CONFERENCE ON CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN
Co-Presented by Genesis Women's Shelter and the Dallas Police Department

2012 Conference Speakers

Cordelia Anderson, has been working to prevent child sexual abuse, exploitation and sexual violence since 1976. Through her business, Sensibilities Prevention Services  (founded in 1992), she’s consulted with and trained a wide variety of organizations and audiences. Cordelia is founding president of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation and on the Board of National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. She’s conducted more than 2,000 presentations internationally and currently consults with National Children’s Advocacy Center, MN ICAC on Secondary Trauma and MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault. 

Patricia Baca received her law degree in 2000 from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California.  Since that time she has worked at the El Paso District Attorney’s Office, initially prosecuting misdemeanor cases and then becoming a felony trial attorney for the Rape and Child Abuse Unit.  In 2008 ,she was promoted to Chief of the Domestic Violence Unit.  In 2008, she received the award of Prosecutor of the Year given by the 34th Judicial District of Texas.  In 2010, she was recognized as the Outstanding State Attorney of the year by the El Paso Bar Association.

Bill Baker is the current Commander of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis.  He has served on this multi-jurisdictional homicide task force since 1988, where he started as an investigator.   Bill has been a Police Officer for the Ladue Police Department for more than 31 years.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 206th session and has also attended the two-week  NYPD course on homicide investigations.  He is a Deputized US Marshal and has completed numerous Medico Legal Death Investigator courses from St. Louis University, including their masters course in Death Investigations.  Lt. Baker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of South Alabama and an Associate degree in Criminal Justice from St. Louis Community College.

Becky Bangs works as the Project Coordinator for the Multnomah County Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) Project, in Portland, Oregon. The DVERT Project provides a coordinated multidisciplinary response to high lethality domestic violence cases in order to increase offender accountability and victim safety.  Additionally, she chairs the Multnomah County Stalking Committee, co-organizes the county’s Domestic Violence Fatality Reviews and coordinates regional multi-jurisdiction domestic violence summits.  Becky has worked as an advocate for survivors of domestic, sexual and childhood violence for nearly 10 years.  Becky received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR and a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from The SIT Graduate Institute (formerly the School for International Training) in Brattleboro, Vermont. 

Graham Barnes has been a resource specialist with the Battered Women’s Justice Project in Minneapolis, Minnesota since November 2005.  He consults with federal grantees nationally on developing their coordinated community response to domestic violence, trains for professional institutes such as the National Institute on The Prosecution of Domestic Violence, and teaches Duluth’s Creating a Process of Change For Men Who Batter Curriculum.  Graham trains consults and develops resources for Coordinated Community Response teams across the U.S. and internationally. He specializes in offender accountability, programming and teaches the Duluth Men’s curriculum.

Christopher Baughman has been a police officer for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 11 years.  Most recently, Detective Baughman worked in the Gang Unit as a vice detective and now as a member of the Pandering Investigation Team (PIT).  His team has arrested and convicted several of the wealthiest and most violent criminals in the city, propelling the team into the national spotlight.  Their success caught the attention of investigative reporter Chris Hansen of NBC's Dateline Undercover: Vegas Undercover and has been the subject of several episodes, as well as a segment on NBC’s American Greed. Chris teaches the anatomy of pandering investigations to other departments across the nation, including members of the FBI, IRS, and federal parole and probation agencies.

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Forrest Beadle earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2005.  Since receiving his J.D. degree, he has worked in the Denton County Criminal District Attorney’s Office as a misdemeanor and felony prosecutor for six years.  In that capacity, he has served as the Deputy Chief of Misdemeanor, the Felony DWI prosecutor, the Veteran’s Court prosecutor, and is now a felony prosecutor assigned to the Family Violence Unit.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Beadle served in the United States Army for six years as a tank officer.

 

Jennifer Bennett is an Assistant District Attorney with the Dallas District Attorney’s Office.   She received her law degree from Southern Methodist University in 1998.  After law school, she worked at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office until 2001 when she moved to the Dallas District Attorney’s Office.  Jennifer currently serves as chief prosecutor assigned to the Sexual Assault Prosecution Unit.  She handles all of the adult victim sexual assault cases in Dallas County.

Dan Bermingham started with the FBI in 1987, and has been assigned to the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) since 2003.  SSA Bermingham provides investigative support to Federal, State, Local and International law enforcement personnel concerning unusual and/or repetitive crimes such as serial homicides/serial sexual assaults, single homicides, “no-body” homicides, etc.  SSA Bermingham also provides training on these matters worldwide and conducts research into these crimes to further assist law enforcement in solving these crimes.  Prior to being assigned to the BAU,  he was assigned to FBI’s Dallas Division for 16 years where he investigated Terrorism and Violent Crime violations.  Prior to the FBI, SSA Bermingham was in the USAF  He has a bachelors degree from Virginia Tech in Business and a MPA from Golden Gate University.

