This October 17 – 19 in Washington, DC, the Healthy Masculinity Summit will mark the beginning of the Healthy Masculinity Action Project. The summit’s structure, designed to be facilitated through conversations instead of presentations, requires skilled dialogue facilitators about multiple issues.
That’s where the topnotch faculty members for the Healthy Masculinity Summit come in. These individuals, representing a wide range of expertise and issues, will be the conversation-starters.
Healthy Masculinity Summit Faculty
Ruchira Gupta is the Founder and President of Apne Aap Women Worldwide – a grassroots organization in India working to end sex trafficking by increasing choices for at-risk girls and women. Ruchira testified in the United States Senate before the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in 2000, and she lobbied with other activists at the United Nations during the formulations for the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons -- resulting in the first UN instrument to address demand for trafficking in Article 9. In 2009 Gupta won the Clinton Global Citizen Award, in 2007 the Abolitionist Award at the UK House of Lords. She won an Emmy in 1997 for her work on the documentary “The Selling of Innocents,” which inspired the creation of Apne Aap.
Michael Kimmel is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world. His books include Manhood in America (1996), The Politics of Manhood (1996), The History of Men (2005), Guyland (2008), Misframing Men (2010) and, most recently, A Guy's Guide to Feminism. He is the founder and Editor of Men and Masculinities, the field's flagship journal. He was the founder of Santa Cruz Men Against Rape in 1978, and a founder of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism in 1980. Today he is University Distinguished Professor of Sociology at SUNY at Stony Brook, and he lectures extensively in corporations and on campuses in the U.S. and abroad.
Samantha Yakal-Kremski manages the domestic violence prevention (DVP) philanthropy program at the Verizon Foundation. She is responsible for the identification and implementation of national programs and partnerships, as well as oversees the grant process for the DVP philanthropy portfolio. Samantha joined the Verizon Foundation in January 2012. She previously worked for Johnson & Johnson and CA Technologies managing domestic and international philanthropy programs and employee engagement initiatives. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rutgers University and a certificate in Corporate Responsibility Leadership from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Johnny Rice II is a senior program associate with the Supervised Visitation Initiative at the Vera Institute of Justice. He has spent the past 16 years providing leadership, technical assistance and support to organizations in a variety of capacities that serve low-income fathers and families in the areas of child welfare, youth development and criminal justice in efforts to create safe and stable communities. In the past most notably Johnny held the position of Chief Operating Officer at the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore where he served as Director of the nationally recognized Men's Services Responsible Fatherhood Program.
Juan Carlos Areán is the director of the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza. Since 1991, he has worked to engage men across different cultures to become better fathers, intimate partners and allies to end domestic violence and achieve gender equity. He has led hundreds of workshops and presentations throughout the United States, as well as internationally. Juan Carlos’ concept of healthy, loving masculinity includes attention to the body, mind, heart and spirit. He and his family are blessed with an active spiritual life centered on meditation, gratitude, grounding and prayer practices.
Trina Scott is the Associate Director for Health Equity and Youth Empowerment at Advocates for Youth. She has been actively involved in sexuality education and adolescent sexual health for more than 10 years. Trina holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Management/Nutrition from Howard University, and is currently working on a dual Masters/PhD degree in Human Sexuality at Widener University. In addition, she is among the first graduating class of The Black AIDS Institute’s African American HIV University Community Mobilization College. Trina is a member and active participant in a number of community organizations in the DC metropolitan area.
James Pond is the Founder and CEO of Transitions, an organization restoring the lives of young girls rescued from sex trafficking through the power of a dream. After 8 years in the Marine Corps and 10 years in corporate America, James began working to combat sex trafficking in Southeast Asia. Transitions operates innovative and holistic programs for survivors that have gained international attention for their professionalism, pioneering spirit, and success. He has done extensive research on global slavery issues and consulted on anti-trafficking projects in Indonesia, Greece, India and the United States.
