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Board of Directors


G. Morris Gurley, Chair

G. Morris Gurley is one of the original founders of the National Center for Victims of
Crime. Mr. Gurley received a law degree from Harvard and was previously the vice
president of trusts and estates and the head of trust administration at The Chemical
Bank. He was also the chairman for the Annie Laurie Aitken Charitable Distribution
Committee and the cofounder of the Brain Trauma Foundation. Mr. Gurley is an active
lay member of the Methodist Church and serves as the vice president on the board of
directors of the New York City Council of Churches. He also serves on the Commission
of Religious Leaders of the City of New York and he is on the advisory council of the New
York Board of Rabbis.

Kim Goldman, Vice-Chair

Kim Goldman, sister of murder victim Ron Goldman, has spent the last 20 years as a
victims’ advocate. She travels the country as an impassioned public speaker on victims’
rights, the role of the media, judicial reform, and other related topics. An accomplished
author, Ms. Goldman was a contributing writer to the New York Times bestseller
His Name is Ron: Our Search for Justice. In 2007, she wrote two chapters for the New
York Times bestseller If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer as well as a feature article for
Glamour, which was internationally optioned after its domestic debut. She is the founding
co-chair of The Ron Goldman Foundation for Justice and an advisory council member
for Crime Survivors, Inc. Ms. Goldman contributes to a variety of media outlets, including
FOX News, MSNBC, CourtTV, and CNN, and she developed a documentary-type
television series showcasing the resilience of the human spirit as evidenced by victims
and their families and what they do in the aftermath of their tragedy. Ms. Goldman is the
executive director of the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project, a nonprofit organization that
provides peer mentoring, crisis intervention, support groups, and outreach to teenagers
in the Santa Clarita Valley. She lives in Los Angeles with her son.

Melvin Hewitt, Jr., Treasurer

A member of the Georgia Bar since 1985, Melvin L. Hewitt, Jr., is the managing member
of Isenberg & Hewitt, PC, in Atlanta. Mr. Hewitt attended Lakeland and Kent State
University, later graduating from Atlanta Law School. After serving in the military, Mr.
Hewitt spent six years in public law enforcement and 15 years in the private security
industry. He has held positions in middle- and upper-management and was ultimately
named president of Globe Security Systems, Inc., a private security firm with more
than 13,000 employees and 110 offices in the United States and Europe. Mr. Hewitt left
corporate America in 1989 so he and his wife, Harriet Isenberg, could open their private
practice law firm in Atlanta. In addition to the Georgia Bar, Mr. Hewitt is a member
of the Sandy Springs Bar, the Trial Lawyers of America, the Georgia Trial Lawyers
Association, the National Crime Victims Bar Association, the National Organization for
Victim Assistance, the Lawyer’s Club of Atlanta, and the Million Dollar Verdict Club. He
has spoken on issues of premises liability, negligent security, wrongful death, rape, and
violent assaults at local and national seminars, including the National Crime Victims Bar
Association, the National Organization for Victim Assistance, Odyssey Family Counseling
Centers, the Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons, and Mealey’s Lexis-Nexis.

Keith Franz, Secretary

Keith Franz has long been a victims’ advocate and is highly regarded for his experience in
aviation law and wrongful death claims. He has provided substantial pro-bono assistance
to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), serving as the organization’s representative
on the Governor’s Task Force for Crime Victims’ Rights for the last 25 years. Mr. Franz also
acted as lead council in New York Federal Court, representing several families touched
by the horrors of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Alexander Auersperg, Co-Founder

With his sister, Alexander Auersperg co-founded the National Center for Victims of Crime
in 1985 in honor of their mother, Sunny von Bülow, and they both continue to support
the work of the National Center. In 1986, Mr. Auersperg co-founded the Sunny von
Bülow Coma and Head Trauma Research Foundation, a private operating foundation
established to promote medical research and public awareness as it relates to coma and
head injury, also with his sister. He received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations
from Brown University in 1982 and currently resides in New York with his wife and

Ala Isham, Co-Founder

With her brother, Annie Laurie (Ala) Isham co-founded the National Center for Victims of
Crime in 1985 in honor of their mother, Sunny von Bülow. In 1986, Mrs. Isham co-founded
the Sunny von Bülow Coma and Head Trauma Research Foundation, a private operating
foundation established to promote medical research and public awareness as it relates
to coma and head injury, also with her brother. She is an experienced filmmaker, whose
credits include works on photographer Alfred Eisenstadt, Wagnerian tenor Peter
Hoffman, and the award-winning production Surviving Coma: The Journey Back.
Mrs. Isham is the mother of two children, Sunny and Alexandra, and is married to
Ralph H. Isham.

David Brown

David Brown is a senior associate with the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group of the
Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF). Mr. Brown, who joined the Casey
Foundation in 2011, coordinates grantmaking, budget development, and other aspects
of the juvenile justice system reform work. The Case Foundation’s agenda is designed to
improve the odds that delinquent youth can make successful transitions into adulthood,
primarily by reforming the juvenile justice system so that they incarcerate fewer youth,
rely more on proven and family-focused interventions, and create opportunities for
positive youth development.

