The Dedicated Staff of Unified Solutions
Stanley L. Pryor
Unified Solutions Executive Director
CTVA/CJA Project Director
Telephone: (877) 216-9914 Ext. 700
Stanley Pryor has more than 39 years of experience in providing training and technical assistance to federal, state, and local governments; and to community-based organizations and advocacy groups in program development, needs assessment, community partnerships and planning. His faculty appointments include the Georgetown University, School of Medicine (Research Associate) and the Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Social Work (Assistant Professor). Since 1976 he has worked in the human services field with vulnerable populations including crime victims, people with disabilities, American Indian/Alaska Native groups, and young children. As a senior program manager for ICF International, he served as project director for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) contract, managing the delivery of technical assistance and training to federal, state, local and tribal victim service providers and allied professionals across the Nation. Throughout his career Mr. Pryor has gained expertise in designing, developing and implementing adult learning training and technical assistance initiatives for the federal government (Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services), universities (e.g., Georgetown University, Virginia Commonwealth University), and state and local faith-based and community organizations. He managed the development of numerous training curricula and materials and Technical Assistance toolkits, including Strategic Planning Tool Kit for Victim Service Organizations, Victim Notification and Safety in Relation to Offender Reentry, The Essential Elements of State Child Care Administration, and Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect of Disabled Preschoolers.
As Project Director for OVC TTAC, his responsibilities included project management, coordination with OVC senior management, budget development, and coordination and delivery of training and technical assistance (TTA) to the field of victim services. He was the principle presenter for OVC at national conferences related to OVC TTAC, facilitated OVC national symposiums, the Victims of Crime Act Administrators and Tribal Victim Assistance working group, and the DOJ OVC/ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) federal working group on Anti-Trafficking task forces. He developed the training and technical assistance contractual system for OVC TTAC. This work included developing the infrastructure and written guidelines for the OVC technical assistance response to requests from both federal and non-profit agencies, the review and approval policies and procedures for the OVC scholarship, conference support and conduct guidelines for all OVC consultants. Additionally, he was a strategic OVC partner in the design and implementation the OVC training strategy; developing Technical Assistance blurbs for the OVC annual Report to Congress, and the re-design of the OVC National Victim Assistance Academy. Most recently he managed and facilitated a six month series of meetings for the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), bringing more the 16 Federal agencies together as a working group to determine the technical assistance and training needs of the 42 BJA funded Anti-Human Trafficking task forces. He managed the development of the final report to the General Accounting Office on the working group which provides the framework for future training and technical assistance to the task forces.
Meet our Training and Technical Assistance (TA) Team!
Training and Technical Assistance Director
Telephone: (877) 216-9914 Ext. 702
Jesucita Hernández is an enrolled member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Native Arizonan. In April 2003, she was hired by her tribe to develop and create a victim service program. She also formed a crisis response team to help eliminate the gaps between outside agencies and the Pascua Yaqui Tribal. As time moved forward, she was able to bring speakers and trainers to the team, as they educated team members and elevated their own knowledge and expertise. She was selected by the team to chair and facilitate the crisis response team, now known as the Guadalupe Intervention Support Advocacy Team, which continues to thrive today. This program continues to grow and provide increased funding for the Walking in Balance Victim Services, which was an Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)– and Office of Violence Against Women–funded program. After six years in direct services, she transitioned into a new role as a Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Provider with Unified Solutions. She has worked as a Program Manager from 2008 to 2012 providing T&TA support to Tribal Victim Assistance grantees, Children Justice Act grantees, and Faith Based Grantees. She transitioned into the role of a Technical Assistance Specialist in 2012 under the Coordinates Tribal Assistance Solicitation. She continues to assist OVC grant-funded programs as a T&TA provider. Today, Jesucita loves working with teens and serves as a youth minister for her church.
Alaskan Technical Assistance Specialist
Telephone: (877) 216-9914 ext. 707
Marlene Minnette formerly worked as a Village Police Officer in Mekoryuk, AK, wherein she assisted the Village Public Safety Officer with domestic violence calls, ensured safe housing for women and children, received training for suicide prevention, and coordinated with Search and Rescue Teams to ensure they had the necessary supplies to complete Search and Rescue missions using snow machines in harsh climates. Marlene has experience coordinating with Alaska State Troopers to ensure proper reporting and victim caseload management between the Village Public Safety Officer Program and the Alaska Department of Public Safety. Marlene has a strong technical background and is proficient with data entry, data reporting, social marketing, InDesign, and program communications. Marlene believes that “if you have positive action and you combine it with positive thoughts, you will be successful.”
