about

 

Nest was founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2004 by Libby Spears while she was directing PLAYGROUND: The Child Sex Trade in America, a film produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Abigail Disney, Lauren Embrey, Arden Wohl, and Tracy & Matt Smith, that investigates the roots and consequences of child sexual exploitation in our own backyard.

Since its founding, Nest has supported public and campus film screenings, trainings, policy advancements, victim services, shelters, and other programs and organizations that strive to make our neighborhoods safe for every child. We are proud to be among a growing number of colleagues and leaders collaborating to put an end to child sexual violence once and for all. The call for a movement has never been more urgent.

 
 

our mission

Nest’s mission is to prevent the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children by educating and empowering young people and their caregivers, schools, and communities. Nest strives to address the cultural, legal, and economic dynamics that underscore sexually exploitative activities and to engage a diverse group of stakeholders, including youth, in the movement to create a world free from sexual violence against children.

Nest Foundation is a New York Not-for-Profit corporation exempt from tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, classified as a public charity.

 

our team

Libby Spears

Nishima Chudasama

Melissa Flewelling

Director / Executive Director Director of Programs Communications and Outreach Manager
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LIBBY SPEARS

Director/Executive Director

Along with Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton, Newsweek named Libby as one of 150 Women Who Shake the World. In October 2015, Libby was honored at the Mosaic Gala, an annual event to raise awareness of human rights abuses in our communities and to honor individuals working to address them. Libby was the recipient of Mosaic’s Champion of Human Rights Award, which is given to recognize the extraordinary dedication of individuals who strive to ensure the protection of the basic human rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled.

As a filmmaker, Libby uses art as a vehicle to bridge gaps and provide access to places and people that would otherwise never converge or be seen. Her 2010 documentary film, PLAYGROUND, produced by Abigail Disney, George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh, illuminates the underground epidemic of child sexual exploitation and trafficking in North America. Since its premiere at Tribeca, it has been screened around the world. Most importantly, PLAYGROUND has contributed to measurable policy change. It has screened numerous times on Capitol Hill and Libby has spearheaded several Congressional hearings on sex trafficking. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) wrote that the film “had a profound impact” on Congress and commended Libby’s participation at all stages of the Trafficking Deterrence and Victim Support Act, a bill he sponsored after viewing PLAYGROUND. Sen Wyden also cited Libby and PLAYGROUND for playing “a vital role in building support and helping the legislation move forward."

In 2013, Libby was one of a few select directors invited to direct a short film for Gucci’s high profile concert event, CHIME FOR CHANGE, hosted by Beyonce and Salma Hayek. The film was screened in front of an audience of 50,000 and broadcast to millions around the world. The film, JESSICA’S STORY, celebrates a survivor of sex trafficking who is supporting women who have been sexually exploited as they rebuild their lives.

Libby’s past directing credits include FOREPLAY, a documentary film on the jazz band MEDESKI, MARTIN & WOOD, that premiered at the Seattle Film Festival, TIDE, starring Laurel Holloman, that premiered at Sundance, and a series of narrative shorts for Atom Films that were distributed globally. Libby’s producer credits include Bruno Coppola’s RULES OF LOVE (Judy Greer), and Christopher Walken’s directorial debut, POPCORN SHRIMP, for Showtime Television.

Libby was the Film Festival Coordinator and Programmer for the Slamdance Film Festival. She was Production Coordinator for Propaganda Films/Satellite (Spike Jonze), and for Arcwelder Films’ award-winning documentary series BUILDINGS, BRIDGES, AND TUNNELS, ROBOTS RISING, and WINGS OVER THE GULF directed by Kurt Sayenga for Discovery.

NISHIMA CHUDASAMA

Director of Programs

Nishima Chudasama is the Director of Programs at the Nest Foundation and primarily focuses on developing youth prevention education programs based on PLAYGROUND. Previously, Nishima was the Campaign Producer and Production Manager of the Girl Rising campaign and Associate Producer of the Girl Rising film, a project that broke new ground in documentary film social awareness campaigns. In her role, Nishima was part of a core team that built a campaign to inspire action in support of girls’ education.

