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Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (ACE-DV) Leadership Forum


The ACE-DV Leadership Forum is comprised of advocates in the movement to end gender based violence who identify as having experienced domestic violence in childhood. The Leadership Forum was established to amplify the voices and experiences of ACE-DV to enhance our work to end domestic violence.

We envision a movement that includes the perspectives and priorities of ACE-DV in the provision of services, the development of policies, the direction of research, and the general approach to effectively address and prevent domestic violence.
The goals of the ACE-DV Leadership Forum are to:

  1. Promote the leadership of ACE-DV within the movement to end domestic violence and beyond.
  2. Provide technical assistance, training, and guidance related to this issue.
  3. Support the development of trauma-informed, culturally-responsive, asset-based research and information to influence policy and practice impacting children exposed.

Read more about the Purpose, Goals, and Beliefs of the ACE-DV Leadership Forum (Updated April 2016).


Members of the ACE-DV Leadership Forum are available to provide technical assistance and training, serve as project advisors, write or review materials, and for consultation on the development of research, programs, and policies that may impact the lives of children exposed to domestic violence.

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Steering Committee Members

The ACE-DV Leadership Forum Steering Committee, comprised of 14 active members, meets quarterly and is responsible for guiding the work of the group.

Laurie Jorgensen Bauer has worked for over 20 years in the field of interventions for victims of domestic and sexual violence. She spent 7 years at the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (now End Abuse Wisconsin), and also worked for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. In addition to her direct contact with victims, she is a proficient legal advocate and a consultant on Best Practices for Coordinated Community Responses. She currently lives in Wisconsin and coordinates a Visitation and Safe Exchange Program.


Rebecca Balog has a deep-rooted self-identity as an advocate. Rebecca brings 14 years of healthy relationships and anti-violence work through national and grassroots activism. Firmly committed to raising cultural awareness, she believes cross-cultural bridges and unified voices across communities are a foundation for social change. As a member of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center team, Rebecca serves as Grants Compliance Manager, tracking and overseeing program grants, deliverables and reporting outcomes for various NIWRC projects. Rebecca also provides support for NIWRC Technical Assistance projects. Rebecca has been a facilitator/researcher/writer in various capacities: domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, homelessness intervention, reproductive justice, economic justice, intergenerational trauma, first responding against hate crimes, Disabilities, human rights, leadership building, mentor projects, advocacy in anti-oppression, specialized Indigenous community advocacy and introduction concepts to Tribal Nations in mainstream programs. Rebecca invests in the restoration of sovereignty for Native women, safety for all families and networking with allies who challenge both visible and invisible privilege. Through the teachings of her mentor, Rebecca firmly believes healed people heal people and hurt people hurt people. We are all on a healing journey. Rebecca is excited and honored to be a part of this healing journey with other sisters and brothers dedicated to keeping healthy relationships as the center of our circles, as healthy relationships and healthy communities is our path to healing. Rebecca was born and raised in Pennsylvania and is Oglala Lakota, Mohawk, and Czechoslovakian Gypsy/Romani descent. She has lived in various areas of the northern, central and southern Mid-Atlantic Region and offers liaison advocacy to Native families on Turtle Island in her spare time as a community volunteer. Rebecca is also a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Women of Color Network, Inc.

James Henderson is a technical assistance provider for the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women through the Battered Women’s Justice Project. From 1991-2008, Jim was a probation officer responsible for overseeing the policies and practices of Intensive Probation for Domestic Violence offenders in Ann Arbor MI. Before joining the criminal justice system in 1993, he worked as the clinical director of Straight, Inc., a family oriented substance abuse program for drug using young people and their families. He has served two terms as a Regional Representative for the Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan and has been active with them since 1997. He has also been an active member of the Arab American Domestic Violence Coalition from 2001-2006. Jim has designed and conducted training on the effective interviewing of domestic violence offenders and victims. He is on the national advisory board or acts as a consultancy team member for the Family Justice Center Alliance, The Battered Women’s Justice Program, and The Center for Court Innovation. He received his Master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 1995.

Casey108_5X7Casey Keene has served in various capacities at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence since 2001. Specializing in issues related to children’s exposure to domestic violence, Casey is an expert consultant and trainer on the statewide, national, and international level. Most recently, she worked on the Honor Our Voices online training for supporting children in shelter and the Change a Life Program to promote resiliency in children exposed. As a young woman, Casey formed a strong partnership with her mother in the on-going struggle for safety and freedom from her mother’s batterer. She is determined to share her story to influence the ways in which advocacy is done on behalf of children exposed to domestic violence. Ms. Keene holds a Master’s in Social Work from Temple University, and has been active in the movement to end domestic violence for more than 15 years.


