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.
Claire Ponder SelibExecutive Director
Claire Ponder Selib has over 25 years’ experience providing direct advocacy services to victims of crime and managing victim assistance programs for civilian and military agencies. In April 2020, Claire was appointed by the NOVA Board of Directors to serve as NOVA’s new Executive Director. In this role, Claire leads the strategic vision for the organization; serves as the agency’s primary spokesperson; and manages all operations and staff. Since 2013, Claire has served on the NOVA staff in the following roles: Deputy Director; Director of Education; and Director of the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP). Prior to joining NOVA, Claire served for over five years as the Project Manager for the Army’s Victim Advocacy and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Contract; managing a staff of 164 Victim Advocates at 56 Army installations around the world. Claire has extensive experience developing policies, anti-violence campaigns, training curricula and facilitating national trainings for military and civilian audiences. She has managed state and national anti-violence programs at the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Additionally, Claire provided on-call advocacy, individual counseling, and psychoeducational groups to survivors of sexual assault/abuse and domestic violence while working at Prince George’s Hospital Center, Children’s National Medical Center and Women Empowered Against Violence. Claire holds a BA in English from Columbia University and a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Deborah AdamsSenior Director of Finance and Operational Services
Deborah began her victim advocacy career at a local rape crisis program and soon after came to NOVA to work at the national level with the desire to advance the cause of fair treatment and comprehensive services for victims of crime. NOVA’s mission was and is a good fit – 30+ years later. Deborah has served in many capacities for NOVA that include grant management, event planning, crisis response, and project coordination.
In recent years, she serves as NOVA financial officer, developing and overseeing NOVA’s budget, managing the day-to-day financial operations, monitoring internal controls, and assisting in strategic planning. Deborah is a Credentialed Advocate with Advanced Standing with the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP) and also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). These days, Deborah boasts about her adorable new grandchild and has no shame admitting that her lovable two cats have nearly as many pictures on her phone.
Lindsy GundrumSenior Director of Credentialing and Conference Planning
Lindsy Gundrum is the Senior Director of Credentialing and Conference Planning. Since 2016, she has worked closely with DoD’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), the Military Services, and the D-SAACP Review committee to successfully direct efforts to credential military sexual assault victim advocates through this congressionally-mandated program, and ensures appropriate continuing education efforts are implemented. Lindsy also serves as the program manager to ensure the contract deliverables are met.
Prior to working at NOVA, Lindsy worked on the DoD Safe Helpline serving the DoD community affected by sexual assault worldwide at the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Lindsy also worked with Service members and Veterans at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) corresponding directly with members on legislative issues. Lindsy has a broad background serving at-risk populations including the elderly, juveniles who have been adjudicated, people with mental illness, and sexual assault survivors.
Lindsy holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work from George Mason University.
Outside of NOVA, Lindsy spends time with her wife and 2 pups snuggling on the couch.
Roger RobertsDirector of Crisis Response Services
Roger Roberts, Director of Crisis Response Services and Training, is the primary trainer for the NOVA Crisis Response Team Training®. He also administers the National Credentialed Crisis Responder Program and coordinates NOVA’s National Response to Crisis.
Roger is a graduate of the Wright State University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. Roger served as the emergency preparedness coordinator for the London City-Madison County Health District for 6 years before becoming the Director of Emergency Management for Madison County.
Joanna ShineOffice Manager
Joanna Shine is NOVA’s Office Manager, helping the Team on all things organization and implementation, developing best practices and ultimately supporting NOVA’s vision and commitment to service through effective day-to-day operation management and administrative support.
Jo comes to us with a professional background primarily in Financial Services with a focus on Project and Operations Management, Client Services and Team Development. Jo thrives on building joy-filled, authentic relationships with clients, service providers and teams, being the “go-to” for questions, office organization, problem-solving and creative solutions. She recently “retired” from corporate life, committed to pursuing her true passion of serving those who’ve been misunderstood, displaced and marginalized.
