Tuesday, August 22, 2017

10:00 am - 1:00 p.m.

Union Chapel

55 Narragansett Ave, Oak Bluffs, MA


Dr. Celina Pina Shemo


Expert Witness in Child Abuse


Dr. Celina Pina Shemo has practiced clinical psychotherapy for more than 25 years.  She is known for her work with children, adolescents and their families. Dr. Celina uses a systemic and cognitive behavioral approach. She has created several clinical group curriculums, and speaks Cape Verdean, Krioulo. Dr Celina is licensed in Massachusetts and New York State. She is an expert witness in child abuse and certified in Anger Management. Dr. Celina is creative and eclectic in her clinical approach and provides in services in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cambridge, Cape and Islands and New York City.


Judge Wendy Baxter

Former Circuit Court Judge, Michigan

Judicial System Expert


In 1986, Michigan Gov. Blanchard appointed Wendy M. Baxter to serve as the 3rd Circuit Court (Civil Division) judge in Wayne County.  Judge Baxter earned her B.A. degree from Eastern Michigan University and J.D. degree from the University of Detroit. Prior to her judicial appointment, Judge Baxter was a private practice lawyer working for General Motors, the Michigan State Court Administrator's Office and the State Appellate Defender.


Cheryl A. Sharp

Deputy Director, Connecticut Commission on Human Rights

Expert on Civil and Human Rights Law


Appointed in 2014 as the Deputy Director of the State of Connecticut, Commission on Human Rights, Attorney Cheryl Sharp serves as the second in command in the oldest governmental, civil rights agency in the nation.  Prior to her appointment, she served as a litigation Attorney within the CHRO's legal department for over 20 years. 

In 2015, Sharp was recognized by the International Association of Human Rights Agencies for her work to promote civil and human rights law and equality and named as one of the Connecticut NAACP's 100 most influential black people in Connecticut. The Quinnipiac University Political Science Department adjunct professor, earned her law degree from UCONN School of Law, and Bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University.  Among her many honors include membership to the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society and The National Sojourner Truth Award for the Advancement of Women.


L. Khadijah Muhammad

Public Health Specialist

Mental Health Expert, District of Columbia


L Khadijah Muhammad is public health specialist with over 20 years of health care experience and education.  Ms. Muhammad received her Bachelor of Science from Howard University and her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from the George Washington University school of Public Health.  She currently works at the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), Office of Accountability, where she evaluates ongoing and proposed activities, policies, and procedures for mental health and substance abuse programs.  

Prior to working at the DC Department of Behavioral Health, Mrs. Muhammad served as the Public Health Advisor at the DC Department of Health, Office of Maternal and Child Health (OMCH) in the Special Needs Unit.  Aside from her fulltime position, she has volunteered for the past eighteen years educating expectant mothers on the topic of “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome" and " Fetal Alcohol Syndrome" and women who are faced with domestic violence, deportation and female genital mutilation (FGM). 



Donald Rose

Deputy Sheriff, Martha's Vineyard

Criminal Justice System Expert


Born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Donald Rose began his career in law enforcement as a Police officer for the City of New Bedford.  Thereafter he and his family would move to Martha’ Vineyard where he served in the Dukes County Sheriff’s department for 17 years.  Rose is a faculty member of the Massachusetts Sherriff’s Association, Educationn and Training Committee, training corrections officers throughout the Commonwealth.