The following are the results of this year’s Election:
David Prescott, LICSW
Mr. Prescott first joined ATSA’s Executive Board of Directors as Eastern Region Coordinator in 2002. Following his relocation to Wisconsin in 2004 (to become Treatment Assessment Director at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center), he was elected as an At-Large member of the ATSA board in 2004. He has edited ATSA’s newsletter, The Forum, since 2002 and has chaired the organization’s Awards Committee for the past two years. Mr. Prescott has also been active in maintaining ATSA’s web site and list-serv and recently served on the organization’s task force for children with sexual behavior problems. Mr. Prescott has authored, edited, and co-edited three books on youth who have sexually abused and has written a number of articles on youth and adults who sexually abuse. His professional interests include assessment of risks, needs, and resilience, treatment progress, and therapeutic engagement.
Southwest Region Representative:
Grace L. Davis, LCSW
Ms. Davis has won re-election for a second term on ATSA’s Board of Directors. Ms. Davis has worked in the field of sexual violence for 21 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an instructor for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. Ms. Davis is also an Honorary Member of the Texas Association of Polygraph Examiners. She has trained and worked with sex offender treatment providers, survivor advocates, law enforcement officers, probation and parole officers, judicial officials, attorneys, nurses, and the public. Ms. Davis recently observed:
As a therapist working with survivors of sexual assault, their families, and friends, I have had to share with them that there are no clear or easy answers to why someone commits a sexual offense. This work continues to remind me that we cannot do it alone. ATSA and its members are the premier source for education, understanding, research, and dialogue into this most feared type of individual.
Midwestern Region Representative
Harry M. Hoberman, Ph.D., L.P.
Residing in Minnesota, Dr. Hoberman has served on ATSA’s Public Policy Committee for five years. He drafted a recent ATSA fact sheet on risk assessment that received the endorsement of ATSA’s Executive Board in 2005. Dr. Hoberman also updated ATSA’s position paper on civil commitment into a more comprehensive perspective on multiple strategies for managing recidivistic sex offenders. As an active member of the Public Policy Committee, he has worked to expand ATSA’s involvement in forming public policy on both the local and national levels. He is currently working with ATSA’s Public Policy Consultant, Alisa Klein, on increasing ATSA’s influence on state, regional, and national issues relating to the management of sex offenders.
Dr. Hoberman’s background in academics and empirical research at the University of Minnesota includes the measurement of competencies, risk factors for psychiatric conditions, and treatment efficacy. Much of his work has focused on the needs of rural communities and persons of color. In recent years, he has conducted various evaluations of sex offenders for a non-profit community agency. Most of Dr. Hoberman’s current work involves conducting evaluations and risk assessments of juvenile and adult sex offenders for counties and various states, including Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri.
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