(Ret.) Chief Marty A. Sumner is a 31-year veteran of the police force. While serving at the High Point Police department, Sumner played a pivotal role in introducing nationally recognized law enforcement programs focused on reducing violent crime, open drug markets, and how the agency responded to domestic violence. Sumner retired as Chief of Police in High Point in 2016. He now shares his experiences with other agencies interested in learning how to achieve the same results. Mr. Sumner holds a BA in Management and Ethics from John Wesley College in High Point, NC.
Kit Gruelle is a survivor of domestic violence who has worked as an advocate for battered women and their children for almost 30 years. As a renowned community educator, she has trained scores of advocates, criminal justice professionals (law enforcement, prosecutors, magistrates and judges), health care providers, clergy, legislators, educators and other allied professionals. Kit recently starred in the award-winning HBO Documentary, “Private Violence.” She has a B.S. in Sociology with a concentration in gender-based violence from Appalachian State University.
Rita Smith began working as a crisis line advocate in a shelter for battered women and their children in Colorado in 1981. She has held numerous positions in Colorado and Florida since then in several local domestic violence and sexual assault programs and the state coalitions, including Program Supervisor and Director. She was the Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence for nearly 23 years. She is currently one of the senior advisors for the National Football League, and consults on other projects as a national expert on violence against women.
Gretta Gardner, JD is a Policy Director at the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Gretta’s career as a legal advisor for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault was inspired by her early work in the Domestic Violence Unit of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. She has worked for nearly two decades to help shape guidelines, policies, and procedures that communities can use to end violence against women. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Vassar College and her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law.