Speakers

Dr. Crystal Miller

Dr. Crystal Miller
Systemwide Director for Leadership Development
California State University
 

Dr. Crystal Miller is the Systemwide Director for Leadership Development in the California State University (CSU). She serves as an executive coach and facilitator leading and designing professional programs for the faculty, staff and administrators of the CSU. Her work in leadership development is grounded, socially conscious and focuses on women in leadership, inclusive leadership, human development, group dynamics and global society. Among her notable credentials and achievements, she holds her doctorate in leadership from the University of San Diego, is a certified yoga and meditation teacher and has been trained by Public Conversations West as a dialogue facilitator. Mindfulness and dialogue are practices she draws upon to enhance the exploration of self, purpose and inclusive leadership. She has been recognized by Forbes, Dell and the International Leadership Association for her work. Dr. Miller has led development programs for a wide range of companies like Nike, the U.S. Marine Corps and US Bank.

 

 

 


Ebony WilliamsEbony Williams, MFA, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist
 

Ebony Williams is a licensed marriage and family trauma therapist in Los Angeles, CA where she supports survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence through individual and group therapy. She also leads trauma-informed yoga as a certified trauma-informed yoga instructor and leads a domestic violence group for black women titled, “Still I Rise.” Ebony earned a master’s of fine arts degree in Writing from the California Institute of the Arts and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, specializing in African-American family studies, from Pacific Oaks College. Her experience includes providing advocacy, education and support around LGBTQIA identity, providing therapy for survivors of sexual violence at the YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Center, as well as children and their families through Almansor Clinical Services. In her other work, Ebony develops and facilitates interactive trainings around such topics as bias awareness, supporting queer sexual assault survivors of color, consent and kink culture and supporting black sexual assault survivors. Ebony is the founder of the Ragdoll Project, an interdisciplinary healing arts project that uses doll making and writing to help facilitate healing from trauma. She also is the creator of Root Wellness Healing, a holistic space where she offers individual trauma-informed therapy services, yoga sessions, meditation and occassional small group community workshops.

 

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Adjunct Faculty 
California State University, Los Angeles
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Temporary imageJean Wang, MSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
California State University, Los Angeles
 

Jean Wang is a Faculty Counselor and Mental Health First Aid Instructor for Counseling and Psychological Services at Cal State LA. She has worked as a Crisis Counselor at the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica and is trained in the Trauma Resilience Model (TRM) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Jean has presented on sexual assault prevention to students on campus and served as a panelist on the Title IX: Know your Rights event hosted by the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center.  

 

Dr. Charan RanganathDr. Charan Ranganath
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

University of California, Davis

Dr. Charan Ranganath is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of California at Davis (UCD). His research is focused on characterizing the neural mechanisms of memory in healthy individuals and how these processes go awry in patients with memory disorders. His group uses multiple methods to examine memory, including magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography, electrocorticography, eye movement monitoring and transcranial direct current stimulation. In addition to studying basic mechanisms of memory, Dr. Ranganath’s lab studies how memory is affected by emotion, stress, curiosity and motivation. The lab also studies how memory changes with healthy aging and how memory is affected by disorders such as epilepsy, stroke, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. Finally, his lab is using their basic science advances to develop new approaches to improve education and enhance memory in both healthy individuals and in patients with memory disorders.

Dr. Ranganath has served on several review panels for the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation, as well as advising for numerous private foundations and foreign funding agencies. He has served as an editor for major neuroscience journals (NeuroImage and the Journal of Neuroscience). He was recognized as a Visiting Professor and Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK and a Sage Center Distinguished Fellow. His awards include the Samuel Sutton Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution to Human ERPs and Cognition, the Young Investigator Award from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, a DoD Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Award and a Guggenheim fellowship. His research is currently funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Aging, the Office of Naval Research and Air Force Research Labs.

 


Dr. Teri D. DavisDr. Teri D. Davis
Psychologist
Epiphany Consulting Services
 

Dr. Teri D. Davis is an assistant professor at the APA accredited Chicago School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles. She is also faculty at Cal State University, Fullerton where she lectures in the departments of Health Science and Ethnic Studies. Dr. Davis presently teaches research methods, basic and intermediate statistics, cognitive-behavioral therapie, interdisciplinary psychology for children and adults and biological bases of behavior.

 Dr. Davis is also a licensed clinical psychologist with over fifteen (15) years of offering evidence-based treatments for a wide-range of mental health concerns including anxiety, PTSD, depression, substance abuse as well as sexual trauma. She has a thriving private practice in downtown Los Angeles that specializes in treating these conditions in couples, women, including women of color and military populations with formal training in women Veterans and military-related mental health care. Recent clinical and training expertise focuses on interdisciplinary psychology, which integrates mental health specialists into primary care settings.

