Board of Directors
Andrew Smiler, PhD (President)
Ann Boyer, M.D.
Joel Filmore, PhD, LCPC
Anthony Goldsmith, MA, BCETS
Andrew Schmutzer, PhD
Murray Schane, MD
Advisory Board of Directors
Shira M. Berkovits, PhD, JD
Christine Courtois, PhD
Eli Zal, LCSW
Elissa Brown, Ph.D.
Richard Gartner, PhD
Ken Singer, LCSW
Larry Morris, PhD
Marci Hamilton, JD
Jane Flinn, PhD
Vincent Felitti, MD
Board of Directors
Dr. Ann Boyer specializes in Ob/ Gyn, focusing on underserved populations. She is the founder of the non-profit organization, BirdSong, which provides peer support for women survivors. Dr. Boyer currently serves on the Research and Training Committees of MaleSurvivor.
Dr. Joel Filmore, EdD, LCPC is a nationally known professional counselor, educator, researcher, author, trainer, and public speaker. Along with his group clinical practice, he is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the graduate Mental Health Counseling Program in the School of Professional and Continuing Education at Springfield College, in Milwaukee Wisconsin. As a survivor of human sex trafficking, Dr. Filmore has dedicated his personal and professional career to addressing other’s trauma, focusing on helping them achieve amazing lives, and not merely surviving their traumatic experiences. Dr. Filmore engages in research related to multiculturalism, LGBT issues, race/gender/sexual orientation identity development, trauma & abuse, sex-trafficking, sex offender issues, as well as addictions/substance abuse. He a published author and has produced an edited book titled Affirmative Counseling with the LGBTQI+ Population: Current and Emerging Issues, along with Dr. Misty Ginicola and Dr. Cheri Smith. He is working on the follow up book, Affirmative Counseling with Queer People of Color, as well as a new Introduction to Counseling from a multicultural Perspective (working title), to be published by Cognella Publishing.
Tony Goldsmith is a therapist in Media, Pennsylvania. A board certified expert in traumatic stress, he has worked with children, adolescents, couples, and families for more than 25 years. Mr. Goldsmith has previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of the J. J. Peters Institute and the Clinical Director of Family Support Line in Media PA. He joined the Male Survivor board in January, 2017.
Allan Roberts has been a member of MaleSurvivor for over 20 years. His professional life started as a college professor at St. Olaf and Macalester Colleges in Minnesota while he was starting his performing career with Minnesota Opera and other regional opera companies. He lived in New York City for over 30 years as his performing career expanded. He left performing in 1993 and worked in management for a large commercial bank, from which he recently retired. He currently lives in Monroe Township, NJ with his wife and is the father of two sons and proud grandfather to three grandsons.
Andrew J. Schmutzer PhD, is Professor of Biblical Studies at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago. As an abuse survivor and theologian, he and his wife (a licensed therapist) speak regularly to faith communities and mission agencies as advocates for victims and the need for holistic healing. In addition to academic articles, Dr. Schmutzer has edited or co-written several books on abuse, including The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused (ed.), Naming Our Abuse: God’s Pathways to Healing for Male Sexual Abuse Survivors (co-authors Daniel A. Gorski, David Carlson), and most recently “Sexual Abuse: Suffering from a Host of Betrayals,” in Between Pain & Grace: A Biblical Theology of Suffering (co-author Gerald W. Peterman). He joined the Male Survivor board in February, 2017.
Andrew P. Smiler is a therapist and author residing in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Smiler has a longstanding interest in the health and well-being of boys and men, and has worked with male survivors throughout his therapeutic career. Dr. Smiler is author of the award winning “Dating and Sex: A Guide for the 21st Century Teen Boy” and co-author of the best-selling Men’s Studies textbook, “The Masculine Self (5th ed.)” with Chris Kilmartin. He joined the Male Survivor board in June, 2015 and became Board President in January, 2017.
Advisory Board of Directors
Shira M. Berkovits, PhD, JD
Shira M. Berkovits received her psychology Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, CUNY and her J.D. from Cardozo School of Law. She has completed postdoctoral psychology fellowships at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center where she treated children with trauma backgrounds, and at Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities where she conducted clinical interviews of criminal defendants and recommended rehabilitative alternatives to incarceration.
