2019 Conference Keynote Speakers

Sasha Joseph Neulinger is the Founder and President of Voice For The Kids, and Co-founder and Head of Production at Step 1 Films. Sasha travels nationally as a public speaker, advocating for reforms in child advocacy and child abuse prevention. In 2015, Sasha presented at TEDxBozeman. His TED Talk, “Trauma Is Irreversible. How It Shapes…

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Beth Reynolds Lewis is a compassion fatigue specialist, mindfulness educator, trauma informed care trainer and Registered Yoga Teacher. Her experience includes 30+ years as a Child Welfare case manager, Forensic Interviewer and Emergency Specialist in the Nebraska public behavioral health system. Beth is a mindfulness educator in local schools and a yoga teacher in her…

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Kay Glidden is a compassion fatigue specialist, trauma-informed care trainer and mindfulness educator. Kay began her began her career in higher education, counseling and teaching college students for 13 years. Her experience stems from over 30+ years as a mental health professional, human resources specialist and working in the Nebraska public behavioral health system. Kay…

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Becky Rasmussen

Call to Freedom, Sioux Falls, SD

Becky Rasmussen is a public speaker, social advocate and minister. In 2015, she helped establish Call to Freedom, an anti-human trafficking organization based in Sioux Falls, SD. Call to Freedom offers services to ensure the safety and well-being of women victimized by human trafficking. Becky draws on her experience of over 10 years working with non-profits and ministries as well as her 12 years in mainstream media, television and marketing to help Call to Freedom create a safe haven for victims and to build awareness of the grim reality of human trafficking. Becky currently is working hard to help establish and strengthen local and state laws to better protect children and women survivors while traveling the US to build further awareness.

Beth Hall

Call to Freedom, Sioux Falls, SD

Beth Hall is an EAP Counselor for KeySolutions EAP/Keystone Treatment Center in the Sioux Falls/ Canton, South Dakota area. Beth is currently working with the Call to Freedom team on grant writing, program development, and public awareness activities. Beth has a BA in Elementary Education and received her MSW from the University of North Dakota. When working with Call to Freedom clients, Beth works to develop internal trauma-informed practices while providing service providers information to improve their trauma-informed practices.

Jon Turbett

CTK Group, Clear Lake, IA

Jon Turbett graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law and began his law enforcement career in 2000 as a Special Agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assigned to the Gaming Unit. After five years, he was reassigned to the Major Crimes Unit, where he has worked since 2005.

Jon currently investigates a significant number of felony level offenses, including homicides, human trafficking, fraud, and sex crimes. Jon oversees the legal component of The CTK Group’s Interview and Interrogation Courses and instructs officers from all over the country in both the 3-Day Fundamentals and 2-Day Advanced Courses.

Kris Ekstrum

Call to Freedom, Sioux Falls, SD

Kris Ekstrum, a graduate of Creighton University, is an Occupational Therapist who has worked in the greater Sioux Falls area for 28 years providing Occupational Therapy to a vast population. Recently, her primary focus is on adult rehabilitation with dual diagnosis, lending a growing interest in benefiting those with trauma and the associated intellectual needs. In September 2018, she joined Call to Freedom for the purposes of addressing client needs, such as everyday living skills, leisure and occupation development including grounding, calming and sensory modulation as they strive to overcome their experiences with human trafficking.

Michael Moore, JD

Beadle County State’s Attorney’s Office, Huron, SD

Michael Moore earned a BA in History from Ohio Dominican University and a JD from the University of South Dakota School of Law. He has been a prosecutor with the Beadle County State’s Attorney in

Huron, South Dakota since 1994, when he started as a Deputy State’s Attorney. He was elected as the State’s Attorney for Beadle County in 1996. Mr. Moore has trained law enforcement, prosecutors and advocates about domestic violence and sexual assault throughout the State of South Dakota and the country.

Nancy Sanders Harper, MD

University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, MN

Nancy Sanders Harper is the Medical Director for the Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe & Healthy Children at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and Hennepin Healthcare. Dr. Harper is board certified in Pediatrics and subspecialty certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics. Dr. Harper graduated from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and completed her pediatric residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia. Dr. Harper served as a staff pediatrician and child abuse consultant for Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and US Naval Hospital Okinawa in Japan before entering into fellowship training in Forensic Pediatrics at Brown University. Dr. Harper then served as the Medical Director for the CARE Team at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX until she began her current position at the U of M.

Brooke Jones, MD

Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center, Sioux Falls, SD

Brooke Jones, MD, MSc, FAAP is a Child Abuse Pediatrician at Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. She earned her B.A. from

Augustana University and her MD from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Additionally, she received a MSc in Clinical Investigation Sciences from the University of Louisville. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics.

