Peggy O’Neil has been the Executive Director at WISE for the past ten years during which time the organization has grown significantly both programmatically and financially. Peggy brings nearly thirty years of non-profit management experience to her role at WISE. Throughout her professional career, Peggy has worked tirelessly on behalf of vulnerable children and adults, including leadership roles at The Samaritans, a 24-hour suicide prevention center in Boston, Massachusetts, and at the National Mental Health Association in Prevention and Children’s Mental Health Services, based in the Washington, DC area.
Lindsay Nadeau, Vice Chair
Lindsay Nadeau is an attorney at the law firm Orr & Reno, P.A. in Concord, New Hampshire where she practices civil litigation. While earning a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire, she received the Governor John G. Winant Fellowship from UNH's Carsey Institute which allowed her to intern at the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence. She has continued to stay involved with the Coalition ever since. Lindsay served under New Hampshire Governor John H. Lynch for four years before earning a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law where she participated in the distinguished Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program. Lindsay also serves on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association.
Jo Fonda Newell, Treasurer
Jo is currently the Vice President of Finance and Strategic Planning at CoreMedical Group and Core Information Technology in Salem, NH, and has over 25 years business experience, including an MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a speaker and author of a book and blog site sharing her personal experiences and insights from a twenty year abusive marriage; her goal is to save lives by raising awareness and education about the often subtle signs and life threatening dangers of domestic abuse. Jo brings to the board both her financial business expertise and passion for advocacy for the work and programs of the Coalition.
The Honorable Shannon Chandley was elected twice to the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving on the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety and chairing the Committee on Resources, Recreation and Development. Her legislative priorities reflected her commitment to issues of gender equality, environmental protection, fiscal responsibility, promoting peace and ending violence. To this end, she cosponsored and worked to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and Joshua's Law. Shannon has a long history of serving her community as a volunteer. She currently works with SHARE Outreach which assists people in need in the Souhegan Valley as well as the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains and the Souhegan Valley Quilters Guild. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Shannon is a member of the Dean's Council of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Honorable Suzanne Harvey is serving her fifth term in the NH House, and was vice chair of the Science, Technology & Energy Committee for two terms. During her time in the House, she also served as chair of the Statewide Interagency Commission on Human Trafficking and was prime sponsor of the bill that made human trafficking a felony in the state. Suzanne's professional career included publishing, where she was editor of a business and marketing magazine for the pharmaceutical industry, and she spent over a decade developing and managing continuing medical education programs for healthcare providers.
David Bellman has been President and CEO of Bellman Jewelers since its founding in 1981. Bellman’s is a full-service retail jewelry operation located in Manchester, NH and has been voted NH’s Best Jewelry numerous times. David has served on multiple boards including New Hampshire Retail Association, The Mary and John Elliot Foundation, and St. Mary’s Bank where he serves as Vice Chairman. He is also the inventor of the AquaSonic Wave, a revolutionary in home jewelry cleaning system, and a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University.
Deb Mozden is the Executive Director of Turning Points Network, a member program of the Coalition, which is located in Sullivan County. Deb has been the director of TPN for more than 30 years. She has been an active member of the NHCADSV Participating Membership Council, has participated on various committees of the Coalition, and has been active in Sullivan County. Her community involvement includes collaborating on numerous local initiatives and boards, including the Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce, and the Sullivan County Oral Health Community Collaborative.
Stacey Pawlik, Esq. owns and operates Breakthrough Mediations LLC, a mediation company in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Prior to opening Breakthrough Mediations, Stacey litigated and negotiated hundreds of cases across the state as both a private family and civil lawyer, and in the public sector with the Criminal Bureau of the Attorney General's Office, the Rockingham County Attorney's Office, and as a judicial law clerk. Her advocacy and writing skills paved the way to multiple successes before the Supreme Court of New Hampshire in both criminal and civil cases. Each of these cases required her utmost respect toward the sensitive and confidential information before her, and her respect for the parties involved in the litigation, which she brings to every one of her mediations. Attorney Pawlik draws from this experience to provide all of her mediation clients effective, patient, and reassuring mediation services.
As an attorney with Harvey & Mahoney, PA, Gail devotes her practice to family law issues, including divorce, legal separation, child support, alimony, property division, and grandparents' rights. Gail is a marital mediator and a member of the N.H. Bar Association and the N.H. Collaborative Law Alliance. Gail was the former programming director for the N.H. Women’s Bar Association and is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award.
