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The following is a brief description of the multi-disciplinary team members that will be investigating your case:

Lieutenant Veto Mentzell
Program Director
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Lieutenant Mentzell has been with the Harford County Sheriff's Office since 1997. His assignments have included: uniformed patrol in both the Northern and Southern Precincts and investigations with the Criminal Investigation Division, first as a Detective in the Property Crimes Unit, then later as a Corporal in the Major Case Unit, before returning to Patrol Operations as a Sergeant. Lt. Mentzell's auxiliary duties have included: the Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT), Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) instructor, Sheriff's SCUBA Team, and the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), among others. Lt. Mentzell is a MPCTC certified instructor and assists with teaching entrance level, in-service and specialized trainings. He was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to the CAC in February of 2012.


Corporal Nicholas Petrozzino
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Corporal Nicholas Petrozzino has been a member of the Harford County Sheriff's Office since 2005. Prior to his joining the HCSO he was employed as a Police Officer with the Baltimore City Police Department. During his tenure as a police officer and Deputy he has paved his career path within the Criminal Investigation Division ranging from murder investigations to crimes against children. As a result of his assignments he attended the necessary trainings, workshops, and has gathered the simple life experiences to make him a positive member of the Multi-disciplinary Team.


Detective Carey Gerres
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Detective Gerres graduated from Towson University in 2001 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. In March 0f 2003, Detective Gerres entered the Harford County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Academy. Upon completion of the academy and field training, Detective Gerres was assigned to the Southern Precinct, evening shift. Detective Gerres is a member of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Crisis Negotiation Team, and is currently a fitness instructor assigned to the training academy. Detective Gerres is also a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor, as well as a certified instructor for law enforcement personnel. Detective Gerres was transferred to the Child Advocacy Center in March of 2010. Prior to serving with the Sheriff's Office, Detective Gerres worked as a caseworker for the Choice Middle School's Program, a non-profit organization that worked with at-risk children in the community.


Detective Joseph Dugan
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Detective Dugan has been a member of the Harford County Sheriff's Office since 2008 and was assigned to Northern Precinct Patrol during that time. Prior to service with HCSO, Detective Dugan was with the Baltimore City Police Department from 1982 till 2006. During Detective Dugan's time with the Baltimore City Police Department he worked uniform patrol, plainclothes narcotics and as a Homicide Investigator. As a member of the Baltimore City Police Department, Detective Dugan was also assigned to the HIDTA Task Force Group 54 "REDRUM" unit. The REDRUM unit was tasked with dismantling violent drug organizations and prosecution in the Federal Court system. After retiring from the Baltimore City Police Department in 2006, Detective Dugan worked for the MDTA Police and was assigned to the BWI Airport.


Detective Janelle Myers
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Detective Janelle Myers began her career with the Harford County Sheriff's Office in 1997 and continued through 2004, as a Correctional Officer, at the Harford County Detention Center. Her additional assignments included: Training Academy Drill Instructor, Electronic Stun Device Instructor, Field Trainer and IonScan Operator and Instructor. From 2005 through 2007, Detective Myers was employed by Exelon Nuclear Security. She returned to the Harford County Sheriff's Office to work as a law enforcement officer in 2007. Detective Myers was assigned to the Northern Precinct Patrol where she conducted numerous investigations resulting in arrests and convictions. She was assigned to the Harford County Child Advocacy Center in June of 2011. Detective Myers has received training in Forensic Interviewing and Profiling Sexual Predators.


Senior Trooper Adam LeCompte
Maryland State Police - Bel Air

Senior Trooper Adam F. LeCompte has been with the State Police since 2002. After graduation from the Academy, he was assigned to the Golden Ring Barracks in Baltimore County. Sr. Tpr. LeCompte was transferred to the Aviation Command and flew as a Flight Paramedic for the next 10 years. He then transferred to the North East Barracks in Cecil County and was assigned to road patrol with group 5. He was transferred to the CAC in April of 2014. Sr. Tpr. LeCompte is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Universtiy, receiving both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Management.


