Our mission is to champion dignity and compassion for those harmed by crime and crisis.
We advocate for victims by connecting them with services and resources.
We provide skill-based training to victim advocates and crisis responders.
We ensure the highest standards and professional core competencies are met and maintained by those working directly with crime victims through credentialing programs.
We promote public policy initiatives that protect the rights of crime victims and serve as the national voice for victims.
We care about and respond to the plight of people and one another.
Excellence in our work and justice in our cause means we honor our commitments.
Teamwork and partnerships are crucial to the work we do.
We are driven by the hope that the work we do change lives.
Board of Directors
NOVA’s Board of Directors is comprised of up to fifteen elected members committed to its mission.
- Andrew Yurick, President (2nd Term expires 2020)
Attorney, Woodbury, NJ
- Jeannette Adkins, MEd, LPC, CA, Vice-President (2nd Term expires 2023)
Retired – Executive Director, Michael’s House Child Advocacy Center/Greene Co. Prosecutor’s Office
- Rosie Martinez, Board Treasurer (1st Term expires 2021)
Victims Unit Director, Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney- Victims Unit
- Jennifer Radder, Secretary (1st Term expires 2020)
Family Ministries Director at Destiny Community Church
REMAINING ELECTED BOARD
- Orvie B. Baker, Jr. (1st Term expires 2023)
SAPR Program Manager, 127th Wing Air National Guard
- Paul B. Freeman (M.S., L.P.C.), (1st Term expires 2020)
Retired – Victim Specialist Federal Bureau of Investigation,
Victim Services – Consulting, Training and Trauma Response
- Dr. Mamie Futrell, DSW, LMSW (1st Term expires 2021)
Civilian Victim Advocate for the USAF (Full time)
Charleston, South Carolina
- John W. Gillis, (1st term ends 2022)
Gillis Consulting Group LLC
- Bette M.S. Inch (1st Term ends 2023)
Victim Services Consultant, (Retired) Senior Victim Assistance Advisor, Department of Defense (DoD), Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Office & Director, DoD Safe Helpline and DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP).
- Patricia A. Payne, (1st Term expires 2019)
Retired – Executive Director of Northwest Victim Services
Willow Grove, PA
- Elizabeth (Beth) Rossman, (1st Term expires 2019)
Retired – Director Office of the State Attorney 18th Judicial Circuit, Florida
- Brenda J. Muhammad, (1st term ends 2022)
Honorary Board of Directors
Our Honorary Board Members offer additional expertise to the Board of Directors.
- Rhonda S. Barner, Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office Victim/Witness Division
Palm Coast, FL
- Katie Beers, Abduction & Abuse Survivor/Motivational Speaker
- Hon. Collene Thompson Campbell
San Juan Capistrano, CA
- Hon. Lois Haight, Judge of Superior Court
- Michaelene O’Neill McCann, Retired – Attorney ADA and Chief Victim Witness Services
Essex MA District Attorney’s Office
- Hon. Bill Montgomery, County Attorney
Maricopa County, Phoenix, AZ
- Joseph Myers, Executive Director
National Indian Justice Center,
Santa Rosa, CA
- Hon. Ricardo Rodriguez, Jr.
Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney, TX
- D. Michael Sheline, Assistant Section Chief
Chief-Crime Victims Section, Office of Ohio Attorney General
- David Thomas, Program Manager II
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP),
- Sarah Tueting, Executive Coach, Gold & Silver Olympic Medalist, Writer
Park City, UT
- John Vanderzon, Director of Technology and Sales
Sun Management, McLean, VA
In 2008, NOVA teamed up with LifeLock to address the growing need for identity theft victim assistance and remediation. Based in Tempe, Arizona, the company has been recognized with numerous awards and honors.
As partners, we provided educational programs about identity theft to tens of thousands of consumers, victim advocates and allied professionals as well as crime prevention specialists. The one-day trainings addressed a range of identity theft issues, including laws, new technologies, awareness and protection strategies and assistance tools to aid victims of identity theft.
Visit LifeLock’s website for more information on training options.
