Shana Aldahl, LMSW, is the special projects coordinator for the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, overseeing multiple capacity building initiatives including the Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) and the Children’s Capacity Building Project. Ms. Aldahl has worked in the field of domestic violence for nearly ten years in various capacities, including managing a domestic violence shelter, providing crisis intervention services to survivors of domestic violence in both a hospital and a substance abuse detox center, and facilitating trainings to both advocates and medical professionals.
Jeannette Baca, LISW, LCSW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker in New Mexico, with more than 25 years of experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She is an instructor at New Mexico Highlands University, teaching social work to bachelor and master level students. Ms. Baca is also a consultant for the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, providing technical support for the Children’s Capacity Building Project and the Animal Protection Project.
Melanie Barton is the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) advocate for the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA). She works closely with the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC), providing services to incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse throughout the state. Over the last year, she has provided training on PREA and sexual assault to the MDOC corrections staff, as well as technical assistance and PREA-specific training to local rape crisis centers. Ms. Barton’s work recently expanded to providing comprehensive inmate education training, engaging inmates in questions and dialogue, to assisting them in understanding advocacy access and services under the PREA Standards. She continues to work with her MDOC partners annually providing new-hire training for cadets and mock training sessions with case scenarios for corrections staff.
Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, is Anna D. Wolf chair and professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program. Dr. Campbell has been conducting advocacy policy work and research on violence against women since 1980, has been the principal investigator of twelve major research investigations and has published more than 240 articles and seven books. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Nursing, a member of the Board of Directors of Futures Without Violence, received the Sigma Theta Tau International Research Award in 2011, and is co-chair of the IOM Global Violence Prevention Forum.
Dr. Donald Clark retired from an IHS career in 2013 after 24+ years. He became interested in public health and epidemiology while working on Navajo and Jemez Pueblos. While working at Albuquerque IHS he realized domestic violence is a health care issue and went on to obtain a master’s in public health focusing on the healthcare response to domestic violence. Dr. Calrk has worked for more than 18 years helping other IHS and tribal hospitals and clinics develop protocols to address domestic violence and for the last several years has done the same with various tribal clinics. More recently, his focus is on raising awareness of the health effects resulting from traumatic brain injury and anoxic brain injury from nonfatal strangulation in domestic violence.
Rachel Cox, LCSW has worked in the field of domestic and sexual violence for more than 16 years. She is currently the clinical director at Community Against Violence in Taos, NM. Previously, she has worked as an advocate, sexual assault program coordinator, court-appointed special advocate volunteer coordinator, and child and adult therapist. Her experience in direct service informs the guiding principles of her approach to supervision. In her role, Ms. Cox works to facilitate organizational change to improve service quality at a local and statewide level.
Marcie Davis joined the Coalition staff in 2002 and serves as the director of the Underserved Populations project. For more than 20 years, she has focused her work on local, state, and federal program design and grant management, specializing in underserved populations. She has been recognized by numerous entities for her achievements and contributions and has been the recipient of many awards. Ms. Davis speaks nationally on a variety of victim service and disability-related issues. She earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Marcie is accompanied by her service dog, Whistle.
Sarah Deer has worked to end violence against women for more than 20 years. As an undergrad, she began as a volunteer rape victim advocate and later received her JD with a Tribal Lawyer Certificate from the University of Kansas School of Law. She is currently a professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims’ rights. A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Ms. Deer is a co-author of three textbooks on tribal law. She has received national recognition for her work on violence against Native women and was a primary consultant for Amnesty International’s Maze of Injustice campaign. Her latest book is “The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America.” She is the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship and KU Law’s first Langston Hughes appointment.
Dr. Gail Dines is a professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College in Boston, where she is also chair of the American Studies department. She has been researching and writing about the porn industry for well over twenty-five years. Dr. Dines is a recipient of the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America and author of numerous books and articles. Her latest book, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, has been translated into five languages. Dr. Dines is the founding president of the non-governmental organization, Culture Reframed. Dedicated to building resilience and resistance in children and youth to the harms of a hypersexualized and pornified society, Culture Reframed develops cutting-edge educational programs that promote healthy development, relationships, and sexuality. Dr. Dines’ work is the focus of a new film by the Media Education Foundation called Pornland: The Documentary.
