Aapta Garg
Aapta Garg is a Program Officer with Promundo managing two large CDC-funded programs investigating what works to engage men in the prevention of violence against women and girls and prevent adolescent pregnancy. She previously worked at Vital Voices Global Partnership as Program Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, coordinating the implementation of trainings, programs, and emergency assistance grants related to gender-based violence and human trafficking. Prior to her time at Vital Voices, she worked for four years as a Community Liaison and Legal Assistant at MFY Legal Services where she oversaw projects related to community development and advocacy on behalf of low-income New Yorkers. Aapta received her Master’s Degree in International Development with a focus on Gender and Development from American University’s School of International Service. She also has a BA in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from Vassar College.
Adrien Lawyer
Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico
Adrien Lawyer is the co-director and co-founder of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico. The TGRCNM is the only organization that provides an array of services solely for the transgender community of the state of New Mexico. Adrien has presented Transgender 101 more than 800 times all over the state of New Mexico and has been instrumental in doing advocacy at the individual and policy levels. For instance, TGRCNM has assisted a local women’s transitional living facility to accept transgender women as clients.He is a transgender man and a father and is working for equality and accessible resources for the entire transgender community.
Adrienne Spires
Adrienne N. Spires is the Project Coordinator for the faith-based collaborative and Leadership, Education Advancement for Professional (LEAP). She is based out of the CALCASA Pasadena office. Adrienne has a decade of professional experience contributing to organizations that help empower and heal women who have suffered sexual assault and trauma in the State of Illinois. She likes to foster collaborative relationships with a myriad of constituents, including: social services programs, countywide initiatives, state and federal agencies.
Adrienne Tucker
Menikanaehkem youth organizers
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Alan Heisterkamp
Center for Violence Prevention, University of Northern Iowa
Dr. Alan Heisterkamp serves as director of the Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He oversees curriculum infusion of bystander education and gender violence prevention strategies within Iowa’s college and university pre-service teacher education, fraternity, athletic, ROTC, resident life and social sciences programs. Dr. Heisterkamp coordinates and directs the implementation of MVP Strategies in and among Iowa’s PreK-12 educational system. Alan serves on the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force and is on the board of directors of a regional women’s and children’s shelter that provides services to victims of domestic violence and homeless individuals across 20 counties in northeast Iowa.
Alejandra Aguilar
East Los Angeles Women’s Center
Alejandra Aguilar is the Health Educator at the East Los Angeles Women’s Center. She is a bilingual/bicultural Latina with over 15 years of experience and is a certified HIV/AIDS counselor. She conducts education and support groups for HIV positive Latinas, provides prevention education and outreach services and conducts workshops for women in recovery that address trauma, addiction and healing. She is a leading voice in the community for immigrant women faced with health risks and trauma.
Alejandra Domenzain
Labor Occupational Health Program
Alejandra Domenzainis Program Coordinator at the Labor Occupational Health Program at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is responsible for developing and overseeing projects addressing the health and safety of immigrant, low-wage workers in a variety of high-hazard industries. Alejandra started her work in the field of low-wage immigrant workers at National Council of La Raza (now UNIDOS US) in Washington, DC writing curricula and providing training and technical assistance to community-based organizations around the country. Then, she worked with the UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program in Los Angeles focusing on workers in the informal economy. At the Garment Worker Center, she was a health educator, advocate, and program manager. She went on to serve as Assistant Director of Sweatshop Watch, working on state-wide campaigns and policy initiatives in coalition with other advocates of low-wage immigrant workers. Alejandra has also worked in the field of international development, adult education, and as a credentialed public school teacher in LAUSD for five years. She has a MA in Urban Planning and in Latin American Studies from UCLA and a Bachelor’s in Science of Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Alexandra Garcia
Partnerships to Uplift Communities
Alexandra Garcia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently finishing her Master’s in Marriage and Family therapy at CSUN. She completed her traineeship hours at PUC schools where she provided individual, group, and family therapy to adolescents. Alexandra has worked for Child & Family Center’s Domestic Violence program for three years. Her position in the agency is Domestic Violence Advocate/Youth Prevention Specialist which focuses on prevention and education for the youth and families in the Santa Clarita Valley. Alexandra is passionate about breaking the cycle of violence and creating healthy communities.
Alisha Somji
Prevention Institute
Alisha Somji is an associate program manager on Prevention Institute’s injury and trauma prevention team. She applies a public health approach to violence, and supports strategy development to create safe, healthy and thriving communities. Alisha supports cities across the country through the UNITY City Network, and plays an active role in facilitating PreventConnect web conferences focused on sexual and domestic violence prevention. During her time at Prevention Institute, Alisha has contributed to research and co-authored work on multiple forms of violence, early childhood development and health equity. She has a Master of Public Health from the University of Toronto.
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Alva Moreno
Peace Over Violence

Alva Moreno, BSBM, BHT, has worked for over thirty-five years addressing health care issues pertaining to the Latino/Chicano/a communities of Los Angeles County. With a mission to empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and sufferers of HIV/AIDS, Moreno is a steadfast community activist. She serves as a trainer and facilitator at many conferences and trainings both locally and throughout the country. Moreno was the first Latina woman certified as a women’s empowerment self-defense instructor and has served as the catalyst for training thousands of Latina women on awareness, assertiveness and physical protection skills. She has elevated the experiences of immigrant and marginalized survivors of sexual and domestic violence and helped to inform policy and practices that are culturally relevant.

Semi-retired, Ms. Moreno is President-Owner of AAM Social Service Consulting. As an Independent Consultant Ms. Moreno continues her life-long commitment by sharing her expertise with several organizations dedicated to ending sexual abuse. Recognized for her dedication to ending Sexual Violence she was a one of thirty-five leaders in sexual prevention who received the 2018 Visionary Voice Awards from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Amita Swadhin
Mirror Memoirs
Amita Swadhin is a Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow and the Founding Director of Mirror Memoirs, a storytelling project for LGBTQ people of color who survived child sexual abuse. The project creates both a pipeline for the leadership of participants in social justice movements nationwide, and training tools for social justice, anti-violence and LGBTQ organizations. In January 2017, they testified on behalf of survivors of sexual violence and LGBTQ Americans in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee against Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination as the US Attorney General. They are based in Los Angeles, but travel frequently as a speaker, trainer and consultant nationwide.
Amy Kenzie
Minnesota Department of Health
Amy Kenzie has worked in public health for over 30 years, including 16 years in sexual violence prevention. As RPE/Sexual Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) Director at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Amy coordinates the state plan to prevent sexual violence. Through two statewide networks- the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force (1,500 members) and the Minnesota Sexual Violence Prevention Network (3,000 members)- Amy engages stakeholders in understanding and applying primary prevention. Amy has prioritized a health equity approach in all SVPP work, the collection of critical data to inform program activities, and organizational policy development for broad impact solutions.
Amy Sánchez
Break the Cycle
Ms. Sánchez has over 25+ years of experience supporting community based solutions to ending intimate partner violence. A nationally recognized expert in mission-based organizational development, Ms. Sánchez also has years of program experience beginning her career as an advocate for women and children living with domestic violence as well as facilitating Spanish-speaking batterers treatment programming for men who use violence. As the CEO of Break the Cycle, Amy is actively involved with local, regional, and national domestic and sexual violence organizations. She currently serves on the board of directors for No More, Praxis International and ASISTA.
Anju Kasturiraj
V-Day, Creative Associate
Anju Kasturiraj is a Creative Associate at V-Day and recently graduated from the University of San Francisco in Critical Diversity Studies and Sociology, with a focus on Gender & Sexuality Studies. She uses her social science background to inform her practice in art as a form of creative resistance, community healing, and expression. Anju’s narrative as a queer woman and a second-generation child of South Indian Tamil immigrants inform her work as a performance artist, poet, and facilitator. This past year Anju released her second poetry book,Songs for The Sun and served as creative director for the Asian Art Museum’s spring arts event, These Bodies Sing of Home–a diasporic exploration of the concept of “Home.”
Anna Cho Fenley
Safe and Just
Anna has experience in policy advocacy, community organizing, clinical social work, teaching and research. She is also advanced in working with diverse populations, managing teams and relationship building.
Anne Menard
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Anne Menard is an activist who has worked on policy, practice and research issues affecting domestic violence and sexual assault survivors since the mid-70s. Her particular focus has been on survivor-defined advocacy, public policy and research affecting women and their families, especially those living in poverty and with housing instability. After serving as a senior consultant to the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services during 2005, she returned as CEO of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), a position she previously held from 1994-99. Prior to this national level work, she directed a state coalition and a domestic violence shelter program, and was active in grassroots sexual assault advocacy.
Ansito Walter
Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence
Ansito Walter, Ph.D.: Associate Professor of Public Administration, University of Guam School of Business & Public Administration; Member, Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence,; Co-founder, Cnter for Micronesian Empowerment; Former Governor of the State of Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia.
Aparna Bhattacharyya
April Wisdom
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
April Wisdom, PhD, MPH, is a Health Education Specialist in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. She earned her MPH from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and her doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Arizona.
Aracely Lozano
Peace Over Violence
Aracely Lozano is a community organizer at Peace Over Violence who has been involved with community building and mobilizing efforts since high school. She has a degree in Political Science and Art from Mt. St. Mary’s University. In college, she worked on various campaigns towards ending the deportation attacks on the immigrant/ undocumented community. She has worked with the undocumented youth movement, has participated the neighborhood council system in LA, has supported political candidate campaigns, and is now mobilizing adults and young people in LA towards ending sexual and domestic violence in their communities.
Arielle Rapaport
The Road Ahead Family Services
Arielle Rapaport received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Boston University. She is a MFT trainee in her second year of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at CSUN. In her current traineeship at the Road Ahead Family Services, Arielle facilitates group and individual sessions for diverse populations processing a variety of issues, including domestic violence, substance use, and sexual abuse. Arielle is passionate about utilizing mind and body approaches to helping individuals cope with trauma and loss.
Ashleigh Klein Jimenez
PreventConnect/California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Ashleigh is a Project Manager with the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)and oversees CALCASA’s national online prevention project, PreventConnect. In 2016 Ashleighled the launch of PreventConnect Campus, an online community of campus-based preventionpractitioners. She has previously worked in community-based prevention programs at the YWCAof Greater Los Angeles and the Sexual Assault Crisis Agency in Long Beach, California. Ashleighbegan her work in the movement to end sexual violence in 2005 as a volunteer advocate and crisiscounselor with the local rape crisis center in her community. She currently lives in Sacramento,California with her partner and two cute dogs.
Ashley Brompton
Center on Victimization and Safety, Vera Institute of Justice
Ashley Brompton has been providing national technical assistance at the intersection of disability and violence since 2015 and joined the Center on Victimization and Safety in 2016. She works with collaborations around the country to improve services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence who have disabilities and Deaf survivors. She also coordinates CVS’ national outreach efforts. Prior to joining CVS, Ashley was the Criminal Justice Fellow at The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability, where she advocated on behalf of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who were involved with the criminal justice system as victims of crime or suspect/ offenders. She has a JD from Wake Forest University and a BA from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Barbara Kappos
California Dream Network (CDN) Statewide Youth Organizer, Coalition for Humane and Immigrant Rights
Barbara Kappos, LCSW serves as the Executive Director of the East Los Angeles Women’s Center. Ms. Kappos is a licensed social worker and has been influential in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, substance abuse recovery and HIV/AIDS. She has published several articles in the field of substance abuse, trauma and HIV/AIDS. She serves as a Commissioner on the LA County Commission for Women. Ms. Kappos is also a part-time lecturer at California State University Long Beach Social Work Department.
Beckie Masaki
Independent Consultant on Leadership and Social Change,

Beckie Masaki has worked in the field to end gender-based violence for over 30 years. In 1988, she co-founded one of the first programs in the nation that could meet the language and cultural needs of Asian survivors of domestic violence and trafficking, Asian Women’s Shelter (AWS) in San Francisco, and served as the founding executive director for over twenty-one years. Beckie has been a co-founder and staff member of a national cultural resource center, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence. She is a movementmaker in Move to End Violence (MEV), starting with the 2009 advisory group, first cohort, and currently co-leads the Communities/ Building the Power of the Margins practice group as part of the MEV alumni Network, Resonance. Beckie has extensive experience in providing multilingual, multicultural services to domestic, violence, sexual assault, and trafficking survivors and their children. She currently works as an independent and team consultant on innovative program development, prevention, community building, policy and institutional advocacy, training, technical assistance, and cultural change work.

Beckie is committed to make her best contribution to the movement for gender justice as part of critical connections of intergenerational, diverse leaders in a new era of shared leadership, shared power, co-creation and co-liberation. She is dedicated to work through an intersectional approach that builds the power of the margins and is marked by collective power, collaboration, creativity, and love.

Beth Hassett
Beth Hassett is the CEO of WEAVE, a $6.5 million non-profit organization serving as the sole rape crisis center for Sacramento and a regional leader in serving adult and child victims of sex trafficking, sexual assault and domestic violence with mobile advocacy, housing, legal services, counseling and emergency response. In 2016 the Congressional Victim’s Rights Caucus honored Beth with the Ed Stout Memorial Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy and she received the 2011 Director’s Community Leadership Award from the FBI. An active volunteer, she is a Sacramento First 5 Commissioner and Treasurer of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA).
Brenda Ingram
Clinical Consultant and Trainer
Dr. Ingram is a LCSW and an educator who has over 25 years working in the mental health and education fields. She is Director of Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Services and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. She is a trainer with T9 Mastered, a group of Title IX and workplace legal experts and investigators where she trains Title IX administrators and staff on trauma-informed interviewing. She was the Director of Clinical Services for Peace Over Violence for several years. Dr. Ingram has been a lecturer with CSULB and UCLA Social Work Departments and a full faculty member at Pacific Oaks College, MFT. She is on the Advisory Board of the African Communities Public Health Coalition (ACPHC). She is a member of the National Association Social Work and Association of Black Social Workers. Dr. Ingram co-chairs the Steering Committee of Trauma Informed LA. She provides training and consultations on trauma, cultural humility and resilience.
Brett Goldberg
The Bridges We Burn
Brett Goldberg is an activist, organizer, and advocate. With a background in community organizing for social justice, housing & land rights, and community-based disaster relief & recovery, Brett studied gender theory and peacebuilding to learn skills for more effectively build collective power and create gender equity. Brett is the founding editor of TheBridgesWeBurn.com, a website of original writing and curated content working to foster healthy masculinities and dismantle rape culture. Transparency, accountability, and intentionality are fundamental in his work and relationships. Brett holds Master of Arts in Gender and Peace Building from the UN-mandated University for Peace.
