Staff of the National Capacity Building Project at the Center for Victims of Torture

Faith Ray

Project manager

Faith Ray ( | 202.827.8552) joined the Center for Victims of Torture in April 2013 and is based in Washington, D.C. Faith provides oversight to the Project and guides the strategic objectives into day-to-day operations. She is the chief contact with the Office of Refugee Resettlement and the NCB Advisory Group. Prior to joining CVT, Faith served as a case manager at Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma, working within a multi-disciplinary model. She has worked in direct service with immigrant populations for eight years in the U.S. Her experience includes refugee resettlement work and teaching ESL in Baltimore City Community College’s refugee program. Before entering the field of human rights, she worked as a technical writer, an ESL instructor and textbook editor in Japan, and an editor and writer for a daily newspaper. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in News-Editorial Journalism and Mass Communication.

Ann Lundberg

Logistics and Communications Coordinator

Ann Lundberg ( | 612.436.4856) handles logistics for institutes, surveys, the annual NCTTP meeting, and provides general administrative support to the Project. She also coordinates the educational webinars. Ann has worked at CVT since 1992. She first became actively involved with the organization as a volunteer in 1987 and has worked in many different capacities at the Center since then, including training logistics for the Minnesota Mainstream Project. Ann has been part of the National Capacity Building Project since its inception.

Beth Scudder

Website & E-Learning Coordinator

Beth Scudder, MA ( | 612.436.4858) is responsible for digitally curating and for marketing the website. Beth also facilitates NCB’s e-learning, including the Fundamentals of Providing Services to Torture Survivors course. She assists with webinars and administers the Heal_Torture_Talk listserv. Beth joined CVT in 2010. Before then, she worked in educational technology, training, technical writing, and book publishing. She has a BA in English and Communication from Macalester College and an MA in International Communication from American University’s School of International Service. She grew up in the Middle East and India.

Jennifer Esala

Research Associate

Jennifer Esala, Ph.D. ( | 612.436.4864) received her PhD in Sociology at the University of New Hampshire with a concentration in medical sociology. She has researched and written on issues of mental health, youth violence and victimization, alternative medicine, maternal health practices, and food security in the rural U.S. Additionally, she has conducted evaluation work for programs aimed at developing state-level mental health recovery systems, improving immigrant and refugee youth and adult literacy, reducing rural youth substance abuse, and developing capacity among a collaborative of emergency service organizations. Her approach to evaluation research is broad, including a wide range of both qualitative and quantitative methods. As a Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor at CVT, Jennifer works with international torture rehabilitation centers to support them in effectively managing and using client information and to assist them in assessing the efficacy of their mental health interventions.

Her writing has appeared in TORTURE: Asian and Global Perspectives, a bimonthly magazine published by the Asian Human Rights Commission.

Maria Vukovich

Research Associate

Maria Vukovich ( | 612.436.4842) utilizes advanced research and evaluation tools to monitor, assess, and improve CVT’s healing programs. Currently, she serves as co-principal investigator on the Healing Hearts project well as provides technical leadership for research and evaluation on domestic and international projects. In the past, she has worked as an evaluator for governmental and nongovernmental programs in Central America, Ethiopia, and Burma/Myanmar. Her research interests and expertise include cross-cultural measurement, Rasch model and IRT analyses, community-based participatory research, refugee mental health, mixed method methodology, propensity score analysis, and multilevel modeling. Maria received her doctoral training at the University of Denver (DU) in Research Methods & Statistics with concentrations in global health and human rights, and is in the process of completing her mixed methods dissertation which explores changes in distress among newly arrived refugees from Burma, Bhutan, Iraq, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo across the first year of resettlement. She also has a MA in International Disaster Psychology from DU.

Alyce Eaton

Research Coordinator

Alyce Eaton ( | 612.436.4896) has worked as CVT’s Research Coordinator since 2014. Primarily, she supports CVT’s work with clients both domestically and internationally through data management, analysis, and dissemination, with a particular interest in data visualization. Her past experience includes working as a student researcher in statistics, as well as serving as editor-in-chief of a college newspaper and other communications work. Alyce holds a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College in Mathematics/Statistics and Political Science. On the NCB project, Alyce assists with online surveys and other data collection techniques to assess impact and collect feedback.

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