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Oliver J. Williams, Ph.D. Oliver J. Williams, Ph.D.

Oliver J. Williams, Ph.D., Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota, in St. Paul. From 1994 to 2011 he was the Executive Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC). In October 2011 he will begin serving as Co-Executive Director of IDVAAC. He is also the Director of the Safe Return Initiative that addresses the issues of prisoner reentry and domestic violence. He has worked in the field of domestic violence for more than thirty years. Dr. Williams has been a clinical practitioner; working in mental health, family therapy, substance abuse, child welfare, sexual assault, and domestic violence. He has worked in battered women's shelters, developed curricula for batterers' intervention programs and facilitated counseling groups in these programs. He has provided training across the United States and abroad on research and service-delivery surrounding partner abuse. He has been appointed to several national advisory committees and task forces from the Center for Disease Control, US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, US Office on Women’s Health, and the US Department of Education. He has been a board member of various domestic violence and human service organization including the early days of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. In 2000, he was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Domestic Violence by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services and US Attorney General. In 2010 he participated in a Roundtable with the US Attorney General on issues related to fatherhood and participated in a Whitehouse Roundtable on Fatherhood and Domestic Violence. He has conducted training for the US Military Family Advocacy programs and presented to numerous Family Violence, Research and Practice organizations in the United States and Abroad. Dr. Williams' research and publications in scholarly journals, books and DVD’s have centered on creating service delivery strategies to reduce violent behavior. Dr. Williams has also received many awards including the International “Telly Award” for his documentary work and the National “Shelia Wellstone Institute Award” related to his work on Domestic Violence. Dr. Williams received a bachelor's degree in social work from Michigan State University; a Masters in Social Work from Western Michigan University; a Masters in Public Health and a PH.D in Social Work both from the University of Pittsburgh.


Gail Elizabeth Wyatt, Ph.D.Gail Elizabeth Wyatt, Ph.D.

Dr. Gail Wyatt is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, and a board certified sex therapist, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Biomedical Sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior at UCLA. She was the first African American woman in California to receive a license to practice Psychology and the first African American woman Ph.D. in a school of Medicine to reach Full Professor. Dr. Wyatt directs the Sexual Health Program, the NIH funded Phodiso Training Project in South Africa, the HIV/AIDS Translational Training Program and is Associate Director of the UCLA CFAR/AIDS Institute. She has been internationally recognized for her work in Jamaica, Africa, India and most recently South Africa where she conducts a longitudinal study of the aftermath of rape among South African women. Dr. Wyatt initially organized the team that was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health for 8 years to conduct the multi site Eban project for sero discordant African American couples to reduce incidents of unprotected sex and to increase condom use. She has numerous books and journal articles, makes countless presentations to academic and community and has been recognized for her mentoring and research. She has provided Congressional testimony 9 times. Dr. Wyatt was instrumental in the Call for a State of Emergency by numerous state, community and religious organizations to address the AIDS epidemic in Black communities and subsequent health and mental health disparities that continue to fuel the virus.


Larry E. Davis, Ph.D. Larry E. Davis, Ph.D.

Dr. Larry E. Davis is the Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is the Donald M. Henderson Professor and also the Director of the Center on Race and Social Problems. Dr. Davis came to the University of Pittsburgh in the Fall of 2001. He had been a faculty member at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri since 1977, where he was a Professor of Social Work and Psychology and the holder of the E. Desmond Lee Chair in Ethnic and Racial Diversity.

Dr. Davis received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan’s dual-degree program in social work and psychology in 1977. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University and a Masters in social work and a Masters in psychology from the University of Michigan. His professional interests include interracial group dynamics, the impact of race, gender, and class on interpersonal interactions, African American family formation, and youth.

He has received research funding from sources such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, and National Institute of Mental Health. Some of his publications include “Too Many Blacks, Too Many Whites: Seeking a Racial Balance: Predicting Positive Academic Intentions Among African American Males and Females.” “Assessment of Practitioner Cross-Racial Treatment Experiences;” “Essential Components of Groupwork with Black Americans.” He has written, edited, or co-authored four books: Race, Gender and Class: Guidelines for Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups (co-authored with Enola Proctor), Ethnic Issues in Adolescent Mental Health (Co-edited with Arlene Stiffman), Black and Single: Finding and Choosing a Partner who is Right for You (3rd edition 2004), and Working with African American Males: A Guide to Practice. He is a frequent lecturer and has given such talks as “The State of Black Singles in America” at the Smithsonian Lecture Series in Washington D.C.


Beth E. Richie, Ph.D.Beth Richie

Beth E. Richie is
 of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and Professor of
 Criminology, Law and Justice, as well as Professor, African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago . Dr. Richie is a sociologist who has been an activist and an advocate in the movement to end violence against women for the past twenty years. The emphasis of her work has been on the ways that race/ethnicity and social position affect women's experience of violence, focusing on the experiences of African American battered women and sexual assault survivors. She has been a trainer and a technical assistant to local and national organizations, and is a frequent lecturer for grassroots, professional as well as academic organizations. Dr. Richie is a Senior Research Consultant with the Institute on Violence, Inc., which is a model program funded by the National Institute for Justice; and a member of the Steering Committee for the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community.

