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 comes to us with a wealth of experience having been involved with a variety of organizations throughout her community including the local historical society, YMCA, and Ducks Unlimited. She has served the local school system for seven years as a field hockey referee and head coach, and continues to serve as treasurer of her church. She has experience with multiple software programs, financial processes and values her many years managing customer correspondence and relationships. She has a background in sociology, psychology and women’s studies and is a wife and mother to three beautiful little boys.
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.
Technical Assistance Specialist
Telephone: (877) 216-9914 Ext. 709
Sharon Randle joins Unified Solutions with more than 20 years of experience in providing clinical, school, and community-based social services assistance to vulnerable populations, including high-risk and ethnically- and economically-diverse populations. Sharon is a proud member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Native Americans. Sharon earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA and earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Sharon is a first-generation college student for her family.
Sharon is equipped with an array of training and facilitation experience in the areas of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), drug-endangered children, trauma-focused cognitive therapy, child-centered play therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and suicide prevention. As the Indian Child Welfare Manger for her tribe, Sharon worked with the tribe’s consultant to write a grant applying for the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), which secured funding for their Youth Shelter. The awarded grant provides the Youth Shelter with the necessary program staffing and infrastructure to meet the needs of tribal youth who are temporary displaced from their primary caregivers. Sharon also participated in the CTAS working group for her tribe and assisted with developing a Community Needs Assessment, Strategic Plan, and Logic Model to bring a re-entry program to her tribal community.
Sharon understands the importance of collaborating with different agencies through developing and maintaining positive relationships to better support the tribal communities we serve. Most recently, Sharon worked on a collaboration project between the Cambridge Health Alliance, the Harvard School of Medicine, and the Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations. The collaboration was formed through the Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) and is a human subjects research project designed to identify the strengths and needs in seven tribal communities. Sharon assisted with project assessments to determine what is needed in these seven communities for youth to maintain their sobriety upon return home from residential treatments. All seven tribal communities identified their own barriers and challenges, and the NARCH team facilitated the data collection and evaluation process to present the findings back to the tribal communities.
Sharon’s vision as the Technical Assistance Specialist for Unified Solutions is to connect with tribal grantees and facilitate their missions to build and sustain culturally competent, trauma-informed social services programs in their tribal communities. Sharon will accomplish this by developing, maintaining, and continuing positive working relationships with local, state, and federal tribal agencies and alleys; while maintaining her primary focus of providing training, technical assistance, and human services in Indian Country and beyond.
Meet our Administrative Team!
Telephone: (877) 216-9914 ext. 706
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 graduated from Mary Baldwin University with a B.A. in History. Tiffany brings a diversified background of customer service, leadership, social marketing /advertising, and accounting to Unified Solutions. She is active in her community where she volunteers at a local women’s shelter that provides shelter, safety, and support for families disrupted by sexual or domestic violence. Tiffany is also 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.