In 2013, Nishima produced, “Jessica’s Story,” directed by Libby Spears, for Chime For Change, an initiative by Gucci that promotes education, health and justice for girls and women around the world. Before moving into film and documentary, Nishima worked in higher education and development. She served as a Research Analyst on the resource development team at MIT, preparing confidential briefs for the Institute’s president. She has also been a consultant at UNICEF in Pakistan on both the Education and Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation teams.

Nishima holds a master’s degree with distinction in Art History and Archaeology from SOAS - University of London and graduated summa cum laude from Emory University with degrees in English and Women’s Studies.

MELISSA FLEWELLING

Communications and Outreach Manager

Melissa Flewelling has more than 15 years of experience advocating for survivors of torture and human trafficking as well as garners an extensive background in researching and writing about the intricacies involved in such transnational activities.

After obtaining her B.A. in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University, and her M.A. in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University, she moved to San Francisco to work directly with human trafficking survivors, coordinating with law enforcement and community agencies to help identify victims and empower them to self-sufficiency.

In 2012, she moved to Bordeaux, France and created a global strategic development consulting firm, assisting local and global organizations in brand development and impact strategies. Now, settled in Los Angeles, she brings her passion and unique background to Nest Foundation as the Communications & Outreach Manager.

Taylor Nunley

Allie Hock

Heather Mason

Youth Engagement Coordinator Project Manager Project Coordinator
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TAYLOR NUNLEY

Youth Engagement Coordinator

Taylor Nunley is the Nest Youth Engagement Coordinator at the Nest Foundation. As such, she engages with students who have experienced the Nest prevention curriculum and would like to remain active in the realm of youth prevention education moving forward.

In addition to Nest, she is the Administrative Assistant for Alliance of Moms, an auxiliary group of the Alliance for Children’s Rights that works with young moms in foster care. Her background in film lent itself well to their May 2017 video campaign, which she helped write and produce. Taylor intends to pursue film in the near future, aiming to increase the visibility of women of color, the queer community, and queer people of color on screen. Prior to Alliance of Moms, she worked as an Intern for the Summer Enrichment Program at Harvard-Westlake School, a Student Assistant for the Mellon-funded Creative Arts Across Disciplines Initiative at Vassar College, and as a TV Development Intern at Is or Isn’t Entertainment. Taylor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Psychology from Vassar College.

ALLIE HOCK

Project Manager

Since 2010, Allie has worked in the film/tv industry, first as a PA, then as a Production Coordinator. She launched and managed merchandising and fulfillment for the documentary Girl Rising in 2014 and consulted filmmakers as an Organizer and Marketing Coordinator at NationBuilder in 2015.

Allie ran Cross Country and Track at Michigan State University, where she graduated with a degree in Media Arts & Technology. She performs stand up comedy around the US and hosts the podcast'Everything's Totally Fine!' (www.etfshow.org).

HEATHER MASON

Project Coordinator

Heather Mason is the Project Coordinator at the Nest Foundation where she works on a variety of projects ranging from overseeing the Ambassador Program to organizing screenings of Playground to office management. Heather has worked in the nonprofit world for over 10 years. She loves combining her passions and skills with the opportunity to impact the lives of people around the world. She spends her off time making web series and short films with friends, contributing to a number of online publications, co-hosting a podcast and attending concerts. She enjoys wearing winter clothes despite the actual outdoor temperature.

 

our board

MELISSA BILSKI

JULIE ROSE

ROLLIE WOLFE

Lisa Strausfeld

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MELISSA BILSKI

Melissa Bilski spent 19 years in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry where she was most recently Senior Director of Global Strategy in the BioPharma Business Unit of Wyeth, now Pfizer. Since leaving the industry she has volunteered her time with various non-profits and educational institutions including Epic Theater Group, Teachers College and The School at Columbia University where she served as Vice-President of the Parents Association. Melissa graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in Neuroscience and has an MBA from Boston University. She is married with three daughters.

