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Advisory Council

NSVRC is supported by a diverse and distinguished national Advisory Council committed to ending sexual violence. Council members represent a diverse range of disciplines, perspectives, and organizations to broaden the scope and strengthen the quality of our national work. Members serve a three-year term during which time they participate in quarterly conference calls, attend annual meetings, sit on committees, and provide consultation as needed. NSVRC was founded by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and continues to be governed by PCAR’s leadership and board of directors

To nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission) for the NSVRC Advisory Council please contact us.

Current Members

Karen Baker

Karen Baker, LMSW
Chief Executive Officer
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Member: 2018

Karen Baker was appointed to serve as Chief Executive Officer of PCAR and NSVRC in 2018. Prior to that, she served as the Director of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), since its opening in 2000. She works with local, state, and national leaders to prevent sexual violence and advocate for social justice. Ms. Baker is a Managing Partner of RALIANCE, a Washington DC-based collaborative to end sexual violence in one generation. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas, she has expertise in prevention, messaging, and collaborating for positive social change.

 

Jessica Grzywacz 
Rape Prevention Education Director
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Lansing, MI
Member: 2018

Jessica Grzywacz is a public health consultant at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  After getting a Master’s Degree in Public Health Education and Health Promotion, she directed an HIV counseling and testing program and chaired a community-based AIDS Council at a local health department before moving to the state health department.  For the past twenty years, she has been Michigan’s Sexual Assault Prevention Specialist and also director of the state’s RPE Program. Jessica has extensive experience with national, state, and local partners that are committed to ending sexual violence. She counts primary prevention as a passion.

   
Kelly Parsley

Kelly Parsley, MA
Chair, Health Sciences Department
Carroll College
Helena, MT
Member: 2016
Vice-Chair

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.

 

Corrine Sanchez, PhD
Executive Director
Tewa Women United
Santa Cruz, NM
Member: 2017

Dr. Corrine Sanchez of San Ildefonso Pueblo is Executive Director of Tewa Women United. She completed her doctorate at Arizona State University in Justice Studies. Corrine is trained in sexual assault intervention and prevention. She has worked in the sexual violence field for 20 years and helped refine Tewa Women United’s awareness and healing intervention, “Trauma Rocks”. Dr. Sanchez has been part of the co-creation process of building Indigenous Knowledge through the contribution of TWU’s Research Methodology and Theory of Opide, a braiding of practice to action. Dr. Sanchez was one of sixteen visionary leaders across the country selected as the first cohort of the Move to End Violence. Dr. Sanchez is dedicated to family and community healing, youth development, and ending violence against women, girls and Mother Earth through her service with Tewa Women United.

 

Karen Webb
Rape Prevention and Education Coordinator
Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) – Office of Public Health (OPH) – Bureau of Family Health (BFH)
New Orleans, LA
Member: 2019

After Hurricane Katrina, Karen had a strong desire to leave the private sector and begin to contribute to the public sector. She soon landed the position of Louisiana’s Rape Prevention and Education Coordinator. Karen is passionate about ending sexual violence. She is also passionate about health equity and serves on two Health Equity Action Teams. She believes we will end sexual violence one day, and then we will be able to address another issue that prevents people from living their best life.

Brandi Woods-Littlejohn

Brandi Woods-Littlejohn
Program Manager, Violence Prevention
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Member: 2019

Brandi Woods-Littlejohn is the Program Manager for Violence Prevention and directs the Oklahoma Rape Prevention and Education program at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. She provides direction and guidance to local-level prevention practitioners, ensuring they have the knowledge, skills, and resources to conduct effective prevention programs. Prior to turning her career to primary prevention, she helped establish and served as the Project Director for the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board for 13 years. She has served on boards and committees across Oklahoma concerned with ending and intervening in violence against women and is an adjunct professor at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City in the Crime Victim and Survivor Services division.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emeriti Members