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Richmond Hill City Center|Richmond Hill

February 3-4, 2020

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Conference Presenters


Pat King, RN

Presentation Title:

Suspicious Deaths & Elder Mistreatment: Hiding in Plain Sight

Date of Presentation: Monday, February 3, 2020

Time of Presentation: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Co-Presenter: GBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Heather Strickland

Pat King is a forensic nurse with extensive experience addressing the issue of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults and adults with disabilities (at-risk adults). She is the Manager of the Forensic Special Investigations Unit (FSIU) in the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Aging Services (DAS). Her specific areas of interest are suspicious deaths of at-risk adults, human trafficking of at-risk adults for monthly benefits and trauma-informed care for at-risk adults. Pat is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences and she has co-authored several articles on various aspects of at-risk adult abuse. She recently returned to school to obtain her Masters in Nursing in Forensic Nursing.


GBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Heather Strickland

Presentation Title:

Suspicious Deaths & Elder Mistreatment: Hiding in Plain Sight

Date of Presentation: Monday, February 3, 2020

Time of Presentation: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Co-Presenter: Pat King, RN

Special Agent (SA) Strickland is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently attending Columbus State University for her Master’s Degree in Public Administration.  She has been in State law enforcement for 19 years. Agent Strickland joined the GBI in 2002, where she worked in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and then the Atlanta Field Office.


SA Strickland was promoted in 2015 to the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Crimes Against Disabled Adults and Elderly (CADE) for

the GBI. In this position, she focuses on investigations of and trainings related to the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of disabled adults and the elderly. SA Strickland is a frequent presenter at State and National Conferences on the topic of crimes against disabled adults and the elderly, as well as trafficking and suspicious deaths. She co-facilitates the State-Wide At-Risk Adult Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (ANE) Work Group. SA Strickland is the recipient of the 2017 State Long Term Care Ombudsman’s Martha Eaves Award and the 2018 Georgia Gerontology Society Citation of Merit Award. 


Brad Dixon, Esq.

Presentation Title:

It Begins with Understanding: Surviving Cross-Examination

Date of Presentation: Monday, February 3, 2020

Time of Presentation: 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Brad served in the Army JAG Corps for over eight years. He was one of 23 Special Victims Prosecutors, Army-wide, and subsequently served in a training role, traveling the Army and training all prosecutors. Later, he was assigned to be a defense counsel at Fort Stewart Trial Defense Services, and he left active duty as a Major in 2018. While he still serves in the Reserves, Brad operates a solo practice in Richmond Hill, focusing his practice on criminal defense and family law. He is married to the beautiful and talented Ivona Dixon, and has two boys: Charlie (7) and Vance (4).


GBI Special Agent III, John Barry

Presentation Title:

The Battle Rages On: Child Sex Trafficking and Pornography

Date of Presentation: Monday, February 3, 2020

Time of Presentation: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

John Barry is a Special Agent (SA) with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and 30 year veteran of law enforcement. Previously a narcotic agent with the Chatham Savannah Counter Narcotics Team and a Pooler Police Officer, after joining the GBI, SA Barry was assigned to the Statesboro Regional Office. While assigned to this office, he worked a wide-range of criminal cases, including homicide, armed robbery, child abuse/molestation, theft, aggravated assault, and rape. In November of 2011, SA Barry transferred to the Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC) where he currently conducts undercover proactive and reactive investigations involving violent crimes

against children. These types of investigations include possession, distribution manufacturing of child pornography and solicitation of minors via the Internet and Child Sex trafficking investigations. SA Barry holds an Associate Degree from St. Leo University and a Bachelor Degree from Eastern Illinois University. He holds a Georgia Peace Officer Basic Certification, Intermediate and Advanced Level Certifications, Supervisory Certification, GBI SA Certification, and is a POST Instructor. SA Barry is currently a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Southeastern Child Exploitation Task Force, U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General's Project Safe Childhood Initiative and Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Agent.


Karla Hillen, MS, LCSW

Presentation Title: Navigating the Turbulent Waters of Post-Trauma Behaviors: Understanding the Neurobiology of Trauma

Date of Presentation: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Time of Presentation: 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Karla Hillen is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Richmond Hill, GA. Karla is the owner/founder of Richmond Hill Family Counseling Center since 2005. She is certified EMDR therapist for over 20 years. Karla was in the US Army Band for 11 years before getting into the field of psychotherapy. In 1992, she started her career working for a rape crisis center in Norfolk, VA. She also was the Chief of Social Work/Family Advocacy in Wiesbaden, Germany, accessing and treating military families for domestic violence. Karla practiced on Fort Stewart, working with military families and combat veterans before starting her private practice.

Karla has been married for 35 years to Jamie. They have 2 children and 5 amazing grandchildren. Karla is a master gardener, avid ballroom dancer, world traveler, and still performs music professionally. Karla has presented at multiple conferences on trauma, family therapy, and self-care.


