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NESA Fall Leadership Conference 2019

Laurie Tasharski & Peggy Woodard

Education Advisor & Facilitator

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

LAURIE TASHARSKI facilitates educator training and oversees all aspects of the ICMEC Education Portal including development, review, and creation of child protection resources for international schools and youth-serving organizations. Ms. Tasharski has lived and worked internationally for 26 years, primarily in training and education. Prior to her work in child protection, she facilitated professional development and taught in national, international, and British curriculum schools, receiving a Master of Education, First from Trinity College, Dublin.

As a contributing member of the International Task Force for Child Protection (ITFCP) she works closely with senior leaders across the international education and child protection fields and trains on a variety of child protection topics internationally.

Forensic Interviewer & Consultant

International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children

PEGGY WOODARD is a Forensic Interviewer and Consultant at the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. She is a graduate of the Florida State University School of Criminology. Ms Woodard was a criminal defense investigator with Georgia’s Northern Circuit Public Defender’s Office and later graduated from the Florida Police Academy and worked in child sex crimes investigations.

Ms. Woodard retired from the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and acted as DFCS Liaison to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, working jointly with their medical child protection team and other hospital staff to assess cases of suspected child abuse and neglect. She was a member of the Georgia Task Force on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.