Instructor Bios

Mark Addesa


Mark Addesa has been serving as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at West Virginia State University for 31 years.  Over the years, he has also served in various other capacities such as Department Chairperson, Coordinator of Summer Advising, etc.  I have also been involved in various community services such as serving on the WVRCPI Governing Board, the WVSVAA Committee, a commissioner on the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission, etc.  I ham also be-vocational, serving as an ordained minister at Perrow Presbyterian Church.  I am married living in Poca, West Virginia and I have five children.

Tracy Dorsey Chapman

Tracy Dorsey Chapman is the Victim Witness Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of West Virginia, where she has been employed for over twelve years.  In her capacity as Victim Witness Coordinator, Tracy provides notice, information and services to all victims of federal crime within the Southern District of West Virginia.  She also establishes and maintains mutual communication between the District and federal, state and local organizations concerned with promoting the rights of victims and witnesses under applicable law, and advises and provides training for the US Attorney’s staff regarding victims’ rights and services.  Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Tracy worked for the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Charleston.  In her over 20 years of experience working in the criminal justice system, Tracy has observed first-hand the monumental changes which have transpired regarding victims’ rights and advocacy, both locally and nationally.  Tracy has received numerous awards, including:  the Director’s Award for Superior Performance in Victim Witness Assistance from the Executive Office of United States Attorneys; US Department of Justice Award for Public Service; Purple Ribbon Award from the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and the Geneva Foster Pioneer Award.


Linda Cooper


Linda is an advanced practice nurse and a licensed professional counselor. She was Director of CAMC's Family Resource Center for 18 years, where she, along with her staff members, developed outpatient mental health services and psycho-educational offerings for the community. She was also responsible for guiding in the development of CAMC's clinical response to domestic violence. She has worked in the arena of grief and loss for 20 years, and is currently employed by Hospice Care. Her current work involves accompanying dying patients and their families at the Hubbard Hospice House, and providing bereavement services to those who have lost loved ones. Linda has resided in the Charleston area for the past 39 years, is married to David and together they have three adult children and 3 grandchildren.


Tessa Cooper


Victim Specialist Tessa R. Cooper is a native of Lincoln County, WV.  She earned her undergraduate degree from West Virginia State College and a Masters Degree in Social work from the School of Social Work and Public Administration at West Virginia University.  VS Cooper entered on duty with the FBI in 2002.  She is one of 112 Victim Specialists across the country who provide services to victims of Federal crime identified in FBI investigations.  Ms. Cooper is responsible for supporting victims related to FBI cases in the six Resident Agencies throughout West Virginia.  In connection with these duties, VS Cooper has provided services to a wide range of victims, including victims of the 911 Terrorist attacks, child abductions, bank robberies as well as those victimized by child pornography, and economic crime.  She also serves as an elected member of the FBI Victims Specialists Working Group.  This body serves to provide input on program matters to the FBI's Office of Victim's Assistance.


Prior to joining the FBI, Ms Cooper served as the Victim Services Coordinator for the Lincoln County Probation Office.  She also has been employed as a Medical Social Worker/Forensic Interviewer for Charleston Area Medical Center/Woman's and Children's Hospital.  In addition, Ms Cooper has worked as a Child Abuse Investigator with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

VS Cooper participates in numerous advisory boards and committees designed to enhance victim's rights and services through collaborative efforts.  These include the Victim Assistance Committee of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia,  the Cabell County Victim Advocate Advisory Board, the West Virginia Hate Crimes Task Force,  West Virginia Division of Corrections Victim Assistance Committee, West Virginia Supreme Court Regional Firearms and Enforcement Committee, Sexual Assault Response Teams in both Cabell and Kanawha Counties, and the Kanawha County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force.


Ms Cooper is married and the mother of two, MacKenzie, age 10 and Gavin, age 6.

Andrea Darr


Andrea Darr is the Victim Witness Coordinator for the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute, where she has been employed for the last 4 years.  In her capacity as the Victim Witness Coordinator, Andrea coordinates with county prosecution based victim witness coordinators to enhance their collective knowledge concerning available victim/witness resources and information, and to establish a bridge between local, state and federal agencies regarding victim issues. 


In addition to these duties, Andrea serves as chairperson for the WV Drug Endangered Children Task Force which she established in 2005 in an effort to provide a consistent coordinated approach to the safety and environmental permanency of children who are affected by their parents and guardians illicit drug use.  Input from this Committee has resulted in an Interdisciplinary Guide for the Removal of Children from Methamphetamine Environments.