Dr. Trinity Ingram-Jones

Presentation Title:

Evidence-Based Referral and Management of Pediatric Sexual Abuse Victims: What Does the Literature Say?

Date of Presentation: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Time of Presentation: 9:45 am - 11:45 pm

Dr. Trinity Ingram-Jones graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Auburn University, and she earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with an emphasis in executive-level administration, a post-MSN certificate in Advanced Child Health (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist), and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with an emphasis in clinical leadership from the University of South Alabama. She also completed post-doctoral training as a legal nurse consultant through the University of Georgia. Dr. Ingram-Jones is a board-​certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Forensic Nurse, and Pediatric, Adolescent, and Adult Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.

Dr. Ingram-Jones is the owner of Ingram-Jones & Associates and the Executive Director of Serenity Hill, collectively referred to as "The Cottage," a free-standing, community-based, medical-forensic practice in Richmond Hill, where she provides care to children who have suffered various forms of maltreatment, as well as adult sexual assault patients. For many years, served as the medical-forensic representative to the Bryan and Liberty County Child Fatality Review Boards, and she coordinated Bryan County's Board from February 2015 until mid-June 2019. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Ingram-Jones is also an adjunct professor in a doctoral and graduate-level nurse practitioner program, and she has worked as an adjunct or full-time professor at colleges and universities across the country since 2004. Dr. Ingram-Jones has developed and managed multiple forensic and sexual assault medical-forensic examiner (SAMFE) clinical programs in the Civilian and Military sectors, and she has developed and taught the pediatric and adult/adolescent SAMFE didactic and clinical training programs across the country for many years. She has extensive experience writing clinical medical-forensic and sexual assault response team (SART) policies and procedures. Dr. Ingram-Jones has been qualified as an expert witness in multiple jurisdictions in multiple states across the country and frequently testifies as such in criminal and civil cases for both the prosecution and defense counsel. 

Dr. Ingram-Jones is the President of the Georgia Association of Forensic Nurses, Secretary of the Forensic Nursing Certification Board, serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Forensic Nursing, is the President of Serenity Hill, Inc. and is the President of the Victoria Bristow Memorial EMS Scholarship Program. She is also a member of the End Violence Against Women International Caudre of Medical-Forensic Experts, Academy of Forensic Science, and International Association of Forensic Nurses. Dr. Ingram-Jones is the co-author and reviewer of multiple books and other scholarly publications, and she is a frequently invited lecturer at professional conferences and training seminars at the local, state, national, and international levels. 


Britnee Kinard

Presentation Title: After All, They Are “Man’s Best Friend!” The Canine’s Role in Facilitating a Trauma- Informed Response to Victims of Crime

Date of Presentation: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Time of Presentation: 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Britnee Kinard had a high profile career in business before dedicating herself to caring and advocating for wounded veterans. Currently, she is President and Founder of SD Gunner Fund which was established in June 2014 to assist veterans and exceptional children with the financial expense of owning much needed service animals. In 2005 Britnee’s husband, Hamilton, was hit by an IED while serving in Iraq and suffered many traumatic injuries including Complete Nerve Damage, Cortical Blindness, and Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. In 2010, their son Blayne was born and he was later diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Their second son, Maks, was born in 2012, and in 2013 Gunner, their service dog, joined the family.  

Britnee, a Lincoln Award Winner and often seen as one of the most influential disabled veteran caregivers in the coastal southeastern United States, has been recognized by Georgia Senator’s Hill of the 4th, Hill of the 6th, Dugan of the 30th and Harbison of the 15th in Georgia Senate Resolution 475 for her work with veterans and caregivers. She has also been recognized by Georgia Congressman Rick Allen, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs Johnny Isakson for her work with Veterans. Kinard is noted for her signature role in getting one of the first mobility service dog’s approved through the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Southeast Region. It just so happens that the service dog was her husband’s. Kinard is listed in the Who’s Who of Distinguished Alumni, and was honored by her alumni with the MTSU True Blue Distinction Award for her work with veterans and caregivers. Her accomplishments have been published in the United States by People Magazine (exclusive), Good House Keeping Magazine (online), The Today Show (online), Mississippi Magazine, Oxford Invitation, Pilot Club International Magazine, Military Order of the Purple Heart Magazine, and many others. Her work has also been published in the UK by the Daily Mail and Britain Weekly, and in Australia as well as Holland. Kinard also serves as the Savannah Caregiver Coordinator for Operation Homefront’s Hearts of Valor, a non-profit organization that seeks to honor the service and sacrifice of the people who care for our nation’s wounded, ill or injured warriors by providing a community of support based on a foundation of empathy and mutual understanding. Kinard is a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.