BOARD OF DIRECTORS

LEADING THE WAY

A STATEMENT FROM THE CHILD USA BOARD OF DIRECTORS, April 20, 2024

The Board of Directors of CHILD USA recently learned of a confidential complaint filed with the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania regarding allegations of misconduct made against attorney Brian Kent. At the time, Mr. Kent was a member of CHILD USA’s Board of Directors.
As soon as this information came to the attention of CHILD USA’s Board, it immediately took action to address the allegations against Mr. Kent. On April 15, 2024, Mr. Kent tendered his resignation to the Board without further comment. Mr. Kent had not informed the Board of the complaint filed against him prior to his resignation.
It is the CHILD USA Board’s understanding that the complaint remains under confidential investigation by the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. CHILD USA believes survivors of sexual abuse and remains focused on its mission of helping kids stay kids. CHILD USA has not and never will condone the behavior of abusers and has not and never will protect or harbor those abusers.

For more, The Philadelphia Inquirer April 27, 2024

JAMES R. MARSH, ESQ.
Chairman of the Board

James Marsh has over 30 years of experience advocating for children, victims, and survivors from New York City family court to the United States Supreme Court. The organization he founded in Washington, DC—the Children’s Law Center—has helped over 50,000 at-risk and vulnerable children receive free legal advocacy over the past 25 years valued at over 125 million dollars. He has been instrumental in passing major laws on behalf of victims and survivors of childhood sexual abuse, online child sexual exploitation, and child pornography. His case on compensation for victims of child pornography in federal criminal restitution proceedings was decided by the United States Supreme Court in 2014. That case, United States v. Paroline, led to the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act of 2018 which passed the House and Senate by unanimous consent and was signed into law in 2018.

James is an experienced trial attorney and frequent commentator, lecturer, and author on legal issues affecting children and victims of sex abuse and exploitation. He founded the Marsh Law Firm in New York, which is recognized worldwide for its work helping sexually abused victims and survivors obtain justice and rebuild their lives with dignity and respect.

 

RICHARD TOLLNER
Treasurer of the Board

Richard Tollner is a former banker, real estate investor with three decades of experience, a clergy abuse survivor and Pro-Bono Lobbyist for Child Sex Abuse legislation. He has accumulated over fifty years of Board of Directorships serving churches, municipalities, chamber of commerce, libraries, charitable organizations, as well as corporate and business interests.

Richard worked in New York State as  pro-bono lobbyist for the passage of the Child Victims Act for twelve years. He is a speaker on clergy sex abuse survivorship. He has been an outspoken advocate of sex abuse victims since coming out in 2002 during the Boston Sex Abuse scandal, naming names in New York State, long before the MeToo movement exploded.

A long term fundraiser, Richard has helped raise a few million dollars for, American Cancer Society, Veteran organizations, To Love A Child, Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley, churches and libraries, among others. He has founded 501c3 organizations, created major fundraisers, and helped numerous charitable and nonprofit organizations deliver their message to the public, as well as, the legislative sector.

Richard is the Treasurer of CHILD USA, where he diligently reviews and oversees that our donations and grants, are directed to the best use, to support children with our mission statement.

BRITTANY HENDERSON, ESQ. 

Secretary of the Board

 

Brittany Henderson is a partner at Edwards Henderson Lehrman. Representing crime victims and survivors of sexual abuse in civil litigation, she is dedicated to providing her clients with the highest quality legal services and, at the same time, making substantial, positive changes for the common good. In 2016, Brittany was recognized for obtaining one of the top 50 jury verdicts in the United States resulting from a high profile sexual abuse case that she litigated with Brad Edwards in Federal Court in Chicago, Illinois and again in 2018, on behalf of a young woman who was sexually assaulted while working as a crew member on a large yacht.

Brittany is the co-author of Relentless Pursuit: My Fight for the Victims of Jeffrey Epstein and was featured in the Lifetime production Surviving Jeffrey Epstein as a result of the tremendous work that she has done on behalf of the survivors of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

In addition to being a fearless advocate for crime victims, Brittany has co-founded two progressive charities for sexual abuse survivors and is committed to making a difference both in the courtroom and in the community. Brittany has been recognized as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers and by the National Trial Lawyers Association’s “Top 40 Under 40.” 

