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Dr. Oliver J. Williams, SRI Project Director
Executive Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community
Professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota

Project Associates

The SRI Project has enlisted a team of knowledgeable associates to assist in the implementation of various project initiatives and activities.  These project associates provide specialized training and technical assistance, and serve as advisors to the project director within their respective areas of knowledge. The following individuals serve as associates to the SRI Project:

Dr. Dorothy Jeffries Anderson
Principal Consultant, Jeffries Anderson and Associates, Washington

asha bandele
Deputy Director of Public Policy, Drug Policy Alliance, New York

Janice Cummings
Regional Chief, State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Wisconsin

Jeffrey L. Dunmore
Consultant, Former Education Specialist for the Women's Center Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Creasie Finney Hairston
Dean and Professor, Jane Adams College of Social Work, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois

Shelia Hankins
Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, Michigan

Leo Hayden
President/CEO, National Center for Violence Interruption, Illinois

Mzuri Hudson
Consultant, Empowerment Through Self Management, New York & North Carolina

Honorable Janice Martin
Judge, Jefferson District Court, Kentucky

Paul Mulloy
Program Director, Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Dr. William Oliver, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Indiana University, Indiana

David Pate
Executive Director, Center on Center for Family Policy and Practice, Wisconsin

Benita Presley
Consultant

Nathaniel Roberts
Probation/Parole Officer, African American Project of Multnomah County, Oregon

David Thomas
Academic Program Coordinator, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland


 

Dr. Dorothy Jeffries Anderson
Principal Consultant, Jeffries Anderson and Associates, Washington

Dr. Dorothy Jeffries Anderson, Ed.D, has over 25 years of experience in line, senior and executive management of non-profit organizations, focusing primarily on issues of child and family welfare, mental health and general human services. Dorothy has specific experience in permanency planning for children; clinical assessment and interventions for multi-ethnic high risk populations of children and their families; and coordination and collaboration with supportive service linkages. She now works on these and other issues as a national trainer and consultant.

Dorothy received an Ed.D. from Vanderbilt University, an M.S. in Human Development Counseling from Peabody College, and a B.A. in Psychology from Clark University.

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asha bandele
Deputy Director of Public Policy, Drug Policy Alliance, New York

asha bandele serves as an advisor to the Safe Return Initiative. Along with serving as Deputy Director of Public Policy for the Drug Policy Alliance, she is an Editor-at Large for Essence magazine, a journalist, novelist, and poet. She holds a B.A. from Bennington College. During the past ten years, asha has presented her poetry on campuses and community centers across the United States, in the United Kingdom, and in South Africa. She also has taught and lectured on writing as well as on various social issues in venues as diverse as Columbia Law School, The University of Michigan, The Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus, in juvenile detention centers, prisons, and in numerous churches.

asha has been published in several poetry anthologies, including Catch the Fire and In the Tradition. In addition, asha has written for The Source, Honey, and Rap Pages magazines. Her first book, Absence in the Palm of My Hands, a collection of poems, received critical acclaim. The Prisoner's Wife, a memoir about her relationship with a man incarcerated for murder, is her second book. She is currently working on her first novel.

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Janice Cummings
Regional Chief, State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Wisconsin

Janice Cummings's career in the areas of corrections and criminal justice spans over 23 years and includes work in both the governmental and private sector. She is a regional chief for the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Division of Community Corrections (probation and parole). She has a dozen years of experience as a senior level manager in corrections, the past six of them in Milwaukee County.

Jan earned a B.S. and completed post-graduate coursework at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She has received theological training at the United Christian Institute and Trinity Evangelical School of Divinity (Extension). In 1998 she completed a 4-year ministerial course of study in the AME Church. That same year she became an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She now serves as associate minister at St. Mark AME, Milwaukee. She is also the founder and director of Wings of Faith Ministries, "an ecumenical ministry of Restoration, Hope and Peace," serving the greater Milwaukee area.

Jan is the Mayor's appointee to the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. In 1999, she was appointed by then-Governor Tommy Thompson to the Governor's Taskforce to Enhance Probation and was selected as one of the few representatives from around the country to serve on the U.S. Department of Justice workgroup to reform probation and parole. She currently sits on the Governor's Task Force on Jails and Community Corrections.

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Jeffrey L. Dunmore
Consultant, Former Education Specialist for the Women's Center Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jeffrey Dunmore is a domestic violence prevention and education specialist and former dvocate at the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. He is a Pittsburgh native and father and mentor of two up and coming African American leaders - his sons.

