How is sexual assault prevention also human trafficking prevention? How can we create effective human trafficking prevention that does not further harm marginalized communities?
How can we prevent sexual abuse of incarcerated individuals? How can we align our prevention strategies with a commitment to reducing mass incarceration?
How can we ensure our frameworks for sexual violence prevention are meaningful for LGBTQ+ people, inclusive of their experiences, and relevant to their needs?
How can we ensure that our prevention frameworks and strategies are prioritizing the voices and needs of Black, Native, and Latinx communities, and adjust our work accordingly?
We are delighted to welcome speakers with a wealth of expertise, lived experiences, and perspectives from all over the United States! Learn more about all our speakers by clicking “updates” to see all speaker announcements!
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alicia sanchez gill is a queer, Afrolatinx survivor and advocate with nearly twenty years of experience in intersectional anti-violence and harm-reduction work with organizations and collectives that center survivors who have often been left out of mainstream anti-violence movements.
Freed from prison in 2018, Richie Reseda is an abolitionist-feminist producer and organizer. He founded Success Stories, the transformational feminist program for incarcerated men chronicled in the CNN documentary “The Feminist on Cell Block Y. He works closely with Black Lives Matter, Inspire Justice and more, to transform narratives and upend systems of oppression.
Joan Tabachnick has developed educational materials and innovative sexual violence prevention programs for national, state and local organizations over 25 years. Her primary focus is on preventing the perpetration of sexually harmful behaviors, particularly in adolescents and young adults.
Tony Porter is an author, educator and activist working to advance social justice issues. As the chief executive officer of A CALL TO MEN™, Tony is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. He is a leading voice on issues of manhood, male socialization and its intersection with violence, and preventing violence against all women and girls.
Katherine McLaughlin is the Founder, CEO and Lead Trainer for Elevatus Training. As a national expert on sexuality and I/DD she trains professionals, and parents as well as individuals to become sexual self-advocates, and peer sexuality educators.
Dr. Kelly Clark currently works at Binghamton University – SUNY as the founding director of the Q Center. She has over 25 years of experience as a social justice educator and is an expert in LGBTQ cultural competence and masculinity as it relates to homo & trans phobias. Dr. Clark is also a graduate of the University of Rochester where she earned both a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in Counseling and Human Development.
Ted Bunch is an author, educator, activist, and lecturer working to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls. As the chief development officer for A CALL TO MEN, Ted is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood.
Mo Lewis is the Prevention Specialist at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the co-founder of the Violence Prevention Coalition in King County, WA and is a co-author of the High School FLASH curriculum, a comprehensive sexual health education curriculum for high school and middle school students.
Margaret Henderson joined the School of Government in 1999. Her current responsibilities include teaching in the School’s MPA program, facilitating public meetings, and assisting local governments to address human trafficking. As director of the Public Intersection Project, she researches and communicates strategies that strengthen cross-sector working relationships for more effective public problem solving.
Ames Simmons s a queer white trans man serving as Equality NC’s Policy Director and as Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School. He provides vision and strategic direction for Equality NC’s policy and advocacy agenda with the North Carolina General Assembly and the state’s executive branch and administrative agencies. He also works with local governments and federal policymakers to achieve Equality NC’s mission of health, equity and safety for all LGBTQ North Carolinians. His work is rooted in community-based efforts prioritizing anti-violence, anti- oppression and transgender justice.
Marc A. Grimmett, Ph.D. (he/him/his), is a professor, counselor education program coordinator, coordinator for clinical mental health counseling, licensed psychologist, and founder and co-director of the Community Counseling, Education, and Research Center (CCERC) of the counselor education program at North Carolina State University. Dr. Grimmett is the executive producer, co-director, and co-writer of MY MASCULINITY HELPS, an educational documentary that explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence.
Nakisha T. Floyd, Ph.D. (ABD), M.Ed., M.A., CHES is an educator, trainer, and facilitator based in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina metro-area. She has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of public health with an emphasis in human sexuality education. Her areas of expertise include adolescent health and racial and ethnic health and disparities. She uses a social and racial justice lens, and trauma-informed best practices to develop initiatives and strategies that meet the needs of communities.
Hannabeth Franchino-Olsen (she/her/hers) is a PhD candidate in Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill whose research focuses on gender-based violence in the United States and internationally. As a doctoral student, her work centers around the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking, and she is passionate about conducting research that leads to better policy and practice to protect vulnerable and marginalized children and adolescents.
