Natasha Danielá de Lima McGlynn, Executive Director, nmcglynn@
Natasha Danielá de Lima McGlynn currently serves as AVP’s Executive Director. Prior to AVP, she obtained a Masters degree in Public Administration and a Certificate in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. As a Student Fellow with the Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse, Natasha’s graduate research on violence against women in public spaces from a public administration lens earned her the 2020 Fels Public Service Award. Natasha brings a wealth of knowledge in non-profit management, community development, and government and regulatory affairs. Her professional career includes over five years of public service at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, where she engaged in administrative transparency and open government matters, and played a key role in launching several diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Originally from Brazil, Natasha grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese/Brazilian Studies and Economics from Smith College. Natasha recently completed a fellowship with the New Leaders Council.
Steve Bacher, Development Director, sbacher@
Steve Bacher brings AVP decades of nonprofit fundraising and management experience, including serving in development positions with The Children’s Aid Society of New York, New Jersey Association on Correction and the City of Jersey City. He also served as Executive Director of Cape May’s Center for Community Arts, Managing Director (and co-founder) of Vortex Repertory Company in Austin, Texas, Intergovernmental Relations Officer with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Director of Digital Marketing at Bucks County Community College. Steve holds a B.A. in English/Theater from Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. in Drama from The University of Texas at Austin.
Stéphanie Le Clair, Community Impact & Evaluation Manager, sleclair@
Stéphanie Le Clair received her B.S. in Chemistry from Saint Mary’s College of California and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan. Stéphanie is passionate about violence prevention and has volunteered in centers addressing both sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and intervention since 2010. Her volunteer work has included designing and leading educational workshops, court advocacy, hotline crisis counseling, and counseling/advocacy for sexual assault survivors at the hospital. Stéphanie is a trained crisis counselor/advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault in the state of Pennsylvania.
Alex Rudolph, Office Manager, arudolph@
Alex Rudolph is the Office Manager. Alex is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and was previously involved in prison reform. Alex works out of both the Center City and West/Southwest Philadelphia offices.
Heather Arias, Director of Victim/Witness Services, harias@
Heather Arias is the Director of Victim/Witness Services. Heather majored in Criminal Justice at Temple University and has worked in the Victim Services field for four years. Prior to serving as Director, Heather served as the Preliminary Hearing coordinator with the Families of Murder Victims program housed within the Philadelphia District Attorneys Office Homicide Unit. In this role, Heather supported co-victims of homicide navigate through the criminal justice system once an arrest had been made. In her current role, Heather oversees the daily operations of victim & witness services for the Families of Murder Victims & the West/Southwest Victim services programs which services the 12th, 16th, 18th, and 19th police districts. Heather provides overall organizational leadership to victim/witness services through a trauma-informed approach, trains and provides supervision to a team of victim advocates, engages in community events increasing community awareness of the organizational mission, vision and outcomes, and achieving organizational outcomes in building relationships and collaborations with other agencies that support victims’ rights and services. Heather currently serves as the 2021-2023 Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy.
Gabrielle Rainey, FMV Preliminary Hearing Coordinator, grainey@
Gabrielle is the Preliminary Hearing Coordinator with AVP’s Families of Murder Victims (FMV) program. Gabrielle has a passion for helping people due to always being surrounded by family in helping professions. Before she was born, her mother was a victim of violent crime, but survived to tell her story and served as an inspiration to Gabrielle. She enjoys being able to help victims and give them even a small sense of relief or justice. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Legal Studies & Analysis and Gender & Women’s Studies, and Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MCJ) from Widener University.
Amina is a Victim Advocate for West/Southwest Victim Services. In this role, she provides victims/witnesses of violent crimes with resources to help navigate them through the various processes after the crime has occurred. Amina is passionate about helping those who are facing any form of victimization and giving them resources for recovery. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Cabrini University, and is currently studying at the same university in pursuit of her Master’s in Criminal Justice.
