Program Manager, Victim Advocate & Researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kelley Adams, MPH, is a Program Manager, Victim Advocate, and Researcher for Violence Prevention & Response (VPR) at MIT, which addresses sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and harassment in the MIT community. Her research interests include gender- based violence, service provision and utilization, organizational culture, and institutional level changes as they impact individuals. Currently, she is working on a qualitative study that uses mapping to document and analyze survivors’ service utilization pathways through the Institute and in the broader community, and she was heavily involved in creating the 2014 MIT climate survey on sexual assault.
Executive Director, Confidentiality Institute
Alicia Aiken, J.D. is the Executive Director of Confidentiality Institute, which empowers people to protect privacy. In partnership with National Network to End Domestic Violence, Confidentiality Institute trains VAWA grantees on privacy and technology issues. As Principal Consultant with Aiken Strategic Partners, Ms. Aiken offers strategic planning, professional development, program design and individual coaching to non-profits and educational institutions. She spent 15 years with LAF in Chicago, where she represented victims of domestic violence and people living in poverty in complex legal matters. Ms. Aiken received both her law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan (Go blue!).
Leah Aldridge has been a member of the anti-violence against women’s movement since 1989. During that time, Ms. Aldridge worked for a number of years in various capacities at Peace Over Violence (previously the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women), the last of which was as the Associate Director of Youth Violence Prevention, Policy and Training. She is an accomplished facilitator and trainer on the multi-disciplinary issues of interpersonal violence for diverse populations, and has trained domestic/sexual violence prevention advocates, youth service providers, law enforcement and medical professionals, and school-based personnel statewide and nationally. Media and policy advocacy are among Ms. Aldridge’s additional skills having consulted on numerous media projects, videos, and campaigns. She has won several awards and fellowships over the years recognizing her work and contributions to the field. In recent years, Ms. Aldridge has been a consultant for a number of sexual assault and domestic violence organizations. She co-wrote Women of Color Leadership: A Look at the Experiences of Women of Color Executives in the Anti-Violence Against Women’s Movement for the WOCN funded by the Ms. Foundation (2013); and, was the consultant and co-author of Reciprocal Advancement: Building Linkages Between Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault for Calcasa funded by Blue Shield of California. I Currently Leah is a PhD Candidate in the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Bryan Singer Division of Media Studies.
Founder, Sensibilities Prevention Services
Since 1976, Cordelia has developed prevention programs, plays and other materials and consulted with a broad range of agencies. She’s conducted over 2,500 presentations internationally. Her work includes co-hosting a national webinar series through Prevent Connect with her co-presenter, Joan Tabachnick, starting the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, serving on the board of NCMEC and the prevention committee of ATSA and authoring “Fired Up” a play based on survivors stories who performed in the piece, and the booklet, “The Impact of Pornography on Children, Youth and Culture.” Since 1992, Cordelia has operated her own prevention business.
Attorney Advisor, AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women
AEquitas Attorney Advisor Jane Anderson (JD) served as an Assistant State Attorney and founding member of the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Human Trafficking Unit and Task Force. She also built a coalition of service providers and community leaders to provide victims with the services necessary to help rebuild their lives and assist in the prosecutions of their traffickers.
Director of Policy and Programs, Tahirih Justice Center
Archi joined Tahirih Justice Center to lead its highly regarded public policy department. Prior to joining Tahirih, Archi was Deputy Director of the Immigration Intervention Project at Sanctuary for Families. Since 2007, Archi collaborated across disciplines to assist girls, women, boys, and men fleeing gender-based violence so that they may find safety and stability. Archi also advocated on a local and national level to stop violence against women and girls such as female genital mutilation, honor violence, forced marriage, and domestic violence. She co-founded a coalition to stop female genital mutilation in the United States and co-led the South Asian Task Force on Domestic Violence.
Technical Assistance Specialist, Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault/RSP
Elizabeth Balcarcel has been a part of the anti-violence movement since 2003 and currently works with the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Resource Sharing Project as the Technical Assistance Specialist providing support and technical assistance to Project Sites and Iowa State Programs. Elizabeth worked for a dual domestic violence/sexual assault program LUNA where she was a Sexual Assault Coordinator/Domestic Violence Advocate. She has experiences working with Latino survivors. She also provides awareness workshops like: “Know Your Rights,” sexual violence prevention, Spanish Seeking Safety Groups, life skills and legal remedies for immigrant women.
Project Attorney, Legal Momentum
Claudia J. Bayliff is an attorney and educator with twenty-seven years of experience working on issues related to sexual assault. She is currently serving as the Legal Momentum Project Attorney, developing judicial educational materials and educating judges about sexual assault.
She was the first Chief of the Air Force’s worldwide Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. She has also consulted with all of the other Services to help them develop their sexual assault prevention, investigation and response strategies. Ms. Bayliff served as the Assistant Director of the Boulder County Rape Crisis Team. She also taught classes on women and the law at the University of Colorado. In addition, she presents at conferences and professional organizations throughout the United States, Canada and Europe about violence against women and children.
Trauma Therapist, Peace Over Violence
Joshua Beckett attended U.C. Berkeley as an undergraduate, and Antioch University, Los Angeles as a graduate student, where he earned a Masters degree in clinical psychology, with a specialization in trauma. For the last year and a half he has worked exclusively with survivors of domestic violence, interpersonal violence, sexual assault, and childhood sexual assault, including adults molested as children. Some of the most powerful, meaningful, and effective in which he has participated has been as a co-facilitator of groups of adult male survivors of childhood sexual assault.
Assistant Coordinator, National Sexual Assault Coalition Resource Sharing Project/ Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Kris Bein is the Assistant Coordinator for the Resource Sharing Project, where she provides training and technical assistance to state coalitions and rural rape crisis centers on sexual assault services, agency structure, and capacity building. Ms. Bein has been a part of the anti-violence movement since 1995. Ms. Bein holds a master’s degree in Human Services, specialization in Social Services Administration, from the University of Illinois.
Resource Development Specialist, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Jennifer Benner is the Resource Development Specialist at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). She develops resources on a range of sexual violence topics including, sexual violence and the workplace, bystander intervention, and trauma informed care. Ms. Benner joined the NSVRC in 2010 after completing her Master’s in Public Policy and a graduate certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership at American University. Ms.
Benner also holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science with a minor in women’s studies from York College of Pennsylvania. Her interests include public policy, social science research, and advocating for social justice.
|Pierre R. Berastaín
Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Pierre R. Berastaín serves as the Communications and Marketing Coordinator at the National Latin@ Network, the national institute on domestic violence focusing on Latin@ communities. Before joining the National Latin@ Network, he worked as the Restorative Justice Advocate at Renewal House, a domestic violence shelter in Boston, MA, and as the Co-Founder and Co- Chair of the Massachusetts Restorative Justice Collaborative. He also served as the Director of Media Relations for the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, as Co-Chair of the MA Gay Lesbian
Bisexual Transgender Domestic Violence Coalition, and as a Fellow at the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s National People of Color Media Institute. He graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor’s in Social Anthropology and from Harvard Divinity School with a Master in Divinity (M.Div.).
Ph.D. Student, University of Southern California
Leslie Berntsen is a Brain & Cognitive Science Ph.D. student and a Title IX activist at the University of Southern California. Broadly, her research interests include how biological and social factors interact to yield everyday lapses in empathy and how that knowledge can be used to understand—and ideally prevent—real-world violence. She has served as a teaching assistant for introductory psychology for seven semesters, as a lead instructor of her own course (Psychological Science & Society) for the past three summers, and, above all else, strives to empower students to use their knowledge to affect positive social change.
|Laura Blake Jones
Dean of Students, University of Michigan
Community Organizer, Girls for Gender Equity
Brittany Brathwaite is a feminist youth worker and reproductive justice activist from Brooklyn, New York. She is currently a graduate student at Columbia University pursuing a dual-degree Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work. Brittany has a Bachelors degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Syracuse University, where she founded SPEAK!, a grassroots, youth-led sexual and reproductive justice organization for inner-city girls in Syracuse. Brittany currently co-chairs Advocates for Youth’s Young Women of Color Leadership Council where she advocates on the national level for the sexual and reproductive rights of young people.
Assistant General Manager for System-Wide Accessibility, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Laura Brelsford is the Assistant General Manager for System-Wide Accessibility (SWA) at the MBTA. Since joining the MBTA in 2007, SWA has been at the forefront of a number of accessibility initiatives for the agency, including the development of an internal monitoring program, trainings for both employees and customers, and a system-wide review of physical and operational barriers to customers with disabilities. She also represents the MBTA as part of the MASS (Movement for Access, Safety & Survivors) Collaboration between the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, the Boston Center for Independent Living and the MBTA. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and former investigator with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), Laura served as past chair of the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities and is currently on the board of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC).
|Kurt M. Bumby
Senior Associate, Center for Effective Public Policy and the Center for Sex Offender Management
Dr. Kurt Bumby is a Senior Associate with the Center for Effective Public Policy and the Center for Sex Offender Management. In this capacity, he provides training and technical assistance nationwide to policymakers, administrators, and practitioners across disciplines to support sex offender management, prisoner reentry, evidence-based practices in criminal justice, and other court-based initiatives. In addition, Dr. Bumby has authored and co-authored several of CSOM’s
Assistant Director UIC Campus Advocacy Network, University of Illinois at Chicago
Rachel Caidor has worked in Chicago area rape crisis centers since 1998. She currently engages outreach and education work at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Campus Advocacy Network. The Campus Advocacy Network advocates for students, faculty, and staff surviving sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. The Campus Advocacy Network also uses innovative, evidence based, social justice focused curricula to create a safer community. Rachel is also a founding member of Chicago’s chapter of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence and worked with the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander.
Deputy District Attorney, Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office
Contra Costa County District Attorney
Family Violence Unit – Assigned to Sexual Assalt
V.O.I.C.E.S. Program Manager and Leadership Development, Tewa Women United
Kena Leigh Chavez is an enrolled member of the Pueblo De Cochiti, NM. She is also from the Hopi Tribe from the Village of Walpi and is of the Coyote Clan. Ms. Chavez is the Tewa Women United V.O.I.C.E.S. Program Manager, a culturally-based response to sexual violence and other trauma related to sexual violence in the diverse communities located in Rio Arriba and northern Santa Fe counties, and the Pueblo and Tribal Nations in New Mexico. Ms. Chavez received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The College of Santa Fe and her Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from Central New Mexico Community College, NM. Previous to TWU Ms. Chavez worked with both her Pueblo & Hopi Tribes.
