Alyssa Dandrea is the Community Relations Specialist for NHCADSV. Alyssa assists with the development and implementation of the Coalition’s public communications and fundraising initiatives. In her role, she works to amplify the voices of survivors and broaden the impact of the Coalition and its 12 member programs.
Alyssa earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Franklin Pierce University in 2011 and, upon graduating, joined the reporting staff of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, a bi-weekly newspaper. In more recent years, Alyssa worked as a courts reporter for the Keene Sentinel and then the Concord Monitor, where she focused extensively on victims’ rights initiatives and legislation, and the stories of crime victims and their families in New Hampshire.
The New England Newspaper and Press Association honored Alyssa’s reporting of a five-part series on sexual violence in 2017 with a Publick Occurrences award, which identifies New England’s most outstanding journalism among newspapers of all sizes. She received a second Publick Occurrences in 2019 for her four-part series on domestic violence, which, through the telling of personal stories, delved into public policy, prevention education, and the experiences of survivors in the criminal justice system.
Alyssa routinely consults with reporters and editors on responsibly covering these difficult stories and is available to provide that guidance to other interested media outlets.
Amanda Grady Sexton is the Director of Public Affairs for NHCADSV. 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 pass dozens of laws in the State of New Hampshire including the first statutes to criminalize the acts of domestic violence and human trafficking, and the first state law establishing specific protections for college students. Most recently, Amanda helped to fully eliminate the civil statute of limitations in sexual assault cases. Amanda also advises NH’s Congressional delegation on federal policy and law and was instrumental in assisting Congress with the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2012, and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s landmark Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act of 2016, which created the first federally codified rights specifically for sexual assault survivors
Amanda also specializes in media relations, and has worked with some of the nation's top public relations professionals, publishing companies, and filmmakers to help crime victims and their families share their stories in an effort to educate the public and to advance societal change. She provides national training and technical assistance 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.” Amanda also received the NH Governor's Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence's top honor, the "Honorable William B. Paine II Award”, and was the recipient of the NH Attorney General’s “Sandra Matheson Award for Exemplary Commitment to Victims of Crime.” In 2016, Amanda and a team working to protect NH’s Rape Shield law received the “National Crime Victim Law Institute’s Victims’ Rights Partnership Award”, which recognizes the collaborative efforts of individuals that have devoted their time to advancing crime victims’ rights. In 2020 Amanda was honored by the Concord Regional VNA with their “Kay Sidway Award.” Amanda has been appointed to serve on state commissions and oversight committees by Governors Shaheen, Benson, Lynch, Hassan, and Sununu.
In addition to her work at the Coalition, Amanda is serving as a 4th 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.
Emily is the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program Manager. In this role, Emily supports AVAP members across the state who are placed in crisis centers and the justice system to provide economic empowerment and advocacy for survivors of domestic, sexual, and stalking violence.
Emily graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2020 with her Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Communication. In her time at Saint Anselm College, she worked at the Meelia Center for Community Engagement as a Community Partnership Coordinator and Student Management Staff. After graduating, Emily continued her engagement with the Meelia Center serving as their AmeriCorps VISTA member where her focus was the development and implementation of a Virtual Tutoring Collaborative in partnership with the Manchester School District. She provided training, support, and supervision to college student staff members and volunteers engaging in the program, in addition to building partnerships with and providing support to staff at ten Manchester area schools, and the Manchester Housing Authority to ensure program outreach and tutoring support to students living in public housing.
Janet Carroll, RN, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P
sexual assault nurse examiner (sane) program coordinator
Janet Carroll, RN, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P, 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.
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.
