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Presenter Biographies

Christopher S. Greeley, MD, FAAP
Norrell K. Atkinson, MD
Todd Begg, Esq.
Rachel Berger, MD, MPH
Julie Brand, MS
Al Chesley
Kathryn Collins
Gerald (Jerry) Crispino, Jr., MS, NCC
Lana Domico, MS
Honorable Kim D. Eaton
Douglas Grimsley, Esq.
HandsOn Tech VISTAs at Pittsburgh Cares
Mary Jo Harwood, MSW, LSW
JoAnn Heffron-Hannah
Honorable Arnold Klein
Benjamin H. Levi, MD, PhD
Nancy A. Love
Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD
Sandra E. Moore, MSW
Tammy J. Murdock, MD
Samantha Murphy
Teresa Olsen, MEd
William D. Phifer
Nancy Potter, Esq.
Mark Rogalsky, MSW
Patricia Sprague, MS
Maegan Susa-Filo, Esq.
Janet Squires, MD
Terry and Rozana Sweeney
Maria Catrina Virata, MPH, CPH
Lynne L. Williams, MD, PhD
Lisa Wimbs
Liz Winter, PhD, LSW
Jennifer Wolford, DO, MPH

Christopher S. Greeley, MD, FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Center for Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Dr. Greeley is board certified in pediatrics as well as Child Abuse Pediatrics, and is a member of the AMA and the AAP. He is a member of the AAP Section on Child Abuse and Neglect and Section on International Child Health. His main clinical interests are in International Child Health, Child Abuse and Neglect and vulnerable populations. Dr. Greeley was also the 2006 Ray E Helfer Award winner. The Ray E Helfer Award is an annual award jointly presented by The American Academy of Pediatrics and The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds “to a distinguished pediatrician for his or her contribution to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.”

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Norrell K. Atkinson, MD
Pediatric Child Abuse Fellow, Children's Hospital of The Kings Daughters, Norfolk, Va.

Dr. Norrell Atkinson is a board certified Pediatrician who trained at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She is now in her second year of specialized post-doctoral training in the field of Child Abuse Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters’ Child Abuse Program (CAP), under the Program’s Medical Director, Suzanne Starling. Dr. Atkinson is one of four child abuse pediatricians at CAP who provide medical evaluations to the hundreds of children referred into the program annually by social services, law enforcement and medical providers for evaluation of suspected abuse or neglect. She is a member of seven multidisciplinary teams in the Hampton Roads Region as well as a member of the region’s Child Fatality Review Team. Dr. Atkinson regularly lectures to community providers, social service workers, medical students and pediatricians on recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect. She also provides expert medical testimony in child abuse cases. Dr. Atkinson is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Child Abuse and Neglect, as well as the Ray E. Helfer Society, an honorary society for physician specialists in child abuse.

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Todd Begg, Esq.
Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz, LLC

Todd M. Begg is a founding member or Pollock Begg Komar & Glasser, LLC, and a former senior attorney with the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll as a member of the Family Law Group. Mr. Begg focuses his practice on divorce matters, including complex economic cases, with a strong concentration on custody litigation. He has litigated numerous equitable distribution, custody and partial custody cases in Allegheny County, Western Pennsylvania counties and Central Pennsylvania counties. Mr. Begg is a member of the Family Law Sections fo the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. He is listed in The Lawyers of America 2007-2012 and selected “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” for 2005-2012.

Mr. Begg has been a faculty member with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Allegheny County Bar Association, and has lectured at numerous programs. A few of the topics on which Mr. Beg has spoken are “Children Who Witness Domestic Violence”, “Trial of a Custody Case”, “Cross-Examining the Expert in Custody Case”, “Helping the Abuse Victim Obtain a PFA Order, Support and Custody” and “Tips from the Frontline: Pragmatic Custody”. MR. Begg is a 1989 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and received dual bachelor of arts degrees in psychology and sociology in 1986 from the University of Richmond.

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Rachel Berger, MD, MPH
Child Advocacy Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Associate Director, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, University of Pittsburgh
Rachel Berger MD, MPH has been part of the Child Advocacy Center at CHP since 2001. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard, a medical degree from Columbia University, and a master degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. Her primary academic focus has been research in the area of abusive head trauma to children. She is also an associate Director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research at the University of Pittsburgh. She has received funding from multiple sources including NIH, CDC and Department of Defense for her research.