A professor at UNH School of Law and a member of UNH Prevention Innovations, Amy was the founding director of the school's Criminal Practice Clinic and currently directs the Legal Writing Program. She began her legal career in New York as a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney. Later she worked as an Assistant Attorney General in New Hampshire before moving to the NH Public Defender's office in 1993. She served for ten years on the New Hampshire Adult Parole Board. Professor Vorenberg's teaching and research areas include Campus Sexual Assault, Legal Analysis and Writing, and Criminal Law. Professor Vorenberg has written editorials and spoken out on campus sexual assault, providing her perspective as both a rape victim and someone with first-hand knowledge of the criminal justice system.
Allison Power Bernal is the Coalition’s Prevention Coordinator. In this role, she coordinates the NH Rape Prevention Education project and supports crisis center prevention efforts.
Allison participated in the 2015 Governor’s Commission to Study Sexual Abuse Prevention Education and she runs the NH Sexual Violence Prevention Advisory Committee (SVPAC). Through her work with SVPAC, Allison builds partnerships with stakeholders to provide statewide trainings to school staff on mandated reporting and sexual violence prevention. Allison's work to align prevention efforts with the work being done by the public health community played an integral role in the Coalition receiving the 2017 Friend of Public Health Award from the NH Public Health Association. Prior to joining the Coalition, Allison worked in the public health sector and oversaw national projects in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., and contributed to international projects in China and South Africa. She is a graduate of the UNH Health Management & Policy Program and recipient of the 2008 Robin Gorsky Award for female public health students.
Allison began her career at John Snow, Inc. in Boston working on a variety of projects, including coordinating trainings for a national refugee health project, conducting adolescent health policy research, and evaluating patient outcomes at 50 HIV clinics around MA. During graduate school at George Washington University she wrote her thesis on the effect of sexual violence on the HIV epidemic and she interned at the Polaris Project working on global hotline capacity building. Allison has been at the Coalition since 2015 and is thrilled to dedicate her energy toward ending violence and promoting public health in the Granite State.
Amanda Grady Sexton is The Coalition's Director of Public Affairs. In this role, she leads the organization's strategic communications, government relations, and stewardship programs.
Amanda works with crime victims and their families to advance the legal rights of victims on the local, state, and federal levels. She has worked to strengthen NH’s domestic and sexual violence statutes, to extend the statute of limitations for sexual assault victims, and to pass laws to criminalize human trafficking and non-fatal strangulation. Amanda advises New Hampshire’s congressional delegation and has assisted Congress with the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and the passage of the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act.
Amanda also specializes in media relations and has worked with some of the nation's top PR professionals to help crime victims and their families share their stories in an effort to educate the public and to advance societal change. She has provided national training to prosecutors, civil attorneys, law enforcement officials and victim advocates on crisis communications, message development, and effective strategies for working with the media.
In 2016 Politico named Amanda one of “the most plugged-in activists and elected officials” in NH, and the Boston Globe called her one of NH’s “most desirable endorsements for candidates seeking the Presidency.” In 2009 Amanda was named one of the New Hampshire Union Leader's "40 Under Forty" and received the NH Governor's Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence's top honor, the "Honorable William B. Paine II Award.” Amanda has been appointed to serve on state commissions and oversight committees by Governors Shaheen, Benson, Lynch, and Hassan.
In addition to her work at the Coalition, Amanda is serving as a 3rd term City Councilor in Concord, NH where she lives with her husband and their two children.
Christine LaCourse is the Coalition’s Office Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating the daily operations of the office including receptionist and clerical support to Coalition staff, ensuring operations of all office systems, and recruiting and overseeing volunteers and interns.
Christine has been the Office Coordinator at the Coalition since 2012, and brings years of administrative support experience from both the corporate and higher education sectors. Before joining the Coalition, Christine served as an Administrator in the Office of Academic Affairs at a local community college where she oversaw student grade appeals and dismissals, and coordinated and maintained the scheduling of courses and course syllabi for hundreds of adjunct and full-time professors. Prior to her work in higher education, Christine worked at a prestigious accounting firm where she prepared materials for personal and business tax returns and audits. Christine majored in Sociology at the University of New Hampshire, graduating cum laude in 2005.