ASA Christopher Tabone
Harford County State's Attorney's Office

Mr. Tabone graduated from the New York Institute of Technology in 1992 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Social work. He then received his Juris Doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Law in 1995. He served as an Honor-Intern for the Administrative Judge of the Superior Court of Massachusetts as a member of the Law Review, and as an Intern for the Merrimack Valley Legal Services. He began is career with the Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., representing abused and neglected children. He also served as a Staff Attorney for S.A.R.C. representing victims of domestic violence before joining the State's Attorney's Office in 2000. During his time with the Office, he has served as Chairman of the Child Fatality Review Board, the Domestic Violence Unit, the Child Advocacy Center, Drug Courts, and the Harford County Task Force.


ASA Dair Pillai
Harford County State's Attorney's Office

Ms. Pillai has been with the Harford County State's Attorney's Office since 2006. She graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2001 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She then received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2004. She was a law clerk for the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office before starting her career as a prosecutor with the Allegany County State's Attorney's Office. She has been assigned to the HIDTA Drug Taskforce, the Major Felony Unit, and the Harford County Child Advocacy Center.


Susan Barnhouse
Secretary

Susan has been working as a legal secretary since 1972. In 1997, she was hired by the Harford County State's Attorneys Office and in 2000 was selected by the CAC as our Administrative Assistant. Susan wears many hats at the CAC, including answering the telephones, typing endless transcripts and serving as the office manager.


Chris Taylor
Family Advocate

Mr. Taylor was hired by the Harford County State's Attorney's Office in November 1997 as a paralegal in the Juvenile Unit. Chris was later transferred to the District Court Unit of the office where he prepared DWI, assault and drug cases for court. In May of 2002 he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Baltimore with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. In May of 2002 he began work in the Domestic Violence Unit as a paralegal/victim advocate. He prepared misdemeanor physical child abuse cases as well as child neglect cases for court. In June of 2013 he was hired as the Family Advocate for the Child Advocacy Center. Chris is very knowledgeable about the dynamics of abuse in families. He also has an extensive working knowledge of investigations and the court system and is here for the family to provide information and emotional support.


Alethea Miller
Forensic Interviewer
Victim Advocate

Alethea graduated from Mary Washington College in 1996 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She was employed after graduation by Community Memorial Pavilion Psychiatric Hospital providing services for Intake and Utilization Review. Alethea then moved to Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services providing services for many departments to include Protective Services and Adult Services. Her move to Laurel, Maryland took her to Genesis HealthCare. At Genesis, Alethea worked with short and long term rehab and nursing home residents. She began working at the CAC in 2006 as a Forensic Interviewer/Victim Advocate.


Leanda Welker, LCSW-C
Harford County DSS

Leanda earned her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from the University of Akron in 1993. Her first job was working with Community Mental Health. Leanda transferred to the Ohio Department of Child Protective Services where she worked for the next three years. Her next assignment was with Custody Court where she made recommendations for custody and visitation. In 1998, Leanda moved to Baltimore, Maryland. That same year she started working for the Baltimore County Department of Social Services investigating child abuse cases. She was employed by Baltimore County DSS for seven years. Leanda earned her Master's Degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work in 2004. Leanda moved to Harford County in 2005 and transferred to the Harford County Department of Social Work where she was assigned to the CAC.


Dione White, LGSW
Harford County DSS

Dione is a 1996 graduate of Oxford College of Emory University and a 1998 graduate of the University of Central Florida. She received her Master's in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in May, 2004. Dione has worked as a social worker for the State of Maryland since July, 2004. She began her work with Baltimore City Child Protective Services (CPS) until she transferred to Harford County CPS in August of 2005. Mrs. White was assigned to the Child Advocacy Center in February of 2008.


Mary Ann Ruddy, LGSW
Harford County DSS

Mary Ann is a 2007 graduate of Stevenson University with a degree in Human Services. She received her Master's in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in June of 2011. For her two year-long internships, Mary Ann worked at Harford County Department of Social Services in the Adoptions Unit and with the Child Advocacy Center. Mary Ann was assigned to the Child Advocacy Center in June of 2011.


Catherine Kidd, LCSW-C
Harford County DSS

Catherine earned her Dual Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Maryland College Park in 2009. She interned for the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office Felony Family Violence Division from 2008-2009. She received her Master's of Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2013. Catherine been with Harford County Department of Social Services since 2009 and has worked and interned in several units, including: Family Investment Administration, Consolidated In-Home Services, and Child Protective Services. Catherine was assigned to the Child Advocacy Center in July 2015.


