California Sexual Assault Investigators’ Association 712 Bancroft Road #151, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

president's message: 2018


Welcome to the California Sexual Assault Investigators Association! As your Board President for 2018, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board of Directors and you, the members of this Association, for giving me this opportunity to lead this Association this year. Please join me in thanking our outgoing President, Steven Welch, for all his hard work and dedication. I have big shoes to fill!

2017 was an election year for the Association. I want to thank and introduce those members who applied and ran for the Board of Director openings for 2018/2019. First, please welcome our three new Board members, Linda Richards, Tony Holquin and Ryan Clark. While Tony and Ryan have never served on the Board, Linda is a past Board member. We welcome her experience and expertise! Returning Board members are Karla Beler, Karen Sherwood, Steve Welch, Sabrina Ostberg, Marty Amaro and our President-Elect, Dustin Bruzee.

I would also like to extend the Board’s heartfelt thanks and appreciation to three retiring long-time Board members, Tim McFadden, Margie Jessen and Rich Nickel. All are past CSAIA Presidents, and their time and experience helped make our Association the quality organization it is today.

This year’s annual 2018 Spring Training Conference at the Cliffs Resort in beautiful Shell Beach has an outstanding lineup of instructors and topics. As in the past, we expect the 2018 Conference to be completely full, so if you have not yet registered, please consider doing so as soon as possible. This year’s topics include Once the Shutter Snaps: From Victimization to Restitution; Making Use of the DNA Toolbox; Solving the Series-The Case of the Creeper; Child Sexual Abuse: Understanding the Perpetrators; Legislative Changes to Sexual Assault Law; Overcoming the Consent Defense: Taking Challenges and Turning Them into Investigative Strategies; Strangulation: Assessment to Sentencing; and Investigation & Prosecution of Human Trafficking. For complete information on the Conference and how to register, please go to our website,

In addition to our Spring Training, CSAIA will be presenting several One Day Training opportunities in Northern and Southern California venues. First, on June 19 in Dublin, California, we present US Marshall’s Office: Resources and Capabilities Available to Local Agencies; Victim Advocates: How to Understand and Utilize Their Resources; and Understanding the Recent Changes to Juvenile Miranda. Second, an ODT on Mandated Reporter Requirements and Responsibilities is in the planning stages, and will be presented throughout the state. As always, your Board of Directors is always looking for one-day training topics and instructors, so if you have an idea, please email a Board member. All Board of Directors contact information can be found at

The CSAIA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to set the standard on education and training for sexual assault law enforcement investigators, Forensic Nurses, advocates, District Attorneys, Probation and Child Protective Services. As it stands now, our association has grown to over 300 nationwide members including your 10 dedicated members of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors encourages each one of you to participate fully by continuing to offer innovative ideas and suggestions for the benefit of all. The Board of Directors looks forward to another very rewarding and successful year of collaboration in our community.

Thank you,

Rick Barton
California Sexual Assault Investigators Association

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