Former Social Services/ICWA Coordinator for Pueblo De Cochiti And former Project Coordinator for The Hopi-Tewa Women’s Coalition to End Abuse.Ms. Chavez is a thriving survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence. She has a handsome son, WaYursh age 16, and two beautiful daughters, Skada age 11 and CeCeKa age 8. She shares her story openly in hopes that she can help at least one of her listeners.
|Maia G. Christopher
Executive Director, Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)
Maia Christopher is currently the Executive Director of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). Ms. Christopher started her work providing treatment services and developing treatment protocols for individuals in prisons who have offended sexually and non- sexually. She has worked with Correctional Services of Canada and Washington State Department of Corrections. Ms. Christopher currently holds the position of Executive Director of ATSA. Focusing on preventing sexual abuse through understanding and interrupting the behaviors of people at risk offending ATSA specializes in disseminating research, defining and supporting effective treatment practices and promoting evidence base policies. Ms. Christopher has presented extensively in the areas of practice guidelines of sex offender treatment, collaborating with community stakeholders invested in successful offender reintegration and policy pertaining to sexual offending.
Campus Outreach Coordinator, Crisis Intervention Services
Tess Cody is the campus outreach coordinator for Crisis Intervention Services (CIS), a sexual assault service provider. She provides direct services to victims and supervises volunteer peer advocate hotlines at three higher education institutions. In addition, she provides technical assistance and training to colleges running violence prevention programs in south central Iowa. Prior to coming to CIS, Tess worked for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence for five years as their prevention and AmeriCorps program coordinator. Tess is a member of the Future Without Violence’s Campus Fellow Program and nearing completion of her masters in community development.
Prevention Program Specialist, North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Jen Counts is the Prevention Program Specialist for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV). Prior to joining NCCADV, she conducted assessment and
evaluation projects for the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the NC Division of Public Health and worked as a Research Assistant on two DV-related research projects at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has extensive experience in program management and several years of experience volunteering in DV and sexual assault response. Jen earned her Master of Public Health from the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Health Behavior.
Research Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico, Prevention Research Center
Dr. Cruz is a research assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico. She has 20 years of experience in injury and violence prevention, public health, study design, evaluation and use of mixed method research. Her current work includes two projects addressing the primary prevention of sexual violence. Her work interests incorporate using multiple levels of the socio-ecological model to affect change at the population level, and finding ways to address health disparities, especially in under-resourced populations. Dr. Cruz received her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Shamita Das Dasgupta Researcher
Shamita Das Dasgupta is a cofounder of Manavi (New Jersey), the first organization in the U.S. to focus on violence against women in the South Asian community. She has been engaged in advocacy to end violence against women for over thirty years. Shamita has taught at Rutgers University and has worked as an adjunct professor at NYU Law School. In addition to several articles and reports, she is the author of five books, The Demon Slayers and Other Stories: Bengali Folktales (1995, Interlink Books, USA); A Patchwork Shawl: Chronicles of South Asian
SADI TA Specialist, IowaCASA
Valerie Davis has been a part of the anti-violence movement since 1995 and currently works with the Resource Sharing Project as the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative TA Specialist providing support and technical assistance to SADI Project Sites. Valerie worked for a dual domestic violence/sexual assault program within a larger multi-service agency for fifteen years, with six of those years as the Program Director. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration, with a concentration in domestic violence, from the University of Colorado Denver.
SAFEta Project Director, International Association of Forensic Nurses
Kim Day, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, is the SAFEta Project Director at the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). She is dual certified as both a SANE-A and SANE-P. Mrs. Day has worked on many national level projects including: PREA, SANE Sustainability, and tribal response to sexual assault. She also has participated in national discussions on topics related to: Rape Kit Backlog, Sexual Violence and Research and the OVC Vision 21 project, and has been on several Attorney General’s task forces on tribal responses to violence against women. Mrs. Day has also spoken nationally and internationally. She has authored several publications.
Director of Services and Advocacy, Boston Area Rape Crisis CenterStephanie DeCandia is the Director of Client Services and Advocacy at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC). She provides oversight and strategic direction to BARCC’s hotline, medical and legal advocacy, case management and clinical programs. She also coordinates BARCC’s legislative and policy work and trains on sexual assault related issues. Stephanie is a part-time lecturer at Northeastern University where she teaches a course Rape Crisis Training: Techniques in Counseling. She is a 2013 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Top Women of Law honoree. In 2008, the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance recognized Stephanie with its Community Advocate Award.Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Providence College and a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law. Prior to joining BARCC, she was the Victim Rights Law Center’s Supervising Staff Attorney. Stephanie began her legal work as the Staff Attorney for Aid to Incarcerated Mothers.
Training and Program Specialist, Praxis International
Diane joined Praxis International in 2012 after more than 20 years as an advocate, activist and educator in the movement to end violence against women, most recently as the director of a campus sexual assault advocacy and prevention program. She has also worked and volunteered at battered women’s shelters, rape crisis centers, in community organizing, and has conducted
feminist action research based in media literacy. Diane works with the Advocacy Learning Center team, creating and conducting in-person and online training as part of an 18-month course for advocates.
Coordinator, The SAFE Place at San Francisco State University
Laurene Dominguez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Coordinator of The SAFE Place at SFSU. She has worked extensively supporting students of color and first generation students in a variety of leadership, community organizing, mental health, and University programs in the Bay Area. She is originally from East San Jose, the first person in her family to attend college and is passionate about social justice and the integration of western and indigenous ways of healing when working with trauma.
Consultant, Just Detention International
Bob is the author of many articles on incarceration and mental health. In 2002, he testified in support of PREA before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and served as a national expert for a number of federal agencies, including the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. A licensed clinical mental health counselor, Bob worked for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections for 15 years. Bob now consults for JDI on many initiatives.
Deputy District Attorney, Sacramento County District Attorney
Allison M. Dunham has been a Sacramento County District Attorney for 15 years. Most of her career has been devoted to prosecuting physical and sexual abuse crimes.
She has completed over 60 jury trials, the majority consisting of sexual violence against women and children.For the past 8 years she has been an instructor for the Police Officer Standard Training Commission where she has taught sexual assault law and evidence to various law enforcement agencies throughout the state of California.Prior to becoming a prosecutor, she worked for Rathbone & Ruderman, a law firm specializing in bankruptcy and corporate restructuring. After law school she was a federal law clerk for the Hon. Lynne Riddle, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge for the Central District of California.
Economic Security for Survivors Project Associate Director, Wider Opportunities for Women
As the Associate Director of the Economic Security for Survivors Project, Malore provides technical assistance and training to service providers, transitional housing programs, the criminal justice system and policymakers to improve the economic security and safety of survivors. In addition to working with both WOW’s policy and research departments before joining the ESS team, Malore has also previously consulted for the Rebecca Project for Human Rights and developed and taught teen dating violence prevention programs for DART, Inc. Malore received her B.A. from Whitman College in Washington State and an M.S. in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Staff Attorney and Manager of the Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project, Los Angeles LGBT Center
Mieko Failey, Esq. is a Staff Attorney and Manager of the Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, managing the delivery of direct legal services to LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Mieko was awarded a Loyola Law School Public Interest Fellow at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where she provided and continues to provide direct legal services to LGBTQ youth survivors of dating violence, sexual violence, and hate violence. Previously, Mieko interned for The ACLU of Southern California-s LGBT Student Rights Project and The Center for Juvenile Law and Policy.
|Monique Y. Ferrel, Director
Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Office, Department of the Army
Ms. Ferrell was appointed to the Senior Executive Service on 20 November 2011. She is currently serving as the Director of the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and
Prevention (SHARP) Office. In this capacity, she establishes effective strategies, develops plans, and formulates policies for continued improvement of SHARP programs. She works with Army and DOD Senior Leaders to develop and execute short-term strategies and associated metrics and long-term initiatives to satisfy changing needs in a dynamic evolving environment. Prior to this assignment she served for 29 years in the U.S. Army Audit Agency where she reached the position of Deputy Auditor General. As Deputy Auditor General for Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Training Audits, Ms. Ferrell was the principal advisor to The Auditor General on all matters pertaining to Agency programs for auditing the Army’s major functional areas of human capital, force protection, force structure, and training. She also previously directed Army-wide audit coverage of high-risk areas that focused on theater deployment and sustainment functions (combat logistics planning, mobilization and demobilization logistics, theater and inter-theater transportation, storage and disposal, and combat service support activities), LOGCAP, and contingency contracting and contractors on the battlefield.
African American Leadership Development Workshop, Hope Works of Howard County
Alexis Flanagan is a cultural worker, writer, painter, healer, community organizer, and non-profit leader working at the intersection of art and activism in the DC Metropolitan Area. Her career is centered in social change focused on ending multiple forms of oppression, including racism, poverty, and gender-based violence through cultural art, advocacy, community outreach and organizing.As a non-profit leader, Alexis is committed to connecting the tangible work of supporting survivors to the broader work of movement building for social change. She is committed to fostering work environments within social justice organizations where all employees share the experience of being valued for their unique skills, culture, and interests and where organizations do not duplicate in their work the dysfunctional patterns they work to eliminate in our society. This work is fueled by a determination to not only reduce disparities in service and outcomes for women of color survivors of violence but also for women of color staff within organizations providing services. Alexis is currently the Assistant Director of HopeWorks of Howard County, a dual sexual assault and domestic violence center in Columbia, Maryland where she leads general operations management, program evaluation, and the development of cultural proficiency and professional development standards for the organization.Alexis is also the Co-Director of Ocean Ana Rising, Inc., a New York and DC – based cultural arts organization committed to the holistic healing of girls and women of color through innovative truth-telling methods, including live theatrical performance, film & digital media projects, and community arts workshops where she facilitate, as a teaching artist, the Safe Spaces Arts Workshop Residency with partner organizations in the DC Metropolitan area serving women and girls of color who are trauma survivors.Previously, Alexis served as Program Manager of the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner and Sexual Assault Response Team program and Bilingual Legal Advocate at the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Bilingual Advocate at the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Alexis is a certified Reiki practitioner, holistic health coach, and interpreter with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Maryland.Alexis boldly identifies as a Queer Black Feminist DC Girl.
|Wm. Michael Fleming
Interim Director, Associate Professor of Family Studies, University of Northern Iowa, Center for Violence Prevention
Michael Fleming, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Family Studies at the University of Northern Iowa, and serves as Interim Director of the Center for Violence Prevention. His scholarship focuses on understanding the dynamics associated with interpersonal violence, models of prevention and early intervention, ways to engage bystanders, and issues associated with education and training of domestic/sexual assault educators and advocates. His community engagement has included serving on board of directors for domestic/sexual agencies, serving on regional and state task forces and coalitions focusing on domestic/sexual assault, as well as working with violence prevention non-profits providing program and evaluation consultation.
|Dr. Paul D. Garst MD, MPH
Deputy Director, Department of the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (DON-SAPRO)
Dr. Paul Garst has served since 2009 as Deputy Director of the Department of the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, where he has applied insight from world-wide site visits and survey efforts to build Departmental policy, develop training tools, and demonstrate prevention strategies. During a prior 30-year Navy career, he practiced medicine world-wide, served as a Commanding Officer, and gained extensive experience in program assessment. He also learned first-hand about managing organizational change related to base closure. Dr. Garst earned his MD in 1978 from the University of Illinois and his MPH in 2005 from Johns Hopkins.
