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Victoria Dinges, Allstate Insurance Company (Chair)

Patti Seger, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (Vice Chair)

Karen Tronsgard-Scott, Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (Treasurer)

Maria Rodriguez, Vanguard Communications (Secretary)

Jenny Backus, Google

Debra Chandler, TransAmerica Financial

David Diggs, CTIA–The Wireless Association

Kim Gandy, NNEDV President and CEO

Ben Hammer, Hammer Strategies

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, Incite Unlimited

Michael Miller, Consultant

Vickie Smith, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Gloria Terry, Texas Council on Family Violence

Vanessa Timmons, Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Kathy England Walsh, Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence





  • Victoria Dinges (Chair): Vicky Dinges leads the internal and community engagement of Allstate's "Good Hands."  As Vice President, Public Social Responsibility and Enterprise Communication, she oversees employee communications, strategic philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.  These efforts shape Allstate's culture, commit to building a better society and drive the company's external and internal reputation across a diversity of stakeholders.  Through Allstate's "When Good Hands People Give Back" initiative, Vicky's teams ensure our hometowns are better, safer places to live.  These efforts include The Allstate Foundation, Allstate's Teen Safe Driving and Domestic Violence signature programs, volunteerism, and the company's cultural and civic initiatives.  Through these endeavors and the involvement of employees and agency owners, Allstate contributed more than $28 million to community projects in 2011. Vicky is Chair of the National Network to End Domestic Violence Board and serves on the Board of Directors of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore.  She is a President's Circle Member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a member of the Executives' Club of Chicago, the Conference Board Contributions Council, the Youth Job Center of Evanston Advisory Board, and the Arthur W. Page Society.  Vicky holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg School of Management.
  • Patti Seger (Vice Chair): Patti has served as Executive Director of End Abuse Wisconsin: the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence since 2005. Her nearly 30 years of domestic violence victim advocacy experience includes six years as the WCADV Policy Coordinator, six years as Director of Dane County District Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Unit, and seven years as the Systems Advocate at Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (formerly Dane County Advocates for Battered Women). She has served on the NNEDV Policy Committee (2005-2013), as Wisconsin Governor Doyle’s appointee to the WI Law Enforcement Standards Board, and as the Attorney General’s appointee to the Wisconsin Sentencing Commission. She currently serves on the WI Department of Justice VAWA Advisory Board and is the chair of the WI Department of Corrections Crime Victim Advisory Committee.
  • Karen Tronsgard-Scott (Treasurer): Karen is the Executive Director of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Vermont’s federally recognized coalition of domestic and sexual violence organizations.  Tronsgard-Scott, whose career in working with non-profit organizations began in the mid-1980’s when she volunteered for a school serving children with developmental disabilities in Colombo, Sri Lanka, has a Masters degree in Political Science with a Certificate in Public Administration from Ohio University.  She has worked in the movement to end violence against women for the past seventeen years, serving as the director of a community-based domestic and sexual violence services organization, and teaching and training about the intersection of oppression and violence against women.  She lives in Hinesburg, Vermont with her partner, son and many pets.
  • Maria Rodriguez (Secretary): Maria co-founded Vanguard Communications, a full-service public relations firm committed exclusively to the marketing and promotion of social issues, in 1987.  Her vision was to challenge and inspire others to make a difference in the world through communications.  Maria is now president and sole owner of the firm, and her efforts to influence social issues through communications have had significant impacts on her employees, her community and society as a whole.  Maria has managed many public education and social change campaigns for a broad spectrum of national and community-based nonprofit organizations and government agencies.  Her expertise includes strategic planning, culturally and linguistically competent communications, media relations, alliance building and event management.  At Vanguard, Maria leads a team of more than 30 communications professionals who work to advance change in areas such as health, education, sustainable agriculture, and environmental protection. In 2003, Vanguard Communications became the first Hispanic woman-owned firm to earn the highly coveted PR Week PR Agency of the Year Award.  Much of the firm’s work is in support of women, youth and families, and in 2006 the firm was named a Best Small Company by Working Mother magazine.  Prior to founding Vanguard, Maria served as media director of a boutique public relations firm where she managed and implemented consumer education initiatives on behalf of the firm’s clients, including the National Institutes of Health.  A native Washingtonian, Maria is a first generation American whose Spanish parents immigrated to the United States in 1957 from Venezuela. She graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
  • Jenny BackusFrom Communications Director for Sen. Harry Reid and the Democratic National Committee to Assistant Secretary of HHS for Public Affairs, Jenny Backus has been a strategic communicator for over 20 years. As a consultant to political candidates, organizations like NARAL Pro Choice America, and the Obama transition team, she shaped both messaging and policy. Backus joined Google in 2012 as Senior Policy Advisor and Head of Strategic Outreach & Engagement, and has been instrumental in strengthening NNEDV’s partnership with Google.
  • Debra Chandler: For the past 15 years, Debra has worked as an independent financial advisor with Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc.  Her experience includes nonprofit development and event management, political fundraising, real estate development and sales, and financial services.  Debra has served as a grant reviewer for the United Way of the National Capital Area, Fairfax County, and as a development committee member for Chipping In to End Domestic Violence to benefit the Fairfax County Women’s Shelter.  She is an alumna of Northwestern State University of Louisiana and Georgetown University’s Executive Development Program in Financial Planning and Real Estate Investing.  She has lived in the Washington, DC area for nearly 30 years.
  • David Diggs: Since 2009, David Diggs has been Vice President of Wireless Internet Development for CTIA–The Wireless Association, responsible for working with industry stakeholders to accelerate the growth of the wireless data segment of the industry. Diggs began his tenure at CTIA in 1995 as the Vice President of Operations, and from 2000 to 2009 was Executive Director of The Wireless Foundation. Under his leadership, The Wireless Foundation was a significant supporter of NNEDV’s Safety Net Project. Prior to his time at CTIA, Diggs spent nearly 20 years serving in leadership positions at a variety of wireless companies. 
