BOARD MEMBERS

EXECUTIVE

Katie Koestner

Katie Koestner

Executive Director

(she/her)

biography

Katie Koestner is the first woman in the United States to speak out nationally and publicly as the victim of campus “date” rape at age 18. Katie has been featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight and other national television programs. Katie is the subject of an HBO movie and has lectured for over 5000 schools and organizations in North America and around the world.

Amanda Blaugher

Amanda Blaugher

Vice-President

(she/her)

biography

Amanda Blaugher serves as the Title IX Director at Gettysburg College. She is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University, where she founded a Women’s Empowerment program and was awarded the Third Century Scholar Award. She is also the Program Director for Take Back the Night and the Curriculum Director for Campus Outreach Services. Amanda served as the Conference Coordinator of the International Summit to End Sexual Violence in and was awarded a Certificate of Advocacy from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs in 2016.

Amy Tilton

Amy Tilton

Secretary

(she/her)

biography

Amy serves as the Assistant Director for Take Back The Night. Amy coordinates the biannual TBTN Global Virtual Event and manages the TBTN Gear Shop. She provides technical direction to participants and volunteers for national TBTN projects and events, such as the Shine Your Light Yoga Festival. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences and professional experience in the medical field, Amy brings a passion for wellness to TBTN. Amy is also the Client Services Director for Campus Outreach Services.

Sarah Stuparits

Sarah Stuparits

Treasurer

(she/her)

biography

Sarah serves as the Associate Director for Take Back the Night. She manages TBTN’s amazing volunteers and exclusive intern program, as well as aids in providing resources to TBTN Chapters and Event Holders worldwide. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies & English from Loyola University Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Behavior Analysis from University of Northern Colorado. She is working towards becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with the goal of learning the science behind behavior and applying it to make changes in the world of social justice.

INFLUENCERS & COMMUNICATION

Emma Fitzpatrick

Emma Fitzpatrick

Actor, Writer, Musician

(she/her)

biography

Emma Fitzpatrick is a multi-disciplinary artist and activist from Nashville, TN.  Her decades of work in music and film highlight the importance of telling stories that give a voice to the voiceless. As a writer she has contributed to the success of multiple social media campaigns highlighting women’s issues and gender equality including #SHEPLAYSWEWIN which garnered media attention for its positive portrayal and message to young women in athletics.  She most recently wrote and produced the feature film “Take Back the Night,” a monster movie that plays out as an allegory for the horrors of victim blaming in rape culture. The film was released in March of 2022 and has become a platform to launch conversations about the misconceptions and dangers surrounding victims of violent crimes, especially sexual assault.

Gary Stewart

Gary Stewart

Head Men's Basketball Coach, Stevenson University

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biography

Gary is a highly acclaimed leader amongst his peer NCAA basketball coaches, currently Head Coach at Stevenson University. He owns the unique distinction of having served as a head coach at each NCAA level, and has established himself as one of the nation’s best architects of collegiate basketball programs. Gary is known by his players as approachable, dedicated and truly dedicated to the success of each member of his team. In 2014, he was named to the Board of Advisors for Take Back The Night.

Gordon Braxton

Gordon Braxton

Author, Activist, Public Speaker

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biography

Gordon has trained over 250,000 people at 300+ K-12 schools, military bases and institutions of higher education around sexual misconduct issues and bystander engagement. He was president of his fraternity at UVA and is the recipient of the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award, the University of Virginia’s most prestigious award for humanitarian service. Gordon Braxton completed his undergraduate work at the University of Virginia and has a Masters degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a committed activist focused on fighting intimate violence.

John Stoltenberg

John Stoltenberg

Author & Activist

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biography

John, a long-time activist against sexual violence and a radical-feminist philosopher of gender, is the author of Refusing to Be a Man: Essays on Sex and Justice and The End of Manhood: Parables on Sex and Selfhood. With trans feminist Cristan Williams, John has coauthored an in-depth conversation about “the radical inclusivity of radical feminism,” which appears at The Conversations Project. John is the author of many other articles and essays in anthologies. He is also a novelist (GONERZ), playwright, communications consultant, and theater reviewer.

LEGAL & FUNDRAISING

Susan Marine

Susan Marine

Associate Professor, Merrimack College

(she/her)

biography

Susan is Associate Professor and Program Director in the Higher Education Master’s Program at Merrimack College. She was the founding director of the Harvard Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and served in various victim advocacy and prevention roles over fifteen years on four different college campuses. Dr. Marine’s research focuses on the ways that sexual violence prevention educators, advocates and activists engage in changework. She is co-editor of the forthcoming book, Collaborating for change: Transforming cultures to end gender-based violence in higher education.

Katie Koestner

Katie Koestner

Executive Director, Take Back The Night Foundation

(she/her)

biography

Katie Koestner is the first woman in the United States to speak out nationally and publicly as the victim of campus “date” rape at age 18. Katie has been featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight and other national television programs. Katie is the subject of an HBO movie and has lectured for over 5000 schools and organizations in North America and around the world.

GLOBAL OUTREACH

Schenika Quattlebaum

Schenika Quattlebaum

Founder & CEO, Natalia Me-Gan Beauty

(she/her)

biography

Schenika Quattlebaum, is the Founder/CEO of Natalia Me-gan Beauty, a global cosmetic company. Mrs. Quattlebaum, a domestic violence survivor, has made it her mission to be an advocate for domestic violence and abuse of any form. She has been featured in Vogue UK, Vanity Fair UK, Glamour UK, Size Overrated and Upscale magazine. In 2022, Entrepreneur Herald named her one of the “Top 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Take Inspiration.” Mrs. Quattlebaum is the recipient of the “She Is Monumental” award presented to her during Women’s History Month in 2022 by Radio One and Majic 102.3/92.7. Mrs. Quattlebaum has appeared on Fox 5, ABC7 and Cleo TV.