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Julie Brand, MS
CAPER Consulting

Julie Brand holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and enjoyed a distinguished 25-year career as a school counselor. Now she uses her unique perspective as both counselor and survivor, to speak and to write about maternal incest. She combines research data, professional insights and her personal experiences to enlighten audiences about the reality of mother-daughter sexual abuse.

In 2006, she founded CAPER Consulting (Child Abuse Prevention, Education and Recovery) dedicated to confronting the subject of mother-child sexual abuse. She published A Mother’s Touch: Surviving Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse, in 2007. Since 2005, she has educated and empowered audiences across the United States with her dynamic programs on maternal incest and the opportunities for recovery from childhood trauma. Her resiliency workshop offers proven strategies for helping victims of childhood maltreatment and interpersonal violence to become strong, healthy survivors. Julie’s upbeat presentations focus on the power of resiliency and healing in all of our lives.

In addition to regional and state conferences, she is a frequent presenter at the Dallas, Texas “Crimes Against Children Conference” and at the annual NCAC “Symposium” in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Al Chesley
National Football League, (retired)

Former NFL linebacker with the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles (for whom he played in Super Bowl XV), Al Chesley was a young teenager when he was sexually abused by a police officer. Mr. Chesley has transformed this traumatic experience into a crusade to reach other child sexual abuse victims and fight for their rights. Mr. Chesley has advocated for greater rights for victims in Delaware, Maryland, Arizona, and Virginia.

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Kathryn Collins
Analyst from the Data, Analysis, Research & Evaluation Office, Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Kathryn joined Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services in 2012 after receiving her doctorate in public policy from the University of Pittsburgh. She works on the data sharing partnerships between the Department of Human Services and public school districts throughout Allegheny County. School district data is integrated with child welfare data, mental health data, public welfare and public housing data, among other sources. Her work examines the educational outcomes of children involved with child welfare and other human services as compared to their peers to help target interventions to better serve this population. In addition, she works on ways to better integrate the public school data into daily child welfare practices and policies to create more effective collaborations and improve the outcomes for our children.

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Gerald (Jerry) Crispino, Jr., MS, NCC
Family Support Technical Assistance Coordinator, Center for Schools and Communities

Jerry Crispino is the Family Support Technical Assistance Coordinator with the Center for Schools and Communities. His primary responsibilities include providing technical assistance and training to support Children’s Trust Fund grantees statewide, and promoting the Strengthening Families Protective Factors framework in Pennsylvania. Jerry holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Services Education from the Pennsylvania State University and Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Certified Secondary School Counselor, a facilitator in Family Group Decision-Making, and trained in Motivational Interviewing. Jerry served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, and has worked with children, adolescents, and families in a myriad of positions since 1996.

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Lana Domico, MS
Counselor Advocate, Center for Victims

Lana Domico has a Masters of Science degree in Administration of Justice/Forensic Science & Security and has been a Counselor Advocate at the Center for Victims since 2009. She has worked in the victims services field for the past 15 years, assisting victims through the criminal, juvenile, and medical systems. Lana's current position at the Center for Victims places her at Allegheny County's Juvenile Court system where she assists victims of juvenile offenders through the legal process and advocates for their rights. She also provides early outreach, crisis intervention and crisis counseling to families of sexually and/or physically abused children who present at the Child Advocacy Center of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for forensic interviews and exams.

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Honorable Kim D. Eaton
Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Family Division

Judge Eaton is the former Supervising Judge of the Adult Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. Judge Eaton attended Penn State University and graduated in 1978 with a B.S. in Journalism and a minor in Political Science. At the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law, she was president of the Class of 1981 and the commencement speaker. Prior to her election, she was a shareholder in the firm of Rose, Schmidt, Hasley & DiSalle, PC, where she was the head of the firm’s matrimonial section. During her career as a lawyer, Judge Eaton has also served as Chairman of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Bench Bar Committee (and recipient of the Bench-Bar Olbum Award) and the Chair of the Family Law Sections’ Public Service Committee, where she co-founded, the “Pro Se Motions” Court program, which assists low-income parties through the court system. She received the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s “Pro Bono Award” for outstanding contributions to Pro Bono activities and was named “Woman of the Year”, receiving the Marjorie Matson Award from the Pitt Law Women’s Association. A frequent lecturer on family law matters, Judge Eaton serves on the Board of Governors for the Allegheny County Bar Association. She is Master in the Matrimonial Inns of Court and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Parental Stress Center.

