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Who We Are

Stop It Now! was founded by Fran Henry, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse who learned first hand that standard approaches to keeping children safe from child sexual abuse at that time did not respond to the complex relationships surrounding most abuse. For more about Fran and Stop It Now!'s history, click here.

In 2015, Stop It Now! became an affiliate of Klingberg Family Centers, a private, nonprofit multi-service agency based in New Britain, CT. Founded in 1903, Klingberg's mission is to extend hope and healing to children and families whose lives have been traumatized by abuse and/or neglect in its various forms, severe family problems and mental health issues. 

Stop It Now! Staff

Jenny Coleman, LMHC
Director

Lily Lawrence
Communications Associate

Mackenzie Mathieu-Busher
Helpline Consultant

Micah Waxman
Helpline Consultant/Training & Development Specialist

Patricia Wilcox, LCSW
Vice President of Strategic Development
Klingberg Family Centers

Stop It Now! Advisory Council Members

Cordelia Anderson
Karen Baker, LMSW
Yvonne Cournoyer
Meg O'Rourke, LCSW
Peter Pollard  
Joan Tabachnick

Cordelia Anderson, MA has been working since 1976 to promote sexual health and to prevent all types of sexual harm, abuse, exploitation and violence. She’s conducted over 2,500 presentations/trainings and since 1992 she’s operated her own prevention training and consultation business, through which she works with a wide variety of organizations nationwide.

Karen Baker, LMSW was appointed to serve as Chief Executive Officer of PCAR and NSVRC in 2018. Prior to that, she served as the Director of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), since its opening in 2000. She works with local, state, and national leaders to prevent sexual violence and advocate for social justice.  Ms. Baker is a Managing Partner of Raliance, a Washington DC- based collaborative to end sexual violence in one generation.  With a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas, she has expertise in prevention, messaging, and collaborating for positive social change.   

Yvonne Cournoyer has worked in sexual violence prevention, with an emphasis on child sexual abuse prevention since 2002, both in Minnesota and nationally. As Program Director of Stop It Now! Minnesota she developed the first research based ad campaign targeting adults concerned about their sexual thoughts or behaviors towards children. More recently, she’s the author of the Raliance funded report “Children with Sexual Behavior Problems: Improving Minnesota’s ability to provide early identification and intervention services through policy and practice recommendations”. 

Meg O'Rourke, LCSW has over 20 years’ experience in child welfare, including foster care and adoption, and the child advocacy center model. She created the Education, Outreach and Prevention Department at the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center and worked to promote primary prevention of sexual abuse across Chicago. She has presented nationally at National Children's Advocacy Center, National Children's Alliance and Prevent Child Abuse America conferences, and serves on the Workforce Development Committee of the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition. 

Peter Pollard is a Visiting Fellow at the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), U.S. Dept. of Justice focusing on Engaging Males Who have Experienced Trauma and Violence.  He has worked for the last 30 years as a violence prevention and intervention specialist including 15 years as a state, child-protection social worker; Director of Public Education at Stop It Now!; Communications Director for 1in6, Inc. national organization serving men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences; and as a group facilitator for males participating in an intimate-partner-abuse-prevention program. Since 2003, he has served as the Western Massachusetts coordinator for SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests). 

Joan Tabachnick has developed educational materials and innovative programs for national, state and local organizations over the past 25 years, Joan created the programming for Stop It Now! before starting her own consulting practice. Since then she has been the director of NEARI Press, the executive director of MASOC, and is currently a fellow with the Department of Justice, SMART Office. Joan is also on the executive committee of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, is founding co-chair of ATSA’s prevention committee and serves on a number of statewide task forces. Her recent written work includes a National Sexual Violence Resource publications titled “Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention,” and another titled “Family Reunification after Child Sexual Abuse,” and a publication through the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers called “A Reasoned Approach: The Reshaping of Sex Offender Policy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse.” Visit www.joantabachnick.com for more information.