Kristina Marie Korobov, JD, Assistant United State Attorney, Southern District of Indiana
Kristina Korobov was formerly a Deputy Prosecutor and the Supervisor of the Special Victims Team and the Director of Prosecutor Education at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office in Indianapolis, IN. Korobov supervised all attorneys and staff who handle Sex Crimes, Crimes Against Children, & Domestic Violence cases at the screening, felony, and misdemeanor levels. She also served as the office point-person on child abuse homicides. Kristina has been prosecuting cases involving domestic and sexual violence and child abuse cases since 1997. She began her career in prosecution at the Marion County (Indianapolis, IN) Prosecutor’s Office, where she worked from 1996 until 2005, serving as Chief of the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit, Chief of the Domestic Violence Unit and as a Major Felony Prosecutor. In addition to handling cases, Kristina was responsible for attorney supervision and training, policy development, community outreach and training for law enforcement officers. Ms. Korobov continued her prosecution career as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney with the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney in Leesburg, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC, where she handled all domestic violence and some physical child abuse cases, was responsible for Law Enforcement Training, and was a member of the Loudoun Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) from 2006 to 2009. Ms. Korobov also served as the Coordinator of the Indianapolis Violence Reduction Partnership, an initiative funded by the United States Department of Justice and as Chief Counsel for Strand Analytical Laboratories, a private DNA Laboratory.
Korobov has been training on a national level since 2003 and formerly served as a Senior Attorney and Acting Director for the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women (NCPVAW), a division of the National District Attorney’s Association (NDAA) in Alexandria, VA. As Acting Director, Kristina trained multi-disciplinary audiences at the National, Regional, State, and Local levels. She has also trained internationally and has presented training on tribal lands. In addition to covering subjects involving violence against women, Korobov has provided training on child abuse and the intersection of domestic violence and child abuse, as well as presentations on witness intimidation, trial skills, gang prosecutions and homicide cases.
In 2013, Korobov received the Visionary Voice Award from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. In 2002, Kristina was named Prosecutor of the Year by the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault and received an Outstanding Lecturer Award from Communities Against Rape / Center of Hope for Youth.
Ashlee R. Bruggenschmidt, M.S. Ed. Admin, is the president and Founder of the Play for Kate Foundation. Ashlee has been dedicated to the field of education for 15 years. During this time, her experience includes six years teaching third and fifth grades at Oakdale and Loge Elementary schools in Boonville, Indiana and serving as assistant principal at Newburgh and Sharon Elementary schools in Newburgh, Indiana for two years. The 2009-2010 school year was her first year as principal of Sharon Elementary School. Ashlee’s degrees include an associate’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Evansville, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Southern Indiana, and a master’s degree in school administration from Indiana State University. Ashlee and her husband Eric have two girls, Kate, who is their angel in heaven, and Emma, who is in fourth grade.
Ashlee is also the president and founder of the Play for Kate Foundation, which was formed after the death of her daughter. Kate was killed on July 26, 2015, in an ATV accident. Kate’s Bomb Squad 04 Softball Team won a softball game early in the morning, and Kate and some of her teammates went to one of their houses to hang out between games; tragically Kate died there in an ATV accident.
Stephan Viehweg, ACSW, LCSW, IMH-E® (IV) is Associate Director of the Riley Child Development Center, a nationally recognized interdisciplinary leadership training program supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and faculty member of the IU School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and the IU School of Social Work. He also is Interim Director of the IUPUI Center for Translating Research Into Practice. His practice and research interest is in social-emotional development of infants and toddlers.
He is founding chair of the Indiana Association for Infant and Toddler Mental Health and is chair elect of Mental Health America of Indiana. He serves an appointment to the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. He partners with a variety of state and local groups and agencies to promote best practices for infant and toddlers. Steve’s experience as a social work provider with families and their children with delays as well as adults with disabilities, and his ability to communicate in Spanish and American Sign Language, make him a well-respected, sought after therapist, presenter and consultant.
Captain Bill Browne has worked as an Indiana conservation officer for 31 years. Bill worked as a field officer for 23 years in Fayette County before being promoted to the public relations captain. He served for 10 years as a DARE officer to 10 Fayette County elementary schools and the junior high school. Bill has been a public safety diver since 1998 and has logged many body recoveries and evidence recoveries. He has married to his wife, Spring Diane, for the past 13 years and is a father of six children and a grandfather of 12.
Xavier A. Barraza is a student and systems thinker. His practice focuses on Positive Youth Development, organizational learning, participatory research, and leadership development. He has worked with local and national initiatives from grassroots to state and federal agencies since 2011. Xavier is co-founder of the Innovation Swarm (TIS), an intergenerational think-and-do tank. TIS is forwarding evidence-based strategies where youth and adults share power in roles of researcher and change agent. TIS currently provides technical-assistance for the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs for Title V health initiatives funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. These collaborations focus on quality improvement, youth engagement strategy, and systems transformation of preventative care policy and practice in adolescent and young adult health.
