Theme 2017 – “Embracing Dignity & Courage”
Dates: March 16th through 19th of 2017 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Mailing: Community United Effort (CUE Center For Missing Persons)
PO Box 12714 Wilmington, NC 28405
Office (910) 343-1131 24 hour line (910) 232-1687 Fax line (910) 399-6137
Join us for our upcoming national conference for missing persons and those who work in the arena from law enforcement, advocates, volunteering, organizations or agency, investigation, search and rescue and the identification process of those who are lost. This event is open to all who support the mission of finding a resolution for families who have suffered a missing loved one and are have been a victim of crime.
Please share this information with anyone in the line if missing person work, family of a missing person or homicide victim; see below. To contact by email firstname.lastname@example.org
◊ Advocacy concerning missing persons, families left behind or homicide victim
◊ Service agencies, non profit organization, law enforcement, search teams/groups, private investigators, coroner or those who work in the identification process
◊ Volunteers who are interested in training and becoming more involved
To learn more about CUE Center for Missing Persons please visit us at our web site http://www.ncmissingpersons.org or email us email@example.com
Thank You to our 2017 Sponsors
THE PASSAGE AWARD In Memory of “Susan Murphy Milano”
This award is given to an individual, who has suffered the loss of a loved one by being a missing person, victim of homicide or one that has survived the cruelties from intimate partner violence. This award recognizes the survivor that has healed and who has risen above to contribute oneself to those who remain in need of guidance, empowerment, support and who continually hold a devotion to the cause.
The loss of Susan has been felt across the nation, she was a true supporter of the missing and the CUE organization. She remains truly missed by all.
Registration conference check in:
March 16, 2017, Thursday, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
March 17, 2017, Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Note: The main hall entrance to the ballroom will remain open (Thursday) all day and evening hours for any participant or sponsor to set up items, informational handouts, missing person information or visuals, table display, banners, etc. When checking into the conference please request the person in charge for this area to help you in whatever you may need to assist you for a smooth process. You can also ship your items to the CUE Center, please be advised that the hotel will not handle items delivered to the hotel.
THE CONFERENCE CONCLUDES ON SUNDAY, MARCH 19th at 1:00 pm, Sunday you will join CUE Founder, Monica Caison in training, discussion, presentation of your conference plaque and a lunch.
SORC Meeting – Thursday, March 16, 2017
State Outreach Coordinators Meeting: Closed to the public, this meeting is for directors 9:00 am 5:00 pm (Lunch will be served during meeting)
To learn more about the program and get involved please contact CUE Center anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-232-1687.
This meeting for is for the annual gathering and training for State Outreach Coordinators.
TRAINING ASHI CPR Pro Course:
Thursday, March 16, 2017 (6:30 pm – 10:30 pm)
ASHI CPR PRO – ASHI BLS CPR
ASHI BLS CPR is a 4 hour course designed to help students recognize a life-threatening emergency, how to provide basic life support, and what to do in case of an airway obstruction or choking. Course includes adult, child and infant skills. A certificate of completion will be issued to participants that attend and complete all required hands-on skills and pass the end of course written exam. This class counts toward training hours for those who are SAR Tech II certified.
This class is being offered Thursday evening from 6:30 – 10:30. Sign-up sheet will be available at the Registration table.
Instructor: Kelly Walker
Kelly has been involved with Search and Rescue since 2004 and has certified canines in Human Remains Detection and Trailing. Her Certifications have been with North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) and through National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR) as well as Network of Canine Detector Services (NOCDS). Kelly has attended numerous seminars and classes, ranging from search and rescue techniques, crime scene preservation, NIMS, HAZMAT training, Blood borne Pathogens education, and is a CPR Instructor through the American Health and Safety Institute (ASHI). Kelly is a Florida State Outreach Coordinator for CUE Center for Missing Persons.
Certifications: Trailing (NAPWDA, NOCDS, NASAR), HRD NAPWDA, NASAR, NASAR SARTECH II, Florida State K9 Instructor Criminal Justice and Training Commission (CJSTC), First Aid Instructor (CJSTC), CPR Instructor (AMA), Trailing Instructor for NOCDS
Memberships and Affiliations: First Response Search Team (Team President), CUE Center for Missing Persons, Child Abduction Response Team, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, NASAR, NOCDS
Lead Instructor – Stephanie White
In 1987 Stephanie began her career with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and started teaching part time at the law enforcement academy in 1994. Her real passion was teaching and in 1999 she left LCSO and became a full time instructor at the law enforcement academy. In 2002 she became the Medical First Responder Program Coordinator at the Florida Public Safety Institute/Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy.
