Meet our Board of Directors (2014-16)
Manuel Abril is a prevention educator in video/art programming and community organizing at Our Family Services. He has worked as sexual violence prevention educator for 7 years with Safe Streets AZ and developed social creativity projects with Hey Baby | Art Against Sexual Violence and ACT OUT youth film program. Manuel has a Master of Arts in Performance Studies as well as a Master of Fine Art in Performance/Video/Computer Arts. He is an artist and researches the relationships between organizational performance, technical performance, cultural performativity and social presentation.
Maureen Evans Arthurs is the Wellness Coordinator at Howard Community College where she manages health education and prevention programs for students. She has worked for several domestic and International advocacy organizations focused on equity, women’s empowerment and access to educational and professional resources. She attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she studied gender and women’s studies and political science. While at UMBC, she was a McNair Research Fellow and conducted a qualitative study on the community experiences of African American adolescent girls in Baltimore County. She is a dedicated community advocate and is passionate about making communities safer for all. Maureen will begin graduate school in Spring 2015 to pursue a Master’s in social work with an emphasis on social and education policy.
Elizabeth Bolton is the managing editor for the American Association of University Women, where she oversees the production of almost all communications materials for the organization. Prior to joining AAUW, she reported on federal labor law, sexual harassment in schools, and grants for Thompson Publishing Group. She holds a master’s degree in public policy with a focus in women’s studies from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University. As a runner, she hopes to help create a world in which all women feel free to run on streets and trails wherever and whenever they want.
Holly Kearl founded Stop Street Harassment first as a website and companion blog in 2008. Next she wrote the book Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women (Praeger Publisher, 2010). Since then, she’s given more than 125 talks around the world about this issue and has received widespread media attention for her comprehensive work around ending street harassment. In spring 2011, she founded International Anti-Street Harassment Day, which, became International Anti-Street Harassment Week in 2012. From 2007-2013 she also worked as a program manager full time for the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a women’s equity nonprofit based in Washington, DC. Currently, she works as a consultant to UN Women and One World Education and as a part-time facilitator for The OpEd Project. She received a Master’s degree from George Washington University and degrees in history and women’s studies from Santa Clara University.
Laura S. Logan is an educator, researcher and activist with a long history of activism to end violence against marginalized people. Laura is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hastings College. Her recent research focuses on street harassment and intersecting inequalities. A native Nebraskan who currently lives in Hastings, NE, Laura has studied street harassment in small towns and large cities in Midwest U.S. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2006 then attended Kansas State University where she earned a Master in Sociology in 2008, a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies in 2009, and a PhD in Sociology in 2013. Her research and teaching interests include inequalities, gender and sexualities, institutional racism, intersectionality, criminology, social movements, and political sociology. Her published work has examined lesbian social networks, gendered organizations, the New Jersey 7, and street harassment. Her most recent project is a study of street harassment and fear of rape among queer women. Laura joins the board with an eye to helping grow the anti-street harassment movement so that public space becomes safe space for all people. Her website is http://www.lauraslogan.com/.
Erin McKelle is an activist, writer, and feminist organizer from Cleveland, Ohio. She will soon be a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in Women and Gender Studies. She has written for a variety of publications including The Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, and RH Reality Check and also worked for a variety of non-profit organizations, such as Adios Barbie, BACHE, and Scenarios USA. She is currently serving as the Communications Coordinator for her university’s LGBT center and as an intern for YTH. She was previously a blog correspondent and a social media volunteer for Stop Street Harassment before joining the board.
A native of Pennsylvania, Patrick Ryne McNeil works in communications at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, where he writes on a range of social justice issues. After completing a bachelor’s degree in English and Communications with a minor in Sociology at Marymount University in Arlington, VA, Patrick went on to The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. for a master’s in Women’s Studies, where he wrote his thesis on the street harassment of gay and bisexual men. Patrick has written for the Huffington Post, Washington Blade, Feministe, Fem2.0, Role/Reboot, and the Stop Street Harassment blog, and was awarded SSH’s Safe Public Spaces Trailblazer award in 2013 for his street harassment-related work.