  • Ben HammerBen Hammer, Hammer Strategies, is a communications and public affairs strategist who works with executives throughout the media & technology industries to help them tell their stories, advocate for policy positions, find consensus with coalition partners, and plan for major strategic events. Ben is a former vice president of strategic communications for The Glover Park Group, and was a business reporter in NY and DC who wrote for wire services, magazines, and specialty subscription outlets. He focuses on coalition formation and management, M&A and foreign investments under government review, complex litigation and antitrust cases, and international business.
  • Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeeverAn accomplished writer, scholar and public speaker, Jones-DeWeever, has devoted her entire professional life to advancing the socioeconomic well-being of women and communities of color. She is a highly respected authority on race, power, gender, inequality and author of numerous publications focused on women of African descent. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Virginia State University and holds a Ph.D. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Jones-DeWeever is the president and CEO of Incite Unlimited, a consulting firm devoted to moving ideas to effect action, and is host of the nationally-syndicated radio show Focus Point with Avis Jones-DeWeever, which examines the intersection of race, gender and politics. Prior to founding Incite, she was executive director of the National Council of Negro Women, and was Director of Poverty and Social Justice Programs at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
  • Michael Miller: Michael is the Global Head of Legal and Compliance for ING Direct, the direct banking division of the Dutch financial conglomerate, ING Group, headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In his role he is responsible for managing the legal and regulatory affairs of ING Direct while advising management on global strategy development of the bank and the larger Group. He also leads and coordinates the compliance and legal functions in the nine countries in which ING Direct has business units. Outside of ING, Michael serves as an external director to the European holding company of PCCW, one of Asia's largest telecommunications, media and IT solutions companies, advising and assisting management with the development of its European activities and strategic initiatives. Spending the first years of his career with a law firm in Washington, DC, he then moved in-house to a telecommunications company in the same area. Michael is a frequent guest speaker and panellist at various European forums on legal, compliance, ethics and corporate social responsibility topics. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from Marshall University, where he has also served on the Institutional Board of Advisors. He also has a M.B.A. from European University in Spain and a J.D. from George Mason University. Michael is a member of the Virginia State Bar, American Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
  • Vickie Smith: Vickie Smith began her work in the battered women’s movement over 30 years ago by providing direct services to survivors of domestic violence. She helped open a non-residential crisis intervention program, first serving on the Board of Directors and then serving as the first non-paid director. Vickie joined the staff of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ILCADV) in March 1988 as a Grant Monitor, and then became Executive Director in 1993. During her tenure at the Coalition, Vickie gained extensive experience working with local domestic violence programs throughout Illinois, providing technical assistance on a variety of issues agencies were facing. She participated in a number of collaborative efforts that developed protocols and curricula to benefit battered women and their children in Illinois. She was actively involved in efforts that included justice professionals, health care workers, educators and social workers to develop community responses to family violence. Vickie worked with the state legislature as well as several state agencies in developing laws and procedures to further the state’s response to domestic violence. Vickie has done work in the battered women’s movement on the national level. She is a founding Board member of NNEDV. During its development, Vickie worked with other state and national advocates on drafting the historic 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which has had a significant impact on services for battered women. In May 1999 she relocated to Texas where she joined the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence and participated in technical assistance all over the United States. Vickie resumed the position of Executive Director of ILCADV in August 2008. 
  • Gloria Terry: Gloria Aguilera Terry joined the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) in January 2008 as President. In 2013, she was promoted to Chief Executive Officer. In her role as CEO, Gloria guides and directs the statewide activities of TCFV, such as the Texas Legislative Session, establishing and fostering statewide tactical partnerships, working with staff to provide outstanding services to programs and strategically positioning TCFV to create the influence necessary to continue serving the needs of victims and their families. Ms. Terry came to the Texas Council on Family Violence from El Paso, Texas where she served as Executive Director of the Center against Family Violence (CAFV). During her tenure at the CAFV, Gloria managed a significant border community domestic violence program with a $1.8 million dollar budget and a staff of fifty employees. Ms. Terry, a 2003 Leadership Texas graduate, holds a BBA from the University of Texas at El Paso and has extensive community service currently offering time to the Tarrant County Family Advocacy Steering Committee, Collaborative Council for the Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families with the Texas Supreme Court, VAWA Planning Committee with the Governor's Office, National Leadership Committee with Center for Disease Control, and Diversity Committee of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
  • Vanessa TimmonsExecutive Director of the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCASDV), Timmons has been a writer, activist, and women’s health advocate for over 25 years. She attended Marylhurst University’s Multidisciplinary Studies Program in Portland, Oregon, and has continued her formal education through certificates and training, including the Interpersonal Neurobiology of Trauma Certification Program at Portland State University. Timmons has served as the Director of Programs at Raphael House of Portland, a Northwest regional field organizer for the National Organization for Women, and the domestic violence program coordinator for the Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordination Office, in addition to serving OCADSV in the past as the Women of Color Coordinator and Board Chair.
  • Kathy England Walsh: Kathy is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (TCADSV).  With more than 20 years of experience in crisis intervention, program development and public policy advocacy, Kathy provides training and technical assistance to communities and works on public policy issues of concern to victims of domestic and sexual violence.  In her time as Director of TCADSV, Kathy has crafted and successfully advocated for more than 100 new laws to improve safety for victims of domestic and sexual violence and assisted in the development of domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, and community task forces throughout the state.