Patti Bland,  recently joined the staff of the National Center on DV, Trauma and Mental Health in Chicago, IL.  For the past 10 years she directed the Train the Trainer Project for the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Juneau. Before moving to Alaska, Patti served both as an advocate and lead chemical dependency counselor at New Beginnings for Battered Women and their Children shelter, transitional housing and community-based programs in Seattle for 12 years.  She developed the Domestic Violence/Chemical Dependency Outreach Project for King County at the Alcohol Drug Help Line in 1994. Patti is also the author of the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Curriculum for Advocates and co-author, with Debi Edmund, of Safety and Sobriety: Real Tools You Can Use (in both English and Spanish language versions) and Real Tools: Responding to Multi-Abuse. Publications can be found at the ANDVSA website: http://www.andvsa.org .

Chris Bray is a 32-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department with 25 of those years as a sergeant.  The last 17 years has been as an investigative supervisor in the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Bureaus. He is currently assigned to the Vice Enforcement Unit where he supervises investigations into Human Trafficking, Child Prostitution, Illegal Enterprises and Money Laundering.  Chris is a nationally recognized subject matter expert on Human Trafficking for Arizona POST and California POST.  He has provided training at the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice and various non-governmental organizations.  He is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and is a contributing author on the topic of Human Trafficking.

Anthony Brigidini is a sworn member of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. for more than 23 years. He currently holds the rank of Detective Grade-I and has been assigned to investigate Homicide cases  for more than 20 years. He is currently assigned to the Major Case/Cold Case Unit of the Homicide Branch with the primary responsibility of investigating Cold Homicide Cases, those cases that are more than three years old. 

Randall Carroll retired as Chief of Police from the Bellingham (Washington) Police Department in January 2008. He began serving the department in 1977, and was the Chief for eight years, Mr. Carroll is President of PROFECTUS, LLC, a company that provides consultation and training to law enforcement agencies, executives and community service agencies on issues related to violence against women, and organizational culture and change.

Florence Casiano began her law enforcement career in 1988, and is assigned to the Major Crimes Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD).  She is currently detailed as a LASD Liaison to INTERPOL-USNCB, Violent Crimes Division (VCD).     VCD interacts with INTERPOL’s 190 member countries in the daily pursuit of violent criminals worldwide.  She currently manages Project Rockers, an INTERPOL initiative focused on the collection and sharing of intelligence related to Outlaw Motorcycle Gang  (OMG) members.   In conjunction with the U.S.  Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), she also works on “Operation Community Shield”, which focuses on violent street gangs operating in the U.S.

Jeff Connor has been with the Granite City Illinois Police Department since 1986. Most of his career he has been assigned to investigations, and currently commands the Investigation Division of his Department. He also is a Deputy Commander with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis and has been a member of this homicide task force since 1990. He has a master's degree in Criminal Justice Administration and just recently graduated from the FBI National Academy, Session 244.

Dan DeCarli is a member of the Major Case Squad and is the Chief of Detectives for the Ferguson Police Department.  He has been in law enforcement for 35 years.  Lt. DeCarli has a B.S.  in Criminal Justice from Truman State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 184th Session.

Bernadette DiPino is the Chief of Police of the Ocean City Police Department. She has been a police officer since 1985 and is a fourth generation police officer.   She earned a Bachelor of Art from Salisbury State University in 1995. As a lieutenant, she graduated from the elite FBI National Academy’s 204th session in March 2001. She has worked in every division and on every shift. She served as a member of the Department’s Quick Response Team (S.W.A.T.) since 1992 and was the Commander of the team for four years. Chief DiPino is a certified instructor in the state of Maryland and teaches many topics including firearms, defensive tactics and community policing. She has been awarded 16 commendations and has been named Officer of the Year three times.                              

Rebecca Dreke is the Senior Program Associate with the Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime. Rebecca has more than 12 years of experience in victim advocacy, training and education. Rebecca has trained thousands of practitioners nationally on various topics, including stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, and hate-and-bias-motivated violence. Prior to joining the National Center, Rebecca had worked as a social worker, victim advocate and public school teacher. Rebecca holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

 

Jaime Esparza is serving his 19th year as the District Attorney for the 34th Judicial District of Texas.  He was recognized by the State Bar of Texas as the 2005-2006 Prosecutor of the Year. Mr. Esparza was licensed to practice law in 1983 and is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He served as a prosecutor for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for four years before returning to El Paso to serve as an Assistant District Attorney and Public Defender for the County of El Paso until he was elected to office in November 1992.  Jaime Esparza is a 1979 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.  In 1983, he earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center.

