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2019 Youth Workers Conference: Speakers
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Lisa Becking

Lisa Becking has been an inspector with the MN DOC I&E Unit since 2004. Prior to that she was a juvenile and adult probation parole agent in southern MN from 1992 to 2004.

Jon Brandt

Jon Brandt began his career as a county CPS social worker.  For a decade he provided supervision to hundreds of foster kids, support to foster families, and training for foster parents.  For more than 35 years, Jon has been providing assessments and treatment to adolescents who have sexually offended, and to their families.  He is a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (, serves on ATSA’s national public policy committee, and is currently on the board of directors of AspireMN.   Since 1991, Jon is the Director of Mapletree, a residential program in Maplewood for teenage males with high needs, including sexual misconduct.  Jon has authored many articles, and has presented at state and national conferences on the treatment and prevention of sexual abuse. 

Jacquie Conklin, MSW, LGSW and Taylor Lawson, MSW, LICSW

Jacquie Conklin, MSW, LGSW (VOA Program Director) and Taylor Lawson, MSW, LICSW (VOA Clinical Services Supervisor) have been providing DBT therapy to adolescents in a residential setting since (what was your start date) and 2015 respectively. They have worked as a DBT consultation team, provided individual and family DBT Therapy and have facilitated DBT skills group.

Denise Dallas

Denise Dallas holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from Mansfield University. Denise has been working at Mille Lacs Academy for twenty years, and through the years, has worked in various positions, including Case Manager, Unit Coordinator, and Training Coordinator. Denise is currently the Training Coordinator, and is tasked with training staff on how to work clinically with juvenile males who have problematic sexual behaviors. Denise has spoken nationally on various topics, as well as many conferences all over the state of Minnesota. 

Danae Gilbert

Danae Gilbert is a member of the Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Board at the YMCA. She has become a key player in the advancement of the board and some changes within the Hennepin County Juvenile Justice System. Her life experiences have shaped her into the person she is today. She is someone with a passion for equity within our systems and a drive to be an agent for change.

Annelies Hagemeister, PhD, MSW, LISW

Annelies Hagemeister, PhD, MSW, LISW is licensed as an Independent Licensed Social Worker (LISW) and Certified Parent Coach with Anu Family Services. She has taught social work and family studies courses since 1992, most recently as professor of social work at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She was project coordinator for the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) and a children’s program therapist at the Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) in Minneapolis, MN. She has experience in areas of primary prevention, crisis intervention, and college student services. Anna has published, presented, and conducted trainings on intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, cross-system collaboration, grief, ethics, and immigrant experiences.

Ashley Hansen, BA, PACC

Ashley Hansen, BA, PACC specializes in healing trauma through grief, loss, and connection, while nurturing well-being and resilience. In addition, she conducts individually-determined exhaustive search for connections, aiding in reconnecting or seeking truth as part of healing relational trauma.  Since 2008, Ashley has provided family preservation, child protective, trauma-informed case management, licensing, and permanency services in Wisconsin, Georgia, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Minnesota.  She is currently pursuing her master’s degree through the University of Minnesota – School of Social Work,  and has received certifications in Permanency and Adoption Competency through the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare and the National Center for Adoption Support and Education.  Ashley has presented on topics of grieving before connecting, exhaustive search, mandatory reporting, using healing language, wellbeing and self-care practices, and practical trauma healing tools.

Amber Hewitt

Amber Hewitt is a prevention advocate,  certified prevention specialist as well trained PRSS (Peer recovery support specialist) who host chemical health support groups in the Anoka & Hennepin school district, providing support to students who are currently using substances, have in the past, or are effected by a family member or loved ones substance abuse. Amber serves on the Anoka/Hennepin Chemical Health Advisory committee and speaks often on behalf of Know the Truth to adolescents throughout the state of Minnesota.

