Xavier University is providing space for the UCanSpeakForMe annual Cincinnati Summit to Honor Crime Victims and Advocates on April 22 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. It will be held in the Conaton Learning Center’s Kennedy Auditorium at the corner of Dana Avenue and Francis Xavier Way on the Xavier campus. The organization provides information on how to interact with law enforcement and be proactive around the issue of cold case murders.
The keynote speaker is Special Agent Supervisor (SAS) Benjamin Suver of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), Major Crimes Unit Southwest Ohio. SAS Suver is an experienced criminal investigator with more than seventeen years of law enforcement experience and thirteen years working major crime investigations. He supervises BCI’s Crime Scene and Special Investigations Agents. He is assigned also as the coordinator for the Ohio Attorney General’s Unsolved Homicides Initiative. Before joining BCI’s major crimes unit in 2006, he worked for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Attorney General’s Healthcare Fraud Unit. He has a bachelor’s degree in humanities.
Matt Hellman is a principal assistant attorney general in Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's Crime Victim Services Section. He oversees attorneys who determine awards of reparation from the Crime Victims Compensation Fund. Hellman obtained his law degree from the American University’s Washington College of Law and his BA from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.
Teri Minney is the regional administrator for the Southwest Region of the Adult Parole Authority. She has more than 27 years’ experience with the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction having worked as a parole officer supervising offenders and administering a 25-county region. Minney has worked extensively with the Attorney General’s office with victims and their families, notably in the area of elder abuse. She also serves as a Victim Offender Dialogue facilitator as well as a Victim Awareness facilitator. She has made countless presentations for the Victim Awareness Program on elder abuse and was on the Board of the Ross County Coalition against Domestic Violence and the Family Violence Council.
Judge Heather Russell is a long-time Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge who previously was a long-time chief assistant Hamilton County prosecutor. Judge Russell worked in the juvenile delinquency, municipal and felony divisions of the prosecutor’s office before serving as the first female chief assistant prosecutor in the Hamilton County Grand Jury division. She prosecuted numerous murder cases, including many death penalty cases.
Charlie Beaver is an investigator for the Hamilton County Coroner. Coroner investigators are responsible for obtaining information surrounding deaths reported to the Coroner’s Office. Investigators are specially trained in death investigation and all have law enforcement experience with approximately eight years in investigations, and are certified as evidence technicians, EMTs or nurses.