American SPCC Leadership
J. E. Henningsen
Board President and Treasurer
J.E. Henningsen has over twenty years of business experience in the U.S. and abroad. As a business owner, analyst, and investor, Mr. Henningsen has consistently demonstrated an ability to identify problems and find creative solutions. His career exposure includes a diverse range of industries: Aerospace, construction, media, leasing, finance, and scientific research and development.
After noticing a severe lack of child abuse prevention efforts in the United States along with soaring numbers of abuse cases, he founded the American SPCC. With the help of others, he hopes that the American people will be willing to protect American children in the same way that other industrialized nations do. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Omnisent LLC.
Board Secretary | Psychotherapist
Susan Kim is a licensed psychotherapist, Parent-Child Interaction Therapist, and Certified Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention Counselor with a specialization in Infant Mental Heath. During her over 20 years of experience, Susan has worked extensively with children and families who have experienced abuse, neglect, and trauma; with adolescents who are pregnant and parenting; and with families in the area of parent-child relationships. She has facilitated support groups for parenting youth, adolescent and adult sexual assault survivors, and women in domestic violence situations; facilitated parenting classes for court-mandated individuals; and counseled parents with children involved in the child protective service and foster care system.
As a former teaching instructor, Susan developed a college curriculum and taught courses in communications and counseling skills. During her career she also provided training and group supervision to other therapists and interns; developed court-approved parenting class curriculums; created support group programs for women in violent relationships; collaborated with nonprofit organizations to provide community outreach programs; and has lectured to both public and professional audiences on various parenting topics at local, state, and national conferences. She is honored and thrilled to be a part of the American SPCC to promote positive change on a community level.
Katelyn Comfort graduated in June 2013 from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, with minors in business and anthropology. She is now pursuing her Masters at Oregon State University in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences and teaching as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Katelyn is also coaching the club volleyball team at Oregon State University. She played middle blocker for 12 years, starting in Elementary School and ending her last year at University of Oregon.
Katelyn’s commitment to the disenfranchised youth is unwavering. She has worked with Portland’s Love INC in their annual Packed with Love Events reaching out to school children and their families, and continues to volunteer as a head coach each summer with Hoop Camp, a unified basketball camp for special needs athletes and all children ages 6 – 13. She also traveled to Martha’s Vineyard to be a counselor at Camp Jabberwocky, a one-month residential summer camp for mentally and/or physically disabled adults and teens. Katelyn has designed our scholarly article category, compiling vital research and information for individuals conducting research and writing about topics related to the mission and vision of the American SPCC.
Operations & Administration
Lietta Ryan has a successful background in small business development and management, operations and finance, within the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Her keen business acumen is fortified by thirty years of operations management experience, and is enhanced by her genuine care and compassion, and her strong desire to help others.
Lietta possesses a 4 year degree as a Registered Nurse. During her nursing career, Lietta specialized in Obstetrics and Pediatrics, and further worked with the mentally and physically disabled. As an “empty nester” and a single parent, Lietta has a true empathy and understanding for all aspects of parenthood; the challenges, the trials and tribulations, the triumphs and rewards.
Lietta is delighted to be part of such a great cause, and is dedicated to working alongside others equally committed to the mission of American SPCC in actualizing change.
Bachelor’s Student Intern
Kathleen earned her advanced law degree from Oxford University, with highest academic honors in International Human Rights Law. Her graduate thesis focused on prosecuting atrocities against girls as international crimes. She received her M.A. and B.A. degrees from Stanford. After earning a J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law, Kathleen helped prosecute and appeal child abuse cases.
As a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court (ICC), she worked on appeals involving crimes against humanity and war crimes against children. Kathleen later co-directed a report, “Modern Slavery in Our Midst: A Human Rights Report on Ending Human Trafficking in Oregon” while teaching at Willamette University’s International Human Rights Law Clinic.
Kathleen teaches International Criminal Law and Human Trafficking Law at Lewis & Clark Law School, teaches French to elementary school children, and volunteers for organizations that help AIDS orphans around the world. She is raising three children, who have deepened her passion for social justice and capacity for joy.
Mental Health Consultant
Kathleen Gorman has a B.S. in Diversified Liberal Arts and an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling. She has more than 10 years of professional experience in the field of mental health, providing therapy to people from diverse racial and sociocultural backgrounds. In the San Francisco area, Kathleen counseled disturbed and delinquent adolescents at an in-patient facility and treated adults for anxiety and stress reduction. In the Portland area, she received training in drug and alcohol counseling and provided individual and group therapy for adolescents with substance abuse issues and facilitated skills building groups in community mental health agencies.
Kathleen has continued to expand her training and knowledge in the field of mental health while raising children with her husband. She volunteers regularly in charitable and civic endeavors. Kathleen has attended trainings in Non-Violent Communication and has facilitated conflict resolution sessions for children in schools. She is passionate about expanding her knowledge in the area of mental health and advocacy for children, and in disseminating helpful information to the general public.
Rosey Dorsey joined American SPCC as Creative Director with 30 years as a professional educator, an International Writing Consultant for educational and trade publisher Houghton Mifflin, and recently, a Certified Spiritual Director. Rosey has a Bachelor’s from Willamette University with coursework from Stanford and Auburn Universities, and coursework from the NW Writing Institute at Lewis and Clark College. She has a Master’s from the University of Exeter in England and a Master’s in Education from University of Portland. For many years, Rosey has taught Creative Writing, Literature and Socratic Seminars to at-risk youth, and, as a National Writing Consultant worked intensively with educators in more than 35 states.
Rosey is a Rotary Foundation Ambassador of Good Will. She has a strong commitment to humanitarian service projects through Diversity as Gift, a non-profit in Portland, OR. In Assisi, Italy, Rosey and her daughter participated in a writing workshop, Find Peace in Yourself for the World, which solidified her belief that we are to live according to our dreams and in service to the world. She believes that when possible, we are all called to bear witness and give a voice to the voiceless through word and action, easily aligning her personal vision with that of the American SPCC.
Joe Bergeron has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine. His dissertation examined policy advancement and coalition-building strategies among social movement organizations at the state and national levels. Joe also earned an M.A. from the University of California, Irvine, and B.A. degrees from Oregon State University. Following graduate school, Joe served as Assistant Professor of Political Science for two years at the University of Wisconsin, Parkside, where he conducted policy research and taught a wide range of policy, government, and community-based learning courses. Joe holds a bilingual Spanish teaching credential and has taught 10th and 11th grade history for several years in the Los Angeles and Berkeley public schools.
Most recently, Joe was a member of the project management team with an Orange County-based policy consulting firm. He was also a career advisor at a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization coordinating employment programs for youth and adults referred by various Los Angeles County social service agencies.
I graduated from Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton Oregon. I was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Serving Our Community Club, and a class officer. I attended Linfield College this past year and started the first college club, Stand Up, Speak Up, for this organization.
I am now attending Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon. I plan to major in psychology and later attend law school to get a degree in family law. My goal is to become an advocate for children and to find a way to change the laws to better protect children. From my experience I have seen where the system has failed and this has fueled my passion to become a part of this cause. Currently I am working on the club aspects for American SPCC.
This organization would not be possible without the continued help and support of numerous generous individuals.