Who We Are 


AVP is made up of a variety of staff across four programs, interns, volunteers, a board of directors, and, of course, donors and supporters like you.


Anti-Violence Partnership Board of Directors 

The AVP Board of Directors is made up of a diverse array of people from various backgrounds who are invested in the work and position of our non-profit. Below is an up-to-date look at the people behind the organization.


Anthony Johnson

Deputy Director of The Partnership Transportation Management Association of Montgomery County, a smart-growth planning group that promotes transit-oriented development and other pro-pedestrian initiatives. A Camden, NJ native, he earned his Master’s degree in Human Services Administration from Chestnut Hill College and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Rowan University.



Rachel Kraushaar

Rachel Kraushaar is currently the Associate Director of Parent Outreach and Development at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds and BS in Journalism: Strategic Communications and a BA in Psychology from the University of Kansas. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Leadership in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, Rachel enjoys backpacking, hiking, reading and traveling.



Deborah Spungen- Founding Director

Deborah Spungen, BA, University of Pennsylvania; MSW and Master of Law and Social Policy, Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Policy. Founder, Families of Murder Victims (FMV) and Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP). Nationally recognized author, teacher, and trainer. Has appeared in print articles and television programs focusing on crime victims, especially co-victims of homicide.



Juliet Curci

curci1Juliet Curci is the Director of School and Community Partnerships for the College of Education at Temple University. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and American Culture Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.S. in Elementary and Special Education from St. Joseph’s University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Education from Temple University. Juliet, her husband Chris, and her toddler son Ben reside in the Wissahickon neighborhood of Philadelphia; they enjoy exploring all of the great kid-friendly outdoor activities that the city has to offer!


Catherine Klein

Catherine Klein is a lawyer who currently writes appeals for New York City Family Court cases and works for the Cheshire Law Group, a small law firm that provides legal counsel for nonprofits. She is a Mt. Airy native who moved back to the area in June of 2014 after living for 10 years in New York City.

Ty Thomas

Ty has earned an undergraduate degree in Human Services and graduate degrees in multicultural Education and Christian Counseling. Ty currently serves in education administration and as a non profit and educational consultant. Ty has ten plus years working with youth, families and the community.

Evelyn White

A proud Bryn Mawr graduate, Evelyn White has a private counseling practice and is starting the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis.  Previously, she worked as a financial consultant and a prison guardian ad-litem.

Andy Kucer


Anti-Violence Partnership Key Staff

The AVP Key Staff run the partnership’s various programs, including the Pii Project, the counseling center, the West/Southwest Victim Services center and the Families of Murder Victims program.

Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons began her career at FMV in 2008 and is delighted to be the current Program Director. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Bloomsburg University and M.S. in Criminal Justice from University of Cincinnati. She has a plethora of work experience in human services, and enjoys utilizing these skills at FMV. Tracy is passionate about serving co-victims and is inspired by the strength of families affected by violence in Philadelphia. In her spare time, Tracy enjoys year-round trips to the beach, baking, and staying active. Tracy hopes to see FMV continue to grow and positively affect all co-victims of homicide in Philadelphia.



Trina Dow


As the Director of Victim Services, Trina Dow oversees both the West/Southwest (WSW) Victim Services Program and Transitional Services for families and co-victims of homicide in collaboration with the Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO). Trina was born and currently resides in the WSW neighborhood and has worked in the area with children and adults as a behavioral health therapist and administrator for the past 20 years. She is a licensed professional counselor who obtained a Master of Creative Arts Therapy degree in Art Therapy from Hahnemann University.