Captain Zach Mathews of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has served as a conservation officer for 19 years, a detective for three years, an investigation section commander for 11 years, an internal affairs commander for 13 years and a training section commander for five years. He currently serves as a strategic planning and procurement officer. He has two children with his wife Megan, to whom he has been married for 19 years.
Sharon Pierce has served as the president and CEO of The Villages of Indiana, Inc. since December 1992. Under her leadership, The Villages has grown to include 20 service sites with five regions throughout Indiana, each providing essential services to vulnerable children and their families. Focusing on the addition of prevention and early intervention services, Sharon has helped ensure that The Villages serves more than 3,000 children daily within their own family setting.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1970 and her master’s degree in counseling in 1972 from Ball State University, Sharon began her career in child welfare. With 40 years of child welfare experience, she is a steadfast advocate for children and families. Prior to coming to The Villages, she was director of child welfare for the State of Indiana and regional director for the Children’s Home and Aid Society of Illinois for six years.
Eli Lucas is a senior at Carmel High School and will be attending Ball State University in the fall of 2018 to study public relations. He enjoys making YouTube videos and playing the ukulele in his free time. Eli is largely motivated by his family especially his two younger sisters, Cora and Riley.
Tom Synan, is the chief of police in Hamilton County, Ohio. His wide experience has enabled him to have a unique look into the heroin crisis. He is a United States Marine Corps veteran and a 24-year police veteran with the Newtown Police Department. For the last 10 years, he has served as police chief and as a SWAT team leader. In 2014, after watching the last of an entire family die from drugs, the last two from heroin Tom, met with other members in Hamilton County and helped form the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition where he sits on the Steering Committee and Chair Interdiction. He coordinates law enforcement efforts to reduce supply and works with other members to help reduce demand. He was asked to testify in Washington, D.C., at a U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee and gave testimony on synthetic opiates and the impact fentanyl and carefentinal have had on the country. Tom spoke with former President Bill Clinton and other distinguished panelists for the Clinton Foundation, discussing the opioid crisis at John Hopkins University. His work with the coalition has been used in national and international publications and media outlets.
Janet F. Rosenzweig MS, PhD, MPA, holds a bachelor’s degree in family studies and a master’s in health education from The Pennsylvania State University. She earned certification as a sex educator and brought that perspective to one of the first federally funded child sexual abuse clinical demonstration projects in Knoxville, Tennessee. She managed additional child welfare programs in Tennessee and Texas before moving to New Jersey where she earned a PhD in social work, focused on public policy research in child protection, from Rutgers University. She served in the policy research unit of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, founded one of the first county commissions on child abuse in New Jersey, and then served for nine years as the cabinet-level Mercer County director of human services and five years as chair of the State Association of County Human Services Directors. Janet left government for Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey and served as executive director from 2001 – 2007, during which time she more than doubled the capacity of that organization while continuing to serve on statewide boards and commissions related to child welfare, including 20 years on the Protection Committee and seven years on the Prevention Committee of the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse. As an alumnus of Penn State, she returned to campus many times in the wake of the Sandusky tragedy, offering workshops and training for parents, community groups, and the school district and assisting university officials in responding. She authored several modules of the online training required for all university faculty, staff and volunteers and is a featured presenter in that series. Her book, The Sex-Wise Parent: The Parents Gide to Protecting Your Child, Strengthening Your Family and Talking to Your Kids about Sex, Abuse and Bullying was the book club selection at several State College-area churches and widely distributed on campus. She is currently the executive director of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), publishers of the journal Child Maltreatment. APSAC serves professionals from law, medicine, social work, mental health, education, and allied fields concerned with the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child maltreatment.
Leslie A. Hulvershorn, MD, MSc completed her M.D. at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She then completed an academic track residency in general psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and a two-year research track child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at New York University. She is an active researcher and clinician and has authored numerous publications on various topics in child psychiatry. She has received multiple grants to study the neurobiological basis of emotion regulation and addiction risk in children with externalizing disorders. She is currently an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine and serves as the medical director for the Division of Mental Health and Addiction for the State of Indiana. In addition to being a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, she has been boarded in addiction medicine since 2012.
Rosemary Fournier is the Director of Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) with the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention, the HRSA-funded resource and data center that supports child death review (CDR) and FIMR programs around the country. Rosemary has more than 35 years of professional nursing experience, with medical clinical background in multiple maternal child health arenas including antepartum high risk, preconception care and counseling, childbirth education, newborn nursery, labor and delivery, post-partum, and neonatal intensive care. She has 16 years of experience in consultation and technical support to local agencies implementing FIMR and evidence-based home visiting through the Nurse-Family Partnership® National Service Office. Rosemary has extensive experience with the health and human services systems involved in maternal and infant care.