Dr. Richie is the author of numerous articles and books, including the book Compelled to Crime: The Gender Entrapment of Black Battered Women, which is taught in many college courses and is cited in the popular press for its original arguments concerning race, gender and crime. Her current work is exploring the gender dimensions of youth violence, and focuses on African American women and girls who come from low-income communities. Dr. Richie is also interested in addressing the conditions of confinement in women's prisons, an issue upon which she is a frequent lecturer and invited speaker, nationally and internationally.

Dorothy RobertsDorothy Roberts, J.D.

Dorothy Roberts is the Penn Integrates Knowledge/George A. Weiss University Professor, the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, and Professor of Sociology at University of Pennsylvania. An internationally recognized scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate, she has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues and has been a leader in transforming public thinking and policy on reproductive health, child welfare, and bioethics. Professor Roberts is the author of the award-winning books Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Random House/Pantheon, 1997) and Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books/Civitas, 2002), as well as co-editor of six books on constitutional law and gender. She has also published more than eighty articles and essays in books and scholarly journals, including Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Stanford Law Review. Her latest book, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century, was published by the New Press in July 2011.

Professor Roberts has been a professor at Rutgers and Northwestern University, a visiting professor at Stanford and Fordham, and a fellow at Harvard University's Program in Ethics and the Professions, Stanford’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and the Fulbright Program. She serves as chair of the board of directors of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, on the board of directors of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, and on the advisory boards of the Center for Genetics and Society and Family Defense Center.  She also serves on a panel of five national experts that is overseeing foster care reform in Washington State and on the Standards Working Group of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (stem cell research).  She recently received awards from the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the 2010 Dorothy Ann and Clarence L. Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellowship.

Gail Elizabeth Wyatt, Ph.D.

See “Keynote Speaker,” above.


Rhonda Brinkley-Kennedy, Psy.D., MFTPatricia Davenport, Ph.D.

Throughout her career, Dr. Brinkley-Kennedy has dedicated her professional priority toassessment and treatment of African American women. She has worked as Director of one of the first Sexual Assault centers in South Central Los Angeles. Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1987, she modified her focus to include African American relationships and families. Upon graduating from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1992, and receiving an award for “most outstanding doctoral project”; Dr. Brinkley-Kennedy founded the South Central Training Consortium (SCTC), a non-profit agency. For the last 20 years, with Brinkley-Kennedy serving as CEO, and her husband, Dr. Clive Kennedy serving as training director, SCTC has provided clinical training and supervision to graduate psychology students, who provide mental health services to non-profit agencies and their clients residing in underserved communities in South Los Angeles. Diverse families, particularly African American families, residing in homeless, substance recovery and domestic violence shelters, benefit from the psychological services provided by SCTC. As part of her SCTC responsibilities, she served as clinical director at the Jenessee Center supervising all aspects of the mental health assessment and treatment of the men and women served by the Jenessee Center. Understanding the importance of bridging the gap between academia and community engagement, Brinkley-Kennedy currently serves as Associate Dean of Administration for the Hufstedler School of Education at Alliant International University.

Patricia Davenport, Ph.D.Rhonda Brinkley-Kennedy, Psy.D., MFT

Dr. Patricia Davenport is the co-founder and CEO of Our House, Inc.: New Birth to Violence-Free Living, a Greenville, Mississippi-based organization whose mission is to eliminate domestic violence and sexual violence through intervention, prevention, prosecution, victim protection, and sustainable restoration. Among the many programs offered at Our House are: Men Against Spousal Harm, a batterer intervention program; Letting Each Affliction Heal, a domestic violence victim outreach program; New Beginnings, a domestic violence shelter program; a rape crisis program; an STD/HIV/AIDS prevention awareness program; a homicide survival program; a behavior modification institute; and a rural domestic violence public awareness program. Dr. Davenport has conducted frequent speaking engagements and presentations at more than 600 national, state, and local conferences and training seminars on the topics of family values and violence prevention. She also provides master’s-level instruction at the Exodus School of the Bible, teaching a class entitled Secular and Religious Communities Working Together in Addressing Domestic Violence and Rape Prevention.

Dr. Davenport is a licensed social worker who received her doctoral degree from Triune Biblical University in Longview, Washington, with an honorary doctor of letters degree for outstanding work with victims of crime and in community services. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in education, with a concentration in human development and social policy, from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Davenport has been honored for her work and is a recipient of the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Award for Outstanding Service on Behalf Victims of Crime, presented by former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno in 1993.


Shelia Hankins, B.S.Shelia Hankins, B.S.

Ms. Hankins is the Co-Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community at the University of Minnesota. In this capacity she provides leadership in working with national and local projects dedicated to ending domestic violence among African Americans. Specifically her work includes research, policy, community education and awareness, community organizing and developing, and the provision of technical assistance to federally funded and other non-profit organizations. She has 30 years of leadership experience and is recognized nationally for her work in the domestic violence field. Additionally, Ms. Hankins provides training, meeting facilitation and consulting services nationally.

