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Nancy Baratta. Esq., is the Attorney in Charge with the Committee for Public Counsel’s
Children and Family Law (CAFL) Program. Attorney Baratta has a Bachelor of Science
degree in psychology and a JD from Massachusetts School of Law. She was a social
worker prior to her position as a Assistant Regional Counsel with the Department of
Children and Families for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She was a trial
attorney for ten years, representing the Department of Children and Families in Care
and Protection petitions. As the Attorney in Charge, she currently supervises three full
time staff attorneys and a social worker, as well as representing parents and children in
Care and Protection Petitions and Children in Need of Services Petitions.

      Nancy J. Baratta
      Attorney in Charge
      Committee for Public Counsel Services
      Children and Family Law Division
      221 Main Street
      Brockton, Ma 02301
      (508) 580-5635 x5828
      (508) 580-5638-fax
      nbaratta@publiccounsel.net


Hon. John B. Beliveau is a Maine District Court Judge. He was appointed to the District
Court in October of 1984. Prior to that he practiced law for 20 years. He graduated from
the University of Notre Dame with a BA degree, the New York University Graduate
School of Business with an MBA, and Georgetown University Law Center with his JD.
Judge Beliveau was mayor of the City of Lewiston from 1969 to 1970; a County
Prosecutor from 1971 to 1972; Chair of the CASA Advisory Committee from 1985 to
1997; the State Child Protection Coordinator from 1997 to 1999; and Chair of the
Committee to Study the Role of the Courts in Protecting Children from 1995 to 1999.
He also presides over the Lewiston Family Treatment Drug Court and has made several
FTDC presentations with Lindsay Gannon throughout the Lewiston-Auburn
community, as well as at the Winter Maine Bar meetings in 2010 and 2011, and the
National Association of Drug Court Professionals’ Annual Summer Conference in 2010.
He is a member of the Permanency Planning Division's Advisory Committee of the
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Judge Beliveau has been a
facilitator for newly appointed and elected judges for the National judicial College in
Reno, Nevada, focusing on those judges who are special jurisdiction judges. He is
currently Maine’s Region 1 scheduling judge.

      Hon. John B. Beliveau
      Maine District Court
      P.O. Box 1345
      Lewiston, ME 04243-1345
      (207) 795-4884




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Robert Bennett, Esq., is a sole practitioner whose practice focuses on representing
parents in Protective Custody cases primarily in Lewiston and Portland District Courts.

      Robert Bennett, Esq.
      P.O. Box 66836
      Falmouth, ME 04105
      (207) 878-3933
      RBennett@Andreasen-Bennett.com


L. Clinton Boothby, Esq., is the owner of Boothby Law, LLC, in Turner, Maine. He is a
1980 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono and a 1999 graduate of the
University of Maine School of Law. He was a shareholder at Hanley & Associates, P.A.
in South Paris until he opened Boothby Law in 2007. He and his associate Paul D.
Corey practice in the areas of family law, including child protective matters, small
business and corporate, real estate, both transactional and litigation, estate planning
and general civil litigation. He is a member of Androscoggin, Oxford and Maine Bar
Associations and the Oxford County Trial Lawyers Association. Attorney Boothby is
also an occasional guest speaker at the law school.

      L. Clinton Boothby, Esq.
      Boothby Law, LLC
      P.O. Box 216
      Turner, ME 04282
      (207) 225-5044
      clint@boothbylaw.com


Christine Cassella is the Team Leader for Parents as Partners, which is a program of
Cumberland County’s Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC). As a
result of her family’s involvement with Maine’s Child Protective Services and
subsequent reunification, Christine has dedicated her professional life to helping others
who find themselves thrust into the world of Child Welfare. She is also the proud
mother of a 4-year-old daughter named Laila.


      Christine Cassella, Team Leader
      Parents as Partners
      Community Partnerships for Protecting Children
      50 Lydia Lane, South Portland, Maine 04106
      (207) 523-5079
      Mobile: (207) 752-0970
      ccassella@cppccumberland.org


Magistrate Steven J. Chandler, is a graduate of Franklin Pierce Law Center and was
appointed to the Bar in 1990. He was a partner in the firm of Ferris, Chandler & Crook,
with a focus on child protection, juvenile defense, and domestic relations cases from
2006 to 2010. He participated on the committee for the formation of the Juvenile Drug


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Treatment Court, was a past Chairman of the JTTP Committee, which worked to reduce
detention time for Juvenile Defendants. Steve is a past Vice-President for the Waterville
Bar Association and a former member of the Advisory Board of the Court Appointed
Special Advocate (CASA) Program. He was appointed as a Family Law Magistrate in
2010.