JULIE ROSE

Julie Rose has been a member of the Nest foundation board for four years. She has worked as a teacher, health educator, Nurse and Nurse-Midwife, and looks to put her healthcare background to good use by working directly with trafficked women and girls. A native Californian, Julie has made New York City her home for the past 30 years, where she lives with her husband and two teenage children.

ROLLIE WOLFE

Rollie Wolfe is a former juvenile law attorney with years of experience representing children and parents in the child welfare system involving Oregon DHS, including cases involving child sexual violence. A room called the Robin's Nest at the Multnomah County Juvenile Court was named after her in recognition of her efforts to protect children. She is currently the Director of Promotions CrowdRise.com.

LISA STRAUSFELD

Lisa Strausfeld is a Portland, OR and New York-based information architect, data visualisation entrepreneur and, currently, Principal of her own studio, InformationArt.

Most recently, Lisa spent 3 years at Bloomberg LP, first as Global Head of Data Visualisation and then as Creative Director of Bloomberg View. She built and led Bloomberg’s first data visualisation team, Bloomberg Visual Data, dedicated to creating a new genre of editorially driven interactive data products for Bloomberg’s consumer audience.

Prior to Bloomberg, Lisa was a partner at Pentagram from 2002 to 2011 where she built a practice around digital information projects including the design of large-scale media installations, software prototypes and user interfaces, signage and websites. Her clients included One Laptop per Child, GE, the Museum of Arts and Design, Bloomberg LP, MIT and the New York Times. Lisa left Pentagram to launch Major League Politics, a startup that measures and visualises government activity with the goal of civic entertainment.

Lisa received the 2010 National Design Award for Interaction Design. She holds four patents related to user interfaces, has been a Senior Scientist at the Gallup Organization since 2006 and has taught interactive design at the Yale School of Art and at NYU’s ITP program. Lisa has a BA from Brown in art history and computer science, an M Arch in architecture from Harvard and an MS from the MIT Media Lab.

nest youth advisory board

 

The Nest Youth Advisory Board gives Nest guidance on curriculum content and on our overall prevention education program. Students who join this board are regularly consulted on programmatic activities, including the content of our lessons, the format of our family nights, and the structure of Nest Student Forums. Students who join the board have already been through the Nest Curriculum, unless they have independent expertise on the topics we cover. The Nest YAB aspires to give leadership development opportunities to young people while ensuring that our materials reflect their priorities, wisdom, and input.

 

ELEANOR BAILEY

BUNMI ONI

LAUREN BREACH

MIRKA ESTRADA

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ELEANOR BAILEY

My name is Eleanor Bailey and I am a senior in highschool at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. I was a part of the pilot program for the NEST curriculum at my school when I was a sophomore and was hooked from the start. Since then I helped contribute to, as well as testify and advocate for Texas Senate Bill 2039 to put NEST education in all Texas public high schools. In my free time I love to hike, participate in weekly Monday movies with my friends at the Irie Bean Cafe, and listen to my playlist of every Beatles song from every album. I am applying to colleges all over the country and hope to be attending one in the fall of 2018!

BUNMI ONI

My name is Olubunmi Oni (Oh-lu-boo-mii Oh-nii), and I am seventeen. I attend the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, and went through the Nest Curriculum in the spring of 2016. It was a part of our unit on advocacy, and since then I have been charged to stand up for victim and make many aware of the pressing problem of human-trafficking. It is a fervent passion of mine and I am excited to advocate for the right of those who cannot stand up for themselves.

LAUREN BREACH

Lauren Breach is a student at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin, Texas. In her free time she enjoys running cross country, working as managing editor of her school’s yearbook and advocating through the use of social justice, protests and policy-related action to work towards equality for all.

MIRKA ESTRADA

My name is Mirka Estrada, I'm 16 and I am a Junior at Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School. I am involved in Debate, Mock Trial, LULAC, Geo Club, Teen Board, LISD, and I am a Youth Volunteer at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. I serve as class president for the junior class. Most of my weekends are spent at volunteer events with my friends, or at different educational sessions focusing on different issues that affect the community.