Stephanie is a CPR and First Aid Instructor/Instructor Trainer and a Training Center Director for the American Safety and Health Institute. She has trained thousands of law enforcement, corrections and probation officers over the years in CPR and First Aid. Stephanie is a member of the First Response K-9 Search Team in Tallahassee, Florida and a State Outreach Coordinator.
We welcome this years videographer: Bryan Queen
Friday Night Conference Entertainment – Bullard Entertainment
Martha Bullard of Bullard Entertainment has provided her talent and entertainment for conference attendees for a number of years. Karaoke and dancing is always fun when listening to the oldies-goodies and top 40 tunes!
Most weekends you will find Martha and her music along the Myrtle Beach Coastline . She has won such titles as Mrs. South Carolina congeniality 1986 and the Best Karaoke Show of the Tabor City Yam Festival. She also has been entertaining the organization known as ARC FOR SPECIALS ADULTS OF HORRY COUNTY.
Martha and her husband of eight years, Tony Bullard work as a solid team together to assure everyone has a wonderful celebration.
THE QUEEN OF KARAOKE.
Proclamation & Letters (2016)
TRAINING SESSION 2017
Peter Cestare – Horry County Police “Identifying a Crime Scene & When it begins
Lieutenant Cestare is actively employed in law enforcement in the State of South Carolina as the Commanding Officer of the Crime Scene Investigations Unit and the Property & Evidence Section of the Horry County Police Department. Lieutenant Cestare assists in the investigation of homicides and violent crimes and specializes in crime scene reconstruction, photography, preservation of evidence, evidence handling and processing, casting of tire and shoe impressions, latent prints, blood pattern analysis, search and recovery of remains and trajectory analysis.
He is charged with the forensics portion of the investigation, from arrival at the scene all the way through providing expert testimony at trial. He is required to preserve, collect, process, testify and present evidence in court. All of these skills are applied to physical evidence to determine if the evidence matches the version of events provided by victims, witnesses, or suspects.
Lieutenant Cestare began his career in law enforcement over 35 years ago having started 1981 in the New York City Housing Authority Police Department where the concept of vertical patrol evolved. He retired from the City of New York, where he was a Detective Commander in charge of the Major Case Investigations Unit / Elevator Vandalism Squad. While Commander of the Elevator Vandalism Squad, he specialized in mechanical injury / death investigations. During his tenure with New York City, he was twice awarded the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Police Officer, the NYPD Medal of Honor, and the NY Yankees Medal of Valor.
Several of Lieutenant Cestare’s cases have been featured in documentaries, news shows and prime time specials. He is a published author in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. He brings with him a tremendous amount of insight into the field of forensics and crime scene investigations.
Norma Peterson – Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit “EAA”
On October 28, 2007 Norma’s sister-in-law, Stacy Peterson, went missing sending her family on a journey that has run the gamut. Now, several years later, they are able to talk about their family’s experiences with the media and the public’s attitude towards the family of a suspect. By discussing their personal experience it’s hoped they can change the perception of the public for other families of those related to someone convicted or suspected of heinous crimes.
Since Stacy’s disappearance Norma’s goal has been to bring awareness to the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit (EAA), a tool designed by Susan Murphy Milano to help abuse victims leave a relationship safely. She has assisted victims to create their personal EAA and is currently working with local law enforcement and legislators to establish the EAA as part of their domestic violence protocol. Through her direct work with Susan Murphy Milano she is a certified member of DocumentTheAbuse.Com.
Norma has established herself as a professional speaker on the topics of domestic violence and safety. She recently appeared on Crime Watch Daily and a future program on the OWN network about the Stacy Peterson case.
Thomas K. Hargrove, Founder and Chairman – Murder Accountability Project
Thomas K. Hargrove is a retired Washington, D.C., -based investigative journalist and former White House correspondent. He founded the nonprofit Murder Accountability Project in 2015 to track unsolved homicides nationwide. While working as a national correspondent for the Scripps Howard News Service, Hargrove developed an algorithm that uses FBI homicide data to identify clusters of murders with an elevated probability of containing serial killings. Authorities in Youngstown, Ohio, and Gary, Indiana, opened new homicide investigations in 2010 as a result of Hargrove’s findings. The algorithm’s identification of 15 unsolved strangulations in Gary was corroborated in 2014 with the arrest of Darren Deon Vann, who confessed to killing women for decades and then took police to abandoned properties in Gary where the bodies of six previously unknown strangulation victims were recovered. Working with fellow board member Prof. David J. Icove of the University of Tennessee, Hargrove developed another algorithm that can review the National Fire Incident Reporting System to identify undetected or unreported arsons. Working with Prof. Guido H. Stempel III of Ohio University, Hargrove co-founded the Scripps Survey Research Center and co-edited a two-volume encyclopedia The 21st Century Voter: Who Votes, How They Vote and Why They Vote published by ABC-CLIO in late 2015.
