crimes and conducting computer forensic analysis on computers and digital media. He was a Deputy United States Marshall with the United States Secret Service, New England Electronic Crimes Task Force. David Papargiris was a Member of the, Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) and was the former Chairman of the Forensic Sub-Committee of SWGDE. David is an Adjunct Instructor at the Bristol Community College where he teaches courses on Introduction to Computer Forensics and Advanced Computer Forensics. Sgt. Detective Donna Gavin is a 25 year veteran of the Boston Police Department. For most of her career she has worked in the Bureau of Investigations assigned to cases involving violent crimes against women and children including domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Donna is presently the Commander of Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit, a steering committee member of the SEEN Coalition – Support to End Exploitation Now, and a member of the Boston Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking. She is a former member of the FBI’s Violent Crime – Innocence Lost Task Force. Donna leads the Human Trafficking Unit in investigations of both labor and sex trafficking as well as conducts trainings on awareness about Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. She recently presented to the International Association of Healthcare Safety and Security in Toronto, the International Lodging Safety and Security Association in Boston and testified at the National Academies Institute of Medicine in Washington DC. Donna is a graduate of Suffolk University and Suffolk University Law School and a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Geraldine Crisci, M.S.W. is a clinical Social Worker who currently practices in Toronto, Ontario. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of preverbal trauma, general trauma and sexual trauma. She also has developed and implemented clinical protocols for the assessment and treatment of trauma, sexual behavior problems in prepubescent children and sibling sexual abuse. She co-authored “Paper Dolls and Paper Airplanes: Therapeutic Exercises for Sexually Traumatized Children” which is currently in its 10th year of printing. Dr. Jim Tanner earned his Ph.D. from University of Illinois with a specialization in Cognitive Social Psychology and Criminal Justice. He has worked with sex offenders for 42 years in almost every capacity within the justice system. Dr. Tanner is a nationally recognized authority on sex offenders and has been declared an Expert Witness in the cognitive sets of sex offenders and computer forensics. He teaches at more than 20 conferences a year and trains thousands of professionals annually in a wide variety of topics. Additionally, he is a cybercrime analyst who has examined more than 1,500 computers and was a pioneer in managing convicted sex offenders computer use. He designed forensic software distributed free to law enforcement with more than 15,000 users in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. He brings a unique combination of Cognitive Social Psychology, Corrections, Discourse Analysis and Computer Forensics to his fast paced, information filled presentations. 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 counselor and survivor, to speak and to write about maternal incest. She combines research data, professional insights and her personal experiences to enlighten participants about the reality of mother-daughter sexual abuse. Since 2005, she has educated and empowered audiences across the United States with her dynamic programs on maternal incest, female offenders and the opportunities for recovery from childhood trauma. Julie’s upbeat presentations focus on the power of resiliency and healing in all of our lives. Kevin Boneberg began his legal career working for a criminal defense lawyer for a short while and then hired on as an assistant public defender for two years in Dallas prior to prosecuting. He’s been with the Tarrant County (Fort Worth, Texas) Criminal District Attorney’s Office for 10 years now; six of those in the Felony Division, and four in the Crimes Against Children Unit. As a member of the CACU, he was responsible for handling all physical and sexual abuse cases to children 8 years of age or younger, including abuse by authority figures, older victims with special needs, and child fatalities. Kevin has his undergraduate degree and law degree from Southern Methodist University. Kim D’Avignon began her career with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office in 2001. She has been a member of the specialized Crimes against Children Unit since 2005, where she has prosecuted hundreds of cases of physical and sexual abuse of children, as well as numerous child homicides. She is very involved in her community and has been the program director of Camp El Tesoro de la Vida, a grief camp for children, for the past 19 years. She has also been a volunteer at the Warm Place in Fort Worth, a grief center for families, for the past 10 years. She is a proud Texas Tech Red Raider where she attended both undergrad and law school. Lawrence Jay Braunstein is a partner in the law firm of Braunstein & Zuckerman, Esqs, in White Plains, New York. Since 1985 he has specialized in child custody litigation and litigation involving allegations of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and shaken baby in matrimonial, family and criminal cases. His practice includes the areas of Matrimonial and Family Law and related civil and criminal litigation. He regularly lectures, both nationally and internationally as an involved speaker in the areas of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and shaken baby, child custody litigation, expert witness testimony, courtroom psychology, trial procedures and on various criminal, family and matrimonial law topics to judges attorneys, medical and mental health professionals, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors (State and Federal) and child protection service personnel. Since 1999 he has served on the faculty of the New York City Police Department Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigation Course. In 2004 he was the only defense attorney invited by the FBI to participate as a member of the working group to plan the International Online Child Sexual Victimization Symposium and to present to both the working group and the conference. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Co-chair of the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Child Custody Committee; Past Legal Chair of the New York State Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law, and Co-Chair of the Westchester County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Interdisciplinary Committee on Mental Health and Family Law. He is also a member of the APSAC Task Force on Videotaping of Forensic Interviews; and a member of the Expert Faculty of the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN). He serves on the Board of Editors of, and is a contributor to, the Journal of Child Custody, The Matrimonial Strategist and the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma. Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S, is an author, sought-after speaker, and practitioner who has worked with children and their families since 1988. She completed her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto, and she is a Certified Child and Play Therapist (Supervisor) with the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy. She provides clinical supervision to mental health practitioners, runs a play-therapy internship program, and consults to several mental health agencies. She has a reputation as a dynamic workshop leader and has presented trainings across North America and abroad. She is the founder of Champion Press publishing company and has authored numerous publications, including the highly acclaimed books Paper Dolls and Paper Airplanes: Therapeutic Exercises for Sexually Traumatized Children (with Crisci & Lay, 1997), Creative Interventions for Troubled Children & Youth (1999), Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce (2006), and Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children (2006). She has also edited the books Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques (Volumes One through Three) and Creative Family Therapy Techniques: Play, Art, and Expressive Activities to Engage Children in Family Sessions. Lindsey Dula began her career in 2000 as an investigator with Child Protective Services, working in a specialized unit forensically interviewing and investigating allegations of child sexual abuse. She transitioned to become an investigator at the Alliance for Children, the Child Advocacy Center for Fort Worth, where she investigated the most severe allegations of child sexual abuse, physical abuse, physical neglect, as well as child death investigations in Tarrant County. In 2005, she promoted to become the supervisor of the CPS unit housed at the Fort Worth Alliance for Children. In October 2007, she took a position as a Child Forensic Interviewer with the Alliance for Children, where she is currently employed. She has interviewed approximately 6000 children in her career. She is a proud Texas Christian University Alumna with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Psychology and has her Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Texas in Arlington. Lisa Goldblatt Grace is the Co-founder and Director of My Life My Choice. Since 2002, MLMC has offered the only comprehensive prevention curriculum aimed at reaching girls most vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation. Further, MLMC offers a unique continuum of services including prevention groups, training, survivor mentoring, and program consultation. Ms. Goldblatt Grace has been working with vulnerable young people in a variety of capacities for over twenty years. Her professional experience includes running a long term shelter for homeless teen parents, developing a diversion program for violent youth offenders, and working in outpatient mental health, health promotion, and residential treatment settings. Ms. Goldblatt Grace has served as a consultant to the Massachusetts Administrative Office of the Trial Court’s “Redesigning the Court’s Response to Prostitution” project and as a primary researcher on the 2007 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study of programs serving human trafficking victims. In addition, Ms. Goldblatt Grace has written in a variety of publications regarding commercial sexual exploitation and offered training on the subject nationally. Ms. Goldblatt Grace is Adjunct Faculty at the Boston University School of Social Work. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and holds master’s degrees in both social work and public health. Michael A. Mason joined Verizon in January 2008 as its Chief Security Officer. He oversees and coordinates global security efforts throughout Verizon and all its business units, including enterprise wide security strategy and programs, physical security, cyber security, and law enforcement matters. Prior to joining Verizon Mr. Mason was an Executive Assistant Director (EAD) with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in charge of the Bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch – one of the largest operational entities in the FBI. In addition to the Criminal and Cyber divisions, he was also responsible for the Office of International Operations (which included 59 overseas offices), the Critical Incident Response Group and the Office of Law Enforcement Coordination. Mason began his career with the FBI in 1985. He served in numerous management and executive management positions including Assistant Director-in-Charge of the Washington field office -- the Bureau’s second largest office. While serving in the FBI, Mr. Mason was the recipient of a Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive Service in 2004. Mr. Mason served in the United States Marine Corps from 1980 – 1985 where he achieved the rank of Captain. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University from which he received an Honorary Doctoral Degree in 2006 and the Distinguished Alumnus Award in April 2007.Mr. Mason serves on the Advisory Board of the National Family Justice Center Alliance, an organization focused on issues associated with the prevention of domestic violence. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Industrial Security Management Association and the National Cyber and Forensic Training Alliance. Mike Mason and his wife Susan (also a former Special Agent with the FBI) are the parents of two fine young men; Matthew and Benjamin. Mike is a Chicago native and a life-long Chicago Cubs fan. Dr. Rich Kaplan is a board certified pediatric child abuse specialist at the University of Minnesota. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is the Medical Director of The Center for Safe and Healthy Children - the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital Child Abuse Program. Dr. Kaplan received a Masters in Social Work degree from St. Louis University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of South Dakota. He completed a pediatric residency in Phoenix, AZ. Rich is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a charter member of the Ray Helfer Society and a former member of the Society’s executive committee. Dr. Kaplan is a 2003 recipient of the United States Department of Health and Human Services: Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Service in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Most recently, Rich has received the 2009 award as “Outstanding Front Line Professional” from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Child Abuse and Neglect (SOCAN) and has been named as the Section’s representative to the Academy’s Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect (COCAN). Rich has also established the Telehealth Institute for Child Maltreatment – a national program to provide expert review to child abuse medical providers regardless of their location. Rich is also a consultant and teacher for the Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center – a program supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. First, as a social worker and now as a pediatrician, Rich has been working with child abuse victims for over 35 years. Most recently Dr. Kaplan has become board certified in the new pediatric specialty: Child Abuse Pediatrics. He is also certified in General Pediatrics. Robert Hugh Farley MS, commanding officer (retired) of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police, Child Exploitation Unit in Chicago, IL presents this intensive seminar. 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 international child abuse expert he has conducted thousands of child abuse investigation seminars for the U.S. Department of Justice in all 50 states and in 23 different countries for INTERPOL. Ted Wolters has been a Special Agent with the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Detroit, Michigan since 2007. He currently specialized in child exploitation investigations with HSI and has since 2008. During that time, he has received recognition from the Director of Homeland Security Investigations and the Secretary of Homeland Security for his significant casework in the child exploitation investigative field. Ted has received extensive training in the area of child pornography and child exploitation in addition to attending the U.S. HSI Internet Child Exploitation Undercover Investigation training program and is certified to conduct HSI Internet undercover investigations.
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