Training Specialist, NSVRC
Annie Gebhardt is a Training Specialist at the NSVRC, where she develops resources and provides training and technical assistance on sexual violence prevention. She has served as an advocate and preventionist in the movement to end sexual and intimate partner violence since 1999. Annie holds a Master’s degree in public health and a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and sociology.
Safehouse Director, Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence
Barbara Gibson is Safehouse Director for the Women’s Resource Center, a metro Atlanta based agency serving survivors of domestic violence. Although in her current role since 2007, she has held various positions since joining WRC in 1989. Barbara is strongly committed to partnering with women to create safe and stable lives that honor their highest vision of themselves. She encourages women to challenge limiting assumptions, shift perspectives, and combine cherished values with actionable goals to create a new normal. Barbara is a strong advocate for radical self-care and includes opportunities for practice within the Safehouse program.
Executive Director, Peace Over Violence
Patricia Giggans (aka Patti) has been the Executive Director of Peace Over Violence since 1985. As POV’s Executive Director, she is responsible for overall management, fundraising, policy and, especially: envisioning for the organization. Giggans has held numerous leadership and advisory positions in the sexual assault and domestic violence arena both statewide and nationally. She has been active in violence against women and violence prevention issues for more than 35 years and is considered a national expert on sexual, domestic violence, teen dating violence and prevention. Patti is honored to spend her time working on an issue she cares deeply about with so many people she loves.
Director of Training and TA, NSVRC
Donna Greco is the training and technical assistance director at the NSVRC. She has worked to prevent sexual violence and improve survivor options for 20 years, focusing largely on the intersections of violence and social justice. Donna has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut and teaches macro social work practice and policy at Shippensburg University school of social work.
Outreach and Engagement Manager, Move To End Violence
Trina Greene is the Outreach and Engagement Manager for Move to End Violence. Trina has worked in violence prevention for the past 10 years, managing multiple local and national initiatives. Before coming to MEV, Trina served as a Director for the YMCA, incorporating violence prevention education focusing on resiliency for Youth Development. Formerly a Manager at Peace Over Violence, a social service agency dedicated to the elimination of sexual and domestic violence, Trina co-authored a female empowerment curriculum, Be Strong: From The Inside Out and contributed to the second revision of In Touch With Teens, a nationally recognized relationship violence prevention curriculum.
Executive Director, Center for Community Solutions (CCS)
Verna Griffin-Tabor has worked in the field of sexual assault and relationship violence for more than 30 years. Since 1998, she has been CEO of Center for Community Solutions, which is an innovative 48-year-old private, non-profit social services agency serving victims of sexual assault, human trafficking, domestic violence and elder abuse in San Diego County. CCS was the first women’s center in the country, operated the first temporary restraining order clinic in the state, and currently staffs the only Rape Crisis Center in the City of San Diego. She has a MSW with California licensure and a B.A. in Criminology.
Founder, Chrysalis Network
Juliette Grimmett, MPH has over 20 years of professional experience working with colleges, communities, and schools. She provides education and training to students, faculty, and staff on issues concerning SV & IPV. Her past 10 years have focused on creating and implementing violence prevention and response programs on various college campuses. She currently serves as an appointed member of the NC Sexual Violence Prevention Team as well as the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership through Alliances team. Juliette is the
Founder of Chrysalis Network and was the consulting producer of the documentary film, MY MASCULINITY HELPS.
Victim Rights Legal Services Staff Attorney, Center for Community Solutions
Sadaf T. Hane is a staff attorney for Center for Community Solutions, providing legal assistance to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Her practice focuses on family law, privacy, and providing assistance to sexual assault victims on university campuses. Sadaf was previously the Civil Rights Director for CAIR – San Diego and provided legal assistance to victims of discrimination and technical training for civil rights issues pertaining to race and religion. She is an adjunct professor of political science at Palomar Community College and is passionate about providing pro bono service to immigrants who have faced sexual and domestic violence.
Project Director, Vera Institute of Justice
Sandra Harrell is the director of the Vera Institute of Justice’s Accessing Safety Initiative, a federally funded program that helps communities across the United States improve their response to women with disabilities and deaf women who have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking. She has been with the Vera Institute since 2006. Prior to Vera, Sandra served as the program manager for the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Project Access.
Director MVP Leadership Institute, University of Northern Iowa, Center for Violence Prevention
Alan Heisterkamp, Ed.D., serves as director of the MVP Leadership Institute at the University of Northern Iowa. He facilitates training in Mentors in Violence Prevention and Coaching Boys into Men for sexual violence specialists, PreK-12 educators, and athletic coaches. Alan co- facilitated research projects: the Sioux City Project and Coaching Boys into Men. The Sioux City Project was a collaborative effort between Sioux City Community Schools and the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention to reduce gender violence in secondary schools. Dr.
Heisterkamp holds graduate and doctorate degrees in educational psychology and counseling and educational leadership.
Prevention & Evaluation Coordinator, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Rose Hennessy is the Prevention and Evaluation Coordinator with the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She has provided sexual assault prevention programming at two major universities, research in child trauma and sexual assault, and case management and advocacy services. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health from UCLA and has experience doing state-level violence prevention work. Her specialty as a program evaluator has allowed her to lead and support multiple agency, community, and statewide evaluation projects. She is currently enrolled part-time in a doctoral program in Community and Behavioral Health Promotion at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
SASP and SVPEP Program Manager, Arizona Department of Health Services
Carol Hensell is the Program Manager of the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program at the Arizona Department of Health Services. She has served on the Governor’s Commission on Violence Against Women, Campus Sexual Assault Task Force, and Department of Defense (DOD) Prevention of Sexual Assault Task Force. Carol is a regional representative for the CDC’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Directors’ Council. She spearheaded Arizona’s first Sexual Violence Prevention and Education PSA which aired in 2004 and won a HEMMY award. In 2010 she was awarded the “Cherish the Children” award for her work in
S.V. primary prevention.
Research Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico, Prevention Research Center
Julia Meredith Hess is a sociocultural anthropologist whose primary research interests are health and well-being of marginalized populations. She has 20 years’ experience conducting qualitative research with immigrants, refugees, Native Americans, and a wide diversity of people in New Mexico. Major themes in her work include violence, families, state policy and trauma. Since 2009, she has worked at the University of New Mexico’s Prevention Research Center as a co- investigator on a number of mixed methods projects including Native American family interventions that include traditional elements to address violence exposure, sexual assault prevention, and refugee mental health and well-being.
|Destie Hohman Sprague
Program Director, Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Destie Hohman Sprague, Program Director for the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, has focused her career on helping social justice organizations build their capacity to create change. In her role at MECASA she supports Maine’s sexual assault service providers with training, technical assistance and other resources. Before coming to MECASA in 2008, she served as Outreach Director for the Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire, and the coordinator for NH Child Advocacy Network, a coalition of nearly 100 partner agencies. She received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy.
Program Development Specialist, Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
Matthew Huffman is a Program Development Specialist at the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence where he leads the prevention team on coordinating statewide prevention and anti-oppression efforts, and provides training and technical assistance to member programs. Prior to coming to MCADSV, he did community organizing with local social service agencies, universities, and municipal departments. He also worked as an advocate in a domestic violence shelter.
Adolescent Health Educator, Bridging Access to Care
Kimberly’s dedication for sexual health started with the loss of her uncle to AIDS in 2010. Ever since, she has been committed to educating her community about sexual health disparities and making safer sex choices. While earning her B.A. in Psychology at Syracuse University, she served her community as a peer educator by facilitating various workshops on safer sex, STDs and healthy relationships. Currently, she serves as a board member for Transdiaspora Network, holds a Master of Public Health and is pursuing a dual-degree Master of Social Work and PhD in Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University.
Training Specialist, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Amanda Immel joined the National Sexual Violence Resource Center in 2014 as a Training Specialist for the Lifespan Team. She specializes in resource and training creation, development, and coordination. Ms. Immel was previously employed with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape as Training Projects Specialist where she was the responsible for the design of multiple
resources and the coordination of registration for the National Sexual Assault Conference. She is particularly interested in trauma-informed online interactive resources, social media and social change, and unique resource development.
Clinical Services Supervisor, Peace Over Violence (POV)
Dr. Ingram is a licensed clinical social worker who has over 25 years of working in the mental health and education fields specializing in trauma and cultural competence. She is the Director of Clinical Services for Peace Over Violence, a non-profit that provides prevention and intervention for survivors of interpersonal violence and the Clinical Consultant/Coordinator for the YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Services Program. She is a lecturer with UCLA and CSULB Social Work Departments. She received her BA in psychology from UCLA, MSW from CSU, Sacramento and Doctorate of Education from the University of Phoenix. She has been a consultant and trainer for various social service, mental health, and public health organizations on traumatic stress.
|Colonel Scott Jensen
Marine Corps’ Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
Colonel Scott Jensen leads the Marine Corps’ Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. A naval aviator, he has served in various command, operations, maintenance, and logistics assignments. Additionally, he has served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, on the Joint Staff J-8, and as an Assistant Wing Commander. Jensen commanded at the platoon; headquarters squadron; Light Attack Detachment; Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron; Marine Aircraft Group; and Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) levels. He holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics, a Masters Degree in Military Studies, and a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Language Access Coordinator, National Coalition Against Sexual Violence
Maria Jirau-Torres has worked in anti-violence movement as a bilingual direct service advocate for 6 years on the local level in P.A. and with N.S.V.R.C. for the last year as the Language Access Coordinator. As an advocate, she worked with victims of trafficking, Spanish-speaking only survivors and children, as well as provided training and support for the community. As the Language Access Coordinator, she facilitates culturally-informed and linguistically-accessible efforts, nurtures partnerships across languages and cultures, develops and provides trainings at local, state and national levels, and provides culturally-specific and linguistically accessible technical assistance.