Before assuming her current position, Ms. Hankins held the following leadership positions: Project Director of the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, Vice President of Programs for HAVEN in Oakland County, Michigan; Project Director for Laurel Consulting Group in Laurel, Maryland; and Administrator of the STOP Violence Against Women Grant for the State of Florida's Governor's Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence in Tallahassee, Florida. Additionally, Ms. Hankins has held the position of Executive Director of Detroit Women's Justice Center, and of the Downtown and Northwest Branches of the YWCA of Metropolitan Detroit.

Ms. Hankins has focused her professional career and her community service activities on issues related to redressing the economic, political, and social status of traditionally disenfranchised and marginalized communities. She is an advocate for organizational, institutional and systemic changes in our society that will create safe and empowering environments for clients/customers, staff, families, and communities.

She is a co-founder of national Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community and has served on the steering committee since 1993, as well as founder and chair of the Transformation Detroit Project. Ms. Hankins also has served on the board of directors for the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Ms. Hankins has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Wayne State University and numerous post-graduate credits from NOVA Southeastern University in Business Administration. She continues to participate in workshops, seminars, conferences, and other educational forums.

Antonia A. Vann Antonia A. Vann

Antonia A. Vann is a nationally Certified Domestic Violence Counselor and Chief Executive Officer and founder of Asha Family Services, Inc. (Asha). Established in 1989, Asha is a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence intervention and prevention agency located in the city of Milwaukee, WI. Ms. Vann, a formerly battered wife and survivor, began studying the impact of violence in her life and the lives of women and children in 1985. She began to research and develop Asha’s programming through her life experiences, studies and most importantly, listening to the authentic experiences of “like” women. Subsequently program development continued through her spiritual convictions, and training under the guidance of an academic Board of Directors while mentored by a host of nationally recognized experts in the field. Working directly with 1000’s of battered and abused women of all racial and socio-economic status, Asha has helped to save and change lives. Ms. Vann developed a comprehensive training manual specifically to train Asha personnel in the provision of culturally competent services. This manual was redesigned and is currently used to assist in training Healthy Start project personnel across the country to assess pregnant and post program participants for victimization. Since 1990, Ms. Vann continues to work with female survivors of domestic and sexual violence in multiple prison systems as well as continues to provided education to groups of incarcerated men.


Joseph T. Jones, Jr.Joseph T. Jones, Jr.

Joseph T. Jones, Jr. is President and Founder of the Center for Urban Families (CFUF). Prior to founding CFUF, Mr. Jones developed and directed the men’s services program for the federally funded Baltimore Healthy Start initiative and replicated the Baltimore affiliate of the nationally recognized STRIVE employment services program.

Mr. Jones currently serves on President Barack Obama’s Taskforce on Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families and sits on the boards of the National Fatherhood Leaders Group and the Development Training Institute. He has received numerous awards and honors for his leadership and programming, including the Johns Hopkins University Leadership Development Program’s Distinguished Leadership Award and the Fullwood Foundation’s Valued Hours Award. Mr. Jones is a cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


Clive D. Kennedy, Ph.D.Clive D. Kennedy, Ph.D.

Although trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Washington in Seattle, Dr. Kennedy has practiced as a forensic psychologist for over 25 years.  He has been a member of the Los Angeles County Superior Court Panel of Experts since 1985 and his practice continues to serve courts within LA County.  His practice has also included contracts with the California Youth Authority, California Department of Child and Family Services Family Preservation Department, and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He is one of the early APA Minority Fellows and one of the founding members of APA Division 45—The Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues.  Before beginning his teaching career, he worked for over 20 years as a substance abuse specialist at UCLA.  He has worked with the South Central Training Consortium as a supervisor and training director since 1993, dedicated to supervising the work of all students with African American families.  In addition to domestic violence in African American families, his practice interests also include substance abuse, AIDS prevention/treatment issues, cross-cultural relations, and other stress, mental health, and forensic psychology related issues.

Bishop Roderick Mitchell, Ph.D.Bishop Roderick Mitchell, Ph.D.

Bishop Roderick Mitchell is the founder and pastor of the New Life Church, Inc. of Cleveland, Mississippi, founded in March 1994. He is also the founder and president of Exodus School of the Bible in Renova, Mississippi. As a child survivor of domestic violence, Bishop Mitchell has long been committed to ending violence against women. Witnessing the violence against his mother inspired him to establish Our House, Inc.: New Birth to Violence-Free Living, an organization founded in October 1995 and serving nine counties in the Mississippi Delta. The mission of Our House is to eliminate domestic violence and sexual violence through intervention, prevention, prosecution, victim protection, and sustainable restoration. Bishop Mitchell created and designed the organization’s first domestic violence batterers’ group, Men Against Spousal Harm, in February 1996. This program has served over 1,600 men, empowering them to stop domestic violence on the home front. Bishop Mitchell established the first rape crisis hotline in the Mississippi Delta in October 1994.

