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The staff of the NSVRC is guided and assisted by a diverse and distinguished National Council committed to ending sexual violence. Advisory Council members serve three-year terms 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 someone for the NSVRC Advisory Council please complete the information requested in the Nomination Form. Nominations are reviewed periodically.
Vicki Banyard is an associate professor in Psychology, Justice Studies, and Women's Studies at the University of New Hampshire. She is also co-director of Prevention Innovations: Research and Practices for Ending Violence Against Women on Campus. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan and has post-doctoral research and clinical training in work with survivors of interpersonal violence. Her research focuses on understanding the long-term mental health consequences of interpersonal violence, especially factors related to resilience among survivors. Her work also focuses on community approaches to sexual violence prevention and intervention. She has been involved with the design and evaluation of "Bringing in the Bystander" a sexual assault prevention program that gives all community members a role to play in ending sexual violence.
Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
Peggy Brown began her journey into victims’ rights advocacy through law enforcement and healthcare. She is currently the Executive Director of the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She has been working in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and advocacy since the early 1980’s. Her educational background is in law enforcement, healthcare, engineering and policy development. During her tenure as Executive Director at ANDVSA Ms. Brown has served the state of Alaska in providing leadership on both a state and national level. Her expertise is in the areas of legislative advocacy, legal advocacy, policy analysis, economic justice, program management and development, project administration, and technical assistance and training of programs, state agencies and community partners.
Ms. Brown has a passionate commitment to advocate, as a dual domestic and sexual violence coalition, for prevention- and sexual assault efforts for rural and extreme rural populations. She has served on several boards to support the often silent voices of women and children in Alaska and nationally.
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)
Maia has been the Executive Director of ATSA for the past three years, where she has been instrumental in developing strong partnerships with victim advocacy organizations. Prior to that, she worked at a Regional Treatment Centre in British Columbia. She has made numerous national presentations on a variety of topics related to the treatment of sex offenders in both the United States and Canada
SANE Practice, Health Law
South Provo, UT
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.
Male Outreach Specialist for Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention
Virginia Department of Health
Robert Franklin has worked on issues of sexual violence since the early 1990s when he was an advocate for a rape crisis center and coordinated a batter's intervention program at a domestic violence agency. As a college administrator, he presented a number of workshops on the state, regional, and national level on issues from alcohol abuse prevention, the male gender role, and why/how to involve men in sexual violence prevention. Currently, he is the male outreach coordinator at Virginia Department of Health continuing efforts to involve men in sexual violence prevention.
Patrick J. Lemmon
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.
Grace S. Mattern
Author and Nonprofit Advisor
Grace S. Mattern retired from her position as Executive Director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence on June 15, 2011 after 30 years with the Coalition. She was engaged in public policy and systems advocacy to promote effective community interventions in response to domestic and sexual violence and coordinated a statewide network of programs that assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. She has served on the NH Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Board of Directors of the NH Coalition to End Homelessness, and the NH Network of Child Advocacy Centers, and served as a Co-Chair of the National Greenbook Policy Advisory Council and the Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Currently she is the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the NH Center for Nonprofits, and is a Research to Practice Specialist with Prevention Innovations at the University of New Hampshire.
Strong Oak, LICSW
New England Learning Center for women in Transition
Strong Oak is an indigenous woman of Maliseet descent. She coordinates the Visioning Bear Circle, a native American sexual violence prevention and survivor service program of the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition a sexual assault and domestic violence agency serving the Franklin County and North Quabbin regions of Western Massachusetts. She has a MSSA from the School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western University, Cleveland Ohio.
Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, Ph.D.
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 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 research regarding the sexual victimization of vulnerable adults in institutions and a study of elder sexual assault within the family. Holly has authored over 70 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, is a frequent conference speaker, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse since 1999. She was an invited participant in the 2010 White House Roundtable on Sexual Violence. As a trainer for health care, criminal justice, social services, and rape crisis/domestic violence professionals, her work also focuses on investigative interviewing, trauma impact, casework intervention, mental health problems, and professional self-care.
