Steering Committee

Joanne Belknap
Joanne Belknap is a Professor of Sociology and President of the American Society of Criminology. Her research is primarily on gender-based abuse and the trajectory of trauma to offending among women and youth. Dr. Belknap recently published the fourth edition of her book, The Invisible Woman: Gender, Crime, and Justice. She has secured almost two million dollars in research grant money and has won numerous research, teaching and service awards, most recently the 2014 Sociology Graduate Mentor of the Year and the 2014 Boulder Chamber of Commerce Women Who Light the Community award for her work with FOCUS, a program for inmates coming out of the Boulder County Jail. She is also a member of the Steering Committee for MESA, the Boulder County Rape Crisis Center, and a member of the Denver Metro Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee.

Caryn Datz
Caryn Datz is a Deputy District Attorney with the 20th Judicial District. Currently, working in the domestic violence and sex crimes unit, specializing in the prosecution of crimes of domestic violence and sexual assault, involving with both adult and child survivors.

Caryn started her career as a public defender for the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office, where she worked for nearly four years. In 2006, Ms. Datz moved to Colorado, and was hired by the 17th Judicial District as a Deputy District Attorney, where she worked for seven years. In November of 2013, Caryn joined the 20th Judicial District Attorney’s Office to work specifically within the sex crimes unit.

Caryn is excited to work with Mesa and contribute her knowledge and experience to the steering committee, as she feels strongly about a multi-faceted approach to the education and prevention of sexual assaults in our community.

Lynn Hall
Lynn Hall first became involved with MESA in 2007 as a hotline counselor. She was a hotline supervisor for three years and was thrilled to rejoin the team in 2014 as a Steering Committee member. Lynn is a graduate of CU-Boulder and is now a full-time writer. Her work related to military sexual violence has appeared or is forthcoming in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, The Sexual Assault Report, and Hippocampus Magazine.

Jessica Ladd-Webert
Jessica Ladd-Webert, LPC, Director-Office of Victim Assistance at CU Boulder Jessica has been a MESA steering member since July 2012.

Jessica’s background is in advocacy and counseling. She has been working at the Office of Victim Assistance ( since October 2007. Jessica is very familiar with MESA as in the past she has worked as a contract therapist running individual therapy and primary and secondary survivor groups. Before that she was MESA’s Client Services Coordinator, as well as a hotline counselor and supervisor on MESA’s 24-hour hotline. Jessica was also a part of the victim advocates for the Boulder Sheriff’s Office. Jessica’s career has always focused on crisis and trauma work and she enjoys being able to do both therapy and advocacy work. Jessica was involved as a negotiator for the Federal Rulemaking Committee helping write regulations with the Department of Education based on the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).


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