Dr. Debra L. Stanley
Executive Director

Anne Marie Milun

Program Manager

Cherie Peay

Program Coordinator

Nicole Feldhaus

Linda Dionne

Program Coordinator  

 Debbie Bradley
Certification Coordinator


David Thomas

Dr. Heather L. Pfeifer

Dr. Gabriela Wasileski

Dr. Melvin de la Cruz

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                                                                       2025 Roper Victim Assistance Academy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Winter Session In-Person (February)  & Summer Session Virtual  (June)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       DATES COMING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           CLICK HERE: APPLICATION

 Questions:   contact Anne at or  410.837.5055                     

The Academy

Traditionally, the RVAAM offers a rare opportunity to live, work, study and interact with victim service providers from all areas of advocacy. The Academy currently offers two trainings each year, one in-person (winter) and one online (summer). While it is assumed that students have had previous training in their area of specialization, the Academy provides a fundamental overview of the entire field of advocacy including victimology, victim rights, and victim assistance for residents in Maryland.  Sessions are led by recognized leaders and practitioners in the field of victimology, criminal justice, and victim rights, and focus on skill-building and best practices. Throughout the week, participants are provided with a variety of resource material they can take back to their agency, including a comprehensive RVAAM curriculum text that covers more than thirty subject areas. The Academy’s curriculum has been approved for selected professions, thus participants may earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Additionally, undergraduate and graduate level academic credits in criminal justice are available through the School of Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore for an additional fee.

While the information garnered in the classroom during the Academy provides valuable knowledge for participants to draw upon when they leave, an even greater resource they take with them are the professional networks they build while attending the Academy. By having participants remain on-site for the entire week, they are afforded an opportunity to network with their fellow colleagues and to lay the foundation for collaborative relationships.