MVP Strategies staff includes some of the most talented and experienced gender violence prevention trainers in the world.

Our trainers include:

Duane de Four, Training Consultant

Duane de Four

Duane de Four, M.A. is an MVP Strategies training consultant, educator, media critic, and activist specializing in gender violence prevention, diversity, and sexual health education. For nearly two decades, Duane has conducted MVP trainings in higher education, high schools, colleges, professional athletics, the US military, and many other settings. He currently works as a Project Manager for Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Program for Violence Prevention and Response (VPR). He is also the creator of HowManly.com, a blog about masculinity in media and culture.

Duane is a board member at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), a former Big Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, a Little League Baseball umpire, and a group facilitator at Emerge, where he co-facilitates batterer intervention groups for African-American men.

He holds a B.S. degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Utah, and a MA in Marketing Communications from Emerson College.

Elizabeth Feldhusen, Trainer

Elizabeth Feldhusen

Elizabeth Feldhusen, M.A. is an MVP Strategies trainer with extensive experience conducting MVP trainings in colleges, high schools, and with groups in the sports culture and the U.S. military. Liz has worked with MVP since 2007, when she began working as a training and outreach specialist, facilitating the MVP curriculum with high school students, college athletes, professional athletes, and youth service providers.

Elizabeth is currently an assistant principal at Colorado High School Charter, a small, alternative high school in Denver. She graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in History and holds an M.A.in School Counseling from Northeastern University.

Miguel Perez, Trainer

Miguel Perez

Miguel Perez is an MVP Strategies trainer who is a leader in men’s violence prevention in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. For almost 4 years he served as the Prevention Programs Coordinator at OPCC, the largest social services agency on the westside of Los Angeles. He recently co-led the rebranding of their cutting-edge men’s violence prevention initiative called BRO – Brothers Respecting Others.

Over the last few years he has facilitated numerous trainings addressing gender-based violence and its impact with diverse groups, including police officers, city officials and employees, at-risk youth, the homeless, and student-athletes, coaches and administrators at the college and high school level.

Miguel grew up in Venice of Los Angeles. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Sociology, where he also played wide receiver for the football team. In addition, he studied Theatre of The Oppressed at the University of Southern California. He recently founded an eco-friendly business and continues to volunteer for the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation and the Matt Lienart Foundation.

Daryl Fort, Senior Trainer & Curriculum Developer

Daryl Fort

Daryl Fort is a senior MVP strategies trainer and curriculum developer. Daryl has trained tens of thousands of student athletes, coaches, and administrators at hundreds of major NCAA institutions, as well as other student leaders and students at colleges and high schools. He has been an integral part of the MVP Strategies training teams that have trained thousands of military trainers and troops in all the major services of the U.S. Armed Forces. He is also a community development consultant and gender violence prevention activist, speaker, and educator who has worked throughout North America, Eastern Asia, Europe, Iraq, and Australia as a consultant to community-based and non-profit organizations, as well as public and private sector institutions.

Prior to MVP, Daryl spent 14 years as a political and public policy advisor to former U.S. Congressman and Governor of Maine, John Baldacci. As a senior policy advisor to Governor Baldacci, Daryl coordinated administration initiatives and policy development involving sexual assault and domestic violence, reproductive rights, children and youth, higher education, multicultural affairs, homelessness, civil rights, and Tribal affairs.

A former Trustee for Maine Boys to Men, the Maine Center for Sport and Coaching, and the Maine Center for Economic Policy, Daryl currently serves on the board of directors for the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and the Institute for Civic Leadership. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maine, where he played tight end and defensive end on the football team.

Josh Jasper, Trainer

Josh Jasper

Josh Jasper, M.S.W. is a long-time MVP Strategies trainer with training experience in the military, colleges, and high schools. For the past 12 years, he has worked in the field of sexual and domestic violence as an advocate, counselor, and administrator. From 2006 to 2013 he was President and CEO of Riverview Center, a rape crisis and domestic violence program in Dubuque, Iowa. Josh also is co-founder of Resources Unite, an organization based in Dubuque that strengthens communities by creating connections to resources and volunteer opportunities.

