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.

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.

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.

Tanice Prince

Advocate

Tanice Prince joined the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center as a Victims’ Rights Advocate in July 2017. She graduated from CUNY Hunter College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her passion for helping victims began with volunteering for the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) Online Hotline. Tanice has enjoyed the privilege of serving as a victim advocate at various organizations for the past seven years, providing crisis intervention, emotional support, and resource referrals to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Tanice joined OCVJC to assist victims with understanding their rights and navigating the justice system.

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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Sarah Letson

Volunteer Writer

Sarah Letson is a volunteer writer for OCVJC. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelors of Arts in Screen Arts and Cultures. From there, she went to work in Brand Management for the Kraft Heinz Company, leading marketing campaigns on Lunchables, Oscar Mayer cold cuts, and Oscar Mayer bacon. She currently leads the innovation on Oscar Mayer bacon, from new product development to back-end commercialization and launch.

 

An avid writer and believer in giving back to the community, Sarah enjoys writing for OCVJC to explore victim advocacy and new developments in victims’ right's law.