MESA Advisory Council

The MESA Advisory Council also serves as the Priority Populations Subcommittee for Indiana's State Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Council which is organized through the Indiana State Department of Health. MESA is guided and assisted by a diverse and distinguished council who is committed to implementing the state sexual violence prevention plan and to ending sexual violence in Indiana. Advisory Council members serve two-years during which time they participate in conference calls, meetings and provide valuable insight on creating culturally relevant practices in sexual violence prevention efforts.

Morninglark Baskett
I grew up in an abusive home and as expected, also became the victim of domestic violence as a young adult. Later after escaping, I attended the University of Louisville and obtained a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Religious Studies. After graduating, I worked as a child welfare caseworker in Louisville and later, in the state of Indiana. This was an eye opening experience. For many years, I have also been active in the Native American community and have encountered many predators and their victims within this community. Due to now being retired, I now have free time and would like to use my training and experiences to help the Native American people in whatever way I can.

Babra Chakanyuka, BSc.,Dip.,(TEFL, Ed.,PR.), Coordinator of Volunteers, Crime Victim Care of Allen County
Babra Dadirai Chakanyuka is the Coordinator of Volunteers / Immigrant Victim Advocate with Crime Victim Care of Allen County a Faith-Based non-for-Profit organization dedicated to serve immigrant and refugee victims of crime. Through her many international travels, Babra has had the opportunity to work in different diverse cultures and because of that she is comfortable with working with any group of people. Babra has had intensive experience working as the National Youth Program Officer- YWCA of Zimbabwe-HIV/AIDS program. Before then she was a High School teacher for more than 5 years in her home country of Zimbabwe. Babra has received training from the National Victim Assistance Academy, Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center. She is currently enrolled in the Human Services program at IvyTech Community college to better her skills in the human services field from an American perspective. She prides herself in the 4 languages she currently speaks, English, French, Shona and Ndebele and she will be adding a 5th one to the list, Spanish!

Tena Dellaca-Hedrick
Tena Dellaca-Hedrick is an Australian born Victimologist and Educator. She has won local, state and national awards for her dedication to victims of violent crime, excellence in academia, and for her tireless dedication to volunteering in and around her community. Ms. Dellaca-Hedrick works with emerging populations providing education, advocacy and serving on multiple boards and taskforces addressing issues of racism and violence. She is currently employed at the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment in the position of Victim Advocate and Outreach Educator for a 15 county sexual violence program that she envisioned, created and implemented and has advocated on over 8,000 cases in her professional career, including homicide, suicide, and interpersonal and stranger violence. In addition, Tena teaches victimology in the criminal justice program at Indiana Tech and owns a private consulting and education company, called TPOOTI Consultants, through which she educates college faculty and students, social service and healthcare providers, civil and criminal law enforcement, and victim advocates in the disciplines of victimology, crisis, advocacy, multiculturalism, criminal justice, compassion fatigue, grief and effective networking and resource utilization. Ms. Dellaca-Hedrick lives her life from two perspectives, which are "you are only as powerful as those you empower" and "community is only as strong as their volunteer base."

Rus Ervin Funk, MSW
Rus Ervin Funk, MSW is long-time advocate, therapist, community organizer and activist for a wide range of social justice issues. As a therapist, Rus has worked with children and adults who have been victimized, as well as adolescent and adults who have committed sexual and/or domestic violence. He has co-founded numerous organizations including DC Men Against Rape (now Men Can Stop Rape, inc.), Mobilizing to End violeNce (M.E.N.), Men for Gender Justice, and the Baltimore Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse He is currently a consultant based in Louisville, KY, and is co-founder and Executive Director of MensWork: eliminating violence against women, inc. Rus is also currently the President of the Board of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic violence, Secretary of the Board of the National Resource Center on Sexual and Domestic Violence, and serves on the Global Steering Committee of Mobilizing Men for Violence Prevention.

Nohemi Lugo
Nohemi Lugo is the Hispanic Advocate at the YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program. She has developed numerous outreach efforts for Latina victims and survivors in the greater Lafayette area. Ms. Lugo is also a recognized community leader.

Marlo D. David
Marlo D. David is an assistant professor of English and Women's Studies at Purdue University, specializing in 20th-century African-American literature and culture as well as feminist, gender and sexuality studies. Marlo’s interdisciplinary research concentrates on the following topics: representations of black mothers, feminist conceptions of motherhood, black feminist thought and intellectual history, relationships between black expression and contemporary social and political movements, and black sexualities. She teaches a course in Purdue’s Women’s Studies program called Gender and Multiculturalism, which helps students explore cross-cultural approaches to understanding gender from feminist and social justice perspectives. Marlo’s essays have appeared in The African American Review, Home Girls Make Some Noise: A Hip Hop Feminist Anthology, and Black Woman & Child. She is currently completing her manuscript, Mama’s Gun: Maternal Figures, Black Women and the Politics of Transgression. Marlo is the mother of two sons and lives in Lafayette.

Calvin E. Roberson, Jr.
Calvin E. Roberson Jr. has been a public health professional since 1997. He is currently the Vice President of Planning and Program Development for the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Inc., (IMHC), in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has extensive experience in program design, development, and implementation, project coordination and administration, educational didactics and training, and client recruitment and retention. He also has experience in epidemiological research, which includes program evaluation and statistical analysis. Mr. Roberson has presented at both local and state conferences, as well as other public events.

Prior to his current position at IMHC, Mr. Roberson was the Vice President of Research and Training. He also served as the Research Director for the IMHC Racial & Ethnic Minority Epidemiology (REME) Center, the Regional Training Coordinator for the IMHC Training Center, and Project Coordinator for the IMHC REME Center. In addition, Mr. Roberson was a former Adolescent Health Educator for the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Calvin Roberson Jr. holds dual Masters Degrees in Health Administration and Public Health.

Tony Showa
Tony Showa, Navajo, from the Four Corners Area of the United States. Born from The Many Goats Clans (Father's Side) and born for The Water Edge People Clan (Mother's Side) of The Dine (Navajo) Nation. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California and currently resides in Indianapolis. He follows the Dine traditional way of living in hozho, which is, attaining and living in harmony and happiness. During his walk on Mother Earth, he has encountered many people with different ways, beliefs and spiritualities and has learned and will continue to learn about life's lessons of humility, patience and gratitude. He is a Pow Wow drummer, facilitator of healing drum circles at the Eiteljorg Museum and mentioned as a notable drum maker in the nationally known Native Peoples Magazine June 2009 edition.

Featured Artist

Marta Sanchez is MESA's featured artist
Artist, survivor, and poet. Marta uses her art to advocate for gender and racial equality and healing for survivors

Marta Sanchez

Marta Sanchez presenting for the University of New Hampshire at Durham, 2010