In her downtime, you’ll find her befriending wild creatures, making things pretty, styling anyone who lets her and spoiling her rescue fur babies (and one winged baby, a parrot named ZsaZsa).
Kellie PortmanCrisis Response Training Coordinator
Kellie Portman is NOVA’s Crisis Response Training Coordinator. Previously, she was a Core Energy Life Coach and has over 20 years of experience working within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Kellie earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Services Leadership from Urbana University. In addition to her education, Kellie’s extensive training and knowledge has allowed her to coach and train hundreds of youth and families, school personnel and other professionals. Kellie is a certified NOVA Crisis Response Team® training instructor, a member of a local CRT response team and has been actively involved in local responses.
Jeremy HagermanCRT Response and Technical Assistance Manager
Jeremy is the CRT Response and Technical Assistance Manager. He is a certified NOVA Crisis Response Team® instructor and assists teaching CRT Basic and Advanced courses, and is a NACP Credentialed Victim Advocate. Jeremy coordinates the NOVA section of the Improving Community Preparedness Training and Technical Assistance grant through DOJ/OVC. He is focused on helping local, regional and state CRT-trained individuals and teams create response plans that can be utilized when an emergency or disaster occur. Jeremy facilitates NOVA’s National Crisis Response Team to assist local communities during emergencies and is working toward the creation of a National Crisis Response Credential. Jeremy has assisted with mass violence response planning to the Oregon District Shooting in Dayton, Ohio, Oxford High School shooting in Oxford, Michigan, Tops Market shooting in Buffalo, New York, and Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Prior to coming to NOVA, Jeremy was contracted by the State of Michigan, Division of Victim Services to oversee a statewide Mass Violence Response program that included 300 CRT-trained volunteers. He helped to create a mass violence response and deployment protocol that was implemented as part of the state emergency operations plan and worked alongside local, state, and federal partners to create and lead full scale exercises that included family reception center planning, victim notifications, and family resource or assistance center plans. Jeremy also worked as a career paramedic and firefighter for 15 years and still maintains certifications at the state level.
Jeremy has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Purdue University Global. He attended the Emergence Program with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, through the Naval Postgraduate School. In both, his master’s degree capstone project and with the CHDS/NPS Emergence Program, Jeremy focused on validating the inclusion of victim assistance resources into emergency management, mitigation and preparedness plans, and formalizing comprehensive project management plans for crisis response programs.
Callie StewartDirector of Professional Development & Outreach
Callie Stewart (she/her) is the Director of Professional Development & Outreach at NOVA. The last 5 years of her professional career have been dedicated to improving trauma-informed responses across professional fields and strengthening communities through the use of quality educational content, partnership collaboration and effective outreach. Prior to her current position, Callie was the Marketing Manager at NOVA, where she handled all communications, developed membership programming and created engagement initiatives.
Callie is a Licensed Master Social Worker, with a clinical background providing trauma-informed therapy to children and families. Today, she uses this experience and her expertise in adult education to consult, develop and deliver professional, evidence-based training curricula to a diverse audience of helping professionals. She has provided training at national conferences and served as subject matter expert faculty. In addition, she has experience working with partners and stakeholders to provide consultation on managing psychosocial support for special-interest groups.
Callie is trained in human subject research and protection, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psycho-education, victim advocacy, and Suicide Risk Assessment and Safety Planning. She received her Masters of Science in Social Work from the Columbia School of Social Work and her B.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.
Michelle WilliamsMarketing & Communications Manager
Michelle is NOVA’s Marketing and Communications Manager. A native of Newport News, VA, Michelle has experience working in human services organizations that advocate for the underserved in programmatic and administrative capacities. During her 10 years in the nonprofit field, she has worked in a variety of roles including direct support professional at a home for children with disabilities, mental health case manager, after-school program leader, a job coach for individuals with disabilities, development coordinator, administrator at a political foundation, and more. Michelle has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health from Old Dominion University, and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University. She has since worked in fundraising and marketing roles in nonprofits of various sizes, creating content for and designing annual reports, solicitations, social media posts, flyers, merchandise, newsletters, and other publications. Utilizing her direct service experience, she enjoys leveraging language and media to make personal connections, engage audiences, and build community.
