Nicole Barnet

Dr. Nicole Barnett offers a comprehensive background in biomedical research, education and nursing. She completed her nursing training at Contra Costa College in 1994. She is also an alumna of Oberlin College in Oberlin Ohio , and California State University Dominguez Hills where she earned her BSN and MBA. In August 2005, she earned her doctorate in health sciences from the Nova Southeastern University College of Allied Health and Nursing. Dr. Barnett is also a state certified public health nurse (PHN) and in 2012 achieved her certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Kristy Brodeur

Kristy Brodeur has been interviewing child abuse victims for 18 years, and is currently a Senior Child Interview Specialist and Training Coordinator at CALICO Center, Alameda County's Child Advocacy Center. Kristy has conducted approx 3000 interviews of suspected child abuse victims, sexually exploited children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Kristy has also facilitated over 300 trainings on interviewing child abuse victims, resiliency and the child abuse professionals, mandating reporting laws and responsibilities and interviewing victim's with intellectual disabilities. She has presented trainings locally, state wide and internationally. Kristy is a tenured faculty member at John F Kennedy University. She earned her Bachelors' Degree in Psychology and Human Development, and her Master's Degree in Consulting Psychology. In 2012, Kristy was awarded the National Children's Advocacy Center's award for Outstanding Service Award.


Paul Gero

Paul is the Assistant District Attorney at the Napa County District Attorney's Office in Napa, California.  He has been a prosecutor for 15 years and specialized in child sexual assault cases.  Paul has handled many high profile cases including obtaining an 800 year sentence for a serial child molester and a first degree murder conviction on a 37 year old cold case rape and murder.  He is also a Sexual Assault Mentor for state prosecutors.  Paul spearheaded the opening of the Courage Center, Napa's Child Advocacy Center, and its national certification by the National Children's Alliance.  He developed the memorandum of understanding, linking the Courage Center with the One Stop Center in Lusaka.  In 2012, Paul was named Prosecutor of the Year by California District Attorneys Association.  He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Erin Harper

Erin is a Child Interview Specialist and Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) Coordinator for CALICO. She has been trained in forensic interview practices at locations across the state and nationally at the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama and the National Children’s Alliance in Washington D.C. As MDT Coordinator, she helps oversee CALICO’s protocols, team data evaluation and agency coordination. Erin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania magna cum laude with a B.A. in European History. She received her J.D. from UC-Hastings College of the Law. At Hastings, she was a member of the Constitutional Law Quarterly and won the Best Brief award at the National Evans Moot Court Constitutional Law Competition. Prior to joining CALICO, she was an Associate Attorney at Pillsbury.

Lisa Lewis Javar

Lisa Lewis Javar is the Executive Director of a five county sexual assault response team in Northern California. She is a certified adult and pediatric forensic nurse examiner who has been working in the field of sexual violence for over 15 years. Her team of four forensic nurse examiners was selected as Medical Provider of the Year by the Child Abuse Prevention Council in 2011 for Solano County and Lisa was honored with that same award the following year in Napa County. Lisa’s strong belief that agency collaboration can truly benefit and enhance the services for victims and their families is demonstrated by the partnership and the sister center relationship with The Courage Center a muti-displinary interview center for children in Napa, California and the One STOP Center in Lusaka, Zambia. In 2011 Lisa was one of four people that traveled to Zambia as part of the first Zambian/USA exchange program.

John McDonald

John (JR) McDonald has been in law enforcement for 18 years. For eight of those years he was a child abuse/sexual assault Detective. He is currently working in child abuse/sexual assault for the Napa County District Attorney's Office.

He wrote the law enforcement component for first responders to child physical and sexual assault as my senior thesis. He was the law enforcement instructor for this subject for over 600 sworn peace officers in Marin County. He is a child forensic interviewer and has been involved with hundreds of child interviews.

Karen Meredith

Karen Meredith has been a prosecutor with the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for over 33 years and is currently the Realignment Coordinator, after having been the Assistant in-charge of the Hayward and Head of the child sexual assault vertical prosecution team. Karen spent 8 years on-site at CALICO, Alameda County's child advocacy center, where she facilitated child abuse forensic interviews and worked closely and collaboratively with all agencies “governmental and private“ involved in the investigation of child abuse.  Karen is the immediate past chair of the California Network of Child Advocacy Centers and is involved statewide in the training of police officers and social workers on the forensic interviewing of children.


Laura Silva

Laura Silva is a Criminalist for the Oakland Police Department Crime Lab.  She specializes in Forensic Biology (DNA) and is responsible for the examination and interpretation of findings from physical evidence collected in a variety of crimes including homicide, sexual assault and property crime.   Additional responsibilities include crime scene processing, validation of laboratory instrumentation and protocols and active involvement with a multidisciplinary case review team (CALICO) for child abuse in Alameda County. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science in Infectious Disease and Immunity.