Meet the Team
Board of Directors
These dedicated individuals contribute their time, talents and resources to our mission of ending relationship violence.
Sharon Donnelly Love
Founder, One Love Foundation
Sharon Love, Yeardley’s mother, co-founded One Love with her daughter Lexie to honor Yeardley’s positive spirit. Sharon has been the main driver behind One Love, steering it toward prevention strategies after learning more about the issue in the wake of Yeardley's tragic death. Sharon had a 25 year career in the Baltimore City Public Schools teaching hearing-impaired students before retiring in 2013 to work on One Love full time. She works tirelessly on the behind-the-scenes tasks of developing a national foundation and has become a well-respected leader on the topic of relationship violence. As the main spokesperson for One Love, Sharon has reached many groups of students at every age level, professionals in the relationship violence arena and politicians on both a local and national level.
Alexis Love Hodges
Founder, One Love Foundation
Lexie Love Hodges, Yeardley's sister, currently works as an IT engineer and consultant at Baltimore-based Agora Publishing. Lexie’s drive and ability to overcome extremely challenging obstacles helped her establish One Love in recognition of Yeardley and the tremendous legacy she left behind. In addition to the never-ending behind-the-scenes tasks of developing and growing a national foundation, Lexie is a public spokesperson for the cause. She has been interviewed by various national and local media outlets.
Herbert A. May III
Partner, DH Capital
Herb May is a partner of DH Capital in New York, a private investment banking partnership focused on M&A advisory and private capital placement. He has over 25 years of experience in the capital markets and the broader financial services industry. Most notably, Herb has served on the Board of Trustees of the Salisbury School, an all-boys preparatory in Connecticut, for over 20 years, where he now holds the title of Trustee Emeritus. Herb works with other board members on fundraising, corporate relations, sponsorship and advisory. He also brings his experiences working with young men to One Love’s educational resource development efforts.
Jamison Harwood Hodges
President, Hodges Industrial LLC
Jamison Hodges, husband to Yeardley Love’s sister, Lexie, is a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur. He is a Baltimore native and attended the Calvert School, followed by the Gilman School. Hodges has been involved in all facets of One Love since its inception, including organization, fundraising, event planning, major gifts planning and local team sponsorships. Jamison leverages his experiences as a student-athlete in high school and college to relate to One Love’s target male demographic for new ways to help shine a spotlight on this national crisis.
Chairman, One Love Foundation
Kim Rutkowski currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for the One Love Foundation. Prior to her role as Chairman, Kim was the first Chairman of the National Advisory Council. She has been a driving force behind the strategic planning and growth of the organization. Kim graduated with a BA and MBA from Temple University and her professional career includes more than twenty years working with Fortune 500 companies. She was also the founding Board Chair for City Year Jacksonville and currently serves as the Vice- Chair. Kim is a student in the Doctoral Program at Jacksonville University where she teaches as an Adjunct Professor in the Davis School of Business.
Leslie Morgan Steiner
Bestselling Author and Public Speaker
Bestselling author Leslie Morgan Steiner is a public speaker on family violence and a guest on national television and radio. Steiner has appeared on shows and outlets such as National Public Radio, NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC and Fox News, and currently writes the Two Cents on Modern Motherhood column for ModernMom.com. Leslie, a former victim of relationship violence herself, provides the board with expert resources and advice on real life applications, which helps One Love grow as a nationally recognized voice against relationship violence.
Secretary, One Love Foundation
Olwen Modell, a former lawyer, has served on a variety of development boards. As a mother of four, Olwen recognizes the importance of taking a preventative focus on relationship violence to invoke social change. Olwen has helped One Love in the development of the digital workshop and dissemination planning. She also brings extensive experience in philanthropic event planning to create signature events. Prior to One Love, Olwen served on the Board of Directors at the House of Ruth in Maryland for 16 years, where she created and co-chaired the first House of Ruth Spring Luncheon. She has also been on the board at the Templum House in Cleveland and acted as the Chairman of the Development Committee. Upon graduation from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Olwen began her legal career in corporate litigation, but later realized a stronger interest in domestic law through her work as a clerk at the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.
Penelope "Penny" Thompson
VP, Government Affairs for the University of Florida Jacksonville
Penelope "Penny" Thompson currently serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs for the University of Florida Jacksonville’s academic medical center. She is responsible for the lobbying and strategic public policy issues for the 695 bed hospital. Penny is involved with the community and sits on many boards, including the Cultural Council of Jacksonville, the local Children’s Miracle Network Board and the Board Development Committee for the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Girl Scouts. Penny is proud to lend her services to One Love as they work to help establish a strong national voice in the conversation about relationship violence.