Passion Star is 37 years old and the current PREA coordinator for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. Unfortunately for themself but fortunate for their life’s work, they have in-depth experience and knowledge about how prisons work, having spent almost 18 years of their life in confinement – youth prison or jail. While serving a 20-year sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) they filed a lawsuit for 8th amendment violations and successfully advocated for so many other prisoners from prison as well as out of prison.
Chris Croft is the Prevention Education Program Manager for NCCASA, providing training and technical assistance to rape crisis centers, dual domestic violence agencies, and human trafficking programs across the state. Before coming to NCCASA, Chris worked in sexual violence prevention and crisis response for a decade, answering hotlines, leading support groups, and providing hospital and legal accompaniment for survivors. They are a member of the Freedom Network USA, the National Survivor Network, and the HEAL Trafficking Speaker’s Bureau.
Haleigh Harrold is a prevention educator working across the country to expand sexual violence prevention efforts. She holds a Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism and a Masters of Public Affairs. Haleigh’s work focuses on engaging communities to prevent sexual harassment, assault, and abuse at all levels of the socio ecological model. She has nearly 10 years of experience working with communities to develop, implement, and evaluate successful prevention programming.
Glorina Stallworth, BSW, proud Tennessee native and Graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the Prevention Unit Manager for the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch at the North Carolina’s Division of Public Health. Glorina has recently transitioned into this new position a few months ago and is enjoying making linkages within the Branch’s programs, from suicide prevention to sexual violence prevention. She served as the Division’s Rape Prevention and Education Program Manager for the past 7 years.
Dr. Leathers is a recognized leader who advocates and serves as a change agent for the Global community. From his work in Haiti, South Africa and Swaziland, Africa to the development, facilitation and establishment of family /youth-oriented programs in the United States; he has fought for “the beloved community”. His work is widely respected by community, civil rights activists and governmental leaders.
Janie Dowda is the Rape Prevention Education Coordinator at The Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons Center. There she works to reduce the incidence of rape and sexual assault by implementing primary prevention strategies that focus on adolescents in the local school system and in addition programs for parents, caregivers, and the community.
Michael Becketts is a social worker and sexuality educator. Professionally, he has worked for organizations to that serve to address issues of violence and sexual violence in families and communities. Currently, he is the Director of the Fairfax County Department of Family Services. In this role he provides leadership over Domestic and Sexual Violence Services for the county.
Montia Daniels is a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill, and she’s double majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and Media and Journalism in the Hussman School of Media and Journalism. She has recently been accepted to the McNair Scholars Program, which prepares first-generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented students for admission into Ph.D. programs. Her research interest includes Black feminist theory and health outcomes of Black women. She is a co-author of Emergent Space: Finding an Alternative.
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Shareen El Naga (she/her/hers) is a senior studying Public Policy and Political Science with a minor in Hispanic Studies at the University at North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the Co-President of a peer education program called Healthy Heels Ambassadors! (hha!), a Moxie Scholar, and she is especially passionate about wellness, violence prevention, advocacy, and the centering of marginalized voices. She is a co-author of Emergent Space: Finding an Alternative.
Lauren Howard currently serves as the Director of the North Carolina Office on Disability and Health, Division of Public Health, NC Department of Health and Human Services. Lauren has over 25 years of personal and professional experience working to promote the health of people with disabilities and ensuring the inclusion people with disabilities in public health activities. Lauren serves on the NC Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition and provides training on inclusion of people with disabilities in sexual health education and sexual violence prevention activities. Lauren has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology and Counseling.L
Jenna Young is the Prevention Specialist at Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc. in Wilmington, North Carolina. She has been in this position for two years, primarily providing school-based prevention programming through the CDC DELTA Impact project. Prior to this position, Jenna worked in victim services at several agencies across Eastern North Carolina, providing crisis intervention and raising awareness about sexual assault and human trafficking.
Tony Casas is a passionate family man, committed community advocate and an active change agent. Born in Mexico, he moved to Southern CA at the age of 6 growing up with 5 older brothers, an older sister and a younger sister. Fluent in Spanish, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s of Divinity with 25 years of nonprofit experience serving local communities.
