STAFF & FACULTY2018-06-21T15:39:07+00:00

Safe & Together Institute Faculty Trainers and Coaches provide onsite and offsite training and technical assistance to improve practice skills and knowledge of individual practitioners related to domestic violence-informed practice. Trainers and coaches also provide systems level consultation on a wide variety of issues including specialist position development, data collection, co-located advocates, training and service delivery, systems coordination and leadership development.

Staff

David Mandel, MA, LPC
David Mandel, MA, LPCExecutive Director
With over 25 years’ experience in the domestic violence field, David’s international training and consulting focuses on improving systems’ responses to domestic violence when children are involved…

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Heidi Rankin, MPA
Heidi Rankin, MPAAssociate Director
Heidi has over 20 years experience in the sexual and domestic violence field. She has worked in crisis counseling, program and policy development and advocacy in both the United…

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Kyle Pinto, MSW
Kyle Pinto, MSWAssociate Director
Kyle Pinto has been with the Safe & Together Institute since 2012. As Associate Director, he oversees evaluation and data collection, and our annual conference. Kyle is a social worker and community…

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Brittany DiBella, MSW, DVS
Brittany DiBella, MSW, DVSResource Development Specialist
Brittany DiBella, MSW, DVS, has been Safe & Together Institute faculty since 2015. She assists with the development of curricula and facilitates training on the Safe & Together™ Model for child welfare and domestic…

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Faculty

Kari Akins, MSW
Kari Akins, MSW
Kari Akins, MSW, has over 15 years’ experience in the child welfare system where she has served in multiple capacities including screening, intake and assessment for direct service, and community response and outreach at…

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Ashley Bowers, MSW, LSW
Ashley Bowers, MSW, LSW
Ashley Bowers, MSW, LSW, has been a Trainer with the Safe & Together Institute since 2012. She facilitates training and consultation services around the Safe & Together™ Model for child welfare professionals. Ashley is a licensed…

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Kristi Burre, MA
Kristi Burre, MA
Kristi Burre has almost 20 years of experience in the field of child protection and has been specializing her focus on the co-occurrence of child maltreatment and domestic violence since 2009. In addition to her continued direct involvement with…

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Lisa Fleischer, MSW, LSW
Lisa Fleischer, MSW, LSW
Lisa began her career in child welfare in 2003. She has served in the role of caseworker and supervisor, working long-term with families as well as supervising an Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)/Alternative Response (AR) Unit…

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Sarah L. Heuser, MS
Sarah L. Heuser, MS
Sarah Heuser, MS, has nearly 25 years of experience working in the domestic and sexual violence field. Her roots are in direct service work with survivors in grass roots service agencies focused on crisis intervention, counseling-advocacy…

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Mark Larson
Mark Larson
Mark Larson has a lifelong commitment to confronting men’s violence toward women and supporting safe and respectful relationships. His experience working with domestic violence offenders and domestic violence services incorporates twenty…

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Danielle Martin, MSW
Danielle Martin, MSW
Danielle Martin has more than 20 years of experience working with children and families within child welfare, early childhood development and domestic violence settings. Her work with at-risk children and families has involved…

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Beth Ann Morhardt
Beth Ann Morhardt
Beth Ann Morhardt has over twenty years of experience working with, and on behalf of, child and adult survivors of domestic violence. As her career evolved from direct service into management, program coordination, consultation and faculty…

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Shalita Sampson
Shalita Sampson
Shalita Sampson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work with a focus on children in families. Shalita has worked…

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Casie Stanton, MSEd, PC
Casie Stanton, MSEd, PC
Casie Stanton, MSEd, PC, has been a trainer of the Safe & Together™ Model since 2012. She has experience training and working with child welfare agencies, as well as other community partners who support child welfare agencies…

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Dorothy Striker
Dorothy Striker
Dorothy Striker has twenty years of professional experience in the field of child welfare and domestic violence. In a career that has spanned frontline casework to policy and program development, Dorothy has been involved in major family…

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Tamika Thurston
Tamika Thurston
Tamika Thurston worked as a Domestic Violence Consultant for child welfare for four years. In this role, Tamika provided expert case specific consultation and training, using the Safe & Together™ Model on an array of domestic…

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Amy Wood, MSW
Amy Wood, MSW
Amy Wood has been a certified trainer for Safe & Together Institute since March, 2012. Amy received a Master of Social Work degree from Ohio State University. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the child welfare field. She is currently a…

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