Every Victim Every Time

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​2018 Every Victim, Every Time Speaker Biographies

Candido Amaya
Detective Amaya is a sworn and commissioned police officer with the Bryan Police Department. He has been employed as a police officer for sixteen and half years.  He is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division for 9 years where he primarily investigates crimes against children and sex related offenses.  He has received training and attended workshops in basic criminal investigations, sex crime investigations, crimes against children investigations and domestic violence investigations.  He serves as a member of the local Sexual Assault Response Team and on the Multidisciplinary Task Force with

Scotty’s House Child Advocacy Center.

Brian Baker

Brian has been an assistant district attorney for over 18 years.  He has worked for the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office since 2003 and is currently the First Assistant.  Brian has prosecuted hundreds of felony cases including intoxicated manslaughter, sexual assault, murder and capital murder.  He serves in several training roles through the Texas District and County Attorneys Association including a faculty advisor for new prosecutor training.  He has also trained attorneys for the State Bar of Texas as well as past Every Victim Every Time Conferences.  Brian is a dedicated prosecutor who has a heart for victims and their families.

Kimberly Barrera
Kimberly is a Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiner (SAMFE) for the Army.  She serves as adjunct faculty for the Army Medical Department School of Nursing SAMFE Course instructing Army, Air Force, and Navy medical providers.  Ms. Barrera works in the emergency department as a registered nurse and also functions as a paramedic instructor at Central Texas College. 

Ryan Calvert

Ryan is an assistant district attorney in Brazos County assigned to felony cases as the chief prosecutor of the 361st District Court.   He has represented the State of Texas as a prosecutor for over 16 years – in Brazos, Denton and Dallas County.  Ryan has prepared and tried over 200 jury trials ranging from DWI, assault, burglary, intoxicated manslaughter and murder – preparing witnesses and experts for their testimony in each of these cases.  Ryan teaches and trains prosecutors, police officers, and criminal justice personnel all over Texas for numerous organizations including the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association of which he is a member.  

Laurie Charles
Laurie is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Texas A&M University, College of Nursing, and Health Science Center.  She is also a staff nurse and sexual assault nurse examiner for Baylor Scott & White in College Station, Texas.  Laurie has a Master’s of Science in Nursing, Nursing Leadership and Management from Western Governors University and she is a licensed registered nurse in the State of Texas.  She is certified by the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas as an Adult and Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (CA-CP SANE).  Laurie has testified before the National Commission to Eliminate Child abuse and Neglect Fatalities as well as testified as an expert in numerous criminal cases relating to child abuse and trauma.  She is the past president of the Texas Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses as well as past board member of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA).  Laurie is a member of the Brazos Valley Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Brazos County Sexual Assault Response Team.  She also volunteers with MEDLIFE, a medical missions group with Texas A&M students, travelling to Peru in March 2017.

Cameron Collins
Collins is currently the Lead Forensic Interviewer for Scotty’s House Child Advocacy Center in Bryan, Texas.  She has worked for the center since 2010.  Before joining Scotty’s House, she was a caseworker for Child Protective Services.  She graduated from Texas Tech University in 2005 with a degree in family studies.  Cameron is often called to testify in criminal cases as an expert in her field. She is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and in 2017, Cameron was awarded the Yellow Rose of Texas Award for her service to child victims. 

John Combs
Detective Combs is an officer with the Round Rock Police Department and has been in law enforcement for 26 years.  For the past 17 years, his primary responsibilities have been the investigation of physical and sexual abuse of children.  Detective Combs holds a Master Peace Officer License, Instructors License and Special Investigators License from TCOLE.  He instructs the intermediate, advanced and sexual assault family violence investigators courses. (SAFVIC)  Combs has presented at the Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas as well as the Prevent Child Abuse conference.  In 2013, he worked for the Fox Valley Technical College on curriculum development for child abuse investigations.

Kara Comte
Kara has been a prosecutor for nearly 15 years and has spent her entire career prosecuting in the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office.  She is currently the chief of the Crimes Against Children Unit.  Kara has prosecuted hundreds of felony cases including numerous child sexual abuse cases.  She provides training for prosecutors and law enforcement agencies locally and statewide.  She serves on the Child Advocacy Center Multidisciplinary Task Force as well as the Brazos Valley Child Abduction Response Team.  Through this experience, Kara has developed a passion for advocating for children in the criminal justice system.

Crystal Conner
Conner has been a nurse in labor and delivery for over twelve years. She has a passion for women’s health, which led her into forensics two years ago. In this role she is able to care for women in some of the most difficult times in their lives.  She also is using the knowledge that she has gained in this field to help educate the community in how to care for those sexually assaulted or physically abused. This will help ensure the best and most compassionate care, from law enforcement to advocates.