Andrea also represents the WV Prosecuting Attorneys Institute on several boards regarding victim issues, including the US Attorney’s Victim Assistance Committee, the WV Commission to Study Residential Placement of Children, The WV Sexually Violent Predator Task force, the WV Hate Crimes Task Force, the WV Department of Corrections Advisory Committee and the WV Children’s Justice Task Force


Prior to joining the WV Prosecuting Attorneys Institute, Andrea worked at the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorneys Office serving as the victim assistance coordinator and provided direct services to victims of crime, violence and abuse.


Kandy Dennison


Kandy Dennison has served as a sexual assault and domestic violence advocate at Women’s Aid in Crisis since 2003.  Mrs. Dennison provides advocacy, supportive counseling, and referrals for victims/survivors of sexual victimization.  She also works to provide education to local agencies throughout Braxton County.  Along with Child Protective Services and the Braxton County Family Resource Network, Mrs. Dennison annually conducts the Children’s Memorial Flag Day.  In 2006, she was the recipient of the Certificate of Merit for Children’s Memorial Flag Day. She has maintained certification as Domestic Violence Advocate for the past three years. Mrs. Dennison has been instrumental in the success of the Braxton County Sexual Assault Response Team since January 2009.  She also serves on the Braxton County CAC Oversight Committee, the Project Director for Teen SAFE Committee at Braxton County High School. 


Marla Wilcox-Eddy


Marla has served as the Director of REACH, a program of Family Counseling Connection, for the past 21 years.  REACH (Rape Education, Advocacy, Counseling, and Healing) provides a variety of services to survivors of sexual victimization and provides community education programs surrounding the issue of sexual violence.  Marla has worked with over 4,000 survivors during her career providing support, education, and guidance throughout the healing process.  In addition, she has presented hundreds of prevention education programs, primarily to high school and college students designed to increase both the understanding of the issue of rape and the knowledge of how to work toward its elimination.  Additionally, she provides training programs for professionals to increase their understanding of sexual assault and how to best respond to a survivor of rape in a professional capacity.


Marla currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information Services.  She also serves on several other local and state-wide committees, such as the West Virginians Against Violence Committee, the WV SANE Advisory Board, the WV Sexual Assault Response Technical Team, the WV Key Players in Rape Prevention, the WV Victim/Witness Assistance Committee, and the WV Supreme Court of Appeals Violence Against Women Grant Advisory Committee whose missions all involve the overall improvement of services to victims of crime.  In 2003, she was the first recipient in West Virginia of the “Award For Outstanding Advocacy and Community Work In Ending Sexual Violence” given by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.  She has also been nominated for two additional national awards and, in 2006, she received two awards from the U.S. Department of Justice for her service to survivors of sexual violence.  She holds a BSW from San Diego State University and is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of West Virginia.

Detective Cpl. Samantha Ferrell


Det. Cpl. Ferrell joined the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office in July of 1999.  Prior to 1999 she worked as a Campus Police Officer at West Virginia State University and as a Police and Fire Dispatcher at Nitro Police Department.  She has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor Degree in Board of Regents both from West Virginia State University. Det. Cpl. Ferrell worked on the road as a Deputy Sheriff from July 1999 to November 2004.  In November 2004, Det. Cpl. Ferrell was assigned to the CIS Division of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, now called the Kanawha Bureau of Investigations. After attending multiple seminars and trainings in the areas of Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Interviewing and Interrogations, and Domestic Violence she is now in charge of the majority of these investigations.

Chris Mehler Frizzell


Chris graduated from West Liberty State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and from West Virginia University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  She worked in the field of social work for 8 years with children and families in various capacities including as an individual psychotherapist before accepting the position as Victim Witness Coordinator in 1999 at the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of West Virginia.  

Kenyatta Grant

Kenyatta Grant is the Community Organizing Coordinator for the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  She has been working at the WVCADV since 2001.  As the Community Organizing Coordinator, she is responsible for raising awareness in regards to domestic violence in marginalized communities such as the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer and Questioning and People of Color communities.  Ms. Grant is also the Project Coordinator for the Campus Grant to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking that was received by West Virginia State University.


Ms. Grant received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Marshall University in 1996 and Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Marshall Graduate College in 1999.


