National BIP Network Participants

Alabama

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Alabama DV Coalition

Jawandalyn Brooks

Alaska

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Alaska DV Coalition

Brenda Stanfill

Arizona

Anna Harper-Guerrero
Anna Harper-Guerrero, LMSW, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse in Tucson, and is a Faculty Associate at the Arizona State University School of Social Work. Anna has worked at Emerge since 2009 and has transformed the organization by introducing innovative new ways to design programs that center on the humanity of participants and the needs of the community. Anna also led the team at Emerge responsible for the design and implementation of a cutting-edge Men’s Education Program, which transcends the traditional model of “anger management” to a more holistic model that addresses root causes of domestic abuse with empathy, hope and love, while simultaneously holding individuals accountable for abusive behavior. Anna has also led the effort at Emerge to address systemic racism and anti-blackness both internally at Emerge and externally in the community. Over the last six years, Anna has worked to curate national and local equity consultants, lead courageous conversations with staff, and strategically push to create an unapologetically antiracist and inclusive culture at Emerge. Prior to joining the Emerge team, Anna worked as a Special Staff Assistant to Pima County Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Elías, and the Crisis Services Director at the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault. Dedicated to the health and safety of the community, Anna also serves on the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on the Impact of Domestic Violence, and serves as the Co-Chair of Pima County’s Batterer Treatment Collaboration. She is the current Board Treasurer for Western Little League and recently joined the Board of Directors of Boys to Men. Her past volunteer work includes co-chairing the Pima County Crime Victim Compensation Board, serving as a Commissioner with the Pima County/Tucson Women’s Commission, and also as a board member of both Skrappy’s Youth Program and Borderlinks. Anna is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Arizona State University and received her licensure from the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners in 2004. She has been in the field of social work for 22 years and has extensive clinical and program development experience in domestic abuse and sexual assault services. Anna has provided numerous local and national trainings about domestic abuse, sexual violence, and court/systemic-based best practices. Anna was named Tucson’s 40 Under 40 Woman of the Year in 2009, was recognized with a Thrive Guara Award for Outstanding Advocacy Services in 2017, and received the Laura Penny Community Impact Award through the Women’s Foundation for the State of Arizona in 2018.

Arizona

Kevin Wheeler
Kevin Wheeler, MAC, LASAC, is a Domestic Violence Unit Supervisor for Pima County Adult Probation, in Tucson, AZ. Kevin has worked with the domestic violence (DV) population since 2009 in both the private sector and with the Courts. He began is career at a treatment agency as a DV group facilitator with high-risk offenders. In 2010, he represented the agency at meetings when the Pima County’s Batterer Treatment Collaboration was formed. Today, he acts as co-chair of the Collaboration.

Kevin transitioned from the private treatment sector to adult probation in 2012. He worked several years with individuals struggling with addiction and returned to the domestic violence population in 2015, first as a field officer, and then as a supervisor of a domestic violence unit in 2017. Since 2015, he has co-facilitated in-house Domestic Violence Batter Intervention Programs and DV Moral Reconation Therapy programs for high-risk offenders. Kevin also is Pima County Adult Probation’s, Evidence Based Practices Coordinator. He is a Certified Motivational Interviewing and Effective Practices in Correctional Settings II (EPICS-II) trainer for the Arizona Office of the Courts. His role is to work with probation officers to teach them the skills to better promote positive change with the adult probation population in Arizona.

Kevin is a graduate from Marquette University and Prescott College and received his licensure in 2011 for the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health. Prior to seeking his master’s degree, he worked for over 20 years in the funeral industry where he represented his state at state and national levels, serving as President for Arizona’s Funeral Association, and as a National Policy Board Representative. Growing up witnessing domestic violence in his home and being a survivor of same-sex domestic violence are the driving forces behind Kevin’s passion to work with this population.

Arizona DV Coalition

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Arkansas

Kristy Burton
Kristy began her career working in law enforcement after earning her undergraduate degree in criminal justice in 2001. For nearly two decades, Kristy worked as a law enforcement officer and instructor working for Arkansas community corrections and US probation. During this time, she earned her MS in community counseling at John Brown University, graduating in 2013. She’s a doctoral candidate at the University of the Cumberlands in counselor education and supervision. Kristy has worked with domestic violence offenders for nearly 20 years. She is currently a BIP Provider. Kristy is former regional vice-president of the Arkansas Addiction Professionals Association (NAADAC affiliate) and is the current President of the Arkansas Association of Counselor Education and Supervision beginning July 2020. Kristy is a board certified supervisor in Arkansas.

Arkansas

Breanne Burton
Breanne is a graduate of Central Baptist College with over 10 years of nonprofit management experience. Service to others and respect for human dignity are at the heart of Breanne’s career.

Prior to becoming the Executive Director at Rise House, Breanne was the Career Center Manager at Our House Shelter in Little Rock, AR, where she supervised and supported a large team working to expand employment and social service opportunities for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Her nonprofit career also includes working in Los Angeles and Nashville as a City Director where they hosted student groups and educated them on social justice issues that residents were facing in the city. Breanne is known to her friends, family, and the community as someone who will always lead with compassion and truly listens to people’s ideas.

Arkansas DV Coalition

Brandy Dailey
Brandy Dailey was born in Houston, Texas, but spent most of her life in rural Arkansas. She graduated from Hendrix College with a bachelor’s degree in Politics, and is a Certified Group Facilitator through the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium and a Specialty Law Enforcement Instructor certified through the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. In 2019, she received her master’s degree in Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Over the years, she has worked for various non-profits in Arkansas and has always been driven to public service. As both a first-generation student and a childhood survivor of domestic violence – Brandy has continuously felt the need to give back to the community that helped shape her future. Mrs. Dailey currently works for the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence as the Community Response Facilitator, as well as the spokesperson for the national non-profit, Predict-Align-Prevent which focuses on stopping child maltreatment before it happens.

California

Alyce LaViolette
Alyce LaViolette has worked with victims of intimate partner violence since 1978 and founded one of the first programs in the country (Alternatives to Violence) to work with perpetrators of abuse in 1979.  She speaks nationally and internationally on gender, assessment of dangerousness, hands-on interventions with victims and perpetrators, prevention and expert testimony.Alyce is a speaker for the U.S. State Dept. and recently traveled to Vietnam to work with community and governmental groups. Ms. LaViolette has qualified as an expert witness in criminal, family law, federal and civil cases.  She has published peer-reviewed articles as well as a parenting curriculum (For Our Children), when domestic violence has been an issue and the Sage Publication best-selling book, “It Could Happen to Anyone: Why Battered Women Stay”.Alyce has been a keynote or featured speaker at conferences all over the country and received numerous awards for her work including a Lifetime Achievement Award.

California

Michael F Cochrane Sr.
Michael F. Cochrane BA Psy, MBA (Banking and Finance.37+ years as a DV Facilitator/co-facilitator. Men’s and women DV group, anger management groups, parenting, Expertise in intervention techniques for partner abuse, targeting self-esteem issues, rage, and anger. Specializing in various ethnic, cultural issues. Prenenter during trainings, expert witness .

California DV Coalition

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Colarado

Jesse Hansen
Jesse Hansen, MPA, serves as the Program Manager for the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) in the Division of Criminal Justice, Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS). With a background in policy and research, Jesse has worked for the Office of Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Management (ODVSOM) in different capacities since 2011 related to the development and implementation of Standards for the evaluation, assessment, and treatment of offenders. Jesse is passionate about integrating research-informed and evidence-based practices into programs related to the management and treatment of sex offenders and domestic violence offenders.

Jesse serves as the CDPS representative on the Sex Offender Management Board and the DVOMB representative on the Colorado Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board. Additionally, Jesse Hansen has presented nationally at the Domestic Violence Symposium, the Association for Domestic Violence Intervention Programs (ADVIP), the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) Conference, and the National Adolescent Perpetration Network (NAPN) Conference. He has co-authored several publications on juveniles who commit sexual offenses and the management of domestic violence offenders. Prior to joining CDPS, Jesse served as a Captain in the United States Army. His hobbies and interests include hiking, racing, and reading.

Colorado

Philippe Marquis
I am an approved clinical supervisor in the State of Colorado and have worked with individuals who perpetrate intimate partner violence since 2004. I am an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Human Services Department and have taught courses on domestic violence. I am a co-owner of an agency that specializes in the treatment of system-involved domestic violence offenders, and a consultant and therapist with another agency that works with individuals voluntarily seeking therapy due to relationship conflict and trauma. I am a trainer for the Child Welfare Training Center, facilitating the Accountability & Engagement curriculum, an advanced course offering for child welfare case workers which provides a framework for risk evaluation and engagement of individuals perpetrating intimate partner violence. I have participated in Colorado policy committees over a period of seven years, including the following: Colorado Standards Revision Committee; A group that created a best practice standards document for juveniles engaged in abusive behaviors; and another group working on the development of a white paper for establishing guidelines for providers working with non-criminally involved perpetrators (e.g., family and civil court environments.) I was a non-voting member of the Colorado Governor’s Domestic Violence and Child Welfare Task Group from Sept 2020 to July 2021. I am currently a member of the Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management Board’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Colorado

Carolina Frane
Caroleena Frane, LAC, LPC, ADS, is a Licensed Addiction Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and Acudetox Specialist. Ms. Frane is the current Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (Domestic Violence Offender Management Board) Standards Coordinator. She is a DVOMB approved trainer, and conducts all required Domestic Violence Offender Management Board CORE trainings for new and ongoing Providers. Ms. Frane also trains out of the state of Colorado and internationally, on the Domestic Violence Risk and Needs Assessment (DVRNA), and other domestic violence related topics. She most recently has co-published Domestic Violence Treatment in Colorado: An Overview of an Evidenced-Based Approach, in the journal of Partner Abuse. Ms. Frane has worked in a variety of settings including large mental health center settings and private practice. She has extensive experience evaluating and treating adult domestic violence offenders.

Ms. Frane specializes in Offender Evaluations and Treatment of individuals involved in the criminal justice system, to include evaluations in the areas of: mental health, substance use, domestic violence, anger management, and dual diagnosis. All evaluations have at the core, the Risk, Need and Responsivity Principles to identify comprehensive and individualized evaluation outcomes and treatment plan development. All of her work is centered around how to best provide victim safety, through the management and treatment of people who commit domestic violence.

 

Colorado DV Coalition

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Connecticut

Joe DiTunno
Oversaw the DV contracts in CT since 2004- am now Deputy Director in operations – pre-trial services

Connecticut

CJ Forcier
Charles “CJ” Forcier is currently the Regional Manager for the Connecticut Judicial Department, CSSD Family Services Division. Prior to this appointment, he worked in the New Haven Family Services Office for nearly twenty-nine years. For the last fifteen years of his tenure there, he was the Family Services Supervisor overseeing the Domestic Violence dockets in GA 23, New Haven. In his capacity as a Family Relations Counselor and Supervisor, he has interviewed thousands of offenders and victims of domestic violence. He has served as an Adjunct Instructor for the CSSD Training Academy and has lectured at numerous community agencies and schools throughout the State around the issue of domestic violence. He is currently a member of the CSSD Fatality Review Committee.

Mr. Forcier holds a Masters Degree from Southern Connecticut State University and has attended numerous conferences and training seminars on Domestic Violence. Mr. Forcier was the recipient of the 2007 Connecticut Judicial Branch’s Diversity Award, which recognizes individuals who have made a commitment to understand diverse populations and cultures. In 2011, he was also selected by the Connecticut Coalition against Domestic Violence to their “First 100”, a group of men chosen for their commitment to ending Domestic Violence and applauded for his dedication to the issue within the community.

Connecticut DV Coalition

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Delaware

Maureen Monagle

Delaware

Stephanie Rodriguez
Stephanie Rodriguez, LCSW, DVS serves as the Program Director at Turning Point at People’s Place II. As such, Stephanie oversees all services at Turning Point related to domestic violence intervention for offenders, therapeutic services for survivors and their children, and domestic violence prevention programming.

Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and maintains certifications as a Domestic Violence Specialist in both Prevention and Direct Service/Systems Advocacy. She earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Delaware State University and also has dual associate degrees in Human Services and Drug and Alcohol Counseling.

Stephanie began her journey in 2011 advocating for victims of sexual violence. In 2013, she started at People’s Place SAFE residential program and continued to provide advocacy for victims of domestic violence. In early 2015, Stephanie transferred to Turning Point at People’s Place II where she became a Domestic Violence Therapist. Moreover, Stephanie was the D.E.L.T.A. prevention project supervisor for Turning Point. Stephanie oversaw the development and implementation strategies focusing on the primary prevention of intimate partner violence amongst Delaware’s youth. Stephanie couple’s prevention concepts with trauma-informed care principles and practices developed through her years of clinical experience.

Stephanie has worn many hats in the community and continues to teach courses at several local colleges and universities in General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Human Development, Group Counseling, Ethics, Theories of Practice, Domestic Violence, and Advanced Generalist Practice in Trauma.

Delaware

Ann Altemus

Delaware DV Coalition

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Florida

Linda Parker

Florida

Abraham Salinas Miranda
My background is medical (MD) and public health (PhD) and have worked in family violence prevention for over a decade. I am an Assistant Professor of Public Health at the College of Public Health, University of South Florida, in Tampa, Florida. Currently, I am the Director of the Harrell Center for the Study of Family Violence at the College of Public Health. For 25 years, the Harrell Center has served as intermediary between academia and community organizations addressing family violence over the life span in our communities in Hillsborough County, but also nationally and internationally. I also serve as the Associate Director of the Center of Excellence (CoE) in Maternal and Child Health at the College of Public Health, University of South Florida.

