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MATT BOSTON, Development Director

Matt is responsible for fund development at CornerHouse. Matt brings five years of professional fundraising experience to the position. Previous to joining CornerHouse, Matt was the Development Director at Genesys Works-Twin Cities, a youth development nonprofit in St. Paul. Matt has also worked in development at Minnesota AIDS Project after earning his Bachelor of Arts in Communications and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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DEEDEE BURKET, Forensic Services Specialist – Client Services Lead

DeeDee began her work at CornerHouse as an intern while earning her associates of science degree in Integrative Health and Healing. DeeDee is part of the Forensic Services Team as the Client Services Lead. Her job is to help children and caregivers feel welcome and comfortable when they come to CornerHouse. Prior to joining CornerHouse, DeeDee was a certified nursing assistant, office assistant to the Dean’s at Anoka Ramsey Community College, and a customer service specialist in central services at the college.

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KATIE BYSTROM, Trainer

Katie brings 17 years of experience as a child protection social worker to the CornerHouse training department. Conducting child protection investigations has given Katie an opportunity to conduct forensic interviews with nearly 800 children and adolescents as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Katie graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and completed her teaching certification at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Her work at CornerHouse allows her to provide forensic interview training to professionals that conduct forensic interviews or are members of a multi-disciplinary team confronting abuse of vulnerable populations.

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SARAH DZIK, Family Services Intern

Sarah joined the CornerHouse team as a 12-month intern in September of 2018. Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Community Health Education and is currently completing her Masters in Counseling. Prior to CornerHouse, Sarah worked as a case worker at a medical clinic in North Minneapolis and as a Recovery Coach at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. Upon graduating Sarah wants to work as a trauma counselor with victim/survivors who have experienced abuse. Sarah co-facilitates group therapy, provides individual child-centered play therapy, and therapeutic home visiting.

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ELIZABETH EAGLE, M.S.C.J, Forensic Interviewer

Elizabeth has undergraduate degrees in Law Enforcement with an emphasis in Community Violence Prevention and Intervention and a Master’s in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University. Prior to joining the CornerHouse team she worked for the Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation, serving in a support capacity for the Mental Health and Veteran’s Courts Programs. In 2016 she took a position with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office working in Juvenile prosecution. Elizabeth is originally from Ft. Yates, North Dakota and a proud member of The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

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LAUREN GLASS, Family Services Case Manager

Lauren is a Family Services Case Manager here at CornerHouse. As a case manager, Lauren meets with caregivers during their children’s forensic interviews, offering caregivers emotional support and information about the interview process. As a member of a multi-disciplinary team, Lauren also provides on-going support to families after the interview through providing support group, case management, and investigative support services. Lauren graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a minor in Anthropology, and has had several years of prior experience working with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of work and volunteer settings. Since earning her BA, Lauren has spent over two years working as a case manager with adults in mental health and housing, and is excited to get back to working with children and families in an agency that holds such a child-centered approach as CornerHouse.

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MICHELLE HARRIS, Trainer

Michelle is a Trainer for CornerHouse. In this role, Michelle facilitates training to professionals on forensic interviewing and other related topics as well as contributing to the advancements in the field of professional education. Prior to this, Michelle worked in Children’s Advocacy Centers conducting over 1,200 forensic interviews. Michelle has experience in community outreach, crisis intervention, child abuse assessment, fact and expert witness testimony and prevention activities. Michelle has a Master’s Degree in Human Services: Child Protection with emphasis in Psychology of Child Advocacy and is certified as a Diplomat Child Forensic Interviewer through the National Association of Certified Child Forensic Interviewers.

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MELISSA HENRY, Training Program Manager

Melissa is responsible for coordinating the training and outreach initiatives at CornerHouse. She is the first point of contact for people interested in attending trainings or learning more about types of trainings offered by CornerHouse. Previously, Melissa worked in the education and nonprofit sectors and has experience in youth work, volunteer management, and public health. Melissa graduated from Denison University with Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Environmental Studies.

