team

Change built on relationships

The experience, skill, and personality of our team shapes our impact. Driven to redefine the norm and fueled by possibility, we are harnessing the power of human connection to accelerate social change.

  • DOROTHY J. EDWARDS, PH.D.
    DOROTHY J. EDWARDS, PH.D.
    President
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    Dr. Edwards, the founder and president of Alteristic, specializes in primary prevention and provides training and consultation in power-based personal violence, workplace harassment, capacity building, program implementation, strategic planning, and community mobilization. Her work has been the focus of multiple studies that show statistically significant reductions in interpersonal violence. In a career that has spanned over 25 years, she has held multiple positions in program management, teaching in higher education, and in counseling. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University.

    See Dr. Edwards in action!

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    I do this work because I believe with everything in me that current rates of power-based personal violence are not inevitable. I do this work because if I didn’t believe this could change, I would be accepting some truths about humanity that I am just not willing to accept. As a victim myself – even as my soul bleeds for my daughter – I am here in defiant resistance to this violence. I don’t know all the answers. I try each day to do this work with integrity and humility. I may be an imperfect vessel for this movement – but I am a persistent one – and I will keep trying until something works.

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    The window to my soul can be found through show tunes. Defying Gravity (Wicked) speaks to my refusal to accept the status quo and determination to change the world. She Used to Be Mine (Waitress) gets to my acute awareness of my own vulnerability and imperfection yet my belief that I make a difference despite those things. Light (Next to Normal) reflects my choice to love and feel despite the inevitable pain and loss that accompanies those choices. Then, no life narrative would be complete without a song from Hamilton. Grab every breath of your life, and see what you can make happen: My Shot.

  • KALKIDAN GOSSAYE
    KALKIDAN GOSSAYE
    Senior Vice President
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    Kalkidan leads Alteristic’s financial management and strategic planning. She oversees communications, development, and external and media relations. She also directs finance and operations policies and procedures. Kalkidan has 10+ years of experience in external relations, strategy, data management, and operations. She formerly served as the Senior Director of Growth and Stewardship at Teach for America. She also served as Chief Development Officer at Washington National Cathedral. She has an MA in Political Science from Indiana University and a BA from Indiana University-Purdue University.

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    I am in this work because I feel there is nothing impossible about our ability to create a world without violence – I don’t have all the answers and yet I know I have to wake up every single day and try my hardest to show up, learn, and lead in this movement as only a black, immigrant woman could. I know that in all of my very being I am compelled to move our world faster and still faster to a culture where no one suffers from violence – a world where girls and women, boys and men can reach their full potential because they live lives free from violence.

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    Here is everything you need to know about me – I love potatoes with every fiber of my being that absolutely, most ardently hates onions. My favorite part of going to the movies is seeing the previews and my biggest fear in life is dying without reading all the books that humanity has produced. I say that fully recognizing that my biggest fear will eventually come to bear. Until then, I will use every moment I can reading books. Now, I want you to understand this has to do with more than mere fears of intellectual inadequacy; I feel it is a moral obligation.

  • David Stobie
    David Stobie
    Senior Vice President Strategic Initiatives
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    David identifies, develops and oversees strategic initiatives that will facilitate the work of Alteristic to have the greatest impact. As president of Student Success, he guided the development of a suite of online interpersonal violence prevention programs and oversaw that implementation at hundreds of colleges and universities. Prior to that work, David was involved in the development of numerous Soldier safety and well-being programs including the SHARP (Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Prevention) efforts of the US Army. He spent much of his early career in advertising and marketing.

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    Until the last few years, I had a rather typical business career centered on people buying “stuff”. My work in prevention provides unparalleled meaning and purpose. I believe life should be lived with passion and that everyone can make a difference while on this Earth. The essential question is, “What kind of impact will I choose to make today?” To that end, I try to be respectful, good-natured and considerate of whoever I encounter. When I engage individuals where that is the most challenging, I realize I haven’t walked in their shoes and that their mom probably likes them.

