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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 respond to our nomination form (requires a NSVRC.org website account). Nominations are reviewed annually.

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.

Stephanie Dunson

Stephanie A. Dunson, MPH 
Public Health Advisor
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
NCIPC - Division of Violence Prevention
Atlanta, GA
Member: 2019

Stephanie Dunson recently joined the Prevention, Practice, and Translation Branch as a Public Health Advisor. She previously served in the Population Health Workforce Branch (PHWB) of the CSELS Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development as the Presidential Management Fellows program lead.

Ms. Dunson has also served in various Public Health Analyst positions in CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) Learning Office, working with the 12 Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC) and in the Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR), where she worked with the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement. Ms. Dunson has held various PHA positions within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion center as well as in the former Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases (CCID).

Nancy Hoffman

Nancy Hoffman, MA, LPC, CSW
Executive Director
West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services (WVFRIS)
Fairmont, WV
Member: 2014

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.

 

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 the 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.

Patrick J. Lemmon

Patrick J. 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 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

Julie Lindahl, PhD
Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program Manager
US Army Forces Command / I Corps
Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA
Member: 2015

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 almost 15 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.

Jennifer Markowitz, PhD

Jennifer Markowitz, ND, RN, WHNP-BC, SANE-A, DF-IAFN
Forensic Nursing Consultant
Forensic Healthcare Online
Member: 2019

A forensic nurse examiner since 1995, Dr. Markowitz regularly serves as faculty, and as an expert consultant for the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. She has consulted for a variety of agencies and institutions, including Peace Corps, Michigan State University, the US Army Medical Command and the National Institute of Justice. Past national activities include working with the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to develop a national protocol and training standards for Sexual Assault Medical-Forensic Examinations; with the U.S. Department of Defense to revise the military’s Sexual Assault Evidence Collection kit and corresponding documentation forms; and as an Advisory Board member for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. She is the author of multiple publications, including a book, several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. In 2012 Dr. Markowitz served as President of the International Association of Forensic Nurses. She is a sitting member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces.

Sarah McMahon

Sarah McMahon, MSW, PhD
Associate Professor
Associate Director, Center on Violence Against Women & Children
School of Social Work, Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
Member: 2015
Chair

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

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.

Mira Yusef

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 , 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.

Emeriti Members