My area of research is adverse childhood experiences and how traumatic experiences influence violence victimization and perpetration in youths and adults. First, I started my professional journey in clinical care with victims of domestic violence (2003-2005), which stirred my interest to get involved with programs for parents at risk of family violence (2008-2010), and during the last decade, I have been conducting research on the impact of family violence on maternal and child health outcomes, juvenile violence, and others (2010-present). I am an epidemiologist and a Certified Domestic Violence Specialist (trained in cognitive behavioral approaches and psychoeducational models). I am Latinx researcher (recipient of Hispanic Heritage Award) and I teach the graduate level courses in Family & Community Violence as well as Child Health & Development. For this network, I would like to bring a public health perspective to BIP programs and policies, which consists of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention models to address risk and protection. Also, I’d like to share our experience collaborating with the networks of providers in Hillsborough County (Level III, BIP, or 24-52 weeks programs vs other modalities).

The Harrell Center has conducted evaluations of the local BIPs for over 10 years (past contracts with the 13th Judicial District). Faculty at the Harrell Center also helped developed the Guidelines for BIP implementation a decade ago. We have different faculty working in areas such as Criminology, Social Work, and Psychology, in addition to public health. Most recently, we examined the recent Bill that will require BIP to get certified again in Florida, pointing to some key practice issues that need to be considered.

Florida DV Coalition

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Georgia

Jameelah Ferrell
Jameelah Brown Ferrell is the Family Violence Intervention Program Supervisor with the Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV). Jameelah has been employed with GCFV for 15 years. Jameelah is responsible for training, certifying and monitoring the Family Violence Intervention Program (FVIP) providers and facilitators in Georgia. Jameelah also spearheads the coordination for GCFV’s annual conference. Jameelah received a Bachelor’s in Mass Communications from Florida International University in 2000 and a Master’s in Fine Arts from Full Sail University in 2015. Jameelah is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and she enjoys volunteering, caring for animals, writing screenplays and film production. She resides in Jonesboro, Ga with her dog Sparky.

Georgia

Jessica Nunan
Jessica Nunan, LMSW, serves as the Co-CEO of Caminar Latino — Latinos United for Peace and Equity, a national social change organization that addresses domestic violence at the individual, community and systematic level to help create sustainable change. She has been involved with Caminar Latino for the past 28 years, of which she spent 11 as a volunteer in the youth program. Her main areas of expertise are Violence prevention with youth, leadership development, research, community engagement, and program development. In 2015, Ms. Nunan was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the State Commission on Family Violence. In addition, Ms. Nunan served as an advisory committee member for Sesame Street in Communities and currently serves on the Futures Without Violence National Committee and the YMCA Early Learning Policy Council. In 2016, she received an invitation to attend the “United State of Women” event that was convened by the White House and in 2017 was featured as one of Georgia Trend’s 40 under 40. She was also one of 12 semi-finalist for the Coors Light Lideres National Program that supports, honors, and highlights up-and-coming Latino leaders for their achievements, vision, and commitment to reach their aspirations and help their community prosper. In 2019, she graduated from Leadership Atlanta, a nine-month, executive-level series that focuses on connecting and inspiring leaders to strengthen metro Atlanta’s communities. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Berry College in Georgia in 2001 and her master’s degree in Social Work from Georgia State University in 2003.

Georgia DV Coalition

Alexis Champion
Alexis Champion currently serves as the Director of Training and Capacity Building for the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. As such, Alexis coordinates, develops and provides in-person trainings and webinars for domestic violence advocates throughout the state of Georgia. She has worked in the field of domestic violence since 2003, when she began as a volunteer, legal advocate, and case manager at Project Safe, Inc., a domestic violence program in Athens, Georgia. Alexis has done independent contract work for United 4 Safety, a non-profit organization serving LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence, and also worked for Partnership Against Domestic Violence as Prevention and Outreach Director. Prior to joining the team at the Coalition, Alexis worked for the Georgia Commission on Family Violence as the Family Violence Intervention Program Compliance Coordinator. Alexis received her Bachelor’s in Art History and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Georgia.

Hawaii

Dayna Miyasaki

Hawaii

Marie Vorsino
Dr. Marie Vorsino is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years of experience in mental health treatment, domestic violence intervention, program and agency leadership, and community advocacy. She holds a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University and has held various direct service, clinical treatment and intervention, and administrative leadership positions over the course of her career. She is currently the Executive Vice President of Intervention Programs at Parents And Children Together (PACT), a nonprofit organization serving vulnerable populations throughout the state of Hawaii. In that position she oversees the behavioral health services for families and adolescents, domestic violence prevention, treatment and intervention for survivors, offenders, and child witnesses, and child sex abuse programming for victims, including child exploitation. For over eight years she served on the governor appointed State Council on Mental Health, as a member, and then Chair of the Board. She is the Network Partner Director for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division’s Multi-systemic therapy statewide contracts. Dr. Vorsino is a member of the Hawaii Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Mental Health Task Force, and Hawaii Coalition Against Sex Trafficking.

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Idaho

Amber Moe
Amber Moe, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.), has worked for the Idaho Courts for over twenty years. She is currently the Senior Court Programs & Services Administrator in Domestic Violence (DV). This position serves as a point of contact at the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), Idaho Supreme Court, regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. The Statewide DV Administrator provides consultation, guidance, and support services to District Domestic Violence Court Coordinators in the implementation, development, and enhancement of Idaho’s Domestic Violence Courts and statewide best practice. The DV Administrator also provides guidance and support to Judges, Trial Court Administrators, clerks, other court personnel and the public related to the handling of domestic violence cases within the justice system.

The Statewide DV Administrator coordinates relevant grant awards and is responsible for the administration and management of the Supreme Court Domestic Violence Evaluator roster, identifies areas of needed training, and assists with the planning and coordination of statewide multi-disciplinary training as it relates to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and Idaho Domestic Violence Courts. Amber also is a member of the State of Idaho’s Offender Intervention Program Oversight Committee.

As a Senior Court Programs & Services Administrator, this role also provides supervision, guidance, and support to other Statewide Administrators in Child Protection, Guardianship & Conservatorship, and Family Court Services.

Idaho

Dana Wiemiller
It has been my pleasure to have worked in a capacity to serve vulnerable populations for nearly 30 years.

Having joined the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance (ICDVVA) in January 2020, I serve a dual role as the Grants Supervisor for statewide victim services programs and as the Offender Intervention Program (OIP) Administrator. As the OIP Administrator, I work in coordination with the Council’s OIP Committee and the state’s OIP service providers to ensure compliance with state standards and to facilitate all administrative functions for the state’s Offender Intervention Program.

After moving to Idaho in 2016, I served as a statewide Homelessness Programs Coordinated Entry Administrator for the Idaho Housing and Finance Association for four years. Prior to making the move to Idaho, I enjoyed a 19-year career with the Orange County Transportation Authority in California developing transportation programs and services for seniors, persons with disabilities, and persons of low income as the Manager of Community Transportation Services.

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Illinois

Christine Call
Christine Call, Ph.D., LCSW, the Executive Director and Co-founder of Center for Advancing Domestic Peace, Chicago, has over 30 years of clinical and administrative social work experience. She was previously the Executive Director of two victim services programs where she implemented services for those who perpetrated intimate partner abuse. She also has ten years of social service experience in child welfare. She has been a leader in providing trauma-informed, strengths-based and culturally responsive intervention services for those who have harmed an intimate partner with a focus on helping them stop their domestic violence, take responsibility for their behavior, create healthier relationships and strengthen their communities. She completed her doctorate in 2001 from Jane Addams College of Social Work and has taught both Bachelor and Master level social work students, resigning several years ago as a tenured associate professor at the University of St. Francis Department of Social Work to devote her efforts full-time for the Center. She enjoys continuing to teach in her role as a fieldwork supervisor for MSW students completing their internships at the Center. A favorite reminder for her comes from Jane Addams, a social work pioneer and human rights advocate, “ The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”

Illinois

Ruben Gonzalez
Ruben was born in Mexico City. He moved to Illinois in the late 80’s. With a B.S. in Psychology from the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) he worked in the field of drug abuse prevention before coming to the US. In this country he began to work as a therapist for substance abuse treatment in outpatient and inpatient settings. While working as the director of the Latino Family Services at Lifelink (now a closed agency) in 1995, he was part of the group that started a program for men who used violence. He worked in both fields –substance abuse and domestic violence– in management roles for several years and was part of different Task groups and Committees when Illinois was stablishing its BIP, or PAIP, standards. Ruben also started Batterer Intervention programs at three other agencies in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and worked with other agencies as co-facilitator. As a practitioner, he began to learn co-facilitation in 1996… and is still learning . He is now dedicating all his time to the DV field. Currently, Ruben is the manager of the Partner Abuse Intervention Program at Anew: Building Beyond Violence and Abuse (formerly known as South Suburban Family Shelter). He keeps doing volunteer work with different community organizations to teach about substance abuse and domestic violence.

Illinois DV Coalition

Michelle L. McAnarney
Michelle McAnarney serves as the Director of Strategic Partnership for the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The daughter of a Mauritian immigrant, she has spent most of her life in Illinois while being raised with the rich history and culture of the Island of Mauritius. Michelle was a piano performance major at Illinois Wesleyan University, and soon after began a career in Illinois State Government. She served as the Legislative Aide to former Senators Dan Kotowski and Toi Hutchinson, and in between lobbied for various private firms that covered dozens of entities ranging from health care to education. Michelle’s non-profit background consists of lobbying and serving on the board for the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, and she currently sits on the board of the Autism Support of Central Illinois. In her spare time, she enjoys being a mom to one daughter, the outdoors, playing music, and travelling with her little girl and pup. Lived experiences of varying forms of violence throughout her life drew her to the fight against Domestic Violence, where she forms partnerships for ICADV and their member programs around the state.

Illinois DV Coalition

Sara Mentel
Sara Mentel serves as the Strategic Partnership for the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The daughter of a Croatian immigrant, she has spent most of her life in Wisconsin before moving to Illinois to finish High School and continue her studies while she got her bachelor’s degree. Sara was a criminology and criminal justice major at the University of Illinois Springfield when she started her internship with ICADV and joined them full time recently this spring. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her cat, Norbert, listening to music, and reading outside whenever the opportunity presents itself. Through her personal life experiences, her drive is emanant in the fight to end violence. At ICADV, Sara helps in reducing barriers on a local level for survivors needed assistance.

 

Indiana

Terri Noone
I operated a DV program (shelter and nonresidential) for 20 years. I have been working for ICADV for the last 11 providing oversight and guidance to all the DV and BIP programs in the state.

Indiana

Jessica Marcum

Indiana DV Coalition

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Iowa

Jennifer Guild

I started in community based corrections in 1995. I’ve had numerous roles working in corrections including Residential Officer, Community Program Monitor, Probation/Parole Officer both in the sex offender unit and a residential facility, Executive Officer (EO) working in our research department, EO running our Work Release and OWI facilities and currently I am an Executive Officer and have oversight of DV programming in the state of Iowa. Per IA code 708.22B of Iowa, the Department of Corrections and Judicial Districts provide BIP programming.

Iowa DV Coalition

Kirsten Faisal
I’m the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where I’ve worked since 1995, helping to develop public policy and engaging with public and private agencies to create healthier communities. I was trained as a intervention facilitator in 1994 (Duluth model) and co-wrote one of the first curricula for women convicted of domestic abuse and have served as an expert witness in civil and criminal domestic abuse cases. I have a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and am bi-cultural, disabled, and companion to many cats.

Kansas

Dorthy Stucky Halley
Dorthy Stucky Halley, LMSW, is co-founder of Halley Counseling Services, P.A., and co-director of the Family Peace Initiative Program, a trauma-focused battering intervention program. She is the past director of the Victim Services Division of the Kansas Office of the Attorney General (2007-2020). Her development of a motivation typology for those who batter has opened the door to a new understanding for judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, advocates, battering intervention providers, and others in the domestic violence field. She led the state efforts to develop standards and certify battering intervention programs throughout Kansas. She has served as an expert witness in domestic violence cases for the past 32 years.

Dorthy has served victims in various capacities since 1986. She was the Executive Director of Safehouse, Inc. for over a decade, and previously served as a Crime Victim Compensation Board member. She was the Practicum Director and Assistant Professor at Pittsburg State University in the Social Work Program from 1997 to 2007. She is the past president of the Kansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (KNASW), the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV), and the Kansas Organization for Victim Assistance (KOVA). She also serves as a consultant for the Kansas Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board (KDVFRB).

Dorthy received the Outstanding Victim Advocate of the Year Award by KCSDV (1996). She was the first recipient of the Dorthy Halley Lifetime Service Award by the Office of Attorney General Derek Schmidt (2020), and received the Exemplary Service to Children and Families Award by the Kansas Children’s Service League (2020).

Along with her husband, Steve, she has authored curricula for working with those who batter, justice-involved women, and justice-involved youth. They have also authored The River of Cruelty, and Halley’s Alley: Commentaries on marriage, family, healthy relationships, parenting, loss, grief, trauma, and domestic violence. She has provided international and domestic presentations to more than 30,000 advocates, criminal justice professionals, and others. She serves as a delegate and presenter to the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women for the International Public Policy Institute (IPPI), and currently serves on the IPPI Board of Directors. In addition to her work, Dorthy loves water skiing, traveling, and spending time with family.

