William Ihlenfeld has been involved in efforts to end domestic violence as a prosecutor, as a legislator, and as a board member with the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. He served as a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) prosecutor for three years in Ohio County and then continued to hold offenders accountable when he became the United States Attorney. Ihlenfeld is now a member of the State Senate where he advocates for the rights of victims and takes legislative action to strengthen laws and provide funding. He lives in Wheeling where he works as a lawyer for Bowles Rice and enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, and two bernedoodles.
Board of Directors
Stephanie Moore, MA
Stephanie is a native of Monroe County but has resided in Greenbrier County since 2011 with her husband and three children. Stephanie serves as the Executive Director of Family Refuge Center with seven years’ experience working in the non-profit sector and ten years’ experience of administrative background. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia and her Master of Arts degree in Law from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Stephanie has served on two non-profit organization board of directors and was formally a CASA volunteer.
Julie Britton Haden
Julie has a long history of social justice advocacy/liberal do-gooding starting in the 90s as a volunteer for a housing program for West Virginian’s with HIV/AIDS where she worked her way up to Program Coordinator. She moved on as the Development Director/Operations Specialist with the WV Coalition for People with HIV/AIDS for five years. In 2007, Julie became the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS and Emergency Solutions Grants Specialist through the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity. Missing the front lines she left state government to become the Victim’s Advocate for the WV Division of Corrections (DOC) in 2014. After a few years at the DOC Julie became the Program Director for the YWCA of Charleston’s Resolve Family Abuse Program. Julie has been with Resolve for four years. In the past four years, Resolve has dynamically changed the way domestic violence services are provided by also serving men in shelter, adding a pet shelter for survivor’s animals, starting a pilot project that allows survivors apply for domestic violence petitions and attend the follow up hearing remotely and avoiding having to be in the same courtroom as the abuser, and operating from a truly housing first orientation. Julie is a graduate of West Virginia State University with a bachelor’s in Sociology. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence and is on the leadership team. Julie has been recognized for her work with West Virginian’s with HIV/AIDS during a national conference in Washington DC. She’s a lifelong learner, questioner of the status quo, and a somewhat extroverted introvert. Julie lives in South Charleston with her son, Tripp, two dogs – Dexter and Tucker, and two cat- Catticus Finch and Corky.
Katie Spriggs, BSW
Katie is a graduate of Shepherd University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Katie is currently enrolled in an MSW program at WVU. Katie has worked in victim services for 8 years, with a focus on victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking. She is a member of the WV human trafficking task force, is co-chair of their training committee and a steering committee member. Katie has trained medical professionals, law enforcement, military members and community members about intervention and prevention of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Katie has been with Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center (EPEC) for 8 years and currently works as the Executive Director. EPEC is a dual program in the Eastern Panhandle of WV that serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking. Katie co-facilitates the statewide WV coalition against domestic violence’s advocates aspiring for equity team, public policy team and is co-chair of their membership and board.
Dan Heyman is a journalist who has reported from West Virginia for more than twenty years, freelancing for the New York Times, Washington Post, and National Public Radio, among many others. He is semi-retired and edits one day a week for the Public News Service, the network for whom he covered the state for more than a decade. Much of his time these days is taken up with writing fiction and working on his ten steep and forest acres in Charleston.