Bonnie Eisenberg, Administrative Assistant

Bonnie Eisenberg, bonniee@echo.rutgers.edu is the Administrative Assistant for the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance.  Bonnie began working part time in 2004 and recently become a full time staff member.  Before working at Rutgers, Bonnie worked various part time jobs while raising her 3 daughters.  Bonnie is an alumni of Rutgers College where she received a BA in both Business Administration and English.

Brady Root, Prevention Education Coordinator

Brady Root, bradyroo@echo.rutgers.edu is the Prevention Education Coordinator for the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) at Rutgers University. She coordinates the SCREAM Theater program, which uses interactive improvisational theater to educate on issues of interpersonal violence and helped create the SCREAMing to Prevent Violence primary prevention program. Brady is also a University Liaison to the LGBTQ community at Rutgers.

Brady received her Master’s in Social Work with a Certification in Violence Against Women and Children from Rutgers University Graduate School of Social work and recieved her undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy from Rutgers University. Brady has been working with SCREAM Theater since she was an undegraduate at Rutgers and served as a full time AmeriCorps Member at VPVA for two years after her graduation.

Jonél Vilches, Victims of Crime Act Educator

Jonél Vilches, jonel.vilches@rutgers.edu, is the Victims of Crime Act Educator at the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance within Rutgers University’s New Brunswick Campus; his role emphasizes male engagement to not only prevent sexual and domestic violence, but to also provide men with the opportunity to express themselves without concern for social stigmas, and allow for the humanization of male identities. Jonél has been personally invested in violence prevention for several years, both in unison as an activist, and as a Prevention Coordinator within county based non-profits in which he conducted several awareness campaigns, in addition to the implementation of primary prevention strategies.  Through identifying alongside and having worked with historically oppressed voices of layered identities, he seeks to ensure each and every individual is heard in order to see an end to violence, and strives for an intersectional approach in every aspect of advocacy, violence prevention, and social equity.

Lisa Smith, Coordinator for Domestic Violence Services

Lisa Smith, smithlj@echo.rutgers.edu is the Coordinator for Domestic Violence Services in the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  She began her work at Rutgers in February 2001 after serving as Director of Outreach Services for the YWCA of Eastern Union County New Jersey, Union County’s lead domestic violence agency.   Lisa has been working in the field of interpersonal violence for over twenty years, and has conducted many speaking engagements and training sessions on domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, diversity and LGBT issues.  Lisa is a University Liaison to the LGBT community and serves as an Advisor to the Queer Student Alliance.  Lisa is a part time lecturer for the Graduate School of Social Work and conducts workshops for the University’s Continuing Education department.  She is formerly a member of the Board of Trustees for the NJ Coalition for Battered Women.

Prior to her work in interpersonal violence, Lisa spent several years working in higher education in residence life, judicial affairs and counseling centers.  She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Student Development from Radford University, and is certified as a Domestic Violence Specialist in the State of New Jersey.

Loren Linscott, Director

Loren Linscott is the Director for the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance.  He has invested the last seventeen years of his career towards shaping policy, strategies, and designing programs to address interpersonal violence.  Mr. Linscott has worked in a multitude of diverse community settings such as high schools, military installations throughout the world, family protection units in Iraq, and both urban and rural areas in multiple locations around the United States.  He has used innovative methods such as original productions of theatrical-based performances, a feature-length film, a 375 page graphic novel, survivor-centered trauma healing groups, and interactive group-based discussions to engage community members in preventing and responding to teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and gender-based violence. Mr. Linscott has implemented these programs for several non-profit organizations, the U.S. Department of State, and most recently the Secretary of the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Office in Washington D.C.

In addition to program development and evaluation, Mr. Linscott has over ten years of experience providing direct services to individuals who have endured sexual assault and intimate partner violence. He has served as a domestic violence victim advocate, sexual assault response team member, domestic violence shelter worker, and social services case manager.

Mr. Linscott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University, Master of Science in Criminology from Northern Arizona University, and has completed his coursework towards his Doctorate degree in Criminology.

Maddy Zijdel, Peer Education Coordinator

Maddy Zijdel, mzijdel@echo.rutgers.edu, is a Peer Education Coordinator at the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance. She is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of New Jersey. She started her work with VPVA in September 2014. While attending the Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work, she completed her second year clinical internship with VPVA. She received her Master’s in Social Work degree with a certification in Violence against Women and Children in May 2015. After graduating, Maddy spent some time working with the Rutgers Center on Violence against Women and Children on a campus climate survey. Maddy then worked as a prevention specialist/coordinator and safe house advocate at SAFE in Hunterdon, a non-profit domestic violence and sexual assault agency in Flemington, NJ. In November 2017 Maddy rejoined VPVA as a staff member.

Will Pauwels, Coordinator of Special Programs

Will Pauwels, William.Pauwels@echo.rutgers.edu, is the Coordinator of Special Programs at the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance. He attended Rutgers University earning his Bachelor’s degree in May 2017, and will be earning his Masters of Education in College Student Affairs degree in May 2019. Will has been with VPVA as a Graduate Intern for the past two years, and has assisted as a focus group coordinator on research related to interpersonal violence with the Center on Violence against Women and Children during that time. Within his role at VPVA, Will is also working to bring more males into conversations and engagement around ending violence. Will also plans on earning his MSW degree and licensure within the next few years.