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Sarah M. Buel, JD, Director Emerita
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona

Antonia A. Drew-Vann, CDVC
Asha Family Services, Inc.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Rus Ervin Funk, MSW, Secretary
Louisville, Kentucky

Rhonda Gerson, Treasurer
Houston, Texas

Candace Mosley, JD
National District Attorneys Association
Alexandria, Virginia

The Honorable Marshall B. Murray, JD
Milwaukee County Circuit Court
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Toby Myers, EdD, LCSW, LPC, Vice President
Houston, Texas

S. Gail Parr, JD, Vice President
Attorney at Law
Austin, Texas

Michael Shaw, MSW
Iowa City, Iowa

Deborah D. Tucker, MPA, President
Austin, Texas

Sarah M. Buel, JD, Director Emerita

Sarah Buel has spent more than 30 years working with battered women, abused children and juveniles within the legal system. Currently, Sarah is Faculty Director of the Diane Halle Center for Family Justice at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. She also teaches “Domestic Violence and the Law” and torts courses.

Previously she was a Clinical Professor at The University of Texas School of Law, having started, then co-directing their Domestic Violence Clinic. She is co-founder of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. Sarah has served as Special Counsel for the Texas District & County Attorneys Association, providing training, technical assistance and case assistance to prosecutors throughout Texas. For six years she was a prosecutor, most of that time with the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office in Quincy, MA, helping to establish their award-winning domestic violence and juvenile programs. Previously, Sarah served as a victim advocate, state policy coordinator and legal aid paralegal.

As a domestic violence survivor, Sarah has been committed to improving the court and community response to abuse victims. She was a welfare mother for a short time before working full time in the day and going to school at night for seven years to obtain her undergraduate degree in 1987. She then graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1990.

Sarah has written extensively on family violence issues. View her papers. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Commission (now the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence), the U.S. Department of Justice Advisory Council on Violence Against Women, the Board of Directors of Texas CASA, the Texas Women's Advocacy Project (now the Texas Advocacy Project), the Texas Health Initiative on Domestic Violence Leadership Team, and numerous other boards and commissions. She is also currently an adjunct professor at Harvard Medical School.

In 1991, Sarah received the Boston Bar Association’s Public Service Award. In 1992, she received the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer’s Award and the American Bar Association’s Top Twenty Young Lawyer’s Award. She narrated the 1992 Academy Award-winning documentary “Defending Our Lives” and in 1996 was profiled by NBC as one of the five most inspiring women in America. In 1997, Sarah received the American Congress of Obstetricians and GynecologistsPublic Service Award. In 1998, she received the University of Texas Law Fellowships Public Service Award. In 1999, Sarah received the National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA) Allied Professional Award. She received the 2001 American Bar Association’s Fellows Award and the first Harvard Law School Gary Bellow Public Service Award in 2002.

Sarah is most proud of her son, Jacey, who runs a Teen Dating Violence Intervention Program and counsels violent youth in Boston schools.

Antonia A. Drew-Vann, CDVC

Antonia, a nationally recognized activist and expert in the field of violence against women prevention and cultural competency, is a nationally Certified Domestic Violence Counselor and Chief Executive Officer and founder of Asha Family Services, Inc. (Asha).   Established in 1989, Asha is a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence intervention and prevention agency located in Milwaukee, WI.   Asha, the first and only recognized culturally specific domestic violence prevention agency in Wisconsin for African Americans, employs methods specific to groups among this population.   Asha (a Swahili and Indian word meaning “Life” and “Hope”) is a private, non-profit, spiritually-based agency that also works with incarcerated men and women since 1990.  Antonia maintains an extensive social network following that disseminates information specific to victims and those who love them. Asha operates Sistah's Coffee Shop and Deli and Sistahs' Nails & Hair Salon ~ these micro-enterprises are both job training and job development sites for program participants to enhance employable skills and to create jobs.  Asha’s transitional housing programs included up to 15 private living units for victims and their children. Asha’s approach is holistic also holding State license as an outpatient substance abuse treatment clinic that also includes STD and HIV/AIDS education, testing and counseling. 

Antonia, a formerly battered wife and survivor, began studying the impact of violence in her life and the lives of women and children in 1985.   She began to research and develop Asha’s programming through her life experiences, studies and most importantly, listening to the authentic experiences of “like” women. Subsequently program development continued through her spiritual convictions, and training under the guidance of an academic Board of Directors while mentored by a host of nationally recognized experts in the field.   Working directly with 1000’s of battered and abused women of all racial and socio-economic status, Asha has helped to save and change lives.  She developed a comprehensive training manual specifically to train Asha personnel in the provision of culturally competent services.  This manual was revised and is currently used to assist in training Healthy Start project personnel across the country to assess pregnant and post program participants for victimization. Since 1990, Antonia continues to work with female survivors of domestic and sexual violence in multiple prison systems as well as continues to provide education to groups of incarcerated men. 

