Stephanie Krehbiel, Executive Director, Co-Founder
Stephanie Krehbiel is a scholar, advocate, and speaker with expertise in social change movements, trauma, and institutional violence. She holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Kansas, with a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Trained in ethnography and oral history, Stephanie works with survivors who want to tell their stories in a public forum. As an advocate, Stephanie specializes in working with student activists concerned with campus sexualized violence, as well as LGBTQ justice issues. In addition, she consults with administrators and church leaders who are interested in making their communal spaces safer and more attentive to trauma.
Her writing can be found on Religion Dispatches, Somatosphere, Our Stories Untold, and The Mennonite, as well as the Into Account blog. Stephanie’s book manuscript-in-progress, Pacifist Battlegrounds, examines the definition of violence and the gender politics of Christian pacifism against the backdrop of LGBTQ organizing in the Mennonite Church USA.
Hilary Jerome Scarsella, Director of Theological Integrity
Hilary J. Scarsella is a scholar, speaker, and advocate with expertise in trauma, theology, and religious practice. She listens to survivors and pays special attention to the explicit and implicit theological dimensions of community practices, social patterns, modes of communication, worship, and rituals in survivors’ stories so that the religious dimensions of survivors’ experiences of violence and survival can be named, validated, and – when need be – addressed in the communities that produced them. Hilary also consults with religious leaders and communities who want to make their theological vision, language, worship, and religious practices more trauma-informed, mindful of sexualized violence survivors who are members of the community, and wise with respect to members who are perpetrators.
Hilary is the primary caretaker of the online forum Our Stories Untold that offers sexualized violence survivors a platform for telling their stories and being heard. She wrote a critique of the Mennonite Church USA Lord Supper practice as it intersects with sexualized violence and led a collaborative revision of the practice that was published in the Anabaptist liturgical periodical Leader. She holds a Master of Divinity from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theological Studies at Vanderbilt University, with research specializations in trauma, gender, and ritual.
Jennifer (Jay) Yoder, Advisory Committee Chair, Co-Founder
Jennifer (Jay) Yoder began sexual violence advocacy in college at Ohio State University, co-chairing the anti-violence group on campus, and organizing the Columbus, OH Take Back the Night event. Jennifer sat on a university panel to update the sexual violence policies for OSU, filed an Office for Civil Rights complaint against OSU for the standard of evidence required in sexual misconduct cases, and won a more reasonable standard of evidence. In addition, Jennifer supported another student in filing a Clery Act complaint against the university, and OSU was investigated and found in violation. Jennifer also chaired a campaign to remove the head of Judicial Affairs from office, which led to his removal and replacement with a much more qualified candidate.
Trained as sexual violence advocate at SARNCO (Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio), Jennifer supported rape survivors during rape exams in hospitals; counseled callers to a rape crisis hotline; and taught workshops and trainings on consent, working with trauma survivors, and self-defense.
Jennifer spent time working as the Victim’s Services Coordinator for Ohio’s statewide coalition, The Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, supporting rape crisis centers, training police officers and attorneys, and supporting survivors around the state. Currently, Jennifer is a social justice activist, community organizer, advocate, and educator, with expertise in undoing oppressions such as racism, sexism, and queerphobia. Jennifer also co-founded Pink Menno, a movement for queer inclusion in the Mennonite Church.