Lance Cox
Sergeant Lance Cox is a 20+ years law enforcement veteran with the Austin I.S.D. Police Department in Austin, Texas who currently holds a Master Peace Officer certificate.   Lance has worked in many different fields during his career starting as a campus based School Resource Officer before moving on to a Child abuse and Gang Unit Detective.  Lance promoted to Sergeant in December 2015 and currently oversees 36 campuses and 15 officers, those officers include campus based officers as well as patrol.  Lance brings an extensive amount of knowledge in the field of juvenile law, child abuse, gang prevention/suppression and social media both from a usage and investigative standpoint.  Lance is currently a contract presenter for the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State presenting to law enforcement officers and civilians throughout Texas.  Lance prides himself in his very energetic and fresh presentation style that highlights the latest topics and trends. 

Vanessa Delgado
Delgado is currently a bilingual Staff Therapist at the Center for Child Protection. Ms. Delgado provides individual, family and group therapy to children and families dealing with trauma due to child abuse or witness to violent crime. For the past two years, she has worked with vulnerable families who are dealing with multi-generational abuse, language, cultural barriers and poverty. Her specialties include sensory and experiential therapies and working with families who are in high risk environments.

Lauren Dorsett
Lauren currently serves a Health Promotion Coordinator in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life at Texas A&M University. In this role, Lauren provides oversight and guidance for the Health Promotion office, whose mission is to support academic achievement and personal development by improving health outcomes of TAMU students through education, outreach, and collaboration. Lauren has been working in the field of Health Education for 10+ years, and has varied experiences with prevention education, curriculum development, assessment, and behavioral interventions. Lauren achieved her Bachelors of Science in Community Health and Master of Science in Health Education from Texas A&M University, as well as holds the title of Master Certified Health Education Specialist. Lauren is currently pursuing the Master College Health and Wellness Professional (MCHWP) certification through the American College Health Association.

Nancy Downing
Dr. Downing is an Associate Professor of Forensic Nursing for the Texas A&M College of Nursing program at the Texas A&M Health Science Center.  She is a certified sexual assault nurse examiner and she has her forensic nursing graduate certificate.  Before coming to Texas A&M in January 2016, Dr. Downing was an assistant professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing.  She is also a SANE examiner for the Johnson County Sexual Assault Response Team in Iowa City, Iowa.  In 2013, Dr. Downing received the Outstanding Forensic Nurse Award from the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

Amanda Elkanick
Amanda Elkanick is currently the victim services specialist with Texas Advocacy Project, a non-profit law firm offering free legal services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Ms. Elkanick has been involved in the movement for the past 10 years in varying roles. She has worked as a shelter advocate, program director and policy analyst over the years. Because of the various positions she has held she brings an invaluable perspective to her work on a statewide level. She has served on many different task forces’, community planning groups, and committees that are centered on ending intimate partner violence. Ms. Elkanick graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice in 2010.

Jessica Escue
Jessica has been an assistant district attorney with the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office since 2007 and currently serves the office as the Chief of the Family Violence Unit.  During her career, she has prosecuted hundreds of cases with a special passion for cases involving domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.  Jessica teaches law enforcement agencies and community groups throughout Brazos County about the role of the District Attorney’s Office and how to better prosecute criminal cases.  She is the project coordinator for the Lethality Assessment Program that is currently being implemented in Brazos County.  She participates in the “Cut It Out” campaign which educates salon employees and stylists on the dynamics of family violence.  Jessica has prosecuted several difficult crimes against women cases including those using experts in strangulation as well as domestic violence.

Caitlin Farr
Caitlin has worked in the health, wellness, and safety area of higher education for over seven years. Following a B.A. in psychology, she began her career as a patrol officer with the University of Connecticut Police Department. Caitlin received extensive training on investigating sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking, including violent crime analysis training from the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. Caitlin held many Title IX, Clery Act, and incident response positions for UConn, but most enjoyed her time as a certified self-defense (RAD) instructor. Caitlin and her family moved to Texas in 2014 and she sought to utilize her experiences in law enforcement to further support students through education. Joining the Texas A&M University Offices of the Dean of Student Life, Caitlin has worked doing alcohol and drug education and was promoted in 2017 to oversee the university’s violence prevention office: CLEAR (Consensual Language, Education, Awareness, & Relationships).

Kerry-Ann Frazier
Kerry-Ann is the Director of the Healthy Homes Program for the Harker Heights Police Department.  She has been a passionate advocate for her community with over a decade of experience in prevention and advocacy. She has served as an expert in Child Advocacy, Mental Health Services, Education and Marketing in both Texas and Alaska.  She is a skilled and experienced facilitator trained through the Casey Foundation and People’s Institute. Kerry-Ann has conducted numerous community education seminars focusing on such issues as: child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, suicide prevention and diversity in the professional work place. Her training took her to remote villages within the state of Alaska to discuss a range of social concerns. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Education from the University of Maryland a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Phoenix and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is also a Casey Foundation Knowing Who You Are Trainer and Texas Certified Mediator.  As a community organizer and educator, she has served on various panels dedicated to improve the outcomes for youth within the foster care system as well as addressing the needs for domestic violence victims. Kerry-Ann is also a passionate advocate for family violence prevention and education, serving as an executive co-chair on the Central Texas Family Violence Task Force and member of the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Coalition.  Ms. Frazier serves an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at Texas A & M Central Texas and a field supervisor leading social work interns.

