Virtual Town Hall

Thursday July 14, 2022


Mass Violence Incident RESPONSE


Join the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource (NMVRC) for a timely discussion on victim-centric mass violence incident response. Understand victim serving roles and resources that often occur when an incident occurs in a community. Identify effective strategies to assess and address the needs of MVI victims and survivors as well as strategies to assess and strengthen a community’s capacity to meet victim and survivors’ needs.

At the conclusion of the National Town Hall, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role, resources, and limitations of the FBI and other government agencies in response to MVI.
  • Describe how to create an Initial Response and a Family Assistance Center.
  • Identify effective strategies to assess and address the needs of MVI victims and survivors; and strategies to assess and strengthen a community’s capacity to meet survivors’ needs, as well as the needs of community members.
  • Describe components of an early intervention approach: Psychological First Aid.


Join us for this free National Town Hall webinar on Thursday, July 14 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM EDT.

Register for the National Town Hall


Note: Due to FBI policy, this will be a LIVE event only and there will be NO recording or transcription available.


Eugenia Pedley

Program Manager, US DOJ, OVC

Eugenia Pedley is the Program Manager for Mass Violence and Terrorism at the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) within the U.S. Department of Justice. Since joining OVC in June 2012, Ms. Pedley has worked with communities and organizations across the country that request Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) funding to support victims of these incidents. She provides guidance on grant development, technical assistance on victim support programs, and grant monitoring; and led the development of the Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources (Toolkit). She also manages a number of mass violence awards and programs that work to prepare for and respond to these incidents. Ms. Pedley has a background in law enforcement intelligence working for the FBI and other federal agencies prior to joining OVC.

Staci A. Beers, DSW, LSW

Victim Services Coordinator, Terrorism and Special Jurisdiction Unit, FBI Victim Services Division (VSD)

ADr. Staci A. Beers has been a victim advocate in the criminal justice system for the past 30 years. She joined the FBI’s Victim Services Division (VSD) in 2010 and works with domestic and international terrorism victims. Staci’s responsibilities include immediate liaison with next of kin of deceased victims and support to victims and families following a terrorist attack, coordination of medical evacuation and repatriation of remains, providing crisis intervention to victims and family, and serving as a liaison between the victim and FBI throughout the course of the investigation. She also leads the death notification training (“We Regret to Inform You…”) development and management for the FBI’s VSD.

Kristen Lybert

FBI Victim Services Division | Executive Staff Victim Services Response Team (VSRT), VSRT Coordinator

Kristen Lybert currently serves as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Victim Services Response Team (VSRT) Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for managing a multidisciplinary team of FBI employees from FBI field offices around the country and FBI headquarters, and deploying the VSRT, upon request, to support victim needs during mass casualty and crisis events. Previously, she was assigned to the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group’s Behavioral Analysis Unit-5 as a Social and Behavioral Science Research Coordinator where she was responsible for facilitating operationally driven research in cyber, counterintelligence, and crimes against children violations. She also served as a member of the FBI’s Institutional Review Board, which reviews any research sponsored or supported by the FBI that involves or affects, directly or indirectly, human subjects. Prior to joining the FBI, Ms. Lybert served as an adjunct professor in Marymount University’s Forensic and Legal Psychology program and was a research fellow with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education assigned to support FBI research involving malicious insider threats and juvenile offenders.

Ryan Logan

Regional Disaster Officer, Disaster Cycle Services, American Red Cross

Ryan Logan is the Regional Disaster Officer for American Red Cross. He leads the region’s Disaster Cycle Services team which provides preparedness, response, and recovery services to more than 8 million residents across 13 counties. Ryan served as the Recovery Services Director at the Red Cross’ National Headquarters where he led a team that developed the policy, guidance, and systems for the Red Cross’ national Client Care and Long-Term Recovery Programs. Ryan also worked with FEMA as the Mass Care and Voluntary Agency Liaison in Atlanta. Ryan has a successful record of building & supporting partnerships with emergency management, community, and government entities. Ryan has experience leading & responding to mass casualty events such as shootings: Chattanooga Recruiting Station, the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, El Paso, and recently to the Champlain Towers Building Collapse in Surfside, Florida. A native of South Carolina, Ryan is a graduate of the University of Georgia and currently resides in Fort Lauderdale.

Alyssa Rheingold, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, Preparedness, Response and Recovery, National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, MUSC

Dr. Rheingold is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor at the National Crime Victim's Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Rheingold is the Director of the Preparedness, Response & Recovery Division of the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center. Dr. Rheingold has been funded for both service and research projects by CDC, NIMH, OVW, VAWA, VOCA, SAMHSA, and OVC. Her expertise includes evidence-based treatment of trauma related mental health issues, grief and loss, and traumatic loss by homicide. Dr. Rheingold was instrumental in the immediate response and evidence-based mental health services and resiliency and recovery efforts to those impacted by the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, SC.. Dr. Rheingold has published over 70 peer reviewed articles and book chapters in the area of trauma, bereavement, and victimization and has served on the board and as Treasurer of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She has provided a number of trainings including Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Loss by Homicide, GRIEF Approach, Traumatic Grief, Impact of Witnessing Domestic Violence, Stress Management, Impact of Mass Violence, Early Interventions for Trauma Exposure, and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD.

Host: Aurelia Sands Belle, M.Ed.

Research Instructor, National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, MUSC

Aurelia Sands Belle joined the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center (NMVVRC) at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2018. Prior to her current position, Aurelia served as the Executive Director of several community-based nonprofits in North Carolina that addressed gender-based violence including, Durham Crisis Response Center (DCRC), the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Rape Crisis Center of Cumberland County. She was the founding director of the Victim-Witness Assistance Program in Atlanta, GA, a comprehensive crime victim agency. While there she initiated and organized the response to victims following the 1996 Centennial Olympic bombing. During her career, Aurelia has served on national and local crisis response teams for incidents such as the World Trade Center explosion, vehicle crashes, natural disasters, hostage situations and bank robberies.

Aurelia is currently Vice-President of the Board of Directors of End Violence Against Women, International. She teaches and trains in many areas of victim services and advocacy including, crisis response, nonprofit development, cultural diversity and inclusion responsiveness, faith-based collaboration, etc.

Aurelia earned a BA in Urban Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice from Oglethorpe University and a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Georgia State University. She is the recipient of awards, honors and recognitions including the United States Presidential Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Crime Victims (OVC) and has served on numerous commissions and victim service boards of directors.