Listed in alphabetical order by last name. Please feel free to contact members of our staff or board with questions about MaleSurvivor.
Christopher M. Anderson
Community Outreach Director:
Weekend of Recovery Administrator:
Curtis St. John
Research Committee Chair:
Ann Boyer, MD
Board of Directors
Other Board Members
Advisory Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Kenneth Followell, President
A graduate of Milligan college with a BA in Psychology and Bible, Mr. Followell has had several career paths from owning a produce company to real estate sales before returning to school to receive a AS in Computer Networking from Keiser College. Currently employed as an IT specialist with Bright House Networks, he supports the employees for the Manatee region. He has started and facilitates a peer support group for male survivors of sexual abuse. Mr. Followell is a volunteer with Manatee Glens Rape Crisis center, where he speaks publicly about male sexual abuse and has trained rape crisis counselors in dealing with male survivors. He is vice-president of the Manatee Victim Rights Council. Mr. Followell is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.
Christopher Anderson is the Executive Director of MaleSurvivor. A passionate advocate for the rights of survivors of sexual abuse, Chris joined the organization in 2007 after coming to understand the extent to which the sexual abuse and trauma he suffered as a child profoundly affected his life. He now speaks publicly about his own experiences as a survivor of sexual abuse, how MaleSurvivor helped him progress in his own healing, and about how vital it is that we offer our support survivors.
In 2007, he wrote and co-presented, "Ten Things Every Therapist Should Know About Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse" at MaleSurvivor's International Conference with Ken Followell, and working on a follow up presentation entitled "Ten Things Every Partner of a Male Survivor of Sexual Abuse Needs to Know." Chris also collaborated along with a number of other MaleSurvivor Weekend of Recovery Alumni on Dr. Howard Fradkin's upcoming book, Joining Forces.
Chris has attended 3 MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery and was one of the 200+ survivors who took part in the historic Oprah Winfrey Show special episodes highlighting the truth of Male Sexual Abuse and it's effect on the victims and society at large that aired in November 2010. Chris is also a founding member of the Males For Trauma Recovery workgroup (M4TR) organized by Subtance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). A member of Local One, IATSE, Chris worked as a stagehand on and off Broadway until 2011. He currently lives in New York City with his wife, Jane. Chris graduated in 1996 from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD with a BA in Liberal Arts.
Dr. Ann Boyer
Dr. Boyer graduated from Columbia University's Medical School specializing in Ob/Gyn and focusing on underserved populations. In that capacity she saw a number of children and teens (boys and girls) who had been sexually abused. She became involved in validation interviews, individual therapeutic sessions with victims, groups of mothers, adolescents in recovery. She spent some time at The Door, an adolescent alternative center in NYC, where she encountered and worked with many young people with a history of sexual abuse. As time went on, she added a focus on HIV and on Substance Abuse, again in underserved populations. She was appalled to find that more than half the substance abusers she encountered had been sexually abused and virtually none had been treated. In addition, she found that for low income people there is extremely limited opportunity to get into appropriate therapy - they can't afford it and most therapists can't/won't accept Medicaid. She created an organization, BirdSong, which provides peer support for women survivors and has now joined the Board of Directors of Male Survivor. She is dedicated to spreading information, support and therapeutic interventions into all aspects of the community (schools, places of worship, youth organizations and detention homes, substance abuse programs, places of incarceration.
Chris has 30 years of experience in the Semiconductor and Network Electronics Industry. During his career he has held management and executive level positions in Engineering, Operations, Marketing and Sales. For business, he has traveled extensively throughout North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Japan and Asia. Chris holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and has completed graduate course work at Santa Clara University in San Jose, CA.
Chris is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and realized in 2008, after 40 years of denial, the affect the abuse had on his life. He started his emotional healing in early 2012, attended a Weekend of Recovery, joined a peer group, attended the 2012 Male Survivor conference and spoke publically at a "Dare to Dream" event.