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MITZI NELSON HOBOT, Executive Director

Mitzi is new to CornerHouse and is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization with a focus on finance, fund development, and strategic direction. She is humbled to be a part of an incredible team doing such important work for children and families. Mitzi brings over 20 years of human service experience, 11 of which were in nonprofit leadership roles. She previously worked at the American Indian OIC, Canvas Health, and the MN Department of Human Services.

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ELLE HOFFMAN, Forensic Services Specialist - Medical Lead

Elle is the Forensic Services Specialist - Medical Lead at CornerHouse. Her job is to help provide a safe and welcoming, developmentally appropriate and interactive environment during child and family visits to CornerHouse. Elle is a experienced Youth Advocate with a demonstrated history of working in the individual and family services industry. Elle has worked with children's advocacy centers previously and has specifically worked with youth impacted by Domestic, Interpersonal and Sexual Violence. Prior to joining CornerHouse, Elle was a Child and Youth Advocate at Cornerstone Advocacy Services. Elle is a social services professional with a Bachelor's Degree focused in Social Work and Child Advocacy from Winona State University.

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DEIDRE HOPPE, Volunteer and Development Coordinator

Deidre is the Development and Volunteer Coordinator at CornerHouse. She graduated from St. Catherine University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy with a concentration on Ethics. Before joining CornerHouse, Deidre was the Volunteer Coordinator and Business Assistant at the Harbor Light Center, the largest homeless shelter facility in Minnesota. Deidre has also served with AmeriCorps as a Minnesota Reading Corps literacy tutor working with elementary school students who struggle to read at grade level. She has also worked with several non-profit organizations that specialize in legal aid services and legal assistance for domestic violence victims.

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IVY JOHNSON, Family Services Intern

Ivy is a Family Services Intern at CornerHouse. She is currently completing her second year as a full-time student at the University of Minnesota in the School of Social Work. This spring, Ivy will earn her MSW with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health. Previously, Ivy graduated from the U of MN with a Bachelor of Science in Family Social Science and a minor in Spanish Studies. Last year, Ivy was a school social work intern at Andersen United Community School. She has experience working with youth of all ages at numerous nonprofit agencies. At CornerHouse, she co-facilitates weekly children and adult support groups, conduct child-centered play therapy, and provide therapeutic home visiting.

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JENNIFER JOHNSON, Trainer

Jennie joined the CornerHouse team as a trainer in March of 2018. Jennie has a BA Degree from St. Olaf College and a JD Degree from William Mitchell College of Law. Jennie was an Assistant County Attorney for over thirty years years in Chisago County and Hennepin County, working in the areas of juvenile prosecution, child protection, mental health services, family services, general civil litigation, and land use planning before retiring in 2018. Twenty years ago, Jennie took the Basic Training Course at CornerHouse, and since that time, she has developed a deep appreciation for the CornerHouse forensic interview model because it provides an opportunity for children's voices to be heard. She is honored to be a part of the team that trains other professionals about this important forensic tool.

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SOPHIA JOHNSON, Forensic Specialist – Video Lead

Sophia started volunteering at CornerHouse in 2012 and continued to volunteer for two years while attending the University of Minnesota. She now has come back with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the school of Sociology majoring in Law, Criminology and Deviant Behavior with a minor in Family Violence Prevention. As the Forensic Specialist Video Technician Lead, Sophia’s job is to run and maintain the video equipment while interviews are being conducted at CornerHouse and assist with any technical needs that may arise. Prior to working with CornerHouse, Sophia sold computers for nearly five years before working as an HR specialist in Golden Valley and is happy to be coming back to CornerHouse!

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BARBARA KERN-PIEH, Forensic Interviewer

Barb has undergraduate degrees in Family Life and Health and Nursing and advanced practice degrees or certificates in Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health and Forensic Nursing. With certification as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Barb is credentialed to provide medical forensic exams for Pediatric (SANE-P) and Adults and adolescents (SANE-A). Barb has been an educator and practitioner in Forensic Nursing where she has conducted more than 500 medical forensic exams. Barb has worked closely with CornerHouse and the Multi-disciplinary Team to insure the integrity of the forensic interview at CornerHouse. Barb is delighted to insure that the voices of children be heard through the forensic interview at CornerHouse.