Dr. Davis is establishing a line of research that investigates how to better the treatment of depression and relative mental health conditions in primary care settings. She also studies sexual trauma and resulting mental health conditions in culturally diverse populations, largely including women. To date, she has published twelve (12) peer-reviewed journal articles and has numerous conference presentations on these topics.

Dr. Davis received her PhD in clinical psychology from Jackson State University in Mississippi, with pre-doctoral training at Brown University and Indiana University-School of Medicine, Section of Psychiatry and Psychology. Dr. Davis completed two post-doctoral fellowships in advanced psychology and research at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences/VA Medical Center and UCLA/West LA VA medical center.

 


Dr. Stephany Powell

Dr. Stephany Powell
Executive Director
Journey Out
 

Dr. Stephany Powell retired from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) as a Vice Sergeant and accepted the leadership role at Journey Out in October 2013. Dr. Powell has worked in the area of domestic human sex trafficking for approximately ten (10) years. Her expertise in this area began when she was a Sergeant within the LAPD, in charge of a vice unit. The vice unit had the responsibility to investigate crimes of prostitution and sex-related slavery. She has led education and awareness workshops to various audiences of law enforcement, prosecutors, communities and educators across the country. Dr. Powell has spoken before the California Congressional Legislative committee in the State Capitol and addressed the Texas Legislative Black Caucus in Austin, Texas. Since 2013 she has educated approximately six thousand people. She has received numerous awards and recognition from Los Angeles County and City officials, as well as the Women of the NAACP, Masonic organizations, community organizations and her beloved chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Dr. Powell is clearly the recognized expert on the subject of human trafficking. Her most recent accomplishment was her ability to convince the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) to allow her to train their entire department (3,500) on how to identify both minor and adult victims of human trafficking. Dr. Powell recognized that these first responders would be the first point of contact for many victims still in captivity and their ability to recognize these victims in a timely matter could save lives. As a result of the training, the LAFD for the first time, has a policy and protocol for identifying and assisting victims of both labor and human sex trafficking. 

In addition to her LAPD tenure and executive position at Journey Out, Stephany is a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership. She facilitates Team Building and Executive Leadership workshops for the Fire and Police departments. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of La Verne an Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Dr. Powell’s expertise on the subject of race and law enforcement, has been showcased in documentaries, local newspapers and magazines. She was most recently highlighted in the PBS documentary “And Still I Rise,” by Dr. Henry Louis Gates. Dr. Powell has also been featured on HLN Chris Cuomo and the California Educator (June/July 2018) for her expertise in Human Trafficking. 

 


Vince W. FinaldiVince W. Finaldi, Esq.
Partner

Manly, Stewart & Finaldi

Mr. Finaldi's practice is concentrated on litigation of civil actions involving sexual harassment, assault, exploitation, molestation and abuse in educational, sports, familial, recreational, employment, religious and other settings and actions involving violation of civil rights. A highly skilled sexual abuse trial lawyer with numerous substantial verdicts to his name—and a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated litigator ranked at the highest level of professional excellence—Mr. Finaldi has successfully tried and litigated multiple significant, national media-garnering sexual assault claims at the trial, appellate and Supreme Court levels, helping to define the liability and duties of these entities with respect to such claims.
 

Mr. Finaldi’s practice extends beyond litigation to Marsy's Law representation of victim-witnesses in criminal proceedings, consultation on sexual abuse matters throughout the U.S. and Europe, participation in community outreach and training and advocacy for changes to legislation for the protection of children and vulnerable adults. Mr. Finaldi has been a featured legal commentator on sexual abuse issues in television, radio and print media, including in-depth investigative reports by Brian Ross of ABC's 20/20, HDNet's Dan Rather Reports, CNN and most of the major media outlets.

 


Genie HarrisonGenie Harrison, Esq.
Trial Attorney
Genie Harrison Law Firm
 

Genie has been acknowledged with rare distinction: she has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers List in Plaintiff’s Employment litigation for eleven years in a row (2009-2019), for which only five percent (5%) of all attorneys in the state qualify in any single year. For four (4) years in a row, 2016-2019, Genie Harrison has been listed on the list of Top 10 Super Lawyers in Southern California.

In 2018, Genie Harrison was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California — across all categories of law. She is also one of only two (2) women lawyers in the state of California named by the Daily Journal as one of the state’s Top Labor and Employment lawyers for eight (8) years (2009-2013, 2016-2018). She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, as has her law firm, for her work in Plaintiff’s Employment Litigation.

Genie gives of her time and expertise generously each year teaching litigation and trial skills to other lawyers through her volunteer work on boards and committees of various trial lawyer organizations and through publishing articles locally and nationally.

 


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Araceli Vargas
University Police Detective
California State University, Los Angeles
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Temporary imageSandra Lopez
Detective
Los Angeles Police Department