Vice Chair, One Love Foundation
Sharon Robinson, cousin of Yeardley Love, is the board’s Vice Chairman. She is the Varsity Head Lacrosse coach at New York’s Bronxville High School. Sharon played a pivotal role in developing One Love and continues to be active as both a spokesperson and chair of the committee for the annual Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Awards. Sharon graduated from Yale University, where she was the captain of the lacrosse team. Before coaching and working at One Love, she spent 13 years in the asset management/hedge fund industry. She worked in investor relations and marketing at Satellite Asset Management, LP; Citadel Investment Group, LLC; Wellington Management, LLP and Baupost Group LLC. Sharon is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder.
Won Young Giuriceo
Treasurer, One Love Foundation
Won Young Giuriceo is a certified public account with 12 years experience working at Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC) within the audit division. Her clients were comprised of Fortune 50 multi-national clients within the retail and consumer sectors. Won brings her accounting and financial reporting experience to the board. As Treasurer, she monitors and assumes oversight responsibility for the financial reporting of One Love. Won is dedicated to actively supporting the foundation as it develops innovative and effective educational programming that will engender intolerance towards relationship violence.
National Advisory Council
Our National Advisory Council has expertise in domestic violence prevention, higher education, business strategy, media and public relations, and campaigns and movements.
Wounded Warrior Project
Adam Silva serves as the Chief Development Officer of Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP). Adam brings strategic direction, management and national fundraising experience to the One Love Foundation. As a board member, Adam assists the foundation in a variety of areas, including program development, strategic planning and organizational growth. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Adam also helps One Love's efforts in the southeast.
Michigan State University, Department of Intercollegiate Athletes
Alan Haller serves as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Administration since July 2010. In this role, he assists the Director of Athletics in multiple areas, including, student-athlete welfare, project management, crisis leadership, community outreach and strategic planning. He also serves as the department liaison with local law enforcement, and key MSU departments. Alan is an active member of the Office of General Counsel’s Clery Act Compliance Committee, Office of Institutional Equity’s Sexual Assault Response Team, and MSU’s Sexual Violence Advisory Committee. Haller looks forward to bringing his knowledge of student athletes and athletic departments to One Love.
Michigan State University
Amy Bonomi is a Professor and Chair of the Human Development and Family Studies department at Michigan State University, and a core faculty member in MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence. Dr. Bonomi’s research concentrates on the long-term health effects of relationship violence and the intimacy dynamics that keep violent relationships intact. She is an associate editor at the Journal of Women’s Health and BMC Public Health and a blogger for the Huffington Post. She has been featured in USA Today, MSNBC, BBC News, New York Daily News, The Washington Post,Cosmopolitan and other major media outlets. Bonomi looks forward to bringing her knowledge of relationship violence to One Love, particularly as it pertains to preventative education, tools and resources.
Beverly Gooden is a domestic violence survivor and creator of the Twitter hashtag, #WhyIStayed. She earned a BA in Communications from Hampton University and a MA in Social Justice from Loyola University Chicago. Beverly travels the country speaking about intimate partner violence, victim blaming, and domestic violence prevention. Her story has been profiled on Good Morning America and NBC's TODAY, and in TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, Mic News, NOMORE.org, and more. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times. She is also the founder of the Ella Mae foundation. For more information, visit www.beverlygooden.com.
Cara Shortsleeve is a Director of Global Brand Solutions & Innovations at Google & YouTube. The Global Brand Solutions team shapes Google's commercial and product strategy to win with brand-focused advertisers and to deliver and grow Google's global revenue sourced from brand building activities. Specifically, Cara’s team is responsible for the development and commercialization of Google's choice-based video and display products -- namely TrueView (skippable video) and Lightbox (immersive rich media) Ads, which drive engagement and consideration for advertisers. Prior to her role on Brand Solutions, Cara led various sales teams across Google. She was hired at Google in 2007 to help launch the Google Cambridge Online Sales; she then lead Google’s efforts to serve mid-market US Financial Services and Healthcare clients through 2010. Since 2010, Cara has focussed on incubating and launching new businesses for Google. Before joining Google, Cara worked in sporting goods. She managed the US running apparel business at New Balance Athletic Shoe, and prior to that served as a Sales Director for Hind (a division of Saucony, Inc.). Cara also spent three years with Morgan Stanley's Investment Banking Division. Cara is a graduate of Williams College and has an MBA from Harvard University.
