Freedom in Montana: Speaker Biographies
Task Force Officer
Montana Regional Violent Crime Task Force
Detective Guy Baker is a twenty-four year veteran of the Missoula Police Department who has been a detective for fourteen years. Prior to being a detective, Baker spent five years working uniform patrol and five years assigned to the Target Enforcement Unit. Baker primarily works cases involving crimes against persons; such as homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and sex trafficking investigations. Baker has been a Task Force Officer assigned to the FBI's Montana Regional Violent Crime Task Force for the last three years targeting the criminal activity committed by violent offenders and gang affiliates. Baker has been lead investigator on over 700 state and federal criminal cases and he has assisted on hundreds of additional criminal investigations. Baker is Senior Vice President of the Northwest Gang Investigators Association and has served on the Executive Board of the Montana Violent Crime Investigators Association and Mountain States Tactical Officers Association. Detective Baker also spent sixteen years on the SWAT team as an operator and Assistant Team Leader.
Assistant Attorney General
Special Assistant United States Attorney
Montana Department of Justice
Ole Olson is an Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the prosecution services bureau in the Montana Department of Justice. He handles a variety of prosecutions, specializing in internet crimes against children.
Ole graduated with honors from Montana State University with a bachelor of science in Chemical Engineering in 2000. He worked on the Gulf Coast as an air separation engineer for three years. He graduated with honors from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC in 2006.
After law school, Ole served as law clerk to the Honorable Justice Brian Morris of the Montana Supreme Court, an appellate prosecutor for the Montana Department of Justice, and a prosecutor for the City of Helena. Ole was born and raised in Helena, MT and continues to live there with his wife and three girls.
Katharina Werner M.S.W.
Pathways Program Manager
Ms. Werner is the Domestic and Sexual Violence Program Manager at the YWCA Missoula. She has been with the YWCA for over four years and has worked extensively with women, men and children impacted by trauma, homelessness, domestic and sexual violence, and sex trafficking. Prior to her work with survivors of intimate partner violence, Ms. Werner worked in the mental health field providing counseling and personal advocacy services to clients with a serious and persistent mental illness diagnosis. In addition to her experience in the United States, Ms. Werner has also had the opportunity to address women’s rights issues on a global level working with a Women’s Empowerment Organization in rural villages in India. For the last two years, she has focused on developing and presenting trainings on the social issues of violence against women and sex trafficking in order to spread awareness and educate law enforcement, community and crime victim advocates, medical personal, volunteers, community members, and students. Ms. Werner is the Secretary of the Missoula Family Violence Council and a founding member and Chair of the Missoula Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. She received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Montana in 2012 and is currently working towards her LCSW.