Micah Domingo is a 24-year-old rapper, utilizing hip hop to narrate his existence living, struggling and loving as a queer person of color. For the past 5 years, Micah has been dominating stages around Boston, NY, and Montreal opening for artists such as Dead Prez, Blu, Le1f, and Mykki Blanco. As a queer, transman born to South African immigrants, he tells his story with rawness, aggression, wit, and vulnerability. When he’s not performing, you can find him in churches, classrooms, and conferences educating people on many aspects of transgender life.
As Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Officer for the Urban Leadership Institute, L.L.C., David Miller has built a national reputation as a leader who improves the lives of children, youth and families. David has written or co-authored several publications, including “Khalil’s Way”, "Raising Him Alone: Things Black Women Can Do to Raise Boys to Be Men" and "Lessons I Learned from My Father: A Collection of Quotes from Men of African Descent." A former Baltimore educator, David blends his longtime dedication to academic excellence with a gritty teaching approach. He uses positive, engaging interaction with youth while teaching critical life skills.
K. Shakira Washington is Director of Research and Community Outreach at Human Rights for Girls. Her work is focused on developing a research agenda addressing the unique human rights needs of girls and young women impacted by violence; expanding existing connections with community-based programs working with girls and young women; and developing and implementing girl leadership and advocacy trainings. Shakira is also a doctoral student at University of Maryland, College Park in the School of Public Health. Her primary area of interest is the influence of direct and indirect violence as a determinant of individual and community health.
RACHEL B. FRIEDMAN, Deputy Director of Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR), works closely with MCSR’s Executive Director, helping to set priorities and direction for the organization’s short- and long-term goals. She focuses on the management of day-to-day activities, including the smooth integration of policy, development, finance, communications, programs, and administrative functions to ensure seamless operations and achievement of strategic goals. Rachel formerly held the position of Director of Foundation and Government Grants at Men Can Stop Rape, helping to secure over $3 million by seeking out new funding sources and engaging in outreach with funders and donors.
Pam Herath served as Athletic Director for sixteen years and then took on the role of Dean of Students from 2007-2011 at the Edmund Burke School in Washington, DC. During this time she coached both boys and girls in volleyball, basketball and track/field, served as President of the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference, and led SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) workshops for Edmund Burke faculty and staff. Over the course of her career Pam developed and taught various courses, including a 12th grade sexuality elective, by far one of her favorite endeavors.
Jakob Little is 15-year-old Montgomery Blair High School student and an honorary Men of Strength club member with a passion for music and change. He has served various non-profits, including Community of Hope, Men Can Stop Rape, Faith and Money Network, and Little Friends for Peace. Jakob has worked on the Healthy Masculinity Action Project Summit video, capturing the views of many young men. In middle school he helped initiate a “Free Style Friday” hip hop program during lunch to create an outlet for students and encourage the administration to respect this form of self-expression.
Nigel Okunubi is the Director of Youth Development at Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR). He oversees MCSR’s nationally acclaimed Men of Strength Club, which provides young men with a structured and supportive space to build individualized definitions of masculinity that promote healthy relationships. Nigel has also served in volunteer, consultant, program coordination and directorship capacities with non-profit organizations such as: The Empower Program, College Summit, The Fannie Mae Foundation and Hispanic Heritage Foundation. In July 2007, Nigel founded a volunteer-based entrepreneurship program called The Adams Morgan Youth Leadership Academy (AMYLA) in the Adams Morgan community where he grew up.
Quentin Walcott is the CONNECT Co-Executive Director along with Sally MacNichol, both of them working together as allies to prevent all forms of violence. Through his bold work, Quentin is pushing communities to redefine manhood and is building a society that embraces equality, mutuality and rejects violence as the status quo. At CONNECT he has created a wide range of programming on manhood and fatherhood that has been delivered across New York City, including programs for teens. Quentin’s inventive work, vision, and activism were recently honored by NOW – NYC when he received their 2012 Susan B. Anthony Award.
