Steve brings over 30 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 a Hollywood-based 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).
Meredith has over ten years of experience advocating for survivors of sexual and domestic violence, having volunteered for the New York City Coalition Against Sexual Assault and as a Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Emergency Room Advocate at Beth Israel Hospital in New York before moving to Los Angeles and starting work with 1in6. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University, Long Beach.
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.
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.
For more than a decade, Seth has worked for educational, arts, and other nonprofit organizations as an administrator, counselor, writer, and consultant. He has applied his background in philosophy, politics, and creative writing to penning speeches, grant writing and development, and volunteer training and education. His professional experience includes time at The California Science Center Foundation, the Corita Art Center, USC, Art Center College of Design, and the Media Access Group. Seth received his M.F.A. and M.A. from the California Institute of the Arts, and in addition to his personal writing practice, he is actively involved in writing about mental health as a regular contributor to The Mighty.
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.
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.
Claire is the Legal Director for the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc. In that role, she led the design, implementation, and management of the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs’ Community Justice Project, a 5-year pilot legal service program serving over 500 sexual assault survivors and 11 rape crisis centers.
For over 35 years, Claire has worked in the anti-violence field as a victim advocate, trainer, police officer, prosecutor, and finally, as a civil attorney. She’s worked in rape crisis centers in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New Mexico. She was a child abuse and sex crimes prosecutor in the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque and then served as the Director of the Violence Against Women Division of the New Mexico Attorney General’s office. Her prosecutions have been featured on true crime shows and in novels, documentary films, and news media.
As a private consultant Claire advises universities, the U.S. military, prosecutor’s offices, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice on matters relating to effective responses to crimes of sexual violence. She has a B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law.
Anthony Edwards is probably best known as Dr. Mark Greene on the series “ER”. Edwards has received four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Edwards has won three Screen Actor’s Guild Awards (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series in 1996 and Best Ensemble Cast in 1998 and 1999.) He won the Golden Globe Award in 1998.
In the theater Edwards can currently be seen on Broadway in the revival of “Children of a lesser God”. Previously, he appeared in Classic Stage Company’s Month in the Country. WPA Shem Bitterman’s Frozen, Williamstown Theater festival Harvey and Joyce Carol Oates’s Black
Edwards has starred in more than 20 features, including his memorable turn as “Goose” in the blockbuster feature Top Gun. Edwards’ recent films include Consumed, Experimenter
Other television credits include “Law and Order True Crimes: the Menendez Murders”, “Zero Hour”, “Girls”, “Blue Bloods”, “Billions”, “Northern Exposure”. He also starred in the series, “It Takes Two”, opposite Richard Crenna, Patty Duke, and Helen Hunt as well as the telefilms In Cold Blood, El Diablo, Hometown Boy Makes Good, Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story, High School USA and The Killing of Randy Webster.
Edwards made his feature directing debut with My Dead Boyfriend in 2016. He also directed several episodes of “ER”.
Edwards was an Executive Producer of the HBO biopic Temple Grandin, which won multiple Emmys and Golden Globes.
Indrajit is a finance professional based in New York, with over 25 years of experience in investment banking. Most recently, he served as the global head of Prime Services at Credit Suisse, overseeing the financing and brokerage services to hedge fund clients, as well as the funding and liquidity of the Equities division.
Before joining Credit Suisse in 2009, Indrajit was at Merrill Lynch where he was COO of Prime Services. There he was responsible for risk, profitability and strategy, and was the head of funding, capital and liquidity for the Equities division. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mr. Bardhan spent 13 years with Goldman Sachs Securities Services in New York and London where he traded a range of products including convertibles, warrants, stock loan and delta one products.
Dr. Bardhan holds a bachelor’s degree from IIT in Mumbai India as well as a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in operations research from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Dr. Bardhan lives in New York with his wife and four children.
Dr. David Lisak is a founding member of the 1in6 Board of Directors and a retired Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has studied the long term effects of childhood abuse in adult men, and the relationship between early abuse and the later perpetration of violence. His research has been published in leading journals in psychology, trauma, and violence, and he was the founding editor of the journal, Psychology of Men and Masculinity.
In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Lisak has served as a faculty member of the National Judicial Education Program and the American Prosecutors Research Institute and he consults frequently with law enforcement and prosecutors on sexual violence and homicide cases across the country. Dr. Lisak has conducted workshops in all fifty states, and he also consults widely with universities, the U.S. military, and other institutions regarding sexual assault prevention and policies.
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Tom is an attorney in Houston, Texas. Since 1981 he has worked with Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, 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. Tom and Margie have six children and five grandchildren, each one their favorite.
Greg is the former owner of Business Archives, a company involved in the records management industry. The company was started by Greg in 1987 and recently sold to the industry leader, Iron Mountain. At the time of its sale the company had revenues of approximately $5.2 million and employed 35 people. Prior to starting Business Archives, Greg worked in the oil and gas industry for nine years. His last assignment was based in Cairo, Egypt where he was the Mideast Regional Sales Manager for an oilfield chemical company.
Greg is currently involved with several nonprofit boards in the Frederick, MD area. These organizations include Heartly House, an organization focusing on domestic violence and sexual abuse, and one of the local Rotary clubs, where he serves on the board of directors as well as chairing its Community Service Committee. He recently ended a term on the board of St. Thomas More, an independent catholic school. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Distribution and an MBA from Texas A&M University.