 

curriculum advisory board

Michele Clark

SHABNAM JAVDANI

MAUREEN C. KENNY, Ph.D.

GWU Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs NYU Steinhardt Professor, Department of Applied Psychology Florida International University Professor, College of Arts, Sciences and Education
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MICHELE CLARK

GWU Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs

Michele's professional career has focused on policy and practical initiatives to create empowerment and educational opportunities for women and girls. She is an internationally recognized expert on combating trafficking in human beings. She is currently an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs. In 2011, she received the Morton A. Bender Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching. Previously, she served as the Director of the Anti-Trafficking Unit at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna, Austria, where she was responsible for assisting 56 member countries in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Before moving to Vienna, she was the Co-Director of the Protection Project at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a human rights organization dedicated to eliminating human trafficking. She is also the Chief Academic Officer for Cognotion, an education technology company with a social conscience specializing in developing innovative web-based solutions to prepare today’s youth to enter the global marketplace. Working with the staff of the Global Women's Institute, she was the Editor and Curriculum Designer for the Malala Resource Guide, based on the memoir of Malala Yousafzai.

SHABNAM JAVDANI

NYU Steinhardt Professor, Department of Applied Psychology

Shabnam Javdani is a clinical and community psychologist who examines the development of, and social response to, violence and crime, with a focus on intervention development and system’s reform for women and girls. Her program of research is characterized by a social justice focus, with an emphasis on the application of research for the urban poor and in under-resourced communities. Javdani completed her doctoral work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012, and completed psychiatric clinical internship in the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently an assistant professor at New York University, and a recent recipient of NYU's Gabriel Carras Research Award for her work on gender-specific pathways to crime and recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty award for her social justice-focused research and intervention. Her work, including over 30 manuscripts and chapters, has been funded by the National Institute of Justice and the National Institutes of Health, and is published in top tier peer-reviewed journals, including Clinical Psychology Review, Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, and the American Journal of Community Psychology.

MAUREEN C. KENNY, PH.D

Florida International University Professor, College of Arts, Sciences and Education

Dr. Kenny is a Professor in the School of Education and Human Development, College of Arts, Sciences and Education, at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She serves as an in house subject matter expert on child maltreatment, providing training and consultation to the university. Dr. Kenny has published over 60 peer reviewed articles in the area of child abuse, particularly sexual abuse prevention and education as well as professionals’ compliance with child abuse reporting. Dr. Kenny’s work has been published in the top child abuse journals. She received over $800,000 from the Children’s Trust of Miami to create and direct, Kids Learning about Safety, a primary prevention program geared toward Latino families in Miami Dade. Dr. Kenny is a licensed psychologist and qualified supervisor in Florida, a Nationally Board Certified Counselor and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

EVA J. KLAIN, JD

ADRIENNE LIVINGSTON

JULENNE QUALLS

Director, Child and Adolescent Health, ABA Center on Children and the Law Director of Anti-Sex Trafficking Initiatives High School Advisor — Madison High School
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EVA J. KLAIN, JD

Director, Child and Adolescent Health, ABA Center on Children and the Law

As director of the Center’s child and adolescent health projects, Eva Klain researches and analyzes legal responses to children’s exposure to violence, polyvictimization and trauma-informed advocacy, the health and developmental needs of children and adolescents, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, statutory rape, domestic minor sex trafficking, and sexual exploitation of children. Ms. Klain also works as a liaison from the Children’s Bureau’s Capacity Building Center for Courts to help Court Improvement Programs identify their priorities and achieve their goals. As part of this effort, she serves on the leadership team of a Constituency Group to address the sex trafficking provisions of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. She previously worked on criminal child abuse issues for the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse and spent a year working with the High Court of Prague to improve the Czech Republic's response to family violence and child maltreatment. Ms. Klain received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and her law degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University.

ADRIENNE LIVINGSTON

Director of Anti-Sex Trafficking Initiatives

Adrienne Livingston began getting involved in the Anti-Sex Trafficking movement in 2013. In October of 2014, she became the Director of Anti-Sex Trafficking Initiatives with WorldVenture. She is on the Rotary End Sex Trafficking Now Committee, a board member of Door To Grace and Volunteers of America Oregon and is the past Co-Chair of Multnomah County’s Victims Services Implementation Team. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, International Business and International Studies from Oregon State University and her Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Western Seminary.