      Magistrate Steven J. Chandler
      Augusta District Court
      145 State Street
      Augusta, ME 04330
      (207) 287-8075


Barbara Chassie, Esq., graduated from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1982 and has
been practicing law for 29 years, the last nine years representing parents in child
protection cases in the courts of Western Maine. She lives in a purple house in Phillips
with four shetland sheep dogs.

      Barbara Chassie, Esq.
      P.O. Box 360
      Phillips, ME 04966
      (207) 639-2360
      chassie_law@yahoo.com


Keith Clark, Esq., is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Wayne County
Prosecutors Office for 6 years, following careers as a criminal defense attorney in
private practice and a probation officer with the Michigan Department of Corrections.
He is currently assigned to the Child Abuse Unit where he handles cases involving the
physical and sexual abuse of children, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and
cases involving internet predators and child pornography. He has handled over 400
cases involving child abuse and over 70 cases involving internet crimes and child
pornography. He is a member of the Michigan Internet Crimes Against Children Task
Force, has worked with the FBI South Eastern Michigan Crimes Against Children Task
Force, is a member Board of Directors of the Wayne County Criminal Advocacy
Program, and is the current Victim’s Representative on Michigan’s Interstate Compact
for Adult Offender Supervision Board. He has trained on a variety of topics for the
Center for Regional and National Security at Eastern Michigan University, the
Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office,
and as part of the Wayne County Training Brigade. He has also given several
community presentations on internet safety.

      Keith Clark, Esq.
      Wayne County Prosecutor
      Frank Murphy Hall of Justice
      1441 St. Antoine
      Detroit, MI 48226
      (313) 224-5777
      kclark1@co.wayne.mi.us


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Christine Darsney, Ph.D., is a pediatric forensic psychologist who has been on the staff
of the Children and the Law Program at Massachusetts General Hospital since 1997. In
that capacity, Dr. Darsney has conducted over a hundred Guardian ad Litem evaluations
in conflicted custody cases, and has served as an expert witness for cases involving
child custody, child sexual abuse, attachment and bonding, child abuse and neglect,
and psychological testing, in both Probate and Juvenile Courts throughout
Massachusetts and New England. Dr. Darsney maintains a strong interest in the
Juvenile Court Clinics in Massachusetts, and she is the Manager of the Court Clinic
Contracts for MGH/Children and the Law, as well as the Clinical Director of the
Norfolk County Juvenile Court Clinic (where she has been on staff since 1997). She is a
Certified Juvenile Court Clinician, Levels I and II, and she supervises postdoctoral
fellows and child psychiatry residents at the Boston Juvenile Court Clinic. Dr. Darsney
has particular expertise in the evaluation of child sexual abuse in the context of high
conflict divorce custody cases, and in conducting parenting evaluations in the context of
abuse and neglect allegations. Dr. Darsney holds academic appointments at Harvard
Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital.

      Christine Darsney, Ph.D.
      MGH Children and the Law Program
      Lower Level
      388 Commonwealth Avenue
      Boston, MA 02215
      (617) 585-7494
      CDARSNEY@partners.org


Daniel Despard is the Director of Child Welfare Services for the Maine Department of
Health and Human Services (DHHS). Prior to coming to work at DHHS in 1993, Dan
worked with the Boys Town National Family Home Program for 8 years, managing
group homes for youth in foster care in New Hampshire and Maine. Dan and his wife
became adoptive parents during that time as they made a permanent commitment to a
young woman as she was aging out of the foster care system. Dan has been in a
leadership role throughout Maine’s child welfare reform process and is passionate
about improving outcomes for youth in foster care.

