Take Back the Night Foundation Board

Our Board is comprised of

  • Those who started TBTNs in their communities decades ago
  • Present day organizers from communities around the world
  • Authors of sexual violence research and academic articles
  • Activists
  • International organizations supporting non-violence
  • Committed young people wanting to bring awareness to their peers
Kelley Adams (she/her)

Kelley Adams (she/her)

PROGRAM MANAGER, VICTIM ADVOCATE, AND RESEARCHER, VIOLENCE PREVENTION & RESPONSE, MIT

Kelley is the Assistant Dean and Director of Violence Prevention and Response at MIT. She is passionate about research and evaluation on topics of sexual violence, stalking, harassment, and intimate partner violence. Kelley is particularly interested in issues faced by socially marginalized groups in relation to violence prevention, survivor services provision, and recovery, and how an individual’s social identities interact to inform these experiences. Kelley has a Master of Public Health with a focus in gender-based violence from Boston University.

Lisa Frohmann (she/her)

Lisa Frohmann (she/her)

PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO

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.

Claire Kaplan (she/her)

Claire Kaplan (she/her)

DIRECTOR OF SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Claire joined the anti-violence movement in 1983 in LA. She has served as Program Director of Gender Violence and Social Change at UVA’s Women’s Center since 1991. As an Advanced Credentialed Victim Intervention Specialist, she is a confidential advocate, and promotes a trauma-informed campus through programs and workshops. In 2007 she founded the Men’s Leadership Project, a mentoring program that promotes pro-social masculinities in adolescents and their undergraduate mentors. Kaplan teaches through the Dept. of Women, Gender, and Sexuality: Gender Violence & Social Justice; Sexual Violence Prevention; and Women’s Activism in Central America.

Katie Koestner (she/her)

Katie Koestner (she/her)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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.

Melissa Lucchesi (she/her)

Melissa Lucchesi (she/her)

FOUNDER OF VOICES, INC.

Melissa has worked in the victim services field and violence prevention on a local and national level since 2002. She started a nonprofit to provide healing opportunities for survivors utilizing creative healing and expressive arts, as well as to create trauma-informed communities. Melissa has presented her survivor story at colleges including Widener University, LaSalle University, St. Joseph’s University, and Villanova University. Melissa has presented at Clery Act Training Seminars at the Office for Civil Rights Title IX conference, and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape’s campus law enforcement trainings.

Edward McNichols (he/him)

Edward McNichols (he/him)

CLINICAL ASSOCIATE, MARYWOOD UNIVERSITY

Edward is a clinical therapist, MSW LSW, at Marywood University’s Counseling and Student Development Center and an adjunct faculty member for Marywood’s School of Social Work. Edward has lectured on introductory counseling, social work practice, trauma informed therapeutic techniques, and the role of men in the feminist movement. He was instrumental in developing sexual assault prevention programming for Marywood. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Thomas Edison State College and a Master of Social Work degree with a specialization in Behavioral Health from Marywood University.

Karen Singleton (she/her)

Karen Singleton (she/her)

SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION PROGRAM DIRECTOR, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Karen is MIT’s Associate Medical Director and Chief of Student Mental Health and Counseling Services. Formerly, Dr. Singleton was the interim executive director of Student Health Services at Columbia University Medical Center and director of Student Mental Health Services. In addition to her leadership experience, Dr. Singleton has demonstrated outstanding clinical proficiency. She is a practicing clinical psychologist with expertise in sexual trauma, grief, eating disorders, and issues related to race/ethnicity and sexual orientation.

Wendy Stock (she/her)

Wendy Stock (she/her)

ANTI-PORN ACTIVIST AND AUTHOR

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.

Gordon Braxton (he/him)

Gordon Braxton (he/him)

AUTHOR, ACTIVIST, PUBLIC SPEAKER

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.
Luoluo Hong (she/her)

Luoluo Hong (she/her)

ASSOCIATE VICE CHANCELLOR FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS & ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH

The eldest daughter of Taiwanese immigrants and herself a campus rape survivor, Luoluo has a PhD, MPH, and is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at California State University, Long Beach. She is a former rape crisis counselor, a published scholar, and a nationally sought-after speaker and consultant. Luoluo is best known for her work with college men to deconstruct masculinity and become agents of change. She served as the founding advisor for the group Men Against Violence at Louisiana State University, the first of its kind and scope when it began in 1995.

Chris Kilmartin (he/him)

Chris Kilmartin (he/him)

PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON

Christopher is a college professor, author, stand-up comedian, actor, playwright, consultant and professional psychologist. He is a Professor of Psychology at The University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. He holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a licensed clinical psychologist. He is author or coauthor of The Masculine Self, Men’s Violence Against Women: Theory, Research, and Activism, Overcoming Masculine Depression: The Pain behind the Mask, and Sexual Assault in Context: Teaching College Men about Gender. In 2007, Dr. Kilmartin was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Gender Studies at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria.

