Amy Barasch has worked in the area of intimate partner violence for nonprofits, government agencies, and law firms. Until fall, 2012, Ms. Barasch served as the Executive Director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. During her tenure, Ms. Barasch was central to the implementation of improvements made to New York’s response to intimate partner violence, such as the launch of a statewide database of police-reported domestic incidents; the passage of an anti-strangulation statute; the inclusion of domestic violence as a high-priority issue in all State-level anti-crime initiatives; and creation of a State-level Fatality Review process; overseeing the issuance of a domestic violence and the workplace policy in all state agencies; the creation of a public/private partnerships with Verizon Wireless that offers grants to domestic violence survivors creating their own business; and ensuring responsive and up-to-date training for local governmental employees in the areas of child welfare, public safety, temporary assistance, healthcare, and probation.
Prior to joining state government, Ms. Barasch was a member of the New York City Office to Combat Domestic Violence, where she designed and ran an interagency high risk case conferencing program in Brooklyn and the Bronx, which became the basis of the Brooklyn Family Justice Center. Ms. Barasch led the design team and ran the Brooklyn FJC until she joined the State. Prior to joining the City, Ms. Barasch represented victims of domestic violence in family court in orders of protection, custody and visitation, and abuse and neglect cases, in private practice, and as the creator and director of a law student externship program in Westchester, New York at the Pace Women’s Justice Center.
Ms. Barasch has published and spoken publicly about partner violence throughout her career; and has served as the chair of the NYC Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Committee and of the New York State Domestic Violence Advisory Council, and a member of the State’s VAWA planning committee and the Office of Victim Services advisory council. Ms. Barasch is currently a Public Service Professor at SUNY Albany’s Center for Human Services Research, and works as an independent consultant for governmental, philanthropic, and nonprofit clients in the areas of program design, development, and implementation; policy advice; and strategic planning.
Senior Manager, Allstate Insurance Company
Sue leads The Allstate Foundation Social Impact Programs which includes the Foundation’s work on two priority issues: financially empowering domestic violence survivors and promoting teen safe driving. She is responsible for strategic planning, program oversight and administration, as well as external relations. Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation has invested near $30 million in its Domestic Violence Program and another $30 million in the Teen Safe Driving Program. Prior to joining Allstate in 2005, Sue served in a variety of corporate relations positions for Sears, Roebuck and Co. Her responsibilities there included creating and managing the largest community outreach program in Sears’ history.
Director of Programs, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Since 2000, Kenya Fairley has been an advocate to end domestic and sexual violence against women and girls, both professionally and as a volunteer. As Director of Programs at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), Kenya oversees the technical assistance, training, and resource development components of the organization, including its online presence and social media engagement. She also coordinates the Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP) and manages content for the Runaway & Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit. Kenya’s background is in direct services, training, child welfare, and leadership development. She holds a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in psychology from North Carolina Central University (NCCU). In 2012, NCCU honored her distinguished work in the anti-violence movement as a "40 Under 40 Inaugural Honoree" and award recipient.
Managing Partner and Founder, Global Issues, Finn Partners
Anne Glauber is a managing partner and the founder of the Global Issues practice at Finn Partners. Her work in communications and corporate social responsibility has earned her national recognition for creating new communications models that mobilize private sector resources to address public problems. Her clients have ranged from Fortune 100 companies, to start-ups and nonprofit foundations, international associations, domestic and international NGOs, and United Nations agencies. Recent clients include Verizon Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pearson Foundation, Silver Spring Networks, Acciona, ABB, Norsk Hydro, Global Green USA, Liz Claiborne, Inc., The Gallup Organization and Macy’s.
Anne is the co-founder of NO MORE (www.nomore.org), the first national effort to unify domestic violence and sexual assault organizations across the nation under one overarching symbol. Anne’s bylines have appeared in USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and many others. She is a contributor to “Being Myself: Reflections of Growing up Female," edited by Willa Shalit, and “Mapping the New World of American Philanthropy: Causes and Consequences of the Transfer of Wealth,” edited by Dr. Susan Raymond. Currently, she is the co-author, with Steve Klausner, of the forthcoming book “Falling into Grace” (Changing Lives Press), and the blog www.Redemption2014.com.
