About our speakers

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Tony Williams resides in Springfield, IL, having moved in July of 2019 with his wife of 22 years, Jan.  They have four daughters: Tiffany, Faren, Christy and Katie, ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one on the way.  Tony is the son of the late Emma and Avery Williams, Jr. He graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1970, and then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Eastern Illinois University.  Tony is the owner of Custom Training Consultants, a company that offers customized training for businesses, organizations, and schools – having trained first line supervision, cultural diversity, problem solving, and other such courses. Tony was the President of the Jacksonville Noon Rotary Club 2012-13, the District Trainer for District 6460 from 2009-12, and the District Governor in the service year 2016-17. He is a member of the Paul Harris Society. Tony retired as Assistant Dean at Jacksonville High School and from the Illinois Department of Corrections as a trainer at the academy in 2002 as the Assistant Director of the Academy.   He also worked throughout the Central Region as a trainer for National Institute of Corrections. Tony enjoys fishing, golfing, woodworking, playing racquetball, and just enjoying his family and life. 

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Kim Madden, M.Ed., LPC, is a trainer and child forensic interview specialist with the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Al. She has twenty-five years of forensic interviewing experience and has conducted forensic interviews in both children’s advocacy center and hospital-based child medical evaluation settings. Kim has provided trauma informed therapy services, facilitated domestic violence support groups, and taught evidence-based parenting interventions in a CAC setting. She has served as a family advocate working in partnership with the Greensboro, NC Police Department’s Child Response Initiative. In this capacity, she assisted in the training of police recruits, specifically focusing on the impacts of family violence and effective law enforcement responses to child maltreatment/witness to violence. She currently teaches Forensic Interviewing of Children, Advanced Forensic Interviewing, and has presented on related topics at international, national, state, and local levels. In addition to her ongoing work in the field of child forensic interviewing, Kim is a member of the NCAC’s Victim Advocacy and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Interdiction for the Protection of Children training faculties. She has provided expert witness testimony for criminal and civil court proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. Kim received her Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of Toledo and is a licensed professional counselor. She has also completed two years of additional training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through the North Carolina Child Treatment Program. 


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David Vucich has been employed with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office since 1997. In 2002, he began working general cases in the investigative division.  In late 2005, there was an influx of cyber related crimes, which warranted the analysis of digital media in house. As a result, David created the first regional forensic lab. During his tenure in investigations, he was promoted to the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. David has arrested hundreds of sexual predators and analyzed all sorts of digital media. In addition to his work with the Sheriff’s office, he has been a member of the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force and the Secret Service Cyber Crimes Task Force. 



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Aaron Tomlinson has over 15 years of law enforcement experience coupled with 17 years of instructional experience. Aaron teaches a number of courses nationally ranging from graduate level to seminar-style instruction for both public and private sector organizations. He has served as a master instructor for the Wisconsin Department of Justice in the area of Professional Communication Skills. Aaron has conducted verbal de-escalation for over ten years and provides a hands-on applied approach to dealing with those who are verbally agitated or challenging. Currently, Aaron is the Program Development Administrator at the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College.

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Carrie Walker Nettles earned a BA in Sociology from Clemson University and a M.Div. from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Carrie has worked with the children's ministries of five different churches and as a child advocate with the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center in Charleston, SC. Carrie has traveled to General Theological Seminary to study with Jerome Berryman, specifically working on a theology of the child and the spirituality of the child. In 2015, Carrie returned to Greenville to complete a Clinical Pastoral Education residency with the Spiritual Care Department at Greenville Memorial Hospital where she worked across all units encountering various stages of trauma and recovery, specifically assigned to the pediatric psychiatric facility and children's hospital. Ordained by First Baptist Church in Greenville, Carrie is a candidate for endorsement with the Alliance of Baptists, and has entered the board certification process. She is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains and the Pediatric Chaplains Network. In January of 2017, Carrie became the first staff chaplain in the nation serving a Child Advocacy Center. Together, she and her spouse, Mason, parent two children, Bret and Brigid, and herd a bunch of sheep.

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Julie Brand holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and has enjoyed a distinguished 25-year career as a school counselor. Now, she uses her unique perspective, as both counselor and survivor, to speak about females who sexually abuse children. She combines research data, professional insights, survivors’ histories and her personal experiences to enlighten audiences about the reality of mother-daughter sexual abuse.  Since founding CAPER Consulting (Child Abuse Prevention, Education and Recovery) in 2006, Julie has educated and empowered audiences across the United States with her dynamic programs on mother-daughter sexual abuse, female offenders in positions of trust, male survivors and the opportunities for recovery from childhood trauma. She authored A Mother’s Touch: Surviving Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse (2007), participated in a Canadian documentary on maternal incest (2013) and has testified in criminal court as an expert witness on mother-daughter sexual abuse (2017). In 2017, she launched her newest workshop, “What About Our Boys? Understanding the Challenges Facing Male Victims of Sexual Abuse and Assault.” In 2018, she helped CIR (Center for Innovation and Resources) develop a brochure, “Considerations for Serving Male victims of Sexual Assault and Abuse, A Resource for Service Providers,”as part of the Underserved Populations Training project. She is the recipient of the NCFM (National Coalition for Men) “2019 Award of Honor” for her work in the area of child abuse and inclusion of male victims. Julie’s upbeat presentations focus on the power of resiliency and healing in all of our lives.

