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Guest Host Biographies

OVC Web Forum Guest Host sessions offer an impressive roster of experts discussing best practices for a wide variety of victim issues. You can read about the guest hosts here. For more information, questions, or comments about the sessions, send an e-mail to OVCproviderforum@ncjrs.gov.

To view a biography, click on the guest host's name below. To learn more about previous years’ guest hosts, visit the Guest Host Biographies Archive.

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Current Guest Host

Merry O'Brien
7/20/16 online discussion cohost
Topic: Serving Victims of Financial Fraud and Fraud Prevention

Photo of Merry O'Brien Merry O'Brien, M.S.W., is the Special Projects Coordinator at the Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC). There, she leads the District's Collaborative Training and Response for Older Victims, a multidisciplinary team dedicated to improving the community's response to older victims and increasing the ability of governmental agencies, victim assistants, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, and local courts to recognize, assist, investigate, and prosecute elder abuse.

Ms. O'Brien also manages the Identity Theft Assistance Project at NVRDC and was the former director of the OVC-supported National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN). NITVAN is a national effort to expand and improve the outreach and capacity of victim service programs to better address the rights and needs of identity theft victims by building the field's capacity to provide a coordinated response.

Ms. O'Brien has extensive experience in the victims' rights and services field. She has administered grant awards, provided fiscal and programmatic oversight and training to grantees, developed program capacity, coordinated coalitions, trained staff and volunteers, written grants, and managed projects. Previously, Ms. O'Brien served as project director for Helping Outreach Programs to Expand II grants to victim service programs. She hosted the 2010 National Day of Remembrance for Homicide Victims Public Forum. She also chaired the PEACE Coalition, a multidisciplinary group in Maryland dedicated to preventing and responding to victims of elder abuse. Ms. O'Brien holds an M.S.W. from the University of Michigan, where she also received the Geriatric Scholars Award.


Paula Pierce
7/20/16 online discussion cohost
Topic: Serving Victims of Financial Fraud and Fraud Prevention

Paula Pierce is an Austin, Texas attorney who provides legal services to identity theft victims. As Manager of Hotline Services for Texas Legal Services Center, she managed the Victims Initiative for Counseling, Advocacy, and Restoration of the Southwest, a regional legal services program for victims of identity theft and financial fraud, and Sexual Assault Legal Services and Assistance, a statewide program for sexual assault survivors.

Ms. Pierce has extensive experience in public interest law including providing assistance to crime victims, older adults, people with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged individuals. She has authored many publications for victims and attorneys and is a frequent speaker on identity theft and financial fraud. Ms. Pierce received her bachelor's degree, with honors, from Trinity University and her law degree, summa cum laude, from South Texas College of Law. She served as technical editor of the South Texas Law Journal and as a brief writer to the school's award winning moot court teams.


Past Guest Hosts

Margarita L. Araiza, LISW, J.D.
3/16/16 online discussion cohost
Topic: Language Access

Margarita L. Araiza, LISW, J.D., currently works at the Court Clinic at the 2nd Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ms. Araiza holds a Justice System Language Access Specialist certification and is part of the court’s Language Access Specialist (LAS) Program. The LAS Program is a significant part of the New Mexico Judiciary, and this program provides spoken and signed language interpreters for courtroom hearings and services outside the courtroom including daily communications and interactions between court staff and LEP individuals as they request information, file documents, schedule appointments.

The court program works in cooperation with the judiciary to help families that are struggling with custody and parenting issues. She has expertise in assessment, child abuse and neglect, bilingual therapy, domestic violence, crisis counseling, and suicide prevention and training. Ms. Araiza has worked with children and families in Illinois and California. She also worked as a social worker in hospice care and as a suicide and crisis counselor in Louisiana, prior to relocating to New Mexico.