Brian Pinero
Brian Pinero is the Project Coordinator for RALIANCE He has spent two decades working in social services, with 16 years in the field of sexual and domestic violence. Brian has held leadership positions at the National Domestic Violence Hotline, RAINN and loveisrespect. Brian holds a BA from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin.
Brian Heilman
Heilman’s work focuses on eliminating harmful masculine norms, preventing all forms of gender-based violence, and achieving broader gender equality and social justice in the United States and around the world. Brian is a co-author of the 2017 State of the World’s Fathers and 2016 State of America’s Fathers reports, the lead author of The Man Box study on harmful effects of rigid masculine norms in the U.S., U.K., and Mexico, and a co-author of multiple reports using International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) data. Brian has extensive program and research experience in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East, and is deeply engaged as a sexual violence prevention educator in collaboration with the Sexual Violence Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Briana Mills
Student Assistant at California State University, Northridge
My name is Briana Mills and I received my bachelors degree at California State University, Northridge in 2016. I am currently a third-year marriage and family therapist student at California State University, Northridge in the Educational Psychology and Counseling department. My clinical experience includes working for the Peacock Foundation as a group therapist helping children in transitional homes. I have also done ABA work and presented a study I did in my undergraduate career. I have been on the Dean’s List every semester.
Carmen Rios
Ms. Magazine
Carmen Rios is a writer and revolutionary with a decade of experience in digital organizing and consciousness-raising against sexual violence. Her writingon rape culture and consent has been published by Autostraddle, BITCH, Everyday Feminism, Autostraddle, Feministing andMs.magazine,where she currently serves as Digital Editor; her activism has also included coordinating social media strategy for Hollaback’s global relaunch, managing THE LINE campaign blog, overseeing media outreach for the inaugural D.C. SlutWalk and heading up a successful SPARK Movement campaign calling for mandatory sexual assault prevention education for coaches in the wake of Steubenville. Carmen has been spotlighted by outlets like the Washington Post and the New York Times and appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, the Early Show and NPR. She was a 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference keynote speaker.
Carmen Ibarra
Family Services of Tulare County
Carmen Ibarra is an Outreach Specialist at Family Services of Tulare County in California. Carmen immigrated to the United States from Sinaloa, Mexico in 2000 as a 6th grader speaking zero English and having no knowledge of American culture. Overcoming language and cultural barriers, Carmen thrived in school and graduated high school and the College of the Sequoias (COS) with honors. While attending COS, Carmen’s inner social justice warrior was sparked while volunteering with ACT for Women and Girls, an organization dedicated to engaging women of all ages in leadership opportunities that promote social and personal change. Carmen’s social justice advocacy continues in her role of Outreach Specialist at Family Services. One of Carmen’s main duties, and the part of her job she is most passionate about, is the development and coordination of Family Services Promotora Project, which provides leadership opportunities to Spanish-speaking women in the rural parts of Tulare County to educate their communities about sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking. Carmen recruits, trains and spends much of her time nurturing Family Services’ Promotoras. During her free time, Carmen loves listening to music, shopping and traveling. She is always looking for a new restaurant to try or a new city to visit. If she is not working most likely she is on a plane discovering the world.
Carol Schrader
Victim Rights Law Center
Carol Schrader, Esq., provides national training and technical assistance on privacy issues in sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking cases. She also managed a Prison Rape Elimination Act and community-based advocacy focus group project. Carol has advocated for survivors of gender-based violence throughout her career including as an intern, legal aid attorney, executive director of a nonprofit working to end domestic violence and sexual assault, manager of the Oregon DOJ Crime Victims’ Rights Compliance Project, National Crime Victim Law Institute attorney, and project manager for the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center. Her self-care includes hiking with friends and being part of a fun book group.
Chad Sniffen
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Chad Sniffen has been the Online Resource Coordinator for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center since 2015. He has worked or volunteered in the movements against sexual and domestic violence as a prevention educator, victim advocate, researcher, women’s self-defense instructor, and board member since 1999. Prior to the NSVRC, he worked at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault for eight years focusing on technical assistance to rape prevention education programs and building the PreventConnect online community of practice. He has also worked for community rape crisis and domestic violence programs in California and Arizona, as well as campus prevention programs at the University of Arizona and the University of California, Davis. He earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arizona.
Chelsea Karen Fama
University of Guam
Chelsea Karen Fama is currently an undergraduate student attending the University of Guam, working towards her Bachelor’s degree as a double major in Sociology and Communication. She is an Asian Pacific Islander Scholarship recipient and is the university’s student government Vice President. It is her third year with the BUILD EXITO Researh Program which has connected her with Dr. Lisa Natividad, Dr. Ann Ames and graduate students in her field. With ongoing mentorship, she is exploring her research interests and opportunities to serve the Micronesian community in social research, youth advocacy, and community development.
Cherise Charleswell
Journey Out
Cherise Charleswell, BA, MPH is the Development & Outreach Director and Programs Evaluator for Journey Out, and non-governmental organization providing direct services to victims of sex trafficking. Her educational background and experience includes the biological sciences, anthropology, and women’s/gender studies, and public health; and this helps to fuel her commitment to multidisciplinary and intersectional coalition building in public health practice.
Cherise is also President of the Southern California Public Health Association, on the Publications Board of the American Public Health Association, Senior Chair of the National Womens Studies Association- Social Justice Task Force, and producer/co-host of Feminist Magazine KPFK 90.7FM.
Christy Vander Henst
Let’s Be Real
Christy Vander Henst is a member of Let’s Be Real, Break the Cycle’s youth-led movement, and student at West Los Angeles College from Torrance, CA. She enjoys rocking climbing and cuddling up with a good romance book. Christy’s is passionate about finding ways to heal trauma as a collective, and hosts free trauma healing fitness classes like yoga and boxing. She has been an active member of Let’s Be Real since October 2017, and serves as an intern. In the future, Christy would like to be a paralegal, open her own non-profit, and publish a romance novels.
Clara Porter
Prevention.Action.Change (PAC)
Clara Porter MSW, has over 20 years of experience in the field of violence prevention. She is the founder of Prevention. Action. Change. in Portland, and Maine, which works to counter harassment, assault, and abuse through safety strategies, verbal and physical skills, increased confidence and awareness, and promotion of healing and growth. Porter holds a Masters of Social Work, is certified in Empowerment Self-Defense with the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation and Center for Anti-violence Education.
Condencia Brade
National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA)
Condencia Brade is the co-founder and Executive Director for the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA). SCESA is a Women of Color led non-profit committed to ensuring that systems-wide policies and social change initiatives related to sexual assault are informed by critical input and direction of Women of Color. As a national advocacy organization, SCESA utilizes a multi-strategy approach of leadership enhancement and support for Women of Color; advocacy and support for organizations by and for Communities of Color; as well as technical assistance, training and systems advocacy regarding sexual assault in Communities of Color.
Connie Chung Joe
Korean American Family Services (KFAM)
Connie has been the ED of KFAM since 2009. Since then, KFAM has more than tripled its budget and staff, with services to 7,000+ clients per year. Since 1983, KFAM has provided culturally responsive services to Korean immigrant families, particularly those struggling with mental health issues, gender-based violence, and acculturation stresses. Connie was named by CA Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas a 40 Under 40 Emerging Civic Leader. Before joining KFAM, she was a public interest lawyer for 7 years.
Corrinne Sanchez
Tewa Women United
Corrine Sanchez, PhD, of San Ildefonso Pueblo is Executive Director of Tewa Women United. She received her BA in Environment, Technology and Society from Clark University. Her MA in American Studies with a minor in Health Education from the University of New Mexico and completed her doctorate at Arizona State University in Justice Studies. She has been part of the co-creation process of building Indigenous Knowledge through the contribution of Tewa Women United’s Research Methodology and Theory of Opide, a braiding of practice to action. Corrine is trained in sexual assault intervention and prevention. She has worked in the sexual violence field for 20 years and helped refine Tewa Women United’s awareness and healing intervention, “Trauma Rocks”. Corrine was one of sixteen visionary leaders across the country selected as the first cohort of the Move to End Violence. She was selected in 2016 for the Stepping Into Power Fellowship of Forward Together, a movement building fellowship for Reproductive Justice. Corrine is dedicated to family and community healing, youth development, and ending violence against women, girls and Mother Earth.
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Cynthia Cabot
Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence
Cynthia Cabot, Executive Director of the Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence (GCASAFV) since 2010, has over 30 years of work experience in the fields of health and social services relating to program development and community organizing. She oversees the Project to implement SA policy/prevention initiatives with college campuses on Guam and the Pacific Region, the Sexual Violence Prevention Project with the Archdiocese’s Catholic Schools, and the Training Advocacy & Services Initiative on abuse in later life with the Department of Public Health & Social Services, as well as GCASAFV’s training, technical assistance, and public awareness activities.
Daniel Perez
Los Angeles LGBT Center
Daniel A. Perez graduated from Loyola High School of Los Angeles in 2013 and from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Business Management in 2017. Daniel now works at the Los Angeles LGBT Center as the Director of Models of Pride, the world’s largest free conference for LGBTQ youth and allies. The full-day conference includes an opening session, over 130 workshops, lunch, resource fair, career fair, entertainment hour, dinner & dance. In his free time, Daniel enjoys baking, binge-watching Netflix and playing with his two-year-old niece, Charlotte.
Danielle Tuft
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Danielle Tuft is the Sexual Violence Prevention Program Manager at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. As a public health professional, she has worked on a variety of projects in partnership with both government and nonprofit sectors. In her current role she oversees Colorado’s Sexual Violence Prevention Community Grant Program and works to support the implementation of primary prevention strategies across the social ecological model throughout the state.
Darlene DeFour
Hunter College CUNY
Darlene C. DeFour, Ph.D. is a social/community psychologist and anAssociate Professor of Psychology at Hunter College CUNY.She co-founded the anti-Racism Council of the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation.In addition to her scholarly activities around stopping violence against women; Darlene has worked with NWMAF’s Self Defense Leadership Committee to develop workshops and educational materials which address the subtle forms of racism that often permeate classroom settings and frequently go unaddressed in women’s self- defense programs and to highlight the need for anti-oppression training as a core competence for all self-defense teachers and other professionals committed to social justice.In 2016 she received the Award of Excellence from the NWMAF because of these activities.
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David Lee
David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA). He manages PreventConnect, the nation’s leading online community to advance primary prevention of violence against women. He has been involved in the movement to end sexual assault and domestic violence since 1982 working with a variety of local, state and national sexual assault and domestic violence prevention agencies.
Devorah Levine
Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services
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Dr. Ronald Chambers
Mercy/Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program
Dr. Ronald Chambers is Dignity Health’s Human Trafficking Initiative Physician Advisor, Program Director of Methodist Family Medicine Residency, Chair of Family Medicine Department, and a Chief at Hill Physicians. He has led the charge to establish a trafficking victim medical clinic home and implement innovative protocols to identify and respond, with trauma-informed victim-centered care. In addition, Dr. Chambers developed a comprehensive physician training program, and has written medical textbook chapter/published papers on human trafficking survivor care. He is a national presenter about responding to identified victims in a healthcare setting.
Eb Brown
CARE Strategies, Black Love Convergence, Trans*Visible, Just Beginnings Collaborative
Eb. Brown (he/they) is the founder and Chief Innovations Officer of CARE Strategies and the Interim Program Coordinator for Just Beginnings Collaborative. Eb. has spent over a decade as an educator, social worker and advocate working with survivors of sexual harm, LGBTQI youth and adults, and those interfacing with state. Eb.’s recently published chapters in The Gender Affirmative Model: A New Approach to Supporting Gender Non-Conforming and Transgender Children and Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color Study Guide reflect their racial and healing justice approach embedded in all of their work. As a Black queer, trans, non-binary leader Brown has been invited as a consultant, facilitator and panelist from multiple organizations, academic institutions, and centers developing movement strategy including Harvard, Yale, The African American Policy Forum and The Move to End Violence. Seeking to make freedom a practical reality, Eb. launched Trans*Visible, Black Love Convergence, and Manifest Impact Coaching to foster leadership development, solidarity, and creativity among (queer and TGNCNB) people of color seeking divest from harmful systems and ways of being. You can learn more about his/their work at www.carestrategies.co
Ebony Tucker
Ebony Tucker is the Advocacy Director for NAESV and RALIANCE, working on federal sexual assault policy initiatives. In her previous positions, she worked with legislators, sexual assault centers and victims of sexual violence on legislation, policy and criminal justice response as well as representing survivors in civil legal proceedings. She received her JD from the Florida State University College of Law in 2005.
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Elise Lopez
The University of Arizona College of Public Health
Dr. Elise Lopez has worked in public health research, evaluation, and practice since 2004. She has received national and international invitations to speak on topics related to sexual violence based on her work as the Assistant Director of Relationship Violence Programs in the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health. In this capacity, she oversees projects funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, and supervises sexual violence prevention student interns. In 2016, she received an award from the Law Section of the American Public Health Association for her work related to innovations to address campus sexual assault.
Elizabeth Balcarcel
Coalicion de Iowa Contra el Abuso Sexual
Elizabeth Balcarcel trabaja para la Coalicion de Iowa en Contra del Abuso Sexual desde abril del 2008. Inicio como Asistente Legal del Programa para Victimas y Sobrevivientes de Abuso Sexual. Eventualmente se integro como especialista en Asistencia tTecnica del programa de RSP y actualmente es Especialista en Servicios para Latinos.
Ella provee asistencia tecnica para trabajar con comunidades inmigrantes en los centros ce crisis de Iowa. Es miembra de ALAS desde el 2009 y participa en varios grupos de liderazgo a nivel Nacional como MAPA y Move to End Violence.
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Elizabeth Miller
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Miller is a Professor in Pediatrics, Public Health, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Trained in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and medical anthropology, she has over 15 years of practice and research experience in addressing interpersonal violence in clinical and community settings.
Emily Austin
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Emily Austin is the Senior Policy and Advocacy Associate for the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA). She works on improving system responses to sexual assault in such areas as college/university, incarcerated populations, and workplace. Austin graduated from UCLA with a BA in Women’s Studies and English. She received her law degree from USC, Gould School of Law. Following law school, Austin worked at the California Women’s Law Center to improve school responses to gender-based violence, provided direct representation to survivors of domestic violence and civil rights cases. She previously worked at Peace Over Violence as Director of Policy.
Erica Gammill
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
Erica is the Prisoner Advocate with the Incarcerated Survivor Advocacy Program (ISAP) at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA). ISAP’s mission is to end rape in detention and support survivors of sexual abuse during their incarceration and beyond. Erica has previously worked as the Special Projects Director for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and the Texas Civil Rights Project.