Michelle is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and serves on the board of local nonprofit, Feed The Streets RVA, where she uses her marketing and communications skills to create publications, social media posts, and more for the organization. A huge movie buff, you can find her on weekly solo dates to the theatre, binge-watching “behind-the-scenes” documentaries, traveling with friends, or at home playing with her cat, Zeus.
Mariel Branagan JewellMembership Manager
Mariel Branagan Jewell is the Training Manager for NOVA. She currently assists in the coordination and delivery of NOVA’s victim assistance trainings and academies. She was previously the Deputy Program Manager of the D-SAACP Program where she helped direct efforts to credential over 12,000 military sexual assault victim advocates per year through this congressionally-mandated program.
Prior to coming to NOVA, Mariel was the programs manager for a reentry program for women with nonviolent offenses. It was there she learned that most of the women in the program had histories of trauma and had been victims of crime themselves.
Mariel received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University (Go Monarchs!) and her Master’s degree in Forensic and Legal Psychology from Marymount University.
Outside of work, she loves cooking and traveling.
Alejandro PalaciosVictim Advocacy Training Manager
Alejandro is NOVA’s Victim Advocacy Training Manager.
Formerly a victim advocate at the Office of Victim Services at the Arizona Department of Corrections, Alejandro was the lead advocate of the Victim Offender Dialogue Program. Alejandro facilitated victim initiated, victim centered and victim driven dialogues within victims/survivors and their offenders. Also, during his tenure he educated victims on their victims’ rights; as well, as assisted them to exercise them. Such as being heard during criminal justice proceedings, in particular to provide impact statements and oppose parole of inmates during clemency hearings. Furthermore, Alejandro has worked as a technology safety specialist with the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Providing technical assistance and training on assessing and safety planning around abuse by means of technology. Alejandro also was a trainer with the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence from 2013- 2016. Prior to becoming a trainer, Alejandro provided lay legal advocacy services to victim of domestic and sexual violence at the domestic violence shelter where his work in advocacy started back in 2010 as a volunteer in Phoenix, Arizona
Boards/Organizations: Alejandro is a recipient of ASU Alumni Award for Early Career Excellence 2017- 2018. Alejandro has also served as an Associate Member with Violence Against Women International from 2016- 2017. Furthermore, serving as a member on the Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women during 2016. Alejandro also served as a Member for the Steering Committee of IPV Prevention Council of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV). Education Alejandro earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice from Arizona State University’s School of Criminology & Criminal Justice on May 2014.
Carolyn EskinEducation & Outreach Coordinator
Carolyn Eskin is NOVA’s Education & Outreach Coordinator. Since coming to NOVA in 2019, Carolyn has successfully completed Crisis Response Training.
Prior to working at NOVA, Carolyn worked at the International Association of Chiefs of Police as a Project Assistant on the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program, credentialing Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) internationally and maintaining the DRE database. She provided conference planning and registration support for the IACP’s Drugs, Alcohol and Impaired Driving Conference.
Carolyn received her B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and a Psychology minor from Millersville University, and her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from the George Washington University.
