Aaron Bryant is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Criminology and a B.A. in Sociology. Aaron began his career in victim services working for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Office of Victim Services. While at ODRC, Aaron participated in supporting victims of crime in Ohio. In September of 2012, Aaron began working for HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties, Inc as a Prevention Educator, presenting primary violence prevention programs to youth throughout Delaware and MorrowCounties. At HelpLine, Aaron’s main focus is male violence prevention strategies including bystander intervention and health masculinity. He has been involved with the Ohio Men’s Action Network since December of 2012. Aside from OHMAN, Aaron is a member of the Central Ohio Sexual Assault Task Force, and has participated in several community outreach events at local college campuses to spread awareness of sexual and domestic violence that affect them.
Rebecca is the Prevention Programs Director for the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and has been working in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence for over 20 years. Since 2006 she has been working at the state level with the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence to implement Pathways in Prevention: A Roadmap for Change, Ohio's plan for sexual and intimate partner violence prevention. The OH-MAN project is one of many Ohio Domestic Violence Network prevention initiatives Cline manages.
Aaron Eckhardt, MSW:
Aaron is the Training and Technical Assistance Director for the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO). He has been on staff with BRAVO since 2011 and provides direct victim assistance. He also serves as the lead trainer and director of the BRAVO SAFEZone Program. Aaron is also a member of the Governance Committee of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). Aaron brings 12 years of social work practice and his experience of working with multiple different populations and communities.Aaron is originally from Columbus Ohio graduated from Upper Arlington High School and Capital University. Aaron began his career in Kentucky working for the Cabinet for Families and Children as a child protection social worker. After graduating with his masters in social work from Spalding University he moved to Chicago, IL. He worked for six years as a program director at REST a homeless services agency serving Chicago’s north side. Also prior to coming to BRAVO as a staff member he served on several boards for non-profit organizations and community committees including the following: Board President of the Kentucky Reproductive Health Network Louisville, KY, Coordinating Committee of the Fairness Campaign Louisville, KY,Board of Trustees – Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) Columbus, OH, Board of Directors – Kaleidoscope Youth Coalition in Columbus, OH. Service Providers Commission Executive Committee of the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness, Board Vice-Chair of Windy City Performing Arts, and Chairman of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Commission on Standards. Currently Aaron is a member of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s LGBT Caucus, Ohio LGBTQI Task Force, Co-Chair of the Ohio Men’s Action Network (OHMAN) Steering Committee, and is an adjunct faculty at Capital University.
Jasmine is the Statewide Prevention Coordinator for the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence. (OAESV). She got her start in this movement in college at The Ohio State University where she participated in Take Back the Night which inspired her to begin working at the Ohio Domestic Violence Network in 2007. After 3 years she became a staff member at the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence.Through her current work, she is the statewide resource on primary prevention of sexual violence and supports all Ohio Department of Health funded Rape Prevention Education Programs with technical assistance and trainings. She is a trained facilitator in media literacy through the New Mexico Media Literacy Project, as well as the Technology of Participation (ToP)® Group Facilitation Methods through the ToP Trainer Network. In addition to her expertise on prevention, she advocates for programs to prioritize anti-oppression, culturally appropriate services, and engaging men and boys to end violence against women. She is also a long-time hotline volunteer with her local rape crisis program.
A Founder and leader of Greenwood Creative crew, Brian provides the vision and direction for all projects. Having served in all creative roles, he empowers his creatives to produce high-quality creative without exceeding the client’s budget.From grass root campaigns to sports franchises to a multi billion dollar corporation, Brian has helped just about every kind of entity succeed in their communication goals through strategically sound quality creative.