Bishop Mitchell has three doctorate degrees: a doctor of divinity from Tyrannus University of Biblical Studies, College of Theology & Divinity, in Santa Teresa, New Mexico; a doctor of ministry from Minnesota Graduate School of Theology; and a doctor of apostolic ministry from the Institute for Teaching God’s Word Theological Seminary in Rockdale, Texas. Bishop Mitchell also has a master’s degree in Christian counseling from Triune Biblical University in Longview, Washington; and a bachelor’s degree in Biblical studies from the Institute for Teaching God’s Word Seminary. Bishop Mitchell has received numerous awards for his dedication to ending interpersonal violence, to include a Certification of Honor, conferred by the State of Texas House of Representatives in May1997; and the National Crime Victims Service Award, the highest federal honor for victim advocacy, presented by former Vice President Al Gore and former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno in April 1997.

Johnny Rice, II, Dr.P.H.Johnny Rice, II, Dr.P.H.

Dr. Johnny Rice II is a senior program associate with the Supervised Visitation Initiative (SVI) at the Vera Institute of Justice.  He has spent the past 16 years providing leadership, technical assistance and support to organizations that serve low-income fathers and families in the areas of child welfare, youth development and criminal justice in efforts to create safe and stable communities.  Prior to joining Vera he worked as a public administrator for the Maryland Department of Human Resources, where he served as the state administrator for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Program, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) Domestic Violence Program, the Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Program as well as federal and state funded Responsible Fatherhood Programs. In the aforementioned capacity he served on the Governor’s Family Violence Council and the Maryland State Board of Victims Services.  In his government grants management role he was charged with oversight and administration of a $25 million dollar annual budget that was also inclusive of Emergency Food and Homeless Services program funds. 

Previously Dr. Rice held the position of Chief Operating Officer and Director of the nationally recognized Men's Services Responsible Fatherhood Program at the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore. At CFUF he assisted in developing a partnership with the House of Ruth Maryland Gateway Project, cited by Health and Human Services as one of the first collaborations in the nation between a responsible fatherhood service provider and a domestic violence abuser intervention program. Dr. Rice has been a consultant, speaker, workshop presenter and faculty member for the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW), Futures Without Violence (formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund), Praxis International, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Office of Family Assistance (OFA) and other recognized governmental, social justice and fatherhood organizations. In 2003 Dr. Rice served on the OVW Supervised Visitation Program National Steering Committee and contributed to the development of the Guiding Principles. He currently serves as a National Steering Committee member for the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC), Constituent Advisory Council Member for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Board President for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV).  In 2004 he founded Social Justice Ventures LLC, an independent public health consulting firm that allows him to work hands on with individuals, organizations and communities in strengthening their capacity.

Dr. Rice has a BS and MS degree in criminal justice from the University of Baltimore with a specialization in corrections.  He also holds a Doctor of Public Health Degree from Morgan State University’s School of Community Health and Policy where his study emphasis was violence prevention and intervention.  In the past he has served as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Baltimore’s School of Criminal Justice, and he currently serves as criminal justice adjunct faculty for Penn State - Harrisburg. He resides in Owings Mills, Maryland is married and the proud parents of two children.

Additional Background (Early Career):

Mr. Rice's past employment experience covers a great cross-section of diverse areas. While employed as a foster care worker for Baltimore City Department of Social Services Mr. Rice was given the task of reunification of families. He would often assist in devising treatment plans for parents in efforts to strengthen the fragile family unit. As a youth counselor at Edgemeade at Focus Point secured residential treatment center in Crownsville Maryland he provided life skills support and structured guidance to remanded youth that were suicidal, homicidal and AWOL risk.  As an Addictions Counselor within the Maryland correctional system, Mr. Rice worked with incarcerated inmates teaching classes in Moral Problem Solving and Relapse Prevention. Working in corrections exposed Mr. Rice to low-income non-custodial fathers who were in need of a comprehensive array of support services (i.e. ongoing substance abuse treatment, domestic violence counseling, child support arrearage issues, and access and visitation concerns). He actively pursued resources to meet the fathers’ needs. Prior to entering Human Services Mr. Rice was employed in various capacities in the field of safety and security in the private sector.  He is a proud member of the Baltimore Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA).  


Amira AhmedAmira Ahmed
Amira Ahmed is the Founder and Executive Director of Midwest Community Development, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A native of Somalia, Ms. Ahmed earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Leadership and Communication. She also holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Public Affairs from the National University of Somalia. Ms. Ahmed has been working as co-investigator on the University of Minnesota’s (U of M) Program in Human Sexuality’s Somali Women’s Initiative for Sexual Health (SWISH) Project. . This project examines HIV/AIDS-related knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of Somali women. Ms. Ahmed also worked with the U of M community investigators on Healthy Immigrant Families in Varied Environments (HIFIVE).

Ms. Ahmed is an alternative dispute resolution practitioner with experience in collaborative consensus building within groups and organizations, and the application of such techniques to problem-solving models in various settings. Ms. Ahmed has been recognized as a leader in advancing the aspirations of Somali women, building cross-cultural collaborations, and promoting strategies to increase individual self-sufficiency and strengthen our immigrant community topics in the lives of East African women such as female genital mutilation and domestic abuse. Ms. Ahmed has conducted training for various U.S. Government officials, the Department of Agriculture in Minnesota, the Minneapolis Public School District, Ramsey County Human Services, Ramsey County Health Department, the City of Minneapolis, and mainstream organization on the subject of East African women’s concerns. She is active in several Twin Cities organizations serving on various boards and committees. In addition, Ms. Ahmed is a 2011-2012 Fellow  of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute at the Center for Religion & Civic Culture, University of Southern California.