 

Erika Evans-Weaver is a specialist in the fields of family and sexual therapy. She is a contributor to sexualhealth.com and is Regional Director of the Pennsylvania Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.  She has a private practice in Marriage and Family Therapy (Lessons in Freedom and Empowerment) and serves as an Adjunct Professor at local universities in Pennsylvania. Erika is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Education at Widener University, her focus is on Human Sexuality and Education. Erika holds two master’s degrees: one in Education from Widener University with a concentration in Human Sexuality, and a Master’s of Arts in Psychology with a concentration on Marriage and Family from LaSalle University.  Erika is a noted speaker and presenter on the topics of sexual health and well-being for women, she has worked with organizations throughout the Philadelphia region, including the School District of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Jason Fedor has been a member of the law enforcement community for 16 years. Currently,  Special Agent Fedor is assigned to the Dallas Field Office, Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program (ECSAP), as a cell phone and computer forensics examiner. SA Fedor specializes in telecommunications and mobile device forensics and helped develop curriculum for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center for Mobile Device Forensics.  He has also taught numerous classes on telecommunications, computer and cell phone forensics and has helped draft legislation relating to telecommunications crime in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

 

Deirdri Fishel is a 17-year veteran of law enforcement.  She has been the primary investigator and Case Manager of the Centre County Victim Centered Intensive Care Management (VCICM) Unit since 2006.  The VCICM unit is tasked with the investigation, coordination, prosecution and response to domestic violence and stalking crimes throughout the county. The unit is a co-located unit supporting law enforcement and community-based advocacy in a countywide team response. Detective Fishel is a Court recognized expert on domestic violence.  She is certified to train law enforcement on domestic violence issues and has been featured as a presenter and trainer across the nation.  She has trained Judges, Prosecutors, Municipal Police Officers, State Police, medical doctors, nurses, advocates, and other system professionals on the issues surrounding domestic violence and intimate partner stalking.  She has been a featured speaker/trainer at conferences for The National Center for Victims of Crime, Stalking Resource Center and the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

 

Michelle Ford-Stepney serves as a Supervisory INTERPOL Analyst for INTERPOL Washington, U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB), a component of Department of Justice.  She is responsible for managing day-to-day operations and administration within her assigned Division: Human Trafficking and Child Protection.  Her Division maintains direct contact with counterparts in 190 other member countries and with over 18,000 U.S. law enforcement agencies across the country, facilitating police-to-police communications and providing assistance with criminal investigations.

 

Timothy Fox is a Texas Peace Officer with the Dallas Police Department in his 21st year.  His current duty assignment is at the North Texas RCFL, where he has been for five years.  Prior assignments have included a Sergeant in Patrol where he created a Database for the U.S. Secret Service that tracked traffic at area truck stops. The database is currently used by U.S. Secret Service, Oklahoma State Investigations, and two Canadian law enforcement agencies.   Sergeant Fox is a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner and a Certified Video Examiner by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

Michelle Garcia is the Director of the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime. She has 20 years experience working with victims of stalking, sexual assault and domestic violence and advocating for victims’ rights on a local, state, and national level. Michelle has trained internationally on various topics, including stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and dismantling oppression. She received her Master of Public Policy  from the University of Chicago.

 

Dustin Gossage is currently the Misdemeanor Chief of Denton County’s dedicated Family Violence Court.  He received his J.D. from Texas Wesleyan School of Law in 2007. He began working as a volunteer for the Denton County Family Violence Unit in 1997.  Today, he supervises the prosecution of every misdemeanor family violence case in Denton County.  He was the first prosecutor to successfully prosecute a defendant under Texas’ Family Violence Strangulation Statute in Denton County.

 

Sheila Greene began her law enforcement career at the Dallas Police Department in 1985 and is currently assigned to the Family Violence Unit where she is responsible for investigating all crimes related to domestic violence. Sheila has extensive experience developing and instructing training programs related to family violence crimes, personal safety, child safety, crime prevention, and assisting in training law enforcement and other professionals within the family violence field.  Detective Greene is a certified instructor though the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). She is a regular trainer for the Dallas Police Academy, and throughout the State of Texas, for the Family Violence Regional Training Program at the Dallas District Attorney's Office.