BENJAMIN D. ANDREOZZI, ESQ.

Benjamin D. Andreozzi is a Pennsylvania based lawyer who has spent most of his 20+ year legal career advocating for children. After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, Ben worked for a regional commercial litigation law firm. In search of a purpose driven career, Ben founded the law firm now known as Andreozzi +Foote, which represents survivors of sexual abuse in civil cases across the country. The firm’s core focus is life changing result for victims and their families. Ben has represented survivors in cases that have captured headlines across the country like Penn State/Jerry Sandusky, the Catholic Church, Boy Scouts of America, and many others. He has lectured across the country to lawyers and advocates on issues related to child sexual abuse, and has made appearance on all of the major national networks.

Every day Ben seeks to improve the safety of children by ensuring organizations entrusted with their care and supervision implement the most advanced safety protocols. He takes pride in advocating for survivors not just in the courtroom, but also through policy reform. Ben enjoys warm weather, laughing, and spending as much time as possible with his wife, three young kids, and two golden retrievers (in no particular order).

 

JUSTIN CONWAY

Justin Conway is co-founder of Violet Rhino Productions, a media company focused on producing meaningful literary, film, and photographic content. He is an avid raconteur through both words and photographs. His photographs have appeared on Good Morning America, numerous television outlets, as well as in books, magazines and online publications. His philanthropic work has focused on serving vulnerable children through board service with organizations such as CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the Camden Community Family Center, which is dedicated to providing a safe and healthy environment for children during court ordered supervised visitation. He currently serves as an ambassador for CHILD USA, a national think tank committed to ending child abuse and neglect. He was was instrumental in passing the Hidden Predator Act of Georgia that serves to protect vulnerable children and expose predators. The Hidden Predator Act was instrumental in exposing the cover up by USA Gymnastics in multiple abuse cases, including the case against Larry Nassar.  He currently splits his time between Coastal Georgia and Paris with his brilliant wife, Jennifer Niven, and their semi-feral children.

JEFFREY FRITZ, ESQ.

Jeffrey P. Fritz, Esq. is experienced in representing crime victims on behalf of survivors of murder, assault, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse. He is with the law firm of Soloff & Zervanos in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York.

He represented multiple victims of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky in claims against Penn State University for child sexual abuse and has represented victims of child sexual abuse within religious organizations, medical facilities, schools, daycare facilities, sports organizations, and other institutions.

Mr. Fritz is a 1996 Cum Laude graduate of Widener University School of Law. He is a member of the bar in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is also a charter member, advisory board member, and past president (2010 & 2011) of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, a national organization of attorneys and professionals devoted to obtaining civil justice for the victims of crime. Mr. Fritz is also a member of the American Association for Justice and the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Associations.

Jeffrey P. Fritz has authored several articles regarding civil justice for crime victims in national publications such as Trial Magazine, The Victim Advocate, and Victim Voice. He has served as a lecturer on civil justice for attorneys, victims, and victim service providers throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey and nationally. 

TOM KRUMINS

Tom Krumins is a coalition building social impact consultant and entrepreneur currently working in the fields of child abuse prevention and poverty reduction. He has trained aspiring medical students, supported patients at behavioral health clinics, helped formerly incarcerated individuals reenter society and launch businesses, provided hospice care, joined innovative start-ups, built grassroots coalitions, contributed to political campaigns, developed cash relief pilot programs, and assisted in efforts to lobby for a child tax credit.

Tom is also a victim and survivor of child sexual abuse during his time in the Boy Scouts. As one of 82,000 claimants in the Boy Scouts Ch 11 bankruptcy, he has shared both his story and understanding of the bankruptcy process with national news outlets, documentarians, international training programs, and a Medium series. He appears in the Netflix documentary Scouts Honor. He is also focused on advancing legislation to reform the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse in his home state of South Carolina.
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MARY LIU, ESQ.

Mary Liu is a partner with Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC.  She joined the firm in 2012.  After graduating from the University of Florida in 1994 with a Bachelor’s of Science, Mary spent the first 13 years of her career in management consulting, executive coaching, and human resources.  In 2010, Mary graduated summa cum laude while earning her J.D. from the Nova Southeastern University School of Law, ranking in the top 2% of her graduating class. 