Mayalan Keita-BrownMayalan Keita-Brown
A native of Monrovia, Liberia, Mayalan Keita-Brown is a graduate of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia. She migrated to the United States in 2003, at the end of the Liberian Civil War. Ms. Keita-Brown’s conviction for the administration of justice and human rights for all persons has compelled her to embrace activism and advocacy; she has been engaged in such activity for more than 14 years, both in her current home of Minnesota and in her native Liberia. From 2000 to 2003, Ms. Keita-Brown worked with the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia  and provided education and legal aid in displacement camps on issues around domestic violence and sexual assault.  She has travelled to over 10 African countries to advocate and promote the peace process for Liberia.

Presently, Ms. Keita-Brown works as the Foreign Trained Professionals (FTP) Program Advocate for the African & American Friendship Association for Cooperation & Development (AAFACD), Inc., in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  AAFACD, Inc. advocates and runs the FTP program, which helps foreign-trained doctors and nurses to obtain licensure in order to gain the legal authority to work in their respective areas of training or expertise. Also, as a Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Representative, she practices authorized law for immigrants and other legal permanent residents in Minnesota’s immigrant and refugee communities.  In addition, Ms. Keita-Brown is a graduate of Minnesota Council of Nonprofits – Nonprofit Advocacy Institute.


Grace Bonareri Mose, D.A.Grace Bonareri Mose, D.A.
Grace Mose is currently Lecturer at Kenyatta University. She has worked as the Director of the Diverse Communities Health Initiative (DCHI) of the Education Fund of Family Planning Advocates of New York State, where she organizes conferences and provides trainings in culturally and linguistically appropriate services to health care and other human service providers. In addition she works with family planning centers to develop and implement best practices including action plans and organizational assessments related to culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Dr. Mose also recently founded and directs the Foundation for African Women, a charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of gender disparities through economic empowerment projects, civic education, and various gender issues including gender-based violence in Africa. She is a renowned public speaker at local, national, and international forums.

Previously, as a research and program associate, Dr. Mose worked to develop DCHI initiatives. She has prior research in harmful health issues confronting women in Africa and has published a book on female genital mutilation. As a counselor and advocate for women, Dr. Mose brings a rich history of work in women’s issues. Prior to joining DCHI, Dr. Mose worked as director, Domestic Violence Hotlines for New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV). She worked as a part-time instructor at the State University of New York at Albany (SUNYA) in the Department of Women’s Studies and has worked as a Legislative Aid for Assemblywoman Barbara Clark.  In her native Kenya, Dr. Mose worked as a high school and college instructor. Dr. Mose holds a Doctorate in Women’s Studies from University at Albany–State University of New York.


Obianuju Obi, M.D. Obianuju Obi, M.D.

Dr. Obianuju “Uju” Obi graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with honors from the history and science departments and from the Department of Mind, Brain, and Behavior. Her training includes positions as a Fellow for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a Special Assistant to the Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Obi’s core interests include work with the international community of public health scholars and practitioners to prevent violence and to control its traumatic effects on immigrant communities. She has received several high honors, including: the Leah J. Dickstein, M.D. Award and the Zuckerman Award. She was also a Susan Blumenthal Scholar at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Obi is currently a resident at Columbia University Hospital in New York City.


Fatima PorghoFatima Porgho
Fatima Porgho studied International Affairs and Contemporary Diplomacy in Burkina Faso (Africa) and Malta (Europe), and received her Master’s degree in International Affairs. Having achieved many goals in her career in Governmental Services in Burkina Faso, and Multilateral Diplomacy at the United Nations, she expanded her professional interest in new challenges in the area of community organizing, protection of women rights and victims of abuse. Previously, Ms. Porgho worked for a not-for-profit organization in New York City and specialized in the issue of domestic violence before taking a break to continue as an independent to raise awareness on this issue in her community. She represents the African Council of Imams on issues related to Domestic Violence and Women. For the past year, she has dedicated herself to supporting community based-organizations, groups, and grassroots associations in New York City. In recognition of her efforts, the African Diaspora in the USA granted her with the African Community Award 2011 - Community Leader.

Ms. Porgho was a victim of domestic violence for more than 14 years while living with her ex-husband in Saudi Arabia and Burkina Faso. She was helped by the InterAfrican Union of Human Rights. Since her escape, she dedicates her time to helping prevent all manner of abuse against women. In February 2012, she went back to Saudi Arabia and set up three Domestic Violence support groups in two cities, Riyadh and Madinah and one focus group for girls from an International school in Riyadh to support those among them who are exposed to domestic violence at home and to teach them how to prevent themselves from becoming involved in violent intimate relationships.



La Francis Rodgers-Rose, Ph.D.La Francis Rodgers-Rose, Ph.D.

Dr. La Francis Rodgers-Rose is a founding member and past president of the Association of Black Sociologists and the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists. She has been honored by the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women with its highest award, the Noble/Women International Leadership Award.

A clinical sociologist, professor, and community leader, she is also Founder and CEO of the International Black Women’s Congress. This organization is a non-profit, grassroots networking entity whose mission is to bring forth exemplary models of African womanhood.

