National Advisory Board

About The National Advisory Board

 The National Domestic Violence Hotline Advisory Board, created in 2003, is comprised of 17 prominent nationally recognized leaders from the business, legal, nonprofit and education community who are firmly committed to raising awareness and providing the resources necessary to ensure the hotline’s lifesaving work continues.

The first Chair of the Advisory Board was Dede Bartlett, nationally renowned lecturer, and the current Chair is Rose Kirk of Verizon. The Advisory Board strongly supports the hotline in its effort to provide crisis intervention, information, and service referrals to victims of domestic violence, friends and family members, and individuals identifying as abusive. Board members provide objective counsel and support the hotline. Varied expertise, skills, backgrounds and experiences allow our Advisory Board members to offer divergent input, perspectives and advice on issues that impact hotline operations.

Rose M. Kirk

Chair Member — Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Rose Kirk is Vice President of Distribution for Verizon Wireless where she is responsible for the company’s national sales distribution operations, including retail, enterprise and wholesale. Prior to being named Vice President of Distribution, she served as Vice President for Corporate Employee Communications where she was responsible for the creation and coordination of employee communications strategies across all of Verizon’s major lines of business.

Other important Verizon executive positions held by Kirk include Vice President, Partner Sales and Customer Services-Business Solutions Group, and Executive Director, Marketing Strategy and Integration-Consumer Product Line Management. Additionally, Kirk has served as a marketing director and managed marketing communications programs for a number of internal Verizon organizations. A recipient of numerous awards, she holds three Verizon Excellence Awards for outstanding contribution to corporate revenue growth goals and sits on the Arkansas State University Communications Department Advisory Board. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University and is completing a master’s degree in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dyanne Purcell

Chief Executive Office — Austin, Texas

After careful consideration by a board search committee and by unanimous vote of the board of directors, we are honored to announce that Dyanne Purcell, former Chief Operating Officer for our organization, is the new Chief Executive Officer for the National Council on Family Violence, Texas Council on Family Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Dyanne is an outstanding leader who has demonstrated unwavering commitment to the mission and success of our organization since she first arrived over 13 years ago. She is a skilled communicator and brings 20+ years of nonprofit leadership and achievements to the CEO role. She is skilled at board, employee, donor and government relations, financial management and executive administration.

Dyanne has dedicated over 20 years of her life to touching and changing lives of individuals through non-profit advocacy and she is a perfect fit as the next leader of our organization.

Dede Bartlett

Immediate Past Board Chair  — New York, New York

Dede Bartlett is a university lecturer, a nonprofit leader, a former officer of two Fortune 25 companies -Exxon Mobil and Altria-and a frequent speaker on domestic violence issues to business and civic groups around the country. She lectures around the world on domestic violence issues and has sponsored more than 40 conferences in the United States, Europe, Central America and Australia.

As Vice President of Corporate Affairs Programs at Altria Group Inc., Bartlett developed the Company’s award-winning Domestic Violence Awareness Programs and held several key executive positions at Mobil Oil, including Corporate Secretary, President of the Mobil Foundation and Chair of the Board Contributions Committee.

Bartlett has received numerous honors including the 2005 Women Who Make a Difference Award from the International Women’s Forum and has been recognized by Lifetime Television, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Center for Victims of Crime and the Center against Domestic Violence. A graduate of Vassar College and New York University, she is a Director of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, Trustee of the American University of Central Asia, and a member of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center Advisory Board.

Carole M. Bass

Chair Member — New York, New York

Carole M. Bass is Of Counsel with the law firm of Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal, LLP, in New York where she focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration and Surrogate’s Court litigation. Her legal expertise and scope of work includes working closely with individuals and families to create tax-efficient plans that facilitate each client’s individuals goals and objectives, the drafting of wills, trusts, health care documents and powers of attorney, establishing private charitable foundations and state tax exemption for such entities, and, represents individual and corporate fiduciaries in all aspects of post-death administration and in the litigation that sometimes arises.