Mary focuses her practice on sexual abuse and assault, medical device, and pharmaceutical litigation.  Mary is leading the AWKO’s nationwide Catholic clergy and Boy Scouts sexual abuse and assault litigations.  She is passionate about representing victims and survivors, and giving them a strong platform to have their stories heard.

Prior to joining AWKO, Mary served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida, representing the state in civil prosecutions of cases involving child abuse, abandonment, and neglect.  Mary also ran a successful family law practice, representing clients in cases involving the dissolution of marriage and domestic partnerships, child custody and support, and grandparent visitation disputes.  In addition to her extensive experience as a practicing attorney, Mary also served as an Assistant Professor of Law at Irvine University College of Law, where she taught courses in Civil Procedure and Community Property.

Mary is licensed to practice law in Florida and California, and she is currently serving as the co-chair of the American Association for Justice’s Website and Social Media Content Liability litigation group.

HILLARY M. NAPPI, ESQ.

Hillary M. Nappi is a Partner at Hach Rose Schirripa & Cheverie LLP and practices in complex civil litigation. Ms. Nappi has been selected by Super Lawyers as Metro Rising Star in civil litigation from 2018 through 2022.

Ms. Nappi leads the firm’s Victims’ Rights practice group and provides a trauma-informed approach to all of our clients. She is litigating hundreds of cases on behalf of survivors of sexual abuse and assault against several institutions – both public and private – in the wake of the passage of New York and New Jersey’s revival statutes allowing once time-barred claims to be heard.  Ms. Nappi has successfully resolved these sexual abuse cases prior to trial, resulting in millions of dollars in recovery for survivors.  Ms. Nappi is also representing plaintiffs across the county in §1983 actions and has secured recoveries as a result of their discrimination.

Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Nappi spent nine years working at the law offices of Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP.  While in law school, Ms. Nappi worked as a legal assistant/paralegal to the firm’s Chairman, David Boies. After her admission to the bar, Ms. Nappi was promoted to Staff Attorney. As a Staff Attorney, Ms. Nappi was on the trial team assigned to work on Starr International v. The United States, No. 1:11-cv-00779-TCW. At the time, the case was the largest ever filed against the United States Government, alleging that the Government’s acquisition of AIG equity and subsequent actions relating to a reverse stock split were unlawful. Ms. Nappi later joined a boutique litigation firm in Westchester County, where she honed her trial skills in criminal defense, commercial litigation, family law, and estate litigation.

Ms. Nappi is admitted to the Bars of the states of New York and New Jersey and to the United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern, Western, and Northern Districts of New York and District of New Jersey but has successfully been admitted pro hac vice to practice in other states including Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi.

Ms. Nappi earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Pace University’s Pleasantville Campus. Ms. Nappi later received her Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law (now the Elisabeth Haub School of Law).

JEFFREY R. PICKERING

Jeffrey R. Pickering is a former catcher, veteran philanthropy executive, and lifelong surfer. He is currently the President and CEO of Indian River Community Foundation in Vero Beach, Florida where he serves as a trusted advisor to some of the country’s most generous philanthropists. Mr. Pickering is a TEDx Speaker and published author of “Better at the Broken Places,” a powerful story he wrote to recover from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse, to help other survivors, and to affect change in systems that continue to protect child sex abusers from prosecution. He is married to Stephanie Brooks Pickering and is father to Colin, Olivia, and Grant.

MIKE RINDER

Mike Rinder was born and raised in Australia by scientologist parents. He joined scientology’s elite corps, the Sea Org at 18, and rose to sit on the board of the Church of Scientology International and become scientology’s international spokesperson for more than 20 years as well as heading its Office of Special Affairs.

In 2007 he escaped scientology.  His entire family disconnected from him. He became a whistleblower against scientology abuses which has culminated in three seasons of the Emmy award winning Leah Remini: Scientology and The Aftermath. That show has changed public perception of scientology and given a voice to many of its victims. 

KATHLEEN K ROGNESS, ESQ.

