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Harold Rollins, Jr.

Harold Rollins, Jr is a Lead Juvenile Detective and distinguished law enforcement professional with over 20 years of community policing experience. Harold is a three time recipient of the Officer of the Year Award and has earned numerous law enforcement certifications related to school safety assessment and forensic interviewing of children. Harold holds a number of prominent positions in the law enforcement community that includes leading complex juvenile investigations, providing staff and community trainings across the country, facilitating teen court collaboration, developing and implementing action plans to promote school safety, and is a law enforcement instructor for numerous mobile training units.


Through his professional and volunteer work, Harold develops and participates in mentoring programs that serve at risk youth, supports programs that provide access to higher education, and is a role model to youth in the communities he serves. Recently, Harold was honored by the Lake County Juvenile Officer's Association as Juvenile Officer of the Year.  Additionally, Harold partners with NICASA's Teen Court and is an active board member and coordinator for the Lake County Honor Flight program.


Harold is an accomplished “caped crusader” for vulnerable kids and works tirelessly in his collaboration with professionals and community members who strive for safer homes, schools, and communities. 

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Melinda Gronen, LCSW

Melinda Gronen is a licensed clinical social worker who received her Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration in 2000. For the past 20 years, Melinda has been working as a child and family advocate, developing and evaluating programs that enhance family functioning, and training staff and community members on how to keep kids safe.


Melinda is currently the owner of Melinda Gronen Counseling, LLC, a contract therapist at the Barr Harris Children's Grief Center, and a law enforcement instructor. 

Melinda is an adjunct professor for graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work and the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Melinda teaches numerous courses related trauma informed practice, abusive family systems, human behavior, and mental health presentations in children and families.


Melinda  has practiced in the areas of protective services/child welfare, residential treatment, school-based mental health, and pediatric medical social work. Melinda provides training and consultation at organizations across the country and develops successful advocacy programs in schools, hospitals, and community agencies.


Melinda is a passionate "super advocate" for kids who is dedicated to the kind of collaboration and program development that will enhance and support the mission of your organization.

Caped Crusaders for Kids

Harold and Melinda use their extensive professional expertise to develop solutions tailored to your organizational needs. 


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