 

Chester Gwin is currently a medical examiner for the Dallas County Medical Examiner Office.  The Dallas office conducts thousands of autopsies per year on a wide variety of cases from not only Dallas County, but approximately 70 other Texas counties.  In addition to performing autopsies, Dr. Gwin provides expert testimony on cases he has done for many of those counties.  He is also an Assistant Professor in Pathology for UT Southwestern Medical School.

 

Josh Healy has been with the Dallas County DA's office for 10 years.  He is currently assigned as the chief prosecutor in the 282nd District Court.  During his time as an assistant district attorney, Mr. Healy has handled more than 100 jury trials including 30 murder cases. He has also been a part of five death penalty trials which all resulted in a death sentence, two of which included child victims. Mr. Healy completed his undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin, and received his law degree cum laude from Southern Methodist University.  

 

James Henderson, Jr is a technical assistance provider for the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women through the Battered Women’s Justice Project.   From 1991-2008, Jim was a probation officer responsible for overseeing the policies and practices of Intensive Probation for Domestic Violence offenders in Ann Arbor, MI. He has provided batterer intervention within the Detroit metropolitan area since 1995. Before joining the criminal justice system in 1993, he worked as the clinical director of Straight, Inc., a family oriented substance abuse program for drug-using young people and their families.  Jim has been a Certified Addiction Counselor II since 1987 and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 1990. He received his Master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 1995.

 

Krista Hoffman is a Criminal Justice Specialist for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) in Enola, Pennsylvania. Krista has been in the field of victims’ advocacy for 16 years. In her current role, she is responsible for providing trainings, technical assistance, and developing resources for the criminal justice field. She is currently working on projects that focus on international and domestic human trafficking, the links between commercial sexual exploitation and violence across the lifespan, the impact of technology on the normalization of sexual violence, and premeditation and reframing in non-stranger sexual assault. Krista graduated from West Chester University with a degree in history.  She received a master’s degree in Applied Research from Shippensburg University.

 

Jim Hogg is a Texas Peace Officer with the Grand Prairie Police Department in his 14th year.  His current duty assignment is at the North Texas Regional Computer Forensic Lab (RCFL), where he has been for three years.  Prior assignments have included the investigation of financial crimes, fraud investigations, and property crimes.  Jim has also served as a patrol officer, FTO, crisis negotiator and team leader.  Detective Hogg holds a Master Peace Officer certification and computer certifications from the FBI, CompTIA, and Access Data.  He is an FBI Certified Computer Forensic Examiner.  

 

Curtis Howard is the Chief Felony Prosecutor of the Crimes Against Children

Division at the Collin County Criminal District Attorney's Office and has been with the office since 1997. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University, a Master of Criminal Justice  from the University of Colorado, and a JD from South Texas College of Law. He has been board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2004.

 

Kristen Howell,  is the Director of Development at Salesmanship Club of Dallas, a program serving more than 8,000 at-risk children and their family members each year in Dallas. The Salesmanship Club provides therapeutic services to children dealing with poverty, abuse and trauma. Kristen graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and the University of North Carolina with a master’s in Social Work. Drawing from her prior 10 years of work at a women’s shelter, she speaks frequently on the issue of domestic violence and the impact violence and trauma have on children and our community.

 

Eduardo Ibarra is a 20-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department currently assigned to the Special Investigation Unit of the Crimes against Persons Division.  Among the cases that Detective Ibarra is responsible for investigating are Officer Involved Shootings and Death in Custody cases.  Prior to his current assignment, he was a member of a special team in the Family Violence Unit responsible for enforcing Emergency Protective Orders.   Detective Ibarra is a graduate of the Texas Department of Public Safety Polygraph School and is a licensed polygraph examiner.  He is fluent in Spanish and is from El Paso, Texas where he attended the University of Texas El Paso.

 

Lisa Milasky King earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH in 1985 and her Juris Doctor from Cleveland State University, John Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, OH in 1988. Lisa was employed as a prosecutor in Lorain County, OH from 1989-1999 and joined the Collin County District Attorney's Office in February 2000.  She has been in the felony division since 2001 and has served in the Crimes against Children Division, Felony Trial Division as well as the Special Prosecution Unit-Criminal and Civil Sections.

 

Aviva Kurash is a Sr. Program Manager with the International Association of Chiefs of Police  (IACP) with oversight for the IACP National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women and Police Response to Violence Against Women Projects funded by the DOJ Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), and the IACP/MacArthur Foundation Models for Change: Law Enforcement Leadership’s Role in the Advancement of Promising Practices in Juvenile Justice Project.  Ms. Kurash has been educating law enforcement through the development of on-site and regional training, model policies and instructive tools, including best practice guidebooks and roll-call training videos, at the IACP since 2001.  Ms. Kurash has advocated for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse both in the U.S and internationally. At the start of her career she spent two years working in child protective services and four years counseling domestic violence victims and survivors and facilitating groups in a community-based domestic violence center in Jerusalem, Israel.  She then moved to Northern Virginia where she managed a transitional housing program for women and children fleeing abuse and provided training for local law enforcement and social service providers.

