2018 Conference
             Presenter Biographies


Kevin McNeil is a Special Victims Detective, author, educator, and motivational speaker.  Throughout his 18-year career as a law enforcement officer and detective, Kevin has testified in court as an expert witness and is responsible for putting together numerous cases for prosecution against sex offenders. Kevin has investigated and solved several high profile media cases; including six serial rape cases and five child murder cases. His years of experience as a police officer and detective allow him to consult with local law enforcement agencies as well as Child Advocacy Centers, hospitals, school systems and state family protective service agencies. He helps agencies measure the effects of abuse and educates the general public on how to recognize and report abuse to the proper authorities. Kevin has been featured on Atlanta Live, Urbancusp Magazine, newspaper articles and talk radio. Kevin's passion is to educate the world on the effects of abuse and how it can be eradicated from our culture.

Chris Newlin, MS LPC, is the Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center where he is responsible for providing leadership and management of the NCAC and participating in national and international training and leadership activities regarding the protection of children.  The NCAC was the first Child Advocacy Center in the world, and continues to provide prevention and intervention services for child abuse in Huntsville/Madison County, AL; and, also houses the NCAC Training Center, the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, the NCAC Virtual Training Center, and the Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO).  The NCAC is a past multi-year winner of the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Workplace Ethics, 2012 Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year, 2016 Federal Bureau of Investigation Director’s Community Leadership Award, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Best Places to Work, and a Private Sector Member of the Virtual Global Taskforce.  Chris has provided training in more than twenty countries throughout the world at numerous international conferences, and also provides technical assistance on a regular basis to professionals working to develop Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout the world.  Chris graduated from Hendrix College, the University of Central Arkansas, and the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program.

Amy Escott, MS, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing evidence based, group and individual psychotherapy to children and adolescents at Children’s Advocacy Services. Mrs. Escott received her Master’s degree in Child Clinical and Developmental Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University.  Within her training program, Mrs. Escott gained expertise in the development, assessment, and treatment of child psychopathology, particularly anxiety disorders. In her position at CASGSL, Mrs. Escott provides treatment to clients who have been exposed to various types of trauma, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, domestic violence, community violence, and traumatic grief. Mrs. Escott also collaborates with the Center for Violence Prevention through the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University on the Girls Aspiring Toward Independence project, a research project testing the effectiveness of a trauma-focused group therapy program for teen girls in the Child Welfare System. Additionally, Mrs. Escott co-directs CASGSL’s Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention, a brief therapy program designed to reduce the impact of trauma on children and families within the first thirty days after a child has experienced or disclosed a traumatic event. Her clinical interests include assessment of trauma symptoms in early childhood, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Integrated Treatment for Complex Trauma (ITCT), treatment for children with sexual behavior problems, and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS).

Beth Olson, MSW, worked for eight years developing programs that serve youth and families in transition from treatment or incarceration back into the community.  She has been an advocate and counselor for sexual and domestic violence victims for over 25 years, serving as the Associate Director of the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault and the Director of The Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, Duluth Family Visitation Center.  She co-authored Naming the Tactics, a manual conceptualizing a new paradigm for understanding and responding to post separation violence and the way children are used by men who batter. Beth has a wealth of experience developing meaningful programs that last in the community and has effectively led a wide variety of system's change efforts including working with a team of 7 law enforcement agencies to create the first anonymous reporting policy of its kind for sexual assault victims in the nation. A dedicated and passionate community activist, Beth has led many human rights efforts to increase equality and safety for all members of the community.  Beth taught two courses she designed at the College of St. Scholastica for 9 years: “Dynamics of Sexual Violence” and “Sexual Violence Advocacy and Community Intervention”.  As the Executive Director at First Witness Child Advocacy Center from 2011-2017, Beth prioritized the creation of an advocacy program built on the principles of social change advocacy and implemented a comprehensive prevention and community education program. She created a training curriculum for advocates in CAC’s in 2013 and trains on advocacy nationwide.  Beth holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and was elected to serve as a County Commissioner for St. Louis County in 2016.

Dr. Kristen Reeder is a board certified child abuse pediatrician with the REACH (Referral and Evaluation of At-Risk Children) Team at Children's Health Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, TX.  Through her work, Dr. Reeder medically evaluates children with concerns of abuse or neglect, including physical and sexual abuse, medical neglect, and failure to thrive.  She has given numerous presentations to community partners including law enforcement agencies, CPS, and hospital staff on the medical aspects of child abuse, has presented multiple times at grand rounds, and frequently leads didactic sessions for residents and medical students.

Kim Skidmore is currently the Assistant Director of Forensic Services at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and has completed over 1800 interviews of children. As the Assistant Director of Forensic Services, Kim assists local, state, and federal law enforcement officials by conducting video recorded forensic interviews of children in cases where the child is alleged to have been the victim of or witness to child abuse and other violent crimes. Kim supervises a team of 6 interviewers that serve Dallas County, TX. Prior to that, Kim earned her Bachelor's Degree from Austin College, located in Sherman, TX. Kim has also served at the Fannin County Children's Advocacy Center in Bonham, TX as a Program Specialist/Forensic Interviewer. Kim also has CPS (Child Protective Services) experience in Dallas County and was assigned to a specialized unit that handled cases of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse, and child deaths. Kim has also worked at the Ella Mae Brown Shelter for Domestic Violence in Sherman, TX.

Ginger Meyer, MSW, LCSW, CCTP is the Clinical Director for Children’s Medical and Mental Health Resource Network a program of SIU School of Medicine. She has worked with children and child welfare issues for over twenty years. She has been a leader in the Southern Illinois community in developing a Children’s Mental Health Network to increase the professional development opportunities for professionals who work with traumatized children and their families. Ginger Meyer has been the Lead Trainer and Co-Director of the Trauma Based Behavioral Health Fellowship Program at Southern Illinois University School of Social Work since 2014. The program was recently refunded and expanded and Ms. Meyer now serves as the Principle Investigator and Project Director of the Trauma Based Behavioral Health Fellowship; A Behavioral Health and Workforce Education and Training Grant (BHWET) HRSA 2017-2021. This program has trained nearly a hundred advanced social work graduate students in evidence-based trauma treatment, with each cohort receiving several weeks of training with professional community trainers over two semesters. Currently, she oversees the psychosocial assessments and crisis counseling in the Southern Illinois region for children facing child maltreatment, including physical and sexual abuse and exposure to domestic violence. She is also the Project Director of the Garett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant SAMHSA 2016-2019, a program that seeks to increase awareness of suicide prevention on the campus at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has a small private practice where she provides trauma interventions to children, youth, young adults, and their families. She is a graduate of SIU with a Master of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Ms. Meyer is a trained forensic interviewer and is a Nationally Certified TF CBT clinician. She is a member of the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA) and the American Professional Society on The Abuse of Children. (APSAC) Ms. Meyer is most proud of her family consisting of a wonderful supportive husband and two young children, who constantly show her love and grace.