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.

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.

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.

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.