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- Board Chair

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.





William McEwan-Vice Chair & Treasurer

William McEwan, MSE, Technology Management, University of Pennsylvania; BA, Management Information Systems, Villanova’s School of Business; Active with Martin Luther King Day of Service and United Way. Currently a Line Manager with Vanguard. He’s an avid rock climber and enjoys adventure racing.





Rachel Kraushaar – Secretary

Rachel Kraushaar is currently the Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Special Events at Harcum College. She holds and BS in Journalism: Strategic Communications and a BA in Psychology from the University of Kansas. 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.




James Madden 

Madden is the Senior Vice President and Director of Client Service of Hillview Capital Advisors, LLC and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Madden graduated from Wake Forest University and went on to pursue his M.B.A. at the University of Georgia.




Maria Hergan

Maria Hergan is currently an Associate Claim Consultant at Conner Strong & Buckelew. She holds a BA in Risk Management & Insurance as well as a BA in Marketing from Temple University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exercising, traveling and exploring Philadelphia.




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!



Jeanine Glasgow

jeanine2Jeanine Glasgow has worked in the child welfare field for 23 years and is the Interim Executive Director for the Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Center. Her work with pre-adjudicated and adjudicated youth led her to co-found HOPE Charter School, which was a high school for at risk students. Ms Glasgow has served in her current role in the last fourteen years as an Assistant Executive Director and Human Resources Director.



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.


Julie Curie

Julie Currie currently teaches courses in criminal justice at both Chestnut Hill College and online at Post University. She also serves on the arbitration panel of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.


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.



Anti-Violence Partnership Key Staff

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


Charles Baltimore, Executive Director


For the last twenty-five years, Charles Baltimore has served as an educator and advocate for youth, whether as a teacher, community organizer, basketball coach, yoga instructor, non-profit director, government liaison, or school administrator. While Charlie has spent the majority of his professional life working with Philadelphia-based community organizations and district, charter, and private schools, he has also traveled extensively around the world to volunteer, photograph, and raise awareness of issues related to the health, education, and poverty of people in countries such as Uganda and Haiti. Charlie received his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and his Principal Certification from Drexel University.



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.



Mary Beth Hays

Clinical director of the counseling center, Mary Beth has oversight of all clinical staff, oversees program development, and supervises and trains interns and colleagues in theory and clinical practice.  Professionally she focuses on increasing client care by working with families through a systems approach, acknowledging the enormous effects of violence, and developing an environment that encompasses a holistic therapeutic approach. Mary Beth Hays is a licensed social worker and certified Registered Play Therapist Supervisor who received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology specializing in psychology and child development from the University of Kansas.