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Nathan Galbreath

Nathan Galbreath
Deputy Director of the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office


Deep Dive into Reporting and Prevalence Data


Deputy Director of the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, Nathan Galbreath is the department’s expert for prevention and response programs, and their relationship to behavioral health, forensic science, criminal investigation, and sex offender assessment and treatment. He is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology at USUHS. He has published a book chapter on child molesters, co-authored a chapter on sexual disorders and the Internet, and co-authored journal articles relating to sex offender recidivism and online sexual problems.

Elizabeth Brady

​Elizabeth Brady
Project Director, Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention, The State University of New York

Proven and Promising Strategies and Resources for Prevention and Postvention

Elizabeth Brady is the Project Director of Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention at The State University of New York. Her professional background is in violence prevention education, victim advocacy, and peer education development on college campuses. She has developed and implemented several programming and educational initiatives for college aged students including a men’s initiative, focusing on engaging men in the efforts to end sexual and interpersonal violence, and an affirmative consent campaign. Elizabeth has an MBA from Western Connecticut State University and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Southern Connecticut State University. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Scranton with her B.A. in Women’s Studies/B.S. in Counseling and Human Services.

Rebecca Harrington

Rebecca Harrington
SUNY Oneonta



Proven and Promising Strategies and
Resources for Prevention and Postvention

Rebecca Harrington, MA is the Health Educator at SUNY Oneonta where she provides leadership to both the know violence interpersonal violence prevention committee (Instagram/Facebook “knowviolence_oneonta”) and the Alcohol & Other Drug committee. She's perhaps best known on her own campus for pushing the bubble on creative taglines.

Rebecca has contributed many hours to SUNY system's initiatives including serving on the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Task Force on Sexual Violence Prevention's Subcommittee for Student Onboarding and Ongoing Education, contributing posters system-wide that illustrate aspects of the SUNY Sexual Violence Policy in student-friendly ways, and most recently in the development of the SPARC online training module.

She is a 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award winner for Professional Service. Other honors include being recognized by the American College Health Association's as a Best New Professional in 2009 and being awarded the SUNY Oneonta Fran Daley award in 2012 in recognition of excellence within the Student Development division.

Her life balance includes playing tenor saxophone and singing with the band Blues Maneuver, one of the busiest working bands in the Catskills. Current free time interests include building furniture, a wide variety of home improvement adventures and spending time with her 10 year old Lego genius/Star Wars fanatic, Eli. You can find her on social media as #LegoMom.

Gemma Rinefierd, Ed.D.,

Gemma Rinefierd, Ed.D.
Director



Proven and Promising Strategies and Resources for Prevention and Postvention

Gemma Rinefierd is the Founding Director of the SUNY Student Conduct Institute. Gemma has worked in higher education for over 15 years and has regularly developed trainings within higher education. Gemma has worked at small colleges, and large research universities both in New York and abroad. Gemma received her Doctorate of Education as well as a Certificate in Program Evaluation from the Margaret Warner School of Human Development at the University of Rochester, her Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University and a Bachelors Degree in English from SUNY Albany. Working as a practitioner in the field as the Director of Student Conduct at SUNY Cortland, as well as Associate Proctor for Residents’ Conduct at the University of Essex, Gemma brings a focus to the practical application of regulatory guidance, case law and statutes to the Student Conduct Institute. Gemma has worked in Residential Life and Student Conduct, focusing on student leadership, student development, and student behavior. She has been active within SUNY Student Conduct Administrators. and has attended the Ghering Institute and national ASCA and NASPA conferences to focus on best practice in the field.

Dr. Sarah McMahon

Dr. Sarah McMahon
Associate Professor and Director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children MSW, Ph.D., Rutgers

Leading Factors: The Impact of Climate on
Sexual Assault

Sarah McMahon is an Associate Professor at the Rutgers University School of Social Work and Chancellor’s Scholar for Violence Prevention. She also serves as the Director for the School’s Center on Violence Against Women and Children. Her research focuses on violence against women, with an emphasis on using ecological frameworks to examine prevention and social change. Dr. McMahon has extensive experience in designing and implementing quantitative and qualitative studies with college students to measure their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to sexual violence, with a focus on bystander intervention and campus climate. She has led a number of research projects related to campus violence funded at the federal, state, and local level. In 2014, she was invited to collaborate with the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault through the testing of a campus climate survey tool. Dr. McMahon was appointed to the NJ Campus Sexual Assault Task Force and also serves on the Advisory Board for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. She has numerous publications on the topic of sexual violence and has presented her work around the country.