Kathleen K Rogness, better known as Kay Rogness, recently retired after 17 years as Executive Director of the FRVBC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that supported amateur team sports, and Executive Director of the Front Range Volleyball Club, an organization that provided teams and instruction primarily for junior high and high school age girls in the Denver, Colorado area. During her tenure at the Foundation, Kay grew a local tournament known as the Colorado Crossroads from an event of 116 teams into a highly acclaimed national and international event annually hosting 1500 teams and 58,000 attendees with a revenue stream of more than $3,000,000. Crossroads was one of America’s largest indoorvolleyball tournaments, attracting teams from as far away as China and Brazil. It’s economic impact on the Denver area was estimated by the city to be in excess of $28,000,000 yearly. Prior to relocating to Colorado from Illinois, Kay had turned her original post-college career as a Montessori pre-school teacher into an abiding interest in sports participation as a means of assisting young girls advance to high levels of competition in the USA Volleyball program and to obtain college scholarships for playing the sport just as the impact of Title IX was coming into focus. She helped found a volleyball organization in Illinois that she later discovered employed a coach who was a serial abuser of young girls, one of whom was her own daughter. She worked for years with a group of survivors from that organization to obtain justice for them. One of these survivors subsequently won the Whistleblower Award from CHILD USA in 2022.

During this time, Kay, who had resigned from volleyball, went to law school at the University of Denver. Her primary goal was to develop the legal skills to enact change in the culture and the laws to protect children from abusers. She returned to Illinois where she practiced civil litigation before relocating permanently to Colorado, all the while working with the abuse victims she knew to effect change at national volleyball organizations such as USA Volleyball and AAU Volleyball specifically and junior sports in general. Kay was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She has two daughters and three grandchildren.

SUSANNA L. SOUTHWORTH, ESQ.

Dr. Susanna Southworth is dedicated to ending human trafficking and child sexual exploitation. Through her law firm, Restore the Child, PLLC, she represents victims of abuse, online exploitation, child sex abuse material (CSAM), and sex trafficking. Susanna’s mission is for her clients to experience a new beginning, to a life free from the pain of past abuse, while receiving maximum recovery for their harm. Since obtaining her license in 2004 to practice law in Washington State, Susanna has advocated for vulnerable populations. These areas include immigration (removal defense and U visas for victims of abuse), criminal (excluding sex offenses), and guardianships and estate planning. She holds certifications in collaborative law and basic mediation training. Susanna serves survivors of child sex trafficking in her leadership as president of the Rotary Club of the Pacific Northwest Ending Sex Trafficking during the 2022-2023 Rotary year. In addition, she serves on the leadership boards for CHILD USAdvocacy, Compassion Washington, and the Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS) to help survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation. Prior to forming Restore the Child, PLLC, Susanna represented survivors in numerous lawsuits against websites and hotel brands for their facilitation of child sex trafficking, including the first case to not be defeated at the motion to dismiss stage and reach global resolution against a well-known website. She brings experience representing survivors of child sex abuse in high stakes litigation to Restore the Child with an unyielding commitment to protect the most vulnerable and fight for justice.

 

Susanna has a heart for mentoring youth and a passion for education. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science with Emphases in Comparative Politics and Public Administration Subfields from The University of Utah; a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas Law School; and, a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, European Studies Emphasis from The University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science at Pacific Lutheran University and Lecturer for the University of Washington Tacoma. Susanna passionately believes that trafficking prevention education that is trauma-informed is key to ending child sexual exploitation. To this end, she is working toward completion of a Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies with the Trauma Research Foundation. Susanna has presented trainings to government and nonprofit entities across the country to educate on child sex trafficking and child sexual exploitation. Susanna strives to end child sexual exploitation through prevention education, empowering youth in higher education, and powerful but trauma-informed advocacy for her clients.

ELYSSE STOLPE, ESQ.

Elysse Stolpe has served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Waynesboro, Virginia since 2015. In this role she primarily prosecutes cases involving child abuse and exploitation, sexual assault, and homicide. Over her career she has prosecuted a wide variety of misdemeanors and felonies in General District, Juvenile and Domestic Relations, and Circuit Courts.  Prior to joining the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Stolpe practiced law in Washington, D.C., as a litigation associate in the fields of international arbitration and complex commercial litigation at the international law firm Dentons. 

Stolpe is an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, where she teaches Trial Advocacy to second and third year law students. She currently serves as a member of the Hollins University Alumnae Board, as a Commissioner on the Child USA Game Over Commission, and as Chair of the Board of Directors for New Directions Center, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  In spring 2014, Stolpe published her note “MS-13 and Domestic Juvenile Sex Trafficking: Causes, Correlates, and Solutions” in the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, the journal for which she also served as senior executive editor. 

