Founder, Executive Director
Steve brings over 29 years experience in nonprofit management and consulting to 1in6, which he founded in January 2007. He originally worked in the private sector as Director of Human Resources for Six Flags Corporation and Landmark Entertainment Group. In 1988, Steve co-founded My Friend’s Place, a resource center for homeless and runaway youth in Hollywood, California and became its full-time Executive Director in 1990. In June 1999, he left My Friend’s Place to found the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project, a community-based outreach program preventing high-risk behavior among students in his own neighborhood. Steve is a Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow (having researched effective strategies to address difficult social issues and create change through program and policy development) and a NO MORE campaign board member, and previously served on the board of CALCASA (the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault).
Development and Communications Director
Meredith has over nine years of experience advocating for survivors of sexual and domestic violence, beginning with her work volunteering for the New York City Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and working as a Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Emergency Room Advocate at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in the East Village. She brings to 1in6 a unique background in the arts, having received a BA in Art History from the University of Michigan and working in New York City for the artist Jeff Koons and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Rick Goodwin, MSW RSW
Consultant, 1in6 Training Initiatives
Rick is a clinician and trainer on issues concerning men’s mental health. Much of his work over the past twenty years has focused on male sexual trauma – managing both regional and national initiatives in Canada. Along with leading the development of the 1in6 training initiative, he now conducts training for professionals on issues of male sexual trauma and recovery as well as facilitates the online trauma recovery group services.
His training work on gender and violence has taken him to Jamaica, England, Cambodia as well as India. Rick co-authored Men & Healing: Theory, Research and Practice with Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (2009) – a guidebook is now being used to formulate services internationally. Rick was also lead investigator for Health Canada in the correlation between men’s experience of HIV and sexual violence.
Rick is the inaugural recipient of the Attorney General’s Award of Distinction for his work in “developing and implementing innovative victim service programs” (2007). He currently directs a collaborative practice in Ottawa (www.menandhealing.ca).
Born and raised in rural Indiana, Andy moved to Los Angeles for college. He received a B.A. in Film & Television Production from Loyola Marymount University, subsequently seeking opportunities within film related to social justice. Prior to joining 1in6, he worked with the video production team at Movieclips, followed by a transition to Fandango, where he functioned as a video editor and cinematographer. At Fandango, his work involved piloting their ‘I Love Movies’ video campaign, upon which the company’s brand redesign was centered. Andy specializes in directing, editing, and cinematography, but carries a broad set of skills relevant to the production of short-form video.
Martha Lucia Marin-Cun, MSW
Managing Director, Special Projects
Martha is an experienced educator, program manager, and technical assistance consultant in the sexual violence prevention, intervention and response field. Martha brings a unique lens informed by her background in business management, violence prevention, and clinical social work. Previously a program coordinator for the Women’s Center of Jacksonville and Chair of the Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Coalition, she developed programs in efforts to reduce violence and improve regional response systems focusing on underserved and disenfranchised communities. Martha has served on local, national, and international projects, advisory committees, and is a graduate student of Social Work at California State University Sacramento.
Heidi Sommer, PhD
Development & Program Evaluation Consultant
Heidi Sommer is a research consultant specializing in program evaluation and development for nonprofit organizations, as well as for privately funded initiatives. She received a BA in Communication Studies from UCLA, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from USC, and a PhD from the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy with a research focus on child welfare programs. Heidi most recently served as Evaluator for the Putting Pride into Practice Project, a privately funded, multi-county effort to improve the capacity of California’s child welfare agencies to serve the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in the foster care system. She previously served as Lead Investigator for a systems change assessment of California Connected by 25, an initiative to improve the educational, employment, housing and financial literacy outcomes of young people transitioning from the foster care system into adulthood.
Freelance Graphic Designer
Susie is a flexible visual artist with skills covering design, illustration, motion graphics, and 3D. In her free time, she is a luthier and paints plein air landscapes. Susie currently lives in Los Angeles, but was born on the other side of the earth in Vietnam. Over 20 years since, she’s still yet to adjust to this hemisphere’s day cycle.
Bryan is a San Francisco-based designer specializing in web design and front-end development. He has worked on a variety of projects for small to large businesses and non-profits, including the 2011 redesign of 1in6.org. After designing for a San Francisco startup, and starting one of his own companies, he joined Hawaii-based FareHarbor in 2012 where he leads product design. He has a passion for making things that people use and that make a difference. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Design Management from the Art Institutes International Minnesota.
Josh is a Los Angeles-based software engineer. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from New York University. Josh quickly realized his passion for technology and switched his career path. After working for several companies in New York and Washington DC he moved to Los Angeles to work for MySpace. For the past four years, Josh has been part of the technology team at a Los Angeles-based startup company in social recruitment.
Interns and Volunteers
Walter is from Buttonwillow, CA. He is a student at California State University Long Beach majoring in Marketing. Prior to moving to Long Beach, Walter resided and studied in San Diego where he initiated the organizing of a support group for gay, bisexual, transgender, and masculine-identified sexual violence survivors. Walter volunteers for the National LGBTQ Task Force as their Customer Experience Manager for their largest annual fundraiser. He also serves on the Advisory Board for The Heal Project whose goal is to prevent and end childhood sexual abuse. Walter brings his personal experiences to 1in6 as a survivor. He believes it’s everyone’s responsibility to preserve the lives of innocent children, encourage male survivors to thrive in their healing journey, and shift society’s narrative of sexual violence against men, especially those within the LGBTQ community. Walter loves cooking, meditating, exercising, and traveling. He’s passionate about social and racial justice issues and helping others who are in need.
Analytics, Design, and Social Media
Gil is a California writer, analyst, musician and sports-rules guru who specialized in the study of sex crimes and domestic violence while completing his Criminology, Law & Society and Social Ecology degrees at the University of California, Irvine.
A baseball and basketball sports official, Gil founded Close Call Sports & the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League, which is baseball’s home for objective analysis with comprehensive ejection and instant replay databases, and is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)’s Umpires and Rules Committee. He serves as Chair of his association’s Constitutional Committee and sits on Ethics & Grievance. When not analyzing data and trends or running up the court, Gil can be found playing the piano or organ. Gil is the Anaheim Duck’s organist (since the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs) and held a guest residency as Dodger Stadium organist during an August/September 2015 homestand.
Jared is originally from San Diego, CA. He recently moved to Los Angeles in order to pursue his Masters in Counseling Psychology/ Marriage and Family Therapy at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Jared received his BA in Behavioral Neuroscience and Theatre Arts & Performance Studies from the University of San Diego. Upon graduating, Jared served as a residential counselor at the San Diego Center for Children and as a registered behavior technician at Gateway Learning Group. Jared is passionate about people and enjoys new opportunities that allow him to gain invaluable experiences in the mental health field. Jared hopes to eventually serve children and adolescents as a credentialed drama therapist.