Kansas

Steven M.S. Halley
Steve is the clinical director of Halley Counselling Services, P.A. and the Director of the Family Peace Initiative (FPI). Having received a bachelor degree in history, and master degrees in both outdoor administration and social work, Halley focused his career on working with individuals and families. For the past 25 years Halley has worked as a wilderness counselor, probation officer, therapist, and batterer intervention provider. His success in understanding and working with those who batter has created high demand for his trainings and the FPI curriculum, which incorporates batterer motive and a trauma-informed approach. In 2016, Halley provided training to the National Association of Victim Service Professionals in Corrections at their national conference regarding his “River of Cruelty: A Trauma-Informed Approach”. In 2017, Halley served on the panel “Innovative Practices: Balancing Accountability and Support for Healing” for the Office of Violence Against Women. Halley is the longest-serving member of the Kansas Governor’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, serving since its inception. He is an avid golfer, songwriter, and along with his wife, Dorthy, authored Halley’s Alley: Commentaries on marriage, family, healthy relationships, parenting, loss, grief, trauma, and domestic violence.

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Kentucky

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Simone Marx

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Isela Arras
Isela Arras, is the Chief Operating Officer at the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Isela has overseen most of the existing initiatives at the Coalition level, including: Data Quality, Housing, AmeriCorps, Certification, Meaningful Access, and Substance Use Disorder. These projects that exist to support the Coalition’s 15 member programs and the survivors who seek our services. Since joining KCADV in 2002, she has served as liaison and resource to KCADV’s member programs that work with immigrant and refugee women and their children in order to increase accessibility to domestic violence services to immigrant communities. Increasing overall accessibility to domestic violence services by underserved communities and culturally-specific groups is a key priority in her position. Isela has a dog and cat. She is an avid reader and pool player.

Louisiana

Eva Lessinger
Eva Lessinger has dedicated over 15 years to work in the fields of domestic violence, reproductive health, women’s empowerment, and trauma healing. Eva is a social worker by training and presently serves as the Director of Programs at the New Orleans Family Justice Center, a multidisciplinary agency dedicated to addressing interpersonal violence and trauma. Eva takes an intersectional, feminist, and human rights based approach to examining issues of power and equity within direct social services and advocacy work. Eva is particularly passionate about issues of equity, immigrants’ rights, reproductive justice, and learning to stay hopeful about our capacity for change.

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Maine

Tessa Mosher
Tessa Mosher is the Director of the Office of Victim Services at the Maine Department of Corrections. She is responsible for victim notification, certification of the Maine Domestic Violence Intervention Programs, overseeing the MDOC Office of Victim services. Duties include oversight of the victim services restitution program to ensure timely payments to crime victims, assists in harassment complaints at MDOC facilities, oversight of victim safety planning meetings and victim notification prior to sex offender and domestic violence offender releases, and obtaining input and advocating for victims whose offenders are applying for supervised community confinement and furloughs.

Tessa assisted in implementing the MDOC Domestic Violence program, updated media and funeral/deathbed policies pertaining to include the victim’s voice in such and advocated for Statute change to include victims with a protection from abuse order. She developed a victim friendly guide to Maine Court ordered restitution to assist victims in the collection of restitution. She is a member of the Maine Victim Witness Advocates Association, A Board Member of the National Association of Victim Service Professionals in Corrections, member of the child death and serious injury review panel, Maine domestic violence and sexual assault commission, Maine homicide review panel, Interstate compact on juveniles, Interstate compact on adults, and the Restorative Justice Council. Tessa is an appointed member of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group and Victims’ Compensation Board. Most recently, she was appointed to the Juvenile Justice Task Force. She has received the Guiding Light award from the Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center in 2010. Tessa has worked with victims of crime for over 25 years between her experience as a Victim Witness Advocate and her advocacy at the DOC. She has a Criminal Justice degree, and a wide range of knowledge and experience within the Criminal Justice System and victim advocacy.

At large member and chair of the membership National Association of Victim Assistance in Corrections

Membership Chair Maine Domestic and Sexual Abuse Commission

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Karen Wyman
Karen Wyman is the Prevention and Intervention Director. In her role, she supports statewide prevention and intervention approaches that move individuals and communities toward greater safety and collective liberation. Karen has over 20 years of social change and service roles in Maine, New Mexico, and Ohio.

Maryland

Lisa Nitsch
As Director of Training and Education, Lisa Nitsch is responsible for House of Ruth Maryland’s intervention services for abusive partners and the Training Institute, which coordinates professional development for staff, external community education, and professional technical assistance. She has been with House of Ruth Maryland since 1998 and has advanced through a variety of positions, including overseeing the agency’s Clinical Services for survivors and their children, the Teen Initiative, and the Developmental Childcare Center.

Lisa is an appointed member of the Maryland Governor’s Family Violence Council and is on the Board of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. She served as Vice President of the national organization, Women in Fatherhood, and as Co-Chair of Maryland’s Abuse Intervention Collaborative. She has been on training teams for notable organizations such as Futures Without Violence, Battered Women’s Justice Project, Women of Color Network, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, and the National District Attorneys Association. She has served as an advisor to the United States White House, the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, and the United States Department of Health & Human Services’ Administration for Children & Families. Lisa is most proud of being recognized as a field leader in Ed Gondolf’s 2015 book, “Gender-Based Perspectives on Batterer Programs”, her 2013 award from the Center for Urban Families for her “years of dedication in serving Baltimore City’s most vulnerable citizens”, and the Special Day of Honor designated for her by Mayor Nagin in 2007, for “promoting positive outcomes and providing support to the fathers of New Orleans” following the devastation of hurricane Katrina. Her current, but ever-changing, interests include developing programs for abusive partners within disinvested communities that address the dual experience of both holding privilege and being oppressed, increasing access to learning tools for service providers, and exploring community-based accountability models for abusive partners beyond the criminal legal system.

Lisa’s roots run deep in her hometown of Baltimore City, Maryland, where she proudly works and lives with her remarkably patient husband, incredible nieces, and gentle pit bull.

Maryland

Chris Murphy
I am a psychology professor and licensed clinical psychologist. I directed a community-based BIP for 25 years where we trained graduate students to do this work and conducted research on psychological characteristics of IPV offenders, intervention strategies, and the process of change. Currently I collaborate with Maryland BIPs and serve as co-chair of our state Abuse Intervention Collaborative.

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Massachusetts

David Adams
David Adams was co-founder of Emerge; the nation’s first abuser intervention program. David is an international expert on domestic violence, abusers, abuser interventions and collaborations, risk assessment, effects of abuse on adult and child victims, having been a trainer in 48 states and 26 nations. He has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and three books, including Why Do They Kill? Men Who Murder Their Intimate Partners.

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Michigan

Jeffrie K. Cape
Jeffrie K. Cape LMSW ACSW CAADC is the director of Charron Services LLC and started HEAL (Helping Explore Accountable Lifestyles) a 52 session Battering intervention program and WEAVE (Women Exploring Accountably Violent Encounters) in Oakland County, Michigan.

Jeffrie has extensive clinical experience and also has a private practice with varied clientele. She was appointed to the Michigan Domestic Violence and Prevention and Treatment Board by Governor Snyder in 2011 She helped develop local standards for battering intervention programs and was a member of the governor’s task force to develop state standards. She was active in the development and formation of BISC-MI in 1995. She serves on the board and was chair in 2001-2002. She chaired the Batterer Intervention Provider Standards Compliance Council (BIPSCC)for several years.  She is one of the originators of AQUILA.

Jeffrie also is employed part time at ADA (Alternatives to Domestic Aggression) in Washtenaw County, where she facilitates groups, trains, supervises staff, develops and refines curriculum for community and prison based programs. She participates in a variety of state and local task forces as well as providing local and national training and supervision for agencies and individuals who work with individuals involved in domestic violence.

Michigan

Melissa Sinclair
Melissa Sinclair is the Director of Social Action at HAVEN, Oakland County’s center for survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. She manages a team of court advocates and first responders, as well as consults with law enforcement, court personnel, and other systems to increase understanding of intimate partner violence and continually explore ways to improve experiences and outcomes for survivors. As a leader in her community and an expert in intimate partner violence and sexual assault, Melissa has facilitated numerous trainings on IPV and serves as a co-chair of The Southfield Coordinated Community Response Team and the Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence. She has been instrumental in piloting and sustaining several Coordinated Community Response Teams in Oakland County that focus on keeping survivors safe and holding offenders accountable.

Melissa has been a part of HAVEN for 6 years, and previously served as a court advocate, first responder, and crisis and support line specialist. Melissa’s nearly 10 years of victim advocacy experience began with her role as a Sexual Aggression Peer Advocate at Central Michigan University, where she provided survivor-centered Title IX advocacy and conducted trainings around IPV and bystander intervention. Melissa received a B.A. from Central Michigan University in family studies, with a dual minor in psychology and substance abuse. A passionate advocate who has dedicated her life to eradicating intimate partner violence and helping survivors and communities heal, Melissa has worked with thousands of survivors to date.

Michigan

Kathy Hagenian
Kathy Hagenian has served as the Executive Policy Director for the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV) from 1996-2021.  Ms. Hagenian is widely respected for her leadership in legislative and policy initiatives, expertise in protocol and curriculum development, and service on numerous state-wide and national multi-disciplinary task forces, committees, and boards. She regularly serves as faculty for a broad array of professionals regarding issues of intervention and prevention of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. Her training and policy focus is centered on recognizing and honoring the lived experience of survivors, which includes understanding trauma along with an emphasis on survivors’ strength, resilience, and healing.

Throughout her over 35 years of experience in the movement to end violence against women, Ms. Hagenian has been recognized for her commitment to survivor empowerment and to ensuring that the experiences of survivors and advocates continue to be at the forefront of the work.

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Chéree Thomas
Chéree Thomas is an Associate Director of the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. She engages in prevention, intervention and creating inclusive environments for survivors, advocates and the community as a whole. Chéree brings both direct service and non-profit management experience. She is a graduate of the University of Toledo where she earned a Masters in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Diversity and Multicultural Studies, a Bachelors in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Women and Disability, an Associates in Correctional Technology and a Certification in Diversity Management. She is a Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement (MCOLES) trainer. Her desire to create equity for all extends into her work as Doula where she assists BIPOC birth givers with the tools necessary to minimize the trauma experienced during childbirth. She is also a racial healing practitioner. She authored a book entitled, “See Me for Who I Am” that addresses sexual assault issues faced by African American women. Chéree was featured in an exhibit at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum called, “Voices for Social Justice.” Her passion lies in providing equitable services that are accessible for communities.

Minnesota

Scott Miller
Scott Miller is the Executive Director for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs and has worked for the DAIP since 2000. Scott coordinates Duluth’s coordinated community response to domestic violence by managing the system change efforts and men’s nonviolence program. Scott trains nationally and internationally on the Duluth Model method of organizing. He also partners with communities around the world who are naming, organizing and creating innovative responses to domestic violence using the Duluth Model. Scott has also co-authored the latest edition of DAIP men’s nonviolence curriculum Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter. Scott works independently as an expert witness in criminal and civil trials to explain how the tactics of abusers and the associated risks generated by battering are linked to the counterintuitive behaviors of victims. Scott has testified more than 40 times in state district courts, federal court and federal military court. In 2021, Scott was hired by the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy through the University of Minnesota School of Social Work in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Scott will provide domestic violence training to social workerss across the state of Minnesota. From 2001 to 2015, Scott was a contract trainer and forensic interviewer for First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center in Duluth, MN. Scott was responsible for conducting forensically sound interviews of children suspected of being physically or sexually abused as part of a criminal investigation. Scott also trained nationally on how to conduct interviews with children and work from a multidisciplinary team approach in the investigation of child abuse. Scott Miller has been working in the women’s movement since 1985.

Minnesota

Melissa Petrangelo Scaia
Melissa is currently the Director of International Training at Global Rights for Women. She has a wealth of experience as the recent former executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP), also known as “the Duluth Model.” Prior to working in Duluth as the executive director and a trainer on “the Duluth Model” for many years, she was the executive director of Advocates for Family Peace (AFFP) where she worked for 17 years. AFFP is a local multi-county domestic violence program that provides advocacy, emergency shelter, transitional housing, batterers intervention program (BIP), and supervised visitation program. She has also organized and lead two Coordinated Community Response(CCR) programs to address domestic violence.

Melissa has co-facilitated groups for men who batter and women who use violence in Duluth, St. Louis County, and Itasca County, Minnesota and recently as part of an international research project through videoconference software (VCS). She co-authored curriculum working with women who use violence and addressing fatherhood with men who commit domestic violence.

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Mississippi

Charlie Howell
Charles Howell is the Victim Services Coordinator for the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter, where he also serves as the Domestic Violence Group Facilitator for court ordered offenders. Additionally he is a certified law enforcement trainer who has trained both academy cadets and veteran law enforcement officers on subjects related to liability issues in responding to domestic violence calls, cyberstalking and technology, preparing exhibits for trial, and surviving cross examination for law enforcement officers.

