Sarah M. Buel, JD, Director Emerita
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
Antonia A. Drew-Vann, CDVC
Asha Family Services, Inc.
Ervin Funk, MSW, Secretary
Rhonda Gerson, Chair
Candace Mosley, JD
National District Attorneys Association
The Honorable Marshall B. Murray, JD
Milwaukee County Circuit Court
S. Gail Parr, JD, Treasurer
Attorney at Law
Iowa City, Iowa
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 Attorneys 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 Associations 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 Associations Public Service Award. In 1992, she received the Massachusetts Bar Associations Outstanding Young Lawyers Award and the American Bar Associations Top Twenty Young Lawyers 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 Gynecologists Public 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 Associations 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.
Rus is a long time activist working to prevent all forms of men's violence against women and others. As a community organizer, Rus has founded or co-founded dozens of grass-roots organizations in Texas, Washington, DC, Baltimore and Kentucky. Some of these organizations include: DC Men Against Rape (now Men Can Stop Rape), the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force, Baltimore Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse, Men for Gender Justice, People's Coalition for Justice, White Folks Against Racism, Feminist Against Pornography and Prostitution, Mobilizing to End Violence and most recently, MensWork: eliminating violence against women, inc.
Rus currently serves as the Executive Director of MensWork that has become one of the premier men's organizations in the country working to engage and mobilize men to end violence against women. Rus also currently is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and serves on the Board of the Association of Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA). He also sits on the Global Steering Committee of Mobilizing Men for Violence Prevention, and on the Steering Committee of the North American MenEngage Network (scroll down).
Rus is also a writer having written dozens of articles, chapters and two books related to violence prevention and engaging men and boys. Rus is a sought after speaker, trainer and consultant and travels throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America. His training style has been described as "wonderful," "refreshingly empowering," and "magnificent." He is currently working with the states of Ohio, New York and Michigan to support their efforts to create state-wide networks to engage men in their prevention of sexual and domestic violence, and developing the capacities of local communities within those states to engage men in prevention."
He lives in Louisville, KY, with his partner, their child, and their cat. He loves to garden, cook, take bike rides and play with his child. Learn more about Rus at: www.rusfunk.com.
Read the recent article featuring Rus, Men with a Mission (page 12), Today'sWoman, August 2012.
Rhonda has been involved with the battered womens movement since she began as a volunteer with Houstons 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 TCFVs 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.
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 Attorneys office, which resulted in
todays 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 Governors 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
Commissions 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
Candace is the Director of Programs for the National District Attorneys Association and is responsible for the NDAAs 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 Attorneys 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 Prosecutors Research Institute, National Black Prosecutors Association, Houston Police Department, Fort Bend Independent School District, and the Fort Bend County Womens 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 Womens 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 States Attorneys 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 Bachelors degree from the University of Houston and her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas.
Judge Murray has served on the Bench since 1996. In 1999, Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson appointed him to serve on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, a position he was re-elected to in 2000. Prior to his appointment to the Bench, he served was head of the Domestic Violence Unit in the Milwaukee County Attorneys Office. Prior to moving to the Milwaukee area, he worked for the Massachusetts Department of Social Services representing the State in all child custody, protection and adoption cases and he prosecuted juvenile sexual offenders for the Berkshire County District Attorneys Office.
|The Honorable Marshall B. Murray, JD
Judge Murray serves on the Board of Directors of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. He is the Director of the Wisconsin Boys Olympic Development Program of the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association. Judge Murray earned his Bachelors degree from Williams College in Williamstown, MA and his law degree from the New England School of Law in Boston.
A longtime worker in the Battered Womens 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, Treasurer
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.
more than 25 years, Michael has worked in a variety
of capacities as a social worker and youth worker. Currently,
he is the Shelter Manager at the Waypoint Domestic Violence Shelter. 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".