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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Chelsea White

Director of Development
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence


Chelsea White has served as the Director of Development & Events with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) since 2013. Chelsea has nearly a decade of fundraising experience. She directs foundation and donor relations, board relations, plans annual events, manages donor identification, cultivation, and stewardship, and assists with budget development.

Prior to joining CSGV as the Director of Development & Events, Chelsea held fundraising positions at Wittenberg University and Denison University.

Chelsea received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Public Advocacy from Ohio University and a Master of International Corporate Media from Marietta College.

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, drafting legal memoranda, conducting legal research, and managing human resources.

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.

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Kelly Roskam has served as Legal Director 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, drafting legal memoranda, conducting legal research, and managing human resources.

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

Director of Public Health Research
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence


Adelyn Allchin is the Director of Public Health Research at the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund). Previously, she served as a Public Health Analyst at the Ed Fund from June 2015 to January 2018.

Adelyn has 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 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

Director of Public Health Programs
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence


Vicka Chaplin (pronounced Vee-kah) is the Director of Public Health Programs 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.

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 Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) since September 2013. She has also served as a State Organizer for Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws (VRGL) and currently leads the Virginia Action Network (VAN). In her positions, she is responsible for the organization’s outreach to impacted communities that are disproportionately affected by gun violence. These communities are also historically underrepresented in the debates on this issue and are often brushed aside by their elected officials.

Kayla seeks to engage these unserved and underserved communities through free workshops that provide the tools necessary to enact real change. Kayla brings more than 25 years of experience organizing diverse groups — union and labor, workforce groups, grassroots efforts, elections, and campaigns — in more than 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 and resides in Virginia, where her husband serves as a law enforcement officer.

Andrew Patrick

Media Director
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
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, son, daughter and beagle.  He enjoys comedy, sports, television shows, and collecting vinyl records.  Follow Andrew on Twitter.

Yasmín Fletcher

Staff Attorney
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence


Prior to joining CSGV, Yasmín worked as a Legal Fellow with the DC Public Charter School Board.

Yasmín received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Sport Administration from the University of Miami and her Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to attending law school, she taught 8th grade English as a Teach For America corps member.

Yasmín’s interest in working on gun violence prevention stems from the disproportionate effect gun violence has on impoverished communities, communities of color, and youth.

A Boston native, by way of Prince George’s County, MD, Yasmín currently lives in Washington, DC and enjoys traveling, reading, and volunteering with education entities and in a pro bono capacity.

Dakota Jablon

Policy Analyst
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence


Prior to joining CSGV/EFSGV, Dakota worked as a Congressional staffer for now retired Congressman Henry Waxman and his successor, Congressman Ted Lieu of California. She later worked in state legislative affairs as the Legislator Outreach Associate at the Women In Government Foundation.

Dakota earned her Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where her emphasis was mental health policy. She received her Bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola Marymount University.

Dakota is especially passionate about firearm suicide prevention, destigmatizing the association between gun violence and mental illness, and promoting evidence-based policies. A Los Angeles native, she enjoys traveling, yoga, and supporting the LA Dodgers.

Clare Hogan

Office Administrator
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence


Clare Hogan is the Office Administrator at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), where she is responsible for day-to-day general office administration, in-house accounting, management of the Ed Fund and Coalition offices, and overall staff support.

Previously, she served as a Senior Research Associate with Primary Insight, LLC – a New York-based financial research firm – as well as a Research Associate with the Council on Hemispheric Affairs – a Latin American policy think tank out of Washington, D.C.

Earning a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and Spanish, Clare attended university at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. With this background, she developed a strong interest in the advocacy and nonprofit sectors, which ultimately led her to find her place at CSGV.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Clare enjoys traveling to new places, spending time with family and friends, seeing live music, and exploring all of the great food D.C. has to offer.

Aerielle Matsangos

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


 Aerielle earned her Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she focused on molecular health science and infectious disease with additional studies in epidemiology, policy, and health advocacy.

Aerielle worked professionally as a Molecular Research Scientist and Crew Chief, Advanced-EMT in Emergency Medical Services. She worked in high-risk emergency situations, including gun violence, within diverse communities such as under-served and refugee populations.

As a native of Baltimore City, Maryland, Aerielle has personally and professionally witnessed and responded to the impact of gun violence on communities. She is a passionate advocate of transforming evidenced-based research into action and policy and will continue dedicating her skills to this field of Public Health.

Ari Davis

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


Ari pursued a Master’s in Public Policy at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he focused on injury and violence prevention. While in graduate school, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Injury Research and a Policy.

Prior to attending graduate school, Ari was a Special Education Teacher with Teach for America in New Orleans, Louisiana. Through his experiences working with youth affected by gun violence, he became a passionate advocate for utilizing and implementing public health policies to reduce gun violence.

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