Speaker Bios

Sharon M. Aaron

Sharon M. Aaron, LCSW, is Director of FIU’s Victim Empowerment Program. She has eighteen years’ experience working with victims of violence, including intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking. She is the former Director of a $1.5 million national initiative of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention aimed at identifying and intervening in cases of intimate partner violence in health care settings. Ms. Aaron also served as the Advocacy Director of the Dependency Court Intervention Program for Family Violence, a national demonstration program supported by a U.S. Department of Justice grant to Miami’s Juvenile Court. She has presented nationally and locally on domestic violence and coordinated a task force that developed FIU policy and procedures related to interpersonal violence. She serves on the Domestic Violence Oversight Board of Miami-Dade County, the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Task Force on Batterer Intervention Programs, and is a doctoral candidate in FIU’s Social Welfare Ph.D. program.


Amy Bonomi

Amy Bonomi’s research focuses on the long-term health effects of domestic violence, dating violence, and child abuse, and the intimacy dynamics/processes that keep violent relationships intact. Dr. Bonomi is an associate editor at the Journal of Women’s Health and BMC Public Health, and is the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University.


Francesco Duberli Rivera

Francesco Duberli, founder and Chief Executive of Survivor’s Pathway, is a clinical psychologist with master’s degrees in both public health and clinical mental health. He is known nationally and internationally for his work developing and implementing programs that promote equality, inclusion and social justice in United States and Latin America. In 2013, Mr. Duberli was elected chairman of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council of Greater Miami (DVSAC). He has created and is currently leading the unique LGBT committee at the Domestic and Sexual Assault Council of Greater Miami. Mr. Duberli is also responsible for representing the LGBT community at the Human Trafficking Advisory Board in Miami-Dade County, the Haitian Task Force of Miami-Dade County and has been recently appointed by Miami-Dade Mayor as a board member of the HIV/AIDS partnership in Miami-Dade County. He has dedicated his career to promoting the dialogue on the inclusion of and respect for Human Rights of immigrant Latino and LGBTQI communities in the provision of public health services.

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Asia Eaton’s research examines power dynamics in romantic relationships, including the meanings that Black teens give to violence and coercion in romantic relationships, and how gender and cultural norms inform these meanings. She also examines how heteronormative beliefs may impact individual’s experiences with and attitudes towards sexual coercion.

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Laura Finley is Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminology at Barry University. She is the author or co-author of 13 books and numerous journal articles and book chapters, as well as syndicated columnist with PeaceVoice. In addition, Dr. Finley is actively involved in a number of national, state and local human rights initiatives. She serves as Board Chair of No More Tears, a non-profit that assists victims of domestic violence, serves on the board of the Humanity Project, which coordinates bullying prevention efforts, is a board member of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and is Publications Chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. Dr. Finley is also co-chair of the South Florida Diversity Alliance, Southeast Regional representative for Human Rights Education Associates, and is Co-Founder and Organizer of the College Brides Walk.

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Tameka Gillum’s research interests are in exploring and addressing intimate partner violence/dating violence (IPV/DV) within racial/ethnic minority and sexual minority populations, development of culturally specific prevention and intervention efforts, health clinic based IPV interventions and the health effects of IPV/DV victimization. Dr. Gillum is a community psychologist who conducts community based research and utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methods in her research endeavors. She serves on the editorial board for the international journal, Violence Against Women, and is a steering committee member of the national Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community.

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Lindsay Malloy’s research addresses questions concerning children’s and adolescents’ disclosure of negative or traumatic experiences, cognitive and socio-contextual influences on children’s memory and narratives, and implications of research findings for the legal system. She has published her work in scholarly journals and in reports and chapters for non-academic professional audiences. She is also co-editor of a new volume concerning children’s testimony. Dr. Malloy’s research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and US Department of Health and Human Services. She was named a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science (2011) and received an award for early career contributions to the field of investigative interviewing from the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (2010).

Ivon Mesa

Ivon Mesa is the Director of the Miami-Dade’s Division of Violence Prevention. She has dedicated many years of her life and her professional career to the elimination of domestic violence. She has a M.A. in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from FIU.

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Lindsay Rosenthal is the 2013-2014 Ms. Foundation for Women Fellow. Her work focuses on eliminating barriers to quality health care for girls in foster care and the juvenile justice systems. Previously, at the Center for American Progress, she focused on health care access and sexual assault in the military. Her work is featured in the “Fairshot Campaign: A Plan for Women and Families to Get Ahead” and Twice Betrayed: Bringing Justice to the Military’s Sexual Assault Problem and Out of Range: Barriers to Reproductive and Sexual Health Care in the Military. Her work has appeared in USA Today, US News and World Report, Think Progress, NBC Latino, and National Public Radio. She holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from FIU.

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Lynn Rosenthal is the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. From 2000 to 2006, Ms. Rosenthal was the Executive Director and President of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). She also served as executive director of a local domestic violence shelter in North Florida and has led state domestic violence coalitions in Florida and New Mexico. While serving in the White House, Lynn has coordinated efforts to reduce domestic violence homicides, address domestic violence in the workplace, raise awareness about the effects of violence on youth, and improve the nation’s response to sexual violence. Lynn is a senior advisor to Vice President Biden and serves on the White House Council on Women and Girls.

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Sandy Skelaney is Chief Mastermind at the Ignition Fund, a charitable organization that supports brilliant ideas in the fight against trafficking and violence against children. She founded the first specialized program in Florida providing comprehensive services to sexually trafficked girls 11–18 years old. Sandy’s vision resulted in Project GOLD at Kristi House in Miami, a model program that won three national grants totaling over $1.5 million, informed dozens of policy changes and influenced the passage of Florida’s Safe Harbor Act 2012. Sandy has a MA from Yale University in International Relations and worked with global networks in Bangkok, Thailand to end child trafficking. Sandy has won numerous awards, including the prestigious “Women Who Make a Difference in Miami” award from the Junior League of Miami in 2013.

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Dionne Stephens’ research examines the ways in which culture informs individuals’ sexual health decision-making processes and outcomes. With a particular focus on the relevance of gender and ethnic/ racial identity development, she has explored such issues as intimate partner violence (IPV), sexually transmitted infections (e.g. HPV and HIV/ AIDS), and sexual messaging in popular culture.

Lauren Villalba

Lauren Villalba is a distinguished public administrator who employs her expertise in research and data analysis to develop homicide prevention strategies for Miami-Dade County, Domestic Violence. In addition to the undergraduate and graduate degrees in public administration that she earned from Florida International University, Ms. Villalba completed a graduate certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Ms. Villalba enjoys ongoing membership in a variety of esteemed organizations such as Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) and Golden Key International Honor Society. In 2012, Ms. Villalba accepted the position she currently holds as a statistical analyst and researcher for the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence, Fatality Review Team. As part of the Fatality Review Team, Ms. Villalba collects and analyzes data related to documented, county-wide domestic violence adult fatalities and child deaths due to intimate partner violence and/or abuse and neglect charges.