Your board of directors sets the tone and direction of your organization. How do you build a strong, diverse, and engaged board? Once you accomplish that, how do you maintain member involvement? This training provides a step-by-step guide to building an effective board and offers strategies for keeping members involved and accountable. This training is intended for staff within victim service organizations who work closely with a board of directors. It is not for those who are serving on a board of directors.


The training will be delivered online over the course of 4 weeks, beginning on January 7, 2019. Each week, except for the introductory week, will include a 75-minute facilitated webinar. In addition to attending the webinar, you can expect to spend an additional hour per week completing written assignments, readings, or watching videos. CEUs will be awarded for this training. Please note: Space is limited. Apply today to reserve your space.


HeadshotJudy Benitez
Norwood, Massachusetts

Judy Benitez is the director of the Division of Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention and Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This 11-person unit manages $34 million in state and federal funds to a network of 68 providers of sexual and domestic violence services. She served as deputy director of the Transitional Housing Program at the National Network to End Domestic Violence in Washington, D.C.

Prior to this position, she served for 20 years as executive director of Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault. She supervised the core coalition functions of training and technical assistance, passing federal grant funds to and monitoring community-based sexual assault centers, and public policy initiatives. She was directly responsible for staff development, building and managing the board of directors, grant writing, media outreach, and representing sexual assault victims on statewide task forces. She has an M.Ed. in Community Counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University and a B.S. in Journalism from Syracuse University.

HeadshotMarcie Davis
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Marcie Davis is the chief executive officer of Davis Innovations, a research and organizational development consulting firm focused on outreach to populations without adequate service and leadership development. She has been the director of underserved populations for the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs since October 2002. Recently, she was an instructor for the National Victim Assistance Academy Leadership Institute and the Effective Management Series: Board Development training. She is a nationally recognized victim assistance and disability advocate and trainer who leads a diverse staff in providing program development, leadership and management, training, technical writing, grant writing, and research and evaluation services to local, state, federal, and tribal governments and nongovernmental organizations. Ms. Davis has a B.S. in Paralegal Studies and a Master of Library Science, both from the University of Southern Mississippi.


*OVC TTAC instructors have no vested interest in any product, instrument, device, or materials that may be used in this training.

Dates and Time

All webinars are conducted from 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. (eastern time).

Introductory Week: Identifying and Cultivating Potential Board Members, January 7–11, 2019. No webinar this week.

Week 1: Assessing Board Needs and Recruiting and Orienting Board Members, January 14–18, 2019; webinar on January 17.

Week 2: Involving and Educating Board Members, January 21–25, 2019; webinar on January 24.

Week 3: Evaluating, Rotating, and Celebrating the Board, January 28–February 1, 2019; webinar on January 31.

For more information about this training, please email nvaa@ovcttac.org.

OVC's Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) provides training to support professional development, enhance services to the community, and expand outreach to underserved victims of crime.

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