She's received many honors, recognitions and awards throughout her career. Antonia is a involved in several local and state organizations and is a member of the National Steering Committee of the Institute on Domestic Violence In The African American Community and the Board Directors of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. In addition, she has written numerous articles and papers, including Developing Culturally-Relevant Responses To Domestic Abuse: Asha Family Services, Inc.

Read the recent article featuring Antonia, "Spotlight on Asha Family Series & Antonia Drew Vann" (page 13), Coalition Chronicles (volume 33, issue 2), End Domestic Abuse WI, Madison, WI: 2014.

Rus Ervin Funk, MSW, Secretary

Rus Ervin Funk is a consultant specializing in working with organizations and communities to promote healthy masculinities; equity, diversity and justice; and violence prevention.

Rus is a long-time activist and community organizer focusing on anti-racism, and gender justice. 

Among his organizing efforts, he is co-founder of DC Men Against Rape (now Men Can Stop Rape), MensWork:  eliminating violence against women, inc., the Own It Initiative (a project of The Center for Women and Families), the Ohio Men’s Action Network, White Folks Against Racism, among others. 

Rus serves on several national and transnational boards.  He is the secretary of the Board of the National Center on Sexual and Domestic Violence, serves as the Co-Chair of Male Engagement of World Without Exploitation  (WorldWE, an international coalition to combat human trafficking and exploitation) and is a co-founder of the North American Men Engage Network (NAMEN – a US and Canada network of efforts to engage and organize men to promote gender equality and gender justice) a where he currently serves on the Steering Committee and Newsletter Editor.

Rus is currently working with Nebraska to create statewide supports for engaging men to help end gender-based violence, with Metro-Louisville to help promote structures to support engaged and responsible fathering, the Jefferson County School system to create an environment supporting healthy masculinity, among others.

Rus has travelled extensively throughout the US and internationally, he is a sought-after trainer and speaker.  He was part of the coalition that crafted and worked to pass the original Violence Against Women Act (focusing on the Safe Campuses and Civil Rights sections of that law).

Rus has also written extensively.  In 1993, Rus wrote the first book in the US, by a man, for men about stopping rape (Stopping Rape:  A Challenge for Men, New Society Publishers).

Some of his recent publications include:

  • “The Role of adult pornography in intimate partner sexual violence perpetrators’ offending” (with Walter S. DeKeseredy) in Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence:  A Multidisciplinary approach to prevention, recognition and intervention (2017)  Ed by Louise McOrmond-Plummer, Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck and Patricia Easteal.  Routledge Press (pp 134 – 142). 
  • “Addressing and combating intimate partner sexual violence” (with Lundy Bancroft) in Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence:  A Multidisciplinary approach to prevention, recognition and intervention (2017)  Ed by Louise McOrmond-Plummer, Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck and Patricia Easteal.  Routledge Press (pp 179 – 189). 
  • “Men’s Work:  Men’s voices and actions against sexism and violence.” in Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. (2008)  Vol 36: 1 – 2; (pp 155 – 171).
  • “Be realistic, Demand the impossible: Taking action against pornography” in Pornography:  Driving the demand in international sex trafficking (2007) ed by Captive Daughters Media.(pp 346 – 381).

Rus lives in Louisville, KY, with his partner, their child, and cat who belongs to himself. He enjoys writing, baking, tending his roses, bike-riding, hiking and photography. Learn more about Rus at: www.rusfunk.me. Contact Rus at Rus@RusFunk.me or through his Facebook page.

Read the recent article featuring Rus, "Men with a Mission" (page 12), Today'sWoman, August 2012.


Rus Funk presents in Ohio.

Rhonda Gerson, Treasurer

Rhonda has been involved with the battered women’s movement since she began as a volunteer with Houston’s Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse in January 1981. She was the Executive Director of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse for 20 years, until her retirement April 1, 2001. Rhonda served on the Board of the Texas Council on Family Violence from 1987 to 1994, chairing the Board from 1989 through 1994. She is the recipient of both TCFV’s Statewide Leadership Award and Local Achievement Award. She is a recipient of the Hannah G. Solomon Award from the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Houston Section.

