Catherine Harper Lee
Catherine Harper Lee (Cathy) is our founder and executive director. Cathy has been working in the victim services field to protect, enforce, and advance crime victims’ rights for the past 28 years. As a survivor, Cathy founded Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center in 2000 on the simple principle that, just as defendants and offenders require legal assistance to protect and enforce their rights, so, too, do crime victims. Cathy has served on the Ohio Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Kit Testing Commission, Ohio Attorney General’s Gun Crimes Task Force, Ohio Council on Victims Justice, Ohio Sexual Assault Task Force, and is a member of Sertoma, Ohio Victim Witness Association, Ohio Crime Victims Rights Collaborative, National Organization for Victim Assistance, National Center for Victims of Crime, National Crime Victim Bar Association, and National Crime Victim Law Institute.
Elizabeth is our Legal Director. She graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and attended Ohio Northern University, where she graduated with a juris doctorate with distinction. Elizabeth is also an adjunct professor at Columbus State in the paralegal studies department. In 2013, Elizabeth joined Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center. In her capacity as Legal Director, Elizabeth has represented crime victims and has worked alongside advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, and court personnel to ensure that crime victims’ rights are upheld during the criminal justice process. Elizabeth has also provided training to thousands of criminal justice system officials on victims’ rights in Ohio.
Chris is a Senior Staff Attorney in our Columbus location. He graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in political science focusing in public policy. He continued his education at The Ohio State University earning a master’s degree in public policy from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and a juris doctorate from the Moritz College of Law. Chris interned at several non-profits including the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, Disability Rights Ohio, and the AARP Public Policy Institute. Prior to joining OCVJC in late 2015, Chris was a law clerk at Zeidan and Associates.
Bobbie is a Senior Staff Attorney in our Columbus location. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She received her juris doctorate from Capital University Law School. Prior to joining OCVJC in 2016, Bobbie worked for several years as an electronic discovery attorney and solo practitioner. In electronic discovery, Bobbie worked on cases for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies in multiple stages of legal proceedings using various software platforms. As a solo practitioner, she focused on juvenile abuse, neglect, and dependency cases where she served as an attorney and Guardian ad Litem for minors in juvenile court. Bobbie joined OCVJC with a desire to be part of a noble cause and help crime victims have a voice.
Morgan is a Victims’ Rights Attorney in our Cincinnati location. She graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and two minors in criminal justice and human development & family studies. She earned her juris doctorate at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. While at UC Law, Morgan participated in several clinical opportunities focusing on public interest work, including the Ohio Innocence Project. Morgan joined OCVJC with a desire to use her voice for the greater good, ensuring that crime victims’ rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process.
Diva is a Victims’ Rights Attorney in our Cleveland location. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in social welfare. Diva continued her education at California State University, Northridge, where she earned her master’s in social work. While earning her master’s in social work, Diva worked as a counselor and victims’ advocate for victims of domestic violence and their children. Diva then went on to earn her juris doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2015. After graduating law school, Diva served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney before joining the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center in 2018.
Chelsea is our Volunteer Services Director. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and minoring in sexuality. Chelsea is pursuing her master’s in human resources and project management from Colorado State University. Her passions include helping to end human trafficking and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Chelsea started with OCVJC in April of 2015. She has attended several trainings that have assisted her in creating the training program for volunteers and staff, and continues to learn and get the word out about how to assist victims of crime.
Lia is a Victims’ Rights Advocate and Community Outreach Coordinator in our Columbus location. She joined OCVJC in 2017 after serving as a Volunteer Ambassador for several months. Lia graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in developmental psychology. She also obtained her Paralegal Certification from Georgetown University. Lia has worked in legal and corporate settings, such as LexisNexis. As an Educator and Outreach Specialist for MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault in Kansas City, MO), she facilitated child sexual abuse/sexual assault education and prevention programs to youth and adult community members. Lia is passionate about child crime prevention and victims' rights.
Kaity is a Victims’ Rights Advocate in our Columbus location. She previously worked at Harcum House, the Child Advocacy of Fairfield County, and is a part of the Ohio Crisis Response Team. Kaity graduated from The Ohio State University with her bachelor’s degree in early and middle childhood studies. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice with a specialization in victimology from Kent State University. Kaity joined OCVJC because she is passionate about helping victims.
Alex is a Victims’ Rights Advocate in our Cincinnati location. She graduated with a bachelor’s in criminal justice and minored in Spanish and homeland security. She went on to obtain her master’s in criminal justice from the UC. Her passion for helping victims flourished during her undergraduate studies when she had the opportunity to work for Hope’s Wings DV Shelter, Catholic Charities’ Human Trafficking Department, and SHINE. She has also had the privilege of working as a Crisis Intervention Specialist at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. Alex joined OCVJC with the passion to help victims have their voices be heard throughout the criminal justice process.
Cierra is a Victims’ Rights Advocate in our Columbus location. She graduated with a bachelor’s in Liberal Arts & Sciences with paired minors in English, Legal Studies and Forensic Psychology. Cierra is currently pursuing her master of law degree in human rights law at the University of Dayton School of Law. Prior to joining OCVJC, Cierra served as a Summer Associate for Legal Aid of Western Ohio within the Stability & Independence for Survivors Practice Group.
She currently serves as a member of the street outreach task force at Oasis House in Dayton, Ohio--whose efforts are geared towards women who have been sexually exploited and trafficked. Cierra’s inability to remain silent about the injustices that transpire towards victims of sex crimes is what drew her to pursue a career as a Victims’ Rights Advocate at OCVJC.
Emma Del Valle
Emma is a Victims’ Rights Advocate in our Cleveland location. She graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s in paralegal studies and a minor in conflict management. Prior to joining OCVJC, Emma volunteered as a victim of crime advocate for Townhall II. Her time spent volunteering at Townhall II made her want to pursue a path working as an advocate after graduation. Emma joined OCVJC because she has a passion for helping victims exercise their rights throughout the criminal justice process.
Terry is our Corporate Controller. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). Terry has over 25 years of experience in senior financial management, having served as the Chief Financial Officer for several Columbus based companies. Terry joined Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center in 2016 and handles all of the organization’s finances and human resource functions.