Serving Victims of Crime

Presenters: 25th Annual Two Days in June Conference (listed alphabetically)

Anna Brewer

Anna Brewer was selected as an Honors Intern at the FBI in Washington DC in 1990, and joined the FBI's staff full time in 1992. Upon graduating the FBI Academy at Quantico, VA, Anna was promoted to a Special Agent (SA). Anna served as an FBI SA from 1995 until 2015. As a SA assigned in Reno, NV, Anna established & managed an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (TF), and a Child Exploitation TF to combat child sex trafficking. Anna was a member of the FBI's Child Abduction Team and traveled throughout the US to investigate child abductions. In Jan of 2010, Anna initiated & led the effort to establish and operate the Omaha Child Exploitation TF, which deals with sex trafficking & exploitation of children in NE. Anna is married to her best friend, Michael, an FBI SA, and has two school-age children. They enjoy travel and sports. Her children are learning Swedish & are active in their town. Anna is currently a Training Consultant. She travels the US educating citizens on sex trafficking.

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Officer Ryan Buzzini

Ryan "Buzz" Buzzini has been in law enforcement for 29 years. He served as a reserve for Ada County Paramedics from 1987 until 1993, as well as worked in the Idaho Poison Control Center for several years. Buzz worked pharmacy fraud for over 15 years for the Boise City Police Department. As a prior Drug Recognition Expert Instructor, he is trained in the signs and symptoms of legal and illegal drug use. He also held a position with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force keeping a watchful eye on drug trafficking, as it is used to finance terrorism activities. Buzz has also been a member of the DEA Task Force focusing on the fraudulent prescription pill epidemic. His vast knowledge, accumulated through training and years of professional service, lies in both the realms of medical professionals, as well as street level usage and sales. Buzz has lectured numerous times around the nation to professional drug coalitions, medical & law enforcement conferences, and the drug testing industry. He is currently a contractor with J. Chad Professional Training, "Tall Cop Says Stop", where he continues to bring his expertise and insight. His teaching is often times humorous and very entertaining.

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Myra Ferechil

Myra Ferechil is Co-Founder/ Managing Partner of Strand Holistic Innovative Forensic Techniques (SHIFT) LLC. Along with her partner, Russell Strand, she provides consultation, training and assistance to agencies and service providers. In her previous position as CEO at Victim Witness Services (VWS) for Coconino County, Myra's focus was to drive the sustainable growth of VWS in three areas: Vicarious Trauma Prevention, Evidence Informed Practices, and the Expansion of Geographic Reach.

Under her lead, she more than doubled the operating budget, she tripled the number of victims served during immediate crisis, she increased services to rural areas of the county and opened two satellite offices. She added new services including counseling and a K-9 advocacy program. Myra has had success in improving the systems response to victims of trauma in her eight years as a lead team member in the local Coordinated Response Team. She co-founded the Coconino County Domestic Violence fatality review board, which later became the state model. She assisted in the process that lead to DV risk assessments being used by local law enforcement and by the hospital; she assisted in establishing DV strangulation exams in her area. Through her work with FETI (Forensic Experiential Trauma Interviewing) she has participated in bringing training to over 600 first responders in Arizona from over 50 different agencies and is now a part of the Certified FETI program.

Prior to her work at Victim Witness Services, Myra was the Director of Community Based Services for Northland Family Help Center (NFHC). During her eight years at NFHC, she provided legal advocacy for women fleeing domestic violence. She also created two sexual violence prevention programs, one targeting men as allies. The other empowering alcohol serving establishment owners and staff to be effective bystanders which is now called the Arizona Safer Bars Alliance and has really begun to have a national level impact.

Myra is a visiting faculty member at Coconino Community College and Northern Arizona University where she teaches issues of violence, ethnic and gender studies, sex and dating and applied intersectionality. She has also taught social justice classes in the Coconino County Detention Center working with men on issues of violence and healing. She is very proud to be an Ethnics studies professor in Arizona. Myra is the recipient of the 2015 Woman of Excellence Award, 2014 and 2012 Northern Arizona University Community Partner Awards, 2013 Ruby Award, and the 2007 Martin-Springer Moral Courage Award.