Bass, actively involved in Sonnenschein’s pro bono program, serves on the firm’s New York Pro Bono Committee and on its New York Diversity Committee. Her community involvement includes service on the Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Alumni Association Events Committee, Committee on Trusts, Estates and Surrogate’s Courts for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the American Bar Association’s Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law. Bass holds a masters and bachelors degree from Syracuse University and the State University of New York respectively. She received her law degree from Cornell Law School in 1996.

Sil Lai Abrams

Chair Member — New York, New York

Sil Lai Abrams is a New York City based empowerment specialist, domestic violence awareness & prevention activist and Men’s Fitness resident relationship expert, penning a monthly relationship advice column for the magazine’s over 700,000 readers. Her personal experience with overcoming issues such as depression, addiction, sexual assault and domestic violence gives her a unique ability to connect with those struggling with their own disempowering and self-destructive behaviors. Sil Lai’s passionate belief in the transformative power of greater self-awareness and personal accountability is the motivating force behind her work to empower others to create empowered lives, healthier relationships and end violence against women and children.

Sil Lai’s first book, No More Drama: Nine Simple Steps to Transforming a Breakdown Into a Breakthrough vividly illustrates the SEPIA Process, a simple method of self-inquiry that Sil Lai created that enables you to radically change your perspective one clear step at a time. Artfully blending timeless spiritual teachings with heart-wrenching personal stories, No More Drama presents a revolutionary approach to self-help.

Since the book’s release, Sil Lai has appeared on ABC, BET, BETJ, Court TV, and TruTV as an expert on relationships, depression and suicide and has been featured in many national magazines including Oprah, NV, Uptown, Ebony, Black Enterprise and Sister 2 Sister. Her inspirational life story and practical spiritually-based advice has helped Sil Lai become a highly sought after public speaker and workshop facilitator, with the National Medical Association, Harvard University, Dress for Success and the National Alliance on Mental Illness being just a few of the distinguished organizations that have used her speaking services

Andrea G. Bottner, J.D.

Chair Member — New York, New York

Andrea (“Andi”) Bottner, an attorney, political appointee, and expert in women’s issues, most recently served as the Director for the Office of International Women’s Issues at the United States State Department. She was a strong voice for the Bush administration on foreign policy issues related to the political, economic, and social advancement of women worldwide. She has addressed more than a dozen delegations on women’s rights issues in the Middle East, South America, and many European countries. Bottner has addressed numerous international organizations, including the Dead Sea Institute in Amman, Jordan, the International Center for Democratic Transition in Budapest, Hungary, the U.S.-Chile Government Joint Committee Meeting in Santiago, Chile, and the U.S. Embassies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, La Paz, Bolivia and Warsaw, Poland.

Prior to her recruitment by the State Department, Bottner served as Principal Deputy Director and later as Acting Director, of the Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice. During this time she managed a budget of $400 million and a staff of 30 attorneys, grant specialists, and policy experts. In this capacity, she traversed the United States visiting shelters, law enforcement agencies, and advocacy organizations, assessing and addressing violence against women issues. Consequently, she spearheaded a $15 million Presidential Initiative that established victim assistance centers in 15 communities across the United States.

Prior to joining the Administration, Bottner served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Republican National Committee Co-Chairman, specializing in the Committee’s national women’s outreach expansion strategy. She began her career on Capitol Hill, serving two members of the United States House of Representatives, focusing on criminal justice issues and social welfare policies.

Bottner received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Delaware and her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Baltimore Law School. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband, daughter and infant son.

Edward J. Condon, Jr.

Chair Member — Chicago, Illinois

Edward Condon is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Paradigm Group, Ltd., in Chicago, Ill. The Paradigm Group, formed by Condon in 1993, specializes in financial advisory, refinancing, and venture investments. Before creating the Paradigm Group, Condon served as Vice President and Corporate Treasurer of Sears, Roebuck and Company where he retired in 1993.

During his 27-year tenure at Sears, Roebuck and Company, Condon served in several important posts including Assistant Treasurer, Corporate Director of Banking worldwide, Director and Chairman of the Executive Committees of Sears Roebuck Acceptance and Discover Credit Corporation, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sears Receivables Financial Group and Sears Credit Corporation, and Senior Managing Director of Sears Overseas Finance Company.