Dr. Rodgers-Rose is a graduate of Morgan State University, Fisk University, and the University of Iowa. She has more than three decades of teaching experience, including professorial work at Case Western Reserve University, Rutgers University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rodgers-Rose has also taught African American Studies at Princeton University for 16 years.




Dr. Robert L. Hampton, Ph.D.Dr. Robert Hampton

Dr. Hampton is Vice President for Academic Affairs at American International University, Atlanta, Campus. 
He is the former Provost/Executive Vice President at Tennessee State University. He previously served York College of the City University of New York as its President and Professor, Department of Social Sciences. Prior to joining York College, he served as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Professor of Family Studies and Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a Hartman Mentoring Scholar. He has published extensively in the field of family violence including several edited books; Violence in the Black Family: Correlates and Consequences, Black Family Violence: Current Research and Theory, Family Violence: Prevention and treatment, Preventing Violence in America and Substance Abuse, Family Violence, and Child Welfare: Bridging Perspectives and Promoting Racial Ethnic and Religious Understanding in America. He is completing a new book entitled The Prevention and treatment of Interpersonal Violence Within the African American Community: Evidence-based Approaches. He is one of the founders of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community. His research interests include partner violence, family abuse, community violence, student success in higher education and social change.
Dr. Hampton's degrees include: a BA from Princeton University and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Hampton served in the United State Army Reserve from 1972 to 1996 and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.



Sonia Dávila-Williams, M.S.W.Sonia Davila Williams, M.S.W.

Sonia Dávila-Williams, a native of Puerto Rico, received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Puerto Rico and her Master in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh (1984). She is an assistant professor in the Social Work Department at Metropolitan State University. Previously, she taught field instruction for over 16 years in the School of Social Work University of Minnesota. Prior to entering the academic arena Ms., Dávila-Williams provided counseling at a battered women shelter and family service organization. She also worked as a school social worker with migrant students in her native Puerto Rico. In addition, she worked as social worker with the elderly, child welfare system, and the homeless. She is a founding member of the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (Alianza) sponsor by The Department of Health and Human Services. Currently she is an active board member of the Minnesota Coalition on Battered Women and Casa de Esperanza.

Luz Marquez-Benbow

Luz Marquez-Benbow is the co-founder and Associate Director for the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA). SCESA is a Women of Color-led nonprofit dedicated to working with communities of color to create a just society in which Women of Color are able to live healthy lives free of violence. As a national advocacy organization, SCESA utilizes a multi-strategy approach of leadership enhancement and support for Women of Color; advocacy and support for organizations by and for Communities of Color; as well as technical assistance, training and systems advocacy regarding sexual assault in Communities of Color. Prior to working on sexual assault issues, Luz worked within the disability rights movement primarily as the work relates to self-advocacy and leadership of People with Disabilities for 10 years.

As a survivor of incest and child sexual assault, Luz is very passionate about ensuring that the voices of Women of Color are included in all aspects of ending violence against women. Over the years, Luz has connected sexual assault to our history of slavery and the colonization of our lands in an effort to link our collective struggles as Communities of Color.

Patricia TotozintlePatricia Totozintle

 Patti Tototzintle is Chief Executive Officer of Casa de Esperanza, where she oversees all organizational programming, internal operations, local collaborations and partnerships, and board and staff leadership development.  She has been in executive leadership at Casa de Esperanza since 2002 and has been a past executive director of the organization.  With more than 25 years of experience in community development and nonprofit management, Ms. Tototzintle is highly regarded nationally as an organizational and leadership development trainer and consultant.  During the past 15 years, she co-designed a number of community leadership programs and was instrumental in the development of two peer education leadership programs while at Casa de Esperanza—one focused on Latinas and the other on Latin@ youth. 

Ms. Tototzintle’s previous positions include Director of Community Services Group at the Amherst Wilder Foundation and Vice President of WomenVenture, both located in St. Paul, Minnesota.   She also worked as a consultant and trainer with the Blandin Foundation to co-develop and provide team leadership for the Partners-in-Leadership Program, a comprehensive leadership development opportunity in rural Minnesota for current and emerging leaders in immigrant communities and communities of color. In 2010, Ms. Tototzintle was named to the Advisory Committee for the NoVo Foundation’s new 10-year initiative focused on strengthening the U.S. movement to end violence against women and girls.  She was recently selected as one of 16 innovative and visionary leaders to participate in the pilot cohort of NoVo’s Move to End Violence Initiative.  This opportunity will support Ms. Tototzintle in her community and organizational leadership roles as well as support Casa de Esperanza’s organizational growth. 

Sasha CottonSasha Cotton
Sasha Cotton is the Prevention Specialist for the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW), an agency dedicated to challenging systems and institutions so they respond more effectively to the needs of battered women and their children. She is of African American and Mexican American descent.  Sasha’s work focuses on developing community engagement strategies and policy agendas with an emphasis on youth and communities of color. Prior to her position with MCBW, she worked in the Juvenile Justice Field as a probation officer with Minnesota’s most high-risk and violent male offenders under the age of 21. She later worked as a case manager for young women and girls trying to escape a life in prostitution. Sasha holds a B.A. from Metropolitan State University with a double major in Criminal Justice and Ethnic Studies. She is very active in the social justice movement in the Twin Cities and sits on the board of the Minnesota Women’s Consortium and the African American Leadership Council of Saint Paul in her efforts to seek justice and equality for women communities of color.


