About Mike Beard, President Emeritus

Michael K. Beard
President Emeritus
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Mike Beard founded the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) in 1974 and served as president of the organization for several decades. Following his retirement from CSGV, he now serves as President Emeritus and is a member of the Board of Directors.

Before coming to CSGV, Mike was the Executive Director of the Committee for Congressional Reform, Self-Determination for DC and the World Federalist Youth – USA. He has worked for Representative Walter E. Fauntroy (D-DC), Representative Walter Moeller (D-OH), and Senator John F. Kennedy (D-MA).

Mike is a graduate of the American University School of Government and Public Administration and the School of International Service. He resides in the District of Columbia and has two children.

In addition to his work at CSGV, he is currently a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.

About Josh Horwitz, Executive Director

Josh Horwitz
Executive Director
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Joshua Horwitz, J.D., is the Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. He has spent nearly three decades working on gun violence prevention issues.

Josh works to develop cutting-edge ideas and strategies for the gun violence prevention movement. For instance, in 2007, his research and advocacy were instrumental in enacting a first-of-its-kind microstamping law in California. This revolutionary technology allows law enforcement to trace guns from expended cartridge casings left at crime scenes.

In 2009, through his book, Guns, Democracy and the Insurrectionist Idea, published by the University of Michigan Press, Josh was the first to show how the gun lobby’s “Second Amendment remedies” and insurrectionist philosophy are an attack on democracy, the rule of law, and other institutions that keep our country free. Thanks to Josh’s work, the concept of insurrectionism has now become mainstream.

In 2013, Josh helped found the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, a group of mental health and public health experts who examine the intersection of guns and mental health. The Consortium released a set of policy recommendations designed to promote policies that can prevent those at a heightened risk of violent behavior from possessing firearms. One of the Consortium’s recommendations was the basis for California’s first-in-the-nation Gun Violence Restraining Order law (GVRO), which passed in September 2014.

Josh is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his law degree from the George Washington University. He is a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he teaches public health advocacy and is a regular contributor at The Hill. 

About Lori Haas, Senior Director of Advocacy

Lori Haas
Senior Director of Advocacy
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Lori has worked for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) since November 2009 and plays a crucial role in the Commonwealth of Virginia advancing policy, legislation, community and grass roots efforts to reduce gun violence.

After the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, during which her daughter was shot twice and survived, Lori became personally involved in gun violence prevention efforts and is the voice of GVP in Virginia.   She regularly works with the Virginia Congressional delegation in Washington and lobbies extensively at the Virginia General Assembly.  Lori is the leader of the GVP movement in Virginia working with a wide array of constituencies to advance policies and programs to reduce gun violence.   Additionally, she promotes awareness of the issue by speaking publicly and to groups about her family’s experiences with gun violence.

Lori attended Virginia Tech for two years and after a successful career in real estate, Lori volunteered for many neighborhood, church, school, and civic organizations while raising her three children. She was born in Richmond, Virginia, where she currently lives with her husband.  They have three adult children: Emily, Wyatt, and Townley and two grandchildren.

About Dakota Jablon, Director of Federal Affairs

Dakota Jablon
Director of Federal Affairs
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Prior to joining CSGV, Dakota worked as a Congressional staffer for now retired Congressman Henry Waxman and his successor, Congressman Ted Lieu of California. She later worked in state legislative affairs as the Legislator Outreach Associate at the Women In Government Foundation.

Dakota earned her Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where her emphasis was mental health policy. She received her Bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola Marymount University.

Dakota is especially passionate about firearm suicide prevention, destigmatizing the association between gun violence and mental illness, and promoting evidence-based policies. A Los Angeles native, she enjoys traveling, yoga, and supporting the LA Dodgers.

About Jen Pauliukonis, Director of State Affairs

Jen Pauliukonis
Director of State Affairs
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

As Director of State Affairs, Jen is responsible for developing legislative policy support for partner states across the country. She provides and translates research for advocates, stakeholders, and partners to support local efforts throughout the country to reduce gun deaths and injuries.

Prior to her role at CSGV, Jen fed her passion at the local level. She helped start the first Maryland Moms Demand Action chapter in early 2013. She became the Legislative Director of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, a small, grassroots advocacy organization, in 2015 and began leading the organization soon after.

When she is not working to end gun violence, Jen enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with her two kids.

About Chelsea White, Senior Director of Operations

Chelsea White
Senior Director of Operations
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Chelsea White serves as the Senior Director of Operations. She is responsible for overseeing operations of the organization including board management and development; financial, legal and investment activities; and office administration. She also works with the board of directors and senior leadership to oversee strategic design and tactical implementation of program initiatives.

Prior to joining CSGV as the Director of Development & Events, Chelsea held fundraising positions at Wittenberg University and Denison University. Chelsea received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Public Advocacy for Ohio University and a Master of International Corporate Media from Marietta College.

She lives in the DMV area with her husband, daughter, and chocolate lab.