Marc Spindelman, a Professor of Law at The Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law, is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. Following law school, Spindelman clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and was an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York City. After leaving Wall Street, he was a Reginald F. Lewis Fellow for Law Teaching at Harvard Law School, taught as a Visiting Instructor at the University of Michigan Law School, and spent two years as a Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics and Health Policy at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University. While a Greenwall Fellow, Professor Spindelman was also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, a Faculty Associate at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Research Fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Since joining the faculty at the Moritz College of Law, Spindelman has also been a Visiting Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center (Spring '05), and at the University of Michigan Law School (AY '07-'08). His recent scholarship focuses on certain problems of inequality, chiefly in the context of sex and death. (Copies of his recent scholarly work, including his work on same-sex sexual violence and injury, are available online here: http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/faculty/bios.php?ID=47.) He regularly teaches courses on Family Law, Bioethics and Public Health Ethics, Health Law, and Sexual Violence.
Mr. Sumner was in the financial services industry for over 35 years. After practicing law in Los Angeles, he served as president of two savings and loans and a national mortgage company. Mr. Sumner led a management buyout of CrossLand Mortgage with Kohlberg and Co. and Prudential Equity Investors. After building CrossLand into one of the largest mortgage companies in the country with 135 offices in 35 states, Mr. Sumner retired in 2001.
Currently on the board of Target Bank, Mr. Sumner has served on a number of other corporate as well as non-profit boards.
He chaired the Strategic Planning Committee that restructured the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, subsequently becoming Chairman of the MBA.
Published by the Garn Institute of the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah, Mr. Sumner is the author of the book Covering Your Assests: A Guide for Bank Directors in the New Millennium.
Mr. Sumner is actively involved in the prevention of sexual violence and child abuse. He is on the board of Prevent Child Abuse Utah and serves on its Executive Committee. He serves on the Utah Sexual Violence Council which is part of the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. The Council's purpose is to promote a climate where sexual violence is addressed as a priority issue that impacts all Utah communities.
Mr. Sumner, a graduate of Brown University and the University of Virginia School of Law, and has been on the Board of Male Survivor since 2009.
After attending two Weekends of Recovery, where he met Howard Fradkin and Jorge Ramirez, Christopher agreed to go on the Board of Male Survivor. As chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, he drafted the new Strategic Plan for MaleSurvivor. He is dedicated to using his professional skills to help build MaleSurvivor into a much larger organization so that it can meet the growing demand for its resources as more and more Male Survivors seek help.
John is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a B.S in Business Administration and has spent the past 24 years in an operational/program management capacity serving his country while employed at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI as a Division Head within the Chief Financial Officer’s organization. He has overseen the development, deployment, and sustainment of a variety of Financial Information Systems. As a leader within the CFO organization he has fostered professional development and completed an Executive MBA in 2012 from the Naval Post Graduate School.
Like most survivors, John struggled for many years with the guilt and shame associated with childhood sexual abuse. Due to the resources provided by MaleSurvivor he has regained a sense of himself and developed a toolset enabling him to thrive. John has attended a Weekend of Recovery, started a peer support group, and spoken at a Dare to Dream event. He joined the Board in January 2014 with the goal that his management experience will be useful in strengthening the MaleSurvivor organization so that it may continue to create awareness and provide much needed support for many years to come.
John spent 33 months on active duty in the US army during the Korean conflict. After completing his military service he returned to school at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) where he received a BS in Zoology. He then proceeded to obtain an MA in Zoology at Duke University and a PhD in Physiology at the University of Minnesota. After completing two years of postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Utah and the University of Chicago he accepted a position as Professor of Physiology in the University of Utah School of Medicine. A position he held from 1966 until he retired in 1998. Since retiring he has been active as a Hospice volunteer, in Salt Lake City and Palm Desert, where he provides respite for the primary care giver. He has volunteered at the Salt Lake City Rape Recovery Center for several years, taking crisis line shifts, and attending tabling events for the Center. In Palm Desert, CA, where he spends the winter, he is involved with the "It Happens to Boys" organization. He speaks publicly at the It Happens annual conference, to boys in treatment for abuse, and to men in drug and alcohol rehab facilities. As a Male Survivor who has benefitted greatly from his WOR experiences he is strongly committed to spreading the word: You are not alone, recovery is possible.