Caroline Seats graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2015. She is now working at the Under Armour Headquarters in Baltimore, MD. She works in the Team Sports department on the women's side focusing on team sales. During her time at UVa, she was on the varsity lacrosse team, and was a Student-Athlete Mentor representative from the Fall of 2013 until graduation.
CNN Headline news
Christi Paul currently serves as an anchor for CNN’s HLN News Now and In Session on the truTV network. Christi’s book, Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt, chronicles her personal experience with relationship abuse. In addition to working with One Love, she serves on the board of Safe Kids Georgia and as an ambassador for the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation. Christi helps One Love cultivate long-term direction and strategy. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, she is also a face for One Love in the southeast region of the United States.
Covie Stanwick graduated from Boston College in May 2015. She is now working in Sales for TESSCO Technologies in Timonium, MD. During her time at BC, she was on the Women's Lacrosse team and a captain her senior year. Covie also attended Notre Dame Preparatory in Towson, MD for high school.
Cris M. Sullivan
Michigan State University
Dr. Cris M. Sullivan is a Professor of Ecological/Community Psychology and the Coordinator of the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence at Michigan State University. She is also a senior research advisor to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Her work has led to local, state, federal and international initiatives, including: workshops that advocate for women with abusive partners, research on understanding the effects of relationship violence, improvements to system responses and evaluations of victim service agencies. Dr. Sullivan’s expertise has helped One Love grow into its role as the national voice against relationship violence. Her research enhances One Love’s education programs and helps develop new initiatives that improve system responses.
Media Arts Lab
Danielle Flagg has been involved brand communication of all kinds. For the past year and a half, while at TBWA/Media Arts Lab and MAL\FORGOOD, she worked on Apple, Conservation International and helped Emerson Collective start a movement to reimagine the future of Public High School in America. Prior to Media Arts Lab, Danielle spent six months in Ethiopia with the Nike Foundation where she launched Girl Effect, a movement to eradicate poverty by investing in girls. During her 17 years at Wieden & Kennedy, Danielle was a creative leader on brands including Nike, P&G, Target, Starbucks, Facebook, Sony, Partnership for a Drug Free America, and Friends of the Children. In her free time, Danielle has climbed 16,300 vertical feet and submerged herself 80 feet below sea level. She loves courageous endeavors, quirky manners of expression, and the idea of making an impact out in the world.
Bain & Company
Darci Darnell is a partner with Bain & Company in Chicago, previously in San Francisco, New York and London. Bain & Company is a global management consulting firm with 40 offices, covering 95% of the world’s GNP, that works with change oriented CEOs. With Bain for 15 years, Darci is a leading partner in the financial services and strategy practices. She currently sits on the Global Women’s Leadership Council, which sets the strategy and plan for being the employee of choice for leading female talent and increasing women in Bain’s partnership. Darci has published multiple papers on gender parity in the workplace. In addition to her career at Bain, Darci is a fitness entrepreneur, angel investor and a board observer with Lifeway Foods, which is led by a female CEO and chairman. Darci is inspired by the work of One Love and is hoping her expertise can support its rapid expansion and impact.
The Boston University, School of Public Health
Emily F. Rothman, ScD, MS, is an Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, with secondary appointments at the Boston University School of Medicine in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine. She is also a visiting scientist at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. Dr. Rothman’s areas of research expertise including dating abuse, sexual violence, and the prevention of the commercial sexual exploitation of children. She is a former batterer intervention program counselor, domestic violence shelter advocate, and rape crisis center hotline listener. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
Media Arts Lab
As President of TBWA\Media Arts Lab, Erica Hoholick runs the global network of agencies that is responsible for one of the most iconic brands in the world, Apple. Erica has been called a "change agent,” an "iron hammer in a velvet glove" and "the ultimate optimist.” While these all ring true, they all also make up what is necessary to transform some of today’s biggest brands. Throughout her career, Erica has lead teams to reinvent and reinvigorate brands to create new growth and consumer love. She has worked with some of advertising's best creative minds to unleash some of the most disruptive and game changing brand experiences the marketing world has seen on global brands like Dove, Pepsi, Gatorade and P&G Brands.
Holly Gordon is the Co-founder of Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, and is an Executive Producer for the film of the same name. Holly was selected by Fast Company as a member of the League of 60 Extraordinary Women and named by Newsweek/Daily Beast as one of 125 Women of Impact. Forbes Magazine named the Girl Rising campaign the #1 Most Dynamic Social Initiative of 2012. Prior to launching the campaign, Holly Gordon was Director of Content for the Tribeca Film Festival. She came to Tribeca from ABC News, where she worked for 12 years as a producer and booker for the major news broadcasts. For three years, as Editorial Producer for the ABC news magazine unit, Holly managed the team responsible for identifying and booking national and international, competitive, long-form stories. Holly graduated from Brown University, with a B.A. in International Relations.