Deputy Executive Director, Just Detention International
Vivian Jojola is a Senior Program Director at JDI. She works with corrections agencies and community organizations to ensure crisis services for incarcerated survivors. A member of JDI’s domestic program team, Vivian provides training and technical assistance to corrections officials and advocates across the country. Vivian has more than 20 years of experience advocating for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Prior to joining JDI, Vivian spent nearly a decade working to advance social change at the Liberty Hill Foundation. She has also worked to reduce HIV/AIDS transmission among high-risk populations, including sex workers, IV drug users, and the homeless. Vivian is a certified domestic violence and rape crisis counselor.
Program Manager, Los Angeles LGBT Center
Drian Juarez serves as Program Manager for the LA LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP), consulting on Transgender issues in the workplace and assisting in developing programs for communities endeavoring to help Transgender people get back to work. Building a solid foundation for TEEP, Drian established cross-organizational/cross- functional teams to assist in the mission of developing substantive employment and business opportunities for the Los Angeles Transgender community. She has collaborated with homeless shelters to provide housing and basic living needs, coordinated with non-profits and schools to offer basic job training and has taught over 500 employers in law enforcement, government entities and businesses on the unique issues faced by the Transgender community. Juarez is also a current member of the West Hollywood Transgender Advisory Board.
Executive Director, East Los Angeles Women’s Center
Barbara Kappos, LCSW currently serves as the Executive Director of the East Los Angeles Women’s Center in Los Angeles, California.Ms. Kappos has over 25 years of experience working in the Greater East Los Angeles communities providing services to vulnerable families. Ms. Kappos has established a variety of service models based on best practices and culturally relevant interventions. Ms. Kappos is a licensed social worker with experience in the field of social work and has been influential in the areas of child welfare, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, sexual assault and substance abuse recovery. She has published and conducted several articles and studies in the field of substance abuse, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS.For over two decades she has developed and implemented multiple culturally and gender specific programs and has worked diligently to strengthen communities beset by economic, physical, emotional and social challenges.Ms. Kappos is a well recognized leader with expertise in community development, clinical practice, and gender based violence.Ms. Kappos greatest pride is her two adult children and her niece.
Speaker and Educator, Co-founder Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)
Dr. Jackson Katz is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education in schools, the sports culture and the military, as well as for his pioneering work in critical media literacy. An educator, author, filmmaker, and social theorist, Katz is co- founder of the multiracial, mixed-gender Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. Founded in 1993, MVP was one of the first programs to use a “bystander” model for gender violence prevention; Katz is one of the key architects of the bystander approach. Today, MVP is the most widely utilized sexual and domestic violence prevention program in college and professional athletics. It has been implemented by a quarter of the teams in the NFL, a number of Major League Baseball clubs, NASCAR, and many other sports organizations. Since 1997 Katz has directed the first worldwide gender violence prevention program in the history of the United States Marine Corps. MVP trainings have been held with U.S. Army personnel in Iraq; the U.S. Navy is currently piloting MVP in four sites around the world; and Katz has served as a subject matter expert and consultant for the U.S. Air Force. Katz’s award-winning educational video Tough Guise, his featured appearances in the films Wrestling With Manhood and Spin The Bottle, and his lectures in the U.S. and around the world have brought his insights into masculinity and gender violence to millions of college and high school students as well as professionals in education, human services, public health and law enforcement. He is also the author of an influential book entitled “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help,” published by Sourcebooks in 2006. Since 1990, he has lectured at over 1400 colleges, prep schools, high schools, middle schools, professional conferences and military installations in 49 states, 6 Canadian provinces, and numerous countries around the world. Katz holds academic degrees from the University of Massachusetts’ Amherst and Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA. A native of Boston, he lives with his family in the Los Angeles area. For more information see www.jacksonkatz.com.
Online Resources and Education Manager, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Casey Keene has served in various capacities at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence since 2001. Specializing in issues related to children’s exposure to domestic violence, Casey is a consultant and trainer on the statewide, national, and international level. Most recently, she worked on the Honor Our Voices online training for supporting children in shelter and the Change a Life Program to promote resiliency in children exposed. Ms. Keene holds a Master’s in Social Work from Temple University, and has been active in the movement to end domestic violence for 14 years.
Empowerment Evaluator, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Marie has worked for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence on the CDC-funded DELTA FOCUS project since December 2013. At the Coalition, Marie provides evaluation technical assistance to local domestic violence programs across Indiana. Previously, Marie served as the Outreach Coordinator for the YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program in Lafayette, Indiana. Marie is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health program at the Richard Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University.
John Kelly is junior at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, who, after experiencing first- hand the inadequacies of his institution’s sexual assault policy and disciplinary process became an activist with ED ACT NOW and Know Your IX and has advocated for Tufts to change their sexual assault policies and disciplinary procedures. As a queer survivor of sexual assault, John has worked to ensure sexual violence against men and members of the LGBTQ community are included in conversations and activism around campus sexual assault.
Special Counsel, Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center
Cacilia Kim is currently at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (ELC) and holds the title of Special Counsel.She works mainly in ELC’s Gender Equity & LGBT Rights Program. Ms. Kim has litigated a wide variety of cases, including Title IX federal class action lawsuits, state and administrative actions on behalf of pregnant students, and state, federal and administrative actions on behalf of military service members who were sexually assaulted during their service.Ms. Kim received her law degree and doctorate in Psychology from UCLA. She graduated with honors from both programs in 2001.
Executive Director, Healthy Families of Clallam County
Attorney Advisor, AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women AEquitas
Attorney Advisor Viktoria Kristiansson (JD) served as a Deputy Attorney General and Special Assistant to two NJ Attorneys General. She also served as a Senior Attorney for the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women and as an ADA in Philadelphia. Vikki is a member of the NJ Governor’s Advisory Council Against Sexual Violence, the NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault Law Enforcement Advisory Board, and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Villanova Law Institute To Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation. She also serves as a pro bono attorney who represents abused, neglected, and abandoned children.
Women Veteran Coordinator, Swords to Plowshares
Amy Fairweather directs Swords to Plowshares Institute of Veteran Policy (IVP) which conducts public policy research regarding veterans’ health, access to benefits and socioeconomic well- being. She has worked in the field of public health policy, in particular, with and for trauma survivors, since 1999. Ms. Fairweather serves as the chair of the California Governor’s Inter- Agency Council Health Committee. Amy Fairweather received her undergraduate degree from Mills College and her Juris Doctor from the Hastings College of the Law. She is a member of State Bar of California.
|Sally J. Laskey
Director of Special Projects, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Sally J. Laskey joined the National Sexual Violence Resource Center in 2001 and currently serves as the Director of Special Projects. For over 20 years, Ms. Laskey has worked for social change at local, state and national levels. Ms. Laskey received her bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire, and master’s in Community Psychology and Social Change from Pennsylvania State University.
Captain James S. Little
United States Navy
CAPT James S. Little is a native of Orchard Park, New York. He was commissioned as an Ensign in May 1988 through the NROTC program the Pennsylvania State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. Designated as a surface warfare officer, he has served in an active duty and reserve capacity with a wide variety of units ashore and afloat including USS SPRUANCE and USS WS SIMS, as well as several staffs and training commands. CAPT Little joined Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office in 2014 and assumed leadership of the 10-person staff last month.
|Jill Vines Loftus
Director, Department of the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office
Ms. Loftus is Director, Department of the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office and is accountable for sexual assault policy, prevention strategies, assessment, program support, and oversight for over 500,000 Sailors and Marines deployed worldwide. She graduated from the University of Virginia and the Darden School of Business, began her federal service as a Presidential Fellow and has held executive positions as Director of Navy Tactical Aircraft Contracts, Director of Contracts and Grants for the National Institutes of Health, and Director of
NSAH Director, Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
Candice Lopez has been a professional advocate in the field of sexual and intimate partner violence prevention and intervention since 2000. Candice worked as a victim advocate locally with adults and children impacted by trauma and nationally as a campus organizer. Candice also worked as a consultant, creating trainings for legal professionals on sexual assault and intimate partner violence response. Currently, Candice is the director of the National Sexual Assault Hotline at RAINN. Candice provides support to 1,000+ sexual assault service providers. She also manages RAINN’s hotline services, which have recently grown; increased staffing and new online services in Spanish.
Executive Director, Organizacion en California de Lideres Campesinas, Inc.
Suguet López is Lideres Campesinas’ Executive Director. She has been with Líderes Campesinas, for six years. She had started as a Programs’ Assistant, then worked as Programs’ Coordinator and lastly was the statewide Director of Programs. She brings much experience and knowledge about issues that affect women, especially immigrant women. Ms. López, is one of the pioneers of the ‘Alianza Nacional de Campesinas’ (National Farmworker Women’s Alliance).Ms. López brings two decades of commitment to social work and social justice as she volunteered in extracurricular activities to tutor and mentor peers in México, as well as in the
U.S. She provided volunteer service at hospitals in México; and later within LA County area, in special programs, to help illiterate English speakers learn to read and write.Ms. López was the first in her family to attend higher education and obtain a Bachelors’ Degree at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona – College of Agriculture and graduated with honors. She is also a fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute, sponsored by The Women’s Foundation in California.
Coordinator, Sexual Assault Prevention Programs, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, The University of Arizona
Elise Lopez, MPH, is the Coordinator of Sexual Assault Prevention Programs in the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. She has worked in health promotion since 2004 in community and research settings, and focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of substance abuse, sexual health, and sexual violence interventions. She has received numerous awards for her work in community health programs, including the inaugural Youth, Family and Community Evidence-Based Practice Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2007. Her educational background is in public policy and management, criminal justice administration, and public health.
Trauma Therapist, Peace Over Violence
Milena received her Bachelor’s in Communication Studies in 2006, PPS credentials in School Counseling and MS Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2011 from California State University, Northridge.In 2008 Milena Lukic became a Volunteer Advocate at Peace Over Violence, a sexual and domestic-violence, child-abuse and youth-violence prevention center dedicated to building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence. In 2012, after her clinical internship ended, Milena became a Trauma Therapist.
Milena provides individual counseling, facilitates domestic violence groups, and co-facilitates support groups for adult male survivors who were molested as children or adolescents.
Program Officer, Just Detention International
Desiree Magsombol JD, is a Program Officer with JDI’s survivor outreach team. A certified rape crisis counselor, Desiree provides support, information, and referrals to survivors of sexual abuse and their loved ones. She also assists facilities in implementing the PREA standards, providing support with staff training, policy review, and collaborations with community service providers. Before joining JDI, she worked as a community advocate for LGBT survivors of domestic violence and as a residential counselor at a youth detention facility in Massachusetts.
