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Violence Prevention Conference 2012
Presenter Bios

Lorena Ault
Lorena Ault was born and raised in Mexico City; she received her education in Tourism business and has a Diplomat in Exterior Commerce from the ITESM Campus, Mexico.

Lorena was married and came to live in Walla Walla 10 years ago. In 2003 she joined the YWCA staff, where she has worked as a Bilingual/Bicultural Advocate serving domestic violence and sexual assault victims, engaging primarily with immigrants and the Latin community. Lorena has spent 9 years advocating and working to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault. The services she provides for survivors include counseling, legal advocacy, and medical advocacy; she also provides presentations, trainings and workshops for the community.

Lorena has also co-facilitated successful support groups for Latin women for 9 years. Her YWCA work has served as a pilot for the development of various programs, including the “Crossing Borders” project of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She is a member of the Eastern Washington Group Against Human Trafficking, Washington State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Immigration Advocates Network, and the BMAC Advisory Board, among others. This year she was privileged to become a board member of The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Lorena is a feminist and an animal lover; she has zero tolerance against abuse, and believes that love and respect can overpower oppression and help communities to grow stronger.

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Glenna Awbrey
Glenna Awbrey joined the STAR Project* as Director in the autumn of 2010, bringing over 15 years of experience in the oversight and management of both public and non-profit social service programs. She holds a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in Social and Developmental Psychology, as well as a combined Masters of Science in Information Technology and Library Sciences from City University London. 

*The STAR (Successful Transition and Re-entry) Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency dedicated to aiding incarcerated individuals being released to Walla Walla County transition back into society and become active, productive community members.

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Teri BarilaTeri Barila
Theresa Y. Barila, M.S., is the coordinator for the Walla Walla County Community Network, a family-community-state partnership that involves communities in preventing child abuse and neglect, youth substance abuse, and other social problems.  The Network has been involved in community organization in youth and neighborhood projects such as the Children’s Forum, Friends of Children of Walla Walla, the Community Center for Youth, Commitment to Community and the Community Council. The Network is recognized for its use of a systemic lens from which to observe and respond to community priorities.  Teri’s recent work focuses on Resilience and Adverse Childhood Experiences, through the Children’s Resilience Initiative.

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Detective Kevin BayneKevin Bayne
Detective Kevin Bayne was born in North Carolina and raised in Walla Walla.  He graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1992 and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1994 to 1998. A graduate of Walla Walla Community College, he was hired by the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office as a jail officer after being honorably discharged. In 2000, he was hired by the Walla Walla Police Department, which serves approximately 30,000 people in southeastern Washington. He served four years as a patrol officer before moving into the Special Teams Unit where he is currently assigned to investigate gang-related crimes and assist in narcotics investigations. Detective Bayne is a Field Training Officer and a member of the Walla Walla City/County Emergency Services Unit (SWAT).

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Stephanie BiegelStephanie Biegel (can you improve the photo quality?)
Stephanie Biegel is the HomeTeam Parent Aide Program Coordinator for hildren’s Home Society of Washington. Stephanie Biegel has been working in the child abuse prevention field with children and families for 4 years, specializing in the areas of child abuse and neglect and parent education. Stephanie Biegel also coordinates and facilitates parenting and relationship classes for Children’s Home Society of Washington.

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Mike BoettcherMike Boettcher
Detective Boettcher has been an officer for the Walla Walla Police Department for nearly 13 years and has been a detective for almost 10 years.  For the past seven years Det. Boettcher has overseen the WWPD Computer Forensics Lab, which assists 17 state and local agencies in the examination of digital evidence.  Over the years dozens of cases have been conducted by the WWPD Computer Forensics Lab, which has resulted in the incarceration and conviction of dozens of criminals, some of whom are those who prey on our most vulnerable citizens, our young children.

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Brooke BoucheyBrooke Bouchey
Brooke Bouchey is currently the Intervention Specialist at Lincoln Alternative High School. She has experience working with teens though Community Center for Youth, the Juvenile Justice Center, and the Blue Mountain Action Council. She is the head of the Walla Walla School District's Inter-district Truancy Committee, and has also worked as an Intervention Specialist for Walla Walla County's Crisis Response Unit.

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Mark BrownMark Brown
Dr. Mark Brown thinks of himself as having lived four interrelated adult lives. First, he was a professional musician for 15 years, playing in clubs across the country. During this time he wrote and produced two albums, and also two musicals—one produced in Denver and the other in Seattle. He began his second life by returning to school and earning an MA in Psychology, which prepared him to provide therapy for children and families, teach Anger Management classes, and facilitate Domestic Violence Offender groups. He served for 15 years as the director of a large mental health clinic for children and families in northern Snohomish County while maintaining a small private psychotherapy practice in Seattle.

