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NVAA Leadership Institute Instructors

Anita CarpenterAnita Carpenter
Durango, Colorado

Anita Carpenter currently serves as an independent consultant and trainer for victim services. Previously, she served for 15 years as the CEO of the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, where she was responsible for grant writing, fundraising, public relations, public policy review, program development, event coordination, planning, evaluation, staff development, staff supervision, fiscal management, and strategic planning. These duties included a focus on board relations, and encompass planning and development for the anti-sexual violence movement across the state.

Ms. Carpenter brings years of experience in working directly with victim populations. She has served on three U.S. Department of Defense task forces addressing sexual violence and sexual harassment in the military. She is a member of the Indiana National Guard Sexual Assault Review Board, RAINN Advisory Council, National Violence Against Women Advisory Council on Military Issues and Faith-Based Issues, the Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Council as a Governor appointee, and the Indiana Sexual Assault Certification and Victim Advocacy Board. She successfully served as an online instructor for the 2016 NVAA Leadership Institute.

Additionally, Ms. Carpenter is part of the SAVIN Advisory Council, ISDH Primary Prevention Council, Immigration Task Force, and Project Safe Child through the U.S. Attorney General's Office for the Southern District of Indiana. She is responsible for the development of the Indiana Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) protocol, and concept developer for the Listen to Me curriculum for primary prevention work. Prior experience includes her work as the executive director of a domestic violence/sexual violence crisis center. While managing the operations, she also worked as a victim advocate and provided outreach and education services to local schools and community groups.

Ms. Carpenter also brings a commitment to working with people with disabilities, and draws from her experience working at a sheltered workshop and multidisciplinary disability service provider. She has been an online instructor using Moodle and is experienced in using multiple types of interactions to maintain interest. She earned an M.A. in sociology and a B.A. in political science from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.


Nicholas SensleyNicholas Sensley
Lebanon, Tennessee

Nicholas Sensley is the Strategy and Development Consultant for Humanity United, a foundation committed to building peace and advancing human freedom as well as a Visiting Lecturer for The West University of Timișoara at Timișoara, Romania where the majority of his instruction is delivered in an online format. He is a former Chief of Police in Truckee, California. In addition to 24 years in policing, Mr. Sensley has worked as a consultant and developer on four continents since 1998. He is the owner of Cross-Sector Solutions LLC, whose purpose is to facilitate solutions to the benefit of communities around the world. His focus includes the development of leaders, the advancement of principled governance, and the formation of strategic collaborative partnerships.

Mr. Sensley has been instrumental in facilitating training, education, and effective counter human trafficking initiatives globally. He has been acknowledged as an international expert on problem-solving significant community problems by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of State, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, and other international governments and organizations. At the request of the U.S. Department of State, Mr. Sensley represented the United States at the OSCE 55-member-states meetings in Vienna, Austria in 2003, 2004, and 2005. At the request of the U.S. Department of Justice, he authored national development and operational guidelines for anti-human trafficking task forces. As a developer for a worldwide nonprofit service institute whose purpose is to support leadership development, he is the Project Manager for their services to South Sudan in the development of a National Action Plan and Strategy to Combat Corruption. Mr. Sensley is a professional coach for executives in the governmental, corporate, and nonprofit sectors. He has served as an instructor of economics and an appointed regional Human Rights Commissioner, managed staff in an architectural firm, served in the U.S. Army, and currently serves on a regional health research institute Board of Directors. He holds a master's degree in business administration.

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