Office for Protection and Care
Jenifer Valenti spent her previous legal career as an attorney prosecuting crimes against people. She was the supervisor of the Domestic Violence Unit at the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where she earned accolades as Trial Attorney and Victim Champion of the Year. Jenifer worked closely with law enforcement, victim advocacy groups, and child protective services. In a career shift in 2011, she was appointed “Ombudsman” by the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri. Hired in response to the sexual abuse scandal unfolding in the diocese, she served eight years as an independent investigator, consultant and public liaison for sexual abuse concerns. Her previous professional experience equips her to serve in her current role as the director for the Office for Protection and Care where she oversees sexual abuse prevention and response efforts since 2019.
Jan Saylor has worked for the archdiocese since July 16, 2015 as a Report Investigator and a part of the Office for Protection and Care. She holds a master’s degree in Administration of Justice from Wichita State University and has 35 years of law enforcement experience as a local police officer, state trooper, and FBI agent. Her primary role is to investigate allegations or suspicions of sexual abuse involving minors and/or vulnerable adults by clergy, archdiocesan employees (including Catholic school employees), and volunteers.
Sandy Vielhauer has eight years of experience in data management in the field of safe environment. She is committed to assisting the parishes and schools to maintain their local safe environment program in order to ensure all employees and volunteers working around children and vulnerable adults are compliant with archdiocesan policies. Prior to coming to the archdiocese, Sandy retired from the US Postal Service after 37 years; the last 25 of which were in various managerial roles in marketing including Claims and Inquiry, Express Mail, and Business Mail Entry functions.
Linda Slater-Trimble spent 37 years working in various leadership positions in human resources. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice and a master’s degree in Business Leadership. Additionally, she spent 12 years working part-time for Polk County Victims Services (Iowa) in crisis intervention and advocacy with survivors of violent crime. In this role Linda worked closely with counselors, hospital staff, law enforcement and legal professionals to advocate for the needs of survivors. This experience helped prepare her for the role of Victim Care Advocate at the Archdiocese when she joined the Office for Protection and Care in November 2018. As the VCA, Linda accompanies survivors of abuse by an agent of the church, walking with them through restorative processes as they work toward healing.
Kathleen Chastain holds a degree in business administration and has spent the bulk of her career working in the private sector honing her relationship building, organizational development, and project management skills. Armed with this experience, Kathleen built the client services organizational structures and developed, nurtured and retained client relationships that positioned a small boutique research and consulting firm to become an international competitor and leader in its industry. Retiring as vice president of Client Services over a decade ago, Kathleen decided to leave the business world to focus on family and exclusively volunteer her talents with her parish and school community until she felt called to assist in responding to the local and national clergy abuse scandal. During her tenure as victim advocate for more than five years with the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, she fought for use of a proactive restorative approach to responding to the many harms caused by Church abuse. Kathleen actively promotes the use of restorative principles to address abuse as they are aligned with our Catholic social teachings. She has witnessed the power of using restorative practices to relationally support the healing journey of victim/survivors. As the consultant for the OPC team, Kathleen offers her expertise and advice on all aspects of the archdiocesan prevention and response responsibilities, with a special interest in employing restorative theory.