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Speaker Bios 2018

Joyce Darakcioglu, NCC, LPC

Joyce is a counselor at the Network of Victim Assistance.  She specializes in providing trauma informed psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults who have been victims of crime.  She uses TF-CBT (trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy) and is EMDR trained.  Joyce joined the International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA) at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in going to Moldova in 2015 to provide trainings in Moldovan villages and cities on ways to prevent Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence.  In 2016, she again travelled with IHRA to study the humanitarian and legal needs of refugees and migrants in Lesvos and Athens, Greece.  Before getting her Masters degree in clinical-counseling psychology, Joyce was a high school history teacher for six years in the Freehold Regional High School district in New Jersey.  Throughout her teaching and counseling careers she has been an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and involved in presenting in-services for staff to help staff become more culturally competent in working with LGBTQ+ individuals.

Gayland Gieger, J.D.

Over the past 19 years, Mr. Gieger has prosecuted cases ranging from juvenile delinquency to capital murder.  Special assignments resulted in successful and highly publicized prosecutions of state legislators, a district court judge, the general counsel of the Okla. Bar Assoc., police officers, and the only woman currently on Oklahoma’s Death Row.  He has litigated approximately 200 jury trials to verdict; prosecuted hundreds physical and sexual abuse charges, and litigated dozens of adult and child victim homicide cases.

In his current position, he is the primary contact for all child abuse and sex crime charging decisions in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area (approx.  1.3 million).  He supervises a team of attorneys and support staff dedicated to prosecuting these types of cases and works daily with a team of child abuse/neglect detectives, forensic interviewers, child welfare workers, medical professionals, and prosecutors.  

He has given presentations at local and national training programs sponsored by various state organizations, nationally recognized training programs, and the National District Attorney’s Association on topics relating to the prosecution of child abuse and sexual assault crimes.

Amanda Gopal, LCSW

Amanda Gopal is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in sexual assault, PTSD, and sex trafficking. She received her Masters of Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago and has worked in the mental health field for 10 years. Amanda is a trained EMDR therapist and is rostered in the state of North Carolina as a Trauma-Focused CBT clinician.  Amanda is a national speaker who has provided numerous trainings on sex trafficking dynamics, clinical work with victims, and trauma informed interviews. She has a private practice in Asheville, NC where she provides trauma therapy to kids and adults. Amanda and her husband also run The Hundred Movement, a non-profit organization that engages faith communities in the aftercare for victims of sex trafficking.

Deborah J. Hudson, LCSW     

Deborah has held various positions and provided services to children, individuals, families, groups and human service providers for 30 years.  With roots in Child Welfare, Intergenerational Day Care, Early Intervention, BHRS Services and Community Mental Health, Deborah obtained her Master of Social Work in 2004. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she continued in the field of Mental Health working with adults with serious and persistent mental illness in a residential program before returning to Community Mental Health at Lenape Valley Foundation in 2012. Her areas of specialty include family systems, trauma, play therapy, autism, life and social skills training, LGBTQIA issues, group therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Deborah is currently working toward a certification as a DBT Therapist and is providing DBT as a member of the team that was formed at Lenape Valley Foundation in 2016. Deborah develops and provides trainings to various treatment providers focused on Compassion Satisfaction to support reduction of Compassion Fatigue and turnover of staff.  She is the founder of Deb Joy Innovations, LLC in Doylestown, PA where she provides individualized care and treatment based on clients’ specific needs.

Brad Jackman, Esq.

Brad M. Jackman, Esquire, has practiced law in Bucks County for more than 39 years.  He currently heads the Doylestown firm of Jackman Law. Mr. Jackman is a graduate of Scranton Central High School, Temple University and the Delaware Law School.  Prior to attending Law School, he was a journalist for four years. Mr. Jackman is in his 31st year as Solicitor for the Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency, most likely the longest tenure in the Commonwealth. Mr. Jackman has taught extensively to both to lawyers and Judges through Continuing Legal Education.  He has also taught continuing education for Social Workers through the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Jackman was honored by the Pennsylvania Children and Youth Solicitors Association, who established the Brad M. Jackman Award for outstanding contributions from Child Welfare Solicitors throughout Pennsylvania. Mr. Jackman lives in Buckingham with his wife, Christine, and their cat Katy, just a short distance from his son, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters. 