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    I love authentic diners, fishing, Bill Murray, Malbec and Cardinal baseball. I believe in relishing the journey. In life, I have always preferred The Road Not Taken even after Mrs. Trumane made me memorize it in 8th grade much to my chagrin. Cari and our kids can tell you most of my faults, and I will tell you all of their strengths. My father was my biggest influence and best friend. He found joy everywhere. I am becoming my father. I say that with humility as he was much kinder, smarter and funnier but no better at fishing. I will forever wonder why life has been so good to me.

  • Mahzarine Chinoy
    Mahzarine Chinoy
    Director of Finance and Administration
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    Mahzarine is a CPA with more than 15 years of blended public and private experience providing accounting, business advisory and operational services within the nonprofit industry. Her expertise lies in knowledge of full cycle and managerial accounting, analysis of financial statement variances, compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), financial projections and cash management. She also has experience managing a broad set of functions that include HR, member services, communications, IT and events.

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    I am in this work because I believe in the power of community and the cumulative power of the community to effect change.  I also think it is the absolute right of every individual to be in a safe and healthy relationship and as someone who is devoted to leaving an equitable and optimistic world as a legacy for my two girls, I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside this team.

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    I live my life with just one motto – to not take life too seriously and when given a choice, always choose unhealthy food (especially Indian street food).  I love to travel, cook, entertain and am obsessed with Pinterest (and as a perfectionist, it is going to be the death of me).  My favorite activities are to watch hours of food tv with my older daughter and do mad science experiments with my younger.  My family is my biggest strength and my biggest weakness and they are what drive me to be who I am.   While most people dream about retiring on the beach, I will have achieved nirvana if I am able to retire on a fruit orchard.

  • SIRAJAH RAHEEM
    SIRAJAH RAHEEM
    Senior Trainer, Campus TA Specialist
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    Sirajah holds a Master of Public Health from Georgia State University. She provides training and technical assistance in the domains of power-based personal violence prevention and contributes to prevention program curriculum development. Sirajah’s graduate research focused on applying Title IX compliance efforts to develop comprehensive sexual assault prevention and response strategies in higher education. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Berea College.

    See Sirajah in action!

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    I believe interpersonal violence and gender-based violence can be directly addressed and reduced through collective work and responsibility. I believe that achieving a beloved community, one preserved by “understanding and redeeming goodwill for all,” is possible. My belief is driven by fantastic people around the world already putting in the work to reduce how communities are harmed. Together we have the capacity to change the world in a way that sustains us all. I believe another world is possible. To achieve it, we all have to put our fingers in the clay. This work is my contribution.

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    I enjoy swimming, but I don’t find myself around the water as often anymore. I write little stories and doodle in the margins of my very serious work. I like to read dystopian science fiction, fantasy, stories where black kids have happily-ever-afters, and angry blog posts written by funny people about current events. I am so thankful for the family that I was born to and for my chosen family. I dedicate my work to them and all that they endured.

  • ALBERTO LORENZO
    ALBERTO LORENZO
    Assistant Director, Trainer Development
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    Alberto is a proud immigrant from Cuba; he was born on the island and raised in the U.S. Alberto has a BA in English and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in college student development from Barry University. Alberto also holds a Master’s degree in English Literature with a concentration in Latino studies and literacy from Georgetown University.  Alberto has worked on violence prevention initiatives, alcohol and drug education and outreach as well as crises response on college campuses.  Alberto Lorenzo is the Assistant Director, Trainer Development and resides in Miami, Florida.

    See Alberto in action

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    My work is guided, first and foremost, by my heart.  Green Dot is the long answer to the very small and personal question: How will I carry this legacy? Having been personally impacted by power-based violence, my call to action is this work; it gets me out of bed each morning. I know that the human cost of violence is too great and it cannot wait. I constantly envision a world that’s safer; a place where people talk about a culture of power-based personal violence as a thing of the past, a trend that will not come back. 

