Megan Marietta -
St. Louis Public Schools

Megan Marietta, MSW, LCSW has been the Manager of Social Work Services for St. Louis Public Schools since 2010.  Prior to joining SLPS, she worked at the Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis for six years and over the course of her employment with the Center, she served the roles of Victim Advocate, Therapist, and Forensic Interviewer.  Megan has managed a part-time private practice in St. Louis since 2007 providing services to children who are the victims of trauma.  She has also worked in the areas of juvenile delinquency and substance abuse.


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Yolanda Johnson (West) -
St. Louis City Children's Division

Yolanda Johnson, BA, MM is a Children Service Specialist with St. Louis City Children’s Division. She has worked at the Children’s Division for over 14 years in the capacity of Children’s Service Specialist, Foster Care Supervisor, Adoption Specialist and Foster Care Worker. Yolanda previously served as the Program Coordinator of the Centene location and as a Family Empowerment Specialist for Saint Louis Crisis Nursery. Yolanda is a continuous advocate against child abuse and neglect with over 20 years’ experience in the areas of foster care, adoptions, prevention; serving as a member of the Urban League Head Start Policy Committee.



Mary Mogg -
Missouri Alliance for Children and Families

Mary Mogg, MSW is the Regional Training Manager for Missouri Alliance for Children and Families. Before taking this position in March 2014, Mary worked at the Children’s Division for fifteen years. During her time with Children’s Division, she held the positions of Older Youth Specialist, Program Manager over Child Abuse and Neglect, and case manager.



Dan Underwood -
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Dan Underwood, JD is the Managing Attorney of the Children’s Legal Alliance, a program of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, which assists with keeping kids in school and ensuring that children get access to appropriate educational resources.  Previously, Dan served as Director of the Youth Advocacy Unit for the Missouri State Public Defender System in St. Louis and worked as a Legal Officer for the St. Louis City Family Court where he prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases.  Dan has presented extensively on special education advocacy and the rights of children and families attempting to obtain special education services.



Tony Cavaletti -
St. Louis County Police Department

Sergeant Tony Cavaletti has been the Detective Sergeant of the St. Louis County Police Department Child Abuse Unit since January 2015. Prior to that assignment, Sergeant Cavaletti was a detective in the Child Abuse Unit for 6 years. The Child Abuse Unit investigates physical and sexual abuse allegations of children in the St. Louis County region. He is currently in his 16th year of law enforcement with the St. Louis County Police.

Connilee Christie -
Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis

Connilee Christie, MSW is a forensic interviewer and trainer with the Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis. Prior to working in St. Louis, she was a forensic interviewer and executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of East Central Missouri. Connilee has trained professionals throughout the state on child abuse and neglect issues.

Tanya Gasper -
St. Louis City Family Court

Tanya Gasper, BSW, MA is a Deputy Juvenile Officer with the Saint Louis City Family Court-Juvenile Division ( Delinquency/Supervision Unit). Prior to working for the Family Court, she worked for over 16 years with the St. Louis City Children Division as a Children’s Service Specialist, Family Centered Services Supervisor, Family Centered Services Worker, and Foster Care Case Manager. Tanya is a passionate and devoted advocate with over 18 years’ experience working with children, teens, and families facing a range of complex challenges surrounding child abuse and neglect, youth delinquency, education, and community support.

Alison Gee -
Parents as Teachers

Alison Gee, MPH, is VP of Government and Community Engagement for Parents as Teachers National Center. She has a 30-year background in advocating for maternal and child health and for reproductive justice. Alison worked on development and implementation of the Missouri Medicaid Managed Care (MC+) program, and has played a key role in the development, drafting and passage of Missouri state legislation on pre-natal substance abuse, collaborative practice regulations, and maternal and child health care reform. Alison lives in St. Louis City with her wife and is the foster-adoptive mother of two adult sons, and a grandmother.

Phyllis Miller -
YWCA Regional Sexual Assault Center

Phyllis Miller, LCSW has been the Director for the YWCA Women’s Resource Center/St. Louis Regional Sexual Assault Center since January 2013. Services she manages include Survivor Support Services/Therapy, Crisis Intervention and Prevention Education. Prior to working for the YWCA, Phyllis worked for over 20 years with Family Resource Center with a mission of preventing and treating child abuse and neglect. In her work she has utilized various evidence based practices specific to trauma and the treatment of families and children at high risk for child abuse and neglect.

Nahid Nader-Hashemi -
Washington University

Nahid Nader-Hashemi, PhD is a specialist in Early Childhood Education and research. She is a consultant at Washington University, and also provides consultation services for public and private sector entities. Dr. Nader-Hashemi served as Executive Director of Early Childhood Education for the St. Louis Board of Education until 2010.

Katrina Orlet -
Children's Home Society of Missouri

Katrina Orlet, MSW, LCSW is a Family Development Specialist at Children's Home Society. She has worked in social services, with a concentration on family well-being, for over 20 years. At CHS, and previously at St. Anthony's Medical Center and St. Louis City Children’s Division, Trina’s focus is on building capacity to care for complex family problems, and community collaboration to improve services for everyone.

DiTallianna Patterson
Good Shepherd Children and Family Services

DiTallianna Patterson, MSW, LMSW is a young professional who has been the Family Finding Coordinator at Good Shepherd Children and Family Services since June of 2014. Before serving in this capacity, DiTallianna worked with high-risk youth and young adults doing STD/HIV Prevention work at The SPOT Youth Center at the Washington University School of Medicine. She also has experience in case management, suicide and crisis intervention, youth/adult program planning, and research/evaluation. In her current role, her work focuses on Program Development, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation, as well as direct clinical practice with youth in foster care doing grief and loss work. Working with children and families within the Foster Care System has always been her passion, and she hopes to positively impact their lives on a programmatic and systems level in the near future.

Linda Shaw -
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center

Linda Shaw, MD, MSSW is a Child Abuse Pediatrician who has been working with families around abuse and neglect for 25 years. Currently she is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Child Protection at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.  Her academic career has been as a clinician-educator.  She has placed a major focus on regional and state committee work regarding child abuse and neglect, including child fatalities, as well as consultation to and testimony for child protective and legal investigators. Dr. Shaw is the proud mother of 3 children and 6 grandchildren. 



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