Meet the Victim Rights Team

Roberta J. Haney-Jones, B.A., CT, CA
Victim Rights Program Director
Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM)

Roberta began her VR career early in 1996 when she became the first Victim Rights Coordinator for the Shiawassee County Prosecutors Office and developed their program. At the same time she was a volunteer victim advocate for the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department. She was in both positions for 3.5 years until she took a victim rights training position at PAAM. Her duties at PAAM began with Victim Rights technical training and she now directs the unit responsible for various soft-skills victim rights trainings developed for county-based advocates and prosecutors. In addition, she handles a large training grant and provides for multiple training opportunities for advocates, prosecutors and other interested parties. She also provides the prosecutor-based training and support for the Michigan Vine Information and Notification Everyday program (MI-VINE). 

In 1991 she earned her Associates degree in Humanities with a minor in Pre-Law from Lansing Community College, in 1993 she earned her BA in Humanities with a minor in Pre-Law from Michigan State University and in 1995 she earned a Post-baccalaureate in Business degree as a Paralegal (Cum Laude). Roberta is currently worked on her M.S. in Victim Services Management at the School of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX which will be completed in May 2016.

Roberta is a 1996 graduate of the Victim Advocate Training sponsored by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, 1999 graduate of the Michigan Victim Assistance Academy, 2002 graduate of the National Victim Assistance Academy and a 2003 graduate of the National Community Crisis Response Team Training. In 2005 she also completed the educational and testing requirements of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and obtained a certification in Thanatology, which is the study of death, dying and bereavement. She has also received an Advanced Advocate Certification with a Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialty from the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) in 2005. In 2006 Roberta also completed Basic and Advanced Bereavement Facilitator training through CMI Education Institute. In 2010 she completed her Death/Grief Studies Certificate from Colorado State University in collaboration with the Center for Loss & Life Transition directed by Dr. Alan Wolfelt.

Roberta has taught Victim Rights around the State of Michigan. In addition to her PAAM Victim Rights trainings she has taught several times at the Michigan Victim Assistance Academy at the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University (MSU), guest lectured in the College of Social Science at MSU and trained the Michigan Parole Board on the topic of working with crime victims. She also trained the topic of Victim Rights to an international delegation of judges and prosecutors. She has been a keynote speaker for the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) organization. She has also trained on the topic of “Working with Co-Victims of Homicide” for the National Organization for Victim Assistance. Roberta is an active member of the Human Trafficking Task Force of Michigan and Chairs the training committee.

Angela M. Tomasko
Victim Rights Training Specialist
Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM)

Angela Tomasko has been employed at the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan in the role of Victim Rights Training Specialist since 2009.   She graduated cum laude with dual baccalaureate degrees in Business Marketing and Business Management from Davenport University.  Angela develops and administers curriculum for prosecutor-based and police-based victim advocates, prosecuting attorneys, and assistant prosecuting attorneys. In 2009 Angela received National Certification through the National Organization for Victim Assistance for the Victim Rights Training Units’ 40 Hour Basic Training. She also procures 18-24 Social Work CE Hours for the VR Units’ trainings annually.  She was also instrumental in getting a Crime Victim Rights Exhibit installed in the Michigan Hall of Justice Learning Center.

Angela has had many roles in the victim advocacy field. She worked as a Victim Rights Specialist at the Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office from 2000-2005, and as a Forensic Interviewer of sexually abused children in Tennessee at a Children’s Advocacy Center.  She was an instructor at the Mid-Michigan Police Academy, the Lansing Police Department, and the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office where she trained all 225 officers in 2004 on how to respond to sexual assault calls. She has presented at several Michigan high schools and at the Michigan State University Criminal Justice and Journalism Schools on the rights of sexual assault victims and what the media can do to a victim. She presents nationally on the topic of “Surviving Stranger, Serial Rape” for the National Organization for Victim Assistance.  She helped facilitate parent/child meetings and field trips for the Lansing Police Department Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Program. Angela testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Criminal Justice in 2002 in favor of SB 1358. 

Angela graduated from the Lansing Police Department Basic Victim Advocate Training in 2001.  She spent 4 years as a first responder victim advocate for the Lansing Police Department.  During her time there, the Lansing City Council honored the Victim Advocate Program for the 2002 South Lansing Business Association Outstanding Achievement Award. She graduated from the Lansing Police Department Citizen’s Academy in 2002 and from the Michigan Victim Assistance Academy in 2003. She received certification for Forensic Interviewing of Children by the National Children’s Advocacy Center in 2005 and 2006. She also completed “Finding Words” 40 hour Forensic Interviewer training in Indiana in 2005.  In 2006, Angela received 5 days of training in Advanced Forensic Interviewing at the San Diego International Conference on Child & Family Maltreatment.  Angela also received an Advanced Level Advocate Certification with a Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialty from the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) in 2009.  

Angela has been a member of a Child Protective Investigative Team (CPIT) for four counties in East Tennessee, a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), a member of the Michigan Alliance of Hate Crimes, and acted as chair of the Victim Rights Subcommittee. She is currently a member of the Capital Area Sexual Assault Response Team and the Case Management Team (CMT) for Ingham, Clinton, and Shiawassee Counties with MDOC.

Julie Roman-Fenwick
Prosecution Systems Specialist
Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM)

Julie has worked for PAAM in the Technical Services Department since 1989.  She spent the first 7 years on the Child Support Enforcement System Project.  In 1996 Julie switched to the National Criminal History Improvement Program Project.  In 2004 she switched to the Victim Rights area.

In her current role, Julie supports Victim Advocates with Adult Case Tracking (ACT) and Juvenile Case Tracking (JCT) Victim Rights Letters, Documents and Reports.  She also helps keep MI-VINE running.  Julie is also part of the team that works on the PAAM website.  She also is part of the Next Gen Team.

Before working at PAAM Julie was a Unix Trainer and Tech Sales Support.

Julie holds a Bachelors’ of Science Degree in Management Information Systems from Oakland University.

Susan Palin
Coordinator
Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM)

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