     

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    I’m the epitome of the Cancer sign: from the caring homebody-ness to the mood swings and the ride-or-die-ness quality of my friendships. Most people don’t know that I love cooking or that I’m actually really good at it. My perfect kind of weekend involves the beach, a book, my family, my dogs, and a good “arroz con pollo” to go with it all. My German Shepherds run my life and their names are Ravenclaw and Godric (as in Gryffindor). Oh yeah, and I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. Mischief managed.

  • KRISTEN PARKS
    KRISTEN PARKS
    Vice President of Project Development
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    Kristen co-leads Alteristic’s programs and training efforts and contributes to strategic planning, capacity building, and prevention program development. She provides training and technical assistance in power-based personal violence prevention. Prior to joining Alteristic, Kristen worked for a community based agency in Lexington, Ky., as the Education Coordinator and implemented Green Dot in middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the state. She also provided anti-violence presentations and workshops for the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky and medical and legal advocacy for survivors.

    See Kristen in action!

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    I am here because I believe in a different world. I believe in a world where power-based personal violence is not a common experience. I believe in a world where my kids will think of the current rates of sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and bullying the way I think of the time before television—a distant, far off, sounds too unreal to have ever actually been true, past reality. This is not just a dream: it is a real possibility, and it is ours to take.

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    Kristen grew up in a town in Kentucky and moved to a slightly larger city where she met a handsome man. They would get married and have kids (but not in that order, dun dun dun). Over the course of a decade, she would become addicted to coffee, be ‘that parent’ who talks about her kids all the time, and watch as her metabolism slowly turned on her.  Hold onto your seat as you watch her live life with passion for her work and family while she tries to maintain her double life as a Netflix enthusiast and a perpetual procrastinator. Suspense, passion, intrigue, potato chips.

  • LEA HEGGE
    LEA HEGGE
    Vice President of Program Development
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    Lea co-leads Alteristic’s programs and training efforts. She works on strategic planning and capacity building, and she provides training and technical assistance in power-based personal violence prevention. Lea provides leadership in developing prevention curriculum and coaching of staff trainers. She has served as a violence prevention educator and domestic violence/sexual assault advocate in Montana and as a program evaluator for local and statewide violence prevention initiatives in Montana, Kentucky, Idaho, and Alaska. She holds a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Kentucky.

    See Lea in action!

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    I do this work because I can imagine with complete clarity, a world where interpersonal violence is talked about as a historical lesson learned. Something we refer back to when we talk about great cultural shifts and major social justice movements. I do this work because I’m not willing to resign to the world as it is, where interpersonal violence feels inevitable, where almost everyone I know has a connection to this issue, directly or indirectly. I do this work because this issue has gone on far too long and the time to fix it is now.

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    I find that coffee shops, chapstick, mountains, sleep, mac and cheese, and the Green Bay Packers winning are all imperative to my happiness. I also get sad when pomegranate season is over. I overthink EVERYTHING and I often think out loud. For example, this paragraph took me 8 hours to write and now my dog knows my likes and dislikes even more intimately.

  • Khalid Battle
    Khalid Battle
    Senior Trainer
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    Khalid is a Senior Trainer at Alteristic. He began his career as a family advocate with Neighbor to Family Foster Care Agency in Atlanta.  He went on to serve as a Program Manager at The United Methodist Children’s Home where he worked with families experiencing homelessness. Prior to joining Alteristic, Khalid delivered workshops on creating safer, more respectful work, living and learning environments at schools, hospitals, and other service organizations nationally as an Instructor at Crisis Prevention Institute.  He has a BA from Hampton University.

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    Embracing one’s authenticity can be daunting and at times overwhelming, especially if we have accepted false narratives shaped by ignorance, hate or fear. Yet, on the opposing and winning side of those narratives is wisdom, love, and hope. My great passion is to consistently and compassionately shine a light on ways that we can connect with one another to truly be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers —to know ourselves and others as peaceful, complete, and whole.

