Advisory Council

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.

Current Members

Pam Brown, M.Ed
Health Scientist/Project Officer
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
NCIPC - Division of Violence Prevention
Atlanta, GA
Member: 2015

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, Pam 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. In this position Pam provided oversight for implementation, management and program evaluation of Georgia’s statewide Healthy Families America home visiting program, Georgia’s 1-800-CHILDREN Helpline, PCA Georgia’s statewide child sexual abuse prevention programming, and the development and delivery of child maltreatment prevention training for professionals from multiple disciplines.


Susan Chasson
SANE Practice, Health Law
Provo, UT
Member: 2012

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. She 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.


Maia Christopher
Executive Director
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)
Beaverton, OR
Member: 2010

Maia has been the Executive Director of ATSA for the past seven years, where she has been instrumental in developing strong partnerships with victim advocacy organizations. Prior to that, Ms. Christopher spent 18 years providing treatment services and developing treatment programs for individuals who offended sexually and non-sexually.  Ms. 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, M.A, LPC, CSW
Executive Director
West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services (WVFRIS)
Fairmont, WV
Member: 2014
Vice Chair

Nancy Hoffman, M.A, 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 was responsible for opening a shelter and rape crisis center that serves five counties in north central West Virginia.   She has served on several national committees and working groups on sexual violence for such organizations as the Centers for Disease Control, the International Association of Chiefs of  Police, and End Violence Against Women International.  She has presented at numerous state and national conferences, including the International Conference to End Violence Against Women and several National Sexual Assault Response Team Conferences.  She has authored articles for several state and national publications.  In 2001 she was part of a 15 member delegation from the United States to South Africa which was formed through the People to People Ambassador Program to address the issue of violence against women.


Keith L. Kaufman, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Portland State University
Portland, OR
Member: 2013

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. He has developed psycho-educational treatment modules for juvenile sex offenders incarcerated by the states of Oregon and Ohio. Dr. Kaufman currently provides prevention and safety consultation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America. He also provides technical assistance to RPE funded prevention programs in Oregon.

Dr. Kaufman has authored two books, a variety of book chapters, and numerous research articles addressing sexual violence and sexual violence prevention. This work has been supported by a number of Federal, State, and local grants. His most recent book, Preventing Sexual Violence: A Practitioner's Sourcebook (NEARI Press, 2010) is a comprehensive sexual violence prevention volume. Dr. Kaufman co-authored the first prevention chapter to be included in Interpol's member manual. He was also recently awarded a Vision of Hope grant by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape to support the development of a prevention self-assessment strategy based on the Situational Prevention Approach for the more than 4000 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide.


Patrick Lemmon
Violence Prevention Consultant
Portland, OR
Member: 2013 

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 twenty years, he has helped organize communities, and particularly men in communities, to speak out for ending men’s violence against women.  He recently moved to Portland from Washington, DC, where he 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 nonprofit 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
SHARP Program Manager
Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program
US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command
Huntsville, AL
Member: 2015

Dr. Lindahl completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology degree with a specialization in Forensic Psychology.  Other educational background includes Criminal Justice, Public Law and Government, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  Dr. Lindahl has been working in the human service field with the military to include Marine Corps, Navy, and Army.  Dr. Lindahl is credentialed by D-SAACP/NOVA at a Level II certification and currently re-certifying as Level III.  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.  Dr. Lindahl’s recent research sought to identify use and satisfaction with victim advocacy services and supports among victims of sexual assault and compared such among first-time victims and victims of multiple sexual assaults.  Additional interests include researching effectiveness of services and supports, re-victimization and secondary victimization, offender behavior and accountability, and further exploring the scholar-practitioner model within the military and educational sectors.


Sarah McMahon, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Associate Director, Center on violence Against Women & Children
School of Social Work, Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
Member: 2015

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. She serves on the NJ State Sexual Violence Prevention and Public Education Committee as well as the NJ Domestic Violence Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board.  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 various forms of interpersonal violence and delivering prevention education to the wider community.


Kelly Parsley, M.A.
Chair, Health Sciences Department
Carroll College
Helena, MT
Member: 2016

Parsley has been a victim advocate for twenty years and speaks nationally on violence prevention.  She currently chairs the Health Sciences Department at Carroll College and serves both 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.  This past spring she was chosen to serve on the White House Think Tank to End Violence on Campuses.


Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, Ph.D.
Klawsnik & Klawsnik Associates
Canton, MA
Member: 2011

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 extensive clinical services to children, older adults, and adults with disabilities and has provided forensic evaluations and consultations for agencies charged with investigating alleged victimization. She has conducted multiple research studies, including National Institute on Aging-funded study of sexual victimization of vulnerable adults in institutions and a study of sexual assault against older adults within the family.   Holly has authored over 85 articles, book chapters, and training manuals including “The Sexual Violence in Later Life Information Packet” published by the NSVRC.  She has testified before the US senate on elder abuse and is a frequent conference speaker. She is a content expert on the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse “Polyvictimization in Later Life Project” funded by the US Department of Justice in which the NSVRC is a national partner. She was an invited participant in the 2010 White House Roundtable on Sexual Violence.  As a trainer for health and mental health, criminal justice, Adult Protective Services, and sexual assault and domestic violence professionals, her work focuses on investigative victim interviewing, trauma impact and resolution, casework intervention, mental health problems, and professional self-care. She is the Director of Research for the National Adult Protective Services Resource Center. This project is funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging to provide secondary prevention of violence against vulnerable adults.


Jennifer Rauhouse
Executive Director/Founder
Peer Solutions
Phoenix, AZ
Member: 2011

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.  Jennifer works with and 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.


Delilah Rumburg
Chief Executive Officer
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
Member: 2000

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. Ms. 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 in the armed forces and work to eliminate sexual violence. In addition, she previously served as a member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) on Violence Against Women, under Attorneys General Janet Reno, John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzalez. Ms. Rumburg continues to work on national policy on violence against women by serving on many national boards and committees.  In 2011 she travelled to South Africa with the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women and served as faculty on the Sexual Violence Institute.  Ms. Rumburg was recently asked to participate in the US-Russia Civil Society Partnership Program.

At the state level, Ms. Rumburg was a gubernatorial appointee to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) for nine years. Previously, Ms. Rumburg served as chair of the Pennsylvania Victim Services Advisory Committee, was a gubernatorial appointee to the Governors Partnership for Safe Children and most recently was appointed by Governor Tom Corbett to serve on the Task Force on Child Protection In addition she serves on the Advisory Council of Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities. In 2006, she was a recipient of the National Crime Victim Service Award presented by the U.S. Department of Justice. She is professionally certified as a fund raising executive through the Association of Fund Raising Professionals.


Mira Yusef
Executive Director
Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa
Des Moines, IA
Member: 2014

Mira Yusef is the co-founder and current executive director of Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa (Monsoon), 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 and currently serving as a steering committee member 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 and in 2006, awarded the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David Boren Fellowship to study Indonesian at the University of Michigan for one semester and to study Malaysian as well as pursue her field research in Sabah, Malaysia, for six months on human trafficking between the islands of Sabah, Malaysia and Mindanao, Philippines.  Ms. Yusef has the privilege to connect her past academic work with her local work with Monsoon, and her national and transnational work with NAPIESV.

Emeriti Members