 

Nansi Lopez currently works as a Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) advocate with Catholic Charities and Portland Police Bureau. She has worked in the criminal justice/social services field for 12 years. Her focus has always been to increase the Latino community's awareness and education through effective and creative outreach. She is currently a student at Portland State University pursuing her education in criminology.

 

Tim Lowery has been a law enforcement officer since 1986.  He began his career with the St. Louis County Police Department and is currently employed by the Florissant Police Department.  Captain Lowery has worked in all divisions of the department, with the majority of his career spent in investigations.  He is currently assigned as the commander of the Bureau of Field Operations.  In addition, he holds the position of Deputy Commander of the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad, a multi-jurisdictional homicide task force.   He is a graduate of the F.B.I National Academy.  He holds a bachelor and master’s degree in Management from Lindenwood University and an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from St. Louis Community College.

 

Rick Magnis was elected to preside over the 283rd Judicial (Criminal) District Court in 2006 after serving as a public defender in Dallas County for 17 years.  Judge Magnis presides over a felony court and hears all types of cases from felony theft to capital murder. In addition to his responsibilities as a District Judge, he devotes additional time presiding over problem solving courts that directly supervise probationers. The Judge works very closely with the Dallas County Community Supervision Department and other agencies to target this population with evidence based treatment and supervision plans.  Judge Magnis is leading an effort to adopt the problem solving court model to address current deficiencies in the assessment and supervision of defendants placed on probation for intimate partner violence.

 

Timothy Maher is an Associate Teaching Professor for the Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL).  He earned his Ph.D. in 2006 from UMSL.  He has been a full-time faculty member in CCJ at UMSL since 1998.  He currently serves as the Undergraduate Director and Outreach Coordinator for the CCJ department.  Timothy has taught a total of 13 different courses in CCJ, including two online courses. He currently serves as an eMentor for the School of Arts and Sciences at UMSL, as well as for the University of Missouri System.  Timothy’s research interests include police policy, the police culture, and police deviance. Prior to becoming a college professor, he served as a police officer for 13-years  Ladue, Missouri.

Frank Malinak is a thirty-year law enforcement veteran having served seventeen years as a Texas Ranger.   Lieutenant Malinak currently supervises Company “F” Rangers and is headquartered in Waco, Texas.    He has assisted local law enforcement with the investigation of numerous cases of homicide and other violent crimes.  Most recently he coordinated a statewide taskforce in pursuit of a serial rapist known as the “Twilight Rapist.”

 

Chris Mallios is an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women.  As an Attorney Advisor, he presents on trial strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethical issues related to violence against women at the local, state, and national level.  He also conducts research; develops training materials, resources, and publications; and provides case consultation and technical assistance for prosecutors and allied professionals.

 

Gary Margolis is a managing partner with Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC, a professional services firm that specializes in safety and security related services for universities and colleges throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. Margolis serves as a Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and holds a faculty appointment at the University of Vermont where he was Chief of Police from 1998 – 2009. He is a Past General Chair of the University & College Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and is often called upon by the U.S. Departments of Justice, Education and Homeland Security as a campus security expert.  He is a founding faculty member of the IACP National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women sponsored by the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Dr. Margolis is a sought after speaker, consultant, educator, expert witness, and trainer on campus safety and security; security technology application; emergency response and recovery planning; and preventing violence against women crimes on campuses.

 

Erinn Martin graduated from Texas Tech University in 1998 and Texas Tech University School of Law in 2001.  After clerking for U.S. District Judge Paul Brown, Errin was an associate at Thompson & Knight, LLP in Dallas.  Errin returned to Judge Brown's chambers to serve as his career law clerk until she became a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Texas in April of 2007.  In August of 2007, Errin was hired to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Texas focusing on Project Safe Neighborhood and Project Safe Childhood cases.  In October of 2008, Errin joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas, where she is a member of the Major Fraud/White Collar/Public Corruption section.  In December of 2008, Errin became the Civil Rights and Human Rights coordinator for the Northern District of Texas and is involved in the prosecution of human trafficking and domestic servitude cases. 