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    I am infinitely intrigued by astronomy. I spend hours reading and watching YouTube clips about stars, moons, other planets and interstellar travel!  In my opinion, 24, the original TV series, is the greatest show ever! I typically won’t watch a movie in its entirety more than once, but, I watch my favorite scenes over and over again.  Speaking of doing things repeatedly, I’ve read The Alchemist more times than I can count — speaking of books, I buy more books than I read. I plan to read them all one day.  I also enjoy sending and receiving hilarious GIFs.

  • Ryan Donaghy
    Ryan Donaghy
    Senior Director, Research and Program Development
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    Ryan Donaghy, Ph.D., has over 10 years of experience as a senior-level researcher and program evaluation specialist.  She spent multiple years in Turkey, interviewing women who designed and implemented gender-based violence interventions. Ryan also formerly served as a faculty member in both the United States and Turkey, an intercultural facilitator, and a certified mediator. Ryan holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, an Ed.M. in Education from Harvard University, and an MA in Communication, with a focus on Conflict Studies, from Arizona State University.

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    I believe that safety and security from all forms of violence is a fundamental human right. My work is guided by the belief that we can reduce violence in our communities and that we all play an important role in ensuring that belief becomes a reality. I am fortunate to be part of such an amazing team committed to the reduction of power-based personal violence. Every day, I am inspired by colleagues and the communities we work with, and am driven to do everything I can to create a more safe, secure, and equitable society.

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    My family, including my amazing partner and goofy little pug, are my greatest loves. Other things that I love, in no particular order: Coffee–one of my greatest fears is becoming someone who can’t drink coffee after 3 pm; Running– I often try to plan family vacations to places with cool road races; Books—I love visiting old libraries and bookstores, and the best gift I have ever received was the novel “Birds without Wings” by Louis de Bernières; and Jeopardy—I only learned how to use DVR so that I’d never miss an episode.

  • MELISSA EMMAL
    MELISSA EMMAL
    Director of Training
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    Melissa Emmal is the Director of Training at Alteristic. She provides training and technical assistance in power-based personal violence prevention and contributes to curriculum development. A native Alaskan with 14+ years of experience working to prevent and intervene against interpersonal violence, she was previously the Deputy Director at Alaska’s largest provider of domestic violence intervention and prevention services, Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis. From 2012 to 2015, Melissa took a leadership role in Alaska’s statewide implementation of the Green Dot initiative.

    See Melissa in action!

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    I believe that most people are fundamentally good and want the people around them to be safe and fulfilled. I believe that people will step into that place if they are met with kindness and non-judgment about their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I believe that my most important contribution to making the world a safer place for me and my family is by building positive relationships and connections with people who have different thoughts and beliefs.

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    I am first and foremost an Alaskan at heart. Alaska is known as “the last frontier,” and I grew up with adventure and exploration at the heart of my family. I was raised to believe I could do anything I put my mind to and that humor is often the best medicine (my laugh can be heard a mile away). I am the youngest of 9 children, many of whom are also working toward making the world a better place as nurses, teachers, lawyers, or social workers. I love to read and, most importantly, love all things Harry Potter.

  • LaVonne Whitehead
    LaVonne Whitehead
    Senior Trainer
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    LaVonne is a Senior Trainer at Alteristic. She earned her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, and BA in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland. Most recently, prior to joining the Alteristic team, she worked in higher education, instructing peer educators and educating the campus on power-based violence. LaVonne is particularly passionate about connecting prevention efforts to wellness and identifying how we can best support the overall well-being of ourselves and others.  LaVonne grew up a military brat, but she claims the DC-Maryland-Virgina (DMV) area as home.

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    Every day I strive to be unapologetically comfortable with my authentic self. I remind myself that everyone has a purpose, and I tell myself that I am purposed to surround myself with people who will help me change the world.  I do this work because whether they know it or not, everyone I know has been impacted by power-based personal violence.  Change is hard, uncomfortable, and sometimes ugly, but we’re moving in the right direction. This is an active journey; we cannot get there passively. I am proud to contribute to the work that will make this world safer and more inclusive for everyone.