Michael Deninger, PhD
Dr. Mike Deninger holds a BA in English and a MA in Special Education from Canisius College. He earned his PhD with distinction in Special Education Administration and a MA in Mental Health Counseling, both from Gallaudet University. Mike was employed by Gallaudet as Dean of the Clerc Center and as a graduate professor before leaving the university in 1997. He has worked as a private practice counselor, writer, trainer, inspirational speaker and specialist in the treatment of trauma and PTSD for the last 15 years. He is licensed as a Professional Counselor in Virginia and holds certification from the National Board for Certified Counselors. He is certified as a clinical hypnotherapist from the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists. He is also a certified trainer of Eye Movement Integration™, is a leading proponent of the use of this technique for resolving trauma, and has given numerous presentations at national and international conferences on its use. A memoir of Dr. Mike's life, Snakes in My Dreams: A Mental Health Therapist's Odyssey from Hardship to Healer is available at www.deninger.com, along with information about his private practice work at Phoenix Counseling & Hypnotherapy.
Vince Sperduto is a victim and survivor of Catholic clergy sexual abuse. He is a current board member for MaleSurvivor as well as a board member in the Archdiocese of Chicago for The Child Abuse Investigation and Review Board. He also served as a committee member for the planning of the Archdiocese of Chicago Healing Garden that took place in June of 2011. He has more than 30 years experience in retail banking and retail investments. He has been with BMO Harris Bank 6 years as a Vice President with BMO Harris Financial Advisors. Vince earned his Ph.D. in Organization Development, his M.B.A. in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Vince has been an Adjunct Professor with the Graduate School of Business at Robert Morris University and has also taught at Dominican University Graduate School of Business as well as Brno University in the Czech Republic. He has been a guest lecturer at the University Of Chicago School Of Business, Benedictine University Doctorate program in Higher Education and Organizational Change, and at Northwestern University Master of Science program in Learning and Organizational Change. An active member in the community, Sperduto has been affiliated with United Way, Leyden Family Services, St. Luke Parish Men's Club, the St. Luke Youth Group, and the Appalachia Service Project. A father of four, and grandfather, he has been married for 31 years. His research interests include socially responsible leadership in the church, appreciative inquiry, and organizational culture.
Advisory Board of Directors
Originally from Boston, England, Alastair has a background in social work and research with over twenty five years experience in various settings. Whilst studying to become a child protection social worker at De Montfort University, Leicester in the mid 1990's, he soon realised that his chosen profession seemed unwilling and/or unable to acknowledge that the sexual abuse of boys and men was a serious issue - and so began a long journey of discovery and activism that lead to him currently living and working in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Inspired by childhood experiences and professional ambivalence, he carried out research related to the sexual abuse of boys and men as a university student, and used this opportunity as a catalyst to become a founder member of the First Step project in Leicester in 1997, providing services to adult male survivors of sexual abuse. Four years later, whilst taking a career break, he travelled to South East Asia, which proved to be a turning point in his life. Returning to statutory social work in the UK, his sense of adventure lead to him seeking new opportunities in Cambodia in 2004 where he became a technical advisor for a local NGO, responsible for developing social work training and support services.
In 2007 he lead a team of Cambodian researchers and carried out the very first research to focus on the sexual abuse of males in that country, leading to the publication of "I thought it could never happen to boys" in 2008. Since that time he has worked with local people, organisations and international donors to set up First Step Cambodia, a unique local NGO dedicated to providing services to male survivors and their supporters. In 2010 he received the Ken Singer award for Preventative Interventions from Male Survivor and recently became a member of their advisory board. Since 2009 he has also been an active member of the UK based Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Advisory Panel in Cambodia.
Over the last decade or so he has contributed to and written articles related to the sexual abuse of males for The Guardian and Independent newspapers in the UK, social work journal Community Care and more recently co-authored briefing papers for The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) based in South Africa. He has also developed a specialist training curriculum for those working with male survivors of abuse which is currently transforming the way in which this issue is considered in Cambodia.
