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Melanie Rieger Conf. May 30-31

Date: Wednesday - May 30, 2012
Time: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Welte Auditorium


The 16th Annual Melanie Ilene Rieger Memorial Conference: 
May 30-31, 2012

Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050

(please submit scholarship form along with registration form)

THEME: “Resilience After Devastation: Putting the Pieces Back Together”


Among scheduled speakers are:

  • EDIE LUTNICK: Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund & Author of “An Unbroken Bond: The Untold Story of How the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald Families Faced the Tragedy of 9/11 & Beyond”
  • MARY FETCHET: Co-Founder & Director of Voices of September 11th speaking on “Voices of September 11th: Reflecting on the Past, Looking Forward to the Future”
  • JAMES HOLLER presenting "I Thought He Was My Friend: The Internet, A Molester's Paradise"
  • LUNDY BANCROFT presenting "Healing & Recovery in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence"

Many national & state crime victims and survivors will speak on their tragedies and how they survived to accomplish some amazing deeds in support of other crime victims & survivors.

Projected Audience: social workers, educators & students, crime victims, advocates and those in correction, law enforcement and criminal justice.

REGISTRATION FORMS:  Registration froms will be mailed late February, early March

CEU’s and CEC’s will be awarded.


Wednesday May 30, 2012

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast & Registration (Welte Hall)

9:00-10:00 am Opening Ceremonies (Welte Hall)
Presentation of the Colors:
  • Aaron Noel Treppeda, Soloist
  • Dr. Jack Miller, President, Central Connecticut State University
  • Rev. Anthony Bruno, Director of Religious Services, Department of Correction
  • Commissioner Leo Arnone, Department of Correction
  • Ms. Linda J. Cimino, Director, Office of Victim Services
  • Dr. Samuel L. Rieger, father of Melanie
  • Michelle Cruz, Connecticut Victim Advocate

10:00-11:00 am Keynote Speaker (Welte Hall)

Mary Fetchet
Dir, Voices of September 11th
Reflecting on the Past, Looking Forward to the Future

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Keynote Speaker (Welte Hall)

Edie Lutnick
Dir, Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund
An Unbroken Bond: The Untold Story of How the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald Families Faced the Tragedy of 9/11 and Beyond

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch (Memorial Hall, 2nd Floor)

Art Exhibit Opens

1:45-2:45 pm Breakout Session I (Student Center)
  1. Mary Fetchet, Eddie Lutnick, et al
      Voices of Sept 11th featuring survivors & first responders
  2. Bill Jenkins
      What to Do After the Police Leave: A Guide to the First Days of Traumatic Loss
  3. Barry Schreier, Dir, UCONN Mental Health Counseling Center
      From Campus Violence to Community of Caring: How One Campus Picked Up the Pieces In the Aftermath
  4. Linda J. Cimino, Dir, CT Office of Victim Services
      Update of the CT Savin System(CT Statewide Automated Victim Information & Notification System)
  5. Howard Krieger, Ph.D., CT Resource Group LLC
      Healing Your Brain After Trauma
  6. Chester Fairlie & Suzette Jones: Survivors of Homicide
      Function & Goals of a Survivors of Homicide Support Group
  7. Liz Burne: CT Canine Search & Rescue
      Cold Cases: CT Canine Searches

3:00-3:30 pm Special Presentation - A Play (Welte Hall)
"Hear Us" The Voices & Thoughts of Homicide Survivors

3:30-4:30 pm Victim's Panel (Welte Hall) - "Resilience After Devastation: Putting the Pieces Back Together"
  • Dr. Michael Schultz, Department of Children & Families, Moderator
  • Alvin Notice, The Tiana Angelique Notice Foundation
  • Rey Michaud, Child Sexual Assault Victim Advocate
  • Suzette Jones, Survivors of Homicide
  • Laura Callachan, CCSU student
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  Thursday May 31, 2012

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast & Registration (Welte Hall)

9:00-10:15 am Keynote Speaker (Welte Hall)

Lundy Bancroft
Healing & Recovery in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

10:30-11:30 am Criminal Justice Panel - "Victim's Rights: The Police, State's Attorney, Court Based Victim Advocate & the Courts: How the Pieces Fit"
  • Hon. Susan Handy, Superior Court Judge
  • Atty. Kevin Kane, Chief State’s Attorney
  • Kitt Tierney, Court Based Victim Advocate
  • Beau Thurnauer, Deputy Chief, East Hartford Police Dept

11:45-1:00 pm Keynote Speaker (Welte Hall)

James Holler, Holler Training
I Thought He Was My Friend: The Internet: A Molester's Paradise

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1:00-2:00 pm Lunch (Memorial Hall, 2nd Floor)

Art Exhibit Closes

2:00-3:00 pm Breakout Session II (Student Center)
  1. Lundy Bancroft
      Reforming the Broken Child Custody System
  2. James Holler: Holler Training
      How Child Molesters Use the Internet to Sexually Exploit Children
  3. Maggie Luddy: Maggie's Mission
      Don't Be Too Late
  4. Michelle Cruz: Office of the Victim Advocate
      After the Dust Settles: Crime Victims As Advocates for Legislative & Community Reforms
  5. Marilyn Gambrell: No More Victims Inc.(Houston, TX)
      Hopeless to Healing
  6. Darren Berse, Schoolnami Inc
  7. Maria Bouffard, Yale University
      Planning For Socially Vulnerable Populations During An Emergency

3:15-4:15 pm Keynote Speaker (Welte Hall)

Leslie Charles: Trainingworks
Finding Resilience: Regenerating Hope

4:15-4:30 pm
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