John is currently the Vice President of Compensation and Benefits for General Dynamics where he oversees the executive compensation, health and wellness programs for about 100,000 employees across the US and internationally. Prior to joining General Dynamics, he was the head of Total Rewards and Performance Management for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (the sovereign wealth fund) in Abu Dhabi. John’s career prior to ADIA includes consulting on behalf of two large benefits consulting firms and as a Partner with the global accounting firms of Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. His career was primarily in the New York City region before coming to the DC area in late 2014. John has contributed to the not for profit arena as an advisory board member to the Women’s Club of White Plains in its charitable mission and in Abu Dhabi for Operation Smile and Make a Wish Foundation. John has his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany and a Juris Doctor from St. John’s Law University. He is a member of the New York State Bar.
Chrisi West is a digital communications manager focused on nonprofit engagement and advocacy. She has worked on electronic communications, websites, social media, and online advocacy for a number of nonprofits, both as a staff member and a volunteer, and leads trainings for campaign volunteers, students, and advocates on social media ethics and using social networking tools for activism. She received a B.A. in Rhetorical Criticism from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Ms. West is an aspiring writer who is passionate about literacy and education for at-risk youth, women’s health issues, and voter participation.
Toni started her career in 1988 as a Case Manager for homeless families in Montgomery County. After becoming Program Manager for Homeless Services, she developed an expertise in working with women and adolescent girls impacted by trauma. During the course of her thirty-year human services career, she has implemented and directed many programs focused on serving the needs of women and children impacted by trauma. She created the House of Ruth Maryland’s Baxter Center for Women and Children, served as Director of Montgomery County’s Shelter for Battered Women and Director of Outreach Services for Family and Children Services in Howard County Maryland. She also co-founded Intuitions, LLC, a private counseling center for Women and Children in Baltimore, Maryland. She provided trauma recovery services to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana and in April, 2006, she was appointed by the County Executive to serve on Montgomery County’s Board of Victim Services. She was elected co-chair of the Board in June, 2010. She served on the Board for four terms, until June 2011 when she moved to Northern Virginia.
Toni worked as Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services for So Others Might Eat, Inc., a large non-profit in the District of Columbia, until she became an employee of the District of Columbia. During her tenure with the District, Toni led the effort at the Child and Family Services Agency to become a domestic violence informed child welfare agency, and served as the Deputy Director of Victim Services in the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants. Two years ago, Toni became Director of Fairfax County’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Services and was recently appointed to the State Advisory Board on Sexual and Domestic Violence.
She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Master’s of Science in Clinical Community
Counseling from John’s Hopkins University. She is also trained in EMDR, an evidence-based
practice used to treat victims of psychological trauma. She is an effective speaker and has
facilitated numerous trainings and workshops on trauma, vicarious trauma and self-care. She
has a deep passion and dedication for looking at historical and systemic oppression and how it
intensifies the already devastating impacts of psychological, spiritual, emotional and physical
Toni is married to Bruce Moody and together, they have seven children, two grandchildren and
an elderly dog.
Dr. Caira Woods, Ph.D. is Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, she develops and advances the foundation’s U.S. Economic Mobility and Opportunity strategy, a national effort to increase the number and range of actors committed to dramatically increasing mobility from poverty. Dr. Woods oversees investment portfolios dedicated to improving public understanding of mobility barriers and solutions as well as enabling greater coordination in the field. Prior to joining the foundation, Dr. Woods served in senior advisory roles at the White House and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, she provided leadership on policy priorities including opioids, advancing equity and empowerment, HIV/AIDS, and violence against women. In addition, Dr. Woods previously held positions at the U.S. House of Representatives; National Institutes of Health; and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Woods is a proud alumna of New York University and Spelman College, and serves on the boards of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center and Thompson-Markward Hall.
Born in NYC to Jamaican Immigrant parents and raised in Saint Petersburg, FL, Kassie May Edwards graduated from the Florida State University in 2010 with a B.A. in African American Studies.
Her eagerness to help young people became a focus after noticing the lack of a culturally diverse curriculum in public school systems. That led her to be an AmeriCorps Museum Educator at Providence Children’s Museum.
After serving her community, Kassie wanted a meaningful job that would further advance her ideas in community engagement. Since moving to Washington, Edwards has served as an Investigative Support Assistant for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and currently serves as Director’s Assistant at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Kassie resides in Laurel, MD and attends Restoration Praise Center and serves in the Young Adult and Children’s Ministry as events coordinator and teacher respectively. She also serves on the Executive Board of Greater Washington Urban League’s Thursday Network as Social and Cultural Events Chair. She enjoys teaching others about Black history, performing spoken word poetry, thrift stores, vintage apparel and making an impact in her community. As a campus rape survivor Kassie enjoys bringing awareness to issues that affect victims of sexual assault.
