Faculty & Staff

The Begun Center is currently made up of approximately 50 individuals, including students and administrative support staff. Our faculty, researchers, and trainers come from a wide range of disciplines including psychology, education, social work, sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice. Senior faculty and researchers are nationally-recognized and well-cited scholars in the areas of juvenile justice, specialty courts, violence prevention, behavioral health, community-based research, and law enforcement.

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  • Luma Masarweh headshot

    Luma AlMasarweh, PhD

    Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: lia7@case.edu

  • Bobbi Beale headshot

    Bobbi L. Beale, PsyD

    Co-Director
    Center for Innovative Practices
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: bobbi.beale@case.edu

    Phone: 330.806.7731

  • Ashley Bukach headshot

    Ashley M. Bukach, MPH

    Assistant Director
    Partnership for Evaluation, Research, and Implementation (PERI)
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: ashley.bukach@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.0160

  • Ed Dabkowski headshot

    Ed Dabkowski

    Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: ejd105@case.edu

  • Heather Distin headshot

    Heather Distin, PCC-S

    COE Project Director
    Center for Innovative Practices
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: hxd256@case.edu

  • Renne Dragomir headshot

    Renne R. Dragomir, PhD, IMFT-S, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS

    Director of Provider Professional Development
    Center for Innovative Practices
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: renne.dragomir@case.edu

    Phone: 330.705.2186

  • Dawn Ellis headshot

    Dawn Ellis, MA

    Grants Administrator and Department Administrator 1
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: dxe92@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.2266

  • Milly Embaye headshot

    Milen Embaye, MPH

    Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: mxe198@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.3878

  • Jeremy Evenden headshot

    Jeremy Evenden, MSSA, LISW-S

    Senior Consultant & Trainer
    Center for Evidence-Based Practices - Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: jeremy.evenden@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.0808

  • Erin Fiorito headshot

    Erin Fiorito, LPCC-S

    Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: emf116@case.edu

  • headshot of Daniel J. Flannery

    Daniel J. Flannery, PhD

    Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Professor
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
    Director
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: daniel.flannery@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.0109

  • headshot of Mark S. Fleisher

    Mark S. Fleisher, PhD

    Research Professor
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: mark.fleisher@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.4741

  • Karen Coen Flynn

    Karen Coen Flynn, PhD

    Senior Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: karen.flynn@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.4278

  • Michael Fox headshot

    Michael Fox, MA, PCC-S, LCDC-III

    ICT Consultant & Trainer
    Center for Innovative Practices
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: michael.fox2@case.edu

  • Sarah Fulton headshot

    Sarah E. Fulton, MA

    Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: sxf10@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.0429

  • Scott Gerhard headshot

    Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW

    Senior Consultant & Trainer
    Center for Evidence-Based Practices - Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: scott.gerhard@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.0808

  • Margaret Good headshot

    Margaret Good, MSEd, LPCC, LSW

    Consultant and Trainer
    Center for Evidence-Based Practices - Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: mxg862@case.edu

    Phone: 330.727.4708

  • headshot of David L. Hussey

    David L. Hussey, PhD

    Director
    Mandel Leadership Fellows Program
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
    Research Director
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
    Associate Professor
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: david.hussey@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.0476

  • Maureen Kishna headshot

    Maureen Kishna, MSSA, LISW-S

    MST Network Partner Director for Ohio
    Center for Innovative Practices
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: maureen.kishna@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.5883

  • headshot of Jeff Kretschmar

    Jeff Kretschmar, PhD

    Managing Director
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
    Research Associate Professor
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education

    Email: jeff.kretschmar@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.2305

  • Ric Kruszynski headshot

    Ric Kruszynski, MSSA, LISW, LICDC-CS

    Director
    Center for Evidence-Based Practices - Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: richard.kruszynski@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.0808

  • Deana LeberGeorge headshot

    Deana Leber-George, M.Ed, LPCC-S

    Manager of Training & Consultation
    Center for Evidence-Based Practices - Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: deana.leber-george@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.0808

  • Junghae Lee headshot

    Junghyae Lee, PhD

    Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: junghyae.lee@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.1963

