Meet the Team

Aria Trudeau, MS

Ms. Trudeau serves as the Executive Director and Senior Forensic Interviewer at the Family Advocacy Center of Northern Minnesota. Aria graduated cum laude from Washburn University with an undergraduate degree in Human Services with a specialization in Victim/Survivor Services. She earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling Studies from Capella University. Additionally, Ms. Trudeau obtained a professional certificate in Advanced Level Victim Assistance and an academic certificate in Victim/Survivor Services from Washburn University and California State University at Fresno.

First, as a victim assistance specialist and consultant and now as an Executive Director and Forensic Interviewer, Ms. Trudeau has been working in the arena of victim services for over 15years. She has interviewed over 400 children who have allegedly been sexually and/or physically abused, neglected, and/or witness to violence. Ms. Trudeau also serves on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Children's Alliance and is an Adjunct Instructor at Washburn University.

Ms. Trudeau trains on a variety of topics including the link between domestic violence and child abuse, cultural competency in multidisciplinary teams, and the dynamics of child sexual abuse. She combines her research data, professional insights and her personal experience to enlighten audiences about the reality of child abuse and the opportunities for people to make a difference in the life of an abused child.

Tiffany Hommes, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Krysta Yliniemi, Child and Family Advocate

Ms. Yliniemi received her bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University. Her primary role within our team is to give support and assistance to children and their non-offending caregivers throughout the entire process. From the moment families are first referred to FACNM to the time the criminal case is resolved or treatment is complete, Krysta tracks their case as they proceed through the legal system, ensures the family understands their rights under the law, and coordinates their access to treatment and any services they may need.



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