Upcoming Events:


Sonoma Speaker Series: In Conversation with...

Jaycee Dugard and Dr. Rebecca Bailey

VIP Reception: 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Interview: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Hanna Boys Center


Jaycee Dugard is an abduction survivor. Since her rescue in 2009, she has used her freedom and voice to share her unique survivor experience. Jaycee is the founder and president of The JAYC Foundation, an organization created to assist families and individuals that have experienced a severe crisis, challenge, or conflict through a major life disruption; to spread the message of hope, growth, and resiliency through educational and animal-assisted programs; and to encourage the collaboration of various entities to provide "Protected Spaces" for families to heal. 

Recently, Jaycee co-created the Polyvagal Equine Institute with longtime friends Dr. Rebecca Bailey and equine expert Margie McDonald. The organization is dedicated to sharing educational programming focused on incorporating horses with Dr. Stephen Porges' polyvagal theory to a variety of populations. 

Jaycee has strong ties to Sonoma County and its community. This is where she and her family came to heal and recover after her rescue. After the devastating 2017 Northern California fires, her foundation provided much needed therapeutic and equine-assisted therapy sessions for those affected in the community. 

Jaycee is the author of A Stolen Life, a New York Times Bestseller, and Freedom: My Book of Firsts, both memoirs that she wrote detailing her eighteen years in captivity, eventual rescue, and recovery process. She plans to continue writing and speaking at venues across the country. An important goal she has is to educate the media and the helping professions about the term "Stockholm Syndrome, " a media-driven term that is degrading and insensitive to survivors and their families. Jaycee enjoys spending time with her family and her faithful four-legged companions in California.

Rebecca Bailey, Ph.D. is a leading family psychologist and equestrian who has become a world-renowned professional educator, speaker, author, and entrepreneur.

Many of you may know her from her years of devotion as a psychologist in our community. She is the founder of Transitioning Families, a group of independently licensed mental health practitioners dedicated to Bailey's innovative ideas for helping families through crisis and difficult change. She is best known for her work with survivors of non-familial abduction and is on the advisory board of the JAYC foundation. Together with Jaycee Dugard, they have created an innovative model which utilizes horses to help educate judges, police officers, therapists and other professionals about compassion, kindness, and connection. 

Dr. Bailey is the founder of the Polyvagal Equine Institute, an organization dedicated to equine-assisted psychotherapy and education with a focus on applying Dr. Stephen Porges' research on the autonomic nervous system to a variety of populations. She believes that understanding the interaction between the nervous system and our thoughts and actions is key to compassionately responding to and addressing the complexities of today's societal demands. Dr. Bailey has appeared as a guest and commentator on numerous network shows, including Anderson Cooper and ABC's 20/20. 

A graduate of The Wright Institute in Berkley, CA, Dr. Bailey was raised in the Boston area. She relocated to California 35 years ago and now lives in Northern California with her loving husband and countless animals.


Sonoma Speaker Series:
In Conversation with...

Katherine Schweit

VIP Reception: 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Interview: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Hanna Boys Center


Katherine Schweit is an author, attorney, former Chicago prosecutor, and career Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent who authored Stop the Killing: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis.

After the murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012, Schweit was promoted to the FBI executive ranks and joined a violence prevention team as part of a White House National Security Council effort within then-Vice President Joe Biden’s office. There, she worked with leaders from other federal agencies gathering best practices from federal and private industry experts, nationally and internationally. She was part of the crisis team responding to incidents, including the shootings at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Pentagon, and the Navy Yard in the Washington D.C. area.

She wrote the FBI’s seminal research, A Study of 160 Active Shooter Incident in the United States, 2000 – 2013. This benchmark study is the only research ever done relying on law enforcement reports. Her access to survivors and first responders prompted her role as executive producer of the award-winning dramatic film and documentary, The Coming Storm; a depiction of how to prepare for what happens after a shooting. At its premier at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police convention, then-FBI Director James B. Comey called the film “the most important training available to law enforcement today.” The film is widely used in security and law enforcement training in the United States and relied on by the Department of State worldwide.

She is the former director for security training for a Fortune 300 company, and a member of DePaul University College of Law’s adjunct faculty, teaching courses in the culture of the Second Amendment and the rules of evidence. At Webster University, Ms. Schweit teaches courses in business and cyber law and policy. She is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional. As a member of the federally funded National Center for School Safety, her expertise in school safety supports the University of Michigan-led effort to provide extensive, free resources to school administrators, teachers, parents, and school resource officers.

A native of Detroit, Ms. Schweit earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and wrote for daily newspapers in Michigan and Chicago. She earned a law degree at DePaul University and joined the Cook County prosecutor’s office as an assistant state’s attorney. As a journalist she earned state and national writing recognition, including a Peter Lisagor Award for her 1990 analysis of discipline meted to judges and attorneys by the Illinois Supreme Court after one of the largest FBI public corruption investigations ever conducted. Today, she lives in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington D.C.