2018 Speakers and Presenters
Ann Budzak, M.D.
Ann Budzak is a pediatrician who has been in practice at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI for 27 years. Dr. Budzak is the medical director of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. She devotes most of her practice time to child abuse evaluations and foster care assessments. Evaluating drug endangered children is part of her daily practice. She also directs a clinic for babies and their parents with substance use disorder which provides intensive support, parenting education and health care in an effort to prevent child maltreatment and help parents successfully raise healthy children. Dr. Budzak is an active member of her county child death review board, child protection multidisciplinary team, DEC team and co-medical director of two CAC’s. She serves on the executive committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Child Abuse and Neglect as well as the WI DCF Opioid Steering Committee and the Leadership Team for the WI Child Abuse Network (WI CAN). She enjoys teaching medical students and residents about child abuse issues and assisted in making Gundersen Health System a No Hit Zone.
Detective (Ret.) William Marshall
Detective Marshall is a retired Spokane Police Detective with over 31 years of law enforcement experience. Detective Marshall worked as a detective and certified child interview specialist in the Special Victims Unit for 12 years. He has investigated over 1,200 sexual assaults, child physical abuse and neglect cases. He also tracked registered sex offenders. His main work in the special victims unit involved cases with victims who had disabilities. He has developed numerous courses of instruction in that type of investigation. Detective Marshall has been certified as a child interview specialist, defensive tactics instructor, and in many other fields. His work experiences include specialty positions on the SWAT Team, tactical team and as a certified bomb technician on the Spokane Regional Bomb Squad. Since his retirement in 2014, Detective Marshall works as a background investigator and police academy instructor. He teaches courses on Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Elderly Abuse and Violent Sexual Predators. He also teaches courses on how to apply all of these laws during criminal investigations. Detective Marshall has provided customized training for District 81 Security Officers in the areas of working with students with disabilities and in areas of sexual assault investigation. He has also provided customized training in Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Investigation for new investigators assigned to the Spokane Police Department SVU.
Sergeant Jim Sears
For over 30 years, Sgt. Jim Sears served as a law enforcement officer with the Irving, TX police department as a patrol officer, school resource officer, and as a detective in the Youth Services, Domestic Violence, and Child Abuse units. More recently, Jim was supervisor for the domestic violence, child abuse, and youth service units at the Irving Family Advocacy Center. A dedicated advocate of children, Sgt. Sears currently serves as a law enforcement consultant and instructor with several agencies including the Shaken Baby Alliance for the Serious Physical Child Abuse and SIDS program, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, Texas Municipal Police Association, and is on the design team for the new Fox Valley / OJJDP national training project for child abuse. Sgt. Sears is the 2011 Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center ‘s recipient of its Lt. Bill Walsh Award for career achievements in the field of child abuse investigations. Sgt. Sears frequently lectures on topics related to child abuse investigations, interview and interrogation, and crime scene investigations for domestic violence and child abuse. A father of three wonderful boys, Sgt. Sears is dedicated to bringing justice to the victims of domestic violence and child abuse.
Lynn Sheets, M.D.
Dr. Sheets is a board-certified child abuse pediatrician who has over twenty years of experience in evaluating children who are suspected to be maltreated. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and section chief of the Child Advocacy and Protection Division. She is also the Medical Director of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Child Advocacy and Protection Services (CAPS) which provides services to children in foster care and children suspected of being maltreated at the hospital and at multiple Child Advocacy Centers in Wisconsin. In addition to her clinical experience and community activities, Dr. Sheets is an educator on child maltreatment. She is an active member of the Injury Research Center at Medical College and teaches community groups, medical students, residents and fellows about violence, intentional and unintentional injuries, child maltreatment, and conditions that can be mistaken for child abuse. She was instrumental in developing the accredited child abuse pediatrics fellowship at the Medical College which is one of the first in the nation to be accredited. Her research interests include child abuse prevention, early detection of abuse and abusive head trauma. In her clinical role, she provides expert child abuse consultations and court testimony in cases of suspected child maltreatment. She has a strong commitment to child maltreatment and violence prevention efforts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and nationally
Victor Vieth, JD, MA, is the founder of Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (Gundersen NCPTC) and has served as senior director since its inception in 2003. In this role, he develops long-term strategy for expanding Gundersen NCPTC and its programs nationally and internationally. He also teaches, publishes, creates programs and works on public policy issues related to child protection. Victor is in demand as a nationally recognized expert in the field of interpersonal violence. He speaks to audiences large and small at approximately 50 events each year. He has trained thousands of child protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigation, prosecution and prevention. He has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment. Victor gained national recognition for his work addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota. He has been named to the President's Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association also named him one of the “21 Young Lawyers Leading Us Into the 21st Century.” Victor is regularly asked to consult with legislators around the country regarding policy and reform and has testified in front of the United States Senate. Numerous foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Columbia, have sought his expertise to guide them as they create and implement ground breaking child protection policies. Victor has published countless articles related to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect. He is author of “Unto the Third Generation,” a bold initiative that outlines the necessary steps we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations.
Breakout Session Presenters
Nicole Milliren, M.S., LPC
Nicole Milliren, M.S. LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her focus is brain development, trauma and the impact on the developing child and attachment disruptions over the lifespan of children. She has been trained by William F Whelan, Psy.D, co-director of the Mary D. Ainsworth Child- Parent Attachment Clinic in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is certified and reliable in the Circle of Security Intervention for attachment assessment and individual therapy. Nicole is also a certified Circle of Security trainer and consultant. Nicole is also a certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapist (TF-CBT). Nicole founded the Coulee Region Child Abuse Prevention Task Force. Nicole is very passionate about supporting children who have been exposed and/or experienced trauma. Nicole is a mental health liaison for Spence elementary, is on the child maltreatment conference planning board and is part of the new eight year mental health grant, “Better Together”. Nicole is a strong advocate and supporter of implementing trauma informed care with counties, agencies and the community. She has been training Trauma informed 8-week course for caregivers and providers for the past four years. Nicole received her bachelors in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, a social work degree from Winona State University and a master’s degree from Winona State in Counselling. She is constantly learning and searching for information and research to support and strength families raising children with emotional and behavioral needs. Nicole previously worked as a clinical therapist and a child protection social worker at La Crosse County Human Services for 22 years.