Erika De La Cruz
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Erika De La Cruz is a Mexican Immigrant Transgender woman from Mexico City. Activist and advocate for the trans community, she currently works for the [email protected] Coalition as the Coordinator of Programs and Services, where I oversee all of the day-to-day functioning of the Center of Violence Prevention and Transgender Wellness. I am also a member of Transgender Advisory Board (TAB) of the City of West Hollywood and I have been recognized by the City of Los Angeles for my advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community in 2017 during Latino Heritage Month. She has been involved in the movement for 20+ years and has dedicated her life to fighting for the rights of trans and gender non-conforming people.
Evelyn Smith
Middle Way House, Inc.
Evelyn Smith is Community Outreach Coordinator for Middle Way House, a combined domestic violence shelter/rape crisis program in Bloomington, Indiana. She is a fat trans lesbian and a long-time activist, with experience organizing around queer and trans issues, reproductive rights, and anti-sexual violence projects. Her work prioritizes risk factors affecting multiply marginalized people, particularly LBTQ+ women, people with disabilities, people of color, and housing insecure and homeless individuals. Evelyn has degrees in Gender Studies and Biology from Indiana University, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in health policy.
Farah Tanis
Black Women’s Blueprint
Tanis is the co-founder, Executive Director of Black Women’s Blueprint working nationally and at the grassroots to address the spectrum of sexual violence against women and girls in Black/African American communities, and working with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the nation on issues of gender, race, sexuality, anti-violence policy and practice. Tanis was the national co-chair of theMarch for Black Women. She chaired the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the U.S. ever to focus on Black women and their historical and contemporary experiences with sexual assault. Tanis is a NoVo Foundation – Move to End Violence Program, Cohort 3 Movement Maker, a U.S. Human Rights Institute Fellow (USHRN) and a member of the Task Force on the UN Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Until 2017, Tanis served on the Advisory Board of SurvJusticeand Faculty Against Rape.
Francisco Michel
California Department of Public Health
Francisco J. Michel has been the Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Program Coordinator for the state of California since December 2016. Prior to his current position, Francisco worked for nine years in the California Tobacco Control Program, an internationally-recognized program, in various roles including policy analyst, media specialist, and program consultant. Francisco also has extensive experience in HIV Prevention, including working as the training manager for the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Intervention Section at the Michigan Department Community Health, HIV prevention specialist at the Santa Cruz Health Services Agency, and in various capacities at several community based organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Santa Cruz AIDS Project. Francisco received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Santa Cruz and a Master of Arts degree from Stanford University.
Gricel Arredondo
Gricel Arrendondo, MA serves as the Vice President of Capacity Building and Curriculum Design at CAI, where she provides capacity building services on a national and international level. Ms. Arredondo is an intervention specialist and national master trainer, and has expertise in behavioral health and evidence-based interventions. She also serves as the evidenced based intervention specialist for New York State’s training and technical assistance center for sexual violence prevention. She has over 25 years experience in public health, including 10 years in HIV/AIDS research, providing training, technical assistance, curricula development and direct services. Her capacity building experience is focused significantly on HIV/AIDS, sexual health, behavioral health research and transfer technology of evidence based practices. She is also bilingual.
Guy Reiter
Menikahnaehkem, Menominee Indian Organizer
Guy Reiter is the Executive Director of Menikanaehkem Inc. He is a member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and member of the tribe’s constitution task force.
Heather Imrie
Catharsis Productions
Heather Imrie received her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008 and is currently working towards her PhD in Educational Psychology researching ow students reason about sexual violence. She has created and presented sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment, hate crime, hegemonic masculinity, systems of oppression, victim-blaming and bystander intervention training to crisis centers, universities and military installations around the world. She is the creator of various anti-violence programs, most notably Got Your Back/The Hook-Up. She is the co-creator of the Force of Awesome Institute, a program incorporating active coaching and curriculum analysis for violence prevention educators. She has created and implemented anti-sexual violence & bystander intervention training for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marines, the U.S. National Guard and numerous Colleges and Universities.
She is the former Associate Director of the Campus Advocacy Network (CAN) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her role, she was a key player in the development and implementation of all of CAN’s anti-violence educational and advocacy initiatives which included, but are not limited to; advocacy, safety planning, resource and referral coordination, policy creation, internship programs, violence prevention, awareness and social justice media campaigns, prevention and social justice programming, workshops and training.
Holly Rider-Milkovich
Responsible for spearheading the planning, development, and implementation of sexual and gender-based violence prevention course content development and thought leadership through the Campus Prevention Network for leading education technology serving 1 million+ higher education students and 1300+ institutions of higher education annually.
Imelda Talamantes
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)
Imelda Talamantes is the Latinx Services Coordinator at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA). Imelda has worked in the movement to End Sexual and Domestic Violence for over 21 years. Imelda specializes in providing individual counseling, facilitating support groups, emergency response, providing parenting classes, and educating the Latino community. Imelda has also provided translations from English to Spanish throughout her career. In 1978, Imelda was honored by Edward James Olmos and La Opinion Newspaper for assisting in the revision and translation of the book on relationship violence within teens, “It Ain’t Love”. In 1980, Imelda received an award from the Los Angeles City Council, Mayor, and community for the translation from English to Spanish on the book “In Love and in Danger
Jaime Ballesteros
Blue Veil Films
Blue Veil Films isa Los Angeles based media collective founded by Shireen Alihaji and Jaime Ballesteros. Blue Veil strives to connect communities to cutting edge communication solutions. With backgrounds in film and commercials, Blue Veil Films brings industry standards to your project with a cinematic approach. The Blue Veil Filmsteam develops content that defies cultural barriers and provides a platform for historically neglected populations to reclaim their narratives.We are translators of your unique vision and voice.
Jaime Gerigk

Jaime Gerigk, MSW, is Director of Counseling and Outreach at WEAVE in Sacramento. WEAVE is the region’s widely respected provider of crisis intervention services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking and is Sacramento County’s sole Rape Crisis Center.

Jaime received her BSW from Humboldt State University and her MSW from Western Michigan University. She has worked in the fields of domestic violence and sexual assault for 18 years and medical social work and hospice for 10 years. Her passion is addressing domestic violence and sexual assault through direct service; community education, collaboration, prevention and outreach; supervision of staff and interns; program development; and advocating for positive, client-centered and trauma-informed organizational change.

Janet Routzen, Esquire
White Buffalo Calf Women’s Society Inc.
Janet leads WBCWS, a shelter and community nonprofit working to eradicate violence on her reservation. A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, received her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education, emphasis on Lakota Studies, at Sinte Gleska University, and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of South Dakota Law School. A a licensed attorney in the State of South Dakota, as well as the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, she has worked in both civil and criminal law arenas. She is a dedicated mother and grandmother to her seven grandchildren and loves living on her homeland making a difference for her people.
Jasmine Uribe
Break the Cycle
Jasmine Uribe is a leader in the dating abuse prevention movement, and joined Break the Cycle in 2010. As Director of Community Initiatives, she provides direction to staff working with youth and adults to inform, shape and advance Break the Cycle’s youth leadership, education, community development, training and capacity building program areas. With over ten years of experience working with youth, Jasmine has successfully created and facilitated curricula for diverse audiences in traditional and non-traditional settings. She graduated from California State University with a degree in Child Development, and has a passion for education, community centered programming, and youth leadership.
Jay Silverman
Center on Gender Equity and Health, University of California, San Diego
Jay Silverman, PhD, is Director of Research for the Center on Gender Equity and Health and a Professor of Medicine and Global Public Health at UCSD. He is a leading global researcher on understanding and preventing gender-based violence against adolescent and adult women (e.g., intimate partner violence, sexual violence and sex trafficking). Dr. Silverman has led multiple major federally, foundation and UN-funded studies of gender-based violence and its effects on the health of women and their children, and published over 190 peer-reviewed papers in top-tier scientific journals and has also co-authored an award-winning practitioner guidebook book on these issues.
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Jennifer Boteilho
Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking & Elder Abuse Services
Jennifer Noelani Boteilho is the Program Manager for Family Services in Tulare County, California where she oversees sexual assault, human trafficking and elder abuse services. She began working with Family Services in 1998. Jennifer has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology. She coordinates Tulare County’s Sexual Assault Response Team, serves as the Board President for the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), is part of the California Department of Public Health’s Rape Prevention Education Statewide Strategic Planning Team, chairs the Tulare County Anti-Human Trafficking Victim Services Sub-Committee and is on the Steering Committee for the Central Valley Freedom Coalition.
Jennifer is a dynamic and much sought after trainer and public speaker. She provides comprehensive training on human trafficking, child sexual abuse, history of sexual assault, rape prevention, trauma-informed crisis intervention and much more. She also facilitates a 40-hour Certified Rape Crisis Counselor training for Family Services.
Jennifer was the recipient of Soroptimist International of Visalia’s 2015 Ruby-Making a Difference for Women award, CALCASA’s 2007 Statewide Outstanding Sexual Assault Program Director award, the 2006 Excellence in Achievement award from Celebrate the Child Within, Inc. and the 2009 Invaluable Service award from the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office.
Jennifer lives in the country at the base of Sequoia National Park with her husband and about 4-6 cats, give or take. By-the-way, she wants to make it clear that her husband is the crazy cat lady, not her!
Jennifer Brockman
University of Kansas: Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center
Jen Brockman is the Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center at the University of Kansas and has worked in the field of victim/survivor advocacy and prevention since 2001.
Jennifer Cox
Mercy/Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program
Jennifer Cox is Program Manager, Human Trafficking Medical Clinic, Dignity Health Family Medicine Residency, which offers trauma-informed, victim-centered longitudinal care for survivors of human trafficking. Jennifer has been strategically involved in Dignity Health’s Human Trafficking initiative, as a system wide Human Trafficking program steering committee member and Sacramento Service Area initiative lead supporting the implementation of innovative protocols to identify and respond to patients who enter a Dignity Health hospital. Jennifer has worked to link human trafficking social service agencies to Dignity Health hospital staff, and is a recognized community collaborative specialist and member of three regional anti-trafficking coalitions.
Jennifer Landhuis
Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center
Jennifer is the Director of the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC), of AEquitas. SPARC is an initiative aimed at ensuring first responders and other allied professionals have the specialized knowledge to identify and respond to the crime of stalking. SPARC provides the tools, resources, and support needed to promote victim safety and offender accountability in stalking cases. Jennifer has been an advocate and educator on the issues of stalking, domestic violence, and sexual assault for 20 years and has her Masters of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
Jennifer Martinez
Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jennifer Martinez is with the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence and oversees an initiative to increase services for adolescents from historically marginalized communities and is part of a cross movement collaborative “A Community of Purpose” to leverage power for an emergent world. A first-generation Idahoan, Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University in 2009. Following graduation, Jennifer worked for U.S. Senator Patty Murray. In 2012, Jennifer returned home to Idaho to work in the political arena where she held various roles, including Campaign Manager for the first Latina elected to Boise City Council in November 2017.
Jennifer Pemberton
Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling
Jennifer Pemberton is an Assistant Professor in the MFT Program at CSUN and is the Principal Investigator for Strengths United. Dr. Pemberton is also the Director of Training and Crisis Program Manager at the Child & Family Guidance Center. Her expertise is in trauma and PTSD, crisis management and working with high risk behaviors including suicide and cutting. She is trained in Seeking Safety, TFCBT and CORS and provides teaching, supervision and training to MFT students, postdocs, practicum students and clinical staff in these areas. Dr. Pemberton’s research has focused on trauma and high risk behaviors, including HIV risk taking and substance use, among ethnically diverse populations, with a focus on Latinos and women.
Jennifer Reisch
Equal Rights Advocats
Jennifer Reisch is the Legal Director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a national civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and education access and opportunities for women and girls. Jennifer is a recognized leader in the fields of civil rights and workers’ rights, frequently speaking and writing on these topics. She is especially proud of representing immigrant workers challenging workplace sexual violence like the women featured in the PBS/Frontline documentary, Rape On the Night Shift. Jennifer serves as a voice for workers on the California Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and the Advisory Committee on AB 1978, a law passed as a result of tireless efforts by janitorial workers & survivors leading the Ya Basta! campaign.
Jessica Seipel
Just Detention International
Jessica Serrano Seipel, MPH, is a Program Director at JDI. As part of the domestic programs team, Jessica supports community rape crisis centers and corrections agencies in developing partnerships to ensure incarcerated survivors get the help they need. Jessica also supports survivors at a California women’s prison by facilitating trauma-informed art workshops and works to help corrections officials address sexual abuse in detention. Previously, she worked at rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, and sexual health agencies across California as an advocate and educator, including running a program in a juvenile detention facility. She is an experienced rape crisis counselor and health educator.
Jessica Mindlin
Victim Rights Law Center
Jessica Mindlin, Esq. is the Victim Rights Law Center’s National Director of Training and Technical Assistance. She directs the VRLC’s national Technical Assistance projects and manages the VRLC’s Portland, Oregon, office. Jessica has trained thousands of advocates, lawyers, health care providers, law enforcement officers, U.S. Military personnel, and other victim service providers across the United States, as well as in the Middle East and Latin America, on how to effectively identify and use the law to meet sexual assault survivors’ most urgent needs. Her expertise on privacy issues for survivors has been recognized by the Office on Violence Against Women and the Office for Victims of Crime.
Joshua Anbar
The University of Arizona College of Public Health
Josh Anbar is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Promotion Sciences at The University of Arizona’s College of Public Health.
Joy Ingram Joy Ingram is a self-proclaimed love superhero fighting the evil forces of heartache, hatred, and human destruction. Her superpower is invoking the combined powers of heart, mind, and ink pen (laptop) to create verses of victory and perseverance prose to help those in mental and emotional pain find relief from their suffering and discover new delight in life.
After repeatedly getting knocked down by misfortune, Joy completed a Bachelor of Arts in English at Georgia State University. Later she took a leap of faith and left her comfortable, boring, dead-end job to do more fulfilling work helping others who’ve also been beat up by life. She has previously served as a hotline volunteer for two rape crisis centers in Georgia. She also served as an advocate for a domestic violence/sexual assault survivor agency in Virginia. She has facilitated workshops on self-care, help for advocate-survivors, storytelling, and financial abuse. She is currently on a mission to spread the beauty of healthy relationships to all those open to receive it.
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Julie Patrick
Julie Patrick represents the National Sexual Violence Resource Center in RALIANCE, a national initiative of leaders dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation. Julie’s work focuses on changing the conversation about sexual violence through efforts with the news media as well as advocates, allies and survivors. Prior to RALIANCE, Julie served for over a decade as the Senior Special Projects Coordinator with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, VA and managed the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation.