Jermaine Galloway
Officer Galloway is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter, a four time national award winner, and an international award winner.  Galloway is a national expert in alcohol and drug trends and is a resource for those involved with prevention, education and enforcement.  Officer Galloway began his Idaho law enforcement career in 1997 and has more than 20 years’ experience in alcohol and drug education, enforcement and prevention.  Officer Galloway currently dedicates thousands of hours to community scans, research and substance abuse identification in large and rural communities across the country.  Officer Galloway currently provides nationwide training to coalition members, law enforcement, educators, youth, counselors, probation, treatment, health professionals, judges, university officials, and community members.  Over the last three years, Officer Galloway has trained more than 120,000 people nationally and internationally.  Officer Galloway created his own alcohol and substance abuse prevention and identification program called the “You Can’t Stop What You Don’t Know” program.  In 2007, Officer Galloway created the Northwest Alcohol & Substance Abuse Conference.  This bi-annual, nationally recognized substance abuse prevention conference has quickly grown, drawing attendees from over 35 different states and multiple countries.  In 2009, Officer Galloway received the national underage drinking law enforcement officer of the year award from the OJJDP (Officer of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) for his efforts and strategies in underage drinking education and enforcement.  In 2010, Officer Galloway received the national “Mickey Sadoff” underage drinking prevention award from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) for his efforts in education and enforcement.  In 2017, Officer Galloway received the Enrique S. Camarena Award from the National Elks Drug Awareness Program. This is a great honor as this award was created in honor of Enrique Camarena - a DEA agent who lost his life while enforcing drug laws. Officer Galloway is also an Idaho POST certified instructor and holds a BA from the University of San Francisco. 

Matthew Gilliam
Gilliam is an Assistant District Attorney at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. He is currently assigned to the Major Narcotics Division, but previously worked as a prosecutor in the Trial Bureau, Family Criminal Law Division, Misdemeanor Division and Juvenile Division. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Matt practiced labor and employment defense at Hunton & Williams LLP. Matt holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center and a Bachelor in Arts degree in religious studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Laramie Gorbett
Laramie has always fostered a passion for advocacy and activism and has taken that passion and implemented it into her personal, academic and professional life. She received her BA in Anthropology from Texas Tech University in 2002 where she was a McNair Scholar. In her graduate studies at New Mexico State University (MA 2006) and USC she used non-human primates as models to explore violence against females from a cross-cultural, biological and evolutionary perspective. Laramie has many years of experience working with survivors of complex trauma, including her work at Women’s Protective Services, Lubbock Rape Crisis Center, Domestic Violence Educational Services in California, Williamson County Crisis Center, Trinity Center and as a Victims Counselor with Travis County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services. She has facilitated specialized training for law enforcement, victim services, and non-governmental organizations. She also has 160 hour certification in Non-Profit Leadership & Management. In 2009 Laramie founded Empower Art, an emerging non-profit that teaches healthy coping skills to survivors of abuse through music and art workshops. She developed curriculum specifically for survivors of complex trauma. She has facilitated hope and healing workshops for survivors of human trafficking, refugees, and other marginalized populations domestically and abroad including, Uganda, Thailand, and Cambodia.

Debra Hamilton
Debbie is an education specialist for the Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas.  She provides professional development and training for district and school leaders throughout Harris County.  Before coming to Texas, Debbie was the district mentor principal for the Albuquerque Public Schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She has worked in administrative education for over 15 years.  She has her Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico and she is certified professional principal in both New Mexico and Texas.

Kristen Harrell
Harrell currently serves as an Associate Director in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life at Texas A&M University.  In this role, Dr. Harrell, works directly with Title IX processes as they pertain to interpersonal violence involving students, policy development, and prevention education.  Dr. Harrell supervises staff in the Student Conduct Office, Off Campus Student Services, Consensual Language, Education, Awareness, and Relationships, and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center. Dr. Harrell has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Washington, a Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University. Dr. Harrell’s research focus is on nonverbal affirmative consent amongst college students. Dr. Harrell’s professional experiences include university work in residence life, alcohol and other drug prevention education and treatment, and student conduct.   

Frederick Harris
Detective Harris earned a Master's Degree and is working to complete his PhD in Criminal Justice.  Frederick Harris has been a Certified Law Enforcement Officer since 1998 and has been assigned and has experience in several specialized areas within the police department.  Detective Harris is currently assigned as a police detective at the Killeen Police Department, Major Crime's section - Homicide unit. He is responsible for investigating homicides and physical abuse related to children and adults. He has also investigated a number of cases involving gang murders, acute head trauma (shaken baby syndrome), family violence resulting in murder, excessive parental discipline, child abductions, and aided in the successful prosecution of suspects. He is a certified forensic hypnotist in the State of Texas and has assisted witnesses and victims recall vital information resulting in arrests of suspects. Mr. Harris is a former Adjunct Professor at American Military University of six (6) years teaching Criminal Justice classes - Rape and Sexual Violence, Corrections and Police Stress. Mr. Harris has been deemed by a number of prosecutors to be an expert witness in physical and sexual abuse concerning children. He continues to teach a number of law enforcement classes to police personnel, civilians and has lectured at various seminars throughout the country.

