Adrienne Lamar Snider
Adrienne Lamar Snider is the newest member to join the coalition, but she is not new to the work of peace and justice. For two decades, her professional efforts have been a commitment to disarm violent behavior and strengthen the work of people and organizations dedicated to improving lives impacted by violence.
Adrienne is the former Chief Operations Officer at the Jenesse Center—a comprehensive prevention and intervention program for survivors of domestic violence and their families. Under her leadership with mentor, CEO, Karen Earl, the agency grew to be a premier facility for providing shelter services, vocational and educational training, mental health services, legal assistance, and resources to support individuals and families impacted by domestic violence.
Spend any amount of time with Adrienne and you will discover that she is inspired through the healing and empowerment of those who have experienced violence. As a creative and compassionate spirit, she spends much of her day contemplating and organizing programs that will transform and affirm. She continues to build on her education to strengthen her impact as a change agent. Adrienne holds a B.S. degree from Biola University and is currently a Masters Fellow at the University of LaVerne (2017). Adrienne’s unyielding dedication is greatly due to Eva—her sixteen year-old daughter. As the bright beam in Adrienne’s eye, she wants Eva to live and grow in a community where children are safe and free to bloom without fear.
The weight of Adrienne’s mission is supported in her home by Robert—her husband. Like a ship’s anchor, he steadies her with encouragement, kindness and love. Supported in her home and encouraged by peers and mentors in the work place, Adrienne shares her gifts of violence prevention advocacy, leadership and collaboration in an effort to achieve a violence-free world.
Daniel Healy received his B.S. Degree in Biology and his M.P.H. Degree in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He has 20 years of experience working with and assisting community and faith-based organizations. While working at UCLA and the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, he has provided technical assistance in program evaluation data collection and analysis to many organizations throughout Los Angeles County, helping them build capacity for assessing the effectiveness of their work. As Associate Director of the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, he coordinates the Coalition’s initiatives focused on reentry from incarceration, youth development investment and gun violence prevention. He is a Board Member of Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts (L.A.U.R.A.) and a recipient of L.A.U.R.A.’s Distinguished Service Award.
2016 Summer Interns
Eder Abellaneda is currently attending the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, focusing on Community Health Sciences. His passions in the public health sphere include violence prevention and LGBTQ mental health. He has lived in Los Angeles his whole life.
Anika Akhter is a 2nd year MPH in Community Health Sciences student at UCLA. After completing her studies, she intends to pursue a career related to the development, implementation, and evaluation of violence prevention programs because she is frustrated by the constant undermining of this issue by policymakers in spite of its long-lasting impacts on the physical and mental well-being of individuals and communities. She believes that we all have a role to play in ending the violence epidemic that plagues our nation. In her free time, she enjoys watching TV comedies like Mozart in the Jungle and New Girl, singing along to Jenny Lewis’ tunes, and trying out different cafes and restaurants.
Vanessa Deleon transferred to UCLA from Cerritos College and received a B.A. in American Literature and Culture. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Before she returned to school Vanessa worked with the organizations, HealthCorps and the Youth Policy Institute in the areas of health promotion and education. Her time spent with both organizations was devoted to working with youth and families at San Fernando High School in the Valley. Vanessa is excited to be interning with VPC this summer and supporting with the LA for Youth Campaign.
Kyra Forbes studies Communications and Public Relations at Tuskegee University in Alabama, she is going into her junior year. She will be interning with the VPC this summer to support VPC’s online communications. She graduated from Junipero Serra High in Gardena California and when she graduates from college will go into the media industry. She is devoted to helping the Los Angeles community work towards a brighter future.