Meet the Team:
Senior Special Agent (Retired) Russell W. Strand, CFP-A, is the Executive Director of Certified FETI and Managing Partner and co-founder of Strand Holistic Innovative Forensic Techniques (SHIFT) LLC. Russell is an internationally recognized expert in child abuse and sexual assault investigations, domestic violence intervention, human trafficking, critical incident peer support, forensic interviews, trauma response, and culture change. He is also the creator of the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI).
As a career law enforcement professional, trainer, educator, writer, and consultant, Russ has distinguished himself as an integral member of the criminal justice community his entire adult life. He began his law enforcement career in 1975 as a military police patrol officer, performed duties as a military police investigator, and retired 22 years later as a senior special agent in the United States Army Criminal Investigations Command. Russ was recognized for his efforts by his peers and leadership throughout his military career. He was awarded the Military Police Regiments highest awards including the Order of the Marechaussee Medal in Silver and was inducted into the United States Army Military Police Regimental Hall of Fame. Russ also received the End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) Visionary Award. He has personally trained and educated in excess 400,000 civilian and military multidisciplinary professionals from local, state, federal and national/international organizations.
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Myra Ferechil is Co-Founder/ Managing Partner of Strand Holistic Innovative Forensic Techniques (SHIFT) LLC. The Mission of SHIFT is to dramatically shift the paradigm in order to improve societies responses to individuals who have experienced trauma, victimization and other complex experiences. Along with her partner, Russell Strand, she provides consultation, training and assistance to agencies and service providers.
In her previous position as CEO at Victim Witness Services (VWS) for Coconino County, her focus was to drive the sustainable growth of VWS in three areas: Vicarious Trauma Prevention, Evidence-Based and Promising Practices, and the Expansion of Geographic Reach. Under her lead, she more than doubled the operating budget, she tripled the number of victims served during immediate crisis, she increased services to rural areas of the county and opened two satellite offices. She incorporated new cutting edge add-on programs: K9 Victim advocacy, trauma informed care and opened DV services more fully to all genders. Myra also took lead in improving systems response to victims of trauma through her work with FETI (Forensic Experiential Trauma Interviewing) where she assisted in training over 600 first responders in Arizona from over 50 different agencies.
Myra is dedicated to instituting policy change, educating multidisciplinary professionals and consulting with professionals to ensure culture change in the United States and around the world.
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