Speaker Bios

Jennifer Amo, Special Agent, FBI

  • Special Agent Jennifer Amo is a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Buffalo Division.  SA Amo began her career with the FBI in January of 1999.  Prior to being assigned to the Buffalo Division, SA Amo worked in the Los Angeles Division where she investigated Eurasian Organized Crime from 1999-2005.  SA Amo began working Civil Rights and Human Trafficking matters after transferring to the Buffalo Division in 2005.   She has conducted several human trafficking investigations to include International, and Domestic trafficking as well as both sex and labor trafficking.  SA Amo has been a member of the Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force and Alliance since it began in 2006.

P. Leigh Bishop, Chief, Child Fatality Unit, Queens County District Attorney's Office

  • Leigh Bishop is the Chief of the Child Fatality Unit at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office in New York.  She has been an Assistant District Attorney in the office for nearly 21 years and has investigated and prosecuted violent crimes including homicide, rape, assault and robbery.  Leigh specializes in homicide and assault investigations and prosecutions involving babies and toddlers with Abusive Head Trauma and is nationally recognized as an expert in the medico-legal issues that arise in these cases.  Leigh has developed investigative protocols and works closely with members of the New York City Police Department’s Homicide and Detective Squads, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City, the Administration of Children’s Services and all major New York City Hospitals.  She lectures locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to professional legal and medical associations and institutions, including the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the Innocence Project, the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Ryan Brown, MD, FAAP, Associate Clinical Professor, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

  • Dr. Ryan Brown is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and an attending physician in the emergency department at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is also a board certified child abuse pediatrician and is the medical director of the child protection team at the children’s hospital. He currently sits on the Child Death Review Board for the state of Oklahoma and is the Backup Child Abuse Examiner. He has lectured at the state, national, and international level on child maltreatment.

Jon Dorenbos, Keynote Speaker, Former NFL Pro Bowl player/ Entertainer / Magician / TV Personality

  • Last summer - Jon absolutely "wowed" America with his mind-blowing and inspirational performances on NBC's hit television show - America's Got Talent. Jon made it to the finals and placed third overall in the competition amongst tens of thousands of competitors. Most recently he was on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and absolutely amazed her and she has asked him back for multiple visits in the coming months. When Jon Dorenbos is on stage, through his unbelievable magic, he emphasizes the importance of choice and openly shares his childhood tragedy. When he was twelve, his picture-perfect family was destroyed after his father murdered his mother. Jon chose to rise through adversity, set goals, no matter how high, and plan and execute the necessary steps required to accomplish these goals. He started learning magic at the age of twelve and is now considered a "master magician", earning the respect of top magicians everywhere including casinos in Las Vegas, where he earns tens of thousands of dollars an hour. After college at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP), he was signed as a long snapper by the Buffalo Bills in 2003 as an undrafted free agent, a long-shot to make the team. A two-time NFL Pro Bowler, Jon just embarked on his eleventh season with the Philadelphia Eagles and fourteenth (14th) year in the league. The average tenure in the NFL is less than three years. This past year the Eagles have nominated Jon for the 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award for philanthropy and numerous charitable endeavors. Jon hosts a television show with the Eagles and has won two EMMY AWARDS (2008 & 2015). He was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award in 2008. This award honors those NFL players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage and is selected solely by the by the votes of their teammates. As an entertainer for over twenty years, Jon is known as the NFL's “Magic Man" and is respectfully referred to as the "Entertainer's Entertainer" He also has performed personally for movie stars Jason Stathum and Nicholas Cage, country superstars GarthBrooks and Jason Aldean, actors Nicholas Cage, Mel Gibson Barbara Streisand. As a professional keynote speaker since 2008, he has motivated and wowed audiences including the NFL, Screen Writers Guild, Boeing , Lincoln Financial, Jackson Financial, Taco Bell, the NBA, Hard Rock, Merrill Lynch, Black & Decker, Netscout and numerous other Fortune 500 companies. Jon's inspirational life story of triumph over adversity has been retold on national television in features by HBO, FOX Sports, ESPN, E! True Hollywood Story: An American Story, ABC, and CBS. While performing the most amazing magic most have ever seen, Jon Dorenbos tailors his presentations to fit the needs of his audience. He inspires others by sharing his life experiences and NFL stories, relating them to corporate culture. He discusses the importance of discipline, teamwork, perseverance and the acceptance of failure in achieving a common goal. In his words, “Live in vision not circumstance”.

Agent Stacy Galbraith, Colorado Bureau of Investigations, Major Crimes Unit

  • Stacy Galbraith is originally from Texas and moved to Colorado in 2001. She is married to a Detective at Westminster Police Department and has two sons in elementary school, as well as a house full of animals. 

Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S, Founder and Director, Nurture House

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Edna Hendershot, Commander, Westminster Police Department

  • Edna Hendershot has been employed for 23 years as a police officer for the Westminster Colorado Police Department.  Currently she holds the rank of Commander and is assigned to the Patrol Division.  Prior to her transfer to Patrol, Hendershot spent time supervising detectives in the Investigations Division and was also responsible for the Crime Laboratory.  Commander Hendershot spent the majority of her career working as a Detective having worked for 14 years in that capacity.  She served 7 years in the Crimes Against Persons Unit where she was the lead detective in numerous cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, child victims, robbery and homicide.   Prior to working in Crimes Against Persons, Commander Hendershot worked in an undercover capacity on multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force where she worked as either the undercover agent or the lead detective on many cases that resulted in the successful prosecution at both the State and Federal level.  Commander Hendershot is the Coordinator for the Westminster PD’s Crisis Intervention Team.  She is an instructor in many disciplines including narcotics, sexual assault investigations, and for the Westminster Police Department Officer Survival program.

Joe Laramie, Lieutenant (retired), Program Manager, Fox Valley Technical College

  • Lt. Joe Laramie (ret) is a Program Manager with the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) of Fox Valley Technical College working in the Missing and Exploited Children’s and the Internet Crimes Against Children Training and Technical Assistance Programs.  He retired in 2010 from the Glendale, Missouri Police Department, with more than 30 years of child protection, investigation and training experience.  In 2001, he created the Greater St. Louis Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and in 2003 became the founding Commander of the Missouri ICAC Task Force.  From 2010 through 2011, he was an Administrator with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, with responsibility for online crimes against children, human trafficking and the computer forensic lab.  He served as a subject matter expert on the Missouri Task Force for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Child Sex Trafficking Training Project.  He is currently a member of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation and member of the Board of Directors for the Davis House, a children’s advocacy center in his home of Franklin, TN.  He is a nationally known speaker on the topic of online child exploitation, child sex trafficking and technology related protections for youth, families and professionals.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University, and is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Aaron Mango, Assistant U.S. Attorney

  • Aaron Mango has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of New York since November 2007, and handles a wide variety of cases.  Aaron is the environmental crimes point of contact within his district.  In October of 2008, Aaron was given the Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee, and in June of 2014, Aaron and others on the trial team were awarded a Gold Medal from the EPA for their prosecution of the Tonawanda Coke Corporation.

Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed., RP., CCC., Morning Plenary Speaker, Registered Psychotherapist, Co-Executive Director, TEND Academy

  • Françoise is a registered psychotherapist and compassion fatigue specialist. Her experience stems from over 20 years as a crisis counsellor and mental health counsellor, working in community mental health environments as well as with law enforcement and the military. Françoise is Co-executive director of TEND, whose aim is to offer consulting and training to helpers on topics related to secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout, self-care, wellness and organizational health. Since 2001, Françoise has given hundreds of seminars on compassion fatigue, secondary trauma and self-care across North America to tens of thousands of helping professionals in the fields of health care, paramedic services, law enforcement, judicial services, child welfare and related fields. Françoise is an engaging and dynamic speaker who offers evidence-based solutions to helpers seeking validation and new strategies to remain healthy while working in this challenging and rewarding field. Her positive outlook and commitment to helping clients excel are hallmarks of her work.  Françoise is the author of “The Compassion Fatigue Workbook” which was published by Routledge in 2012.

Scott Modell, Ph.D, President, Modell Consulting

  • Scott J. Modell received his Ph.D. from the College of Education at Florida State University in 1997. Dr. Modell is President of MCG Consulting and Co-Founder of Collaborative Safety. From 2013 to 2016, he served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. He has also served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Dr. Modell spent fifteen years as a Professor at California State University, Sacramento. Over his last five years at the university, he additionally served as Director of the university’s Autism Center for Excellence. He is an expert in child abuse, crime victims with disabilities, disability etiology, and interview techniques. He has authored nine books and has over 300 published articles and abstracts. Dr. Modell is frequently invited to lecture at national and international conferences regarding child abuse and crime victims with disabilities. Dr. Modell has taught for the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC), National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC), National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA), National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), and the Singapore National Council of Social Service (NCSS). He has conducted workshops and trainings reaching thousands of police officers, educators, child protective service and adult protective service professionals across the country. He has received international recognition for his work in the area of crime victims and interview techniques for individuals with disabilities.