Dr. Berkovits has trained extensively in areas of criminal justice reform, youth advocacy, and child protection, including at such nationally acclaimed organizations as the Innocence Project, Center for Court Innovation, and Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. In the course of her work she has represented battered women and adolescent defendants, mediated legal disputes, traveled to the Thai-Myanmar border as a Global Justice Fellow to combat violence against women and children, and co-authored Rethinking Rikers, a report for the NYC Board of Corrections recommending an end to solitary confinement and a shift from a correctional to therapeutic model for incarcerated youth.
Currently Dr. Berkovits is consulting, training, and lecturing for Jewish communities around the world on ways to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse. She is author of the forthcoming book: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Synagogue Professionals and Lay Leaders.
Originally from Boston, England, Alastair has a background in social work and research with over twenty five years experience in various settings. Whilst studying to become a child protection social worker at De Montfort University, Leicester in the mid 1990’s, he soon realised that his chosen profession seemed unwilling and/or unable to acknowledge that the sexual abuse of boys and men was a serious issue – and so began a long journey of discovery and activism that lead to him currently living and working in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Inspired by childhood experiences and professional ambivalence, he carried out research related to the sexual abuse of boys and men as a university student, and used this opportunity as a catalyst to become a founder member of the First Step project in Leicester in 1997, providing services to adult male survivors of sexual abuse. Four years later, whilst taking a career break, he travelled to South East Asia, which proved to be a turning point in his life. Returning to statutory social work in the UK, his sense of adventure lead to him seeking new opportunities in Cambodia in 2004 where he became a technical advisor for a local NGO, responsible for developing social work training and support services.
In 2007 he lead a team of Cambodian researchers and carried out the very first research to focus on the sexual abuse of males in that country, leading to the publication of “I thought it could never happen to boys” in 2008. Since that time he has worked with local people, organisations and international donors to set up First Step Cambodia, a unique local NGO dedicated to providing services to male survivors and their supporters. In 2010 he received the Ken Singer award for Preventative Interventions from Male Survivor and recently became a member of their advisory board. Since 2009 he has also been an active member of the UK based Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Advisory Panel in Cambodia.
Over the last decade or so he has contributed to and written articles related to the sexual abuse of males for The Guardian and Independent newspapers in the UK, social work journal Community Care and more recently co-authored briefing papers for The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) based in South Africa. He has also developed a specialist training curriculum for those working with male survivors of abuse which is currently transforming the way in which this issue is considered in Cambodia.
Christine A. Courtois, Ph. D.
Dr. Christine A. Courtois is a Psychologist in independent practice (Christine A. Courtois, PhD & Associates, PLC) in Washington, DC. She is Co-Founder and past Clinical and Training Director of The CENTER: Posttraumatic Disorders Program at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland in College Park, in 1979. Dr. Courtois has authored three books, Recollections of Sexual Abuse: Treatment Principles and Guidelines (1999), Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A Workshop Model (1993), and Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy (1988) and is currently co-editing a book on complex trauma treatment; she has also published numerous articles and chapters on related topics. Dr. Courtois has received the following professional awards: the 2007 University of Maryland College of Education Alumni Outstanding Professional Award; the 2007 Outstanding Contributions to Professional Practice Award from Division 56 (Psychological Trauma), American Psychological Association; the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, the 2005 Distinguished Contribution to the Psychology of Women Award from the Committee on the Psychology of Women, American Psychological Association; the 2003 Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; the 2001 Cornelia Wilbur Award, International Society for the Study of Dissociation; and the 1996 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology As A Professional Practice, American Psychological Association. She routinely conducts professional training locally, nationally, and internationally on topics related to traumatic stress. Currently, Dr. Courtois is Co-Director of the Maryland Psychological Association’s Post-Doctoral Institute on Psychological Trauma (2007-2008).
Eli Zal, LCSW
Eli Zal has been providing psychotherapy and couples counseling in my office in Greenwich Village since 1993. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (New York State License R047079). Mr. Zal received a Masters in Social Work from New York University (1993) and certification in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (1997). During his graduate training, he worked for a year each at the Alcoholism Counsel of New York and Southbeach Psychiatric Center. He is also certified in EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (2001), which can be helpful in working with traumatic memories.
In addition to his psychotherapy practice, he also supervise therapists in training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. He provides group supervision on sexual abuse issues to the therapy staff at the Callen-Lourde Community Health Center. He is also on the faculty of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.
Currently, Mr. Zal is on the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. Additionally, he is a former Board member of SAGE: Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders.
Elissa Brown, Ph. D.