Mollie McGann, LCSW-C
Harford County DSS

Mollie is a 2012 graduate of Salisbury University with a degree in Social Work. She received her Master's in Social Worker from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in June of 2013. For her yearlong internship, Mollie worked at Baltimore County Department of Social Services in the Foster Care Infant and Toddlers Unit. Mollie has worked as a social worker for the State of Maryland since July 2013. She was assigned to the Child Advocacy Center in July of 2015.


Mackenzie Scarff, LGSW
Harford County DSS

Mackenzie is a 2013 graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Human Development. She received her Master's in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in May of 2015. For her two year-long internships, Mackenzie worked at the Baltimore County Department of Social Services in a Foster Care unit and with the Harford County Child Advocacy Center. Mackenzie was employed by the Department of Social Services in June 2015 and shortly after was assigned to the Child Advocacy Center to provide Continuing Services to families following an investigation.


Kara Dager
Trauma Recognition Coordinator
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Kara graduated from Philadelphia Biblical University in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Bible with a concentration in Counseling. She has been employed by the Harford County Sheriff's Office since 2005. Kara worked in the Southern and Northern Precincts during the summer of 2005. She returned the following summer and worked in the Personnel Office and upon graduation continued to work in the Personnel field. In 2009, Kara applied for a transfer to take on a new grant position to start a Program called Trauma Recognition and Coordination. She started work on the new program in October, 2009 and was transferred to the CAC in February, 2010 to continue as the Trauma Recognition Coordinator. She most recently took and completed the Victim Assistance online training through the Office of Victims of Crime.


Amie Myrick, MS, LCPC
Clinical Supervisor
Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland

Amie Myrick is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor for Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland. Ms. Myrick works with the Child Advocacy Center to provide services for families whose lives have been disrupted by physical and sexual abuse. Since 2007, Ms. Myrick has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in mental health settings such as Johns Hopkins Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and St. Vincent's Villa (formerly St. Vincent's Center). After receiving her Master's Degree in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University, Ms. Myrick has used art, play, and traditional therapies to help survivors of abuse cope with their experiences while developing greater self-esteem and feelings of empowerment. Ms. Myrick also provides support for non-offending parents and siblings who are also coping with their own feelings of grief and anger.


Jenn Flagg, MS, LCPC, TF-CBT Certified
Therapist
Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland

Jenn Flagg received her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University in May of 2015. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certified Therapist for Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland at the Child Advocacy Center. She provides mental health services to children, adolescents, and families who have experienced sexual and physical abuse. Her previous experience providing services for this population includes HopeWorks of Howard County, Johns Hopkins Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and crisis intervention services in Richmond, Virginia. Jenn's therapeutic approach implements a trauma focused integrated approach, using play, expressive arts, and cognitive behavioral therapy with clients and their respective families in order to establish a sense of safety, self-efficacy, and enhance ongoing resilience and quality of life and functioning.


Gabrielle Scott, MA, LGPC
Intensive Case Manager
Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland

Gabrielle Scott is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor working as an Intensive Case Manager for Family and Children's Services. She graduated from Towson University with her Master's of Arts in Counseling Psychology in 2016. Gabrielle completed her clinical internship at the Carroll County Youth Service Bureau and has experience working with trauma survivors, Dissociative Disorders, and both children and adults with varying presenting problems. Her current position as Intensive Case Manager is part of the Family Violence Project working to provide support for victims of crime.


Jennifer Redding, LCSW-C
Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services
Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland

Jennifer Redding has been working in the fields of mental health and addiction for 20+ years. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and her Master of Social Work Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Ms. Redding has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient, residential, a non-public school setting, non-profit, and private practice. Ms. Redding has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in each of these settings. While Ms. Redding has a broad clinical experience base, she specializes in working with those who are coping with addiction, dual diagnosis and/or trauma issues. Ms. Redding is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidenced based practice found extremely effective in providing relief and healing for those suffering with addiction and trauma, as well as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). TF-CBT, an evidenced based practice used in treating children impacted by trauma. Ms. Redding is the Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services for Family & Children's Services, a private, non-profit that strives to transform the lives of children and adults by providing opportunities to build self-confidence, resilience and hope. Ms. Redding is also the owner and Executive Director of Harford Counseling, a community private practice created to provide quality, evidenced-based treatment to those coping with trauma, addiction and/or mental health issues.