Snohomish County Vulnerable Adult Abuse Conference
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)
Senior Services of Snohomish County and The Snohomish County
Vulnerable Adult Abuse Task Force
invite you to attend:
The 2015 Snohomish County
Vulnerable Adult Abuse Conference
***Approved by the NASW for 6 CEUs if attending the full day***
Here's a look at the day:
7:45-8:30 Registration/Check-In/Morning Refreshments
8:30 Welcome: Nathalie Gauteron, SSSC; Lori Stevens, SSSC; Dale Fukura,
Providence Intervention Center & Sno. Co. Vulnerable Abuse Task Force
8:45 Keynote: Sgt. Peter Noetzel, Everett Police Dept. Financial Crimes:
"Scams, Tips, and Investigating Financial Crimes"
10:00 Paula Newman-Skomski, Providence Intervention Center:
"Detecting Physical Abuse"
11:00 Zoe Merkel & Roy Mishra, Adult Protective Services:
"Investigating Allegations of Abuse"
11:30 Joanna Giles, Attorney General's Office:
"Obtaining a Vulnerable Adult Abuse Protection Order"
12:00 Lunch on your own
1:00 Breakout Session 1: (**Please indicate your choice when registering)
Room A) Amarinthia Toreres, Northwest Network: "Crimes Targeting
Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Groups"
Room B) June Oshiro & Chelsea Smith, Senior Services of Sno. Co.:
Room C) Officer Eddie Golden, Everett Police Dept.: "Crime Prevention...
2:10 Breakout Session 2: (**Please indicate your choice when registering)
Room A) Ann Vining, Northwest Justice Project: "Guardianship &
Power of Attorney: How to Obtain, How to Revoke"
Room B) Shayne Nagel & Jamie Coonts, The ARC of Sno. Co.: "Futures
Planning: Setting Up Protection for a Lifetime"
Room C) Jerry Gadek, Sno. Co. Veteran's Administration: "Buyer Beware:
VA Benefits, Claims, and What You Should Know"
3:20 Resource Frenzy!! “Services: How to Access, Qualify, and Get Help”
- Velvet Heaps, Victim Support Services
- Karla Potter, Domestic Violence Services
- Jessica McDougall, Family Caregiver Support, Senior Services of Sno. Co.
- Cara McCoy, Tulalip Tribes
- Jamie Graves-Kautz, Northwest Justice Project, Foreclosure Prevention Unit
4:30 Closing Remarks: Lori Stevens, Senior Services of Snohomish County
4:35 Surveys, Certificates, Networking
7:45-8:30: Registration (coffee, tea, and morning refreshments will be served)
Full Day conference with afternoon breakout sessions (info will be emailed to you regarding your preference for breakout sessions)
v PRESENTER INFO:
v Ann Vining, J.D., is an attorney at the Northwest Justice Project (NJP) office in Everett. She received her A.B. from Harvard University and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She has practiced law since 1979 as an attorney with one of the Washington State civil legal aid programs serving low income people, including NJP, Columbia Legal Services, Evergreen Legal Services, and Spokane Legal Services. Since 1982 her legal practice has included a focus on issues of concern to older adults, especially those who are low-income or vulnerable, with Older Americans Act funding to support this work. Ms. Vining’s work at NJP includes training, community education, and policy analysis as well as legal representation of individual clients.
v Cara McCoy is a Tulalip Tribal Member. She grew up in the US Air Force. She also served in the US Army. She has been working for the Tribe in different capacities since her return to Tulalip in 1999. Cara has worked at each Tribal entity; Gaming, Quil Ceda Village and Tulalip Government. Cara helped Tulalip become the 33rd Tribe to have a Child Support Program. She served as Director for 5 years. This is Cara’s third year as Elder protection Manager. She enjoys working in Human Services and active in educating people with resources available with the Tribe and State.
v Chelsea Smith works for Senior Services of Snohomish County as a Housing Social Services Coordinator. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Seattle University. Previously Chelsea worked for Mercer Island Youth and Family Services in their Financial and Employment Assistance department. In 2014 she received her Cyber Crime Prevention Educator certification
* Police Officer Edward Golden is a 30+ year veteran of law enforcement. He is an Everett Police Officer for more than 11 years. Golden has many certifications in Crime Prevention & Training--just to name a few, and has received numerous awards for merit and achievement. He is an expert in Community Relations.