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BILL KONCAR, Forensic Interviewer

Bill first joined CornerHouse as a training consultant and then became a forensic interviewer. Bill was a police officer for 34 years in Illinois and Minnesota. After nearly 25 years of service, he retired from the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota Police Department in December 2009. During his career he investigated over 2,000 child abuse cases and was closely involved with CornerHouse over the past 20 years, having brought his first child to be interviewed at CornerHouse in 1990.

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SARAH LOCKHART, Family Services Director

Sarah Lockhart, MSW, LICSW is the Family Services Director at CornerHouse. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Luther College and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. Additionally, Sarah attended the University of Minnesota's two-year Infant and Early Childhood Certificate Program. Sarah has experience providing individual, family, and group psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and families affected by trauma. Prior to coming to CornerHouse Sarah supervised Youth Services at Domestic Abuse Project in Minneapolis.

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ANNE M. LUKAS MILLER, LSW, Forensic Interviewer and Trainer

Since joining the CornerHouse staff in 1993, Anne has conducted over 2,500 interviews with children, adolescents, and vulnerable adults, resulting in a career total of more than 3,500 interviews. Anne is also the co-developer and an ongoing facilitator of the CornerHouse training program for mandated reporters. Anne graduated with honors from Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a Social Work emphasis and a minor in Psychology. When Anne came to CornerHouse, she had over 10 years of experience in juvenile probation, adolescent residential treatment, and county-administered social services. She worked for four years as a Child Protection/Child Welfare worker, and five years supervising the Children and Family Services programs in Chippewa County, Minnesota.

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CONNOR MOLLOY, Family Services Intern

Connor attended the New School in New York City, and then the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota. The past four years he has worked with the Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations Directorate. He is now assisting with research on how Child Protection Services and refugee communities interact with each other, as well as assisting with an immigration lawyer on asylum cases. At CornerHouse, Connor is meeting with families during forensic interviews, co-facilitating group therapy, providing case management, and conducting play therapy.

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ALAYNA MORGAN, Administrative Assistant

Alayna started as the administrative assistant at CornerHouse in May 2019. Previous to joining CornerHouse, Alayna was a Shelter Advocate at St. Stephens Human Services. Prior to that position, Alayna spent 11 months completing an AmeriCorps term through Minnesota Opportunity Corps as an Employment Navigator. Alayna graduated from North Central University (Minneapolis) with a Bachelors of Arts in Evangelism and Church Planting. Alayna is currently working towards her Master of Social Work through Walden University.

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DANIEL OSTROOT, Administrative Assistant

Daniel joined CornerHouse in May 2019 as an administrative assistant. Prior to joining CornerHouse, Daniel was a library and support services coordinator for Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and a customer service specialist with several other nonprofits. He graduated from St. Catherine University with a Master’s of Information Science, after earning a B.A. in mathematics and classical archaeology from Bryn Mawr College.

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STEPHANIE RANDOLPH, MA, Forensic Interviewer

Stephanie joined the CornerHouse team in January of 2019. She started her career as frontline staff at St. Joseph’s Home for Children in Minneapolis.  Stephanie then went on to earn her Master of Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS. After graduating, she worked for many years as a forensic interviewer and trainer in Kansas City, MO.  During that time she conducted over 1,000 interviews with children, teens, and vulnerable adults. In 2016 Stephanie moved back to Minnesota and worked as a Victim Assistant Specialist with the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center and the National Child Protection Training Center.

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LAURA REIMANN, Forensic Services - Operations Lead

Laura is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Psychology and a minor in Public Health. Prior to joining the CornerHouse team, Laura was working with a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota to examine risk and protective factors for children experiencing parental incarceration and homelessness. As the Forensic Services Specialist - Operations Lead, Laura provides support for the CornerHouse Rogers location, assists with special projects, and does general administrative tasks for the forensic specialists team.

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JULIA RODMAN, Family Services Case Manager

Julia joined CornerHouse as a Family Services Case Manager in 2017. She graduated in 2016 from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Family Social Science and Spanish. After graduating, Julia interned with Tubman at their Chrysalis Center in their Legal Safety Project, where pro-bono representation is provided to victims of domestic violence. There, she assisted in the intake of clients and conducted phone evaluations. Julia also volunteered with the Domestic Abuse Project as a hotline advocate. In addition to this work, she has worked closely with families and children as a child care worker and assistant teacher for three years at Community Child Care Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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NANCY L. SEGER, LISW, Forensic Services Director

Nancy has day-to-day responsibility for the management of forensic interview services and medical services delivery. She also conducts forensic interviews with children, adolescents, and vulnerable adults. Nancy holds a B.A. in English from Macalester College and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. Nancy's extensive experience as a teacher, children's mental health manager, and community-based youth program manager helps inform her holistic perspective. Nancy is interested in finding creative ways to support all members of the multi-disciplinary team.

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ADA SMITH, Family Services Intern

Ada is a Family Services intern at CornerHouse, where she provides case management support, group therapy, and play therapy to children and families affected by trauma. Before coming to CornerHouse, Ada was a youth and family advocate at Tubman’s Maplewood shelter providing services to victims of domestic violence. She also worked at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in their adult inpatient psychiatric units serving individuals in mental health crisis. She received a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College in psychology and is currently working towards her Master of Social Work at the University of Minnesota.

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BROOKE SOLLER, Family Services Intern

Brooke is a Family Services Intern here at CornerHouse. She is completing her last semester of grad school with The University of Illinois before graduating with her Master's of Social Work degree in December 2018. As part of the Family Services team Brooke meets with caregivers during their child's forensic interview, providing emotional support, information about the interview process, resources, and referrals. Brooke also co-facilitates the children's support group and provides intensive support, parent education, and referral services through the home visiting program.

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JULIE STAUFFER, MSW, LICSW, Forensic Interviewer and Trainer

Julie conducts forensic interviews and provides forensic interview training to professionals. Prior to joining CornerHouse, Julie was a therapist, providing services to children and families in a residential treatment setting. Julie is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work degree from the College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from the College of St. Catherine.

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MALLORY TINGLOV, Forensic Services Specialist - Intake Lead

Mallory joined the CornerHouse team in July of 2018. She brings with her a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Adult and Family Services from Iowa State University. As the Forensic Specialist Intake Lead she helps coordinate CornerHouse intake and referral services with local law enforcement and child protection investigators as well as helping to gather statistical reports on an as needed base. Before coming to CornerHouse Mallory worked for five years as a fulltime caregiver and also has previous work experience at a children's advocacy center in Nashville, TN.

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JUDY WEIGMAN, MA, LICSW, Forensic Interviewer

Since joining CornerHouse in 1990, Judy has conducted over 3,500 videotaped forensic interviews. Judy assisted in the development of CornerHouse's advanced training course, and she has trained professionals throughout the country in basic and advanced interview skills. Judy has previous experience in elementary teaching, as a principal social worker in child protection, and as a therapist in private practice. Judy is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a Masters degree in Counseling & Psychology and a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. Judy is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), and a charter member and former board member of its Minnesota Chapter (MAPSAC).

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INESA ZBAROUSKAYA, MSW, LGSW, Family Service Therapist

Inesa joined CornerHouse in September of 2016 as a Family Service Therapist. She provides support, advocacy, information, and referrals to the children and families of CornerHouse through home visiting. Prior to joining CornerHouse, Inesa was a MSW intern providing therapy services to adolescents, adults, and families of diverse backgrounds to help improve their quality of life. She graduated from University of Minnesota with a Master of Social Work degree and is fluent in Spanish and Russian.

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