JULENNE QUALLS

High School Advisor — Madison High School

Julenne Qualls has taught health education in the Portland Public School district for the last 28 years. Her years of experience include middle and high school health. Presently she is teaching at Madison High School and enjoys the diversity of the Madison community. As part of her curriculum she implements project based learning in which students learn to plan, organize and advocate health related issues. These projects are presented in Madison classrooms and our local community. In addition to her work as a teacher she loves yoga, traveling and spending time in or on the water.

FRANCISCO O. RAMIREZ

SUZY SETTERHOLM

Jen Shakeshaft

Stanford Professor of Education and Sociology High School Advisor — Madison High School High School Advisor — Director of Member & Administrative Services at NCGS (National Coalition of Girls' Schools)
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FRANCISCO O. RAMIREZ

Stanford Professor of Education and Sociology

Francisco O. Ramirez is Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology at Stanford University. His current research interests focus on the rise and institutionalization of human rights and human rights education, on the worldwide rationalization of university structures and processes, and on terms of inclusion issues as regards gender and education. His work has contributed to the development of the world society perspective in the social sciences. Recent publications appear in American Sociological Review, Higher Education, and Comparative Education.

SUZY SETTERHOLM

High School Advisor — Madison High School

Suzy Setterholm has taught health education at Madison High School in Portland, Oregon for over 20 years. She is also the leadership class adviser and the campus activities director. Over the years she has coached track and field and advised both the school newspaper and yearbook. As a 1985 Madison grad, Suzy has a deep commitment to the school and would not want to teach anywhere else. She loves the diversity of the student body and is always humbled by the thoughtfulness that her students demonstrate for one other and their community. In addition to her work as a teacher she also volunteers her time with the Krayon Kids Musical Theatre Co. She is involved in every aspect of Krayon Kids, from script writing to backstage work. She has been an assistant director since Krayon Kids began in 1993 and has helped write both for the original plays and the Elite Travel Troupe. Suzy has a life-long love of theater and believes it makes a real difference in children’s lives. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing fiction, photography and traveling. Suzy graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in health education and a secondary emphasis in journalism in 1990.

JEN SHAKESHAFT

High School Advisor — Director of Member & Administrative Services at NCGS (National Coalition of Girls' Schools)

Jen brings over a decade of teaching and education administration experience to her new role as the Director of Strategic Initiatives & Professional Development for the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools. As a proud graduate of The Madeira School, an all-girls school in Virginia, she also understands first-hand the transformative power of an all-girls education. Jen has retained strong ties to her alma mater, initially as the Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations, and most recently as a member, Secretary, and Co-Chair of the Head of School Search Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Prior to joining NCGS, Jen taught middle and upper school Mandarin Chinese at the Latin School of Chicago. While there, she helped create a new proficiency-based curriculum with an emphasis on proper sequencing and the incorporation of technology. Previously, Jen served as the Associate Dean of Upper School Admission and the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Cranbrook Schools (MI) and as the Associate Director for External Relations at Lake Forest Academy (IL).

Jen earned her B.A. in Asian Studies and Religion from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University.

MISTY SOLT

KELSEY STIFF

Sandy K. Wurtele

SMU Clinical Associate Professor High School Advisor — David Douglas High School University of Colorado Colorado Springs Associate Dean and Psychology Professor
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MISTY SOLT

SMU Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Misty Solt is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor in the state of Texas. Dr. Solt is also a National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Dr. Solt received her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Illinois University in 1998 and completed her Doctorate in Counseling with a specialty in Play Therapy at the University of North Texas in 2003.

