Past Champions of Change

Past Champions of Change

Creating System-Level Reforms

Champions of Change work on a state or national level, to create system-level reforms in the way we respond to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and other forms of gender-based violence.

Mary Reina

REGISTERED NURSE/CERTIFIED SANE

A member of the National Honor Society of Nurses, as well as the International Association of Forensic Nurses, Ms. Reina provides expert testimony in the field of forensic nursing, and she contributed to the textbook entitled: Interpersonal Violence by G.W. Publishing.

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John Venuti

ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT OF CAMPUS SAFETY/CHIEF OF POLICE, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

John Venuti served on the Governor’s Task Force on Combating Sexual Assault in Higher Education and is a graduate of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Violence Against Women Leadership Institute.

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Shawn Becker

CRIME VICTIM SERVICES COORDINATOR, RICE COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

Shawn Becker has been championing positive change over the course of his 16-year career in law enforcement, including eight years as a detective specializing in…

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Liz Donegan

POLICE SERGEANT, AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT

Sergeant Liz Donegan led the Austin Police Department to revolutionize its investigation of sexual assault, and played an integral role in forming the Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit.

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Casey Gwinn

PRESIDENT, ALLIANCE FOR HOPE INTERNATIONAL

Casey Gwinn is the visionary behind the Family Justice Center movement, the rapidly developing, international approach of co-locating services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and their children.

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Mike Holt

POLICE CAPTAIN, JACKSON POLICE DEPARTMENT

Captain Holt’s tireless efforts led to the opening of a Family Justice Center in Jackson-Madison County, the Safe Hope Center, which brings together multidisciplinary components of integrated criminal justice and community response to domestic and sexual violence.

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Jerald Monahan

CHIEF OF POLICE, YAVAPAI COLLEGE

Chief Jerald Monahan has dedicated his 38-year law enforcement career to addressing violence against women and improving responses for survivors and their families.

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Shirley Paceley

VICTIM/DISABILITY ADVOCATE

Shirley Paceley is an author, international trainer, counselor, consultant, advocate, and visionary, who has worked at the intersection of violence and people with disabilities for nearly 45 years.

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Jacqueline Callari Robinson

CLINICAL FORENSIC NURSING PROGRAM CONSULTANT

In conjunction with the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Jacqueline Callari Robinson created a statewide training program for Adult/Adolescent and Pediatric SANEs.

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Tess Sherman

SENIOR CRIME ANALYST, AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT

Tess Sherman has created change in her community by working as a Crime Intelligence Analyst for the Austin Police Department since 1998, with a current focus on violent crimes.

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Gael Strack

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ALLIANCE FOR HOPE INTERNATIONAL

Gael Strack is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Alliance for HOPE International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating systems and social change through critical programs.

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Herb Tanner

PROSECUTION EXPERT

Herb Tanner served as the Director of the Violence Against Women Project for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM) from 2003 to 2016 where he trained two generations of prosecutors.

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NOMINATE A CHAMPION OF CHANGE

We are looking for individuals whose heartfelt commitment and tireless dedication have improved system-level responses to gender-based violence. By challenging the status quo, they effect real change, and they inspire others to follow in their footsteps. Do you know someone who fits the bill?

A Champion of Change is someone who:

  • Challenges the status quo to create system-level changes
  • Helps to support survivors and hold offenders accountable
  • Mentors the next generation of reformers and leaders