Kit will be discussing the needed relationship between Domestic violence survivors and law enforcement/ judicial officials
Kit is a survivor of domestic violence who has worked as an advocate for battered women and their children for almost 30 years. As a renowned community educator, she has trained scores of advocates, criminal justice professionals (law enforcement, prosecutors, magistrates, and judges), health care providers, clergy, legislators, educators, and other allied professionals, and has guest lectured at colleges, universities, medical and law schools, schools of social work and public heath, and departments of sociology, women’s studies, and psychology on violence against women and children.
In 1996, while she was working at Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services in Pittsboro, NC, she created and managed the BRIDGES Program, one of the first Coordinated Community Response (CCR) programs in North Carolina.
In 2012, she graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina with a BS in Sociology (concentration in gender-based violence).
For the last eighteen years, she has been a Subject Matter Expert and trainer for California POST (Peace Officers Standards and Training), helping develop training films and curricula for first responders, public safety dispatchers, and hostage/crisis negotiators. She has served as an expert witness for battered women in both state and federal court.
She is the subject of Private Violence, an intimate and compelling documentary on domestic violence that premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and premiered on HBO on October 20, 2014.
Shareene and Karalyn will be discussing how law enforcement and judicial officials (Judges and DA's) can prevent adding to the already traumatized DVA victim.
Shareene is the founder and executive director of SAVVE. She is a survivor of domestic abuse. She has a masters of education in Curriculum and Instruction. She is in the last stages of completing her PhD in Psychology, She has studied Domestic violence and law enforcement and judicial officials for three years and Healing and empowerment of female DVA survivors for three years.
Karalyn is the President of SAVVE. She is a survivor of domestic abuse. She has spent several years in and out of court with her abuser. She has a BS in
Ashlee will be discussing "You have a right to remain RESILIENT: Taking responsibility for healing."
Ashlee N. Fisher is from California and is currently a Counseling Psychology PhD student at Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology, where she is studying the impact of traumatic experiences and resiliency in military and law enforcement families. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in behavior and neuroscience. She completed her clinical training and obtained her master’s degree at Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in both California and Texas and California is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
Rob will be discussing; How the Washington County Commission protects bad apples and undermines your safety and family integrity
Rob Latham is an attorney recognized for his advocacy by the Utah Parental Defense Alliance, most recently as its 2019 Appellate Attorney of the Year
Oscar Will be talking on How do men play a part in the work of Domestic violence.
Oscar was born and raised in the bay area of California by parents who emigrated from the South Pacific Islands of Tonga in the late 1950s. For the past 35 years, he have worked in the human service industry. He began my career in Youth Corrections as a counselor and have continued as a trainer and facilitator in residential treatment centers. He has spent years training staff members in various facilities who work one-on-one with individuals of special needs or have been placed outside of their homes. He continues to mentor and address various cultural and religious groups, high school and college athletic teams, conduct professional training for multiple businesses and share messages of promise and potential for people around the country as an inspirational and motivational speaker. He is currently life-coach for those who experience day-to-day struggles. The best part of what he does is watching people heal by embracing their fears and vulnerability and figure out how to overcome adversity. “My heart is my compass.”-Oscar Fakahua
Adam AhQuin is the owner of Second Chances in Southern Utah. He will discussing the "Growing Principals of Healing from Abuse."
With a strong understanding of the healing process, his philosophy of the growing principles has been put the test and has been found very successful in his Christian based treatment facility for girls. He has a strong background in psychology and the understanding of the therapeutic world, he will be sharing his growing principles that have changed so many young womens' lives.
Susi is the founder of PIK2AR. She will be speaking on Post Traumatic Growth
Susi Feltch-Malohifo’ou is the Executive Director of PIK2AR, Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources a strength-based ecosystem as one impacts another. PIK2AR focuses on anti violence, economic impact preserving and perpetuating all Pacific Island cultures with dignity, help and self empowerment. We create alliances and bridge communities education, resources, support, opportunities and connections to improve the whole health of communities, one person at a time from the inside out.Ms Susi is a transracial adoptee that was born in the Kingdom of Tonga and moved to New Zealand when she was 5 years old, graduated High School from Vernal, Utah and introduced to her ethnic community when attending college playing volleyball in Northern California. She is an ex felon and a survivor of domestic & sexual violence.Susi is an avid learner and active in the community. Serves on the Salt Lake County Mayor's Human Rights Committee, Governors ASCENT Community Engagement Committee to reduce recidivism, Utah County Zoo, Arts, & Parks Ambassador and serves as Mentor and Thought Leader. She has received many awards and accolades for her work. Last month she received the 2018 FBI Directors Community Leadership award for the state of Utah in DC was recognized as an AAPI Progressive Champion and received the Alignable.com’s Salt Lake City’s 2018 Small Businessperson of the Year in March 2019. Susi moved back to Salt Lake City, Utah when she married her husband 9 years agoAnd has a 4 legged German Shorthair Pointer son named “Preacher”. She spends several months a year living in her home country of Tonga where she swims with humpback whales and operates a yacht travel business. www.pik2ar.org
Susan will be talking about; How to be your own best legal advocate
Susan works with several different abuse groups. She is working on her bachelors in Psychology.
Tools and resources to move forward and the effects of Covid on Domestic Violence.
Cencira is one of PIK2AR’s Co-Founders and current Case Manager Coordinator for PIK2AR’s Empowered Living Services program. She is a proud Samoan-American single mother of an incredibly gifted teenage daughter who keeps her busy, humbled and grateful everyday for the village who has helped her raise her daughter. She is a graduate of Snow College with an Associates in General Education and working towards her Bachelors of Social Work at the University of Utah. She is also a graduate of the Westside Leadership Institute and participant of the community program partnered with Neighborworks SLC and University of Utah that provides education on community leadership and engagement and college credits.
Cencira comes from a big family of fourteen children and two amazing parents who both migrated from American Samoa. Cencira has a deep love for her people and advocating for her community. Her greatest mentor in her life: Susi Feltch Malohifo’ou.
Rob will be discussing the topic " Should funds be shifted from police to social workers? "
Rob Latham is an attorney recognized for his advocacy by the Utah Parental Defense Alliance, most recently as its 2019 Appellate Attorney of the Year and represented the prevailing appellant in a landmark parental rights case issued by the Utah Supreme Court, In re B.T.B., 2020 UT 60
Diana will be speaking on Art therapy and how it helps in the healing process.Being the daughter of Glen Blakely, Diana was raised with art as a way of life. She has had a lot of experience with Art her entire life coupled with her major in college being therapy, makes for the perfect combination for Art therapy.
Melanie will be sharing her story and explain the importance of Caitlynn's Law. Melanie is from Texas.
She Melanie will talk about the murder of her daughter, Caitlynne, and how it was even possible for Caitlynnes husband to be released from jail. With charges against him piling up, Melanie and her daughter didn’t believe he would be bailed out. However, he ended up being let out of jail without bail. He was set free on a personal recognizance bond. It is now Melanie’s mission to get a law passed in her daughter’s name. “Caitlynne’s Law” would ensure that violent offenders like Caitlynne’s husband won’t slip through the cracks and be released from jail with no accountability.