Forensic Interview Specialist, Children’s Advocacy Center, Covina, CA
Andrea Harner is an advocate for children, women and justice and a true believer in the transformative power of people’s stories. As a Forensic Interview Specialist at a Child Advocacy Center in Los Angeles, she is part of the investigative team consisting of detectives, social workers and prosecutors where she interviews children who are suspected to have been victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse or to have witnessed violence. She also regularly trains police officers on a Minimal Facts Interviewing protocol she co-developed in order to minimize trauma to the child and improve investigative outcomes.
In 2018, Andrea co-executive produced the documentary series Lorena, featured on Amazon Prime. The documentary enabled Lorena Bobbit to reclaim her voice and tell her story while reigniting the national dialogue on domestic violence. Previously Andrea worked at the Safe Horizon Staten Island Child Advocacy Center where she provided short-term therapy to child victims and their non-offending caregivers.
Andrea is a proud board member of Darkness to Light and is an Authorized Facilitator for the organization’s child sexual abuse prevention training program Stewards of Children® and holds regular trainings to teach parents and organizations best practices for protecting children. She holds a B.A. in History from Wesleyan University and a M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College. Andrea lives in Los Angeles and loves hiking and trail running in Griffith Park with her husband, twin boys and mini goldendoodles.
Children’s Advocate and Philanthropist
Cathy Huber comes to Darkness to Light with a goal of working to expand child sexual abuse prevention education and awareness efforts in the Pacific-Northwest. A devoted children’s advocate, Huber embodies the grassroots activism responsible for much of Darkness to Light’s growth to date. She and her husband, George Huber, Chairman/Founder of Equity Investment Group, Inc and Managing Partner/Co-Founder Finback Partners, have served on a variety of charitable organizations and are known throughout the Midwest and Washington State for their philanthropic work.
Cathy’s passion for children’s causes and hands-on experience as a mother gives her valuable perspective.
Chairman of GWS | Enterprise, CBRE (retired)
Jim currently works with Bartlett Investments LLC and established to invest in and advise small cap companies with high growth potential that serve the commercial real estate sector with a focus on Minority Business Enterprises (MBE’s).
Jim started his career at CBRE as a producer representing office landlords, tenants, buyers, and sellers as well as developing and redeveloping high-rise office buildings. He was consistently recognized as a one of the Company’s top producers. In 1999, he moved to the GWS business as the ExxonMobil account manager and successfully grew the relationship 280% over a four-year period by adding services and new markets (e.g. Latin America/Caribbean). After ExxonMobil, he served in several different leadership roles with the last two being the GWS COO/Americas CEO and then the GWS | Enterprise Clients CEO.
Jim holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma and completed the Harvard Business School Executive Program
Jim lives in Atlanta with his wife of 29 years, and they have three adult sons.
EVP & CFO, Engineered Floors LLC
Nancy Millett is the EVP & CFO for Engineered Floors LLC, is one of the largest and fastest-growing carpet mills in the world. The company is a privately owned manufacturer of residential and commercial flooring operating in 15 locations primarily in Georgia.
Prior to joining Engineered Floors LLC, she was a Partner with Deloitte Tax for 17 years serving primarily Consumer Products, Automotive, Retail, Industrial & Energy Companies. She also worked with the families who owned her privately held clients. She held various leadership roles during her time at Deloitte including Global Tax Industry Leader- Consumer & Industrial Products Industry, U.S. Inbound Services Leader (Responsible for Leading the US Tax Strategy for serving the U.S. Operations of companies headquartered outside U.S.), Tax Leader for Cross Business Teaming & Collaboration, U.S. Tax Industry Leader and Women’s Initiative Leader.
Prior to Deloitte, she was a Tax Partner with Arthur Andersen LLP Tax Partner serving primarily Consumer Products, Automotive, Industrial Products, Energy, Telecom, & Transportation Clients. Also served executives of corporate clients and families owning privately held clients. She held various leadership roles including Atlanta Office and Regional Manufacturing Industry Leadership for Tax & Leadership of Atlanta Private Wealth Practice.
Nancy is a CPA and Certified Financial Planner. She hold a Bachelor of Science of Business Administration with an accounting emphasis from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is on the UNC-Kenan Flagler Business School Board of Advisors, the Dalton Georgia Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, the Board & Executive Committee for Junior Achievement of Georgia, and is a past Member of the UNC Chapel Hill Parent’s Council.
Board of Trustees, Sundance Institute
Amanda Kelso has spent the last 25 years serving as a producer and storyteller for global tech companies as well as lending her skills to films and non-profit organizations. Amanda’s tenure includes helping to foster and oversee the stewardship of Instagram’s community of more than one billion people and serving as the Managing Director of Google Creative Lab. She has executive produced several films, and early in her career she worked on television productions including Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
In addition to her work with Darkness to Light, Amanda is currently a member of the board of trustees for the Sundance Institute. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America’s New Media Council, a judge for the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and an advisor for Harmony Labs. Amanda holds a BA from Columbia College at Columbia University in Film.
