Staff Bio

Byron Fassett

Byron Fassett is a nationally recognized subject matter expert (SME) on the victimization of women and children through sex trafficking, child sexual abuse and exploitation, and has over 37 years law enforcement experience with the Dallas Police Department.  For over 25 years, Byron specialized in conducting investigations involving the sexual abuse and exploitation of children […]

Carri Gordon

Carri has worked for the Washington State Patrol since 1991.  For 17 years she worked in the Communications Division, with the last five years as the Training Program Manager responsible for all dispatch/radio training for troopers and dispatchers. During this time Carri was also heavily involved with the implementation of the Washington State AMBER Alert […]

Josefina Sabori

Career and Professional Activities Josefina Sabori currently serves as the AATTAP Region 4 Liaison, supporting the AMBER Alert Coordinators, Missing Person Clearinghouse Managers, and Child Abduction Response Teams for her region. She represents the Southern Arizona region as a Human Trafficking subject matter expert and serves as a liaison and educator for international guests who […]

Derek VanLuchene

Derek VanLuchene  is a Project Coordinator for the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program (AATTAP) with a focus on AATTAP’s Child Abduction Response Team (CART) program and continuing to expand the number of US DOJ Certified CART programs, increase the number of trained CART programs in Indian Country and assist previously-trained teams in maintaining operational […]

Janell Rasmussen

Janell Rasmussen has spent over 20 years working in Public Safety to develop, implement and operate multiple statewide law enforcement programs that have been highly successful and nationally recognized.  During her time at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), Rasmussen was responsible for the development and operations of multiple statewide programs, including the Minnesota […]

Gus Paidousis

Gus Paidousis is currently the Security Chief for the Knox County, Tennessee, School District, leading a force of over 100 armed security officers to protect 59,000 students and approximately 8,000 staff members. Mr. Paidousis has been with the school system since May 2013. Prior to serving the school district, Mr. Paidousis served the Knoxville, Tennessee, […]

Mishelle Bowen

Mishelle Bowen has been an Administrative Assistant with Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin, since 2001. Mishelle supports AATTAP programs, meetings, and special events. Mishelle works on a variety of projects including assisting in maintaining the AATTAP Distance Learning Programs, AMBER Alert Partners contact lists and group memberships, class registrations and student databases. Mishelle […]

Jill Nysse

Ms. Nysse is a project coordinator with expertise in office oversight and coordination. Her more than 15 years of progressive administrative experience have made her thorough and effective in organization and time management. Jill processes training program registrations to ensure accuracy and compliance with federal grant requirements. She coordinates all AATTAP travel and lodging negotiations, […]

Yesenia “Jesi” Leon-Baron

Jesi Leon-Baron serves as the AATTAP Region 1 Liaison, supporting the AMBER Alert Coordinators, Missing Person Clearinghouse Managers and Child Abduction Response Team (CART) partners in the Northeastern U.S.  Jesi also works with the AATTAP’s Southern Border Initiative (SBI) supporting the Alerta AMBER in Mexico with event/project support, communications and instructional services.  Jesi is an […]

Melissa Blasing

Melissa Blasing serves as a program manager focusing on the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Initiative. Melissa also manages and facilitates the design and delivery of training and technical assistance and serves as a coordinator for a assigned AATTAP courses. Melissa writes and edits reports and documents, coordinates training and technical assistance activities, provides follow-up […]

Bonnie Ferenbach

Bonnie Ferenbach is a Project Coordinator who plans, develops, coordinates, manages, and monitors AATTAP’s eLearning, website and publications project deliverables. She coordinates AMBER Alert’s Tribal Database and AMBER Advocate websites and serves as the primary contact for content, design and functional components for all technology projects. Bonnie is an experienced curriculum designer and instructor, is […]

Jason Sterling

Jason Sterling provides management of the administrative operations for the AMBER Alert training and technical assistance offered to law enforcement and other child protection professionals located throughout the U.S. Jason has coordinated multiple conferences and training events from start to finish, such as the annual Crimes Against Children in Indian Country Conference. He has also […]

James Walters

James Walters is responsible for developing and delivering training and technical assistance to law enforcement, prosecutors, social services, child protection officials and first responders in investigative techniques, program development and policy issues related to child protection, exploitation, missing and abducted children and youth at high risk of victimization.With over thirty-five years of diversified experience as […]