She has lived in NH nearly her entire life and currently resides in Goffstown with her husband and two dogs.
Elena Coleman is the Coalition’s Training and Programs Coordinator. In this role, she coordinates and provides support for the Program efforts of the Coalition and its member programs.
Elena's background is in applied mathematics research and outdoor and international experiential education. In 2015, she moved to New Hampshire to join the Coalition's AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program (AVAP), where she served as an advocate at New Beginnings, the domestic and sexual violence crisis center in Laconia, NH. In addition to her advocacy work, Elena has served as a Mentor and Outdoor Leadership Program Leader at the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project.
Elena graduated cum laude from Smith College with degrees in Mathematics and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. She speaks both Spanish and Portuguese.
Elena also works as a Wilderness First Responder and rock climbing and whitewater kayaking instructor. In her free time, she can be found climbing rocks, hiking mountains, paddling rivers, or sitting by a campfire.
Janet Carrol, RN, CEN, SANE-A
sexual assault nurse examiner (sane) program coordinator
Janet Carroll, RN, CEN, SANE-A is the Coalition’s Co-Coordinator of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program. In this role, she coordinates the NH Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program in conjunction with the SANE Advisory Board.
Janet has been a nurse for 18 years. Since becoming a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in 2005, Janet has conducted hundreds of sexual assault evaluations in New Hampshire and Vermont hospitals. She is also Board certified in Emergency Nursing (CEN) and as a Adolescent/Adult Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE-A). In addition to her role as the Clinical Coordinator for the NH SANE Program, she has also served as the Clinical Coordinator of the Sexual Assault and Forensic Nurse Examiner Program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center since 2008.
She has worked with a variety of medical systems to improve their response to survivors of sexual violence. Janet received the Jennifer Pierce-Weeks Award of Excellence in 2012 for her work as a SANE in the State of NH. Janet is also the recipient of the Hands of Hope Award for her work as a SANE in treating children that have experienced abuse. Janet has provided expert witness testimony during court proceedings and has also been published in the Journal of Forensic Nursing.
Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, RN, SANE-P, SANE-A
sexual assault nurse examiner (sane) program coordinator
Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, RN, SANE-P, SANE-A is the Coalition’s Co-Coordinator of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program. In this role, she coordinates the NH Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program in conjunction with the SANE Advisory Board.
Jennifer comes to the Coalition with 30 years of nursing experience, with a focus on forensic nursing since 1995. She presents nationally on a variety of forensic nursing-related topics, including sexual assault and abuse, intimate partner violence, strangulation, child maltreatment, and program management and sustainability.
Jennifer's work at a national level includes being Interim CEO and Past-President of the International Association of Forensic Nurses where she served on the Board from 2006-2010. Additionally, Jennifer has served as a consultant for the Southwest Center for Law and Policy’s SAFESTAR Project, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's SANE Sustainability Project. In addition, Jennifer has written, edited, and reviewed state-specific protocols and customized protocols for hospitals, Sexual Assault Response Teams, and tribal communities. Jennifer was a contributing author for the most recent edition of the Atlas of Sexual Violence, a co-author of USAID's Clinical Management of Children and Adolescents Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence and Exploitation, Technical Considerations for PEPFAR Programs. Jennifer has also contributed to Forensic Health Online, has been published in the Journal of Forensic Nursing, as well as the Journal of Emergency Nursing, has edited the STM Learning text Violence Against Women, and co-authored the chapter on strangulation in the living patient.
Jessica Eskeland is the Coalition’s Public Policy Specialist. In this role, she coordinates public policy initiatives and strategy under the Director of Public Affairs.
Jessica worked with the New Hampshire Legislature to strengthen New Hampshire's domestic violence statute, to allow rape victims to terminate the parental rights of their attacker enhance the state’s human trafficking statute, to codify victims’ privacy rights under NH’s Rape Shield Law, and secured increased funding for crisis centers across NH.
Jessica specializes in monitoring legislative activity, drafting policy, delivering testimony, working collaboratively with legislators, stakeholders, and agency representatives, and developing strategy around legislative activity in concert with the Director of Public Affairs. Jessica was named to the Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty, Class of 2017, in recognition of being an up-and-coming leader in New Hampshire.