Jeff is co-founder of Black Men Rising, a homeless initiative in Pittsburgh that addresses homelessness caused by substance abuse, repetitive incarceration and mental health issues. Black Men Rising focuses on changing personal values and belief systems and developing nonviolent decision-making skills and other relevant life management skills.

Based on his work with Black Men Rising, Jeff is currently collaborating with PCTV21 to develop a live call-in talk show that aims to address productive responses to current social issues.

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Dr. Creasie Finney Hairston
Dean and Professor, Jane Adams College of Social Work, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois

Creasie Finney Hairston, Ph.D. is the Dean and a professor of social work at Jane Adams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received a B.S. at Bluefield State College and an M.S.S.A. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Her professional interests include examining social work practice, families, and the criminal justice system.

Creasie's current research and many of her publications focus on the impact of incarceration and reentry on families and children, and the impact of child welfare policies on children of color. Creasie is affiliated with several boards and associations including the African American Family Research Institute Board of Directors, Volunteers of America Board of Directors and the Chicago Board of Health.

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Shelia Hankins
Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, Michigan

Shelia Hankins is employed by the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, which oversees the provision of domestic violence services throughout the state. She also provides training and consulting services nationally. Before assuming her current position, Shelia served as the Vice President of Programs for the HAVEN Center in Pontiac, Michigan. In this capacity she provided leadership for the development and implementation of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and batterer's intervention programs. Additionally, Shelia has held the positions of Executive Director of Detroit's Women's Justice Center and the Northwest and Downtown Branches of the YWCA of Metropolitan Detroit, and Administrator of the Violence Against Women Grants Office for the Florida Governor's Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

For over two decades Shelia has focused her professional career and her community service activities on issues related to redressing the economic, political, and social status of traditionally disenfranchised and marginalized communities. She is an advocate for systemic changes in our society that will create safe and empowering environments for clients/customers, staff, families, and communities. She has a B.S. in education from Wayne State University and is currently an M.B.A. candidate at NOVA Southeastern University.

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Leo Hayden
President/CEO, National Center for Violence Interruption, Illinois

Leo Hayden is President and CEO of the National Center for Violence Interruption (NCVI). He has vast experience in the field and previously directed Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) services at the Cook County Day Reporting Center, the Cook County juvenile courts, the Sheridan Correctional Center, and therapeutic communities at six institutions in Illinois. He also directed the activities of TASC's other correctional options programs. Leo also developed NCVI's Violence Interruption Process, a provocative and dramatic change process that compels participants to uncover the root causes of violence.

Prior to joining TASC, Leo was the administrator of criminal justice programs for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. He also developed culturally-specific treatment models for the Columbus, Ohio, Health Department.

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Mzuri Hudson
Consultant, Empowerment Through Self Management, New York & North Carolina

For more than 25 years Mzuri Hudson has served as a national trainer and speaker carrying the message of self-determination and teaching the skills necessary for personal empowerment and resiliency. She has facilitated in the court-mandated Alternatives to Violence program for male batterers' conducted by Victim Services in New York City. She was a featured presenter on the Million Women March Domestic Violence Panel and currently conducts relationship violence prevention programs in various venues, including girls' residential facilities, colleges and conferences.

Mzuri approaches her work through the perspective of a hypnotherapist, traumatologist, diversity trainer, therapeutic crisis intervention trainer, parent/adolescent PINS and divorce mediator, parent effectiveness trainer, HIV/AIDS educator, China-Certified Tai Chi/Chi Gong internal healing movements instructor, and Reiki/accupressure practitioner. She is an adjunct professor teaching mediation at Long Island University and LaGuardia Community College.

Mzuri is the author of Gaining Personal Power Through Managing Conflict, and Loves Me, Loves Me Not. She is a co-author of a Domination & Control Revealed® poster series in African-American terminology that helps organizations enhance their relationship violence prevention education forums.

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Honorable Janice Martin
Judge, Jefferson District Court, Kentucky

Judge Janice Martin was appointed to the Jefferson District Court Bench in March 1992 by then- Governor Brereton C. Jones. She was later elected to the bench in November 1992. Judge Martin currently presides over Jefferson District Court, Division 19. She is the first African- American female to serve on the Judiciary in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Janice currently chairs the Kentucky Task Force on Racial Bias in the Courts. She has served on boards of organizations including the Gender Bias Task Force, Kentucky Lawyer Discipline Task Force, Louisville Bar Association, Louisville Bar Foundation and the Family Court Task Force. Janice was inducted into the Jefferson County Office for Women Hall of Fame in 1999. She received her B.A. in 1977 and her J.D. in 1980 from the University of Louisville.

