Geiger Institute Team
Suzanne Dubus is the Chief Executive Officer of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center and has led the organization since 1997. Suzanne believes in a strengths-based and survivor-led approach and is dedicated to fostering an environment where people from all backgrounds and lived experiences thrive and feel they belong. Her commitment to centering social justice and equity is a guidepost for the organization’s work across its four program areas: Survivor Services, Youth Empowerment Services, Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention, and Intimate Partner Abuse Education.
Suzanne was named a Champion of Change by the White House in October 2011 and the 2016 Woman of the Year by Delamano, Inc. Under her leadership, the work of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center has been featured in numerous publications including The New Yorker, NBC Boston, U.S. News & World Report, The Harvard Gazette, Huffington Post, CNN, Cosmopolitan, and in the books No Visible Bruises, Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen, and A Call to Action. Suzanne has been featured on numerous podcasts and radio shows, including NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Weekend Edition.
Articles authored by Suzanne have been published in the Domestic Violence Report and Women You Should Know; recently, she co-authored a research article in the Journal of Social Work Research, titled Development and Testing of the Danger Assessment for Law Enforcement (DA-LE): An intimate partner violence risk assessment for use with Domestic Violence High Risk Teams.
Kelly is the Chief of Operations at the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center and leads the national training and technical assistance work of the Geiger Institute. Kelly has over 25 years of experience in the field and focuses her efforts on working collaboratively with communities to implement intimate partner homicide prevention strategies.
Kelly is responsible for the conceptualization and creation of the nationally acclaimed Domestic Violence High Risk Team Model in 2003 following the murder of one of her clients. The DVHRT Model has received the Mary Byron Celebrating Solutions Award, the National Network to End Domestic Violence Spirit of Advocacy Award and was recognized as a leading promising practice in homicide prevention by President Biden.
In 2006, Kelly was named a Community Unsung Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. She has published articles for the Domestic Violence Report and Social Work Research and her work has been featured in numerous publications.
Board of Directors
- Adriana Acosta
CEO and Founder
- Tina Benik
- Scott Blackman, Treasurer
- Prince Boateng
CEO and Co-Founder
- Annalisa Campanile
Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley
- Kate Currie
Carrier Billing Supervisor
- Suzanne Dubus
Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, Inc.
- Kathy Egmont
- Sally Gisel Green
Federal Reserve System
- Itixa Goyal
- Katie Kozin
Director of Institutional Advancement
Shore Country Day School
- Kathryn Nielsen
- Shaiana Nunez
Enrichment Programs at The Community Group
- Barbara O’Connor, Vice President
Retired CFO and Partner
The Baupost Group, LLC
- Dr. Jefferson Prince
Child and Adult Psychiatrist
- Jennifer Rocco-Runnion, President
- Dawne Studzinski, Secretary
Credit Analyst at Institution for Savings
Before joining the Institute as an Associate Project Specialist, Soleidi worked as an advocate for the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center providing trauma-informed services for survivors of domestic violence. Additionally, she collaborated with internal and external multi-disciplinary teams on domestic violence cases and invested in community engagement and education in the city of Lawrence focusing on faith and immigrant communities.
Soleidi received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with summa cum laude honors as well as her Master of Arts degree in Security Studies from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Timothy Boehnlein, M.A. is a project specialist in the Technical Assistance Initiative to Reduce Domestic Violence Homicide in Ohio, a Geiger Institute project in partnership with KeyBank.
Tim has a Master’s Degree of Counseling Psychology from Cleveland State University. He has over 29 years of experience in assessment of perpetrators of domestic violence, facilitating batterer intervention groups, counseling domestic violence and stalking offenders, and diagnostic assessments. He is also experienced in operating and managing a supervised visitation center where children can visit with their non-custodial parent in a safe environment free of power and control, manipulation and coercion. Tim created the Adolescent Centered Family Violence Prevention Program at the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center which addressed teen dating violence, stalking, sexual assault and cyber bullying in the context of a dating relationship. He developed the Batterer Treatment Program for the Domestic Violence Center in 1992; the program was in operation for 15 years.
Tim previously was an Advocate Supervisor in the Domestic Violence Unit for the Cuyahoga County Witness Victim Service Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked on the expansion of the Domestic Violence High Risk Team as part of an initiative through the US Department of Justice and the Office of Violence Against Women. Within this work, he assisted several police departments in implementing the use of the Danger Assessment for Law Enforcement. Tim recently completed the Five Day Virtual Advanced Course on Strangulation Prevention from the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention.
Tim has a credible reputation throughout Cuyahoga County and the State of Ohio as a speaker, trainer and expert in the field of domestic violence. He has spoken extensively on the issues of victim advocacy, offender treatment, domestic violence, risk assessment, stalking and teen dating violence. He has provided professional trainings for The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial and Court Services Division, Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Metro Health Hospital Family Practice Residents, The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College and multiple police departments throughout Cuyahoga County.
Heather is a Senior Project Specialist at the Geiger Institute where she works with communities across the country to assess their existing response systems and implement homicide reduction strategies.
She has provided training and technical assistance to communities of all sizes, working directly with advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors and other criminal justice stakeholders. She has extensive experience identifying community strengths that can be leveraged and challenges to be addressed in order to maximize homicide reduction efforts. She has trained at national conferences on a variety of issues regarding intimate partner violence and homicide.
Before joining the Institute, Heather worked for Casa Myrna where she coordinated the day to day operations of SafeLink, the Massachusetts statewide domestic violence crisis hotline. Heather began her career as an attorney and she practiced law as a civil litigator for eleven years.
Heather holds a B.A. from Bucknell University and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.
Sarah is a Senior Project Specialist for the Geiger Institute and supports communities’ efforts to implement homicide reduction strategies and evaluate their effectiveness.
Before joining the Institute, Sarah provided customized technical assistance to jurisdictions throughout the country to help them improve justice system outcomes for victims and defendants, reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system, and increase community engagement with justice initiatives.
She has managed a variety of projects, including the implementation of justice reform legislation, program implementation, and model fidelity, institutionalizing the use of data and reporting on programmatic outcomes, and reducing the unnecessary use of incarceration.
Sarah has B.A.’s from the University of Iowa and received her Master of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Kate is the Program Manager for the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center and Coordinator of the Greater Newburyport Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT), the first-ever DVHRT. She oversees the day to day operations of the Center which serves over 1,300 clients annually providing advocacy, clinical and legal services.
Kate is a Project Specialist for the Geiger Institute where she uses her nearly twenty years of experience to help support communities implementing homicide reduction strategies. Kate provides training to law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, probation officers and victim services providers nationally.
Lindsey is Program Support for the Geiger Institute. She has ten years of experience in the field and supports the Institute in implementing homicide reduction strategies, developing innovative approaches, and evaluating program effectiveness.
Jazz Steele is a Project Specialist for the Geiger Institute and collaborates with community partners in the mission to prevent domestic violence homicides.
Before joining the Institute, Jazz worked as an advocate sharing her own survivor story in women’s prisons, college campuses, and community events across the country. She has managed nonprofit women’s programs and organized various fundraisers, including those focused on domestic violence victims. She also sits on the Survivor Advisory Board for the Family Justice Center in San Diego, CA. In her spare time, Jazz supports relationship trauma survivors through teaching holistic self-care practices. In 2018, she released her first book loosely based on her life story of overcoming abuse. Jazz has been featured on blogs, podcasts and on the long-running San Diego KPBS Evening News Edition.
Jazz has a B.A. in Business from the University of San Diego.