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

Huy Pham

Project Manager

Huy Pham, MPH ( | 612.436.4848) joined the Center for Victims of Torture in Februry 2017. Prior to CVT, Huy worked for a number of NGOs, including the American Refugee Committee, Save the Children, and The Advocates for Human Rights. Huy brings experience in program managment (including the areas of crisis and natural disaster response), refugee issues, collaborating across agencies, and budget management. Among his responsibilities at A.R.C., he worked on the organization's response to the crisis in Syria, Ebola in Liberia, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. At Save the Children, Huy was the Country Director for Vietnam, where he consolidated five different country programs into one and led policy advocacy efforts focusing on health systems and nutrition, among other areas.

Huy earned his BS in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, and his Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia. Huy is a Vietnam war refugee and settled in the U.S. in 1975.

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.

Jennifer Cannon

Instructional Designer and Web Administrator

Jennifer Cannon, BA ( | 612.436.4858) is responsible for digitally curating and for marketing the website. Jennifer 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. Jennifer joined CVT in May, 2017. Prior to CVT she worked in technical writing as well as instructional design, and digital learning and development design. She has a BA, Technical Communication and Professional Writing, and will earn her MS, Technical Communication, in May 2018, both from Metropolitan State Unversity. She is  keenly interested in the way technology and communication intersect in the digital landscape.

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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