AMBER Alert Staff and Tribal Liaisons: Supporting Our Tribal Child Protection Partners

Janell Rasmussen

Melissa Blasing

 

Tyesha Wood

 

Chelsa Seciwa

 

Inquiries may be directed to askamber@fvtc.edu or by calling 877-712-6237; program personnel will work with tribal liaisons and associates to properly route and coordinate information and assistance requests:


Janell Rasmussen

Janell Rasmussen has spent over 20 years working in Public Safety to develop, implement and operate multiple statewide law enforcement programs that have been highly successful and nationally recognized.  During her time at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), Rasmussen was responsible for the development and operations of multiple statewide programs, including the Minnesota AMBER Alert Plan, the Missing Children’s Clearinghouse, the Communication & Duty Officer Program, the Crimes Against Children in Indian Country Conference and the President’s Initiative on Missing & Unidentified Persons. She also served in capacities as Legislative and Media Coordinator during her tenure at the BCA. Janell is a highly regarded professional known for building collaborative partnerships with diverse stakeholder groups, enhancing government operations and her work in Law Enforcement Training.  Janell recently left the BCA as Director of Criminal Justice Training & Education after 16 years to continue her work in child protection as Deputy Director at the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis. Janell has received certifications from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Training School - Instructor Development Program, International Association of Chiefs of Police - Leadership in Police Organizations Program, National Judicial College - Tribal Faculty Development Program, and numerous training certificates on a multitude of topics including Management, Leadership, Human Trafficking, AMBER Alert, Domestic Violence, Investigative Resources, Information Sharing, Project Management and Program Development.


Melissa Blasing

Melissa Blasing serves as a program manager focusing on the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Initiative. Melissa also manages and facilitates the design and delivery of training and technical assistance and serves as a coordinator for a assigned AATTAP courses. Melissa writes and edits reports and documents, coordinates training and technical assistance activities, provides follow-up support to recipients for assistance, and provides guidance and program support for NCJTC-AATTAP Associates. Melissa also provides development oversight for AATTAP’s webinar series.
Ms. Blasing has worked with multiple organizations on sexual assault victim assistance and leadership development programs with at-risk youth. She is a leader in program creation, development, and outreach. Melissa Blasing has Bachelor and Master Degrees in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University.


Tyesha Wood

Tyesha M. Wood is a Project Coordinator with the AMBER Alert in Indian Country initiative. Tyesha is a former Police Detective with 17 years of law enforcement experience with tribal nations in Arizona.  A majority of her police career was comprised of work in criminal investigations, with more than 15 years as a detective working in the areas of sex crimes and crimes against children. Tyesha has experience in working with multi-disciplinary teams in tribal family advocacy centers to ensure the safety and protection of children. She also served for two years as an Executive Protection Officer for the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice-President. Tyesha is an alumnus of the 2018-19 McCain Institute of International Leadership Next Generation Leaders Program. Tyesha holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Arizona, and is a member of the Navajo Nation.


Chelsa Seciwa

Chelsa Seciwa joined Fox Valley Technical College April 1st, 2019 as the project specialist for AMBER Alert Training & Technical Assistance.  Working closely with the implementation of the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2018.  Providing program support in attending Tribal community events to share NCJTC training and resources.  She was born and raised in the Pueblo of Zuni. She’s worked over 10 years in banking and investments, carrying her professionalism to the legal field.  Recently completing her Tribal Court Legal Advocacy Course under the law program at the University of Wisconsin~Madison. She has been admitted to practice in several tribal courts in the Phoenix area and in her home land, Pueblo of Zuni.  Specializing in family law and VAWA rights.  Prior to the legal field, Chelsa worked as a direct care provider working with children and adults within the special need’s community.  She managed a wide range of state reports, allotted hours, and over saw five care providers and their plans, while adhering to state laws and regulations.

Chelsa is also a board member with the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Sharing her input over programs offered to students, tribal partners, and environmental communities.

The Seciwa Family moved to Tempe, Arizona in 1988 and has strong ties to Arizona State University.  Chelsa continues her late father’s legacy in advocating for American Indian students and higher education.  She is the director of the Cal Seciwa Memorial Endowment scholarship at ASU. Among the distance from home, Zuni Pueblo, she travels back and forth for cultural events and obligations to maintain the beautiful religion of the Zuni people, A:Shiwi.