Tiffini Lanza, M.Ed, LSW

Tiffini holds two Master's degrees from Widener University; Social Work and Human Sexuality. Tiffini is currently completing a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality.  Tiffini is also a licensed social worker in the state of Pennsylvania.  Her passions are supporting the LGBTQ community, survivors of sexual abuse and trauma, and working with individuals with disabilities. Tiffini provides therapy, educates students in different school districts on sexuality topics including healthy relationships, sexual harassment, and cyber safety, and provides trainings for professionals and community members on a number of topics including LGBTQ supports, Sexuality and Disabilities, and Empowerment. Tiffini is also the administrative coordinator for the Bucks Rainbow Allies in Bucks County. Although small in stature, Tiffini brings an immense amount of energy and care to all those she serves to the best of her ability.

Marita Lind, MD

Dr. Lind is a dual board certified pediatrician and child abuse pediatrician at the CARES Institute, Rowan University, in Stratford, NJ.  Dr. Lind treats children who have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse and medical neglect. She provides training to medical students, pediatric resident physicians, physicians, child protection workers and law enforcement.  Dr. Lind received her medical degree in 1992 from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and she completed her pediatric training at the Janet Weiss Children’s Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. 

Richard S. Love

Retired Detective Richard Love had been employed as a police detective for the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department for the past 25 years.  For 23 years, he was assigned to the Special Investigations Division, investigating major narcotic trafficking, gambling, extortion, prostitution, and racketeering cases.  In 1998, he was assigned to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) investigating Internet crimes against children.  For 5.5 years he was employed as a consultant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Crimes Against Children Unit in Miami, Florida. 
In 1999, he received an award from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for his online investigative work.  In 2001, he was named the Law Enforcement Against Child Harm (LEACH) Investigator of the year, and the United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Florida Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the year.  He has also received an award from Robert Muller III Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his undercover work in a Group 1 operation targeting individuals requesting the sexual services of children in and outside the United States.

He has instructed in the ICAC Program and now lectures across the country at Crimes Against Children Conferences and CACs. He currently is a course coordinator for the National Criminal Justice Training Center and facilitates a Multi-Disciplinary Team Child Sex Trafficking program for them.

He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Saint Joseph’s Calumet College in Indiana.

Veronique Valliere, Psy.D

Dr. Valliere is a licensed psychologist and has her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology of Rutgers University.  She has over 25 years’ experience in the field and has worked in individual and group treatment with violent offenders and their victims, including domestic violence offenders, sexual offenders, violent offenders, and substance abusers.  She is currently the owner and director of two outpatient treatment centers – Valliere & Counseling Associates, an outpatient treatment center for mental health, domestic violence, and victim issues and Forensic Treatment Services, an outpatient violent offender treatment program.  Her program treats Federal, State, and County Offenders.  She also serves on the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment Board and has been reappointed since 1997.  She has published on the treatment of sexual offenders and presented on the same at international, national, and local sexual offender conferences.  She has trained for the FBI, DOJ, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Ontario Police, Alberta Crown Prosecutor’s Office, Amber Alert, Army JAG Office, Pennsylvania State Parole, National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women, and other agencies.  She been a guest presenter at many forensic and violence related conferences.  She is recognized as an expert in a number of states and testified nationally and internationally.  She has testified regarding sexual assault in the military to the U.S. Congress and has consulted with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Justice.  She has been interviewed for a number of popular magazines on sexual assault and domestic violence, including People, Self, and Good Housekeeping.

Staci Whitney, LMSW

Staci Whitney, LMSW is a Forensic Interviewer at Bivona Child Advocacy Center in Rochester, NY and Director of Forensic Interviewing Training for Modell Consulting Group, LLC. Since 2012, Ms. Whitney has been responsible for developing Bivona’s Forensic Interviewing Program. During this time, Ms. Whitney has had extensive training and experience in the field of Forensic Interviewing including interviewing children and individuals with disabilities who are victims or witnesses of crime. She has developed and delivered numerous trainings to Multidisciplinary Team Members and other professionals on recognizing and responding to suspicions and reports of child abuse. Ms. Whitney participated as an expert on the New York State Less is More and Minimal Facts committees to develop curricula for mandated reporters and first responders on reacting to disclosures and reports of abuse. Her experience in training professionals has continued in her work with Modell Consulting Group, with a focus on teaching professionals to interview individuals with disabilities. Prior to joining Bivona staff, Ms. Whitney spent two years as a social worker at The University of Rochester Medical Center, treating adolescents and children with eating disorders and working in the emergency department. Ms. Whitney received her B.S. in Social Work from Nazareth College of Rochester and her M.S.W. from Greater Rochester Collaborative Program of SUNY Brockport and Nazareth College of Rochester.