Josh holds a B.S. in Criminology from the University of Northern Iowa and an M.S.W. degree from UCLA. Prior to his undergraduate and graduate education, he served for four years in the United States Marine Corps, where he was a corporal in the security forces.

Jackson Katz, Founder & Director

Jackson Katz

Jackson Katz, Ph.D. is the Founder and Director of MVP Strategies. He co-founded the MVP Program in 1993 at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. He is the primary author of the program’s groundbreaking curricular materials. He is one of the key architects of the bystander approach to gender violence prevention.

Jackson has delivered thousands of lectures and conducted trainings in 49 states, eight Canadian provinces, and many countries around the world. He is the creator of the award-winning documentaries Tough Guise and Tough Guise 2. He is the author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, and Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood. His TED talk, “Violence Against Women is a Men’s Issue,” has been viewed more than 2 million times.

Jackson holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Education from UCLA.

Robin Kurka, Administrator

Robin Kurka

Robin Kurka, M.P.P. provides administrative and bookkeeping support to MVP Strategies and acts as the personal assistant to Jackson Katz. Prior to joining MVP in 2009, Robin worked for several years as a policy analyst, conducting program evaluations of Department of Labor programs for Social Policy Research Associates, and performing quantitative data analysis at The Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. Robin holds a B.A. in Sociology from UCLA and a Masters degree in Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley.

Jeff O’Brien, Executive Director, MVP National

Jeff O'Brien

Jeff O’Brien, M.S. is the executive director of MVP National. He has been with MVP since 1997, serving in various capacities as Director and lead trainer. He has conducted and overseen trainings for tens of thousands of student-athletes, coaches, and administrators at over 150 colleges and universities. He has led conference-wide training relationships with the Southeastern Conference, A-10 Conference, and Big Ten Conference. Jeff also has worked with dozens of professional sports teams and leagues including the NFL, MLB, NBA, and Major League Lacrosse. Additionally, since the late 1990s, Jeff has been a key member of the MVP Strategies teams that have conducted MVP bystander training for personnel in all major branches of the U.S. Armed Services.

Jeff currently is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership at the University of Central Florida. He holds a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Education from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. A former All-American tight end, Jeff was inducted into the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

Shannon Spriggs, Senior Trainer & Administrator

Shannon Spriggs

Shannon Spriggs, Ph.D. is a long-time MVP trainer and administrator who is currently a Research Fellow with the Violence Research and Prevention program at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. From 2006-2010, Shannon was Assistant Director of MVP National. As MVP National’s lead female trainer, she facilitated over 600 training sessions with more than 15,000 participants. Since 2010, she has worked to adapt the MVP curriculum for use in Australia and develop a pilot MVP program there. In addition, Shannon has been a key member of the MVP Strategies teams that have trained U.S. military personnel in bystander intervention in the U.S. and overseas in theatre in Iraq. Shannon has a B.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Business and Counseling from the University of Texas-Arlington, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College.

Lauren Grousd, Trainer

Lauren Grousd

Lauren Grousd, MA, LCPC, is an MVP Strategies trainer who has 15 years of experience providing sexuality education and sexual violence prevention training in high schools, colleges, local communities and the U.S. military. A licensed clinical mental health counselor and an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, Lauren’s work focuses on the intersections of mental health and human sexuality, family communication about sex and sexuality, social marketing and community organizing and gender issues. Lauren has worked with MVP Strategies since 2010.

Lauren has a private psychotherapy practice in Portland, ME. She specializes in working with adolescents, adults and couples on issues of sexual trauma, gender identity, sexual health and functioning, relationship distress, and LGBTQ experiences. She holds a BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Bowdoin College and an MA in Psychology and Counseling, with a concentration in sexual orientation, from Goddard College.

Graham Goulden, Training Consultant

Graham Goulden, BA, is an MVP Strategies training consultant.  For thirty years he has been a UK police officer and Chief Investigator specializing in criminal investigation, drug investigation, training, and crime prevention. For the past eight years he has been a key member of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit.