Patrick J. Atkinson – The Lost “Runaways, Prostitutes, Gangs and More”
Patrick J. Atkinson, founder and President of ITEMP, is also the founder and international executive director of The GOD’S CHILD Project and several other associated charities in the United States, Central America and Africa. Mr. Atkinson holds an MNM from Regis University and is on the faculty of three American universities.
Atkinson was raised in Bismarck, North Dakota and attended Minnesota State University – Moorhead. After graduation in 1981, Patrick turned down lucrative corporate job offers to work with runaways, prostitutes, and gang members in New York City Hell’s Kitchen. Two years later, Patrick moved to Central America where he began a twenty-five-year international career in war-zone reconciliation and post-war reconstruction.
He has been named the Benefactor of the City of Antigua- an international recognition last awarded four hundred years ago; knighted by the Spanish Order of St. James; and recently received the Guatemalan National Congressional Medal of Honor in recognition of the risks he took, and the thousands of Mayan Indian lives he helped to save, during the bloodshed of Guatemala’s 36-year civil war.
In 2000 and 2001, Mr. Atkinson was invited by the United Nations to develop child development and educational programs for street children left orphaned by the rampaging AIDS crisis in East and South Africa. In 2007, Atkinson was named “Goodwill Ambassador” for Peace by the Government of Guatemala.
Topic Guest Speakers 2017
Dana Ridenour – Author, Retired FBI Special Agent
Dana Ridenour was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Police Administration in 1989. After college, Dana attended Chase College of Law where she earned her Juris Doctor in 1992.
Dana entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI in November of 1995 and retired April 6, 2016 with a little over 20 years on the job. Dana was assigned to four different FBI Field Divisions and had the opportunity to work a wide variety of cases to include multi faceted narcotics investigations, domestic sex trafficking of minors, and violent crime. Over the years, Dana was a proud member of the FBI’s Evidence Response Team where she and her team traveled to New York City in response to the 9/11 World Trade Center attack. The highlight of Dana’s career came in 2003 when she attended and passed the FBI’s prestigious undercover school, thus allowing her to work as an undercover FBI agent. This undercover certification opened the door for Dana to work a series of long term, deep cover cases focusing on domestic terrorism. Dana had the rare experience of working a long-term undercover investigation with her husband who is a retired FBI agent. Dana was the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer Award presented by the United States Attorneys Office for her work on a gang related human trafficking investigation involving a fourteen year old victim.
As a twenty-year veteran of the FBI, she spent most of her career as a FBI undercover operative infiltrating various criminal organizations including domestic terrorism extremists in the Animal Liberation Front. Dana recently released her debut novel, Behind the Mask. The fictional novel follows Alexis Montgomery, an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates a radical underground movement of the Animal Liberation Front. Behind the Mask won both the Hal Bernard Memorial Award for best novel and the Edna Sampson Award of Excellence at the 2014 Southeastern Writers Association conference. Following publication, Behind The Mask took top honors in the 2016 Royal Dragonfly Writers Awards winning not only the Grand Prize, but also first place in the Fiction-Novel category, and first place in the Newbie – First Time Author (Fiction) category. Kirkus Reviews awarded Behind The Mask the coveted Kirkus star and named the book as one of the best indie books of 2016.
Dana retired from the FBI in April 2016 and currently lives in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Dana’s second novel is scheduled for release Fall 2017.
Megan Madsen – Survivor, Advocate, Speaker
Megan is certified in Sexual Trauma in Serving Victims of Sex-Trafficking, Walking Alongside the Wounded, Trauma-Informed Care, Interpersonal Violence, Suicide Prevention, Case Management, Domestic Violence, and Health and Life Insurance. She is also a certified Guardian ad Litem. She has spoken at a number of events such as the S.C. Association of School Social Workers, League of Women Voters, Interpersonal Violence Conference, Midlands Technical College, Celebrate Recovery, S.C. State House, Communities in Schools, Columbia International University. She has been featured on WLTX, WIS, and FOX news, as well as in a Charleston Post & Courier Newspaper series on human trafficking in SC. She volunteers in the community and serves on RC Human Trafficking Task Force and the S.C. Human Trafficking Task Force. Currently, she volunteers with Lighthouse for Life; Christ Central Ministries, Nehemiah Project; and Richland County G.A.L.
Andy Whipple – “Our Homeless Kids” Street Outreach Center-Project Lighthouse
Andy Whipple, originally from Massachusetts, has been a resident of Horry County for twenty-five years. As a youth he encountered struggles similar to those youths involved with Sea Haven. At the age of thirty, he decided to go back to school and make a difference in the world, which lead him to Horry Georgetown Technical College and the Human Services Program. Immersing himself in college life he joined the Human Services Club and became Club President. Andy earned his way into Phi Theta Kappa with his academic excellence and excelled to the position of Vice President of Scholarships. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, and is now a part-time tutor at HGTC while working on his Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College. Andy enjoys learning as much as helping others learn. Andy join the team through his full time student internship at the Street Outreach Center-Project Lighthouse. Due to his commitment and compassion, Andy moved into the position of Outreach Coordinator in May 2013, and was promoted to Program Manager in January 2016.