Golden retired from NYPD as an investigative Sergeant Detective Supervisor for the NYPD Organized Crime Control Bureau, with 20+ years of service. He is a recipient of a NYPD Commendation Award, and he participated and performed in NYPD's 2001-2004 Anti-Terrorist undercover campaigns. Golden is documented as being present at the World Trade Center, in New York City on September 11, 2001, and in the aftermath rescue, recovery, and stabilization efforts. Golden earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Dominican College, NY.
t * Jamie Coonts is the Program Director for The ARC of Snohomish County. Jamie is a happily married mother of three. Her daughters are now 21 and 24, and her youngest, a son (who was medically fragile, and had special needs) passed away at the age of 5 nine years ago She has been PTO President at Elementary level, PTO secretary at Middle School level, and District wide Special Education Advisory leader. She is currently President of the Washington State Special Education Coalition. She works for the Arc of Snohomish County as the Program Director where she demonstrates her passion for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by organizing many different opportunities both fun and educational. Sibshops is one of the many programs she helps organize and is close to her heart as she grew up with a sibling that had special needs. Jamie sits on the advisory board for the newly forming Washington State Adult Sibling Leadership Network.
* Jamie Graves-Kautz is a staff attorney with Northwest Justice Project’s Foreclosure Prevention Unit in Everett, WA. Jamie graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Western Washington University. Jamie represents homeowners in various stages of the foreclosure process, including representing homeowners at mediation under the Foreclosure Fairness Act.
v Jerry Gadek is a Veterans Service Officer for Snohomish County Human Services, having worked in the social services field for nine years after a distinguished 22-year
career with the United States Air Force. In the summer of 2010, Jerry helped develop one of Snohomish County’s strongest provider networks, the Snohomish County Veterans Homelessness Committee, a nationally recognized partnership to end veterans’ homelessness.
v Jessica McDougall is the Family Caregiver Outreach Coordinator with Senior Services of Snohomish County. She has worked with older or disabled adults and family caregivers for 20 years in community-based case management; as a social worker in a skilled nursing facility; with the Senior Information and Assistance Program; and currently provides supportive consultation, resource navigation and care management to family members through the Family Caregiver Support Program. Jessica is also a workshop facilitator and Master Trainer for the Powerful Tools for Caregivers and Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshops.
v Joanna Giles, J.D. joined the Office of the Attorney General as an Assistant Attorney General in 2008. As an attorney in the AGO’s Regional Services Division, Joanna has the opportunity to represent a number of Washington State agencies including the Department of Corrections, Department of Labor and Industries, Department of Early Learning and the Department of Social and Health Services. Among these client agencies, her work includes advice and litigation stemming from a variety of issues in Snohomish County involving offender community custody supervision, parole violations, injured worker claims, employer audits, industrial insurance fraud, daycare centers, foster care licensing, adult family homes, assisted living facilities, and matters involving the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults. Joanna received her B.A. summe cum laude from Central Washington University and received her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.
v June Oshiro works for Senior Services of Snohomish County as a Housing Social Services Coordinator. She received her Bachelor's degree in Community Psychology from The University of Washington Bothell. In 2014 she received her Cyber Crime Prevention Educator certification.
v Karla Potter: During the 2012-14 Biennium, Zonta District 8 adopted the issue of Elder Abuse as a project to make the public aware of this serious issue. Karla is a Women’s Advocate at Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, where she has worked for the past 10 years. In this capacity she also serves as the Vulnerable Adult and Senior Abuse Advocate. She has done a radio segment on Elder Abuse and has conducted training sessions for various organizations. She is an active member of the Snohomish County Vulnerable Adult Abuse Task Force. Karla works with senior centers, law enforcement, medical and faith communities, and social service agencies throughout the county to educate the public about elder abuse and the services available to help. Karla also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, and worked in the insurance industry for 25 years.