Denise Dumesnil, LCSW, began working with Community Against Violence (CAV) in 2011 as the region’s legal advocate with the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Program’s Community Justice Project. She has been working part-time as a children’s therapist at CAV since 2014 and also works part-time with Assistance Dogs of the West as an instructor/trainer. Ms. Dumesnil is the owner/handler of Clark, a seven-year-old yellow Labrador trained by Assistance Dogs of the West who has been a facility service dog at CAV since 2012, acting as co-advocate and co-therapist with Denise in her various roles.
MaryEllen Garcia is the VAWA grants administrator for the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission, administering the STOP VAWA and SASP formula awards, in addition to discretionary funds from the Office for Victims of Crime. Until recently, Ms. Garcia also administered the VOCA Victim Assistance funds. Prior to her work with the Commission, she administered discretionary grants from OVW for the state including projects that developed best practices for access, issuance, and enforcement of orders of protection and a statewide domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, strangulation and child victimization project. She began her career in victim services as a volunteer with a nonprofit law enforcement based victim advocate program. She then worked as a crisis negotiator for law enforcement and developed a law enforcement crisis outreach and support team. She has worked with governmental and non-governmental victim service agencies around the state either in training, providing services, development of best practices in serving victims, program development and leadership within New Mexico for more than 17 years.
Julie Germann is a professional speaker, trainer, and consultant specializing in sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. Ms. Germann draws on her past experience to help develop victim-centered protocols for the investigation and prosecution of sexual and physical violence. She aids government and nonprofit organizations in advancing their knowledge and understanding of all aspects of violence and victim response. Julie is admitted to the practice of law in the state of Minnesota. She is a 2002 graduate of Hamline University School of Law and has a bachelor of science in psychology from the University of LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Casey Gwinn, Esq. serves as the president of Alliance for HOPE International. Casey has been recognized by The American Lawyer magazine as one of the top 45 public lawyers in America. He is an honors graduate of Stanford University and UCLA School of Law. Casey served for eight years as the elected City Attorney of San Diego from 1996 to 2004. Prior to entering elected office, Casey founded City Attorney’s Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Unit, leading the Unit from 1986 to 1996 – prosecuting both misdemeanor and felony cases. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges honored his specialized prosecution unit as the model prosecution unit in the nation in 1993. In 2002, Casey saw his vision of a comprehensive Center for services to victims of family violence become a reality in San Diego as he led the effort to open the nationally acclaimed San Diego Family Justice Center with professionals from 25 agencies together under one roof. His leadership has been widely credited for the 90% drop in domestic violence homicides in the City of San Diego. In October 2003, President George W. Bush announced a national initiative to begin creating Family Justice Centers across the country and asked Casey to provide leadership to the effort. Today, Casey and his team support more than 100 open and developing Family Justice Centers in the U.S. and around the world. Casey has served on the U.S. Attorney General’s National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women and the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence. He chaired the California Attorney General’s Task Force on Domestic Violence. He also served on the congressionally created Department of Defense task force, studying the handling of family violence throughout the Department of Defense. He has authored or co-authored a host of articles and media commentaries and nine books on domestic violence and the Family Justice Center movement.
Caitlin Harper MA, ATR-P, LMHC, works as a therapist for Nambé Pueblo, in collaboration with NMCADV’s Children’s Capacity Building Project. She has served the Nambé Pueblo community since October 2013. She received her BA in German studies and studio art from Centre College in Danville, KY in 2008 and her MA in counseling and art therapy from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM in 2016. In 2009 she completed a Fulbright research project on art therapy at the University of Vienna in Austria. Caitlin draws heavily upon existential, archetypal, and culturally sensitive approaches, bringing an eclectic perspective to art therapy and counseling. She believes in the power of imagination, humor, multi-generational community, and the resilience of the human spirit as essential components of her work with children and families. Ms. Harper incorporates visual art, writing, and music into her work with Nambé Pueblo community members.
Lenny Hayes is the owner and founder of Tate Topa Consulting, LLC. He is not only focused on American Indian historical and intergenerational trauma but other various types of trauma that affects this population, two-spirit/Native LGBTQ community and the general population as a whole. Hayes has extensive training and experience in mental and chemical health issues.
