Staff

P. Kenneth Morton – Executive Director

Ken has led Klamath-Lake Child Abuse Response & Evaluation Services since 2007. He is skilled at teaching, communicating and providing emotional support to diverse individuals and groups, from those in distress to others with the resources to help alleviate that distress. Previously, Ken served for 18 years as an ordained deacon and 7 years as director of religious education at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Klamath Falls. He has also been the director of a group home for mentally handicapped adults in Vancouver, BC, taught high school theology and coached track in Santa Barbara, CA. He earned a Master of Theological Studies at Mt. Angel Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theology from Loyola Marymount University.

Laneah Snyder, MD – Medical Director/Lead Medical Examiner

Laneah became Lead Medical Examiner in 2016 and continues her active medical practice. She earned a Medical Degree with Distinction in Research at Stony Brook University in New York and completed a family medicine residency at Cascade East Familiy Medicine Clinic in Klamath Falls. She has researched and presented extensively on bruises and broken bones, acute renal failure, pre-term labor, postpartum depression, infant botulism and other conditions related to the issue of child abuse. She delivered an abstract on ACS in Women to the American College of Emergency Room Physicians’ Scientific Assembly in Boston and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Samantha Fenner, MS – Lead Child Forensic Interviewer

Sam joined CARES in 2006 as a forensic interviewer, after six years as a caseworker with the Oregon Department of Human Services’ Child Welfare Program. At DHS, she interviewed more than 1,000 children and has almost completed 1000 forensic interviews of children while at CARES. She earned an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (with a double minor in Health Studies and Criminology), and a Master of Science in Psychology. Sam also volunteers in the community by coaching youth volleyball and assisting with the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

Linda Harris – Intake/Operations Manager

Linda Harris serves as the Intake/Operations Manager. She joined CARES in 2006 as the Intake Coordinator, the initial point of contact to help non-offending families through the CARES process, scheduling appointments, coordinating with multi-disciplinary agencies, and collecting client information. Linda also contributes to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies, and practices. 

Sarah Eden Halstead, MSN, RN, CPNP – Medical Examiner

Eden joined CARES as a full-time medical examiner in 2016. She received her Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Nursing from St. Louis University, where she worked as the residency coordinator and clinical nurse for the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry. Between degrees, she served at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis as a staff nurse in the ambulatory care center and neonatal intensive care unit. Eden is a member of  The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

James F. Calvert, MD – Medical Examiner

Jim came to Klamath Falls in 1992 as founding director of the Cascades East Rural Family Residency of Oregon Health Sciences University.  He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1976, and completed a residency in family medicine in Wisconsin. After residency, Jim worked for the Indian Health Service in Idaho and later taught at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. Jim was named Oregon Family Doctor of the Year in 2011 by the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, and is a member of many professional and civic groups. He has been available to CARES to examine children suspected of abuse for a number of years and was the original medical director of CARES in 1994. 

Andrea “Annie” Mitchell – Child Forensic Interviewer

Andrea joined CARES in 2015 as a forensic interviewer after working as a child welfare specialist for the Klamath Tribes in Chiloquin, While working for the Klamath Tribes she advocated for children who were enrolled or eligible for tribal enrollment whose parents/guardians were currently involved with the Department of Human Services (DHS), Child Welfare Program. Prior to this, Annie worked for six years as a Social Services Specialist 1/Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Liaison with DHS Child Welfare in Albany, Oregon. She also worked closely with federally recognized tribes throughout the United States ensuring active efforts were provided to the ICWA cases families and were applied in court proceedings. Annie graduated from Western Oregon University with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. 

Paula Martin – Family Advocate and Volunteer Coordinator

Paula joined CARES in 2015 with a wealth of knowledge of advocacy and mentorship from her prior work with non-profit organizations. In addition to attending Truckee Meadows Community College, Paula continues to take courses in child and family mental health, education, and social services. Paula’s passion for humanities and working with diverse populations continues to shine through her professional and personal efforts in helping to make a difference in the lives of children and families.

Lesa Cahill, CFNP – Medical Examiner

A certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Lesa has conducted medical examinations at Lake District Hospital in Lakeview since 2004. She was instrumental in forging a new relationship with the Lake County Public Health Department that has partnered with CARES to provide a facility for Lake Country assessments.

Kendra Holderman, Child Forensic Interviewer

Kendra provides child forensic interviews at the Lake County Public Health Department in Lakeview, in tandem with Lesa Cahill’s medical examinations.

Lynne Butterworth, Grant Writer and Communications Consultant

Lynne began working with CARES in 2009 to research and write grant applications and manage communications projects. She facilitated the rollout of the Period of PURPLE Crying to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome and the Stop The Hurt Campaign to prevent and report child abuse. She was development director of a nonprofit counseling center and an active board member of a child abuse agency in Oklahoma before moving to Oregon in 2004. Lynne holds a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and has managed public relations and communications in the corporate and nonprofit sectors for 35 years. She is also active in the Blue Zones Project and the Ross Ragland Theater.

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