Keynote Speakers


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Jim Tanner, PhD

Dr. Tanner earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois with a specialization in Cognitive Social Psychology and Criminal Justice.  He has worked with sex offenders since 1970 in almost every capacity within the justice system. He is an internationally recognized authority on sex offender digital behavior, grooming strategies, and sex offender management. He is qualified in multiple jurisdictions as an Expert Witness in Sex Offender Grooming & Cognitive Sets as well as Computer Forensics.  Dr. Tanner is sworn staff in Colorado and serves as a Cyber Crime Analyst for the 20th Judicial District.  He has examined more than 1,700 sex offenders’ computers.  He has served on the faculty of three universities teaching Cognitive Social Psychology, Criminal Justice, Statistics and Sociology of Law at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  He has trained thousands of professionals at DOJ, DOD, USSS, ICAC, APPA, ATSA, CSOM, HTCIA and a host of other “alphabet” agencies.  In 2017, the American Probation and Parole Association awarded him the University of Cincinnati Award for lifetime contributions to Probation and Parole in the U.S. and Canada.

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Olga Trujillo, JD

Olga Trujillo is an attorney, speaker, author and survivor. Her experience over the past 27 years has been as a private attorney, an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, a consultant to many local, state and national organizations. Olga is an internationally sought speaker and author.  Olga is featured in the video “A Survivor’s Story”, a documentary and training video based on her personal experience of violence. Olga has authored a number of articles and publications. Her memoir for New Harbinger Publications entitled “The Sum of My Parts” was released in October 2011. She also co-authored a Handbook for Attorneys “Representing Domestic Violence Survivors Who Are Also Experiencing Trauma and Mental Health Challenges” which was released in January 2012 and a Tip sheet entitled “Preparing Survivors for Court” which was released in 2013.


Conference Speakers

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Jolynn Bostrom

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 on July 8, 2002. She first worked in the Rapid City office and relocated to the Sturgis office in 2004. In August 2007, she was promoted to Lead Family Services Specialist and in January 2009, JoLynn was promoted to 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. JoLynn currently services on the following workgroups: Coordinator for the Justice for Children’s Committee, Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) workgroup, Child Protection Management Team, Comprehensive Safety Invention (CSI) workgroup, Interagency Coordinating Council, and was appointed by the Governor to the CASA Commission Board Member.

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Vicki Burger

Vicki has been employed with Child Protection Services for 24 years in the roles of ongoing case management, investigations, and assessments and later as a supervisor, district supervisor and is a Regional Manager for Child Protection Services.  She is a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls with a Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Science in Social Work. She is a licensed social worker with the State of South Dakota. Vicki is a member if the Court Improvement Committee, Child’s Voice Advisory Committee and the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiation Partnership Committee.  Vicki was on the advisory task force the for the development of Child’s Voice and the Family Visitation Center

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Wayne Duehn, PHD

Dr. Wayne Duehn is a Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, the University of Texas at Arlington; maintains a private practice in individual, marital, and family therapy.  He is currently engaged in clinical research on sexually abusive parents and juvenile sexual offenders.  As a national lecturer and trainer, Dr. Duehn is also consultant to many agencies and institutions serving vulnerable adults including the American Public Welfare Association, Partners in Policymaking, University of Kansas Medical School, Parson State Hospital, and numerous State Adult Protective Services Departments (Arizona, California, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, and Washington), and has conducted training for law enforcement personnel, schools, CASA staff/volunteers, and social service/mental health agencies throughout the United States.  He earned his Master's degree in Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago, and holds a Ph.D. degree in Psychology and Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.  He has written extensively in the area of clinical practice and has presented research findings at the International Conference of Child Abuse and Neglect, Paris, France; the World Congress of Medical Sexology in Mexico City and Jerusalem; and the United Nations Conference Facilities in Vienna.   Dr. Duehn is co-author of Beyond Sexual Abuse:  The Healing Power of Adoptive Families, which is an outgrowth of an ongoing educational program of the Three Rivers Adoption Council, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  This project is designed to develop educational materials to assist adoptive families in parenting the sexually abused child.  Dr. Duehn developed a child abuse prevention program for the Department of Defense Dependents School which has been implemented world-wide.  Dr. Duehn is a cofounder of Praesidium, Inc., an abuse risk management firm for nonprofit organizations.  He is organizational abuse risk management consultant to the Leadership Academy of South Sudan. Dr. Duehn is a recognized authority and educator in the intervention and treatment of sexually abused children and vulnerable adults.

