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Rosa Beltré

President & Chief Executive Officer

Rosa Beltré (she/her/ella), Afro-Taina-Latinx, is the President & CEO of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Rosa Beltré first joined OAESV as the Advocacy and Training Director in July 2013, before serving as OAESV’s Interim Executive Director, and ultimately becoming Executive Director in June 2017.

Under Rosa’s leadership, OAESV transitioned from its former shared office space to a standalone office in Independence, Ohio and improved its Columbus-based presence to provide conference and technology spaces and workspaces for eight full-time staff. OAESV has expanded from 3 employees to 17 under Rosa’s leadership, greatly increasing service capacity, presence, organizational cultural and community relations. Rosa uses her passion, extensive background and experience to develop and sustain relationships with leaders in the field, as well as key stakeholders within the state, national level, and federal government. She has spent the last 17+ years  training, cultivating community relations, providing development to organizations and communities focused on fair housing, child abuse, sexual assault, volunteerism, financial literacy and church call to action. Rosa has served as the Co-chair of the State of Ohio Anti-Oppression and Accountability Committee and currently serves as the Co- Chair of the Women of Color Caucus of the State of Ohio, the Sexual Assault Advisory Board of Ohio, and the Ohio Family Violence Prevention Advisory Council, amongst other statewide taskforces.

Rosa is an ordained Minister of the Spanish Pentecostal Churches, Vice-President of International Women Ministry MDM, author, and the Regional Social Service Director of her Faith community.

Rosa is a Taino, Afro-Latinx, catalyst of change, who is action- driven womenx, passionate about power/gender-based violence, BIPOC empowerment, leadership, knowledge, enriching the lives of others, bridge building/ collaboration, accountability and provoking change.

Technical Assistance topics: executive leadership, Board of Directors development, Latinx communities, faith-based communities, cultural humility, and more

Shandra Witherspoon

Vice President of Operations

Shandra (she/her) has worked with multi-faceted sexual assault agencies for over seven years. In 2019, she rejoined OAESV as the Director of Coordinated Community Responses. In this role, Shandra was responsible for training law enforcement, advocates, sexual assault nurse examiners, prosecutors, and military personnel across the state on best practices for creating and implementing a coordinated community response to sexual assault and intimate partner violence. She participates on several state advisory committees, including the Women of Color Caucus (WOCC) Leadership Team, convened by the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, and the Ohio Network of Child Advocacy Centers, as well as the Sexual Assault Advisory Board of Ohio (SAABO). In her role with OAESV, Shandra is most excited about ensuring all survivors of sexual assault are treated with dignity and respect, have equitable access to resources, and are receiving culturally appropriate services. She is also focused on engaging the community in prevention efforts and strategies to bring an end to sexual violence. In her spare time, Shandra enjoys cheering on the Crimson Tide football team, catching up on television shows, and traveling.

Technical Assistance topics: building and sustaining inclusive Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs)/Coordinated Community Response Teams (CCRTs); Sexual Assault Forensic Exams and working with Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners; working with law enforcement; Sexual Assault Kit Training (SAKT) system; and more

Taylr Ucker-Lauderman

Chief Officer of Communications & Engagement

Taylr (she/her) comes from years of advocacy and anti-oppression work, previously working as a Program Coordinator with the Ohio Sexual Violence Helpline; a Teen Advocate with the YWCA Dayton; a Facilitator with the Young Feminist Collaborative; and a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Instructor at Wright State University. Taylr graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences in Communications from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and a Master of Humanities degree from WSU, and she has a passion for utilizing communications as a channel for social change. She loves hiking; reading; and spending time with her partner, plants, and pets.

Technical Assistance topics: strategic communications; online event technology and coordination; using communications for public awareness and advocacy; and more

Lana Baird

Director of Finance

Lana (she/her) joined OAESV in May 2014 as the Finance Specialist. She performs all the accounting, payroll, and grant financial reporting. She coordinates with the outside accounting firm for the annual financial statement audit along with the 990 tax filing. She reports to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. Lana is a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from The University of Akron. She obtained her CPA license in December 1994. Lana and her husband Tim have four children. She enjoys her time with her family and is an avid Cleveland sports fan.

