Virtual Town Hall



Sponsored by the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center 




Thursday, October 13, 2022

3:00pm to 4:30pm EDT


Join the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center (NMVVRC) for a timely discussion on victim-centric mass violence incident recovery and resilience. 

At the conclusion of the National Town Hall, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the long-term impact of mass violence crimes on victims, survivors, and communities.
  • Define effective resiliency strategies to support communities in long-term recovery. 
  • Identify the mission, goals, and scope of programs and services of a Resiliency Center. 
  • Identify sustainability strategies to support ongoing resiliency efforts. 
  • Describe "lessons learned" from the NMVVRC's Forums of Resiliency Center Directors and Administrators, including the role of Victim/Survivor Navigators.


Join us for this free National Town Hall webinar on Thursday, October 13 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM EDT.

Register for the National Town Hall


Eugenia Pedley

Eugenia Pedley is the Senior Program Manager for Mass Violence and Terrorism at the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) within the U.S. Department of Justice. Since joining OVC in June 2012, Ms. Pedley has worked with communities and organizations across the country that request Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) funding to support victims of these incidents.   She provides guidance on grant development, technical assistance on victim support programs, and grant monitoring; and led the development of the Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit.  She also manages a number of mass violence awards and programs that work to prepare for and respond to these incidents.  Ms. Pedley has a background in law enforcement intelligence working for the FBI and other federal agencies prior to joining OVC. 

Maggie Feinstein

Maggie Feinstein is the Director of the 10.27 Healing Partnership, where she has served for three years. She is a Master’s level professional counselor who has distinguished herself in the field of integrated mental health. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in International Relations and received her Master’s degree from the University of San Francisco in Counseling Psychology. She worked in San Francisco and Anchorage before returning to Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Squirrel Hill with her husband and two children.

Tennille K. Pereira, Esq.

Tennille Pereira is a licensed attorney in Las Vegas with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.  In the aftermath of the 1 October tragedy, Tennille facilitated civil legal services for the bereaved families and survivors at the Family Assistance Center, and was appointed to her current position of Director of the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center in early 2019.  Under her leadership, the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center was honored with the prestigious USDOJ OVC National Victim Service Award in 2020.  Several impactful legislative measures were passed in Nevada through Tennille's advocacy, including the creation of a Statewide Victim Assistance Center that would be available to respond in the event of another mass incident.    An earlier legislative measure provided that victim advocates were required to be incorporated at every stage of emergency management. As a result, Tennille was appointed as the first victim advocate member of the Nevada Resilience Advisory Committee and regularly consults on emergency management plans.  Tennille was appointed to the 1 October Memorial Committee by Governor Sisolak in 2019 and elected as the Chairwoman of that Committee.  Tennille is also an active member of the NMVVRC Resiliency Center Directors’ Forum.   She has served in numerous volunteer roles in the community, including as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with foster care youth

Jesse Arias

Jesse Arias is the Director for the Orlando United Resiliency Services, a program now under the LGBTQ+ Center of Orlando. He has been with the OURS since May 2017 working as a case manager assisting those directly and indirectly impacted by the Pulse tragedy. He has continued to partner with the LGBTQ+ community as an “ally” where he aims to help support those who have been marginalized. In serving the Pulse community, Jesse was able to witness the far-reaching effects of mass violence and now aims to expand his role as a community advocate by bringing awareness of trauma and how it impacts everyone. Jesse continues to work together with his OURS colleagues where they implement trauma-informed practices in a case management setting and continue to listen to the needs of the community and its survivors. Jesse Arias’ educational background is from the University of South Carolina where he graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology.

Alyssa Rheingold, Ph.D.

Dr. Rheingold is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor at the National Crime Victim's Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Rheingold is the Director of the Preparedness, Response & Recovery Division of the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center. Dr. Rheingold has been funded for both service and research projects by CDC, NIMH, OVW, VAWA, VOCA, SAMHSA, and OVC. Her expertise includes evidence-based treatment of trauma related mental health issues, grief and loss, and traumatic loss by homicide. Dr. Rheingold was instrumental in the immediate response and evidence-based mental health services and resiliency and recovery efforts to those impacted by the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, SC.. Dr. Rheingold has published over 70 peer reviewed articles and book chapters in the area of trauma, bereavement, and victimization and has served on the board and as Treasurer of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She has provided a number of trainings including Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Loss by Homicide, GRIEF Approach, Traumatic Grief, Impact of Witnessing Domestic Violence, Stress Management, Impact of Mass Violence, Early Interventions for Trauma Exposure, and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD.

Anne Seymour

Anne Seymour has been a national advocate for crime victims and survivors for 38 years, and is the Associate Academic Program Director for the NMVVRC.  She began her career in 1984 as the Director of Public Affairs for the National Office of MADD and, from 1985 to 1993, as co-founder and Director of Communications and Resource Development of the National Center for Victims of Crime.  Seymour has consulted with the U.S. Departments of Justice, Defense, State and Health & Human Services, the Peace Corps, and all 50 state governments to develop policies and protocols that improve the sensitive treatment of crime victims and survivors, and promote justice reforms that improve individual and public safety. She has been involved in several mass crisis responses, following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the Navy Yard mass shooting in September 2013, among others.  Seymour served as a Lead Consultant to plan and implement OVC’s 2009 “Assisting Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence” National Symposium, and helped develop a mass violence training curriculum in 2016 for the District of Columbia Advanced Victim Services Academy. Seymour has received numerous honors for her efforts, including the 2018 U.S. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus Lifetime Achievement Award and the 1992 “Outstanding Services to Crime Victims” award from President Bush.

Information about the NMVVRC National Town Hall Series


The quarterly National Town Halls sponsored by the NMVVRC, with support from the Office for Victims of Crime, provide the best, evidence-based mass violence readiness, response and resiliency/recovery resources and practices for:

  • Mass violence victims and survivors
  • Victim/ survivor assistance professionals
  • Mental and behavioral health professionals
  • Law enforcement and criminal justice officials
  • Allied professionals


Our goal is to establish an ongoing exchange of ideas about best practices, “lessons learned,” and experiences that can improve a community's coordinated response to mass violence incidents.  To view the information shared in our prior Town Halls, please click here for Town Hall #1, click here for Town Hall #2, and click here for Town Hall #3.


About the NMVVRC


The NMVVRC was established in October of 2017 in partnership with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The NMVVRC is located at the Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. The Center is composed of a multi-disciplinary team of scholars, researchers, victim service and mental health professionals, partner organizations, technical experts, and relevant local and national organizations in a multifaceted team that collaborates with OVC. Our principal partners include the American Hospital Association, National Governors Association, and U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The mission of the NMVVRC is to improve community preparedness and the nation’s capacity to serve victims and communities recovering from mass violence through research, planning, training, technology, and collaboration.