Speakers

Learn more about our lineup of Summit speakers.

Alexia M. Tanner--Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Alexia M. TannerLicensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Alexia M. Tanner started her journey into a career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at an early age. She always knew she was destined to help people. She worked with the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) for two years and was a personal caretaker for persons with developmental disabilities  while completing her undergraduate studies. She finished her undergraduate studies and continued her education at Smith College of Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts. 

Session
Session 2 - Supporting the Child Welfare Workforce: Why Self-Care is Important to the Profession as Well as the Profession
 
Session 3 - Why Do Children and Adolescents Freeze During the Interview Process?  How Trauma, Developmental Disabilities, and Mental Health Cause Setbacks During the Forensic Process and Minor Techniques All Professionals Can Use From A Trauma Perspective
Amy Hutsell -- Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking Unit Supervisor, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Amy Hutsell Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking Unit Supervisor, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Amy Hutsell is the Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking Unit Supervisor with Georgia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. At CJCC, she oversees the state Sexual Assault Response Team project.  The SART project provides technical assistance and best practices training to Georgia’s 49 judicial circuits.

Session

Polyvictimization and the Intersection of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Human Trafficking

Andy Kogerma --Training and Development Specialist - Education and Training Section, Department of Family & Children’s Services

Andy Kogerma Training and Development Specialist - Education and Training Section, Department of Family & Children’s Services

Andy began his career in child abuse prevention and prevention over 30 years ago with the State of Florida as a CPS Treatment Counselor. He served as Director of non-profit child abuse prevention agencies in Florida and Georgia that specialized in providing intensive family preservation intervention with families who had existing CPS cases.

Session

Team Building From the Inside Out: The Neurobiology of Building Teams

Anne Kohutko -- CADC II, CRRA, MATS, LPC, M.Div. Substance Abuse Program Director for Behavioral Health Services, Tifton, GA

Anne Kohutko CADC II, CRRA, MATS, LPC, M.Div. Substance Abuse Program Director for Behavioral Health Services, Tifton, GA

Anne currently works for Legacy Behavioral Health Services at their Tift County Site after relocating here 8 years ago from the Chicago area. Anne graduated from North Central College with a B.A. in psychology and religions studies and Northern Baptist Seminary with a Master in Divinity. She is an ordained pastor with the Evangelical Church alliance.

Session

Substance Abuse and Child Abuse: The Relationship and the Hope for the Future

Bugsy (Michael Page) --Georgia State President, Bikers Against Child Abuse

Bugsy (Michael Page) Georgia State President, Bikers Against Child Abuse

My road name is Bugsy and I am a patched member of Bikers Against Child Abuse. My given name is Michael Page. I was born in Jacksonville, Florida on December 25th, 1963. I have one brother Mark who is 2 ½ yrs younger than me. My Dad was a warehouse supervisor and my Mom worked as a nurse. My wife, Billie, is an educator. She and I have been married for 28 yrs and have 2 children, Dalton, our 28 year-old millennial son, and Madison our 20 year-old, Daddy’s girl, daughter. We also have a Labrador Retriever named Jake and two feral cats.

Session

Bikers Against Child Abuse 101: How We Empower Children Not to Be Afraid

Cliff Tippens --GBI Special Agent

Cliff Tippens GBI Special Agent

Cliff Tippens has served as a Special Agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for three years in the Sylvester and Cleveland Field Offices.  He has worked various types of felony investigations and serves as an instructor in the areas of Elder Abuse Investigations as well as Interview and Interrogation.  

Session

Part 1 Interview and Interrogation of the Child Abuser

Part 2 Interview and Interrogation of the Child Abuser

Collins Tuohy --subject from the Blockbuster Hit Movie The Blind Side

Collins Tuohy subject from the Blockbuster Hit Movie The Blind Side

Collins takes audiences through her journey with Michael from fellow student to close friend, confidant, and ultimately, adoptive sister. She discusses ways in which everyone can do something to change the life of another person. Using her own experiences as examples, she urges the audience to see the value that everyone holds and not let presumptions skew their judgment of others.

Session

Keynote speaker

Dr. Abhinav Saxena, MD-- Board Certified Psychiatrist, Medical Director, Sylvia Barr Center, Tift Regional Health System

Dr. Abhinav Saxena, MD Board Certified Psychiatrist, Medical Director, Sylvia Barr Center, Tift Regional Health System

Dr. Abhinav Saxena is board-certified psychiatrist with Tift Regional Health System (TRHS), providing outpatient care at Affinity Clinic and inpatient consultations at Tift Regional Medical Center. Dr. Saxena is also the medical director of the Sylvia Barr Center, a 12-bed geriatric psychiatric unit located at Cook Medical Center. Dr. Saxena specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.