Director, Victim Witness Assistance Program, Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office
Community Educator, San Francisco Women against Rape
Alicia Maldonado attended the University of San Francisco (USF), graduating with a degree in Communications Studies. While at USF, Alicia ran a queer student group, motivating community building for five years, and worked as a student advocate in the Gender & Sexuality Center. Maldonado was also active in the modern abolitionist movement. This work gave her a global perspective of the interconnectedness of oppression and inspired her interest in social movements. Maldonado is committed to promoting safety and empowerment for all individuals and communities healing from violence. She is honored to have joined SFWAR in 2012 as the Community Educator.
Coordinator of Prevention Education, Day One of Rhode Island
Ms. Sandra Malone is the Coordinator of Prevention Education for Day One of Rhode Island. She has worked to facilitate and develop violence prevention programs for community and school audiences since 1999, and has facilitated Your Voice Your View in Rhode Island Schools since 2007.
Director, UC Merced CARE Program
Kari has been the director of UC Merced’s CARE Program for 5 years. She is passionate about providing prevention education and advocacy services for sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. Since its inception, the CARE Program has partnered with the local Valley Crisis Center in order to provide the best privileged confidential resources available to the campus population. Kari has a Masters degree in Education from UC Santa Barbara.
Managing Director, 1in6, Inc.
Martha is a Colombian native raised in L.A. and South Florida. As a Program Coordinator for the Women’s Center of Jacksonville and FL Dept. of Health, she taught thousands of students on topics related to the prevention of sexual assault including cyber bullying, LGBTQ/sexual harassment, and teen dating violence as well as human trafficking. Martha is a public speaker, consultant and professional trainer.
Most recently she served as the Chair of the Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Coalition. Her international projects include a large-scale bi-lingual internship for the USAID Scholarships for Education and Economic Development at FL State College at Jacksonville.
Lead Client Advocate, Los Angeles LGBT Center
Anabel Martinez is the Lead Client Advocate for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’ Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Program. Previously, Anabel was a staff clinician for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s STOP Partner Abuse/Domestic Violence Program. While working with STOP, Anabel facilitated a weekly co-gender Spanish Empowerment group for survivors of domestic violence, a weekly Spanish Transgender Empowerment Group, and provided individual therapy to survivors of domestic violence. In the past, Anabel volunteered with the East Los Angeles Women Center as a Sexual Assault Advocate. As a volunteer, Anabel answered the ELAWC’s hotline and linked callers to community resources.
Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition
Nicole Matthews, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, is the Executive Director for the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, a statewide tribal coalition for American Indian Sexual Assault Advocates in Minnesota. Nicole is a Movement Maker in the second cohort of Move to End Violence.
Survivor Organizer, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking
Ima is survivor of child labor trafficking. In 1997, at age 17, Ima was trafficked to the United States and enslaved for 3 years as a domestic servant. After reaching out to a neighbor for help, she was able to escape. The neighbor connected her to the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), an L.A. Based agency that provides services and advocacy for survivors of human trafficking. In 2005 Ima joined CAST’s Survivor leadership and advocacy program. She actively speaks at local and national conferences and trainings, as well as meets with state and federal legislators, officials, academics and celebrities to advocate for increased protections for survivors. In 2010, Ima received the CAST Seeds of Renewal award for her leadership, a recognition that was given to her by fellow survivors. In 2012 she was recognized by President Barack Obama at the Clinton Global Initiative when he announced a major U.S. government initiative to combat modern-day slavery in the United States and abroad. Ima joined CAST staff in 2012, and is currently leading the Survivor Leadership program and coordinating the National Survivor Network, an initiative launched in 2011 to provide survivors with a platform for advocacy and peer to peer mentorship and support.
Training Specialist, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP)
Erin McCready is the Training Specialist at the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, where she trains new advocates throughout Washington State and coordinates
education and training opportunities. Prior to working at WCSAP, Erin was an advocate and preventionist at an LGBTQ youth-serving organization in Pierce County, WA. Here, Erin worked with youth to create a bystander intervention program specific to their community. Erin is a graduate of the California State University at Long Beach with an educational emphasis on gender and how that intersects with religion in a post-modern world.
Deputy Executive Director, Just Detention International
Linda McFarlane, JDI’s Deputy Executive Director, has over 25 years of experience working with survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence. She has trained thousands of corrections officials, medical and mental health practitioners, and service providers in the prevention and response to sexual violence behind bars and worked with dozens of corrections agencies to implement programs to make facilities safer. Ms. McFarlane was formerly a staff member, unit supervisor, and then therapist in a juvenile detention facility for girls with mental illnesses. Ms. McFarlane has also worked in community rape crisis programs, foster care, and with adults with mental illness.
|Robert J. McGrath
Clinical Director, Sex Offender Programs, Vermont Department of Corrections
Bob is Clinical Director of the Vermont Department of Corrections statewide network of 3 prison and 12 community sex offender treatment programs. He has been an active clinician, researcher and administrator in the field for 30 years. He is co-author of the books Supervision of the Sex Offender and Current Practices and Emerging Trends in Sexual Abuser Management, and is co-developer of the SOTIPS and VASOR-2 risk assessment instruments. He has served on the treatment advisory boards of several sex offender programs including the national programs in Canada, England and Hong Kong.
Prevention & Outreach Educator, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)
Jerry McMeekin is the Educator for Prevention Services at Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) located on the Southside of Pittsburgh, PA. His primary responsibility is to recruit and train high school and college coaches of male athletic programs to implement the Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) curriculum. In addition, Jerry is a high school basketball coach at Shaler Area High School and has implemented the CBIM program with the young men on his team. Jerry believes that implementing CBIM will build athletes’ skills to intervene in sexual violence, treat women and girls with respect, and ultimately end sexual violence.
|Angela McNair Turner
Staff Attorney, Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice
Angela McNair Turner is a staff attorney in the TEEN/LA program at the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice. Angela works primarily with survivors of sexual assault ages 14 to 24 and assists clients with a variety of legal issues related to housing, immigration, employment, family law, privacy and restraining orders. Before joining the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, Angela was a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and a 2010 Skadden Fellow. Angela earned her law degree from Berkeley School of Law.
Senior Media Researcher, Berkeley Media Studies Group
Pamela Mejia is the Senior Media Researcher at Berkeley Media Studies Group, where she leads qualitative and quantitative research on how the news shapes discussions around public health and social issues. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. She has presented research around the country, including at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting, and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in nutrition, and received Master’s degrees in Nutrition Science and Public Health from UC Berkeley.
Litigation Manager, Center for Community SolutionsGail Mendez earned her JD from St. John’s University in NYC in 2007. Upon graduation, Gail began working as a Domestic Violence staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society in NYC. During her five years with The Legal Aid Society, Gail conducted numerous community outreach programs to raise awareness and educate community members, professionals, and policy-makers about domestic violence. Currently, Gail is the Litigation Manager at Center for Community Solutions (CCS) where she oversees legal and advocacy services. Each year, CCS provides legal services to hundreds of DV/SA survivors on subject matters including, privacy, immigration, housing, employment, education, and family law.
Program Director, Community Service Programs
Lita Mercado, Program Director for Community Service Programs, Inc. (CSP) is responsible for the oversight of the Human Trafficking Program, the Family Violence Victim Services Unit, and the Victim Assistance Program’s administration and grants management. She has a master’s degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminology and has over thirteen years of experience in the anti-violence movement. Ms. Mercado has had the privilege to sit on the Advisory Counsel for Peace Over Violence, the Board of Directors for the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), and the Chair of the CALCASA Women of Color Caucus-South.
Ms. Mercado had a lead role in the grant writing team responsible for securing funding for the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force’s, Enhanced Collaborative Model Projects. The innovative, multidisciplinary model designed to combat human trafficking through identifying, rescuing, and assisting victims of all forms of human trafficking received one of only three grant awards in the entire nation in 2010 and one of only six in 2012. Additionally, Ms. Mercado has participated as a subject matter expert on the human trafficking of minors, was an active participant in the California Attorney General’s working group which helped to create the publication “State of Human Trafficking in California, 2012,” and is currently a part of the statewide training team conducting training to law enforcement and first responders in California.Ms. Mercado has the distinct honor of supervising the Human Trafficking Victim Advocates who provide direct services to victims of all forms of human trafficking identified in Orange County. In close collaboration with the Anaheim Police Department and The Salvation Army, CSP’s Human Trafficking Program has helped to rescue and restore over 330 victims of human trafficking since April 2011.
|Stephanie Mesones Alvarado
Director of Development, East Los Angeles Women’s Center
Stephanie Mesones Alvarado, Director of Development, at East Los Angeles Women’s Center, is an experienced trainer and capacity builder on violence prevention, community organizing, and domestic and sexual violence. Stephanie has a wealth of experience facilitating bilingual sexual assault and domestic violence trainings. Stephanie has experience mobilizing and training Latinas across California, empowering and motivating women and men to take a stance against violence. In addition, she has worked with social service providers in various communities across the state to increase their awareness about violence against women and how Latinas can be a part of outreach activities through the Promotora model. Stephanie is passionate about helping organizations understand their stakeholder-s needs and providing culturally competent programming and services. Stephanie received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master-s in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge.
Executive Director, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
Kelly Miller, Executive Director, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, works to cultivate healthy relationships and compassionate communities as a way to end violence against women and girls, men and boys. She has been privileged to work alongside social change agents in the domestic and sexual violence field for more than 30 years. Kelly is a Movement Maker in the second cohort of Move to End Violence, a program of the NoVo Foundation.
Prevention and Education Coordinator, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress
Rebecca Milliman received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Virginia and her Master of Social Work from the University of Washington. She is the Prevention and Education Coordinator at the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress in Seattle, WA. Rebecca works with youth and adults to prevent sexual assault, promote healthy relationships, and create safer communities. She has led several successful community mobilization projects. Rebecca is a co-founder of the Violence Prevention Coalition and co-author of the F.L.A.S.H. (Family Life and Sexual Health) curriculum.
National Director of Training and TA, Victim Rights Law Center
Jessica Mindlin directs the Victim Rights Law Center’s national TA efforts and manages the VRLC’s Portland office. She oversees VRLC Oregon’s holistic legal services, services for SA survivors experiencing homelessness, and VRLC’s TA SA Justice and TA Privacy projects.