Julie Payne Neward
Natalie’s Voice
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Karla Altmayer
Healing to Action
As a co-founder and co-director of Healing to Action, Karla Altmayer advances a multidisciplinary, community-driven model to transform individuals, neighborhoods, and broader communities to break the silence of gender-based violence. She has represented farmworker women survivors of workplace sexual violence, and survivors in immigration custody fighting deportation. Karla also trains and presents on the intersection of gender-based violence and race, poverty, migration, and public health nationally, and has been quoted in news outlets like Univision, WBEZ, and Crain’s Chicago Business. In 2017, the Medtronic Foundation named her a Bakken Invitation Honoree for her cutting-edge approach to combat gender-based violence. Karla is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, College of Law.
Karla Vierthaler
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Karla Vierthaler is the Advocacy and Resources Director for National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). She supports the provision of technical assistance to the nation on a wide range of sexual violence prevention and intervention topics. She has been an advocate in the movement to end sexual violence for twenty years. Ms. Vierthaler previously worked for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, where she worked to develop training and technical assistance resources addressing sexual violence in populations historically underserved, including adults in later life, people with disabilities, and others.
Karli Johnson
Break the Cycle
As a nationwide speaker, educator and storyteller on sexual violence, Karli Johnson not only “knows her stuff,” she’s lived it. As a survivor of sexual violence and trauma, with a Master’s Degree in Education and Certificates in Women & Gender Studies and Women & Law from NIU, Karli is a Love Is Not Abuse Ambassador for Break The Cycle, Co-Author of the Let’s Be Real Dating Abuse Youth Advocacy Toolkit, Better Business Bureau Ethics Educator, and Host of Asking For It. Based out of Chicago, Illinois, Karli uses humor and audience participation to engage adolescents and adults with these challenging topics, as seen in her TEDx Talk, “I Pooped My Pants.”
Kate Parker
Uber Technologies
Kate Parker is Uber’s Head of Safety Inititiaves, where she focuses on the global protection of drivers, riders and the 600+ cities Uber serves. She has 10+ years experience in corporate social responsibility. Prior to Uber, Kate built Made with Code-Google’s initiative to inspire millions of girls to experience coding (less than 1% of high school girls express interest in computer science). Previously, Kate led Global Communications and Public Affairs for Google’s $1 billion philanthropy arm. Kate is the recipient of a Webby’s Award for Corporate Social Responsibility. Her work also earned a short-list for Cannes’ inaugural Glass Lion – honoring ‘ideas intended to change the world.’ Kate earned a Masters in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Katheryn Hughes
Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
As the Rural Program Capacity Specialist and passionate about her work, Kathryn provides training and technical assistance to advocates, SART’s and SANE’s, and helps create opportunities between the Wyoming Department of Corrections and advocates to increase their capacity to support incarcerated survivors of sexual assault. Katie received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming in International Studies, focusing on human rights. Katie lives and works in the middle of nowhere, and finds joy in the small things: a good book, warm socks, and cuddles from her two children.
Kathryn Wanner
Kathryn Wanner, MA is the project director of the statewide center for sexual violence prevention training and technical assistance at CAI, a public health nonprofit based out of New York City. In this role, she works with organizations across NY state to prevent sexual violence. Ms. Wanner has been working in the field of sexual violence prevention and response since 2009 when she began her career as a counselor and educator at a rape crisis center in rural Pennsylvania. In 2014, she received her Master’s degree in the Sociology of Education from NYU, where her work focused on sexual violence prevention in the LGBTQ community.
Kayla Houser
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
In her work at PCAR, Kayla assists rape crisis centers and allied professionals in their responses to survivors of sexual violence from vulnerable groups and communities underserved by rape crisis services and other systems — including response to incarcerated survivors. Kayla serves as a content expert for the PA Department of Corrections and Board of Probation and Parole on prison sexual abuse dynamics and PREA implementation. For over a decade, Kayla has been a part of the victim services community, from doing community-based services, to post-sentencing, and managing Pennsylvania’s Address Confidentiality Program.
KayTeshia Wescott
Menikanaehkem youth organizers
KayTeshia Wescott attends Menominee Indian High school, she will be a senior the upcoming year. In recent months KayTeshia was chosen to travel to New York to speak in front of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) about the sulfide mining that would not only destroy the Menominee’ Antiquity but destroy the Menominee river that’s located next to the mine. A significant accomplishment for KayTeshia is that she has done a family water walk that her family has done for many years since her grandparents where alive. She has faced many challenges in her life but her spirit stays strong. KayTeshia strength comes from her belief that she has to be a leader for herself, her family, and her people.
Keith Jones
SoulTouchin’ Experiences
Keith Jones is the President and CEO of SoulTouchin’ Experiences. Mr. Jones is active in cross-disability education, outreach, training, and strengthening efforts to provide services and information to people with disabilities. He has been recognized for his advocacy on education, employment, healthcare, service needs, policy, and human rights. Mr. Jones has been featured in two critically acclaimed documentaries, “Including Samuel” and, “Labeled Disabled.” He has worked with local and national organizations on issues ranging from immigration and criminal justice reform to redesigning of the accessible icon. Mr. Jones has been called a pioneer in the disability rights movement
Kelly Miller
Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
Kelly Miller is currently the Executive Director of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence and an alumni cohort member of Move to End Violence, a 10-year nationally recognized initiative of the NoVo Foundation. After thirty years in anti-violence work as an attorney, prosecutor, and activist, deeply believes that in order to move towards a world that is interdependent, resilient and regenerative, we have to live into that vision ourselves. We cannot become what we cannot imagine.
Kenosha Davenport Alabama native, Kenosha Davenport believes in a strong work ethic and is dedicated to serving others. Kenosha is the Executive Director of Family Refuge Center (FRC). She currently directs a staff of 23 and oversees efforts in four counties. She is responsible for the overall agency direction, fundraising, fiscal oversight, programmatic oversight and managing external relationships and collaboration.
Kiana Swearingen
University of Washington
Kiana Swearingen is the Training and Communications Specialist for SafeCampus, the University of Washingto’s Violence Prevention and Response program. Kiana’s work focuses on partnering with staff, faculty and students to take action to prevent violence from occurring, while also being prepared to support survivors on campus. She trains the University of Washington (UW) community on the topics of Title IX, relationship violence, stalking, sexual-assault, suicide and workplace violence. She also co-leads Bystander intervention efforts on the Seattle UW Campus. Previous to her work at UW, Kiana worked for 10 years as a domestic violence advocate and prevention educator in Seattle.
Kieran McCartan
Dr Kieran McCartan is an Associate Professor in Criminology at the University of the West of England and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Criminology at QUT, Brisbane. He has a track record of public, academic and professional engagement on criminological issues, including the origins and causes of sex offending, and societal responses to sex offenders. He has experience of qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research from funders including Ministry of Justice, Cabinet Office, Public Health England, ESRC, The Leverhulme Trust, Bristol City Council & various UK police forces. Dr McCartan has a published widely, generated over 1/2 million pounds in external research funding, given 120+ presentations at national and internationally as well as taken part in numerous media interviews and debates. Dr McCartan serves on the editorial boards of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, is the lead blogger for the Sexual Abuse blog and the NOTA Prevention blog. He is a member of the ATSA Executive Board and has recently been co-opted to the NOTA executive board.
Kristen Houser
Kristen Houser is a leading expert on sexual violence. With decades of experience in the field, Houser is a go-to source for context and expert opinion to national, regional, and international media on sexual assault issues and cases. Houser is currently a lead spokesperson for RALIANCE, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. She provides expert opinion, context and facts about sexual assault to media covering high-profile cases, including those of Bill Cosby and Jerry Sandusky. Houser is regularly cited as an authority by major daily newspapers and industry publications — including the New York Times, Huffington Post, Forbes, and others — and has appeared as a guest on numerous broadcast networks to offer expert perspective. She graduated from Penn State in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies, and earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2005.
La Chance Newton
Menikanaehkem youth organizers
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Lamona Brown
Women’s Center High-Desert
Mona Brown is a counselor and advocate at Women’s Center -High Desert. (WCHD), a full-service human services agency in Kern County, California. Ms. Brown provides individual and group counseling, support, and advocacy to survivors of sexual abuse and sexual harassment, including at two large men’s state prisons and a county jail in California. Before starting at WCHD in 2014, Ms. Brown studied law enforcement and psychology and worked for the Better Business Bureau as the membership manager. Ms. Brown provides training and consultation to other advocates interested in serving incarcerated survivors.
Laura Palumbo
Communications Director
Laura Palumbo is Communications Director at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Laura works on strategic messaging, media engagement and educational materials to promote that prevention is possible. For seven years she had led NSVRC in developing materials for advocates, parents, college students and media. She holds a Master of Arts in Communications from Penn State University with specializations in Critical Cultural Studies, Media Analysis and Non-profit Management.
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Laurens Grant
Consulting Producer
Laurens Grant is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts andSciences in the Documentary Branch and a 3-time Emmy and Peabodyaward-winning filmmaker. Additionally, Grant is a Sundance Institutefilmmaker fellow, and has had 3 films premiere at the prestigious Sundancefilm festival. Grant joins Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog, theaward-winning team behind CNN’s “decades” series, for their next installmenton Th e Nineties. Grant is one of the producer- directors on the 7-part series.Grant’s episodes tackle race and politics in Can We All Get Along? and theGeorge H. W. Bush presidency in New World Order. Grant directed thedocumentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matte r Movement which receivedan NAACP Image Award nomination for outstanding news special. The filmaired on BET and Jesse Williams of Gr ey’s Anatomy is Executive Producer.The film is scheduled to premiere in London at the British Urban Film Festivalin September 2017. Grant produced the Peabody and Emmy-nominateddocumentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard o f the Revolution, whichpremiered at Sundance and played in theaters worldwide. The film influencedthe Hollywood film The Stand Off to be directed by Justin Lin of Star TrekBeyond an d Fast and Furious fame. Grant also directed the Emmy-winningdocumentary Jesse Owens, the first full-length documentary about theAfrican-American Olympian’s 4-gold medal wins at the 1936 Olympics. Thefilm influenced the Hollywood movie Race with Jeremy Irons and William Hurt.Grant also produced the Peabody and 3-time Emmy winning documentaryFreedom Riders which influenced the Hollywood films Selma and Lee Daniels’The Butler. Grant has also directed short films for NGOs on the bail system inAmerica; inner city American high schools; and educational programs in Haitiand the Somali region of Ethiopia.
Leah Aldridge
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)
LeahAldridge’s relationship with CALCASA began as a Women of Color Caucus member in the early 1990s while working at a local member rape crisis center program. A long time supporter of the coalition, Leah would eventually serve as a board member and consultant before joining the staff as a Program Manager in 2016. She is an educator, facilitator and trainer on the multi-disciplinary issues of interpersonal violence for diverse populations. Media and policy advocacy are among Leah’s additional skills having consulted on numerous media projects, videos, and campaigns. She co-authoredWomen of Color Leadership: A Look at the Experiences of Women of Color Executives in the Anti-Violence Against Women’s Movementfor the Women Of Color Network funded by the Ms. Foundation (2013); and, was the consultant and co-author ofReciprocal Advancement: Building Linkages Between Domestic Violence and Sexual Assaultfor CALCASA funded by Blue Shield of California. Leah holds a PhD in Cinema and Media from the University of Southern California.
Lilia Garcia-Brower
The Ya Basta Promotoras are female janitors who have lead the fight to end violence in the janitorial industry.
Linda McFarlane
Just Detention International (JDI)
Linda McFarlane, MSW, LCSW, is JDI’s Deputy Executive Director. She has 30 years of experience working with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. Ms. McFarlane leads JDI’s domestic programs training, technical assistance, and mental health programs. Ms. McFarlane has trained thousands of corrections officials, medical and mental health practitioners, and direct service providers in the prevention and response to sexual violence behind bars and worked with dozens of corrections agencies to implement programs to make their facilities safer. Ms. McFarlane is also a member of the Department of Justice PREA Auditor training faculty. She 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.
Lisa Leeman
Faculty, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Lisa Leemanbelieves thatstrong narrative and character-driven films can change the world, one story at a time. She has produced, directed, written & edited award-winning feature & short documentaries for the last twenty-five years. Her work illuminates contemporary social issues through intimate character-driven stories that follow people at critical turning points. Roger Ebert named Leeman’sOne Lucky Elephantas one of the best documentaries of 2011. She most recently co-wrote, co-directed, and co-produced the award-winning feature documentaryAwake,which marshalled audiences into a 48 week theatrical run in the U.S. & in 17 countries. Leeman is currently making a follow-up to her first documentary,Metamorphosis(Sundance Filmmakers’ Trophy, 1990; POV/PBS), which chronicled the gender transition of devout Christian and animation artist Gabi P over thee years in the late 1980s. The new film,Trans*Formed, revisits Gabi 26 years after her transition, and finds her at an unexpected crossroads (Sundance Production Grant, 2018). Leeman is also a 2018 Producer’s Guild Diversity Fellow, in which she is developingAmerican Veda,a four-part documentary series that traces the untold stories of women who brought yoga and Hinduism to the United States, from the 1800’s to today. Lisa is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is a tenured Professor of Cinematic Arts atUSC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She has taught master classes on documentary filmmaking for USC & the U.S. State Department in China, Portugal, Jordan, the West Bank, Malawi, the Republic of Georgia, and Azerbaijan.She writes articles on the ethics and art and craft of documentary filmmaking. In addition to Sundance’s Filmmakers’ Trophy, honors include an Emmy nomination and the once-in-a-lifetime American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Grant. Lisa’s work has been seen in theaters, festivals, and broadcasts around the world, including IDFA, PBS, HBO, OWN, ARTE, Channel 4.
Lisa Parks
Prevention Institute
Lisa Fujie Parks is an associate director at Prevention Institute where her portfolio includes projects and initiatives to promote health equity and community resilience and preventing multiple forms of violence and trauma. Lisa has 20 years of leadership, program, and policy experience at the local, state, and national levels. Her work embodies a holistic, multi-sector approach that reflects her experience in community development and public health and promoting healing and resilience.
LisaLinda Natividad
Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence
LisaLinda Natividad is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University ofGuam and Project Evaluator for the Guam Coalition’s Pacific Partner’s Project. She has worked extensively throughout the Micronesian region of thePacific and has engaged the issue of sexual assault and family violence fornearly 25 years. She has a particular focus on the development of culturallycompetentsocial work services that complement the unique cultural values,beliefs, and practices of peoples of the Pacific. She is a co-author of an Office ofMinority Health Resource Center publication titled, Teaching Personal Well-beingand Sexuality to Chuukese and Chamorus.
