Author Bios

Breeann Allison
Breeann Allison

Breeann Allison

Breeann joined Defend Innocence as an Education Coordinator at the end of 2018. She has worked in publishing for seven years, first as a curriculum developer for Gibbs Smith Education and then as an editor at FranklinCovey. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a minor in Editing from Brigham Young University. On the side she enjoys writing mediocre fiction, entertaining her nieces and nephews, and defending the sacredness of the Oxford comma.

Pam Davis
Pam Davis

Pam Davis

Pam has been an Education Coordinator at Defend Innocence since 2016. With many family members and friends who are survivors of child sexual abuse, her work here has always been close to her heart. Through her background in writing and editing, she strives to create content that is inspiring, educational, and easy to understand. Before coming to Defend Innocence, Pam pursued a love of literature and writing when she received a Bachelor of Arts in Shakespeare from the University of Utah and a Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. It was while doing this that she learned the art of taking huge amounts of information and condensing them into something short and understandable. Her biggest accomplishment, and greatest joy, comes in being the mother to her two sons. Whether with her boys or not you can usually find her reading a good book, trying to brighten someone’s day, or letting loose her distinctive laugh.

Mark Hartvigsen
Mark Hartvigsen

Mark Hartvigsen

Mark has worked at Defend Innocence since the beginning of 2017. Prior to his work here, he taught at the college level. He is passionate about the power of education to protect kids and teens from sexual abuse. Living close to his nephew and nieces inspires Mark to develop effective resources to help parents and caregivers in the fight against child sexual abuse. Mark is also a music aficionado and has played the piano for almost his whole life. He earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Boise State University and a master’s degree in music history at King’s College London. He is currently having fun struggling to learn to play the cello. Additionally, he enjoys hiking and skiing in the beautiful Utah mountains.

Kolene Mills
Kolene Mills

Kolene Mills

Kolene joined Defend Innocence in the spring of 2019. She has a number of survivors in her life—whom she loves dearly—and would like to reduce the risk of sexual abuse for as many children as possible. She believes in the power of education and she loves that she gets to be involved in developing educational resources to empower parents and caregivers. Prior to working at Defend Innocence, she taught at the college level for many years, presented at numerous conferences, and served in leadership positions professionally and in the community. As a mother of five, Kolene also tries very hard to teach her children how to live their lives with intention, authenticity, and hope—something she feels she is learning to do herself one day at a time. In addition to working at Defend Innocence and raising children, she loves to go for drives while she listens to music, enjoys playing card and board games, and is an avid reader. Her kids would also tell you that Kolene loves to take bubble baths and drinks A LOT of Coca-Cola.

Katie Steck
Katie Steck

Katie Steck

Katie has been with Defend Innocence since the beginning of 2017 and devotes her time to researching and writing educational content. Katie has a diverse background working with both children and adults who have been sexually abused, beginning with an internship at the Utah Children’s Justice Center and continuing through her master’s degree in clinical psychology with specialization in stress psychophysiology (which are fancy words for understanding how stress affects how the mind and body work together). Katie has an extensive research background including work in Brigham Young University’s Biomedical, Biofeedback, and Addiction Research Labs, and the California School of Professional Psychology’s Psychophysiology and Neurophsyiology Research Labs. She also has experience teaching both children and adults in domestic and international settings including China, Hungary, Spain, and Italy. One of Katie’s secret passions is artisan chocolate tasting, which she loves to share with anyone who will listen or care to join her in enjoying a good chocolate bar.

Brian Walker
Brian Walker

Brian Walker

Brian is an Education Coordinator at Defend Innocence. Brian spent over a decade of his career teaching high school social studies and serving in administrative capacities at a residential treatment center for teen boys who struggled with anxiety, depression, trauma and learning disabilities. He has directly observed the effects of trauma and abuse as well as the healing that can come to both individuals and families. In addition to his full-time responsibilities, Brian has served as a lead evaluator for school accreditation teams and as an aftercare coach for clients and families transitioning from intensive mental health treatment. Brian has enjoyed presenting regularly at academic, professional, and religious leadership conferences. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History Teaching from Brigham Young University. You can find Brian often hiking the Utah mountain trails in search of spiritual enlightenment and photo opportunities or trying out a new recipe in his ambitious but under-stocked kitchen.

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