      Daniel Despard, Director of Child Welfare
      Maine Department of Health & Human Services
      2 Anthony Avenue, SHS #11
      Augusta, ME 04333-0011
      (207) 624-7950
      daniel.r.despard@maine.gov


Patrick Downey, Esq., is an Assistant Attorney General with the Maine Office of the
Attorney General who has practiced in the Child Protection Division since 1999. He
also covers Civil Commitment Proceedings. He received his undergraduate degree in
Political Science from the University of Southern Maine in 1995 and Law Degree from
Howard University School of Law in 1998. He is an adjunct professor at Husson
University and Beal College where he teaches law and government courses. He is a


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member of the United Nations Association of the United States of America and serves
on the Maine Chapter's Speakers Roster.

      Patrick Downey, Esq., AAG
      Office of the Attorney General
      84 Harlow Street, 2nd Floor
      Bangor, ME 04401
      (207) 941-3007
      Patrick.downey@maine.gov


Richard Dubois, Esq., is a sole practitioner in Caribou, Maine. He received his B.A.
from the University of Maine and his J.D. from Thomas Cooley Law School. Attorney
Dubois has been practicing family law in Aroostook County since 1990 and has been
serving as a guardian ad litem for more than 12 years. Attorney Dubois has presented or
participated in many panels at guardian ad litem trainings.

      Richard Dubois, Esq.
      P.O. Box 338
      Caribou, ME 04736
      (207) 496-3280
      ricdub1@myfairpoint.net


Sara Dunton, LSW, attended the University of Maine at Farmington where she received
a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a concentration in Political Sciences. Sara
currently works as a Children’s Services Caseworker for DHHS, but has held a number
of positions at the Department of Health and Human Services in Augusta, including
Child Protective Worker, Maine Kinship & ICPC [Interstate Child Placement Compact]
Study Investigator, and Juvenile Social Worker. Sara has additional training as a
hospice volunteer and worked for three years with the Grieving Children and Teen
Program as a facilitator for the children’s support groups. Prior to working for DHHS,
Sara spent approximately a year working in residential facilities providing direct care to
children.

      Sara Dunton, LSW
      Children Services Caseworker
      Department of Health and Human Services
      35 Anthony Ave
      Augusta, ME 04333
      (207) 624-5388
      sara.dunton@maine.gov


Aria eee, Esq., has served as Assistant Bar Counsel since June 2005. Prior to working
for the Board of Bar Overseers, Aria was an Assistant Attorney General in the Child
Protection Division. During her nearly ten years tenure at the AG’s office, Aria litigated
many cases involving children and their families. Aria has also served as a specialist in
Indian Child Welfare law and she has provided multiple trainings in that area for


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various legal, social service and national organizations. As a NAPIL fellow in 1994-
1995, Aria worked for Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc. providing legal services to
members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Washington County. After her fellowship,
she acted as in house counsel for the Tribe’s Housing Authority at the Pleasant Point
Reservation, and also maintained a small private practice that included several
Guardian ad litem appointments. Throughout her tenure as a member of the Maine Bar,
Aria has served on various committees related to child welfare, legal education,
tribal/state relations and court improvement services.

      Aria eee, Esq.
      Assistant Bar Counsel
      Board of Overseers of the Bar
      97 Winthrop Street
      Augusta, ME 04332
      aria.eee@mebaroverseers.org


Aaron Fethke, Esq., was born in Eagle Lake, Maine. He majored in Political Science
and History at the University of Colorado, where he received his B.A. in 2001. He
returned to Maine and graduated cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law
in 2004. He was admitted to the Maine Bar that same year. Before starting his own
practice in Searsport in 2006, Attorney Fethke was a Law Clerk for Maine Superior
Court and an associate at Gross, Minsky and Mogul, P.A. He is an active member of his
community and is currently serving as the Chairman for the Searsport Board of
Selectmen, as a Board Director for the Waldo Community Action Partners and is on the
Waldo County Hospital Advisory Council. Among his other practice areas, Attorney
Fethke has been representing parents in protective custody cases since 2006 out of the
Belfast, Rockland, Bangor and Ellsworth District Courts. He resides in Searsport with
his wife, Ruth, and they are expecting their first child in August.

