John is Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. John is an authority on legal and historical aspects of child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual assault, elder abuse, family law, and mental health law. John has written or edited 14 books and 146 articles and chapters on subjects related to interpersonal violence. His writing has been cited by more than 200 courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. John has given more than 400 presentations across the United States and abroad. John represents children in juvenile court dependency proceedings, and victims of domestic violence in restraining order trials.
Dr. James Mercy
James A. Mercy, PhD, is the Director of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. In this role, he provides leadership to innovative research and science-based programs to prevent violence and reduce its consequences. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology from Emory University.
Dr. Mercy has worked to develop the public health approach to violence prevention for more than 30 years. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Mercy oversaw global activities in DVP and implemented surveys on violence against children in developing countries as part of a global partnership called Together for Girls with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the World Health Organization (WHO), and others.
As a researcher, Dr. Mercy has authored more than 200 publications that span the areas of child maltreatment, youth and intimate partner violence, homicide, suicide, and assault-related injuries. He has received honors from CDC, the Public Health Service (PHS) and Research America for his sustained outstanding leadership in bringing about the recognition of violence as a public health problem. He also served as a co-editor of the World Report on Violence and Health prepared by WHO and on the Editorial Board of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Study of Violence Against Children.
Kevin Mulcahy is a survivor of child sexual abuse. He works as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit and serves as the Executive Assistant United States Attorney. With a caseload focused on child exploitation crimes, including production of child pornography and traveler cases, Kevin has also prosecuted cases involving firearms, drugs, bank robberies, threats, and a variety of federal prosecutions.
A federal prosecutor since 2002, Kevin obtained his undergraduate degree in Statistics and American Culture from the University of Michigan and his JD from Santa Clara School of Law. He has 3 kids, 2 cats, and a very nice wife.
Dr. Michael Bourke
Dr. Michael Bourke is the Chief Psychologist for the United States Marshals Service and serves as the head of the USMS Behavioral Analysis Unit. Prior to joining the Marshals Service he worked as a clinical psychologist for the federal prison system assigned to the Sex Offender Treatment Program, Hypersexuality Management Program, and the Commitment and Treatment Program for Sexually Dangerous Persons at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, North Carolina.
Dr. Bourke is a graduate of the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute. He is a regular consultant to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies on matters pertaining to sexual criminality, interviewing/interrogation techniques, and psychological safeguarding of law enforcement personnel.
An active researcher, Dr. Bourke co-authored the “Butner Study,” published seminal work on the use of Tactical Polygraph with sex offenders and has also published extensively in the area of child exploitation, staff wellness and psychological safeguarding. His clinical and research interests include the assessment of sexual offenders, the art of interviewing and interrogation, the detection of deception, secondary stress among law enforcement personnel, and investigative profiling.
He has served as an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University, Nova Southeastern University, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. In 2008 he received the highest research honor awarded in the field of child exploitation by the United Kingdom’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, and was awarded the 2009 Pro-Humanitate Literary Award by the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare.
Ju’Riese Colón is the National Vice President of Child & Club Safety for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In this capacity, she is responsible for leading the child safety policies and initiatives for more than 1,100 Boys & Girls Clubs Organizations and nearly 4,300 Boys & Girls Club locations across the United States, including those located on Native lands and military bases.
Ms. Colón formerly served as the Executive Director of Prevention & Outreach for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). She led NCMEC’s prevention and education programs related to child abduction and sexual exploitation and their delivery to children, families, and the public. Ju’Riese was with NCMEC for 15 years.
Her professional experience also includes leading prevention and outreach initiatives with youth serving organizations serving families, educators, law enforcement, and diverse communities. Ms. Colón is an experienced child advocate and serves as an expert on issues related to child safety. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she received degrees in both Criminal Justice and Spanish. She also holds a degree from the Proyecto Lingüístico Francisco Marroquín in Antigua, Guatemala.
Justin Fitzsimmons is the Program Manager of the High Tech Training Services division of SEARCH Group, Inc. As a nationally-recognized legal authority on technology-facilitated crimes against children, he trains at national, state and local conferences on the subject of sexual and physical crimes against children. Mr. Fitzsimmons serves on the executive board of the National Children’s Alliance and has significant experience as a prosecuting attorney.
Prior to joining SEARCH Group he was a Senior Attorney with the National District Attorneys Association managing NDAA’s technology-facilitated child exploitation unit. Before joining NDAA he was the supervisor of the Special Prosecutions Unit of the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office where he was assigned to the Child Advocacy Center and prosecuted sexual assault and severe physical abuse of children. He currently serves as Special Prosecutor in DeKalb County, Illinois.
John Shertzer is the Chief Programs Officer for Kiwanis International and directs Service Leadership Programs, including Key Club International, Circle K International, Builders Club, K-Kids, Aktion Club, and Key Leader. Over 400,000 individuals experience these clubs and programs each year.
John’s career has included work in higher education as a university administrator, work with college fraternities and sororities, and leadership and governance consulting for charitable organizations. These experiences have provided him with many opportunities to speak to audiences in 13 different nations and almost every state in the U.S.
John believes that through service clubs, young people can develop “service leadership,” which is the powerful force that occurs when a person discovers their heart to serve, answers their call to lead and summons their courage to engage. This force can be the answer for our world’s greatest challenges and with it, Kiwanis is building the greatest generation of service our world has ever known.