Photo: Courtesy of the White House

William Kellibrew of WCK Consulting and the The William Kellibrew Foundation is a global advocate for human, civil, children’s and victims’ rights as well as a trauma survivor, and travels throughout the world sharing his story of courage and resiliency on the pathway to healing and on-going recovery. Kellibrew is a sought after speaker and trainer throughout multiple systems focused on the most pressing issues facing the world and has worked closely with top leaders across multiple fields including local, state, federal agencies, organizations and community leaders. In 2011, Kellibrew was recognized by the White House as a ‘Champion of Change’ working to end domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2013, he received the Voice Award from SAMHSA at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA for his work across the country as a peer/consumer leader. In 2014, he accepted the Capitol Probe Award at the District of Columbia Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and in 2015 he received the U.S. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus Eva Murillo Unsung Hero Award.


Ericka Kimball, PhD, LISW is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. In addition to conducting research in the area of child exposure to domestic violence, she shares her experiences of domestic violence from childhood to adulthood. She has worked with Casey Keene and other leading researchers in the field of violence against women and children exposed to domestic violence to develop and implement two online training resources to guide practitioners (Honor Our Voices) and the general public (Change a Life Program) in supporting children who have been exposed to domestic violence.

Annika Leonard is committed to creating a world where the inherent worth and dignity of Black women, girls and LGBTQ survivors are honored and valued. She has given her life in servitude to this belief, first in her personal life as a survivor, and also in all capacities of her professional work. Annika’s professional life maps her stride toward justice, as represented by her strong commitment to education where she has a BS in Criminal Justice and a MA in Business, but also her continued studies of topics specifically related to sexual and domestic violence—she has attended trainings and is qualified in dozens of topics including anti-oppression, trauma informed theory, LGBTQ justice, and teen dating violence. Some of her professional experiences in these areas include her former position at the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and her current volunteer position as Co-Chair of the Sexual Assault Sub Committee of the Milwaukee Commission. Perhaps most notable about her work is the overarching centering of social justice as key in ending sexual violence and all other forms of violence—and that the survivors need to lead that work. Annika has developed a unique culturally specific curriculum for Black teen girls that cultivate their leadership, survivorship and wellness to bring about deep, radical, and cultural solutions to ending violence. At her core, she believes that answers must come from survivors and she has committed to empowerment of Black teens to lead the solutions. She teaches this curriculum weekly in Milwaukee high schools, training a new generation of anti-violence movement leaders. Annika believes direct action organizing and critical dialogue are powerful tools to decrease violence against those most affected by patriarchy and increase collective action towards a more just world.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAElizabeth Marx is a Staff Attorney for the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project (PULP), where she provides advocacy, training, consultation and support services in energy and utility matters on behalf of Pennsylvania’s low-income residents and community organizations. She has a substantial background in family, utility, and housing law. Prior to joining PULP, Elizabeth worked as a Staff Attorney at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  There, she provided state-wide training and supportive services to legal professionals and consulted on public policy matters affecting victims of domestic violence.  In particular, Elizabeth provided extensive input and analysis on the recent overhaul of Pennsylvania’s child custody and child abuse reporting laws. While in law school, Elizabeth worked as a certified legal intern for the Civil Legal Representation Project at the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, where she provided direct representation for victims of domestic violence in protection from abuse, child custody, and divorce proceedings. Prior to her legal career, she worked as a volunteer and overnight advocate in a local domestic violence program for nearly 10 years. Elizabeth received her B.A. in political science & women’s studies from Temple University and her J.D. from Widener School of Law, Harrisburg. Elizabeth is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania.

JohnnyRiceIIJohnny Rice II, Dr.PH. is a senior program associate with the Supervised Visitation Initiative (SVI) at the Vera Institute of Justice in their Center on Victimization and Safety. He has spent the past 17 years providing leadership, technical assistance and support to organizations that serve low-income fathers and families in the areas of child welfare, youth development and criminal justice in efforts to create safe and stable communities. He currently serves as a National Steering Committee member for the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC), Constituent Advisory Board Member for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Board President for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV). Dr. Rice has a BS and MS degree in criminal justice from the University of Baltimore and holds a Doctor of Public Health Degree from Morgan State University’s School of Community Health and Policy where his study emphasis was violence prevention and intervention. He currently serves as adjunct faculty for Penn State’s World University and is a proud husband and father.

Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran is an advocate and survivor. She currently serves as Vice President of Programs and Planning for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) where she has worked in various other roles since 2004 including serving as the Prevention and Social Change Initiatives Coordinator. Prior to working for FCADV, she worked as a Homeless Advocate for the City of Miami Beach’s Neighborhood Services Department. Julie Ann began her career in the movement to end domestic violence by providing direct services and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as a volunteer and eventual employee of Alternatives for Battered Women in Rochester, NY. Julie Ann also served as Shelter Manager for Refuge House in Tallahassee, FL. Julie Ann holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida State University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College, and an Executive Certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. She is also a certified Field Traumatologist and Compassion Fatigue Educator.  Since Florida’s 2004 hurricane season where four major hurricanes made landfall, Julie Ann has provided onsite disaster response and critical incident intervention for domestic violence center staff both locally and nationally including assisting after Hurricane Katrina.


