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Anne K. Ream

Anne K. Ream

Founder & Creative Director

Anne K. Ream is a Chicago-based writer and the founder of the Voices and Faces Project , an award-winning storytelling project created to bring the testimonies of survivors of gender-based violence to the attention of the public. The author of “Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors”...
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R. Clifton Spargo

R. Clifton Spargo

Testimonial Writing Workshop Creator & Instructor

R. Clifton Spargo, author of Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, is a novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic. A graduate of the doctoral program in literature at Yale University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Clifton has published fiction in journals
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Christa Desir

Christa Desir

Founding Member & Board Chair

A feminist, former rape victim advocate, lover of coffee and chocolate, and head of her local PTA, Christa is a founding member of The Voices and Faces Project. Her debut Young Adult novel, Fault Line (Simon and Schuster), was conceived during our very first Voices and Faces Project testimonial
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Katie Feifer

Katie Feifer

Research Director & CounterQuo Project Leader

With more than 10 years working as an activist on the issue of sexual assault and over 30 years of research experience, Katie's professional background and passionate commitment to survivors has made her a much-valued member of Voices and Faces Project team, and our CounterQuo Project...
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Aimee Bravo-Noffsinger

Aimee Bravo-Noffsinger

Founding Member & Creative Initiatives Advisor

One of the project's first volunteers, Aimee is now responsible for our social entrepreneurship program, team meetings, and volunteer network. Most recently, she played a key role in the development of "The Ugly Truth," our End Demand Illinois anti-trafficking campaign. This multi-media...
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Nobuko Nagaoka

Nobuko Nagaoka

Art Director

One of the first survivors of sexual violence to share her story with The Voices and Faces Project, Nobuko has been with our organization since its inception. "I first became involved because Anne and Patricia approached me about sharing my story, " says Nobuko. "That experience was intense and powerful – and at times, it was painful. But somewhere inside I felt that going back and remembering the rape I had survived was important. Staying silent, leaving things under the rug is never good. I have seen that over and over again in my life, and on this project."

After sharing her story Nobuko decided she wanted to also share her skills. A creative director by trade, and a designer by passion, she manages our e-newsletter series (to subscribe, click here), serves as the strategic design director for voicesandfaces.org, and is the mastermind behind our "Support a Survivor" e-greeting card series. "I think great design has more power than most people realize," says Nobuko. "If we can get people to take a second look at our website or our e-newsletter, they will often take the time to encounter the survivor stories we are here to share. Talking about a social justice issue is the ultimate communications challenge. This isn't just marketing, it's a mission."
Janet Goldblatt Holmes

Janet Goldblatt Holmes

Writing Workshop Outreach Coordinator

Janet Goldblatt Holmes was first introduced to The Voices and Faces Project in 2006. “Something 'triggered,' in a good way, when I found this organization and this community," Janet says today. A sexual violence survivor who had been silent about the
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Javier Otero

Javier Otero

Digital Technology Associate

Javier Otero joined The Voices and Faces Project as Technology Partner in early 2015. His goal is to improve the use of technology and social media in the organization to increase the reach of its mission. He is a passionate feminist, looking to make ripples in an industry
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Emalee Windle

Emmalee Windle

Social Media Associate

Emmalee Windle first discovered the Voices and Faces Project during a course at Northwestern University, in which she read Lived Through This and Christa Desir's Fault Line. She had been writing about her own experiences with gender violence for many years and had published her...
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Michelle Lugalia-Hollon

Michelle Lugalia-Hollon

Founding Member

Michelle Lugalia-Hollon is a program associate at Polk Bros. Foundation, and one of the earliest members of The Voices and Faces Project. Most recently Michelle was part of the 4 member team that led our Voices and Faces Project/Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy Workshop,
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Patricia Evans

Patricia Evans

Founding Member and Photographer

Patricia is a documentary photographer based in Chicago. Since 1998, she has been photographing the "transformation of public housing" on South State Street in Chicago, including portraits of residents, their apartments, and the ongoing demolition. Since 1999, she has also
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Deb Andrews

Deb Andrews

Development and Communications Partner

Debbie Andrews is a marketing and communications expert, whose experience spans from the non-profit world to the private sector, including a stint at a division of Ogilvy and Mather, one of the largest advertising agencies in the world. Debbie moves comfortably between the
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Charlotte Pierce-Baker

Charlotte Pierce-Baker

Founding Member & Literary Advisor

Charlotte Pierce-Baker, Ph.D. is an author, activist and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and English at Vanderbilt University. In 2008 Professor Pierce-Baker was selected as a "Fellow" in the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities to study in the area of trauma. During 2008-2009 she served as Interim Director of Women's and Gender Studies at Vanderbilt.

