CELEBRATING 21 YEARS!


ACADEMY FACULTY & STAFF

Dr. Debra L. Stanley
Executive Director

dstanley@ubalt.edu


Anne Marie Milun

Program Manager
alitecky@ubalt.edu


Cherie Peay

Program Coordinator

cpeay@ubalt.edu


Nicole Feldhaus
Technician
nfeldhauslitecky@ubalt.edu


Linda Dionne

Program Coordinator 

ldionne@ubalt.edu  


 Debbie Bradley
Certification Coordinator
bradleyd@harfordsheriff.org



Faculty:


Dr. Heather L. Pfeifer

hpfeifer@ubalt.edu


David Thomas

law.thomas.dog@gmail.com


Dr. Gabriela Wasileski

gwasileski@ubalt.edu


Dr. Melvin de la Cruz

mdelacruz@ubalt.edu


Contact Us

410.837.5055


                                                                 

                                                                       2024 Roper Victim Assistance Academy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                June 3-7 (virtual)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           CLICK HERE: APPLICATION


 Questions:   contact Anne at alitecky@ubalt.edu or  410.837.5055                     

The Roper Academy is modeled on the National Victim Assistance Academy, the nation’s premier training and education program for professionals who assist victims of crime. 


The mission of RVAAM is to provide a broad spectrum of basic advocacy training that will standardize the training of crime victim service providers in Maryland, thereby expand and enhance the level of professionalism within the victim services field.  As such, the Academy strives to increase participants’ knowledge of national, state, and local resources, and to provide an opportunity to network with other victim service providers.


In addition to its bi-annual foundational training, the Roper Academy also offers the VSTEP Program (circa 2019) providing "virtual" advanced training throughout the year to victim service professionals and ancillary providers. 






In 2024, the Academy reaches its 21st year and its 26th & 27th training sessions.

VSTEP surpasses 12,000 in the number trained by the program.


“If someone listens, or stretches out a hand,

or whispers a kind word of encouragement,

or attempts to understand a lonely person,

extraordinary things begin to happen.”


–Loretta Girzartis

​ Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland (RVAAM)