Laura Luciano, Interim Director

Laura Luciano, lluciano@echo.rutgers.edu is the Interim Director in the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance.  She began her work in the anti-sexual violence field as a student activist here at Rutgers during her time as an undergraduate.  After receiving her M.A. in Counseling from The College of New Jersey, she worked for the Camden County Domestic Violence program providing counseling to women in shelter and co-facilitating a batters’ intervention program.  She then combined her passion for the anti-sexual violence movement with her love of working with traditional college aged students and became a Program Coordinator for VPVA in 2001.  In July 2007 she became the Assistant Director.  She provides counseling, advocacy and crisis intervention to crime victims- primarily survivors of sexual and dating violence and victims of stalking.  In addition, she coordinates some of the office’s awareness events and programs, provides relevant training and educational programs, and coordinates the 40 hour training for the University’s confidential sexual violence advocates.  In 2011, Laura was honored by her Colleagues when she received the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) Excellence in Advocacy Award for her work with survivors of sexual violence.

Laura is a University Liaison to the LGBT community, serves as an advisor to Take Back the Night and is a member of the Bias Prevention and Education Committee.  She also conducts workshops for the University’s Continuing Education department.  Laura is on the Board of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault and is an appointed member of the New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council Against Sexual Violence. 

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.

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.

Jean Semelfort, Prevention Education Coordinator

Jean Semelfort, Jean.Semelfort@echo.rutgers.ed, is the Prevention Education Coordinator of the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance. Jean began this work at Ramapo College of New Jersey’s Women’s Center engaging men on campus on the intersections between unhealthy characteristics of masculinity and gender based violence. He has continued to work with individuals on developing healthier ideas of masculinity in various settings ranging from schools to prisons. Jean is a licensed professional counselor who received his Master’s in Counseling Psychology at the College of Saint Elizabeth. He effectively merges feminist principles with his clinical skills to address issues surrounding domestic violence, sexual assault, and trauma. Jean is dedicated to continuing his work here at Rutgers University through programs and workshops geared towards challenging problematic structures of masculinity and helping students develop healthier identities.

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.