Ms. Araiza holds a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology with a Minor in French from the University of Redlands, and an M.S.W. from Tulane University, where she received the Ruth Roe Scholarship and developed a bilingual curriculum to increase assertiveness of Latina women in the prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. She also holds a J.D. from the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Law with a focus on Family Law and Immigration Law, and a Certificate in Indian Law. She worked as a staff member and an editor of the Tribal Law Journal. There, she published a paper, The Navajo Nation, in the UNM Tribal Law Journal. She received the Atkinson & Kelsey Award in Excellence in Family Law in 2011. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Linnea Ashley, MPH
2/24/16 online discussion cohost
Topic: Inner City Posttraumatic Stress

Linnea Ashley, MPH is a public health professional with extensive domestic and international public health experience. As the National Training and Advocacy Manager at Youth ALIVE!, she manages research projects on trauma informed practices for people who experience violent trauma and advocates on the local and state level for violence prevention measures. She is the manager for the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs, a network that brings together violence prevention and intervention programs to share knowledge, develop best practices, collaborate on research, and affect policy change. In that role she manages working groups, organizes technical assistance for new and emerging programs, and is part of the planning team for the annual conference.

In previous work, Ms. Ashley created training tools and conducted trainings such as the Health Equity Training Series and worked with local health professionals to encourage the use of policy as a tool for change in health outcomes, and participated in national forums encouraging health policies. In Uganda and then Liberia, she has managed multiple direct service programs and full time staff; created systems to track finances and historical memory, and created a monitoring and evaluation plan for a national training for clinicians to augment the absence of skills training and development during the 15-year civil war.

Ms. Ashley holds an M.P.H. from Tulane University and an undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University.

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Jeralita Costa
5/24/16 online discussion cohost
Topic: Helping Incarcerated Victims of Crime

Jeralita Costa is a community victim liaison with the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC), providing victim safety and support services throughout the correctional release process. She previously served as the Prison Rape Elimination Act victim advocate at the Washington DOC for more than 4 years. As an advocate for female inmates who were victims of alleged sexual misconduct by correctional staff, Ms. Costa provided support and advocacy throughout the investigative process, while working to facilitate systemic change to prevent prison rape.

As a consultant on criminal justice system reform for more than 20 years, she has provided training on crime victims' constitutional and statutory rights; crisis intervention; victim impact statements; and keynotes and workshops on personal and organizational transformation, strategic planning, and leadership.

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Tuyet Duong, J.D.
3/16/16 online discussion cohost
Topic: Language Access

Tuyet Duong, J.D., is a Visiting Fellow at the Office for Victims of Crime within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs. Ms. Duong has over 12 years of experience in the government and nonprofit sectors with human rights, civil rights, and immigration law and policy. Most recently, she led a local nonprofit, the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project. Before that, Ms. Duong served as a Senior Advisor for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, leading philanthropic engagement, private sector engagement, small business capacity building, and immigration policy work.

Ms. Duong also served as a Policy Advisor at the Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties where she received the Officer’s Inaugural Distinguished Award of Merit for her work on their language access and civil rights response after the BP Oil Spill. She previously led immigration policy and campaigns at Asian Americans Advancing Justice and managed legal assistance programs for survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence at BPSOS-Houston. There, she aided coalition partners on a historic disaster response effort for Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Ms. Duong holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and a B.A. in English from the University of Texas.

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Dr. Kelly Graves
3/30/16 online discussion host
Topic: Results-Oriented Victim Services

Dr. Kelly Graves is the founder and chief executive officer of Kellin, PLLC, and the executive director of its nonprofit arm, the Kellin Foundation. Dr. Graves also teaches as an associate professor at North Carolina A&T State University. Dr. Graves has almost 20 years of specialized experience in the field of child trauma and trauma-informed care and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She has successfully implemented over a dozen large-scale grants totaling over $10 million as the lead principal investigator. She is the developer of the Greensboro Child Response Initiative model, which is a coordinated community response to children and families exposed to violence.