      Aaron Fethke, Esq.
      Law Office of Aaron Fethke
      29 East Main St., P.O. Box 405
      Searsport, ME 04974-0405
      (207) 548-6311
      afethke@fethkelaw.com


Stacia Fitch LCSW, LADC, CCS is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine
School of Social work and received her Masters in Social Work from Boston University.
With over 25 years of clinical experience working with addictive disorders, Stacia has
had extensive training in addiction and mental health in all levels of social work
practice. Most recently, she has focused her professional development on process
addictions including problem and pathological gambling and other addiction
interaction disorders. Stacia is the former Vice President of the Maine Council on
Problem Gambling, a practicing clinician, clinical consultant, and part-time instructor
and Interim Field Work Coordinator at the University of Southern Maine School of
Social Work.



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       Stacia Fitch, LCSW
       Interim Field Work Coordinator
       USM School of Social Work
       P.O. Box 9300
       Portland, ME 04104-9300
       (207) 780-4338
       sfitch@usm.maine.edu


Hon. Christine Foster earned her BA at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. In 1980,
she graduated from the University of Maine School of Law and began working in the
Office of the Attorney General, representing the Maine Department of Agriculture.
Over the next sixteen years, Judge Foster alternated between the Attorney General’s
Office and the Office of Corporation Counsel for the City of Portland. From 1989 to
1996, she represented the Maine Department of Human Services (now the Department
of Health and Human Services) in child protection proceedings in the Portland District
Court. Judge Foster was appointed to the Maine District Court in 1996, and she has
been assigned to York County for the last several years. She is also the parent of three
girls.

       Hon. Christine Foster
       Maine District Court
       25 Adams Street
       Biddeford, ME 04005
       (207) 283-1147


Aaron Frey, Esq., is a sole practitioner based in Bangor. His practice is focused in the
areas of child protective and criminal law, although his experience includes
representation in a range of family and civil cases. Prior to establishing his law practice,
Aaron worked out of Washington D.C. to advance the interests of the stenographic
reporting profession on the federal and state levels.

       Aaron Frey, Esq.
       State Street, Suite 204
       Bangor, ME 04401
       (207) 249-9969
       aaronmfrey@gmail.com


Harold “Hank” Hainke, Esq. has practiced law for 25 years. He is a graduate of U.S.M.
and received his J.D. from Washburn University of Topeka, School of Law in Kansas in
1986. He and his wife, Sherry Tash, Esq., moved back to Maine after law school. After a
short time in private practice, he joined Legal Services for the Elderly and worked on
hundreds of Medicare appeals over seven years. In 1995, Hank and Sherry formed the
law firm of Hainke & Tash. Since that time he has represented parents, and children as
a guardian ad litem, in child protection, family matter and guardianship cases,
including appeals. In addition, he represents criminal defendants in State and Federal


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Court. He lives with Sherry and their two golden retrievers Roger and Betty, in
Whitefield, Maine.

      Harold Hainke, Esq.
      Hainke & Tash
      PO Box 192
      Whitefield ME 04353
      (207) 549-7704
      HHainke@roadrunner.com


Thomas Hoffman graduated from USM/UMPG with a B.A. in Psychology/Sociology.
He worked as a DHHS caseworker (CPS) out of the Lewiston and Portland DHHS
offices before moving into Child Welfare Supervision. Thom supervised Franklin
County and later Lewiston CPS Units before taking over the Foster Home Licensing
Unit. He retired from DHHS in 2006, and has been a CASA volunteer since 2007. He
was a Child Welfare/Child Development trainer (via the Muskie Institute) with many
of the DHHS/OCFS contracted transportation agencies from Portland to Presque Isle.
Thom is a native of Portland, and has lived in Androscoggin County for the past 25
years. He enjoys backpacking the White Mountains, Sailing the New England Coast,
and also spending time attempting to repair things he breaks around the house.

      Thomas Hoffman, CASA
      150 Hersey Hill School Road
      Minot, ME 04258
      (207) 966-2980
      tahsailn@aol.com



Jack Hunt, Esq. is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. He has been an
attorney for 37 years, concentrating in family law for the last 12 years. Currently, he is
semi-retired and restricts his practice to protective custody cases, where he serves as
both parents’ attorney and guardian ad litem.