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Teresa Garvey, JD

Teresa Garvey is an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas, presenting on trial strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethical issues related to violence against women at the local, state, and national level. She conducts research; develops training materials, resources, and publications; and provides technical assistance for prosecutors and allied professionals. Teri worked for 22 years as an Assistant Prosecutor in Camden County, NJ, and was assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit for nine years. She has extensive experience in supervising investigations, trying cases, and handling criminal appeals and other post-conviction proceedings.

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Casey Gwinn, JD

Casey Gwinn serves as the President of Alliance for HOPE International. For more information about the work of Alliance for HOPE International, go to www.allianceforhope.com.

Casey began his career as prosecutor in the San Diego City Attorney's Office. In 1996, Casey successfully ran for San Diego City Attorney. He served as the elected City Attorney from 1996-2004, leading an office of 350 staff members including attorneys, investigators, and support staff.

During Casey's tenure, the City Attorney's Office was recognized as one of the leading places to work with a law degree in America by Harcourt, Brace. Casey was honored at the local, state, and national level as a dynamic and visionary leader. In 2002, Casey's vision to create the first Family Justice Center in America became a reality - bringing 25 agencies together under one roof to meet the needs of survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, and human trafficking. Casey's work and the work of the allied agencies of the Family Justice Center have been widely credited with the 90% drop in domestic violence homicides in the City of San Diego between 1985-2008.

In 2003, President George W. Bush created the President's Family Justice Center Initiative inspired by the success of the San Diego Family Justice Center model and asked Casey to provide leadership to the Initiative. Today, Casey's vision and work has produced more than 100 Family Justice Centers across the United States and around the world. For more information about the rapidly expanding Family Justice Center movement, go to www.familyjusticecenter.org.

Casey is also the founder of Camp HOPE America, the first dedicated camping and mentoring program in the country focused on children and teens impacted by domestic violence. Camp HOPE began as a program of the San Diego Family Justice Center in the summer of 2003. Today, Camp HOPE America now operates across the United States. Follow Camp HOPE America at: www.camphopeamerica.org.

Casey has been recognized as one of the top 45 public attorneys in America by American Lawyer Magazine. His work has been profiled on the Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC Nightly News, CNN, and The Early Show on CBS, USA Today, New Yorker Magazine, and The Huffington Post.

Casey is a widely sought after local, state, and national speaker. He has spoken as a keynote speaker in nearly 50 states and 10 countries.

Casey has authored or co-authored ten books and hundreds of articles and blogs. His most recent book, Cheering for the Children: Creating Pathways to HOPE for Children Exposed to Trauma is a clarion call to mitigate the impacts of childhood trauma in order to reduce crime and mental illness in America. Cheering for the Children is available at www.amazon.com and on the website of Alliance for HOPE International. Casey is married to Beth Gwinn. He is the proud father of three grown children and three grandchildren.

Keynote Address: The Power of Hope in the Lives of Survivors

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James E. Henderson, MSW

Since 2008, James E. Henderson has been a technical assistance provider for the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women through Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP) and/or the Battered Women's Justice Project. He also continues to provide batterer intervention within the Detroit metropolitan area since 1995.

From 1991-2010 Jim was a probation officer responsible for overseeing the policies and practices of Intensive Probation for Domestic Violence offenders in Ann Arbor MI. He was assigned to the Washtenaw County Domestic Violence Unit as part of the Judicial Oversight Demonstration Initiative from 1999 to 2005 and works from a system perspective to enhance victim's safety and defendant accountability. 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.