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    I have fully embraced being Type A, adorkable and sassy. I’m terrible at small talk and missed the boat for online dating so writing about my likes and dislikes is a skillset I’m missing. Luckily, I’m really good at rambling so to know me is to know: Anxiety (this is my baseline, it’s not you, it’s me), Virgo (see Type A), Loud 90s Music (“adulting” is living for the throwback Thursday Spotify), Harry Potter (7 books of life lessons), & beach days fix most things. I love to end the day talking to my partner and look forward to when I can re-write this to say my partner…and my puppy.

  • CARMEN BOLIVAR
    CARMEN BOLIVAR
    Senior Trainer
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    Carmen is a Senior Trainer at Alteristic. Originally from New Jersey, Carmen now resides in Miami, Florida. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked directly with children and families impacted by power-based personal violence as an advocate, clinician and administrator for over nine years.

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    I believe deeply in the goodness of others and our ability to create a world where keep each other safe. Alteristic provides the tools to make this a reality so that our friends, family and loved ones are not hurt by violence. I am devoted to creating this world and inspiring others to do their part in making our communities safer.

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    I describe myself as an ambivert so that means I love refueling my energy with friends, family and social events and also deeply value quiet time to paint and watch Game of Thrones (alone). I am a proud Peruvian and will totally take this opportunity to brag that Peruvian food is the best cuisine in the world! I recommend trying Lomo Saltado and ceviche. One of my super powers is that I am concise but that also means that sometimes half the conversation happens in my head.

  • MARIGAIL SEXTON
    MARIGAIL SEXTON
    Director of Strategic Partnerships
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    Marigail Sexton is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Alteristic. She has worked with the organization since its inception as Green Dot, etc. Inc. Marigail holds a Bachelor’s in Communications and a Master’s in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky. Previous professional experience includes serving as the Executive Director of the KY Association of Sexual Assault Programs and work with the KY Governor’s Office of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services, the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

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    My mantra is “be kind and do good.” I try hard to live by it every day. I believe that kindness is the way to peace and happiness. I’m dedicated to doing good work. Work that doesn’t just make me feel good about doing it, but work that is effective and creates real change. We have the power to create a world without violence that is as good as it can be for everyone. I’ve see what happens when people are filled with a vision of a kind world and given the tools to do good work. It’s magical.

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    I’m goofy and geeky. I love cooking classes, disco dancing and find a great amount of pleasure in the “60 Second Fold of the Week” videos on YouTube (check it out!). I’m the kind of person who will dress up like a zombie and do “Thriller” down Main Street on Halloween. I find anything/anyone out of the mainstream interesting and good for my mind and soul. I live a fair amount of my life in the slow lane, however, doing yoga, hiking and hangin’ with my fabo kids and hubby, and having fun with friends (especially if it involves disco dancing!).

  • SALEM SOLOMON
    SALEM SOLOMON
    Operations Support Coordinator
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    Salem is the Operations Support Coordinator at Alteristic. Salem has a BA in International Studies with a concentration on Social Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her role at Alteristic is integral in making sure the organizations’ day-to-day and logistical functions run smoothly. She coordinates training materials, manages training and event logistics and assists with database management. She also coordinates Green Dot Institutes and directs relevant information as needed.

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    I believe in a better world. I believe there is good in humanity. I would have no reason to get out of bed otherwise. I believe, with every fiber of my being, that we create the world we want and seeing the dedicated social justice warriors around the globe, as well as my co-workers who work tirelessly to eliminate power-based personal violence, inspires me to get up every morning and try. Try to work towards a brighter future where violence is non-existent. Ultimately, I want to make sure I leave good in the world…long after I’m gone.

