Opening Keynote – Leslie Morgan Steiner

Leslie Morgan Steiner

At 22, Leslie Morgan Steiner seemed to have it all: a Harvard diploma, a glamorous job at Seventeen magazine, a funky New York City apartment. Plus a handsome, funny, street-smart boyfriend who adored her. But behind a façade of success, this golden girl hid a dark secret. She’d made a mistake shared by millions: she fell in love with the wrong person.

At first Leslie and Conor seemed as perfect together as their fairytale wedding. Then came the fights she tried to ignore: he pushed her down the stairs of the house they bought together, poured coffee grinds over her hair as she dressed for a critical job interview, choked her during an argument, and threatened her with a gun. Several times, he came close to making good on his promise to kill her. With each attack, Leslie lost another piece of herself.

Gripping and utterly compelling, New York Times bestseller Crazy Love takes you inside the violent, devastating world of abusive love. Why did Leslie stay? She thought she loved him. Find out for yourself if she had fallen truly in love – or into a psychological trap.

Today, Leslie Morgan Steiner is an expert on violence against women and other women’s issues. Her TED Talk about surviving domestic violence, titled “From the Ivy League to a Gun at My Head,” has been viewed by over six million people. She has served as a board member for the One Love Foundation, in honor of slain University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love; the National Domestic Violence Hotline; Liz Claiborne’s MADE council; and as former spokeswoman for The Harriet Tubman Center in Minneapolis, the country’s oldest shelter for abused women. She is a regular national television and radio guest, appearing on National Public Radio, NBC’s Today Show, The Diane Rehm Show, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and other programs. She holds a BA in English from Harvard College. Her first job was as an editor at Seventeen Magazine; she financed her MBA in Marketing from Wharton by writing for Seventeen, Mademoiselle, New England Monthly and Money Magazine.

As an author and international speaker, Steiner’s subject is women. She is the editor of the anthology Mommy Wars and a former parenting columnist for washingtonpost. com. Her other books include The Naked Truth (2019), about aging and female sexuality, and The Baby Chase (2014), which explores the ethics of global surrogacy. 

She lives in Washington, DC, New York and New Hampshire.

Afternoon Plenary Session – Ali Crandall, Ph.D. MPH

Ali Crandall

Ali Crandall, Ph.D., MPH, is an assistant professor in the department of Public Health at Brigham Young University. She received her masters from Loma Linda University and her PhD from Johns Hopkins University (both degrees were in public health). Her research focuses on the role of families in public health and the effects of family experiences during childhood on adult mental and cognitive health.

Barry Burnette, Jr. JD

Barry Burnette

Barry C. Burnette, Jr. is currently a Senior Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which is the largest criminal investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He is a managing partner of LYCUS Security Operations Group, LLC, a security company that specializes in executive/VIP protection and tactical training for corporations, law enforcement and private citizens. Barry has combined almost two decades of professional law enforcement experience with a strong legal background as a former practicing criminal defense attorney in Lansing, Michigan. Barry’s law enforcement career has afforded him criminal investigator experiences both domestically and internationally. Barry holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology from Brigham Young University and a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University School of Law

Trish Crump, RN, SANE-A

Trish Crump

Trish has been a nurse for 15 years, including 10 years with IMSU and five years with Safe and Healthy Families as a pediatric forensic nurse. She has been a forensic nurse for 11 years. Trish began working for Wasatch Forensic Nurses as an adolescent/adult forensic nurse in 2014. She is part of the leadership team, and her responsibilities include resource nurse, law enforcement liaison, court liaison, and education coordinator. Trish has specialized training in strangulation & interpersonal violence, touch DNA, and evidence collection.

Trish Crump is a SANE Educator for UCASA. Her role as an educator is to support the sexual assault nurse examiner teams caring for adolescent/adult patients reporting acute sexual assault. Trish received her associate of nursing degree in 2004, her BSN in 2020, and is currently working on a masters of nursing. She is certified as an adolescent/adult sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE-A). She was the recipient of the SAAM Award (Sexual Assault Awareness) in 2016.

Leisa Mukai

Leisa Mukai

Leisa Mukai is the Director of Prevention and Awareness at Peace House, a domestic violence agency located in Park City, Utah. She began her career in education and transitioned into domestic violence. In her 10-year career, she has worked as an Advocate, a Crisis line Advocate, a Lead Teacher in a children’s crisis drop-in daycare, and as a presenter in schools and at community events on the complex issues of interpersonal violence. In her free time, she enjoys reading and travel to warm locations.

Diego Garcia

Diego Garcia

Detective Diego Garcia has worked in law enforcement for approximately eight years and has served as the department’s domestic violence investigator for the past two and a half years. During this time, Diego has reviewed and/or investigated all of the American Fork Police Department’s domestic violence incidents. He has gained a substantial understanding of all of the nuances attached to a domestic violence investigation from initial response to adjudication. Diego also works closely with the department’s victim advocate.