Miriam Jiménez Román Miriam Jiménez Román

Miriam Jiménez Román is Executive Director of afrolatin@ forum, a research and resource center focusing on Black Latin@s in the United States. For over a decade, Ms. Jiménez Román researched and curated socio-historical exhibitions at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, where she also served as the Assistant Director of the Scholars-in-Residence Program. She was the Managing Editor and Editor of Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. In addition, she has taught courses on race, ethnicity, and gender in Latin America and the Caribbean at Binghamton, Brown, and Columbia universities.  A frequent speaker and consultant on African American and Latino issues, Ms. Jiménez Román’s  essays on diasporic racial formations and inter-ethnic relations have appeared in both scholarly and popular publications. Currently a visiting scholar in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, she is co-editor of The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in The United States (Duke University Press, 2010), recipient of the 2011 American Book Award.



Condencia Brade

Condencia Brade is the co-founder and Executive Director for the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA).  SCESA is a Women of Color-led nonprofit dedicated to working with our communities to create a just society in which Women of Color are able to live healthy lives free of violence.  As a national advocacy organization, SCESA utilizes a multi-strategy approach of leadership enhancement and support for Women of Color; advocacy and support for organizations by and for Communities of Color; as well as technical assistance, training and systems advocacy regarding sexual assault in Communities of Color. Condencia has a strong history working on issues related to Communities of Color and other marginalized communities, Children, Teens, and College Students.  Prior to founding SCESA, Condencia worked at a statewide sexual assault coalition where she was instrumental in the creation and responsible for the management of a statewide Spanish Hotline, created a statewide Campus Consortium; a Youth group to address sexual assault; and a statewide team on Rural issues.  She was also responsible for the provision of trainings for sexual assault crisis centers, law enforcement and healthcare providers addressing sexual assault.  She has focused on issues such as leadership, immigration, economics, and health.  She has also provided training and served on national committees to address systemic responses to sexual assault victims.

Andrea Garwood, M.A., L.M.H.C.Andrea Garwood

Andrea Garwood has served as the Executive Director for Living Well Counseling and Consulting Agency in Orlando, Florida for the past 12 years.   Ms Garwood is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Qualified Supervisor for State of Florida, a National Trainer and Presenter and collaborator.  She has more than 23 years of experience in providing training and consultation services to the community at large. Ms. Garwood graduated from the Florida State University with a B.A. in Psychology, and later received a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida. 

She is a member of the Orange County Children’s Cabinet and serves on the Clinical Committee, a subcommittee of the Cabinet.  She also serves as a team member on the Trauma Informed Task Force for the Central Florida Community.   Ms. Garwood served on the Governor appointed task force for adoption, child abuse and neglect and participated in formulating the 5 year plan for that same population.    Ms. Garwood also served as an adjunct instructor in General Psychology and Career Counseling at Seminole State College and has served as visiting instructor at University of Central Florida and Strayer University.  She has an extensive work background in domestic violence, sexual abuse/assault, child abuse and neglect, and disaster behavioral and mental health response. 

Derrick M. Gordon, Ph.D.Derrick M. Gordon, Ph.D.

Dr. Derrick M. Gordon is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and at The Consultation Center, where he is the Director of Research, Policy & Program on Male Development.  Currently Dr. Gordon provides clinical supervision to facilitators across the State of Connecticut on issues related to intimate partner violence; supporting low-income, non-custodial fathers in their role as parents; men transitioning from prison back to their community; and adolescent fathers who may be committed to the Department of Children and Families.  His main interests rest in working with numerous partners to address the unique needs of men often found on the “fringes,” whether in their communities or in their families.  He has, as part of these activities, worked to support the employment and educational abilities of the populations described through planned activities, including coaching.  His ability to create a context that considers the specific needs of the individual and work collaboratively to support their employment goals has rendered him successful in meeting the varied demands of his work.  An overarching consideration for Dr. Gordon’s work is his focus on the integration/promotion of health-promoting behaviors and their role in facilitating and achieving one’s professional life goals.


Joyce N. Thomas, M.P.H., R.N., P.N.P., F.A.A.N. Joyce Thomas

Ms. Joyce N. Thomas is the President and Co-founder of the Center for Child Protection and Family Support in Washington, DC. Since co-founding the Center in 1987, Joyce Thomas has served as the President and CEO providing leadership for quality services to children and families. For almost four decades, Ms. Thomas has made significant contributions to the field of children's services in the District of Columbia and throughout the globe. She was the Delegation Leader for the People to People Ambassador Program, which involved providing leadership to the interdisciplinary team of professionals from the United States and South Africa.
Ms. Thomas provides hands on clinical specialist that serves on numerous boards and commissions these include, the National Network to End Intermit Partner Violence, the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the DC Council on Young Childs Wellness, and the DC Council on Child Welfare. Her professional work has been published in book chapters, journal articles, final reports, monographs, policy forums, curriculum materials and other documents. She is a certified child development trainer and has received numerous awards from such organizations as, Black Administrators of Child Welfare, the Association for Care of Children's Health, Parents United International, The National Organization of Victim Assistance, The University of Maryland, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the Washington DC Psychiatric Association, the DC Medical Society, the DC Department of Health and Towson University. Ms. Thomas is a Certified Mediator in the State of Maryland and is a member of the Steering Committee for The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community.