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Nancy Free, DO

Nancy Free, DO, is the Medical Director of Child’s Voice Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls and Avera St. Mary’s Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center in Pierre. Dr. Free is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. She earned her B.A. from Loyola University of the South and her Doctor of Osteopathy from University of North Texas, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She lives in Sioux Falls and enjoys spending time with her husband and children.

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Tanya Fritz

Tanya Fritz, CSW, currently serves as Advocacy and Prevention Program Director, overseeing the Children’s Home Child Advocacy Center in Rapid City, as well as statewide awareness and education campaigns. Tanya holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Colorado State University. Tanya has called Children’s Home Society of South Dakota “home” for 13 years where she oversees collaborative investigations of child sexual abuse cases in Rapid City and the surrounding communities. Through outreach and education of parents and professionals, the Child Advocacy Center aims to reduce child abuse, while simultaneously creating an environment where children are more comfortable disclosing abuse and adults are more prepared to hear these disclosures. Ms. Fritz was trained in the ACE interface model along with a limited cohort of South Dakota fellows by Dr. Robert Anda and his associate Laura Porter.

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Dawn Johnson

Dawn Johnson currently serves as a Regional Manager for Child Protection Services in the Department of Social Services. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from South Dakota State University in 2001. Dawn began her work with the Division of Child Protection Services as a Social Worker/Family Services Specialist in February 2002. She completed field work in the Brookings office, offering Assessments to families where it was determined children may be in need of protection. In November 2006, she was promoted to Lead Family Services Specialist and in September 2008, Dawn was promoted to Family Services Specialist Supervisor, providing direct supervision to the Brookings office. In December 2011, Dawn was further promoted to her current position of Regional Manager. Dawn oversees the offices of Brookings, Aberdeen, Huron and Watertown.  

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Brooke Jones, MD

Brooke Jones, MD, MSc, FAAP, is a Child Abuse Pediatrician at Child’s Voice Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls. Dr. Jones is also 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 Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.   She received a MSc in Clinical Investigation Sciences from the University of Louisville.  

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JR LaPlante, JD

JR LaPlante, JD is the Director of Tribal Relations at Avera Health where he serves as primary contact for area tribal governments and the Indian Health Services. He is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and is a 2009 graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law, with an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN. JR was formerly the State of South Dakota’s first Secretary of Tribal Relations, an Assistant United States Attorney, a tribal court judge, an Equal Justice Works/Americorps Legal Fellow, and a Bush Foundation Native Nation Rebuilder.

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Kathy LaPlante

Kathy LaPlante is a member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, and a Master of Social Welfare degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She currently teaches in the Master of Social Work program at the University of South Dakota where she teaches primarily in the areas of child welfare, Indian child welfare, and trauma-informed social work practice with children and families. In recent years, she served as lead faculty to a National Child Welfare Workforce training grant to help prepare undergraduate social work students for child welfare work.  Supplemental to this was the Tribal Child Welfare grant where she collaborated with Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation, to address cultural competency training for child welfare practice with Native American populations in South Dakota.

Amanda Liebl

Amanda Liebl is a Forensic Interviewer with Child’s Voice, in Sioux Falls, SD. As a forensic interviewer at Child’s Voice, Ms. Liebl provides a forensically sound approach to gathering a medical history in order for the provider to diagnose and treat the children when there is a concern of child maltreatment. She speaks with children regarding sexual abuse, physical abuse, witness to violence, drug endangerment, neglect, emotional maltreatment, and other concerns. Ms. Liebl provides expert testimony in child maltreatment cases, conducts trainings with multidisciplinary professionals, and provides education to community members. Ms. Liebl received her B.S. in Psychology and her M.A. in Community Agency Counseling from the University of South Dakota.

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Angela Lisburg

Angela Lisburg, MS, RN, FNP-C is the Child Assessment Center Coordinator and Family Nurse Practitioner/Child Abuse Medical Provider at Avera St. Mary’s Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center. She earned her M.S. in Nursing from South Dakota State University in 2009. Angela is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Child Forensic Interviewer with over fifteen years of experience. She lives in Pierre, SD and enjoys outdoor recreation including fishing, hunting, and camping.

Jay Memmott, PHD

Jay Memmott, Ph.D., has worked as a social worker in inpatient and outpatient mental
health and substance abuse treatment settings, hospice and home health care,
managed mental health care, and private practice. In addition, he has served as a
behavior health care consultant in a corporate setting assisting large hospital systems
establish and maintain behavioral health care programs across the United States. Very
early in his social work career, Dr. Memmott worked with incestuous family systems. In
1992, he served as the Persian Gulf Family Support Program Coordinator in Oklahoma.
Over the years, Dr. Memmott has acquired extensive experience assisting clients and
their families with various forms of trauma. Jay's current research and scholarly
interests include health and mental health literacy, substance abuse treatment and
recovery, natural helping, and cognitive/emotional/behavioral/spiritual change.

