2019 Sexual Assault Awareness Conference of Osceola County

Join the Osceola County SART for a day of Partnership and Learning.

Through agency collaboration, professional rapport building, and enhanced partnerships the SART has made an impact on sexual assault victim’s lives.

Join us for our 2019 Osceola County Sexual Assault Response Team Conference, where we will highlight these partnerships.

When we come together we can make a difference building the bridge for victims to become survivors and end sexual violence.

Location: Kissimmee Civic Center
Registration: 7:15 a.m.
Program: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Register cutoff: March 4, 2019
Suggested Audience: This conference is intended for professionals that assist the citizens, patients and clients that have been impacted by sexual violence. Those who contribute to assisting victims of sexual violence through medical, legal, clinical, therapeutic, advocacy, or prosecution work to assist victims along the path to becoming survivors.  This is not open to the public.
Cost: This event is free, but we ask that you please only register if you plan to attend as we have limited space and want as many individuals to benefit from attendance as possible.

2019 SAAM Conference                                                  March 8, 2019


7:15-8:15                 Registration (refreshments available)

8:15-8:30                Welcome and Introduction of Guests

8:30-9:45               Sexual Abuse in the Family: Research and Practice

9:45-10:00              Break

10:00-11:15             Successful Collaborations: Strong Partnerships Working Towards a Common Goal

11:15-12:30              Lunch – On your own, explore the city of Kissimmee with your colleagues or industry peers

12:30-1:45               Third Presentation

1:45-2:00                 Break

2:00-3:15                 Fourth Presentation

3:15                          Thank you and Certificate of attendance

Sexual Abuse in the Family: Research and Practice

Presented By:

Jenny Rossman, Assistant State Attorney, 9th Judicial Circuit

Carlton Patrick, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida

Assistant State Attorney, Jenny Rossman, has been a prosecutor since 2010 and has been exclusively prosecuting sex crimes cases for the past five years. After three years with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, she rejoined the State Attorney’s Office for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in 2017 to head up the Sex Crimes Unit. The Sex Crimes Unit handles all sexual abuse and assault cases in Orange and Osceola Counties and works closely with law enforcement and various community partners. For the past two years, the Sex Crimes Unit has been successfully prosecuting cases with an 86% conviction rate at trial.





Carlton PatrickCarlton Patrick studies the psychology of legal decision-making, often from an evolutionary perspective. His research combines doctrinal legal analysis with the methodologies and perspectives of the behavioral sciences to examine the roots of human behavior in legally-relevant contexts. He is the coauthor of the book Objection: Disgust, Morality, and the Law, and has published articles in wide range of academic journals including Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, and the law journals of Arizona State University and the University of Nevada. Prior to joining the faculty at UCF, he was a visiting scholar with the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania and practiced law with Holland & Knight LLP. He is the recipient of the SEAL Writing Prize and the Rod Gillis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Successful Collaboration:  Strong Partnerships Working Towards a Common Goal

Presented by: Ryan Kane, Assistant Vice President for Organizational Development & Inclusion, Valencia College

Chanda Postell, Assistant Director of Equal Opportunity and Employee Relations, Valencia College

With support of a Department of Justice Grant, Valencia College partnered with Orlando Police Department and Victim Service Center to develop a coordinated approach to addressing sexual violence for a community of over 75,000 faculty, staff, and students.  Together, our partners have collaborated to develop a holistic, sustainable approach to addressing sexual violence.  During this session, we will share the successes including outreach and education, prevention, safety and security, as well as advocacy and support.  We’ll share the results of our 3 year grant, lessons learned, and environmental messaging that has been implemented throughout the 8 current campus locations.

Chanda Postell serves as the Assistant Director of Equal Opportunity and Employee Relations at Valencia College and Project Director for Valencia’s CAMPUS Program Grant, funded by the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women. Chanda assists with Title IX and Equal Opportunity compliance; investigating cases and facilitating various education and training programs for members of the Valencia community. As Project Director, she assisted in the development and deployment of Valencia’s college wide marketing initiative, Be the One, aimed at creating awareness within the Valencia community regarding discrimination, harassment and sexual and interpersonal violence. Chanda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from the George Washington University and a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina.




Ryan Kane, Valencia College

Ryan Kane serves as the Assistant Vice President for Organizational Development & Inclusion at Valencia College.  In his role, Ryan leads the Equal Opportunity & Employee Relations, Organizational Communication, Employee Development, Organizational Design & Development, and Conferencing & College Events teams.   Additionally, Ryan serves as the college’s Title IX Coordinator.  As Title IX Coordinator, Ryan is responsible for the overall college response to allegations of sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence and stalking.  He coordinates and facilitates faculty, staff and student trainings, outreach and education.  Prior to arriving at Valencia College in 2015, Ryan was at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland for 12 years, where he most recently served as the Director of Student Conduct & Civility Education.  While at Towson University, Ryan was also an adjunct faculty member, academic advisor and training consultant.  Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Franklin & Marshall College and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Towson University.

Case Review: Working in Partnership

Presented by:Detective Suzanne Clouchete 

In 2013, Loomes Wheeler, local millionaire and owner of Horse World, was arrested for sexually abusing two young females over the course of several years.  The investigation was started by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.  While out on bond and awaiting trial, Mr. Wheeler fled the area and left the country.  With the assistance of the US Marshall’s Office, Wheeler was captured months later and returned to Osceola County.  The investigation, with the help of multiple agencies including the Department of Children and Families, the Child Protection Team  and the State Attorney’s Office, led to his conviction.  Lead Detective Suzanne Cloucette will share her experience and partnership with these agencies.


Detective Suzanne Clouchete started with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office nineteen years ago on road patrol. She has served as a property crimes detective and a person’s crimes detective.  She has worked undercover as a prostitute and on drug buys.  She has been with the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) to investigate crimes against children and sex crimes since its inception.  She is a Hostage Negotiator and a Member of the CART Team (Child Abduction Response Team).  She met her husband, who is also a detective, on a call-out and they have two young daughters.

SART Partners and Sponsors: 

Kissimmee Police Department

Osceola County Corrections Department

Osceola County Police Department

Saint Cloud Police Department

Victim Service Center of Central Florida

Additional Conference Sponsors: 

Clarion Suites Maingate



3 SISTERS Speak Easy             226 Broadway

Broadway Pizza                      403 Broadway

Made in Italy                           136 Broadway

Willy’s Wieners                       103 East Dakin

Buchito                                      131 Broadway

Nadia’s Café                             127 Broadway

Nati’s Southern Seafood       231 Broadway

Main Street Pizza                   16 Broadway

Hatfield’s Bar/Grill                 30 Broadway

Savion                                        16 East Dakin

Big John’s BBG                        324 Broadway

SART Chair: James Kenney, CJO, Board of County Commissioners, PREA Coordinator Osceola County Jail



Conference Coordinator: Bianca Sabrkhani, Director of Development and Communications for Victim Service Center of Central Florida