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    I thoroughly enjoy binging on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu…you name it. I love the water and looking up at the sky. I love people that laugh and can make me laugh. I enjoy live concerts, food (!!) and spending time with people that I love. I’m very much so a Spring baby and love warm weather and beautiful flowers (even though I’m miserable half the time cause of pollen allergy).  I find myself day dreaming about all the beautiful places around the world I have yet to see. I hope one day I can break some world record for how many countries I have been to, so here’s to 5…and counting

  • DARCIE FOLSOM
    DARCIE FOLSOM
    Assistant Director, Training and Technical Assistance
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    Darcie discovered her passion for violence prevention as an undergraduate student at the University of Rhode Island, and has been in the field ever since. She worked as the Community Educ. & Involvement Coord. and Advocate at Safe Futures in New London, CT and sat on multiple statewide task forces with the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Most recently, Darcie was the Dir. of Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy at Connecticut College, which was one of the first colleges to implement Green Dot. She also coordinated the DOJ Campus Grant there and was an Adjunct Instructor.

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    I believe that we can absolutely reduce the instances of power-based personal violence. When people are empowered and believe in themselves and their community, amazing things can happen and ending violence is no different. This work isn’t about one person but the collective moments from all of us that will continue to create true culture change.

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    I’m a firm believer in a positive attitude and not taking life too seriously (although I’m terrible about taking my own advice). I unapologetically call my dogs “my kids” and I overshare pictures of them on social media. Snow skiing, being barefoot, and wine are some of my favorite things and there’s nothing better than driving around with the windows down and the music up on a warm, sunny day. As a native Mainer, I love lobster and I know that the ocean is some of the very best medicine. And my husband and family are pretty awesome too.

  • Jessy Lyons
    Jessy Lyons
    Assistant Director, Training and Program Development
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    Jessy provides leadership for Senior trainers, contributes to developing Alteristic’s research-informed programs, and specializes in bridging theory to practice in prevention strategy. Prior to joining Alteristic, Jessy worked at the community level training professionals, leading collaborative initiatives, and building prevention capacity. She is a former domestic violence program director skilled in both prevention and response. Jessy holds an MA in Gender Studies from the University of Louisville.

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    I believe in our fundamental human ability to create the world in which we want to live and I want to live in one where violence is anomalous, not inevitable. Violence is an injustice that strikes at the very core of our beings, our relationships, and our communities. I believe the effort to prevent violence and harassment is one of the great social movements of our day. Given our pervasive connection to this issue, the strength of our humaneness, and the power of our collective moments to shift norms, there is no reason to think we cannot make outrageous rates of violence a thing of the past.

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    I am a passionate woman trying to change the world while also making sure my kid occasionally eats something besides peanut butter & jelly. I am an east-coaster with a mid-western soul. My heroes include Lisa Simpson, Thurgood Marshall, General Leia Organa, Mary Daly, and Leslie Knope. I am unapologetic about my aversion to hiking and defense of the Oxford comma. Things I like include baking, karaoke, and the Beatles. Quick shout-out to my awesome parents, ruggedly handsome husband, and the five other people who actually read this.

  • BETH WYNKOOP
    BETH WYNKOOP
    Senior Trainer
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    Beth Wynkoop is currently a Senior Trainer at Alteristic. She has an MS in Social Policy and an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on power-based personal violence and grassroots change, and a BA in Political Science from Rowan University. Her professional background includes service in domestic violence, sexual assault, and economic empowerment nonprofits, with work including training, policy, research, direct service, and program coordination. Prior to joining Alteristic, she worked as a Policy Advocate at the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

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    I am here because I refuse to believe that the current rates of power-based personal violence are inevitable. These issues are inextricably linked to our personal lives-they affect our family, our friends, ourselves, the way we view the world, the way we are raised. I think we can do better. While I may not be able to change the world all on my own, I’m here to do my part to make this change occur and to ask for others to do the same. Together we can make the omnipresence  of violence a thing of the past.

