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AARP NC Staying Safe While Staying Home - 6/26/20

Start Date:6/26/2020

Start Time:10:00 AM EDT

Duration:60 minutes

Abstract:

Join us for this important Virtual Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness Event. You will learn more about:

·         Keeping yourself safe from scams and fraud

·         Talking to a friend who may be in an unsafe situation

·         Staying engaged while you are at home

·         Available resources to you and more

Featuring speakers from the NC Attorney General’s Office, Guilford County Family Justice Center, Family Services, Inc. and Resource Resources of Guilford. Co-sponsored by the Piedmont Triad Area Agency on Aging and AARP NC Triad.

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Speakers

Hugh Harris

Assistant Attorney General

North Carolina Department of Justice

Hugh A. Harris is an Outreach & Policy Counsel for the North Carolina Department of Justice Public Protection Section. The Public Protection Section is focused on protecting the public and preventing crime in North Carolina. Hugh has lectured at events including CLE, CPE, and other events on topics concerning the Department of Justice’s response to the opioid epidemic, NC’s data breach law, identity theft, consumer protection, elder fraud, and internet safety. His work at the Department of Justice has included litigating cases on behalf of the Attorney General’s Office in the area of North Carolina’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practice law. Hugh also has experience in worker’s compensation law, working for the North Carolina Department of Justice-Workers Compensation Division. In addition, Mr. Harris has worked as a Director with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. He started his career as an Assistant Public Defender in Asheville and then relocated to the Orange-Chatham County Public Defender’s Office. Hugh is a member of the North Carolina Financial Literacy Council, North Carolina Senior Fraud Task Force, North Carolina Partnership to Address Adult Abuse, and Hope N Hoke (Opioid Task Force). In addition, he participates in the Attorney General’s Criminal Justice Reform-Pretrial Roundtables. He is a Board member of Haven House Services-Raleigh, NC and is a mentor at Moore Square Middle School. He earned his Juris Doctor from the North Carolina Central University School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Meredith Hooks

Manager

Safe on Seven Domestic Violence Center

A North Carolina native, Meredith Hooks holds a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science/Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University and has 15 years of experience in the victim services field. Currently, she is the Manager of Safe on Seven Domestic Violence Center in Winston-Salem where she supervises a team of advocates, interns, and volunteers assisting domestic violence and sexual assault survivors navigate the civil and criminal court systems. Meredith chairs the Forsyth County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council as well as the Forsyth County Sexual Assault Response Team. When she is not advocating on behalf of crime victims, Meredith enjoys spending time with her two daughters and listening to Billy Joel.

Catherine Johnson

Director

Guilford County Family Justice Center

Catherine Johnson is the first Director of the Guilford County Family Justice Center (FJC), a public safety initiative through Guilford County designed to bring professionals together under one roof to provide coordinated collaborative services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child maltreatment, and elder abuse. Catherine has over ten years of experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and previously worked as the Director of Crisis Intervention Services for Family Services of Davidson County. Catherine is a licensed marriage and family therapist in North Carolina and received her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Under her leadership, the FJC has served over 45,000 individuals since opening in June 2015 and has expanded to include two locations. In addition, Guilford County has been recognized at the local and national level for its successful collaborative efforts. Catherine’s professional career has been dedicated to working with families impacted by violence and abuse. Her current focus is on developing strategies for creating systemic change to reduce violence and empower survivors. Catherine has been awarded the Outstanding Practitioner of the Year Award for the North Carolina Association of Marriage and Family Therapist, Early Career Award from UNCG’s school of education, Outstanding Women in Business Award from the Triad Business Journal and in 2016 was named the Greensboro News and Record’s Rising Star.

Kim Johnson

Ombudsman

PTRC AAA

Shelby Kline

Director

Evergreens Lifestyle Center

Shelby Kline is the Senior Center Director for Senior Resources of Guilford's Evergreens Lifestyle Center. Shelby has worked in senior Living for the past 16 years in North Carolina's Triad area. She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina (both undergraduate and graduate school) holding a Bachelor of Science Degree and Masters of Science Degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Recreation Therapy. She also is a Licensed Recreation Therapist and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She loves working with others, is passionate about advocating for seniors, and truly believes in the field of recreation therapy to help seniors stay engaged and active. She loves to involve community in all of her programs, and feels that community engagement with seniors is integral part of quality of life for every individual involved.
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