Charles received his undergraduate degree from William Carey College and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi. He has worked in the field of legal investigations for law firms and in domestic violence advocacy for over three decades and has conducted law enforcement trainings in north and south Mississippi, and across the Pine Belt. He holds certifications from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Institute for Police Technology and Management, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mississippi

Dr. Patricia Ann Davenport
Dr. Patricia Ann Davenport, LSW, has 36 years of experience providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence. She has a strong belief in victim’s rights; good interpersonal and oral communication skills; excellent advocacy and resource identification; strong understanding of and belief in victim confidentiality and security; an compassionate and caring approach; good documentation skills; trauma informed care skills; compassion and the ability to empathize with the victims; knowledge of how to relate and communicate with individuals that has been victimized; the desire and passion to make a difference in an individual’s life whose spirit has been broken; the tools to assist others to heal and rebuild their lives; grants, foundations, and community funding raising skills; and, is the Executive Director of Our House, Inc. – New Birth to Violence Free Living based in Greenville, MS. Her agency mission is: To lead, empower and inspire change by eliminating domestic violence and sexual violence through intervention, prevention, prosecution, victim protection and sustainable restoration in rural communities; and, to enhance the lives of survivors of interpersonal violence by providing services that meet the psychological, spiritual and cultural needs of those we serve. She received an award from President Clinton in 1993 for her work with victims. She is the overseer of Ministry of movement (dance, flags and drama) at her church, New Life Church under the leadership of Bishop Roderick Mitchell. She has published numerous articles on the effects of working with African American youth.

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Wendy Mahoney
Wendy Mahoney is Executive Director of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence and has over 30 years of experience in the non-profit and social service fields. She has held her current position since 2013. Prior to this position, she has held other leadership positions such as the Principal Consultant for Divine Strategies, LLC, Executive Director for Mississippi Families as Allies for Children’s Mental Health and Executive Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Mississippi. Wendy’s vast array of experiences and successes come from her years of non-profit management; program development; grant writing; direct service; school administration; community leadership and development; cultural responsiveness consulting; and personal and professional development trainings. A great passion is her mentorship of young girls into adulthood by providing experiential and life skill development opportunities. She has served on the NNEDV Membership Committee as Co-chair and Chair, therefore completed 6 years of service on the committee. One of Wendy’s published works is “Domestic Violence” in the Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy and Governance. She has served on many boards and advisory committees such as Disability Rights Mississippi, Five Talents, Inc., Mississippi Interagency Coordinating Council for Children and Youth, and Mississippi Department of Health Office Against Interpersonal Violence Steering Committee. Wendy currently serves on the board of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and upcoming boar member for the Rotary Club of Jackson.

Missouri

Sara Brammer
Dr. Brammer began working in the domestic violence field as a victim’s advocate in 1994. She continued working as a therapist for victims and offenders as she completed her Master and Doctoral Degrees in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri. While in her doctoral program her research and dissertation focused on batterer intervention treatment. She is currently the Director of Family Violence Services at Synergy Services. In this capacity she supervises the Domestic Violence Center, the Domestic Violence Housing Program, the Children’s Center, and outpatient domestic violence services including Batterer Intervention programing. She provides frequent training on Domestic Violence and has served on a variety of local, state and national committees related to domestic violence service provisions. Dr. Brammer is adjunct faculty for both the University of Missouri and Park University and her research interests continue to focus on batterer intervention and victim services.

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Kim Howard
Kim Howard is devoted advocate with a big heart, originally from New Orleans. Kim’s activist heart called her to major in sociology with a minor in community planning. She once dreamt of helping to build thriving communities in urban areas. After she moved to central Missouri and took a job at a local domestic and sexual violence agency, she realized she had a different dream – she wanted to support the advocate community across Missouri. Now, as a Member Services Specialist at MOCADSV, Kim puts her love of creating community to work every day by providing resources and guidance to advocates all across our state. Kim says, “Nothing is more fulfilling than providing a shoulder of support to dedicated advocates.”

Montana

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Nebraska

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Christon MacTaggart

Nevada

Walt Dimitroff

Nevada

Allan Mandell
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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New Hampshire

Scott Hampton
Scott Hampton, Psy.D. has been working with batterers, sex offenders, victims, and child witnesses for over 30 years. Currently, he is the Director of Ending The Violence, a Dover, NH-based organization that provides educational classes to perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence. He is also the Project Coordinator for Strafford County NH’s Supervised Visitation Center. Dr. Hampton writes and speaks frequently on issues related to interpersonal violence, including his 2010 book “Tolerant Oppression: Why promoting tolerance undermines our quest for equality and what we should do instead”. He spends much of his time consulting with other professionals on the handling of domestic and sexual violence cases, conducting workshops, and testifying in court as an expert witness in interpersonal violence-related cases. Organizations he consults with include: The Military, Child Protective Services, Probation and Parole, Law Enforcement, Victim Advocacy, Perpetrator Services, Criminal and Civil Courts, Medical, Education, Clergy, Mental Health Clinicians and Substance Abuse Service Providers. He is a past President of the National Supervised Visitation Network, a peer reviewer for the US DOJ, and has been serving on NH’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee since its inception in the late 1990’s.

New Hampshire

Danielle Snook
Danielle Snook has been with the Office of Victim/Witness Assistance at the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office for over 21 years. In her role as a Program Administrator, Ms. Snook oversees several initiatives and programs with the goal of improving the systems that respond to domestic and sexual violence, child abuse and neglect, stalking and human trafficking. She manages the revision of statewide multidisciplinary protocols, and coordinates multidisciplinary and discipline specific trainings and conferences, all of which provide best practices and guidance for a victim-centered and trauma informed response by criminal justice professionals and other allied partners working with victims of crime. Additionally, Ms. Snook oversees New Hampshire’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, Attorney General’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, Lethality Assessment Program and State Victim Assistance Academy.

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New Jersey

Paul Bellan-Boyer
Paul Bellan-Boyer is the Director of the Division of Injury Prevention for the Jersey City Dept. of Health & Human Services. In that role he founded, manages, and facilitates in the HealthierJC Peaceful Families abuse intervention program, as well as leading other work in street violence prevention, and community mental health and outreach.

After a twenty year career as a systems and network engineer and programmer, Paul moved to human services work through seminary, chaplaincy, and housing-based social work.

New Jersey

Juli Harpell-Elam
Juli Harpell-Elam, M.A.Ed., LPC, has worked at Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS) in Morris County, NJ since 2004. As the Director of Abuse Prevention since 2011, she directs programming for the Jersey Center for Non-Violence which includes Abuse Ceases Today (for men who use abuse towards partners), Vista (a program for women’s use of force) and the Choices program (for boys ages 12-17 who have used abuse towards a dating partner or family member). She and her staff created a curriculum that incorporated fatherhood into abuse intervention programming with funding through the NJ Department of Children and Families. Seeing the need for support sustained behavior change and abuse prevention, Juli started an alumni group in 2014. In 2014, she was appointed by Governor Christie to the Study Commission on Violence as the domestic abuse representative. She has appeared on the CBS Evening News and Fios’ Push Play to discuss working with men who abuse their partners. Prior to this position, she was the Project Prevention Coordinator. In that role, she developed and implemented programming for high-risk youth, youth leaders, young children and the adults involved in their lives with the aim of preventing domestic and dating abuse. In 2009, she received the Beverly Crawford Award for her work in Domestic Violence Prevention. She has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

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New Mexico

David J. H. Garvin
David serves as the Director of Battering Intervention and Systems Response for the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence. David has been directly involved in the anti-domestic violence movement since 1986 when he founded the Alternatives to Domestic Aggression (ADA) battering intervention program. David was named the 2009 National Association of Social Workers-Michigan (NASW-MI) Social Worker of the Year. David’s work in the movement to end domestic violence was featured in the book Gender-Based Perspectives on Batterer Programs: Program Leaders on History, Approach, Research and Development, by Edward W. Gondolf, 2015. In 2017 David was awarded the Glenn R. Winters Award (renamed the Nachtigal Award in 2018) from the American Judges Association. David is a co-founder and current Chair of the Battering Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan

New Mexico

Rod Kaskalla
Currently the Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinator for the Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico, under the umbrella of Nambe Pueblo Healthy Family Services. He is a Member of the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV) and Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW). Advisory Board Member for the “National Native Coalition of Men’s Programs’ 2018. May 2012-August 2016, North American Men Engaged Network (NAMEN) Steering/Coordinating Committee. March 2009-September 2010 worked as a consultant with the Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico, Strengthening Native Families Program, conducted, facilitated and trained facilitators for their Men’s Program. January 2008-2010 worked part-time for the Community Against Violence Shelter (CAV) with the City of Taos, New Mexico, help to establish, develop, conduct, facilitate and train facilitators for their “CHANGES” Program, a New Mexico State, Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) approved Domestic Violence Batterer’s Intervention Program. Employed with Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council (ENIPC), Peacekeepers Domestic Violence Program, located in Espanola, New Mexico, from 1996-2008 as a Batterer’s Reeducation Co-Facilitator and Program Director. Roderick goes by Rod Kaskalla who is from Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, married and resides in Nambe Pueblo, New Mexico. He is also an artist known for his traditional Zuni Channel Inlay Jewelry.

New Mexico

Catalina Nunez
Catalina Núñez, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that is currently working with children, families, and adults who have experienced physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. She is the Clinical Director at Valencia Shelter Services/Child Advocacy Center.  She currently oversees Advocacy, Housing, Emergency Shelter, and Counseling Departments.  She has experience with working with clients involved in the justice system as well as in the Corrections Dept.  She is experienced in Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Trauma Informed Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Master Level of Family Peace Initiative, and Best Practices to Prevent Sexual Harm by Youth.

 

New Mexico

Andrea Toseland
I am a group BIP facilitator based out of Santa Fe, NM. I started working at the shelter side of Esperanza with the survivors of domestic violence and then transitioned into working with BIP participants at the support center side of Esperanza.

New Mexico

Johnnie Trujillo
Johnnie Trujillo is the Executive Director of El Puente del Socorro. El Puente del Socorro is a Domestic Violence Service Provider for Victim/Survivors, and Children, along with being a certified Domestic Violence Offender Treatment and Intervention Program provider. Johnnie has been the Executive Director of El Puente for 22 years. Prior to joining El Puente, Johnnie was a Law Enforcement Officer for 24 years with the Socorro Police Department. Johnnie retired in 2000 having server the last 10 years of his tenure as the Chief of Police. Johnnie has Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters degree in Administration of Justice and Security.

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Pam Wiseman
Pamela Wiseman, M.A., became the Executive Director the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 2009. For 20 years prior, she served as Executive Director of Safe Passage, an Illinois domestic violence and sexual assault agency. There Ms. Wiseman led efforts to develop a statewide position on improving court response, and was principal author of the paper Achieving Accountability in Domestic Violence Cases: A Practical Guide for Reducing Domestic Violence.

Working with the Illinois Coalition, she helped develop court watch programs, which rely on volunteers to observe proceedings and recommend improvements, to make courts more responsive to citizens. Ms. Wiseman now provides assistance on the development of court watch efforts to New Mexico communities, and conducts trainings on organizational dynamics for domestic violence agencies throughout the state. She also developed a major national conference hosted by NMCADV, Message Matters, focused on effective messaging about violence and abuse. Author of the best-selling book Ditch That Jerk: Dealing with Men Who Control and Abuse Women, her work has been featured in local and national media, including Cosmopolitan magazine, the Domestic Violence Report, radio and television.

New York

Alison Dieguez

New York

Hannah Pennington
Hannah Pennington is the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Training at the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender Based Violence (ENDGBV), formerly known as the Office to Combat Domestic Violence. Previously, Hannah served as the ENDGBV’s Director of Policy and before that Executive Director of the Manhattan Family Justice Center. Hannah came to the Mayor’s Office from Sanctuary for Families where she was Director of the agency’s Bronx Legal Project housed at the Bronx Family Justice Center. Hannah started her legal career in private practice as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she worked on various commercial litigations and government investigations for over seven years. She graduated from Rutgers Law School and the Cornell University School of Industrial Relations. While at Rutgers, Hannah co-founded the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project and secured a federal Violence Against Women Act grant to fund the program.

New York

Anne Patterson
Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, for over 25 years, Anne has worked in community with survivors of intimate partner violence in an effort to raise awareness of the epidemic of violence against women, educate others about such violence and transform the rhetoric and institutions that sustain gender-based violence. Anne is a licensed social worker who has worked across the country in multiple domestic violence shelters, within the family regulation system, and extensively within the criminal legal system. Anne is currently the Vice President of STEPS to End Family Violence which provides holistic, healing-centered, anti-oppressive clinical, advocacy and supportive services to survivors of intimate partner and other forms of gender-based violence, children impacted by the behavior of people who cause harm as well as the people who cause harm themselves. In addition to her work at STEPS, Anne is the co-chair of the Downstate Coalition for Crime Victims, a member of the Advisory Council for the New York Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, and a member of the New York State Office of Victim Services Advisory Council. Anne is driven by a commitment to complicating the dominant narrative about harm and survivorship, is energized by restorative and transformative practices in the context of gender-based violence and believes that each of us has the capacity to make radical and lasting change.

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North Carolina

Bea Coté
Bea is a social worker and an advocate who has worked exclusively with abusers for over 20 years. She is the founder of IMPACT Family Violence Services LLC, which provides abuser programs (DV Intervention Programs) in 5 NC counties. Bea trains and consults regionally and nationally on all facets of domestic violence, but enjoys focusing specifically the abuser. Bea founded a non-profit organization, Step Up to Family Safety, which provides access to DVIP services, supports programs like Legacy, and spreads a message of prevention of domestic violence throughout the Carolinas. She reminds the community that #OnlyAbusersCanStopAbuse

North Carolina

Deborah M. Weissman
Deborah M. Weissman is the Reef C. Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Her research, teaching, and practice interests include gender-based violence law, immigration law, and human rights in the local and international realm. Some of her recent relevant publications include Social Justice as Desistance: Rethinking Approaches to Gender Violence, forthcoming Am. Univ. Law Rev. 2022 https://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=4068978; Gender Violence, The Carceral State, and The Politics of Solidarity, 55 U.C Davis L. Rev. 801 (2021); In Pursuit of Economic Justice: The Political Economy of Domestic Violence Laws and Policies, 2020 Utah L. Rev. 1 (2020); The Community Politics of Domestic Violence, 82 Brooklyn Law Rev. 1479 (2017); Countering Neoliberalism and Aligning Solidarities: Rethinking Domestic Violence Advocacy, 45 Sw. L. Rev. 915 (2016); Rethinking a New Domestic Violence Pedagogy, 5 U. Miami Race & Soc. Just. L. Rev. 635 (2015). She is the Chair of the North Carolina Commission on Domestic Violence.