Dr. Brown is Professor of Psychology and Executive Director of the Child HELP (Heal, Empower, Learn, Prevent) Partnership at St. John’s University. Her primary clinical and research interests include the prevention and treatment of child trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder. She has participated in research on the assessment and treatment of sexual assault, child physical abuse, and bereavement related to traumatic circumstances (such as September 11th, 2001). Dr. Brown has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, New York State Office of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Justice, and Private Foundations to evaluate treatments for traumatized children and adolescents, many of whom are from culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged populations. She is the Director of a Category III affiliate site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator of a DOJ Safe Start Initiative, in which the PARTNERS team is examining the engagement, retention, and outcomes of families in a randomized clinical trial examining the effectiveness of Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for family conflict and physical abuse. Dr. Brown is a member of several national and international organizations dedicated to improving mental health services for traumatized children and is on the Board of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
Karen J. Terry, PHD
KAREN J. TERRY, PH.D., is an associate professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Deputy Executive Officer of the doctoral program in criminal justice, CUNY. She holds a doctorate in Criminology from Cambridge University and is a member of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration. Her research interests revolve around treatment, management and supervision of sex offenders, and she is currently the Principal Investigator of a study assessing the causes and context of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests. She teaches undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level classes on Sex Crimes. Among her publications is the book Sexual Offenses and Offenders: Theory, Practice and Policy and Registration and Community Notification: A “Megan’s Law” Sourcebook.
Ken Singer, M.S.W., LCSW
Ken Singer is executive director of NJ ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers), and past president of MaleSurvivor – the National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization (NOMSV). He has specialized in treating male survivors and juvenile and adult sex abusers since 1978. He developed the first sexual abuse treatment program in a child protective services agency (DYFS) in New Jersey that year. In 1984 Ken was asked to set up the state’s first juvenile sex abuser treatment program at the Pinelands Residential Group Treatment Center.
He has been an appointed member and co-author of the National Task Force on Juvenile Sexual Offending from 1996 to 1992, and a member and co-author of the National Offense-Specific Residential Standards Task Force from 1997 to 1999. He is on the advisory board of Child Assault Prevention (CAP) of NJ and the board of directors of Stop It Now!, an international organization working to prevent potential abusers from committing sexual offenses.
He has a private practice in Lambertville, NJ working primarily with male survivors and adult and juvenile sexual abusers in individual and group treatment. His first book, Evicting the Perpetrator: A Male Survivor’s Guide for Recovery from Child Sexual Abuse, is in press with a 2009 publication date.
Larry A. Morris, Ph.D. is a psychologist with a private clinical and forensic consulting practice in Tucson. He has over 30 years of experience evaluating and treating female, male, adolescent, and adult victims and/or perpetrators of interpersonal violence. He has performed hundreds of forensic evaluations and testified as an expert witness in state, federal, or military court in cases of murder, rape, assault, domestic violence, and child sexual abuse. He has served as director, consultant, or trainer on several research, demonstration, and training projects funded by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare; National Institute of Mental Health; National Center for Child Advocacy; Office of Education; National Institute of Justice; Office for Victims of Crimes; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Dr. Morris is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and one of the founding members and a past president of the National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization (Male Survivor). He also served as president of Arizona Psychological Association and Southern Arizona Psychological Association.
Dr. Morris is author or co-author of numerous articles, reports, and book chapters. His books include: Teach Me, Baby Wants to Learn: Birth to 14 Months; Males at Risk: The Other Side of Child Sexual Abuse (with Bolton and MacEachron); The Male Heterosexual: Lust in His Loins, Sin in His Soul?; Dangerous Women: Why Mothers, Daughters, and Sisters Become Stalkers, Molesters, and Murderers; and Hiking the Grand Canyon and Havasupai. He serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse and as a consulting editor for the American Psychological Association’s journal, Psychology of Men and Masculinity. He is a Professional Member of the Society of Southwestern Authors.
Over the years, Dr. Morris has organized and been invited to participate in numerous symposia, presentations, and workshops at national and international conferences on interpersonal violence and gender issues. He has received numerous awards for outstanding contributions to the field of psychology.