Suzanne Groisser is the coordinator of legal services for the Rachel Coalition, a nonprofit domestic violence service agency in Metrowest, N.J., where she has worked since 2003. She provides direct representation to clients in family court and domestic violence training for pro bono attorneys, court staff, DYFS Workers, health care providers, and advocate volunteers.
Suzanne is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she co-founded the Harvard Battered Women's Advocacy Project. From 1991-97, she served as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. She frequently lectures about domestic violence and the law, and has also written several articles on the topic. Suzanne is an active member of the New Jersey Essex County Domestic Violence Working Group.
Casey Gwinn, J.D., serves as the president of the Family Justice Center Alliance. He has been recognized by The American Lawyer magazine as one of the top 45 public lawyers in America. Casey served as the elected city attorney of San Diego from 1996-2004.
Prior to entering elected office, he co-founded the San Diego Task Force on Domestic Violence in 1986. and founded the San Diego Domestic Violence Council in 1991. In 1993, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges recognized the City Attorney's Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Unit, which Casey founded and led from 1986-96, as the model domestic violence prosecution unit in the nation. San Diego now has the lowest domestic violence homicide rate of any major city in the nation.
In 2002, Casey saw his vision of a comprehensive, "one-stop shop" for services to victims of family violence become a reality in San Diego. In partnership with former San Diego Police Chief David Bejarano and current Chief Bill Lansdowne, he led the effort to open the nationally acclaimed San Diego Family Justice Center. In October 2003, President George W. Bush announced a national initiative to begin creating Family Justice Centers across the country and asked Casey to provide leadership to the effort. Casey currently oversees a national technical assistance team that supports all existing and developing family justice centers in the United States and around the world.
Casey has served on the U.S. Attorney General's National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women and the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence. He has received many local and national awards, including the San Diego Domestic Violence Council's Lifetime Achievement Award, the Women's International Living Legacy Award, and the Avon Foundation's Community Advocate of the Year Award.
Executive Director, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Sandra Henriquez has more than two decades of experience working in social services, of which 16 years were in non-profit management. She has demonstrated profound leadership as the former Associate Director for Intervention Programs at the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (now Peace Over Violence). She also served on CALCASA's board of directors for more than a decade. Her participation on the board was essential to the Coalition's reorganization, hiring of staff, and the development in policies and procedures.
Monika Johnston Hostler
Executive Director, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Monika Johnson Hostler is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA). NCCASA is the sole statewide alliance working to end sexual violence through education, advocacy and legislation. NCCASA represents 125 members including local rape crisis centers.
Prior to coming to NCCASA, Monika worked at the local rape crisis center in Scotland County as the Crisis Intervention Coordinator. Monika has been an activist in the social justice movement for over 15 years. In that time she has presented on the issue of sexual violence to numerous communities including the Joint Task Force for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response at the U.S. Military Academy subcommittee.
In addition to working on behalf of 90 rape crisis centers in North Carolina, she serves as the board chair of the National Alliance Ending Sexual Violence (NAESV), one of the policy entities responsible for passing the Violence Against Women Act and securing over $420 million for violence against women work across the country. Monika was appointed by the Obama administration to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women.
Anne Menard is an activist who has worked on policy, practice, and research issues affecting domestic violence and sexual assault survivors since the mid-70s, with a particular focus on survivor-defined advocacy and public policy affecting women and their families, especially those living in poverty. After serving as a senior consultant to the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during 2005, she returned as director of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), a position she previously held from 1994-99. Prior to this national-level work, Ms. Menard led the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence for more than six years, and, in the early 1980s, co-directed Connecticut's largest domestic violence shelter and was actively involved in grassroots sexual assault advocacy.
Kelly Miller has worked to end violence against women and girls for more than 30 years. She is currently executive director of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, a statewide nonprofit coalition engaging voices to create change in the prevention, intervention, and response to domestic violence, dating abuse, stalking, and sexual assault.