Jessica has brought her interactive training style to conferences and workshops throughout the United States, including to the U.S. military, in South America and to the Middle East. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Lewis and Clark Law School. Jessica has also worked as an advocate for rape victims and for battered women, a counselor for runaway youth, and a waitress.
|Kelly Moe Litke
Director of Prevention & Programs, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Kelly Moe Litke is the Director of Prevention & Programs at the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA). In this role, she provides training and technical assistance to build capacity and improve services to prevent sexual violence in Wisconsin. She has been with WCASA for five years. Prior to joining WCASA, Kelly worked in the sexual and domestic violence field at both state and local levels in North Dakota for over seven years.
Survivor Advocate, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)
Prevention Program Coordinator, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP)
Kat Monusky is the Prevention Program Coordinator with the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. In this role she provides primary prevention training, technical assistance, and resource development to support the work of sexual assault programs across the state. Before relocating to Washington State, she provided advocacy and prevention related to sexual and intimate partner violence in community, campus, and statewide capacities. She received her Master’s degree in Sociology as well as a certificate in Gender Violence Intervention from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Former Director of Sexual Assault Crisis Services, YWCA
Alva Moreno served as the Director of Sexual Assault Crisis Services for the YWCA Greater Los Angeles. She has worked for over thirty years addressing health care issues pertaining to the Latino/Chicano/a communities of Los Angeles County and surrounding areas. She is the former Executive Director of the East Los Angeles Women’s Center, where she worked for over fourteen years. With a mission to empower survivors of sexual assault, HIV/AIDS, and domestic violence, Ms. Moreno has become a steadfast community activist throughout California and United States addressing these issues. Ms Moreno received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and her Associate of Arts Degree in Sociology from East Los Angeles College.Ms. Moreno currently serves on the Domestic Violence Advisory Council for the State of California Emergency Management Agency, she was appointed to this council by the California Senate Rules Committee. She is also an active member of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CalCASA). Ms. Moreno serves as a trainer/facilitator at many conferences and training’s both locally and throughout the country. She is the past President of the Board of Directors for the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CalCASA), Past member of the board of directors for the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA), former advisory board member for the National Latino Alliance For The Elimination of Domestic Violence, and former member of the Women of Color Caucus of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.A highlight in Ms. Moreno’s life took place in 2003, when she received the Durfee Executive Director’s Sabbatical Award that included a $30,000.00 grant for travel, rest and renewal. May of 2001 she was recognized with Pioneer Award by Prototypes, for her contributions in health care policy. In 1996, she received the Mario Tamayo Leadership Award from AltaMed HIV Services. And also in 1996, Peace Over Violence (formerly, Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women) presented Ms. Moreno with the Humanitarian Award.In 1992, Ms. Moreno was invited by the International Centers for Better Health to serve as one of eight U.S. delegates to visit Russia for the purpose of exchanging HIV/AIDS information and education methods.Ms. Moreno has been honored and recognized for her many contributions to the Community at large, twice with the Women of the Year award, in 1991 by Assemblywoman Lucille Roybal- Allard and again in 1993 by the Los Angeles County Commission on the Status of Women. Ms. Moreno is married, the mother of one son, three step children, and has three grandchildren, two girls 18, 15, and one boy 3 years old.
Coordinator for Sexual Violence Response and Healthy Relationship Promotion, Drake University
Alysa Mozak has spent the last nine years of her professional career in the sexual assault and dating violence victim services field working as an advocate and prevention educator. In September of 2011, Alysa was hired to serve in a newly established position at Drake University as the Coordinator for Sexual Violence Response and Healthy Relationship Promotion. Alysa received both her bachelors in 2006 in Adult and Family Services and her Masters of Science in 2011 in Women’s Studies and Public Administration from Iowa State University.
Executive Director, FORGE
Michael Munson is the Executive Director of FORGE, a national training and technical assistance provider funded through the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Munson’s educational background is in psychology, with an emphasis on trauma- informed care and non-traditional healing modalities. His work on violence against transgender and gender non-conforming individuals stresses the intersectionality between complex components of identity, experience, and societal constructs that can both spur violence, as well as catalyze healing for individuals and communities. He is passionate about engaging professionals to embrace these complexities and learn key skills to better serve their clients.
Staff Member, CALCASA
Varsha is the Project Lead for the Advancing PREA state-wide project at CALCASA. She works with rape crisis centers in California to build capacity to enhance services related to serving incarcerated survivors. She has served in the anti-domestic violence movement for over 10 years. Her work experiences also include serving diverse immigrant populations in a variety of settings from Somalia, India, Iraq, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Nepal, and Russia to name a few. Varsha has served as a Sexual Assault Response Advocate for a 24-hour national crisis helpline and Hospital Advocate assisting survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Varsha received her BA from Columbia University in New York and after receiving her JD she focused on work related to advocacy. In the past, she has assisted with guardian ad litem and political asylum cases and has served as a domestic violence advocate for diverse immigrant populations. Throughout her career, she has delivered interactive presentations on diversity, domestic violence, bullying, and stalking. Varsha also enjoys serving on the Executive Board of EVAWI, End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI).
RN, Trauma Release Exercises Los Angeles
Certified as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Midwife, Nkem Ndefo has extensive post-graduate training in complementary health modalities and emotional therapies. She has worked as a clinician, educator, and researcher in settings ranging from large-volume hospitals to small community clinics, and has maintained a busy holistic health private practice in Los Angeles since 2001. As a Certified TRE® Trainer and founder of TRE Los Angeles, Ms. Ndefo provides private and group TRE® instruction, certification, and organizational programming. She chairs the Global TRE® Research Workgroup and serves on the advisory board for Living Ubuntu, a non-profit focused on holistic trauma recovery.
Major General Camille Nichols
DoD SAPRO Director, U.S. Army
Major General Camille M. Nichols was appointed the DoD SAPRO Director in June 2015 following a career that began with an enlistment in the United States Army in 1975. She was commissioned as an Engineer Officer upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1981. She earned an MSSM from the University of Southern California in 1986, an MA in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 1995, a DSci from George Washington University in 1996, and an MS in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2002.
Media Researcher, Berkeley Media Studies Group
Melanie K. Noel
Chief Master Sergeant, United States Air Force
Chief Master Sergeant Melanie K. Noel currently serves as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Director, Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. She provides policy advice, guidance, and recommendations on sexual assault prevention and response. Additionally, Chief Noel works with Joint and Service Senior Enlisted Leaders concerning sexual assault prevention and response assessments, perspectives, and trends.
Chief Noel entered the Air Force in April 1992. She has held various positions in Security Forces and Personnel Administration. Chief Noel also served as a First Sergeant and taught at the Air Force First Sergeant Academy. Her assignments include bases in England, Iceland, Texas, Alabama, and Washington DC. She has also deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Before assuming her current position, Chief Noel graduated the Legislative Fellowship on Capitol Hill and served as a Manpower, Personnel, and Services Legislative Liaison.
Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Dr. Lindsay Orchowski is a Staff Psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital and Assistant Professor (Research) at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her research is aimed at developing and testing sexual assault prevention programs for youth and young adults, and understanding factors that influence recovery following trauma.
Regional Attorney, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
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Boyle Heights Project Coordinator, East Los Angeles Women’s Center
Carla Osorio Veliz is a Community Social Worker currently at East Los Angeles Women-s Center (ELAWC) coordinating a project for the community of Boyle Heights focused on ending violence against women and girls. Received MSW from USC in 2012 and a B.A. in Sociology from UC Irvine in 2008. Developing community programs is her interest with a solution-strength based always prioritizing the needs of the people living in the community. Raised in East Los Angeles, California, originally from Guatemala.
Training & Technical Assistance Coordinator, CALCASA
Prevention Campaign Specialist, NSVRC
Laura Palumbo is the Prevention Campaign Specialist at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Laura works collaboratively with national partners, media, and leaders in the anti-sexual violence movement in planning and implementing Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), an annual nationwide campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. For five years she has led NSVRC in developing campaigns on healthy sexuality as sexual violence prevention and creating materials for advocates, parents, youth and college students.
Deputy District Attorney, San Diego District Attorney
Wendy L. Patrick is a San Diego County Deputy District Attorney, named Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar Public Law Section. She has been recognized by her peers as
one of the Top Ten criminal attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript. She has completed over 150 trials ranging from domestic violence to first-degree murder.In the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division she prosecutes cases involving human trafficking, child molestation, and sexually violent predators. She is the Co-Chair of the California District Attorneys Association Sexually Violent Predator Committee and Human Trafficking Committee.
Assistant Professor (Research), Brown University
Dr. Deborah Pearlman is on the faculty of the School of Public Health at Brown University. Her work focuses on evaluating violence and injury prevention interventions in community-based and school settings, with an emphasis on understanding factors common to both bullying and sexual violence perpetration. She serves as the evaluation consultant to Day One’s federally funded rape prevention program, which includes Your Voice Your View workshops.
Program Director, Just Detention International
Tara Peterson Shabazz, MA, is a Program Director at JDI. She provides training and technical assistance to corrections officials and advocates across the country, ensuring that incarcerated survivors have access to crisis services. Tara has more than 15 years of experience addressing domestic violence, youth violence, sexual assault, and reproductive rights. She spent a decade working at the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, including five years as its Executive Director. While there, she led statewide policy, legislative, and budget advocacy efforts and represented the organization at the state and national level. Throughout her career, Tara has paid special attention to preventing violence against African American women and to protecting the wellbeing of underserved communities.
Sergeant and PREA Coordinator, Clallm County Correctional Facilty
Director of Programs, A Window Between Worlds
Communications and Professional Relations Director, 1in6, Inc.Peter has worked for more than 25 years as a social worker, sexual abuse and domestic violence prevention specialist and survivor advocate. Before joining 1in6 in 2008, he was Public Education director and Helpline supervisor at Stop It Now! and worked for 15 years as a state child protection case manager. He also works as a group facilitator for a Certified Batterers Intervention Program in Western Mass. Since 2003, he has served as the Western Mass. regional coordinator for SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests).
Director of Prevention and Evaluation, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Jen Przewoznik, MSW, has over 15 years of experience working with/in women’s and LGBTQ communities as an educator, trainer, technical assistance provider, practitioner, and program
evaluator. With roots in social justice activism and community mobilization, Jen has worked on a range of issues, including public policy, gender equity, and economic human rights. She is founder of the Queer Research Consulting Collaborative, a project designed to consult with researchers studying LGBTQI issues. She is currently the Director of Prevention & Evaluation at
the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault and co-chairs the NC Sexual Violence Prevention Team and the Campus Consortium.