Marc Spindelman, a Professor of Law at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. Following law school, Spindelman clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and was an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York City. After leaving Wall Street, he was a Reginald F. Lewis Fellow for Law Teaching at Harvard Law School, taught as a Visiting Instructor at the University of Michigan Law School, and spent two years as a Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics and Health Policy at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University. While a Greenwall Fellow, Professor Spindelman was also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, a Faculty Associate at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Research Fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Since joining the faculty at the Moritz College of Law, Spindelman has also been a Visiting Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center (Spring ’05), and at the University of Michigan Law School (AY ’07-’08). His recent scholarship focuses on certain problems of inequality, chiefly in the context of sex and death. He regularly teaches courses on Family Law, Bioethics and Public Health Ethics, Health Law, and Sexual Violence.
Mark Crawford is the founding director of FixTheLaw.org, a grass roots collection of individuals and organizations striving to educate about, advocate for and support the creation of just laws for survivors of sexual abuse. Since 2005, Mark serves as the New Jersey State Director for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, the worlds oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded more than 22 years ago and has grown to more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in its title, it has members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, priests, bishops, and Protestant ministers.
Additionally, he currently serves as an officer of member of the Board of Directors for “We Care”, Continental Airlines, in house charity which supports employees in financial need.
Mark has written several articles concerning the need to amend state laws, including “Amend Charitable Immunity; Equal Rights for All Child Sex Abuse Victims”, which was prepared for members of the New Jersey Assembly and Senate.
Mark appeared in NJN Television’s award winning legal series “Due Process” regarding his successful efforts to end Charitable Immunity laws for sexual abuse crimes committed against children in New Jersey, and is the subject of a recently released documentary titled, “Boys and Men Healing”, The film produced by Kathy Barbini and Simon Weinberg of “Big Voice Pictures”, will certainly be used to help men heal from sexual victimization but it will also help to educate our society of it’s impact.
Mark served as a member of the MaleSurvivor Board of Directors from 1996 thru 2001 and as Secretary of the organization from 1996 thru 1999. Mark remains active with MaleSurvivor and in additional to serving as (an advisory board member) part of the current conference planning committee, he has played an integral part in planning MaleSurvivor’s past four international conferences.
In October of 2010 Mark was one of 60 national experts and advocates invited to the White House for a 2 day round table discussion of Sexual Violence in America, hosted by The Department of Justices’ Office on Violence Against Woman (OVAW). Mark resides in New Jersey with his wife Geralyn and three children.
Richard Gartner, Ph. D.
Richard Gartner, Ph. D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst and faculty member at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute in New York City, where he was Founding Director of the Sexual Abuse Service for eleven years and Director of the Institute’s Center for the Study of Psychological Trauma for six years. The White Institute honored Dr. Gartner with its 2004 Director’s Award for his contributions to the psychoanalytic understanding of trauma. He is also Supervisor and Consultant at the Trauma Treatment Center of the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis; supervised in the clinical psychology program at Columbia University for twenty years; and serves on the editorial boards of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, and the American Journal of Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Gartner has been treating sexually abused men individually and in groups since the 1980s. He has written and spoken widely about the sexual abuse of boys and the treatment of sexually abused men. He has presented papers about sexually abused men at, among other venues, the Divisions of Psychoanalysis and Men and Masculinity of the American Psychological Association; the American Psychiatric Association; the Sandor Ferenczi Society in Budapest; the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS); the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD); Harvard, Columbia, Adelphi, and New York Universities and the University of Wisconsin; and numerous clinics, hospitals, trauma treatment services, and rape intervention programs in the U.S. and Canada.
Dr. Gartner is the author of Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse (2005), a book for the general public, and Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men (1999), which was runner up for the Gradiva Award, given by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis for Best Book on a Clinical Subject. He also wrote and edited Memories of Sexual Betrayal: Truth, Fantasy, Repression, and Dissociation (1997).
A member of the original Columbus congress that formally established the organization in 1994, Dr. Gartner is a Past President of MaleSurvivor and served on its Board of Directors for seven years. He was Program Chair for its 2001 conference and served on the Program Committee for the 2007 conference as well. In 2007, MaleSurvivor established an award in his honor, and he was the first recipient of the Richard Gartner Award for Clinical Contribution.