Claire Kaplan

Claire Kaplan

Consultant & Educator, CNK Consulting

(she/her)

biography

Claire Kaplan, Ph.D., is an educator, consultant, and writer. Until 2020, she directed the Gender Violence and Social Change Program at UVA’s Women’s Center. She now works on Title IX issues, conducting investigations and facilitating workshops on how trauma impacts survivors in higher ed, as well as parent-focused workshops to help them understand Title IX in higher education and what options are available to students. She also is Associate Producer and co-host of “Dear Katie: Survivor Stories”, and Title IX Team Director for Campus Outreach Services. She lives in Virginia with her wife of 35 years and three opinionated cats.

Luoluo Hong

Luoluo Hong

Vice President for Student Engagement & Wellbeing, Georgia Institute of Technology

(she/her)

biography

Luoluo Hong, PhD, MPH, is the inaugural Vice President for Student Engagement & Well-Being (Senior Student Affairs Officer) at Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as Adjunct Professor of the Practice, School of Psychology. She has been an activist, educator and scholar for violence prevention and social justice since being raped during her first-year of college. Her first job was for a rape crisis center in Connecticut. She then began a 30-year higher education career working in public health and student affairs and has served at six campuses and one system office prior to Georgia Tech.

ADVISORS

Brian Kent

Brian Kent

Legal Hotline Consultant, Sexual Abuse Civil Lawyer

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biography

Firm founder Brian Kent has 15 years of legal experience and has taken on several high profile cases both nationally and locally. Early on in his career, Brian was one of only 35 attorneys in the state of Pennsylvania to be named a “Lawyer on the Fast Track.” Since then, he has received a Top Lawyer rating from Super Lawyers every year. Brian previously fought for the rights of sexual assault victims as a prosecutor in the Sex Crimes Unit of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, and Brian draws upon his experience as a prosecutor to represent victims of crime in civil lawsuits. Brian has a Masters in Trial Advocacy from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and currently serves as a lecturer in the trial advocacy program at Drexel University School of Law.

Katie Koestner

Katie Koestner

Executive Director

(she/her)

biography

Katie Koestner is the first woman in the United States to speak out nationally and publicly as the victim of campus “date” rape at age 18. Katie has been featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight and other national television programs. Katie is the subject of an HBO movie and has lectured for over 5000 schools and organizations in North America and around the world.

LEGACY MEMBERS

Lisa Frohmann

Lisa Frohmann

Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago

(she/her)

biography

Lisa joined the UIC faculty in 1992. She is an Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice and Head of the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice. Lisa is also affiliated faculty in the Departments of Sociology and Gender and Women’s Studies. She has served on a range of committees, including the College Executive Committee and University Senate and Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of LGBT Issues). She has been a member of DRS since 2009.

Laura Lederer

Laura Lederer

Author of Take Back The Night

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biography

Laura founded The Protection Project, a legal research institute tracking the routes and patterns and laws addressing human trafficking, at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. She is adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center. From 2002-2008 she served as Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons to Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs in the U.S. Department of State. She is the editor of Take Back The Night, based on the first U.S. Take Back The Night march in 1978. She is also the editor of The Price We Pay: The Case Against Racist Speech, Hate Propaganda, and Pornography.

Nancy Matthews

Nancy Matthews

Professor of Justice Studies, Northeastern Illinois University

(she/her)

biography

Nancy is a professor in two interdisciplinary fields — Justice Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies — at Northeastern Illinois University. Nancy’s priorities as a professor are to help students make sense of our social world through the lenses of social justice and intersectionality. Her current teaching areas include social inequalities (class, race, gender, sexualities, disabilities, immigration status, etc.), globalization, human rights, social policies, and preparing students for, and supervising internships in the community. Nancy’s current praxis is in human rights education, civic engagement, workers’ rights and reproductive justice.

Ann Simonton

Ann Simonton

Anti-Porn Activist & Author

(she/her)

biography

Ann is a media activist, lecturer, and writer, who founded the nonprofit, Media Watch. She was once a top fashion model and now speaks out on the disturbing consequences of sexist, violent and racist media messages. Ms. Simonton is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the effects of media images and has appeared on Dr. Phil, Oprah, Larry King Live or CNN’s Crossfire. She has been arrested and jailed 11 times for her courageous, nonviolent, and often humorous protests.

Wendy Stock

Wendy Stock

Anti-Porn Activist & Author

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biography

Wendy has her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and is currently in independent practice in Kensington, CA, specializing in the treatment of sexual dysfunctions, couples therapy, PTSD related to domestic violence, sexual abuse and sexual assault, compulsive sexuality, depression, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Stock served as Associate Director of the Postdoctoral Master of Science Program in Clinical Psychopharmacology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. She has over 20 professional publications on feminist approaches to clinical psychology, sexuality, sexual abuse and trauma, and psychopharmacology.

CONTACT US

TBTN is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization. We work hard to respond to inquiries within 24 hours, if not sooner. To reach our Legal Support Team, please complete the intake form. For all other inquiries, complete our contact form. For immediate medical support, please call 911. For counseling support, call the RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) Hotline at (800) 656-4673 in the US or visit our Resources section for further information.

CONTACT US

TBTN is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization. We work hard to respond to inquiries within 24 hours, if not sooner. To reach our Legal Support Team, please complete the intake form. For all other inquiries, complete our contact form. For immediate medical support, please call 911. For counseling support, call the RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) Hotline at (800) 656-4673 in the US or visit our Resources section for further information.

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