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APSAC Welcomes Four New Members and a New Slate of Officers to the Board of Directors

On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, APSAC welcomed four new members to the Board of Directors. Each new member is profiled below:

Ron Laney is an Associate staff member at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin and has been since his retirement in 2011 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in the United States Department of Justice. At OJJDP, he was the Associate Administrator of the Child Protection Division where he was responsible for a $140 million grant program focused on child protection programs. His professional experience serving as a Probation Officer in St. Petersburg, Florida; and service in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1964 to 1970 before being critically wounded during his second tour in Vietnam. He holds a master's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida and a bachelor's degree in Criminology from the University of Tampa. His lifelong passions are 'service to others' and protecting America's children.

Mr. Laney has received numerous awards from local and State law enforcement organizations for his efforts in child protection and juvenile accountability. In August 2005, he was officially commended in the Congressional Record for his forward-looking leadership and commitment to child protection during the Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, Texas. In 2007, he was the first recipient of the "Ronald C. Laney Distinguished Service Award', a periodic lifetime service award named in his honor and presented by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. In March 2008, the National Child's Advocacy Center awarded him the Outstanding Service Award, recognizing his more than 31 years of service and contribution in the field. This award was the first of its kind to be given to an individual who has made a significant impact in the child protection field.

Susan Moan Hardie, RN, PhD, is a registered nurse and developmental specialist. Her career spans over four decades caring for abused children and children with developmental disabilities and their families. Dr. Hardie has held numerous administrative, academic and clinical positions, maintained a private practice, and conducted research on children's eyewitness testimony and suggestibility. She was on the faculty of the UCLA School of Nursing, UCLA Extension, and the Graduate Schools of Psychology at Pepperdine and Antioch Universities. Dr. Hardie also was the director of Stuart House, a multidisciplinary child advocacy center in Santa Monica, California for 15 years. She received honors for her research from the California Nurses Association and for her advocacy and service from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). She has been a member of APSAC since 1993 and is the current president of CAPSAC. She actively recruits membership throughout the State, edits the Consultant newsletter and participates in State Chapter activities. Dr. Hardie is also a member of The Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (APA Division 37) and serves as editor of the Best Practices column in the section on child maltreatment newsletter, the Insider.

Itohan Omoregie, JD, has primary responsibility for all legal matters related to contract management and business operations at The New York Foundling. Itohan also works with other agency divisions in helping them complete special projects that they may be required to undertake. Prior to her current role, Itohan spent more than 10 years at the Administration for Children's Services. Itohan holds a BA in Industrial Relations from McGill University and a law degree from The George Washington University.

Mary L. Pulido, PhD, is the Executive Director of The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), the first child protection agency in the world. She oversees fundraising, clinical treatment and prevention programs, research and the NYSPCC Training Institute. Currently, she is serving her second term as the President of the New York State Chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children ­ (APSAC­NY), and chairs APSAC's Public Policy Committee. She has presented at APSAC Colloquia over the past 20 years on topics such as: crisis debriefing, preventing child sexual abuse, integrating domestic violence screening into child advocacy centers, managing secondary traumatic stress, and promoting resiliency among child protective service staff. She blogs for Huffington Post and Medium on child welfare/protection issues and brings attention to the legislative agenda of APSAC­NY. Her current efforts include advocating for the elimination of the statute of limitations for child victims of sexual abuse and strengthening child abuse reporting laws in New York State. She has a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the City University of New York, a Master's Degree in Social Work from Hunter College and a Master's Degree in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. Dr. Pulido holds the rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

Board Officers for 2018-2019 include:

David Corwin, MD - President

Tricia Gardner, JD - Immediate Past President

Stacie LeBlanc, JD - Vice President

Bill Forcade, JD - General Counsel and Secretary

Rosyln Murov, MD - Treasurer

Kathleen Faller, PhD - Member at Large

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