Condon’s extensive public service includes serving as a Member of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Audit Committees of Northern Trust Company’s family of mutual funds in Chicago, Member of the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Research and Resource Foundation in Washington, D.C., Member of the Board of Directors of Lightbridge Healthcare Research, Inc., in San Antonio, Texas, and a Founding Member of the Illinois Venture Capital Association. A native of Chicago, he is a 1963 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Anne Crews

Chair Member — Addison, Texas

Anne Crews has been Vice President of Government Affairs for Mary Kay, Inc., since 1997, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation. As Vice President, Crews’ responsibilities include analyzing federal, state, and local legislation, regulations and political trends to assess their impact on corporate operations, the Mary Kay Independent sales force and employees. In her position, she lobbies to propose, oppose or amend relevant legislation and develops working relationships with other companies, business and trade associations in an effort to establish coalitions that advance corporate interests.

Before joining Mary Kay, Inc., in 1983, Crews served as Press Assistant to Texas Governor Bill Clements during his first administration and worked as a television news reporter and anchor at KMID Television in Midland, Texas. Her community involvement includes service as President of the Board of Directors for the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, Member of the Board of Directors for the National Network to End Domestic Violence Fund, Member of the U.S. Justice Department’s National Advisory Committee for the Office on Violence against Women, Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Dallas, Inc.

A graduate of Rollins College, Crews was named one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews in 2006 for her advocacy against domestic violence.

Monica Christina Getz

Chair Member — Irvington, New York

Monica Getz is the Founder and President of the National Coalition for Family Justice (NCFJ) which provides advocacy, information, training, crisis intervention and legal access for individuals and families involved in domestic relations problems. The NCFJ has become an outgrowth of previous pioneering programs with the National Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Addictions and the Swedish Council on Alcoholism.

At the National Coalition for Family Justice, Getz has created and conducted monthly support meetings with volunteer attorneys, financial planners, mediators, mental health professionals and child development experts in a concerted effort to prevent and eliminate domestic violence. She has created a helpline, court accompaniment, and developed training for judges and law guardians in the field of addictions and intimate partner abuse.

In addition to founding the NCFJ, Getz helped create and conduct domestic violence and alcoholism programs in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia and the United States. She has provided expert domestic violence testimony numerous times in New York and has appeared on Swedish, Russian and American television and radio programs concerning addiction and intimate partner abuse issues. Educated in France, Mexico and the United States, she received her bachelor’s degree in Sweden.

Howard R. Greene

Chair Member — New York, New York

Howard Greene is President of Howard Greene and Associates, the nation’s leading independent educational consulting company, which he founded in 1968. Greene has counseled thousands of students over 40 years, and has consulted numerous schools, colleges and corporations. An accomplished author, he has written several books including Scaling the Ivy Wall, Beyond the Ivy Wall, The Select, and collaborated with his son, Matthew Greene, in the writing of Making It into a Top College, The Public Ivies and Presenting Yourself Successfully. Greene has appeared on the Today Show, CNBC, Good Morning America, and CNN to discuss relevant educational issues and trends.

Frequently interviewed by national news outlets, he has been profiled in The New York Times, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and People Magazine. Greene and his son, Matthew, are co-hosts of two PBS television programs and have jointly written a national bi-monthly column for Knight Ridder-Tribune News Service.

His public involvement includes service as a Trustee of the Choate Rosemary School and the Wilton Public Library, Member of the National Advisory Board of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Humanities Council, and Member of the National Advisory Council of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. Greene holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and master’s degree from New York University and Harvard University.

Maury Lane

Chair Member, Fundraising Committee — Memphis, Tennessee

Maury Lane is the president of Burson Campaigns, a new corporate issues management unit of Burson-Marsteller. Burson Campaigns helps corporations and individuals manage issues critical to reputation, business operations and development. Prior to joining Burson Campaigns, Lane served as Director of Issues, Crisis and Public Affairs Communications for FedEx Corporation.