Prior to coming to the Coalition, Jessica worked for the NH Legislature as the Senate Journal Clerk, compiling the official record of all the Senate’s legislative activity for three years, as well as serving staffing the Senate Transportation & Interstate Cooperation Committee for two years prior to that.
Joan Madore is the Coalition’s Bookkeeper and Data Specialist. In this role, she performs bookkeeping functions, maintains financial and data records in line with the Coalition’s mission and vision, and works with the Coalition’s Administrative team.
Joan has been with the Coalition for over 16 years in her role as Bookkeeper and Data Specialist. Prior to working at the Coalition, she worked in the health care field. Joan provides critical technical assistance to the member program crisis centers on both financial and database issues.
In her free time she enjoys time with her family along with her poodles.
Linda Douglas is the Trauma Informed Services Specialist at the Coalition. In this role, she works to enhance the capacity of member programs of the Coalition, and local communities, to address the effects of trauma and the complex needs of victims with mental health and substance abuse problems. In addition to providing training and consultation to domestic violence programs, Linda has also provided training to DCYF and the Department of Homeless Services.
She has her M.S.Ed. in Counseling from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and has worked in the area of substance abuse and domestic violence since the mid-1990s when she coordinated the implementation of the Women in Recovery program for the YWCA of South Hampton Roads. This program was one of the first domestic violence programs in the country that provided services to battered women who self- medicated with alcohol and other drugs. Ms. Douglas also provided training and consultation regarding the connection between substance abuse and domestic violence to other domestic violence programs in Virginia before moving to New Hampshire in 2005.
Ms. Douglas is also trained in presenting the curriculum Children Exposed to Domestic Violence. She is an experienced and much sought after presenter who speaks often on the topics of children and trauma, resiliency and attachment, substance abuse and trauma, and mental health issues and the effects of trauma. In addition to Op Eds in both the Concord Monitor and the NH Union Leader, Linda has authored a chapter in the book Perspectives on Coping and Resilience (2013) edited by Venkat Pulla, Andrew Shatte, and Shane Warren. The chapter is titled “Resiliency and Recovery from Intimate Partner Violence.” Her blog, which covers topics regarding the effects of trauma and other issues related to advocacy and interpersonal violence can be found at here.
In 2016 she received the La Femme award the Zonta Club of Concord, NH Inc.,a part of ZONTA INTERNATIONAL, a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. This award is given to persons who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls in New Hampshire. Most recently, Linda provided expert witness testimony on a case which was the impetus for SB 166, relative to termination of the parent-child relationship in cases of sexual assault.
Lyn Schollett is the Coalition’s Executive Director. In this role, she collaborates with member programs to advance trauma-informed services for victims, fosters statewide collaborations to advance the interests of victims and crisis centers, and is a strategic leader in public messaging and awareness regarding victims’ rights and experiences.
Lyn began this work as one of only two sexual assault coalition attorneys in the country. Prior to working at the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Lyn served as the General Counsel for the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault for over 16 years, where she played a key leadership role in the drafting, passage and implementation of numerous laws impacting rape victims, including the first stand-alone protective order for rape victims in the country and a civil cause of action for gender-based violence. Lyn was honored for her groundbreaking advocacy with the Outstanding Legal Achievement to Victims of Crime Award from the National Crime Victim Law Institute.
Lyn recently completed a six-year term on Planned Parenthood Federation of America board of directors, where she spearheaded adoption of core medical service standards for all Planned Parenthood affiliates. Prior to joining the violence against women field, Lyn was in private practice in Chicago, and clerked for the Honorable Harold A. Baker in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of Illinois. Lyn loves New England and has discovered the joys of splitting wood and using a roof rake!
Madison Lightfoot is the Coalition’s Communications Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the Coalition’s public communications. Madison specializes in producing press releases, speeches, newsletters, annual reports, and public awareness materials to broaden the impact of the Coalition and its 13 member programs. Madison manages statewide public awareness campaigns and coordinates the Coalition’s participation in regional and national public awareness efforts.
Madison led the charge to implement the Coalition’s first-ever teen dating violence awareness campaign, Granite State Respect Week. In its first year, 15 high schools across NH participated in this initiative and over 9,200 students were reached. Madison also represents the Coalition at the NH Violence Against Women Campus Consortium where she works to support NH's institutions of higher education in their efforts to end violence on their campuses. In addition to her work to address interpersonal violence in NH schools, Madison worked in concert with the Coalition's Director of Public Affairs and Public Policy Specialist to secure increased funding for NH's crisis centers and strengthen NH's Rape Shield Law.