Liv Montgomery
Project Consent
Liv Montgomery is the Director of Public Relations for Project Consent, a national organization focused on creating a culture of consent with creative multimedia campaigns. As part of the executive team, Liv creates global campaigns that address the message of consent in ways that are relatable and pertinent, as well as establishes strategic collaborations that allows Project Consent to grow. As a full time student at Chapman University, she studies public relations and documentary film. Liv plans to combine these two passions to tell stories that people can connect with and give opportunities for women to feel empowered and heard.
Lizet Lizardo
Center Against Sexual and Family Violence
Lizet was born and raised in El Paso, TX. and completed their undergraduate studies at Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and another Bachelor of Arts in Spanish in 2011. Then pursued a Master of Arts at New Mexico State University in Counseling and Guidance. At NMSU, they completed clinical work at the NMSU Mental Health Clinic on campus, at Valle Verde Early College High School in El Paso, TX, and finally at the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence also in El Paso, TX. Lizet is currently a licensed Professional Counselor- Intern and the Child Therapist at the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence where they work with children between the ages six to fifteen that are primary and secondary survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
Loree Cook-Daniels
Loree Cook-Daniels is FORGE’s Policy and Program Director. She holds an M.A. in Conflict Management and a graduate Certificate in Trauma Counseling. She specializes in analyzing and providing alternatives to social systems that promote violence, hierarchies, and divisions.
Lupe Gonzalo
Coalition of the Immokalee Workers (CIW)
Lupe Gonzalo is a senior staff member and leader of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). She has worked in the agricultural fields of the United States for the last 12 years as a migrant farmworker, including in the harvesting of tomatoes, citrus, peppers, and many other vegetables and fruits. As part of the Fair Food Program education team, Ms. Gonzalo and her colleagues conduct workers’ rights education in seven states along the East Coast throughout the year. Ms. Gonzalo was also a member of the CIW team working with Futures Without Violence, which collaborated with CIW and other Fair Food Program partners on the first sexual harassment training curriculum for the agricultural sector in the U.S. Ms. Gonzalo’s work at the CIW includes hosting daily radio shows on the CIW’s low-power community FM radio station, leading the weekly women’s group meetings, receiving complaints of abuses in the fields, and managing wage theft claims. Finally, Ms. Gonzalo represents the CIW at a national level, speaking publicly on the challenges faced by farmworkers in Florida, both during major actions with thousands of consumers and in dozens of presentations throughout the year. She was featured on CNN Freedom Project’s recent series on the Fair Food Program, and was named a Community Trailblazer by the Equal Voice Magazine.
Madalyn Ambrosini
[email protected] Coalition
Madalyn Ambrosini is a trans advocate who has worked with Somos Familia Valle and other organizations to promote equality and acceptance of the LGBT community. She has attended Pierce College finishing her first year as a business major and currently is working towards a career in entertainment. Her hobbies include singing, acting and is now working on a youtube channel to promote visibility and awareness. Madalyn’s greatest passion is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience, as she herself has risen in times of diversity. She hopes to provide a new perspective to her trans community who are in pursuit of jobs, and educate in all aspects that need teaching to be hire able. Madalyn Ambrosini es una mujer transgenero que abogado para Somos Famila Valle y otras organisaziones para promover igualdad y aceptacion de la communidad LGBT. Atendido Pierce Universidad terminando suh primer ano. Suh colegio mayor es negocios y en este momento esta travajando en una carrera en entretenimiento.Sus aficiones encluyen cantando, actuacion y travajando en suh canal de youtube para promocionar visibilidad transgenero. Suh mayor passion es traer curacion ah peronas que an passado por una situacion traunmante y lleno de tencion, por que ella misma ah salido adelante en tiempos de deversidad. Ella tiene la esperansa es dar una nueva perspectiva para la communidad transgenero y educar y preparar en todo los aspectos que son necesitados para agarrar empleo.
Maia Christopher
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
Maia Christopher is the Executive Director of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) whose focus is preventing sexual abuse through researching, understanding and interrupting the behaviors of children and adults at risk of sexual offending. Ms. Christopher has spent 19 years providing treatment services to incarcerated individuals that committed violent sexual and non sexual offenses in Correctional Services of Canada and Washington State Department of Corrections. 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 prevention.
Maria Jose Fletcher
VIDA Legal Assistance,Inc.
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Marissa Raguet
Minnesota Department of Health
Marissa Raguet is currently serving as an Evaluator in the Sexual Violence Prevention Program at the Minnesota Department of Health, and she has worked in this program for over 5 years in various roles. She has a Master of Public Health in Community Health Promotion from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Marley Moynahan
Coalition of the Immokalee Workers (CIW)
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Martha Thompson
IMPACT Chicago
Martha Thompson has been teaching empowerment self-defense since 1988. She is a National Women’s Martial Arts Federation (NWMAF) Certified Self-Defense Instructor, and an IMPACT Chicago Instructor, Instructor Trainer, and Administrative Team Co-Leader. Thompson is active in NWMAF, IMPACT International, and the Empowerment Self-Defense Alliance.
Thompson is also Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.
Mary Haviland
NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault
Mary Haviland is a lawyer and community activist who brings more than 30 years experience in violence against women, research, advocacy and philanthropy. In 2011, she became Executive Director of the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault. Before this, she served as a Commissioner of the New York State Crime Victims Board. From 2007-2009, Haviland directed the Grants and Public Policy Program at the NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.From 1978 through 2006, Haviland worked in the field of domestic violence. She was a founder and Co-Executive Director of CONNECT, she worked at CONNECT and its predecessor, the Family Violence Project of the Urban Justice Center from 1994-2006. She built several models programs including one of the first prevention programs in domestic violence and a police precinct program which has been replicated in several precincts in NYC. She is currently Co-Chair of the 90 member Downstate Coalition for Crime Victims. She is author of several publications on domestic violence. She co-authored a study of the effects mandatory arrest entitled, The Family Protection and Domestic Violence Intervention Act of 1995: Examining the Effect of Mandatory arrest in New York City in 2001. Recently, she co-authored an article in the Journal of Evaluation and Program Planning. Haviland received her law degree from NYU Law School as a Root, Tilden, Snow Scholar in 1994 and is admitted to practice law in New York State.
Mary Hopkins
Minnesota Department of Health
Mary Hopkins is the Sexual Violence Prevention Program Planner with the Minnesota Department of Health. Mary believes that sexual violence is preventable, and that everyone has a part to play in prevention. Mary entered the sexual violence field at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault in Kansas City, Missouri as an advocate and educator. More recently, she was the Disabilities Grant Coordinator at the Sexual Violence Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mary holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors in Sociology and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Kansas.
Mary Koss
The University of Arizona
Mary Koss, PhD, is a Regents’ Professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. She is co-editor a two book series for the American Psychological Association, Violence Against Women and Children (2011). She published the first national study on acquaintance rape in 1987 and developed the most frequently used survey to measure unwanted sexual experiences. She consults nationally and internationally on sexual assault. She was the principal investigator of the RESTORE Program; the first restorative justice program for sex crimes among adults that was quantitatively evaluated. Her current projects include developing risk assessment and therapeutic approaches for those found responsible for campus sexual misconduct and a primary prevention program focusing on alcohol serving establishments. She is a member of the working group to develop a Best Practices manual for the assessment of campus climate and a second group to develop and advocate for innovation in collegiate response to sexual misconduct within OCR and VAWA guidelines. She has been selected by the American Public Health Association and the US Departments of Justice and Education to serve on the CDC Think Tank to create a comprehensive approach to sexual violence prevention as part of Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. She was the 8th recipient of the Visionary Award from End Violence Against Women International, the law enforcement training and technical assistance organization. In 2013 the Mary P. Koss Profile in Courage Award was created by the One in Four USA Organization to honor her career contributions to using science to heighten awareness of rape.
MarySue Savage
Humboldt State University
Mary Sue Savage is Humboldt State University’s Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator and coordinates the nationally recognized CHECK IT program on campus. She was awarded the California State University Violence Prevention Champion Award in 2014 and the Lifetime Achievement award by Humboldt County’s Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. She currently serves on Humboldt State University’s Sexual Assault Prevention Committee.
Maya Pilgrim
Maya Pilgrim is the Evaluation Manager at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, supporting evaluation and learning efforts on anti-sexual violence work. She grew up partially in Manila, Philippines and partially in Austin, Texas. She has been a part of collective efforts towards more equitable and just communities within the United States and internationally for over twenty years. She has a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in International Development and Social Change. She is passionate about addressing disparities and inequities and making sure that in our work, we are most accountable to our communities.
Maya Raghu
National Women’s Law Cente
Maya Raghu is Director of Workplace Equality and Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. She works on a range of issues addressing women’s economic security and employment opportunity, including pay equity, pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment. Prior to joining the Law Center, she was a senior attorney at Futures Without Violence and a senior staff attorney at Legal Momentum, focusing on economic security, gender discrimination, gender-based violence and human trafficking, with an emphasis on immigrant and low-income women. Her work encompassed litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, public education, multi-sector initiatives and cross-movement collaboration. She was also previously an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a law clerk to the Hon. Vanessa D. Gilmore of the Southern District of Texas. She is a graduate of Trinity University and Georgetown University Law Center.
Meg Stone
IMPACT Boston, a division of Triangle
Meg Stone is the Director of IMPACT Boston, an abuse prevention and empowerment self-defense program that is part of the disability service and advocacy organization Triangle. In addition to leading self-defense and abuse prevention programs for all populations, she serves as the Project Director of IMPACT:Ability, an abuse-prevention program focused on people with disabilities. In this capacity she leads the organizational abuse prevention efforts of Triangle, and three other Boston-area disability service and advocacy organizations. Meg is a member of the Massachusetts State Sexual Violence Prevention Team and the chair of the Team’s Developmental Disabilities subcommittee. Meg’s writing on child sexual abuse, sexual violence and self-defense have been published in the Washington Post, STIR Journal, The Establishment, Role Reboot, Ms., Cognoscenti, and several Boston-area regional newspapers.
Melanie Austin
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)
Melanie Austin is the Director of Education for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA). Melanie holds a Maste’s Degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and a B.A. in Spanish and Communication. She has extensive experience in coordinating federally-funded public health projects and through her work at MOCSA has been involved in preventing sexual violence in the Kansas City metropolitan area for the past five years. Ms. Austin is also certified in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) through the National Institute of Crime Prevention.
Melissa Tumas
University of Washington
Melissa Tumas is the Training and Education Coordinator in Health and Wellness at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. She has a Masters in Public Health from Oregon State University in Health Education and Promotion with a focus on women and international health. She has worked in the fields of college health promotion, HIV prevention, health literacy, and sexual assault and relationship violence advocacy and prevention for 20 years. At UW, she develops and implements interpersonal violence prevention training, manages bystander intervention programming, directs peer education, supervises students and partners with campus departments to create comprehensive prevention plans.
Melody Klingenfuss
California Dream Network (CDN) Statewide Youth Organizer, Coalition for Humane and Immigrant Rights
Melody Minuet Klingenfuss was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. After growing up without parents, she was reunited with her mother in the heart of Los Angeles when she was 9-years-old. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). She graduated with a Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of Southern California (USC). She has conducted a research thesis focused on the representation of undocumented students in mass communication.Melody works as the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)’s California Dream Network (CDN) Statewide Youth Organizer as a devoted advocate for human and immigration rights. She is a DACA recipient since 2015. Her life goal is to continue bending the arc of the moral universe towards justice.
Michae Pulido
[email protected] Coalition
Michaé Pulido is a queer, trans, Latinx community organizer, artist, and trans rights activist born and raised in the city of Los Angeles. She has received a BA in Communication Studies and a minor in Queer Studies, where she produced her capstone project: Decolonizing Transgender: A QTPOC Perspective on the Attempted Universalization of Trans Identity, which focuses on how transgender identity still reflects and functions under a western, colonial gender system that disenfranchises trans womxn and femmes of color. As a result of living authentically in her genderless, eclectic body, Michaé has seen the direct impact of a corrupt social, economic, political system that disenfranchises those not prescribing to the norm. As a growing and thriving advocate for civil rights, she utilizes her experience in grassroots community organizing, national policy advocacy, and her previous access to Capitol Hill to bring knowledge back to her community and make change.
Michael Fleming, Ph.D.
Center for Violence Prevention, University of Northern Iowa
is an Associate Professor in the School of Applied Human Sciences at the University of Northern Iowa, and currently serves as the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Violence Prevention. His scholarship, teaching, and community engagement focuses on the dynamics associated with interpersonal violence and high conflict relationships; systemic models of prevention and early intervention in gender violence; workforce development and education for victim service providers and educators and secondary trauma and vicarious victimization among such providers. He serves on the Iowa Department of Public Health Domestic and Sexual Violence Advisory Board, has served on state and regional level task forces on sexual violence prevention and on the Board of Directors for community sexual and domestic violence service agencies. He holds a MA degree in Marriage and Family therapy, a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Human Development and Family Studies, and was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work, and Boysville of Michigan focusing on program development and evaluation.
michael munson
michael munson is the Executive Director of FORGE, a national transgender anti-violence organization. Munson’s background is in psychology, with an emphasis on trauma-informed care and non-traditional healing modalities. His work stresses the intersectionality between complex components of identity, experience, and societal constructs that can both spur violence and catalyze healing.
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Mily Treviño-Sauceda
Organización en California de Líderes Campesina, Inc.
Mily Treviño-Sauceda is Vice-President and Co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc. She began working in the agricultural fields since age eight. She is credited for co-founding the farmworker women’s movement in California. She worked as a union organizer with the United Farm Workersin 1970s and early 1980s. She worked as a community worker with (CRLA). Mily raised her son, Humberto, as a single mother. Mily first co-founded Mujeres Mexicanas (Mexican Women), in the Coachella Valley. She co-founded Líderes Campesinas, in 1992.In 2011, she co-founded Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. Mily has won numerous awards for her tireless efforts, including “100 Heroines of the World” in 1998 and the Cesar Chavez Legacy Award, among others.
Mina White
California Department of Public Health
Mina White, MPH, is a Research Scientist with the California Department of Public Health, Safe and Active Communities Branch (SACB). During her 17 years working with the California Department of Public Health, Ms. White has worked with the Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control Section and the Refugee Health Section conducting surveillance and program evaluation in the areas of asthma, tuberculosis, and other chronic and infectious diseases. She currently serves as an epidemiologist in the SACB’s Violent Injury Surveillance Unit, where she conducts surveillance and program evaluation for injury and violence prevention programs, including domestic violence, teen dating violence, and sexual violence prevention. She received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arizona.
Miskoo Petite
Wanbli Wiconi Tipi
Miskoo is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and an Honorably Discharged veteran of the U.S. Navy. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Sinte Gleska University and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from National American University. Since 2007 he has served as the Facility Administrator for the Wanbli Wiconi Tipi Youth Wellness and Renewal Center (Juvenile Detention Center) located on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Rosebud South Dakota. Under his leadership the center is one of the first in Indian Country to implement policies which comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.
