2019 Conference Speakers

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…

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.…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…