Session

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Trends on Suicide in Our Society

Jerry Bruce -- Program Attorney/CIP Lead for the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children

Jerry Bruce Program Attorney/CIP Lead for the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children

Jerry Bruce has been a parent attorney, guardian ad litem, prosecuting attorney, delinquency and adult defender, Special Assistant Attorney General representing DFCS, and a juvenile court judge – essentially every job an attorney can do in Georgia’s juvenile courts.  He has done consulting work for the Barton Center at Emory Law School, the Georgia Office of the Child Advocate, and the Administrative Office of the Courts.  He is currently the Court Improvement Program lead for the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children and the director of Georgia’s Court Improvement Program. He regularly presents and trains on child welfare issues in Georgia and nationally. 

Session

Termination of Parental Rights: Permanency and Practice

Judge James Bodiford--Senior Judge, Superior Courts of GA

Judge James BodifordSenior Judge, Superior Courts of GA

In his thirty (30) years active on the bench, Judge Bodiford presided over several of Georgia’s highest profile cases. These cases include the death-penalty trial of Attorney Fred Tokars, the Lynn Turner “Antifreeze Case,” and the internationally covered Tri-State crematory case, where over 300 bodies were found discarded outside a local crematory.

Session
Lunch Plenary Speaker
 
Child Abuse Cases in the Courtroom; A View From the Bench
Lafayette Young --Advocacy Specialist, Georgia CASA

Lafayette Young Advocacy Specialist, Georgia CASA

Lafayette Young, Jr. has dedicated his career to working with and serving children & families who are vulnerable within the field of Child Welfare for nearly 14 years.  Lafayette obtained an Associate’s degree from Heartland Community College with a concentration on Criminal Justice. Subsequently, Lafayette Young, Jr. earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Lincoln College.  In addition, Lafayette recently earned his Masters of Social Work degree from Erikson Institute with a concentration in Children & Families, and Child Development.

Session

I Don't See Color

Lalaine Briones--Director, State Prosecution Support Division Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia

Lalaine BrionesDirector, State Prosecution Support Division Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia

Lalaine A. Briones currently serves as Director of the State Prosecution Support Division for the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia. Ms. Briones has over 20 years of experience as a prosecutor specializing in the area of Crimes Against Children.  Prior to becoming Director of State Prosecution Support, Ms. Briones was a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Clayton Judicial Circuit, an Assistant District Attorney in the Crimes Against Children Unit in Dekalb County, Director of Legal Services for the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council, and Chief Executive Assistant Crimes Against Children in the Clayton Judicial Circuit. Ms. Briones has served on Child Fatality Review, Child Abuse Protocol and Multi-Disciplinary Teams in Dekalb and Clayton Counties. Since 2008, Ms. Briones has served on the Children’s Justice Act Task Force Committee. Ms. Briones received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia in 1990 and graduated from Georgia State University College of Law in 1993.

Session

Investigation and Prosecution of Severe Child Abuse and Child Homicide Cases

Lt. Eusebio Talamantez -- Panama City Police Department

Lt. Eusebio Talamantez Panama City Police Department

Lt. Talamantez is a 15 year veteran of the Panama City Beach Police Department. He began his career in 2004 after he was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps. Lt. Talamantez is considered a career investigator having spent 14 of his 15 years in the investigative field.

Session

Computer Facilitated Crimes Against Children; Getting Online With the Predator

Creating a Parents Against Predators Internet Safety Program

Melissa Carter-- Executive Director, Barton Child Law and Policy Center

Melissa Carter Executive Director, Barton Child Law and Policy Center

Melissa is a Clinical Professor of Law at Emory Law School and Executive Director of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center, a multidisciplinary child law program seeking to promote and protect the legal rights and interests of children involved with the juvenile court, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems through advocacy in courtrooms, classrooms, and at the Capitol, and to prepare the next generation of child advocates.

Session

Family First and Prevention Act

Michelle White, LMSW --Child & Youth Project Manager

Michelle White, LMSW Child & Youth Project Manager

Michelle White is a licensed social worker in the states of Georgia and Illinois. She earned her Masters of Social Work focusing on Children and Families, from Loyola University of Chicago and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Indiana University Bloomington. Michelle’s professional background includes working with adults and children impacted by domestic and dating violence, developmental delays, child abuse and neglect and youth with mental health and behavioral conditions.

Session

Trauma and the Effects on Children Who Witness Domestic Violence

Stephen Messer, MD, FAAP-- Child Abuse Pediatrician, Pamela & Eugene A. Hays III Endowed Chair for Child Protection Practice Director, Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children

Stephen Messer, MD, FAAP Child Abuse Pediatrician, Pamela & Eugene A. Hays III Endowed Chair for Child Protection Practice Director, Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children

Stephen Messner, MD, FAAP, is a board certified child abuse pediatrician and the Pamela and Eugene A. Hayes III Endowed Chair for Child Protection at the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Prior to moving to Atlanta in 2007, Dr. Messner evaluated children for concerns of child abuse and neglect at the University of Florida for three years, and was honored with the Florida Department of Health Leadership Award.

Session
Medical Aspects of Child Physical Abuse
Child Sexual Abuse Medical Exam
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