Adovcacy & Policy Manager, Health & Safety, YWCA USA
Women and Public Policy Fellow, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda
Mónica Ramírez has been a farmworker and immigrant rights activist for nearly two decades. In 2003, she founded the first state-based legal project aimed at combating gender discrimination against migrant farmworker women who were employed in agriculture in Florida. In 2006, she joined Southern Poverty Law Center where she founded the first national legal project to end workplace sexual violence and other forms of gender discrimination against migrant farmworker and other low-wage immigrant women. From August 2012 to June 2014 she served as the Deputy Director for Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (Center for Migrant Rights, in English), where she also provided vision and leadership on CDM’s migrant women’s work.Upon graduation from the Harvard Kennedy School, she served as a Women and Public Policy Program Fellow at the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda where she created a project focused on leadership and civic engagement among rural Latinas. Mónica recently founded Justice for Migrant Women, a national legal project aimed at eradicating economic and sexual exploitation against migrant women workers.She is a skilled public speaker and author, and is a nationally recognized subject matter expert on workplace sexual violence against farmworker and immigrant women. Mónica graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She received her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and her Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Sergeant, Anaheim Police Department
Sergeant Juan Reveles has been a police officer for the City of Anaheim for 20 years. As an officer, he has worked patrol, community policing detail, safe schools detail, background investigations and the gang unit. He promoted to Sergeant in 2006 and worked in patrol before being assigned, in 2009, to supervise the safe schools detail/gang unit. Sergeant Reveles has worked in and supervised several different multi-agency task forces, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). In 2014, Sergeant Reveles was assigned to supervise the law enforcement component of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force. The Task Force is comprised of personnel from county and state agencies, including the OC District Attorney’s Office. The mission of the task force is to locate and rescue victims of human trafficking by using the “victim centered approach” model and aggressively going after the human traffickers who victimize women and young girls in Orange County.
Supervisor- Client Services, Community Service Program Inc- Sexual Assault Victim
ServicesVanessa Reyna is the Supervisor of Sexual Assault Victim Services for CSP Inc Victim Assistance Programs. As the Supervisor for the program, Ms. Reyna oversees 11 Victim Advocates who provide 24 hour crisis response, advocacy and counseling to sexual assault victims in Orange County. Ms. Reyna has worked approximately 7 years with CSP. She began working at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office in the Sexual Assault Unit as a Victim Advocate providing criminal justice orientation, court support and crisis intervention to sexual assault victims of all ages. Ms. Reyna participates multiple times a year presenting in the State Rape Crisis Counselor training for Orange County. Ms. Reyna is also part of the Orange County Crisis Response Team providing 24 hour response and support to victims of various crimes immediately after the crime has occurred.Ms. Reyna has her Bachelors in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton. She is a certified State Rape Crisis Counselor through California and Certified Trauma Crisis Counselor through National Organization for Victim Assistance. Ms. Reyna had a pivotal role in the development of Project HER Heal. Engage. Respond, a program designed to provide counseling and support for women veteran survivors of military sexual trauma. Ms. Reyna currently serves as program Manager for Project HER. Project HER is the first sexual assault program for women veterans in Orange County.
Policy & Legal Services Director, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking
Stephanie Kay Richard, Esq., is the Policy & Legal Services Director at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) where she provides direct legal services to survivors of human trafficking and technical consultation on human trafficking cases nationwide. She has been involved in the anti-trafficking movement for over 10 years. During this time she has served as the domestic lead for the Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking (ATEST) and the policy Co- Chair of the Freedom Network, USA, two national U.S.-based coalitions working to improve federal and state laws and the implementation of these laws to better serve trafficking survivors in the United States. Ms. Richard graduated summa cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law, where she was the recipient of a public interest/public service scholarship. She is licensed to practice law in California, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C.
Director, Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, University of Michigan
Holly Rider-Milkovich serves as the Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at the University of Michigan. As SAPAC Director, Ms. Rider-Milkovich provides direction and leadership to the University’s sexual and intimate partner violence response, education and prevention efforts across campus. Ms. Rider-Milkovich also co-chairs the Abuse Hurts Initiative, a cross-campus effort to address the effects of domestic violence in the workplace and connect survivors to appropriate campus and community-based resources. Ms. Rider-Milkovich has taught women’s studies courses at the college level and has expertise in curriculum development and evaluation as well as program development, implementation and evaluation.
Assistant Director, Planned Parenthood Generation Action, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Vice President, Research and Programs, Prevent Child Abuse AmericaThis workshop is presented by Prevent Child Abuse America, a national non-profit organization with chapters in all fifty states and more than 600 Healthy Families America home visiting sites. A panel will be moderated by Dr. Janet Rosenzweig, Vice President for Research and Programs, who has three decades experience in advocacy and program development in child sexual abuse.
Panelists will be state leaders who have successfully implemented state-level partnerships for advocacy and programming to promote the prevention of child sexual abuse.
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Deputy Director Policy and Community Building, Los Angeles LGBT Center
TerraSlavin, Esq., is the Deputy Director of the Policy and Community Building at the Los Angeles LGBT Center where she is working to develop a leading LGBT policy department at the largest LGBT organization. Prior to this position, Slavin was the Center-s Lead Staff Attorney where she was responsible for overseeing the delivery of comprehensive and holistic legal services for LGBT survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Slavin serves on the Governance Committee of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), and is a representative of NCAVP on the Steering Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, the main coalition of service providers that worked to re- authorize the Violence Against Women Act, which included LGBT-explicit protections for the first time, an effort which Slavin Co-chaired.
Manager of Education and Publications, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Julia Scheinbeim has been working in the youth development field for over 10 years in several areas including sexual assault and abuse prevention, juvenile justice, job readiness, and sexual and reproductive health. She has been at Planned Parenthood’s national office for three years, focusing on educational content development across written, graphic and video platforms, from social media to interactive digital tools to web and print based informational content.
Staff Attorney, Victim Rights Law Center
Meliah Schultzman is a staff attorney with the Victim Rights Law Center. As part of the VRLC’s Privacy Rights Project, she provides technical assistance and training on privacy laws affecting survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. At the National Housing Law Project, she led a nationwide effort to advance the housing rights of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and provided consultations to legal services agencies and transitional housing programs. She was also a staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, where she assisted communities throughout California in advancing policies to address the state’s most pressing public health needs.
Vice President of Empowerment Services, YWCA of Greater Los Angeles
Sharon Shelton is Vice President of Empowerment Services for the YWCA Greater Los Angeles. She has held several positions in her eighteen years of service and in her current position for the past six years; she has expanded the Empowerment Services Department to 200 staff, interns and consultants serving more than 100,000 individuals and groups in four distinct program areas: Child Development, Violence Against Women, Senior Services, and Workforce/Youth Development. As a result of her direction, the YWCA GLA now operates the largest Sexual Assault Crisis Services Program in Los Angeles County.
Director of Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention, The University of Chicago
Vickie R. Sides is currently Director of Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP), a campus anti-sexual violence program at the University of Chicago and a Sexual Assault Dean on Call (SADoC). She is also an Adjunct instructor at City Colleges Chicago and National-Louis University in Chicago.Vickie has spent the past 18 years working in movements to eliminate violence and oppression, particularly gender-based violence. She is dedicated to using education to advance an understanding of the connections between inequality and violence as central to that work.
Vickie is committed to educating for social justice and is active in local and national movements for justice and equity in both her personal and professional work.Vickie is past Associate Director of the Center for Racial Justice and Activism at YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, where she also served as the founding Coordinator of the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline during her 12-year tenure with the agency.Additionally, Vickie has worked as a consultant on community health initiatives and serves on the Religious Institute’s Interfaith Sexually Safer Congregations Colloquium, whose work is to create and refine the sexually safer congregation initiative for use with religious communities across the country.Vickie earned an undergraduate degree from Chicago State University and a Master’s degree in Social and Cultural Studies in Education and Human Development from DePaul University in Chicago.She lives in the Chicagoland area with hepartner of 17 years and her nephew, whom they raised together.
Executive Director, Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council
Khnuma Simmonds-Esannason is a mother, entrepreneur, artist and Executive Director of the Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC). Khnuma gained her interest in advocacy after completing the Master’s of Arts in Education Program with a Guidance and Counseling concentration at the University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix campus where she had the opportunity to work directly with victims during her Practicum Internship with a dual coalition. Through her studies, and after experiencing both sexual and domestic violence, she has now dedicated most of her time to helping survivors transform their lives through advocacy.
Coordinator, Project SURVIVE at City College of San Francisco
Since 1994, Leslie Simon has coordinated Project SURVIVE, the City College of San Francisco sexual violence prevention program. Over 200 peer educators have delivered nearly 4,000 presentations to about 80,000 students at one of the largest community colleges in the nation, serving primarily working class students. Along with several community based organizations, in 2006, Project SURVIVE launched Expect Respect SF, which offers healthy relationship promotion/sexual violence prevention workshops to all San Francisco public high school students in their ninth grade health education classes. Simon chaired the Women’s Studies Department at the City College of San Francisco for nine years (2001-2010).
Program Associate, Just Detention International
Boa Smith is a Program Associate with JDI. A certified rape crisis counselor, Boa provides support, information, and referrals to prisoner rape survivors. Boa provides administrative and program support for JDI-s domestic programs, assists in the developing and facilitating of workshops/trainings for Corrections Officials and Advocates. Before joining JDI, Boa spent 29
years in prison, where she served as a PREA and HIV/AIDS Peer Educator, teaching inmates about their right to be free from sexual violence. Boa is also a member of JDI’s Survivor Council.
Founder/Executive Director, Girls for Gender Equity
Joanne N. Smith, founder and Executive Director is responsible for moving Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) closer to its mission through strategic planning, development, and leadership cultivation. Ms. Smith is a Haitian-American social worker born in New York City. She founded GGE in 2001 with the support of the Open Society Foundation to end gender-based violence and promote gender, race and class equality.
Rural Project Specialist, NSVRC
Eric Stiles is the Rural Project Specialist for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). Eric provides training and technical assistance for rural grantees. He also is involved in providing training and technical assistance to the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative.
Areas of focus for Eric are: working with child sexual abuse intervention and working with rural areas on anti-sexual violence work. He also provides training in the following areas of working with anti-oppression, working with male survivors of sexual violence and those from the LGBTIQAH Communities. Through his involvements in college as an activist, a sexual assault counselor, mental health counselor, and prevention educator/educator, Eric has been in the movement to end sexual violence/all forms of violence for over 14 years. He holds a BA of Sociology from Pennsylvania State University and MS of Community Counseling from Shippensburg University.
