Jim Holler - Retired Chief of Police. He served as chief for 16 years for the Liberty Township Police Department in Adams County, Pennsylvania. He also served as a fire marshal for Liberty Township for 8 years becoming the Township’s first fire/arson investigator. Chief Holler is an internationally known speaker specializing in crimes against children investigations and has trained and provided technical assistance to thousands of attorneys, judges, law enforcement professionals, medical, mental health and public health professionals, social workers, and advocates both in the United States and internationally on a range of topics specifically related to crimes against children. Chief Holler believes that our number one goal is to provide the child victim the opportunity to become a survivor. These excellent training programs will not only provide the skills for a complete investigation, but also challenges each participant to be an advocate and a champion for children. Presentations come alive! Not only will you hear the instructions, but you’ll also see what is being talked about with some wild and crazy things that Chief Holler will do to better enhance your knowledge of the subject.
James Ritts - First Assistant District Attorney for Ontario County. He has been with the office of the Ontario County District Attorney for 18 years, and has been an attorney for over 28 years. He is primarily responsible for felony prosecutions and appeals, conducting over 100 jury trials as an Assistant District Attorney. Jim has a passion for survivors of child physical and sexual abuse, domestic Violence, and sexual assault. He has been a member of the Advisory Committee since the formation of the Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes, and has served as the Chair of that committee for the past seven years. Jim is also on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Ontario County and works closely with community agencies, treatment providers, and governmental leaders in addressing the needs of survivors of violence and is an advocate who believes and stands with survivors.
Timothy Whitcomb - Sheriff for the Cattaraugus County Sheriff Office in Western New York. He is currently serving his 26th year in law enforcement, where he spent 7 years working major crimes in the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Sheriff Whitcomb possesses a Master’s degree in Counseling Education from St. Bonaventure University and is a certified police instructor in areas of Interview and Interrogation, Basic and Advance Juvenile Officer Training, the Investigation of Sex Crimes, and the Law Enforcement Response to School Violence. He is a graduate of the 206th Session of the FBI’s National Academy and his specialized training includes Crisis Negotiation with the Los Angeles Police Department, Death Scene Management with the FBI, a Sex Offense Seminar with the New York State Police, and he has been certified as a SWAT Team Fitness Specialist.
Kaitlyn McWilliams - Director of Professional Services at Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes (FCSFL). Kaitlyn McWilliams provides supervisor and clinical services throughout FCSFL’s programs, including managing several large grants. Kaitlyn specializes in assessing and providing treatment to children and adolescents and their families with advance training in trauma services including sexual, emotional, and physical abuse, neglect/maltreatment, adjustment difficulties, foster care issues, emotional and behavioral issues, and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as having experiences as an expert testifying in the field. Kaitlyn was hired at FCSFL in 2011 as a therapist in the child and adolescent sexual abuse program. In 2014, the Child Adolescent Sexual Abuse program transitioned to Trauma services to encompass all trauma’s that an individual or family may experience. With advance knowledge and skills in working with this population, Kaitlyn continues to provide counseling in individuals (children, teens, adults) and families in FCSFL’s Trauma Services program serving Wayne and Ontario County Departments of Social Services, the Ontario County CAC’s Multidisciplinary Team (MDT), a collaboration of area professionals (Law Enforcement, Child Protective Services, Criminal and Family Court) providing investigation and intervention services for potential victims of abuse and their families.
Elizabeth Scaife - Director of Training at Shared Hope International. Elizabeth trains law enforcement, services providers, and related professionals across the U.S. on the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking, while managing the ongoing development of training curricula for diverse audiences. She coordinates Shared Hope’s national JuST conference and produces training resources that allow professionals to stay abreast of current trends in sex trafficking. In addition to training, she authored the 2014 Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Training Guide along with resources for Shared Hope’s youth curriculum series, Chosen, in Spanish and English. Elizabeth also authored a unique training resource on gang trafficking, Gang TRAP, and produced two accompanying video resources. She has worked undercover with other professionals to document child trafficking in the U.S., appearing on two national television programs “Our America with Lisa Ling” and “Gangster: America’s Most Evil.”
Ann Lenane - REACH (Referral and Evaluation of Abused Children) Program Medical Director. Dr. Lenane received her M.D. and Pediatric residency training from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. She received fellowship training in Emergency Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Her initial faculty position at the University of Rochester was in Emergency Pediatrics but in response to a community need, she and two of her colleagues started the REACH Program in 1993. She currently serves as the program's medical director. The REACH Program provides medical evaluations for child victims of physical abuse and sexual abuse for Monroe County and surrounding counties.