Dr. Graves has written dozens of peer-reviewed publications, books, and book chapters. She is a community trainer and facilitator in the area of trauma and creating trauma-informed systems and was awarded the national 2015 American Psychological Association Division 56 Trauma award for her expertise in the areas of trauma and children at risk. Dr. Graves has presented across the country on the effective assessment and treatment of traumatized children, adolescents, and their families. She has been an invited presenter at over 50 various statewide and nationwide conferences and meetings. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Kristian Hall
4/7/16 online discussion cohost
Topic: Confidentiality for Victims of Military Sexual Trauma

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Kristian Hall is the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) for the North Carolina National Guard (NCNG), Joint Force Headquarters, Raleigh, North Carolina. He was selected to be the SARC in 2009, and has strengthened awareness and credibility for the NCNG Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program.

SFC Hall worked extensively to create affiliations with numerous state Sexual Assault Response Teams, the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network, the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. He worked to get 53 unit victim advocates appointed. In addition, within his first year of duty, the number of trained and certified victim advocates and SARCs grew from 3 to 27. SFC Hall attended Tompkins Cortland Community College, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and Campbell University. He has completed the Active Army Unit Victim Advocate Course and holds an Active Army Sexual Assault Response Coordinator/Victim Advocate Certification, a National Guard Bureau Sexual Assault Response Coordinator/Victim Advocate Certification, a North Carolina State University Victim Advocacy Certification, and a North Carolina Victim Service Practitioner Certification.

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Michelle Harkey

2/10/16 online discussion cohost
Topic: Outreach and Response to Teen Victims of Dating Violence

Ms. Michelle Harkey is the founder and CEO of Stars Mentoring Services, LLC, which provides therapeutic mentoring and victim services to at-risk youth, as well as crime victims and their families. She has been a victim service provider since 2002, working in various states across the country addressing issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and at-risk youth populations.

Ms. Harkey has developed successful partnerships with faith-based groups and effective relationships with nonprofit boards and other violence prevention organizations across the Nation. These partnerships have successfully disseminated messages to communities and victims about youth violence, including dating violence, sexual assault, and bullying. She has sat on many human trafficking and dating violence expert panels.

Ms. Harkey is a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Forensic Psychology.

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Sid Jordan, J.D.

6/22/16 online discussion cohost
Topic: Integrating the Needs of LGBTQ Victims into Mainstream Victim Services

Sid Jordan, J.D. is a consultant with the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence (CEGV) in King County, Washington. CEGV represents over 40 member organizations working to advance gender equity and support survivors of violence through policy, education, and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Mr. Jordan most recently managed the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) Access Project, a three-year national demonstration project in partnership with the Northwest Network of LGBTQ survivors of abuse. The project engaged dozens of organizations and thousands of providers in King County to make a commitment to LGBTQ access and establish goals tied to broader movements for social justice in the victim services sector. The project created and evaluated training and technical assistance strategies aimed at building organizational capacities, skills, and knowledge.

Mr. Jordan has provided independent consultation and training to many health and human service organizations, schools, government agencies, and arts and cultural programs throughout the United States and Canada. He is the Director and Producer of the educational documentary film, Put This on the Map, and the media-based awareness campaign, Reteaching Gender and Sexuality-projects that promote the health, wellness, and self-determination of LGBTQ young people by amplifying youth voice for social and institutional change. He holds a J.D. from the University of Victoria and an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.

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Reverend Dr. Bernard "Skip" Keels

1/28/16 online discussion host
Topic: Challenges and Opportunities for Supporting Nontraditional Victims

Reverend Dr. Bernard "Skip" Keels is the Director of the University Chapel at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, and a member of the Order of Elders in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church. He serves on Morgan State’s Behavior Emergency Assessment and Response Team which provides resources and referrals for victims of crime within the campus community.

Previously, Reverend Keels served as District Superintendent of the Baltimore West District of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, and as Executive Director of the Methodist Action Program in Wilmington, Delaware. He also has served as the pastor of several churches.