Dr. Christine A. Courtois is a Psychologist in independent practice (Christine A. Courtois, PhD & Associates, PLC) in Washington, DC. She is Co-Founder and past Clinical and Training Director of The CENTER: Posttraumatic Disorders Program at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland in College Park, in 1979. Dr. Courtois has authored three books, Recollections of Sexual Abuse: Treatment Principles and Guidelines (1999), Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A Workshop Model (1993), and Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy (1988) and is currently co-editing a book on complex trauma treatment; she has also published numerous articles and chapters on related topics. Dr. Courtois has received the following professional awards: the 2007 University of Maryland College of Education Alumni Outstanding Professional Award; the 2007 Outstanding Contributions to Professional Practice Award from Division 56 (Psychological Trauma), American Psychological Association; the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, the 2005 Distinguished Contribution to the Psychology of Women Award from the Committee on the Psychology of Women, American Psychological Association; the 2003 Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; the 2001 Cornelia Wilbur Award, International Society for the Study of Dissociation; and the 1996 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology As A Professional Practice, American Psychological Association. She routinely conducts professional training locally, nationally, and internationally on topics related to traumatic stress. Currently, Dr. Courtois is Co-Director of the Maryland Psychological Association’s Post-Doctoral Institute on Psychological Trauma (2007-2008).
Eli Zal has been providing psychotherapy and couples counseling in my office in Greenwich Village since 1993. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (New York State License R047079). Mr. Zal received a Masters in Social Work from New York University (1993) and certification in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (1997). During his graduate training, he worked for a year each at the Alcoholism Counsel of New York and Southbeach Psychiatric Center. He is also certified in EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (2001), which can be helpful in working with traumatic memories.
In addition to his psychotherapy practice, he also supervise therapists in training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. He provides group supervision on sexual abuse issues to the therapy staff at the Callen-Lourde Community Health Center. He is also on the faculty of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.
Currently, Mr. Zal is on the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. Additionally, he is a former Board member of SAGE: Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders.
Dr. Brown is Professor of Psychology and Executive Director of the Child HELP (Heal, Empower, Learn, Prevent) Partnership at St. John's University. Her primary clinical and research interests include the prevention and treatment of child trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder. She has participated in research on the assessment and treatment of sexual assault, child physical abuse, and bereavement related to traumatic circumstances (such as September 11th, 2001). Dr. Brown has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, New York State Office of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Justice, and Private Foundations to evaluate treatments for traumatized children and adolescents, many of whom are from culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged populations. She is the Director of a Category III affiliate site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator of a DOJ Safe Start Initiative, in which the PARTNERS team is examining the engagement, retention, and outcomes of families in a randomized clinical trial examining the effectiveness of Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for family conflict and physical abuse. Dr. Brown is a member of several national and international organizations dedicated to improving mental health services for traumatized children and is on the Board of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
Howard Fradkin, PhD, L.I.C.D.C
Howard Fradkin, Ph.D., LICDC has counseled over 1000 male survivors in individual, couples, group psychotherapy and weekend workshops over the course of his 28 year career as a Psychologist. As Co-Chairperson of the MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery, Howard has directed 34 Weekends of Recovery since 2001 for over 600 men. Dr. Fradkin has also supervised and trained hundreds of professional colleagues on the topic of psychotherapy with male survivors of sexual abuse.
Dr. Fradkin was one of the founding board members of MaleSurvivor, and currently serves as an Advisory Board Member. In 2010, Dr. Fradkin delivered the keynote address at the International MaleSurvivor Conference in New York City. He also served as President of MaleSurvivor and served on the Board of Directors for 6 years prior to developing the Weekends of Recovery program.
In November, 2010, Dr. Fradkin was invited and honored to speak as an expert on "The Oprah Winfrey Show". These two historic shows will feature 200 male survivors gathered together to offer hope and inspiration for the millions of survivors around the world. The shows air on November 5th and November 12th.
Dr. Fradkin is the founder of Affirmations: A Center for Psychotherapy and Growth, in Columbus, OH. His expertise includes trauma recovery for men and women survivors, those struggling with depression and anxiety, alcoholism, drug addiction and sex addiction, sexual orientation confusion and acceptance, issues challenging the LGBT community, people with HIV and AIDS, and group psychotherapy.
In his spare time, Howard loves to sing and plan and cook gourmet meals for family and friends.
