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2020 Champions of Children Conference

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MEET YOUR SPEAKERS

Dr. Anna Salter
Dr. Anna Salter

Tuesday, March 4th Plenary Speaker
"Counterintuitive Behaviors in Trauma"

Dr. Salter received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice from Harvard University and obtained a Masters Degree in Child Study from Tufts. She was a Teaching Fellow at both Universities.

Dr. Salter has lived in Madison Wisconsin since 1996 and consults halftime to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. In addition, she lectures and consults on sex offenders and victims throughout the United States and abroad. She has keynoted conferences on sexual abuse in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and England. In all, she has conducted trainings in 50 states and 10 countries. Dr. Salter also evaluates sex offenders for civil commitment proceedings and other purposes. She testifies as an expert witness in sexual abuse civil and criminal cases.

Before moving to Madison, Dr. Salter was on the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, New Hampshire in the Departments of Psychiatry and Maternal and Child Health. While there, she was Director of Psycho-social Training for the Pediatric Residency Program, Director of Child Psychiatry Consultation to the Pediatric Ward, Co-Director of the Parenting Clinic, Assistant Director of the Children-at-Risk Program and Director of the Parents in Distress Program. She also won the Saul Blatman Teaching Award in the Department of Pediatrics and Maternal and Child Health.

Nicole Weisensee Egan
Nicole Weisensee Egan

Wednesday, March 5th Plenary Speaker
"Why did it take 13 years to Convict America’s Dad?"

Nicki Egan is an award-winning journalist, author (Chasing Cosby) and former People magazine senior writer who was the first reporter in the country to dig deeply into the Bill Cosby scandal in 2005 when other reporters shied away. Starting from scratch she was able to quickly become sourced and began breaking exclusive stories. When the scandal bubbled up again in October 2014 she was able to quickly reconnect with those victims and sources and began breaking exclusive stories once again, including the news of Cosby’s arrest on Dec. 30, 2015. She continues to get interviews with accusers who have never spoken and develop leads on new angles..

Accomplished investigative journalist with a history of uncovering wrongdoing by public officials and exposing inadequate laws that lead to legal reforms. First reporter to look into the Bill Cosby drugging and sexual assault scandal deeply in 2005 when others shied away.

Ale Levi
Ale Levi

Sessions 3 & 4 on Wednesday, March 4th

Ale Levi is the lead Forensic Interview Specialist (FIS), for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and has conducted approximately 5000 investigative interviews. Ms. Levi is an LCSW and holds her Masters in both Social Work and Forensic Psychology. She has worked in the area of child abuse/exploitation since 1998. In 2009, Ms. Levi became the first FIS for HSI and established guidelines and protocols for the HSI Forensic Interview Program. She works with all victims of crime, focusing on child exploitation; cyber and technology facilitate crimes, human trafficking and child sex tourism. Ms. Levi’s travels both domestically and internationally conducting forensic interviews and trainings in English and Spanish, and has assisted other federal agencies as the only Spanish speaking FIS for the federal government. Ms. Levi also works as an associate for NCJTC of Fox Valley Technical College as a trainer and presenter.

Janet E. Fine, MS
Janet E. Fine, MS

Sessions 2, 3 & 4 on Tuesday, March 3rd

Janet provides consultation and training nationally and internationally for victim advocacy programs, multidisciplinary teams, children’s advocacy centers (CACs), allied professionals and organizations seeking to implement vicarious trauma responses, victim assistance academies, and schools addressing sexual misconduct. She has served in various direct service and leadership roles in the victim advocacy field for over 36 years, beginning her career as a prosecutor-based Victim Witness Advocate and then directing victim witness assistance programs in the two largest district attorneys’ offices in Massachusetts, where she also founded and directed their CACs. She participated in community crisis response efforts in local communities, and as a member of the National Crisis Response Team from Massachusetts at Ground Zero in New York after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Subsequently and for more than 10 years, she served as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance. Janet was a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the National Children’s Alliance where she helped develop and continuously update the national CAC accreditation standards, and she serves as a national accreditation site reviewer. She is an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, where she teaches Victimology to both undergraduate and graduate students. She serves on the World Society of Victimology’s United Nations (UN) Liaison Committee, including as a representative and presenter at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Janet has had lead consulting roles in several multi-year initiatives funded by the U.S. Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) -- the newly funded Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative, Collective Healing in the Wake of Harm, Vicarious Trauma Toolkit Project, the National Center for Victims of Crime’s State Victim Assistance Academy Resource Center, the Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth National Steering Committee, and as an OVC TTAC consultant. She holds a B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies from Cornell University and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.

SPEAKER HANDOUTS

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