Shannon CollinsDirector of NOVA’s Campus Training & Technical Assistance Program
Shannon Collins (she/hers) is an autistic advocate living in Denver, CO who strives to cultivate collective leadership, survivor empowerment, and peer support in her work. Shannon currently serves as the Director of the Campus Training & Technical Assistance Program at the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). Shannon is a licensed clinical social worker who has spent over 20 years working to end domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking (DVSAS) through advocacy, response, prevention, and education primarily in college and university settings. Shannon specializes in the formation of trauma-informed victim advocacy programs within institutions of higher education and the development and maintenance of campus-based Coordinated Community Response Teams (CCRTs) to foster collective leadership for institutional change. At NOVA, she provides leadership for the National Campus Advocacy Training (NCAT) and the NOVA campus training & technical assistance program funded through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women Campus Program. Shannon serves as adjunct faculty for several Colorado universities and teaches workshops and academic courses on the ethics of campus advocacy, evidence-based practice, trauma-informed leadership, and gender-based violence over the lifespan. Shannon is grateful to serve her community as a member of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA). Shannon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, a Master of Social Work degree, and a Women’s Studies Certificate of Graduate Study from the University of South Carolina, as well as an Executive Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute. When Shannon is not working to promote justice and healing for survivors and communities, she can be found immersed in a crochet project or exploring the natural Colorado landscape with her family.
Dr. Ava Ramirez-EneTraining and Technical Assistance Program Coordinator-Military and
Jasmine UribeSr. Training & Technical Assistance Advisor
Jasmine (she/her/ella) is the Senior Training and Technical Assistance Advisor for NOVA and partners with staff across various grant programs. She is a leader in the anti-violence movement with 15+ years of experience working in community with youth and adult allies to develop innovative programs and culturally affirming resources.
As a graduate from California State University, Los Angeles she uses her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development with a Certificate in Youth Agency Administration to advocate for programs that center the multi-faceted needs of individuals, and create systems that increase the quality of life for BIPOC communities.
Prior to NOVA, Jasmine spent the early years of her career working with K-12 students as a Teacher Assistant and Community Outreach Liaison. She began her prevention education and response efforts working with a national youth-serving organization for 11 years. In 2021 Jasmine launched her consulting business and works with organizations to build and increase capacity, strengthen programming, and address cultural responsiveness. She is a skilled public speaker, training facilitator, and curriculum developer, and has been featured in national conferences, podcasts, radio, and network television shows as a subject-matter expert.
When Jasmine is not working, she loves taking trips to reconnect with nature, being a tourist in her own community, finding new places to eat and relax, and supporting artists and local vendors. She enjoys having conversations about media and pop culture and considers some of her binge watching to be “research” as she often finds ways to connect themes around media messages and representation into her trainings and writing.
Clara Valadares KientzCampus Program Manger
Clara Valadares Kientz (she/hers/ela/dela) is the Campus Program Manager of NOVA’s Technical & Training Assistance Program. Clara has over 10 years of experience working in the field of anti-violence response and prevention with focus in dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking on college campuses. Clara has served as a community-based and campus-based advocate, as well as a state-wide trainer addressing gender-based violence. She also has over five years experience in grant management, including grant writing, reporting, and budgeting for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).
At NOVA, she works to support the training & technical assistance program for campus coordinated community response funded through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women Campus Program. In this role, she is dedicated to helping institutions of higher education create trauma-informed, culturally humble, inclusive, and accessible programs to address dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking on campus.
She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Family Studies and Human Services, a Master of Science in Counseling and Student Affairs, and a graduate certificate in Academic Advising from Kansas State University. Clara is grateful to serve her state as a member of the Kansas Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council to promote prevention, treatment, and recovery services for Kansans.
Clara’s passion is to improve responses to survivors of power-based violence through evidence-based and survivor-centered practices while promoting institutional courage. When she’s not working to build anti-racist, inclusive spaces, she is playing board games with friends, watching movies with family, or absorbed in a podcast or audiobook. She enjoys her mom’s home-cooked meals (Brazilian feijoada is her favorite), sharing pictures of her adorable pets, and traveling.
Em AlvesOVW Campus Program Manager
Em Alves (they/them/elle) is a Campus Program Manager on the OVW Special Student Populations Grant for NOVA’s Campus Training & Technical Assistance Program. Em is a social worker with 10 years of experiences in interpersonal violence prevention and intervention both as a student advocate and professional within campus-, community-, and hospital-based programs.