Lindsey Middlecamp is a Minneapolis-based attorney who brings trained advocacy to the courtroom and wider activism throughout her community. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College and a J.D. and Masters of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. When she isn’t litigating complex disputes or haranguing harassers, Lindsey enjoys taking cases that allow her to address structural inequalities related to poverty, housing, and discrimination through the Federal Pro Se Litigants Program and the Volunteer Lawyers Network. She is a member of the 2014-2015 class of Leadership Twin Cities and was recently named a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers. In 2014, Lindsey launched Cards Against Harassment to address her own experiences with street harassment, and since then, she has looked for additional ways to lend her voice and energy to help others experiencing gender and other identity-based violence and inequalities.
Layla Moughari is a Program Associate at the Women’s Learning Partnership, where she coordinates joint women’s rights programs in Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine, and Turkey. She also is the coordinator of the International Women’s Democracy Network, a network of civil society actors and activists committed to increasing women’s civic and political participation. Previously, Layla was a Policy Analyst with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Layla is committed to eradicating violence against women and ending street harassment in the US and internationally. Most recently, during International Anti-Street Harassment week in March she spoke on a panel about the similarities between street harassment in Tehran, Iran and in DC. Layla has a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Women’s Studies from the George Washington University and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida.
Maliyka Muhammad holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health, from Hofstra University, and a Master of Arts in Community Health Education from Brooklyn College. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters in Public Health with a certification in Health Policy, from Benedictine University. Since her undergraduate days, the pursuit of equality for those who could not effectively advocate for themselves has been a passion of hers. Currently, she is employed for the State of New York as a Disability Analyst. She has been called on frequently to speak on health related topics. On a volunteer basis, she is the director for a local Stork’s Nest program, which is a national project between Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and March of Dimes, which focuses on decreasing the number of premature births. She is also a member of the Junior League of Brooklyn and recently started working with their Business Etiquette Workshop; which teaches teenagers how to properly navigate the workplace. In addition to serving in her elected positions in Zeta Phi Beta and The Junior League, she also holds positions in The Greater New York Inter-Alumni Council for the UNCF, and the Hofstra University Black/Hispanic Alumni. As a woman of color, who has personally been subjected to public harassment, those experiences, coupled with her education in health science at the undergraduate and graduate level; and her extensive work in the service of public health makes her uniquely qualified advocate for those women who also have been subject to street harassment.
Emily Roper is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Sam Houston State University. She obtained her doctoral degree in Cultural Studies with specialization in Sport Studies from the University of Tennessee. Emily’s research focuses on gender, sexuality and sport. In particular, she has examined the representation of physically active girls in children’s and young adult literature, attitudes toward LGBT athletes, LGBT-friendly sport spaces, and social and environmental barriers women and girls face engaging in outdoor physical activity. She is currently examining the experiences of street harassment among female and male collegiate cross country runners and the prevalence and experiences of street harassment among female and male exercisers in urban, rural, and suburban communities. Emily is incredibly excited to serve on the Stop Street Harassment Board.
Lani Shotlow-Rincon is the Director of Marketing and PR for the Pasadena Symphony & POPS, where she is responsible for overseeing the strategic marketing direction of the organization. She holds a Bachelor’s in Communication and a Masters of Communication Management with dual emphases in Marketing Communication and Health and Social Change Communication from the University of Southern California. As part of her graduate coursework, she developed a design for Stop Street Harassment “My Name is NOT Hey Baby,” that was recently featured in the SAGE textbook Gender in Communication by Helen Palczewski and Victoria Pruin DeFrancisco. Frequently, she volunteers her time and marketing expertise to women’s health and rights organizations in the Greater Los Angeles area. Lani is excited to join the SSH Board, and is passionate about working towards creating a world where women and men are safe from gender based harassment.