Lisa Christian, LCSW, Director of Counseling Services, lchristian@
Lisa Christian is the AVP’s Director of Counseling Services. Lisa 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, in the community, and in Philadelphia schools. She works closely with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office CARES program to respond to the clinical needs of homicide co-victims in close proximity to the time of the crime. Lisa is a licensed clinical social worker and received her MSW from Temple University.
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Chris is an Outpatient Therapist and the Intake Coordinator. He works with adolescents and adults experiencing traumatic grief and loss in the Counseling Center and in Philadelphia high schools. Chris is extremely grateful and privileged to be able to work closely with victim-survivors as they heal and grow. Chris has a background in working with youth that have been involved in the juvenile justice system, and he is passionate about creating access to quality services for everyone impacted by the cycle of community violence. Chris is a licensed social worker and received his MSW from the University of Pennsylvania.
Gabrielle is an Adult Therapist. In this position, she works with adults who have been victims of crime or who have witnessed community violence. Gabrielle is inspired by her clients and is passionate about helping others through this therapeutic position. Gabrielle is a licensed social worker who has been at AVP for over 20 years.
Sam Margolius is a Therapist and the Coordinator of the Intra-Familial Homicide Initiative. Sam provides individual and group therapy out of AVP’s West Philadelphia office and in Philadelphia high schools for any family or friends of murder victims and those impacted by violence. As part of the Intra-Familial Homicide team, Sam facilitates IRB-approved research, speaks with survivors of intra-familial homicide, organizes trainings for providers who work with homicide victims, and improves coordination of services across agencies responsible for responding to families of murder victims. Prior to joining AVP, Sam worked with adults battling substance use disorder as well as young adults experiencing homelessness. Sam is a licensed social worker and received his MSW and MS in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice.
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YOUTH VIOLENCE OUTREACH
Emily DeCarlo, LCSW, Youth Violence Outreach Director, edecarlo@
Emily DeCarlo is the Youth Violence Outreach Program Director. Emily is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked on both the clinical and administrative level in the field. In a previous role, Emily expanded her agency’s counseling program so as to reach children in five different afterschool programs. Emily is experienced in clinical management. She is passionate about reaching vulnerable populations and individuals who have experienced ongoing and complex trauma.
Alicia is a Therapist. As a native of West Philadelphia with a school counselor background, Alicia’s passion lies in providing therapeutic support to Black students as they work to overcome pervasive community-level and interpersonal trauma through skill-building, empowerment, and creating their own story. While working in schools, Alicia values social-emotional support, college and career support, academic support, and the intersection of all three. She received a B.A in Criminal Justice at Temple University in 2013, and an M.Ed in Counseling Psychology from Temple University in 2020. Alicia is a Pennsylvania-certified School Counselor and she is currently working toward her LPC.
Khari Graves is a Youth Violence Outreach Counselor. A native of South Philadelphia, Khari has worked with communities across the city, state, and country, through organizations like The Food Trust and Stenton Family Manor, the city’s largest family shelter, in ways that seek to not simply inform or educate communities, but truly empower them, and ground healing in wide ranging historic and community based, culturally relevant practices. In his role, Khari works with youth ages 7-20 in group and one-on-one counseling and non-clinical support sessions that seek to combine trauma awareness/healing, violence prevention, and identity cultivation with a critical lens that helps students explore the roles systemic issues like racism, poverty, masculinity, and unequal education play in their development.
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Julie is a Spanish-speaking Therapist. She collaborates with adolescents and adults to support their healing and processing of traumatic loss and grief. Prior to joining AVP, Julie worked as a research associate in Chile. She is a licensed social worker and received her MSS from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
Nekisha Walters is a Youth Violence Outreach Counselor. She facilitates socioemotional learning and grief processing groups at schools with youth from K-12th grade as well as occasional after-school sessions. Throughout her career, she has always been passionate about helping others find healthy ways to manage complex trauma, which is why she enjoys direct services. Nekisha particularly enjoys supporting youth directly while fostering a safe space for them to learn new ways to handle day-to-day and traumatic stress. She looks forward to learning how the community is impacted by violence, from the family unit to community leaders, and what support youth feel they need based on their real life experiences. Nekisha has a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from SUNY New Paltz.