April began with a move into a new office in Toluca Lake. We now have a lovely view of a particularly verdant Griffith Park, and Steve LePore often remarks on how happy he is to hear the birds outside our window. Inside the new office, we have a brand new administrative assistant named Monica Wooters. She assists on creative projects, awareness campaigns, and translations. Monica’s also balancing a master’s program in Latin American studies, and her current research is on radical feminist rejections of the US-Mexico border. We’re really happy to have her on board.
April also brought Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and trainings to US military installations. On the clinical side, Rick Goodwin, our Training Initiative Director, worked with the LA Department of Mental Health and the Department of Probation. On the nonclinical side, I represented 1in6 at a joint base in Anchorage, Alaska, and Steve traveled to five different bases for presentations, to New York to meet with some key allies about future partnerships, and up to Oakland to meet with several Title IX and SVSA Task Force coordinators at the University of California Office of the President (UCOP). Tracey Awad, 1in6’s Training Coordinator, played a critical role in making all of our trainings and presentations a success during SAAM, and we’re ever-grateful for her passion and commitment to forging new professional relationships and helping men heal.
Other news: Meredith Alling, our jack of all trades/grant writer, applied for five different grants to expand our support group offerings in April, and has written seventeen total grants so far in 2017. She’s got more in the pipeline. Andy Langdon and his creative team released a series of videos for SAAM, each featuring four survivors discussing myths they encountered and had to work against; the response has been incredible. Martha Marin, 1in6’s Director of Special Projects, has been working to administer and grow 1in6’s online support groups, webinars, and inclusivity efforts. Martha will also be graduating from California State University, Sacramento’s MSW program this month — congrats Martha!
And finally, we want to welcome Tom Adolph to our board. Tom is an attorney in Houston, Texas. Since 1981 he has worked with Fortune 500 companies, startups, inventors, writers, and artists in intellectual property matters, general business matters, and litigation. He was a partner at the law firms Baker Botts and Jackson Walker, and since 2011 he has worked at his own law firm, Adolph Locklar. Tom is currently involved with Strake Jesuit College Preparatory—a local Catholic high school—and the Galveston-based charity Jesse Tree, which serves those in need of food, housing, and health care. His wife, Margie, is a court appointed special advocate who protects the best interests of children who have been abused and neglected. Tom has previously worked with or been on the boards of several charities and service organizations. He has a B.A. from Rice University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
Thank you all for your support. We’re excited for what’s yet to come for May and beyond in 2017.
Associate Executive Director
P.s. We were proud to support our partner Peace Over Violence and sexual assault survivors on #DenimDay, April 26th. Some 1in6 staffers had fun with it…