With fifteen years of lobbying experience, Haley has worked with a wide range of non-profit, foundation, and corporate clients at both the state and federal level. However her passion, and much of her client work, is focused on social justice. Haley brings her experience and commitment to bear to create and implement policies and programs that reflect her progressive values. Over her ten year tenure at the Raben Group, she has worked to improve services to traditionally underserved communities including inmates, returning citizens, homeless children and youth, court-involved youth, and survivors of rape, sexual assault, and sex trafficking.
In addition to her policy work, Haley manages the firm’s strategic planning division. An organization’s strategy is at the center of its work; it is about how a non-profit allocates resources to achieve its vision of the future. By working with clients to help them align their service and business delivery models and distinguish between an organizational strategy and its accompanying tactics, Haley is able focus her client’s resources on the issues that matter most and help them do what they do better.
Haley earned a bachelor’s degree in political economy from Tulane University and M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.
Dora Szalai has more than 15 years experience in marketing, public relations and organizational communication, both in the public and private sectors. She served as marketing and communications director at BCN Systems House, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom in Budapest, Hungary. Before that she was marketing manager for a national health promotion project run by the Hungarian government and sponsored by the World Bank. Earlier in her career, as director of public relations in Hungary for Estée Lauder Companies, she introduced the Estée Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness program to the country in 1995, a campaign that continues to this day. A native of Hungary, she moved to the U.S. in 2008 where she has concentrated on volunteer work, most recently in voter registration efforts in Fairfax County, Virginia. Dora earned a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Szeged (Hungary) with a triple concentration in English literature, history and education. She also holds an MBA from Oxford Brooks University Business School (U.K.). She speaks Hungarian and English.
Karen L. Davis, ABD, is in the dissertation phase of a PhD in Anthropology from Temple University, where she earned a graduate certificate in disability studies from its Institute on Disability in 2006. Ms. Davis consults as a principal investigator, project evaluator, proposal writer, writer and content editor for universities and nonprofit organizations. (Her longest term consulting arrangement has been with The Catholic University of America.)
In spring 2016, she completed 7+ years as PI on Project Peer with funding from the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence against Women. Focused on expanding supports to help women with disabilities heal from experiences of sexual or domestic violence (SV/DV), the project’s Women’s Knowledge Development work group continues without outside funding. (The project received two awards from OVW.
The work group’s members are women with developmental disabilities and/or mental health issues who have survived SV/DV.) Ms. Davis has authored, co-authored and “ghosted” peer-reviewed, published articles in anthropology, special/inclusive education and early childhood education. Before becoming a consultant in 2001, she was Director of Sponsored Projects and Strategic Initiatives, and prior to that Director of Development and Community Affairs, at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, a regional disability services provider.
Prior to that, she provided Washington representation for the undergraduate liberal arts colleges that are members of the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Earlier, she worked in public relations for national trade associations and as a travel writer. Ms. Davis earned a bachelor of arts with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, and a master of science from the University of Southern California – European Degree Programs.
In October, 2017, Ms. Davis joined the board of the DC Rape Crisis Center. Since 2012, she has served on the President’s Council of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. She just recently completed a seven-year term on the Advisory Council of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute and previously was on the board of DC Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, also for seven years. There she chaired the Program & Policy Committee and served on the Executive and Finance-Investment Committees. (She continues today as an active member of the P&P committee.)
Ms. Davis has also served on the board of the Capitol Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, where she co-chaired the major gifts committee, and she has chaired the national development committee of TASH, the disability advocacy organization. Ms. Davis has been married to Clark T. Madigan for 33 years. They have one daughter, Caithlin Tara Madigan, a 2011 graduate of Stanford University, who currently works for the Governor of New York.
Jocelyn Moore is currently a Venture Partner at Ozone X Ventures in New York and serves as the Executive-in-Residence at The Gathering Spot in Atlanta. With experience working across multiple disciplines, Jocelyn is a trusted advisor to CEOs, executive teams, and boards of directors on strategic communications, crisis and risk management, corporate social responsibility, operations, organizational change, and diversity. An innovative leader, Jocelyn is known for developing creative solutions to tough business challenges by using communications and public affairs as strategic assets for business operations.
Previously, Jocelyn was Executive Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at the National Football League (NFL). As the NFL’s Global Chief Communications Officer, Jocelyn was a member of the executive leadership team and responsible for managing corporate affairs at the 100-year-old professional sports league. She was also a key architect of the league’s social justice efforts.
Prior to joining the NFL, Jocelyn served as a Managing Director at The Glover Park Group, a leading national communications consulting firm. She also spent 15 years in the United States Senate, most recently as the Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Finance Committee, a powerful “A” committee.
Jocelyn is a member of the West Virginia University Health System Board of Directors, where she serves on the Quality & Patient Safety Committee. She serves on the University of Florida Foundation National Board of Directors, where she is as a member of the Audit Committee, as well as on the University of Florida Alumni Association Board of Directors, where she is a member of the Executive Committee. She is also on the Board of Directors of the DC Rape Crisis Center in Washington, DC.
Jocelyn holds a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in Student Personnel in Higher Education, both from the University of Florida.