Staley Heatly

Heatly received his BA from Baylor University and his JD from Tulane University. He has served as DA for the 46th Judicial District in Texas since 2006. In 2013 Staley founded Texoma Alliance to Stop Abuse, a family violence non-profit that operates a battering intervention program. In 2014, at the invitation of the US Embassy, Staley traveled through Ecuador for two weeks to raise awareness about family violence. He has been recognized by the Texas Council on Family Violence for his efforts in combatting family violence both nationally and internationally. In 2016, he served on the Timothy Cole Exoneration Review Commission which examined the causes of wrongful convictions in Texas and issued a report making recommendations for legislatives changes that could help prevent future wrongful convictions. In 2017, he was named Texas Prosecutor of the Year by the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Ryan Jackson
Ryan was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but grew up with stops in Washington and Minnesota. He attended Marquette University for his undergraduate education, majoring in political communication. Marquette was where Ryan discovered his passion for ending sexual violence, volunteering at the local sexual assault treatment center and serving as the student representative for the Sexual Assault Awareness Month committee. Upon graduation, Ryan accepted a scholarship to attend Grand Valley State University where he received his Masters of Education in College Student Affairs Leadership. His Masters’ thesis was on men’s role in ending sexual violence. When the CLEAR office was created in 2015, Ryan was one of the three original staff members hired to start the office. In his current role at CLEAR, he coordinates the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and has presented for thousands of students on how they can help end sexual violence.

Miriam Jansky
As the Director of Trauma Services at the Center for Child Protection, Jansky manages therapy services, the Protective Parenting Program, and all related trauma informed treatment to children and families. For over 25 years, she has been helping families heal from devastating traumas, providing ongoing counseling, experiential and sensory therapies, and working as the professional handler for the Center’s therapy and courtroom accompaniment dog. During her tenure at the Center, Jansky founded the Protective Parenting Program, pioneered the first courtroom dog program in Travis County, and received the 2011 CACTX Statewide Mental Health Professional of the Year Award. She is a board approved supervisor for clinical licensure through the state of Texas.

Niki Johnson
Johnson has been a Registered Nurse for 12 years and a Forensic Nurse for 4 years.  She currently is the Forensic Program Coordinator at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in College Station.  She works alongside 10 forensic nurses to provide care to victims of violence in the Brazos Valley.  Niki was awarded the Medical Professional of the year in 2016 by the Brazos County Sexual Assault Response Team.  Niki educates medical professionals, law enforcement, advocates and community members on Forensic Nursing and the Sexual Assault Exam.  She also testifies as an expert witness in strangulation/family violence cases. 

Walter Jones
Walter is the Chief Assistant District Attorney for the High Point Division of the Guilford County District Attorney’s Office in High Point, North Carolina.  As part of his responsibilities, he oversees and supervises the assistant district attorneys in prosecuting cases for the office.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from North Carolina State University and his juris doctorate from Campbell University School of Law.  He has been a prosecutor since 2007 and a lawyer since 1989.

Danny Junek
Sergeant Junek has 22 years of experience in law enforcement and over 11 years as a criminal investigator.  He is currently assigned as the Sergeant over the Criminal Investigations Unit of the College Station Police Department, primarily working crimes against person’s cases.  He has an excellent working relationship with area law enforcement agencies, officials of the Brazos County courts system, Department of Family and Protective Services, Medical Forensic Staff and members of local advocacy groups.  He is a participating member of several multidisciplinary groups such as Scotty’s House, Drug Endangered Children, SARC, and the Brazos County Child Fatality Review Board.

Deborah Kleypas
Kleypas has over 40 years of experience in healthcare and has been a Forensic Nurse Examiner for the past 15 years.  She is currently a Pediatric, Adolescent and Adult Certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner by the Texas Office of Attorney General and the International Association of Forensic Nurses.  She is a member of the Child Protection Team and SART in Williamson County, TX.   She provides many hours of education for Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Judicial System, Child and Adult Protective Service professionals and members of the community regarding abuse and family violence.  She testifies in civil and criminal cases as an expert regarding Abuse, Neglect, Domestic Violence, Family Violence and Strangulation for all ages.

Alyssa Leffall
Leffall is the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs at Texas A&M University. In this role, she manages student conduct appeals and various student affairs initiatives within the Division of Student Affairs. Alyssa also serves on Texas A&M’s Critical Incident Response Team and serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for Student Conduct Administration. Prior to her current position, Alyssa held roles in student conduct offices at Texas A&M and Texas A&M – Commerce.  A native of Marshall, Texas, Alyssa earned a B.S. in Kinesiology from Texas A&M, a J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M. After practicing law for several years, Alyssa followed her passion for working with college students. Her student affairs philosophy focuses on developing engaged students and encouraging students to critically think about how they view and navigate within the world.

