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SPEAKER BIOS - Making a Difference Conference



Jerry Steward, President

Oklahoma City Community College

Welcome & Blessing Before Lunch


Mick Cornett, Mayor

Oklahoma City



Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

Oklahoma City Archdiocese



Pastor Lee E. Cooper, Jr.

Prospect Baptist Church, OKC



Bill Citty, Chief

Oklahoma City Police


Leslie March, Asst. 

Attorney General & Chief

Victim Services Unit


Deb Stanaland 

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault


Deb Stanaland began her career in domestic violence and sexual assault services 23 years ago at the YWCA in Oklahoma City.  She served as Chief Officer of Support Services for many years, after providing years of advocacy and direct support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as training and education on these issues to the public.  After leaving the YWCA in 2016, she has continued her work in this area as an independent consultant through Stanaland Consulting.  She provides consultation; keynote     presentations; and training and education  in the areas of domestic violence, victim advocacy, sexual assault, and stalking.  Deb's education and experience serve her well as she shares her story as a survivor of domestic violence in a unique and informative manner, bringing hope to groups and organizations

who wish to make a difference in their community.


Deb is a Certified Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Professional (CDSVRP) and holds a Professional Certificate in Victim Services.  She taught as an Adjunct Instructor in the Crime Victim/Survivor Services Program at OSU-OKC Campus for six years, teaching courses in Victimology, Rape and Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence, Crisis Intervention, and Crisis Services.  She has been frequently called to testify as an Expert Witness in Civil and Criminal Domestic Violence cases, both State and Federal.   Deb currently serves on the Oklahoma Attorney General's Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, the Governor-appointed Oklahoma State Crime Victims Compensation Board, and the National Board of Directors of American Mothers, Inc., as Chair of the Golden Rule Committee.


​In addition to her professional credentials, Deb was honored by American Mothers, Inc., as Oklahoma's 2015 Mother of the Year.  Then later in the year at their 80th Annual Conference in Washington, DC, Deb  was awarded the title of 2015 National Mother of the Year.  "She has not only been a great leader for women and families in Oklahoma, but she's a role model for mothers across our country," said Joan Braitsch, American Mothers National President in 2015.  


​Further information about Deb's experience and services can be obtained by contacting her via email at


Lundy Bancroft resides in Massachusetts.  He has 28 years of experience specializing in interventions for abusive men and their families.  Lundy has authored five books in the field, including the U.S.'s best-selling book on domestic violence, Why Does He Do That?; Daily Wisdom for Why Does He Do That?; Encouragement for Women Involved with Angry and Controlling Men; and the national prize winner, The Batterer as Parent.

Lundy is a former Co-Director of Emerge, the nation's first counseling program for men who batter, and was involved in over 2000 cases as counselor and clinical supervisor.  He has also served extensively as a custody evaluator, child abuse

investigator, and expert witness.  Lundy appears across the continent as a presenter for court personnel, child protective workers, mental health providers, law enforcement officials, and other audiences.


More about Lundy Bancroft's experience and his services, as well as his contact information, can be found on his website:


Julie Owens is based in North Carolina and has worked in the domestic violence field for almost 30 years.  She is frequently called upon to speak, train, and write nationally and internationally on issues related to best practices for responding to violence against women, trauma, and human trafficking.  She provides consultation, keynote presentations, training, and court expert witness services in the areas of mental health, faith leadership, victim advocacy, criminal justice, and business.


Julie trains faith leaders, domestic violence advocates, law enforcement officers, and other professionals nationwide.  Her work has included helping in the development of numerous domestic violence-related projects (including a hospital and a

crime scene crisis response team), a church- based transitional shelter, survivor activist groups, counselor training programs, and trauma therapy development research at the National Center for PTSD.  She was Site Coordinator for RAVE (Religion and Violence E-learning project) and assisted with the development of the  content of the website. 



In 2012 Julie provided extensive training for the Republic of Kosovo as a consultant for the U.S. Department of State.  She is an Expert Consultant with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime Training & Technical Assistance Center, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center of Human Trafficking Training & Technical Assistance Center, and the Bank of America. 


Julie's commitment to making a difference to survivors of domestic violence was inspired by her own personal experiences as a survivor of domestic violence.  Her story is featured in the FaithTrust Institute's award-winning documentary "Broken Vows:  Religious Perspectives on Domestic Violence," the RBC television series "When Love Hurts," and several books, including Domestic Violence:  What Every Pastor Needs To Know.  She has contributed chapters in several books, including:  Strengthening Families and Ending Abuse:  Churches and Their Leaders Look to the Future and Responding to Abuse in Christian Homes:  A Challenge to Churches and Their Leaders.  Her chapter, "A Survivor Looks Back:  What I Wish Pastors Had Known When I Was Looking for Help," was published in Beyond Abuse in the Christian Home:  Raising Voices for Change, The Wonder Years:  40 Women Over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty and Strength" edited by the award-winning Christian author Leslie Leyland Fields, set for release in 2018, a chapter is included in which Julie shares her survival story.  Her published articles related to issues of faith also include "The Model of Christian Marriage and Amazing Grace."


More about Julie Owens'   experience and her services, as well as her contact information, is available on her website:

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