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Douglas Grimsley, Esq.
Pro Bono GAL Coordinator, Dickie McCamey & Chilcotte

Douglas M. Grimsley is a shareholder of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. and serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Government Contracting and Compliance Group. Mr. Grimsley concentrates his practice in the areas of government contracting and compliance, commercial law, and product liability law. He represents an array of business entities, ranging from international corporations to closely-held organizations, assisting clients with contracting, compliance, and litigation issues in multiple jurisdictions.

Mr. Grimsley previously served as National Coordinating Discovery Counsel for a multinational corporation. In this role, he worked closely with the client to coordinate discovery efforts in cases pending across the country. He continues to work with the client on a wide variety of other legal issues including defense of product liability claims and assistance in the development of compliance programs.

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HandsOn Tech VISTAs at Pittsburgh Cares – Annie Bontempo, E. Louise Larson, Ryan Mitchell and Will True
We are a team of AmeriCorps VISTA HandsOn Tech volunteers serving with Pittsburgh Cares. Our local HandsOn Tech program was created to help nonprofits that strive to reduce poverty develop sustainable technology practices. This includes implementing better technology tools, helping nonprofits create realistic technology maintenance plans, and leading informational and best-practices trainings. As individuals, we have backgrounds in tech support, teaching, social media, IT management, and nonprofit development.

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Mary Jo Harwood, MSW, LSW
Director, Dialogue and Resolution Center, Center for Victims

Mary Jo Harwood is the director of the Dialogue and Resolution Center, a division of the Center for Victims which provides conflict resolution, training and mediation services. She provides trainings to organizations interested in building conflict competent teams in the workplace. Prior to becoming the DRC director Mary Jo served as the associate director of the Center for Victims of Violence and Crime. She is a certified trainer and crisis responder for the National Organization of Victim Assistance and the Keystone Crisis Intervention Team, with experience in local, state, and national crisis response. She has developed and delivered trainings to national and international audiences specific to the impacts of trauma and vicarious trauma on professionals and communities.

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JoAnn Heffron-Hannah
Transition Programs Manager, Allegheny County Department of Human Services

JoAnn Heffron- Hannah has 24 years of experience in the field of public child welfare, including caseworker, supervisor, Casework Manager, and Project Director for the Title IVE Project. JoAnn is currently the Transition Programs Manager for Allegheny County Department of Human Services. In this role, JoAnn is responsible for programs provided to all foster care youth and foster care alumni. JoAnn earned a B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University and an MSW from The University of Pittsburgh.

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Honorable Arnold Klein
Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Family Division

Judge Arnold "Arnie" Klein was elected to the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County and took the bench in January 2010. Judge Klein has presided over cases in the Family Division which include adult family and juvenile cases. Arnie received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. from Pitt Law School. Judge Klein was in private practice with the law firm, Bacharach and Klein from 1986 to 2009, primarily engaged in civil litigation, criminal defense and wills and estates.

Judge Klein is a board member of Sids/Cribs for Kids and Champion Enterprises. He is also a member of the Upper St. Clair Rotary and Amen Corner and has coached youth basketball for many years. Judge Klein has been married 23 years to Sara Jo and they have three children, Sam, Joel and Marissa.

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Benjamin H. Levi, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics and Humanities, Director of the Center for the Protection of Children at the Penn State Children's Hospital

Benjamin H. Levi, MD PhD, is a practicing pediatrician and a philosopher who is a Professor in the Departments of Humanities and Pediatrics at the Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Children’s Hospital. In addition to his other work in bioethics, Dr. Levi is recognized as an expert on ethical and professional concerns regarding the reporting of suspected child abuse. Dr. Levi has published and lectured widely on this topic, both nationally and abroad. Dr. Levi has been instrumental in helping develop Penn State Children’s Hospital initiatives for the treatment and prevention of child abuse, and is also co-creator of Look Out for Child Abuse, an extensive online resource that includes the Commonwealth’s web-based tool for reporting suspected abuse.