In that role, he led and counseled strategic crisis, issues and public affairs communications planning for FedEx in 220 counties, seven operating companies and four worldwide regions. Lane was also the chief strategist and lobbyist for Westinghouse Corp. in its acquisition of CBS and Infinity Broadcasting, which included coordinating activities of 40 firms lobbying municipal, county, state governments in matters of corporate tax, regulatory, labor, pension and trade affairs around the globe.

Lane has held important leadership positions with Vignette, an Austin, Texas software company, Fleishman-Hilliard, a public relations firm, also located in Austin, and U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings. Lane is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.

Ella T. Newman

Chair Member — New York, New York

Ella Newman serves as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Fiduciary Trust Company International in New York where she is responsible for creating and building new client relationships with individuals, families and foundations and focuses on advising clients on customized financial solutions.

Before joining Fiduciary Trust in 2008, Newman was Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager at BNY Mellon, Manager at Fleet Bank, and an Investment Officer with Bankers Trust Company. She is a member of the Financial Women’s Association and the Estate Planning Council of New York. Newman strives to educate women on financial issues through numerous speaking engagements and is active in Hadassah, participating in its Leadership Academy. She received her bachelor’s degree from The City College of New York and master’s degree from Baruch College.

Irene Natividad

Chair Member — Washington, D.C.

Irene Natividad is President of the Global Summit of Women, an annual international gathering of women leaders from around the world, co-chairs Corporate Women Directors International which promotes the increased participation of women on corporate boards globally, is Executive Director of the Philippine American Foundation, and operates her own public affairs firm, Globe Women, Inc. in Washington, D.C.

Her commitment to promoting women nationally and internationally has made Natividad a sought-after commentator with her views and perspectives aired on PBS’ “To The Contrary”, CNN news shows, Crossfire, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, and MSNBC. Additionally, her editorials have been published in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Des Moines Register and Chicago Tribune. Natividad’s public service is extensive and includes service as Chair of the National Commission on Working Women, President of the National Women’s Political Caucus, Member of the Board of Directors for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, National Association of Corporate Directors, Cigna and Wyndham international.

Honored by numerous organizations for her outstanding work, she was selected in 2004 by Women’s eNews as one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century”, named in 1997 as one of “25 Most Influential Working Mothers” by Working Mother Magazine, and recognized in 1988 by Ladies Home Journalas one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in America.” Natividad was awarded a doctorate degree by Long Island University in 1971.

Regina Montoya

Chair Member — Dallas, Texas

Regina Montoya was one of the first Latinas to earn partnership in a major law firm in the United States and is one of a handful of Hispanic women serving on a Fortune 100 Board of Directors. Montoya was the Chief Executive Officer of the New America Alliance from 2005 to 2008. The Alliance’s membership included many of the most prominent Latino business leaders in the nation. Prior to joining NAA, she was Founder and President of WORKRules, where she offered strategic consulting to business leaders and corporate clients, including several Fortune 500 companies.

Montoya practiced law with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld from 1980 to 1990 and was a shareholder and director of the law firm of Godwin and Carlton, P.C. She served in the White House as an Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs in 1993, nominated in 1998 by President Clinton to serve as the U.S. Representative to the 53rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, where she focused on economic and social issues, and was a candidate in 2000 for the U.S. House of Representatives, 5th Congressional District.

Montoya has been actively involved in civic affairs for many years serving on the governing boards of numerous organizations including the Board of Directors of Washington Mutual, the Student Loan Marketing Association (Sallie Mae), Trammell Crow Company, and Texas Commerce Bank. She has been recognized by numerous publications for her achievements including Hispanic Enterprise Magazine where she was named as one of the Top 20 Leading Latinas in Business and received the Pioneer for Justice Award from the Los Angeles-based Mexican American Bar Foundation. Montoya earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and law degree from Harvard Law School.

Jacquelyn Pierce

Chair Member — Barrington, Illinois

Jacquelyn Pierce has an extensive career and experience in public school and post-secondary education and operated her own interior decorating studio, “Designs by Jacquelyn.” A nationally recognized lecturer on women’s issues, she has spoken in all 50 states and seven countries, conducting motivational and leadership workshops.

