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



Peggy Brown
Executive Director
Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
Juneau, AK
Member: 2009

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.


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
Vice Chair

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

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.



Grace S. Mattern
Author and Nonprofit Advisor
Concord, NH

Grace S. Mattern, Author and  Nonprofit Advisor, retired from her position as Executive Director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence in 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  served on the numerous statewide and national boards and commissions.  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.  She divides her time between writing and providing leadership and nonprofit consulting services.  She can be found online at



Sarah McMahon, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Co-Director (Acting), 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.


Strong Oak, LICSW
Circle Keeper and President of the Board
Visioning B.E.A.R Circle Intertribal Coalition
Greenfield, MA
Member: 2010

Strong Oak is an indigenous woman of Maliseet descent. She coordinates the Visioning B.E.A.R. 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.  Strong Oak is the president of the board of Visioning B.E.A.R. Intertribal Coalition.


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.


Malia Richmond-Crum, MPH
Health Scientist/Project Officer
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
NCIPC - Division of Violence Prevention
Atlanta, GA
Member: 2012

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.



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.


Rebecca Ward, Psy. D
Centro de Ayuda a Victimas de Violación
(Rape Victims Support Center)
Department of Health
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Member: 2009

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  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.


Jonathan Yglesias
Prevention Program Manager
Pacific Lutheran University Women's Center
Olympia, WA
Member 2014

 Jonathan Yglesias is the Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Program Coordinator for the Washington State Department of Health where he provides strategic planning, development, and budgetary support to the state's sexual violence prevention programming and infrastructure. Prior to this, Jonathan served as the Prevention Projects Coordinator for the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, providing training, technical assistance, coaching, and resource development to professionals and communities engaged in primary prevention initiatives throughout Virginia. Jonathan has authored articles published in the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, Reproductive Health Reality Check, and Moving Upstream: Virginia’s Newsletter for the Primary Prevention of Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence. Jonathan is a sociologist by training and an advocate by nature - raised by a resilient, fierce mama who provided a filter through which his own life experiences were shaped and understood. In his spare time, Jonathan is an outspoken supporter of Southern social justice/liberation movements, LGBTQ youth mobilization and youth empowerment initiatives, dismantling racism, and any space in which people are re-envisioning a world free from violence and oppression. Jonathan is also a self-proclaimed foodie, pop culture fanatic, and animal lover living in Olympia, Washington with his partner and their very special, special-needs animals.



Ellen Yin-Wycoff
Nonprofit Sustainability Technical Assistance Specialist                                                                                       National Resource Sharing Project
Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA)
Sacramento, CA
Member: 2010


Ellen Yin-Wycoff serves as the Nonprofit Sustainability Technical Assistance Specialist for the National  Sexual Assault Coalition Resource Sharing Project at the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault.  Prior to this position, she served 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, (now Empower Yolo), 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. 


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.