VAWA MEI STAFF
Erika is a Policy Analyst with VAWA MEI with a focus on project coordination, evidence research, and qualitative data projects. Before arriving at VAWA MEI, Erika worked as a cook, farmworker, bookseller, community organizer, and educator. When she’s not in the office, Erika can be found walking in the Maine woods, singing with the Harbour Singers hospice choir, or cooking up a feast.
Maureen is a Policy Associate and the Associate Director of the VAWA MEI. For over twenty-five years, she has worked as an advocate, educator and leader in the fields of sexual/domestic violence and crime victim advocacy. In addition to her work with VAWA MEI, Maureen is the Project Director for the Maine Victim Assistance Academy. Maureen has a particular passion for cross-systems work, supporting programs in identifying and minimizing barriers to integrated service delivery. Outside of work, Maureen enjoys spending time with her family, learning new cooking techniques, and hiking in the beautiful Maine outdoors.
Casey is a Research Analyst with VAWA MEI. Casey provides technical assistance to grantees, develops technical assistance tools, and cleans and analyzes data; specifically, she oversees the data analysis process of the SASP Formula grant. Prior to joining VAWA MEI, Casey worked in the social services field providing in-home and community support to youth and their families. Outside of work, she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Southern Maine.
Julia is a Policy Analyst with VAWA MEI. In her role, Julia coordinates the design and implementation of distance learning and technical assistance opportunities for all OVW-funded program grantees. Julia previously worked in the social service field with youth in Maine’s Child Welfare System and youth experiencing homelessness. Outside of work, Julia is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Policy, Planning and Management at the Muskie School of Public Service and enjoys cooking and going on Maine adventures with her partner and their Great Pyrenees-mix.
Hannah is a Research Analyst with VAWA MEI. Hannah coordinates and oversees the development and revision of progress reporting forms and the reviewing, analysis, and reporting of all Discretionary grant program data. Hannah’s prior experiences have led her to discover her drive toward detail-orientated evaluation of real-world problems and her passion for using data to improve communities. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors with her partner and their dog.
Devon is a Research Analyst with VAWA MEI. Devon coordinates the development and production of the Biennial Reports to Congress and other major deliverables. Prior to moving to Maine and joining VAWA MEI, Devon lived in Washington, D.C. where she was a lobbyist on peace and justice issues, with an emphasis on the federal budget. Outside of work, Devon enjoys going on adventures with various creatures, including dogs, goats, and horses.
Alison is a Policy Analyst with VAWA MEI. In her role, Alison provides leadership, coordination, and management of operations as well as fiscal oversight of the project. She also provides leadership for other Justice Policy Projects at the Muskie School, including the Legal Assistance for Victims Tri-County Advocacy Project and the Maine Sexual Assault Forensic Kit Study. Alison brings over 20 years of experience providing direct services to survivors of sexual violence, project management within rape crisis centers, and has presented local, state, and national trainings related to advocacy and multi-disciplinary response. In her time away from work, she is grateful to be living in Maine especially in the summer months!
Simran is the Senior Computer and Database Manager for VAWA MEI and assists with data cleaning and database development efforts. Simran brings more than seven years of IT experience and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Applications. She is experienced in creating, implementing and unit testing databases. Along with operational research topics, she has taught C and C++ programming languages to the graduate and undergraduate students at Punjab Technical University Study Center, India. Outside of work, she likes spending time with her kids and cooking.
Sarah is a Research Associate that provides evaluation expertise, training and technical assistance to the VAWA MEI. She brings over a decade of research and evaluation experience, ranging from survey questionnaire and instrument development, evaluation and analytic work plan design, data analysis and interpretation, and development of project reports and papers. In her time outside of work, Sarah likes to garden, eat really good food, and play with her kids.
Tam supports the VAWA MEI team in all of its work, from providing basic phone and email support to assisting with the design, drafting and dissemination of reports. Before joining the team, Tam worked at community colleges in Connecticut and in newspaper newsrooms in that state as well as in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.
Alexa is a Policy Analyst with VAWA MEI. In this capacity, she provides technical assistance to discretionary and formula grantees, cleans and synthesizes data, and assists in the implementation of webinar training for grantees. Prior to joining the team, she was the manager of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Portland, Maine. In her spare time, Alexa likes to go antiquing and enjoys spending time with her wife Amy and their dogs, Archie and Fergus.
Elisabeth is a Senior Policy Associate and the Project Director of the VAWA MEI. Elisabeth started her career in anti-violence work in Maine as a domestic violence hotline advocate, volunteer coordinator, and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) coordinator. She returned to Maine after a decade in New York City, where she completed a Master’s in Public Health, focusing on health policy and management while leading public health projects in both private and public sectors. Elisabeth has a particular interest in research and evaluation of health care best practices for survivors of intimate partner violence. She also serves as a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Violence Against Women Research & Evaluation Standing Review Panel. Elisabeth lives with her partner and toddler in Portland. When she’s not juggling nascent parenting, she hops into a port seat with the good people of Portland Community Rowing as much as possible.
Viacheslav is a Research Analyst with VAWA MEI. In his role, Viacheslav provides technical assistance to discretionary and formula grantees, cleans and synthesizes data, and coordinates the creation of Summary Data Reports. Born in Ukraine, he moved to the United States in 2008. Prior to his position at VAWA MEI, Viacheslav worked in multiple international non-profit organizations including the United Nations and Equality Maine. Outside of work, Viacheslav enjoys cooking and spending time near the ocean.
Brook is a Research Analyst with VAWA MEI. She cleans and analyzes OVW grantee data, provides training and technical assistance to OVW grantees, and develops internal and external program reporting tools. Brook earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Political Science from the University of Vermont. In her free time, she enjoys all that the coast of Maine has to offer, and has recently taken up bike touring as another means of admiring Maine’s beautiful scenery.
Susan is a Research Analyst with VAWA MEI where she developed and maintains an Access database system that automates essential components of the data cleaning process. Prior to joining the VAWA MEI team, Susan managed an organic vegetable farm CSA (community supported agriculture) in Standish, Maine while she helped raise six children. She enjoys being outdoors and taking photos of nature and unusual things.
Tara is a Research Analyst with VAWA MEI. In her role, Tara manages and analyzes large data sets using her thorough understanding of statistical techniques and the use of statistical analysis software such as SPSS. She oversees data systems, quality assurance, and the development of various major deliverables. Tara has served as a research staff at VAWA MEI since 2014. Prior to this, she previously worked in the legal sector, which piqued her interest in public policy and the criminal justice system.