Katie Loewe
Loewe is an entrepreneur and a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. At the age of 22 she made a delayed outcry against the man who had abused her from the time she was 10 until she was 14.  After an arduous trial, a guilty verdict was reached and the jury awarded her abuser 9 years. Since her courtroom victory she has spent her time spreading awareness, advocating for the abused and counseling the hurting. Her mission is to send a message of health, hope and light for those who are still lost in the darkness. She is blessed to have the support of her wonderful husband and two precious daughters on her journey.

Matt Logan
Dr. Logan completed his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia while he was an active police officer. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 28 years serving in five communities within British Columbia and a tour of duty in Ottawa and at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. Matt was working as a Psychologist with Correctional Services Canada (CSC) from May, 1999 to November, 2001 where he did Psychological Risk Assessments and worked in therapy with sex offenders. Dr. Logan retired from the RCMP in 2009 and has joined Dr. Robert Hare and Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole (FBI ret.) in forming HALO Forensics, to provide forensic behavioral consultation and training for law enforcement and criminal justice officials.  As the first Operational Psychologist in Major Crime, S/Sgt (ret.) Logan co-founded the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Behavioral Science Unit in Vancouver and has been involved as a consultant to Serious Crime Sections, Undercover Unit, Interview Team, Child Exploitation, and Crisis Negotiation Teams. Psychological Risk and Threat Assessments are still provided on suspects in serious crime investigations and Expert Evidence is given in Court on violent and deviant sexual behavior. An FBI trained hostage negotiator, Dr. Logan is a conference speaker and facilitator specializing in, Psychopathy, Risk for Violence, Sexual Predators, Conflict and Crisis Management and Trauma. He teaches regularly at police academies and has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Victoria, Trinity Western University, and BC Institute of Technology.

Jason Lundquist
Sergeant Lundquist has been employed by the Waco Police Department since 1999.  He has supervised the Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit since 2014.  The CACU investigates all offenses committed against a child except homicide.  The Unit has one supervisor, six detectives, and averages 1200 criminal cases per year.  Sergeant Lundquist has a Master Peace Officer License, is a TCOLE instructor, and has a BA from Baylor University.  

Gabrielle Massey
Gabrielle Massey has been a felony prosecutor with the McLennan County District Attorney’s office for 7 years and is currently the chief of the Domestic Violence Unit.  Prior to her current position Gabby was the chief of Child Protective Services and for four years prior to that had been assigned to the Crimes Against Children Division, where she handled primarily Sexual Assaults of children and adults.   Prior to joining the DA’s Office Gabby was a criminal defense attorney in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex for five years, before moving back to her native Waco.  Gabby graduated from Baylor University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, specializing in Forensics, and graduated from Southern Methodist Dedman School of Law in 2005 with her Juris Doctorate.  Since being a prosecutor, Gabby has been a trainer for Texas prosecutors, law enforcement, and probation officers, as well as speaker on family violence, sexual assaults, child abuse and prosecution in the community.

Chase McConnell
Detective McConnell is a 9-year veteran of the Bryan Police Department.  He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Economics and began work as a patrol officer in 2009.  He became a Field Training Officer in 2011 and was promoted to the criminal investigations division in 2013.  He specializes in crimes against persons investigations – primarily sex crimes and family violence.

Philip McLemore
Philip is an assistant district attorney for the Brazos County District Attorney’s office in Bryan, Texas.  He is currently assigned to the 85th District Court prosecuting felony cases, such as family violence, aggravated assaults and robbery.  Philip has been a prosecutor since December 2013.  He graduated from Texas Tech School of Law and Texas A&M University. 

Jimmy Meeks
Jimmy is a retired police officer, having served 35 years in law-enforcement. Jimmy has also been a minister for over 44 years. As an officer, he served as a hostage negotiator, field training officer, school resource officer, detective, supervisor, and crime prevention officer. He has accumulated over 4500 hours of TCOLE training. He has also been a certified crime prevention specialist.
He was pastor of a church in the Ft. Worth area for over 11 years, while also serving as a police officer. Jimmy has a B.A. in Religion from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Certificate of Ministry from Emmaus Road Ministry School. He has conducted over 250 seminars for churches since 2009, at which over 5000 churches have been represented. It has been said of his presentation, "...there has never been a stronger call to action..."Jimmy and his wife of 40 years, Julie, were married at the First Baptist Church of Daingerfield, Texas, the sight of the June 22, 1980 massacre that killed 5 - and injured 10. Jimmy was also a production assistant in the award-winning docudrama Faith Under Fire, based on the tragedy at First Baptist Church in Daingerfield, Texas

Michelle Navarro
Navarro is the Program Supervisor V over the Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse (TxCVC) within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Services Division. Ms. Navarro has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management and Marketing from the University of Texas at Brownsville. Ms. Navarro supervises Regional Victim Services Coordinators located throughout the state of Texas who provide direct services to crime victims and who provide training to professionals who routinely work with crime victims. She also supervises all TxCVC publications, Victim Impact Statement statistics, and the Texas Victim Assistance Training (TVAT) team who are responsible for developing and enhancing the TVAT Academy, TVAT Online, webinars, and other trainings.