India is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.A in Psychology, focusing primarily on children and adolescents. In April of 2013, she became the Prevention Coordinator for the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) and has been heavily involved in ODVN's Engaging Men efforts.. India began her career working with the National Youth Advocate Program, a foster care agency that serves youth and families, as a Service Reception Coordinator in 2009. In this position, she had the pleasure of working with all 88 counties in Ohio, as well as counties in seven other states to help find safe and secure homes for youth in need of alternative care. In addition to placements, she handled all after-hour crisis situations, assisted in assuring safety of homes, and was an overall advocate for the well being of our youth. India says, “Coming from mainly an intervention background, I am excited to be working on the other end of advocacy. I know that I have a lot to learn and I am very excited to be a part of such an important movement. I welcome any and all advice and definitely look forward to working with you all in the future!”
After serving in the military, John went back to school and got his AA degree from Southern State Community College in Wilmington, Ohio and is a graduate of St. Xavier University in Chicago with a BA in Criminal Justice and in currently working on his Master’s degree in Addiction Counseling.. He volunteers his time working with the Salvation Army on their Demand Reduction Committee, This committee looks at ways to combat human trafficking by focusing on who is demanding the sale of persons, both in the labor and sex industry.This group hopes to address the demand side of sex trafficking by educating young men about the dangers of supporting prostitution, strip clubs, and pornography.The men will also research ways to deter johns and consequences for those who continue to do so. He also volunteers his time with the Ohio Human Trafficking Commission, Demand Reduction Committee.
The Rev. Dr. Richard J. Wagner:
Rick Wagner has over 30 years experience as a minister of the Christian gospel. The Rev. Dr. Richard J. Wagner is better known to most people as simply "Rick.". As an ordained minister, Rick has provided ministry as the full time Pastor as well as providing services as a Hospice Clergy/Counselor, a Volunteer Fire Department Chaplain, a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Clergy/Counselor Team Member and othher specialized ministries.. He has also spent years working bi-vocationally to provide ministry to alcoholics, addicts and those with the emotional and spiritual needs. He is currently involved in the fight against "human trafficking," which is better understood as "modern day slavery." Additionally, Rick works to help people understand what healthy masculinity means. He believes that helping men understand what it means to be "a real man," regardless of their background or current circumstances, a critical issue in helping stop violence against women and will help alleviate violence in multitude arena in our society. Rick continues Christian ministry through reaching out to those whom society considers the least, last and lost of our society. God has called him to minister to the marginalized and to be a pastor to the un-churched.
Rhiannon Whalen is the Community Education & Outreach Coordinator for Liberty Center Connections, Inc., dba Every Woman’s House and is responsible for the management of the Men Working For Change volunteer program. Ms. Whalen provides primary prevention education concerning intimate partner violence and sexual assault at 13 local school districts in Wayne and Holmes Counties. She also provides the school districts with technical support, and teacher training, and works to ensure resources and awareness activities are available throughout the served communities. Whalen coordinates and plans projects for the Men Working For Change program, which utilizes male volunteers to speak against violence, and aid in prevention and awareness efforts. Whalen’s background includes Supplemental Education Services for the Ohio Department of Education standards, teacher training and management, community education, individualized learning plan and curriculum writing, data analysis, budget maintenance, and event planning. A graduate of Cleveland State University, Whalen holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Art in Psychology, and she has been with Liberty Center Connections since March 2012.
I have been a steering committee member of the OH-Man project since early Fall 2013 and attended the first ever Healthy Masculinity Conference. I served in the US Navy from 1999-2006 and I am a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom with deployments in 2000 and 2002. I became involved with intimate partner violence early in my educational career at Washington State Community College where I was recommended to the non-profit intimate violence shelter EVE, Incorporated by the department chair. I have been employed at EVE, Incorporated the for the past 3 years. Also, I currently attend the University of Cincinnati where I study Substance Abuse Counseling with a focus in Violence Prevention in Families, Schools and Community. I am preparing for the Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant exam, which I hope to complete prior to summer. I do numerous community outreach engagements annually and maintain a strong working relationships with Marietta College, Washington State Community College, DuPont, and various other organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Along with OH-Man, I also belong to National Society of Collegiate Scholars. My free time is spent with my two children, helping with their sports and activities and teaching them how to make our community a safer and more enjoyable environment for everyone. We reside in Marietta, OH.
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