Team

Shelley Serdahely
interim executive director
Shelley served as ED of Men Stopping Violence from 2002 to 2012 and has come out of retirement to step into the role of Interim Executive Director. As the ED, she founded Because We Have Daughters, led the organization in the expansion of its prevention work, including the recruitment and engagement of many community allies.

Before coming to MSV, Shelley was the ED of the Jeannette Rankin Foundation, the Fundraising Project, and Alternatives to Violence. She has been actively working to make our communities safer for women and girls since 1981 as either front line staff or as a board member.

Highlights of her career include the founding of Rosalie House in San Francisco, the financial empowerment of Legal Services programs throughout the US, a two-week training tour for government agencies in Taiwan considering creating domestic violence laws in that country, an invitation by the Home Office of Great Britain to explore best practices in working with men to end violence against women, an invitation to the White House, and another to the VP’s residence.

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The moment that meant the most to her, however, came after she led a Because We Have Daughters session at Keesler Air Force Base. “A seven-year-old girl whose dad was about to be deployed came running up to me, with eyes shining, and told me that she had finally told her dad that she didn’t want him to go. That little girl had been wanting to let him know but was worried about hurting his feelings. The Because We Have Daughters activity that day was making a poster of their life together, which she could keep while he was in Afghanistan. The activity opened a way for her to let her dad know how she felt. When she hugged me and thanked me, it felt more important than any other moment of my long career.”

Shelley received her BS from Georgia State. She has four grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren. Nine of those grandchildren are girls, which makes the continuing work of ending violence against women and girls very personal for her.

For more information, feel free to e-mail Shelley Serdahely.

Ulester Douglas
associate director
In addition to his work at Men Stopping Violence, Ulester is a licensed psychotherapist with extensive training in working with individuals, families and communities impacted by violence.  Ulester obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and recently completed his third year as an adjunct professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ulester was honored by Lifetime Television for Women and the National Network to End Domestic Violence in 2003, and in 2012 by The Ford Motor Company, for his work to end violence against women. He has also received numerous awards including a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship in 1990, the National District Attorneys Association’s Stephen L. Von Riesen Lecturer of Merit Award in 2010, and the National Black Herstory Task Force’s Comrade Salute Award in 2004. He has been interviewed by local, national and international media including CNN, The New York Times, NPR, HLN, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, News One Now with Roland Martin, The Al Sharpton Show, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Ulester has provided consultation, training and keynote presentations in 40 states, Europe and the Caribbean to community-based organizations, universities, corporations and government agencies. These include: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; The U.S. Department of Defense; The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women; The National Association of Attorneys General; The National District Attorneys Association; The American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics; and State Domestic and Sexual assault Coalitions.

In 2005, Ulester was invited to Great Britain by its Home Office to discuss with members of The House of Lords, The House of Commons, Scotland Yard, National Crime Squad, London’s City Hall, etc., best practices in working with men to end violence against women. He was also invited to the White House in 2010 to help commemorate the administration’s launching of its domestic violence prevention initiatives. Ulester has served on the board of directors of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and on several advisory boards and committees including the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s National Violence Against Women Advisory Group, the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence Advisory Board, and the Office on Violence Against Women’s Safe Havens National Steering Committee. He currently serves on the board of the National Resource Center to end Domestic Violence and was recently appointed as a Commissioner, by Governor Nathan Deal, to the GA Commission on Family Violence.

Ulester has authored and co-authored articles and curricula on family violence and other human rights issues, including the article “Deconstructing Male Violence Against Women: The Men Stopping Violence Community-Accountability Model” (2008, Violence Against Women, Sage Publications); the curriculum Men at Work: Building Safe Communities (2008, Men Stopping Violence, Inc.); the article “Violence Against Women: The State of Batterer Intervention Prevention Programs” with Ileana Arias, Juergen Dankwork, Mary Ann Dutton and Kathlyn Stein (2002, The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics); and the book chapter “African-American Men Who Batter: A Community-Centered Approach to Prevention and Intervention” (2008, Family Violence and Men of Color: Healing the Wounded Male Spirit, Springer Publishing Company).

For more information, feel free to e-mail Ulester Douglas.

Lee Giordano
director of training
Lee Giordano is a violence prevention advocate interested in building and sustaining communities of men dedicated to ending male violence against women.

