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The NCTTP's Executive Committee is elected by the membership and serves a two year term. The current Executive Committee's term runs through February 2017.
Director, Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights, Boston University
School of Medicine, Boston, MA.
A psychiatrist and public health practitioner, Dr. Piwowarczyk is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and co-founder and director of the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (BCRHHR), which provides comprehensive health care with coordinated legal aid and social services for approximately 450 refugees and survivors of torture and related trauma from 50 or more countries each year. Dr. Piwowarczyk currently serves as director of BCRHHR.
Clinician–Researcher, Coordinator of Research & Development, Torture Treatment Center of Oregon, Intercultural Psychiatric Program, OHSU, Portland, OR. Full Biography
Crystal Riley is Coordinator of Research & Development, Intercultural Psychiatric Program at the Oregon Health & Science University. She received her MA degree from George Mason University in 1982. With a background in clinical psychology, research, and program development, Ms. Riley over the last 24 years has developed and served as manager of three IPP programs – The Indochinese Socialization Center (1989–2000), Torture Treatment Center of Oregon (2000–2010), and the IPP’s Child Psychiatric Program (2002–2011). She has clinical experience with 10 of the 18 cultures IPP treats and has served as IPP’s coordinator of clinical research since 1989. In Oregon, Ms. Riley currently serves on the Cultural Competency Workgroup of Health Share, a new Coordinating Care Organization in the Portland Tri-County area and the Community Advisory Committee of the Oregon Office of Integrity and Inclusion.
Executive Director, Survivors of Torture International, San Diego,
In 1997, Kathi Anderson co-founded Survivors of Torture, International and is currently its Director. She holds an M.A. in Counseling from San Jose State University and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of the Pacific. As a volunteer, she currently serves on the advisory boards of University of the Pacific’s School of International Studies and San Diego State University’s School of Social Work. Previously, she served on the board of directors for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service as well as Amnesty International USA. She also founded Lutheran Social Services of Idaho.
Director of Policy and Development, Center for Victims of Torture,
Peter Dross has served as the Center for Victims of Torture’s director of development since 1993 and its director of policy and development since 2007. He and his staff are responsible for all aspects of the organization’s contributed income, external relations and advocacy programs. During his tenure, CVT’s operating budget has increased from $750,000 to more than $13 million. Dross has deep experience in all aspects of individual and institutional philanthropy; he has also managed successful legislative initiatives on state and federal levels. Additionally, he provided leadership to the successful 2008 Campaign to Ban Torture, which made a significant contribution to ending the United States’ use of torture and cruelty in counterterrorism efforts post-9/11.
Mary Lynn Everson
Membership Committee Chair
Senior Director, Marjorie Kovler Center, Heartland Alliance International,
Mary Lynn Everson, MS, LCPC, is senior director of the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center in Chicago. Her vision is aligned with the Center’s three-part mission. Her clinical focus is on improving access to services and outcomes for torture survivors and their families. Her focus in training is to increase education locally and globally regarding torture treatment. Her advocacy efforts focus on support for torture treatment centers, changes in legislation affecting torture survivors, and ending torture worldwide.
Mary Lynn is responsible overall for the growth and continued development of Marjorie Kovler Center as well as for quality management planning for international programming. Mary Lynn has a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from George Williams College and over 30 years experience in community mental health, including 15 years developing and managing trauma treatment programs at Heartland Alliance.
Program Director with the Libertas Center
Matthew Kennis is the Program Director with the Libertas Center for Human Rights in New York City. Matt has worked closely with survivors in Guatemala, and has conducted field work in Kyrgyzstan and Mexico. He previously held roles with Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Watch, and consulted for UN Women and Open Society Foundations. Matthew also served as senior research consultant for a torture prevention program in Kyrgyzstan. Matt received his MA degree from Columbia University and was the recipient of the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace.
Ann Marie Winter
Program Developer–Manager, Florida Center for Survivors of Torture,
Tampa Bay & Miami, FL.
Ann Marie Winter, Administrator, Programs, oversees the Refugee Services, Employment Services and Jewish Family Services departments at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. Ms. Winter has 20 years experience working with refugees, survivors of torture and other marginalized populations both domestically and internationally. She leads the agency’s advocacy and policy initiatives on refugee and survivors of torture issue and is the Chair of the agency’s Research Review Committee. She holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from New York University.
Prior to joining Gulf Coast, Ms. Winter spent 14 years working in refugee camps and urban settings helping to identify the most vulnerable refugees and provide them with a durable solution. She was the Regional Director of the U.S. government’s Resettlement Services Center based in Nairobi, Kenya which resettled 20,000 refugees annually from 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa under her leadership. She was the Resettlement Deployment Manager with the International Catholic Migration Commission in Geneva, Switzerland and provided resettlement experts to 60 countries to work with UNHCR to identify vulnerable refugees who needed international protection.
She has written extensively on the subjects of torture rehabilitation and refugee protection. She sits on the Board of the United Way of the SunCoast and is a member of the Tampa Bay Human Rights Council. She is the daughter of refugees from the Former Yugoslavia.
Program Manager of the Center for Survivors of
Armina Husic joined Asian American for Community Involvement in 2001; she is the program manager of the Center for Survivors of Torture (CST) at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI). A former refugee herself, Ms Husic has assisted hundreds of survivors of torture. Her 25 years of community service has ranged from feeding people in the Bosnian war to building community based organization in Bay area. Armina has worked in the public, private and non-profit sector. Her professional experience includes organizational development, innovative program design, and community leadership. Upon her arrival in to USA 1995, she becomes strong advocate and community organizer for torture survivors, war trauma, and refugee children and families. As co-founder of the Eastern European Service agency she focused on development issues, including self-sufficiency, affordable housing, healthcare and education. Through her employment with Lutheran Immigration Resources Service, she continued her work to promote organizational development includes co-authoring a financial management manual for community based organizations.
She is passionate advocate for victims of severe trauma in need of psychological and social service support. Her dedication and good work affect not only past victims, but also their families, children and all those that come into contact with them. Prior to joining the Asian Americans for Community Involvement, Ms. Armina Husic worked as a program assistant at the RefugeeWorks, a program of Lutheran Immigration Refugee Service. She has extensive experience in assisting states, counties, voluntary agencies, mutual aid associations, employment service providers, workforce development boards, and policy makers in their efforts to help refugees achieve self-sufficiency.
In March 2006, she was honored by the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission and received a California Legislative Assembly Resolution from State Assembly member Sally Lieber for my work with refugees and survivors of torture. In July 2010, she received a California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition from Assembly District 22 Paul Fong for commitment to the community. In July 2011, she received a California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition from Assembly member Jim Beall for “outstanding commitment to improving the health, mental health, and well-being of individuals, families, and Asian community. In July 2012, she received a California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition from State Assemblyman Richard S. Gordon for outstanding dedication and service to the community. In April 2014, she was honored by the Victim Support Network for Santa Clara County and received “Unsung Hero 2014” award.
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