Ms. Grant is particularly interested in cultural competency/diversity, racial justice, criminal justice and focusing on educating efforts that raise awareness about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking on college campuses.


Sandi Jaynes


Sandi Jaynes is the Victim Services Manager for the West Virginia Division of Corrections.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master of Science Degree from Marshall University, Huntington, WV, with a major in Criminal Justice, Corrections and a minor in Counseling and Rehab.  She is also a graduate of the West Virginia Corrections Academy in Montgomery, West Virginia and the National Victims Assistance Academy in Charleston, South Carolina.


Sandi is a National Credentialed Advocate at the Intermediate Level with a Designation of Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialist from the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA).  She is also a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor and a Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor from the American College of Forensic Counselors.


Sandi previously employed by Psi Med and worked at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex as a Mental Health Therapist where she facilitated sex offender treatment, developed and implemented Crime Victim Awareness and Batterers Intervention Prevention Program, which are victim-centered.  She was a member of the WV State Police Sex Offender Community Notification Team, speaking on victims of sex offenders.


She is a member of the US Attorney’s Southern District, Victim/Witness Committee, Operation Reach Out for National Crime Victims Rights Week, Drug Endangered Children Task Force, Victims Assistance Network, Multidisciplinary Training Advisory Committee, Victim Protocol Committee, Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team and the Hate Crimes Task Force.  Sandi is also a member of several national organizations, American Probation and Parole Association, NOVA, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, American Corrections Association, National Association of Victim Service Professionals in Corrections and National Organization of Women.


As a survivor of domestic violence, Sandi has been active in victim issues, especially domestic violence, for 20 years.  For her work, she received the U.S. Department of Justice Award for Public Service and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime Certificate of Appreciation, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2004.  Sandi received the 2007 Joe Kegans Award for Victim Services in Probation and Parole from the American Probation and Parole Association at their Winter Conference in February 2007.  This is the highest national award in victim services in corrections.  She also received a citation from the WV House of Delegates and a citation from Governor Joe Manchin III in recognition of her work and national award.  Sandi also received a citation from the Governor for her work with a domestic violence survivor.

Sue Julian


Sue has been working to end violence against women since 1984 when she moved from Boston, MA, to Williamson, WV, to accept a position as Co-Director of the Tug Valley Recovery Shelter.  For four years Sue worked in direct services in the rural coalfield areas of southern WV.  In 1988, Sue was hired as one of two Team Coordinators of the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Sue serves on multiple statewide and national committees addressing violence against women issues.  In collaboration with others committed to social justice and social change, Sue’s work has focused on building a strong statewide domestic violence network, on developing and strengthening public policy as it relates to domestic violence, oppression and civil rights issues; and in making connections between violence in homes, communities, and the world.  Sue’s work includes raising public awareness about the prevalence and prevention of abuse and violence in intimate relationships, training professionals in their response to domestic violence, providing technical assistance to licensed domestic violence programs, expanding leadership capacity within the statewide coalition, and in envisioning a future where equality, mutuality, respect, stewardship and accountability are valued in personal, political, professional, business and community relationships.  Sue is certified in Nonprofit Management from the WVU School of Social Work.  She also has a MA from the Community & Economic Development, New Hampshire College, NH, and a BA in Theology from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA.

Sgt. Mike Lynch


Sergeant Michael D. Lynch has been a member of the West Virginia State Police since September 12, 1994.  After training at the West Virginia State Police Academy, Sgt. Lynch was assigned to the Fairmont Detachment in Marion County and worked there until December, 1997.  Sgt.  Lynch then transferred to the Morgantown Detachment in Monongalia County.   


While stationed in Monongalia County, Sgt. Lynch was selected to be one of six new Community Liaison Officers for the state police.  The Community Liaison Officer’s responsibility was to coordinate the needs of communities with the resources of the state police.  Sgt. Lynch’s area of responsibility was all of Troop 1 which covers 12 counties in the north-central region of the state.  Sgt. Lynch traveled extensively throughout the state, providing training to law enforcement personnel and various groups within the communities.


On January1, 2001, Sgt. Lynch was transferred to the state police academy as a staff instructor.  Sgt. Lynch teaches a wide range of courses at the academy to include: principals of investigation, crime scene investigation, problem solving, COPs, fingerprinting, domestic violence, police ethics, road blocks and traffic control, and juvenile law. Sgt. Lynch also held the position of the Scenario-Based-Training Coordinator until October 1, 2004, when he was appointed to the Curriculum Coordinator position for the West Virginia State Police Academy.