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Dr. Jacquelyn ("Jackie") Campbell is currently the Anna D. Wolf Chair and a professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her relationship violence expertise is frequently sought by national and international policy makers, including the White House. Since 1980, she has conducted relationship violence advocacy, policy work and research, including how to help women accurately assess their risk of homicide by an abuser. In her role on the advisory council, Campbell provides expert research and resources that help One Love act as the national voice against relationship violence. These resources also help enhance One Love’s education programs.
Founder of NO MORE
Currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fifth & Pacific Foundation, Randel is a co-founder of NO MORE, a national initiative intended to raise the profile of and normalize the conversation about domestic violence and sexual assault. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape/National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Honorary Board and the immediate-past President of the Board of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. In 2005, Ms. Randel was named one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by WomensEnews; in 2006, she was included on the Crain’s New York Business list of “40 under 40;” in 2009 she was honored by the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York for her work on teen dating abuse; and in 2012 she received the Hero with a Heart Award from the Joyful Heart Foundation. Ms. Randel also co-authored an award winning paper, “Coming into the Light: Intimate Partner Violence and Its Effects at Work” with Anne O’Leary-Kelly, Emily Lean, Carol Reeves of the University of Arkansas School Department of Management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and lives in New Jersey with her husband and three sons.
Joe Ehrmann has been a speaker, author, activist, and coach for more than 35 years. Joe played in the NFL for 10 years. His book, “InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives”, explains how to become a transformational coach, changing lives and society by helping to develop healthy men and women. His initiative with the NFL Foundation and ShiftWhy will continue to contribute to the transformation of high school coaches nationally. Joe is proud of his role in the recently released documentary The Mask You Live In and his continued work with ending domestic violence. His sustaining source of joy is his family.
As Dean of Students at Boston University, Kenneth Elmore coordinates University efforts to provide a safe environment, where students can find their way within a vibrant academic community. This includes advising student organizations, planning ways to acclimate students to the University, setting and regulating standards, offering academic support, helping students navigate career goals, making certain the University experience is accessible, and creating a vibrant and welcoming living-learning environment. The offices reporting to Kenn—the Community Service Center, Disability Services, Howard Thurman Center, Judicial Affairs, Orientation, Residence Life, Student Activities—respond to student concerns, help students solve their problems, and help students build communities. Appointed in 2003, Kenn has more than 20 years of administrative experience in higher education. Prior to his appointment, he managed orientation programs, campus activities, and residence operations at Boston University. He has also practiced law within the Boston area. Kenn earned his AB in Psychology from Brown University; a Master of Education in Policy, Planning & Administration from Boston University; and, a JD from New England Law.
Kristie S. Gover
Kristie S. Gover is the Chief Student Affairs Officer at Jacksonville University. She has served in her current role for three years and previously served as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life at Jacksonville University. Prior to her career at Jacksonville University, Kristie worked in Housing and Residence Life at the University of South Carolina and the University of Louisville as a Residence Life Coordinator. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in higher education administration at the University of Louisville and doctorate in educational leadership at the University of North Florida. Kristie and her husband, Rob Gover, of fourteen years have two children, Addison (6) and Smyth (9).
Lauren is the Co-Founder of Passage, an initiative to help people deepen their understanding of self and identity in order to strengthen and sustain their positive impact on the world around them. Previously, Lauren served as Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Purpose - a strategic consultancy that also incubates new social impact ventures powered by mass participation. Over 5 years, she helped grow the company from 10 to over 70 employees and advised more than 20 NGOs, foundations and companies on the development of social impact strategies, progressive brands, content and action campaigns. Prior to Purpose, she served as a political appointee in the office of U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and as a White House Associate with the National Economics Council. She found her way to the first Obama Administration after spending 2008 on the campaign trail, as a field organizer, regional field director and state youth vote director. Born and raised in North Carolina, she holds a BA in Public Policy and Women’s Studies from Duke University.