Victims Hours Presentations
Families of the cases featured will share their story about their loved one and the struggles in an unforgiven journey
Mother, Penny Britton 0f Recovered – Margaret “Peggy” Carr
Family of “Missing” – Randy Davis
Family of “Recovered” – Cynthia Day
Family of “Missing” – Nieko Lisi
National Candle Light Service
The annual service is hosted by the CUE Center for Missing Persons in honor of those once missing, now recovered. Families from across the country attend the water front ceremony seeking comfort, supporting the thousands who remain missing in “the unveiling of the wall”. Come and join those left behind for a beautiful tribute along Wilmington’s Cape Fear River front victim testimonies, musical dedication and so much more. Candles will be provided. The service is a part of the weekend long national conference 2016.
Saturday March 18, 2017 Time: 7:30 pm (Open to the public and candles will be provided)
Mistress of Ceremony – Sandra McClammy “The Midday Miss on Coast97.3”
Sandra McClammy aka “Sandra, The Midday Miss” was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. A graduate of the city’s inner city high school, New Hanover High, and the city’s college, UNCW has afforded her an excellent balance. As a teen growing up in the “hood” she vowed to never forget her roots and to grow socially in a manner by which she could have a conversation with anyone. As she grew into an adult, she learned how it is essential to recognize and embrace the desperate educational, social and economic conditions that affect young people. Today she has placed herself in the educational arena and entertainment world and thus educates youth via “edutainment”.
As a dancer and radio personality, Sandra understands how movement and music can provide solstice to the soul. With this Sandra also believes that as an educator it is critical to study and understand how we as adults can continue to help youth succeed despite the overwhelming odds against them. They must believe that they have a significant role in our society. Sandra is a UNCW graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature & Language and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Among the many boards and committees she serves on from the UNCW Alumni Board of Directors as Vice- Chair, to the Black Arts Alliance of Wilmington, she is also a proud member of the Wilmington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. As a member of worldwide DJ coalition, Core DJs, she is the host and the producer of the syndicated CORE DJ Radio Show. For Cumulus Broadcasting she is the music director and midday host on COAST 97.3. Sandra has been in radio for 17 years.
Guest Speaker – Stephanie White “Definition of Dignity and Courage”
Quote “Don’t wait until you need help to decide it’s time to give back”
Reading of the Poem Dedication – Sheree Justus
Sheree has been a CUE volunteer since the late 90’s and is dedicated to the cause and the families that suffer a missing loved one. Her search for the right words to address those in need of hope each year are of a great need and one she does with honor.
Vocal Tribute – Heather Cohen
Heather Cohen, was born and raised in a small town in Missouri where she began to pursue a career in the music and entertainment arena; almost the very moment she graduated from high school. As a child, Cohen was a runaway, and instantly found herself involved on a dark path in life filled with total destruction as a young adult.
It did not take long for her to learn just how scary the real world was. From L.A. producers promising stardom, to propositions of money for favors by the Sultan of Brunei and his posse, her experiences have led her through a difficult recovery and the journey to finally achieve peace to understand her real purpose in life.
Heather finds pleasure in expressing herself through music, her talent has aided in the healing of many broken hearts. In 2012, after an eye opening experience doing some volunteer work in a missing person’s case close to her home in Tennessee, she realized her calling as a private investigator. Today, Cohen is licensed in Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri and Kentucky; and has also re-established her position as a Tennessee State Coordinator for the upcoming 2017 term.
National Prayer – Pastor Angie Davis
Reverend Angie Davis is fully ordained as a minister of the gospel. She has been in many positions of leadership in and outside of the church. Her present position is as an ordained Elder at Inspirational House of Praise in Leland, NC, where she is also the Praise and Worship leader. She is passionate in her endeavor of preaching and teaching the gospel as well as being a spiritual counselor to those in need.
She is also employed with local Ophthalmologist, Dr. Laura Harris, where she is the Surgical Coordinator. At present, she has been committed to officiating the National Candlelight Vigil Prayer for CUE for many years. It is her prayer that God will give the families comfort and courage as well as Hope through the Word of God and the knowledge that He is always there to lift them up. She is the mother of two children, Matt and Hannah. The grandmother of three, Caleb, Kameron and Savannah. She resides in in Winnabow, NC.
Vocal Tribute – TBA
Candle Light Service Honorees