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2015 Speaker Biographies

Robert Block, M.D., Professor Emeritus,University of Oklahoma and Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Robert BlockDr. Robert Block is an emeritus professor of pediatrics and immediate past Daniel C. Plunket Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. He was elected by the membership of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as president-elect in October 2010 and served as president from October 2011 through October 2012.

Dr. Block received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has been a member of the O.U. College of Medicine faculty since 1975. As a faculty member, Dr. Block has been nominated for the Aesculapian teaching award six times, winning on three occasions. Dr. Block has been awarded the prestigious Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award, a University of Oklahoma Presidential Professorship, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award, the Ray Helfer Society Award in recognition of his work in the field of Child Abuse and the Award for Outstanding Service to Maltreated Children by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In October, 2013 he was inducted into the Tulsa, Oklahoma Hall of Fame. He was appointed the first Chair of the newly formed sub-board on Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) from 2006-2009 and continued to serve on the sub-board through 2012. He holds Certificate #1 from the ABP in Child Abuse Pediatrics.

Dr. Block is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a past president of the Oklahoma AAP Chapter and a former member and chair of the Academy’s Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. He is a former member and chair of the United States’ Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines. Dr. Block is the immediate past president and current board chair of the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA), the relatively new national organization focused on increasing health care professionals’ education and academic research on the health effects of violence and abuse.

Dr. Block was appointed Oklahoma’s first chief child abuse examiner in 1989 and served in that capacity until October 2011. He was a past Chair and member of the Oklahoma Child Death Review Board from 1992 through September 2011. He has been a member of the medical team for the Tulsa Children’s Justice Center and served as a past president and member of the board of directors for the Child Abuse Network, Inc. He is now an Emeritus Director. Dr. Block has authored several papers and a textbook and has delivered over 2,000 public presentations. Dr. Block is married to Sharon Block, a retired science teacher and registered nurse. They have two married daughters, Erika Mays and Andrea Wooldridge, and two wonderful grandchildren.

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Daniel Garrabrant, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Daniel Garrabrant HeadshotIn 1989 Special Agent Daniel A. Garrabrant graduated  from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and an associate degree in sociology. SA Garrabrant worked as a mental health worker in adolescent treatment facilities from 1985 until 1990. Special Agent Garrabrant was employed as a police officer with the New Castle County Police, New Castle Delaware from 1990 to 1997. Special Agent Garrabrant was hired as an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1997. In addition to Special Agent Garrabrant’s investigative duties as an agent, he also has the  following duties:

Currently assigned to the Newark Division’s Atlantic City Resident Agency:

  • FBI Crimes Against Children Coordinator since 1998
  • FBI Evidence Response Team Member (ERT) since 1998 (Served as Senior Team Leader from 2001 – 2004)
  • FBI National Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team (CARD) 2008 - present
  • FBI Hazardous Material Team 2004 to 2011
  • Certified OCE-UCE Graduation from Class August 6, 2010
  • Behavioral Analysis Unit Coordinator (BAU) 2012-present
  • FBI Adjunct Faculty Program

Appointed to the New Jersey Commission on Human Trafficking by Gov. Chris Christie March 2014 to March 2016 

Nancy Henderson, M.D.   
Nancy HendersonDr. Henderson serves as the medical director of the Division of Forensic Pediatrics at Greenville Hospital System. She graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine and did her pediatric residency at TC Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics. She spends many of her days addressing one of the most difficult issues facing children: child abuse. For a decade, this pediatrician has performed child abuse medical exams at the Children’s Advocacy Center. She has the skills, patience, warmth and compassion to calm an anxious child, while gathering facts and medical evidence without further traumatizing the child. Just as importantly, she serves as an expert witness in Family and Criminal Court. Her testimony is often instrumental in the prosecution of child molesters.

Anna Salter, Ph.D., Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Anna SalterAnna Salter, Ph.D., received her Ph.D., in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice from Harvard University and obtained a masters degree in Child Study from Tufts. She was a Teaching Fellow at both universities. 

Salter has lived in Madison, Wisc., since 1996 and consults half time to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. In addition, she lectures and consults on sex offenders and victims throughout the United States and abroad. She has keynoted conferences on sexual abuse in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and England. In all, she has conducted trainings in 50 states and 10 countries. Salter also evaluates sex offenders for civil commitment proceedings and other purposes. She testifies as an expert witness in sexual abuse civil and criminal cases.

Before moving to Madison, Salter was on the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, N.H., in the Departments of Psychiatry and Maternal and Child Health. While there, she was director of Psycho-social Training for the Pediatric Residency Program, director of Child Psychiatry Consultation to the Pediatric Ward, co-director of the Parenting Clinic, assistant director of the Children-at-Risk Program and director of the Parents in Distress Program. 

Salter is the 1997 winner of the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and she also won the Saul Blatman Teaching Award in the Department of Pediatrics and Maternal and Child Health. She is the author of several nonfiction books, as well as fiction novels. 

Sergeant Jim Sears
Irving Police Department – Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Units

Jim Sears HeadshotSgt. Jim Sears has been a law enforcement officer for over 30 years working with the Irving Police Department. He has served as a patrol officer, school resource officer and as a detective in the youth services unit, domestic violence unit and child abuse unit. Sergeant Sears has worked as a detective in the child abuse unit for 10 years before being promoted to sergeant. He has worked the past five years as the supervisor for the domestic violence, child abuse and youth service units at the Irving Family Advocacy Center.

A dedicated advocate of children, he currently serves as a law enforcement consultant and instructor with the Shaken Baby Alliance for the Serious Physical Child Abuse and SIDS Program, as a partner agency contact with the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, as a T.C.O.L.E. instructor specializing in domestic violence and child abuse, as an instructor at the Crimes Against Children’s Conference in Dallas, is a certified instructor for advanced child abuse investigations through Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA), is on the design team for the new Fox Valley / OJJDP national training project for child abuse as one of their instructors and is an instructor for the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. Sergeant Sears is the 2011 recipient of the Lieutenant Bill Walsh Award for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center for career achievements in the field of child abuse investigations. Sergeant Sears frequently lectures on topics related to child abuse investigations, interviews and interrogations and crime scene investigations for domestic violence and child abuse. A father of three wonderful boys, Sergeant Sears is dedicated to bringing justice to the victims of domestic violence and child abuse. 

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Victor Vieth, J.D.  

Victor ViethVictor Vieth, J.D., serves as the Executive Director Emeritus of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), a program of Gundersen Health system.  It is a state-of-the-art training complex located on the campus of Winona State University (WSU).  

NCPTC includes five moot court rooms, four forensic interview rooms and a “mock house” in which to conduct simulated child abuse investigations. NCPTC staff provides intensive instruction for undergraduate students and current professionals in the field on how to better recognize, react and respond to children who are being abused. The Center trains approximately 15,000 child protection professionals each year.  

Mr. Vieth has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. territories and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention. He gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota. He has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association named him one of the “21 Young Lawyers Leading us Into the 21st Century.”  

Mr. Vieth has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment. Vieth has published countless articles related to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect. He is author of Unto the Third Generation, a bold initiative that outlines the necessary steps we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations.  

Mr.Vieth graduated magna cum laude from WSU and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law (HUSL). While studying at HUSL, he received the American Jurisprudence award for achievement in the study of constitutional law and served as editor-in chief of the Law Review.

For more information about the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), visit www.ncptc.org.


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March 25, 2016

Conference Location
University Readiness Center

USC Upstate

Pre-Conference Workshops
March 24, 2016

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