7/21/22 - REFLECTIONS ON UVALDE

Our Team

Heroes - Active Bystandership Training

Meet The Team

Joel A. Dvoskin

Co-Founder

For more than a decade, Joel Dvoskin managed the forensic and correctional mental health systems for the State of New York, and later served as New York’s Acting Commissioner of Mental Health. He is the former Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Behavioral Health for the State of Nevada. He is former President of two Divisions of the American Psychological Association (18 and 41) and served on the APA Policy Task Force on Reducing Gun Violence, and on the APA Blue Ribbon Commission on Ethical Processes.

He has provided consultation and expert testimony to forensic mental health, law enforcement, and correctional systems in more than 40 states, and has provided consultation to a wide array of organizations, including the U.S. Secret Service, the National Basketball Association (NBA), the NBA Players Association, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and numerous corporations, organizations, and government agencies across the US and Canada.

He previously taught at the University of Arizona Law School, and currently teaches at the U. of A. Medical School.


Karen Collins Rice

Co-Founder

Karen Collins Rice, M.S. is an organizational development and curriculum design specialist with twenty-five years of experience in the private sector. Karen has transitioned her professional focus to policing and is primarily concentrated on the transformation of organizational culture. She is the curriculum designer for Georgetown Law’s Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project and the Chief Program Architect for the innovative police leadership development program, 21st Century Police Leadership (21CPL), which was developed in partnership with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, and focuses on developing emotional intelligence, effective communication practices and building a healthy agency climate in police organizations.

Karen is also an experienced facilitator and has worked with the National Police Foundation and the Behind the Badge Foundation in developing their strategic plans using a streamlined process that enables strategic planning to become an ongoing, internal process that drives values, vision, and strategic goals into daily work.

Karen is one of three co-founders of Heroes Active Bystandership Training, LLC.


Abigail S. Tucker

Co-Founder

Abigail S. Tucker, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist in Denver Colorado. In her current role as trainer, consultant and in private practice she works directly with emergency responders, veterans, victims of crime, criminal and juvenile justice entities and behavioral health providers. Dr. Tucker serves as Adjunct Faculty at Colorado State University Global in their Emergency Responder and Military Psychology Program and at her alma mater Nova Southeastern University in their College of Psychology and for the Fischer College of Education and Criminal Justice. Abigail is a certified instructor for Adult & Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and for the Public Safety module of Adult MHFA, and is a proud national training instructor for the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project.

Abigail is one of three co-founders of Heroes Active Bystandership Training, LLC.


Liza Aronie

Director of Operations

Liza Aronie has supported the Georgetown Law Center’s Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project since July 2020. The ABLE Project has become a nationwide best practice in policing that seeks to prevent misconduct, reduce mistakes, and promote officer health and wellness. ABLE is supported by law enforcement, the civil rights community, and businesses across the U.S. Liza currently serves as the ABLE Project’s Quality Assurance Associate for the national instructor team and is an integral member of the core team that implements, coordinates, and expands the nationwide training program. During her time with ABLE, Liza has run close to 60 Train-The-Trainer classes, instructed, facilitated small-group learning sessions, hosted professional development sessions for law enforcement instructors, coordinated all scheduling, and served as one of the Project’s primary liaisons to the more than 240 agencies in the program.

Prior to joining ABLE, and prior to raising two now-teenaged daughters, Liza served in a number of different policy and project management capacities for three different aerospace and defense contractors, including lobbying the US Congress and writing position papers for contracts under the US Department of Energy.


Gregory Hanna

Retired Captain

Captain Gregory Hanna, Jr. retired in 2020 from the Metro Transit Police Department in Washington, D.C. after 27 years of service. During his tenure with the department, he served in numerous leadership and command roles, which included leading the Honor Guard Unit, Commander of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, Section Commander of the K-9 Unit, Precinct Commander, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, Watch Commander, and Commander of Internal Affairs. He was instrumental in the design and implementation of the agency’s internal investigation tracking and accountability system (IAPro and Blue Team). His strategies led to a comprehensive departmentwide early warning system to proactively identify emerging issues for early intervention. In 2016, he was instrumental in the development and implementation of the department’s first Summer Crime Initiative. The introduction of this program integrated weekly COMPSTAT crime strategies and the use of GIS technology to identify emerging crime patterns, crime hot spot mapping, resource allocation for crime reduction, and opportunities for community outreach events.


