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Liz Poprocki, MA, RAAS, CA
Executive Director

Liz Poprocki is the Executive Director of Ohio Victim Witness Association, a Registered Advocate with Advanced Standing through the Ohio Advocate Network, a Comprehensive Credentialed Advocate through the National Advocate Credentialing Program, a member of the Ohio Crisis Response Team and is NOVA certified in crisis response. A native of West Virginia, she attended Concord University and Marshall University to obtain her bachelors in Psychology and masters in Mental Health Counseling respectively. She has been active in the advocacy field for over 15 years with opportunities ranging from crime victim advocate, court liaison for rape survivors, community educator, outpatient and inpatient therapist, and advocate with Disability Rights Ohio. Her specialty is working with crime victims with disabilities and educating crime victim advocates on how to serve marginalized populations. Liz has developed several statewide resources and presentations focusing on trauma-informed and accessible advocacy and has trained on these topics nationally and internationally. Currently, Liz serves on the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission and the Governor's Post-Release Control Workgroup as the Victim Representative. As a survivor and passionate social justice advocate, she continues to demand respect and dignity for all affected by crime.

Wendy Ricks-Hoff, BA, RASS, CA
Training & Technical Assistance Coordinator

Wendy Ricks-Hoff is the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for 
OVWA, a Registered Advocate with Senior Standing through the Ohio Advocate Network, and an Advanced, Comprehensive Credentialed Advocate through the National Advocate Credentialing Program. Wendy has a BA in Sociology from Wright State University, and has over 25 years of experience in the field of victim advocacy. She served as the Director of the Victim Assistance Program in Xenia, a prosecutor-based misdemeanor level crime victim advocacy program for almost 24 years. She has coordinated within Greene County on many projects, including the Critical Incident Review Committee and the newly formed Greene County Council on Trauma. Wendy has presented trainings on various topics including General Victim Advocacy, Program Implementation, Funding, Domestic Violence, Stalking, Advanced Strangulation and more. Under Wendy’s leadership, the Victim Assistance Program offered collaborative learning opportunities for students at Wright State University, Cedarville University and Wilberforce University. Wendy is a member of the Ohio Crisis Response Team. Crisis response remains one of her biggest passions in the field, as well as mentoring and collaboration with other programs, and inspiring others to advocate strongly for victims of crime while initiating active engagement within their communities.