Ken Morton, Eleanor Lustig-Butts, Samantha Fenner, Carin Harris, Linda Harris, Shonna Aiken, Valeree Lane, child abuse response, development, forensic interview, medical examiner, nonprofit,
P. Kenneth Morton, Executive Director
Ken has led Klamath-Lake Child Abuse Response & Evaluation Services since 2007. He is skilled at teaching, communicating and providing emotional support to diverse individuals and groups, from those in distress to others with the resources to help alleviate that distress. Previously, Ken served for 18 years as an ordained deacon and 7 years as director of religious education at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Klamath Falls. He has also been director of a group home for mentally handicapped adults in Vancouver, BC, taught high school theology and coached track in Santa Barbara, CA. He earned a Master of Theological Studies at Mt. Angel Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theology from Loyola Marymount University.
Laneah Snyder, MD: Lead Medical Examiner
Laneah became Lead Medical Examiner in 2016 and continues her active medical practice. She earned a Medical Degree with Distinction in Research at Stony Brook University in New York and completed a family medicine residency at Cascade East Familiy Medicine Clinic in Klamath Falls. She has researched and presented extensively on bruises and broken bones, acute renal failure, pre-term labor, postpartum depression, infant botulism and other conditions related to the issue of child abuse. She has completed seminars on Child Abuse and Family Violence, Healthy Eating and Healthy Living. She delivered an abstract on ACS in Women to the American College of Emergency Room Physicians' Scientific Assembly in Boston and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Sarah Eden Halstead, MSN, RN, CPNP, Medical Examiner
Eden joined CARES as a full time medical examiner after becoming a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees from St. Louis University, where she was residency coordinator and nurrsing services manager for the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry. Between degrees, she served at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis as a staff nurse in the ambulatory care center and neonatal intensive care unit. She also worked with various clinical rotations in St. Louis and a private pediatric practice in Illinois. Eden is a member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society, and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
Eleanor Lustig-Butts, CPNP, Contract Medical Examiner
Eleanor is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked with Klamath-Lake CARES since 1993 and became Lead Medical Examiner in 2007 before retiring in 2016. Her expertise is stil available to children as needed. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Eleanor was previously a provider at the Klamath Pediatric Center, and has held other numerous positions, including teaching at Oregon Health Sciences University School of Nursing. In March 2012, the National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) presented its Outstanding Service Award in Medical Care to Eleanor to honor her significant contributions to alleviating child abuse in Klamath County.
James F. Calvert, MD: Contract Medical Examiner
Currently the Medical Director of Cascade Health Alliance, Jim came to Klamath Falls in 1992 as founding director of the Cascades East Rural Family Residency of Oregon Health Sciences University. In additiion to serving there for many years, he maintained a family medicine practice. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also taught after completing a residency in Wisconsin and working for the Indian Health Service in Idaho. Jim was named Oregon Family Doctor of the Year in 2011 by the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, and is a member of many professional and civic groups. He has been available to CARES to examine children suspected of abuse for a number of years.
Carrie A. Ganong, MD: Contract Medical Examiner
A board-certified pediatrician practicing at Sanford Health Clinic in Klamath Falls, Carrie has been in private practice and has been available to see children at CARES for a number of years. She graduated from the University of South Alabama Medical School in Mobile and completed a residency at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Phoenix, after receiving a graduate degree from Oregon State University and bachelor's degree from Linfield College.
Lesa Cahill, CFNP: Medical Examiner
A certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Lesa has conducted medical examinations at Lake District Hospital in Lakeview since 2004. She was instrumental in forging a new relationship with the Lake County Public Health Department that has partnered with CARES to colocate its forensic examination and interview facilities.
Samantha Fenner, Lead Child Forensic Interviewer
Sam joined CARES in 2006 as a forensic interviewer, after six years as a caseworker with the Oregon Department of Human Services' Child Welfare Program. At DHS, she interviewed more than 1,000 children and has completed more than 700 forensic interviews of children while at CARES. She earned an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (with a double minor in Health Studies and Criminology), and a Master of Science in Psychology. Sam also volunteers in the community by coaching youth volleyball and assisting with the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.
Andrea Mitchell, Child Forensic Interviewer
Andrea joined CARES in 2015 as a forensic interviewer after working as a child welfare specialist for the Klamath Tribes in Chiloquin, advocating for members' children who were clients of the Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division. She had previously served for six years as a social services specialist with DHS Child Welfare in Albany, assisting families whose children had been removed from their homes to work towards their safe return. Andrea graduated from Western Oregon University with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Kendra Holderman, Child Forensic Interviewer
Kendra provides child forensic interviews at the Lake County Public Health Department in Lakeview, in tandem with Lesa Cahill's medical examinations.
Linda Harris, Child and Family Advocate and Operations Manager
Linda Harris serves as the Child and Family Advocate, working with clients following the interview and examination process to determine their needs for counseling and other services, and referring them to collaborative agencies for assistance. She joined CARES in 2006 as intake coordinator, the initial point of contact to help non-offending families through the CARES process, scheduling appointments, coordinating with multi-disciplinary agencies, collecting client information, and training and supervising volunteers. Previously, Linda held various customer and financial service positions in the private sector. She completed the Oregon State Victim Assistance Academy at Clackamas Community College in 2007 and the Human Trafficking Workshop at Klamath Crisis Center in 2010.
Paula Martin, Intake and Volunteer Coordinator
Paula joined CARES as Intake/Volunteer Coordinator in 2015. She was a professional mentor for three years with Friends of the Children, a special education paraprofessional for four years with Klamath Falls City Schools, and a prevention specialist for two years with Lutheran Community Services. Paula has taken and taught numerous courses in child and family mental health, education and social services.
Lynne Butterworth, Grant Writer and Communications Consultant
Lynne began working with CARES in 2009 to research and write grant applications and manage communications projects. She facilitated rollout of the Period of PURPLE Crying to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome and the Stop The Hurt Campaign to prevent and report child abuse. She was development director of a nonprofit counseling center and an active board member of a child abuse agency in Oklahoma before moving to Oregon in 2004. Lynne holds a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and has managed public relations and communications in the corporate and nonprofit sectors for 35 years. She is also active in the Blue Zones Project and the Ross Ragland Theater.