Aaron Sampson
executive director
Aaron A. Sampson, Jr. has lived in Atlanta for 25 years and currently serves as the Executive Director of Men Stopping Violence. Aaron has over 20 years of experience with managing non-profit organizations and political campaigns.

Before joining Men Stopping Violence, Aaron served as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House, the Executive Director of the Community Housing Resource Center, and was the founding Executive Director of The National Football League’s Youth Education Town of Atlanta. Aaron also worked on several political campaigns, including those of U.S. Congresswoman Lucy McBath and Michele Nunn, among others.

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Aaron has a strong commitment to his community and is an active volunteer with various community service organizations. For six years he was a member of the Board of Directors for Hands On Atlanta, including serving on the Executive Committee and chairing Hands On Atlanta Day which engaged 12,000 volunteers in 150 projects throughout Atlanta. In addition, he has served on the boards of New American Pathways, Refugee Family Services, and The Paideia School. In 1999 Aaron was selected as one of ten Outstanding Atlantans for his commitment to improving the lives of those who are less fortunate, and to improving society as a whole.

Aaron graduated from The Ohio State University in 1988 with degrees in Political Science and Journalism. In 1991 he received his master’s degree from The University of Vermont in Public Administration, with an emphasis in non-profit organizations.

Aaron lives with his family in the Inman Park neighborhood of Atlanta.

For more information, feel free to e-mail Aaron Sampson.

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.

Spencer MurraySpencer
prevention coordinator

Spencer A. Murray is a Conflict Transformation practitioner who specializes in working with men and boys as it relates to unhealthy ideas of masculinity, and how these ideas contribute to violence towards self, women, and the community.

As Prevention Coordinator at Men Stopping Violence, Spencer educates the community about domestic violence; helps the community recognize abusive behaviors; and provides the community with information about safe ways to intervene in abusive behavior. He also works in schools to educate men and boys about domestic and sexual violence. In addition to his work at MSV, he teaches transformational classes at DeKalb County Jail that encourage men to live healthy and more meaningful lives.

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He is a former educator with the Detroit Public Schools where he taught at Paul Robeson Academy, an African-Centered School; and the Academy of the Americas, a Dual Language Immersion School. He attended Western Michigan University where he received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. He also attained an advanced degree in Teaching from Wayne State University. Spencer later received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from New York Theological Seminary, where his focus of study was Conflict Transformation. His doctoral work focused on the systematic influence of patriarchy in society, and its tendency to oppress and perpetrate violence towards women. Based on his dissertation, Spencer published his first book, Conspiracy of Silence: The Religious and Patriarchal Roots of Violence Towards Women.

His commitment to service has also led him to do work with the Ben Marion Institute for Social Justice in Atlanta, GA., the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA., the Junior League of Atlanta, and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta.

His years of experience working with boys and men, as well as his own journey to free himself from the prison of toxic masculinity, drives his passion to lead men to a deeper understanding of themselves; an understanding that is characterized by their commitment to gender justice and a reverence for the feminine aspect of creation.
For more information, feel free to e-mail Spencer Murray.