Angela Shelton is a multiple award-winning writer, filmmaker, actor and comedian. She is also an acclaimed public speaker who has spoken in Congress as well as at numerous locations and events internationally. Ms. Shelton has written a number of books for adults and children. She continues to create and develop new projects for film and TV.
Patty Wetterling is the mother of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted at the age of 11 by a masked gunman on October 22, 1989 near his home in St. Joseph, Minnesota. Jacob's remains were discovered on September 2, 2016 on a farm in Paynesville, MN. Patty has become a nationally recognized educator on the issues of child abduction and sexual exploitation of children. Patty and her husband, Jerry, co-founded the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC) to educate communities about child safety issues. Patty also co-founded Team H.O.P.E., a national support group for families of missing children and co-authored a book, "When Your Child is Missing; A Family Survival Guide," along with four other families.
Patty was selected by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as one of the "100 Most Influential Minnesotans of the Century." She is past Director of Sexual Violence Prevention for the Minnesota Department of Health and was Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children from 2012-2015. Patty joined the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center's Speakers Bureau in 2015.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Mr. Madsen attended Montclair State College and University of New Haven graduating with a Masters degree in Community Psychology. He has worked in psychiatric hospitals, at community services boards, at specialized schools for emotionally disturbed children and in corrections. He has been with VADOC for the past 25 years, working in four different prisons before assuming the role of Senior Psychology Associate in Offender Management Services at VADOC Headquarters 14 years ago.
In that capacity, he oversees bed management of the Department's mental health units, specialized programs and reception centers. In addition, he serves as the supervisor for the Sex Offender Screening and Assessment Unit, responsible for VADOC compliance with all matters related to the Sexually Violent Predators (SVP) Act, including the scoring of well over 12,000 Statics. Mr. Madsen is also very active in legislative consultation with regard to SVP matters and serves as the VADOC coordinator of the Critical Incident Negotiation Team.
Dr. Michael Gillette is an ethics expert who has presented numerous keynotes and workshops nationally and internationally over the past two decades. Additionally, he contracts with dozens of healthcare organizations and other agencies to provide ethics case consultations and policy work. His energetic and interactive style engages his audiences and helps them think critically about ethical decisions in their work and beyond.
Dr. Gillette graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University, with majors in philosophy and classical Greek, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his master's and Ph.D. in philosophy at Brown University. He has taught at colleges and universities, published articles in the field of clinical ethics and has received several teaching awards. In 2004, he was elected to the City Council in Lynchburg, Virginia, and subsequently served two terms as Mayor of the City.
William Struthers (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago), is a Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College (IL) where he teaches undergraduate and doctoral courses on neuroscience, men and addictions, and psychopharmacology. Dr. Struthers' lab research interests are in the neural mechanisms that underlie behavioral arousal and the processing of novel environments in animals, and in the neuropsychology of compulsive sexuality in pornography viewers. He is a recipient of a Uses and Abuses of Biology grant from the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion (St. Edmund's College, Cambridge University) to examine uses and abuses of neuroscience research in society, and has been a Visiting Research Fellow to Biola University's Center for Christian Thought (2014) for his work on the impact of sexual exploitation on spirituality. Most recently he has been a part of the Oxford Interdisciplinary Seminars in Science and Religion: Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities.
Apryl Alexander received a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and M.S. from Radford University. She also received her M.S. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology with concentrations in forensic psychology and child and family therapy. Dr. Alexander completed her pre-doctoral internship at Patton State Hospital, the largest forensic psychiatric hospital in the country. She also completed her post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Minnesota State Operated Forensic Services (MSOFS) conducting competency to stand trial, competency to proceed and criminal responsibility evaluations as well as violence and sexual violence risk assessments. Currently, Dr. Alexander is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology and the Denver Forensic Institute for Research, Service and Training (Denver FIRST). Her research interests are broadly focused in the areas of violence, victimization and forensic assessment.
Michael F. Caldwell, Psy.D. is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Senior Staff Psychologist at the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center. He currently serves as Past President of the Wisconsin Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. Dr. Caldwell has provided clinical treatment and risk assessment services for violent adolescent offenders including adolescent sexual offenders, and he has conducted research into risk assessment methods and the effectiveness of treatment interventions with adolescent offenders with callous/unemotional traits.
He is currently a Co-Principle Investigator on NIMH grants investigating the neuroscience of aggression and changes in the adolescent brain associated with effective treatment. He is also a consultant to the Urban Institute and the MIND Research Network at the University of New Mexico. He has served as a consultant to the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Juvenile Justice, the National Academy of Sciences Sackler International Scientific Forum on Neuroscience and the Law, Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law at Arizona State University, and the Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas, among many others. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to risk assessment and treatment of violent adolescent delinquents and adolescent sexual offenders.
Dr. Christopher Kilmartin is an emeritus college professor, author, stand-up comedian, actor, playwright, consultant and professional psychologist. He retired in 2016 as Professor of Psychology at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. He holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a licensed clinical psychologist who has a great deal of experience consulting with businesses, college students, human service workers, athletic departments, the military and counselors.
His major scholarly work is "The Masculine Self" (5th edition Sloan, 2015, now co-authored by Andrew Smiler). He has also co-authored "Men's Violence Against Women: Theory, Research and Activism," "Overcoming Masculine Depression: The Pain behind the Mask," and "Sexual Assault in Context: Teaching College Men about Gender," a manual based on his consultation experiences.
He served as a consultant for three years with the United States Naval Academy on a revision of sexual assault and harassment prevention curriculum. He was a scriptwriter for an Army training film on the same topic. He taught a full semester course on diversity and inclusion for Air Force officers and has delivered several workshops on the same topic. He is affiliated as a Senior Consultant with Newpoint Strategies, a contractor specializing in sexual assault/harassment prevention, as well as inclusion and diversity.
Dr. Kilmartin was the Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Air Force Academy for the academic year 2013-14. In 2007, he was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Gender Studies at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria, one of only 39 such honors awarded annually worldwide. He was elected to Fellow Status in the American Psychological Association in 2008 and is a Past President of Division 51 of that organization, the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, which awarded him its Researcher of the Year distinction in 2010. In 2015, the University of Mary Washington granted him its Professional Achievement Award. He has been a featured presenter at the National Psychotherapy with Men Conferences. Dr. Kilmartin is an internationally-recognized expert on gender, violence prevention, diversity and inclusion.
Senior Trooper Angie Shaffier has been a Trooper with the Virginia State Police for 17 years. She worked with the Sex Offender Investigative Unit (SOIU) for over 10 years and was assigned to various jurisdictions in and around the Richmond Metro Area.