In 1998, Jim was appointed by the Mayor of Ann Arbor to serve on the Ann Arbor Domestic Violence Coordinating Board. He has served two terms as a Regional Representative for the Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan and has been active with them since 1997. He has also been an active member of the Arab American Domestic Violence Coalition from 2001-2010. In 2002 he received a certificate of appreciation for outstanding service on behalf of crime victims from the Washtenaw County Prosecutors office.

Jim has designed and conducted international training's, on the effective interviewing of domestic violence offenders and victims. He has endeavored to change the focus of the victim interview from that of "information gatherer" to that of "information provider". Jim trains on the utilization of evidence based practices in probation group reporting to gain better compliance, using the community to assist in the monitoring of batterers, thus enhancing the safety of those victimized by the violence. Jim has been faculty for several national and international organizations including multiple state probation and parole associations, The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association, The American Judges Association, The National Crimes Against Women's conference, International conference on violence abuse and trauma, VERA institute of Justice, the Michigan Judicial Institute, Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan, Greenbook, The National Center for Victims of Crime, The New England Council on Crime and Delinquency, The American Probation & Parole Association, The National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, the American Prosecutors Research Institutes National Institute on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence., The National Collage of District Court Attorneys Domestic Violence Conference, Praxis International, and The Presidents Family Justice Centers.

Jim is on the national advisory board or acts as a consultancy team member for the Family Justice Center Alliance, The Alliance for Hope International, The Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention (Institute), and The Center for Court Innovation.

Jim has been a Certified Addition 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.

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Kim Keys, LCPC, NCC, QSUDP, CCS

Kim Keys has over 18 year's clinical experience in the behavioral health field. Her background ranges from her work in California at a maximum security prison to inpatient acute care in New Orleans La., from Portland Oregon youth residential to outpatient substance use treatment in Idaho, Oregon and Indiana. Most recently Kim has founded group a counseling and consulting practice, in Boise, ID focused on excellent client care and supporting systems to better their outcomes. Kim is a national speaker and has been consulted on issues ranging from therapeutic best practices, to access to care, to program compliance. Kim's passion is mentorship! She thrives on guiding others toward them fulfilling their best professional selves and creating a hunger for excellence.

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Amber Moe, L.C.P.C.

Amber Moe, L.C.P.C., is currently the fulltime Statewide Domestic Violence Court Manager at the Idaho Supreme Court. The Statewide Manager serves as the single point of contact at the Idaho Supreme Court for the entire state regarding domestic violence issues. Amber is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor within the State of Idaho. She has a background in working with families and children for twenty years. Amber has worked for the Idaho Courts for over seventeen years. Amber was the Family Violence Court Case Coordinator for Idaho's first domestic violence court under the judicial leadership of Honorable Judge Lowell Castleton. She was also the Clinical Supervisor at Ada County Family Court Services. Amber has work experience in private counseling, case management, Family Court, foster care, training, and assessment. Amber has a Master's degree in Counseling from Boise State University and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!)

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Chief Jerald Monahan

Jerald Monahan is a 38 year public safety official having begun his law enforcement career in 1978 at the Arizona Department of Corrections. A year later Chief Monahan started with the Casa Grande Police Department as a police officer. He served in Casa Grande until 2002, leaving at the rank of Lieutenant. That year he accepted a Commander's position, rank of Captain, with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. A short time later he was appointed as the Chief Deputy. In June of 2008 he left the Pinal County Sheriff's Office to accept the Chief of Police position with the Apache Junction Police Department where he served until March of 2013. On March 4th, 2013 he began serving the City of Prescott as their Chief of Police and served there until June of 2016 when he accepted the Chief of Police position for Yavapai College.

