Creative Projects Manager
Meredith has a background in the arts. She received a BA in Art History from the University of Michigan and worked in New York City for the artist Jeff Koons, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Art + Commerce before moving to Los Angeles and joining the team at 1in6. While living in New York, she volunteered as an event organizer for the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault and as a Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence ER Advocate for Beth Israel Hospital. As part of her work with Beth Israel Hospital, she won a contest for her essay “A Day In The Life Of… A Rape Crisis Advocate.”
Tracey Awad, MPP
Tracey was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Irvine, and her Master’s in Public Policy from USC. She brings five years of non-profit development and event coordination to 1in6’s Training Program. Currently, she volunteers with partner organization Peace Over Violence as a Crisis Hotline Counselor and SART Counselor an Advocate. Tracey is dedicated to creating a world where all people are able to live happy, healthy, and safe lives.
Associate Executive Director
Arin was born and raised in Michigan. He received a BA in Creative Writing (Poetry), from Hope College, where he founded a nonprofit—Holland Is Ready—to combat anti-LGBTQ+ policies. He then attended graduate school at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he studied theological anthropology and political history, receiving an M. Div. Since then, Arin has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds. When Arin moved to Los Angeles, he worked for an education technology startup and, in his free time, volunteered with the Center for Health Justice, which serves people impacted by incarceration. Most recently, he worked as a clinical chaplain at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, where he provided spiritual care to patients and families in crisis.
Rick Goodwin, MSW RSW
Director, 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.
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).
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.
James is a video editor from Denver, Colorado. His work includes short form documentaries, music videos, short films, online web content, and graphic design. In his free time, James enjoys all forms of science fiction, creating art, and hiking.
Monica is a 3rd generation Los Angelean with a degree in Anthropology from the University of Southern California. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Latin American Studies. She has a varied background, having conducted primate research in the Panama Canal, lived among the Kaqchikel on Lago Atitlan in Guatemala, and has experienced some southern exposure while living in Raleigh, North Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. Her experiences as an operations strategist at a tech-based nonprofit in San Francisco, a human rights observer in the low-intensity warfare zones of southern Mexico, and a political analyst focusing on U.S. foreign policy in Mexico City, have afforded her an ample array of skills to draw on in navigating the nonprofit ecosystem. She also has a past life as a soft rock choir alto and is currently engaged in the burgeoning 4th wave feminist art community in Los Angeles.
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.
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.