Mark’s third major life transition began when he once again returned to school and obtained an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership. He served for 3 ½ years as the Associate Director for Family & Emergency Services for Hopelink in King County, WA. He oversaw 6 emergency service centers, each built around a food bank and providing emergency rental assistance and financial assistance. He also supervised a case management program for low-income and homeless families. Finally, he moved to Walla Walla to serve as the Executive Director of Friends of Children of Walla Walla and has been in this position for three years. He maintains a small private psychotherapy practice for individuals and couples in the Valley. In 2009 Mark teamed with Teri Barila to launch the Children’s Resilience Initiative (CRI) to help create greater awareness in our community about Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) and resilience. As a part of CRI, he has given numerous presentations for parents, providers and community organizations on the dual topics of ACEs and resilience.

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Robert D. Crutchfield

Robert D. Crutchfield is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. His current research focuses on social inequality as a cause of crime, neighborhoods and crime, and racial inequality in the criminal justice system. He has written extensively on labor markets and crime, and on racial and ethnic disparities in prosecution, sentencing, and imprisonment. Dr. Crutchfield is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, a past vice-president of that organization, and he has served as the Chair of American Sociological Association’s Crime, Law, and Deviance Section. From 2005 to 2011 he served on the National Research Council’s Committee on Law and Justice.  Prior to his academic career, he was a juvenile probation officer and an adult parole officer in Pennsylvania. He also served on the Washington State Juvenile Sentencing Commission. He holds a BA from Thiel College, Greenville Pennsylvania, and an MA and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

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Christy Druffel
Director of Healthy Living
Walla Walla YMCA
Christy is the mother of two middle school children.  She understands the challenges of fitting exercise and good nutrition into a busy schedule.  More importantly, she has witnessed, first hand, the positive effects exercise and nutrition have on the mind body and spirit of our youth. Christy graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Exercise Sport Science, Fitness Program Management.   She has worked at the YMCA for 16 years and is the Director of Healthy Living. She holds two certifications from the Cooper Institute including Providing Dietary Guidance and Personal Training.

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Celia Guardado
Celia Guardado was born in Kingsville, Texas and migrated to Walla Walla, Washington with her family at the age of three.  She is married and has 4 sons and 1 daughter. 

Celia began working on domestic violence and sexual assault issues 8 years ago when she was hired to coordinate The Amigas Program, a grassroots organization formed under the YWCA. This program assisted immigrant women who were experiencing domestic violence and/or sexual assault in relationships to overcome barriers in their communities. The gap between clients and community services was bridged as hundreds of women, who otherwise might not have received assistance, were helped.
Celia has continued her professional work with the YWCA as a bilingual/bi-cultural advocate, providing counseling to victims of DV and SA, co-facilitatating  two successful Spanish support groups, and providing advocacy and court accompaniment for victims.  She is currently a Client board member of the Northwest Justice Project (NJP), which has offices located throughout Eastern and Western Washington.  NJP is a federally funded, free legal-services program and is part of the Washington State Alliance for Equal Justice.   Celia loves the work that she does assisting and empowering immigrant women and their families. 
On the side, Celia also works with her husband and children at the family business, “Tino’s Tacos,” where she enjoys laughing and chatting with customers. 

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Wendy Hernandez
Wendy Hernandez's interest in and advocacy for domestic violence victims has spanned her several careers - as a Registered Nurse, Mental Health Counselor, and Lawyer.   After working at Walla Walla College for 16 years, she left for Gonzaga University Law School in 2000.   She then established and operated a non-profit Immigration Clinic for several years.   Saving the best for last, she came "home" to Walla Walla in 2009 to practice Immigration Law.   Wendy's greatest professional joy is in seeing disenfranchised undocumented people become documented, giving them access to the American Dream.

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Mark Higgins
Mark Higgins is the Director of Communications and Community Relations for Walla Walla Public Schools. Higgins, who has held this position for 12 years, is responsible for district-level internal and external communications. He works closely with the media, coordinates web functions and social media, produces publications and oversees the district's Print Shop.

Higgins is also the chair of the district's Safe and Civil Schools committee in partnership with community emergency management leaders. Higgins grew up in Kennewick, WA, has a bachelor's degree in journalism and is a Navy veteran. He is married to Michelle, a Walla Walla High School Social Studies teacher, and they have two young boys.

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Holly Howard and Lincoln Health Center
The Lincoln Health Center (LHC), at Lincoln Alternative High School, is part of Student Health Options, a 501(c)3 nonprofit formed in 2009 to promote the success of Lincoln students by providing for their physical, emotional, and social well-being. The Health Center’s close proximity to the school facilitates contact between students, staff, and health care providers, including physicians and counselors. These support services enable students to avoid health-related absences and develop healthy life patterns that promote school success. The Center provides primary care and mental health services, as well as substance abuse counseling for all students and staff at Lincoln Alternative High School. When needed, practitioners also make community referrals.