Over the years, Dr. Solt has worked as a counselor in the following areas: school crisis counseling, in-home counseling, agency counseling, and private practice. Dr. Solt is currently serving on full-time faculty as an Associate Clinical Professor at SMU. Prior to serving on faculty, she was the Clinic Director of the SMU Center for Family Counseling for three years. Dr. Solt has also served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Play Therapy and has been a Supervisor for the Intensive Play Therapy Supervision component of the Summer Institute for 13 years. Dr. Solt has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at UNT in the areas of Practicum, Assessment, Filial Therapy, and Child Counseling.

In May of 2003, Dr. Solt opened the Child and Family Counseling Center, which provides counseling services to children, adolescents, and families, as well as supervision to LPC-interns. Dr. Solt has served on Frisco Independent School District Hope Rising Team, which is a trauma response team to assist children and teens that have experienced a trauma or loss. Dr. Solt is also on the Board of Directors for Camp C.O.P.E., which is an intensive counseling experience offered to children of a deployed or injured parent serving in the military. Dr. Solt has authored various articles in the area of play therapy and is the author of “My Special Playtime”. Dr. Solt owns a book publishing company that focuses on producing books that creatively help engender a sense of predictability in a child’s life. Dr. Solt is a mother of three and resides in Frisco, Texas.

Kelsey Stiff

High School Advisor — David Douglas High School

Kelsey Stiff has taught health education at David Douglas High School in Portland, Oregon since 2014. Kelsey received her B.S. in Health Education from Western Oregon University in 2010, and her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Concordia University in 2014. As a 2007 DDHS graduate, Kelsey is passionate about giving back to the David Douglas community that has given so much to her over the years. She loves working in such a diverse school, and enjoys learning about all of the different cultures that comprise the DDHS student body. In addition to working as a health educator, Kelsey is the Varsity Softball Coach and leads Young Life at DDHS. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband Darrick, traveling, cooking, and crafting.

SANDY K. WURTELE

University of Colorado Colorado Springs Associate Dean and Psychology Professor

Sandy K. Wurtele, Ph.D., is a psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She is currently serving as Associate Dean of Community Partnerships and Programs for the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. Dr. Wurtele is the author of educational and scholarly materials for professionals, parents, and children. Her evidenced-based personal safety program for children, Body Safety Training, is available in different teaching formats and languages. Dr. Wurtele has provided training and consultation to a number of national and international organizations. She served on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Education Standards Task Force for developing Guidelines for Programs to Reduce Child Victimization and currently serves as the Child Protection Consultant for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington (DE) along with the USA Swimming Safe Sport Committee. She has authored or co-authored numerous scholarly articles and chapters, has written books for parents on CSA prevention (Off Limits; Out of Harm’s Way; Safe Connections), and co-authored the 1992 book for professionals, Child Sexual Abuse: Sharing the Responsibility. Dr. Wurtele has also received $234,000 in funding for research on CSA prevention, including a FIRST Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. She is the recipient of the 2009 William Friedrich Memorial Child Sexual Abuse Award, given in recognition of her work in preventing CSA.

 
 

nest advisors

Abigail disney

Judy Kuhn

amy richards

Dr. Sharon Cooper

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ABIGAL DISNEY

Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker and philanthropist. Her longtime passion for women’s issues and peacebuilding culminated in her first film, the acclaimed Pray the Devil Back to Hell, about the Liberian women who peacefully ended their country’s fourteen-year civil war. The film premiered in 2008 at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the honor of Best Documentary. Abigail is currently executive producer of the groundbreaking PBS mini-series Women, War & Peace, the most comprehensive global media initiative ever mounted on the role of women in peace and conflict. The series has received a number of awards, including a Television Academy Honor, two Overseas Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and a Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association.

Abigail co-founded the Daphne Foundation, which works with low-income communities in the five boroughs of New York City. She also founded Peace is Loud, which amplifies women's voices for peacebuilding using the power of media. Abigail serves as a board member for a number of organizations, including the Global Fund for Women and the Peace Research Endowment. Her work has been recognized through numerous awards, including the prestigious International Advocate for Peace (IAP) Award from the Cardozo Law School’s Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.