Trey Oldham
Investigator Oldham began his career in law enforcement with the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office in April of 1999.  During Trey’s tenure at the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office he has served in many different divisions.  Trey began his career with the Sheriff’s Office working in the jail division for four years which included inmate supervision as well as the intake/release division of the jail.  Trey then spent eight years assigned to the criminal patrol division of the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office and most recently Trey has spent the past 7 years in the Criminal Investigation Division of the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office.  Trey’s responsibilities in criminal investigations are focused on crimes against children, adult sexual assault cases, crimes against the elderly, and the investigation of non-compliant sex offenders in Brazos County.  Trey has extensive training in the investigation of child abuse cases, sexual assaults, and crimes against the elderly.  Trey currently serves as a member of the Brazos County multi-disciplinary team at Scotty’s House Children’s Advocacy Center, the Sexual Assault Response Team at the Sexual Assault Resource Center, member of the Brazos Valley Child Abduction Response team, a member of the Brazos County Child Fatality Review Team, and the team leader for the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiation Team. 

Melanie Porter
Porter is a Training Specialist II with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Victim Services Division (VSD) working in the Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse. As a Training Specialist II, Ms. Porter assists in the development and revision of the Texas Victim Assistance Training (TVAT) Online and the TVAT Academy curriculum as well as other live and web-based trainings. Ms. Porter has worked for the TDCJ for four years holding positions within the VSD as well as the Parole Division.

Brian Price
Brian has been an Assistant District Attorney with the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office since 2007.  Before he came to Bryan, Texas, he was an ADA with the Potter County District Attorney’s Office.  Over his 19 years as a prosecutor, Brian has tried all levels of felony and misdemeanor crimes with over 100 felony jury trials, including Capital Murder, Murder, Continuous Sexual Abuse, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault and Robbery.  He is currently a Trial Chief for the Intake Division, making charging decisions for the office and presenting cases to the grand jury as well as supervising trial attorneys, support staff and investigators.  Brian trains law enforcement throughout the State on various courses including courtroom testimony, Code and Criminal Procedure as well as search and seizure.  Brian is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law.

Paul Price
Paul is the Managing Partner at Beyond IT, where he assists with the management of the firm’s technical operations in areas of digital forensics, electronic discovery, and incident response. In addition to supervising forensic examiners in the performance of their duties, he maintains an active case load and conduct digital forensic investigations for civil litigation, criminal matters, internal investigations, and incident response efforts.  Prior to entering the private sector as a consultant, Paul gained invaluable experience and training as a law enforcement officer, where he received certification as a Computer Forensic Examiner. Over the course of his career, he has conducted, assisted, or supervised over 1000 forensic exams for local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies as well as law firms, corporations, and private individuals. His law enforcement background includes specialized assignments in Financial Crimes Investigation, Crime Scene, Computer Forensics, and Counterterrorism. Paul spent the last five years of his law enforcement career on assignment with the FBI working National Security matters and held a TS/SCI security clearance.  He has worked on several high profile engagements including cases dealing with Intellectual Properties, Trade Secrets, Bankruptcy, Embezzlement, Fraud, Commercial Litigation, Family Law, and Criminal matters. His work requires him to identify, preserve, analyze, and document electronically stored information (ESI) from computers, servers, mobile devices, VOIP systems, and many other sources of ESI for the purposes of evidentiary or root cause analysis. Paul has been recognized and testified as a forensic expert in legal proceedings pending in both State and Federal courts.

 Sheilah Priori
Sheilah is the Sexual Assault Medical Management Program Director at CRDAMC’s Emergency Department in Fort Hood Texas.  The Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiner (SAMFE) program started in September 2014 and is one of many programs established throughout the military.  This SAMFE team is comprised of physicians and registered nurses specially trained to provide comprehensive care to active duty service members and their beneficiaries seeking medical assistance following a sexual assault.  Ms. Priori has over 11 years’ experience in the field of Forensic Nursing, has conducted hundreds of sexual assault examinations and testified as an expert witness in several of those cases.  She has presented at several conferences throughout the state on the role of the forensic nurse and MDT approach to investigating crimes against children.  She is a Board Member of the Children’s Advocacy Center in Belton, and a member of the Family Violence Task Force in Bell County. 

Gary Roe
Gary is the award-winning author of seven books, including the bestsellers Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child, Please Be Patient I'm Grieving, and Heartbroken: Healing from the Loss of a Spouse. His latest book is Teen Grief: Caring for the Grieving Teenage Heart (2017). Gary’s books have been recognized as Finalists for five national awards and he has more than 500 articles to his credit. A former pastor and missionary, Gary is a popular speaker at a wide variety of venues, known for his creative style and sense of humor. Coming from a background of heavy loss and sexual abuse, he is committed to helping hurting people heal and grow. He currently serves as a chaplain and grief counselor with Hospice Brazos Valley in Bryan, Texas. Gary has seven adopted children and loves being a husband and father. He likes corny jokes, hockey, and cool Hawaiian shirts.

