SART Coordinators Summit

Date & Time

December 1, 2020
9:30 am3:45 pm



SART Coordinators in Ohio, please join us for our 2020 SART Coordinators Summit, where together we'll explore the composition of your communities, building community-centered teams, strategizing for SART success, and more! Please note that will have a 1-hour lunch break from 12:30-1:30pm, and we ask that all attendees bring with them demographic data for their county & agency. 


Centering the Margins and Building Community Centered Teams

Shandra Witherspoon & Olivia Montgomery, OAESV

SART Coordinators will explore the composition of their communities. Through examination of data, we will discuss community demographics, who experience sexual violence, who engages with various system and how. Coordinators will discuss the work in which their SARTs have engaged. Community centered teams will examine SART memberships and SART engagement and activity with an eye for opportunities to expand the work SARTs have already done.

Effective SARTs: Strategies for Success

Fatima Jayoma & Madison Cutler, SVJI MNCASA

This training will provide coordinators the knowledge and tools for effective SART work. We will use the SVJI resource, “A Ten Factor Framework for Sexual Assault Response Team Effectiveness,” as the foundation. By understanding the different factors that lead to SART success, we will be able to navigate some of the challenges that teams experience. Specifically, we will focus on increasing buy-in and navigating conflict. This two-part session will engage coordinators through discussion and resource sharing.

Putting it into Practice

Shandra Witherspoon, OAESV

We will explore how coordinators can lead their teams to apply what is learned and how to engage the community once the Summit is over.

More About the Speakers

Shandra Witherspoon (she/her)

Director of Coordinated Community Responses, OAESV

Shandra has worked with multi-faceted sexual assault agencies for over seven years. She recently rejoined OAESV as the Director of Coordinated Community Responses. In this role, Shandra is responsible for training law enforcement, advocates, sexual assault nurse examiners, prosecutors, and military personnel across the state on best practices for creating and implementing a coordinated community response to sexual assault and intimate partner violence. She also participates on several state advisory committees, including the Women of Color Caucus (WOCC) Leadership Team, convened by the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, and the Ohio Network of Child Advocacy Centers, as well as the Sexual Assault Advisory Board of Ohio (SAABO). In her role with OAESV, Shandra is most excited about ensuring all survivors of sexual assault are treated with dignity and respect, have equitable access to resources, and are receiving culturally appropriate services. She is also focused on engaging the community in prevention efforts and strategies to bring an end to sexual violence. In her spare time, Shandra enjoys cheering on the Crimson Tide football team, catching up on television shows, and traveling.

Olivia Montgomery (she/her)

Coordinator of Equity and Inclusion, OAESV

Olivia works to initiate an intersectional perspective in addressing violence in Ohio. Olivia formerly worked with underserved populations at the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and within legal, campus and community advocacy at a local program in Clark county. She is a community organizer and civil rights activist, working with numerous human rights groups including LGBTQI civil rights organizations and the NAACP. Olivia holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology with a focus in African American studies from Ohio University. Outside of work Olivia enjoys walks with Kane (her rescue pup), yoga and volunteering in the community.




Fatima Jayoma (she/her)

Rural Projects Coordinator, Sexual Violence Justice Institute, MNCASA

Fatima joined the Sexual Violence Justice Institute at MNCASA in May of 2020. As the Rural Projects Coordinator, Fatima connects with and supports rural communities working to improve systems and community response for sexual violence victims/survivors across the states and territories. Her day-to-day responsibilities include developing training, providing technical assistance, and resource creation.

She began working in the anti-violence movement in 2015. She has experience providing advocacy-based counseling services and developing community prevention education programming. Fatima has a Master’s in Social Work, with a concentration in Integrated Practice, from The University of Iowa.

Madison Cutler

Minnesota SART Program Coordinator, Sexual Violence Justice Institute, MNCASA

Madison joined MNCASA in 2019 as the Minnesota SART Program Coordinator. At the Sexual Violence Justice Institute, Madison provides support to sexual assault response teams (SARTs and SMARTs) in Minnesota. Her responsibilities include facilitation of technical assistance calls, planning team coordinator retreats, and delivery of in-person and online trainings. She also develops tools and resources to guide the development of multidisciplinary responses to sexual violence.

Madison began working in the anti-violence movement in 2013 while earning her bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University. After graduating, she completed her master’s degree in public health at the University of Minnesota where she focused on sexual health and evaluation of interprofessional educational programs.

Madison came to Minnesota from her family ranch in South Dakota where she rode horses, raised cattle, and gardened. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her dog Ivan, riding motorcycle, and running.


  • 9:30 AM
    • Welcome and Introductions
  • 10:00 AM
    • Centering the Margins and Building Community Centered Teams, Shandra Witherspoon and Olivia Montgomery
  • 11:15 AM
    • Break
  • 11:30 AM
    • Effective SARTs: Strategies for Success (Part 1), Fatima Jayoma and Madison Cutler
  • 12:30 PM
    • Lunch
  • 1:30 PM
    • Effective SARTs: Strategies for Success (Part 2), Fatima Jayoma and Madison Cutler
  • 3:00 PM
    • Break
  • 3:15 PM
    • Putting it into Practice, Shandra Witherspoon
  • 3:45 PM
    • End


This project was supported by subgrant No. 2019-WF-VA7-8919 awarded by the state administering office for the STOP Formula Grant Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the state or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.