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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 Maryland Police Training Commission 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. In June of 2016, Lt. Mentzell was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan as a member of the State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (SCCAN). In November of 2017, Lt. Mentzell joined The Family Tree along with 27 other multidisciplinary partners from across the state to be trained as Maryland ACE Interface Master Trainers.


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 Christopher Sergent
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Detective Sergent has been a member of the Harford County Sheriff's Office since 2001. After completion of the Academy, Detective Sergent worked uniformed Patrol until 2009. Detective Sergent then became a member of the Criminal Investigation Division, working in the Property Crimes Unit. In 2010 Detective Sergent was assigned to the Major Case Unit, where he investigated homicides, robberies, sex offenses and serious assaults. Detective Sergent was transferred to the Child Advocacy Center in 2017. Detective Sergent is also a member of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard Unit and is the lead instructor of DUI/SFST program for the Sheriff's Office Training Academy. Detective Sergent also teaches Criminal Investigations to the Harford County Sheriff's Office Youth Academy and to Joppatowne High School's Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HSEP) Program. Detective Sergent is a member of the Mid Atlantic Cold Case Homicide Association, as well as the South Eastern Homicide Investigators Association.


Detective Anthony Dix
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Detective Dix has been a member of the Harford County Sheriff's Office since 2013 and was assigned to the Criminal Patrol Division during this time. Detective Dix is a certified Field Training Officer (FTO), Intoximeter (breath test) Operator, and member of the agency's Mobile Field Force. Prior to joining the Sheriff's Office, Detective Dix was a police officer with the Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MdTA) from 2003 till 2013. During Detective Dix's time with MdTA he worked uniform patrol and was assigned to the Special Operations Division as a narcotics K9 officer. Detective Dix has completed the ChildFirst® Maryland Forensic Interviewing Protocol training. Detective Dix was transferred to the Child Advocacy Center in 2018.


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.


Christina Hubler
Administrative Assistant
Harford County State's Attorney's Office

Tina has been working as a legal secretary since 1987. In 1998, she was hired by the Harford County State's Attorney's Office and in 2018 was selected by the CAC as our Administrative Assistant. Tina wears many hats at the CAC, including answering the telephones, transcribing interviews, ordering office supplies and preparing case review.


Chris Taylor
Family Advocate
Harford County State's Attorney's Office

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
Harford County State's Attorney's Office

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
Family and Child Advocate - 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.


Debbie Bradley
Family and Child Advocate - Victim Services
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Debbie graduated from Harford Community College with an Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies and moved on to the University of Baltimore to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Victim Services. She began her career in Victim Services in 1998 at the Harford County State's Attorney's Office Domestic Violence Unit. In September of 2002 Debbie moved over to the Harford County Sheriff's Office Victim Services Unit. Debbie is state and nationally certified as a victim advocate, trauma intervention specialist, homicide intervention specialist, sexual assault intervention specialist and a crisis responder. She is a member of the Harford County CISM team, the Harford County Child Fatality Review Board, the National Organization of Victim Assistance, past chair-person of the Victim Service Professional Network, current staff member of the Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland, and a past President of the Maryland Association of Victim Service Professionals. Debbie is also the Maryland State Coordinator for the Certification Program, of which she created for Victim Service Professionals through The Roper Victim Assistance Academy.


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

Jenn Weeks 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.