Jim Struve has been a practicing social worker since 1976. He currently maintains a private practice in Salt Lake City. Jim is a founding member of MaleSurvivor.org and Co-Chairperson for the MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery program. With special attention to mindful presence in the healing relationship, Jim has worked therapeutically with hundreds of male survivors of sexual trauma. He regularly conducts training workshops for other professionals and is frequently invited as a speaker for community and media programs. He has experience in a wide range of clinical settings, including child protective services, residential treatment, in-patient hospitals, retreats, and outpatient private practice. Jim was the recipient of the Richard Gartner Award for Clinical Contribution at the 2010 International MaleSurvivor Conference in New York City.Karen J. Terry, PHD
KAREN J. TERRY, PH.D., is an associate professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Deputy Executive Officer of the doctoral program in criminal justice, CUNY. She holds a doctorate in Criminology from Cambridge University and is a member of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration. Her research interests revolve around treatment, management and supervision of sex offenders, and she is currently the Principal Investigator of a study assessing the causes and context of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests. She teaches undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level classes on Sex Crimes. Among her publications is the book Sexual Offenses and Offenders: Theory, Practice and Policy and Registration and Community Notification: A "Megan's Law" Sourcebook.
Ken Singer is executive director of NJ ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers), and past president of MaleSurvivor - the National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization (NOMSV). He has specialized in treating male survivors and juvenile and adult sex abusers since 1978. He developed the first sexual abuse treatment program in a child protective services agency (DYFS) in New Jersey that year. In 1984 Ken was asked to set up the state's first juvenile sex abuser treatment program at the Pinelands Residential Group Treatment Center.
He has been an appointed member and co-author of the National Task Force on Juvenile Sexual Offending from 1996 to 1992, and a member and co-author of the National Offense-Specific Residential Standards Task Force from 1997 to 1999. He is on the advisory board of Child Assault Prevention (CAP) of NJ and the board of directors of Stop It Now!, an international organization working to prevent potential abusers from committing sexual offenses.
He has a private practice in Lambertville, NJ working primarily with male survivors and adult and juvenile sexual abusers in individual and group treatment. His first book, Evicting the Perpetrator: A Male Survivor’s Guide for Recovery from Child Sexual Abuse, is in press with a 2009 publication date.
Larry A. Morris, Ph.D. is a psychologist with a private clinical and forensic consulting practice in Tucson. He has over 30 years of experience evaluating and treating female, male, adolescent, and adult victims and/or perpetrators of interpersonal violence. He has performed hundreds of forensic evaluations and testified as an expert witness in state, federal, or military court in cases of murder, rape, assault, domestic violence, and child sexual abuse. He has served as director, consultant, or trainer on several research, demonstration, and training projects funded by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare; National Institute of Mental Health; National Center for Child Advocacy; Office of Education; National Institute of Justice; Office for Victims of Crimes; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Dr. Morris is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and one of the founding members and a past president of the National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization (Male Survivor). He also served as president of Arizona Psychological Association and Southern Arizona Psychological Association.
Dr. Morris is author or co-author of numerous articles, reports, and book chapters. His books include: Teach Me, Baby Wants to Learn: Birth to 14 Months; Males at Risk: The Other Side of Child Sexual Abuse (with Bolton and MacEachron); The Male Heterosexual: Lust in His Loins, Sin in His Soul?; Dangerous Women: Why Mothers, Daughters, and Sisters Become Stalkers, Molesters, and Murderers; and Hiking the Grand Canyon and Havasupai. He serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse and as a consulting editor for the American Psychological Association’s journal, Psychology of Men and Masculinity. He is a Professional Member of the Society of Southwestern Authors.
Over the years, Dr. Morris has organized and been invited to participate in numerous symposia, presentations, and workshops at national and international conferences on interpersonal violence and gender issues. He has received numerous awards for outstanding contributions to the field of psychology.
Mark Crawford is the founding director of FixTheLaw.org, a grass roots collection of individuals and organizations striving to educate about, advocate for and support the creation of just laws for survivors of sexual abuse. Since 2005, Mark serves as the New Jersey State Director for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, the worlds oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded more than 22 years ago and has grown to more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in its title, it has members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, priests, bishops, and Protestant ministers.
Additionally, he currently serves as an officer of member of the Board of Directors for “We Care”, Continental Airlines, in house charity which supports employees in financial need.
Mark has written several articles concerning the need to amend state laws, including “Amend Charitable Immunity; Equal Rights for All Child Sex Abuse Victims”, which was prepared for members of the New Jersey Assembly and Senate.