Madaline (Maddie) Hodapp

Madeline (Maddie) Hodapp was born and raised in North Minneapolis. From grade school through college, Maddie has had a passion for youth work, especially with the young people who come straight from her community. Maddie obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in 2014 and has traveled nationally and internationally to work with young people from diverse communities. She has been working at the YMCA for almost 3 years. She specifically has worked with youth in the foster care system and the juvenile justice system.

Jennifer Holloway, MSW, LICSW

Jennifer Holloway, MSW, LICSW is the Mental Health Coordinator at the Anoka County Juvenile Center in Lino Lakes, MN. She earned her Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver in 2007. Jennifer has spent her career working with adults and youth involved in the criminal justice system.

Becki Jordan

Becki Jordan, Safe Harbor Regional Navigator, West Central MN. As the West Central Regional Navigator for Safe Harbor, Becki brings over a decade of experience working with victims/survivors, organizations, and professionals. Her work, education and research cover topics including: domestic and sexual violence, childhood trauma, the dynamics of victimization and human trafficking. Becki is housed at Someplace Safe, a community-based crime victim services agency which covers nine counties in Western Minnesota. Becki holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Women’s Studies, & Human Services from the University of Minnesota-Morris. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Anita Kendall

Anita Kendall has worked at the Minnesota Correctional Facility for 22 years and is also a Program Lieutenant, overseeing two cottages.  She also trains new staff on how to work with very troubled youth and has excellent insight for new staff on how to maintain professional boundaries while developing meaningful, lasting relationships with residents.

Kate LePage

Kate LePage is the Central MN Regional Navigator for Safe Harbor. Within her role, she covers an eight county region, providing professionals and community members with a point of referral for case consults and trainings pertaining to commercial sexual exploitation and Safe Harbor in Minnesota. She also works to bring prevention curriculum to youth, speaking on healthy relationships and internet safety, facilitating in schools, juvenile housing programs, and foster families. In addition to providing a point of contact for professionals, she also provides direct case management to at risk youth, filling gaps between service agencies in Crow Wing, Todd, Aitkin, Morrison, Stearns, Sherburne, Wright, and Benton Counties.

Erik Meier

Erik Meier has worked at the Minnesota Correctional Facility for 21 years and is a Program Lieutenant, overseeing two cottages. He trains new staff on how to work with very troubled youth and testifies in courts about the program used in Red Wing and the benefits of a culture in which residents can explore and embrace change in a safe environment. 

Michael Pittman

Michael Pittman, Safe Harbor Regional Navigator, Northwest MN – Support Within Reach. Michael grew up in Thief River Falls, MN. He received a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he spent time working with Meskwaki communities in an effort to paint a better picture of their traditional worldview through etymology. His research has also focused on various types of tourism and their intersection with human and environmental exploitation. Michael is the Northwest Regional Navigator at Support Within Reach, a community-based organization serving victims and survivors of sexual violence. His current work is focused on mapping out key stakeholders to help create multidisciplinary teams in each community in his region.

Nick Riba

Nick Riba is a Special Agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension assigned to the Predatory Crimes Section. In this role, SA Riba investigates human and sex trafficking, internet crimes against children, and predatory offenders.  SA Riba also provides training to state and local agencies. Prior to the BCA, SA Riba spent 15 years at the St. Cloud Police Department working as a patrol officer, a member of various gang and drug task forces, and a member of the SWAT team.

Stacey Trushenski-Carlson

Stacey Trushenski-Carlson holds a PhD in Sociology from South Dakota State University, and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University. Prior to joining Mille Lacs Academy, Stacey was a professor for Brown College and Rasmussen College. Stacey was the Vocational Manager at Mille Lacs Academy, and has recently transitioned to the Talent Development and Training Manager with Nexus. Stacey has presented on a variety of topics at several conferences across Minnesota.

Brian Tullison

Brian Tullison is a member of the Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Board at the YMCA. Brian’s experience with the juvenile justice system has been told through the voices of other youth who have not had a positive rehabilitation experience. However for Brian, he is committed to make a difference so that other youth do not have to experience the same story that he did in the system.

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