Sergeant, Pennington County Sheriff's Office

Sgt. Stevens currently supervises the People Crimes Investigation team at the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…