Kelly also oversees the Center for Healthy Teen Relationships and Start Strong Idaho, both statewide projects promoting healthy teen relationships as a way to reduce adolescent dating abuse and sexual assault. She's been a trainer at national conferences on the prevention of adolescent dating abuse, and she's worked on survivor-centered trauma services for the Office on Violence Against Women and the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health. Kelly has also worked in the area of disability rights and specialized in federal litigation protecting the constitutional rights of adults with intellectual disabilities.
Before joining the Idaho Coalition, Kelly represented girls and women who were victims of domestic violence, dating abuse, and sexual assault, as well as individuals with disabilities as an attorney with Legal Aid Society, an assistant prosecutor in a felony domestic violence/sexual assault unit in Louisville, Ky., and as deputy director with Idaho Legal Aid Services.
Mary O’Doherty runs the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association’s Economic Justice Project. Survivors use IDAs, no-interest micro loans, and free credit reports to help them become economically self-sufficient. She also directs the Kentucky Asset Success Initiative, a statewide effort to increase the number of eligible Kentuckians claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit. The project served more than 11,500 low-income tax filers and returned $18.3 million to their communities in 2013. She was a consultant to the Building Assets for Survivors of Domestic Violence Initiative, a U.S. Office of Community Services-funded effort that created the Assets for Independence Serving Domestic Violence Survivors Toolkit. She also coordinated the development of KDVA Homes, 48 permanent supportive housing units financed with tax credits and other federal funding sources. The project earned the Kentucky Housing Corporation’s Nonprofit Organization Award in October 2011 "for outstanding service and achievement in providing affordable housing opportunities to Kentuckians." Ms. O'Doherty, an assistant director at KDVA, joined the nonprofit world 10 years ago after a 17-year career as a newspaper reporter and editor.
SVP, Corporate Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility, Fifth and Pacific Companies
Jane Randel is Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc. (formerly Liz Claiborne Inc.) and is responsible for managing the Company’s corporate reputation through both external and internal communications. She leads corporate, business and crisis media relations and oversees the Social Compliance Program. The Company’s Creative Services and Philanthropic Programs, including the Fifth & Pacific Foundation, also report to her. Ms. Randel spearheaded Love Is Not Abuse, an award-winning, cause marketing program aimed to generate awareness, educate the public and ultimately prevent violence against women, until the program transitioned to non-profit organization Break the Cycle in 2012.
In addition to serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fifth & Pacific Foundation, Ms. Randel is on the National Advisory Board of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and is a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape/National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Honorary Board. She is the immediate-past President of the Board of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence and served for six years on the board of Safe Horizon, the nation’s largest victim assistance organization. Ms. Randel co-authored an award winning paper, "Coming into the Light: Intimate Partner Violence and Its Effects at Work," with Anne O’Leary-Kelly, Emily Lean, Carol Reeves of the University of Arkansas School Department of Management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.
Kalyn Risker is the founder and executive director of Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (SAFE). She is a human resources professional with more than 10 years' experience in recruitment, retention, compliance, compensation, payroll, and benefits administration.
Kalyn is a survivor of domestic violence, and from her professional and personal experiences founded SAFE in May 2006. She is a sought-after national speaker on economic strategies for survivors of domestic violence for local, state, and national conferences.
SAFE was founded to equip survivors of domestic violence with the appropriate financial tools and resources needed to leave or recover from economic abuse. SAFE has sponsored and participated in numerous awareness outreach initiatives. SAFE's signature annual free events, SAFE's Health & Wealth Expo and SAFE's O.P.E.N. for Business Micro-entrepreneurship Conference for Survivors of Domestic Violence have provided resources and information to over 1,350 community members.
Through Kalyn's leadership, SAFE has an accomplished background of actively providing economic empowerment and access to community resources directly to survivors of domestic violence in Detroit. She and SAFE have received multiple honors and awards, including the 2009 National Network to End Domestic Violence's (NNEDV) "Spirit of Advocacy Award."