Emilio Vicente has been working on comprehensive sex education since his junior year of high school with Teen Health Now in North Carolina and Advocates for Youth. Emilio lobbied and collected signatures to pass the Health Youth Act in 2009, which allows parents of youth in NC to decide whether their children are taught comprehensive sex education or abstinence until marriage education. He took a gap year before college to advocate for immigrants’ rights, organizing in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, and Seattle and is now a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Eve Birge serves as the liaison for gender-based violence and domestic human trafficking prevention in the Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS). OSHS is a subdivision within the U.S. Department of Education responsible for providing financial and technical assistance for drug and violence prevention activities and activities that promote the health and well-being of students. She is currently on detail at the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice. As OVW’s public engagement coordinator, Eve continues to act on behalf of the Department of Education on issues related to child exploitation.
Amy Terpeluk is a Partner at Finn Partners. After spearheading regional marketing campaigns for New Line Cinema, including the studio's top 10 highest grossing films such as Austin Powers and The Lord of the Rings, Amy used what she learned in the entertainment industry to focus on public relations for societal issues. Among her many accomplishments at Finn Partners, she has managed Liz Claiborne Inc.'s award-winning Love Is Not Abuse campaign to fight teen dating abuse and was awarded the PRSA Bronze Anvil Award of Excellence for Speeches.
Ulester Douglas is the Associate Director at Men Stopping Violence. Ulester has provided expert consultation, training and keynote presentations in 40 states, the Caribbean, and Great Britain. In 2003, Lifetime Television and the National Network to End Domestic Violence honored Ulester for his work to end violence against women. He has authored and co-authored articles and curricula on family violence and other human rights issues and has been interviewed by several national and local media including CNN, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, and The Al Sharpton Show.
Tonya Lovelace is the Director of the Women of Color Network (WOCN), a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV). She draws upon two graduate degrees, a former role as adjunct instructor for several accredited universities, and years of direct service, systems change, project coordination, and national, state, and local anti-oppression and cultural competency training experience to lead the overall development and growth of the WOCN Project. Tonya also oversees the national training, technical assistance and support provided to WOCN constituents and colleagues by staff, Advisors, Mentor Project, and consultants across the country.
Eesha Pandit is the new Executive Director of Men Stopping Violence. She brings a wealth of experience to the position. Eesha previously worked as Women’s Rights Manager at Breakthrough, a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture, and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action for human rights. She also served as Director of Advocacy at Raising Women’s Voices, where she coordinated a national field network of 22 state-based regional coordinators, and she was the Associate Director of Programs at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College.
Ami Lynch is the Vice President of Gender and Special Populations Research at Social Solutions International, Inc. She participates in a wide range of research and programming initiatives, collaborates with numerous organizations in program implementation and evaluation, and writes curricula and publications, as well as grant writing and grant evaluation – all with a focus on gender. As a former professor at the George Washington University in Women’s Studies, Ami often serves as Curriculum Designer on projects. Her courses at GWU included “Discerning Masculinities,” “Hate Crime in Our Communities,” “Gender and Violence” and more, teaching graduate and undergraduate students.
Rev. Rob Keithan is Director of Public Policy at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Previously, Rob served as Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Washington Office, a consultant to the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries, and as a consulting minister at two Unitarian Universalist congregations. He has experience with leading men’s groups and dialogue sessions as well as training facilitators to provide comprehensive sexuality education. Rob is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, a member of All Souls Church, Unitarian, and a proud longtime resident of Washington, DC.
Cole holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and has worked as a community facilitator, strategist, and consultant for the last 15 years. In 2010 Cole launched the Brown Boi Project, the first program in the country to bring trans men, queer men, straight men, and masculine of center women of color together to build a new vision of masculinity. A Black Male Achievement Echoing Green Fellow, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and White House Harry S. Truman Scholar, she has worked across the US and internationally on issues of leadership development.
