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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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NIKKI BRAATEN, Family Services Therapist

Nikki is one of the Family Services Therapists at CornerHouse. She received a bachelor’s degree in Family Social Sciences and a master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. At CornerHouse, she will provide advocacy, support, home visits, group services, and other family related services to children and families affected by trauma. Before coming to CornerHouse, Nikki worked as a school-based therapist in West Central Minnesota through Lutheran Social Service of MN, where she provided individual, group and family therapy for kids (10-18 years old). Nikki also has experience working with children and families at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN, where she helped with the development of research protocols and enrollment of families into various trauma related and medical research studies. She has held several positions at different YMCA facilities as well and enjoys any opportunity she can get to work with and get to know new kids and families.

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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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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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PATRICIA HARMON, MSW - Executive Director

Patricia is responsible for the overall management of the organization, including financial management, fund development, and continued development of programming to meet the mission of CornerHouse. Patricia has over 25 years of experience working in not-for-profit leadership, the majority of which has been in the field of child welfare. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work, and received the Buckman Fellowship in Philanthropy from the University of Minnesota. Patricia currently serves on the board of the Minnesota Social Service Association.

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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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JILL HAYES, Training Director and Forensic Interviewer

Jill started at CornerHouse in December 2013 as the Training Outreach Coordinator, was later promoted to a Forensic Interviewer and Trainer, and most recently promoted to the Training Director. Jill now splits her time at CornerHouse serving as the Training Director and as a Forensic Interviewer. CornerHouse may be a local nonprofit organization, but Jill loves the CornerHouse Trainings provide the opportunity to have a broader impact across the state, country, and globe. Prior to joining CornerHouse, Jill worked for a number of youth-serving nonprofit organizations ranging in services from social justice and arts programming to autism therapy. Jill has also ventured into the for-profit world as an entrepreneur and owns two art businesses with her husband. Jill holds a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University.

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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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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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ANGELA LEWIS-DMELLO, Family Services Director

Angela is the Family Services Director at CornerHouse. She received a bachelor’s degree in global studies and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. At CornerHouse, she oversees client advocacy, case management, therapeutic home visiting, and support group services to children and families affected by trauma. Angela has a background in program development and evaluation, clinical training and supervision, and conducting trauma treatment research through the Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) model. Angela is a Community Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. She previously worked as the Director of Client Services at Domestic Abuse Project, consultant/ psychotherapist at Lutheran Social Services- Refugee Services, and as a psychotherapist with The Center for Victims of Torture.

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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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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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TESS SALEN, Forensic Services Intern

Tess is a current student at Hamline University St Paul, going for a BA in Criminology/Criminal Justice, and joined CornerHouse May of 2018 as a Forensic Services Intern. She will be assisting the Forensic Services Specialists, including Client Services, while also helping out with various projects. Tess will be bringing her knowledge of the Criminal Justice System to help navigate her way through CornerHouse and what it has to offer to children and families. She also hopes to use her time at CornerHouse to understand each staff members’ role and how they contribute to the CornerHouse Client Centered values.

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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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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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RACHEL THOMAS - Family Services Intern

Rachel Thomas is a Family Services Intern at Corner House. She received her Bachelor's of Psychology Degree at Minnesota State University, Mankato and is currently working on completing her final year of her Master's in Social Work at Simmons College School of Social Work with a clinical focus on children and families. She serves clients in the Home Visiting program, Case Management program, Support groups, as well as Play Therapy clients. Rachel's background consists mostly of work with adults who struggle with serious and persistent mental health issues and co-occuring substance abuse disorders. She has experience providing therapy to adults with PTSD, depressive, and anxiety symptoms, as well as working with young adults in a therapeutic setting.

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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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