Becky Ivory

Becky Ivory

Becky Ivory is an engaging, speaker who has dealt with the all-too-common challenges of a broken family, anxiety, childhood sexual abuse and an eating addiction. Helping others move past their seemingly insurmountable barriers to live a life of success and significance is her driving mission. An award-winning teacher, Becky is passionate about helping people prevent childhood sexual abuse by teaching healthy external and internal boundaries that can not only help prevent sexual abuse, but also transform victims into survivors. In her spare time, Becky loves to sing, read, or hang out with her growing family.

Bobbi Kassel

Bobbi Kassel

Bobbi Kassel is an Associate Professor and serves as the current Department Chair in the Criminal Justice Department at Utah Valley University. She began her career in higher education at UVU as an academic advisor in the Criminal Justice Department almost 26 years ago where she advocated for students and assisted them in navigating their university experience. After finishing her graduate degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Utah, she began teaching a Victimology class as an adjunct faculty member. She later became a full-time faculty member and still considers herself an advocate for students and now - also for victims of crime.

Becca Kearl

Becca Kearl

Becca Kearl is the Founder and Director of CourtWatch, a courtroom monitoring initiative where data collection on cases dealing with domestic violence and sexual assault is amplified by regular community conversations around those issues. At her core, she believes that as we understand the problems that face us, we can come together as a community to support those affected.

Adam Koeneman

Adam Koeneman

Adam Koeneman is currently a Senior Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which is the largest criminal investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He is a managing partner of LYCUS Security Operations Group, LLC, a security company that specializes in executive/VIP protection and tactical training for corporations, law enforcement and private citizens. Adam has combined two decades of professional law enforcement experience and his experience as a soldier for 13 years in US Army Special Operations to develop courses and programs to help save lives. Adam developed the active shooter response program later adopted by the state of Texas and recognized as the “gold standard” by the FBI. Adam’s unique military and federal law enforcement career has afforded him criminal investigator experiences both domestically and internationally. Adam holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University.

Quenette L. Walton, Ph.D.

Quenette Walton

Dr. Quenette L. Walton is a consultant for the Alliance for Local Service Organizations (ALSO) on two national technical assistance grants one working with the STOP Technical Assistance to Administrators Resource (STAAR) Project and another working with the Underserved Technical Assistance Project. In this capacity, Dr. Walton does work that focuses on the intersection of race, social class, gender, mental health, community violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. In addition, Dr. Walton is a contributor of ALSO’s Administrators’ Corner, a publication focusing on substantive and administrative topics related to the Violence Against Women Act STOP Formula Grants Program. Dr. Walton’s prior work experience has spanned across multiple systems—child welfare, schools, and community mental health facilities—where she provided mental health services to children and families. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Westside Domestic Abuse Project which is now called the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace, Inc. from 2005-2007. She is also a licensed clinical social worker. Dr. Walton earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work. She holds MSW in social work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan.

Lt. Cameron Paul

Lt. Cameron Paul

Lieutenant Cameron Paul has worked in law enforcement for nearly 12 years in multiples capacities. Cameron has served as the investigative division commander over multiple domestic violence-related homicides and attempted homicides, in addition to numerous domestic violence investigations. Cameron also supervises the victim advocacy program and the leads a team of detectives including a domestic violence investigator.

Suzanne Smith

Suzanne Smith

Suzanne Smith is a victim advocate for the American Fork Police Department. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and is currently focusing on advocacy work as it relates to victims of domestic violence and children in child abuse and other cases.

Andi Tremonte

Andi Tremonte

Andi Tremonte has an educational background in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies. Andi has been a Transgender support group facilitator and Safe Zone trainer for OUTreach Resource Centers in Northern Utah. They have facilitated LGBTQ+ cultural competency trainings throughout Utah for Starbucks Coffee Company, local organizations, universities, UCASA, Rape Recovery Center, and various community members. Furthermore, Andi is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition. Andi supports domestic violence service providers, sexual assault programs, and government organizations in Utah, offering support services for underserved clients as well as trainings and technical assistance. Andi is an avid sasquatch enthusiast whose hobbies include; Dungeons and Dragons, Starfinder, Pathfinder, board games, hanging out with their cats - Jorge and Toriko, and the outdoors: except water, everything but water.

Olga Trujillo, JD

Olga Trujillo

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, 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 for New Harbinger Publications entitled “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” which was released in January 2012 and a Tip sheet entitled “Preparing Survivors for Court” which was released in 2013.

Dawna Whiting

Dawna Whiting

Dawna Whiting has been a victim advocate for the American Fork Police Department for ten years. Dawna has assisted countless victims of myriad crimes, including violent crime, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Ten years of this work has exposed Dawna to a substantial variety of cases, victims, victim needs, obstacles and challenges. She has presented to other departments regarding the role and need for victim advocates, and has helped to both train and serve as a resource to other agencies implementing a victim advocacy program.