 

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North Dakota

Taylor Sorensen
Taylor Sorensen, director of domestic violence intervention with the Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC), coordinates deliberate and purposeful interventions that challenge the beliefs behind participants’ use of violence and abuse within intimate relationships. Sorensen has more than six years of experience supporting individuals impacted by interpersonal violence. She manages 10 full-time/part-time staff who provide domestic violence intervention programming to about 200 people each year for the state’s leading domestic and sexual violence support organization and works closely with system agencies throughout greater Grand Forks to support participants’ completion. A Dale Carnegie Training graduate, Sorensen strives to inspire and motivate those around her into action. In her spare time, she enjoys going on adventures to try and experience new things. Sorenson is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice.

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Faye Kihne
Faye Kihne acquired her bachelor’s social work license in 1991 and has practiced in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault for 30 years. Most of her career, she worked for the Community Violence Intervention Center, Grand Forks, ND and has experience in a wide array of services including victim advocacy, victim witness, training, supervised visitation, prevention, evaluation, leadership development and battering intervention. Faye has coordinated the ND Alliance to End Partner Abuse since 2016 and transitioned her employment to the state coalition in 2019. Faye coordinates efforts to ensure training is provided to facilitators across the state, encouraging state standards are implemented, advocates for funding/legislative opportunities, and provides collaborative opportunities for battering intervention programs in ND.

Ohio

Anne Murray
Anne M. Murray, is Policy Counsel on domestic violence issues at the Supreme Court of Ohio. She oversees the Domestic Violence Program, which disseminates information, monitors trends, offers education, and assistance to local courts to promote effective response to domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. She also serves as staff  liaison to the Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence, comprised of judicial officers and multi-disciplinary justice partners from across the state. The Advisory Committee provides ongoing advice to the Court to support best practices in Ohio courts’ response to domestic violence and related offenses. Before joining the Court, Ms. Murray was a domestic violence prosecutor and director of the Domestic Violence and Stalking Unit for the City of Columbus for over 20 years.

 

Ohio

Sandra Huntzinger
Worked in the field of IPV for 22 years from shelter services, state coalition, Ohio Attorney General’s Office and now the Center for Family Safety & Healing. My intention throughout my career is to change the systemic response to victims from within by reviewing and altering harmful policies.

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Oklahoma

Phillip Altes
Pastoral ministry for 25 years, BIP for 14 years, Marvelous BIP team, amazing wife and 2 amazing granddaughters, 9 and 11. Love mountains, music and motorcycles.

Oklahoma

Lynette McKinney
My name is Lynette McKinney, I am the Certification Program Manager for the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General. The quick answer to what I do is I oversee and conduct in depth reviews of programs, including site visits to facilities to monitor facilities in the delivery of domestic violence, adult human sex trafficking and batterers intervention services.

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Oregon

Chris Huffine
Chris Huffine, Psy.D., licensed psychologist, has worked with abusive men for nearly 30 years. He is the Executive Director of Allies in Change in Portland, Oregon. During his career he has worked with thousands of abusive men and hundreds of female and male victims of abuse. He is considered to be a national expert on working with abusive partners and has provided trainings around the country, including a semi-annual 40-hour training in Portland on the Allies in Change curriculum. He recently published a book for abusive partners called “Becoming Allies . . . With Your Partner, Yourself, and Others: Addressing the Abuse and Control in Your Relationships”. He is a member of the advisory group to the Oregon state attorney general to monitor standards for batterer intervention programs and of the Oregon Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. Allies in Change is a 501c3 non-profit based in Portland, OR. It offers nearly thirty weekly groups for abusive partners, including specialized ones for voluntary attendees, women, and one multigender group for LGBTQ+ abusive partners. Of particular note, Allies in Change works with more voluntary abusive partners than any other agency in the country.

Oregon

Eric Mankowski
I am a community psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychology at Portland State University. My program of action research is aimed at understanding and transforming gendered violence. In particular, I study how battering intervention programs work as part of the coordinated community response to intimate partner violence. I am currently completing a national study of state regulatory standards for BIPs. At Portland State University, I established the first course ever taught on the psychology of men and masculinities, where I also teach a course on intimate partner violence interventions. I conduct trainings locally, nationally, and internationally on battering intervention for survivor advocates and BIP providers. I serve on the American Psychological Association’s Working Group on Health Disparities in Boys and Men and on the APA’s Expert Panel on Gun Violence Prediction and Prevention. Locally, I co-chair the Oregon Batterer Intervention Program Advisory Committee and am a member of the Oregon Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. I have received grant funding for my research from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the National Park Service. Publications of this research include an edited volume, “Men, masculinity, wellness, health and social justice: Community based approaches”, as well as numerous articles and book chapters about battering intervention, intimate partner violence, and community-based programs for boys and men.

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Vanessa Timmons
Vanessa Timmons is the Executive Director of the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and has been a writer, activist, and women’s health advocate for over 25 years. She attended Marylhurst University’s Multidisciplinary Studies Program in Portland, Oregon, and has continued her formal education through certificates and training, including the Interpersonal Neurobiology of Trauma Certification Program at Portland State University. Vanessa has served as the director of programs at Raphael House in Portland, a Northwest regional field organizer for the National Organization for Women, and the domestic violence program coordinator for the Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordination Office, in addition to serving OCADSV in the past as the women of color coordinator and board chair.

Pennsylvania

Juanita Jones

Pennsylvania

Tony Lapp
Tony Lapp, LCSW​ is executive director of Courdea, formerly Menergy, a 38-year-old intervention program for people who have abused an intimate partner. Recipient of the 2014 Powerful Partner Award from Women’s Way, Tony is an experienced trainer, educator, writer and therapist. A long-term member and former coordinator of the Domestic Abuse and Battering Intervention Network of Pennsylvania, Tony collaborates with numerous projects in the Philadelphia area related to family violence, including Shared Safety, the Domestic Violence Law Enforcement Committee of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Department of Human Services Domestic Violence Collaborative.

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Rhode Island

Elizabeth Cunha

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Ian Colomer
Ian Colomer is the Policy Specialist at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). Ian joined the RICADV team in 2016, shortly after graduating from Roger Williams University (RWU) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a concentration in Anthropology and Sociology. In his current role, Ian oversees the organization’s data collection system EmpowerDB and provides technical assistance to the RICADV’s member agencies and staff. During the state legislative session each year, Ian supports the RICADV’s policy agenda, which includes monitoring legislation, creating fact sheets, and conducting advocacy at the State House. Ian’s passion for social justice began during his undergrad years, when he participated in the creation of the Diversity Leadership Program (now the P.E.A.C.E. Program) at RWU. The program focused on mentoring underrepresented groups in their first year at university and developing programs based on inclusivity and equity. Ian finds his downtime filled with listening to and discovering new music, as well as watching anime and TV shows like The Office.

 

South Carolina DV Coalition

Charity Collier
Charity Collier has an extensive background working in multiple systems and in voluntary work with a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault program in Boston. Prior to joining SCCADVASA, Charity was the project coordinator for Chatham County’s Breaking The Cycle (Stepping Up) initiative. An initiative through the Chatham County (Savannah, GA) Sheriff’s Office which is breaking the cycle for people with mental illness in the criminal justice system. Charity has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Certificate in Addiction Counseling, both from the University of Massachusetts- Boston. Charity is a licensed substance abuse counselor and advocates for mental health and mental illnesses. Charity began her advocacy work at St. Francis House, the largest homeless day shelter in Boston, MA. In 2017 Charity received a Master of Arts in Mindfulness Studies. Charity practices as well as teaches meditation and mindfulness and is a Reiki Master. Charity combines her educations to bring a mind, body, and spirit approach to her work.

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Sara Barber
Sara Barber, MA, is the Executive Director of SCCADVASA. Prior to joining SCCADVASA, she was the Executive Director of a batterer intervention program that offered services in seventeen South Carolina counties and has thirteen years of experience in this field. She has published research on the effects of increased supervision on offender completion outcomes. Current research topics include gender differences in client evaluation tools and the parenting attitudes of participants in a batterer intervention program. She has a Master’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina.

South Dakota

Jay Marchand
Jay Marchand, MSW, CSW-PIP has worked in the social work field for 14 years and started his career with LSS Re-Entry Services in 2012 as a case manager for fathers re-entering their communities from the South Dakota prison system. Jay held various positions within the program until being named Director of Re-Entry Services in 2018. Through his role as Director, he oversees programming for men and women preparing for release from prison; with programs located in 5 different communities within South Dakota. Jay also oversees Re-Entry Services abusive partner intervention programming and continues to facilitate abusive partner groups himself.

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Krista Heeren-Graber
Krista Heeren-Graber, MS has served as Executive Director at South Dakota Network against Family Violence and Sexual Assault since 1999 and has worked in the domestic and sexual violence field in South Dakota for thirty-five years. Krista earned her M.S. from South Dakota State University in Counseling and Human Resource Development. In addition to serving as Executive Director, Ms. Heeren-Graber also holds a position as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Sioux Falls and is an expert witness in South Dakota civil and criminal courts.

Tennesee

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Tina L Fox
A native Memphian and the granddaughter of a slave, Tina Fox has recently retired from Tennessee State Government after thirty (30) years of dedicated service. She served as the first African American state Director of Victim Services for the Tennessee Board of Parole (2012 – 2019). Tina was recognized nationally for her work with crime victims in April 2018 as she received the National Crime Victims’ Rights Award from the United States Department of Justice.

She graduated from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Leadership Academy and holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership, Master’s degree in Public Studies in Strategic Leadership, and Bachelor’s degree Science in Criminal Justice from Tennessee State University where she is an active alumnus. She is also a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership Institute for Public Service. Tina recently received from e-Cornell University her Leadership Certificate in Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.

Tina is currently the Assistant Director of Programs for Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence; she facilitates and monitors Statewide certified Domestic Violence Programs (31) and manages the Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council.

She serves on the Boards of Directors for Break Away (nonprofit Domestic Violence Organization) and Walk Bike Nashville; and the organizer for Black Girls Do Bike Nashville (to get women of color on bikes).

Tina is a faithful member of the Schrader Lane Church of Christ in Nashville.

Texas

Claire Sudolsky
Claire Sudolsky is a Family Violence Services Coordinator with the Texas Council on Family Violence. There, she coordinates trainings, technical assistance, and other capacity building services with domestic violence survivor and offender programs in Texas. In addition, she serves as an auditor of batterer intervention and prevention programs across the state and facilitates a variety of BIPP, CCR, and Domestic Violence trainings throughout the state. Claire is a graduate of Rice University. Before working with TCFV, Claire worked for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Texas

Erika Reyna-Brodhag
Erika Reyna-Brodhag (she/her/ella) is currently the Family Violence Services Manager at Texas Council on Family Violence. She graduated from Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has over 10 years of professional experience in working in the fields of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child maltreatment. She has worked extensively with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, offenders of domestic violence, and children who’ve experienced abuse and neglect. She has worked at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services providing case management in intensive family preservation and reunification cases. She has also worked in the primary prevention of sexual and domestic violence fields through promoting and overseeing education on teen dating violence, domestic and sexual violence, and battering behavior. She has reached the Coastal Bend community through coalition work with the Coastal Bend Coordinated Community Response Coalition and the Coastal Bend Crime Victims’ Rights Coalition, serving on the board of both. She has experience in Battering Intervention and Prevention Programming, including group facilitation, observation, and programming oversight.

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Utah

Martha Burkett Fallis

Utah

Jana Fulmer

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Jen Campbell

Vermont

Kiona Heath

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Heather Holter
Heather Holter, Director of the Vermont Council on Domestic Violence, provides leadership to Vermont’s statewide coordinated community response and has been in this role since 2008. She co-chairs Vermont’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission. She has over 20 years of experience in the movement to end domestic violence. Over the years, Heather has served as the Executive Director of a domestic violence agency, facilitated Domestic Violence Accountability Programs, groups for incarcerated women, and provided administrative leadership to a legal clinic providing direct representation to victims of sexual and domestic violence

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Selene Colburn
Selene Colburn is a co-founder of Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom, an abortion fund. She served two terms as a Burlington city councilor and three terms as a Vermont state representative and member of the House Judiciary committee, where much of her work focused on survivor support, justice reform, and harm reduction. She has also worked extensively in cultural heritage and the arts, most recently at the University of Vermont, where she was an Associate Library Professor with a secondary appointment in the Department of Theater and Dance. She has degrees from Bennington College and Simmons College and recently completed a year-long professional certificate program in restorative justice at Vermont Law School.

Virginia

Keith Fender
Dr. Fender received a BSW in 1993, an MSW in 1996, and a Ph.D. in 2000. He is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and a Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor in the state of Virginia. He is a clinical member of The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). He has operated a batterer intervention program since 1996 and the program was certified in 2000. He was the Chair of the Virginia Batterer Intervention Certification Board from 2004-2013. He was named the Executive Secretary of the Board in 2013.