Dorothy Espelage

Dorothy Espelage
National authority on student safety and well-being, to join School of Education


Leading Factors: The Impact of Climate on Sexual Assaul
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Dorothy Espelage, one of the nation’s leading academic experts on school safety and student well-being issues, is joining the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Espelage will join the Carolina faculty on July 1 as the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Education. She comes to Chapel Hill from the University of Florida, where she is professor of psychology. She previously was at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she was University Edward William Gutgsell & Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor and College of Education Hardie Professor. Portrait of Dorothy Espelage Dorothy Espelage “I am thrilled that Dr. Espelage has agreed to join our faculty,” said Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, dean of the School of Education. “Dr. Espelage is an extremely prolific researcher and an authority on some of the most important issues facing our society today. She will bring unparalleled expertise and add incredible bandwidth to our efforts to confront problems around bullying, harassment and violence in schools, and other difficult issues in the lives of K-12 students today".

Rhiana Wegner, PhD

Rhiana Wegner, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts


Leading Factors: The Impact of Climate on
Sexual Assault

Dr. Wegner’s research interests are in intimate partner and sexual relationship communication and behavior, substance use, and gender-based violence. Dr. Wegner’s teaching interests include Introduction to Psychology, Psychology of Women, Statistics, and Experimental Methods: Social.

Abe Wandersman

Abe Wandersman
Psychology College of Arts and Sciences



Translating Science Into Action

Abraham Wandersman - Distinguished Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina and Executive Director of the Wandersman Center, USA.

Abraham Wandersman, PhD, has decades of experience related to improving programs and communities. His work, which focuses on how to bridge the gap between research and practice, has received international acclaim. Though he recently retired from the University of South Carolina where he was a Professor of Psychology and was interim Co-Director of the Institute for Families in Society at the University of South Carolina, Abe is busier than ever. He specializes in the areas of Community Psychology, Environmental and Ecological Psychology, Citizen Participation, Community Coalitions, Program Evaluation. Among his various projects, he was the Principal Investigator on the evaluation of SCALE (Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation), a national community coalition capacity-building initiative led by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s 100 Million Healthier Lives. In recognition of this work, his team recently received the 2017 Outstanding Evaluation Award from the American Evaluation Association. He describes the award as a “win-win” for those involved in the work – not only the evaluation team, but also for 100 Million Healthier Lives, the participating communities, the field of evaluation, the community health improvement as a whole, and for funders. Abe earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Elise C. Lopez

Elise C. Lopez
Director


Translating Science Into Action


Elise Lopez (DrPH, MPH) is the inaugural director of the UA Consortium on Gender-Based Violence. She previously served as the assistant director of Relationship Violence Programs at the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health. She has worked in public health research and practice since 2004, specializing in restorative justice, adolescent health, substance abuse, trauma, and prevention of and response to sexual violence. Lopez received the 2007 Family and Community Evidence Based Practice Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for her work on adolescent substance abuse treatment in under-resourced communities. In 2016, she was awarded the Abstract of the Year honor from the Law Section of the American Public Health Association for a co-authored paper on restorative justice responses to campus sexual misconduct. She has been an invited speaker on sexual violence prevention and response in local, national, and international venues, including being one of several invited international delegates to the Ontario Women’s Directorate 2015 Summit on Sexual Violence and Harassment. In 2017, Lopez served as one of two non-attorney liaisons to the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Task Force on College Due Process Rights and Victim Protections. She is particularly interested in community and situational level approaches to gender-based violence prevention, including modifying environments that facilitate perpetration of aggression in order to reduce opportunities for violence..

Anna Sotelo-Peryea

Anna Sotelo-Peryea, MUP, CA
Assistant Director
 Violence Prevention Coordinator

Translating Science Into Action


Anna Sotelo-Peryea is a nationally credentialed advocate at the advanced level and trained public health planner serving as the Assistant Director of Health Promotion and Violence Prevention Coordinator for the University at Buffalo, and has developed and coordinated its award-winning Sexual Violence Prevention Program since 2006. Her program received the 2017 Inaugural Prevention Excellence Award for “excellence in sexual assault prevention” after ranking in the top 6% in the national Sexual Assault Diagnostic Inventory. Anna has been formally recognized as ‘A Friend and Supporter of the Students of the State University of New York’ by the Student Assembly of SUNY, and received the 2017 Students’ Choice Award from the University at Buffalo Undergraduate Student Association for "dedication and commitment to making sure that all students on campus feel safe mentally, physically, and emotionally", and modeling "how to approach issues gracefully and find solutions tenaciously".