National Advocacy Leadership Center Partners
In collaboration with our partners, NALC seeks to promote and advance the professionalization and care quality of victim advocacy. View a list of our partners
While NOVA’s core sphere of influence and expertise has been North America, NOVA also has international relationships that provide opportunities for multinational consultation and collaboration.
We stock a variety of NOVA merchandise in limited quantities. Our most popular resource is a series of publications related to victim advocacy and child victims.
Become a NOVA Member
We are so grateful to our members! Our members are the backbone of the NOVA network. Each membership is an investment in providing high quality training, victim advocacy, crisis response, and enhanced services for victims and survivors of crime and crisis.
Join our growing and diverse network of NOVA Members today! NOVA offers two membership plans – NOVA Basic Membership and NOVA Premier Membership – to give you more benefits and choices. Select the NOVA Membership Plan that’s right for you!
NOVA Basic Membership
Along with the tremendous satisfaction of investing in a network of incredible professionals around the world, NOVA Basic Membership offers the following benefits:
- Quarterly NOVA Member E-Newsletter
- Reduced registration fee for the NOVA Annual Conference
- Reduced training fees for NOVA’s Crisis Response and other training programs
- Voting privileges to elect members of our Board of Directors
- NOVA merchandise and publication discounts
Become a Basic NOVA Member by clicking HERE
If you do not wish to pay online please download the paper application HERE
NOVA Premier Membership
NOVA Premier Members enjoy all of the NOVA Basic Membership benefits PLUS full access to NOVA’s National Advocacy Leadership Center (NALC).
- NOVA’s Premier Members-Only Website
- NALC’s Monthly and Quarterly CEU Trainings for Victim Advocates and Program Managers: Earn up to 24 CEU credits per year!
- NALC’s Career Center: Career guidance, job listings and other essential information for victim assistance professionals
- Networking Opportunities: On-line and in-person meet-ups
- Professional Updates: Best practices, upcoming trainings and calls to action
Become a Premier NOVA Member by clicking HERE.
Looking to upgrade from a Basic Membership to a Premier Membership? It’s quick, easy, and affordable to upgrade to a NOVA Premier Membership. To upgrade online, sign into your NOVA account by clicking the “My NOVA Account” button at the top right of the screen and log in to your account. The option to Upgrade appears on the lower right after signing in.
If you do not wish to pay online please download the paper application HERE
Annual membership dues are as follows:
- NOVA Basic Membership$55
- Senior/Student/U.S. Military/Volunteer Victim Advocate/ NVAA Alumni (20% Discount)$44
- NOVA Premier Membership$100
- Senior/Student/U.S. Military/Volunteer Victim Advocate/NVAA Alumni
- Life Membership$750
- Agency Head (limited to elected or appointed individuals)please call
- Group Discounts (20% off 5 or more memberships from the same agency)please call
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You can upgrade your membership to a NOVA Premier Membership and receive full access to NOVA’s NALC at any point this year.
It’s quick, easy, and affordable to upgrade to a NOVA Premier Membership. To upgrade online, you must have a NOVA online account (if you do not have one, registration is easy! Click on “My NOVA Account” on the top right of the page and follow the simple instructions to create an online account using your email address). Once logged in, you can upgrade your membership online. Alternatively, a membership upgrade form is available for download.
A life membership allows you to join an exclusive cadre of NOVA members who receive NOVA member benefits year after year at no additional charge.
We offer several discounted membership options:
Group membership – 5 or more individuals from the same agency
Senior membership – available to individuals 60+ years old
Student membership – available to current students at any educational level
Military membership – available to all active-duty, reservist, National Guard, and advocates employed by the DoD or DHS
Volunteer Victim Advocate – available to individuals volunteering their time as a victim advocate
NVAA Alum – Available to graduates of NOVA’s Victim Assistance Academy
No, NACP and D-SAACP are separate programs from the NOVA membership.
Agency memberships are limited to elected or appointed individuals. Please contact us for more information: 703-535-6682 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to offer a group discount for 5 or more staff from the same agency. Please contact us for more information: 703-535-6682 or email@example.com.
To purchase memberships for more than one person, you can either sign each person up online separately, or we would be happy to process a bulk payment if you contact our office at 703-535-6682 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support! If you have any additional questions, please contact us at 703-535-6682 or email@example.com.
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