Catherine Harper Lee

Executive Director

Catherine Harper Lee is the founder and executive director of Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center formally the Justice League of Ohio. Cathy is a native of central Ohio. For the past 20 years, Cathy has been pursuing her passion - helping to ensure crime victims are treated with fairness, dignity, and respect, their voices heard, and  legal rights enforced.
 
Cathy is a member of the National Crime Victims Law Institute and Sertoma, serves on the Ohio Crime Victims Rights Collaborative, Ohio Council on Victims Justice, Central Ohio Sexual Assault Task Force, and has served on Ohio Attorney Mike DeWine's Sexual Assault Kit Testing Commission, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's Violent Crimes with Guns Advisory Council.

Elizabeth Well

Legal Director

Elizabeth Well is the legal director at Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center. Elizabeth graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and attended Ohio Northern University, where she graduated with a juris doctorate with distinction. Upon obtaining her license, Elizabeth opened her own law firm. In private practice, Elizabeth’s areas of focus have included consumer protection and LGBT rights. Elizabeth is also an adjunct professor at Columbus State in the paralegal department. In 2013, Elizabeth joined Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center. In her capacity as Legal Director, Elizabeth has worked alongside advocates, law enforcement, and court personnel to ensure that crime victims’ rights are upheld during the criminal justice process. This includes direct legal representation of victims when needed.

Christopher Woeste

Victims' Rights Attorney

Christopher Woeste is a Victims’ Rights Attorney at the Ohio Crime Victims Justice Center. Chris graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science focusing in Public Policy. He continued his education at The Ohio State University earning a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and a Juris Doctor from the Moritz College of Law. Chris interned at several non-profits along the way including the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, Disability Rights Ohio, and the AARP Public Policy Institute. Prior to joining OCVJC in December 2015, Chris was a law clerk at Zeidan and Associates. A lifelong Columbus resident, Chris enjoys working on his aquariums and spending time with his family.

Bobbie Yeager

Victims' Rights Attorney

Bobbie Yeager is a Victims’ Rights Attorney at the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center. Bobbie graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She received her Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School. Prior to joining OCVJC in 2016, Bobbie worked for several years as an electronic discovery attorney and solo practitioner. In electronic discovery, Bobbie worked on cases for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies in multiple stages of legal proceedings using various software platforms. As a solo practitioner, she focused on juvenile abuse, neglect, and dependency cases where she served as Guardian ad Litem for minors in juvenile court. Bobbie joined OCVJC with a desire to be part of a noble cause, helping crime victims have a voice in the criminal justice system.

Sarah Larcade

Victims' Rights Attorney

Sarah Larcade is a Victims’ Rights Attorney at the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center.  Sarah graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Psychology.  She then obtained her Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law.  During law school, Sarah worked in prosecutors’ offices on both the state and federal level, received her limited license to practice with the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, and clerked for Northern Kentucky University’s General Counsel.  Prior to joining OCVJC, she worked for a small general practice law firm.  Sarah came to OCVJC because she is passionate about crime victims’ rights issues and wants to give a voice to victims of crime who feel lost in the system.  Sarah lives in Cincinnati and primarily serves the Southwestern Ohio region.

Chelsea Gensler

Advocate

Chelsea Gensler is a Victims’ Rights Advocate at the Ohio Crime Victims Justice Center. Chelsea graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sexuality. Chelsea is beginning a Masters program in HR. Chelsea’s passions include volunteering for FitForFreedom5k to help end human trafficking in Ohio and her niece and nephews. Chelsea’s family is very important to her, she visits her home town of Toledo, OH as often as she can. Chelsea started with OCVJC in April of 2015, she has attended several trainings and continues to learn and get the word out about how to help victims of crime.

Hope Finney

Paralegal

Hope Finney is a Paralegal and Victims’ Rights Advocate at the Ohio Crime Victims Justice Center. She graduated from Miami University (Oxford) with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications, and then proceeded to the University of Cincinnati to get a Certificate in Paralegal Studies.  She later obtained her Masters in Journalism and Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Kent State University. Before working for OCVJC, Hope volunteered as a Community Outreach and Event Coordinator for Higher Ground Ministries Church, a religious non-profit organization, and has also worked in all kinds of legal and corporate settings, such as the law firm, Dinsmore & Shohl (Cincinnati), and Acosta Sales and Marketing.  She brings to OCVJC a diverse work experience, which she believes prepared her for the work she does now. Hope started OCVJC in December of 2015 and is grateful for the opportunity to work for such an important organization that everyday is impacting lives by being the voice for crime victims, who so often go unheard in the criminal judicial system.  “I wake up with a purpose in the morning,” Hope says. “I always wanted to be apart of something that is making a difference and at OCVJC I am.”

Lia Williams

Outreach Coordinator and Advocate

Lia Williams is an Outreach Coordinator and Advocate at Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center. Lia joined OCVJC in May, 2017 after serving as a Volunteer Ambassador for several months. Lia graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in Developmental Psychology. She also obtained her Paralegal Certification at Georgetown University. Lia has worked in legal and corporate settings, such as LexisNexis.  Most recently, she worked as an Education and Outreach Specialist for MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault in Kansas City, MO). She facilitated child sexual abuse/sexual assault education and prevention programs to youth and adult community members. Lia is passionate about crime prevention and crime victims' rights.

Donna Slone-Gumbert

Advocate

Donna Slone-Gumbert is a Victims’ Rights Advocate at Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center southwestern Ohio office.  She joined OCVJC in May 2017, with more than twenty years of comprehensive experience working within the criminal justice system, focusing on victims’ rights and advocacy.  She is experienced in prosecutor-based victim services, as well as non-profit community based and national victim service agencies. Her experience also includes volunteer management, crisis response, strategic planning, grant/financial management, fund development, and outreach/training to law enforcement/affiliated agencies, within the judicial system and community.  She is dedicated to serving crime victims and ensuring that their rights are recognized and upheld.  Throughout her career in victim’ services, Donna’s mission has been to provide emotional support to crime victims’ and their families during critical life circumstances, while helping them have a voice within the system.

Marquis Johnson

Social Media Volunteer

Marquis Johnson is a social media volunteer with Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center. A recent graduate from Kenyon College, Marquis moved to Columbus to begin his teaching fellowship at KIPP Columbus Primary. New to Columbus, he wants to volunteer for something that he believes in: the advocacy and empowerment of victims of crimes in Ohio.

Marguerite Dooley

Volunteer Social Media and Event Planner

Marguerite Dooley is currently a social media and event planning volunteer with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center.  After recently graduating from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Marguerite moved to Columbus to pursue her interest in working on state and local policy regarding the treatment of crime victims both within Ohio and beyond.  She currently works as the  Domestic Violence Advocate at the Capital University Legal Clinic and as a Sexual Assault Hospital Advocate through the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio.  

Britney Smitley

Volunteer Newsletter Coordinator

Britney is a freelance writer, advocate, and speaker. She is active within her community volunteering at domestic abuse shelters. Britney has a heart for crime victims because of her history of domestic violence and trauma. 

Britney has left her corporate retail career to do something more meaningful with her life. Since then she has spent her time helping other people. 

Britney writes about her experiences and speaks to trauma survivors to share her stories of healing. Britney is also active in leadership training and helping women pursue their dreams and shattering glass ceilings. 

Britney is pursuing her Masters of Divinity degree and hopes to be an ordained minister by late 2018.

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