v Lori Stevens has worked for Senior Services of Snohomish County for 12 years. She is the Housing Social Services Manager, and also works with seniors and vulnerable adult victims of abuse. She is the coordinator of the Snohomish County Vulnerable Adult Abuse Task Force and the Multi-Disciplinary Team. Lori has a background working with the chronically mentally ill, disabled adults, and seniors for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Western Washington University.
v Paula Newman-Skomski, ARNP, has been a RN for over 30 years. She has spent the past 11 years as a Forensic Nurse Examiner with Providence Intervention Center for Assault & Abuse providing services to victims of all forms of interpersonal violence. Since receiving her Masters in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner degree she has been providing forensic care to patients in the Intervention clinic as a nurse practitioner and is currently the sole Nurse Practitioner for the Intervention Center.
Paula has been involved with the Snohomish County Sexual Exploitation Intervention Network since its inception in 2006, and has been the co-chair since 2010. In 2010 Paula was awarded the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for Innovation and Creativity for her work in the area of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. Paula is also the Board Chair for a project called Peoria Home which will be a residential recovery program for women who have experienced exploitation through trafficking and prostitution. Paula is passionate about providing services for victims and fighting to end interpersonal violence and human slavery. In 2014 she received numerous awards. Paula is frequently invited to speak to various groups and stakeholders on a variety of topics related to her work as a forensic nurse practitioner.
v Sgt. Peter Noetzel is the current sergeant of the Everett Police Department Financial Crimes Unit. With almost 20 years in law enforcement, Sgt. Noetzel brings a wide range of experience to his position. Motorcycle officer, SWAT team member, police boat operator, field training officer, drug recognition expert, and patrol sergeant are just some of the positions he has held. Although most of his career has been with the Everett Police Department, Sgt. Noetzel also worked as a deputy for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office for several years. In his current position, he supervises three detectives in one of only two dedicated financial crimes units in the state. He is also a member of the US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force. In addition to his regular duties as a detective sergeant, Sgt. Noetzel assists his department as a background detective, investigating police officer applicants for possible hiring, and is a subject matter expert for New World Systems, a computer-aided dispatch and records management system software program to which all police agencies in Snohomish County will be converting in June of 2015.
v Shayne Nagel is the Executive Director for The Arc of Snohomish County is one of ten chapters in Washington State and 700 in the Country. We are the resource of first choice for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families regardless of the disability and at all stages of life. Shayne lives in Edmonds where she raised her kids. Her son Eric is 25 years old, a graduate of Gonzaga University and works for Microsoft. Her daughter Erin who’s almost 23 has autism and is severely affected by her diagnosis. Erin lives in a Supported Living environment where she receives care 24/7. Shayne became involved at the Arc because of the impact the agency had in her own life after her daughter’s diagnosis. She has been the Executive Director at the Arc of Snohomish County for almost 10 years. She finds great joy in helping individuals with developmental disabilities and their families connect with each other, learn of valuable resources in our community to provide up to date information and opportunities to those on a similar journey as herself and family.
v Velvet Heaps is a Victim Advocate in Snohomish & Island Counties with Victim Support Services. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and has been with VSS for over 3 years. She has been working in victim advocacy for over 10 years. Velvet calls herself a creative problem solver, helping clients address the many complications that they encounter after becoming the victim of a crime.
v Zoe Merkel, MA, is a Field Supervisor for Adult Protective Services (APS), Home and Community Services (HCS) Region 2 North. Zoe has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Seattle University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from SacramentoState University. Zoe has been a Washington State employee for twenty years working in various roles. She has been a Habilitation Program Administrator for Fircrest School, Child Protection Services Investigator, Child Welfare Service Case Manager and a Supervisor of Child Welfare and Child Protection Services. Zoe also worked for the State of Oregon for five years in the rural community of Gold Beach where she supervised all of the Children Protection Services Programs. Zoe currently works at the Home and Community Services (HCS) office in Everett, supervising eight Adult Protective Services (APS) Investigators.