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Conference Speaker Bios

Cornerstone’s 10th Midwest Conference on Interpersonal Violence and Abuse
November 8 and 9, 2018
Doubletree by Hilton, Bloomington, Minnesota

Speaker Bios

Mark Wynn (Opening Keynote)

Lt. Mark Wynn is a 21- year member of the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department.  He served as Lieutenant to the Domestic Violence Division and was a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team for fifteen years. He is the recipient of numerous commendations, awards and certificates, including the 1995 National Improvement of Justice Award and the 1998 Nashvillian of the Year Award.


Olga Trujillo, JD (Closing Keynote)

Olga Trujillo is an attorney, speaker, author and survivor. Her experience over the past 26 years has been as a private attorney, an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and a consultant to many local, state and national organizations. Olga is an internationally sought speaker and author.

Olga is featured in the video “A Survivor’s Story”, a documentary and training video based on her personal experience of violence. Olga has authored a number of articles and publications. Her memoir, “The Sum of My Parts”, was released in October 2011. She also co-authored a Handbook for Attorneys “Representing Domestic Violence Survivors Who Are Also Experiencing Trauma and Mental Health Challenges and a Tip sheet entitled “Preparing Survivors for Court”.


Amanda Colegrove

Amanda Colegrove is the Safe Harbor Expansion Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Health. She manages the process of integrating labor trafficked youth up to age 24 into Minnesota’s response to human trafficking. Previously, she was the organizer for the Coalition Against Trafficking & Exploitation (CATE) in St. Louis.  Along with coordinating the coalition’s work of raising public awareness, she trained law enforcement, social service providers and healthcare professionals to recognize human trafficking in their professional setting. For her master’s degree she developed a model for assessing the risk of human trafficking in Missouri using qualitative characteristics known to increase the likelihood of trafficking in persons, which is being used in the St. Louis/Southern Illinois region to target new geographies for prevention and awareness.


Mervyn Davies, MA, LPC, CACIII, FAPA

Mervyn Davies has an MA in counseling, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Addictions Counselor III, an Approved Domestic Violence Treatment Provider, an Approved Sex Offender Treatment Provider and Evaluator. He has 32 years of experience working with adult and juvenile domestic violence and sex offenders. He is a member of the Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) and served as vice chair. He was appointed to the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) in 2013 and was very active in the development of the new domestic violence standards; he was recently voted Chairman in April 2017. Mervyn co-authored the Domestic Violence Risk & Needs Assessment (DVRNA) currently being utilized on all Colorado domestic violence offenders. He has done research in the areas of sexual interest and intimate partner sexual violence. He is currently in private practice and works as a clinical supervisor. He is a co-founder of the LOOK Assessment sexual interest test used internationally on sex offenders.  He has provided a multitude of trainings at a national level including workshops for various probation departments, state agencies and nonprofits for the past 15 years. He has been a consultant for CBS News and has appeared on the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather,” “48 Hours” and the A & E Channel. Mervyn has received the Fellow Status with the Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers (ATSA) and the American Psychotherapy Association (APA).


Tim Gregory, MA, LADC, LPCC Licensing Candidate

Tim received his BA in Cognitive Psychology and International Relations from the University of Minnesota at Morris.  He went on to complete his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University.  Tim completed his CD internships in Cedar Ridge in Stillwater and worked there for two years before joining the Progress Valley team in November 2016.  He brings a healthy knowledge and background of mindfulness and various behavior therapies as he works towards his LPCC.


Vanessa Kissinger, MA, LADC

Vanessa has been involved with Progress Valley since 2013, starting as an intern and a CD Tech at the Women’s Program. In the spring of 2014, she joined the clinical team at the Men’s Program as a primary counselor and in 2016 she transitioned into her current role as Vocational Counselor. Vanessa received her Bachelor’s degree in Alcohol & Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University. While working as a LADC, she began seeing a larger need for the clients and the recovering community. She completed her Master’s degree in Advocacy and Political Leadership from Metropolitan State University. Vanessa is a person in long-term recovery and is passionate about advocating for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.


Madeline Lohman

Madeline Lohman is a Senior Researcher with The Advocates for Human Rights. She conducts research, education and legislative advocacy on immigrant rights and human trafficking in Minnesota. She published a report on labor trafficking and exploitation in 2016 and continues combating human trafficking through training, protocol development and further research. She also specializes in trainings and technical assistance on human rights advocacy for social justice organizations, as well as international monitoring and reporting, primarily on the death penalty.


Tyler Osterhaus

Tyler Osterhaus is an artist, advocate and anti-violence educator. Tyler has managed and developed domestic violence and sexual assault prevention programs within local, state and federal government, including the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program. Tyler currently coordinates school-based prevention education and advocacy programs for youth in the Hennepin County area public schools with Cornerstone Advocacy Services School-Based Services Program.


Sam Simmons

Sam Simmons, AA, LADC has over 28-years of experience as a behavioral consultant specializing in practical culturally sensitive trauma-informed work with African American males and their families, focusing on addressing chemical dependency, interpersonal violence and historical trauma. For over nine years, Sam developed and managed a culturally-specific trauma-informed project and curriculum that engages African American males to promote healthy relationships, with the goal of ending violence against women and girls and community violence.  Sam is an Adverse Childhood Experience Interface Trainer in the state of Minnesota. He received the 2016 Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma Award and the Black Tear Drop Award for his vision and leadership in culturally sensitive trauma-informed work in the community and around the country. In 2017, Sam received the Champions for Children Award for his work in making the world a better place for children from the Minnesota Communities Caring for Children. He is co-host of “Voices” radio show on KMOJ FM that addresses issues of the urban community. Sam is co-creator the Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing conference called “Groundbreaking and Visionary”.


Jane Straub

Jane Straub is the Victim Assistance Specialist for Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC), a program of Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. In this role, Jane trains and educates on topics related to violence and prevention, and supports and advocates for victims and families struggling with the effects of abuse or neglect.

Jane has been working with youth and families for nearly 25 years, and in the field of violence prevention and intervention for almost 20 years. She advocates for and provides support to victims, families and allies of those experiencing any type of child maltreatment, exploitation, stalking and sexual assault or domestic violence.

In addition, Jane trains nationally on topics such as missing persons, domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking, trafficking, bullying/cyberbullying, reproductive coercion, healthy relationships, consent, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) research and trauma-informed care. Jane collaborates with those in the fields of law enforcement, healthcare, education, social services and business to collectively connect the dots of risk and prevention, provide coordinated services and create hope for children and families.

Jane received her degree from Arizona State University with a major in Speech Language Pathology/Audiology and a minor in Spanish. She earned a certificate in American Sign Language from St. Paul College and Coaching from Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL).


Nancy Ver Steegh, JD, MSW

Nancy Ver Steegh, J.D., M.S.W., is a professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, where she teaches courses on family law, domestic violence, family law residency, and family mediation. Her publications include articles exploring domestic violence in the context of child-related decision making and implications for processes such as mediation, collaborative law, court system triage, and establishment of parenting time in child support proceedings. She is the coauthor of two family law texts, Work of the Family Lawyer and Family Law: Examples & Explanations, and she is a member of the board of editors of the Family Court Review.

Professor Ver Steegh is a consultant to the Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP) and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). She served on the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and as the President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). She was the reporter for the AFCC task force that developed guidelines for child custody evaluators examining the effects of intimate partner violence on children and parenting.

Professor Ver Steegh previously worked as a legal aid attorney concentrating on law reform in the areas of domestic violence, housing, public benefits, and civil rights. She has trained police, judges, prosecutors, and domestic violence professionals across the United States, Canada and Turkey.