Duke University Athletic Department
Currently an Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development at Duke University, Leslie has have been working with student-athletes for almost 18 years in the SA Development (formerly Life Skills) areas: personal development, career development, community service and leadership programs. Prior to Duke, she was the Life Skills Program Manager at The Ohio State University. In addition she has held positions in academic-athletic counseling and advising roles at Utah State University, Arizona State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Originally from Nebraska, Barnes was a tennis student athlete in college. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan in 1996 and a Masters of Education in Counseling/Psychological Services (emphasis in Athletic Counseling) from Springfield College in 1998. Outside of college athletics, she teaches group fitness classes and is a certified Les Mills RPM (cycle, BodyPump, CX Worx, GRIT, BodyFlow and Body Attack instructor. Leslie also runs and has a history of participating in triathlons and running events. Her biggest accomplishments thus far include being a two-time Ironman Florida finisher as well as completing the Boston Marathon and Big Sur Marathon.
Mary Ellen Barthelme
Mary Ellen Barthelme is a 30-year banking veteran currently doing consulting work. She serves on the Board of Directors of the GBMC Foundation and is a committee member for Gallagher Services, a Catholic Charities agency Mary Ellen is a long-time friend of the Love family, and is committed to changing the nation’s attitude towards relationship violence.Mary Ellen’s expertise on financial services and customer relations is an invaluable resource to One Love. Her banking experience and training in commercial and consumer compliance issues has been an asset to One Love’s growth.
Michael J. Ward
Michael J. Ward is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CSX Corporation. Over his 39 year career, Michael has headed CSX's operations, sales and marketing, and finance departments. Mr. Ward earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and his MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Railroads, and serves on the boards of Ashland inc, City Year Inc, United Way of Northeast Florida, Edwards Waters College and the Hubbard House. His other business affiliations include The Florida Council of 100 and The Business Roundtable. Michael has been a integral part of One Love since the Be One For Change campaign in areas of strategy and finance.
Monica Diaz is the Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness at ESPN (The Walt Disney Company). She has extensive experience in Human Resources, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Talent Management and Organizational Development. She leads ESPN’s diversity, inclusion and wellness strategy to fully leverage the contributions of diverse constituencies in alignment with business priorities and is responsible for the continuous evolution of a healthy and vibrant work environment where employees can contribute to their fullest potential. Before joining ESPN, Monica developed a solid career in companies such as Microsoft, Merck & Co and Sara Lee Corporation.
Monica’s breadth of knowledge is frequently sought after by practitioners and professional organizations. She frequently engages in public speaking and has been recognized as one of the Most Influential Minorities in Cable TV (CableFax - 2015), honored with the Multicultural Leadership Award (Tri-State Diversity Council - 2015) and selected as a Top 10 Leader (Hispanic Executive Magazine – 2014) and Top 50 Influentials (Hispanic Business Magazine - 2013). She has a multi-cultural background, is bilingual-biliterate in English and Spanish, with proficiency in Portuguese. She holds a MA in Industrial / Organizational Psychology, BA in Psychology (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Puerto Rico and completed an Executive Leadership Program at Tuck School of Business.
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Nancy Glass is a nurse clinician, researcher, cross-discipline bridge builder, and educator. Her research and practice expertise in public health, health disparities, and intimate partner violence reflect the focus of the School of Nursing and Johns Hopkins University on global health threats, particularly in developing countries. Her research centers on clinical care and intervention in the areas of violence prevention and health disparities. With funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she is conducting three major studies on intimate partner violence. As an associate director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health—a program that bridges the international work of the university's schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health—and an ambassador for ResearchAmerica's Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research, Dr. Glass serves as a global health scientist-advocate. She also is a past-president of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, International. In all her global outreach roles, Dr. Glass works to educate policymakers, thought leaders, the media, and the public about the importance of global health research.
Nancy Hogshead-Makar is a life-long advocate for access and equality in all areas of athletics and throughout society. She is one of the nation’s foremost experts on gender equity in sports participation, sexual harassment and abuse, pregnancy discrimination, legal enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and contemporary legal issues within the Olympic Movement. She has successfully represented athletes in precedent-setting litigation, written amicus briefs in the highest courts, integrated research into frequent Congressional testimony, pushed for new state legislation, published numerous legal and professional articles, made hundreds of presentations and keynote speeches, overseen the creation of new policies and position statements and appeared frequently as a guest on national news programs. She practiced law at Holland & Knight LLP, taught torts and sports law courses as a tenured professor of law and has enjoyed a 30 year relationship with the Women’s Sports Foundation, most recently as the organization’s Senior Director of Advocacy. She is a graduate of Duke University and Georgetown University Law Center. At the 1984 Olympics she capped eight years as a world-class athlete, where she was the most decorated swimmer at the 1984 Olympics; three gold medals and one silver medal.