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Nancy A. Love
Forensic Scientist, Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner Forensic Laboratory

Ms. Love received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Westminster College. Has worked for the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner (ACOME) Forensic Laboratory for 15 years in a variety of capacities including: environmental chemist, trace evidence analyst, mobile crime unit responder and mobile laboratory responder. Has a personal interest in photography which has translated into being the primary photography trainer in the AMOCE.

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Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD
Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Dr. Elizabeth Miller is Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Trained in medical anthropology as well as Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Miller's research has included examination of sex trafficking among adolescents in Asia, teen dating abuse, and reproductive health, with a focus on underserved youth populations including pregnant and parenting teens, foster, homeless, and gang-affiliated youth. She is Chair of the Evaluation and Quality Panel of the National Assembly of School Based Health Care, Co-chair of the Violence Prevention Sub-Committee of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and Co-chair of Advocacy Training for the Academic Pediatric Association. Her current research focuses on the impact of gender-based violence on young women's reproductive health. She has participated in numerous legislative hearings related to protecting adolescent confidentiality, adolescent reproductive health, and dating abuse.

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Sandra E. Moore, MSW
Administrator, Office of Children & Families in the Courts
Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Sandy assumed the position of Administrator for the Office of Children & Families in the Courts (OCFC), Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts in January 2008. In this role, Sandy works closely with the Honorable Max Baer, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Justice overseeing the state’s Dependency Court Improvement Project. This oversight includes providing leadership for Pennsylvania’s Children’s Roundtable Initiative, the overarching structure of the state’s court improvement initiative. Additionally, the office coordinates specific court improvement activities including the creation of a Statewide Dependency Court Management/Data system, a Dependency Bench Book, the Dependency Mission/Guiding Principles, the Permanency Practice Initiative, a graduated educational curriculum for Dependency Judges, and training for Guardian ad Litems and Parent Attorneys.

Prior to her current position, Sandy held the dual position of Dauphin County (home to the state’s capitol, Harrisburg) Children & Youth Administrator/Human Services Director where she supervised a $200 million budget and a workforce of 400. Beginning her career in the late 1980s as a social work in the California Child Welfare system, Sandy has over 20 years of direct casework and administrative experience. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare and a Master’s of Social Work. She has presented at local, national and international conferences. Sandy has taught at various colleges and universities, including California State University at Fresno and Temple University.

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Tammy J. Murdock, MD
Co-Founder, Jeremiah’s Place – Pittsburgh Relief Nursery

Tammy Murdock, MD, is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist who works at a Federally Qualified Health Care center and is pursuing a Masters degree in Medical Management. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, she was partner/owner of a fifteen-physician obstetric group and was Chief of OB/Gyn in a hospital in San Antonio, TX. She is passionate about innovative ideas to promote resilient families and strong communities. After twelve years away, she and her husband are glad to finally be back in Pittsburgh raising their four children. She is passionate about supporting children’s health and safety, women’s health, and strengthening the at-risk communities of Pittsburgh.

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Samantha Murphy
Education Liaison/Resource Services Manager

Samantha Murphy began her work in human services in 1994 focusing on adult and children’s mental health, mental retardation and child welfare. Currently, she serves as the Resource Services Manager and Education Liaison at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Community Relations. In January of 2011, Ms. Murphy was tapped for the role of Education Liaison, a new position within the county. With the ultimate goal of improving educational outcomes for the children served by DHS, she has been named the liaison between the Allegheny County child welfare office and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to implement a universal education screen for every school aged child receiving child welfare services. In addition, she convenes and facilitates an internal group of human service professionals focused on education, so they share expertise, develop best practices, and develop consistent messages. She is also working closely on data sharing initiatives with educational partners and is in a leadership role with a collaborative team focused on the education of homeless children and youth.