Nadiah Mohajir
HEART Women & Girls
Nadiah Mohajir is founder and executive director of HEART Women & Girls, a nonprofit organization that provides sexual health education and sexual violence awareness programming and advocacy to Muslim communities in Chicago and across the country. For the last eight years, she has led the organization to provide sexual health education and sexual violence awareness programming and advocacy to thousands of individuals, organizations, and campuses across the country. HEART has broken many cultural barriers, raising awareness and advocating for important issues such as sexual and reproductive health, sexual violence, and media literacy. HEART ultimately aims to dismantle the stigma, silence, and systems that prevent individuals from seeking information, healing, and justice.
Nan Stein
Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, Wellesley College
For nearly 40 years, Nan Stein has researched peer sexual harassment and teen dating violence. A former middle school teacher and gender equity specialist at the Massachusetts Department of Education, she has collaborated with teachers’ unions and sexual assault/domestic violence agencies throughout the U.S. Dr. Stein has authored many book chapters, law review articles and academic journal articles, and often serves as an expert witness/consultant in Title IX/sexual harassment lawsuits in U.S. Federal courts. In 2007, she received the Outstanding Contribution to Education award from Harvard University Graduate School of Education where she received her doctorate of education in 1981.
Nancy Forner, ACE Since the moment Mel Brooks promoted her from Assistant Editor to full Editor on the movieSolar Babies, Nancy Forner has been busy picture editing movies and television series. During her career she has worked on many notable and diverse projects in genres and styles that range from comedy, horror, action/adventure, fantasy and medical/legal procedurals. The award-winning Buffy the Vampire Slayer,Law & Order: SVU,The Vampire Diaries,Witches of East Endand the cult classicReturn to Horror Highare a few, but certainly not all, of her many and varied credits. Currently Nancy is in Post on the feature documentary “Poisoning Paradise. Directed by Keely Brosnan and Produced by Pierce Brosnan. Nancy is a member of IATSE Local 700 and also a proud member of the American Cinema Editors, ACE. One of the mandates of the American Cinema Editors is to “further the understanding of the art of editing.” To that end, Nancy has been highly involved with mentoring and internship programs for aspiring film students and a Professor of Editing at USC School of Cinematic Arts. Nancy is the Editing Track Head for the Division of Film & Television Production and holds the Michael Kahn Endowed Chair in Editing.
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Natasha Underwood
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Natasha Underwood, PhD, MPH, is a Health Education Specialist in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She received her Master’s in Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and a doctoral degree from the University of Georgia.
Nicole Marquez
As Senior Staff attorney at Worksafe, Nicole provides technical assistance to key partners on workplace health and safety and engages in coalition building and policy advocacy. Nicolealso leads dynamic legal trainings for legal advocates and worker leaders on workplace health and safety. Prior to joining Worksafe, Nicole served as the 2010 – 2012 Ruth Chance Law Fellow with Equal Rights Advocates in San Francisco, CA. There she focused on assisting low-wage, monolingual Spanish-speaking Latina clients with gender discrimination/harassment cases.Nicolereceived her B.A. from San Diego State University and J.D. from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
Nicole Pittman
Impact Justice
Director of the Center on Youth Registration Reform at Impact Justice, a national organization working to eliminate laws that place kids on sex-offense registries. Pittman began working on this issue more than a decade ago, before going on the road to collect 500+ stories for a Human Rights Watch report on the harm of placing kids on registries. Her current work focuses on challenging our punitive impulse, prioritizing healing & upstream solutions that will prevent sexual harm before it happens.
Pamela Mejia
Berkeley Media Studies Group
Pamela Mejia, MPH, MS, Head of Research at Berkeley Media Studies Group, leads qualitative and quantitative analyses of how the media portrays public health and social justice issues. She has headed BMSG’s work on sexual violence prevention messaging since it began, and has presented findings to the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and at the National Sexual Assault Conference, among others. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human nutrition from Washington State University, as well as master’s degrees in biochemistry and public health from the University of California at Berkeley.
Patima Kolamit
Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF)
Patima Komolamit, Shelter Program Director for Center for the Pacific Asian Family, has worked at CPAF for more than 10 years and oversees the emergency and transitional shelter programs, personnel and project evaluation. Patima is Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Shelter Committee, Board Member of L.A. County’s Domestic Violence Council, and the South Regional Representative of the Sexual Assault Program Services Committee under the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA). Patima is bilingual in Thai and English and has a BA in Criminal Justice
Patima Kolamit
Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF)
Patima Komolamit, Shelter Program Director for Center for the Pacific Asian Family, has worked at CPAF for more than 10 years and oversees the emergency and transitional shelter programs, personnel and project evaluation. Patima is Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Shelter Committee, Board Member of L.A. County’s Domestic Violence Council, and the South Regional Representative of the Sexual Assault Program Services Committee under the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA). Patima is bilingual in Thai and English and has a BA in Criminal Justice
Patti Giggans
Peace Over Violence
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Paula Arrowsmith-Jones
North Coast Rape Crisis Team
Paula Arrowsmith-Jones is the Community Outreach Coordinator and Management Team member for North Coast Rape Crisis Team (NCRCT) serving two counties in rural northern California. Paula has served on the HSU Sexual Assault Prevention Committee since 1994, working with campus partners to improve survivor-centered responses and collaborative prevention efforts. NCRCT has been a funded partner of a DOJ Campus Grant since 2012, serving on committees addressing response to violent crime, training, policy and prevention. She was integrally involved in the development and implementation of Check IT, a campus-wide bystander approach changing cultural norms, now being expanded to local high schools.
Peg Hacskaylo
National Alliance for Safe Housing
Peg Hacskaylo is the Founder and CEO of DASH, where she has overseen multiple innovative programs providing safe housing options for survivors and their families, including the recent launch of the National Alliance for Safe Housing to provide training and technical assistance at the intersection of domestic violence and homelessness for communities across the United States. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a certificate in Organizational Development, and advanced studies in Business Administration from Georgetown University.
Peter Celum Peter Celum (B.A., MDiv, DMin abd) carries a deep commitment to compassionately respond to the needs of those seeking personal and relational health, healing, reconciliation, and restoration. Previously he served as Protestant Chaplain at High Desert State Prison (Susanville, CA) and as chaplain at the VA Hospital in Fresno, CA. Peter also maintains a part-time practice, Christian Counseling & Conciliation, specializing in pastoral counseling, mediation, training, and consulting services. He served churches in California and New Mexico for over 20 years as pastor of student, family, and adult education ministries, and served the CA Southern Baptist Convention as Church & Pastoral Care specialist (2005-2010). Peter is a board certified Pastoral Counselor (AACC) and a Certified Christian Conciliator”. He has served as an adjunct instructor with Peacemaker Ministries and as an adjunct professor (pastoral counseling) at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (now Gateway Seminary). Peter speaks at various marriage & family enrichment events, as well as conducts conciliation training, from local to national level, including conferences, workshops, and seminars. Peter and his wife, Emily, are blessed with three young adult children (Jonathan, Clay, and Mackenzie) and thoroughly enjoy all the outdoor recreation opportunities Lassen County affords.
Quandra Chaffers
Sexual Abuse & Sex Solutions
In 2017, Quandra Chaffers opened her private practice Sexual Abuse & Sex Solutions because she believes that the natural solution to sexual trauma is sexual health. Quandra boasts over 10 years of experience fighting sexual assault. She has honed her skills as a Certified EMDR Therapist in order to mitigate the effects of PTSD and other pervasive mental health issues plaguing the lives of survivors. For 3 semesters, Quandra co-facilitated a graduate level course on sexuality. For 6 years, she facilitated batters intervention programming and challenged men who had been violent to change. Quandra operates as a powerhouse trifecta consultant, speaker, and psychotherapist.
Rachel Porter
DeafSAFE- A program of NorCal Services of Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Rachel is a DeafSAFE advocate, a program of NorCal Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing that provides services to DV/SA survivors in North California. As a survivor of oppression and violence, she has a passion to mitigate oppression and remove systematic barriers that Deaf people face by educating and empowering the Deaf Survivors to be Thrivers. She believes that systemic barriers can be broken down through trainings, networking and collaborating with key players in the field. She has trained many agencies in Wisconsin and brings a rich experience and knowledge to the work she does in California now.
Ramona Felix
Ramona Felix, Coordinadora Acoso/Asalto Sexual con Lideres Campesinas, es primera generación de inmigrantes, fue campesinas por 15 anos,en el 2000 paso a formar parte del comité local de Lideres Campesinas en El Valle de Coachella y en el 2001 fue contratada como Aprendiz hasta hoy es parte de Lideres Campesinas como una organizadora y Coordinadora Acoso/Asalto Sexual.
Rebecca Williams
VA San Diego Healthcare System/University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Rebecca E. Williams is an award-winning author, national presenter, and clinical psychologist. She is a clinic director and supervisor at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and an associate clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine. Rebecca is co-author of the popular workbook The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction: A Guide to Coping with the Grief, Stress, and Anger that Trigger Addictive Behaviors, which won the San Diego Book Award, and is thrilled about her most recent book Gift of Recovery: 52 Mindful Ways to Live Joyfully Beyond Addiction.
Renee Lopez
Renee Lopez is a 56-year-old woman with a physical disability who was born and raised in Austin, Texas and still lives there today. She attended the University of Texas and graduated with a BA (1984) and M.Ed. (1986). She worked for the State of Texas for 30 years prior to retirement. She has a long history of advocating for the rights of people with disabilities going back to 1982, when, as a student with a life-long physical disability, Renee joined other students with disabilities to advocate for campus accessibility. She continues to advocate for people with disabilities today. Renee is a member of ADAPT Texas, a grassroots organization that advocates for rights of people with disabilities by working with the legislature. Currently, Renee also serves on the board of AHA! (Accessible Housing Austin!) whose mission is to promote accessible, integrated, affordable housing for people with disabilities. She is on the board of VSA Texas, the Texas state organization for arts and people with disabilities, and volunteers with their Opening Minds, Opening Doors program teaching people with developmental disabilities to become self-advocates by telling their story. Renee also serves on the Advisory Board for SAFE Disability Services and on a coalition put together by the Vera Institute of Justice on ending violence against people with disabilities. She regularly presents and trains on sexual violence against people with disabilities.
Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) Presenters are staff and members of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) , a national organizaiton working for better wages and working conditions in the restaurant industry.
Ricardo Vera-Monroy
Center on Gender Equity and Health, University of California, San Diego
Ricardo received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Dartmouth College. He has worked in various domestic and international research projects focused on sex-trafficking, gender-based violence and HIV prevention with underserved and marginalized populations such as youth-at-risk and Female Sex Workers.
Richard Smith
Healing Works
Richard Smith is the National Director of HealingWorks, a learning collaborative that addresses the needs of male survivors of violence. He has two decades of experience developing and implementing community-based programs for disadvantaged populations, including reentry programs and as a case manager and program director for survivors of violence. He has been a professor and lecturer on criminal justice, history, social work, systemic racism, mass incarceration, trauma, and healing. Richard is a technical assistance leader for the DOJ’s National Resource Center on Reaching Underserved Victims.He is a doctoral candidate at SUNY Albany’s School of Social Welfare.
Robert McGrath
McGrath Psychological Services P.C.
Robert McGrath, M.A. is in private practice and is the former Clinical Director of the Vermont Department of Corrections statewide network of prison and community sex offender treatment programs. He was co-chair of the professional standards committee that authored the ATSA 2014 Practice Guidelines for the Assessment, Treatment, and Management of Male Adult Sexual Abusers. He currently serves or has served on the treatment advisory boards of several sex offender programs in the United States and the national sex offender treatment programs in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong.
Rosa Viramontes
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Rosa Viramontes serves as the District Director for the Los Angeles District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a civil law enforcement agency that enforces federal laws against employment discrimination. In her capacity, she oversees the operations of the EEOC’s Los Angeles District which encompasses central and southern California, southern Nevada, the state of Hawaii, and the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, Wake Island and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Ms. Viramontes joined the EEOC in 1978 and has served in a number of positions including Investigator, Supervisor, Enforcement Manager, Deputy District Director, and District Director. Over the years, Ms. Viramontes has been the recipient of numerous agency awards, including the EEOC Chair’s Award for Commitment to Excellence, the highest honor bestowed to EEOC staff. Ms. Viramontes currently serves as the Chair of the Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board. Ms. Viramontes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. The work of the EEOC’s Los Angeles District Office on behalf of Latina janitors was featured in the 2015 Frontline/PBS documentary, Rape on the Night Shift, which also aired on Univision. That office obtained a $5.8 million settlement for Latina janitors (EEOC v. ABM).
Rose Hennessy
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Rose Hennessy is a PhD Dissertator in Community and Behavioral Health Promotion and an Adjunct Professor in Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She brings over a decade of anti-violence experience, including campus sexual assault work, advocacy, research, and prevention and evaluation at the state-level domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions in Wisconsin. Her research and teaching focus on sexual assault prevention, public health, and participatory approaches to program evaluation.
Ruvani W. Fonseka
Center on Gender Equity and Health, University of California, San Diego
Ruvani W. Fonseka, MPH, MSW, is a PhD Student in the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, working with Dr. Jay Silverman. Ruvani received her Bachelors degree in History and Science from Harvard University, with a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. Her interest in gender and health equity led her to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa after college and to conduct quantitative research on gender-based violence in Bangalore, India and in Sri Lanka while completing Master of Health and Master of Social Welfare degrees from University of California, Berkeley.
Sabrina Boyce
University of California, Berkeley and Center of Gender Equity and Health, University of California,
Sabrina Boyce, MPH, is a doctoral student in Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley, with a strong background and interest in public health research as it relates to gender equity and gender-based violence prevention. She received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and MPH from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Since then, Ms. Boyce has spent the last 9 years working in domestic violence agencies and on research initiatives focused on gender-based violence, child marriage, sex-trafficking, and reproductive health among vulnerable populations in settings such as Mexico, Central America, India, West and East Africa, and California.
Sam Harrell
Middle Way House
Sam Harrell is the Prevention Programs Coordinator at Middle Way House, where they provide violence prevention education to youth and young adults in Monroe County, Indiana. They have experience working in disability services, homeless services, child welfare, youth services, and prison/jail re-entry. Sam is also a Site Director with the Interfaith Winter Shelter, a low-barrier homeless shelter for adults, and an Adult Leader with Prism Youth Community, a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth and allies. Sam has a BSW and MSW from Indiana University. Their research and organizing interests include transformative justice, prison abolition, queer youth support, and the history of social welfare’s relationship to modern policing.