 

Teresa May-Williams was appointed as Deputy Director for Dallas County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (Adult Probation) in 2007.   As deputy director, her responsibilities include oversight of the day-to-day operation of the CSCD’s major supervision and treatment services, development and implementation of evidence-based practices, validation and implementation of the LSI-R, and collaboration with the district and county court judges in the operation of various specialty courts.  In addition to her responsibilities as Deputy Director, Dr. Williams is a licensed psychologist and serves as a trainer in evidence-based practices both nationally and across the State of Texas.  She is currently leading a statewide initiative to validate and norm a new evidence-based risk assessment tool for the State of Texas.  She serves on numerous statewide committees and provides testimony and support regarding policy and funding issues related to criminal justice programs to the Texas State Legislature.  

 

Shannon Meyer is a Subject Matter Expert and frequently conducts trainings at the state, national and international levels on violence and victimization, domestic violence and sexual assault investigations, risk assessment, and hostage negotiation. Dr. Meyer has extensive clinical experience with offenders and victims, and continues to conduct research and publish in the areas of victimology, domestic violence/domestic homicide/familicide, risk assessment, and the murder of law enforcement officers. Dr. Meyer is a Victim Specialist for the FBI, and is located in the Seattle Field Office.

 

Kevin Navarro is a lead instructor at the Dallas Police Academy where he develops curriculum and provides advanced instruction in topical areas including interviewing and interrogation, use of force, and general principles of criminal investigation.  He is also responsible for designing dynamic, realistic use of force scenarios for in-service officers in the Dallas Police Department.  Detective Navarro started with the Dallas Police Department in July 1981 as a Patrol Officer.  After six years, he became a member of the department’s Crimes Against Persons Division.  In 1989, Detective Navarro joined the Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit where he served for seven years.  Detective Navarro was Lead Detective on 108 homicide cases while assigned to the Homicide Division.  He successfully cleared 80 percent of those cases.

 

Chris Nicholas is a Detective Inspector with the Ontario Provincial Police, working as a Major Case Manager in their Criminal Investigation Branch.  He progressed through the organization working in Intelligence, Proceeds of Crime and Drug Enforcement Section, where he spent five years as an undercover operator.   Chris was promoted to Detective Sergeant then Detective Staff Sergeant, working within the Eastern Region Crime Unit as a Criminal Operations Supervisor.  Throughout his career, Chris focused on Major Cases and has been involved in excess of 135 homicide investigations. Chris was also selected and performed the duties of the Crime Management Coordinator for the 2007 North American Leaders Summit involving the Presidential visits from the United States and Mexico, as well as the 2010 G8 Summit in Huntsville, Ontario.  

 

Genevieve Ovalle is a Law Enforcement Response Specialist for Facebook Security. Genevieve has worked at Facebook since 2007 and has been on the Law Enforcement Response Team since 2009. She has witnessed the growth of Facebook from 25 million users to 800 million users and now spends time working with law enforcement through legal process and education.

 

John Palmer is a 25-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. Palmer has been a DPD Homicide Detective for 13 years, and also a Detective in the Felony Assault Unit.  Palmer has been a guest speaker at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center – Glynco on the topic of Advanced Interview and Interrogation. He has served as a past member on the National Advisory Board of the FBI Violent Criminal Apprehension Program and is a regular instructor at the Dallas Police Department In-service Academy teaching Interview and Interrogation and Intermediate Crime Scene Search.

 

Morgan Perry studied film and photography in nearly 30 nations on every continent while pursuing her degree in Mass Media from the University of the Nations.  In 2006, she spent time living near the red light district in Thailand, where she became close friends with a few young prostitutes. Seeing these young women and children left for dead sparked an irrevocable passion in Morgan’s soul to fight sex slavery. Toward the end of her degree with the University of the Nations she helped produce a book about international sex trafficking called,  Sex+Money: A Global Search for Human Worth and while researching to write this book she discovered that sex trafficking exists right here in the United States. After this discovery she became the Executive Producer of the feature-length documentary, Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth.

 

Cary Piel earned his B.A. and J.D.  from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is currently a District Court Chief for the Denton County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.  Cary was the first designated Family Violence Prosecutor in Denton County and has served as Chief of the Family Violence Unit.

 

Susan Calvert Piel is a graduate of Baylor University and Texas Tech University School of Law.  She has previously served as Chief of the Family Violence Unit and is currently the Chief of the Misdemeanor Division for the Denton County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

 

Robert Quirk is a 23-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. He has been assigned to the Homicide Unit for the last nine years.  During this time, Detective Quirk and his partner have been responsible for investigating more than 140 murders.  Detective Quirk has a B.A. in Criminology from the University of Texas at Arlington and he also holds a Texas Master Peace Officers License.  He is certified instructor with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).  Detective Quirk is a graduate of the Texas Department of Public Safety Polygraph School and is a licensed polygraph examiner.

