2017 Conference
             Presenter Biographies

   Day 1 Presenters

   Day 2 Presenters

Kevin Mulcahy is a survivor of child sexual abuse. He works as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit and serves as the Executive Assistant United States Attorney. Throughout his career, Kevin has prosecuted a variety of cases, including offenses involving firearms, drugs, bank robberies, threats, and a wide variety of other federal prosecutions. But most of his caseload focuses on child exploitation crimes, including production of child pornography cases, traveler cases, and other significant crimes against children prosecutions. Kevin has been a prosecutor since 2002, all on the federal level, with the first 3 1/2 years as an AUSA in San Diego, and the rest in Detroit. Kevin obtained his undergraduate degree in Statistics and American Culture from the University of Michigan and his JD from Santa Clara School of Law. He has 3 kids, 2 cats, and a very nice wife.

Detective Richard Wistocki
had been with the Naperville Police Department for 28 years. In his last 20 years as an Internet Crimes Investigator with the Naperville Police Department, he has forged numerous partnerships with the community and other Law Enforcement Agencies. He is one of the founding members and an affiliate member of the Illinois Attorney Generals High Tech Crimes Bureau (ICAC). Rich’s passion is concentrated in teaching parents how to parent their children while online. He takes his juvenile investigations experience and applies it to teaching parents how to be better parents. He is an instructor for NCJTC and NEMRT. He is also the creator of the Illinois Sexting Law. Recently, Detective Rich Wistocki has developed a FREE Online tool for SRO’s and School Officials to use in cases of Sexting, Cyber-Bullying and the new SB100 legislation. This tool is JuvenileJusticeOnline.org and it is not only a case management system but a free training site for school administrators, SRO’s, Juvenile Officers, Probation and States Attorney’s.

Stephanie Williams, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S
is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with over 15 years of experience in counseling and play therapy. She is an Approved Provider by the Association for Play Therapy and provides play therapy trainings on a variety of topics. Stephanie also provides clinical supervision for mental health professionals working toward their RPT, SB-RPT and/or LCSW in Missouri. She is currently working as a Professional School Counselor Supervisor for a non-profit agency in St. Louis. In addition to her clinical work with children and families, she has over 5 years of experience in managing and supervising staff and programs. Stephanie also developed and taught a play therapy sequence of graduate level classes for the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Bill Elward
is a career prosecutor, currently working as a Senior Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Illinois Attorney General’s Criminal Prosecution Trials Assistance Bureau. Elward prosecutes a wide range of crimes throughout the State of Illinois. Elward conducted training for the Illinois State Police in Search warrants from 1999-2002 at the State Police Academy in Springfield. In addition he has conducted training for arson investigators in Illinois. Elward has trained both state and federal investigators throughout the United States in Investigative Techniques, Questioning Suspects, and preparing a case for trial. Bill has trained lawyers in trial skills all over the United States for the last sixteen years. Elward graduated cum laude from Loyola Law School in Chicago in 1993, and has tried over 75 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials to verdict. After graduating from law school he worked as a prosecutor in Dade County Florida for two years where he prosecuted hundreds of DUI and traffic cases, as well as felony cases. After leaving Florida, Elward worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office where he was a prosecutor in the felony drug unit. Elward is the Program Director for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s (NITA) Midwest Trials Program held in Chicago. Bill also teaches Evidence and trial practice at night at Loyola University Law School in Chicago, where he is “Distinguished Practitioner in Residence.” He was voted outstanding lecturer for his work training prosecutors for the Illinois State Appellate Prosecutor’s Office.

Mark Yarbrough
was elected to five terms as the Lamb County District Attorney. He served for 20 years, prosecuting everything from death penalty cases to DWIs. During his tenure, in 2002, he was awarded the M.A.D.D. regional prosecutor of the year. He served on the board of directors for the Texas District & County Attorney’s Association, and is a member of the National District Attorney’s Association. He also is one of the founding fellows of the Texas Prosecutor’s Society. Mark graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1984. Following that, he worked as a loan officer 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 travels the country giving motivational speeches regarding Burnout. He has also written and been published on the subject of Burnout. Mark’s interests include – golf, basketball, karaoke, and tropical vacations.