John belongs to the Kiwanis Club of Northwest Indianapolis. He is also leading efforts to start a new elementary school in central Indianapolis that just opened its doors. John is married to Ellen and they have three boys: Jack, Luke, and Ben. At home and work and everywhere in between, John believes that youth should be entrusted with the future and empowered to shape it.
John F. Clark
John F. Clark, former director of the United States Marshals Service and longtime child advocate, is the president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Clark, whose career with the USMS spanned 28 years, was appointed in 2006 as its ninth director by then-President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate. In 2011, Clark joined Lockheed Martin Corp. as its director of security, where he led a workforce of 250 professionals for the nation’s largest defense contractor. As director of the U.S. Marshals Service, Clark oversaw the daily operation of 94 district offices, 218 sub-offices, three foreign field offices and seven regional fugitive task force. Clark implemented and administered Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act, which directed the USMS to locate and apprehend fugitive sex offenders. He also oversaw the implementation and operation of the National Sex Offender Targeting Center. Clark has received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Federal Bar Association in recognition of superior service in protecting members of the judicial branch. The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association honored him as “Federal Law Enforcement Director of the Year” for his superior leadership of the USMS. Before joining the USMS, Clark worked for the U.S. Capitol Police and the U.S. Border Patrol. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree from Syracuse University.
Mark Engman is currently Senior Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for UNICEF USA. UNICEF USA’s Office of Public Policy and Advocacy, located in Washington, D.C., coordinates the organization’s strategy and activities to raise awareness on key issues of importance to children, working with other U.S. nongovernmental organizations; and addresses congressional interests and questions on issues relevant to UNICEF. Mark also represents UNICEF USA on the steering committee of the Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Mark previously managed public policy and advocacy for the Christian Children’s Fund, a nonprofit international development organization. Prior to that, he served an appointment as Staff Director in the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He also held positions at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and was Legislative Assistant in the office of U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon.
He earned an MBA from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; an MA from Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; and a BA from Colorado College.
Other involvement: DC Committee on Metabolic Disorders; School Without Walls High School advisory team; club lacrosse.
DAN MILLS PROGRAM MANAGER EDUCATION, OUTREACH, TRAINING & PREVENTION NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN
Dan Mills joined the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2009. As the Training Program Manager, he is responsible for managing NCMEC’s law enforcement training courses. He also identifies additional training needs and new markets/industries that play a role in the protection of children. Dan served as the project lead of the Forensic Interviewer Training program which resulted in a two-phase blended training curriculum that teaches law enforcement and other professionals how to conduct forensic interviews that involve a minor victim of commercial sexual exploitation. As a former Analyst within the Case Analysis Division, Dan worked cases of missing children and provided case managers and law enforcement with actionable intelligence on the whereabouts of missing children and their abductors. Mr. Mills holds a triple Bachelors of Science in Criminology, Psychology and Sociology from Drury University.
Michael V. Johnson
Director of Youth Protection, Boy Scouts of America
After three decades investigating child abuse as a law enforcement officer, Michael V. “Mike” Johnson became director of Youth Protection for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in August 2010, working closely with BSA executives and child maltreatment experts to confront the evolving threats to the safety of all youth, both in and out of Scouting. Mike serves on the national board of directors for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and is an internationally recognized expert and trainer on child abuse detection, investigation, and prevention.
Julie Novak has served as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s leading expert on child safety & youth protection for the past thirteen years, leading the nationwide advancement of effective child abuse prevention strategies. She’s provided training and consultation to thousands of professionals. She serves as a Board Member of the U.S. Center for Safe Sport, as Vice President of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation, and as a member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Advisory Group. She’s served as a member of Vice President Biden’s Gun Violence Task Force, and in numerous international, national, statewide and local leadership and advisory capacities.
She holds a BBA in Economics with a focus on public policy from the University of Iowa. Novak lives with her husband and two dogs on a horse ranch in Wisconsin.
Jason Lee was born in Atlanta and moved to Birmingham Alabama in 1986 when he was twelve years old. He was targeted by a sexual predator and for the next six years, was sexually molested by Don Corley. Ultimately, Jason was one of three victims who pressed charges and is directly responsible for Corley being in jail today. Jason is the founder of 30is30 - an organization with the sole purpose of generating public awareness that Don Corley could be released early from his jail sentence and channeling that public response to the AL Pardon and Parole Board. Today, Jason uses his past to chart a better future, advocating for justice and encouraging other survivors of child abuse finding ways to reclaim themselves.
Arrington currently serves as chief operating officer of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, an organization she helped charter through her work with the U.S. Olympic Committee, where she served as senior director, ethics and SafeSport. In 2012, Arrington was tasked with creating the USOC’s SafeSport initiative, which imposed safeguards and provided training and education related to emotional, physical and sexual misconduct – including bullying, hazing, harassment and abuse – throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. More recently, Arrington oversaw externalization of the program and the 2017 launch of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which independently investigates and resolves allegations of sexual misconduct for the USOC’s 47 member national governing bodies. In 2016, she served on the International Olympic Committee’s commission for sexual harassment and coauthored the organization’s Consensus Statement: Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Sport. Prior to joining the USOC, Arrington served as an associate with Reilly Pozner, LLP and Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, and is a member of the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee. Arrington earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Emory University, where she was a member of the varsity soccer team. She also holds a J.D. and master’s degree in biomedical ethics from the University of Virginia.