Reggie Walker is a former NFL linebacker who began his career playing for Kansas State University before being drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2013. After a six-year career, he decided to retire from football, returning to Kansas State University as a student to complete his undergraduate degree. Reggie currently lives in Kansas City with his wife, Chelsea, and their two daughters. His sights are now firmly set on earning a master’s degree in counseling, and helping other men and athletes on their path to recovery.
Ari is a Los Angeles native. In 1996, while attending graduate school at UCLA, he co-founded Stamps.com, which is now the internet postage leader, commanding over 85 percent market share. Ari was responsible for venture capital relationships, regulatory relationships, and strategic partnerships. In 2000, he left Stamps.com to co-found Archive, Inc., a data storage software company, which was sold in 2002. Ari then returned to his alma mater, Harvard-Westlake, to teach American history and coach basketball for several years before becoming Bright Star Schools’ first CEO in late 2007.
Ari is a founding partner of Social Venture Partners Los Angeles and has held positions on the boards of Ethos Water, eTeamz, and CoreObjects Software. Ari’s nonprofit experience includes service on the boards of directors of the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund of Los Angeles, the Literacy Network of Greater Los Angeles, and Jewish Big Brothers-Big Sisters. Ari holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and psychology from UC Berkeley in addition to Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from UCLA.
Dr. Gary Foster’s work and research interests center on addressing the problems of violence. He currently manages the Living Well service that provides assistance to men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault in addition to their partners, family, and friends. His doctoral thesis ‘Male Rape and the Government of Bodies’ examined the limits of current understanding and governmental response to the problem of male rape.
Gary has taught at the University of Queensland in the areas of gender and sexuality, where he helped develop and present an advanced counseling subject in ‘Working with family violence.’ Gary has presented at national and international conferences in relation to working with men subjected to sexual abuse. In 2011 he co-authored Living Well: A Guide for Men. He is interested in developing creative ways of training and talking that assist in diminishing the influence of sexual violence in all people’s lives.
Patti has been the Executive Director of Peace Over Violence (formerly LACAAW – the Los Angles Commission on Assaults Against Women), for 22 years. It is one of the oldest sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence prevention centers in the country. Under Patti’s direction, Peace Over Violence has become one of the leading domestic violence/sexual assault prevention agencies in the United States and Patti is considered a national expert in the field. She has co-authored several books, including 50 Ways to a Safer World and What Parents Need to Know About Dating Violence. In 2004 Patti was honored for her commitment to preventing violence and promoting peace with a California Peace Prize from The California Wellness Foundation.
Patti holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Buffalo and a M.A. in nonprofit management. A black belt in karate and a master self-defense trainer, Patti founded the first women’s martial arts school in Southern California in 1978. Patti has also spearheaded advocacy efforts in support of the Sexual Assault Victims’ DNA Bill of Rights in California.
In 1986 Greg became the first American to win the most difficult and prestigious bicycle race in the world, the Tour de France. Greg won the Tour de France a second time in 1989 and made history yet again with a third victory in 1990. Greg also won the title of World Bicycle Road Racing Champion three times and has been recognized for his accomplishments. Greg was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year in 1989, ABC’s Wide World of Sports’ Athlete of the Year (twice), and one of the “50 Greatest Athletes of the Century” by the Fox Sports Network. He has also received the Super Prestige Pernod awarded for best cyclist in the world and USA Cycling’s Korbel Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is a member of the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame.
Prior to his formal retirement from competitive cycling in 1994, Greg founded a successful bicycle company and has a line of bicycles including the Washoe Reynolds Steel. In 2002, Greg and Kathy founded LeMond Fitness, which produces high quality indoor exercise bikes. Today, the LeMond family resides in Medina, Minnesota. Greg’s passions include nurturing young cyclists and pursuing an active calendar of public appearances to support and mentor athletes and kids in fitness and cycling.
Martin is a highly successful actor in theater, television and film, and an award-winning author. His Broadway performances include Cabaret, Titanic, Spamalot, Bells Are Ringing, Big River, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and A Christmas Carol. His Off-Broadway performances include A Man of No Importance at Lincoln Center Theater, and The Cider House Rules with the Atlantic Theater Company. His film/TV credits include Possible Side Effects, The Next Big Thing, Private Parts, and Law & Order.
When Martin was 12 years old, he was manipulated by a camp counselor into what became a 3-year sexually abusive relationship. Years later Martin wrote a book about his experiences during and after the abuse, including its aftermath in his adult life and relationships. The Tricky Part: A Boy’s Story of Sexual Trespass, A Man’s Journey to Forgiveness, won a 2005 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award and a 2005 Lambda Literary Award. Martin was also awarded a 2004 OBIE and two Drama Desk Nominations for his one-man play, The Tricky Part, based upon his award-winning memoir.
Todd Schneider is an associate with Paul Hastings, LLP where his practice focuses on intellectual property and technology transactional matters. He has extensive experience in trademark application and patent prosecution, with an emphasis in the computer, electrical, and mechanical arts.
Todd holds a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law where he was a member of the San Diego International Law Journal. He also holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.