Joi began this work as an activist through V-Day: A Global Activist Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls Worldwide. Joi organized, produced and directed several V-Day & One Billion Rising events throughout the NH Seacoast benefitting A Safe Place and Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS). Working so closely with these organizations inspired Joi to join SASS as a volunteer advocate and she was then brought on to serve as their Client Services Coordinator, and eventually as the Client Services Manager of HAVEN when A Safe Place and SASS merged in 2015. In addition to supporting survivors through her work as an advocate for almost a decade, Joi has also been an active member of several county and statewide committees dedicated to providing guidance, trainings and technical support for all of the disciplines working in this field in order to strengthen collaboration and to provide consistent, compassionate and comprehensive support and services to all victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Kathleen coordinates statewide leadership, advocacy, training, technical assistance, and reporting aspects of the victim services, and education and outreach data collection systems. Kathleen’s work to ensure quality data collection provides the Coalition, member programs, and statewide agencies with a better understanding of victims’ needs, and helps to determine the allocation of resources.
Lauren Batchelder is the Public Affairs Coordinator for NHCADSV. In this role, she provides support and coordination to the Public Affairs Department, which includes public policy, communications, and development. Lauren graduated from Saint Anselm College with an Honors Bachelors of Arts Degree in History and a Minor in Gender Studies. While at Saint Anselm, her biographical sketch of Suffragist Ann Batchelder was published in Women and Social Movements of the United States 1600-2000. In June 2016 Lauren was chosen out of 10,000 applicants to be a "Nominated Changemaker" and invited to attend the first ever White House Summit for the United State of Women. She was later selected to attend a phone call with former President Barrack Obama which discussed college students and the importance of healthcare coverage.
In 2017 Lauren moved to Norway to learn about gender equality, parental leave and the impact of sexual assault throughout Scandinavia. While in Oslo, she also conducted research on sex trafficking in Nordic countries. Additionally, Lauren attended the University of Oslo Faculty of Law where she exclusively studied The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
Lauren is also an Ambassador for the Music in Me Foundation which focuses on ending bullying in America´s schools.
When not at work, you can find Lauren training for her first marathon. rooting for all Boston sports teams or watching Shark Week.
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!
Meghan Jenks is the Programs Coordinator. In this role, she handles the administrative and organizational duties for the SANE team and assists other staff with implementation of projects as needed. . 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.
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.
Pamela Keilig is the Public Policy Specialist for NHCADSV. She is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of public policy and legislative initiatives of the Coalition.
Pamela earned her bachelor’s degree in International Studies, History and German from Susquehanna University, and later received her Master’s in Intercultural, Service, Leadership and Management from SIT Graduate Institute. She served as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Eswatini, advocating for equal access to education for deaf youth, in addition to coordinating a national girls leadership and empowerment program. During her time there she organized several awareness campaigns and community initiatives to address gender-based violence, promote reproductive health, and encourage positive self-esteem among youth.
After returning to the United States, Pamela served as a Research Assistant at Population Council, supporting three implementation science studies examining health behavior and relationships between male partners of adolescent girls and young women in Uganda, Eswatini and South Africa.
Pamela has also served as a victim advocate with the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention supporting the crisis hotline for Cheshire County.
Rachel, a former Americorps Victim Assistance Program (AVAP) alumni and Granite State College graduate, has spent the last eight years working to support survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. Her journey began through her service at AVAP, where she served as an advocate at Bridges Domestic and Sexual Violence Support crisis center in Nashua New Hampshire. Rachel later went on to work at Bridges’ Confidential Emergency Shelter as their Shelter Manager, and then as their Transitional Housing Advocate where she oversaw three federally funded housing programs and supported survivors in securing and maintaining housing and economic safety. In her spare time Rachel loves to hike, kayak, and camp with her Boston Terrier, Otis.
Tori is the Human Trafficking Specialist. Tori began her work in the violence prevention movement as a volunteer direct service advocate at WISE while attending Dartmouth College, where she served as Chair of the Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault and as the Programming Director of The Movement Against Violence. She also interned with Senator Jeanne Shaheen before moving to Mumbai as a Lombard Fellow assisting the Society for Nutrition, Education & Health Action (SNEHA) in establishing and implementing Mumbai’s first crisis hotline. From there, Tori joined the EmancipAction India Foundation as their Research and Technology Manager, where she helped develop and evaluate mental health training for lay caregivers to increase quality and access to services for girls who have been sex trafficked. Tori earned her master’s degree through Erasmus Mundus MAPP, a consortium of European Universities specializing in Public Policy and Development.
The 12 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.
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