Reverend Keels has conducted a number of workshops and delivered several major addresses, including a keynote on "Community and Economic Development-A Partnership Between the Business and Church Community" at the Harvard Business School. He also was the conference preacher at the 1997 Annual Conference of the Methodist Church of the Bahamas in Nassau, Bahamas.

Reverend Keels holds a bachelor of arts degree with honors from Haverford College, a master of divinity degree from Yale University, and a doctor of ministry degree from the McKendree University School of Religious Studies. He has served on the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, and is a recipient of the Rockefeller Theological Fellowship.

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Nelson Lim, Ph.D.
3/30/16 online discussion host
Topic: Results-Oriented Victim Services

Nelson Lim, Ph.D., is the executive director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. Dr. Lim is also a senior social scientist at RAND and professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. During the last 15 years, he has worked with local and Federal Governmental organizations including police and fire departments, the Department of Defense, and the National Security Administration on a wide range of policy issues. He is leading the development of the National Census of Victim Service Providers, a national survey conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics to systematically collect information from victim service providers. He also leads the evaluation of the Office on Violence Against Women’s Sexual Assault Justice Initiative: Improving Prosecutor Performance Measures.

Dr. Lim served as research director for the congressionally mandated Military Leadership Diversity Commission, which conducted a comprehensive assessment of policies that provide opportunities for the promotion and advancement of minority members and women in the Armed Forces. In addition, he has conducted studies of military recruiting and retention of active-duty and reserve components for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force (USAF). He has also conducted research on the most effective diversity practices by Fortune 500 companies and on barriers to improve diversity among the leadership of various government agencies and corporations, including the National Security Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Army, and USAF. Dr. Lim also led studies designed to assist the San Diego and Los Angeles Police Departments in alleviating recruiting difficulties.

Dr. Lim holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Dr. Barry S. McCrary

1/28/16 online discussion host
Topic: Challenges and Opportunities for Supporting Nontraditional Victims

Dr. Barry S. McCrary is an Associate Professor in the school of law enforcement and justice administration at Western Illinois University. Dr. McCrary has over 20 years of experience in the field of juvenile justice and has held numerous positions. Dr. McCrary worked for Allegheny County Juvenile Court’s Community Intensive Supervision Program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he was responsible for counseling, designing, implementing, and monitoring a progressive treatment program. He has also served as a counselor, consultant, therapist, and crisis intervention specialist for various organizations.

Dr. McCrary is also the founder of a nonprofit organization titled Maleness to Manhood Inc., which is a mentoring program for inner-city youth. Dr. McCrary is experienced in the field of social science, administration of justice, and educational leadership.

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Linda McFarlane
5/24/16 online discussion cohost
Topic: Helping Incarcerated Victims of Crime

Photo of Linda McFarlane Linda McFarlane, MSW, LCSW, is one of Just Detention International's (JDI) Deputy Executive Directors. A licensed social worker, Ms. McFarlane has more than 20 years of experience working with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. She leads JDI's domestic training, technical assistance, and mental health programs. In this role, she trains corrections officials; medical and mental health practitioners; and direct service providers in preventing and responding to sexual violence behind bars. She also works with corrections agencies implementing programs to make their facilities safer.

Before joining JDI in 2005, Ms. McFarlane worked in community rape crisis programs, foster care, and with adults with mental illness. She also worked as a staff member, unit supervisor, and therapist in a detention facility for girls with mental illness.


Kimber Nicoletti

1/20/16 online discussion cohost
Topic: Human Trafficking in Rural Communities

Kimber J. Nicoletti, M.S.W., Director and Founder of Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault at Purdue University, has been an advocate for Latina immigrant and farm worker communities for over 20 years. Ms. Nicoletti has 12 years of direct experience working with victims of human trafficking and trains others on conducting culturally relevant forensic interviews with Latina immigrant victims of human trafficking. Ms. Nicoletti serves as the Chair of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Multilingual Access Project Committee. She also created and moderates Mujeres del Movimiento, a resource and support group for Latinas who work in violence prevention.

