including the co-founders
Lauren Wechsler horn
Lauren has committed her life and career to women’s and girls' rights and youth philanthropy education. She has worked at the Ms. Foundation for Women, V-Day, and The White House Project. She has also helped to lead the national campaigns, “Take Our Daughters To Work Day” and “Vote, Run, Lead.” Lauren joined SafeBAE with the goals of ending sexual assault among teens, giving boys and girls the tools to change peer culture, and encouraging social change through art and activism.
Patrick is an entrepreneurial executive with over 27 years of creating innovative new businesses, products and services that change the way people, businesses and organizations perform with measurable results. He has a diverse portfolio of experience including executive level Banking/ Credit/ Financial Services Sales, Computing, Mobile, Software, Cloud, eCommerce, New Media, Mortgage and Legal Services marketplace experience and he is expertise is in translating sales and business processes into technology platforms to increase efficiency, visibility and profitability.
Bethany is a mother of 4 boys and a devoted activist for the rights of women and girls around the world. She has been a generous supporter of V-Day for over a decade and produced a recent production of “The Vagina Monologues” in Philadelphia. She sits on the advisory board at Malaika and is the board chair of education and outreach at Quintessence Theatre Group. She is honored to be a founding advisory board member and mentor for SafeBAE and to continue to support the organization’s growth.
Tonjie is Detroit native, preventionzist, and creative. She is the founder of eleven24, a training and consulting agency that utilizes identity affirmation, media literacy, and youth centered programming methods to enhance prevention programs. Her passion for ending relationship abuse and sexual violence began as a sophomore in high school when she participated in an interactive traveling play focused on teen dating violence, and has continued through her roles as a prevention program director, shelter advocate, community educator, and national community initiatives coordinator. Tonjie holds a BS in Behavioral Science and a MA in Education, Leadership, and Change. Tonjie is driven by the belief that everyone has a role in violence prevention. “It’s up to us to define what our role will be!”
Amanda is founder, owner, and chief consultant of Morgan Training and Coaching LLC, a consulting firm specializing in leadership development, corporate training and executive coaching. For the past nineteen years, Amanda has worked with a myriad of global, fortune 100 financial services and insurance companies, as well as esteemed non-profit organizations in the academia, social services and healthcare sectors.
As a learning and development consultant, Amanda works with senior business leaders and human resources executive to strategically build and plan enterprise-wide leadership development programs. She conducts in-depth organization and team assessments to understand the unique culture, dynamics and challenges that exist in order to develop the most appropriate solutions. Amanda takes highly integrated approach to development and focuses on designing and delivering high impact training workshops that fuel superior performance, accelerate professional growth and unlock individual potential.
A native of Northern California, Emma trained at the internationally recognized William Esper Studio in New York City. Past film and TV credits include Orange is the New Black (3-Time SAG Award Winner), Child of Grace, Girl Most Likely, Please Give, Spinning Into Butter, Conviction, Happy Yummy Chicken, How To Make It In American, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and Odd Mom Out.
Upcoming projects include the 6th season of Orange is the New Black where she will continue to recur as Leanne Taylor.
Tracey E. Vitchers
Tracey has spent her professional career combatting sexual violence. She is Director of It's On Us and was formerly the Chief Development Officer at Callisto, a nonprofit that creates technology to combat sexual assault, empower survivors, and advance justice, overseeing all fundraising and operations activities. She serves as Chair of the Board for End Rape On Campus, as a member of the Governing Board for Safe Haven of Pike County, and as an advisory board member with Culture of Respect. She previously served as Chair of the Board for SAFER. She has a B.A. from Williams College and a M.A. in Comparative Women's Studies in Culture & Politics from Utrecht University.
Michael Golland, Esq.
Michael has vast experience as an entertainment attorney. He represents individuals and entities in all facets of the entertainment and media industry including television, film, Internet, licensing and merchandise, publishing and music. Mr. Golland serves as production counsel for his film, television and alternative media clients (actors, writers and producers-for-hire): and handles intellectual property and general corporate matters for his clients including company formation and operations, asset acquisitions, employment matters and dispute resolution. Michael’s clients include content producers, actors, writers, directors, composers, financiers, sales agents, distributors and technology companies. He is a member of the Moot Court Board and recipient of the Judge Barry Russel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Federal Courts and Practice, 1993.