Technical Assistance topics: finances, grants, finance software, payroll

Becca Getson

Director of Legal Services & Advocacy

Becca Getson, JD, RA (she/her) is the Director of Legal Services and Advocacy at the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Becca joined OAESV in May of 2018 as the Legal Advocate then served as OAESV’s Legal Advocacy Coordinator before now serving as the Director (as of Summer 2021).

Becca has worked and volunteered across the land currently known as Ohio in various forms within the Sexual Violence movement. She started in the movement as a volunteer advocate in 2003 and since that time has worked at a shelter, been co-located within children services, responded to emergency hospital calls, operated as a deputy Title IX coordinator, provided systems-based support and resources, chaired committees, assisted in crafting policy, and coordinated efforts to both prevent and respond to sexual violence.

Becca is a graduate of Miami University and the University of Toledo College of Law and maintains Registered Advocate with Advanced Standing status with the Ohio Advocate Network.

As the Director of The Director of Legal Services and Advocacy, Becca provides training, technical assistance, and resources to Rape Crisis Centers, dual programs, advocates, attorneys, and many others. She also oversees OAESV’s advocacy and legal services programming.

Technical Assistance topics: Advocacy in criminal legal system, holistic advocacy, Title IX, applying for legal services, and more

Caitlin Burke

Director of Prevention & Public Health

Caitlin Burke (she/her) grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and has worked in the violence prevention field for almost a decade. She became interested in prevention while in college where she volunteered as a peer educator and was first introduced to the topic during her mom’s career as a SANE nurse. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Health and is an avid baker in her free time.

Technical Assistance topics: Primary Prevention Strategies, Be the One content development and support, evaluation, support of unfunded or underfunded prevention programs, curriculum development, evaluation, bystander intervention, social marketing/social norms strategies, school policy work, and more

Natasha Larson

Director of Training & Member Engagement

Natasha Larson (she/her) has been working in the anti-violence movement for 10 years. Her passion has always been to help strengthen communities through education, outreach, and advocacy. She began her career as a shelter advocate for a dual domestic violence/rape crisis center. From there, her work evolved into providing comprehensive sexuality education and outreach – with an emphasis on consent, healthy relationships, and teen dating violence. Her expererience in education and advocacy allowed her to move into program coordination and management, where she helped design and maintain two new anti-violence organizations: the Ohio Sexual Violence Helpline and the OhioHealth Trauma Recovery Center. While a part of these two organizations, her skills grew to include marketing development, grant and budget management, and staff supervision. Natasha graduated with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies and Theatre Studies from Wright State University. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting and serving as a Certified Naturalist for the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks.

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Jenn Eidemiller

Grants, Resources, & Communications Manager

Jenn Eidemiller (they/them/she/her) started as the Resource and Communications Coordinator at Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence in July of 2019. In the past, she oversaw LGBTQ+ anti-violence training for service providers, professionals, and community members throughout Ohio. Born and raised in Ohio, Jenn holds a Bachelor of Arts with research distinction in Psychology and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her varied background and experience include social psychology research, helpline advocacy, and program development. They currently support grant reporting, data management, and communications support at the Coalition. Jenn currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, and enjoys spending time with her partner and rescue pup, Remy.

Technical Assistance topics: data management, grants, grant reporting, resource creation and publishing, communications

Emily Gemar

Manager of Public Policy

Emily (she/her) has been engaged in advocacy and anti-violence work for several years. In the past, she developed and implemented a campus-based advocacy program at The Ohio State University after beginning her career in legal advocacy and crisis response. She has worked and advocated alongside survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual violence in diverse communities across Ohio, Arizona, and Washington, DC. Emily works from a survivor-centered, anti-oppression framework and enjoys participating in many forms of social justice activism, including using her voice in her local communities and beyond to provide education an assistance to survivors and advocates. Emily holds a Master’s Degree from Arizona State University’s College of Law and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Social Work.