“Generational humorist” Meagan Johnson has an outspoken, take-no-prisoners Gen X attitude, challenging her audiences to think differently and act decisively when dealing with multiple generations. Johnson graduated from Arizona State University Business School with a BS in marketing. After working several years in a sales environment, Meagan became discouraged by all the negative comments she heard about Generation X. (Generation X is the 50 million people born between 1965 and 1980.) As a Gen Xer herself, she felt these comments were unfounded. She was further frustrated by the blinders her managers seemed to have. Johnson began researching everything from small to large corporations in order to find successful ways to work with the younger generation. ZAP THE GAP Solving the Multi-Generational Puzzle was born. Johnson believes, “Once we take time to understand the motivations and mindset of each generation, working with them, communicating with them and managing them becomes a more successful effort.”
Since 1997, Johnson has entertained and educated thousands. She has written a variety of articles about the multiple generations and has been interviewed for many publications and audio programs. She has been quoted in The Chicago Tribune, CNNMoney.com, US News & World Report and many other publications. She wrote the Generational chapter in the book Success is a Team Effort and co-authored Generations, Inc – From Boomers to Linksters, Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work with her baby boomer father, Larry Johnson.
Tracey Jones is the primary prevention coordinator at the Women’s Center of East Texas. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Columbia University and a master’s in social sciences from the University of Chicago. Her research interests bridge the fields of complex trauma (with a focus on sexual trauma and violence in the Holocaust), gender, race, and the feminist discourse of black women. Ms. Jones has experience as a clinical diagnostic assessor, academic testing assessor, and adjunct professor.
Bobby Kipper is a best-selling author and national expert in the areas of youth and gang violence reduction. As the former director of Virginia’s Gang Reduction Program, he headed one of the most successful gang reduction models in recent history. His experience spans more than three decades of working in the critical areas of prevention and intervention of youth delinquency and crime. His work has been recognized by Congress and the White House and has been featured in communities across America. Mr. Kipper’s model approach of prevention, intervention, enforcement, and re-entry has been offered as a model for communities nationwide. His comprehensive planning model was first recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2007. In 2009, he founded the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence, which he currently serves as the executive director. His two current best-selling books, No Colors: 100 Ways to Stop Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities, and No Bullies: Solutions for Saving our Children from Today’s Bully were published by Morgan-James Publishing in New York.
Alicia “Kozak” Kozakiewicz is an internationally-acclaimed motivational speaker, author, and actress who has inspired millions through her powerful on-screen and in-person appearances. Passionate and straight from the heart, Ms. Kozakiewicz motivates her audiences to transcend life’s struggles, pursue their passions, and discover their purpose. Alicia’s own life story exemplifies the strength of the human spirit’s ability to overcome adversity and deny defeat. At the age 13, Alicia became the victim of an internet lure and was abducted to another state where she was held captive. Following her rescue, she has devoted her life to raising awareness of missing persons and protecting children against predatory crime. She has been featured in PBS’s award-winning, Alicia’s Message and EIE’s Emmy-winning, Alicia’s Story, on the Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, Fox & Friends, Good Morning America, Anderson Live, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, and more, and in numerous publications including People and Cosmopolitan. Additionally, Alicia has joined Investigation Discovery. She co-authored an OJJDP publication, You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment, testified before Congress, and works to pass Alicia’s Law, her namesake, nationally. Alicia’s Law provides a dedicated revenue stream to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. Alicia received a Jefferson Award and the Courage Award from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and has been engaged by the FBI to train the National Academy. She is also an Airline Ambassadors International representative and Human Trafficking Awareness Trainer. She graduated with her MA in forensic psychology. Her focus is to not only assist in the recovery of the missing but also to support those children and their families, who have been affected by abduction and sexual exploitation.