He opened Blue Ridge Counseling in 1996 and has treated a wide range of psychiatric disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, cognitive disorders, and sexual disorders. He was responsible for the geriatric mental health services in 7 nursing homes/assisted living facilities from 1998 until 2012.

His other specialty areas include: forensic mental health, geriatric mental health, violence risk assessments, sex offender evaluations, sex offender treatment, and batterer intervention treatment programs. He has completed over 5000 domestic violence risk assessments since 1996. He is currently responsible for the operation of certified batterer intervention programs in central and southwest Virginia. He served his local community as a member of numerous domestic violence fatality review teams as well as domestic violence task forces throughout southwest Virginia. Our Health Magazine recognized Dr. Fender for “Best Bedside Manner” among health professionals in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

The Radford Counseling Group began operation in 2000 to specifically address forensic mental health needs in Southwest and Central Virginia. The practice has office locations in Radford, Virginia; Dublin, Virginia; Roanoke, Virginia; and Abingdon, Virginia. Sex offender treatment services are also provided throughout the state of Virginia. Radford Counseling Group employs approximately thirty professionals that provided services throughout the state of Virginia.

Radford Counseling is currently contracted with the Virginia Department of Corrections, the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, and the United States Federal Probation and Parole Districts throughout the state to provide various substance abuse counseling services, psychosexual evaluations/risk assessments, individual sex offender treatment, group sex offender treatment programs, sexual deviance testing, and batterer intervention programs. Radford Counseling currently provides outpatient treatment of approximately 450 violent sexual offenders and probation clients for state and federal probation districts in the state of Virginia. Radford Counseling also serves departments of social services statewide providing psychosexual evaluations, psychological evaluations, domestic violence risk assessments, and parental capacity evaluations.

Dr. Fender has qualified as an expert witness in state and federal courts in Virginia and North Carolina and his services have been utilized in the Appeals Court of Virginia as well as the Supreme Court of Virginia on topics related to domestic violence, sexual offending, parental capacity, substance abuse, and competency. Dr. Fender has served as an instructor at the Cardinal Police Academy’s Sex Crimes School and he has assisted law enforcement officers at the local and state levels with cases that involved sexual violence, domestic violence, and domestic fatalities. Dr. Fender has also collaborated with Virginia State Police Sex Offender Investigative Unit as well as the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force Team in the community management and monitoring of violent sexual offenders. Dr. Fender has also served the United States Federal Courts as the government’s expert forensic evaluator for local and international cases.

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Kristi Vanaudenhove

Washington

Amie Roberts
Amie Roberts is the Domestic Violence Intervention Treatment (DVIT) Program Manager for the State of Washington. Prior to her current role, she was a Mental Health Program Administrator at the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery in Washington. She has worked in the mental health field in direct services or administration for over 15 years. She has experience in domestic violence and sexual assault victim services, substance use treatment, domestic violence perpetrator treatment, mental health and couples counseling. She has been in her current role since December 2015. Amie has served on the Washington state’s Gender and Justice Commission’s committees regarding domestic violence risk assessments and treatment from HB 1163 and HB 1517. Throughout her time as the DVIT Program Manager, she has chaired the DVIT Advisory Committee, contracted with national experts in domestic violence treatment for input on the State of Washington’s approach to DVIT, and spearheaded changes to the Washington Administrative Code, which sets standards for domestic violence intervention treatment (WAC 388-60B). Amie has presented to stakeholder groups in the State of Washington as well as two international conferences regarding the state’s new approach to DVIT. She oversees the certification of DVIT programs, conducts compliance reviews, investigations, and provides technical assistance to the programs as well. Amie Roberts holds a B.A. in Spanish Literature from Utah State University and an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Phoenix, Salt Lake City campus.

Washington

Stacy Crutcher-McFadden
I have worked in social services for 35 years, 24 years post graduate school. I have maintained a private practice with offices in Oregon and Washington States for the last 17 years. I am one of only 4 dv providers in WA state that is a level 4 provider, certified to treat clients with psychopathy traits. I love the work I do and witnessing so often the transformation in client’s behavior, thinking and overall risk factor, because of the amazing work they do in groups. I see coordination of care as one of the most important pieces of effective dv treatment, especially as it relates to holding clients accountable.

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West Virginia

Kimberly Sanford Sizemore
Kimberly Sanford Sizemore is an educator on the dynamics of intimate partner abuse for Putnam County, West Virginia. She holds a BS in criminal justice from the West Virginia State University and certifications from the Duluth Model DAIP. In 2006, she obtained licensing and initiated the Putnam Day Report Center’s Batterer Intervention Prevention Program. Previously, she advocated for victims as Senior Victim’s Liaison with the Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office before transitioning to offender supervision and rehabilitation with the Day Report Center. She has been a statewide trainer for the WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence and assisted with the WV BIPP Curricula, served on the Putnam County Community Criminal Justice Board as well as the Putnam Veteran Court Team, and has been a long-time member of the Putnam County STOP Team. Kimberly also serves as the Governor’s appointed BIPP Representative on the WV Family Protection Services Board.

West Virginia

Hernando Escandón
Hernando Escandón has provided outpatient counseling services to local clients with mental health and/or substance abuse issues since 1994. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from Ohio University.

He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (with the Approved Licensed Professional Supervisor designation) in WV, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor-Supervising Counselor and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor-Clinical Supervisor in Ohio. In addition, he holds the WV Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor Supervisor and the Certified Criminal Justice Professional. He also holds national credentialing as a Master Addiction Counselor and a Substance Abuse Professional.

He has facilitated Batterers Intervention group sessions in WV and/or OH continuously since 1995 and has completed training in both the Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter and the Emerge Batterers Intervention programs. He served on the committee formed by the WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence which both developed its own Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) curriculum and trained new facilitators throughout WV in its use. He was a contributing author for the Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s 2010 Best Practice Standards for Batterers Intervention. He currently is a committee member of the Risk Assessment in Criminal and Civil Settings as well as an Advisory Group member for both the Mid-Ohio Valley Substance Use Disorder Collaborative and the Parkersburg, WV Recovery Point facility.

He is a Past President of the West Virginia Certification Board for Addiction and Prevention Professionals, has served continuously on that board since 2012, and is currently its designated voting delegate for the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium.

Mr. Escandón’s primary employment is as the Director of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Day Report Center (DRC) in Parkersburg, where he has worked since 2005. He also has a part-time professional counseling practice and provides clinical supervision to candidates for any of the credentials that he currently holds.

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Wisconsin

Darald Hanusa, Ph.D.
Dr. Darald Hanusa is a Board-Certified Diplomate (BCD) in Clinical Social Work and is licensed in the State of Wisconsin as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). He currently holds the following credentials: Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor (LSAC), Certified Batterer Treatment Provider (WBTPA), Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP). He has a certificate in Corporate Counseling which includes study in Personnel Psychology, Organizational Development and Workforce Development. Dr. Hanusa is a Senior Preceptor and Senior Lecturer Emeritus at the School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a 1997 recipient of the Luan Gilbert Award for outstanding contributions in domestic violence intervention and prevention awarded by the Dane County Commission on Sensitive Crimes, Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Task Force. He is a member of the Wisconsin Batterers Treatment Providers Association and the Dane County domestic violence task force, both of which he is a founding member and past chair. Clinically, Dr. Hanusa has specialized in the area of domestic violence with both perpetrators and the survivors of violence since 1980. Since 1989 he has offered assessment and treatment services for abusive men through the ATAM Program (Alternatives and Treatment for Abusive Men) and counseling for survivors through the Midwest Domestic Violence Resource Center at the Midwest Center for Human Services. He currently offers services in English and Spanish. Dr. Hanusa has provided several hundred presentations, lectures, appearances and workshops concerning a variety of topics. He provides consultation, expert witness services and training to private and public agencies and professionals working with domestic violence, workplace violence, corporate communication and anger management-fitness for duty issues. He has conducted training workshops nationally and internationally, including work with the Department of Defense, Naval and Marine Corps Family Advocacy Programs. Utilizing approaches that focus on cognitive-behavioral, motivational and interpersonal therapies, Dr. Hanusa provides general mental health services for individuals, couples, families, and groups focusing on marital relationship issues, assertiveness/communication skills, stress and anxiety, anger management, child and adolescent behavioral problems, parenting skills, mood disorders, self-esteem and substance abuse.

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Wisconsin

Pamela Nikodem
I am a passionate person who wants to see violence end in relationships. As a survivor, I am also a leader in the field and want to bring change to those who use violence. A mother of 6, grown children, I see the value of learned behaviors in young people exposed to violence. I received my BS from Kaplan University, and my MS from Concordia University. I am currently working on my hours for the LPC and SAC exams at Baeten Counseling and Consultation Team, S.C in Green Bay as well as working part time at my agency to providing domestic violence education to offenders. I am also a violinist/cellist who teaches music on the side.

 

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Wyoming

Marissa Widiker
Marissa is currently a Probation & Parole Agent with the Wyoming Department of Corrections. She has worked in this field for seven years, but transitioned to working with primarily domestic violence perpetrators in 2020, maintaining a caseload of 60-75 offenders at a time. Marissa is currently the co-chair of her county’s domestic violence prevention coalition task force, working closely with advocates, treatment providers and community partners to utilize new research, establish standards for treatment providers and increase collaboration with Probation & Parole, the Courts and the community. Marissa also trains newly hired Agents in using the Department’s domestic violence risk assessment, and supervising domestic violence perpetrators.

Wyoming

Kristy Oster
My name is Kristy Oster. I am a District Manager in the largest field Office in Wyoming, which is still rather rural. As an agent, Reentry Coordinator now manager, this topic has always been of interest to me. We have created DV group reporting, a specialized caseload and have been working very hard to increase treatment effectiveness and accountability. We do not have state standards, treatment options in regards to statewide training or funding but we may have some open ears to start considering that for the future. I am excited to learn from others and to continue developing our program.

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American Samoa

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American Samoa DV Coalition

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Guam

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Guam DV Coalition

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Northern Mariana Islands

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Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico DV Coalition

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U.S. Virgin Islands

Qiyamah A. Rahman
Rev. Dr. Qiyamah A. Rahman works part time with the Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council as the Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator for the Territory. In that capacity she coordinates the Sexual Assault Response Teams for St. Croix and St. Thomas/St. John. The Teams mission is to employ a multidisciplinary coordinated approach that is victim centered in order to address and eliminate sexual violence in the Territory. Rahman has worked in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault since the 1980s. She has conducted trainings, lectured and written on domestic violence and sexual assault. She has co-facilitated batterers intervention groups in Georgia and St. Croix. She received a BA in Education and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Her Doctorate of Arts in Humanities is from Clark Atlanta University’s Africana Women’s Studies where she conducted field research on violence against women in the United States, South Africa and Ghana. Her dissertation topic was clergy sexual misconduct.

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At Large/National Resource

James Henderson
James Henderson is an internationally known expert around the criminal justice and a systems response to intimate partner violence. In his home state of Michigan he is the director of Accountable Choices, a men’s program addressing intimate partner violence and fatherhood in the Detroit metropolitan area, since 1995. He also facilitates a gender responsive, trauma informed and holistic focused alcohol education and prevention course, which looks at the multiple pathways into addiction and a safe way out. As a consultant he is the director of Offender Accountability for the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. He has been a trainer with the international training team of the European Alliance For Hope and Empowerment since 2018. He is also an Associate with the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College. He is working with the Center for Court Innovations around trauma informed and hope focus intervention with men, and assisting communities on improving the delivery or engagement of programs addressing men’s use or coercive control. In 2020 he spoke at the Organization for Economic and Community Development in Paris on the system’s response to family violence and child abuse, and continues to work on projects the OECD around probation supervision, engagement and interventions with men who have abused women.

From 2002-2019 he provided technical assistance for the Office on Violence against Women’s federally funded grantees through The Battered Women’s Justice Project. and the American Probation and Parole Association He has partnered with several national and international training organizations on a multitude of projects involving criminal and family court, offender accountability, collaboration, engagement, and intervention, all tapping into his 25 years of experience in the field of abuse, trauma and recovery. From 1991-2010, James was a probation officer responsible for overseeing the policies and practices of intensive probation for domestic violence offenders in Ann Arbor, MI. He was assigned to the Washtenaw County Domestic Violence Unit as part of the Judicial Oversight Demonstration Initiative from 1999 to 2005, and works from a system perspective to enhance victim’s safety and defendant accountability. During his time as a probation officer, he continued leading five weekly battering intervention sessions in Wayne County; he also worked at Dawn Farm, the county’s largest substance abuse intervention program. Before joining the criminal justice system in 1991, he worked as the clinical director of Straight, Inc., a family-oriented substance abuse program for adolescents.

In 1998, James was appointed by the Mayor of Ann Arbor to serve on the Ann Arbor Domestic Violence Coordinating Board. He has served two terms as a regional representative for the Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan, and has been active with them since 1997. He was also an active member of the Arab American Domestic Violence Coalition from 2001 to 2010. In 2002, he received a certificate of appreciation for outstanding service on behalf of crime victims from the Washtenaw County Prosecutors office. James has extensive training in Batterer Intervention, having completed intensive on-site training from Duluth, Men Stopping Violence, The Family Piece Initiative, Allies in Change, House of Ruth, MRT-DV and Strength at Home. He has attended and evaluated Batterer Intervention programs in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium, Paris and in the US.