Roger Canaff attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and then the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. After a brief period in private practice, he took a job with the Alexandria, Virginia Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1997. During his time there he prosecuted many different types of crimes, with a specialty in child abuse, child sexual assault, and juvenile crime. In 2003 he joined the staff of the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse at the American Prosecutors Research Institute in Alexandria, Virginia as a Senior Attorney. In 2005 he returned to active prosecution in Bronx County, New York in that office’s Child Abuse and Sex Unit prosecuting both adult and child sexual assault crimes. In June 2007, he was hired by the New York State Office of the Attorney General as the Deputy Chief of the newly formed Sex Offender Management Unit. After serving for two years in this position, he was hired by the United States Army in June of 2009 as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Trial Counsel Assistance Program, US Army Legal Services Agency. As an Army civilian, he trained and consulted with military prosecutors specializing in Special Victims issues worldwide. He left federal service in February, 2012. He re-joined the National District Attorney’s Association as a Fellow in October of 2012 within the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse where he served until early 2015. An experienced child, adolescent, adult, and disabled victims legal expert, he has lectured to prosecutors, law enforcement, medical experts, advocates and other allied professionals as well as the public. He continues to train and consult internationally and lives in New York City and Northern Virginia.

Deborah Throne, MSN, RN is the Clinical Registered Nurse for the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Division of Child Protection/Sexual Abuse Management. She attended Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey IL and completed her MSN in Family Systems Nursing at Webster University, St. Louis. Her 36 year nursing career includes pediatric trauma emergency care; pediatric gynecology; adult emergency care; adult intensive care; and nursing education. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses and was awarded the Excellence in Nursing Award from St. Louis Magazine in 2010. She has completed the didactic portion of the adult and pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner courses. She frequently provides outreach education to law enforcement professionals, children’s division investigators and medical professionals in the areas of child sexual abuse and medical management of the child sexual abuse survivor.

Linda J. Shaw, MD, MSSW
is a Child Abuse Pediatrician who has been working in the area of child maltreatment since 1987. She moved to St. Louis from New Jersey where she had served for many years as the Medical Director of one of the four regional centers on child abuse/neglect for thestate. She is currently employed by Saint Louis University School of Medicine as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Child Protection. She serves on the St. Louis City Child Fatality Review Board, the Advisory Board for the SAFE-CARE program, the Governor’s Task Force on Prevention of Infant Mortality, and is active on the legislative/advocacy committee for the St. Louis Area Council on Child Abuse and Neglect. She is an editor on the fourth edition of Recognition of Child Abuse for the Mandated Reporter, STM Learning, Inc., 2015.

Luis Lopez has been employed as a police officer with the Westminster Colorado Police Department for 19 years and is assigned as the Spanish Liaison Detective in the Crimes Against Persons Unit where he has served for the past 13 years. Detective Lopez has been the lead detective in numerous cases involving Homicide, Child Victims, Assaults and Sexual Assaults. Detective Lopez is a member of the Westminster SWAT team, a range instructor and is appointed to the Adams County Critical Incident Team where he has been the lead detective in several Officer involved shootings. Detective Lopez has been assigned and completed the investigation into many of the Cold Case Murder Investigations at the Westminster Police Department.

Michael Lynch is a 40 year veteran of law enforcement and has been assigned to the Crimes Against Persons Unit of the Westminster Colorado Police Department as a detective for 36 years. During this time Detective Lynch has been the lead Detective in over 70 homicide cases with a 100% clearance status on these cases. Detective Lynch has investigated several child murders as well as hundreds of Child Abuse cases. Detective Lynch has been a member of the Adams County Critical Incident team since the inception of this team and has been the lead investigator in dozens of Officer Involved shootings. Detective Lynch was an appointed member of the Governors Best Practices Cold Case Investigative Council and has instructed on topics of Domestic Violence and Homicide Investigation.