In February of 2008, Sgt. Lynch was reassigned to the Planning and Research Section at the West Virginia State Police Headquarters. Although being assigned to headquarters, Sgt. Lynch continues to teach at the academy as an adjunct instructor.


Sgt. Lynch has a Bachelor’s of Music degree from West Virginia University and an Associates degree in Police Science from Marshall University. Sgt. Lynch is a graduate of the 219th Session of the FBI National Academy.  Sgt. Lynch’s wife, Kimberly, is a registered nurse and works in Charleston.


Trish Miles

Trish Miles is the Community Liaison and Outreach Administrator for the WV Crime Victims Compensation Fund.  She travels throughout the state meeting with legislators and county officials in a joint effort to increase awareness of the Fund in each county.  She is the coordinator for providing training and information regarding the Fund, and is a Certified Law Enforcement Training Instructor.  She represents the Fund on many boards and committees related to victim issues and services.  Trish is also employed by the YWCA Resolve as a counselor, and, in the past, has volunteered at the Hubbard Hospice House and the YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter.


Trish Earned her AAS in Legal Assisting from Marshall University, her BA in Criminal Justice from West Virginia State University, and her MA in Community Counseling from Marshall University.  Trish is also a graduate of the National Victim Assistance Academy held in Ft. Worth, Texas.


In 2009, Trish was honored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, SDWV, with a U. S. Department of Justice “Award for Public Service” for her contributions to the West Virginia State Victim Assistance Academy.


Larry Nelson – Project Director


Mr. Nelson has spent a lifetime in law enforcement, retiring from the West Virginia State Police in December 2001 after a thirty (30) year career, achieving the position of District Commander with the rank of First Lieutenant.  Since January of 2001, he has been the Executive Director of the West Virginia Regional Community Policing Institute and currently serves as Project Director for the West Virginia State Victim Assistance Academy. The Institute is located at West Virginia State University.  The WVRCPI is part of the national network of Regional Centers for Police Innovations.  Federal and state funding has allowed the WVRCPI to provide training and technical assistance to over 17,000 WV law enforcement officers, advocates, allied professionals, and community members in the areas of Community Policing and Problem Solving, Domestic Violence, Abuse & Neglect of the Elderly, Sexual Assault and Stalking, Racial Profiling, Hate Crimes, Community Safety and Partnership Building, Homeland Security, Police Professionalism, Crime Prevention, and other law enforcement and community related issues as well as providing countless other hours of technical assistance and financial support.

Mr. Nelson is certified by the Governor’s Committee on Law Enforcement Training as an instructor in several different areas. He is a certified national instructor of the Franklin Covey training program “The 7 Habits for Law Enforcement Professionals”, an Adjunct Instructor for the West Virginia State Police Academy, the Academy of Counter-Terrorism Education, Louisiana State University, in the areas of Campus Public Safety Response to WMD Incidents and Preparedness and Response to Agricultural Terrorism, the West Virginia Law Enforcement Executive Institute, and a qualified Police Instructor in Problem Based Learning (PBL) awarded by the Center for Advanced Public Safety Research, University of New Haven and the Police Society for Problem Based Learning. 

Mr. Nelson received the “Distinguished West Virginian Award”, the highest civilian award given by the Governor of West Virginia, awarded in 1975 by Governor Arch A. Moore for meritorious service while a member of the West Virginia State Police.  Larry was the recipient of the “2005 Purple Ribbon Award” given by the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence in recognition of his visionary leadership in helping to end violence against women; his tireless efforts to develop statewide partnerships; his steady influence in raising awareness; and his passionate commitment to peace, non-violence and social change on October 12, 2005. He was also honored on October 7, 2005 by the US Attorney’s Office, SDWV with the 2005 U.S. Department of Justice “Award for Public Service” for his invaluable service and assistance to victims and witnesses of crime; and for representing the criminal justice system in a just and caring way, while maintaining the highest standards of American law enforcement.  


Corporal Adam W. Scott


Corporal Scott has been a member of the West Virginia State Police for 16 years.  He currently is the Troop 1 Coordinator of the WVSP Crimes Against Children Unit and Chairperson of the WV Children's Justice Task Force.  Corporal Scott specializes in child abuse investigations, advanced interview and interrogations. He previously served eight years as a Port Security/Anti-Terrorism Specialist with the United States Coast Guard.  Adam was the 2008 Recipient of the State of WV Governor's Certificate of Commendation for work in child abuse investigation

Terri Tarr, Esq.