Nyssa Kourakos is a veteran communications strategist with over 20 years’ experience developing and executing strategic communications programs for a broad range of corporate and not-for-profit clients. Through her own public relations firm – NK Communications, which she launched in 2006 – and her ongoing consulting work for global strategic communications firm Finsbury which she joined in 2003, Ms. Kourakos has advised clients in the media, technology, banking, energy, non-profit and health care sectors on high impact situations and proactive brand building campaigns. Previously, Ms. Kourakos was Vice President of Corporate Communications for B2B e-commerce site Verticalnet, Inc. She gained extensive insight into print and broadcast media as Communications Director for FORTUNE magazine, and as Public Relations Director for CNN Financial News where she directed public relations strategy and press outreach for CNN’s financial news network, CNNfn, and its president, “Moneyline” Anchor Lou Dobbs. At Burson-Marsteller public relations Nyssa leveraged Spanish proficiency to implement corporate imaging campaigns, public education initiatives and crisis communications training for clients across Latin America including IBM, Phillip-Morris and the U.S. Treasury Department. Nyssa began her communications career in Washington, D.C. where she managed constituency communications for the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and helped to elect congressional candidates at political media consultancy Austin-Scheinkopf. Ms. Kourakos has a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University.
A successful executive with over 45 years of experience, Ron Townsend has spent his career helping businesses, charities, and community organizations to achieve their goals. Townsend’s business career began with CBS news in 1960, and he held a series of progressive leadership roles in the broadcasting industry. After being awarded Manager of the Year in 1987, Townsend was promoted to president of Gannet Television Group in 1989. He served as Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters Television Board. His business acumen was sought after across industries, and he provided leadership as a Director of Alltel Corporation from 1992 to 2007; as a Board member of Bank of America Corporation from 1993 to 2004; and on the Board of Directors for Winn Dixie Corporation from 2001 to 2006. He serves on the Rayonier Advanced Material Board (currently serving on the Audit and Compensation Committees). Townsend was the Lead Director for two years. Townsend studied Business Administration at City College of New York. He and his wife Maureen reside in Jacksonville, and have five children and nine grandchildren.
US Lacrosse Foudnation
Currently the Vice President of the US Lacrosse Foundation, Susannah "Susie" Chase has 25 years of years of fundraising and business experience. In addition to her current responsibilities with the sport's national governing body, Susie serves on US Lacrosse's leadership team. Susie has worked in a wide range of development roles at Washington College, Cabrini College and the Living Classrooms Foundation. Prior to her current role with US Lacrosse, Susie served as Executive Vice President for a start-up provider of worksite health programs, contributing to the company's growth, stability and development of a national client base. Susie has several volunteer roles including; Board Chair, GoDocGo, Board/Executive Committee Member, Tewaaraton Foundation, and Board Member, Charm City Youth Lacrosse. Originally from New York, Susie is a graduate of John Jay High School, holds a BA from Washington College and is a mother to her two boys, Chase and Charlie Wittich.
Dedicated and passionate agents of change, our staff members apply expertise from across multiple disciplines to bring us closer to our goal of ending relationship violence.
Alicia Ball is the Development Coordinator at One Love and works closely with the team to ensure the Partnerships department functions smoothly. She previously was an intern at WGBH, working on digital kids programming. She worked in the Development office of Brandeis University, where she was a supervisor of the student calling program and the chair of the Senior Gift Committee.
Alicia grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Brandeis University in 2015 with a degree in Education and Sociology. During college, she volunteered in a bilingual preschool and coordinated an after-school program for local middle school students. In addition, Alicia was a trained facilitator of a Bystander Intervention program and loved making campus a safer more comfortable place for everyone.
Regional Coordinator, Jacksonville
Annie is one of One Love’s Program Coordinators for Campus Campaigns. Thanks to a generous grant from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Annie is able to work closely with the city of Jacksonville and the surrounding area. She works with schools and community partnerships alike to bring One Love content to the region. Prior to One Love, Annie served as a Leadership Consultant for Sigma Kappa Sorority and as part of the National Panhellenic Conference’s Campus Safety and Sexual Assault Task Force. A native of Virginia, Annie graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Women, Gender, & Sexuality. She was deeply involved in the sexual violence prevention community while at UVA, which sparked her desire to work in the field of violence prevention full-time. Contact Annie at email@example.com to learn more about One Love in Jacksonville, Florida.
