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Vicky Basra Vicky manages the development and implementation of the Policy Center’s model programs and community organizing. She assists with the development and support of new and innovative programs and community engagement. She brings with her more than 18 years’ experience working with girls and young women impacted by trauma. Vicky helped to develop and implement a violence against women prevention program at Vanderbilt University. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, a degree in Social Work from Ryerson Polytechnic University, and her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee.

Barbara Guthrie, R.N, Ph.D., F.A.A.N., is the Dean of the Graduate School of Nursing at Northeastern University School of Nursing and former Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing at the Yale School of Nursing. Among her current roles, she serves as Director of the Ph.D. program. Dr. Guthrie is as one of the Principal Investigators of the Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) R25 grant which just entered its fifth year of funding. Dr. Guthrie’s nursing education began at Howard University’s Freedmen Hospital School of Nursing where she received a diploma in nursing. Dr. Guthrie received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Boston University, her master’s of science in nursing (Family Health) from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. from New York University School of Nursing. Prior to accepting the position at Yale School of Nursing, Dr. Guthrie held a dual appointment, at the University of Michigan, as an Associate Professor in the Division of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction and Women Studies. Dr. Guthrie also was the Director for Undergraduate Traditional and Non-Traditional Nursing Programs at Michigan and was the Associate Director of a T-32, a Women’s Health Disparities Interdisciplinary Training Grant funded by National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). In addition, she was an Associate Faculty Researcher in James Jackson’s Program for Research on Black Americans. She also was a member of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender’s (IRWG) and the Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center’s Executive committees.

Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams, MA-TLA, runs Narratives for Change, a business using storytelling to cultivate and preserve women’s personal and leadership narratives. She writes women’s personal and business histories, leads creative writing workshops, and uses a narrative-storytelling approach to develop leaders. As a former C-Suite executive in financial services, a retail executive, and a successful entrepreneur of several businesses, Yvette thrives when leading customer-focused and creative work cultures. While at CoreStates Financial Corp (Wells Fargo), she led the outsourcing of her business group as a joint venture consulting firm between her and the bank, creating Prime Directive Consulting Group. She acquired 100% of the shares in 1998. Her work and accomplishments are notable and recognized in a Harvard Business case study as a best practice in 2001.

Today, Yvette dives deeply into her craft as a poet and memoir writer, and as a scholar-practitioner in applied behavioral science. Her research and leadership coaching work is grounded in the interdisciplinary fields of women’s development, group process theory, diversity and inclusion, and narrative studies. She designed the Transformative Narratives™ method, an applied storytelling approach to leadership development. Yvette earned a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver, an M.A. in Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, and a B.S. in Occupational Education & Workforce Training at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Kristin Murray is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and is the newest addition to the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center team. Kristin graduated from Florida A&M University with a BS in Journalism and a BA in African-American Studies. Kristin has worked as a teacher in an urban high-school where she witnessed first-hand the effects of trauma, poverty and cultural differences. She became a mental-health advocate when her best friend of 13 years was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and did not receive proper care.

Since that time Kristin has worked with young people to give them a voice in their treatment and in systems that impact them. She believes that using a child rights framework to address systems change is the best approach. She has made relationships with the international community around child rights and building child-friendly cities. Kristin whole-heartedly believes Dr. Suess’ quote “A person’s a person no matter how small.”

Vanessa Patino Lydia, M.P.A. as Vice President of Research and Planning she oversees all research initiatives and publications, makes recommendations for strategic direction of the Policy Center, and evaluates agency progress toward community and system level goals. Vanessa brings 15 years’ experience in juvenile justice with a focus on the impact of system policies and practices on girls’ trajectories. Previously, Vanessa managed national and statewide research projects as a senior researcher at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Vanessa has her master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida State University.

Lawanda Ravoira, D.P.A. serves as President and CEO of the Policy Center and promotes the Center’s mission of advancing the rights of girls and young women, especially those in the juvenile justice and child protection systems. She executes the strategic goals and objectives, leads the advocacy reform agenda and oversees the management of the day-to-day operations and ensures long term sustainability of the organization. She brings 25 years’ experience that includes providing direct services to marginalized youth in both residential and community based settings, leading reform initiatives, research, training, policy development, community organizing and advocacy. She holds a doctoral degree in Public Administration from Nova University, a master’s degree in Allied Health from the University of North Florida and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the College of Charleston.

Fresh! “Lev” White is a Certified Life and Mindfulness Coach, writer, speaker, and facilitator. Lev has been facilitating LGBTQ2IA talks and trainings for allies at universities, spiritual centers, nonprofits, corporations, and consulting firms since 2003. He sits on the boards of the San Francisco Trans March, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and as an Ally on the advisory board for Bridge HIV, SF. Lev as Fresh! White, is contributing author to Trans Bodies Trans Selves, a resource guide for transgender individuals and those who support them, and Real InWorld Mindfulness for Beginners. Lev was a San Francisco Pride Grand Marshall for 2016 and was awarded, a “Transcending Award of Excellence” by the San Francisco Transgender Day of Visibility board in 2017. As a trainer and facilitator, Lev prides himself on being able to bring mindfulness and compassion to his diversity trainings. His passion for helping people connect and communicate better is fueled by his experience of living and working in diverse communities most of his life.

Maureen Walker, PhD, has served on the training faculty and leadership group of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) at Wellesley College for Women since 1996. In addition to her program development role at JBMTI, she is a licensed psychologist with an independent practice in psychotherapy, career coaching, and organizational and leadership consultation. She is also an associate director in the MBA program at Harvard Business School. She has been a powerful speaker and educator for over 30 years. Engaging and interactive, Maureen has the ability to connect with her audience so they leave with a greater understanding of topics ranging from bridging cultural differences such as race, religion, gender and other markers of social status.




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