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The Force behind
the Army of Survivors

 

As survivors of sexual abuse, we were joined together through incredibly traumatic circumstances. We lifted each other up when we were in our darkest moments and now we want to be the support all survivors of sexual assault and abuse desperately need.

Created by survivors of Michigan State University, USAG, and USOC, The Army of Survivors came from a diverse pool of athletes competing at all levels: gymnasts, divers, runners, softball players, volleyball players, and more. Our unique history allows us to bring awareness to the systematic problem of sexual abuse of athletes; our goal is to end this culture of abuse by ensuring all parties are held accountable, creating transparency in reporting, building an environment where athletes do not fear retaliation when reporting abuse, and advocating for change to protect survivors.


Board of Directors

 
 
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Grace French

President | Director of Communications & Research

Grace is a marketing coordinator, change agent, advocate, and passionate plant mom. She received her Bachelors in Business Administration at the Ross School of Business, and a minor in dance at the University of Michigan. Currently she works in downtown Detroit at Shinola Detroit. Besides her work, Grace enjoys dancing, traveling, trying out new coffee shops, and playing with her puppy Bentley.

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Olivia Venuto

Treasurer | Creative & Marketing Director

Olivia is a graphic designer with a background in the architecture & planning industry and currently works in downtown Detroit. Her career in design began at Michigan State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Advertising and Design. Olivia’s weekends are occupied by road trips with her boyfriend, Terry, and spending time with her family and friends. Olivia enjoys traveling, spending time with loved ones, drinking Moscow Mules, and purchasing plants.

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Dr. Danielle Moore

Board Director | Mental Health Advisor

Dr. Moore is a Crisis Clinician with experience in individual and group psychotherapy, diagnostic assessment, and trauma therapy. Dr. Moore completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology at ISPP, Master’s degree in forensic psychology at the University of North Dakota, and her undergraduate degree in psychology at Central Michigan University.

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Louise Harder

Board Director | Strategist

Louise Harder has a degree in Wellness and Health Promotion and has over 2 years professional experience creating, planning, implementing, and evaluating prevention programming. Her personal experience with sexual violence, degree skill set, and passion for helping others will guide her as the strategist on The Army of Survivors. She looks forward to supporting other survivors and changing society through resources, advocacy, and education.

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Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

Board Director

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina was elected to the 30th Circuit Court for Ingham County in November of 2008. Previously, she served as a 55th District Court Judge for 4 years in her capacity as Chief Judge as well as the Sobriety Court Judge. During this time, Judge Aquilina founded and established the Ingham County Sobriety Court Foundation to assist those in recovery.

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Senator Curtis Hertel Jr.

Board Director

Curtis Hertel Jr. was elected in 2014 to serve Michigan’s 23rd Senate district, which encompasses most of Ingham County. Prior to his time in the State Senate, Hertel served as an Ingham County Commissioner from 2001 until 2008, the Legislative Liaison for the Department of Community Health under Governor Granholm from 2005 until 2008, and Ingham County Register of Deeds from 2009 until 2015.

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Alexander s. Rusek

Board Director

Alexander S. Rusek is an associate attorney with White Law PLLC in Okemos, Michigan. Mr. Rusek’s practice focuses on complex mass action and class action civil litigation, business law & litigation, criminal law, and appellate law. He is a graduate of Oakland University and Michigan State University College of Law, cum laude. Mr. Rusek is a board member of the Ingham County Bar Association, Immediate Past-President of the Ingham County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, board member of the Michigan State University College of Law Alumni Association, Chairperson and former Treasurer of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners Equal Opportunity Committee, member of the Rotary Club of Lansing, and Democratic Precinct Delegate for Lansing’s Ward 1, Precinct 6.


The Army of Survivors Chairs

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Jennica Lurie

Development & Communications

Jennica is a passionate people person with a Bachelor’s in Journalism from Ohio University specializing in Strategic Communication. She currently lives in Austin, Texas where she works at Indeed and spends much of her time paddle boarding and enjoying live concerts. When she's not busy helping people get jobs, she likes to travel and play with other peoples’ dogs.

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Natalie Hawkins

Graphic Design

Natalie is a visual and user experience design consultant for tech startups, nonprofits, and small businesses. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with concentrations in graphic design and photography from Michigan State University. She is a new homeowner and welcomed her first baby, James, in January of 2019.

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Megan Ginter

Social Media & Public Relations

Megan is currently pursuing a degree in Health Sciences with a minor in political science at Ohio State University. In addition to school, Megan works as a hospital advocate for sexual assault survivors in Central Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her two kittens Jasper and Toby.

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Lyndsy Gamet

Grant Procurement

Lyndsy is currently employed as a Stakeholder Manager at Elder Law of Michigan and has her Bachelors in Business Administration. At Elder Law, she helps individuals amplify their voice through advocacy and direct assistance. She also volunteers as an ambassador for CHILD USA and looks forward to creating an environment where survivors feel safe and encouraged to share their stories as the Grant Procurement Chair for The Army of Survivors.

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Melissa Hudecz

Reporting & Research

Melissa is an occupational therapist in Grand Rapids, MI, where she has specialized in NICU. She graduated with her masters degree from Grand Valley State University. She is a retired professional ballerina. Melissa is mother to a joyful toddler, and is looking forward to life as a mom of two beginning summer 2019.


The Army of Survivors Leads

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Angelika McGhee

Reporting & Research

Angelika received a Bachelors degree in Emergency Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 and is currently a paramedic and Registered Nurse. The human heart fascinates her due to its strength, resilience, and endurance - qualities that are also found in her sister survivors. In her free time, she loves yoga, spending time with family, traveling, and learning how to cook.

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Katherine Gordon

Social Media & Public relations

Katherine is currently pursuing a degree in marketing at the Ross School of Business and a minor in Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She brings creativity and passion for connecting with others to The Army of Survivors team. Outside of her studies and professional endeavors, she enjoys photography and yoga.