Technical Assistance topics: Campus Advocacy & Title IX, Training, LGBTQ+ Survivors, Alternative Forms of Justice for Survivors, and more

Stephanie B. Scalise

Managing LAV Attorney

Stephanie B. Scalise (she/her) is both a former prosecutor and defense attorney. She also ran her own law firm for six years, during which time she focused on domestic relations, juvenile law, and guardian ad litem work protecting abused and neglected children. She has previously served as the Vice Chair of the Cleveland Civilian’s Police Review Board and board member for EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute. Stephanie is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she won the Hergenroeder Award for Trial Tactics and was captain the international moot court team. She holds a certificate in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford. She earned BA from Wilson College and studied Political Science and History at Charles University in Prague. Stephanie lives with her husband, son, and two enormous dogs in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and practicing yoga.

Technical Assistance topics: Prosecution of sexual assault and other crime; Protection orders (civil, criminal, and juvenile); Child protective services & abuse, neglect, dependency law; Juvenile law; Family law; Trial planning and preparation; Trauma-informed legal services; Yoga and meditation for self-care

Caitlyn Benzo

LAV Attorney

Caitlyn (she/her) is joining OAESV as the Junior LAV attorney. She attended The Ohio State University, majoring in sociology and criminology. She continued on to the University of Akron School of Law, graduating with a certificate in Litigation, and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2016. Caitlyn joins the team after five years working with survivors of intimate partner violence as a civil legal aid attorney. In that role, Caitlyn supported survivors in protection order proceedings, as well as divorce and custody matters. She also worked alongside community agencies on domestic violence collaborative boards and Sexual Assault Response Teams in creating and maintaining accessible and trauma-informed resources for survivors.  Caitlyn has presented to community organizations and legal practitioners on the topics of intimate partner violence, protection orders, victims’ rights, and supporting survivors in the legal system. Prior to her work in civil legal aid, Caitlyn was a volunteer advocate for dependent, neglected and abused children in the family court system. Caitlyn’s passion for social change brought her to OAESV and she looks forward to working toward the eradication of sexual violence in our state. Caitlyn lives in Stark County with her spouse, their baby boy and his two feline siblings Seamus & Finnigan. In her downtime, she loves binging a good true crime series or podcast and spending quality time with family and friends.

Technical Assistance topics: Civil protection orders; Intimate partner and gender based violence support and legal advocacy; Victims’ rights; Trauma-informed lawyering; Domestic relations law; Juvenile law; Poverty law, and more

April Carter

LAV Paralegal

April (she/her) provides administrative and organization support to the Legal Team in efforts to provide holistic representation to survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking across Ohio. April has many years of experience working in both academic and corporate structures of state and local government. Having a strong background in information technology lead to several great opportunities, a few being Miami University in Oxford, OH and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. It was those opportunities that lead to her K-12 teaching experience and opportunity to design the first computer programming/coding curriculum for Mecklenburg County Schools in South Hill, VA. April has a BBA and a MBA from Averett University in Danville, VA; a Higher Ground Women’s Leadership certificate from the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University and a post graduate Paralegal Certificate from Capital University Law School in Columbus, OH. In efforts to connect the technology with her business and legal training, April is preparing to sit for the Association of Certified Electronic Discovery Specialist examination in 2019. Originally from Newark, NJ, April is a wife, mother and, “MiMi”; as well as a huge basketball fan that loves cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Technical Assistance topics: Title IX, advocacy for survivors in the criminal legal system, sexual violence in K-12 Settings, applying for legal services, and more

Nicole Kass Colvin

Coordinator of Community Responses

Nicole Kass Colvin (she/her) began in the anti-violence field in 2015 and has experience as a prevention specialist, legal advocate, agency SART coordinator, and in development and leadership of a rape crisis center. Nicole has had the opportunity to be a part of a strong, established SART; assist in creating and being a part of new SARTs; and creating partnerships and support networks in areas without SARTs to promote the comprehensive healing and justice for survivors of sexual violence. Nicole loves creating connections, empowering individuals and teams, leaning into the unique needs and strengths of each community, and uplifting survivor voices – especially those pushed to the margins. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Valparaiso University. In her free time, Nicole loves to collect different experiences, whether it’s through reading, the outdoors, getting involved in the greater Cincinnati community, enjoying the arts, or spoiling her chihuahua-pug rescue, Rizzo.