Professor Pierce-Baker's groundbreaking first book, Surviving the Silence: Black Women's Stories of Rape (W.W. Norton, 1998), provides a forum for the heretofore-muted voices of African American women surviving the trauma of sexual violence. Praised by Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison as "A book of such intelligent humanity its shocks strengthen us, and its terrors enlighten us," Surviving the Silence challenges public stereotypes and private secrecy, while honoring and understanding those who choose to remain silent. Professor Pierce-Baker is a founding member of The Voices and Faces Project, a national documentary initiative that seeks to bring the stories of sexual violence survivors to the attention of the public. Through her work with The Voices and Faces Project – and through her own testimony – Charlotte speaks truth to both power and perpetrator, calling the culture to action.

Professor Pierce-Baker has served on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania, Delaware University, and Duke University, and has published essays and commentary on literature and pedagogy in a variety of journals and periodicals. She has been an active volunteer with victim-survivor services at Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) in Philadelphia. While at Duke University, where she was a Full Research Professor in Women's Studies and English, Professor Pierce-Baker participated in activities of the Women's Center and served as liaison between the Center and the Women's Studies Program. Her teaching continues in the areas of Contemporary African American Women Writers; Applied Linguistics, and newly designed courses in the area of Gender, Trauma and Violence. Three of her courses at Duke became popular in the undergraduate curriculum offerings: Feminisms in Black and White, Black Language and Culture, and Women Writing Trauma.

Since the publication of Surviving the Silence, Professor Pierce-Baker has continued to travel and lecture on issues of black women and sexual assault. She has taken the topic of rape into the classroom with her course on women and trauma. Finding and creating a language is, for her, the first step in acknowledging and documenting the "colonization of the body of woman." Professor Pierce-Baker has been honored for her book, her dedication, and taking her work into the classroom: The Rainbow Sisters Project – a feminist, multi-racial advocacy organization based in Los Angeles, presented her with a "Voice Award" in 1998. The Women's Centers at Duke and at Vanderbilt honored her with the "Vagina Warrior Award" for her activist work and celebration of women. She resides in Nashville with her husband who is also on faculty at Vanderbilt.
Yianna Bouyioukou

Yianna Bouyioukou

Project Latina Designer

Award-winning architect Yianna Bouyioukou has built her career around design in all its forms. A member of our "Project Latina" lead team, and the designer of our first Spanish-language sexual violence survivor story-focused website, Yianna believes that good design opens doors to great discussions. "I always loved what The Voices and Faces Project was doing. The site in its current form is so compelling. But we all agreed that reaching Latinas, and other Spanish-speaking women and men, was critical. The critical question in creating our Spanish-language outreach program has been, what can we build on from the English-language sites and outreach program? And where should be make changes that speak more powerfully to Latinas? Having a diverse team driving this discussion has been really important."

Yianna earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Southern California Institute of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles, on a full scholarship. Her work at UCLA landed Yianna an Associate position at Barton Myers and Associates. Most recently, Bouyioukou served as Project Architect for the firm's Montecito Residence in California. It was selected by Architectural Record Magazine (May 2011) as one of only six houses from all over the world demonstrating innovative design. The winner of three AIA (American Institute of Architects) Los Angeles Design Awards, Yianna was recently named one of Greek America's "40 Under 40."
Caity-Shae Violette

Caity-Shea Violette

Copywriter & Social Media Consultant

Caity-Shea Violette is a writer and actor based in Chicago, IL. Her work has been seen in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Minneapolis, NYC, Toronto, Denver, and Chicago. A Minnesota Native, she holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Minnesota,
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Xiomy Rodriguez-Fahs

Xiomy Rodriguez-Fahs

Survivor Outreach Coordinator

Xiomy is a native of the Dominican Republic who still returns regularly to her family and home in the Caribbean. "I grew up in a world that is very different than the one I live in now. Chicago is a long way from the ‘DR.' But the earliest lessons that my mother taught me – to be true to myself, to be positive, and to stand up for myself and others – are lessons that I call on every day in this work connecting our organization with survivors." Xiomy has more than 12 years of management experience and, along with her efforts on behalf of The Voices and Faces Project, she serves as a team coordinator at the University of Chicago Research Administration (URA). It is work that reinforces – and is reinforced by – her efforts on our project. "My work at University of Chicago is about people – making sure that if they take part in our research projects, they are treated with dignity," says Xiomy. "At The Voices and Faces Project, I do something very similar. Interacting with survivors and representing their interests when they reach out to our project is such an honor for me. With every new contact I am touched and humbled by the strength of women. And I am so grateful for their voices." "This work never grows old," Xiomy notes. "Every day is a new learning experience because of the people I work with and especially the survivors who want to be part of The Voices and Faces Project. They are sharing their stories to help other survivors. It's rewarding to know that this could be a healing experience for them, even as they work to change the world for all of us."
Alisa Roadcup

Alisa Roadcup

Advisory Board Member

Alisa joined The Voices and Faces Project in 2008 after meeting The Project's founder, Anne K. Ream and being incredibly inspired by The Project's creative vision. After graduate school, Alisa worked for Amnesty International's Urgent Action Network as a...
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