Laura Lederer (she/her)

Laura Lederer (she/her)

AUTHOR OF TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

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.

Susan Marine (she/her)

Susan Marine (she/her)

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, MERRIMACK COLLEGE

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.

Emily Renda (she/her)

Emily Renda (she/her)

FORMER CHAIR OF TAKE BACK THE NIGHT, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Emily Renda is the outgoing Sexual Assault Leadership Council External Chair at the University of Virginia, which coordinates sexual assault peer education and Take Back The Night At U.Va. She has worked with Charlottesville’s Commonwealth Attorney Victim Witness Services and currently interns for RAINN. She will attend the dual degree J.D./M.P.H program at the University of Maryland School of Law and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Lisa Speidel (she/her)

Lisa Speidel (she/her)

PROFESSOR OF MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION, SOCIAL JUSTICE EDUCATION, AND WOMEN AND GENDER STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Lisa is an Adjunct Professor in Multicultural Education, Social Justice Education and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Virginia (UVA). Lisa Speidel, Ph.D, has taught Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Self-Defense classes for women and girls in central Virginia and UVA for nineteen years and conducts research on the impact of self-defense on both gender and racial identity. She has conducted numerous trainings across Virginia on the intersection of racism with other forms of systemic oppression, including trainings for the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (VSDVAA).

John Stoltenberg (he/him)

John Stoltenberg (he/him)

AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST

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.

Jo Elda Castillo-Alaniz (she/her)

Jo Elda Castillo-Alaniz (she/her)

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT HEALTH & WELLNESS, TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Jo Elda has served under the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Student Affairs Division for 18 years. Since 2002, she has managed the award-winning Peer Educator Program (PEP Talk). Jo Elda is now the Student Health and Wellness Director and oversees a comprehensive university health care program including the Health Care Clinic, Wellness Program, Counseling Services and Disability Resource Center. Jo Elda graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M University–Kingsville.
Elizabeth Howley (she/her)

Elizabeth Howley (she/her)

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE UNIVERSITY HEALTH CENTER, JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

Elizabeth is the Assistant Director of the University Health Center at James Madison University where she serves as the co-chair of the Campus Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She advises Campus Assault Response (CARE), a student-led sexual violence and support organization. She also works closely with the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. Elizabeth received her BS in Health Sciences and an MS in Health Sciences – Public Health Education from James Madison University. She has also completed 2 post-master certificates, in College Student Personnel Administration and Higher Education Assessment.

Alison Kiss (she/her)

Alison Kiss (she/her)

FORMER DIRECTOR, CLERY CENTER FOR SECURITY ON CAMPUS

Allison served as Director of the Clery Center for over ten years in their efforts to end change policy, law and work to end sexual violence. Allison has also served in the offices of Human Resources and Title IX and values her work to treat all members of the educational community with care and respect. Allison has worked at Widener University, with the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, the White House (Obama Administration), and the United States Department of Justice. Allison currently serves as a consultant, media commentator and speaker on safety and higher education policy.

Kiran Longaker (she/her)

Kiran Longaker (she/her)

PRIVATE PRACTICE COUNSELOR, FORMER ASSISTANT DEAN OF STUDENTS, CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Kiran is currently a doctoral candidate in public service leadership with a specialization in criminal justice. She is interested in sexual violence on college campuses and the role of restorative justice in creating safe and healthy communities. Kiran served as the Assistant Dean of Students at Cornell University where she coordinated a bullying prevention and restorative justice initiative. Kiran holds a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of Guelph, a Master of Science degree in marriage and family therapy from Capella University, and is licensed as a mental health counselor in New York State.

Nancy Matthews (she/her)

Nancy Matthews (she/her)

PROFESSOR OF JUSTICE STUDIES, NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

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 (she/her)

Ann Simonton (she/her)

ANTI-PORN ACTIVIST AND AUTHOR

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.

Gary Stewart (he/him)

Gary Stewart (he/him)

HEAD MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH, STEVENSON UNIVERSITY

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 The Take Back The Night Foundation.

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TBTN is a 100% volunteer organization. We do our best to respond to inquiries within 24 hours, if not sooner. TBTN has victims' rights attorneys to provide Legal Assistance for survivors. Please complete the intake form. For all other inquiries, complete our contact form. If you are in need of immediate medical or legal support, please call 911. If you are in need of counseling support, please call (855) 598-4086 in the US or visit our Resources section for further information.

CONTACT US

TBTN is a 100% volunteer organization. We do our best to respond to inquiries within 24 hours, if not sooner. TBTN has victims' rights attorneys to provide Legal Assistance for survivors. Please complete the intake form. For all other inquiries, complete our contact form. If you are in need of immediate medical or legal support, please call 911. If you are in need of counseling support, please call (855) 598-4086 in the US or visit our Resources section for further information.

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