Bio CATS Unit

Julie A. Welch is the Child Abuse Training Director for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.  She has been in this unit since 1998.  Ms. Welch has been developing, implementing and training child abuse topics during this entire time. Ms. Welch has trained thousands of CPS workers, prosecutors, law enforcement workers, judges, doctors and teachers over the course of her employment with PAAM. She has attended numerous local and national trainings over the years through the American Prosecutors Research Institute, APSAC and the Florida National Child Advocacy Center building her experience in teaching and knowledge in the child abuse field and also completed training in the field on ‘Human Brain Development’ and ‘Trauma Impact on Survivors’ through the Child Trauma Academy.  She was part of a training team that was chosen to teach interviewing skills to the Turkish Interpol police team.  She also was selected to be part of a team that traveled to the state of Nevada and helped implement forensic interviewing throughout their state. She studied at Olympic College of Washington in the field of business and brings a wealth of experience in contracting, marketing and training to the program. Ms. Welch also attended Solano College in California where she studied Early Childhood Education.

Jennifer Doerr joined the CATS program in 2002 as the program's conference coordinator. She received her degree in Audiology and Speech Pathology from Michigan State University. Ms. Doerr has extensive experience in conference coordination and works with a diverse group of Michigan facilities to assure that only exceptional trainings are offered through this program. Ms. Doerr also has an expansive knowledge of Domestic Violence and brings a wealth of information pertaining to the effects of children in domestic violence situations.