Scott Miller has worked for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP) since 2000. He coordinates Duluth’s Coordinated Community Response to domestic violence which is currently under a demonstration project funded by the Office on Violence Against Women called the Blueprint for Safety. Serving as both system advocate and coordinator of the men’s nonviolence program, he is instrumental in the evolving work being done in Duluth. Mr. Miller trains nationally and internationally on the components of the Duluth Model of intervention and helps develop new resource materials and curricula for use in communities working to end violence against women. He also co-authored the new DAIP men’s nonviolence curriculum, Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter. Mr. Miller 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. He has testified in family court, state district court and federal/military court. From 2001 to 2015, he was a contract trainer and forensic interviewer for First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center in Duluth. Mr. Miller was responsible for conducting forensically sound interviews of children suspected of being physically or sexually abused as part of a criminal investigation. He also trained nationally on how to conduct interviews with children and work from a multidisciplinary team approach in the investigation of child abuse. Hehas been working in the women’s movement since 1985.
Shara Moscinska MA, LPCC, is a teacher and psychotherapist in private practice specializing in community mental health and spiritual development. She has been an instructor for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) National Victim Assistance Academy, co-created the OVC Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training and is a former director of the advocacy and outreach department at the Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center. Shara has more than 15 years of clinical and administrative experience and has facilitated trainings throughout the U.S. on crisis intervention, trauma resolution, vicarious trauma, developing resilience, spiritual development, communication, ethics, and self-care. Ms. Moscinska has an MA in counseling from Southwestern College, a BA in liberal arts from St. John’s College, and graduated from the inaugural class of Richard Rohr’s Living School in 2015. She is an adjunct professor at Southwestern College where she teaches the psychology of consciousness and instructs a weekly spinning class to maintain mind/body balance. Life in its essence and the hard, rewarding work of attending to her family are her greatest teachers (and blessings) of all.
Deleana OtherBull is from the Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribes of Montana. She was hired by the Board of Directors in 2014 and is honored to serve as the executive director of CSVANW. For more than eight years, Ms. OtherBull has focused her work on tribal, state and federal program design, development, grant management, research, and evaluation, specializing in Native nonprofit programs and service. She has worked extensively at the national level with tribal communities across Indian Country and is passionate about Native youth and strength-based community work. She concurrently holds a bachelor of arts in creative writing/English and a BA in psychology from the University of Arizona. She is currently pursuing a master’s of public administration in health policy at the University of New Mexico. Committed to being involved with the community, she also sits on the Board of Directors for the Native American Professional Parent Resources (NAPPR) and on several legislative committees for the state.
Keioshiah (Diné) is of the Folded Arms People Clan and born for the Mexican People Clan. She is from Kirtland, New Mexico and is currently a pursuing a master’s in American studies at the University of New Mexico. Her family’s knowledge, curiosity, and concern for her family and respected Native Nation have shaped her into an individual who is willing to apply her skills and knowledge to the betterment of her community. Ms. Peter strives to continue the resistance and de-colonial work in sexual and reproductive justice in the Native Nation and surrounding areas through the Rez Condom Tour and nonprofit partnership with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network and Young Women United.
Jessica Pinera, LCSW, received her master’s degree in social work at the New Mexico Highlands University with a concentration in bilingual/bicultural clinical practice in 2012. She has dedicated her professional practice working in the domestic violence field primarily with Spanish-speaking children and families in the Albuquerque community. As children’s program coordinator at Enlace Comunitario, Ms. Pinera has served 500 families over the past four years. Her experience and focus are in treatment of trauma, family violence, and parent-child attachment. She is a certified trainer in Nurtured Heart Approach and has provided trainings statewide to domestic violence agencies.
Kristin L. Roush, PhD, the “Lighthearted Professor” and distinguished faculty award winner, has taught psychology at Central New Mexico Community College for 23 years. Her graduate degrees are in college student personnel administration, and counseling and educational psychology. Her reputation as a humorist, storyteller, and dispenser of “free therapy” cause her classes to fill in minutes with wait lists every semester. Kris has a passion for supporting college students – encouraging each and every one of them to discover their uniqueness and value. Dr. Roush is an in-demand speaker on a variety of topics, including mindfulness in business, codependency, college teaching excellence, effective business interpersonal skills, mindfulness, and her signature topic, “How to Deal With Anything and Everything in Life in Just Six Steps.” Regardless of the specific topic, her passion is spreading the message about the importance of self-compassion, self-acceptance, and the availability of a lighthearted life. Dr. Roush maintains a self-development blog, www.MovedandShaken.com.
