Symposium Presenters

Ben Atherton-Zeman
Voices of Men

Ben is a spokesman for National Organization for Men Against sexism, a public speaker and comedic performer on issues of violence prevention. He provides Keynote addresses, small group workshops, comedic performances and technical assistance for campuses, communities and conferences. He has given performances and keynotes in 46 states, Canada, England, Turkey, China, South Africa, India, Nepal, Scotland, Spain and the Czech Republic. Ben has spoken and performed at military installations, colleges, high schools, public theatres, conferences, houses of worship and juvenile detention facilities. For almost thirty years, Ben has worked as a prevention educator for rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, and state coalitions. He is an advisory board member for the White Ribbon Campaign in the United Kingdom and a blogger for Ms. Magazine. Ben identifies as a “recovering sexist”* and believes every man must challenge violence and sexism in the world and in themselves.

For information about Ben’s one-man play, “Voices of Men,” please visit

Sam Bullington, PhD
Instructor in Women's and Gender Studies
University of Colorado at Boudler

Sam Bullington is currently an instructor at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. His past teaching experience includes the University of Missouri and University of Denver. As a transsexual, Sam brings a unique perspective and incredible breadth of life experience to his writing, teaching, and speaking about gender. He has received numerous fellowships and grants in the US and abroad in his fields of study. He holds a BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MA in Anthropology and a Ph.D. in 2005 from the University of Minnesota in global gender and sexuality studies.

Jenn Doe
Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA)

Jenn Doe has over 5 years of experience working in the violence prevention field. She has coordinated peer education programs at the high school and college levels and provides training and education related to interpersonal violence to a variety of audiences. Jenn also developed and implemented an online violence prevention training module that is currently offered to students on the Auraria Campus. She received the Innovative Practices award from the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) in 2015 for her work on this project. Jenn earned her Masters in Public Administration at CU Denver, with a concentration in the Program on Domestic Violence, and her undergraduate degree in Graphic Design at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design.

Derek McCoy
Project PAVE
Denver, CO

Derek is former collegiate and professional football player who turned his focus to social justice after ending his sports career. After spending four years as a teacher and coach in the Mapleton Public School District where he had attended elementary-high school, Derek decided to continue navigating through the world of social justice. After self-publishing two books, New Free Life and I’m Not F***ing Lyin: This is News For Love’s Intuitive Logic, Derek began to expand his skill set as a public speaker and community activist by joining the team at Project PAVE. Project PAVE is a non-profit in Denver specializing in relationship violence intervention and prevention work. He currently leads speaking engagements that emphasize the opportunity we all have to create social justice through healthy expressions of gender identity and empowering relationships. Derek graduated from University of Colorado with a Business Marketing degree.

Adrian Valdivia
Senior Training Consultant
Men Can Stop Rape

Adrian Valdivia has been engaged in sexual assault and violence prevention work for over 15 years. Before joining Men Can Stop Rape’s (MVSR) staff, he worked for 10 years in DC Public schools in a variety of capacities ranging from Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coordinator, Health Educator, and Youth Advocate for reproductive health. Through his work in DC Schools, he received MCSR’s Frederick Douglass Award for engaging young men in the work of preventing violence against women. As MCSR’s Senior Training Consultant, Adrian travels across the country to provide a wide range of workshops and trainings for diverse populations. In his free time Adrian is the co-director of the DC Casineros Dance Company, an internationally recognized Professional Cuban Dance Performance Company whose goal is to cultivate healthy communities through the art and culture of Cuban Dance.

Tim Wienecke, MA, LPCC, NCC
University of Colorado at Denver

Tim Wienecke, MA, LPCC, NCC, has a decade of experience working to end the epidemic of interpersonal violence in our society. He served in the United States Air Force as a Victim’s Advocate for military sexual assault survivors and was a primary trainer for the Bystander Awareness program where he increased awareness and provided effective intervention strategies to over 3,000 military members. Since completing his enlistment in 2012, he has served the Auraria Campus as an advocate, mentor, therapist, and educator. Mr. Wienecke recently founded Empowered Change: Counseling & Education to continue his efforts to generate positive change in the community. His awards include Ally of the Year 2002 – Auraria LGBT Student Services; Feminist Ally of the Year 2013 – University of Colorado at Denver’s Women’s Resource Center; and a Life Time Achievement Award 2016 – Phoenix Center at Auraria.
He graduated with an MA in Counseling from the University of Colorado at Denver, earned a BS in Sociology in Behavior Science from the University of Utah, and an Associate of Science in Behavior Science from the Community College of Denver.

Teresa Wroe
Director of Education and Prevention, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
University of Colorado at Boulder

Teresa Wroe has developed and delivered educational programs in K-12 and higher education and integrated assessment and research to create evidence-based practices. She co-developed a bystander program that has been the foundation for antiviolence and antidiscrimination education for all incoming students at CU for the past eight years. Ms. Wroe works with students, staff and faculty at the university to improve social climate and reduce harm. She has worked in violence prevention for over twenty years at the community and state level and has been in higher education for over a decade. Wroe has a B.S. in sociology from the University of Wyoming.