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Teresa Olsen, MEd
Director, Child Abuse & Neglect Program, PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

Teresa Olsen has been the Director of the state-wide Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect education program at the PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics for 10 years and developed five curricula targeted to medical providers who are mandated reporters. Prior to this position, she spent 15 years in child protective services conducting investigations, providing direct services to families and presenting over 500 training sessions to schools and community organizations. Ms. Olsen also served as Acting Director of Prevent Child Abuse PA from 2008 to 2012; she has presented at several state and national conferences on the topics of child abuse education and prevention.

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William D. Phifer
Community Resource Specialist, Department of Human Services, Office of Children Youth and Families

Mr. Phifer is a Community Resource Specialist / Administrative Liaison. He possesses a Bachelor of Arts from Duquesne University. He brings more than 20 years in child welfare. Throughout his career he has worked to improve opportunities for youth and adults, also, the life style of Allegheny County residents by networking, collaborating and providing challenges in finding safe decent affordable housing, decreasing truancy, preparing youth before aging out, as well as training, the community, providers, and county employees on maximizing and unitizing resources.

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Nancy Potter, Esq.
Staff Attorney, PA Education Law Center

Nancy E. Potter joined Education Law Center in 2012. She is a Staff Attorney in ELC's Western Pennsylvania office located in Pittsburgh. Nancy works on cases and projects in all major areas of education advocacy, focusing on school climate issues the needs of our most vlunerable and under-served students. Nancy graduated from University of Pittsburgh School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University. She served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Oliver J. Lobaugh. Prior to joining Education Law Center, Nancy represented abused, neglected and at-risk youth in the foster care system.

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Mark Rogalsky, MSW
Unit Manager-Prevention Services, Pitsburgh Mercy Health System

Mark Rogalsky, MSW, has a thirty year history developing, implementing and supervising programming and activities for children and youth. Additionally he has extensive experience as a youth and camp Program Director with organizations such as the Jewish Community Centers in Pittsburgh, PA and Houston, Texas. He has also been a child and family therapist for residential programs and a school based psychotherapist. As the Unit Manager for Prevention Services at Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, Mark brought Dancing Classrooms to Pittsburgh in September 2009. In 2012, Mr. Rogalsky was recognized by Social Work Today Magazine as one of the 10 Dedicated and Deserving Social Workers.

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Patricia Sprague, MS
Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics – PA Chapter

Patricia Sprague has worked in social refrom, education, and the prevention of child abuse and neglect for thiry year in the US, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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Maegan Susa-Filo, Esq.
Conflict Counsel Coordinator

Maegan is a 1995 cum laude graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, where she majored in political science and business administration, with emphasis in accounting. In 1998, she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she served as a teacher’s assistant to Professor Pat Chew in the Alternate Dispute Resolution seminar. Maegan first became involved with the Allegheny County Juvenile court system while at Pitt, where she appeared as a certified legal intern child advocate under the supervision of the Child Welfare Clinic. Maegan also served as a legal intern for the late Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ralph J. Cappy. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania employed Maegan as a law clerk during her final year of law school, where she handled ethics complaints pursuant to the Rules of Professional Conduct.

After passing the bar in 1998, Maegan joined the law firm of J. Raymond Ambrose, Jr. & Associates, where she handled the adult family caseload. Simultaneously, Maegan began a part-time position with the Allegheny County Bar Foundation Juvenile Court Project, representing indigent parents in juvenile dependency cases. In May 2005, Maegan became a sole practitioner, focusing on adult family and juvenile dependency cases, which remain her primary focus today. Maegan served on the committee that developed the guardian ad litem project in Allegheny County. She has served as a guardian ad litem in highly contested custody cases in both Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties. She is the Conflict Parent Advocate Coordinator for Allegheny County’s juvenile court system.

She and her husband Joel are the proud parents of three children.

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Janet Squires, MD
Child Advocacy Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Dr. Squires is physician director of the Child Advocacy Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Professor of Pediatrics at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. She has more than 30 years of experience in pediatric health care with concentrations in areas such as infectious diseases and child safety.

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Terry and Rozana Sweeney
Teaching Artists-Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh, Co-owners of Art and Style Dance Studio

Terry and Rozana Sweeney have competed both nationally and internationally. Ms. Rozana Sweeney began dancing at the age of nine in Berlin, Germany. As a youth dancer, she was a German Champion in the Standard dances, European and World Finalist and as an adult amateur dancer she held and defended a variety of national and international titles including German National Standard Champion and Latin Finalist.