Antigone Davis

Antigone Davis is Head of Global Safety at Facebook, where she works with internal teams
at Facebook and with external safety organizations and government bodies to ensure that
Facebook remains a leader in online safety and that stakeholders understand the steps
Facebook takes to promote safety online. Antigone also leads the efforts of Facebook's
Safety Advisory Board, a team of leading safety organizations from around the world who
provide Facebook with cutting edge research and advice on best practices, as well as its
Global Safety Network.

Antigone serves on the International Advisory Board for WePROTECT as well as the boards
of the National Cybersecurity Alliance, the Family Online Safety Institute, and the National
Network to End Domestic Violence. Prior to joining Facebook, Antigone spent 10 years
working for a State Attorney General. As Senior Advisor to the Attorney General, she helped
establish the office’s first online privacy and safety unit, and led the National Association of
Attorney General’s 2012-2013 presidential initiative “Privacy in the Digital Age.” Before
serving in the public sector, Antigone used her juris doctorate from the University of Chicago
Law School as a corporate attorney in Chicago and her masters in education as a middle
school and high school teacher. Antigone received her B.A. from Columbia University.

Philip M. Gerson

Philip M. Gerson, the founding board president for the National Crime Victim Bar
Association, is a board-certified civil trial lawyer who has practiced law in Miami for
more than 47 years. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami Law School.
Mr. Gerson is permitted to practice in all Florida courts, the United States Supreme
Court, the United States Court of Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the
Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States District Court for the Southern and
Middle Districts of Florida. He is a sustaining member of the Association of Trial Lawyers
of America, the Dade County Bar Association, and the Dade County Trial Lawyers
Association. He is also an EAGLE patron of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and has
served on the Florida Bar of Continuing Legal Education Committee. Mr. Gerson serves
on the board of directors at St. Thomas University School of Law and is also a partner at
Gerson and Schwartz, PA. He limits his practice to plaintiffs’ injury and death cases with a
focus on third-party liability for criminal acts, maritime accidents, motor vehicle accidents,
medical malpractice, defective products, and other complex litigation.

Michael Haggard

A partner in the Haggard Law Firm in Coral Gables, Florida, Michael Haggard is a former
assistant public defender who now practices personal injury law. He focuses on negligent
security, wrongful death, unsafe premises, product liability, and insurance coverage issues
and has established himself as a powerful force in the south Florida legal community.
He has won high-profile cases and multimillion-dollar verdicts in cases dealing with pool
accidents involving children, as well as the first case involving cell phone distraction.
Compassionate, empathetic, and a fervent advocate for victims of crime, Mr. Haggard
has dedicated his career to the pursuit of justice on behalf of his clients in the courtroom. 

Ronald C. Long

Ronald C. Long is the director of regulatory affairs and elder client initiatives, reporting
to the chief compliance officer, at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. In this role, Mr. Long works
to help the firm stay abreast of the changing regulatory environment and issues related
to aging clients. He frequently meets with securities regulators, adult protective services,
and other agencies that oversee the brokerage industry and elder clients. Since 2006,
Mr. Long has taken a leading role in the securities industry in reviewing how it engages
its older clients. He has worked closely with the National Center for Victims of Crime on
elder financial fraud issues.

Stephen Rickman

Stephen Rickman brings an exceptional record of hand-on experience, offering more
than 16 years of experience in high-level government programs and projects. He
has served as the organizer and vice chair of the Community Prevention Partnership,
president of the Justice Research Statistics Association, director of the Washington, D.C.,
Emergency Management Agency, division director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s
Bureau of Justice Assistance, director of the Department of Justice’s Weed and Seed
Program, and readiness director for the White House Office of Homeland Security. When
he worked for the Weed and Seed Program, Mr. Rickman expanded the program from
16 sites to nearly 300 in four years and grew its budget from $16 million to more than
$50 million. For the last eight years, Mr. Rickman has served as the director of homeland
security for CNA, a nonprofit research and analysis operation that services federal,
state, and local clients in homeland security and public safety planning, training, and

Laurence Roberts

Laurence Roberts draws upon his more than 20 years of experience in federal Indian law
to assist tribes in reaching solutions on federal matters administratively or in the courts.
Mr. Roberts’ experience is with the agencies that tribes engage with the most often,
including the Department of the Interior, the National Indian Gaming Commission,
the Department of Justice, and the Environmental Protection Agency. While with the
Department of the Interior, he worked in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian
Affairs. The office’s portfolio is broad, and it includes the restoration of tribal homelands,
energy and economic development, fostering tribal self-determination and selfgovernance,
Indian gaming, and the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Hon. Eric Smith

Eric Smith is the assistant dean for external affairs emeritus at the Florida Coastal School
of Law. He is also a professor there. He is the president of the Victim Assistance Legal
Organization (VALOR), vice chair for Families of Slain Children, the founder of the
Jacksonville Victim Services Center, and a partner at Maddox Horne Law Firm. Mrs. Smith
is also the producer and host of the television program “People and Politics”.

The National Center for Victims of Crime is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Donations to the National Center are tax deductible.