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Our Team

GRW staff have been working in the violence against women field for decades and are tireless in their efforts to ensure that our network of partners has consistent access to the current best practices and developments happening across the globe on bettering responses to violence against women.

GRW staff have been working in the violence against women field for decades and are tireless in their efforts to ensure that our network of partners has consistent access to the current best practices and developments happening across the globe on bettering responses to violence against women.

Our Staff

Hunter Cardwell

Pathways to Family Peace Program Coordinator
Hunter recently graduated with her Master's from Lindenwood University in Criminal Justice Administration. She found a passion in helping victims of violence seek justice.
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Patricia Cumbie

Communications Manager
Patricia's career has been focused on working with mission-driven organizations seeking to tell their stories through partnership and collaboration.
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Nazifa Wazirzada

Program Coordinator
Nazifa received an International Studies and Communication degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2019. She has developed a passion for finding sustainable and effective ways to alleviate ongoing inequalities on a local and international level.
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Laura Wilson

Women's Human Rights Attorney
Laura previously practiced in immigration law and youth law with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, where she represented many survivors of gender-based violence.
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Sara Mowchan

Director of Development
Sara brings over 10 years of experience in driving organizational growth, including nonprofit consulting and management for organizations in Minnesota, Washington D.C. and abroad.
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Christy Flikke

Finance Manager
Christy has a Finance Degree and worked with high net worth clients and their businesses at U.S. Bank Private Client Group and before that in Credit Administration at Marquette Bank.
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Cheryl Thomas

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Since 1993, Cheryl has worked with partners around the world to promote women’s human rights and achieve effective reform on violence against women.
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Melissa Scaia

Director of International Training
Melissa brings a wealth of experience as the former executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP), also known as “the Duluth Model.”
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Helen Rubenstein, Contractor

Senior Counsel
Helen has traveled to Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Tanzania, Moldova, and Russia and Turkey to conduct trainings and presentations, and carry out human rights fact-finding on the legal system response to violence against women.
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Consultant Expert Trainers

Kay Arola

Carol Arthur

Marcus Brunning

Judge Elizabeth Cutter

Gabrielle Davis

Judge Shaun Floerke

Lori Flohaug

Laura Goodman

Lieutenant Scott Jenkins

Judge Kathryn Quaintance

Julie Tilley

Board of Directors

Lynn Anderson, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Holiday Companies

Rebecca J. Bentzinger, (Development and Communications Chair)

Kathryn Goodwin Brackney, Board Member

Holly Eng, Assistant General Counsel, Employment, Labor, Business Operations & Supply Chain, Cargill Asia Pacific Holdings Pte Ltd.

Bob Hamilton (Treasurer), Chief Operating Officer, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Imani Jaafar, Director, Office of Police Conduct Review (City of Minneapolis)

Jim Jacobson, (Board Chair), Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Medica

Imrana Jalal, Chair of World Bank Inspection Panel

Kelley Lindes, Board Member

Rachel Pollock, Board Member

Lynn Schubert, President, Surety & Fidelity Association of America (retired)

Sally Spence, Global Studies Program Specialist, Office of Global Studies, St. Catherine University

Janet Walsh, Senior Fellow, University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Our Vision

Global Rights for Women envisions a world where women and girls live free from gender-based violence, attain equal rights, and reach their full potential as human beings.

We will acheive our vision by building international and local partnerships committed to human rights, justice and equality, advancing laws, values and practices to create communities where all women and girls live free from violence.

Our vision will be realized when survivors of violence are acknowledged and believed, perpetrators are held accountable, and communities no longer accept violence against women and girls.

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