Skye is a violence prevention educator at Indiana Disability Justice, an engaged artist at Faerie Bear Art, and a work in progress.Their passion for positive social change is rooted in their experiences as a disabled and autistic trans person, a survivor, and a community organizer in Texas and Indiana. Skye works as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator in the offices of Agricultural Extension and the Office of Multicultural Programming at Purdue University. She also serves as the Communications Director and chair of the Accountability Action Group for Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc. In her free time, Skye enjoys compassionately disrupting complacency, doing positive dog training, studying white supremacy and mass violence, practicing trauma healing, and taking care of Mother Earth.
Hailey Leiva coordinates the RPE program at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center in Chapel Hill, NC. She came to this work as a UNC MSW intern 4 years ago and has been connected to sexual violence prevention ever since. In her current role, she implements the Center’s Start Strong curriculum, teaching middle and high schoolers about consent, flirting, gender and sexuality, media literacy, and bystander intervention. She also aims to do prevention expansively through community partnerships and mutual aid, which has felt particularly important and applicable during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alpha David Arnett is a Community/Youth specialist with more than 25 years of professional, community and faith-based experience and education. He’s worked as a counselor for adolescents, a youth specialist, a sports program developer and as director of a Manhood Training program in Washington, DC. He has consulted with churches and community organizations in the development of Rites of Passage and mentoring programs, and also co-authored a curriculum designed to prevent Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence. He has presented at several conferences on the subject of sexual assault and domestic violence prevention. He served for nearly 15 years as a community support counselor for youth and families in Charlotte, NC, and is a NC Qualified Mental Health Professional, with extensive experience working with those diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, and depression.
Christi Hurt currently serves as the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Margolis Healy, a safety consulting group that focuses on institutions of higher education. Prior to joining Margolis Healy, Christi was Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff for Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this role, she worked across campus to support student success and promote safety. Prior to coming to UNC, Christi worked for 20 years in nonprofit organizations including the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, and the National Sexual Assault Coalition Resource Sharing Project to eliminate all forms of interpersonal violence. She has worked at the local, state, and national level to bring communities together to address child sexual abuse prevention, sex offender management, and comprehensive victim services.
Nicole Schnarrs, MSW, LCSW-A, is a licensed clinical social worker associate with a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Ashford University, and she is a veteran of the United States Air Force. Along with working in mental health and violence prevention, she has additional training as a Meditation and Mindfulness teacher, Animal-Assisted Therapy, and Positive Psychology. Nicole is the Rape Prevention Education Coordinator at Promise Place in New Bern, North Carolina and the creator and host of the Beyond Just Saying No podcast.
Gina Musa is the Rural Outreach and Networking Coordinator, Harm Reduction Learning Network Initiative of the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center. Prior to joining UNC IPRC, she worked at the NC Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) as their Linkage to Care Coordinator. In that role, she worked statewide to support participants in the process of connecting to health, wellness and treatment/recovery resources, with a focus on participants in rural, under-resourced areas. Prior to working for NCHRC, Ms. Musa provided wraparound services to people who have survived a non-fatal opioid overdose as well as other trauma from substance use. Ms. Musa advocates for recovery and the de-stigmatization of those fighting to become their best selves through the often-challenging recovery process.
Traci Dunston is the Rape Prevention Education Coordinator for Safe Space Inc. Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services, Franklin County North Carolina. Her leadership skills are reflected in her work with REEP of Franklin County which focuses on Recreation, Education, Economics, and Politics in the community. In her leisure Traci is a writer and published author of the book Divine Influence, a collection of inspirational poetry in which her creativity manifests itself.
Omar Godwin graduated from East Carolina University with his Bachelor’s of Science in Family and Community Services with a minor in Human Services in May 2009. Godwin then moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he initiated his graduate students in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, which lead him to a career in Behavioral Health. Godwin worked in various leadership roles in the field before becoming the role of Rape Prevention Education Coordinator for Bladen and Columbus Counties at Families First, Inc.
Laura serves as the Rape Prevention Education Coordinator for SAFE of Transylvania. Prior to her current position, her focus was on intervention, working with youth who have experienced trauma. As a part of her prevention work, Laura is a certified trauma-informed yoga teacher and incorporates SEL, mindfulness, meditation, and yoga practices into her programming. She lives in the mountains with her wife and crew of rescue animals.
Amanda Piner is the Prevention Educator at the Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons Center. As Prevention Educator, Amanda acts as the lead facilitator of the Bringing in the Bystander Program being implemented in all 9th grade Health/PE classes in New Hanover County Schools. In addition, Amanda assists the RPE Coordinator, by implementing primary prevention strategies in our community.
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