Speakers

Whitney Collins, Melissa Currie, Martin Finkel, Vinod Rao, Lou Anna Red Corn, Caroline Ruschell, Jacqueline Sugarman

Whitney Collins

Laboratory Supervisor
Forensic Biology Casework (Violent Crimes) Section
Kentucky State Police (KSP) Central Forensic Laboratory
Frankfort, Kentucky

Whitney Collins is the Laboratory Supervisor for the Forensic Biology Casework (Violent Crimes) Section for the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Central Forensic Laboratory and has been employed there since 2001. She graduated from Transylvania University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and continued her studies at Eastern Kentucky University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Science with concentrations in both Chemistry and Biology. Ms. Collins also completed a Master’s Degree in Biology from the University of Kentucky while working at the laboratory.

Ms. Collins started her career as a Forensic Biologist and is competent in Serological, DNA (autosomal and Y-STR), and Bloodstain Pattern Analyses. In 2006, she was promoted to her current position. She audits laboratories utilizing the FBI’s Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories and has served as an assessor for the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB). Ms. Collins also received her certification through American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) in Molecular Biology.

Ms. Collins’ regular duties include supervising forensic biology analysts, creating grant proposals and making purchases for grants received, providing case management to law enforcement and attorneys, auditing, exploring new technologies in the forensic biology field, general trouble-shooting and problem solving. She presents to college students, law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Teams.

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Melissa Currie, MD, FAAP

Professor, Fellowship Program Director, Medical Director, & Chief
Kosair Charities Division
Pediatric Forensic Medicine
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Louisville, Kentucky

Melissa L. Currie, MD, FAAP is Professor, Fellowship Program Director, Medical Director and Chief of the Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Currie received her medical degree from University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Medical College of Wisconsin. After two years on faculty as a child abuse pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, she returned to Louisville to join the faculty at University of Louisville School of Medicine. With the help of Kosair Charities, she began what is now the Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine in the fall of 2007, which has consulted on thousands of children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana who are suspected victims of child maltreatment. She is Board-Certified in Child Abuse Medicine (Nov 2009.) She sits on the Kentucky Child Fatality Review Panel and provides training about recognition, intervention, investigation and prosecution of child maltreatment to a wide variety of academic and professional audiences. She is a founding member of the Face It® Movement, which is a multidisciplinary community action group that is committed to ending child maltreatment in Jefferson County over the next decade.

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Martin Finkel, DO, FACOP, FAAP

Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director and co-founder/director
Child Abuse Research Education & Service (CARES) Institute
Rowan University - School of Osteopathic Medicine
Stratford, New Jersey

Martin A. Finkel, DO, F.A.C.O.P., F.A.A.P., is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Medical Director and co-founder/director of the Child Abuse Research Education & Service (CARES) Institute at Rowan University - School of Osteopathic Medicine (Formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) In 1987 he established a University Center of Excellence which formed the nidus of what has matured into the CARES Institute. In 2004 the CARES Institute was designated as a statewide resource to inform best practices in the delivery of medical and mental health diagnostic and treatment services. Dr. Finkel is an internationally recognized authority on the medical evaluation and treatment of the child alleged to have been sexually abused. Dr. Finkel was instrumental in developing New Jersey’s statewide network of child abuse diagnostic and treatment centers, the first legislatively created state system of regional centers in the country. These centers of excellence provide services for sexually and physically abused children and educate professionals within the medical, child protection, law enforcement and mental health communities on the evaluation of the child victim. He has been a pioneer in the use of videocolposcopy for the assessment and documentation of residual to sexual abuse. He is the author of the first scientific paper published in the medical literature on the healing and interpretation of acute genital and anal trauma. He has published numerous articles and authored book chapters. The 3rd edition of his textbook Medical Evaluation of the Sexually Abused Child: A practical guide, published in 2009 by the American Academy of Pediatrics was translated in 2011 into Chinese as the first medical reference textbook on child sexual abuse published in China. A Japanese version was published in 2012, a Spanish edition in August of 2015 and Pakistani edition in 2016.