Anne Menard is the Executive Director of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV). Since the mid-70s, Anne has worked on policy, practice and research issues affecting domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, with a particular focus on survivor-defined advocacy and public policy affecting women and their families, especially those living in poverty. After serving as a senior consultant to the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services during 2005, she returned as Director of NRCDV, a position she previously held from 1994-99.
As Program Director of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Kenya Fairley oversees the technical assistance, training, and resource development components of the organization. She also coordinates the National Domestic Violence Awareness Project, which creates a forum for a diverse group of professional advocates from national organizations and culturally specific institutes to provide input on issues of national importance; those emerging issues and ideas are then converted into resource tools and materials for use by advocates and allies. Kenya’s background is in victim advocacy, project management, training, and child welfare.
ROB OKUN is editor and publisher of Voice Male, a print and online magazine chronicling the social transformation of masculinity. A former executive director of the Men’s Resource Center for Change, he speaks about men and masculinity at conferences and campuses and frequently writes for print publications and websites including Ms., Women’s E-News, V-Day, and AlterNet. His commentaries on men and violence and fathering were long broadcast on public radio. A psychotherapist and equal rights justice of the peace, he officiates at weddings in Massachusetts and beyond.
Michael Speer, PhD, offers experience and consulting expertise in group dynamics, team building, and organizational leadership effectiveness. He is working with the HMAP National Partners to prepare the Healthy Masculinity Summit Faculty to facilitate discussions. He teaches leadership and group dynamics at the University of Maryland. A member of the Washington-Baltimore Center for the Study of Group Relations, Michael served as its president from 2001-2004. He is a founding board member of the recently established Chesapeake Center for Public Leadership and serves on the board of the A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems.
Olga Acosta Price, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and is associate professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health. As founding director of the School Mental Health Program (SMHP), she coordinated, implemented, and evaluated comprehensive school-based mental health programs in more than 30 public schools in Washington, DC. Olga has written numerous articles and book chapters on children’s mental health and school-based services and has presented at national conferences and meetings on children’s health.
Loribeth Weinstein is the CEO/Executive Director of Jewish Women International (JWI), an organization of more than 75,000 donors, members and supporters committed to protecting the rights of all women and girls to live in safe homes and thrive in healthy relationships. Under her decade of leadership JWI has created dozens of innovative programs and philanthropic initiatives for women and girls. Today JWI is a leading organization working in the United States and abroad to empower women and girls – through economic literacy; community training; healthy relationship education; and the creation of initiatives that build women’s leadership.
Rosalind Wiseman is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World, the groundbreaking bestselling book that was the basis for the movie Mean Girls. Her follow-up book, Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads, addresses the social hierarchies and conflicts among parents and is now being made into a major motion picture by New Line Cinema. In addition, Rosalind has written the Owning Up Curriculum, a comprehensive social justice program for grades 6-12 which is in widespread use across the country.
Andrew Barnett is the Executive Director of the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), the only community-based organization in the Washington, DC metro area solely dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Through Andrew’s leadership, SMYAL has refined its program to focus on empowering LGBTQ youth through leadership development and advocacy. His passion is empowering LGBTQ youth to be advocates and change agents; he also trains teachers and providers who shape the lives of youth. In 2010, Barnett received the Metro Weekly Next Generation Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of LGBT activists, artists, and leaders under 30.
Jacquelyn Boggess is Co-Director of the Center for Family Policy and Practice and President of Women in Fatherhood. Jacquie is an expert on investigation of the welfare system, the family law courts, and the child support system. Her particular interest lies in the interrelations among these systems, and how the social welfare policy and practice that result from this relationship affect low-income fathers, mothers, and children. Her work has resulted in connections and collaborations with domestic violence organizations and progressive advocacy groups working to prevent poverty, violence, and bring economic justice for parents and children.
