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Michael “Bret” Hood became the director of 21st Century Learning & Consulting, LLC after serving 25 years as a Special Agent in the FBI. Bret serves as an adjunct professor of corporate governance, ethics, and forensic accounting for the University of Virginia as well as a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Bret is also a board member for the School of Accounting at Southern Illinois University.
While working as a leadership instructor at the prestigious FBI National Academy, he received two FBI Director Awards for Leadership Development & Leadership Innovation for his work on the FBI’s executive leadership development program. Since his retirement, Bret has keynoted and provided leadership, ethics, and anti-fraud instruction for Fortune 500 companies, non-profit entities, and governmental organizations. In 2023, Bret was chosen to be a TedX speaker for two separate Ted Talk events.
Bret is known for his engaging style and interactive learning programs. In 2020, Bret was awarded the ACFE’s James R. Baker Speaker of the Year award and in 2021, Bret was awarded the Florida Institute of CPAs Discussion Leader of the Year. Bret is the author of the critically acclaimed books, Eat More Ice Cream: A Succinct Leadership Lesson for Each Week of the Year and Get Off Your Horse! 52 Succinct Leadership Lessons from U.S. Presidents.
Marjorie L. Marker has been the Central Region Adult Protective Services (APS) Program Consultant at the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services since May 2010, providing technical assistance, monitoring, and training to APS programs in 26 local departments of social services. She worked at the Department of Medical Assistance Services as a long-term care policy analyst where she developed and maintained long-term care regulations and policy manuals for several Medicaid programs; she also conducted Medicaid inspections of care at nursing facilities. Marjorie has also been a Program Consultant with the Department of Social Services where she was responsible for policy analysis and development, legislation, and regulations. Marjorie currently serves as the Vice President of the Virginia Coalition for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (VCPEA), Inc., and is a member of the Metro Richmond Adult Fatality Review Team. She has a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Virginia in Sociology. Marjorie lives in Glen Allen with her husband and two cats.
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Carey Raleigh graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work in 1994. In 1998, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Norfolk State University.
Early in her 28 year career, Carey worked in a variety of Nursing Facilities in the Virginia Beach area and was involved in the Social Worker Association of Tidewater for Long-Term Care and the VB Task Force on Aging. During this time, she also worked with Virginia Beach Psychiatric Hospital and a local Home Health company for as needed services/social work. In 2005 Carey went to work for the City of Virginia Beach Adult Services/Adult Protective Services Unit. She became heavily involved in the VB Task Force on Aging, was President of the Social Worker Association of Tidewater, developed a training video for first responders in VB on Hoarding and was involved in many other interagency groups. For a brief period, Carey joined a local Elder Law Firm to help develop and implement a program called Life Care Planning, which is when she also became a Certified Geriatric Care Manager and still maintains her certification to this day. She worked as the Eastern Regional Consultant for Adult Services/Adult Protective Services since the fall of 2010 until recently, she was promoted to the Adult Services/Adult Protective Services Program Manager for the APS Division of DARS. She remains heavily involved with the Virginia Beach Task Force on Aging and is in her 14th year with the Virginia Beach Mayor’s Commission on Aging, the past 5 years as an Advisor at the request of the Mayor.
Working with the elderly has always been her passion. She grew up with 5 great-grandparents, and all of her grandparents. Her last great grandparent survived until she was 30 years old. Her last surviving grandparent just turned 90 in December of 2022.
Alison Martin is an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney III for the County of Henrico. She brings enthusiasm and energy to her practice. She handles all phases of prosecution of sophisticated and complex violent matters, including high profile media case like the Adam Oakes matter and Comm. v. Nasir Eberhardt, who murdered Highland Springs High School basketball standout Jahiem Dickerson. She is a frequent lecturer and law enforcement trainer on issues related to child abuse, sexual assault, and elder abuse. Additionally, she provides training regarding in-court testimony to law enforcement recruits. She frequently represents the CA’s office at forward-facing community events, including presentations at churches related to elder and child abuse. Moreover, she is an active participant in Henrico County’s Adult Protective Services Multidisciplinary Team.
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Diane Beirne is the director of corporate social responsibility at Primis—a different kind of bank, dedicated to bettering the lives of their customers and communities that they serve. Currently, she is responsible for developing and implementing the bank’s corporate social responsibility strategy, including the oversight of the Primis Works program—which provides education, mentorship, extensive job training and more to local single mothers. Beirne focuses heavily on social and philanthropic support including financial literacy programs and encouraging employee volunteerism. Prior to joining Primis, she served as the executive director of The Woman’s Club, an organization in downtown Richmond with a mission to educate and inspire women.