Tim Fasnacht

Corrections Leader

Tim Fasnacht is a corrections leader with over twenty years of experience in law enforcement. Tim served as a correctional sergeant and then as the Commander of the Washington State Corrections Officers Academy. He holds certifications as a FTO, master defensive tactics instructor, CERT instructor, Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) instructor, and firearms instructor.

Tim comes with an extensive background in training, use of force, tactical operations and correctional supervision. He brings a unique perspective serving the professionals working behind the walls. Tim is now the Director of ARC Tactical Development and serves as the Director of Training with Safe Restraints Inc.


Ian Edwards

Corrections Supervisor

Ian Edwards began his corrections career in a 1300 bed direct supervision county jail. He served as an FTO, Academy Instructor, Training Sergeant, and Assistant Commander of the Corrections Officers Academies. He now provides training nationally to the first responder and military community. Ian is a Blue Courage Master Trainer, HeartMath Trainer, Trauma Resource Institute Certified CRM Teacher, Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) National Trainer, and delivers training regularly for resiliency, crisis intervention and management, and law enforcement leadership.


Virginia Barber

Ph.D.

Dr. Virginia Barber Rioja obtained her Ph.D in clinical forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. Over the past 6 years, she has served as clinical director and co-chief of mental health for NYC Health + Hospitals/Correctional Health Services, which oversees mental health treatment in the NYC jail system, as well as all court ordered forensic evaluations throughout the NYC court system (fitness to proceed and pre-sentencing evaluations). She is currently the assistant chief of forensic & related mental health services for CHS. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Psychology Department of New York University where she teaches in the graduate program, and a clinical instructor at Columbia University, where she provides supervision to clinical psychology doctoral students. She has over 15 years of experience working in correctional and forensic contexts. She worked as an attending psychologist in the forensic inpatient unit of Bellevue Hospital Center, as the clinical director of several mental health courts, diversion, and reentry programs in NYC, and as a consultant for the juvenile correctional facilities in Puerto Rico.


Alexandra Garcia-Mansilla

Clinical Psychologist

Alexandra Garcia-Mansilla is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over fifteen years of experience working with people with serious mental disorders involved with the legal system. She received her PhD from Fordham University in Clinical Psychology with a Forensic Specialization. Prior to earning her PhD, she was a licensed Clinical Social Worker, having received her Masters in Social Work from New York University, and her BA from Harvard University. She trained in various forensic psychiatric settings throughout the New York City metropolitan area (including Bellevue Forensic Services and Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center) and multiple civil psychiatric facilities; she has provided treatment and conducted evaluations in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has experience in diversion work; for four years she was the Clinical Director of the Queens TASC Mental Health Diversion Program, a mental health jail diversion program in Queens, NY. She most recently worked for almost five years in the New York City jails (Correctional Health Services), first as the Director of Psychological Assessment and then as the Clinical Director of Mental Health Services. She has also been conducting psychological and forensic evaluations (criminal, civil and immigration) in private practice since 2015.


Graham Goulden

Retired Officer

Graham Goulden is a retired Scottish police officer of 30 years’ service, including eight years in the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit (VRU). With the VRU, he harnessed the power of the active bystander developing school-based programs to help reduce violence in Scotland. There he led the development of the Mentors In Violence Prevention (MVP) Program, a leadership program that utilizes a creative bystander approach to prevention.

Now in retirement, Graham runs his own leadership and training organization working within Universities, schools, workplaces, sports teams and in prisons. Despite being based in Scotland Graham is also one of the national trainers supporting US Law Enforcement deliver and embed the Active Bystander in Law Enforcement (ABLE) Program. A self confessed ‘Bystander Geek’ Graham believes in the power of the active bystander in reducing harm in society. He is a much sought-after speaker and trainer both nationally in the United Kingdom, as well as internationally.


Jessica Pearson

Psy. D.

Dr. Jessica Pearson obtained her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University and completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowships in clinical and forensic psychologist at NYU/ Bellevue Hospital. Over the past 9 years, she has served as the Director of Internship Training and Project Director on multiple HRSA grants at Elmhurst Hospital Center/ Mt Sinai, providing training, supervision, and administrative support for the internship program. She also served for eight years as the Senior Psychologist on the Women’s Forensic Unit, an inpatient psychiatric unit for female detainees under DOC and NYPD custody. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the Psychology Department of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at New York University, where she teaches two courses in the graduate program on forensic psychology. She worked as an attending psychologist on the forensic inpatient unit at Bellevue Hospital Center prior to working on the women’s forensic unit at Elmhurst Hospital. Dr. Pearson works as an independent expert in forensic psychology and psychological assessment, testifying in federal and state criminal, civil and immigration courts.