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Carissa Phelps Carissa Phelps, JD: By age 12, Carissa Phelps had run away from home, dropped out of school, and fled blindly into the arms of a pimp who made her walk the hard streets of Central CA. Even when she escaped him she could not outrun the inner pain of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Carissa expected to end up in prison, or worse. But then her life was transformed through the unexpected kindness of a teacher and a counselor. Carissa shares her journey to accomplishing the unimaginable, graduating from UCLA with both a law degree and an MBA. She left the streets behind, yet her path would draw her back, this time working to help homeless and at-risk youth find their way to a better life.
Katherine Robertson Katherine Robertson, MSW, Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy): As the Family Advocacy Program Manager, Ms. Kathy Robertson has the responsibility for policy development, the oversight framework, and budget support of the Family Advocacy Programs (FAP) in the Military Departments supporting military families worldwide. FAP is the DoD program designated to address child abuse and domestic abuse in military families in cooperation with civilian social service agencies and military and civilian law enforcement agencies. Prior to her current position, she was the Head of Policy and Strategy for the Department of the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, and was the Navy’s Deputy Manager for Counseling, Advocacy and Prevention (CAP) Programs. Ms. Kathy Robertson has over 30 years of experience working in management and clinical services in military family programs (Army, OSD, and Navy).
Bryan Samuels Bryan Samuels is the Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF). Samuels has spent his career formulating service delivery innovations and streamlining operations in large government organizations on behalf of children, youth, and families. As Chief of Staff for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Mr. Samuels played a leadership role in managing the day-to-day operations of the third largest school system in the nation with 420,000 students, 623 schools, 44,000 employees, and a $5 billion budget. Prior to this role, from 2003 to 2007, Samuels served as the Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Mr. Samuels holds a Master's Degree from the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy Studies and a Bachelor's of Arts Degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Linda C. Degutis Linda C. Degutis, DrPH, MSN, joined CDC in 2010 as Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Prior to this, Dr. Degutis was Research Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale School of Medicine and Director of the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness (YCPHP) at the Yale School of Public Health. In addition, she directs the Connecticut Partnership for Public Health Workforce Development, part of the New England Alliance for Workforce Development. Dr. Degutis’ research interests have centered on issues related to alcohol and injury, with a particular focus on interventions and policy issues. Dr. Degutis has worked with national, state, and local coalitions on various other efforts that impact public health and public policy and has developed and taught programs on moving from research to advocacy.
Alison Kiehl Friedman Alison Kiehl Friedman, Deputy Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State. Alison Kiehl Friedman joined the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in 2009 as Senior Coordinator for Public Engagement, and now oversees the Office’s grant-making team as well as all public outreach efforts. Prior to her service at the State Department, Ms. Friedman worked as Executive Director of the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET). During her time at ASSET, Ms. Friedman worked to secure passage of the California Supply Chain Transparency Act, a first-of-its-kind law requiring corporations to disclose what if any anti-trafficking policies they have put in place.
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Hotel Information

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The Town & Country is located in the heart of San Diego in Mission Valley, 6 miles from San Diego Lindberg Airport, and 10 minutes from Old Town, San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. Walking distance to San Diego’s largest shopping center Fashion Valley Mall, with 200 shops, restaurants and a movie complex.
Hotel Conference Rates
  Garden Regency Tower Royal Palm
Single $128 + taxes $128 + taxes $149 + taxes
Double $144 + taxes $144 + taxes $168 + taxes
Triple $161 + taxes $161 + taxes $ 185 + taxes

The federal and state government rates are only available for a limited block rooms on a
first-come, first-served basis, when the IVAT Conference is mentioned and with qualified documentation.

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