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National Advisory Committee

Darkness to Light has assembled a strong coalition of professionals to provide expert counsel on program content, research, evaluations, legislative policy, media strategy and future organizational needs. The Darkness to Light National Advisory Committee is composed of leaders in a variety of fields, with the expertise and credibility to help this organization move forward in its fight against child sexual abuse.

Nancy Chandler

Ms. Chandler received her MSW from the University of Georgia. She served as Executive Director of the Memphis (TN) Child Advocacy Center for six years. Since 1994 she has served as Executive Director of the National Children’s Alliance, a not-for-profit organization representing more than 500 Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and the National Association of Social Workers. She has served as a member of Leadership Memphis and was a founding board member of the National Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers. She is currently a member of the steering committee of A National Call to Action and on the on Advisory Committee of the National Center on Children Exposed to Violence.

Layton R. McCurdy, M.D.

Dr. Layton McCurdy is Dean Emeritus of the College of Medicine and Distinguished University Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. McCurdy is widely known and respected as an ambassador for the field of medicine, for academic scholarship and for compassionate patient care. He has played many prominent roles in national bodies including The American Psychiatric Association, The American College of Psychiatrists, and the AAMC. He has participated on several review committees for research and training grants for the National Institutes of Health, including work as a Presidential appointee to the NIMH Advisory Council from 1978 until 1982.

David Finkelhor, Ph. D.

David Finkelhor is Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, which is dedicated to studies about the nature and impact of a wide variety of offenses against juveniles, including conventional crimes (e.g. homicide, rape, robbery), child abuse, peer violence, family abductions and the exposure of children to domestic and community violence. His work in the area has included the first and second National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Thrownaway Children, the National Youth Victimization Prevention Study, the Youth Internet Safety Survey, and the National Study of Sexual Abuse in Daycare.

Ben Saunders, Ph. D.

Dr. Saunders received his Ph. D. in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University, and his M. S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He currently directs the Family and Child Program of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. He has published numerous scientific papers and has made a number of presentations concerning criminal victimization, child sexual assault, and marital and family relationships. Dr. Saunders maintains an active clinical and consulting practice. His research has been funded by state and federal agencies including the NIMH, National Institute of Justice, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the U.S. Department of the Navy.

Claire R. Reeves

Claire Reeves is a national recognized expert in the field of incest and child sexual abuse. She authored the book Childhood, It Should Not Hurt. Ms. Reeves has experience as an expert witness in both civil and criminal cases. She is founder of Mothers Against Sexual Abuse (MASA), and works to establish programs which assist non-offending parents and guardians of children who have been sexually abused.

Kimberly Bealle

Kim Bealle is currently V.P. Director of Innovation for Just Kid, Inc. She was previously Managing Partner at Young & Rubicam in New York and was responsible for the Kraft Foods and the Fischer-Price accounts, among others. She was also Director of Account Management at Y&RNY from 1995 to 1999 – the youngest person and first woman to hold that position. She has been inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers and the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement.

Terry McDevitt

Ms. McDevitt is Executive Director, Corporate Public Affairs at Condé Nast. Prior to joining Condé Nast, she directed media, communications and PR efforts at Shearman & Sterling LLP, an elite, global law firm based in New York City. She has also served as Managing Director at Public Strategies, Inc., Vice President of Communications for Fortune magazine and the Fortune Group at Time Inc.

Jesse Kornbluth

A New York-based writer and editor, Mr. Kornbluth has been a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, Architectural Digest, and Departures. He has contributed to The New Yorker and The New York Times. He has authored Highly Confident: The Crime and Punishment of Michael Milken, Airborne: The Triumph and Struggle of Michael Jordan, Pre-Pop Warhol, The Other Guy Blinked (with Ron Enrico), and Notes from the Underground. Mr. Kornbluth served as Editorial Director of America OnLine from 1997 to 2003.

Larry Ayers

Currently government affairs counselor for Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds, Mr. Ayers has over twenty years experience providing government relations services to both public and private entities. He was President and founder of The Atlantic Group, a government relations consulting firm. He has also served as Senior V-P at Cassidy and Associates, and was Director of Government Affairs for Colt Industries, Inc.

Lori Warrens

Ms. Warrens is the driving force behind 2-1-1, the national directory initiative for health and human services resource referral. She is co-founder of the National 2-1-1 Institute, the 2-1-1 Assembly, and 211 Online. She is former Executive Director of the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems, the international professional organization for community information and referral providers and 2-1-1- centers. Her accomplishments at AIRS include the AIRS Classroom Online, AIRS participation in the Coordinated Assistance Network. She participated in a post 9/11 collaboration of nonprofit organizations to improve disaster services coordination.

Steve Pasierb

Mr. Pasierb joined the Partnership for a Drug-Free America in 1993, was named to the Board of Directors in 2000, and became president in October 2001. Under Steve's leadership, the Partnership has produced four consecutive years of double digit revenue growth, leveraging every donated dollar into 38 dollars of program services. In the eight years prior to becoming president, Steve directed the Partnership's State/City Alliance Program which forms public-private partnerships to operate statewide drug abuse prevention/education campaigns. These efforts created 54 PDFA member alliances, reaching over 92 percent of all U.S. households. Steve was responsible for the establishment of five regional technical assistance offices and supervised all media solicitation activity in the top 210 U.S. media markets. Under Steve's leadership, the Partnership enjoyed seven consecutive years of growth in local media support and pioneered successful new ventures in cause related marketing. In November 2003, Steve was honored by the American Advertising Federation and elected to the Advertising Hall of Achievement.

Tom Bradford

Mr. Bradford has an extensive background in journalism, and most recently served as Senior Producer for 48 Hours.

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