Marcela Smid MD, MA, MS

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Marcela Smid MD, MA, MS is a board certified Maternal Fetal Medicine and Addiction Medicine physician at the University of Utah. She is the Medical Director of the Substance Use & Pregnancy – Recovery, Addiction, Dependence (SUPeRAD) specialty prenatal clinic. She is an NIH K12 Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Program scholar. Her research focus is on perinatal addiction, care models for pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders, maternal mortality and maternal mental health.

Amanda Liebl

Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center, Sioux Falls, SD

Amanda Liebl is a Forensic Interviewer with Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center at Sanford USD Medical Center, in Sioux Falls, SD. She received her BS in Psychology and her MA in Community Agency Counseling from the University of South Dakota. Ms. Liebl provides expert testimony in child maltreatment cases, conducts trainings with multidisciplinary professionals, and provides education to community members.

Jarrett Moore, PhD

Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD

Jarrett Moore, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Research and Assessment at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD. He received his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Mercer University, his MAT from Georgia College and State University, and his BS from the University of the South. Prior to his time at BHSU, Jarrett spent 18 years in middle and high school classrooms, primarily in Title I schools. His

recent work with the BHSU SDEA chapter led he and his students to learn more about ACEs and Trauma- Informed Practice to better prepare aspiring educators to serve their future students across South Dakota.

JoLynn Bostrom

SD DSS, Child Protection Services, Sturgis, SD

JoLynn Bostrom currently serves as the Protective Services Program Specialist for Child Protection Services for the Department of Social Services. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Science from the South Dakota School of Mines in Technology in 2002. JoLynn began her work with the Division of Child Protection Services as a Social Worker/Family Services Specialist in July 2002. She first worked in the Rapid City office and relocated to the Sturgis office in 2004. In 2007 she started as Lead Family Services Specialist and then in 2009 became a Family Services Supervisor, supervising the Sturgis and Belle Fourche offices. In October 2014, JoLynn was further promoted to her current position of Protective Services Program Specialist.

Kari Oyen, PhD

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

Kari Oyen, PhD is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology for the University of South Dakota. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Oyen was a practicing rural school psychologist for ten years. Dr. Oyen is a state coordinator for the Multi-tiered Systems of Support/Positive Behavior Interventions and Support project in the State of South Dakota. Dr. Oyen is very actively involved in the National Association of School Psychologists as the Co-Chair of the Government Professional Relations Committee. In addition, Dr.

Oyen also sat on the taskforce to address the national shortage of school psychologists and is sitting on the writing team for the 2020 revision of the NASP practice model.

Cara Beers

SD DSS, Child Protection Services, Brookings, SD

Cara Beers currently serves as the Ongoing Services and Training Program Specialist for Child Protection Services for the Department of Social Services. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN. Cara began her work with the Division of Child Protection as a Social Worker/Family Services Specialist in August of 1990. She first worked in the Mobridge office and relocated to the Watertown office in 1992. In 1997, she was promoted to Supervisor of the Brooking office. In 2008, Cara was promoted to the Regional Manager position of Region 5 which included the offices in Aberdeen, Huron, Watertown and Brookings.

Tiffany Petro

Children’s Home Child Advocacy Center, Rapid City, SD

Tifanie Petro serves as the Director of Advocacy and Prevention, overseeing the Children’s Home Child Advocacy Center and multiple statewide awareness and education campaigns. Tifanie received her BS degree in Psychology from Black Hills State University, her MS in Public Health from Capella University, Minnesota and her MS in Human Services from Capella University, Minnesota.

Cassie Nagel

Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment, Sioux Falls, SD

Cassie Nagel joined CPCM in July 2017. Ms. Nagel has an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration and recently completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Studies at the University of South Dakota.  Her passion for helping vulnerable populations is driving her education and inspired her to begin work at CPCM. Cassie holds many responsibilities at The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment including management of the “Understanding Aces” and “Enough Abuse” programs.

Clint Sperle

Great Plains Psychological Services, Sioux Falls, SD

Clint Sperle, MA, LPC-MH, received his degree in Counseling and Psychology in Education and is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health. He works with children, adolescents and adults in individual, group and family settings. Special areas of interest include working with children and

adolescents in areas related to: abuse issues, trauma, evaluations and therapy for children with sexualized behaviors, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, divorce, behavioral issues and adjustment issues. Clint also works with children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities.

Eric Kurtz, PhD

Center for Disabilities, University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, SD

Eric Kurtz received his PhD from the University of South Dakota with specialized training in neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Kurtz currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Disabilities at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. Previously, he served as Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Interim Director for Rural Healthcare. He also formerly served several leadership roles at the Center for Disabilities, including as Director of the South Dakota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SD LEND), Director of Clinical Operations and Community Services, and Director of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program.