Mr. Terry Sweeney has been dancing, competing, and teaching for more than 25 years. He has held numerous titles including the U.S. Professional Rising Star Rhythm Champion, U.S. Professional Rhythm Finalist, U..S Professional Rising Star Latin Finalist, and Regional Open Professional Latin Champion. They were U.S. National Rising Star Latin and American Smooth finalists and finalists in all major open U.S. competitions, establishing them as one of the top Latin and American Smooth couples in the country. Mr. Terry and Ms. Rozana are members of the National Dance Council of America, PDF and DIVIDA. They are nationally recognized adjudicators with the North American Dance Teachers Association. In 2002, they retired from professional competitive dancing and opened their studio, Art and Style Dance Studio, to teach, coach, and inspire other dancers. Both have served as teaching artists for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh since its début in 2009. There has been nothing that has brought them greater satisfaction, than helping the young ladies and gentleman in the schools the art of ballroom dance. Mr Sweeney will often remind these youngsters how dance truly saved his life.

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Maria Catrina Virata, MPH, CPH
Clinical Research Coordinator, Administrator III, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Ms. Virata is the lead Clinical Research Coordinator in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh where she oversees clinical and community-based research projects led by Dr. Elizabeth Miller. The research focuses on prevention and intervention of adolescent relationship abuse, with an emphasis on community-partnered approaches to reach vulnerable populations. Prior to this, she worked in health research at the University of California, Davis, where she also completed her Masters in Public Health.

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Lynne L. Williams, MD, PhD
Co-Founder, Jeremiah’s Place – Pittsburgh Relief Nursery

Lynne L. Williams is a board-certified Pediatrician and Internal Medicine physician with a passion for the care and healthy development of the very young child. She holds a doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology focused on mother-child attachment and bonding. She works as a physician at a Federally Qualified Health Care center and serves as Clinical Director for Southwest PA Area Health Education Center (AHEC) to recruit practitioners to serve medically underserved populations. In addition, she is a foster parent for Allegheny County’s Child, Youth and Families, and has adopted three children from foster care. For the last two years, since hearing about the idea of crisis nurseries, Lynne has been focused on bringing this vital service to Pittsburgh.

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Lisa Wimbs
Children's Counselor Advocate/Transitional Case Manager, Center for Victims

Lisa Wimbs began her career at the Center for Victims (formerly CVVC) in 2001 as a Counselor Advocate, assisting victims through the criminal, juvenile, and medical systems. During most of her career at the Center for Victims she was located at the agency's satellite office at the Major Crimes Division of the City of Pittsburgh Police Department where she was able to assist victims in crisis (particularly child victims of sexual or physical abuse) immediately after the crime occurred. Lisa is a NOVA trained member of the agency's Crisis Response Team that is dispatched during incidents of violence that often impact communities, workplaces or schools in Allegheny County. She currently serves as the agency's Transitional Housing Case Manager - assisting women and their children who are victims of domestic abuse to become self-sufficient by obtaining education, employment and housing.

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Liz Winter, PhD, LSW
Child Welfare Education for Leadership Program
University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work

Liz Winter is the Academic Coordinator for the Child Welfare Education for Leadership (CWEL) program (the graduate portion of Pennsylvania’s Title IV-E Child Welfare educational partnership). She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work where she currently teaches courses on Child Maltreatment and Addictions. Dr. Winter earned her doctoral and master’s degrees in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh and her law degree from the University of Oxford in England. Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Winter worked in the human services private provider community and she maintains a small clinical practice. Dr. Winter’s interests include child welfare workforce development, sexual minority youth in child welfare, and traumatic stress.

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Jennifer Wolford, DO, MPH
Child Advocacy Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Dr. Wolford joined the Division of Child Advocacy at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in 2011, after completing her pediatric training at Children’s and serving as chief resident. She has a Master of Public Health degree at University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, and a medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her primary interests are in the area of health care for underserved children, and she is the faculty advisor for the Pediatric training program called CORE (Community Oriented Resident Education).

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