Michel Aboutanos, MD
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Michel Aboutanos, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S. Medical Director of the VCU Center for Trauma and Critical Care Education and VCU Injury and Violence Prevention Program, Professor of Surgery, and Chief of Acute Care Surgery at VCU.

Adelyn Allchin, M.P.H. Senior Director of Public Health and Policy at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Maria Altonen. Program Manager for Project Empower, the sexual and domestic violence program for VCU Health.

Danny Avula, M.D., M.P.H. Director of the Richmond City and Henrico County Health Districts.

James Braxton. Director of Strategic Engagement at RISE for Youth.

Daniel Carey, M.D. Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources.

Naomi Hough Davis, D.Min., L.P.C., N.C.C. Congregational Health Program Coordinator for Bon Secours.

Yasmín Fletcher, J.D. Director of Law and Policy at the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.

William Gormley, M.D., Ph.D. Chief Medical Examiner for Virginia.

Liza Gold, M.D. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Lori Haas. Senior Director of Advocacy & Virginia State Director at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. 

Kayla Hicks. National Director of African American and Community Outreach at the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.

Shanel Lewis, M.P.A.  Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator for the Richmond City Health District.

Lauren Morea, D.O., F.A.A.P. Gun Violence Prevention Champion for the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Bonnie Price, D.N.P., R.N.   Administrative Director of Community Health Advocacy at Bon Secours. 

Marsha Rappley, M.D. Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at VCU and Chief Executive Officer of VCU Health System.

Lauren Yerkes, M.P.H. Injury and Violence Prevention Epidemiologist at the Virginia Department of Health.

Jonathan Yglesias. Policy Director at the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.

 