Sameera Qureshi
HEART Women & Girls
Sameera is an Occupational Therapist who earned her MS degree from Tufts University in Boston, MA. From 2011- 2016, Sameera worked in Calgary, Canada to develop and run Islamic sexual health curricula in Islamic schools, mosques, and for professionals working with Muslims. Sameera has been working with HEART Women and Girls since 2012 to facilitate sexual health education initiatives within Muslim communities across Canada. Her areas of interest are in curriculum and program development, community needs assessments, facilitation of trainings with adults and youth, and supporting institutions in creating policies and procedures regarding sexual violence. Sameera currently lives in Washington, D.C. where she is starting to collaborate with D.C-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) area organizations to address sexual health education and sexual violence prevention. She also maintains a blog called Muslim Sistah and can be found on Twitter @muslimsistah.
Sandra Diaz
SEIU United Service Workers West (SEIU-USWW)
Sandra Diaz leads through compassion and connection. A leader in the immigrants’ rights and labor movement for nearly 20 years, Diaz is now the Vice President and Political Director for SEIU United Service Workers West (SEIU-USWW), a union representing over 40,000 janitors, security officers, airport workers and other property service workers in California. In 2016, Sandra helped lead a transformative journey with immigrant women in the janitorial industry who found the courage to say Ya BASTA (Enough!) to sexual assault and rape on the night shift. As a survivor herself, Sandra knew that tackling sexual assault in the janitorial industry had to done in a way that empowered survivors to heal, share their stories, and lead. Sandra and the leadership of SEIU-USWW created the space for that empowerment and transformation through the creation of the Promotora and Compadres leadership model, where both women and men in the janitorial industry came together, raised awareness, and developed strategies and policies to address sexual assault and rape in the workplace. SEIU-USWW is currently working to end rape in the work place across industries both in the U.S. and abroad.
Sandra Henriquez
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)
Sandra Henriquez is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA). She has led CALCASA since 2010, helping to elevate the profile of sexual violence and the work of rape crisis center programs throughout the state and nation. Ms. Henriquez has worked in the anti-sexual and domestic violence movement since 1985 and has been in non-profit management since 1990. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology, with emphasis on the study of culture and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). She is a founding Managing Partner of RALIANCE. As the CEO at CALCASA, Ms. Henriquez has helped to transform the organization’s culture and strategies by centering the experiences of those who are most marginalized, amplifying their voices and focusing on creating systemic change. Under her leadership, CALCASA has embarked on several efforts to create partnerships with systems on behalf of incarcerated victims of sexual violence, immigrants in detention, farmworkers, and janitorial workers in communities throughout California.
Sandy Monroy
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)
Sandy Monroy is the Project Manager and Site Administrator for California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) in Pasadena. SHe has over 15 years of experience working in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence. Sandy has served as the Director of Programs at a local rape crisis center in Los Angeles and holds a Board of Immigration Appeals accreditation with the Department of Homeland Security. Sandy currently provides Training and Technical Assistance to rape crisis centers and agencies working to build capacity in the area of civil legal needs and immigration protections for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Sarah Bear
New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Sarah Bear is the Community Engagement Specialist for the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA). She is responsible for engaging NJ communities as partners and allies to prevent sexual violence, which includes providing presentations to allied professionals and developing educational materials accessible for the general public. Additionally, she manages NJCASA’s Social Media Ambassador program, a group of volunteer online activists who promote constructive conversations about sexual violence and rape culture. Sarah is committed to the belief that ending sexual violence requires community-level change and, since joining the NJCASA team in 2015, has embraced the knowledge that prevention is possible.
Sarah Colomé
University of Illinois, Women’s Resources Center
As the Director of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Women’s Resources Center, Sarah leads efforts to improve the campus climate for women, directing gender-based programming as well as prevention and confidential advising services. Prior, she was Break the Cycles Capacity Building Program Manager where she designed and implemented innovative training and technical assistance projects, including three technical assistance projects under the Office on Violence Against Women. Sarah’s past work experience also includes serving as a crisis counselor, policy consultant, the Booking Director for A Long Walk Home, Inc., and on the board of the Chicago Women’s Health Center.
Sarah Diamond
Center for Community Solutions
Sarah Diamond holds a Master of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University and a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of California Riverside; she has extensive experience working with youth in middle, high school, and college settings, as well as youth who are or were formerly incarcerated. Her work focuses on the intersections of comprehensive sex education and sexual assault prevention education, teaching her classes through a feminist, sex-positive, culturally humble, trauma-informed lens while engaging youth in conversations about healthy relationships, media and its influence on gender norms, consent and boundaries, and how to be UPstanders in their communities.
Sarah Dodd
Central Connecticut State University
Sarah Dodd has devoted her professional life to ending sexual violence on college campuses. She has spent the last ten years working in higher education as an advocate for survivors as well as developing and facilitating innovative and effective prevention initiatives. During this time, Sarah has worked with hundreds of survivors and facilitated programs for thousands of college students. She has experience successfully engaging incoming students, student athletes, students involved in Greek Life and diverse student organizations. Sarah completed a B.A at Indiana University (2002), an A.M (MSW) at The University of Chicago (2008) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Work at The University of Connecticut. She lives, works, teaches and writes in Hartford, Connecticut.
Sarah Goode
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
Sarah Goode graduated from Evangel University with a Bachelors of Social Work. She earned her Masters of Social Work from the University of South Carolina in 2015. Sarah has worked in foster care, residential treatment for youth, and quality assurance and research, and has always been passionate about strengthening families and preventing violence. Since February 2017, Sarah has served at Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, partnering with faith leaders to enhance child protection policies, educate on healthy relationships and preventing abuse, and provide the best care for survivors of sexual assault. Sarah and her husband are actively involved in their church.
Saswati Sarkar
NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault
Saswati Sarkar is the Director of Program Administration and Finance at the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault. In this role, she wears multiple hats including managing program administration and finance for the agency’s grant contracts, directing the Alliances research and community based prevention efforts as well as leading the NYC Sexual Violence Prevention Regional Center. Prior to the Alliance, Saswati served as a national technical assistance provider for several years strengthening capacities of anti-sexual and -domestic violence programs and state coalitions to offer community-responsive programs and services to communities of color and immigrant communities
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Shari Weinstein
Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico
Shari Weinstein is the staff attorney at the Transgender Resource Center of NewMexico. She educates participants in the criminal justice system, including theSan Miguel County Detention Center, Farmington Police Department, the PublicDefender’s Office and the District Attorneys on transgender issues, assists inwriting institutional policy and advocates for trans folks who are or who havebeen previously incarcerated. She retired from the State of NewMexico in December 2014 where she worked as a prosecutor in the First JudicialDistrict for 19 years and as a judicial educator and deputy director of themagistrate court division at the Administrative Office of the Courts for six years.
Sharisse Carter
New York State Department of Health
Sharisse Carter is the program coordinator for the New York State Rape Prevention and Education Program (RPE) that funds 6 Regional Centers for Sexual Violence Prevention as well as the Statewide Center for Sexual Violence Prevention Training and Technical Assistance. The NYS RPE program focuses on implementing primary prevention approaches at the community level. Prior to involvement in RPE, Sharisse conducted community-based participatory research (CBPR) in her hometown affected by water and soil contamination. Sharisse obtained her MPH from Hofstra University (2015) and a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from Stony Brook University (2006).
Shireen Alihaji
Blue Veil Films
Blue Veil Films isa Los Angeles based media collective founded by Shireen Alihaji and Jaime Ballesteros. Blue Veil strives to connect communities to cutting edge communication solutions. With backgrounds in film and commercials, Blue Veil Films brings industry standards to your project with a cinematic approach. The Blue Veil Filmsteam develops content that defies cultural barriers and provides a platform for historically neglected populations to reclaim their narratives.We are translators of your unique vision and voice.
Silvia Berrones- Trevino
Silvia Berrones-Trevino Coordinadora Salud de la Mujer con Lideres Campesinas es primera generación de inmigrantes, hizo trabajo comunitario voluntario, promotora de salud, tiempo voluntario con la Union de Campesinos (UFW) en El Valle de Coachella y paso a ser contratada por la UFW como una organizadora con la UFW en Watsonville-Salinas por 9 anos, Co-fundadora de Mujeres Mexicanas y cuenta con 14 anos como organizadora y Coordinadora de Salud con Lideres Campesinas.
Sonia Milkin
VA San Diego Healthcare System/University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Sonia Milkin is a social justice advocate and therapist for persons recovering from serious mental illness. She is a post-doctoral psychology resident at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, where she is specializing in working with male and female Veterans diagnosed with psychotic disorders. Dr. Milkin uses a feminist perspective, along with recovery-oriented practices, to diagnose, treat, and support her clients’ well-being. As an advocate, she gives talks on demystifying psychosis, addressing provider’s beliefs that can interfere with treatment, and encouraging providers to use self-care to reduce compassion fatigue.
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Stacy Phillips
Office of Victims of Crime (OVC)
Stacy Phillips es Especialista en Administración de Subvenciones de Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) dentro del U.S. Department of Justice. La Sra. Phillips trabaja con Special Emphasis Team en la División de Programas Nacionales. Actualmente, su portafolio incluye la Visión 21: Transformando
Servicios Legales, Redes de Trabajo Legales, Compensación de Víctimas,
Ley de Eliminación de La Violación en Las Prisiones; Creación y Mejoramiento de Alianzas para Apoyar a Los Sobrevivientes Encarcelados Víctimas de Asalto Sexual; Centros de Justicia Familiar – Polyvictimización, Iniciativa de Demostración; Entrenar-al-Entrenador: Neurobiología y Fatalidad Infantil.
La Sra. Phillips tiene más de 18 años de experiencia en el campo del bienestar infantil; una carrera que comenzó como trabajadora social de tratamiento para casos tanto en el hogar como fuera del hogar en Bridgeport, Connecticut. A lo largo de su carrera, ha tenido múltiples oficios, incluyendo una variedad de asuntos relacionados con los servicios de protección familiar y niños, incluidas las subvenciones y la administración de programas, evaluación de necesidades, desarrollo de recursos y desarrollo de políticas en el DC Child and Family Services Agency. Al principio de su carrera, la Sra. Phillips condujo la adopción, el cuidado de crianza, y estudios de licencia de parentesco con Travis County Domestic Relations y como Supervisora de Investigaciones de Servicios de Protección a los Niños en Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
La Sra. Phillips tiene una Maestría en Psicología Clínica de La Universidad Estatal del Sur de Connecticut y en Trabajo Social de La Universidad Católica de América. Ella también ha conducido talleres de capacitación sobre educación continua en la conferencia de Child Welfare League of America National, entre otros. Actualmente es Candidata Doctoral en Trabajo Social en La Universidad del Sur de California trabajando en La Reforma de Justicia Juvenil.Stacy Phillips is a Grants Management Specialist with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
within the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Phillips works with the Special Emphasis Team in
the National Programs Division. Currently, her portfolio includes the Vision 21: Transforming
Legal Services Legal Networks; Victim Compensation; Prison Rape Elimination Act-Building
and Enhancing Partnerships to Support Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Assault; Family
Justice Centers-Polyvictimization Demonstration Initiative; Train-the-Trainer: Neurobiology;
and Child Fatality.
Ms. Phillips has more than 18 years of experience in the child welfare field; a career she began
as a treatment social worker for both in-home and out-of-home cases in Bridgeport,
Connecticut. Throughout her career, she has held multiple roles, including a variety of child
and family protective services issues, including grants and program management, needs
assessment, resource development, and policy development while at the DC Child and Family
Services Agency. Earlier in her career, Ms. Phillips conducted adoption, foster care, and
kinship licensing studies while with Travis County Domestic Relations and as a Child
Protective Services Investigations Supervisor at the Texas Department of Family and
Protective Services.
Ms. Phillips holds Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology from Southern Connecticut State
University and in Social Work from Catholic University of America. She has also conducted
continuing education training workshops at the Child Welfare League of America National
Conference, among others. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Social Work at the
University of Southern California working on Juvenile Justice Reform.
Stephany Powell
Journey Out
Dr. Stephany Powell gained unique insight into the world of sexual exploitation and trafficking through her thirty years with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Dr. Powell retired from the LAPD as Vice Sergeant and accepted the leadership role at Journey Out in October 2013. Dr. Powell is a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne where is currently an Adjunct Professor. She created and facilitated Team Building and Executive Leadership workshops for the fire and police departments. She is a powerful speaker and one of the premiere experts in the field.
Steve LePore
Steve brings over 30 years experience in nonprofit management and consulting to 1in6, which he founded in January 2007. He originally worked in the private sector as Director of Human Resources for Six Flags Corporation and Landmark Entertainment Group. In 1988, Steve co-founded My Friend’s Place, a resource center for homeless and runaway youth in Hollywood, California and became its full-time Executive Director in 1990. In June 1999, he left My Friend’s Place to found the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project, a community-based outreach program preventing high-risk behavior among students in his own neighborhood. Steve is a Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow (having researched effective strategies to address difficult social issues and create change through program and policy development) and a NO MORE campaign board member, and previously served on the board of CALCASA (the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault).
Strong Oak Lefebvre
Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition, Inc.
Irene Strong Oak Lefebvre, MSSA, is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition INC. In April,2017, Ms Lefebvre received the Visionary Voice Award from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center representing the state of Massachusetts in recognition for her work to end sexual violence. Ms. Lefebvre served on the Advisory Council for the National Sexual Resource Center from 2010-2016. She is currently a Peer Cohort, representing VBCIC, with the Just Beginnings Collaborative, a funding organization, that seeks to build a movement to end childhood sexual assault nationwide.
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IMPACT Personal Safety Southern California
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sujatha baliga
Safe and Just
sujatha baliga’s work is characterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crime. A former victim advocate and public defender, sujatha was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship, which she used to organize a successful restorative juvenile diversion program in Alameda County. sujatha is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences, has been a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and the Today Show, and her work has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine. She often speaks publicly and inside prisons about restorative justice, her personal experiences as a survivor of child sexual abuse, and her path to forgiveness. Today, sujatha is the director of the Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice, where she helps communities implement restorative justice alternatives to juvenile detention and zero-tolerance school discipline policies. sujatha is a proud co-founder of Crime Survivor for Safety and Justice. She is also dedicated to advancing restorative justice to end child sexual abuse and intrafamilial and sexual violence. sujatha earned her A.B. from Harvard College, her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and has held two federal clerkships.