  • Katherine Lewis headshot

    Katherine Lewis, LSW, MSSA

    Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: kel62@case.edu

  • Melissa Longstreth headshot

    Melissa A. Longstreth, MSSA, LISW-S

    Consultant and Trainer
    Center for Evidence-Based Practices - Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: melissa.demian@case.edu

    Phone: 216.406.1410

  • Emma McCann headshot

    Emma McCann, BA, MA

    Research Assistant II
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: esm69@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.0159

  • Ryan McMaster headshot

    Ryan McMaster

    Research Data Manager
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: ryan.mcmaster@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.0711

  • Kimberlyn M. Meyer headstho

    Kimberlyn M. Meyer, LPCC-S, LICDC-S

    IHBT Quality Manager
    Center for Innovative Practices
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: kimberlyn.meyer@case.edu

    Phone: 330.858.3407

  • Pam Mitterling headshot

    Pamela Mitterling, M.A.Ed., RN, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, LSW

    MST Expert
    Center for Innovative Practices
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: pamela.mitterling@case.edu

    Phone: 419.929.6410

  • Anya Nazarenko headshot

    Anya Nazarenko

    Research Assistant
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: anya.nazarenko@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.2275

  • Ivette Noriega headshot

    Ivette Noriega, PhD

    Senior Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: lxn40@case.edu

  • Maggie Ogonek headshot

    Maggie Ogonek, MSW

    Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: mro44@case.edu

  • Tugba Olgac headshot

    Tugba Olgac, PhD, LSW

    Post-Doctoral Scholar
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: txo62@case.edu

  • Laura Overman headshot

    Laura T. Overman, M.Ed, MA

    Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: laura.overman@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.0155

  • Amy Pickens headshot

    Amy Pickens

    Professional Development Specialist
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: axp723@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.1932

  • Julie Rentsch headshot

    Julie Rentsch

    Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: jxr668@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.3619

  • Michelle Riske-Morris headshot

    Michelle L. Riske-Morris, PhD, JD

    Senior Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: mlr17@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.4741

  • Patricia Ross Martin headshot

    Patricia Ross Martin

    Coordinator
    Center for Innovative Practices
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: patricia.ross@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.6293

  • Jenny Row headshot

    Jenny Row, MSSA, LISW-S

    Consultant and Trainer
    Center for Evidence-Based Practices - Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: jxb148@case.edu

  • Michael Sanford headshot

    Michael Sanford, MSW

    Consultant and Trainer
    Center for Evidence-Based Practices - Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: mts95@case.edu

  • Richard Shepler headshot

    Richard Shepler, PhD, PCC-S

    Director
    Center for Innovative Practices
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: richard.shepler@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.4815

  • Steve Shober headshot

    Steve Shober, BS, LSW

    Fidelity Specialist
    Center for Evidence-Based Practices - Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: sds34@case.edu

    Phone: 937.838.2950

  • headshot of Mark I. Singer

    Mark I. Singer, PhD

    Leonard W. Mayo Professor in Family and Child Welfare
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
    Deputy Director
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: mark.singer@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.6176

  • Crystal Smith headshot

    Crystal Smith

    Department Administrator
    Center for Evidence-Based Practices - Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: crystal.smith@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.0808

  • Chris Stormann headshot

    Chris Stormann, PhD

    Senior Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: christopher.stormann@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.0680

  • Stacey Tabbaa headshot

    Stacey Tabbaa, MSSA

    Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: sns36@case.edu

  • Rodney Thomas headshot

    Rodney Thomas, MA

    Senior Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: rodney.thomas@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.3162

  • Ginger Yanchar headshot

    Ginger Yanchar, MSSA, LISW-S

    Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: gly2@case.edu

  • Jay Youngless headshot

    Jay Youngless, MLIS

    Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: jay.youngless@case.edu

  • Thomas Zawisza headshot

    Thomas Zawisza, PhD

    Senior Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: ttz10@case.edu

  • Ewa Zielinska headshot

    Ewa Zielinska

    Research Associate
    Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
    Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Email: exz145@case.edu