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Kari Oyen, PHD

Dr. Kari Oyen is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at the University of South Dakota.  Her primarily focus of research is the identity and unique practices of rural schools and the provision of mental health services in rural settings.  She also examines the issues of child maltreatment in rural settings.  Dr. Oyen is the President and the Chair of Government Professional Relations for the South Dakota Association of School Psychologists and the Central Region representative for the National Association of School Psychologists Government Professional Relations committee.  She is also a state coordinator for the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports project.  Dr. Oyen sat on the taskforce for the shortages of school psychologists and is on the writing team for the 2020 revision of the NASP practice model.  In 2014, Dr. Oyen received the University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine Distinguished Service Award from the Center for Disabilities for her contributions to the field of disabilities.  She also received the School Psychologist of the Year Award by the South Dakota Association of School Psychologists in 2015.  Most recently, Dr. Oyen was awarded a competitive summer training grant to examine factors related to child maltreatment in South Dakota.  This training grant is funded by the National Institute of Child and Human Development (NICHD). 

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REACH Multidisciplinary Team

Amanda Liebl is a Forensic Interviewer with Child’s Voice, in Sioux Falls, SD. As a forensic interviewer at Child’s Voice, Ms. Liebl provides a forensically sound approach to gathering a medical history in order for the provider to diagnose and treat the children when there is a concern of child maltreatment. She speaks with children regarding sexual abuse, physical abuse, witness to violence, drug endangerment, neglect, emotional maltreatment, and other concerns. Ms. Liebl provides expert testimony in child maltreatment cases, conducts trainings with multidisciplinary professionals, and provides education to community members. Ms. Liebl received her B.S. in Psychology and her M.A. in Community Agency Counseling from the University of South Dakota.

 

Special Agent Cameron Corey is a Special Agent with the South Dakota Office of Attorney General in the Division of Criminal Investigation. He specializes in violent crime, specifically sexual assault and homicide investigations. SA Corey is also an adjunct professor at South Dakota State University, Lakes Area Technical Institute and the South Dakota law enforcement training academy (LET) . SA Corey was appointed by Governor Dennis Daugaard to Jolene’s Law Task Force to study the effects of child sexual abuse in South Dakota and make recommendations to the South Dakota legislature. He began his law enforcement career in 1998.

 

Cindy Schmit is a Victim Witness Specialist for the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Office of Attorney General.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Drug & Alcohol Abuse Studies.  Her career began as Victim Witness Assistant/Legal Assistant for the Brookings County States Attorney’s Office from 1997-2010, and in 2010 she accepted her current position with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.  She served 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter, serving as co-chair her final term; serves as a committee member and instructor for the South Dakota Victim Assistance Academy, Co-Leader of the Eastern Plains Sexual Assault Response Team; is a member of the Deuel County SART Team, Watertown Area SART Team, the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, REACH Team, and the South Dakota Sexual Assault Taskforce, whose members were recognized by the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault in March, 2017, for their dedication and service in helping sexual assault victims and families in South Dakota.  Ms. Schmit is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the Division of Criminal Investigation, has trained over 8 years to a myriad of professionals, and is passionate about victim services.   She is committed to assisting victims and their families as they navigate the criminal justice system, understand their rights, statutorily and constitutionally, provide referrals for community and state resources, and assist crime victims in dealing with immediate as well as long-term impact of victimization.  Ms. Schmit’s constant goals are victim safety and defendant accountability.  She is blessed to enjoy her wonderful life with her husband, two sons, family, friends, and the hero’s she works with every day – her co-workers and people she serves.

Steve Smith, Lead Family Services Specialist, Child Protection Services, Watertown, SD.  Mr. Smith has worked for Child Protection Services (CPS) since January, 2001.  While he has served in many capacities at CPS, Mr. Smith’s primary focus has been completing Initial Family Assessments that include investigations into alleged child abuse and/or neglect in a 7 county coverage area. He has completed over 1,000 such assessments throughout his career.  As a Lead Specialist, Mr. Smith also provides training to new and ongoing CPS employees, as well as providing public awareness education to various community groups.    Mr. Smith was selected by the Department to be a member of the MDT Program Pilot Project (REACH) in Watertown and has participated in the program since its inception in August of 2017.  Steve received his B.S.  Degree in Secondary Education from South Dakota State University and has had additional training in many other areas, including Child Forensic Interviewing, Motivational Interviewing, Domestic Violence Awareness.       