      Jack Hunt, Esq.
      P.O. Box 772
      Kennebunk, ME 04043
      (207) 985-1818
      jackhunt@gwi.net


Michael C. Kearney, AAG, is an Assistant Attorney General in the Child Protective
Division of the Maine Office of the Attorney General. He received his undergraduate
degree from Bowdoin College and his law degree from the University of Maine School
of Law. He served as office manager of the Portland office from 1999 to 2007 and was
awarded the Governor’s Employee of the Year Award in 2006. He also serves on the
Attorney General’s Anti-Stalking Task Force.



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      Michael C. Kearney, AAG
      Office of the Attorney General
      44 Oak Street, 4th floor
      Portland, Maine 04101
      (207) 822-0256
      Michael.kearney@maine.gov


Maura Keaveney, AAG, has been with the Child Protective Division of the Attorney
General's Office since July 2006. Maura primarily covers the York and Springvale
District Courts. She also teaches trial practice and courtroom demeanor to cadets at the
Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Prior to joining the office, Maura was in private
practice and focused primarily in the areas of child protection, criminal defense and
juvenile defense. Maura is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Maine
School of Law.

      Maura Keaveney, AAG
      Office of the Attorney General
      415 Congress St., Suite 301
      Portland, ME 04101
      (207) 822-0258
      maura.keaveney@maine.gov


Dr. Robert Kinscherff has been a member of the MSPP faculty since 1999 and is
currently the Director of the Forensic Specialization Track where he teaches Forensic
Psychology I and II. A forensic psychologist and attorney, he currently serves as the
Director of Juvenile Court Clinic Services for the Juvenile Court Department of the
Massachusetts Trial Court. He also holds teaching faculty positions through the
Harvard Medical School and the Boston University School of Law. He is recent past
Chair of the Ethics Committee and a current member of the Committee on Legal Issues
of the American Psychological Association. He currently serves on the joint task force of
the American Psychological Association and the American Bar Association examining
psychology- law issues and professional interactions. In recent months he has consulted
to FBI projects on domestic and international terrorism. His research and professional
practice areas include juvenile forensic mental health, juvenile and adult sexual
offenders, serious delinquency and juvenile homicide, violence risk assessment and
management, and severe and unusual forms of child maltreatment.

      Director of Forensic Studies
      Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
      221 Rivermoor Street
      Boston, MA 02132
      Office: (617) 327-6777 x 254
      Cell: (617) 480-9214
      Robert_Kinscherff@mspp.edu




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David Meyers, Esq. is a Senior Attorney with the Center for Families, Children and the
Courts (CFCC), and has been working in the field of juvenile dependency law since
1995. His current responsibilities include curriculum development and training
facilitation for attorneys and court professionals engaged in juvenile dependency
practice. Attorney Meyers is licensed to practice law in California, Arizona, and the
Pascua Yaqui Nation. Prior to joining CFCC, he was an Assistant Attorney General in
Tucson representing their Child Protective Services Division.         He worked for
Sacramento Child Advocates, and for many years served as the supervising Attorney of
Parent Advocates of Sacramento, where he was responsible for the representation of
indigent parents in child welfare cases. Attorney Meyers holds a bachelor’s degree in
journalism and music from the University of Florida, and earned his JD at the
University of Arizona. He is also the former music critic for his hometown newspaper
and plays piano in a Sacramento area club.

      David Meyers, Esq., Senior Attorney
      Center for Families, Children & the Courts and
      The Judicial Council of California-Administrative Office of the Courts
      2850 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 400
      Sacramento, CA 95833-3509
      (916) 263-2498
      david.meyers@jud.ca.gov
      www.courtinfo.ca.gov


David Paris, Esq., is a graduate of Brunswick High School, Brandeis University (BA)
and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD). He has maintained a solo practice
in Bath since 1991. In addition to having been admitted in Maine (1989), he is also
licensed to practice before the US District Court, Maine (1989) ; US Court of Appeals
(1st Circuit-(2002); Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1995) and District of Columbia
(1990). Since 2009 he has been rostered as a Guardian ad Litem for Title 19-A and Title
22 cases. He is a recipient of the 2009 Maine Bar Foundation Pro Bono Publico Award
(Family Law). Attorney Paris resides in Falmouth with his 3 children and together with
their 6 chickens, Dog, Cat and Rabbit.

