The Voices In Action Team

Report. Support. Match. Connect. Protect.

Jessica Barth
Founder. Chief Executive Officer

Writer, producer, actress, child advocate, and founder of Voices in Action.

Jessica Barth is best known for her breakout leading role in the hilarious Ted movie franchise.  She began her career in the Philadelphia Theatre scene as a young girl which led her to a prestigious apprenticeship at Vassar College in association with New York Stage and Film. It was there that she honed her craft before deciding to head to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television and film.

During her years in LA, she has appeared and starred in numerous plays, commercials, television shows and films.  Jessica graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts and Creative Writing and has enjoyed writing short films, plays, a screenplay and a pilot which she will produce and direct in the Spring.  Jessica also created Champagne and Vinyl, lifestyle blog documenting the trials and tribulations of her life as a wife and mother of three children with honesty and biting humor.  

In 2017, Jessica was among the first voices to speak out about her experiences of sexual harassment she endured from Harvey Weinstein and assault in the entertainment industry. 

Jessica is also a lifelong passionate advocate for young women and has worked for years with foster care youth, teaching female empowerment through art. Today, she is thrilled to offer Voices in Action to the entertainment community in an effort to eradicate the abuse of power and gender inequality in our industry.

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Kristin Leland
Vice President, Board Member

Certified Trauma & Victim Advocate | Feminist | Social Justice Activist | Cultural Critic | LGBTQ+ Ally | Essayist 

An original founder of Voices in Action, Kristin is a full-time, trauma-informed and certified advocate for victims of sexual abuse, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Providing oversight and advocacy for multiple victim-service providers, Kristin utilizes her experience to educate the public on the facts and complexities of trauma and victim abuse while working tirelessly to provide direct services, referrals, help, and empathy to survivors, while fighting the broken system to create cultural and legislative change.

Kristin has a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences with a focus in linguistic anthropology and is soon completing two master’s degrees—an MBA in nonprofit leadership and an MA in strategic communications—along with Title IX training. Her research is focused in language, communications, semantics, persuasion, and the effects of media rhetoric in and on modern culture. She has completed and is certified in trauma-informed advocacy training. 

Over the years, Kristin has dedicated her personal mission of fighting for social issues and justice by volunteering countless hours with organizations including the United Way; numerous homeless shelters and food banks; women's shelters and safe houses; animal welfare and shelters; and Mighty Writers, a nonprofit that provides creating and educational writing assistance to children in marginalized communities. She has led immersion trips with college students to learn about and integrate with communities including educational trips to Haiti and Kenya; Indigenous Rights programs in Blackfoot, Montana; Human Trafficking programs in Miami, Florida; and Immigration policy and reform awareness at El Otro Lado (the U.S./Mexican border). 

Currently, Kristin serves as the Vice President of Voices in Action where she also sits on the board of directors. Her many roles with the organization including leading and oversight of programming, outreach, and communications while providing ongoing assistance with nonprofit and victim-based service provider innovation and strategy. She also works as a human trafficking advocate full-time for another victim-service provider and continues to find new and creative ways to educate and build awareness through innovative technology, digital, and social media. 

Dog lover. Vegan-ish. Preferred pronouns: She/Her. Unapologetically  liberal. 

 

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Alex Little
Legal Counsel

Alex focuses his practice on general litigation, government investigations, criminal defense, cybersecurity, and victim’s rights. 

As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Department of Justice, Alex has extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts. He draws on this experience to represent clients facing investigations or defend against criminal charges.

Alex regularly serves as a legal analyst and commentator for national and international news networks, including Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, and SkyNews in the UK.

Alex has served as a law clerk and consultant to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as a law clerk for Judge Marsha Berzon of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, CA, and as an advisor to former President Jimmy Carter in the Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center. In these roles, Alex has drafted intelligence briefings for senior U.S. policymakers, facilitated negotiations between governments and rebel groups in Africa as well as assisted in the development of the first indictments issued by the ICC for war crimes in Uganda.

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Lisa Abeyta
Chief Technical Officer

Lisa Abeyta is the Founder and CEO of APPCityLife, an award-winning GovTech startup using technology to improve lives. She is also Cofounder of Hautepreneurs, a virtual accelerator and network helping women entrepreneurs up their game. In 2017, she was named the 7th most influential voice globally on government technology, and her company, APPCityLife, has been named a top 100 Civic Tech Company in 2016, and 2017, 2018. The company was also a winner of the 2017 Smart Cities Innovation Showcase and the 2017 New Mexico Innovation awar

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Terry Leoni
Legal Counsel

Terry R. Leoni began her legal career in 2006 advocating for victims of crime as a local
prosecutor, where she gained extensive trial and advocacy experience. After leaving the district
attorney’s office, she worked at a boutique law firm to serve those who protect survivors – law
enforcement, fire services, district attorneys, and the like – in employment, civil, and criminal
actions and handled some of the most high-profile public safety matters in California.
In 2016, Ms. Leoni founded Leoni Law to further pursue her passion advocating for women and
survivors’ rights. Leoni Law focuses on internal investigations, discrimination and harassment,
criminal justice and victim’s rights, and general counsel services to businesses, non-profits, and
unions. Ms. Leoni also extensively teaches and trains other lawyers and advocacy practitioners
on victim and survivor’s rights, responding and preventing sexual harassment,
and similar areas. She is honored to have been selected as a Super Lawyer and Rising Star -
Super Lawyer since 2013 and her firm has been given the highest rating of 10.0 - Superb Rating
on Avvo.

 

Further information about Ms. Leoni and her firm can be found here and
she can be reached directly at TLeoni@LeoniLawFirm.com.