Before working with the Coalition's Public Affairs team, Madison was the Training and Programs Coordinator for the Coalition where she served on the Sexual Assault and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Advisory Board and coordinated several Coalition programs.
Prior to joining the Coalition’s staff, Madison served as a community advocate at two of NH’s crisis centers, HAVEN and SHARPP, where she provided direct service to victims and their loved ones. Madison graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and is a former captain of the University of New Hampshire’s Women’s Volleyball team. During her time with UNH Athletics, she led her team to three consecutive conference championships and three Division I NCAA tournament appearances.
In addition to her work at the Coalition, Madison coaches volleyball at Portsmouth High School and continues to stay connected to the volleyball community in NH.
Margeaux Fischer is the Coalition’s AmeriCorps VISTA. In this role, she coordinates Coalition's economic empowerment work and provides technical assistance to member programs.
Margeaux has 7 years of experience in the domestic and international social justice fields. She has worked on humanitarian financing, peace building and gender-based violence research at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Start Network, and International Rescue Committee. She holds a BA in Psychology from Northeastern University and a MS in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Marie Linebaugh is the Program Director at the Coalition. In this role, Marie supports the programs team and oversees specialized projects and initiatives of the Coalition. Marie provides support to the Coalition’s 13 member programs by identifying needed resources and training to improve direct service delivery. Marie serves on statewide committees to assist in the improvement of multi-disciplinary response to domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking.
Prior to joining the Coalition in 2014, Marie worked in program development and implementation, with a specific emphasis on prevention based programming with youth and the refugee community. During her time in Pittsburgh, PA, Marie received an award for her efforts in youth program development. Marie is a former Albert Schweitzer fellow and a proud AmeriCorps VISTA alumna.
sexual assault nurse examiner (Sane) program assistant
Meghan Jenks is the Coalition’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program Assistant. In this role, she handles the administrative and organizational duties for the SANE team.
Meghan graduated summa cum laude from Keene State College with a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Communications. She was president of the college’s Feminist Collective and won the 2016 Ann Britt Waling Women’s Studies Recognition Award for excellence in academics and community activism. While Meghan is passionate about the Coalition’s mission in its entirety, her particular areas of interest are sex education and women’s access to healthcare.
americorps victim assistance program (avap) manager
Natalie Ryckman is the Coalition’s Program Manager of the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program (AVAP). In this role, she coordinates the placement, training, and evaluation of AVAP members, and provides training, technical assistance, and support to members and their site supervisors to meet program objectives.
Prior to her work at the Coalition, Natalie provided mental health counseling services to undergraduate and graduate students at a university-based counseling center. Natalie also has research experience in the fields of family therapy and counseling and has worked in a corporate setting with a focus on compliance. Natalie received an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, Natalie received a postgraduate certificate in grant writing and completed a yearlong seminar on culturally competent and racially responsive treatment, ethics, and research.
Natalie is looking forward to starting a master’s in public health program in the fall of 2017. When Natalie is not supporting AVAP members, she is walking her dog, Ruby, listening to a podcast, or experimenting with gluten free baking.
Pam English is the Coalition’s Administrative Director. In this role, she is responsible for the financial management of the Coalition, including budgeting, financial statement preparation, and policy development.
Pam has more than twenty years of experience in the areas of non-profit administration, finance and human resources. Pam has worked for the Coalition since 1993 and has been in her current role as the Administrative and Finance Director since 2006. Pam works in collaboration with the Coalition’s national partners to provide technical assistance on implementation of new data or financial systems. Additionally, the National Network to End Domestic Violence contracted with Pam in 2015 to create and present two national webinars on financial management and oversight for Coalition financial staff, and for Board of Directors.
Pam has written many grants and annually manages between 11 and 15 federal, state, and private grants or contracts. Pam has experience in NH employment law, regulations and rules. She has working knowledge of federal and state grant compliance requirements, including specific knowledge of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) code of federal regulations that govern cost principles for non-profits. Pamela manages the collection and reporting for two of the Coalition's statewide databases.
The 13 member programs of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence provide services regardless of gender,age, health status (including HIV-positive), physical, mental or emotional ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socio-economic status, race, national origin, immigration status or religious or political affiliation.