The Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC) is shuffling leadership at the center at Winona State University.

Victor Vieth, who has been executive director of the center since it began in 2003, now is executive director emeritus and will continue as a consultant. Vieth also will help develop long-term strategies for the center, as well as teach, publish, create programs and work on public policy issues related to child protection.

Amy Russell, previously deputy director of the center, replaces Vieth as executive director. Russell has worked as a forensic interviewer, mental health professional, attorney and executive director of child advocacy centers in Minnesota and New York.

The Winona center, which works to end child abuse, neglect and other forms of maltreatment, has trained more than 100,000 child protection professionals since its inception.

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