 

Tanith Rogers has been with the FBI since 2008, assigned to the criminal cyber squad in Los Angeles, CA.   Special Agent Rogers is the international sextortion expert for the FBI and in 2011 won the American Legion Officer of the Year Award and the United States Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Award.  SA Rogers is a member of the Cold Case Digital Evidence Review Group ("CCDERG"), a cutting-edge initiative under Los Angeles Division Cyber Program designed to assist law enforcement partners in reviewing digital evidence relating to unsolved "cold" homicide cases. Prior to joining the Bureau SA Rogers was an undercover narcotics detective for the City of Federal Way Police Department in Washington State where she was a police officer for just under nine years.

 

Lance Salyers is a career prosecutor practicing in SW Ohio. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University (1997) and Washington & Lee University School of Law (2000).  Salyers began his prosecutorial career with the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office in Dayton, OH, and has spent the last five years with the Butler County Prosecutor's Office, and has recently specialized in felony domestic violence and complex criminal cases. In his current assignment, Lance has successfully prosecuted nine homicide cases, including four capital murder cases.  Salyers has taught on "Prosecuting Domestic Violence Homicides" and “Forfeiture by Wrongdoing” issues for AEquitas: The Prosecutor's Resource on Violence Against Women. For his work in prosecuting the Calvin McKelton case, Lance was awarded the Board of Directors’ Trial Award for Outstanding Advocacy in Capital Cases for 2010-11 by the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation.

 

Tami Shafer has worked for the Portland Police Bureau, in Portland Oregon, for 18 years and has been specializing in domestic violence for more than half of her career.  For the past five years, Officer Shafer has been assigned to the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team.  As part of her duties in the DV unit, she has been responsible for the advanced domestic violence related training for bureau members and community partners.

 

Jeff Shaffer has been with the U.S.Secret Service for 22 years. Senior Special Agent Shaffer spent more than 5 years on the Presidential Protective Division for Presidents Clinton and Bush, but has spent the majority of his career in the area of electronic crimes. He managed the North Texas Electronic Crimes Task Force Digital Forensics Lab from 2007 – 2011, and currently splits time between conducting forensic exams, training, teaching and research. Agent Shaffer has presented at many events including the  International Telecommunication Industry Association with Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security Todd Keil, previous Crimes Against Women Conferences, the High Tech Crime Investigator Association, and The Department of Justice - National Advocacy Center and others.  Agent Shaffer received recognition as a U.S. Secret Service “Top Digital Forensics Examiner” each year from 2007-2011 and was twice recognized by the Cellular Telecommunication Industry Association for outstanding work in the area of Telecommunications Fraud.

Armin Showalter  has been an agent for 21 years and is currently assigned to the FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime in Quantico, Virginia.  The NCAVC's primary function is to offer assistance to law enforcement agencies confronted with unusual, bizarre, and repetitive violent crime.  Within the NCAVC, SSA Showalter is assigned to a unit that conducts research, provides training, and consults with law enforcement agencies regarding crimes against adults.  SSA Showalter holds a M.S. in forensic science, and he was previously assigned to the violent crimes squad in Washington, D.C.


Jim Smyth is currently assigned to the Criminal Behavioural Analysis Section of the Ontario Provincial Police and is the Unit Coordinator for the four member Polygraph Unit.   He joined OPP in 1997 after ten years with York Regional Police.  In 2003, Jim completed the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship Understudy Program, resulting in certification as a criminal profiler.  In 2006, Jim completed the Canadian Police College Polygraph Examiner’s course resulting in his certification as a forensic polygraph examiner and forensic interviewer.  The unit is tasked with providing interviewing support and polygraph testing to OPP and municipal polices services. 

 

Paul Stern is a senior deputy prosecuting attorney for Snohomish County, Washington.  He has been a prosecutor since 1981. He has supervised the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office felony DV unit for six years. His book, Preparing and Presenting Expert Testimony in Child Abuse Litigation was published by Sage in 1997.

