About Mike Beard, President Emeritus

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Mike 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

Travis Vaughn Photography // TravisVaughn.comJosh 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 blogger at the Huffington Post.

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Policy

About T. Christian Heyne, Legislative Director

Travis Vaughn Photography // TravisVaughn.comT. Christian Heyne
Legislative Director
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Christian Heyne has served as a legislative staffer with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) since May 2010. He currently holds the position of Legislative Director.

Christian grew up in Thousand Oaks, California — one of America’s safest cities. He began advocating for stronger gun laws after his parents were shot by a man with a history of violence on Memorial Day 2005 while returning a boat from a holiday vacation. His father survived multiple gunshots, but his mother was killed. In the wake of the tragedy, Christian and his father, Tim, started a chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in Ventura County, where they helped to pass a number of local ordinances, including one that requires individuals to report lost and stolen handguns within the county. While attending California State University, Chico, Christian started the first collegiate chapter of the Brady Campaign. The chapter was able to raise awareness through lie-in events and other campus activities. The chapter also lobbied in the state legislature for bills like AB 1471, which implemented microstamping technology as a crime-solving tool in California.

After receiving a legal studies degree and a paralegal certificate from Chico State, Christian moved to Washington, DC, where he now resides.

About Kelly E. W. Roskam, General Counsel

Kelly Roskam
General Counsel
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Kelly Roskam, J.D., has served as General Counsel 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 Adelyn Allchin, Public Health Analyst

Adelyn Allchin
Public Health Analyst
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Adelyn Allchin has served as a Public Health Analyst at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) since June 2015.

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, Public Health Analyst

Vicka Chaplin, MA, MPH
Public Health Analyst
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Vicka Chaplin (pronounced Vee-kah), MA, MPH, is a Public Health Analyst 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.

Communications

About Andrew Patrick, Media Director

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Media Director
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Andrew Patrick serves as the Media Director 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, Executive Editor

Bryan Barks
Executive Editor
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Bryan Barks is the Executive Editor at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV). Her responsibilities include writing and editing op-eds and blogs, facilitating media coverage, and overseeing the production and publication of organizational materials. Bryan previously served as the Assistant Director of Development.

Prior to joining CSGV in 2015, Bryan worked for several organizations dedicated to poverty alleviation and legal aid. She has also worked as a freelance writer and editor. Bryan earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and international affairs from Georgia College & State University in 2014.

In addition to her work at CSGV, Bryan is the founder and editor-in-chief of a women’s literary art magazine. She has also served 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.

Virginia

About Lori Haas, Virginia State Director

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Virginia State Director
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Lori has worked for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) since January 2010. Though she was originally an organizer, her role has since expanded; she has served as Virginia State Director for years.

After the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, during which her daughter was shot twice and survived, Lori became personally involved in gun violence prevention efforts. She has worked with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Virginia Center for Public Safety, Protest Easy Guns, and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. She regularly lobbies for responsible gun laws on Capitol Hill in Washington and before the Virginia General Assembly. She promotes awareness of the issue by speaking to various groups as a family member of a gun violence survivor.

Lori graduated from Saint Gertrude High School in 1976 and attended Virginia Tech for two years. After a successful career in real estate, Lori volunteered for many neighborhood, church, school, and civic organizations. She was born in Richmond, Virginia, where she currently lives with her husband — a self-employed residential builder. They have three adult children: Emily, Wyatt, and Townley.

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.

Development

About Chelsea White, Director of Development

Chelsea White

Director of Development
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Chelsea White has served as the Director of Development & Events with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) since 2013. Chelsea has nearly a decade of fundraising experience. She directs foundation and donor relations, board relations, plans annual events, manages donor identification, cultivation, and stewardship, and assists with budget development.

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 from Ohio University and a Master of International Corporate Media from Marietta College.

Lisa Geller, External Affairs Associate

Lisa Geller
External Affairs Associate
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Lisa Geller is the External Affairs Associate at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV). In her position, she assists the development and communications teams.

A Washington, DC native, Lisa had the opportunity to intern for CSGV before joining the staff full time in July 2016. She graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science with a specific focus on American government and constitutional law.

While in Madison, Lisa was able to work with local gun violence prevention groups to help defeat a campus carry bill.

When she is not working on gun violence prevention, Lisa enjoys cooking, traveling, and playing with her dog, Maddie.

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