Sunny Kim
Korean American Family Services (KFAM)
Sunhee Kim, M.A., has been the DV Program Manager of the Korean American Family Services (KFAM) since 2017. Even before 2017, she has been providing direct services to families impacted by the Domestic Violence including psychotherapy, DV counseling and advocacy services, supervised visitation program, 52-Week batter’s intervention program, children’s workshop and Domestic Violence Hotline as a family advocate. Sunhee’s experience as 1st generation Korean Immigrant in the US and her personal experience of DV contributed to her great interest in advocating for API community impacted by the crime. She is currently a member of API Domestic Violence Task Force of LA County and API Human Tracking Task Force of LA County.Prior to joining KFAM, Sunhee was a mental health counselor providing psychotherapy to individuals/families. She volunteered at KFAM providing culturally responsive therapy to Korean immigrant families/individual. She also volunteered at the Sandy Segal Youth Health Center in Culver City where she met adolescents and their families in need. Sunhee received her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and her M.A. from Pepperdine University.
Susan Celia Swan
V-Day and One Billion Rising
Susan Celia Swan is one of original team who helped playwright Eve Ensler found and create V-Day, her efforts have been integral to the development of the movement as it grew from a one-night benefit event in 1998 to a wide ranging global non-profit, raising over $100 million dollars with a presence in over 200 countries. Susan oversees all aspects of V-Day, including its work with One Billion Rising and City of Joy, producing videos and new art pieces and events, developing campaigns, development, and communications.
Swechya Pant
Raksha, Inc
Swechhya Pant is the Outreach and Youth Coordinator at Raksha, Inc. where she oversees the Youth Group Program. Swechhya began her career working in a Human Rights agency Adhikaar in 2007 where she founded Adhikaar Youth Group. Swechhya has worked as a legal advocate at Raksha, Social Adjustment Specialist for Catholic Charities and a Program Manager for Georgia Law Center for the Homeless. Swechhya has a Bachelor’s degree in Women and Gender Studies from City College of New York and is excited to provide services in her native language Nepali. She is deeply and vocally passionate about women’s empowerment.
Tabitha Thomas
Tabitha Thomas has been active in the anti-rape movement for 11 years, and was previously the Director of Counseling Services at San Francisco Women Against Rape. Tabitha has led the development of WEAVE’s Anti-trafficking Response Team and comprehensive program for child and adult victims as well as the development of a peer-support program for victims and staff members and the expansion of services for incarcerated victims into six regional prisons, jails and other institutions. She has a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University and a MA in MFT/Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University.
Tarana Burke
Girls for Gender Equity
Tarana has worked in social justice and Black arts and culture for more than twenty-five years. Her long and varied professional career started in Selma, AL where, over the span of a decade, she worked with: the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement helping to develop hundreds of youth leaders across the country; at the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute serving as a curatorial consultant and special projects director helping to organize the annual commemoration and celebration of the Selma Voting Rights Struggle known as the Bridge Crossing Jubilee; and as Executive Director of the Black Belt Arts and Cultural Center where she created and oversaw cultural community programs designed for underserved youth. Tarana’s work in Selma earned her a consulting position with the production of the 2014, Oscar nominated film, SELMA directed by the incomparable Ava DuVernay whom she met while serving as Managing Director of Art Sanctuary, a Black arts organization based in Philadelphia. Tarana is passionate about social justice and has made a lifelong commitment to serving the causes of people of color and marginalized groups with a particular focus on young women and girls. She has done organizing work from the deep South the the East Coast dealing with issues ranging from economic justice to police brutality. Her passion for justice has taken her around the country and the world where she has been invited to speak and present at various conferences and gatherings in multiple states and countries, including: Senegal, Cuba, Mali, and Tunisia as a UN Delegate for the World Summit on Information Systems. In 2003 she turned her focus to young women of color and co-founded Jendayi Aza an African-centered Rites of Passage program for girls. That program eventually evolved into the creation of her non-profit Just Be, Inc. Since its inception, Just Be has served hundreds of girls around the country through unique programming and workshops. Through the work of Just Be, Tarana started the ‘me too.’ Movement, a campaign using the idea of “empowerment through empathy” to help young women of color who are survivors of sexual abuse, assault and exploitation. The campaign is designed to, among other things, train women who are survivors to work in communities of color and fringe communities where there is less access to resources. Tarana continues her work in service of young women of color as Senior Director of Girls for Gender Equity a youth leadership development organization working to actualize racial and gender justice in partnership with the young people we serve. Often sought out for social commentary, Tarana has been published and quoted in Colorlines, Mic, BK Nation, Glamour, Ebony, Essence, The Source and The Root among others. Tarana also runs the blog SheSlays.com – a personal style diary. She currently resides in New York City and has daughter who is made of magic.
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Teresa Anderson
The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration
Teresa Anderson is the Public Policy Director for The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration. With over 20 years of advocacy with and on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities Teresa has dedicated much of her efforts toward increasing awareness about sexual violence committed against people with I/DD. In addition to her experience in advocacy she holds a B.A. in Child Development from Sacramento State University and an M.P.H (Masters in Public Health) from Drexel University.
Terri Poore
National Alliance to End Sexual Violence
Terri Poore has worked with the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence on federal policy and appropriations related to sexual assault for over 10 years, first as a board member and now as the Policy Director. Previously, she worked at the National Sexual Assault Coalition Resource Sharing Project and the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence for 13 years. In the 90s, Terri worked at a rape crisis center in North Florida. Terri holds an MSW from Florida State University and a BA in Sociology
Terri Poore
National Alliance to End Sexual Violence
Terri Poore has worked with the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence on federal policy and appropriations related to sexual assault for over 10 years, first as a board member and now as the Policy Director. Previously, she worked at the National Sexual Assault Coalition Resource Sharing Project and the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence for 13 years. In the 90’s, Terri worked at a rape crisis center in North Florida. Terri holds an MSW from Florida State University and a BA in Sociology.
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Tracey Breeden
Uber Technologies
Tracey Breeden is an accomplished communications professional. She is a member of a team that leads and manages safety communications for Uber in the U.S. and globally. Tracey was a police officer who began her career in law enforcement in California in 2002. She served in several specialty assignments with departments to include investigations, public relations and crisis communications before joining communications at Uber in 2016.Traceys passion extends beyond her work. She continues to speak professionally on crisis communications and conducts presentations for first responders. She works with community-based organizations and survivors that assist victims of crime.
Traci Rogers
No Boundaries International
Traci is a Trauma and Loss Clinical Specialist as well as a Disaster Relief Chaplain. She began with No Boundaries as the Amarillo Director in 2013.
Travis Connors
The University of Arizona College of Public Health
Travis Connors is a Masters of Public Health Student in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is currently a GIS Specialist for Pima County, Arizona.
Trina Greene Brown
Parenting for Liberation
Trina Greene Brown is a Black-feminist Mama-activist. She is the founder of Parenting for Liberation, a platform where parents of Black children collectively envision a world where our children are free to be their most liberated selves. She has a decade of experience in the VAW movement; she currently works with Resonance Network and Move to End Violence. Cecilia Caballero is the co-parent of a six year old boy. She is the co-founder of the Chicana M(other)work collective which amplifies mothering as a transformative act of social justice and they seek to uplift Chicana and women of color mothers within and beyond academia.
Tristen Taggart
Tristen is a trans antiviolence activist pursuing their Bachelor’s Degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Political Science. Along with being a FORGE intern, Tristen isa queer survivor, scholar, and direct-support volunteer. Their evolving academic focus is on the embodied politics of sexual violence and opportunities for resistance and healing.
Tyreena Heck
Break the Cycle
Tyreena Heck is a Community Initiatives Coordinator who adores working with young people, and has a passion for cultivating youth-adult partnerships. After graduating from the University of Texas, Tyreena began her journey as a Prevention Specialist for the Williamson County Crisis Center. Within two years, she expanded her first prevention program from three schools to over twenty-five. In 2016, Tyreena formed a Coaches Leadership Board with the Texas Council on Family Violence to promote healthy relationships in athletic communities. She has worked with hundreds of young people, partnered with key influencers, facilitated dozens of trainings, and understands the importance of engaging everyday people into our movement. Tyreena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and is currently working on her M.B.A at Concordia University of Texas.
Vanessa Crawford Aragón
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault
Vanessa Crawford Aragon serves as the Community Prevention Coordinator for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault in Kansas City, where she facilitates community coalition efforts to reduce the occurrence of sexual violence through the creation of a county-wide Violence Prevention Plan and implementation of environmental change strategies. She has more than a decade of experience in policy advocacy, coalition development, and community organizing.
Vanessa Macale
Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere, EPS: Equity, Planning, Strategy, Multnomah County Health Department
Vanessa Micalewas a 2017/2018 LEAP fellow through CALCASA and the Women of Color Network, joining a national cohort of women of color in leadership in the field of violence prevention. She leads the STRYVE [Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere] program in the Multnomah County Health Department. She has 15 years of experience serving communities most impacted by violence in settings ranging from domestic violence shelters, schools, community centers, and juvenile halls in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Portland. Vanessa Micale is informed by her experience as a bilingual-bicultural Uruguayan-American Latina and daughter of an immigrant. She is committed to strengths-based, trauma informed approaches, with a passion for popular education, healing, resiliency, and creative expression.
Vanessa Sapien
Just Detention International
Vanessa Sapien, MA, is a Senior Program Officer at Justice Detention International (JDI). On JDI’s domestic team she provides training and technical assistance for corrections staff and advocates on how to keep prisoners safe from sexual violence. A mental health professional and domestic violence and rape crisis counselor, she has received honors for her clinical, diversity, and social justice in mental health work. Vanessa is an advocate and ambassador for the disability community and is passionate about cultural humility.
Venkayla Haynes
Youth policy activist, Venkayla Haynes, has worked on a state and national level, and will lead workshop participants in identifying examples of intersectional policy work and ways to overcome challenges around engaging young people in policy work.
Vivian St Juste
Family Resources Center, Inc.
Vivian St. Juste leads a double-dual agency in intervening on behalf of victims and educating perpetrators of crime in the areas of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Her work with youth and adults, include services to address Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, Suicide Prevention and Intervention. A Virgin Islander of the United States, Vivian migrated to New York after high school and later lived and served the community of Wilmington, NC. After twenty-five years, she returned to her native shores and has been lending her skills and expertise to Family Resource Center (FRC),, the only domestic violence and sexual assault focused agency, serving the islands of St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island. Over the past almost nine years, she has led this agency from the brink of dissolving, to now a thriving, highly-regarded resource in her community. Vivian has remained comfortable being on the frontlines of providing emergency services and through volunteerism on several boards, advisory councils, and civic organizations, as she remains the familiar voice and face of her agency. Her #teamfrc rallies around her and her working relationship with her board of directors is effective.
Warden John Rathman
Management and Training Corporation, Imperial Detention Facility
John Rathman was born in Iowa in 1958 and was raised in Minnesota. He attended Clark County Community College and later attended Kennedy Western University where he majored in Business. He began his government career with the Department of Defense in 1981 and served four years in the U.S. Air Force. In 1985, Mr. Rathman joined the Bureau of Prisons as a Maintenance Foreman at FCI in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Rathman was later promoted to Facility Manager. Under Mr. Rathman’s tenure and outstanding leadership in the area of Energy & Water Conservation, he received the 1997 National Federal Energy & Water Management Award from the Department of Energy. Mr. Rathman held the position of Assistant Warden from 1998-2005 and assigned as Warden from 2005-2014. In April 2008, Mr. Rathman became a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). After his twenty-nine year career with the Bureau of Prisons, Mr. Rathman retired and relocated to California where he is currently employed by Management and Training Corporation as the Warden at the Imperial Regional Detention Facility.
Wesley McKain
Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS Public Health Department
Wesley McKain serves as Program Supervisor of the Healthy Community Division at the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS Health Department. In this role he helps to coordinate the Healthy Communities Wyandotte coalition. Wesley co-founded the nationally recognized Enroll Wyandotte campaign, a collaborative effort that assists residents getting insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. He also leads a community-based effort to advocate for more bicycle routes, trails, and sidewalks in Wyandotte County called the 20/20/20 Movement.
William Tamayo
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
William R. Tamayo was appointed District Director for the San Francisco District of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in June 2015 and oversees the investigations and operations in Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. He served as EEOC Regional Attorney from 1995-2015 where he directed the litigation. His office obtained millions of dollars for victims of sexual harassment in cases including EEOC v. Tanimura & Antle ($1.855 million for harassed and retaliated farm workers), EEOC v. Lowe’s Home Improvement ($1.72 million for harassment of store workers), and EEOC v. Fry’s Electronics ($2.3 million for Asian employee terminated for alerting company to sexual harassment and for teenage Latina employee who was harassed) and obtained a nearly $1 million verdict for a farm worker who was sexually harassed (raped) and retaliated against, EEOC v. Harris Farms. The work of the EEOC on behalf of farm workers was featured in the June 2013 Frontline/PBS documentary, Rape in the Fields, which also aired on Univision. From 1979 – 1995 he was a staff attorney and the Managing Attorney for the Asian Law Caucus, Inc. of San Francisco where he was co-counsel for the plaintiff-intervenor in EEOC and Castrejon v. Tortilleria La Major, 785 F. Supp. 585 (E.D. Cal 1991) (undocumented workers are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) and co-led the legal team that developed the “self-petitioning provisions” for battered immigrant women under the Violence Against Women Act through which over 90,000 women and their children have been able to leave abusive relationships and gain legal permanent resident status.
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Yesenia Curiel
UC Merced CARE-Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education
Yesenia Curiel is a native of Los Angeles, California. She identifies as a bilingual person (Spanish Speaking), a Chicana/Latina/Woman of Color and as a bisexual woman. She has over 17 years’ involvement in the anti-gender-based violence field. She has experience working for a rape crisis center as a coordinator, program director, and educator. She is passionate about developing culturally and linguistically appropriate programming. She served as a board member and as a representative (Women and Color South-Chair) of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) for ten years. She has over 15 years’ experience empowering women of color through professional development workshops, brave (safe) spaces and through mentoring. Currently, she is the director of the Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE) department at the University of California, Merced which provides sexual violence (domestic violence and stalking) prevention and crisis services. Yesenia holds an MA in Clinical Psychology.
Yvette Lozano
Peace Over Violence
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Zahara Green
TRANScending Barriers Atlanta
Zahara Green is Founder and Executive Director of TRANScending Barriers Atlanta, a trans-led, trans-issue focused non-profit organization whose mission is to empower the transgender and gender non-conforming community in Georgia. A formerly incarcerated trans women of color, who spent five years in prison with most of her time in solitary confinement, Zahara was sexually assaulted by an inmate at a Rogers State Prison. This experience inspired her to create TRANScending Barriers. Zahara specializes in criminal justice advocacy for transgender and non-binary people and fighting the abuses and discrimination this group of people faces in the criminal justice system.
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