Pierce is involved with several national organizations including the National Women’s History Museum, American Seminar Leaders Association, General Federation of Women’s Clubs, National Association of Parliamentarians, and the University of Illinois President’s Council. She has received the Outstanding University of Illinois Alumnae Award, AAUW Susan B. Anthony Award, YWCA Leader Luncheon Volunteer Award,Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year, and Chicago Suburban Volunteer of the Year Award. Pierce obtained her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and master’s degree from the University of Illinois.

Jane Randel

Chair Member — New York, New York

Jane Randel is Vice President of Corporate Communications at Liz Claiborne, Inc., where she is responsible for managing the Company’s corporate reputation through external and internal communications. As Vice President she leads corporate, business and crisis media relations, manages the annual report, oversees internal communications, and has organized Liz Claiborne’s award-winning, cause marketing program aimed to generate awareness, educate the public in the effort to prevent and eliminate violence against women.

Randel’s impressive civic involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Liz Claiborne Foundation, President of the Board of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, Member of the Board of Directors for Safe Horizon, and Member of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape/National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Honorary Board. A graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., in 2005 she was named as one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews and included in 2006 on the Crain’s New York Business list of “40 under 40.”

Trish Rodriguez

Chair Member — Dover, Delaware

Trish Rodriguez established the first Laboratory Nursery School at the secondary level in the U.S. at Kent Vocational Technical High School, and subsequently traveled to other states to create similar Child Care Programs. Rodriguez has served as Assistant State Supervisor of Home Economics at the Delaware Department of Public Instruction where she helped establish the Home Economics Related Occupations in school districts throughout the state.

She has been the manager and owner of Behavior-Nutrition Counseling for Nutri-System Weight Loss Centers. Rodriguez has been actively involved in community affairs for several years and served on the Board of Directors for the Delaware Technical Community College, Kent Sussex Industries, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware American Red Cross, Project Promise, Delaware General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Arthritis Foundation.

She has been honored as the first Outstanding Young Woman in Delaware, Citizen of the Year, International Woman of the Year, and the Arthritis Foundation of Delaware Outstanding Volunteer.

Susan B. Slater-Jansen

Chair Member — New York, New York

Susan Slater-Jansen is a Trusts and Estates Partner with the law firm of Kurzman, Eisenberg, Corbin and Lever, LLP, in New York where she specializes in estate planning for individuals and families, estate administration, pension distribution planning, charitable planning and family law.

A nationally recognized expert in estate planning, Slater-Jansen has written and lectured extensively on this topic. Other responsibilities at her firm include assisting clients with the preparation of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, grantor annuity trusts, IRA beneficiary trusts, and family limited partnerships. Slater-Jansen, who has extensive experience in representing corporate and individual fiduciaries in trust and estate administration, is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

She is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Trust and Estates Section, the Business and Professional Women’s Board of UJA, and Westchester Women’s Bar Association. Slater-Jansen received her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1972.

Meredith Wagner

Chair Member — New York, New York

Merideth Wagner is the Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for Lifetime Networks where she oversees all public affairs, corporate communications, corporate giving, publicity and Network involvement in charitable and industry events for Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women, Lifetime Digital, Lifetime HD, Lifetime Movie Network HD, Lifetime on Demand, and Lifetime Movie Network Espanol on Demand. Appointed Executive Vice President in 2001, Wagner was among the first executives to pioneer public education and advocacy in the cable television industry.

She has led the effort for all of the Network’s Emmy Award-winning Every Woman Counts public outreach campaigns which include extensive original programming and public service announcements, online content, community outreach and legislative advocacy, all designed to inform women on issues affecting them and their families. Under Wagner’s leadership, Lifetime formed the first-ever Every Woman Counts Coalition of women’s media and advocacy groups in collaboration with Hearst Magazines, REDBOOK, CosmoGIRL! and Marie Claire.

The Lifetime Networks Public Affairs Department has mobilized its viewers to help obtain the passage of legislation which would eliminate the backlog of untested DNA evidence from rape kits, combat slavery of women, and end the barbaric practice of “drive-through” mastectomies. A graduate of Skidmore College, Wagner has received the Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) Public Affairs Achievement Award, ACC’s President’s Award, and been honored by the National Organization for Women, HELP-USA, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.