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Paul Mulloy
Program Director, Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Paul Mulloy is the Program Director of the Correctional Work Center in Davidson County (Nashville), Tennessee, where he oversees all work release programs, case management, treatment, evaluation, program development and research. In 1994, Paul founded S.A.V.E. (Sheriff's Anti-Violence Effort), a 6-week psycho-educational batterer intervention program for incarcerated men to help address their role in domestic violence. He also consults nationally on correctional programming and domestic violence issues.

Paul has earned an M.A. from Trevecca University in Organizational Management, a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Middle Tennessee State University and an Associate's degree in Math and Science from Aquinas College.

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Dr. William Oliver, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Indiana University, Indiana

Professor Oliver holds a Ph.D. in criminal justice. Among his primary research interests has been the issue of black-on-black violence. In research of the topic, he has focused on the causes, interpersonal processes, and means of prevention. His dissertation research involved an interview-based study of black men engaged in violent incidents in barroom settings. From this work he wrote The Violent World of Black Men (Lexington Books, 1994).

Recently, he has begun work on a project examining how black women cope with the loss of a child to homicide. Professor Oliver teaches courses on violent behavior, criminal violence in the black community, and theories of crime and deviance.

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David Pate
Executive Director, Center for Family Policy and Practice, Wisconsin

David Pate, founder and executive director of the Center for Family Policy and Practice (formely the Center on Fathers, Families, and Public Policy) in Madison, Wisconsin, has more than two decades of experience as a public policy advocate working on behalf of low-income families. David has given presentations on issues related to low-income fathers to Senator Herb Kohl and the American Bar Association.

Formerly, David was a researcher at the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Research and Poverty, served as a guest lecturer at the University's Schools of law and social work and was a fellow in the Kellogg National Leadership program. He is currently completing a doctorate at the University of Wisconsin.

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Benita Presley
Consultant

Benita Presley is a victim's advocate who has been actively involved in the development of rehabilitative programs for victims of domestic and sexual violence, and for substance abusers. She was formerly a Domestic Violence Specialist at Project Network in Portland Oregon. She was responsible for planning, organizing, and facilitating culturally-specific domestic violence groups for men and women who abuse as well as for abuse victims. She also volunteers as an Advisory Committee Member at the Oregon Crime Victims Needs Assessment, and participates in the Ugaza Jamii (Planning Committee).

Prior to that, Benita was a member of AmeriCorps, through which she worked as a Domestic Violence Advocate and Volunteer Coordinator at Project Network, and a Tenant Services Coordinator at the Tualatin Valley Housing Partners in Aloha, Oregon.

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Nathaniel Roberts
Probation/Parole Officer, African American Project of Multnomah County, Oregon

Nathaniel Roberts is a probation/parole officer with the African American Project of Multnomah County. Previously he he served the county as an Alcohol and Drug Evaluation Specialist and, later, as Corrections Deputy.

Following four years of serviced in the United States Army, Nate worked for two years as a mechanical technician before becoming an Adult Case Manager and Alcohol and Drug Counselor for T.A.S.C. of Oregon in 1987. He joined Mainstream Youth Program, Inc. in 1991 as an Adolescent Substance Abuse Counselor for Mainstream Youth Program Inc. He began working for Multnomah County in 1994.

Nate was born in Berkeley, CA, and raised in Oakland. He has been married for 21 years and has four children.

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David Thomas
Academic Program Coordinator, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland

David Thomas retired from the Montgomery County Police Department in December 2000 after 15 years of service. His final assignment with Montgomery County was on the Domestic Violence Unit, which he helped found. In addition to helping found the unit, he was responsible for the department's curriculum development in domestic violence training as well as the policy development on domestic violence related issues.

Upon leaving the police department, David served as a Senior Advisor to the Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention's Victim Services Unit as a Domestic Violence Specialist. In 2002, he joined Johns Hopkins University as the Academic Program Coordinator for the Domestic Violence Education program. He currently serves on numerous domestic violence- related committees and task forces including the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (President of the Board), the Attorney General and Lt. Governors Family Violence Council Legislative Action Team, Maryland Healthcare Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Advisory Board, and the Battered Women's Project National Advisory Board. David regularly testifies in front of the Maryland state legislature on domestic violence issues.

David received his bachelor's degree from Towson University in 1983 and his master's degree from the University of Maryland. He has received numerous awards for his work in the area of domestic violence and considers combating domestic violence his calling in life.

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