Ms. Nicoletti works with communities and organizations at the national, state, and local level to provide culturally relevant victim services. As a clinician, she has developed a successful model of sexual violence prevention for the migrant farm worker and Latina/o immigrant communities. Her experiences as a survivor and a bilingual therapist provide her with insight into barriers and challenges in creating culturally relevant services. Ms. Nicoletti has consulted with many organizations including Praxis International, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Southern Poverty Law Center, California Rural Legal Assistance, and the U.S. Department of the Army. Ms. Nicoletti was honored as a 2013 Woman of Distinction by the YWCA of Greater Lafayette. She received an M.S.W. from Indiana University and a B.A. in Sociology from Purdue University.

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Diane Payne
7/13/16 online discussion cohost
Topic: Support and Services for Drug-Endangered Children

Diane Payne is the owner of Justice for Native Children Consulting and provides targeted technical assistance, program development support, and curriculum development and editing related to response to abuse of children. Her organization focuses on empowering tribal efforts to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse, drug endangered children, and children exposed to violence. Ms. Payne works with Native American and Alaska Native Nations and Tribal organizations and rural multidisciplinary teams to develop tailored training events and policy addressing civil and criminal child abuse issues. In 2007, Ms. Payne led the development of the Pathway to Hope: Healing Child Sexual Abuse curriculum, which has been shared with indigenous people internationally. From 2004–2012, she co-chaired the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Tribal Nation Workgroup and provided multidisciplinary training nationally toward improving responses to drug endangered children in Indian Country.

Ms. Payne has authored many tribal training and skills development resources including an Indian Child Welfare Act Basic Manual, a Child Abuse Protocol Guide and child-specific units of the National American Indian/Alaska Native Victim Assistance Training curriculum. She has served on many national boards and Alaska and Washington State committees involving tribal children's issues. She has chaired the Alaska State Court Improvement Project's Indian Child Welfare Act Subcommittee for 15 years, served on the State's Children's Justice Act Task Force for 14 years, and was the nonmedical child advocate member of the Alaska State Child Fatality and Infant Mortality Review Team for 14 years. Ms. Payne is a founding member of the Alaska Children's Alliance and has had a role in developing many of the 14 child abuse evaluation centers in Alaska.

During her career, she has worked for regional Native nonprofits serving the Cook Inlet and Chugach regions and for the Alaska Legal Services Corporation. She also directed the Tribal Law and Policy Institute under a U.S. Department of Justice grant.

Ms. Payne has a B.A. in Secondary Education and extensive training in civil and criminal child abuse systems. Ms. Payne has devoted her life to advocating for those who could not advocate for themselves. She is a certified equine-assisted therapy specialist. She is inspired by her adopted mother, the late Margaret Horn Nason of the Northern Cheyenne Nation in Montana and the many child victims and families she has worked with over the past 40 years.

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Dr. John Rich
2/24/16 online discussion cohost
Topic: Inner City Posttraumatic Stress

John Rich, MD, MPH, is a Professor and Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health. A leader in the field of public health, Dr. Rich’s work focuses on serving one of the Nation’s most ignored and underserved populations-African-American men living in urban settings. In 2006, Dr. Rich was granted a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, for which the Foundation cited his work to design "new models of health care that would surpass the boundaries of public health, education, social services, and justice systems to engage young men in caring for themselves and their peers."

Dr. Rich previously served as the medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission. Earlier, as a primary care doctor at Boston Medical Center, he created the Young Men’s Health Clinic and initiated the Boston HealthCREW, a program to train inner-city young men to become peer health educators who focus on the health of men and boys in their communities. He also published the book Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men about urban violence.