Zulema (Ruby) White Starr is the Chief Strategy Officer for Casa de Esperanza where she serves as director of the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities. Prior to joining Casa de Esperanza, Ruby spent over 15 years with National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) where she served as the Family Violence Program Director. In that capacity she directed several projects including the national Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody, the Safe Haven’s Supervised Visitation and Exchange Technical Assistance Program, and the Federal Greenbook Initiative, an interagency collaboration to address the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment. Ms. White’s areas of expertise include children exposed to domestic violence, collaboration, systems reform, co-occurrence, resilience, and cultural competency. Ruby served on the Board of Directors of the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence for 8 years, six of them as president; is a former national advisory committee member for the Women of Color Network; and is past president of the board of directors of the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence. Prior to her work with Casa de

Esperanza and NCJFCJ, Ruby served as the Director of Residential Programs for the Committee to Aid Abused Women, a community domestic violence organization, directing the organization’s transitional housing and emergency shelter programs. Ruby is the author of several articles including Resiliency in Children Exposed to Family Violence in Resiliency in Action Practical Ideas for Overcoming Risks and Building Strengths in Youth, Families, and Communities published by Research Press; Promoting Safety in Cases Involving Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment in The Connection, published by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association; and Tapping Innate Resilience in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence in SYNERGY, Vol. 7, No. 2, Summer 2003 published by NCJFCJ. She holds a B.A. in speech communication from the University of Nevada, Reno. Ruby shares her personal experience as a child witness and child and adult victim of domestic violence with the media and to various groups throughout the country in hopes that her experiences will lead to better practices and outcomes for women, children, and families who have experienced domestic violence.

Olga Trujillo, Director of Public Policy at Casa de Esperanza, is an attorney, speaker, author and survivor. Her experience over the past 27 years has been as a private attorney, an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, and a consultant to many local, state and national organizations. Olga is an internationally sought speaker and author and is featured in the video A Survivor’s Story, a documentary and training video based on her personal experience of violence. Olga has authored a number of articles and publications. Her memoir for New Harbinger Publications entitled The Sum of My Parts was released in October 2011. She also co-authored a Handbook for Attorneys Representing Domestic Violence Survivors Who Are Also Experiencing Trauma and Mental Health Challenges which was released in January 2012.

Mark Wynn is national trainer to police executives, patrol officers, training officers, prosecutors, judges, legislators, social service providers, healthcare professionals and victim advocates in all fifty states for over thirty years. An international lecturer at police academies in Australia, Canada, Germany, England, Northern Ireland, Russia, the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of Georgia, the Federated States of Micronesia, China, the Islands of the Bahamas, and Brazil. He is a survivor, enabling him to teach both effectively and passionately. In short, Mark is devoted to ending family violence as a police officer, detective, educator, program supervisor and now consultant and advisor.

Jonathan Yglesias is the Programs & Services Manager at Virginia’s dual sexual and domestic violence coalition, the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance. Since 2007, Jonathan has worked in the anti-violence and public health fields in various capacities – coordinating primary prevention projects and training at a statewide anti-violence coalition, managing Rape Prevention & Education funds for state government, supporting prevention and engagement projects on college campuses, and consulting with national resource centers and coalitions on violence prevention and anti-oppression work. Jonathan is a sociologist by training and was raised by a resilient, fierce woman who provided a filter through which his own life experiences were shaped and understood. In his spare time, Jonathan is an outspoken supporter of Southern social justice movements, LGBTQ youth mobilization and youth empowerment initiatives, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and any space in which people are re-envisioning a world free from violence and oppression. Jonathan is also a pop-culture fanatic and food and animal lover living in Richmond, Virginia with his partner and their very special, special-needs animals.

Voices Liaison

The ACE-DV Leadership Forum seeks input from those who identify as ACE-DV and their friends, family, and allies. These individuals are referred to as ACE-DV Voices they help guide the direction of the project. The Voices Liaison is responsible for maintaining this connection and raising opportunities for Voices’ participation.

Flood, ElizabethElizabeth Flood is a Policy Specialist with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. Serving in this capacity for the past four years, she collaborates with educational entities to develop and revise relevant policies to ensure compliance with current state and federal laws and regulations. Elizabeth has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Memphis. She is currently an Advanced Standing Master of Social Work student at Temple University, where she recently completed an internship experience with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.