IMPACT:Ability Project Director, IMPACT Boston & Triangle
Meg Stone is the Executive Director of IMPACT Boston, an abuse prevention and self-defense training organization. In that capacity she serves as the Project Director of IMPACT:Ability, an abuse prevention program focused on people with disabilities that is supported by a matching grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In this capacity she leads the organizational abuse prevention efforts of Triangle, a Boston-area disability service and advocacy organization. Meg has led IMPACT Boston since 2005 and in that time she has led the development of abuse and violence prevention and risk reduction programs in schools, homeless shelters, disability service agencies, and domestic violence organizations. Meg has over 20 years experience in domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy which includes family court advocacy, training emergency department nurses to document domestic violence, and working the night shift in an emergency shelter.
Bilingual Advocate/Case Coordinator, Verity Rape Crisis, Trauma and Healing Center
Ms. Stone serves as the Bilingual Advocate and Case Coordinator for Verity’s Forgotten Warriors Project, a project aimed at giving assistance to female Veterans who have experienced sexual assault. Ms. Stone has worked on this project since it’s inception and has played a pivotal role in it’s success. Ms. Stone graduated from San Fransisco State University with her Bachelors in Arts, International Relations and Affairs and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Public Administration from Sonoma State University.
Founder/Executive Director, Maria Suarez FoundationMaria Suarez is a counselor, public speaker, and advocate for victims of modern-day slavery. For over ten years, her work in the Greater Los Angeles area and Mexico has been an integral and invaluable part of the effort to end slavery. Maria courageously shares her personal story to prevent others from enduring the same trauma. She has spoken at numerous national conferences, legislative hearings, and media events in the U.S. and Mexico, and her testimony was instrumental in passing the 2005 California Trafficking Victims Protection Act.Maria has been recognized and awarded the 2014 La Opinion 8th Annual “Mujeres Destacadas” Leadership Award, 2013 California Community Foundation and The Eisner Foundation “Unsung Heroes of Los Angeles” Award, 2011 Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Award Local Heroes, 2011 Certificate of Recognition National Association of Social Workers Women’s Council California Chapter, 2011 Public Citizen of the Year National Association of Social Workers, 2006 Women Crowned In Glory Award Safe Passage Helping Abused Women and their Children, and 2006 Special Recognition Los Angeles County Bar Association Immigration Law Section.She has also appeared on Univision’s Don Francisco Presenta, El Show de Cristina, Telemundo’s En Contexto, Dr. Phil, KPFK Pacifica Radio, and featured in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and La Opinion, in addition to the documentary films Dreams Die Hard and Sold in America.Maria is also a long distance runner and has completed 10 Los Angeles Marathon events.
Victim Advocate, Community Service Program Inc- Sexual Assault Victim Services
Ms. Swinford is the lead Victim Advocate and Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor with CSP’s veteran program, Project HER, providing crisis counseling, case management and facilitating support groups. Ms. Swinford has been working with CSP Inc Sexual Assault Victim Services since 2009, first as a volunteer and then as staff. Ms. Swinford has her Bachelors in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton and is currently pursuing her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Joan Tabachnick Principle
Over the past 25 years, Joan has developed educational materials and innovative programs for national, state and local organizations. Her work includes a National Sexual Violence Resource publication and online course, “Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention,” published through the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers called “A Reasoned Approach: The Reshaping of Sex Offender Policy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse,” and program materials for the Enough Abuse Campaign, “GateKeepers for Kids” providing simple prevention guidelines for all youth serving organizations
Co-Founder/Executive Director, A Long Walk Home
Scheherazade Tillet, artist, therapist and feminist leader, is co-founder and executive director of A Long Walk Home, Inc., a Chicago-based non-profit that uses art therapy and visual and performing arts to end violence against girls and women. Scheherazade is a Movement Maker with the second cohort of Move to End Violence.
Senior Program Director, Just Detention International
Cynthia Totten is a Senior Program Director at JDI’s Washington, D.C., office. She provides training and technical assistance for corrections agencies and direct service providers around the country on preventing and responding to sexual violence in detention. She also advocates to bring basic international human rights standards into U.S. prisons and jails, and has contributed to JDI’s federal policy and international programs. A lawyer with more than a decade of experience in human and civil rights advocacy, Cynthia previously represented plaintiffs in employment class action lawsuits.
Elder Victim Services & Advocacy Coordinator, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)
Ann Turner has been working in the domestic and sexual assault services field since 1981. Ann has presented on Abuse in Later Life issues throughout the United States. She has been working with End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (End Abuse) since 2002 and is currently working with agencies national project, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL). As the Elder Victim Services and Advocacy Coordinator, Ann is responsible for nationwide leadership within the domestic violence and sexual assault movements on enhancing safety and the quality of life of older victims and survivors.
Assistant Director, Women’s Center – University of Missouri, Kansas City
Arzie Umali is the Assistant Director of the Women’s Center at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and has worked in higher education for over a decade. For five years, Arzie served as project director of the Women’s Center’s Violence Prevention and Response Project. In 2013 Arzie became a certified Window Between Worlds facilitator and created a campus program that uses art as a healing tool to empower and transform individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma. She holds a BFA in painting from the University of Kansas and a MPA from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Deputy District Attorney, Orange County District Attorney’s Office
Daniel Varon is a Deputy District Attorney assigned to the Orange County District Attorney’s Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit . He obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 2006. After working in private practice, Mr. Varon began his career as a prosecutor in October 2007. He began working on cases relating to human trafficking in November 2011, and has been assigned to the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Unit since the unit’s inception in April 2013. Mr. Varon has completed more than 50 criminal jury trials in his career as a prosecutor including charges such as burglary, armed robbery, and attempted murder of a Peace Officer. Mr. Varon also tried multiple cases related to human trafficking such as, pimping, pandering, rape and human trafficking of a minor. The assignment to the HEAT Unit has also allowed Mr. Varon to conduct trainings to other agencies on the issue of human trafficking prosecutions throughout the state.
Program Liaison, Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council
Mrs. Carlotta Walcott is the Program Liaison at the Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC). She has worked extensively with disadvantaged groups, which include women and youths to empower them through entrepreneurship. In the last two
years of being employed with DVSAC, she has used her close association with the faith community, as a Certified Evangelist, Local Preacher and spouse of the Pastor of St Luke, African Methodist Church, to engage the faith community around issues of domestic and sexual violence.
Board Member, Know Your IX
Wagatwe Wanjuki is an activist and writer who started blogging about feminism and campus rape culture while a student at Tufts University. For five years, she has continued her work using new media to create social change as a digital strategist for several progressive causes through ColorOfChange, Free Press, and RH Reality Check. Wanjuki has written for Feministing, Mic, RH Reality Check, ESSENCE magazine, BuzzFeed, and the New York Times. Her work as a prominent anti-sexual violence activist has received widespread media attention when she started the nationally trending hash tag #SurvivorPrivilege from her Twitter page @wagatwe.
Sharon M. Wasco, PhD, is a community psychologist and independent consultant dedicated to preventing sexual and domestic violence. Dr. Wasco consults with leaders in the movement against violence to find ways that research and data can improve community-based prevention and intervention. Dr. Wasco was a member of the research team that conducted the nation’s first statewide evaluation of sexual and domestic violence services in Illinois; and has worked on statewide evaluation efforts in California, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Commitments to collaboration, diversity, and pluralism guide her efforts to end gender- based violence in our lifetime.
Deputy City Attorney – Counsel on Child Abuse, Los Angeles City Attorney
Tracy Webb is currently the Counsel for Child Abuse Policy and Cyber Crime Prosecution in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Tracy is a career prosecutor and a prominent expert in the area of technology facilitated crime. She is a frequent speaker locally and nationally in the area of technology facilitated crimes, Tracy is also an Emmy award winning producer of a documentary film on gang violence and an adjunct professor at her alma mater, the University of Southern California.
Faculty/Researcher, Dept of Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public Policy, UCLA
Kathleen West is a public health professional with three decades-plus experience addressing at- risk families, maternal and child health, intergenerational trauma and public mental health and addiction issues. Kathleen’s career focuses on community-based, multi-sector, multi-disciplinary interventions related to trauma exposures, including prevention and mitigation both domestically and internationally. Since 2008, much of her work has been directed to military, veterans and their families.Her background was in biology and anthropology with advanced degrees in public health. She currently teaches graduate classes at USC’s Department of Preventive Medicine and UCLA’s Department of Social Welfare in the Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Attorney Advisor, AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women
AEquitas Attorney Advisor John F. Wilkinson (JD) was the Program Manager for the Gun Violence, Homeland Security, and Southwest Border Crime Programs of the National District Attorneys Association and served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Fredericksburg, VA prosecuting intimate partner violence and sexual assault, including cases of campus sexual assaults and domestic violence homicide. He also served on the Fredericksburg Area SART and prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases and assisted in the development of the Mary Washington Hospital SANE Program. John also served as an Assistant Public Defender.
Program and Outreach Director, California Women’s Law Center
Kamilah currently serves as Program and Outreach Director for California Women’s Law Center in El Segundo, CA where she develops new initiatives and plans the delivery of programs and their activities in accordance with the mission and goals of CWLC. She participates in events and coalition activities locally and statewide and supervises law clerks and interns.
International Constitutional and Legal Development in Fragile, Conflict-Affected States
April Powell-Willingham is an international law and development attorney who specializes in constitutional and legal development, human rights, social justice, and democratization and good governance in conflict-affected, post-conflict, transitional and fragile states such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and South Sudan. She is the mother of two adult children, a son, Taharqa, and a daughter, Kamilah.
Valley Crisis Center, Interim Director
Capacity Building Specialist, New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Liz Zadnik is Capacity Building Specialist at the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) and has been part of the violence prevention and reproductive justice movements as a community educator and organizer. She has her masters in community psychology and social change from the Pennsylvania State University, concentrating on community diversity and gender issues. Her work focuses on supporting, developing, and measuring the impact of community-based projects working toward social change and eliminating or addressing sexual violence.
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
Kristen Zaleski is a sexual assault advocate, researcher, professor and psychotherapist in Southern California. Her decade-long work with sexual assault survivors spans inpatient and outpatient settings, and she has a dual specialty in civilian and military sexual trauma.
Zaleski has published research on treatment for sexual assault-related PTSD and is the first in the field to explore the psychological consequences of pregnancy resulting from rape. Her book, “Understanding and Treating Military Sexual Trauma”, slated for release in spring 2015, focuses on the epidemic of sexual violence in the military.