2015 Annual Membership Conference

The Annual Membership Conference provides a forum to discuss issues impacting Child Advocacy Centers, network with colleagues from across New York State and participate in training sessions.



Registration Fee:  $65 per person continental breakfast & lunch included  

Overnight lodging is available at the Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs.  

A block of rooms have been reserved for NYSCA Members at the government rate of $120/night plus tax (use group code SCA to access this rate).  Reservations must be made before October 26th!

Each conference attendee will be provided with 1 night of lodging at the Holiday Inn courtesy of NYSCA. Please contact nysca.coordinator@gmail.com to make arrangements for the complimentary room.

Meeting Agenda

Monday, November 9th

 8:00 – 9:00



9:00 – 9:30



9:30 – 10:00

New York State Forensic Interviewing Best Practices

with Renee Roman, Executive Director, START Children’s Center


10:00 – 10:15



10:15 – 11:45

NCMEC Child Victim Identification Lab:

 An Untapped Resource for CACs

with Ashley Hennekey, Supervisor CVIP, NCMEC


11:45 – 12:45

Lunch Session

Overview of the Justice Center

with Deidre Chuckrow, Associate Counsel, The Justice Center


12:45 – 2:15

Engaging Non-Offending Caregivers 

and its Impact on the Success of a Case

A Panel Discussion with

Naomi Barasch – Senior Director, Queens Child Advocacy Center

Marla Behler – Coordinator, Putnam County Child Advocacy Center

Paul Caron – Non-Offending Caregiver

Julia Hepworth – Director of CPS, Broome County DSS

John Kelly – Law Enforcement Coordinator, Harriet M. West CAC

Danielle Pascale – ADA, Putnam County District Attorney’s Office


2:15 – 2:30



2:30 – 4:00

Multidisciplinary Response to Youth with

Problematic Sexual Behaviors in New York

with Karen Hill, Director of the Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center and Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of NCA


4:00 – 4:30

Less is More and First Responder Training Curricula

with Karen Hill, Director of the Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center


4:30 – 6:00

Networking Reception at Bookmakers


Tuesday, November 10th

8:00 – 8:30



8:30 – 9:30

NYSCA Updates


9:30 – 10:45

Revised NCA Standards

with Alyson Mackenzie, NCA Senior Accreditation Associate


10:45 – 11:00



11:00 – 12:00

Updates from OCFS

with Melaney Szklenka, Child and Family Service Specialist


12:00 – 1:00

Networking Lunch


1:00 – 2:30

A Look at Our Coping Skills: 

Using Humor as an Anecdote to Stress

with Joel Goodman of The Humor Project

For more information, contact:
Lisa Walker
NYSCA Chapter Coordinator