Ms. Tarr works at the WV Prosecuting Attorney’s Institute and is the Violence Against Women Resource Prosecutor.  Ms. Tarr previously served as an Assistant Prosecutor in Kanawha and Wood Counties.  She also served as a Deputy Public Defender in Kanawha County.  Ms. Tarr also served as Disciplinary Counsel with the Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel and was a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Appellate/Habeas Division. 


Ms. Tarr routinely teaches CLE courses on Legal Ethics, Criminal Law, and Violence Against Women Issues. She also teaches law enforcement officers and victim advocates Criminal Law, Violence Against Women Issues and/or ethics.  She has also served as an expert witness in the area of legal ethics and attorney malpractice.


Ms. Tarr is the 2009 winner of the Geneva Foster Pioneer Award for her work on Violence Against Women Issues.

Gale A. Teare

Gale began her career with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office in 1990 as a Victim Services Coordinator. Assisting crime victims came naturally since she was a former law enforcement officer in Delaware and uses her skills and knowledge of the judicial system to assist not only crime victims, but also law enforcement. Her duties as a Victim Services Coordinator is to assist victims of all crime, such as: domestic violence/family violence, elder abuse/neglect, child abuse/sexual abuse/assault, sexual assault/abuse, homicide, assault, battery, arson, DUI, identity theft, stalking, telephone harassment, burglary, hate crimes and child abuse/neglect.


During her time with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, Gale has tried to improve the Victim Services Unit by adding new features, which aid not only law enforcement, but also crime victims. Tracking sheets were developed to insure all domestic violence petitions are recorded, logged in /out and served.  Also, final orders from these petitions are housed within the Sheriff’s Office, which allows for a quick reference into a particular case. Gale also provides crime victims with informational packets, which are individually made according to the crime victim’s need(s). Packets contain brochures with information about their victimization, resources, brochures and telephone numbers, which are used to aid in the service of crime victims.


Gale has received several awards for her dedication to assisting crime victims. Last year (2009), Gale achieved the Highest Level of Advocate Credentialing through National Advocate Credentialing Program/ National Organization Of Victim Assistance (N.O.V.A). Gale’s areas of national credentialing are: Child Abuse Intervention Specialist, Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialist, Domestic Violence Intervention Specialist and Sexual Assault Intervention Specialist. In April 2010, Gale received the Geneva Foster Pioneer Award at the Operation Reach Out opening ceremony.

Laurie Thompsen


Laurie Thompsen is the Health and Mental Health Coordinator for the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WVCADV).  Her activities include policy analysis, training, protocol development for responding in clinical and non-clinical settings, technical assistance and other work.  She facilitates the WVCADV’s Health Partnership Committee and the Mental Health Initiative (MHI).  The MHI work focuses on appropriate trauma-informed and trauma-specific mental health services for people experiencing intimate partner violence.  Both the MHI and the Health Partnership published guidelines on best practices for working with victims of domestic abuse.


Laurie also works, on behalf of WVCADV, in partnership with the Bureau for Public Health and the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Domestic Violence Work Group.  She was appointed to the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities Advisory Board and sits on the West Virginia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (DVFRT), at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.  Ms. Thompsen supervises the Head Start for Safety Project, which provides cross-training on the intersection of domestic violence, Head Start, substance abuse and child protective services.  The Head Start committee also recently completed model policy for responding to domestic violence within Head Start program.


Joyce Yedlosky


Joyce Yedlosky is the Protective Services Coordinator with the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Joyce coordinates the statewide Domestic Violence/Child Victimization Study and Policy Workgroup and the statewide Disability/Later Life Task Force which consists of statewide representatives from the domestic violence network, the court system, child and adult protective services and other representatives working with issues of domestic violence and the protection of families. Joyce has 25 years of experience working in the human services field and 20 years of experience and training with issues of domestic violence.  This experience includes institutional and community mental health, home health care, foster care social work, foster parent and domestic violence advocacy. Joyce also participates on the WV Supreme Court Improvement Project, the state Citizen Review Panel, the Drug Endangered Children’s Task Force, the Children’s Justice Task Force, and the Financial Exploitation Workgroup. Joyce earned a BS in Psychology from the University of South Carolina.