2nd Annual Summit

2nd Annual Statewide Summit on Juvenile Justice

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance will present the 2nd Annual Statewide Summit on Juvenile Justice with the Natrona County Prevention Coalition on Thursday, June 7 from 10:00am-4:00pm in Casper at the Hilton Garden Inn. Registration is $50.

The summit will feature a fireside chat with Natrona County Circuit Court Judge Brian Christensen, a presentation on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research from Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund consultant Dr. Jennifer Davis, a panel discussion with community leaders including Casper Mayor Ray Pacheco, and a roundtable to help attendees put afterschool to work in their communities.

We encourage attendance from groups including the School Resource Officers (SRO) Association, Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police, Community Juvenile Service Boards, Diversion Officers, County Attorneys, Child Protection Teams, and Afterschool Programs. Continuing education credits will be available for law enforcement and attorneys.

Continuing education credits will be available for law enforcement and attorneys. The $50 registration may be paid in advance online, by mail or at the door with a check, or with a school voucher.

RSVP for the Forum:

Payment Options:

  • Pay in Advance Online: Click here.
  • Pay by Check: Mail your check to Wyoming Afterschool Alliance, 933 Main Street, Suite 7, Lander, WY 82520
  • Pay by School Voucher: Bring your paperwork to the forum.

Continuing Education Credits:

  • Wyoming Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST): A certificate of completion will be provided.
  • CLE Credits: Approved for 5.25 General Credits by the Wyoming State Bar

Hilton Garden Inn

Featured Speakers

Dr. Jennifer Davis, Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund

Jennifer Davis is a 2001 graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She currently specializes in preterm infants and children with disabilities. Recently Jennifer had the opportunity to become the Consultant for the Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund. She is enjoying the challenge of advocating for prevention efforts to drive our systems across Wyoming. Jennifer provides trainings across the state related to child development (typical and atypical), safe sleep, Ages and Stages (ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE) developmental screening tools, and Healthy Moms, Happy Babies (a domestic violence curriculum for home visitors). Jennifer is an adjunct professor for Human Anatomy and Physiology, as well as Medical Ethics at Laramie County Community College. Jennifer Davis enjoys spreading her passion for prevention of child abuse and neglect across the state in an effort to improve family stability.

Judge Brian Christensen, Natrona County Circuit Court Seventh Judicial District State of Wyoming

Judge Brian Christensen was appointed by Governor Matt Mead to the Circuit Court in 2014. He was elected to the Wyoming State Circuit Court Judges’ Conference in 2015 and presently serves as the Chairman. Judge Christensen has more than 29 years of experience as a prosecuting attorney for the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office including general criminal trial experience with an emphasis on juvenile criminal justice and child protection issues. He provided District Attorney oversight and coordination of the Youth Diversion Program, Children’s Advocacy Project and the Natrona County Circuit Court Juvenile Probation Program (Student Court).

Ray Pacheco, Casper Mayor

Casper Mayor Ray Pacheco is the GEAR UP Regional Director at Casper College. He was born and raised in Casper, left for four years to receive his degree in political science from Carroll College in Helena, Montana but returned to make Casper his home. He has his master’s in social work from the University of Wyoming, which he received in 2011. Before coming to GEAR UP, Ray worked for 11 years at St. Anthony School.

Victor Orr, Casper Self Help Center Advocate

Victor Orr has been in the prevention field for 30 years.  In that time he has developed nationally recognized programs designed to prevent violence towards women.  He is employed by the Self Help Center. It is the domestic violence agency serving the Casper community.  He works in several schools in Casper as a community partner and has for the last 22 years.  While there he educates students about dating red flags and what to look out for in a potentially abusive relationship. He has spoken to thousands of youth over the years.  He also runs a camping program where students learn to respect the environment, wildlife, other students and themselves.

Greta Hinderliter, Natrona County School District Homeless Liaison

Greta Hinderliter has been an educator for 27 years. She grew up in Northern Indiana and graduated from the University of Wyoming and holds a Master’s Degree in Literacy from Walden University. In 1999, after spending several years teaching elementary school, Greta noticed a new job posting in the Natrona County School District. The position involved identifying and providing educational services for homeless students. She decided to apply for the job and was lucky enough to be selected. As the McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison, Greta provides a variety of educational services to students as well as making sure they have their basic needs met so that they can experience academic success.  She connects students and their families to variety of community resources in order to get families on a path of self-sufficiency.

Traci Blevins, Casper Youth Crisis Center Director

Traci Blevins, LCSW, is the Director of the Youth Crisis Center in Casper, Wyoming. She has spent the past 11 years of her career focused on the health and wellness of youth and their families, while focusing on substance abuse and suicide prevention for the community of Casper. Her efforts have included working with the Natrona County Prevention Coalition and 21st Century Learning Communities Programs, the Natrona County Suicide Prevention Task Force, and more recently, the Casper Area Opportunity Youth Collaboration. Her passion for providing youth positive opportunities extends to providing a safe place for youth at the Youth Crisis Center AND supporting the many excellent after school programs and opportunities offered to Natrona County youth.

 Deputy Michael Scott, Natrona County Sheriff’s Office Youth Diversion Officer

Michael Scott has been Deputy Sheriff with the Natrona County Sherriff’s Office since 2006. He began serving as patrol deputy assigned to the position of crime prevention in 2008. With a passion for working with the juveniles of Natrona County, Deputy Scott has traveled to many different states to educate both juveniles and adults about the problems we are seeing in our youth today. He started teaching DARE ten years ago and is currently a certified CIT officer, Crisis Negotiator, and instructor for the Interdiction for the Protection of Children class throughout the state.

About the Featured Presentation on ACEs

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are a significant risk factor for substance use disorders and can impact prevention efforts. Would you like to learn more?

Dr. Jennifer Davis with the Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund will share information about the latest research and work happening in Wyoming. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, ACEs are a significant risk factor for substance use disorders and can impact prevention efforts. ACEs are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect. They may also include household dysfunction such as witnessing domestic violence or growing up with family members who have substance use disorders. ACEs are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person’s lifespan, including those associated with substance misuse. For more information about ACEs, refer to SAMHSA’s website