Mike Beard

President Emeritus
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Mike Beard has been the President of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence since its inception in 1974. Mike has represented the Coalition in numerous national and local newspaper, magazine, television and radio interviews. His comments, editorials, and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post,Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Campaigns and Elections. He has been featured on NBC’s Nightly News, CNN International, MSNBC Morning News, Fox Television News, Voice of America Radio, The Jim Bohanan Show and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Mike has testified on firearms issues before the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. He has also been profiled inBeacham’s Guide to Lobbyists, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.

Before coming to the Coalition, Mike was the Executive Director of the Committee for Congressional Reform, Self-Determination for D.C. and the World Federalist Youth – USA. He has worked on the staffs of Representative Walter E. Fauntroy (D-DC), Representative Walter Moeller (D-OH) and Senator John F. Kennedy (D-MA).

Mike is a graduate of the American University, School of Government and Public Administration and the School of International Service. He resides in the District of Columbia where he and his wife have raised their two children.

In addition to his work at the Coalition, he is currently a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.


Josh Horwitz

Executive Director
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Joshua Horwitz, J.D., is the Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.  He has spent more than two decades working on gun violence prevention issues.

Josh sees his role as looking around the next corner to develop new ideas and strategies for the gun violence prevention movement.  For instance, in 2007 his research and advocacy was instrumental in enacting a first-of-its-kind microstamping law in California. This revolutionary technology allows law enforcement to trace guns from expended cartridge casings left at crime scenes.

In 2009, through his book “Guns, Democracy and the Insurrectionist Idea,” published by the University of Michigan Press, Josh was the first to show how the gun lobby’s “Second Amendment remedies” approach to government was an anti-democratic attack on the rule of law and other democratic institutions that keep the rest of us free.

In 2013, Josh was one of the founders of the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, a group of mental health and public health experts who have examined the intersection of guns and mental health.  The Consortium released a set of policy recommendations designed to promote policy that will more effectively prevent those at a heightened risk of violent behavior from possessing firearms.  One of those recommendations was the basis for California’s first in the nation Gun Violence Restraining Order law (AB1014) that passed in September 2014.

Josh is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his law degree from the George Washington University.  He is a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he teaches public health advocacy and is a regular blogger at the Huffington Post.

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Lori Haas

Virginia State Director
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Lori has served as an organizer with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence since January 2010.

After her daughter Emily was shot twice and survived the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, Lori became personally involved in gun violence prevention efforts. She has worked with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Virginia Center for Public Safety, Protest Easy Guns and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. She has lobbied on Capitol Hill in Washington and before the Virginia General Assembly for responsible gun laws numerous times. She promotes awareness of the issue by speaking to various groups from her perspective as a family member of someone who has survived gun violence.

Lori graduated in 1976 from Saint Gertrude High School and attended Virginia Tech for two years. After a successful career in real estate, Lori volunteered for many neighborhood, church, school and civic organizations. She was born and still lives in Richmond, Virginia. She is married with three children: Emily, a Virginia Tech graduate and elementary school teacher; Wyatt, a student at William & Mary, and; Townley, a student at Benedictine College Preparatory. Her husband Channing is a self-employed residential builder.

T. Christian Heyne

Legislative Director
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Christian Heyne has served as a legislative staffer with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence since May 2010.

Christian grew up in Thousand Oaks, California, a city that is one of America’s safest. He began advocating for better gun laws after his parents were shot by a man with a history of violence on Memorial Day 2005 while returning a boat from a holiday vacation. His father survived multiple gunshots, but his mother was killed. Christian and his father, Tim, started a chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in Ventura County, where they helped to pass a number of local ordinances, including one that requires the reporting of lost and stolen handguns within the county. While attending California State University, Chico, Christian started the first collegiate chapter of the Brady Campaign. The chapter was able to raise awareness through lie-in events and other campus activities, and also lobbied in the state legislature for bills like AB 1471, which implemented microstamping technology as a crime-solving tool in California.

After receiving a Legal Studies Degree and a Paralegal Certificate from Chico State, Christian moved to Washington, D.C., where he now resides.

Kelly Roskam

General Counsel
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Kelly Roskam has served as General Counsel since August 2013. In this position, her responsibilities include ensuring compliance with federal and state nonprofit laws, maintaining and updating organization policies and bylaws, drafting and analyzing legislation, drafting congressional testimony, legal research and writing, and managing human resources.

