Position / Previous Position: Executive Director, Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Crisis Center of Warren County
When did you join the NJCASA board? January 2014
Why did you join the board? I wanted to be a part of this movement because this movement is about social justice and I am so tired of hearing the stories of devastation surrounding sexual violence. This board gives me the opportunity to contribute on a macro/micro level to those whose voice often goes unheard.
How do you carry out NJCASA’s mission in your day to day life? I don’t know how to separate who I am at the Board table to who I am in my personal and professional life. I am NJCASA because I know that it is not a question of “if this impacts my life,” it is a question of “when this impacts my life.”
Who is your activist role model? Alice Paul
What ideal world “big change” do you want to see in sexual violence prevention / response? I want people to just “believe.” That would be a great, great start.
What is your favorite city / place to visit? Adirondacks
Carrie Speiser – treasurer
Position / Previous Position Program Coordinator, Prevent Child Abuse – New Jersey
When did you join the NJCASA board? January 2016
Why did you join the board? I joined the Board because I am passionate about prevention and know NJCASA understands its importance. NJCASA has always been at the forefront of sexual violence primary prevention work in NJ, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to join the board! I also appreciate and enjoy working on a statewide level for social justice.
What ideal world “big change” do you want to see in sexual violence prevention / response? I envision a world where victims are believed and fully supported by all systems. I believe in a world where those who are responsible for abuse and assault are held accountable through all systems. I see a world where consent is requested and relationships are healthy. I hope for social change to respect the body and sexuality of all people. Where we support one another in equality, understanding that we will all benefit when we protect each other. I envision an ideal world where prevention is supported with sufficient funding as a main public health approach to ending violence in our communities.
What is your favorite city / place to visit? Puerto Rico 🙂
Position / Previous Position Conduent Incorporated
When did you join the NJCASA board? January 2009
Why did you join the board? Many reasons: a passion for the work as a survivor of childhood abuse; to make the world a safer and more just place for my daughter; there was a void in my life at the time searching for the activism/social justice work that drew me to law school in the first place.
How do you carry out NJCASA’s mission in your day to day life? By recognizing and elevating my own voice, by using that voice to advocate on behalf of myself, my daughter, my loved ones, and those who are vulnerable; by volunteering my time as an ambassador for NJCASA in its legislative and programmatic advocacy work; by trying my best to model a fair and optimistic outlook on life.
Who is your ideal dinner party guest? Ruth Bader Ginsburg (living); Jane Austen (deceased)
Who is your activist role model? Gloria Steinem – the personal is political
What ideal world “big change” do you want to see in sexual violence prevention / response? A cultural shift that recognizes the sanctity of consent, where purported “locker room talk” is not minimized and normalized, where women are recognized and valued in their whole, complicated, nuanced, beautiful souls.
What is your favorite book? To Kill a Mockingbird
What is your favorite city / place to visit? Anywhere on a sailboat
Linda Sloan Locke – INTERIM CHAIR
Position / Previous Position Chair – N.J. Health Cares About Domestic and Sexual Violence Collaborative
When did you join the NJCASA board? 2012
Why did you join the board? After getting my MSW with Certificate in Violence Against Women and Children, and completing Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) training, I felt a need to work against sexual violence on another level. I felt that my experiences as a midwife for (at that time almost 40 years) could add another perspective to the Board, and I was eager to work with the terrific people already on the Board to advance the mission of NJCASA
How do you carry out NJCASA’s mission in your day to day life? I started the Collaborative due to my concerns about the intersection of sexual violence and health. On a day-to day basis, as I care for women, I see that impact. I feel it is so important to bring the message to a variety of healthcare providers. I also take the message to my grandchildren, as a way of connecting with that generation and ensuring that they have appropriate messaging around sexual assault and encouraging them to not only share it but champion it (I have 10, ranging from ages 6 to 22), and I hope this can continue to be my way to “pay it forward.”
Who is your activist role model? Bonnie Watson Coleman and Cecile Richards