Cindy Giese, President and Board Member
Eric Nation, Director of Training and Development
Stacee Read, Director of DEC Network Development
Jim McDonald, Financial Manager
Carrie Jensen, Project Specialist
J. Spencer Gustafson, Project Specialist
Cindy Giese has been a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin for over 30 years and is currently the Special Agent in Charge (SAIC) of the Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation-Wausau Office (WIDOJ-DCI). SAIC Giese supervises all Special Agents assigned to the Wausau region and oversees criminal investigations conducted by the WI DOJ-DCI in the Wausau region. In addition, SAIC Giese is the Statewide Coordinator of the Wisconsin Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (DEC) program.
Cindy provides DEC training throughout Wisconsin and across the nation and has become a nationally recognized expert in initiating DEC programs and working with DEC programs in Indian Country. Cindy is a CORE DEC certified trainer. In January of 2017 Cindy accepted the responsibilities of Interim President of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. The National Alliance continues to grow and additional states are developing alliances to improve the collaboration between professionals and agencies working to assist drug endangered children.
Lieutenant (retired) Eric Nation began his career in law enforcement in 1994 where he has held numerous positions. From 1996-2002, Nation was assigned to an undercover narcotics unit and from 2007-2012 was assigned as the Commander of the M.I.N.E. Taskforce – Eastside.
Nation is a founding member of the Jasper County Drug Endangered Children Alliance, where he worked to build collaboration across multiple disciplines and worked to create a series of DEC response protocols; he is also a member of the Iowa Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Steering Committee and was a member of the National DEC Criminal Justice Working Group. In 2009, Lieutenant Nation was honored with the “Ongoing Law Enforcement Victims Service Award” from Jasper County; in 2011, he received the National Drug Endangered Children Collaborative Leadership Award.
Nation has trained thousands of professionals across Iowa, the United States, and internationally. He has participated in the United States Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative, Working Group Meeting on Law Enforcement and Children’s Exposure to Violence in Washington D.C. He has also assisted with the development of International Association of Chief of Police’s Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Children Exposed to Violence project tools and deliverables. He has appeared on Court TV for Langley Productions’ documentary, Methamphetamine Labs in the Heartland, a public education piece about the hazards of methamphetamine and methamphetamine labs in the Midwest.
Stacee has spent nearly 20 years working in the child welfare field, gaining insight and experience on a variety of key child welfare issues. Before working for National DEC, Stacee’s previous positions included the Associate Ombudsman position with the Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman and the Child Protection Safety Specialist for the Colorado Department of Human Services and Child Abuse and Neglect Investigator. Stacee participated on the Fatality Review Team and was a key member on the Substance Exposed Newborns Steering Committee, the Rural Law Enforcement Meth Initiative, the CDHS Child Fatality Review Team, and the CDHS Prone Restraint Workgroup.
Stacee started working for National DEC in November 2011 as the Director of DEC Network Development. She is responsible for the development and oversight of State and Tribal DEC Alliances, and she provides technical assistance to National DEC network. Stacee is also an integral member of the training team and has participated in curriculum, online training, and publication development.
Stacee received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois focusing on Mental Health and Administration in 2002 and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Iowa with an emphasis on abnormal psychology and dependency behaviors in 1997. Stacee is an adjunct professor at Metro State University in Denver, Colorado where she teaches in the Master’s Social Work Program.
Board of Directors...
Michael Rice, Gage Garby, David Kendall, Kiti Randall, Cheryl May and Cindy Giese
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