Christopher P. Krebs

Christopher P. Krebs
Senior Research Social Scientist

Developing a Common Language for Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Metrics

Christopher P. Krebs, PhD, has extensive research experience in the areas of corrections, substance abuse epidemiology and treatment, intimate partner violence and sexual violence, HIV transmission among and associated high-risk behaviors of offenders and inmates, criminal justice systems, and program evaluation. He has led and worked on a number of projects for the National Institute of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He has employed both quantitative and qualitative methods in his research and has extensive experience designing studies, developing survey instruments, analyzing data, and disseminating findings. Dr. Krebs has published and presented numerous research papers on a wide variety of topics.

 In recent years, Dr. Krebs co-authored a study that examines the environment on college campuses as they relate to sexual assault.

Patrick McGann   Sharyn Potter
Executive Director, Prevention Innovations Research Center 

Developing a Common Language for Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Metrics

 Sharyn J. Potter, PhD, MPH, is a Professor of in the Department of Women and Gender Studies and the Co-founder and Executive Director of Research at the Prevention Innovations Research Center: Ending Sexual and Relationship Violence and Stalking at the University of New Hampshire. She is also the Co-founder and Vice-President of Research of Soteria Solutions. Professor Potter is a global leader on the social scientific development and evaluation of bystander intervention strategies. Dr. Potter’s work focuses on engaging community members to work collaboratively to reduce sexual and relationship violence, stalking and harassment in high schools, colleges and universities, the United States Military and other work places. She has been a leader in the development, dissemination and evaluation and of theory- and research-based bystander intervention prevention strategies including the uSafeUS® mobile app, the Know Your Power® Bystander Social Marketing Campaign, and a bystander video game that models pro-social bystander behaviors, all of which have been shown to be effective with both campus and military audiences. Dr. Potter and her colleagues adapted both the Bringing in the Bystander® In-Person Prevention Program and the Know Your Power® Bystander Social Marketing Campaign for two US Army Posts in Europe (USAREUR). These two pilot studies represent a very small pool of studies specifically focused on sexual violence prevention in the US Military. She also led a study for the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to examine sexual misconduct policy delivery methods. In addition, Dr. Potter is a national expert on designing and administering sexual violence prevalence studies. Her recent TEDx talk describes the individual and societal economic and human capital losses attributed to sexual violence. Dr. Potter’s work has been groundbreaking in her effort to partner with organizations as they strategize and implement cultural change that impacts all organizational levels. Her work has been cited in international and national news media including the Guardian, New York Times, National Public Radio, Vox, Teen Vogue and Chronicle of Higher Education.

Russell L Smith

Russell L. Smith
MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER OF THE NAVY


Student Viewpoints


Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Russell Smith (MCPON) reported to Recruit Training Command, San Diego, California, in September 1988 and began his career as an airman. He became a Weapons Technician in 1990, then converted to the Intelligence Specialist rating in 1993 and was selected for the Command Master Chief Program in 2007. He has served in a myriad of sea duty assignments, including USS Enterprise (CVN 65), SEAL Team FOUR, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), two tours onboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), and most recently as command master chief (CMC) onboard USS Momsen (DDG 92).

His previous shore tours include service as the operations non-commission officer at the U.S. Defense Attaché Office in Moscow, Russia, on the OPNAV Staff as senior enlisted for the Intelligence community, as the CMC for the Office of Naval Intelligence, OPNAV Staff command master chief in Washington, District of Columbia, as the U.S. Naval Academy command master chief in Annapolis, Maryland, and most recently as the fleet master chief, Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education in January 2017.

He completed six shipboard deployments to the Western Pacific and Central Command in support of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Fox, a 292-day combat deployment during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, disaster relief operations in Indonesia and counter-piracy operations in the Horn of Africa. He also served on numerous deployments and detachments while attached to Naval Special Warfare and Defense Intelligence Agency elements.

Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 125/Blue) and CMC/COB Course (Class 42), and has been awarded the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), and various other personal and unit awards. He received the Edwin T. Layton Leadership Award in fall of 2002 for leadership in the Intelligence Community. ​

He assumed the duties as the 15th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy on August 29, 2018.