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 February 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 management (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.

Sara Bracewell | Website Administrator

Sara Bracewell ( | 612.436.4858) is responsible for digitally curating and for marketing the website. Sara 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. Sara joined CVT in December of 2018. Sara received a certificate in Full-Stack Coding from the University of Minnesota in May. Prior to participating in that program, Sara worked at Ingenuity Marketing Group for over 10 years as the Office Manager/Controller and then as a Client Coordinator, where she was responsible for video editing, website administration, search engine optimization and working cross-departmentally on a variety of projects. Prior to her work at Ingenuity, Sara studied horticulture and worked in landscape design.

Alison Beckman | Clinical Advisor

Alison Beckman, MSW, LICSW ( | 612.436.4845) works as senior clinician for external relations focusing on public policy and advocacy, with part of her time dedicated to providing clinical technical assistance to the NCB team.  She has worked at CVT for 18 years in a variety of capacities. Previously, she provided psychological evaluation and treatment services to survivors of torture in group and individual capacities in Minnesota, serving as a clinical supervisor in the later years. She was a member of the mental health services team in Guinea, serving as a trainer/supervisor of the Sierra Leonean and Liberian paraprofessional psychosocial counselors. Ally coordinated training activities to educate health care providers, social workers and school staff in Minnesota to recognize and heal the wounds of torture and war, and she helped develop an e-learning training curriculum, Tools for Trauma Recovery, for Cambodian health professionals. Most recently, she served as project manager and clinical supervisor for the Healing Hearts, Creating Hope project; an RCT testing the effectiveness of co-locating CVT mental health services in a primary care setting. Ally holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota and completed a two-year advanced psychotherapy program from the Institute for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in July 2009.

Laurel Lunn | Research Associate

Laurel Lunn, PhD ( | 612.436.2605) joined CVT in July of 2016. In her role as Research Associate, Laurel coordinates efforts to monitor and evaluate CVT’s capacity building programs, and advances CVT’s research portfolio in the area of capacity building. Laurel also serves as a program evaluation advisor to several international torture rehabilitation centers through the Partners in Trauma Healing Program, supporting efforts to assess the effectiveness of their mental health and psychosocial service interventions. Prior to CVT, she worked for an independent research firm on evaluations of projects spanning multiple content areas, including service systems for families experiencing homelessness, micronutrient fortification of staple foods, and community networks to foster resilience. She received her PhD in Community Research & Action from Vanderbilt University (2014) where she used both quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate stressors and health status among resettled refugees and influences of rurality in mental health service delivery for children and adolescents.

Kirsten Anderson | Program Evaluation Advisor

Kirsten Anderson, MA (| 612.436.4896) is a program evaluation advisor working on CVT’s capacity building projects since February 2018. Kirsten’s specialties and interests include evaluation capacity building, survey design and analysis, innovative data visualization, and participatory evaluation approaches. At CVT, her responsibilities include evaluation and evaluation capacity building with CVT’s Partners in Trauma Healing project and CVT’s New Tactics in Human Rights program.

Before joining CVT, Kirsten worked as an independent evaluation consultant with non-profits based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Her long term clients included: The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, the Minnesota Humanities Center with Omaha Public Schools, the Animal Humane Society, and CornerHouse. As a consultant, Kirsten most enjoyed collaboratively designing evaluations to address the unique resources, and challenges of each initiative, individual, and community working to create positive change.

Kirsten completed her M.A. in Evaluation Studies at the University of Minnesota in 2013 where her Master’s thesis documented and analyzed factors contributing to success of long term organizational evaluation capacity building at one mid-size non-profit organization.


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