 

About Clare Hogan, Development Associate

Clare Hogan
Development Associate
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Clare is the Development Associate at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), where she directly supports the Senior Director of Operations, Executive Director, and Board of Directors in executing fundraising strategies that will increase organizational revenue and support program growth.

She is further responsible for managing and participating in key fundraising activities including donor relations, direct mail appeals, proposal writing, and special events.

Prior to this, Clare served as a Senior Research Associate with Primary Insight, LLC – a New York-based financial research firm – as well as a Research Associate with the Council on Hemispheric Affairs – a Latin American policy think tank out of Washington, D.C.

Earning a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and Spanish, Clare attended university at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. With this background, she developed a strong interest in the advocacy and nonprofit sectors, which ultimately led her to find her place at CSGV.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Clare enjoys traveling to new places, spending time with family and friends, seeing live music, and exploring all that D.C. has to offer.

About Adam Moses, Office Administrator

Adam Moses
Office Administrator
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Adam graduated from Dickinson College with a major in political science in May of 2018. During his time at Dickinson, he made his passion for gun violence prevention clear. In the summer of 2016 he interned with CSGV and during his final semester of college he elected to complete an independent research project for which he studied the impact of gun violence on women and people of color.

Before joining the team at CSGV, Adam was a Finance and Field Intern with the Jennifer Wexton Campaign for Congress in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. Originally from the Washington D.C. Metro area, Adam is excited to be living in Washington and working with CSGV to alleviate daily amounts of gun violence. He is also thrilled to be living in D.C. because he is a faithful Washington Wizards fan.

About Andrew Patrick, Director of Political Communications

Andrew Patrick
Director of Political Communications
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Andrew Patrick serves as the Director of Political Communications for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV). He directs the organization’s social media strategy, media strategy, press relations, and website development.

Andrew began his work at CSGV in September 2013 as a Virginia organizer. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and a master’s degree in public relations from Kent State University.

Andrew lives in Catonsville, Maryland with his wife, son, daughter, and beagle. He enjoys comedy, sports, television shows, and collecting vinyl records.  Follow Andrew on Twitter.

About Bryan Barks, Director of Strategic Communications

Bryan Barks
Director of Strategic Communications
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Bryan Barks is the Director of Strategic Communications at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.

Bryan has a background in social justice advocacy. Prior to joining CSGV in 2015, she worked for several organizations dedicated to poverty alleviation and legal aid. She also has experience in local government and worked at the Public Information Office in her hometown of Athens, Georgia.

In addition to her work at CSGV, Bryan serves as a member of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance’s Young Adult Council and is passionate about mental health advocacy. She was initially drawn to CSGV’s risk-based approach to gun violence prevention and active efforts to destigmatize mental illness.

Bryan has a BA in political science and international affairs from Georgia College & State University. In her free time, she enjoys writing, freelance editing, and traveling with her husband.

About Kelly E. W. Roskam, Senior Director of Law & Policy

Kelly Roskam
Senior Director of Law & Policy
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Kelly Roskam, J.D., has served at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) since August 2013. In this position, her responsibilities include drafting and analyzing legislation, drafting congressional testimony, legal research and writing, ensuring compliance with federal and state nonprofit laws, maintaining and updating organizational policies and bylaws, and managing human resources.

Prior to joining CSGV as General Counsel, Kelly worked as a Research Assistant at CSGV and interned with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s Legal Action Project.

A Minnesota native, Kelly received her bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She received her Juris Doctor from the Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson School of Law.

About Yasmin Fletcher, Director of Law & Policy

Yasmín Fletcher
Director of Law & Policy

Prior to joining CSGV, Yasmín worked as a Legal Fellow with the DC Public Charter School Board.

Yasmín received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Sport Administration from the University of Miami and her Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to attending law school, she taught 8th grade English as a Teach For America corps member.

Yasmín’s interest in working on gun violence prevention stems from the disproportionate effect gun violence has on impoverished communities, communities of color, and youth.

A Boston native, by way of Prince George’s County, MD, Yasmín currently lives in Washington, DC and enjoys traveling, reading, and volunteering with education entities and in a pro bono capacity.

About Kayla Hicks, Director of African-American & Community Outreach

Kayla Hicks
Director of African-American and Community Outreach
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Kayla Hicks has served as the Director of African-American & Community Outreach for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) since September 2013. She has also served as a State Organizer for Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws (VRGL) and currently leads the Virginia Action Network (VAN). In her positions, she is responsible for the organization’s outreach to impacted communities that are disproportionately affected by gun violence. These communities are also historically underrepresented in the debates on this issue and are often brushed aside by their elected officials.

Kayla seeks to engage these unserved and underserved communities through free workshops that provide the tools necessary to enact real change. Kayla brings more than 25 years of experience organizing diverse groups — union and labor, workforce groups, grassroots efforts, elections, and campaigns — in more than 15 states.