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  •                               Michel Aboutanos, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S. Medical Director of the VCU Center for Trauma and Critical Care Education and VCU Injury and Violence Prevention Program, Professor of Surgery, and Chief of Acute Care Surgery at VCU. Dr. Aboutanos completed his general surgery training at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in Richmond and his trauma and critical care training at the University of Maryland’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. He additionally completed a residency in preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins University where he obtained his Masters in Public Health with emphasis on injury and violence prevention and on man-made disasters. He was recently appointed to serve on the Governor’s EMS Advisory Board. He currently serves as the President on the Executive Board of the Pan-American Trauma Society, which is now headquartered at VCU.
  •                               Adelyn Allchin, M.P.H. Senior Director of Public Health and Policy at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. With a background in veteran’s health, clinical research, and social epidemiology, Allchin evaluates evidence-based policies that improve public health. Through the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, she collaborates with a diverse array of researchers, advocates, and mental health practitioners to develop model policies to destigmatize the association between violence and mental illness by broadening the policy focus to proven risk factors for dangerousness. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and earned a Master of Public Health with a focus in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  •                               Maria Altonen. Program Manager for Project Empower, the sexual and domestic violence program for VCU Health. Maria, along with a team of advocates, works throughout VCUs entire health care system to provide a variety of services to survivors to ensure their safety and well-being. Project Empower also provides training and implementation of proper screening and assessment for health care providers. Maria has worked in the anti-violence movement in various capacities since 2010. 
  •                               Danny Avula, M.D., M.P.H. Director of the Richmond City and Henrico County Health Districts. In addition to his role as a public health practitioner, Avula is board certified in the specialties of pediatrics and preventive medicine and continues to practice clinically as a pediatric hospitalist. He is an Affiliate Faculty member at VCU, where he regularly serves as an advisor and preceptor to graduate and medical students.
  •                               James Braxton. Director of Strategic Engagement at RISE for Youth. James is the key relationship builder for RISE. He cultivates community awareness and collaborative opportunities to build with key stakeholders, and is the creative lead for initiatives undertaken to implement RISE for Youth’s strategic plans. James studied Human Services at University of Phoenix, and is a Restorative Justice Certified Facilitator. James is dedicated to community empowerment and youth development and brings to the RISE team an ability develop and turn youth and community partnerships into action that results in successful advocacy efforts.
  •                               Daniel Carey, M.D. Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Appointed Secretary of Health and Human Resources by Governor Ralph Northam in January 2018, Dr. Carey previously worked as a cardiologist and served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Centra. Carey has served as President of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine, the Medical Society of Virginia, and the MSV Foundation. Dr. Carey graduated from the University of Virginia and Harvard Medical School. 
  •                               Naomi Hough Davis, D.Min., L.P.C., N.C.C. Congregational Health Program Coordinator for Bon Secours. Naomi works with faith organizations in the East End of Richmond to ensure their outreach needs regarding health and community are being understood and met. Naomi’s background covers a variety of areas: theology, business, behavior sciences (LPC), parenting skills with couples in distress, and building relationships. She retired from AT&T as a staff consultant; served as a member of the Health and Wellness Initiative (HWI); and is an ordained Baptist minister. One of her passions is mental illness and the vast areas it touches upon.
  •                               Yasmín Fletcher, J.D. Director of Law and Policy at the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence. Fletcher received her Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and her Bachelors from the University of Miami. Yasmín’s interest in working on gun violence prevention stems from the disproportionate effect gun violence has on impoverished communities, communities of color, and youth.
  • William Gormley, M.D., Ph.D. Chief Medical Examiner for Virginia. Dr. Gormley is a board certified anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathologist. He is the Chief Medical Examiner for Virginia has been a Virginia Medical Examiner for almost 20 years. He is also Professor and Chairman of the Department of Legal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. Before coming to Virginia, Dr. Gormley was the Assistant Armed Forces Medical Examiner.
  • Liza Gold, M.D. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Liza has authored and edited multiple psychiatric texts, most recently the forthcoming 3rd edition of the American Psychiatric Association Textbook of Suicide Risk Assessment and Management (2020), the American Psychiatric Association Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry (2018), and Gun Violence and Mental Illness (2016). She has written and lectured on the subjects of firearms and suicide as well as the relationship between mental illness and gun violence. Dr. Gold is a member of the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy based in Washington, DC, and the incoming President-Elect (October 2019) of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
  •                               Lori Haas. Senior Director of Advocacy & Virginia State Director at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Lori plays a crucial role in the Commonwealth of Virginia advancing policy, legislation, community and grass roots efforts to reduce gun violence. After the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, during which her daughter was shot twice and survived, Lori became personally involved in gun violence prevention efforts.  She regularly works with the Virginia Congressional delegation in Washington and lobbies extensively at the Virginia General Assembly.  Lori is the leader of the GVP movement in Virginia working with a wide array of constituencies to advance policies and programs to reduce gun violence. Additionally, she promotes awareness of the issue by speaking publicly and to groups about her family’s experiences with gun violence.
  •                               Kayla Hicks. National Director of African American and Community Outreach at the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence. Hicks has served in her current role since September 2013. In her position, she is responsible for the organization’s outreach to impacted communities that are disproportionately affected by gun violence. Kayla seeks to engage these unserved and underserved communities through free workshops that provide the tools necessary to enact real change. Kayla brings more than 25 years of experience organizing diverse groups — union and labor, workforce groups, grassroots efforts, elections, and campaigns — in more than 15 states.
  •                               Shanel Lewis, M.P.A.  Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator for the Richmond City Health District. Lewis is a graduate of Old Dominion University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and Sociology and her Masters of Public Administration degrees. Upon graduating college she moved to Hampton, Virginia and worked for two years as a Neighborhood Development Associate for City of Hampton's Community Development Department. As the Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator for Richmond City Health District, she has been deeply committed to creating the city of for youth in Richmond to thrive by working collaboratively with local governments, non-profits, community members, businesses, philanthropists, and most importantly, youth. In her spare time she coaches cheerleading in the Southside of in Richmond.
  •                               Lauren Morea, D.O., F.A.A.P. Gun Violence Prevention Champion for the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Morea attended medical school at Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Geisinger Medical Center.  She is a General Pediatrician at The Pediatric Group in Alexandria.  Child safety has always been a passion of hers but she got involved with Moms Demand Action two years ago and is now the lead of her local group for Be SMART, the educational program on keeping kids safe from guns. 
  •                               Bonnie Price, D.N.P., R.N.   Administrative Director of Community Health Advocacy at Bon Secours. Bonnie’s focus areas include human trafficking, substance use disorders, workplace violence and the forensic nursing program, which she cofounded in 1993. Dr. Price has participated on numerous community boards and committees as a forensic nurse liaison. She speaks locally and nationally on clinical forensic issues and served as coeditor for the first edition of the Core Curriculum in Forensic Nursing. 
  • Marsha Rappley, M.D. Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at VCU and Chief Executive Officer of VCU Health System. Dr. Rappley is a national leader in academic medicine, having recently been elected as chair of the board of directors of the Association of American Medical Colleges. She also serves on the Research Advisory Panel of the AAMC, advocating for support of NIH and the anchor academic institutions like VCU, where this work is carried out in our health system and laboratories every day. Dr. Rappley previously served on the board of directors for the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, the American Board of Pediatrics sub-board for developmental and behavioral pediatrics and chair of U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s pediatric advisory committee. She recently completed six years on the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which accredits U.S., Puerto Rican and Canadian medical schools.
  •                               Lauren Yerkes (rhymes with "circus"), M.P.H. Injury and Violence Prevention Epidemiologist at the Virginia Department of Health. Lauren conducts epidemiologic analyses related to injury and violence topics, oversees the Virginia Online Injury Reporting System, and provides technical assistance and consulting on injury and violence prevention data to internal and external stakeholders statewide. She has over six years of epidemiology and public health experience, and prior to her current work, she was the lead HIV epidemiologist at VDH.  Lauren graduated from Virginia Tech in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine with a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology in 2012. She is a native of Richmond, and in her spare time, she enjoys teaching group exercise classes and traveling to new places in the US. 
  •                               Jonathan Yglesias. Policy Director at the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. Jonathan works with a team of advocates, movement minds, attorneys, and passionate policy nerds to coordinate statewide public policy efforts on behalf of survivors, sexual and domestic violence agencies, and communities in Virginia seeking to improve the prevention of and response to sexual and domestic violence. Jonathan has worked in the anti-violence and public health fields in various capacities since 2007.