Tricia Bent-Goodley, Ph.D., LICSW-CTricia Bent-Goodley, Ph.D., LICSW-C

Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Macro Sequence at the Howard University School of Social Work in Washington, DC. Dr. Bent-Goodley’s research is focused on domestic violence against women and its intersection with cultural competence, social policy, child welfare, prisoner reentry, youth violence, health and mental health, and faith and community-based involvement. Dr. Bent-Goodley is an author and co-author of many books and journal publications regarding social work, social policy, and people of color, including African-American Social Workers and Social Policy and The Color of Social Policy: Advancing Social Work Education. She also serves as editor on a number of journals.

Dr. Bent-Goodley earned a bachelor’s degree in theology with a minor concentration in education from Queens College in New York. She also holds a Ph.D. in social policy, planning, and analysis from Columbia University and an M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Karma CottmanKarma Cottman

Karma Cottman has worked in the domestic violence field since 1994. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. For 10 years, she served worked for the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), where she supervises the NNEDV Fund state coalition and transitional housing technical assistance projects, as well as the Direct Assistance Initiative.

Ms. Cottman also works to ensure that federal legislation is responsive to the needs of all domestic violence survivors. She has assisted with the development of a community assessment tool that was used to identify service gaps in numerous local Florida communities. Her efforts also include: conducting numerous local, statewide, and national trainings; organizing and facilitating national conferences; and providing technical assistance within local domestic violence shelters, transitional housing programs, and state domestic violence coalitions.

Gretta Gardner Gretta Gardner

Gretta Gardner is the Safe Havens Grant Director for Travis County Counseling and Education Services in Austin, Texas. She is directly responsible for the Safe Havens Grant for Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange funded by the federal Office on Violence Against Women. Additionally, she is the Chair of the Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force and a member of the Travis County Fatality Review Team.

Ms. Gardner’s career has included the position of Assistant State's Attorney in Baltimore City and Montgomery County, Maryland, where she prosecuted misdemeanor and felony domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse cases. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Vassar College and her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Ms. Gardner is licensed to practice law in Maryland and Texas and is certified in mediation. Ms. Gardner served on the board of directors for Women Empowered Against Violence, Inc. and the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault.

Tameka L. Gillum, Ph.D.Tameka L. Gillum, Ph.D.

Dr. Tameka Gillum is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Department of Public Health: Community Health Education. Her current research project is a study that explores dating violence among sexual minority youth and its relationship to physical and mental health outcomes.

Her core interests also include: exploring and addressing intimate partner violence within racial/ethnic minority and sexual minority populations, developing and evaluating culturally specific prevention and intervention efforts, exploring health clinic-based intimate partner violence interventions, and examining the intersection between HIV and intimate partner violence. Dr. Gillum is a community psychologist who conducts community-based research and utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methods in her research endeavors.


Dr. Esther J. Jenkins, Ph.D.Dr. Esther Jenkins
Dr. Esther J. Jenkins is a Professor of Psychology at Chicago State University and a Senior Research Associate at the community Mental Health Council in Chicago. Her current research interests are trauma and grief among African American children and youth and HIV risk behaviors among African American women. Dr. Jenkins received her B.A. degree from Northwestern University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community.





Linner Ward Griffin, Ed.D., ACSW, LCSWDr. Linner Ward Griffin

Dr. Linner Ward Griffin is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at East Carolina University (ECU), where her primary responsibilities lie in the area of Academic Programs. Dr. Griffin also has served the university as the Director of the School of Communication in the College of Fine Arts and Communication and as the Dean of the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice Studies. She is the Associate Director for Educational Programs in the Center on Aging at ECU . She developed and/or has taught introductory courses in gerontology, perspectives on death and dying, group counseling for the aged, and readings classes in gerontology. Dr. Griffin's gerontological research and publications are in the areas of elder abuse/elder maltreatment and adult protective services. She also has conducted research studies and is published in the area of organ transplantation.

A professor in the School of Social Work in the College of Human Ecology , Dr. Griffin has more than twenty years' experience in social work practice with individuals, families, and groups in health, mental health, and geriatric settings. She has presented training internationally about elder abuse/elder maltreatment among African Americans and about adult protective services . She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community. Dr. Griffin received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her doctorate from the University of Houston.


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Community Insights Initiative

Learn about what African American communities perceive to be the causes and consequences of domestic violence as well as useful strategies they identify to address domestic violence.

Safe Return Initiative

Learn about the intersection between domestic violence and prisoner re-entry and IDVAAC’s efforts to keep women safe – from the penitentiary to the community.

Supervised Visitation & Exchange

Learn about IDVAAC’s efforts to enhance the delivery to supervised visitation and exchange services to culturally-specific and culturally diverse communities using centers in cases involving domestic violence.