Stolpe graduated summa cum laude with honors from Hollins University in 2010, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and earned a B.A. in history and international studies, and a certificate in leadership studies. She earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2014. 

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CHRISTINE S. EWAN, JD

Ms. Ewan is the Senior Executive Director of Development at the University of Pennsylvania for Penn Medicine where she oversees the planned giving and blended giving program for the Perelman School of Medicine, the Abramson Cancer Center, and the University of Pennsylvania Health System which includes six hospitals.  Christine’s planned giving team supports over 50 frontline fundraisers and she trains all levels of development staff in both planned giving fundraising and blended giving as well as major gift fundraising.  She has worked at Penn Medicine for 16 years with prior fundraising experience at Pace University in New York, NY as the Director of Development for the Lubin School of Business and as a Major Gift & Planned Giving Officer.  Christine is a graduate of Clemson University and received her JD from Widener University School of Law.  Prior to entering nonprofit fundraising, she practiced law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Christine resides in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania with her husband, son and golden retriever, Oliver.

DR. LESLIE GRIFFIN

Dr. Leslie C. Griffin is the William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. Professor Griffin, who teaches constitutional law, is known for her interdisciplinary work in law and religion. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She is author of the Foundation Press casebooks, Law and Religion: Cases and Materials (4th edition, 2017) and Practicing Bioethics Law (2d ed. 2021), which was co-authored with Joan H. Krause, Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Learning Constitutional Law, written with Penn Professor Marci Hamilton, will be published in 2022 by Cognella Press. 

KAREN ROONEY

Karen Rooney attended Old Dominion University and worked in Human Resources for Kennedy Health System. Her extensive work with the March of Dimes and other non-profits brings to our organization a wealth of experience in fundraising and event planning.

 

JOHN F. SALVESON

John Salveson is a successful entrepreneur, business leader and board director with expert knowledge of human capital management, leadership transition and succession, business strategy and governance. John has more than 30 years of experience in professional services, serving a broad range of clients from diverse industry sectors. He serves as a trusted advisor to business owners, senior executives, investors and board directors, helping them create shareholder and stakeholder value though the effective combination of business and organizational strategy and talent.

John is Co-Founder and Principal of Salveson Stetson Group, Inc. (SSG) a multi-specialty, retained executive search firm. The firm has grown rapidly and profitably into a nationally recognized, mid-sized executive search practice and is a member of IIC Partners (www.iicpartners.com), one of the top ten retained executive search groups in the world with 53 offices in 35 countries. SSG’s clients range from Fortune 50 to private small and mid-sized companies. Since its founding in 1996, the firm has performed successful executive search assignments for more than 150 companies in the United States and Europe. Industry specializations include pharmaceuticals, wholesale distribution, distributed services, healthcare, nonprofits, manufacturing, business/professional services. Search assignments include Board Directors, President/CEO, COO, CFO, CMO, CIO and other senior level executive positions. John serves as Practice Leader for the firm’s Wholesale Distribution Specialty Practice. Before co-founding Salveson Stetson in 1996, John served as Vice President and Director of Client Services of Right Management Consultants. Before that, he helped launch and grow Human Service Systems, Inc., an employee assistance program provider.

Through his leadership roles with several large nonprofit organizations, John has recruited and developed executives and board members and served as a subject matter expert on human resources, talent management, governance, succession planning, executive coaching, and organization development. During his ten years as a Board Member, Vice Chairman and Member of the Executive Committee for The Philadelphia Orchestra he played a critical role in the search for two CEOs, the transition to a new Board Chair, and helped manage a host of issues related to the Orchestra’s transition into and out of bankruptcy. As a Board Member and now Vice Chairman of WHYY, John plays a leadership role in diversifying contributed revenue for the organization, both from individuals and corporations. At the United Way, John has served as a member of the recent CEO Search Committee.

John is also the Founder and President of the Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse, Inc. (FACSA). He has been a frequent public speaker on the issue of child sexual abuse, and has received international print, radio and television coverage in his role as an advocate.

John holds both Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Notre Dame. John recently received the 2015 Eleanor H. Raynolds Award, given annually to an executive search professional who combines excellence in search with a strong commitment to volunteerism. He and his wife Susan live in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.