Rhonda chaired the Houston Police Department Task Force on Domestic Violence from 1988 to 1991, and in 1984, chaired a demonstration program in the Harris County District Attorney’s office, which resulted in today’s Family Criminal Law Division. She was a founding board member of WOMAN, Inc., a community housing development organization. She is a founding Board member of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence and currently serves as Chair of the Board. She also serves on the Governor’s Planning Council on STOP Violence Against Women, the Board of the Texas Freedom Network, and the Board of the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. Rhonda was appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to the Access to Justice Commission and is chairing the Commission’s Assisted Pro Se Committee. Rhonda has served on numerous other committees in the Houston area and statewide in Texas to address domestic violence, made presentations, participated in workshops, and provided training.

Candace Mosley, JD

Candace is the Director of Programs for the National District Attorneys Association and is responsible for the NDAA’s Annual National Conference on Domestic Violence. This is the premiere domestic violence conference for prosecutors and is attended by more than 1,000 every year. Prior to joining NDAA in 1993, she worked in the Family Criminal Law Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office (Houston, TX). She was a law clerk for United States Magistrate Calvin Botley, the Southern District of Texas and was Chief Counsel for Southern Methodist University, Criminal Justice Clinic.

She has extensive training and public speaking experience, including presentations for the National Center for State Courts/National Criminal Justice Association, the American Prosecutor’s Research Institute, National Black Prosecutors Association, Houston Police Department, Fort Bend Independent School District, and the Fort Bend County Women’s Center. She has served in various capacities for the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She has served on the National Advisory Board of the Battered Women’s Justice Project; the Advisory Committee of the American Bar Association Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly; the Board of Directors of the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation; Domestic Violence Focus Group of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office; Criminal Justice Advisory Group, Houston Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration Program, and the Board of Directors of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Candace received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas.

The Honorable Marshall B. Murray, JD

Marshall B. Murray graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, MA with a B.A. in Political Science and attained his J.D. in June 1986 from the New England School of Law in Boston, MA. In November 1999, Governor Tommy Thompson appointed him to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Branch 43, and Judge Murray was elected in April 2000, 2006 and 2012. Judge Murray has served as the Presiding Judge of both the Milwaukee Domestic Violence Court and the Milwaukee County Children's Court.

Judge Murray spent four years as a Milwaukee County circuit court commissioner prior to becoming a judge. Prior to his appointment as a court commissioner he worked for the Office of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office leading the Domestic Violence Unit.  He is currently a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Bar Association.

Governor Jim Doyle appointed Judge Murray as member of the Wisconsin Sentencing Commission in November 2004 and the Common Council President appointed him as a member of the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in 2006.  Judge Murray is a founding member of the Wisconsin Judicial Committee on Child Welfare and is the current vice chair of the Wisconsin Commission on Children, Families and the Courts.  He is also a lead judge for the Milwaukee Model Court and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) Project ONE initiative in Milwaukee County.

During his spare time Judge Murray is active in the community working with young people.  He is presently the Region II Boys Olympic Development Program Administrator.  When time permits, Judge Murray provides training for judges on the topics of child welfare and domestic violence, and serves as faculty for the NCJFCJ.  Judge Murray is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the NCJFCJ.  He is also a lecturer and board member of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence in Austin, TX.    Formally, he was the lead teacher and tutor for KAPLAN, Inc, where he instructed students on test-taking skills for the LSAT, ACT, MCAT, and GMAT. 

Most recently, Judge Murray assisted the American Judges Association to develop the Effective Adjudication of Domestic Abuse Cases , with the assistance of Futures Without Violence, and the National Center for State Courts, to provide a high-quality, web-based, comprehensive domestic violence education for judges. Using adult-learning instruction tools and interactive exercises, separate training modules on key issues allow new and experienced judges to learn at their own pace from national experts they might not otherwise have the time, opportunity or funding to see. The AJA offers this timely, engaging and convenient resource at no cost to judges who want to apply this state of the art learning to make our communities safer. He is a course faculty member.

Toby Myers, EdD, LCSW, LPC, Vice-President

Toby MyersA longtime worker in the Battered Women’s Movement, Toby Myers helped to found the first shelter in Houston, Texas. She was one of the original organizers of the Texas Council on Family Violence, the first board chair, and served 20 years on the Board. A founding member of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Toby is the Board Vice-Chair.