Mark appeared in NJN Television’s award winning legal series “Due Process” regarding his successful efforts to end Charitable Immunity laws for sexual abuse crimes committed against children in New Jersey, and is the subject of a recently released documentary titled, “Boys and Men Healing”, The film produced by Kathy Barbini and Simon Weinberg of “Big Voice Pictures”, will certainly be used to help men heal from sexual victimization but it will also help to educate our society of it’s impact.
Mark served as a member of the MaleSurvivor Board of Directors from 1996 thru 2001 and as Secretary of the organization from 1996 thru 1999. Mark remains active with MaleSurvivor and in additional to serving as (an advisory board member) part of the current conference planning committee, he has played an integral part in planning MaleSurvivor’s past four international conferences.
In October of 2010 Mark was one of 60 national experts and advocates invited to the White House for a 2 day round table discussion of Sexual Violence in America, hosted by The Department of Justices’ Office on Violence Against Woman (OVAW). Mark resides in New Jersey with his wife Geralyn and three children.
Omar Bell has been a front line fund-raiser for the George Washington University for the last three years. As an Associate Director, he is responsible for a portfolio of over 200 alumni and friends to the university with the capacity to give annual gifts of $25K or more. Prior to working at GWU, Omar taught Physical Education at Durham Academy (Durham, NC) and The Potomac School (McLean, VA) for close to a decade. Omar's career in higher education began as an Assistant Basketball Coach at his alma mater, Lenoir Rhyne University before playing professional basketball for two seasons in the fourth tier league of Germany. A native of Durham, NC Omar worked for over ten years with the Mike Krzyzewski Basketball Academy as well as Tommy Ammaker’s Basketball Camp, and has attended numerous clinics and camps.
Omar is a recent member of the board of Male Survivor, and is a three year member of the Board of Directors for The Center for Alexandria's Children; a public private nonprofit that focuses on preventing and treating child sexual abuse in Alexandria, VA. A trained facilitator for Darkness to Light, Omar's passion is helping schools and other organizations educate themselves about child sexual abuse as well as providing resources for survivors across the country.
Richard Gartner, Ph. D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst and faculty member at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute in New York City, where he was Founding Director of the Sexual Abuse Service for eleven years and Director of the Institute's Center for the Study of Psychological Trauma for six years. The White Institute honored Dr. Gartner with its 2004 Director’s Award for his contributions to the psychoanalytic understanding of trauma. He is also Supervisor and Consultant at the Trauma Treatment Center of the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis; supervised in the clinical psychology program at Columbia University for twenty years; and serves on the editorial boards of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, and the American Journal of Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Gartner has been treating sexually abused men individually and in groups since the 1980s. He has written and spoken widely about the sexual abuse of boys and the treatment of sexually abused men. He has presented papers about sexually abused men at, among other venues, the Divisions of Psychoanalysis and Men and Masculinity of the American Psychological Association; the American Psychiatric Association; the Sandor Ferenczi Society in Budapest; the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS); the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD); Harvard, Columbia, Adelphi, and New York Universities and the University of Wisconsin; and numerous clinics, hospitals, trauma treatment services, and rape intervention programs in the U.S. and Canada.
Dr. Gartner is the author of Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse (2005), a book for the general public, and Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men (1999), which was runner up for the Gradiva Award, given by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis for Best Book on a Clinical Subject. He also wrote and edited Memories of Sexual Betrayal: Truth, Fantasy, Repression, and Dissociation (1997).
A member of the original Columbus congress that formally established the organization in 1994, Dr. Gartner is a Past President of MaleSurvivor and served on its Board of Directors for seven years. He was Program Chair for its 2001 conference and served on the Program Committee for the 2007 conference as well. In 2007, MaleSurvivor established an award in his honor, and he was the first recipient of the Richard Gartner Award for Clinical Contribution.
Currently Dr, Gartner chairs MaleSurvivor’s Advisory Board and is its media spokesman. In that role, he has been featured in such media outlets as the New York Times; Associated Press; Los Angeles Times; Washington Post; New York Newsday; USA Today; The Nation; Baltimore Sun; O! (Oprah’s Magazine); Cosmopolitan; NBC News Channel; MSNBC Cable; and ABC.com. He has also been interviewed on Paula Zahn Now on CNN; The Early Show on CBS; and Geraldo at Large on Fox News, as well as on radio stations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. He was featured in the 2004 Emmy-nominated WABC-TV documentary “Protect Our Children: Teenage Boys and the Wall of Silence”; was an invited speaker at the FBI Symposium on Online Sexual Victimization of Children; testified at a Judicial Subcommittee meeting of the New Jersey State Senate; and has been the subject of a full-length interview in the Science Times section of the New York Times. For further information, visit his web site at www.richardgartner.com.