Marlene is an enrolled Cup’ig (joop-igg’) tribal member with the Native Village of Mekoryuk in Alaska. Before joining Unified Solutions as the Alaskan Technical Assistance Specialist, Marlene worked as a Program Specialist for the Coastal Villages Region Fund in Anchorage, AK. Marlene was responsible for planning and coordinating the development, implementation, and execution of sub-programs and special projects designed to achieve the overall mission, goals, and objectives of the Coastal Villages Region Fund. The Coastal Villages Youth Leadership Program promotes leadership, personal development, and citizenship among youth (ages 14-19) in resident member communities.
Technical Assistance Specialist
Telephone: (877) 216-9914 Ext. 701
Rachel Lane joins Unified Solutions with a background in women’s studies, family relationships, general and child psychology, finance, customer service, data collection, and program reporting. Rachel brings over nine years of experience working in a detail-oriented corporate environment and was an asset to her team in bridging the gaps between superior customer service and internal data requirements.
Rachel was hired by Unified Solutions in October of 2018 as a Data Collection Specialist. In this role, Rachel excelled in optimizing and elevating Unified’s data collection process in accord with federal grant requirements. In April of 2019, Rachel was promoted to the role of Technical Assistance Specialist in recognition of her dedication and service to OVC tribal grantees. Rachel works closely with her supervisor, Jesucita Hernández, in support of Unified’s mission and initiative to provide dedicated Training and Technical Assistance to grantees who are awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime.
Rachel currently serves as the lead TA Specialist for Unified’s partnership with the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center (NMVVRC). In this role, Rachel researches and compiles valuable resources that are specific to Native American communities in the event of mass violence and/or domestic terrorism. Rachel’s involvement with this project will assist in developing culturally-specific resources for American Indian / Alaska Native communities in preparation for and/or in response to acts of mass violence.
In her local community of Virginia, Rachel served the school system for seven years as a referee and Head Coach of the girl’s Junior Varsity and Varsity Field Hockey Programs. During this time, Rachel enjoyed having the opportunity to grow with, support, and coach these young women during an impressionable season of their lives. Rachel strives to be a positive example and understands how the confidence and knowledge gained on the field can extend far beyond the sport. Rachel is a member of her local historical society and contributes the community’s conservation efforts through the Northern Neck Ducks Unlimited Chapter. One of Rachel’s favorite quotes is, “Teamwork makes the dream work,” and she holds true to this with her family as well as in her work environment. Rachel thrives on supporting her team members through providing effective and efficient Technical Assistance, and she is happy to help in any way she can.
Technical Assistance Specialist
Telephone: (877) 216-9914 Ext. 704
Nadine Waconda is an enrolled member with the Pueblo of Isleta and began her career in Victim Services twelve years ago while working with the Isleta Social Services program. During this time, Nadine discovered that she wanted to do more to help her people, especially those that were victims of violent crime. Nadine became involved with activities in her community to support families that were affected by child abuse, elder abuse, and child/elder neglect. With the support and guidance from her Supervisor at the time, Nadine followed her path to become a Victim Advocate for the Pueblo of Isleta Prosecution Department.
In October of 2015, the Pueblo of Isleta was awarded OVC CTAS grant funding, and Nadine worked under the Prosecution Department to establish a thriving Victim Services Program. Nadine was instrumental in drafting the first Pueblo of Isleta Victim Services Standard Operation Procedures, which was adopted by Tribal Council in 2017. Nadine coordinated three separate Victims’ Rights trainings with her partners for the entire Police Department, Tribal Courts, and provided training to more than five dozen Public Safety Officials. Nadine made significant progress in establishing the Victim Services Program in a short amount of time with the support from her Tribal leadership, as well as the Isleta Police Department command staff, the Prosecutor’s Office, and her fellow colleagues.
Today, the Pueblo of Isleta is a model program and is asked regularly to present, along with Law Enforcement, at the 40-hour Core Advanced Advocacy Training through the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women. In 2017, Nadine was nominated for and received the Advocate of the Year Award from the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, which is awarded to a distinguished individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and commitment to victim assistance, advocacy, and support of Native Women and children who are impacted by domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
Breanna Stewart Technical Assistance Specialist Telephone: (877) 216-9914 Ext. 708 Email: email@example.com
Breanna Stewart joins Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group, Inc. as a dual-degree magna cum laude graduate from the University of Florida with Bachelor’s degrees in Criminology and Law, and in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. Breanna has five years of direct experience in the social services field and has worked with victims of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault. For the past few years, Breanna worked primarily with Alaska Native/ American Indians, who suffer from the highest rates and disparities of sexual abuse, domestic violence, and children taken into state custody in the nation.
After college, Breanna moved to Alaska to serve as a proponent of social justice and completed two years of volunteer service with the AmeriCorps Program. Following a brief stint away teaching, Breanna returned to work in social services with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. Breanna worked directly alongside the Office of Children’s Services and became a crucial element in the investigation, protection, placement, and care of Alaskan Native children suffering from abuse. Breanna’s emphasis was to ensure the proper handling of legal proceedings for Child in Need of Aid cases. Breanna has been instrumental in promoting community awareness and development projects, and participated in panels and interviews to assist and expand victim advocacy efforts.
While working with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Breanna coordinated the first Qualified Expert Witness training; attended the U.S. Department of Justice Forensic Interviewing of Child and Adolescent Victims and Witnesses in Indian Country Seminar; received the distinguished student award for the National Tribal Trial College course in Legal Advocacy; and was part of the Tribal/State ICWA partnership acknowledged for high honors from Harvard University’s Honoring Nations award for promising practices in Indian Country.
Breanna’s goal is to use her educational background, experiences, training, and passion to help strengthen the provision of trauma-informed services to victims, families, and children while navigating the criminal justice system. Breanna believes it is paramount to put effort into building relationships with collaborative partners, and to treat others with compassion, sincerity, and respect. Breanna is a licensed foster parent, and enjoys hiking with her dog, and traveling.
Meet our Administrative Team!
Tiffany Saunders joins Unified Solutions as a graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Tiffany began her career with the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), based in Norfolk, VA. Tiffany held multiple positions within the department and was quickly promoted to Senior Probation Officer, wherein she worked closely with the Diversion Unit Supervisor to support the overall mission of DJJ. Tiffany’s experience with DJJ afforded her the opportunity to work with victims and defendants alike while navigating the criminal justice system. Tiffany previously served as an active member on multiple justice reform committees for the city of Norfolk, to include: chairing the Purpose of Juvenile Detention Committee; serving as founding member of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Committee; and serving as the local Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative Coordinator for the Norfolk Court Service Unit.
Tiffany currently resides in the gorgeous Hampton Roads Region of Virginia, but her roots are deeply planted in the Northern Neck of Virginia where she was raised. Tiffany is married to her high school sweetheart, Michael, and they have two beautiful daughters together: Layla and their dog, Peanut.
Quality Assurance Editor
Telephone: 1-877-216-9914 ext. 705
Melissa Hayes began working with Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group, Inc. in 2014 and is instrumental in federal grant writing, assessment reporting, and data collection. Melissa is from Atlanta, GA where she earned her M.S. in Psychology and B.S. in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Melissa previously managed a research lab at Georgia Tech and was actively involved in research funded by the National Institute on Aging. Melissa has two publications in the Journals of Gerontology and Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition and volunteers as a content editor for sexual assault resources. Melissa is passionate about serving victims of crime and has worked with multiple homeless shelters and psychiatric hospitals. Melissa first became aware of the unique challenges Native Americans face as they relate to mental health and domestic violence while working in behavioral health hospitals, and that knowledge strengthened her resolve to be of service to Tribal communities.
Human Resource and Finance Specialist
Telephone: (877) 216-9914 ext. 703
Tiffany Wittman has worked with Unified Solutions since 2016. Tiffany began her employment with the organization as the Research and Accounting Specialist. Tiffany excelled in this role with her abilities to support the organization and eventually transitioned to the role of Human Resource and Finance Specialist, as the growing need to bridge the two departments arose. Tiffany brings valuable experience from having worked in the areas of bank management, customer service, and financial training. Tiffany is experienced with payroll and time management; staff training and recruitment; financial document support; policies and procedures; budgeting and spending; and the development of organizational culture. Tiffany is particularly experienced in the areas of financial management and labor relations. Tiffany brings an understanding of and the ability to effectively manage sensitive information, such as personnel files, federal forms, performance evaluations, and many other documents that contain sensitive and confidential material. Tiffany provides support and advice to operational managers and executive staff on a daily basis.
Tiffany lives in Virginia with her husband, Josh, their four boys, and their yellow lab. Tiffany graduated from Mary Baldwin University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. She is active in her community, where she volunteers at a local women’s shelter as well as the local Ducks Unlimited Chapter, where she serves as Treasurer. Tiffany is a member of her local historical society, as she believes it is imperative to preserve the past for our future generations to enjoy and learn upon.