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.

 

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.

 

 

 

Andy Kucer

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Andy Kucer is the Executive Director of Students Run Philly Style, a mentoring organization that serves 1,300 Philadelphia youth annually. He holds a B.A. in Urban Studies with a Concentration in Community Organizations from Stanford University and a J.D. from Villanova School of Law. Andy lives in West Philadelphia with his wife, Sheryl, and son, Elliot.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Rachel Shearon

Rachel Shearon 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.

 

 

 

Sean Boyce

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Sean Boyce holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Drexel University and a Masters in Business Administration from Penn State. Sean is a serial entrepreneur living and working in Philadelphia. He is the founder of several companies in Philadelphia including NxtStep Technology Consulting, Your College Advisors, and StaffGeek. Sean is  passionate about health, fitness and giving back to the community of Philadelphia.

 

 

Ty-Jamar Thomas 
                                               Since joining the BOD in 2013, Ty has used his extensive contacts in Philadelphia’s public and charter schools to create powerful new curriculum-based partnerships that
                     benefit hundreds of students across the City.  Also, his background in diversity training and life coaching has made Ty highly sought after through his
                   Prominent Staff consulting firm.
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 Anti-Violence Partnership Key Staff

The AVP Key Staff run the partnership’s various programs, including the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) program, the counseling center, the West/Southwest Victim Services center and the Families of Murder Victims program.

 

Julie Rausch, MSS, MLSPInterim Executive Director

JulieWbJulie Rausch is the Grant Director of the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP). Ms. Rausch served as AVP Executive Director from 1993 until 2015. She subsequently remained on staff as a special consultant to Joanne Walker, the current Executive Director, focusing primarily on AVP’s Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) grant from the US

Department of Justice.

Ms. Rausch graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a major in Political Science. She received the Master of Social Services and the Master of Law and Social Policy degrees from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

 

Casey McGovern – Counseling Center Director

CaseyWebCasey McGovern received her MSW from Temple University in 1991. Casey has been in community mental health practice for 25 years with adolescents and adults. She has worked at AVP since 2008 and is committed to issues of violence prevention and providing support to those impacted by homicide. Casey teaches future Social Workers in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

 

Kathleen Hess –  Families of Murder Victims Director

Kathleen Hess is the Program Director of the Families of Murder Victims program. Kathleen received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from West Chester University, where she went on to obtain a Master of Social Work degree. Kathleen was previously FMV’s Trial Coordinator and left to complete her Master’s program, which involved facilitating individual and group therapy with individuals living with a mental health disorder and/or substance use disorder. Kathleen has a strong passion for advocating for those impacted by trauma and helping victims find their voice.

 

Lisa Christian –  Community Services Director

LisaWBLisa has over 25 years of experience working with diverse, urban families. Lisa provides individual and group therapy to adults and adolescents at AVP’s Main Office and in Philadelphia schools. Lisa is a licensed social worker with her Master of Social Work degree from Temple University.

 

 

 

Tobi Downing – Complex Homicides Initiative Director 

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As the Director of the Complex Homicides Initiative, Tobi leads AVP’s effort to facilitate the development of a national model of intervention to enhance community responses to the complex and specific needs of co-victims of intra-familial and other homicides.  Tobi has 20 years of experience working in victim services including at statewide sexual assault and domestic violence coalitions in Pennsylvania and New York, non-governmental (NGO) and community-based organizations and several years in the homicide unit at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

 

 

Trina Dow –  Victim Services Director

TrinaAs 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.