As the Director of Training at Men Stopping Violence, Lee designs, organizes, and conducts trainings, workshops and webinars on oppression and violence against women. Lee has presented hundreds of workshops and trainings to various community and government organizations. Notable past trainings include 3-day trainings on patriarchy, violence against women, ableism, intersectionality, and antiracism.  He has conducted webinars on community accountability, Community-Based Solutions to Preventing Male Violence Against Women, and a mobilizing men series including webinars titled Women’s Voices and Experiences Must be Central to the Work and We are the Work. Lee has presented at conferences across the country as an expert in organizing men to end male violence against women. He has also made appearances on numerous radio and television programs including on Al Jazeera America’s flagship program, America Tonight and CNN’s New Day. Lee recently participated in the United States State Department’s Speakers Program in Mauritius and Seychelles.

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Lee co-developed many of the programs, curriculum and trainings currently being provided by Men Stopping Violence. He co-authored MSV’s Men At Work: Building Safe Communities curriculum and the training that coincides with that curriculum. Most recently, Lee facilitated the development of MSV’s new Mobilizing Men to Prevent Violence Against Women training.

For 19 years, Lee has facilitated batterer intervention classes with Men Stopping Violence. With this experience, he provides training and consulting on intervention programs with men.

A graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelors of Science in sociology and a minor in women’s studies, Lee received his master’s degree in social justice education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

For more information, feel free to e-mail Lee Giordano.

Greg Loughlin
director of community engagement
Greg Loughlin is an experienced leader and administrator with a demonstrated history of engaging men to end male violence against women and children.

Prior to joining MSV’s staff, Greg served as Executive Director of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV), a state agency charged with coordinating domestic violence Task Forces across the state, creating a state plan to end family violence, and coordinating family violence legislation. In his 12 years at GCFV, Greg also served as GCFV’s Fatality Review Coordinator and Family Violence Intervention Program Manager.

Among other accomplishments, Greg led GCFV in convening advocates and representatives from over 20 partner agencies to create a State Plan to End Family Violence (available at www.gcfv.org) and, in partnership with the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, coordinated a successful training and legislative initiative to enhance Georgia’s response to strangulation assault.

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Greg is an accomplished public speaker with experience in both rural and urban areas across Georgia. He has presented for the FaithTrust Institute, the Emory Center for Injury Control, the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, the National District Attorneys Association, and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, among others.

Greg has made a number of media appearances in Georgia, including radio and television interviews and an Op-Ed on strangulation assault that was published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In addition, Greg co-authored four Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Reports – a joint initiative of GCFV and the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Greg has a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Guilford College. Greg completed MSV’s Year-long internship in 2002, and was a founding member of the Men Supporting VAWA advocacy group. Greg is currently a member of the National Council on Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) Advisory Committee on Family Violence and Domestic Relations and was previously an advisor to the Judicial Council of Georgia’s Domestic Violence Committee.

For more information, feel free to e-mail Greg Loughlin.

Mark Bracey
community education coordinator
Mark works with the Decatur Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi (KAP) fraternity, the DeKalb Solicitor’s Office, and International Women’s House on an Engaging Men grant from the Office on Violence Against Women. The goal of that grant is to bring a greater understanding of gender equality to the young men and boys of the Kappa Alpha Psi Guide Right program. Under the grant, he will be engaging KAP alumni members in the Because We Have Daughters program of MSV and conducting two summer internship programs.

He has demonstrated experience working with middle school aged children in his hometown of Baltimore, Md. Mark has served as a middle school English Language Arts teacher at Cardinal Shehan School. With more than three years in the classroom, he managed to facilitate his own after school youth mentoring program called Gentleman & Quality (GQ). In addition, he has worked under the Baltimore Catholic Youth Organization as a middle school boys basketball coach at Cardinal Shehan School.

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Prior to working as an educator, Mark obtained several internships during college. In 2013, he worked at MEE Productions Inc. as a Researcher/Editor where he was able to gain a better understanding of the growing disparities in urban communities. He contributed to MEE’s Inner-City Truth project which analyzed common trends and challenges of the urban youth in various US cities. In 2014, Mark worked for the Arthritis Foundation in Atlanta as a Medical Writer. During this time, he was able to interview researchers for the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) and publish two articles in the Arthritis Today magazine.

Mark is extremely passionate about education and youth mentorship as he strives to foster leadership in the surrounding communities. He is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a degree in Journalism/ Mass Communications.

For more information, feel free to e-mail Mark Bracey.