Marla works with nonprofits and philanthropic foundations as an independent consultant on funding strategies, organizational development, and strategic communications. Currently, she works with Breakthrough, based in the U.S. and India, making violence and discrimination against women and girls unacceptable through culture change. For 12 years prior, Marla worked for the International Women’s Program at the Open Society Foundations with a particular focus on communities facing discrimination. Marla holds a MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Joey is the Artistic Director at STAR Theater for Social Change based in NYC. STAR uses age appropriate/culturally sensitive theatrical methods to empower youth with skills to lead healthier lives. The program also helps parents and professionals to better understand and communicate more effectively with young people. STAR performs three different original musicals geared toward three different age groups, 5th grade through high school.
Joey’s other New York directing credits include Truth Values, A Burial Place, SLUT, Vestments of the Gods, Two Girls, The Timing of a Day and Abstract Nude. Also a playwright, Joey is currently an artistic resident at Access Theater developing her new play, An Uninterrupted Thought. Joey’s produced plays include Better Left Unsaid, Fast Break, Of Loss and Grace and Off (Heideman Award Finalist). She has also written and directed several films. Her film, Taking a Step Back, was selected by the Urban Visionaries Festival and won the “Best of Specials” award from MNN. She is the mother of two and is married to actor, Craig Waletzko.
Susan works with individuals, couples, families, children and teens on issues around helping translate the teen experience in a way that parents can understand. She has a Masters from the Bank Street School of Early Education and a second Masters in Social Work from Hunter School of Social Work. She specializes in trauma, EMDR and mindfulness and has given talks and experiential seminars to a number of schools in NYC to help teachers identify micro transgressions as well as how to manage classroom situations, including trauma, addiction, bullying, etc. She has consulted for Dateline specials as a parenting expert. She lives and practices in New York City with her 2 daughters and husband.
Susan Shilling MSW
Elizabeth D. Peeler
Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Science in Cell/Molecular Biology with minors in Art History and Chemistry from Appalachian State University. She received her Master of Science in Public Health from the University of South Carolina with a concentration in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. She received her Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. Elizabeth is the Health Educator in the Office of Health, Alcohol, and Drug Education at Ball State University. She is passionate in educating students about sexual violence prevention in an inclusive and supportive environment.
Tacianna has her master's degree in clinical mental health and is in the process of earning her Ph.D. in counseling psychology. She is currently an intern at University at Buffalo’s Counseling Services and has a special interest in sexual assault prevention and treatment. She is dedicated to educating young men and women about consent, bystander intervention, victim blaming, and treatment of survivors.
Anna is a writer, actor, and film producer. She hails from the Michigan mitten where she studied screenwriting at the University of Michigan (go blue!) and graduated with a liberal arts degree in film & television. As a survivor of sexual assault, she is passionate about using her talents and skills to influence change through media. Her short film Disfluency is what brought her to SafeBAE's attention. Disfluency explores rape culture and the aftermath of assault. Anna is currently a writer's assistant at MTV's Ridiculousness. She is always looking for opportunities to creatively collaborate onstage and onscreen.
Laura Holliday is a writer, director and actor based in Los Angeles. Her short film “Persephone Goes Home” earned her the Sundance Ignite Fellowship, a competitive year long mentorship with Sundance Institute for filmmakers under 24. Laura has studied screenwriting and filmmaking at Idyllwild Arts Academy, and Art Center College of Design where she will graduate this fall with a BFA in Directing. She is currently in post production for her first directorial feature “Daddy Issues,” a female driven comedy that subverts the oversimplified implications of its title. Professionally, Laura has written and directed content for Lifetime, Funny or Die, Fullscreen, and PopTv. She is passionate about using media for activism.
A producer, executive and entrepreneur, Kevin Sanford received international acclaim and an Emmy Award Nomination as producer of the XXII Central America and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico. Additionally, Sanford recently produced My People My Music starring Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Selena Gomez for Saturday Night Live, Leonard Cohen's Album Release (2016), Bottlerock Music Festival, Good Charlotte Live NYE, Junkanoo Music Carnival, V-Day 10th Anniversary at the Superdome and the Pensado Awards.
As President of Broadcast at Clair Global, one of the largest sound and video rental companies in the world, Sanford spearheaded the integration of new technologies and multi-platform broadcast services.