James has conducted trainings on the effective interviewing of DV offenders and those victimized by violence, and endeavors to change the interviewer’s focus from “information gatherer” to “trauma informed strength based interviewing”. James trains on the utilization of evidence-based practices in probation group reporting to gain better compliance, using the community to assist in the monitoring of offenders, thus enhancing victim safety. James is a national advisor to the European Family Justice Center, the Alliance for Hope international, the Center for Court Innovation, and the Steering Committee for Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, and previously served as part of Governor Cuomo’s COVID-19 victim safety task force. He has worked with the American Probation and Parole Association, The National Association of Pretrial Agencies, and Fox Valley Technical College around offender assessments and monitoring.

James had been a Certified Addiction Counselor II since 1987 and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor from 1990 to 2015. He has been certified in Eating Disorder Intervention, relapse prevention by Terence Gorski, and in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy by the Elbert Ellis institute in NY. He received his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1995.

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Oliver J. Williams
Oliver J. Williams, Ph.D., Professor of School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota, in St. Paul. From June 1989 to September 2024. From 1994 to 2017, he was the Executive Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC). He has also served as the Director of the Safe Return Initiative that addresses the issues of prisoner reentry and domestic violence from 2003-2016 and Director of the African American Domestic Peace Project (AADPP) that works with community leaders in 10 cities across the United States to address domestic violence from 2010 to 2016. He has worked in the field of domestic violence for more than forty years. Dr. Williams is a clinical practitioner; working in mental health, family therapy, substance abuse, child welfare, delinquency, and sexual assault programs. He has worked in battered women’s shelters, developed curricula for batterers’ intervention programs and facilitated counseling groups in these programs. He has provided training across the United States and abroad on research and service-delivery surrounding partner abuse. He has been appointed to several national advisory committees and task forces from the Center for Disease Control, U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Office on Women’s Health, and the U.S. Department of Education.

He has been a board member of various domestic violence and human service organization including the early days of the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1999-2000 and the National Family Justice Center Alliance Advisory Board, 2006 to 2016. In 2000, he was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Domestic Violence by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and U.S. Attorney General. In 2010 he hosted a roundtable on youth and violence for the U.S. Attorney General and participated in a roundtable with the U.S. Attorney General on issues related to fatherhood. He also participated in a Whitehouse Roundtable on Fatherhood and Domestic Violence. He has conducted training for the U.S. Military Family Advocacy programs in the U.S. and abroad. He has presented to numerous Family Violence, Research, and Practice organizations in the United States, Kenya, South Africa, Canada, United Kingdom, Brazil and Germany.

In 2015 Dr. Williams was invited to speak at the United Nations about domestic violence among Africans in the United States and in Africa. His research and publications in scholarly journals, books, reports and DVD’s have centered on creating service delivery strategies to reduce violent behavior and support victims of abuse. He has consulted with the NFL, MLB, and NBA on issues related to domestic violence. Dr. Williams has received many awards among them include an award from the American Psychological Association, an International “Telly Award” for his documentary work; the National “Shelia Wellstone Institute Award” The Alliance for Hope from the International Family Justice Center related to his National work on Domestic Violence and a Distinguish Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work. Dr. Williams received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Michigan State University; a Masters in Social Work from Western Michigan University; a Masters in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Social Work both from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Bea Hanson
Bea Hanson currently serves as Senior Advisor to the NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-based Violence and the Executive Director of the NYC Domestic Violence Task Force which was created to develop a comprehensive citywide strategy to reduce domestic violence, including the development of a new trauma-informed, culturally relevant abusive partner intervention program.

Prior to her current position, she was the Principal Deputy Director of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women during the Obama Administration (20011-2017) where she was responsible for leading implementation of the Violence Against Women Act including distribution of nearly $500 million to communities across the country to prevent and respond to domestic and sexual violence.

Bea previously served as Chief Program Officer for Safe Horizon, a crime victim service organization in New York City that serves 350,000 victims annually. Prior to joining Safe Horizon, Ms. Hanson was the Director of Client Services at the New York City Anti-Violence Project where she led programs for the nation’s largest crime victim assistance and advocacy organization serving the LGBT community.

Bea earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare from the City University in New York, a Master of Social Work degree from Hunter College School of Social Work in New York, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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Juan Carlos Areán
Juan Carlos Areán, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized peacemaker, activist, public speaker, trainer and facilitator, and published author. Since 1991, he has worked to engage men across different cultures to become better fathers, intimate partners, and allies to end domestic violence and achieve gender equity. He presently works as a Program Director at Futures Without Violence. Previously, he served as Director of the National Latin@ Network at Casa de Esperanza and as a Sexual Assault Prevention Specialist at Harvard University.

Dr. Areán is a founding member of the United Nations Network of Men Leaders to combat violence against women created by former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He is an active trainer and facilitator, who has led hundreds of workshops and presentations throughout the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, as well as in Europe, Asia, the US Congress, and the United Nations in New York and Geneva.

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Jeremy Nevilles-Sorell
Jeremy NeVilles-Sorell has worked in the field of domestic violence since 1994 on issues affecting children who have experienced domestic violence, supervised visitation, batterer’s intervention, and providing training and education. He worked for four years coordinating the Duluth Family Visitation Center serving families with a history of domestic violence and dealing with visits and exchanges of children between parents. Jeremy also worked for four years as the Children’s Program Coordinator at Women’s Transitional Housing Coalition in Duluth, Minnesota, providing activities and groups for children who have witnessed violence. He joined the staff of Mending the Sacred Hoop Technical Assistance Project in 1998, a national program to assist American Indian Tribes and Alaskan Native Villages to develop responses to violence against Indian women through training and technical assistance. He has held various titles with Mending the Sacred Hoop from team leader, program coordinator, co-director, and is currently the Training and Resources Director. He was faculty for the IHS-ACF Health Domestic Violence Project for its duration: 2002-2009. This project worked with more than 100 Indian, Tribal and Urban health care facilities as well as domestic violence (DV) advocacy programs across the United States to improve the health care responses to domestic violence. From 2017 – 2019 he served on the Men of Color as Crime Victims Expert Working Group for the OVC National Resource Center for Reaching Victims. In 2015 he began working with Wica Agli and in March of 2019 assumed the position of Director of the National Native Coalition of Men’s Programs. He has conducted groups with teenage boys and girls on domestic violence, facilitated groups for Native men who have battered, been an advocate for male victims, developed curricula for engaging men in violence prevention, and organized community education events. Jeremy has been a speaker and consultant for many national, state, and local programs on youth issues, community education, working with men, and worked on public policy reform. He remains involved with community groups and local educational efforts to raise awareness engage and promote non-violent lifestyles for men.

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Beth Meeks
Beth Meeks is currently the Director of Capacity Technical Assistance at NNEDV. She has more than 30 years of experience in the field of gender based violence. Prior to her role at NNEDV she served as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence for 7 years and also served for 13 years as the Executive Director of a local dual program in Ohio. She spent more than a decade working in BIP programming and has served as a trial consultant and expert witness in multiple homicide cases. Beth has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice – Forensic Psychology.

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Rebecca Thomforde Hauser

Rebecca Thomforde Hauser (she/her) is the Director of Community Accountability and Engagement for Gender and Family Justice Programs at the Center for Court Innovation in New York, NY. Working from a perspective of social justice and grounded in collaboration, Rebecca engages communities to identify internal strengths and challenges in their efforts to address domestic and sexual violence, provides on-going support in those efforts, including training to judges, court and community stakeholders on a variety of domestic violence issues including: evidence-based best practice; community engagement, intervention and engagement for persons who cause harm through IPV, and survivor safety and autonomy. For five years, Rebecca was the Domestic Violence Accountability Coordinator for the state of Vermont, overseeing the certification process of domestic violence accountability programs, providing training and technical assistance to programs in collaboration with the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Vermont Council on Domestic Violence. Before coming to the Center, she was a Victim Witness Advocate at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston and an intern at Safe Havens: The Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence. Rebecca lives in Vermont with her husband, two children, cats and a dog. She spends her free time running through the beautiful Green Mountains thinking about how to make the world a place where all people thrive.

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Debby Tucker
http://www.ncdsv.org/ncd_staff.html Deborah D. Tucker, MPA, President, NCDSV Board of Directors E-mail Debby at dtucker@ncdsv.org. Debby served as Executive Director of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV), a position she held from the organization’s beginning in 1998, until February 2015. After accepting the position of Domestic Violence Specialist at Child Protective Services, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, NCDSV’s Board of Directors elected her to the Board and the office of President.

Debby has been dedicated to ending violence against women since becoming a volunteer with the first rape crisis center in Texas in 1974. She was Assistant Director of the Austin Rape Crisis Center, then co-founded and served as Executive Director of the Austin Center for Battered Women from 1977 until 1982. (In 1997, ARCC and ACBW combined into SafePlace.)

In 1982, Debby became the first Executive Director of the Texas Council on Family Violence, a position she held until 1996. She assisted communities in Texas to establish shelters, other services for battered women and initiate battering intervention programs. She represented battered women and member agencies to the Texas Legislature. In this role, she promoted laws and policies to improve the criminal justice and health and human service systems’ responses to domestic violence. Under her leadership, the Texas Council grew to be one of the largest coalitions in the country with over 50 staff providing training and technical assistance, public education and advocacy. In February 1996, the Texas Council opened the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE and 1-800-787-3224 TTY), a 24/7 service for the U.S. and territories.

In August 1996, Debby joined Sarah M. Buel, JD, in opening Tucker, Buel and Associates, a consulting firm offering customized consultation and training to end violence against women. In May 1998, Sarah and Debby co-founded the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence to sponsor conferences and provide customized training and consultation nationwide. The National Center received funding from the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice to collaborate on the development of curriculum and trainings with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Center for Rural Law Enforcement. The National Center has an award-winning website, initially funded by Altria, that provides direct access to information for local, state and national professionals and volunteers.

The National Center collaborated with the Avon Foundation for Women to produce educational materials for the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Campaign and works with many individuals and organizations to address violence in the military community. The National Center consults with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on DELTA (Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances), a program involving 14 state coalitions to advance the prevention of domestic violence. NCDSV consulted from 2007-2011 with the CDC Foundation on the Robert Wood Johnson-funded DELTA PREP program preparing 19 additional state coalitions to initiate in DELTA and initiate evidence-based prevention strategies in their states.

Debby has extensive experience on the national level. She served as Co-Chair of the U.S. Department of Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence from 2000-2003. She served as founding Chair of the National Network to End Domestic Violence during its leadership in the passage of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, the Board of Advisors for WomensLaw.org. She co-chairs the National Alliance to End Domestic Abuse with Toby Myers, NCDSV’s Vice President, and they serve on the National Leadership Council of Jewish Women International.

In Texas, she served as Treasurer for Texans Against Gun Violence and she chairs the Master of Public Administration Advisory Committee for Texas State University. In 2012, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration presented Debby with the Alfred M. Zuck Public Courage Award. In April 2014, the College of Liberal Arts at Texas State University presented her with a Distinguished Alumna Award (video). In May 2014, Debby was inducted (video) into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. See photo.

Doris Buffet awarded Debby with The Sunshine Lady Award in 2008. She received the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Standing in the Light of Justice Award in 2005 and the Marshall’s and Futures Without Violence’s Domestic Violence Peace Prize in recognition of her national leadership. She has also been honored by the National Association of Social Workers. In July 2003, along with Fernando Laguarda, Debby was recognized on the NASDAQ sign in Times Square by Lifetime TV. She received the YWCA’s Outstanding Achievement Award and the Texas Council on Family Violence established the Deborah D. Tucker Staff Achievement Award, of which she was the first recipient. In addition, the National District Attorneys Association honored her with their Stephen L. Von Riesen Lecturer of Merit Award.

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Rosanna Bellini
I’m currently a Postdoctoral Associate in Information Science and Computer Science at Cornell University, based in New York City, located at the Cornell Tech Campus. I design, develop and deploy socio-technical systems in the context of intimate partner violence with specialist services, charities and NGOs. I’ve also been working on principles for justice-orientated design; the use of data-in-place for facilitating conversations around occupational bullying and harassment; and trauma-informed computing. More broadly, I am interested in exploring how harms to vulnerable or at-risk populations are facilitated through digital technologies, and what strategies we might use to mitigate these. This has also resulted in musings around the role that existing qualitative data and data-intensive systems have to play in facilitating more caring approaches to societal inequalities.

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Ed Gondolf
Edward W. Gondolf, EdD, MPH, is currently a research associate and former research director for the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute (MARTI), based at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (USA).  His most noted book Batterer Intervention Systems (2001) summarizes a seven-year evaluation of batterer intervention systems in four cities funded by the US Centers for Disease Control, and a related NIJ study using the longitudinal data to identify risk factors for re-assault.  Under grants from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), he more recently evaluated the effectiveness of specialized counseling for African-American men, a study of case management for domestic violence offenders, and a 4-year evaluation of supplemental mental health treatment for batterer program participants.

Dr. Gondolf’s subsequent book, The Future of Batterer Programs: Reassessing Evidence-Based Practice (2012), addresses the debate over the research on batterer programs and the means to improving their effectiveness, and his most recent book, Gender-Based Perspectives on Batterer Programs: Program Leaders on History, Approach, Research, and Development (2015) compiles the experience and insights of 24 batterer program leaders on program effectiveness and direction.  He has also authored over 150 academic journal articles and 11 books on domestic violence intervention and related topics.

 

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Greg Loughlin
Greg is an independent consultant with over 20 years experience in the movement to end male violence against women and girls. He has served as Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives at Men Stopping Violence and Executive Director at the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, a state agency charged with certifying and monitoring Family Violence Intervention Programs in Georgia. He is an Atlanta-based writer, advocate, trainer, and state certified Family Violence Intervention Program facilitator.