Vera Hailey is an Alternative Dispute Resolution Practitioner based in Waynesboro, Virginia. After a 20+ year career as Magistrate, she became Virginia Judiciary certified in mediation for all courts. Ms. Hailey is a Certified Court Manager and Certified Court Executive through the National Center for State Courts and is an ADR Competition Judge for Regent University School of Law and Richmond Law. In addition to her private practice, she collaborates with the non-profit Fairfield Center on court-referred mediation and government agency training and teaches a 4-hour Virginia Code-Mandated Parent Education Seminar. Extensive experience in the disability field includes service on the Virginia Public Safety Workgroup for Autism and as a Department of Criminal Justice Services trainer for those working with people with developmental disabilities within the judicial system. Ms. Hailey is on the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation Board, the Board of Directors for the Greater Augusta Coalition Against Adult Abuse and the Central Virginia Community Justice Advisory Council.
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Michelle Beverly is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Certified Pre-Admission Screener who serves as Senior Emergency Services Clinician at Valley Community Services Board in Staunton, Virginia. Mrs. Beverly has worked in her current capacity at VCSB for approximately eight years and has worked as an Emergency Services Clinician for nearly a decade. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and served as an educator in both Ohio and Virginia before transitioning into the field of mental health. Mrs. Beverly is dedicated to community mental health awareness, improved community access for under-served communities and populations as well as de-stigmatization of mental health treatment through education and community empowerment. She currently resides in Fishersville, Virginia with her husband of 20 years, and their two children.
David I. McCaskey of Mt. Sidney, Virginia is a graduate of the University of Virginia and William & Mary Law School and was a field artillery officer in the U.S. Army. He served as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Augusta County for 4 years and retired from a 40+ year law practice that included criminal defense, wills, estate planning, extensive social security disability representation, mental health law and service as a Social Security Representative Payee and as guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults. Mr. McCaskey is certified by the Virginia Judiciary as a mediator for Juvenile and Domestic Relations and Circuit Court and served on the Board of Alternatives for Abused Adults (now New Directions). He has a private Alternative Dispute Resolution practice, works through the non-profit FairField Center and is a Facilitator for a local Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Restorative Justice Community Conferencing pilot program in Staunton/Augusta/Waynesboro. Mr. McCaskey began representing respondents at Civil Commitment Hearings in 1985 and has served as a Special Justice conducting those hearings since 1995.
Captain Rebecca “Becky” Meeks is Commander of the Waynesboro, Virginia Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. In her 32-year law enforcement career, Captain Meeks has served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, DARE Officer, School Resource Officer Supervisor, Crime Prevention Unit Supervisor, Patrol Supervisor, Crisis Negotiation Team Commander, Peer Support Team Leader and Criminal Investigations Supervisor. She volunteers and supports various causes including the Valley Children’s Advocacy Center, Special Olympics Virginia and the Blue Ridge Crisis Intervention Team. Captain Meeks has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, graduated from the Institute for Leadership in Changing Times through Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and graduated from the Leading Educating and Developing Program at the University of Virginia. She has advanced training in hostage negotiations by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, is a Master Instructor for the Blue Ridge Crisis Intervention Team and was awarded the 2020 Virginia CIT Instructor of the Year.
Magistrate Judith Owens of Staunton, Virginia has been employed as Magistrate by the Office of the Executive Secretary at the Supreme Court of Virginia since 2007. Originally from the Tidewater area, she attended Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri and graduated from Old Dominion University. Having comprehensive experience in and knowledge of the Virginia court system, Magistrate Owens was a Certified Deputy Clerk at Staunton Circuit Court for 15 years before becoming Judicial Secretary for the Virginia Court of Appeals, a position that she held for 5 years. She has an interest in Crisis Intervention Team training of law enforcement officers and has been a participant in the local 40-hour training.
Magistrate Owens’ vast knowledge of the judicial system and her conscientious performance of her duties as Magistrate has earned the confidence and respect of system stakeholders.
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Hannah Harris was born and raised in Augusta County. After graduating from Riverheads High School, she attended Ferrum College and received an undergraduate degree in business and accounting, summa cum laude. Ms. Harris attended Liberty University School of Law, where she was the Articles and Book Review Editor for the Law Review, participated in the Top Gun Trial Team for four semesters, and was chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board. She interned with Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office the summer between her 2L and 3L year and also participated in the Legal Aid Clinic during her 3L year. After passing the Virginia State Bar exam in October 2020, Ms. Harris worked for Wharton, Althiser, and Weaver, as a litigation associate. She joined the Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in July 2021. Ms. Harris’ prosecution experience ranges from prosecuting misdemeanor traffic to violent felonies. She spends most of her time in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and has a special interest in white collar crime, including the financial exploitation of vulnerable adults and embezzlement.