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2017 Speaker Biographies

Marlanda Dekine 

Marlanda DekineMarlanda Dekine is a licensed master social worker, published poet and facilitator. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Furman University and a Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Marlanda is the Founder and Executive Director of Speaking Down Barriers (www.speakingdownbarriers.org), a nonprofit organization that transforms space and co-creates community beyond the intersections of difference, i.e. race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation and national identity. She has facilitated and performed among various groups at trainings, seminars and poetry slams across the nation. Most of her clinical experience is in conducting therapy and forensic evaluations with children who have suffered child abuse or severe neglect. She is a transformer of space, using her poetry and gift of healing to organize people for powerful individual and community transformation.

Nancy Henderson, M.D.   
Nancy HendersonDr. Henderson serves as the medical director of the Division of Forensic Pediatrics at Greenville Hospital System. She graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine and did her pediatric residency at TC Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics. She spends many of her days addressing one of the most difficult issues facing children: child abuse. For a decade, this pediatrician has performed child abuse medical exams at the Children’s Advocacy Center. She has the skills, patience, warmth and compassion to calm an anxious child, while gathering facts and medical evidence without further traumatizing the child. Just as importantly, she serves as an expert witness in Family and Criminal Court. Her testimony is often instrumental in the prosecution of child molesters.

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Viictor Vieth 

Victor ViethVictor Vieth, J.D., is the founder of Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (Gundersen NCPTC) and has served as senior director since its inception in 2003. In this role, he develops long-term strategy for expanding Gundersen NCPTC and its programs nationally and internationally. He also teaches, publishes, creates programs and works on public policy issues related to child protection.

Victor is in demand as a nationally recognized expert in the field of interpersonal violence. He speaks to audiences large and small at approximately 50 events each year. He 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 investigation, prosecution and prevention. He has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.

Victor gained national recognition for his work addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota. He 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 also named him one of the “21 Young Lawyers Leading Us Into the 21st Century.” Victor is regularly asked to consult with legislators around the country regarding policy and reform and has testified in front of the United States Senate. Numerous foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia, Russia and Columbia, have sought his expertise to guide them as they create and implement ground breaking child protection policies.

Victor 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.

Victor graduated magna cum laude from Winona State University 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.

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Susie Wiet, M.D. 

Susie WietSusie Wiet, M.D. is an integrative developmental psychiatrist with expertise in holistic treatment of trauma-addiction, dual diagnosis and complex psychiatric disorders.  She synthesizes functional medicine principles, honed therapeutic skills, and allopathic medical training to provide comprehensive treatment for optimal healing and conservative use of medication. 

Working with a diversity of patients and colleagues, and focused on advocacy that improves the health of her patients and community, some highlights of her career include: founding the Trauma-Resiliency Collaborative (TRC), authoring the Health-Resiliency Stress Questionnaire (HRSQ, pending validation), establishing a role as a Psychiatric Consultant (Clinics of Utah, Dept. of Health), serving Medical Directorships (University of Utah, community mental health, and addiction treatment organizations), providing local and national lectures and trainings on the neurobiology of trauma-resiliency and adolescent addiction. The most important highlight of her life is raising two independent-thinking daughters with her husband in beautiful Salt Lake City, UT.

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