Leadership

 

Initial Founding Working Group 

NCCASP is a new organization looking to brings multidisciplinary teams and child protection professionals together to strengthen the voice for children in need.  The initial founding working group will guide the implementation of NCCASP’s mission.

 

Randi King, JD

Randi King currently serves as the Chief Prosecutor of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office Family Law Division. She has prosecuted Child Protective Services cases, juvenile crime, and domestic violence protective orders since 1995. She assists in felony criminal prosecutions in cases in which Child Protective Services is involved. Randi has participated in CASA of Southeast Texas new volunteer training for 18 years and it energized her every time. She serves on the Garth House Child Advocacy Center Board of Directors, Executive Board as Secretary (2 terms), Vice-President, and President (2 terms), and Professional Standards Committee; Jefferson County Child Fatality Review Team, Foster Care Task Force, Adoption Day Committee and Juvenile Board Citizens’ Advisory Council; the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force, and has been vice president of Beaumont Community Partners for Children. She organized the county’s Baby Moses law publicity program and regularly makes presentations to community groups and child abuse professionals. Ms. King is honored to have received the 2001 Southeast Texas CASA Child Advocate of the Year Award and the 2006 Texas CASA Lone Star Proud for Kids Award.

 

Dr. Barbara Knox, MD

Dr. Barbara Knox is the Medical Director of the University of Wisconsin Child Protection Program at the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Knox completed her residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She then completed a fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center before joining the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin, where she is currently an Associate Professor. Dr. Knox is board certified in General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics. Dr. Knox is Chair of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Child Abuse and Neglect and is a member of the Ray E. Helfer Society of Child Abuse Physicians. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board that administers the Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund. She is also a team member serving on the Department of Justice’s Statewide Child Fatality review team that advises state agencies and the Legislature on law, policy and practice modification in an on-going effort to reduce preventable childhood deaths. She co-directs a statewide Medical Peer Review project in Wisconsin. Areas of research interest for Dr. Knox include child physical/psychological torture as a form of child abuse and sexual torture as a form of child abuse. Dr. Knox has published on many topics, including child torture as a form of child abuse, burns of abuse, abusive head trauma, and is currently an editor for three textbooks relating to child maltreatment. She also reviews current child abuse medical research journal articles for The Quarterly Update. As part of her practice, she cares for children who have been or are suspected of being victims of physical abuse sexual abuse and neglect.

Pamela J. Watkins, PsyD, MA, MJ, MAS

Pamela J. Watkins, PsyD, MA, MJ, MAS, is a forensic psychologist, researcher, mental health professional, and infant/preschooler clinician with a particular area of specialization involving Munchausen by proxy abuse. Her training has included forensic interviewing, the administration of neurological, psychological, and trauma assessments, detailed forensic and psychological report writing, testifying, and journal editing and article reviews representing various aspects of child abuse, child maltreatment, and Munchausen by proxy investigations. Additionally, she has testified in court on elder abuse investigations regarding Munchausen by proxy. Critically, Dr. Watkins has continued to focus her career highlighting the most current research, socio-legal and psychological procedures, placements, and policies involving Munchausen by proxy abuse, while continuing to review both criminal and civil case matters involving Munchausen by proxy litigation. Dr. Watkins, who is based in San Diego, CA, travels and presents her studies on Munchausen by proxy extensively, by attending various child/disabled/elder abuse conferences across the United States, yearly.  Dr. Watkins has dedicated both her academic and professional career towards engaging and enlightening professionals regarding the multi-faceted aspects of the most lethal form of abuse, also known as Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another (Previously Factitious Disorder by Proxy). During her academic, clinical, and professional training, Dr. Watkins’ advocacy regarding the complex nature of Medical Child Abuse has allowed her to gain considerable insights from various disciplines, including forensic and clinical psychology, law, criminology, and now, the research within faith-based communities. Dr. Watkins attended Alliant International University for her doctorate in clinical and forensic psychology (PsyD/2014), Loyola Chicago Law School for her Masters in Child Policy and Law (MJ/2015), and graduating from the University of California, Irvine, with a Masters in Sociology, Criminology and Law (MAS/2016), honored with academic distinction in all three programs as Magna Cum Laude. This past May 2017, Dr. Watkins was accepted into Fuller Theological Seminary to begin her Masters of Divinity (M.Div) in an effort to further child abuse/elder abuse investigations within the faith-based communities. Prior to entering graduate school, Dr. Watkins was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) within the Juvenile Justice Department of the San Diego courts, affiliated with Voices for Children during the late 1980s-1990s; and in the 1980s, during her undergraduate journalism studies while at San Diego State University, she interned alongside of award-winning investigative television news reporters and newspaper journalists, gaining critical insights into the news, public relations and media realm. Lastly, and most importantly, Dr. Watkins is happily married to her high school prom date Rick, who is a custom jewelry designer based in Encinitas, CA. Dr. Watkins and her husband have raised four grown children, and now are the proud grandparents of three small grandchildren, all whom call her “Peaches.” She is a proud member of APSAC, CAPSAC, SNAP, NCCASP, and GRACE.