 

Grant Stinchfield  was an Investigative Reporter and fill-in Sports Anchor for NBC 5 News, the NBC owned station in Dallas, TX. He is also a frequent contributor to MSNBC. His ground breaking, Emmy-award winning, series on Identity theft, Identity Crisis, led to the passage of 14 new Texas laws designed to not only prevent identity theft, but help victims recover from the crime.  He exposed flaws in Dallas Police procedures that limited their capability of arresting drug dealers. The investigation led to policy changes that give officers greater flexibility in chasing down suspects. Before joining NBC 5, he spent six years as the investigative reporter for NBC 30 Connecticut News. While in Connecticut, he aired the Emmy Award winning series, Cold Case: Tracking the Truth, profiling numerous unsolved murders. Stinchfield is a native New Yorker who started his television career in Missoula, MT.  Stinchfield is a Four-time Emmy Award winner and 16-time Emmy nominee. He has also been recognized as the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Journalist of the Year, Associated Press Investigative Reporting Award, CT Safe Kids Achievement Award, and International Association of Firefighters Achievement Award. 

 

Jim Tanner has 40 years experience in community corrections.  Dr. Tanner obtained his Ph.D. in Cognitive Social Psychology from the University of Illinois, specializing in Phenomenology and Criminology. He serves as the computer forensic examiner for Probation in the 20th Judicial District of Colorado and has examined more than 1,400 sex offenders’ computers.  He is nationally recognized as a leader in the management of sex offenders’ computers. He is responsible for the creation of Field Search, a forensic software application in use in the US, Canada, U.K. and Australia. He also developed the Structured Sex Offender Treatment Review (SSOTR) in use nationally to monitor sex offenders’ behavior.

 

Jennifer Thomas serves as Program Manager for the Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) and the Administrative Office of the Courts.  In this capacity, Jennifer provides management of Fatality review, Family Violence Intervention Programs, conference planning, and training events. Jennifer also provides support and assistance to the Family Violence Task Forces located across Georgia. Jennifer earned her BA from Piedmont College in Demorest Georgia and is currently enrolled in the MSW program at the University of Georgia.  Jennifer brings with her an awareness of the challenges in assisting survivors of domestic violence from both urban and rural settings. Jennifer is the co-founder of United 4 Safety, a local agency working to support survivors from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex community in Georgia.

 

N. Jack Thorp has been a prosecuting attorney or district attorney for more than 12 years.    In 2005, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Tulsa County.  While there, he specialized in major crimes, including those involving firearms and prosecuting crimes against children.  While in Tulsa, Jack received the prestigious "Top Gun" award for the years of 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010.  In January of 2011, Jack accepted appointment as First Assistant District Attorney for District 27 in Oklahoma, encompassing Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, and Adair Counties.  Jack has tried 78 felony jury trials, including 22 murder cases.  Jack earned his undergraduate  degree from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas.

 

Deborah  Tucker is the Executive Director of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV), a position she’s held since the organization’s formation in 1998.  Formerly she directed the Texas Council on Family Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.  She was Assistant Director at the Austin Rape Crisis Center, the first in Texas, which opened in 1974.  In 1978 Austin Rape Crisis Center merged with Austin Center for Battered Women and formed SafePlace. NCDSV has sponsored four national conferences on serving as an Expert Witness in partnership with The University of Texas Schools of Social Work and Law and the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. 

 

Ron Waldrop retired as an Assistant Chief from the Dallas Police Department in 2010 after 40 years of service. He spent a majority of his career in investigative assignments including 17 years as the Homicide Unit Commander. While in this assignment, he supervised investigations into more than 4,500 murder cases. As an Assistant Chief, he also initiated and implemented changes in eyewitness identification procedures that established DPD as a leader in eyewitness identification reform. He has been very active in issues involving eyewitness identification and currently serves as a consultant to PERF (Police Executive Research Forum) on related issues. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, the FBI National Academy, and the Southwest Legal Foundation Command and Management College.

 

Neil Websdale is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University and Director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative. He has published work on domestic violence, the history of crime, policing, social change, and public policy. Dr. Websdale’s social policy work consists of helping establish a national network of domestic violence fatality review teams.  He has also worked on issues related to community policing, full faith and credit, and risk assessment and management in domestic violence cases.

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John Wilkinson is an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women.  As an Attorney Advisor, he presents on trial strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethical issues related to violence against women at the local, state, and national level.  John also conducts research; develops training materials, resources, and publications; and provides case consultation and technical assistance for prosecutors and allied professionals.

 

Todd Williams has been a sworn member of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C.for more than 22 years.  He currently holds the rank of Detective Grade-I and has been a detective assigned to investigate Homicide cases for more than 18 years.  Todd is currently assigned to the Major Case/Cold Case Unit of the Homicide Branch with the primary responsibility of investigating Cold Homicide Cases, those cases that are more than three years old. 

 

Jason Woodruff is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Owasso Police Department in Owasso, OK.  Detective Woodruff manages the Child Abuse and Adult Sex Crimes caseloads as well as being a participating member of the Tulsa County District Attorney's Task Force on Child Abuse.


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