Experience matters when it comes to protecting your organization.
Praesidium’s experts hold advanced degrees and credentials in psychology, social work, cultural anthropology, law, public policy, private investigation, adult learning, e-Learning technology, and computer programming and bring unparalleled knowledge, experience, and field work to your organization’s abuse prevention efforts. Collectively, our team has written books, published dozens of professional papers, produced educational curriculum, and delivered workshops and seminars across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
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Dr. Richard Dangel is a doctoral-level licensed child psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in abuse risk management, quality assurance, and program evaluation. He holds advanced degrees from The University of Kansas and The University of Michigan and was a tenured professor at The University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Dangel’s publications include three books, dozens of scientific articles, and curriculum for more than 30 specialized online training courses addressing abuse prevention in organizations. He has also delivered more than 1,500 papers and workshops around the world. In addition to his work at Praesidium, Dr. Dangel served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, National Research Advisory Boards of the YMCA of the USA and Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Town, and on the boards of numerous philanthropic organizations.
Laura Hardin works closely with Praesidium’s social services clients as well as other youth-serving organizations. In collaboration with the Praesidium team, Hardin trains employees and volunteers, conducts risk assessments, performs accreditation visits, and consults with organizational leaders to ensure the ongoing protection of youth and vulnerable adults from abuse. As a licensed master-level social worker, Hardin brings to Praesidium her experience of working in youth development, mental health care, child welfare, and community research. She received her bachelor’s degree in religion and sociology and her master’s degree in social work from TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.
Adriana Dominguez works with the Praesidium’s Religious Accreditation team to help train institutions in the latest abuse prevention standards. She works with a large number of Catholic religious orders in multiple countries to ensure they have implemented the most up-to-date prevention, response, and supervision standards. Prior to joining Praesidium, Dominguez worked with several immigration non-profit organizations, specifically on cases involving asylum and unaccompanied minors. She also practiced family law in the state of Texas, focusing on divorce, child custody, and child support cases. Dominguez graduated magna cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in political science as well as Spanish language and literature from Villanova University and obtained a juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.
Erica Smith works closely with Praesidium’s social services agencies as well as other youth-serving organizations. In collaboration with the Praesidium team, Smith trains employees and volunteers, conducts risk assessments, and performs accreditation visits to ensure the protection of youth and vulnerable adults from abuse. Prior to joining Praesidium, Smith worked with youth in workforce development and college readiness programs, led an HIV/AIDS Awareness and Education Initiative and advocated for youth through the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Child Development. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Westminster College in Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jessica Scibona works closely with Praesidium’s education team as well as other youth-serving and social service organizations. In collaboration with the Praesidium team, Scibona trains employees and volunteers, conducts risk assessments, and performs accreditation visits to ensure the protection of youth and vulnerable adults from abuse. Prior to coming to Praesidium, Scibona worked with youth in residential treatment, victims of domestic violence at a local shelter, and in mental health and medical social work for under served populations. Scibona graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and obtained a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Ryan Frazier works closely with Praesidium’s K-12 and higher education clients to train, assess risks, and perform accreditation visits. Frazier works closely with the Praesidium’s education team to keep clients informed on legislation and licensing changes as well as provide support for services and products. Prior to joining Praesidium, Frazier worked in customs law and focused on legislation protecting human rights. He graduated from Texas Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Government, History, and Business and received his juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.