Since 2010 Graham has been developing MVP-Scotland in high schools across the country. He has conducted numerous trainings in Scotland, England, Sweden, and the States. In addition to conducting MVP trainings, Graham has expert knowledge and experience in embedding MVP within local government, and has been able to build a sustainable model that has allowed MVP to develop both locally and nationally in high school, university and workplace settings.

Graham holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Studies and a Certificate in Training from Napier University, Edinburgh.  He lives with his family in Edinburgh.

 

Brandi Stuart, Trainer

Brandi Stuart

Brandi Stuart is an educator and college and youth sports official with a wealth of experience in gender violence prevention and life skills development.

Brandi currently serves as one of four Assistant Commissioners for the Southern Section of the California Interscholastic Federation, in addition to being a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations Softball Rules Committee. She is also one of the lead consultants for the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum.

Early in her career she was the Assistant Director of Championships for the Atlantic Coast Conference. She also served as Director of Life Skills at the University of Alabama, and Associate Athletic Director for Student Services at Florida State.

For the past eight years Brandi has been a key MVP trainer, training students and professionals on dozens of college campuses as well as being one of the lead trainers for MVP’s work over the past year with The NBA and MLB.

Brandi is a graduate of Florida State University, where she played softball. She holds a Master’s Degree from FSU.

JR LaRose, Trainer

JR LaRose

JR LaRose is a former Canadian Football League player who played from 2005-2014 for the Edmonton Eskimos and B.C. Lions. He played safety for the Lions’ 2011 Grey Cup championship team. He is also a high-profile figure in the Lions’ award-winning Be More Than a Bystander social messaging and education campaign, a partnership between the Lions, the Ending Violence Association of BC, and MVP Strategies.

Through his role as spokesperson for Be More than a Bystander he has delivered presentations and training based on the MVP model of gender violence prevention to more than 60,000 high school students throughout BC and beyond.

JR is a member of One Arrow First Nation. A gifted and sought-after public speaker, he has shared his family’s story of struggle and his own personal story of success with audiences across North America. His special focus is on the experiences of Aboriginal peoples, but his story of redemption is universal, breaking down racial and generational walls and bringing forth a sense of hope and humanity.

JR has been awarded the Lions’ Jamie Taras award for Community Service for three straight years. He has also thrice been nominated for the Canadian Football League’s Tom Pate award, which honors the player who demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship, contribution to his team, community, and association.

A native of Edmonton, Alberta, he lives with his family in Vancouver, BC.

Kyler Hall, Trainer

Kyler Hall

Kyler Hall is a former Division 1 college football star and current high school football coach in Northern Florida. For the past two years he has conducted numerous MVP trainings with college and professional athletes.

Kyler was Florida Class 3A Player of the Year and first team all-state in high school. He attended Florida State University, where he played football from 2001-2005 as a defensive back and was named team captain his senior year. He graduated in 2005 with a BA in physical education.

He has been head football coach at the Maclay School in Tallahassee since 2011, where he won two North Florida Football Conference Championships in his first 2 years. Maclay is an independent college prepatory school that enjoys a statewide and national reputation for academic excellence.

Kyler lives in the Tallahassee area with his wife and three children.

Shirley Moody, Trainer

Shirley Moody

Shirley Moody-Turner is an Assistant professor of English at Penn State University specializing in African American literature, critical race studies and culture studies. She has published in New Essays on the African American Novel, A Companion to African American Literature, African American Review, Journal of Southern History and African American National Biography. She recently served as guest editor for a special section of African American Review on the black feminist-activist, Anna Julia Cooper. She is currently co-editing a volume on contemporary African American literature and completing her monograph, Conjuring the Color Line: Folklore, Fiction and Race in the Jim Crow Era. She has been teaching courses and leading workshops on race, culture, gender and literary studies since 1995, and in 2009, she co-taught a course for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The semester-long course, supported by a grant from the Center for Public Broadcasting, taught Penn State student veterans how to conduct oral histories and produce short films documenting student-veteran experiences. She has been awarded fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Penn State University’s Africana Research Center and Rutgers University’s African Diaspora Literature program.