      David Paris, Esq.
      72 Front Street
      Bath, ME 04538
      (207) 442-7198
      DParislaw@yahoo.com
      www.dparislaw.com


Anne Pomroy, Esq., holds degrees from Colby College, the University of Maine at
Orono, and the University of Maine School of Law. She was an Assistant Attorney
General for child protection, adult protection and support enforcement from 1982 to
1984. She has been in private practice in York County since 1984, with her primary
focus being family and probate law.




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      Anne Pomroy, Esq.
      Park One Eleven
      407 Alfred Street, Unit 104
      Biddeford, ME 04005
      (207) 284-8499
      maloypomroy@gwi.net


Maurice Porter, Esq., is an attorney practicing criminal defense and child protective law
as both a GAL and representing parents. He is a graduate of the University of
Wisconsin-Green Bay with a B.A. in Communication Processes/Communication Arts,
and earned his J.D. from San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis, California in 1996.
Attorney Porter has been in practice in Maine since 2002 in Norway, Oxford County.
He previously practiced with the firm of Hinkle, Jachomwicz, and Pointer in San Jose,
California. Attorney Porter is a sole practitioner relying on a mix of privately retained
matters and court-appointed cases. He also does appellate work. He is President of the
Oxford County Trial Lawyers Association.

      Maurice Porter, Esq.
      PO Box 149
      Norway ME 04268
      (207) 743-0388
      bestdefense@mac.com



Jason R. Ranger, Esq., is a solo practitioner who practices primarily in the areas of
criminal defense and child protective law.  Attorney Ranger graduated from Norwich
University (B.A.) in 1995 and the University of Florida School of Law (J.D.) in 2000. He
was admitted to the Maine Bar in 2001. Jason is a member of the Androscoggin County
and Maine State Bar Associations. He lives in Auburn with his wife and two daughters.

      Jason R. Ranger, Esq.
      P.O. Box 937
      Lewiston, ME 04243-0937
      (207) 344-6700
      attorneyatlaw@securespeed.net


Steve Robbins, Ph.D.: A powerful storyteller with a powerful story to tell, Dr. Steve L.
Robbins has an unmatched ability to inspire people even in the midst of disrupting and
challenging the way they think about the world. Born in Vietnam, Dr. Robbins
immigrated to the United States when he was five years old. He and his mother faced
many challenges as Vietnamese immigrants in a new land, during a time when there
was much anti-war and anti-Vietnamese sentiment. Working through and rising out of
the challenges of poverty, discrimination and the tough streets of Los Angeles, Dr.
Robbins now brings insightful perspectives on issues of leadership, inclusion &
innovation, and the power of caring. Drawing upon a compelling life journey, his talks
and workshops are filled with intriguing stories, laugh-out-loud humor and a keen


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understanding of human behavior. The inclusiveness and power of his message are
why organizations like Pepsico, McDonald’s, Disney, Nordstrom, Boeing, Toyota,
Honda, Bayer Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, NASA, the National Security Agency, US Navy,
Microsoft, Chevron, and numerous others call on Dr. Robbins to inspire, educate and
prepare their people for the exciting challenges of a 21st century world. Dr. Robbins
received his undergraduate degree from Calvin College, and his masters and doctorate
from Michigan State University’s top-ranked Department of Communication. His
background in communication, socio-psychology and cognitive neuroscience drive his
work with individuals and organizations – the core of the work is about understanding
human behavior in a world full of human differences.

      Steve Robbins, Ph.D.
      S.L. Robbins & Associates
      2469 Grand River Dr
      Grand Rapids, MI 49525
      (616) 818-6485
      (309) 417-0515
      steve@slrobbins.com
      www.slrobbins.com


Nora Sosnoff, Esq., is an Assistant Attorney General in the Child Protection Division.
She is a member of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s Advisory Committee on
Professional Responsibility and is Legal Ethics Officer for Maine’s Office of the
Attorney General. Nora is also the Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee
of the Maine State Bar Association. Nora holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Oberlin
College and a J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law. Nora
formerly served as Deputy Bar Counsel to the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar.