Dr. Rich holds a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College, an M.D. from Duke University Medical School, and an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. He received an honorary D.S. from Dartmouth College in 2007 and now serves on its Board of Trustees. In 2009, Dr. Rich was inducted into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Kiricka Yarbough Smith

1/20/16 online discussion cohost
Topic: Human Trafficking in Rural Communities

Kiricka Yarbough Smith is a consultant, trainer, and advocate for the safety and empowerment of women and children. She has experience in the areas of mental health, developmental disabilities, case management, and collaboration. Ms. Yarbough Smith provides training and technical assistance to service providers and resources and referrals to survivors of human trafficking. She has provided numerous trainings to law enforcement, prosecutors, service providers, and community- and faith-based groups through her work with the International Police Training Institute, the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of North Carolina.

Ms. Yarbough Smith managed the human trafficking program for the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault and provided oversight for their OVC Services for Human Trafficking Victims grant for over 6 years. She currently serves as the Chair of the North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and consults as an investigator on the University of North Carolina’s School of Social Work’s 5-year project with the Administration for Children and Families to address trafficking in the child welfare system. Most recently, she has accepted the opportunity to consult on the North Carolina Council for Women’s human trafficking training and education grant.

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Pamela Todd
7/13/16 online discussion cohost
Topic: Support and Services for Drug-Endangered Children

Pamela Todd, Ph.D., is the CEO and founder of Ray of Hope Foster Care, Inc., an organization which provides foster care placements and therapeutic services. The agency works collaboratively with the Georgia Division of Family and Child Services and other agencies to achieve the permanency goal of reunification. As a social worker, Dr. Todd advocates for children in the foster care system by networking with other agencies as necessary to assist with providing optimum service. She strives to provide services that promote social, emotional, and educational wellness.

Dr. Todd has experience in training facilitation, coaching, directing, and engaging others in individual and group settings in the fields of foster care, substance abuse, and domestic violence. She has worked with a diverse range of individuals.

Dr. Todd holds a B.S. from Morgan State University and an M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University.

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Keisha Varnell

2/10/16 online discussion cohost
Topic: Outreach and Response to Teen Victims of Dating Violence

Keisha Varnell is the Director of Interpersonal Violence Prevention Programs at Jackson State University. Ms. Varnell has been working in the field of interpersonal violence for over 12 years, and has facilitated many speaking engagements and training sessions on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, diversity, and LGBTQ issues. She serves as chair of the University S.M.A.R.T (Sexual Misconduct/Assault Response Team), charged to develop campus-wide sexual assault and interpersonal violence policies, trainings, and programs. Ms. Varnell is a member of the VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) Campus Consortium through the Institutions of Higher Learning in Mississippi. She is an advisor for the Black Women’s Blueprint Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first of its kind to focus on rape and sexual assault and Black women in the United States. Prior to her work in higher education, Ms. Varnell was the Teen Dating Violence Program Manager for the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence for 7 years where she chaired a state-wide campus task force. Ms. Varnell holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health in Health Education and Promotion and is certified as an Interpersonal Violence Prevention Education Specialist.

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Yvonne Viel
4/7/16 online discussion cohost
Topic: Confidentiality for Victims of Military Sexual Trauma

Photo of Yvonne Viel Ms. Yvonne Viel is the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) for the 96th Test Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. She serves as the point of entry for reports of sexual assault, tracks the installation’s sexual assault metrics, coordinates all mandated sexual assault training, and recruits and supervises 47 volunteer victim advocates from the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines.

Ms. Viel is a military veteran and joined the Air Force in 1988 as an operations resource management specialist. She separated in 1995 to pursue her undergraduate degree and then re-entered the Air Force in 2000 as a personnel officer. Ms. Viel has served in a variety of positions at the squadron and wing level. Prior to assuming her current position, she was the SARC, 435th Air Base Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany. She holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from Fayetteville State University and a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling from Liberty University.

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