FCASV Welcomes 5 New Staff Members

In recent weeks FCASV has had the good fortune of adding 5 new team members to the Tallahassee office.  Please join us in welcoming them to our community! 

From left to right: Gretchen Wild-Story, Becky Bodie, Melissa Ashton, Regina Sheridan, Jim Jolley

Jim Jolley, Criminal Justice Training Coordinator

Jim started at FCASV in October hit the ground running facilitating the Excellence in Sexual Assault Response Project meeting on this first day.  He is responsible for designing dispatch, patrol officer, detective/investigator and state attorney training for the STOP grant and conducting project management, training design and delivery, technical assistance, curriculum development, and planning.  

Jim has an undergraduate degree in Speech Communication and Theater Education from University of Central Florida and Master’s degree from Florida State University (Instructional Systems Design). He was admitted as a Ph.D. Candidate in Instructional Systems at Florida State University.  Jim earned the Exemplary Service Award from the North Florida Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration in 2005. He has thirty-five years of public service experience as a teacher, counselor and supervisor of the Florida Abuse Hotline, Florida Part H Coordinator for Infants and Toddlers, and Business Process Owner for Workplace Learning and Performance at Revenue, the first public agency on earth to win the ASTD BEST Award. After retiring from public service, Jim designed an online undergraduate social work program for Thomas University and developed curricula for Florida Vocational Rehabilitation. In his spare time he enjoys dancing to live Blues music, gardening, and theater. He played Justice Shallow in the Southern Shakespeare Festival’s Merry Wives of Windsor.

Melissa Ashton, Statewide Victim Services Coordinator

Having started in January, Melissa will work closely with the Director of Advocacy/LAV Director Theresa Prichard and an additional FCASV staff attorney (to be hired) to address the legal needs of survivors and the rape crisis programs that serve them.  Other goals for this project will include gathering and disseminating resource materials to Florida’s rape crisis programs on the civil legal needs of sexual violence victims and making appropriate referrals based on data collected from project partners. 

Melissa has been in the field of victim services for 14 years. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Florida State University. Her career began as a victim advocate at the State Attorney’s Office in the Second Judicial Circuit working with survivors of domestic violence.  Melissa has also worked in advocacy at the State Attorney’s Office, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, the Office of the Attorney General and Florida State University where she served as Assistant Dean and Director of the Victim Advocacy Program.  Melissa has served on the Board of Directors for Big Bend Victim Assistance Coalition and Florida Council Against Sexual Violence. Additionally, she has served as a member of the Leon County Sexual Assault Task Force. In 2015, Melissa received the Victim Advocate of the Year Award for the Big Bend area. She is a Designated Victim Advocate by the Office of the Attorney General.

Regina Sheridan, Project Assistant

Regina began working at FCASV in mid-January and serves to support the agency’s efforts in training and technical assistance.  Her responsibilities include assisting with training preparation, logistics and administrative support.  Regina will also be working with sexual assault program staff to collect quarterly programmatic grant information and will manage registration and troubleshooting the online Advocacy Core Training. 

Regina attended Tallahassee Community College and before joining FCASV was preschool teacher.   Her positive attitude, excellent communication skills and commitment to the issue of sexual violence make her a good fit for the agency.

Gretchen Wild-Story, Grant Manager

Gretchen began working at FCASV in mid-January.  Before arriving at FCASV she spent 4 years as a Contract Manager at Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV).   Prior to that, she lived and worked at her own business in Texas for 14 years.    Gretchen is excited that she will be working with many of the centers that she had been working for during her time at FCADV. 

The mother of 5 children and wife to her best friend, Gretchen is pleased to join FCASV and will be an excellent contributor to the work of the agency.

Becky Bodie, Contract Assistant

Becky Bodie began working at FCASV in mid-January. Prior to joining the team, Becky was a Procurement Specialist with the Department of Juvenile Justice.  She worked closely with Prevention Programs that offered services to Florida’s youth to keep them from entering the Juvenile Justice System.  Becky is pleased to join FCASV and is committed to the agency’s mission.  

Becky has two children - a 15 year old daughter and a 10 year old son, who both share in her passion for helping others and giving back.  A quote she shares with her children often is “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” by Mahatma Gandhi.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, football (go Patriots!), horseback riding and spending time with her family and friends.  Becky is also a 7 year cancer survivor!

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