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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

Cheryl Thomas

Founder and Executive Director
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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Lori Flohaug

Director of Law & Policy
Lori has dedicated her twenty-five year legal career to helping others in crisis; focusing on women and children.
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Laura Williams

Director of Systems Advocacy
Laura started the first Sexual Violence Justice Institute (SVJI). As a founder of the Sexual Violence Justice Institute, she has written, consulted, and trained extensively on the multi-agency, multi-disciplinary response to sexual assault.
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Jon Heath

Pathways to Family Peace Facilitator
Jon is recognized internationally for groundbreaking work conducting men's non-violence batterer intervention programming.
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Hunter Cardwell

Pathways Program Manager
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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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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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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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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Sophia Morrissette

Administrative Associate
Sophia is a recent graduate of Chapman University in Southern California. Sophia is passionate about creating sustainable solutions to end global gender-based conflict and tackle international policy reform.
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Lachlan Anders-MacLeod

Program Administrative Associate
Lachlan is a recent graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison having majored in Political Science. Lachlan is passionate about international relations, political advocacy and interpersonal communication and hopes to use this passion to create the infrastructure for a more peaceful century.
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Consultant Expert Trainers

Kay Arola

Carol Arthur

Marcus Brunning

Judge Elizabeth Cutter

Gabrielle Davis

Rhonda Martinson

Scott Miller

Board of Directors

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

Rebecca J. Bentzinger, (Development and Communications Chair)

Jane Blaney, Associate General Counsel, Faegre Drinker

Kathryn Goodwin Brackney, Board Member

Holly Eng, (Vice President), VP Global Law:  Business Operations, Sustainability & Communications, Cargill

Amanda Golly, Vice President of Human Resources, Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities

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

Imani Jaafar, Director, Lead Risk Consultant, Target Corporation

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

Imrana Jalal, Panel Member 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

Sujata Warrier, Training & Technical Assistance Director, Battered Women’s Justice Project

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 achieve 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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