Adam Saenz
Dr. Saenz has worked in the mental health field since 1994, starting as a house staff for a residential treatment program in San Antonio, Texas. Since then, he has worked with children and parents in the juvenile justice and foster care systems. Adam earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology from Texas A&M University, with an emphasis in Clinical Child Psychology. He completed his pre-doctoral internship under a fellowship appointment to Harvard Medical School, and he holds a post doctorate from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Adam earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from Graduate Theological Foundation with residency at the University of Oxford.  Adam maintains a clinical practice at the Oakwood Collaborative, the counseling and assessment clinic he founded in 2003. Apart from his clinical work, Adam is a consultant to school districts, non-profits and corporations nationally in the area of professional wellbeing, stress management, and the dynamics of effective relationship building. He is the author of the best-selling book The Power of a Teacher, and his most recent release, Relationships That Work.

David Scott
Dr. Scott was a police sergeant and instructor with the Longview Police Department from 2003-2015.  During his career he has worked as an academy instructor for the department and East Texas Police Academy (ETPA) in Kilgore, Texas instructing investigations pertaining to child abuse, family violence, and sexual assault.  Prior to promoting, he was a member of the department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team and later the hostage negotiations team.  In 2008, he promoted to the rank of sergeant with the department and eventually was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division of the police department. In 2015, Dr. Scott accepted a tenured track position with the University of Texas at Tyler in the Department of Social Sciences.  He continues to serve as a reserve peace officer and consultant in law enforcement for the City of Gladewater, Texas.    Dr. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas.  He also holds three master’s degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, Texas.  He also earned professional training credentials from Bill Blackwood Institute of Texas Leadership Command College (LEMIT), the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA), the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), and the Training and Research Institute for Professional Law Enforcement (TRIPLE).  He is a certified TCOLE advanced and basic instructor for the State, a Sexual Assault Family Violence Investigators Course (SAFVIC) instructor, and Advanced Child Abuse instructor.  Dr. Scott is also a Policy Coordinator for the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) working with both the Criminal Justice Division and the Office of the Attorney General on creating and training cities on the Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) initiative for the State of Texas.  He has also served on the TCFV Public Policy Committee for the past three legislative sessions. Dr. Scott is an active member with FBI LEEDA, the Texas Police Association, the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA), and the Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA).  He is currently a board member with the East Texas Woman’s Center and the Family Peace Project in East Texas.  In 2018, Dr. Scott was appointed to the Texas Police Association’s (TPA) Training Advisory Committee. 

Katrina Stewart
For the past 16 years, Katrina has been a leader in local, statewide, and national organizational venues as the Regional Coordinator for the Transgender Education Network of Texas.  Her passion is public advocacy and education in Texas communities on GLBT topics with an emphasis on gender diversity. She engages and energizes others at the grassroots level tackling complex topics (such as gender and sexuality) with groups in ways that engender understanding.  Katrina is a graduate of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service.  She is the Aggie Allies Award Coordinator for the Aggie Allies and she is a staff trainer for the Sexual Assault Resource Center in Bryan, Texas.

Michael Sweeney
Sweeney returned to TAASA as a Training Specialist in August 2017. Mike is a decorated 28 year Law Enforcement veteran. From 2014 through 2017 Mike was the Director of Investigations for International Justice Mission in Ghana, Africa working with Government of Ghana fighting Human Trafficking and child exploitation on Lake Volta. From 1984-1999 he served the Aurora Police Department in Aurora Colorado, as a Vice & Narcotics Investigator. In 1999 he relocated to the Mississippi gulf coast joining the Ocean Springs Police Department. There he served in roles of Internal Affairs Commander, Operations/Logistics Commander during Hurricane Katrina and Chief of Investigations. In 2008 Mike attended and graduated the FBI national Academy in Quantico, Virginia. In 2013-2014, Mike was a Training Specialist with TAASA focusing on Law enforcement trainings. Michael’s specialty is victim interviewing techniques, suspect interviewing and statement analysis.

Monte Stiles

Monte served his entire professional legal career of 29 years as a state and federal prosecutor. For 24 years, Monte was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Idaho where he supervised the Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force – a group of agents and prosecutors who investigated and prosecuted high-level drug trafficking organizations, including Los Angeles street gangs, methamphetamine manufacturers, and multi-state drug cartels. During a decade-long investigation of international drug smuggling and money laundering, Monte worked closely with foreign, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the pursuit of evidence and witnesses in Hong Kong, Thailand, Fiji, Australia, Canada, and various locations in Europe. In 1995, Monte served as Special Counsel to the Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys in Washington D.C. where his primary assignments involved domestic terrorism, violent crime, juvenile justice, and narcotics.  As a result of his expertise, Monte has been an instructor for the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, numerous state and regional law enforcement conferences, and five international organized crime seminars where he taught prosecutors, judges, and police officers from the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Montenegro, and Croatia.  In addition to his duties as a federal prosecutor, Monte has been a passionate drug educator and motivational speaker for schools, businesses, churches, law enforcement agencies, and other youth and parent organizations. One of his proudest personal and career achievements was the organization and implementation of the statewide "Enough is Enough” anti-drug campaign which produced community coalitions in every area of Idaho. Monte received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and graduated from J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1982. In his personal life, Monte served for ten years as a commissioner on the Boise Parks and Recreation Board, as a Scoutmaster, Varsity Scout Advisor, and Explorer Post advisor for the Boy Scouts of America, a board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, a board member of Drug Free Idaho, a board member of Drug Watch International, an associate editor of The Marijuana Report, and an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department of Boise State University.  In 2011, Monte left government service in order to devote all of his time to teaching. He is now a frequent keynote speaker and trainer at national, regional, and state conferences relating to drug policy, law enforcement, youth leadership, drug prevention, corporate training, and maintaining safe communities.