Prior to joining CSGV as General Counsel, Kelly worked as a Research Assistant at CSGV and interned with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s Legal Action Project.

A Minnesota native, Kelly received her Bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She received Juris Doctor from the Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson School of Law.

Adelyn Allchin

Public Health Analyst
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Adelyn Allchin is the Public Health Analyst at the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund).

Adelyn brings three years of professional public health experience to the Ed Fund, with a background in veteran’s health, clinical research, and social epidemiology. She is passionate about translating research to create evidence-based policies that will improve public health. In particular, she is collaborating with a diverse array of researchers, advocates, and mental health practitioners to develop model policies to de-stigmatize the association between violence and mental illness by broadening the policy focus to proven risk factors for dangerousness.

Adelyn received a Bachelor of Arts in Statistics and Italian from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and recently completed her Master of Public Health, with a focus in Epidemiology, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In her free time, she enjoys running, photography, and taking improv classes.

Vicka Chaplin

Public Health Analyst
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Vicka Chaplin (pronounced Vee-kah) is a Public Health Analyst at the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund) and Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Vicka is passionate about social justice, engaging in diverse collaborations, and developing and implementing evidence-based strategies to effect change and improve public health. At the Ed Fund, she focuses on evidence-based firearm policy and education, research translation, suicide prevention, and advocacy at the state and federal levels.

Vicka brings over a decade of experience in violence prevention and mental health promotion to her work at the Ed Fund. She has a background in counseling survivors of interpersonal violence, which highlighted the critical need for more effective prevention and led to a career in public health specializing in programmatic and policy-based approaches to violence prevention.

A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Vicka is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and earned master’s degrees from Adler University (Counseling Psychology) and the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado – Denver (Public Health). In addition to her public health career, she has dedicated over 800 hours of service to the Soldiers and families of the US Army.

Bryan Barks

Executive Editor
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Bryan Barks is the Executive Editor at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.

Bryan has a background in social justice advocacy. Prior to joining CSGV in 2015, she worked for several organizations dedicated to poverty alleviation and legal aid. She also has experience in local government and worked at the Public Information Office in her hometown of Athens, Georgia.

In addition to her work at CSGV, Bryan serves as a member of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance’s Young Adult Council and is passionate about mental health advocacy. She was initially drawn to CSGV’s risk-based approach to gun violence prevention and active efforts to destigmatize mental illness.

Bryan has a BA in political science and international affairs from Georgia College & State University. In her free time, she enjoys writing, freelance editing, and traveling with her husband.

Lisa Geller

External Affairs Associate
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Lisa Geller is the External Affairs Associate at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.

Lisa, a Washington, D.C. native, had the opportunity to intern for CSGV before joining the staff full time in July 2016. She graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a BA in Political Science with a specific focus on American government and constitutional law.

While in Madison, Lisa was able to work with local gun violence prevention groups to help defeat a campus carry bill.

When not working on gun violence prevention, Lisa enjoys cooking, traveling, and playing with her dog, Maddie.

Kayla Hicks

Director of African American & Community Outreach
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Kayla Hicks has served as the Director of African American & Community Outreach for the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund) since September 2013 and also serves as a State Organizer for Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws (VRGL) a campaign of the Ed Fund. In her positions, she is responsible for the organization’s outreach to Impacted Communities that are disproportionately affected by gun violence but historically underrepresented in the debates on this issue by our elected officials.

Kayla is dedicated to engaging Unserved and Underserved communities of daily gun violence through a series of free Education to Action Workshops that provide communities with sustainable tools necessary to enact real change. She brings over 25 years of diverse organizing experience from union and labor, workforce groups, coalition, grassroots, election and campaigns in over 15 states.

As a gun owner herself, Kayla has a particular interest in responsible firearms ownership. She also has a passion for helping others, and volunteers as a victim’s assistance advocate in Virginia. She is dedicated to community service, a graduate of Liberty University, and resides in Virginia where her husband serves as a Law Enforcement Officer.

Andrew Patrick

Media Director
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Andrew Patrick serves as Media Director for the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.  He directs the organization’s social media strategy, media strategy, press relations, and website development.

Andrew began his work at the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence in September 2013 as a Virginia organizer.  He has a bachelors degree in Communications and Political Science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a Masters Degree in Public Relations from Kent State University.
 Andrew lives in Catonsville, Maryland with his wife, 2-year old son, infant daughter and beagle.  He enjoys comedy, sports, television shows, and collecting vinyl records.  Follow Andrew on Twitter.