Rochel Leah Bernstein
Founder, Child Safety Pledge
Venture Partner Regeneration.VC
Rochel Leah Bernstein is the founder of Child Safety Pledge, an organization committed to prevent and combat child sexual abuse in the United States. A parent, mother of four and survivor herself, she has worked for the past eight years with youth-serving organizations, funders and parents to ensure strong policies and best practices to prevent, detect, and respond to child sexual abuse.
Together with her team she is focused on collaborating with purpose-driven companies, foundations and empowering a national grassroots movement dedicated on keeping all children safe from sexual abuse in YSOs and physical environments. She has a passion for philanthropy, travel and street art.
Partner, Waller Law Firm
Described in Chambers USA as “quite possibly Nashville’s best litigator,” Bob Boston is widely recognized for his experience and analytical insight in high-value matters ranging from labor and employment disputes to complex commercial litigation. Respected by opposing counsel and members of the judiciary, clients rely on Bob for both his courtroom prowess and his ability to solve problems in day-to-day matters.
Companies seeking strategic advice or hands-on representation in business, commercial, labor or employment litigation matters rely on Bob for his depth of knowledge and extensive trial experience. A litigation strategist and tactician, Bob helps clients look beyond the reactive way of thinking to develop solutions to their litigation and employment issues. During his career as a commercial, employment litigator and JD at Waller, Bob has over 30 federal and state reported and published appellate opinions from multiple jurisdictions. He has handled litigated matters in 28 states.
Ricardo DeLeon, MBA
Chief Financial Officer, The Los Angeles LGBT Center
Ricardo retired from The Procter & Gamble Company in 2016, after 25 years in financial roles, and specializing in Supply Chain and Mergers and Acquisitions. Post-retirement, Ricardo served as VP/Corporate Controller for the Duracell Company and Chief Operating Officer for The Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Ricardo is currently living in Los Angeles and serves as CFO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Ricardo holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Washington University, St. Louis. He has served on other nonprofit organizations including Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio, National Society of Hispanic MBA’s, Princeton University’s Alumni Council, and Su Casa Hispanic Center – Cincinnati.
Associate Portfolio Manager and Analyst, Select Equity Group
Ben is an Associate Portfolio Manager and Analyst at Select Equity Group, an independent investment firm in New York City. Prior to joining Select Equity in 2014, he was part of Morgan Stanley’s Firm Strategy and Execution group. Ben received a BA in Economics from Yale College in 2012 and is a CFA charterholder.
Ben is a survivor of child sexual abuse and has been part of the Darkness to Light community since 2017. He has spoken about the cause multiple times at the Select Equity Group Foundation Celebration, as well as at IGNITE, Darkness to Light’s child sexual abuse prevention conference, in 2019. He believes strongly in the importance of changing the conversation around child sexual abuse, and in empowering our communities to protect the most vulnerable among us.
Founder and CEO, Lena’s L.A.C.E. International LLC
Lena McIlwain is the founder and CEO of Lena’s L.A.C.E. International, LLC. L.A.C.E specializes in fashion sales consulting for electronic shopping channels. Lena represents The Dennis Basso Boutique collection on QVC.
Prior to creating her fashion sales consulting firm, Lena was a QVC program host. She began her career as a news reporter and anchor in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Lena is an advocate for children. Along with her mother, Joyce Nesmith, she operates a nonprofit organization called Beyond Our Walls (BOWs). Lena is the Director of Programming. She spends most of her time working to enhance the lives of the underserved children by supporting their educational needs, exposing them to arts, music, reading, nutrition, financial literacy, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programming).
Lena has spent the last two decades working with several nonprofit organizations planning fundraisers and generously donating to fund medical research and to provide scholarships.
She has a passion for all children, especially those living in underserved communities. Lena is married to Roddy McIlwain. She has three children, Brandon, Alaina, and Alexis
Raj Pannu, Ph.D., MS
Founder & CEO, Emergence Creative
Raj is the founder and CEO of Emergence Creative, a creative communications agency in New York City dedicated to social impact. He has, throughout his career, worked across sectors with diverse clients including the ACLU, Sutter Health, and the Rockefeller Foundation. In his previous role as Director of Global Health at McCann Health, Raj facilitated collaboration between McCann, multinational companies, and not-for-profits, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and UNICEF. A former member of the UN Essential Medicines Working Group, Raj has been an invited speaker to numerous institutions, including the Kennedy School of Public Policy at Harvard University, The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, the Imperial College School of Business, and the Qatar Foundation. He holds an MS of Immunology and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta.
