Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable Events

2013 Shower for Shelters

2013 Valentine's Day Collection


Roundtable members fill Valentine gift bags for families in area shelters and transitional housing programs.


Roundtable members display the completed gift bags decorated by children at the Sudbury Extended Day Program

January 2013 - Breaking Up is Hard to Do ...Or is It?


Roundtable board members pose with Speakers Nicole Daley, Director of the Start Strong Initiative, Division of Violence Prevention at the Boston Public Health Commission and Colleen Armstrong. Youth Education Specialist, REACH Beyond Domestic Violence. Pictured L to R are Nicole Daley, Carole Thompson, Susan Pettit, Deborah Kenealy, Robert Mainer, Laura Van Zandt, and Colleen Armstrong


Wayland High School Student Panelists and their advisor speak about how social media affects dating habits at Wayland High School.

May 2012 - Shower for Shelter


Roundtable board members Joan Gaumnitz and Laura Van Zandt, Executive Director of Reach look over Shower for Shelter Donations


Carole Thompson of The Second Step loads her car with Shower for Shelter donations.

May 2012 - Presentation on Preventing Dating violence


Roundtable board members pose with Casey Corcoran from Futures Without Violence who addressed the Roundtable on "Engaging Young Men in Preventing Dating Violence and Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships" Pictured L to R are Marilyn Ellsworth, Ruth Backman, Bob Mainer, Casey Corcoran, Karen Cohen and Susan Pettit.

April 2012 - Libations and Donations


Shower for Shelters Committee Members Nalini Goyal and Diane Seligman with donations collected at the Libations and Donations kickoff event held at Sudbury Wine and Spirits. Donations of household items collected during the Shower will be given to clients who are moving out of area domestic violence shelter programs and setting up apartments.


At the Shower for Shelters kickoff event, community donors and Roundtable Board members enjoyed a complimentary wine tasting courtesy of Sudbury Wine and Spirits.

February 2012

Members of the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable and guests filled 75 Valentine gift bags for adults and children in area domestic violence shelters and a transitional housing program. The contents of the bag were donated by Roundtable members, members of the LWV of Sudbury and Acton, students from Montserrat College of Art, swimmers at Atkinson Pool in Sudbury, members of the Council on Aging in Lincoln, a knitting group in Weston, parents and staff of Sudbury Extended Day, and area residents.



Valentine bags

Valentine Day Gift Bags decorated by Sudbury Extended Day kindergarten students


January 2012 - Digital Relationships: Teens, Technology...Trouble?

Wayland High School students served as guides for social media sites popular with teenagers and explored the pros and cons of each site from a teenager's point of view. Pictured are Mary Barber, Technology Specialist with from L to R, seniors Elaine Hunt and Matthew Gutshenritter, and sophomore Martin Narcisco.


A large audience filled each of two presentations of the program, "Digital Relationships: Teens, Technology...and Trouble?" to hear both high school students and a digital expert discuss the risk that technology poses to teens. The expert also offered suggestions about setting boundaries for teens and opening conversations with teens about becoming smart users of social media.

December 2011


Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable Outreach Committee members Joan Gaumnitz, Isabel Lara, Diane Seligman and Nalini Goyal display holiday gift items purchased by Roundtable members for the Voices Against Violence family sponsored by the Roundtable.

November 2011

Roundtable board members and supporters shopped at Mango Tree Artisans to benefit the Roundtable. A portion of the days sales was donated to the Roundtable.


Mango Tree Artisans co-owner Devik Wyman welcomed shoppers to her store.



Co-owner Devik Wyman helps a customer with her selection.


A Roundtable supporter selects gifts for the holidays.





















November 2011

Joanne Patterson

Joanne Patterson, Director of Prevention and Education for REACH Beyond Domestic Violence led a discussion of best practices for school-based Teen Dating Violence Prevention Programs for middle schools and high schools.


2011 Shower for Shelters


Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable members pose with Shower for Shelter items collected for clients of area domestic violence programs.


Laura Van Zandt, Executive Director of REACH loads up her car to deliver Shower for Shelter donations to REACH clients.

February 2011

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Roundtable members assemble Valentine's Day gift bags for families in shelter and transitional housing.

January 2011

January 2011

The Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable January, 2011 meeting brought together a large audience to hear Alvin Notice, Walter Toney, and William Kellibrew speak about "Intergenerational Perspectives on the Effects of Family Violence: Transforming Anger and Grief Generated by Violence into Constructive Responses."

Alvin Notice

Alvin Notice, father of Tiana Notice who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, discussed how he has worked to change domestic violence laws in Connecticut where his daughter lived. He has also started a foundation to provide surveillance cameras for victims of stalking and domestic violence.

Walter Toney

Walter Toney, grandfather of Olivia Marchand who was murdered by her father who also critically injured Olivia's mother, gave a moving presentation about his special relationship with his granddaughter and the great loss his family and those who knew Olivia have suffered. Mr. Toney has established a foundation to honor Olivia's memory. (

William Kellibrew

William Kellibrew, child witness to the murder of his mother and twelve year old brother, discussed the William Kellibrew Foundation and his work with the US Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime.



October 2009

William Kellibrew

William Kellibrew, a childhood survivor of domestic violence, relates his story of perseverance and triumph in the face of great personal tragedy. At the age of ten, William witnessed the murder of his mother and 12 year old brother in his home at the hands of his mother's boyfriend. Raised by his grandmother, William was able to overcome immense heartbreak and post traumatic stress to emerge as a messenger of personal empowerment and hope to others who have suffered as a result of domestic violence.