      Nora Sosnoff, AAG
      Office of the Attorney General
      6 State House Station
      Augusta, ME 04333-0006
      (207) 626-8800
      nora.sosnoff@maine.gov


Hon. Susan Sparaco graduated cum laude from the University of Maine Law School in
1987 and served as a law clerk for the Superior Court from 1987-88. After her clerkship
she served as Assistant Attorney General for 20 years from 1988-2008. She was
appointed to the bench in February 2008.

      Hon. Susan Sparaco
      Maine District Court
      12 Water Street
      Newport, ME 04953
      (207) 368-5778




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Amy Taranko graduated from the University of Maine At Augusta with a BA in Social
Science. She has been a caseworker with the Maine Department of Human Services
Lewiston Office since 2007. She enjoys gardening, playing softball, and being a mom,
and has dabbled in public theater. Amy lives in Readfield with her two boxers and two
beautiful daughters.

      Amy Taranko, Caseworker
      Maine Department of Health & Human Services
      200 Main Street
      Lewiston ME 04240
      (207) 795-4300


Diane A. Tennies, Ph.D., LADC has a Bangor-based private practice as a psychologist
specializing in forensic evaluations with a focus on children and families. She has been
a rostered Guardian ad Litem for eight years and specialized in high conflict family
matters. She is also licensed as an alcohol and drug counselor and is certified to
conduct Department of Transportation substance abuse evaluations. She received her
Ph.D. from University of Maine at Orono in 1997. Prior to entering private practice, she
was the Director of the Dual Diagnosis Program for Northeast Occupational Exchange,
a community-based mental health agency in Bangor. Dr. Tennies is a presenter for the
divorce education group, For Kids Sake, which provide information on how to "keep
kids out of the middle" of conflict. She also presents a variety of trainings state-wide on
child maltreatment, the impact of vicarious trauma, and the impact of mental illness on
parenting. She has been a member of the Rape Response Services of Penobscot and
Piscataquis Counties Board of Directors since 2005 and currently serves as Board
President. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Maine Guardian ad
Litem Institute.

      Diane A. Tennies, Ph.D., LADC
      115 Franklin St. Suite 1A
      Bangor, ME 04401
      Office (207) 942-3635/Cell: (207) 478-9278/Fax: (207) 941 1933
      datphd@aol.com


Jill Kaplan Tupper, Esq., practices law in Boothbay Harbor with the firm of Tupper &
Tupper P. A. Her primary focus is on family law.

      Jill Kaplan Tupper, Esq.
      Tupper & Tupper, P.A.
      PO Box 430
      Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
      (207) 633-4000
      jktup@gwi.net




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Julie A. Welch, Esq., is the Director of the Child Abuse Training Services Department
within the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM). Julie’s duties
include planning and implementing specialized trainings dealing with child abuse and
neglect, foremost the Forensic Interviewing Protocol training. Julie also works with
other agencies in and outside of Michigan assuring cross professional relationships
continue to grow to assist children of crime. She is a regular trainer in forensic
interviewing, child development and working with kids. She has also consulted with
other states on child welfare issues including Nevada, Maine, Wisconsin and
Oklahoma.

      Julie A. Welch, Esq.
      Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan
      116 W Ottawa St
      Lansing, MI 48933
      (517) 334-6060 ext. 833
      welchj@michigan.gov


Shauntel Workman is a Parent Partner II for Parents as Partners, which is a program of
Cumberland County’s Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC).
Shauntel works closely with families and CPS staff to help bridge the gap between
provider and consumer. Her first-hand experience with Child Protective Services
provides families with a special kind of support that is typically absent from traditional
services. She is also the proud mother of a 5-year-old son named Nicholas.

      Shauntel Workman
      Parents as Partners
      Community Partnerships for Protecting Children
      50 Lydia Lane, South Portland, Maine 04106
      (207) 523-5079


Hon. Patricia Worth grew up in Maine and graduated from the University of Maine
School of Law. She served as an Assistant District Attorney for several years, and
practiced law in a small firm handling family, personal injury defense, criminal defense
and real estate matters for several years. Judge Worth joined the District Court bench in
2000. She has been married for 34 years. She and her husband have two children, ages
28 and 25.

     Hon. Patricia Worth
     Maine District Court
      103 Church Street
      Belfast, ME 04915
     (207) 338-3107




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