Ted Bunch is Co-Founder of A CALL TO MEN. He is recognized both nationally and internationally for his expertise in organizing and educating men in the effort to end violence against women. Ted has trained at colleges and universities throughout the United States as well as in the National Football League and has spoken in places like Israel, Suriname, South Africa, Ghana, Brasil, and Puerto Rico. Appointed as a committee member by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, he participates in UNiTE, an international network of male leaders working to end violence against women.
Joe Ehrmann is the Founder and President of Coach for America. He was named to Syracuse University’s All-Century Football Team and honored as the Baltimore Colts Man of the Year. Parade Magazine called Joe “the Most Important Coach in America” for his work transforming the culture of sports, and the Institute for International Sport identified him as one of the “100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America.” Joe’s new book, InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives, has helped thousands of coaches put his philosophy into practice.
Kristina Gilchrist is an award-winning poet, author and community activist who works with non-profit organizations throughout the DC area. Her newest book, Praise Him for the Pain Too: My Journey from Victim to Survivor is a self-help workbook memoir helping readers to take daily steps toward healing. She regularly lends her voice and time to issues affecting women and teens. As Founder of My Little Sister’s Keeper, she empowered teenage girls to live healthy lives, and she served on the Board of Directors at Urban Youth Empowerment Program of America, Inc.
Neil Irvin is the Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR). Neil is a highly committed and collaborative professional with over 25 years of youth development and leadership experience. He cultivates MCSR’s strategic partnerships with state and federal agencies as well as private and corporate foundations, and he oversees the organization’s programs, which include the award-winning Men of Strength Club. Well known throughout the country in the field of gender-based violence prevention, Neil currently serves on the Department of Justice’s National Advisory Committee and is a member of the NoVo Foundation’s prestigious Move to End Violence initiative.
Patrick McGann is the Director of Strategy & Planning at Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR). Patrick has co-authored a comprehensive Sexual Assault Prevention Strategy for the U. S. Department of Defense and overseen the creation of two sexual assault prevention social marketing campaigns launched on U.S. military installations worldwide. He was also responsible for developing MCSR’s Where Do You Stand? and [YMOST] Young Men of Strength social marketing campaigns, recognized as the nation's best-designed bystander intervention campaigns targeting middle school to college age young men for sexual assault prevention.
Jim Marsh is a licensed professional counselor. He has been working with children, youth, and families for over 20 years in a variety of settings. As pastor, spiritual director, educational advocate, intensive outpatient group therapist, and individual and family therapist, he has helped to provide the necessary guidance and accountability to help clients realize their unique potential. He specializes in working with adolescent young men and their families, and uses an eclectic approach to treatment, addressing each person’s needs in the ways that will achieve the results they want.
Delilah Rumburg has served as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape since 1995. Delilah served on two Department of Defense Task Forces on Sexual Assault. Both Task Forces issued reports to the U.S. Congress with their findings and recommendations. In addition, she previously served as a member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) on Violence Against Women, under Attorneys General Janet Reno, John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzalez. In 2011 she travelled to South Africa with the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women and served as faculty on the Sexual Violence Institute.
Tonya Turner, Esq., the Senior Staff Attorney at Break the Cycle, oversees legal services, supervises staff attorneys, and provides direct legal services. She trains MPD Officers and adult service providers about domestic violence laws that impact young people. Tonya is on the faculty of the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence and has provided skills training with the National Institute on Civil Representation of Victims of Domestic Violence. She is also on the advisory board for Show Me Love – a local campaign to raise awareness in DC’s LGBTQ communities of legal rights.
A former marketer of global brands such as Gatorade, Lucky Charms, and Kodak, and reporter for the Village Voice, Brian O’Connor is the Director of Public Education Campaigns and Programs for Futures Without Violence. There, Brian crafts national and international violence prevention campaigns for a variety of audiences. His work engaging men inspires them to model positive masculinity and teach boys that violence never equals strength. Brian holds a master's from Columbia University and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. He is the former president of the board of Root Division, an arts education non-profit based in San Francisco where he lives.