He is actively involved in addressing issues surrounding violence against women. He has served on the Pinal County Safe Home Network, and was a member of the Board of Directors for Against Abuse, Inc. He joined the Pinal County Domestic Violence Coalition in 1996 and was instrumental in getting the Pinal County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team started in 2006, serving as one of the first co-chairs. He was appointed to the Governor's Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women in 2003 and reappointed in 2008, and served as the Commission Chair till December of 2013. Chief Monahan has served on the Board of Directors for two different domestic violence crisis shelters, serving as the Board Chair for one from 2011 to 2013. Chief Monahan is a consultant for the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative, training and providing technical assistance to developing review teams upon request across the nation. He played a role in domestic violence fatality review teams developed in Arizona, where 13 teams now cover most of the state. Chief Monahan served as co-chair of the East Valley Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team from 2010 to 2012, and also served as the Chairperson of the Yavapai County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. Chief Monahan now serves as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for End Violence Against Women International and frequently presents on the Start by Believing Campaign.

Chief Monahan holds a Master of Science degree in Leadership with an Emphasis on Crisis Management and disaster preparedness from Grand Canyon University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety Administration from Grand Canyon University, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in the Administration of Justice from Central Arizona College.

He is a graduate of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Project CENTRL, a two year rural leadership development program, and a graduate from the FBI's National Academy, the 230th Session, and September, 2007, currently active in the FBI National Academy Associates Alumni Association.

Keynote Address: Bystander Intervention - Understanding the Dynamics, Power and Impact of Intervening with Co-presenter; Varsha N., JD

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Monica Morrison, JD

Monica Morrison is a deputy Prosecutor for the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, where she has worked since 2012. Prior to working for Canyon County, Monica practiced insurance defense and medical malpractice defense in Mississippi, worked for the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for four years, and handled insurance defense for the firm of Greener Burke Shoemaker in Boise. Monica specializes in domestic violence cases and has been the Domestic Violence Unit Chief since 2013, a position that was created specifically to take advantage for her unique talents. Monica was previously on the board of Hope's Door, a family violence shelter in Canyon County. Monica is currently a council member on the Idaho Council for Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance and a board member for the Northwest Gang Investigator's Association. She also teaches at the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy (POST), and has been instrumental in revising POST's domestic violence curriculum. In 2017, Monica was awarded the Idaho Victim Witness Association Award for Outstanding Victim Services. Monica is a 2001 Magna Cum Laude Graduate of the University of Mississippi and a 2004 graduate of the University of Idaho College Of Law.

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Varsha N., JD

Varsha serves as an independent training consultant and has been a guest speaker at non-profit organizations, agencies and universities nationally and internationally addressing a wide variety of topics including diversity, cross-cultural communication, domestic violence and sexual assault. She is well-experienced in working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in a variety of settings, including survivors from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Varsha has provided and directed the training of advocates and staff in skills and knowledge related to the support of survivors. Varsha has developed programs to broaden services provided by rape crisis centers, to improve protocols for advocates working on national crisis helplines and in-person hospital advocacy, and to address unique challenges, such as how to manage abusive callers.

In addition to managing programs related to diversity and underserved groups, she has also advanced her skills through certificate training in Intercultural Communication. Varsha delivers thought provoking, interactive workshops designed to create awareness, overcome barriers, and provide necessary tools to enhance communication with diverse populations. IN the past, she has also assisted with guardian ad litem and political asylum cases.

Her work experiences include serving diverse immigrant populations from Somalia, India, Iraq, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Russian and many more. Varsha received her BA from Columbia University in New York and later received her JD. Varsha serves on the Los Angeles Police Department DNA Taskforce and on the Executive Board of End Violence Against Women International, equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to support victims, and holding perpetrators accountable.

Keynote Address: Bystander Intervention - Understanding the Dynamics, Power and Impact of Intervening with Co-presenter; Chief Jerald Monahan

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Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran, MSW

Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran, MSW is the founder and principle consultant for Blackbird Consulting for Nonprofits, LLC, a national leader in the field of the prevention and intervention of intimate partner violence. Julie Ann has a history of the successful development and implementation of statewide policy and direct service programming. Currently, she serves as the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health's Project Manager for a new Office for Victims of Crime grant program to increase access to services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who have a psychiatric disability.