Managing Director, Content and Campaigns
April Wright is the Managing Director, Content and Campaigns. She works closely with the program team to help build movements—both digitally and through grassroots activation—on campuses across the country. Prior to One Love, she oversaw the global expansion strategy and campaigns to get young people involved in social change at DoSomething.org. Before DoSomething.org, she supported the media and marketing contract for the EPA ENERGY STAR program, managing their tentpole social change campaign to educate Americans about energy efficiency and its impact on their communities. April is a very proud graduate of James Madison University (Duuuuukes!) where she holds a BA in Communication Studies as well as Technical & Scientific Communications. Contact April at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Coordinator, Chicago
Emily Lloyd is the Regional Coordinator, Chicago. She works to roll out the Escalation curriculum nationally on campuses and in the community. Emily previously worked at HopeWorks of Howard County and at Bridges: Sexual and Domestic Violence Support as a domestic violence advocate. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 with a B.A. in Women, Gender and Sexuality. During her time at UVa, Emily was a varsity athlete, a captain of the women's swim team, and a member of the sexual assault prevention group, One Less. She also worked with the UVa Women's Center to plan events and write articles for their online magazine. Contact Emily at email@example.com for more information about Escalation in the Chicago area.
Erica Becker is a One Love Campus Coordinator. She works with schools and community members to support the roll out of One Love programming nationwide and to empower young people to educate their communities. Erica grew up in New York and graduated from Duke University in 2016 with a B.A. in Public Policy Studies. While at Duke, she researched undergraduate students’ understanding of sexual violence and related campus policy, and volunteered at a local domestic violence and self-sufficiency services center. Erica also enjoyed fostering a positive campus atmosphere through her role as a peer responder for an online messaging platform. Erica previously worked with Advocates for Children of New York, and with the League of Conservation Voters in Washington, D.C., where she gained experience building national campaigns.
Jaklyn Van Manen
Manager, Campus Engagement
Jaklyn Van Manen is the Manager of Campus Campaigns at One Love. In this role, she oversees One Love’s distribution of the Escalation Workshop, campaigns, and events and supports student leaders who are crucial in the movement to end relationship abuse. Jaklyn has over 7 years of experience working with survivors of trauma in higher education, nonprofit, and government settings. As a student activist, she was a leader of the CHANGE Initiative at Castleton University and continued her career at Castleton creating a Peer Advocacy program for victims of interpersonal violence. Jaklyn also engaged in cutting edge clinical research at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, where she coordinated studies examining PTSD and treatment response. Jaklyn holds a Master of Arts degree from New York University in Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies. Contact Jaklyn at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about Escalation on campus.
Managing Director, Strategy and Operations
Jennifer is the Managing Director of Strategy and Operations at One Love, overseeing the strategic direction of the organization as well as operating functions including finance, human resources and technology. Jennifer brings to One Love over a decade of experience in finance, strategy, and operations at companies including Morgan Stanley, Disney, and Insight Communications. Most recently she helped launch a start-up Investment Management firm in New York City. Jennifer received a B.A. with distinction from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Jessica Perkal is the Director, Partnerships for the NYC and Boston regions. She previously worked as an Associate Director in CEB's consulting practice in Washington, DC. Jessica started her career as an M&A Investment Banking Analyst for BlackArch Partners in Charlotte, NC. While at Duke, Jessica was awarded a Fulbright-Hays grant to develop global curricula by exploring local schools in India and a Duke Global Health Institute grant to interview Rwandan children orphaned by genocide or AIDS. She has a North Carolina Professional Educator's Licensure which qualifies her to teach in NC public schools. Jessica received a B.A. from Duke University in 2010.
Regional Coordinator, Maryland
Jordyn Cohen is the Regional Coordinator for Maryland. Thanks to a generous grant from the Baltimore Ravens, Jordyn works throughout the entire state of Maryland. She works closely with schools in Maryland to roll out the Escalation curriculum on campuses and in the community. Prior to One Love, Jordyn worked as a Research Data Associate at NYU on a longitudinal study related to substance use and psychological disorders. While at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Jordyn was a research assistant for a psychology study that focused on how attachments made in childhood affect behaviors in adult relationships. Jordyn graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2011 with a B.A. in Psychology. Contact Jordyn at email@example.com to learn more about Escalation in Maryland.
Chief Executive Officer
Katie leads One Love’s work to educate, empower and activate young people in a movement to end relationship violence. Originally drawn to One Love as a family friend, Katie’s involvement deepened as the Foundation’s focus turned to prevention.
