Helen Kelly Conference Presenters

2019 Helen Kelly Forensic Nursing Conference Speakers

Rodger Canaff

A widely known child protection and anti-violence against women advocate, legal expert, author and public speaker, Roger Canaff has devoted his legal career to the eradication of violence against women and children. A practicing attorney, Roger has devoted his legal career to the eradication of violence against women and children. His responsibilities have included being an an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia, a Senior Attorney with the National District Attorneys Association, a Special Victims ADA in the Bronx, New York, a Deputy Chief with the Sex Offender Management Unit in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and a Highly Qualified Expert (HQE) with the United States Army. With more than 20 years experience, he has prosecuted and consulted on cases involving sexual and physical abuse against children and adolescents, and also sexual assault against adults, the elderly and persons with disabilities.

Roger also served as president of the Board of Directors of End Violence Against Women International, an organization that provides training, technical assistance, research and advocacy. He was featured in two multi—media resource tools: One a training video sponsored by the National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) on presenting medical evidence in sexual assault trials, and the other an interactive DVD-ROM produced under the U.S. Department of Justice, President’s DNA Initiative, on developing testifying skills as a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner.

Roger left federal service with the U.S. Army in February, 2012 and now teaches undergraduate and law school classes, and trains and consults privately, both nationally and internationally. He is a charter member of CounterQuo, an organization of allied professionals challenging the way our culture responds to sexual violence.

Most recently he became a partner and consultant with Justice3D.com, a leading educator in issues related to investigating and prosecuting sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence cases.

Dr. Omobosola Akinsete, MBBS

The infectious disease specialty is a little like a detective show. One has to figure out what symptoms are important, put clues together and then come up with the best “suspects,” or pathogens. We also have to find an effective and convenient treatment regimen for the patient. In Dr. Akinsete’s training in different parts of the world, she has always enjoyed microbiology and learning about infections in general. She has especially enjoyed trying to decipher what pathogen was causing a patient’s symptoms, and how to treat those symptoms.

She has a special interest in HIV/AIDS. During her training, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has continued to increase worldwide, especially in Africa and also in minority communities here in the U.S. The ignorance and misconceptions among the general population regarding HIV/AIDS have been a great concern for her, and this compelled her to be a part of the HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment network. These interests have made the specialty of infectious disease a natural choice for her.

She is originally from Nigeria, having also trained in the West Indies and on the East Coast of the United States before moving to Minnesota. She likes working with people from different parts of the world and has always strived to resolve or minimize the impact of their infections. Like the other physicians in our infectious disease group, she follow the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) guidelines in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. She also provide culturally-sensitive care to diverse communities, including GLBT individuals, refugees and immigrants.

In her free time, she is a voracious reader;  enjoys reading different types of books – fiction and non-fiction, she also enjoy science fiction movies. When the weather is good, she jogs around the lakes and trails of the Twin Cities. She also loves good music and dancing, as well as traveling to different parts of the world and experiencing different types of foods and drinks.

Dr. Akinsete is a member of the following professional associations:
* American Medical Association (AMA)
* National Medical Association (NMA)
* Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA)
* American College of Physicians (ACP)
* HIV Medical Association (HIVMA)
* Minnesota Medical Association (MMA)

Amy Reggin

Amy Reggin has a degree in Social Work from UW-Eau Claire.  Amy is a Child Protection Social Worker at Eau Claire County Department of Human Services.  She has been practicing for six years in child welfare.  Amy is an active member of the Eau Claire County Drug Endangered Children program and a member of the Wisconsin Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.  Amy is part of the primary team for DEC trainings in the Eau Claire area.  She also helps to train at the State level for counties becoming active in DEC and other agencies looking to expand their knowledge about DEC efforts.

Senator Patty Schachtner

Patty Schachtner is serving her first term in the Wisconsin State Senate following a special election win in January 2018. Patty was born in Somerset, Wisconsin, and was raised on a St. Croix County farm. She is a lifelong resident of western Wisconsin.

Patty, in addition to her job as state senator, she is the chief medical examiner for St. Croix County. Patty has previously served as a school board member, EMT, supervisor for the Star Prairie township, and EMT instructor at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, where she received her EMT certification. In the community, Patty serves on the board of directors for Turning Point Wisconsin, a center for victims of sexual and domestic violence, and on the board of her local food pantry. She is a co-founder of the Suicide Prevention Task Force of St. Croix County and former director of the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. Patty is a member of ABATE, Rotary Club of New Richmond, and the Wisconsin Coroner and Medical Examiner’s Association. Patty was the former president of the Championship Pulling Series, a tractor and truck pulling organization, and previously affiliated with the Western Saddle Club Association, St. Anne’s Parent Group, and St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice.

Patty, and her husband of 39 years, Joe, have six children and nine grandchildren. They reside in Somerset, Wisconsin.

Trish Propson

People call Trish a bold and compassionate people person. She has enjoyed a long, professional career providing strategic marketing communication services for non-profit organizations. As an author and speaker, Trish has enthusiastically used the pain of her past and her journey towards healing to help others find comfort and healing in their own situation. Developing a family advocacy program called Rekenekt has provided speaking and writing opportunities to share a message of hope and healing in both faith based and secular settings to multi-generational audiences. She is licensed and ordained as a Crisis Response Chaplain and certified with a Biblical Counseling Degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary.

Dan Campbell and Eva King

As DNA Supervisors Dan Campbell and Eva M. L. King  have assisted with several sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) training events, assisted with the new kit revision and its use to further breed consistency and quality in the collection of sexual assault evidence in our State.

The DNA Analysis Unit routinely examines evidence for the presence of biological material, develops DNA profiles utilizing scientific techniques, analyzes and interprets data. Using the analysts’ interpretations, conclusions can be drawn as to whether or not an individual is able to be included as a possible contributor to the DNA profile identified on the evidence. In circumstances where a suspect has not been identified, the DNA evidence profile can be entered into the CODIS for routine search against individuals required by State Law to provide a reference DNA sample and other DNA evidence samples.  Additional discussion will focus on Wisconsin DOJ’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) efforts aided by the two grants awarded to Wisconsin that have continued forward.

Ian Henderson

As Director of Legal and Systems Services at the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Ian will present on current legislation in Wisconsin as well as inform basic actions and ways for the SANE RN to work with legislators to ensure patient focused and trauma informed practices for the Forensic Patient in Wisconsin.


Previous 2018 Presenters:
The Art of Nurisng: Elizabeth Scala
Inside the Criminal Mind: Dan Craft
Sexual Violence and College Sports: Alicia Johnson
Testimony: Michelle Viste
BDSM: When Boundaries are Broke: Shawny Sena
Strangulation Task Force: Melissa Vesperman
Elder Abuse: Alice Page and Doreen Goetsch
Intimacy and Sexuality in Long Term Care: Julie Button
Title IX: Lynn Herge
The Megan Kelly Foundation – Drug Addiction: Bev Kelly Miller
Pediatric SANE Review: Jennifer Yates
Internet Crimes Against Children: Dana Miller
Human Trafficking: Nancy YarbroughTransgender 101: Nathaniel Fores
Previous 2017 Presenters:
Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center: Dr. Steve Kopetskie  and Laura Thomas
Fox Crossing Police Department: Jason Weber, Community Liaison Officer
Department of Corrections: Leigha Weber, PREA Program and Policy Analyst
Crime Victim Compensation and WI SAFE Fund: Karen Moore and Kathy Zupan
Medical Examiner: Angela Hinze
Clearing House for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults: Jenniffer Price and Michelle DuBois