Joshua Safran is an author, attorney, and nationally recognized advocate for survivors of domestic abuse and the wrongfully imprisoned. His seven-year legal odyssey to free an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence from prison was featured in the award-winning documentary film Crime After Crime, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The film won more than 25 awards, including the National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Safran has also received numerous awards and national media coverage for his pro bono advocacy work. Safran’s critically-acclaimed memoir, Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid (Hachette), about his childhood on the dark side of the Age of Aquarius, has been called a “beautiful, powerful memoir… reminiscent of David Sedaris’s and Augusten Burroughs’s best work: introspective, hilarious, and heartbreaking” (Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW) and “a remarkable account of survival despite the odds” (Kirkus Reviews). Safran was born to a coven of lesbian witches in a Haight-Ashbury commune, spent his childhood hitchhiking, surviving the elements and a violent alcoholic stepfather from El Salvador before finding his way to law school. His compelling story has been heard around the world on PBS, CBS, BBC, NPR, Authors@Google and Talkline. His essays have appeared in Salon, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post and Utne Reader. A sought-after speaker, Mr. Safran has inspired audiences nationwide at literary and film festivals, universities and law schools, businesses and nonprofits.
Andrea J. Serrano is the executive director of Organizers of the Land of Enchantment (OLE). An Albuquerque native, Serrano has been writing and performing poetry since 1994 and is published in numerous publications including Malpais Review; Mas Tequila Review; ¡Ban This! BSP Anthology of Xican@ Literature; as well as the forthcoming Lowriting: Stories, Shots and Rides from the Chicano Soul. Ms. Serrano has performed at numerous venues including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in NYC, Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco and was part of the Librotraficante Caravan Reading in Albuquerque. Serranon is the youngest of seven daughters and credits her family, her ties to land, language and culture and the experience of growing up Chicana in Albuquerque with influencing her writing. Andrea is a member of the band Cultura Fuerte, and is the creator and host of Speak, Poet: Voz, Palabra y Sonido, a monthly poetry venue.
Gail Starr, RN, MSCJA, BS, SANE-A, SANE-P, is the clinical coordinator at Albuquerque SANE Collaborative where she has worked since 2007. She has 13 years of nursing experience and is an educator in the areas of gendered violence. She is a member of the statewide task force and is a core trainer for SANEs for NM. She also passionately teaches about strangulation, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence – even to the point of stopping strangers on the street to inform them of the need to discuss these topics in our communities. She strives to ensure the SANE response is inclusive and supportive to all members of the community. Yoga, watching Korean dramas, and running in the mountains make up a large part of her self-care.
Amita Swadhin is an educator, storyteller, activist, and consultant, dedicated to fighting interpersonal and institutional violence against young people. Her commitment and approach to this work stem from her experiences as a genderqueer, femme queer woman of color, daughter of immigrants, and years of abuse by her parents, including eight years of rape by her father. She is a frequent speaker at colleges, conferences, and community organizations nationwide, and a consultant with more than fifteen years of experience in nonprofits serving low-income, immigrant and LGBTQ communities of color. She also supports individual survivors as a coach focused on healing and social entrepreneurship via her online course Power, Pleasure, Purpose. Ms. Swadhin has been publicly out as a survivor of child sexual abuse since she interned at the US Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women in 1997. Prior to relocating to Los Angeles, she was the coordinator and a cast member of Secret Survivors, a theater project featuring child sexual abuse survivors telling their stories, which she conceived for Ping Chong @ Co., an award-winning performance company in New York City.
For most of the last decade, Detective Sergeant Threlkeld has focused much of his effort toward advising police, and victim advocates, on domestic violence investigations, and community-based approaches to protection of victims and their children. Det. Sgt. Threlkeld spent seven years as a police officer and adviser in Europe with the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, in the countries of Kosovo, Macedonia, and Armenia. Some notable accomplishments in the Balkans include leading the development of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo Police Domestic Violence program, implementing a police bicycle patrol unit for the University of Pristina in Kosovo, and the first Community Oriented Police Team in Macedonia. Det. Sgt. Threlkeld has lectured and facilitated training on domestic violence in many communities both nationally and internationally. He is a district court recognized subject matter expert on the signs and symptoms of non-fatal strangulation. Det. Sgt. Threlkeld currently supervises the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division, which investigates felony cases ranging from theft to homicide.
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This project was supported by Grant No. 2014-WR-AX-0016 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.