The purpose of the RVAAM Alumni Association (aka, The Victim Services Professional Network [VSPN]) is to provide a vehicle by which Alumni may assist in the attainment of the goals set forth by the Academy. As such the goals of the Alumni Association are:

  1. To build a network for victim service providers.
  2. To establish a mentoring program for Association members, to include victim service providers new to the field as well as seasoned providers.
  3. To assist with identification of training needs at both the basic and advanced levels.
  4. To expand and enhance the level of professionalism within the victim services field.
  5. To establish non-profit status for the Association

As such, the Alumni Association has created a set of committees designed to support these goals. A description of each committee is listed in the left-hand column.  The Alumni Association welcomes the active involvement of its members and as such is always looking for more Alums to serve on these committees so they can share their talents and knowledge with their fellow peers.

The Alumni Association would not be where it is today without the devotion of a select group of individuals who volunteered their time to help create the Association and subsequently serve on its Executive Board as Officers, and supporting members.

For their never-ending dedication to the Alumni Association, we offer our sincerest thanks …

Kim Vasco (Class of 2004) – Founding President , 2004-2006.

Beverly Brooks (Class of 2004) – Founding Vice-President, 2004-2005.

Jessica Dickerson (Class of 2004) – Founding Secretary, 2004-2008.

Bonnie Robertson (Class of 2005) – Vice-President, 2005-2006; President, 2006-2008.

Bob Ertter (Class of 2005) – Board member, 2005-2006.

Debbie Bradley (Class of 2005) – Vice-President, 2006-2009

Cherie Peay (Class of 2004) – Founding Treasurer, 2004-2009

Valda Rotolo (Class of 2004) – President, 2008-2009

Linda Fair (Class of 2006) – Co-Chair (2009-2012)

William A. Griffin (Class of 2008) – Co-Chair (2009-2012)

Dianna Abramoski (Class of 2007) – Treasurer (2009-2012)

Alicia Davis-Johnson (Class 2007) – Secretary (2008-2012)

Did you know the Alumni are on Facebook

Search for “Roper Victim Assistance Academy,” then ask to join our group! It’s a great way to stay connected with your fellow alum, and to be able to share information with one another …

Class of 2019 (winter)                      

Alumni Association

Accepting Applications for Summer          

Academy June 7 - 11, 2021                   

I n response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), all staff are available remotely via telephone and          

email. During the University System and State closures, we are NOT accepting hard copy or faxed        

     applications at this time.  Email applications to or contact Anne Litecky at            


     We so much appreciate and offer thanks to our crime victim service providers who                 

  continue to bring comfort and calm to the lives of crime victims and their families,          

  as well as support to one another in the field. Together we will get through this.               

                                   ~ Wishing everyone peace and good health.                            


An Open Letter

to Victims

and Survivors

~ Carolyn C. Cosey

                        class of 2018   


Dr. Debra L. Stanley
Executive Director

Anne Litecky

Program Manager

Cherie Peay

Program Coordinator 


Dr. Heather L. Pfeifer

Dave Thomas


Dr. Gabriela Wasileski 

Dr. Mel de la Cruz

Debbie Bradley

Certification Coordinator 

Francis Beirut Poblete


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Ignored and rejected

Overlooked and undervalued

Emotionally destroyed and physically damaged

These are the unwanted and unforeseen circumstances that victims endure.

To former victims, current victims, and sadly, future victims

We see you, we hear you, we stand with you!

To victims who believe your strength is invisible and believe that your story is not important

We will be your voices when the trauma prevents you to speak

We will be your strength when the system considers you weak

We understand it was not your choice to become victimized

We understand the difficulty in handling your own personal trauma

We understand it is not easy to forget.

You have experienced the unimaginable

But you survived

You WILL survive

Your survival is monumental

Your survival is unmatched

Your survival is continuous

Your survival is YOURS!

To the victims that have fallen

They are survived by family

They are survived by friends

They are survived by us, the advocates.

Their time with us may have come to an end

But their stories, their legacies are uninterrupted, unrelenting, and endless

Without these stories, these legacies, these survivors,

Empathy and compassion for this service would be scarce.

You are why we are here

So, believe me when I say

YOU matter, your story matter!

To the queen of victim advocacy, Ms. Roberta Roper,

Your resiliency, your passion, your empathy, your diligence,

Your unparalleled, and incomparable strength and survival has built the strongest foundation

Of what it means to genuinely care for victims

What it means to accurately serve victims

You are the epitome of a leader, a game changer, a SURVIVOR!

Thank you for paving the way

Thank you for entrusting the next generation to continue the mission

We will not fail you

Your legacy will flourish for the years to come.

and valued

Strong and courageous

Victimized but SURVIVED

Bent but NOT broken

To victims on the road to survival