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    I’m a former musical theater nerd whose current musical outlet is karaoke and making up songs about my daily activities. My favorite topic of conversation is dogs, specifically, whether or not I can pet your dog and if your dog maybe wants to hang out with me sometime? I love scary movies and ghostly things,  so as you can imagine I am a very, very brave person (unless something REALLY scary happens like someone taps me on the shoulder unexpectedly or I hear a loud noise). Other interests include reading, swimming in lakes, lying in bed contemplating existence, dancing, and enchiladas.

  • Barbara White
    Barbara White
    Coordinator, Travel and Training logistics
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    Barbara serves as a Coordinator, Travel and Training logistics. She is an organized and dedicated self-starter who truly enjoys being in a supporting role that compliments her desire to help others. Prior to her role at Alteristic, she held multiple supporting roles at the American Healthcare Association. In her role as a Legislative Administrative Assistant, she provided support for six people who traveled at least once or twice a week. She brings multiple years of operations and support experience.

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    Power-based personal violence impacts every aspect of our society.  Call me an optimist but I believe through my words and actions I can make a difference. I can say or do things that can impact the life of another person in a positive way. I know that violence transcends every culture and every race.  It is not a respecter of any one person. It treats both the rich and the poor alike. I view my job as a conduit to make a change when it comes to violence. That is, how we view it and what we do about it.

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    Nineteen years ago, I met a man who would change my life for the better. We have two wonderful children.  I am involved in many activities which keeps me busy and always on the go.  Therefore, I look forward to what I like to call an “All About Me” day – my personal holiday.  When hubby is out, children are away, and dogs are in their cages – then what shall it be? Is it drama, action and adventure, romance, a musical or maybe just me? A bowl of cereal and the Hallmark channel – it just doesn’t get any better than that.

  • ANGELA KOON
    ANGELA KOON
    Senior Trainer
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    Angela Koon is a Senior Trainer at Alteristic. She has an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago and a BA from UNC Asheville. She’s been an adjunct professor for eight years, teaching courses in Women’s and Gender studies, Sociology, and the Humanities. Prior to joining Alteristic, Angela held multiple positions in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago. She managed a multi-agency initiative on campus gender-based violence. She was also the LGBTQ and Hate Crimes Specialist, advocating for victims and conducting outreach with community stakeholders.

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    I don’t take myself seriously, but I take this work very seriously. So many people I know and love, including myself, have been impacted by these issues. I want it to stop and I truly believe that I can play a tiny part in making that dream a reality. I believe in the power of personal stories to change people’s minds, especially preconceived ideas about race, class, sexual identity, and religious identity. I desperately want to live in a world where violence is not tolerated or accepted and everyone is expected (and will) do their part.

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    I am eternally Southern and identify strongly with my Tennessee and South Carolina roots. I love food and the communion of breaking bread with friends and strangers alike. In another life, I would have loved to have been a spy or an undercover agent, because I wig well and can transform myself into different characters. I think Edisto Island, South Carolina is the most perfect place on earth and hope to retire there one day. In my off time, I love playing with my pittie puppy Lucy, spending time with loved ones, watching my favorite shows, crafting delicious cocktails and riding my moto!

  • Anthony Gallela
    Anthony Gallela
    Senior Trainer
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    Anthony is a Senior Trainer at Alteristic providing training, curriculum development, and technical assistance in power-based personal violence prevention. He’s a life-long trainer in both civilian and government settings, teaching subjects from retail management and statistics to resiliency and violence prevention. He’s a 27-year veteran of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve where he acted as a coordinator for Green Dot training and an Education and Training Manager at the base and unit level.

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    There is an underlying, false axiom in our culture: the strong may – must – take advantage of those perceived as weaker. This false axiom is at the core of many of our challenges. It shows itself in the prey and predator mentality that’s excepted and expected in our culture, it shows itself in the trod-on-others-to-get-ahead nature of many business practices, and more. I feel called to help replace that false axiom in our culture with the true axiom that we lift ourselves when we lift up others.