As a gun owner herself, Kayla has a particular interest in responsible firearms ownership. She also has a passion for helping others and volunteers as a victim’s assistance advocate in Virginia. She is dedicated to community service and resides in Virginia, where her husband serves as a law enforcement officer.

About Lauren Footman, Community Engagement Coordinator

Lauren Footman currently serves as a Community Engagement Coordinator at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Before joining the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Lauren has had a diverse career trajectory having worked in human resources, corporate responsibility, and non-profit sectors. During her career, she has gained experience in talent management, implementing diversity and inclusion programs, and coalition building. Moreover, she has worked with local and national organizations on civil rights, and gun violence prevention, working at the intersection of policy, community organizing, and philanthropy. Lauren prides herself on being to foster collaboration among her corporate and nonprofit affiliations, as these institutions understand that society benefits when their efforts are aligned and well resourced.  In her current role is Lauren works to empower and amplify impacted communities, by providing them the tools and resources to cultivate safe and sustainable communities.  A Yeadon, PA native, Lauren received her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College. She is currently perusing her master’s in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania.

About Adelyn Allchin, Senior Director of Public Health & Policy

Adelyn Allchin
Senior Director of Public Health & Policy  
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Adelyn Allchin has served as Director of Public Health at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) since February 2018. Prior to that, she served as a Public Health Analyst at CSGV from June 2015 to January 2018.

Adelyn has five years of professional public health experience, with a background in veteran’s health, clinical research, and social epidemiology. She is passionate about translating research to create, implement, and evaluate evidence-based policies that will improve public health. In particular, she collaborates with a diverse array of researchers, advocates, and mental health practitioners through the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy to develop model policies to destigmatize the association between violence and mental illness by broadening the policy focus to proven risk factors for dangerousness.

Adelyn received a bachelor’s degree in statistics and Italian from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and earned a Master of Public Health with a focus in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2015. In her free time, she enjoys running, photography, and taking improv classes.

About Vicka Chaplin, Director of Research Translation

Vicka Chaplin, MA, MPH
Director of Research Translation Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Vicka Chaplin (pronounced Vee-kah), MA, MPH, is the Director of Research Translation at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV).

Vicka is passionate about pursuing social justice, engaging in diverse collaborations, and implementing evidence-based strategies to effect change and improve public health. She focuses on evidence-based firearm policy and education, research translation, suicide prevention, and advocacy at the state and federal levels.

Vicka brings more than a decade of experience in violence prevention and mental health promotion to her work at CSGV. She has a background in counseling survivors of interpersonal violence; this experience highlighted the critical need for more effective prevention and led to a career in public health specializing in programmatic and policy-based approaches to violence prevention.

A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Vicka is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and earned master’s degrees from Adler University in counseling psychology and the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado – Denver in public health. In addition to her public health career, she has dedicated over 800 hours of service to the Soldiers and families of the US Army.

About Ari Davis, Public Health Fellow

Ari Davis
Public Health Fellow

Ari pursued a Master’s in Public Policy at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he focused on injury and violence prevention. While in graduate school, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Injury Research and a Policy.

Prior to attending graduate school, Ari was a Special Education Teacher with Teach for America in New Orleans, Louisiana. Through his experiences working with youth affected by gun violence, he became a passionate advocate for utilizing and implementing public health policies to reduce gun violence.

About Lisa Geller, Policy Analyst

Lisa Geller
Policy Analyst
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Lisa has served as Policy Analyst at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) since June 2019. She spent two years as CSGV’s External Affairs Associate, from June 2016 to June 2018, before leaving to obtain her Master’s in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

At Hopkins, Lisa’s research focused on health policy, specifically injury and violence prevention. Her capstone paper explored the role of intimate partner violence in mass shootings in the United States.

During her MPH year, Lisa was a research assistant at Hopkins’ Center for Gun Policy and Research, where she worked with the country’s leading gun policy researchers. Her main areas of interest within gun violence prevention are suicide prevention and the intersection between domestic violence and firearms.

Lisa’s time at CSGV began with an internship in the summer of 2015. During her senior year of college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she worked with local advocacy groups to defeat a campus carry bill.

Lisa graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science. She earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) in health policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

In her free time, Lisa enjoys traveling, cooking, and trying new restaurants in DC.

About Aerielle Matsangos, Public Health Fellow

Aerielle Matsangos

Public Health Fellow
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Prior to employment with CSGV, Aerielle worked as a Research Scientist in the fields of Gene Therapy & Wound Healing, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. She also volunteered more than 5 years of service as an Advanced-EMT and Crew Chief, providing advanced life support interventions in emergency crises.

Aerielle earned her Master of Health Science Degree in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During this academic career, she explored health advocacy and policy coursework to then discover an alternative path to apply her passions.

As a native of Baltimore City, Aerielle has personally and professionally witnessed and responded to the impact of gun violence. She is a relentless advocate of transforming evidence-based research into action and policy; and will continue to translate and dedicate her skills as a scientist to Gun Violence Prevention and Public Health.

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