Wisconsin Chapter- IAFN

Practicing and Promoting the Profession of Forensic Nursing

2017 Helen Kelly Conference Presenters

Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center


Dr. Steve Kopetskie will present an overview of the sex offender civil commitment process and Sexually Violent Persons program at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston, WI. He will describe sexual recidivism risk assessment procedures, treatment goals and methods, and the legal processes pertaining to civil commitment, supervised release, and discharge.


Dr. Steve Kopetskie is the Court Assessment and Community Programs Director at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston, WI. He has assessed and/or treated hundreds of sex offenders in various settings since 1993, and has been with Sand Ridge since 2010.



SRSTC also offers a unique nursing experience – one that is both rewarding and challenging.  As our facility changes, and our patient population ages, nursing care has evolved to meet all of these needs.  Nurses at SRSTC are involved in all aspects of patient care.  One of our ongoing goals for nursing staff at SRSTC is supporting the understanding that they too have an “identity” within the practice of nursing itself.


Laura Thomas is a Registered Nurse. The majority of my nursing career has been at SRSTC.  As the facility has grown, so has my experience and interest caring for patients with mental illness.  Nursing is my second career.  Prior to obtaining my RN, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders at UWSP.  I also have experience working for in the business world, which truly helped develop my passion for Customer Service.  I feel Customer Service is one of the core values found in nursing.


Fox Crossing Police Department


Is Molly in your community? Are kids using bricks? How about vaping? Did you have the cold water or cinnamon challenge yet? These are just some of the new threats facing our communities. This presentation will cover some of the new drugs threat along with other alarming activities of this new generation and what can be done.



Jason Weber, Community Liaison Officer for the Fox Crossing Police Department and nationally recognized speaker on drug and crime prevention will be presenting. Jason initiated a coalition that developed a pharmaceutical abuse prevention toolkit called “Good Drugs Gone Bad” that has been endorsed by the WI State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association).


Department of Corrections PREA


The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 was passed with unanimous support from Congress and gave confinement facilities guidelines to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment. We will explore the unique dynamics of sexual abuse in confinement, the PREA standards and the critical role of confinement- and community-based health care.


Leigha Weber is the program and policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections’ PREA Office. Prior to joining WI DOC, she served as Director of Social Services for The Salvation Army of Dane County and Community Health Program Manager for a joint re-entry initiative of the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and UC-San Diego. Leigha also has experience managing caseloads of mentally ill/dual diagnosed inmates, providing therapy to court-mandated youth and their families, and facilitating grief and loss therapy.


Crime Victim Compensation and WI SAFE Fund


Crime Victim Compensation and WI SAFE Fund: Eligibility criteria, costs covered/not-covered, process to submit a claim, and how the SAFE Fund and CVC work together to assist victims.


Karen Moore-SAFE Fund Administrator- Karen has worked at DOJ-Office of Crime Victim Services since 1992.  She has administered the state Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS) Grant since 2008 and the Wisconsin SAFE Fund since 2012.


Kathy Zupan – Program Director, Crime Victim Compensation Program.  Kathy has worked at DOJ-Office of Crime Victim Services since 1993, having served in various roles providing direct services to crime victims, enforcement of victims’ rights and as the statewide Victim/Witness Assistance Program manager.  She has managed the CVC program since 2008.



Medical Examiner


The forensic nurse death investigator has expertise in performing forensic evaluations and death scene investigations. Application of the nursing process as it relates to death. I will introduce you to the world of a forensic nurse death investigator.


Angela Hinze has been a RN for 28 years encompassing acute care and trauma. I have a back ground in med surg, ortho, emergency room, sexual assault, and nursing supervisor. I am a certified forensic nurse, a fellow of ABMDI, a member of the American Academy of Forensic Science, and have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice crime scene investigation, and am the current president of the Wisconsin Coroner’s



Clearing House for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults


During the presentation, attendees will be provided with an overview of sex trafficking in Wisconsin as well as the resources that are available from the Wisconsin Department of Justice through the Child Abduction Response Team, WI AMBER Alert Program and the Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults.



Jenniffer Price is the Director of Special Operations for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation and has been in law enforcement for twenty years. Jenniffer currently oversees DCI’s Special Operations Bureau, which includes the Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center (WSIC – the state’s intelligence fusion center) and all of the fusion center programs: Homeland Security, Technical Services, AMBER Alert, Wisconsin’s Clearinghouse For Missing and Exploited Children and Adults, the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network, the Silver Alert program, and Cyber Crimes; as well as Gaming Enforcement, and Internal Affairs.  Jenniffer has been with the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Child Abduction Response Team (CART) since its inception in 2009 and has been the CART Commander since 2010.


Michelle DuBois has been with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation since 2008.  Michelle is currently the program coordinator for the Wisconsin AMBER Alert Program and the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults.  Michelle previously served as a criminal intelligence analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center (WSIC) where she was instrumental in the development of a baseline assessment of human trafficking in Wisconsin.  Michelle began her career with DCI as a program assistant for the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.



Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs

The presentation will allow the audience to better understand the substantial impact of domestic violence, better understand the emotional and physical effects of domestic violence, along with discuss and understand the medical screening process when dealing with a domestic violence victim. They will also learn how to increase ability to “Recognize, Respond, & Refer”  to patients who present as victims of domestic violence.


Tracy Plamann is the Community Education Coordinator at in Appleton, Wisconsin. Tracy has been with Harbor House for over 12 years. In her time at Harbor House Tracy has served on a number of local and state committees. (End Abuse  Children’s & Youth Committee; End Abuse  Health Care Committee; End Abuse/ WCASA LGBT Committee; IPV Advisory Committee – End Abuse and WCASA; Voices of Men – Mentor committee; Out of School Time Coalition; Child Protection /Harbor House MOU Liaison; Executive Steering Committee for the Outagamie County Crossover Youth Integration Project, and on the planning committee for the Outagamie County Trauma Program.) In her present position Tracy does presentations and trainings about domestic violence in health care, law enforcement, workforce violence, violence within the faith community, the effects of DV on children and in the LGBYQ community.


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