Board of Directors

Rebekah Crawford (she/her) - Board President
Rebekah Crawford (she/her)
Board President
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Rebekah Crawford (she/her)
Rebekah Perkins Crawford is a co-survivor. As a researcher she cares about how religious communities talk about consent and reports of sexual violence within religious organizations. As an advocate she cares about how trauma and experiences of acute vulnerability affect holistic wellness. She is grateful to be a part of a community that provides a support system for survivors and their loved ones.
Chris Linscott (he/him) - Board Vice-President
Chris Linscott (he/him)
Board Vice-President
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Chris Linscott (he/him)
Chris is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) who loves our region and our people. He welcomes every opportunity to help our community grow, heal, and thrive, and, is incredibly humbled and grateful to be a small part of the essential work of SAOP.
Denise O’Donnell (she/her) - Board Treasurer
Denise O’Donnell (she/her)
Board Treasurer
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Denise O’Donnell (she/her)
Denise O’Donnell is one of the newest Vice Presidents at Hocking College bringing to the table a wealth of knowledge from the accounting and business world, in particular, higher education. In addition to her career, Denise furnishes relationships with Non-Profit Organizations and counsels on varied industry advisory boards. Her true passion lies in teaching where she has taught a variety of accounting and business courses at University and Community College level.
Patty Stokes (she/her) - Board Secretary
Patty Stokes (she/her)
Board Secretary
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Patty Stokes (she/her)
Patty Stokes, Ph.D., teaches in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio University. She became passionate about ending sexual violence when confronted with its high prevalence and resultant trauma among her students. Realizing that its impact was equally harmful throughout our communities, she completed volunteer training with SAOP in summer 2015. When SAOP began moving toward independent non-profit status, she became the founding board member. She feels privileged to see the organization blossom and grow thanks to the incredible dedication and empathy of its staff and volunteers.
Hanan Al-Shadadi (she/her) - Board Member
Hanan Al-Shadadi (she/her)
Board Member
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Hanan Al-Shadadi (she/her)
Hanan Al-Shadadi is from Yemen and is a Ph.D. student and a teaching assistant in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. Her passion for reducing violence against women in all shapes and forms started early in my life. She serves on the board because for her, silence is no longer an option.
Reagan Neviska (she/her) - Board Member
Reagan Neviska (she/her)
Board Member
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Reagan Neviska (she/her)
Reagan Neviska is a graduate of Kenyon College and staff member in the Office of Information Technology at Ohio University. She loves Ohio and the community of Southeastern Ohio, and is passionate about social justice. Reagan became interested in serving on the board after becoming aware of the way sexual violence has shaped her own life and the lives of loved ones. 
Mak Olaker (she/her) - Board Member
Mak Olaker (she/her)
Board Member
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Mak Olaker (she/her)
Mak is an Appalachian native committed to the region’s culture and development. She is a first-generation college student holding degrees in accounting and higher education from Ohio University, where she now works in leadership development. Mak joined the SAOP board to work with others who are also passionate about creating healthier and safer environments for the surrounding communities.
Sam Miller (she/her) - Board Member
Sam Miller (she/her)
Board Member
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Sam Miller (she/her)
A native of the Village of Somerset, Miller attended Ohio University in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and graduated in May 2018 with a degree in Journalism – Strategic Communication. Armed with the desire to see southeast Ohio thrive and the motivation to use her skills for the greater good, Miller joined Rural Action as an AmeriCorps national service member in August 2018. She served as the Entrepreneurial Communities Outreach and Support Specialist in the then Entrepreneurial Communities program, which today operates as Resilient Communities. She spent her term of service empowering small communities across five Appalachian Ohio counties and served to connect their businesses with needed resources. After her AmeriCorps term of service, Miller joined the staff of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown as the Appalachian Regional Representative. During her time with Brown’s office, Miller served as the primary point of contact and liaison between residents across 25 Appalachian Ohio counties and the Senator’s policy advisors. Miller created engagement events, such as round-table discussions and summer manufacturing camps, with the Senator’s stakeholders and strategic partners.
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