Technical Assistance topics: holistic and inclusive Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs)/Coordinated Community Response Teams (CCRTs); Sexual Assault Kit Tracking; multidisciplinary collaboration; Sexual Assault Forensic Exams; and more

Jayvon Howard

Engaging Men Coordinator

Jayvon Howard (he/him) is a passionate organizer and advocate for social justice serving as a member of the LGBTQ Taskforce with BRAVO and the Anti-Oppression Committee with OAESV. He has formerly worked as an LGBTQ Outreach Advocate for Women Helping Women providing direct service to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. He has a background working with special populations doing advocacy, outreach, and programming. Jayvon has served on many teams to engage men in gender-based violence intervention and prevention, including working with different committees to assist in the organizing of the Ohio Consortium for Men’s Masculinities in Higher Education. Jayvon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Science from Miami University. He loves being a plant dad and enjoys cooking, painting, reading, and doing yoga.

Technical Assistance topics: men, masculinity, healthy manhood; providing direct service to male survivors, engaging men and violence prevention; and more

Shelby Lieber

Survivor Coordinator

Shelby Lieber (she/her) has worked with survivors for over 3 years with Hope and Healing Battered Woman’s Shelter. Before coming to OAESV, Shelby was a Resident Advocate within The Battered Women’s Shelter.  While her hat has changed multiple times, her drive for helping survivors never changed. Some skills Shelby has include being a Safe At Home applicant assistant, educating others on strangulation basics, and advocating for legal changes in the Ohio judicial system (including testifying in front of the Ohio House of Representatives). She is also a mother and wife, and with whatever spare time she can scrounge up, she practices self-care with her fur babies and friends.

Technical Assistance topics: intersection of domestic violence and sexual violence; shelter advocacy; campus advocacy; strangulation

Sarah Ferrato

Sexual Violence Prevention & Public Health Initiatives Coordinator

Sarah Ferrato (she/her and they/them) is a community advocate with a focus in pleasure-centered education, direct support, and increased resource access for underserved communities throughout Ohio. Her work has previously included comprehensive sexual health education and outreach, peer education, sexual violence prevention research and education, and gender equity advocacy throughout the greater Cleveland community with Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, and Case Western Reserve University respectively. Their anti-violence philosophy is grounded in community empowerment frameworks supported by ongoing mutual aid engagement throughout Cleveland. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History with a focus in Women’s Studies from Kent State University and a certificate in Adolescent Sex Education Basics from Rutgers University. In her time outside of OAESV, she enjoys baking, hiking, and spending time with her partner and their cat family.

Technical Assistance topics: sexual violence prevention research and education; increased resource access for underserved communities throughout Ohio; peer education; gender equity advocacy; community empowerment frameworks

Elle Fullenkamp

Training & Technical Assistance Coordinator

Elle began formal advocacy work in 2018, working with domestic and sexual violence survivors at The Cocoon in Bowling Green, Ohio. A northwest Ohio native, Elle graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. In their free time, Elle watches movies, cooks, and spends time with their rescue pit bull, Betsy.

Technical Assistance topics: advocate training; curriculum development; OAESV Training standard compliance; volunteer management; education and outreach; elevating sexual assault advocacy within dual serving agencies

Laurie Hamame

Communications & Content Specialist

Laurie Hamame (she/her) officially joined OAESV in October 2021, after loving her work as a Resource & Communications intern for a year and a half. She has always possessed an affinity for storytelling, but never considered wielding the power of words to establish empathy and change in a community until working her first job as a news reporter. She then felt impelled to pursue a Master of Public Health to merge communication and her passion for advocacy to transform the future of mental health and body-based trauma healing. Laurie lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and enjoys photographing weddings, reading voraciously, and going for long runs on the weekends. She also occasionally volunteers as a Crisis Counselor with the Crisis Text Line.

Technical Assistance topics: social media engagement; content creation; digital platforms

Yasmin Ponce

Coalition Services Administrator

Yasmin Ponce is a highly-organized person who is always willing to help and lend a hand. She provides quality administrative work and support at a organized pace, and has a variety of experience of over six years of administrative work, support, customer service, and specialties. She is a big advocate for social justice issues involving the Hispanic community and has a big passion for helping the children’s and youth department at her church.

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