Nancy Free, DO

Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center, Sioux Falls, SD

Nancy Free, DO, is the Medical Director of Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls and Avera St. Mary’s Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center in Pierre. She is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. She earned her BA from Loyola University of the South and her Doctor of Osteopathy from University of North Texas, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Annie Brokenleg

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, Pierre, SD

Annie Brokenleg holds a MSW from the University of South Dakota and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker. Ms. Brokenleg is the statewide Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Coordinator. In her role, she works with several jurisdictions across the state to find alternatives to detention through an eight core strategic approach. One of those strategies is to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. Ms. Brokenleg has been trained in three evidenced -based models: Functional

Family Therapy (FFT), Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), and Aggression Replacement Training (ART).

Carole Cochran

SD KIDS COUNT, Vermillion, SD

Carole Cochran is the Director of South Dakota KIDS COUNT. SD KIDS COUNT is one of fifty-three similar projects throughout the United States and its territories funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

SD KIDS COUNT compiles, analyzes and shares accurate, up-to-date statistics and research on child well-being indicators with people and policymakers statewide. Carole was appointed to the national Kids Count Steering Committee in 2014.

Pat Hubert

Northwest Area Schools, Isabel, SD

Pat Hubert is a South Dakota ACEs trainer and has more than 10 years of experience working with schools to support Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports as well as many other school improvement efforts in her work as an Education Consultant in South Dakota. Pat received a BA in Speech and Business Communication from Black Hills State University and MAs in Education and Technology, Education, and Training from the University of South Dakota.

Carrie Sanderson, JD

Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment, Sioux Falls, SD

Carrie Sanderson, JD, earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of South Dakota. As an Assistant United States Attorney, Ms. Sanderson became intimately familiar with the services many victims require but are hard to come by due to the rural nature of our state and recognized that South Dakota has the potential to do more for people who experience trauma in their lives. In 2017, Ms. Sanderson became the inaugural Director of the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment as the University of South Dakota.

Sandy Whitehawk

Indian Child Welfare Act Consultant, St. Paul, MN

Sandra White Hawk is a Sicangu Lakota adoptee from the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota. She is the founder and Director of First Nations Repatriation Institute. Which is the first organization of its kind whose goal is to create a resource for First Nations people impacted by foster care or adoption to return home, reconnect, and reclaim their identity. The Institute also serves as a resource to enhance the knowledge and skills of practitioners who serve First Nations people. Sandra organizes Truth Healing Reconciliation Community Forums that bring together adoptees/fostered individuals and their families and professionals with the goal to identify post adoption issues and to identify strategies that will prevent removal of First Nations children.

Sandra is a consultant for the Capacity Building Center for Tribes, Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies University of Duluth, Minnesota and is the Elder in Residence at the Indian Child Welfare Law Office, Minneapolis, MN.

Sandra has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Australia and Japan, Alaska sharing her inspirational story of healing.

Michael Huxford, PhD

Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD

Michael Huxford earned his doctor of Psychology degree at the University of Northern Colorado. He is currently an assistant professor of behavioral science and psychology at Black Hills State University. He is  also a practicing psychologist at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Rapid City, SD and with a primary care clinic at the Fort Meade Veteran’s Administration. His pre-doctoral internship took place at the Ft.

Meade VA hospital where he studied and practiced the assessment of and therapy for those with Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder and neuropsychological assessment.

Cheyenne Chontos

Sage Project Consultants, Sioux Falls, SD

Cheyenne Chontos graduated from Augustana University in December 2019 with a degree in Elementary Education and minors in English as a New Language and Reading.  Cheyenne has taught individuals from the ages of five to eighty from a variety of backgrounds, including socioeconomic, religious, and language.  Cheyenne is a certified Enough Abuse presenter, trained to work with youth and individuals who work with youth, particularly schools and youth-serving organizations, regarding current statistics, prevention, and warning signs of child sexual abuse.  She also has over five years of experience working in administration and with database systems.

Rachel Burris

Dallas County District Attorney's Office, Dallas, Texas

Rachel Burris graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Texas.  She then graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law.  Rachel has been a prosecutor for 15 years.  In that time, she has handled hundreds of cases of physical and sexual abuse of children.  Rachel’s responsibilities include coordinating these investigations with the 28 law enforcement agencies within Dallas County and presenting all the criminal cases to the grand jury.  She trains and speaks nationally on the investigation and prosecution of crimes against children.

Teresa Thie

Children's Home Society of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, SD

Teresa Thie is a Licensed Social Worker and is the Education and Public Awareness Specialist at Children’s Home Society.  Her role is to provide education to parents, professionals, and the community in an effort to promote awareness and prevention of child maltreatment.  Teresa has spent many years working directly with the public in various roles including treatment foster care, working with individuals with disabilities and women and children in crisis.