Nic Ahmann began his law enforcement career in 2008 as a patrol officer with the Watertown Police Department.  Nic’s dedication and knowledge of the law enforcement profession resulted in his promotion to field training officer in 2009 and Corporal in 2010.  In 2011, Nic was promoted to Detective.  Since becoming a Detective Nic has specialized in the investigation of internet crimes, child sexual abuse crimes and sex trafficking crimes.  Nic is a member of the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and a member of REACH (Respond, Educate, Advocate, Counsel and Heal) team.  Nic has traveled the nation receiving top training in computer forensic fields, child sexual abuse and sex trafficking.  In Nic’s current position, he has investigated or been involved in helping children and families throughout Northeast South Dakota. Nic routinely speaks and conducts trainings on internet crimes against children throughout Northeast South Dakota.  Nic is a graduate of Elkton High School and of Southeast Technical Institute where he earned an Associates Degree in Criminal Science.

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Margarite Reinert

Margarite Reinert, LMSW is currently an Instructor in the Department of Social Work at the University of South Dakota. Her 20 years of practice experience has primarily been providing direct service to youth and families significantly impacted by trauma in educational and juvenile justice settings. She has a strong background in providing trauma informed interventions and provides course instruction to undergraduate social work students in Trauma Informed Practice with Children and Adolescents.

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Janet Routzen, JD

Janet Routzen is a lifelong advocate for victims of sexual and domestic violence. Ms. Routzen earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the Sinte Gleska University in Mission, South Dakota and taught high school in several settings across the United States.  After a distinguished teaching career, Ms. Routzen earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Dakota and became prosecutor for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, where she has served as Chief Prosecutor and as a primary prosecutor for domestic violence and sexual assault cases. Ms. Routzen soon followed her passion for advocacy and served as the managing attorney for Dakota Plains Legal Services. In 2013, Ms. Routzen became the Executive Director for the White Buffalo Calf Woman’s Society (WBCWS). WBCWS serves over 400 women and children annually, both in and out of the shelter, and provides support and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In her role as Executive Director, Ms. Routzen has successfully applied for and managed over 5 million dollars in federal grants, focused on helping victims of sexual violence. Ms. Routzen and staff are on the national forefront for offering programing and support of youth exhibiting sexual behaviors. In 2014, WBCWS was awarded a grant from the Department of Juvenile Justice and Prevention of Delinquency to develop a program in response to children who have problematic sexual behaviors and WBCWS remains the only tribal and service response program to receive national funding for this issue. WBCWS has also received funding through the Office for Victims of Crime to build programing that supports male victims and to develope response services for young males between the years of 10 and 18 who are victims of violence. Ms. Routzen is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and, in her free time, proudly continues to serve her community as an advocate for WBCWS and an adjunct professor at Sinte Gleska University, teaching criminal law, American government and business law.

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Cindy Schmit

Cindy Schmit is a Victim Witness Specialist for the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Office of Attorney General.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Drug & Alcohol Abuse Studies.  Her career began as Victim Witness Assistant/Legal Assistant for the Brookings County States Attorney’s Office from 1997-2010, and in 2010 she accepted her current position with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.  She served 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter, serving as co-chair her final term; serves as a committee member and instructor for the South Dakota Victim Assistance Academy, Co-Leader of the Eastern Plains Sexual Assault Response Team; is a member of the Deuel County SART Team, Watertown Area SART Team, the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, REACH Team, and the South Dakota Sexual Assault Taskforce, whose members were recognized by the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault in March, 2017, for their dedication and service in helping sexual assault victims and families in South Dakota.  Ms. Schmit is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the Division of Criminal Investigation, has trained over 8 years to a myriad of professionals, and is passionate about victim services.   She is committed to assisting victims and their families as they navigate the criminal justice system, understand their rights, statutorily and constitutionally, provide referrals for community and state resources, and assist crime victims in dealing with immediate as well as long-term impact of victimization.  Ms. Schmit’s constant goals are victim safety and defendant accountability.  She is blessed to enjoy her wonderful life with her husband, two sons, family, friends, and the hero’s she works with every day – her co-workers and people she serves.

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Hollie Strand

Hollie Strand, MFS, currently works full time as Computer Forensic Examiner for the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. She is assigned to Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC). Hollie received her BS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Psychology from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, her MS in Agency Counseling from South Dakota State University and her MS in Forensic Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University.  Prior to this position she had spent nearly 8 years working as an Education and Public Awareness Specialist/Forensic Interviewer for the Child Advocacy Center of the Black Hills in Rapid City, South Dakota serving local, state, federal, and tribal jurisdictions.