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SUSAN BALTO, Forensic Services Specialist - Medical Lead

Susan first became involved with CornerHouse as a Forensic Services Volunteer in July of 2014 while she was a student at the University of Minnesota. Susan graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance; and Psychology. After graduating, Susan joined CornerHouse as the Forensic Services Specialist - Medical Lead. Susan assists clients and medical personnel during the medical exams. She provides a supportive client environment that focuses on each child’s comfort and unique experience and needs. Prior to joining CornerHouse Susan had volunteer and intern experience working with the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital, Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, and Washburn Center for Children.

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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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CECELIA CASPRAM, MSW, Development Director

Cecelia works directly with individual donors, developing individual giving programs and spreading the word about the great work of CornerHouse, in order to increase its philanthropic support. Cecelia realized philanthropy was her passion after several years working in the nonprofit sector, as she saw how essential the funding was to accomplishing the mission of a nonprofit. She is always thrilled to help people help others through their philanthropic giving. She has a Masters degree in Social Work from UW-Milwaukee and a BA in English from the College of Saint Benedict-Saint John’s University.

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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, Forensic Interviewer

Jill brings over twelve years of experience in youth empowerment and over five years of experience in nonprofit management. Prior to joining CornerHouse, Jill was the co-founding Executive Director of EDIT, a nonprofit youth empowerment organization focused on social justice through service learning and the arts. Prior to forming EDIT, Jill worked with youth, adolescents, and adults with special needs. Jill holds a Master of Nonprofit Management degree from Hamline University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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MELISSA HENRY, Training Outreach Coordinator

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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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 Multidisciplinary 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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MAREN OTT, Forensic Services Specialist – Intake Lead

Maren began her work at CornerHouse as an intern while earning her graduate degree in Forensic Psychology, and was Client Services Lead for three years. Maren is now the Forensic Specialist Intake Lead, and she schedules appointments and coordinates with Law Enforcement and Child Protection in assessing the situation and family needs prior to interviews here at CornerHouse. Maren continues to work to help children and caregivers feel welcome and comfortable when they come to CornerHouse. Prior to joining CornerHouse, Maren was a childcare provider, home healthcare assistant, and security personnel.

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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 multidisciplinary 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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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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NECOLE WILLIAMS, Administrative Services Manager

In her capacity as Administrative Services Manager, Necole leads in the Administrative and Volunteer Program at CornerHouse. The Administrative Services Manager is responsible for the ongoing development/ implementation/ coordination of the CornerHouse volunteer program, and the administrative coordination which supports staff on a day-to-day basis. She is also responsible for managing the CornerHouse database, providing support for donor relations and special events. Necole attended St. Catherine University majoring in Accounting and has short terms goals to complete her Undergraduate degree in that area. Prior to joining CornerHouse, Necole has had an extensive career with 10+ years in the Accounting/Finance fields within multiple fortune 500 companies across the Twin Cities. Necole brings professional certification from the MAVA organization training module and has had past nonprofit experience where she served as the Secretary on the board for St. Paul Children’s Initiative back in 1998.

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