Dr. Finkel has been appointed by eight Governors to co-chair with the Commissioner of Children and Families, New Jersey’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. He was a founding commissioner of New Jersey’s Children’s Trust Fund to prevent child abuse. Dr. Finkel served on the national board of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children where he had oversight for the development of national standards regarding medical terminology and the interpretation of medical findings. He completed a 6-year term on the national board member of Prevent Child Abuse America. He has been actively involved with the development of a training curriculum for developing countries for the International Society on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN). In 2010 he was elected to a 6 year term as an ISPCAN Councilor and in 2012 elected to the Executive committee as Treasurer. In 2012 he received the Ray E. Helfer Society lifetime achievement award and the United States, Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Commissioner’s award. In 2016 he received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

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Vinod Rao, MD, FAAP

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Louisville, Kentucky

Vinod Rao, MD, FAAP is a Board Certified Pediatrician and Board Certified Child Abuse Pediatrician. He received his medical degree from the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, completed a General Pediatrics residency training at Pitt County Memorial Hospital/The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, and completed a Child Abuse Pediatrics fellowship training at Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College. Dr. Rao is one of two Child Abuse Pediatricians at the University of Louisville, Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine and holds the title of Assistant Professor. His clinical practice involves referrals from across the state of Kentucky and parts of southern Indiana regarding children presenting with concerns for possible child maltreatment including but not limited to sexual abuse, physical abuse, psychological abuse, and neglect. Dr. Rao is also the medical director for, and evaluates patients at, the Family and Children’s Place, Kosair Charities, Child Advocacy Centers in Louisville, KY and New Albany, IN. Dr. Rao also participates in multiple hospital based and community/local, meetings, task forces, and multidisciplinary teams that serve children and families for whom there are issues related to possible child maltreatment. Additionally, Dr. Rao has presented on the topic of child maltreatment at hospital based, regional, as well as a national settings.

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Lou Anna Red Corn

Commonwealth Attorney
22nd Judicial Circuit of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Lou Anna Red Corn is in her 31st year as a prosecutor and is the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Kentucky, (Fayette County). Lou Anna was appointed by Governor Matt Bevin in 2016, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of long-time Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson.

Prior to her appointment, Lou Anna worked as an Assistant Fayette County Attorney for 30 years, and served as Larson’s Deputy since 2006. Before becoming a prosecutor Lou Anna was an Assistant Public Advocate (public defender) in Eastern Kentucky, and worked briefly in civil practice.

Lou Anna is a trial attorney. In her career as a prosecutor she has tried more than 225 felony cases, including 51 homicides. Some of the more notable cases include Shane Ragland for the sniper-style killing of UK football player Trent Diguiro; Leonard Neinabor, a Catholic priest who sexually abused parish children over several decades; and Donald Southworth for the murder of his wife Umi. Most recently, she prosecuted Mark Taylor for the kidnaping and murder of UK Chef Alex Johnson.

Lou Anna is an advocate for all victims of crime, but takes a special interest in child victim cases, especially child fatalities from inflicted head trauma, child sexual abuse and child exploitation through electronic solicitation and child pornography. Lou Anna help establish the Fayette County Child Sexual Abuse Multi Disciplinary Team (1989), which still serves as a model for other teams statewide. Lou Anna continues to facilitate the team’s meetings. She was one of the principal authors of the state’s first model protocol for child sexual abuse multi disciplinary teams and was a coauthor of the Kentucky Attorney General’s Child Sexual Abuse Manual in 2003. She has trained for the Kentucky State Police, the Lexington Police Department, and the Department of Criminal Justice Training. She is also a founding and current board member of the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, Inc., having served as both treasurer and secretary.

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Caroline Ruschell

Executive Director
Kentucky Association of Children's Advocacy Centers
Lexington, Kentucky

Caroline Ruschell serves as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Children's Advocacy Centers. In this role, Ms. Ruschell provides training and technical assistance to the 15 Children’s Advocacy Centers in Kentucky. Prior to this role, Ms. Ruschell served as the Director of Administration at the Central Park Conservancy in New York City. Ms. Ruschell received a bachelors degree in integrated strategic communications and a law degree both from the University of Kentucky.

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Jacqueline Sugarman, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Jacqueline M Sugarman, MD, FAAP is Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Sugarman received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She completed a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, joined the faculty in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Louisville and evaluated children at Children First in Louisville (which would later become Children and Families). After a hiatus in private practice in East Tennessee, she returned to Kentucky to join the faculty at University of Kentucky Department of Pediatrics . She has worked at the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass since 2006 and currently serves as Medical Director of the CAC Bluegrass. She is Board-Certified in Child Abuse Medicine. She serves on the Kentucky Multidisciplinary Commission on Child Sexual Abuse.

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