Based in Montana, Beth joined Praxis International in 2006. With a background in social work and expertise in sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and crisis response, she is using her skills to provide program management, community organizing, collaboration planning, technical assistance and training, and curriculum development.

During her tenure at Praxis, Beth has worked with the Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Project, the Rural Technical Assistance Program, the Institutional Analysis Program, and the Advocacy Learning Center.

Since 2005, she has also provided training and technical assistance as an independent consultant to the Family Violence Department for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

In 2008, Beth became co-founder and co-executive director of Inspire Action for Social Change, a non-profit organization working to create social change and end violence against women and children.

From 2006 to 2008, she consulted with the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota on a Safe Havens Visitation Center project for the African American community.

And from 2007 to 2010, she consulted with the Alliance of Local Service Organizations on community planning and organizing and program development.

Beth has two children of her own that she says have helped her grow, learn, and experience life in ways she never knew was possible. When living in a large urban area proved too chaotic and stressful for her family, they packed their bags and moved to the mountains of Montana. Now Beth makes time for downhill skiing, snowshoeing, yoga, gardening, hiking, kayaking, learning tennis, and reading.

Previous experience
Beth has been an advocate to end violence against women since 1987.

She was the director of the Family Visitation Center of the Family Service Agency in San Mateo, California, for 13 years. While there she planned, designed, and operated 5 different supervised visitation centers. She was responsible for program development, sustainability, training, direct service, advocacy, and supervising and mentoring staff and volunteers.

In the early stages of her professional life, Beth worked in the mental health and chemical dependency fields.

Collaborations

  • Peer reviewer for U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women
  • Trustee of local public library system
  • Volunteer coach for daughter’s basketball team
  • Parent volunteer for children’s school

Highlights

  • Co-authored
    • Engaging with Battered Women in Supervised Visitation Centers
    • Engaging with Men Who Batter in Supervised Visitation Centers
    • Building the Practice of Orientation in Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange: A Trainers Guide
    • Informing the Practice of Supervised Visitation Centers
  • Contributed to On Safety’s Side Protecting Those Vulnerable to Violence: Challenges to Notions of Neutrality in Supervised Visitation Centers
  • Contributed to Safe Passage: Supervised Safe Exchange for Battered Women and Their Children
  • Consultant to Futures Without Violence on Fathering After Violence: Working with Abusive Fathers in Supervised Visitation