Meet Mishawn Glover

Why do you do this Anti-Violence work?
I feel it was what I was born to do.  It is something I enjoy and I know by helping others, I will reap many blessings and good fortune.

What would you like to learn your first year on your new job? 
I would like to learn more about new trends, prevention, and intervention work around issues of family violence and sexual assault.

What would be the title of your autobiography?mishawn cup
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If you were a vegetable what would you be? 
A Vidalia onion, I am a southern favorite, yet only for acquired taste. Like an onion, peeling back the layers may be tough at first but when prepared I offer sweet and savory flair to life!

 

What is the latest book you have read and would you recommend it?
The Purpose Driven Life: What On Earth Am I Here For? By Rick Warren.  I would recommend this book to anyone of Christian faith who is having difficulty understanding and finding their purpose here on earth.

What are the 3 things you love about Virginia?

  • Almost 27 beautiful years of my life were established here.
  • My alma mater is here.
  • My friends and family are here.

If you had one box for all your stuff, what would you put in it?
I would keep in my box, my phone and charger, my kindle, a notebook/journal, my favorite ink pen, coffee and cake.

Lastly, what excites you most about your new job at the Action Alliance? 
Everything! I love to learn and experience new things. I work on the hotline crisis team and although the work is challenging and requires you to be emotional available to people you do not know or have never seen. Knowing that I possibly made a difference in their life makes it all worth while.

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Mishawn Glover is a Hotline Specialist for the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of crisis intervention and trauma-informed care to the hotline team. During her spare time she enjoys volunteering, trying new foods, learning, and living life to it’s fullest potential.

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Meet Karen Burruss-Cousins

Why do you do this Anti-Violence work?
Because no one deserves to be hurt.

What is the latest book you have read and would you recommend it?
I have not read a book in years but I do listen to audio books.  Currently I am listening to the Outlander series and yes I would recommend it.

If you were a vegetable what would you be? Why?
A pumpkin; because what is not to love?  You can make soups, pies, decorations, and scare Linus and the Peanuts gang.

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What are the 3 things you love about Virginia?

  • The best is that I never have to leave the state to have a great vacation because of the variety of scenario available around Virginia.
  • The other best is THE WINE.
  • The third is having to correct my statements to ensure I say the Commonwealth of Virginia and not the state.

What would be the title of your autobiography? 
Never Stop.

If you had one box for all your stuff, what would you put in it?
I would fill that box with photos and a change of clothes (This is of course assuming my family and cats have their own boxes, if not then I am putting them all in there and toting them to safety with adequate air holes and food.)

What is the most incredible view you have ever seen? 
The Ring of Kerry in Ireland.

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Lastly, what excites you most about your new job at the Action Alliance? 
I am excited to be working with advocates from local programs and state partners to assist in making long-lasting and powerful change for survivors and the community at large across Virginia.

Karen Burruss-Cousins is the Training and Resource Specialist at the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. 

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Meet Tamara Mason

Why do you do this Anti-Violence work?
In a time when communities are constantly being shredded and driven apart by ever increasing instances of violence, it is imperative for those of us who believe in building bridges of understanding find ways to spread love, not hate. Violence has no home where love and respect abides.

What would you like to learn your first year on your new job? 
As Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence are areas of social justice work that are less familiar to me, I know I have a lot to learn. I would like to learn more about the resources and agencies within the state of Virginia that are a part of the group of dedicated people and organizations working to combat sexual and domestic violence in our state and help the victims and survivors continue to lead a prosperous and fulfilled life.

If you were a vegetable what would you be? Why?
Though my hair would probably suggest a closer resemblance to broccoli, I would probably be a pepper. There is SO much variety in the pepper family, ranging from remarkably sweet to extraordinarily spicy. I like to keep people guessing.

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Describe the magazines on your coffee table?
I lack both magazines and a coffee table and I am more of a catalog girl than a magazine girl.  It would not be unusual at all to find an Avon catalogue or 10 hanging out near my couch.

What are the 3 things you love about Virginia?

  • My family is here,
  • I am no more than 2 hours from either the mountains or the beach, and
  • Virginia has a deep and rich history – it is good, it is bad, and it is ugly.

 

If you had one box for all your stuff, what would you put in it?
My analytical brain wants to know details about this box, such as:

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  • Are we talking about a ring box or refrigerator box?
  • Is it only for my things or am I sharing it?
  • Is this box going to be moved?
  • Is this box going to be permanently sealed or will I have regular access to its contents?

 

 

What is the most incredible view you’ve ever seen?
The dome of ashes at Majdanek in Poland.  I went on a Holocaust study trip to Poland.  The entire trip was …………… wow, but this site was probably one of the most intense and “incredible”.

Lastly, what excites you most about your new job at the Action Alliance?
I am excited to be a part of the change I would like to see in the world. And being at the Action Alliance gives me the opportunity to participate in making change for survivors of violence.

Tamara Mason is the Data Systems and Resources Coordinator at the Action  Alliance. She has over fifteen years of experience operating in the social justice, human relations, and public policy realm. Knowledgeable of political, social, and cultural trends to anticipate, identify, and respond to political and cultural trends to achieve justice-oriented outcomes. Equally delighted to be part of a team or engage in independent endeavors. Lover of all things animal and rainbow. Doer of good.

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Meet Reed Bohn

Why do you do this anti-violence work?
I do anti-violence work to have impact on an issue that is important to me. It may be difficult to find a service where we see someone like ourselves in an advocacy role. Something I appreciate is when someone “gets you” without a lengthy explanation, I have sense of relief and rapport. I want to give that to others calling in crisis.

What would you like to learn your first year on your new job?
I would like to learn how to be a better white ally, build relationships to connect callers to a larger network of resources, and enhance the level of expertise on the hotline.

What is the most incredible view you have ever seen?
The view of Canadian wilderness that had been untouched by humans.

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What are the 3 things you love about Virginia?
I love the diversity and accessibility of things to do in Virginia:

  • The ability to get to the beach/mountains/DC within a matter of hours,
  • The history of our past and what is still evolving, and
  • The wide range of available activities (food, art, trails, etc.).

What is the latest book you’ve read and would you recommend it?
Mattaponi Queen: Stories by Belle Boggs. I highly recommended it. Her mastery of word really comes through; it definitely lives up to the reviews.

Describe the magazines on your coffee table?
My coffee table becomes a catch all and you can usually find a remote or two, junk mail to be recycled, a phone charger and picture frames with family and friends displayed.

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If you were a vegetable what would you be? Why?
I would be a parsnip. It is versatile, it holds up well in any form, and it makes winter more bearable.

 

 

 

Lastly, what excites you most about your job at the Action Alliance?
What excites me most about my job at the Action Alliance is all of the advances in technology and growth of the hotline team.

Reed Bohn is the Senior Hotline Crisis Services Specialist: Training at the Action Alliance.  He has worked and volunteered for HIV prevention, LGBTQ+ and anti-violence agencies. 

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