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Kathy KetchamKathy Ketcham
Katherine Ketcham is the coauthor of fourteen books, including Teens Under the Influence: The Truth About Kids, Alcohol, and Other Drugs – How to Recognize the Problem and What to Do About It with Nicholas Pace, M.D. (Ballantine, 2003);  Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption (Viking, 2006) with William Cope Moyers; Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism with James Milam; and The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning with Ernest Kurtz (Bantam, 1992).  From 2001-2003 Kathy wrote a column for the Union Bulletin titled “Straight Talk About Drugs.”  She has worked with youth and families at the Walla Walla Juvenile Justice Center since 2000.  In 2003, working with a group of parents, youth, and concerned citizens, she helped found Trilogy, a nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to helping kids stay clean and sober by providing recovery support services for youth and families

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Joshua Long
Joshua currently manages Strong Parents & Relationships for Kids (SPARK) through the Children’s Home Society of Washington.  He has extensive training in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy, Meta-Emotion, Motivational Interviewing andTrauma Focused Recovery for survivors and family members of crime and sexual assault.  He has worked as a counselor, group-facilitator, educator and as an Ethnic Minority Mental Health Consultant for Child and Hispanic consumers.  Joshua believes that “compassion is empathy put to work.”

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Barbara MaxwellBarbara Maxwell
Barbara Maxwell is the Associate Dean of Students: Student Programs at Whitman College. She also serves as the coordinator for the Washington Sexual Violence Prevention College Coalition (WSVPCC). As Whitman's Sexual Misconduct Prevention Coordinator, Barbara works as an
adviser/advocate for students who experience any form of sexual misconduct. She also coordinates and serves as the trainer for the campus Green Dot Program, which began in the fall of 2009.

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Cathy O’Brien, MSW
Since moving to the Walla Walla area with her family from central Oregon 22 years ago, Cathy has worked in various positions with children and families.   She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics from Eastern Washington University in 1983. She graduated with her Masters in Social Work from Walla Walla University in 2000. After completing her Masters degree, she worked for Children’s Home Society providing mental health, crisis, and stabilization services to at-risk youth and their families until 2004.  In 2004 she began her work at the YWCA and continued to care for the needs of children and families, serving both Walla Walla and Columbia counties.  Her knowledge in the field of children and violence developed because of her passion to make a better world for the children of today.

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Chalese CalhoonChalese Rabidue
Chalese Calhoon has worked with the Walla Walla Police Department since 1997.  She currently works in the Investigations Unit of the police department as Domestic Violence Services Officer , providing advocacy and follow-up investigation for victims and their cases. 

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saulreynaSaul Reyna
Detective Saul Reyna was born and raised in Walla Walla, Washington. He graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1991 and from Walla Walla Community College in 1993. From 1992 to 1997 Det. Reyna worked for the Department of Court Services supervising and tracking juvenile offenders. From 1993 to 1998 he worked for Whitman College Security as a Security Officer and Student Security Supervisor while continuing to work for the Department of Court Services part-time. In 1997 Det. Reyna joined the Reserve Police Officer program for the Walla Walla Police Department and was hired full-time in January 1998. Det. Reyna has been a member of both the Patrol Division and the Special Teams Unit, where he is currently assigned to investigate gang-related crimes and assist with narcotics investigations. Det. Reyna is also a Field Training Officer for the Walla Walla Police Department, an E.V.O.C. Instructor,a  Hostage Negotiator, a member of the Bike Patrol Team, and involved with the Washington State Patrol “El Protector” Program.

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Detective Miguel SanchezMiguel Sanchez
Detective Miguel Sanchez is a Cuban immigrant and the son of a political prisoner. He graduated from Upper Iowa University with Bachelor of Science Degree in Fitness and Nutrition. Det. Sanchez retired as a first sergeant after 21 years of service with the U.S. Army Airborne/Air Assault infantry. He currently works for the Walla Walla Police Department investigating sex crimes against children. Det. Sanchez is married to Chae Son Sanchez and has two daughters: Brenda, a graduate of Lewis & Clark College, is presently employed by Whitman College. Nancy, a graduate of Whitman College and American University Law School, is an attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington D.C. 

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SporlederJim Sporleder
Jim Sporleder began his teaching career at Garrison Middle School in Walla Walla. He later became the assistant principal and then principal of Garrison. After 22 years at Garrison, he moved to his current position as the principal of Lincoln Alternative High School.

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Beth Swanson
Beth graduated from Washington State University with a Sports Marketing degree.

She went on to work at the University of Miami and Fox Sports Northwest. While in Seattle she owned her own marketing and events company. Beth has lived in Walla Walla for the past 5 years with her husband and 4 boys. She is the founder of The Moms' Network and currently does the marketing for the Tour of Walla Walla cycling race. 

Beth is also on the board of directors for the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation and the Steering Committee for the Walla Walla Valley Violence Prevention Coalition.

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Mark Thompson
Thompson is an owner of McDonald-Zaring Insurance Agency. He helps school districts and employers with risk management and helps the homeless through the Christain Aid Center. He is also Board President of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation

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