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Center for Community Solutions Announces Government and Education Luminaries Photographed for “My Sister’s Voice” Exhibition

CCS Discloses Penultimate Group of 40 Inspirational Women Photographed for June 6 Fundraising Reception

SAN DIEGO – April 29, 2014 – The Center for Community Solutions (CCS), a San Diego nonprofit that provides prevention and intervention services for violence and abuse, shares the third group of 10 women featured in the international photographic exhibition, “Notes to Our Sons and Daughters: My Sister’s Voice.”
The exhibition will debut with a June 6 evening reception at San Diego’s Broadway Pier and Pavilion. The 10 newest participants revealed are trailblazers in government and education, and they expand our previous announcements of photo subjects who are international leaders and arts and culture luminaries.

• The photographic exhibition features several women who are government leaders, including newly elected Speaker of California Assembly Toni Atkins, who champions causes ranging from healthcare, affordable housing and economic development to LGBT and veterans’ rights. Former U.S. Representative for California and Chief of Staff to California Governor Gray Davis, Lynn Schenk sits on the boards of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, Scripps Research Institute and the San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. Sycuan Tribal Charlene Worrell-Eckel, commissioner for the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Gaming Commission, helped her tribe reclaim 2,000 acres of ancestral land.
• Several of the exhibition’s subjects are trailblazers in education. Both Dee Aker and Jennifer Freeman hail from the University of San Diego’s prestigious Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ). A psychological anthropologist and conflict-resolution professional, Aker serves as deputy director of the IPJ and created its Nepal Peace Initiative, WorldLink Program and the Women PeaceMakers Program. Freeman directs the Women PeaceMakers Program and, with Aker, launched the first Women PeaceMakers Regional Networks to support women’s myriad roles in peacebuilding during and after conflicts. Steffanie Strathdee, Ph.D., is director of the UC San Diego Global Health Initiative, associate dean for Global Health Sciences and chief of the Division of Global Public Health in the Department of Medicine, where she leads a research and training program focusing on infectious diseases of global health importance. Anne Otterson serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the UC San Diego Rady School of Management, a member emeritus of the Moores UC San Diego Cancer Center Board and a supporter of the UC San Diego Foundation and numerous local charities.
• At San Diego State University Carol Rowell Council co-founded the nation’s first women’s studies program and later co-founded what is now known as the Center for Community Solutions (CCS), which this photographic exhibition benefits. She and others involved with CCS add their wisdom and photographs to “My Sister’s Voice.” Current CCS CEO Verna Griffin-Tabor is committed to the prevention of sexual assault and relationship violence and serves on the boards of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and the University of San Diego’s Nonprofit Leadership and Management Program. CCS Board Member Anita Crandall is an employee-relations consultant and staunch advocate of community involvement and workplace diversity who also serves as a Campaign Cabinet Member of the United Way of San Diego.
• The multimedia exhibition features 40 evocative portraits of women from diverse generations and cultures, captured by renowned photographer Pablo Mason. Each photograph is accompanied by a brief video documentary and “note,” sharing a life lesson important enough to be passed on to the next generation, our “sons and daughters.” The final photographic subjects will be announced soon.
• Meet the remarkable women at CCS’ June 6 evening reception. Reserve tickets online or by contacting Jennifer Lynaugh at or (858) 272-5777 ext. 151.

Verna Griffin-Tabor, Center for Community Solutions’ executive director and CEO
“The Center for Community Solutions is pleased to announce the names of 10 more women photographed for ‘My Sister’s Voice.’ I am truly honored to be a part of this exhibition and humbled to be photographed and quoted alongside 39 inspirational women.”

Alexis Dixon, Notes to Our Sons and Daughters’ project creator
“These 10 extraordinary women, whose images are portrayed in ‘My Sister’s Voice’, are government and education luminaries. It is an honor to amplify their remarkable voices through our multimedia exhibition.”

Center for Community Solutions (CCS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that provides prevention and intervention services for sexual assault and relationship violence survivors. Founded in 1969, we have remained committed to solving the problems of violence and abuse, improving the lives of survivors and changing the social conditions that breed and tolerate their existence. We assist more than 11,000 San Diegans each year and operate the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego. For more information, visit

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