FORCE is guided by a Leadership Team of individuals from around the country. The team currently includes:
- Liz Ensz (they/them) is a sculptor, textile artist and educator inspired by commemorative textiles, public monuments, and the history of quilting and other collaborative textiles as a starting point for gathering, skill-sharing, and conversation. They are a maker and repairer of many things and view these acts as inherently hopeful and empowering. Art has been a meaningful and cathartic outlet and tool for communication, expression, and protest in their personal work and as an educator.
As a survivor, they were drawn to volunteer with sewing production of The Monument Quilt since 2014, and have led and organized dozens of quilt-making workshops for survivors across the country.
- Norwood Johnson (he/him) is a Force Board Member and serves on the Monument Quilt Leadership team He also serves on Force’s Gather Together Baltimore based grassroots collective of people who encountered and survived domestic and sexual violence. Norwood is a survivor of intimate partner violence and spousal abuse from a female offender. For years, he kept this inside and from friends and family. Actually, Norwood thought the best way to handle the abuse was by “taking it like a man.” He finally had a light bulb moment and took a leap of faith to leave the situation and sought help from the House of Ruth to heal. Norwood confidently shares his journey as a survivor of intimate partner violence. Out of gratitude from help received, Norwood also volunteers for multiple organizations fighting against human trafficking, and rape and sexual assault such as Arimenta Freedom Initiative, TurnAround, Inc. and others. In addition he volunteers for the Baltimore County Department of Aging providing services to the elderly and disabled. Norwood loves to freely give of himself and gain happiness in helping others. A simple smile and or “thank you,” satisfy Norwood. Norwood has a Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University. He also holds a Certificate in Public Leadership from Brookings Institution, a social and political policy “think tank.”
- Lorena Kourousias (she/her) is a Director of Economic Justice and Survival Programs at The Violence Intervention Program. Lorena is also an alumni of Immigrant Civic Leadership Program 2017. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Hunter College. As many immigrant professionals, Lorena represents the struggle and perseverance that comes with the immigration process and the various barriers that professional immigrants have to face in the United States in search of the American Dream. Regardless of her advanced education (she holds two Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology), Lorena had to overcome a long process of revalidating her credential from Mexico, learning a new language, assimilating a new culture, overcome the physiological trauma that comes with the immigration process of re-starting her professional career. She has a strong track record of serving underprivileged communities and a deep knowledge and understanding of challenges relating to immigration status, culture, customs, class, and race. She is a Leadership member of The Monument Quilt since 2014. In May 2014, she was honored with four community service awards by Queens Borough President, Elmhurst Hospital and New York City Council member. Finally, on September 2017, she received a recognition of her outstanding dedication and work with the Latinx survivors of sexual violence.
- Winter Miller (they/them) is an award-winning playwright of more than a dozen plays.
They joined FORCE and the Monument Quilt in 2014 and humbly wish to recognize all those who have shared their heart in our ambitious endeavor to honor victims and survivors of sexual violence.
- JP Przewoznik, MSW (any pronouns respectfully), is a trainer, technical assistance provider, practitioner and program evaluator with over 20 years of experience working with and within LGBTQ+ and women’s communities. She is currently the Director of Prevention and Evaluation at the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) where she provides training and technical assistance to rape crisis centers and college campuses working on sexual violence prevention efforts, co-chairs the NC Campus Consortium, and is NC’s technical assistance provider for CDC’s Rape Prevention Education (RPE) Program. JP is on the Board of Directors for Safe Schools NC and is also the founder of Switchback Consulting, a firm that supports professional and institutional growth in the areas of program design and evaluation, strategic planning, and LGBTQ+-affirming practice. She lives happily in Durham, NC, with wonderful friends, an incredible partner, and many fur babies. In her spare time you can find JP making vegan versions of her grandma’s Polish food and scheming how to open a senior dog sanctuary.
- Jacob Simpson (he/him) is a Lutheran Pastor who currently serves at Trinity Lutheran Church in White Plains, NY. He is originally from Baltimore, MD. Jacob has been volunteering with Force since 2012. He lives with his family in Westchester County, NY.
- Jadelynn Stahl (she/her) is a radical, interdisciplinary organizer, artist and trauma therapist based in Oakland, California. As a queer, biracial, Latinx, cis-femme survivor, she works collaboratively to incite dialogues which envision a world without sexual assault, seeking to uplift the voices of those often forgotten or silenced within the mainstream movement. In addition to her participation on the Leadership Team of the Monument Quilt, Jadelynn’s Bay Area work has included collaboration with multiple social justice organizations, including acting as co-founder and artistic director of DISCLOSE, a queer, Oakland-based collective of artists and educators committed to organizing arts-based community engagement in the struggle to end sexual violence. Fusing durational art, video, ritual and burlesque, her art practice explores somatic and psychological expression in relation to legacies of trauma as well as cultural, racial and sexual identities. Jadelynn’s works have been shown both domestically and internationally, most recently at Pro Arts Gallery (Oakland) which hosted the debut of her exhibition Choreographies of Disclosure: What the Mind Forgets, funded by the 2017 East Bay Fund for Artists Award. This socially engaged, long-form work was developed in collaboration with queer and/or trans multidisciplinary artists who have been impacted by sexual violence. By day – and sometimes night – Jadelynn works as a sex therapist and educator, currently serving as the LGBTQIA+ Program Manager and Clinical Coordinator at BAWAR, the nation’s first rape crisis center.
- Dr. Kalima Young (she/her) is a lecturer in the Department of Electronic Media and Film at Towson University. She received herPh.D.D in American Studies from the University of Maryland College Park. Her research explores the impact of race and gender-based trauma on Black identity and cultural production. A Baltimore native, videographer, and activist-scholar, Dr. Young has served on the leadership team for FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture’s Monument Quilt Project since 2014.
- Kate Bishop
- Amber Melvin
- Ella Rogers-Fett
- Mora Fernández
- Alexis Flanagan
- Rachel Gilmer
- Greg Grey Cloud