 

Honorable Denise Langford Morris 6th Circuit, Michigan

Judge Langford Morris is a graduate of Wayne State University, undergraduate and graduate school, and the University of Detroit Law School.  She has served on the Circuit Court since 1992.  Previously, Judge Langford Morris was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Civil Division, an Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor, and an Child Protective Services Investigator.  She hears child welfare cases in her courtroom.

 

For More Information Contact:

Ann Ratnayake  Macy J.D./BBA

ann.ratn@nccasp.org

202-930-51454

Ann

Ann Ratnayake is the Executive  Director at the National Center for Child Abuse Statistics and Policy. Ann began her career working on children’s  issues at the National District Attorneys Association’s National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse.

As a Senior Staff Attorney, she worked strategically as a liaison between state prosecutors and federally funded child abuse initiatives. Ann assisted front-line prosecutors on functioning as a subject matter expert. She has drafted legislation, reports and memorandums on child abuse, neglect and other criminal justice issues.  Ann supervised attorneys, communicated with stakeholders and configured grant applications to meet the needs of the field.  She also managed and tracked deliverables, and wrote the final, progress, and semiannual reports for 5.9 million dollars of Department of Justice grant funding.

She managed complex trial advocacy trainings, conferences, and wrote for NDAA’s publications. Her main area of research focuses on addressing family and domestic violence within the in the framework of the criminal justice system.  Her articles include U.S. v. Jones: Signaling Change to Search and Seizure under the Fourth Amendment, Juvenile Sex Offenses: Finding Justice, and Berghuis v. Thompkins: Invocation and Waiver of the Miranda Right to Remain Silent, and The Confrontation Clause After Ohio v. Clark: The Path to Reinvigorating Evidenced-Based Prosecution in Intimate Partner Violence Cases was co-published by NDAA and the George Washington Law Review.  She has also written three chapters for the Ameican Bar Association’s State of Criminal Justice Book Series.

Ann serves on the leadership of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar  Association (ABA) as chair of the Victim’s Committee,  will be a member of the Criminal Justice Council for the 2018 -2019 year, and was appointed a member of the ABA’s Commission on Youth at Risk for 2018-2019.  Ann was also honored to be accepted into the class of 2018 for the Presidental Leadership Scholars Program as an agent of change.

Ann has also worked on Capitol Hill for the Texas 17 District, at the International Trade Administration, and for the Western District of Texas – Waco Division, Federal Court.  She is licensed to practice law in both Texas and the District of Columbia Bar.  She graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University Mays School of Business in 2005 where she received the Ford Foundation Scholar Award, and from Baylor University Law School in 2009 where she was awarded the Alice Gist Dunaway Foundation Professional Responsibility Award and the Dean’s Academic Excellence Award.  Ann is an advocate for policies that eradicate family violence.

 

 

 

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Finance Director 

Bipin Badhe

Bipin earned his MS in Computers/Information Science from Cleveland State University and his MBA in Finance from George Washington University School of Business. Bipin has over 20 years of experience in Finance, Technology, Project Management and operations at Thomson Reuters, ABC Imaging, AARP and Rosetta Stone. Bipin is responsible for establishing financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems. He oversees costs, general accounting, and utilizing and maximizing donations for mission-driven goals. In his spare time, Bipin enjoys hosting art exhibits, cultural events and training for triathlons.

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Director of Advocacy 

Michael Buse

Michael Buse works as a legislative assistant at a federal relations firm and specializes by trade in the spaces of transportation and agricultural policy. Through his work in multiple federal relations offices, in addition to his education, Michael has become familiar with the federal policymaking process and the congressional branch. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University.

 

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Communications Consultant

Bethany Irvine

Bethany earned her B.A.  in Political Science and Communications from Texas A&M University graduating cum laude. She served in a marketing, communications, and public relations role for the George H.W. Bush  Presidential Library and Museum from 2016 -2018.  Bethany is working on NCCASP’s Fighting Child Torture: Addressing the Gaps in U.S. State Criminal Codes campaign.

 

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     Research Fellow 

Chandler Dawson

Chandler Dawson is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Data Science for Public Policy at Georgetown University. He graduated from Texas A&M Univerity with a degree in Political Science where he was an undergraduate research scholar.  He has also worked at the Office of Trade and Economic Analysis in the Commerce Department, The Project for Equity Representation and Governance, and the Mosbacher Institute.