In their Master of Social Work program, Em concentrated in Violence and Injury Prevention among women and femmes of color with a specialization in policy. In addition to their work within interpersonal violence, Em worked within Reproductive Justice in Latinx Communities. Em approaches violence prevention and response from a broad lens, centering anti-oppressive practices and a margins-to-center approach. In 2016 Em Co-chaired the 2nd Annual Midwest Queer Indigenous People of Color Conference in St. Louis, MO. Em entered the field of social work because they believe that pushing systems and challenging hegemonic policies are necessary for the collective liberation of all.
For three years, Em worked on the Auraria campus as a preventionist focusing on survivor- and student-centered practices. Em is passionate about understanding the ways that media and content creation is impacting and stimulating conversations around violence, and utilizing media literacy to draw out the nuances. Through frameworks like anti-oppression, sex positivity, and anti-racism they spearheaded the prevention program and began an ongoing podcast called “Phoenix Cast” as a way to bring anti-violence and advocacy to students on-the-go while still being trauma-informed. Em believes that education plays a critical role in violence prevention, and that creating resources and materials that speak to the diversity of human experience is vital to ending violence.
At NOVA, Em focuses on four priority populations for the OVW Campus Program: Immigrant, LGBTIA+, disabled, and military-connected students. In this role, Em leads listening sessions with students across the nation so as to best identify their ever-changing and often overlapping needs.
In their free time, Em organizes within their community around the principles of food justice and sovereignty among BIPOC populations. Due to their passion surrounding food justice, Em likes to spend their free time in the garden with chickens, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. When not organizing, Em loves to watch terrible television and build cat furniture with their spouse.
Alejandra “Ale” SotoLanguage Justice and Accessibility Program Manager
Alejandra “Ale” Soto (she/hers/ella) – Language Justice and Accessibility Program Manager
Ale is a Mexico City native and Public Administration and International Development and Cooperation Consultant and Professor, specializing in topics such as Public Policy, Crime and Violence Prevention, Human Rights, Language Justice and Language Access, Victims’ Assistance, Gender-Based Violence, among others. She is also a Cultural and Linguistics consultant and professional translator (Spanish<>English). Prior to moving to Colorado in 2017, she worked for the United States Agency for International Development Office in Mexico City as a Governance and Democracy Program Specialist where she managed Crime and Violence Prevention Project aimed at at-risk youth and juvenile offenders. She also supported the Human Rights Office by leading the Office’s Leahy Vetting process that screens persons involved in Gross Human Rights Violations.
While in Colorado, Ale has volunteered in different organizations including Movement to End Violence Colorado, Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking Hotline, Denver for CEDAW, Aurora Office of International Affairs ‘s Immigrant and Refugee Commission and Museo de las Americas; she also served as the Vice-president of the Global Network of Highly Qualified Mexicans Abroad (Red Global) endorsed by the Mexican Consulate in Denver. Prior to coming to NOVA, Ale worked for the University of Colorado Cancer Center Office of Community Outreach and Engagement as a Cultural and Linguistics Competency Coordinator to assist the office on projects that aim to engage disadvantaged Hispanic/Latino populations by providing literacy adaptation and cultural appropriateness of project’s protocols, outreach, engagement, and research materials, and cancer prevention education.
Ale is passionate about Human Rights, Languages, Language Justice and Access, and Women Empowerment; she is an advocate to end violence against women. When she is not mothering, working volunteering or teaching, she is watching international movies, specially in French or Italian, or planning trips to home: Mexico City. Ale loves spending her time with her 4-year-old daughter Kaya and her dog Marley, with family and friends.
Angela DuhonMilitary TTA Senior Manager
Angela Duhon has been providing direct services to survivors of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking for over 10 years, with extensive knowledge relating to victim rights, strangulation and LGBTQ+ Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Prior to joining NOVA in 2020, Angela was employed by a local LGBTQ+ agency in Virginia where she provided crisis counseling, and she was the agency’s subject matter expert on LGBTQ+ IPV. Angela worked to enhance victim services to better meet the needs of LGBTQ+ survivors. Angela served for over 7 years as a military domestic violence and sexual assault victim advocate at several military installations. Additionally, Angela has provided 24/7 on-call advocacy, crisis intervention, extensive safety planning, facilitated psychoeducational groups to survivors of domestic and dating violence and/or sexual assault, as well as facilitated presentations, trainings, and briefings to both military and civilian audiences throughout her career.
Angela is a nationally credentialed advocate at the advanced level, has successfully completed the Crisis Response Training, and has completed the advanced level training through The Training Institute on Strangulation.
Angela hold a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a Forensic Psychology concentration from Saint Leo University.
Danielle KitchenNACP Manager
Danielle Kitchen began her career in direct services nearly ten years ago as an intern working with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Monongalia County, West Virginia. As she continued with her social work degree, Danielle continued working for the Monongalia County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as the Assistant Program Coordinator for their Victim Assistance Program, specializing in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault cases. She was promoted to the position of Program Coordinator and began serving on the County’s Sexual Assault Response Task force, while continuing to provide direct services within the court system as well as 24/7 hospital accompaniment for victims and survivors as needed. Danielle also began her work with the County’s Child Advocacy MIDT, working alongside with prosecution and forensic interviewers to ensure victims voices were heard within the criminal justice system.
Michelle FosterNACP Coordinator
Meet Michelle Foster, NACP Coordinator. Michelle brings ten years of experience within the Department of Labor. She graduated from Texas A&M and has since worked for several reputable companies in Career Counseling. Michelle has a proven track record of leading people, managing human capital, and implementing leadership development programs. A passion to propel others to be great at what they do is how she champions her teammates.
In her free time, Michelle enjoys sewing on her Bernina embroidery machine and is a Maestro in making Napoli pizzas.
August MannDSAACP Follow-up Manager
August Mann is the DSAACP Follow-up Manager for NOVA. She ensures receipt, analysis and processing of D-SAACP applications with a turnaround goal of 120 days for certification dissemination and in preparation for quarterly review by the D-SAACP Certification Review Committee. She also, assist as needed, in scheduling, organizing and facilitating the quarterly meetings of the D-SAACP Certification Review Committee, documentation of decisions & justifications.
In her past employment August is a Civilian Retiree from Department of Defense (DoD) at the Human Resource Center with 30 years of service working in the areas of Physical Disability, Wounded Warrior Soldiers, Exception Family Member Program, Remission of Cancellation of Indebtedness and ending in the position of Enlisted Background Screening (EBSS) for all Army members attempting to acquire a background clearance to operate in a sensitive duty position. Sensitive duty position as a Recruiter, Drill Sergeant, Equal Opportunity Advisor, Enlisted Aide to the General, Command Sergeant Major and Soldier of the Year.
August has an Associate Degree in Human Resource from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). She also holds a certificate of achievement with NOVA for Basic and Advance Crisis Response Team Training.
In her spare time August like to relax with friends and family and shop.
Angela WillmoreD-SAACP Credentialing & Training Coordinator
Angela Willmore, NOVA’s D-SAACP Credentialing & Training Coordinator, works with the D-SAACP team to ensure the efficient processing of applications in order to successfully credential over 12,000 military sexual assault advocates per year through this congressionally-mandated program.
Prior to joining NOVA, Angela worked for more than 15 years in child welfare, specializing in international adoption. She facilitated the placement of children from a number of countries, including South Korea, China, Russia, and Guatemala. Angela guided families through each stage of the adoption process, from initial application through pre-adoption education & training, home study, dossier preparation, referral, travel, post-placement, and finalization.
Angela has also volunteered with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, both at a shelter and through a program for incarcerated women who were survivors of domestic violence.
Angela holds a BS in Public Relations from Kent State University and a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from the University of South Carolina.
Michelle WellsD-SAACP Credentialing Specialist
Michelle Wells works on the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP) as a Credentialing Specialist. She works with the D-SAACP team to ensure applications are received and processed efficiently for quarterly review by the D-SAACP Certification Review Committee, in order to successfully credential military sexual assault advocates through this congressionally-mandated program.
Michelle has been an advocate for military families for over 25 years. As a military spouse, she understands the unique lifestyle and demands of our service members and their families. As a survivor of childhood abuse, she understands how compassionate victim support can positively impact the trajectory of lives. Michelle has invested many years in trauma and healing studies to better understand herself and other trauma survivors. She holds a BS in Education and certificates in Mindfulness Meditation, Life Coaching, Narrative Storytelling, ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), Trauma-Informed Care, Reiki Energy Healing, and Somatic Trauma Therapy.
Tori SheltonD-SAACP Credentialing Specialist
Tori Shelton is one of our newest members in the D-SAACP team as a Credentialing Specialist. In 2019, Tori earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Shenandoah University. Prior to working with NOVA, Tori has worked as a Pre-school teacher for 2 years and as an Office Manager for a mental health facility for over a year. In December of 2021, Tori received her YTT 200 certification (Yoga teacher training) and plans on becoming a Yoga instructor later in the year.
Board of Directors
NOVA’s Board of Directors is comprised of up to fifteen elected members committed to its mission.
- Jeannette Adkins, MEd, LPC, CA, Board President
Retired – Executive Director, Michael’s House Child Advocacy Center/Greene Co. Prosecutor’s Office, Ohio
- Steve Derene, Board Vice President
Executive Director (retired), National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, Wisconsin
- Dr. Mamie M. Futrell, DSW, LCSW, Board Treasurer
Owner, Futrell Counseling & Consulting, LLC, Delaware
Assistant Professor at University of Pikeville (Remote), Kentucky
- Angela Seguin, Board Secretary
Assistant Director for Victim Advocacy, University of Delaware, Delaware
REMAINING ELECTED BOARD
- Laura Abbott (1st Term expires 2024),
Founder, Victims’ Rights Arkansas, Arkansas
- Orvie B. Baker, Jr. (1st Term expires 2023),
President, The Einmalig Group, LLC, Minnesota
- Eric Barreras (1st Term expires 2024),
CEO/Founder, Difference Makers (10 Strong), California
- Bette M.S. Inch (1st Term expires 2023),
Victim Services Consultant; Senior Victim Assistance Advisor (Ret.), Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Office, Florida
- Tanya O. Jones (1st Term expires 2025),
Founder and CEO, Interactive Advocacy, North Carolina
- Rosie Martinez (1st term ends 2026)
Victim Unit Director, Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office, Texas
- Joél Junior Morales
Contigo Fund, Florida
- Patricia A. Payne, (2nd Term expires 2023),
Executive Director of Northwest Victim Services (Ret.); Consultant for Non-Profit Organizations, Pennsylvania
- Elizabeth (Beth) Rossman, (2nd Term expires 2023),
Past Chairperson, Training Chair, Florida Crisis Response Team Inc., V.P. H&R Consulting, Florida
- Steve Twist (2nd Term expires 2025),
Founder, Arizona Voice for Crime Victims, Arizona
- Andy Yurick, J.D. (Immediate Past- President),
Law Offices of Andrew N. Yurick, New Jersey
Advisory Board Members
Our Advisory Board Members offer additional expertise to the Board of Directors.