Lisa Tanner
Tanner has dedicated her career to prosecuting those who commit the most heinous crimes against the most innocent victims. Immediately upon graduation from law school, she went to work at the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office, where she was a felony prosecutor for three years. Lisa has been with the Criminal Prosecutions Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office since 1994, where she prosecutes complex cases all across Texas when a local prosecutor must be recused or needs assistance or particular expertise. She specializes in the investigation and prosecution of capital murder cases (particularly cold cases), DNA cases, and sexual assault and child abuse cases. Lisa is currently the Chief of the Criminal Prosecutions Division, which includes 22 felony prosecutors.

Micah Titterington
Micah is the Director of Outreach and Legal Advocacy for the Family Abuse Center in Waco, Texas.  Since 2014, Micah has trained advocates as well as conducted outreach and awareness for the Family Abuse Center.  Micah is the chair of the McLennan County Domestic Violence Response Team.  He has trained law enforcement on domestic violence and protective orders and he has participated in many trainings and conference regarding stalking, human trafficking and family violence.

Victoria Walker
Victoria is the Outreach Manager for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Texas Regional Office.  She works with NCMEC staff to develop and implement outreach to increase awareness and usage of NCMEC services, resources and programs.  Before coming to NCMEC, Victoria was the outreach coordinator, program director and forensic interviewer for the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center.  Victoria received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.  She regularly trains and educates law enforcement, educators and other throughout the southern region of Texas to about issues involving missing and sexually exploited children.

Brent Watson

Brent currently serves as the Supervisor and Technical Leader of the DNA section at the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory in Waco. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, Master of Science degree from the University of Florida, and is certified in molecular biology by the American Board of Criminalistics. Since joining the Department in 2002, Brent has been actively involved in processing DNA evidence associated with crimes ranging from burglaries to sexual assaults and homicides and has testified in District and Federal courts as an expert on DNA evidence on many occasions. He has given numerous lectures on the collection and analysis of DNA evidence to college students, law enforcement, and to medical and legal professionals. Brent is also a member of the Sexual Assault Response Teams for the counties in his service area.

Theo Williams
Special Agent Theo Williams is an 8 year veteran with the FBI.  In May 2011, Williams was transferred to the FBI Houston Division. Currently, Williams is assigned to the Child Exploitation Task Force, investigating Domestic Minor Prostitution. He serves as a relief-supervisor and is the Innocence Lost Task Force Coordinator. From December 2009 to May 2011, Williams was assigned to the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force in El Paso, TX.  Williams investigated major gangs and drug trafficking. He has provided Domestic Minor Human Trafficking Training to non-government organizations, and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Williams has received the FBI’s Medal of Excellence Award, Free the Captives Excellence Award for fighting teenaged human trafficking and FBI incentive awards. Williams has also been interviewed as an expert in human trafficking by several major television networks.  Pre-FBI Williams was employed by ILC Dover as an Aerospace Engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. He also served in the US Air Force, specializing in Aerospace Physiology. Williams was a member of the Louisiana State University’s football team from 1996-1999. Williams has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in General Studies from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.  

Patrick Wilson

Patrick currently serves as the elected County and District Attorney for Ellis County in Waxahachie, Texas.  He has over 24 years of experience in the field of criminal prosecution with the last 20 years as a prosecutor for Dallas and Ellis County.  Mr. Wilson is a frequent trainer and presenter at professional conferences including the investigator training for TDCAA and the Prosecutor Trial Skills School.  His areas of expertise include technology, ethics and criminal law in the public schools.  Patrick graduated with his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and received his law degree from Texas Tech University.  He was the recipient of the Healing Hearts Center Community Leader of the Year award in 2013 and in 2017, he received the Oscar A. Sherrell Memorial Award for distinguished service to the association and profession from the Texas District and County Attorneys Association.

Charles Youngblood

Detective Youngblood has been working in law enforcement for 9 years and has been employed by the City of Waco Police Department for the past 7 years. Det. Youngblood served 4 years as a patrol officer in the Waco Police Department’s Community Services Division and transferred to Criminal Investigation Division in April of 2014.  Since April of 2014 Det. Youngblood has been assigned to the Waco Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit. Det. Youngblood is a TCOLE Instructor and has attended various service schools in the investigation of crimes perpetrated against children. Det. Youngblood has investigated numerous sexual assault and human trafficking cases and investigated the first human trafficking case that was successfully prosecuted in McLennan. Det. Youngblood continues to investigate domestic juvenile sex trafficking in McLennan County using victim centered, collaborative methods to ensure the successful investigation and prosecution of dangerous offender