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2015 Speaker Biographies
Robert Block, M.D., Professor Emeritus,University of Oklahoma and Past President of the American Academy of PediatricsDr. Robert Block is an emeritus professor of pediatrics
and immediate past Daniel C. Plunket Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the
University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. He was elected by the membership of
the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as
president-elect in October 2010 and served as president from October 2011
through October 2012.Dr. Block received
his doctor of medicine degree from the University of
Pennsylvania and completed his
pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
He has been a member of the O.U.
College of Medicine
faculty since 1975. As a faculty member, Dr. Block has been nominated for the
Aesculapian teaching award six times, winning on three occasions. Dr. Block has
been awarded the prestigious Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award, a University of Oklahoma Presidential Professorship,
the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Parker J. Palmer
“Courage to Teach” Award, the Ray Helfer Society Award in recognition of his
work in the field of Child Abuse and the Award for Outstanding Service to
Maltreated Children by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In October, 2013 he
was inducted into the Tulsa, Oklahoma Hall of Fame. He was appointed the first Chair of the newly formed sub-board on Child
Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) from 2006-2009 and
continued to serve on the sub-board through 2012. He holds Certificate #1 from the ABP in Child
Abuse Pediatrics.Dr. Block is a
diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a past
president of the Oklahoma AAP Chapter and a former member and chair of the
Academy’s Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. He is a former member and chair
of the United States’ Advisory
Commission on Childhood Vaccines. Dr.
Block is the immediate past president and current board chair of the Academy on
Violence and Abuse (AVA), the relatively new national organization focused on
increasing health care professionals’ education and academic research on the
health effects of violence and abuse.Dr. Block was
appointed Oklahoma’s first chief child
abuse examiner in 1989 and served in
that capacity until October 2011. He was a past Chair and member of the
Oklahoma Child Death Review Board from 1992 through September 2011. He has
been a member of the medical team for the Tulsa Children’s Justice Center and served as a past
president and member of the board of directors for the Child Abuse Network,
Inc. He is now an Emeritus
Director. Dr. Block has authored several
papers and a textbook and has delivered over 2,000 public presentations. Dr. Block is married to Sharon Block, a
retired science teacher and registered nurse. They have two married daughters, Erika Mays
and Andrea Wooldridge, and two wonderful grandchildren.
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Daniel Garrabrant, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
In 1989 Special Agent
Daniel A. Garrabrant graduated from the University
of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in
criminal justice, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and an associate degree in sociology. SA
Garrabrant worked as a mental health
worker in adolescent treatment facilities from 1985 until 1990. Special Agent Garrabrant
was employed as a police officer with the New Castle County Police, New Castle
Delaware from 1990 to 1997. Special Agent Garrabrant was hired as an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in
1997. In addition to Special Agent Garrabrant’s
investigative duties as an agent, he also has the following duties:
Currently assigned to the Newark Division’s
Atlantic City Resident Agency:
AppointmentsAppointed to the New Jersey Commission on
Human Trafficking by Gov. Chris Christie March 2014 to March 2016
Nancy Henderson, M.D. Dr. 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.
Anna Salter, Ph.D., Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Anna Salter, Ph.D., received her Ph.D., in
Clinical Psychology and Public Practice from Harvard University and obtained a
masters degree in Child Study from Tufts. She was a Teaching Fellow at both
Salter has lived in Madison, Wisc., since 1996 and
consults half time to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. In addition, she
lectures and consults on sex offenders and victims throughout the United States
and abroad. She has keynoted conferences on sexual abuse in Australia, New
Zealand, Scotland and England. In all, she has conducted trainings in 50 states
and 10 countries. Salter also evaluates sex offenders for civil commitment
proceedings and other purposes. She testifies as an expert witness in sexual
abuse civil and criminal cases.
Before moving to Madison, Salter was on the faculty of
Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, N.H., in the Departments of
Psychiatry and Maternal and Child Health. While there, she was director of
Psycho-social Training for the Pediatric Residency Program, director of Child
Psychiatry Consultation to the Pediatric Ward, co-director of the Parenting
Clinic, assistant director of the Children-at-Risk Program and director of the
Parents in Distress Program.
Salter is the 1997 winner of the Significant Achievement Award
from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and she also won
the Saul Blatman Teaching Award in the Department of Pediatrics and Maternal
and Child Health. She is the author of several nonfiction books, as well
as fiction novels.
Sergeant Jim SearsIrving
Police Department – Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Units
Jim Sears has been a law enforcement officer for over 30 years working with the
Irving Police Department. He has served
as a patrol officer, school resource officer and as a detective in the youth
services unit, domestic violence unit and child abuse unit. Sergeant Sears has worked as a detective in the
child abuse unit for 10 years before being promoted to sergeant. He has worked the past five years as the
supervisor for the domestic violence, child abuse and youth service units at
the Irving Family Advocacy Center.
dedicated advocate of children, he currently serves as a law enforcement
consultant and instructor with the Shaken Baby Alliance for the Serious
Physical Child Abuse and SIDS Program, as a partner
agency contact with the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, as a T.C.O.L.E.
instructor specializing in domestic violence and child abuse, as an instructor at the
Crimes Against Children’s Conference in Dallas, is a certified instructor for advanced child abuse investigations through Texas Municipal Police Association
(TMPA), is on the design team for the new Fox Valley / OJJDP national training
project for child abuse as one of their instructors and is an instructor for the
Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. Sergeant Sears is the 2011 recipient of the Lieutenant Bill
Walsh Award for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center for career achievements
in the field of child abuse investigations. Sergeant Sears frequently lectures on topics related to child abuse
investigations, interviews and interrogations and crime scene investigations for
domestic violence and child abuse. A
father of three wonderful boys, Sergeant Sears is dedicated to bringing justice to
the victims of domestic violence and child abuse.
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Victor Vieth, J.D.
Victor Vieth, J.D., serves as the Executive Director Emeritus of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), a program of Gundersen Health system. It is a state-of-the-art training complex located on the campus of Winona State University (WSU). NCPTC includes five moot court rooms, four forensic interview rooms and a “mock house” in which to conduct simulated child abuse investigations. NCPTC staff provides intensive instruction for undergraduate students and current professionals in the field on how to better recognize, react and respond to children who are being abused. The Center trains approximately 15,000 child protection professionals each year. 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. He has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and 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 has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment. 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. 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. For more information about the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), visit www.ncptc.org.
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