From 2004 – 2016, Julie Ann worked for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence where she served as Vice President of Programs and Planning and worked closely with Florida's 42 certified domestic violence centers. In her role, Julie Ann supported center Advocates, Chief Executive Officers, Board of Directors, and Coordinated Community Response Teams with training, technical assistance, and capacity building on issues such as governance, mission-driven program and policy development, and grant acquisition and management.

Julie Ann began her career in the movement to end intimate partner abuse by providing direct services and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence at Alternatives for Battered Women (now the Willow Center) of Rochester, NY, and as the Shelter Director for Refuge House in Tallahassee, FL. Julie Ann holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from Florida State University, a Bachelor's Degree in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College, and an Executive Certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. She is also a certified Field Traumatologist and Compassion Fatigue Educator.

Since Florida's 2004 hurricane season (during which four major hurricanes made landfall), Julie Ann has provided onsite disaster response and critical incident intervention for domestic violence centers. She assisted programs in Mississippi and Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, and New York and New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy. She collaborated with the National Domestic Violence Hotline to develop a disaster response curriculum for first responders and domestic violence program advocates.

Throughout her career, Julie Ann has worked with countless survivors of abuse who are also living with a psychiatric disability. For Julie Ann, the intersections of intimate partner violence, trauma, and mental health is deeply personal: Julie Ann's mother lived with the diagnosis of schizophrenia and survived abuse. As her mother's advocate, Julie Ann witnessed firsthand the stigma and discrimination that survivors face. Julie Ann's mission is to work to eliminate those stigmas and myths while helping to create a violence-free future for all.

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Tom Veivia, FBI Special Agent, Retired

Tom Veivia is the Principal of 302 Consulting Group, LLC, a Law Enforcement and Crisis Management Consultancy in Hamden, Connecticut. Tom retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Supervisory Special Agent in the Behavioral Analysis Unit in Stafford, Virginia after a 26-year law enforcement career. During his service with the FBI he served as the New Haven, Connecticut Office's Crisis Management Coordinator, Behavioral Analysis Unit Coordinator and was the Team Leader for the FBI's Northeast Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team and has deployed nationwide providing operational support and instruction for kidnapping investigations. Tom was an 18-year member of the FBI SWAT Team in New Haven and was the Senior Team Leader for the FBI's response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting in December of 2012. Tom was also involved in an FBI led study of the Hartford Distributor's workplace shooting that occurred on August 3, 2010 in Manchester, Connecticut. Tom has travelled nationally to provide instruction and training to law enforcement and civilian organizations in the area of active shooter response planning, major case management, kidnapping investigations and mental health awareness for first responders. Prior to joining the FBI, Tom served five years with the New York State Police.

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Victor Vieth, JD

Victor Vieth, JD, is the founder of Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center and has served as senior-director since its inception in 2003. In this role, he develops long-term strategy for expanding Gunderson NCPTC and its programs nationally and internationally. He also teaches, publishes, creates programs and works on public policy issues related to child protection.

Victor is in demand as a nationally recognized expert in the field of interpersonal violence. He speaks to audiences large and small at approximately 50 events per year. He has trained thousands of child protection professionals from all 50 states, two US Territories and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigation, prosecution and prevention. He has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.

Victor gained national recognition for his work addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota. He has been named to the President's Honor Roll of American Professional Society on the Abuse of Child, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Pro Humanitate Award for the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare. Victor is regularly asked to consult with legislators around the country regarding policy and reform and has testified in front of the United States Senate. Numerous foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Columbia, have sought expertise to guide them as they create and implement ground breaking child protection policies.
Victor has published countless articles related to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect he is author of "Unto the Third Generation," a bold initiative that outlines the necessary step we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations.

Victor graduated magna cum laude from Winona State University and earned his juris doctor from Hamline University School of Law (HUSL). In 2017, he received a Master of Arts from Wartburg Theological Seminary.

Keynote Address: An Awesome Opportunity: A National Plan to End Violence

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