Kirk Pero, Investigator, Major Crimes/Special Victims Unit, Rochester Police Department

  • Kirk Pero has had a diverse career with the Rochester Police Department. He joined the department in 1997 after graduating from Nazareth College with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Pero was assigned to the Clinton Section and Tactical Sections while in uniform as well as a member of the RPD SCUBA Squad. In 2003, Pero was promoted to the rank of Investigator. After serving in the Genesee Section for eight years he was assigned to the Major Crimes Unit. In MCU, Pero is responsible for investigating sex crimes, fatalities, and severe physical abuse against children. He is co-located with the MDT at the Bivona Child Advocacy Center. Investigator Pero has been involved in over six hundred child related investigations. In addition to training all members of Monroe County Law Enforcement in Child Abuse Investigations, Investigator Pero is a certified Forensic Interviewer of children and is actively involved in several adult homicide investigations with children as witnesses. Investigator Pero is a regular contributor to the Policeone.com website. 

Jane Straub, Victim Assistance Specialist for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC), a program of Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center

  • Jane Straub is the Victim Assistance Specialist for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC), a program of Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center.  Jane has been working in the violence prevention and intervention field for almost 20 years.  She has had the opportunity to work with victim/survivors of all ages and their families as well as offenders.  In addition to providing advocacy and support, Jane is a national trainer on topics such as domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking, trafficking, bullying/cyberbullying, reproductive coercion and impact of trauma (Ace Study).  One of Jane’s goals is to work with a variety of fields such as law enforcement, all components of health, education, social services and business to collectively connect the dots of risk and prevention and to provide services and hope for all of our children and families.

Dr. Joe Sullivan, Afternoon Plenary Speaker

  • Dr Sullivan is a Registered Forensic Psychologist (Health Professions Council) and Director of Mentor Forensic Services Ltd, an organization specializing in Behavior Analysis, Child Protection and Professional Sexual Misconduct issues.  He holds a PhD in Forensic Psychology, a Masters Degree in Criminology, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in applied Social Sciences, and a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work.  Dr Sullivan is an honorary lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK. In his work for Mentor, Dr Sullivan has been a consultant to several European police forces and has been employed as the Forensic Psychologist in the Behavior Analysis Unit in the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), UK, since 2006. He has received a Chief Constables Commendation for his contribution to the investigation into the sexually motivated abduction and murder of a child in 2001.  His involvement with law enforcement began in 1996 and he has worked as an independent consultant for several UK and European police forces specializing in assisting investigations into sexually motivated abduction, murder and assault of children. He is regularly commissioned to undertake assessments for the Social Service Departments, Probation Services, Churches and Education departments and has been called as an expert witness to give evidence to criminal, civil and family courts. He has published and presented papers to national and international conferences on the techniques he uses for engaging, assessing and interviewing sexual offenders.  

Sara VanStrydonck, Assistant District Attorney, Chief, Child Abuse Bureau, Monroe County District Attorney's Office

  • As a lifelong Rochester resident and parent of two young children, Ms. VanStrydonck takes pride in the work done by her team in the Child Abuse Bureau of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.  The team of 5 lawyers prosecutes some of societies worst criminals litigating dozens of cases every year.  Her work carries on the dedication to community service demonstrated by both her mother and father, themselves dedicated public servants.

Victor ViethJ.D., Executive Director Emeritus, Gundersen National Child Protection Training

  • Victor Vieth serves as the Senior Director and Founder of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. Mr. Vieth has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories , and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention. He gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota, and has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association named him one of the “21 Young Lawyers Leading us Into the 21st Century.”  Mr. Vieth graduated magna cum laude from WSU and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law (HUSL). While studying at HUSL, he received the American Jurisprudence award for achievement in the study of Constitutional law and served as editor-in chief of the Law Review.  In 2017 Mr Vieth earned an MA in theology from Wartburg Seminary. Mr. Vieth has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment. Mr. Vieth has published countless articles related to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect. He is author of Unto the Third Generation, a bold initiative that outlines the necessary steps we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations.