Opening Keynote – Audrey Prosper

Audrey Prosper

In 2009, Audrey Prosper almost lost her life after being sexually assaulted, brutally beaten with a hammer, and ultimately set on fire by her estranged husband. Since then Audrey made the decision to use her voice for good by speaking out and sharing the invaluable lessons she’s learned about how to thrive after violence and abuse. She also recently founded the women’s empowerment company, Your Thrive Tribe, where she educates women on how to thrive in all categories of their lives.

Afternoon Plenary Session – Ashlee Martlage, LMFT, CCTP

Ashlee Martlage

Ashlee N. Martlage is an advocate, responder, and clinician who specializes in trauma, relationships and resiliency. Ashlee has served as a consultant to national domestic violence organizations, facilitated numerous groups, public speaking events, and women’s retreats for survivors and continues to advocate for changes in public policy. She is currently completing her PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin where she studies trauma and resiliency in families of public safety officers. She facilitates trainings for law enforcement agencies in trauma-informed techniques, peer support and cultural competencies. She also promotes improved relationships between marginalized populations and law enforcement through skill building, training, and advocacy. She obtained her master’s degree at Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology in Clinical Psychology. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She served as a member of the Crisis Intervention Team with the San Diego Police Department and is a member of the Disaster Mental Health Services team with the American Red Cross. She currently serves as a clinician on the Traumatic Incident and Event Response (TIER) Team, National Resiliency Task Force covering Customs and Border Protection agencies.

Renee Casati

Renee Casati

Renee Casati, born in Boston and raised in New England, has over 20 years of film and media experience -- both in front of and behind the camera. Her credits are national and international in scope. Renee is especially honored and proud of her 2016 Associate Producer role, in conjunction with Sharlene Wells Hawks, for the national Vietnam 50th Commemoration documentary, “Long Journey Home.” Her continued close bond with these veterans has fueled her passion for building bridges with organizations including the Rape Recovery Center, the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, and all those with PTSD, connecting them to free available resources at the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah (BIAU). Renee is currently raising funds and awareness for her latest in-progress documentary “Born With a Chance,” which addresses ACEs and Youth Homelessness linking to childhood trauma. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Renee currently serves as the Marketing, Public Relations & Outreach Specialist for the BIAU.

Sariah Collard

Sariah Collard

Sariah Collard has been working with survivors of Rape and Sexual assault in a variety of capacities including: a BSW intern at USU SAAVI office, Rape Crisis Team Coordinator with the Center for Women and Children in Crisis, as a Therapist at the Center for Women and Children in Crisis, and as a Crisis Therapist – Victim’s Navigator at UVU SHS.

Diego Garcia

Diego Garcia

Detective Diego Garcia has worked in law enforcement for approximately seven years and has served as the department’s domestic violence investigator for the past year and a half. During this time, Diego has reviewed and/or investigated all of the department’s domestic violence incidents and has gained a substantial understanding of all of the nuances attached to a domestic violence investigation. Diego also works closely with the department’s victim advocate.

April Giauque, MEds

April Giauque, MEds

April T Giauque is a social empowerment coach, speaker, and published author who directs people to discover their worth so that they can navigate the chaos of life, illuminate their impact and become a Beacon of Light to the World! After she works with her clients they are empowered with truth and they strengthen their skills and apply it to their life! April shares her harrowing story of escaping the abyss of abuse from her ex-husband’s abuse, mental illness, and addiction to give hope and light to victims to become victors through a plan, for advocates to know their impact, and for supporters to know their value. She is the mother of nine children five of whom have special needs: four with Autism, two who are Deaf, and one of her deaf children has Autism. April has her Master’s degree in Special Education. She lives near Austin TX with her large family.

Tara Ivie, MS, ABD

Tara Ivie

Tara Ivie serves as the Senior Director of the Women’s Success Center at Utah Valley University. At UVU, the women’s center supports students from application to graduation – with a focus to recruit, retain, and graduate female students. She is completing her doctoral dissertation and as a researcher focuses on quantitative research of degree attainment in underrepresented populations. She regularly works with students and community members experiencing interpersonal violence and identifying paths to complete an education in support of finding healthier relationships.

Representative Ken Ivory, JD

Representative Ken Ivory

Utah Representative Ken Ivory (R-47) was elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 2010 and has just begun his fourth term in the House. Fortunately, because of bills like HB277 (2015), HB279 (2016), HB177 (2018), and several bills in the 2019 legislative session, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, victims of crime and victims exploited though imbalances of power continue to gain important protections and tools needed to heal and find a sense of justice. Representative Ivory earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese from Brigham Young University, and a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law. He is a successful practicing attorney/mediator.

Erin Jemison, MPA

Erin Jemison, MPA

Erin Jemison is the Director of Public Policy at YWCA Utah, advocating on behalf of Utah women and girls in the areas of economic advancement, racial justice, and health and safety. She also oversees Real Women Run at the YWCA—a collaborative nonpartisan initiative to empower women to participate fully in public life and civic leadership. Erin relocated to Utah after leading the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) as their Executive Director, where she also served as Chairperson of the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board. She also has over a decade of experience working directly with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Erin’s educational focus was on gender equity and she has a Bachelor’s in Sociology from William Smith College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Montana State University.

W. Glenn Lanham, MBA

W. Glenn Lanham

Glenn is a Virginia native who has been a part of the Utah non-profit community since 1993. He received both his BA and MBA from The College of William & Mary, and began serving as Executive Director for the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah in December 2015. Prior organizations served include the University of Utah, Special Olympics Utah, the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Utah Symphony/Utah Opera. Glenn is a caregiver for one of his sons who suffered a stroke at age 5 and a subsequent acquired brain injury, and who later received a full heart transplant at age 17. Glenn brings to his work a keen sense of the day-to-day reality of the impact of brain injury on a family, and the vital importance and challenges of such daily care. Glenn’s personal interests include music, songwriting, cooking, and all things sports.

Elle Martin

Elle Martin

Elle Martin is a Sgt. at Brigham Young University over Crime Prevention. She began her police career 15 years ago after working in the medical field prior. While working in an emergency room setting, she helped victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. During this time Sgt. Martin saw the need for more women in the police force. Her passion is educating and working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Rebecca McNairy, BSW

Rebecca McNairy, BSW

Rebecca McNairy is getting her master’s degree in Social Work from Utah Valley University. She is the coordinator of the first domestic violence pilot court to be implemented in Utah Valley. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in Family Science and a minor in English. She has put her Family Science degree to good use with 23 years of marriage and five children. She has been trained and volunteered at The Children’s Justice Center, Center for Women and Children in Crisis, and Grandfamilies program. These places inspire her and contribute to her deeply held belief in a person’s ability to learn, improve, and change, especially with support. She sings constantly, often spontaneously, and is always grateful if someone nearby can add some harmony.

Brandon Merrill, JD

Brandon Merrill

Brandon Merrill is the Executive Director of the Never Again Foundation – Utah Chapter. As an emerging voice for domestic violence survivors in Utah, Brandon works to highlight the struggles of survivors and expose legal loopholes in order to create a better legal system and help survivors obtain healing through the courts.

Jennifer Oxborrow

Jennifer Oxborrow

Jenn is the Executive Director of the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, a private, non-profit organization federally recognized as the statewide authority for best practices to support people impacted by domestic violence in Utah. In addition to her work in advocacy and direct service, Jenn has worked as a therapist in private practice serving adults and children with a history of trauma, victimization and serious behavioral health disorders. Prior to joining the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, Jenn served as an administrator with the Utah Department of Human Services in the Divisions of Substance Abuse and Mental Health and the Child and Family Services. Jenn has lived in Utah for over 15 years, and is a graduate of the University of Utah where she completed her graduate degree in Forensic Social Work and supported research about the quality of life in older adults who are living with serious, persistent mental illness. She is an active volunteer with the statewide Crisis Intervention Stress Management team, debriefing first responders after traumatic incidents. She shares a love of the outdoors with her two children and they have too many pets to count on one hand.

Lt. Cameron Paul

Lt. Cameron Paul

Lieutenant Cameron Paul has worked in law enforcement for nearly 10 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.

R. Keith Perkins, JD

R. Keith Perkins, JD

Keith Perkins is the Founding Attorney and Executive Director of the Never Again Foundation Legal Services, a groundbreaking non-profit legal charity dedicated to stopping killers from profiting from murder. Keith’s passion created the first and most successful legal organization of its kind in the nation – winning multiple cases for crime victims totaling over $288 million. He is the primary author of the strongest Slayer Statute in the nation. Keith is widely recognized as a leader of pioneering the cutting edge of legal practice dedicated to helping crime victims obtain hope, justice, and healing through civil judgments against criminals.

Andi Tremonte

Andi Tremonte

Andi Tremonte has an educational background in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies. Andi has been a Trans 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.

Dawna Whiting

Dawna Whiting

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