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    Games, game design, game development, and event production are my off-hours interests in-between social activism and self-improvement. My spouse and I enjoy the arts in all forms –from TV to the theater – and we’re self-proclaimed foodies of a most discerning nature. How we reconcile that with our occasional binge on steamed burgers, I’m not sure, but it’s how we feel, nonetheless.

  • CONNIE ADAMS
    CONNIE ADAMS
    Senior Trainer
    Bio


    Connie provides training and fosters capacity building for communities and institutions dedicated to power-based personal violence prevention. Prior to Alteristic, Connie served as the inaugural director of the Belles Against Violence Office at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and implemented the Green Dot strategy for nearly 8 years. Connie earned her Master of Social Work (from Washington University in St. Louis and Bachelor of Social Work from Saint Mary’s College. Prior to higher education, Connie began her work with small non-profits specializing in intimate partner violence.

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    While I am called to this work, I am sustained in my firm belief that change lies in the palms of our hands, in the depths of our hearts. Humans are innately good and have the capacity to triumph over evil with small, intentional moments. This collective triumph is how we reduce power-based personal violence. I have seen our capacity to do this and am honored to guide others in recognizing the hope they hold and the power of the individuals in their communities. I do this work to be fully who I am meant to be and inspire others to do the same.

    Fun


    According to Myers-Briggs, I should be an accountant, but here I am as an advocate and educator. I have LOVED polka dots and Kelly green long before Green Dot was a strategy. One of my first words was mall, but this has evolved into an obsession of thrift stores and garage sales…and bartering. I immerse myself in comedy over drama and will dominate (in a feminist and kind manner) a FRIENDS TV show trivia contest. And I might be a little competitive. My nieces and nephews give me life and hope beyond measure, but chocolate suffices when I can’t see them often.

  • AMANDA HOUPT
    AMANDA HOUPT
    Senior Trainer, Research & Evaluation Specialist
    Bio

    Amanda Houpt is currently a Senior Trainer at Alteristic. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the UNC Chapel Hill. She began her career in violence prevention at the Center for Women and Families in Louisville, KY. Her experience implementing Green Dot in KY high schools inspired her to pursue an MPH. She studied program planning, design and evaluation; arts-based health promotion strategies; and community-based participatory research. Prior to joining Alteristic, she managed two multi-year policy evaluation studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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    I chose this career because too many people I love had been affected by violence. The world seemed to think that violence was unacceptable but inevitable, and this outraged me. It also fueled my desire to create change. I believe that as humans, we are worthy of a higher standard. That collectively, we can change things. In fact, I believe that we will change things. Powered by our personal connections to violence, the love we have for our communities, and our commitment to change, I believe we will measurably reduce current rates of violence and live in a world worthier of our humanity.

    Fun

    I am a voracious reader who loves to tell stories (sometimes out loud, sometimes in writing). I get a lot of inspiration from my ridiculous basset hound, Hildy Lou. She’s a bit like owning a pig-shaped billy goat, by which I mean that she will eat anything—toothpaste, socks, wheels of cheese, and wooden spoons. I also love dancing (preferably Jazzercise—seriously, you should try it) and having adventures. Also, Careless Whisper is my favorite song to kazoo to. That feels somehow important.

  • GAIL SCHOOLFIELD
    GAIL SCHOOLFIELD
    Executive Assistant
    Bio

    Gail Schoolfield is the Executive Assistant at Alteristic. She provides direct support for the President, including scheduling, travel, communications, and coordination of daily operations of the President’s office. She has a degree in English (writing) from George Mason University. Prior to coming to Alteristic, she worked in the publishing industry for 35 years.

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    I work with an incredible group of committed professionals who are determined to reduce violence by intervention and prevention in our community. I work to ease the tasks of the President so she can concentrate on what she does best – and not worry about the daily administrative details of the office.

    Fun

    I am NOT a public speaker, and am very happy working behind the scenes. I have been married for 35 years, have two great, adult kids, and we are adjusting to being “empty nesters”. I’m so happy this writing assignment is completed!