Jennifer Rauhouse has worked for 30 years 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 awarded school, family and community primary prevention initiative designed to cultivate safety, equality and respect as norms. Jennifer has provided primary prevention trainings with an emphasis on youth and community mobilization for the following states: Arizona, California, Louisiana, Idaho, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Kentucky, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming. Since 2005, she has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to edit and review curriculum as well as assisting with the development of National Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Primary Prevention and Evaluation Guidelines. Jennifer is currently serving on a committee to update the Cultural Competency Curriculum for the Arizona Department of Behavior Health Services Employees and Providers.
Malia Richmond-Crum, MPH
Health Scientist/Project Officer
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
NCIPC - Division of Violence Prevention
Malia Richmond-Crum is a health scientist with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she works on projects supporting violence prevention practice in states and communities. Malia has over 10 years of experience working with public health departments in injury and violence prevention and maternal and child health.
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
Delilah Rumburg has served as Executive Director 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. She was appointed by Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to the Department of Defense Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies, where she served as co-chair. Ms. Rumburg previously served as a member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) on Violence Against Women. In addition, she has helped to shape national policy on violence against women by participating in congressional briefings at our nation's capitol.
At the state level, Ms. Rumburg is a gubernatorial appointee to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). A popular keynote speaker at numerous national conferences on sexual violence, Ms. Rumburg was awarded the National Crime Victim Service Award presented by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Departments, U.S. Department of Justice, in 2006.
Senior Vice President
Houston Area Women’s Center
Cassandra Thomas, recognized as a leading national expert on sexual assault, began her involvement with the Houston Area Women’s Center as a volunteer in 1981, joined the staff in 1985 and became Director of the rape crisis program in 1987. In 1997 she was named Senior Vice President of Direct Services, and two years later was promoted to Senior Vice President of the Center.
Thomas is an inspirational keynote speaker and her expertise in sexual and domestic violence is frequently sought out by national media. She has appeared on national news programs such as The Today Show, World News Tonight, Prime Time, and 20/20 and has been quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Glamour, and Ebony.
Thomas serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Council on Family Violence, the Advisory Council for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and the National Campus Rape Project. She served on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Sexual Assault Committee and is a member of the Women of Color Network and the Center for Disease Control’s Sexual Assault Working Group. She was also appointed to the Crime Victim’s Institute by Texas Attorney genera, John Cornyn.
Rebecca Ward, Psy. D
Centro de Ayuda a Victimas de Violación
(Rape Victims Support Center)
Department of Health
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Rebecca Ward is a doctor in Clinical Psychology and the Director of Centro de Ayuda a Víctimas de Violación (Rape Victims Support Center, RVSC), a program of the Department of Health for the prevention of sexual violence since 1993. She is also a member of the dual Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence since 2001. She began her work as a psychologist at the Center and at a shelter for battered women in 1993. Her doctoral dissertation was on the “Translation and Adaptation of the Eight Emotional States Questionnaire and Socio-demographic Profile of battered women in shelters”. In 1996 she coordinated the Clinical Services Unit at the Rape Victims Support Center.
She is a member of the Task Force to Eradicate Violence Against Women coordinated by the Women’s Advocate Office; participated in the focal groups to develop the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations; is a member of the Advisory Board of RAINN.org. Dr. Ward also works with the development of public policy regarding violence against women and child maltreatment issues. As the Director of the RVSC she develops and distributes the Protocols for Intervention with victims/survivors of sexual and domestic violence at the Emergency Rooms. She is also the Director of the Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Committee and the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program in Puerto Rico, a project of the CDC. As part of this assignment, she wrote the first state plan for the primary prevention of sexual violence in Puerto Rico after two years of planning with the SVPPC.
Dr. Ward writes and implements 9 federal grants in order to work with the prevention and intervention with sexual violence through the satellite offices of the RVSC located at the six regions of the DOH Island wide.
Dr. Ward is also a clinical supervisor of graduated students at the Department of Psychology, Interamerican University and a mother of two kids.
California Coalition Against Sexual Violence (CALCASA)
Ellen Yin-Wycoff serves as the Associate Director at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. (CALCASA). Since working in the violence against women/victim services field since 1985, she has also served as the Executive Director of the Sacramento Rape Crisis Center and held staff/management positions at the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA), Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), WEAVE, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center, and Lutheran Social Services of Southern California. Ellen also served as an appointed member on the Sacramento County Health Council and on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA), Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center, and My Sister’s House in Sacramento, California. Currently, Ellen serves as an appointed member on the State Sexual Assault Advisory Committee through the California Emergency Management Agency.