Currently Dr. Gartner chairs MaleSurvivor’s Advisory Board and is its media spokesman. In that role, he has been featured in such media outlets as the New York Times; Associated Press; Los Angeles Times; Washington Post; New York Newsday; USA Today; The Nation; Baltimore Sun; O! (Oprah’s Magazine); Cosmopolitan; NBC News Channel; MSNBC Cable; and ABC.com. He has also been interviewed on Paula Zahn Now on CNN; The Early Show on CBS; and Geraldo at Large on Fox News, as well as on radio stations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. He was featured in the 2004 Emmy-nominated WABC-TV documentary “Protect Our Children: Teenage Boys and the Wall of Silence”; was an invited speaker at the FBI Symposium on Online Sexual Victimization of Children; testified at a Judicial Subcommittee meeting of the New Jersey State Senate; and has been the subject of a full-length interview in the Science Times section of the New York Times. For further information, visit his web site at www.richardgartner.com.
Scott M. Pitts is an energetic leader with 15 years as a marketing and business executive. Scott has worked on six different continents and in 48 countries. He has a proven ability to manage multiple large-scale projects cost effectively, whilst identifying critical issues and implementing effective solutions. Scott is an industry-recognised figure for possessing excellent communication skills, being a result orientated negotiator and a key staff motivator.
Since Graduating at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, Scott has worked for many high profile companies including The Coca-Cola Company and Sony Pictures Entertainment in Global Marketing.
Scott has created, developed and managed campaigns for The Coca Cola Company (Olympic Pin Trading), Samsung (Olympic Torch Relay) and the Ford Motor Company. This work with Ford saw Scott win the “US Experiential Marketing of the Year Award 2006” from Advertising Age Magazine and he was also named one of the Top 30 under 30 in Licensing by License Magazine in 1998.
Scott also worked at an Lead Advance Manager for The White House in 1996, planning the President and First Lady’s trips outside of the West Wing.
Victor Vieth, JD
Victor Vieth graduated magna cum laude from Winona State University and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law. During law school, Mr. Vieth served as editor-in-chief of the law review and received the American Jurisprudence award for achievement in the study of Constitutional law. From 1988-1997, Mr. Vieth worked as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota where he gained national recognition for his work to address child abuse in small communities. He is a recipient of Distinguished Alumni Awards from both Hamline University School of Law and Winona State University. He has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association named him one of “21 Young Lawyers Leading us Into the 21st Century.” Mr. Vieth is the author of numerous articles pertaining to issues of child abuse and domestic violence. He is also the author of Unto the Third Generation, a bold initiative that has as its goal the elimination of child abuse in the United States over the course of a century.
In 1997, Mr. Vieth joined the staff of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse. From 1997-1999, Mr. Vieth worked as a Senior Attorney with the National Center, providing technical assistance and training to prosecutors around the country. In 1998, Mr. Vieth launched Finding Words: Interviewing Children and Preparing for Court in Savannah, Georgia which taught the copyrighted RATAC protocol (developed by CornerHouse in Minneapolia, Minnesota). Over 400 applications for the 40 spaces for the course. As a result, Mr. Vieth created Half-A-Nation by 2010 where individual states could bring the Finding Words program to their state, learn to teach the program under the guidance of APRI and CornerHouse, and then continue to teach the program locally to better reach more child protection professionals and more children. As of 2005, nine states have been certified in the Finding Words program, two states are in the process of being certified, and three states have been accepted to the course for 2006. The program is on course for having half the nation certified in Finding Words by the end of the decade.
In 1999, Mr. Vieth became Director of the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse. In August 2003, APRI appointed Mr. Vieth to serve as the first director of the National Child Protection Training Center and the doors to NCPTC were opened on the campus of Winona State University. NCPTC handles training and technical assistance involving dependency, neglect and termination of parental rights matters involving child abuse, as well as development of curriculums to teach college students on how to investigate and handle child abuse cases. In 2004, APRI appointed Mr. Vieth to serve as the Director of Child Abuse Programs and oversee both Centers. In 2005, NCPTC launched two civil child protection national conferences: ChildProtect is a 5-day trial advocacy course for civil child protection attorneys and will take 30 students through an intensive termination of parental rights trial; and When Child Abuse Hits Home is a multidisciplinary training for investigating and prosecuting dependency and termination matters.
Mr. Vieth has trained professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories, and 17 countries on numerous topics involving child abuse investigations, prosecutions, trial strategies, and prevention methods. Mr. Vieth has further given the keynote address on “Unto The Third Generation: A Call to End Child Abuse in the United States within 120 Years.” This revolutionary scholarly work has been delivered to over 10,000 child protection professionals in all 50 states and is scheduled to be published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma in 2005. Mr. Vieth has published countless articles related to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect.