Seated left to right: Courtney Walton, Kelly Smith, Julie Broadwell, Sharlene Boltz. Standing left to right: Kourtney Brueckner, Emily Resnik, Dan Galek, Ryn Farmer, Sonya Holland, Pam Kaylor. (Not pictured: Shari Murnahan). Picture taken April 2017.
The members of the Board of Directors for the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence are a dedicated group of volunteers who have the responsibility of directing the organization’s financial development, public policy, and fiscal oversight, which helps to ensure the continued success of OAESV. Board Members for OAESV welcome your input and appreciate any feedback you have to offer in guiding the important work of the Alliance. Below, Board Members share their reasons for joining the Board, and for standing up against sexual violence in Ohio:
Sharlene brings 30+ years of legal experience to the fight against violence against women. As a victim advocate, threat assessment consultant and law professor, she welcomes the opportunity to share her experiences with OAESV. Sharlene says, “I believe my background in teaching and working with various audiences about the complex issues presented by domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking will be of benefit to the Board.”
Julie has served as the Secretary on the Executive Committee since April 2013. Julie believes it is very important to have a diverse board with many different areas of expertise represented and is proud to be on the board as a community rape crisis center director with 20+ years’ experience. “I appreciate OAESV’s commitment to hearing from survivors and those on the front lines in devising strategies and goals for the organization.”
Ryn’s first interactions with OAESV were in the capacity as a Rape Crisis Director in Northwest Ohio. “One of the aspects I value most about OAESV is that they provide critical leadership in how sexual violence intersects with race, gender, class, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ability, age and so much more.” She is committed to working alongside OAESV to help provide a comprehensive response to survivors who are impacted by sexual violence.
Shari’s desire to become a social worker stemmed from her volunteer work in college as a sexual assault victim advocate. Then, after years working to provide children with safe and loving homes free from violence, she now assists sexual assault survivors in the military. “Serving on the Board allows me to expand the community of survivors I have the privilege of advocating for and as importantly, continue the work to end sexual violence.”
Kourtney hopes to use her work in family law to educate about sexual assault and is passionate about getting others involved in the prevention of sexual assault. She served on OAESV’s Host Committee for the 2016 Shine the Light event. “I am enthusiastic about the diverse backgrounds and skills of our Board, Staff, and Members of OAESV and am proud to represent this organization as we work towards our goals.”
Dan proudly joined OAESV to work together on implementing prevention and enlisting men into the work of preventing sexual violence. He brings to the Board his experience as a victim advocate, prevention specialist, and community mental health case worker. “It is important to actively prevent sexual assault because this prevents trauma, but it also cultivates a space where everyone, especially women, can navigate the world feeling empowered.”
Pam, while in Kentucky, was an activist against gender violence long before she became a women’s studies educator. She is very passionate in the fight against sexual assault and domestic violence because of her own life experiences. “I want to make a difference and to create a better, safer world for girls and women. There is much work to be done and I look forward to working with other like-minded caring board members.”
Sonya joined OAESV's Board because the organization understands the impact sexual violence has on all, regardless of race, sexual orientation, age, and economic status. She brings value to the Board by sharing her knowledge of human resource management, training, and instructional design.”The prevention of sexual assault is realistic and obtainable by compassionately sharing information throughout communities and consistently uplifting those adversely impacted.”
Emily’s passion and skill for advocacy work has shaped her adult life, beginning as an undergraduate student, through graduate school and her internship, and on to her career choice working with veterans. “Learning and practicing self-care is critical to survivors as well as those working in this field. I believe I can help bring that balance to the Board as we continue the work of responding to survivors with compassion.”
Kelly's experience with OAESV first began at the Ohio Statehouse where she worked on legislation to benefit survivors of rape by standardizing hospital procedures. Her passion for sound public policy led her to a career as an advocate for those affected by mental illness and substance use disorders. "I am honored as a board member for the opportunity to continue the mission of such an important organization."
Courtney is passionate about helping women who often feel muted, overlooked or misrepresented. She has a strong desire to serve those who have been exploited and abused by helping to walk alongside them during times of struggle and pain, and reminding them of the light ahead. “It is an honor to be on the Board and work with others who share the same passion and vision of ending sexual violence in our region.”
Are you interested in giving of your time, talents, and expertise by serving as an OAESV Board Member? Please fill out our board member application, which includes requirements regarding duties and commitment. To download a printable paper copy of the application, click HERE.