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The audience gives William Kellibrew a standing ovation following his inspiring presentation about how survivors of violence can move on and thrive with the support and involvement of their community.

June 2009

Dr. Lorna Grande

At the June, 2009 meeting of the Roundtable, veterinarian, Dr. Lorna Grande of Haven, discussed the relationship between Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence. She noted that animal cruelty is one of the earliest and most dramatic indicators that an individual is developing a pattern of seeking power and control through abuse of others. When animals in a home are abused or neglected, it is a warning sign that others in the household may be in danger.

Dr. Blazey-Martin

February 2009

The February 13, 2009, Roundtable meeting centered on a video produced by the Massachusetts Medical Society to focus on the role of healthcare providers in combating domestic violence.  Dr. Deborah Blazey-Martin, Director of Clinical Education, Women of Means, Inc. led a conversation about the video. Shown in the photo are, on the leftt, Robert Mainer, the Roundtable Co-President, and to his right, Dr. Blazey-Martin.


November 2008

On November 12, 2008, the Chiefs of Police for the towns of Sudbury, Wayland and Lincoln met with the Roundtable to present their policies and procedures for domestic violence incidents. Shawn MacMaster, Deputy Chief, Community Outreach and Training in the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, added perspectives on the enforcement of domestic violence laws in the Commonwealth.
From left to right, Police Chiefs Peter Fadgen, Sudbury, Kevin Mooney, Lincoln and Robert Irving, Wayland, with Shawn MacMaster

vigil volunteers

On October 28, 2008, The Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable and the Network for Women's Llves Education and Outreach Council of Domestic Violence Services co-sponsored a Candlelight Vigil at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Wayland to remember and honor the 85 victims of domestic violence fatalities since January, 2007. This was the highest fatality rate in 15 years. Holding the vigil was more than merely a symbolic gesture. With 228 active restraining orders in Sudbury, Wayland, and Lincoln combined, the vigil was also a call to action to urge residents of the three towns to get involved in the campaign against domestic violence and to establish a zero tolerance approach to domestic violence. Pictured are the vigil volunteers who organized and participated in this event.

Yoko Kato

October 2008

At the Roundtable's October 14, 2008, meeting, Ms. Yoko Kato described the horrendous 1993 murders of her daughter and grandson at the hands of her abuser. The tragedy impelled Ms. Kato to seek opportunities to work for the prevention of domestic violence, both in the U.S. and in Japan. She now serves on the Governor's Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence. Ms. Kato is on the right in this photo with the Roundtable's Co-President, Suzanne Asselin-Sege.

State House Visit

In the second half of the Roundtable's October 14, 2008 meeting, two Massachusetts officials briefed the Roundtable and its guests on responses to the Governor's June declaration that domestic violence in the Commonwealth has become a public health emergency. Shown on the right in this photo is Sheridan Haines, Executive Director of the Governor's Councel to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence. Seated next to her is Robyn Kennedy, Director of Policy and Interagency Affairs for the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.

July 2008

State House Visit

On July 25, 2008, Members of the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable visited the Massachusetts State House for a meeting with Robyn Kennedy, Director of Policy and Interagency Affairs for the Office of the Lt. Governor, and Sheridan Haines, Executive Director of the  Governor's Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence. to discuss community-based responses to Domestic Violence. Pictured L to R in Governor Deval Patrick's office, are REACH Executive Director, Laura Van Zandt, Sheridan Haines, Robyn Kennedy, Roundtable Co-President Suzanne Asselin-Sege, Executive Director of Domestic Violence Services  Jacquelin Apsler, and Executive Director of Voices Against Violence Mary Gianakis.

Lauby Visit

April 2008
At the Roundtable's April 8, 2008, meeting, our guest speakers were Janet Fine, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA), and MOVA's program coordinator for SAFEPLAN, Erin Miller. SAFEPLAN provides trained advocates who assist crime victims seeking intervention and protection through the courts. Shown in the photo, left to right, are Erin Miller, Janet Fine and the Roundtable's Co-Presidents, Suzanne Sege and Robert Mainer.

Lauby Visit

March 2008

On March 11, 2008, Mary Lauby, Executive Director of Jane Doe, The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, briefed the Roundtable on her organizations's mission, goals and programs. Shown in the photo are L to R, Bob Mainer, Mary Lauby, Joan Gaumnitz, Suzanne Sege and Det. Ruth Backman.

Valentine Gift Bags

February 2008
During February each year the Roundtable prepares Valentine's Day Gift Bags to brighten up the day for women, men and children temporarily living in local shelters.

Here you see three of our volunteers preparing the 2008 gift bags. Learn more about the Roundtable's Programs and Activities

December 2007
We had our Annual Holiday Gift Drive. To help brighten the holidays for families that have left an abusive situation, the Roundtable sponsors one or two families from local shelter programs. Volunteers, members, and community groups provide clothing, toys, household items etc. from lists that have been provided by the shelters. These items are then delivered, unwrapped, to a coordinator at the local shelters.

October 2007

Cyberbullying Panel in October 2007
The Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable hosted a public forum featuring a panel discussion on “cyberbullying” (defaming or threatening a person via the Internet). The panel included representatives of local school systems and law enforcement agencies who discussed their experiences with this form of abusive behavior and provided recommendations for preventing it.