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Holly Grosshans has prosecuted crime in the Chicago area as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for over a decade. As an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) prosecutor within the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Division of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Ms. Grosshans prosecutes legally and technically complex ICAC cases. Ms. Grosshans has specialized experience in prosecuting cases involving digital evidence and works closely with members of the Cook County ICAC Task Force as well as the Forensic Examiners at the Chicago Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (RCFL) in order to obtain and get such evidence admitted at trial. Ms. Grosshans has prosecuted hundreds of jury and bench trials and has litigated motions related to numerous issues including joinder, proof of other crimes, and discovery in relation to child pornography evidence. Ms. Grosshans has conducted direct and cross examinations of experts in the field of forensic examination and has served as a trainer with the FBI’s Computer Analysis Response Team (CART) training program. Ms. Grosshans regularly gives presentations to prosecutors and investigators regarding obtaining and admitting digital evidence. Ms. Grosshans received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and her Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. 

Detective Sergeant Mike O’Neill has been with the Alton, IL police department for 20 years.  In 2007

  

Detective Sergeant Mike O’Neill has been with the Alton, IL police department for 20 years.  In 2007, O’Neill joined the Criminal Investigations Division, where he is still currently assigned.  During the majority of this time in the Investigations Division, O’Neill primarily investigated over 1,000 child sexual and physical abuse cases, as well as sexual crimes against adults, child pornography, and missing persons. O’Neill currently is the General Case Supervisor in the Investigations Division, which oversees all felony investigations outside of Narcotics. In addition to his day-to-day investigative duties, O’Neill is also the Southern Illinois Child Death Investigation Task Force Commander, where he has oversight over 34 Illinois counties separated into 6 districts. O’Neill is a member of the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad, and a Crisis Negotiator Team leader for ILEAS, in which he is a Certified Hostage/Crisis Negotiator. O’Neill also teaches Sexual Assault/Abuse Investigations for SILEC and Mirikitani and Associates. 

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Crystal Uhe is a life-long resident of Madison County. She completed her Bachelor’s in Science in Psychology with emphasis on Criminal Justice, Criminology and Political Science in 2004 at Southeast Missouri State University. She then attended the Saint Louis University School of Law where she obtained her J.D. in 2007 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar. She has been an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office since 2007. Crystal has prosecuted various types of misdemeanor and felony cases throughout her career, including cases involving child victims and child sexual assaults. Presently, Crystal Uhe primarily prosecutes violent crimes and homicide cases and supervises the Violent Crimes Division and the Children’s Justice Divisions of the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. In recognition of her work, she was awarded the 2019 Prosecutor of the Year Award by the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis. Crystal is an instructor for SILEC Lewis and Clark Community College. She recently was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Madison County Child Advocacy Center.

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Lorinda Lamkin serves as a Special Prosecutor for the Illinois Appellate Prosecutors Office, prosecuting sexual assault and domestic violence cases throughout the state of Illinois in conflict situations or cases where a county requests specialized assistance. In addition, she actively provides training and resources to prosecutors and police officers on a regular basis.

Lorinda has been a prosecutor for over 20 years, concentrating in sexual assault and abusive crimes against children and adults. Her experience includes working as an Assistant State’s Attorney in St. Clair, Winnebago and Lee counties, and now as a Special Prosecutor for the Illinois Appellate Prosecutors Office. She has prosecuted cases in over 75 counties in the State of Illinois. She has coordinated various multi-disciplinary trainings on sexual assault and domestic violence and often serves as a trainer on these issues. Additionally, Lorinda has served as a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center for Prosecutors in Columbia, South Carolina, presented at the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association VAWA Seminar, presented for the National District Attorney’s Association in New Orleans, San Francisco, and Baltimore, served as a faculty member and presenter at the 2013 Indiana Domestic Violence Trial Conference, and presented several times Illinois State’s Attorney’s Conference in Chicago, Illinois for elected officials. Lorinda received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois – Champaign, and her Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She lives in Springfield, Illinois, with her husband and three sons.


Kelly Michelle Griffith graduated from the University of Illinois with her bachelor degree in Psycho

  

Kelly Michelle Griffith graduated from the University of Illinois with her bachelor degree in Psychology in 1993, and from Saint Louis University School of Law with her J.D. degree in 1996. While still in her third year of law school, she volunteered at the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office and appeared in court to prosecute traffic offenses. She was hired by Champaign County as an Assistant State’s Attorney in 1996, and she spent almost nine years handling a number of cases, including serious felony cases. In 2006 she became the lead legal instructor for the University of Illinois Police Training Institute training law enforcement officers and correctional officers around the State of Illinois. She became the General Counsel for the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault in 2014, providing legal resources and assistance to the rape crisis centers throughout Illinois so the centers could better serve sexual assault/abuse survivors. She is currently the General Counsel for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board handling a variety of legal issues for the Board, including assisting and supervising the development of training curriculum for officers. 

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Betsy Goulet is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the UIS Child Advocacy Studies Program (CAST) in the College of Public Affairs and Administration. For over thirty years, Dr. Goulet has worked in child protection, serving as the founding director of the Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center and working as the Children’s Policy Advisor to the Illinois Attorney General. She also started the State Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers in Illinois and served as the organization’s first president.

Through a contract with Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, Dr. Goulet developed a new model for child protection training that emphasizes experiential learning and the use of a Residential Simulation Lab and mock courtroom on the UIS campus. She has presented nationally and internationally on the Child Protection Training Academy and has consulted with several states who are interested in replicating the model.

Dr. Goulet also serves as the principle investigator for a federal SAMHSA grant in partnership with the University of Missouri St. Louis. The FORECAST grant trains CAST faculty from around the country in trauma-informed practices. 

Dr. Goulet’s research with Dr. Ted Cross was published in an international book on Mandated Reporting in 2015 and a new book chapter on Mandated Reporting, co-authored with Dr. Cross will be released in 2020.