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Ruby White Star

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Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D.
He is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience in domestic violence research and advocacy, mental health services, community partnerships, and higher education administration. His academic trajectory includes appointments in the Family Violence Research Program at the University of New Hampshire, Harvard Medical School’s Cambridge Hospital, The Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, Boston College, the University of Miami (UM), and Albizu University. The recipient of various recognitions for educational excellence and community involvement, Dr. Aldarondo’s scholarship focuses on positive development of ethnic minority and immigrant youth, domestic violence, and social justice-oriented clinical practices. His publications include the books Advancing Social Justice through Clinical Practice (Routledge), Programs for men who batter: Intervention and prevention strategies in a diverse society (Civic Research Institute with Fernando Mederos, Ed.D.), and Neurosciences, Health and Community Well-Being (San Luís, Nueva Editorial Universitaria with Dr. Enrique Saforcada and Mauro Muñoz). Dr. Aldarondo has a long history of involvement with grassroots advocacy organizations. He was Founding Executive Director of the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence as well as Founding Director of the Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center at UM. He is Past Executive Director of The Council on Contemporary Families and is on the board of directors for The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.

 

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Rahul Sharma
Dr. Rahul Sharma is a consultant, psychologist, musician, & keynote speaker with expertise in diversity, social justice, multiculturalism, emotional intelligence, leadership, individual/community health, violence against women prevention, music, and wellness. He is former Associate Professor at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, where he Chaired its Diversity Concentration for 13 years. Prior to that, he was Executive Director of University of Chicago’s Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention, initially reporting to then Associate Dean Michelle Obama. His dissertation explored the case study of BIP in Vancouver that specifically treated South Asian men.

He is founder of Strategic Inclusion Consulting, an agency that provides DEI, Leadership, Wellness, and Emotional Intelligence consulting, coaching, and training. Dr. Sharma is also founder and bassist/sitarist for the intercultural award-winning music group Funkadesi, a 10-member band that is comprised of diverse members (Indian-American, African-American, Jamaican, Latino, and European American) who are musicians, activists, educators, and healers. In December of 2021, Funkadesi celebrated its 25th Anniversary. In Spring of 2022, Funkadesi was once again awarded “Most Outstanding Group” by the Chicago Music Awards.

As a speaker, Dr. Sharma often integrates experiential multicultural music programs in conjunction with the band at conferences and trainings, including an “Experiential Opening Keynote” at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology Annual Convention and virtual Closing Keynote at the Asian American Psychology Association. In December of 2021, he provided the Opening Keynote and Closing Keynote for the inaugural Embodied In Color conference, a wellness conference for clinicians of color.

In 2017, Dr. Sharma was the recipient of the Joyce Foundation Award, where he was commissioned to co-compose a musical piece, “Quantum Englewood,” to provide arts opportunities for youth in high-risk environments. The piece was performed by hundreds of musicians in late 2018. Most recently, Dr. Sharma led a guided visualization set to live improvised music for TEDx Chicago, followed by a performance by Funkadesi. In addition to all these pursuits, Dr. Sharma maintains a small private practice. He resides with his family in Evanston, Illinois.

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Fernando Mederos

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Michael Paymar
Executive Director: Education for Critical Thinking Worked for many years at the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project and the Battered Women’s Justice Project Served 18 years in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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Larry Bennett
Durie and I live in Michigan. Prior to my retirement from Indiana University in 2020, I was employed as a professor of social work at universities in Wisconsin and Illinois. My last 20 years of practice was focused exclusively of court-ordered evaluation in contested custody cases. I began working in BIP in 1985, but most of my work since 1990 has focused on teaching and research. My research was focused primarily on the effectiveness of BIP, and on the management of DV perpetrators in cases with co-occurring behavioral health issues, particularly substance abuse disorder.

 

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Chris Hall
Christopher Hall is a Doctoral Candidate within the Educational Research Methodologies department of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has been working in domestic and sexual violence intervention since 1997 and has worked at Emerge and the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. His specialization is in program evaluation, with research interests in intersectional oppression theory, leveraging privilege, intimate partner violence intervention, and reflective practice. His experience includes finding methods of investigating oppression theory through qualitative interviewing techniques with intimate partner violence perpetrators, and use of the transtheoretical model and motivational interviewing in domestic violence interventions. He currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services within the UNCG School of Education.

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Johnny Rice II

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Ulester Douglas
Ulester Douglas is a consultant, psychotherapist, and former executive director of Atlanta-based Men Stopping Violence, Inc. He has extensive training and thirty years of experience working with individuals, families and communities impacted by violence. He has received several honors and awards for his violence prevention work, including the 2019 Deborah C. McDorman Memorial Award for “Exemplary Humanitarian Efforts and Advocacy to End Domestic Violence.” In addition to being interviewed by CNN, The New York Times, NPR, and other media, Ulester has authored and co-authored several curricula and articles on violence prevention and intervention. Ulester has provided consultation, training, and keynote presentations in forty states, Europe, and the Caribbean.

 

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Rhea Almeida

 

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Katya Smyth

 

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Rich Tolman
Richard M. Tolman is the Sheldon D. Rose Collegiate Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan and an American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare Fellow. Rich’s work focuses on prevention and intervention to end gender-based violence (GBV). He began this work as a practitioner in a battering intervention program in Anchorage Alaska in 1980. Subsequently he worked in BIPs in Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan and founded the BIP program at Sarah’s Inn in Oak Park, Illinois. He helped to set BIP standards in both Illinois and Michigan. He was an author of one of earliest books on battering intervention- Edleson, J. L., & Tolman, R. M. (1992). Intervention for men who batter: An ecological approach. Sage Publications, Inc.

His contributions to the domestic violence literature include the development of a widely used measure of psychological maltreatment of women, demonstrating the accuracy of survivors’ predictions of future abuse, research on how intimate partner violence impacts low-income women’s economic, physical and psychological well-being, and adolescent intimate partner violence. Dr. Tolman founded and co-led a research team that conducted a series of studies on men’s involvement in prevention of GBV.

His current projects include research on the prevention of abuse during pregnancy, and relatedly, on understanding men’s transition to fatherhood. His work in this area includes qualitative studies of men attending ultrasound, a quantitative longitudinal study of couples expecting their first child, and a nationally representative survey of men. In related work, he helped to create a paradigm for examining men’s responses to infant cries and how they may be implicated in subsequent aggression. He is leading a statewide effort in Michigan to promote policy changes that can increase men’s positive involvement with their children.

Rich collaborated on a longitudinal study following welfare recipients, examining IPV and mental health disorder as barriers to employment. He was P.I. for an NIMH funded study to study psychiatric disorders among low-income single mothers in the three-county Detroit area. His work on IPV and welfare contributed to policy impact, including willingness of states to grant waivers from employment requirements so that women experiencing domestic violence would not be put at risk of losing cash assistance. To increase awareness and utilization of research to influence policy, he organized three national conferences (Trapped by Poverty/Trapped by Abuse) that brought together policy makers, researchers and advocates to share research and shape the research agenda.

Interventions in groups have been an ongoing focus in his scholarly and practice work. He recently published a book about group work research methods. Dr. Tolman has an abiding interest in how the arts can be used to promote interpersonal and social change.

 

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Lisa Young Larance
Lisa Young Larance, PhD, MSW, LCSW, LMSW, is a practitioner-scholar with wide-ranging clinical, community, and prison-based practice experience. Her direct service includes providing individual trauma-informed therapy and co-facilitating intervention groups. Dr. Young Larance’s macro-social work practice is rooted in meeting organizational and community needs while serving violence-involved families. She has created and implemented innovative community-based programs providing intervention, advocacy, and support for women with domestic and sexual violence survivorship histories who used nonfatal force in their relationships: Jersey Battered Women’s Service, Inc.’s Vista Program (New Jersey, U.S.A.) and Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County’s RENEW Program (Michigan, U.S.A.). She also co-developed and implemented Meridians for Incarcerated Women serving women housed in Michigan Department of Corrections facilities. Dr. Young Larance’s consulting work includes the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (U.S.A.), Harmony House’s Nurturing Hearts Violence Prevention Program (Hong Kong, China), Baptcare and Berry Street’s +SHIFT Program (Victoria, Australia), and the United States Air Force’s Family Advocacy Program (Global). Her scholarship focuses primarily on understanding the legal, child protection, and antiviolence intervention experiences of diverse women with domestic and sexual violence survivorship histories brought to formal systems attention for causing harm. Dr. Young Larance investigates how women’s institutional contact can both replicate intimate harm and facilitate positive change. Her work emphasizes the strategies women employ to navigate surveilling systems and their agency in healing from trauma, addressing the harm caused, and creating community. Her work is published in Affilia: Journal of Women & Social Work, BMJ Open, International Social Work, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Psychology of Violence, and Violence Against Women. Her forthcoming book, Broken: Women’s Stories of Intimate and Institutional Harm and Repair, will be published by the University of California Press in 2023. She is currently a research associate with Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She will join Bryn Mawr’s faculty in 2023.

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Maxine Davis
Dr. Maxine Davis is a second-generation activist who is passionate about discovering how to end violence perpetration in romantic and intimate relationships. She studies people who act abusively and interventions that are designed to help them change. As a scholar of intimate partner violence and abuse (IPV/A), she is particularly focused on interventions to assist Black and Latino men in ending abusive behaviors in their romantic relationships. Dr. Davis completed her PhD in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis in 2018. She describes her research as having a three-pronged approach to reducing IPV/A perpetration by (1) improving the measurement of IPV/A perpetration, (2) exploring innovative/culturally relevant interventions, and (3) identifying factors that lead to violence cessation to improve health. With specific attention on Black-American and Latinx (pronounced: La-teen-X) populations, her research is guided by lived experiences and former work in Partner Abuse Intervention Programs mainly attended by men who were arrested and convicted of domestic violence in Chicago. Most of her research uses a community-engaged approach, centering the voices of historically excluded and marginalized racial groups as equal partners. Dr. Davis currently serves an Assistant Professor of Social Work and a core faculty member of the nationally renowned Center for Research on Ending Violence at Rutgers University.

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Catherine Shugrue Dos Santos
Catherine Shugrue dos Santos is the President and CEO of Shugrue dos Santos Consulting, and currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director for Programs at the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP). AVP envisions a world in which all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and HIV-affected people are safe, respected, and live free from violence. AVP’s mission is to empower LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and support survivors through counseling and advocacy. Cat identifies as an anti-racist liberation social worker, Queer/Bi activist, and an educator, with over 35 years in the intersecting movements working to end violence and to build racial, gender, reproductive, and economic justice. Through organizational leadership, innovative program development, policy advocacy, direct services, training, and education, all through a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, harm reduction approach, Cat has dedicated her career to addressing intersecting issues of power, privilege, and oppression, and promoting social justice and equity for people who identify as queer, trans, and non-binary, HIV affected, people of color, women, immigrants, and youth.

She teaches at Columbia University School of Social Work, speaks locally and nationally at conferences, has contributed articles to the Domestic Violence Report and Huffington Post, and is a leading voice in many local and statewide coalitions, including serving as: Chair of the Coalition on Working with Abusive Partners (CoWAP) and founder of Justice Speaks, a language access initiative for immigrant survivors of trauma, and the Task Force on Domestic Violence and Economic Justice (DVEJ), as well as membership in key coalitions and advisory bodies, including the Advisory Council to the New York State Office of Victim Services, the Mayor’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, the New York State LGBTQ Domestic Violence Network, and the Mayor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence. Cat believes in radical healing and the power of poetry, loves sci-fi/fantasy, as well as games and crafts of all kinds. Cat lives just outside of New York City with her husband, daughter, and the family dog.

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Pa Vang
As a professional, Pa Vang is a philanthropist, social justice leader, and an advocate for Hmong women and girls. She has dedicated over 25 years to ending gender-based violence in the Hmong community, both as an advocate, and also a co-author and trainer for the nation’s first Hmong Batterer’s Intervention Program, Sib Paj Ciaj Vaj. In addition, she has extensive expertise in organizational capacity building for culturally-specific organizations, coalition building, community organizing, participatory action scholarship, batterer’s intervention, program development, advocating for language access for survivors of violence, and engaging men in gender justice work. Vang’s life work is to build spaces for Hmong women to become leaders in their own community, and for them to lead with passion, but also be grounded in purpose and community.

Currently, Pa co-facilitates the Txiv Neej Yawg Program at Transforming Generations. She was the former Chief Executive Officer for the Wisconsin Women’s Training Institute, LLC and instrumental in the formation of the Black and Brown Womyn Power Coalition in Wisconsin.

Vang has received numerous recognitions for her work:

• The Significant Achievement in Domestic Abuse Issues award by the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse (1999),

• “DV Diva” by the WCADV for her work in expanding WCADV’s reach to communities of color (2003),

• The UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award by the UW System Women’s Studies Consortium (2005),

• Dedication of over 10 years working to end violence against women in the Hmong community by her peers and the Department of Children and Family, Domestic Abuse Program, and

• Hmong Women of the Year by the Milwaukee Hmong Consortium (2011). Vang has her undergraduate degree from Hannibal-LaGrange College, Hannibal, MO, and a master in Urban Planning from UW-Milwaukee, and is currently a Doctoral of Ministry candidate at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC.

At Large/National Resource

Jeffrey Edleson
Jeffrey L. Edleson, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School and the Specht Chair Emeritus in Publicly Supported Social Services at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare. He served as the Dean of the School of Social Welfare from 2012 to 2019. He is Professor Emeritus in the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and founding director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. He has published more than 130 articles and 12 books on domestic violence, group work, and program evaluation. Edleson served on the US National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women and is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

 

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