Expert Details

Sociology and Women’s/Gender Studies, Domestic Violence Victim Advocacy, Sexual Assault

ID: 738937 Minnesota, USA

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Expert, is a systems-thinking, data-focused pragmatist who looks for opportunities to turn theory and ideas into action. Her passion lies in increasing the sustainability of mission-driven agencies and their people through education and coaching. In her doctoral research, Expert studied occupational and organizational identity development in victim advocates and their agencies using quantitative and qualitative approaches. She has used this research to develop tools and trainings to work in deep collaboration with mission-driven staff and leaders as they build their skills around healthy occupational identities and organizational cultures. Expert approaches every project and relationship with the philosophy of, “Let’s do better, together.”

Expert has served in a variety of mission-driven roles, particularly focused on ending gendered violence in local, state, territory, and national communities. Some of her prior roles include adjunct professor of Sociology and Women’s/Gender Studies, Domestic Violence Victim Advocate, Sexual Assault Response Team Leader, Systems Change Program Manager, Rural Projects Coordinator for a national training and technical assistance provider, and the Sexual Violence Justice Institute Director. Expert currently has the privilege of serving as a grant reviewer for the Office on Violence Against Women, as an adjunct faculty in the Social Change and Social Justice Department, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Alliance on Crime.

Skills and Expertise:
- Public Speaking
- Organizational Culture
- Development
- Partnership Development
- Program Evaluation
- Staff Engagement
- Change Management
- Continuous Learning Models
- Inclusive Facilitation
- Data Collection & Analysis
- Grant Management

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2015 Degree: Ph.d Subject: Organizational and Occupational Identity Development--Sociological Emphasis Institution: Bowling Green State University
Year: 2011 Degree: MA Subject: Women's and Gender Studies--Sociological Emphasis Institution: University of Northern Iowa
Year: 2009 Degree: BA Subject: Women's and Gender Studies; Art History; Sociology Institution: Hamline University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2021 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Consultant Department:
Responsibilities:
Responsible for all aspects of entrepreneurship and managing a growing business with an emphasis on building high-impact relationships with clients.

• Grew company from idea to profitable business by tripling revenue through client returns and referrals for 4 consecutive years
• Increase clients’ employee engagement through creating organizational policies using diversity, equity, and inclusion practices
• Deliver immediate and lasting professional skills improvements through actionable feedback in coaching services
• Present 4-6 interactive trainings per month to a diverse portfolio of clients—earning an average rating of 4.8 of 5.0 on evaluations
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2021 to 2022 Employer: Minnesota Alliance on Crime Title: Interim Training Coordinator Department:
Responsibilities:
Sustained and restructured professional development and training program for statewide coalition during employee search.

• Formalized all policies and best practices through establishing a standardized Job Guide & Handbook for role
• Engineered a multi-phase data collection project with agency partners
• Facilitated 40+ hours of training continuing education programs for statewide professionals; includes 2.5-day conference-style training
• Designed 30-hour onboarding process and mentored permanent hire
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2019 to 2021 Employer: Rakhma, Inc. Title: Training Manager Department:
Responsibilities:
Transformed & monitored organizational learning and professional development using adult learning in an assisted living facility; ensured rigorous compliance with licensing rules, state statutes, and regulations.

• Stimulated 30% increase in monthly training compliance through deploying new learning management system
• Headed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts; Strategic Planning Subcommittee; and Community Education programming
• Implemented management training series to standardize practices between four company sites and improve employee relations
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2018 to 2019 Employer: Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) Title: Sexual Violence Justice Institute Director Department:
Responsibilities:
Rehabilitated a 4-person training and technical assistance team to execute strategic initiatives for state and national programs. Directed all day-to-day staff and activities in four grant programs with budgets from $200k to $350k; managed a total of more than $1 million in funding.

• Hired and onboarded 2 employees to increase efficacy of product development as well as training and technical assistance delivery
• Secured $800,000 Federal Grant for advancing strategic initiatives
• Served as policy and protocol expert in sexual assault response teams and community coordination
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2016 to 2018 Employer: MNCASA Title: Rural Projects Coordinator Department:
Responsibilities:
Spearheaded national training and technical assistance program. Modernized communications outreach and introduced change management strategies to partners. Promoted due to exceptional performance.

• Boosted technical assistance delivery by 50% to diverse professionals; directed and executed 2 national conferences
• Generated an additional 75 hours of training and negotiated 10 new on-site visits with partners for organizational development, annually
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2015 to 2016 Employer: Sexual Violence Center Title: Systems Change Program Manager Department:
Responsibilities:
Led 27-member, multidisciplinary team of professionals to evaluate organizational efficacy and implement evidence-driven change. Liaised with 20+ policing jurisdictions to increase accessibility; trained and supervised staff and volunteers.

• Established Hennepin County’s first multi-agency, trauma-informed protocol for sexual assault response professionals and leaders
• Sourced $10k travel grant to advance team learning and activities
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2012 to 2014 Employer: Cocoon Shelter Title: Domestic Violence Victim Advocate Department:
Responsibilities:
Provided direct crisis and support services to victims of domestic and sexual violence then transitioned to development, grant management, and event planning.

Career Accomplishments

Awards / Recognition
(Selected awards)
- University of Northern Iowa’s Outstanding Alumni Project, Recipient
- Alliance of Local Service Organizations, LINK Travel Grant Recipient
- Women’s Equity Action League, Award Recipient, 2nd place
- Katzner Research and Professional Development Fund, Award Recipient
- Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, Winner Bowling Green State University
- Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence
Publications and Patents Summary
Publications: 5

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
(Selected Examples)

“From Resilience to Resistance: Building Sustainable Careers and Organizations in Mission Driven Work.” Plenary Speaker, Missouri Foundation for Health, Annual Advocate’s Training. Virtual. December 7, 2022.

Virginia SART Capacity Building Trainings (quarterly topics). Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Virtual. March 2020-September 2022.

“Cultivating Culture Change: Occupational Identity Management and Professional Development Skills Training Series.” Trainer and Facilitator, Minnesota Alliance on Crime. Virtual. November 2021-May 2022.

“Leading and Sustaining Healthy Organizations: Leadership Development Cohort Program.” Trainer and Facilitator, Minnesota Alliance on Crime. Virtual Program. February 2021-September 2021.

“Building a Healthy Occupational Identity in Mission-Driven Work and Rural Communities.” Trainer, Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, Rural Capacity Building. Virtual. September 22, 2020.

“Engaging Discomfort to Make Collaborations Work.” Plenary Speaker, Battered Women’s Justice Project, Annual ICJR Grantee Meeting. San Diego, CA. July 30, 2019.

“Reading Between the Lines: Case File Review for SARTs.” Presenter, End Violence Against Women International, Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. April 24, 2019.

“When It’s More Than Just a Job.” Speaker, TEDx, Hamline University. Saint Paul, MN. April 4, 2019.
Other Relevant Experience
Volunteer work:

OFFICE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE)
04/20200-PRESENT
Underserved Grant Program Peer Reviewer
Review, score, and discuss 10 grant applications and provide expert recommendations to support funding decisions

PRATT COMMUNITY SCHOOL10/2019-03/2020
4th/5th Grade Classroom Volunteer Supported primary teacher in all lessons and objectives; worked with learners 1:1 to develop literacy skills.

BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY
10/2013-05/2015
Graduate Advisor to Women
Who Love Women Student Group
-Supervised and mentored leadership team of students to lead university-recognized student diversity group.
-Headed financial management, budget requests, and policy compliance.
-Restructured organizational model for membership, information, and activities.

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