- Paul Freeman, Chairman of Advisory Committee, North Carolina
- Rhonda S. Barner, Director (Ret.), Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office Victim/Witness Division, Florida
- Darlene Hutchinson Biehl, Former Director, Office for Victims of Crime, Alabama
- Shawn M. Cox, Victim Services Division, Maricopa County Victim Attorney’s Office, Arizona
- Hon. Collene Thompson Campbell, California
- John W. Gillis, Gillis Consulting Group LLC, Arizona
- Hon. Lois Haight-Harrington, Judge of Superior Court, California
- Barbara Kendall
- Michaelene O’Neill McCann, Attorney ADA and Chief Victim Witness Services (Ret.), Essex District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts
- Brenda J. Muhammad, Executive Director, Atlanta Victim Assistance, Inc., Georgia
- D. Michael Sheline, Assistant Section Chief, Chief-Crime Victims Section, Office of Ohio Attorney General, Ohio
- David R. Thomas, Program Manager II, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Virginia
- Brandon Wolf, Equality, Florida
- Shawn M. Cox, Victim Services Division of the Maricopa County Victim Attorney’s Office
In memory of and in Gratitude to NOVA Past Presidents, Joseph Myers and Norm Early. Both of whom were dedicated to the NOVA mission and had a profound impact on the field.
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.
The Benefits of NOVA Membership
When you join the National Organization for Victim Assistance, you become part of an inspiring community committed to advancing the field of victim services and connecting to a leading professional network in education, training and development. Each membership is an investment in providing high-quality trauma-informed training, victim advocacy, crisis response, and enhanced services and policies for victims/survivors of crime and crisis. Your voice will play an active role in protecting the rights of victims everywhere. Together, we can advance the field of victim services, building a bright future for survivors. Become a member today!
NOVA Premier Membership
NOVA Premier Members enjoy:
- All exclusive National Advocacy Leadership Center (NALC) benefits, including entry into NOVA’s Premier Members-Only portal
- NALC’s Monthly and Quarterly CEU Trainings for Victim Advocates and Program Managers. Earn up to 24 CEU credits per year!
- Member-only benefits at NOVA’s Annual Career Development Fair to help you advance your career.
- Advocate Wellness and Sustainability: New events, tools, and resources that will support you in the critical work you do throughout the year.
- NOVA Pop Culture Discussion Group: A new discussion group dedicated to talking about victimization and survivor representation in television, pop culture and media.
- Lunch and Learns: In this informal meeting, partner organizations will share innovative tools and toolkits that will help you in the survivor services field.
- Entry into the NOVA Member LinkedIn Group: Network with other professionals! Share job openings, resources and more in this group of peers.
- Access to NOVA Academy Scholarships: Apply for need-based scholarships to attend NOVA’s academies.
- Reduced registration fees for the NOVA Annual Conference, NOVA’s Crisis Response Training and Online Academies.
- Quarterly NOVA Member E-Newsletter, full of information about upcoming continuing education opportunities, current news and alerts to help you stay informed and up-to-date with the latest trainings and professional developments.
- Discounts on NOVA merchandise.
- Eligibility to Join the NOVA Board: All NOVA Members have the ability to run for the NOVA Board after being a member for at least one year. Join our board and impact the future of victim advocacy and crisis response! Also, receive voting privileges to elect members of our Board of Directors.
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
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, full of information about upcoming continuing education opportunities, current news and alerts to help you stay informed and up-to-date with the latest trainings and professional developments.
- 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
Annual membership dues are as follows:
- NOVA Basic Membership$55
- Senior/Student/U.S. Military/Volunteer Victim Advocate/ NVAA Alumni/CRT Alumni (20% Discount)$44
- NOVA Premier Membership$100
- Senior/Student/U.S. Military/Volunteer Victim Advocate/NVAA Alumni/CRT Alumni
- Life Membership$750
- Group Discounts (20% off 5 or more memberships from the same agency) Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Memberships are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
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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.
Unfortunately, NOVA does not offer agency memberships at this time. We do offer group discounts for 5 or more staff from the same agency. See below.
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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