Partner, Technology Transactions & Privacy Practice, Perkins Coie
Kirk Soderquist is a partner in the Technology Transactions & Privacy practice in the Seattle office of Perkins Coie and a co-chair of the firm’s Interactive Entertainment practice. His practice is focused on intellectual property and technology licensing, mobile (apps, advertising, payments, adtech, etc.), Cloud enablement & SaaS providers, product counseling, Internet of Things (IoT), digital media, entertainment, advertising and marketing law, mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance. He represents emerging growth and established technology companies in the gaming, entertainment, software, cloud, Internet, social networking, e-commerce, retail, and advertising industries.
Kirk focuses his practice in the Interactive Entertainment industry, representing publishers, developers, companies engaged in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), and distributors, Internet of Things (IoT) manufacturers and providers, social networks, and various game enhancement service providers.
Kirk is a member of the firm’s Retail & Consumer Products industry group which has been ranked in Band 1 in Chambers USA every year since the retail practice rankings were established.
Advisory Board Member
Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA
Founder and CEO of BayouClinic, Inc.
18th United States Surgeon General
Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA served as the 18th United States Surgeon General and is the Founder and CEO of BayouClinic, Inc. She is currently the NOLA.com/Times Picayune Endowed Chair of Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Benjamin specializes in prevention policies and health promotion among individuals as well as large populations, especially concerning obesity, childhood obesity, and children’s health. She has special interest in rural health care, health disparities among socio-economic groups, suicide, violence, and mental health.
From her early days as the Founder of a rural health clinic in Alabama to her leadership role in the worldwide advancement of preventive health, Dr. Regina Benjamin has forged a career that has been recognized by a broad spectrum of organizations and publications. In 1995, she was the first physician under the age of 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees. Other past Board memberships included the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Catholic Health Association, and Morehouse School of Medicine.
Dr. Benjamin is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She has been chosen as a Kellogg National Fellow and Rockefeller Next Generation Leader.
In 1998, Dr. Benjamin was the United States recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. She received the 2000 National Caring Award, which was inspired by Mother Teresa and was recognized with the Papal honor Pro Ecclesia et Ponticifice from Pope Benedict XVI. In 2008, she was honored with a MacArthur Genius Award Fellowship. In 2011, Dr. Benjamin became the recipient of the Chairman’s Award at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards.
In May 2013, Reader’s Digest, ranked her #22 of the “100 Most Trusted People in America.”
Benjamin has a B.S. in chemistry from Xavier University, New Orleans, attended Morehouse School of Medicine, earned an MD degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an MBA from Tulane University. She is the recipient of 23 honorary degrees.
Advisory Board Member
Viola Vaughan-Eden, PHD, MJ, LCSW
Professor and PhD Program Director, Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work, Norfolk State University
President and CEO of UP For Champions
President Emerita, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
Viola Vaughan-Eden is a Professor and the PhD Program Director with the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work at Norfolk State University in Southeastern Virginia. She is also the President and CEO of UP For Champions, a non-profit in partnership with The UP Institute, a think tank for upstream child abuse solutions. As a clinical and forensic social worker, she serves as a consultant and expert witness in child maltreatment cases – principally sexual abuse. She lectures nationally and internationally on child and family welfare to multidisciplinary groups of professionals.
Dr. Vaughan-Eden is President Emerita of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, President Emerita of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence, and Past-President of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work. She is an Advisory Board Member of Darkness to Light, having served as a Board Director (2015-2019).
Dr. Vaughan-Eden serves on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals. She is one of the editors-in-chief of the six-volume 2022 NPEIV Handbook on Interpersonal Violence. Dr. Vaughan-Eden was a panelist on two congressional briefings – 2015 Spare the Rod, Protect the Child: A Reconsideration of Corporal Punishment of Children in Homes and Schools and 2016 Protecting Child Safety in Family Court. She is the recipient of several honors including the 2020 NOFSW Sol Gothard Lifetime Achievement Award, a 2019 Council of Social Work Education Leadership Scholar, and the 2012 National Association of Social Workers-Virginia Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award. See www.violavaughaneden.com
EY Partner and Global Director of Human Capital (retired)
Herb is retired from a 40-year career as a CPA, most of which was as a partner with both Andersen and EY. He consulted on international and domestic tax matters as well as mergers and acquisitions for a variety of organizations, including Fortune 500 and global companies. Herb also served in many leadership roles, including managing partner for the Andersen New York and Northeastern tax practice, and finished his career as the Global Director of Human Capital for EY.
During his career, Herb was responsible for strategy development and management of domestic and global business segments with as many as 3,000 professionals and annual revenues of $1 billion. He traveled extensively during the last 20 years of his career, in the course of his management responsibilities and client engagements, and became familiar with many different cultures and business practices. He is a graduate of The University of Tennessee Business School and Wharton and Insead Executive Development Programs. Herb has served on the boards of several non-profits, including six years as the Treasurer of Darkness to Light, and is continuing to assist Darkness to Light as part of the Advisory Board.
He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army and is a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran. He is a resident of Kiawah Island, SC, and also spends summers in upstate New York on Lake George. He likes spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, on the beach or at the lake.