Katie’s prior work uniquely positions her to lead One Love. At The Michael J. Fox for Parkinson’s Research, she led development of its unique model for impact and as CEO almost doubled fundraising and grant making. As an independent consultant, Katie worked with nonprofits and donors to identify their goals and develop operating plans to achieve their objectives. As a visiting lecturer at Duke University, Katie deeply engaged with her students and realized they could do anything they put their minds to. It's her belief--in the power of young people--that drives her work at One Love today.
In 2011, Crain’s New York Business selected Katie for its “40 Under 40” list, recognizing New York City’s top business leaders under the age of 40. A graduate of Duke University and Harvard Business School, Katie’s professional experience also includes time at Goldman, Sachs & Co and Bain & Company. She lives outside NYC with her husband and four kids.
Krista Giuntoli is one of One Love's Campus Coordinator. She works closely with schools and local groups to roll out the Escalation workshop in their communities. Krista graduated from Brandeis University in 2015 with a B.A. in Education Studies. Alongside several internships and jobs with schools and education groups, she was a facilitator of her college bystander intervention program and a Students Talking About Relationships peer counselor. Contact Krista at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about Escalation in the Midwest and New England.
Regional Coordinator, San Francisco
Melanie Sperling is the Regional Coordinator for the San Francisco area. She works closely with schools to roll out the Escalation curriculum nationally on campuses and in the community. Melanie previously worked for the BELL Foundation in Boston, New Profit Inc. in Cambridge, MA, and Girls for Gender Equity in Brooklyn. While at Duke, Melanie focused her time on research in the psychology department and has a special interest in education reform and non-profit work. Melanie is planning to attend Harvard Business School through the 2+2 program starting between September 2016 and 2018. Melanie graduated from Duke University in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology. Contact Melanie at email@example.com to learn more about Escalation in the West.
Michelle is the Special Events Manager at One Love where she supports the planning and execution for events as well as organizing and developing a plan for the growth of community fundraising events. Prior to One Love, she served as the Special Events Manager at buildOn overseeing the execution of their national fundraising events. Michelle also served as the Associate Director, Special Events at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research where she helped execute the Fox Foundation’s annual benefit events, raising approximately $6 million per year. Prior to joining MJFF, Michelle graduated from The New School University with a Master of Science in Non-Profit Management. As a graduate, she interned at organizations such as The Clinton Foundation and AFS-USA. In 2006, Michelle graduated from Manhattanville College with a B.A. in International Management and currently serves as an active Alumni Board member.
Managing Director, Partnerships
Seanna is the Managing Director of Partnerships at One Love and brings 10 years of fundraising and nonprofit experience. Seanna manages the development growth plan and oversees the team that builds new relationships and collaborations that will help One Love educate, empower and activate young people in a movement to end relationship violence. Prior to One Love, she served as the Managing Director of Development at iMentor. There she oversaw a $9M fundraising department and helped secure $27.5M for the strategic growth campaign. Before iMentor, she served as the Director of Advancement at The Michael J. Fox Foundation, managing the major gift revenue stream and a portfolio of donors. Seanna has served on several nonprofit boards in New York City and Philadelphia, including a startup nonprofit, Milestones NYC and her high school, St. Basil Academy. She started her career in development at her alma mater, La Salle University where she holds a BA and MA in Professional Communication and is an active Alumni Board member.
Manager, Digital and Communications
Serena is the Manager of Digital and Communications at One Love. She is responsible for developing creative marketing strategies for the foundation and spreading awareness about our movement in the digital realm. She is also responsible for creating content and material for One Love's website, blog, social media channels, and educational programming. Serena is the manager of One Love's brand voice and visual identity. She joined our team in March 2016 after several years in the digital communications field at various advertising agencies in NYC. Prior to her career in advertising, Serena worked and held internships at Special Olympics Connecticut and WOR 710 Radio. Serena received a B.S. in Advertising and minor in Interactive Digital Design from Quinnipiac University.
Regional Coordinator, Dallas
Zoë Skinner is the Regional Coordinator for Dallas. She works closely with schools and community members across Dallas to roll out the Escalation curriculum and develop Team One Love movements on campuses and in the community. Zoë previously interned at the Baltimore Ravens in their Community Relations Department, helping to roll out the team's and specific NFL community initiatives during the 2014-2015 season. While at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she competed for the varsity lacrosse team and spearheaded her team's community outreach efforts, as well as connecting other UNC student athletes to service opportunities in the Chapel Hill area. In 2013, she was awarded the Yeardley Love Unsung Hero award for her leadership both on and off the field. Zoë graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014 with a B.A. in Political Science. Contact Zoë at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about Escalation across the Southeast.