Scott M. Pitts is an energetic leader with 15 years as a marketing and business executive. Scott has worked on six different continents and in 48 countries. He has a proven ability to manage multiple large-scale projects cost effectively, whilst identifying critical issues and implementing effective solutions. Scott is an industry-recognised figure for possessing excellent communication skills, being a result orientated negotiator and a key staff motivator.
Since Graduating at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, Scott has worked for many high profile companies including The Coca-Cola Company and Sony Pictures Entertainment in Global Marketing.
Scott has created, developed and managed campaigns for The Coca Cola Company (Olympic Pin Trading), Samsung (Olympic Torch Relay) and the Ford Motor Company. This work with Ford saw Scott win the "US Experiential Marketing of the Year Award 2006" from Advertising Age Magazine and he was also named one of the Top 30 under 30 in Licensing by License Magazine in 1998.
Scott also worked at an Lead Advance Manager for The White House in 1996, planning the President and First Lady's trips outside of the West Wing.
Victor Vieth graduated magna cum laude from Winona State University and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law. During law school, Mr. Vieth served as editor-in-chief of the law review and received the American Jurisprudence award for achievement in the study of Constitutional law. From 1988-1997, Mr. Vieth worked as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota where he gained national recognition for his work to address child abuse in small communities. He is a recipient of Distinguished Alumni Awards from both Hamline University School of Law and Winona State University. He has been named to the President's Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association named him one of "21 Young Lawyers Leading us Into the 21st Century." Mr. Vieth is the author of numerous articles pertaining to issues of child abuse and domestic violence. He is also the author of Unto the Third Generation, a bold initiative that has as its goal the elimination of child abuse in the United States over the course of a century.
In 1997, Mr. Vieth joined the staff of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse. From 1997-1999, Mr. Vieth worked as a Senior Attorney with the National Center, providing technical assistance and training to prosecutors around the country. In 1998, Mr. Vieth launched Finding Words: Interviewing Children and Preparing for Court in Savannah, Georgia which taught the copyrighted RATAC protocol (developed by CornerHouse in Minneapolia, Minnesota). Over 400 applications for the 40 spaces for the course. As a result, Mr. Vieth created Half-A-Nation by 2010 where individual states could bring the Finding Words program to their state, learn to teach the program under the guidance of APRI and CornerHouse, and then continue to teach the program locally to better reach more child protection professionals and more children. As of 2005, nine states have been certified in the Finding Words program, two states are in the process of being certified, and three states have been accepted to the course for 2006. The program is on course for having half the nation certified in Finding Words by the end of the decade.
In 1999, Mr. Vieth became Director of the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse. In August 2003, APRI appointed Mr. Vieth to serve as the first director of the National Child Protection Training Center and the doors to NCPTC were opened on the campus of Winona State University. NCPTC handles training and technical assistance involving dependency, neglect and termination of parental rights matters involving child abuse, as well as development of curriculums to teach college students on how to investigate and handle child abuse cases. In 2004, APRI appointed Mr. Vieth to serve as the Director of Child Abuse Programs and oversee both Centers. In 2005, NCPTC launched two civil child protection national conferences: ChildProtect is a 5-day trial advocacy course for civil child protection attorneys and will take 30 students through an intensive termination of parental rights trial; and When Child Abuse Hits Home is a multidisciplinary training for investigating and prosecuting dependency and termination matters.
Mr. Vieth has trained professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories, and 17 countries on numerous topics involving child abuse investigations, prosecutions, trial strategies, and prevention methods. Mr. Vieth has further given the keynote address on "Unto The Third Generation: A Call to End Child Abuse in the United States within 120 Years." This revolutionary scholarly work has been delivered to over 10,000 child protection professionals in all 50 states and is scheduled to be published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma in 2005. Mr. Vieth has published countless articles related to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect.