The NSVRC staff is guided and assisted by a diverse and distinguished national Advisory Council committed to ending sexual violence. Council members serve a three-year term during which time they participate in quarterly conference calls, annual meetings, committee work, and provide consultation on a variety of topics as needed. To nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission) for the NSVRC Advisory Council please complete the information requested in the following form. Nominations are reviewed annually.
Pam Brown is a Health Scientist in the Prevention Practice and Translation Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention in CDC’s Injury Center and has served as a project officer for CDC grantees in the DELTA FOCUS (intimate partner violence prevention) and Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) programs. Pam began her work at the CDC in 2010 as a CDC Foundation Senior Fellow in the role of Project Director for DELTA PREP, a CDC Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant-funded project supporting state coalitions to build organizational, state, and community capacity for primary prevention of intimate partner violence. Prior to working at the CDC, Brown was the Director of Programs at Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, providing leadership for a statewide network of community-based organizations engaged in child maltreatment prevention work.
SANE Practice, Health Law
Susan Chasson is the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Coordinator for the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She has helped hospitals and communities create programs for providing health care and forensic evidence collection to victims of sexual violence in Utah for more than 20 years. Chasson practices as a family nurse practitioner at the Merrill Gappmayer Family Medicine Clinic in Provo, Utah and is a part-time faculty at Brigham Young University in the College of Nursing.
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)
Maia has been the Executive Director of ATSA since 2007, where she has been instrumental in developing strong partnerships with victim advocacy organizations. Prior to that, Christopher spent 18 years providing treatment services and developing treatment programs for individuals who offended sexually and non-sexually. Christopher has worked in correctional systems in Canada and the United States. She has made numerous national presentations related to the treatment and management of individuals who sexual offend in both the United States and Canada.
Nancy Hoffman, MA, LPC, CSW
West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services (WVFRIS)
Nancy Hoffman, MA, LPC, CSW, is the State Coordinator for the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services (FRIS). Prior to that, as the first Executive Director of HOPE, Inc. she helped open a shelter and rape crisis center serving five counties in West Virginia. She has served on several national committees and working groups on sexual violence for such organizations as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and End Violence Against Women International. She has presented at the International Conference to End Violence Against Women and several National Sexual Assault Response Team Conferences.
Keith L. Kaufman, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Portland State University
Dr. Kaufman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at Portland State University (PSU) in Portland, Oregon. He has chaired state prevention committees in Ohio and Oregon and co-chaired the committee that created Oregon’s first statewide sexual violence prevention plan. Dr. Kaufman is also a member of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. He was on the board of the National Alliance of Sexual Assault Coalitions and is a Past President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. His clinical work has involved the assessment and treatment of both child sexual abuse victims and juvenile sexual offenders. Dr. Kaufman has provided program consultation in the areas of prevention, intervention, program evaluation, and research.
Patrick J. Lemmon
Violence Prevention Consultant
Patrick J. Lemmon thrives on helping committed groups of people find the path to creating the communities they want to live in. For more than 20 years, he has helped organize communities, and particularly men in communities, to speak out for ending violence against women. Lemmon was co-founder and Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape and a member of the Board of Directors for the DC Rape Crisis Center. In Portland, he consults with non-profit organizations on strategic planning, evaluation, and management issues, serves on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Greater Portland, and co-chairs the Men’s Engagement Committee for the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force. Honors include the Ms. Foundation for Women's Gloria Award and American University's Capital Area Peacemaker Award.
Julie Lindahl, PhD
Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program Manager
US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command
Dr. Lindahl completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology degree with a specialization in Forensic Psychology. Dr. Lindahl has been working in the human service field with the military to include Marine Corps, Navy, and Army. Prior to federal employment, Dr. Lindahl worked in the private sector as a Program Manager for Mental Health/Substance Abuse/Developmental Disability Services and as a Property Manager. Dr. Lindahl’s work with victims and offenders extends over 10 years across non-profit, profit, educational, and military sectors. Her specialties include victimology, offender behavior, crisis intervention and training, and advocacy services and supports such as victim advocacy, legal services and processes, and liaising with law enforcement.
Sarah McMahon, MSW, PhD
Associate Director, Center on Violence Against Women & Children
School of Social Work, Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
Sarah McMahon is an Assistant Professor at the Rutgers University School of Social Work and also serves as the Associate Director for the School’s Center on Violence Against Women and Children. Her research focuses on violence against women and children, prevention and social change, and instrument development. Dr. McMahon has extensive experience in designing and implementing studies with college students to measure their knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to sexual violence, with a focus on bystander intervention. Prior to her position at the School of Social Work, Dr. McMahon worked in a clinical setting, providing crisis intervention and counseling to survivors of interpersonal violence and delivering prevention education to the community.
Kelly Parsley, MA
Chair, Health Sciences Department
Parsley has been a victim advocate for 20 years and speaks nationally on violence prevention. She currently chairs the Health Sciences Department at Carroll College and serves on St. Peter's Hospital Board of Directors and the Lewis and Clark County Board of Health. In 2006, she wrote the field guide that Montana law enforcement use to respond to sexual assaults, and in 2008, she completed the field guide law enforcement use to respond to domestic violence. In 2011, she was named Outstanding Prevention Professional of the Year by the national organization Everfi, and she was given the Visionary Voice Award in 2015. She was also chosen to serve on the White House Think Tank to End Violence on Campuses.
Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, PhD
Klawsnik & Klawsnik Associates
Dr. Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik of Klawsnik & Klawsnik Associates in Canton, Massachusetts is a researcher, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Licensed Certified Social Worker. She has provided clinical services to children, older adults, and adults with disabilities and has provided forensic evaluations and consultations for agencies investigating alleged victimization. She has conducted multiple research studies, including a study of sexual victimization of vulnerable adults in institutions and a study of sexual assault against older adults within the family. Ramsey-Klawsnik has testified before the U.S. Senate on elder abuse and is a frequent conference speaker. Her work as a trainer focuses on investigative victim interviewing, trauma impact and resolution, casework intervention, mental health problems, and professional self-care.
In 1981, Jennifer Rauhouse began her work to end sexual, relationship, and family violence including child abuse, before it begins. She founded Peer Solutions in 1996 and has developed, implemented, and evaluated STAND & SERVE (S&S), a locally and nationally recognized student, school, family, and community primary prevention initiative designed to cultivate safety, equality, and respect as norms to prevent the underlying causes of harm before they begin. Rauhouse has provided trainings with an emphasis on youth and community mobilization for Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Kentucky, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.
Chief Executive Officer
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
Delilah Rumburg has served as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of PCAR since 1995; she has been responsible for overseeing PCAR's tremendous growth and outreach to communities not only in Pennsylvania, but throughout the nation. Rumburg served on two Department of Defense Task Forces on Sexual Assault since 2005. Both Task Forces issued reports to the U.S. Congress on their findings and recommendations on how the military can improve services to victims of sexual assault and work to eliminate sexual violence. In addition, she served as a member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) on Violence Against Women under Attorneys General Janet Reno, John Ashcroft, and Alberto Gonzalez. Rumburg continues to work on national policy on violence against women by serving on many national boards and committees.
Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa
Des Moines, IA
Mira Yusef is the co-founder and current Executive Director of Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa, an organization serving victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Iowa. She is also one of the founders of the National Organization of Asian Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV). She has a Master’s in Social Work with specialization in Community Organizing and a Master of Arts on Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in 2004-2005 to pursue research in the Philippines on Muslim Filipina domestic workers employed in Muslim households in the Middle East. She has also pursued field research in Malaysia on human trafficking between Malaysia and the Philippines. Yusef has the privilege to connect her past academic work with her local work with Monsoon and her national and transnational work with NAPIESV.