Karina A. Forrest-Perkins MHR LADC, is a long time child advocate serving children and families in multiple capacities since 1982. Karina is a member of the Cherokee Tribe and is a contributory author of Congressional Proceedings Reports involving the value of Diversity in Behavioral Health.
Karina currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at The Wayside House, Inc. and is a Faculty Member for the Heartland National Tuberculosis Center through the Centers for Disease Control. She provides addiction and trauma therapy for children, adolescents and families; consultation for non-profit organizations; and, training for community members and professionals in the area of child maltreatment, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, cultural competency, and the impact of trauma on early childhood brain development.
Karina recently served as a member of the Oklahoma Governor’s Workgroup on Health and Human Services; Vice-Chair for the Oklahoma Interagency Task Force on Child Abuse Prevention; former Board Member for the Oklahoma State Team on Children’s Behavioral Health; Advisory Council member for the Oklahoma Strengthening Families Initiative; and Adjunct Professor for The University of Central Oklahoma Department of Sociology: Child Maltreatment and Addiction.
Ida Lee Hurvitz
Ida Lee Hurvitz is a survivor. Raised in a dysfunctional household, she was the target of both physical and emotional abuse. Welcoming the opportunity to leave home to attend college, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland. Ida Lee then embarked on her 38-year teaching career, with a one-year hiatus to earn her Master of Science degree at the University of Oregon. Her career took her to positions in Scotland; West Germany; Alexandria, Virginia; and, Saint Paul, Minnesota. During that period, Ida Lee successfully threw off the shackles of child abuse and blossomed into a confident, vibrant individual. Her positive approach has touched thousands of students, parents, and fellow teachers. Although retired from the Saint Paul Public Schools, Ida Lee has continued to help develop the next generation of teachers as a continuing education instructor with the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. Hoping to alert others to the grim reality of abuse, Ida Lee has also acted as an authentic voice for Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota. She does not hesitate to help others who have been victimized and she continues to address abuse. Ida Lee is very grateful for being honored this evening.
Damone J Presley
Damone J Presley is the Coordinator of the Frogtown Rondo Action Network (FRAN). He was born and raised in the Rondo Community of Saint Paul, and is the proud father of ten children and grandfather of three. Damone is passionate about his involvement as the Community Founder and Director of Vision In Living Life (VILL) “Change is Possible”, a Building Healthy Lifestyle Leadership program. As part of this program, he developed a six-lesson curriculum that he teaches to youth ages 12-21. Damone has seen many changes in the Rondo Community, both positive and negative, during his lifetime. The goal of FRAN is to get residents and community partners working together for the community to Strive, Thrive, and Prosper. In the VILL “Change is Possible” Building Healthy Lifestyle Leadership program, the Youth Leadership group, directed by Damone, has made great progress within the Rondo Community, including policy work that resulted in passing a bill for decreasing window signage. Currently, he is working on policy change around tobacco sales that will prevent youth from getting access to tobacco products. Damone is a Public Speaker, Mentor, and Advocate for community issues that bring residents to the table to use their voices to better their community. He has worked with MPLS Urban League, Amicus , African American AIDS Task force, and Breaking Free. Damone has also worked in the health field and has a duel certification in training the trainer from the Saint Paul Red Cross.
Reggie has been a Vice President at U.S. Bancorp since 2003 where he has been a leader in their Internal Audit Department. Prior to joining U.S. Bancorp, he oversaw the audit activities of Target Financial Services the wholly owned credit card operations of Target Corporation with over $650 million in profits. Reggie has earned a B.A. degree in Economics and Finance from Gustavus Adolphus College and a M.B.A from the University of St. Thomas. He has been a frequent volunteer in non-profit youth organizations such as Junior Achievement and the Special Olympics. He has been a MCCC volunteer board member since November 2008 and has served as the Board Treasurer since 2010.