In addition, Abigail holds degrees from Yale, Stanford, and Columbia. She has been a judge at the Tribeca Film Festival, sits on the advisory board of ITVS’s groundbreaking initiative, Women and Girls Lead, and is a sought-after public speaker. She frequently travels around the country and across the globe to deliver keynote addresses, commencement speeches and lectures, and has participated in panels in diverse locations such as The Hague, Davos, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and at dozens of universities and community centers. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America.

JUDY KUHN

Judy Kuhn has been nominated for three Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards for her work on B’way in The Roundabout's hit revival of She Loves Me, the American premieres of Chess and Les Miserables, and Rags. Also on B’way she appeared in Richard Nelson's play Two Shakespearean Actors (Lincoln Center Theatre), Alan Menken & Tim Rice's King David, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (NYSF). Most recently, Judy co-starred in Ricky Ian Gordon's new musical Sycamore Trees directed by Tina Landau (Signature Theatre). She played Olga in a new adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters by Craig Lucas directed by Bartlett Sher (Intiman Theatre), co-starred in the world premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Highest Yellow (Signature Theatre), played Fosca in the critically acclaimed production of Passion at the Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration, and created the role of Betty Schaefer in the U.S. premiere of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. In London's West End she starred in Metropolis for which she received a Laurence Olivier Award Nomination. Other theatre includes Eli’s Comin’ at The Vineyard Theatre (Obie Award), the title role in The Ballad of Little Jo at the Steppenwolf Theatre Co.(Jeff Award Nomination), As Thousand's Cheer (Drama Dept.), Dream True (Vineyard Theatre), Strike Up the Band (Encores!), The Glass Menagerie (McCarter Theatre), Martin Guerre (Hartford Stage), and Martha Clarke's Endangered Species (BAM). Judy is currently performing in FUN HOME on Broadway.

AMY RICHARDS

When Amy Richards graduated from Barnard College in 1992, she did not know that her summer project would be the beginning of her career as a feminist activist, writer, and organizer. Amy expected to use her degree in Art History to work in a museum or gallery. Instead, after she organized Freedom Summer ’92, a cross-country voter registration drive, Amy went on to co-found the Third Wave Foundation, a national organization for young feminist activists between the ages of 15 and 30.

For a decade, Amy led Third Wave as it grew from a small grassroots organization into a national institution. At Third Wave, Amy created and sustained the organization’s program areas—grant-making, public education campaigns and a national membership—and initiated projects such as "I Spy Sexism," a public education and postcard campaign encouraging people to take action on the injustices that they witness every day, and "Why Vote?," a series of panel discussions on funding for the arts, education, reproductive rights, and affirmative action. Through this leadership, Amy became a spokesperson and leading voice for young feminist issues. This launched her on the lecturing circuit and brought her invitations to appear in videos, books and media interviews offering her perspective on current events and especially youth and feminist culture. Amy has appeared in a range of media venues including Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, Oprah, Talk of the Nation, New York One and CNN. Amy was publicly distinguished as a leader in 1995 when Who Cares magazine chose her as one of twenty-five Young Visionaries. She has gone on to win accolades from Ms. magazine, which profiled her in "21 for the 21st: Leaders for the Next Century,” Women’s Enews, which in 2003 named her one of their “Leaders for the 21st Century,” and the American Association of University Women, which recently chose her as a 2004 Woman of Distinction.

As Amy moves into her thirties and away from her commitment to Third Wave, she makes her living as a lecturer, writer and consultant. Amy was the interim director for Twilight: Los Angeles, a film by Anna Deavere Smith, where she oversaw a national educational program that addressed race in America . She has also consulted to Scenarios USA on the distribution of their teen educational videos, to Gloria Steinem on her writing and political commitments, and to the Columbia School of Public Health on the long-term negative health consequences of welfare reform. Amy is also the voice behind Ask Amy, the online advice column she launched at feminist.com in 1995.

Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, Amy’s first book, which she co-authored with Jennifer Baumgardner, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in October 2000. Amy and Jennifer just completed their second book, Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism, and together they also created Soapbox Inc: Speakers Who Speak Out, a lecture agency for “speakers who speak out.” Amy’s writings have also appeared in The Nation, The LA Times, Bust, Ms. and numerous anthologies, including Listen Up, Body Outlaws and Catching A Wave. Insight Guides recently hired Amy to write a shopping guide to New York City. She is also very involved with the organizations on whose boards and advisory committees she serves, Third Wave, Ms. Magazine, Choice USA, the Sadie Nash Leadership Program, feminist.com and Planned Parenthood of New York City.

She is at work on a book about feminism and motherhood called Opting In.

SHARON COOPER

Sharon Cooper is CEO of Developmental and Forensic Pediatrics, PA a consulting firm which provides medical care, training and expert witness experience in child maltreatment cases as well as medical for children with disabilities. She works regularly with numerous national and international investigative agencies on Internet Crimes against Children cases.

Dr. Cooper spent 21 years in the Armed Forces retiring as a colonel, and has for the past several years, worked in both the civilian and military arenas in child abuse and developmental pediatrics. She holds a faculty position at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. She is an instructor at the Army Medical Education Department Center and School at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas where she provides multidisciplinary training in all forms of child maltreatment to health care providers, law enforcement, attorneys, judges, therapists, chaplains, and social workers.

For the past several years, Dr. Cooper has served as an instructor at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children where she teaches about the victim aspects of Internet crimes against children and the sexual exploitation through prostitution of children and youths.

Recently, she has joined the training team for the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children to provide similar information in international venues. Dr. Cooper has lectured both nationally and internationally in well over 300 conferences for the US Department of Justice, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Royal Canadian mounted Police, and Interpol. She has published chapters in texts, and is the lead author of the first comprehensive text on the medical, legal, and social science aspects of child sexual exploitation and Internet crimes against children. Dr. Cooper has provided congressional testimony regarding complaint victimization of youths who are exploited through Internet technology. She is also a member of an international Expert Working Group on Children and Young Persons with Abusive and Violent Experiences Connected to Cyberspace hosted by the Council of the Baltic Sea States and the Swedish Children’s Welfare Foundation.

She is a board member of several organizations and is a member of several professional groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the International Association of Forensic Nurses, and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

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SHAY BILCHIK

Shay Bilchik is the founder and Director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute. The Center's purpose is to advance a balanced, multi-systems approach to reducing juvenile delinquency that promotes positive child and youth development. The Center's work aims to focus the nation's leaders, across systems of care and levels of government, on the key components of a strong juvenile justice reform agenda. A particular focus of the Center's work is on youth known to both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, also known as "crossover youth."

Shay leads this work through a variety of programs. The Center sponsors symposia and papers developed from a cross systems perspective on cutting edge issues in the fields of juvenile justice, child welfare and related systems of care, and conducts Certificate Programs and other trainings to help build a field of strong leaders devoted to reform. CJJR also serves as a National Resource Bank member that represents prosecutors in the MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change Initiative. Further, in partnership with Casey Family Programs, the Center is implementing a practice model for working with crossover youth in jurisdictions around the country. The Center has also partnered in developing and implementing the Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project, an effort designed to help states improve outcomes for juvenile offenders by better translating knowledge on "what works" into everyday practice and policy.

Prior to joining Georgetown University on March 1, 2007, Mr. Bilchik was the President and CEO of the Child Welfare League of America, a position he held from February of 2000. Shay led CWLA in its advocacy on behalf of children through his public speaking, testimony and published articles, as well as collaborative work with other organizations. He worked closely with the CWLA Board of Directors, staff, and its public and private agency members on issues impacting the well being of children and families. In 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006, he was named among The NonProfit Times Power and Influence Top 50 for making his mark in the public policy arena and championing child welfare issues.

Prior to his tenure at CWLA, Shay was the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he advocated for and supported a balanced and multi-systems approach to attacking juvenile crime and addressing child victimization. Before coming to the nation's capital, Mr. Bilchik was an Assistant State Attorney in Miami, Florida from 1977-1993, where he served as a trial lawyer, juvenile division chief, and Chief Assistant State Attorney.

Mr. Bilchik earned his B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Florida. He and his wife Susan are the proud parents of two young adults, Melissa and Zach.

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