She was on the Jewish Advisory Committee of the FaithTrust Institute (formerly known as the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence) in Seattle, WA. Serving on the Steering Committee of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and chairing the Family Violence Advisory Committee for the Texas Department of Human Services, Toby was one of 150 appointees by then Surgeon General C. Everett Koop to his policy making group on Violence and Public Health. Formerly on the editorial boards of Violence Against Women and Religion and Abuse, she is a member of VAWnet's Applied Research Advisory Group.

Toby is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Myers has held a faculty post at Texas Women's University and adjunct positions at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston-School of Public Health and at the University of Houston Clear Lake. She developed and taught the first course in domestic violence in Texas. She is recognized as an Expert Witness in domestic violence cases. She founded and for many years, directed Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse's (AVDA) battering intervention program.

For having made a positive contribution to her community, Toby received the National Council of Jewish Women's Hannah G. Solomon Award. She received Special Commendation from the Texas Department of Human Services for her work on behalf of battered women. The Texas Council on Family Violence was first to call her the "Mother of the Texas Battered Women's Movement." The National Council on Crime Prevention and McGruff (who takes the bite out of crime) recognized her work with their Spotlight Houston Award. The Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Harris County named her their 2001 Woman of Distinction. Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse bestowed the DeeDee Ostfeld Award on her in 2010. The University of Houston Women's Archives has a collection of her papers.

Toby continues working in the field by participating in training, maintaining a limited private practice, sitting as a Chair Emerita of the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council-Death Review Team, serving on various boards, and continuing her work with attorneys, usually as an expert witness, in domestic violence cases.

Her vision is that people live in intimate relationships that are not only non-violent, but that are also mutually respectful, mutually satisfying, and growth promoting.

Read the recent feature, Legacy Snapshots ~ Leading advocates reflect or recalled: Toby Myers.

S. Gail Parr, JD, Vice-President

For nearly 20 years, Gail has been addressing violence against women issues through the law. From 1985-1991, she was the Staff Attorney for the Family Violence Project, a joint project of the Austin Center for Battered Women (now SafePlace) and Legal Aid Society of Central Texas (now Texas Rural Legal Aid). She was the Assistant Director for Public Policy for the Texas Council on Family Violence from 1991-1993. She was a partner in the law practice of Livingston & Parr from 1993-1994. She's been in private practice in Austin, since 1995. Early in her career, she was also a Research Attorney for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Assistant Director and Staff Attorney, Staff Counsel for Inmates, Texas Department of Corrections (now the Texas Department of Criminal Justice).

She is a Sustaining Member of the Pro Bono College and a Maintaining Member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. She is a former member and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Texas Women Lawyers; a former member and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV); a former member of the Board of Directors of Texas Legal Services Center; and a former member of the Texas Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Child Support and Visitation Guidelines.

Gail has trained for numerous organizations including, the Austin Center for Battered Women (now SafePlace); TCFV; the Texas Municipal Courts Association; Women & the Law Section, Travis County and State Bar of Texas; Volunteer Legal Services of Austin; Texas Lawyers Care; Texas Legal Services Center; and Austin Legal Secretaries Association.

She has authored several articles for the Family Violence Section Newsletter, State Bar of Texas; The Alert, newsletter of the Texas Legal Service s Center; The River, newsletter of TCFV; TCFV manuals; and the Volunteer Legal Services' Center Divorce Basics Training Manual.

Gail graduated with High Honors in Sociology (with a concentration in Social Welfare Studies) from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

Michael Shaw, MSW

For more than 25 years, Michael has worked in a variety of capacities as a social worker and youth worker. Currently, he is Vice-Chair of the Iowa Men's Action Network. Previously he was the Shelter Manager at the Waypoint Domestic Violence Shelter in Cedar Rapids, IA. Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Iowa City Community School District. Previously, he was an elementary school Family Resource Center Coordinator, Project Manager for West Wind Education Policy, Inc., and Safety and Accountability Audit Director for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence. He is a certified sexual assault and domestic violence advocate and an experienced trainer on a variety of sexual assault and domestic violence issues.

Michael received his Bachelor and Master degrees in social work from the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City with his partner Alison and his three children.

Listen to Michael and Emiliano C. Diaz de Leon, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, talk to PreventConnect's David Lee about why they signed a statement with more than 40 men titled, "Men Speak Out about Sexist Coverage of Rape: A Call to Action".

Deborah D. Tucker, MPA, President

Debby served as Executive Director of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV), a position she held from the organization's beginning in 1998, until February 2015. After accepting the position of Domestic Violence Specialist at Child Protective Services, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, NCDSV's Board of Directors elected her to the Board and the office of President.

To read Debby's complete bio, click here.



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