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 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.
Peter is a Los Angeles-based design consultant specializing in web and corporate identity design. He has worked on a broad spectrum of projects including Stamps.com, News Corporation, Red Mango, Paul Mitchell, Baby Ruth, LA Family Housing and Animal Wow. Prior to consulting, he taught art in the Los Angeles Unified School District at El Camino Real High School for three years. Peter received a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Education from UCLA.
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 28 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), serves on the advisory board of Take Back the Night and also served on the board of CALCASA (the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault).
Martha Lucia Marin
Martha is a Colombian native raised in L.A. and South Florida where she received a B.A. in Business Management from the University of North FL. She brings us a unique set of skills acquired from many years of for-profit management and a deep dedication to human rights. As a Program Coordinator for the Women’s Center of Jacksonville and FL Dept. of Health, she taught thousands of students on topics related to the prevention of sexual assault including cyber bullying, LGBTQ/sexual harassment, and teen dating violence as well as human trafficking. Martha is a public speaker, consultant and professional trainer.
Most recently she served as the Chair of the Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Coalition. Her international projects include a large-scale bi-lingual internship for the USAID Scholarships for Education and Economic Development at FL State College at Jacksonville. Martha first identified the lack of services for male survivors while teaching at a correctional facility. The need was overwhelming. In response she developed the life skills and healing curriculum, “YOU ARE WORTHY”!
Peter Pollard, MPA
Communications & Professional Relations Director
Peter has worked for more than 25 years as a social worker, sexual-abuse and domestic-violence prevention specialist, and survivor advocate. Before joining 1in6 in 2008, he was Public Education Director and Helpline Supervisor at Stop It Now!, and worked for 15 years as a state child-protection case manager. He currently acts as a group facilitator for a Certified Batterers Intervention Program in Western Mass, and since 2003, he has served as the Western Mass. Regional Coordinator for SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests).
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.
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.
Landry Ayres is a blogger and intern for 1in6. Raised in north Texas, he is currently a graduate student at George Mason University working toward his M.A. in Health Communication. His research focuses on resources for men who have unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood, the HIV/AIDS rhetoric of evangelical organizations, performance, and public speaking education. He is also a coach of the George Mason Forensics Team, and a public speaking instructor at a variety of institutes across the nation.
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.
Dante is an undergraduate intern currently working on his Russian Literature and World Arts and Cultures degrees at UCLA. He is originally from the San Fernando Valley, where he first got involved in community outreach efforts with Planned Parenthood and Adult Literacy at the LAPL. He wants to use literature and writing programs to help build communities and raise awareness for social causes.
A native of Los Angeles, Sage is a student of Psychology at the University of California, Davis, and recently completed degrees in the fields of Sociology, Psychology, and Addiction Studies. She is an advocate for foster youth, the LGBTQ community, and her fellow survivors of sexual abuse. Sage works with the transgender community at the Gender Health Center as well as with The Little Voices Project, which helps protect children from slipping through the cracks of the legal system. In her spare time, she is an artist, creative writer, and guitarist, and plans to pursue her graduate work in the field of Social Work at Sacramento State University.
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