David Adams, Ed.D. is co-founder as well as Co-Director of Emerge, the first counseling program in the nation for men who abuse women, established in 1977. Dr. Adams has led groups for men who batter, and conducted outreach to victims of abuse for 36 years. He has led parenting education classes for fathers for 12 years. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on men who batter and has conducted trainings of social service and criminal justice professionals in 45 states and 16 nations. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, and writes a popular blog on The Huffington Post. Dr. Adams is a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual and Domestic Violence and Director of the National Domestic Violence Risk Assessment and Management Training Project. His book “Why Do They Kill? Men Who Murder Their Intimate Partners” was published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2007.
Director of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Family Court Programs at the Center for Court Innovation
Liberty Aldrich, Director of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Family Court Programs at the Center for Court Innovation, provides technical assistance on the development and implementation of domestic violence courts nationally and internationally and works with government and non-government agencies to improve the coordinated community response to domestic violence. Additionally, she and the domestic violence staff provide domestic violence training to judges and court personnel and consult with family courts on child protective and custody programs. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Aldrich was the Director of Legal Services at Safe Horizon, the nation’s largest victim assistance agency. In that position, she represented domestic violence victims in family and supreme courts and federal immigration proceedings in addition to supervising staff attorneys. Ms. Aldrich is also a founder and director of Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT), an agency that assists over 55,000 New Yorkers every year by providing information and supportive services to litigants in the Family Courts.
Ms. Aldrich acted as Chair of the Domestic Violence Task Force of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 2002 to 2005 and has authored numerous articles on domestic violence law and policy. She received the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s annual Equal Access to Justice Award in 2000. Ms. Aldrich graduated from Harvard University and New York University School of Law.
Special Victim’s Unit Detective, West Valley City Police Department, Utah
Justin Boardman is a Special Victim’s Unit detective for the West Valley City Police Department in Utah. His duties include investigation and interviewing of suspects and victims of sexual assault. He was a patrol officer for eight years in this very active city; and for the last four years Justin has been assigned to investigations. He has also been very active in non-profit organizations benefiting victims and serves on several committees and boards.
Dr. Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Anna D. Wolf Chair, Johns Hopkins University; National Program Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars
Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Anna D. Wolf Chair and Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing with a joint appointment at the Bloomberg School of Public Health; and is the National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program. Dr. Campbell has been conducting advocacy policy work and research on violence against women since 1980, has been the Principle Investigator of 12 major research investigations, and has published more than 225 articles and 7 books. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Science, a member of the Board of Directors of Futures Without Violence, received the Sigma Theta Tau International Research Award in 2011 and is Co-Chair of the IOM Global Violence Prevention Forum.
Director, National Training and Technical Assistance, Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) ModelSM, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
Kelly Dunne is the Chief of Operations of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Massachusetts, where she has focused her work on analyzing the response systems created to protect victims and hold offenders accountable. In 2004, Kelly created the nationally acclaimed Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) Model℠. Based on Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell’s Danger Assessment, the model seeks to reduce domestic violence homicides and re-assaults by employing risk assessment practices to identify potentially lethal offenders, establishes case specific multi-disciplinary responses, and coordinates monitoring of high risk domestic violence cases. The DVHRT model has received the Mary Byron Celebrating Solutions Award, the National Network to End Domestic Violence Spirit of Advocacy Award, and was highlighted as a promising practice in Vice President Biden’s speech marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 2010.
Jim Henderson Jr. MSW, CAC-R
Technical Assistance Provider
Battered Women’s Justice Project
Jim Henderson 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 to 2008 Jim was a probation officer responsible for overseeing the policies and practices of Intensive Probation for Domestic Violence offenders in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 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. 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 designed and conducted trainings 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 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 many local and national organizations including multiple probation and parole associations. Jim is on the national advisory board or acts as a consultancy team member for the Family Justice Center Alliance, The Battered Women’s Justice Program, 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.
Program Coordinator for National Training and Technical Assistance, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
Patricia Hohl is the Program Coordinator for National Training and Technical Assistance at the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center (JGCC). Patricia’s work focuses on the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative, created by the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to help state and local jurisdictions reduce domestic violence homicides. In 2013, OVW identified JGCC’s DVHRT Model as a “leading promising practice in the field” of domestic violence homicide prevention and selected JGCC as a national expert to lead the Demonstration Initiative in select sites across the country. Patricia is an attorney who spent most of her legal career representing victims of violence. She is a Commissioner and Director of the Legislation Committee at the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women and sits on the Legislative and Policy Committee for MassNOW where she works to advance policy and draft legislation to improve the lives of women.
Kathryn Johnson, LICSW
Community Services Coordinator, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
Kathryn Johnson, LICSW is the Community Services Coordinator at the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center. Kathryn has spent a decade working on behalf of victims of domestic violence and their children. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center which serves over 1,300 clients annually. Kathryn provides training to law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, probation officers and victim services providers nationally on the Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) Model℠. Based on Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell’s Danger Assessment, the model seeks to reduce domestic violence homicides and re-assaults by employing risk assessment practices to identify potentially lethal offenders, establishes case specific multi-disciplinary responses, and coordinates monitoring of high risk domestic violence cases. The model has been replicated in 25 communities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in several other states.
Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Resource Prosecutor, Utah Prosecution Council
Donna Kelly has prosecuted sex crimes, domestic violence and child abuse cases for more than 24 years, with a caseload including domestic violence assaults and homicides, child abuse and child homicide, and sexual assault. In January 2012, Donna began serving as the sexual assault and domestic violence resource prosecutor for the Utah Prosecution Council. Donna received the Visionary Voice Award in April 2014 presented by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center in recognition of her outstanding work to end sexual violence.
Assistant District Attorney, Travis County, Texas
Kelsey McKay has been a prosecutor in Travis County, Texas for ten years. Over the last four years she has exclusively prosecuted strangulation related crimes. Kelsey has prosecuted a variety of cases involving strangulation from assault, sexual assault and capital murder. She has worked over the last few years to strengthen how her community investigates, treats and prosecutes both strangulation and intimate partner cases to better the medical and criminal response. Kelsey has also worked to develop experts in the community to testify to juries regarding the evidence in strangulation and family violence cases.
Jay Otto, MS
Research Scientist and Manager for the Center for Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University
Jay Otto is a Research Scientist and Manager for the Center for Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University. He is fascinated by human behavior, how systems influence behavior, and the role of culture. Jay received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He manages the Center and participates in research projects. His issues of interest include substance abuse prevention, traffic safety, and violence prevention. Jay previously worked at the community level as a manager of a prevention office within a local hospital. He has served on several local and state committees overseeing prevention efforts.
Hon. Janice M. Rosa, J.S.C. (New York, Ret.)
Janice Rosa served for nearly 20 years on the New York State Judiciary, on both the Family Court and the Supreme Court trial benches. While on the New York bench she was the Supervising Judge of the Family Courts in the 8th Judicial District’s eight counties (10 courthouses, more than 30 judges/bench officers) and was also the district’s Supervising Judge for Matrimonial (divorce) matters.
Justice Rosa provides consulting and training services under Pure Support LLC. She consults as the national Judicial Coordinator for NCJFCJ’s Family Court Enhancement Project, and was past consultant for NCJFCJ’s Project ONE. She served for seven years on the Board of Trustees of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), is current Curriculum Chair for the organization, and past chair of NCJFCJ’s Family Violence Advisory Committee. While in New York, she served as a member of New York’s Matrimonial Advisory Committee for years, and is a current member of the Honoring Families Initiative Advisory Committee for IAALS, a Denver Colorado nonprofit research organization.
Justice Rosa was the first recipient of New York’s Judicial Excellence Award as Distinguished Jurist in 2012. For the past 20 years she has been a frequent trainer nationally on family and juvenile law matters, as well as judicial leadership, judicial wellbeing, domestic violence, and systems change. Judge Rosa also served as a National Center for State Courts (NCSC) consultant and most recently in that capacity provided services to the Casey Family Program Partners Initiative Judicial Engagement project.
Attorney Advisor, Æquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women
John Wilkinson is an Attorney Advisor with Æquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women. In this role he presents on trial strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethical issues related to violence against women at the local, state, national and international level. He conducts research; develops training materials, resources, and publications; and provides case consultation and technical assistance for prosecutors and allied professionals. John has presented extensively on the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking both in the United States and abroad. John’s international work includes developing and implementing trainings for professionals in national and international conferences. Prior to working with Æquitas, John was the program manager for the Gun Violence Prosecution Program, Homeland Security Program and Southwest Border Crime Program of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA).
Lt. Mark Wynn (Ret.)
Wynn Consulting: Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Training and Consulting
Lt. Mark Wynn (Ret.) is national trainer to police executives, patrol officers, training officers, prosecutors, judges, legislators, social service providers, healthcare professionals and victim advocates in all fifty states and an an international lecturer. He was a twenty-one year member of the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department. He served as Lieutenant to the Domestic Violence Division and member of the SWAT Team for fifteen years after graduating from the FBI National Academy. Lt. Wynn co-wrote the Police Officer Standards and Training Certified Curriculum on Law Enforcement Intervention and Investigation to Domestic and Sexual Violence (Tennessee).
He is the recipient of 121 commendations and 51 awards and certificates including the 2012 Family Justice Center Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2011 Visionary Award by End Violence Against Women International, and the Distinguished Faculty Award by the National District Attorney’s Association. In 1995, Lt. Wynn was selected as one of the top ten police officers in the United States by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Parade Magazine
Lt. Wynn has spoken or testified in front of many agencies. In 1995 he was invited to the Clinton White House to deliver a speech on strategies to prevent domestic violence. He has testified before Congress and represented U.S. Law Enforcement before the first United States/Russian Conference on Violence Against Women in Moscow.
Lt. Wynn served as an adjunct faculty to the National College of District Attorney’s Conferences on Family Violence for twenty years, as faculty to the National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women, an adjunct instructor to the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy in Nashville, trainer/consultant to the American Bar Association International Rule of Law Initiative, and instructor to the Nashville Metropolitan Police Academy.
Lamb County District Attorney, Texas
Mark Yarbrough was elected to five terms as the Lamb County District Attorney. He served for twenty years, prosecuting everything from death penalty cases to sexual assault and domestic violence cases. In 2002, Mark was awarded the M.A.D.D. regional prosecutor of the year. Mark graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1984. Following that, he worked for Dallas Federal Savings. In 1987, Mark went back to law school at Texas Tech School of Law where he graduated in 1989. At the end of 2012, Mark retired as District Attorney and now travels the country giving motivational speeches regarding burnout. He has also written and been published on the subject of burnout.