Meet the Board

Jill ZinckgrafJackie DeVoreCarrie SpeiserNicole BearcePeter J. Boserartin HaghshenasLinda Sloan LockeJulia L. McClure | jillian allen

NJCASA, like all non-profit organizations, depends upon our Trustees to be dedicated champions for and ambassadors of our mission. Their leadership is critical for our success and over the next few weeks, NJCASA will be highlighting our board members, who help us promote the compassionate and just treatment of survivors and their loved ones. If you’re interested in learning about ways you could become involved, the first step involves filling out an application for consideration.


Jill Zinckgraf – board chair

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


Jackie DeVore – secretary

Position / Previous Position: Attorney, Mayerson & Associates

When did you join the NJCASA board? January 2016

How do you carry out NJCASA’s mission in your day to day life? Life with two small kids can be crazy, but my husband and I strive to be intentional in our parenting, raising our daughter and son to be feminists and seekers of social justice. My children know that their play, their interests, their dress, and their very selves are not bound by typical notions of gender and that they are free to express who they are in a home that is accepting and safe. I do my utmost to shine a light on the insidiousness of rape culture and gender inequality and inequity in every part of our society in my interactions with my family, my friends, and every community that I am a part of.

Who is your activist role model? bell hooks

What is your favorite book? The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing


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 🙂


Nicole Bearce 

Position / Previous Position Unilever United States

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


Peter J. Boser

Position / Previous Position Senior Litigation Counsel, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

When did you join the NJCASA board? January 2017

Why did you join the board? Upon my retirement, I wanted to continue to advance justice against sexual violence.

Who is your ideal dinner party guest? I’m no good at choosing just one! Martin Luther King, Jr., Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Geraldine Ferraro, Oliver Sacks

What ideal world “big change” do you want to see in sexual violence prevention / response? I wish that discussions about and advances in sexual violence response, attitudes and awareness were not seen through the filter of political polarization, but rather simply as the right way for all to be treated.

What is your favorite book? Again, I can’t choose just one! Slaughterhouse Five (by Kurt Vonnegut), Stones From the River (by Ursula Hegi), The Power and the Glory (by Graham Greene), The History of Love (by Nicole Krauss), etc., etc.!


Artin Haghshenas

Position / Previous Position Advisor, Office of Senator Bob Menendez

When did you join the NJCASA board? January 2018

Why did you join the board? I wanted to be part of changing the tide and supporting a movement that creates a culture which addresses the impact and prevalence of sexual violence.

How do you carry out NJCASA’s mission in your day-to-day life? Both personally and professionally I aim to use my platform to educate and shed light on sexual violence prevention and response through interactions with family, friends, colleagues, and every community I am a part of.

Who is your activist role model? Cecile Richards

What ideal world “big change” do you want to see in SV prevention / response? I’d like to see a culture that does not doubt or punish survivors. Instead, I hope to see one that supports survivors by protecting them, employing them, and believing them.

What is your favorite book? The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky


Linda Sloan Locke

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


Julia L. McClure

Position / Previous Position 1st Assistant Prosecutor, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office (Retired)

When did you join the NJCASA board? 2007

How do you carry out NJCASA’s mission in your day to day life? Stay informed on current events involving matters relevant to sexual violence and share important information on those topics with friends and family

What is your favorite book? To Kill a Mockingbird

What is your favorite city / place to visit? San Francisco


jillian allen

Position / Previous Position Sexual Assault Services Program Director at CONTACT of Burlington County

When did you join the NJCASA board? 2018

Why did you join the board? I worked as a clinician with individuals who experienced trauma in a multitude of settings. I quickly identified a disconnect between individuals impacted by the trauma of sexual violence and the systems they were forced to interact with. After beginning my work in Burlington County and experiencing the work that NJCASA does, I quickly learned that they are a necessity in creating a safe community and a safe space for survivors.

How do you carry out NJCASA’s mission in your day to day life? I approach my work through a trauma-informed lens and believe in collaborating to create change.

Who is your ideal dinner party guest? Martin Luther King Jr. and Sia 

What is your favorite city / place to visit? Hands down, the beach!

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